A. The Discovery of North America, by W.P. Cumming, R.A. Skelton, and D.B. Quinn, published 1972 (9.5 x 12.2"). This extensive textual history, profusely illustrated, covers early explorations across the Atlantic to 1633. It is an important reference for any library. 304 pp. with 370 plates, 75 in color. Hardbound in black cloth with gilt titles and an illustrated dust jacket protected by a Mylar sleeve. Condition: Contents very good with light scattered foxing along the sheets' edges. There is minor soiling on the covers and dust jacket.
B. The Cartography of North America 1500-1800, by Pierluigi Portinaro and Franco Knirsch, published 1987 (9.9 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. Condition: Contents near fine with minor scattered foxing along the top edge of the sheets. There is slight wear to the spine, and the dust jacket has a couple tears and light soiling.