Rare & antiquarian books, many with fine illustrations or color plates, for sale at Horizon Books.
BADGER, Mrs. G. M., introduction by L. H. Sigourney; Wild Flowers Drawn and Colored From Nature. New York, Charles Scribner, 1859, First edition, folio [36.5 x 29 cm]; vii, [i], 44 pp, 22 fine hand colored plates including frontis (complete), each with tissue guard, illustrating 25 flowers, original full blind-stamped leather, gilt picture on front cover, gilt title, gilt spine decorations, all edges gilted, cover wear at edges and joints, slightly foxed on few leaves but overall interior is quite clean and near fine.
Nissen 57. Bennett p. 6: '22 brilliant full page plates in color, each plate accompanied by an appropriate poem printed on the opposite page. The flower prints are very fine lithographs by Donaldson Brothers of New York'. Donaldson Brothers are highly celebrated for their fine hand colored botanical books. The frontis is an attractive bouquet. 'Mrs. Badger's fine drawings and talented hand have survived to keep her name alive' [Kramer, Women of Flowers].
US$1550. bookID # 12751
BAIRD, Spencer F., John Cassin, George Lawrence; The Birds of North America; The Descriptions of Species Based Chiefly on the Collections in the Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Philadelphia; Salem; Washington, J. B. Lippincott; Naturalist's Book Agency; A. O. P. Nicholson, 1858-60, First edition of plate volume, original edition of text volume, 4to [29 x 23 cm]; 2 volumes, lvi, 1,005; vii pp, 100 fine hand-colored lithographed plates, index and tables in text volume, plate volume in contemporary half calf, spine gilt, front internal hinge re-enforced, spine foot with large chip, marbled edges; text volume in newer black cloth and light staining and foxing, plates clean and bright.
The text volume is from the Reports of Explorations and Surveys to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, Volume IX, and was later reprinted verbatim as the text volume in Baird and Cassin's The Birds of North America, and is identical in all respects except for the title page. The text volume in this set is an actual Volume IX from the Pacific railroad set. Many of the plates were also first printed in the Pacific railroad set or in the US & Mexican Boundary Survey of 1859. About half of the plates were prepared for the present work. Nissen 62. Anker (Bird Books and Bird Art) 22: "All of the plates are said to have been carefully retouched with this edition in view; several of them were redrawn entirely from better and more characteristic specimens of the birds. . . the work was re-issued in 1870 in an almost unaltered form". Wood 217. Bennett 7: "This is the first separate and complete edition, being a reissue, retitled of Vol. 9, Pacific Railroad Reports, 1858". The plates are quite attractive, many of the birds shown with backgrounds, others perched on branches. Fine Bird Books 58. The 148 birds illustrated were unknown to Audubon.
US$1100. bookID # 7626
BAZ, Gustavo & E. L. Gallo; History of the Mexican Railway; Wealth of Mexico, in the Region extending from the Gulf to the Capital of the Republic, considered in its Geological, Agricultural, Manufacturing and Commercial Aspect; with scientific, historical & statistical notes. Mexico City, Gallo & Co., 1876, First edition in English, originally published in Spanish in 1874, folio [38 x 27 cm]; 211 pp, extra color lithographed (chromolithograph) title plate, plus 32 tinted or toned lithographed plates, large folding map showing the railway routes & elevation, tables, engraved initials, original cloth, gilt title lettering on cover, later cloth spine, edges worn, inner hinge re-enforced, light foxing on some leaves, mostly confined to margins, one plate with margins significantly trimmed but not affecting image, very good sound copy.
Palau 25914. Spain & Spanish America II, 46. The book describes the completion of the first railway between Mexico City and Veracruz on the Atlantic coast and Jalapa. The plates are of bridges, tunnel construction, waterfall, views of several cities, a spectacular panorama bird's-eye-view of Mexico City, 2 plates of portraits, views, etc. The lithograph plates are by H. Iriarte, with designs mostly by S. Hernandez. The fine colored plate shows a steam engine pulling a train with tropical trees and a bridge and mountain in background. The text was translated into English by George F. Henderson. The project took 15 years to complete from the initial surveys to the official inauguration in 1871. The text includes detailed description of the geography, cities and construction, history, scientific information with tables A complete copy with all the excellent plates.
US$1800. bookID # 12940
BELCHER, Captain Sir Edward; The Last of the Arctic Voyages; Being a Narrative of the Expedition in H. M. S. Assistance, under the Command of. . . in Search of Sir John Franklin, During the Years 1852-53-54 with Notes on the Natural History by Sir John Richardson, et al.. London, Lovell Reeve, 1855, First edition, large 8vo [25 x 16 cm]; 2 volumes, xx, 383; vii, 419 pp, complete with 36 plates including 12 fine color lithographed plates, frontis in each volume, 4 maps and charts (3 folding), wood engravings, tables, index, with half title page in each volume, later half green morocco, marbled boards, all edges gilted, title lettering on red spine labels, gilt decorations, gathering a little pulled but firm, few plates with light stain on lower blank margin, a fine clean set in handsome binding.
Abbey Travel 645. Hill p. 21. National Maritime Museum Catalogue I, 921. Sabin 4389. TPL 3409. Arctic Bibliog. 1241. Belcher described his passage through Wellington Channel and the discovery of Exmouth and North Cornwall Islands and the channel leading to Jones Sound. He described his meeting and rescue of Commander Robert McClure of the Investigator on northern Banks Island. His decision to abandon four ships frozen in the ice in Wellington Channel in 1854 led to his court-martial, but he was acquitted. He became an admiral in 1872. This was the last British government sponsored expedition to search for Sir John Franklin, the rest being private. The work describes the expedition in detail including the weather, snow conditions, food, ice, scurvy, optical phenomena, natural history, hunting, fishing, etc. The appendices include an account of the fishes by John Richardson, fossils by T. W. Salter and Sir R. Owen, shells by l. Reeve, Crustacea by T. Bell. This was the first expedition to the Arctic to use photography although none were published in the book. An important expedition in excellent condition.
US$2200. bookID # 12942
BONNAFFE, A. A.; Recuerdos de Lima. Album. Tipos, Trajes y Costumbres Dibujados y Publicados por A.A. Bonnaffé en Lima. Lima, , 1856, First edition, folio [46 x 31 cm]; 12 hand colored lithographed plates as issued by E. Prugue from the original paintings of A.A. Bonnaffé, original blind-stamped cloth portfolio, gilt title lettering on cover, light staining on front cover but heavier on rear cover, a few light foxing spots but most in the tissue guards, very good impressions of plates.
Hilier and Hilier 101. Palau 32375. The plates are of people in Lima in period costume, activities, the titles being El Cholo Costeño, La Chola Quesera, El Heladero, La Chola Frutera, El Biscochero, La Chola Rabona, La Tapada (de noche), El Indio de la Sierra, La Tapada, La Chola de la Sierra, La Tapada (Saya y manto), La Tapada (Saya y Manto). This copy has 6 additional duplicate plates from another copy (two with margins chipped, lightly foxed). The book was not issued with a title page or text.
US$4500. bookID # 11839
BROCKEDON, William; Illustrations of the Passes of the Alps, by which Italy Communicates with France, Switzerland and Germany. London, printed for the author, 1828-1829, First edition, 4to [30 x 22 cm]; 2 volumes, [vi], 92; [iv], 104 pp, complete with 96 fine engraved plates and 13 engraved maps including one folding, on heavy india proof paper, contemporary half red morocco, marbled boards, all edges gilted, gilt spine title lettering, joints rubbed and scuffed, some plates pulled but intact, internal hinge cracked but firm, very good, clean copy with only light foxing on a few plates.
