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Hundreds of adventurous travel stories outside Europe,

by land and sea, ego documents, 

most in first published edition 

and in original or contemporary binding.

recent additions:

Laplace, C. P. T.

Reis rondom de wereld door de zeeën van Indië en China

Zaltbommel, J. Noman and Son 1834-1836, first Dutch edition 7 volumes

“uitgevoerd met Z.M. Korvet van Oorlog La Favorite, gedurende de jaren 1830, 1831 en 1832, onder bevel van den Fregatskapitein La Place, uitgegeven op last van den vice-admiraal Graaf de Rigny.”

8vo, contemporary uniform gilt half morocco, spickled edges. Complete with 7 different lithographed title-pages, a large folding map and 13 -folding- plates. Very attractive copy. Rare.

Translated from French: “Voyage autour du monde par les mers de l'Inde et de Chine” 1833-1835. 'The purpose of this voyage was to show the French flag in eastern and other waters, in order to re-establish French influence over Indo-China and the Pacific. The voyage was also very successful scientifically'. La Favorite visited Madras, Pondichéry, Cochinchina, Tonkin, and the Philippines, before setting sail for Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. Laplace crossed the Pacific on his return, past Valparaiso, Cape Horn and along the coast of Brazil. Not in Tiele.

€ 1.760



(Ermakov, Dimitri)

альбом военно-грузинская дорога (Album Georgian Military Road)

(St. Petersburg), и́здаhie Александpови́уа (publisher M. A. Aleksandrov) ~1905

Oblong 8vo 24x18 cm, publisher’s Jugendstil decorated cloth. 26 leaves with photo engravings by Ermakov. Traces of use. Rare.

Bound by Otto Kirchner, St. Petersburg, then a well known bindery. The unimaginable ethnic diversity of the Caucasus was illustrated from the beginning of the century in a large number of engraved and lithographic albums for the educated audience. Over the years, the famous Georgian photographer Ermakov published a hundred and ninety two similar albums with his own photos about the ethnic groups, villages and towns, roads and monuments of the Caucasus, rare nowadays. The Georgian Military Road runs for 212 kilometres between Tbilisi (Georgia) and Vladikavkaz (Russia) and follows the traditional route used by invaders and traders throughout the ages. Dating back to a time before the 1st century BC, what started as a crude path used by both traders and invaders was converted into a carriage road in 1783.

€ 380


Backhouse, James

A Narrative of a Visit to the Mauritius and South Africa

London/ York, Hamilton, Adams and Co./ J.L. Linney 1844, first edition

8vo, old cloth. xvi, 648, lvi pages with 16 etchings and 28 wood cuts, a folding map of Mauritius and a large (46x89 cm) detailed folding map of South Africa by James Wyld ( who had an excellent reputation as a mapmaker). Frontispiece foxed, other plates with marginal foxing.

Backhouse was a minister and botanist. His extensive travels to almost every inhabited town and district and ample descriptions of the flora makes it an important diary of the region. Provenance: Ex botanist Herman Harry Bolus, son of Harry Bolus who was founder of the Bolus Herbarium, now in the University of Cape Town.

€ 370