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Rare and finely bound books relating to ocean voyages, including first editions of accounts of the voyages of James Cook, Charles Darwin aboard the Beagle, and the complete works of George Anson.

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  1. 116302

    The Travels of Marco Polo.

    Translated and introduced by Ronald Latham.
    A finely bound copy of Ronald Latham's acclaimed translation of Marco Polo's Travels. Learn More
    £185

    Date of Publication: 1968

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116302

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  2. The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation,

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation,

    made by sea or overland, to the remote and farthest distant quarters of the Earth, at any time within the compasses of these 1600 yeres: Divided into three several volumes, according to the positions of the regions, whereunto the were directed.
    Second and "definitive" edition (Hill), the first volume in second state, with the cancel title page dated 1599 and the account of the sack of Cadiz (pp. 607-19) suppressed. An attractive set of the work considered "the prose epic of the modern English nation" (Froude), lacking the very rare world map as usual ("The map is often lacking from the book and may quite possibly not have been issued with it", [ESTC]), but with an evocative dual provenance (see below). Learn More
    £15,000

    Date of Publication: 1599

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115389

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  3. A Visit to the South Seas,

    A Visit to the South Seas,

    in the United States’ Ship Vincennes, during the Years 1829 and 1830; Including Scenes in Brazil, Peru, Manilla, the Cape of Good Hope, and St. Helena.
    First edition of this account by Charles Samuel Stewart (1795-1870), who served as chaplain during the voyage. Learn More
    £575

    Date of Publication: 1832

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115104

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  4. The Travels.

    The Travels.

    The version of the Cotton Manuscript in modern spelling. With three narratives, in illustration of it, from Hakluyt’s “Navigations, Voyages & Discoveries”.
    A handsomely bound copy. The Voyages de Jehan de Mandeville chevalier first appeared in manuscript in France c.1357. The first English edition was printed in 1499; in 1725 a new edition was prepared from the Cotton manuscript in the British Museum, establishing the standard English text. This modernised edition of the Cotton manuscript was prepared by the bibliographer and Shakespeare scholar A. Learn More
    £195

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113989

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    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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    Lose Blätter, enthaltend Fingerzeige für Schifffahrttreibende, gesammelt von F. B.

    Rare first edition of a detailed "guide for skippers", published in Vegesack, the northern district of Bremen, on the Weser river and at the mouth of the river Lesum. Compiled by "F. B.", who remains otherwise unidentified, the work was assembled from information gathered over many years, both by personal experience, as well as from information given by friends and from publications. Learn More
    £1,650

    Date of Publication: 1863

    Published: Vegesack:

    Stock Code: 113475

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  7. [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]

    [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]

    An interesting sammelband of scarce travel narratives printed by the radical publisher and bookseller Sir Richard Phillips (1767-1840), including a rare collection of anonymous letters from William Parry's first arctic voyage, and the sole editions in English of Baron Hallberg's Reise durch Skandinavien (1818) and of Louis Albert Necker de Saussure's Voyage en Ecosse et aux Iles Hébrides (1821). Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1820

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112632

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  8. A Forced March from My Home in Old England to My Home in the Regiment.

    A Forced March from My Home in Old England to My Home in the Regiment.

    First and only edition, extremely uncommon: only the British Library and Princeton copies traced in institutional holdings world-wide, one copy found in auction records, in 1952. The author, an officer in the 14th Regiment Madras Native Infantry, was on leave in London when he was ordered to rejoin his regiment in Bangalore following the Battle of Sobraon in 1846. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1848

    Published: Bangalore

    Stock Code: 112178

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  9. Westward Ha! Or, around the World in Eighty Clichs.
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    Westward Ha! Or, around the World in Eighty Clichs.

    Drawings by Hirschfeld.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed on the front free enpaper by Perelman, "For John McFadden with cordial best wishes, S. J. Perelman, 26 March 1966". Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1948

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 112119

    Signed: Yes

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  10. The Philippine Islands, Moluccas, Siam, Cambodia, Japan, and China, at the Close of the Sixteenth Century.

    The Philippine Islands, Moluccas, Siam, Cambodia, Japan, and China, at the Close of the Sixteenth Century.

    Translated from the Spanish, with notes and a preface, and a letter from Luis Vaez de Torres, describing his voyage through the Torres Straits, by Henry E. J. Stanley.
    First edition in English of this important source for the Spanish colonisation of the Philippines, originally published in Mexico in 1609 as Sucesos de las islas Filipinas after the author, a colonial official, was posted to Central America, having served in the Philippines from 1594-1604: the first edition is famously rare. Stanley (1827-1903), diplomat and scholar, was a remarkable linguist who mastered Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Chinese in addition to the major European tongues, and translated six works for the Hakluyt Society, and used his introductions to make comparisons with contemporary British colonial policy; here he refers to De Morga's conduct in order to criticise judicial double standards in the colonies, especially Australia. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1858

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112050

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    Polar Collection.