A superbly illustrated work on 12 mountain passes including the Little Saint Bernard, the Mont Genevre, the Mont Cenis, the Mont Saint Gothard, the Great Saint Bernard, the Monte Stelvio, the Cornice, the Grimsel and the Gries, the Bernardine and the Splugen, the Brenner, the Tende and the Argentiere and the Simplon, each pass with a map. Neate B170. The painter Brockedon traversed the Alps 58 times, crossing more than 40 different passes, in the course of his researches. He had helped in the preparation of Murray's Swiss guidebook.
US$1400. bookID # 9765
DALZEL, A.; The History of Dahomey, an Inland Kingdom of Africa; Compiled from Authentic Memoirs with an Introduction and Notes. London, printed for the author by T. Spilsbury and Son, 1793, , 4to [29.5 x 23 cm]; xxxi, [v], xxvi, 230 pp, 6 engraved maps and engraved folding map as called for, original boards with modern gilt ruled calf spine, antique style, with raised bands, gilt title lettering on red morocco letterpiece, old light stain in upper corner of some leaves, very minor foxing, attractive wide-margin copy, near fine.
Cox I, 392: 'The official situation which the author held gave him opportunities of gaining much valuable information, the accuracy of which may be depended on (Lowndes)'. Kainbacher I, 157. Engelmann I, 176. Work 8. With very detailed and well-drawn plates, including images of the king marching at the head of armed women, human and other victims devoted fro sacrifice, prisoners of war, etc. Thee author was governor at Cape Coast castle.
US$1500. bookID # 10952
DAMPIER, William; A New Voyage Round the World; Voyages and Descriptions in three parts; A Voyage to New Holland, &c. In the Year 1699; Wherein are Described the Canary Islands, the Isles of Mayo and St. Jago, the Bay of All Saints with forts and towns of Brasil. . . .. London, James Knapton, 1703-1705, fifth and third editions resp., 12mo [19.5 x 12 cm]; 2 volumes, [x], 510, [iv, ads]; [viii], 184, 132, 112, [lxxvi, index, ads] pp, complete with 9 engraved maps, all but one folding, index, contemporary paneled full calf, gilt title lettering on red leather spine label, spine ends chipped, joints partly cracked but holding, cover a bit rubbed, engraved bookplate of Philp Touchet Chetnode, very good clean set.
Royal Geographical Society p. 119. Cox i, 42. National Maritime Museum 92, 93, 95 [referring to the 1729 edition]. Relating to Volume I, Hill 75: 'Dampier was the best known and probably the most intelligent of the famous group of buccaneers that tormented the Spaniard in the South Seas from 1680 to 1720. his industry in taking notes of all he saw was equaled by his pains in preserving them from destruction. His first voyage took him from Virginia to Spanish America and across the Pacific to the East Indies. He traveled extensively in the orient on several voyages which lasted from 1683 to 1691. It was on one of these trips that the first landing was made by the English on Australian shores'. Dampier, an English buccaneer and explorer and one of the more colorful characters sailing in the 17th and 18th centuries, published his various experiences sporadically. He was the first English navigator to assemble a natural history collection. His first book appeared in 1697 followed by another in 1699, and a third in 1703, each volume issued separately and independent of the others. A folding map in volume I is a double hemisphere map of the globe. This set contains the material written by Dampier himself.
US$1400. bookID # 12052
DIXON, Captain George; A Voyage Round the World; But More Particularly to the North-West Coast of America Performed in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788, in the King George and Queen Charlotte, Captains Portlock and Dixon. London, Geo. Goulding, 1789, First edition, 4to [30.5 x 23.5 cm]; xxix, [ii, errata, directions leaf], 360, 47 pp, 22 plates and maps including 6 folding maps and charts, tables, with the half title page (often lacking), contemporary leather backed marbled boards, gilt spine title lettering, joints rubbed, corners worn round, some light staining to about 5 plates at rear, mostly marginal, generally clean and unmarked, very good, a tall copy with wide margins.
Two ships, the King George commanded by Portlock and the Queen Charlotte, commanded by George Dixon, visited the Falkland Islands, made a long stay at Hawaii, then proceeded to survey the American coast, to more accurately map the coast and to establish a British presence in the region's fur trade. National Maritime Museum 140: 'Dixon discovered Queen Charlotte Island, named after his ship'. Buck 35. Sabin 20364. Howes D365. Wickershaam 6574. Lada-Mocarski 43. Hill 352: 'This expedition set out to establish a trade in furs in North America. Dixon visited Hawaii three times in the course of the voyage. . .discovered Queen Charlotte Islands, Port Mulgrave, Norfolk Bay, Dixon Entrance and Archipelago while continuing down the coast and trading with the Indians.. . . Dixon's contribution to the work also includes the valuable maps. The accounts of this expedition relate to the geography, ethnology, and natural history of the American coast from Nootka Sound northward'. The fine plates including many views, birds, portrait, etc. One of the detailed appendices is on the natural history encountered. Dixon had earlier sailed with Cook on the Resolution,
US$2200. bookID # 12735
EDWARDS, Bryan; The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies. London, John Stockdale, 1801, third edition, with considerable additions, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; 3 volumes, xxiv, xxiii, 576; viii, 618; xxii, 477 pp, 22 engraved maps and plates, many folding, including frontis portrait and 11 maps, later half calf, gilt title lettering on spines, edges worn, signature, a map split at fold, only light foxing, very good set.
Sabin 21901. Cundall 2095. Welch 264. The maps include west Indies, Jamaica, Barbados, Granada, St. Vincent, Dominica, St. Christopher and Nevis, Antiqua, Virgin Islands, St. Doningo, Tobago. The plates include Negro festival, plan for sugar mill, view of Trelawney town, aboriginal peoples, bread fruit, etc. The first edition was 1793 in two volumes. The earlier editions had only 5 maps, few plates. Regatz 165: 'A classic in British Caribbean literature and probably the most famous work in the field. Standard for over a century, and still in many respects the best book on the subject up to the close of the 18th century'.
US$1300. bookID # 10100
ELLIS, John; An Essay towards a Natural History of the Corallines and other Marine Productions found on the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland [with] The Natural History of many Curious & Uncommon Zoophytes, collected from various parts of the globe. London, printed for the author [&] Benjamin White and Son, 1755, 1786, First editions of each work, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 2 volumes, xvii, [x], 103 [i]; xii, 206 pp, 40 engraved plates, some folding, in volume I including frontis & plate of Cuff's aquatic microscope, 63 engraved plates in volume II (only 62 called for), some of the plates in vol I by Ehret, contemporary full calf, gilt decorated, gilt title lettering on leather spine labels, joints cracked but firm, few leaves in volume II with light stain, scattered minor spotting, good plate impressions, endpaper bookplate of Edward Henry Scott, very good.
