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1. [CAMPO POMAR, Rafael] (1813-1890)
Manifesto del Presidente del Salvador a los pueblos del estado [Manifest of the president of Salvador to the people of the state].

Cojutepeque [Salvador]: Imprenta del Triunfo, 1857. First Edition. Octavo. 5 leaves. Disbound pamphlet. Period ink inscriptions (calculations) on the title page, otherwise a very good copy.
Very Rare political pamphlet as no copies found in Worldcat. This pamphlet contains the speech of the president of El Salvador Rafael Campo to the citizens of the country dated the 21st of March 1857.
Rafael Campo Pomar was President of El Salvador in 12 February 1856 - 1 February 1858. Campo was elected president on 30 January 1856. He turned over power to his vice president, Francisco Dueñas, on 12 May of the same year, but resumed the presidency on 19 July. He was a member of the Conservative Party. Campo stepped down after the serious cholera epidemic of 1857 had exhausted the country.

 

2. [CHÁVEZ, Coronado] (1807-1882)
Exposition del Presidente del estado de Honduras a los Centro-Americanos. Año de 1845 [Exposition of the President of the State of Honduras to the Central Americans. Year of 1845].

Comayagua [Honduras]: Imprenta del Estado, [1845]. First Edition. Octavo. [1], 12 pp. Original pamphlet with the title page as wrapper. Minor stains on the title page, otherwise a very good copy.
Very Rare Honduras imprint as only 6 copies found in Worldcat. The pamphlet contains the speech of the 4th president of Honduras Coronado Chávez to the citizens of the Confederation of Central America (1842-45) dated the 26th of June 1845. The speech is supplemented with the official letter from José Maria Cisneros (Ministerio de Relaciones del Supremo Gobierno des Estado de Honduras) to the general-in-chief of the army of El Salvador regarding the current war between Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.
"Coronado Chávez was the 4th President of Honduras from 8 January 1845 to 1 January 1847. For the week prior to his taking office he had been a member of the council of ministers that was running Honduras along with Casto Alvaro. <..,> Chávez succeeded in the war with El Salvador, a conflict that ended with the "Sensenti Treaty" in 1847. A conservative, Chávez accompanied General Francisco Ferrera in exile, living in El Salvador until his return to Honduras, where he died at his residence in Comayagua.
Chávez was noted for a decree dated March 10, 1846, issued to support the ‘Literary Academy of Tegucigalpa’ which later became the State University. The Honduras Legislature proclaimed him on March 19, 1846 as ‘Father Conscripto’ (Father of the Nation)" (Wikipedia).

 

3. [COOK, Captain James] (1728-1779)
[All Three of Cook's Voyages in Swedish]: De Freville (A.F.J. De). Berattteles Om de nya Uptackter, som bliswit gjorde i Soderhafwet Aren 1767-1770, &c.; [With]: Sammandrag af Capitain Jacob Cooks Åren 1772, 73, 74 och 1775, Omkring Södra Polen; [With]: Sammandrag of Captain Jacob Cooks Tredje Resa, i Soderhafwet och emot Norra Polen.

Upsala: Johan Edman, 1776-1787. First Swedish Editions. Octavo, 3 vols. [xxviii], 308, [2], [ii], 326, [6]; [xx], 366, [10]; [xii], 618, [12], [2] pp. With two copper engraved folding maps Handsome period style matching brown gilt tooled half sheep with speckled papered boards and brown gilt labels housed in a matching slipcase. A fine set.
Very Rare complete set of all three of Cook's Voyages in Swedish. The First Voyage is a translation from Freville's compilation. The Second and Third Voyages were translated from the official accounts but with editorial notes by an anonymous Finnish editor (Second Voyage) and Oedmann (Third Voyage). The second voyage caused animosity between the editor and Sparrman who condemned the work and is ironically also listed as an author in the book. Du Rietz 1, 9, 12; Forbes 126 (Third Voyage).

 

4. [EAST-INDIA COMPANY]
A Letter to a Proprietor of the East-India Company.

London: Printed for T. Osborne, in Gray’s-Inn, 1750. First Edition. Octavo. 112, 117-123 miss-pagination as text continuous pp. Handsome period style brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards and red gilt morocco label. A very good copy.
The anonymous author, who most likely was a member of the East-India Company at Madras, thoroughly describes the loss of Madras and Fort St. George to the French fleet under command of Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais during the War of the Austrian Succession in 1746. The city and the fortress were very important for the Company and the author witnessed the plundering and destruction of the city and its neighbourhoods by the French (Oxford DNB).
The author reproduces the text of the letters between French and English authorities (the last president of Madras Nicolas Morse and Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais and his superior, the governor of French fort in India Pondicherry Joseph François Dupleix), the text of the Capitulation of Fort St. George and Town of Madras, numerous treaties and Commissions, instructions, authentic diary of the events of the Battle and French rule etc. Finally the author presents the account of the Company’s losses and expenses which resulted from the loss of Madras. Kress 5050.

 

5. [EXPEDITION TO POINT BARROW, ALASKA 1881-1883]
RAY, P.H., First Lieutenant 8th US Infantry
Report of the International Polar Expedition to Point Barrow, Alaska, in Response to the Resolution of the House of Representatives of December 11, 1884.

Washington: Government Printing Office, 1885. First Edition With a Signed Letter by Greely. Folio. [2 - title page], 695 pp. With a chromolithographed frontispiece, 2 chromolithographed plates, 19 phototype plates with tissue guards; a folding map, three charts, and 9 smaller woodcuts and charts in text. Manuscript list of plates added in the end of the Index (p. 695). Lacks one phototype plate facing p. 49. Book plate of Henry D. & Mary F. Couchman on the first paste-down endpaper, later book dealer’s and auction house’s labels and remarks on the first endpaper. Original publisher’s cloth with blind stamped ornamental borders on the boards and lettering on the spine. Cloth rubbed and worn, binding weak on hinges, but overall a good copy.
[With]: [Autograph Letter Signed from Adolphus Washington Greely to Henry Seebohm, Esq. Regarding the Present Edition of Ray’s Report and Colour Plates Presenting Ross’ Gull].
Washington, 16 January 1886. Quarto. 2 pp. Brown ink on laid paper with the official heading "Signal Office, War Department, Washington City." Old fold marks, paper soiled, lower margin browned and with glue residue, tears neatly repaired; overall a good letter.
A unique copy of the Report, supplemented with the letter from a renowned American explorer and army officer A.W. Greely (1844-1935) to a British traveller and amateur ornithologist Henry Seebohm (1832-1895) regarding two coloured plates from the book which showed Ross’ Gull and in fact became the first definitive depiction of this Arctic bird. Greely sent the present copy of the book to Seebohm with his letter and pointed his attention to the plates. As noted John Murdoch, the author of the "Natural History" part of the Report, "our expedition succeeded in obtaining a large series of the rare and beautiful bird - more, in fact, than there were before in all the museums of the world put together" (p. 123).
In the second part of the letter Greely talks about the report of his own expedition - a notorious Lady Franklin Bay Expedition (1881-84) which was undertaken, as well as Lieut. Ray’s, during the First International Polar Year (1882-83). Due to severe weather conditions and cold winters the US Navy vessels failed to supply the expedition with food for two years, which led to death of the most of its members. Only 7 people including Greely survived, "the rest had succumbed to starvation, hypothermia, and drowning, and one man, Private Henry, had been shot on Greely's order for repeated theft of food rations <..,> The returning survivors were venerated as heroes, though the heroism was tainted by sensational accusations of cannibalism during the remaining days of low food" (Wikipedia). Greely’s account of the expedition, which he talks about the letter, was published later the same year (Greely, A. Three Years of Arctic Service... New York, 1886. 2 vols.).
"The first station for Arctic research in Barrow was established for two years of observation during the First International polar Year in 1881-1883. In transmitting his report to General Hazen at the close of the mission, Lieutenant (Signal Corps) P.H. Ray (1885) respectfully suggested that in future expedition it should be desirable to give the leader time in advance to become acquainted with his crew and their project. In addition to valuable geophysical records, Ray prepared a penetrating description of the ways and culture of the Eskimo people whom he saw before their habits had been affected by white contact. He made a winter journey of reconnaissance half way to the head of Meade River. Sergeant Murdoch prepared the first comprehensive report on the birds of the Arctic coast. Both reports remain interesting reading for their information and literary quality" (Irving, L. Progress of research in Zoology through the Naval arctic Research Laboratory// Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Arctic Research Laboratory. Dedication Symposium. Vol. 22, No. 3, Sep., 1969. P. 327).
"The U.S. Army Signal Corps, on one of 15 expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic during the First International Polar Year in 1881, began the long research tradition at Barrow when they encamped at what is now the location of the Cape Smythe Whaling and Trading Company in Browerville. Led by Lt. P. H. Ray and documented extensively by Sgt. John Murdoch, the expedition spent two years investigating the northernmost point of U.S. Territory. Ray led geographic explorations. Murdoch conducted ethnological studies, which resulted in a publication (Murdoch, 1892) that is still a standard reference guide. The enlisted men tried to dig a hole to find the bottom of the permafrost. This excavation continued until the Army decamped and resulted in one of the largest ice cellars in Barrow, which is still in use. Later investigators discovered that the permafrost is more than a thousand feet thick at Barrow" (History of Research Based in Barrow Region// The Future of an Arctic Resource: Recommendations from the Barrow Area Research Support Workshop. 1999. P. 3). Arctic Bibliography 14292. Henze IV, 554.

 

6. [FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE LAST KING OF ITALY]
CAMERANO, Lorenzo (1856-1917)
[Custom Made Collection of All Articles by Camerano (Five) from the Account of the Expedition of Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi, to the Ruwenzori Mountains]: Estratto Dal Volume I dell' Opera Il Ruwenzore Relazione Scientifiche. [Presentation Copy from the Author to the Last King of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele III, with the King's Book Plate].

[Milano]: [Ulrico Hoepli], 1908. Author's Presentation Copy to the Last King of Italy. Five special offprints bound together. First Editions. Quarto. 66, [2]; 7; 22, [2]; 10, [2]; 6, [2]; 35 pp. With thirteen photogravure plates. Period light brown gilt tooled quarter calf with green gilt lettered label, marbled boards and endpapers, and a silk bookmark. All original publisher’s wrappers bound in. Author’s presentation inscription on the half-title “A Sua Majesta Vittorio Emanuele III Ré d’Italia. Omaggio, Lorenzo Camerano”. The King’s bookplate on the first free endpaper, paper label of the King’s library on the bottom of the spine. Handsome copy in near fine condition.
This special bound collection includes five articles by a noted Italian zoologist Lorenzo Camerano who took part in the 1906 expedition to the Ruwenzori Mountains led by Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi. The set includes the offprints of all Camerano’s articles from the “Zoology” volume of the official account of the expedition (the official account was published in 3 vols. In total: the travel narrative and two volumes of scientific data “Relazioni scientifiche"; Milano, 1908). All the offprints are bound together in their original publisher's wrappers, and contain illustrated articles about the colobus and red-tailed monkeys, Ruwenzori leopard, Grant’s zebra, and African buffalo (with photos of skulls, horns and skins), as well as a detailed systematized list of insects of Uganda and the Ruwenzori.
The set was presented by Camerano to the Italian King Vittorio Emmanuele III (who also was a cousin of Prince Luigi Amadeo of Savoy).
"An account of the expedition of H.R.H. Prince Luigi Amadeo of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi. Classic reference work on this tropical range; the expedition succeeded in climbing all the principal peaks" (Neate F27). “The second of the Duke's major expeditions. The Ruwenzori, Ptolemy's 'Mountain of the Moon', had never been seriously attempted before this remarkable expedition made the first ascents of this mountain group in central Africa between Lake Albert and Lake Edward on the boundary between Uganda and Zaire. With the rare second and third volumes of scientific data” (Howgego, Continental Exploration 1850-1940, F11). Lorenzo Camerano was an Italian herpetologist and entomologist, a professor of zoology and anatomy in Cagliari and Turin Universities, chancellor of the University of Turin (1907-1910), Italian senator (elected in 1909), and the president of the Italian Alpine Club (1910-1916).

 

7. [GOAN IMPRINT]
[RIVARA, Joaquim Heliodoro da Cunha]
A Jurisdicção Diocesana do Bispado de S. Thomé de Meliapor, Nas Possesões Inglezas e Francezas. Averiguação de Successos Antigos por Occasião de Outros Modernos na Igreja de Royapuram de Madrasta: Por im Portuguez [Dicesan Jurisdiction of the Bishop of S. Thomé de Meliapor in the English and French Possessions].

Nova-Goa: Imprensa National, 1867. First Edition. Octavo. 458, [1 - errata] pp. Later red quarter sheep gilt tooled and lettered on the spine, original front publisher’s wrapper strengthened and bound in. Several of the last leaves with mild foxing, otherwise a very good copy.
Very Rare as only three copies found in Worldcat.
A history of the Diocese of Saint Thomas of Mylapore (São Tomé de Meliapore), attributed to Cunha Rivara. The Diocese derives its name from the site of its cathedral in which the Apostle St. Thomas reportedly first preached Christianity in 52 AD. It was founded in 1606, and subsequently became British, as it was located three and a half miles away from Fort George, future Madras, founded in 1644. Cunha Rivara history of the Portuguese Diocese’s relations with the British and French, supports his work with over 150 official documents, both Portuguese and English.

 

8. [GOAN IMPRINT]
BALSEMÃO, Eduardo Augusto de sa Nogueira Pinto de (1837-1902)
Documentos que Dizem Respeito á Vida Publica de Eduardo Augusto de sa Nogueira Pinto de Balsemão [Documents Pertaining to Public Life of Eduardo Augusto de sa Nogueira Pinto de Balsemão].

Nova-Goa: Imprensa National, 1880. First Edition. Quarto. [2 - blank], iv leaves, 130, [1] pp. Period brown quarter sheep gilt lettered on the spine, original publisher’s printed wrappers bound in; front wrapper acting as a title page. Spine with repaired tears at head and foot, mild foxing, a few leaves strengthened at outer margin. Overall a very good copy.
Very Rare Goan imprint, as no copies found in Worldcat.
A collection of official documents and letters about the public life of Eduardo Augusto de sa Nogueira Pinto de Balsemão, who was Chief Secretary to the Governments of Cabo Verde, Angola and Goa (the latter in 1877). He was a member of the Geographical Society of Lisbon and Society of Propagation of African Geographical Knowledge of Luanda, and published several important works on the history of Angola and Portuguese India.

 

9. [GOAN IMPRINT]
DELLON, [Charles] (1649-1709)
Narracao da Inquisicao de Goa, Vertida em Portuguez, e Accrescentada com Varias Memorias, Notas, Documentos, e um Appendice, Contendo a Noticia que da Mesma Inquisicao Deu o Inglez Claudio Buchanan por Miguel Vicente d'Abreu [The History of The Inquisition, as it is Excercised in Goa.., Translated into Portuguese and Expanded with Different Descriptions, Notes, Documents and with an Appendix Containing the same Document Which the Inquisition gave to the Englishman Claudius Buchanan, by Miguel Vicente d'Abreu].

Nova-Goa: Imprensa Nacional, 1866. First Portuguese Edition. Octavo. x, 309 pp. Handsome period dark brown, gilt tooled treed full sheep Goan binding. A very good copy.
Very rare first Portuguese edition of the famous witness account on the Goan Inquisition, printed in Goa, with only three copies found in Worldcat.
Charles Dellon was a French Catholic physician and traveller to the East Indies. "A physician by training, in 1668 Dellon sailed to India with the Compagnie des Indes (q.v.), travelling by way of Madagascar and the Seychelles, and for a time undertook a study of the flora and fauna of the Malabar coast. In 1673 he left the employment of the company and started a private medical practice in Damao, at that time a Portuguese colony. Six months later, early in 1674, he was arrested by the Inquisition and taken to Goa, where he was imprisoned for two years [after the allegations in heresy]. He was then shipped to Lisbon, but released in the following year on condition that he should return immediately to France" (Howgego D31). Upon returning to France he continued medical practice and accompanied Prince Conti on his trip to Hungary in 1685. The description of Dellon’s misfortunes, first published in 1685 in Paris (under title "Relation de l’Inquisition de Goa" in 1688, Leyden and Paris) "proved a considerable success, particularly in Protestant Europe, where it ran to numerous editions. Although long regarded as a work of propaganda, recent research has testified to its accuracy" (Howgego).
First Portuguese edition, significantly supplemented with official documents and letters from the Goan archives, was published in Goa on initiative of Cunha Rivara, and with his Preface. The translation was made by Miguel Vicente de Abreu (1827-1883), a Goan historian and minor official of the National Press. Abreu belonged to the group of Goan intellectuals who were trained and sponsored by Cunha Rivara while secretary of the Portuguese government of India. The book contains an interesting list of 54 subscribers. "Obra interessante e muito valiosa para o estudo e história da inquisicao de Goa. Traducao bastante apreciada. Rara" [Interesting work, and very valuable for the history of the inquisition in Goa. Translation is much appreciated. Rare] (Conde do Ameal 8, about this edition).

 

10. [GOAN IMPRINT]
GONÇALVES, Luis Manoel Julio Frederico
Ensaio Historico de Portugal. Apontamentos Chronologicos, Historicos e Genealogicos dos Reinados dos Soberanos de Portugal. Colhidos de Diversos Auctores, Coordenados em Tabellas com Notas Illustrativas, e Duas Palavras Sobre a Historia Antiga de Portugal, a sobre a sua grandexa e Decadencia [Historical Essay on Portugal. Chronological, Historical and Genealogical Notes on the Reigns of Portuguese Sovereigns. Containing Miscellaneous Authors and Tables with Illustrative Notes, and Two Speeches on the Ancient History of Portugal, and About its Greatness and Decline].

Margão: Typographia do Ultramar, 1864. First Edition. Octavo. [4], 98 pp. With 12 folding statistical tables. Later blue half sheep gilt lettered on the spine, original publisher’s printed wrappers bound in. Wrappers with some stains, otherwise a very good copy.
Very Rare Goan imprint as only two copies found in Worldcat. The book is dedicated to Antonio Manuel Soares da Veiga, a professor of history in the Lyceu Nacional de Nova-Goa. Gonçalves was also know as the author of several works on Angola and Catalogos dos manuscriptos e codices da Bibliotheca Publica Nova-Goa (Nova-Goa, 1891).

 

11. [GOAN IMPRINT]
MACIVOR, William Graham (1825-1876), and RIVARA, Joaquim Heliodoro da Cunha
Memoria Sobre a Propagação e Cultura das Cinchonas Medicinaes, ou Arvores de Quina do Peru [A Memoir about Propagation and Culture of Medical Cinchona, or Trees of Quinoa of Peru] / [Translated from English by J.H. Da Cunha Rivara].

Nova-Goa: Imprensa National, 1864. First Edition. Octavo. [2], 36 pp. Later brown gilt lettered cloth, original publisher’s printed wrappers neatly restored and bound in. With a possible author’s inscription on verso of rear wrapper: "[?] da Cunha Rivara. Arrayolos" (Arraiolos is a small town located in Évora District in Portugal the birthplace of Cunha Rivara). Some pages with very mild foxing, otherwise a very good copy.
Very Rare as only one copy found in Worldcat.
A report on the Cinchona cultivation in the Neilgherry mountains, introduced to British India in 1861 with seeds from Peru and Java. Translated by Cunha Rivara, and with an addendum by him (two articles originally published in Archivo de Pharmacia e Sciencias Accessorias da India Portuguesa, # 7 and 9, 1864). Mac Ivor, Kew Gardener, who came to India in 1848, became a director of a public garden at Ootacamund in Nilgira Hills, and was in charge of the Cinchona acclimatization project there. He also brought out several publications promoting horticulture.

 

12. [HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY]
Report from the Select Committee on the Hudson's Bay Company; together with the Proceedings of the Committee, Minutes of Evidence, Appendix and Index; [With: the 'Plans referred to in the Report'.] Ordered, by The House of Commons, to be Printed, 31 July and 11 August 1857. [Plans by 'Henry Hansard, Printer'.] Two items bound together.

London: House of Commons, 1857. First Edition. Folio. [iv], xviii, 547, [1] pp. With three large hand colored folding lithographed maps. Recent navy quarter cloth with blue papered boards and a beige paper label. A very good copy.
"An important document containing the evidence of many witnesses on the suitability of Rupert's Land for agricultural settlement" (Peel 188).The Committee was convened to consider 'the State of those British Possessions in North America which are under the Administration of the Hudson's Bay Company, or over which they possess a License to Trade', at the 'near approach of the period when the license of exclusive trade, granted in 1838 for 21 years, to the Hudson's Bay Company over that north-western portion of British America which goes by the name of the Indian Territories, must expire'. Highly detailed, and containing much first-hand testimony from notable figures (J. H. Lefroy; John Rae; Sir George Simpson; William Kernaghan; Sir John Richardson; Rear-Admiral Sir George Back; Edward Ellice). Nineteen appendices, containing transcripts of documents and other material. The HBC's 21-year monopoly, granted in 1838, was running out and pressure for opening its lands to settlement was growing. This report urges restraint in opening up the lands, warning of corruption of the Indians and overhunting of the fur supply. TPL 3729.

 

13. [PERON, Francois] (1775-1810) & [FREYCINET, Louis-Henri de Saulces, Baron de] (1777-1840)
[ATLAS VOLUME] Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terres Australes, execute par ordre de Sa Majeste l'Empereur et Roi, sur les corvettes le Geographe, le Naturaliste, et la goelette le Casuarin, pendant les annees 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804. Atlas Historique only, [by Leseur et Petit]. [Voyage of Discovery to Terra Australis, executed by order of His Majesty the Emperor and King, on the corvettes Geographe, the Naturalist, and the schooner the Casuarina during the years 1800, 1801, 1802.1803 and 1804].

