DISCOVERY OF NORTH AMERICA. A critical, documentary, and historic investigation. With an Essay on the Early Cartography of the New World, Including Description of Two Hundred and Fifty Maps or Globes Existing or Lost, Constructed Before the Year 1536

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(Paris and London: H. Welter and Henry Stevens and Son, 1892), FIRST EDITION, VERY LIMITED ISSUE ON DUTCH HANDMADE PAPER, ONE OF 40 COPIES ONLY, EXQUISITELY BOUND AND IN SUPERB CONDITION. A Beautiful Copy of an important book, one of Harrisse's best, and a great tour de force. This great work covers the span of year from the Cabot voyages beginning in 1497 through the many Spanish and Portuguese voyages of the 1500's. Fundamental to the work are the essays on the early cartography of the New World. There are descriptions of 250 maps or globes including examples existing or lost, constructed before 1536. There is a fine chronology including one hundred voyages westward, projected, attempted or accomplished beween 1431 and 1504. The book also includes biographical accounts of three hundred pilots who first crossed the Atlantic and a copious list of the original names of American regions, mountains, islands, capes, gulfs, rivers, towns and harbours. A superb work containing prodigious scholarship and excellent presentation of both text and illustration. First Edition, Very Limited Issue, One of 40 copies only, printed on Dutch hand-made paper out of a total edition of 380. Illustrated profusely throughout with full page and double page maps with tissue guards. 4to, very handsomely bound in beautiful three-quarter dark-honey morocco, the spine with raised bands gilt stopped, the compartments with gilt panel designs, lettered and numbered in gilt in three compartments, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, gilt borders to the corners and turnover. xii, 862, [4] pp. a beautifully bound and very fine example of the first edition of this important work, the, binding, the text-block and the engravings are all in fine condition.


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