Rare, antiquarian, used & out-of-print books on travels , natural history & gardening that have been signed by the author or artist, at Horizon Books.

BACKHOUSE, James; A Narrative of a Visit to the Mauritius and South Africa. London, Hamilton, Adams, and Co., 1844, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xvi, 648, lvi pp, 2 folding maps, 16 etched plates with tissue guards including frontis, 28 other engraved illus, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine ends frayed, corners worn, lightly foxed on some leaves, else very good, with author's presentation inscription to his cousin, signed by author, dated 1845.

Mendelssohn I, 62: The author visited almost every inhabited town and district in South Africa, 'carefully noting every point of interest in the country and its inhabitants. There is a good description of Kaffraria and of the Basutos, Griquas and Bechuana countries. There is also a narrative of a journey to Great Namaqualand'. The book begins with his three month stay in Mauritius. A good description of the peoples, activities, productions, nature, flora, etc, in all the places he visited. The folding maps are of South Africa and Mauritius. Hess & Coger 5155. Theal 15: 'valuable information'.

US$850. bookID # 7440


BALLOU, Maturin M.; The New Eldorado, a Summer Journey to Alaska. Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1889, First edition, 12mo [20 x 13.5 cm]; x, 352, [viii, ads] pp, original pictorial cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, edge lightly rubbed, else a fine clean copy, presentation inscription from the author.

Ricks p33 cites this 1st edition of 1889. A narrative of the author's travels by rail, boat, etc, with description of the various places he passed through including Yellowstone Park, Grand Canyon, geysers, Mount Tacoma, Vancouver Island, steamship to Alaska, Cook's Inlet, forests, animal life, seals, hunting, climate, gambling in Alaska, native people, schools, Fort Wrangel, native dwellings, mastodons in Alaska, glaciers, bears, salmon, Glacier Bay, Sitka, contrast to Russian Sitka, Prince of Wales Island, Rocky mountains, etc. An attractive copy for the first edition, inscribed from the author

US$100. bookID # 11245


BARRUS, Clara; Our Friend John Burroughs; Including Autobiographical Sketches by Mr. Burroughs. Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, [1914], , 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; viii, [i], 287 pp, photogravure frontis portrait, plates, index, original cloth, gilt lettering, cover bit spotted, very good, inscribed to George A. R. Mead and signed by author.

US$6. bookID # 3416


BEEBE, William; Nonsuch; Land of Water. New York, Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932, First Edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xv, 259pp, colorfrontis, illustrations (most full-page), photo endpapers, original cloth, gilt title lettering on front cover and spine, dj (worn, chipped at edges), very good clean copy in worn dj, signed by author on half title page.

Berra 15. This book deals with life in the waters, marine biology, around Nonsuch, Bermuda and was carried out when he was Director of the Department of Tropical Research of the New York Zoological Society

US$25. bookID # 7891


BERGH, Dr. Leonard John Vanden; On the Trail of the Pigmies; an Anthropological Exploration under the cooperation of the American Museum of Natural History and American Universities. New York, The James McCann Company, [1921], First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; [x], xiv, 264 pp, frontis, numerous plates & illustrations from photos, map, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, near fine clean copy, signed by the author on the front endpaper.

Travels from Mombassa westward through Kenya, Tanzania, Congo and Uganda, past the Albert Nyanza., with much on the people and excellent illustrations including Masai, Wanyika, Wakamba, Wakikuyu, Pygmies, Wakavirondo, Masia lion hunt, etc.

US$75. bookID # 10305


BICHARD, John D. and David McClintock; Wild Flowers of the Channel Islands. London, Chatto & Windus, 1975, First edition, 12mo [20 x 13 cm]; xi, [69] pp, 100 color illustrations from photos, index, original cloth, dj, fine, signed by author on title page.

The plants of Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark, etc are each described in text and photos.

US$1. bookID # 5295


BINNS, C. T. [Theodore]; The Last Zulu King; The Life and Death of Cetshwayo. London, Longmans, 1963, First edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; xv, 240 pp, colored frontis portrait from painting, numerous illustrations from photos on plates, bibliog, index, orig cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped), fine and clean, with the endpaper bookplate of Volkmar Wentzel, inscription signed by author on title page, with loose card from Audrey Hollings referring to meeting with author & Wentzel.

Volkmar Wentzel was a noted photographer and photographic historian who helped National Geographic preserve its collection. This is the story, told for the first time, of Cetshwayo, last of the great Zulu kings. In 1879 his army of warriors inflicted on the British Army one of the most humiliating defeats in their records at the battle of Isandhlwana. The narrative is based on the account of eye-witnesses and on original documents. The author had served as minister in the South African government. Interesting appendices including list of Zulu regiments, uniforms, documents, the feast of first fruits, etc.

US$50. bookID # 12602


CARSON, Rachel L., introduction by Maitland A. Edey, illus with photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt; The Sea Around Us. New York, The Limited Editions Club, 1980, Limited edition of 2,000 copies of which this is #1009, signed by the photographer Eisenstaedt, 4to [26 x 18.5 cm]; xxix, 252, [i, limitation page] pp, fine colored full-page illustrations from photos, pictorial endpapers, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, fine and clean in original slipcase with title on paper label (label creased).

The author of Silent Spring, and the premier ecologist of her time, won the National Book Award in 1952 for this book. 'Sheer pleasure to read. . . a perfect combination of the fascinating science and the eternal beauty of the sea' [Thor Heyerdahl]. This copy has the publisher's monthly letter that describes the publication of this work and gives bibliographical details on the author as well as another blurb from the Limited Editions Club. This work is finely produced and well-bound.

US$60. bookID # 10996


CHUNG, In_Cho; The Arctic and Rockies as Seen by a Botanist; Pictorial. Williamsport, Pennsylvania, by the author, 1984, First edition, published in only 500 copies, 4to [26 x 18 cm]; 343 pp, 2 tipped-in errata sheets at end, 574 fine colored photo illustrations, detailed bibliog, index, map endpapers, original cloth, gilt lettering on spine and cover, original slipcase with title lettering, not issued with a dust jacket, flat signed by the author on the title page, clean and fine, unmarked.

Fine photos of vegetation and plants from the Rockies, from the Brooks Range of Alaska, through the Yukon and south to Colorado, and from the Arctic, mainly south of the 75th parallel of latitude including Baffin, Victoria and Banks islands and northern Alaska. Valuable for its many fine photos and descriptions

US$160. bookID # 12327


COLUMBUS, Christopher, edited by Samuel Eliot Morison, illustrations by Lima de Freitas; Journals and Other Documents on the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus. New York, The Limited Editions Club, 1963, limited edition of 1500 copies of which this is #1362, signed by illustrator, 4to [31 x 23 cm]; xvi, 417, [ii] pp, color frontis, double page color plates from paintings, numerous other fine illus by de Freitas, maps including endpaper maps, chronology, index, original cloth with embossed black leather medallion, gilt title lettering on leather spine label, plate with light rippling in margin, else near fine & clean in original very good lined slipcase with original title label. original clear dj.

An attractively produced and well-illustrated work by one of the great nautical experts and author of several books on Columbus including his Admiral of the Ocean Sea, a standard work on him. Included with this copy is the original prospecutus for this book anouncing the forthcoming publication, as well as the 4 page Monthly Newsletter of the LImited Editions Club describing this book, and giving some interesting background to its publication and on the editor Morrison. The prospectus states the colored plates are hand colored by pochoir at the Walter Fischer Studios.

US$90. bookID # 7683


CORREIA, Albert A.; Even in Eden. Costa Rica, Impresos Cabalsa, [2007], First edition, 8vo [21 x 13.5 cm]; 367, [i] pp, pictorial title page, original heavy paper pictorial wrappers, light cover wear, the previous owner has corrected some typos, else near fine, with a presentation inscription on the dedication page signed by author.

One of the few novels with a setting on Costa Rica. The author has lived in Costa Rica for years and is active in the arts. This copy has a loose ticket from the National Theatre of Costa Rica with the author's name printed on it.

US$25. bookID # 13137


COX, E. H. M.; Plant-Hunting in China; A History of Botanical Exploration in China and the Tibetan Marches. London, Collins, 1945, First Edition, 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; 279 pp, colored frontis, 24 illustrations, index, original cloth, gilt lettering on spine, dj (not price clipped, spine lightly faded few short tears), near fine & clean in very good dj, presentation copy to F. Cleveland Morgan, signed by author, on endpaper, with Morgan's small bookplate.

