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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:

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


Freygang en deszelfs echtgenoote, Wilhelm van

Brieven over den Kaukasus en Georgië en verslag van eene reis in Perzië in 1812

Amsterdam, Johannes van der Hey 1817, first Dutch edition

8vo, original wrappers, spine repaired, new label. viii, 340 pages with a folding map. Title engraving by Veelwaard of Mount Ararat.

Dutch translation of “Lettres sur le Caucase et la GeĢorgie. Suivies d'une relation d'un voyage en Perse en 1812”. Von Freygang was a Russian diplomat, sent to Persia negotiating a peace treaty. He travelled first from Petersburg to Tbilisi (Tiflis) with his wife and kids. The first part of the book consists of the letters of his wife to a friend. The second part, written by himself, is an account of his travels to Tabriz in Persia.

€ 390


(Ponting, Herbert)

Le Voyage du Capitaine Scott au Pôle Sud / De reis van kapitein Scott naar de Zuidpool

Brussel, Vanden Bergh's Ltd ca. 1930

Album réservé exclusivement aux consommateurs de la margarine "ERA" aux fruits d'Orient / Album uitsluitend verkrijgbaar van de uit Oostersche Vruchten bereide margarine "ERA".

Oblong folio, wrappers with traces of use. Complete with 20 leaves with 240 photographic images pasted in, captioned in French and Dutch. Rare collecting picture album.

€ 450