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An improved map of the County of Somerset divided into it's hundreds
An improved map of the County of Somerset divided into it's hundreds
"By Eman: Bowen, Geographer to His Majesty." Visual scale [108 mm = 12 British statute miles approximately]. Dedication to John Pawlet surmounted by coat of arms. Includes two insets: The ichnography of Bath [35 mm = 200 yards approximately]; The county has two divisions [chart]. Described in Smith, Antique Maps of the British Isles, entry 14, p. 108-113. McMaster's copy was probably produced as a separate sheet, before the publication of The Large English Atlas. Described in Chubb, Printed Maps in the Atlases of Great Britain and Ireland, entry CXCV, map 20, p. 157-159.
An outline to shew the connected discoverie of Captains Ross, Parry & Franklin in the years 1818, 19, 20 and 21
An outline to shew the connected discoverie of Captains Ross, Parry & Franklin in the years 1818, 19, 20 and 21
Printed map. "Published as the Act directs March 1823, by John Murray, Albemarle Street London." In lower right margin, "J. Walker Sculpt." Pertains to Arctic explorers Sir John Ross (1777-1856), Sir William Edward Parry (1790-1855) and Sir John Franklin (1786-1847). For German language version, see RMC_2562.
Angliae, Scotiae, et Hiberniae, sive Britannicar : Insvlarvm descriptio
Angliae, Scotiae, et Hiberniae, sive Britannicar : Insvlarvm descriptio
Printed map. Visual scale [32 mm=50 "miliaria Anglica"]. In lower right corner, "Cum priuilegio". Includes illustrations and text. Described in Skelton, County Atlases of the British Isles 1579-1850, p. 219: "In the earliest editions of Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, from 1570 to 1572, only one map was devoted to the British Isles, and it was reprinted in every edition up to the last in 1612. [Koeman: Ort 1-42.] Angliae, Scotiae, et Hiberniae, sive Britannicar: Insularum description. § A reduction of Mercator's wall-map of 1564, with west to the top." Described in Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, Vol. III, entry Ort 9, p. 39-40: "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum... Auctoris aere et cura impressum absolutumque apud Ant. Coppenium Diesth, Antverpiae M.D.LXXIII. Compared with the Latin edition of 1571, the text has been reset, and has also been increased. Some of the titles are changed. On no. (6) title changed into Britannicae Insulae...." McMaster's copy has Latin text on verso under heading, "Britannicae Insvlae." Acquired as part of the Banks Collection.
Arctic Regions and British America
Arctic Regions and British America
Printed map. "Constructed & engraved by J. Bartholomew Edinr." Includes insets: Chart of the territories, discovered & examined by the searching expeditions under the command of Cap. Austin & Cap. Penny 1851; and, Beechey Island, site of Sir J. Franklin's winter quarters 1845-1846. In upper right margin, "XLV-I." Probably originally published in Black's General Atlas of the World, new ed. (Edinburgh 1859) [based on Winearls' description of McMaster map RMC_107371] and likely taken from the same original source. Acquired as part of the Hodsoll Collection.
Asia accuratissime descripta ex omnibus, quae hactenus extiterunt, imprimis viri ampliss
Asia accuratissime descripta ex omnibus, quae hactenus extiterunt, imprimis viri ampliss
Printed map. Cartographer uncertain, probably Pieter Schenk. "Nicolai Witsen, Consulis Amstelaedamensis exactissimis delineationibus." Includes inset map: Tartaria Pars [continuation north].
Asia upon the globular projection
Asia upon the globular projection
Printed map. "Drawn from the best authorities; by Eman: Bowen Geogr. to his late Majy." "Engrav'd for the General Magazine of Arts and Sciences; for W. Owen at Temple Bar 1762." Prime meridian: London. Originally published in Benjamin Martin's The General Magazine of Arts and Sciences, 14 volumes (London: Printed for W. Owen, 1755-1765). Acquired as part of the Hodsoll Collection.
Austrian Dominions II : Galizia, Eastern Hungary and Transylvania
Austrian Dominions II : Galizia, Eastern Hungary and Transylvania
Printed map. "Published ... Nov 1st. 1832. Under the superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge." "Fallon Lipszky". "J.&C. Walker Sculpt." Visual scale [109 mm=120 English miles]. In upper right margin, "57". Donated by Dr. Walter Peace, December 2016.
Barrington Bay
Barrington Bay
Printed map. "Publish'd according to Act of Parliament by J.F.W. Des Barres Esqr. April 6, 1776." 2 visual scales. Described in Sellers and Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies 1750-1789, entry 516, p. 109: "[London] J.F.W. Des Barres, 1776. in his Atlantic Neptune."
Bay Bulls, part of Newfoundland
Bay Bulls, part of Newfoundland
Printed map. Cartographer unknown. Visual scale [70 mm=1 mile]. Described in Sellers and Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies 1750-1789, entry 664, p. 140: "[London, 1755] In The English pilot, the fourth book, plate [10]". Map of Harbor Grace [RMC_8904] is on the recto.
Bay and harbour of Port au Prince, in the Island of Haiti
Bay and harbour of Port au Prince, in the Island of Haiti
Printed map. "By Commander R. Owen, in H.M.S. Blossom." Visual scale [113 mm=3 nautic miles]; "natural scale 1/48430". In lower right margin, "J.&C. Walker Sculpt." and "464". "June 3rd. 1831." Includes crest for the Hydrographical Office. Possibly from the Hydrographic Department's West India Pilot, edition uncertain. Acquired as part of the Banks Collection.
