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Abendanon, E. C.

Onderzoek van Centraal-Celebes

Leiden, KNAG E. J. Brill 1909-1910-1911

8vo, modern dark blue wrappers. Complete with 159 pages, 5 folding maps, illustrations etc. and extra 3 related articles.

Complete collection of articles –preceding the book- published during his travels in “Tijdschrift van het Koninklijk Nederlandsch Aardrijkskundig Genootschap”. Added are 3 related articles “Celebes en Halmahera” (1910), “De breukenkust van Mandar” (1911 with text map) and “De oude beddingen der Beneden Sadang-Rivier en de Baai van Pare Pare” (1911 with folding map). Together 195 pages and 6 folding maps.

€ 160

Ablijn, Cornelis / Grynaeus, S. / Huttich, J.

Die nieuwe weerelt der landtschappen ende eylanden die tot hier toe allen ouden weerelt bescrijveren onbekent geweest sijn. Maer nu onlancx vanden Poortugaloiseren ende Hispanieren, inder nedergankelijkcke zee gevonden Midtsgaders den zeeden, manieren, ghewoonten ende usantien der inwoonenden volcken...

Antwerpen, vander Loe 1563

Folio, (near) contemporary vellum with manuscript title on spine. [4], 818 (recte 814) pages in double columns. Scattered some browning, some spotting and waterstaining, few marginal restorations, in all a very nice copy.

Rare, only a few copies in OCLC. Only Dutch edition of this important work, originally in Latin “'Novus orbis regionum” 1532. This edition translated and augmented from the 1534 German edition by Albion “so that it is the most complete of all editions (…) This Dutch edition is exceedingly rare, even in Holland, and will be sought in vain in many of the best Dutch libraries” (Muller). Here are the first Dutch translations of the major medieval travel stories: "Itinerarium Portugallensium" by Montalboddo 1508, with Cabral, Joseph the Indian, Columbus, Cadanosto, Cortes and others. "Decades and De Legatione Babylonica" by Peter Martyr. “The work is one of the most valuable sources for the history of the discovery of America, the author being at once the friend of Columbus, Vespuccius and Cabot” (Muller). And among the others stories are Marco Polo, Haithon, Vespuccius and Varthema.

€ 18.300

Allen, William / Thomson, T. R. H.

A narrative of the expedition sent by her Majesty’s government to the river Niger, in 1841, under the command of Captain H. D. Trotter

London, Richard Bentley 1848 first edition 2 volumes

8vo contemporary polished calf gilt with marbled edges and endpapers, spines worn with restaurations, recent paper labels. xviii, 509; viii, 511 pages, complete as called for with 18 engraved plates, illustrations in text and 3 maps. Contents near fine.

Account of the ill-fated British Niger Expedition in 1841 with three vessels, the steamers Albert, Wilberforce, and Soudan. Its purpose was to make treaties with the native peoples against slavery, introduce Christianity and promote increased trade. Of the 150 Europeans on the expedition, 42 died quickly. There were 130 fever cases. Members who were of African descent suffered no deaths from illness. With such high mortality, the naval commanders called the expedition off, and withdrew to the island of Fernando Po.

€ 590

Amundsen, Roald

The North West Passage being the record of a voyage of exploration of the ship "Gjöa" 1903-1907 by Roald Amundsen with a supplement by first lieutenant Hansen, vice-commander of the expedition

London, A. Constable and Company 1908 first English edition 2 volumes

8vo, original decorated boards. xiii, 335; ix, 397 pages with 141 b/w photos and plates, two frontispieces. Each volume has a map in full colour at rear. A very good set.

"In 1903, Amundsen led the first expedition to successfully traverse the Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans (something explorers had been attempting since the days of Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Jacques Cartier, and Henry Hudson), with six others in a 47 ton steel seal hunting vessel, Gjøa. After a third winter trapped in the ice, Amundsen was able to navigate a passage into the Beaufort Sea after which he cleared into the Bering Strait, thus having successfully navigated the Northwest Passage. Continuing to the south of Victoria Island, the ship cleared the Canadian Arctic Archipelago on August 17, 1905, but had to stop for the winter before going on to Nome on the Alaska Territory's Pacific coast. Five hundred miles (800 km) away, Eagle City, Alaska, had a telegraph station; Amundsen travelled there (and back) overland to wire a success message (collect) on December 5, 1905. Nome was reached in 1906. Due to water as shallow as 3 feet, a larger ship could never have used the route."
€ 950

Amundsen, Roald

The South Pole: An account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram" 1910-1912

London, John Murray [ november] 1912 first English edition first issue 2 volumes

8vo, original maroon cloth decorated with the Norwegian flag on front covers, traces of use, top edge gilt, others uncut. xxxv, 392; x, 449 pages with 6 maps and charts (4 folding), a diagram of the journey and 99 photographic plates. Nice set with scattered light foxing. Rosove 9.A1.

Amundsen's account of his conquest of the South Pole. "To their credit, John Murray produced a two volume set of real quality, incorporating the Norwegian flag, despite realising that British disappointment at being beaten to the Pole would ensure that it was not a publishing success in the United Kingdom".

€ 2.900

Amundsen, Roald

The South Pole: An account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram" 1910-1912

New York, Lee Kedrick 1913 first US edition 2 volumes

8vo, publisher's gilt-lettered blue cloth, top edges gilt. xxxv, [1], 392; x, 449 pages with a little foxing in places. Illustrated with numerous photo plates, diagrams, maps (a few folding), facsimiles etc. With ink ownership signatures of Edward Johnson, dated April 1913, to front free endpapers, along with that of Lt. Commander Lloyd M. Harmon, U.S.N., dated November 1959.

Amundsen's account of his conquest of the South Pole. This first American edition has the imprint of the London publisher, John Murray, on the title-page as well that of Lee Kedrick. "To their credit, John Murray produced a two volume set of real quality, incorporating the Norwegian flag, despite realising that British disappointment at being beaten to the Pole would ensure that it was not a publishing success in the United Kingdom".

€ 950

Amundsen, Roald

My life as an explorer

New York, Doubleday Page & co 1927 first edition

8vo, original cloth. 282 pages, illustrated. Inscription (non-authorial) on front endpaper. Little shelf wear, title page lightly foxed; else a very good copy.

Gives an autobiographical account of Amundsen's various Polar endeavors and accomplishments. It tells the story of a career of intrepid courage resulting in a vastly increased knowledge of the Earth.

€ 190


De aarde en haar volken
1865-1897 33 volumes

Complete run of this important Dutch geographical journal, bound in artificial leather. It was a Dutch illustrated magazine with scientific and cultural travel reports. The magazine appeared from 1865 to 1940 in separate weekly and monthly episodes with reports from travellers and adventurous scientists who could be compiled into reference works every year. The magazine was illustrated with engravings and photos in later editions. Many articles were translated from Journal des Voyages. Thousands of wood engravings.
€ 990 

Anson, George (compiled by Richard Walter)

A voyage round the world in the years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV by George Anson, Esq; Commander in chief of a squadron of his majesty's ships, sent upon an expedition to the South Seas

London, printed for the author by John and Paul Knapton 1748 first edition

4to, contemporary half calf with marbled boards, spine skillfully restored with a new free front endpage. [34], 417, [2]; complete with list of subscribers and 42 folding plates and charts as called for. Textpages with scattered foxing, mainly in margins. Some plates with waterstaining. Good copy of the first edition, first issue (page 319 misnumbered 219).

Famous for the many engraved charts and views it contains, but also for the thrilling chronicling adventure and discovery as Anson roamed the Pacific Ocean in pursuit of Spanish treasure, at which he was at last very successful, capturing in 1743 the Manila galleon with a treasure of 400,000 British Pounds Sterling, returning to England a rich and famous man. "This compilation has long occupied a distinguished position as a masterpiece of descriptive travel. Anson's voyage appears to have been the most popular book of maritime adventure in the eighteenth century." Cox notes that four editions came out in the first year of publication and that 16 had been issued by 1781. He also comments on the "famous and unfortunate" nature of the expedition, with seven of the original eight ships that set out being lost rounding Cape Horn and on the coast of Chile, and more than two thirds of the 900 men that set out from England perishing.

€ 2.800

Anson, George (compiled by Richard Walter)

Voyage autour du monde, fait dans les annees MDCCXL,I,II,III,IV par George Anson, presentement Lord Anson, commandant en chef d'une escadre envoyee par sa majesté Brittannique dans la Mer du Sud

Amsterdam and Leipzig, Arkstee et Merkus 1749 first French edition

4to, full leather with coat of arms in gold, rubbed, joints and spine ends repaired, marbled endpapers. Half-title, title, dedication Henri XI Reuss, xvi, 334 pages with 34 (32 folding) plates, maps and charts, complete as stated in the binders instructions. Inside some browning and show through. Very nice copy.

