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Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro, 1841.
Portuguese public servant's imaginary voyage to the interiorThree volumes bound in one, small octavo; some wear to the edges of the boards and a library reference at head of spine, an attractive copy in contemporary quarter calf. A rare Portuguese imaginary voyage to...
Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro; Sociedade Propagadora dos Conhecimentos Uteis, 1841.
The pernicious contagion of immoralityThree volumes bound in one, small octavo; in contemporary marbled sheep preserved in folding cloth case. A rare Portuguese imaginary voyage to Australia, not recorded by most of the commentators on the genre. In...
Lisbon: Regia Officina Typographica, 1788.
Portuguese discoveries in a crisp uniform edition24 volumes, duodecimo, with four portraits and five folding maps; contemporary blonde speckled calf. This extensive set is a fundamental travel book, and the basis for any history of Portuguese exploration. This is the first collected edition of...
Vienna: Jean Jacobe, 1787.
Bougainville, Casanova and the Prince of NassauMezzotint engraving 700 x 990 mm; a fine impression; framed. A rare and very surprising pictorial image of the Bougainville expedition: we have never seen the image before and can find no record of it. Published in Vienna, it...
London: Ackermann, 1852.
Splendid marine lithographs by Queen Victoria's artistPair of colour lithographs, 375 x 535 mm. A fine pair of portraits of a splendid ship: these colour lithographs after original watercolours by Oswald Brierly were made by T. G. Dutton and printed by Day and Son for Ackermanns...
London: William Ridgway, 1867.
Court martial of George William Gordon in the Jamaica uprisingOctavo, 166 pp.; in publisher's gilt lettered cloth. Second edition. Details legal proceedings brought against Colonel Nelson and Lieutenant Brand for their role in the court martial trial, and subsequent execution, of George William Gordon during...
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).....
Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1871.
The Straits of MagellanOctavo, with a coloured folding map and 21 lithograph plates; in the original green cloth. Scarce account of an exploration of the Strait of Magellan. Cunningham was appointed naturalist aboard the Nassau, a steamer sent to work on the survey of...
Paris: Chez L. Tenré, 1836. Quarto, with two folding maps and numerous full-page engraved plates;an attractive copy in contemporary gilt half morocco trade binding. Popular account of the natural wonders and indigenous peoples of South America, compiled by the veteran explorer naturalist Alcide Dessalines d'Orbigny (1802-1857). An accomplished microbiologist, d'Orbigny.....
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: Swan Sonnenschein, 1893. Octavo, 368pp., colour folding map and 14 plates; maroon cloth, gilt title to spine, A compelling and vivid autobiographical narrative of travels in colonial Australia. John Demarr, a Yorkshire farmer, arrived in Sydney in 1839 and travelled extensively through Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland working...
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...
Stockholm: Lith. Art. Anstalt, 1872.
Fine Hawaiian royal portraitsQuarto, with 12 tinted lithographic plates; a very good copy in original decorated boards. Scarce and finely illustrated voyage account, including handsome lithographed portraits of the Hawaiian monarchs Kamehameha the Fourth and Kamehameha the Fifth. The author, Adolf Ekelöf, was a....
Birmingham: E.C. Osborne, printer, undated, yet 1866.
An intrepid explorer caught in the aftermath of the Jamaican uprisingTwo sheets measuring 690 x 1080 mm. each; neatly folded. Two spectacular, large broadsides denouncing the conduct of former Australian explorer John Edward Eyre, in his role as governor of Jamaica during...
London: The Jamaica Committee, 1866.
Eyre faces the aftermath.Slim octavo, 98 pp; very good in recent halfcalf with gilt lettering, original titling wrappers bound in. Collection of documents and testimonies relating to the Jamaica insurrection of 1865. These documents werepublished to reveal the conduct of the Governor of Jamaica...
London: Chapman and Hall, circa 1868.
The defence fund mobilisedOctavo, good in original red cloth, bookplate of the Royal United Service Institution. Inscribed by Capt. J. Godwin to the Royal United Service Institution. This book publishes documents and transcripts in Eyre's defence, with a preface by Finlason, whose Treatise...
London: Chapman and Hall, 1848.
Eyre brought to trial for the Jamaica uprisingSlim octavo, original red cloth, front chalked endpaper. Prosecution of Edward John Eyre for his role as Governor of Jamaica during the rebellion of 1865. It includes the evidence taken from the court depositions, the indictment and...
London: Stevens and Sons, 1867.
Martial law and legitimate government.Octavo, a couple of leaves carelessly opened; original gilt-lettered cloth. The commentary centres on the evidence against two officers, Nelson and Brand accused of offenses committed during the Jamaica insurrection of 1865 after the imposition of martial law by Edward...
Nürnberg: Johann Andreæ Endter, 1668.
The exotic East and West Indies: in monastic pigskin bindingThick folio, engraved title, followed by title-page in red & black, envoi to German Emperor Leopold I with separate armorial frontispiece, 65 plates, with one textual illustration and the terminal Errata leaf; contemporary full pigskin.....
London: John Faber, 1732. Mezzotint measuring 350 x 250 mm. with detailed engraved caption. Mezzotint portrait of Admiral Charles Wager, an instrumental figure in the effective organisation of the British Navy in the first half of the eighteenth-century. Wager won his fame by capturing the rich Spanish prize Santa Cruz...
Madrid: Don Benito Cano, 1791.
The Spanish in Tahiti, and a rare study of Chiloe IslandSmall quarto, with a plate and a large folding map of the I. de Chiloe; a fine copy in contemporary Spanish marbled calf, spine gilt with crimson label. An important work, among the earliest...
Czechoslavakia: Bancroft & Co., circa 1960.
Columbus pop-up bookSmall folio, 7 p. story with vignette, folding colour pop-up of Columbus' three ships; illustrated boards. A delightful example of the renowned Czech illustrator and paper engineer Vojtech Kubasta. With a double-page pop-up diorama depicting Columbus' three ships, the Niña, the...
Sydney: Hordern House, 1999. Small folio, illustrated with 15 colour and black & white plates; hand-bound in quarter natural vellum, with hand-marbled paper sides, blue cloth slipcase. The special issue. Only fifty signed copies were prepared of this deluxe issue, signed and numbered (No.45) by Dr. Edward Duyker, author of...
Paris: Dépôt Général de la Marine, 1833.
Sounding chart for the River Plate.Engraved chart; two conjoined sheets measuring 655 x 988 mm. in total. Sounding chart of the headwaters of the River Plate, with soundings of the approaches to Montevideo. The map was produced by the French navy and.....