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  1. The Quadrupeds of North America.
    AUDUBON, John James, & John Bachman. The Quadrupeds of North America.

    New York : 1852-54-54

    Early octavo edition. The naturalist and painter John James Audubon (1785-1851) had made his reputation with The Birds of America (published between 1827 and 1839), widely regarded as the finest illustrated book ever produced, with record-breaking auction prices to match. In the early 1840s, while the octavo edition of The Birds was still in the press,... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 128407

  2. L'America poema eroico.
    BARTOLOMMEI SMEDUCCI, Girolamo. L'America poema eroico.

    Rome : 1650

    First edition of this "magnificent" (Gamba) celebration of the discovery of America, an allegorical epic in ottava rima, forty cantos each of a hundred stanzas, "a sort of Pilgrim's Progress in verse" (Rich).

    The work celebrates the heroic wanderings and adventures of Amerigo Vespucci, in avowed imitation of Homer's Odyssey. In his introduction... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 123372

  3. The British Dominions in North America;
    BOUCHETTE, Joseph. The British Dominions in North America;

    London : 1832

    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 on the region and Bouchette... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 94515

  4. Say, Is This the U. S. A.?
    CALDWELL, Erskine, & Margaret Bourke-White. Say, Is This the U. S. A.?

    New York : 1941

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 63667

  5. From Yorktown to Santiago with the Sixth U. S. Cavalry.
    CARTER, W. H. From Yorktown to Santiago with the Sixth U. S. Cavalry.

    Baltimore : 1900

    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 the Sixth U. S. Cavalry, with... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 117512

  6. North American Indians.
    CATLIN, George. North American Indians.

    Edinburgh : 1903

    A handsomely produced edition. A young lawyer turned portraitist, Catlin set out in 1830 from his home in Pennsylvania to record on canvas the indigenous tribes of North America and their way of life. His eight years among the major tribes of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains resulted in his "Indian Gallery," an enormous collection of artefacts... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142390

  7. A Voyage to California, to observe the Transit of Venus.
    CHAPPE D'AUTEROCHE, Jean. A Voyage to California, to observe the Transit of Venus.

    London : 1778

    First edition in English of two works edited for publication by Count Cassini, first published at Paris in 1772 and 1770 respectively. "A great deal of interest was taken in the transit of Venus. The French government had two expeditions in the field The British government also sent Captain Cook out to Tahiti for the same purpose. Streeter calls this... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 62469

  8. Fully manuscript commission document, signed, appointing Enoch Page a "Captain of the Tenth Company, of the Fourth Regiment of Militia in... Province of New Hampshire".
    CILLEY, Joseph, Major General. Fully manuscript commission document, signed, appointing Enoch Page a "Captain of the Tenth Company, of the Fourth Regiment of Militia in... Province of New Hampshire".

    Nottingham, NH : 1772

    Exemplary pre-Revolutionary War military document, linking two men with extensive service during the period: Joseph Cilley (1734-1799) and Enoch Page (1742-1832). A highly attractive piece, we have been unable to trace any other documentary material from Cilley on the market.

    Cilley was born in Nottingham, New Hampshire, son of Captain Joseph... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 116877

  9. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.
    COOK, James, & James King. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.

    London : 1785

    Second and preferred edition of Cook's fatal third voyage, this set one of a small number with the text volumes printed on fine paper, apparently hot-pressed to give a more silken finish, and presented in a particularly attractive contemporary morocco binding, in this regard highly uncommon: the last set in such a binding appearing at auction in 1992.... Learn More
    £37,500.00

    Stock Code: 139133

  10. Adventures on the Columbia River,
    COX, Ross. Adventures on the Columbia River,

    New York : 1832

    First American edition of this "excellent firsthand account of the fur trade and of the Indian tribes in Montana, Idaho, and eastern Washington with whom the fur traders dealt and sometimes fought" (Streeter). This copy is in uncommonly bright unrestored condition - most notably retaining the paper spine label which is usually lost.

