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ALLEN, Alexandra; Travelling Ladies. London, Jupiter, [1980], First edition, 8vo [21.5 x 15 cm]; 266 pp, illustrations from original sources, bibliog, original red cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (price clipped, tiny chip), else fine and clean.

The author traces the careers of eight remarkable ladies who flouted the conventions of the nineteenth century in the pursuit of knowledge, spiritual fulfillment or romance including May French Sheldon's trek across Africa, Kate Marsden's journey to leper colonies in Siberia, Alexandra David-Neel in Tibet, Daisy Bates caring for aborigines in Australia, Jane Digby el Mesrab in Europe to Damascus, Mildred Cable in Central Asia, Marianne North, and Isabella Bird Bishop who travelled almost everywhere.

US$12. bookID # 9353


BELLOTTI, Felice; Fabulous Congo. London, Andrew Dakers, nd [c1954], First British edition, translated from the Italian by Mervyn Savill, 8vo [24.5 x 18 cm]; 221 pp, 62 plates from photos printed on both sides of the page, map endpapers, title page vignette, index, original cloth, spine faded but gilt spine title lettering clear, dj (light wear at edges, two letters effected by removal of price sticker, not price clipped), else very good+ and clean, with the original ribbon bookmark.

Travels in the Congo and Ruanda-Urundi with excellent illustrations of the people, activities, artifacts, and description of the tribes, animals and natural resources.

US$14. bookID # 11337


BISHOP, Mrs. (Isabella L. Bird); Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan including Summer in the Upper Karun Region and a Visit to the Nestorian Rayahs. London, John Murray, 1891, First edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes, xiv, 381, [ii, ads]; [vi], 409 pp, 2 frontis (one a portrait of author), 2 folding colored maps, plates, illus, index, half-titles in both volumes, original cloth decorated in gilt & blue, gilt lettering on front covers and spines. spines lightly sunned, owner's small address label on endpaper, else clean near fine partly unopened copy presentation copy by publisher, with his small blind-stamp on tp.

Ghani 42. Robinson 82. The author travelled extensively in the area including Bakhtiari Country, Armenia, Azerbijan, Iraq, Irakajemi, Persia, Kurdistan, over a two year period, and provides detailed descriptions including of the peoples, customs, society, social and economic life, geography, etc. Bishop was the first woman to address a meeting of the Royal Geographical Society and one of the first to be elected to its fellowship. This is a presentation copy by the publisher, with his small blind-stamp on the title page of volume I.

US$950. bookID # 7283


BLUNT, Lady Anne; Bedouin Tribes of the Euphrates, edited, with a preface and some account of the Arabs and their Horses by W. S. B.. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1879, First American Edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; 445, [i, ad] pp, frontis, 12 plates with tissue guards, music in text, folding color map, foldout chart of horse breeds, original pictorial gilt cloth, showing picture of horse and rider, spine ends frayed, internal hinge cracked but firm, very good copy with bright gilt, signature on endpaper but contents clean.

The author's husband, Wilfred Scawen Blunt, Arab scholar, horse breeder and poet, wrote the preface. The author, granddaughter of Lord Byron, lived like a Bedouin, for the most part in Arab dress, and rode some two thousand miles to the Persian Gulf without guides or the usual caravan, becoming accepted by the Bedouin, and was thus able to see and learn more than most previous travellers. Robinson 6: "Blunt was one of the coolest and most level headed of all lady travellers. . . a classic travel account."

US$245. bookID # 8305


BLUNT, Lady Anne; Bedouin Tribes of the Euphrates, edited, with a preface and some account of the Arabs and their Horses by W. S. B.. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1879, First American Edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; 445, [i, ad] pp, frontis, 12 plates with tissue guards, music in text, folding color map, foldout chart of horse breeds, original pictorial gilt cloth, showing picture of horse and rider, spine ends frayed, internal hinge cracked but firm, very good copy with bright gilt, signature on endpaper but contents clean, with biographical news clipping on rear endpaper.

The author's husband, Wilfred Scawen Blunt, Arab scholar, horse breeder and poet, wrote the preface. The author, granddaughter of Lord Byron, lived like a Bedouin, for the most part in Arab dress, and rode some two thousand miles to the Persian Gulf without guides or the usual caravan, becoming accepted by the Bedouin, and was thus able to see and learn more than most previous travelers. Robinson 6: "Blunt was one of the coolest and most level headed of all lady travelers. . . a classic travel account."

US$140. bookID # 10472


CALDWELL, Elsie Noble; Satin Skirts of Commerce. New York, Richard R. Smith, 1945, First Edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; 204 pp, frontis (map), plates from photos, original cloth, dj (wear, tears), else very good, clean copy.

Travels from Capetown to Mozambique, Zanzibar, Mombassa, Seychelles, Goa, Bombay, Agra, Rangoon, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Toga, Samoa and Hawaii, the author describes the peoples, customs, nature, agriculture, trade, with about a hundred photos.

