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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.

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  1. First edition. 8vo, xx, 530 pp., 155 illustrations and maps, frontispiece in colour, modern tan half morocco gilt, original upper cloth cover bound at end, a very good copy.

  2. First edition. 8vo, xxiii, 736 pp., 6 maps (1 large folding, slightly foxed, 3 other folding, 1 full-page, 1 in text), mounted photograph frontispiece of Stanley, numerous full-page and other illustrations, original brown pictorial cloth gilt, minimal restoration to spine extremities, a very good copy.

  3. First edition. 2 vols, 8vo, [2 (blank)], xxx, 348, [1], [3 (blank)]; [2 (blank)], xiii, [1 (blank)], 337, [1], [4 (imprint, blanks)] pp., with numerous illustrations and charts in text, photographic frontispiece portraits (captioned on tissue guards) and 218 plates (many with multiple illustrations), of which 9 double-page and 18 printed in colour (each captioned on a tissue guard), 3 large folding maps with printed colour loosely inserted in pocket end vol. II; modern dark blue half morocco gilt, a very good set.

  4. 8vo, with 20 photographic plates, a folding plan of Mecca and a plan of the mosque, original navy cloth with gilt lettering on spine, a very good copy.

  5. First edition. 4to, engraved dedication, double-page vignette chart of the Mediterranean, 41 aquatint plates after drawings by Willyams, crease to title, contemporary green straight-grain morocco gilt, marbled panels to sides, marbled edges, joints rubbed, spine faded, a very good copy, plates clean and fresh.

  6. Subscriber's edition, 4to; subscriber's or 'Cranwell' edition, one of 170 complete copies, inscribed by Lawrence 'Complete copy. i.xii.26 TES' on list of illustrations, and with 'Roberts' amended in ink to 'K[ennington]' as usual, this copy additionally signed by H.J. Hodgson (one of the printers) at his printed name on the colophon leaf. Printed in red and black, colour frontispiece portrait of Feisal by Augustus John and 65 plates (many coloured or tinted, 4 double-page) by Eric Kennington, William Roberts, Augustus John, William Nicholson, Paul Nash and others, 4 folding colour maps (laid on linen as issued), 58 illustrations in text (one colour) by Roberts, Nash, Kennington, Blair Hughes-Stanton, Gertrude Hermes and others, initials by Edward Wadsworth, illustrated endpapers by Kennington, with the four-page Some Notes on the Writing of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Shaw bound in before title. Quarter vellum, cream boards by Bumpus (stamped inside upper cover), titles to spine gilt, all edges rough gilt. Preserved in a matching, contemporary fleece-lined, vellum-backed solander box (with Leicester Gallery catalogue for the exhibition of the illustrations for this book, 1927 held in a recess inside the front board). A beautiful copy of one of the scarcer and most restrained binding variants.

  7. First edition. 8vo, xiii, 257 pp., 3 maps (1 large folding), 88 photographic illustrations, contemporary red pebble-grained half morocco gilt, top edge gilt, spotting to fore-edge, light marks to covers, a very good copy.

  8. Second UK edition. 2 volumes, 8vo, xxv, 428; xiii, 444 pp., 9 maps (2 very large, short splits to folds), numerous illustrations, many full-page, original blue cloth gilt, pictorial vignette to upper cover, light wear to corners and edges, a very good bright copy.

  9. 8vo, xvi, 313 pp., 8 photographic illustrations, folding map, original blue pictorial cloth gilt, light fade to spine, joints rubbed, a little spotting, a good copy.

  10. First edition; 8vo, engraved frontispiece, viii, 198pp., with errata slip; fine bright, original blue pictorial cloth gilt, neat closed tear (<10mm) to outer edge of frontis, otherwise a very good copy.



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