Voyages & Exploration

  • # 29380

    BAGLIONE, Gabrielle et al.

    Charles-Alexandre Lesueur. Painter and naturalist : a forgotten treasure

    [Paris] : MKF Editions, [2016]. Quarto, pictorial laminated boards, pp. 392, illustrated. New copy. Text by Gabrielle Baglione, Cédric Crémière ; translated from French into English by Jean Fornasiero & John West-Sooby. On 19 October 1800, Charles-Alexandre Lesueur set sail on a voyage of discovery to the Southern Lands led by Nicolas Baudin. He soon demonstrated …

  • # 29376

    MENILEK, C. (pseud.)

    [NOBLE SAVAGE] Le sauvage et l’émigré, ou, La vie communale, scène solitaire

    par C. Menilek, citoyen de Brive, patriote du genre humain. A Perpignan : De l’imprimerie des C. Pourtet et Julia, an V de la République [1796 or 1797]. Octavo (215 mm), disbound, original stitching, pp [1 title], [1 blank], 3-49, [1 blank], [1 title], [1 blank], 53-76; main title with scattered ink marks (affecting the first …

  • # 29375

    DUNCAN, John M.

    A Sabbath among the Tuscarora Indians

    Glasgow : Printed at the University Press, 1819. First edition. Duodecimo (150 mm), lacking the original wrappers but with the original cloth backstrip preserved, author’s name ‘John Duncan’ inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand on the title, the final blank inscribed in the same hand ‘Mr. John Duncan, Rothsay’; title leaf, pp 11, 3-69; …

  • # 29366

    SCHULZE-MAIZIER, Friedrich

    [EASTER ISLAND] Остров Пасхи

    Russian translation of: Die Osterinsel (Leipzig, 1926). Moskva ; Leningrad : OGIZ – Molodaya Gvardiya, 1931. Octavo (202 mm), original pictorial wrappers (chipped at head and tail of spine, upper wrapper with early owner’s inscriptions in Cyrillic), pp 174, [2 contents], illustrated with 16 photographic plates, 3 tables and 2 maps; internally very clean, a good …

  • # 29364

    FITCHETT, W.H. (William Henry)

    Discovering “Australia the Happy” : a tangle of claims spread over two centuries

    West Melbourne : Fitchett Brothers Pty Ltd, [c.1938]. Series title: Epic Pages from Australia’s Story, no. 4. Octavo (208 mm), original pictorial wrappers, stapled, pp 64; palewater stain to bottom margin of all leaves, a fair copy, but worth the price of admission just for the cover design (very much a product of its time). …

  • # 29335

    CHAUVET, Stéphen

    [EASTER ISLAND] L’Ile de Pâques et ses mystères. (Original prospectus)

    Paris : Editions Tel, 1935. Bifolium, 270 x 135 mm, [4] pp, text in French printed on all sides, with 3 photographic illustrations of an archaic wooden statue in profile and a stone statue (front and rear views) both in the collection of the British Museum; front with ‘Septembre’ crossed out and wet stamped ‘Octobre’ …

  • # 29334

    MARKS, Percy J.

    Norfolk Island and the Bounty mutiny

    Sydney : Harris and Son [for the author], 1935. Limited edition of 200 copies, for private circulation. Octavo, printed brown wrappers (upper wrapper with bent bottom corner, otherwise very good), staple bound, 27 pp; includes bibliography; contents clean and sound, a good copy.

  • # 29199

    TAYLOR, Tom

    Written in a tropical glow : books, prints, and manuscripts describing the biological exploration of the New World tropics

    Dallas : DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, 2018. Quarto, bound in two contrasting green Japanese fabrics, folding frontispiece, pp. 166 plus 32 pages of colour plates, printed letterpress. Limited to 390 copies (40 copies in a deluxe binding were also issued). A magnificent illustrated monograph being the catalogue for an exhibition of rare travel books …

  • # 29172

    WANTRUP, Jonathan

    Thomas and William Boone’s library of Australian travels

    Melbourne : Australian Book Auctions, 2019. Quarto, gilt-lettered green buckram, pp. 194, illustrated. Limited to 135 copies signed by the author. New copy. “Thomas and William Boone, prominent booksellers of new, secondhand, and antiquarian books and manuscripts in mid- nineteenth-century London, were responsible for publishing the first-hand accounts of all the major figures from the …

  • # 29090

    DALRYMPLE, Alexander (1737-1808)

    An historical collection of the several voyages and discoveries in the South Pacific Ocean.

