Travel

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A Voyage to Shetland, the Orkneys, and the Western Isles of Scotland. Giving an Account of the Laws, Customs, Natural Curiosities, Fisheries, &c.: of those Places; particularly the Herring-Fisheries, with the present Methods of Catching, Curing, Packing, &c. The singular Sincerity, Honesty, and Temperance of the Inhabitants, their Religious Ceremonies, Superstitions, Charms, Apparitions; And their amazing Faculty of the Second-sight, so frequent among them, by which future Events are with Certainty foretold. London: Printed for C. Corbet, in Fleet-street, 1751. First edition. 8vo, pp.71, [1], small flaw to D3 affecting one line, occasional light spotting, armorial bookplate of Peter Forbes, early signature of R. Robertson to front pastedown, contemporary sheep rubbed at joints, small chips to spine ends, short split to rear joint but sound and tight, a good copy of a scarce work. ESTC T94722, Kress 8596. £650
Bacon. G.W.: Bacon's survey map of Central Scotland showing counties, burghs and parishes, also railways & roads with distances and elevations. Revised according to the latest survey. Manchester, G.W. Bacon, c.1910. Large coloured folding linen-backed map, approx. 86 x 122 cms., index, wine cloth gilt. £60
Baddeley, M.J.B.: The Northern Highlands (Scotland, Part II). Thorough Guides Series. London, Dulau & Co., 1891. Fourth edition. 8vo, pp.xx, 140, 75 (advertisements), 14 maps, owner's signature, red cloth gilt, vg. £15
Black, Adam & Charles. (publishers).: Black's Picturesque Guide to the Trossachs Loch Katrine, Loch Lomond, and central touring district of Scotland. Including the great highland routes to Glencoe and Fortwilliam, Loch Awe and Oban, Taymouth and Aberfeldy. With numerous illustrations by Birket Foster. Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black, 1853. 8vo, pp.x, 212, 64 (adverts.), frontispiece map, large folding map, bookplate, green cloth gilt, vg. £50
Bristed, John.: Anthroplanomnos; or A Pedestrian Tour through part of the Highlands of Scotland, in 1801 Vol.1 only ex 2 London: Printed for J. Wallis, 1803. 8vo, pp.lxxv + 460, hand- col. frontispiece, e.p.'s renewed, period calf rebacked to style, red morocco label £100
Burritt, Elihu.: A Walk from London to John O' Groats, with notes by the way. London, Sampson, Low, Son, & Marston, 1864. Second edition. 8vo, pp.ix, 345, [16, ads.], green cloth gilt, hinges cracking but sound and tight. Notes by an American with an interest in agriculture. £80
Campbell, Alexander.: A Journey from Edinburgh through parts of North Britain: containing remarks on Scottish landscape; and observations on rural economy, natural history, manufactures, trade, and commerce. 2 vols. London: Printed by A. Strahan...for T.N. Longman and O. Rees...and Vernor and Hood...1802. First edition. 4to, pp.xxiv, 408; viii, 380, [16], 44 tinted engraved plates with usual off-setting; recent quarter calf, marbled boards, spine ruled gilt in compartments, lettered and numbered gilt direct, very good. £350
Campbell, Archibald.: The Restless Voyage being an account by Archibald Campbell, Seaman, of his wanderings in five oceans from 1806 to 1812 written and published in Edinburgh in 1816 and supplemented & re-indited in 1948 from documents dealing with his further history in London, George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1949. First edition. 8vo, pp.280, d/w defective but substantially complete. £15
Carnegie, Andrew.: Our coaching trip Brighton to Inverness. New York, Private Circulation, 1882. 8vo, pp.275, wine cloth gilt, pres. copy inscribed "Mr. D. Thomson with Compliments of the Author". £80
Cordiner, Charles.: Antiquities & Scenery of the North of Scotland, in a Series of Letters, to Thomas Pennant, Esq. London, 1780. First edition, 4to, pp.173, [xi], vignette title, large folding map, 21 engraved plates, occasional off-setting, early owner's signature, contemporary half calf, marbled boards, black label, vg. £300
Cririe, James.: Scottish Scenery: or, sketches in verse, descriptive of the Highlands of Scotland: accompanied with notes and illustrations and ornamented with engravings by W. Byrne, from views painted by G. Walker, F.A.S.E. London: Printed for T. Cadell jun. and W. Davies ...1803. First edition. 4to, pp. xxxiv, [1, directions for binder, verso blank], 412, 20 tissue-guarded copper plates, marbled e.p.'s; period calf scuffed, rebacked retaining original backstrip, minor corner wear, spine elaborately decorated gilt in compartments, double red morocco labels. Signature Ormiston to preliminary blank, bookplate of George Malcolm, Craigard. £200
Dunnett, Alastair M.: Quest by Canoe Glasgow to Skye. London, G. Bell and Sons Ltd., 1950. First edition. 8vo, pp.vii, 183, [1], 121 plates, d/w chipped and worn, internally good. Described at the time as " the most daring small craft journey ever undertaken in British waters", this exploration of the western seaboard and Hebridean islands by Dunnett and his friend Seumas Adam was motivated by a desire to acquire the expertise on the area that would enable them to write articles for press and radio aimed at overturning "the indifference which condemned the the depopulated Highlands to remain a hunting-ground for the sportsman and the antiquarian." £30
Fergusson, R. Menzies.: Our Trip North. London, Digby, Long, & Co., 1892. First edition. 8vo, pp.vii, 255, 8, illustrated, green cloth gilt, vg. £60
Fergusson, R. Menzies.: Rambles in the Far North. Paisley, Alex .Gardner, 1884. Second edition. 8vo, pp.xii, 9 - 267, frontispiece, pictorial green cloth gilt, spine darkened, vg. The Orcadian Musings of the first edition are here omitted. £80
Fergusson, R. Menzies.: Rambling Sketches in the Far North and Orcadian Musings. London, Simpkin Marshall, & Co., 1883. First edition. 8vo, pp.iii, 177, [1], brown cloth gilt, vg. A collection of essays on the Orkney Islands and Fair Isle, their history and folklore, with a number of local fairy tales and a selection of the author's Orcadian Musings which he identifies as "occasional attempts at versification [that] do not aspire to the higher walks of poesy." £80
Forth and Tay.: Handbook to accompany The Nautical Guide to the Forth and Tay compiled chiefly from the "North Sea Pilot". Edinburgh and London, W. & A.K. Johnston, n.d., c.1902. 8vo, pp.40, wrappers dust-soiled, g+. £20
Gellatly, John. (publisher).: Gellatly's Map of the Country 12 miles round Edinburgh. Drawn by Wm. Johnson Land Surveyor. Engr. by John Gellatly. Edinburgh, John Gellatly, 26 George Street, 1854. Hand-coloured linen-backed folding map, 41 x 54 cms., a trifle dusty, drab wine cloth, vg. £100
Gilpin, William.: Observations on Several Parts of Great Britain, particularly the Highlands, relative chiefly to picturesque beauty, made in the year 1776. 2 vols. in 1. London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1808. Third edition. 8vo, pp.xxviii, 221, [1]; viii, 195, [1, publishers' advertisement], 40 plates, modern half calf, marbled boards, spine ruled blind, wine label. vg. £200
Gross, Alexander.: Commercial & Political Map of Southern Scotland and Adjacent English Counties. London, Geographia Ltd., c.1920. Large linen-backed coloured folding map, approx. 101 x 130 cms., table of distances by road, rail and air, table of "motor index marks", green cloth covers gilt. £75
Hill, George Birckbeck.: Footsteps of Dr. Johnson (Scotland). With illustrations by Lancelot Speed. London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington (Limited),1890. First edition. 4to, pp.xviii, 318, portrait frontispiece, map; half morocco rubbed at extremities, green cloth sides, front hinge cracking but sound., vg. £80
Hill, Rowland.: Extract of a Journal of a Second Tour from London through the Highlands of Scotland, and the north western parts of England. With observations and remarks. London. Printed by A. Paris.... And sold at Surr[e]y Chapel...1800. 8vo in 4's, pp. 39 +[1], modern calf-backed boards, spine lettered gilt direct. This second tour took Hill from Gretna ("where many a thoughtless pair have gone from England to make themselves miserable") to Inverness, returning to Glasgow via the Devil's Staircase and an enforced stay at the King's House ("the accommodations ill suited the name of the place; a little tea, a few eggs and oat-cakes, were our only repast"). £150