Famous for the many engraved charts and views it contains, but also for the thrilling chronicling adventure and discovery as Anson roamed the Pacific Ocean in pursuit of Spanish treasure, at which he was at last very successful, capturing in 1743 the Manila galleon with a treasure of 400,000 British Pounds Sterling, returning to England a rich and famous man. "This compilation has long occupied a distinguished position as a masterpiece of descriptive travel. Anson's voyage appears to have been the most popular book of maritime adventure in the eighteenth century." Cox notes that four editions came out in the first year of publication and that 16 had been issued by 1781. He also comments on the "famous and unfortunate" nature of the expedition, with seven of the original eight ships that set out being lost rounding Cape Horn and on the coast of Chile, and more than two thirds of the 900 men that set out from England perishing.

€ 2.400

Arends, Fridrich

Het Missisippi-Dal of het westen der Vereenigde Staten van Noord-Amerika

Groningen, W. van Boekeren 1839 first Dutch edition

“Bevattende: Eene reis naar en door de Vereenigde Staten, eene algemeene beschrijving van de tot het Missisippi-dal behoorende gewesten, benevens wenken en raadgevingen voor hen, die zich aldaar willen vestigen.”

8vo, modern cloth with original title label pasted on. viii, 354 pages with scattered minor waterstaining. Very rare.

Translation of "Schilderung des Mississippithales". Arends “emigrated with his family to the United States in the year 1833. He settled in Missouri. Although he intended to write a book containing his experiences, a manual for settlers if you will”. The last 70 pages deal with the practical sides of emigration.

€ 480

Astrup, Eivind

With Peary Near The Pole

London, C. Arthur Pearson 1898 first English edition

8vo, publisher’s cloth with a blindstamped sledge scene on front board. 362 pages with a large fold-out map (43x22 cm), frontispiece portrait, 5 full page plates and many in-text. Traces of use with spine ends repaired, hinges cracking, owner’s names removed and cut out of title page. A Good used copy of a scarce title.

Translation of “Blandt Nordpolens Naboer” 1895 by H. J. Bull, Polar explorer. Astrup participated in Robert Peary's expedition to Greenland in 1891–92 and mapped northern Greenland. In the follow-up Greenland expedition by Peary during 1893–94 he explored and mapped Melville Bay on the north-west coast of Greenland. Astrup is credited for introducing the combination of dog sleds and skis, which came to revolutionize polar expeditions.

€ 650

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

Bagshawe, Thomas Wyatt

Two men in the Antarctic. An expedition to Graham Land 1920-1922

New York and Cambridge England, Macmillan 1939 first edition

8vo, publisher's tan cloth. without the scarce dust jacket. xxi, 292 pages, 33 illustrations, 2 panoramas, maps on endpapers. Good copy with some unobstrusive marks that suggest an ex-library copy.

"The grandly named British Imperial Expedition of 1920-21 is one of Antarctica's ironies; four principals embarked for this poorly equipped journey, but Bagshawe and his enemy Lester were left on their own in the Antarctic during a hazardous winter ... this account holds its own in the annals of polar exploits". Rossove 23.A2. Scarce.

€ 290

Baikie, William Balfour

Narrative of an exploring voyage up the rivers Kwo'ra and Bi'nue (commonly known as the Niger and Tsádda) in 1854

London, John Murray 1856 first edition

8vo, publisher’s cloth with wear, mottled. xvi, 456 pages with a frontispiece, folding plan and folding map with closed tears, vignette on title-page, 32 pages with publisher’s ads. Good copy in the scarce original bindings.

Baikie was appointed surgeon and naturalist to the Niger expedition sent out in 1854 by Macgregor Laird. Ascending the Benue about 250 miles beyond the point reached by former explorers, the little steamer Pleiad returned and reached the mouth of the Niger, after a voyage of 118 days, without the loss of a single man. The expedition had been instructed to endeavour to afford assistance to explorer Heinrich Barth, but Baikie was unable to gain any trustworthy information concerning him. One of his other duties was to monitor the use of quinine which it was determined, quite rightly as it turned out, to be a protection for Europeans in the climate.

€ 550

Baker, Samuel W.

The Albert N'Yanza, great basin of the Nile

London, Macmillan and Co 1866 first edition 2 volumes

8vo, original pictorial cloth, spine ends repaired. xxx, 395; ix, 384 pages with an engraved portrait frontispiece, tinted lithographed frontispiece, 2 maps, 1 folding, 13 plates. Rare early issue, with the incorrect plate list in volume II calling for two maps at end of the volume that are at the front of volume I; volume I includes an additional plate opposite page 351, not called for in list of plates.

In 1861 Baker went to Africa and for about a year explored the Nile tributaries around the Sudan and Ethiopia border. Using maps supplied by Speke, the Baker expedition set out in February 1863 to find the source of the Nile. In March 1864 Baker determined the source to be a lake, which he named Albert Nyanza (Lake Albert), lying between modern Uganda and Congo (Kinshasa).

€ 950

Bakhuis, L. A.

Verslag der Coppename-expeditie

Leiden, E.J. Brill 1902

8vo, boards over original wrappers. 158 pages with a very large folding map, 28 photos and 3 illustrations. 2 library stamps. A little scattered foxing. In a complete issue of 214 pages in Tijdschrift van het Koninklijk Nederlandsch Aardrijkskundig Genootschap (tweede serie deel XIX no. 5) with more articles.

Dutch expedition in Surinam.

€ 150

Bakhuis, L. A.

Verslag der Coppename-expeditie

Leiden, E.J. Brill 1902

8vo, bound in modern dark red wrappers. 158 pages with a very large folding map, 28 photos and 3 illustrations. Some mild waterstaining in lower right corners. Published in Tijdschrift van het Koninklijk Nederlandsch Aardrijkskundig Genootschap.

Dutch expedition in Surinam.

€ 160

Barlaeus, Caspar (Kaspar van Baerle)

Descriptio totius Brasiliae in qua agitur de natura et indole regionis et incolarum, de regimine politico, regum successione, de rebus privatis, de arundine saccharifera, de melle silvestri, de aquis et locis, de moribus, legibus, et ritibus istarum gentium.”


Pisonis’ treatise “Tractatus de aeribus, aquis & locis"

Clivis, ex officina Tobiae Silberling 1698

8vo, contemporary vellum. 664 pages plus index, includes 8 folding plates, 2 illustrated initials and double frontispiece of John Maurice of Nassau. Rare, in very good condition (3 perforated stamps).

This so called Silberling edition, known for the high quality of the engravings and printing, was preceeded by a (first) edition of 1647, Rerum per octennium in Brasilia, which appeared in two different versions: the "grand Barlaeus" (folio size, published by Blaeu), and the smaller sized "petit Barlaeus". Imporant contemporary account of the Dutch colonial empire in Brazil, inspired by the leadership of John Maurice of Nassau (Johan Maurits) at Recife. Piso arrived in Brazil early in 1638 and may have been on the same ship with other scientists, namely the astronomer Georg Markgraf (1610-1644). Both men accompanied the Count on his military campaigns against the Portuguese in Brazil and were part of his inner circle until he returned to the Netherlands in 1644. Piso went with him, but Markgraf was sent to Angola by the West India Company and died there shortly after his arrival. Rare reprint of the 1689 edition.

€ 6.800

(Barrie, J. M.)

Like English gentlemen: To Peter Scott from the author of "Where's Master?"

London New York Toronto, Hodder & Stoughton (1913) first edition

8vo, publisher’s pictorial boards and endpapers, lightly rubbed. 62, [1] pages. Very good copy. Scarce.

Anonymous juvenile account of the expedition of Robert Scott to Antarctica, probably by J. M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan and friend of the family. Published to raise funds to aid relatives of those who lost their lives with the expedition. Scott’s son Peter was named after Peter Pan. Spence 13, Rosove 13.A2 with “Toronto” added.

€ 90

Barrow, John

An account of travels into the interior of Southern Africa, in the years 1797 and 1798

London, Cadell and Davies 1801/1804 2 volumes first edition

4to, rebound in quarter leather with original boards and new endpapers. viii, 419; xi, 452 pages with 9 engraved maps and 1 folding sepia aquatint view, uncut. Some browning and foxing, small repairs. Good copy.

"Barrow accompanied an expedition from Cape Town to Graaf-Reinet, and another to Namaqualand, and he gives an excellent description of the country traversed ... The second volume contains detailed accounts of the various divisions of the Cape Colony".

€ 1.800

Barth, Heinrich

Travels and discoveries in North and Central Africa

New York, Harper & brothers 1857-1859 first US edition 3 volumes

8vo, brown cloth. xxvii, [2] 30-657 [1] pages, 3 blank leaves; xiii, [2], 16-709 pages [1], 2 pages ads., 2 blank leaves; xvi, [1], 18-800 pages, 2 blank leaves, including list of illustrations in each volume, appendices, vocabulary of languages and index. Illustrated with plans, maps (including one folding), views, figures in the text and plates. Nice set with some collectors stamps.

Barth joined (1849) an expedition to the West Sudan. He visited the Fulani and the Hausa and discovered the upper Benue River. After exploring the Chad region he turned westward and made his way through Kano and Sokoto to Gwandu, in North Nigeria. Barth's interest in the Islamic culture of West Africa led him on to Timbuktu where he stayed eight months before returning (1855) to England.