    This narrative,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 146346

  11. Swingers Guide to San Francisco.
    CRANDALL, Chuck. Swingers Guide to San Francisco.

    San Francisco : 1970

    First edition, a guide which promises more than it delivers, listing bars, restaurants, and night clubs, but without a brothel or bath house in sight. It does nonetheless give advice on the clientele - both men and women - which particular establishments attract, and advises on food, particular waiters to ask for, and prices. As an overview of the San... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 143985

  12. "Boots and Saddles"
    CUSTER, Elizabeth B. "Boots and Saddles"

    New York : 1885,

    First edition, second state with portrait and map. The first of Elizabeth B. Custer's trio of books written in support of the actions of her husband, General G. A. Custer. "The warm, loving reminiscences of Custer's devoted wife Libbie during their three years in Dakota Territory, detailing the good times as well as the hardships and heartaches of western... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 140136

  13. "Boots and Saddles"
    CUSTER, Elizabeth B. "Boots and Saddles"

    New York : 1885,

    First edition, second state with portrait and frontispiece, title page does not, however, state "With Portrait and Map". "The warm, loving reminiscences of Custer's devoted wife Libbie during their three years in Dakota Territory, detailing the good times as well as the hardships and heartaches of western frontier life" (O'Keefe). Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 121295

  14. American Notes for General Circulation.
    DICKENS, Charles. American Notes for General Circulation.

    London : 1842

    First edition, a superb literary association, author's presentation copy from Dickens's first American tour, inscribed to Richard Henry Dana, Jr. the day after publication ("Richard Dana From his friend Charles Dickens, Nineteenth October, 1842") on the half-title in the first volume; additionally signed by Dana on the front pastedowns.

    Shortly... Learn More
    £65,000.00

    Stock Code: 145528

  15. Report of the Special Agents of the House Committee of Expenditures in the Department of Commerce, upon the Condition of the Fur-Seal Herd of Alaska and the Conduct of the Public Business on the Pribilof Islands…
    ELLIOTT, Henry Wood, & Andrew F. Gallagher. Report of the Special Agents of the House Committee of Expenditures in the Department of Commerce, upon the Condition of the Fur-Seal Herd of Alaska and the Conduct of the Public Business on the Pribilof Islands…

    Washington : 1913

    First and only edition. Seemingly the author's copy, with added documentation and his own original illustrated wrappers, subsequently inscribed on the title page, "For Judge Cooper with the warm personal regards of the author, Henry W. Elliott, Oct. 25, 1913." Laid in is a memorandum in Elliott's hand, on Department of Commerce stationery, denouncing... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 131367

  16. Photographs of America.
    FEE, James. Photographs of America.

    Gardena, CA : 1994

    First edition, first printing. Signed by the photographer on the front flyleaf. One of 1,000 copies printed. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 116320

  17. Changing America.
    FEININGER, Andreas. Changing America.

    New York : 1955

    First edition, first printing, signed by Feininger on the front free endpaper. A collection of Feininger's photographs, many taken during the two decades he worked for Life magazine. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 143862

  18. Geschichte der Reisen, die seit Cook an der Nordwest- und Nordost-Küste von Amerika,
    FORSTER, George. Geschichte der Reisen, die seit Cook an der Nordwest- und Nordost-Küste von Amerika,

    Berlin : 1791

    First edition of this "early and important compilation of voyages to the Northwest Coast containing the voyages of Meares, Mortimer, Portlock, and Dixon" (Forbes). The work, which provides an update to the voyages covered in Forster's 1784 Geschichte der Reisen und Entdeckungen im Norden, also includes a series of essays and commentaries by Forster... Learn More
    £8,000.00

    Stock Code: 134112

  19. 146430
    GERSTAECKER, Friedrich. Narrative of a Journey Round the World.

    New York : 1853

    First American edition of this account of Gerstaecker's circumnavigation. A three volume edition was published in London in the same year.

    Gerstaecker (1816-1872) first left Germany age 21 bound for California. He supported himself by whatever work came to hand and consequently spent a significant amount of time in the gold mines on the west... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 146430

  20. Americans.
    GIBSON, Charles Dana. Americans.

    New York : 1902

    Early printing, following the first of 1900; a collection of Gibson's satirical yet elegant drawings of high class American life, with several drawings representing the attractive, well-dressed, and independent ladies since called the "Gibson Girl".

