London: Treuttel and Wurtz, Truettel, Jun. and Richter, 1823. Hardcover. Translated from the Spanish and Italian. A nice copy of this compilation of translations of original documents pertaining to the life and voyages of Christopher Columbus. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. t.e.g. Binding is rubbed, slightly chipped, and bumped. Evidence of a removed library sticker to front cover and spine. Interior pages have aging to margins but otherwise clean. With two facsimile fold-out letters and two engravings of Columbus and a memorial to him. Very good condition. Quarto. 255 pages including index. TRAVEL/040422. Very Good.
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Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1859. Hardcover. First edition of this interesting narrative by Dana of his experiences traveling in Cuba, including his observations on slavery there. Bound in publisher's pebbled green cloth with gilt titling to spine. Wear to edges and bumping to corners. Interior pages show light aging to margins. Previous owners signatures to free endpaper. With April 1959 advertisements. BAL4447. Very good. Small octavo. 288 pages plus 16 pages of ads. TRAVEL/030422. Very Good.
[J.R. Jones], n.d. [circa 1897]. Hardcover. Includes Mrs. Eli Gage's Experiences of a Year among the Yukon Mining Camps; Mrs. Schwatka's Recollections of her husband as the Alaskan Pathfinder; Prosaic Side of Gold Hunting, as seen by Joaquin Miller, the Poet of the Sierras. A fascinating guide to and picture of the gold mining fields of Alaska during the gold rush that began in 1896. It includes two folding maps, one in color and numerous photos and illustrations. The maps are in very good condition, with small closed tears to color map along folds. Bound in gold cloth with titling and pictorial illustration to front cover and spine. Covers are worn, soiled,bumped, and chipped. Binding is tight and interior pages are clean. A very good copy. Quarto. 556 pages. TRAVEL/040422. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Carey, Lea, & Blanchard, 1835. Hardcover. A new edition revised and corrected by the author. An interesting history of the voyages of Columbus in the New World. Bound in full brown leather with gilt titling to spines. Both volumes are chipped, abraded, and stained. The front cover of Volume I is particularly stained. Hinges are tender but text block is tight. Marbled endpapers. Acquisition number in ink to free front endpaper. Text is generally clean with some browning to pages. Volume I included the foldout map showing Columbus's route in the Bahamas. Faded tape on the rear over closed tear otherwise intact. Two short articles about the birth of Columbus and the discovery of his bones from the 1800s are glued to the free endpapers of Volume I.Still a nice set. Octavos. Volume I: 411 pages; Volume II: 356 pages. TRAVEL/032122. Very Good -.
Washington City: For the Compiler, 1884. Hardcover. The nineteenth edition of this popular guide to the city of Washington and surrounding areas. It is organized by general information, a description of the city, public buildings and grounds, places of general interest, the environs of Washington, and a history of Washington. There are two fold-out maps, one of Washington City and the other of the District of Columbia and surrounding country. The DC map has a closed tear but both maps are in very good condition. There are black and white engravings throughout. Bound in red cloth with gilt titling to front cover and spine. the covers are spotted, rubbed, and bumped. The gilt titling has faded. Interior pages are clean. Very good condition overall. Measures 4.25 x 6.25 inches. 250 pages including index. TRAVEL/040722. Very Good.
London: Richard Bentley, 1866. Hardcover. A detailed and comprehensive account by the author of his observations and findings while traveling in the Pacific Northwest. John Keast Lord (1818–1872) was an English veterinarian and traveller, known as a naturalist, journalist and author. When British Columbia was formed into a colony, after the gold discoveries on the Fraser River in western Canada in 1858, Lord was appointed naturalist to the commission which was sent out to run a boundary line along the 49th parallel north of latitude, separating the new colony from United States territory. He was for some time resident on Vancouver Island; the collection (mammals, birds, fishes, insects, and other) made by him went to the British Museum.His travels in northwest America and California were also reported in The naturalist in Vancouver Island and British Columbia, with interesting descriptions of animals and birds and a list of his zoological collections [ Dictionary of Canadian Biography]. The descriptions and narrative are interesting indeed. Lord writes of everything from skunks and their odor, the ogress legend, a horse fair, insect-catching birds, much about Indians, the octopus, taking a bath, the miners' ball, a tobacco substitute, and so much more. Lord had a colloquial and very readable style making this work still enjoyable today. In a once lovely full brown leather binding by Riviere and Son. Rubbed, scuffed, bumped, and worn, with spine of Volume I with a repaired tear and the front board of Volume II detached. Evidence of labels removed from front covers. Interior pages are brittle, and there are some tears and chipping, including to the title page of Volume II and its detached frontispiece. Frontis of Volume I is also detached and title page is missing. Despite this, the text is complete and quite legible. Date stamp "May 20 1909" on first page of each volume. Good minus condition. Octavos. Volume I: 358 pages; Volume II: 375 pages. TRAVEL/102121. Good.