The author describes the history of plant hunting in the area, the source for much of today's nursery stock. He describes the exploits of major plant hunters including Fortune, Wilson, Forrest and Kingdon Ward, as well as many of the less known botanists, from Britain, America and Europe who travelled there. A readable yet detailed account by this important garden writer, who personally knew many of the important 20th century gardeners and plant hunters. Later editions did not have the frontis in color of the Primula Sinensis. F. Cleveland Morgan founded the decorative arts department at the Art Association of Montreal (today the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts) and was curator there for over 40 years. Signed copies of Cox's books are seldom found.

US$160. bookID # 13301


CRULS, Gastao; Hil‚ia Amazonica. Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Companhia Editoa Nacional, 1944, First edition. limited edition of which this is #936., folio [48 x 34 cm]; [iv], xxiv, 267 pp, 48 fine colored mounted plates from paintings, each in border, extra title page printed in red and black with vignette, half title, original red cloth, gilt spine title lettering, lightly frayed at spine ends, last 5 leaves lightly rippled in margin, first title page with repair, else clean and near fine, presentation copy signed by the author, dated Rio, 1945.

A superbly produced work covering the flora, fauna, archaeology, and the ethnology of indigenous peoples of Amazonia. Each section has representative plates, the flora section including six plates on orchids, the fauna section including plates on birds, animals, fish, the archaeology section includes many artifacts, and the ethnology section including illustrations of weapons, handicrafts, etc. The fine plates are from paintings by Hilda Velloso, Armando Pacheri and Georges Julian Simoni. The text is in Portuguese.

US$950. bookID # 11145


DARWIN, Charles, preface by Ashley Montagu, drawings by Fritz Kredel; The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. Adelaide, South Australia, Limited Editions Club, 1971, limited to 1,500 copies of which this is #142, signed by the artist Fritz Kredel, 4to [28 x 21 cm]; xvii, [iii], 362, [ii] pp, numerous illustrations from drwgs by Fritz Kredel including full-page printed in black and red, index, title page in red and black, original morocco-backed wood veneer boards, elaborate gilt design and title lettering on spine, slight wear to outer corners, else fine and clean in original veneer covered slipcase with gilt decorated end (some light wear to edge).

Freeman 1043. It was originally published in 1871 in 2 volumes, the word 'evolution' appearing for the first time in any of Darwin's works, and deals with the evolution of man. This edition is printed from the definitive 1877 edition. It is a companion volume to Origin of Species.

US$45. bookID # 7655


DARWIN, Charles, preface by Ashley Montagu, drawings by Fritz Kredel; The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. Adelaide, South Australia, Limited Editions Club, 1971, limited to 1,500 copies of which this is #253, signed by the artist Fritz Kredel, 4to [28 x 21 cm]; xvii, [iii], 362, [ii] pp, numerous illustrations from drwgs by Fritz Kredel including full-page printed in black and red, index, title page in red and black, original morocco-backed wood veneer boards, elaborate gilt design and title lettering on spine, fine and clean in original veneer covered slipcase with gilt decorated end (sight wear to edge).

Freeman 1043. It was originally published in 1871 in 2 volumes, the word 'evolution' appearing for the first time in any of Darwin's works, and deals with the evolution of man. This edition is printed from the definitive 1877 edition. It is a companion volume to Origin of Species.

US$70. bookID # 12412


DEVERDUN, Alfred Louis; The True Mexico; Mexico-Tenochtitlan. [Wisconsin], published by the author, 1938, First Edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; 303 pp, colored frontis, plates from photos and drwgs, original cloth, dj (light wear, tear, chipped at spine ends, spine darkened, not price clipped), bookplate of Katherine Engel, very good copy, Signed by author..

An interesting book dealing with Mexico city and surrounding area, with much on the history of the area and important buildings, parks, palaces, etc.

US$25. bookID # 8398


DODGE, Ernest S.; Beyond the Capes; Pacific Exploration from Captain Cook to the Challenger, 1776-1877. Boston, Little, Brown and Company, [1971], First Edition, 8vo [24 x 17 cm]; xv, 429 pp, colorfrontis, plates, maps, map endpapers, bibliog, table of Pacific voyages, original cloth, dj (tears, edge wear), fine in vg dj, presentation inscription, signed by author on half title.

A detailed and interesting survey.

US$5. bookID # 2682


DOWNIE, Mary Alice and Mary Hamilton, illustrations by E. J. Revell; and some brought flowers; Plants in a New World. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, [1980], First edition, 8vo [25.5 x 18 cm]; xv, 164 pp, 70 fine color plates, printed on both sides of leaf, bibliog, original white pictorial gilt cloth with gilt spine title lettering, dj (crease, stain), covers stained, interior clean signed by the illustrator on the title page.

Accompanying each color painting is a description, distribution and distinguishing features of each flower and quotations from original sources from explorers, fur traders, botanists and settlers reflecting the practical, aesthetic and botanic interests of each.

US$3. bookID # 8969


DUFF, Robert; British Guiana; Being Notes on a Few of its Natural Productions, Industrial Occupations and Social Institutions. Glasgow, Thomas Murray and Sons, 1866, First edition, 8vo [19.5 x 13 cm]; viii, 394 pp, 9 folding maps and plans, including frontis, tables including one folding, statistical appendix, original blue pebbled cloth, lightly rubbed at edges, a very good copy and a presentation copy from by the author.

The author, who spent decades in the area, writes with considerable knowledge of the area, its people, natural history, economic activities, agriculture, vegetation and vegetables, uses of various locally grown fruits and plants, institutions. There are detailed statistical tables, including imports and exports, population, church memberships, etc. The detailed maps of the major settlements, show schools, churches, estates, rivers, etc.

US$260. bookID # 5536


DUNBAR, Moira; Keith R. Greenaway; Arctic Canada From the Air. Ottawa, Defence Research Board, 1956, First Edition, large 8vo; [vi], 541 pp, profusion of illustrations from photos, maps, many folding maps, appendices of principal expeditions to Canadian Arctic, references, glossary, index, original blue cloth, spine a bit faded, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, clean and fine in very good cover, with an inscription from Greenaway to D. H. Sadler.

An important work and the first published book with comprehensive photos of Canadian Arctic taken from the air.

US$40. bookID # 10431


GAGE, Simon Henry; The Microscope. Ithaca, New York, The Comstock Publishing Company, 1932, Ultra-violet edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; viii, 589 pp, about 300 detailed illustrations from drawings, photos, tables, title page vignette, bibliography, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, spine slightly faded but lettering clear, near fine and clean copy, presentation inscription signed by author on endpaper with loose card presentation also signed.

A detailed and very well-illustrated work covering all aspects of microscopes and their parts, including polarizing microscopes, micro-spectroscopes, drawing with the microscope, photographing, preserving specimens, etc, etc. This edition has a new chapter on ultra-violet radiation in microscopy.

US$50. bookID # 13676


GARZIA, Jean-Claude; A Taste of Bermuda. Bermuda, The Bermuda Press, [1989], First edition, 4to [28 x 21.5 cm]; 102 pp, color photos, many being full-page, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, signed by author on dedication page, inscribed, fine and clean.

A collection of this famous chef's Bermuda recipes including sauces, soups, salads, seafoods, meat, desserts, cocktails, etc, with full instructions. The introduction is by Michael J. Winfield.

US$8. bookID # 11918


GOLDBERG, Abraham; Pioneers and Builders, Biographical Studies and Essays. New York, Abraham Goldberg Publications`, 1943, First edition, limited edition of 500 copies of which this is #207, signed by the author, 8vo [23 x 15.5 cm]; 469 pp, frontis portrait of author, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine a little faded but lettering clear, interior is clean and fine, in chipped jacked (lower portion of jacket spine lacking).

The author provides biographies on the 67 key Jewish poets, statesmen, ideologists, philosophers, historians, orators, novelists, philanthropists and scholars of the period. The foreword is by Pierre van Paassen and a detailed preface by Louis Lipsky.

US$2. bookID # 12321


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, Keith; Palm Groves and Humming Birds; an Artist's Fortnight in Brazil. London, Ernest Benn, 1924, First edition, limited edition of 20 copies of which this it #12, signed by author/artist, tall 8vo [26 x 178 cm]; 133 pp, 7 portrait plates, 54 other illustrations including double-page, map endpapers (complete), original full leather pigskin, gilt spine title lettering, top edge gilted, other edges uncut, partly unopened, minor rubbing on edge, board with light warp, else fine and clean.

