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Camden's Britannia, Newly Translated into English: with large additions and improvements
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Camden's Britannia, Newly Translated into English: with large additions and improvements

By William Camden, Edmund Gibson

London : Printed by F Collins, for A Swalle; and A & F Churchil; published by Edmund Gibson, 1695 A good copy of the 2nd edition in English, and the first Gibson edition of Camden's Britannia. In contemporary full leather binding with frontispiece, 50 maps by Robert Morden, 8 full page plates of coins, and 1 further full page plate. William Camden is said to be the first English topographer and the first issues of his work in latin (first edition with maps 1607) caused land disputes because the maps showed details of enclosures. This copy is in contemporary panelled calf with a new matching spine with 5 raised bands and red title label. It is in very good clean condition with expert repair to corners and new endpapers. The contents are complete and generally clean with the odd mark or stain. Classed as good overall because 3 of the maps and a few text pages have been added in from another 1695 source and the 3 maps have had some later hand colouring, and a number of maps have had repair. Contents: frontispiece; title; dedication; preface with adverts on final page; life of Camden; Camden's preface; ad lectorem; catalogue; Antonine itinerary; chapters; text in double columns with 8 pp of coins and 2 fold out maps - pp i-cxcv. Half title with blank to verso; text in double columns with 44 county maps, 1 map of England, 1 full page of engravings and engravings in the text eg of Stonehenge pp 1-875. Half title; text with 3 maps pp 883-1116; Annals of Ireland 18 pp finis; index 24 pp; appendix 2 pp finis. The frontispiece has loss to the gutter and has been relaid; there is a paper hole approx 2 cm x 1 cm at p 182 with small loss of text; pp 309-316 and the final 10 pp of index plus the appendix have a smaller bottom margin; p 806 has some loss to the bottom margin; there is a little worming in the gutter around p 902; and the appendix has paper repair. Of the maps: Cornwall has a repaired tear; Hampshire has some repair and loss at the gutter; Chester and Herefordshire have minor repair; Middlesex, North Yorkshire and Cumberland have some hand colouring; Kent has been relaid with some loss; Norfolk has lost the right hand margin; West Yorkshire has repair; North Wales has repair. Please enquire if you would like to see additional images.

$2940.30

The History of Scotland, From the year 1423, until the year 1542. Containing The Lives and Reigns of James The I. the II. the III. the IV. the V. With several Memorials of State, During the Reigns of James VI. and Charles I. Illustrated with their Effigies in Copper Plates;
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The History of Scotland, From the year 1423, until the year 1542. Containing The Lives and Reigns of James The I. the II. the III. the IV. the V. With several Memorials of State, During the Reigns of James VI. and Charles I. Illustrated with their Effigies in Copper Plates;

By William Drummond

London : The Fabian, 1681 A poor to fair copy of this scarce work by William Drummond of Hawthornden. Drummond was a Scottish poet and it is said that this work emerged from his researches into his family history. The binding is in serious need of repair and it lacks the frontispiece, original title and the 5 further plates. The binding is contemporary full calf with blind ruled lines to boards. The front board is detached and the back board is loose. The spine has loss to top and bottom and both boards have damage to a corner. Internally, the front free endpaper has been used to provide an old hand-written copy of the title page, which is missing, along with the frontispiece. Contents: Preface to Reader by Mr Hall of Greys Inn 1680; blank; text split into reigns pp 1-350; Memorials of State pp 351-369; Familiar Epistles pp 370-400; A Cypresse Grove pp 401-436 Finis. Contents are generally clean with the occasional mark. Text pages have light toning to edges. The top corner of B2 is missing without loss of text; the bottom corner tip of p101 is missing; there is occasional scholarly pencil annotation and the rear endpaper is creased. A good reading copy.

