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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Paris: Librarie Tross, 1865. Hardcover. Originally issued in wrappers, this copy has been bound in three quarter black leather with brown and yellow marbled paper boards. Leather is a bit scuffed and bumped, and joints are tender and top board has started to split from text block. Interior pages clean. save for attempt to erase bookseller stamps. Includes two fold-out illustrations. Very good minus condition. Measures 5 x 8 inches. TRAV/030121. 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: John Murray, 1838. Hardcover. Second edition of this interesting book first published in 1829. This edition has a new preface and an additional section at the end of the book titled Remarks on the North-Eastern Boundary Question. . George Head 91782-1855) was an English commissariat officer who was stationed in Canada from 1814 until around 1820. In 1829 he published these Canadian reminiscences. His brother, Francis Bond Head was the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada during the rebellion of 1837. Bound in three quarter brown leather with red title label and marbled paper covers. The front board is present but detached. Binding is scuffed, scratched, bumped and rubbed. Book plate of R. U. Ruttan attached to front pasteown and an ownership signature on ffep. Interior pages are very good with the lightest aging to the margins. The two folding maps with hand colored borders are also in very good condition; although, the second map has been repaired with archival tape along the verso of one fold, and there is a crease on one corner. A nice copy of this fairly scarce title. Small octavo. 363 + 56 pages. CANADA/031121. Very Good.
London: Richard Bentley, 1835. Hardcover. An interesting account of Charles Hoffman's trip to what was then America's far west. In his preface, while acknowledging that other writers had described many of the same places. he states that "there is an ever salient freshness in the theme of 'The Far West,' which prevents its becoming trite or tiresome; and as the author believes himself to be the first tourist who has taken a winter view of scenes upon the Indian frontier, he trusts that this circumstance will impart some degree of novelty to his descriptions..." His trip west took him through several states, ending in Missouri in the first volume. Volume II covers his return trip through states farther south, ending his travels in Charlottesville, Virginia. Bound in three quarter brown leather with red and blue marbled paper boards. Leather is scuffed and bumped. Marbled pastedowns and ffep. Volume I has abrasions to marbled paper where bookplate removed. Volume II has part of the bookplate remaining. Both volumes have bookseller ticket for Frank Murray of Derby. Hinges and joints are tender but holding. Interior pages are generally clean and bright. Very good condition. Small octavo volumes. Volume I: 336 pages; Volume II: 340 pages. AMERSTATE/030121. Very Good.
London: John Murray, 1836. First English edition of this important work of travel and exploration that was first published in France in 1836. The author was one of the first travelers to this region, and the first to spend enough time to document his trip with his writings, illustrations, and maps. Bound in contemporary blind stamped brown leather, with six spine compartments with debossing and gilt titling. Covers are scraped, rubbed, bumped and worn. Interior pages are in very good condition, with light occasional foxing and some offsetting from tissue guards, With folded map in near fine condition, 26 plates, and numerous text illustrations throughout. Octavo. 331 pages. TRAVEL/030921.
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.
London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1839. Frederick Marryat (1792 –1848) was a Royal Navy officer, a novelist, and an acquaintance of Charles Dickens. He is noted today as an early pioneer of nautical fiction, particularly for his semi-autobiographical novel Mr Midshipman Easy (1836). He is remembered also for his children's novel The Children of the New Forest (1847), and for a widely used system of maritime flag signalling known as Marryat's Code. Marryat's novels are typical of their time, with concerns of family connections and social status often overshadowing the naval action, but they are interesting as fictional renditions of the author's 25 years' experience at sea. Among those who admired them were Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad, and Ernest Hemingway, and as the first nautical novels, served as models for later works by C. S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian, also set in the time of Nelson and telling of young men rising through the ranks through successes as naval officers. Marryat also published his Diary in America, a travelogue that reflected his criticisms of American culture and society. The book and the author were both subject to acts of violence, including the burning of the book and of Marryat's effigy in public. This is a mixed set with Volumes I and II from Part One and Volume III from Part Second. Bound in handsome black leather bindings with gilt rulings and ornaments, and all edges gilt. Spines are rebacked and leather has some rubbing and light bumping. Interiors are clean and bright. With unusual unidentified bookplates affixed to front pastedowns. Very good condition. Volume I: 321 pages; Volume II: 319 pages; Volume III: 362 pages. 5 x 7.5 inches. AMERH/050521.
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.