€ 780

Bartolomeo, Paolino da San

A voyage to the East Indies

London, J. Davis 1800 first English edition

“Containing an Account of the Manners, Customs, &c. of the Natives, with a Geographical Description of the Country. Collected from Observations made During a Residence of Thirteen Years, between 1776 and 1789, in Districts Little Frequented by the Europeans. With Notes and Illustrations by Johann Reinhold Forster”.

8vo, contemporary calf, used. xii, 478 pages, ad. Complete with half-title and 1 engraving.

First edition was in Italian: "Viaggio alle Indie Orientale". This account of a thirteen-year stay in India is full of antiquarian research and reference to earlier literature on the region.

€ 550

Beechey, Frederick W.

Narrative of a voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait, to co-operate with the Polar expeditions

Philadelphia, Carey & Lea 1832 first US edition

"Performed in His Majesty's Ship Blossom, under the Command of Captain F.W. Beechey, R.N. ... in the Years 1825, 26, 27, 28".

8vo, modern marbled boards and uniform endpapers, calf spine lettered gilt, black morocco lettering piece. vi, note, ii (dedication to the king), xi, 13-493 pages, publishers catalogue. Some spotting, chiefly marginal, 9 leaves browned, light text browning elsewhere, edges roughly opened, long tear to upper margin of page 369 affecting 9 lines of text, some dampstaining in final quire. This copy with the Note bound in from the publisher stating that some of Beechey’s remarks upon the moral condition of the Society and Sandwich Islands are “very defective and unjust”!

Considered one of the most important Pacific voyages of the 19th century it contains many important discoveries and notes including the encounter with famous mutineer John Adams of Bounty fame and for the first time records in detail the most extensive account of what happened on the Bounty with Beechey actually officiating in Adam's marriage to his fifth consort. In Tahiti, Hawaii etc, he gives extensive accounts of the islands and events happening at the time of this voyage. Abridged from the two-volume English edition of 1831.
€ 950

Beke, Charles Tilstone

The sources of the Nile: Being a general survey of the basin of that river, and of its head-streams: with the history of Nilotic discovery

London, James Madden 1860 first edition

8vo, original cloth rebacked with new endpapers. xv, [4], 156 pages with half-title, folding litho map frontispiece, four single-page litho maps, folding sectional diagram, woodcut map to text. Very good.

In 1840 Beke went to Ethiopia to explore the area, establish commercial relations with the inhabitants, and help abolish the slave trade. His commercial venture was unsuccessful, but he ascertained the approximate course of the Blue Nile, mapped about 70,000 square miles of the country, and also compiled vocabularies of 14 Ethiopian dialects. In 1845 he sponsored an expedition that tried to explore the sources of the White Nile from the East African coast. This venture, though uncompleted, may have inspired the Nile explorations of John Hanning Speke of England in the 1850s.
€ 950

Belcher, Lady Diana

The mutineers of the Bounty and their descendants in Pitcairn and Norfolk Islands

New York, Harper & Brothers 1871 first US edition

8vo 13x19cm, red cloth covers, rubbed and soiled, spine chipped. 377 pages plus adverts, map and 9 illustrations including frontispiece.

Standard work regarding the Bounty and aftermath by the wife of Belcher, who visited Pitcairn Island in 1825 with Beechey in the H.M.S. Blossom speaking with the last surviver. She herself was step-daughter of Captain Heywood and possessed valuable documents including the journal of James Morrison. Written to give a "more connected and impartial narrative" than Barrow did.

€ 180

Bellot J. R.

Journal d'un voyage aux mers polaires éxécuté à la recherche de Sir John Franklin en 1851 et 1852

Paris, 1854 first edition

8vo, half blue leather, marbled endpapers, rubbed. lvi, 414 pages, table. Complete with portrait frontispiece, facs letter and folding map. Scattered foxing and collector's stamps on title page. Good copy.

Bellot volunteered for British service in the search for the missing Sir John Franklin, and accompanied the expedition of 1851-52 under command of Sir William Kennedy on Lady Franklin's yacht, the Prince Albert.

€ 490

Benoit, Pierre Jacques

Voyage a Surinam. Description des possessions neerlandaises dans la Guyane

Bruxelles, Societe des Beaux-Arts, De Wasme et Laurent 1839 first edition

Large folio. Contemporary green three-quarter morocco, spine blind and gilt tooled with the title lettered in gold, boards covered with green grained cloth; bound by A. van Rossum, Amsterdam. With lithographed frontispiece with title "Surinam" and 99 numbered views and illustrations on 49 numbered full page tinted lithographed plates, all by Madou and Lauters after the design of the author. [4], 76 pages. Stamp on half-title "Oudheidkamer Twente". Contents fine with hardly any foxing.

The artist Benoit made long journeys and around 1830 he visited the Dutch colony of Surinam on his own initiative. He visited Paramaribo, but also plantations and villages of Maroons and Indians. He made a large number of drawings on which he tried to capture the real life of the people. This book is a journalistic account of the country and its population with all their strange customs, objects, festivals and rituals. It is considered one of the finest plate works about Surinam with detailed and informative illustrations.

€ 2.650

Benzoni, G.

Der newen Weldt und Indianischen Königreichs newe unnd wahrhaffte History

Basel, S. Henricpetri 1579 first German edition

"von allen geschichten, handlungen, thaten, strengem vnnd ernstlichem regiment der Spanier gegen den Indianern, vnglåublichem grossem gut von goldt, sylber, edelgestein, peerlin, schmaragdt, vnnd andern reichtumb, so die Spanier darinn erobert ” etc.

Folio, recent half vellum with marbled boards. 4, 219 pages, small erased stamp on title page, otherwise an excellent crisp copy.

"Girolamo Benzoni, Italian traveller (1518/19-1570); a native of Milan. After extensive travels throughout Europe, Benzoni decided to sail for the New World and seek his fortune as a soldier of the Spanish army. In 1541 he embarked at Sanlúcar de Barrameda for Gran Canaria, from where he sailed for the West Indies, subsequently visiting the Antilles, Venezuela, the isthmus of Panama and the western coast of South America. He arrived in the north of Peru in 1547 and spent the next three years in the country. Benzoni then proceeded to Nicaragua, where he lived for a further four years, and spent two months in Guatemala”.

€ 3.450

Bernacchi, Louis Charles

Saga of the “Discovery”

London and Glasgow, Blackie & Son 1938 first edition

8vo, original dark blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, dust jacket, plates and maps (2 folding). Dust jacket rubbed and soiled, chipping and wear to extrems with some slight losses, price-clipped. Scarce with dust jacket.

Bernacchi served as physicist on Scott's first expedition in the Discovery. The present book follows the life of the vessel, first as Scott's ship, then as a British Government whale research ship and later as the ship used by Sir Douglas Mawson for the British-Australian-New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition in 1929.

€ 170

Bidlingmaier, Friedrich

Zu den Wundern des Südpols. Erlebnisse auf der Deutschen Südpolar-Expedition 1901-1903

Stuttgart, Sterinkopf 1916 second edition

8vo, variant brown paper covered boards. 157 pages plus ad., frontispiece portrait and 22 illustrations. Very good.

A first person account by a member of the German "Gauss" expedition under Drygalski. Rosove 42: “This virtually unknown book is the young man’s narrative account, with his diary entries. The second edition (...) is about as rare as the first” dated 1905.

€ 220

Blanc, Henry

Onze gevangenschap in Abessinië: met eene schets van koning Theodorus, zijn land en zijn volk

Zwolle, Van Hoogstraten & Gorter 1869 first Dutch edition

8vo, half cloth with lithographed front cover. Spine with repairs, new label, covers rubbed. 357, v pages. Rare.

Translation into Dutch of "A narrative of captivity in Abyssinia. With some account of the late emperor Theodore, his country and people". Blanc was medical officer to a British mission to enter into negotiations with King Theodore II, king of Abyssinia, for the release of prisoners. On the arrival of the mission at Theodore's court he and the rest of the mission were thrown into chains, to be released on the arrival of the British invading force at Magdala in 1868.

€ 140

Bligh, William

The voyage of the Bounty’s launch, as related in William Bligh’s despatch to the Admiralty and the journal of John Fryer

London, Golden Cockerel Press 1934

Slender folio, original cloth, gilt titling on spine, t.e.g. others uncut. With wood engravings by Robert Gibbings. 300 copies printed on Arnold’s all rag paper, this being nr 277.

Bligh's famous story published in the Golden Cockerel series. After the mutiny on the Bounty Bligh undertook the seemingly impossible 3,618-nautical-mile voyage to Timor, the nearest European settlement. Bligh succeeded in reaching Timor after a 47-day voyage, the only casualty being the crewman killed on Tofua

€ 650

Bogaert, A.

