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SEUTTER, George Matthaus (1678-1757)
[Map of Africa] Africa Juxta Navigationes et Observationes Recentissimas Aucta, Correcta et in Sua Regna et Status Divisa in Lucem Edita.
Augsburg: Engraved by Gottfried Rogg, 1728. Copper engraved map, full hand colour ca. 49x57 cm (19 ½ x 23 in). Original centrefold. A near fine map.
"This map of Africa was published by George Matthaus Seutter, a German cartographer and publisher of Augsburg. In the lower left corner is a large decorative title cartouche engraved by Gottfried Rogg, with natives, pyramids, animals, lighthouses and ships. Although all the decorative animals have disappeared from the mainland the enormous lakes are shown in Central Africa and the information about the southern extremity of the continent is largely fictitious. The Nile is shown not only originating in the south at lakes Zaire and Zaflan, but also continuing further south, and the Abyssinian province of Amhara is shown in the kingdom of Monomotapa. This map is in fact crowded with erroneous detail" (Norwich 80).
SCHMIDT, J.M.F., Professor
[Map of North and South America, Titled:] America. Gezeichnet vom Professor J.M.F. Schmidt.
Berlin: Simon Schropp & Comp., 1820. Outline hand coloured copper engraved folding map, dissected and cloth backed, ca. 60x46 cm (23 ½ x 18 in). Engraved by Franz. Housed in the original card chemise and a marbled paper slipcase with a period manuscript title on a paper label; both the slipcase and chemise with period library stamps. Overall a bright very good map.
This map of the western hemisphere outlines possessions of the European powers in North and South America (English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish and Russian), separately marking the United States of America, Brazil and Haiti. Simon Schropp received a privilege for map publishing and trade in 1742 from the Prussian king Frederick II, and by the end of the 18th century became one of the major European map sellers. His company successfully worked through the centuries and is now one of the best Berlin map shops “Schropp Land & Karte GmbH”.
MAY, Commander Walter William A.
Division of Sledges Finding and Cutting a Road Through Heavy Hummocks. In the Queen's Channel. [Plates VIII & IX on one Leaf From the Rare:] "A Series of Fourteen Sketches made During the Voyage up Wellington Channel in Search of Sir John Franklin, K.C.H., and the Missing Crews of H.M. Discovery-Ships Erebus and Terror; together with a Short Account of Each Drawing."
London: Day and Son, May 1, 1855. Tinted lithograph, printed images each ca. 15x23 cm (6x9 in) Recently matted lithographs in very good condition.
"Walter William May, lieutenant on the Assistance, whose sketches would form the basis of a handsome plate book."(Howgego Polar Regions 1850-1940, B15). The Assistance was part of Sir Edward Belcher's expedition which searched the Wellington Channel (1852-54). Belcher's "expedition is distinguished from all other Arctic expeditions as the one in which the commanding officer showed an undue haste to abandon his ships when in difficulties, and in which one of the ships so abandoned rescued herself from the ice, and was picked up floating freely in the open Atlantic" (Oxford DNB); Abbey Travel II, 646.
4. [ATLANTIC ISLANDS]
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.
5. [ATLAS OF NORTH AMERICA]
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 Eisenbahnen, 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.
6. [ATLAS OF THE WORLD]
DURY, Andrew (fl. 1742-1778)
A New General and Universal Atlas Containing Forty-five Maps.
London: Andrew Dury & Robert Sayer, 1761. First Edition. Oblong Duodecimo (12.5x15 cm). [3 leaves]. Engraved by Mr. Kitchin & others with engraved title-page, dedication-leaf, table of contents and 39 copper-engraved maps hand-colored in outline, 6 of them folding (the folding maps are paginated as two pages each, which explains the total of 45 maps). Handsome period green gilt tooled half straight grained morocco with papered boards. Boards mildly rubbed but overall in very good original condition.
"A fine pocket atlas containing a world map and maps of North and South America, the West Indies and the one of Canada showing the Great Lakes and the Disputed Boundaries. An important atlas in this regard, published at the time the commissioners were debating the boundaries of Acadia. Philips Atlases 627" (Christies); Tooley's Mapmakers A-D p. 404.
