Central & South America, Caribbean
Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro, 1841.
Portuguese public servant's imaginary voyage to the interior Three volumes bound in one, small octavo; some wear to the edges of the boards and a library reference at head of spine, an attractive copy in contemporary quarter calf. A rare Portuguese imaginary voyage to... More
Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro; Sociedade Propagadora dos Conhecimentos Uteis, 1841.
The pernicious contagion of immorality Three volumes bound in one, small octavo; in contemporary marbled sheep preserved in folding cloth case. A rare Portuguese imaginary voyage to Australia, not recorded by most of the commentators on the genre. In... More
Venice: A. Muschio, for A. San Vito at Naples, 1582.
With the Ruscelli world map Small quarto, with five folding engraved maps; some interesting early ink marginalia, contemporary flexible vellum, manuscript spine label. Best edition of this important sixteenth-century summary of geographical knowledge, containing for the first time the suite... More
Lisbon: Regia Officina Typographica, 1788.
Portuguese discoveries in a crisp uniform edition 24 volumes, duodecimo, with four portraits and five folding maps; contemporary blonde speckled calf. This extensive set is a fundamental travel book, and the basis for any history of Portuguese exploration. This is the first collected edition of... More
London: Henry Colburn, 1839.
The Beagle voyage: first issue of the first edition Four volumes, octavo, with four charts bound in and eight loose folding maps (two accompanying each volume in original endpaper sleeve), and a total of 44 engraved plates after Augustus Earle and Conrad Martens; an attractive set... More
Vienna: Jean Jacobe, 1787.
Bougainville, Casanova and the Prince of Nassau Mezzotint 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... More
London: Ackermann, 1852.
Splendid marine lithographs by Queen Victoria's artist Pair 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... More
London: William Ridgway, 1867.
Court martial of George William Gordon in the Jamaica uprising Octavo, 166 pp.; in publisher's gilt lettered cloth. Second edition. Details legal proceedings brought against Colonel Nelson and Lieutenant Brand for their role in the court martial trial, and subsequent execution, of George William Gordon during... More
Madrid: Ibarra, 1788-1793.
Patagonia and the straits of Magellan Quarto, two volumes bound together, with an engraved portrait of Magellan as frontispiece, five fine large folding maps and five folding tables; contemporary calf-backed marbled boards. The full first edition, complete with the separately published Apendice a la Relación (Madrid, 1793)..... More
Madrid: Ibarra, 1788. Quarto, with an engraved portrait of Magellan as frontispiece, four fine large folding maps and four folding tables; contemporary sprinkled calf, sides bordered in gilt. First edition of the first comprehensive study and the best early description of Patagonia and the Strait of Magellan, then as now... More
Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1871.
The Straits of Magellan Octavo, with a coloured folding map and 21 lithograph plates; in the original green cloth. Scarce account of an exploration of the Strait of Magellan. Cunningham was appointed naturalist aboard the Nassau, a steamer sent to work on the survey of... More
Paris: Chez L. Tenré, 1836. Quarto, with two folding maps and numerous full-page engraved plates;an attractive copy in contemporary gilt half morocco trade binding. Popular account of the natural wonders and indigenous peoples of South America, compiled by the veteran explorer naturalist Alcide Dessalines d'Orbigny (1802-1857).An accomplished microbiologist, d'Orbigny was..... More
Rouen: Robert Machuel le jeune & Eustache Herault, 1715.
A beautiful set of the first full collection of Dampier Five volumes, duodecimo, with a total of 34 engraved maps, coastal profiles and harbour plans (12 folding) and 32 plates (13 folding) including engraved title pages and frontispiece for volume I-III;... More
London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1893. Octavo, 368pp., colour folding map and 14 plates; maroon cloth, gilt title to spine, A compelling and vivid autobiographical narrative of travels in colonial Australia.John Demarr, a Yorkshire farmer, arrived in Sydney in 1839 and travelled extensively through Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland working variously... More
New York: I. Riley and Co., 1806. Three volumes, octavo, large folding map with closed tear at the fold, with light browning and foxing typical of American books of the era, but here unusually moderate; a very good set in attractive contemporary marbled sheep (scuffed, joints rubbed) original green morocco... More
Stockholm: Lith. Art. Anstalt, 1872. Quarto, with 17 images on 12 tinted or chromolithograph plates. A rare and finely-illustrated voyage account, by a young Swedish lieutenant who sailed on the English frigate Zealous to the Pacific in 1867. There are long descriptions of various South American stops, followed by sections... More
Stockholm: Lith. Art. Anstalt, 1872.
Fine Hawaiian royal portraits Quarto, with 12 tinted lithographic plates; a very good copy in original decorated boards. Scarce and finely illustrated voyage account, including handsome lithographed portraits of the Hawaiian monarchs Kamehameha the Fourth and Kamehameha the Fifth. The author, Adolf Ekelöf, was a.... More
Birmingham: E.C. Osborne, printer, undated, yet 1866.
Aftermath of the Jamaican uprising Two sheets measuring 690 x 1080 mm. each; neatly folded. Two spectacular broadsides denouncing the conduct of former Australian explorer John Edward Eyre, in his role as governor of Jamaica during the civil unrest of 1865. Eyre is... More
London: The Jamaica Committee, 1866.
Eyre faces the aftermath. Slim octavo, 98 pp; very good in recent halfcalf with gilt lettering, original titling wrappers bound in. Collection of documents and testimonies relating to the Jamaica insurrection of 1865.These documents werepublished to reveal the conduct of the Governor of Jamaica, John... More
London: Chapman and Hall, circa 1868.
The defence fund mobilised Octavo, good in original red cloth, bookplate of the Royal United Service Institution. Inscribed by Capt. J. Godwin to the Royal United Service Institution. This book publishes documents and transcripts in Eyre's defence, with a preface by Finlason, whose Treatise... More
London: Chapman and Hall, 1848.
Eyre brought to trial for the Jamaica uprising Slim octavo, original red cloth, front chalked endpaper. Prosecution of Edward John Eyre for his role as Governor of Jamaica during the rebellion of 1865. It includes the evidence taken from the court depositions, the indictment and... More
London: Stevens and Sons, 1867.
Martial law and legitimate government. Octavo, a couple of leaves carelessly opened; original gilt-lettered cloth. The commentary centres on the evidence against two officers, Nelson and Brand accused of offenses committed during the Jamaica insurrection of 1865 after the imposition of martial law by Edward... More
Nürnberg: Johann Andreæ Endter, 1668.
The exotic East and West Indies: in monastic pigskin binding Thick folio, engraved title, followed by title-page in red & black, envoi to German Emperor Leopold I with separate armorial frontispiece, 65 plates, with one textual illustration and the terminal Errata leaf; contemporary full pigskin..... More
London: John Faber, 1732. Mezzotint measuring 350 x 250 mm. with detailed engraved caption. Mezzotint portrait of Admiral Charles Wager, an instrumental figure in the effective organisation of the British Navy in the first half of the eighteenth-century.Wager won his fame by capturing the rich Spanish prize Santa Cruz in... More
Amsterdam: n.p., 1750. Duodecimo, a very good copy in contemporary French mottled calf; owner's gilt stamp 'Mr. GILLY' on front cover. First edition: a delightful fantasy set in Brazil (but not recorded by Borba de Moraes the bibliographer of Brazil).Despite her fame as the writer of several volumes of fairy..... More