London, Toronto, and New York: J.M. Dent and Sons and E.P. Dutton & Co., 1928. Hardcover. First published in this form in 1926 and reprinted in 1928. A handsome copy of this memoir, which Masefield describes as like reading a romance in his introduction. Bound in green leather with gilt rulings to covers, and title labels and gilt ornaments to spine. Spine has faded to brown, and leather is chipped, rubbed, and worn along edges. Gilt dentelles, all edges gilt, and green marbled endpapers. Hinges are slightly cracked but text block is tight. Interior pages are aged with occasional spots, particularly on the free endpapers. With 20 drawings by De Friston and 11 photogravures. Very good condition. Octavo. 461 pages including rear map, appendix, and index. TRAVEL/040722. Very Good.
New York: Charles B. Norton, 1854. Hardcover. In his preface, the author writes: "There are no accessible books, of a late date, in our language, that give either an intelligible or faithful account of Iceland. The object of the following chapters has been to present a readable and truthful narrative, to create some interest in the people, the literature, and the productions of the lonely isle of the north." Bound in publisher's brown cloth with emblossed ornament to front cover and gilt titling to spine. Covers are rubbed, bumped, with light signs of wear. Endpapers and pastedowns are spotted, with bookseller's ticket affixed to front pastedown and 1854 ownership signature to ffep. Very good condition. Small octavo. 334 pages including index. TRAVEL/040422. Very Good.
London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1781. Hardcover. Second edition of this interesting account by the author of his observations and experiences in Italy, told through a series of letters. John Moore (1729 – 1802) was a Scottish physician and travel author. He also edited the works of Tobias Smollett. From 1769 to 1778 he accompanied the Duke of Hamilton on a Grand Tour of Europe. On his return he took up residence in London. This book was written based on his experiences on that tour. Bound by Riviere & Son in full brown leather with gilt decorated rulings to covers and ornate spine decorations and titling labels. Leather is scuffed, stained. rubbed, and bumped. Spines are faded, with title labels missing, and spine piece to Volume Front cover of Volume I is almost detached and rear joint is cracked. Front cover to Volume II is cracked and rear joint is tender. Offsetting to pastedowns and free endpapers. The text has scattered light browning and spotting but the text is quite legible throughout. Ownership signature on title pages and of St. Paul's Working Men's Club Carlisle on ffep. Still a nice copy despite noted flaws. Measures 5 x 8 inches. Volume I: 518 +  pages; Volume II: 502 +  pages. Good +.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1897. Hardcover. First American edition of this stirring narrative of the Arctic exploratory voyage and sleigh trip undertaken by Nansen and his men. This expedition established the nature and drift of the Arctic icepack and reached the highest latitude then attained. With 120 full-page and numerous text illustrations; 16 color plates in facsimile from Dr. Nansen's own sketches; an etched portrait of Nansen, and photogravures. With four very good folding maps in front and back pockets of Volume I. Bound in original gray cloth with color and gilt cover decoration and titling and gilt titling to spine. Heavy volumes have caused fraying to top of spines from being pulled off shelf by top. Slight fraying to bottom of spine also, and cracked hinges to Volume I. Small stain to edge of free front endpaper in Volume I. Rough cut page edges. Bookplate of former owner on front pastedowns. Still a nice copy in very good condition. Small quartos. Volume I: 587 pages; Volume II: 714 pages plus 4 pages of advertisements. TRAVEL/022422. Very Good.
