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224 Original Watercolour Paintings, Rendering Scenes from Travels to Egypt, the West Indies, Australia, Europe and More.
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224 Original Watercolour Paintings, Rendering Scenes from Travels to Egypt, the West Indies, Australia, Europe and More.

By May Joscelyne

1905. Watercolour views from around the world, 1905-1949, made by May Joscelyne who was connected to the family of Jasper Moon of Llanymynech. Each painting on a separate leaf of art paper, oone hundred and ninety-nine of which measure approximately 25 x 17 cm, and twenty-five being slightly smaller at approximately 17 x 12 cm (or in between the two sizes). Several are captioned and dated in manuscript by the artist to verso. Occasional tears to margins, otherwise in very good condition, lovely nostalgic views of the world in watercolour. From the estate sale of wealthy shipper Jasper Moon (1881-1975), of White Rock House, situated in hills half a mile from the village of Llanymynech which straddles the English and Welsh border. Jasper Moon's daughter Ursula (born 1912) married Peter Harry Joscelyne (died 1958), May Joscelyne therefore possibly being his mother or an aunt. Peter's father was Dr. F.P. Joscelyne of Cornwall, England, District Surgeon & Beaufort Estates Medical Officer. Little is known of the female artist May Joscelyne, apart from her connection to the Moon family, and that she died in 2012 at the notable age of 104. In the same year, the White Rock House and estate at Llanymynech was sold, including the present archive of her watercolours. May's art work reveals that she enjoyed the privileged available to the upper class, such as extensive around the world. The highlight of the lot are the paintings made in Egypt and the Sudan in 1923. At least 17 photographs are identified as being from Egypt; there may be more. These includes paintings of the Pyramids and Sphynx of Giza, White Nile scenes, views of Assouan (Aswan), the city of Cairo and its striking mosque minarets, a view of Luxor from the Nile with a felucca in the foreground, and the Red Sea. One image of three small pyramid tombs is captioned "Kassala Desert" which is in the Sudan, possibly depicting the Pyramids at Jebel Barkal in the Sudan. Travelling to the extremities of the African continent, in Morocco she paints the Koutoubia Mosque minaret tower of Marrakesh, in South Africa, Table Mountain, the vast plains and Iron Mountain [Yzerberg] in the Zoutspanberg district of Transavaal, White River, and Hermanus Island off of Cape Town. Seven or more paintings capture Hawaii's splendour back in 1937. Tranquil views include Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach, Cooper Island of the Palmyra Atoll, and Honolulu Harbour. Spectacular beaches of the West Indies are well represented as she memorializes her voyage to Montego Bay in Jamaica, to Haiti, and in Martinique 1935. A rocky coastal view is captioned 'Old Panama.' Vivid colours and tropical flora are accentuated in the exquisite gardens of the Matava Hotel in Fiji, visiting there in 1949. A voyage to Australia and New Zealand was made in 1939, as seen by the artistic views of the coastline between Brisbane and Sydney, and New Zealand's spectacular lakes Lake Rotorua, Wakatipu, and Wanaka (also known as Lake Pembroke). Not far away, May also visited Kuta Beach in Bali, which is depicted in at least two of her works. The farthest voyage made was to America. A soft-hued sunset painting is captioned 'Saint Lawrence River, Quebec.' Continental sojourns took the artist to Ronda and Malaga in Spain, along the coast of Portugal affording an island view off of Cascais, to Sorrento in Italy, to France where she paints the enchanting river valley scenes of Castéra-Bouzet in 1913 as well as the Palais des Papes in Avignon and views of Dieppe, and finally up to the famous North Sea coast of Noordwijk aan Zee in The Netherlands. (The earliest views in the lot are from Europe.) With posh retreats, English gardens and more beaches to explore at home in the UK, we find views of some of the Lochs of Scotland, Kilconquhar Castle in Fife, Wales Dolgelly, Harlech, Newquay, Pembroke, Windermere Lake in Cumbria, Ullswater, and Holywell. Perhaps the most charming European scene is that of a beach lined with carts known as a bathing machines. [Around the 1750s the four-wheeled carts came into use, normally rolled out to sea by a horse. Swimwear hadn't yet been invented yet and privacy was of utmost importance, for women most certainly. Equipped with a door on each side, and a roof-top flag to notify the driver that bathing was complete, the bathing machines remained in active use on English beaches until the 1890s, when they began to be parked on the beach and used as stationary changing rooms. When legal segregation of bathing areas in Britain ended in 1901 and swimwear became acceptable, the carts became stationery beach changing rooms. Most of them had disappeared altogether in the United Kingdom by 1914, and by the 1920s, they were almost entirely extinct, except for those used by the elderly.].

$975.00

A Recent Journey to Northern Labrador - 03
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A Recent Journey to Northern Labrador - 03

By GATHORNE-HARDY, G.M.