$133.65

Annals of Scotland, from Malcolm III, in the year M.LVII. to the Accession of the House of Stewart in the year M.CCC.LXXI. to which are added Tracts relative to the History and Antiquities of Scotland
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Annals of Scotland, from Malcolm III, in the year M.LVII. to the Accession of the House of Stewart in the year M.CCC.LXXI. to which are added Tracts relative to the History and Antiquities of Scotland

By Sir David Dalrymple of Hailes

Edinburgh and London: Archibald Constable & Co. and Fairburn & Anderson; and Hurst, Robinson & Co. , 1819 A very good complete 3 volume set in contemporary half leather bindings with raised bands and title labels to spines, and cloth boards. Sir David Dalrymple had a reputation for scrupulous assembling, weighing and reporting of evidence and this is a comprehensive work, with additional writings by Dalrymple incorporated for this edition. The bindings are in very good condition being sound and tight with light scuffing (edges, corners, spine) and some faded patches on the cloth boards. Contents are complete and in very good clean condition with a neat signature of John Kerr to the top of the title pages. Contents: Vol I: half title, title, advert, contents listing pp viii; text pp 1-381; appendix 383-458; half title and tables 9 pp; final blank. Vol II: half title; title; contents; text pp 1-336; appendix pp 337-467. Vol III: initial blank; half title, title, blank, contents pp vii; text pp 1-132; appendix half title and text 135-160; additional writings with half titles pp 164-496; the end.

$187.11

The Norwegian Account of Haco's Expedition against Scotland; A D MCCLXIII now first published, in the original Icelandic, from Flateyan and Frisian mss. with a literal English version and notes
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The Norwegian Account of Haco's Expedition against Scotland; A D MCCLXIII now first published, in the original Icelandic, from Flateyan and Frisian mss. with a literal English version and notes

By James Johnstone [translator]

Printed for the author, 1782 A very good copy of the 1st edition, recently rebound. The card binding with paper label to spine is in near fine clean condition. New endpapers have been added. Contents: half title; title; preface and errata pp xv; half title; text in Icelandic and English on opposing pages pp 1-142; blank; notes 16pp. Text with decorative head and tailpieces. In very good clean condition throughout. There is some light toning to page edges and pages are of irregular sizes.

$400.95

Travels into the Interior of Southern Africa. In which are described the character and the condition of the Dutch colonists of the Cape of Good Hope [Vols I & II, 1st editions with 2nd edition plates]
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Travels into the Interior of Southern Africa. In which are described the character and the condition of the Dutch colonists of the Cape of Good Hope [Vols I & II, 1st editions with 2nd edition plates]

By John Barrow

London: T Cadell and W Davies, 1801 An unusual complete set composed of the text from the 1st editions of 1801 and 1804, with title pages for the 2nd edition together with the 8 hand coloured plates after drawings by Samuel Daniell which only appear in the 2nd edition. The binding is contemporary, either suggesting that this was sold during the reworking of the text to form the 2nd edition, or that the owner bought the new 1806 title pages and the plates separately and had the book bound at that point. The collation of the 2 volumes is as follows: Vol I: blank; half title, hand-coloured frontispiece, title 1806, dedication, contents pp viii; text with index pp 419 with 5 colour plates and one in-text picture; 1 p publisher's list. Vol II: large folding scene with tissue guard; title 1806; dedication; contents and errata pp xi; text pp 1-452 with large folded linen-backed map, 8 further folding maps and 2 colour plates; the end. John Barrow accompanied Lord Macartney to the Cape as his Private Secretary when Macartney was appointed a Governor. His journeys form the basis for this work, with first-hand observation of the natural world as well as the military issues of the time. Samuel Daniell was known for his portrayal of African life - having accompanied African expeditions as an artist. The bindings are contemporary half calf with cloth boards. The spines have raised bands with gilt ruling and designs and gilt titles. Both are clean, but with wear to edges, corners and to spine joints. There is early splitting to the front joints on both volumes. Top page edges are gilt and endpapers are brightly marbled. The original page markers are present. Vol I has sporadic foxing - with some text sections spotty and others clear. The plates are in very good clean condition. Vol II has some toning, which varies through the work, and some browning around the maps. The linen-backed map has been put in upside down. 2 of the maps have slight hand-colouring.