US$5. bookID # 2669


CHASE, Ilka; Fresh from the Laundry. Garden City, Doubleday & Company, 1967, First edition, 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; [viii], 230 pp, 57 photos on 24 pages of plates, pictorial endpapers, original brown cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (chipped at spine ends, price clipped), fine, clean and unmarked in good jacket.

A narrative of the author's travels in the Balkans through Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, before the Soviet empire collapsed, paints interesting pictures of life, conditions, customs, etc. With good photos by her husband, Dr. Norton Brown.

US$5. bookID # 13519


CLIFTON, Mrs. Talbot [Violet]; Pilgrims to the Isles of Penance; Orchid Gathering in the East. London, John Long, [1911], First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; 320 pp, frontis, 54 illustrations from photos on plates, foldout map of Philippine Islands, South China Sea to Siam, Sumatra showing route in red, with the errata sheet (often lacking), index, title page printed in red and black, original cloth with gilt spine title lettering, lightly foxed at outer edge, signature of R. G. Pennington on endpaper, a very good copy.

Robinson 233. The author and her husband Talbot, a restless and dissatisfied explorer, went plant hunting in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and although the main purpose of the expedition, the author describes their travels to Rangoon, Siam, Singapore, Batavia and all parts in between as well with good descriptions of the peoples, their customs, conditions, etc, with plant hunting forming a small part of the book.

US$170. bookID # 8842


CLIFTON, Mrs. Talbot [Violet]; Pilgrims to the Isles of Penance; Orchid Gathering in the East. London, John Long, [1911], First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; 320 pp, frontis, 54 illustrations from photos on plates, foldout map of Philippine Islands, South China Sea to Siam, Sumatra showing route in red, with the errata sheet (often lacking), index, title page printed in red and black, original cloth with gilt spine title lettering, edges lightly rubbed, very good, interior quite clean.

Robinson 233. The author and her husband Talbot, a restless and dissatisfied explorer, went plant hunting in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and although the main purpose of the expedition, the author describes their travels to Rangoon, Siam, Singapore, Batavia and all parts in between as well with good descriptions of the peoples, their customs, conditions, etc, with plant hunting forming a small part of the book.

US$190. bookID # 10863


DAY, Luella; The Tragedy of the Klondike; This Book of Travels Gives the True Facts of What Took Place in the Gold-fields Under British Rule. New York, np, 1906, First edition, 12mo [19.5 x 14 cm]; 181 pp, photo plates including one of author, with the half-title, original blue cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, spine ends a little rubbed, two leaves opened carelessly with loss of about quarter of a page, internal hinges repaired, otherwise very good.

Arctic Bibliography 3740. The author's personal narrative of her travels in the Klondike, Yukon, during the gold rush with some remarkable pictures.

US$100. bookID # 10803


DE WECK, Christine; Voyage to Inner Mongolia and Tibet (1985-86). New York, Vantage Press, [1987], First edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; x, [i], 98 pp, 32 pages of illustrations from photos, bibliog, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped), fine and clean.

The author describes her travels to some untraveled parts of Central Asia, visiting towns, temples, describing the people and monuments, lamas, the land, her adventures.

US$20. bookID # 11551


DISKI, Jenny; Skating to Antarctica. Hopewell, The Ecco Press, [1998], First edition, 12mo [21 x 14 cm]; [vi], 250 pp, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, faint stain on cloth, dj (price clipped), very good.

Gorgeous evocations of the Antarctic and entertaining portraits of her fellow travelers, the author's unsentimental funny memoir explores long frozen accounts of her childhood. This seems to the author's first non-fiction, having previously published seven novels and a collection of short stories.

US$5. bookID # 11957


DORR, Julia C. R.; Bermuda; An Idyll of the Summer Islands. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1885, , 12mo [17.5 x 12 cm]; [vi], 148 pp, 2 maps including folding colored map at end, original green two-part cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front cover and gilt map on front cover, lightly rubbed at edge, very good copy, interior clean and fine.

Smith D70. The author was a popular children's writer who lived in New England.

US$120. bookID # 7855


FARMER, Sarah S.; Tonga and the Friendly Islands; with a Sketch of their Mission History. London, Hamilton, Adams, & Co., 1855, First edition, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; vii, 427 pp, 8 plates including frontis, 2 double-page maps (one with damage in blank margin), other illus, original brown cloth, decorated in blind and gilt, with gilt spine title lettering, internal hinges strengthened, lacks rear blank endpaper, old owner's stamp on title erased, good copy.

Taylor 306. Hill 101: "First edition of a significant book on Tongan history, which has chapters on the discovery of the South Seas, Captain Cook's visits to Tonga, the Methodist mission, the civil war in Tonga and the reign of King George." One of the plates is on the different types of coral found there, another plate shows two types of canoes used by the natives.

