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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. Autograph letter signed, with instructions to Messrs Harper & Co. to send out copies of The Lake Regions.
    A letter from Burton sending out presentation copies of his most recent book following his sojourn in the American West. He asks his publishers to "oblige" him "by forwarding (for my expense) copies of The Lake Regions to the following directions and by letting me know what my bill for them to you is list of three names... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 77160

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  2. 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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  3. 91542comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by Rivera on the title page. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 91542

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  4. 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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  5. 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
    £150

    Stock Code: 101466

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. The Overcrowded Barracoon
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 98804

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  11. 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
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 93577

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  12. 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
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 94064

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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    First edition, first impression. Rare in the dust jacket. This copiously illustrated volume recounts the author's travels during 1908 and 1909 in the north-west Amazon, "between the River Issa and the River Apaporis where the white men had scarcely penetrated previously" (preface). Whiffen includes much detailed information... Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 85774

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  18. A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the Years 1792 and 1793:
    First edition of the "first illustrated English work on Vietnam"(Hill). A description of the outward voyage of Lord Macartney's embassy to China. "The voyage visited Madeira, the Canary Islands, and Rio de Janeiro; a description of that city and of Brazil in general is given. Touching at Tristan da Cunha, the ship rounded... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 81263

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  19. A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the Years 1792 and 1793:
    First edition of the "first illustrated English work on Vietnam"(Hill). A description of the outward voyage of Lord Macartney's embassy to China. "The voyage visited Madeira, the Canary Islands, and Rio de Janeiro; a description of that city and of Brazil in general is given. Touching at Tristan da Cunha, the ship rounded... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 80780

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  20. Ship Passport for the Brig Milford of Baltimore to load at Port Republicain, Santo Domingo, 1800
    Ship's passport, issued under the authority of Toussaint Louverture, né Toussaint Bréda, as "Général en Chef de l'Armée de Saint-Domingue", and de facto Governor, in which position he had recently been confirmed by the newly-installed First Consul, Napoleon Bonaparte. Within a year Toussaint had conquered Spanish Santo... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 80531

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  21. Across Unknown South America.
    First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the first blank of volume I; "To Sir George Lewis, Bart. with sincere regards of Henry Savage-Landor, London Oct. 3 1918." An account of Savage-Landor's hair-raising exploits in South America, from Rio de Janeiro: "he trekked inland into the Northern Mato Grosso... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 79167

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    Second edition of Cook's fatal third voyage, an attempt to find a north-west passage, during which he "discovered" Oahu and Kauai at the western end of the Hawaiian Islands, and, more importantly, "depicted accurately for the first time the north-west coast of America, leaving no major discoveries for his successors. In... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 75595

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  23. Ninety-Two Days.
    First US edition, first printing, originally published in London in 1934. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 82789

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  24. 70217
    First published in 1838. Uncommon: just 12 copies of various editions between 1838 and 1862 listed on OCLC, only two of the present one. These coastal pilots were for shipboard use, and are far from sturdily produced with a commensurately low survival rate. This is an unusual and desirable example. Purdy apprenticed to David... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 70217

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  25. .
    First edition, the complete set of what is still considered by historians to be the most important single source of early Western American history. "Colossal co-operative undertaking; nothing approaching it has ever been attempted in this country" (Howes). Although the first title-page is dated 1886, the set was published... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 68597

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  26. 77498comp
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 375 copies signed by E. OE. Somerville on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 77498

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  27. Mission San Francisco de Solano.
    One of a series of photos taken by William Amos Haines (1877-1953), who travelled through the United States in the first decades of the 20th century making early panoramas with a rotating Kodak Cirkut camera. He was particularly interested in California's Spanish missions, and took photographs of a number of these sites... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 64970

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  28. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tulsa.
    One of a series of photos taken by William Amos Haines (1877-1953), who travelled through the United States in the first decades of the 20th century making early panoramas with a rotating Kodak Cirkut camera. He was particularly interested in California's Spanish missions, and took photographs of a number of these sites... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 64969

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  29. Mission San Juan Bautista.
    One of a series of photos taken by William Amos Haines (1877-1953), who travelled through the United States in the first decades of the 20th century making early panoramas with a rotating Kodak Cirkut camera. He was particularly interested in California's Spanish missions, and took photographs of a number of these sites... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 64948

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  30. 46380
    One of a number of superficially similar variant editions with false imprints. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 46380

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  31. Relation Historique et Critique de la Guerre Franco-Allemande en 1870-1871.
    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... Learn More
    £1,800