Paris: Chez Arthus Bertrand, 1824. Second Edition. Folio. [x] pp. With an engraved title with vignette, a double-page engraved map of Australia, eight other engraved maps and charts and fifty-nine engraved plates, including two double-page, and twenty-seven hand-colored. Beautiful period style crimson very elaborately gilt tooled full straight grained morocco with marbled end papers. A near fine copy.
"In 1800 an expedition organized by the Institute of France and placed under the command of Nicolas Baudin sailed for the South Seas. Their particular instructions were to make a full and minute examination of the Australian coasts, and especially to explore the southern coast, "where there is supposed to be a strait communicating with the Gulf of Carpentaria, and which consequently would divide New Holland into two large and almost equal islands." The maps and charts [were] prepared by Freycinet, who continued the publication after the death of Peron.., Peron the naturalist on this voyage, was able to prepare a huge zoological collection that was known for years for its excellence." (Hill 1329 (First Edition).
"This very scarce second edition was prepared by Freycinet after he returned from his own expedition to the Pacific between 1817 and 1820. It is not generally known that the 1824 second edition of the 'Partie Historique' contains some significant changes and additions to the first edition. The maps and charts of the first edition atlas, which bore the nationalistic and ambitious name of Terre Napoleon and included imperial French names for many parts of the coast, were omitted or greatly altered for the second edition atlas. This atlas also includes twenty-five new plates, many of which are coloured. Freycinet's alterations to the second edition reflect the political reality of the times and finally recognize the just claims of the English navigators, in particular Matthew Flinders, to the discovery of the Australian coast. Copies of the second edition of the 'Partie Historique' appear to be rarer, copy for copy, than the first edition and are prized accordingly" (Wantrup p. 157-9); Ferguson 979. "In 1800 [Peron] was engaged by Nicolas Thomas Baudin as 'trainee zoologist charged with comparative anatomy' for Baudin's exploratory voyage to the southern and western coasts of Australia" (Howgego 1800-1850, P21).

 

14. [PORTUGUESE NAVIGATION AND COLONIES]
Annaes Maritimos e Coloniaes. Publicação Mensal Redigida sob a Direcção da Associação Maritima e Colonial [Maritime and Colonial Annals: Monthly Publication Issued under the Direction of the Maritime and Colonial Association].

Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional, 1840-1846. First Edition. Octavo, 6 vols. With a total of thirteen lithograph maps, plans and charts (twelve folding, three in color), nine lithograph plates (seven folding; one large), and one large folding table, plus many tables in the text. Handsome period maroon and brown gilt tooled quarter sheep with marbled and papered boards. Bound in a similar but not quite uniform style. Vol. 2 bound without a title page. A couple of plates with repairs and markings of removed old adhesive tape, a couple of places of mild foxing, two volumes with slight cracking of hinges but holding. Overall a clean very good set.
Complete, with 103 issues in 6 vols. 533, [3], 12; 583, [5]; 346, [2], 641, [2]; [1 – t.p.], 409, [2], [1 – t.p.], 455, [2]; 235, [1], 512, [2]; 56, 135 pp.
A complete set (103 issues) of the first and only edition of this important Portuguese periodical dedicated to navigation, geographical exploration and colonial issues, and published by the Associação Maritima e Colonial in Lisbon. The materials include important original articles on the Portuguese colonies in Africa (Angola and Mozambique), India (Goa), China (Macau), Indonesia (Timor and other islands, e.g. Solor); official documents by the Portuguese government regarding maritime and colonial issues, as well as current statistical information from the colonies; first publications of the accounts of Portuguese voyages of exploration (e.g. In the Central Africa); interesting archival documents regarding Portuguese voyages and discoveries from the XVth century onwards and many others.
The collection includes three lengthy articles serialized through many issues: one is on the Portuguese colonies in Asia, including Macau and Timor, one on Portuguese explorations in the interior of Africa (diary of Dr. Francisco Jose de Lacerda e Almeida), and one on Portuguese colonies on the west coast of Africa (Angola). Other articles are dedicated to the Solor Island (Indonesia), Mozambique, the trade with the Malay Archipelago, the priority of Portuguese explorations in the Northern and Central Africa; problems of Christianisation and public education of the population of the Portuguese colonies et al. There are also accounts of the most important international expeditions of the time, e.g. Dumont-Dourville’s travel to the Antarctic (1837-40), Dupetit-Thouars’ circumnavigation of the frigate Venus (1836-39), Canadian Arctic exploration by the Hudson’s Bay Company vessels, the US Exploring Expedition in the South Pacific in 1838-40 et al. The publications also include texts of international anti-slavery treaties, documents on exports and imports, articles on the latest navigation techniques and machines, e.g. Steam ships, et al.
The charts are aimed at helping sailors to navigate in difficult ports, and show the harbors of Lisbon, Goa, Quellimane (Mozambique, hand coloured), Dilly (Timor), Mossamedes (modern Namibia, Angola) and Lobito (Benguela province of Angola); there are also folding plans of the city of Goa, a Portuguese fort in Pungo an Dongo (Angola); a topographical chart of the National Forest of Leiria (Portugal) and others. Plates include two views of the rapids de São Salvador da Pesqueira on the river Douro (Portugal) – before and after the works which removed the rapids and made the river navigable at this point; a nicely executed large folding view of the façade of the famous ruin of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Macau, a reprint of a document in Chinese, a draft of a vapour vessel, a statistical table of the population of the Portuguese Goa and others.
Volume I contains 11 issues and a supplement (pp. 529-33), followed by an index (3 pp.), as described in Fonseca, and "Estatutos da Associação Maritima" (12 pp., paginated separately), which is not mentioned in Fonseca. In volume II, there are 12 issues. Volumes III, IV and V each contain 24 issues: 12 in the "Parte Official," 12 more in the "Parte Não Official." In volume VI, only 4 issues each of the "Parte Official" and "Parte Não Official" were published. Fonseca calls for only 1 folding plate and 3 maps in the "Parte Não Official" of volume III, where this copy has 3 plates and 4 maps. Fonseca also fails to mention the single leaf preceding the text in both "Partes" of volume IV.
Innocêncio I, 72; Sabin 1577a.

 

15. [TIBET OFFICIAL PAPERS]
East India (Tibet) British Parliamentary Papers 1904-1910.

London: HMSO, 1904-1910. First Edition With Two Signed Letters by Younghusband & Macdonald. Folio. x, 314, iv, 29, 3, xxvi, 277, xvi, 229 pp. With a large folding map Period style navy gilt tooled half straight-grained morocco with navy cloth boards. A near fine copy.
Sir Francis Younghusband. Autograph Letter Signed "FE Younghusband" to Colonel Nisbet [Headed notepaper], Bowood, Calne, Wilts, 15 Jan. 1905. Three pages, 8vo, good condition.
Soldier, diplomatist, explorer, geographer, and mystic (see DNB). He thanks Nisbet for a dinner and the trouble he had taken "to gather together so many representative Anglo-Indians. It went off wonderfully well and I am most grateful to you for having got together such a welcome for me." He is having a "jolly time in one of the most delightful of the 'stately homes of England [Bowood House]'" He expects to return to London to see all his friends. Note: his mission to Tibet was in 1903-4, so he was in the recovery period, perhaps even just returned. His correspondent, Nisbet, preceded him as Resident in Kashmir. The dinner was presumably a celebration of his mission. He was staying in the country house, Bowood, of Lord Lansdowne, eminent statesman and sometime Viceroy of India which he mentions above as if contrasting it with Tibet.
[With]: Sir James Ronald Leslie Macdonald. Autograph Letter Signed "JRL Macdonald" to "Sir Reginald". Burton's Hotel, 29 Queen Anne's St., S.W. 27 May 1905. Four pages, 8vo, some staining but mainly good condition, note in another hand (prob. Sir Reginald's) giving details of writer and underlining the passage about Lady Macdonald's health.
Major-General, on Younghusband expedition to Tibet in 1903. "<…> The 7th July will do excellently for the presentation of the Thibet plate. / I have directed [Con & Co?] to send round a circular to the officers concerned informing them of the date & asking all who can attend to send their names to the [?] President. . . .[Lady Macdonald's health and his inability to visit] Have you read Col. Waddell's book 'Lhasa & its Mysteries.' It is the best book on the Thibet show. / I got into Percival Landon's black books owing to enforcing the Press Censorship Rules & he appears to have run down the Military side of the Expedition in consequence. / However I think the proper authorities all know how much of the success was due to the military & how little to the Political…"
Note (DNB account): "In that year (1903) the government of India decided to dispatch a political mission to Tibet under (Sir) Francis Younghusband, in order to counter Russian intrigues and to stabilize relations with Tibet by means of a treaty. Lord Kitchener, commander-in-chief in India, selected Macdonald to command the military escort. The party crossed the Jelep pass and entered Tibet on 12 December 1903. The journey was broken by several engagements with the Tibetans, who resisted the advance of the mission during the next four months, especially in the neighbourhood of Gyantse. Gyantse fort itself was the scene of severe encounters and, although it surrendered without resistance on 12 April, the capture was not finally consolidated until 7 July, when the monastery and the rest of Gyantse were secured. The last stage of the march began on 13 July 1904, and on 3 August the mission arrived at Lhasa, where a treaty was duly concluded. For this arduous campaign, Macdonald was awarded the K.C.I.E. And received the medal and clasp of the expedition."
The papers comprise:
Papers Relating To Tibet, Cd 1920. 1904. x, 314 pp; with a large folding map (Routes between Tibet and India);
Further Papers Relating To Tibet (In continuation of Cd 1920) Cd 2054. 1904. iv, 29 pp;
Further Papers Relating To Tibet, No III. (In continuation of Cd 2054) Cd 2370. 1905. xxvi, 277 pp;
Further Papers Relating To Tibet (In continuation of Cd 2370) Cd 5240. 1910. xvi, 229 pp.
The first volume of despatches, letters, telegrams, etc begins in 1889 with Mr James Hart's proposals for settling the Sikkim-Tibet dispute. Here is to be found the background to the 1904 Mission, reports from Nepal of Tibetan attacks on yaks, warnings to the Russian ambassador of the contemplation of the Mission, conversations with Russian ambassadors and Chinese Government, Younghusband's reports of the Mission's progress, etc.
The second paper begins with a dramatic telegraphic reports from Younghusband, dated 31st Jan 1904: "All authority has been taken by the Dalai Lama into his own hands. He has ignored the Chinese, has thrown his Councillors into prison, and has defied us. Officials and people share his confidence in the strength of Tibet, and the impotence of the British Government. " This intransigent attitude was to lead to the heavy Tibetan losses against superior modern forces, something which Younghusband had not expected. In a later despatch from the Escort Commander, Macdonald notes Younghusband's order to avoid firing unless attacked and then recounts: "They were informed that they would have to lay down their arms, and an attempt was accordingly made to disarm them. The Lhasa leaders then incited an attack upon us, the Lhasa Depon firing the first shot and the Tibetans firing point blank and charging with swords: they were, however, so hemmed in that they could not make use of their numbers, and after a few minutes were in full retreat under a heavy fire of guns, Maxims and rifles, which caused them heavy loss."
Even in the midst of war trade continued whenever there was an interval. Younghusband reports from Gyantse on 22nd April: "Camp is besieged with Tibetans selling country products, carpets and trinkets. A daily bazaar is now established outside the camp. Today 177 Tibetans, mostly women, were selling their goods there. The scene presented was very remarkable and significant - British officers and soldiers, Sikhs, Ghurkhas, and Bhutias bargaining away peaceably with their foes of a fortnight ago, and giving the sharp Tibetan traders exorbitant prices for vegetables, eggs, condiments, watches, cigarettes, carpets, trinkets, cotton goods, cooking utensils - even penny whistles. The Tibetans are evidently born traders and they are already sending to Phari for more goods from India."
Howgego Continental Exploration 1850-1940 M2 &Y4.

 

16. [WALLIS], [J.]
Wallis's New Pocket Edition of the English Counties or Travellers Companion in which are carefully laid Down all the Direct & Cross Roads, Cities, Townes, Villages, Parks, Seats and Rivers with a General Map of England and Wales.

London: J. Wallis, [1812]. Duodecimo. [iv] pp. With forty-four hand coloured maps. Period red gilt tooled half sheep with marbled boards and red gilt sheep cover label. Lower spine with chip, contents slightly loose, otherwise a very good copy.
The attractive English county maps show the main towns and roads. The map maker also published 'Wallis's New British Atlas Containing a Complete Set of County Maps in the same year.' Tooley Q-Z p.350.

 

17. [WEST AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE]
Report from the Select Committee on the West Coast of Africa; Together with the Minutes of Evidence, Appendix, and Index. [In two Parts:]Part I.- Report and Evidence; Part II.- Appendix and Index.

London: [House of Commons], 27th February 1843. First Edition. Small Folio. xxvi, 744; iv, 637 pp. With four outline hand coloured folding maps, one very large. Original publishers blue printed wrappers. Some very minor chipping of wrapper extremties, otherwise a very good set.
These exhaustive reports are filled with details on the administration of and lucrative trade with these English West African colonies. Much information is also included on English efforts to suppress the slave trade which are highlighted by the reports by Dr. Richard Robert (1798-1886) Madden, who in 1839 "became the investigating officer into the slave trade on the west coast of Africa" (Wikipedia). "He was sent to west Africa as a commissioner of inquiry into the administration of British coastal settlements, where he exposed the ‘pawn system’, which was a disguised form of slavery" (Oxford DNB). The maps shows the Gold Coast, Gambia, Sierra Leone and the coast of West Africa.

 

18. ANDERSON, John (1795-1845)
Mission to the East Coast of Sumatra, in M.DCCC.XXIII, under the direction of the Government of Prince of Wales Island. Including historical and descriptive sketches of the country, an account of the commerce, population and the manners and customs of the inhabitants, and a visit to the Batta cannibal state in the interior.

Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and T. Cadell, 1826. First Edition. Octavo. xxiii, 424 pp. With four folding engraved maps, eight engraved plates and a folding table. Handsome period style light brown elaborately gilt tooled full calf with a maroon gilt label. A fine copy.
"In February and March 1823 [Anderson] acted as agent for the governor of Penang in 'procuring engagements' from the sultans of Delly and Siack, and the rajah of Langkat, in Sumatra. He was also despatched to Perak and Selangor, fixing the state's boundary with that of Perak (Howgego 1800-1850, A10). "In 1819 Anderson was appointed deputy warehouse-keeper and Malay translator to the government, which latter post he retained until his retirement. In January 1823 he was dispatched on a three-month mission to the east coast of Sumatra with instructions to promise protection to the Sumatran chiefs and to discourage them from entering trading agreements with the Dutch. Distributing gifts of European chintzes and Indian muslins, Anderson was well received along the coast, and, ignoring his orders to abstain from formal political negotiations, agreed new or reinvigorated treaties with the sultans of Deli and Siak and the rajas of Serdang and Langkat, which the court of directors subsequently ruled invalid. In 1826 he published an account of his journey, Mission to the East Coast of Sumatra, in 1823, designed to alert British manufacturers to the potential market for their goods in Sumatra" (Oxford DNB).

 

19. ANDRADE, André Paulo de
Explorações antigas e modernas da Africa, e introducção ao estudo da hypographia africana [Explorations Ancient and Modern Africa..,].

Bombay: Typographia do "Anglo-Lusitano", 1888. First Edition. Octavo. xxi, 147, [7] pp. With three folding maps, one large. Original publishers' peach printed wrappers. Occasional foxing, covers a bit frayed, spine gone. Overall a good copy.
Very rare work with only four copies found in Worldcat. Much interesting information on the recent exploration of central Africa. The large folding map shows details of the southern part of the lake regions of central Africa.

 

20. ANDRADE, José Ignacio de & D. Maria Gertrudes de
[INDIA & CHINA] Cartas Escriptas da India e da China nos annos de 1815 a 1835 [Letters from India and China in the years 1815 to 1835].

Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional, 1847. Second Edition. Octavo, 2 vols. [xxiv], 283, [5]; [x], 269,[23] pp. With twelve lithographed portraits and one wood cut. Handsome period green gilt tooled half sheep with marbled boards, housed in a matching slip case. Recased but otherwise a very good set.
This account, which is written in 100 letters, discusses the history, customs, and present state of India, and China, especially Macao, and is based on the author's travels there. It also gives a history of the Portuguese discoveries, settlement and trade in the Far East. The lithographed plates include portraits of Chinese emperors, and portraits of the author and his wife. Andrade, born in the Azores in 1780, made numerous voyages to India and China and he eventually became a director of the Bank of Portugal. China Illustrata Nova II. 1544 (first edition); Cordier Sinica 2114 (first edition); Lust 109 (first edition).

 

21. ARAGO, J[acques Etienne Victor] (1790-1855)
[Atlas Only] Promenade Autour du Monde, Pendant les Annees 1817, 1818, 1819 et 1820, sur les Corvettes du Roi l'Uranie et la Physicienne Commandees par M. Freycinet [Narrative of a Voyage Round the World in the Uranie and Physicienne Corvettes Commanded By Captain Freycinet, During the Years 1817, 1818, 1819, 1nd 1820; on a Scientific Expedition Undertaken By Order of the French Government, in a Series of Letters].

Paris: Leblanc, 1822. First Edition. Folio Atlas, with a world map and 25 other lithograph plates. Period brown gilt tooled quarter sheep with black pebbled papered boards. Spine with some mild wear and some very minor water staining on the last few leaves, otherwise a very good copy.
"The Uranie, with a crew of 125 men under the command of Captain Louis de Freycinet, entered the Pacific from the West to make scientific observations on geography, magnetism, and meteorology. Arago was the artist of the expedition, which visited Western Australia, Timor, Hawaii, and New South Wales. The original ship was wrecked off the Falkland Islands. Two months later the expedition continued aboard the Physicienne, which stopped for a time at Rio de Janeiro. Captain Freycinet's wife, Rose Pinon, was smuggled on board at the advent of the voyage and made the complete journey, causing some discord among the crew. Freycinet named an island he discovered after her - Rose Island among the Samoa islands. These entertaining letters, written in a lively and witty literary style, provide vivid descriptions of the topography and the inhabitants of the Pacific Islands. The book achieved great success" (Hill 28-9).
"The Hawaiian portion of the text, contained on more than 150 pages, records impressions of the artist's stops on Hawaii, Maui, and Oahu. Extensive portions of the text also record the Arago impressions of Australia, Guam, and the Marianas Islands. The artist's main interest (as reflected by the plate subjects) are of peoples encountered. Several of the plates record somewhat gruesome aspects of Hawaiian culture" (Forbes 537); Ferguson 850; Sabin 1867.

 

22. BARNIM, Adalbert von (1841-60) & HARTMANN, Robert (1831-1893)
[Text Volume]: Reise des Freiherrn Adalbert von Barnim durch Nord-Ost-Afrika in den Jahren 1859 und 1860 [Travels Through North-East Africa].

Berlin: Georg Reimer, 1863. First Edition. Folio. xvi, 651, xi, 108, [3] pp. Text volume with one lithographed portrait frontispiece, two other lithographed plates, three (two folding) lithographed maps, two wood engraved plates and 26 wood engravings in text. Original publisher's dark green gilt blind stamped cloth. Some scattered mild foxing, rear hinge with small crack, otherwise a very good copy.
"The Party ascended the Nile into Sudan, explored from Old Dongola to Khartoum, then proceeded up the Blue Nile as far as Fazogli on the border of Ethiopia. Von Barnim died during the expedition at Roseres but Hartmann returned to Germany and in 1863 published [this] account of the expedition. Hartmann was appointed professor of zoology at the University of Berlin in 1867" (Howgego, Continental Exploration 1850-1940, B17).
"In 1859-60 he accompanied Adalbert von Barnim , the son of Adalbert of Prussia (1811-1873) on a mission to northeastern Africa (Egypt, Sudan and Nubia). Here Hartmann performed ethnographical, zoological and geographical studies in the region. On the journey, Adalbert von Barnim became ill and died on June 12, 1860 at Roseires in the Sudan. Hartmann wrote about the expedition in a 1863 treatise called Reisen des Freihern von Barnim durch Nordostafrika" (Wikipedia).

 

23. BARROS, Joao de (1496-1570)
Decada primeira da Asia. Dos feitos, que os Portuguezes fizeram no descobrimento, e conquista dos mares, e terras do Oriente, e novamente dada a luz, e offerecida ao Senhor Joao Bristows [Barros' First Decade of Asia].

Lisboa: Na Officina de Pedro Ferreira, 1752. Third Edition. Folio. 6, 208 leaves. Period brown gilt tooled speckled full sheep with black gilt label. Texted browned, rear cover with wear and some chipping of leather, but overall a good copy.
This is the third edition of the first decade of Barros, after the editions of 1552 and 1628.
Barros was an "eminent Portuguese historian whose Decadas are one of the major sources for the history of Portuguese navigation.., The first draft of the Decadas da Asia was completed in 1539, but due to the necessity for constant revision and expansion was not put to press until 1552. The first decade covers the background from Prince Henry to 1505.., part of the first decade was incorporated into Ramusio's Navigationi" (Howgego B34). Barros' "Decades contain the early history of the Portuguese in India and Asia and reveal careful study of Eastern historians and geographers, as well as of the records of his own country. They are distinguished by clearness of exposition and orderly arrangement. They are also lively accounts, for example describing the king of Viantana's killing of the Portuguese ambassadors to Malacca with boiling water and then throwing their bodies to the dogs" (Wikipedia).

 

24. BEKE, Charles T[ilstone] (1800-1874)
A Lecture on the Sources of the Nile and on the Means Requisite for their Final Determination. Delivered in the Theatre of the London Institution, on Wednesday, January 20th, 1864.
[With]: A Mounted Photograph (ca. 8,5x6 cm) of Mr. & Mrs. Beke ca. 1870 London: Ernest Edwards. With Six Pages of Loose Descriptive Text.

London: Board of Management of the London Institution, 1864. First Edition. Octavo. 35 pp. With three maps, one outline hand colored. Recent gray wrappers. A fine copy.
Very Rare publication as only three copies found in Worldcat. Published after Speke's 'Discovery of the Sources of the Nile.' In this lecture to the London Institution, Beke took issue with Speke's claim that he had discovered the source of the Nile. Beke's counter claims were based on Beke's knowledge gained during his previous journeys to the region. "Beke spent the years 1840 to 1843 travelling in Abyssinia, spending most of his time in the provinces of Shoa and Gojam. His governing concerns were to advance commerce; aid the suppression of the slave trade; and make further geographical discovery, with the elucidation of the sources of the Nile River as his goal.., In the 1860s Beke's lifelong passions again brought him into the public eye. He continued, by lecture and articles, and his Sources of the Nile (1860), to debate the geography of the Nile basin" (Oxford DNB).

 

25. BERGHAUS, Heinrich Karl Wilhelm (1797-1884)
Asia. Sammlung von Denkschriften in Beziehung auf die Geo- und Hydrographie dieses Erdtheils; zur Erklarung und Erlauterung seines Karten-Atlas Zusammengetragen [Asia. A Collection of Articles relating to the Geo - and Hydrographic of this Continent..,].

