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Album of Original Photographs from three Arctic expeditions commanded by Donald Baxter MacMillan
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Album of Original Photographs from three Arctic expeditions commanded by Donald Baxter MacMillan

By MACMILLAN, Donald Baxter (1874-1970)

[Labrador, Baffin Island, Ellesmere Island, and Greenland, 1925. Oblong quarto. 83 silver gelatin photographs, plus 4 photo postcards, most approximately 3 x 5 inches. Manuscript captions on supports in white pencil throughout. Contemporary black leather, cord-tied photo album. A lively collection of photographs documenting an important series of 20th century Arctic voyages. A collection of eighty-seven images from three different Arctic voyages commanded or co-commanded by Donald Baxter MacMillan in the early 1920s. MacMillan made over thirty voyages to the Arctic during a nearly fifty year career that spanned the first half of the 20th century. After World War I, he designed and commissioned his own schooner, named the Bowdoin , specifically for Arctic exploration. The photos in this album document the first two expeditions made by the craft to Baffin Island in 1921-22, and to North Greenland, Ellesmere Island, and several other locations in 1923-24, as well as a third exploration, also to Greenland, made jointly with another ship called the Peary in 1925. The present images depict many views of the Bowdoin and the Peary , as well as sea planes transported into the Arctic by the Peary for testing, detail features of the passing landscape, seascape, and document local wildlife. Further photos show the activities of the men in camp and in the course of their duties, such as building, dog sledding, hiking, and ship loading. Finally, a number of pictures record the lives of the native Eskimo populations and show the ruins of building left by early Norse explorers.

$15000.00

With the Serbs in Macedonia
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With the Serbs in Macedonia

By WALSHE, Douglas

London: John Lane, 1920. 8vo. xii, 278pp. Photographic plates. Extra-illustrated by Margaret English, a British nurse serving at the 37th General Hospotal Salonique, Vertekop, with 57 original photographs, most mounted and captioned within the book. Contemporary half brown morocco and cloth boards. Provenance: Margaret English (signature and inscription dated 1920) A British nurse's archive of photographs of her service in Macedonia during World War I, inserted as extra-illustrations into a scarce account of the campaign. The author served with the 708 Company Motor Transport attached to the Serbian Army in Macedonia during the War. His scarce work is described as a "lighthearted account with lots of local colour" (Lengel). The present example, however, is much enhanced by the original owner of this copy, Sister Margaret English, a nurse serving at the 37th General Hospital at Salonique in Macedonia during the war. She has covered the endpapers, as well as the verso of the plates and any other available space within the book, with her snapshots from the war. Included are landscapes of the camp, as well as portraits of officers; but most of the photographs comprise vernacular scenes of everyday life in Macedonia during the war. Lengel 909.

$1000.00

A Voyage of Discovery, made under the orders of the Admiralty, in his Majesty's ships Isabella and Alexander, for the purpose of exploring Baffin's Bay, and inquiring into the probability of a north-west passage
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A Voyage of Discovery, made under the orders of the Admiralty, in his Majesty's ships Isabella and Alexander, for the purpose of exploring Baffin's Bay, and inquiring into the probability of a north-west passage

By ROSS, Sir John (1777-1856)

London: John Murray, 1819. Quarto. (11 1/4 x 8 7/8 inches). [6], xxxix, [1], 252, cxliv pp. Small format errata leaf following the list of plates. 32 maps, coastal profiles, plates, tables or graphs (comprising: 1 engraved folding frontispiece general chart, 2 engraved folding maps by J. Walker after J. Bushnan and others, 25 aquatint or engraved plates and coastal profiles by D. Havell, R. Havell & Son, Thomas Lewin after A.M. Skene, Ross, H.P. Hoppner, Thomas Lewin and others [15 hand-coloured, 7 folding], 1 engraved table, 3 folding engraved meteorological graphs), wood-engraved illustrations (one full-page). Uncut. Repaired tears to the first three leaves, small tear to the frontispiece map with small area of loss affecting a few words of the Remark at the top right. Contemporary blue cloth, rebacked with the original spine, red morocco lettering piece First edition of the official account of Ross's first voyage. Ross "commanded the Isabella and the expedition, with Sir W. E. Parry in command of the Alexander. The vessels sailed from England Apr. 18, to Davis Strait and north along the west coast of Greenland to the entrance of Smith Sound; thence southward past Jones Sound to Lancaster Sound; after exploring it, the vessels continued southward, making a test of the breadth of Davis Strait, and returning to England by Nov. 14." (Arctic Bibliography). The expedition is credited with confirming the earlier discoveries of Bylot and Baffin, although they failed to probe deeper into Lancaster Sound, for which Ross was criticized on his return. Geographic discoveries included Melville Bay, Cape York, Prince Regent's Bay (Dedodes Fjord), Whale Sound, and Carey's Island. The scientific work produced some notable results and the present work also provides an account of an important encounter with "Arctic Highlanders" (i.e. Eskimos). In retrospect, Ross's voyage was the first of an important series of British north-west passage expeditions, which explored the Arctic regions in the period between 1818 and 1845. Abbey Travel II, 634; Arctic Bibliography 14873; Sabin 73376; Staton & Tremaine 1152; Hill 1488; Lande 1425.