The two volumes are in matching bindings with volume 1 and 2 on spine although issued separately, each complete. The second volume was edited by Daniel Solander after Ellis had died. The first volume also has the description of a large Marine Polye taken near the north pole by the whale fishers in the summer of 1753. For the first volume see Freeman 1131: 'plate 38 absent in many, plate 39 in most copies'. Both are present here, plate 39 being the microscope plate, being the earliest depiction of Cuff's aquatic microscope (see Clay & Court, History of the Microscope, p66-68). 'In 1754 he became a fellow of the Royal Society, and in the following year established his reputation as one of the most acute observers of his time by the publication of An Essay Towards a Natural History of the Corallines. . . . imperfectly comprehended by Linnaeus, he established the animal nature of this group of organisms'. Linnaeus described him as a 'bright star of natural history', and 'the main support of natural history in England'. Nissen 1281, 590. British Museum Cat. 523. Knight, Natural Science Books in English: 'Ellis's handsome volumes on corals and zoophytes'. Knight, Zoological Illustration p. 103: 'the classic work was done by John Ellis in his Essay towards a natural history of the Corallines, of 1755. . . he persuaded Ehret, the great botanical artist, to accompany him, there to draw from nature. . . The book duly contains delicate
US$1100. bookID # 11748
FORREST, Captain Thomas; A Voyage to New Guinea and the Moluccas, from Balambangan: including An Account of Magindano, Soloo, and other Islands; performed in the Tartar Galley, belonging to the Honourable East India Company, During the Years 1774, 1775, and 1776.. London, G. Scott, 1779, First edition, 4to [29 x 24.5 cm]; [ii], xxiii, [i, errata], 388, 13, [i, directions] pp, engraved frontis portrait, plus 32 engraved plates, maps and charts including 20 folding, orig full tree calf, rebacked with orig gilt decorated spine, gilt title lettering on orig red spine leather label, wear at corners & spine ends, armorial bookplate of Robert Austen, marbled endpapers, interior clean, crisp & fine with only slight foxing.
Taylor 401. Cox i, 301. Hill p. 108: 'Forrest sailed from Balembangan, in the 'Tartar', a native prahu of about ten tons burden, with two English officers and eighteen Malays, towards the Moluccas. He pushed further east than any of his company predecessors, eventually reaching Geelvink Bay in New Guinea. The voyage was one of examination and enquiry . . . the tact with which he conducted his intercourse with the natives, and the amount of work done in a small boat, deservedly won him credit as a navigator'. They explored the Gilolo Passage between New Guinea and the Moluccas, then sailed to Mindanao, examining the Sulu Archipelago, Mandiolo, Batchian and Waygiou, and reaching the Malay peninsula A vocabulary of the Magindano tongue is added at the end of the book. There is much on the native people, their customs, manners, activities. The book is famous for its fine engraved plates and maps.
US$2400. bookID # 12816
FREZIER, A. F. [Amedee Francois]; A Voyage to the South-Sea and along the Coasts of Chili and Peru, in the Years 1712, 1713, and 1714; Particularly Describing The Genius & Constitution of the Inhabitants, as well as Indians, their Customs & Manners, their Natural History, Mines, Traffick. London, Jonah Bowyer, 1717, First edition in English, best edition, 4to [24.5 x 19 cm]; [xii], [i, directions for binder], 335, [ix, index] pp, 37 engraved plates, maps & charts by J. B. Scotin, N. Guerard & others after Frezier, complete with frontis and all plates including 36 & xxxvi, musical notation, orig full leather boards with later spine and gilt title lettering on leather labels, light corner wear, joint cracked with repair but holding, map skillfully laid down, minor spotting, old bookplate of John Lenvis Petit, very good, interior clean & fine.
Frezier's voyage was made on the orders of Louis XIV to obtain military information for a possible operation against Spanish colonies on the Pacific coast. He surveyed the Le Maire Strait and the west coast of Tierra de Fuego and produced the most accurate description of South America to date (including Chile, Peru). Sabin 25936. Cox II, 267: 'One of the most valuable of our early records of the Falkland Islands, and to Frezier we are indebted for the clearest contemporary account of the navigation of the French seamen there. This English edition contains Dr. Edmund Halley"s Postscript, correcting certain Geographical errors made by Frezier. Halley is of course most famous now as the discoverer of Halley"s Comet. At the end is a 13 pp. account of the Joint Settlement in Paraguay '. Hill 115: 'Frezier brought back information of considerable geographical and scientific value. Much data is included about the native inhabitants This first English translation contains the same engravings as the French original but is preferable to the latter because it contains Halley's postscript, which corrects certain geographical errors made by Frezier The frontispiece map, showing the route, was created for the English edition'. Borba de Moraes I 329: 'This English edition is much sought after because of Halley's postscript'. This edition also contains a section on the early settlement of Paraguay. A superb travel classic. Besides the fine maps and
US$2300. bookID # 11214
FREZIER, A. F. [Amedee Francois]; A Voyage to the South-Sea and along the Coasts of Chili and Peru, in the Years 1712, 1713, and 1714; Particularly Describing The Genius & Constitution of the Inhabitants, as well as Indians, their Customs & Manners, their Natural History, Mines, Traffick. London, Jonah Bowyer, 1717, First edition in English, best edition, 4to [24.5 x 19 cm]; [xii], [i, directions for binder], 335, [ix, index] pp, 37 engraved plates, maps & charts by J. B. Scotin, N. Guerard & others after Frezier, complete with frontis and all plates including 36 & xxxvi, musical notation, contemporary full leather, rebacked with leather spine, gilt title lettering on spine leather labels, cover with blind design, light offsetting on frontis, minor foxing, mainly marginal, a fine copy in attractive binding.
Frezier's voyage was made on the orders of Louis XIV to obtain military information for a possible operation against Spanish colonies on the Pacific coast. He surveyed the Le Maire Strait and the west coast of Tierra de Fuego and produced the most accurate description of South America to date (including Chile, Peru). Sabin 25936. Cox II, 267: 'One of the most valuable of our early records of the Falkland Islands, and to Frezier we are indebted for the clearest contemporary account of the navigation of the French seamen there. This English edition contains Dr. Edmund Halley's Postscript, correcting certain Geographical errors made by Frezier. Halley is of course most famous now as the discoverer of Halley's Comet. At the end is a 13 pp. account of the Joint Settlement in Paraguay '. Hill 115: 'Frezier brought back information of considerable geographical and scientific value. Much data is included about the native inhabitants This first English translation contains the same engravings as the French original but is preferable to the latter because it contains Halley's postscript, which corrects certain geographical errors made by Frezier The frontispiece map, showing the route, was created for the English edition'. Borba de Moraes I 329: 'This English edition is much sought after because of Halley's postscript'. This edition also contains a section on the early settlement of Paraguay. A superb travel classic. Besides the fine maps and
US$2400. bookID # 13165
GORDON, Lieutenant-Colonel T. E.; The Roof of the World being the Narrative of a Journey Over the High Plateau of Tibet to the Russian Frontier and the Oxus Sources on Pamir. Edinburgh, Edmonston and Douglas, 1876, First edition, large 8vo [26.5 x 18 cm]; xiv, 172 pp, complete with 24 tinted plates including frontis, folding panorama & 4 partly colored, plates with tissue guards, folding map (short tear at stub), 42 other tinted illus, original green pictorial gilt cloth, with picture of mountain goat in gilt, gilt spine title lettering, spine rubbed and repaired, endpapers stained, light ripple, owner name on endpaper but otherwise unmarked, interior is very good in good cover.
Cordier 2820. Yakushi G88. Royal Geographical Society Catalogue p. 188. Neat G35. The author was a member of Forsyth second mission to Kashgar in 1873-4, one of the first expeditions to combine exploration with scientific investigation. All members contributed much useful information on the areas covered A detailed narrative of travels from Leh, to Kashgar, the Karakorum Pass, etc. The plates and illustrations, which used photo-lithography, were from author's sketches and paintings, and are of scenes, views, buildings and one of the horns of the Large Ovis Poli.