$2004.75

Description of the Islands of Orkney and Zetland, by Robert Monteith of Eglisha and Gairsa, 1633. Reprinted from the edition of 1711
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Description of the Islands of Orkney and Zetland, by Robert Monteith of Eglisha and Gairsa, 1633. Reprinted from the edition of 1711

By Robert Monteith, Sir Robert Sibbald

Edinburgh: Thomas G Stevenson, 1845 A very good copy of the scarce facsimile of Robert Sibbald's publication of Robert Monteith's manuscript, originally titled 'The Description of the Isles of Orknay and Zetland' and published in 1711. In the preliminary Notice, it states that the facsimile was produced because of public interest in the islands following the publication of 'The Pirate'. This copy is in a plain red cloth binding with the remains of a paper label to the spine. The binding is clean with bumped corners. There is the bookplate of Thomas Wyatt Bagshawe to the front pastedown endpaper. Contents: half title; rubricated title with note to verso indicating that only 145 copies were made; notice 2pp; folding map; original title of 1711; text pp 3-82 with folding map of Shetland; finis; 3pp publisher's adverts. The paper quality is high as is the quality of reproduction. Contents are in near fine clean condition with just a small tear to the initial map attachment.

$400.95

Britannia Antiqua Illustrata: or, the Antiquities of Ancient Britain, Derived from the Phoenicians: wherein the Original Trade of this Island is discovered ...
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Britannia Antiqua Illustrata: or, the Antiquities of Ancient Britain, Derived from the Phoenicians: wherein the Original Trade of this Island is discovered ...

By Aylett Sammes

London: Printed by Tho.Roycroft, for the Author, 1676 A fair copy of Aylett Sammes' attempt to trace British history back to the Phoenicians. In contemporary full calf binding with 24 in text engravings (not including vignettes on titles), but lacking the double page map of Europe. Sammes, circa 1636-79, provides a master class in taking a theory based on an aspect of language and fitting everything else into it. The book is notable for the engravings which provide memorable imagery with some, for example The Wicker Man, being much reproduced. The binding has raised bands and title label to spine and some blind stamped decoration to the boards. The spine has leather loss to the bottom section, and slightly to the top and there is splitting at the front joint and wear to the rear joint. The boards, bar some corner wear, are in very good condition. Internally, the front endpaper and any blanks are absent. Contents: rubricated title and prelims 10pp; text with in-text and full page engravings and decorative initial capitals 582 pp; index 5pp with blank verso to final leaf. Contents in fair to good condition overall. The title page has had reinforcement at the bottom with what looks like the selvedge edge of stamps (which have also been used to repair an edge tear at p212)! The ties for the map are still present at p16/17. The illustration at p 122 is oversize and p 121 has been reinforced at the edge and turned over to accommodate it. There are small edge tears with old repair at pp 159, 220, 525 and an unrepaired edge tear at p 31. There is a persistent stain the gutter and occasional light soot spotting in the gutter. P 117 is detaching from the base. There are some pagination errors but no loss of text : 216/7 reversed; 284-275-286; 362-364-364 - these have been corrected by hand. Small hole at p 397 affecting part of a word.

$801.90

An Historical Description of the Zetland Islands.
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An Historical Description of the Zetland Islands.

By Thomas Gifford

London: J Nichols, 1786 A very good copy of the scarce 1st edition, with the original Bibliotheca Topographica Britannica wraps and title page bound in. This was number XXXVII in the series of articles of British Topography and was taken from Thomas Gifford's manuscript and map of 1733. This particular copy has been recently rebound in half leather with marbled boards and gilt titles to spine and given new endpapers. There is the bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian book collector to the front pastedown. The original marbled paper wraps to the Britannica article are bound in. Contents: Bibliotheca title with note on verso; folding map; title; preface, contents and further preface pp xviii; text pp 1-68; appendix pp 69-99; finis; blank; Letter from Captain Thomas Preson; pp 101-104; marbled wrap. The contents are in very good clean condition. There is an ink stamp of R D Garson to the top of the title, pV of the preface and the back marbled wrap, and the signature of Evelyn H Garson to the front marbled wrap. There is a repaired edge tear to the Bibliotheca title and to the side margin of p 33. There is a small stain in the bottom margin of pp 4-8.