Labrador: Royal Geographical Society, 1922. Title: A Recent Journey to Northern Labrador. Author: G. M. Gathorne-Hardy Publisher: London: Edward Stanford, Royal Geographical Society, 1922. Item is in Original Condition, with Blue Wrappers - As Issued, Complete with All the Ads! Notes & Condition: An important account, this represents the first recorded discussion on Labrador's ancient multi-tiered rectangular stone structures, which at the time were known to few very people and had no certain historical connection. Some 62 years after this discussion and the author's first observations, his theories of their makers were finally scientifically confirmed, the formations now being known to have been built by prehistoric Thule Neo-Eskimo people. To resolve this archaeological question which they themselves drew attention to for the first time, the Gathorne-Hardy cousins, Geoffrey a Norse expert, and Robert a young enthusiast of archaeology, ventured together to Sculpin Island in the Nain region of Newfoundland to investigate firsthand. They proposed that the stone structures were either built by the Norse or by Norse-influenced Inuit, and would return for further digging and investigation in 1932. The Gathorne-Hardys' notable work piqued the interest of others who subsequently investigated the relics, Tanner in 1941, Wenner in 1947, and Matthews in 1971 who believed that construction was most likely effected by Inuit who had been influenced by the 16th century European visitors. Not until 1984 was the long-standing question finally answered, when a number of sites between Hamilton Inlet and Okak containing multi-tiered and single tiered rectangular stone structures, and also individual structures, were mapped, tested and excavated. Drilled slate and nephrite endblades, and tool fragments indicated that the rectangular structures were built and occupied by prehistoric Neoeskim groups. Sod house villages dating to the precontact and early contact Neoeskimo period were also visited by Kaplan. Two sod house forms probably in use between the lst and 17th centuries were identified and chalcoal sanples from the structures are being dated. 8vo. 17 pages including two sketch maps, plus photographic plates for illustration. Original condition with blue wrappers, titles to front, and containing all the ads. This is a complete issue, seldom found in such good and original condition. Excerpt from the text: "... keenly interested in archaeology, it was an archaeological problem which I proposed primarily to investigate... there are very few who have seen it at all, and fewer still to whom it can be said to be at all well known." "... To give an idea of the inaccessibility even of such a place as Nain, I may mention the experience of a Newfoundland canoeman, who accompanied Mr. Hesketh Prichard and myself in 1910...." "... With Eskimo remains, however I was only indirectly concerned, as something likely to throw light on the main problem which I was anxious to investigate. This was that of the Tunnit, an extinct race, said to be of non-Eskimo origin, remains of whose stone buildings were alleged to exist on various islands off the Labrador Coast..." "... I did not myself believe that these ruins could have anything to do with the earliest voyages described in the sagas, but... when the Greenland colony fell on evil times, as it did before its final extinction in the early fifteenth century, some venturous spirits might have tried to find a more desirable home in the lands discovered by their predecessors." "... On adjacent highlands we found the graves... Perhaps a richer mine for objects... found in the turf walls and floors of old houses... Robert... discovered a good many old stone weapons...the ground was plentifully littered with flakes... several implements... things not typical of the local culture... also unusual implements of bone and walrus ivory..." End Excerpt. Geoffrey Malcolm Gathorne-Hardy (1878-1972) was an English soldier, writer and Norse specialist. He fought in the Boer War, losing a finger. Called to the Bar in 1903, he was in Norway in 1905, when the country gained independence, and he learned Norwegian as well as some Danish and Icelandic. In 1910 he travelled with H. Hesketh Prichard from Nain, Newfoundland and Labrador to Indian House Lake on George River, and contributed a chapter on fishing to Prichard's Through Trackless Labrador (1911). In 1920, he made a second journey to northern Labrador, this time with his cousin Robert Gathorne-Hardy, which is described in the present volume. During the First World War he had a foot amputated, was mentioned in despatches, and awarded the Military Cross and the Croix de Guerre (Belgium). From 1921 to 1966 he wrote and published several books. Robert "Bob" Gathorne-Hardy (1902-1973) was an English garden writer. Though he also wrote fiction (Lacebury Manor, Other Seas) and some bibliographical works, he is best known for his books on plants that he researched while growing in his garden, or about plants that he collected in different parts of the world. He also had a keen interest and knowledge of archaeology, which was the reason for accompanying his cousin Geoffrey on the expedition to northern Labrador in 1920. Sculpin Island is an island in Newfoundland and Labrador, situated between Badger's Quay and Pool's Island. . Very Good.

$79.00

Jan Mayen Island - 03
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Jan Mayen Island - 03

By WORDIE, J.M.

