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ABERCROMBIE, John; The Hot-House Gardener on the General Culture of the Pine-Apple, and Methods of Forcing Early Grapes, Peaches, Nectarines, and Other Choice Fruits, Hot-Houses, Fruit-Houses, Hot-Walls, &c. With Directions for Raising Melons and Early Strawberries. London, John Stockdale, 1789, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xvi, 238, [ii, ads] pp 5 folding copper-engraved plates printed in red (one with tear at fold), contemporary quarter vellum and marbled boards, contemporary vellum spine professionally rebacked, ink title lettering on spine in contemporary hand, cover lightly used, interior is clean and near fine tall copy, no ownership marks.
The author operated a nursery but is 'best known as a best-selling writer on practical gardening' [Henrey], an 'outstanding British pomologist' [Jansen 269]. An important contribution to fruit growing. Henrey 402. Cleveland Herbal Collection 589.
US$1400. bookID # 13720
BADGER, Mrs. G. M., introduction by L. H. Sigourney; Wild Flowers Drawn and Colored From Nature. New York, Charles Scribner, 1859, First edition, folio [36.5 x 29 cm]; vii, [i], 44 pp, 22 fine hand colored plates including frontis (complete), each with tissue guard, illustrating 25 flowers, original full blind-stamped leather, gilt picture on front cover, gilt title, gilt spine decorations, all edges gilted, cover wear at edges and joints, slightly foxed on few leaves but overall interior is quite clean and near fine.
Nissen 57. Bennett p. 6: '22 brilliant full page plates in color, each plate accompanied by an appropriate poem printed on the opposite page. The flower prints are very fine lithographs by Donaldson Brothers of New York'. Donaldson Brothers are highly celebrated for their fine hand colored botanical books. The frontis is an attractive bouquet. 'Mrs. Badger's fine drawings and talented hand have survived to keep her name alive' [Kramer, Women of Flowers].
US$1600. bookID # 12751
BAIRD, Spencer F., John Cassin, George Lawrence; The Birds of North America; The Descriptions of Species Based Chiefly on the Collections in the Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Philadelphia; Salem; Washington, J. B. Lippincott; Naturalist's Book Agency; A. O. P. Nicholson, 1858-60, First edition of plate volume, original edition of text volume, 4to [29 x 23 cm]; 2 volumes, lvi, 1,005; vii pp, 100 fine hand-colored lithographed plates, index and tables in text volume, plate volume in contemporary half calf, spine gilt, front internal hinge re-enforced, spine foot with large chip, marbled edges; text volume in newer black cloth and light staining and foxing, plates clean and bright.
The text volume is from the Reports of Explorations and Surveys to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, Volume IX, and was later reprinted verbatim as the text volume in Baird and Cassin's The Birds of North America, and is identical in all respects except for the title page. The text volume in this set is an actual Volume IX from the Pacific railroad set. Many of the plates were also first printed in the Pacific railroad set or in the US & Mexican Boundary Survey of 1859. About half of the plates were prepared for the present work. Nissen 62. Anker (Bird Books and Bird Art) 22: "All of the plates are said to have been carefully retouched with this edition in view; several of them were redrawn entirely from better and more characteristic specimens of the birds. . . the work was re-issued in 1870 in an almost unaltered form". Wood 217. Bennett 7: "This is the first separate and complete edition, being a reissue, retitled of Vol. 9, Pacific Railroad Reports, 1858". The plates are quite attractive, many of the birds shown with backgrounds, others perched on branches. Fine Bird Books 58. The 148 birds illustrated were unknown to Audubon.
US$1250. bookID # 7626
BANCROFT, Edward; An Essay on the Natural History of Guiana, in South Americas; containing a Description of many Curious Productions in the Animal and Vegetable Systems of that Country, together with an account of the Religion, Manners and Customs of Several Tribes . . .. London, T. Beckeet and P. A. De Hondt, 1769, First edition, 8vo [21 x 13.5 cm]; [iv], iv, [ii], 402, [ii, ads] pp, engraved frontis of two headed snake, later full calf, gilt ruled on covers and spine, gilt title lettering on red morocco spine label, old and partly erased inkstamp on title margin, else a near fine copy, clean, in fine and attractive binding.
The author was friends with Benjamin Franklin and Joseph Priestly and was a fellow of the Royal Society. An American, he was accused of spying for both Britain and United States in the American Revolution. According to Casey Wood, 220: "One of the earliest and most informative accounts of the flora and fauna of the Guianas." Sabin 3106: "A very useful and entertaining work." Field 17: 'The especial subject of the author's inquiries regarding the Indians is the nature and use of the Wourali Poison, with which their weapons are charged'. Cox II, 281. Not only a description of the natural history of the area, but includes a description of the native peoples and geography, rivers and villages. Some copies have the contents pages bound at the end which was arbitrary. Sabin's copy had the contents pages at the beginning as does this copy, which is the preferred position for contents pages.
US$1400. bookID # 10945
BANCROFT, Edward; An Essay on the Natural History of Guiana, in South Americas; containing a Description of many Curious Productions in the Animal and Vegetable Systems of that Country, together with an account of the Religion, Manners and Customs of Several Tribes . . .. London, T. Beckeet and P. A. De Hondt, 1769, First edition, 8vo [21 x 13.5 cm]; [iv], iv, [ii], 402, [iv, ads] pp, frontis of two headed snake, later cloth, gilt title lettering on leather label, signature on margin of title, some light toning to margins, very good in near fine cover.
The author was friends with Benjamin Franklin and Joseph Priestly and was a fellow of the Royal Society. An American, he was accused of spying for both Britain and United States in the American Revolution. According to Casey Wood, 220: "One of the earliest and most informative accounts of the flora and fauna of the Guianas." Sabin 3106: "A very useful and entertaining work." Field 70: 'The especial subject of the author's inquiries regarding the Indians is the nature and use of the Wourali Poison, with which their weapons are charged'. Cox II, 281. Not only a description of the natural history of the area, but includes a description of the native peoples and geography, rivers and villages. Some copies have the contents pages bound at the end which was arbitrary. Sabin's copy had the contents pages at the beginning as does this copy, which is the preferred position for contents pages.
US$1150. bookID # 10813
BARTRAM, William; Travels Through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country . . . Containing an Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of those Regions, together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians. London, J. Johnson, 1792, First London edition, 8vo [22 x 13.5 cm]; xxiv, 520, [xii, index] pp, engraved frontis of Mico Chlucco the Long Warrior or King of the Seminoles, 7 engraved plates ( 5 of flowers, including folding), folding map of East Florida (upper edge trimmed to border), contemporary full calf, rebacked preserving original spine & boards, gilt spine title lettering, spine ends bit chipped, armorial endpaper bookplate, light cover wear, light margin stain on few leaves, small spot on frontis, else near fine, sound & clean.
Hunt 722, Pritzel 447, Howes B220. Sabin 3870: "Only the title page was changed from the 1st edition. Unequaled for the vivid picturesqueness of its description of nature, scenery and productions." Cox ii, p164:"This book of travels is famous both for its worth and for its associations with Wordsworth and Coleridge. Bartram presented the American landscape, especially in its tropical aspects, to the earlier romanticists, as Chateaubriand did to the succeeding generation. While Bartram loved to parade his knowledge of botanical nomenclature, he leaves plenty of room for a fascinating narrative of his journeys and a valuable description of Indian life." Field 94-96: 'Bartram wrote with all the enthusiasm and interest with which the fervent old Spanish friars and missionaries narrated the wonders of the new found world. He neglected nothing which would add to the common stock of human knowledge'. Streeter describes it as a 'classic of southern natural history and exploration. . . unrivaled'. There are chapters on the native peoples (Muscogulges, Chactaws, Cherokees), their customs, manners, language. Based on travels between 1773 and 1778, it is a cornerstone of any American travel collection. Howes rates it as "superlatively rare".
US$6000. bookID # 13283
BAZ, Gustavo & E. L. Gallo; History of the Mexican Railway; Wealth of Mexico, in the Region extending from the Gulf to the Capital of the Republic, considered in its Geological, Agricultural, Manufacturing and Commercial Aspect; with scientific, historical & statistical notes. Mexico City, Gallo & Co., 1876, First edition in English, originally published in Spanish in 1874, folio [38 x 27 cm]; 211 pp, extra color lithographed (chromolithograph) title plate, 32 tinted or toned lithographed plates, large folding map showing the railway routes and elevation, tables, engraved initials, original cloth, gilt title lettering on cover, later cloth spine, edges worn, inner hinge re-enforced, light foxing on some leaves, mostly confined to margins, one plate with margins significantly trimmed, very good sound copy.
Palau 25914. Spain & Spanish America II, 46. The book describes the completion of the first railway between Mexico City and Veracruz and Jalapa. The plates are of bridges, tunnel construction, waterfall, views of several cities, a panorama bird's-eye-view of Mexico City, 2 plates of portraits, etc. The lithograph plates are by H. Iriarte, with designs mostly by S. Hernandez. The fine colored plate shows a steam engine pulling a train with tropical trees and a bridge and mountain in background. The text was translated into English by George F. Henderson.
US$4300. bookID # 12940
BECCARI, Odoardo; Wanderings in the Great Forests of Borneo; Travels and Researches of a Naturalist in Sarawak. London, Archibald Constable & Co., 1904, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xxiv, 424 pp, frontis, 61 illustrations including many full-page, mostly from photos, 3 folding maps, some drawings, index, original pictorial cloth, gilt spine title lettering and gilt picture on front cover, top edge gilted, endpaper bookplate, no tears of maps, near fine and clean.
An important book by one of the great botanical explorers and naturalists of the nineteenth century, the Italian botanist, spent time at Kew, where he met Charles Darwin, William Joseph Hooker and James Brooke, the Rajah of Sarawak. The latter lead him to spending 3 years from 1865 to 1868 undertaking research in Sarawak, Brunei and other islands off present-day Malaysia and New Guinea, where he discovered many new species of palms, and many other plants such as a phosphorescent fungus that was bright enough to read a newspaper placed by it. Beccari was in Sarawak during 1865-67 where he collected over 800 bird skins including 40 not previously discovered of unrecorded species. He describes nature, the people, Dyaks and their customs in some detail, prior to the major impacts of the twentieth century, and describes his return to Sarawak some 20 years later, where he formed a botanical garden. He discovered the titan arum, the plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world, in Sumatra in 1878. This edition also contains the valuable and detailed appendix on the forests of Borneo, which are currently being logged to extinction. The preface is by naturalist F. H. H. Guillemard who also wrote a book of his travels in the area. The later reprint does not include the maps of the original.
US$1250. bookID # 13129
BELCHER, Captain Sir Edward; The Last of the Arctic Voyages; Being a Narrative of the Expedition in H. M. S. Assistance, under the Command of. . . in Search of Sir John Franklin, During the Years 1852-53-54 with Notes on the Natural History by Sir John Richardson, et al.. London, Lovell Reeve, 1855, First edition, large 8vo [25 x 16 cm]; 2 volumes, xx, 383; vii, 419 pp, complete with 36 plates including 12 fine color lithographed plates, frontis in each volume, 4 maps and charts (3 folding), wood engravings, tables, index, with half title page in each volume, later half green morocco, marbled boards, all edges gilted, title lettering on red spine labels, gilt decorations, gathering a little pulled but firm, few plates with light stain on lower blank margin, a fine clean set in handsome binding.
Abbey Travel 645. Hill p. 21. National Maritime Museum Catalogue I, 921. Sabin 4389. TPL 3409. Arctic Bibliog. 1241. Belcher described his passage through Wellington Channel and the discovery of Exmouth and North Cornwall Islands and the channel leading to Jones Sound. He described his meeting and rescue of Commander Robert McClure of the Investigator on northern Banks Island. His decision to abandon four ships frozen in the ice in Wellington Channel in 1854 led to his court-martial, but he was acquitted. He became an admiral in 1872. This was the last British government sponsored expedition to search for Sir John Franklin, the rest being private. The work describes the expedition in detail including the weather, snow conditions, food, ice, scurvy, optical phenomena, natural history, hunting, fishing, etc. The appendices include an account of the fishes by John Richardson, fossils by T. W. Salter and Sir R. Owen, shells by l. Reeve, Crustacea by T. Bell. This was the first expedition to the Arctic to use photography although none were published in the book. An important expedition in excellent condition.
US$3600. bookID # 12942
BONNAFF+, A. A.; Recuerdos de Lima. Album. Tipos, Trajes y Costumbres Dibujados y Publicados por A.A. Bonnaffé en Lima. Lima, , 1856, First edition, folio [46 x 31 cm]; 12 hand colored lithographed plates as issued by E. Prugue from the original paintings of A.A. Bonnaffé, original blind-stamped cloth portfolio, gilt title lettering on cover, light staining on front cover but heavier on rear cover, a few light foxing spots but most in the tissue guards, very good impressions of plates.
Hilier and Hilier 101. Palau 32375. The plates are of people in Lima in period costume, activities, the titles being El Cholo Costeño, La Chola Quesera, El Heladero, La Chola Frutera, El Biscochero, La Chola Rabona, La Tapada (de noche), El Indio de la Sierra, La Tapada, La Chola de la Sierra, La Tapada (Saya y manto), La Tapada (Saya y Manto). This copy has 6 additional duplicate plates from another copy (two with margins chipped, lightly foxed). The book was not issued with a title page or text.
US$8000. bookID # 11839
BOUCHETTE, Joseph; The British Dominions in North America; or a Topographical and Statistical Description of the Provinces of Lower and Upper Canada, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, the Islands of Newfoundland, Prince Edward, and Cape Breton. . . Land Granting, Emigration, etc. London, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, 1832, First edition, second issue [first issue was 1831], 4to [29.5 x 23.5 cm]; 3 volumes, xxvi, [ii, plate list, errata], 498; xi, [i, plate list], 296; xii, [358, in double columns], 30 plates, maps, plans, portrait, including folding, extra engraved titles in first 2 vol., half-titles in Vol. II, III, tables, original cloth, title lettering on spine paper labels, light edgewear, corner bumped, internal hinge with split, interiors clean and fine in very good covers, uncommon in this original condition.
The third volume is entitled 'Topographical Dictionary of the Province of Lower Canada'. The plates include lithographs, aquatints, engraved plates and are finely done, mostly being views and scenery, including of Montreal, Fredericton, Quebec City, Fort Chambly, Isle aux Noix, Long's Farm on Lake Jimiscouata, Harrower's Distillery, the falls of the St. John, plans of York Harbour, the Niagara River and others. The author was survey general for 37 years and traveled widely in the area. Abbey, Travel 622. Lande 1594-5. Sabin 6848-51. TPL 1627-28. This is a greatly expanded version of the author's Topographical Description of 1815. Spendlove p. 86: 'Bouchett's books have played an important part in the geography and topography of Canada, some were illustrated by himself and he was a noted cartographer'.