US$350. bookID # 7532


FRENCH-SHELDON, M.; Sultan to Sultan; Adventures Among the Masai and Other Tribes of East Africa. London, Saxon & Co., 1892, First British edition, large 8vo [24 x 18 cm]; [viii], 435 pp, frontis (portrait), plus 25 plates from photos, map, hundreds of illustrations from photos and drwgs, original red cloth with gilt title lettering on spine and front cover, spine a little faded but lettering clean, edges rubbed, small bookplate of Ronald Dawkins on endpaper, interior clean, very good.

A well-illustrated account of the author's travels from Aden to Mombasa, Zanzibar, where she formed a caravan, Wa-Nyika, Wa-Teita to Tveta, around Lake Chala with chapters on vulcans of Chaga, , Kimangelia, Masai, Hamidi, her meetings with Sultan Mireali and Mandara of Moschi, etc. The map is of Kilimanjaro to the sea. The illustrations include handicrafts, weapons, people, customs, jewelry. The last section is a listing of the medicines taken with on the expedition.

US$180. bookID # 9017


GOOCH [IGLEHART], Fanny Chambers; Face to Face with the Mexicans: The Domestic Life, Educational, Social and Business Ways, Statesmanship, Literature, Legendary and General History of the Mexican People, as seen and Studied by an American Woman during Seven Years of Intercourse With Them. New York, Fords, Howard & Hulbert, [1887], , large 8vo [25 x 19 cm]; 584, [xii, ads] pp, frontis, two colored lithographed plates of flowers (chromolithograph), 200 other plates and illus, mostly from drwgs, some photos, musical notation, portraits, original pictorial cloth with flowers on front cover, gilt spine title lettering, spine rubbed and frayed at ends, internal hinge cracked but firm, very good interior clean and unmarked.

Spain & Spanish America 344. Smith I1. Cole 224: 'With tireless enthusiasm, unabashed curiosity, and a willingness to be challenged by the environment, the author probed dissimilar segments of Mexican society between 1880 and 1887....Her descriptions of things domestic, the home, the market place, the children, are superior to those of any traveller of this period'. With most attractive illustrations. A chapter on song and dance includes several pages of musical notation. The recent reprint in much abridged to 250 pages.

US$140. bookID # 9602


GORDON, Mrs. Will., F. R. G. S.; Roumania Yesterday and To-Day; With an Introduction and Two Chapters by H. M. The Queen of Roumania. London, John Lane The Bodley Head, 1918, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xxxii, 270 pp, frontis from drwg, numerous plates from photos, folding colored map, index, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, rear endpaper with light dampstain on outer edge, near fine, clean copy.

The author of several travel books, provides a well-illustrated work on the people, conditions, politics, history, royalty, military, etc, of Rumania at a critical time in its history.

US$55. bookID # 9550


GRAUSTEIN, Jeannette E.; Thomas Nuttall, Naturalist; Explorations in America 1808 -1841. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1967, First Edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; xiv, 481 pp, frontis, illustrations including full-page, double-page maps, notes, index, original pictorial cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (slightly rubbed at corner, not price clipped), fine and clean, unmarked.

The first full-length biography of Nuttall, who traveled up the Missouri with the Astoria party which was heading across the country in 1811. He left the party to collect specimens for a perilous three months in hostile Indian country. In 1818 he journeyed alone in the Southwest for two years. In 1834 he traveled with Wyeth to the Pacific. Nuttall was acquainted with Daniel Boone, Richard Henry Dana (who mentions him in his 'Two Years Before the Mast', having traveled back around Cape Horn with him), Audubon and Emerson and made many important contributions to natural history knowledge, including ornithology and botany, and his travels in Arkansas are a classic travel narrative.

US$24. bookID # 12923


HAYES DE MACAYA, Roberta; Such is Life in the Tropics; 25 Years in the Tropics, 40 Anecdotes. Tibas, Lithografia e Imprenta, [2004], First edition, 8vo [21 x 13.5 cm]; [viii], 137 pp, photo of author and husband on rear cover, original heavy paper pictorial wrappers, slight wear at one corner, near fine and clean.

The author, an American married to a Costa Rican man, describes her experiences and family life, in several parts of Costa Rica, over a 25 year period.

US$45. bookID # 13136


HAZZARD, Margaret; Australia's Brilliant Daughter: Ellis Rowan, Artist, Naturalist, Explorer, 1848-1922. Richmond, Greenhouse Publications, [1984], First edition, 8vo [25 x 18.5 cm]; vi, 160 pp, color plates from Rowan's paintings, many other illustrations including full-page from drawings, photos, bibliog, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine and clean, unmarked.

The biography of Australia's finest botanical and wildlife artist, who contributed to many publications and whose paintings are most desirable. She collaborated with Baron von Mueller and Alice Lounsberry on three of her US botanical works. She travelled widely especially in Pacific area, Ceylon, etc.