Arctic: Royal Geographical Society, 1922. Title: Jan Mayen Island. Author: J. M. Wordie Publisher: London: Edward Stanford, Royal Geographical Society, 1922. Item is in Original Condition, with Blue Wrappers - As Issued, Complete with All the Ads! Notes & Condition: Featuring a mountaineering adventure up the Beerenberg volcano, Wordie provides a firsthand account of the 1921 expedition led by botanist James Laurence Chaworth-Muster, which had set forth to the Arctic island most reputed for being difficult to locate and therefore infrequently visited, owing to its incessant cloud and mist cover - Jan Mayen. Objectives for the expedition included the ascent of Beerenberg, which was then reported as an active volcano and discovered to be extinct, collecting natural history specimens and performing glaciological studies, the latter to be undertaken by Professor Mercanton of Lausanne. He also includes a historical overview of the island, centering around volcanic activity and its history in the whaling era, from the 1600's when first documented by Danish and British whalers, to the eighteenth century when at least one whaler claims to have seen volcanic eruptions, and visits by Scoresby and Lord Dufferin in the nineteenth century. Photographic plates show Egg Bluff, Jameson Bay, the Norwegian Ekerold Wireless Station which was receiving messages daily, Bombelles Mountain, the lava crater near English Bay. A folding map highlightds Beerenberg and other peaks. 8vo. 16 pages, plus a fold-out sketch map and photographic plates, including a panoramic view. Original condition with blue wrappers, titles to front, and containing all the ads. This is a complete issue, seldom found in such good and original condition. Excerpt from the text: "Jan Mayen is small in size... the extinct volcano of Beerenberg, with the exception of certain nunataks in Greenland, is the highest mountain within the arctic circle..." "... it was essential to undertake the ascent of Beerenberg at once.... The climbing part - Mercanton, Lethbridge, and myself - went up to spend the night at the tent on August 10... surprise to find a small cairn... No real difficulty was experienced, therefore, until at 7200 feet a broad crevasse had to be jumped - one of those awkward uphill jumps... We made a stay of nearly two hours at the highest point" "Glaciers, it may be stated, are confined to Beerenberg." End Excerpt. James Lawrence (Jim) Chaworth-Musters (1901-1948) studied geography at Cambridge University, though his career led him into biology and zoology. From 1920 until the outbreak of the Second World War, he partook in various scientific expeditions, with a particular interest in mammals and birds. He joined the Royal Geographical Society in 1921. A collection of his drawings of whales and plants, executed mainly in Norway between 1921-1928, is part of the Chaworth-Musters collection held at the University of Nottingham. A new species of mouse, 'Musterii', was discovered by and named after him in Afghanistan. In the 1930s and 1940s he undertook voluntary work at the British Museum (now the Natural History Museum). In 1946 he was appointed as Assistant Keeper in the Department of Zoology. In 1939 he was working as British vice-consul in Norway. He was fluent in Norwegian, as his parents had owned a house at Aarnes in Norway and the family took regular holidays there. James lived at Surnadal in Norway in the 1920s. He was recruited to the Special Operations Executive when the Germans invaded Norway in 1940, and was employed by the Norwegian Government in exile to interrogate escapees from Norway. Beerenberg is a 2,277 m (7,470 ft) stratovolcano, the world's northernmost subaerial active volcano, which forms the northeastern end of the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen. It is topped by a mostly ice-filled crater about 1 km (0.6 mi) wide, with numerous peaks along its rim including the highest summit, Haakon VII Toppen, on its western side. Recorded eruptions occurred in 1732, 1818, 1851, 1970, and in 1985. . Very Good.

$79.00

Lalibala - 12
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Lalibala - 12

By MCGRATH, Rosita

Ethiopia: Royal Geographical Society, 1925. Title: Lalibala. Author: McGRATH, Rosita Publisher: London: Edward Stanford, Royal Geographical Society, 1925. Item is in Original Condition, with Blue Wrappers - As Issued, Complete with All the Ads!!! Notes & Condition: In his compelling account of Lalibala (Lalibela), its stunning architecture, history and material culture, an enthusiastic McGrath draws on various primary sources - Castanhosa, chronicler of Don Christofero da Gama's expedition, an Arab chronicle translated by Basset, Achille Raffay, and other, to richly convey Lalibala'a atmosphere and history of rule. As well, he refers to data from the first of the European expeditions. Descriptions of the various courts include the ornate carvings, dates of reign, a thorough examination of the 'House of George' and a more cursory look at the other churches: Madane Alam, Holy Cross, Golgotha, Michael, Mary, the Virgins, Gabriel, Libanos, Marcos and Emmanuel. Numerous photographic plates show the former churches, castle, and a rock chamber entrance. [Lalibela, in northern Ethiopia, is famed for its monolithic rock-cut churches.] 8vo. 16 pages, plus a photographic plates for illustration. Original condition with blue wrappers, titles to front, and containing all the ads. This is a complete issue, seldom found in such good and original condition. Excerpt from the text: "The rock churches of Lalibala have been visited by few Western travellers, yet they rank, undoubtedly, among the wonders of the world, and the legends of their miraculous construction, and of the cures wrought by the little stream of Jordan which waters them, have made them throughout the ages a Mecca for African Christians..." End Excerpt. Lalibela, previously known as Roha, is named after the king. The word itself, which translates to mean 'the bees,' recognizes his sovereignty and the people of the region still recount the legend that explains why. Lalibela was born in Roha in the second half of the twelfth century, the youngest son of the royal line of the Zagwe dynasty, which then ruled over much of northern Ethiopia. Despite several elder brothers he was destined for greatness from his earliest days. Not long after his birth, his mother found a swarm of bees around his crib and recalled an old belief that the animal world foretold important futures. She cried out: - The bees know that this child will become king. But trials and tribulations followed. The ruling king feared for his throne and tried to have Lalibela murdered and persecutions continued for several years - culminating in a deadly potion that left the young prince in mortal sleep. During the three-day stupor, Lalibela was transported by angels to the first, second and third heavens where God told him not to worry but to return to Roha and build churches - the like of which the world had never seen before. God also told Lalibela how to design the churches, where to build them and how to decorate them. Once he was crowned, he gathered masons, carpenters, tools, set down a scale of wages and purchased the land needed for the building. The churches are said to have been built with great speed because angels continued the work at night. Many scoff at such apocryphal folklore. The Lalibela churches, however, silence the most cynical pedants. These towering edifices were hewn out of the solid, red volcanic tuff on which they stand. In consequence, they seem to be of superhuman creation - in scale, in workmanship and in concept. Close examination is required to appreciate the full extent of the achievement because, like medieval mysteries, much effort has been made to cloak their nature. Some lie almost completely hidden in deep trenches, while others stand in open quarried caves. A complex and bewildering labyrinth of tunnels and narrow passageways with offset crypts, grottoes and galleries connects them all - a cool, lichen- enshrouded, subterranean world, shaded and damp, silent but for the faint echoes of distant footfalls as priests and deacons go about their timeless business. . Very Good.

