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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...
London: John Walthoe, 1732.
Churchill's great voyage collection, completeEight volumes, folio, comprising two works in matching bindings, containing some 213 engraved plates including work by Herman Moll, Johannes Kip, and others (many double-page or folding), engraved and woodcut illustrations throughout; late eighteenth-century Russia, marbled edges. A splendid set of...
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...
Leipzig: Arkstee & Merkus, 1754.
Dampier for German readersQuarto, with 26 maps and plates (numbered 1-25 with a plate 10 bis); contemporary calf. German compendium of travel accounts published in the mid-eighteenth-century, including Dampier's voyages and excellent maps of Australia and the South Pacific. This single volume from a....
London: G. Scott, 1780.
From Balambangan to New GuineaQuarto, with 31 engraved maps and plates, many double-page or folding.; in modern quarter calf. The second edition of an important and early work on New Guinea, with extensive mapping. Forrest was involved in the 1770 settlement of Balambangan, a colonising...
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.....
Paris: chez Pillet aîné, 1826.
Freycinet's superb mapping from the Uranie voyage to Australia and the PacificLarge folio, with 22 engraved maps (10 of them double-page); contemporary French quarter calf and marbled sides, spine renewed. The handsome hydrographical atlas of Louis de Freycinet's voyage in the Uranie, the last...
Paris: Leblanc, no date, but after 1822.
The artist's account: the first published narrative of the Freycinet voyageTwo volumes, octavo, and small folio atlas; the atlas with separate title, map and 25 lithographic plates; text in mid-nineteenth century quarter green roan trade binding with gilt ornament, atlas in more...
London: Richard Bentley, 1853.
With plates after Oswald BrierleyTwo volumes, octavo, with eight fine tinted lithograph plates (printed by Day & Son); folding chart in a rear pocket; half calf and marbled boards. A fine set of this splendid book, with eight superb plates lithographed by Hawkins after Oswald...
"Agra" (Paris): avec Privilege du Grand Mogol, 1746.
Not known to Strabo or PtolemyTwo volumes in one, octavo; in contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt, crimson label. First edition: a popular and often reprinted satire on Parisian manners, set in the Indies, in a "fertile land now known to...
n.p., circa 1770. Duodecimo, 72 pp., drop-title only, as published with no separate title-page and no colophon; in modern boards, morocco label. A very good copy of this uncommon title by the fiery Comte de Lauraguais, best known for his association with Sir Joseph Banks, and particularly for his abortive...
Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier, circa 1700.
Dutch seventeenth century map of the Australian coastEngraved map, 565 x 860 mm (map size); contemporary hand-colouring, framed. First issue of Mortier's important and highly attractive large format Dutch map depicting the "coasts of Asia" and including a good and substantial early depiction of...
Antwerp: Plantin, dated 1587, but issued 1592.
A new edition of Ortelius' famous mapEngraved map, 362 x 492 mm (sheet size 465 x 590 mm); Latin text on verso; an excellent example, mounted. The great cartographer Ortelius' major world map, of great significance for the imagining of the Pacific...
Amsterdam: Jacob von Meurs u. Johannes von Sommern, 1676.
Dutch and Portuguese settlements in the East IndiesFolio, title page printed in red and black; extra engraved title, engraved portrait, and 19 double-page engraved plates, with one full page engraving and many more engravings in the text; the second part...
London: Cassell & Co., 1924. Octavo, with a photogravure frontispiece; in the original brown cloth, boxed. First edition of this famous reminiscence of the East Indies: first issue (with the palm tree in gilt on the spine). Tomlinson's deep thoughts and observations of his surroundings give us an excellent perspective...
Amsterdam: Chez L'honore & Fils. 1748.
Pre-Darwinian utopia dedicated to Cyrano de BergeracTwo volumes in one, octavo, owner's name on title; contemporary French mottled calf. First edition of this important, controversial, and strangely prescient work, dedicated to Cyrano de Bergerac. By using the device of an imaginary voyage to...