US$40. bookID # 12908


HOLDERNESS, Mary; Notes Relating to the Manners and Customs of the Crim Tatars, Written During a Four Years' Residence Among that People. London, John Warren, 1821, First edition, 12mo [16 x 10.5 cm]; vi, [ii, ads], 168 pp, 3 hand colored plates including frontis, with the half title page, contemporary half calf, marbled boards, spine title lettering faded, rubbed, corner wear to covers, interior quite good and clean, unmarked, the frontis view has been re-mounted, the other plates are of costumes.

A narrative of the author's travels in Crimea and her stay in village of Karagoss, for four years ending March 1920. The author based the book on a series of letters she wrote to a friend during her stay, and describes the people, customs, conditions, etc. Atabey 587. Robinson 240: 'Objective, factual and thorough. . . with a clear and unprejudiced eye, telling us plenty about the land and its people but nothing about herself'. The Crimean Tatars (Tartars) with whom she lived treated her and her children who were with here, with unfailing courtesy.

US$600. bookID # 12272


HORT, Mrs Alfred; Via Nicaragua; a Sketch of Travel. Conway, NH, La Tienda el Quetzal, 1987, reprint of the London first edition of 1887, first US edition, 8vo [21 x 13 cm]; [vi], 267 pp, original brown cloth with gilt spine title lettering, fine and clean, unmarked.

Robinson 283: 'Dora Hort was forceful, outspoken and blessed with a sublime sense of self-importance. An American whose travel book for some reason were published only in London', until this recent reprint, making it the first American edition, if a trifle late. She travelled from New York to San Francisco, via Nicaragua, with much of the description of her experiences and especially with her struggle to complete the trip, its hardships, including the journey mainly by horseback through Nicaragua.

US$42. bookID # 11656


HOWELL, Georgina; Gertrude Bell; Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2008], First paperback edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; xix, 481 pp, 3 maps including double-page showing Bell's journeys, photos on plates, bibliog, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, light sign of use, very good, interior clean and unmarked.

Called the female Lawrence of Arabia, once the most powerful woman in the British Empire, she was the driving force behind the creation of Iraq and travelled extensively in the middle east. Her passion for the desert and her accurate observations make her story of great interest.

US$10. bookID # 13408


HUMPHREY, Alice R.; A Summer Journey to Brazil. New York, Bonnell, Silver & Co., 1900, First edition, 12mo [20 x 13.5 cm]; ix, 149 pp, 18 plates including frontis map and map of Sao Paulo, others from photos, original green cloth with gilt vignette and title lettering, light wear at spine edges, one page margin chipped, interior is clean and near fine in very good cover.

Travels to Pernambuco, Petropolis, Santos, Sao Paulo, Bahia, etc, with illustrations showing coffee picking and washing. Appendices on American System of Schools, religious instruction, facts about Brazil, Brazilian Naval revolt, etc.

US$90. bookID # 13788


LENNING, Camille; Notes from the Canary Islands. Pittsburgh, Dorrance Publishing Co., [1996], First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; [iv], 113 pp, illustrations from drwg, map, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped), fine and clean.

A narrative of the author's many travels in these islands off the coast of west Africa, describing eccentric individuals, life, conditions, confronting language barriers and customs, she provides an entertaining, humorous and enlightening picture of these islands.

US$20. bookID # 12093


MACLEOD, Olive; Chiefs and Cities of Central Africa, Across Lake Chad by Way of British, French and German Territories. Edinburgh and London, William Blackwood and Sons, 1912, First edition, tall 8vo [26 x 16 cm]; xiv, 322, [ii, ads] pp, frontis and numerous photo plates, double-page plate of drwgs of musical instruments collected, 3 maps including a folding colored map at end, other illustrations from drwgs, index, original green pictorial cloth, gilt spine title lettering, joint repaired, corner wear, inscribed on endpaper, lightly foxed on some leaves, mostly marginal, very good interior in good cover.

A narrative of the author's travels with two companions from August 1910 to May 1911 through then unknown areas of Central West Africa including the Niger, Benue, Garua, North Kamerun, Ubangi, Mao Kabi, the Tuburi Lakes, Lagone River, Fort Lamy, the Bagirimi, the Shari, Hajer-el-Hamis, Lake Chad, Bornu, Fika, Lago, etc. The appendix is a list of plants collected on the expedition. Many artifacts and art are described. The author donated her collections to the British Museum.

US$200. bookID # 9890


MAUDSLAY, Anne Cary and Alfred Percival Maudslay; A Glimpse at Guatemala, and some Notes on the Ancient Monuments of Central America. London, John Murray, 1899, First edition, 4to [29 x 23 cm]; xx, [i, errata], 289 pp, complete with half-title, errata sheet, 43 fine plates including photogravures, 2 color plates (chromolithographs), 21 maps & plans including 10 folding or double, numerous other illus, index, later cloth, gilt spine title lettering and number, faint blind-stamps on title and margins of many plates, a map with tear, a tight clean copy.