7. [ATLAS OF THE WORLD]
PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (after 83-ca 168 AD)
Geographiae Universae tum veteris tum novae absolvtissimum opus duobus voluminibus distinctum in quorum priore habentur Cl. Ptolemæi Pelvisiensis Geographicae enarrationis Libri octo. P. I-II.., [Universal Geography..,].
Cologne: Petrus Keschedt, 1597. Second Latin Magini Edition. Quarto, 2 parts in one. [viii], 184, , ; 292 leaves, [28 leaves - index] With two elaborately engraved title-pages with oval cartouches within engraved allegorical borders and 63 full-page engraved maps printed on rectos or versos of letterpress. Bound without the double page world map (after Rumold Mercator) often found bound in after p. 28 in part 2, but with no trace that it was ever present. Period full vellum with manuscript title in ink on spine. New endpapers and text mildly age toned throughout, otherwise in very good original condition.
"Second edition of Ptolomy's Geographia edited by Giovanni Magini which was first published in Venice 1596. The maps are exact copies of Girolamo Porro's maps used for the first edition and later Venetian editions. This is the issue without the colophon at the end of the "Index" (corresponding with a copy at Harvard)" (Sothebys); Alden & Landis 597/57; Phillips 404 (issue with colophon); Sabin 66493n and 43822; Shirley 201-204.
ROBERTS, David (1796-1864)
[Tinted Lithograph Panorama Titled:] Baalbec.
London: F.G. Moon, ca. 1843. Tinted lithograph ca. 50x32,5 cm (20x13 in). A very good lithograph.
Baalbek, "known as Heliopolis during the period of Roman rule, it was one of the largest sanctuaries in the empire and contains some of the best preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon" (Wikipedia).
Roberts left "London in August 1838 for Paris and thence travelling via Alexandria to Cairo, before visiting the pyramids at Giza. Hiring a cangia, he sailed up the Nile as far as Abu Simbel, stopping on his return north to sketch temples and ancient sites such as Philae, Karnak, Luxor, and Dendera. Back in Cairo he drew its streets and mosques before departing for Syria and Palestine in February 1839. He travelled through Sinai to Petra and thence north, via Hebron and Jaffa, to Jerusalem. From there he made an excursion to the Jordan, the Dead Sea, and Bethlehem and, after spending a further week in Jerusalem, he continued north, visiting many places associated with the Bible, before exploring Baalbek. He sailed for England from Beirut in May 1839, was quarantined in Malta, and returned to London in July. He was the first independent, professional British artist to travel so extensively in the Near East, and brought back 272 sketches, a panorama of Cairo, and three full sketchbooks, enough material to ‘serve me for the rest of my life’ (Roberts, eastern journal, 28 Jan 1839).
Over the next decade Roberts made ‘a serries of intire new drawings’ for the 247 large coloured lithographs executed by Louis Haghe for The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia (1842–9). No publication before this had presented so comprehensive a series of views of the monuments, landscape, and people of the Near East. Roberts was to paint more oils of the East than of any other region he visited, exhibiting thirty-one at the Royal Academy alone. These received critical acclaim and sold for high prices: for example, Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives (Holloway Collection at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, Egham) was commissioned for £330 in 1841 and his Ruins of Baalbec sold for £440 the same year, while The Island of Philae (1843; priv. Coll.) bought by a friend for £100, rapidly sold for £200, and in 1858 fetched 400 guineas. The works remain keenly sought after to this day" (Oxford DNB).
9. [BARKERVILLE B.C.]
The Cariboo Sentinel: Vol. 1. No. 12.
Barkerville, Williams Creek, British Columbia: Saturday, August 19, 1865. On a double Elephant Folio leaf (ca. 40,5x29,5 cm or 16 x 11 ½ in). Four pages. With Two page Supplement laid in. Period pencil note "30 cops. Exp. Acc. F.J. Barnard" in the right upper corner; blue stamp "M.W. WAITT & Co. Govt. St. VICTORIA" in the left upper corner. Light staining along fold lines, chipping on the upper edge, but overall a very good copy.
