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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. 126931comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the author and illustrator Marguerite Aspinwall on the first blank: "To Miss Aspinwall the indefatigable, tender, patient foster-mother of this book, this copy is gratefully inscribed by the author - Rockwell Kent. 1924." The book was subsequently... Learn More
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  2. 128896
    First edition. "In a brief life of thirty-six years, mostly in ill health, Elisha Kent participated in two Arctic expeditions and by the time of his death in 1857 was regarded as a true American hero and one of the nation's most popular authors Little went right in the second expedition but there were many notable achievements... Learn More
    £450

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  3. 111374
    First edition, first impression of the author's first book. A landmark travelogue and Chatwin's best book. Learn More
    £1,250

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  4. 100782
    First American edition, published the year after the London edition. "First full-scale history of this war by an American" (Howes). Born in Hertfordshire in 1727/8, Gordon was educated for the dissenting ministry and ordained in 1754. In 1770 "his political sympathies prompted him to move to America, where he lived for about... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 100782

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  5. 118176
    Highly appealing album containing competent and attractive amateur pen and inks of local life in Jamaica in the late nineteenth century, enhanced by the addition of borders composed of locally collected dried ferns. The illustrations, all with annotations describing the scene, include a collection of local trades, market... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 118176

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  6. 100989detail
    First edition of the second voyage, second and best editions of the first voyage and third voyages; first edition of Kippis's biography of Cook. The charts and plates of the separate atlas to the third voyage have been bound into the text volumes, and all are present..
    i) HAWKESWORTH, John. An Account of the Voyages undertaken... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 100989

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  7. 127081
    First edition, and first issue of the Darwin volume, printed before he was elected to the Royal Society and so without the letters F.R.S. after his name on the second title. The accounts of the voyages of HMS Adventure and Beagle include Darwin's first published book, his Journal and Remarks, "now famous as the genesis of... Learn More
    £25,000

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  8. The Other Side of the Mountain.
    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US earlier the same year. From the publisher's archive, with their inkstamp to the front panel of the jacket, front pastedown, and title page. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 103469

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  9. 91542comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by Rivera on the title page. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 91542

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  10. 116877
    Exemplary pre-Revolutionary War military document, linking two men with extensive service during the period. Joseph Cilley (1734-99) was born in Nottingham, New Hampshire, son of Captain Joseph Cilley of the Isle of Shoals. Cilley served as an officer in the American Revolution and earlier, in 1758 seeing action in the... Learn More
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  11. 117513
    First edition. Whitney, editor of Harper's Weekly and fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, travelled widely from a young age, spending five years exploring Mexico on horseback after graduating in 1879. The trip documented here, "a strenuous journey past Great Slave Lake to the Arctic Circle", was undertaken as a holiday... Learn More
    £150

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  12. A Journey to Great-Salt-Lake City.
    First edition in English, originally published in French the previous year as Voyage au pays des Mormons. Rémy (1826-1893) spent ten years travelling in the Americas and the Pacific, including three years in Honolulu, where he became an intimate of King Kamehameha III and met the English gentleman explorer Julius Brenchley... Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 114871

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  13. The Naturalist in Nicaragua:
    First edition. Presentation 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... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 114155

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  14. 120132
    First edition of Purchas his Pilgrimes, with the preferred fourth edition of the Pilgrimage; together this is the desired state of the complete set of Purchas's important collection of travel and exploration narratives from ancient times up to and including the recent accounts of Virginia by John Smith. This is a lovely... Learn More
    £125,000

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  15. 75897
    First edition of "one of the great documents of French exploration in the Pacific Ocean. In addition to a detailed account of the expedition itself, these volumes contain invaluable scientific information, observations on the natives that were encountered, and a wealth of geographic and cartographic data. The beautiful Atlas,... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 75897

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  16. 120995
    First edition, well represented institutionally but commercially uncommon; a most attractively presented copy in a superior contemporary binding. John Howison (1797-1859) was a Scot who from 1818 to 1820 travelled in Quebec and Ontario, and whose Sketches of Canada (1821), published when he was still in his mid-twenties,... Learn More
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  17. 119213
    First edition. Squier served as charge d'affaires to Central America for the US in 1849, the first of a number of posts in Central America which led to him becoming, "perhaps the best single authority on the Central America of the period" (DAB). This work offers a comprehensive account of the region. From the library of... Learn More
    £500

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  18. 117512
    First edition, first printing. William H. Carter (1851-1925) served as a mounted messenger for the Union in the Civil War, also serving in the Spanish-American war, the Indian wars and World War One. This is the first of Carter's six historical military works and provides a detailed account of the history and movements of... Learn More
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  19. 117509
    First edition, first printing, for subscribers only. This work highly illustrated work; which includes a number of plates by Frederic Remington, details Howard's (1830-1909) interactions with various Native American tribes. It was also published as a series of articles in St. Nicholas Magazine in 1908. Howard was sent by... Learn More
    £200