$59.00

Journeys Through Kam (Eastern Tibet) - 01
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Journeys Through Kam (Eastern Tibet) - 01

By TEICHMAN, Eric.

Tibet: Royal Geographical Society, 1922. Title: Journeys Through Kam (Eastern Tibet). Author: Eric Teichman Publisher: London: Edward Stanford, Royal Geographical Society, 1922. Pre-Dates Book! Item is in Original Condition, with Blue Wrappers - As Issued, Complete with All the Ads! Notes & Condition: Complete with a superbly detailed fold-out colour map showing his route, boundaries, towns and settlements (in Tibetan and Chinese names), Teichman's exciting preliminary account reveals his very important and thorough explorations in Tibet, on the basins of the rivers Salween, Mekong, Yangtze and Yalung, between the latitudes of Jyekundo and Atuntze. With vivid imagery he highlights the most remarkable features of the high mountains bordering the Yangtze, the Ong Chu Valley, and the gorges of the Mekong, Yunnan, Jyekundo. To this he adds remarks on the caravan trade routes through Tzachuka, on old Tibetan forts, on big game and birds, and on various Tibetan groups and nomads. Teichman is recognized for his meticulously detailed work on his expeditions to Tibet, which he later imparted in a well-known book published later in the same year. Titled, "Travels of a Consular Officer in Eastern Tibet together with a History of the Relations between China, Tibet and India," the narrative is as exemplary as are his works and experiences in some uncharted regions. 8vo. 19 pages, plus a large fold-out color map measuring approximately 52 x 37 cm, and photographic plates for illustration. Original condition with blue wrappers, titles to front, and containing all the ads. This is a complete issue, seldom found in such good and original condition. Excerpt from the text: "The secret of successful and agreeable travel in Eastern Tibet is to depend as much as possible on the natives, the native animals, and the native produce... no tinned stores of any kind are needed..." "... Eastern Tibet, inhabited by one of the hardiest races of the world..." "All this region from the Yalung to the Salween is known to the Tibetans as Kam... The Kambawa (natives of Kam) are considered rather a wild and barbarous race by the more highly civilized Tibetans of Central Tibet... The real wild men of Tibet are the nomads of the north-east..." "It is hoped that the heights of the principal mountains of Kam will some day be ascertained by scientific measure....." "We marched up the Yalung for about a week... a swift dark green stream, flowing through alternate gorges and stretches of cultivated valley, at an average of 11,000 to 12,000 feet... thickly dotted with monasteries which serve as religious centers for the surrounding nomads... The Bon sect is generally understood to be a relic of the old nature worship... compromised with the invading Buddhism... much of the lamaistic ritual reversed..." End Excerpt. British diplomat, explorer and orientalist, Eric Teichman (1884-1944) first went to China in 1907 as a student interpreter in the consular service. Assigned to the Northwest, he rose to be a consular officer and in 1917 accompanied some Chinese officials on numerous trips throughout Shaanxi, Sichuan, and Gansu Province to investigate compliance with the Anglo-Chinese Opium Treaty. Despite the fact that he suffered from severe arthritis and the crippling effects of an earlier riding accident, he continued to travel extensively, returning home from his 1919-1935 Beijing-embassy posting by way of Turkistan. . Very Good.

