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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.

$2979.90

A Tour in Scotland. MDCCLXIX

By Thomas Pennant

Chester: John Monk, 1771 A very good copy of the 1st edition in contemporary tree calf with later leather spine and title label. Contents complete with 18 full page plates and an in-text engraving. The boards have gilt ruling to edges. The binding is in very good clean condition with some wear and loss of leather to corners, including bumping to the top front corner. Endpapers are light marbled and have professional tape to joints. Contents: initial blank; title, dedication, plate list and errata with engraving pp viii; text pp 1-220. appendix 221-298, itinerary 299-304, index pp 305-316 finis with 18 full page plates as called for. Contents are in very good clean condition with offsetting from plates to text and occasional light browning/spotting.

$203.18

Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes. Being records of travel on the Amazon and it's tributaries, the Tombretas, Rio Negro, Uaupes, Casiquari, Pacimoni, Huallaga, and Pastaa; as also to the cataracts of the Orinoco, along the eastern side of the Andes...
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Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes. Being records of travel on the Amazon and it's tributaries, the Tombretas, Rio Negro, Uaupes, Casiquari, Pacimoni, Huallaga, and Pastaa; as also to the cataracts of the Orinoco, along the eastern side of the Andes...

By Richard Spruce, Alfred Russel Wallace [editor]

London : Macmillan and Co., Limited , 1908 A fair to good copy of the 1st edition in 2 volumes in original green cloth bindings with gilt titles to spine. Richard Spruce was a noted botanist, specialising in liverworts and mosses. He traveled to South America in 1847 and spent 15 years gathering and researching plant specimens and understanding the local environments and cultures. This work is taken from his travel diaries, edited and published after his death by Alfred Russel Wallace, whom he knew well. The drawings in the work are mostly from Richard Spruce's own sketches, with photographs added by Wallace from other colleagues and travellers to the area. The bindings in this copy are sound (Vol I slightly shaken) and clean with bright gilt to spines which are a little pulled. The cloth is faded to the bottom corners of both volumes. Contents overall very clean with occasional light spotting to the top margin and light marking to endpapers Vol II is lacking the single page map of the Central Andes of Ecuador. In detail - Vol I: half title; frontispiece with tissue guard; title and preliminaries pp lii; text pp 1-518 with 14 photographic plates, 1 full page drawing, 1 single page and 2 folding maps, and numerous illustrations in the text; 2pp publisher's list at the rear. The binding has a slight mark to the top of the front board. There is a very small repaired tear in the gutter of the illustration list. Vol II: half title; title and preliminaries pp xi; text pp 1-542 including glossary and index, with 7 photographic plates, 7 full page drawings, 1 single page (of 2) and 2 folding maps, and numerous illustrations in the text; 2 pp publisher's list at the rear. The binding has a small faded area to the back board close to the spine joint.

$704.34

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.

$2031.75

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.

$474.08

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.

$419.90

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.

$1625.40

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.

$270.90

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.

$257.36

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.

$514.71

An Account of a Voyage to Spitzbergen; containing a full description of that country, of the zoology of the North, and of the Shetland Isles; with an account of the Whale Fishery.With an Appendix containing some important observations...
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An Account of a Voyage to Spitzbergen; containing a full description of that country, of the zoology of the North, and of the Shetland Isles; with an account of the Whale Fishery.With an Appendix containing some important observations...

By John Laing

London and Edinburgh: J Mawman and David Brown, 1815 A fair copy of this important work in newer quarter leather binding. John Laing was ship's surgeon on The Resolution, which sailed from Whitby via Lerwick in the Shetland Isles to the North Sea whale fisheries at Spitzbergen in 1806/7. The book is based on his notes at the time and general observations of his journey, and includes fascinating descriptions of the wildlife he saw. This copy is classed as 'fair' because the print is quite heavy and, in some sections, has offset to the preceding text page. The text is still readable. The binding is in near fine condition with gilt titles and blind tooled lines to spine, and marbled boards. There is slight fading to the spine and light wear. New endpapers and blanks. Contents: title; dedication; advert; journal pp 1-159; appendix pp 161-173 finis. There is some light spotting to the title and the occasional spot elsewhere. Paper is lightly toned, and, as stated above, there are sections of text offsetting.

$1083.60

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.

$1625.40

Faeroae, & Faeroa Reserata: That is a Description of the Islands and Inhabitants of Foeroe: being Seventeen Islands subject to the King of Denmark, lying under 62 deg.10min. of North Latitude. Wherein several Secrets of Nature are brought to Light, and some Antiquities hitherto kept in darkness discovered.
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Faeroae, & Faeroa Reserata: That is a Description of the Islands and Inhabitants of Foeroe: being Seventeen Islands subject to the King of Denmark, lying under 62 deg.10min. of North Latitude. Wherein several Secrets of Nature are brought to Light, and some Antiquities hitherto kept in darkness discovered.