$5000.00

Stamboul. Moeurs et Costumes
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Stamboul. Moeurs et Costumes

By PREZIOSI, Amadeo (1816-1882)

Paris: Canson, 1883. Folio. (24 1/4 x 18 1/2 inches). Mounted on guards throughout. Letterpress title printed in red and black, letterpress introduction leaf and letterpress list of plates. Tinted lithographic frontispiece printed by Lemercier of Paris, 28 chromolithographic plates, trimmed to the edge of the image and mounted on thick paper with imprints, as issued, all by Lemercier of Paris after Preziosi. Bound to style in full period brown morocco, covers elaborately bordered in gilt, spine gilt with raised bands, marbled endpapers, gilt edges Lively lithographs by one of the best known of the artists living and working in Istanbul in the mid-19th century: one of 500 numbered copies. The son of Count Gio Francois Preziosi of Malta, Amadeo initially studied the law before turning to painting. After studying under Giuseppe Hyzler, Perziosi subsequently completed his art education at the Paris Academy of Fine Arts. He moved to Constantinople in 1842, fell in love with the city, and was able to make a living painting the places and people that surrounded him. It is noted in the Atabey catalogue that "Preziosi was well-known .... His studio is mentioned in Murray's guidebooks for 1854 and 1871. By that time he had become an institution in the city... He produced views of the city, and genre and costume drawings" ( The Ottoman World p.535). His paintings sold well to both the affluent local and the Grand Tourist, and his reputation was such that also served as a court painter to Sultan Abdul Hamid II. With his published work, Preziosi was offered the opportunity to share his love of his adopted home city with a wider public: he here offers a catalogue of daily life in the city; an aide-memoire and a momento. The work offers a real cross-section of humanity, ranging from a street performance by a family of gypsies and their bear, to street vendors, to established shopkeepers of various kinds, to military and religious figures, to high-class Turkish ladies, to a powerful eunuch of the Sultan's seraglio. But behind the main figures, can be glimpsed locations and small incidents that are what gives the city its unique quality: from the Süleymaniye Mosque to the Bosphorus, from the shops in the alley-ways, the coffee houses, to the courtyard of the sultan. First published in 1858, the present re-issue, limited to 500 numbered copies, was published under the direction of the Encyclopédie des Arts Décoratifs de L'Orient. Colas 2423; Blackmer 1353 (1865 edition); Atabey 999 (1861 edition).

$22500.00

Journal of a Voyage Round the World
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Journal of a Voyage Round the World

By SEYMOUR, Capt. William Dean

Cork: Francis Guy, 1877. 12mo. [8], 169pp. Portrait photographic frontspiece, signed by the author below the image. Publisher's red cloth, upper cover lettered in gilt Provenance: Mrs. Hasler (inscribed by the author on the front pastedown) Around the world: a privately printed journal. In this privately printed work, the author recounts via his daily diary entries a voyage from Queenstown to New York, overland across the United States to California, by boat to Japan and Hong Kong, and thence to Singapore, Ceylon, Bombay and home via the Suez Canal. In all the 30,000 mile voyage lasted from August to December 1876. "Includes trip from Chicago to California, via the Platte valley and Utah" (Howes). Howes S318; Cowan, p. 577.

$500.00

Our Journey to Japan
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Our Journey to Japan

By SCHIFF, Jacob (1847-1920)

[New York]: Printed as a surprise to the author [by the New York Cooperative Society], 1907. 4to. Plates and illustrations. Publisher's paper-backed boards, label on the upper cover, spine worn The noted Jewish-American banker's account of his journey to Japan to receive the Order of the Rising Sun for his role financing the Russo-Japanese War. On his February to May 1906 visit to Japan, Schiff became the first foreign private citizen to ever receive the Order of the Rising Sun and met privately with the Emperor. His work provides a daily recounting of his journey and impressions of Japan. Scarce.

$600.00

Chronicles of an African Trip
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Chronicles of an African Trip

By EASTMAN, George (1854-1932)

[Rochester]: Privately Printed, 1927. 8vo. Numerous photographic illustrations after images taken by Eastman, Pomeroy, Stewart and Johnson. The endpapers comprised of two maps showing the northern and southern routes of the expedition. Publisher's cloth-backed boards, paper label on the spine. Privately printed. Privately-printed by Eastman for presentation to to employees of Kodak, the work details Eastman's hunting trip in the environs of Mount Kenya with Daniel Pomeroy, and Audley Stewart. Other images in the work are after photographs by Eastman's friend and noted adventurer/documentary filmmaker Martin Johnson.