$125.00

Codice diplomatico colombo-americano ossia raccolta di documenti originali e inediti, spettanti a Cristoforo Colombo alla scoperta ed la Governo dell’America
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Codice diplomatico colombo-americano ossia raccolta di documenti originali e inediti, spettanti a Cristoforo Colombo alla scoperta ed la Governo dell’America

By SPOTORNO, Giovanni Battista

Genova, Italy, 1823. Rare First Edition Christopher Columbus' America Codice Diplomatico Colombo-Americano 1823 SPOTORNO, Giovanni Battista Codice diplomatico colombo-americano ossia raccolta di documenti originali e inediti, spettanti a Cristoforo Colombo alla scoperta ed la Governo dell’America. Pubblicato per ordine degl’Ill.mi Decurioni della Città di Genova. [Colombus-America Diplomatic Codex: Collection of Original Unpublished Documents Relating to Christopher Columbus, the Discovery of America, and the Government. Published by order of the Decurions of the City of Genova.] THE RARE FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS Ponthenier, Genova, 1823. Rare First Edition. 4to. lxxx, 348 pages, engraved frontispiece, 4 lithograph plates. Text is in both Italian and Spanish. Publisher's original illustrated blue wrappers, uncut pages. Volume measures 28 x 21.5 x 3 cm. Very minor foxing, spine ends chipped, otherwise in very good, original condition, internally bright. An exceedingly scarce and important work. "Cartas, previleg's, çedulas y otras escrituras de Don Christoval Colon Almirante Major del mar oceano visorey y governador de las islas y tierra firme." [Letters, charters, certificates and other writings of Christopher Columbus, Admiral of the Ocean Sea, Viceroy and Governor of the Islands and the Mainland.] A monumental work recording previously unpublished details of the great navigator's voyages of exploration and discovery, in the form of critical communication and official documents which ultimately led to the colonization of America. "This most important and valuable collection was edited by Prof. Spotorno, and consists of an historical memoir of Columbus, by the editor, followed by the letters, notes, privileges, and other writings of the great navigator, comprising every authentic document, with portrait, facsimile, autographs, etc." Sabin 14644. . First Edition. Original Wraps. Near Fine. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$2750.00

An Adaptation of Major Grant's Graphical Method of Predicting Occultations to the Elements Now Given in the Nautical Almanac
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An Adaptation of Major Grant's Graphical Method of Predicting Occultations to the Elements Now Given in the Nautical Almanac

By CROMMELIN - LONGITUDE AT SEA

London: William Cloves, 1902. 8vo. 6 pages, plus 2 large folding diagrams. A rare separate offprint printed for the Royal Geographical Society. Publisher's blue titled wrappers, string-tied and bearing the society's crest. Some light foxing, otherwise in very good and original condition. The author, a respected astronomer and well-known authority on comets, renders praise to the primary research and calculations of Major S.C.N. Grant in 1896, which forms the basis for his dissertation. With meticulous and detailed instruction Crommelin presents a simplified method to predict and decipher the instantaneous and momentary occultation of stars which greatly simplifies the detremination of Longitude at Sea. He further introduces the application to the Solar Eclipse phenomenon. Exceedingly rare dissertation by an important nineteenth century astronomer. Six years prior to Crommelin's study, Grant published a six page report and illustration, titled "Diagram for Determining the Parallaxes in Declination and Right Ascension of a Heavenly Body, and its Application to the Prediction of Occultations." Crommelin was famed for his computations of cometary orbits. He took part in expeditions to observe total solar eclipses in 1896, 1900, 1905, 1912, and 1927. In 1919 he participated in the solar eclipse expedition to Brazil which aimed to determine the amount of the deflection of light caused by the gravitational field of the Sun. The results from these observations were crucial in providing confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity, which Albert Einstein had proposed in 1916..

$29.99

The Missing Draft Project of Drake's Voyage of 1577-80 [AND] Hondius's Portraits of Drake and Cavendish.
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The Missing Draft Project of Drake's Voyage of 1577-80 [AND] Hondius's Portraits of Drake and Cavendish.

By TAYLOR, E.G.R.

London: Royal Geographical Society, 1930. 3 pages, plus 3 plates, one showing the portrait illustrations of Drake and Cavendish, and two showing the draft. Original condition with blue wrappers, titles to front, and containing all the ads. This is a complete issue, seldom found in such good and original condition. This is an enlightening succinct account of tremendous historical importance, the most significant discovery of two documents found in the British Museum, revealing the actual draft project and other correspondence concerning Drake's secret voyage, which existed prior to the dramatic expedition. Previous to this report, all discussions as to what plan and instructions Drake carried with him when he finally sailed for Magellan's strait in December of 1577 had been based upon after the events: upon the course which he actually travelled, narratives written and dispositions made when he returned a national hero. The first document found, consisting of three pages, two of which are reproduced in facsimile in this article, is the draft plan of the voyage which subsequently took shape as a circumnavigation of the world. This document gives a list of the promoters of the voyage, the Lord High Admiral (the Earl of Lincoln), Leicester, Walsingham, Hatton, Sir William Winter, George Winter, John Hawkins and Francis Drake. The second document is the report made by John Winter on the 2nd of June, 1579, the day he reached England, nearly eight months after losing sight of Drake in the South Sea, the second page of which contains the plan to be followed, revealing that the ships are to go and return by Magellan's strait, that unknown shores not in the possession of and Christain Prince are to be visited, and that, if it seems to be advisable to Francis Drake, the voyage is to be extended to 30 degrees, while its duration is to be thirteen months. Drake's circumnavigation of the globe began amidst political and religious upheaval in Europe, in 1577. The voyage was so far ahead of its time that another 200 years would pass before the eighteenth-century explorers of record reached the northwest coast of North America. Drake's secret voyage, the exploration of the Pacific Northwest in hopes of finding the fabled Northwest Passage to eastern trade routes, and to establish a British colony in the New World, was hidden under a "cloak of secrecy" due to Drake's complicated relationship with Queen Elizabeth and England's precarious political situation with Spain. One of 16th-century England's most daring adventurers, Drake sailed all the way to Alaska, much farther than anyone had envisioned, thereby rewriting the history of exploration in North America. Surviving the dangers of mutiny, the lack of knowledge about wind and current, and the arduous physical challenges faced every day, Drake earns his reputation as "one of the greatest mariners that sail[ed] the seas, both as a navigator and as a commander," feared by his enemies for the "alarming scope of his success." Together with Hondius's portraits of the first two English circumnavigators, Sir Francis Drake and Sir Thomas Cavendish on one plate and a page of explanatory text. Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612), was a Dutch engraver, and cartographer. He is best known for his early maps of the New World and Europe, for re-establishing the reputation of the work of Gerard Mercator, and for his portraits of Francis Drake. He helped establish Amsterdam as the center of cartography in Europe in the 17th century. . First Edition.

