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ATLASES

Blaeu Atlas of Scotland - 1654

From the Library of Robert Louis Stevenson

32031 Atlas of Scotland, Joan Blaeu, 1654. Price: 6,800

NOVUS ATLAS, DAS IST, WELD-BESCHREIBURG.....

Theatrum, Volume 5 of Scotland. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON'S COPY

Hand coloured engraved architectural title with letterpress overslip, the Arms of Scotland heavilily heightened in gold. 50 double-page engraved maps mostly after Robert Gordon or Timothy Pont (of 55, several in second state with added sailing vessels), wanting Scotia Regnum and the 5 maps of Ireland, but with 2 additional earlier Blaeu maps of the British Isles and Scotland. The maps are printed on thick paper with rich early hand colouring, blank on versos. 4 maps (Coila, Cuninghamia, Aberdonia and Uistus) cropped within neatlines, others shaved within plate-marks, title and first map detached, some mainly light browning and foxing throughout, nineteenth century roan gilt over heavy boards, edges gilt and gauffered, rebacked, rather worn at edges [Koeman Bl 51], folio (438 x 282mm.), Amsterdam, Johannes Blaeu, 1654

R.L. STEVENSON'S COPY OF THE FIRST COUNTY ATLAS OF SCOTLAND, FROM HIS LIBRARY AT VAILIMA IN SAMOA, with his label and the signature of Isobel Strong: "She's my wife's daughter, my secretary, my amanuensis, my woman-Friday on my desert island, my finder of things, my last assistance, my oasis, my staff of hope, my grove of peace, my anchor, my haven in a storm. She's Belle, I suppose" (Robert Louis Stevenson, from An Object of Pity, privately printed, Sydney, 1892).

Isobel "Belle" Osbourne Strong Field (1858–1953) was a stepdaughter of Robert Louis Stevenson, her mother being Fanny Stevenson. Belle and her family moved to Vailima, Samoa, in May 1891 with her mother and step-father, taking on the role of the author's literary assistant, transcribing his words when he was too ill to write. Isobel and her brother Lloyd wrote about Stevenson and their experiences in Samoa in Memories of Vailima (1902). It was Lloyd who, during a rainy holiday in Scotland when he was twelve, drew a map for his step-father, which inspired him to write Treasure Island.

Provenance: "From the Library of Robert Louis Stevenson at Vailima", label on front paste-down; Isobel Strong, ownership signature on same label.

The illustrations of the 50 maps below are in the same order as they appear in the atlas.