    Being chiefly a literal translation from the Spanish writers. London : Printed for the Author; and sold by J. Nourse, Bookseller in Ordinary to His Majesty; T. Payne, at the Mews-gate; and P. Elmsley, opposite Southampton-street, Strand, 1770-71. First edition, second issue (with dedication in Vol. I dated Jan. 1 1770). Two volumes bound in one, …

  • # 29091

    BOUGAINVILLE, Louis-Antoine, Comte de (1729-1811)

    A voyage round the world performed by order of His Most Christian Majesty, in the years 1766, 1767, 1768 and 1769.

    / by Lewis de Bougainville, Colonel of Foot, and Commodore of the Expedition, in the Frigate La Boudeuse, and the Store-dhip L’Etoile. Translated from the French by John Reinhold Forster, F.A.S. London : Printed for J. Nourse, Bookseller to His Majesty, in the Strand; and T. Davies, Bookseller to the Royal Academy, in Russel-Street, Covent-garden, …

  • # 29076

    BROSSES, Charles de (1709-1777)

    Histoire des navigations aux terres australes

    : contenant ce que l’on scait des moeurs & des productions des contrées decouvertes jusqu’à ce jour; & où il est traité de l’utilité d’y faire de plus amples découvertes, & des moyens d’y former un établissement. Paris : Chez Durand, 1756. First edition. Two volumes, quarto (260 x 200 mm), contemporary full calf (boards …

  • # 29074

    KING, Phillip Parker, Captain (1791-1856)

    Narrative of a survey of the intertropical and western coasts of Australia : performed between the years 1818 and 1822

    / by Phillip P. King, … With an appendix containing various subjects relating to hydrography and natural history. London : John Murray, 1827. First edition, second issue with cancel titles dated 1827 (as usual), lacking half-titles. Two volumes, octavo (215 x 135 mm), later half calf over cloth-covered boards, spines in compartments with gilt decoration …

  • # 28734

    BOUGAINVILLE, Louis-Antoine, Comte de (1729-1811)

    Autograph letter signed by the French navigator Bougainville. Dated 15 November, 1802.

    Manuscript in brown ink on blue wove paper, 1 page, quarto (210 x 165 mm); dated at Paris, 24 brumaire an 11 [i.e. 15 November 1802], the letter is to an addressee identified simply as ‘Citoyen’, and is written entirely in Bouganville’s frail hand and signed at the foot ‘Bougainville, Senateur’; Bougainville attests to the …

  • # 27924

    WHITE, John (c. 1756 - 1832); POUGENS, Charles (1755-1833)

    Voyage a Nouvelle Galles du Sud, a Botany Bay, au Port Jackson, en 1787, 1788, 1789 (rare illustrated edition)

    Par John White … traduit de l’Anglais, avec des notes critiques et philosophiques sur l’histoire naturelle et les moeurs par Charles Pougens. Paris: Pougin, 1795. Octavo, contemporary tree calf, gilt-decoration and lettering to spine, edges rubbed, contrasting morocco title label, marbled endpapers,, pp. xii; 206; [ii, table]; 256; [iv, index], two fine aquatint plates, the half-title …

  • # 28839


    Journal of the Central Australian Exploring Expedition ,1889, under the Command of W. H. Tietkens

    Despatched by the Central Australian Exploring and Prospecting Association, Limited, under the auspices of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, South Australian Branch. Together with map; List of Botanical Specimens, described by Baron Sir Ferd. von Mueller. K.C.M.G., F.R.S., &c., and Professor R. Tate, F.L.S.; also Catalogue of Geological Specimens, described by H. Y. L. …