Gotha: Justus Perthes, 1832-6. First Edition. Quarto, 7 parts in one. [viii], 94, [2]; [iv], 50; [vi], 114; [iv], 182; [iv], 48; [iv], 128 [4]; [ii], 42 pp. With one lithographed map of Syria. Period black marbled papered boards with a green paper title label in manuscript. Foot of spine with chipping of the marbled paper, but overall a very good copy.
The seven parts of this rare work include a cartographical analysis of India, the Persian Gulf, the Philippines, Assam, Bhutan, Syria, Arabia and the Nile, and the Himalaya. "Berghaus is most famous in connection with his cartographical work. His greatest achievement was the Physikalischer Atlas (Gotha, 1838-1848), in which work, as in others, his nephew Hermann Berghaus (1828-1890) was associated with him" (Wikipedia).

 

26. BION, Nicolas (1652-1733)
L'Usage des Globes Celeste et Terrestre, et des Spheres Suivant les Differens Systemes du Monde. Précédé d'un Traité de Cosmographie [The use of Celestial and Terrestrial globes, Spheres and Following the Different Systems of the World. Preceded by a Treatise on Cosmography].

Paris: Jean Boudot, 1717. Fourth Edition. Octavo. [viii], 400, [8] pp. With a woodcut device on title-page, engraved headpiece for dedication, woodcut initials and headpieces and 51 engraved plates, many folding. Period dark brown gilt tooled full calf. Extremities rubbed, otherwise a very good copy.
The important and well illustrated "L'usage des globes celestes et terrestres, et des spheres..,"was first published in Paris in 1699 and was subsequently translated into other European languages. "Nicholas Bion was a French instrument maker and author with workshops in Paris. He was king’s engineer for mathematical instruments" (Wikipedia). "Bion published three important treatises on globes and cosmography, on astrolabes, and on precision instruments in general. These writings had great success and went into many editions" (DSB).

 

27. BOSSI, Bartolomé (1812-1891)
Exploracion de la Tierra del Fuego con el vapor oriental Charrúa por su comandante B. Bossi. [Exploration of Tierra del Fuego..,].

Montevideo: Tip. á vapor de La España, 1882. First Edition. Octavo. 59 pp. With a large folding map. Original publishers' green printed wrappers. Covers mildly foxed, spine missing. Overall a very good copy in very original condition.
This rare work by Bossi, who was of Italian descent, served in the Uruguayan Navy and later became Uruguayan Consul in Chile. While in Chile Bossi headed this expedition to Tierra Del Fuego. The large folding map gives much detail of the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego.

 

28. BREISLAK, Scipion (1748-1826)
Atlas Geologique ou Vues d'Amas de Colonnes Basaltiques, Faisant Suite aux Institutions Geologiques [Geological Atlas of Views of Basalt Columns..,].

Milan, 1818. With an engraved title page, fifty-three numbered engraved plates and two additional engraved plates. Period green gilt tooled half sheep with marbled boards. Extremities with some mild wear but overall a very good copy.
This is the atlas volume to Breislak's 'Institutions Geologiques.' "Considered one of the founders of volcanology in Italy, Breislak was the first to determine that basaltic rocks were of extrusive origin; he also emphasized that the tufaceous deposits of Campania originated under water, and he reconstructed the evolution of Vesuvius" (Dictionary of Scientific Biography).

 

29. BUDAN, [Louis] A[rmand] (1827-1874)
La Guadeloupe Pittoresque.

Paris: Noblet & Baudry, 1863. First Edition. Elephant Folio. [iv], 44 pp. With a tinted lithographed extra title page, eleven other tinted lithographs on plates including one large folding panoramic view. Original publishers' black blind-stamped gilt cloth with gilt stamped crown and initials C.L. Gilt cover titling faded, title-page and one plate with some minor repairs, otherwise a very good copy.
An important, rare series of attractive views of Guadeloupe. The views include the towns Moule, l'Anse Bertrand and a large panoramic view of the town and harbor of Pointe-à- Pietre. Louis Armand Budan, born at Anse-Bertrand in 1827, was known as a painter and one of the first photographers of the region. Additionally, he exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1863 to 1867. Sabin 8949.

 

30. CAPELLO, H[ermenegildo] (1841-1917) & IVENS, R[oberto] (1850-1898)
De Benguella ás terras de Jácca descripção de una viagem na Africa central e occidental Comprehendendo narracões, aventuras e estudos importantes sobre as cabeceiras dos rios Cu-nene, Cu-bango, Lu-ando, Cu-anza e Cu-ango, e de grande parte do curso dos dois ultimos; alem da descoberta dos rios Hamba, Canali, Sussa e Cu-gho, e larga noticia sobre as terras de Quiteca N'bungo, Sosso, Futa e Iácca por H. Capello e R. Ivens: Expedição organisada nos annos de 1877 - 1880.

[From Benguella to the Territory of Yacca. Description of a journey into Central and West Africa. Comprising narratives, adventures, and important surveys of the sources of the River Cunene, Cubango, Luando, Cuanza and Cunago, and of great part of the course of the two latter; together with the discovery of the River Hamba, Cauali, Sussa, and Cugho, and a detailed account of the territories of Quiteca N'bungo, sosso, Futa, and Yacca ... Expedition organized in the years 1877-1880].
Lisboa: Imprenta Nacional, 1881. First Edition. Large Octavo, 2 vols. xviii, 379; xii, 391 +[24] pp. With many illustrations and maps on plates and in text. Original publishers period brown pictorial gilt cloth. Recased, otherwise a very good set.
The expedition was part of the attempt by Portugal to establish sovereignty over a corridor linking the territories of Angola and Mozambique. It forms a companion to the account of Serpa Pinto, who set out on his own expedition after parting in disagreement with Capello and Ivens. This present account being an important survey of the sources of the Rivers Cunene, Cubango, Luando, Cuanza, and Cuango, and also discussing the discovery of the River Hamba, Cauali, Sussa, and Cugho, as well as giving a detailed account of the Territories of Quiteca N'bungo, Sosso, Futa, and Yacca. Capello "was selected to direct a scientific expedition to carry out a survey of the relationship betwenn the watersheds of the Congo and Zambezi rivers and to determine the course of the major tributaries" (Howgego, Continental Exploration 1850-1940, C8).

 


31. CELLA, Paolo della & PEZANT, Adolphe [Translator]
[TRAVELS FROM TRIPOLI TO EGYPT] Voyage en Afrique au Royaume de Barcah et dans la Cyrénaique à travers le désert. Traduit et augmenté de notes historiques, géographiques et botaniques, et d'une notice sur l'ancienne et moderne Cyrénaique, sur le royaume de Fezzan, sur Temboctou, sur l'Oasis de Syouah, l'antique Oasis d'Ammon et le temple de Jupiter, sur le vent du Désert, sur l'Ibis sacré, sur le Lotus, sur le Papyrus égyptien, et sur le Silphium si recherché des Anciens. [Narrative of an Expedition from Tripoli in Barbary to the Western Frontier of Egypt in 1817 by the Bey of Tripoli].

Paris: Armand-Aubrée, 1840. First Edition. Octavo. xvi, 432 pp. With a lithographed frontispiece and seven other lithographs on plates and a large folding engraved map. Handsome period style red gilt tooled half straight-grained morocco with marbled boards. A very good uncut copy.
This rare work, originally published in Italian and then translated into German and English before this current French edition, was written by the physician attendant to the Bey. "The author gives an animated description of what he saw" (Playfair, Tripoli 146). These coastal travels in what is present day Libya, took the author from Tripoli via Misrata, Ajdabiya, Benghazi, Derna to Bombah near the border with Egypt. The most valuable scientific contribution of the work is on Libyan flora, some of which is illustrated on the plates, as three hundred botanical specimens were collected, including twenty-six species new to science.
 

32. CHARLEVOIX, Pierre Francois Xavier de (1682-1761)
Histoire et Description Générale du Japon; où l'on Trouvera tout ce qu'on a pu Apprendre de la Nature & des Productions du Pays, du Caractere & des Coûtumes des Habitans, du Gouvernement & du Commerce, des Révolutions arrivées dans l'Empire & dans la Religion; et l'examen de tous les auteurs, qui ont écrit sur la même sujet. Avec les fastes chronologiques de la découverte du nouveau monde. [History and General Description of Japan, Where you will find Everything you Could Learn from Nature & Productions of the Country, the Character & Customs of the Inhabitants, Government & Trade..,].

Paris: Gandouin et al., 1736. First Edition. Quarto, 2 vols. lviii, 667, [1]; xii, 746, [2] pp. With twenty-five copper engraved plates (thirteen folding) and eight folding, engraved maps and plans. Period dark brown full sheep, re-backed in period style with elaborate gilt tooling. Some scattered small minor and marginal water stains, otherwise a very good set.
"Charlevoix was a French Jesuit traveller and historian, often distinguished as the first historian of New France, which then occupied much of North America known to Europeans" (Wikipedia)."His work is particularly useful in shedding light on the state of the Jesuit missions of the period. In addition to works based directly on his travels, he also wrote on Hispaniola, Japan and Paraguay" (Howgego C104). Charlevoix, never travelled to Japan and his work is largely based on Engelbrecht Kaempfer's "The History of Japan," nevertheless the present set is an important work of the period on Japan and is considered one of the best sources of information on Japan in the 18th century. Cordier Japonica 422.

 

33. COOK, Captain James (1728-1779) & KING, Captain James (bap. 1750-1784)
A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean; Undertaken by Command of His Majesty, for Ma king Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere: Performed Under the direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore in the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, 1780. Being a Copious, Comprehensive, and Satisfactory Abridgement of the Voyage.

London: Stockdale, Scatcherd, Whitaker, Fielding and Hardy, 1784. First Octavo Edition. Octavo, 4 vols. xii, 370; xii, 359; xii, 400; xii, 310 + [35 - index], [24 - subscribers] pp. With a total of fifty-one copper engraved maps and plates, some large and folding. Period brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards and gilt morocco label. Recently rebacked in style using the original boards, overall a very good set.
"Cook's third voyage was organized to seek the Northwest Passage and to return Omai to Tahiti. Officers of the crew included William Bligh, James Burney, James Colnett, and George Vancouver. John Webber was appointed artist to the expedition. After calling at Kerguelen Island, Tasmania, New Zealand, and the Cook, Tonga, and Society Islands, the expedition sailed north and discovered Christmas Island and the Hawaiian Islands, which Cook named the Sandwich Islands. Cook charted the American west coast from Northern California through the Bering Strait as far north as latitude 70'' 44' before he was stopped by pack ice. He returned to Hawaii for the winter and was killed in an unhappy skirmish with the natives over a boat. Charles Clerke took command, and after he died sic months later, the ships returned to England under John Gore. Despite contemporary English hostilities with the United States and France, the scientific nature of this expedition caused the various governments to exempt these vessels from capture. The voyage resulted in what Cook judged his most valuable discover -the Hawaiian Islands" (Hill 361, First Edition).
"This abridged account is preferred by some readers because, the nautical and technical parts having been deleted, the work reads more like an adventure" (Hill 362); "This Edition had a very wide circulation and is notable for its extensive index" (Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 69); "This long-delayed official account of the third voyage was so eagerly awaited by the public that it was sold out on the third day after publication" (Holmes 47); Lada-Mocarski 37 (First Edition).

 

34. COOKE, Lt.-Col. A. C. (compiler at the Topographical & Statistical Department of the War Office)
Routes in Abyssinia.

London: HMSO by Harrison and Sons, 1867. First Edition. Large Octavo. [iv], 252 pp. With a large folding map, hand coloured in outline (by E G Ravenstein), and smaller folding map by Keith Johnstone) Period style blue marbled papered boards with a brown gilt label. Title page with some library markings on recto and verso, otherwise a very good copy.
A particularly interesting work produced at the time of the Abyssinian Campaign reviewing the different routes of exploration taken up to that date in Abyssinia, beginning with the 1541 Portuguese Expedition and continuing with the routes taken by Salt, Pearce, Ferret et Galinier, Mansfield Parkyn, Munzinger, Merewether, Harris, D'Hericourt, Isenberg & Krapf, Coffin, Hamilton, Bruce, Beke, Combes & Tamisler, Mendez, Lefebvre, and Steudner. The last twenty pages describe and discuss the Line of Advance of the British Expedition. Also, a detailed description of Abyssinia is given and the large folding map is most likely the most detailed and accurate map of the country to that date.

 

35. CORDEYRO, Antonio S.J. (1641-1722)
[History of Portugal's Atlantic Islands] Historia Insulana das Ilhas a Portugal Sugeytas no Oceano Occidental.., Para a confirmaçam dos bons costumes, assim moraes, como sobrenaturaes, dos nobres antepassados Insulanos, nos presentes, e futuros Descendentes seus, & só para a salvação de suas almas, & mayor gloria de Deos.

Lisboa: Antonio Pedrozo Galram, 1717. First Edition. Folio. [xvi], 528 pp. With woodcut vignette on title-page, woodcut headpieces, tailpieces and initials. Handsome period brown elaborately gilt tooled full sheep. Title page with repaired upper right corner, not affecting text, rear cover with some repaired cut marks, otherwise a very good copy in very original condition.
Important history of Portugal's Atlantic islands, covering the prehistory and ancient history (including rumors that they were Atlantis) of the Canary Islands, Cabo Verde, Madeira (including Porto Santo), the Azores (sections on Santa Maria, São Miguel, Ilha Terceira, São Jorge, Graciosa, Fayal, Pico, Flores, and Corvo).
The author, a Jesuit, was a native of Angra on the island of Terceira in the Azores. He died at the Collegio de Sancto Antão in Lisbon."This work is an important source for the history and description of the Azores, Terceira in particular. Much of the material is derived from the Saudades da terra of Caspar Frutuoso. There are also chapters describing the Canaries, Cape Verde islands and Madeira, as well as some references to Brazil and the Americas. The section on Madeira includes an account of the introduction of sugarcane from Sicily, and the development of the industry. This declined with the gradual depletion of wood-fuel stocks and then moved first to Sao Tom, and then to Brazil" (Sotheby's); "A history of Portuguese exploration, colonization, and colonial administration in the islands of the Canary, Madeira, Azores, and Cape Verde groups" (Bell C619); Innocêncio I, 114; Sabin 16759.

 

36. COSTA, Diogo da
Relaçam das Guerras da India Desde o Anno de 1736 até o de 1740 [Relation of the Wars in India from 1736 until 1740].

Porto: Antonio Pedroso Coimbra, 1741. First Edition. Octavo. [20] pp. Period style brown gilt tooled full sheep. Without spine label, otherwise a very good copy.
Rare work with only eleven copies found in Worldcat. This is an account of the three years war between Portuguese troops and the Marathas around Baçaim (Bassein) near Bombay (Mumbai). The Marathas attacked several Portuguese outposts in 1736. However, this work concentrates on the battle for Baçaim, an important Portuguese trading post on the west coast of India that fell to the Maratha in 1738. After careful planning, Chimnaji Appa led a Maratha army into the Portuguese occupied territories in 1737. Chimnaji's strategy was to go for the weakest link in the chain to the strongest, thereby progressively weakening the Portuguese. "On March 28, 1737 Maratha forces attacked the fort and surprised the Portuguese who were caught with their guard down. The Portuguese retreated and gave up the fort" (Wikipedia). After four years of war the Portuguese finally surrendered.
"Portuguese Captain Caetano de Souza Pereira signed the surrender as most of the top army officers were already dead. Chimnaji was magnanimous in victory, and surviving Portuguese were given a safe passage" (Wikipedia).

 

37. CRAWFURD, John (1783-1868)
Letters from British Settlers in the Interior of India, Descriptive of Their Own Condition, and that of the Native Inhabitants Under the Government of the East India Company. With Notes.

London: James Ridgway, 1831. First Edition. Octavo. 98 pp. Period brown silk cloth with paper label on spine. Some minor bubbling of the cloth and text with some foxing to margins, otherwise a very good copy.
A collection of twenty-six letters from planters and settlers in the Indian provinces put before the Select Committee of the House of Commons inquiring into their relations with native inhabitants. Although they were rejected as evidence due to their anonymity, they provide a fascinating record of the state of British India as experienced by settlers. "The present publication <...> will be found to contain some of the most authentic and valuable information on the actual state of British India ever submitted to the public" (the Preface). The letters include information about indigo plantations of English settlers and their territorial conflicts with locals, about land taxes, British colonial administration and justice, the state of the police, and on the character and condition of the people.
The editor John Crawfurd, who acted as a general agent of the parties in England, was a prominent orientalist and colonial administrator. He served in the East India Company in India, Java, Siam, Vietnam, Burma and Singapore. Crawfurd was the author of several books on South-East Asia and was considered the pioneer of the study of geology in the region (Oxford DNB).

 

38. DA SILVA CASTRO, Francisco
Apontamentos Para a Historia do Cholera-morbus no Pará em 1855. Offerecidos a’ Junta Central d’Hygiene Publica do Rio de Janeiro [Notes for the History of the Cholera decease in Para in 1855, Offered to the Central Board of Public Hygiene in Rio de Janeiro].

Pará [Brazil]: Typ. De Santos & Filhos, 1855. Author's Presentation First Edition. Octavo. 34, [2], [77] pp. With two folding statistical tables. Author’s presentation inscription to ‘Il[ustrisi]mo Señ[o]r Joaquim Maria Ozorio’ on verso of the title page. Original publisher’s light green wrappers with decorative borders. Wrappers worn, with tears and chips, overall a good copy.
Very rare as only one copy found in Worldcat.
A detailed overview of the history of cholera epidemic in the Pará district of northern Brazil by a local ‘eminent physician’ and statesman Francisco da Silva Castro (see: Da Silva Lima, J.F. Medicinal plants indigenous at Pará useful in dysentery and diarrhoea// The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. New Series. Vol. III. Boston, 1869. P. 110). The book contains the history of the epidemic and recommendations on the medical treatment of cholera, supplemented with the reproduction of the official correspondence, statistics of the death cases in 1852-1855 (number of people buried at the Soledade cemetery), with the indication of the diseases which caused deaths (cholera, yellow fever or other), and numbers of victims among adults and children. Two folding statistical plates at rear showcase the meteorological observations made in the Pará’s capital Belem in 1845-49.
Our copy in the original publisher’s wrappers contains the author’s presentation inscription to Joaquim Maria Ozorio, a police officer in the Pará district (Subdelegacia de Nazareth, see: Almanak do Pará, 1888, p. 123).
Francisco da Silva Castro was a medical doctor, president of the Pará Commission of public health, deputy of the provincial Legislative Assembly; he also published a work on the medical use of the paracary plant (Observações sobre o vegetal paracary, e suas applicaçoens therapéuticas; Pará, 1860) and an interesting geographical description of a journey from Belem to Villa Bella in Matto Grosso region of Brazil (Roteiro chorographico (inedito) da viagem que se costuma fazer da cidade de Belem do Grão-Pará para a Villa-bella de Matto-grosso; Pará, 1857). See also: González Pizarro J. A. [Article in Spanish]. [Dr. Francisco da Silva Castro, the paracary plant and the recognition of the Spanish crown for his medical work] //Asclepio. 1988. # 40. pp. 395-403. Sabin 11451.

 

39. D'ANVILLE, Jean Baptiste Bourguignon (1697-1782)
Eclaircissemens Geographiques sur la Carte de l'Inde [Geographical Elucidations on the Map of India].

Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1753. First Edition. Quarto. vi, [i], 161, [11] pp. Period style brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards and a red gilt label. With a couple of unobtrusive library blind stamps, otherwise a very good copy.
This is the description of the D'Anville map of India published in 1752. D'Anville "was both a geographer and cartographer who greatly improved the standards of map-making. His maps of ancient geography, characterized by careful, accurate work and based largely on original research, are especially valuable. He left unknown areas of continents blank and noted doubtful information as such; compared to the lavish maps of his predecessors, his maps looked empty" (Wikipedia).

 

40. DAPPER, Olfert (1636-89)
[AFRICA: MOST COMPLETE 17TH CENTURY DESCRIPTION] Umbständliche und eigentliche Beschreibung von Africa und denen darzu gehörigen Königreichen und Landschaften als Egypten, Barbarien, Libyen, Biledulgerid, dem Lande der Negros, Guinea, Ethiopien, Abyssina und den Africanischen Insulen zusamt deren verscheidenen Nahmen, Grentzen, Städten, Flüssen...: aus unterschiedlichen neuen Land- und Reise-Beschreibungen mit Fleiss zusammengebracht.
[Africa: Being an Accurate Description of the Regions of Aegypt, Barbary, Lybia, and Billedulgerid, the Land of Negroes, Guinee, Aethiopia, and the Abyssines, with all the Adjacent islands, either in the Mediterranean, Atlantick, Southern, or Oriental Sea, belonging thereunto; with the several Denominations of their Coasts, Harbors, Creeks, Rivers, Lakes, Cities, Towns, Castles, and Villages ; Their Customs, Modes, and Manners, Languages, Religions, and Inexhaustible Treasure].

Amsterdam: Jacob van Meurs, 1670-1671. First German Edition. Folio, 2 parts in one. [viii], 695, [13] [i], 101, [3] pp. Title to part one printed in red and black, engraved additional title, engraved portrait, forty-three engraved folding maps and plates and fifty-six engraved illustrations in text. Beautiful period style crimson very elaborately gilt tooled full morocco with a black gilt label. A near fine copy.
Beautifully and vividly illustrated, this "work is one of the most authoritative 17th-century accounts on Africa published in German. Dapper never travelled to Africa but used reports by Jesuit missionaries and other explorers. The fine plates include views of Algiers, Benin, Cairo, Cap Town, La Valetta, Marrakech, St. Helena, Tangier, Tripoli, Tunis, as well as, animals and plants" (Christies). Translated into German by F. von Zesen. This copy has the engraved title, dedication and portrait leaves lacking in most copies. "An important early work on Africa in general, which was translated into several European languages.., ‘it was carefully compiled from the best sources of information’" (Mendelssohn I, p. 414).
Dapper "wrote a book on the history of Amsterdam. Later he also wrote about Africa, China, India, Persia, Georgia, and Arabia, although he had not visited these exotic destinations himself. In fact, he never travelled outside Holland. His books became well-known in his own time.., To this day, Dapper's book Description of Africa Naukeurige Beschrijvinge van Africa gewesten (1668) is a key text for Africanists" (Wikipedia); Cox I, p. 361; Gay 219.