$150.00

On Special Mission to Abyssinia
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On Special Mission to Abyssinia

By MURRAY-JACOBY, Catherine

New York: Published Privately, 1933. 8vo. 141, iii pp. Photographic plates. Publisher's red cloth, upper cover with mounted title label Provenance: Comtesse de Jumilhac (presentation inscription by the author) Scarce privately printed account of the coronation of Haile Selassie. Written by the wife of H. Murray Jacoby, the American Special Ambassador to the coronation.

$150.00

The Cruise of the 'Narcissus' with the Detached Squadron, from the 30th of September, 1874, to the 10th of May 1877
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The Cruise of the 'Narcissus' with the Detached Squadron, from the 30th of September, 1874, to the 10th of May 1877

By WRIGHT, William Purvis (1846-1910)

Portsmouth: Henry Lewis, 1877. 8vo. vii, [1], 114, [6]pp. Folding map. Pubisher's blue cloth, upper cover panelled in black and letter in gilt Scarce journal of the travels of the HMS Narcissus to South America, South Africa, India, Singapore and the China Sea. "The 'Cruise of the Narcissus' with the Detached Squandron has been written with the view to chronicle events in connection with the Squadron. It makes no pretensions to literary merit, but is simply a Journal of the proceedings of the longest and most varied Cruise ever taken on by the so called Flying Squadrons" (Preface). The ship departed from Plymouth at the end of September 1874, travelling to Monte Video and the Falklands, before proceeding back across the Atlantic, and cruising the west coast of Africa to Gibralter before returning south around the Cape of Good Hope to Bombay, Calcutta and Ceylon. Visits to Singapore, Hong Kong Woosung, Nagasaki, Chifu ensued before returning back via Mauritius, around the Cape of Good Hope, arriving back in Plymouth in May 1877.

$500.00

The Second Revolution in China, 1913. My adventures of the fighting around Shanghai, the Arsenal, Woosung Forts
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The Second Revolution in China, 1913. My adventures of the fighting around Shanghai, the Arsenal, Woosung Forts

By RUDINGER de Rodyenko, Stephen Piero Sergius

Shanghai: Shanghai Mercury, Ltd, 1914. 8vo. xii, 177pp., plus numerous maps and plates. Errata leaf. Publisher's blue cloth, worn and stained Scarce eyewitness account in English of the Second Revolution. "The articles about the military operations in the course of the last revolution appearing in the following pages are the result of conclusions I arrived at after I went through the different fights around and about the Arsenal of Kiang-nan and the forts of Woosung, near Shanghai ... The account of the fights I give are those of which I was an eye-witness when working as a reporter of 'The Ostasiatische Lloyd' during the revolution of 1913" (Preface).

$450.00

Scenery and Reminiscences of Ceylon
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Scenery and Reminiscences of Ceylon

By DESCHAMPS, John

London: Published for the Author by Ackermann and Co, 1845. Folio. (19 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches). [4], 48 pp., plus lithographed additional title and 12 lithographed plates. Publisher's green cloth boards, upper cover stamped in gilt, expertly rebacked to style with dark green morocco Scarce folio lithographed view book of Ceylon. Deschamps, an officer in the Royal Artillery, spent nine years in Sri Lanka (1828-1838), during which time he compiled the material contained in this work. He aims were broad, and as he noted in his preface included representing the scenery, customs, objects, dress, and professions. "The views are twelve in number and have been selected as representing some of the scenes and objects most familiar to those who are acquainted with Ceylon, and, as being, from their associations, most likely to prove interested to the generality of them; and, at the same time, every opportunity has been seized to illustrate costumes, as well as the habits and occupations of the natives" (Preface). The images, after drawings by the author, are lithographed by Giles and Hanhart. The plates comprise: Fort of Colombo; The Galli Face Esplanade; Adam's Peak and the Take of Colombo; Slave Island; Adam's Peak and Slave Island; Colpitty; The Ferry House; Bhudhist Temples; The Ferry at Bentotte; The Rock of Mulkirricalle; The Lake of Kanuy; Great Elephant Kraal. Abbey Travel 414.

$12000.00

Across Europe and Asia to Japan
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Across Europe and Asia to Japan

By EVANS, Rowland Bridgwater

Kobe, Japan: H. Kodama, 1914. 8vo. [4], 201, [3], Portrait plate. Inscribed by the author on the front endpaper and with the portrait signed. Extra-illustrated with an Autograph Letter Signed by the author, sending the book, tipped into the rear. Publisher's black pebbled cloth, recased with the original spine Provenance: Mr. & Mrs. Forestier Walker (author's presentation inscription) Scarce privately-printed account of an Englishman's journey to Japan. "My original intention was to write an account merely of my journey from England to Japan, in response to the requests of friends. I felt, however, that there was so much interest concerning Japan, that readers would be pleased to learn something more about the Far East than what they already knew, especially as nearly all the information given is from first hand knowledge or experience" (Preface). Travelling from London to Moscow via Berlin, Evans travels by train across the Urals and Siberia to Vladivostock where a ship is boarded for the final leg of the journey to Japan. Eventually arriving in Kobe, Evans gives much information on the natural history of Japan (with an apparent specific interest in insects), as well as the customs, ceremonies, dress, food, etc. Scarce, with no example cited by OCLC.

