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John Thomson. "New Holland and Asiatic Isles." From A New General Atlas. Edinburgh: J. Thomson, 1821. 19 5/8 x 24 1/8. Engraving. Original hand color. A few marginal blemishes. Very good condition.

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



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Small German engravings of New Zealand from the 1820s. Each: $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



S. Percy Smith. "Map of the North Island, New Zealand." Wellington, N.Z.: New Zealand Survey, 1892. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 16 sections and mounted on linen. 36 1/4 x 25 5/8. Wax engraving, printed in color. With manuscript line in pencil, showing course around island. Otherwise, excellent condition. Folding into original cloth cover.

A detailed and brightly colored map of the north island, New Zealand, issued by the New Zealand General Survey Office. Detail, based on the latest information, includes towns, rivers, lakes, roads, railroads (to 1887), and provincial boundaries. Very attractive as well as impressively informative. $275




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