Voyages & Exploration
[Liverpool] : Egerton Smith and Co. Printers, Pool-Lane, . A good copy, with a small amount of loss to three corners and some mild spotting. Playbill, single sheet (300 x 185 mm), advertising a performance at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, on Friday, June 7th, 1811. The play opening the bill is ‘George Barnwell’. The full cast …
containing an account of the government, laws, customs, and manners of the native inhabitants,with a description of the natural productions, and a relation of the ancient political state of that island. The third edition, with corrections, additions, and plates. London : printed for the author,  – 1811. Quarto, full crushed morocco, elaborately decorated in …
Dessins de Mm. G. Liquier et D. d’apres les indications de l’auteur. Geneve : Jules-Guillaume Fick, 1868. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (spine glued down), all edges gilt, pp. 268, the text set in ornamental borders with decorated initials, illustrated with 20 original photographs after drawings by the author. Printed in an edition of 200 copies. Rare …
Wellington, N.Z. : Government printing office, 1904. Octavo, illustrated paper wrappers (tear to spine, corners chipped), 150pp, colour folding map, b/w photographic plates. Designed as an introduction to New Zealand history, politics, culture and contemporary society for the benefit of North American readers, in particular prospective settlers or traders. Includes notes on government services, the …
WOOD, Mrs Susan Nugent
London : James Nisbet, 1867. First edition. Small quarto, original green cloth with gilt title and decoration (front and rear boards marked, rebacked, endpapers replaced), nineteenth century owner’s inscription, hand-coloured frontispiece, pp viii, 152 (occasional foxing and few ink marks). A collection of poems and short essays by Susan Nugent Wood (1836-1880), who lived much …
Leidae [Leiden] : Apud J.C. Cyfveer, 1832. Quarto, quarter calf over marbled boards (worn), spine with raised bands and gilt decoration, marbled endpapers, pp , vi, 108, 3 plates (2 colour), loose double sheet with Theses and poem by H. Schlegel [109-110],  corrigenda. Text in Latin. An early nineteenth century dissertation on the mammals of …
bland Ceylons Tamiler och Singhaleser, Australiens Kannibaler och Nya Zeelands Maorer. Stockholm : Albert Bonniers förlag, . Octavo, publisher’s gilt pictorial brown cloth, [iv], 256 pp,  leaves of plates (some colour), 1 colour map. Text in Swedish. A good copy. Swedish traveller’s account of his time spent in Ceylon, North Queensland and New Zealand, which …
Limoges: Martial Ardant frères, 1854. Octavo, polychromatic cloth, all edges gilt, 208 pp., 23 plates of races of the world, including the Americas,Asia, Europe, Africa and the Pacific. A French geographical book for children, recounting the stories of voyages made by great explorers to the four corners of the globe. Includes the expeditions of Columbus, Cook, …
leur emploi dans la vie : quelques élémens des sciences exactes : tableaux astronomiques, cosmographiques et géographiques, costumes, naturels de diverses contrées du globe, anecdotes curieuses, chasses on pêches, d’après nos célèbres voyageurs, accompagné de courtes explications. Paris : Librairie de Gide fils, [1830?]. Oblong quarto, later papered boards with the front panel of the …
Series title: La Découverte du monde. [Paris] : Gallimard, [c.1943]. Seventh edition. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (spine chipped at head and tail), dedication in pen on front free-endpaper dated 1943, 250 pp, illustrated with 19 black and white photographic plates, 4 maps. Text in French. The book is divided into four sections, devoted to Cook’s predecessors …
WALCKENAER, Carlos Atanacio Baron de, 1771-1852
Cosmologie, ou, description générale de la terre : considérée sous ses rapports astronomiques, physiques, historiques, politiques et civils.
Paris : Chez Deterville, Libr., 1816. Second edition. Octavo, full contemporary tree calf (corners worn), spine with gil ornament and black leather title label with gilt lettering, joints starting, marbled edges, vi, 744 pp, a good copy. A comprehensive geography which includes sections on the celestial bodies, the physical nature of the earth, accounts of …
Bradford [U.K.] : privately printed for the author by G. F. Sewell, 1906. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth, all edges gilt, lightly rubbed, pp. 107, photographic plates. Presentation inscription from the author on the half-title.
