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Curious, Unusual, Interesting & Occasionally Useful Books of the 16th-20th Centuries exploring the skills, trades, lives and ways of other times...

 Friday, November 24, 2017

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Cartography - Maps & Selected Books. San Francisco Pacific Book Auction Galleries: October 9, 1995. Softcover. 7"x10", 191 lots, black & white illustrations. Light soil. Prices realized sheet.

Inventory #: 34515
Price: $ 20.00       

Cartography - Travel & Exploration. San Francisco Pacific Book Auction Galleries: October 22, 1992. Travel & Exploration comprises lots 1-173, Maps & Prints are lots 174-368. Softcover. 7"x10", 368 lots, black & white illustrations. Light soil.

Inventory #: 34514
Price: $ 20.00       

The New York Times Atlas of the World, in collaboration with The Times of London. Times Books: 1983. New Edition. It's nig, it's brawny, it's filled with colorful maps -what's not to like? Hardcover. 11"x15", 40 + 148 + 88 pages, color maps, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35281
Price: $ 25.00       

Brawer, Nicholas A. Britain's Portable Empire. Campaign Furniture of the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian Periods. Katonah Museum of Art: 2001. One comes away from this exhibition catalog with two firmly fixed ideas- the English, even when in the wilds of the furthest corners of the Earth, liked to be comfortable, and they were ingenious in the ways they managed to do it. Here are chairs, desks, beds, and other furniture that come apart and fold up small enough to, if not fit in your pocket, at least fit in two pockets... Softcover. 10.5"x7", 36 pages, color and b/w illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 34378
Price: $ 40.00       

Brawer, Nicholas A. British Campaign Furniture. Elegance under Canvas, 1740-1914. New York Harry N. Abrams: 2001. A beautifully-illustrated study of that most British of innovations- campaign furniture. Although furniture that can be folded up and transported has been used by armies since Alexander the Great, the British perfected the form as their global empire expanded in the 18th and 19th centuries, and English furniture manufacturers rose to the task. This is the first full-length study of the subject, and is superbly done. Hardcover. 9"x11", 231 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. A fine copy.

Inventory #: 34686
Price: $ 450.00       

Harvey, Miles. The Island of Lost Maps. A True Story of a Cartographic Crime. New York Random House: 2000. "This is the story of a curious crime spree: the theft of irreplaceable centuries-old maps from some of the most prominent research libraries in the United States and Canada. The perpetrator was a nondescript antiques dealer from Florida with a razor blade in his pocket and the unlikely name of Gilbert Bland Jr. His cross-country slash-and-dash operation went virtually undetected until he was caught in 1995 with 150 maps in his possession and another 100 sold to black market collectors". Softcover. 5.25"x7.25", 405 pages, several black & white illustrations. New.

Inventory #: 95120
Price: $ 10.00       

Hebert, John R. Panoramic Maps of Anglo-American Cities. Washington Library of Congress: 1974. "A checklist of maps in the collections of the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division". Over 1,000 maps are listed, along with an interesting introduction. Softcover. 11.5"x9", 118 pages, b/w illustrations some soil, covers with a little wear.

Inventory #: 9878
Price: $ 25.00       

Leslie, Henrietta. Harlequin Set. Holidays in Many Lands. London Macdonald & Co.: (1945). An interesting travel book which ties itself together with 12 different ceramic plates purchased in each of twelve foreign lands. The conceit is that, preparing for a dinner party in London, the usual Dutch-themed party plates are dropped and broken, so the couple go through the house assembling this "Harlequin set" of unmatched plates, purchased on their various travels. In each chapter tales are told of each place, ending with the acquisition of that country's plate. Each plate is illustrated in color. An odd conceit, but an altogether pleasant one. The countries were Italy, Yugoslavia, Austria, Spain, morocco, Wales, Holland, four Mediterranean island, Norway & Sweden, France, Corsica, and Russia. Hardcover. 6"x8.5", 245 pages, 12 color plates and 12 black & white illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35766
Price: $ 20.00       

Locke, Elsie & Janet Paul. Mrs. Hobson's Album. Auckland University Press & Alexander Turnbull Library: 1990. Eliza Hobson was the wife of New Zealand's first Governor, and she was presented with this album on her return to England in 1843. It includes charming watercolors scenes of Auckland and the surrounding countryside, portraits of Maoris and a letter from the Maori king to Queen Victoria, notes on Maori customs, songs and proverbs by Edward Shortland, and much more of historic and ethnological interest. Hardcover. 10.5"x10", 168 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light jacket soil.