$500.00

The History and Lives of the most Notorious Pirates, and their Crews ... the third edition
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The History and Lives of the most Notorious Pirates, and their Crews ... the third edition

By [JOHNSON, Captain Charles (fl. 1724-1736); sometimes attributed to Daniel DEFOE]

London: Sabine and Son, 1780. 12mo. (7 x 4 inches). 96pp. 15 woodcut full-page illustrations. Publisher's wrappers, upper wrapper with a large woodcut portrait of Capt. Martel (repeated from the illustration on p. 27), lower wrapper with publisher's ads Scarce 18th-century, illustrated chapbook edition of Johnson's "Lives of Pirates" This fascinating work, first published in 1724, was an instant success. The work remained in print in various languages throughout the 18th and 19th centuries - with over 30 editions being published before 1900. It now serves as one of the most important contemporary printed sources for information about the British pirates of the first decades of the 18th century. It includes chapters on all the great ones: Captain Avery, Edward Blackbeard Teach, Steed Bonnet, Bartholomew Roberts, Henry Morgan and others. Also includes chapters on two female pirates, Mary Read and Anne Bonny. "This work is considered a sequel to Exquemelin's Bucaniers of America, and most of the pirates it records operated in the West Indies and American waters ... Nothing is known of the author who called himself Captain Johnson, and the name may be an assumed one. Beginning in 1724, and continuing to the present day, books on pirates have appeared under his name. There is no evidence to support the idea that Johnson was an actual pirate, even though his accounts seem remarkably accurate. There also appears to be little substance to the coincidence that a contemporary dramatist of the same name wrote a play, The successful pyrate, about a popular hero Captain Avery. J. R. Moore identified Captain Johnson as Daniel Defoe ... , but this was contested by P. N. Furbank and W. R. Owens in 1988, as well as by David Cordingly in a 1998 edition of Johnson. If the author was Defoe, it is interesting to note that he also wrote an elaborate review of the work" (Hill). Others, including his bibliographer Moore, have attributed the work to Daniel Defoe based on the internal relationship to his works of proven authorship (cf. J.R. Moore, Defoe in the pillory. 1939. p. 126-188). The National Maritime Museum notes that there is "considerable evidence' to suggest that 'Johnson may well have been a nom de plume used by Daniel Defoe" (Piracy & Privateering p. 83). This edition not recorded by ESTC and with only one example in OCLC.

$2800.00

Voyage autour du monde, fait dans les annees 1803, 1804, 1805 et 1806, par les ordres de Sa Majestie Imperiale Alexandre Ier, empereur de Russie, sur les vaisseaux la Nadiejeda et la Neva
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Voyage autour du monde, fait dans les annees 1803, 1804, 1805 et 1806, par les ordres de Sa Majestie Imperiale Alexandre Ier, empereur de Russie, sur les vaisseaux la Nadiejeda et la Neva

By KRUSENSTERN, Adam Johann von (1770-1846)

Paris: Gide fils, 1821. 3 volumes (text: 2 volumes, 8vo [8 x 5 1/2 inches]; atlas: folio [18 1/2 x 12 inches]). xii, 418; [4], 531, [1]pp. 30 engraved plates (portrait, 9 maps and 20 plates; 2 double-page maps). Uncut. Text in period patterned paper wrappers, the atlas bound to style in uniform period panelled wrappers. Housed in black morocco backed boxes. First edition in French of Krusenstern's seminal account of the first Russian expedition to circumnavigate the globe: complete with the rare atlas of plates. Capt. Ivan von Krusenstern's voyage was one of the most important post-Cook Pacific voyages, specifically aimed at obtaining more knowledge of the northern Pacific region, establishing diplomatic and commercial relations with Japan, and visiting the Russian trading posts in Alaska and on the west coast of America. It comprised the first Russian expedition to circumnavigate the globe, under the command of Krusenstern, between 1803 and 1806. Sailing in 1803, the expedition touched on Brazil and rounded Cape Horn, visiting the Marquesas Islands, Hawaii, Kamchatka, and Japan. In Hawaii the expedition separated, with ships under Langsdorff and Lisianski sailing to the Northwest Coast, while Krusenstern himself undertook the delicate Japan expedition, returning via Macao and the Cape of Good Hope. "The importance of this work stems from its being the official account of the first Russian expedition to circumnavigate the globe, and form the discoveries and rectifications of charts that were made, especially in the North Pacific and on the northwest coast of America" (Hill). First published in St. Petersburg between 1809 and 1814, with issues in both Russian and German, that first edition with its folio atlas of 105 plates is a major rarity of travel literature. Dutch, English and Italian editions followed, although none contained an atlas of plates. The present first edition in French is the first edition following the original publication to include an atlas of plates. The images are re-engraved versions of images in the original, and includes a portrait of Krusenstern, views and images of natives of the Marquesas, Japan, Sakhalin Island, Kamtchatka, etc., as well as nine maps of various Pacific regions visited. cf. Lada-Mocarski 62; Sabin 38332; Arctic Bibliography 9377; Howes K272, "c;" Borba de Moraes, pp.374-75; Hill 952 (ref); cf. Forbes Hawaii 407.

