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Auction 198, Lot 731


"Animals and Maps", George, Wilma

Subject: References

Period: 1969 (published)


Color: Black & White

6.3 x 9.8 inches
16 x 24.9 cm
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First edition of this book that shows that cartographers had a sound knowledge of the animals and their distribution on the various continents. Ristow says that George "...argues convincingly that the mapmakers knew what they were about and that Renaissance and later maps provide much useful source material on contemporary natural history." Another reference says that the book "...seeks to support the thesis that animals portrayed on ancient maps are zoogeographically [sic] significant." Hardbound in maroon cloth with gilt decoration on front cover and gilt title on spine, and an illustrated dust jacket protected by Mylar. Octavo, 235 pages, ten-page bibliography and index. Profusely illustrated in black and white. An unusual cartographic reference book with an interesting thesis that is a useful read for all map collectors.


Condition: A

Contents are near fine with faint toning along the edges. Covers are slightly bumped. Dust jacket has minor wear and a few tiny edge tears.

Estimate: $25 - $40

Sold for: $130

Closed on 6/19/2024