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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.
Goodridge, Charles Medyett
Narrative of a voyage to the South Seas, and the shipwreck of the Princes of Wales Cutter, with an account of two years residence on an uninhabited island
Exeter, W.C. Featherstone 1841 fourth edition
8vo, publisher’s cloth rebacked preserving part of the spine, front hinge repaired. [14, subscribers list], 170 pages including opinions of the press etc. With errata slip, frontispiece and 2 other lithos. Rare.
Goodridge was member of a sealing expedition which in 1821 wrecked on one of the Crozet Islands in the Indian Ocean. According to the title page copies were sold by the author himself, apparently with success, because ten editions were published.
(Polt, Johann Joseph)
Lotgevallen van den kaper kapitein William Gordon
Amsterdam, Johan Christoffel van Kesteren 1818 first Dutch edition
8vo, later full calf with new endpapers. iv, 136, [4 ads] pages with an engraved frontispiece. A bit smudgy. Very rare, only 2 other copies known.
Translation of “William Gordon, der Korsarenkapitaine: Eine romantische Geschichte des 18ten Jahrhunderts” published in 1801. A romantic novel of an English youngster in love, who becomes privateer to rescue his Spanish sweetheart, being kitnapped, and is situated mainly in Spain and South America.
Amsterdam, Seyffart's boek- en muziekhandel  first Dutch edition
8vo, publisher’s cloth, spine ends with wear, sunned. 316 pages. Rare.
Dutch translation of this classic novel “Господа Гoлoвлёвы” (Gospoda Golovlyovy) 1880. The novel is divided into 7 chapters. The first five were initially published as a series of short stories, part of a cycle called The Well-Meant Speeches. In 1876 Saltykov-Shchedrin united all the parts into one novel and added two more chapters to it. The revised version of the novel came out as a separate edition. The first complete English version was published in 1931.