$534.60

A Description of the Shetland Islans, comprising and account of their Geology, Scenery, Antiquities, and Superstitions. [with some additions]
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A Description of the Shetland Islans, comprising and account of their Geology, Scenery, Antiquities, and Superstitions. [with some additions]

By Samuel Hibbert, P A Munch

Edinburgh and London : Archibald Constable and Co.; Hurst, Robinson, and Co. , 1822 An unusual copy of the scarce 1st edition of Samuel Hibbert's comprehensive work on the Shetland Islands. It has been bound to order in a half leather binding with marbled boards, and includes 2 chapters in Norwegian from Det Norske Folks (1839) by P A Munch. The chapters are on Orkney and Shetland and include 2 maps. Also included are 2 charts by Captain Vetch of Fair Isle and Foula - the Fair Isle chart has become detached. The binding is splitting at the joints and has general wear. It has been given a plastic wrap which is holding the work together. Internally the original endpapers are present with a small ink signature to the front pastedown. The Hibbert work is bound first and is listed on the title label. It is complete with frontispiece, and 7 plates of which 2 are folding. There are numerous other illustrations in the text and as vignettes. There is a large folding geological map at the rear which is laid on linen. A map of Foula by Capt. Vetch has been added next to the text on Foula, and a map of Fair Isle is loose in the text. Sections of the work are very browned and or spotty which is clearly a paper quality problem as some sections are clean. The plates are browned. The map needs some repair to the paper overlay and there is a small repaired page tear to the top of p 399. A previous owner, clearly a linguist and scholar, has made a number of very neat scholarly annotations. The Hibbert is 616pp including index. There is a brown paper divider with hand written title and then chapters III and XIV from Det Norske Folks, which cover Orkney and the Shetland Isles with full page maps of both. The text is in Norwegian and is clean and sound. There is a further brown paper divider and hand-written text on the Natural History of Orkney. This mainly consists of some description and species lists. It does not look complete. A number of blank sheets are added at the end.

$467.78

History of the Orkney Islands. Including a view of the manners and customs of their ancient and modern inhabitants; their monuments of antiquity.....
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History of the Orkney Islands. Including a view of the manners and customs of their ancient and modern inhabitants; their monuments of antiquity.....

By George Barry, James Headrick

London : Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, 1808 A fair to good copy of the second revised edition of Dr Barry's comprehensive account of the Orkney Islands in contemporary full leather binding. With folding map and 11 full page plates. The binding has gilt-lined raised bands, decorative gilt compartments and title label to spine, with titles and gilt border to front board. It is clean, but with wear to corners (with leather loss), and the top and bottom of the spine. There is splitting at the front spine joint. The endpapers are marbled, with the armorial bookplate of F Monteith Ogilvie to the front pastedown, and the decorative bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian book collection to the fep. There are some loose newspaper cuttings relevant to Orkney at the front endpapers. large fold out map of the Orkney Islands; title with signatures to top; dedication, preface to 2nd edition and contents listing pp xvi; text pp 1-398 withh 11 plates; appendix pp 401-498; Index 499-513. The map has a small repaired tear where it is attached and has some browning at the folds. Contents are clean with occasional browning and/or spotting, particularly at the beginning and end of the work. The plate paper tends to have some spotting.

$414.32

L'Amerique Angloise, ou Description des Isles et Terres du Roi d'Angleterre, dans l'Amerique. Avec de nouvelles Cartes de chaque Isle & Terres.
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L'Amerique Angloise, ou Description des Isles et Terres du Roi d'Angleterre, dans l'Amerique. Avec de nouvelles Cartes de chaque Isle & Terres.