By Lucas Jacobson Debes, John Storpin [translator]

London: Printed for F L for William Iles at the Flower-de-Luce in Little-Britain, over against St Bartholomews Gate, 1676 A scarce 1st edition copy of the english translation of Lucas Jacobson Debes account of the Faroe Islands. Debes (1623-1675) was a Danish priest and talented topographer. He arrived in the Faroes in 1652 and later became the Head of the Grammar School there. His account was first published in Danish in 1673 and contains the first detailed map of the islands. It is one of the earliest works on the Faroes. This copy is in a later full leather binding by Grieve of Edinburgh, with raised bands and gilt titles to spine. The binding has wear to edges, joints and corners but is clean and sound. Contents: initial blank; fold map (with small repaired fold tear); title; dedication 5pp; to the Reader 6pp; Author's Preface 9pp; contents 2pp; text with folding plate of whirlpool and diagram in the text pp 1-408; finis. The contents are generally clean and in very good condition. There are a couple of paler areas of text eg at p213; some pencil lining and scholarly notes; a couple of badly trimmed corners and turned corners; and the occasional small mark.

$1083.60

Kirkwall in the Orkneys
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Kirkwall in the Orkneys

By B H Hossack

Kirkwall: William Peace & Son, 1900 A good to very good copy of the 1st edition with 4 maps and numerous illustrations and photographs. A very comprehensive history of Kirkwall. In cloth binding with black spine with gilt titles, and blue boards with gilt crest to the front board. The binding is sound and tight, with some scuffing and bubbling to the cloth which has a little marking, and wear to edges. Marbled endpapers, taped at the joints. Contents: half title; frontispiece; title page in red and black; preface and contents; text with 4 and index 490pp. There are 2 ink notes to an initial blank, a little dark flecking to pp 340/1 (?soot), and a small repaired tear to the top margin of p385. Contents otherwise in very good clean condition.

$203.18

A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the years 1792 and 1793: containing a general view of the valuable productions and political importance of this flourishing kingdom....
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A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the years 1792 and 1793: containing a general view of the valuable productions and political importance of this flourishing kingdom....

By John Barrow

London: T Cadell and W Davies, 1806 A good copy of the 1st edition in contemporary full leather binding with 21 aquatint plates, including a fold out view of Rio de Janeiro and 2 fold out maps. John Barrow (1764-1848) accompanied Lord Macartney's embassy to China as comptroller of the household. He learnt the Chinese language. He later accompanied Lord Macartney as his private secretary on a mission to the Cape of Good Hope. This volume mainly covers his experience in China, but an annex gives an account of his journey in 1801 and 1802 to South Africa. This copy is in a full leather binding which has been rebacked at some point to provide a newer spine with title and author labels and a date in gilt at the bottom. The binding is in very good clean condition with some wear to corners and light scuffing. Contents: title page; dedication; preface; contents (i-xviii); directions for placing the plates 1p; text and index pp 1-447. There are 18 single page aquatint plates and 3 fold-out plates of which 2 are maps. Overall the text and plates are clean with light toning and the occasional spot. There is some marking in the top margin of pp169-176. The first fold out has repair at the fold. One map has repair at the fold. Both maps have offsetting which affects the maps themselves and surrounding text pages. It is for this reason that the book has been classed as 'good' rather than 'very good'. Please enquire if you would like to see more images.

$2844.45

The Costume of the Netherlands, Displayed in Thirty Coloured Engravings After Drawings from Nature by Miss Semple; with Descriptions in English and French
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The Costume of the Netherlands, Displayed in Thirty Coloured Engravings After Drawings from Nature by Miss Semple; with Descriptions in English and French

By Miss Semple

London: Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1817 A very good copy in later full morocco binding with 30 hand coloured plates and accompanying text by Miss Semple. Dated from the publisher's note at the base of each plate - there is no date on the title page. The text provides a commentary to the plates and gives a sense of her journey around the Netherlands and how the plates came to be drawn. The full red morocco binding is probably late 20th century and mimics the design of the original publisher's cloth binding with a leather and gilt title label to the front board. The endpapers were replaced at the same time and have a tape reinforcement at the joints, which looks contemporary with the rebinding. The binding is in very good clean condition with some bumping to the top corners. Contents: half title with small ink signature to top; decorative title page with hand coloured vignette; and alternating text pages and full page plates. The text is in English and French. The half title has lost its top corner tip and has some small ink marks at the bottom. Plates and text and generally very clean and in very good condition. There is toning to page edges and the occasional light mark. The final plate is beginning to detach from the binding at the top and has some light nibbling to the edges.

$1693.13

A Brief Description of Orkney, Zetland, Pightland-Firth & Caithness, Wherein, After a short Journal of the Author's Voyage thither, These Northern Places are first more Generally Described...
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A Brief Description of Orkney, Zetland, Pightland-Firth & Caithness, Wherein, After a short Journal of the Author's Voyage thither, These Northern Places are first more Generally Described...

