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Angers: Lachese et Dolbeau, 1889. Octavo, 60 pp.; neatly bound in old quarter cloth, leather label. Scarce offprint from the Revue libérale: a discussion of the early history of Vietnam, and in particular China's attempts to gain control of the country. Fosses concludes that Vietnam would fare much better under.....
London: J. Wilkes, 20 September, 1800.
Commemorative portraitEngraving, 161 x 114mm. (plate size). A particularly interesting engraved portrait of Cook, after the original by Nathaniel Dance. The vignette at the base of the oval includes a minute but essentially accurate rendering of Webber's scene depicting Cook's death in Hawaii.....
Paris: Chez les Libraires Associes, 1787. Two volumes, duodecimo; contemporary French quarter calf. The very rare first edition of this work, which purports to be the translation of an ancient text describing an expedition to "Solamir" in North Africa. The young Greek Azémor, travelling with Tiresias in order to learn.....
Paris: l'Honore & Chatelain, 1719.
One of the most richly decorated world maps ever producedEngraved map, with fine hand colouring, printed in four sheets joined, 860 x 1440 mm.; mounted and framed. A splendid example of Henri Châtelain's rare and magnificent wall chart of the Pacific and its surrounds.....
London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1911.
"A picture which grips the imagination"Octavo, black & white photographic illustrations; original green cloth. Day by day account of a missionary's life in Papua. The Archbishop of Brisbane, in his preface, says of the book "the freshness and humour, the varying moods, and.....
Yantai, Shandong Province, China: 23 June 1860.
HMS Gunboat Opossum during the Taiping RebellionWatercolour, 230 x 380 mm, signed and dated ("Lindesay Brine fecit June 22 1860"); mounted. An attractive and skillfully executed drawing heightened with watercolour. Two Chinese figures carrying baskets have been sketched in the foreground but.....
London: J. Stockdale, 1797.
The Macartney embassy to ChinaOctavo, folding map; contemporary sprinkled calf. An attractive copy of the reduced octavo version of the official narrative of the important Macartney embassy to China, by which the British sought to establish formal diplomatic and commercial relations. Staunton served as a......
London: Methuen & Co., 1899.
The journal of a searcher in a "sea of small islands"Octavo, frontispiece and numerous photo-plates throughout, three plans and two folding maps; publisher's decorated green cloth with gilt spine lettering;. The author was Robert Louis Stevenson's neighbour in Samoa between 1890 and 1893 whilst.....
London: John Walthoe, 1732.
Churchill's great voyage collection, completeEight volumes, folio, comprising two works in matching bindings, containing some 213 engraved plates including work by Herman Moll, Johannes Kip, and others (many double-page or folding), engraved and woodcut illustrations throughout; late eighteenth-century Russia, marbled edges. A splendid set of.....
Engraved from the medallion profileStipple engraving, 155 x 100mm (plate sized. Elegant portrait of the great Pacific navigator Bougainville, 'dessiné par Cless d'après un portrait en medaillon'. The portrait was engraved and printed for inclusion in Allgemeine geographische Ephemeriden (Weimar 1802).
Amsterdam: Société d'Edition, 1925. Thick quarto, with 180 plates and 150 illustrations in the text, large folding colour map; untrimmed, in original colour decorated wrappers. Limited edition of 1000 copies, printed on 'papier vergé'. This is a beautifully produced and exceptionally detailed study of the Sumatran people and culture. In.....
Edinburgh: E. Balfour, Manners & Miller, 1803.
An attractive set in red morocco by SangorskiTwo volumes octavo, bound without half-titles; half red morocco by Sangorski. Remarkably detailed survey of colonial policy on the eve of the Napoleonic Wars. 'The larger portion of this scarce work relates to America, and.....
London: Harper & Brothers, 1898. Octavo, frontispiece, four folding maps and other illustrations;, in contemporary half vellum, banded spine with double brown morocco labels, gilt. Second edition of this treatise on China at the turn of the century. Colquhoun, who spent several years in China as a special correspondent of.....
Paris: Desaint & Saillant, Durand, 1756. Octavo, engraved frontispiece portrait by Tardieu le fils, and 10 engraved plates by Chedel, engraved titlepage vignette, headpiece to dedication leaf and tailpieces at end of each canto; a very attractive copy in contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt, crimson morocco label. First edition.....
Paris: chez Morin, 1787.
Cook admired in Enlightenment FranceOctavo, 118 pp. (last blank), period-style red crushed morocco, spine gilt with raised bands. A very scarce, florid and rather entertaining elegy for Cook, published in Paris, which shows the high regard in which Cook was held in Enlightenment France, as.....
Cook's voyages: with the extra atlas, and uniform contemporary provenanceTogether eight volumes, quarto, and two folio Atlases; uniformly bound in contemporary polished diced russia leather, decorated in blind and gilt, atlases in half binding with marbled paper sides matching the endpapers of the text volumes; all volumes.....
London: William Heinemann. 1900.
"The extraordinary services rendered by Frederick Cook"Octavo, with colour frontispiece and three other coloured plates, 74 plates, and 21 illustrations and maps in the text; original blue cloth, ship image in white on front cover. First UK edition, first issue (with the larger lettering at.....
London: Alexander Hogg, circa 1780. Engraved chart, 185 x 355 mm, with decorative title cartouche in the upper right corner. An early map of the Society Islands in the South Pacific published by Alexander Hogg to illustrate the voyages and discoveries of the sea captains Byron, Wallis, Carteret and Cook.....
London: Alexander Hogg, circa 1786. Engraved chart, 220 x 330 mm. Chart showing Cook's route around the Tongan Islands, which he discovered in 1773. The Islands are also known as the Friendly Islands because of the reception that Captain Cook received. Published for Anderson's New, Authentic and Complete Collection of.....
London: Printed for Alex. Hogg, at the Kings' Arms, 1784-1786.
Cook in a million wordsFolio, with altogether 157 engraved maps, plans and views, with about 25 of the plates having more than one image; a nice old binding of half dark green calf, red morocco label, the sides dwecrated.....
London: Printed for Alex. Hogg, at the Kings' Arms, 1784-1786.
Cook in a million wordsFolio, with altogether 157 engraved maps, plans and views, with about 25 of the plates having more than one image; modern half calf. An unusually good, complete copy of this huge compendium of Cook's three.....
Cambridge: Hakluyt Society, 1968-1974.
Authoritative editionFive volumes and portfolio of charts, thick octavo, coloured frontispieces, numerous black and white plates and maps (some folding), original decorated cloth with dust-jackets. The most reliable and authoritative narrative of Cook's three voyages, edited by J.C. Beaglehole. This set comprises the original Hakluyt.....
Leipzig (vol. 1) and Berlin: 1789-1797.
The complete first edition of this collection of Forster's writings including his life of CookSix volumes, small octavo, two large folding engraved maps of North America, a folding plate of the breadfruit and 19 other plates; in contemporary (probably German) half calf and.....