London: printed for the author, 1723 - 1732. Hardcover. This scarce and important work was printed for the author. Aubry de la Mottraye (1674?-1743) came from a French Huguenot family that had settled in England. He received an excellent education, and started traveling in 1696. In the course of twenty-six years, he toured Northern Europe, Crimea, the Near East, Russia, Prussia and Poland. La Mottraye combined diplomatic travels – as counselor and attendant to various rulers – with commercial transactions and his activity as a collector. His chronicle is adorned with impressive engravings of rare subjects, views of cities as well as everyday life scenes. His detailed descriptions make his account one of the first travelogues in which the force of the written discourse equals the impact of the illustrations. The first two volumes were printed in 1723 with the third issued in 1732. Bound in later three quarter red leather over red cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Includes a total of 58 plates including maps, many of which fold out. Large chip to leather on foot of spines of both volumes I and III, which have been repaired with a modern strip of leather. Chipping and wear to leather along hinges, spine ends, and corners of all volumes. The leather on all hinges is cracked; however, the boards remain firmly attached with all cords intact. Bookplate of Daniel Baugh to front pastedowns of all three volumes. Non-archival tape repair to first page of text in volume three and the same page is mostly separated from binding. Occasional spots of soiling, small dampstains to top margins of a couple of pages, occasional foxing, and uniform browning to some pages. Occasional slight splits to interior bindings and occasional short closed tears to edges of pages. Some plates appear to have been trimmed, which in one case has affected a small portion of the image. Some folding plates and maps have additional creases and/or closed tears and a few have minor archival repairs to the verso. Small wormholes to bottom margins of some pages in third volume. Frontis in third volume is mounted. Includes woodcut head and tail pieces as well as several initials. Overall, an attractive and interesting work with numerous illustrations of antiquities and maps.Volume I: 440 pages plus 26 plates of which 14 fold (appears to lack plate XI) and 2 folding maps. Also includes 7 page list of subscribers. Volume II: 432 pages plus 72 pages of appendices and contents as well as 18 plates of which 8 fold plus 2 folding maps. Volume III: 296 pages plus 2 pages of advertisements and 10 plates, of which 1 folds. Very Good.
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1869. Hardcover. Ross J. Browne (1821 - 1875) wrote this American West travelogue during the end of the Civil War. He discusses rattlesnakes, deserts, scorpions, robbery, Apache encounters, starvation, the dangers of his travels, and much more. Bound in later blue buckram with gilt title to spine, which reads "The Apache Country." Small dampstain to bottom corners in margins only of most pages. Smudge marks / minor soiling to many pages, mostly in margins. Illustrated with numerous engravings. 535 pages plus 4 pages of ads. STA/011421 American Regional History. Very Good.
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 with wear to hinges and corners rubbed. Crack / bump to front board near edge with chipping to paper. 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.
Philadelphia: Henry T. Coates & Co, 1897. Hardcover. Beautifully bound in the original navy blue publisher's bindings with gilt titles to spines and elaborate gilt decoration to both spines and front covers. Rubbing, a few chips, and wear to bookcloth on spine ends, edges, and corners. Small marking and possible dampstain to top corner of front board of volume two. Top edge gilt and ribbon bookmark bound in. Bookplate of Charles Edward Hyman to front pastedowns of both volumes. Illustrated with numerous photogravures (from photographs), all with captioned tissue guards. Small spot of soiling to margin of one plate, not affecting the image. The tissue guard for this plate has a mark from the same spot and a short closed tear. Very clean and bright aside from this marking. An attractive set. Volume I: 253 pages; Volume II: 226 pages plus fold-out map of Morocco to rear. TRA/011521. Very Good.
Paris: Librairie Tross, 1867. Hardcover. Bound in dark green three quarter leather over marbled paper covered boards. Front hinge is cracked and board is nearly detached. The rear hinge is starting with a one and a half inch split at the foot of the hinge.Wear and rubbing to edges, spine ends, and corners. Partially removed library marking from first few pages, else clean interior. Includes two full page illustrations. Marbled endpapers with top edge gilt. Part I is 76 pages; Part II is 54 pages. CAN/011221. Very Good.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1856. Hardcover. First edition of the one volume edition on Perry's famous historic voyage to China and Japan. It was published in the same year in three volumes by the U.S. Senate. The book is a dense and fascinating recounting of the three year trip that opened up the country of Japan to the West. The text was compiled from the original notes and journals of Commodore Perry and his officers, at his request and under his supervision. A very nice copy bound in full brown leather with faded gilt ornaments and black label to spine compartments. Spine edges are chipped, corners bumped and small scrapes to leather of rear cover. All edges marbled as are endpapers. The text pages are in very good plus condition. All 11 foldout maps are present and there are numerous illustrations and vignettes throughout. The suppressed plate of women at a bath house is missing. Very Good.
Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald, Constable, and Co., 1820. Hardcover. Includes a total of 4 folding engraved maps. All three volumes are bound in contemporary full tan leather with gilt titles and volume numbers to spines. Gilt rules and designs to spine compartments and gilt rules with embossed designs to boards. Abrasion to leather on front board of third volume. Rubbing and wear to hinges, edges, and corners of all volumes. Splits to leather along all hinges; however, the boards remain firmly attached. Bookplate of Mr. Kingston, Mosstown, Longford to front pastedowns of all three volumes. Large fold-out maps to fronts of each volume. All three have long closed tears near where they are attached to the binding and short closed tears within some creases. A second, smaller folding map is present in volume one. Interiors (including maps) are clean and bright overall, with a few light spots of foxing. Soiling to corner of one page in first volume and creases to corners of several pages. Marbled endpapers and full marbled edges. An attractive set despite the noted wear. Volume I: 517 pages; Volume II: 525 pages; Volume III: 544 pages plus one page of errata. May require extra postage. TRA/011521. Very Good.
London: Macmillan and Co, 1881. Hardcover. Bound in contemporary three quarter dark purple leather over dark purple cloth boards with gilt title and author to spines. Heavy wear to hinges, corners, and edges of boards of both volumes. Both boards of first volume are present but detached. Rear board remains attached to spine; however, it has separated from text block. Boards of second volume are attached, but hinges are cracked; boards appear to have been resewn / reattached to textblock and binding has been reinforced with strips of leather along both spine ends. First volume also has leather strips to spine ends; however, they have split where front board has detached. Rubbing and minor soiling to boards. Ex-library with removed stickers to spines, call number to copyright page, and removed bookplates to front pastedowns. Filled with woodcut illustrations, five steel portraits, and 10 lithographed, fold-out maps. A few of the maps have closed tears along creases or where they are attached to textblock. Occasional smudge marks to margins and occasional chips to edges of pages, but clean overall. A good reading copy with all maps present. Volume I: 524 pages; Volume II: 482 pages. TRA/011921. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1835. Hardcover. First Edition. Bound in worn three quarter brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Heavy rubbing to boards and wear to edges. Partially removed call number to foot of spine. Previous ownership signature dated 1858 to front free endpaper. Library call number and red star to copyright page and stamp to bottom margin of dedication page. Evidence of removed library pocket to rear pastedown. Includes five fold-out engravings - most with closed tears to creases, repairs to versos, foxing, and browning. Several additional engravings are included. Foxing, browning, and occasional small spots of soiling. Occasional pencil notations. A suitable reading copy. 560 pages. TRA/010720. Very 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.
Montreal: Eusebe Senecal, 1866. Hardcover. This interesting history written by the French priest Alexandre Tache recounts his experiences as a Catholic missionary of the Oblate order in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Alexandre-Antonin Taché, O.M.I., ( 1823 –1894) was also the first Archbishop of Saint Boniface in Manitoba, After studying for the priesthood Taché soon expressed an urge to preach to the Native American population of the west. Upon completion of his novitiate in 1845 he was sent by his superiors to Saint Boniface in the Red River Colony, now in the Province of Manitoba. They set out from Montreal on 25 June, traveling the entire distance of 1,400 miles to Saint Boniface by canoe, arriving on the following 25 August. Taché was ordained a deacon a week later and a priest on 12 October. He studied the basics of the Ojibwe language and was sent to start a mission in Île-à-la-Crosse. Later, he also became proficient in Cree and Athabaskan. In 1847 the Holy See created the Diocese of Saint Boniface. Taché was named titular bishop of Arathia and became the Bishop of St. Boniface in 1853. . The following years saw Taché serving a widespread region of which about half of the population were Catholics. He was involved in the difficult years when the Territories were absorbed into Canada. He also traveled to Europe, where he sought assistance from his congregation, funds and volunteers. Bound in three quarter brown leather with red, white, and blue marbled paper boards. Chipping to leather corners, sunning and scuffing to spine, with five compartments with gilt titling and decorations. Marbled endpapers. Interior pages are in very good condition save for a Pittsburgh bookseller stamp and tear along bottom edge for title page and the two following pages. 245 pages. Measures 6 x 9 inches. REL/010321. Very Good.
London: Henry Colburn, publisher, 1846. Hardcover. Second edition, revised. A nice copy of this recount of the author's travels across Canada and the United States. Volume 1 concerns Canada and Volume 2 covers the United States. Both volumes offer interesting anecdotes and observations from the various places Warburton visits. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Light bumping and scraping. Gilt tooling to covers and spine with six compartments with title label and volume number. Interior pages are generally clean and bright. Foxing and small tears to both title pages. Volume 2 title page has bookseller stamp, which was erased in Volume 1. Missing frontispiece. Otherwise in very good condition. Small octavo. Volume 1: 318 pages; Volume 2:368 pages. TRAV/011421. Very Good.