Welch 63. Humphreys 1748. Griffin 1189: 'Charming narrative of the Maudslay's early travels in the Guatemala highlands and the Maya lowlands. Contains smaller reproductions of some of the fine photos from Biologia Centrali Americana'. The authors travelled extensively in the country including Antigua, Godines, Lake of Atitlan, Rio Negro, Vera Paz, Zacapa, Copan, Quirigua, and the ruins of Ixkun, Chichen Itza, Laguna, Palenque, Tikal, Menche, etc, with detailed descriptions of the countryside, the people, textiles, the ancient ruins (for which Maudslay was an expert), etc. The work is 'the highlight of the 19th century English accounts of Guatemala, both from the archaeological point of view, and that of travel and adventure.' (James Andrews). The first edition of a cornerstone work on Central American archaeology, beautifully produced, with fine and detailed plates and plans. Larned 40n: "This volume is easily worth all the other books which have appeared or are likely to be published for many years, as a guide to things which make Central America of general world interest".

US$1350. bookID # 12532


MAUDSLAY, Anne Cary and Alfred Percival Maudslay; A Glimpse at Guatemala, and some Notes on the Ancient Monuments of Central America. Indianapolis, Flo Silver Books, 1992, reprint of the first edition of 1899 with a new introduction by James Andrews, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; [vi], xix, 289 pp, numerous plates and illus, 21 maps and plans, including many full-page and one large folding inserted loose as issued, index, original cloth with gilt title lettering on spine and front cover, fine and clean, unused, unmarked, as new.

Welch 63. Humphreys 1748. Griffin 1189: 'Charming narrative of the Maudslay's early travels in the Guatemala highlands and the Maya lowlands. Contains smaller reproductions of some of the fine photos from Biologia Centrali Americana'. The authors travelled extensively in the country including Antigua, Godines, Lake of Atitlan, Rio Negro, Vera Paz, Zacapa, Copan, Quirigua, and the ruins of Ixkun, Chichen Itza, Laguna, Palenque, Tikal, Menche, etc, with detailed descriptions of the countryside, the people, textiles, the ancient ruins (for which Maudslay was an expert), etc. The work is 'the highlight of the 19th century English accounts of Guatemala, both from the archaeological point of view, and that of travel and adventure.' (James Andrews).

US$75. bookID # 12385


MEE, Margaret, edited by Tony Morrison, Foreword by H. R. H. The Duke of Edinburgh; Margaret Mee; In Search of Flowers of the Amazon Forests; Diaries of an English Artist reveal the beauty of the vanishing rainforest. Suffolk, England, Nonesuch Expeditions, [1988], First edition, 4to [28 x 22 cm]; 302 pp, color frontis, numerous color illustrations from paintings, many full-page, double-page map, other illustrations and photos, glossary, bibliog, index, pictorial endpapers from Mee's painting, original cloth, gilt title lettering, dj, a clean and fine copy of the first printing.

The author (1909-88) traveled to the Amazon area 15 times over a 32 year period, by canoe, on foot and often alone. Her diaries and sketches portray the forests as they have never been viewed before. Her paintings and sketches "could stand without shame in the high company of such masters as Georg Dionysius Ehret and Redoute" (Wilfred Blunt). An important contribution to the botany and wildlife of Amazonia and an interesting description of plant exploration. 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 was a talented botanical painter and intrepid traveller. . .an exceptional personality' [Oak Spring Flora].

US$55. bookID # 12233


MEE, Margaret, edited by Tony Morrison, Foreword by H. R. H. The Duke of Edinburgh; Margaret Mee; In Search of Flowers of the Amazon Forests; Diaries of an English Artist reveal the beauty of the vanishing rainforest. Suffolk, England, Nonesuch Expeditions, [1988], First edition, 4to [28 x 22 cm]; 302 pp, color frontis, numerous color illustrations from paintings, many full-page, double-page map, other illustrations and photos, glossary, bibliog, index, pictorial endpapers from Mee's painting, original cloth, gilt title lettering, dj, a clean and fine copy of the first printing.

The author (1909-88) traveled to the Amazon area 15 times over a 32 year period, by canoe, on foot and often alone. Her diaries and sketches portray the forests as they have never been viewed before. Her paintings and sketches "could stand without shame in the high company of such masters as Georg Dionysius Ehret and Redoute" (Wilfred Blunt). An important contribution to the botany and wildlife of Amazonia and an interesting description of plant exploration. 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 was a talented botanical painter and intrepid traveller. . .an exceptional personality' [Oak Spring Flora].

US$120. bookID # 10282


MEE, Margaret, edited by Tony Morrison, Foreword by H. R. H. The Duke of Edinburgh; Margaret Mee; In Search of Flowers of the Amazon Forests; Diaries of an English Artist reveal the beauty of the vanishing rainforest. Suffolk, England, Nonesuch Expeditions, [1989], , 4to [28 x 22 cm]; 302 pp, color frontis, numerous color illustrations from paintings, many full-page, double-page map, other illustrations and photos, glossary, bibliog, index, pictorial endpapers from Mee's painting, original cloth, gilt title lettering, dj (two corners a little torn), otherwise a clean and fine copy in vg dj.

