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The Narrative of the Honourable John Byron (Commodore in a Late Expedition Round the World) Containing an Account of the Great Distresses Suffered by Himself and His companions on the Coast of Patagonia, From the Year 1740, till their Arrival in England,
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The Narrative of the Honourable John Byron (Commodore in a Late Expedition Round the World) Containing an Account of the Great Distresses Suffered by Himself and His companions on the Coast of Patagonia, From the Year 1740, till their Arrival in England,

By Byron, John

[iv], viii, 257 pp. Lrg. 8vo, rebound in half leather and marbled boards with new endpapers. Half title perimeter repaired with tissue, some soiling to gutter of frontis and title page not affecting image or text, otherwise a very good clean copy. John "Foulweather Jack" Byron entered the Royal Navy in 1731. As midshipman he sailed to South America on HMS Wager, part of George Anson's squadron. Upon approaching Patagonia the Wager encountered a terrible storm and the crew was shipwrecked. The survivors divided into two teams and proposed that one team would head towards Rio de Janeiro via the Straights of Magellan and the other one led by Byron to sail north up the Chilean coast in open boats to meet the Spaniards. Sabin notes "Admiral Byron's narrative of the loss of the Wager is one of the most thrilling accounts in the language , and supplied his illustrious descendant with many particulars for the shipwreck in 'Don Juan'". Miraculously he lived to tell the tale, and later went on to assume the position of Governor of Newfoundland. Incidentally, in December of 2006 the British Scientific Exploration Society with the help of the Chilean Navy , has located what they believe to be a section of the hull of the wreck of HMS Wager. It is awaiting carbon dating. Cox II p. 281, Sabin 9730


The Voyages of Christopher Columbus Being the Journals of His First and Third, and the Letters concerning his First and Last Voyages, to Which is Added the Account of His Second Voyage Written by Andres Bernaldez

By Jane, Cecil

London: : Argonaut Press,, 1930. 4to, . Illustrated with 5 maps. vellum backed red cloth, spine yellowed, else very good. Limited to 1050 numbered copies.


Brief History of Polar Exploration Since the Introduction of Flying

By Joerg, W.L.G

New York: : American Geographical Society, , 1930. lrg. 8vo, . Illustrated and including 2 loose folding maps. wraps with maps housed in a common publisher's slipcase slipcase grubby with wear, one map with stain to upper margin, else very good. The expeditions of Wilkins-Hearst, Byrd, Mawson, and Norwegian whalers. The two maps are entitled "Physical Map of the Arctic" and "Bathymetric Map of the Antarctic" and are colourful and very detailed.


Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan, Performed in the Years 1852, 1853, and 1854, Under the Command of Commodore M.C. Perry, United States Navy, By Order of the Government of he United States. Washington: Beverl

By Hawks, Francis L

New York: : Arno Press, , 1967. Facsimile edition. 4to, . Illustrated throughout including separate slipcase of facsimile maps. black modern buckram, wear to slipcase of charts else fine. A thoroughly detailed account of Commodore Perry's expedition to Japan in 1852. Perry armed with a letter from the president of the United States Millard Fillmore, set sail for Japan in order to open peaceful trading negotiations with the group of islands which had hitherto all been sealed off from foreign countries. The presence of Perry's heavily armed ships in the Bay of Edo forced the Emperor to enter negotiations with the United States Government. After much discussion, the ports of Hakodate and Shimoda were opened to American ships and trade between to two nations was officially sanctioned.


Scenes in the East. Consisting of 12 Coloured Photographic Views of Places Mentioned in the Bible, With descriptive Letter-Press

By Tristram, Rev. H.B

London: : Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, , 1870. 4to, . Illustrated with 12 colour plates. pictorial cloth, cloth faded, lower edge stained, pages brittle with some loose, needs either a rebind or broken up and sold as plates, plates generally clean with some minor soiling in margins. Views of Bethlehem, Nazareth, Sidon, Jerico, Gaza and Joppa.