$79.00

Ships of Early Explorers.
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Ships of Early Explorers.

By CLOWES, Laird.

London: Royal Geographical Society, 1927. 20 pages. Plus black and white plates. Original condition with blue wrappers, titles to front, and containing all the ads. This is a complete issue, seldom found in such good and original condition. This engaging report, rich in historical detail, deals with 'ships of early explorers'. The author discusses Viking ships and other vessels that were found at the bottom of various bodies of water, each one providing information on the smaller details of early ship building over a period of about 3000 years. Accompanying this informative report are numerous sketch illustrations of ancient and important ships, some found near Arabia 1457, in the Indian Ocean 1500, in the South Atlantic 1529 as seen on ancient maps, and specifically of the Chinese Funk in the Red Sea 1375, the Golden Hind near Celebes circa 1595, and Captain Cook's ships Resolution and Adventure prior to his second voyage of 1772. . First Edition.

$89.00

The Fiords of the Hebrides.
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The Fiords of the Hebrides.

By GREGORY, Professor J. W.

London: Royal Geographical Society, 1927. 24 pages including in-text sketch maps. Plus photographic plates. Original condition with blue wrappers, titles to front, and containing all the ads. This is a complete issue, seldom found in such good and original condition. This is an exceptional geographical report dealing with one of the most controversial subjects among the Scottish and English geologists and geographer, the fjords of the Western Isles or Hebrides, given by John Walter Gregory, a respected British geologist and explorer. His valuable report concerns with the characteristic and formation of the Fjords, the Hebridean lochs, the Hebridean fjord groups, structural types of fjord valleys, the age of the Hebridean fiord valleys, and Tectonic depressions in the North Atlantic, with references to valley and loch systems of Mull, Skye, Sunart, Tummel, Crinan, Scarba, Erisort, Lewis, Boisdale, and Eport. . First Edition.

$89.00

Captain James Cook and the Sandwich Islands. Captain Cook and the Founding of British Power in the Pacific. Cook as an Hydrographical Surveyer. Captain Cook as an Astronomer.
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Captain James Cook and the Sandwich Islands. Captain Cook and the Founding of British Power in the Pacific. Cook as an Hydrographical Surveyer. Captain Cook as an Astronomer.

By NEWBOLT, Sir Henry; ROSE, J. Holland; DOUGLAS, H.P.; DYSON; Sir Frank.

London: Royal Geographical Society, 1929. Four Unique Reports on Captain James Cook. 30 pages. Includes black and white plates, plus a fold-out colour map. Original condition with blue wrappers, titles to front, and containing all the ads. This is a complete issue, seldom found in such good and original condition. This is a fantastic tribute to recount the merits and achievements of a once young apprentice to a shipping company at age 18, who later became one the world's most respected and accomplished explorers, and who commanded three voyages of discovery for Great Britain, and sailed around the world twice, the famous Captain James Cook. The first is a paper which was contributed to the Celebrations at Honolulu in August, 1928, a celebration with a threefold interest. The discovery of the Sandwich Islands was an event of unique importance in the story of the Hawaiians, and an incident of a typical and significant kind in the history of England; it is also the earliest recorded event in the history of what is now a State of the USA. On the topic of the Founding of British Power in the Pacific, Professor Holland answers in detail, the questions of what may have motivated the British Admiralty to unveil the age-old mystery of the southern tracts of the great Southern Ocean, and who sent Cook on those three long voyages. Cook, along with his patient crew of the Resolution hammered away at the Antarctic barrier, his iron strength breaking down under the prolonged strain of cold and privation, varied only by nauseating meals of highly salty meat and mouldy biscuits. Captain Cook has been hailed not only as the discoverer of several groups of islands in the Pacific, as the intrepid voyager who explored the coasts of New Zealand and Eastern Australia, but also as the chief explorer of the coast which is now Bristish Columbia, as the man who started the impulse which led to the North American-China trade, and thus laid the foundations of British power both in the southwestern and northwestern parts of the Pacific Ocean. Not only a renowned British Navigator and Explorer, this report includes fascinating detail of his career as a Hydrographical Surveyer, as well as an Astronomer. It was at age thirty that he was first heard of as a surveyer in connection with his well-known work of examining the St. Lawrence River and its channel, therefore making possible the attack on Quebec and the passage of the ships of the fleet in waters where the enemy had not dared to risk their vessels. Captain Cook's voyages lead to the establishment of colonies throughout the Pacific by several European countries. He travelled from his homeland of Great Britain to lands where few had gone before; bringing home much for his country. He was a discoverer, a mapmaker, and an innovator in the process of long distance sea travel. . First Edition..