The author (1909-88) traveled to the Amazon area 15 times over a 32 year period, by canoe, on foot and often alone. Her diaries and sketches portray the forests as they have never been viewed before. Her paintings and sketches "could stand without shame in the high company of such masters as Georg Dionysius Ehret and Redoute" (Wilfred Blunt). An important contribution to the botany and wildlife of Amazonia and an interesting description of plant exploration. 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 was a talented botanical painter and intrepid traveller. . .an exceptional personality' [Oak Spring Flora].

US$50. bookID # 9486


MEHDEVI, Anne Sinclair; Persia Revisited. London, Michael Joseph, [1965], First British edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 173 pp, original brown cloth with gilt spine title lettering and vignette, near fine and clean in worn but good dj (chipped at edge, price clipped).

The author, an American married to a Persian, describes the people, especially her husband's family members, in an entertaining style.

US$10. bookID # 8246


MELVILLE, Elizabeth Helen; A Residence at Sierra Leone; Described from a Journal Kept on the Spot, and From Letters Written to Friends at Home, by a Lady, edited by the Hon. Mrs. Norton. London, John Murray, 1861, new edition, first edition was 1849, apparently identical, 12mo [18 x 12 cm]; xii, 335 pp, endpaper ads, original cloth, decorated in blind, gilt title lettering on spine, cover with small stains, minor foxing on edge, very good clean copy.

Robinson 289. The author describes her experiences during several years stay, together with much on the climate, nature, survival amid numerous hardships.

US$90. bookID # 6570


MERRICK, Henrietta Sands; Spoken in Tibet. New York, London, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1933, First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xvi, [ii], [19] - 198 p, frontis (port), 29 illustrations from photos, map showing author's route, glossary, bibliog, index, original black cloth, clean, fine copy with a long inscription from author, with her signature, dated 1933, on endpaper.

An interesting account of her travels including ascent of the Jelep-La in the Himalaya, crossing the Himalaya and became the first woman member of the Himalayan Club, travels in Phari, what she called 'the filthiest town in the world', Gyantse, extensive travels in Tibet, lunching with Tibetan nobles, etc. Good illustrations including two of early airplanes the author flew in, one the flying boat.

US$120. bookID # 8172


MONTAGUE, Lady Mary Wortley; Letters of the Right Honorable Lady M--y W--y M--e: Written during her Travels in Europe, Asia and Africa, to Persons of Distinction, Men of Letters, &c. in different parts of Europe. . . Accounts of the Policy and Manners of the Turks. Paris, Theophilus Barrois junior, 1784, a new edition, first edition was 1767, 16mo [15.5 x 9 cm]; xii, 308 pp, with the half title, contemporary full calf with gilt title lettering on leather spine label, spine ends chipped, edges worn, front joint loosening but holding, ink name on half-title, lacks front blank endpaper, interior sound and clean.

Written as a series of 58 letters from various parts of Europe and Turkey over several years (1716-1718), which became a popular work and her writings to her many friends stand today as solid travel writing. The work also contains a two page poem written to the author from Mr. Pope. Robinson 32: 'The unprecedented adventurousness of her journey to Turkey and the skill with which she described its strangeness, set her well apart from the rest. She was the first authoress to travel abroad for mere curiosity's sake, and call herself with considerable pride, a traveller'. Blackmer 1150. Atabey 829. Gay 94.

US$90. bookID # 9050


MORROW, Susan Brind; The Names of Things; A Passage in the Egyptian Desert. New York, Riverhead Books, 1997, , 8vo [21 x 16 cm]; [viii], 232 pp, frontis from drwg, other illus, original cloth backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped), fine and clean.

A narrative of the author's travels in the deserts of Egypt and Sudan, and original treatment and lyrical description, the book was described by Elie Wiesel as: informative, perceptive, beautifully descriptive. . . a delight'.

US$5. bookID # 11531


MULLER, Karin; Along the Inca Road; A Woman's Journey into an Ancient Empire. Washington, Adventure Press; National Geographic, 2000, First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 15.5 cm]; [vi], 295, [i] pp, frontis map, colored plates from photos, original cloth-backed boards, spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped), fine, clean and unmarked.

Travels in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Chile of over 3,1000 miles, in six months, travelling on rooftop of buses, mule, motorbike, skirts land mines, fights bulls, investigates shaman's rites, travels Death Highway after dark, meets fascinating people, etc.

US$5. bookID # 13520


MURPHY, Grace E. B.; There's Always Adventure; The Story of a Naturalist's Wife. London, George Allen and Unwin, 1952, First Edition, 8vo; xvi, 299pp, [29, ad], illus, original cloth, nice condition.