Hill, Rowland.: Journal of a Tour through the North of England and parts of Scotland. With remarks on the present state of the Established Church of Scotland, and the different Secessions therefrom. London: Printed by T. Gillet. and sold at Surr[e]y Chapel..1799. First edition. 8vo, pp.xii +182, lacking half-title and final advertisement leaf, archival repair to short tear to N4; recent grey boards, paper label. A fulsome account of a tour undertaken by the itinerant preacher from his base at the Surrey Chapel in Blackfriars Road, London. His first encounter in Scotland was not auspicious, his arrival in Langholm coinciding with the local fair which he castigated as "a downright revel; dancing, drunkenness and lasciviousness seemed to be the principal motive which had brought them together." Thereafter, however, things improved and he generally attracted healthy numbers wherever he preached, as on his visit to Glasgow on August 17, 1798 where "Mr. M'Leod's Chapel...is supposed to contain near two thousand people, yet many went away for want of room" and where a collection was made for "a Gaelic Chapel now building for Gospel preaching, as there are many people from the western Highlands who are unacquainted with the English language." The work concludes with lengthy remarks on the Scottish Church in a letter to the Baptist minister James Haldane who had accompanied him on the tour from Edinburgh onwards. £150
Holmes, D.T.: Literary Tours in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Paisley, Alexander Gardner, 1909. First edition. 8vo, pp.372, [4], e.p.'s toned, red cloth gilt, spine sunned, g+. A potentially misleading title in that the author is not concerned with following in the footsteps of earlier travellers (Dr. Johnson merits only 4 entries in the Index); rather, he writes of his visits to village libraries and halls to lecture to literary societies and to members of lending libraries. £15
Hunter, Robert, Junr.: A Brief Account of a Tour through some parts of Scotland. London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co. and R. Kirby, Whitby, 1839. First edition. 12mo, pp.iv + 86, vignette title, frontispiece, original red cloth faded, paper label renewed; a few spots but otherwise a good, clean copy. The subscribers' list accounts for 131 copies; Copac locates copies at BL, NLS and Edinburgh only. £100
Johnson, James.: The Recess, or Autumnal Relaxation in the Highlands and Lowlands; being the home circuit versus foreign travel, a serio-comic tour to the Hebrides. London, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1834. 8vo, pp.viii, 245, [1], partly unopened, wine cloth sunned with minor wear to spine ends, printed label worn, vg. Inscribed "The Author of the "Recess" to the Author of "Pilgrims of the Rhine" [Bulwer Lytton] &c &c &c with the respectful Compliments of the "Home Circuit" to "Foreign Travel" Suffolk Place Pall Mall East 3 May 1834." A lively account, published in the same year under the pseudonym Frederick Fa, and with a slightly different title, which seeks to promote the attractions of domestic travel over the foreign circuit. "The snows of Mont Blanc have more frequently been pressed by the feet of Englishmen, than the summit of Ben-Nevis." Among the potential tourist spots whose allure he extols are Staffa and Iona £200
Johnson, Samuel.: A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland. London: Printed for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1791. New edition. 8vo, pp.[iv], 384, signature of Law[rence] Oliphant to title, period calf scuffed, wine label, spine ruled gilt in compartments, a sound clean copy. £125
Johnston, W. & A.K.: Johnston's Map of the County of Argyle with the Railways. Edinburgh, W. & A.K. Johnston, c.1845. Engraved folding linen-backed map, approximately 101 x 69 cms., hand-coloured in outline, a couple of sections strengthened to verso, lightly stained and dust-soiled. Sheet 17 of Johnston's Atlas showing both the existent and the proposed railways. £80
Knox, James.: The topography of the basin of the Tay. Intended as a companion to the map of the basin of the Tay. Edinburgh, John Anderson, 1831. First edition. 12mo, pp.xii, 226, 22, lxii, 16 (ads.), 3 plates, bookplate, red cloth sunned, printed paper label. £80
Knox, John.: Voyage dans les Montagnes de l'Ecosse et dans les Isles Hebrides, Fait en 1786. Traduit de l'Anglais [ by Theophile Mandat ]. A Paris, chez Defer de Maisonneuve...et a Nantes, chez Louis..., 1790. First French translation. 2 vols. 8vo, pp.[iv], 412 ; [iv], 392, completely uncut, original blue-grey wrappers, edges untrimmed, a good set in original condition. Knox worked as a bookseller in London and spent the last 25 years of his life as an " improver " whose Tour through the Highlands of Scotland was first published in 1787 at the request of the Highland Society of London. In it he is more concerned with the fisheries and general economy of the Highlands rather than with customs and social groupings. £350
Larkin.: Sketch of a Tour in the Highlands of Scotland; through Perthshire, Argyleshire, and Inverness-shire, in September and October, 1818: with some account of the Caledonian Canal. London: Printed for Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy...1819. First edition. 8vo, pp. viii, 352, folding map lightly spotted, paper flaw to margin of p.265; later half calf, marbled paper sides, spine decorated gilt in compartments with a thistle tool, black morocco label. £250
Lowther, C., et al.: Our Journall into Scotland anno domini 1629, 5th of November from Lowther. Edinburgh, David Douglas, 1894, 1st ed. thus. 8vo, pp.56, maroon cloth gilt, bookplate of Paul M. Stephens. £40
M'Nayr, James.: A Guide from Glasgow, to some of the most remarkable scenes in the Highlands of Scotland, and to the Falls of CLyde. Glasgow, Printed in the Courier Office, 1797. First edition. 8vo, pp.249, [1], 6, lacking front free endpaper, drab cloth, recent owner's signature, vg+. ESTC T35913. While admitting that "it was not the author's original intention to conduct his company to the contemplation of other scenes, than the beautiful and sublime of Nature", M'Nayr was much impressed by Robert Owen's New Lanark and Robert Dale's mills there, and gives a fairly detailed account of their workings and of the provisions made for the health and education of the employees. £300
Macdonald, Finlay J.: A Journey to the Western Isles. Johnson's Scottish Journey Retraced. London & Sydney, Macdonald & Co., 1985. Large 8vo, pp.207, [3], illustrated, map endpapers, d/w, vg. Reproduces the original text of the 1785 second edition enlivened by Finlay J. Macdonald's own colourful commentary. £20
Macdonald, William. (publishers).: Macdonald's Guide to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Edinburgh, William Macdonald & Company Limited, n.d. New and Revised edition. 8vo, pp.104, [16], [2], illustrated, map creased, dust-soiled, pict. wrappers. £20
Mackay, L. (publisher).: Atholl Illustrated. New popular Tourist Guide to Pitlochry, Killiecrankie, Blair Atholl and Kinloch-Rannoch. Pitlochry, L. Mackay, n.d., c.1925. Oblong 8vo, pp.171, [3, advertisements], illustrated, cloth-backed blue pictorial boards, vg. £30
Map.: Macpherson's "half-inch" map of Fife, Kinross, Clackmannan & Perth (south).[cover title]. Dunfermline, Herbert T. Macpherson, n.d. Fldg. col. map on linen, approx. 18 x 28 inches, stiff wrappers. £10
Martin, Martin.: A Description of the Western Islands of Scotland ..to which is added a Brief Description of the Isles of Orkney, and Schetland London, Printed for Andrew Bell, at the Cross-Keys and Bible, in Cornhill, near Stocks-Market, 1703. First edition. 8vo, pp.[32], 392, lacking the map and plate (as often) but these supplied on period paper in laser-printed facsimile from copy kindly provided by the National Library of Scotland, signature William Mackenzie 1733 to title, Latin inscription dated 1745 to verso of title, another faded inscription in English to lower blank margin of final leaf, period sheep rebacked with original spine relaid, later red label, all edges rubricated, vg. £450
Mawman, J.: An Excursion to the Highlands of Scotland and the English Lakes, with recollections, descriptions, and references to historical facts. London: Printed for J. Mawman...1805. First edition. 8vo, pp.xvi + 291 + [1], 3 engraved plates after J.M.W. Turner, folding map, paper flaw to lower margin p.215, a few spots; modern red cloth gilt. £200
Monday, Alfred James.: From the Tone of Somersetshire to the Don of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeen, J. & J.F. Edmond & Spark, 1886. Limited edition 100. 8vo, pp.82, blue cloth gilt. Mitchell 785. Invited by Sir Francis Grant of Monymusk to examine the family papers, this is Monday's account of his journey - "what I saw and learned." £45
Nelson, Thomas & Sons. (publishers).: The Royal Route - Oban to Inverness - The Caledonian Canal. London, T. Nelson & Sons, n.d. 8vo, pp.22, 12 chromo. views, brown cloth lettered red and black, rubbed, vg. £20
Nelson, Thomas, and Sons. (publishers).: Tourist's Guide to theTrossachs. Thomas Nelson and Sons, London...n.d. Small oblong 8vo, pp.39, [1], 24 superb chromolitho plates, text. ilustrations, blue cloth lettered gilt with coloured onlay, bevelled edges, vg. £45