By Richard Blome

Amsterdam: Abraham Wolfgang, 1688 A fair copy of the first French edition of Richard Blome's guide to British interests in North America with 6 (of 7) folding maps. The 1st edition was in English and published a year previously. The maps for the French edition were redrawn close copies of those in the English edition, and 4 of the maps in this copy have Robert Morden's name on them. The guide is a nice pocket size and was popular, however, some of the mapping is a little strange - the map of New York is notable in that Manhattan is shown as a peninsula not an island. This copy is missing the map of the Mid-Atlantic States - "Nouvelle Carte de la Pensylvanie Maryland, Virginie et Nouvelle Iarsey". The book is in contemporary full leather which is very worn with cracked hinges and a delaminating spine. The boards are reasonably sound with some leather loss at corners and a small area on the front board. The endpapers are marbled. Contents: 2 blank; title; avertissement 2pp; Text 1-331 pp Fin; index table; 2 final blanks. The maps are: Carte de la Jamaique; Ile des Barbades; Les Barmudes; Nouvelle Carte de la Caroline; Nouvelle Angleterre et Nouvel York; and Partie de L'Amerique. Contents are generally clean with the odd spot or mark. There is a repaired fold tear to Nouvelle Angleterre and a small tear at the base of p95. There are some light ink marks on p 299.

$1603.80

A Tour through the Islands of Orkney and Schetland containing hints relative to their ancient modern and natural history collected in 1774
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A Tour through the Islands of Orkney and Schetland containing hints relative to their ancient modern and natural history collected in 1774

By George Low, Joseph Anderson

Kirkwall: William Peace & Son, 1879 A fair copy of the first published edition of Low's tour, which finally came to print over a hundred years after it was written. George Low was initially employed as a tutor living in Stromness, and became a minister in Birsay. He made extensive studies of Orkney, particularly the wildlife, history and customs, and made detailed notes and drawings in preparation for publication, which, sadly did not happen in his lifetime. His studies contributed to other works eg Dr Barry's History, and when the manuscripts were eventually published, his illustrations did not accompany them. This work was finally pulled together for publication by David Laing and Joseph Anderson, who supplied a lengthy introduction. This copy is in the original taupe cloth with black decoration to the front board, and gilt titles and design to the spine. It is shaken, with wear to the top and bottom of the spine, edges, corners and spine joints. There is a little marking to the front board. Contents, including frontispiece, folding map, 2 single page maps and 5 plates, are complete. There is occasional grubby marking.

$267.30

Russia: or, A Compleat Historical Account of All the Nations which compose that Empire Vols I-3 (of 4)
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Russia: or, A Compleat Historical Account of All the Nations which compose that Empire Vols I-3 (of 4)

By Johann Gottlieb Georgi, William Tooke (translator)

London: J Nichols; T Cadell; H Payne; and N Conant, 1780 Vols I, II and III of the scarce 4 volume set, with 6 black and white plates, in newer quarter leather binding. An interesting work covering Finland, the Baltic States, Mongolia and Tibet in addition to territory that we more recently associate with Russia. Originally written in German, the work was translated by William Tooke, who was a Chaplain based in St Petersburg. Tooke made some additions in translation. The volumes have calf spines with gilt lines and title labels, and marbled boards. The bindings are in near fine condition with the odd light scuff. The contents are untrimmed, so page edges are rough. Vol I: title with old ink note about Tooke; contents and introduction cxi; errata; text 201 pp with 2 plates; publisher's list 2pp. Vol II: title; contents; text 401 pp with 2 plates; publisher's list 1p. Vol III: half title; text p3-297 with 2 plates; publisher's list 2pp; text - observations on mountains pp 299-371; errata; publisher's list 4pp. Contents are in very clean condition with just the occasional mark. There is slight worm damage: small holes in the gutter of Vol II pp 354-386 and small track in gutter in Vol III. There is a publisher's fault in Vol III where a further p 297 is bound in after the publisher's list. Interestingly, the second p297 lacks the last paragraph in which Tooke makes a religious statement after the text on shamanism.