Very rare as only four runs of the newspaper located in Worldcat.
One of the first issues of this almost legendary goldfields newspaper inscribed by a prominent BC businessman and politician, the founder of famous Barnard’s Express: Francis Jones Barnard (1829-1889).
The inscription ordered to send 30 copies of the newspaper to the office of a Victoria bookseller, publisher and news agent M.W. Waitt & Co. (probably, on Barnard’s personal account). The reason for this was most likely the article letter from Victoria written anonymously by a member of the Legislature, which presented a lengthy defense of Union of the Colonies of BC and Vancouver Island, based partly on the value of the Cariboo miners to the Island economy and, reciprocally, the value of free trade to the miners (the union was concluded in 1866).
"The Cariboo Sentinel was published in Barkerville, in the Cariboo region of central British Columbia, and ran from June 1865 to October 1875. At the time, Barkerville was home to a fast-growing community of miners who had been attracted to the Cariboo region by the discovery of gold. The Sentinel was published by George Wallace, and its stated objective was not only to disseminate "mining intelligence," but also to eradicate "official abuse[s]" of power, both within the Cariboo region and beyond (vol. 1, no. 1, p. 2)" (UBC Library Catalogue).
"Francis Jones Barnard, often known as Frank Barnard Sr., was a prominent British Columbia businessman and Member of Parliament in Canada from 1879 to 1887. Most famously, Barnard was the founder of the B.X. Express freighting company ("Barnard's Express"), which was the main cartage and passenger services company on the Cariboo Road. His son, Sir Francis Stillman Barnard, often known as Frank Barnard Jr., later became the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.
It was his next enterprise, begun in the fall of 1860, that would grow to become the B.X. Express one of the most important companies in the early history of the Colony, and which would remain in business for decades. He began by carrying mail and newspapers, on foot, all the way from Yale to the goldfield towns of the Cariboo, a 760-mile roundtrip journey, charging $2 per letter and selling newspapers in the goldfields for $1 a copy. In 1861 and 1862 he also carried packages between Yale and New Westminster, a distance of 200 miles, and in 1862 established a one-horse pony express, with himself as sole rider, serving the Cariboo from Yale, where he met with services from New Westminster and Yale provided by Dietz & Nelson (one of the partners in which was the later Lieutenant-Governor Hugh Nelson) and couriered reliably from there to Barkerville. On his return journeys, he became entrusted with shipments of gold dust, and managed to reliably and safely convey earnings from the goldfields to Yale despite the ever-present risk of robbery, in addition to the difficulties posed by distance, climate, and the difficult canyon and plateau trails.
With the completion of the first section of the Old Cariboo Road to Soda Creek in 1862 , Barnard used his own acquired capital and found a backer to launch Barnard's Express and Stage Line with fourteen six-horse coaches and a famous team of "crack whips" to drive them, including legendary drivers Steve Tingley and Billy Ballou. The onset of the busiest phase of movement of miners and goods to and from the Cariboo Gold Rush began that year, and Barnard's new company prospered from a buys trade in services for passengers, freight, letters, newspapers and gold dust, and in 1864 was able to expand his business further with the purchase of more rolling stock and also in winning the government contract to carry the mail. Barnard was also able to encourage the government to end the gold escort with the result that his company's coaches, equipped with armed guardsmen, would be fully in charge of the movement of gold from the Cariboo to the Coast. In 1866 Barnard bought out Dietz and Nelson and so came into control of the bulk of business connecting Victoria to Barkerville, as he was now in control of shipments between Victoria and Yale as well as from Yale northwards" (Wikipedia).
GUIGNES, Chretien Louis Joseph de (1759-1845)
[A Series of Eight Views of Peking (Beijing) out of the Atlas Volume of Voyages a Peking, Manille et l'Île de France faits dans l'intervalle des années 1784 a 1801. Included are: 1. Arc de Triomphe a une Lieue et Demie Avant Peking; 2. Vue des Jardins de L'Empereur a Peking; 3. L'Empereur Prenant un Divertissement sur un Lac Glace; 4. Porte de la Ville Tartare a Peking; 5. Fete Donne Devant L'Empereur a Yuen-Ming-Yuen; 6. Enceinte Exterieure du Palais; 7. Enceinte Interieure du Palais a Peking; 8. Interieur de Peking. All engravings drawn by De Guignes and engraved by Deseve.]
