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Anson, George

A Voyage Round the World  
In the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV

Commander in Chief of a Squadron of His Majesty’s Ships, sent on and Expedition to the South Seas compiled From Papers and other Materials of the Right Honourable George Lord Anson, and Published under his Direction.  

By Richard Walter M.A. Chaplain of His Majesty’s Ship the Centurion, in that Expedition. 

Publisher: John and Paul Knapton, 1748, the third edition, published in the same year as the first edition.  With charts of the Southern Part of South America, Part of the Pacific Ocean, and of the Track of the Centurion round the World. (Three charts, complete.  This edition was issued without the engraved plates.)
The book is bound in contemporary full calf with five raised bands to the spine and gilt lined borders.  The binding is worn, the front hinge is cracked, but the board is still attached, and the hinge has been reinforced inside with a tissue repair.  The text block is tightly bound, and the charts are in good order, the first two having one short closed tear each.  There is some light scattered foxing here and there throughout.
This book was the most popular book of maritime adventure in the 18th century, as can be seen by the fact that it went through so many editions in the first year of its publication.  Its popularity continued into the 19th century, and Mary Shelley read it in 1816.

Octavo, 8 inches tall (20cm), 548 pages plus 3 charts. 



Sketchbook of a Baltic Voyage 1882

The sketches in this book were made during a voyage aboard the S.S. James Groves in August to September 1882.  The book contains twenty-one pencil sketches of various subjects, many including ships.  There is a view of Elsinore and Elsinborg from the sea, two pages of studies of people, a view of Nizhni Novgorod, some uncaptioned sketches, a view of ships at Soderköping, two of Motala, one of Wadstena Castle, these last all in Sweden, and other sketches of views which I cannot place, possibly because the names have changed, or have been misspelt by the artist.

The sketchbook has a leather spine, missing its backstrip, but isotherwise in very good condition.  There are some occasional marks, but the book is mainly clean and bright and is tight in its binding.  It measures 13cm tall by 18cm wide and has blank pages as well as those with sketches. 


Stanley, Henry M.

In Darkest Africa, or the Quest Rescue and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria

Sampson Low,  Marston and Company, 1897, new edition, corrected and revised throughout.  Red cloth with gilt titles and decorations.  Gilt  rubbed, spine slightly mottled with small areas of loss at head and foot, patches of fading on front and back boards.  Owner pencil inscription on ffep, otherwise clean and tight in binding.  With 150 woodcut illustrations and a large fold-out colour map (1 small tear, clean and bright).

8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 


A.C. Inchbold

Under the Syrian Sun
The Lebanon, Baalbek, Galilee and Judæa

With 40 Full-Colour Plates and 8 Black and White Drawings
By Stanley Inchbold 

Publisher:  Hutchinson & Co. 1906, first edition, in two volumes.  Bound in blue cloth with gilt titles and decorations, top edges gilt.  This is a beautiful set of books.  The forty colour plates are very attractive, and all in very good condition, as are the black and white plates.  The text is a combination of travel book and regional history.
The books have a small amount of light scattered foxing to the closed page edges, and also, there are occasional pages with light foxing.  Most of the pages are clean and bright. The gilt is also bright.  There are some light marks to the spines and a little bumping to the corners and head and foot of the spines.  Very good condition all round.

Volume One, 1-262 pages with 2 pages of publisher's advertisements.  Volume  Two, 263-528 pages. Large octavo, 24 cm tall.                                                                     



Le Tour Du Monde

Nouveau Journal Des Voyages
Publié Sous La Direction
De M. Édouard Charton
Et Illustré Par Nos Plus Célèbres Artistes

Publisher: Librarie Hachette et Cie, 1892. Bound with a red leather spine with titles and decorations in gilt, over red cloth boards. Marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Very good condition, some bumping to the cloth and leather, one mark to the cloth on the top board, scattered foxing to the endpapers and first and last few pages, occasional scatters of foxing here and there through the book, but mainly clean and bright. Text in French.
A wonderful book, packed with illustrations, mainly engravings after photographs, (the high definition of the day) illustrating articles about people and places all around the world. The engravings are both within the text and full-page. A great insight into the 19th century world.
Quarto volume, 2.3kg, just over 12 inches, 31 cm, tall, 428pp, 443pp (871 pages in all divided into two semesters).


John Bradbury, John Melish

Travels in the United States
Performed in 1806-7-9-11

Bound with

Travels in the Interior of America
During the years 1809-1

With remarks and observations useful to persons emigrating to those countries.