 

41. DUMONT D'URVILLE, Jules Sebastien Cesar (1790-1842)
Voyage de Decouvertes Autour du Monde et a la Recherche de La Perouse, par M. J. Dumont d'Urville, Capitaine de Vaisseau, execute sous son commandement et par ordre du gouvernement, sur la Corvette l'Astrolabe, pendant les annees 1826, 1827, 1828, et 1829. Histoire du Voyage [A Voyage of Discovery Around the World and the Search for La Perouse].

Paris: A la Librairie Encyclopedique de Roret, 1832 - 1833. Rare General Reader's Edition. Octavo, 5 vols & Folio Atlas. cxii, 528; [iv],632; [iv], 796; [iv], 760; [iv], 678, [1] pp. Folio Atlas with lithographed portrait frontispiece, lithographed title, eight charts (six double-page), and twelve plates (six hand colored). Period brown gilt tooled quarter sheep with red gilt morocco labels and marbled boards. Handsomely re-backed in style using original boards, otherwise a near fine copy.
"This was the first expedition commanded by Dumont d'Urville. Its purpose was to gain additional information about the principal groups of islands in the Pacific and to augment the mass of scientific data acquired by Louis Duperrey. The Astrolabe sailed south, around the Cape of Good Hope, and arrived at Port Jackson. Proceeding to New Zealand, a careful survey was done of its coast, especially the southern part of Cook Strait. Tonga and parts of the Fiji Archipelago were explored, then New Britain, New Guinea, Amboina, Tasmania, Vanikoro, Guam, and Java. The return home was by the way of Mauritius and the Cape of Good Hope. Massive amounts of scientific materials were collected and published. Dumont d'Urville is also known for an incident from an earlier voyage: in 1819, while on a surveying vessel near the island of Milos, locals told him about an ancient statue they had recently unearthed. After viewing the statue, he promptly arranged for it to be bought by the French government and shipped to Paris, where it remains in the collection of the Louvre. The statue is known as the Venus de Milo" (Hill 504); Howgego 1800-1850, D34. The rare "household" or general reader's edition of Dumont-d'Urville's grand series of narrative and scientific volumes describing the Astrolabe expedition. The very rare atlas volume was issued but is rarely found as in this case with the text volumes. Australian Book Auctions.

 

42. DUPERRE, l'amiral Guy-Victor (1775-1846)
Précis sur les établissements français formés à Madagascar [Descriptions of the French institutions in Madagascar]; [With]: An Autographed Signed Note by Duperré on Ministere de la Marine et des Colonies Cabinet du Ministre Letterhead dated 18 June 1836 mentioning Cayenne].

Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1836. First Edition. Large Octavo. [iv], 76 pp. Original publishers blue printed stiff wrappers. Slightly dust soiled and with repair of spine, a couple leaves with mild water staining, otherwise a very good copy.
Printed by order of Admiral Duperré, Minister of the Marine and the Colonies, this work describes the French involvement, exploration and colonization in Madagascar from 1642-1836 with the period from 1814 being the main focus. The French settlement of Fort Dauphin is covered in some detail. Gay 3253.

 

43. DURAND, Jean-Baptiste-Léonard (1742-1812)
[Voyage to Senegal]. Voyage au Sénégal, ou mémoires historiques, philosophiques et politiques sur les découvertes, les établissemens et le commerce des Européens dans les mers de l'Océan atlantique, depuis le Cap-Blanc jusqu'à la rivière de Serre-Lionne inclusivement; suivis de la relation d'un voyage par terre de l'île Saint-Louis à Galam, et du texte arabe de trois traités de commerce faits par l'auteur avec les princes de pays.

Paris: Chez H. Agasse, An X, [1802]. Second Edition. Text Octavo, 2 vols. & Quarto Atlas. lvi, 359, [1]; 383, [1];67 pp. Atlas with a copper engraved portrait frontispiece, forty-three numbered engraved plates, including sixteen folding maps. Handsome period brown gilt tooled mottled full (text) & half (atlas) calf. Atlas with marbled boards. One text volume rebacked, otherwise a very good set.
In 1785 Durand was appointed head of the Third Company of Senegal on the Isle of St. Louis where he was a director between 1785-86. He then made a trip to Galam and concluded several treaties with the Moors, to promote the gum trade. A Voyage to Senegal was inspired by the works of Father Labat and other writers, and includes a description of the journey of Mr. Rubault, who went to Galam and much information on the history, trade and commerce of the western African coast from Cape Blanc to the Sierra Leone River, which was the heart of the African slave trade in the 18th century. The work contains a very detailed map of the region and also engravings of local life, fauna and flora.
"During the eighteenth century the factories and settlements on the coast of Senegal had changed hands several times between the British and the French. The island of Goree had been returned to the French in 1763 at the conclusion of the Seven Years War, and 1779 Louis Philippe Rigaud, marquis de Vaudreuil, had recovered Saint Louis" (Howgego 1800-1850, W23); Wikipedia.

 

44. DUVALL, Alfred, engineer
Informe dado en cumplimiento de la orden del supremo gobierno del Peru por el ingeniero Alfredo Duvall, sobre los proyectos de dar agua permanente á la ciudad de Piura y de la irrigacion de los lados del rio de la Chira [Report given in compliance with the order of the supreme government of Peru by the engineer Alfredo Duvall, on projects to give permanent water to the city of Piura and irrigation from the Chira River].

Lima: Tip. de Toribio Villar, 1853. First Edition. Octavo. [1], [1], 46 pp. With a folding hand coloured lithographed map. Original disbound pamphlet without wrappers. Overall a very good copy.
Very Rare Lima imprint as only digital copies found in Worldcat. The pamphlet contains an early hydrographical survey of the Chira River valley in northern Peru which flows from the Ecuadorian Andes to the Pacific Ocean, with the mouth situated 20 km north of the provincial capital of Piura. The book is supplemented with a nicely executed map of the northern side of Chira River valley from Chocan to Amotape.
From the report of the US consul in Paita (Peru), C.F. Winslow:
"After collecting the wild staple, at cheap rates, and exporting it for trial upon British looms, an enterprising English gentleman employed the services of our mechanical and civil engineer, Alfred Duvall, of Baltimore, who has already written a valuable treatise upon the subject, to lay out a plantation in the rich valley of the Chira, about twenty-five miles from this port. The valley of the Chira is a rich bottom, averaging more than two miles in width, extending from the bay to the Andes, and capable of irrigation from a small river that flows through its rich alluvial deposits. The Chira is perhaps the longest river, and the valley perhaps the finest soil for cultivation of cotton on the western sides of the Andes. This spot was selected, and by a free outlay of capital several hundred acres of land, neglected wilderness, have been converted into magnificent and productive cotton lands in an incredibly short time. The water is raised by expensive machinery and led by ingenious devices and gigantic causeways in such a manner as to insure abundant crops by unfailing irrigation" (Report of the Commissioner of Agriculture for the Year 1864/ House of Representatives, 38th Congress, 2nd session. Washington, 1865, p. 493).

 

45. EDEN, [Sir] Ashley (1831-1887)
Political Missions to Bootan, comprising the reports of the Hon’ble Ashley Eden, - 1864; Capt. R.B. Pemberton, 1837, 1838, with Dr. W. Griffiths’s Journal; and the Account by Baboo Kishen Kant Rose.

Calcutta: Bengal Secretariat Office, 1865. First Edition. Octavo. [ii], xi, 206 pp. With a large folding outline hand colored engraved map and a folding topographical engraved profile of the route. Period style light brown gilt tooled half sheep with light brown cloth boards and a light brown gilt morocco label. Map backed on Japanese paper and browned and title page with remnants of old library stamp, otherwise a very good copy.
A collection of early interesting accounts on relations between the British India and the Kingdom of Bhutan in 1860's, which was a time of growing tension between the two countries which resulted in the Duar War (1864-1865). The book includes the account by Sir Ashley Eden, later Governor General of British India. "In 1861 Eden was appointed special envoy to Sikkim and, backed by an army, wrung from the maharaja a treaty guaranteeing free trade and the cessation of raids into British territory. In 1863 he was sent on a similar mission to Bhutan but without the same military support and he found himself taken virtual prisoner by the Bhutanese and forced to sign a treaty humiliating to the British. The insult was amply repaid when Britain went to war against Bhutan in November 1864" (Oxford DNB).
The second account is by Captain Robert Boileau Pemberton (1798-1840) who led a diplomatic mission to Bhutan in 1837-8, together with the account by the member of the same embassy, Doctor William Griffith (1810-1845). The last account is an English translation of the relation by Baboo Kishen Kant Bose. The book is supplemented with a subject index.
The Duar War (1864-65) lasted only five months and, despite some battlefield victories by Bhutanese forces, resulted in Bhutan's defeat, loss of part of its sovereign territory, and forced cession of formerly occupied territories. Under the terms of the Treaty of Sinchula, signed on November 11, 1865, Bhutan ceded territories in the Assam Duars and Bengal Duars, as well as the eighty-three-square-kilometer territory of Dewangiri in southeastern Bhutan, in return for an annual subsidy of 50,000 rupees (Wikipedia). In 1863 Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen joined the "Political mission to Bhutan under Ashley Eden. In 1864 he carried out topographical surveys between Sikkim and Punakha, and produced a detailed map of Bhutan that would remain in use for thirty years" (Howgego 1850-1940 Continental G27).

 

46. EGEDE, Hans Poulsen (1686-1758) & Poul Hanson (1708-1789)
Omstændelig og Udførlig Relation, Angaaende den Grønlandske Missions Begyndelse of Forsættelse, samt hvad Ellers mere der ved Landets Recognoscering, dets Beskaffenhed, og Indbyggernes Væsen of Leve-Maade Vedkommende, er Befunden [A Comprehensive Relation About the Greenland Mission, its Reconnaissance, its Character, and the Inhabitants].
[With]: Continuation af Relationerne Betreffende den Grønlandske Missions Tilstand og Beskaffenhed, Forfattet i Form af en Journal fra Anno 1734 till 1740. Af Colonien, Christians-haab udi Discobugt [Continuation the Relation of the Greenland Mission Written in the form of a Journal from Anno 1734 till 1740..,].

Copenhagen: J.C. Groth, 1738-41. First Editions. Small Quarto, 2 vols in one. [20],408; [8],184 pp. With two folding wood cut maps. Period dark brown elaborately gilt tooled full sheep with a light brown gilt label. Label faded, text mildly browned and with some very mild staining of a few leaves, maps with minor repairs and with a small library marking on the title page, otherwise a very good copy.
After much hardship Hans Poulsen Egede landed on the west coast of Greenland with three ships and 40 people (including family) on 3 July 1721. Egede was the first missionary to the Inuit of Greenland, where he served for 15 years and founded the colony of Godthaab. His work was of fundamental importance for the colonization of Greenland. As a missionary he was groundbreaking and was nicknamed the Apostle of Greenland. He also gave an important contribution to the understanding of Greenland's geography and Inuit culture and language. (Universitetsbiblioteket i Oslo). Hans Poulsen Egede "established a successful mission among the Inuit and is credited with revitalizing Dano-Norwegian interest in the island after contact had been broken for hundreds of years. He founded Greenland's capital Godthåb, now known as Nuuk" (Wikipedia).
"Egede first visited Nuk, the site of Godthab, the first year of his Greenland colony, 1721, when seeking a better site for permanent settlement than his temporary residence at Haabets Oe at the mouth of Godthab's Fjord. He found Nuk a fine site with a good harbour. He saw the site again several times in ensuing years, but it was not until 1727 that he again took up the plan to move there"(Holland p95); "Egede converted many of the Inuit to Christianity and eventually established a considerable commerce with Denmark" (Howgego E17). First Part: "detailed and full relation regarding the beginning and continuation of the Greenland mission: in addition to other things observations concerning the reconnaissance of the country, its nature and the manners and way of life of its inhabitants" (Arctic Bibliography 4366); Sabin 22021; Second Part: "The diaries of Poul Egede.., containing observations, mainly pertaining to the church and the mission, together with incidents from the everyday life in West Greenland" (Arctic Bibliography 4370); Sabin 22035.

 

47. FEDIX, P.A.
L'Oregon et les Cotes de l'Ocean Pacifique du Nord, aperçu géographique, statistique et politique, avec une carte du pays d'après les documens les plus récens [Oregon and the North Pacific Coast, a geographical, statistical and political overview, with a map of the country according to the most recent documents].

Paris: Librairie de Amyot, 1846. First Edition. Octavo. ix, 258 pp. With a large folding outline hand coloured map. Period style brown gilt tooled quarter calf with marbled boards, with original printed paper wrappers bound in. A fine copy.
"Relates almost entirely to the political aspects of Oregon at that time" (Cowan 1952, p.84). "Copies in wrappers are rare. Overland expeditions; sea voyages; fur trade; English establishments; American settlements; Oregon boundary dispute between Spain and Russia; Spain and England; England and the United States; the rights of Great Britain; U. S. Rights, etc. Monsieur Fedix, after an exhaustive and extensive research, concludes that the country belongs to neither the United States nor Great Britain, but to Oregon and the Oregonians, and urges the settlers to kick out the whole caboodle and establish an independent Republic of their own" (Eberstadt 134:563). "Proposes that world powers maintain Oregon as an independency to serve as an international trade center for the Pacific" (Howes F70); Sabin 24000.

 

48. GARDNER, George (1812-1849)
Travels in the Interior of Brazil, Principally Through the Northern Provinces and the Gold and Diamond Districts During the Years 1836-1841.

London: Reeve, Brothers, 1846. First Edition. Octavo. xvi, 562, 16 pp. With a lithographed frontispiece, one text illustration and a lithographed route map. Period style brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards and red and green gilt labels. A very good copy.
"The great importance of his travels lies in the descriptions he gives of a region until then entirely unknown to European travellers. His book compares with the best of published works on the subject" (Borba de Moraes 346). "In 1836, at the suggestion of William Hooker and with the support of the Duke of Bedford and other subscribers, he decided to travel to South America, motivated by Humboldt's descriptions of the continent. He sailed in May 1836 and disembarked at Rio de Janeiro on 23.7.36. After collecting near Rio de Janeiro he sailed north to the Rio Sao Francisco and went inland from Pernambuco to Piaui and Minas Gerais. In 1839 Gardner visited the decaying mission of Duro on the Manoel Alves tributary of the Tocantins. During the second half of his travels he was accompanied by his assistant Edward Walker. After returning to Rio de Janeiro he made further excursions into the hinterland, undertaking pioneering ascents of many of highest local peaks. During his travels he collected 60,000 specimens, including about 3000 botanical species, and returned to Liverpool in July 1841 with six large cases of living plants" (Howgego 1800-1850, G6); Sabin 26645.

 

49. GERLACHE DE GOMERY, Adrien Victor Joseph de (1866-1934)
Voyage de la Belgica. Quinze Mois Dans L' Antarctique [Voyage of the Belgica. Fifteen Months in Antarctica].

Paris & Bruxelles: Hachette et Cie & G. Lebegue et Cie, 1902. Second Edition. Quarto. [iv], iv, [ii], 291, 1 pp. With a photo illustrated portrait frontispiece and many other photo illustrations in text and on plates, six maps in text and one large folding map. Period maroon pebbled quarter cloth with paper manuscript title label and marbled boards. A very good copy.
"In 1896, de Gerlache purchased the Norwegian-built whaling ship Patria, which, following an extensive refit, he renamed as the Belgica. With a multinational crew, which included Roald Amundsen, Frederick Cook, Antoni Bolesław Dobrowolski, Henryk Arctowski and Emil Racoviţă, he set sail from Antwerp on 16 August 1897. During January 1898, the Belgica reached the coast of Graham Land. Sailing in between the Graham Land coast and a long string of islands to the west, de Gerlache named the passage Belgica Strait. Later, it was renamed Gerlache Strait in his honor. After charting and naming several islands during some 20 separate landings, they crossed the Antarctic Circle on 15 February 1898.
On 28 February 1898, de Gerlache's expedition became trapped in the ice of the Bellinghausen Sea, near Peter Island. Despite efforts of the crew to free the ship, they quickly realised that they would be forced to spend the winter on Antarctica. Several weeks later, on 17 May, total darkness set in, which lasted until 23 July. What followed were another 7 months of hardship trying to free the ship and its crew from the clutches of the ice. Several men lost their sanity, including one Belgian sailor who left the ship "announcing he was going back to Belgium". The party also suffered badly from scurvy.
Finally, on 15 February 1899, they managed to slowly start down a channel they had cleared during the weeks before. It took them nearly a month to cover 7 miles, and on 14 March they cleared the ice. The expedition returned to Antwerp on 5 November 1899. In 1902, his book Quinze Mois dans l'Antarctique (published in 1901) was awarded a prize by the Académie Française" (Wikipedia); Howgego, Polar Regions 1850-1940, G9; Rosove 147.B1.

 

50. GRANDPRE, L[ouis Marie Joseph Ohier Comte de] (1761-1846)
Voyage dans l'Inde et au Bengale, fait dans les années 1789 et 1790: Contenant la description des îles Séchelles et de Trinquemalay, des détails sur le caractère et les arts industrieux des peuples de l'Inde, la description de quelques pratiques religieuses des habitans du Bengale: suivi d'un voyage fait dans la mer rouge, contenant la description de Moka, et du commerce des Arabes de l'Yémen; des détails sur leur caractère et leurs moeurs, etc. etc.
[A Voyage in the Indian Ocean and to Bengal, undertaken in the years 1789 and 1790: containing An Account of the Sechelles Islands and Trincomale; The Character and Arts of the People of India;... To which is added, A Voyage in the Red Sea; including A Description of Mocha, and of the Trade of the Arabs of Yemen].

Paris: Dentu, An IX - 1801. First Edition. Octavo, 2 vols. [iv], 288; [iv], 318, [1] pp. With seven copper engraved folding plates. Original publisher's pink papered wrappers with printed paper labels. A near fine uncut set in very original condition.
"Louis de Grandpré was a French army officer who made an extensive tour of the Indian Ocean region in 1789-90, which was published in Paris in 1801 under the title Voyage dans l’Inde et au Bengale fait dans les années 1789 et 1790, contenant la description des îles Séchelles et de Trinquemaly. Grandpré began his voyage in the French-controlled Île de France (Isle of France), as Mauritius was called, passed by the Maldives, and visited the Seychelles, India, Cochin China (Vietnam), Yemen, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka), where he toured the fortress of Trincomale on the eastern coast of the island. Grandpré was very much concerned with the relative influence of the different European powers in the places he visited, especially India. His work includes a detailed analysis of the position of the French at Pondicherry, the main center of French influence in India" (World Digital Library); Howgego P84.

 

51. GUESSFELDT, Paul (1840-1920), FALKENSTEIN, Julius & PECHUEL-LOESCHE, Eduard
Die Loango-Expedition. Ausgesandt von der Deutschen Gesellschaft zur Erforschung Aequatorial-Afrikas 1873-1876 [The Loango-Expedition Undertaken by the German Society for the Exploration of Equatorial Africa 1873-1876].

Leipzig: Paul Froberg, 1879. First Edition. Quarto, 3 vols. in one. viii, 232; [viii], 183; [vi], 304, [iv] pp. With two chromolithograph plates, two chromolithograph maps and many wood engravings on plates and in text. Period brown gilt tooled half morocco with marbled boards. Some minor wear of spine, otherwise a very good copy.
Paul Guessfeldt, on behalf of the German Africa Society led the Loango Expedition of 1873-75. Guessfeldt with A. Bastian established a scientific station at Chinchoxo on the Angola coast. From there attempts were made to explore further inland. They explored "the rivers of Loango.., The expedition's specific instructions were to trace the courses of the Ogobe and Okanda rivers down to the Loango coast" (Howgego, Continental Exploration 1850-1940, G62); Henze II, 415.

 

52. GUTZLAFF, Charles [Karl Friedrich August] (1803-1851)
A Sketch of Chinese History, Ancient and Modern: Comprising A Retrospect of the Foreign Intercourse and Trade with China.

London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1834. First Edition. Octavo, 2 vols. iv, 436; v, 463, 16 pp. With a folding lithographed frontispiece map and ten folding letterpress tables. Original brown publisher's gilt blind stamped cloth. Map with minor repaired tear, hinges cracked, otherwise a very good set.
Gutzlaff "was ordained in 1826 and sent to the Dutch East Indies as an agent of the Netherlands Missionary Society. After a brief spell in Batavia with William Henry Medhurst, Gützlaff set out on 8 April 1827 to convert the Chinese settlers in the Riau archipelago. A year later he embarked on independent missionary work among the Chinese of Bangkok, Siam. On 26 November 1829, during a visit to Malacca, Gützlaff married Maria Newell (c.1794-1831) of the London Missionary Society.
Being a restless spirit with seemingly boundless energy, Gützlaff next turned up on the China coast. As a result of his trip to Tientsin (Tianjin) in a Chinese junk in 1831, British traders began to make use of his extraordinary linguistic talents in their efforts to find new markets. Although he was later criticized for having associated with opium smugglers to propagate Christianity, Gützlaff regarded these trips as unique opportunities to preach and distribute Christian literature beyond the confines of Canton (Guangzhou). Moreover, his Journal of Three Voyages Along the Coast of China in 1831, 1832, 1833 (1834) generated considerable interest in China in Western political, commercial, and religious circles, as did his Sketch of Chinese history, ancient and modern, comprising a retrospect of the foreign intercourse and trade with China (1834) and the more controversial China opened, or, A display of the topography, history, customs, manners, etc. of the Chinese empire (1838). All three were written in English" (Oxford DNB); Howgego 1800-1850, G25).

 

53. HACKE, William, editor (fl. 1671-1702)
A Collection of Original Voyages: I. Capt. Cowley's Voyage round the Globe. II. Captain Sharp's Journey over the Isthmus of Darien, and expedition into the South Seas, written by himself. III. Capt. Wood's Voyage thro' the Streights of Magellan. IV. Mr. Roberts's Adventures among corsairs of the Levant; his account of their way of living; description of the Archipelago Islands, taking of Scio, &c... Published by Capt William Hacke.