Interesting travels in several continents over 35 years

US$2. bookID # 506


MYTINGER, Caroline; Headhunting in the Solomon Islands Around the Coral Sea. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1942, , 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; ix, [i], 416 pp, illustrations from drwgs, plates from paintings, endpaper maps, original cloth, dj (light wear, splits at joint & flap, price clipped), near fine in good dj.

Interesting account of travels of two young women. The author managed to keep her head but recorded the life of the people with her paintings and sketches. Its become a minor travel classic.

US$2. bookID # 5476


MYTINGER, Caroline; Headhunting in the Solomon Islands Around the Coral Sea. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1942, First Edition (so stated), 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; ix, [i], 416 pp, illustrations from drwgs, plates from paintings, endpaper maps, original cloth, dj (lightly chipped at ends of spine, rubbed), very good.

Interesting account of travels of two young women. The author managed to keep her head but recorded the life of the people with her paintings and sketches. Its become a minor travel classic.

US$3. bookID # 4451


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

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

US$30. bookID # 8396


PACKER, Joy; Home from Sea. London, Eyre & Spottiswoode, [1963], First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 251 pp, frontis and 10 illustrations from photos on plates, original cloth, silver spine title lettering, dj (light wear at spine ends, price clipped), name on endpaper, else near fine in good jacket.

The author of popular novels and travel books, describes her life in South Africa and England, especially the colorful mosaic of South African scenes where she built a house in the Cape area, describes the people, wildlife, whalers, growing nationalism, politics, dangers, various dramatic events, etc, all very well-written.

US$8. bookID # 12128


PENNELL, Elizabeth Robins, illustrated by Joseph Pennell; Over the Alps on a Bicycle. London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1898, First edition, 8vo [21 x 17 cm]; 128 pp, 34 plates and illustrations from drwgs, original paper wraps with vignettes, paper spine lacking, small bookseller's stamp on cover, covers a little used, else very good.

Bicycle journey through ten passes of the Alps including La Tete Noire, St. Bernard, Simplon, Spugen, San Bernardino, St. Gotthard, the Furka, the Grimsel, the Brunig, with the route from Dijon to Lucerne described in some detail and will interesting illustrations. The last 16 pages are ads for books including mountaineering and a full page ad for Imperial Rover Cycles ('any make of tyres fitted to order').

US$200. bookID # 8441


PFEIFFER, Ida; A Journey to Iceland and Travels in Sweden and Norway. New York, George P. Putnam, 1852, First American edition, translated from the German first edition of 1846 by Charlotte Fennimore Cooper, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; 273 pp, folding frontis map of South West Coast of Iceland (tears), orig pictorial gilt cloth, with gilt picture on front & rear covers, gilt title lettering on spine with gilt design, spine ends frayed, title page slightly spotted but clean, very good copy with colored map on endpaper from other source showing Iceland.

Robinson p. 25: 'She was the first full-time woman traveller'. The author describes her travels in 1845 in interesting detail with some emphasis on the people and their customs, scenery, notable buildings and events.

US$80. bookID # 7910


PFEIFFER, Ida; Visit to Iceland and the Scandinavian North; to which are added and essay on Icelandic Poetry from the French of M. Bergmann, and a brief sketch of Icelandic History. London, Ingram, Cooke, and Co, 1852, First edition in English, translated from the German, 12mo [19.5 x 13.5 cm]; 354 pp, 8 tinted plates including frontis and extra pictorial title page, index, original blind-stamped cloth, elaborate gilted spine with gilt title lettering, short tear and slightly frayed spine end, lightly foxed on some leaves, but overall clean, very good sound copy, spine gilt bright.

Robinson p. 25: 'She was the first full-time woman traveller'. The author describes her travels in 1845 in interesting detail with some emphasis on the people and their customs, scenery, notable buildings and events. The US edition of same year had no plates, which are of scenery, geysers, Copenhagen, Christiania, Falls of Trolhatta, Stockholm, mines of Dannemora, etc.

US$110. bookID # 9536


REEVES, Minou; Behind the Peacock Throne. London, Sidgwick & Jackson, [1986], First edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; [x], 214 pp, illustrations from photos, maps, index, original cloth with gilt spine title lettering, dj (price clipped), endpaper removed, very good, interior quite clean and unmarked.

'It is one woman's appraisal of why the Pahlavi dynasty crumbled and why the people of Iran chose to embrace another despot after deposing the Shah. . . a unique story of personal sadness and political lunacy. It illuminates the Iran of the Shan and the Persia of Ayatollah Khomeini as never before' (dj).

US$10. bookID # 8258


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

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

US$350. bookID # 13810


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

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

US$5. bookID # 11745


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

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

US$5. bookID # 2552


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

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

US$15. bookID # 13271


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

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

US$25. bookID # 10523


SANBORN, Helen J.; A Winter in Central America and Mexico. Boston, Lee and Shepard Publishers, 1886, First edition, 12mo [17.5 x 13 cm]; iv, 321, [ii, ads] pp, original pictorial cloth, decorated in black, with gilt lettering on front cover and spine, light cover wear, mainly at spine ends, very good, interior clean.

