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  1. First edition, 4to, xvi, 222, cxxx, [lxxii] pp., 7 aquatint plates, all but one hand-coloured, 5 engraved maps, contemporary calf gilt, black morocco lettering piece, lightly rubbed, an excellent example.

    £2,500
  2. Title page and 55 of 56 prints (lacking the station Goyu), each sheet in chuban tate-e format (25 x 18.5cm approx.) Contemporary boards, with fuchsia pink decorative endpapers.

    £6,500
  3. 15 x 8 cms, title, 52pp., text, 2 coloured woodblock prints (1 double-page), original blue wrappers, title to wrapper, stitched as issued, original(ý) fold-over protective case, modern blue morocco-backed box, small worm track slightly affecting last 3 leaves, else a fine example.

    £3,750
  4. First edition. 4 text vols, 4to (30 x 23 cms) and folio atlas (58 x 45 cms), engraved portrait of La Pérouse after Tardieu, atlas with engraved allegorical title-page by Moreau le Jeune, titled Atlas du voyage de La Pérouse without imprint, and 69 engraved plates comprising folding world map, 35 views and natural history plates, 33 maps or coastal profiles (of which 20 double-page). Text volumes contemporary half-calf, marbled boards, chip to head of spine vol. I, light marginal water-staining vol. II and title-page vol. III, bound without half-titles, joints vol. I cracked but sound, lightly rubbed, some scraping to boards; atlas 19th-century red morocco-backed boards, neatly rebacked, royal cypher of Prince Philippe of Belgium to cover and spine, marginal repair to tear (circa 7 cms) to blank outer margin plate 15, not touching image, occasional light foxing at beginning and end, an excellent set.

    £20,000
  5. First edition. Four text volumes, 4to (31 x 23.5cm) and folio atlas (61.5 x 45cm). Engraved portrait of La Pérouse after Tardieu, all half-titles, colophon leaf in vol. I-III, vol. IV colophon following index. (vol. IV with a few minor marginal chips repaired.) Atlas with engraved allegorical title-page by Moreau le Jeune, titled Atlas du voyage de La Pérouse without imprint, and 69 engraved plates comprising folding world map, 35 views and natural history plates,33 maps or coastal profiles (20 double-page). Original pink paper covered boards, unopened and uncut, neat repairs and restoration to bindings, spines faded, covers with old residual dampstaining, modern red morocco labels, a fine set.

    £17,500
  6. First edition in French. 3 vols, comprising 2 vols 8vo text and folio atlas (44 x 28.5 cms); 21 lithograph plates by Engelmann, 9 engraved maps (3 folding), French blue half morocco gilt (atlas bound to match), a fine set.

    £20,000
  7. First edition in French, 2 vols in one, folio (38.8 x 25.2 cm). Titles printed in red and black with engraved vignettes. Engraved frontispiece, one head-piece, 45 engraved plates, plans and maps (mostly double-page or folding). Engraved title margin browned, occasional very minor spotting or browning. Contemporary speckled calf gilt (minor wear to joints and extremities), an excellent example.

    £5,000
  8. Sixth edition of vol. I, fourth edition of vol. II, third edition of vol. III. 3 vols, small folio (312 by 218mm approx.) Woodcut devices to title-pages, 10 double-page maps and plans, 8 full-page woodcut plates, with further illustrations in the text. Contemporary Italian (Venetianý) morocco, boards & spines ruled & stamped in gilt; paper repairs to title-page of vol. I, and outer margin of following two leaves, occasional dampstaining to vol. I, minor worming to first and last leaves and pastedowns of vols. II and III.

    £48,000
  9. First English edition. 2 vols in one, 4to. 2 hand-coloured etched plates by Atkinson as frontispieces, some light spotting to title-pages, map, & 2 final leaves of text. Contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt, expertly rebacked with old spine laid down, a handsome copy. xxxvi, 314; [ix], [i](blank), 404pp.

    £13,500
  10. First edition. 8vo., v, 88 pp., ads at end, 9 maps (1 double-page), 6 plates (3 double-page), original pictorial wrappers (edges worn), a very good example.

    £675
 

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