Northwest coast America & Alaska
Moscow: Sinodalnaya Typografija, 1899.
Saint Innocent of Alaska Octavo, [iv], 114 (paginated in Old Slavonic); old quarter sheep with marbled boards. Rare: evangelical text translated into the Aleut language (and printed in Cyrillic), prepared by Ivan Veniaminov-Popov (1797-1879), the great Orthodox missionary to the northern Pacific. Veniaminov was educated in... More
Paris: Delaunay, c. 1810.
Peoples of the world, and their characters shown on their faces Duodecimo, 25 engraved plates (all hand coloured); mottled pink wrappers. First edition of this fascinating French physiognomical study of the peoples of the world, which compares the facial structures and features of various European races... More
Paris: F. Buisson, 1791.
First French edition Two volumes, octavo, half-title not present in the first volume; old French sprinkled calf, spine gilt with double labels. First edition in French of this scarce narrative of a voyage in the north Pacific, particularly interesting for Alaska, Kamchatka and the Northwest. Often... More
Milan: Ranieri Fanfani, 1825-1829.
Fine Americana in original wrappers Eighteen small quarto volumes, with a total of 101 handcoloured plates and seven maps; an excellent set as issued in the publisher's tinted wrappers. Scarce in original condition: a record of Catholic missionary activity across the globe from the seventeenth to... More
London: John Walthoe, 1732.
Churchill's great voyage collection, complete Eight 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... More
Paris: n.p. 1808.
With some fifty pages devoted to Hawaii Two volumes, duodecimo, the three wide folding engraved plates after John Webber in very clean and crisp condition; completely uncut in the original orange paper wrappers. A handsome copy of this charming and popular French account of various voyages for... More
Paris: Saillant & Nyon, 1772.
First French edition Octavo, blind-stamped ex-libris to half title; contemporary French marbled calf, flat spine gilt in compartments, red morocco label. A fine copy of the first French account of Cook's Endeavour voyage, and the first French book on the east coast of Australia. Fréville... More
Frankfurt an der Oder: Carl Gottlieb Strauß, 1785.
First German edition Octavo, large folding map and three folding plates, contemporary half calf over speckled paper boards, banded spine gilt with red morocco label. Very rare: this abridged German translation is based on the official account of Cook's third voyage, and... More
Paris: Hôtel de Thou, 1785.
First French quarto edition Five quarto volumes, including the final atlas volume containing a total of 88 engraved maps and plates;uniform contemporary full calf armorial bindings. The desirable first French edition of the Cook's third voyage, here in outstanding contemporary French bindings bearing the arms... More
London: Stockdale, Scatcherd and Whitaker, and others, 1784-5.
First octavo edition Four volumes, octavo, with two folding maps and 49 plates, in a smart modern binding of polished half-calf with gilt labels, with the often discarded half-titles present. First octavo edition of the third voyage account, with a large chart... More
London: G. Robinson, J. Sewell, and J. Debrett, 1783.
Important Cook narrative, in original boards Two volumes, octavo, with a folding chart and 21 engraved plates; a fine copy in the original grey boards, printed paper labels, uncut. This important narrative account of Cook's third voyage was an unauthorised publication... More
London: G. Robinson, J. Sewell; and J. Debrett, 1782.
Cook's third voyage, by the surgeon's mate Two volumes, octavo, with a folding chart and 21 engraved plates; a fine copy in contemporary gilt calf. First edition: an attractive set of this rare account – the second such account to appear... More
London: G. Robinson, J. Sewell; and J. Debrett, 1784.
A private account of Cook's third voyage Two volumes, octavo, with a folding chart and 21 engraved plates, bound with half-titles and directions for placing the cuts; in twentieth-century red morocco, gilt. A most attractive set: this is the uncommon third... More
Paris: no publisher, 1808. Two volumes, duodecimo, three folding engraved plates after John Webber, charming early printed prize label to front endpapers; in original tree calf, ornate gilt spines with black morocco labels. A beautiful set of this charming and popular French account of various voyages for children. As the... More
Paris: Hotel de Thou, 1781.
Includes previous unpublished Russian journals Quarto, four folding engraved maps & one folding plate; a handsome copy in contemporary French mottled calf, gilt spines, red edges. The rare French edition of this famous book on Russian exploration, with good material on Alaska, the Aleutian Islands... More
London: 12 January 1801.
"Last night at Sir Joseph Banks's house…" Single sheet of wove paper, 265 x 445 mm., watermarked "JW", folded to letter-size with holograph manuscript to three pages; traces of original folds, later refolded to docket-size and with manuscript description in another hand. A very significant letter... 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
Washington: Goverment Printer. 1881. Quarto, two folding maps, 29 lithographed plates, many after sketches by Elliott; very good in original maroon limp cloth. Important monograph on Alaska in good original condition.The author visited the Prybilov group in the Bering Sea, in 1872, under the auspices of the Smithsonian, specifically to... More
London J. Reynolds & Sons 174 Strand nd, circa 1875.
Peoples of the Polynesian islands portrayed Hand coloured lithograph, 430 x 690mm, designed by E. Ravenstein is inscribed lower left mounted and framed. A large nineteenth century lithograph showing full length portraits of people from Oceania and America. To the... More
Kronstadt: 26 November 1787 (old calendar; 7 December 1787 in the modern calendar).
Cancellation of the Russian voyage to New Holland Single sheet of laid paper, 232 x 382 mm., folded to letter size, watermark "J. Honig & Zoonen", written in French in a neat and legible hand, signed "G... More
New York: Redfield, 1854.
A five month trek through the Rocky Mountains Octavo, with three engraved plates, author's inscription to head of title-page; a good copy in publishers green cloth, preserved in a folding cloth case. First English translation, signed and inscribed by the author, of Gabriel Franchère's account of... More
Paris: circa 1795.
From ethnology to fashion Engraved aquatint with original handcolouring, 440 x 530 mm. (sheet size), mounted and framed. Rare and alluring hand-coloured engraving of the islanders of the Pacific, composed of twenty-four groups of inhabitants from new lands revealed through the voyages of Captain James Cook and... More
Glasgow: Maclehose, 1903-1905.
Classic English collection of voyages Twelve volumes, octavo, illustrated throughout with maps (many folding), proof impressions of the plates; essentially an excellent set in the original quarter parchment gilt over blue cloth boards, top edges gilt others uncut. A fine set of the famous Maclehose edition of... More
Amsterdam: Johannes van der Hey, 1822.
Dutch edition of Kotzebue Three volumes, each with engraved title-page (the last hand-coloured), four hand-coloured plates and three folding plates, five folding maps, an excellent set in early twentieth-century vellum, decorated gilt and blind. Fine set in vellum of the uncommon Dutch edition of... More