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 …
KRUSENSTERN, Adam Johann von (Ivan Fedorovich Kruzenshtern) (1770-1846)
A voyage round the world, in the years 1803, 4, 5, & 6; performed, by order of His Imperial Majesty Alexander the First, on board the ships Nadeshda and Neva, under the command of Captain A. J. von Krusenstern, of the Imperial Navy.
In two volumes. Translated from the original German by Richard Belgrave Hoppner, Esq. London : Printed by C. Roworth [Volume II Printed by T. Davison], for John Murray, Bookseller to the Admiralty and the Board of Longitude, 1813. First edition in English. Two volumes in one, quarto, later half calf over marbled papered boards (lightly rubbed), …
DAMPIER, William (1651-1715) et al.
In four volumes. Containing I. Captain William Dampier’s voyages round the world : describing particularly, the coasts and Islands in the East and West-Indies. The South-Sea coasts of Chili, Peru, and Mexico. The countries of Tonquin, Achin and Malacca. The Cape of Good Hope, New-Holland, &c. II. The voyages of Lionel Wafer; giving an account of his …
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, …
BROSSES, Charles de (1709-1777)
: 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 …
WROTH, Lawrence C.
New York : Bibliographical Society of America, 1944. Octavo, gilt-lettered blue cloth, presentation inscription on the half-title, pp. 192, 22 folding maps, a fine copy. Printed in an edition of 100 copies. Includes chapters on Dutch discoveries, Captain Cook, mapping of Japan, Russian discoveries, New Guinea et alia. “One hundred copies, with an index added, …
BAUER, Carl Johann Sigmund, (1780-1857)
Nuremberg : Bauer, c. 1830. Original card box with marbled paper sides measuring 60 x 52 x 54 mm, the engraved paper label on lid with title (mis-spelling ‘its’ as ‘ist’) and images of inhabitants from four continents, containing an original miniature terrestrial globe and folding paper concertina of vignettes of the races of the …
BROWN, John Carter
Bibliotheca Americana. Catalogue of the John Carter Brown Library in Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Providence : the Library, 1919 – 1931. Three volumes bound in five, folio, gilt-lettered cloth, flecking to heads of spines and corners bumped, uncut and unopened, offsetting where an invoice has resided within, frontispieces, bookplates to pastedowns from the firm of Charles E. Tuttle, Rutland, Vermont. Volume I (1919), Part I (to 1569), pp. vi; 250; Part …
WEST INDIA & PACIFIC STEAMSHIP CO., LTD.
Liverpool, UK : West India and Pacific Steamship Co., Ltd., . Octavo (210 x 130 mm),  pp; vignette illustration to front, printed on all four pages in black and red; light vertical and horizontal folds, old paper reinforcement along spine, but a clean example. The centre pages comprise the sailing schedule and rates of …
JOHNSTON, A. K.
Edinburgh L W. & A. K. Johnston, circa 1860. Engraved map, 615 x 510 mm, dissected and laid on linen, outline hand colour, in gilt-lettered plum cloth folder (titled America), paper advertisements. A finely engraved separately issued map of South America, originally issued as plate 41 of Johnston’s National Atlas.
[GUGK] SERGEEV, S. I. ; KOVYLIN, N. M. ; KOTENKOV, N. V. (eds.)
Moskva : Glav. upr. geodezii i kartografii pri Sovete Ministrov SSSR, 1981. Folio (335 mm), publisher’s pictorial laminated wrappers, pp 64; table of contents, symbols, abbreviations etc. (3-5), full-page colour maps with differing scales (6-38), index (40-64); text in Russian; a good, clean copy. Fourth edition (first published 1975) of this official Soviet government atlas …
[MALAY ARCHIPELAGO] Les races malaiques et américaines; leçon d’ouverture du Cours d’anthropologie du Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle (19 mars 1896).
Extrait de L’Anthropologie, t. 7, no. 2. Paris : Masson et cie, . Large octavo (243 x 160 mm), disbound offprint, pp 1-18; a very clean copy. A brief comparative study of the racial characteristics of the indigenous peoples of the Malay archipelago and the Americas.
WERNER, O. (Oscar)
Neunzehn Karten in Farbendruck mit begleitendem Text. Freiburg im Breisgau: Herder’sche Verlagshandlung, 1884. Large quarto (310 x 235 mm), half gilt-ruled green cloth over printed papered boards, spine with gilt lettering and ornament, pp 18 (introductory text and explanations of each map), followed by full-page chart with family tree of the Catholic dioceses in Australia and …
[GOLD MINING] Photograph album compiled by a globetrotting mining engineer between 1900 and 1910, with his unique panoramic views of the King of the Hills mine in Western Australia, and topographical views in West Africa, Colombia, and the Caucasus, many of them documenting gold mining enterprises.
Late nineteenth century photograph album, oblong folio (280 x 370 mm), half calf over black crushed morocco ruled in gilt (heavily worn, front board detached), all edges gilt, containing a total of 150+ silver gelatin photographs (and one albumen print) mounted on thick leaves; over 50 of the photographs were taken with a special panoramic …
HADDON, Alfred C. (Cort) (1855-1940)
[TORRES STRAIT] Environment and cultural progress among primitive peoples. (Inscribed by Alfred Haddon).
The Herbertson Memorial Lecture delivered in London, October 26th, 1927. Newtown, U.K. : The Montgomeryshire Express Ltd. [for the author], [1927?]. Tall octavo (245 x 153 mm), original printed wrappers (toned, lower wrapper chipped at top edge), a presentation copy inscribed on the upper wrapper by the author, distinguished Cambridge anthropologist Alfred Cort Haddon, for Dr. …
Prévost, Antoine François (Abbé) (1697-1763)
ou, Nouvelle collection de toutes les relations de voyages par mer et par terre, qui ont été publiées jusqu’à présent dans les différentes langues de toutes les nations connues … … Paris : Didot, 1746 – 1789. Twenty volumes, quarto (290 x 230 mm), uniformly bound in period full French speckled calf, ruled in gilt, …