US$1100. bookID # 12302
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$7500. bookID # 12860
HENDERSON, George and Allan O. Hume; Lahore to Yarkand; Incidents of the Route and Natural History of the Countries Traversed by the Expedition of 1870 under T. D. Forsyth. London, L. Reeve & Co., 1873, First edition, 8vo [26 x 17.5 cm]; xiv, 370, 16 [ads] pp, 38 hand colored plates, including 32 of birds by Keulemans, 6 of plants, 26 heliotype illus on 16 plates, frontis, colored plates of geological sections, other illus, fldg map (tear at stub) part colored, tables, later cloth with gilt title on front cover, cover lightly rubbed, signature on half title page, lightly foxed on few margins, very good sound and tight copy.
Kaul 690: "A description of the route from Jammu to Ladakh via Banihal". Wood 383: "Report of an important scientific expedition". Zimmer 298: "The ornithological report contains descriptions of several new species". RGS Catalogue 215. The first 150 pages contains Henderson's travel narrative, with the rest of the book on natural history, mostly on birds by Hume. The narrative describes the 2,000 mile trip each way over a period of six months. The entomological report is by H. W. Bates and the botanical one by Henderson and J. D. Hooker, with a meteorological appendix. Notable especially for its fine plates, the hand colored plates of birds are very attractive.
US$1900. bookID # 12854
HERIOT, George; Travels Through The Canadas, Containing A Description Of The Picturesque Scenery On Some Of The Rivers & Lakes; Productions, Commerce, Inhabitants Of Those Provinces. . . . The Manners & Customs of several of the Indian Nations of North & South America. London, Richard Phillips, 1807, First edition, 4to [28 x 23 cm]; xii, 602, [i, directions to place plates], [i, ads] pp, 27 plates, (sepia aquatints), 6 folding including frontis panorama, hand colored folding map showing Great Lakes to Gulf of St. Lawrence, nineteenth century half blue morocco, gilt spine title lettering & decorations, raised bands, top edge gilted, light offsetting from plates, interesting bookplate of Robert Wetherill, some plates with shorter margins as issued, near fine, nicely bound.
First edition of what some have called the first Canadian coffee table book which underestimates its value as an important and comprehensive account of Canada. Heriot at postmaster-general of British North America 1799-1816, travelled extensively in the area, describing the fur trade, cod fishery, conditions, one of the best accounts of the loyalists settlements in Canada, voyage to the north, as well as a scholarly study of the indigenous peoples of north and south America, with a vocabulary of the Algonquin language. Prideaux 254: 'Illustrated books on North America are curiously few in the period with which we deal. By far the most interesting is Heriot's Travels Through the Canadas, interesting for its aquatints by Stadler and Lewis after Heriot'. The attractive plates from Heriot's fine paintings include: views of Quebec, St. Paul's Bay, Falls of Montmorenci, Falls of Chaudière, Falls of La Puce, Ruins of Château Richer, Lake St. Charles, River Etchemin, Bridge on the Jacques Cartier, Montreal, Fort of Niagara, Whirlpool of the Saint Lawrence, Falls of Niagara, French Canadian dancing, an Indian encampment, Indian costume, etc. Hill 142: 'the earliest and the most important aquatint book published on Canada'. Sabin 31489. TPL 805. Streeter 3658. Lande 433. Field 687. Abbey Travel 618.
US$2700. bookID # 12857
HUMBOLDT, Alexander de; Researches concerning the Institutions & Monuments of the Ancient Inhabitants of America, with Descriptions & Views of Some of the Most Striking Scenes in the Cordilleras. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, J. Murray, H. Colburn, 1814, First edition in English, translated from French by Helen Maria Williams, 8vo [22.5 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes in one, iv, 411; [i], 324 pp, 20 plates on 19 sheets including 5 with original hand coloring, each volume with engraved title page and vignette, tables, bibliog, index, list of plates, contemporary cloth, gilt spine title lettering and rules, internal hinge cracked but firm, very slight foxing on few leaves, but a clean unmarked copy, near fine, with a 9-line letter in hand of author & a cut down als address panel with wax seal.
Both the letter and envelope panel are in ink by author and tipped-in to front endpaper. Written in French, Humboldt commends the recipient's lecture and will recommend it to those interested in Italian literature. Sabin 33751. Goodman 622. Welch 161. Field 740. Humboldt was the most influential scientist of his time and traveled widely in Spanish America from 1799-1804. The work describes the geography and ruins he observed in Mexico and Peru and is one of the earliest archaeological works on the Aztec and Inca civilizations, with excellent plates.
US$1700. bookID # 12915
ISABELLE, Arsene; Voyage a Buenos-Ayres [Buenos Aires] et a Porto-Alegre, la Band-Oriental, les Missions d'Uraguay et la Province de Rio Grande do Sul de 1830 a 1834, suivi de considerations sur l'etat du commerce Francais a l'exterior, au Brazil et au Rio de la Plata. Havre, J. Morlent, 1835, First edition, and only edition, 8vo [22 x 16 cm]; [i], 618, [iv, subscriber list, errata] pp, 4 lithographed plates including frontis, folding map, later morocco backed boards, gilt spine title lettering & decorations, marbled edges, corners worn, title page repaired with paper, no loss, front endpaper removed, light foxing on some leaves, mostly marginal, ink stain on introduction leaf, good+.
Sabin 35239. Borba de Moreas I, 420: The book 'is full of interest, and is of value concerning its Brazilian section. It is one of the few books of the time which describes journeys across Rio Grande do Sul. The author was a guest of Bompland. . .He also visited the German colony of Sao Leopoldo in Port Alegre and the missions. The work is not easy to find today'. The author traveled through Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Rio do Sol, extensively around the Buenos Aires area. The frontis is view of Buenos Aires from the harbour, the other plates include a gaucho in process of roping a steer, costume plates. The often lacking errata leaf is present. A preliminary leaf has a printing of the author's signature.
US$1200. bookID # 11667
KIRKPATRICK, Colonel William; An Account of the Kingdom of Nepaul, Being the Substance of Observations Made During a Mission to that Country in the Year 1793. London, William Miller, 1811, First edition, 4to [29.5 x 23.5 cm]; xx, 386, [ii, index], [iv, publisher's catalogue] pp, 14 engraved plates including one hand colored, plate of alphabets, portrait, large folding map (old repair on verso, split at fold), engraved vignette on title page, half title, recent black leather, gilt spine title lettering on red and black leather labels, blind-stamp on margin of title and library ink stamp on verso, but no other library markings, half title margin a little chipped, light foxing, very good sound copy.
Yakushi k90a. Cox i, 311. A narrative by the first Englishman to enter Nepal, this being a diplomatic mission. Kirkpatrick was an officer with Lord Cornwallis in India and was dispatched to Nepal to settle a dispute with the Chinese, Nepalese and Tibet. At the time Nepal was spoken of as another El Dorado and was the subject for 'Lost Horizon'. The work provides much on the topography, geography, climate, agriculture, botany, zoology, culture, peoples, economy, history and with an extensive vocabulary listing. The plates include people, animals, bird, weapons, etc.
US$1900. bookID # 10611
KOSTER, Henry; Travels in Brazil. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1817, Second edition, the first edition was 1816, 8vo [22.5 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes, x, [ii], 406; iv, 380 pp, 8 fine aquatint plates, 2 folding maps, appendix, later full calf leather with gilt title lettering on red morocco spine labels, edges marbled, leaf with marginal tear, small stain on outer margin of few leaves, else near fine set in handsome binding.
