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First editions and rare books, including copies in fine bindings, relating to history, travel and exploration in the Americas, both North and South, and the adjacent islands.

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  1. 116320comp
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    Photographs of America.

    First edition, first printing. Signed by the photographer on the front flyleaf. One of 1,000 copies printed. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1994

    Published: Gardena, CA

    Stock Code: 116320

    Signed: Yes

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    Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle,

    between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America, and the Beagle's circumnavigation of the globe.

    First edition, first issue of the Darwin volume, Journal and Remarks 1832–1836, printed before the end of January 1839, the month he was elected to the Royal Society, and so without the letters F.R.S. after his name on the second title. Vol. I contains King's account of the expedition in the Adventure made between 1826 and 1830, surveying the coasts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Learn More

    £45,000

    Date of Publication: 1839

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116016

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  3. Cecil Beaton's New York.

    Cecil Beaton's New York.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1938

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115996

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  4. A Narrative of the Operations of a Small British Force, under the Command of Brigadier-General Sir Samuel Auchmuty,

    A Narrative of the Operations of a Small British Force, under the Command of Brigadier-General Sir Samuel Auchmuty,

    employed in the Reduction of Monte Video, on the River Plate, A.D. 1807. By a Field Officer on the Staff.
    First and only edition, decidedly uncommon, only two copies on Copac - BL and Cambridge, which copy is listed twice - OCLC adds just seven world-wide. Sir Samuel Auchmuty (1758–1822) was born in New York, the son of the Rector of Trinity Church. His family was loyalist, and "having graduated BA at the college of New York, Auchmuty joined the British army, first as a volunteer, and was appointed ensign in the 45th regiment of foot on 11 January 1777. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1807

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115911

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  5. The General in his Labyrinth.

    The General in his Labyrinth.

    Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman.
    First edition in English, first printing. From the collection of Irish bibliophile Dr Philip Murray, author of Adventures of a Book Collector (2011). The story explores the labyrinth of the life of Simón Bolívar, liberator and leader of Gran Colombia, through the narrative of his memories. Isabel Alvarez Borland, author of Cuban-American Literature of Exile, notes that, critics in the United States have largely celebrated García Márquez's portrait of this national hero and considered it a tour de force; but she also observes that in Latin America the book received more mixed reviews, ranging from outrage to unqualified praise. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1990

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115788

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  6. 115581

    Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan.

    First edition, limited to 300 copies. Stephens met Catherwood in 1836 and the two had a mutual interest in the ancient ruins of the near east. They decided to travel to Central America after reading an account of the ruins of Copan. Their travels resulted in three titles written by Stephens and illustrated by Catherwood, but this is the only volume published as a folio. Learn More
    £45,000

    Date of Publication: 1844

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115581

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  7. 115399

    De la démocratie en Amérique.

    Orné d'une carte d'Amérique.
    Fourth editions of Volumes 1 and 2, published one year after the firsts, first editions of Volumes 3 and 4. Arising out of the tour of America that de Tocqueville undertook to examine the penitentiary system, Democracy in America was early recognized not only as a remarkably insightful study of the origins and nature of American society and consequently her unique institutions, but also as a founding document of a new form of social and political science. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1836

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 115399

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  8. The Naturalist in Nicaragua:
    signed

    The Naturalist in Nicaragua:

    A Narrative of a Residence of the Gold Mines of Chontales; Journeys in the Savannah and Forests. With Observations on Animals and Plants in Reference to the Theory of Evolution of Living Forms. With Map and Illustrations.
    First edition. This copy inscribed verso of the front free endpaper; "P. Brown Esqre, M.D. with the kind regards of the Author", with Brown's ownership inscription to the title page. The son of a Newcastle seedsman, Belt (1832-1878) was educated at a private school conducted by by John Storey, a secretary of Tyneside Naturalists' Field Club, becoming an enthusiastic student of natural history. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1874,

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114155

    Signed: Yes

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  9. item1

    Diario del viage explorador de las corbetas españolas “Descubierta” y “Atrevida” en los años de 1789 a 1794.

    First and only edition of one of the rarest Pacific voyages, the great Spanish scientific expedition under the Italian-born Alessandro Malaspina, 1789 to 1794, throughout the Pacific, exploring and mapping much of the west coast of the Americas from Cape Horn to the Gulf of Alaska, then across to the Philippines, with stops in Australia and New Zealand. Learn More

    £22,500

    Date of Publication: 1849

    Published: Cerrito de la Victoria [Montevideo]

    Stock Code: 113859

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  10. Robbery Under Law.

    Robbery Under Law.

    The Mexican Object-Lesson.
    First edition, first impression, in the first-issue jacket priced at 10/6: scarce thus. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1939

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112456

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  11. Records of the Scottish Settlers in the River Plate and their Churches.

    Records of the Scottish Settlers in the River Plate and their Churches.

    With an introduction by J. W. Fleming.
    First and only edition of this valuable work, including the first printed passenger list of the Symmetry, the ship which sailed from Leith in 1825 carrying 220 colonists who later that year founded the first Scottish settlement in the United Provinces of the River Plate, modern-day Argentina, at Monte Grande. Uncommon: descendants of some of the original settlers reputedly objected to the revelation that their ancestors had been servants, and many copies were destroyed. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: Buenos Aires

    Stock Code: 112163

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  12. Introduces Jamaica.