Circa 1492 Art in the Age of Exploration

By Levenson, Jay A. [ed]

New Haven & London:: Yale University Press,, 1991. First edition. 4to,. Profusely illustrated. printed wraps. Near fine. A sumptuous exhibition catalogue from the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The catalogue covers the history and art of the exploration age and includes detailed descriptions and images of atlases, maps, works of art on paper, objects of vertu, ceramics and sculpture. Beautifully produced and a wealth of scholarly information.


The Spell of England

By Addison, Julia de Wolf

Boston: : The page company, , [1926]. . 8vo., . Illustrated with plates and a folding map. green, blue and gilt decorated cloth. Front hinge cracked, tear and light soiling to map, but a very good bright copy.


Voyage Pittoresque A Travers les Regions Inondees dedie a sa Majeste la Reine Elisabeth

By [La Maison Severin Freres]

Bruxelles: J. E. Buschmann d'Anvers, 1926.  Illustrated. Oblong 4to,  printed boards housed in a publisher's slipcase. Boards lightly soiled, front hinge cracked, but a very good copy. Deluxe edition limited to 40 numbered examples. Deluxe facsimile edition after the 1825 original. Views of Flanders.


Arctic Explorations: The Second Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, ‘54, ‘55

By Kane, Elisha Kent

1857. . Spines worn with labels chipped, overall rubbed, lower board of vol. 2 about loose, large tear to map in vol. 2, some light scattered foxing, but on the whole quite clean.. Lrg. 8vo, . Philadelphia and New York: Childs & Peterson and Sheldon, Blakenman & Co., half calf and marbled boards. Arctic Bib 8373; Sabin 37001 The Second Grinnell expedition was led by Kane after having served three years prior on the first expedition in search of the missing Franklin. Referred to as the “Arctic Columbus” Kane explored the area between Ellesmere Island and Greenland. His account of his travel, the hardships encountered and the interaction with the Eskimos made his narrative instantly popular. Arctic, Franklin, North Pole


Malta The Island of Sunshine and History

By Anon

[Naples]: : [Richter & Co.], , Nd. . 8vo, . Illustrated. coloured wraps. Chipping to spine and lower portion of front wrap, rear wrap spotted, inside front wrap and title page lightly spotted, two small holes affecting blank margin of 6 pp. but o/w quite good. A nice guide book c. 1910? of the Mediterranean island.


Letter and Sketches from the New Hebrides

By Paton, Maggie Whitecross

London: : Hodder & Stoughton, , 1895. . Third edition revised. 8vo, . Illustrated with frontis, plates and a map. green cloth with gilt vignette of a palm tree on front cover. Upper portion of front cover mottled, dampstaining to lower margin of frontis portrait and to blank margins of last 50 pages and endpapers. A fair to good copy. Maggie Paton was the second wife of missionary John G. Paton who settled with him in Aniwa in the New Hebrides. "Her account of life on Aniwa is by turns high spirited and despairing-the latter particularly when one by one her children are sent for their own safety to live with relatives in Australia; it is less saccharine than many a missionary's tale and one of the most often reprinted of them all". (Robinson).


The High-Road of Empire Water-Colour and Pen-and-Ink Sketches in India

By Murray, A.H. Hallam

New York:: E. P. Dutton and Company,, 1905. 4to,. Illustrated with colour plates and a map. organge embossed cloth anbd blue and gilt spine. Very small ink notations to ffep, else a nice bright copy. A look into India's architecture, landscape, history, people etc.


A Hand-Book for Visitors to Cambridge

By Deck, Norris

Cambridge: : William Metcalfe, , 1862. Second edition. 8vo,. Illustrated with hand-coloured map and 8 steel engravings, 1/2 morocco and marbled boards, rubbed along joints, ffep torn, plates a little toned, but on the whole quite good. A scarce book on the colleges, churches and town of Cambridge.