"[Lot of 3] The Cartography of North America 1500-1800 [and] Historical Maps of the United States [and] From Sea Unto Sea - Art & Discovery Maps of Canada",
Period: 1982-98 (published)
Color: Printed Color
A. The Cartography of North America 1500-1800, by Portinaro & Knirsch, published 1987 (9.8 x 13.1"). This essential and nicely illustrated cartographic reference is filled with biographical sketches of major cartographers. It presents reproductions of authentic maps from the first three centuries of the mapping of North America reflecting an unfolding story of daring exploration, tenacious settlement, and fierce colonial rivalry. 320 pp. containing 180 extensively captioned maps, nearly all in full-color and over 90 supplementary illustrations. Published by Chartwell Books, Edison NJ, 1987. Hardbound in blue cloth with a dust jacket.
B. Historical Maps of the United States, by Michael Swift, published 1998 (11.3 x 9.9"). Despite its title, this fascinating reference covers maps focusing on various cities, states, islands, and territories in North America. It details over 100 maps selected from the Public Record Office at Kew in West London, starting with John Smith's 1612 map of Virginia and ending with a plan of Montreal Harbor published in 1907. The book includes a brief overview of North America's history and cartography. 144 pp. with a majority of the maps in color. Hardbound with illustrated covers and dust jacket.
C. From Sea Unto Sea - Art & Discovery Maps of Canada, by Joe C.W. Armstrong, published 1982 (10.7 x 15.8"). This reference contains 38 early maps of Canada or North America relating to early exploration in Canada. Over half are in full color, with extensive cartographic and historical references for each. The book explores the maps and adventures of Champlain, Hudson, Hearne, Mackenzie, Cook, Vancouver, and many others. Folio, hard bound in dark blue cloth with dust jacket.
Contents and covers fine on all three books, with just minor wear to the dust jackets.