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Paris: Delaunay, c. 1810.
Peoples of the world, and their characters shown on their facesDuodecimo, 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...
Paris: F. Buisson, 1791.
First French editionTwo 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...
Paris: Saillant & Nyon, 1772.
First French editionOctavo, 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.....
Paris: Hôtel de Thou, 1785.
First French quarto editionFive 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.....
London: circa 1784.
Rare proof impressionEngraving, 253 x 533 mm. to plate mark, paper size 290 x 540 mm.; a little light old creasing at right side; in fine condition. Rare proof impression of one of the most atmospheric views made by Webber to illustrate Cook's third voyage: the...
London: Boydell, 1808.
Summer habitations in far eastern RussiaHandcoloured aquatint, 330 x 455 mm. Fine view of the island of Cracatoa from Webber's magnificent series of views of the Pacific. This handcoloured aquatint is from the 1808 publication Views of the South Seas, and like other views by John...
Paris: Hotel de Thou, 1781.
Includes previous unpublished Russian journalsQuarto, four folding engraved maps & one folding plate; a handsome copy in contemporary French mottled calf, gilt spines, red edges.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...
N.p. (Japan): 1854.
A Dutch ship in NagasakiStitch sewn booklet measuring 149 x 79 mm., with two fine coloured woodblock prints, one double-page; original stitched wrappers, original cloth folding case; now preserved in a quarter morocco box. Charming Japanese publication, with two fine coloured woodcuts, one a double-page view...
London: Colburn, 1853.
Classic account of JapanTwo volumes, octavo; a very good, largely uncut and partly unopened copy in original green blind-stamped cloth. The Russian explorer's classic account of Japan, first published in 1817 and still a fascinating primary resource in the 1850s, one of the most valuable works...
London: J. Johnson, C. Dilly and T. Cadell, 1791.
Prisons, hulks, quarantine stations and mental hospitalsQuarto, with 22 engraved plans and views (18 of them folding) and a large folding table; bound without the half-title in contemporary sprinkled calf, flat spine banded in gilt, red morocco label; an excellent...
London: Oxford University Press, 1954. Small folio, illustrated throughout in colour on every page; original illustrated linen-backed boards. First edition of this charming autolithographed children's book, one of several done by Hutton including A Picture History of Britain / France / Canada / Italy / Australia / America / Russia...
Amsterdam: Johannes van der Hey, 1822.
Dutch edition of KotzebueThree 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...
London: J. Johnson, 1798.
The first English editionThree volumes, octavo, with 42 engraved plates and maps; contemporary marbled calf, rebacked, double labels; bookplates. First English edition (as has now been demonstrated by Forbes) of the official account of the tragic French voyage. The disappearance of the entire La Pérouse...
London: J. Johnson, 1798.
First English editionThree volumes, octavo, with 42 engraved plates and maps; in contemporary sprinkled calf; old bookplates, gift inscription to the Andover Institute Free Library dated 1873 at start of each volume and the library's stamp on p. 51 of each volume. First English edition...
Rare abridgmentOctavo, frontispiece, five plates, and a large folding map; contemporary quarter calf, some wear, front joint starting but otherwise a very good copy, bookplate. Abridged account of the La Pérouse voyage, published two years after the official edition. The preface records all previous Pacific voyagers of.....
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.....
Cambridge, MA: Hilliard and Brown, 1829.
Uncommon editionOctavo, neat ex-library stamp; in later burgundy half morocco over marbled boards. Second edition of this life of Ledyard, the famous sailor on Cook's third voyage and author of one of the few published accounts. This specific edition is not cited by...
Augsburg: Tobie Conrad Lotter, 1781.
Pivotal early map of Hawaii and the North PacificEngraved map, 465 x 490 mm., with original handcoloured outlines; mounted. The first separately-issued map to depict Hawaii: the panels of text beneath the map, in both French and German, mention the discovery of Hawaii and...
Stockholm: J.S. Ekmanson, 1797.
First Swedish editionOctavo; modern calf binding. Scarce: the first Swedish edition, translated by Samuel Ödmann, of 'one of the early and fundamental books on the Northwest coast of America in general and on Alaska in particular' (Lada-Mocarski). Meares made two fur-trading voyages, the first reaching.....
Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1847. Octavo, two volumes in one; early ownership inscription on title, in original red cloth. The scarce first American edition which, according to Forbes, may have preceded the London edition. Sir George Simpson was governor of the Hudson's Bay Company in North America, and his acute...
[Sydney]: S. Sedgefield (signed as lithographer), circa 1870. Tinted lithograph, 192 x 340 mm., mounted. A charming separately issued lithograph showing Bear Island before it was joined to the mainland at La Perouse, Sydney and prior to the construction of a fort built in the 1880s to ward off the...
Paris: Dondey-Dupré père et fils, 1826-1827.
A Russian envoy to ChinaTwo octavo volumes bound in one, and a quarto atlas with lithographic title page, large folding map, two folding plans and eight lithographic plates; matching later quarter crimson morocco. First French edition, recounting the experiences of a Russian envoy.....
London: Smith, Elder and Company, 1859. Octavo, with five folding maps and eight lithographic plates including frontispiece, a few maps with old tape repairs and subsequent browning; spine sunned, one corner bumped, a little shaken but good in original deep red decorated cloth with gilt spine. First edition: a detailed...