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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. 130953
    Nimrod expedition of 1907-09 and second-in-command on the Transantarctic Expedition of 1917-17... Wild joined Shackleton on his final voyage to the Antarctic in 1921-23..."> First edition. Wild had been with Scott on the Discovery, was with Mawson in 1911-14, "and was a close friend of Shackleton on both the Nimrod expedition of 1907-09 and second-in-command on the Transantarctic Expedition of 1917-17... Wild joined Shackleton on his final voyage to the Antarctic in 1921-23... Learn More
    £1,500

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  2. 117857
    First edition of this primary source for an important sequence of events in the early history of Russo-Japanese relations, decidedly uncommon. It also relates to the continuation of the researches begun on the first Russian circumnavigation, 1803-1806, undertaken under the patronage of the Russian-American Company, and jointly... Learn More
    £15,000

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  3. 129554
    expedition of 1907-9 and second-in-command on the Transantarctic Expedition of 1917 Wild joined Shackleton on his final voyage to the Antarctic in 1921-23..."> First edition, first impression. Wild had been with Scott on the Discovery, was with Mawson in 1911-14, "and was a close friend of Shackleton on both the Nimrod expedition of 1907-9 and second-in-command on the Transantarctic Expedition of 1917 Wild joined Shackleton on his final voyage to the Antarctic in 1921-23... Learn More
    £1,250

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  4. 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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  5. 124562
    First edition of this "masterpiece of descriptive travel" (Hill), quickly reprinted several times but the original quarto remaining "the most desirable" (Sabin). This copy bearing the contemporary armorial rococo bookplate of George Bond, whose name appears in the list of subscribers; there are a number of indexing side... Learn More
    £4,750

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  6. 117376
    First edition, with the extra plate of the Philippines which Streeter notes as missing in most copies. John Meares (?1756-1809) "was sent out in 1786 from Calcutta, by a group of merchants, to enter into the fur trade of the Northwest coast of America. Establishing himself at Nootka Soundhe built the first vessel to be launched... Learn More
    £5,750

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  7. 117611
    Second and preferred edition in English of "one of the first accounts of Yemen" (Arcadian Library), first published in English in 1726 (as A Voyage to Arabia the Happy) following its original appearance in French in 1716. La Roque's father, a Marseilles merchant, had travelled with Jean de la Haye's Turkish embassy of 1639-41,... Learn More
    £1,500

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  8. 116844comp
    First edition in English, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "Sir Robert Baden-Powell from his sincere friend and admirer Sven Hedin, Stockholm Dec 16. 1912" on the front free endpaper. With Baden-Powell's bookplate and the stamp of the Boy Scouts Association to the front pastedown. A superb association... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 116844

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  9. 119761
    First edition of this omnibus compilation of Cook's voyages, together with those of Byron, Wallis, Carteret, Mulgrave, Anson, and Drake. Printed in double column in "large new Types, constructed on Purpose to comprise much Matter in a little Compass" and issued in 80 sixpenny parts with avowedly philanthropic intentions,... Learn More
    £4,500

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  10. 119861
    Second edition in English. The Voyages de Jehan de Mandeville chevalier first appeared in manuscript in France c.1357. The first edition in English was printed in 1499; in 1725 this new edition was prepared from the Cotton manuscript in the British Museum, printed by William Boyer in an issue of 350 copies, establishing... Learn More
    £1,500

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  11. 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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  12. 111448
    First and only edition of the first published account of "Spain's greatest scientific voyage of exploration to the South Seas in the eighteenth century" (Hill). Rare: 20 copies in libraries world-wide (none in the United Kingdom) but just a handful of copies traced at auction. Lada-Mocarski considered that "Viana's diary... Learn More
    £12,500

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  13. A Visit to the South Seas,
    First edition of this account by Charles Samuel Stewart (1795-1870), who served as chaplain during the voyage. Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 115104

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    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... Learn More
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 113475

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    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... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 113859

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  16. 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 of the Madras Native Infantry, was on leave in London when he was ordered to rejoin his regiment in... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 112178

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  17. Westward Ha! Or, around the World in Eighty Clichés.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For John McFadden with cordial best wishes, S. J. Perelman, 26 March 1966". Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 112119

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  18. Heaven Has Claws.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 105138

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  19. Voyages.

    Voyages.

    Paris: 1859-79

    First edition of the index volume, second editions of the four text volumes. Defrémery and Sanguinetti's edition of Ibn Battutah's Rihlah, originally published 1853-8, was the first complete publication of the renowned Arabic narrative by "the greatest traveller of pre-modern times" (Dunn, The Adventures of Ibn Battuta,... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 94276

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  20. The Case of Mr. John Harrison [drop-head and docket title].
    A rare and significant survival, this is the third of three editions published, the first undated in 1767, and another in 1770 (though no extant copy of that printing is recorded). This third was published the year before Harrison was awarded most of the prize offered under the terms of the 1714 Longitude Act, and indeed... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 94021

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  21. 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
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    Stock Code: 81263

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  22. 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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    First edition in English, same year as the French, this in the favoured, and less common, single-volume quarto edition. Labillardière was the botanist and doctor on the d'Entrecasteaux Pérouse search expedition, and was entrusted with the task of writing the official account following the death of the commander from scurvy.... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 79886

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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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  25. 75476
    First collected edition of the writings of Thomas Coryate (1577?-1617). The Crudities, describing his tour from London to Venice and back, is his best known work, with many points of historical interest, including his admirable rendering of the story of William Tell (cited as the earliest in English); it is also remembered... Learn More
    £1,850

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  26. Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca: or, a compleat Collection of Voyages and Travels:
    Third edition, greatly expanded from the first edition which was published as a rival publication to Churchill's Voyages, the present edition contains the fine series of maps by Bowen (rather than the Moll maps of the 1705 edition), including a printing of Tasman's original map. The modern voyages include Middleton to Hudson... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 72801

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  27. 70373
    First edition. Uncommon: Copac records only the SOAS copy, OCLC locates 12 other copies worldwide, five of them in Australia and New Zealand and five in the USA, two of these in Hawaii. "Although there are several account of James Wilson's life, sufferings and missionary voyage, this was the earliest biography of him to... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 70373

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  28. A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and Round the World;
    First edition. "Vancouver, who had served on Captain Cook's second and third voyages, was made commander of a grand-scale expedition This voyage became one of the most important ever made in the interests of geographical knowledge. Vancouver sailed by way of the Cape of Good Hope to Australia, where he discovered King George's... Learn More
    £47,500

    Stock Code: 71082

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  29. The Principal Navigations [together with] Purchas His Pilgrimes.
    A handsomely bound set of voyages and travels. Hakluyt took such patriotic pride in his countrymen's exploits in the fields of travel and adventure that he devoted his life to preserving the records of all English voyages. His Voyages was the greatest assemblage of travel accounts and navigations to all parts of the world... Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 66561

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  30. A Collection of Voyages and Travels,
    Second, enlarged edition. "Compiled by Awnsham and John Churchill, this is a very valuable collection, both for its range of coverage and for the fact that it gives the original accounts" (Hill). It includes the voyages of Nieuhoff, Baldaeus, and Thomas Phillips. Originally published in 1704 in four volumes, this edition... Learn More
    £11,500

    Stock Code: 50373

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  31. 70808
  32. 67655
    First edition. "In January of 1793, Woodard sailed in the American ship Enterprise form Batavia, bound for Manila. Sent off in a boat with five others to purchase provisions from another ship, they found themselves separated from their own ship after a storm they were forced to land on Celebes, where one of them was murdered... Learn More
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  33. 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
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  34. 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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  35. 49407
    £60

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  36. 62940
    First edition. "Captain Erskine sailed from Russell, New Zealand, in 1849, and reached Niue or Savage Island. He visited Manua, Tutuila and Upolu of the Samoan Islands. Next Vava'u, Lifuka, and Tongatabu were visited, then Fiji, the New Hebrides, New Caledonia, and Port Jackson" (Hill). Learn More
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  37. 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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  38. 60152
    First octavo edition, same year as the Admiralty edition in quarto, of "one of the most valuable of modern voyages"(Hill). Beechey's expedition went to the Bering Strait "As a relief expedition to await the separate expeditions of Captains Franklin and Parry". Beechey heard at Kamchatka that Parry had turned back, but he... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 60152

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  39. 16138
    An attractive set, entirely untrimmed. This octavo edition reprints the full texts of the original published accounts of Cook's three voyages. Learn More
    £3,950

    Stock Code: 16138

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  40. 31204
    Third edition of Purchas's first published compilation of travel literature, first published in 1613. By this time Purchas had already become acquainted with Richard Hakluyt, his great predecessor in the memorializing of English travel narratives, who lent books and some manuscripts for the expanded second edition, published... Learn More
    £2,100

    Stock Code: 31204

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