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Dublin: Chamberlaine and Rice, P. Wogan and others, 1790.
Rare poetic epitaph for Captain CookTwo volumes, with both half-titles; contemporary mottled calf, flat spines gilt and with double red and green morocco labels. A fine and attractively bound set of voyages collected and edited for the enlightenment of younger...
Melbourne: J. H. Moulines and Co. for the Committee of the 'Admella', November 1859.
Iconic Australian shipping disasterOctavo, frontispiece and folding map; in original blind blocked plum cloth with dramatic gilt vignette to front board bearing the slogan 'Hope to the Last.'. Only edition: the harrowing tale of the...
Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro, 1841.
Portuguese public servant's imaginary voyage to the interiorThree 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...
Moscow: Sinodalnaya Typografija, 1899.
Saint Innocent of AlaskaOctavo, [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...
Paris: Plon, 1893. Octavo, folding map; a good copy, uncut in the original blue-grey wrappers, First edition: this is an especially good account of Hawaii at the end of the nineteenth century, by a French diplomat, written under the pseudonym Georges Sauvin.D'Anglade was French Consul and Commissioner to Hawaii and...
Philadelphia: (Dobelbower, Key and Simpson), 1796. Engraved portrait, 155 x 100 mm. Oval engraved portrait of Cook in profile.Originally issued in The World Displayed, or A Curious Collection of Voyages and Travels Selected and Compiled from the Writers of all Nations by Smart, Goldsmith & Johnson.
Philadelphia: circa 1798. Engraving on laid paper by Scot & Allardice, 65 x 130 mm. Robert Scot and Samuel Allardice worked together in Philadelphia as printers and engravers, Francis Shallus who is credited with doing all 41 plates of the 1818 Philadelphia edition of The Voyages of Captain Cook, worked...
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...
London: Thomas Pingo, 1747.
Anson's circumnavigation and defeat of the FrenchCopper medal, 43.3 mm., with Anson crowned by Victory at right, on the reverse Victory on hippocamp, the names of Anson's officers around; corrected CAMPBEL variety, remnants of 'H' faintly visible, about uncirculated, some mint color remaining, slight abrasions...
London: Office of the Admiralty, 5 October 1757.
"The Risque of getting those Distempers"Folio, 6 pages plus integral blank; folded to docket size with manuscript annotation "Admiralty New Instructions relating to Surgeons" A scarce and desirable relic of eighteenth-century naval life: an official printed order from the Admiralty concerning...
London: Thomas Pingo, 1747.
Circumnavigation and victoryCopper medal, 43.3 mm., with Anson crowned by Victory at right, on the reverse Victory on hippocamp, the names of Anson's officers around; CAMPHEL issue with 'B' faintly visible on 'H', about uncirculated, a few minor blemishes to the rims. An excellent medal...
Birmingham: T. Aris, 1743.
Eight Million Pieces of EightBifolium; franked. Original newspaper containing exciting news of Anson's buccaneering windfall: 'that Commodore Anson has taken eight rich Prizes, and after ravaging the Coast, departed about the middle of April for the East Indies; that he has two Ships with him...
London: John and Paul Knapton, 1744.
The anonymous "Squadron" account of the Anson voyageOctavo, with an engraved portrait frontispiece and four folding engraved plates; contemporary speckled calf, old rebacking. The rarest of two pirated accounts of the Anson voyage to appear in print in 1744, marking the hugely celebrated...
Paris: Chamerot et Renouard, 1893.
The Paris Observatory statue of the scientist AragoQuarto, 64 pp.; a very good unopened copy in the original grey titling wrappers. Publication commemorating the inauguration of the statue erected to honour the eminent French physicist and astronomer François Jean Dominique Arago (1786-1853).The bronze statue.....
Paris: Langlume, 1840. Single sheet measuring 305 x 222 mm., wove paper, lithograph. Confronting image of a Port Jackson Aborigine, lithographed after a sketch by Jacques Arago, official artist of the expedition commanded by Louis de Freycinet.This portrait is stylistically similar to the work of Arago's predecessor Nicolas Petit, who...
Brussels: Société Typographique, 1840.
The abridged popular versionLarge octavo, with a portrait frontispiece, lithographs and in-text illustrations; original gilt decorated full calf. One of the reduced single-volume editions of Arago's classic account. There were numerous editions of his narrative: this particular one is not recorded by Ferguson (although a......
Paris: circa 1822.
A timeless neoclassical depiction of the Caroline islandsHand-coloured engraving, 240 x 320 mm (plate size). small paper repair at bottom margin else very good condition. A famous portrait of a man and woman of the Caroline islands, depicted in high neoclassical style. This engraving is derived...
Timor: during the expedition of the Uranie, 1818.
Beautiful original sketch drawn on the Uranie expedition by Freycinet's official artistFine watercolour, the image 198 x 265 mm., on laid paper; pencil note "Mr. Arago" in Freycinet's later hand at bottom left; framed. Fine watercolour depiction of a scene in...
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Paris: Hortet et Ozanne, 1839.
The new version, with new titleFour volumes, octavo, with 60 lithograph plates (six folding); later binding of quarter dark green morocco. A fine set of the substantially changed version of Arago's classic account of the French circumnavigation in the Uranie under the command of...
Paris: H.-L. Delloye, 1840.
The rare supplementary volumeLarge octavo, 15 plates, untrimmed with an early library stamp on the title-page; a handsome copy in polished half calf, spine banded and gilt. Fine copy of this unusual addition to his voyage account by the prolific and eccentric Arago, which includes...
Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1571.
An unexplained proto-Australia: a single southern continent for the first timeCopper-engraved double-hemisphere world map, 335 x 545 mm.; mounted. A very rare sixteenth century map depicting an island roughly in the position of Australia. Montanus shows for the first time on a world map a....
London: for the Proprietor, 1821.
Proof version of a Captain Cook portrait plateEngraving, printed upon india paper sheet measuring 180 x 130mm., laid upon larger sheet;. Proof version on india paper, marked "proof" to lower left-hand corner. This portrait is based on the oil painting by Nathaniel Dance now...