Paris: De l'Imprimerie Impériale, 1808. Uncoloured copper engravings ca. 21x35 cm (8 ½ x 14 in) and slightly smaller. Some very mild foxing otherwise very good wide margined engravings.
These fine and detailed engravings give us a vivid impression of late 18th century Beijing. "Guignes, like his father before him, became an Orientalist scholar. He was appointed French resident in China and Consul in 1784. Ten years later, in 1794-95, he was an interpreter with the Dutch Embassy to Peking. In all, he spent seventeen years in China. This book, quite a comprehensive account, touches upon such subjects as industry, trades, professions, foreign trading companies etc." (Hill 733); The Titsing Mission to China in 1794-95 Included "Guignes, who had lived in Canton for ten years and knew Chinese, and six others. The embassy spent fifty days crossing China, many of the roads proving impassable because of the unusually cold weather. They arrived exhausted at Peking on 11.1.95, but were received by the emperor on the following day" (Howgego T45); Cordier Sinica 2351-2; Lust 336.
RAMUSIO, Giovanni Battista (1485-1557)
[Map of Brazil Titled:] Brasil.
Venice, 1565? Wood block map ca. 27,5x38 cm (10 ½ x 14 ½ in). Original centrefold, blank on verso, with some minor expert repair along the centrefold, but otherwise a very good map.
"A fantastic pictorial map of Brazil, shown north to the right and filled with attractive scenes of native life and fauna. It was prepared by the great Venetian cartographer Giacomo Gastaldi and published in Ramusio’s "Delle Navigationi et Viaggi," an "important 16th century description of voyages of discovery" (Swaen Map Auction). Delle Navigationi et Viaggi "is one of the earliest and most important collections of voyages and travels, and may be said to have opened a new era in the literary history of voyages and navigation, later serving as a model to Hakluyt. It was compiled during the latter part of Ramusio's life and is carefully and intelligently done, as he devoted his mature years to historical and geographical study. It contains translations of works that had appeared previously in French, Latin, and Spanish, as well as some from manuscripts that had never before been published. Among these voyages are some of which no other editions have ever been found, so that Ramusio remains an authority of the first importance" (Hill 1418).
12. [BRITISH COLUMBIA]
CARRE, William H.
Art Work on British Columbia, Canada Published in Twelve Parts.
William H. Carre, 1900. First Edition. Folio. 22 leaves of text. With a photogravure frontispiece, a photogravure text illustration and 82 leaves of photogravure plates for a total of 112 photographic illustrations of Victoria, Vancouver and all other major towns in British Columbia. Twelve original subscribers parts in purple patterned gilt wrappers with black cloth spines. Housed in a later handsome black gilt tooled quarter morocco clam shell box with purple cloth boards. Overall a very good set.
Rare Important comprehensive photographic documentation of all the major BC towns and cities at the very beginning of the 20th century. With an introductory essay: "British Columbia's History and Development" by R. E. Gosnell (1860-1931), late Provincial Librarian. "In Canada, between circa 1900 and 1910, the William H. Carre Co. Issued.., works on Canadian cities using Artotype, a patented collotype printing process which produced the look of lithographs.
These pictorial works served to foster civic pride and most likely appealed to tourists of the day. In addition to being offered to the general public they were sold by subscription to the wealthy owners of the featured private residences.
With tissue guards protecting the illustrations and their covers elaborately decorated and often boasting gilt lettering, these publications imparted a sense of luxury and importance. Individual parts could be gathered in ribbon-tied portfolios, themselves frequently enhanced with marbled lining papers"(Canadian Centre for Architecture); "The plates are from contemporary photographs"(Lowther 1457).
