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London: circa 1790. Engraving, handcoloured, page size approx 160 x 240 mm; tear across the bottom of the plate has been expertly repaired. View from Cook's Second Voyage to the Pacific 1772-1775, showing Cook leaving Erramanga, one of the New Hebrides in 1774 by row boat with hostile natives ashore.....
London: F. Newbery, 1781.
First full account in English of Cook's third voyageOctavo, with a folding map and five engraved plates (one folding); the leaf D4 cancelled as usual and replaced with four unsigned leaves; contemporary polished calf with spine label "Newberry's Collection Voyages" and the volume number '6'.....
London: Alexander Shaw, 1787.
Exceptional artefact from Cook's Pacific voyages: with 56 specimens of native tapa cloth including a suite of 17 extra specimens, most of them HawaiianQuarto (220 x 164 mm.), pp [8, comprising title and three leaves of descriptions], with 56 tapa cloth specimens interleaved between or.....
London, Victualling Office, 18 June 1777.
Rare document from Cook's third and last voyageManuscript in ink on official paper (watermark "GR" with a crown), written in ink on one side of a single sheet, 239 x 201 mm, small folio. Rare document relating to the provisioning of Cook's third.....
London: circa 1784.
Rare proof impressionEngraving, 253 x 533 mm. to plate mark, paper size 290 x 540 mm.; a little light old creasing at right side; in fine condition. Rare proof impression of one of the most atmospheric views made by Webber to illustrate Cook's third voyage: the.....
London: Boydell, 1808.
Summer habitations in far eastern RussiaHandcoloured aquatint, 330 x 455 mm. Fine view of the island of Cracatoa from Webber's magnificent series of views of the Pacific. This handcoloured aquatint is from the 1808 publication Views of the South Seas, and like other views by John.....
Berne: Nouvelle Société Typographique, 1783.
The rare second editionOctavo, woodcut vignette on title; contemporary continental (?Swiss) mottled calf, spine with small floral device gilt in compartments between raised bands, double orange labels just chipped at edges; a nice copy. The second French edition, and very scarce. Beddie records only.....
Berne: chez la nouvelle Société Typographique, 1782.
Including an eye-witness account of Cook's deathOctavo; a very good, clean copy in contemporary French half calf. The first and best French edition of this important personal account of Cook's third voyage, and extremely scarce: a most attractive copy. This edition contains.....
Zurich: n.p., 1821.
Elusive biography of the great Cook voyage artist, with portrait and viewSquare octavo, aquatint frontispiece, 13pp. with engraved oval portrait at head of first page; a fine copy in the original printed brown wrappers, preserved in a folding bookform case. Only edition: with the famous engraved.....
Edinburgh: Bell & Bradfute, Bank Street, 1837.
The rare first edition memoir of a Cook third voyage veteranOctavo, a good, tall copy, edges rough-trimmed only, in modern boards. A punchy and garrulous medley of biographical anecdotes by George Home, the son of Alexander Home, who was the quartermaster of.....
Paris: no publisher, 1808. Two volumes, duodecimo, three folding engraved plates after John Webber, charming early printed prize label to front endpapers; in original tree calf, ornate gilt spines with black morocco labels. A beautiful set of this charming and popular French account of various voyages for children. As the.....
Paris: n.p., 1808.
With some fifty pages devoted to HawaiiTwo volumes, duodecimo, the three wide folding engraved plates after John Webber; uncut in the original orange paper wrappers. A very good copy of this charming and popular French account of various voyages for children. As the title suggests, most.....
Lucrative Spice Island possessionPencil drawing measuring 204 x 260 mm. (sheet size), well preserved, mounted. Original mid-nineteenth century sketch of Banda, the fabulously lucrative and contested Spice island in present day Indonesia. Once the primary source of nutmeg and mace, the Banda islands were a prized Dutch.....
Madrid: Ibarra, 1788-1793.
Patagonia and the straits of MagellanQuarto, two volumes bound together, with an engraved portrait of Magellan as frontispiece, five fine large folding maps and five folding tables; contemporary calf-backed marbled boards. The full first edition, complete with the separately published Apendice a la Relación (Madrid, 1793).....
Barcelona: por los herederos de D. Agustin Roca, 1834.
Delightful Spanish album of costume platesOblong octavo, engraved frontispiece, title and 32 plates; a fine copy in original printed boards. A very good copy of this rare illustrated Spanish edition of the costumes of the world, after the original French.....
Paris: chez Saintin, Libraire de S.M. l'Imperatrice, 1813.
Baudin, Peron and Marion du FresneTwo volumes bound in one, square duodecimo, 32 plates (one with early amateur hand-colour); a handsome copy, later quarter calf over early paper boards, Scarce ethnological handbook with beautifully engraved plates depicting the native peoples of.....
Paris: Chez Saintin, 1811.
Children's atlasOctavo, two hand-coloured plates and seven hand-coloured maps (four double-page, three folding), a handsome copy. A charming children's atlas, with delightful depictions of Tahiti, New Zealand and Hawaii. Although much reprinted and very popular, this work is now rare in any edition. Two exquisite.....
Paris: Hotel de Thou, 1781.
Includes previous unpublished Russian journalsQuarto, four folding engraved maps & one folding plate; a handsome copy in contemporary French mottled calf, gilt spines, red edges. The rare French edition of this famous book on Russian exploration, with good material on Alaska, the Aleutian Islands.....
London: T. Cadell, 1771.
Teasing Banks from the stageOctavo, [viii], 80 pp., [iv]; original stitch-holes visible in the gutter, disbound. First edition of this orientalist fantasy (based on Voltaire's unfinished Les Scythes). Since it provides an odd insight into the fame of Banks and Solander on their still very.....
Paris: Barrois l'aîné, 1783.
Tasmania and New Zealand, and the first printed account of Surville's voyageOctavo, with seven plates (including two maps, one folding); contemporary French marbled calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands, leather label. First edition: this rare book is of great importance for both New.....
Paris: 25 August 1814.
Senior officer of the d'Entrecasteaux voyage presents the official accountManuscript letter, 227 x 183 mm., on a bifolium sheet, letter comprising first page with two blank pages, the fourth page an address panel, dated and signed by Rossel; folded to letter size, addressed with remnants.....
Paris: Tastu, 1833.
Indigenous dwellings of Australia and New ZealandHand-coloured lithograph depicting four native huts, 340 x 520 mm., very good. Hand-coloured lithograph depicting four native huts, two from New Zealand, one from Jervis Bay (with a distinctive cone shape) and the other from King George's Sound. The Astrolabe.....
Sydney: Hordern House, 1996. Octavo, with 7 illustrations; quarter blue calf and marbled boards. Facsimile of the Account of the Discoveries made in the South Pacifick Ocean previous to 1764, acknowledged as one of the rarest of all eighteenth-century publications about the Pacific and Australia. Now, for the first time.....
Sydney: Hordern House, 1996.
Hordern House: Maritime Series 3Octavo, with 7 illustrations; quarter blue calf and marbled boards. Facsimile of the Account of the Discoveries made in the South Pacifick Ocean previous to 1764, acknowledged as one of the rarest of all eighteenth-century publications about the Pacific and Australia.....