A. Bogaerts historische Reizen door d'oostersche deelen van Asia zynde eene historische beschryving dier koninkryken en landschappen, door hem bezocht en doorwandelt ... : 

Amsterdam, Nicolaas van Hoorn 1711 first edition

“mitsgaders een omstandig verhaal van den Bantamschen inlandschen oorlog, het verdryven der Francoizen uit het Koninkryk Siam, en 't geen aan Kaap de goede Hoop in den jaare 1706 is voorgevallen, tot aan het opontbod des gouverneurs Willem Adriaan van der Stel.”

4to, later half vellum with manuscript spine title. 6, 604, 4 pages and 10 (of 15) plates. Lacks also the half-title, frontispiece and portrait. Some waterstaining in margins, some plates with a bit childish colouring. Rare.

Contemporary account of the VOC, the war in Bantam and formost the situation at Cape of Good Hope in 1706 during the tyranny of Governor Van der Stel. “For this period of Cape history his work is of great value”. See Mendelssohn.

€ 340

Boissevain, Charles

Leven en streven van L. R. Koolemans Beynen

Haarlem, H. D. Tjeenk Willink 1880 first edition

8vo, original gilt-lettered cloth. 258 pages with a frontispiece portrait. Nice copy with presentation ticket from the author. Scarce.

Biography of the Dutch naval officer L. R. Koolemans Beynen (1852-1879) who took part in the expedition against Aceh in 1874. Later he took part in two expeditions towards the North Pole, on the British ship Pandora (1875) and on the Dutch ship Willem Barentsz (1876).

€ 120

Bolingbroke, H.

Voyage to the Demerary containing a statistical account of the settlements there, and those of the Essequebo, the Berbice and other contiguous rivers of Guyana

London, Richard Phillips [1807] first edition

4to, contemporary half calf with restaurations, new label. [12], 400 pages and a folding map (map browned and soiled).

An account of a voyage to the north coast of South America. Bolingbroke remained there for six years as deputy vendue master at Surinam and gives an important revue of the geography, natural history, agriculture (cotton and sugar), the Dutch plantations, the practice of slavery, the culture of the Creole, and other local customs of Guiana and the surrounding area.

€ 1.100

Borchgrevink, Carsten

First on the Antarctic continent, being an account of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1898 - 1900

London George Newnes 1901 first edition

8vo, red orange cloth with gilt titling on front and spine. xvi, 333 pages and 31 pages ads. With portraits, 186 illustrations and 3 maps at end of the volume: Robertson Bay, Track of the Southern Cross over "Wilkes Land " and Coast of Victoria Land. Some wear to the covers, spine ends repaired.

A Rosove 45.A1b copy: orange cloth in stead of blue and "lacking the illustration on the front cover ... Presumably a secundary binding and considerably scarcer than the former".

€ 800

Borchgrevink, Carsten

Das Festland am Südpol. Die Expedition zum Südpolarland in den Jahren 1898-1900

Breslau, Schlesische Verlags-Anstalt Schottlaender 1905 first German edition

8vo, publisher’s decorated cloth. (6), 609 pages with 6 coloured plates, 5 maps and many other full page and in-text illustrations. In near Fine condition.

Borchgrevink was the first person to definitively set foot on the Antarctic continent. He led the British Antarctic Expedition (Southern Cross Expedition) from 1898 to 1900. Borchgrevink and his team wintered at Cape Adare, located on the northernmost tip of Victoria Land in Antarctica. This made him the first person to spend a winter on the mainland of Antarctica. “The work and accomplishments of the expedition were, without a doubt, remarkable” (Rosove).

€ 220

Borup, George

A tenderfoot with Peary

London, Eveleigh Nash 1911 first British edition

8vo, publisher’s cloth. xvi, [2], 317 pages with 46 b/w photographs and a folding map. Good used copy of the scarce London edition.

Account of Peary's North Pole Expedition 1908-9 by its youngest member, geologist and photographer, who was with one of the support parties during the first stage of the march and made a sledge journey with MacMillan along the northern coast of Greenland. Borup's was the first book to appear about the expedition by a participant. He was chosen to lead the 1913-1917 Crocker Land Expedition, but drowned before starting on April 28, 1912 in a boating accident in Long Island Sound. Arctic Bibliography 2022.

€ 120

Bougainville, L. A. de

Voyage autour du monde, par la frégate du roi "La Boudeuse" et la flûte "L'Etoile", en 1766, 1767, 1768 & 1769

Paris, Saillant & Nyon 1772 second enlarged edition 2 volumes

8vo, contemporary full calf, gilt to spine with some rubbing and bumping, marbled edges and end papers. [4], xliii, 336; 453, [3] pages complete with 21 folded engraved maps and 3 copper engravings. Title leaves with cut-out and faint stamp erasure.

In 1766 Bougainville received from Louis XV permission to circumnavigate the globe. He would become the 14th navigator, and the first Frenchman, to sail around the world. This was a large expedition, with a crew of 214 aboard Boudeuse and 116 aboard Étoile. The book describes the geography, biology and anthropology of Argentina (then a Spanish colony), Patagonia, Tahiti and Indonesia (then a Dutch colony). The book was a sensation, especially the description of Tahitian society. Bougainville described it as an earthly paradise where men and women lived in blissful innocence, far from the corruption of civilisation. Bougainville's descriptions powerfully expressed the concept of the noble savage, influencing the utopian thoughts of philosophers such as Rousseau before the advent of the French Revolution. Aboard -disguised as a man- was a French woman called Jeanne Baré or Jeanne Baret and she was the first of her sexe who circumnavigated the world.

€ 1.650

Bowdich, T. E.

Geschiedenis van het Britsche gezantschap, in het jaar 1817 aan den koning van Ashantee, in de binnenlanden van Afrika, in de nabijheid van de Goudkust, gezonden

Amsterdam, J. C. van Kesteren 1820 first edition

8vo, modern boards. vi, 292 pages with a beautiful hand coloured frontispiece copper engraving “Een Ashantijnsche bevelhebber” by Veelwaard. Stamp Übersee Institut on verso title page. Very Rare. Not in Tiele.

Dutch adaption of “Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee” 1819. Bowdich in a 1817 mission to the king of Ashanti completed peace negotiations on behalf of the African Company of Merchants. This achievement aided in the extension of British influence as well as in the annexation of the Gold Coast colony. “This work, the most important after Bruce's, excited great interest, as an almost incredible story ... of a land and people of warlike and barbaric splendour hitherto unknown”.

€ 660

Brau de Saint-Pol Lias, Xavier

La cote du poivre. Voyage à Sumatra

Paris, Lecène Oudin 1891 first edition

8vo, original decorated boards. 239 pages plus index with 17 illustrations. Traces of use. Good.

In 1880-81 a second exploration tour was made under command of governor Van der Heyden during which they obtained some tin concessions in Malaya. His tour in Atcheen yielded no results as the Dutch East Indian government thought the situation at that time too precarious. He continued his explorations in these regions up to 1885.

€ 190

Brett, Rev. W. H.

The Indian tribes of Guiana; Their condition and habits with researches into their past history, superstitions, legends,antiquities, languages, & c.

London, Bell and Daldy 1868 first edition

8vo, publisher’s green cloth with traces of use. xiii, 500 pages with a folding map, 8 striking hand-coloured lithographs and 11 plain plates, title-vignette and a few illustrations in the text. Errata slip present. Hinges reinforced. Bath Public Reference Library’s bookplate stating that the book is a gift of M. Oppenheim (pioneer naval historian) in 1919 with their scattered blind stamps, and a stamp of the East London Institute for Home and Foreign Missions. Uncommon.

Reverent Brett spent almost forty years as a missionary to the native peoples of Surinam and the Guiana’s - the Pomeroon, Arawaks, Caribs, Acawoios, Waraus, Waramuri, Mahaiconi - and retired in 1879.

€ 220

Brodie, Walter

Pitcairn's island and the islanders in 1850

London, Whittaker & co 1851 second edition

8vo 14x21 cm, original green blind stamped cloth over boards with paper label affixed to spine. Spine ends chipped, joints repaired. Scattered foxing. Frontispiece of Brodie, iv, (5)-260 pages with illustrations, subscriber's list and a complete list of all the inhabitants of Pitcairn's Island in 1850. Good copy.

Scarce book about the mutineers of the Bounty and their life on Pitcairn's Island. Plate of John Adams (Alexander Smith), the last living mutineer! With the popularity of this title when initially released, two immediate prints were produced in the same year. This is the first reprint, made from the first edition plates. Subscribers could buy more copies than one, the others being sent to the Pitcairn Islanders to sell for themselves. Peculiar: Tipped in is a sheet Brodie asking the subscribers to pay him.

€ 490

Brown, R. N. R. and others

The voyage of the “Scotia” being the record of a voyage of exploration in Antarctic seas by three of the staff

Edinburgh & London, William Blackwood 1906 first edition

8vo, original grey cloth, spine and front board decorated and lettered in white and black, the usual attrition of the spine lettering, top edge gilt, others uncut, deep blue endpapers. xxiv, 375 pages, large coloured folding map, 2 other maps, 59 plates, foxing and traces of use. Scarce primary binding. Good.

