London: Colburn and Co., 1852. Hardcover. A scarce copy of this engaging compilation from 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 paper boards. Leather is chipped and scraped, and bottom of spine is darkened and abraded. The rear hinge is cracked, but has been reinforced. 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. A few early pages are present, but loose. Nice color frontispiece, black & white 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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Morelia, Mexico: Ioulia Akhmadeeva and Alternativa Ediciones, 2019. Hardcover. Number 8 of 17 copies, of which three are special copies with sand and shells from each visited place. Signed by the artist. Includes poetic moments and painterly landscapes from Crimea in the Ukraine, Baja in California, Oaxaca and Guerrero in Mexico. Pages of poetry about the sea are printed on translucent paper that has been cut in various shapes to mirror designs within facing paintings. Many pages have elaborate cut-outs of clouds and starfish to create windows. Stab bound in blue yotsume toji silk over white patterned paper covered boards with black title to the front cover. This book was printed using letterpress, silkscreen, and laser printing. Clean and bright. Unpaginated. [48 pages.] Created by Russian born book artist Ioulia Akhmadeeva, who has resided and worked in Mexico since 1994. She is a full professor of the book arts at the university in Morelia, Michoacá. Fine.
Coblenz: Karl Baedeker, n.d. (1867). Hardcover. Seventh edition of this travel guidebook for Switzerland and parts of Italy from the classic series of guidebooks published by Karl Baedeker for locations throughout Europe. This densely printed book offers copius information and recommendations for seemingly every spot in these countries. There are seven maps, seven city plans, and seven foldout panoramas. Except for one foldout with torn edges, the maps and foldouts are in very good condition. The interior pages are also very good with occasional spotting and browning to margins. Bound in red cloth with title in gilt to spine and cover. Spine has been reglued to text block and front joint is tender. Light soiling but still bright. In French. 4 x 6 inches. 421 pages including index. TRAVEL/120717.
New York and Washington: Praeger Publishers, 1970. Hardcover. Vol. I and II in one volume. Appears to be a facsimile of original text. Very good 4to., black cloth boards w/ gilt stamping to spine. Boards mostly clean with only minor wear to edges. Moderate bump to foot of spine and rear inner joint is split at last endpaper otherwise tightly bound. Interior is clean with only slight soiling to bottom edge of textblock and a crease to the ffep. Very good brown & white DJ with an open tear to foot of spine which corresponds to bump in spine and minor wear to corners. Pencil sketch illustration of Joseph Baretti as frontispiece. 419 pp. Travel. TRA/12223. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
Lausanne: Librairie Payot, 1950. Hardcover. 8vo. Near fine brown cloth covered boards with illustrated pastedown to front board. gilt title to spine. Slight bowing to front board. Interior is clean and bright with 32 photographic illustrations and a map; 289 pages. Asian Travel. TRA/9172. Near Fine.
Dijon: Librairie L. Venot for the American Y.M.C.A, 1918. Paperback. SCARCE. Small pamphlet. Light brown side stapled paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Previous owner's name written in pencil to front wrapper. A few pencil markings throughout. Minor yellowing to pages. Else is clean and bright with photographic illustrations throughout. 32 pages. French Travel. FRETRAV/021915. Very Good.
Bruxelles: Andre De Rache, (1969). Paperback. LIMITED EDITION. Number 358 out of 940 copies. 8vo. Light green illustrated paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper and to spine. Spine faded to pastel green. Minor rubbing to exterior. Near fine interior is clean and bright with most pages unopened. 127 pages. IN FRENCH. French Travel. FRETRA/022216. Very Good.
Paris: Librairie Garnier Freres, 1924. Hardcover. 8vo. Rebound in modern black cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Original wrappers bound in. Minor browning throughout. Text and illustrations remain bright. Photographic illustrations throughtout. 504 pages. IN FRENCH. French Travel. FRETRAV/022216. Very Good.
Bergamo: Instituto Italiano D'arti Grafiche - Editore, 1909. Hardcover. 4to. Marroon cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor rubbing to boards. Library stamp to front free end page and tape to first page of advertisements. Minor Foxing to several pages. Browning to edges of pages. Illustrations throughout. IN ITALIAN. 151 pages. Italian Travel. ITTRA/082108. Near Fine.
New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons and The Knickerbocker Press, 1905. Hardcover. 8vo. Grey cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Beautiful illustration to front board and to spine. Minor soiling to spine and rear board. Spine lightly rolled. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Previous owner's book plate to front paste down. Light foxing to end pages. Else is clean and bright. Includes full color frontis piece with captioned tissue guard. 460 pages. French Travel. FRETRAV/040412. Very Good.
Paris: Louis Robin, 1913. Paperback. English Edition. Yellow paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper and to spine. Minor browning and soiling to exterior. Minor yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with photographic illustrations throughout. Many pages unopened. 135 pages. French Travel. FRETRA/022216. Very Good.
