A very interesting map of Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and the islands of the southwestern Pacific. In the early nineteenth century, many ships lied these waters in search of whale oil, so knowledge of the islands and continent grew each year. On this map the coast of Australia is clearly delineated. with the coastline nearly drawn and descriptions of the land as seen from the sea given. Settlement was sparse and hugging the coast, as well documented here. New Zealand is also shown with good detail, and the many islands in, for instance, the Spice Islands, Solomons, and New Hebrides are accurately shown. $375
Small German engravings of New Zealand from the 1820s. Each: $45
"A New Zealand War Canoe Race." From Harper's Weekly. New York: Harper's Weekly, April 29, 1871. 9 1/8 x 13 3/4. Wood engraving.
Harper's Weekly remains one of the best sources for lively, informative images of 19th-century America. Each issue of this popular illustrated newspaper was filled with popular genre scenes, detailed historical prints, and accurate, contemporary views. Without television, easy access to photography, and modern printing and transmission techniques, these prints were the only means by which much of the country had access to visual images of the people, events and places in other parts of the country and around the world. The prints are not only of some historic note, but they provide us with a contemporary window on our own past. $45
"Australien und Neuseeland." From Richard Andree's Allgemeiner Handatlas. Bielefeld & Leipzig: 1881. 14 1/4 x 19 1/2. Chromolithograph. Spots at right, just into image. Else very good condition.
Typical of late 19th century German craftsmanship and precision, this map has excellent color and clarity. $45
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