A selection of manuscript and printed rarities from the 18th & 19th Century, including Cook, Kerguelen, Dumont D'Urville and Wilkes through to those from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration represented by Amundsen, Mawson and (Frederick!) Cook.
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Kristiania: Jacob Dybwads Forlag, 1912.
The South Pole: in very fine conditionTwo volumes, octavo; many photographic illustrations, eight maps at the end (three folding and one double-page); original pictorial cloth, in very fine condition. First edition in the original Norwegian; very scarce. a superb copy, with the pictorial bindings.....
Paris: Editions Ozanne, 1953. Quarto, colour illustrations and line drawings throughout, text printed in script; in the original paper vellum boards, gilt stamped, with small vignette of a penguin & a polar bear on front board, with colour pictorial dustjacket. A fictional work of a voyage to Antarctica, with humorous.....
London: George Newnes, 1901.
The Southern Cross expedition: first edition, first issueOctavo, with photogravure portrait frontispiece, three coloured maps (folding), 18 plates and numerous photographic illustrations; an excellent copy in the original gilt and silver decorated pictorial cloth, top edge gilt and others uncut. The very scarce first issue.....
Offprint: Transactions of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science, Vol. IV, Part II, 1905.
Presentation copy of a rare offprintOctavo, pp. 63-70, with four photographic plates (numbered 7 to 10); modern quarter calf. Rare: not recorded by Rosove or Renard, this is an offprint of an account of the.....
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1935.
The last of the old guard in the AntarcticLarge octavo, portrait frontispiece, four maps (two folding) and illustrations; publisher's cloth. First edition of Byrd's classic account of his second expedition to the Antarctic. Limited edition of one thousand copies, signed by the author.....
Lyon: Editions du Salut Public, 1941. Quarto, 4 leaves of black & white plates, line drawings, good, in the original coloured pictorial boards, cloth-backed. First edition and unusual. An illustrated account for children of the adventures of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, France's foremost Antarctic explorer. Charcot died when his vessel the Pourquoi.....
Upsala: Johan Edman, 1783.
Compiled from both Cook and ForsterSmall octavo, with the half-title, early owner's names to preliminaries, contemporary navy-blue papered boards, manuscript label. Rare Swedish-language compilation derived from both the official account of Cook's second voyage and Georg Forster's unofficial Voyage round the World. Issued the same.....
Paris: chez Buisson, 1787.
First edition in FrenchTwo volumes, quarto, with a folding map and 16 engraved plates, some folding; contemporary mottled calf. Cook's second voyage and travels in South Africa, by the famous Swedish naturalist. This is the first edition in French, the most profusely illustrated of the.....
London: F. Newbery, 1775.
The first account and view of the Antarctic, by a First FleeterOctavo, folding frontispiece map and five plates, leaf D2 a cancel as usual; in later polished light tan calf. First edition: the first full account of Cook's second voyage to have been published, and.....
London: M. & N. Hanhart Imp. circa 1851.
A great botanist of his eraLithograph portrait; 295 x 240 mm., wide margins, mounted. A fine portrait of the botanist Sir Joseph Hooker (1817-1911). Son of the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (whom he later succeeded 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.....
London: John Murray, 1847.
"One of the most important works in the history of Antarctic exploration"Octavo, two volumes, with a total of eight lithographic plates (including frontispieces), eight maps (three folding), and chapter titles with attractive steel-engraved vignettes after sketches by Hooker; original dark blue-green grained cloth, ship vignette.....
London: John Murray, 1914. Two volumes, large octavo, extensively illustrated including a frontispiece in each volume, six photogravures and 18 coloured plates, many full-page black & white plates, maps, diagrams, and a panorama; a good copy in original blue ribbed cloth, top edges gilt, others uncut, spines sunned. Fifth edition.....
Paris: Buisson, 1787.
First French editionThree volumes, octavo, with a folding chart and 15 engraved folding plates; contemporary French quarter calf, flat spines with double labels. An attractive copy of the first octavo edition in French, published simultaneously with the quarto edition. Sparrman, professor of zoology at Uppsala University.....
Ebonised lancet-panelled folding table screen; the three papered panels (each approx 340 mm x210 mm, extended length 640mm) hand-painted both sides in ink with blue wash heightened in white. A charming early 20th century table screen celebrating heroic naval scenes with fine detailed illustrations. The Antarctic scene is an homage.....