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  20. 116669
    First edition in French and the first published edition. The only book-length work of Jefferson's published in his lifetime originated as a relatively simple list of responses to queries from Francois Barbe de Marbois, then secretary to the French legation at Philadelphia. In May 1781 Jefferson told Marbois that he would... Learn More
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  21. 119393
    First edition in English, first published in French in the same year. Gaspard-Théodore Mollien (1796-1872), was a French diplomat and explorer. This work details his voyage from France to North America and then on to the newly independent Columbia where he navigated the Magdalena river. A detailed and practical work which... Learn More
    £500

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  22. 119367
    First edition of this expansive compendium of South American history, in the variant brown cloth binding. Watson travelled widely as a British diplomat allowing him to write a number of regional histories; "it is on of the advantages of foreign legations, that now and then a man connected with them is found intelligent enough... Learn More
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  23. 119151comp
    First edition. Inscribed by the author in vol. 1 on the front free binder's blank, "Miss Courthope, with the author's affectionate regards". Samuel Hill was a prolific travel writer, who, having made a trip around the world in the 1850s, published several popular books of his travels. This work is uncommon in the original... Learn More
    £500

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  24. 119208
    First edition, expanded from his 1855 work Notes on Central America. Squier served as charge d'affaires to Central America for the US in 1849, the first of a number of posts in Central America which led to him becoming, "perhaps the best single authority on the Central America of the period" (DAB). This extensive work offers... Learn More
    £300

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  25. 119025
    Spruce was sent to South America..."> 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 was sent to South America... Learn More
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  26. The British Dominions in North America;
    First edition of this major early work on the history and development of Canada. Joseph Bouchette (1774-1841) was a Canadian militia officer and loyalist who qualified as a surveyor in early 1791. He initially gained fame in 1815 by publishing an extensive map and catalogue of Canada. This was an early synthesis of information... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 94515

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  27. Album de Pernambuco.
    The..."> A wonderfully-preserved copy of this superb visual record of Brazil in the late 19th century. "The colourful and airy rendering contributes much to the appeal of this extensive series of images that forms one of the most comprehensive visual reports carried out on any Brazilian city in the period" (Correa do Lago).
    The... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 108232

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  28. Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes
    Spruce had been sent to South..."> 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... Learn More
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  29. 117719
    First edition, uncommon just 6 copies on Copac. Wickham (1846-1928), first visited South America in 1866, setting himself up as a dealer in bird plumage. He subsequently pieced together a living as a rubber dealer, sugar and tobacco planter. In 1872 he was taken on by Sir John Hooker as a plant collector, and was introduced... Learn More
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    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... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 115788

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  31. Voyage dans les États-Unis d'Amérique,
    First edition. Presentation copy of this important account of travels in the United States and Canada during the last decade of the 18th century inscribed by the author's son, François XIII, duc de La Rochefoucauld (1765-1848), to Edward Livingston, who served as US Secretary of State in 1831-3: "Offert a M. Edouard Livingston... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 114358

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  32. Journey to Manaos.
    First edition, first impression of this account of exploration in north-western Brazil and southern Venezuela. From the publisher's archive, with their stamp to the front panel of the jacket and front pastedown. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 101469

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  33. Journey to Manaos.
    First edition, first impression of this account of exploration in north-western Brazil and southern Venezuela. From the publisher's archive, with their stamp to the front free endpaper. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 101466

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  34. 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

    Stock Code: 111349

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  35. Robbery Under Law.
    First edition, first impression, in the first-issue jacket priced at 10/6: scarce thus. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 112456

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  36. 1
    McKenney, who was Superintendent of Indian trade from 1816-1822 and headed the US Bureau of Indian Affairs..."> 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... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 111813

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  37. Patagonia Revisited.

    Patagonia Revisited.

    Wilton, Salisbury, Wiltshire: 1985

    First edition, first impression, limited to 250 copies signed by both authors on the limitation leaf, of which this is number 163. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 107573

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  38. Wild Sports of the West
    First edition. "In 1829 Maxwell achieved recognition as a writer when Henry Colburn published his Stories of Waterloo, for which he paid him 300. Three years later one of his most popular books appeared: Wild Sports of the West (1832). This contained lively tales and legends together with colourful descriptions of Irish... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 108201

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  39. Atlas of the United States of North America,
    First edition of this superbly executed, and timely atlas showing America on the eve of the American Civil War. David Rumsey describes the work as an "unusual collaboration between a Scot (Johnston), an American (Rogers), and an Englishman (Stanford). The maps are all on a scale of 54.5 miles to one inch, and are very well... Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 103749

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  40. Picturesque America.
    A handsomely bound set of the UK edition of American poet William Cullen Bryant's monumental monograph on North America, a classic work of Americana which proved to be an instant success when it was first published in the US in 1872-4. The superb plates were engraved by Robert Hinshelwood, a Scots engraver who emigrated... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 104915

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  41. The States Through Irish Eyes.
    First and limited edition, first printing (preceding the UK edition by six months), one of 375 copies signed by the author. "This book is an effort to describe a visit to the United States, and to express gratitude for the delightful hospitality with which the visitors were received... Beginning in New York, the travellers... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 103863

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  42. The Other Side of the Mountain.
    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US earlier the same year. From the publisher's archive, with their inkstamp to the front panel of the jacket, front pastedown, and title page. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 103476