[Lahore] : Bazam-I-Frogh-I-Adab, 1948. Octavo, plain boards in pasted down illustrated dustjacket (light foxing, spine sunned, tears at upper rear), presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper ‘With kind regards and good wishes, S.M. Haf. 1/10/48′, xii, 170 pp,  leaves of plates, edges flecked, a sound copy. Provenence: From the …
London : Cassell & Company 1886. First edition. Octavo, red cloth boards with stamped gilt lettering to front (a couple of light marks), spine with gilt device and lettering (a little faded), verso of free endpaper inscribed ‘With the author’s compliments’, xvi, 407 pp, many pages unopened, illustrated, map; sparse foxing, corner loss to pp …
HAWKESWORTH, John; COOK, James and KING, James.
HAWKESWORTH, John. An account of the voyages undertaken by the order of His Present Majesty, for making discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Carteret, Captain Wallis, and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour : drawn up from the journals which were kept by the several …
[Liverpool] : Egerton Smith and Co. Printers, Pool-Lane, . A good copy, with a small amount of chipping to the edges and some mild spotting. Playbill, single sheet (310 x 187 mm), advertising a performance of the tragedy ‘Jane Shore‘ on Thursday June 6th 1811, at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, and giving notice of a performance of …
[Liverpool] : Egerton Smith and Co. Printers, Pool-Lane, . A fair copy with some foxing. Playbill, single sheet (285 x 180 mm), advertising a performance at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, on Wednesday, November 21st, 1810. The play opening the bill is ‘George Barnwell’, and the evening is ‘For the Benefit of Mr Rohmer’. The full cast …
With New Scenery, Machinery, Dresses and Decorations. [Liverpool] : E. and W. Smith, Printers, Pool-Lane, . A good copy, with a very small amount of edge loss at lower left. Playbill, single sheet (285 x 190 mm), advertising a performance at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, on Friday, September 15th, 1809. The play opening the bill is …
[Liverpool] : [E. and W. Smith, Printers, Pool-Lane], . A very good copy. Playbill, single sheet (285 x 190 mm), advertising a performance of ‘The Exile‘ at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, on Thursday September 14th, 1809, and giving notice of a forthcoming performance of ‘The Pantomime De la Perouse‘ the following evening, Friday September 15th, 1809, …
Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 212 x 115 mm (sheet), captioned and signed in the image at right ‘Bird’s eye view of the Suez Canal. S.P. Sabin’; mounted on a page removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships …
Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 200 x 175 mm (sheet), initialled in pencil lower right ‘S.P.S.’ and captioned by the artist in the lower margin ‘Captain Vibert & his Siamese cats during a volcanic disturbance under the sea off the coast of China’; mounted on a page removed from an album of sketches, watercolours …
BALL, J. Dyer (1847 - 1919)
London : Sampson Low, Marston and Company and Hong Kong : Kelly & Walsh, 1893. Second edition, revised and enlarged. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (wear to corners), pp. 4; ; 497; xiv; previous owner’s name from Shanghai, 1896, inscribed to preliminary blank, a good copy. Second and expanded edition of a much reprinted work, being a …
MAYER, Luigi; AINSLIE, Robert, Sir
Interesting views in Turkey, selected from the original drawings, taken for Sir Robert Ainslie, by Luigi Mayer with descriptions historical and illustrative.
London : Printed for R. Bowyer, by Bensley and Son, 1819. Quarto, contemporary quarter morocco over marbled papered boards (rubbed, corners worn); original endpapers, half title ‘Views in Turkey’; lacking title page;  aquatint plates with contemporary hand colouring, pp 13 (essay ‘Turkey in Europe’),  (descriptions of plates),  (printer’s imprint); foxing to one …
BAEDEKER, Karl (editor)
[BAEDEKER] The Dominion of Canada with Newfoundland and an excursion to Alaska : handbook for travellers
Leipzig : Karl Baedeker ; London : Dulau and Co., 1907. Third revised and augmented edition. Small octavo, original limp red cloth lettered in gilt; front pastedown and endpaper with publisher’s advertisements; pp lxiv, 331; with 13 maps and 12 plans (some folding); a near fine copy.
BAEDEKER, Karl (editor)
[BAEDEKER] Palestine and Syria with the chief routes through Mesopotamia and Babylonia : handbook for travelers
Leipzig : Karl Baedeker ; London : Dulau and Co., 1906. Fourth edition, remodelled and augmented. Small octavo, original limp red cloth lettered in gilt; front pastedown and endpaper with publisher’s advertisements; title page with original Welsh owner’s inscription and publisher’s slip, warning that ‘The excessive zeal of the Turkish censorship sometimes even extends to …
BAEDEKER, Karl (editor)
Leipzig : Karl Baedeker ; London : Dulau and Co., 1899. Second revised edition. Small octavo, original limp cloth lettered in gilt (faded and lightly marked); front free-endpaper and half-title detached; pp c, 579; with 19 maps and 24 plans (some folding); clean throughout.
