A Paris: De l'imprimerie de Didot, 1758. This 10.5 inch quarto is in very good condition, sound hinges, 171 pp. with all 22 maps (several folding), plans and views in very good or better condition on heavy paper. Contemporary calf boards with original marbeled pastedowns, two title pages (one decorative with attribution to Bellin), "Tables des Titres" and "Table des Cartes, Plans et Vues." Six compartment, banded spine, with red, gilt title label.Triple (French), gilt fillets on front and rear boards. Bellin was the first chief hydrographic engineer of the French Hydrographic Office (see Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, revised ed.). Ref: Beinecke, Lesser Antilles Collection, 215; Sabin 4553. This is an extremely nice copy.. First Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good.
Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska--Lincoln.; Center for Great Plains Studies. ; American Philosophical Society, 1983. Very good overall, complete set, all first editions issued between 1983 and 2001. Eleven octavo volumes, one quarto (Herbarium), and the atlas folio (no jacket). All original jackets are present, with a few small nicks to the upper spine on several jackets, and slight soiling and a small stain on the cover of v. 2. This set has seen very little use; interior pages are clean. There is some fading to the spine of the atlas volume. All are first issues. The 13 volumes are: v. 1. Atlas of the Lewis & Clark Expedition -- v. 2. August 30, 1803-August 24, 1804 -- v. 3. August 25, 1804-April 6, 1805 -- v. 4. April 7-July 27, 1805 -- v. 5. July 28-November 1, 1805 -- v. 6. November 2, 1805-March 22, 1806 -- v. 7. March 23-June 9. 1806 -- v. 8. June 10-September 26, 1806 -- v. 9. The journals of John Ordway, May 14, 1804-September 23, 1806, and Charles Floyd, May 14-August 18, 1804 -- v. 10. The journal of Patrick Gass, May 14, 1804-September 23, 1806 -- v. 11. The journals of Joseph Whitehouse, May 14, 1804-April 2, 1806 -- v. 12. Herbarium of the Lewis & Clark Expedition -- v. 13. Comprehensive index (this list was taken from WorldCat). . First Edition. Cloth. Fine/Very Good.
London: The Hakluyt Society, 1944. Two 8.75 inch 8 vo volumes (578 pp total). Second Series No. LXXXIX (xcvi, 228 pp) and No. XC (pp 229-578) of this work issued for by The Hakluyt Society and translated from the originals by the notable scholar of Portuguese cartography, Armando Cortesao. All 42 illustrations / maps present; some folding. Tome Pires' 'Suma Orient' was arguably the most important account of the East in the first half of the sixteenth century. There is a detailed introduction and preface to each of the works. Some scuffing to boards, minimal edge soiling, vol. 1 mildly shaken, but the gilt-embossed covers are sound, and the interior is very good or better. Several scattered stamps of the Rand Club, Johannesburg, 24 Jul 1946. Folding map in rear of each volume. Minimal browning to page edges. This is an increasingly uncommon pair.. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Very Good.
George Philip Ltd., London, 1991. As new w/minimal chipping to dust cover edge due to storage. 4vo., this is the companion volume to Britain's Granada Televion series of the same name. Many beautiful color map reproductions, including sattelite images, dating from the earliest crud e maps to pictures taken from Apollo 8 in 1968. Endpapers are reproductions from major 17th century Dutch maps. This major undertaking was sponsored by IBM. There are 4 copies available, priced individually as noted..
Washington (DC): Gales and Seaton (by order of the Senate), 1836. Rebound 9 inch 8 vo., with gilt lettered leather spine and marbeled boards, new endpapers, 168 pp including index, with complete 4 pp of plates bound after p. 160, and the two, very large folding maps bound at the rear. The text is quite clean, with very little browning and full margins. The maps are in excellent condition (A Reconnoissance of the Minnay Sotor Watapàh or St Peter's River to its sources..; A Map of a Portion of the Indian Country lying East and West of the Mississippi River..). There are a couple of short tears at the binders stubs, but it is very uncommon to see both the large maps present, let alone in this condition. Featherstonhaugh was the first geologist hired by the US government, so this has some significance. Ref. Sabin 23963. Featherstonhaugh also published " A Canoe Voyage Up the Minnay Sotor.." in 1847, and he is the subject of Edmund Berkeley's 1988 biography, published by the Univ. of Alabama Press. OCLC shows quite a number of copies owned worldwide, although it is not clear how many of those have the full complement of maps, or in what condition.. First Edition. Quarter Leather. Very Good.
