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London: William Ball, 1838.
Scarce work by former Attorney General of NSWSmall octavo, neat blind-stamp to title-page, bound without the 4 pp. advertisements noted by Ferguson; half green morocco by Sangorski, spine lettered in gilt. An excellent copy of a surprisingly scarce work, written by a former Attorney General...
Paris: F. Buisson, 1791.
First French editionTwo volumes, octavo, half-title not present in the first volume; old French sprinkled calf, spine gilt with double labels. First edition in French of this scarce narrative of a voyage in the north Pacific, particularly interesting for Alaska, Kamchatka and the Northwest. Often...
Fredonia: New York, 1846.
Scarcest of the Canadian exile accountsOctavo; light spotting throughout, but a very good copy in twentieth-century quarter green morocco, raised bands. First edition and scarce: 'A most vivid and interesting account of the convict system in Tasmania from within by a political prisoner, who publishes...
Buffalo: A.W. Wilgus, 1843.
Firsthand account of Tasmanian convict life.Small octavo, frontispiece and folding map printed white-on-black; original quarter roan. Exile account by a conspicuous figure in the Canadian Patriotic Rebellion of 1837. Wait was condemned to be hanged, but the efforts of his wife procured a stay of...
Milan: Ranieri Fanfani, 1825-1829.
Fine Americana in original wrappersEighteen small quarto volumes, with a total of 101 handcoloured plates and seven maps; an excellent set as issued in the publisher's tinted wrappers. Scarce in original condition: a record of Catholic missionary activity across the globe from the seventeenth to...
Paris: Hôtel de Thou, 1785.
First French quarto editionFive quarto volumes, including the final atlas volume containing a total of 88 engraved maps and plates;uniform contemporary full calf armorial bindings. The desirable first French edition of the Cook's third voyage, here in outstanding contemporary French bindings bearing the arms.....
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Includes previous unpublished Russian journalsQuarto, four folding engraved maps & one folding plate; a handsome copy in contemporary French mottled calf, gilt spines, red edges.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...
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....
London: HMSO for the Colonial Office, 17 March 1843.
Bounty immigrants bound for New South WalesFoolscap folio, iv, 158pp. (last blank), red half morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with gilt spine lettering, top edge gilt. Invaluable historical resource, containing much information comparing the respective merits of emigration to...
New York: Redfield, 1854.
A five month trek through the Rocky MountainsOctavo, with three engraved plates, author's inscription to head of title-page; a good copy in publishers green cloth, preserved in a folding cloth case. First English translation, signed and inscribed by the author, of Gabriel Franchère's account of.....
Paris: Madame Veuve Hocquart, 1811-1814.
An Enlightened look at the peoples of the world: costumes, customs and ritualsTwo volumes, quarto, with 144 handcoloured plates; a very large copy, completely uncut, in a handsome contemporary binding of half crimson roan, flat spines banded and lettered in gilt. Lavishly illustrated study...
Amsterdam: Johannes van der Hey, 1822.
Dutch edition of KotzebueThree volumes, each with engraved title-page (the last hand-coloured), four hand-coloured plates and three folding plates, five folding maps, an excellent set in early twentieth-century vellum, decorated gilt and blind. Fine set in vellum of the uncommon Dutch edition of...
Amsterdam: Aux Depens de la …, 1733.
Colourful tale of a Canadian corsairTwo volumes in one, duodecimo, five plates, titles printed in red and black with engraved vignettes; occasional ms. marginalia in a neat early hand, a good copy in later half red morocco. An attractive copy of the...
St. Petersburg: 22 October, 1872.
Rare example of a letter by one of the great Russian explorersManuscript in ink on paper, single leaf folded to form four pages, 210 x 130 mm. An interesting and rare private letter from the explorer Count Fyodor Petrovich Lütke. Lütke, who started his...
London: Robinson, 1798.
Rare Alaskan mapEngraved map, 410 x 510 mm; with original central fold. Fine and very detailed chart of Bucareli Sound in Alaska, prepared for the publication of La Pérouse's voyage, here in the English version. The engraving acknowledges its derivation from the mapping by Maurelle and...
London: John Murray, 1859. Octavo, with four maps (three folding), folding facsimile of record found of Franklin's Expedition, larger folding map in rear pocket of the binding; 14 wood engraved illustrations; original gilt decorated blue cloth. First edition: the discovery of the fate of John Franklin's final expedition. Jane Franklin...
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'...
London: published by the artist, 1787.
Cook's patronMezzotint three-quarter length portrait, trimmed very close to the plate mark, a few spots and some rubbing but overall an excellent impression. Mounted. Rare and impressive portrait of one of Cook's great friends and champions. Palliser (1722-1796) was born in Yorkshire, entering...
London: Published by the executors of the late James Asperne, 1821. Stipple engraving, 145 x 220 mm., gently creased at one corner, very good. Contemporary engraved portrait of the great Arctic explorer and Australian settler. Sir William Edward Parry (1790-1855) was an English rear-admiral and Arctic explorer who also served...
Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1847. Octavo, two volumes in one; early ownership inscription on title, in original red cloth. The scarce first American edition which, according to Forbes, may have preceded the London edition. Sir George Simpson was governor of the Hudson's Bay Company in North America, and his acute...
Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1845.
The great Antarctic expedition, exploring widely over five yearsSix volumes in five; imperial octavo, with a portrait, 64 plates and nine maps in the text volumes, and the complete atlas bound at the end of the fifth volume; numerous vignettes in the text; without...