A very attractively produced work, printed on English hand-made paper, with the artist's excellent illustrations and his narrative and observations as he travelled through Brazil.

US$400. bookID # 13661


HERTRICH, William; Camellias in the Huntington Gardens. San Marino, California, Huntington Botanical Gardens, 1954-59, First editions, 4to [27 x 18 cm]; 3 volumes, ix [i] 380; vii [i] 378; xii, 366pp, color frontispieces, numerous plates, original cloth with gilt title lettering on spines and front covers, all in dust jackets (some tears, chipped, one quite chipped and worn, lower edge of one cover rubbed, very good complete set, signed inscription by the author dated 1955.

A comprehensive work that has become a classic, exceptionally well-illustrated, with descriptions of all species and varieties. A complete set.

US$70. bookID # 9653


HILDER, Brett; Navigator in the South Seas. London, Percival Marshall & Co., 1961, First Edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; [vi], 232 pp, illustrations and maps drawn by author, map eps, index, original cloth, dj (rubbed in part), else very good+, inscribed and signed by author.

The author's travels over many years around Australia, Borneo, New Guinea and numerous Pacific islands, well written and interesting.

US$15. bookID # 3392


HIND, Henry Youle; Narrative of the Canadian Red River Exploring Expedition of 1857 and of the Assiniboine and Saskatchewan Exploring Expedition of 1858. London, Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts, 1860, First edition, 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; 2 volumes, xx, 494; xvi, 472 pp, 20 fine chromyxlograph plates, mostly chromolithographs (colored lithographs), '76 other engraved illustrations, 8 hand colored maps (3 folding, tears, mainly short), tables, index, contemporary full calf, elaborate gilted spines, gilt title lettering on spine labels, marbled edges and endpapers, light shelf wear at edges, small crack at joint but firm, near fine clean set with excellent impressions of plates, handsome binding.

Sabin 31933: 'During this exploration, Mr. Hind lived almost constantly among the Crees and Chippeways, whose habits and peculiarities he was most eager to study, and prompt to record. Everything in their life had not only the charm of novelty to him, but as a man of science, he was anxious to observe all the facts which may prove stepping-stones in tracing their origin and their history'. Field: 'During this exploration, Hind lived almost constantly among the Crees and Chippeways '. Abbey Travel 630. Wagner Camp 361. Streeter Sale 3730. Peel 221. Larner 3839. Graff 1892. With much on the native peoples including wealth, customs, superstitions, population, conditions, etc. On the endpaper are the signatures of R. Patterson, Montreal 1869, and W. W. Paterson, Winnepeg, 1933, and there is a loose hand-written two-page letter to General Paterson, signed Sheriff Colin Inkster, July 1932, relating to the content of the book. The set is complete and includes both half titles.

US$1100. bookID # 12615


HUMPHRIS, Ted; illustrated by B. S. Biro; Garden Glory. London and Glasgow, Collins, [1969], First edition, 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; xii, 212 pp, attractive wood-engraved illustrations by Biro from his drawings, original cloth with gilt title lettering and gilt decorations on spine, dj (small tear at edge, not price clipped), fine in near fine dj, signed by author, dated Aug. 1970.

Reminiscences of the author's extensive gardening experiences from the 1900's, when time was abundant, through the war years to the 1960's, the book contains a lifetime of gardening knowledge on all aspects. The author, winner of numerous garden awards, worked his way up to head gardener at Aynhoe Park and is recognized for his skill as an orchid grower of the magnificent Aynhoe orchids.

US$30. bookID # 7539


IM THURN, Everard F.; Among the Indians of Guiana; Being Sketches Chiefly Anthropologic From the Interior of British Guiana. London, Kegan Paul, Trench & Co,, 1883, First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; xvi, 445, 38 [publisher's catalogue] pp, 10 plates including 3 colored plates (chromolithographs), frontis of Macusi Indian in full dancing dress, folding map, 43 other wood-engraved illustrations, index, original red pictorial cloth, decorated in black, gilt title lettering, covers a little worn and faded, spine ends bit frayed, no ownership marks, very good clean copy.

Goodman 625: 'The work of a British ornithologist, who finally dispelled the Lake Parima myth'. Griffin 4879: 'A classic description of the interior of British Guiana in the 1880's: archaeology, anthropology, and natural history. A number of works published about this time deal with the aboriginal population of Guiana. This is the best of them. It marks a new departure, in that West Indian ethnological studies, hitherto inseparable from history, assumed a separate existence and identity'. Welch 53. Not in Field. The illustrations include views of Kaieteur Falls (higher than Niagara and unknown until 1871), portage, engraved rocks, feathered head-dresses, poisoned arrows and many others of Indians and their artifacts, costume, jewelry, musical instruments, bird, etc. The colored plates include feather head-dresses, bird.

US$300. bookID # 13743


ISLEY III, Paul T.; Tillandsia; The World's Most Unusual Air Plants. Gardena, California, Botanical Press, 1987, First edition, 4to [28 x 22 cm]; xi, 256 pp, about 100 color illus, 120 electron microscope photographs, other illustrations from drwgs, color chart, glossary, index, with the errata slip tipped in on endpaper, with the chart of species & habitats, often lacking, original cloth with gilt title lettering on spine and front cover, dj (price clipped), endpaper lightly soiled, a near fine copy, signed by author on title.

This is the best book on the subject, superbly illustrated, with 60 species discussed in detail, and with mention of numerous others. Excellent sections are provided on their physical characteristics, blooms, care, etc, and on biographical sketches of Tillandsia explorers and taxonomists, as well as on nomenclature, taxonomy, biology, etc. Most of the species are shown in bloom. The ultimate book on the subject. This copy also has the loose plastic ruler with glossary of terms.

US$130. bookID # 10362


JACKSON, Frederick George, edited from his journals by Arthur Montefiore; The Great Frozen Land (Bolshaia Zemelskija Tundra); Narrative of a Winter Journey Across the Tundras and a Sojourn Among the Samoyads. London, Macmillan and Co., 1895, First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; xviii, 297, [ii, ads] pp, frontis with tissue guard, numerous illustrations from photos and drawings including full-page, 3 foldout colored maps, showing author's route, index, original blue pictorial gilt cloth, gilt ruled and with gilt spine title lettering, edges a little rubbed, signature and bookplate on endpaper, light foxing, very good sound copy, with a 'presentation copy' blind-stamp on title from the publisher.

Arctic Bibliography 7940: 'In the fall of 1893 the author went to Vaygack Island, explored it and spent a year living among the Samoyeds using reindeer and ponies for sledge hauls. He travelled the arctic coast from Vaygach to the Pachora, ascended that river to Ust Tsilma, traveled westward to the Mezen via the Pinega to Archangel, thence eastward around the White Sea and north across the Kola to Varanger Fiord. This journey was undertaken to learn winter travel methods and gather information from the natives in preparation for the author's Franz Josef Land Expedition begun later in the year 1894'. The work describes the Samoyed's appearance, way of life, language, folktales, character, food, travel, beliefs and diseases, as well as natural history, geography, weather, the Lapps, scurvy and frostbite. Nerhood 416.

US$240. bookID # 12447


JOELSON, F. S. [compiler & editor]; Eastern Africa Today and Tomorrow. London, East Africa, 1934, , large 8vo [25.5 x 17.5 cm]; xvii, 376 pp, 11 maps including frontis, 64 other illus, photos, index, original cloth, spine faded but title lettering clean, else a clean fine copy with presentation inscription signed by author and loose one page typed letter from author on East Africa letterhead, signed by him.

Includes chapters by various experts on a wide range topics including trade, mining, air photographic survey, aviation in East Africa, big game, fishing, broadcasting, electricity development, social research, native life, architecture, forestry, coffee growing, tobacco, sugar, geography. It covers mainly Kenya, Tanganyikka, Portuguese East Africa, Rhodesia, Uganda, Zanzibar, Sudan, Somaliland, Nyasaland. There is also an East African Buyer's Guide and ads for various local products and businesses.

US$150. bookID # 7939


KARPMAN, Lenny; Feasting and Foraging in Costa Rica; A Compressive Food and Restaurant Guide. Costa Rica, Cafe Britt, [2007], First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; viii, 319 pp, index, lists, original pictorial heavy-paper wrappers, near fine with a presentation inscription from the author on the title page.

