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London: John Murray, 1826.
Important early voyage to HawaiiQuarto, with 14 charts and aquatint plates, some folding; overall a good copy in modern calf with label from an earlier binding. First edition of a famous voyage account, and an important and extensive illustrated description of Hawaii in the mid-1820s...
London: John Murray, 1826.
Returning the Royal deceased to HawaiiQuarto, with a folding chart and 13 other charts and plates (one folding); modern half calf. First edition of a famous Pacific voyage account, and an important and extensive illustrated description of Hawaii in the mid-1820s. Kamehameha II of Hawaii...
London: S. Baker, 1768.
Wrecked in forlorn PatagoniaOctavo, with a frontispiece; contemporary dark calf, various owners' signatures including a presentation to 'Arthur Cadogan from Genl. Fox'. First edition. 'Admiral Byron's narrative of the loss of the Wager is one of the most thrilling accounts in the language, and supplied...
Firenze: Giuseppe Allegrini, 1768.
The towering PatagoniansSquare octavo, engraved frontispiece, 4, 152 pp., untrimmed, in plain modern boards. Uncommon contemporary Italian edition of the famous account of Byron's circumnavigation by Charles Clerke. As would be expected, the edition includes an excellent new version of the famous frontispiece of an...
London: A. Manson, P. Denham, W. Robertson, and F. Nicholson n.d., circa 1784.
"By a midshipman on board"Small octavo, 93 pp., early owner's names on endpapers; an excellent copy in contemporary sprinkled calf, An uncommon edition of the Byron voyage in excellent original condition. The earliest accounts of the...
London: HMSO, 1904.
Impressive map of MongoliaFoolscap folio, 44pp. (last blank), large folding chromolithographic map; recent plain green wrappers. Notes and observations based upon a summer trip into Chihli during June to October 1902, also drawing on experiences in Chakkar country a few years previously.
London: T. Osborne [etc], 1761.
"he has not been in the inside of a church for many years"Four volumes, octavo, with a number of oval portraits of naval figures, and six folding engraved maps, contemporary calf binding, spines gilt in compartments between raised bands, red edges. Third edition: a....
[Canton]: circa 1863.
Old Canton through European eyesWatercolour on paper, 210 x 300 mm; signed in pencil; mounted. Charming and atmospheric watercolour of the Guangzhou area, depciting the Pearl River at sundown, looking towards old Canton, with the Chigang Pagoda and the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees seen...
London: Norie & Co., No. 157 Leaden Hall Street, 1 March 1816.
Handsome matched pair of Regency floor globesPair of 18-inch diameter (455 mm) floor globes, height overall 42 ins. (1065 mm), diameter of stand 24.5 ins (620 mm); each made up from two sets of eighteen gores; on...
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.....
London: T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, 1798 & 1802.
First edition of the complete work: a fine setTwo volumes, quarto, with three engraved charts and 32 engraved plates including eight in the text (five handcoloured); contemporary polished calf, spines elegantly gilt, with double morocco labels; quarter morocco bookform...
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...