By John Brand

Edinburgh: George Mosman, 1701 A good to very good copy of the scarce 1st Edition of John Brand's account of Orkney and Shetland at the start of the eighteenth century. John Brand was a Minister and was appointed to join a delegation to the Northern Isles in 1700/01. As a Minister he had a particular interest in religious affairs, but the book contains rare accounts of the population, land use, occupation and social life. The book is in a later full calf 1800's binding with gilt lines, date and title label to spine. There is wear to the joints and to the top and bottom of the spine, but it is sound and clean. There is some corner wear. Internally there is the bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian, to the front pastedown. Contents: later endpapers; title page with printer's device and 3 light ink signatures; dedication 6pp; preface to Reader 3pp; Contents 1p; text pp 1-159; Appendix 4pp; Finis. The paper is brown-toned but the contents are generally very clean. In rebinding, the binder has reduced the size of the gutter to accommodate the different stitching style required by a flat 1800's spine. There is loss to the corner tip at p 13; a small mark in the outer margin of pp 95/6; and a small repaired tear to the bottom of the last page of the Appendix. Small ink signature of verso of final leaf.

$1693.13

Letters from High Latitudes; being some account of a voyage in 1856 in the schooner yacht \'Foam\', to Iceland, Jan Mayen, and Spitzbergen
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Letters from High Latitudes; being some account of a voyage in 1856 in the schooner yacht 'Foam', to Iceland, Jan Mayen, and Spitzbergen

By Earl of Dufferin

London: John Murray , 1879 A good copy of the 7th edition in the original decorative cloth binding with black and white frontispiece and numerous illustrations throughout. The binding is bright and clean. The spine is slightly darkened and there is wear to the top and bottom of the spine, together with edges and corners. Internally, the original endpapers are present - the front endpapers with a slight split beginning to appear at the joint. The contents are complete and in good to very good condition. There are some small edge tears - mostly to the top margin affecting the half title, frontispiece, title page and dedication. These have been repaired with archival paper tape. There is small loss to the side margin of page 31 where the book has been poorly opened - the text is not affected. Some top page corners have been turned over at some point. 32 pp publisher's catalogue dated September 1880 at the rear.

$162.54

A Voyage round the World, In His Majesty's ship The Dolphin, Commanded by the Honourable Commodore Byron. In which is Contained, A faithful Account of several Places, People, Plants, Animals, &c. seen on the Voyage:
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A Voyage round the World, In His Majesty's ship The Dolphin, Commanded by the Honourable Commodore Byron. In which is Contained, A faithful Account of several Places, People, Plants, Animals, &c. seen on the Voyage:

London: J Newbery, F Newbery, 1767 A fair copy of the 1st edition of Commodore Byron's circumnavigation of the globe. With black and white frontispiece and 2 further plates. The title page states that it was written 'by an Officer on Board the said Ship' This was originally thought to have been Byron himself, but it is more recently being assigned to Charles Clerke, who was a Mid-Shipman on the voyage - and later sailed with James Cook. Byron was asked to explore the S Atlantic, in the hope of finding a base for British interests, but this was kept secret to avoid conflict with Spanish authorities who controlled the S American mainland. He crossed the Atlantic in winter 1764. The account provoked considerable interest, particularly because of its desciption of a giant people in Patagonia. The book describes a meeting in which Commodore Byron wanted to hand out 'trinkets - 'The method he made use of to facilitate the distribution of them, was by making the Indians sit down on the ground, that he might put the strings of beads, &c. round their necks, and such was their extraordinary size, that in this situation they were almost as high as the Commodore when standing.' This copy is bound with the original marbled boards and a new spine with gilt-lined raised bands and title label. There is scuffing and wear to the boards but the binding is clean and sound. Internally the original endpapers are present with repair. Contents: frontispiece (repaired with some loss); title page with ink signature to top (some browning and loss to side edge); preface 2pp (similar browning and side edge loss); text pp 1-181 with decorative headpiece and initial capital and 2 plates; Appendix with errata pp 181-186; Finis; advertisement 2pp (damage to bottom corner. Overall the contents are in very good clean condition, with light toning to paper and the occasional mark.

$1286.78

An Historical Account of the Embassy to the Emperor of China, undertaken by Order of the King of Great Britain; Including The Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants; ....
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An Historical Account of the Embassy to the Emperor of China, undertaken by Order of the King of Great Britain; Including The Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants; ....

By Sir George Staunton

London: John Stockdale, 1797 A good copy of the abridged version of Earl Macartney's embassy to China - a fascinating account of China and the efforts of the Embassy to improve trade relations. There is a lengthy advertisement inside in which John Stockdale, the publisher, extols the virtues of his publication as compared with the much more expensive original work (followed by a flyer for 'The effusions of the Heart: poems by Miss Stockdale' soon to be published'). This copy is complete with frontispiece; decorative vignette title page; letterpress title; 2 folding maps; and 21 further plates in 475pp of text; errata 1p; directions to binder 1p; publisher's list 3pp. Around 9 of the plates and the vignette title have been wholly or part hand-coloured in a reasonably professional manner, although it seems unlikely that this is how they were issued. The paper is fairly toned with some darker areas eg verso of frontispiece. Page edges have some grubbiness. Vertical paper cuts have been repaired at pp 185, 187 and 307 (no loss of text); and there is a small margin tear at the bottom of p 367. The plates have loose and damaged tissue guards. The binding is recent - having a cloth spine with gilt titles and marbled boards.

$270.90

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