The 'official' narrative of the ill-financed Scottish National Antarctic Expedition 1902 - 1904 that nonetheless made important contributions to the scientific exploration of the Antarctic, undertaking the first oceanographic exploration of the Weddell Sea and charting the northern part of the Caird Coast. Brown was the expedition botanist. Rosove 50.A1a

€ 600

Browne, W. G.

Travels in Africa, Egypt, and Syria from the year 1792 to 1798

London, Cadell and Davies 1799 first edition

4to, contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked and corners repaired. xxxviii, 496 pages, steel engraved frontispiece, 2 folding maps (repaired tears), 1 engraved plan, tables. Frontispiece and inner margin of title water stained, otherwise very good.

Browne, who contributed important information on the course of the Nile, underwent considerable hardships whilst accompanying the Sudan Caravan to Darfur in 1793, a country not previously visited by Europeans. He gives ample information on Darfur where, as the first European visitor, he was detained by the Sultan after crossing the desert from Egypt with the annual Caravan. He travelled through Syria and Asia Minor to Constantinople.

€ 880

Bruce, James

Reis naar Abyssinie, en te rug door de groote woestijn van Nubie, verkort

Amsteldam, M. de Bruyn 1801 first Dutch edition 3 volumes

8vo, contemporary half calf with wear. (2), xl, xlviii, 525,(1); (2), vi, 528; vi, 439,(1) pages, complete with a large folding map and 6 plates. A nice copy. Rare.

Intent on reaching the source of the Nile River, Bruce left Cairo on an arduous journey by way of the Nile, Aswān, the Red Sea, and Mitsiwa (now Massawa, Eritrea), eventually reaching the Ethiopian capital of Gonder on February 14, 1770. Despite serious political unrest in Ethiopia, Bruce continued his expedition and reached Lake Tana, where the Blue Nile rises, on November 14. The journey homeward was one of extreme hardship. This vivid account of his travels is considered one of the epics of African adventure literature.

€ 1.200

Bruce, James

Travels to discover the source of the Nile in the Years 1768 [to] 1773

Edinburgh, J. Ballantyne 1804-05 8 volumes (text and atlas) second edition

8vo and 4to (30,3 x 23,3 cm). Text volumes in contemporary tree calf, atlas in contemporary half calf, (all sympathetically rebacked with original spines preserved, new lettering pieces on text volume, some extremities rubbed). Atlas with half-title, engraved portrait, 3 folding engraved maps and 78 plates and plans (foxing as usual in the atlas volume). Second enlarged edition.

Intent on reaching the source of the Nile River, Bruce left Cairo on an arduous journey by way of the Nile, Aswān, the Red Sea, and Mitsiwa (now Massawa, Eritrea), eventually reaching the Ethiopian capital of Gonder on February 14, 1770. Despite serious political unrest in Ethiopia, Bruce continued his expedition and reached Lake Tana, where the Blue Nile rises, on November 14. The journey homeward was one of extreme hardship. This vivid account of his travels is considered one of the epics of African adventure literature.

€ 2.200

[Bruce, W. S. / Scottish National Antarctic Expedition]

Life in the Antarctic

London, Gowans & Gray 1907 first edition third printing may 1907

“Sixty photographs by members of the Scottish national Antarctic expedition”.

8vo, original colour illustrated parchment paper around stiff wrappers, 10x14,5cm. [8] (advertising), 67, [5] (advertising). 60 full-page photographs, Scarce.

A charming chapbook issued as Cowan's Nature Books No. 10. Photos show whales, penguins, seals, shags, skuas etc. 4 photos show members of the expedition, one photo shows the Scotia in the background and one photo shows an emperor penguin on board the Scotia. Small portion of the back cover missing but with the illustrated front wrapper largely intact.

€ 450

Burckhardt, J. L.

Travels in Nubia

John Murray, London 1822 second edition

4to, rebound in half calf with marbled boards. [4], xcviii, 498 pages with engraved frontispiece portrait, 3 engraved maps of which 2 are folding. Maps with browning.

The travels described here took place in 1813 and 1814. Burckhardt left Aleppo in 1812 and made his way to Cairo, he then carried out two journeys: one along the upper Nile and the other through the Nubian desert. These travels were edited from Burckhardt"s journals by Leake. He also wrote the biographical memoir which is prefaced to the travels. This was the first of Burckhardt's works to be published and was followed by Travels in Syria, 1822.

€ 1.280

Burdo, Adolphe

Niger et Bénué, voyage dans L'Afrique Centrale

Paris, E. Plon 1880 first edition

12mo, publisher’s wrappers with traces of use, spine repaired. [vi], 295 pages, complete with a large folding map and 12 plates in very good condition.

Belgian explorer Burdo's lively story of his voyage up the Niger and Benueh, partly in the company of Bishop Crowther. He gives many details of the various towns and villages he visited on the banks of the two rivers and of the appearance and habits of the people he met with.

€ 150

Burdo, A.

Stanley. Zijn jeugd, leven, avonturen en reizen

Arnhem, Cohen 1891 first Dutch edition

8vo, half cloth with marbled boards. 219, [5] pages with 24 illustrations and a map. Very good copy.

A bio of the famous explorer, issued shortly after his Emin Pasha expedition. An uncommon critical book on Stanley.  Casada 1569. Burdo was a Belgian explorer and participated among others in the third exploration of the Congo. 
€ 90

Buren Schele, A. D. van

Keur van gedenkwaardigheden uit de geschiedenis der Nederlandsche Oost en West-Indische bezittingen

Nijmegen Arnhem, Gebr. E & M Cohen 1892 second (enlarged) edition

"in boeienden verhaaltrant voor jongelieden bewerkt ".

8vo, 14x20 cm, red pictorial cloth. 280 pages with 4 lithographed plates. On the back cover the blindstamp of J.S. de Haas, boekbinderij, Amsterdam. In very good condition.

A history of the Dutch Indies, written for young readers.

€ 50

Burton, Sir Richard Francis

Personal narrative of a pilgrimage to El Medinah and Meccah

London, Longman 1857 second edition 2 volumes

8vo, half morocco by Zaehnsdorf, front joint volume 1 repaired, gilt edges. xiv, 418; v, 422 pages with 2 chromo-lithographed frontispieces, 11 tinted or choromolithographed plates and 3 folding maps. Very good, slightly browned in places.

Burton's pilgrimage to Medina and Mecca in 1853, was his realization of "the plans and hopes of many and many a study thoroughly the inner life of the Moslem." Disguising himself as a Pathān, an Afghanistani Muslim, he went in 1853 to Cairo, Suez and Medina, then travelled the bandit-ridden route to the sacred city of Meccah, where at great risk he measured and sketched the mosque and holy Muslim shrine, the Kaʿbah.

€ 1.250

Burton, Richard Francis

The lake regions of Central Equatorial Africa

London, Longman Green Longman and Roberts 1860 2 volumes first edition

8vo, original red cloth, some light soiling and discolouration on covers, gilt spine lettering rubbed. xvii, 412; vii, 468 pages with 12 tinted wood engraved plates and folding engraved map. Half-titles present. Marginal browning on some plates. Bequeathed in 1884 by the ref. Henry, library stamps on (half-)titles.

First edition, in the second issue bound in red cloth, of the narrative of the 2-year expedition undertaken by Burton and Speke to find the source of the Nile, which culminated in an acrimonious feud. Strained relations between them worsened after Speke discovered Lake Victoria (which he correctly believed to be the source) while Burton lay ill. Reaching England first and announcing his discovery independently of Burton, Speke was chosen by the Royal Geographical Society to lead a return expedition without him. His findings continued to be disputed by Burton and others as unsatisfactorily proven.

€ 4.200

[Burton, Richard F.]

Wanderings in West Africa, from Liverpool to Fernando Po. By A F.R.G.S.

London, Tinsley Brothers 1863 first edition 2 volumes

8vo, original dark purple cloth, little rubbed. viii, [2], 303; [6], 295 pages. With folding map in volume I, wood engraved frontispiece in volume II. A very good copy.

Penzer: “It was Burton's intention to entirely suppress his name from this work and, in a roundabout way, to demonstrate his pique with the R.G.S. over having appointed Speke to lead the second expedition to Central Africa. The publishers did, however, print Burton's name on the spines of the first edition”. “The Preface is dated December, 1862 and so this is treated as his first West African book on his first consular posting. His reports on journeys into Sierra Leone and Nigeria to track stories of gold and gold mining are credited with drawing public and corporate attention to mining prospects in a region not more unhealthy than the East or West Indies”.

€ 2.200

Burton, Richard F.

A mission to Gelele, King of Dahome with notices of the so called "Amazons", the grand customs, the yearly customs, the human sacrifices, the present state of the slave trade, and the negro's place in nature

London, Tinsley Bros 1864 second edition 2 volumes

8vo, recent green half morocco with new endpapers. xvii, 382; vi, 413 pages with 2 engraved frontispieces. Very good, only the first frontispiece with marginal foxing, the rest clean.

