London: Colburn and Co., 1852. Hardcover. A scarce copy of this engaging account of the expedition under the command of Captain Austin that sailed from the Thames on May 4, 1850 in search of Sir John Franklin and his missing men. Franklin's ill fated 1845 voyage was in search of the elusive Northwest Passage, and ultimately he and his crew did not survive. Captain Austin's expedition comprising four ships became locked in ice in the Arctic waters for eleven months, finally arriving back in England in October. This work is not a narrative of that expedition nor an actual journal. It is a fascinating and sometimes humorous collection of articles written by the officers and men for an onboard monthly newsletter called the "Aurora Borealis." The articles are described in the preface as possessing a "delicacy of imagination and a power of perception." The newspaper was one of many expedition resources used during the trip to provide both employment and amusement. There was a reading room and classes, a theater, periods of exercise and games, and more. Bound in contemporary three quarter brown leather with brown and cream marbled boards. Leather is chipped and scraped, and bottom of spine is darkened and abraded. Marbled endpapers with small chip to front and scrape and partially cracked rear hinge. Title page and verso are chipped and have book stamp of Headlee's Book Exchange. Nice color frontispiece, b&w title page vignette, and a few text engravings. Interior pages are clean with light aging to margins. Despite flaws still a desirable copy. POLAR/050321. Very Good.
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London: W. Clowes and Sons, . Hardcover. Scarce pamphlet of the text of Captain Becher's presentation about Columbus's voyage to the Royal Geographical Society of London on June 23, 1856.It includes a detailed fold-out map that illustrates the landfall of Columbus in San Salvador in October 1492. Pamphlet has been bound in three quarter leather binding with pebbled brown cloth with gilt titling to spine. Leather scuffed and bumped and boards are lightly worn. Front hinge is tender. Text pages are clean with small gift inscription in lower margin of first page. A short article about Columbus's first landfall is affixed to front free endpaper. Map is very good except for long closed tear in one panel. Octavo. 15 pages. TRAVEL/081721. Very Good.
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 -.
London: J. Debrett, 1795. Hardcover. First edition of this detailed and conversational book on Este's travels. The author is probably Charles Este (1753-1829), an English clergyman, editor, and writer. He writes about everything in the regions he traveled from scenery to government, to trade, to the clergy, libraries, art, and history. At the end of his book he appends sections titled "Familiar and Friendly Letters between Lord Baltimore and C. Linnaeus, on the Subject of Lord Baltimore's Works" and "Spallanzani's Tour to Vesuvius, Aetna, Grotte Del Cane, etc etc etc." There is also an index that in fact serves as the table of contents. Bound in contemporary brown leather with red title label to spine. Leather is chipped and rubbed. Hinge of front cover is cracked and rear hinge is tender. Free front endpaper torn along gutter. Scattered foxing and browning throughout, and pages 72-79 have a dampstain along tops of pages. The text is still quite clear and readable. A library label from the Lansingburgh Library dated 1820 lists the rules for borrowers. Ownership signature dated 1827 on first text page. About very good. Small octavo. Errata page; 381 pages; Index with publisher advertisement. Very Good.
New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1846. Hardcover. Reprinted from the original copy issued in wraps by the Senate in 1845 (Howes F370). Issued without maps or plates. This is the stirring account of Fremont's early explorations. John C. Frémont,(1813- 1890) was an American military officer and an early explorer and mapmaker of the American West, who was one of the principal figures in opening up that region to settlement and was instrumental in the U.S. conquest and development of California. He was also a politician who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. presidency in 1856 as the first candidate of the newly formed Republican Party. Bound in contemporary black cloth with debossed design to covers and gilt titling to spine. Binding is bumped and soiled. Interior pages generally very good with scattered foxing throughout. Pencil notes on rear free endpaper. A nice copy. Octavo. 186 pages plus 6 pages of publisher advertisements. TRAVEL/032931. Very Good.
London: Whittaker & Co., 1835. Henry David Inglis, (1795–1835) who used the pseudonym Derwent Conway,was a Scottish travel writer and journalist. Under the name of Derwent Conway, Inglis published his first work, Tales of the Ardennes (1825), which was well received. There followed in quick succession Narrative of a Journey through Norway, part of Sweden, and the Islands and States of Denmark (1826), Solitary Walks through many Lands (1828), and A Tour through Switzerland and the South of France and the Pyrenees (1830 and 1831). Of his journeys through Spain and the Tyrol in 1830 and following years, he published accounts, Spain in 1830 appearing in 1831, and The Tyrol, with a Glance at Bavaria, in 1833 [Wikipedia]. This is a reprint of Inglis's book on Norway that first appeared in Constable's Miscellany and is the first to be published using his real name. Bound in dark blue leather with gilt rulings and gilt titling labels to spine. Scuffed and rubbed along joints and edges of covers. Interior pages are generally clean with occasional spotting. Fold out map of region is intact with some light browning and offsetting to facing page. A plate of Specimens of Norwegian Music is quite foxed and has offsetting to facing page. Book plate of Richard Shuttleworth Streatfield. Very good condition. 7.5 inches. 335 pages. TRAVEL/071421.