US$1200. bookID # 10738
BROCKEDON, William; Illustrations of the Passes of the Alps, by which Italy Communicates with France, Switzerland and Germany. London, printed for the author, 1828-1829, First edition, 4to [30 x 22 cm]; 2 volumes, [vi], 92; [iv], 104 pp, complete with 96 fine engraved plates and 13 engraved maps including one folding, on heavy india proof paper, contemporary half red morocco, marbled boards, all edges gilted, gilt spine title lettering, joints rubbed and scuffed, some plates pulled but intact, internal hinge cracked but firm, very good, clean copy with only light foxing on a few plates.
A superbly illustrated work on 12 mountain passes including the Little Saint Bernard, the Mont Genevre, the Mont Cenis, the Mont Saint Gothard, the Great Saint Bernard, the Monte Stelvio, the Cornice, the Grimsel and the Gries, the Bernardine and the Splugen, the Brenner, the Tende and the Argentiere and the Simplon, each pass with a map. Neate B170. The painter Brockedon traversed the Alps 58 times, crossing more than 40 different passes, in the course of his researches. He had helped in the preparation of Murray's Swiss guidebook.
US$1700. bookID # 9765
BURTON, Captain Richard F.; Exploration of The Highlands of the Brazil; with a Full Account of the Gold and Diamond Mines, also, Canoeing Down 1500 Miles of the Great River Sao Francisco from Sabara to the Sea. London, Tinsley Brothers, 1869, First edition, first issue, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; 2 volumes, xii, 443; viii, 478, [ii, ads] pp, frontis in each volume, extra title page with vignette in each volume, folding map (neat repair on verso), half title for each volume is present, other map and illus from drwgs, index, new cloth, gilt spine title lettering, library ink and blind stamps, number on verso title, archival repair to margin, minor foxing on few leaves but overall clean set, good sound binding.
Sabin 9498. Borba de Moraes I, 137: 'In this classic work Burton describes his journey from Rio to Minas via Tres Barras, the River Velhas, Penedo and the Paul Alfonso Falls. There are two issues of this edition'. Penzer 78: 'for the first issue' the map faces page 1 of volume II'. There was also a remainder issue, which had no illustrations and was presumably with the same date.
US$1200. bookID # 10862
CARVER, J. [Jonathan]; Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America, in the Years 1766, 1767, and 1768. London, Printed for the Author, 1778, First edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; [xx], xvi, -543, [i, errata, directions page] pp, two folding engraved maps (short tear at stub), 4 engraved copper plates including folding, contemporary full calf, raised bands, gilt title lettering on red leather spine label, chip at head of spine, armorial bookplate of Patrick Miller on endpaper and his signature on title margin, lightly foxed on few leaves, near fine, clean copy.
A classic in the exploration of North America, Carver achieved the farthest north-west of any European aside from Hennepin, provides an early description of Wisconsin and Minnesota, the headwaters of the Mississippi, mentioned Oregon for the first time, and describes the natural history and the native peoples. One of the maps shows the headwaters of the Mississippi, lakes Superior and Michigan, and the land as far west as the Dakotas; the other maps shows North America, from the Arctic to northern Mexico. The plates include native people, Indian weapons, falls of St. Anthony. There were numerous later printings due to the popularity and importance of the book. Howes C215. Sabin 11184. Field 251. Streeter Sale 1772. Wood 280: 'an important American zoologica'.
US$2900. bookID # 12873
CATLIN, George; The Manners, Customs, and Conditions of the North American Indians, written during eight years of travel amongst the wildest tribes of Indians in North America, 1832-39. London, published by the author, 1841 [c1890], , 4to [26 x 17.5 cm]; 2 volumes, viii, 264; viii, 266 pp, colored frontis in each volume, 313 color illustrations (including maps, one folding), on 180 plates, titles printed in red & black, appendix on native languages, original pictorial cloth, with gilt picture of horsemen with spear, gilt title lettering on spines and cover, spines a little faded but lettering clear, plates on heavy paper, lightly rubbed, bookplate on endpaper, interiors clean, very good set.
Howes C241. Sabin 11537: 'his plates are now in the gallery of the New York Historical Society'. Streeter sale 1805. Wagner 84. Catlin's book became a classic description of the Indians of North America, based on this careful observations and considerable time spent living with the tribes he described. First published in 1841, with uncolored plates, although about a dozen copies had plates hand colored, the first edition with colored plates (chromolithographs) was 1876, this being the second edition with colored plates. Although 1841 is on the title page with no other dates printed in the book, the actual date of publication was c1890, according to some references. Early editions with color plates are quite scarce. According to Field 260 (Indian Bibliography, p63), the copies with color plates 'are still, however, held at nearly ten times the price of the plain copies'. The 313 colored illustrations on 180 plates are all present and consistent with Sabin and other references, despite numbering irregularities. The reference to 400 coloured plates on the title pages seems to be an advertising ploy, no copy or edition, having been issued with this number.
US$2000. bookID # 11170
DALZEL, A.; The History of Dahomey, an Inland Kingdom of Africa; Compiled from Authentic Memoirs with an Introduction and Notes. London, printed for the author by T. Spilsbury and Son, 1793, , 4to [29.5 x 23 cm]; xxxi, [v], xxvi, 230 pp, 6 engraved maps and engraved folding map as called for, original boards with modern gilt ruled calf spine, antique style, with raised bands, gilt title lettering on red morocco letterpiece, old light stain in upper corner of some leaves, very minor foxing, attractive wide-margin copy, near fine.
Cox I, 392: 'The official situation which the author held gave him opportunities of gaining much valuable information, the accuracy of which may be depended on (Lowndes)'. Kainbacher I, 157. Engelmann I, 176. Work 8. With very detailed and well-drawn plates, including images of the king marching at the head of armed women, human and other victims devoted fro sacrifice, prisoners of war, etc. Thee author was governor at Cape Coast castle.
US$2000. bookID # 10952
DAMPIER, William; A New Voyage Round the World; Voyages and Descriptions in three parts; A Voyage to New Holland, &c. In the Year 1699; Wherein are Described the Canary Islands, the Isles of Mayo and St. Jago, the Bay of All Saints with forts and towns of Brasil. . . .. London, James Knapton, 1703-1705, fifth and third editions resp., 12mo [19.5 x 12 cm]; 2 volumes, [x], 510, [iv, ads]; [viii], 184, 132, 112, [lxxvi, index, ads] pp, complete with 9 engraved maps, all but one folding, index, contemporary paneled full calf, gilt title lettering on red leather spine label, spine ends chipped, joints partly cracked but holding, cover a bit rubbed, engraved bookplate of Philp Touchet Chetnode, very good clean set.
Royal Geographical Society p. 119. Cox i, 42. National Maritime Museum 92, 93, 95 [referring to the 1729 edition]. Relating to Volume I, Hill 75: 'Dampier was the best known and probably the most intelligent of the famous group of buccaneers that tormented the Spaniard in the South Seas from 1680 to 1720. his industry in taking notes of all he saw was equaled by his pains in preserving them from destruction. His first voyage took him from Virginia to Spanish America and across the Pacific to the East Indies. He traveled extensively in the orient on several voyages which lasted from 1683 to 1691. It was on one of these trips that the first landing was made by the English on Australian shores'. Dampier, an English buccaneer and explorer and one of the more colorful characters sailing in the 17th and 18th centuries, published his various experiences sporadically. He was the first English navigator to assemble a natural history collection. His first book appeared in 1697 followed by another in 1699, and a third in 1703, each volume issued separately and independent of the others. A folding map in volume I is a double hemisphere map of the globe. This set contains the material written by Dampier himself.
US$1800. bookID # 12052
DICKS, John; The New Gardener's Dictionary or Whole Art of Gardening, fully and Accurately Displayed, containing the most Approved Methods of Cultivating all Kinds of Trees, Plants and Flowers with ample Directions for all Operations in Gardening. London, G. Keith, J. Johnston, H. Almon, Blyth and Beeyor, 1771, First edition was 1769, folio [36 x 24 cm]; [iv], unpaginated in double columns, arranged alphabetically, engraved frontis, 13 engraved plates including one showing greenhouse, engraved vignette on title page, contemporary leather backed boards, worn, spine ends chipped, title with part of blank margin removed, occasional light browning mainly to margins, interior is still quite good in worn but intact covers.
Henry 628. A detailed and important contribution to gardening literature. No copy was traced in the British Library.
US$1125. bookID # 10860
DIXON, Captain George; A Voyage Round the World; But More Particularly to the North-West Coast of America Performed in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788, in the King George and Queen Charlotte, Captains Portlock and Dixon. London, Geo. Goulding, 1789, First edition, 4to [30.5 x 23.5 cm]; xxix, [ii, errata, directions leaf], 360, 47 pp, 22 plates and maps including 6 folding maps and charts, tables, with the half title page (often lacking), contemporary leather backed marbled boards, gilt spine title lettering, joints rubbed, corners worn round, some light staining to about 5 plates at rear, mostly marginal, generally clean and unmarked, very good, a tall copy with wide margins.
Two ships, the King George commanded by Portlock and the Queen Charlotte, commanded by George Dixon, visited the Falkland Islands, made a long stay at Hawaii, then proceeded to survey the American coast, to more accurately map the coast and to establish a British presence in the region's fur trade. National Maritime Museum 140: 'Dixon discovered Queen Charlotte Island, named after his ship'. Buck 35. Sabin 20364. Howes D365. Wickershaam 6574. Lada-Mocarski 43. Hill 352: 'This expedition set out to establish a trade in furs in North America. Dixon visited Hawaii three times in the course of the voyage. . .discovered Queen Charlotte Islands, Port Mulgrave, Norfolk Bay, Dixon Entrance and Archipelago while continuing down the coast and trading with the Indians.. . . Dixon's contribution to the work also includes the valuable maps. The accounts of this expedition relate to the geography, ethnology, and natural history of the American coast from Nootka Sound northward'. The fine plates including many views, birds, portrait, etc. One of the detailed appendices is on the natural history encountered.
US$3300. bookID # 12735
EDWARDS, Bryan; The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies. London, John Stockdale, 1801, third edition, with considerable additions, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; 3 volumes, xxiv, xxiii, 576; viii, 618; xxii, 477 pp, 22 engraved maps and plates, many folding, including frontis portrait and 11 maps, later half calf, gilt title lettering on spines, edges worn, signature, a map split at fold, only light foxing, very good set.
Sabin 21901. Cundall 2095. Welch 264. The maps include west Indies, Jamaica, Barbados, Granada, St. Vincent, Dominica, St. Christopher and Nevis, Antiqua, Virgin Islands, St. Doningo, Tobago. The plates include Negro festival, plan for sugar mill, view of Trelawney town, aboriginal peoples, bread fruit, etc. The first edition was 1793 in two volumes. The earlier editions had only 5 maps, few plates. Regatz 165: 'A classic in British Caribbean literature and probably the most famous work in the field. Standard for over a century, and still in many respects the best book on the subject up to the close of the 18th century'.
US$1670. bookID # 10100
ELLIOT, Robert H.; The Experiences of a Planter in the Jungles of Mysore. London, Chapman and Hall, 1871, First edition, 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; 2 volumes, xi, 327; xiii, 355 pp, 7 plates [mostly tinted] including frontis in each volume, map, appendix, contemporary half calf, gilt title lettering on black leather spine label, edges rubbed, small library gilt stamp on cover, else unmarked, marbled edges and endpapers, titles lightly foxed, else clean very good set.
The author started a plantation in southern India, and describes his experiences, pets, his native neighbours, the people, their customs and beliefs, religion, devils, bribery, caste, native agriculture, planting of coffee, cinchona, cardamom, tea, cotton, silk, sandal wood, rhea-grass, colonisation, on learning native languages, funeral rites, polyandry, jungle, etc. No copies were traced at auction in the last 25 years.
US$1400. bookID # 9238
ELLIS, John; An Essay towards a Natural History of the Corallines and other Marine Productions found on the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland [with] The Natural History of many Curious & Uncommon Zoophytes, collected from various parts of the globe. London, printed for the author [&] Benjamin White and Son, 1755, 1786, First editions of each work, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 2 volumes, xvii, [x], 103 [i]; xii, 206 pp, 40 engraved plates, some folding, in volume I including frontis & plate of Cuff's aquatic microscope, 63 engraved plates in volume II (only 62 called for), some of the plates in vol I by Ehret, contemporary full calf, gilt decorated, gilt title lettering on leather spine labels, joints cracked but firm, few leaves in volume II with light stain, scattered minor spotting, good plate impressions, endpaper bookplate of Edward Henry Scott, very good.
The two volumes are in matching bindings with volume 1 and 2 on spine although issued separately, each complete. The second volume was edited by Daniel Solander after Ellis had died. The first volume also has the description of a large Marine Polye taken near the north pole by the whale fishers in the summer of 1753. For the first volume see Freeman 1131: 'plate 38 absent in many, plate 39 in most copies'. Both are present here, plate 39 being the microscope plate, being the earliest depiction of Cuff's aquatic microscope (see Clay & Court, History of the Microscope, p66-68). 'In 1754 he became a fellow of the Royal Society, and in the following year established his reputation as one of the most acute observers of his time by the publication of An Essay Towards a Natural History of the Corallines. . . . imperfectly comprehended by Linnaeus, he established the animal nature of this group of organisms'. Linnaeus described him as a 'bright star of natural history', and 'the main support of natural history in England'. Nissen 1281, 590. British Museum Cat. 523. Knight, Natural Science Books in English: 'Ellis's handsome volumes on corals and zoophytes'. Knight, Zoological Illustration p. 103: 'the classic work was done by John Ellis in his Essay towards a natural history of the Corallines, of 1755. . . he persuaded Ehret, the great botanical artist, to accompany him, there to draw from nature. . . The book duly contains delicate
US$2200. bookID # 11748
EMORY, William H.; Report on the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, made under the Direction of the Secretary of the Interior [complete set]. Washington, printed by AOP Nicholson, Cornelius Wendell, 1857-59, First edition, mixed Senate and House documents, 4to [29.5 x 24 cm]; 4 parts in 3 volumes, xvi, 258; viii, 174; 62, 35, 32, 85, ii; 270; 78 pp, 347 plates including 25 hand colored of birds, 12 colored of views & native peoples, 3 large folding maps (1 colored with 4 inch tear), 2 other maps/charts, mixed cloth bindings, including original cloth, 2 volumes in rebound cloth, cover wear, minor foxing on few leaves, mostly marginal, stain in margin of one title page, one volume with library stamp on cover & title, interiors very good, sound set.