RADO, Alexander (compiler); Society for Cultural Relations of the Soviet Union with Foreign Countries
Guide-book to the Soviet Union : issued by the Society for Cultural Relations of the Soviet Union with Foreign Countries.
Berlin : Neuer Deutscher Verlag, 1929. Thick octavo, original embossed red cloth (rubbed and faded, cloth starting to split along the spine), pp lxxxvii, 855, advertisements at front and rear; numerous maps and plans, many folding; original owner’s occasional pencilled marginalia; a couple of leaves with tape repairs; map of Moscow with mild foxing; a sound, but …
London : John Murray, 1907. Sixth edition. Thick octavo, original limp red cloth lettered in gilt (spine a little faded); pp cxvi, 524; with 81 maps and plans (many folding); scattered light foxing, else a near fine copy.
WILSON, Charles, Major-General Sir
London : John Murray, 1895. Octavo, original limp red cloth lettered in gilt; front pocket with engraved pastedown of the London ‘Junior Carlton Club Library’ dated 1895; pp xii, 416, 64 advertisements; numerous folding maps and plans, including in the front and rear pockets; original owner’s pencilled marginalia, else a fine copy.
London : Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1908. Fifth edition. Octavo, original limp red cloth lettered in gilt, pp xvi, [2 addenda], 177, 14 advertisements; numerous maps, plans and tables (some folding), and a folding plate of the royal cartouches of the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt; original owner’s pencilled marginalia, else a fine copy.
TERRY, Thomas Philip, 1864-194
Terry’s guide to the Japanese Empire : including Korea and Formosa with chapters on Manchuria, the Trans-Siberian Railway and the chief ocean routes to Japan : a handbook for travellers
Boston and New York : Houghton Mifflin Company ; London : Constable & Co., Ltd., 1920. Thick octavo, original limp red cloth lettered in gilt, pp cclxxxviii, 799, advertisements; with 8 maps and 21 plans (some folding); original owner’s pencilled marginalia, else a fine copy. A single copy of this edition is recorded in Australian …
BEATO, Felice (English, born Italy, 1832-1909)
[Title from caption in negative]. [Japan : Felice Beato, between 1863 and 1868]. Hand-coloured silver albumen print, 215 x 275 mm, laid down on a nineteenth century album page, contemporary inscription in pencil to mount ‘Japanese executions’; albumen print with short tear at bottom edge and some light creasing. The Anglo-Italian travelling photographer Felice (or …
URSINUS, Zacharias (1534 - 1583)
Schat-Boeck der Verklaringen over den Nederlandtschen Catechismus, Uyt de Latijnsche Lessen van Dr. Zacharias Ursinus, Op-gemaeckt van Dr. David Pareus, Vertaelt, ende met Tafelen, &c. verlicht, door Dr. Festus Hommius. Nu van nieuws oversien, ende nevens het stellen der Schriftuer-plaetsen na de Publijcke Oversettinge, verrijckt met Toe-eygeninge, Item met Schriftmatige Harmonie der Nederlandtsche Geloofs-Formulieren, als …
ADAM, Robert (1728 - 1792)
By R. Adam F.R.S. F.S.A. Architect to the King and to the Queen. Printed for the author MDCCLXIIII. Elephant folio (564 mm tall), contemporary half-calf over marbled papered boards (worn), spine in compartments with simple gilt rule, contrasting morocco title label, pp. [xii]; 34; 61 fine copperplate engravings, many of which are folding and printed …
[MANUSCRIPT] A List of 18 Male Convicts (Boys) discharged from the Bellerophon Hulk at Sheerness for New South Wales by the Ship Lady East this 21st October 1824.
[Drop title]. Folio,  pp, manuscript in ink on laid paper watermarked Charles Wise 1822 with Britannia surmounted by crown; signed at the foot of the third page by the Bellerophon‘s Commander, Samuel Owen; the list of prisoner profiles, set out in tabular form, contains Commander Owen’s remarks on the conduct and demeanour of each of …
FITZROY, Robert, 1805-1865; DARWIN, Charles, 1809-1882; KING, Philip Parker, 1793-1856
[FITZROY’S COPY] Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty’s ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America, and the Beagle’s circumnavigation of the globe.