Inventory #: 35511
Price: $ 45.00       

Mewshaw, Michael. Playing Away. Roman Holidays and Other Mediterranean Encounters. New York Athenaem: 1988. An expatriate American writer's life in Italy. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 234 pages, dj light wear.

Inventory #: 7324
Price: $ 10.00       

Mountfield, David. A History of Polar Exploration. New York The Dial Press: 1974. A very well illustrated history of Polar exploration from the 16th century to the present day. Good Summertime reading... Hardcover. 9"x12", 208 pages, b/w illustrations, dj light wear, but a nice copy.

Inventory #: 33052
Price: $ 25.00       

Obregon, Mauricio. The Columbus Papers. The Barcelona Letter of 1493, the Landfall Controversy, and the Indian Guides. New York Macmillan Publishing: 1991. An elegantly produced facsimile and translation of Columbus's famous 'Barcelona Letter', announcing the discovery of the New World, along with an historical essay, reproductions of period illustrations and maps, and a lot more. A Columbian Extravaganza! Hardcover. 12.5"x11", 85 pages, color and b/w illustrations slipcased. Near fine.

Inventory #: 9877
Price: $ 35.00       

Schoolcraft, Henry R. Journal of a Tour into the Interior of Missouri and Arkansaw from Potosi, or Mine a Burton, in Missouri Territory, in a South-West Direction, toward the Rocky Mountains performed in the years 1818 and 1819. London Sir Richard Phillips and Co.: 1821. A scarce pamphlet by an important early traveler and writer about Native Americans. Lewis had accompanied the Cass expedition through the upper Mississippi and Lake Superior regions, and became intensely interested in Indians and their lives. He eventually married a Chippewa woman, became Superintendent of Indian Affairs in Michigan, and authored an important 6-volume set on American Indians. This copy of this scarce pamphlet lacks the folding map, which is a shame or a blessing for the purchaser, as it makes it available at a considerably reduced price. Probably removed from a volume of Phillips monumental work "New Voyages and Travels", a compilation of original voyage and travel reports. Most of the Phillips sets have been broken up by now, and complete sets are scarce. Disbound. 5.5"x9", 102 pages partially unopened lacks map very slight toning to the title page.

Inventory #: 2822
Price: $ 250.00       

Shackelford, George Green. Thomas Jefferson's Travels in Europe, 1784-1789. Baltimore Johns Hopkins University Press: 1995. Jefferson's five years abroad as ambassador to France had a profound affect not only on him, but through him on American life, letters, architecture and culture. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 219 pages, black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Fine condition.

Inventory #: 33124
Price: $ 35.00       

Thrupp, G.A. The History of Coaches. London Kerby & Endean: 1877. A pioneering work on the subject, delving back to ancient times, but with a majority of the text devoted to 16th-19th century vehicles. The book was based on a series of lectures the author presented for the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in 1876, and is illustrated with a fine series of plates, many based on period prints and paintings. Uncommon in the original edition. Hardcover. 5.75"x8.5", xii + 152 pages, plus 38 lithographed plates publisher's red cloth with pictorial covers featuring gilt and black strapwork surrounding a gilt "Coach of the Time of Charles II". Covers a bit worn and rubbed skillfully rebacked with new endpapers a tiny bit of internal soil.

Inventory #: 9909
Price: $ 500.00       

[Wichard] The Philip Wichard Collection of Exceptional Motor Cars and Memorabilia. New York Christie's: April 1, 1995. The auction sale of an outstanding collection of vintage automobiles. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 69 pages, 87 lots, color illustrations. A fine copy.

Inventory #: 31605
Price: $ 45.00       

Wilson, Robin. Four Colors Suffice. How the Map Problem was Solved. Princeton University Press: 2002. On October 23, 1852, Professor Augustus De Morgan wrote to a colleague, posing a deceptively simple question: What is the least possible number of colors needed to fill in any map (real or invented) so that neighboring countries are always colored differently? The puzzle set off a frenzy among professional mathematicians and amateur problem-solvers, including Lewis Carroll, the Bishop of London, and a bridegroom who spent his honeymoon coloring maps. It would be more than 100 years later before the result was established, and Robin Wilson here tells the whole entertaining story. Hardcover. 6"x8.5", 262 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. New. Published at $37.95.

Inventory #: 95078
Price: $ 15.00       

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