This is one of the first scientific explorations of the area including its natural history, botany, geography, geology. The boundary delineated by Emory as described in this work demonstrates his competence and skill since it remains largely unchanged today. A cornerstone work on the exploration and mapping of the US southwest and the Texas-Mexican border. Besides Emory's reports, there are scientific reports by James Hall, T.A. Conrad, Spencer F. Baird, Charles Girard, C. C. Parry, George Engelmann, etc. George Merrill, 1906, History of American Geology, p. 461: 'This has the distinction of being the earliest coloured geological map of the region published by the Government. It is, moreover, of historical interest as showing how little was definitely known of the region.' Dobie 86: 'Emory's great two volume report is, aside from descriptions of borderlands and their inhabitants, a veritable encyclopedia, wonderfully illustrated, on western flora and fauna.' The plates include views, geology, mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, botany, cacti, costume plates of native people, etc. Only 3,000 copies of volume two were printed, making complete sets uncommon. Jenkins 57. Howes 3312. Wheat 916, 917,918, 919. Wagner/Camp 291. Reese 31. A complete set with all plates, numerous text illustrations, maps, including the large folding colored 'Map Illustrating the General Geological Features of the Country West of the Mississippi
US$2900. bookID # 13850
FLEMING, George; Travels on Horseback in Mantchu Tartary: Being a Summer's ride Beyond the Great Wall of China. London, Hurst and Blackett, 1863, First edition, 8vo [26 x 17 cm]; xvi, 579, [viii, ads] pp, color lithographed (chromolithograph) frontis, numerous engraved illus, folding partly colored map, index, original blue pictorial gilt cloth, picture of 2 men, horses, gilt title lettering on spine & cover, cover and some leaves with light stains, mostly marginal, spine ends worn, short split at joint, bookplate of Marquis L. Wood, Shanghai, goood copy.
Cordier 2747. The author and a companion traveled on horseback between Tien-Tsin and Moukden in 1861 and provide an interesting narrative of the Chinese military, the punishment of prisoners, the mutilated feet of women, customs, superstitions, the spy system, the Great Wall of China, veterinarians, topography, the people, etc.
US$1000. bookID # 10006
FORREST, Captain Thomas; A Voyage to New Guinea and the Moluccas, from Balambangan: including An Account of Magindano, Soloo, and other Islands; performed in the Tartar Galley, belonging to the Honourable East India Company, During the Years 1774, 1775, and 1776.. London, G. Scott, 1779, First edition, 4to [29 x 24.5 cm]; [ii], xxiii, [i, errata], 388, 13, [i, directions] pp, engraved frontis portrait, plus 32 engraved plates, maps and charts including 20 folding, orig full tree calf, rebacked with orig gilt decorated spine, gilt title lettering on orig red spine leather label, wear at corners & spine ends, armorial bookplate of Robert Austen, marbled endpapers, interior clean, crisp & fine with only slight foxing.
Taylor 401. Cox i, 301. Hill p. 108: 'Forrest sailed from Balembangan, in the 'Tartar', a native prahu of about ten tons burden, with two English officers and eighteen Malays, towards the Moluccas. He pushed further east than any of his company predecessors, eventually reaching Geelvink Bay in New Guinea. The voyage was one of examination and enquiry . . . the tact with which he conducted his intercourse with the natives, and the amount of work done in a small boat, deservedly won him credit as a navigator'. They explored the Gilolo Passage between New Guinea and the Moluccas, then sailed to Mindanao, examining the Sulu Archipelago, Mandiolo, Batchian and Waygiou, and reaching the Malay peninsula A vocabulary of the Magindano tongue is added at the end of the book. There is much on the native people, their customs, manners, activities. The book is famous for its fine engraved plates and maps.
US$3200. bookID # 12816
FREZIER, A. F. [Amedee Francois]; A Voyage to the South-Sea and along the Coasts of Chili and Peru, in the Years 1712, 1713, and 1714; Particularly Describing The Genius & Constitution of the Inhabitants, as well as Indians, their Customs & Manners, their Natural History, Mines, Traffick. London, Jonah Bowyer, 1717, First edition in English, best edition, 4to [24.5 x 19 cm]; [xii], [i, directions for binder], 335, [ix, index] pp, 37 engraved plates, maps & charts by J. B. Scotin, N. Guerard & others after Frezier, complete with frontis and all plates including 36 & xxxvi, musical notation, orig full leather boards with later spine and gilt title lettering on leather labels, light corner wear, joint cracked with repair but holding, map skillfully laid down, minor spotting, old bookplate of John Lenvis Petit, very good, interior clean & fine.
Frezier's voyage was made on the orders of Louis XIV to obtain military information for a possible operation against Spanish colonies on the Pacific coast. He surveyed the Le Maire Strait and the west coast of Tierra de Fuego and produced the most accurate description of South America to date (including Chile, Peru). Sabin 25936. Cox II, 267: 'One of the most valuable of our early records of the Falkland Islands, and to Frezier we are indebted for the clearest contemporary account of the navigation of the French seamen there. This English edition contains Dr. Edmund Halley"s Postscript, correcting certain Geographical errors made by Frezier. Halley is of course most famous now as the discoverer of Halley"s Comet. At the end is a 13 pp. account of the Joint Settlement in Paraguay '. Hill 115: 'Frezier brought back information of considerable geographical and scientific value. Much data is included about the native inhabitants This first English translation contains the same engravings as the French original but is preferable to the latter because it contains Halley's postscript, which corrects certain geographical errors made by Frezier The frontispiece map, showing the route, was created for the English edition'. Borba de Moraes I 329: 'This English edition is much sought after because of Halley's postscript'. This edition also contains a section on the early settlement of Paraguay. A superb travel classic. Besides the fine maps and
US$3200. bookID # 11214
FREZIER, A. F. [Amedee Francois]; A Voyage to the South-Sea and along the Coasts of Chili and Peru, in the Years 1712, 1713, and 1714; Particularly Describing The Genius & Constitution of the Inhabitants, as well as Indians, their Customs & Manners, their Natural History, Mines, Traffick. London, Jonah Bowyer, 1717, First edition in English, best edition, 4to [24.5 x 19 cm]; [xii], [i, directions for binder], 335, [ix, index] pp, 37 engraved plates, maps & charts by J. B. Scotin, N. Guerard & others after Frezier, complete with frontis and all plates including 36 & xxxvi, musical notation, contemporary full leather, rebacked with leather spine, gilt title lettering on spine leather labels, cover with blind design, light offsetting on frontis, minor foxing, mainly marginal, a fine copy in attractive binding.
Frezier's voyage was made on the orders of Louis XIV to obtain military information for a possible operation against Spanish colonies on the Pacific coast. He surveyed the Le Maire Strait and the west coast of Tierra de Fuego and produced the most accurate description of South America to date (including Chile, Peru). Sabin 25936. Cox II, 267: 'One of the most valuable of our early records of the Falkland Islands, and to Frezier we are indebted for the clearest contemporary account of the navigation of the French seamen there. This English edition contains Dr. Edmund Halley's Postscript, correcting certain Geographical errors made by Frezier. Halley is of course most famous now as the discoverer of Halley's Comet. At the end is a 13 pp. account of the Joint Settlement in Paraguay '. Hill 115: 'Frezier brought back information of considerable geographical and scientific value. Much data is included about the native inhabitants This first English translation contains the same engravings as the French original but is preferable to the latter because it contains Halley's postscript, which corrects certain geographical errors made by Frezier The frontispiece map, showing the route, was created for the English edition'. Borba de Moraes I 329: 'This English edition is much sought after because of Halley's postscript'. This edition also contains a section on the early settlement of Paraguay. A superb travel classic. Besides the fine maps and
US$3700. bookID # 13165
FYTCHE, Lieut.-Gen. Albert; Burma Past and Present with Personal Reminiscences of the Country. London, C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1878, First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; 2 volumes, xiv, [i], 355; viii, [i], 348, 32 [publisher's ads] pp, frontis in each volume, with tissues, 2 engraved portrait plates, 10 colored lithographed plates (chromolithographs), other illus & plates, folding color map (tears), original green cloth, pictorial gilt and black designs, gilt spine title lettering, spine ends frayed, rubbed, internal hinges cracked but firm, joint repaired, minor foxing on some leaves, otherwise very good.
Cordier 5. Herbert 192. The author, who was chief commissioner of British Burma for years, describes all aspects of Burma (now Myanmar) in detail, based on his extensive travels, with much on customs, society, peoples, author's activities as commissioner, climate, geography, nature, agriculture, trade, language, literature, Buddhism, etc. The fine colored plates are mostly of scenery, but also one of the orchid Dendrobium Fytchianum, discovered by author and named after him, and another of the bird Bambusicola Fytchii, also named after him. The author commented favorably on the role of women in Buddhist societies. The dedication is 'to my cousin, Alfred Tennyson, poet laureate'.
US$1280. bookID # 11137
GORDON, Lieutenant-Colonel T. E.; The Roof of the World being the Narrative of a Journey Over the High Plateau of Tibet to the Russian Frontier and the Oxus Sources on Pamir. Edinburgh, Edmonston and Douglas, 1876, First edition, large 8vo [26.5 x 18 cm]; xiv, 172 pp, complete with 24 tinted plates including frontis, folding panorama & 4 partly colored, plates with tissue guards, folding map (short tear at stub), 42 other tinted illus, original green pictorial gilt cloth, with picture of mountain goat in gilt, gilt spine title lettering, spine rubbed and repaired, endpapers stained, light ripple, owner name on endpaper but otherwise unmarked, interior is very good in good cover.
Cordier 2820. Yakushi G88. Royal Geographical Society Catalogue p. 188. Neat G35. The author was a member of Forsyth second mission to Kashgar in 1873-4, one of the first expeditions to combine exploration with scientific investigation. All members contributed much useful information on the areas covered A detailed narrative of travels from Leh, to Kashgar, the Karakorum Pass, etc. The plates and illustrations, which used photo-lithography, were from author's sketches and paintings, and are of scenes, views, buildings and one of the horns of the Large Ovis Poli.
US$1600. bookID # 12302
HADFIELD, William; Brazil, the River Plate, and the Falkland Islands; with the Cape Horn route to Australia. Including notices of Lisbon, Madeira, the Canaries, and Cape Verds. . .Region of the Amazon. London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1854, First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; [ii], vi, 384, [ii, ads] pp, engraved frontis portrait of Don Pedro II, 3 folding maps, one quite large and colored (tear repaired), including a map of the Falklands, numerous illustrations and plates, portraits, views, etc, original blind-stamped cloth, professionally rebacked preserving covers and spine with gilt title lettering, corner wear, interior is near fine in very good cover.
Sabin 29486 calls for only two maps. Borba de Moraes 389. Humphreys 1273. Naylor 104: 'Hadfield was many years resident in Brazil'. A detailed account based on the author's travels of Brazil, Pernambuco, Algoas, Seregipe, Bahia, Rio Janeiro, the Amazon, Monte Video, Buenos Ayres, the Parana, Paraguay, etc, with good illustrations by Sir W. Gore Ouseley, Sir Charles Hotham.
US$1100. bookID # 10881
HASSELQUIST, Frederick, M. D.; Voyages And Travels In Levant; in the Years 1749, 50, 51, 52, containing Observations in Natural History, Physick, Agriculture and Commerce, particularly on the Holy Land and the Natural History. London, L. Davis and C. Reymers, 1766, First edition in English, translated from the Swedish 1757 original, under the title Iter Palaestinum, 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; [viii, errata, ads], viii, 456 pp (ie 380 pp, 269-72 & 308-79 omitted in irregular pagination due to misprinting, but a complete copy with all text), foldout engraved map, half-title page present, later full calf, antique style, gilt title lettering on red leather spine label, gilt rules on spine, minor foxing or aging in some margins, slightly rubbed, but a near fine copy, sound, solid and unmarked in attractive binding.
The first part of the work is a journal of his travels to Palestine, Syria, Cyprus, Rhodes, Chios, Egypt, with the second part on the natural history, birds, animals, plants, geology, fish and with a large section on materia medica, and another on the commerce of the area. The author was a student of Linnaeus, who edited and published the work and wrote the introduction after the author's death. Linnaeus, who provided an 8-page preface on Hasselquist with many biographical details, described it is as 'so admirable a travel journal has never before appeared', and being full of fresh, genuine and precise observations. Cox I, 230: 'His work is uncommonly interesting and valuable'. Blackmer 792: 'The first systematic natural history of the Holy Land'. Wood 380. Tobler 130. Rohricht 1435. An important and interesting work which also includes the author's letters to Linnaeus. This is the only edition in English of a classic of middle eastern travel.
US$1000. bookID # 13099
HEARNE, Samuel; edited with an introduction by Richard Glover; A Journey From Prince of Wales's Fort in Hudson's Bay to the Northern Ocean. Undertaken by Order of the Hudson's Bay Company for the Discovery of Copper Mines, A North West Passage, &c. in the years 1769, 1770, 1771, & 1772. London, printed for A. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1795, First edition, 4to [33 x 26 cm]; xliv, 458 pp, complete with 5 folding maps including large folding map frontis hand colored in outline, 4 folding engraved plates, errata page, original marbled boards with later leather spine, gilt spine title lettering and decorations in blind, a few margins with light foxing, a fine uncut copy with wide margins, copy of Simon McGillivary Junior with his signature dated 1822 on title page.
The epic journey by Hearne, who was the first European to reach the Arctic Ocean, at the mouth of the Coppermine River, by land and discovered the Great Slave Lake and the Mackenzie River system. Hearne was employed by the Hudson's Bay Company in Canada for twelve years. He recorded in detail the lives of the Indians and the natural history of the regions seen on his three trips. The book's publication, three years after Hearne's death, was due to the famous French explorer La Perouse, who found Hearne's manuscript when he captured Fort Albany, Hudson's Bay, and stipulated, as a condition of surrender, that the manuscript be published. Sabin 31181: 'The author will be remembered as the first white man that ever gazed on the dreary expanse of the Arctic of Frozen Ocean from the northern shores of the Continent of America. . . a beautiful volume'. Streeter sale 3652: 'This day-to-day record of three trips northwest by land from Hudson Bay was printed from Hearne's manuscript three years after his death'. 'A painfully honest chronicle of his epic journey. . . a classic in the literature of northern discovery' [Newman, Empire of the North]. TPL 445. Cox II, p. 171. Hill 141. Lande 1220. Simon McGillivray (1783?-1840) entered the London firm of McGillivray, Fraser and Co. in 1805, and in 1813 became a partner in the Montreal-based McTavish, McGillivray and Co. He played a leading role in the merger of the Hudson's Bay and The
US$10000. bookID # 12860
HENDERSON, George and Allan O. Hume; Lahore to Yarkand; Incidents of the Route and Natural History of the Countries Traversed by the Expedition of 1870 under T. D. Forsyth. London, L. Reeve & Co., 1873, First edition, 8vo [26 x 17.5 cm]; xiv, 370, 16 [ads] pp, 38 hand colored plates, including 32 of birds by Keulemans, 6 of plants, 26 heliotype illus on 16 plates, frontis, colored plates of geological sections, other illus, fldg map (tear at stub) part colored, tables, later cloth with gilt title on front cover, cover lightly rubbed, signature on half title page, lightly foxed on few margins, very good sound and tight copy.