Washington DC: The National Geographic Magazine, 1924. This is the complete March 1924 issue, but the article of note is a late article of Joseph Conrad's from pp. 239-274, by the title above. The other articles are all present (vol XLV, number 3). Conrad's article has 13 illustrations, including maps, ships and antarctic views. This article divides the history of geography into 3 eras: fabulous, militant and triumphant. The phrase "Geography Militant" has been used to title a recent book (published Blackwell Publishers, 2001) by Felix Driver, where he explains Conrad's perspectives. Conrad's "fabulous" era is one where "extravagant speculation which had nothing to do with the pursuit of truth" was the norm. The "militant" phase reflected a more empiric quest for knowledge and relates to those voyages of many of the great early explorers, such as Captain Cook. The "triumphant" time meant, for Conrad, a nostalgic end to heroic exploration, where open spaces had vanished and people were "condemned to make...discoveries on beaten tracks". This is not an argument for the accuracy of those views, rather just to point out Conrad's perspectives. This is an uncommon essay, occasionally seen as a separately bound (and very pricey) item. The front magazine cover is minimally soiled. The internal pages and illustrations are quite clean. .
Cambridge: John Wilson and Son, 1877. This volume was sponsored by the Maine Historical Society, and published as part of the "Documentary History of the State of Maine" vol. II, second series). Dr. Woods had previously been president of Bodin College. Original dark brown cloth, original endpapers, first edition, lxi, 253pp (including index) with the a facsimile of the first page of Hakluyt's original letter, and Heads of Records, bound after the text. Upper spine edge chipped off, binding slightly shaken, minimal browning to text, front hinge starting. Internally very good. This volume was based on an original document by Hakluyt from 1584, a great deal of which ruminated on relations with Native Americans. Howes H25. (There is an extenisve online discussion of these writings, by David Beers Quinn, as part of his 1985 Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History.). First Edition. Cloth. 8vo.
Richmond: Franklin Press , 1819. This is the first American edition of these two volumes, with frontispieces, engraved coats of arms. The map and 2 separate plates are not present; the frontispiece bust of Smith is present and in very good condition. These are the original flamed sheep covers with red lettered labels on the spines. Covers and bindings worn (but reasonably tight) with slight fire damage to head of volume two. Smith's "True Travels..." were originally published in 1630. The "Generall Historie..." was first published in London in 1624, and because of wide and varied interests has been reprinted many times over the years, with the Richmond edition the first in the USA. There is some light dampstaining to the upper gutter in volume two, for about the first 20 pages. Although Captain Smith was quite a self-promoter, his observations and writings still provided a great deal of valuable information. Generally a good set.. Full-Leather. Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Amsterdam: Oriental Press, 1969. All 7 volumes are reprints of the 1868 Paris edition. This is a major reference work,(in French) on this region, with several volumes containing folded facsimile maps from the original edition. A few of the covers show some edgewear and rubbing, but generally a very good set with uniformly tight binding and clean text. Appears barely used.. Reprint. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Philadelphia: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1939. VG copy of this excellent work. Has 5 facsimle maps: A Map of the Indian walking Purchase, A Map of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York..., A Revision of the 1752 Edition of this foregoing Map of 1749, Evans'[ Map of the Middle Atlantic Region..for Peter Kalm..., A Map of the Area in dispute between Pennsylvania and Maryland..., A general Map of the Middle British Colonies.... All the facisimiles are in near fine condition except for an early crease separation on the first map. The edges are a little browned and the cover is a bit bumped and rubbed, but the binding is sound. Gipson was with Lehigh University at the time.. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.
Hubbard Bros., Philadelphia, 1875. 8vo., HB, 853pp, G+ w/ decorative cloth cover. ront cover a bit loose but bindings generally tight. Some soiling and foxing.Over 100 nice b&w steel-plate engravings> Map towards end of text with nice outline color, clean paper, small tear near left side fold not significantly affecting image: Map of Southern and central Africa, Based on the Astronomical Ovservations Surveys and Sketches of Dr. David Livingstone... (includes Stanley's relief route). 30.5x21.5cm. This is a very nice book..
Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 1999. As new copy of the first edition this wonderful recent production, already increasingly difficult to find. Hard to beat this quality for the price. This has already received rave reviews from several sources, and reproduces 320 maps over four centuries (ranging from Sir Francis Drake's 1579 voyages through the Klondike goldrush and Canadian Pacific Railways maps/surveys). Includes index and individual map references. This will be a classic (in a hurry). There are a few small edge tears (tiny) to the jacket due to shelfwear.. First Edition. Cloth. As New/As New. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall.
Montreal : William Foster Brown & Co., 1890. Two volumes; interiors very good or better. A massive production, with the map case covers showing owners plate from the Geological Survey Department, Ottawa, Canada. The map case is chipped and split, but the large folding maps with original printed color are near fine, and include 9 sheets of the Mackenzie Yukon Basins, and 3 sheets of the superficial geology of southern New Brunswick. Everal added maps in the large (2.5 inch thick) main volume, including Dawson's reports, and the large folding index map of the Yukon expedition. It is hard to image the full set of maps could be had in much better condition. One or two of the maps have a loer marginal owners stamp. . Paper. Very Good. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.