$253.94

The General Grievances and Oppression of the Isles of Orkney and Shetland
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The General Grievances and Oppression of the Isles of Orkney and Shetland

By James Mackenzie

Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1836 A good copy of the first reprint of James Mackenzie's work, first published in 1750 in a limited and anonymous format. The Notice of the Work at p V states that the original orthography of the work has been maintained and the author verified. The reprint was ordered by 11 people and it was funded initially through subscription. James Mackenzie was the Agent for the lawsuit started by a number of Orkney heritors against the Earl of Morton regarding the County Weights which set the amount of duty that was to paid. The case was known as the Pundlar Process. This copy is contemporary full leather binding with raised bands and gilt titles to spine and decorative border to boards. There is some splitting at the spine joints and the corners are worn. Contents: title; contents; notice of the work; list of subscribers; memoir; notes (xxxix); original 1750 title; contents; text pp 1-112; appendix with half title (vi). The contents are in very good clean condition.

$147.02

Letters on Iceland: containing observations on the Civil, Literary, Ecclesiastical, and Natural History, Antiquities, Volcanos, Basaltes, Hot Springs; Customs, Dress, Manners of the Inhabitants, &c. &c
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Letters on Iceland: containing observations on the Civil, Literary, Ecclesiastical, and Natural History, Antiquities, Volcanos, Basaltes, Hot Springs; Customs, Dress, Manners of the Inhabitants, &c. &c

By Uno von Troil

London: W Richardson in the Strand; also J Robson in New Bond Street, and N Conant in Fleet Street, 1780 A fair copy of the 1st English edition of Uno von Troil's account of his visit to Iceland with Joseph Banks and Dr Solander in 1772. It was first published in Uppsala in 1777 and the English version is taken from the German translation of 1779. Dr Von Troil studied divinity, oriental and northern languages and antiquities. He was introduced to Dr Banks when he was staying in England. The book is in the form of correspondence and contains a wealth of observation from the visit. It is bound in tree calf, which may be contemporary, and the spine has highly decorative gilt compartments and title label. The spine is splitting at the hinges and is held by the ties and by reinforcement at the front endpaper joint. There is scuffing and wear, particularly to corners. There is a pencil signature to the fep. Contents: title; contents; introduction; catalogue of writers on Iceland (xxvi); folding map; text pp 1-400 with frontispiece bound in at p 257 (next to the relevant text section). There is some browning to the side of the title and to the final leaf, and the map has a small repair at the attachment. Contents very clean with the occasional light mark.

$507.87

A Late Voyage to St. Kilda, The Remotest of all the Hebrides, or Western Isles of Scotland, with A History of the Island, Natural, Moral, and Topographical. Wherein is an Account of their Customs, Religion, Fish, Fowl, &c. As also a Relation of a late Imposter there pretended to be sent by St John Baptist
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A Late Voyage to St. Kilda, The Remotest of all the Hebrides, or Western Isles of Scotland, with A History of the Island, Natural, Moral, and Topographical. Wherein is an Account of their Customs, Religion, Fish, Fowl, &c. As also a Relation of a late Imposter there pretended to be sent by St John Baptist

By Martin Martin

London: Printed for D Brown and T Goodwin, 1698 A good copy of the scarce 1st Edition of Martin Martin's account of his visit to St Kilda in 1697. Martin Martin lived on Skye and was a gaelic speaker. He decided to visit and study the western isles of Scotland to record both the land and its culture and natural history - eventually publishing his findings as 'A description of the Western Isles of Scotland'. This copy is in a newer quarter calf binding with blind tooled lines and gilt titles and date to spine, and marbled boards. It has some light scuffing and wear but is in very good condition. The endpapers are new and have the decorative bookplate of Paul M Stephens, Inchmartine, to the front pastedown. Contents: half title (with loss to bottom corner); title; dedication 2pp; preface 4pp; contents 4pp; folding map of St Kilda; text pp 1-133 with folding plate of birds; Account of one Roderick pp 135-158 finis - with printers list bound in between pp 156 and 157. The paper is fairly rough with some staining and a paper flaw at p147/8 not affecting the text. There is some pencil lining and scholarly annotation.