The author, a physician and writer, who has lived in Costa Rica for years, presents a comprehensive description and rating of numerous restaurants throughout the country, together with detailed chapters on Costa Rican dishes, fruits, vegetables, herbs, sauces, beverages, meats, seafoods and other foods, plus a 55-page glossary of all aspects of Costa Rican food, necessary to survive there.

US$12. bookID # 13138


KINGSLEY, Charles; Glaucus; or the Wonders of the Shore. Cambridge, Macmillan and Co, 1859, Fourth edition, early editions had no color plates, 12mo 17 x 12 cm]; [viii], 230, 16 (ads, dated 1859) pp, 12 fine col plates at end (each with guard leaf), includes the half title page, original pictorial gilt cloth, spine with elaborate gilt decorations and title lettering, light wear at spine edges, all edges gilted, clean, unmarked, very good+ condition.

Freeman 2094. BMNH catalogue p 982. There were many later editions by this author of 'Westward Ho'. The first few editions had no color plates, which are the most interesting feature of the book, being mainly underwater scenes of marine creatures.

US$90. bookID # 13688


KRAUS, Hans P.; Sir Francis Drake; A Pictorial Biography; With an Historical Introduction by Lt. Commander David W. Waters & Richard Boulind and a detailed Catalogue of the Author's Collection. Amsterdam, N. Israel, 1970, First Edition, folio; viii, 236 pp, well illustrated from early sources and manuscripts, double page facsimile maps, detailed bibliog, original grey cloth, with red & gilt emblem, water stain on cover, stains on endpapers, interior clean, sound copy, presentation copy signed by Kraus, dated Jan 27, 1970 to Gordon Jones with his endpaper bookplate.

US$30. bookID # 840


LANCASTER, Roy; Travels in China; A Plantsman's Paradise. [Woodbridge, Suffolk], Antique Collector's Club, [1989], First edition, 4to [28 x 22 cm]; 516, [i, ad] pp, color frontis, over 400 color & 250 bw illus, maps, bibliog, index of plants, index of people, index of locations, index of gardens, glossary, colored endpaper maps, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, dj (slight wear at spine ends), else fine, clean with the author's signature on title page 'with best wishes, Roy Lancaster 21st November 1989'.

After a useful introduction to plant hunting in China, with brief biographies of all the main collectors, the author describes his many travels in search of plants, which includes adventure as well as botany. China is one of the richest areas of the world for different plant species. The author is an acclaimed garden writer and plant collector. A beautifully illustrated work.

US$46. bookID # 13881


LANNING, J. Frank; Around South America With a Sample Case. Richmond, Williams Printing Co., [1920], First edition, 12mo [21 x 13 cm]; 252 pp, numerous plates from photos, original cloth, very lightly rubbed at edges but a very good+ copy, with an inscription signed by author on endpaper, dated Oct. 12th, 1920..

The author writes an interesting and amusing travel account of his tour around much of South America, in the cities and country-side.

US$15. bookID # 6265


LORIMER, Joyce (ed); English and Irish Settlement on the River Amazon 1550 - 1646. London, The Hakluyt Society, 1989, First Edition, 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; xv, 499 pp 10 maps, bibliog, original cloth, gilt vignette on front cover, gilt spine title lettering, dj (lightly rubbed), else fine and clean, presentation copy signed by author to David and Alison [Quinn].

Based on new material from English, Portuguese and Spanish archives. The earliest example of Irish colonial projects in the New World. David Quinn was a eminent scholar and writer of numerous Hakluyt Society books. This copy has a loose card from Lorimer, signed Joyce, dated November 1989, to David and Alison, stating 'Anything that is scholarly about this book I learned from you.... . .'.

US$40. bookID # 10206


LOUDON, W. J.; A Canadian Geologist [Joseph Tyrrell]. Toronto, The Macmillan Company, 1930, First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; x, 257 pp, frontis (port), music notation, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (light wear & chipped at edge), lightly foxed on few leaves & edge, else a near fine copy in bright cover, in very good dj, presentation copy signed by the author, dated 1932.

The is the biography of Joseph Burr Tyrrell, pioneer Canadian geologist, who made major contributions to mining geology.

US$20. bookID # 7480


MARKAM, Clements R.; The Travels of Pedro de Cieza de Leon, A. D. 1532-50, contained in the First Part of His Chronicle of Peru. London, Hakluyt Society, 1864, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; 4, 12 [Hakluyt Society catalogue], 438 pp, frontis is foldout partly hand-colored map, backed on linen, orig blue cloth, gilt vignette on front cover, gilt spine lettering partly rubbed but visible, spine faded & worn at ends, bookplate removed from front endpaper, slight foxing on few leaves, map untorn, joint repaired, clean sound copy, vg in good cover.

The ink inscription on the title page by Markham reads, 'Charles C. Bowen with the translator's affectionate regards, Dec 9th, 1864'. This is the 33rd publication of the first series of the Hakluyt Society and includes Markham's translation of the original edition printed in Antwerp in 1554 as well as his detailed 40 page introduction that provides a good historical perspective and biographical details of Cieza de Leon. Markham had become an expert on Peru and on the native peoples there, having researched and written several works on the subject. Cieza de Leon's work provides an important reference of the time. He was the first European to give a name to the avocado and likely the first to write of the potato, which would be introduced to Europe. His was the first account of the Spanish conquest of Peru and provides details on the Incas, their customs, institutions, beliefs, economy, military. He was a sympathetic observer of the Spanish caused carnage and provides a valuable first-hand account of the area and the peoples.

US$600. bookID # 6915


MAXWELL, Marius; Stalking Big Game with a Camera in Equatorial Africa. London, The Medici Society, 1924, First edition, limited to 550 numbered copies of which this is number 405, signed by the author, folio [38.5 x 29 cm]; xxii, 202 pp, double page photogravure frontis, 113 fine photogravure plates, folding panorama of elephants charging in rear pocket, colored map, title in red & black, index, orig dark blue cloth with gilt title lettering on front cover & spine, t. e. g., spine lightly faded but lettering clear, light stain on corner of cover, rear corner bit bumped, bookplate of Frances Myers and signature on endpaper, a near fine clean copy.

A very large work, printed on heavy paper, with superb photos of African animals, especially elephants, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, buffalo, giraffes. The preface is by Sir Sydney F. Harmer. The author, describes his travels to British East Africa, Kenya, and his photographic experiences. He provides a chapter and some plates on the equipment he used. The appendices are on elephants, mammoths.

US$650. bookID # 9675


MCCOWAN, Dan; A Naturalist in Canada. Toronto, The Macmillan Company, 1941, First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; xii, 284 pp, frontis from painting by Carl Rungius, numerous illustrations from photos by the author and sketches by Bruce Horsfall on plates, index, original cloth, spine title lettering, spine faded, dj (chipped at edges, rubbed, not price clipped), very good overall, inscribed and signed by author on endpaper, dated 1941.

The author provides a general survey of natural history across Canada, from plants and glaciers to birds, insects, fish, fossils, animals, etc.

US$20. bookID # 12112


MILLER, Leo E.; In the Wilds of South America; Six Years of Exploration in Columbia, Venezuela, British Guiana, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1918, First edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; xiv, 424 pp, color frontis, numerous illustrations from photos, 2 maps (1 folding, and showing route in red), index, original pictorial cloth, gilt lettering, light edge wear, internal hinge cracked and repaired, endpaper bookplate, interior is clean, very good, inscribed & signed by author, dated Nov. 22, 1918 on endpaper.

Based on 6 years of continuous exploration in most countries of South America, the author describes his travels, some of it as part of various expeditions, through forests, on rivers, mountains, and coasts, with details on all aspects of natural history, flora, native peoples and their customs and extensive and interesting illustrations. Welch p. 11. Goodman 854: 'This very interesting narrative contains 70 good illustrations. Chapters 13-16 cover the Roosevelt-Rondon expedition of 1913-1914.' Signed copies are rarely found.

US$68. bookID # 13749


MITCHELL, Donald G. Append; Out-of-Town Places: with Hints for Their Improvement. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1884, First edition with this title, small 8vo [19 x 13 cm]; [ii], vi, 295 pp, illustrations especially of architectural devices from drwgs by E. C. Gardner, plans, original cloth, gilt lettering on spine and cover in gilted border, signature on endpaper, 'with complements' and signed by the author on half title page.

'I have especially sought to excite the ambition of the holders of these humble estates, who believe nothing can be done in the way of adornment of country property. The book is a tract for homeliness; and I hope it may make country proselytes.' [preface]. The author of My Farm at Edgewood, Wet Days at Edgewood, etc, has here re-published his popular Rural Studies with Hints for Country Places, first published in 1867.