London: Bradbury & Evans, 1859. Hardcover. A charming book by Reynolds Hole about the delightful sights and experiences he had during a two week tour of Ireland.The book is in turn serious and humorous, and Hole's journey is delightfully captured by the illustrations done by John Leech. There are numerous b&w text illustrations throughout, four full page b&w illustrations and a frontispiece fold-out hand colored illustration titled "The Claddagh- Galway." The frontis has been folded rather clumsily and protrudes from the text block, but is intact. Nicely bound in quarter red leather with black spine label and light red cloth covers. All edges gilt. Sprightly yellow decorated endpapers. Rear pastedown has a small gold sticker with the initials "KG" that may be a binder's label. Contents page is chipped along bottom edge but interior is otherwise very good. Measures 5.5 x 7.5 inches. 220 pages plus 4 pages of publisher advertisements. IRELAND/030121. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Edward Earle, 1815. A desirable copy of the relatively scarce first American edition of this important book about the last African expedition conducted by Scottish explorer of West Africa, Mungo Park (1771- 1806). After his first successful exploration of the upper Niger River around 1796, he wrote a popular and influential travel book titled Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa in which he theorized the Niger and Congo merged to become the same river. He was killed during a second expedition in 1805, having successfully traveled about two-thirds of the way down the Niger. Park's death meant the idea of a Niger-Congo merger remained unproven but it became the leading theory among geographers. The mystery of the Niger's course, which had been speculated about since the Ancient Greeks and was second only to the mystery of the Nile source, was not solved for another 25 years, in 1830, when it was discovered the Niger and Congo were in fact separate rivers [Wikipedia]. This book about Park's last expedition comprises several sections: the life of Mungo Park, his journal from the last expedition, several appendixes with relevant documents, and the journals of two expedition members who searched for him after he disappeared and later were able to find out that he had died after an attack by hostile native Africans. Bound in contemporary brown leather with red spine label with titling. Leather is bumped, rubbed but still nice. Missing free endpapers. Hinges are tender. Text pages are foxed throughout, but legibility not affected. Small piece torn from margin of page 155 not affecting text. A few text illustrations. The large fragile fold-out map is present and intact. A nice copy. Octavo. 302 pages.
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+.
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1856. Hardcover. First Edition. An important and compelling history of the Red River Settlement by a Scotch immigrant who worked and traveled in this region and others for the Pacific Fur Company and the North West Company, later the Hudson Bay Company. Alexander Ross (1783-1856) emigrated to Upper Canada, present day Ontario, from Scotland about 1805. After several years in the Pacific Northwest, Ross subsequently moved to the Red River Colony, present-day Manitoba, where he served as Sheriff, Post master, and a member of the council. Ross published a number of books including the notable The Red River Settlement. Ross's work was the first complete history of the Red River Colony and its inhabitants, economy and development, and the trials and tribulations of this remote settlement. The Red River Colony, a key part of Manitoba's rich history, was a settlement on the Red and Assiniboine rivers whose boundaries crossed parts of what are now Manitoba and North Dakota. Founded in 1812 by Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, the colony grew through times of extreme hardship into a multiracial society. It was the site of the Red River Resistance before reluctantly joining Canada as the province of Manitoba [Wikipedia]. Bound in three quarter green leather with green and orange marbled paper covers and marbled endpapers. Spine faded, joints somewhat tender, some bumping. Interior pages in very good condition with occasional brown spots and a few pages with tear to right margin not affecting text. Note in pencil at top of preface and beginning of chapter XX. Octavo. 416 pages. CANADA/031021. Very Good.
London: Henry Colburn, 1818. Scarce. Comprises an account of the shipwreck of the Medusa, the sufferings of the crew, and the various occurrences on board the raft, in the desert of Zaara, at St. Louis, and at the camp of Daccard. To which are subjoined observations respecting the agriculture of the western coast of Africa. Illustrated with the notes of M. Bredif (engineer on the voyage), a plan of the raft, and a portrait of King Zaide. The Medusa had a terrible shipwreck that killed almost all aboard the ship. This narrative was written by two of the crew who escaped from the catastrophe. Bound in three quarter brown leather with brown cloth covers. Leather is chipped, rubbed, and bumped. Interior pages have some foxing throughout, some pages with marginal dampstains not affecting legibility. The plan of the raft is very dampstained but the raft itself is almost free of the stain. Frontis portrait of King Zaide is in color. Good plus. Measures 5.25 x 8.5 inches. 360 pages. AFRICA/030821.
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 -.
London: The Mining and Geographical Institute, [c. 1897]. Hardcover. Inscribed by the author: ""To Mother and Father/Best love from /your son Arthur E. I. Sola./Feb 1898." The book is also dedicated to his parents. First edition of this interesting work about mining for gold in the Klondyke region of northwest Canada. The author spent four years there and has much advice for would-be prospectors. He provides information on routes, mining regulations, methods of mining, occurrence of gold; advice on clothing, staking claims, the Indians, game, etc., and provides a narrative of his personal experiences. In addition to his practical tips and information Sola also cautions new prospectors of the difficulties involved and how much of the territory had already been mined. Bound in publishers original green cloth with three quarter leather spine and edges to covers. The gilt cover titling also includes a bright gilt vignette of a skeleton holding a bag of gold. Ex-library. Covers are worn, rubbed and bumped and appear to have had library stickers removed from front and back, leaving glue remnants. Call number written in white ink on front cover leather. Interior text pages and plates are clean with light aging to margins. With 26 plates and three maps. Plates include a photo of McGinty, the favorite dog of the camp! A solid copy of this scarce title in good plus condition. Small quarto. 102 pages including advertisements. CANADA/033121. 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.