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1872. Hardcover. First edition of this engaging account by King of his experiences climbing and exploring in the Sierra Nevada [Howes K- 148]. Clarence Rivers King (1842 – 1901) was an American geologist, mountaineer and author. He was the first director of the United States Geological Survey from 1879 to 1881. He is well known for his organization of one of the principal post–Civil War geological surveys of the American West, the Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel. The fact that, at the age of 25, he was given complete command of a five-year mapping project from the Sierra Nevada across the Rocky Mountains attests to a remarkable personality. His survey volume, Systematic Geology, ranks as one of the great scientific works of the late nineteenth century. His popular classic, Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada, begins with a summary of the geological history of the Sierras and then recounts King’s experiences between 1864-1870 in the range, both as a member of the Whitney expedition and as a mountain climber. Highlights include his ascents of Mount Tyndall, Mount Shasta, and Mount Whitney; survey of Yosemite Valley; and field trips in the Merced Valley. King provides anecdotes of the mountains’ people and natural history along the way [Wikipedia, Geological Society]. Bound in publisher's brown beveled cloth covers with gilt titling to spine. Covers are bumped, with wear to spine edges and slight abrasion to rear cover. Hinges are quite tender and front free endpaper detached. Rear free endpaper partially torn along hinge. Interior pages are tight and clean. Small illegible signature on title page.Evidence of label removed from front pastedown, and a handwritten label in its place states: "This book belonged to Carl Schurz whose library I acquired September 5th 1924. Paul Steinbrecker." This is perhaps the Carl Schurz who was a senator and Secretary of the Interior in the nineteenth century. Despite flaws still very good. Small octavo. 292 pages. TRAVEL/083021. Very Good.
New York: Doubleday & McClure Company, 1899. Hardcover. First edition preceding the English edition published in 1900. Compilation of articles and correspondence that Kipling originally wrote for the Civil and Military Gazette. Bound in green cloth with black titling and maritime device to front cover and gilt titling to spine. Slight bumping and light wear to spine edges and joints. Very good condition. Measures 5 x 7.5 inches. Volume I: 460 pages; Volume II: 400 pages. TRAVEL/072821. Very Good.
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.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860. Hardcover. First American edition. This classic book is about Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition that was one of many to search for the elusive Northwest Passage, a sea route through the Arctic connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Franklin’s two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, became trapped in sea ice and were abandoned in 1848. None of the 129 man crew survived, and the ships were believed to be lost. This is an account of one of numerous expeditions to search for Franklin’s ships and crew. The well-preserved wreckage of HMS Erebus was found on September 7, 2014. Bound in original brown cloth with gilt illustration of ship to front cover and gilt titling to spine. Spotting, wear, and bumping. Slightly cocked. Interior pages generally clean with light aging to margins. Very good. Includes two fold-out maps, fold-out facsimile of report on missing ships, and some black and white illustrations. Measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches. 375 pages. Very Good.
Paris: Chez Treuttel et Würtz, 1828. Hardcover. Scarce. These three volumes in French on the voyages made by Christopher Columbus to the new world were published as part of Navarette's five volume Collection of the voyages and discoveries made by the Spaniards since the late 15th century. The volumes include two engravings of Columbus, a facsimile of one of his handwritten letters, and two large fold-out maps of the areas he explored. This is a monumental history of the four voyages of Columbus that includes a lengthy introduction, detailed descriptions of each voyage, the texts of his letters, and more. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather is scuffed, bumped, and the spine is sunned. Volume II has an area of exposed board to front cover. Evidence of spine and front cover labels having been removed and round blind stamp to title pages. There is scattered foxing throughout, most heavily in volume II. The plates and maps are in nice condition. A very good copy of this classic work. Octavo. Volume I: 400 pages; Volume II: 489 pages; Volume III: 444 pages. TRAVEL/072021. Very Good.
London: William Heinemann, 1892. Hardcover. First edition. In his preface, Pennell states that he is neither a Jew hater nor a Jew lover. However, this book presents an almost consistently negative portrait of the Jewish people that he encountered. A manuscript note on the free front endpaper written by a former owner came to that conclusion as well. Also ink lettering on rear pastedown.Bound in original orange cloth with gilt titling to spine and blacktitling and image of a Jewish man on the front cover. Slight bumping. Interior pages clean. Very good plus. Measures 6 x 7.75 inches. 130 pages. REL/042821. Very Good+.