US$80. bookID # 11603


MONTGOMERY, F. H.; Plants from Sea to Sea. Toronto, The Ryerson Press, [1966], First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; [xiv], 451 pp, 9 colored plates from photos, each with 9 images, 873 illustrations from drwgs, bibliog, index, original cloth with spine title lettering, clean and fine in dj (a little rubbed at spine ends, light crease), signed and inscribed by the author on half title page.

The first book covering plants across Canada, and a very comprehensive and well-illustrated treatment, the author, a respected botanist, describes over 1,500 plants, providing a general key to plant families and a description of each plant arranged within families.

US$4. bookID # 10069


MOORE, J. Hampton; With Speaker Cannon Through the Tropics; A Descriptive Story of a Voyage to the West Indies, Venezuela and Panama. Philadelphia, The Book Print, 1907, First edition, 8vo [20.5 x 14.5 cm]; xi, [i], 410 pp, frontis (port), numerous illustrations from photos, original red cloth, spine a little faded, gilt title lettering on spine and front cover, spine end lightly frayed, else a clean near fine copy with a lengthy inscription to D. M. Dillon in author's hand and with his signature on endpaper.

The author, a member of Congress for Pennsylvania, travelled with Joseph Cannon, the speaker of the House of Representatives, travelled widely to Porto Rico, Martinique, St. Thomas, Barbados, Trinidad, Caracas, Jamaica, Colon and Panama, Cuba, Nassau, viewed the early building of the Panama Canal, providing some interesting details on the places visited.

US$75. bookID # 7756


MUELLER, Baron Ferd. Von; Select Extra-Tropical Plants, Readily Eligible for Industrial Culture or Naturalization, with Indications of Their Native Countries and Some of Their Uses. Sydney, Thomas Richards, Government Printer, 1881, New South Wales Edition, Enlarged, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; ix, 403 pp, table, index of genera, index to vernacular names, geographical index, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, edges bit worn, light cover stain, small hole in spine, title page worn at edge, interior is clean and near fine in good cover.

The author, a distinguished botanist and plant collector, provides a description of over a thousand plants, including their history and uses. Examples: 'The Hemp plant serves as a protection against insects on cultivated fields.' 'The milky opium-sap is scraped off next morning into a shallow cup, and allowed to dry away from sunlight.' 'The great Bamboo of India is known to grow 40 feet in forty days.' Massachusetts Horticultural Society Catalogue 222. The first edition was 1876 in 293 pages, this edition being greatly expanded.

US$20. bookID # 13798


NARANJO, Nemesio Garcia, translated by Calle Wheaton Esteva; Venezuela and Its Ruler. New York, Carranza & Co., [1927], First edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; 174 pp, with numerous mounted plates, some are portraits, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, gilt emblem on cover, with the original ribbon bookmark, fine condition, clean, with an inscription on endpaper signed by translator.

An interesting narrative including much on the geography, economy, politics, etc of Venezuela.

US$30. bookID # 12089


NEVINS, Michael; The Jewish Doctor; A Narrative History. Northvale, Jason Aronson Inc., [1996], First edition, 8vo [21 x 14.5 cm]; iv, 159, [ii] pp, bibliog, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering in gilt border, dj, fine and clean, presentation inscription to Dr. David Shaul, signed by the author.

The author, who practiced medicine in New Jersey since 1968, and who has written many articles and books, provides a fascinating history from early times, through Greek, Renaissance, enlightenment to the modern period, with chapters on Maimonides, the perils of court life, Padua, defensive medicine, shtetl medicine, the lower east side, women in medical practice, racism and Jewish health, academic intolerance, the Jewish doctor in literature, etc.

US$40. bookID # 12391


O'BRIEN, Frederick; Mystic Isles of the South Seas. New York, Century Co, 1921, First Edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xv, 534 pp, illustrations from photos, few from drwgs, including portraits by George Biddle, folding colored map of the South Sea Islands with inset of Tahiti, original pictorial cloth, quarter inch tear at foot of spine, outer cover chipped for one inch, very good with the author's signature.

A well-illustrated account, largely related to the native peoples of Tahiti, but including nature, customs, etc, described before the massive tourist development of the area.

US$21. bookID # 8672


OLSEN, Fred; foreword by George Kubler, introduction by Irving Rouse; On the Trail of the Arawaks. Norman, University of Oklahoma, [1974], First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; xix, 408 pp, 136 illustrations including color, plates, from photos and drwgs, 16 maps including double-page, bibliog, index, original cloth, spine title lettering, dj (lightly rubbed at edge, not price clipped), clean and fine, presentation copy signed & dated by author.

The author describes the Sarawak people as one of the most advanced people of the New World and traveled widely to many of their archaeological sites from Antigua, Saladero, Guadeloupe, St. Vincent, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Colombia, Peru, along the Orinoco, etc, collecting their artifacts, and describing their way of life, including ball games played with rubber ball, cultivation and use of manioc, etc, and traces their origin. This copy has a loose extract article from the New Haven Register, 1968, on Olsen and his Arawak collection with color photographs.

US$60. bookID # 10595


ONEAL, Cora M.; Gardens and Homes of Mexico. Dallas, Banks Upshaw and Company, [1947], Second edition, revised, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; xiv, [ii], 221, [iii] pp, frontis (portrait of author), plates from photos, map, bibliog, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, small ink spot on title page, slight musty smell , clean, very good+ copy, signed by author in ink.

An interesting and very well-illustrated work covering pre-conquest gardens, colonial homes and gardens, colonial public buildings with gardens, modern homes and gardens, plants and trees of Mexico. The last chapter is on orchids and orchid hunting.

US$30. bookID # 8396


ORCUTT, William Dana; In Quest of the Perfect Book; Reminiscences & Reflections of a Bookman. Boston, Little, Brown & Company, 1926, First edition, edition limited to 350 copies of which this is number 98, signed by the author, 8vo [24.5 x 16.5 cm]; [vii], 316, [i] pp, color frontis with tissue guard, numerous plates, portraits, facsimiles, manuscripts, including the 6 plates that are only in the limited edition, bibliog, index, original vellum backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, top edge gilted, spine slightly darkened, endpaper bookplate of Brownie W. McCormick, original ribbon bookmark, fine and clean condition.

The author was able to find books now only found in major libraries but its a pleasure to read about his finds and discoveries, including illuminated manuscripts, finely printed books, early books, manuscripts, typography, Laurenziana, etc.

US$28. bookID # 12655


ORCUTT, William Dana; The Kingdom of Books. Boston, Little, Brown & Company, 1927, First edition, edition limited to 450 copies of which this is number 267, signed by the author, 8vo [24.5 x 16.5 cm]; xii, 290, [i] pp, color frontis with tissue guard, numerous plates and illustrations, facsimiles from early or rare books, portraits, including the 6 plates only in the limited edition, bibliog, index, original vellum backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, top edge gilted, spine a little darkened, endpaper bookplate of Charles Willcox, original ribbon bookmark, fine and clean condition.

Detailed discussions of great books published through the ages, masters of typography, bindings, etc, and the authors explorations in hunting for them, including chapters on modern masters of typography, old book stalls in Paris, incunabula, bookbinding, etc.

US$35. bookID # 12654


ORCUTT, William Dana; The Magic of the Book; More Reminiscences and Adventures of a Bookman. Boston, Little, Brown & Company, 1930, First edition, edition limited to 350 copies of which this is number 230, signed by the author, 8vo [24.5 x 16.5 cm]; xii, 314 pp, colored frontis with tissue guard, 70 plates, portraits, including from photos and facsimiles from rare books, manuscript, etc, bibliog, index, original vellum backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, top edge gilted, spine a little darkened, endpaper bookplate of Barbara Horton, original ribbon bookmark, fine and clean condition, partly unopened and unread.

Detailed discussions of great books published through the ages, masters of typography, bindings, etc, and the authors explorations in hunting for them, including chapters on the Vatican library, type, Sweynheym, Pannartz, Bodoni, Red Cross archives, book investments, etc.

US$35. bookID # 12653


ORMEROD, Eleanor A.; Handbook of Insects Injurious to Orchards and Bush Fruits With Means of Prevention and Remedy. London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1898, First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 14.5 cm]; x, 286 pp, numerous engraved illustrations from drawings, front portrait of author, signed in the plate, index, original green pictorial gilt cloth, gilt spine title lettering, slight wear at spine end, clean and near fine, with a presentation inscription from the author on the endpaper.