Newte, Thomas. (pseudonym, William Thomson): A Tour in England and Scotland, in 1785. By an English Gentleman. London: Printed for G.G.J. Robinson...1788. First edition. 8vo, pp.x, 367 + [1], 6 engraved plates, a few light spots of foxing; recent blue half calf, blue cloth sides, spine decorated gilt in compartments, red morocco label. £250
Nodier, Charles.: Promenade de Dieppe aux Montagnes d' Ecosse. A Paris: chez J.H. Barba, 1821. 12mo, pp.334, [1], half-title, hand-coloured frontispiece of a clan chief, 2 hand-coloured botanical plates, map, occasional light spotting; marbled endpapers, contemporary sheep, spine gilt, red morocco label. Nodier's tour took him to Brighton, London and Oxford before setting off for Scotland where he visited Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ayr, Luss and Loch Lomond. Clouzot p.226, Vicaire VI, 99. £225
Ormiston & Glass. (publishers).: Souvenir of the West Highlands Oban to Inverness. Edinburgh, Ormiston & Glass, n.d. Small square 8vo, concertina-style, 24 views (2 per page), red cloth gilt, vg. £30
Pearson, Hesketh and Hugh Kingsmill.: Skye High. The Record of a Tour through Scotland in the Wake of Samuel Johnson and James Boswell. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1937. First edition. 8vo, pp.312, map endpapers, blue cloth gilt rubbed, g. £20
Pennant, Thomas.: A Tour in Scotland. MDCCLXIX. Chester: Printed by John Monk. 1771. 8vo, pp.viii, 316, 18 plates, later quarter calf, marbled boards, spine ruled gilt, green calf label, vg. £150
Pennant, Thomas.: A Tour in Scotland. MDCCLXXII. Part II. London, Printed for Benj. White, 1776. 4to, pp.34, iv, 481, [1], vignette title, 47 engraved plates, rebound in period style half calf. £150
Ployen, Christian.: Reminiscences of a Voyage to Shetland, Orkney & Scotland in the summer of 1839. Translated from the Danish by Catherine Spence. Lerwick, T & J. Manson, 1896. Second edition. 8vo, pp.xv, 237, frontispiece, blue cloth gilt, vg. £85
Ployen, Christian.: Reminiscences of a Voyage to Shetland, Orkney and Scotland in the summer of 1839. Translated from the Danish by Catherine Spence. Lerwick.T. & J. Manson, 1894. First edition. 8vo, pp.xv, 237, frontispiece, black cloth gilt, signature and bookplate of Francis James Grant, W.S., Rothesay Herald & Lyon Clerk, vg. Ployen, Amtmand and Commandant in the Faroe Islands, undertook his voyage in order to compare developments in Shetland with Faroe where despite both groups sharing similar soil and climate "everything is in the same state as it was centuries ago." Originally published in Danish in 1840 and here translated by Catherine Spence, this account enabled its contemporary readers to measure just how much things had changed in the intervening fifty years. £100
Redfern, Roger A.: Rambles in the Hebrides. London, Robert Hale, 1966. First edition. 8vo, pp.195, illustrated, d/w rear panel stained, g+. Presents a panorama of the Hebrides from Arran to Sula Sgeir and from Skye to Rockall. £20
Roger, J.C.: Journal of a Summer Tour in the Perthshire and Inverness-shire Highlands. London, Privately Printed, 1898. First edition. 8vo, pp.vi, 94, errata slip, illustrated, patterned endpapers toned, grey cloth, printed paper label, signed presentation copy to James Playfair, Islabank, with author's compliments slip to pastedown and recipient's signature to title, vg. £100
Roger, J.C.: Reminiscences of a Four Weeks' Tour in Scotland; with notes and memoranda relating to sundry matters of antiquity. London, Privately Printed, 1895. First edition. 8vo, pp.viii, 52, illustrated, patterned endpapers toned, grey cloth, printed paper label (stained), signed presentation copy to James Playfair, Islabank, vg. £100
The Traveller's Guide: through Scotland, and its Islands. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Printed by J. Pillans & Son , for JohnThomson and Company, Edinburgh, and R. Baldwin, London, 1818, 7th ed. 12mo, pp.300; 295, [1], 34 ex 35 maps and plates (lacking the general map of Scotland from vol.1); strip trimmed from upper margin of title in second volume with loss of "The"; a few light spots and occasional off-setting; endpapers renewed, original printed boards rebacked, paper labels, g. £120
Thornton, Colonel T.: A Sporting Tour through the Northern Parts of England, and great part of the Highlands of Scotland; including remarks on English and Scottish Landscape, and general observations on the State of Society and Manners. London: Printed for Vernor and Hood...Constable and Hunter, Edinburgh; and Brash and Reid, Glasgow; by James Swan, 1804. First edition. 4to, pp. [xxvi], 312, [4], 16 engraved plates, half calf scuffed, marbled boards, red morocco label. £225
Wordsworth, Dorothy.: Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland. A.D. 1803. Edited by J.C. Shairp. Edinburgh, Edmonston and Douglas, 1874. Second edition. 8vo, pp.l, 318, 24, brown cloth gilt lightly rubbed. £30

Travel

Author Book Title PlacePubDa Ref Price
Angas, George French.: Portraits of the New Zealand Maori painted in 1844...with a modern text by G.C.Petersen and S.M.Mead. Wellington, A.H.& A.W.Reed, 1972. Limited edition 750. Folio, pp.16, 49 full-page coloured plates with facing letterpress, map, index, half wine morocco lightly rubbed at extremities, marbled paper sides, raised bands, spine lettered gilt. a very attractive copy. £200
Ardenne.: The Hades of Ardenne a visit to the Caves of Han described and illustrated by the T.T. Club. London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1883. First edition. 8vo, pp.160, 8 plates, fldg. map, pict.. blue cloth gilt, bevelled edges, bookplate of C[harles] J[ames] Lauder, In Memoriam G.A.L. Glasgow Society of Lady Artists. £30
Argonaut Book Shop.: Fine and Rare Books with an emphasis on California and the American West. Catalogues 107 - 109. San Francisco, Argonaut Book Shop. pp.130; 158; 126, vg. £15
Australiana.: Catalogue of Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts Illustrating the early history of Australia and New Zealand Sotheby's. 1982. pp.105, [5], illustrated, estimates for the 350 lots and prices realised slips tipped in, vg. £10
Baedeker, Karl: London and its environs. Leipzig: Karl Baedeker, 1889. 8vo, pp.viii, 360, 45 (Index of Streets), 18 maps and plans, silk ribbon, glazed yellow endpapers, marbled edges, pebbled flexible red cloth gilt, g. £50
Baedeker, Karl.: Palestine and Syria with routes through Mesopotamia and Babylonia and the Island of Cyprus. Leipzig: Karl Baedeker, 1912. Fifth edition, remodelled and augmented. 8vo, pp.lxxxvii, 462, 21 maps (1 with small archival repair to verso), 56 plans, and a panorama of Jerusalem, silk ribbon, glazed yellow endpapers, marbled edges, pebbled flexible red cloth gilt, vg. £150
Baker, J.N.L.: A History of Geographical Discovery and Exploration. George G. Harrap, 1931. First edition. pp.544, illustrated, occasional pencilled marginalia, owner's signature, vg. £20
Barnaby, K.C.: Some Ship Disasters and their Causes. London, Hutchinson, 1968. First edition. 8vo, pp.xvi, 172, 26 plates, d/w. £10
Barrow, John.: Some Account of the Public Life, and a selection from the unpublished writings, of the Earl of Macartney. 2 vols. London, Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1807. First edition. 4to, pp.xii +608; [4] + 531 + [1], portrait frontispiece by Schiavonetti after W. Edridge offset onto title; text crisp and clean; contemporary sprinkled calf rebacked retaining original elabotately decorated spines, labels worn but lettering still clear. Lust 501; Cordier BS 2391. From the Gladstone library at Fasque with bookplate. A work important for its account of Macartney's embassy to China which Barrow accompanied as comptroller of the household. £600
Baynton-Williams, Asley and Miles.: New Worlds. Maps from the Age of Discovery. London, Quercus, n.d. Folio, pp.224, over 120 maps in full colour, d/w £40
Beddie, M.K. (editor).: Bibliography of Captain James Cook R.N., F.R.S., Circumnavigator. Sydney, The Library of New South Wales, 1970. Second edition. pp.xvi, 894, blue cloth, spine spotted, internally sound and clean. £10
Bernard, Theos.: Land of a Thousand Buddhas. A pilgrimage into the heart of Tibet and the Sacred City of Lhasa. London, Rider & Co., 1949. First edition. 8vo, pp.320, 74 ills., light fore-edge foxing, black cloth gilt. £45
Bingley, Rev. William.: Biographical Conversations, on the most eminent voyagers of different nations; from Columbus to Cook...Designed for the Use of Young Persons; and...on Celebrated Travellers) and (on the most eminent and instructive British Characters). 3 vols. London: Printed for John Sharpe, at Haile's Juvenile Library..., By C.Whittingham, Chiswick [and, 3rd vol.], Harvey and Barton, 55 Gracechurch-Street. 1818, 1819, 1821. Second, second and third edition. 12mo, pp.viii+ [iv] + ii + 3 - 348; vi + [iv] + 360; vii + [v] + 348 + [2]; frontispiece dated May, 1822; single worm trace to pastedown hinges in al three volumes but not progressing to text; marbled edges, uniform half calf, marbled paper sides, spines elaborately decorated gilt, red labels. Armorial bookplate of William Thomson. £140