New York: Collins and Hannay, 1825. Hardcover. First Edition. Scarce. Henry Rowe Schoolcraft (1793 –1864) was an American geographer, geologist, and ethnologist, noted for his early studies of Native American cultures, as well as for his 1832 expedition to the source of the Mississippi River. In this earlier work, Schoolcraft describes a trip with General Cass, via the Wabash and Ohio Rivers to Illinois and Missouri, returning by the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers to Peoria and Chicago [Howes S193]. He writes extensively about the Native American tribes of the region. Bound in three quarter red leather with giilt titling and with marbled paper boards. Leather is scuffed, rubbed, and bumped. Marbled paper covers are scuffed as well. Indication that there was library label to spine and label removed from rear free endpaper. No other ex-library signs. Text pages are browned with scattered foxing, not affecting legibility. With two fold out maps, one of the area traveled and the other a color plate with a geological sketch of the lead mines. Both have a section separated along one of the folds. Both detached sections are laid in. There are also plates of Mt. Joliet, Fossil footprints, and Rock Fort. A prevous owner, Edward W. West stamped the title page and the back of the maps with his name. Not quite very good but a nice copy. Octavo. 459 pages. TRAVEL/051021. Very Good -.
Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1822. Hardcover. In his preface the author writes that his practice on his tour and residence was to make daily recordings of his first impressions, after which he allowed his reflections to mature. He also consulted historians, naturalists, and witnesses of recent events. He decided to separate the historical part of his work from the descriptive, and to give a history of the people rather than their rulers. Bound in full brown leather with title and volume labels to spine. Leather is rubbed, bumped, and scuffed. Interior pages have scattered browning and spotting but are generally clean and legible. Library labels from the Franklin Academy Library are affixed to front pastedowns but are the only signs of ex-library. Pencil notations on free front endpapers. Octavo volumes. Volume I: 419 pages; Volume II: 390 pages including appendix + 2 pages of publisher ads. TRAVEL/072821. Very Good.
London: John Murray, 1877. Hardcover. A later edition of this classic travelogue. Arthur Penrhyn Stanley (1815 – 1881), known as Dean Stanley, was an English Anglican priest and ecclesiastical historian. He was Dean of Westminster from 1864 to 1881. His position was that of a Broad Churchman and he was the author of a number of works on Church History. He was a co-founder of the Palestine Exploration Fund [Wikipedia]. Bound in school prize binding of brown calf with school's emblem in gilt on cover. Leather is stained, scratched, and bumped, and front joint has split. Marbled endpapers and page edges. Text block is tight save for a cracked gutter in the table of contents. Interior pages are clean and bright with seven color maps and five woodcuts. Prize award bookplate affixed to front pastedown. Very good. Octavo. 560 pages. MIDEAST/071321. Very Good.
London: Jacob Tonson, 1714. Hardcover. First Edition of this uncommon book. It offers early descriptions of the people, customs, economy and trade, militia, as well as the government and democratic institutions. The appendix is an Account of the Allies of the Switzers. viii], 247 pp. Bound in contemporary full brown leather with double gilt rulings and raised spine bands. Binding is chipped, bumped, and rubbed. Hinges are quite weak but boards are still partly attached. Staining and browning to pastedowns and endpapers but text pages are mostly clean with occasional spotting along margins and page edges. With wood-engraved vignette on title page. Very good. Measures 7.5.x.4.5 inches. 247 pages. TRAVEL/040621. Very Good.
London: Robert Baldwin, 1813. First edition of this interesting travel book by Thomas Thomson written after a several week trip throughout Sweden. It was written in an engaging conversational style that makes it quite readable today. Thomas Thomson FRS FLS FRSE (1773 – 1852) was a Scottish chemist and mineralogist whose writings contributed to the early spread of Dalton's atomic theory. His scientific accomplishments include the invention of the saccharometer] and he gave silicon its current name. He served as president of the Philosophical Society of Glasgow [Wikipedia]. He was also a member of The Geological Society, the Wernerian Society, and the Imperial Chirurgo-Medical Academy of Petersburgh. As a mineralogist, there is an emphasis in the book on the geology of Sweden, but he also writes extensively on all aspects of Swedish society, culture, history, and customs. The book has thirteen plates that include maps of Sweden, Gothland, and Stockholm, portraits of the Crown Prince and the late King Gustavus Adolphus, and others of geological interest. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Decorative gilt and title to spine. Leather and boards are scuffed and bumped. Joints are tender. Marbled page edges. Spotting and soiling to endpapers and offsetting to text pages from maps and plates. Otherwise the text is generally clean. Maps of Sweden and Stockholm have spotting and soiling. Ownership signature in ink to first page of text. A nice and sound copy of this rather scarce title. Small quarto. xii; 460 pages including two page publisher advertisements. TRAVEL/072021.