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Paris: Librairie Plon, 1888.
In the original publisher's wrappersSmall octavo, with seven folding maps; in the original printed pale blue wrappers. First edition: a very scarce publication, by a French naval officer who sailed with the D'Entrecasteaux expedition in the 1790s. Admiral Charles Baudin played a role in the...
Paris: Imprimerie Impériale [Royale], 1807/16/07/11; 1815/12.
The full account of the Baudin voyage: superbly hand-colouredBound in five volumes; a handsome set of the complete official edition, including the two-volume quarto narrative text with portrait frontispiece and two folding tables, the two-parts of the large quarto atlas bound as a....
Paris: Imprimerie Impériale [Royale], 1807-1816.
The Baudin voyage to Australia and the PacificThree volumes, small and large quarto; the two-volume text with portrait frontispiece and two folding tables; the two-part large quarto atlas (bound in one volume) containing 40 plates (23 coloured and two folding) and 14 maps (two...
South America: 7 January 1832.
Original panorama from the Beagle voyageOriginal watercolour, 85 x 390mm., inscribed "Point Naga S.65.W. H.M.S Beagle Jan 7 1832" lower left; "Spirito Santo 3.20 distant 5 miles" lower centre; on verso inscribed "Fanny 1836"; backed on tissue and mounted. This superb coastal profile is...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1846.
The Beagle in AustraliaTwo volumes, octavo, with 26 plates and eight folding charts (six of them tipped into pockets of the binding, as issued); bound without the Sibourne advertisements at front of vol. II, but with both of the fragile advertising slips ('South...
Amsterdam: Jan Rieuwertsz and Pieter Arentsz, 1669.
French incursions in the East IndiesQuarto, with eight engraved plates; bound in later period-style full calf, spine gilt with raised bands, ex libris of Saint Charles de Bourbon seminary on title;. First Dutch edition, and rare. This is the only separate appearance...
Londres: Jean Nourse, 1758.
Educational use of an imaginary voyage settingTwo volumes, small octavo; a neat set in contemporary calf, flat spines gilt in compartments. Second edition, following a 1754 version by the same publisher. Both works are of some rarity, NUC listing a single copy of the first...
London: Henry Colburn, 1831.
The 'Admiralty' issue in larger formatTwo volumes, quarto, with two large folding engraved maps, a double-page map, 23 plates (including four double-page); bound without the half-titles and advertisement leaf found in some copies, but with the rare errata slip called for by Forbes and Hill...
Paris: l'Auteur, 1791.
Lunar living is rather like FranceOctavo; original condition, stitched in plain blue-grey wrappers. First edition: lunar life proves very similar to life in provincial France, but the music is better. Beffroy de Reigny (1757-1811) was a highly successful journalist and dramatist. His most important works were...
La Haye and Paris: Pierre Aillaud, 1786.
Science in the wake of Pacific explorationOctavo, [ii], 236 pp., uncut copy in original buntpapier wrappers. Curious and eclectic collection of essays on geography, astronomy, and recent voyage discoveries. The geographical sections are informed by the discoveries of Cook, la Pérouse and...
Paris: Deposit des cartes, plans et journaux de la Marine, 1756.
Imagining Australia's eastern coastline conjoined with New GuineaEngraved map, 572 x 852 mm, on quite thick paper; attractively coloured with background beige wash for sea areas; folding into an original boards binding, lined with some old manuscript; manuscript...
Paris: Dépôt Génerale de la Marine, 1765.
Halley's great dream pursued by BellinChart, engraved; 620 x 930 mm. Mid eighteenth century world map showing magnetic variation through the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. This map represents decades of work by several enlightenment luminaries. The scientific study of magnetic variation was.....
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...
Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel, 1849-1851.
The first Danish circumnavigationThree volumes, octavo, tinted lithographs; uncut in the original quarter purple cloth with printed labels, brown boards. Scarce official account of the first Danish circumnavigation. The Galathea made her voyage between 1845 and 1847. Forbes notes that the purpose of the mission...
Dublin: N.P. [maps with the imprint of Henecy & Fitzpatrick], N.D. .
William Bligh maps... Dublin BayFolio, 84 pp., with six folding engraved maps with coloured details; contemporary dark calf. Very rare. This collection of reports on proposed improvements to the Dublin waterways, submitted to the Directors-General of Inland...
Nyköping: Joh. Pet. Hammarin, 1795.
First Swedish editionSmall octavo, woodcut headpiece; in understated contemporary half calf. First Swedish edition of Bligh's Voyage to the South Seas. Rolf du Rietz's excellent note in the catalogue of the Kroepelien catalogue explains that this very rare version was anonymously translated by Carl.....
London: Battye, Fisher & Sudlow, June 1838 - January, 1840.
Bligh's land-holdingsSeven printed legal documents, all individually stitch-sewn and folded into dockets, some legal marginalia in lead and blue pencil chiefly relating to the property "Copenhagen" A good set of printed legal documents relating to the sale of Bligh's...
London: B.B. Evans, 1790.
The most infamous moment in naval history: Bligh cast adriftColoured aquatint engraving, 455 x 620 mm., mounted and framed. The mutiny on the Bounty, Bligh and his men cast adrift: one of the best known of all maritime images, which includes the only known portrait...
London: John Murray, 1815.
Rare Phillip Parker King-era almanacOctavo, in original polished calf. Rare copy of the Nautical Almanac for 1818, a fundamental inclusion in the shipboard library of any Admiralty-sponsored voyage. The Almanac was used for reckoning the longitude at sea by the lunar method, and was closely...
London: George Newnes, 1901.
The Southern Cross expedition: first edition, first issueOctavo, with photogravure portrait frontispiece, three coloured maps (folding), 18 plates and numerous photographic illustrations; an excellent copy in the original gilt and silver decorated pictorial cloth, top edge gilt and others uncut. The very scarce first issue...
Gand: J. N. Houdin, 1821.
Early utopian socialismOctavo, uncut, in wrappers. First French edition: history of the formation of an early socialist society in Europe. This is a French translation from the Dutch of a text by the reformer van den Bosch, who, along with his Societé de Bienfaisance...
London: John Haviland, 1630.
"Lately found out, and by our latest Cosmographers"Small quarto, a good copy but bound without the map mentioned on the title-page; contemporary calf, spine and joints wearing, label chipped. Early English edition of Botero's famous chronicle. Translated into several languages from the original Italian, it...
Neuchatel: de l'Imprimerie de la Société Typographique, 1772-1773.
The two earliest works on TahitiThree volumes, octavo; contemporary French tortoiseshell calf, flat spines gilt in compartments with floral decoration, double labels. The two earliest works on Tahiti brought together to form a complete work: the first French account of Cook's.....