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Exploration & Travel

In the travel department, we focus on the great explorers from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century, such as Cook, Bligh, Livingstone, Stanley, Scott, and Shackleton, whose heroic expeditions and voyages have laid the foundations for our present-day knowledge of geography, ethnography, and the natural world.

Contact Head of Department Julian MacKenzie or travel & guidebook specialist Lucinda Boyle for more information about rare & collectable Travel Books at Shapero Rare Books.


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  1. First edition, 8vo, viii, 121, [3]pp., contemporary calf, spine with raised bands, compartments tooled in gilt with acorn device, original red label titled in gilt, a fine copy.

  2. Special edition. Publishers green cloth boards black illustration printed to front cover, gilt titles and frames to front cover and spine. 210 b/w illustrations, folding map in colour, pages browned, foxing to endpapers and map, closed tear to map. xii, 948 pp.

  3. 8vo, publishers brown cloth boards with ornamental gilt and blind-tooled title to front and gild title to spine. 12 engraved tinted plates and many small illustrations in text. edges rubbed, light foxing, a few inner joint cracks but holding firmly. Inscriptions of previous owners to front endpapers. 718 pp.

  4. First edition. 4to., 1047pp., original cloth gilt, pictorial dust-wrapper, NEW.

  5. 8vo, 20 colour illustrations. Original blue diapered cloth boards with gilt stamped lettering on spines, with gilt vignette of the sailing ship Victoria on upper cover, with blind stamped design, recased. Very good.

  6. Third thousand, 8vo, xvii, 427 pp., additional chromolithograph title page, portrait frontispiece, contemporary half roan gilt, marbled boards, a very good copy.

  7. 8vo [12], 91, 96-173, [3] pp., additional engraved title, 15 engraved plates and maps, (2 folding), some cut close, by Van der Gucht after drawings by Froger; lightly browned, scattered spotting. Contemporary calf, worn, rebacked, a very good copy of a scarce title.

  8. First edition; 4to (280 x 210 mm); illustrated with 120 titled photogravures by Wendt, with tissue-guards, a few very faint spots to preliminary pages, else very good; late 20th century quarter maroon morocco over cloth, marbled endpapers, fine.

  9. First edition, 3 atlases bound in 2 vols; folio; 203 plates plates comprising: [Album Historique, Ethnologique et Archéologique] large folding map mounted on linen, 59 lithographed plates (3 of which are folding) most coloured, part-coloured or tinted bound with [Album Zoologie:] 40 hand-coloured engraved plates of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish, and insects, separately bound [Atlas Botanique:] 103 engraved plates, some light foxing throughout; half green morocco over green cloth boards, gilt title blind stamped to covers, spine gilt ruled with title and tooling, a fine copy.

  10. First edition. 8vo (19 x 13 cm), illustrated throughout with wood-engravings, previous owner's ink inscription inside on preliminary pages, marbled endpapers; full contemporary calf gilt, spine gilt decorated, green morocco label, gilt lettered; xiv, 500 pp; a fine copy.



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