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Lisbon: Typographia da Academia, 1863.
Controversial study of the Dieppe mapsQuarto, 24 pp., with a map integral to the text, original printed wrappers; a pleasing partially uncut copy. A controversial treatise claiming the primary discovery of the Australian continent as a Portuguese achievement. This theory derives from the author's.....
Lisbon: Typographia da Academia, 1863.
Preaching to the choirQuarto, 24 pp., integral map, original printed pink front wrapper bound into modern brown boards. A controversial treatise claiming the primary discovery of the Australian continent as a Portuguese achievement. This theory derives from the author's belief in the secret Portuguese.....
Montevideo: Imprenta del Ejercito, 1849.
The only early publication of the major Spanish circumnavigation of the 18th centuryOctavo, bound without one of the two issued title-pages sometimes found, and also missing the two final leavesof navigational data (supplied in facsimile); contemporary plain vellum binding, later red leather label; cased.....
Cadiz: Manuel Espinosa de los Monteros, [1766 or 1769].
Voyages to the Straits of MagellanSmall quarto, with a folding map; a fine copy, clean and crisp in contemporary marbled calf, red leather label. The scarce and desirable second edition, effectively the first procurable (the 1621 edition has always been.....
Cádiz: Manuel Espinosa de los Monteros, Impressor de la Real Marina, 1766 or 1769.
The Straits of MagellanTwo parts in one work, small quarto, with a folding map; a beautiful crisp copy in a fine binding of brown morocco, gilt, all edges gilt, by Brugalla. Second edition, including for.....
Madrid: 7 December, 1611.
Quirós' Memorial of 1611 asking for a speedy decisionFolio, 303 x 203 mm., four leaves, foliated -3 (six pages of printed text, the final leaf blank); woodcut initial "E" on the first leaf. Quirós' Memorial of 1611 One of the greatest voyage rarities: an original.....
Madrid: December 1608 or January, 1609.
Foundation document for southern discovery: the key Eighth Memorial of QuirosFolio (303 x 214 mm.), 4 pp.; unbound as issued; with some contemporary calculations in ink on the last page; quarter morocco case. Quirós's celebrated Eighth Memorial to the King of Spain describing.....
Santiago, Chile: Imprenta Nacional, 1891.
Cruel and unforgiving waters.Thick quarto, with 95 plates and coastal profiles (many folding and printed in smaller format); but a very good copy overall in later quarter calf over old marbled boards. Scarce pilot guide to the Straights of Magellan and the coastline of.....
Stockholm: Adolf Bonnier, [1854-1855].
Royal Swedish circumnavigationTwo volumes in one, octavo, with three folding tinted maps, and 20 lithographs (18 coloured) and numerous woodcuts; original brown cloth, gilt. First edition: the official account of the voyage of the Eugenie, the first Swedish circumnavigation, with particularly good accounts of the.....
London: Privy Council, 1824-, 1841.
Abolition in TobagoFive folio publications; disbound and perforated where previously stab-sewn. Five separately published parliamentary papers regarding the abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean colonies. The first three papers (dated 1824, 1830 and 1831 respectively) concern the improvement of slaves through religious instruction.....
London: printed and sold by John Faber, 1741. Mezzotint, 354 x 254 mm. (sheet size), recent paper backing, very good. An accomplished three-quarter length mezzotint portrait of Admiral Sir Charles Wager (1666-1743), widely regarded as the most skilled and capable naval commander of the his generation. Wager, by all accounts.....
London: Richard Bentley, 1849.
Hunting wild boar in HawaiiTwo volumes, octavo, frontispieces, vignettes; original blind decorated blue cloth. A lively and talkative account of the Pacific and western coast of America in the 1840s. The Collingwood stopped at the Hawaiian Islands, Mexico and California, as well as other South.....
London: [E.A. Petherick], 1888.
London adventurers in Terra Australis.Printed sheet measuring 251 x 154 mm, a little toning but very good. Late nineteenth-century printing of a rare broadside promoting colonisation of "Terra Australis" by a private English company. Historically situated between Dampier and Cook, the broadside was originally published.....