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FORSTER, Johann Reinhold. History of the Voyages and Discoveries made in the North.
London : 1786First edition in English, originally published in German in 1784. A comprehensive overview of northern explorations from ancient to modern times, including accounts of the English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish and Russian voyages in search of the Northwest and Northeast Passages from the earliest recorded explorations to 1780, including... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 132399
HARRISON, John. The Principles of Mr. Harrison's Time-Keeper, with plates of the same.
London : 1767First edition of the primary account of the invention of the marine chronometer, which revolutionized the science of navigation. "There was no comparable advance in navigational aids until the development of radar in the twentieth century" (Norman).
In 1714, the Board of Longitude offered a substantial reward of 20,000 to anyone who could find... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 138402
COOK, James. Complete set of the three voyages.
London : 1773 - 85First editions of the second and third voyages, the preferred second edition of the first voyage. An imposing set of the three voyages of Captain Cook, with good, strong impressions of the plates. As is customary, the outsize plates from the third voyage are contained in an atlas folio volume ("Booksellers are cautioned not to have them bound up, with... Learn More£39,500.00
Stock Code: 139237
[CHETWOOD, William Rufus] The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Robert Boyle, in Several Parts of the World…
1726First 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 narrative, which is distinguished... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 49943
MEARES, John. Voyages Made in the Years 1788 and 1789, from China to the North West Coast of America.
London : 1790First 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 in northern waters, made... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 117376
BURNEY, James. A Chronological History of the Discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean.
London : 1803-17First edition of "the most important general history of early South Seas discoveries, containing practically everything of importance on the subject; collected from all sources, with the most important remarks concerning them... Many of the early voyages to California would be inaccessible were they not collected herein" (Hill). James Burney (1750-1821)... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 133007
SLOCUM, Joshua. Sailing Alone Around the World.
New York : 1900First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his lecture manager on the front free endpaper, "Major J. B. Pond, yours truly Joshua Slocum, The Spray, New York, April 27th 1900", with Pond's bookplate to the front pastedown. Pond (1838-1903) was a civil war veteran and highly successful manager who also promoted Mark Twain,... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 133645
NANSEN, Fridtjof. Farthest North.
New York : 1897First US edition of the official account of the first Fram expedition, "a remarkable achievement in Polar exploration" (PMM), undertaken "with the object of investigating the polar basin north of Eurasia by drifting in the ice with the currents northwest from the New Siberian Islands across or near the Pole" (Arctic Bibliography). "Nansen returned to... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 139571
COOK, James - HAWKESWORTH, John. An Account of the Voyages undertaken by the order of his Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere,
London : 1773First edition of the official account of Cook's first voyage, in the preferred issue with the Straits of Magellan plate, 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... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 87127
COOK, James, & James King. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.
London : 1785Second 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
HORSBURGH, James. The India Directory, or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America.
London : 1841-43Scarce fifth edition of this important and justly famous publication, much enlarged in successive editions from the first of 1809-11, which was to become the standard manual for the eastern navigation; this copy with an excellent nautical pedigree, having passed through the hands of a trio of American sea captains.
Provenance: mounted on a preliminary... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 139134
[LA ROQUE, Jean de.] A Voyage to Arabia Foelix through the Eastern Ocean and the Streights of the Red-Sea, being the First made by the French in the Years 1708, 1709, and 1710.
London : 1732Second 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, then on to the Levant... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 117611
COOK, James. A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World.
London : 1777First edition. This choice copy with an association to Cook's "zealous patron" and senior Admiralty figure, Sir George Jackson: from the library of Francis Longe (1748-1812) of Spixworth Park, Norfolk, with his gilt crest at head of spines and armorial bookplate in each volume; Longe's wife was Catherine Jackson (1752-1828), daughter of Sir George.... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 143322
COOK, James, & James King. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.
London : 1785Second 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 addition the scientific discoveries... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 75595
HAKLUYT, Richard, & Samuel Purchas. The Principal Navigations [together with] Purchas His Pilgrimes.