Kaul 690: "A description of the route from Jammu to Ladakh via Banihal". Wood 383: "Report of an important scientific expedition". Zimmer 298: "The ornithological report contains descriptions of several new species". RGS Catalogue 215. The first 150 pages contains Henderson's travel narrative, with the rest of the book on natural history, mostly on birds by Hume. The narrative describes the 2,000 mile trip each way over a period of six months. The entomological report is by H. W. Bates and the botanical one by Henderson and J. D. Hooker, with a meteorological appendix. Notable especially for its fine plates, the hand colored plates of birds are very attractive.
US$2950. bookID # 12854
HERIOT, George; Travels Through The Canadas, Containing A Description Of The Picturesque Scenery On Some Of The Rivers & Lakes; Productions, Commerce, Inhabitants Of Those Provinces. . . . The Manners & Customs of several of the Indian Nations of North & South America. London, Richard Phillips, 1807, First edition, 4to [28 x 23 cm]; xii, 602, [i, directions to place plates], [i, ads] pp, 27 plates, (sepia aquatints), 6 folding including frontis panorama, hand colored folding map showing Great Lakes to Gulf of St. Lawrence, nineteenth century half blue morocco, gilt spine title lettering & decorations, raised bands, top edge gilted, light offsetting from plates, interesting bookplate of Robert Wetherill, some plates with shorter margins as issued, near fine, nicely bound.
First edition of what some have called the first Canadian coffee table book which underestimates its value as an important and comprehensive account of Canada. Heriot at postmaster-general of British North America 1799-1816, travelled extensively in the area, describing the fur trade, cod fishery, conditions, one of the best accounts of the loyalists settlements in Canada, voyage to the north, as well as a scholarly study of the indigenous peoples of north and south America, with a vocabulary of the Algonquin language. Prideaux 254: 'Illustrated books on North America are curiously few in the period with which we deal. By far the most interesting is Heriot's Travels Through the Canadas, interesting for its aquatints by Stadler and Lewis after Heriot'. The attractive plates from Heriot's fine paintings include: views of Quebec, St. Paul's Bay, Falls of Montmorenci, Falls of Chaudière, Falls of La Puce, Ruins of Château Richer, Lake St. Charles, River Etchemin, Bridge on the Jacques Cartier, Montreal, Fort of Niagara, Whirlpool of the Saint Lawrence, Falls of Niagara, French Canadian dancing, an Indian encampment, Indian costume, etc. Hill 142: 'the earliest and the most important aquatint book published on Canada'. Sabin 31489. TPL 805. Streeter 3658. Lande 433. Field 687. Abbey Travel 618.
US$3400. bookID # 12857
HERSCHEL, Sir John F. W.; Results of Astronomical Observations Made During the Years 1834, 5, 6, 7, 8, at the Cape of Good Hope; Being the Completion of a Telescopic Survey of the Whole Surface of the Visible Heavens Commence in 1825. London, Smith, Elder and Co., 1847, First edition, 4to [32 x 25 cm]; xx, 452, [ii, errata and additions, often lacking] pp, engraved view Cape of Good Hope, 17 plates including four folding, other illus, tables, contemporary blind-stamped full calf, gilt spine title lettering, all edges gilted, rubbed, joints cracking with repair, few leaves lightly foxed including few plates, inscription & bookplate on endpaper, very good clean copy with nice wide margins.
Most plates include several figures including some of instruments and equipment. Norman 1056: 'With this monumental survey of the stars of the southern hemisphere, Herschel completed the task begun by his father William, who fifty years earlier had catalogued the northern celestial hemisphere. Using a twenty foot reflecting telescope, which he erected just south of Cape Town, Herschel swept the whole of the southern sky, cataloging nebulae, cluster and binary stars, carrying out the counts of over 68,000 stars.. . . he made detailed drawings and maps.' Honeyman 1663: 'The first great star-atlas of the southern hemisphere'. Includes a chapter on Halley's comet. Norman Catalogue 1056.
US$1700. bookID # 10550
HUMBOLDT, Alexander de; Researches concerning the Institutions & Monuments of the Ancient Inhabitants of America, with Descriptions & Views of Some of the Most Striking Scenes in the Cordilleras. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, J. Murray, H. Colburn, 1814, First edition in English, translated from French by Helen Maria Williams, 8vo [22.5 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes in one, iv, 411; [i], 324 pp, 20 plates on 19 sheets including 5 with original hand coloring, each volume with engraved title page and vignette, tables, bibliog, index, list of plates, contemporary cloth, gilt spine title lettering and rules, internal hinge cracked but firm, very slight foxing on few leaves, but a clean unmarked copy, near fine, with a 9-line letter in hand of author & a cut down als address panel with wax seal.
Both the letter and envelope panel are in ink by author and tipped-in to front endpaper. Written in French, Humboldt commends the recipient's lecture and will recommend it to those interested in Italian literature. Sabin 33751. Goodman 622. Welch 161. Field 740. Humboldt was the most influential scientist of his time and traveled widely in Spanish America from 1799-1804. The work describes the geography and ruins he observed in Mexico and Peru and is one of the earliest archaeological works on the Aztec and Inca civilizations, with excellent plates.
US$2450. bookID # 12915
ISABELLE, Arsene; Voyage a Buenos-Ayres [Buenos Aires] et a Porto-Alegre, la Band-Oriental, les Missions d'Uraguay et la Province de Rio Grande do Sul de 1830 a 1834, suivi de considerations sur l'etat du commerce Francais a l'exterior, au Brazil et au Rio de la Plata. Havre, J. Morlent, 1835, First edition, and only edition, 8vo [22 x 16 cm]; [i], 618, [iv, subscriber list, errata] pp, 4 lithographed plates including frontis, folding map, later morocco backed boards, gilt spine title lettering & decorations, marbled edges, corners worn, title page repaired with paper, no loss, front endpaper removed, light foxing on some leaves, mostly marginal, ink stain on introduction leaf, good+.
Sabin 35239. Borba de Moreas I, 420: The book 'is full of interest, and is of value concerning its Brazilian section. It is one of the few books of the time which describes journeys across Rio Grande do Sul. The author was a guest of Bompland. . .He also visited the German colony of Sao Leopoldo in Port Alegre and the missions. The work is not easy to find today'. The author traveled through Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Rio do Sol, extensively around the Buenos Aires area. The frontis is view of Buenos Aires from the harbour, the other plates include a gaucho in process of roping a steer, costume plates. The often lacking errata leaf is present. A preliminary leaf has a printing of the author's signature.
US$1600. bookID # 11667
JOHNSTON, Robert; Travels Through Part of the Russian Empire and the Country of Poland, along the Southern Shores of the Baltic. London, J. J. Stockdale, 1815, First edition, 4to [28 x 21.5 cm]; vii, xvi,  - 460 pp, 20 hand colored plates including frontis, uncolored plate of ploughs, other illus, 2 engraved maps, tables, half-title page is present, contemporary half red morocco, gilt spine title lettering, covers worn and rubbed, spine head chipped, interior has slight foxing of some leaves, mostly unfoxed, interior is very good and unmarked, nice wide margins.
Tooley 286. Hardie 141. Abbey Travel 15. Nerhood 164: 'British scholar journeys from St. Petersburg through Moscow to Smolensk, shortly after Napoleon passed there, June-October 1814. Friendly to Russia, he laments the destruction of Moscow'. The maps are the northwest part of Russia and the northwest part of Europe (including Baltic). The attractive colored plates are mostly views and people including Copenhagen, Hamburg, Stralsund, Tilsit, Hermitage, Moscow, Kremlin, Borodino, Smolensko, Lithuanian Jewess, Cronstadt Boatmen, village scene, etc.
US$1250. bookID # 11272
KIRKPATRICK, Colonel William; An Account of the Kingdom of Nepaul, Being the Substance of Observations Made During a Mission to that Country in the Year 1793. London, William Miller, 1811, First edition, 4to [29.5 x 23.5 cm]; xx, 386, [ii, index], [iv, publisher's catalogue] pp, 14 engraved plates including one hand colored, plate of alphabets, portrait, large folding map (old repair on verso, split at fold), engraved vignette on title page, half title, recent black leather, gilt spine title lettering on red and black leather labels, blind-stamp on margin of title and library ink stamp on verso, but no other library markings, half title margin a little chipped, light foxing, very good sound copy.
Yakushi k90a. Cox i, 311. A narrative by the first Englishman to enter Nepal, this being a diplomatic mission. Kirkpatrick was an officer with Lord Cornwallis in India and was dispatched to Nepal to settle a dispute with the Chinese, Nepalese and Tibet. At the time Nepal was spoken of as another El Dorado and was the subject for 'Lost Horizon'. The work provides much on the topography, geography, climate, agriculture, botany, zoology, culture, peoples, economy, history and with an extensive vocabulary listing. The plates include people, animals, bird, weapons, etc.
US$2500. bookID # 10611
KOSTER, Henry; Travels in Brazil. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1817, Second edition, the first edition was 1816, 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes, x, [ii], 406; iv, 380 pp, 8 fine aquatint plates, 2 folding maps, appendix, contemporary marbled boards, half leather, rebacked, gilt title lettering on leather spine labels, gilt spine decorations, corners & edges worn, few small holes at spine hinge, name & small ink stamp on titles, scattered foxing, else clean, very good set.
The first edition was published in 1816 based on Koster's extensive travels in the area. His narrative is considered one of the most accurate and useful of all the travel accounts written on the area. Boraba de Moraes 437 (referring to this second edition of 1817): 'a classic work on the North of Brazil. . . greatly esteemed by all. . . In the appendix he transcribes two monographs by Arruda Camara, rare today, which appeared in Rio in 1810'. This appendix is on plants found in Brazil and their uses. The work includes chapters on the native peoples, planters, animals, agriculture, society, festivals, slavery, etc, based on the authors extensive travels. The maps are of the port of Pernambuco and of northern Brazil where the author travelled.
US$1200. bookID # 13655
KOSTER, Henry; Travels in Brazil. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1817, Second edition, the first edition was 1816, 8vo [22.5 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes, x, [ii], 406; iv, 380 pp, 8 fine aquatint plates, 2 folding maps, appendix, later full calf leather with gilt title lettering on red morocco spine labels, edges marbled, leaf with marginal tear, small stain on outer margin of few leaves, else near fine set in handsome binding.
The first edition was published in 1816 based on Koster's extensive travels in the area. His narrative is considered one of the most accurate and useful of all the travel accounts written on the area. Boraba de Moraes 437 (referring to this second edition of 1817): 'a classic work on the North of Brazil. . . greatly esteemed by all. . . In the appendix he transcribes two monographs by Arruda Camara, rare today, which appeared in Rio in 1810'. This appendix is on plants found in Brazil and their uses. The work includes chapters on the native peoples, planters, animals, agriculture, society, festivals, slavery, etc, based on the authors extensive travels. The maps are of the port of Pernambuco and of northern Brazil where the author travelled. A very attractive set.
US$2700. bookID # 11283
LA CONDAMINE, M. de [Charles Marie de (1701-1774)]; Journal du Voyage fait par Ordre du Roi a l'Equateur, servant d'Introduction Historique a la Mesure des Trois Premiers Degres du Meridian. Paris, de L'Imprimerie Royale, 1751, First edition, 4to [25 x 20 cm]; [ii], xxxvi, 280, xv (index) pp, 7 engraved maps, plans and plates including 6 folding, one being fldg table, engraved vignette head-pieces and tail-pieces, contemporary full leather, gilt spine title & design, raised bands, light cover wear, few tiny holes on front joint,marbled endpapers, endpaper labels of Le Chev du Blaisel & B. Mendel, few leaves with light marginal browning, else clean crisp, near fine.
This is the first edition of the account of the great French Scientific Expedition to South America to measure an arc of the meridian at the equator to determine the dimension and shape of the earth. After the scientific measurements done north of the city of Quito in Ecuador, La Condamine then journeyed down the Amazon, being the first to explore that region. His measurements stood the test of time until the advent of GPS showed that the actual equator was somewhat further south, although the original monument and museums north of Quito still advertise themselves as the actual equator. The work includes a detailed plan of the city of Quito and a large map of what is now Ecuador. Hill 169: 'the greatest geographical event of the eighteenth century as regards South America. . . to measure one exact degree of meridian to determine the dimensions and shape of the earth. . . the work occupied eight years'. Sabin 38479. Norman 1250.
US$4200. bookID # 13854
LABILLARDIERE, M.; Voyage in Search of La Perouse, Performed by order of the Constituent Assembly, During the Years 1791, 1792, 1793 and 1794. London, John Stockdale, 1800, First edition in English, 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes, xxxii,  - 487; 344, 105, [vi, ads] pp, 45 engraved plates including frontis's, large folding map (short tear at stub), tables, contemporary half calf, marbled boards, red leather title labels, joints split, one board just holding, worn at edges, corners, bookplate of George Knight, light foxing on some leaves, but overall clean, text blocks tight, a very good set.
Hill p. 168: "Labillardiere was aboard the expedition under d'Entrecasteaux which was sent out to search for the missing Laperouse. Although unsuccessful in the search, the voyage was of considerable importance due to the scientific observations made and also for surveys of the coasts of Tasmania, New Caledonia, the north coast of New Guinea, and the southwest coast of Australia. Labillardiere's account of the Tongans is among the best contributions to the ethnology of that people." Cox 69: "of considerable importance. . . Labillardiere gives the first scientific description of the New Zealand flax and brought back several New Zealand plants." The plates include plants, birds, native peoples.
US$2000. bookID # 5734
LAWRENCE, John; The Clergy-Man's Recreation Shewing the Pleasure & Profit of the art of Gardening; [with] The Gentleman's Recreation of the Second Part of the Art of Gardening Improved; [with] The Fruit-Garden Kalendar or a Summary of the art of Managing Fruit-Garden. London, Bernard Lintot, 1726-23-36, , 8vo [20 x 12.5 cm]; 3 volumes bound in one, [xvi], 83, [i, ad]; [xviii], 115, [i, ad]; [ii], v, xxxii, 33-144, [xxviii, ads] pp, 7 plates including 5 folding, portrait, 3 frontis, other illus, table, engraved headpieces, contemporary full calf with newer spine with raised bands & gilt decorations in compartments, gilt title lettering on morocco label, gilt emblem on cover, corners worn, lightly rubbed, very good clean and sound copy.
Massachusetts Horticultural Society Catalogue 179. Henrey 938, 944, 939. The first editions were in 1716 and 1718 but with few plates. Lawrence was a major gardener and gardening writer of the period and produced these three works over several years, with much on fruit growing. Several of the engraved plates are reproduced in Henrey and in other works. Three gardening classics by the esteemed Lawrence. The folding plate on locating the meridian, not present in all copies according to Henry, is present in this copy.