Bishop, Mrs. ( Isabella L. Bird ).: Korea & her Neighbours. A narrative of travel, with an account of the recent vicissitudes and present position of the country. 2 vols. London, John Murray, 1898. Second impression. 8vo, pp.xvii, 261; vii, 321, 49 ills., 2 maps, owner's signature and stamp, e.p.'s lightly tanned, blue cloth rubbed at extremities, red, black and gilt onlays (small one lacking on vol.2 ), labels removed from front covers, somewhat tired-looking externally but text fresh and clean. £150
Blackman, Winifred S.: The Fellahin of Upper Egypt their religious, social and industrial life to-day with special reference to survivals from ancient times. London, George G. Harrap, 1927. First edition. 8vo, pp.331, 186 figs., owner's pencil signature, blue cloth gilt, minor wear to head of spine. £65
Blunt, Wilfrid.: The Golden Road to Samarkand. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1973, 1st ed. 4to, pp.280, illustrated, original wrappers tipped in, inscription, red cloth gilt. £20
Budge, E.A. Wallis.: The Nile. Notes for Travellers in Egypt. London: Thomas Cook & Son, 1898. Sixth edition. 8vo, pp.444, illustrated, map, flexible brown cloth gilt. £20
Buxton, Noel and Rev. Harold Buxton.: Travels and Politics in Armenia. With an introduction by Viscount Bryce and a contribution on Armenian history and culture by Aram Raffi. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1914. First edition. 8vo, pp.xx, 274, [2], 22 illustrations, map, light foxing to half-title and title, blue cloth gilt. £100
California.: California. Catalogue 50 Parts 1 - 5. [complete]. San Francisco, John Howell - Books, 1979. pp.560 plus selected references, index and errata, illustrated, vg. Lists 1165 items from the library of Jennie Crocker Henderson with additions. £50
Canada Newfoundland, Labrador and the Canadian Arctic.: A Selection of Six Hundred and Fifty Books. Catalogue No. 678. Maggs Bros., 1939. unpaginated, illustrated, a few light spots of fore-edge foxing, g+. £10
Carnegie, Andrew.: An American four-in-hand in Britain. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1888. 8vo, pp.339, [1], red cloth gilt, bookplate of McCrone of Pitliver, pres. copy inscribed "Sir Henry W. Checkland with best wishes of his friend of 1860 Andrew Carnegie New York Oct. 10 '88". £80
Carnegie, Andrew.: Round the world. London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, [1879]. First edition. 8vo, pp.360, blue cloth gilt, pres. copy inscribed "Daniel Thomson with the kind regards of the Author". £50
Catafago, Joseph.: An English and Arabic Dictionary, in two parts, Arabic and English, and English and Arabic. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1873. Second edition. 8vo, pp.viii, 1096, blue cloth gilt, bookplate and signature of Sir Francis Wingate, brother of Orde Wingate of Chindit fame. £60
Chambers, James.: The Devil's Horsemen. The Mongol Invasion of Europe. London, Cassell, 1988, revised and extended. 8vo, pp.214, illustrated, 4 maps, d/w, vg. £15
Chesney, Louisa Fletcher and Jane Chesney O'Donnell.: The Life of General F.R. Chesney Colonel Commandant Royal Artillery. By his wife and daughter. Edited by Stanley Lane-Poole. London; W.H Allen & Co., 1885. First edition. 8vo, pp.xxiv, 477, [3], folding map, portrait frontispiece, bookplate of Harold Wilson, rebound to style, quarter calf, marbled boards, spine decorated gilt in ruled compartments, green label, v g. Francis Rawdon Chesney (1789 - 1872), had a distinguished military career but is better known as an explorer who played a significant role in the development of the Suez Canal and surveyed the Euphrates Valley with a view to creating an overland route to India. £80
Clarke, E.D.: A Tour through the South of England, Wales, and part of Ireland, made during the summer of 1791. London: Printed at the Minerva Press, Leadenhall-Street, for R. Edwards..., 1793. First edition. 8vo in 4's, pp.xxx, 403, [1], 11 aquatints, plan of Stonehenge with short archival repair to verso, remnant of armorial bookplate to front pastedown, marbled endpapers, period speckled calf rejointed and rebacked retaining original spine, vg. £350
Cohen, Ben.: The Thames 1580 - 1980 a General Bibliography. Ben Cohen, 1985. First edition. 4to, pp.[x], 335, vg. £40
Crawley, Ernest.: The Mystic Rose. A study of primitive marriage and of primitive thought in its bearing on marriage. 2 vols. London, Methuen, 1927, new ed. revised. 8vo, pp.xx, 375 ; vii, 340, brown cloth gilt. £35
Curzon, The Hon. Robert, Jun.: Visits to the Monasteries of the Levant. London: John Murray, 1851. Fourth edition. 8vp, pp.lv, 420, 32 (publisher's catalogue), additional vignette title, 16 plates, black ribbed cloth gilt, backstrip relaid, g. £30
Dolomieu, Deodat G.S.T. Gratet de.: Voyage aux Iles de Lipari, fait en 1781, ou Notices sur les Iles Aeoliennes, pour servir a l'Histoire des Volcans... A Paris, Rue et Hotel Serpente (i.e. Cuchet), 1783. 8vo, pp.208, gutter of first few signatures a little wormed (remote from text), marbled endpapers, front hinge cracked but sound, contemporary calf, badly peeled, spine worn, bookplate of Camille Monet of Montbarton with his paper label to foot of spine. Ekama p.517 ; Ward & Carozzi 668; Mira 312 (misdated). An interesting binding, in spite of the wear, for the spine is decorated with five gilt balloons. The work was published in 1783, the year which saw the Montgolfiers' successful ascent, partially funded by Faujas de St. Fond who wrote the first book on the subject, Description des experiences de la machine aerostatique de MM de Montgolfier, and who was, alongside Deodat de Domolieu, the leading Mediterranean vulcanologist of the eighteenth century. It is tempting to think that this may constitute a link between the two great geologists. £250
Donovan, Edward.: Descriptive Excursions through South Wales and Monmouthshire, in the year 1804, and the four preceding summers. 2 vols. London: printed for the author, 1805. First edition. 8vo, pp.xxvii, [i], 404; ix, [i], 396, 2 leaves of contents of vol. 2 misbound in vol. 1 but also present in vol.2, 31 hand-coloured plates, prelim. blanks foxed, text generally very good throughout, marbled endpapers, later green half morocco, minor corner wear, pebbled cloth sides, spines lettered gilt direct, armorial bookplate of Thomas Edward Watson, noted bibliophile. Very attractive. Abbey Scenery 518. Edward Donovan (1768 - 1837) was a skilled artist and prolific author who, possessed of considerable wealth from an early age, indulged his enthusiasm for collecting natural history specimens and in 1807 established the London Museum and Institute of Natural History where the public were admitted free of charge. He travelled through Monmouthshire and South Wales in the summers of 1800 and the succeeding years, publishing this account of his travels illustrated with coloured engravings from his own sketches. £300
Doumani, George A. (editor).: Antarctic Bibliography. 3 vols. Washington, D.C., Library of Congress, 1965, '66, '68. 4to, pp.vii, 506; vii, 523; vii, 491, vg. £50
Doyle, Richard.: The Foreign Tour of Messrs. Brown, Jones and Robinson being the history of what they saw, and did, in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, & Italy. London, Bradbury & Evans, 1854, 1st ed. 4to, pp.80 (verso only), interleaved, illustrated, half blue morocco gilt lightly rubbed, pebbled cloth sides. £75
Drew, Edwin.: The Chief Incidents of the Wreck of the "Titanic" treated in verse; together with the lessons of the disaster. With portraits. London, W. Nicholson & Sons, 1912. First edition. 8vo, pp.46, 4 plates, purple printed wrappers faded at edges and with a couple of chips. "I claim no poetic power in these verses, so that critics on the look-out for master-pieces will not find them here, but, with a rather wide personal knowledge of "the people," I beg to say that the clear, easily comprehended "rhyme" is generally more treasured by "the masses" than sonnets that may be immortal, but are for "the few." £125
Earle, Augustus.: A Narrative of a Nine Months' Residence in New Zealand, in 1827; together with A Journal of a Residence in Tristan D'Acunha, an island situated between South America and the Cape of Good Hope. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1832. First edition. 8vo, pp.x, 371, [1], 7 engraved plates (2 folding), half calf, corners scuffed, marbled boards, spine decorated blind in compartments with raised bands ruled gilt, wine label, vg. London-born, Earle (c.1793 - 1838) trained at the Royal Academy where he had already exhibited at the age of 13, before pursuing a career as an artist-traveller. In March 1818 he set off on a journey round the world which eventually, in 1829, took him to New Zealand where he came under the patronage of the Maori chief Te Whareumu. His depictions of Maori customs, occasions and domestic scenes accurately reflect the way of life he encountered and document the effects of European contact and colonisation in the early nineteenth century. £400