[BAEGERT, Johann Jakob] (1717-1772)
Nachrichten von der Amerikanischen Halbinsel Californien: mit einem zweyfachen Anhang falscher Nachrichten. Geschrieben von einem Priester der Gesellschaft Jesu, welcher lang darinn diese letztere Jahr gelebet hat. [News from the American Peninsula California..,]
Mannheim: Churfürstl. Hof- und Academie-Buchdruckerey, 1773. Second Edition (With Corrections). Small Octavo. [xvi], 358 pp. With one copper engraved folding map and two copper engraved plates on one leaf. Recent handsome period style brown gilt tooled half sheep with marbled boards and a red gilt title label. Some leaves with very mild browning, otherwise a very good copy.
"Baegert, a German Jesuit missionary and resident of Baja California for eighteen years, wrote an interesting but by no means glowing account of the natives and of the country. He served at the mission of San Luis Gonzaga. The map is most helpful in giving the location of the many Jesuit missions in Lower California. It also shows the route along the west coast of Mexico followed by Baegert in going to California in 1751, and his route out in 1768, after the expulsion of the Jesuits. The two plates, which are not found with all copies, depict California natives" (Hill 46); Barrett 129;"According to his accounts the country was absolutely unfitted for habitation; it was inhabited by wild and ferocious beasts; peopled by inhospitable and cruel savages; water was unfit for use; wood was scarce; and the soil would not sustain life" (Cowan p.27); Graff 137; Howgego B1; Howes B29; Sabin 4363 "Some corrections made [in the second edition)" (Streeter IV 2442); Wagner 157.
[Map of Central America and the Caribbean] Mappa Geographica, Complectens I. Indiae Occidentalis Partem Mediam Circum Isthmum Panamensem II. Ipsumq. Isthmum III. Ichnographiam Praecipuorum Locorum & Portuum. [Map of Central America and the Caribbean Sea].
Nuernberg, 1731. Hand coloured copper engraved map ca. 57x48 cm. (22 ½ x 19 in). Margins closely cropped to plate mark, with no loss of image, otherwise a very good map.
"This informative and very graphic folio sheet has a large map of the region, titled "Carte des Isles de l'Amerique et Deplusieurs Pays de Terre Ferme," attributed to D'Anville (1731). It covers the Gulf of Mexico, Central America and all of the Caribbean islands. It is nicely detailed with a key to show European possessions and a beautifully engraved title cartouche. Above the main map is the large, decorative title cartouche, flanked by insets of the isthmus of Panama and a plan of St. Augustine in Florida. Below the map is a large view of Mexico City, flanked by plans of Vera Cruz and San Domingo. A very handsome sheet, absolutely filled with information on the West Indies" (Old World Auctions).
General Chart of the West India Islands, with the adjacent Coasts of the Southern Continent; Including the Bay of Yucatan or Honduras. Composed from a great Variety of Surveys and Observations, Particularly those made by the Officers of the Spanish Navy.
London: R.H. Laurie, 1828, 1834. Large folding copper engraved map, dissected and linen backed, ca. 63x95,5 cm (24 ¾ x 37 ½ in), outline hand coloured. Housed in the original green cloth slipcase with printed paper title label on the side. Slipcase slightly rubbed, map with mild offset, otherwise a very good map.
The map is dedicated “to Captain Andrew Livingston, of Glasgow and Liverpool, in token of respect, and in acknowledgement of his extensive communications for the improvement of navigation, particularly that of the West Indies.” “This large-scale chart depicts the southern tip of Florida, the Caribbean, Central America from Yucatan to Panama, and the northern coast of South America. There is great detail along the coasts, with numerous place names, soundings, safe anchorages, and navigational hazards. In South America, there is good inland detail of the Magdalena and Orinoco rivers and Lake Maracaibo. A small cartouche in the bottom left corner dedicates the chart to Captain Andrew Livingston. Engraved by W. R. Gardner and published by Richard Holmes Laurie” (Old World Auctions).