$32000.00

Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca; or, a Compleat Collection of Voyages and Travels: consisting of above four hundred of the most authentick writers
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Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca; or, a Compleat Collection of Voyages and Travels: consisting of above four hundred of the most authentick writers

By HARRIS, John (1667-1719, compilor)

London: printed for Thomas Bennet, John Nicholson and Daniel Midwinter, 1705. 2 volumes, folio. (14 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches). 2pp. list of subscribers. 32 engraved plates and maps. Contemporary calf, panelled in blind, expertly rebacked to style, spines with raised bands in seven compartments, red and black morocco lettering piece The first edition of this important compilation of world voyages, including descriptions of voyages to America, the Arctic, Africa, the Middle East and China. A collection of important voyages, which, as Harris himself describes "begins with the most early Discoveries, and Settlements of Trade, and reaches down to the Year 1626, where Purchas ends his Collection. But you will find here a succinct Account, of the Books of very many other Authors, which are neither in Him nor Hackluit ... The Second Volume hath nothing out of Purchas and Hackluit; but is entirely New: Being taken from the best of all the Modern Authors extant ... the Index is so very large and compleat, that you may there readily find the Description of any Part of the World; or an Account of any Bird, Beast, or Plant ... that hath been descib'd by Travellers." The work would be republished in second and third editions, but the first edition has become quite rare. "The first edition is valuable for the original impressions of the fine series of maps by Herman Moll, including a very good one of America. Also there is a map of the world according to Mercator's projection, with improvements, showing the northern coast line and part of the west and south coasts of Australia together with parts of Tasmania and New Zealand. Among the voyages included are those of Magellan, Drake, Cavenish, Schouten, Hawkins, Narbrough, and Dampier" (Hill). Hill (2004) 774; Sabin 30482; Alden & Landis 705/90.

$9500.00

Views in South America, from original drawings made in Brazil the River Plate, the Parana, &c
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Views in South America, from original drawings made in Brazil the River Plate, the Parana, &c

By OUSELEY, William Gore (1797-1866)

London: Thomas McLean, 1852. Folio. Lithographed title, dedication to Prince Albert with list of plates on verso, 26 tinted lithographed plates, lithographed plan. Expertly bound to style in dark blue morocco backed period cloth covered boards, large central morocco label on the upper cover, flat spine lettered in gilt, glazed yellow endpapers and pastedowns Among the rarest lithographed view books concerning South America. "In 1823 Ousley was transferred to Rio as secretary, and in 1838 was promoted to charge d'affaires. He was sent on a mission to Uruguay and Argentina in 1844 and returned to England in 1850 ... After he had returned to England, via the United States, he wished to publish a collection of drawings and watercolous of Brazil and the Rio de la Plata. The selection was made by Queen Victoria. This rare and valued album contains very pictureque lithographs" (Borba de Moraes). Published in 1852 and issued as tinted lithographs, like the present, for £4.4s, or hand coloured at £6.16s.6d, both issues are very rare. Unlike other lithographed plate books from this period, there was no deluxe issue on card. The list of plates cites the plan, 25 plates, plus one vignette (titled Serra de Estrella), though the vignette is in appearance no different than the other plates. Not in Abbey, attesting to the work's rarity. Borba de Moraes, p.643; Sabin 57947; Tooley 356; Palau 207325.

$37500.00

A Collection of Voyages and Travels, some now first printed from original manuscripts, others now first published in English. In Six Volumes ... The Third Edition ... [Uniformly bound with:]  A Collection of Voyages and Travels ... Compiled from the curious and valuable Library of the late Earl of Oxford
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A Collection of Voyages and Travels, some now first printed from original manuscripts, others now first published in English. In Six Volumes ... The Third Edition ... [Uniformly bound with:] A Collection of Voyages and Travels ... Compiled from the curious and valuable Library of the late Earl of Oxford

