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  1. First editions. 4to (29.2 x 23 cms), x, 1-153, [ii], 246-264; iv, 88pp., engraved portrait of Bligh and 7 engraved charts, plates and plans (of which one folding and 4 double-page); folding plan frontispiece, 3 charts (2 folding). Together bound in contemporary sprinkled calf, neatly rebacked.

    £25,000
  2. Landscape 4to, title, list of plates and 26 copper-engraved plates, original stiff paper buff wrappers, titled to upper within a decorative boarder, green cloth spine; very occasional light spotting to some plates, with very occasional small closed tears to margin; overall a fine copy preserved in a dark green cloth box, with black morocco label to upper board.

    £9,500
  3. Second edition. 4to (29 x 23.5 cm.), xvi, 516pp., uncut in original boards, light toning to text, occasional light spotting, rebacked preserving spine, paper label renewed,corners worn, large corner cut from front free endpaper, nicely presented in modern red morocco-backed bookform box by Aquarius with label, scarce thus.

    £4,000
  4. First French edition. 3 vols, 8vo, xxxii, 388; [4], 366; [4], 363 pp., large folding engraved map, 16 engraved plates. Contemporary French calf-backed marbled boards, corners and edges worn, large folding map with old repairs to verso, a bit creased and stained, a good set.

    £1,000
  5. First edition. 2 vols, 8vo, xv, [1], 574; [4], 520, vii pp. Illustrated with 4 lithographic plates, folding chart, scattered light foxing, contemporary green morocco-backed marbled boards gilt, a very good set.

    £8,500
  6. First edition. 4to (32 x 25.5 cms), [iv], 79pp. One line erratum at foot of last page, a superb copy, stitched as issued, completely uncut, with very large margins; title lightly dust-soiled, a few minor marginal nicks, preserved in modern calf-backed book-form box.

    £40,000
  7. First edition. Complete set in 10 volumes, comprising 6 volumes 4to text and 4 large folio atlas volumes, with 4 engraved titles and 376 engraved plates and maps, including portraits, views, and natural history plates, many hand-coloured. Comprising:

    DUPERREY, L.-I. Histoire du Voyage. [1826]. Text 4to, i-xlvi, 1-202 pp. (all published, title lacking as usual); atlas with engraved title, 60 engraved plates, of which 59 hand-coloured, by Ambroise Tardieu after Duperrey, Lejeune and Chazal; title lightly foxed, a little spotting and browning.

    LESSON, R.P. & GARNOT, P. Zoologie. 1826-1830. 4 vols, comprising 3 vols 4to text and one large folio vol. Atlas in 27 parts. Text with half-titles and titles with engraved vignettes. Atlas with engraved title, small inserted letterpress Avis slip, 155 engraved plates of mammals, marsupials, birds, molluscs, reptiles, and insects, of which 153 hand-coloured, after Lesson, L. Prevost, Pretre, Guerin, Vauthier and others; 19 plates browned, two slightly damp-stained, title and two lightly soiled, title foxed, light browning and spotting. The plates include 37 of fish, 9 of mammals and marsupials, 44 of birds, 16 of molluscs, 5 of crustaceans, 22 of insects, and 7 of reptiles.

    DUMONT D'URVILLE; BRONGNIART, A. & BORY DE ST. VINCENT. Botanique. 1826-1829. 3 vols, comprising 2 vols 4to text in one and large folio Atlas (49 x 33 cms). Text: half-titles, titles with engraved vignettes. Atlas with engraved title, 106 engraved plates including 25 hand-coloured plates of seaweeds, by Barrois, Dusmenil, and others after P. Bessa, Borg de St. Vincent, and others; title foxed, plate I browned, some spotting to plate II. The work was apparently overseen by Dumont d'Urville: first volume on Cryptogamie by Bory de St. Vincent, the second on Phanerogamie by Bronginart. The coloured plates are all of sea-weeds (11 plates were omitted).

    DUPERREY, L.-I. Hydrographie. 1829. 2 vols, comprising one vol. 4to text in 3 parts (Hydrographie, Hydrographie et Physique and Physique) and one vol. atlas (57 x 43 cms). Text with 9 plates (of which 6 folding). Atlas with engraved title, 12 leaves letterpress text, 49 engraved maps by Ambroise Tardieu after Duperray and others (of which 19 double-page), and 4 engraved plates of various native sailing vessels by Berard after Duperrey and others.

    £75,000
  8. Complete set, save for the excessively rare botany text published ten years later. 14 volumes (10 volumes 8vo text, 4 folio atlases). Modern half-calf over marbled boards to style by Atelier Laurenchet, a fine clean set. The set comprises:

    Relation. 1840-43, vols [I]-IV, 4to, with half-titles, 13 printed tables (some folding).

    Atlas pittoresque. 1841, folio (53 x 34 cms), half-title, 3pp. Table des planches, engraved folding world map with route of the voyage, engraved plan of Sydney and 67 lithographed plates, 17 hand-coloured, some on India paper, including fine panoramic views.

    Physique. 1842-44, vols VI-X, together 5 vols, 8vo, half-titles, all with additional sectional half-titles and titles, vol. IX with 2 printed folding tables, 2 folding engraved graphs and a folding engraved map showing currents and temperatures, errata leaf at end of each vol. except the last, additional supplementary errata at beginning of vol. IX.

    Atlas hydrographique. Paris, Depot de la Marine, 1845, folio (68 x 49.5 cms), [2]pp., 16 engraved map sheets (4 double-page) showing 19 subjects.

    Atlas de botanique. 1846, folio, half-title, one page Table des planches, 28 engraved plates, without the text volume as usual (not published until 1864 and rarely found).

    Zoologie. 1855, 8vo text and folio Atlas, half-title, title, 2pp. list of plates, 78 engraved plates (74 hand-coloured), the 10 plate bird section browned and with some offsetting else a clean fresh set of plates.

    £65,000
  9. Four aquatints: 300 x 430mm (plate size), with full margins, View in Pulo Condore with 5 closed tears to margin expertly repaired, A View in Annamooka with 2 closed tears to margin expertly repaired, View in Ulietea 2 closed tears to margin expertly repaired. Fine impressions, preserved in a modern blue cloth portfolio with black morocco label lettered in gilt to upper.

    £14,750
  10. Engraved portrait, 224 x 270mm (trimmed to edge of plate), mounted, some light toning.

    £350
 

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