The first edition was published in 1816 based on Koster's extensive travels in the area. His narrative is considered one of the most accurate and useful of all the travel accounts written on the area. Boraba de Moraes 437 (referring to this second edition of 1817): 'a classic work on the North of Brazil. . . greatly esteemed by all. . . In the appendix he transcribes two monographs by Arruda Camara, rare today, which appeared in Rio in 1810'. This appendix is on plants found in Brazil and their uses. The work includes chapters on the native peoples, planters, animals, agriculture, society, festivals, slavery, etc, based on the authors extensive travels. The maps are of the port of Pernambuco and of northern Brazil where the author travelled. A very attractive set.
US$1400. bookID # 11283
LA CONDAMINE, M. de [Charles Marie de (1701-1774)]; Journal du Voyage fait par Ordre du Roi a l'Equateur, servant d'Introduction Historique a la Mesure des Trois Premiers Degres du Meridian. Paris, de L'Imprimerie Royale, 1751, First edition, 4to [25 x 20 cm]; [ii], xxxvi, 280, xv (index) pp, 7 engraved maps, plans and plates including 6 folding, one being fldg table, engraved vignette head-pieces and tail-pieces, contemporary full leather, gilt spine title & design, raised bands, light cover wear, few tiny holes on front joint,marbled endpapers, endpaper labels of Le Chev du Blaisel & B. Mendel, few leaves with light marginal browning, else clean crisp, near fine.
This is the first edition of the account of the great French Scientific Expedition to South America to measure an arc of the meridian at the equator to determine the dimension and shape of the earth. After the scientific measurements done north of the city of Quito in Ecuador, La Condamine then journeyed down the Amazon, being the first to explore that region. His measurements stood the test of time until the advent of GPS showed that the actual equator was somewhat further south, although the original monument and museums north of Quito still advertise themselves as the actual equator. The work includes a detailed plan of the city of Quito and a large map of what is now Ecuador. Hill 169: 'the greatest geographical event of the eighteenth century as regards South America. . . to measure one exact degree of meridian to determine the dimensions and shape of the earth. . . the work occupied eight years'. Sabin 38479. Norman 1250.
US$2300. bookID # 13854
LE VAILLANT, M. [Francois]; Travels into the Interior Parts of Africa by way of the Cape of Good Hope, in the Years 1780, 81, 82, 83, 84 and 85 [with] New Travels into the Interior Parts of Africa. London, G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1790-1796, First edition in English, translated from the French edition of the same year, 8vo [21.5 x 13 cm]; 5 volumes, xii, 395; [ii], 403, [i, plate list, errata]; li, 288; iv, 383; iv, 488 pp, 34 copper engraved plates including folding, frontis & the plate of the Hottentot woman which was suppressed from most copies, without the map, contemporary full tree calf, gilt borders on covers, gilt decorated spines, gilt lettering on black leather labels, some joints cracked but firm, internally a few light stains but mainly free of foxing, lightly chipped spine end, very good set, clean.
Mendelssohn, I, 889, 890: 'His description is unique for this period, as little information respecting these regions had been published up to this date'. This a complete set of the author's first journey in Southern Africa, together with his second journey in three additional volumes, describing his travels to Algoa Bay and the district then known as Bruyntes Hoogte via Mossel Bay, through the Camdeboo country and crossing the Gamka, Buffalo, and Touws Rivers. The second expedition was to Namaqualand, Damaraland, Bechcuanaland and the Kalahari Desert. It provides an interesting and early narrative of South Africa at a time when it was little known. This is the best edition with all the plates including of giraffes, which were little known then, the local people, and several views including a view of the Cape and the town from a ship, a folding view of an encampment. Wood 433, 434. His many references to birds and animals became useful primary sources for many later works by other authors. A classic work on African travel.
US$1500. bookID # 6730
MACKENZIE, Alexander; Voyages from Montreal on the River St. Lawrence through the Continent of North America to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans in the years 1789 and 1793. London, Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, Cobbett and Morgan, and W. Creech, 1801, First edition, 4to [28 x 22 cm]; [i], viii, cxxxii, 412, [ii, errata leaf], engraved frontis portrait, 3 large folding maps, one with route hand colored in red (one map loose, tears on maps), original elaborately blind-stamped leather boards, rebacked with leather spine, raised bands, gilt title lettering on red leather spine label, cover lightly worn, light offsetting on title page, very light foxing on some pages, very good+ sound copy.
Howes M133: 'First crossing of the continent from ocean to ocean by a white man'. Hill 187: 'One of the most important of Canadian books'. Sabin 43414: 'Remarkable for its accuracy'. Wheat Transmississippi 251: 'a milestone'. Field 967: 'Filled with accounts of the tribes of Indians who inhabited the regions traversed by him. . . a minute, careful and interesting relation of them. . . his investigations were remarkable for their accuracy; Sir John Franklin expressed his surprise at being able to corroborate their correctness in his own explorations'. Lande 1317. Streeter Sale 3653. Wagner-Camp 1:1. TPL 658. The work includes accounts of two expeditions: the first in 1789 from Fort Chipeway to the Arctic Sea, the author being only the second white person the reach the Arctic by land, and the second in 1792 across North America to the Pacific, including details on the fur trade and the discovery of the Mackenzie River. The first edition of the first account of a North American transcontinental crossing, a cornerstone work of exploration.
US$4700. bookID # 13057
MAWE, John; Travels in the Gold and Diamond Districts of Brazil; describing the Methods of Working the Mines, the Natural Productions, Agriculture and Commerce and the Customs & Manners of the Inhabitants, with a brief Account of the Process . . . in Peru and Chile. London, Lonman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, 1825, Second edition, although first edition with this title, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xi, 493, [i, errata], [i, ads], 16 [publisher's ads] pp, 8 fine hand colored plates, including frontis, on 5 leaves, plus engraved map showing author's route, half title page is present, original boards, later spine, title lettering on spine label, corners worn, very slightly foxed, small name on endpaper, overall very good, sound and tight copy, with bright plates.
An important early travel narrative on Brazil with much on mining, agriculture, the cities, culture, customs, etc based on the author's extensive travels. The author later wrote several famous mineralogy books. Borba de Moraes 541, 3: 'The first de visu account of the gold and diamond mines in Brazil. . . This second edition [revised by the author based on new material he received] is much scarcer than the original edition of 1812. The plates are new and are colored. . . fresh details added'. The first edition of 1812 did not have the fine view plates colored. The plates include a view of Rio de Janeiro, cattle ranching, corn mill, topaz mine, washing diamonds, gold, etc. Abbey Travel 709 (citing this edition). Sabin 46991: 'The work of Mr. Mawe contains the first authentic information which the jealousy of the Portuguese Government ever allowed a foreigner to acquire respecting the universal treasures of the Brazils'. The book also contains an early description of Sao Paulo.
US$3100. bookID # 12918
MAWE, John; Travels in the Interior of Brazil, particularly in the Gold and Diamond Districts of that country; by Authority of the Prince Regent of Portugal, including a Voyage to the Rio de la Plata & a historical sketch of the Revolution of Buenos Aires. London, Lonman, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1812, First edition, 4to [29 x 22.5 cm]; vii, 366, [i, binding directions], [i, ads] pp, frontis, 9 engraved plates and map, including colored plate (complete), contemporary boards, gilt title lettering on leather spine label, cover worn, spine ends chipped, joints cracking, some small holes in pages, mostly marginal, but including part of image of few plates, good wide-margin copy.
