Paris: Librairie Tross, 1863. Hardcover. This is a later edition of this book which was originally published in 1545. Explorer Jacques Cartier made three voyages to Canada the first in 1534. This volume in French recounts his voyages, makes corrections and additions to the original book, and provides other notes about their encounters. Bound in three quarter leather with marbled brown paper boards. Leather is scuffed along spine and corners rubbed. Marbled endpapers. The recto of the ffep has a stamp that is partly rubbed out. Interior is in very good condition. Measures 5 x 8 inches. 69 pages. TRAV/122820. Very Good.
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San Francisco: H. R. Coleman, 1872. hardcover. Originally published in 1835, this was the first novel to deal with whaling in Nantucket, and had some influence on the writings of Herman Melville. The book is based on the career of profiteer Kezia Coffin (1723-1798), whose corrupt activities were in contrast to the productive labors of her husband [Wikipedia]. Bound in contemporary publishers brown cloth, with tears to top and bottom of spine and chip to middle of spine, bumping and rubbing. Front hinge detached from text block but holding. Interior pages are generally clean. Gutters are pulled open on a few pages where book was laid open. Good +. Still a nice copy of a relatively uncommon title. 336 pages. MARI/122720. Good +.
New York and Auburn: Miller, Orton, & Co., 1857. Hardcover. First Edition. Bound in the original brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed designs to both boards. Faded gilt illustration of a ship to spine. Chipping and fraying to book cloth along spine ends and corners. Lacks front free endpaper. Previous owners signature to second free endpaper, dating from the late 1800s. More modern blue pen marking to top of title page and top of front pastedown, which appear to be call numbers; however, this is the only evidence of an ex-library marking. Foxing, smudge marks, and occasional spots of soiling throughout - mostly to margins. Slight roll to spine and bumped corners. Includes two frontispieces as well as numerous full page engravings. 517 pages plus 5 pages of ads. ARC/010721. Very Good.