The highly respected naturalist describes the insects that attach fruit trees and bushes in considerable detail. With a useful alphabetical list at end of each fruit, by part of tree or bush being attacked (bark, fruit, leaves, wood, etc) and the most likely attacker with a cross-reference to text.

US$45. bookID # 13178


OVIEDO Y VALDES, Captain Gonzalo Fernandez, translated and edited by Daymond Turner; The Conquest and Settlement of the Island of Boriquen or Puerto Rico. Avon, Limited Editions Club, 1975, First edition in English, limited to 2,000 copies, this is #644, signed by both illustrators, small folio [31 x 19 cm]; xxxviii, 143, [i] pp, 8 fine color plates, illustrations from drawings and paintings, original quarter natural vellum, gilt stamped on red cloth, spine lightly sunned, original black slipcase with gilt lettering, fine and clean.

Illustrated by Jack & Irene Delano. The book was first published in 1535 and is one of the first published descriptions of the island with much on the native peoples, natural history and Spanish rule. This edition is its first publication in English.

US$100. bookID # 7717


PARCHER, Emily Seaber; Shady Gardens; How to Plan and Grow Them. New York, Prentice-Hall, [1955], First Edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; vi, 282 pp, frontis, illustrations from photos, index, original cloth, dj (chipped at spine end, rubbed at extremities, price clipped), else fine, signed by author, with a presentation inscription.

Very useful book with lists of plants that grow under certain conditions and by type. The book is divided into three sections, growing flowers in the shade, foliage and woody plants, and planning and maintaining the shady garden.

US$5. bookID # 7331


PATERSON, M. Malcolm; Mountaineering Below the Snow-Line or the Solitary Pedestrian in Snowdonia and Elsewhere. London, George Redway, 1886, First edition, 12mo [18 x 13 cm]; viii, 307, [i, index], 38 [publisher's catalogue dated September 1886] pp, 4 etched plates (complete) including the frontis with tissue guard, the plates from drwgs by Mackaness, original cloth with gilt spine title lettering, gilt emblem on cover, spine ends chipped, edges rubbed, interior clean, partly unopened and very good in good cover, signed presentation inscription by Paterson.

Neate P21 : 'Hill walking in the British Isles and Norway', including Wales and the Cambrians.

US$160. bookID # 7904


PELLY, David F.; Expedition; An Arctic Journey Through History On George Back's River. Toronto, Betelgeuse Books, [1981], Limited First edition, 8vo [23 x 17 cm]; xiii, 172 pp, color frontis, illustrations, portraits, color plates from photos, maps, bibliography, list of birds, mammals and plants found, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, very good jacket (rubbed at edges, slight wear at spine head, not price clipped), else a fine copy inscribed & signed by the author with his name on title page.

An account of the Pelly Lake Expedition that retraced George Back's 1834 travels through the Canadian Arctic and Barrens, from the source of Back's River to Lake Pelly. The Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company at the time, John Henry Pelly, who supported Back's explorations, was an ancestor of the author. The frontis and many illustrations are from Back's original work.

US$55. bookID # 13851


PEREIRA, Duarte Pacheco, translated and edited by George H. T. Kimble; Esmeraldo de Situ Orbis. London, The Hakluyt Society, 1937, First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; xxxv, 193 pp, frontis, 9 plates and charts, maps, including folding and including two folding maps, partly colored at end, bibliog, index, original blue blind-stamped cloth, gilt vignette, gilt spine title lettering, small light stain on rear cover, else a fine clean copy with a presentation inscription signed by Kimble on the endpaper.

Duarte Pacheco was deemed in his own day to be as eminent as Vasco da Gama, was unnoticed for nearly 400 years until his work was first published in 1892, here translated into English for the first time and with an excellent introduction, providing a good historical perspective. Duarte Pacheco had sailed around the coasts of Africa and provides the only eyewitness description of these coasts, as well as a description of navigation problems. W. F. Morris contributes Appendix IV on the map. Other appendices are on the Senegal-Niger-Nile controversy, snakes, silent barter. 'It is still a most valuable volume of eyewitness information on the sea, the coast, and the peoples of the west coast of Africa as far south as the Cape of Good Hope'. [Hart]

US$150. bookID # 12467


PRESCOTT, William Hickling; History of the Conquest of Peru 1524-1550. Mexico City, The Limited Editions Club, 1957, limited edition of 1500 copies, this is #1180 signed by both Everett Gee Jackson (illustrator) & Harry Block (printer), 4to [32.5 x 22 cm]; xxxvi, 252, [i] pp, color illustrations from drawings by Jackson, original full marbled leather with gilt title lettering on red leather spine labels, made in the style of an ancient Spanish chronicle (to match Castillo's Discovery & Conquest of Mexico), fine and clean in orig slipcase with orig label (light edgewear).

Sabin 65272. BAL16346 for first edition of 1847. Goodman 393: 'An authoritative classic, based on all the documents available to him.' Griffin 2975: 'A classic narrative history, a landmark when it first appeared in 1847 and a source of profit and pleasure to this day.' This edition has excellent historical introduction.

US$80. bookID # 7704


REEVE, Henry Fenwick; The Gambia; Its History, Ancient, Medieval and Modern together with its Geographical, Geological and Ethnographical Conditions and a Description of the Birds, Beasts and Fishes found therein. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1912, First edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; xv, 288 pp, frontis (portrait), numerous illustrations from photos, 3 maps including foldout and large folding at end, bibliog, index, with the errata slip, original pictorial gilt cloth with gilt title lettering on front cover and spine, outer edges slightly rubbed, some minor foxing, else near fine, signed by the author 'with the author's complements', 1916, on half title page.

Conover 558. Work 15. Well-written and nicely illustrated, covering all aspects of this western African country, with much on nature, the peoples, etc. An obituary from a 1920 newspaper is tipped-in on endpaper.

US$280. bookID # 8064


REICHMANN, Felix; Sugar, Gold, and Coffee; Essays on the History of Brazil based on Francis Hull's Books. Ithaca, New York, Cornell University, 1959, First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; xxiii, 160 pp, frontis portrait of Francis Reginald Hull, 24 illustrations from early sources, including some full-page, maps, title pages, bibliog, original grey cloth, gilt spine title lettering, pictorial endpapers, fine and clean condition, inscribed and signed by the author.

Colonel Hull's books on Brazil, based on a lifetime of collecting and living in Brazil, provide one of the best library's on the subject. The author uses this library to describe the history of Brazil, with excellent illustrations from the books. From the early exploration and discovery, colonization, sugar, coffee growing, relation to other countries including England, France, Netherlands, Germany, piracy, the search for, El Dorado, diamonds, the Jesuits, Pedro, etc, with an appendix.

US$35. bookID # 12102


RICHARDS, Matthew W.; Rambles in Sweden, being Notes of a Tour Made in the Summer of 1873. London, Printed for Private Circulation, 1875, First edition, and only edition, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; xviii, [19]-127, [i] pp, frontis (mounted photo of author], plates and other engraved illus, orig green cloth decorated in black & gilt with gilt title lettering on spine and front cover, a. e. g., hinge cracking but firm, lightly rubbed at spine ends but a clean & fine copy, covers bright, with a presentation inscription from author on endpaper.

Published in a small quantity for the author's family and friends, no copies were traced at auction in the last 26 years, nor in the catalogues of the British Library, Library of Congress or OCLC WorldCat. The finely engraved illustrations and plates include views of Gothenburg, Sundswall, Malar Lake, Dalecarlians, Upsala, canal, Trollhattan Falls, several of Stockholm, street scenes, building, etc.

US$390. bookID # 8718


RICHARDSON, Gwen (Gwen Blake); On the Diamond Trail in British Guiana. London, Methuen & Co, [1925], First edition, 8vo [19.5 x 13 cm]; xi, 243; 8 [publisher's catalogue] pp, 16 photo plates, some with two images, frontis of author with gun, map endpapers, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, light wear to cover edges, few leaves with minor foxing, very good, signed presentation copy by author, inscribed December 1925 "With the compliments of the author, Gwen Blake".

A nicely illustrated work, with interesting description of her travels through Guiana, the Mazaruni, the Illoma, the Kurupung, through diamond country and exploration.

