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: 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.
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.
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.
London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1878. Hardcover. First Edition. Lady Anna Brassey (1839 - 1887) recorded several of the celebrated voyages that she and her family made together around the world on their yacht, “The Sunbeam.” This was the first of the several volumes she published about their travels. It was a huge bestseller, running into many editions and translations. It provides a lively and detailed account of their journey around the world in 1876-77. In addition to vividly describing their journey, the book describes life aboard her yacht, which carried over forty people, including the family, the crew, friends, and a complete domestic staff. An uncommon book to find in the original cloth, it is bound in dark grey cloth with gilt title and author to spine and front cover, and gilt illustrations to front and back. Cloth is chipped and faded but still quite attractive. Some soiling to preliminary pages and tear to front map but otherwise in very good condition. With two fold-outs and 118 wood engraved illustrations after drawings by the Hon. A.Y. Bingham. With ownership signature of George R. Clayton. 504 pages. TRA/081715. 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.
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.
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.
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 -.
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.
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.
New York: Funk and Wagnalls Company, 1920. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good- in maroon cloth covered boards with gilt lettering to front board and to spine. Minor wear to spine ends. Repair to front interior hinge. Tight binding. Else is clean and bright with frontis and 16 full-page plates. 282 pages. Travel. TRA1/4052. Very Good -.
London: Christophers, (1925). Hardcover. 4to. Very good in beige cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Exlibris with call number to foot of spine, bookplate to front paste down, and pocket to rear paste down. Foxing and soiling to boards. Discoloration to top of rear board. Bumping to edges. Light foxing throughout though text remains clean and bright with lovely illustrations throughout. Untrimmed page edges. Index, 200 pages. French Travel. FRETRA/040816. Very Good.
New York: Vantage Press, 1961. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. 8vo. SCARCE. In black cloth covered boards with gilt title stamp to spine. Slight rubbing to top of boards and edges. In illustrated orange and white DJ with minor edgewear. Interior is clean but yellowed with age.104 pages. TRAV/101204. Very Good / 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.