Paris: DS/Technal, (1981). Hardcover. Oblong 8vo. Dark blue paper covered boards with white title to front board and to spine. Minor fading to edges of boards. Crack to front and rear hinges. Text block is slightly loose. Else is clean and bright with photographic illustrations throughout. Illustrated dust jacket with black title to front panel and to white spine panel. Minor creasing to edges of dust jacket. Four small closed tears have been repaired with tape. TEXT IN FRENCH. 134 pages. FRETRA/040816. Very Good / Very Good.
Baltimore: [By the Author], 1955. Hardcover. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. Very good-. Light blue paper bound boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Fading to spine and edges of boards. Light damp staining to boards. presentation copy. Text is clean bright. 70 pages. Travel. TRA/10142. Very Good -.
Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1966. Hardcover. Two classic travel and exploration titles bound together in an attractive binding. World Encompassed by Drake was originally printed in 1628 and Relation of a Voiage was originally printed in 1619. Both facsimilies of these first editions are bound together in vellum boards with gilt author's names to spine and gilt coat of arms of King James I and King Charles I to front board. The boards are held closed with ribbon ties. Printed by offset lithography in Milan, Italy by Amilcare Pizzi on laid paper specially made by Cartiera Ventura. Bound by Legatoria Editoriale Giovanni Olivotto. Clean and bright. Includes a supplemental booklet with modern introductions and notes, which is bound in cream paper side-stapled wrappers. Both items are housed in a turquoise cloth covered box with leather author label to spine and paper facsimilies of both title pages to the side panels. Browning to front of box and minor wear to edges. Lined with red felt. 108 pages / 82 pages plus 24 page supplement. TRA/020923. Very Good.
Norwalk, CT: Easton Press, 2013. Hardcover. Number 189 of 400 copies. This handsome deluxe limited edition from the Easton Press is a facsimile of the original edition first published by order of Congress in 1856, with all of the original illustrations. The Perry Expedition led directly to the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the western Great Powers, and eventually to the collapse of the ruling Tokugawa shogunate and the restoration of the Emperor [Wikipedia]. In a custom binding or brown cowhide leather imported from Italy. The covers have a decorative black and gilt border with a gilt illustration of ships at harbor on front. All edges gilt. Printed on Mohawk Superfine text and illustration paper. Housed in a custom slipcase of brown cloth with repeat of the design of the book's cover. Accompanied by certificate of limitation. In original shipping box. In fine condition. Measures 8.75 x 11.5 inches. 537 pages including index. PRI/012324. Fine.
Philadelphia: Childs and Peterson, 1858. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in black cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Wear to edges and chipping to spine ends. Minor rubbing to boards. Light foxing throughout though text remains clean and bright. Minor staining to first few pages. Includes frontis and several other illustrations. 416 pages. Arctic Travel. TRA1/3112. Very Good.
New York: Underwood and Underwood, 1901. Hardcover. Cloth Boards. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo. Green cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Some smudging/soiling to boards. Minor edgewear and one bumped corner. Ex-Libris with book plate to front paste down and pocket to rear paste down. Interior is very clean with bright text. Tightly bound with cloth pocket to exterior of rear board; this pocket houses a side-stapled booklet of relevant maps. The wrappers of this booklet are present but detached and heavily chipped. Missing maps 7 & 8 out of 11; the maps that are present are all intact and appear to be unopened and in near fine condition. Ex-library with markings to spine, bookplate, and discard pocket. Unfortunately, the stereoscope cards are no longer present. No stereoscope view are reproduced within the book. 274 pp. TRA/042904. 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: Arco Publishing Company, (1970). Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Slight damp staining to rear board but it is barely noticeable. Previous owner's bookplate to front paste down. Else is clean and bright and filled with many illustrations by the author. 124 pages. English Travel. ENGTRAV/021114. Very Good.
London: London County Council, 1937. Paperback. Very good in green paper wraps with yellow title to front wraps. Minor rubbing to exterior and minor creasing to spine. Light yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with black and white photographic illustrations throughout. 122 pages + ads. English Travel. TRA1/4022. Very Good.
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1930. Hardcover. 8vo. Orange cloth covered boards with black title to front board and to spine. Minor fading to spine and edges of boards. Minor bumping to corners and spine ends. Light foxing to pages with illustrations. Else is clean and bright with photographic illustrations throughout. 303 pages. Travel. TRAV/111413. Very Good.
London: John Miller, 1834. Hardcover. Thin 8vo. SCARCE. Contemporary review of an important and popular travel book by Hamilton. It was generally critical of US and discussed American practice of slavery extensively. Three quarter linen backed blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Chip to head of spine. Pages are a bit brittle and there is chipping to edges of a few. Half title page is present but detached. A few pencil marks to interior, else clean. 62 pages plus ads. American Travel. TRA/041107. Very Good.