  •  Atlas

    Atlas

  •  Blaeu Frontispiece of Scotland

    Blaeu Frontispiece of Scotland

  •  British Isles J. Blaeu

    British Isles J. Blaeu

  •  Scotland J. Blaeu

    Scotland J. Blaeu

  •  Anciient Britain J. Blaeu

    Anciient Britain J. Blaeu

  •  Scotland and Shetland J. Blaeu

    Scotland and Shetland J. Blaeu

  •  Teviotdale J. Blaeu

    Teviotdale J. Blaeu

  •  Upper Tweedsdale J. Blaeu

    Upper Tweedsdale J. Blaeu

  •  Berwickshire J. Blaeu

    Berwickshire J. Blaeu

  •  Lauderdale J. Blaeu

    Lauderdale J. Blaeu

  •  Liddesdale J. Blaeu

    Liddesdale J. Blaeu

  •  Eskdale J. Blaeu

    Eskdale J. Blaeu

  •  The Lothians J. Blaeu

    The Lothians J. Blaeu

  •  Lower Annandale J. Blaeu

    Lower Annandale J. Blaeu

  •  Nithsdale J. Blaeu

    Nithsdale J. Blaeu

  •  Galloway J. Blaeu

    Galloway J. Blaeu

  •  Wigtownshire J. Blaeu

    Wigtownshire J. Blaeu

  •  West Kirkcudbright J. Blaeu

    West Kirkcudbright J. Blaeu

  •  East Kirkcudbright J. Blaeu

    East Kirkcudbright J. Blaeu

  •  Mid Ayrshire J. Blaeu

    Mid Ayrshire J. Blaeu

  •  Carrick J. Blaeu

    Carrick J. Blaeu

  •  Stirlingshire J. Blaeu

    Stirlingshire J. Blaeu

  •  Fife J. Blaeu

    Fife J. Blaeu

  •  West Fife J. Blaeu

    West Fife J. Blaeu

  •  East Fife J. Blaeu

    East Fife J. Blaeu

  •  Upper Clydesdale J. Blaeu

    Upper Clydesdale J. Blaeu

  •  Lower Clydesdale J. Blaeu

    Lower Clydesdale J. Blaeu

  •  Kyle Clydesdale J. Blaeu

    Kyle Clydesdale J. Blaeu

  •  Cunningham Clydesdale J. Blaeu

    Cunningham Clydesdale J. Blaeu

  •  Dunbarton Clydesdale J. Blaeu

    Dunbarton Clydesdale J. Blaeu

  •  Aberdeenshire and Banff Clydesdale J. Blaeu

    Aberdeenshire and Banff Clydesdale J. Blaeu

  •  Renfrew J. Blaeu

    Renfrew J. Blaeu

  •  Kintyre J. Blaeu

    Kintyre J. Blaeu

  •  The Firth of Lorn J. Blaeu

    The Firth of Lorn J. Blaeu

  •  Knapdale J. Blaeu

    Knapdale J. Blaeu

  •  South East Sutherland J. Blaeu

    South East Sutherland J. Blaeu

  •  Caithness J. Blaeu

    Caithness J. Blaeu

  •  Strath Naver and Strathmore J. Blaeu

    Strath Naver and Strathmore J. Blaeu

  •  Moray and Nairn J. Blaeu

    Moray and Nairn J. Blaeu

  •  Northern Scotland J. Blaeu

    Northern Scotland J. Blaeu

  •  The Central Highlands J. Blaeu

    The Central Highlands J. Blaeu

  •  Orkney and Shetland J. Blaeu

    Orkney and Shetland J. Blaeu

  •  The Isle of Arran J. Blaeu

    The Isle of Arran J. Blaeu

  •  The Isle of Skye J. Blaeu

    The Isle of Skye J. Blaeu

  •  The Isle of Bute J. Blaeu

    The Isle of Bute J. Blaeu

  •  The Uists and Barra J. Blaeu

    The Uists and Barra J. Blaeu

  •  The Isle of Mull J. Blaeu

    The Isle of Mull J. Blaeu

  •  The Small Isles J. Blaeu

    The Small Isles J. Blaeu

  •  Lewis and Harris J. Blaeu

    Lewis and Harris J. Blaeu

  •  The Isle of Ila J. Blaeu

    The Isle of Ila J. Blaeu

  •  The Isle of Jura J. Blaeu

    The Isle of Jura J. Blaeu

  •  The Hebrides J. Blaeu

    The Hebrides J. Blaeu

TRAVEL and TOPOGRAPHY

  •  Cover

    Cover

28504 The Canary Islands, Ella and Florence du Cane, 1911. Price: 22.00

THE CANARY ISLANDS Painted by Ella du Cane Described by Florence du Cane. Published by A. & C. Black 1911. First edition. 8vo. 172 pp. Folding map and 19 of 20 colour plates. Plate 4 The Peak, from Villa Oratava missing. Cream boards with gilt lettering lightly soiled. No jacket.

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  •  List of plates

    List of plates

  •  Plate 8 Puerto Orotava

    Plate 8 Puerto Orotava

91069 VIEWS IN NORTH WALES. Price: 80.00

VIEWS IN NORTH WALES. Published by T. Catherall Chester & Bangor. An interesting illustrated antiquarian book. Oblong 8vo. Blue gilt titled cloth. Pictorial titlepage and 29 steel engraved vignette views each guarded. Each plate has the title and publishers details beneath. Includes Caernarvon, Conway, Llandudno and Rhyl. Not dated, circa 1845.