$65.00

Rare Separately Issued Pamphlet: Sir Francis Drake.
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Rare Separately Issued Pamphlet: Sir Francis Drake.

By DRAKE, Francis - Pollock, Walter Herries

London: Royal Institution of Great Britain, 1883. London: Royal Institution of Great Britain, 1883. 8vo., single-page, double-sided, in very good condition. This is an interesting report depicting a brief biographical sketch of Sir Francis Drake from the perspective of Walter Herries Pollock, defending Drake's moral character. He refers to Drake's first voyage with Hawkins in 1568, Drake's great voyage, known as "the world encompassed", the conspiracy and punishment of Thomas Doughty, and Drake's 1587 expedition and his "Singeing the King of Spain's beard", also mentioned is his great engineering skill in supplying Plymouth with fresh water. .

$55.00

Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. By George Anson Esq; Commander in Chief of a Squadron of His Majesty's Ships, Sent upon an Expedition to the South-Seas. ....
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Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. By George Anson Esq; Commander in Chief of a Squadron of His Majesty's Ships, Sent upon an Expedition to the South-Seas. ....

By ANSON, George - SUBSCRIBER OWNED COPY

London: John and Paul Knapton, 1748. .....Compiled from Papers and other Materials of the Right Honourable George Lord Anson, and Published under his Direction, by Richard Walter, M.A. Chaplain of His Majesty's Ship the Centurion. SUBSCRIBERS COPY OWNED BY SUBSCRIBER LISTED IN BOOK AND WITH ADDITIONAL MANUSCRIPT LEAF SIGNED BY ANSON. First Edition. Quarto, measuring approximately 260mm x 210mm. 34, 420 pages, with 42 engraved folding plates and maps. Bound in a contemporary full calf binding. Bound without the directions to binder leaf, otherwise a stunning and very clean copy of this book. WITH THE SIGNATURE OF HENRY PENNYMAN ON THE TOP OF THE TITLE PAGE WHO IS LISTED IN THE LIST OF SUBCRIBERS AND THE BOOKPLATE OF JAMES PENNYMAN. IN ADDITION THERE IS A MANUSCRIPT LEAF - A RECEIPT FOR LOAN IN SALT - SIGNED IN THE ORIGINAL BY ANSON IN MAY 1752. This is the official account of Anson's voyage. England, at war with Spain in 1739, equipped eight ships under the command of George Anson to harass the Spaniards on the western coast of South America, for the purpose of cutting off Spanish supplies of wealth from the Pacific area. The Spanish fleet sent out to oppose the British ran into storms; provisions ran out and many ships were wrecked. Anson continued taking prizes during 1741-42, off the Pacific coast, and in June, 1743, captured the Manila galleon containing a vast treasure in Gold and Silver. Cox I, p. 49. Hill 1817. National Maritime Museum I, 109. Sabin 1625. . Signed. First Edition. Manuscript.

$5750.00

Abstract of "Carriage by Sea."
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Abstract of "Carriage by Sea."

By ITO, Jiujiro

Tokyo: Waseda University, 1911. Japanese text. Octavo, 10, 267 pages. Folding map. Blue cloth; gilt motif and ship impression to front and rear boards; gilt title to spine. Very good condition. Ito's scholarly monograph (translated into Japanese) examines the history, principles and methods of sea transportation. A detailed analysis includes explanations of nautical terms; types of marine carriage (steam and sail); development of marine transportation (ancient and modern) and its economic and political ramifications; shipping lines and traffic; cargoes; monopoly and competition; the Suez and Panama Canals and ports. .

$29.99

A Draught of the Streights of Gibraltar. With Some Observations upon the Currents Thereunto Belonging, by Captain Richard Bolland.
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A Draught of the Streights of Gibraltar. With Some Observations upon the Currents Thereunto Belonging, by Captain Richard Bolland.