US$1050. bookID # 8107
LE MESSURIER, Colonel A.; From London to Bokhara and a Ride Through Persia. London, Richard Bentley and Son, 1889, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xvi, 326 pp, 18 plates, maps and plans including 3 folding maps colored in outline, 2 plans, 2 partly colored profiles, plates from author's drawings, tables, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine faded, repair to head affecting two letters of title, light stain to cover, interior is quite good, unmarked, short tear to stub of map, overall very good.
Ghani 221. Royal Geographical Society 278. Wilson 127. A narrative of the author's travels from London to the Caucasus to Vladikavkas, Tiflis via the Georgian military road, Caucasia, Trans-Caucasus railway, Baku, Naphtha Springs, through Transcaspia to Asunada, the Oxus to Bokhara, Persia to Resht, Teheran, Isaphan, Bushire and finally to Bombay, with much on each place visited, astute observations on religion, customs, politics, trade, transportation, etc, and intelligence observations on the Russian rail building across Caucasus.
US$1300. bookID # 12061
LE VAILLANT, M. [Francois]; Travels into the Interior Parts of Africa by way of the Cape of Good Hope, in the Years 1780, 81, 82, 83, 84 and 85 [with] New Travels into the Interior Parts of Africa. London, G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1790-1796, First edition in English, translated from the French edition of the same year, 8vo [21.5 x 13 cm]; 5 volumes, xii, 395; [ii], 403, [i, plate list, errata]; li, 288; iv, 383; iv, 488 pp, 34 copper engraved plates including folding, frontis & the plate of the Hottentot woman which was suppressed from most copies, without the map, contemporary full tree calf, gilt borders on covers, gilt decorated spines, gilt lettering on black leather labels, some joints cracked but firm, internally a few light stains but mainly free of foxing, lightly chipped spine end, very good set, clean.
Mendelssohn, I, 889, 890: 'His description is unique for this period, as little information respecting these regions had been published up to this date'. This a complete set of the author's first journey in Southern Africa, together with his second journey in three additional volumes, describing his travels to Algoa Bay and the district then known as Bruyntes Hoogte via Mossel Bay, through the Camdeboo country and crossing the Gamka, Buffalo, and Touws Rivers. The second expedition was to Namaqualand, Damaraland, Bechcuanaland and the Kalahari Desert. It provides an interesting and early narrative of South Africa at a time when it was little known. This is the best edition with all the plates including of giraffes, which were little known then, the local people, and several views including a view of the Cape and the town from a ship, a folding view of an encampment. Wood 433, 434. His many references to birds and animals became useful primary sources for many later works by other authors. A classic work on African travel.
US$2100. bookID # 6730
LINNAEUS, C.; Lachesis Lapponica, or a Tour in Lapland, now first Published from the Original Manuscript Journal of the Celebrated Linnaeus, by James Edward Smith. London, White and Cochrane, 1811, First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes bound in one, xvi, 366; 306 [ii, ads] pp, illustrations are woodcuts by Richard T. Austin, index, errata at end of volume II, contemporary full leather, rebacked with matching spine with gilt rules, gilt title lettering on spine leather spine label, marbled edges, small scratch mark on cover, interior is clean and fine in sound and tight vg binding.
Cox i, 188: "An important and interesting work on Lapland and parts of Norway and Sweden. This famous botanist was himself the instigator of a large number of scientific voyages." Catalogue of the Works of Linnaeus in British Museum (1933) #188. Soulsby 192. Hulth 160. Junk p. 59: 'wichtung und selten'. Sansbergs Bokhandel, catalogue 12, p. 117: "Linnaeus started his work of investigation during his early manhood with his journeys to the Swedish provinces, where he noted the natural resources of the country-side. In the summer of 1741 he visited Oland and Gotland, in 1746 Vastergotland and Bohuslan and Skane in 1749. His accounts of these trips are his most often read works. They are of great topographical interest and abound in his observations of nature, animal and plant life as well as in ethnographical and economical matters. His geological remarks are of particular interest. The style is Linnaeus's usual: short, direct and to the point, often shot through with humour and touched with a lyrical love for nature." Smith bought Linnaeus's manuscripts and brought them back to England. The first Swedish edition was not until 1888.
US$1500. bookID # 13133
MACKENZIE, Alexander; Voyages from Montreal on the River St. Lawrence through the Continent of North America to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans in the years 1789 and 1793. London, Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, Cobbett and Morgan, and W. Creech, 1801, First edition, 4to [28 x 22 cm]; [i], viii, cxxxii, 412, [ii, errata leaf], engraved frontis portrait, 3 large folding maps, one with route hand colored in red (one map loose, tears on maps), original elaborately blind-stamped leather boards, rebacked with leather spine, raised bands, gilt title lettering on red leather spine label, cover lightly worn, light offsetting on title page, very light foxing on some pages, very good+ sound copy.
Howes M133: 'First crossing of the continent from ocean to ocean by a white man'. Hill 187: 'One of the most important of Canadian books'. Sabin 43414: 'Remarkable for its accuracy'. Wheat Transmississippi 251: 'a milestone'. Field 967: 'Filled with accounts of the tribes of Indians who inhabited the regions traversed by him. . . a minute, careful and interesting relation of them. . . his investigations were remarkable for their accuracy; Sir John Franklin expressed his surprise at being able to corroborate their correctness in his own explorations'. Lande 1317. Streeter Sale 3653. Wagner-Camp 1:1. TPL 658. The work includes accounts of two expeditions: the first in 1789 from Fort Chipeway to the Arctic Sea, the author being only the second white person the reach the Arctic by land, and the second in 1792 across North America to the Pacific, including details on the fur trade and the discovery of the Mackenzie River. The first edition of the first account of a North American transcontinental crossing, a cornerstone work of exploration.
US$6200. bookID # 13057
MACKENZIE, Sir George Steuart; Travels in the Island of Iceland, During the Summer of the Year 1810. Edinburgh, Archibald Constable and Company, 1811, First edition, 4to [28.5 x 23 cm]; xx, 491, [i, directions to binder] pp, 3 maps, including frontis, another folding & hand colored, 4 folding tables, 14 plates including 8 hand colored aquatints, some foldout, other engravings , sheet of music, complete, index, contemporary leather boards with newer leather spine, gilt title lettering on red leather spine label, corners repaired with leather, lightly foxed on few leaves, mainly marginal and on tissue guards, very good sound and solid copy.
Abbey Travel 160. The attractive hand colored plates are aquatints and are mounted as issued (see Abbey). Tooley (English Colour Plate Books) 313. The plates include views, caldron of boiling mud, geysers, costume, view of Reikiavik, other towns, etc. The author travelled with Henry Holland and Richard Bright, who each contributed chapters. The text includes narratives of three excursions, descriptions of the state of education, literature, laws, government, religion, commerce, as well as zoology, botany, mineralogy, mineral waters, with several appendices giving further details. The second edition of 1812 was somewhat abridged.
US$1000. bookID # 7434
MACKENZIE, Sir George Steuart; Travels in the Island of Iceland, During the Summer of the Year 1810. Edinburgh, Archibald Constable and Company, 1811, First edition, 4to [27.5 x 22 cm]; xx, 491, [i, directions to binder] pp, 3 maps, including frontis, another folding & hand colored, 4 folding tables, 14 plates including 8 hand colored aquatints, some foldout, other engravings , sheet of music, complete, index, contemporary half leather, marbled boards and edges, gilt title lettering on black leather spine label, joints cracked but firm, internal hinge reinforced, minor foxing on a few margins but mostly quite clean, interior near fine.
Abbey Travel 160. The attractive hand colored plates are aquatints and are mounted as issued (see Abbey). Tooley (English Colour Plate Books) 313. The plates include views, caldron of boiling mud, geysers, costume, view of Reikiavik, other towns, etc. The author travelled with Henry Holland and Richard Bright, who each contributed chapters. The text includes narratives of three excursions, descriptions of the state of education, literature, laws, government, religion, commerce, as well as zoology, botany, mineralogy, mineral waters, with several appendices giving further details. The second edition of 1812 was somewhat abridged. 'Contains much information of permanent interest on the social and economic condition of Iceland' [DNB].
US$1200. bookID # 13059
MAUDSLAY, Anne Cary and Alfred Percival Maudslay; A Glimpse at Guatemala, and some Notes on the Ancient Monuments of Central America. London, John Murray, 1899, First edition, 4to [29 x 23 cm]; xx, [i, errata], 289 pp, complete with half-title, errata sheet, 43 fine plates including photogravures, 2 color plates (chromolithographs), 21 maps & plans including 10 folding or double, numerous other illus, index, later cloth, gilt spine title lettering and number, faint blind-stamps on title and margins of many plates, a map with tear, a tight clean copy.
Welch 63. Humphreys 1748. Griffin 1189: 'Charming narrative of the Maudslay's early travels in the Guatemala highlands and the Maya lowlands. Contains smaller reproductions of some of the fine photos from Biologia Centrali Americana'. The authors travelled extensively in the country including Antigua, Godines, Lake of Atitlan, Rio Negro, Vera Paz, Zacapa, Copan, Quirigua, and the ruins of Ixkun, Chichen Itza, Laguna, Palenque, Tikal, Menche, etc, with detailed descriptions of the countryside, the people, textiles, the ancient ruins (for which Maudslay was an expert), etc. The work is 'the highlight of the 19th century English accounts of Guatemala, both from the archaeological point of view, and that of travel and adventure.' (James Andrews). The first edition of a cornerstone work on Central American archaeology, beautifully produced, with fine and detailed plates and plans. Larned 40n: "This volume is easily worth all the other books which have appeared or are likely to be published for many years, as a guide to things which make Central America of general world interest".
US$1350. bookID # 12532
MAWE, John; Travels in the Gold and Diamond Districts of Brazil; describing the Methods of Working the Mines, the Natural Productions, Agriculture and Commerce and the Customs & Manners of the Inhabitants, with a brief Account of the Process . . . in Peru and Chile. London, Lonman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, 1825, Second edition, although first edition with this title, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xi, 493, [i, errata], [i, ads], 16 [publisher's ads] pp, 8 fine hand colored plates, including frontis, on 5 leaves, plus engraved map showing author's route, half title page is present, original boards, later spine, title lettering on spine label, corners worn, very slightly foxed, small name on endpaper, overall very good, sound and tight copy, with bright plates.
An important early travel narrative on Brazil with much on mining, agriculture, the cities, culture, customs, etc based on the author's extensive travels. The author later wrote several famous mineralogy books. Borba de Moraes 541, 3: 'The first de visu account of the gold and diamond mines in Brazil. . . This second edition [revised by the author based on new material he received] is much scarcer than the original edition of 1812. The plates are new and are colored. . . fresh details added'. The first edition of 1812 did not have the fine view plates colored. The plates include a view of Rio de Janeiro, cattle ranching, corn mill, topaz mine, washing diamonds, gold, etc. Abbey Travel 709 (citing this edition). Sabin 46991: 'The work of Mr. Mawe contains the first authentic information which the jealousy of the Portuguese Government ever allowed a foreigner to acquire respecting the universal treasures of the Brazils'. The book also contains an early description of Sao Paulo.
US$4200. bookID # 12918
MAWE, John; Travels in the Interior of Brazil, particularly in the Gold and Diamond Districts of that country; by Authority of the Prince Regent of Portugal, including a Voyage to the Rio de la Plata & a historical sketch of the Revolution of Buenos Aires. London, Lonman, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1812, First edition, 4to [29 x 22.5 cm]; vii, 366, [i, binding directions], [i, ads] pp, frontis, 9 engraved plates and map, including colored plate (complete), contemporary boards, gilt title lettering on leather spine label, cover worn, spine ends chipped, joints cracking, some small holes in pages, mostly marginal, but including part of image of few plates, good wide-margin copy.
An important early travel narrative on Brazil with much on mining, agriculture, the cities, culture, customs, etc based on the author's extensive travels. The author later wrote several famous mineralogy books. Borba de Moraes 541: 'The first de visu account of the gold and diamond mines in Brazil. . . the view of the Jaragua mining camp is the first landscape document which exists of the interior of Sao Paulo'. The plates include a view of washing for diamonds at Mandanga, gold washing at Jaragua, view of topaz mine at Capon, machinery, River Jigitonbonha, plates of minerals, diamonds, topaz, tourmaline, shells, etc., being some of the earliest views of the interior of Brazil. Abbey Travel 709. Sabin 46991: 'The work of Mr. Mawe contains the first authentic information which the jealousy of the Portuguese Government ever allowed a foreigner to acquire respecting the universal treasures of the Brazils'. Griffin 3858: 'Widely translated in several European languages, Mawe's was the first description by a foreigner of the mining regions of Brazil'. The book also contains an early description of Sao Paulo.
US$1800. bookID # 13082
MEE, Margaret, foreword by Roberto Burle Marx, preface by Sir George Taylor; Flowers of the Brazilian Forests. London, The Tryon Gallery in association with George Rainbird, , First edition, limited edition of 500 copies of which this is #350, large folio [53 x 41 cm]; [72 l] pp, 32 fine colored plates, including frontis, from paintings by Mee, each with tissue guard, signed in the plate by Mee, dated 1960s, maps, list of plates, pictorial endpapers, original green morocco-backed boards, bound by Zaehnsdorf, boards with hand marbled paper, gilt spine title lettering & gilt vignette on front, top edge gilted, original clear glassine jacket, original cloth slipcase, clean, fine and bright copy.
A superb production with most attractive plates, including nine of orchids and six of bromeliads, each plate with a descriptive leaf. Margaret Mee (1909-88) traveled to the Amazon area 15 times over a 32 year period, by canoe, on foot and often alone. Her paintings and sketches "could stand without shame in the high company of such masters as Georg Dionysius Ehret and Redoute" (Wilfred Blunt). Mee was a passionate conservationist and devoted her life to recording the diversity and beauty of the Amazon. She was one of the first to protest the destruction still taking place there. Sitwell in Great Flower Books describes her work as: 'exceptional and quite in the tradition of the great eighteenth-century books '. 'Mee's work is of an unusually high order of excellence and in the best tradition of flower painting' [Taylor, director of Royal Botanic Garden of Kew]. 'Mee was a talented botanical painter and intrepid traveller. . .an exceptional personality' [Oak Spring Flora]. One of the plants illustrated was discovered by Mee herself.
US$1900. bookID # 13044
MEEHAN, Thomas; The Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States in their Botanical, Horticultural and Popular Aspects. Boston, L. Prang and Company, 1878-1880, First editions, 4to [26.5 x 19 cm]; 4 volumes, ix, 192; v, 200; ix, 196; v, 204 pp, 192 fine colored lithographed plates (chromolithographs) by Prang's esteemed firm from paintings by Alois Lunzer, tissue guards, orig cloth, gilt title lettering & rules on spines, gilt cover lettering & vignette, all edges gilted, slight fading where small spine labels removed, bookplate removed from front endpaper, light cover wear, interiors are clean and fine, excellent set.