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  43. Ninety-Two Days.
    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the second blank to Lady Juliet Duff: "Dear Juliet, I don't expect you to read this. I'm only sending it for fear you might buy it. It is a poor return for the delightful weekend. Love from Evelyn." Lady Juliet Duff was introduced to Evelyn Waugh... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 101679

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  44. 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,
    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... Learn More
    £5,950

    Stock Code: 100520

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  45. Studies of Western Life.
    First published in 1890, this edition, with the copyright dated 1896, is apparently unrecorded in Copac and OCLC. An important work in the formation of the mythical status of the American West. Charles Marion Russell (1864-1926), known as "The Cowboy Artist" is, along with Frederick Remington, one of the great artists of... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 100060

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  46. New York The Wonder City.
    First edition, first printing. A guide to all things New York City. Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 101008

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  47. Original watercolour view of the coast of Jamaica with the Blue Mountains in the background and two fishing boats in the foreground.
    A highly evocative watercolour view of the Jamaican coastline with the famed Blue Mountains, the longest mountain range of the island, in the background.

    Sir James Alexander, the artist, noted the grandeur of this very scene in the published version of his travels: "After a week's run we sighted afar off the dim outline... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 98688

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  48. Attractive personal photograph album of a voyage to Jamaica, Montego Bay.
    Attractive sequence of well-taken photographs chronicling a pleasure trip out to Jamaica on-board Elders & Fyffe's S.S. Camito, a passenger-carrying banana boat. First images show shipboard life, deck tennis, quoits, and boat drills; a sequence of four pictures covers passage through the Panama canal; which is followed by... Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 96646

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  49. The Overcrowded Barracoon
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 98804

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  50. The Geographical, Natural and Civil History of Chili.
    Originally published in Italian as two separate works, Saggio sulla storia naturale del Chili, Bologna, 1782, and Saggio sulla storia civile del Chili, Bologna, 1787, this first UK edition "Apparently a copy of the American edition of 1808, with a few alterations and some additions, but without any acknowledgement of the... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 93577

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  51. Reisen in Guiana und am Orinoko während der Jahre 1835-1839.
    First German language edition of the German-British naturalist, surveyor and explorer's account of his important expedition to the new colony of British Guiana, published the year following the first English edition. Schomburgk surveyed the coast and the Essequibo, Courantyne, Demerara, and Berbice rivers, incidentally discovering... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 94064

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  52. .
    The document appoints Carl Proegler as an Assistant Surgeon of Volunteers, effective from October 4, 1862, signed in full Lincoln and Stanton. This appointment was made four months before the Battle of Gettysburg. Dr. Proegler (1837-1907), was born in Cologne and educated Erlangen, Würzburg, and Berlin, graduating from... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 90344

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  53. i1
    First edition in French of this fundamental work of Brazilian exploration. "From a scientific point of view this expedition was one the most profitable of the nineteenth century The account of this journey is a classic work" (Borba de Moraes). Prince Maximilian, accompanied by the naturalists Georg Freyreiss and Friedrich... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 90651

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  54. De origine, ac rebus gestis Regum Hispaniae liber,
    Scarce first edition of a chronicle of the rulers of Spain from Tubal, son of Noah, to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. From the library of the Fugger banking library of Augsburg, in a characteristic binding with later shelf mark on front free endpaper. New World discoveries are referred to on pages 182 and 196 (Columbus);... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 87485

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  55. Travels in South America, during the Years 1801, 1802, 1803, and 1804;
    First British edition of a full English translation, originally published Paris, 1806, with a US translation and a British abridged translation offered in the same year. Relatively uncommon, just 5 copies on COPAC, "This is an important account of Venezuela, giving a description of the country and people, and also accounts... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 93989

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  56. Steam Warfare in the Parana:
    First edition. Uncommon account of the Anglo-French naval interventions against Rojas's Argentine Confederation written by a participant. Mackinnon "obtained the particular mention of Commodore Sir Chas., Hotham for the skill he exemplified in the command of the rocket-party at San Lorenzo, which had been obliged to remain... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 92655

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  57. Life, Travels and Reminiscences of Jonathan Ceredig Davies.
    One of 70 copies only printed by the author at his own printing-press for private circulation. This copy is inscribed "yours sincerely, J. Ceredig Davies" on the frontispiece, and was sent to Davies's cousin the Hon. Dan W. Williams, who is mentioned (though misnamed, as Williams comments in the margin) on page 5 as part... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 93335

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  58. A Railroad to the Sea.
    First edition, first printing of this account of the building of the first American transcontinental railroad. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 90672

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  59. Mellows: A Chronicle of Unknown Singers.
    First edition, first printing. With the musical scores of several folk songs and spirituals from Louisiana. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 87587

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  60. 87127
    First edition of the official account of Cook's first voyage, together with previous exploratory expeditions under Byron, Carteret and Wallis, compiled by John Hawkesworth. The primary purpose of Cook's voyage in Endeavour was the observation of the transit of Venus from Tahiti, and then to continue the enterprise of geographical... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 87127

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