This second edition has the same date, publisher and collation as the first edition, with the addition of “Second Edition” to the title-page. “In 1863 Burton led a mission to Dahomey, traditional enemies of the Egba at Abeokuta. The object was to order the cessation of slave raiding and human sacrifice. King Gele was unmoved, although the early signs were good when Burton presented the king with pictures of three naked women. Diplomatic failure did not prevent Burton from amassing a wealth of detail presented in this work.”

€ 650

Burton, Richard Francis

Zanzibar; city, island, and coast

London, Tinsley Brothers 1872 first edition 2 volumes

8vo, contemporary half calf, edges marbled. xii, [2], 503, [1]; vi, [2], 519, [1] pages. Illustrated with 14 plates, including frontispieces and three plans (lacks frontispiece map, but copy present), no half titles. Scattered marginal foxing.

The book was written while Burton and John Hanning Speke were making preparations for their expedition to solve one of the major geographical mysteries of the nineteenth century the location of the source of the Nile. The pair arrived in Zanzibar in December 1856, and Burton made detailed notes on his surroundings which were developed into Volume 1, which focuses on "The City and the Island", including Burton's journey preparations and arrival. He discusses the significance of the "Nile question". The manuscript on which the book is based, entrusted to an East India Company official for dispatch to the Royal Geographical Society, was initially misplaced, thus delaying publication by twelve years, but enabling Burton to add a chapter on Speke's achievement and untimely death.

€ 2.400

Burton R. F. Captain / Lacerda e Almeida

The lands of Cazembe. Lacerda’s journey to Cazembe in 1798

London, John Murray 1873 first edition

“Also Journey of the Pombeiros, P. J. Baptista and Amaro José, Across from Angola to Tette on the Zambeze” and “résumé of the Journey of Mm. Monteiro and Gamitto”.

8vo, original blue cloth. vii, [1], 271, [1] pages with a large folding map. Very good.

In 1798, Lacerda led a Portuguese expedition to the Kazembe region of Zambia. After his death on this mission, the group was led by Francisco Pinto.

€ 220

Burton, Richard Francis

The gold-mines of Midian and the ruined Midianite cities

London, C. Kegan Paul & Co 1878 second edition

8vo, publisher's (first edition!) binding, rebacked retaining original cloth, sunned/discoloured. xvi, 395, [5], 30 pages ads, [2]. New endpapers, little foxing, 2/3 of the folding map disappeared, supplied in copy. Although a Second Edition and so marked at foot of spine, this copy is in the first edition binding with bevelled edges, gilt-lettered cover and gilt-ruled spine.

Burton was hopeful he could find gold in NW Arabia for the Khedive of Egypt. This short trip led to a longer exploration the next year, and the two volume work, The Land of Midian. Unfortunately, no gold was found, but this remains a sequel to his first Arabia venture, Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah. This edition is published the same year as the first and textually nearly identical.

€ 350

Busbecq, Ogier Ghislain de

Den kaizarlijkken gezant Aug. Gisleen Busbeeq, aan den grooten Soliman

Tot Dordregt, voor Abraham Andriessz 1652 first Dutch edition

12mo, full vellum. 471, [33] pages with frontispiece and 5 other engravings. Title page with small cut-out mounted. Very good copy of a rare edition, only 4 copies in Worldcat.

Four epistles of Busbequius concerning his embassy into Turkey, being remarks upon the religion, customs, riches, strength and government of that people. Added, his advice how to manage war against the Turks and the oration of Ebraim Strotschen, a Polonian, sent Ambassador by Solyman, Emperor of the Turks, to Ferdinand the First, Emperor of Germany. First published in Latin as “Legationis Turcicae epistolae quatuor”. In 1554 and again in 1556, Ferdinand named him ambassador to the Ottoman Empire under the rule of Suleiman the Magnificent. His task for much of the time he was in Constantinople was the negotiation of a border treaty between his employer (the future Holy Roman Emperor) and the Sultan over the disputed territory of Transylvania. He had no success in this mission while Rustem Pasha was the Sultan's vizier, but ultimately reached an accord with his successor Semiz Ali Pasha.

€ 1.100

Butler, Major W. F.

Akim-Foo: The history of a failure

London, Sampson Low 1875 first edition

8vo, contemporary half calf with marbled boards, edges and endpapers, chafed and traces of use. 300 pages with frontispiece and folding map, bookplate of Sydney Courtauld. Interior Fine.

Personal account of the Ashanti operations of 1873–74 under Wolseley. The British and their allies suffered considerable casualties in the war losing numerous soldiers and high ranking army officers. But in the end the firepower was too much to overcome for the Ashanti. The Asantehene (the king of the Ashanti) signed a British treaty in July 1874 to end the war.

€ 140

Byron, John

A voyage round the world, in his Majesty's ship the Dolphin

London, Newberry 1767 second edition

             bound with

The narrative of the honourable John Byron containing an account of the great distresses suffered by himself and his companions on the coast of Patagonia from the year 1740 ...

London S. Baker etc 1768 second edition

8vo, contemporary tree calf, rubbed, marbled end papers. [2], 186, [2]; [6], 258, [2] pages. The first work with the famous frontispiece of the Patagonian giants and two plates. The second with an engraved frontispiece. Contents very good.

The 2 famous works of John Byron bound together.

In the Dolphin Byron as captain completed the circumnavigation of the globe in 1764-1766. This was the first such circumnavigation of less than two years. During this voyage Byron took possession of the Falkland Islands. Later Byron visited islands of Tuamotus, Tokelau and Nikunau in the Gilbert Islands, putting them on European maps for the first time and visited Tinian in the Northern Marianas Islands.

The Wager with Byron as midshipman formed part of a squadron under Commodore George Anson and was wrecked on the south coast of Chile in 1741. The wreck of Wager became famous for the subsequent adventures of the survivors who found themselves marooned on a desolate island in the middle of a Patagonian winter, and in particular because of the Wager Mutiny that followed.

€ 1.580

Byron, John

Byron's narrative of the loss of the Wager with an account of the great distresses suffered by himself and his companions on the coast of Patagonia from the year 1740 ...

London, Henry Leggatt & co 1832

12mo, beautiful full calf, raised bands and spine with gilt decorations. xvi, 219 pages, catalogue. Very good condition.

The Wager was one of the ships in Anson's fleet. "Byron was a midshipman aboard the Wager, which was wrecked on an island off the Chilean coast. He describes the privations endured by the survivors who remained with Captain David Cheap. They were made prisoners by the Indians and turned over to the Spanish authorities. 

€ 220

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

Cameron, Verney Lovett

Across Africa

London, Daldy Isbister and Co 1877 first edition 2 volumes

8vo, contemporary half calf, rubbed and marked, marbled edges. xvi, 389; xii, 366 pages with numerous wood engraved plates, 4 facsimile letters (3 folding), folding map, folding map in pocket at rear of volume 1 (with sticker on back), minor spots. A nice set.

Cameron's experience in Africa led to his being selected to command an expedition sent by the Royal Geographical Society in 1873, to assist Dr Livingstone. He was also instructed to make independent explorations, guided by Livingstone's advice. Soon after the departure of the expedition from Zanzibar, Livingstone's servants were met bearing the dead body of their master. He reached Ujiji, on Lake Tanganyika, in February 1874, where he found and sent to England Livingstone's papers. From Tanganyika he struck westward to the Lualaba. This river Cameron rightly believed to be the main stream of the Congo. He then turned south-west. After tracing the Congo-Zambezi watershed for hundreds of miles he reached Bihe and finally arrived at the coast on November 28, 1875, being the first European to cross equatorial Africa from sea to sea.

€ 490

Campe, J. H.

Belangrijke reisverhalen

Amsterdam, Westerman en zoon (1840) second Dutch edition

8vo, original boards. Title, 249 pages with 3 plates and one of Patagonians on title page. Rare.

Contains juvenile accounts of the voyages of Byron and Wallis. Second edition, but the first with illustrations.

€ 190

Casas, B(artolomé) de Las

Relation des voyages et des decouvertes que les Espagnols ont fait dans les Indes Occidentales

Amsterdam, J. Louis de Lorme 1698

"Avec la Relation Curieuse des Voyages du Sieur de Montauban, Captaine des Filbustiers, en Guinee l'an 1695". Bound with, as usual: [Chevremont, J.B. de] L'Art de Voyager Utilement.

12mo, full calf with later rebacking. [x], [1]-[358], [2] blank, [359]-402, [2] ads, [2] blank leaf; [iv], 51, [1] pages. Engraved frontispiece by B. Picart.

Second Edition of the abbreviated French translation by J.B. Morvan de Bellegarde of parts of Las Casas' famous Nine Tracts, relating to Indian rights and Spanish cruelties in the West Indies and South America. The pirate Montauban's Relation, describing a voyage along the African coast, has its own title but continuous pagination and signatures.