By CHURCHILL, Awnsham and John; and Thomas OSBORNE

London: by assignment by Messrs. Churchill for Henry Lintot and John Osborn (vols.I-VI); Thomas Osborne (vols.VII-VIII), 1747. 8 volumes, folio. (13 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches). Title to vol.I printed in red and black, text in two columns. 284 engraved maps and plates (19 folding, 125 double-page) by Kip, Moll and others, 1 folding letterpress table, 10 engraved illustrations, 62 wood-cut illustrations. Scattered minor foxing, minor worming at front of vol. 7. Contemporary calf, expertly rebacked retaining the original morocco lettering pieces, spines with raised bands in seven compartments, ruled in gilt on either side of each band Provenance: Henry Seymer, Hanford, Dorset (armorial bookplate) A fine set of the third and best edition of this "very valuable collection, both for its range of coverage and for the fact that it gives original accounts'' (Hill): complete with the Osborne continuation. Among the most important 18th century collections of voyages, including a number of accounts appearing here for the first time, or at least for the first time in English. The contents include seminal works on China, North and South America, Africa, Russia, Greenland, Japan, the northwest passage and more. Importantly, this set includes the first editions of the rare supplementary volumes, known as the "Harleian Voyages", compiled from Lord Oxford's library by Thomas Osborne and issued as volumes VII and VIII of the set. According to Sabin these are a "necessary accompaniment" although sets are generally found on the market in six volumes only. This combination of the third edition of Churchill's Voyages with Osborne's extension "is considered to be the best because of its greater inclusiveness and its copious index" (Hill). Sabin notes that in the first six volumes the "account of the books of voyages and travels" is brought up to date, and that "Many of the books in this collection have not appeared elsewhere in English". The better-known travellers whose works are printed here include: Baldaeus, Drake, Nieuhoff, John Smith, Columbus, Gemelli-Careri and Herrera. Cf. Borba de Moraes, pp. 1815; Hill (2004) 295; NMM 33; Sabin 13017 & 57765.

$26000.00

Delle Navigationi et Viaggi raccolte da M. Gio. Battista Ramusio, in tre volumi divise
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Delle Navigationi et Viaggi raccolte da M. Gio. Battista Ramusio, in tre volumi divise

By RAMUSIO, Giovanni Battista (1485-1557)

Venice: appresso i Giunti, 1613. 3 volumes, folio. (12 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches). 10 folding or double-page maps and plans (3 engraved, 7 woodcut), woodcut maps and illustrations within the text. Two text leaves in vol. 3 (a4 and a5) supplied from slightly shorter copy. Minor worming in upper gutter margin of volume one affecting approx. 20 leaves (without loss of text), volume three with paper restoration in the lower margin affecting appro. 40 leaves (without loss of text), minor paper loss at lower margin of approx. 20 leaves in vol. 3 (not affecting text). Bottom edges of vols. 1 and 2 with early manuscript titling. Twentieth century vellum, spine with raised bands, red and brown morocco lettering pieces A fine set of this highly important compilation of world voyages: a cornerstone of any collection of travel books and early Americana. As is often the case with sets of Ramusio, the present set is a mix of issues: the sixth edition of the first volume, the third edition of the second volume and the rare first edition of the third volume. Ramusio's effort is the first general compilation of narratives of the European exploration of the rest of the world. From John Locke to Henry Harrisse, scholars and bibliographers have praised Ramusio for his choice of material, his care and accuracy in presenting it, and his assiduous sorting of the evidence of the new discoveries. The first editions or first available editions of many of the most important voyages are contained herein, and the set is basic to any collection of voyages. The first volume is devoted to Africa and the East, especially the narratives of early Portuguese exploration, covering De Gama, Alvarez, Barros, and Pigafetta. The maps in the first volume are some of the first engraved maps to appear in any travel book. The second volume describes the journeys of Marco Polo, Varthema's eastern travels, and Persian voyages. Present here is the first edition of the second volume to include an account of Sebastian Cabot. The third volume is entirely devoted to America, and includes accounts of Peter Martyr, Oviedo (whose book XX occupies almost half the volume), Cortès, Cabeça de Vaca, Guzman, Ulloa, Coronado, Fray Marcos di Niza, Xerez, Verrazano, and Cartier. The final section on New France is particularly notable, being an early general publication of Cartier's Canadian experiences. Ramusio's maps are particularly important. The western hemisphere map in the third volume, the product of a collaboration between Ramusio and Oviedo, is the most complete one of its time, even showing Japan as more than one island. The Newfoundland and Hochelaga maps, resulting from Cartier's explorations, are the best early Canadian maps, with the latter being the first printed plan of a town in North America. Adams R-139; Borba de Moraes pp.698-99; Church 99; Cox p.28; European Americana 613/108, 583/59, 556/38; Sabin 67735, 67738, 67740; Streit I:337, I:143, I:75.

$48000.00

Voyage en Perse ... Perse Ancienne ... [With:] ... Perse Moderne ... [And with:] ... Relation du Voyage ..
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Voyage en Perse ... Perse Ancienne ... [With:] ... Perse Moderne ... [And with:] ... Relation du Voyage ..