Baye Ste. Anne ou le Port Dauphin dans l'Isle Royale
Baye Ste. Anne ou le Port Dauphin dans l'Isle Royale
Visual scale. In lower left margin, "Croisey Sculp." In upper right margin, "Tome I. No. 25." Along lower margin, "Voyez la Carte de l'Isle Royale No. 22." Includes A-J index for points of interest. Described in Kershaw, Early Printed Maps of Canada, Volume III, entry 878, p. 188: "Published in: Le Petit Atlas Maritime; - Paris 1764." McMaster has another copy of this map with accession #4150.
Betts's Family Atlas, Asia Minor ; Betts's Family Atlas, Syria and Lower Egypt
Betts's Family Atlas, Asia Minor ; Betts's Family Atlas, Syria and Lower Egypt
Printed map. Visual scales. In upper right margin, "34". Probably originally from Betts' Family Atlas which was published 1848 and 1863.
Betts's Family Atlas, Central Asia
Betts's Family Atlas, Central Asia
Printed map. Visual scale. In upper right margin, "32". Probably originally from Betts' Family Atlas which was published 1848 and 1863.
Boston with Charlestown and Roxbury
Boston with Charlestown and Roxbury
Printed map. "Under the superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge." "Engraved by B.R. Davies." Visual scale [49 mm=880 yards]. Map shows roads, railways, parks, cemeteries, points of interest and more. Described in Melville C. Branch, Comparative Urban Design: Rare Engravings, 1830-1843 (New York: Arno Press Inc., 1978) p. 98-99; and, reprinted in Melville C. Branch, An Atlas of Rare City Maps: Comparative Urban Design, 1830-1842 (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1997) p. 98-99. Acquired as part of the Hodsoll Collection.
Bowles's British geographical amusement, or game of geography; in a most compleat and elegant tour thro England, Wales...
Bowles's British geographical amusement, or game of geography; in a most compleat and elegant tour thro England, Wales...
Printed map. "Printed for the proprietor Carington Bowles". Visual scale [62 mm = 50 British Statute Miles]. Described in Judith St. John, The Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books: A Catalogue. (Toronto Public Library, 1958-1975), pp.845-846: “The unusual Bowles British Geographical Amusement was at once a map, a game, and an instructional tool for children. Taking advantage of the newly popular tourism rage, this game sought to teach children about the significance of 114 villages, towns and cities in England and Wales. It follows what is now a standard game format, with the players or “travellers” spinning a “totum” to determine the number of steps to take on their journey. At each stop along the way, the traveller is given a brief description of the place where s/he has landed... The game was inspired by the earliest of tourist’s guide books, The Grand Tour by Dr. Thomas Nugent, published in 1749. The book was a guide to the most important European centres that might be visited by young, elite men who were supposed to absorb the culture, customs and languages of Europe so that they might be fitted for employment as ambassadors or in the foreign service.” Acquired as part of the Lord Cholmondely collection.
Bowles's new and accurate map of Ireland divided into it's several provinces, counties and baronies
Bowles's new and accurate map of Ireland divided into it's several provinces, counties and baronies
Printed map. 2 visual scales [8 cm = 20 British Statute Miles]. Within title: Laid down from the original description of Sir William Petty. Insets: The sea coasts of Great Britain and Ireland. The imprint: "Published by Carington Bowles, 4 June 1787. London." appears in two places on the lower margin, suggesting that the map may have been published on multiple sheets originally. Notes printed on the map: "Just Published: Bowles’s four sheet England, by Daniel Paterson Bowles’s four sheet Scotland, by James Dorret." and "The figures at the principal towns are their distances from Dublin in Irish miles those upon the roads, the distance betwixt such towns as are printed in capitals, or roman print without regard to the intermediate villages &c printed in italicks."
Bowles's reduced map of Cumberland
Bowles's reduced map of Cumberland
Printed map. Probably from Bowles's Pocket Atlas of the Counties of South Britain or England and Wales..., published 1785. Visual scale [63 mm=18 British statute miles]. Described in Chubb, Printed Maps in the Atlases of Great Britain and Ireland 1579-1870, entry CCLVI, p. 208-209: "A very fine atlas consisting of an engraved title-page and fifty-seven maps.... The maps are clearly engraved, the roads being a prominent feature. In some cases they are printed two on a page, and in that case the numbers are bracketed in the list. The title is given outside the border at the top of each map, and begins: 'Bowles's reduced map of,'...." Acquired as part of the Banks Collection.
Brasil nvova tavola
Brasil nvova tavola
Printed map. Probably from Ruscelli's Italian translation from the Greek of Ptolemy, La geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino, published in 1561. Handwritten in ink near the right neat line, "Misaretta". Italian text on verso on right side of sheet under heading, "Brasile, trentesima, tavola nvova" with signature, "XXX Gg". Acquired as part of the Banks Collection.
Brasilia
Brasilia
Printed map. "Johannes Blaeu." Three visual scales. Published originally in a Dutch edition of Blaeu's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Toonneel des Aerdrycx, oft Nieuwe Atlas, uytghegheven door wilhelm en Iohan Blaeu. Tweede Stuck., published 1642. Described in Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, vol. I, entry Bl 27B, p. 141-144, [map 88]. On verso: Dutch text in 2 segments; each segment under heading, "Brasil." Acquired as part of the Banks Collection.

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