    "One of the best and most influential illustrators of American life, Gibson's drawings helped... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 144020

  21. Relation Historique et Critique de la Guerre Franco-Allemande en 1870-1871.
    GRANT, Ulysses S. - LECOMTE, Ferdinand. Relation Historique et Critique de la Guerre Franco-Allemande en 1870-1871.

    Paris : 1872-4

    First editions of this important analysis of the Franco-Prussian War by a noted Swiss military theorist and radical politician. This set from the library of Ulysses S. Grant with tipped-in presentation slip, "General Grant, Président des Etats-Unis. Hommage respecteuse de l'Auteur", and with the loosely inserted compliments slip of the Swiss consul... Learn More
    £1,800.00

    Stock Code: 68206

  22. Starboard and Port:
    HEPWORTH, George Hughes. Starboard and Port:

    New York : 1876

    First edition. "The story of a summer cruise from Boston to Gaspé and back by way of the Isle of Shoals, Halifax, Country Harbor, the Gut of Canso, Port Hood, the north coast of Prince Edward Island and the Percé The author, a preacher, discusses the poor quality of American yachts and many other topics. There are very full descriptive and historical... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 117094

  23. Time Exposure.
    JACKSON, William Henry. Time Exposure.

    New York : 1940

    First edition, first printing, of the autobiography of William Henry Jackson (1843-1942), the American painter, Civil War veteran, geological survey photographer, and an explorer most famous for his images of the American West. Learn More
    £220.00

    Stock Code: 42723

  24. The American Atlas:
    JEFFERYS, Thomas. The American Atlas:

    London : 1775

    First edition of this celebrated atlas, "the chief publication used by English and American officers during the American Revolution" (Karpinski) and "one of the most authoritative and comprehensive atlases of America" (Ristow), with large maps of 11 of the 13 colonies, and of French Canada.

    As Geographer to the Prince of Wales, and subsequently... Learn More
    £135,000.00

    Stock Code: 141814

  25. Arctic Explorations: The Second Grinnell Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55.
    KANE, Elisha Kent. Arctic Explorations: The Second Grinnell Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55.

    Philadelphia : 1856

    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 The discoveries of... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 128896

  26. Mellows: A Chronicle of Unknown Singers.
    KENNEDY, R. Emmet. Mellows: A Chronicle of Unknown Singers.

    New York : 1925

    First edition, first printing. With the musical scores of several folk songs and spirituals from Louisiana. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 87587

  27. Puti amerikanskoi muziki [The ways of American music].
    KONEN, Valentina. Puti amerikanskoi muziki [The ways of American music].

    Moscow : 1961

    First edition, first impression, print-run of 5000. Detailed overview of American jazz. Soviet musicologist Valentina Konen (1909-1991) was one of the leading authorities on jazz culture in USSR. Born in Baku she left Russia after the October Revolution and spent 10 years in USA, studying at Juilliard (1924-9) specialising in piano. During her time... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 135739

  28. Voyage Round the World, in the years 1803, 1804, 1805, & 1806,
    KRUSENSTERN, Adam Johann von. Voyage Round the World, in the years 1803, 1804, 1805, & 1806,

    London : 1813

    First edition in English of the first Russian circumnavigation. Krusenstern's account was first published at St Petersburg in 1810. Krusenstern (Ivan Fedorovich Kruzenshtern) had served in the British Navy in 1793-99. He was given command of the two-ship expedition under "a brilliant corps of officers" (Hill), intended to establish trade with China... Learn More
    £18,750.00

    Stock Code: 124187

  29. An Illustrated Historical Atlas of Clinton County, Ohio.
    LAKE, GRIFFING, & STEVENSON. An Illustrated Historical Atlas of Clinton County, Ohio.