Bennett p75. Nissen 1331. Taxonomic Literature 5783. A complete set of both series with all of the plates, most of which are flowers rather than ferns, a corner stone work of any collection of north american botanical color plate books. Prang was a leading printer of chromolithographed plates in the nineteenth century.
US$1250. bookID # 12709
MELVILLE, Herman; Narrative of a Four Months' Residence Among the Natives of a Valley of the Marquesas Islands; or, a Peep at Polynesian Life. London, John Murray, 1846, First edition, first issue, with 'Pomarea' on page 19, line 1, small 8vo [18 x 12.5 cm]; xvi, 285 pp, map frontis, bound in modern quarter tan morocco leather, gilt rules on spine, gilt title lettering on black leather label, marbled boards, signature on half-title and on verso map, near fine, attractive copy.
BAL 13652, the first state. Day 51 (Pacific Islands Literature, 100 Basic Books) states that the first edition was issued first in London, and later issued in New York, entitled 'Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life', with some passages omitted. This is the first of Melville's books, and with the exception of Moby Dick, is the most widely read. 'Melville was the first author of genius to use the South Seas as material and most of those who followed say the region through his eyes and adopted his patterns' (Day). Hill p. 196 cites the 1847 London edition. Taylor 176.
US$1100. bookID # 6880
MIDDLETON, Charles [or] Thomas Elison; Decorations for Parks and Gardens; Designs for Gates, Garden Seats, Alcoves, Temples, Baths, Entrance Gates, Lodges, Facades, Prospect Towers, Cattle Sheds, Ruins, Bridges, Greenhouses, &c, also a Hot House & Hot Walls, with plans and scales. London, J. Taylor, nd [c 1800], , 8vo [26 x 16 cm]; [ii], engraved title page, 55 engraved plates, some with two figures, garden plans, orig plain paper wraps (worn, tears, minor fraying, without spine), lightly foxed, title page chipped in margin, leaf with short tear, good complete copy in fine custom made, cloth covered box, with gilt title lettering on spine label, interior marbled p.
An early work on garden ornament and buildings, plates being detailed, mostly with accompanying plans on lower part of sheet. Both Middleton and Elison have been named as the author. Berlin Katalog 3433. Scarce and not in the usual references.
US$1100. bookID # 10814
MINER, Harriet Stewart; Orchids The Royal Family of Plants, with Illustrations from Nature. London, John Slark, 1885, First British edition, same year as first US edition, folio [36 x 27 cm]; 90 pp, 24 fine color lithographed (chromolithograph) plates from the author's paintings of live plants, original pictorial gilt cloth, gilt spine title lettering, all edges gilted, light wear and chip to spine ends, interior clean with only light offsetting from plates on opposite leaves, a near fine copy in bright covers, plates with good impressions.
Bennett (American Nineteenth Century Color Plate Books) p. 78: 'This is the ranking work on the subject, and very striking'. According to Bennett the first edition, Boston 1885, was issued with text in wrappers and text and plates enclosed in a portfolio, later issues were bound in one volume. Nissen BBI 1382. This is apparently the first color plate orchid book by an American. The plates include Dendrobium, Masedvallia, Cattleya, Laelia, Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, Calanthe, Odontoglossum, Lycaste, Cymbidiums, Vanda, etc. Woodburn-Hedrick 577: 'large format with bightly colored chromolithographs'.
US$1200. bookID # 10640
MORIER, James; A Journey Through Persia, Armenia, And Asia Minor, To Constantinople, In The Years 1808 And 1809; In Which Is Included, Some Account Of The Proceedings Of His Majesty's Mission, Under Sir Harford Jones, To The Court Of The King Of Persia. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1812, First edition, 4to [30.5 x 25 cm]; xvi, 438 pp, complete with 26 aquatint or engraved plates, mostly from author's drawings, 3 folding engraved maps, tables, without half title, index, nineteenth century half red morocco, marbled boards and edges, title lettering on spine leather label, edges rubbed, light dampstain on inside margin of dozen leaves, light foxing, very good sound copy with good wide margins.
'The record of his journey, published in 1812 during his second absence in Persia, at once took rank as an important authority on a country then little known to Englishmen, and by its admirable style and accurate observation, its humour and graphic power, still holds a foremost place among early books of travel in Persia' [DNB]. Abbey Travel 357. Atabey 837. Prideaux pp. 241: the author 'was also an artist of some merit, and his illustrations to his Travels are of considerable interest.' The plates are mainly views. There are appendices on the money of Persia, routes through Persia, section on Arab pirates. The author travelled extensively in what is now Iran, including Bushire, Shiraz, Persepolis, Ispahan, Teheran, Tabriz, Arz-roum, Amasia and finally to Constantinople.
US$2450. bookID # 11332
NARES, G. S.; Narrative of A Voyage To The Polar Sea, during 1875-6, in H.M. Ships 'Alert' and 'Discovery'; By Capt. Sir G.S. Nares, commander of the expedition; With notes on the Natural History, edited by H.W. Feilden. London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1878, First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; 2 volumes, xl, 395; viii, 378 pp, 14 plates including 6 plates with mounted real woodbury photos, 3 natural history plates including one colored of bird eggs, 2 folding maps (one with repair on verso), with both half title pages, orig green cloth, with borders in black, gilt spine title lettering, professionally rebacked preserving covers and spines, May Fluhmann's bookplate, slight foxing on few leaves, edges bit rubbed, outer margins of few plates lightly rippled, very good set.
The book describes an attempt to reach the north pole, via Smith Sound and Robeson Channel exploring the northern parts of Ellesmere Island as well as Northwest Greenland, by boat and sledge, and were the first to sail between Greenland and Ellesmere Island reaching the Lincoln Sea. A farthest North at 83 degrees, 20 minutes was reached by a sledging party lead by Albert Markham. Arctic Bibliog 12026.
US$1150. bookID # 12862
NEWTON, C. T.; Travels & Discoveries in the Levant. London, Day & Sons, 1865, First Edition, 8vo [26 x 17 cm]; 2 volumes, xvi, 360; xvi, 275 pp, 41 plates & maps, including 2 frontis's, some tinted plates, some double page & folding, 9 folding maps/plans, 38 other illus, original green blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, endpaper bookplate, corners slightly rubbed, light foxing on few leaves but overall clean, a fine copy in bright original covers, with the half title pages.
Cox ii, 518, Blackmer 1193. Newton was vice-consul in the Levant between 1852 and 1859 and lead the British government's expedition to Asia Minor in 1856, where the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was excavated. He became a curator at the British Museum in 1861. Travels in Turkey, Rhodes, Mytilene and related areas. Plates include relics that were excavated and scenery.
US$1100. bookID # 12058
OSBORN, Lieut. Sherard; Stray Leaves from an Arctic Journal; or, eighteen months in the Polar Regions, in Search of Sir John Franklin's Expedition, in the Years 1850-51. London, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1852, First edition, 12mo [19.5 x 12.5 cm]; ix, 320 pp, 4 colored lithographed plates including frontis, folding partly hand colored map, with the appendix, contemporary full calf, gilt title lettering on leather spine label, gilt ruled, marbled boards and edges, endpaper inscription, endpaper bookplate of polar researcher Andrew Taylor, front joint partly cracked but firm, edge rubbed, clean & fine.
Sabin 57760. Abbey Travel 640. Arctic Bibliography 12899: "the voyage by Baffin Bay, Lancaster Sound, Barrow Strait, the wintering at Griffith Island, and return. Includes informative notes on West Greenland Eskimos, negotiating the ice of northern Baffin Bay, ice conditions in the Canadian Arctic waters, hunting adventures, clothing, food and equipment , carrier pigeons, the sledge journeys, arctic nature and winter recreations". "As a surveying expedition, it was eminently successful. . . due to the steam- tenders, which, during the summers of 1850 and 1851, held out new prospects for arctic navigation. The way in which the Pioneer or Intrepid cut through rotten ice, or steamed through the loose pack in a calm, was an object-lesson to the whalers, and led directly to the employment of powerful screw-steamers in the whaling fleet" [DNB]. One of the important Franklin search expedition and dedicated to Lady Franklin, the fine and attractive colored view plates, the appendix nor the map, were not included in the US edition.
US$1900. bookID # 12663
PARRY, William Edward; Journal of a Second Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; Performed In The Years 1821-22-23, In His Majesty's Ships Fury and Hecla. London, John Murray, 1824, First edition, 4to [30 x 23.5 cm]; [viii], xxx,571, [i, errata], [iv, ads dated 1824] pp, 39 plates, maps and charts, 8 folding (complete) including frontis, 9 engraved and lithographed maps, other illus, tables, later half calf & marbled boards, raised bands, gilt title lettering on red leather spine label, old signature on title page, small endpaper bookplate, a fine, clean copy in handsome binding, nice wide margins, plates with tissue guards.
Lande 1385. Sabin 58864. Smith 7963. TPL 1295. Arctic Bibliog. 13142. National Maritime Museum I, 836. Hill 226:'Parry was twice frozen in for several months, but made many explorations and discoveries by sea and land. . . This work deals with the characteristics of the Eskimos (Inuit) and is a treatise on aboriginal life as well as a narrative of scientific discoveries'. Field 1184: 'Splendid work'. Of the fine plates, many from drawings by Captain Lyon, 22 are of the Inuit, their domestic life, fishing, hunting, villages, modes of travel, boats, tools, portraits, etc.
US$1500. bookID # 12760
PARRY, William Edward; Journal of a Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; Performed In The Years 1819-20, In His Majesty's Ships Hecla and Griper. With an Appendix, Containing Scientific and Other Observations. London, John Murray, 1821, First edition, 4to [29 x 23.5 cm]; [viii], [i, errata], xxix, 310, clxxix pp, 20 plates, maps and charts (complete) including folding, frontis, landfalls, other illus, tables, later half calf & marbled boards, raised bands, gilt title lettering on red leather spine labels, decorated in compartments, very light foxing to few leaves, old small repair to stub of map, a fine, clean & unmarked copy in handsome binding, wide margins.
TPL 1206. Sabin 58860. Lande 1751. National Maritime Museum 822. Arctic Bibliography 13145. Hill 225: 'Parry reached Lancaster Sound in July, sailed through and explored and named Barrow Strait, Prince Regent Inlet and Wellington Channel. . . He reached 110 degrees west, earning a reward offered by parliament to the first ship's company that should attain that meridian. He also discovered Melville Island and other of the Parry Islands. After being frozen in for ten months, the ships were released on August 20, 1820. . . on his arrival in England he was commissioned commander and elected to Royal Society. . . he charted hundreds of miles of coastline in the Canadian Arctic and collected valuable data on Arctic natural history. Many of the fine plates are from sketches by Frederick William Beechey.
US$1300. bookID # 12759
PREMIUM, Barton; Eight Years in British Guiana; the Journal of a Residence in That Province, from 1840 to 1848, Inclusive; with Anecdotes & Incidents Illustrating the Social Condition of its Inhabitants ; & the Opinions on the State and Prospects of Our Sugar Colonies. London, Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1850, First edition, 8vo [23 x 14 cm]; xiii, -305 pp, original brown cloth, title lettering on later paper spine label, edges of spine with light wear, 1850 signature on corner of endpaper, a little pulled but firm, very good overall.
The author, a planter in the colony for many years, provides description and narrative written from 1840 to 1848, describing sugar growing and related problems, conditions, slavery, society, customs, economics, etc. Premium's journal was edited by his unnamed friend who also provides a preface and concluding remarks which gives the work much historical background. Sabin 65050. Original source material in first edition.
US$1000. bookID # 12846
PUYDT, E. De [Paul Emile]; Les Orchidees. Histoire Iconographique. Organographie, Classification, Geographie, Collections, Commerce, Emploi - Culture, avec Une Revue Descriptive des Especes Cultivees en Europe. Paris, J. Rothschild, Editeur, 1880, First edition, large 8vo [27 x 19 cm]; viii, 348 pp, 50 fine colored lithographed plates (chromolithographs). mostly hand-finished (orig hand coloring), each with tissue guard, 244 other engraved illustrations, index, title page in red and black, contemporary calf backed boards, gilt spine title lettering and decorations, joints rubbed, lightly foxed, very good sound copy.
Covering the orchids that were cultivated in Europe at that time, having been sent mostly from South America, Asia, etc, most of which are still cultivated today. The detailed text (in French) includes much on each species, where they were found, collections, use and culture. The colored plates are 'beautifully done' [Glikbarg, the Orchid Observed #22]. Little is known about the artists M. Leroy or M. Guibert. Nissan 1572. Stafleau TL24810. Burrage catalogue 69.
US$1360. bookID # 12487
RAFFLES, Sir Thomas Stamford; Antiquarian, Architectural and Landscape Illustrations of The History of Java. London, Henry G. Bohn, 1830, 1844, second and best edition with all plates, the first edition was 1817, 4to, 8vo [33.5 x 26.5 & 23 x 14.5 cm]; 3 volumes including plate volume, xlviii, 536; iv, 332, clxxix pp,with large folding map, 92 plates including 10 finely hand-colored aquatints, large folding plan, music notation, other maps, tables, index, original red cloth with title lettering on front cover or spine, plate volume spine worn, mostly lacking, light foxing on some plates, heavier on a few, colored plates clean with tissue guards, text volumes bit faded but near fine, plate volume very good.
First printed in 1817 in only 900 copies with only 66 plates, this edition being expanded to 92 plates and map. The plates are reputed to be by William Daniell. The author travelled extensively on the island. Abbey Travel 554; Tooley 391; Hill I, 245. According to Abbey, the atlas of plates was published separately for the second edition which was published in 1830 and printed in only a small number. Bastin p. 5: 'The book was got together with considerable haste and was published in 1817 in two quarto volumes. . .a total of 900 copies were published. Apart from its originality. . .the outstanding feature of the book is its 66 plates, ten or which are coloured aquatints illustrating Javanese life and costume and the Papuan boy who accompanied Raffles to England in 1816'. The plates of this edition include all the plates of the first edition plus additional plates of Javanese antiquities and topography. Prideaux: 'a monumental work. . . still a standard book'. Von Hunersdorff: 'An influential work valued for the author's firsthand observations on the customs and condition of the Javanese under his administration as Governor General during the British occupation of the Dutch East Indies'. The text volumes printed in 1830 have a great deal of data, much in tabular form including statistics, populartion, vocabularies, etc. with much of the author's text describing the people and country in great detail. from natural history and
US$2900. bookID # 8686
RICHARDSON, Sir John; Arctic Searching Expedition: A Journal of a Boat-Voyage Through Ruperts Land and the Arctic Sea, in Search of the Discovery Ships Under Command of Sir John Franklin with an Appendix on the Physical Geography of North America. London, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1851, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; 2 volumes, viii, 413, 32 [ads]; vii, 426 pp, 10 color lithographed (chromolithograph) plates, 8 wood engravings, folding hand colored map (short tear), tables, later half calf bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, raised bands, gilt spine title lettering on spines, a few margins with barely perceptible foxing, interior is clean and near fine in fine and handsome binding.