US$350. bookID # 13810


RICKARD, T. A.; Journeys of Observation. San Francisco, Dewey Publishing Company, 1907, First edition in book form, first issue, 'author's edition', large 8vo [24.5 x 17 cm]; 2 volumes in one, xvi, 255; vii, 130 pp, frontis with tissue guard, maps, 142 illustrations photos, mostly full-page, 40 illustrations from drawings, tables, title printed in red and black, maps, original pictorial cloth, top edge gilted, cover lightly rubbed but a fine copy, clean with large margins, untrimmed, presentation copy from the author, dated 1913 and bookplate of Edward Thurston on endpaper.

The first work is Among the Mines of Mexico, being the record of a journey from New York to Mexico, together with a description of the mining industry of El Oro, Pachuca and Guanajuato, as observed in 1905. The second work is Across the San Juan Mountains, being the account of a ride over the mountainous mining regions of Southwestern Colorado in 1902. Both works were originally published in the Engineering and Mining Journal which the author edited, and although the emphasis is on mining in the regions, includes much on conditions, geography, geology, economy, customs, working conditions, etc. Cole 349 (American Travellers in Mexico). Very well illustrated from photos and drawings, including the people, markets, views, roads through the mountains, geology, mining equipment, etc.

US$130. bookID # 7802


ROBERTS, Kenneth G. and Philip Shackleton; The Canoe; A History of the Craft from Panama to the Arctic. Toronto, Macmillan of Canada, [1983], First Edition, oblong 4to [26 x 31 cm]; viii, 279 pp, numerous illustrations and plates in color and bw, bibliog, index, map endpapers showing aboriginal peoples in North and Central America, original simulated leather cloth, gilt vignette and lettering, dj, a fine copy in fine dj, signed in ink by both authors on the half-title page.

An important study including rafts and floats, the dugout, the skin boat, the bark canoe, the modern canoe and all their variations over time and from different aboriginal peoples. Many of the illustrations are from early sources including the making and use of the canoe. A major, if not the best modern work on the subject.

US$35. bookID # 9167


ROGER-SMITH, H. [Hugh]; Plant Hunting in Europe. Bedford, Rush & Warwick (Bedford) Ltd, nd [c1950], First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 80 pp, photo plates, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (chipped at edge), else near fine, inscribed and signed by author on half-title page, dated May 1950.

The M. D. author describes his travels through Switzerland, the Pyrenees, the Dolomites and Karawanken, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Greece and Cyprus, describing the plant life, topography, etc, and taking his own photos of scenery, buildings, flowers, etc. Also included is a loose two page letter from author Hugh Miller, dated September 1949.

US$60. bookID # 13000


SAMUEL, H. J.; Wild Flower Hunter, the Story of Ellis Rowan. London, Constable and Company, [1961], First Edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; 152 pp, fine colorfrontis by Ellis Rowan, 6 plates, map and other illustrations by Maie Casey, bibliog, original pictorial cloth, dj (bit of edgewear, short tear), else near fine, signed by illustrator on the title page.

The story of one of the best known wild-flower painters of her period. She was born in Australia but traveled in many parts of the world. The illustrations are by Rowan's niece, who also wrote a forward. The chapters included here relate to Australia, New Zealand, England, America, New Guinea and describes her association with Alice Lounsberry.

US$5. bookID # 2552


SAMUEL, H. J.; Wild Flower Hunter, the Story of Ellis Rowan. London, Constable and Company, [1961], First Edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; 152 pp, fine colored frontis by Ellis Rowan, 6 plates, map and other illustrations by Maie Casey, bibliog, original pictorial cloth, dj (not price clipped), fine, and clean copy signed and inscribed by illustrator on the endpaper, dated 1961.

The story of one of the best known wild-flower painters of her period. She was born in Australia but traveled in many parts of the world. The illustrations are by Rowan's niece, who also wrote a forward. The chapters included here relate to Australia, New Zealand, England, America, New Guinea and describes her association with Alice Lounsberry.

US$18. bookID # 10523


SEWARD, A. C.; Plant Life Through the Ages; A Geological and Botanical Retrospect. Cambridge, University Press, 1931, First Edition, 8vo [23 x 17 cm]; xxi, 601 pp, frontis, 140 illustrations including plates and 9 reconstructions of ancient landscapes drawn for the author by Edward Vulliamy, tables, bibliog, index, original pictorialgilt cloth, with gilt dancing turtles on front cover, dj (short tear, lightly rubbed, price clipped), trifle foxed on edge, bookplate on endpaper, a bright fine copy in the seldom found dust jacket.

A detailed and useful account. This copy has the stamped signature of eminent garden writer, Anthony Huxley on the front endpaper.

US$21. bookID # 7418


SHAPIRO, Harry; Through my Eyes. Toronto, The Ryerson Press, [1963], First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 15.5 cm]; 102 pp, 16 colored plates, original cloth with spine title lettering, fine, clean and unmarked in dj (wear at edges, chip at rear edge), dj is good.

Sub-titled 'An Adventure in Art and Travel', the author/artist travelled through Israel and created crushed stone pictures of various scenes, which form the plate section in this book. The plates include: Knesset Menorah, Mount Zion at Sundown, Minaret, Capernaum, spirit of Maimonides, Wailing wall, Bahai Shrine, etc, and two of Toronto synagogues (McCaul Street and University Ave. synagogues). Included with this copy is an additional loose plate of 'The Three Symbols on Mount Zion', which is signed by artist in ink at bottom.

US$6. bookID # 13544


SHELLEY, G. E.; A Handbook to the Birds of Egypt. London, John Van Voorst, 1872, First Edition, tall 8vo [26 x 16.5 cm]; ix, 342 pp, 14 very fine hand colored plates, index, original blind stamped cloth, spine with gilt vignette, spine repaired, corners a little worn, front endpaper chipped, rear endpaper lacking, a clean very good copy, signed by author in ink on dedication page.

Nissen 872, BMNH p1913, Anker 469: "The fine plates were executed from drawings by J. G. Keulemanns". Zimmer p588, Wood p566: "The information in this excellent work is derived chiefly from a collection of nearly a thousand skins of birds". The author travelled extensively in the Nile area and was able to observe the birds first-hand. Some of the birds are illustrated here for the first time.

US$450. bookID # 5524


SHOOK, Edwin M., Winifred Veronda; Incidents in the Life of a Maya Archaeologist. Guatemala; San Marino, Southern Academy Press, 1998, First edition, 8vo [24.5 x 17 cm]; xi, 302, [i] pp, plates and numerous illustrations from photos, bibliog, index, pictorial endpapers, original boards with title lettering on spine and cover, dj, quite fine (as new), clean and unused, signed by both the author and Veronda on the half title page.

Shook spent 25 years with the Carnegie Institution exploring Yucatan, Peten, Guatemala, spending 9 years researching Tikal, and personally naming more than 1,500 Maya sites. He received the Order of the Quetzal from Guatemala. He worked with some of the great Maya archaeologists in the area including Luis J. Halle, Eric Thompson, Sylvanus Morley, Alfred Kidder. The prologue is by Marion Popenoe de Hatch and the Introduction is by Federico Fahsoen O. The work was published in only 3,000 copies.

US$110. bookID # 11123


SMITH, W. Ramsay; In Southern Seas, Wanderings of a Naturalist. London, John Murray, [1924], First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xviii, 297, {iv, ads] pp, 2 maps, 30 illustrations on 16 plates from photos, index, original cloth, title lettering on spine and cover, a little faded and rubbed, endpaper bookplate, very good, with the signature of the author on verso of the half title page.

The author, a doctor and member of the Royal Society, travelled extensively in the south Pacific, east of Australia, and provides much detail on New Caledonia, New Hebrides and the aborigines of Australia. He provides two chapters on how he made the pictures used in the book and the difficulties a photographer had at that time. Taylor 414.

US$90. bookID # 11724


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


SQUIER, E. G.; Notes on Central America; Particularly the states of Honduras and San Salvador: Their Geography, Topography, Climate, Population, Resources, Productions, etc, & the proposed Honduras Inter-oceanic Railway. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1855, First edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; xvi, [17] - 397 pp, 6 maps and charts (5 folding) including large folding frontis map (tear) & one map not in the list of maps and often absent, 11 lithographed plates, tables, bibliog, index, original brown blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine ends chipped, edges worn, light foxing on some leaves, old stain on corner of many pages, else very good copy.