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23822 Harewood’s Illustrations of Derbyshire, c.1850. Price: 98.00

A bound collection of 30 steel engraved views of Derbyshire. Some plates dated. Blue cloth covered boards with gilt cartouche displaying the title. Oblong 8vo, 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches. The plates are lightly toned but are in good condition. The subjects include

  • Buxton
  • Bakewell (2)
  • Haddon Hall
  • Chatsworth
  • Matlock
  • Dove Dale
  • Ilam Hall
  • Peveril Castle
  • Hardwick Hall
  • Bolsover Castle
  • Alton Towers
  • Ilam Church
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  •  Harwoods Illustrations of Derbyshire

    Harwoods Illustrations of Derbyshire

  •  Harwoods Illustrations of Derbyshire

    Harwoods Illustrations of Derbyshire

  •  Alton Towers Staffordshire

    Alton Towers Staffordshire

  •  Chatsworth

    Chatsworth

91083 GREECE, PICTORIAL, DESCRIPTIVE & HISTORICAL BY CHRISTOPHER WADSWORTH, D.D. Price: 160.00

First edition, 1839. 8vo. 2 maps and 24 steel engraved plates. Large number of woodcut illustrations in text. Half green morocco and marbled boards. Slight scuffing to binding but generally a nice copy.

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  •  Greece by Christopher Wadsworth

    Greece by Christopher Wadsworth

  •  Greece

    Greece

  •  Temple of Theseus at Athens

    Temple of Theseus at Athens

26527 English Landscape, Birket Foster, 1863. Price: 55.00

BIRKET FOSTER’S PICTURES OF ENGLISH LANDSCAPE (Engraved by the brothers Dalziel). With pictures in words by Tom Taylor. Routledge, Warne and Routledge, 1863. Large 8vo. Half red calf and morocco boards, worn. All edges gilt. 30 full-page woodcut plates with accompanying text. Thick paper. Scattered foxing throughout. Titles include

  • Donkeys on the Heath
  • The Gleaners at the Stile
  • Building the Hay-Rick
  • The Smithy
  • The Ferry-Boat
  • The Cottage on the Beach
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  •  English Landscape Birket Foster

    English Landscape Birket Foster

  •  The Gleaners at the Stile

    The Gleaners at the Stile

  •  The Farm-Yard

    The Farm-Yard

  •  Building the Hay-Rick

    Building the Hay-Rick

SPORTING

91077 FORE'S SPORTING NOTES & SKETCHES. Price: 25.00

A Quarterly Magazine Descriptive of British, Indian, Colonial and Foreign Sport. Volume XXII, 1905. 4to. Original decorative red cloth. 32 plates of Fox hunting and other sports. 304 pp. Good condition.

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26507 Three Hunting Songs, R. E. E. Warburton [Egerton-Rowland], 1855. Price: 55.00

THREE HUNTINGS SONGS BY REE WARBURTON ESQ. With Illustrations by H. K. Browne. [Hablot Knight] Published by Chapman and Hall, 183 Piccadilly and Pritchard, Roberts & Co. Chester. 1855. 16 printed pages, title page and three full page engravings to illustrate the songs

  • We are all of us tailors in turn
  • A word ere we start
  • Hard-Riding Dick

All pages and prints are loose within the original green cloth titled covered boards (some staining). Label of the bookbinder J. Rowbotham, Oxford Street. Some light foxings to the three prints. Oblong 8vo

Rowland Eyles Egerton Warburton 91804-1891) was a poet, born in Moston near Chester. In 1831 he married Mary, the eldest daughter of Sir Richard Brooke, bart., of Norton Priory, Cheshire.

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  •  Three Hunting Songs by R. E. E. Warburton

    Three Hunting Songs by R. E. E. Warburton

  •  A word ere we start

    A word ere we start

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