Eldredge, Zoeth S.: The March of Portola and the Discovery of the Bay of San Francisco [and] The Log of the San Carlos and original documents translated and annotated by E.J. Molera.. Illustrations by Walter Francis. San Francisco, The California Promotion Committee, 1909. First edition. 8vo, pp.71, [1], 6 plates, orange and black cloth, red paper label. £20
Etherton, P.T.: Across the Great Deserts. London, Lutterworth Press, 1948, 1st ed. 8vo, pp.184, 45 plates, map e.p.'s, repaired d/w. £10
Faujas de Saint-Fond, Barthelemy.: Voyage en Angleterre, en Ecosse et aux Iles Hebrides; ayant pour objet les sciences, les arts, l'histoire naturelle et les moeurs; avec la description mineralogique du pays de Newcastle, des montagnes du Derbyshire, des environs d'Edinburgh, de Glasgow, de Perth, de s.-Andrews, du duche d'Inverary, et de la grotte de Fingal. 2 vols. A Paris, chez H.J. Jansen, 1797. First edition. 8vo, pp.430, errata leaf; 434, errata leaf, 7 engraved folding plates, small stain to margin of title vol.2, rebound to style £450
Feltham, John.: A Guide to all the Watering and Sea-Bathing Places; with a description of the Lakes; and a sketch of a tour in Wales; and itineraries illustrated with maps and views. By the editor of The Picture of London.. London: Printed for Richard Phillips, 71, St. Paul's Church-yard, and to be had of the Booksellers at all the Watering and Sea-bathing places [1803].12mo, pp.iv, 434, [4, publisher's advertisement], 19 maps (4 folding), 28 plates (1 folding), folding table of relative distances, period sheep, spine ruled gilt in compartments, head-and tail-bands chipped, internally a good clean copy. £200
French, Mary B. Billings.: A New England Pioneer "The Captivity of Mrs. Johnson". Woodstock, Vermont, The Elm Tree Press, 1963. 8vo, pp.xii, 44, illustrated, blue cloth-backed boards, inscribed to front free endpaper "To Lord and Lady Reith with best wishes on your first - of I hope many visits to Vermont. Mary F. Rockefeller." Captured along with her family in an Abenaki Indian raid on Charletown in 1754, Susannah Willard Johnson was marched through Vermont to Canada where she was handed over to the French who returned her to England as part of an exchange of prisoners. £30
Garesche, Hon. William A.: Complete Story of the Martinique and St. Vincent Horrors...No Way of Escape, only Death! Death! Everywhere! s.l., L.G. Stahl, 1902, 1st ed. 8vo, pp.402, illustrated, occasional fingering, hinges strengthened, green cloth gilt with pict. onlay, minor wear to extremities. An account of the volcanic eruption of Mount Pelee by the former United States Consul at St. Pierre, Martinique, followed by a further 16 chapters on the world's greatest natural disasters. £50
Genet, Jean.: Esquisse d'une Civilisation Oubliee (Le Yucatan a travers les ages). Paris, Les Editions Genet, 1927. First edition. 8vo, pp.274, illustrated, small ink smudge to title; leather-backed brown cloth, spine gilt in compartments, black morocco label. £45
Gillispie, Charles Coulston.: The Montgolfier Brothers and the Invention of Aviation 1733 - 1784. With a Word on the Importance of Ballooning for the Science of Heat and the Art of Building Railroads. Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 1983. First edition. 4to, pp.xi, 210, [1], illustrated, d/w, vg. £40
Glaisher, James, C. Flammarion, W.D. Fonville and G. Tissandier: Voyages Aeriens. Paris: Librairie de L. Hachette et cie, 1870. First edition. 8vo, pp. 612, portrait frontispiece, 117 wood engravings, 6 chromolitho plates, 15 maps and diagrams; recased in pebbled blue cloth retaining the original morocco spine ornately gilt in compartments, minor wear to extremities, very good. Remnants of bookplate to front pastedown, cancelled library stamps of the Reichsluftfahrtministerium Bucherei and later [British] Ministry of Supply Central Library. Though primarily interested in meteorology, James Glaisher F.R.S. (1809 - 1903) achieved wider public recognition through his aeronautical activities. He made a series of balloon ascents with Henry T. Coxwell and on 5th September, 1862 the pair reached a height of nearly 7 miles. At 27,000 feet Glaisher became unconscious and Coxwell lost the use of his limbs but managed to open the valve by seizing the cord in his teeth, thus enabling the balloon to descend from an altitude of 37,000 feet. The present work, which appeared in English as Travels in the Air (1871), includes an account of his ascents but his interest in aeronautics was always subsidiary to the scientific results to be obtained by their means, hence his honorific title "the Nestor of Meteorologists." £150
Goodspeed, T. Harper.: Plant Hunters in the Andes. London, Robert Hale, n.d. 8vo, pp.xiv, 429, illustrated, map e.p.'s, red cloth gilt. £30
Grant, Cyril Fletcher.: 'Twixt Land and Sea. Sketches and Studies in North Africa. London, Sampson Low, Marston, n.d. 8vo, pp.xii, 504, 58 plates, map, blue cloth gilt, one corner bumped, spine dull. £30
Greely, Adolphus W.: Three Years of Arctic Service: an account of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition of 1881 - 84 and the attainment of the Farthest North. With over six hundred illustrations made from photographs taken by the party, and original drawings, and with the original maps and charts. 2 vols. New York, Charles Scribners Sons, 1886. First edition. 8vo, pp.xxv, 428; xiii, 444, 43 full-page plates, 9 maps (3 folding), numerous textual illustrations, ownership stamps of Joseph P. Knight, Jr., New City, Rockland County, N.Y. to front pastedowns, pictorial blue cloth lettered silver with image in red, blue, silver and gold, minor corner wear, vg. A veteran of the American Civil War, Adolphus Washington Greely (1844 - 1935) was given command of the 1881 Lady Franklin Bay Expedition aboard the ship Proteus. The purpose of the expedition was to establish a chain of meterological-observation stations, to collect astronomical and polar magnetic data, and to seek for clues as to the fate of the USS Jeanette which had been lost two years earlier. Greely established his base at Fort Conger, on Ellesmere Island, and successfully explored the east coast of the island, the north coast of Greenland, and the west coast of Grinnell Land. Scientific data was recorded and two of his men, Lt. James B. Lockwood and David L. Brainard, achieved a new record "farthest north" of 83.24 degrees. However, when successive supply parties scheduled to replenish provisions were thwarted by impassible ice in 1882 and 1883, Greely was left with no choice but to retreat south to Cape Sabine where he expected to find depots of food and equipment. These had not been provided and the party had no option but to winter at Cape Sabine with inadequate rations and very little fuel. When a rescue expedition finally arrived on June 24, 1884 only Greely and six of his men of the original crew of twenty-five were still alive (and one of those would die on the return journey), the others having succumbed to starvation, drowning, hypothermia or, in the case of Private Henry, execution for repeated theft of rations. The survivors were deservedly hailed as heroes but this image was somewhat tarnished by persistent rumours of cannibalism in the latter stages of their desperate struggle against encroaching death. £250
Grotius, Hugo,: A significant group of books by Hugo Grotius (1583 - 1645) with a number of Grotiana. Catalogue 51. Nieuwkoop, De Graaf Antiquarian Booksellers, n.d. pp.[32], stiff wrappers with strip of sunning, g+. £10
Guenther, Konrad.: A Naturalist in Brazil. The flora and fauna and the people of Brazil. London, Allen & Unwin, 1931, 1st UK ed. 8vo, pp.400, 32 plates, 40 figs., green cloth gilt sunned, spine darkened. £30
Hall, Captain Basil.: Travels in North America, in the years 1827 and 1828, 3 vols. Edinburgh: Printed for Cadell and Co, Edinburgh; and Simpkin and Marshall, London, 1829. 12mo, pp.iv + ii + 421 + [1]; ii + 432; vii + [i] + 436, folding col. map, folding tables, faint off-setting to title vol.1; period calf scuffed at edges, rebacked to style, red and black double labels, marbled endpapers, hinges strengthened. Inscribed "The Earl of Essex With the Author's Compliments." Howes H47; Sabin 29725. The son of Sir James Hall, Bart. of Dunglass, East Lothian, Hall's naval service gave rise to a number of highly popular travel books but some of his observations on American customs in the present work sparked indignant reactions in the United States. £225