AB 14489: "Contains the journal of Richardson's and Dr John Rae's expedition in the summer and fall of 1848 down the Mackenzie River and eastward along the coast to Coppermine River, returning overland to Fort Confidence; with chapters on Eskimos, Kutchin, Cree and Chiewyan Indians and on Dr Rae's summer journey in 1849, down the Coppermine River." The appendices are on physical geography, climatology, the geographical distribution of plants, list of insects, vocabularies of natives. According to the Arctic Bibliography, the first American edition of 1852 were issued with no plates or map. Eight of the color plates are of aboriginals in views or activities. Lande 1411. Field 1300. Sabin 71025. TPL 3029. Graff 3493. Peel 266.
US$2500. bookID # 12887
ROBSON, Joseph; An Account of Six Years Residence in Hudson's Bay, from 1733 to 1736 and 1744 to 1747; containing a Variety of Facts, Observations and Discoveries tending to shew the vast Importance of the Countries about Hudson Bay to Great Britain....Furs, Whale, Seal. London, J. Payne and J. Bouquet, Mr Kincaid, Mr Barry, Mr Smith, 1752, First edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; [ii], vi, 84, 95 pp, 2 folding engraved maps, engraved folding plan, 6 appendices including one on winds and tides of Churchill River [complete], errata page, contemporary half calf, marbled boards, later spine, spine label with gilt lettering, new endpapers, map & plan a little cropped at foredge with loss of about quarter inch, fine engraved bookplate of Johannes Symons Arm, clean very good copy, corner wear.
Hill p. 257: 'This is one of the earliest and certainly the fullest of works that had hitherto been published on the Hudson Bay Territory. The author was surveyor and supervisor of the buildings to the company. The territory began to open up after 1763 when Canada passed from French into British possession... Robson, with a sound knowledge of the locale and of the personnel of the Hudson's Bay Company, condemned the company for its failure to promote enterprise and development in its lands'. An appendix has a history of the discovery of Hudson's Bay and the proceedings of the English there. The two maps include A Draught of the Nelson and Hayes Rivers, and, A Draught of the Churchill River. The folding plate contains two plans, Fort York, and Fort Prince of Wales. Peel 12. TPL 217. Lande 1418. Streeter 3648. Sabin 72259. Field 1312.
US$1200. bookID # 8136
SANDYS, George; Relation of a Journey Begun, in four bookes; Sandys Travels, containing an History of the Original and Present State of the Turkish Empire,. . a Description of Constantinople. . . of Greece. .. of Armenia, Cairo, Rhodes. . .the Holy Land. .Italy, Cyprus. London, John Williams Junior, 1673, , small folio [32 x 19 cm]; [iv 240 pp, extra engraved title page as frontis, double-page map of eastern Mediterranean to Caspian Sea, Arabia, Black Sea, foldout panorama of part of Constantinople, total of 50 engravings including costumes, plans, views, contemporary full calf, worn, gilt title lettering on red leather spine label, spine ends chipped, joints cracked but holding, front fixed endpaper chipped, interior is crisp, clean & near fine, only slight foxing in some outer margins, in good cover.
Cox I, 206. Blackmer Cat 297: 'Sandys travelled to the Levant in 1610, spending a year in Turkey, Palestine and Egypt. His observations first appeared in 1615 and his text was soon regarded as a special authority on the Levant. Sandys was also interested in colonial promotion and was one of the undertakers of the third charter of the Virginia company in 1611'. Wing S680. Also described in the text are Cyprus, Crete, Malta, Sicily, the Aeolian Islands, Rome, Venice, Naples, Syracuse, Massena. There is good description of the Jews in the Holy Land, the peoples of Egypt, Turkey, their customs, religion, ceremonies, etc. New S. T. C. 21726: These celebrated travels were 'written in a pleasant style, are distinguished by erudition, sagacity and a love of truth'.
US$1725. bookID # 13233
SHAW, Thomas; Travels, or Observations Relating to Several Parts of Barbary and the Levant. London, A. Millar, 1757, Second edition, with great improvements, large 4to [27.5 x 22 cm]; xviii, [ii, sub-title, contents], 513, [i, plate list] pp, 38 copper engraved plates, plans & maps (including 7 folding maps, folding plates), leaf of music, divisional half-titles, engraved head & tail pieces, text illus, later tan half calf, raised bands, gilt ruled, gilt title on red leather spine label, contemp marbled boards, lightly rubbed, bookplate of Peter Ward, slight foxing & offsetting from plates, sm chip to title corner, map with tear, near fine, nice binding.
Cox i, p377. Pritzel 8649. Gay 391. Nissen. 3839 Casey Wood p566. Blackmer Sale 307: "His work is valuable for its accurate descriptions of antiquities, geography & natural history he observed". Gibbon praised him and "his scrupulous fidelity was vindicated by James Bruce and by later African explorers. . . a noble example of typography" (D.N.B., vol 17, p 1384). "These Travels have been universally esteemed, not only for their accuracy and fidelity, but on account of the illustrations they contain of natural history, of the classic authors, and especially of the Scriptures." (Lowndes). A handsomely printed work, the best description of North Africa of the period. The author visited Egypt, Sinai, Palestine, Cyprus and most of North Africa, and provides much material on Tunis and Algeria. A section on Lebanon is included in the description of the Levant. More than 640 species of plants are described. There is also a list of the rarer plants of Barbary, Egypt and Arabia. The plates include natural history, botany, animals, antiquities. His geological views were enlightened for his time, while his conjectures on the subject of the pyramids have been fully confirmed by later investigators. This edition has more plates and includes the material in the supplement of 1756 that was not in the first edition of 1738. There is a section on plants, birds, animals, etc, he collected.
US$1150. bookID # 9514
SHAW, Thomas; Travels, or Observations Relating to Several Parts of Barbary and the Levant; [with] A Supplement to a Book Entitled Travels or Observations, &c. wherein Some Objections, lately made against it, are Fully Considered and Answered with Several Additional. London, A. Millar, 1738, 1746, First edition of the book and of the supplement, the Best edition, folio [34.5 x 23 cm]; [viii], xv, [i], 442, [ii], 60, [viii] pp, 34 copper engraved plates, plans & maps (including 10 fldg maps, plates), leaf of engraved music, half-title & div half-titles, title in red & black, engraved head & tail pieces, text illus, contemporary full calf, gilt title lettering on red leather spine label, joints cracked but firm, old wear to edges, bookplate of William Robertson, Advocate (relative of Scottish historian of same name, lightly foxed on 2 leaves, interior is crisp, fine.
Cox i, p377. Pritzel 8649. Gay 391. Nissen. 3839 Casey Wood p566. Blackmer Sale 307: "His work is valuable for its accurate descriptions of antiquities, geography & natural history he observed". Gibbon praised him and 'his scrupulous fidelity was vindicated by James Bruce and by later African explorers. . . a noble example of typography' (D.N.B., vol 17, p 1384). Lowndes 2372: 'These Travels have been universally esteemed, not only for their accuracy and fidelity, but on account of the illustrations they contain of natural history, of the classic authors, and especially of the Scriptures.' A handsomely printed work, the best description of North Africa of the period. The author visited Egypt, Sinai, Palestine, Cyprus and most of North Africa, and provides much material on Tunis and Algeria. A section on Lebanon is included in the description of the Levant. More than 640 species of plants are described. There is also a list of the rarer plants of Barbary, Egypt and Arabia. The plates include natural history, botany, animals, antiquities. His geological views were enlightened for his time, while his conjectures on the subject of the pyramids have been fully confirmed by later investigators. There is a section on plants, birds, animals, etc, he collected. This is regarded as the best edition which includes the supplement published 6 years later and which contains his folding plate Lithostrotum Preaenestinum which is found in some
US$2800. bookID # 11010
SIMPSON, Thomas; Narrative of the Discoveries on the North Coast of America; effected by the Officers of the Hudson's Bay Company During the Years 1836-39. London, Richard Bentley, 1843, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xix, 419 pp 3 folding maps on two sheets, two maps hand colored in outline, half red morocco and matching red boards, raised bands, gilt spine title lettering, front joint cracked & repaired, bookplates of Francis Hagner and Andrew Taylor, polar archivist, interior clean and near fine.
TPL 2315. Streeter 3709. Hill p274. Field 1411. Wagner-Camp 101. Arctic Bibliography 16124: 'Contains biographical sketch of the author with comment on the mystery of his death by his brother, narrative of expedition of Peter Dease and Thomas Simpson with party of twelve men to explore the northern coast of America from Mackenzie River westward and from Coppermine River eastward to Back River. Contains the journey from Fort Garry (Winnipeg) to Fort Chipewyan; descent of the Slave and Mackenzie [Rivers], etc.; discovering Boothia (now Simpson) Strait; exploration of the southern coast of Boothia Peninsula and Victoria Island. Includes detailed remarks on geographic features along the routes, weather and travel conditions; the Indians and Eskimos of the Mackenzie, northern Alaska and Coppermine regions'. An appendix lists about 150 plants collected along the coast between Coppermine River and Point Turn again, 1838, with reference to literature by Sir W. J. Hooker, eminent botanist, magnetic variation and dip observed by Simpson. Besides the maps called for in the book there are several contemporary maps, mounted on rear endpapers, including two maps taken from the Times of November 1st and 2nd, 1876 relating to the Nares Arctic expedition in the Alert and Discovery with two pages of text on same; and a folding map of the Arctic regions showing the route of the Captain Austin expedition, undated but nineteenth century, entitled Map of
US$3400. bookID # 12732
SKINNER, Joseph; The Present State of Peru: Comprising its Geography, Topography, Natural History, Mineralogy, Commerce, the Customs & Manners of its Inhabitants, State of Literature, Philosophy, the Arts, the Modern Travels of the Missionaries in Unexplored Mountainous. London, Richard Phillips, 1805, First edition, 4to [28 x 22 cm]; xiv, 487, [i, errata] pp, 20 fine hand colored stipple and line engravings (complete) on heavier paper, index, list of plates, contemporary full calf, new spine, spine title lettering on leather labels, original gilt decorated boards, marbled endpapers, light edge wear, few lower margins with light stain, short tear in margin of index pages, very good, clean in handsome binding.
A comprehensive description of Peru including the territory, natural history, mineralogy, commerce, Lima, native peoples, topography, literature, climate, etc. The Longevity section describes Don Juan Modesto who lived to 133 years. Appendices describe missions to Caxamarquilla, travels to river Huallago, lake of Gran Cocama in 1790, rivers Maranon and Ucayali, and to Manoa tribes in 1791, travels in mountainous territories, itinerary from Chavin to Chicoplaya. The colored plates show the costume of various parts of Peruvian society, including nobility, natives, bullfighter, llamas, etc. Abbey Travel 723. Hiler 802. Sabin 81615. Palau 315564. Lipperheide I, 389. Skinner seems to have based the work on his translated portions from El Mercurio Peruano.
US$4000. bookID # 13705
SNOW, W. Parker; Voyage of the Prince Albert in Search of Sir John Franklin: A Narrative of Every-day Life in the Arctic Seas. London, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1851, First edition, 8vo [20 x 12.5 cm]; xvi, 416 pp, 4 color lithographed (chromolithographed) plates after Snow's paintings (including extra title page), folding colored lithographed map showing route & day-by-day track of ship, tables, nineteenth century half vellum & marbled boards, gilt title lettering & rules on spine, light foxing on 2 plates, near fine sound copy, presentation copy on by John Barrow, FRS, who was a subscriber to expedition, also inscribed by Mrs Barrow.
Arctic Bibliography 16362: 'Journal of an expedition, June-September 1850, under Captain C. C. Forsyth, sponsored by Lady Franklin, which the author accompanied, acting as the ship's doctor. Describes in detail the voyage around Baffin Bay, through Lancaster Sound, Barrow Strait, entering into Wellington Channel, Prince Regent Inlet, landing at Cape Riley, etc; comments on encounters with other Franklin search ships in the area, descriptions of ice conditions, navigation, etc'. Sabin 85560. TPL 3111. Lande 52105. National Maritime Museum 906. Abbey Travel 638. John Barrow's presentation is on a tipped-in leaf to Royal United Service Institution and Mrs Barrow's presentation is to same organization, hand-written on endpaper.
US$2400. bookID # 12669
SPRUCE, Richard; A Collection of Nine of His Papers including Notes of a Visit to the Cinchona Forests on the Quitenian Andes; Expedition to Procure Seeds & Plants of the Cinchona; the Mountains of Llanganati. . . Quitonian Andes, etc. various places, several journals, as listed below`, 1844-1864, First editions, 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; includes 9 original papers by Spruce, folding partly colored map, plate of Utricularia Peltata, Spruce, from Linn. Society Journal Botany Vol. IV, 1845, contemporary half calf, with gilt title lettering 'Opuscula; R. S.' on leather spine label, marbled boards rubbed, contents of papers listed hand-written on endpaper, initials RS in ink on margin of first paper, marginal notes & corrections, very good.
The papers by Richard Spruce included here are: The Musci and Hepaticae of Teesdale, Trans. Bot. Society of Edinburgh, 1844 (pp 65-89); On Several Mosses new to the British Flora, London Journal of Botany, 1845 (pp1-27); On Five New Plants from Eastern Peru, Linnaean Society, 1859 (pp191-204); On the Mode of Branching of Some Amazon Trees, Linn. Soc., 1861, (pp 3-51); Notes of a Visit to the Cinchona Forests on the Western slope of the Quiteian Andes, Linn Journal, 1859, (176-192); On the Mountains of Llanganati in the Eastern Cordillera of the Quitonian Andes, offprint (?, or possibly earlier printing, has a few hand corrections) from Royal Geographical Society of London, 1861 (1-21, with folding engraved map, partly colored showing his routes); On the River Purus, a Tributary of the Amazon, no publisher stated, June 13, 1864 (1-13); Notes on the Valleys of Piura and Chira in Northern Peru and on the Cultivation of Cotton Therein, London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1864 (pp 1-81). In addition there is only part of his paper, Report on the Expedition to Procure Seeds and Plants of the Cinchona Succirubra, or Red Bark Tree, London 1861, pages 85-112 only, the rest being removed but pages 104-111 being a note by Spruce on Cinchona Succirubra, Pavon and allied species, dated 1861 and pages 111-112 being a note by Clements R. Markham , respected author who wrote two books on obtaining Cinchona seeds and plants for planting in India to develop a
US$2000. bookID # 12291
SVERDRUP, Otto; New Land; Four Years on the Arctic Regions. London, Longmans, Green and Co., 1904, First edition in English, translated from Norwegian by Ethel Harriet Hearn, 8vo [24.5 x 16 cm]; 2 volumes, xvi, 496; xii, 504 pp, frontis in each volume, numerous plates and illustrations from photos, 8 maps including folding of which four colored on two sheets in rear pocket, index, orig navy blue cloth with silver picture on each front cover and silver spine title lettering, slightly foxed on few leaves, cover slightly marked, a fine set, clean throughout, nice bright covers, the picture on each cover shows huskies with the Fram.