$1603.80

Voyage de Guinee, contenant Une Description nouvelle & tres-exacte de cette Cote ou l'on trouve & ou l'on trafique l'or, les dents d'Elephant, & les Esclaves:....
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Voyage de Guinee, contenant Une Description nouvelle & tres-exacte de cette Cote ou l'on trouve & ou l'on trafique l'or, les dents d'Elephant, & les Esclaves:....

By Guillaume Bosman

Autrecht: Ches Antoine Schouten, Marchand Libraire, 1705 A fair copy of the 1st edition of the French translation of this work by Willem Bosman. Classed as 'fair' because it contains 19 of the 27 plates issued. Bosman lived in Dutch West Africa from 1688 to 1701 and worked for the Dutch West India Company, becoming Chief Merchant, until his forced retirement at the age of 29. He returned to Europe and wrote up his experience of West Africa using a letter format. It was extremely popular, particularly because his was the first full and accessible account of the area. It has been used as a major source of information on the Dutch Slave Trade. This copy has been fairly recently rebound in a full leather binding with gilt compartments and titles to spine and gilt decoration to board corners. The binding is in very good clean condition with light corner wear. There is the bookplate of O and H Brunner to the front pastedown endpaper. Contents: frontispiece; decorative title with signature of Edwd Olive to the top; letterpress title; letter from Bosman 5pp; preface 11pp; text in letter format pp 1-520 with 19 fold out plates (1-11 of castles, 12-17 of natural history, and 18-19 of scenes); finis. The contents are very clean. There are some small edge tears and a paper flaw to the letterpress title; and some small repaired tears to a few plates. Plate 11 has some browning. P 83 has an old repaired tear to the bottom margin.

$1069.20

Historia Aethiopica, sive Brevis & succincta descriptio regni habessinorum Quod vulgo male Presbyteri Johannis vocatur In qua Libris Quator...[with]; Historiam Aethiopicam antehac editam Commentarius In quo Multa breviter dicta fulsius narrantur:...[with] Appendix at Historiam & Appendix Secunda ...Dissertationem de Locustis
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Historia Aethiopica, sive Brevis & succincta descriptio regni habessinorum Quod vulgo male Presbyteri Johannis vocatur In qua Libris Quator...[with]; Historiam Aethiopicam antehac editam Commentarius In quo Multa breviter dicta fulsius narrantur:...[with] Appendix at Historiam & Appendix Secunda ...Dissertationem de Locustis

By Iobi Ludolfi [Job Ludolf]

Francofurti ad Moenum: Printed by Balthasaris Christophori Wustii Sen. for Joh David Zunner, 1681 An extremely scarce complete copy of Historia Aethiopica bound as one volume in contemporary full vellum, and consisting of Volume I 1681; Volume II 1691, and 2 Appendices dated 1693 and 1694. With 4 portraits (2 are mezzotints by Heiss), 1 map, 2 fold out tables, 17 plates (many folding), 4 plates in the text (including a full page plate of locust species) and figures with one illustration in the text. Text is in Latin, Greek, Amharic, Arabic and Hebrew with quotations in English, German and Italian. Job Ludolf (1624-1704) was born in Germany and founded Ethiopian studies in Europe. The work is a comprehensive and authoritative study of Ethiopia and the map is notable for showing the actual source of the Blue Nile for the first time. Appendix 2 is the first published work on locusts, which was also issued separately. The full vellum binding is in very good condition being sound with some wear at the base of the spine. Page edges are dark green. Contents: Volume I: frontispiece portrait; rubricated title; blank; prelims 19pp; text in 4 books, unpaginated - Lib I - 73pp, fold out map, 6 plates; Lib II - 77pp, 2 folding genealogical tables; Lib III - 120pp, 2 plates; Lib IV - 21pp, Finis. Index 23pp. Volume II: rubricated title page with illustration 1691; preliminaries including instructions to binder 31pp with 3 portraits; commentary pp 1-48; Lib I pp 49-216 with in text illustration of a locust at p177 and 4 plates; Lib II pp 217-266 with 3 plates; Lib III pp 267-555 with 2 plates, some pages rubricated; Lib IV pp 555-568; 7 index sections pp 569-631; typgraphus lectoris p 632; Finis Totius Opera. Appendix ad Historiam - title 1693 with illustration; plate in text to verso; preface pp 1-8; text pp 9-32 finis. Appendix Secunda with Dissertation on Locusts - title with locust illustration 1694; contents list; preface 2pp; sources 3pp; expositio 1p; text part 1 pp 1-20 with plate of locust in text; plate of locust species; part 2 pp 21-76 with figures in text; 4 index sections pp 77-87; Anacephalaeosis pp 87-88; finis. The contents are in very good clean condition with the odd spot or mark. The binding is showing between the frontispiece and the title to Volume I. The map has a very small repaired hole at the centre fold and some plates have slight edge tears not affecting the image. The rear free endpaper has lost its top half. The work is large and the collation complex. Please enquire if you would like further details or images.