London: James Knapton, 1699. First Edition. Octavo. [xvi], 100, 53, [3] pp. With six engraved plates and maps (five folding) two small text woodcuts, 3-page publisher's advertisements at end. Early 20th century brown gilt tooled three-quarter morocco with marbled boards. World map bound in upside down, otherwise a near fine copy.
"This work is original source material for the history of the buccaneers. Hacke, who edited these voyages, had himself been a buccaneer before settling down to the somewhat more respectable work of publishing the journals of his former comrades. Ambrose Cowley was well known for his harassing ventures against the Spaniards in the West Indies. In his voyaging into the Pacific, he sailed further south than any of his predecessors, and he named some of the Galapagos Islands. Bartholomew Sharp, the elected leader of the buccaneers, plundered and looted all along the west coast of South America and weakened Spanish domination in those seas by capturing some important maps in 1680, from which Hacke later made several highly important manuscript atlases. John Wood served on John Narbrough's expedition to the west coast of South America and gave an account of the Patagonians. Roberts adventured with Greek pirates, escaped from them, and was then involved with the Venetian fleet at the battle of Scio" (Hill 741); Cox I, p.9.
"In 1682, under conditions of the utmost secrecy, Hack was commissioned by government ministers to copy the book of charts seized by Captain Bartholomew Sharpe off Cape Pasado (modern Ecuador) in June 1681. Hack capitalized on this opportunity by producing an unnecessarily lavish presentation copy for Charles II in what appears to have been a deft suit for royal patronage (BL, Maps K. Mar. VIII.15). Hack also obtained the journals of Sharpe and Basil Ringrose, which were copied and edited under his direction over the course of the next twenty years (copies of these two works are at BL, Sloane MS 46B and 48 respectively). The finished products were among items he presented to his royal patrons, Charles II and James II, and to a select coterie of other sponsors, notably Christopher Monk, second duke of Albemarle, and John, Lord Somers, chancellor of England. Hack is not known to have kept an apprentice, but he was assisted in producing copies of Sharpe's journal by the Jewish linguist Phillip Dassigny.
Hack's prolific output of manuscript charts outstripped that of any other member of the Thames school. A conservative estimate of the total number of charts he personally produced between 1682 and 1702 exceeds 300, although this probably represents a fraction of the true figure. Many of these were multiple copies of the charts deriving from Sharpe's voyage, but he also produced atlases of coastlines in Africa and the Orient. His business premises were ‘At the Signe of Great Britain and Ireland’ by Wapping New Stairs, London, although from the evidence of several charts dated 1686 he seems to have had a temporary address at Gun Wharf. Towards the end of his career Hack prospered and his interests diversified. In December 1695 he was apparently resident in Mile End Green, having adopted the rank of captain in correspondence with Sir William Trumbull over a scheme to press foreigners into the naval service. In 1699, as ‘Capt. William Hacke’, he edited and published A Collection of Original Voyages printed by James Knapton, printer to the Royal Society. The collection contained an abridged account of Sharpe's voyage and illustrations by Herman Moll" (Oxford DNB); Sabin 29473.

 

54. HALLS, J[ohn] J[ames] (1776-1853)
The Life and Correspondence of Henry Salt, Esq., F.R.S. &c. His Britannic Majesty's Late Consul General in Egypt.

London: Richard Bentley, 1834. Second Edition. Octavo, 2 vols. xv, 502; viii, 440 pp. With two copper engraved portrait frontispieces. Handsome period black gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards and maroon gilt morocco labels and housed in a custom made black cloth slipcase. A few leaves with some minor staining, otherwise a very good set.
This work represents a comprehensive biography of Henry Salt (1780-1827). "On 20 June 1802 Salt left England on an eastern tour, as secretary and draughtsman to Viscount Valentia (later the earl of Mountnorris). He visited India, Ceylon, and the Red Sea, and in 1805 was sent by Valentia on a mission into Abyssinia, to the ras of Tigré, whose affection and respect he gained, and with whom he left one of his party, Nathaniel Pearce. The return to England in 1806 was made by way of Egypt, where he first met the pasha, Mehmet Ali. Lord Valentia's Travels in India (1809) was partly written and completely illustrated by Salt, who published his own 24 Views in St Helena, India and Egypt in the same year.
On 2 March 1809 Salt sailed on a mission from the British government to Abyssinia, to carry presents to the king and report on the state of the country. Owing to factious unrest, he was prevented from going to the king at Gondar and was obliged to deliver the presents instead to the ras of Tigré. While in Abyssinia he made many observations on the geography, the customs of the people, and the flora and fauna. He brought back many specimens, including a previously unknown dik-dik. Another member of Salt's party, William Coffin, chose to remain in Abyssinia when Salt returned to England in 1811. In 1812 Salt became a fellow of the Royal Society and of the Linnean Society, and a correspondent of the Institut de France. In 1812 he was elected one of the very few honorary members of the African Association in acknowledgement of information he had procured in its interest. In 1814 he published A Voyage to Abyssinia, which was received with some acclaim" (Oxford DNB).

 

55. HAMILTON, Charles, Esq (1752/3-1792)
An Historical Relation of the Origin, Progress, and Final Dissolution of the Government of the Rohilla Afghans in the Northern Provinces of Hindostan. Compiled from a Persian Manuscript and other Original Papers.

London: Printed for G. Kearsley, 1787. First Edition. Octavo. xvii, 298 pp. Original grey papered boards rebacked in style with beige paper and printed paper label. A very good copy.
Charles Hamilton, Esq. an officer in the service of the Honourable East-India Company on the Bengal Establishment. The Rohillas, described by Macaulay as “the finest population in India” were military adventurers from Afghanistan who had entered India some 35 years earlier and settled in Rohilkind, a stretch of country between the Ganges and Himalayas on the north-western borders of Oudh. In 1774 Shuja-ud-daula, with the assistance of a brigade of the East India Company's troops provided by Warren Hastings, invaded Rohilkind, killing their principal chief, Hafiz Rahmat, and annexing the country. This action figured later in the charges against Hasting during his impeachment. Hamilton, a lieutenant in the Indian army, served in the campaign against the Rohillas where he collected materials for this, his first book. He was a noted orientalist, and one of the first members of the Asiatic Society of Calcutta. In 1791, whilst in England, he was appointed resident at the court if the grand vizier at Oudh, but died, aged 39, before he could take up the appointment. A second edition was published in 1788. Cox I, p 256; Bibliography of Afghanistan 2480.
"A student of oriental languages, Hamilton was one of the first members of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. During an expedition against the Rohillas of Afghanistan he obtained a collection of Persian manuscripts from which he wrote his Historical relation of the origin, progress, and final dissolution of the government of the Rohilla Afghans in the northern provinces of Hindostan (1787). In the year before its publication Hamilton gained permission to return home for five years in order to translate from the Persian the Hedaya (published in 1791 as Hedaya, or, Guide), a commentary on Muslim laws, for which task he had been selected by the governor-general and council of Bengal" (Oxford DNB).

 

56. HANWAY, Jonas (1712-1786)
An Historical Account of the British Trade over the Caspian Sea. With a Journal of Travels from London through Russia into Persia; and back Through Russia, Germany and Holland. To which are added, The revolutions of Persia during the present century, with the particular history of the great usurper Nadir Kouli.

London: Dodsley et al, 1753. First Edition. Quarto, 4 vols. bound in 3. xx, 399; xv, [i], 374, [15]; xv, 255; xv, [i], 301, [20] pp. With four copper engraved frontispieces, fifteen other copper engraved plates and nine folding engraved maps. Later period style brown gilt tooled quarter calf with grey papered boards and red and green gilt morocco labels. A very good set.
The author "travelled to Russia in 1743 where he entered into a partnership with a certain Mr. Dingley, a merchant at St. Petersburg. In that year Hanway set out southward from Moscow with a caravan of woollen goods, followed the Volga and the western shores of the Caspian Sea, and arrived in Persia where he traded in the north of the country and along the Caspian coast. While there, according to his narrative published in 1753, he suffered many hardships and adventures. At Astrabad, his furthest east, he was robbed by Qajar rebels but, after visiting the shah at Hamadan, won compensation for his stolen goods. He returned in 1745 by way of the Caspian and Volga, and in 1750 returned to London, where, having amassed a considerable fortune, he retired from trade and 1753 published an account of his travels" (Howgego H21).
"Hanway was a well known traveller and philanthropist, popularly remembered as the pioneer user of the umbrella" (Cox I, p. 255); "One of the earliest accounts of the Caspian region by a European" (Ghani p. 167). "On 18 February 1743 he joined the Russia Company as junior partner with Charles Dingley and Henry Klencke, and took ship for Riga in April, and thence travelled overland to St Petersburg, where he was soon engaged in fitting out an expedition to Persia by way of the Caspian Sea. Hanway's mission was to sell English broadcloth for Persian silk and to evaluate the potential of trade with Persia, then ruled by the last great steppe conqueror, Shah Nadir Kuli Khan (1688-1747). A trans-Caspian trade had been pioneered by the Muscovy Company in 1566, but it was a tenuous link, dependent on political stability in central Asia and the co-operation of rulers in both Persia and Russia both of which were distant hopes in Hanway's time.
With only an English clerk, a Russian menial servant, a Tartar boy, and a Russian soldier, Hanway travelled to Moscow and thence to Astrakhan, where he boarded a British ship, the Empress of Russia, which conveyed him across the Caspian to Langarud. His destination was Mashhad, but his caravan was captured on the way by rebellious Khyars, allied to Turkomans from the steppes to the north. Robbed of his goods, and forced to flee in disguise along the bleak southern shores of the Caspian, he was rescued by merchant colleagues. He was later partially compensated by Nadir Shah, who desired cordial relations with the British in order to enlist British artisans to construct a Persian navy for the Caspian. However, Hanway, and those who sent him, had underestimated the insecurity of the route while exaggerating the potential of the trade. In retrospect he concluded that the trade held no great promise, for Persia was too poor and Russia was wholly disinclined to see the expansion of Persian power on its southern frontier. From these adventures he derived his motto in later life, ‘Never Despair’. Hanway spent the next five years in St Petersburg, trying to revive his trade and reputation, before he returned to Britain via Germany and the Netherlands, in October 1750" (Oxford DNB).

 

57. HARTUNG, George (1822-1891)
Die Azoren in Ihrer Ausseren Erscheinung und nach Ihrer Geognostischen Natur Geschildert [A Description of the Azores, Especially Their Geological Features].

Leipzig: Wilhelm Engelmann, 1860. First Edition. Text Large Octavo & Small Folio Atlas. viii, 350+[1] pp. Atlas with one map and nineteen other lithographed plates, many colored and folding. Handsome period style red gilt tooled half morocco with marbled boards. A very good set.
Georg Hartung was a pioneer German geologist. His work "on the Azores contains illustrations of great scientific interest. Georg Hartung also met and corresponded with Charles Darwin and with Sir Charles Lyell, the pioneer of modern geology, from whom he received scientific samples. He visited the Canary Islands in the winter of 1853 and the spring of 1854" (Wikipedia).

 

58. HECQUARD, [Louis] Hyacinthe (1814-1866)
Voyage sur la côte et dans l'interieur de l'Afrique Occidentale [Voyage to the Coast and Interior of West Africa].

Paris: ‎Imprimerie de Bénard et Cie, 1855. First Public Edition. Quarto. [iv], 409 pp. With a tinted lithograph frontispiece and three other tinted lithographs on plates, three folding lithographed maps, and a plan. Handsome period style brown gilt tooled quarter calf with marbled boards and vellum tips. Maps and plan mildly browned otherwise a very good copy.
The frontispiece shows Grand Bassam, the main French base in Côte d'Ivoire.
This account is "an important source of ethnographic and art historical information.., Hyacinthe Hecquard, geographer, military officer, and diplomat, arrived in Senegal in 1843 to serve with the "Spahis Senegalais.' In 1849 he was named commanding officer of the French fort at Bakel in the Senegal Valley, a position he held for sixteen months. As a geographer, Hecquard was anxios to travel to the Niger River. In 1849 the French administration in West Africa authorized this journey, which was to follow an unusual and, ultimately, an impractical route. Hecquard arrived at Grand Bassam to begin his overland trek on November 19, 1849. For three months he struggled to convince recalcitrant Muslim traders, whom he called "Bambaras," to guide him into the interior. He finally admitted defeat and returned to Grand Bassam. In August 1850 he set out again, this time from Casamance (present-day south-western Senegal). The revised itinerary took him to Futa Jallon, which was then just beginning to attract the attention of the French in St. Louis for its commercial prospects. The venture was successful and Hecquard spent four months in the Futa Jallon" (Mark, P. Hyacinthe Hecquard's drawings and watercolors from Grand Bassam...// Paideuma 36, 1990, p. 173; see: JSTOR on-line).
"France took an interest in the 1840s, enticing local chiefs to grant French commercial traders a monopoly along the coast. Thereafter, the French built naval bases to keep out non-French traders and began a systematic conquest of the interior" (Wikipedia); Hess & Coger 5538.‎

 

59. IBN-OMAR EL TOUNSY, Cheihk Mohammed
[Travels to Ouaday, Atlas Volume] Voyage au Ouaday - Planches.

Paris: Chez Benjamin Duprat et al., 1851. First Edition. Large Octavo. [iv] pp. With nine mainly folding lithographed plates including a folding map. Original publisher's beige printed wrappers. Plates with some mild foxing and a couple of plates with some minor marginal damp staining, otherwise a very good copy.
A rare work on travels to the "Ouaddai Empire (1635-1912) (Also Wadai Empire) [which] was originally a non-Muslim kingdom, located to the east of Lake Chad in present-day Chad. It emerged in the sixteenth century as an offshoot of the Sultanate of Darfur (in present-day Sudan) to the northeast of the Kingdom of Baguirmi" (Wikipedia). The author lived in neighboring Darfur for eight years and gave the first reliable description of the area. Gay 2786.

 

60. JUNCKER, Christian (1668-1714)
Commentarius de vita, scriptisque ac meritis illustris viri Iobi Ludolfi ... In appendice adiectae sunt tum epistolae aliquot clarorum virorum tum etiam specimen linguae Hottentotticae [The History of the Life, Writings, and the Merits of Hiob Ludolf..,].

Leipzig and Frankfurt: Ioh. Friderici Braunii, 1710. First Edition. Octavo. [xiv], 228, [20] pp. With a copper engraved portrait frontispiece and a folding genealogical table. Period full vellum with red edges and title in manuscript on spine. With a couple of unobtrusive very light library markings, otherwise a very good copy.
This life of Hiob Ludolf, includes a list of his publications and the appendix with a Hottentot vocabulary. Fumagalli 35. "Hiob Ludolf (or Job Leutholf) (1624-1704) was a German orientalist, and born at Erfurt. Edward Ullendorff rates Ludolf as having "the most illustrious name in Ethiopic scholarship." After studying philology at the Erfurt academy and at Leiden, he travelled in order to increase his linguistic knowledge. While searching in Rome for some documents at the request of the Swedish Court (1649), he became acquainted with one Gregorius, a monk from the Ethiopian province of Amhara, and acquired from him an intimate knowledge of the Ethiopian language.
In 1652 he entered the service of the duke of Saxe-Gotha, in which he continued until 1678, when he retired to Frankfurt-am-Main. In 1683 he visited England to promote a cherished scheme for establishing trade with Ethiopia, but his efforts were unsuccessful, chiefly due to the resistance of the authorities of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Returning to Frankfurt in 1684, he devoted himself wholly to literary work, which he continued almost to his death. In 1690 he was appointed president of the Collegium Imperiale Historicum" (Wikipedia).

 

61. KETTNER, Friedrich Gottlieb (1670-1739) & SUSCHKY, Johann Sigmund (respondent)
Dissertatio Historica De Mumiis Aegyptiacis, & simul de Egregia Lipsiensi in Bibliotheca Instructissima Magnifici Senatus. [Historical Dissertation on Egyptian Mummies..,].

Leipzig: Christiani Scholvinius, 1694. First Edition. Octavo. [24] pp. With a folding copper engraved frontispiece and woodcut initial and a tail piece. Disbound pamphlet, with handwritten numeration in the upper corners (pp. 335-359). Mildly age toned, otherwise a very good copy.
Rare first edition with only seven copies found in Worldcat (another Latin edition under a slightly different title was published in Leiden the same year). The dissertation in Latin contains a preface and two chapters, illustrated with a nicely executed engraved plate showing Egyptian mummies and sarcophaguses. Friedrich Gottlieb Kettner was a Lutheran theologian. During his last years he was the second pastor at St. John's in Magdeburg, Prussia.
Other Latin editions see: Ibrahim-Hilmy. The Literature of Egypt and the Soudan from the earliest times to the 1885… (London, 1886, 2 vols; Vol. 1, p. 340).

 

62. KIRKPATRICK, William (1754-1812)
An Account of the Kingdom of Nepaul, Being the Substance of Observations Made During a Mission to that Country, in the Year 1793.

London: William Miller, 1811. First Edition. Quarto. xix, [ii], 386, [2], [4] pp. With a copper engraved vignette, a large folding copper engraved map, thirteen copper engraved plates, and one hand colored aquatint. Period brown gilt tooled diced full calf, re-backed in style with a maroon gilt label. A very good copy.
"In 1792 [Kirkpatrick] headed a diplomatic mission to Nepal, leading the first Britons into that kingdom. Kirkpatrick told Cornwallis's secretary, Colonel Ross, on 27 October 1792, that the mission went to settle a dispute between Nepal and Tibet and ‘to advance useful knowledge’ (BL OIOC, Kirkpatrick MSS, MS Eur. F/228/1, fol. 41). Arriving after the dispute ended, he spent three weeks in Nepal, and though he returned to India without concrete benefit, the mission was regarded as a successful foray into an unknown land" (Oxford DNB).
"Account of the first Englishman's visit to the Kathmandu Valley. The author was sent in with a small party by Lord Cornwallis as "mediator" between China and Nepal in 1793. He also gives a historical sketch of Nepal" (Yakushi 214). "Kirkpatrick arrived in Nawakot early in 1792, but was too late to influence the peace terms already agreed, or to establish closer ties between the British and Nepalese. He returned to India later that year.., His account of Nepal, which did not appear until 1811, was the first primary account of Nepal to be written in English, and was the only reference work on the country for many years" (Howgego K27).

 

63. LABAT, Père Jean-Baptiste (1663-1738)
Voyage du Chevalier Des Marchais en Guinée, Isles Voisines, Et a Cayénne, Fait En 1725, 1726 & 1727. Contenant une description très exacte & très étendue de ces paîs, & du commerce qui s'y fait: Enrichi d'un grand nombre de cartes & de figures en tailles douces par Labat [Chevalier Des Marchais's Voyage to Guinea, the Adjacent Islands, and Cayenne, Made In 1725, 1726 & 1727. Containing a very accurate & very expansive description of these countries & trade done there..,].

Amsterdam: Aux dépens de la Compagnie, 1731. First Amsterdam Edition. Small Octavo. [iv], xxii, 335; [viii], 292; [iv], 330, [24; [iv], 392 pp. Engraved additional title, 31 maps and plates (many folding). Very handsome period brown elaborately gilt tooled mottled full calf. Extremities with mild wear, hinges with crack but holding, otherwise a very good set.
"The author made several voyages to Africa and America. He gave an exact account of everything he saw, for which he was well qualified, "being a person of great understanding and curiosity, an able draughtsman, a good geometer, and an excellent navigator" (Cox I, p.381).
"Jean-Baptiste Labat, also known as Pere Labat, was a French clergyman and explorer who was additionally an accomplished engineer and mathematician. He modernized the sugar industry and developed new production techniques while living in Martinique" (Heritage Auctions). "Labat had a wide reputation as a mathematician and won recognition both as a naturalist and as a scientist" (Howgego L43). "Vols. III and IV relate almost entirely to the French possessions in South America, and are illustrated with D'Anville's maps" (Sabin 38414). "The genus of the tropical fruit tree family Sapotaceae Labatia, first described in 1788, was named after Labat" (Wikipedia); Gay 2819.

 

64. LAING, Major Alexander Gordon (1794-1826)
Travels in the Timannee, Kooranko, and Soolina Countries, in Western Africa.

London: John Murray, 1825. First Edition. Octavo. x, [ii], 465 pp. With seven aquatint plates and one folding engraved map. Period brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards. Re-cased using the original spine, otherwise a very good copy.
In this book Laing describes his expedition in 1822, during which he explored regions which had only been known by name up to then. He went to Falaba, the capital of the Sulima, where he was prevented from going on by the war of the Ashanti. During his next expedition he was the first European to reach Timbuktu but was killed on his further journey. "In 1821 the government decided that there were commercial and political advantages to be gained by establishing contact with some of the peoples of the interior, and at the end of the year the governor of Sierra Leone, Sir Charles McCarthy, proposed a mission to Kambia and the Mandingo Country. Laing was chosen to lead the expedition and set out in January 1822, proceeding first to Malacouri, a Mandingo town on the river Malageea. There he learned that Sannassee, the chief of the district of Malageea and a friend of the British government, had been captured by Amara, the king of the Soolimas, and was about to be put to death. Laing therefore resolved to go to the Soolima camp and intercede for the life of Sannassee. He crossed the Malageea near its source, reached the camp, negotiated the release of Sannassee, then returned to the coast (Howgego 1800-1850, L5)."
"His Travels, published in 1825, give a lively account of his adventures, including not only observations on the customs of the peoples he encountered, illustrated with his own rather amateurish drawings and a good map, but also an oral history of Solima Yalunka back to the seventeenth century, useful to later historians. Laing was transferred to the Gold Coast in 1823 and edited the first newspaper to be published there. Then, stationed on the frontier, he participated in some skirmishes with the Asante army before the disastrous battle of Nsamanko, in which MacCarthy and almost all his men were killed" (Oxford DNB).

 


65. LANGE, Henry (1821-1893)
Kartenwerk zu Dr. Karl Andree's Nord-Amerika: Nach den neuesten Materialien, mit besonderer Rücksicht auf physikalische Verhältnisse und genauer Angabe der county-eintheilung, der Eisenbahnan, canäle, poststrassen und Dampfschifffahrt, in 18 Blättern mit erläuterndem Texte [Cartography to Dr. Karl Andree's North America: According to the latest materials, with special consideration given to physical conditions, and showing the county divisions, railways lines, canals, postal and steamship routes etc.].