€ 840

Casati, Major Gaetano

Ten years in Equatoria and the return with Emin Pasha

London and New York, Frederick Warne and Co 1891 first English edition 2 volumes

“Translated from the Original Italian Manuscript by The Hon. Mrs. J. Randolph Clay assisted by Mr. I. Walter Savage Landor.”

8vo, beautiful pictorial cloth, spine ends with little shelf wear. xi, 376; xvi, 347 pages with 60 full page illustrations (some tinted/coloured), 90 in text and 4 folding maps loosely inserted in the rear pockets. A little foxing. Very good.

From 1880 Casati travelled in the Bahr-el-Ghasal area. In 1887 he discovered Ruwenzoni just 4 months before Stanley. He became Emin Pasha's companion and actively assisted him in his scientific work supplying most of the information about the Unyoro and Lower Welle. An important first-hand account of Stanley's ill-fated Relief Expedition.

€ 390

Chaillu, Paul B. Du

Explorations and adventures in Equatorial Africa

London, John Murray 1861

“with Accounts of the Manners and Customs of the People, and of the Chace of the Gorilla, Crocodile, Leopard, Elephant, Hippopotamus, and Other Animals”

8vo, publisher’s cloth (Edmonds & Remnants), spine ends repaired. xviii, 479, 32 ads pages, folding frontispiece and map, 26 full page illustrations and many in text. Very good, clean inside with a few neat repairs.

Scarce second, corrected edition, not -deliberately?- mentioned on the title page but in a “Notice to the Second Edition, June 1861” after the Preface. The first edition was heavily critizised, the so-called “Gorilla war”, and was followed up in 2 months with this, apparently hasty, corrected reissue. The adds are still dated April 1861, while there exist first edition copies with May 1861.

Du Chaillu explored the regions of West Africa. During his travels from 1856 to 1859 he observed numerous gorillas, known to scientists only by a few skeletons. He presented himself as the first European to have seen them.

€ 450

Chaillu, Paul B. du

A journey to Ashango-land; and further penetration into Equatorial Africa

New York, Appleton 1867 first US edition

8vo, original red cloth gilt, rebacked with original spine relaid, new endpapers. xxiv, 501, 2 ads pages. Numerous woodcut illustrations and a folding map.

The account of Du Chaillu's second African expedition. "In 1863 Du Chaillu returned to Gabon, did a little trading, assembled a caravan well equipped with scientific instruments and cameras and hired seventy porters and a few guides. He met with Massangou people (in what he called Ashango) 200 miles southeast of the Gabon River and visited a pygmy settlement nearby. When one of his men accidentally shot two Massangous, his party was forced to abandon many supplies and flee for their lives. He was wounded by two poisoned arrows. Fortunately, he saved his extensive notebooks. Back in England in 1865, Du Chaillu prepared 'A journey to Ashango-Land' for publication in 1867. Many readers disputed his sensational descriptions of pygmies until later explorers asserted that they were substantially accurate".

€ 250

Chapman, F. S.

Northern lights

London, Chatto and Windus 1932 first edition

8vo, blue cloth with a gilt-lettered, gilt-framed cloth label on the spine. xv, [i], 304 pages with 64 plates including frontispiece and portraits from photos, 5 maps including 4 folding (3 coloured). In very good condition.

Chapman was attached as "ski expert and naturalist" to Gino Watkins' 1930–31 British Arctic Air Route Expedition, a privately funded expedition to the east coast and interior of the island of Greenland to do work on a probably air route from America to Europe over the North Pole, concentrating on Greenland ice shelf. The expedition travelled to Greenland aboard the Quest, a historic sealing vessel previously used by Ernest Shackleton in 1921-1922 and was led by Gino Watkins. They explored East Greenland in 1930-1931.

€ 120

Chappe d'Auteroche

Reize naar Siberië, op bevel des Konings van Vrankryk ondernomen in 1761

Deventer, Lucas Leemhorst 1771 1772 first Dutch edition 2 volumes

"door den abt Chappe d'Auteroche, behelzende deszelfs waarnemingen nopens de Zeden, Gewoonten, Regeering, Godsdienst, Krygs- en burger-staat, Koophandel, Luchts- en grondsgesteldheid, Landbeschryving, Natuurlyke historie, enz"

8vo, full calf, rubbed and marked, marbled endpapers. xiv, (2), 331 (1); (2), 327, (1) pages with a coloured folding map "Kaart van Rusland en Noord-Tartaryë", 7 plates and 8 tables. Not in Tiele.

Chappe travelled to Tobolsk in Siberia to observe the transit of Venus expected for 6 June 1761. The trip was arduous and Chappe arrived in Tobolsk with little time to spare, but he was able to observe the lunar eclipse. The spring floods of the Tobol and Irtysh rivers had been particularly severe that year, and some of the local peasants blamed the foreigner with his strange equipment who was "messing with the Sun": Chappe had to be protected by a cordon of armed Cossacks to make his observations.

€ 950

Charcot, Jean

Le "Français" au Pole Sud. Journal de l’expedition antarctique Français 1903-1905

Paris, Flammarion 1906 first edition

"Préface de l'amiral Fournier, ouvrage contenant 300 illustrations et une carte hors-texte"

8vo, 26 x 17 cm, publisher's half calf with the original wrappers bound in, marbled endpapers. Half title, portrait frontispiece, title, dedication, préface, photo, xxxvii, 486, (4) with 6 maps (1 folding) and 4 full-page, numerous illustrations, some full-page. Very good clean copy.

Jean-Baptiste Charcot was appointed leader of the French Antarctic Expedition with the ship Français exploring the west coast of Graham Land from 1904 until 1907. The expedition reached Adelaide Island in 1905 and took pictures of the Palmer Archipelago and Loubet Coast.

€ 750

Charcot, Jean

Le "Français" au Pole Sud. Journal de l’expedition antarctique Français 1903-1905

Paris, Flammarion 1906 first edition

"Préface de l'amiral Fournier,ouvrage contenant 300 illustrations et une carte hors-texte"

8vo, 26 x 17 cm, half vellum, marbled endpapers. Blank, half title, portrait frontispiece, title, dedication, préface, photo, xxxvii, 486, (6) with 6 maps, 1 folding, 4 full-page, numerous illustrations, some full-page. Light foxing.

Jean-Baptiste Charcot was appointed leader of the French Antarctic Expedition with the ship Français exploring the west coast of Graham Land from 1904 until 1907. The expedition reached Adelaide Island in 1905 and took pictures of the Palmer Archipelago and Loubet Coast.

€ 680

Charcot, Jean

Le Pourquoi Pas? dans l’Antarctique. Journal de la deuxième expédition au Pôle Sud 1908-1910

Paris, Flammarion 1910 first edition

Large 8vo, original half morocco with marbled boards, top edge gilt, original wrappers bound in. viii, 428 pages with 3 maps and 300 photos. "Rectification" tipped in. Very nice copy.

From 1908 until 1910, Charcot’s second expedition followed with the ship Pourquoi-Pas, exploring the Bellingshausen Sea and the Amundsen Sea and discovering Loubet Land, Marguerite Bay and Charcot Island, which was named after his father, Jean-Martin Charcot.

€ 450

Charcot, Jean

Dans la mer du Groenland. Les croisières du Pourquoi Pas?

Bruges, Librairie de l'Ouvre Saint-Charles [1938]

“Par le commandant J.B. Charcot. Complété par une notice biographique de l’auteur et le récit du naufrage du Pourquoi Pas? par José Gers”

Large 8vo 26x17 cm, bound in original wrappers with portrait photo tipped in. vii, 208 pages with many photos and 3 maps. Excellent copy.

An account of the voyages in 1926/1927 of this famous French naval vessel and its search for Amundsen and his companions following the Italia disaster in 1928, also chapters on eskimo’s etc. This edition was published shortly after Charcot died in the shipwreck of the Pourquoi pas? in 1936 and was enlarged with a bio and the account of the shipwreck.

€ 100

Chardin, Jean

Voyages de mr. le Chevalier Chardin, en Perse, et autres lieux de l'Orient

Amsterdam, Chez Jean Louis de Lorne 1711 10 volumes

“Enrichi d'un grand nombre de belles figures en taille-douce, representant les antiquitez, les choses remarquables du pais.”

12mo, half calf, rebacked, corners repaired. Titles in red and black with engraved vignette, engraved portrait, folding map and 77 folding plates, some light waterstaining to volume 6. Near excellent set of the first complete edition.

Chardin travelled with a Lyon merchant to Persia and India in 1665. At Eṣfahān, Persia, he enjoyed the patronage of the shah, ʿAbbās II. On returning to France (1670), he published an account of the coronation of Soleymān. In August 1671 he again set out for Persia. Traveling through Turkey, Crimea, and the Caucasus, he reached Eṣfahān nearly two years later. He remained in Persia for four years, revisited India, and returned to France (1677) via the Cape of Good Hope.

€ 3.800

Cherry-Garrard, Apsley

The worst journey in the world, Antarctic 1910-1913

London, Constable and Company 1929 2 volumes second edition

8vo, original blue cloth gilt, used. lxiv, 300, [4]; viii, 301-585, many illustrations, many in colour by Dr. Edward A. Wilson and other members of the expedition. 5 maps including one panoramic folding map. Volume 1 lacks front free endpaper, scattered foxing and traces of use. Good.