This first English edition includes four scientific appendices not printed in the Norwegian edition, by Per Elisaeus Schei, Herman Georg Simmons and Edvard Bay. Arctic Bibliography 17322. This is the narrative of the second Fram Expedition, 1898-1902, under Sverdrup, with the object of advancing towards the North Pole, through Smith Sound or to circumnavigate Greenland, with good descriptions of Ellesmere Island, life at winter quarters, animal life, hunting and sledge journeys, accounts of the mapping, etc. Notable for the discovery of Axel Heiberg, Elef Ringnes and Findlay Islands, the expedition filled in the last major unknown area on the map of the western Arctic.
US$1200. bookID # 12874
TANCOIGNE, M.; A Narrative of a Journey Into Persia and Residence at Teheran; Containing a Descriptive Itinerary from Constantinople to the Persian Capital, also a variety of Anecdotes Illustrative of the History, Commerce, Religion, Manners, Customs of the Inhabitants. London, William Wright, 1820, First edition in English, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; xvi, 402 pp, engraved frontis (interior of harem), engraved folding map of Persia, showing route of General Gardan's Embassy from Constantinople to Teheran in 1807, recent leather backed marbled boards with gilt decorations on spine and gilt title lettering on green leather label, one cm tear in frontis margin, light stain in inner corner of margin, title slightly foxed else a near fine copy in nice binding.
Wilson p. 222. Weber I, 82. Blackmer 1628 (note). Not in Ghani. Tancoigne accompanied General Gardane's embassy to Tehran in 1807 and negotiated various concessions for French merchants. The last goo quality copy noted at auction sold for over US$2,300 at Sotheby's in 1999..
US$1300. bookID # 7531
TEMPLE, Sir Richard, with introduction by Richard Carnac Temple; Journals Kept in Hyderabad, Kashmir, Sikkim and Nepal. London, W. H. Allen & Co., 1887, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15.5 cm]; 2 volumes, xxvii, 314; [viii], 303, [ii, ads of author's works] pp, 13 lithograph plates including color, mounted Woodbury photo plate, 7 colored maps, mostly folding, the colored lithograph (chromolithograph) frontis's are quite fine, original decorated cloth, gilt spine title lettering, bookplate on endpaper, spines a little used else a fine and clean set, a complete set with the half-title page in each volume.
Based on the author's extensive travels in the area, he describes the politics at the court of the Nizam of Hyderbad in 1867-68, and provides a narrative of his several journeys in the area between 1859 and 1886. The appendix is of place names in English and local language, glossary of vernacular terms, detailed index. Yakushi T63a.
US$1100. bookID # 11475
TEMPSKY, G. F. Von, edited by J. S. Bell; Mitla, a Narrative of Incidents and Personal Adventures on a Journey in Mexico, Guatemala and Salvador in the Years 1853 to 1855 with Observations on the Modes of Life in Those Countries. London, Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, 1858, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xv, [i], 436 pp, 14 plates (complete) of which 5 are colored lithographs with added hand coloring including a double-page and frontis and plans, 2 other illus, hand colored folding map (short tear at stub), tables, contemporary half morocco with gilt decorations & title lettering on spine, marbled endpapers, light wear at spine edge, light stains in margins of some plates, very good sound copy in handsome binding.
The author traveled from San Francisco to Mazatlan, Durango, Mexico City, Puebla, Mitla, Tehuantepec, Guatemala, Santa Catarina, Salvador, and well over 100 smaller towns, providing excellent descriptions of the locations, the people, conditions, countryside, etc. The ancient ruins at Mitla are described and illustrated. The plates are superb examples of early chromolithography. Abbey Travel 665. Palau 329979. Humphreys 1745. Welch 114. Spain & Spanish America II, 623.
US$1200. bookID # 11297
TEMPSKY, G. F. Von, edited by J. S. Bell; Mitla, a Narrative of Incidents and Personal Adventures on a Journey in Mexico, Guatemala and Salvador in the Years 1853 to 1855 with Observations on the Modes of Life in Those Countries. London, Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, 1858, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xv, [i], 436 pp, 14 plates (complete) of which 5 are colored lithographs with added hand coloring including a double-page and frontis and plans, 2 other illus, hand colored folding map (short tear at stub), tables, contemporary full red prize morocco with gilt decorations & title lettering on spine, all edges gilted, rubbed at edges, prize bookplate dated 1878, joint crack but firm, interior clean and near fine with only a hint of foxing in very good covers.
The author traveled from San Francisco to Mazatlan, Durango, Mexico City, Puebla, Mitla, Tehuantepec, Guatemala, Santa Catarina, Salvador, and well over 100 smaller towns, providing excellent descriptions of the locations, the people, conditions, countryside, etc. The ancient ruins at Mitla are described and illustrated. The plates are superb examples of early chromolithography. Abbey Travel 665. Palau 329979. Humphreys 1745. Welch 114. Spain & Spanish America II, 623.
US$1100. bookID # 11538
TORRENS, Lt. Col. Henry d'Oyley; Travels in Ladak, Tartary and Kashmir. London, Saunders, Otley and Co., 1862, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; iv, [i, errata slip, often lacking], 367 pp, folding map frontis with tissue guard, 12 colored plates including two folding panoramas (one with margin repair), one plate is mounted, many other illustrations (complete), original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, rubbed and faded, signature on title, minor foxing on few leaves, very good sound copy.
Yakushi T192. Royal Geographical Society 474. Marshall 787. The author describes his travels of well over 1,000 miles from Simla, to Le, capital of Ladak, to Sreenuggur, the capital of Kashmir and then south easterly via Chumba and Kangra, returning to Simla, over several months. The author seems also to have provided the many excellent illustrations, from his drawings, sketches, paintings, including panoramas of Kashmir Valley from Soleiman's Seat to Nichat Bach and of Le, From the Palace to the Valley of the Indus.. An interesting and insightful account including much on the peoples, views, customs, etc.
US$1500. bookID # 12571
TURNER, Captain Samuel; An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama in Tibet; Containing a Narrative of a Journey Through Bootan and Part of Tibet. London, G. and W. Nicol, 1800, First edition, 4to [30 x 24 cm]; xxviii, 473 pp, 13 fine engraved plates including double-page, plus folding engraved map by J. Walker dated Feb 12th, 1800 (short tear in margin), other illus, later calf-backed binding, gilt rules & devises, gilt title lettering on leather spine label, expert repair to verso title & folding plate, a few small light stains in margins, small signature on title, else a clean near fine copy with nice wide margins.
Cordier 2909. Yakushi T140. Cox I, 346: "This is without comparison the most valuable work that has yet appeared on Thibet." 'Sprightly narrative' (MacGregor in Tibet, who devotes a full chapter on Turner and reproduces many of the plates). The author, who was an officer in the East India service, provides an early travel account in Tibet, which both before and after strictly limited foreigners from entering. He travelled in 1783-85 from Bhutan to Gyantse and Shigatse, Chumbe Valley, Tang La, etc. Robert Saunders provided the botanical, mineralogical and medical observations and Samuel Davis provided the fine plates, mostly of scenery, an early plate of the Yak, buildings, palaces, dwellings, a double-page plate of Tibetan writing, etc. The views were drawn on the spot by Lieutenant Samuel Davis and with botanical, mineralogical and medical observations by Robert Saunders. This is regarded as the earliest and best description of Tibet of the period.
US$2650. bookID # 11483
VIGNE, G. T.; Travels in Kashmir, Ladak, Iskardo, the Countries Adjoining the Mountain Course of the Indus and the Himalaya, North of the Panjab. London, Henry Colburn, 1842, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; two volumes, xlviii, 406; x, 463, 26 [publisher's ads dated Jan 1841], complete with 13 maps and plates including large folding map in pocket, frontis in each volume, view plates, costume plates, other illus, appendix, errata, rebacked preserving most of original blind-stamped cloth and spines, gilt spine title lettering on each volume, lightly rubbed, very good or better, interior clean and unmarked, solid binding, original ribbon in map pocket.
A narrative of the author's extensive travels, including a detailed introduction on his observations of the events in Afghanistan, his travels through present day India, Ldiana, Rupur, Nadaun, Ladak, through Kashmir, Little Tibet, through the mountains, and other parts of Central Asia, with good description of the peoples, customs, jungles, nature, plants, buildings, religion, events, interviews with important persons, etc. 'He traveled for amusement, saw much and was assisted in his observations by the possession of some knowledge of science' [DNB]. The plates and other illustrations are quite good. Yakushi V38. Baker 264.
US$2400. bookID # 10518
WELBY, Adlard; A Visit to North America and the English Settlements in Illinois, with a Winter Residence at Philadelphia; Solely to Ascertain the Actual Prospects of the Emigrating Agriculturalist, Mechanic, and Commercial Speculator. London, J. Drury, 1821, First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 17 cm]; xii, 224, [i, errata, directions for placing plates] pp, 14 hand-colored lithographed plates, with tissue guards, including frontis, later half calf, marbled boards, gilt title lettering on black leather label, spine gilt-ruled, small light scratch on spine, a few margins with slight foxing, but a fine, clean copy in handsome binding.
The author travelled from New York, to Philadelphia, Lancaster, Allegany mountains, to Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and to Illinois, where he spent some time, returning via Ohio River, Maryland and over wintering in Philadelphia. With interesting observations throughout, the book is most notable for its fine colored plates of views, scenes, towns and villages, buildings, bridge, etc. Graff 4577. Howes W229. Sabin 102514.
US$2400. bookID # 12843
WELD, Isaac; Travels Through the States of North America and the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada During the Years 1795, 1796 and 1797. London, John Stockdale, 1799, First edition, 4to [27.5 x 12 cm]; xxiv, 464 pp, 16 plates and maps (complete as per list) including folding colored map, other map, 3 plans, etched frontis, tissue guards, rebacked preserving original leather spine with gilt title lettering and decorations, marbled boards, internal hinge cracked but firm, name on title, interior is clean and fine, with light foxing on a few leaves, including some plates, mostly marginal.
Howes W235. Sabin 102541. TPL 708. A good first edition of these important travels. The plates include several of Niagara, Quebec city, Cohoz Falls, Mount Vernon, Bethlehem, views, etc. The maps include a large folding colored map of northern states of America and a map of Upper and Lower Canada. Clark II, 132: 'Weld landed at Philadelphia in November, 1795, from which he made excursions in all directions. On one of these he visited Baltimore, Washington, Alexandria, and Mount Vernon. On another he moved west to York and Lancaster, the northern neck of Virginia, and Williamsburg and Norfolk, apparently going as far south as the Dismal Swamp. At Williamsburg he noted that the capital was crumbling to pieces, that William and Mary was a grammar school rather than a college, that the church was out of repair, and that the hospital for the insane was not well regulated. On his return he journeyed to Richmond and west to the mountains and, as was usual with travelers, he described Rock Bridge. After coming back to Philadelphia he went to Canada', including Montreal, Quebec, Kingston, Niagara, Detroit, etc. A highly popular account, translated into several languages and with many later printings, including a second edition in the same year in two volumes using the same material, and much on social, economic, agricultural conditions, customs, topography, etc. Howes W235. Sabin 192541. Lande 890. TPL 708.
US$1600. bookID # 12746
WOLFF, Joseph; Researches and Missionary Labours among the Jews, Mohammedans, & other Sects; During His Travels Between the Years 1831 and 1834, from Malta to Egypt, Constantinople, Armenia, Persia, khorassaun, Toorkestaun, Bokhara, Balkh, Cabool Afghanistaun, Cashmere. London, Published by the Author, sold by Mr. J. Nisbet, printed in Malta, 1835, First edition, 8vo [22 x 13.5 cm]; [xviii], 523 pp, folding partly colored map (split at fold), with the list of subscribers, with the original heavy paper printed wraps, as issued by printer, bound in, contemporary half red morocco with marbled boards and endpapers, top edge gilted, spine rebacked with cloth, preserving original spine and boards, gilt spine title lettering, edges and joints worn, interior clean, good.
Wilson p. 246. Yakushi W107. Atabey 1345. The narrative of the author's extensive travels in mostly Moslem countries in 1831 to 1834 including Yemen and Abyssinia, with descriptions of the peoples in many communities in each country visited including the Jews and Moslems in each place, conditions, society, etc.
US$1100. bookID # 12170
WOOLVERTON, Linus [editor]; The Canadian Horticulturist, volumes 14, 15, 16, 17. 18. 19. Toronto, The Fruit Growers'' Association of Ontario, 1891-1896, First editions, 8vo [24 x 17.5 cm]; 6 volumes, 12, 389;11, 443; 11, 445; 12, 446; 11, 451; 11, 444 pp, index in each volume, 56 colored lithographed (chromolithograph) plates, hundreds of illustrations from drawings & photos, portraits, other plates, folding garden plan, original gilt decorated pictorial cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, lightly rubbed at spine ends, few folds, 2 volumes with gilted edges, fine condition.
Volumes 14 to 19 of the first horticultural periodical published in Canada, dealing with all aspects of horticulture and gardening. Von Baeyer [Preliminary Bibliography For Garden History in Canada]: 'An extremely rich source for landscape and gardening history in the Victorian period, especially as it seems to be geared to the average farmer, gardener and fruit grower'. Von Baeyer [Rhetoric and Roses]: 'In 1878 the Canadian Horticulturist, a monthly periodical, began publication'. Woolverton, the second editor of the magazine, ''altered it focus from fruit to a more balanced selection of horticultural topics' [von Baeyer 153]. An excellent 6-volume run of this early gardening magazine, very well-illustrated volumes with a wealth of information. Originally issued as a monthly but here bound up in publisher's binding.
US$1350. bookID # 13402
WRIGHT, John; The Fruit Grower's Guide. London, Virtue & Co., nd [c1890], First edition, 4to [29 x 2 cm]; 3 volumes, xii, 344; viii, 344; viii, 363 pp, 46 fine colored lithographs (chromolithographs) from paintings by May Rivers, including frontis and extra pictorial title in each volume, 306 other illustrations including plans, index, contemporary half morocco, gilt spine title lettering and decorations, boards faded and light stains, interior is clean and near fine, attractive plates on heavy art paper, with the half title pages, errata leaf.
A detailed work with information on growing all types of fruits including grapes, small fruit, cherries, pears, plums, peaches, apples, apricots, and with a section on growing fruit in greenhouses including tropical fruit such as bananas, some on tropical fruit like figs grown in cooler climate. Very well-illustrated with good ideas, suggestions that are still applicable today. Massachusetts Horticultural Society 347. The work has become scarcer due to print dealers selling individual framed prints of the fine colored plates
US$1200. bookID # 11487
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