Hall, Mr. and Mrs. S. C.: A Week at Killarney. London: Virtue & Co., 1850. First edition. 8vo, pp.217, [3], vignette title, 20 steel engraved plates (a few with light marginal foxing), numerous wood engravings, 2 maps, green cloth gilt, owner's inscription to front pastedown. £140
Halstead, Murat.: Galveston : the Horrors of a Stricken City. [ Chicago ], American Publishers' Association, 1900, 1st ed. 8vo, pp.xi, 33-363, [5], pict. red cloth, hinges cracking but sound. Graphic account of the hurricane disaster of 1900. £80
Hewitt, Rachel.: Map of a Nation: a Biography of the Ordnance Survey. Granta, 2010. First edition. pp.xxvii, 436, illustrated, d/w, vg.q £15
Hilton-Simpson, M.W.: Among the Hill-Folk of Algeria. Journeys among the Shawia of the Aures Mountains. London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1921. First edition. 8vo, pp.248, 40 ills., map, very light foxing to prelims. and fore-edge, red cloth gilt. £45
Hissey, James John.: A Holiday on the Road. An artist's wanderings in Kent, Sussex, and Surrey. London, Richard Bentley & Son, 1887. First edition. 8vo, pp.xviii, 408, illustrated, dec. blue cloth gilt. £40
Hissey, James John.: A Leisurely Tour in England. London, Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1913. First edition. 8vo, pp.xviii,400 illustrated, map, endpapers lightly toned, bookplate, blue cloth gilt. £35
Hodder, Edwin.: John MacGregor ("Rob Roy"). London, Hodder Brothers, 1894. Second edition. 8vo, pp.xiv, 458,[8], portrait frontis., illustrated, owner's signature, green cloth gilt. £45
Jackson, Frederick G.: A Thousand Days in the Arctic. With Preface by Admiral Sir F. Leopold McClintock. 2 vols. London and New York, Harper & Brothers, 1899. First edition. 8vo, pp.xxi, 551, [1]; xv, 580, name clipped from front free endpapers numerous illustrations, 5 folding maps, occasional light discolouration, free endpapers lightly toned, pictorial blue cloth lettered and decorated gilt, minor shelf wear, vg. Inspired by Fridtjof Nansen's projected voyage in the Frome, Frederick George Jackson (1860 - 1938) published in 1892 his plans for an attempt on the Pole, using Franz Josef Land, then supposed to extend far north, as a base. With Alfred Harmsworth (later Lord Northcliffe) as a patron he organised the Jackson-Harmsworth polar expedition which sailed in the Windward in 1894 and established its base at Cape Flora. From there Jackson and Albert Borlase Armitage explored to the north but when they reached the Queen Victoria Sea all hopes of a poleward journey were dashed; Franz Josef Land was nothing but an archipelago of islands. On 17 June 1896 he encountered Fridtjof Nansen and Fredrick Hjalmar Johansen, who had wintered at Cape Norway on an island subsequently named Jackson Island by Nansen, and were attempting to make their way to Spitzbergen by kayak having reached a record-breaking northern latitude of 86.14 N. This chance meeting probably saved the lives of the two Norwegians and they were able to return home aboard the Windward on 7 August. For his services, Jackson was awarded the Norwegian Order of St. Olav. £500
Jeal, Tim.: Livingstone. London, Heinemann, 1973. 8vo, pp.xiv, 427, 27 ills., d/w. £25
Jefferson, Robert L.: A New Ride to Khiva. London, Methuen, 1899, 1st ed. 8vo, pp.xii, 312, 40 (ads.), illustrated, occasional light foxing, e.p.'s lightly tanned, fore-edge spotted, pict. green cloth. £80
Keay, John.: Explorers Extraordinary. London, John Murray/ B.B.C., 1985. First edition. 8vo, pp. 195, 29 ills., map, d/w. John "Rob Roy" MacGregor, Captain John Dundas Cochrane, etc. £15
Kirk, J.W.C.: A Grammar of the Somali Language with examples in prose and verse and an account of the Yibir and Midgan dialects. Cambridge, at the University Press, 1905. First edition. 8vo, pp.xvi, 216, blue cloth gilt sl. patchy. £20
Laird, Macgregor and R.A.K. Oldfield.: Narrative of an Expedition into the Interior of Africa, by the River Niger, in the steam-vessels Quorra and Alburkah, in 1832, 1833, and 1834. 2 vols. London: Richard Bentley, 1837. First edition. 8vo, pp.xvi, 451, [1]; vii, 447, 7 engraved plates with faint discolouration to margins, period half calf, minor abrasions, marbled boards, spines numbered gilt, raised bands, green labels, vg. In 1831 MacGregor Laird (1808 - 1861), younger son of William Laird, the Birkenhead shipbuilder, formed a company with a group of Liverpool merchants for the commercial development of the Niger regions. Laird set off in 1832 with two small ships and ascended the Niger as far as the confluence with the Tchadda, gaining accurate ideas as to the river's course and source before returning to Liverpool in 1834. He suffered severe ill-health, having to be carried on a litter for much of the journey, and of the forty-eight Europeans who had set out only nine survived, including the authors of the present work. The venture proved unsuccessful commercially but the information gathered was invaluable for future traders and though Laird never returned to the Niger he devoted the rest of his life to developing trade with West Africa. Underlying his efforts in this direction was the conviction that therein lay the best means of stopping slavery and bettering the conditions of the Africans, a view clearly expressed in the authors' prefatory address: "To the Merchants and Philanthropists of Great Britain, In the hope that the attempt ...to establish a Commercial Intercourse with Central Africa, via the River Niger, may open new fields of enterprise to the Mercantile world, and [be] of usefulness to those who labour for the amelioration of uncivilised man..." £600
Lincolnshire.: Embroidered silk map. The County of Lincoln by R. Driffill, 1818. 56 x 41 cms., embroidered with different coloured silks detailing parish boundaries, towns, roads and drainage canals, some very slight discolouration, minor loss adjacent to compass rose, framed and glazed. £600
Luffman, John.: Select Plans of the Principal Cities, Harbours, Forts &c. in the World. 2 vols. in 1. London: Engraved and Published by John Luffman, No. 28, Little Bell Alley, Coleman Street, 1801. Atlas, 4to, 215mm. x 170mm., 160 hand-coloured engraved maps and plans, engraved titles, indexes, light stain to outer margins of title in volume 1 not affecting contents which are clean throughout, original boards with early reback in green cloth preserving the original label (slightly chipped), a very good copy of a work rarely found complete. Contents include Cook's Strait, Harbour of St. Petersburg, Havanna, Seringapatam, Charleston and New York. £7500
Macdonnell, Anne.: Touraine and its story...with coloured illustrations by A.B. Atkinson. London, J.M. Dent, n.d. 4to, pp.xiii, 366, 50 col. plates, 30 text. ills., map, neat repair to margin of one leaf, e.p.'s tanned, light fore-edge foxing, dec. green cloth gilt. £40
MacFarlane, Charles.: The Romance of Travel. The East. 2 vols. London, Charles Knight, 1846. 12mo, pp.256 ; 192, half calf scuffed, marbled paper sides, spines gilt in compartments, black morocco labels. £25
Maggs.: Voyages and Travel. [Vol. 1] Parts I - V, Vol.2 Part V, Vol.3 Parts I, II, IV, Vol. 5 Parts I, II, IV - VI, Vol. 6 Parts V, Vi, IX, Vol. VII Parts I, 7. 19 vols. in total. Catalogues 638, 644, 667, 681, 695, 732, 751, 758, 766, 803, 813, 824, 827, 833, 924, 928, 943, 972 and 1016. Maggs Bros. Ltd., 1937 - 1981. illustrated, U.C.L.A. stamp to verso of rear wrapper in some cases, vg. £60
Mercator, Gerardus.: The Mercator Atlas of Europe to be sold as a single lot...13th March, 1979. Sotheby's. pp.[20], illustrated in colour and b/w, newspaper clipping reporting the £10
Millais, J.G.: Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O. Capt. 25th Royal Fusiliers. London, Longmans. Green and Co., 1919. First edition. 8vo, pp.xiii, 387, 16 plates, blue cloth gilt. £60
National Antarctic Expedition 1901 - 1904.: Physical Observations with discussions by various authors. Prepared under the superintendence of the Royal Society. London: Published by the Royal Society, 1908. First edition. Folio, pp.iv, 192, 2 maps, 21 plates (1 folding, 7 of the aurora borealis in muted colours), hinges strengthened, wine cloth gilt, spine sunned, fresh and clean throughout, vg. £500
Ogilby, John.: Britannia, Volume the First: or, an Illustration of the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales. By a Geographical & Historical Description of the Principal Roads. Alexander Duckham, & Co. Ltd., 1939. Atlas, landscape, pp.[7], 101 coloured maps, publisher's printed presentation notice to front pastedown, vg. Tipped in is a typed note signed by Alexander Duckham explaining that the proposed issue date - to celebrate the firm's 40th birthday - had been postponed "until the war was won" but, the books having already had two narrow escapes from bombing, they were now being distributed as "an earnest of happer days to come."The verso, headed Postscript, carries an appeal for a contribution to Lord Trenchard's Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund with "[Please send me] a few shiilings" amended to "someting" in Duckham's hand. £35