Second edition, with small corrections and the omission of certain plates, 1923. Reissued 1929". These plates were exhausted and could not be used again. “Cherry-Garrard’s book has often been referred to as the finest polar book ever written. Scott’s diary left many facets of the expedition and the experiences of its men untold: it was Cherry-Garrard who pulled the entire story of the main party together.” Already in 1935 the early editions were becoming expensive and increasingly difficult to procure.

€ 880

Clapperton, Commander Hugh

Journal of a second expedition into the interior of Africa

London, John Murray 1829 first edition

"from the Bight of Benin to Soccatoo. To which is added, the journal of Richard Lander from Kano to the sea-coast, partly by a more eastern route with a portrait of captain Clapperton, and a map of the route, chiefly laid down from actual observations for latitude and longitude"

4to, old papered boards, repairs. xxiii, [iv], 355, portrait frontispiece, folding map with cosed tear and engraved plan.

Clapperton was sent out in 1825 for a second expedition to Africa, the sultan Bello of Sokoto having professed his eagerness to open up trade with the west coast. He landed at Badagry in the Bight of Benin, and started overland for the Niger and, passing through the Yoruba country, in January 1826 he crossed the Niger at Bussa, the spot where Mungo Park had died twenty years before. In July, Clapperton arrived at Kano and thence the Fulani capital Sokoto, intending to continue to Bornu. However, the Fulani were now at war with al-Kaneimi, and Sultan Bello refused him permission to leave. After many months' detention, afflicted by malaria, depression, and dysentery, Clapperton died, leaving his servant Richard Lander the only survivor of the expedition.

€ 450

Coillard, Francois

On the threshold of Central Africa. A record of twenty years pioneering among the Barotsi of the upper Zambesi

London, Hodder and Stoughton 1897 first edition

8vo, pictorial cloth. xxxiv, 663 pages, ads. with 44 illustrations, including frontispiece portrait of author with tissue-guard, and portrait of author's wife. Folding map of Southern Africa to rear with repaired tears.

English translation of "Sur le Haut-Zambèze: Voyages et travaux de Mission." This book was translated by the author's niece Catherine Winkworth Mackintosh, yet precedes the first French edition by one year. "Mr. Coillard appears to have been a tactful and resourceful man, and his accounts of the customs of the natives, and of the political questions affecting the countries in which he resided, make the volume very useful as a reference work."

€ 190

Cole, William

Life in the Niger, or, the journal of an African trader

London, Saunders, Otley and Co 1862 first edition

8vo, publisher's pebbled cloth, rubbed and soiled. 208 [8 ads] pages. Good copy of a rarely found book.

William Cole's journal records his experiences in the highly challenging circumstances of a trading expedition to Africa. The journal tells of the barbarity and cruelty he witnessed, alongside occasional acts of kindness or amusing situations. Describing his life in Africa as a mixture of smiles and tears, Cole paints a vivid picture of a European in Africa during the mid-nineteenth century.

€ 180

Commelin, I.

Begin ende voortgang vande Vereenigde Neederlandtsche Geoctroyeerde Oost-Indische Compagnie

Amsterdam, Facsimile Uitgaven Nederland 1969 4 volumes

Oblong 4to, in original wooden display!

The voyages described are: Candish and Drake; Raleigh and Keymis; De Veer; Houtman; Van Neck and Warwijck; De Weert; Van Noort; Both and Van Caerden; Van Neck (2nd voyage); Van der Hagen; Harmansz; Spilbergen and Le Maire, Warwijck and De Weert; Van der Hagen (2nd voyage); Matelief; Van Caerden; Verhoeff; Van den Broecke; Van Twist; Spilbergen (first voyage); L’Hermite; Schram and Van Rechteren.

€ 390

Cook, Dr. Frederick A.

My attainment of the Pole

New York, Polar Publishing 1911 first US edition

“Being the Record of the Expedition that First Reached the Boreal Center 1907-1909 with the Final Summary of the Polar Controversy”.

4to, publisher’s brown pictorial cloth with the profiles of Cook and his two Eskimo companions on the front board. Titles lettered in gilt. 604 pages. With portrait frontispiece and 49 other photographic illustrations and with a profusion of other illustrations, charts, and drawings.

Cook achieved fame as an explorer, serving as surgeon on Peary’s first Arctic expedition (1891–92) and leading others to explore and climb Denali (Mount McKinley 1903–06). Cook’s claim that he had reached the North Pole on an expedition in 1908 was immediately disputed by Peary. Cook’s Inuit companions on his journey later asserted that he had stopped short hundreds of miles south of the Pole, and that the photographs of his expedition were actually shot at locations far distant from the North Pole.

€ 360

Cook, Captain James / Anderson, George William

A new, authentic, and complete collection of voyages around the world

London, Alexander Hogg [1784-86]

"undertaken and performed by Royal Authority, Containing an authentic, entertaining, full and complete history of Captain Cook's First, Second, Third and Last Voyages, undertaken by Order of His Present Majesty ..". "The present edition, by being published in only eighty six-penny numbers, (making, when completed, either one or two very large handsome volumes in folio)".

Large folio, contemporary calf-backed boards, rubbed. Only occasional marks and minor marginal soiling. This one being volume I (of 2) only, 398 pages, text complete in itself with 71 (of ?) full-page folio engravings and maps. Contains the first and second voyage of Cook and the stories of Byron, Wallis, Carteret, Phipps, Anson and Drake.

€ 1.400

Cook, James

Reis naar de Zuidpool en rondom de weereld

Utrecht / Amsterdam, G.T. van Paddenburg en Zoon / M. Schalekamp, 1793 second Dutch much enlarged edition

"Gedaan, op Bevel van zijne Brittanische Majesteit, met de Schepen De Resolution en de Adventure, In de jaren 1772, 1773, 1774 en 1775 (...). Waarbij gevoegt is Kaptein Furneaux's Verslag van deszelfs Reize met het Schip de Adventure, na dat het zelve van de Resolution was afgeraakt. Uit het Engelsch vertaald (...); Verrijkt met eene Lofrede over James Cook, door den Heer P.L. Paris".

4to, contemporary half calf, gilt spine with morocco letterpiece and gilt lettered owner's initials "W.H.L." on foot of spine. xii, 72, 498 pages, engraved frontispiece and 2 folding portraits of Cook and Omai (with repaired tear). Modern front pastedown endpaper. Very good. Scarce.

Cook's second voyage with the ships Resolution and Adventure. The Resolution was the first ship to venture south of the Antarctic Circle, which she did twice more on this voyage.

€ 1.250

Cook, James

Reize rondom de waereld

Leyden, Amsterdam & 's Haage, Honkoop, Allart & Van Cleef 1795-1809 14 Volumes

8vo, contemporary gilt half calf, rubbed and spine ends repaired. Complete –as called for in the index volume- with engraved titles, portrait of Cook, 52 (folding) maps (incl. the large folding worldmap & map of the Southern Hemisphere) and 134 fine numbered (folding) views and plates by J.S. Klauber generally in very good condition. Small blind stamps on half titles.

First complete edition in Dutch of Cook's voyages. Rare complete set.

Captain James Cook FRS was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer and captain in the Royal Navy. He made three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. In three voyages, Cook sailed thousands of miles across largely uncharted areas of the globe. He mapped lands from New Zealand to Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean in greater detail and on a scale not previously achieved. Cook was attacked and killed in 1779 during his third exploratory voyage in the Pacific while attempting to kidnap Hawaiian chief Kalaniʻōpuʻu in order to reclaim a cutter stolen from one of his ships. He left a legacy of scientific and geographical knowledge which influenced his successors well into the 20th century.

€ 7.250

Cramp, W. B.

Narrative of a voyage to India; of a shipwreck on board the Lady Castlereagh and a description of New South Wales

London, printed by G. Sidney for R. Phillips and Co 1823 first edition

8vo, contemporary half morocco, rebacked with old title. 112 pages with an aquatint view of Taormina. Good copy from the libraries of Boudewijn Büch and James Edge Partington (was an authority on the material culture of the Pacific, and at one time was the owner of a very extensive collection of objects from the South Seas, which included many rarities), with his bookplate on upper pastedown. Rare.

"He voyaged to Australia in the convict ship Lady Castlereagh, where he arrived in April of 1818. He gives a description of New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania). The ship then travelled to Madras and took on cargo; a terrific storm blew up, causing great damage to the ship. Having obtained his acquittal from the Lady Castlereagh. Cramp journeyed overland, giving geographical descriptions and observations on native life, religion, and customs. At Bombay, he joined the ship Marquis of Huntly as captain's clerk, and traveled to Calcutta, Canton, Macao, Malaya, and St. Helena; he returned to England in 1821." (Hill). Also containing Recollections of Sicily by Count de Forbin on pages 44-112.

€ 450