Braunschweig: George Westermann, 1854. First Edition. Large Octavo. 2 fold-out leaves and 28 fold out pages. With eighteen folding lithographed outline hand-coloured maps. Original publisher's blue gilt blind stamped cloth. Upper front joint with minor split, otherwise a very good copy.
"The eighteen maps and text comprise a general atlas of North America, with special emphasis on Texas and California. The Texas map shows in colored outline the lands granted to the Adelsverein and has the post road from Indianola to New Braunfels marked in red. The map of Oregon, California, Utah, New Mexico, etc. shows the gold regions in California and has an inset map of San Francisco Bay. There is also a striking separate map of San Francisco Bay titled "Bai San Francisco und Vereinigung des Sacramento mit dem San Joaquin." It has a lovely inset view of San Francisco and shows the routes by river to Sacramento and San Joaquin" (davidrumsey.com); Sabin 1464.

 

66. LESSON, [René] P[rimevere] (1794-1849)
Voyage Autour du Monde Entrepris par Ordre du Gouvernement sur la Corvette la Coquille. [Voyage Around the World in the Corvette La Coquille Undertaken by Order of the Government].

Paris: P. Pourrat Frères, 1838-9. First Edition. Octavo 2 vols. [iv], 510, [2]; [iv], 547, [2] pp. With two engraved title vignettes, one engraved portrait frontispiece, twenty-three other engraved plates (some folding) and nineteen hand colored plates. Handsome period brown gilt tooled full mottled sheep with red and olive gilt morocco labels. Some mild foxing of some plates, otherwise a very good set.
"Commanded by Louis Isidore Duperrey, This voyage of 1822-25 was largely scientific in purpose, calling at Brazil and the Falkland Islands, and then rounding Cape Horn and sailing up the coast visiting Concepcion, Callao, and Payta. Heading towards the Tuamotu Archipelago, Duperrey discovered Clermont Tonnerre (Reao) and then proceeded to Tahiti. In June 1823, the 'Coquille' sailed for Port Jackson via Tonga, the Santa Cruz Island, New Britain, New Ireland, and the Moluccas. 1824 Duperrey had arrived in the Bay of Islands at New Zealand. He sailed to Rotuma, the Gilberts, the Carolines, New Guinea and Java before making his way home.The expedition achieved notable scientific results and corrections in maps, accumulated much meteorological data, and brought back many rock samples and botanical specimens. Lesson was the naturalist of this expedition, and his account of the voyage supplies details which Duperrey failed to include in his own account" (Hill 1012); Howgego 1800-1850, D37; O'Reilly-Reitman 828; Sabin 40214.

 

67. LILLINGSTON, Luke (1653-1713)
Reflections on Mr. Burchet's Memoirs: Or Remarks on His Account of Captain Wilmot's Expedition to the West-Indies.

London, 1704. First Edition. Octavo. [xviii], 171 pp. Period dark brown blind stamped panelled full calf, re-backed in style with red gilt label. Cover corners worn, otherwise a very good copy.
"Lillingstone's battalion took part in Robert Wilmot's expedition to Jamaica in 1695, sent in response to alarmist reports that the island had fallen to France. In reality, French forces under Du Casse, based in Hispaniola, had simply raided Jamaica, although much property had been destroyed. Wilmot and Lillingstone attacked the French-held section of Hispaniola in ill-conceived and poorly co-ordinated operations, failing to dislodge Du Casse from the south of the island. Wilmot died late in 1695 but, when Lillingstone returned to England in 1696, he submitted to the council of trade and plantations a scathing indictment of Wilmot's conduct. At the root of the problem was a clash of personalities resulting in a failure of army-navy co-operation. Lillingstone's weakened battalion was disbanded in 1697 and he was reduced to half-pay until 1705, although he was compensated by the retrospective grant of a pension of £200 by Queen Anne on 9 March 1702. In 1702 Lillingstone published an account of the Hispaniola operations and his reputation was further damaged by the rejoinder of Josiah Burchett, secretary of the Admiralty" (Oxford DNB).
"Burchett evidently made some unfavorable remarks concerning Col. Lillingston's conduct in the West Indian Naval operations during 1694-97, and in this work the Colonel gives further particulars concerning the expeditions against Martinique and St. Domingo in which he was in command of the landing parties" (Cox II, p438).
"Colonel Lillingston was Lieutenant-Colonel of Colonel Foulkes’s regiment of foot in the Martinique expedition in February to October, 1693. His brother, Jarvis Lillingston, an officer of Gustavus Hamilton’s (20th) foot, was made Major in Ffoulkes’s, and died on the expedition. Colonel Ffoulkes also died on the expedition, and Luke Lillington obtained the colonelcy. The expedition miscarried, and Lillingston’s regiment was put on board the homeward-bound men-of-war at Newfoundland and Boston to supply the place of seamen. The regiment, 670 strong, was broken at Plymouth by order of Lord Cutts, and reformed with six hundred men of the regiment and six hundred of Colt, Norcott, and Farrington (29th foot), in December, 1694, and embarked as a reinforcement for Jamaica in January, 1695. That island, still suffering from the effects of the Port Royal earthquake of 1602, had been harried by buccaneering attacks from the French settlement in Hispaniola (St. Domingo). A naval squadron, under Captain Robert Wilmot, with Lillingston’s troops on board, acting in concert with the Spaniards, took and destroyed the French port of Porto Paix, Hispaniola. Thereupon the English troops withdrew to Jamaica, and Governor William Beeston reported that Lillingston’s regiment was so weak and sickly that he had to send them into the country for change of air. Lillingston went home to recruit, and made various claims on the Government. His regiment disappeared from the rolls on the peace of Ryswick, and he published this reply to Burchett’s account of the Porto Paix affair, to which Burchett issued a rejoinder" (Maggs Catalogue (Publ. 1928); Sabin 41072.

 

68. MACKENZIE, Alexander (1763/4-1820)
Voyages from Montreal, on the River St. Laurence, Through the Continent of North America, to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans; In the Years 1789 and 1793; With a Preliminary Account of the Rise, Progress, and Present State of the Fur Trade of that Country.

London: T. Cadell et al, 1801. First Edition. Quarto. cxxxii, 413 pp. With a copper engraved portrait frontispiece with three large folding maps. Handsome period style brown elaborately gilt tooled speckled full calf. Maps backed on Japanese paper with old tears repaired, some mild minor staining of text and a few leaves supplied from another copy, otherwise a very good copy.
"First and finest edition of the earliest expedition made by a white man in this direction. His investigations, although pursued at so early a period of Arctic exploration, were remarkable for their accuracy; Sir John Franklin more than once expressed his surprise at being able to corroborate their correctness in his own exploration. Some Indian vocabularies are included" (Sabin 43414).
"This is a fascinating account of the descent of the river named after this intrepid explorer, who was the first white man to navigate its length from its source in the Great Slave Lake to its mouth... On the way back he heard reports of the western sea and of another great river, likely the Yukon, and of white traders, who may have been those exploring the coast. His trip from Fort Chipewyan to the Arctic and return lasted about three months and a half. Having resolved to continue exploration to the west, he returned to England to purchase instruments in preparation for the difficult task ahead of him. He left Fort Chipewyan on October 12, 1792. Working his way up the Peace River he finally established winter quarters. In the spring he continued up across the Rocky Mountain Divide, and after many hazardous experiences reached the Pacific Ocean by way of the Bella Coola river. The vast region of the Rocky Mountains and the coastal zone was thus opened up at last and Mackenzie won to the top rank of explorers on the American continent" (Cox Travel II, p.178).
"Not long after his successful expedition to the Pacific, Mackenzie returned to eastern Canada... His accomplishments won him a knighthood... Sir Alexander Mackenzie's 1789 expedition to the Arctic coast of Canada showed that the Rocky Mountains extended farther north than was thought, and cast severe doubts on the idea of a Northwest Passage west of Hudson Bay. Mackenzie also brought back the first reports of the coal deposits north of Great Slave Lake. Mackenzie's expedition of 1792-3... Constituted the first overland journey across North America north of the Rio Grande. His accomplishment was the first recorded transcontinental journey since Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca in 1536. Mackenzie's writings on the voyages came to the attention of Thomas Jefferson and gave impetus to the subsequent overland expedition of Merriwether Lewis and William Clark" (Waldman, p.416); Hill 1063; Holland, p.157; TPL 658.

 

69. MAILLA, Joseph Anne Marie Moyriac de (1669-1748) & GROSIER, Jean Baptiste Gabriel Alexandre (1743-1823)
Histoire générale de la Chine, ou Annales de cet Empire; Traduites du Tong-Kien-Kang-Mou, par feu Père Joseph-Anne-Marie de Moyrac de Mailla, Jésuite françois, missionnaire à Pékin.., Ouvrage enrichi de figures et de nouvelles cartes géographiques de la Chine ancienne et moderne, levées par ordre du feu Empereur Kang-Hi, et gravées pour la première fois.
[General History of China, or Annals of the Empire Translated from Tong Kien Kang Mou, by the late Father Joseph Anne Marie Moyriac Mailla, French Jesuit missionary in Beijing .., the work enriched with engravings and new maps of ancient and modern China...].

Paris: Pierres et Clousier, 1777-1783-1785. First Edition. Quarto, 13 vols. cc, 349; [iv], 590; [xii], 588; [iv], 594; [viii], 564; [iv], 587; vii. 484; [iv[, 662; [iv], ii, 658; [iv], 579; [iv], 610; [xxiv], 348; [iv], 798.
With sixteen copper plates (one folding), 2 text copper engravings, five folding tables, and bound with two (of a possible three) folding maps which seems to be the case with some copies. Original publisher's thick gray papered wrappers with beige paper labels with manuscript titles. Spines chipped and worn with several missing completely, but uncut text in very good condition. Overall this set is in a very original condition.
"Joseph Anne Marie Moyriac de Mailla drew extensively upon Chinese sources including Zhu Xi's Tongjian Gangmu, the famous "Chinese Annals" in his Histoire Generale. The history of the Ming and Qing period, supplemented from more recent sources, is contained in vols. 10 & 11. The manuscript of this compilation came to France in 1737. With the abrogation of the Society of Jesus (Dominus ac Redemptor, 1773) it came into the hands of Grosier who had it published. Vol. 12 contains an alphabetical index to the work and three supplements" (China Illustrata Nova II 599); Cordier Sinica 583-5; Lust 409. The thirteenth volume, titled "Volume de Supplement, "was published in 1785 by Grosier, and was also published separately as "Description générale de la Chine…"

 

70. MANDELSLO, Jean-Albert de (1616-1644)
Voyages Celebres & Remarquables, Faits de Perse aux Indes Orientales, par le Sr. Jean-Albert de Mandelslo, Gentilhomme des Ambassadeurs du Duc de Holstein en Moscovie & Perse. Contenant une description nouvelle et très curieuse de l'Indostan, de l'Empire Mogol, des îles et presqu'îles de l'Orient, des royaumes de Siam, du Japon, de la Chine, du Congo, etc. Où on trouve la situation exacte de tous ces pays et états; & ou l'on rapporte asses au long le Naturel, les Moeurs, & les Coutumes de leurs Habitans; leur Gouvernement Politique & Ecclesiastique; les Raretez qui se rencontrent dans ces P...
[The Voyages and Travels of J. Albert Mandelslo into the East-Indies.., Containing a Particular Description of The Great Mogul's Empire, the Kingdoms of Decan, Calicuth, Cochim, Zeilon, Coromandel, Pegu, Siam, Cambodia, Malacca, Sumatra, Java, Amboina, Banda, the Moluccas, Philippine and Other Islands, Japan, the Great Kingdom of China, the Cape of Good Hope, Madagascar, &c.].

Amsterdam: Michel Charles Le Cene, 1727. Expanded and Best Edition. Small Folio. [xxviii], (1-439, 440-808 columns), [72] pp. With additional copper engraved title (dated 1719), title-page to part 2, arms on dedication, portrait, and 44 engraved maps, plans and views (of which 29 are double-page), including large folding view of Jedo (Tokyo). Period style brown gilt tooled treed full sheep with a red gilt label. A very good copy.
"Mandelslo was a friend of Olearius and a former page to the Duke of Holstein, who sent in 1633 an Embassy to the Persians to negotiate trade. The ambassadors remained in Persia but Mandelslo having obtained permission to proceed to India, sailed from Ormuz in 1638 and landed at Surat, whence he journeyed on to Agra, Goa, and Ceylon, coming back home by way of the sea route. His letters were edited by Olearius and published in 1647 as a supplement to the latter's own description of the East. His account gives a vivid picture of the luxury, vice, cruelty, and utter disregard of life obtaining under the despotic tyrannies of the Mogul empire" (Cox I p.271-2).
"in 1638 Mandelslo, feeling the need for wider travel, obtained permission to travel on to India. Sailing from Hormuz, he landed at Surat in April 1638 then travelled through Gujarat to Agra, Lahore, Goa, Bijapur and Malabar. He sailed for England from Surat in January 1639, calling at Ceylon and Madagascar, but was to die of smallpox five years later. Before his death. Mandelslo had entrusted his rough notes to Olearius, who subsequently published them bound with his numerous official accounts of the embassy" (Howgego M38). "The author visited the Cape on his return voyage in 1639. He gives some information respecting the Hottentots" (Mendelssohn I, p. 973).
"Johann Albrecht von Mandelslo (1616-1644) was page to the Duke of Holstein-Gotthorp and travelled with Adam Oelschlager, or Olearius, as part of the Duke's embassy to the Tsar of Russia and the Shah of Persia, with the purpose of initiating trade relations with Russia, Tartary and Persia. Mandelslo left the embassy in Persia and continued on to Surat, Goa, and Agra in India. He also visited Mauritius and Ceylon and, on his way home in 1639, spent time at the Cape of Good Hope. His narrative contains substantial information on the Far East which, in fact, he did not himself visit. His letters, which were published after his death, were edited by Olearius and, especially in earlier editions, are often found bound with Olearius' own Voyages and Travels. Following the first edition of 1647, Olearius added more information to subsequent editions, and still more was added to Wiqueforts translations from the German, giving us vivid descriptions of China, Formosa and Japan. The plates include views and plans of London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Antwerp, Cape Town, Goa, Surat, Jedo (Tokyo), St. Helena, Mauritius, Madagascar, the Canary Islands, Java, Congo and elsewhere" (Sotheby's).

 

71. MARTYR, Peter (1457-1526)
[Account of the Discovery and Conquest of the New World] De Rebus Oceanicis et Novo Orbe: Decades tres, Petri Martyris ab Angleria Mediolanensis. Item eiusdem, de Babylonica sua legatione, Libri III. Et item de Rebus Aethiopicis, Indicis, Lusitanicis & Hispanicis, opuscula queda Historica doctissima, quae hodie non facile alibi reperiuntur, Damiani. A Goes Equitis Lusitani. Quae omnia sequens pagina latius demonstrat. Cum duplici locupletissimo Indice.

Cologne: Gervinus Calenius & Heirs of Quentel, 1574. Early Edition. Small Octavo. [xlviii], 655, [28] pp. 18th century brown gilt tooled marbled papered boards. Covers with wear and text with some scattered mild water staining of the bottom margin, otherwise a very good copy.
"An early edition of Peter Martyr's important account of the discovery and conquest of the New World, assembled in part through personal correspondence with Columbus, Cabot, Vespucci, Magellan, Vasco de Gama, and Cortes. He wrote eight "decades," of which the present work contains the first three, covering the years 1492 to 1516. It also contains the section De insulis nuper inventis relating Cortes' expedition to Mexico, and De babylonica legatione covering the author's own diplomatic mission to Egypt in 1501-2. In 1520 Martyr was given the new post of chronicler to the Council of the Indies by Emperor Charles V, charged with describing the explorations to the New World. By 1530 the first edition of the full eight decades was published in Alcala" (Bonhams); Borba de Moraes II, 532; Howgego M65; Sabin 1558.
"An early authoritative history of the discovery and conquest of the New World, containing the first account of Balboa's sighting of the Pacific Ocean, as well as the earliest account of Cabot's discoveries along the northeast coast of America (Decade III, Book 6). Anghiera was the first writer to emphasize the importance of his countryman Columbus and his discovery. As an Italian scholar, living in Spain from 1487, he was a friend and contemporary of Columbus, Cabot, Vespucci, Magellan, Vasco de Gama, and Cortes. Through personal correspondence with the navigators, and from the examination of documents to which he had access as an official of the Council for the Indies, he was able to record the events surrounding the discovery of the New World. The first edition of the first "decade" was published in 1511. Two more decades were added in 1516 and the first complete edition of eight decades appeared in 1530. The work was translated into English in 1555, and used by Hakluyt, who himself produced in Paris (1587) an edition of the complete work. The present edition contains the first three decades, covering the years 1492 to 1516, together with the De insulis nuper inventis relating Cortes' expedition to Mexico, and the three books of the De Babylonica Legatione, describing Anghiera's diplomatic mission to Egypt in 1501-1502. Also included are miscellaneous writings by Damiaeo de Goes, Portuguese historian and statesman, among them a description of Lapland and an account of the religion and customs of the Ethiopians" (Sotheby's).

 

72. MASON, W., Presentor and Canon Residentiary of York
An Occasional Discourse, Preached in the Cathedral of St. Peter in York, Jan. 27, 1788, on the Subject of the African Slave Trade.

York: A. Ward, 1788. First Edition. Quarto. 27 pp. Handsome period style brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards. A very good copy.
This work is part of a late eighteenth century movement to abolish the slave trade and which finally culminated with the Slave Trade Act in 1807. "The mission of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade was to inform the public of the immoral acts committed in the act of slavery, bring about a new law to abolish the slave trade and enforce this on the high seas, and establish areas in West Africa where Africans could live free of the risk of capture and sale. It pursued these proposals vigorously by writing and publishing anti-slavery books, abolitionist prints, posters and pamphlets, and organizing lecture tours in towns and cities" (Wikipedia); Sabin 45485.

 

73. MEROLLA DA SORRENTO, P. Girolamo
Breve Relazione del Viaggio nel Regno di Congo Nell' Africa Meridionale [Brief Relation of Travels in the Kingdom of Congo in Southern Africa].

Napoli: Per Francesco Mollo, 1692. First Edition. Small Octavo. [xxiv], 466, [39] pp. With an engraved frontispiece and twenty other engraved plates. Beautiful period Italian style crimson very elaborately gilt tooled full morocco with a black gilt label. Several expertly removed library stamps, otherwise a very good copy.
Extremely Rare Work as no copies of this first edition found in Worldcat.
Girolamo Merolla was "a Capuchin from Sorrento who went to Africa in 1682. Between 1684 and 1688 Merolla worked largely in the region of Songo, about 150 miles northeast of Luanda. His Viaggio del Regno di Congo provides an interesting picture of life in seventeenth-century Angola and is often cited for its anecdotal observations. He was possibly to note the use of drums for military signalling. During a confrontation with an English slaver who was attempting to trade under the pretext that the Duke of York, the president of the Royal African Company, was a Catholic, Merolla infuriated the captain by suggesting that he would send a complaint about the behaviour of the English to his countrywoman Mary of Modena, Duchess of York. Apparently the King of the Congo did trade privately with the English, behind the back of the Capuchins" (Howgego M151). The author, who "comments upon the influence of the Portuguese in the Congo, describes in detail the life of the people and the natural resources of the region.., his narrative contains some interesting pictures of the life there and presents a good account of the superstitions of the natives" (Cox I, p373).
"The Capuchins generally had three or four missionaries in the whole of Kongo, occasionally they had as many as ten, never enough to truly take over the instruction of the people or educate more than an elite of political actors and their own staff. The Capuchins generally constructed hospices near political centers, such as São Salvador, Mbamba, and Soyo or in territory relatively far from the political centers such as the hospice at Nsuku in the north of the country. There they and their staff of freed slaves (nleke) who carried them on their annual rounds of the countryside. While travelling they stopped at centrally located villages for a few days while people from neighboring settlements came in, and then they performed the sacraments, especially baptism, to thousands. It was not uncommon for a long serving missionary to record tens of thousands of baptisms in their reports, and many fewer marriages and communions" (Wikipedia).

 

74. NICOLAS, Sir Nicholas Harris (1799-1848)
History of the Orders of Knighthood of The British Empire of the Order of the Guelphs of Hanover; and of the Medals, Clasps and Crosses, Conferred for Naval and Military Services.

London: John Hunter, 1842. First Edition. Folio, 4 vols. Folio. pp. [vi], lxxxviii, ii, 266; (ii) 267-515, cxi; [vi], 83, xxxvi, iv, 276, cv, viii; (vi), 92, xxvi, iv, [iv], 100, xxi, [vi], 56, [iv], xl, 28, xviii, 24, xcii.
Chromolithographed frontispiece, additional chromolithographed title and twenty-one other chromolithographs on plates. Extra illustrated with nine earlier (produced 1699-1827) copper engravings and mezzotints of British monachs including Queen Mary, King William III, Queen Anne and King Georges' I, II, III, IV. Original publisher's brown blind stamped gilt cloth. Recased with original spines laid down. Original spine edges with some chips, otherwise a very good set.

The beautiful chromolithographs produced using George Baxter's methods illustrate the various orders covered in this work including: the Order of the Garter, Order of the Thistle, Order of the Bath, Order of Saint Patrick, Order of Saint Michael and Saint George and Order of the Guelphs. "In 1842 Pickering, in conjunction with John Rodwell, published Nicolas's History of the Orders of Knighthood of the British Empire etc. (4 vols., originally issued in parts) at a cost of between £3000 and £4000. In Muir's view, ‘it is doubtful whether the technical quality of these prints could be surpassed today’; the plates ‘using gold leaf … are truly magnificent’ (Muir, 152). This work continues to be a valuable source for historians of the subject" (Oxford DNB).

 

75. NOORT, Olivier van (1558/1559-1627)
[Description of the Arduous Voyage Around the Globe] Description du Penible Voyage de fait Entour de l'Univers ou Globe Terrestre par Sr Olivier du Nort d'Utrecht, généralde quatre navires : assavoir de celle dite Mauritius, avec laquelle il est retourné comme Admiral, l'autre de Henry fils de Frédéric Vice-Admiral, la troisiesme dite la Concorde, avec la quatriesme nommé l'Espérance, bien montées d'équipage de guerre & vivres, ayant 248 hommes en icelles, pour traversant le destroict de Magellanes, descouvrir les costes de Cica, Chili & Peru & y trafiquer & puis passant les Molucques & circomnavigant le globe du monde retourner à la patrie: elles singlèrent de Rotterdam le 2 juillet 1598 et l'an 1601 d'aoust y tourna tant seulement la susdite navire Mauritius : où sont déduites ses estranges adventures & pourtrait au vif en diverses figures, plusieurs cas estranges à luy advenuz qu'il y rencontrez & veuz.