    Philadelphia : 1876

    First edition, no copies traced in British libraries; OCLC traces copies in American institutions only. A history of the county is accompanied by detailed plans of all its large towns, the views providing a charming picture of late nineteenth-century American prosperity. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 22544

  30. An Original and Authentic Journal of Occurrences during the Late American War,
    LAMB, Roger. An Original and Authentic Journal of Occurrences during the Late American War,

    Dublin : 1809

    First edition. "Originally published in eleven parts" (Sabin). Lamb enlisted in the 9th regiment of foot in 1773; three years later he embarked for Canada and served initially in the operations at the siege of Quebec. Subsequently he "joined in General John Burgoyne's successful operations against Fort Ticonderoga, and was with the British army as... Learn More
    £795.00

    Stock Code: 65838

  31. The Algonquin Legends of New England.
    LELAND, Charles Godfrey. The Algonquin Legends of New England.

    Boston : 1884

    First edition of Leland's uncommon collection of the folklore of the "principal Wabanaki, or Northeastern Algonquin, Indians". All of the material was gathered directly from native American narrators, the great majority by Leland himself and the sources identified. The illustrations are from birch bark originals by Tomah Josephs, Indian Governor at... Learn More
    £775.00

    Stock Code: 144666

  32. Wisconsin Death Trip.
    LESY, Michael. Wisconsin Death Trip.

    New York : [1973]

    First edition, second printing, of this "extraordinary picture of a small town under the Great Depression" (blurb), through photographs taken between 1890 and 1910 by "a careful, competent town photographer named Charles Van Schaick" whose negatives were found after his death.

    Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 143081

  33. Appointment document dated 2 March 1863, signed by Lincoln as President, and countersigned by his Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton.
    LINCOLN, Abraham. Appointment document dated 2 March 1863, signed by Lincoln as President, and countersigned by his Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton.

    Washington, DC : 1863

    The document appoints Carl Proegler an Assistant Surgeon of Volunteers, effective from October 4, 1862, signed in full by Lincoln and Stanton. This appointment was made four months before the Battle of Gettysburg. Dr Proegler (1837-1907) was born in Cologne and educated at Erlangen, Würzburg, and Berlin, graduating from the latter in 1859, and studying... Learn More
    £8,000.00

    Stock Code: 90344

  34. The Nation at War.
    MARCH, Peyton C. The Nation at War.

    New York : 1932

    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
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 111349

  35. American Merchant Ships, 1850 -1900. [Series One and Two.]
    MATTHEWS, Frederick C. American Merchant Ships, 1850 -1900. [Series One and Two.]

    Salem : 1930-1

    First edition, limited issue 52/97 copies, only 87 being for sale. Handsome set of this important reference work. Learn More
    £695.00

    Stock Code: 45752

  36. History of the Indian Tribes of North America,
    McKENNEY, Thomas L., & James Hall. History of the Indian Tribes of North America,

    Philadelphia : 1855

    A magnificent record of Native American dignitaries - "the most colourful portraits of Indians ever executed" (Howes); this is the third octavo edition, following the first folio edition of 1836-44, and the first octavo edition of 1848-50.

    McKenney, who was Superintendent of Indian trade from 1816 until 1822 and headed the US Bureau of Indian... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 146818

  37. The North American Sylva;
    MICHAUX, Francois Andre, & Thomas Nuttall. The North American Sylva;

    Philadelphia : 1849 (Nuttall volumes), 1850 (Michaux vol. I and II), & 1851 (vol. III)

    First Smith edition of Michaux volumes (first published in French in 1810-13 and in English in 1817-19), early editions of Nuttall's continuation (first published from 1841 to 1849, here each volume dated 1849); together the most important work on the trees of North America prior to the 20th century.

    "Of the two works united, it is no exaggeration... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 148552

  38. An Abridgement of Portlock and Dixon's Voyage Round the World, performed in 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788.
    PORTLOCK, Nathaniel. An Abridgement of Portlock and Dixon's Voyage Round the World, performed in 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788.

    London : 1789

    An attractive adaptation of the Portlock and Dixon voyages, "clearly following the Portlock narrative" (Forbes), published in the same year as both men's accounts. This copy with the desirable folding map, an unaltered reissue of that originally published in Dixon's account, which Forbes notes does not appear in all copies.

    The principal and... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 146900

  39. Done In The Open.
    REMINGTON, Frederic, & Owen Wister. Done In The Open.

    New York : 1902

    First edition, first issue, of this collection of Remington's striking illustrations of the American West. It was published simultaneously by P. F. Collier & Son. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 142057

  40. Drawings.
    REMINGTON, Frederic. Drawings.

    New York & London : 1897

    First edition, of this excellent collection of Remington's art, rare in such good, unrestored condition and with any part of the original box. "Remington's paintings of this era are intensely narrative and seek to capture the passing of the frontier for Native Americans and white frontier settlers" (ANB).