By FLANDIN, Eugène Napoleon (1809-1889); and Pascal Xavier COSTE (1787-1879)

Paris: Gide et J. Baudry, 1854. 7 volumes, folio and octavo. (24 3/8 x 17 1/2 inches and 9 1/8 x 6 inches). All volumes with half-titles. [Ancienne:] 4 volumes, folio (1 vol. text, 3 vols. plates). Double-page engraved map and 243 plates on 244 sheets (241 engraved, 2 chromolithographed; 10 folding, 4 double-page), numbered 1-229. plus 16 bis plates (plate 187 not issued), with one plate on two double-page sheets (91) and one folding double number plate (150/151). Inked subscription stamp on plate 46. [Moderne:] 1 volume, folio. 100 tinted lithographed plates (31 with two images per plate). Minor dampstaining in top margin. [Relation:] 2 volumes, octavo. [4], 511, [1]; [4], 536pp. Expertly bound to style in half green morocco and period green cloth covered boards, spines with raised bands, lettered in gilt in the second and third compartments, the plate volumes with a repeat thematic gilt stamp in the others Provenance: Alfred Blanche (inked stamp on half titles in Relation vols) Very rare, profusely illustrated folio work on Persia: the finest depiction of Persia in the 19th century. Born in Naples the son of an officer in Napoleon's army, Flandin is said to have studied under Horace Vernet, though other sources suggest him to have been self-taught. He exhibited in the Paris Salon in 1836, which evidently gained him notice, and he was sent to Algeria as a military painter in 1837. An interest in architecture led to his being appointed, along with architect Pascal Xavier Coste, to accompany the French Ambassador to Persia, Edouard, Comte de Sercey in 1839. "When the head of the mission was recalled to France, Flandin and Coste were left to struggle on in the country in the most difficult of circumstances" (Howgego). "After parting from de Sercey's mission, they left Isfahan (31 May 1841) with very limited financial means and retinue. They pursued their periplus towards Hamadan, Kangavar, Bisotun, Holwan, etc. They went back to Isfahan and then on to Shiraz and the Persian Gulf (Busehr), returning to Tehran via Shiraz, Isfahan, and Kasan. They then traveled to Tabriz, where disastrous sanitary conditions hampered their return through Trabzon or Tiflis so that they had to take the Tabriz-Baghdad route through Kurdistan instead ... Flandin's Voyage en Perse remains a model of its kind and an important source, particularly on early Qajar Persia, due to both its text and its illustrations. It provides many precious observations on history, archeology, arts, architecture, geography, social and court life, royal and provincial administration, military organization, etc" (Encyclopaedia Iranica). Upon his return to France, Flandin was awarded the Légion d'honneur Published in 72 livraisons over the course of a decade, this work is very rare and is nearly always lacking plates or text. The present set is complete, and includes the rare octavo text with provenance to Alfred Blanche, the Conseiller d'Etat to the French Ministry of State from 1851-1858. Brunet II:p.1281; cf. Howgego B49 and G2; cf. Ghani p.641; Wilson p.72. Not in Abbey, Atabey or Blackmer.

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Voyage autour du Monde, exécuté par ordre du Roi, sur la corvette de Sa Majesté, la Coquille, pendant les années 1822, 1823, 1824 et 1825
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Voyage autour du Monde, exécuté par ordre du Roi, sur la corvette de Sa Majesté, la Coquille, pendant les années 1822, 1823, 1824 et 1825

By DUPERREY, Louis-Isidore (1786-1865)

Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1830. 11 volumes in 8, quarto and folio. Detailed listing and collations below. Near uniform contemporary half green morocco and marbled paper covered boards Provenance: J. Cauvin (signature and inked stamp) A very rare set of one of the rarest and most lavish of the French Grand Voyage accounts of exploration in the Pacific. The expedition, which left Toulon on Aug. 11, 1822, was sponsored by the French government and had as its chief objective the collection of scientific data, but was also instructed to report on the possibility of establishing a penal colony in western Australia. Duperrey, who was thirty-five at the start of the voyage, had been on the crew of the previous major French Pacific voyage, that of Freycinet. He had as his second in command Jules S. Dumont d'Urville, who was to become the most experienced French commander in the Pacific. While science led the expedition, there was also an unspoken goal of discovering where France might carve out an empire of her own in the South Pacific. Duperrey proceeded to the Pacific by way of Brazil and Cape Horn. Stops were made along the coasts of Chile and Peru, and in the Society, Gilbert, Marshall and Caroline islands. Other islands visited included the Tuamotu Archipelago, Tahiti, Tonga, and Rotuma. The expedition also made important exploratory visits to Australia, New Guinea, and New Zealand, where the Maoris were visited. The entire voyage took almost three years, arriving in Marseilles on March 24, 1825. By far the greatest contributions of the expedition were scientific, cartographic, and ethnographic. Some 264 birds and quadrupeds, 1200 insects, 288 fishes, sixty-three reptiles, and a mass of plants were collected and beautifully described and reproduced in the exquisitely colored plates of the several atlases. Reports were made on Polynesian languages, costumes, weapons, and religious artifacts, many of which are illustrated in the plates of the "atlas historique." Duperrey is given credit for discovering the Gilbert and Caroline island groups, and for correcting errors in earlier mappings of the Society Islands. Despite the unfinished nature of some of the text volumes, that which was published is marked with the detail and careful observations expected in the sumptuous format of French "Grand Voyages," and is one of the most extensive voyage accounts ever published. Duperrey's long visit to Tahiti and the Society Islands continued the French interest in this group, which culminated in their annexation by France by Du Petit-Thouars. His expedition also proved to be a catalyst for French missionary endeavors in the South Pacific to contest with Protestant Englishmen. His explorations of Australia and New Zealand, which Ferguson characterizes as of "great importance," were less significant politically, since the British vehemently opposed any French settlement there. Nonetheless, this largely scientific endeavor opened the door to a much more aggressive French policy in the South Pacific. This set is comprised as follows: [HISTOIRE]. L.-I. DUPERREY. Voyage autour du Monde ... Histoire du Voyage . [Paris: 1829]. 2 volumes (quarto text [12 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches] and folio atlas [19 3/4 x 13 inches]. Text: [2], xlv, [1], 202pp. [all published]. With the half-title, but without a title page as usual. Uncut. Atlas: engraved title, 60 engraved plates (59 printed in colours and hand coloured) by Ambroise Tardieu after Duperrey, Lejeune and Chazal. [HYDROGRAPHIE]. L.-I. DUPERREY. Voyage autour du Monde ... Hydrographie . Paris: 1829. 2 volumes (quarto text [11 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches] and large folio atlas [22 x 16 inches]). Text: [4], 164pp., plus engraved map. Atlas: Engraved title, [2], 21, [1]pp., plus 53 engraved plates (numbered 1-50, plus 3, 8 and 41 bis; 19 double-page; 49 engraved maps by Ambroise Tardieu after Duperrey and others, 4 engraved plates of various native sailing vessels by Berard after Duperrey and others). Extra-illustrated with a map of Oceanie by Tardieu, bound in the rear, hand-coloured in outline. [HYDROGRAPHIE ET PHYSIQUE]. L.-I. DUPERREY. Voyage autour du Monde ... Hydrographie et Physique . Paris: 1829. Quarto (bound with the Hydrographie text above): [4], 133, [1]pp., plus folding engraved map. [BOTANIQUE]. J. S. C. DUMONT d'Urville, A. BRONGNIART and BORY de St. Vincent. Voyage autour du Monde ... Botanique . Paris: 1828-1829. 3 volumes (two volumes quarto text [12 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches and 11 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches] and folio atlas [19 1/2 x 13 1/4 inches]). Phanerogamie text (bound with the Histoire text above): 200pp (of 232). Uncut. Cryptogamie text (bound with the Hydrographie text above): [4], 301, [1]pp. Atlas (102 [of 106] engraved plates by Barrois, Dusmenil and others after P.Bessa, Borg de St.Vincent and others): Engraved title, 39 plates (numbered 1-38, plus 13 bis); 63 plates (numbered 1-78, plate 23 misnumbered 30, issued without plates numbered 55, 57, 58, 63, 65, 66, 67, 72, 73, 74 and 76; lacks plates 59, 62, 64 and 71). [ZOOLOGIQUE]. R. P. LESSON and GARNOT. Voyage autour du Monde ... Zoologie . Paris: 1826-1830. 3 volumes (two volumes quarto text [11 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches] and folio atlas [19 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches]. Text (4 parts in two volumes): [4], iv, 360, [4], 361-743, [1]; [4], 471, [1], [2], xii, 9-317, [1], 155, [1]pp. Atlas (three parts in one, with a total of 157 plates by Countant after Lesson, L. Prevost, Pretre, Guerin, Vauthier and others): Engraved title, 53 plates (numbered 1-50, plus 21, 31 and 35 bis; Mammals 1-9 and Birds10-50; all but one hand-coloured), letterpress table; 61 hand coloured plates (Reptiles 1-7, Fish 1-38, Mollusks 1-16), letterpress table; 43 hand coloured plates (Crustaceans 1-5, Insects 1-21 plus 14 bis, Zoophytes 1-16), 3pp. letterpress table. Anker 288; Borba de Moraes pp.275-276; Chadenat 566; Dunmore French Explorers in the Pacific II , pp.107-155; Fine Bird Books (1990) p.73; Hill (2004) 517; Hocken 42; Nissen BBI 560; Nissen IVB 42; Nissen ZBI 1210; Sabin 21353; Stafleu & Cowan 1578; Whittel 218; Fergusson 1069; Brunet II:888.

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