Amsterdam: Widow of Cornille Nicolas, 1610. Second French Edition. Small Folio. [2],61,[1] pp. Engraved title page vignette. Twenty-five in-text engravings (including three maps). Handsome period style brown gilt tooled full calf with a red gilt morocco label. Some leaves with very mild staining, otherwise a very good copy.
This second French edition (first French edition published in 1602) describes the fourth circumnavigation of the globe after Magellan, Drake, and Cavendish."Van Noort was the first Dutch navigator to sail round the world, and the fourth in all. He started from Goree (Rotterdam) Sept. 13, 1598, and returned home Aug. 26, 1601. His voyage.., opened up the way to the establishment of the Dutch in the East Indies" (Cox I, p.53).
"Originally a tavern-keeper of Rotterdam, Van Noort's voyage was fitted out by a consortium of Dutch merchants with the tacit approval of the government. Leaving Goeree (Rotterdam) on 13.8.98 with four ships, the Maurits, Concord, Hoop and Hendrick Fredericke.., The fleet followed the African coast to Guinea before crossing the Atlantic to the coast of South America.., landfall was made on the southern coast of Brazil.., Following the coast of South America, and after noting the presence of the Patagonian 'giants' at Port Desire, Van Noort.., entered the Strait of Magellan.., [Van Noort then proceeded up the western coast of South America as far as California and then crossed the Pacific via the Marianas, Philippines and Borneo].., After trading at Brunei and Ternate, where he acquired a cargo of Cloves, Van Noort continued through the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra. Sailing directly across the Indian Ocean and rounding the Cape of Good Hope, he returned to Holland on 26.08.01, penniless and with only one battered ship and eight crew left (although some accounts suggest that forty-five crew survived). His voyage.., had some effect in opening the way to the establishment of the Dutch in the East Indies.., Van Noort's achievement, however, captured the imagination of his countrymen, and the published accounts sold well, the first appearing only eighteen days after his return. A more complete edition appeared later that year, followed by two amended editions in 1602" (Howgego N37).
Noort "attempted to enter Guanabara Bay in Rio but was repulsed by the Portuguese. He managed however, to obtain provisions for his ship" (Borba de Moraes II, p.617); European Americana 610/79; Sabin 55438.

 

76. OLDHAM, R[ichard] D[ixon] (1858-1936)
A Manual of the Geology of India: Chiefly Compiled from the Observations of the Geological Survey. Stratigraphical and Structural Geology.

Calcutta: Superintendent of Government Printing, 1893. Second Edition revised and largely rewritten. Quarto. xxiii, 543 pp. With 23 plates and maps, several folding. Bound without the geological map of India. Handsome period style brown gilt tooled half morocco with marbled boards. A very good copy.
The author was superintendent of the geological survey of India. His career started by him working in the Godavari valley where he did "important work on the geology of the outer Himalaya. Subsequently he accompanied the Manipur-Burma boundary commission in 1881-2 and visited the Andaman Islands in 1885. Further fieldwork included Rajputana, the Salt range, Baluchistan, Upper Burma, and the Son valley. He was promoted to superintendent on 1 October 1891, and from 8 May 1896 to 23 November 1897 he officiated as director of the survey in the absence of C. L. Griesbach" (Oxford DNB).

 

77. OWEN, Captain W[illiam] F[itzwilliam] W[entworth] (1774-1857)
Narrative of Voyages to Explore the Shores of Africa, Arabia, and Madagascar; Performed in H. M. Ships Leven and Barracouta, Under the Direction of Captain W. F. W. Owen, R.N. By Command of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.

London: Richard Bentley, 1833. First Edition. Octavo, 2vols. xxiii, 434; viii, 420 pp. With five lithographed plates, four large folding engraved charts and five wood-engraved illustrations in text. Period brown gilt tooled half calf with brown patterned cloth boards and brown gilt morocco labels. Plates mildly foxed, otherwise a very good set.
"In 1822 [Owen] was appointed by the Admiralty to command an expedition to survey the coast of East Africa. Remarkably, because no particular European nation had until that time felt a necessity for accurate charts, none existed. The survey team, with their flagship HMS Leven and support vessel Barracouta, started out in January 1822 and worked their way eastwards from Cape Town, then along the coast of Mozambique and the western coast of Madagascar.., Owen's charts remained in use for nearly a century and his remarks were still being reproduced in the Africa Pilot as late as 1893" (Howgego 1800-1850, O11). This voyage "is chiefly known for [its] highly accurate surveys, many of which formed the basis of the charts that were used well into the twentieth century" (Christies).
"Owen was appointed in 1821 to the sloop Leven, in which, with the brig Barracouta also under his command, he was instructed to survey the east coast of Africa from the boundary of Cape Colony to Cape Gardafui. The squadron arrived at Simonstown in July 1822, and returned there from their last surveying season in September 1825, having surveyed some 20,000 miles of coast, depicted in almost 300 charts" (Oxford DNB). "The journals of Captain Owen and his officers.., contain a large amount of varied information respecting many portions of Africa in the first quarter of the nineteenth century" (Mendelssohn II, p. 133); NMMC 221.

 

78. PEREIRA-CALDAS
Ihlas Carolinas, Conflicto Hispano-Allemao. Arbitrativamente Solvido em Roma a 17 de Dezembro de 1885, Pelo Papa Leao XIII em Mediacao Diplomatica Entre os Contendentes Escolhida [Caroline Islands, Spanish-German Conflict, Arbitration solved in Rome on December 17, 1885, by Pope Leo XIII in Diplomatic Mediation Chosen by the Contenders].

Porto: A. J. Da Silva Teixeira, 1886. Limited First Edition. Large Octavo. 29, [2] pp. Original publishers light-blue printed wrappers. Covers a little dust soiled and with a couple of small edge chips of rear cover, text mildly browned otherwise a very good copy.
Very Rare work as no copy found in Worldcat. Unnumbered copy of a total edition of 630 copies.
"It took about five stopovers by five different European ships before the name "Islas de Carolina" was used to refer to the stretch of islands located south of Guam. The name finally stuck when in 1686, a Spaniard by the name of Francisco Lazcano, named them after King Charles II of Spain who funded the expedition. Some few Western travellers subsequently visited the islands, but an early visit of missionaries (1732) resulted in one of several murderous attacks on the newcomers; and only in 1875 did Spain, claiming the group, make some attempt to assert her rights. The Caroline Islands were subsequently placed under the Spanish East Indies, administered from the Philippines. Germany, which had occupied Yap, disputed the Spanish claim, and the matter went to the arbitration of Pope Leo XIII in 1885. He decided in favor of Spain, but gave Germany free trading rights. The Spanish did not occupy any island formally until 1886. Then in 1899 in the German-Spanish Treaty (1899), as a consequence of the Spanish-American War of 1898, Spain sold the islands to Germany for 25,000,000 pesetas or respectively 17 million Marks (nearly 1,000,000 pounds sterling), which administered them as Karolinen, administratively associated with German New Guinea" (Wikipedia).

 

79. PEREYRA, Antonio Pinto (d. 1587)
Historia da India no Tempo em que a Gouernovo Viso Rey Dom Luis de Ataide [History of India During the Government of Viceroy Don Luis de Ataide].

Coimbra: Nicolau Carvalho, 1616. First Edition. Small Folio. [24], 151, [8] pp.; [6], [2 - blank] pp., 162 leaves, [12] pp. Title within ornamental border and with a large woodcut armorial (printer's?) device; tail-pieces and decorative initials. Very handsome period brown elaborately gilt tooled full sheep with minor repairs on the spine. A very good copy.
Very Rare first edition of this early history of the Portuguese in India, with only three copies found in Worldcat (Yale University, the University of Leiden and the British Library). "Mui raro" (Salva y Mallen, P. Catalogo de la Biblioteca de Salva. Valencia, 1872. Vol. II, p. 621).
The book consists of two parts, each with an extensive index of names. The work describes the history of the Portuguese viceroyalty in India during the time of the rule of Don Luís de Ataíde, Count of Atouguia (1517-1581), the 10th Vice-Roy of India in 1568-1571, and 1578-1580. It was the time of the height of Portuguese naval power and of the prosperity of its East-Indian Viceroyalty, especially of Goa which became the capital of the Viceroyalty in 1610. "In 1542, St. Francis Xavier mentions the architectural splendour of the city; but it reached the climax of its prosperity between 1575 and 1625. Travellers marvelled at Goa Dourada, or Golden Goa, and there was a Portuguese proverb, "He who has seen Goa need not see Lisbon." <..,> Until the 18th Century, the Portuguese governor in Goa had authority over all Portuguese possessions in the Indian Ocean, from southern Africa to southeast Asia" (Wikipedia).
"Antonio Pinto Pereira, a native of the village of Mogadour, well-versed in the science of Political History, left a work published some years after his death which occurred in 1587" (Pope, E. M. India in Portuguese Literature. 1937. p. 147).

 

80. PIKE, Zebulon Montgomery (1779-1813)
Exploratory Travels through the Western Territories of North America: Comprising a Voyage from St. Louis, on the Mississippi, to the Source of that River, and a Journey through the Interior of Louisiana, and the North-eastern Provinces of New Spain.

London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1811. First Edition. Quarto. xx, 436 pp. With two copper engraved maps, one folding. Period brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards. Recased and maps foxed and with offsetting to text, folding map slightly cropped, otherwise a very good copy.
"This accomplished officer was the first explorer under the government of the United States, of that vast portion of the republic now forming the States of Arkansas, Texas, and New Mexico" (Field 1218).
"In 1805, Pike was given the difficult assignment of conducting a reconnaissance of the upper Mississippi region. He was ordered to explore the headwaters of that river, to purchase sites from the Indians for further military posts, and to bring a few influential chiefs back to St. Louis for talks. The trip was only moderately successful as a mission to the tribes, but Pike was able to convey important geographical information to President Jefferson and other Washington officials. On Pike's second expedition, 1806-1807, he was assigned to explore the headwaters of the Arkansas River, then proceed south and descend the Red River from its source. He attempted, but failed, to reach the summit of the mountain in Colorado that is now called Pike's Peak in his honor. Pike and his men were taken into custody by a Spanish patrol, and Pike was able to observe many areas in New Mexico, Chihuahua, and Texas. Although Pike and his men were eventually escorted to the American border near Natchitoches, Louisiana, and released. Spanish officials confiscated the expedition's maps, notes, and papers, some of which were not recovered until a century later. Pike's expeditions rank second in importance only to the explorations of Lewis and Clark. His book created interest in the Southwest and stimulated the expansionist movement into Texas. Pike was killed in the American assault on York (now Toronto), Canada, during the War of 1812" (Hill 1357); Howes P373; Sabin 62837; Wagner-Camp 9:2.

 

81. PINTO, Fernão Mendes (ca.1509-1583)
Peregrinaçaõ de Fernaõ Mendes Pinto e por elle escritta que consta de muytas, e muyto estranhas cousas, que vio, & ouvio no reyno da China, no da Tartaria, no de Pegú, no de Martavaõ, & em outros muytos reynos, & senhorios das partes orientaes ... E agora novamente correcta, e acrecentada com o Itenerario de Antonio Tenreyro, que da India veyo por terra a este reyno de Portugal, em que se contém a viagem, & jornada que fez no dito caminho, & outras muytas terras, & cidades, onde esteve antes de fazer esta jornada, & os trabalhos que em esta peregrinaçaõ passou no anno de mil & quinhentos.
[The Voyages and Adventures, of Fernand Mendez Pinto, a Portugal: During his Travels for the space of one and twenty years in the Kingdoms of Ethiopia, China, Tartaria, Cauchin-china, Calaminham, Siam, Pegu, Japan, and a great part of the East-Indiaes. With a Relation and Description of most of the Places thereof].

Lisboa: na officina Ferreyrinana, 1725. Expanded & Corrected Portuguese Fourth Edition. Small Folio. [iv], 468 pp. Very handsome period style brown elaborately gilt tooled full calf. A near fine copy.
Very Rare as only one copy found in Worldcat. This edition with "Breve discurso, em que se conta a conquista do reino de Pegu..," (p. 435-458). This is a translation from the Spanish of Manuel d'Abreu Mousinho on the conquest of Pegu (Burma) in 1600 which is not present in the first and second editions.
Pinto a Portuguese explorer whose "exploits are known through the posthumous publication of his memoir Pilgrimage (Portuguese: Peregrinação) in 1614. In the course of his travels in the Middle and Far East, Pinto visited Ethiopia, the Arabian Sea, China (where he claimed to have been a forced laborer on the Great Wall), India and Japan. He claimed to have been among the first group of Europeans to visit Japan and initiate the Nanban trade period. He also claimed to have introduced the gun there in 1543. It is known that he funded the first Christian church in Japan, after befriending a Catholic missionary and founding member of the Society of Jesus later known as St Francis Xavier" (Wikipedia).
Upon returning to Portugal, Pinto wrote "his famous Peregrinacao, now regarded as one of the finest travel books of all time" (Howgego P99). "It is, moreover, a classic record of the experiences and observations of one of the earliest Europeans to penetrate into the interior of oriental countries, which, in that era, were practically unknown. He was the first European to enter Japan (in 1542), seven years before Saint Francis Xavier, the Apostle of the Indies" (Cox I, p. 324).

 

82. RENNELL, James (1742-1830)
Map of Bengal and Bahar in VIII Parts [A Bengal Atlas: containing maps of the theatre of war and commerce on that side of Hindostan: compiled from the original surveys, and published by order of the Honourable the Court of Directors for the affairs of the East India Company].

[London]: J. Rennell, [1781]. First Edition. Folio. Copper engraved title page (dated 1779), contents leaf and twenty-one copper engraved folding views and maps. Period style brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards and maroon gilt label. Contents leaf and several maps mounted, some maps with repaired chipped edges (some with minor loss of printed surface, several maps with repaired tears, overall a quite heavily restored but good copy.
Rennell's "maps were of the greatest importance.., He was a close friend of Sir Joseph Banks, the eminent naturalist. Admiral Markham remarks of him that he was the greatest geographer that Great Britain has yet produced"(Cox I, p302); "In 1764 Rennell was appointed Surveyor-general for Bengal, and supervised much of the early mapping of eastern India, work which culminated in the publication in 1780 of his famous Bengal Atlas. He left India in 1777 and after returning to London devoted himself to the study of geography" (Howgego R29).
"In England in 1778 Rennell proposed a new set of maps of Bengal to replace the inadequate small-scale maps published by the East India Company from his earlier surveys, and, with the guarantee of a bulk order from the company, had plates engraved to publish A Bengal Atlas first in 1780. The bulk consignment, en route for India for the use of company officials, was captured at sea by French and Spanish ships, and Rennell produced a new enlarged Atlas, with river maps and tables of distances, in 1781. A Bengal Atlas remained the standard administrative map of Bengal for almost fifty years, the river maps being pirated in Calcutta in 1825, and the last recorded London reprint appearing in 1829 or 1830" (Oxford DNB).

 

83. RENNELL, James (1742-1830)
Memoir of a Map of Hindoostan; Or the Mogul Empire: With an Introduction, Illustrative of the Geography and Present Division of that Country... To Which is Added, an Appendix, Containing an Account of the Ganges and Burrampooter Rivers.

London: M. Browne, for the Author, 1788. First Edition. Quarto. cxi, [i], 295, [51] pp. With four copper engraved maps, all but one folding. Period speckled brown full calf with maroon gilt label. Hinges cracked but holding, extremities rubbed, otherwise a very good copy.
Rennell's "maps were of the greatest importance.., He was a close friend of Sir Joseph Banks, the eminent naturalist. Admiral Markham remarks of him that he was the greatest geographer that Great Britain has yet produced" (Cox I, p302). "In 1764 Rennell was appointed Surveyor-general for Bengal, and supervised much of the early mapping of eastern India, work which culminated in the publication in 1780 of his famous Bengal Atlas. He left India in 1777 and after returning to London devoted himself to the study of geography" (Howgego R29).
"Rennell's general map of India, first published as ‘Hindoostan’ in 1782 and dedicated to Sir Joseph Banks, was, on the other hand, a compilation of the surveys, reports, and sketches of others, and subject to constant revision by him. Two versions of the map were published, in 1782 and 1788, the first with two editions of Memoir of a Map of Hindoostan, the second with three editions to 1793 of a new Memoir and various appendices. Rennell was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1781, and awarded the society's Copley medal in 1791" (Oxford DNB).

 

84. RENOUARD DE SAINTE-CROIX, Felix
Voyage commercial et politique aux Indes Orientales, aux iles Philippines, a la Chine, avec des notions sur la Cochinchine et le Tonquin, pendant les années 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806 et 1807, contenant des observations et des renseignements, tant sur les productions territoriales et industrielles que sur le commerce de ces pays; des tableaux d'importations et d'exportations du commerce d'Europe en Chine, depuis 1804 jusqu'en 1807; des remarques sur les moeurs, les coutumes, le gouvernement, les lois, les idiômes, les religions, etc.; un apperçu des moyens à employer pour affranchir ces contrée [Commercial and Political Voyage to the East Indies, Philippine Islands, China, and Cochin China and Tonquin, during the years 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806 and 1807…].

Paris: Crapelet for Clament frères, 1810. First Edition. Octavo, 3 vols. x, 301; [iv], 390; [iv], 291, [1] pp. With two engraved hand colored folding maps and four folding tables. Period brown gilt tooled quarter sheep with orange gilt labels and marbled boards housed in a matching slip case. A very good set.
Sainte-Croix was a French officer, responsible for the defence of the Philippines. Renouard de Sainte-Croix arrived in Pondicherry, India, in 1802 and was almost immediately imprisoned by the English. After he was liberated, he stayed for two more years in India and went amongst others to the coasts of Coromandel and Malabar. He then travelled to the Philippines where he visited Manila, and the gold mines of Mabulao. Cordier Indosinica, 2425; Howgego 1800-1850, D12; Lust 384.

 

85. RUSSELL, Alexander (1714-1768)
The Natural History of Aleppo, and Parts Adjacent, Containing a Description of the City, and the principal natural productions in its neighbourhood; together with an account of the climate, inhabitants, and diseases; particularly of the plague.

London: G.G. & J. Robinson, 1794. Second Expanded Edition. Quarto, 2 vols. xxiv, 446, xxiii, [i]; vii, 430xxxiv, [xxvi] pp. With twenty engraved plates (many folding), including eight of botanical subjects after G. D. Ehret. Handsome period style brown elaborately gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards and red and green gilt morocco labels. A very good set.
"In 1734 Russell was one of the first members of the Medical Society of Edinburgh University. In 1740 he came to London, and in the same year went to Aleppo as physician to the English factory. He learnt to speak Arabic fluently, and acquired great influence with the pasha and people of all creeds. In 1750 he was joined by his younger brother, Patrick, and in 1753 he resigned, returning to England by way of Naples and Leghorn, in order to supplement his study of the plague at Aleppo by visiting the lazarettos at those places. This work, which has been described as 'one of the most complete pictures of Eastern manners extant" (Pinkerton), Blackmer Sale 969; Cox I, p.227.
In 1740 Russell "went to Aleppo in Syria as physician to the English factory. There, as he wrote in his Natural History of Aleppo (1756), he established an ‘extensive practice among all ranks and degrees of people’. He learned to speak Arabic fluently, and acquired great influence with the pasha. In 1750 he was joined by his younger half-brother Patrick, and in 1753 he resigned, returning to England by way of Naples and Leghorn, in order to supplement his study of the plague at Aleppo by visiting the lazarettos at those places. Russell had sent home to his fellow student and correspondent John Fothergill seeds of the true scammony, which were raised successfully by Peter Collinson and James Gordon of Mile End. Russell published a description of the plant, and the native method of collecting it, in the first volume of Medical Observations, issued in 1755 by the Medical Society of London, which he had helped to found in 1752. He also introduced Arbutus Andrachne. Russell reached London in February 1755; following encouragement from Fothergill, he published his Natural History of Aleppo the next year. This work, which was described by John Pinkerton as ‘one of the most complete pictures of Eastern manners extant’, was reviewed by Samuel Johnson in the Literary Magazine, and was translated into German. A second edition was published by Patrick Russell in 1794" (Oxford DNB).

 

86. SALZBACHER, Dr. Joseph
Meine Reise nach Nord-Amerika im Jahre 1842. Mit statistischen Bemerkungen über die Zustände der katholischen Kirche bis auf die neueste Zeit [My Travels to North America in 1842…].

Wien: Wimmer, Schmidt & Leo, 1845. First Edition. Octavo. [viii], [iv], 479, xii, [1], [1] pp. With a large outline hand coloured folding lithographed map. Period black gilt quarter cloth with marbled boards and blue gilt label. A very good copy.
Salzbacher's started from New York and travelled through Baltimore, Richmond, Charleston, Pittsburgh, Louisville, and St. Louis, and back to New York via Detroit and Buffalo. "An important journal of travels and observations in Virginia and Carolina, and thence westward to Ohio and Missouri and northward to Illinois and Michigan" (Eberstadt); Howes S58.