Commander of the Beagle Captain Robert FitzRoy’s own copy of the first edition of Darwin’s first published book, one of the cornerstones of modern biological science, as well as one of the great travel narratives of the modern age. A complete set bound, as was the fashion, into library calf bindings, with an outstanding provenance directly …
BOEMUS, Johannes, 1485-1534
Omnium gentium mores leges et ritus ex multis clarissimis rerum scriptoribus … collectos: & in libros tris distinctos Aphricam, Asiam, Europam, optime lector lege
Augsburg : Augustae Vindelicorum excusa in officina Sigismundi Grimm medici, ac Marci Wirsung, 1520. [Imprint from colophon]. First edition. Folio, later vellum, three raised bands to spine; added title page: Repertorium librorum trium Ioannis Boemi de omnium gentium ritibus. Item index rerum scitu digniorum in eosdem, set within a decorative woodcut border, an old paper repair to centre; …
GRASSET DE SAINT-SAUVEUR, Jacques, 1757-1810
Encyclopédie des voyages, contenant l’abrégé historique des moeurs, usages, habitudes domestiques, religions, habitudes domestiques, religions, fêtes, supplices, funérailles, sciences, arts, et commerce de tous les peuples : er la collection complette de leurs habillemens civils, militaires, religieux et dignitaires, dessinés d’après nature, gravés avec soin et coloriés à l’aquarelle.
Rare set of Grasset de Saint-Sauveur’s ethnographic encyclopaedia, containing additional plates and in a fine binding. [Paris] : Deroy, 1796. First edition. Quarto, five volumes bound in four, early nineteenth century full vellum with central arabesque lozenges tooled in blind, manuscript titles to spines, green silk ribbons, four engraved frontispieces and 434 plates, all with fine original …
[MANUSCRIPT] Campagne de la Corvette à Voiles l’Alcméne. Commandée par Mr. Coudein, Capitaine de Frégate, à destination des Mers du Sud et Océanie.
An important, unpublished first-hand account of the voyage of the French naval corvette Alcméne in the South Seas, 1848-1852, including extended descriptions of the loss of crew members to cannibalism in New Caledonia in 1850, and of the vessel’s infamous shipwreck at Kaipara on the west coast of New Zealand in 1851, whilst en route from Hobart Town to Tahiti. …
[SCOTT, Robert Falcon, 1868-1912]
An album of photographs documenting Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition, 1910-1913; [together with] A manuscript plan of the Discovery, and two letters of Scott relating to the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901–04.
1. A rare photographic chronicle of the most celebrated expedition in the history of polar exploration, Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, officially known as the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913. Album of press photographs by various English and New Zealand agencies, 1910-1913. Small folio (310 x 220 mm), original green cloth boards (rubbed and …
[MARITIME; MEDICINE] Etat des médicaments fournis au coffre de chirurgie du navire Le Prothée, armé par monsieur Herman, négociant.
The inventory of an eighteenth century French naval vessel’s dispensary, listing 90 different medicines and the quantity of each. The document is almost exactly contemporary with the departure of La Pérouse’s ships La Boussole and L’Astrolabe from Brest on 1 August 1785. [Drop title]. Bordeaux, 20 April 1785. Folio,  pp, manuscript in ink on laid paper watermarked DCIE, being an …
SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir, 1874-1922
The heart of the Antarctic : being the story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909 [de luxe edition]; [and] The Antarctic Book. Winter Quarters 1907-1909.
The lavishly produced de luxe edition of The heart of the Antarctic is one of the finest publications of the golden age of polar exploration. London : William Heinemann, 1909. De luxe large paper edition, limited to 300 numbered copies; the third volume, The Antarctic Book, was only published as part of this limited edition, and is signed on one …
PÉRON, François, 1775-1810; FREYCINET, Louis Claude Desaulses de, 1779-1842; LESUEUR, Charles Alexandre, 1778-1846; PETIT, Nicolas-Martin, 1777-1804
Voyage de découvertes aux terres Australes. Exécuté par ordre de sa Majesté l’Empereur et Roi, sur les corvettes le Géographe, le Naturaliste, et la goélette le Casuarina, pendant les années 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804.
Rare complete set, in contemporary bindings, of the official account of the Baudin voyage. One of the most important and famous descriptions of Australia ever published, it also contains the first published complete and fully detailed map of Australia, Freycinet’s Carte générale de la Nouvelle Hollande, along with many significant charts of the southern Australian coastline (“Terre Napoléon”), superb …
[CROZET, Julien Marie, 1728-1780; SURVILLE, Jean-François-Marie de, 1717-1770] ROCHON, Alexis Marie, editor.
