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Edinburgh: Waugh & Innes, 1825.
Lost in the Bay of Biscay, the rare first editionDuodecimo, 78 pp., signature of Eleanor Stuart on title page, original plain boards bearing a charming Dublin bookseller's ticket, now preserved in a modern folding green case. Very scarce Edinburgh-published account of the loss of.....
London: John Murray, 1818.
"The best report of Tongan life and culture"Two volumes, octavo, large folding map, engraved frontispiece of Mariner in Tongan dress, three leaves of native music; an attractive set in contemporary handsome green half calf, spine gilt with red labels. Second edition of Martin's important account.....
Concord, New Hampshire: Rufus Merrill, 1844.
New Hampshire whaling chapbookDuodecimo, 24 pp., woodcut vignettes, recent plain wrappers. Early chapbook on the American whaling industry, describing the types of whales and their respective yields in oil. Includes an abridged yet powerful description of the loss of the whaler Essex, accompanied.....
London, 1 Portland Place, Wandsworth Road: by Henry Moses, Dec 1st 1824. 11 etched plates, 193 x 282 mm; original illustrated brown paper wrappers. A very scarce series of privately-published etchings of shipping in the London Dockyards. This section of Henry Moses' publication comprises his complete series on London's Docklands.....
Brisbane: Edmund Gregory, 1896.
Seventeen years with the Aborigines of North QueenslandSmall octavo, 45 pp., two photographic reproductions, original printed blue paper wrappers, preserved in a silk-lined green morocco box by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Rare nineteenth-century edition of an important account of the shipwreck of James Murrells and the.....
Cadiz: Manuel Espinosa de los Monteros, [1766 or 1769].
Voyages to the Straits of MagellanSmall quarto, with a folding map; a fine copy, clean and crisp in contemporary marbled calf, red leather label. The scarce and desirable second edition, effectively the first procurable (the 1621 edition has always been.....
Boston: B.B. Mussey, 1841.
Oxley, Parramatta and life with the AboriginesDuodecimo; contemporary full sheep, rebacked. Second edition of this important account. A homeless London waif, O'Connell, aged about eleven, sailed for Port Jackson as a cabin-boy (or perhaps as a prisoner) on board a convict ship. During some years'.....
Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1859. Octavo; a fine copy in the original green cloth. Small, scarce account of Japan at mid-century. Osborn set sail there from China as part of Lord Elgin's mission to Yedo for the signature of a new treaty between Japan and Great Britain, to replace.....
Edinburgh: printed by Sir D. Hunter Blair & J. Bruce, 1803.
Surgeons on convict vesselsFolio, pp. -14, disbound. One of the most important amendments to the laws of Transportation, formalising the requirement for convict vessels to carry a Surgeon, and thus directly responsible for a huge improvement in mortality.....
Adelaide: Government printer, 1863.
Deck plans of three emigrant shipsFoolscap folio, tinted paperstock, 7pp., disbound, good. Prints report of Captain James P. Lean concerning conditions aboard ships selected for carrying emigrants to the colony of South Australia. Issues include poor ventilation and lighting below deck. Includes whole page plans.....
At Sea and various ports: 1852-54.
Original log of a troubled Scottish emigrant voyage to AustraliaSmall folio, a neatly tabulated and written manuscript comprising 114 pp of Hercules Log [followed by 2 pp partly written and abandoned, at one time concealed by pasting together], and 28 pp of Royalist.....
Junks and sampans of the Mekong RiverFolio, with 70 plates, a nice copy with original wrappers. Exemplary monograph on traditional sailing craft of the Mekong, here reprinted from the rare first edition of 1943. The author was controller of Fisheries in French Indochina, and used his professional.....
Philadelphia: John C. Winston, 1933.
The adventure of a lifetime!Octavo, 115 photographs and 16 wood engravings in text; original pictorial cloth. The experiences of Gifford "Giff" Bryce Pinchot and his school chum Stephen "Stiff" Stahlnecker, as they embarked upon a cruise across the Pacific in the Mary Pinchot, a......
London: London Missionary Society, 1865.
Early Missionary enterprise in the PacificSmall octavo, frontispiece, illustrations; bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in half black morocco. Summary of London Missionary Society activities across the world, edited for the enjoyment and education of children. Contains much relating to the Pacific Island missions, with.....
London: W. Stansby for H. Fetherstone, 1625-1626.
The extraordinary collection of voyage narratives in EnglishFive volumes, folio (in sixes), with seven double-page engraved maps, and 88 smaller maps or illustrations in the text; additional ornamental title page to the first volume; a few marginal repairs, some of the in-text.....
London: Bowles and Carver, circa 1801. Dissected map, 54 pieces with three blank replacement pieces (the lost pieces in the regions of Java, Sumatra and Hokkaido); hand-coloured lithograph paper laid down on wood, the completed map measuring 485 x 582 mm., in the original timber box with sliding lid, original.....
MPedro Fernández de.adrid: 1612.
Quirós' Memorial "La parte incógnita Austral" of 1612Folio, 314 x 217 mm, 4 numbered leaves; inscribed in ink on the last leaf "curioso" (!) and "el Capitan quiros" The unknown southern land represents a quarter of the globe. This highly significant Presentation Memorial, seeking to.....
Venice: Giunta, 1613-1583-1606.
'The most perfect work of that nature in any language' (Locke)Three volumes, folio (305 x 205 mm), with 10 double-page or folded maps (seven woodcut, three engraved) and other woodcut maps, plans and illustrations in the text; eighteenth-century calf, spines gilt, gilt edges. A complete set.....
London: J. Nourse, 1764.
From the library at Westport HouseTwo volumes, large octavo, 11 folding plates and five folding maps (two celestial), many diagrams and engraved headpieces; an attractive set in contemporary sprinkled calf; spines numbered but unlettered. A fine set, with apt provenance, of the rare second edition.....
London: Journal of the Royal Gepgrahical Society, vol. 22, 1852.
Roe's final expeditionOctavo, pp. 1-57; with a folding engraved map, 220 x 435 mm; old half textured cloth and marbled sides; book-form box, The account of John Septimus Roe's final, arduous five-month expedition from Perth east of Esperance to.....
London: Edward Orme, 1805.
Superlative naval aquatint book of the Napoleonic eraLarge folio, with printed title page, 16 pp. letterpress description, engraved dedication leaf and a total of 17 plates (12 engraved and 5 aquatints, one of which is handcoloured); recent half calf preserving original blue tinted wrappers. The.....
Paris: Victor Delarue, circa 1835.
Ship views of the 1830sOblong album, with title-page and eight large lithographic plate measuring 433 x 582 mm. (sheet size); old presentation note inscribed to top margin of title page, a very good copy in contemporary cloth boards with gilt blocked title. Attractive lithographic.....
Shipping catastrophe in Sydney harbourAlbumen silver print, 150 x 200mm, pencil description to reverse of the image. Remarkable photo showing the S.S. Austral after it foundered in Sydney Harbour while coaling off Kirribilli in November 1882. The striking scene shows the vessel sunk past the gunwales and.....
The Australian tourStereoscope, card mount measuring 175 x 83mm. Rare stereoscopic photograph of the Royal Navy "Flying Squadron" on their visit to the Derwent River in January 1870. The Flying Squadron, under the command of Rear Admiral Hornby, was a travelling display of British naval supremacy which.....