Glasgow : 1903-7A particularly nice example of the "the best modern edition" of Hakluyt in 12 volumes, together with Purchas's continuation in 20 volumes, handsomely bound in the publisher's original binding. First published in 1589, the text in this edition of Hakluyt's Voyages was derived from that of the 1598-1600 edition as revised by Hakluyt, and includes Sir... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 137771
BARROW, John. A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the Years 1792 and 1793:
London : 1806First 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 the Cape and eventually reached... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 80780
BARROW, John. A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the Years 1792 and 1793:
London : 1806First 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 the Cape and eventually reached... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 81263
BYRON, Robert. The Road to Oxiana.
London : 1937First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Sir Denison Ross, in memory of much help with this book and many others, from, Robert Byron". A superb association, the distinguished linguist and orientalist Sir Denison Ross (1871-1940) was professor of Persian at University College, London... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 79960
FORSTER, George. Geschichte der Reisen, die seit Cook an der Nordwest- und Nordost-Küste von Amerika,
Berlin : 1791First 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
BACON, Francis. Considerations touching a Warre with Spaine.
1629First 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 Brittaine have his turne?"),... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 68486
(PHILLIPS, Sir Richard.) [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]
London : 1820-1An 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... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 112632
LABILLARDIÈRE, Jacques Julien Houton de. Voyage in Search of La Pérouse …
London : 1800First 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. "Although unsuccessful... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 79886
COOK, James; BOCK, Johann Carl (illus.) Contemporary engraved profile bust portrait, "Captn. James Cook F.R.S."
[c.1789]Striking portrait of the stern-faced explorer, the irradiations, which over-run the borders of the name tablature, giving him an almost visionary aspect. Bock was a Nuremberg-based engraver and artist, probably best known for his work on Esper's Die Schmetterlinge in Abbildungen nach der Natur (1777-94). Scarce. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 42536
KIPPIS, A. Cook's Voyages.
London : 1893An attractively bound copy of Kippis's account of Cook's voyages, first published in 1788. The standard contemporary life of Cook by "the leading biographer of his day", the work was "intended to give a well-balanced account of his life from birth to death, including his family and early years, and the capacities in which he was engaged prior to the... Learn More£185.00
Stock Code: 136767
(SHIPPING.) B., F. Lose Blätter, enthaltend Fingerzeige für Schifffahrttreibende, gesammelt von F.B.
Vegesack : 1863Rare 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... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 113475
ROUPPE, Louis. [NAVAL MEDICINE.] De morbis navigantium, liberus unus.
Leiden : 1764First edition of this work on the diseases incidental to seamen, a considerably expanded edition of author's thesis published at Leiden in 1762. Louis Rouppe (1729-1780) travelled much in the West-Indies as a naval physician aboard the Princess Carolina vessel for the Dutch West Indische Companie. This work, published in Latin, is often considered the... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 132861
CORYATE, Thomas. Coryat's Crudities:
London : 1776First 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 for the prefatory mock-panegyric... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 75476
TYSSOT DE PATOT, Simon. Voyages et avantures de Jaques Masse.
Bourdeaux [i.e. The Hague] : 1710 [i.e. around 1714]First edition of this early utopian novel, "the best-known of all the radical philosophical novels of the Early Enlightenment" and which "surpassed practically every other work of philosophical fiction of the age for notoriety" (Israel, pp. liii and lvi). The novel details a Frenchman shipwrecked off South Africa - the co-ordinates are given as 60E/44S,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 123204
KRUSENSTERN, Adam Johann von. Voyage autour du monde, fait dans les années 1803, 1804, 1805 et 1806,
Paris : 1821First edition in French of the first Russian circumnavigation, one of the most significant Pacific voyages after Cook, presented here in superior condition in a choice period binding, complete with the rare atlas of plates, "very important and difficult to obtain" (Hill). A highly desirable set.
Krusenstern (Ivan Fedorovich Kruzenshtern, 1770-1846)... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 143059