    This work includes peaceful scenes of... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 142079

  41. Drawings.
    REMINGTON, Frederic. Drawings.

    New York & London : 1898

    Second edition, of this excellent collection of Remington's art, vividly depicting scenes from the Old West, between its native inhabitants and the settlers. This work was first published the previous year. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 142064

  42. Remington's Frontier Sketches.
    REMINGTON, Frederic. Remington's Frontier Sketches.

    Chicago : [1898]

    First edition of this excellent collection of Remington's distinctive drawings of the American West. "Remington's paintings of this era are intensely narrative and seek to capture the passing of the frontier for Native Americans and white frontier settlers" (ANB). Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 141755

  43. Frederic Remington.
    REMINGTON, Frederic. Frederic Remington.

    Cody, Wy : 1996

    First edition, first printing, deluxe issue, number 246 of 250 copies signed by both editors on the title page of the first volume. Frederic Sackrider Remington (1861-1909) was an American artist and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141811

  44. A Journey to Great-Salt-Lake City.
    REMY, Jules, & Julius Brenchley. A Journey to Great-Salt-Lake City.

    London : 1861

    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 (1816-1873). In 1855 the... Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 114871

  45. Information Respecting the History, Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States:
    SCHOOLCRAFT, Henry R. Information Respecting the History, Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States:

    Philadelphia : 1853-1857

    Second edition of this impressive, ground-breaking and expansive work, unchallenged as the most comprehensive study of Native American culture, enhanced by "Captain Seth Eastman's exceptional lithographs" (American National Biography); four of the five volumes here (I-II and IV-VI) are contemporary presentation copies, inscribed by a trio of Commissioners... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 137694

  46. Remarkable one-page typed letter signed to Abe Rosenthal of the New York Times, concerning the withdrawal from Vietnam.
    SHEEHAN, Neil. Remarkable one-page typed letter signed to Abe Rosenthal of the New York Times, concerning the withdrawal from Vietnam.

    Washington, D.C. : 1975

    On the eve of the withdrawal from Saigon, Pulitzer-winning journalist Neil Sheehan writes to legendary editor Abe Rosenthal: a letter of superb content and context, conveying disillusionment with the Vietnam "experiment" and the anger that informs Sheehan's A Bright Shining Lie, the "one book that captures the Vietnam War in the sheer Homeric scale... Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 141264

  47. The States Through Irish Eyes.
    SOMERVILLE, E. OE. The States Through Irish Eyes.

    Boston & New York : 1930

    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 proceeded to Aiken South Carolina;... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 103863

  48. The States Through Irish Eyes.
    SOMERVILLE, E. OE., & Martin Ross. The States Through Irish Eyes.

    Boston & New York : 1930

    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 375 copies signed by E. OE. Somerville on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 77498

  49. De la démocratie en Amérique.
    TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis de. De la démocratie en Amérique.

    Brussels : 1840

    Second complete Brussels edition, in the scarce and appealing original wrappers, of de Tocqueville's magnum opus. The first appearances of De la démocratie en Amérique in Brussels were published by Louis Hauman in the same years as the first editions (Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835 & 1840). Meline also published a two volume set in 1840, but this,... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 125824

  50. North America.
    TROLLOPE, Anthony. North America.

    London : 1862

    First edition of Trollope's account of his travels in North America just before the American Civil War. This edition was published in May 1862, the American edition was published the following month. Trollope produced a sensitive and nuanced portrait of the American North (he did not visit the South), in contrast to his mother's much vilified Domestic... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 128279

  51. On Snow-Shoes to the Barren Grounds.
    WHITNEY, Caspar. On Snow-Shoes to the Barren Grounds.

    New York : 1896

    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 (DAB). Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 117513

  52. Narrative and Critical History of America.
    WINSOR, Justin (ed.) Narrative and Critical History of America.

    Boston and New York : 1889.

    This Riverside Press of what was for a century the standard reference work on American History. The editor, Justin Winsor (1831-1897) was a writer and prominent librarian at the Boston Public Library and later at Harvard University, where he professionalized library management and became one of the US's first academic librarians. He was also a founding... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 126187

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