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Copenhagen: Ernst Henrich Berling, 1743.
Royal copy of an important work on naval manoeuvresFolio, with woodcut headpieces, tailpieces, and initials, engraved allegorical frontispiece and 68 full-page plates, mostly showing various formations, manoeuvring, and engagements of naval fleets; title-page with oval library stamp of "Søe Officerernes Bibliothek Stempel"; a fine...
On board: 21 April 1822.
Please send the latest volumes relating to French voyagesSingle-page letter on single folded sheet, 255 x 195 mm., address panel, slightly torn where originally opened at red wax seal; very good. An intriguing letter sent from on board Hyacinthe de Bougainville's command the Thétis...
New York: Ingersoll's Great American Boat and Oar Bazaar, circa 1867.
Across the Atlantic in just 35 daysBroadside, lithographed on fine paper, 28 x 21 cm. Rare and fragile broadside celebrating an amazing short-handed crossing of the Atlantic. Captain Hudson accompanied only by his friend Fitch and his dog...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1847.
The Fly, in Torres Strait and surveying the Barrier ReefTwo volumes, octavo, two folding maps and 19 plates, three line-engraved views, and four natural history plates, textual illustrations, with various publisher's advertisements including for Leichhardt & Stokes; a very attractive set in the...
Paris: Knapen & fils, 1782.
Suppressed account of the French search for a continent towards the South PoleOctavo, with a folding map; contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments; a good copy. The only edition, and very rare: the bulk of the edition was suppressed by the French...
Paris: Chez Courcier, 1807-, 1810. Quarto, two works bound in one, in total seven folding plates and one folding table, some pages age-toned but overall very good, neatly bound in modern quarter calf, Ingleton bookplate and manuscript note. A fine volume containing rare first editions of two French works of...
London: John Murray, 1827.
The rare 1826 issue of the exploring classicTwo volumes, octavo, with a folding chart, 13 plates and a folding engraving; contemporary half calf, spines gilt with double labels. First edition, second issue, the first to be properly published: a very rare form of this important...
London: John Murray, 1826.
The rare 1826 issue, in a fine contemporary bindingTwo volumes, octavo, with a folding chart, 13 plates and a folding engraving; with the colophon leaf and the leaf of errata at the end of vol. 2; in a most attractive contemporary binding of polished calf...
Adelaide: W.C. Cox, 1853.
The first navigation of the Murray by steam-boatOctavo, 46 pp.; a few pencil annotations; in original printed brown wrappers, once folded down the middle but at some time put into a neat cloth binding. Very scarce, particularly with original wrappers: the Ivo Hammet copy, with...
New York: E. Weyhe, 1926.
Deluxe editionQuarto, illustrations, original blue cloth, gilt vignette and slipcase. A handsome and useful work on early ship-building, profusely illustrated with 124 plates including 12 photogravures, the remainder full page photographic plates. Ships from many countries are represented including man-of-wars, yachts, flagships, frigates, galleys...
Czechoslavakia: Bancroft & Co., circa 1960.
Columbus pop-up bookSmall folio, 7 p. story with vignette, folding colour pop-up of Columbus' three ships; illustrated boards. A delightful example of the renowned Czech illustrator and paper engineer Vojtech Kubasta. With a double-page pop-up diorama depicting Columbus' three ships, the Niña, the...
Noumea, New Caledonia: August 1883.
The major retrieval of anchors and cannons from the La Pérouse wrecks in VanikoroTwo albumen photographs, 135 x 200 mm, with manuscript captions in ink, mounted on card and framed together; with 3 pp. folio manuscript in ink on official paper with printed heading...
Livorno: Tipografia Vignozzi, 1827.
With unrecorded platesThree volumes, duodecimo, three frontispieces and three plates, all with good contemporary handcolouring; contemporary quarter roan binding, lettered in gilt, marbled boards with vellum tips. Attractive early Italian edition of La Pérouse's voyage, containing six charming coloured plates (three of which are not.....
London: G.G. and J. Robinson, 1798-1799.
Best English editionTotal of three volumes, comprising two quarto text volumes with an engraved portrait frontispiece, and a folio atlas with portrait, engraved title and 69 maps and plates; recent black half morocco with gilt lettering and ornament. The best English edition: the...
Tours: Auguste Vauquer, Imprimeur du Département d'Indre & Loire, 1791.
'Publish what we have'Quarto, 4 pp., woodblock ornament and drop title; fine and uncut, preserved in modern marbled wrappers. The National Assembly decree calling for the publication of all accounts and charts of the La Pérouse expedition. Three different.....
Paris: l'Imprimerie Royale, 1791.
First formal acknowledgement of fears for the La Pérouse expeditionQuarto, 4 pp., uncut and unbound as issued; in fine condition. The search for La Pérouse was initiated with this French National Assembly decree, in response to a petition from the Société d'Histoire Naturelle. As well.....
London: Hurst, Chance and Co., 1829.
In the wake of the PandoraTwo volumes, octavo, plates (two folding, one coloured), and a folding map; plates crisp, in half green morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spine banded and gilt. The solution of the La Pérouse mystery: an excellent copy of the.....
Paris: Pillet, 1830. Two volumes, octavo, three lithographic plates (two folding) and chart of the island of Mannicolo, unopened in original green printed wrappers, housed in folding cloth case. A very appealing copy of the first French edition of the voyage which solved the riddle of La Pérouse, unopened in.....
Paris: Chez Giguet et Michaud, 1805.
Waiting for La PerouseTwo volumes, octavo, engraved frontispiece and half-title in each volume; nineteenth-century mottled calf, gilt. First edition of Esmenard's epic poem on voyages of discovery generally, and La Pérouse specifically. The work includes a plate of the 'Naufrage des Canots de.....
London: Vernor and Hood, 1799.
La Pérouse torn between two wives.Octavo, 40 pp., recent wrappers, solander case. A light-hearted drama based on the disappearance and conjectured fate of La Pérouse in the Pacific. This is the London-published translation of the German play which had appeared in Leipzig in 1797.....
Vanikoro (Santa Cruz Islands) and ?Paris: c.1838 and possibly worked on later.
La Pérouse's final encampment on VanikoroPencil drawing, 245 x 407 mm; inscribed at the lower left "E. Goupil" and dated 1838; titled as above on mount. This fine original drawing from the Dumont d'Urville expedition of 1837-1840...
Paris: H. J. Jansen, 1800.
Searching for La PerouseTwo volumes, quarto, and folio atlas; text volumes uncut; the atlas with engraved title, folding chart of the voyage and 43 engraved maps, and plates; text in marbled papered boards, atlas in contemporary quarter calf with marbled paper sides; title page...
The Comte de Lauraguais, old friend of Sir Joseph Banks, still dazzlingly witty at 90Three autograph letters, 260 x 195 mm. Three interesting and witty letters written by an elderly Comte de Lauraguais, providing a revealing glimpse of the exalted scientific circles in which he still moved...
Paris: Théodore Lefèvre, circa 1856.
Marine lithographs by Dumont d'Urville's artistOblong album measuring 245 x 335 mm., title-page and twelve tinted plates, fine in original decorated papered boards. A particularly attractive French lithographic album of marine scenes by a seasoned voyage artist. As the title boasts, Louis Le Breton.....