16. [CENTRAL AMERICA]
GAGE, Thomas (1603?-1656)
A New Survey of the West-Indias Or, The English American his Travail by Sea and Land: Containing A Journal of Three thousand and Three hundred Miles within the main Land of America. Wherein is set forth his Voyage from Spain to St. John de Ulhua; and from thence to Xalappa, to Tlaxcalla, the City of Angels, and forward to Mexico; With the Description of that great city, as it was in former times, and also at this present. Likewise, his Journey from Mexico, through the Provinces of Guaxaca, Chiapa, Guatemala, Vera Paz, Truxillo, Comayagua; with his abode twelve years about Guatemala, and especially in the Indian-Towns of Mixco, Pinola, Petapa, Amatitlan. As also his strange and wonderfull Conversion and Calling from those remote Parts, to His Native Countrey. With his return through the Province of Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, to Nicoya, Panama, Portobelo, Cartagena, and Havana, with divers Occurrents and Dangers that did befal in the said Journey. Also, A New and Exact Discovery of the Spanish Navigation to Those Parts: And of Their Dominions, Government, Religion, Forts, Castles, Ports, Havens, Commodities, Fashions, Behaviour of Spaniards, Priests and Friers, Blackmores, Mulatto's, Mestiso's, Indians; and of their Feasts and Solemnities. With a Grammar, or some few Rudiments of the Indian Tongue, called, Poconchi, or Pocoman. The Second Edition enlarged by the Author, and beautified with Maps. By the true and painful endevours of Thomas Gage, Preacher of the Word of God at Deal in the County of Kent.
London: Printed by E. Cotes and sold by John Sweeting, 1655. Second and Best Edition. Small Folio (28x19 cm). [x], 220,  pp. With four copper engraved maps, not present in the first edition. Period dark brown full calf, rebacked, re-cornered and re-labelled in period style using original boards. Boards rubbed, and text mildly age toned but overall a very good copy.
"This book created a sensation when it appeared. In it the author describes Mexico and the wealth of South America, commenting on the ease with which it could be conquered.., This work [was] the first to give the World a description of the vast regions from which all foreigners has been jealously excluded by the Spanish authorities. It is supposed to have incited the attacks on the Spanish territories and colonies during Cromwell's time" (Cox II, p.237); European Americana 648/68. "Twelve years Gage spent in central America: Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama. He lived for some years among the Indians and, on occasion, acted as parish priest"(Hill 665); Howgego G3; Sabin 26299.
"As a young man, under his religious name of Tomás de Santa María, Gage volunteered for a mission to the Philippines. On 2 July 1625 he sailed from Cadiz - smuggled aboard in a barrel of dry biscuit, according to Gage, because his order had designated all English friars for work in England, and the Spanish crown had barred foreigners from America.., After landfall on Guadeloupe the mission party reached Vera Cruz on 12 September 1625 and proceeded overland, intending to sail from Acapulco for Manila. From Mexico City, Gage and four other young friars slipped away and rode south, heading for the Dominican missions in Guatemala. Gage later wrote that the New World offered better pickings than the Philippines, and that he meant ‘to gain out of Potosí or Zacatecas treasure that might counterpoise that child's part of which, for detesting the four-cornered cap and black robe of Jesuits, my father had deprived me’ (Gage, 11). This cynicism may have been a pose. Gage vividly evokes his youthful break for freedom: the howls of wolves and jaguars on an unknown upland; a mountain crossing attempted on scant provisions; how the young friars fought a ‘snowball’ fight with lemons and oranges in the Dominican cloister in Chiapas in southern Mexico; how the kindly provincial there welcomed them.
After some months in Chiapas Gage travelled on to Guatemala - ‘my second patria’, he fondly wrote - where he spent the next ten years (Gage, 159). In April 1627 he was named reader of arts in the local Dominican college. For three years he lived in the capital city, now known as Antigua (not the present Guatemala City, to which the capital was moved after a devastating earthquake in 1773).
