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Rouen: Robert Machuel le jeune & Eustache Herault, 1715.
A beautiful set of the first full collection of DampierFive volumes, duodecimo, with a total of 34 engraved maps, coastal profiles and harbour plans (12 folding) and 32 plates (13 folding) including engraved title pages and frontispiece for volume I-III;...
London: James Knapton, 1703.
The first deliberate English voyage to AustraliaOctavo, with a folding frontispiece map, four maps and ten plates and tables; publishers advertisements at end; in original eighteenth-panelled calf, spine renewed. The important and rare first edition of the first deliberate English voyage to Australia, one of...
London: Argonaut Press, 1939. Octavo, frontispiece, folding map and other facsimile plates, fine in half green crushed morocco by Sangorski, top-edge gilt, spine with raised bands. A foundation document in the discovery of Australia, here offered in a splendid binding by Sangorski and Sutcliff. This Argonaut Press edition includes a....
Amsterdam: Jansson, 1646.
Across the Pacific to New GuineaEngraved map, 185 x 435 mm.; with central fold, in fine condition and mounted. Important early map of the Pacific with insets of the Le Maire Strait and New Guinea from Commelin's compendium of Dutch voyages, Begin Ende Voortgangh. This map...
Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1930. Large octavo, colour illustrations; original gilt-decorated cloth. An attractive copy of Dana's masterpiece of reportage. Dana, a Harvard man, spent two years voyaging by sea between 1834 and 1836, visiting many ports in the Americas. His work is vivid and important, particularly regarding California and rounding...
London: Edward Moxon, 1850. Octavo, a fine copy in a handsome mid nineteenth-century polished half calf prize binding, ornate gilt spine with crimson morocco label. A handsomely bound collection of treasured voyage and travel accounts. The volume includes four classic narratives: Dana's Two Years Before the Mast, Cleveland's Voyages and...
New York: circa 1886.
After the dance portraitMezzotint engraving with facsimile signature below portrait, 254 x 178 mm. This beautiful engraving, after the portrait of Cook by Nathaniel Dance, was published circa 1886 for The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia. The Picturesque Atlas publishing company was set up to publish...
London: published by William Mackenzie, circa 1885.
Portrait of the great scientist as an old manSteel engraving, 107 x 134 mm. within larger sheet, An engraved portrait of the legendary naturalist Charles Darwin. The engraving is taken from an image by the famous studio of Elliott & Fry, specialists...
London: William Day, 1854.
The charm of Table BayLithographed plan; 340 x 425 mm. Attractive English map of Cape Town, showing the street plan of the city with detail of public parks and thoroughfares, the waterfront onto Table Bay, cemeteries, hospitals, quarries and the like. The lower portion of...
Amsterdam: circa 1680.
Tasman map by Blaeu's apprenticeEngraved map, 460 x 560 mm., superb handcolouring; mounted. Fine early map of the East Indies showing the discoveries of Tasman by Frederick de Wit, at a time when he was one of the foremost map-makers in Holland. His firm's 'maps were...
London? circa 1800.
Popular issueEngraving, 16.5 x 22 cm. (image size), a good strong impression, mounted. An unusual version of the famous scene at Kealakekua Bay, in a very good impression. Although the original image on which this is loosely based is clearly that of Webber, the engraving bears...
Paris: Philippe-Denys Pierres, 1782. Duodecimo, engraved title, engraved plate, half-title, single page approbation at rear, a lovely copy in contemporary tan calf, flat spine gilt with red morocco label, bumped. A rare work and a very attractive copy of the most celebrated and influential poem of Delille, in which the...
New York: I. Riley and Co., 1806. Three volumes, octavo, large folding map with closed tear at the fold, with light browning and foxing typical of American books of the era, but here unusually moderate; a very good set in attractive contemporary marbled sheep (scuffed, joints rubbed) original green morocco...
N.p. (Japan): 1854.
A Dutch ship in NagasakiStitch sewn booklet measuring 149 x 79 mm., with two fine coloured woodblock prints, one double-page; original stitched wrappers, original cloth folding case; now preserved in a quarter morocco box. Charming Japanese publication, with two fine coloured woodcuts, one a double-page view...
Nagasaki: Toshimaya, dated An'ei 9, i.e. 1780.
The earliest printed view of Deshima island, reserved for the VOC tradersWoodblock print measuring 550 x 420 mm., with highlights in contemporary handcolouring; in an excellent modern frame. Rare and beautiful bird's-eye view of Deshima island in the bay of Nagasaki, the...
London: G. and W.B. Whittaker, 1823. Tall quarto, copperplate engraved music and text;; contemporary half calf, a very handsome copy, the spine gilt and with an unusual triple "harlequin" set of labels in red, white & blue. First edition of this early collection of the patriotic ditties and rollicking shanties...
Philadelphia: M'Carty & Davis, 1836.
The unsworn yet unbroken treatyOctavo booklet, 64 pp. (last blank), original yellow printed wrappers. Published under the auspices of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania: 'The fame of the treaty under the Elm tree, or as it is called, the Great Treaty, is coextensive with...
London: Printed by S. Gosnell for T. Chapman, 1799.
"Greater Australia" before FlindersQuarto, with six plates and seven maps (most folding), list of subscribers, errata leaf, library markings but a fine tall copy in modern red half calf by Sangorski. First edition, an attractive copy of the Chapman edition...
London: Printed by S. Gosnell for T. Chapman, 1799.
An exceptional copyQuarto, with six plates and seven maps (most folding); a fine, large and uncut with the list of subscribers; in impressive full black crushed morocco with raised bands and gilt lettering by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. An unusually large...
Turin: Stabilimento Tipografico Fontana, 1841.
With additional material on Hawaii and CaliforniaTwo volumes, octavo, four wood-engraved plates, errata page present at end of first volume; a really handsome copy in the original printed boards. First appearance in this important Italian translation, much expanded with additional chapters from its first...
N.P. N.D., but circa 1832.
Dumont d'Urville presents his new work to a scientific opinion-makerSingle sheet of laid paper, 207 x 260 mm., folded vertically to form a letter, written in a small and neat hand to first page and addressed – but not stamped – to the last...
Paris: Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret, 1832-33.
Special version of the Dumont d'Urville voyageTen octavo text volumes bound as five, and folio atlas with a portrait of Dumont d'Urville and 20 maps and plates (six coloured); a good set in a recent French period-style binding of quarter dark blue polished.....
Stockholm: Ecksteinska Boktryckeriet, 1836-, 1839.
Swedish edition of a voyage classicEight volumes bound in seven, duodecimo; a very attractive set in contemporary patterned wrappers, with hand-lettered papered spine labels. Rare Swedish edition of Dumont d'Urville's historical account of voyages around the world from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries...