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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, copy number 9 of 30 copies on Canute paper of an edition limited to 203 copies (150 for sale); 4to; illustrated with 13 photographs taken by the author; publisher'sl brown morocco, spine and upper cover lettered in gilt, pictorial gilt vignette of bird with worm in beak to lower cover, top edge gilt others uncut, upper joint lightly rubbed, a very good example.

  2. First edition, 4to (28.5 x 22); [2], 77pp., 16 plates, four of which are in colour, black and white illustrations in the text, some scattered foxing, mostly to the title-page; original gilt maroon cloth, a very good copy.

  3. Second, revised and enlarged edition, 8vo (19 x 16 cm); xix, 415pp., profusely illustrated with plates and charts as well as a folding map; original navy cloth gilt, minor staining to upper cover otherwise a very good example.

  4. First edition. 8vo., xxiv, [i], 407 pp., frontispiece, 11 plates, 2 maps in pocket at end, original green cloth gilt, pictorial vignette to upper cover, short tear to first tissue guard, previous owner's stamp to title, a very good bright copy.

  5. First edition, folio (31.5 x 21.5 cm); [6], iv, ii, 453pp., ii (errata)pp., complete with 108 plates, including 3 folding, and 2 large folding maps, some illustrations in the text, very fresh internally; later blue cloth, red morocco label to spine, a fine example.

  6. First edition. Folio. Erratic pagination as issued, but complete. Engraved frontispiece (soft crease, old tear repaired), title within double-ruled border with large woodcut crown above the imprint, text within ruled border with marginal column for side-notes, engraved plate of armorials by John Goddard, folding map of Palestine, 26 double-folding maps and plates, most signed by Thomas Cross, John Goddard, William Marshall, and Robert Vaughan. ýeighteenth century polished calf, covers bordered in blind, rebacked, tan morocco lettering piece, new endpapers, all edges gilt, large general map with tear repaired and some reinforcement to verso, page 235/36 with blank outer corner repaired, page 241 and 245 with small marginal repairs marginal restoration to plate at page 262, small marginal repairs to plate at page 288, wormtrack to margin of plate page 442 repaired,plate at page 18 part II laid down, plate page 72 part II with restoration to upper margin, tear to page 77 part II repaired with no loss of text but loss to page number, a very good copy.

  7. First edition, 2 vols; folio (38.5 x 28 cm); text translated by Thomas George Bonney, 63 lithographs, 7 folding (including a panorama of the city), some tinted, occasional minor spotting to some plates, original blue half morocco gilt, top edge gilt, light spotting to covers, a very good set.

  8. First edition in Russian, 8vo (23 x 15 cm); 322 pp., translated from the original French, some foxing throughout, water staining to title-page, Chinese chop to titlepage; modern brown morocco over marbled boards, spine in six parts with raised bands, gilt ruled, black morocco label to second part, new endpapers, Russian newspaper clipping tipped in at the rear, a good copy.

  9. 6 volumes bound in 4, large folio, 6 lithographed pictorial titles, 121 tinted lithographed plates, 120 half-page tinted lithographs by Louis Haghe after Roberts, lithographed portrait of the author by C. Baugniet on India paper, 2 engraved maps, contemporary green half morocco gilt, marbled sides, some foxing to plates, a very handsome set.

  10. First edition. 8vo, x 349 pp., folding map, 7 plates, original blue cloth gilt, light wear, a very good copy.



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