Item #5000290 The Cruise of the Marchesa to Kamschatka and New Guinea, with notices of Formosa, Liu-kiu, and various islands of the Malay Archipelago. F. H. H. GUILLEMARD.
The Cruise of the Marchesa to Kamschatka and New Guinea, with notices of Formosa, Liu-kiu, and various islands of the Malay Archipelago.

The Cruise of the Marchesa to Kamschatka & New Guinea.
The Cruise of the Marchesa to Kamschatka and New Guinea, with notices of Formosa, Liu-kiu, and various islands of the Malay Archipelago.

London: John Murray, 1886.

Two volumes, octavo, with two coloured lithograph bird plates as frontispieces, numerous wood-engravings, 27 of them full-page, and 14 maps, nine of them coloured and five of which large and folding; half dark blue morocco, spines ornately panelled in gilt between raised bands, a fine set in a lovely Morrell binding.

Henry L. White's copy in a splendid Morrell binding

First edition: a finely-bound set of Guillemard's first hand account of his voyage in the Marchesa from Japan to the South Pacific, of considerable importance for the ornithological collecting undertaken in New Guinea. The fine bird plates are by Keulemans and Whymper. "Guillemard describes his voyage on a private, semi-scientific expedition on the Marchesa, an auxiliary screw schooner yacht owned by C. T. Kettlewell. Guillemard, better known for his 1890 book on the Life of Ferdinand Magellan, here refrains from extensive description of the more famous places his ship called at during his two-year voyage, such as China and Japan. His narrative thus concentrates on the more unusual destinations, particularly Kamchatka and New Guinea, as highlighted in the title. Considerable space is also given to the Ryuku Islands, Bering Islands, Sulu Islands, North Borneo, Celebes, and the Moluccas. One of the principal objects of this voyage was the study of birds in their native forests. Specimens were also collected. Guillemard provides much ornithological information and many illustrations, as well as some discussion of linguistics, economy, geography, and sealing…' (Hill catalogue, of the condensed edition published a few years later).

First edition: a finely-bound set of Guillemard's first hand account of his voyage in the Marchesa from Japan to the South Pacific, of considerable importance for the ornithological collecting undertaken in New Guinea. The fine bird plates are by Keulemans and Whymper. "Guillemard describes his voyage on a private, semi-scientific expedition on the Marchesa, an auxiliary screw schooner yacht owned by C. T. Kettlewell. Guillemard, better known for his 1890 book on the Life of Ferdinand Magellan, here refrains from extensive description of the more famous places his ship called at during his two-year voyage, such as China and Japan. His narrative thus concentrates on the more unusual destinations, particularly Kamchatka and New Guinea, as highlighted in the title. Considerable space is also given to the Ryuku Islands, Bering Islands, Sulu Islands, North Borneo, Celebes, and the Moluccas. One of the principal objects of this voyage was the study of birds in their native forests. Specimens were also collected. Guillemard provides much ornithological information and many illustrations, as well as some discussion of linguistics, economy, geography, and sealing…' (Hill catalogue, of the condensed edition published a few years later).

Provenance: Henry L. White (pioneer pastoralist, ornithologist and collector, uncle to the Nobel Laureate Patrick White; with his Belltrees bookplate; the splendid Morrell binding very likely commissioned by White).

Ferguson, 10138a: Hill, 735 (1889 second condensed edition only).

Price (AUD): $4,000.00

US$2,584.03   Other currencies

Ref: #5000290