In early 1630 Gage ventured into southern Yucatan with an abortive mission to the Indians of the Petén country. His party found deserted villages and withstood a night-long attack by Chol Maya archers. The return trip took Gage to the Caribbean coast and overland through what is now Honduras. Gage had begun learning Maya in the Petén. In June 1630 he was assigned to serve Indian communities near Antigua, and from early 1635 in Amatitlán. Gage claimed that he had grown wealthy from parishioners' offerings. He was clearly an active priest—ready to defend Indian servants against Creole masters, quarrel with mayors, smash in crocks of home-brewed liquor, and publicly hew to pieces an idol hidden by Maya converts. In Mixco he reconstructed a church; in Amatitlán he oversaw the building of a cloister.
On 6 January 1637, without the approval of his order, Gage began his trip home. He first travelled on muleback, through what are now El Salvador and Nicaragua, to the eastern coast, where Dutch pirates relieved him of £8000 in coins and jewels. After recrossing to the Pacific, Gage travelled by boat to Panama and crossed the isthmus to Portobello. From there he worked a passage to Spain as chaplain to a sea captain. In December 1637 he returned to England, barely able to speak English after more than two decades abroad..,
[A few years after his return] Gage wrote The English-American his Travail by Sea and Land, or, A New Survey of the West Indias (1648). This was the first book by an English writer—in fact, the first book not by a Habsburg subject—portraying daily life in Spanish America. It sold well and has often been reprinted. Gage took from others his account of the conquest of Mexico; wholly his own were the strong narrative line and his gift for observation. He wrote of the volcanoes overlooking Antigua (Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango) and the bustle of Portobello when the treasure fleet was in, with silver ingots piled in the street like paving-stones. He zestfully recalled the cuisine of the New World—the tortillas, beans, and tamales of the poor, the strange new fruits of the Indian market, and delicacies like the iguana. To chocolate, with an addict's obsessiveness, he devoted an entire chapter. He denounced the blending of Mayan ceremony and Catholic rites, but seldom condescended to his Indian parishioners, whom he found civil, gentle, industrious, and long-suffering" (Oxford DNB).
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 pp. 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..,"
GUILLAIN, [Charles] (1808-1875)
[Two Part Tinted Lithograph Panorama of the City of Mutsamudu (Anjouan) Titled:] Vue de Moutsamoudou, Ville Principale de L'Ile D'Anjouan.
Paris: Arthus Bertrand, [1856-1857]. Two part tinted lithographs, each ca. 45x30 cm (18x12 in). With a library blind stamp in blank margin, but overall very good lithographs.
"Mutsamudu is the second largest city in the Comoros, founded in 1482. It is also the capital and largest city on the island of Anjouan" (Wikipedia). Plate #28 a & b from «Voyage à la côte orientale d'Afrique exécuté pendant les années 1846, 1847 et 1848 par le brick Le Ducouëdic sous le commandement de M. Guillain».
"Charles Guillain visited the Indian Ocean coasts of Africa and the Portuguese settlements in India aboard the Du Couedic between January 1846 and May 1849. He was appointed member of a commission in 1858 to investigate new possibilities of French emigration to the colonies, and governor of New Caledonia in 1861" (Sothebys); Guillain's Documents sur l'Histoire is also one of the only sources for the travels of Eugene Maizan (1819-1845), "Possibly the first European to penetrate East Africa.., Maizan proceeded as far as the district of Deje-la-Mhora, on the Uzaramo plateau about 80-150 kilometers from the coast, when he was set upon by Mazangera tribesmen under sub-chief Hembe, and bound to a calabash tree and savagely murdered.., [Guillain's Documents sur l'Histoire is] considered the finest account of East Africa for the period" (Howgego 1800-1850, M6); Guillain "sailed down the Indian Ocean coast and went ashore at Mogadishu, Marca, and Baraawe, penetrating some distance inland and collecting valuable geographic and ethnographic information" (Encyclopaedia Britannica Online); Gay 236; Hess & Coger 272; Ibrahim-Hilmy I, 280.
19. [COOK'S THIRD VOYAGE]
Siebenzehntes Neujahrstueck, herausgegeben von der Künstler-Gesellschaft in Zurich auf das Jahr 1821. Enthaltend das Leben des Malers Johann Weber von Bern [The Life of the Painter John Webber from Bern].