London: Robert Jennings and William Chapman, 1831. Hardcover. Published in the Jennings Landscape Annual for 1831. With 26 beautiful engraved b&w plates taken from the drawings of the famed watercolor artist Samuel Prout. Bound in the publisher's green leather with gilt titling to spine. Covers are rubbed, scuffed, and bumped. Spine is torn at the top and hinges are cracked. All edges gilt. Ffep has tear at bottom of page. Text is generally clean with some offsetting by plates to their tissue guards. A nice copy in very good condition. Octavo. 271 pages. TRAVEL/040722. Very Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1914. Hard Cover. 8vo. Very good in dark brown cloth boards with red titles to spines and front boards. Minor wear to spine ends and corners including some chipping. Minor discoloration to spines. Interiors are clean and bright with photographic illustrations by Vida Hunt Francis throughout. 297 pages in Volume I; 345 in Volume II. French Travel. TRA/102021. Very Good.
Paris: G. Masson, Bibliothèque de La Nature, n.d. [circa 1886]. Hardcover. In his preface, the author says that travel to the United States from Paris was now easy and wonders why his fellow citizens don't sail there to see that beautiful country. He notes that the United States does not have monuments of art, or historic sites, but reminds his readers that it is a very young country. The country does display its extraordinary energy and extreme hard work. The traveler will see there the results of their intelligence and see the grand works that they have accomplished. Albert Tissandier (1839 – 1906) was a French architect, aviator, illustrator, editor and archaeologist. He was the brother of adventurer Gaston Tissandier with whom he collaborated in writing the magazine La Nature, a French language scientific journal aimed at the popularization of science. Tissandier was also a passionate writer and traveller. In 1886, he started a long trip around the world in America, subsequently traveling to the East Indies, Ceylon and many other Asian locales, sending his magnificent illustrations back to Paris so they could appear in La Nature [Wikipedia]. This account in French of his travels in the U.S. naturally focuses on what he finds most interesting - engineering achievements such as the Brooklyn Bridge; natural wonders like the canyons of the west and Niagara Falls; and important developments in transportation and manufacturing. His text is accompanied by his wonderful illustrations. There are eight two-page plates, 82 engravings, and two maps. One of the maps shows Tissandier's route across the United States. Bound in half red leather with marbled paper boards. Spine with raised bands, gilt titling and ornaments. Leather is rubbed with wear along edges and paper boards have some chipping and bumping. Interior pages are clean and bright with a bit of foxing to first and last few pages. Very good condition. Measures 6.25 x 10 inches. 298 pages plus page listing plates and maps. TRAVEL/092121. Very Good.
Rockport, ME: Two Ponds Press, 2020. Number 29 of 60 copies. Copies number 1 to 20 are the deluxe edition. This beautifully conceived and executed limited edition private press work explores in parallel two critical contemporary issues: the impact of climate change and the status of the increasing number of refugees in our world. Nansen’s Pastport is an artistic re-invention of Norwegian polar explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen’s refugee passport for post-Great War Europe. The book, designed and conceived by artist Anneli Skaar, is re-imagined as a climate refugee passport for humanity, using Nansen’s own words in a contemporary context, inviting consideration on how to meet the pressing issues of current and future climate migration with wisdom from the past. Skaar writes: "The Pastport's design is based on the United States passport, arguably one of the most recognizable and coveted identity documents in the world. On its pages the U.S. passport features a number of iconic American landscapes and quotations by well-known citizens.... Nansen's Pastport also features landscapes and quotations. The quotations...are taken directly from Nansen's 1922 Nobel Lecture, 'The Suffering People of Europe.' Although Nansen's words reference the issues facing the displaced citizens of post-war Europe, the excerpts feel equally relevant and inspirational even today." The Pastport is bound from blue North Atlantic salmon leather sourced from Iceland. On its cover is the image of an Arctic tern, the animal the migrates the farthest, making a 50,000 mile trip back and forth from the poles every year. The blue cloth covered box housing the Pastport is constructed to feel like an atlas, its dominant size symbolically enforcing geography's significance to the passport within. On the inside cover of the box is a mounted copperplate etching by Skaar. Named Carta Borealis (Northern Map), it emulates the perspective of an Arctic map; its center is the star of the North Pole. The outer case measures 19 x 13 inches. Nansen’s Pastport is 5 x 3.5 inches, 32 pages, identical to a standard passport. Letterpress printing by Art Larson at Horton Tank Graphics and bound and boxed by Amy Borezo. The Pastports cyanotypes processing by Sal Taylor Kydd and the map was printed from the copper plate by Wingate Studio. Accompanied by a softcover illustrated catalog by Anneli Skaar that describes the book, with an introduction by Steven R. Koltai. In fine condition. PRI/111021.