Nouveau voyage a la Mer du Sud : commencé sous les ordres de M. Marion … On a joint à cet voyage un Extrait de celui de M. de Surville dans les mêmes Parages.
The first French voyages to Australia and New Zealand. Paris : Barrois l’aîné, 1783. Octavo, quarter calf with gilt ornament and contrasting morocco title label over papered boards, expertly rebacked; pp viii, 291, with 7 engraved plates, including folding map; the plates with occasional pale foxing; a very good copy, finely bound. Marc-Joseph Marion du …
VANCOUVER, George, 1757-1798; SPARRMAN, Anders, 1748-1820
En upptäckts-resa till Norra Stilla Hafvet, och kring jordklotet : att på Kongl. Engelsk befallning och omkostnad i synnerhet forska efter något segelbart sammanhang imellan Norra Stilla och Norra Atlantiske Hafven förrättad åhren 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, 1795, under commando af Capitain George Vancouver. Ifrån engelskan i sammandrag utgifven af Anders Sparrman.
Scarce Swedish edition of Vancouver’s voyage account, being Anders Sparrman’s abridgement of Voyage of discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and round the world (1798). Stockholm : Anders Zetterberg, 1800. Two parts in one volume, small octavo, contemporary half calf over speckled papered boards, spine ruled in gilt with title labels (one partially erased); speckled edges; pp [vi], …
Shackleton, Ernest Henry, Sir, 1874-1922
London : William Heinemann, 1909. Two volumes, quarto, gilt-lettered full vellum replicating the design of the trade edition (as distinct from the three volume deluxe edition), top edges gilt, others uncut, illustrated with both monochrome and colour plates; maps and folding panorama in rear pocket of second volume; two tipped-in sheets containing the signatures of …
[BROADSIDE] Van Diemans Land [i.e. Van Diemen’s Land] / Lillies in a Valley Grew / Lillies and Roses
Birmingham : Jackson & Son, Printers, 69, Digbeth (From 21, Moor Street.), [circa 1830]. Broadside, 230 x 155 mm, laid down on fine linen; three ballads printed in two columns, with Van Diemans Land occupying the entire left column; some mild creasing, mostly confined to the right edge, and a few tiny areas of loss; …
Shackleton, Ernest Henry, Sir, 1874-1922
London : William Heinemann, 1909. Two volumes, quarto, gilt- and silver-letttered blue cloth (spines sunned), silver blocked pictorial inlay (flecked as usual), top edges gilt, others uncut; illustrated with both monochrome and colour plates; maps in rear pocket of second volume; complete as called for; light occasional foxing, a very good set. The British Antarctic …
BRENCHLEY, Julius Lucius, 1816-1873
Naturalist Julius Brenchley’s account of one of the most significant scientific expeditions to the Western Pacific of the nineteenth century. London : Longmans, Green, and Co., 1873. Octavo, gilt-illustrated green cloth (rebacked, a little edge worn), endpapers replaced, folding chromolithograph frontispiece; pp xxviii, 487; colour map; 8 full page wood engravings; 36 text vignettes; chromolithographs; 50 …
DAMPIER, William (1652-1715)
[DAMPIER]. Nouveau voyage autour du monde ; ou l’on decrit en particulier l’isthme de l’Amerique … plusieurs cotes & isles des Indes Occidentales, les isles du Cap Verd, le passage par la Terre del Fuego, les Cotes Meridionales du Chili, du Perou, & du Mexique, l’Isle de Guam, Mindanao, & des autres Philippines, les Isles Orientales qui sont pres de Cambodie, de la Chine, Formosa, Lucon, Celebes, &c. la Nouvelle Hollande, les Isles de Sumatra, de Nicobar, de Saint Helene, & le Cap de Bonne-Esperance. Ou l’on traite des differens terroirs de tous ces pays, de leurs ports, des plantes, des fruits, & des animaux qu’on y trouve : de leurs habitans, de leurs coutumes, de leur religion, de leur gouvernement, de leur negoce, &c.
Rouen : Jean-Baptiste Machuel le Jeune, 1715. Five volumes, duodecimo, bound in contemporary calf, spines in compartments with gilt ornament and contrasting morocco title labels lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, title pages in red and black, a total of 64 engraved maps, charts and views (including three frontispiece engravings), many of them folding, engraved initials, …