An important early travel narrative on Brazil with much on mining, agriculture, the cities, culture, customs, etc based on the author's extensive travels. The author later wrote several famous mineralogy books. Borba de Moraes 541: 'The first de visu account of the gold and diamond mines in Brazil. . . the view of the Jaragua mining camp is the first landscape document which exists of the interior of Sao Paulo'. The plates include a view of washing for diamonds at Mandanga, gold washing at Jaragua, view of topaz mine at Capon, machinery, River Jigitonbonha, plates of minerals, diamonds, topaz, tourmaline, shells, etc., being some of the earliest views of the interior of Brazil. Abbey Travel 709. Sabin 46991: 'The work of Mr. Mawe contains the first authentic information which the jealousy of the Portuguese Government ever allowed a foreigner to acquire respecting the universal treasures of the Brazils'. Griffin 3858: 'Widely translated in several European languages, Mawe's was the first description by a foreigner of the mining regions of Brazil'. The book also contains an early description of Sao Paulo.
US$1200. bookID # 13082
MEE, Margaret, foreword by Roberto Burle Marx, preface by Sir George Taylor; Flowers of the Brazilian Forests. London, The Tryon Gallery in association with George Rainbird, , First edition, limited edition of 500 copies of which this is #350, large folio [53 x 41 cm]; [72 l] pp, 32 fine colored plates, including frontis, from paintings by Mee, each with tissue guard, signed in the plate by Mee, dated 1960s, maps, list of plates, pictorial endpapers, original green morocco-backed boards, bound by Zaehnsdorf, boards with hand marbled paper, gilt spine title lettering & gilt vignette on front, top edge gilted, original clear glassine jacket, original cloth slipcase, clean, fine and bright copy.
A superb production with most attractive plates, including nine of orchids and six of bromeliads, each plate with a descriptive leaf. Margaret Mee (1909-88) traveled to the Amazon area 15 times over a 32 year period, by canoe, on foot and often alone. Her paintings and sketches "could stand without shame in the high company of such masters as Georg Dionysius Ehret and Redoute" (Wilfred Blunt). Mee was a passionate conservationist and devoted her life to recording the diversity and beauty of the Amazon. She was one of the first to protest the destruction still taking place there. Sitwell in Great Flower Books describes her work as: 'exceptional and quite in the tradition of the great eighteenth-century books '. 'Mee's work is of an unusually high order of excellence and in the best tradition of flower painting' [Taylor, director of Royal Botanic Garden of Kew]. 'Mee was a talented botanical painter and intrepid traveller. . .an exceptional personality' [Oak Spring Flora]. One of the plants illustrated was discovered by Mee herself.
US$1400. bookID # 13044
MORIER, James; A Journey Through Persia, Armenia, And Asia Minor, To Constantinople, In The Years 1808 And 1809; In Which Is Included, Some Account Of The Proceedings Of His Majesty's Mission, Under Sir Harford Jones, To The Court Of The King Of Persia. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1812, First edition, 4to [30.5 x 25 cm]; xvi, 438 pp, complete with 26 aquatint or engraved plates, mostly from author's drawings, 3 folding engraved maps, tables, without half title, index, nineteenth century half red morocco, marbled boards and edges, title lettering on spine leather label, edges rubbed, light dampstain on inside margin of dozen leaves, light foxing, very good sound copy with good wide margins.
'The record of his journey, published in 1812 during his second absence in Persia, at once took rank as an important authority on a country then little known to Englishmen, and by its admirable style and accurate observation, its humour and graphic power, still holds a foremost place among early books of travel in Persia' [DNB]. Abbey Travel 357. Atabey 837. Prideaux pp. 241: the author 'was also an artist of some merit, and his illustrations to his Travels are of considerable interest.' The plates are mainly views. There are appendices on the money of Persia, routes through Persia, section on Arab pirates. The author travelled extensively in what is now Iran, including Bushire, Shiraz, Persepolis, Ispahan, Teheran, Tabriz, Arz-roum, Amasia and finally to Constantinople.
US$1700. bookID # 11332
PUYDT, E. De [Paul Emile]; Les Orchidees. Histoire Iconographique. Organographie, Classification, Geographie, Collections, Commerce, Emploi - Culture, avec Une Revue Descriptive des Especes Cultivees en Europe. Paris, J. Rothschild, Editeur, 1880, First edition, large 8vo [27 x 19 cm]; viii, 348 pp, 50 fine colored lithographed plates (chromolithographs). mostly hand-finished (orig hand coloring), each with tissue guard, 244 other engraved illustrations, index, title page in red and black, contemporary calf backed boards, gilt spine title lettering and decorations, joints rubbed, lightly foxed, very good sound copy.
Covering the orchids that were cultivated in Europe at that time, having been sent mostly from South America, Asia, etc, most of which are still cultivated today. The detailed text (in French) includes much on each species, where they were found, collections, use and culture. The colored plates are 'beautifully done' [Glikbarg, the Orchid Observed #22]. Little is known about the artists M. Leroy or M. Guibert. Nissan 1572. Stafleau TL24810. Burrage catalogue 69.
US$1360. bookID # 12487
RAFFLES, Sir Thomas Stamford; Antiquarian, Architectural and Landscape Illustrations of The History of Java. London, Henry G. Bohn, 1830, 1844, second and best edition with all plates, the first edition was 1817, 4to, 8vo [33.5 x 26.5 & 23 x 14.5 cm]; 3 volumes including plate volume, xlviii, 536; iv, 332, clxxix pp,with large folding map, 92 plates including 10 finely hand-colored aquatints, large folding plan, music notation, other maps, tables, index, original red cloth with title lettering on front cover or spine, plate volume spine worn, mostly lacking, light foxing on some plates, heavier on a few, colored plates clean with tissue guards, text volumes bit faded but near fine, plate volume very good.
First printed in 1817 in only 900 copies with only 66 plates, this edition being expanded to 92 plates and map. The plates are reputed to be by William Daniell. The author travelled extensively on the island. Abbey Travel 554; Tooley 391; Hill I, 245. According to Abbey, the atlas of plates was published separately for the second edition which was published in 1830 and printed in only a small number. Bastin p. 5: 'The book was got together with considerable haste and was published in 1817 in two quarto volumes. . .a total of 900 copies were published. Apart from its originality. . .the outstanding feature of the book is its 66 plates, ten or which are coloured aquatints illustrating Javanese life and costume and the Papuan boy who accompanied Raffles to England in 1816'. The plates of this edition include all the plates of the first edition plus additional plates of Javanese antiquities and topography. Prideaux: 'a monumental work. . . still a standard book'. Von Hunersdorff: 'An influential work valued for the author's firsthand observations on the customs and condition of the Javanese under his administration as Governor General during the British occupation of the Dutch East Indies'. The text volumes printed in 1830 have a great deal of data, much in tabular form including statistics, populartion, vocabularies, etc. with much of the author's text describing the people and country in great detail. from natural history and
US$1900. bookID # 8686
RICHARDSON, Sir John; Arctic Searching Expedition: A Journal of a Boat-Voyage Through Ruperts Land and the Arctic Sea, in Search of the Discovery Ships Under Command of Sir John Franklin with an Appendix on the Physical Geography of North America. London, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1851, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; 2 volumes, viii, 413, 32 [ads]; vii, 426 pp, 10 color lithographed (chromolithograph) plates, 8 wood engravings, folding hand colored map (short tear), tables, later half calf bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, raised bands, gilt spine title lettering on spines, a few margins with barely perceptible foxing, interior is clean and near fine in fine and handsome binding.