 

87. SEUTTER, [Georg] Matthaeus (1647-1756)
ATLAS MINOR Praecipua Orbis Terrarum Imperia, Regna et Provincias, Germaniæ Potissimum…

Augsburg, [ca. 1750]. Small Quarto. 68 pp. With a double page hand coloured copper engraved title page and 64 double page hand coloured copper engraved maps. Original publishers' brown flexible full sheep covers, title with decorative border blind stamped on front cover. Extremities with mild wear, leather flap with some cracks, some scattered mild staining on a couple of leaves, otherwise a very good copy in very original condition.
An attractive atlas with very decorative maps. "Most of the maps are reductions from Seutter's Atlas Novus and retain his signature. Some have been redrawn by Seutter's son Albrecht Carl and, in many cases, they have been engraved by his son-in-law Tobias Conrad Lotter. Lotter bought part of Seutter's publishing house in 1762 after the death of Albrecht Carl and, like Probst, continued to publish Seutter's maps" (Christies). The maps include: A world map, Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, and all European Country and many detailed maps of Germany.
"Georg Matthäus Seutter was one of the most important and prolific German map publishers of the 18th century. Seutter started his career as an apprentice brewer. Apparently uninspired by the beer business, Seutter left his apprenticeship and moved to Nuremberg where he apprenticed as an engraver under the tutelage of the prominent J. B. Homann. Sometime in the early 18th century Seutter left Homann to establish his own independent cartographic publishing firm in Augsburg. Though he struggled in the early years of his independence, Seutter’s engraving skill and commitment to diversified map production eventually gained him a substantial following. Most of Seutter’s maps were heavily based upon, if not copies of, earlier work done by the Homann and Delisle firms. By 1732 Seutter was one of the most prolific publishers of his time and was honored by the German Emperor Charles VI with the title of "Imperial Geographer." Seutter continued to publish until his death, at the height of his career, in 1757.
The Seutter firm continued under Seutter’s wastrel son Albrecht Carl until his death in 1762. Following Albrecht’s death, the firm was divided between the established Probst firm and the emerging firm of Tobias Conrad Lotter. Lotter, Matthäus Seutter’s son in law, was a master engraver and worked on behalf of the Seutter firm. Lotter would eventually become one of the most prominent cartographers of his day" (Wikipedia). Tooley Q-Z, p.150.

 

88. SNODGRASS, John James, Major (1786-1828)
Narrative of the Burmese war, Detailing the Operations of Major-General Archibald Campbell's Army, from its landing at Rangoon in May 1824, to the conclusion of a treaty of peace at Yandaboo, in February 1826.

London: John Murray, 1827. First Edition. Octavo. xii, 319 pp. With an engraved frontispiece, one other engraved plate and a large folding engraved map. Period brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards. Rebacked using original boards with new endpapers and map with some off-setting, otherwise a very good copy.
Major Snodgrass was military secretary to Campbell’s expedition, and this narrative is one of the main accounts of the first Anglo-Burmese War. "The First Anglo-Burmese War (1824-1826) was the first of three wars fought between the British and Burmese Empire in the 19th century. The war, which began primarily over the control of north-eastern India, ended in a decisive British victory, giving the British total control of Assam, Manipur, Cachar and Jaintia as well as Arakan and Tenasserim.., The war was the longest and most expensive war in British Indian history. Fifteen thousand European and Indian soldiers died, together with an unknown number of Burmese army and civilian casualties" (Wikipedia); Cordier Indosinica.450;
Major-General Archibald Campbell (1769-1843) was "nominated to command the expedition against the Burmese. He arrived at Rangoon in May 1824 at the head of 11,500 men, including four British regiments, and at once took Rangoon. His first attack on the great Shwedagon pagoda at Kemmendine, near Rangoon, was repulsed with loss on 3 June, and he had to take the command in person; under his personal directions the pagoda was stormed on 10 June 1824. In July he detached a force, under Colonel H. F. Smith CB, to Pegu, which stormed the pagoda at Syriam on 4 August; the heavy rains then put an end to further operations, and caused much disease among the troops. He wrote urgently for reinforcements during the winter months of 1824-5, for in November 1824 he was besieged in Rangoon by the ablest Burmese chief, Maha Bundoola. He was joined by the 47th regiment and by two brigades of sepoys, and after storming the stockade of Kokein on 16 December he left Rangoon on 11 February 1825 and marched along the banks of the Irrawaddy towards Prome, accompanied by about forty gunboats under Commodore Chads and Captain Marryat.
On 7 March the advanced brigades, under Brigadier-General Cotton, were utterly defeated in an attack on the stockades of Danubyu, but Campbell at once moved to the front, and directed a fresh attack on 1 April which was entirely successful, and Maha Bundoola was killed. Campbell entered Prome on 5 May 1825 and established his headquarters there for the rainy season; he again lost at least a seventh of his forces between May and September. Towards the close of the rainy season Campbell who had been promoted major-general on 27 May 1825 for his services prepared to advance from Prome on Ava (at that time the capital of Burma), when Burmese envoys came into Prome and asked for terms. Campbell, who had been specially entrusted by Lord Amherst with the political as well as the military conduct of the campaign, announced that peace would be granted only on terms which were rejected, and Campbell again advanced. An assault upon the stockades of Wetthigan failed, and Brigadier-General Macdowall was killed on 16 November, but Campbell was again able to make up for the failures of his subordinates by storming the stockades on 26 November. On his approach towards the capital the king of Burma sent envoys to his camp once more, and a truce was made on 26 December. Campbell soon discovered that the negotiations were intended only to gain time, and therefore continued his advance on 2 January. By storming Melloon, the last fortified place on the way to Ava, he so frightened the king that he accepted the terms offered, and signed a treaty of peace at Yandabo on 26 February 1826. The successful termination of this war was received with enthusiasm in Britain and India" (Oxford DNB).

 

89. SONNINI, (de Manoncourt), C[harles] N[icolas] (1751-1812)
Voyage Dans la Haute et Basse Egypte. [Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt].

Paris: F. Buisson, An VII [1799]. First Edition. Text Octavo 3 vols. & Folio Atlas. [iv], vii, [i], 425, [3]; [ii], 417; [ii], 424; [2] pp. Atlas with a copper engraved portrait frontispiece, 38 other copper engravings (two folding) and a large folding engraved map by Tardieu after D'Anville. Period brown gilt titled papered boards. Extremities rubbed and spines mildly sunned, remains of a small private library label on volume one, otherwise a very good set.
This expedition was made with the intention of collecting rare Egyptian birds, however Sonnini includes some unusual and fascinating details of native life and customs such as female and male circumcision and homosexuality, leprosy and other diseases, serpent eating etc.
"Sonnini set out with baron de Tott's expedition in 1777. On arrival at Alexandria he found orders to explore Egypt from Louis XVI awaiting him"(Blackmer Collection 1006); Atabey 1155; This work relates to various subjects "with the utmost candor: such as Egyptian female circumcision, serpent eating, Egyptian lesbianism, women's cosmetics..," (Cox I, p.395); Gay 2250; Howgego S135; Ibrahim-Hilmy 245.
"A naturalist, Sonnini de Manoncourt traveled extensively through Egypt (from Alexandria to Aswan), making notes on the flora and fauna, the customs of the people, and only incidentally, the antiquities.., Illustrated with excellent engravings, mostly of fish and birds" (Kalfatovic 0158).

 

90. SONNINI, C[harles] [Nicolas] S[igisbert] (1751-1812)
Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt: Undertaken by Order of the Old Government of France.

London: J. Debrett, 1800. First Quarto Edition. Quarto. xl, 730, [12], [2] pp. With frontispiece portrait, and large folding map and 27other copper engraved plates of views, antiquities, zoology, botany and portraits. Original publishers' gray papered boards, rebacked in style with printed paper label. A very good uncut copy in very original condition.
This expedition was made with the intention of collecting rare Egyptian birds, however Sonnini includes some unusual and fascinating details of native life and customs such as female and male circumcision and homosexuality, leprosy and other diseases, serpent eating etc. Cox I p.395.
"Sonnini set out with Baron de Tott's expedition in 1777. On arrival at Alexandria he found orders to explore Egypt from Louis XVI awaiting him. This he proceeded to do, going on to Turkey, Greece, Crete and the Archipelago during which time he took part in naval combat near Milo between the Mignonne and two English cutters" (Blackmer Collection Sale 1006-7); Atabey 1155; Hilmy II, p.245; Howgego S135.

 

91. SPARRMAN, Anders (1748-1820)
Resa till Goda Hopps-Udden, Södra Pol-kretsen och Omkring Jordklotet, samt till Hottentott- och Caffer-landen, åren 1772-76 [A Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, towards the Antarctic Polar Circle and Round the World: But Chiefly into the Country of the Hottentots and Caffres, from the year 1772, to 1776].

Stockholm: Anders J. Nordstrom, 1783. First Edition. Octavo. xv, 766 pp. With nine folding copper engraved plates and one copper engraved folding map. Period brown gilt tooled half sheep with marbled boards. Covers and spine mildly worn, otherwise a very good copy.
This is the first volume of Sparrman's account of his travels in South Africa and of his voyage with Cook in the Resolution 1772-5. "It is the most interesting and most trustworthy account of the Cape Colony and the various races then residing in it, that was published before the beginning of the 19th century" (G. M. Theal). This volume deals mainly with South Africa, but a resume of the voyage with Cook is inserted on pp. 86-108.., The second volume (in two parts) was not published until 1802 and 1818" (Du Rietz Cook 10). Sparrman "sailed for the Cape of Good Hope in January 1772 to take up a post as a tutor. When James Cook arrived there later in the year at the start of his second voyage, Sparrman was taken on as assistant naturalist to Johann and Georg Forster. After the voyage he returned to Cape Town in July 1775 and practiced medicine, earning enough to finance a journey into the interior" (Wikipedia). Sparrman "frequently draws attention to the inaccuracies to be met with in Kolbe's account of the Cape, and throws considerable doubt on the veracity of many of his statements" (Mendelssohn II, p.414-5); Hill 1615; Howgego S154.

 

92. SYMES, Michael (1761-1809)
An Account of an Embassy to the Kingdom of Ava sent by the Governor-General of India, in the year 1795.

London: W. Bulmer & Co., 1800. First Edition. Quarto. xxiii, [i], 503, [1] pp. With two large folding copper engraved maps, twenty-six copper engraved plates (eight botanical plates), six folding. Original publisher's beige and blue papered boards, with the original printed paper label. Paper spine with crack, three plates with mild marginal water stain, otherwise a very good uncut completely original copy, very rare in this condition.
"In 1795 Symes was sent by the governor-general, John Shore, to the court of King Bodawpaya of Burma, to try to improve political and commercial relations, and also to confirm whether the French were actively courting the Burmese as they were rumoured to be doing elsewhere in Asia. Border tensions had recently escalated when Burmese troops had pursued Arakanese rebels into British territories and then refused to leave until the rebels were handed over. The embassy was counted a success, for Symes returned with signed documents which the British believed would open Burmese markets to British and Indian traders, and the French threat was shown to be largely illusory. These agreements, which fell short of what might properly be called a treaty, allowed British traders to purchase Burmese wood, instituted a procedure for addressing merchant grievances, and, provided import duties were paid, exempted British goods from inland customs and duties.
Symes wrote of his seven months in Burma - which took him from Rangoon to the capital at Amarapura - in An Account of an Embassy to the Kingdom of Ava Sent by the Governor-General of India in 1795 (1800), one of the first detailed accounts of the country written in English. In just over 500 pages, it addressed the history, geography, culture, and economics of Burma, and the text was accompanied by illustrations and maps. It painted a generally favourable impression of Burma, emphasizing its civility, culture, and stability, while also hinting at the Burmese court's suspicions of the British" (Oxford DNB).
"According to Pinkerton this is the only satisfactory account on Burma till then published. Symes's embassy resulted in leave being given by the "Emperor of Ava" for a British Resident to reside at Rangoon to protect British subjects" (Cox I p. 309). The "embassy to Ava [was] to attempt to induce the king to close his borders to French shipping.., [the mission resulted in] the first reliable survey of the lower River Irrawaddy. Permission having been granted for a British resident to be present at Rangoon" (Howgego S200); Cordier Indosinica 445; Kaul Early Writings 2887.

 

93. THOMPSON, Thomas (1708/9-1773)
An Account of Two Missionary Voyages by the Appointment of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. The one to New Jersey in North America, the other from America to the Coast of Guiney.

London: Benjamin Dod, 1758. First Edition. Octavo. [iv], 87 pp. Later brown full calf. A very good copy.
"Thompson's account of his proselytizing efforts in the American colonies and along the west coast of Africa on behalf of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. He was the first Anglican missionary to Africa, and two decades later wrote a defence of the slave trade at the behest of the S.P.G., which was active in the trade" (Christies).
"Thompson published in 1758 An Account of Two Missionary Voyages, a lively narrative of his experiences. Then, when the abolition campaign began, he seems to have been asked by his former employers to write in their defence. As he had been for five years the employee of a company which was principally concerned with trading in slaves, and had associated in an always perfectly amicable way with their African suppliers and customers, it need be no surprise that he was ready to publish, in 1772, a thirty-one page pamphlet, The African trade for negro slaves shown to be consistent with principles of humanity and with the laws of revealed religion. He drew on the Bible to justify slavery, and also on African practice, remarking that: ‘The customs of the blacks are many of them good rules of policy, such as would not disgrace a more regular constitution’ (Thompson, The African Trade, 25). His pamphlet elicited a few pages of angry retort from Granville Sharp, beginning: ‘For shame, Mr Thompson!’ (Sharp, 29), incorporated in his The Just Limitation of Slavery (1776)" (Oxford DNB); Howes T203; Howgego F59; Sabin 95529.

 

94. TOURNEFORT, Joseph Pitton de (1656-1708)
Relation d’un voyage du Levant, fair par ordre du Roy. Contenant l’histoire ancienne et moderne de plusieurs isles de l’archipel, de Constantinople, des côtes de la Mer Noire, de l’Armenie, de la Georgie, des frontières de Perse, & de l’Asie Mineure [A Voyage into the Levant: The State of the Islands, Constantinople, Armenia, Georgia, the Frontiers of Persia..,].

Lyons: Anisson et Posuel, 1717. First Octavo Edition. Thick Octavo, 3 vols in one. (22), 379, 448, 404, (60) pp. With 153 engraved plates, plans and maps (6 folding). Period full vellum. A very good copy.
"Volume I is devoted mainly to the Greek archipelago and the eastern Mediterranean; Volume II to Asia Minor, the Black Sea, the Caucasus and Persia. Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656-1708) was one of the greatest botanists of his time, discovering many new plant species during his travels in the Levant" (Blackmer Sotheby's Catalogue 329); Cox I p.221. "In 1700, under a commission from the Comte de Pontchartrain, Tournefort left Paris for the East to collect plants and undertake other types of observations. He was accompanied by the German botanist Gundelsheimer and the artist Aubrier. He spent two years travelling through the islands of Greece and visited Constantinople, the borders of the Black Sea, Armenia and Georgia. He was preparing to go to Egypt, but news of the plague that was ravaging the country forced his early return to Paris. On his travels he is said to have collected 1356 specimens" (Howgego T58).

 

95. TURNER, Samuel (1759-1802)
[Atlas Only] Ambassade au Thibet et au Boutan: contenant des détails très-curieux sur les moeurs, la religion, les productions et le commerce du Thibet, du Boutan, et des États voisins; et une notice sur les événemens qui s'y sont passés jusqu'en 1793. [An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama, in Tibet; Containing a Narrative of a Journey Through Bootan, and Part of Tibet; To Which are Added, Views Taken on the spot, by Lieutenant Samuel Davis; and Observations Botanical, Mineralogical, and Medical, by Mr. Robert Saunders].

Paris: F. Buisson, 1800. First French Edition. Quarto. With fourteen copper engraved plates, two folding, and one folding copper engraved map. Publishers original pink stiff paper wrappers with a printed paper label on front cover. With some minor water staining, otherwise a very good copy in very original condition.
"Turner made this journey of the second Mission to Tibet at the instance of Warren Hastings in 1783. The route is the same as the first Mission by Bogle in 1774; Khochi Bihar-Bhuksa-Crossing the Bhutan Himalaya from Bhutan to Gyantse and Shigatse through the Chumbi Valley and Tang La" (Yakushi T277), Lust 208. "News having reach Calcutta in February 1782 of the reincarnation of the Tashilhunpo Grand Lama of Tibet in the person of a child, Warren Hastings proposed to dispatch a mission to Tibet to congratulate the lamaist regency and strengthen the relations established by George Bogle. Turner was appointed as leader of the mission..., he followed a similar route from Calcutta to that of Bogle, passing through Cooch Behar and then that of Alexander Hamilton to Punaka in Bhutan where Davis was turned back. After some delay in Bhutan, Turner reached the lamasery of Tashilhumpo, near Shigatse and returned to Patna in March 1784" (Howgego T74). "This is without comparison the most valuable work that has yet appeared on Thibet; but it is to be regretted that the author could not advance further into the country" (Pinkerton XVII; Cox I p.346).

 

96. UBALDINI, Petruccio (ca.1524-ca.1600)
A Genuine and most Impartial Narration of the Glorious Victory obtained, by Her Majesty's navy : Under the Conduct of Charles Lord Howard of Effingham, Lord High-Admiral of England, over the falsely-stiled Invincible Armada of Spain, A.D. 1588. Translated from the Italian, written by Petruccio Ubaldino, Citizen of Florence, and Inscribed to the High-Admiral, by A. Ryther. Illustrated with a useful Postscript. To which are annexed, by Way of Appendix, I. Original Letters, with other Curious Papers, relating to this ever-memorable Event. II. A choice Narrative of the notable Exploit of Part of the English Fleet against a Squadron of Spanish Galeons, in 1656. III. Descriptions of Puerto Bello and the Island Cuba. IV. Authentic Accounts of Puerto Bello's being taken by Capt. H. Morgan, in 1669; and by V.A. Vernon, in 1739: With a Plan of that City, its Harbour, late Fortifications, &c. As also of Cartagena and Havana.

London: Printed for R. Montagu, 1740. New Edition with Additions. Octavo. [ii], iv, 117 pp. With an engraved folding plates with three plans. Handsome period style brown panelled full calf with a maroon gilt label. Several leaves with some edge wear, otherwise a very good copy.
A rare work being a new "edition, with the addition of American sections, of Ubaldini’s Discourse concerning the Spanishe fleete, 1590" (Sabin 97661). This work also includes information on Cartegena, Cuba and Porto Bella not found in Ubaldini's original work. Also included is an account of how the English fleet destroyed and captured a Spanish treasure fleet off Cádiz in 1656. Additionally, an account of how Porto Bello in Panama was taken by Captain H. Morgan in 1669 and by Vice Admiral Edward Vernon in 1739. "In the summer of 1668 Margan left Jamaica again, this time with 460 buccaneers and a squadron of nine ships, to attack the settlements of Darien. Porto Bello was ransomed, and the fleet sailed on to the desolate south coast of Cuba where the loot was divided- 400 pieces of eight for every man" (Howgego M170).

 

97. VANNUTELLI, L. & CITERNI, C. (1860-1897)
Seconda Spedizione Bottego. L'Omo. Viaggio D'Esplorazione Nell'Africa Orientale. Sotto gli auspici della Società Geografica Italiana [The Second Bottego Expedition. The Omo. Travels of Exploration in East Africa. Under the auspices of the Italian Geographic Society].

Milano: Ulrico Hoepli Editore, 1899. First Edition. Quarto. xvi, 650 pp. With 141 illustrations in text, eleven plates and nine maps, some folding. Handsome period style maroon gilt tooled straight-grained morocco with marbled boards. A very good copy.
"Vittorio Bottego was an Italian army officer and one of the first explorers of Jubaland in Africa (now part of Somalia), where he led two expeditions. In [t]his second expedition (1895-1897) he ventured in the still then unknown region of the upper Juba, Lake Rudolf and the Sobat, along the Omo River, trying to return passing through Ethiopia, then at war with Italy. There he found his death near Jellen in a battle with an Oromo tribe. His body was never found and his last story told years later by two of his companions, Vannutelli and Citerni, who survived the battle but were kept in prison for two years by Menelik II, emperor of Ethiopia" (Wikipedia); Howgego B60.

 

98. WINTERBOTHAM, W[illiam] (1763-1829)
An Historical, Geographical and Philosophical View of the Chinese Empire; Comprehending a Description of the Fifteen Provinces of China, Chinese Tartary, Tributary States; Natural History of China; Government, Religion, Laws, Manners and Customs, Literature, Arts, Sciences, Manufactures, &c. To Which is Added a Copious Account of Lord Macartney's Embassy Compiled from Original Communications.

London: J. Ridgway, 1795. First Edition. Octavo. [x], 435; 114 pp. With a copper engraved folding map and seven other copper engravings on plates, one folding. Period brown gilt tooled polished full calf, re-backed in style with a black gilt label. A near fine copy.
An important account of China in that it gives an account of the Macartney Embassy three years before the official account by Staunton. "The account of the Macartney mission "Narrative of the Embassy to China," found in the second section, pp. 1-114, is apparently based on information from Aeneas Anderson" (China Illustrata II 688); Cordier Sinica 2392; Cox I p.344; Lust 79.

 

99. ZURRADOR, Garrote D., Maestro de Capilla de Asangaro
[WAR OF THE PERU-BOLIVIAN CONFEDERATION, 1836-39] Babador. Para Limpiar las Babosidades del discurso pronunciado en puno por el Ilustrisimo Señor provisor y vicario Jeneral D.D. Matias Alday. Fabricado para desengaño de santacrucistas perdidos por D. Garrote Zurrador… [Babador. To clean up the rubbish from the speech pronounced in Puno by the illustrious Senor… Matias Alday… Done to disillusion the lost supporters of Santa Cruz…].

Arequipa [Peru]: Imprenta de Anselmo Valdés, 1839. First Edition. Octavo. 28 pp. Period papered wrappers with a chip of the upper left corner of the front wrapper. Overall a very good copy
Very rare political pamphlet as no copies found in Worldcat.
This political pamphlet was printed in Arequipa in southern Peru during the final stage of the war between the Peru-Bolivian Confederation on one side and Chile, Peruvian dissidents and Argentina, on the other (1836-39). The creation of the Confederation by Marshal Andrés de Santa Cruz (note ‘santacrucistas’ in the title) in 1836 “aroused the opposition of Argentina and, above all, Chile, due not only to its great territorial expanse but also to the perceived threat that such a rich state signified for the area” (Wikipedia).
During the first stage of the war the Confederation had an advantage; the Chilean army which occupied Arequipa in October 1837 was blockaded in the city by the troops of Santa Cruz, and the Chilean commander Admiral Manuel Blanco Encalada eventually signed the peace treaty of Paucarpata (November 1837). It wasn’t ratified by the Chilean government, and during the second stage of the war 1838-39 the Confederation army was defeated, Lima was occupied and Andrés de Santa Cruz fled to Ecuador. In August 1839 the Confederation was officially dissolved.
This rare Arequipa imprint shows the important polemics in the Peruvian society of the time; most likely it was issued under pseudonym as ‘garrote’ in Spanish means ‘bludgeon’, and ‘zurrar’ means ‘to thrash’. Probably the choice of the pseudonym was influenced by another ‘Don Garrote Zurrador’ whose ‘Epistolario’ was included in the ‘Index Librorum Pronibitorum’ (Madrid, 1747. p. 407).

 





 
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