antiquarian rare books: travel & exploration,

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Bronckhorst, Netherlands



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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:


Reade, Winwood

The story of the Ashantee campaign

London, Smith Elder & Co 1874 first edition

8vo, publisher’s cloth, worn but refurbished. vii, 433 pages, a coloured folding map with closed tear and illustrations. Scarce.

Reade, the ‘Times’ special correspondent, witnessed and was involved in the three events of the storming of Ordashu by the Rifle Brigade, the storming of Amoaful by the Black Watch and the taking of Coomassie by Sir Archibald Alison.

€ 180



Caillié, René-Auguste

Dagverhaal eener reize naar Temboektoe

Haarlem, wed. A. Loosjes 1831 first Dutch edition 2 volumes

van de westkust af van Afrika, door de binnenlanden, over Jenné, Kabra, Arawan en vele andere opmerkelijke plaatsen, de groote woestijn door, op Tanger gedurende de jaren 1824-1828”.

8vo, modern rexine with old title labels, new endpapers. xvi, 496; 622 (misnumbered) pages with a folding map, frontispieces with a portrait and a bird’s eye view of Timbuctoo. Scattered light browning and a few minor repairs. Rare, not in Tiele.

Caillié’s own story of his dreadful journey from the west coast of Africa mainly along and on the Niger to Timbuctoo. He was the second European visitor there after Laing and the first to survive. After staying 2 weeks he left with a caravan due north and crossed the desert to Morocco. Translation of  “Journal d'Un voyage a Temboctou et a Jenne, dans L'Afrique Centrale”, Paris 1830.

€ 1.100



Portlock, Nathaniel

Reis naar de noord-west kust van Amerika. Gedaan in de jaren 1785, 1786, 1787 en 1788 door de kapteins Nathaniel Portlock en George Dixon

Amsterdam, Matthijs Schalekamp 1795 first Dutch edition.

4to, modern artificial leather with marbled endpapers. xii, (4), 265, (1) pages with a large folding map and 9 (8 folding) engravings. Very good with minor marginal browning.

Translation of “A Voyage Round the World; but more Particularly to the North-West Coast of America”, London 1789. Dixon also wrote a book about this voyage with the same title. Both men served under Captain Cook. In September 1785 Portlock and Dixon left England and sailed together for most of their three-year voyage. They crossed the Atlantic Ocean, reaching the Falkland Islands in January 1786, and transited Cape Horn to enter the Pacific Ocean. They reached the Hawaiian islands on 24 May and anchored in Kealakekua Bay (where Cook had been killed in 1779), but did not go ashore and proceeded on to what is now Alaska. After two years of plying the waters, Portlock and Dixon departed North America, reaching Macao in November 1788.

€ 1.250