Smith (American Travellers Abroad) S4. Welch p. 64. The author accompanied her father, James Sanborn of the coffee firm Chase and Sanborn, in search of coffee. The book describes their travels in most Central American areas with descriptions of the people, Indians, society, culture and even some description of coffee plantations and cultivation.

US$90. bookID # 13050


SAVORY, Isabel; In The Tail of The Peacock. New York, James Pott & Co, 1903, First American Edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xii, 352, [iv, publisher's ads] pp, photogravure frontis (port), 48 plates from photos, original pictorial gilt cloth, gilt lettering, spine a bit darkened, stain in corner of frontis, light stain in margin of some leaves, front hinge starting but firm, else a very good sound copy.

Travels in Morocco. Robinson 74.

US$55. bookID # 2323


SCHOOTEN, Marie-Therese Ullens de; Lords of the Mountains; Southern Persia and the Kashkai Tribe. London, The Travel Book Club, nd [c1954], , 8vo [23.5 x 15.5 cm]; 128 pp, illustrations from photos, maps, bibliog, index, original cloth, dj (chipped, worn), paper browning in margins, clean good copy.

The author, travelling extensively in Persia (Iran), was the first to be allowed to film the Kashkai tribe and interviewed the chief Nasser Khan and provides interesting detail on the Kashkai, their customs, society, etc. An appendix describes the tribes of Persia, another lists the Kashkai clans and locations.

US$15. bookID # 8274


SEVERN, Merlyn; Congo Pilgrim. London, Museum Press, [1952], First edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; x, [11] - 221 pp, 36 plates including frontis, map, index, original cloth, faded, dj (light wear at edges), very good copy in vg dj.

The author describes the country with much on the people and their customs and with good illustrations, including head binding.

US$15. bookID # 5500


SHARPE, Elizabeth; A Visit to Iran. London, John Gifford, [1972], First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 206 pp, illustrations from photos, 2 maps, original red cloth with gilt spine title lettering, dj (price clipped), fine and clean, with the often lacking errata slip pasted on the verso of the half title page.

The author provides a good description of the people based on her personal conversations during travels through Persia. 'The breath of fear was blowing through the dark streets. It was never absent during the whole visit.'

US$15. bookID # 8255


STARK, Freya; A Winter in Arabia. New York, E. P. Dutton & Co., 1940, First American edition, 8vo [24 x 16.5 cm]; xii, 328 pp, frontis and plates from photos, 3 maps, index, original cloth, spine a little darkened, interior clean and unmarked, a solid and sound copy, very good or better.

A narrative of the author's travels in Hadhramaut, south Yemen, excavating Jureidha, journey alone to west, Hajlain, Al Dhijaib, Wadi Amd, etc. Robinson 28: 'the Grand Old Lady of travellers. . . . southern Arabia expert to the Ministry of Information in London. . . in all her journeys she has been able to distil and communicate a rich philosophy of travel and to illustrate the art of travelling in time as well as place. She is, quite simply, a classic'.

US$35. bookID # 9143


STARK, Freya; Riding to the Tigris. New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company, [1959], First American edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xi, 113 pp, numerous illustrations from the author's photos, folding color map, wood engraving by Reynolds Stone, index, original cloth, gilt lettering on front cover and spine, dj (lightly soiled at edge), fine in vg dj.

The author, probably the first Western woman to make the journey, travelled from Lake Van on the high Turkish plateau, through the desolate and mountainous Hakkiari, down to the Tigris River, mainly alone on horseback. Robinson 28: "The grand old lady of travellers".

US$15. bookID # 4937


TODD, Millicent; Peru, a Land of Contrasts. Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1914, First edition, 8vo [21 x 14.5 cm]; viii, 314 pp, frontis, plus 23 plates from photos, bibliog, index, original cloth, gilt lettering and decoration on front cover, spine bit faded and worn at edges, corners rubbed, inscription on endpaper, clean very good copy.

Useful observations of the desert, mountains, jungle and cities of Peru.

US$18. bookID # 6203


WORTLEY, Lady Emmeline Stuart; Travels in the United States. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1853, , 12mo [ 19.5 x 13 cm]; xii, [13]-463, 8 [ads] pp, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine lightly faded but lettering clear, light foxing, initials on endpaper, very good sound copy.

Howes W687. Sabin 93220. Clarke III:419. Robinson 121: 'An obsessive traveller. . . She did not confine herself toe the east coast [of the US] like good English aristocrats should, but insisted on exploring Mexico, crossing the isthmus of Panama and then sailing down to Lima in Peru'. Besides these places she also stopped off in Cuba. Interesting observations of all the places she visited with much on US, including the southern states, Mexico, Panama and Peru. The first edition was published in London in 1851.

US$60. bookID # 11506


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