Orpen, Mrs.: Memories of the Old Emigrant Days in Kansas, 1862 - 1865. Also of a Visit to Paris in 1867. Edinburgh and London, William Blackwood & Sons Ltd., 1926. First edition. 8vo pp.xi, 324, 3 plates, d/w. £60
Park, Mungo.: Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa: performed under the direction and patronage of the African Association, in the years 1795, 1796, and 1797... with an appendix containing geographical illustrations of Africa. By Major Rennell. London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for the Author, 1799. First edition. 4to, pp.xxviii, 372, xcii, [vi], subscribers' list, portrait frontispiece with crease to lower fore-edge corner, 5 engraved plates, 3 maps (2 folding), armorial bookplate of Mary Bryant Sprague, endpapers renewed, half calf, marbled boards, spine ruled gilt in compartments, raised bands, red label, minor corner wear, off-setting from plates and occasional light age-browning, otherwise a good, clean copy, £950
Patterson, Lieut. Col. J.H.: The Man-Eaters of Tsavo and other East African Adventures. London, Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1907. First edition. 8vo, pp.xx, 338, illustrated, owner's signature, blind address stamp, blue clothgilt lightly rubbed at extremities. £65
Penrose, Boies.: The Celebrated Library of Boies Penrose Esq FSA FRGS. 2 vols. Sotheby's, 1971. illustrated in colour and b/w, pictorial green boards, vg. Lists 365 items concerned with travel, exploration, navigation and trade including 14 geographical manuscripts and continental books of the 15th - 17th centuries. £20
Playfair, Lieut.-Colonel R.L.: Travels in the Footsteps of Bruce in Algeria and Tunis illustrated by facsimiles of his original drawings. London, C. Kegan Paul, 1877. First edition. 4to, pp.x, 300, [2], 29 plates, 2 maps (1 folding), textual illustrations, green cloth lettered and decorated gilt, minor corner wear and slight fraying of spine ends, very good. £300
Powell, J.W.: The Exploration of the Colorado River and its Canyons. New York, Dover Publications, n.d. pp.xii, 400, [12], illustrated, vg. £10
Ramsay, John, of Kildalton.: Address by John Ramsay, Esq., of Kildalton... on the Opening of the Suez Canal. 11th January, 1870. Glasgow, McCorquodale & Co., 1890. 8vo, pp.14 bound with [same author] Diary of a Trip to Egypt on the Occasion of the Opening of the Suez Canal. s.l., 1891. 8vo, pp. 55 and [same author] Diary of a Trip to America. s.l.,1891. 8vo, pp. 72, linen-backed printed boards. £50
Renard, Julien.: Major Collections of Antarctica, Australian Explorations and General Australiana, Australian Art reference, Illustrated Books, and Literature including Children's Books. 3 vols. Collingwood, Gaston Renard, 1994. pp.242; 116; 146, illustrated, prices realised sheets tipped in, vg. £50
Rome.: The Franklin H. Kissner Collection of Books on Rome. Christie's, 1990. pp. 383, [7], illustrated, prices realised sheets tipped in, vg. £20
Roscoe, Thomas.: The Tourist in Switzerland and Italy. Illustrated from drawings by S. Prout, Esq. London, Robert Jennings, 1830, 1st ed. 8vo, pp.278, additional vignette title, 25 tissue-guarded engraved plates, a.e.g., dark green morocco gilt lightly rubbed at extremities. £60
Rose, A. Evelyn.: Egypt impressions of a first visit. Kirkcaldy, The Allen Lithographic Coy. Ltd., Privately Printed, 1904. 8vo, pp.[vi], 52, illustrated, green cloth gilt. £30
Ross, Sir John.: Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-west Passage, and of a Residence in the Arctic Regions during the years 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833. London, A.W. Webster, 1835. First edition. 4to, pp. xxxiv, 740 + pp.688* and 689*, portrait frontispiece, 29 plates (some hand-coloured), large folding hand-coloured map, original patterned blue cloth, spine lettered gilt within maritime-themed framework (a couple of letters rubbed), original backstrip relaid, endpapers renewed, slip case. Inscribed to head of title-page "To Ralph Abercrombie, Esquire, with the Author's Compliments." We have been unable to identify the recipient but a likely candidate, given his professional background and family connections, is Ralph Abercrombie or Abercromby, Second Baron Dunfermline (1803 - 1868). Educated at Eton and Cambridge, Abercromby entered the Diplomatic Service and served as Minister at Florence, to the German Federation, at Turin and at The Hague. In 1836 he married Lady Mary Elizabeth Murray Kynynmound, daughter of the Second Earl of Minto, First Lord of the Admiralty, and on the death of his father succeeded to the Barony in 1858. £3750
Rothfeld, Otto.: With Pen and Rifle in Kishtwar. Bombay, D.B. Taraporevala Sons & Co., 1918. First edition. 8vo, pp.xii, 177, [1], 6 plates, brown cloth gilt, endpapers lightly toned, vg. In his Preface the author states:"More than half of this book was written with no idea of publishing. It was meant only to inform my wife of what I was doing and seeing and thinking during a journey made in search of sport and health...But the province of Kishtwar, situated between Kashmir and Chamba on the way to Simla...is not only very little known, but is in itself extremely interesting." £350
Rousselet, Louis.: India and its Native Princes. Travels in Central India and in the Presidencies of Bombay and Bengal. Carefully revised and edited by Lieut.-Col . Buckle. London: Bickers & Son, 1882. New edition. 8vo, pp.xx, 619, [1], profusely illustrated, hinges strengthened, decorative blue cloth gilt, yapp edges, minor wear to extremities. £250
Schapera, I.: Livingstone Family Letters 1841-1856. 2 vols. London, Chatto & Windus, 1959. First edition. 8vo, pp. 266; 320, d/w's. £30
Schapera, I.: Livingstone's Missionary Correspondence 1841-1856. London, Chatto & Windus, 1961. First edition. 8vo, pp.xxvi, 342, frontis., d/w. £20
Schreiber, Aloyse.: Manuel des voyageurs sur le Rhin qui passent depuis ses sources jusqu'en Hollande, a Bade, a la Vallee de la Mourg et a la Foret-Noire, aux principaux environs et aux bains de ces contrees. Traduit par M Le Professeur l'Abbe Henry. A Heidelberg: chez J. Engelman , [1831]. Fourth edition. 8vo, pp.xx + 560 + [4], 3 large folding maps, contemporary calf lightly rubbed, wine morocco label. From the library of Fort Augustus Abbey, with bokplate. £125
Shaw, Samuel.: An Interesting Narrative of the Travels of James Bruce, Esq. into Abyssinia, to discover the Source of the Nile. Abridged from the original work. London; Printed for the Editor: and sold by all the booksellers in town and country, 1790. Second edition. 12mo, pp.ix, 373, [1], name clipped from top corner of title-page, light marginal discolouration to outer edge of preliminary leaves, light scattered foxing to final leaf, text otherwise clean throughout, black half calf rubbed, marbled boards, spine decorated gilt in compartments, vg. £200
Simpson, Alexander.: The Life and Travels of Thomas Simpson, the Arctic Discoverer. London: Richard Bentley, 1845. First edition. 8vo, pp.viii, 424, engraved portrait frontispiece, folding map, patterned brown cloth gilt, vg. Born in Dingwall, Thomas Simpson (1808 - 1840) graduated M.A. from King's College, Aberdeen, in 1829 destined for a career in the ministry. He had previously declined an invitation to join the Hudson's Bay Company, of which his cousin Sir George Simpson was Governor, but when a second offer was made he accepted and set sail for America. Able but arrogant, he expressed the utmost contempt for his colleagues assuring his brother in a letter that his talents would secure him speedy advancement. In 1836 he was appointed second in command of an expedition under chief factor Peter Warren Dease "to complete the discovery and survey of the northern shores of America" i.e. to plug the gaps in the search for a north-west passage. By 1839 the entire Arctic coast had been roughly mapped from the Bering Strait to beyond Chantry Inlet, with Simpson responsible for the actual survey work which he performed admirably and of which he was justifiably proud. But no one applauded his success more than himself: " Mine alone is the victory", he wrote. "Dease is an unworthy, indolent, illiterate soul." Anxious to capitalise on his achievements he wrote a letter to the directors of the Hudson Bay Company describing the results of the expedition and outlining a plan for another expedition to complete further exploration of the coast. Anticipating approval for his proposal, he set off for the Red River Colony to organise preparations, arriving on February 2, 1840, having covered 1910 miles in 61 days. When the annual canoes from Canada to the settlement