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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
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
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
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
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
[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
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 : 1841-3Scarce 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
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
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£5,000.00
Stock Code: 81263
WOODARD, David. The Narrative of Captain David Woodard and Four Seamen,
London : 1804First 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 by the Malays and the others... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 67655
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
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
(COOK, James.) BOCK, Johann Carl. 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
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
(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
CHURCHILL, Awnsham & John. A Collection of Voyages and Travels,
London : 1732Second, enlarged edition, of one of the great voyage collections, originally issued by the brothers Awnsham and John Churchill in four volumes in 1704 with the advice and encouragement of the philosopher John Locke. Hill describes it as "a very valuable collection, both for its range of coverage and for the fact that it gives the original accounts".... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 50373
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