$9355.50

Two Ancient Records of the Bishopric of Caithness from the Charter-room at Dunrobin contributed by the Duke of Sutherland to the miscellany of the Bannatyne Club
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Two Ancient Records of the Bishopric of Caithness from the Charter-room at Dunrobin contributed by the Duke of Sutherland to the miscellany of the Bannatyne Club

Edinburgh: Ballantyne and Hughes, 1848 A good copy of the 1st edition in newer full cloth binding. The binding has gilt titles and date to spine and is in very good clean condition with light corner bumping. Newer endpapers with bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson to front pastedown. New blank added at the front and numerous blank pages at the rear (for notes??). Contents: frontispiece of 2 seals; old blank; title and text 24pp with double page folding facsimile document. Contents very clean with light spotting to initial blank and frontispiece. Some scuffing in gutter to verso of frontispiece.

$60.14

A Tour through some of the Islands of Orkney and Shetland, with a view chiefly to objects of Natural History, but including also occasional remarks on the state of the inhabitants, their husbandry, and fisheries [bound with] List of Fishes Found in the Frith of Forth, and Rivers and Lakes near Edinburgh, with Remarks
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A Tour through some of the Islands of Orkney and Shetland, with a view chiefly to objects of Natural History, but including also occasional remarks on the state of the inhabitants, their husbandry, and fisheries [bound with] List of Fishes Found in the Frith of Forth, and Rivers and Lakes near Edinburgh, with Remarks

By Patrick Neill

Edinburgh, London: A Constable and Company, and John Murray, 1806 A fair copy of Patrick Neill's description of his tour in Orkney and Shetland in contemporary half leather binding. Bound with a copy of his paper on Fishes, first read to the Wernerian Natural History Society in 1808, and inscribed 'With best compliments from PN'. Patrick Neill (1776-1851) was a printer who became particularly known for his 'interests' in botany and horticulture. He was a founding Member and first Secretary of the Wernerian Natural History Society. He visited Orkney and Shetland in 1804/5 and his account was initially published in parts through The Scots Magazine. He was appalled by the miserable conditions experienced by ordinary people on the islands and he started a lively debate on the issue. In the preface of the whole work, published 1806, he states 'it was almost impossible not to take some notice of the state of the inhabitants of the islands. The freedom of my remarks however, on the unfortunate condition of the common people in Shetland, has brought upon me the censure of some of the landholders, which they have, very unnecessarily vented in unmeaning scurrility through the medium of the newspapers and of Grub-street pamphlets......The mere republication of the whole tour will, to the Public in general, be sufficient for my vindication'. This copy is in contemporary half calf with gilt-lined raised bands, title label and date to spine. The boards are marbled. The binding has scuffing and wear and the front board is detached, but it would be an easy repair. The endpapers are newer and have the bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian book collector to the front pastedown. Contents: initial blank; title (with small paper nibblle and part of old signature at the top); preface 4pp; contents 3pp; text pp 1-113; appendices - answers to strictures, mineralogy, additional orkney plants, birds of orkney, agricultural society of orkney, timber, herrings, whales; postscript; finis p239. List of Fishes pp 1-30. Contents generally in very good clean condition with some pencil lining and notes and the odd spot or mark.

$367.54

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