brought no response, as word had not reached the directors in time for a reply, he had to abandon his plan and decided to return to England in person. Accordingly, he set off from the Red River Colony on June 6, 1840 intending to travel south to the Minnesota River along with a group of settlers and Metis or half-breeds but soon quit the main party with four Metis to make better time. On June 14 two of the Metis were found fatally shot at a wilderness camp in the US territory of Minnesota and Simpson himself expired a few minutes later. The surviving Metis had fled back to the main party, claiming that Simpson had shot their companions then committed suicide. They swore that he had been becoming increasingly anxious and even deranged, accusing the two dead men of plotting to steal his papers, but the evidence strongly suggested that he had been attacked by the Metis, shooting two of them before he himself was killed. Be that as it may, the enquiry conducted in the state of Iowa returned a finding of murder-suicide based on the various depositions taken. Meanwhile, in an England unaware of these developments, news of Simpson's achievements had led the Hudsons Bay Company to sanction his proposed expedition, the Royal Geographical Society had awarded him their gold medal, and the government had decided to grant him a life pension of £300
Skelton, R.A.: County Atlases of the British Isles 1579 - 1850.: A Bibliography. Folkestone, Dawson, 1978. pp.vii, 261, [1], frontispiece, 40 plates, 6 facsimiles, d/w, vg. £20
South Africa in Print.: South Africa in Print: catalogue of an exhibition of books, atlases and maps held in the South African Library, Cape Town, 1 March till 3 April in commemoration of the arrival of Jan Van Riebeeck at the Cape 6 April 1652. Cape Town, Book Exhibition Committee Van Riebeeck Festival, 1952. pp.xii, 187, [1], illustrated, vg. £10
St. John, Bayle.: Two years' Residence in a Levantine Family; and Adventures in the Libyan Desert, and The Oasis of Jupiter Ammon. Paris: A. and W. Galignani and Co. 1850. 8vo, pp.187, [1], double-column text, occasional light dust-soiling, recent cloth-backed marbled boards, titled gilt, original printed wrappers bound in. Signature of the late Brenda E. Moon, Librarian of the University of Edinburgh and formerly deputy at Hull University to Philip Larkin who dedicated a number of poems to her. £125
Starke, Mariana.: Travels in Europe, for the use of travellers on the continent, and likewise in the Island of Sicily...to which is added an account of the remains of ancient Italy, and also of the roads leading to those remains. Paris: A. and W. Galignani and Co., 1836. Ninth edition. 12mo, pp.712, folding plate, large folding map hand-coloured in outline (frequently missing); half calf, marbled boards, neat repair to rear joint, black morocco label. Signature of C. L. Cumming Bruce, Paris March 1838. Prior to the Napoleonic Wars, travel guides for wealthy young British men undertaking the Grand Tour had been largely concerned with architecture, historic sites and scenic attractions. With tourists free to travel again after 1815, Marianna Starke (1761/2 - 1838) realised that family groups, often with budgetary constraints, were increasingly likely to form the bulk of Britons visiting Europe and set out to produce handbooks to cater for this new trade. Her guides offered advice on luggage, passports, and the price of food and accommodation in every city, all assessed on a !!! rating system equivalent to our ***. Stendhal in La Chartreuse de Parma writes of a travelling British historian who "never paid for the smallest trifle without first looking at its price in theTravels of a certain Mrs. Starke, a book which....indicates to the prudent Englishman the cost of a turkey, an apple, a glass of milk and so forth." £150
Stevenson, Robert Louis.: Essays of Travel. London, Chatto & Windus, 1905. First edition. 8vo, pp vi, 247, faint foxing of endpapers, black cloth gilt, vg. £30
Swayne, Captain H.G.C.: Seventeen Trips through Somaliland. A record of exploration & big game shooting, 1885 to 1893. London, Rowland Ward and Co., 1893. First edition. 8vo, pp.xx, 377, 54 illustrations, large folding map, rebacked in quarter calf, spine lettered gilt direct, fawn cloth, publishers' complimentary stamp to half-title, internally clean, vg. £250
Symonds, John Addington and Margaret Symonds.: Our Life in the Swiss Highlands. London and Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black, 1892. First edition. 8vo, pp.366, [4], illustrated, green cloth gilt, lightly rubbed at extremities. £45
Thomson, Geo.: Impressions of America. Arbroath, T. Buncle & Co., 1916. First edition. 8vo, pp.180, illustrated, e.p.'s lightly toned, half red morocco rubbed, red cloth sides. Originally published as a series of newspaper articles but here augmented and revised. £35
Tooley, R.V.: The Mapping of Australia.. London, The Holland Press Limited, 1979. First edition. 8vo, pp.xix, 633, 239 plates, map endpapers, d/w, vg+. £250
Tucker, Miss [Sarah].: Abbeokuta; or, Sunrise within the Tropics: an outline of the origin and progress of the Yoruba Mission. London: James Nisbet and Co.,1858. Sixth edition. 8vo, pp.viii, 278, 2 folding maps, 6 plates (2 chromolitograph); blue cloth gilt lightly rubbed at extremities. Bookplate of James Robert Hall, D.l., J.P. with presentation inscription from him to Sir John Maxwell, C.M.G. partly overlaid by the latter's bookplate. Sir John Maxwell (1875 -1946) was born at Maxwelltown, served his articles with a local firm of solicitors, and read law at Glasgow University. On graduation he entered the Colonial Service and was posted to the Gold Coast where he held various offices including Attorney-General and Solicitor-General before retiring in 1930. £80
Walker, A. Barclay.: The Cruise of the Esquimaux (steam whaler) to Davis Straits and Baffin Bay April - October, 1899. Notes from the diary of A. Barclay Walker. Liverpool, The Liverpool Printing and Stationery Company Limited, 1909. First edition. 8vo, pp.101, [1], 28 illustrations, folding map, small faint (?) tea stain to lower margin of a few leaves, green cloth gilt a little stained and creased, newspaper portrait of Walker laid down on front pastedown with some pencilled remarks on the book's contents, These include the tentative suggestion that Walker may have been a rich Dundonian. In fact, Sir Andrew Barclay Walker, Baronet (1824 - 1893) was born in Ayrshire and followed his father into the family's brewing business in Liverpool and later Warrington. A man of immense wealth, he built the Walker Art Gallery and presented it to the people of Liverpool, as well as funding other philanthropic enterprises.The diary records the experiences of Walker and his companions Dr. R.P. McKenzie and W. Cecil Hammond aboard the Esqimaux with its crew of fifty-three men and two years' worth of provisions, as they pursue whales, narwhals, walruses, seals, bears and deer from St. Johns, Newfoundland, to the "high latitudes". £350
Wyllie, W.L. and M.A.: London to the Nore. London, A. & C. Black, 1905. First edition. 8vo, pp. ix, 260, 60 col. plates, 28 head/ tail pieces, e.p.'s toned, pict. brown cloth gilt lightly rubbed. £75
Yule, Colonel Henry.: A Narrative of the Mission sent by the Governor-General of India to the Court of Ava in 1855, with notices of the country, government, and people. Calcutta: Thacker, Spink, & Co., n.d. First edition. 8vo, pp.vii, [i], 391, [1], 20 tinted or coloured lithographic plates, 6 plain lithographic plates, 3 coloured maps, folding map to rear, 47 textual figures, title page with blemish to lower margin, faint stain to foot of some pages not affecting text, marbled edges, rebound retaining original calf spine decorated gilt in compartments, wine label, orange cloth. The Preface is dated Fortress of Alahabad, October 3, 1857, as usual, and the final page has the imprint London:- Printed by George Barclay, Castle Street, Leicester Square but the title page implies that Smith Elder must have sent the sheets of the London edition to Calcutta after arriving at some arrangement with Thacker, Spink, & Co. Decidedly scarce with this title page. £1250
Zimmermann, Eberhard August Wilhelm von.: Taschenbuch der Reisen, oder unterhaltende.Darstellung der Entdeckungendes 18. Jahrhunderts in Rucksicht der Lander-, Menschen-, und Producten-Kunde. Fur jede Klasse von Lesern.. Vols.10 - 16. Leipzig: 1810, '11, '11, '12, '13, '14' 15. 12mo, 26 plates (16 folding), map, uniform speckled half calf, speckled paper sides, spines ruled gilt in compartments with gilt motifs of sailing ship and planets circling Earth, tangerine title labels with pale green numbering labels within wreaths. Zimmermann (1743 - 1815), noted geographer and zoologist, travelled extensively in Europe. £300
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