The author, a former Charge d'Affaires of the US to Central America, was the most knowledgeable traveller in the area and gives a detailed description of all aspects of the countries including the political and social but with much on the geography, the towns, the native peoples, etc. The attractive plates include Island of Tigre, Comayagua, Intibucat, Tegucigalpa, River Ulua, Puertos Caballos, Port of La Union, Rio Lempa, Jiboa and volcano of San Vicente, Depilto. This copy has ink signature of Frederick A. Schley on front pastedown and a 1958 pencil signature of subsequent owner Charles E. Trail. Schley was a direct descendent of the first settler at what became Frederick, Maryland, and was a noted lawyer. Trail was also a member of longtime Frederick County family and ran for state senator in 1864. His great grandson was Charles McCurdy Mathias, US senator from Maryland for several terms in the late 20th century.

US$450. bookID # 12780


STACKHOUSE, Jack; Out of Poverty and into something more comfortable. [Toronto], Random House, [2000], First Canadian edition, 8vo [23.5 x 15.5 cm]; xiii, 366 pp, many photos, maps, original cloth, silver spine title lettering, dj [not price clipped], fine and clean, signed by the author on the title page.

Canadian journalist Stackhouse spent many years travelling through over 40 countries in Asia and Africa, to remote villages and districts, travelling with Somali warlords, visiting subsistence farmers in northern India, dining with prime ministers, parties with Jakarta millionaires, being part of riots, through Mali, in the cotton fields of along the Niger, describing conditions and life, emerging democracies, free markets, small local banks run by women, etc, and takes an optimistic view that things can improve.

US$10. bookID # 12441


STRATTON, Arthur; The Great Red Island. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, [1964], First Edition, 8vo [24 x 16.5 cm]; xiii, [ii], 368 pp, illustrations from photos, map, bibliog, index, original cloth with gilt vignette and gilt spine title lettering, dj (short tear, price clipped), fine, clean and unmarked in very good jacket, inscribed and signed by author in the year of publication.

The history and exploration of Madagascar, with descriptions of the people and wildlife.

US$24. bookID # 11974


TOMLINSON, H. M.; The Sea and the Jungle, Being the narrative of the voyage of the tramp steamer Capella from Swansea to Santa Maria de Belem do Grao Para in the Brazils, and thence 2,000 miles along the forests of the Amazon and Madeira rivers to San Antonio Falls, etc. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1930, limited edition of 350 copies of which this is #226, signed by the author Cowplain, Hampshire, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xvii, [iii], 333 pp, wood engraved frontis by Clare Leighton, who also did the other illustrations and plates, original cloth backed boards, gilt lettering on spine, original slipcase with paper label and with the number 226 on label, matching the book, slipcase a little worn with partial split at corner, else a fine copy.

This edition is stated to be the first with the illustrations by Clare Leighton, and new foreword by the author. The author was inspired by 'The Naturalist on the River Amazons' by Bates and describes his journey in 1909 and 1910 along 2,000 miles of as then, the largely unexplored Amazon. A fine production of a classic work.

US$80. bookID # 5159


TRISTRAM, H. B. [Henry Baker]; The Great Sahara: Wanderings South of the Atlas Mountains. London, John Murray, 1860, First edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; xiv, [i, list of illus], 435, 32 [publisher's ads dated Dec. 1860] pp, complete with 11 plates including frontis of Oasis of El Kantara, 2 folding colored maps including large one at end (short tear), other illus, title page vignette, orig pictorial gilt cloth, gilt spine title lettering, part of spine cloth is lightened, bookplate removed from endpaper, internal hinge cracked but firm, very good overall, interior clean & near fine, inscribed by author 'with the author's best regards'.

The author had travelled extensively in the middle east, Holy Land and North Africa. After describing his detailed preparations, the author describes his travels south from Algiers through northwest Africa, with much on the peoples, conditions, customs, celebrations, feasts, ruins, language, etc. The appendices including mammals, birds, reptiles, mollusca, plants collected, geology, geography, history of the Sahara. One of the maps shows caravan routes, the large map shows author's route in red.

US$450. bookID # 12535


WARD, Charles Willis; The American Carnation; How to Grow It. New York, A. T. De La Mar Printing and Publishing, 1903, , 4to [26 x 20 cm]; 296 pp, frontis (port), 4 color plates with tissue guards, numerous illustrations from photos & drawings, plans, index, original pictorial gilt cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, gilt picture of carnations, spine a bit darkened, lightly rubbed at edge, slightly foxed mostly confined to tissue guards, signed by 'the author' on an endpaper, near fine, clean.

A quality production covering all aspects of growing and cultivation including in greenhouses. Very well illustrated. The author owned the Cottage Gardens nursery in Queens, NY.

US$50. bookID # 13053


WEEKS, Andrew Gray; Illustrations of Diurnal Lepidoptera. Boston, The University Press, 1905, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15.5 cm]; xii, 117 pp, engraved frontis portrait, 45 fine color lithographed (chromolithographs) plates, other illustrations from photos, index, contemporary half leather, scuffed, gilt lettering on spine, raised bands, marbled boards and edges, binding signed by U. Holzer, Boston, internally clean, bright and fine, in very good cover, presentation copy signed by the author, Jan. 1907.

The author described and illustrated butterflies he believed were new to science. The attractive colored plates by B. Meisel, illustrate from one to four butterflies. The author describes the butterfly collecting trip by William Gerhard where he travelled in Bolivia over a period of more than a year in 1898 and 1899, based on Gerhard's letters and photos. Nissen 4356. British Museum Natural History Catalogue 2283. Not in Bennett.

US$70. bookID # 6391


WILSON, Ernest H.; China Mother of Gardens. Boston, The Stratford Company, [1929], First Edition, the author's signed edition, large 8vo [26.5 x 18 cm]; [vi], x [i] 408 pp, frontis, plus 60 plates, folding map partly colored at end (short tear at stub), index, title page printed in red and black, original decorated cloth, gilt spine title lettering, top edge gilted, cover lightly rubbed, interior near fine and clean copy, signed by author on the half title plage.

Wilson was one of the prime botanical collectors in China and Japan in the early 1900's, introducing many species. Besides his descriptions of the plants he found, including some fascinating adventures in little explored places, he describes the geography, the native peoples and tribes, temples, timber trees, cultivated gardens and fruits, agriculture plant products, tea and tea-yielding plants, etc, during his extensive explorations, including Szechuan, Ancient Kingdom of Pa, Sungpan Ting, the Chino-Tibetan border area, Tachienly, Omei Shan, Laolin. 'He crossed the Laolin from north to south, probably the only European to have done so' [Coats - The Plant Hunters, p. 120]. There is also a much more common unsigned edition printed at the same time.

US$420. bookID # 13031


WILSON, Ian and Sally; Wilderness Seasons; Life and Adventure in Canada's North (signed by both authors). West Vancouver, Gordon Soules Book Publishers, [1987], , 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; 207 pp, double-page map, plus other full-page map, numerous illustrations from photos and drawings, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title lettering in white on spine and cover, light corner wear, very good copy, signed by both authors on title page.

The building of a homestead, log cabin in the wilds of northern British Columbia, living with wild life, cold winters, etc are described in this lively and well-illustrated account.

US$3. bookID # 13533


WRIGHT, Herbert; Hevea Brasiliensis or Para Rubber; Its Botany, Cultivation, Chemistry and Diseases. Colombo, A. M. & J. Ferguson, 1905, First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; viii, 106, [ii], xx pp, 29 plates including frontis, mostly from photos, tables, index, original blue cloth with gilt title lettering on spine and cover, cover a little spotted, few leaves with small wrinkle in margin, very good sound copy with an inscription from the author, to J. C. Willis, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

A well illustrated account of the cultivation of rubber trees, collecting and processing rubber, properties of latex, purification, vulcanization, using seeds, with an appendix on costs of growing and planting Para rubber in parts of Ceylon. The illustrations include equipment, processing, tapping, etc.

US$120. bookID # 8496


WRIGHT, Ronald; Cut Stones and Crossroads; A Journey in the Two Worlds of Peru. New York, The Viking Press, [1984], First edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; [xvi], 239 pp, illus, maps, plans, index, chronology from early times to the present, note on Runasimi pronunciation, glossary, bibliog, original cloth backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped), very fine and clean, unmarked, with the author's signature on the title page.

A blending of Peru's Inca heritage and modern problems, the author explores the architecture, culture, history and world-view of the Inca with the daily realities of their descendents, the Runa Indians. Based on the author's extensive travels, this is a travel classic, probably the best modern book on Peru, the author's first book and his scarcest.

US$70. bookID # 13263


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