    Introduces Jamaica.

    Edited by Morris Cargill.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1965

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112155

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  13. History of the Indian Tribes of North America.

    History of the Indian Tribes of North America.

    with biographical sketches and anecdotes of the principal chiefs. Embellished with one hundred and twenty portraits, from the Indian Gallery in the Department of War, at Washington.
    Third octavo edition, originally published 1848-50, following the folio edition of 1836-44. A magnificent record of Native American dignitaries - "the most colourful portraits of Indians ever executed" (Howes). McKenney, who was Superintendent of Indian trade from 1816-1822 and headed the US Bureau of Indian Affairs from 1824-1830, collaborated with James Hall, the Illinois journalist, lawyer, state treasurer and from 1833 Cincinnati banker, to produce this famous work. Learn More
    £18,500

    Date of Publication: 1885

    Published: Philadelphia

    Stock Code: 111813

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  14. Sea of Cortez.
    signed

    Sea of Cortez.

    A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research. With a scientific appendix comprising materials for a source book on the marine animals of the panamic faunal province.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from Steinbeck, inscribed on the half-title: "For Bob Kriendler whom I didn't even know was a collector - Many thanks John Steinbeck, New York 1946." Bob Kriendler was a member of the founding family of Manhattan's legendary "21" Club. While a student at Rutgers, he became a doorman at the Club and because he had an interest in writers, he persuaded co-founder Jack Kriendler to institute a policy of stocking books written by illustrious author-customers. Learn More
    £6,750

    Date of Publication: 1941

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 111803

    Signed: Yes

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  15. The Nation at War.

    The Nation at War.

    First edition, trade issue. March, US Chief of Staff from March 1918, writes critically of Pershing and others in the army high command (Lengel). There was also a signed limited issue of 350 copies. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: New York:

    Stock Code: 111349

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  16. Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes

    Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes

    being records of travel on the Amazon and its tributaries, the Trombetas, Rio Negro, Uaupés, Casiquiari, Pacimoni, Huallaga, and Pastasa; as also to the cataracts of the Orinoco, along the eastern side of the Andes of Peru and Ecuador, and the shores of the Pacific, during the years 1849–1864. Edited and condensed, with a biographical introduction, portrait, seventy-one illustrations and seven maps. In two volumes.
    First edition. One of Wallace's later works was this edition of the botanical papers and diaries of his friend and co-Amazonian explorer Richard Spruce, who had died in 1894. "This work best reflects [Spruce's] gift for analysis, description, and narrative, along with his dry humour" (ODNB). Spruce had been sent to South America in 1849 by Hooker, Bentham, and other botanists; Bentham was to receive, name, and distribute the plants he sent home. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110960

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  17. Picturesque America; or, The Land We Live In.

    Picturesque America; or, The Land We Live In.

    A delineation by pen and pencil of the mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, water-falls, shores, cañons, valleys, cities, and other picturesque features of our country. With Illustrations on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists.
    First edition of this monumental work of celebratory Americana, edited by the American Romantic poet William Cullen Bryant. The majority of the superb plates were engraved by Robert Hinshelwood, a Scottish engraver who emigrated to America in 1835 where he established a considerable reputation for his work on landscapes. His painstaking and highly detailed work was much appreciated not only by the publishing houses that employed him, such as Appleton's and Harper's, but also by the Continental Bank Note Company who for a time employed him producing plates for currency. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1872

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 110926

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  18. The Natural History of Barbados.

    The Natural History of Barbados.

    First edition of this important and attractive early work on the natural history of Barbados, by the Welsh-born clergyman and naturalist Griffith Hughes (1707-1758?). "In Barbados, Hughes developed the idea of publishing a book on the island's natural history. In 1743 he visited London with the intention of promoting this work and ingratiated himself with the leading scientists of the day, men such as Sir Hans Sloane and Martin Folkes. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1750

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110849

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  19. America; being the latest and most Accurate Description of the New World

    America; being the latest and most Accurate Description of the New World

    Collected from most Authentick Authors, Augmented with later Observations, and Adorn’d with maps and Sculptures.
    First edition. The second in Ogilby's series which also included Africa, Asia, and Britannia, the book is a well-produced compilation of extant translations and others' accounts, a common practice at that time. The bulk of Ogilby's America is taken from Arnoldus Montanus's De Nieuwe en Onbekeende Weereld, published at Amsterdam the same year, supplemented with information on New England, New France, Maryland, and Virginia supplied to Ogilby by the proprietors of these colonies. Learn More
    £30,000

    Date of Publication: 1671

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110366

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  20. Roll, Jordan, Roll.
    signed

    Roll, Jordan, Roll.

    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 48 of 350 copies signed by the author and photographer, and printed on large paper and specially bound with 90 images, instead of the 70 included in the trade issue. This copy is accompanied by the gravure signed by Ulmann, of the plate on p. 31, which, although not called for in the colophon, was supposed to be included. Learn More
    £32,500

    Date of Publication: 1933

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 109882

    Signed: Yes

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