Firenze [Florence]: Pietro Allegrini, 1788. Hardcover. First edition of a work by Italian mathematician and physicist Stanislao Canovai in which he argues that Vespucci was the true discoverer of America and Brazil, not Columbus. This controversial book was added to and expanded over several later editions. Ex-library bound in brown paper boards with green cloth spine. Call number in white at base of spine. Library stamps on top page edges, free front endpaper and title page, with accession number in ink on title page. Glue marks on title page and last page. Evidence of a signout card or label on rear pastedown. Decorated page edges. Text pages are clean and bright with just a few random spots. Engraved portrait of Vespucci. Despite ex-library markings a nice copy. viii + 80 pages. TRAVEL/072621. Very Good -.
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London: Richard Bentley, 1849. Hardcover. First edition of this work, which remains one of the few first person accounts of the fur trade in the early 19th century. It is still considered a major source for historians. John McLean (c. 1799–1890) was a Scotsman who emigrated to British North America, where he became a fur-trapper, trader, explorer, grocer, banker, newspaperman, clerk, and author. He traveled by foot and canoe from the Atlantic to the Pacific and back, becoming one of the chief traders of the Hudson's Bay Company. He is also remembered as the first person of European descent to discover Churchill Falls on Canada's Churchill River and sometimes mistakenly credited as the first to cross the Labrador Peninsula [Wikipedia]. Bound in quarter brown leather with black pebbled leather covers. Brown leather is rubbed and chipped, covers have bumped corners. Free front endpapers in both volumes are loose as is the title page in volume II. Some raggedness to the fore edge of a few pages in each volume not affecting text. Bookplate of the Earl of Orrery affixed to front pastedown of each volume. Very good condition. Small octavo. Volume I: 308 pages; Volume II: 328 pages. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1847. Hardcover. First American Edition of Melville's second novel. This story is based on Melville's adventures and experiences during his years at sea between 1839-1844. It has been professionally rebacked in handsome dark green leather with gilt titling and elaborate ornaments to spine. The front cover features a gilt ship and embossed decoration. Wear to cloth on edges and corners. Original marbled endpapers. Foxing throughout, but heaviest to first several pages. With frontis map and text illustration. A nice copy of this literary landmark. 389 pages plus two sets of advertisements. LIT/091919. Very Good.
New York: The Harry T Thomas Company, 1896. One of 540 copies of the scarce Autograph Edition signed by the author/artist. Francis Hopkinson Smith (1838-1915) was an American author, artist and engineer born in Baltimore, Maryland, a descendant of Francis Hopkinson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He became a contractor in New York City and did much work for the Federal government, including the stone ice-breaker at Bridgeport, Connecticut, the jetties at the mouth of the Connecticut river, the foundation for the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty in New York harbor, and the Race Rock Lighthouse off New London, Connecticut. His vacations were spent sketching in the White Mountains, in Cuba, in Mexico, and afterwards in Venice, Constantinople and Holland. He published various volumes of travel illustrated by himself, including this work on Venice [Wikipedia]. This beautiful large folio is extensively illustrated both in color and black & white. There are 20 full page color plates and 21 in b&w, all protected by tissue guards. In addition there are numerous color and b&w text illustrations throughout the book. In his preface Smith wrote that his aim was to describe and depict the beauties of Venice that one sees in the sunlight of a summer's day. Bound in contemporary brown three quarter leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather is scraped and scuffed, with tear along top of spine. Paper boards are also scraped and worn. The interior pages are quite clean and bright. There is a margin stain on the free front endpaper but the rest of the book is very good plus. A very desirable copy of this homage to the magical city of Venice. 140 pages plus plates. This is very heavy book that will require extra postage. ART/012319.
Paris: Chez Briand, Libraire, 1818. Hardcover. 5 volumes. Size: 16mo. Third edition, expanded. Illustrated with 36 engravings. Very good with brown leather spines and tips and marbled paper covered boards. The front cover of volume 1 is present but detached. Remaining hinges are fragile but holding. Marbled endpapers and page edges. The laid paper interiors are bright, although there is some light foxing. Engraved frontispiece and illustrations in each volume. In French. TRA/3113. Very Good.