    Stock Code: 68206

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  32. 68486newsletter
    First edition, uncommon, just a handful of copies at auction in the last 30 years. Written in 1624, this essay is dedicated to Charles I, as prince of Wales ("Your Maiestie hath an Imperiall name; It was a Charles that brought the Empire first into France; A Charles that brought it first into Spaine; Why should not Great... Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 68486

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  33. 65632
    First edition of Portlock's interesting circumnavigation, the principal, and successful, object of which was the opening of the fur trade in northwest America. Expedition leader Portlock sailed with Captain Dixon as co-commander; their two ships sailed part of the way independently. Though often confused, the published accounts... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 65632

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  34. 62469
    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... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 62469

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  35. 65838
    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... Learn More
    £795

    Stock Code: 65838

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  36. 45752
    First edition, limited issue 52/97 copies, only 87 being for sale. Handsome set of this important reference work. Learn More
    £695

    Stock Code: 45752

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  37. 60710
    First edition, just three copies on OCLC - Harvard, University of Portland, Naval War College, Rhode Island. Consists of sheets of Mahan's chapter from Clowes' monumental history of the British Navy, bound up with a US-printed title page. A revised edition was published by Little, Brown in 1913, but the present issue was... Learn More
    £625

    Stock Code: 60710

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  38. The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Robert Boyle, in Several Parts of the World…
    First edition. "Howes points out that Boyle's narrative must probably be a work of pure fiction, and certainly any reading of the novel supports his contention. Like the Thousand and One Nights, the novel is a series of tales, each new story prompted by a character in the last" (Imaginary Voyages). Sabin states that Castelman's... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 49943

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  39. 46388
    First edition in French, first issue with errata preceding the text in both volumes, the author's own free translation with additional material, of his Letters from an American Farmer, first published at London in English in 1782, the first literary success by an American author in Europe. Crèvecoeur served in the French... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 46388

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  40. Leyden Documents relating to the Pilgrim Fathers.
    Limited Edition of 400 copies, this number 182. Published in celebration of the Tercentenary of the departure of the Speedwell from Holland. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 37019

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  41. 36954comp
    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author to Mrs Cora Shippes Anthony on the front free endpaper, "To Mrs Cora Shippe Anthony, Greetings of Peace and friendship from this Lodge of the writer Mabel Powers", dated "Moon of Lengthening Days" 1936. Envelope mounted on the front pastedown containing two small flyers... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 36954

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  42. .
    Library edition, number 701. "There is no comprehensive history of America from the discovery to the present time." - Professor Hart (Harvard University) 1896. This scholarly work, written by various authors and edited by Lee, was designed to provide a comprehensive history, covering every aspect of North America: from the... Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 32970

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  43. 22544
    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

    Stock Code: 22544

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  44. 34452
    First edition, first printing, in a run of 2500 copies. A late work relating the author's travels in southern and meso-America in the years between 1878 and 1881. Learn More
    £160

    Stock Code: 34452

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  45. The Rudiments of War:
    First Edition. Uncommon, ESTC traces only three copies in America. The attribution is drawn from the Asiatic Annual Register, vol. IV, 1802, pp. 43-44. Ironside, a colonel in the service of the HEIC, here compiles a comprehensive and timely digest covering all aspects of military duties: "I am aware that some of... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 43626

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  46. 38811
    ODNB). Despite doubts about its authenticity..."> First French edition. Account of the French and Indian War, and of Major Robert Rogers's attempt to find the north-west passage. When separated from the rest of the mission Carver had lived with the Dakota Sioux and "closely recorded their customs and culture in great detail" (ODNB). Despite doubts about its authenticity... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 38811

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  47. Memorandums &c. &c. respecting the Unprecedented Treatment which the Army have met with respecting Plunder taken after a Siege,
    First Edition. "Concerning capture of Charleston and sale of American property" (Howes). Clinton's reputation rests "almost entirely on his service in the American War of Independence which was almost always marred by his inability, by what historians have come to see as a disordered personality, to work well with other... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 38056

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  48. 27881comp
    First edition, first printing, European issue. With the artist's signed presentation inscription to the half title page, "24 February '67 Castellaras France For Virginia Happy Vagabonding everywhere Salute Dave", and with the recipient's ownership inscription to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 27881

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  49. 20312
    First edition of this anonymous account, "Almost entirely devoted to events in Florida during its last days under Spain, including the best narration of Captain McGregor's filibustering seizure of Amelia Island, account of Seminole Indians, etc." (Howes). Learn More
    £2,350

    Stock Code: 20312

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