By BOLLAND, Richard

London: Awnsham & John Churchill, 1745. Folio measuring approximately 8 x 12 inches. Two fold-out copper engravings, one which is a map, accompanied by 3 pages of text, numbered from 782 to 784. This account is in itself complete. It comes from the first edition of Churchill's four-volume work which contained numerous travel narratives, and was titled "A Collection of Voyages and Travels, Some Now First Printed from Original Manuscripts. Others Translated out of Foreign Languages, and Now First Published in English." These are the original pages from the original volume printed in 1745, clean, bright, in very good condition. Attractively bound in recent green cardstock covers with label. A brief description and remarkable early folding map of the Strait of Gibraltar, by maritime surveyor Captain Richard Bolland, observed in 1675. Engravings illustrate a sounding boat employed to ascertain currents, and a map of the Straights of Gibraltar with a table of tides. .

$275.00

Biographische Notiz über Sir Francis Drake. [Biographical Sketch of Sir Francis Drake.]
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Biographische Notiz über Sir Francis Drake. [Biographical Sketch of Sir Francis Drake.]

By DRAKE, Francis

Weimar: Industrie-Comptoirs, 1807. 8vo. 3 pages, plus an engraved portrait of Francis Drake. Text is in German. This is a complete monthly issue, containing the above mentioned account. Attractively bound booklet style in recent blue paper covers with label. This issue contains a rare succint biographical sketch of Sir Francis Drake, English circumnavigator, slaver, renowned pirate, and politician of the Elizabethan era, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1581. Drake was second-in-command of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada in 1588, subordinate only to Charles Howard and the Queen herself. He died of dysentery in January 1596, after unsuccessfully attacking San Juan, Puerto Rico. His exploits were legendary, making him a hero to the English but a pirate to the Spaniards to whom he was known as El Draque, 'Draque' being the Spanish pronunciation of 'Drake'. These are the original pages printed in 1807, and NOT a reprint. This narrative is from a rare multi-volume geographical and scientific journal titled "Allgemeine Geographische Ephemeriden", which issued fifty volumes from 1798-1816 and which encompassed critical contemporary topics of geography and astronomy. Adam Christian Gaspari and Franz Xaver von Zach were editors of this important scientific journal. .

$57.00

Nachricht Von Der Entdeckungsreise Zweier Spanisher Schiffe Nach Der Nordkueste Von Amerika Im Jahre 1792. Notice of Spanish Voyages to the North Coast of North America in 1792
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Nachricht Von Der Entdeckungsreise Zweier Spanisher Schiffe Nach Der Nordkueste Von Amerika Im Jahre 1792. Notice of Spanish Voyages to the North Coast of North America in 1792

By MALESPINA - Juan De Fuca - Quadra

Weimar - Germany: Landes - Industrie - Comptoir, 1804. 8vo, 16 pages, contained in a complete 200 page monthly issue of the Geographische phemeriden, attractively bound in brown cloth with marbled boards and gilt spine. Very good condition and very crisp inside. Text in German. This is the 1804 Edition of an obscure and rare Geographical publication issued in Weimar/ Germany in the late 1700's and early 1800's named 'Geographische Ephemeriden.' It contains a portrait of Hernando Maghellan and a 16 page report about the Spanish Voyages to North America. Little was known about these Spanish voyages as the Spanish kept things secret. In 1791, Alessandro Malaspina undertook a search for the Northwest Passage. He surveyed the Alaska coast from Yakutat Bay to Prince William Sound. At Yakutat Bay, the expedition made contact with the Tlingit. The expedition's scientists made a study of the tribe, recording information on social mores, language, economy, warfare methods, and burial practices. During the return to Mexico, Malaspina's expedition spent a month at the Spanish outpost in Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island (see below). The expedition made a study of the Nootka. The two ships then sailed south to Mexico, stopping at the Spanish settlement and mission at Monterey, California on the way. Simultaneously an expedition under Francisco de Eliza, exploring the Strait of Juan de Fuca, discovered an entrance to the Strait of Georgia, which prompted further investigation. In Acapulco, Malaspina took over two schooners, the Sutil and Mexicana, placed them under the command of one of his officers, Dionisio Alcalá Galiano, and had them sail north to explore the Strait of Georgia. Galiano's expedition took place in 1792 at the same time as that of George Vancouver. The two expeditions met in the Strait of Georgia and worked together to map the waters and establish the insularity of Vancouver Island. First Edition.

$375.00

Entdeckungsgeschichte Von Neu-Georgien oder Die Arsaciden-Inseln.  New Georgia or the Arsacidian Islands and Their History of Discovery
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Entdeckungsgeschichte Von Neu-Georgien oder Die Arsaciden-Inseln. New Georgia or the Arsacidian Islands and Their History of Discovery

By BRATRING, F.W.A.

Weimar - Germany: Landes - Industrie - Comptoir, 1807. 8vo, 50 pages, with map and portrait bound in recent green paper boards. Text in German. This a monthly issue of an obscure and rare Geographical publication issued in Weimar/ Germany in the late 1700's and early 1800's named 'Geographische Ephemeriden.' It contains a large 50 page report about New Georgia which today is part of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. In this report the author explores the history, fauna, flora and people of the islands and draws on accounts by John Hunter, Bougainville, Carteret, Labillardiere and others who visited them. The report is accompanied by a portrait of Captain John Hunter as well a fold-out map measuring 250 mm x 190 mm. A very early report and map on the Solomon Islands and very rare.. First Edition.

$375.00