    A remarkable collection of more than 50 books on polar, South American, and Australasian exploration, including rare high-spots of 18th-century Pacific and Antarctic exploration, a choice selection of Victorian attempts at the North-West Passage, and several rare narratives from the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration, many with superb associations, and several of utmost scarcity in commerce. Learn More

    £175,000

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    Stock Code: 111035

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

    "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. In this set, the Darwin volume, "Journal and Remarks 1832-1836", is the first issue, 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. "The five years of the voyage were the most important event in Darwin's intellectual life and in the history of biological science" (DSB). Learn More
    £87,500

    Date of Publication: 1839

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109483

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  13. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;

    A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;

    and the Subsequent Voyage of Part of the Crew, in the Ship’s Boat, From Tofoa, one of the Friendly Islands, to Timor, a Dutch Settlement in the East Indies.
    First edition of Bligh's personal account of "one of the most remarkable incidents in the whole of maritime history" (Hill), published two years before his full official version of the voyage and the mutiny in an effort to influence opinion in his favour, absolving him "from any blame that might be levelled against him because of the incident" (Hill). Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1790

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109303

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  14. Local Color.

    Local Color.

    First UK edition, limited to 200 numbered copies (this being number 52). Capote's third published book, originally published in the US in 1950, comprises nine vignettes of travel reportage: New Orleans, New York, Brooklyn, Hollywood, Haiti, To Europe, Ischia, Tangier and A Ride Through Spain. Scarce in this condition. Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1955

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106735

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  15. A Voyage to the South Sea,

    A Voyage to the South Sea,

    undertaken by Command of His Majesty, for the Purpose of conveying the Bread-fruit tree to the West Indies, in His Majesty’s Ship The Bounty ... including an Account of the Mutiny on Board the said Ship, and the Subsequent Voyage of Part of the Crew, in the Ship’s Boat...
    First edition of Bligh's own full account of his voyage which led to the most famous mutiny in the history of the sea. "An extremely important book" (Hill). In mid-1787 Bligh received the command of the Bounty, then being fitted to transport breadfruit and other plants from the South Seas to the West Indies, part of an elaborate scheme to establish large-scale cotton cultivation in the West Indies by transplanting breadfruit and other fruits and vegetables so that plantation owners might feed slaves more cheaply. Learn More
    £10,000

    Date of Publication: 1792

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106153

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  16. Heaven Has Claws.

    Heaven Has Claws.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1952

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 105138

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  17. The Shores and Islands of the Mediterranean.

    The Shores and Islands of the Mediterranean.

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    A handsomely bound copy. "From the 1820s to the 1840s Wright published many minor works on subjects ranging from the Greek language to biography and philosophy. Some were schoolbooks. The bulk, however, were topographical works including several on Ireland" (ODNB); Fisher was one of the leading specialist topographical print-publishers in London in the first decades of the 19th century, catering to the great vogue for steel-engraved books. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: [c.1840]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 105114

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  18. Complete set of the three voyages and two related works.

    Complete set of the three voyages and two related works.

    First edition of the second voyage, second and best edition of the first voyage and second edition of the third voyage. The separate atlas to the third voyage is not present but its charts and plates have been bound into the text volumes and are all present. HAWKESWORTH, John. An Account of the Voyages undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere. Learn More
    £20,000

    Date of Publication: 1773

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 100989

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  19. A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and Round the World; In which the Coast of North-West America has been Carefully Examined and Accurately Surveyed,

    A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and Round the World; In which the Coast of North-West America has been Carefully Examined and Accurately Surveyed,

    undertaken by His Majesty’s Command, Principally with a View to Ascertain the Existence of any Navigable Communication between the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans; and Performed in the Years 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, in the Discovery Sloop of war and Armed Tender Chatham, under the Command of Captain George Vancouver. a New Edition, with Corrections …
    First octavo edition, first published in quarto in 1798. "This voyage became one of the most important ever made in the interests of geographical knowledge" (Hill). George Vancouver (1758-1798) had accompanied Cook in the Resolution on his second voyage, in the Discovery on his final voyage, and had seen naval warfare with Rodney in the West Indies in 1782. Learn More
    £5,950

    Date of Publication: 1801

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 100520

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  20. Notes of a Cruise in H.M.S. Fawn in the Western Pacific in the Year 1862.

    Notes of a Cruise in H.M.S. Fawn in the Western Pacific in the Year 1862.

    First edition, this copy inscribed on the title page by the author to his son; "John Shapland Elliot from his very affectionate father THCH", and with later ownership inscription of "A. M. Daubeny (granddaughter) 1942". Loosely inserted photographic carte-de-visite of Captain Cator, captain of the ship, on whose photographs the plates are based, annotated to this effect verso. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1863

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 97367

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