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[MACPHERSON (Alexander)]. Catalogue of Maps, Prints, Drawings, Etc. Forming the Geographical and Topographical Collection attached to The Library of His late Majesty King George the Third, and Presented by His Majesty King George the Fourth to The British Museum.1829

London: Printed by Order of the Trustees of The British Museum, Folio (430 x 320 mm), [4], 373, [3], liii, [1]pp., printed for private circulation only in 200 copies, early armorial bookplate to front paste-down, cont. half blue morocco, marbled boards, slightly rubbed otherwise a very good copy indeed. Printed uniformly with the catalogue of books and, like that work, printed only for presentation. The map collection was an important constituent of the Royal library (Samuel Johnson recommended buying maps locally in his famous letter to Barnard); The King's Topographical Collection of around 50,000 maps, charts, prints and drawings formerly owned by George III and donated to the Library by George IV, included antiquarian drawings by William Stukeley, large collections of views by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm, the Bucklers and Edward Blore, and the drawings from Captain Cook's voyages or Robert Hay's of Egypt. It was reprinted in 2 vols. 8vo in the same year for commercial distribution. Martin, Privately Printed Books, p. 259.

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