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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.....
Paris: chez Saillant & Nyon, 1771.
The first French voyage into the PacificQuarto, with twenty engraved charts, mostly folding, and three plates of boats; in a well-preserved contemporary French binding of cat's-paw mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands, brown leather label. The first French circumnavigation and...
Neuchâtel: Société Thypographique [sic], 1773.
Bougainville's Tahiti: the South Sea paradiseTwo volumes in one, small octavo; a fine copy in a very attractive contemporary binding of marbled calf, sides bordered in gilt, the flat spine ornately gilt with a repeating drawer-handle design. An attractive copy of the Neuchâtel version.....
Dublin: J. Exshaw, et al, 1772.
First Dublin editionOctavo, with a folding map and folding plate of native canoe; bookplate and old ownership inscriptions of the Le Power (later De la Poer, later still Lord Power) families; contemporary calf. The first Dublin edition, very scarce: a smaller format issue...
London: J. Nourse and T. Davies, 1772.
First English edition of BougainvilleQuarto, with five folding maps and a folding plate of canoes, the maps neatly refolded; a very good copy in recent polished tan calf, Greek key border to both boards, spine richly gilt, red morocco label. First English...
Vienna: Jean Jacobe, 1787.
Bougainville, Casanova and the Prince of NassauMezzotint engraving 700 x 990 mm; a fine impression; framed. A rare and very surprising pictorial image of the Bougainville expedition: we have never seen the image before and can find no record of it. Published in Vienna, it...
London: John Murray, 1831.
Barrow describes the "piratical" mutinySmall octavo, with a frontispiece and five plates; contemporary polished calf. First and apparently the only authorised edition of a popular account of the Bounty story. The plates, after drawings by Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Batty, the army officer and prolific artist, include...
London: Francis Edwards, 1915.
With extra material by Captain EdwardsOctavo, folding map; original maroon cloth, gilt lettering to spine. The standard modern edition, including the captain's report on the voyage of the Pandora, printed for the first time, with introduction and notes by Basil Thomson. This edition includes the...
Papeete: Government printer, 1909. Octavo, 66pp, in later quarter cloth with titling wrappers bound in. Bound with another Papeete printed pamphlet Souvenirs de P. Marcantoni... 1879-1931 (Imprimerie de l'Oceanie 1932, 32pp, good in original wrappers although front cover and preliminaries a bit stained).
London: Halton & Truscott Smith, 1924-1926.
A particularly handsome setSixteen parts bound in four volumes quarto, illustrated in colour and black & white; publisher's blue cloth boards, gilt, sailing ship vignette to front boards. An attractive set of Bowen's deluxe history of sailing and voyaging. The four volumes cover...
London: Cadell & Davies, 21 June, 1814. Soft ground etching, plate size 380 x 325 mm. on a larger sheet; ex-library stamp to verso, together with the relevant letterpress. A fine portrait of the great publisher John Boydell (1720-1804), the most important print publisher of his day, and together with...
Tours: Alfred Mame et fils, 1893. Quarto, with many illustrations, some taken from photographs, gilt edges, in the original ornately pictorial cloth, with pretty decoration in silver and gilt. Fine copy of the first French edition, which puts the English edition of 1890 quite in the shade. It is scarce...
London: Printed for John Bill, 1614.
"The Inhabitants of that South continent, are Idolaters"Small quarto, bound with another work in contemporary limp vellum; boxed. First edition: containing a little noticed discussion of the Southern Continent and its likely inhabitants. Brerewood, Professor of Astronomy and scholar in many fields, explores...
London: Ackermann, 1852.
Splendid marine lithographs by Queen Victoria's artistPair of colour lithographs, 375 x 535 mm. A fine pair of portraits of a splendid ship: these colour lithographs after original watercolours by Oswald Brierly were made by T. G. Dutton and printed by Day and Son for Ackermanns...
London: Day and Son, 1852. Coloured lithograph measuring 250 x 350 mm., mounted and framed. Dramatic and finely executed coloured lithograph of the survey vessel HMS Rattlesnake by eminent marine artist Sir Oswald Brierly (1817 - 1894). Under the command of Captain Stanley Owen the Rattlesnake undertook an extensive marine...
Paris: chez Durand, 1756.
The great French study of the South SeasTwo volumes, quarto, with seven folding maps, complete with errata leaves, and with the additional series of asterisked leaves (volume I, pp. 437*-450*); contemporary French mottled calf, spines gilt in compartments between raised bands, double red & green...
Offprint: Transactions of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science, Vol. IV, Part II, 1905.
Presentation copy of a rare offprintOctavo, pp. 63-70, with four photographic plates (numbered 7 to 10); modern quarter calf. Rare: not recorded by Rosove or Renard, this is an offprint of an account of the...
Leeds: William Brown, 1849.
A Yorkshire man amongst the YankeesOctavo, handsome full red morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. The author was a Leeds clothing merchant, who 'having been called upon, in many towns and villages in Yorkshire, to recite my personal narrative of America and the Americans, a....
London: Darton and Clark, 1842.
The health of convicts on convict transportsSmall octavo, 238 pp., original printer's green cloth. Important book by Browning building on his experience as a Surgeon on board convict transports, most notably the Elphinstone which arrived in Hobart in 1836. Browning could not be accused...
Geneva: Carey, 1866.
With a folding map of the Canterbury provinceLarge octavo, 22pp., with a folding map; original yellow printed wrappers. A very scarce pamphlet, in fine condition. De Budé's brief study of the province of Canterbury with short supplements on pastoralism and emigration. Why the title-page is headed.....
London: Smith Elder, 1898. Octavo, original blue cloth, with gold vignette on upper board; well illustrated, pages untrimmed;. An excellent copy of the first edition. A ripping yarn based on the author's experiences on board the Splendid of New Bedford, in whaling grounds off 'the Solanders, Vau Vau, South Pacific...
London: Smith Elder, 1898. Octavo, frontispiece and seven other plates and a folding map; in original blue cloth, with gilt vignette on upper board, quarter morocco case. First edition of this ripping yarn, based on the author's experiences on board the Splendid of New Bedford, in whaling grounds off 'the...
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1935.
The last of the old guard in the AntarcticLarge octavo, portrait frontispiece, four maps (two folding) and illustrations; publisher's cloth. First edition of Byrd's classic account of his second expedition to the Antarctic. Limited edition of one thousand copies, signed by the author...