Paris: Chez Rey et Gravier, 1820. First French edition (translated from 3 volume 1819 Edinburgh edition), full five thick octavo volumes, early half leather bindings tight with minimal restorations (esp. Vol. 1). Frontispiece of capitol, small folding early city plan of Washington DC, and the scarce map by Tardieu (original hand colored outlines, titled 'Carte des Etats-Unis de L'Amerique Septentrionale', dated 1819 on the plate, image 12.75x18.5 inches in NEAR FINE condition with folds as issued (Texas mentioned but not yet a Republic, and a huge Louisiana territory- a nice early item with the transmississippi west). The reduced plan of Washington DC, based on the earlier and larger Ellicott map, is in volume 5, in very good condition, with minimal verso foxing. Quite scarce, esp. with this condition and these bindings.. First Edition Thus. Half-Leather. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Paris: Henri Plon, 1866. Very good overall, 9 inch 8vo., 146 pp, original endpapers, title and half title, contemporary marbled boards, quarter leather. No major text browning. Small library withdrawl stamp on title page. Covers a bit chipped at the edges. Rebacked with red leather, gilt lettered, 4 band spine in nice condition. All 5 plans present, several very large folding colored lithographs. The first of these is actually in 2 parts: Plan De Port - Said, Plan De Kantara. The other 3 are: Plan D'Ismailia, Plan De Suez, Plan General du Canal Maritime. The latter shows the full extent from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean. Several of these are quite large and detailed. They are in excellent condition, a few with minor edge tears at folds, but no serious image intrusion. Lesseps founded this company isn 1855, so this is a realtively late summary. Work had begun on the canal, at Port Said, in 1859, and was completed when the Mediterannean was reached in 1869. Pasha Said had been a childhood friend of Lesseps. Several copies of this publication are seen in the online KVK catalogue, including the British Library, Bibliotheque Nationale, and Union Catalogue of Italy. This is a nice piece of Suez Canal history, with the plans in very good condition.. Very Good.
Stockholm : PA Huldberg, 1862. Large 8vo., with cover title "Mexiko och Mexikanarne". This is the Swedish edition of this book, with the 18 engraved b&w plates, plus frontispiece. The plates are titled in English, and include the frontal view of Stockholm plus the numerous text views of Mexican coastal and landscape sites, streetviews, monuments, etc. Spine is sunned, rubbed but tight. Probably new enpapers, colorful fore-edges in good shape. A relatively uncommon book, with interior contents in VG+ condition and virtually no foxing.. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Engravings by M. Rugendas. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Gov't Printing Office, Washington DC, 1900. G, large 8vo HB, due to bumped and rubbed cover and early splitting of front interior binding. The book is still reasonably tight (no DJ) and the interior caontents are very good; the 5 maps (4 folding, 3 double page-- Territorial Growth of the Uni ted States, Map by Franquelin in 1684, Moll's map 1710, Map of Alaska, Map of Hawaiian Islands) are all in excellent condition, three of which are colored. All 7 b&w portraits (Thomas Jefferson in 1803, Barbe Marbois, Robert R. Livingston, President Monroe, William H. Seward, President Polk, Thomas H. Benton) are also in excellent condition. This is a very interesting book..
Cleveland: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1912. Large 8vo, minor rubbing covers, internally in excellent condition. There is a private owner's bookplate pasted inside the front cover. Alvord was at the Univ. of Illinois when he wrote this, with the intent of giving credit to early Virginians in these explorations. Sections include the dicovery of the Ohio waters, discovery of New Brittaine, discoveries of John Lederer, the role of Governor Berkeley as a promoter of these explorations, the Batts & Fallam expedition, the journeys of Needham and Arthur and more (including a memorandum by John Locke pertaining to the latter journeys). Illustrated by maps of explorations, facsimile of John Ledere's map and others (not heavily illustrated). This is a nice early historical account of the subject.. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
London: J. Dodsley, in Pall-Mall, 1779. Very good overall. Contemporary scuffed leather boards, 8.75 inch 8vo., rebacked with red gilt-lettered spine label and new end-papers. Frontispiece map (The World as far as known to the Ancients), title page, dedication to Francis North (Lord Bishop of Worcester), table of contents, 99 pp text with individual section titles. The other six maps (all 7 have attributions to Kitchen/Kitchin) are: Ancient Europe, Ancient Asia, Ancient Africa, The Voyage of Aeneas, The Voyage of Ulyses (sic), The Voyage of St. Paul. There is mild lower dampstaing to the first 15pp, but all maps images are relatively clean, with very little browining or foxing. A few small stains on the title page. This is ostensibly the third edition (not indicated in text), with a few earlier editions noted. This is a very uncommon geography, with the full set of maps by Thomas Kitchen. A few copies of this are seen in the online KVK catalogue. .
London: T Fisher Unwin, Ltd., 1910. 7th ed. (revised and augmented), original binding. Small 8vo, binding worn and loose w/some damage to upper and lower spine, and some splitting inside front cover. Rest of internal contents VG. the panorama, 28 maps and 65 plans (color printed) are generally VG+. 624pp w/endplate map of Great Britain..