AB 14489: "Contains the journal of Richardson's and Dr John Rae's expedition in the summer and fall of 1848 down the Mackenzie River and eastward along the coast to Coppermine River, returning overland to Fort Confidence; with chapters on Eskimos, Kutchin, Cree and Chiewyan Indians and on Dr Rae's summer journey in 1849, down the Coppermine River." The appendices are on physical geography, climatology, the geographical distribution of plants, list of insects, vocabularies of natives. According to the Arctic Bibliography, the first American edition of 1852 were issued with no plates or map. Eight of the color plates are of aboriginals in views or activities. Lande 1411. Field 1300. Sabin 71025. TPL 3029. Graff 3493. Peel 266.
US$1600. bookID # 12887
SHAW, Thomas; Travels, or Observations Relating to Several Parts of Barbary and the Levant; [with] A Supplement to a Book Entitled Travels or Observations, &c. wherein Some Objections, lately made against it, are Fully Considered and Answered with Several Additional. London, A. Millar, 1738, 1746, First edition of the book and of the supplement, the Best edition, folio [34.5 x 23 cm]; [viii], xv, [i], 442, [ii], 60, [viii] pp, 34 copper engraved plates, plans & maps (including 10 fldg maps, plates), leaf of engraved music, half-title & div half-titles, title in red & black, engraved head & tail pieces, text illus, contemporary full calf, gilt title lettering on red leather spine label, joints cracked but firm, old wear to edges, bookplate of William Robertson, Advocate (relative of Scottish historian of same name, lightly foxed on 2 leaves, interior is crisp, fine.
Cox i, p377. Pritzel 8649. Gay 391. Nissen. 3839 Casey Wood p566. Blackmer Sale 307: "His work is valuable for its accurate descriptions of antiquities, geography & natural history he observed". Gibbon praised him and 'his scrupulous fidelity was vindicated by James Bruce and by later African explorers. . . a noble example of typography' (D.N.B., vol 17, p 1384). Lowndes 2372: 'These Travels have been universally esteemed, not only for their accuracy and fidelity, but on account of the illustrations they contain of natural history, of the classic authors, and especially of the Scriptures.' A handsomely printed work, the best description of North Africa of the period. The author visited Egypt, Sinai, Palestine, Cyprus and most of North Africa, and provides much material on Tunis and Algeria. A section on Lebanon is included in the description of the Levant. More than 640 species of plants are described. There is also a list of the rarer plants of Barbary, Egypt and Arabia. The plates include natural history, botany, animals, antiquities. His geological views were enlightened for his time, while his conjectures on the subject of the pyramids have been fully confirmed by later investigators. There is a section on plants, birds, animals, etc, he collected. This is regarded as the best edition which includes the supplement published 6 years later and which contains his folding plate Lithostrotum Preaenestinum which is found in some
US$1750. bookID # 11010
SIMPSON, Thomas; Narrative of the Discoveries on the North Coast of America; effected by the Officers of the Hudson's Bay Company During the Years 1836-39. London, Richard Bentley, 1843, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xix, 419 pp 3 folding maps on two sheets, two maps hand colored in outline, half red morocco and matching red boards, raised bands, gilt spine title lettering, front joint cracked & repaired, bookplates of Francis Hagner and Andrew Taylor, polar archivist, interior clean and near fine.
TPL 2315. Streeter 3709. Hill p274. Field 1411. Wagner-Camp 101. Arctic Bibliography 16124: 'Contains biographical sketch of the author with comment on the mystery of his death by his brother, narrative of expedition of Peter Dease and Thomas Simpson with party of twelve men to explore the northern coast of America from Mackenzie River westward and from Coppermine River eastward to Back River. Contains the journey from Fort Garry (Winnipeg) to Fort Chipewyan; descent of the Slave and Mackenzie [Rivers], etc.; discovering Boothia (now Simpson) Strait; exploration of the southern coast of Boothia Peninsula and Victoria Island. Includes detailed remarks on geographic features along the routes, weather and travel conditions; the Indians and Eskimos of the Mackenzie, northern Alaska and Coppermine regions'. An appendix lists about 150 plants collected along the coast between Coppermine River and Point Turn again, 1838, with reference to literature by Sir W. J. Hooker, eminent botanist, magnetic variation and dip observed by Simpson. Besides the maps called for in the book there are several contemporary maps, mounted on rear endpapers, including two maps taken from the Times of November 1st and 2nd, 1876 relating to the Nares Arctic expedition in the Alert and Discovery with two pages of text on same; and a folding map of the Arctic regions showing the route of the Captain Austin expedition, undated but nineteenth century, entitled Map of
US$1800. bookID # 12732
SKINNER, Joseph; The Present State of Peru: Comprising its Geography, Topography, Natural History, Mineralogy, Commerce, the Customs & Manners of its Inhabitants, State of Literature, Philosophy, the Arts, the Modern Travels of the Missionaries in Unexplored Mountainous. London, Richard Phillips, 1805, First edition, 4to [28 x 22 cm]; xiv, 487, [i, errata] pp, 20 fine hand colored stipple and line engravings (complete) on heavier paper, index, list of plates, contemporary full calf, new spine, spine title lettering on leather labels, original gilt decorated boards, marbled endpapers, light edge wear, few lower margins with light stain, short tear in margin of index pages, very good, clean in handsome binding.
A comprehensive description of Peru including the territory, natural history, mineralogy, commerce, Lima, native peoples, topography, literature, climate, etc. The Longevity section describes Don Juan Modesto who lived to 133 years. Appendices describe missions to Caxamarquilla, travels to river Huallago, lake of Gran Cocama in 1790, rivers Maranon and Ucayali, and to Manoa tribes in 1791, travels in mountainous territories, itinerary from Chavin to Chicoplaya. The colored plates show the costume of various parts of Peruvian society, including nobility, natives, bullfighter, llamas, etc. Abbey Travel 723. Hiler 802. Sabin 81615. Palau 315564. Lipperheide I, 389. Skinner seems to have based the work on his translated portions from El Mercurio Peruano.
US$2500. bookID # 13705
SPRUCE, Richard; A Collection of Nine of His Papers including Notes of a Visit to the Cinchona Forests on the Quitenian Andes; Expedition to Procure Seeds & Plants of the Cinchona; the Mountains of Llanganati. . . Quitonian Andes, etc. various places, several journals, as listed below`, 1844-1864, First editions, 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; includes 9 original papers by Spruce, folding partly colored map, plate of Utricularia Peltata, Spruce, from Linn. Society Journal Botany Vol. IV, 1845, contemporary half calf, with gilt title lettering 'Opuscula; R. S.' on leather spine label, marbled boards rubbed, contents of papers listed hand-written on endpaper, initials RS in ink on margin of first paper, marginal notes & corrections, very good.