No publication details are printed in this volume, but appearance of the typesetting and binding would most probably date it to the 1820s. The book is bound in half leather over marbled boards.
This is a curious and interesting volume. It contains the two works listed above, in a condensed form, also taken from the first person into the third person. This is the second volume of accounts of travels in America, but I can find no trace of this publication, so have no idea what was included in volume one.
The Melish title (the author is throughout referred to as Mellish) includes ‘Advice for those who intend to Emigrate to America. Extracted by Mr. Mellish from a letter written by Clements Burleigh, Esquire, who resided for 30 years in the United States.’
Bradbury’s travels also includes ‘Remarks and Observations Useful to Persons Emigrating to those Countries” i.e. the United States. In the original of this work there is an appendix with a vocabulary of some words of the Osage language, and a few examples are included in this shortened text.
John Bradbury was a Scottish naturalist, and in these travels he gives many accounts of his own encounters with the Mandan tribe, and others, and also accounts of other people’s encounters with native Americans, some not too friendly.
The narrative of John Melish is more concerned with the towns and cities of the United States and the lives and economy of the European settlers.
Both narratives are quite fascinating.
The purpose of this collected publication of these accounts was probably to give information to anyone thinking of emigrating to America.
The book is in very good condition, with bumping to the corners and the head and foot of the spine, and rubbing to the board edges. Internally there is some scattered foxing, occasional pages are lightly toned and there are a very few, two or three, tiny 4-5mm closed tears to the page edges.
21.5 cm tall (8.5 inches), 296 pages, continuously paginated.



Mrs. Fred Burnaby
(Elizabeth Alice Hawkins-Whished,
after 1900 Elizabeth Alice Le Blond)

The High Alps in Winter
Mountaineering in Search of Health

Publisher: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1883, first edition. Bound in the publisher’s dark blue cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and vignette in silver on the top board.
Elizabeth Alice Le Blond, as the author of this book is better known (the name she was known by after marriage to her third husband), was one of the most famous mountaineers in her time, when it was almost unheard of for women to participate in this sport. She wrote seven books on mountain climbing, took many photographs of mountain scenery and not least, made twenty first ascents, successfully climbing peaks that no-one else had conquered. She was a founder and first president of The Lady’s Alpine club. Perhaps even more remarkable, she climbed in heavy skirts.
The book is in very good condition. It has been professionally restored with the original cloth laid down over the repairs. One plate has been trimmed. There are library stamps on the title page, the verso of the plates and occasionally elsewhere. Apart from an occasional isolated spot, the book is otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding.
There are two maps, one folding, the frontispiece is an original photographic print of the author laid onto the page, and there are four other engraved plates.
This is quite a rare book.
Octavo, 19 cm, 7.5 inches, tall, xvii, 204 pages, plus a 32-page publisher’s catalogue dated November 1882.


Rambles in Eastern England 

Publisher: Jarrold & Sons, 1894, 1st edition.  Publisher’s grey pictorial cloth, advertising endpapers.
This is one of the earliest books illustrated by Arthur Rackham.  There are over a hundred illustrations, 71 of which are by Rackham.  They are mainly vignettes within the text, with some full-page illustrations.  The book is a guide to East Anglia and the combination of text and illustrations give a vivid picture of the region in the 1890s.
The book is in very good condition, with the binding a little rubbed, scattered foxing to the closed page edges, light marks to endpapers, a little light scattered foxing to a couple of early pages, otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding.
Octavo, 19cm tall, 345 pages, plus 7 pages of advertising at the front of the book and 20 at the back, including the endpapers.  Includes a Great Eastern Railway timetable dated 1894.


Leigh’s New Pocket Road Book
Of England and Wales

Containing an Account of all the Direct and Cross-Roads;
Together with a Description of every remarkable Place:
Its Curiosities, Manufactures, Commerce, Population, and Principal Inns:
To Which are added, Pleasure Tours to the most Picturesque parts of the Country.
The Whole Forming a Complete Guide to Every Object worthy the Attention of Travellers

Publisher: Leigh and Son, 1835, fifth edition, carefully revised. Bound in publisher’s green leather with titles in gilt on top board and spine. Folding hand coloured map bound in at the back.
This is a very nice pocket guide to the roads in England and Wales (from London to anywhere), in very good condition. The binding has bumped corners and scuffing. Internally, there is one owner name (from 1836) on the ffep, an area of water staining to the top corner of the page edges, which only shows on the pages in a few places, and in a very minor way. There are a few turned corners and occasional light marks, but most of the book is clean and bright and it is tight in its original binding. The map has a few very short closed tears, and one longer tear (pictured) which has been repaired.
Pocket sized, 15cm tall, 487 pages, plus 10 page publisher’s catalogue.


Edward Parsons, Leeds

The Tourist’s Companion
Or The History of the Scenes and Places on the Route
By the Railroad and Steam-Packet
From Leeds and Selby to Hull.

Publisher: London: Whitaker & Co.; Manchester: Bancks & Co.; Selby: W.R. Galpine, 1835, first edition. Publisher’s green cloth with titles in gilt on top board.
This is a rare and interesting book. The Leeds to Selby railway was the first mainline railway in Yorkshire, and it partially opened for the first time in September 1834, with a passenger train carrying 160 passengers, pulled by the steam engine the Nelson. This book contains an account of the brand new line, its long building process, including an abstract of the “Act for making a Rail-Road from the town of Leeds to the River Ouse within the parish of Selby”, with the names of the original subscribers. There follows an account of a journey on the railway from Leeds to Selby, with further history of the railway, and of the places along its way.
There are also three chapters on Leeds, one each on Selby and the Ouse and Humber, one on Goole and three chapters on Hull. There are directories for Leeds, Selby and Goole, and the book ends with Arrangements issued by the railway company, May 8th 1835, with timetable and fares.
The book is in very good condition, with bumped corners, some water stains at the beginning, the engraved title page being the most affected, but this fading out by the first page of the first chapter. Occasional light marks, mainly clean and bright, tightly bound. Some chapters have engraved headers.
A very nice piece of early railway history.
Small octavo, 17.7cm tall, vii, 243 pages.


