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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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...
Utrecht & Amsterdam: G.T. van Paddenburg en Zoon & M. Schalekamp, 1793.
Revised Dutch versionSmall quarto, frontispiece and two plates, with an additional handcoloured double-hemisphere world map bound in; a good copy in contemporary half calf, flat spine gilt. Scarce second Dutch edition of Cook's second voyage of discovery...
Upsala: Johan Edman, 1783. Small octavo, with the half-title, early owner's names to preliminaries, contemporary navy-blue papered boards, manuscript label. A very rare edition, a Swedish-language compliation derived from both the official account of Cook's second voyage and Georg Forster's unofficial Voyage round the World. Issued the same year as...
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 first landscape view, of the AntarcticOctavo, 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 the earliest...
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 a quarto edition. Sparrman, professor of zoology at Uppsala University...