The papers by Richard Spruce included here are: The Musci and Hepaticae of Teesdale, Trans. Bot. Society of Edinburgh, 1844 (pp 65-89); On Several Mosses new to the British Flora, London Journal of Botany, 1845 (pp1-27); On Five New Plants from Eastern Peru, Linnaean Society, 1859 (pp191-204); On the Mode of Branching of Some Amazon Trees, Linn. Soc., 1861, (pp 3-51); Notes of a Visit to the Cinchona Forests on the Western slope of the Quiteian Andes, Linn Journal, 1859, (176-192); On the Mountains of Llanganati in the Eastern Cordillera of the Quitonian Andes, offprint (?, or possibly earlier printing, has a few hand corrections) from Royal Geographical Society of London, 1861 (1-21, with folding engraved map, partly colored showing his routes); On the River Purus, a Tributary of the Amazon, no publisher stated, June 13, 1864 (1-13); Notes on the Valleys of Piura and Chira in Northern Peru and on the Cultivation of Cotton Therein, London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1864 (pp 1-81). In addition there is only part of his paper, Report on the Expedition to Procure Seeds and Plants of the Cinchona Succirubra, or Red Bark Tree, London 1861, pages 85-112 only, the rest being removed but pages 104-111 being a note by Spruce on Cinchona Succirubra, Pavon and allied species, dated 1861 and pages 111-112 being a note by Clements R. Markham , respected author who wrote two books on obtaining Cinchona seeds and plants for planting in India to develop a
US$1100. bookID # 12291
TANCOIGNE, M.; A Narrative of a Journey Into Persia and Residence at Teheran; Containing a Descriptive Itinerary from Constantinople to the Persian Capital, also a variety of Anecdotes Illustrative of the History, Commerce, Religion, Manners, Customs of the Inhabitants. London, William Wright, 1820, First edition in English, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; xvi, 402 pp, engraved frontis (interior of harem), engraved folding map of Persia, showing route of General Gardan's Embassy from Constantinople to Teheran in 1807, recent leather backed marbled boards with gilt decorations on spine and gilt title lettering on green leather label, one cm tear in frontis margin, light stain in inner corner of margin, title slightly foxed else a near fine copy in nice binding.
Wilson p. 222. Weber I, 82. Blackmer 1628 (note). Not in Ghani. Tancoigne accompanied General Gardane's embassy to Tehran in 1807 and negotiated various concessions for French merchants. The last goo quality copy noted at auction sold for over US$2,300 at Sotheby's in 1999..
US$1100. bookID # 7531
TORRENS, Lt. Col. Henry d'Oyley; Travels in Ladak, Tartary and Kashmir. London, Saunders, Otley and Co., 1862, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; iv, [i, errata slip, often lacking], 367 pp, folding map frontis with tissue guard, 12 colored plates including two folding panoramas (one with margin repair), one plate is mounted, many other illustrations (complete), original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, rubbed and faded, signature on title, minor foxing on few leaves, very good sound copy.
Yakushi T192. Royal Geographical Society 474. Marshall 787. The author describes his travels of well over 1,000 miles from Simla, to Le, capital of Ladak, to Sreenuggur, the capital of Kashmir and then south easterly via Chumba and Kangra, returning to Simla, over several months. The author seems also to have provided the many excellent illustrations, from his drawings, sketches, paintings, including panoramas of Kashmir Valley from Soleiman's Seat to Nichat Bach and of Le, From the Palace to the Valley of the Indus.. An interesting and insightful account including much on the peoples, views, customs, etc.
US$1200. bookID # 12571
TURNER, Captain Samuel; An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama in Tibet; Containing a Narrative of a Journey Through Bootan and Part of Tibet. London, G. and W. Nicol, 1800, First edition, 4to [30 x 24 cm]; xxviii, 473 pp, 13 fine engraved plates including double-page, plus folding engraved map by J. Walker dated Feb 12th, 1800 (short tear in margin), other illus, later calf-backed binding, gilt rules & devises, gilt title lettering on leather spine label, expert repair to verso title & folding plate, a few small light stains in margins, small signature on title, else a clean near fine copy with nice wide margins.
Cordier 2909. Yakushi T140. Cox I, 346: "This is without comparison the most valuable work that has yet appeared on Thibet." 'Sprightly narrative' (MacGregor in Tibet, who devotes a full chapter on Turner and reproduces many of the plates). The author, who was an officer in the East India service, provides an early travel account in Tibet, which both before and after strictly limited foreigners from entering. He travelled in 1783-85 from Bhutan to Gyantse and Shigatse, Chumbe Valley, Tang La, etc. Robert Saunders provided the botanical, mineralogical and medical observations and Samuel Davis provided the fine plates, mostly of scenery, an early plate of the Yak, buildings, palaces, dwellings, a double-page plate of Tibetan writing, etc. The views were drawn on the spot by Lieutenant Samuel Davis and with botanical, mineralogical and medical observations by Robert Saunders. This is regarded as the earliest and best description of Tibet of the period.
US$1600. bookID # 11483
VIGNE, G. T.; Travels in Kashmir, Ladak, Iskardo, the Countries Adjoining the Mountain Course of the Indus and the Himalaya, North of the Panjab. London, Henry Colburn, 1842, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; two volumes, xlviii, 406; x, 463, 26 [publisher's ads dated Jan 1841], complete with 13 maps and plates including large folding map in pocket, frontis in each volume, view plates, costume plates, other illus, appendix, errata, rebacked preserving most of original blind-stamped cloth and spines, gilt spine title lettering on each volume, lightly rubbed, very good or better, interior clean and unmarked, solid binding, original ribbon in map pocket.
A narrative of the author's extensive travels, including a detailed introduction on his observations of the events in Afghanistan, his travels through present day India, Ldiana, Rupur, Nadaun, Ladak, through Kashmir, Little Tibet, through the mountains, and other parts of Central Asia, with good description of the peoples, customs, jungles, nature, plants, buildings, religion, events, interviews with important persons, etc. 'He traveled for amusement, saw much and was assisted in his observations by the possession of some knowledge of science' [DNB]. The plates and other illustrations are quite good. Yakushi V38. Baker 264.
US$1800. bookID # 10518
WELD, Isaac; Travels Through the States of North America and the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada During the Years 1795, 1796 and 1797. London, John Stockdale, 1799, First edition, 4to [27.5 x 12 cm]; xxiv, 464 pp, 16 plates and maps (complete as per list) including folding colored map, other map, 3 plans, etched frontis, tissue guards, rebacked preserving original leather spine with gilt title lettering and decorations, marbled boards, internal hinge cracked but firm, name on title, interior is clean and fine, with light foxing on a few leaves, including some plates, mostly marginal.
Howes W235. Sabin 102541. TPL 708. A good first edition of these important travels. The plates include several of Niagara, Quebec city, Cohoz Falls, Mount Vernon, Bethlehem, views, etc. The maps include a large folding colored map of northern states of America and a map of Upper and Lower Canada. Clark II, 132: 'Weld landed at Philadelphia in November, 1795, from which he made excursions in all directions. On one of these he visited Baltimore, Washington, Alexandria, and Mount Vernon. On another he moved west to York and Lancaster, the northern neck of Virginia, and Williamsburg and Norfolk, apparently going as far south as the Dismal Swamp. At Williamsburg he noted that the capital was crumbling to pieces, that William and Mary was a grammar school rather than a college, that the church was out of repair, and that the hospital for the insane was not well regulated. On his return he journeyed to Richmond and west to the mountains and, as was usual with travelers, he described Rock Bridge. After coming back to Philadelphia he went to Canada', including Montreal, Quebec, Kingston, Niagara, Detroit, etc. A highly popular account, translated into several languages and with many later printings, including a second edition in the same year in two volumes using the same material, and much on social, economic, agricultural conditions, customs, topography, etc. Howes W235. Sabin 192541. Lande 890. TPL 708.
US$1300. bookID # 12746
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