Captain Charles Francis Hall

Life With the Esquimaux

A Narrative of Arctic Experience in Search of Survivors of Sir John Franklin's Expedition

From May 29, 1860 to September 13 1862

Publisher: Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, 1865, Popular edition, with maps, coloured illustrations and one hundred wood cuts. 

This is a fascinating book, fully illustrated with four hand-coloured plates, many engraved plates and engravings within the text. 

The book is bound in purple cloth with gilt decorations, and is in very good condition, having been rebacked, with the original spine laid on, and with new endpapers.  There is foxing to the frontispiece, but only a very few isolated spots elsewhere, and the book is mainly clean and bright.  The folding map is missing, but there are Esquimaux charts present among the plates. 

The book gives a very vivid sense of life in the Arctic in the mid 19th century, and the author is forced to concede to the wisdom of the Eskimos on numerous occasions.  There are chapters on whaling, Eskimo traditions, Arctic survival, and more, including of course, the search for Franklin's expedition. 

8vo, 7 ¾ -9 ¾ inches tall



Dun, Major T.I.

From Cairo to Siwa; Across the Libyan Desert with Armoured Cars

Messrs E.& R. Schindler, 1933, first edition.  This is number 17 of the 75 deluxe morocco bound copies, signed by the author.  The binding is ¼ morocco with gilt decorative paper-covered boards.  The volume is folio size, and is a showcase production for the Egyptian printers.  The endpapers are decorated gilt, with a special hieroglyphic bookplate on the front pastedown, with explanation printed below.  The frontispiece is a gilt photograph of a statue of Ahknaton, which is found only in the deluxe copies, and there are two other tipped-in plates in gilt and silver, mounted on coloured card, these have slight creasing.  The pages are printed in dark dusky purple text with red capitals and large red art deco style page numbers, with drawings printed in black, purple, orange, grey or green, illustrating the journey and things seen along the way.  
Most pages are illuminated by N. Strekalowsky, with contributions by M. Fisher, H. Bindhart and E. Kassessinoff, and others.  There are also many really good wood engravings by students of the Cairo School of Fine Art, including several by Nahmia Saad.

The text of the volume tells of Major Dun's journey with ten Rolls Royce armoured cars, one wireless Leyland, three Austin Seven cars and six motor cycles.  Six lorries carried supplies and water.  The reconnaissance mission was carried out by the XIIth Royal Lancers. There is an Introduction, the Narrative of the journey, Envoy and Epilogue, History Customs and Superstitions touching the Libyan Oasis of Siwa and the Libyan Desert, A 16 page section (1 page folding) of photographic images showing Cairo, Mersa Matruh, Siwa and the Libyan Desert, a folding map showing the route across the Libyan Desert, and a colour map of the main part of Cairo. 

The pages are all clean and bright and in very good condition. The binding of this volume is rubbed, corners and head and foot of spine bumped, and the front endpaper is split at the hinge.  The binding is sound and tight. This book was published in a first edition of one thousand volumes, comprising 750 standard copies, 175 De Luxe vellum bound volumes, and 75 De Luxe morocco bound volumes.  The morocco bound volumes, of which this is one, are extremely rare. The book was originally issued in a pochette with a scarab bookmark, both now missing. It is a very rare, eccentric and beautiful publication.

Folio - over 12" - 15" tall



Johnson, Osa

Four Years in Paradise

J. B. Lippincott Company, 1941, first edition.  Decorative cloth, mimicking the pattern of giraffe skin, very good condition, slight edgewear, spine sunned.  Pictorial eps with an African scene, lions and elephants in the bush.  Pages clean and bright and tight in binding.  Illustrated with more than 70 sepia-toned photographs.  Osa and Martin Johnson spent years in Africa, on safari in very hazarous conditions, photographing wildlife, especially elephants.

8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾"tall



Menpes, Dorothy and Mortimer

World Pictures

Adam and Charles Black.  Red decorative cloth with gilt titles.  Pictures by Mortimer Menpes, heavily illustrated with colour plates and line drawings of scenes from 21 countries including England, Morocco, Japan, Egypt, Burma, Mexico.  One or two spots of foxing, otherwise clean bright and tight in binding.  A lovely volume with beautiful illustrations.

8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 


Fleming, Fergus

Ninety Degrees North: The Quest for the North Pole

Granta Books, 2001, first edition first printing.  Fine copy, as new, signed by the author.  Dust jacket protected in a clear mylar wrapper.  Drawing on unpublished archives and long-forgotten journals, Fleming tells the story of the North Pole with consummate craftsmanship and wit.  This is a riveting saga of humankind's search for he ultimate goal.

8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall