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Gent Mag: South Pole
"Chart of the Antarctic Polar circle with the Countries adjoining, According to the New Hypothesis of M. Buache." London: Gentlemen's Magazine, January 1763. 7 5/8 x 8 5/8". Engraving. With folds as issued. Very good condition.

Beginning in 1731, monthly news magazines made their appearance in Britain. These magazines contained poetry, prose, and articles on events, fashions, personalities, and other items of the day that might be of interest to the English gentleman. One of their most popular, and historically important, features was the inclusion of prints and maps to accompany their articles. This map shows the South Pole with its various reported segments of coastline and ice in the region. This map reflects current understandings of the mid-eighteenth century, including showing multiple conflicting coastlines, possibly reported at different seasons. $125

Colton: Northern Regions
J.H. Colton. New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co., 1855+. 15 7/8 x 13. Lithograph . Very good condition.

Lovely maps of the Poles, issued around mid-century by the Colton cartographic firm of New York. Finely detailed documents showing the extent of knowledge at the time up to and within the Arctic and Antarctic Circles.

"North Polar Chart." Philadelphia: W.M. Bradley & Bro., 1889. Folio. Lithograph. Original hand color. Tears along top center fold, reinforced with archival tape. Else, very good condition.

A precisely detailed map from the Philadelphia publishing firm of William M. Bradley & Bro. While Philadelphia was no longer the main center of cartographic publishing in North America by the late nineteenth century, many fine maps were still produced there, as is evidenced by this map. Topography, political information and physical features are all presented precisely and clearly. $75


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