Zuerich: Kuenstler-Gesellschaft, 1821. First Edition. Quarto. 13 pp. Original handcoloured sepia aquatint frontispiece by F. Hegi after Webber printed and a copper engraved portrait illustration of Webber by K. Meyer as head-piece. Original publisher's brown printed wrappers. A fine copy.
Rare original handcoloured frontispiece variant of this very rare work. "First edition of the rare, only known original source of biographical information for Webber. Wagner derived his information from the oral account and retained letters of Webber's brother. The only copy to appear at auction in recent decades"(Bonhams).
"A biographical account of John Webber, having several long footnotes and text references to his voyage with Cook and his visit at the sandwich Islands" (Forbes 533); This work is of significant value for the history of British Columbia as it includes a long note by Webber of how he made his sketches of the native dwellings of Nootka Sound (See: A View of the Habitations in Nootka Sound (plate 41) & The Inside of a House in Nootka Sound (plate 42) Cook: A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, London 1784). Webber gives some detail of how when he tried to sketch the interior of one of the dwellings, he was obstructed in doing so by one of the inhabitants. The native would only move out of the way once he had received the bribe of one of Webber's brass jacket buttons. However, to Webber's annoyance the native soon returned to obstruct Webber's view again to get another button and this continued until Webber's jacket was without buttons and so only then could Webber finally finish his sketch. Webber sketches are the first views by a European artist to show British Columbia.
20. [EARLY WORLD HISTORY]
ROLEWINCK, Werner (1425-1502)
Fasciculus temporum omnes antiquorum cronicas a creatione mundi vsq[ue] ad annum Christi M.ccccc.xxiiii subcincte complectens vna cu[m] multis additionibus: tam de gallia qua[m] de aliis regionibus sparsim hic adiectis q[ui] nusq[ue] antea apposite fuerant. [A Collection of Old Chronicles from the Creation of the World..,].
Paris: Jean Petit, 1523. Small Quarto. [vi], xciv leaves. With an elaborate printers device on title page and 16 woodcuts in text. Recent full vellum with black gilt titled label. A few pages with period ink manuscript notes, but overall a very good copy.
"The chronology follows a double time-line, measuring time from both the Creation and the birth of Christ, demanding a remarkably complex typographical layout. The work was immensely popular, being printed 32 times in the 15th century, including translations into French, German and Dutch. The illustrations show Noah's Ark, the tower of Babel and contain several town views including Jerusalem, Syracuse, Rome and the Doge's Palace in Venice" (Christies 1481 (Ernard Ratdolt Edition)).
FORBIN, Louis-Nicolas-Philippe-Auguste, de (1777-1841)
Ruines du Temple de Carnak à Thébes. Egypte [Ruins of the Temple of Thebes in Karnak, Egypt].
[Paris: Imprimerie Royale], 1819. Uncoloured aquatint, printed image ca. 46x53,5 cm (18 ½ x 21 ½ in). Engraved by M. Debucourt. Aquatint slightly waved, descriptive text closely trimmed, otherwise a very good aquatint.
Plate 62 from the Atlas to Forbin’s "Voyage dans Le Levant en 1817 et 1818" (Paris, 1819; two editions were published the same year, our plate is from one of them). This was "one of the first important French books to use lithography on a grand scale, with the scarce first edition, of which Brunet states that only 325 copies were printed. Most of the plates, after Lecomte, Deseynes, Castellan, Carle and Horace Vernet, Fragonard, Thienon, Legros, Isabey and others, illustrate views in Egypt and Syria, including the famous view of Drovetti, French consul in Egypt, measuring a giant head" (PBA Galleries).
"In 1816 Forbin replaced Denon as Director of Museums, and in August 1817 he undertook a semi-official year-long voyage to the Levant, having been authorized to purchase antiquities for the Louvre. He travelled to Milos, where his son-in-law Marcellus had negotiated the purchase of the recently discovered Venus de Milo, and from there to Athens, Constantinople, Asia Minor, Syria and Palestine, from Jaffa he travelled overland to Alexandria and visited Egypt" (Blackmer 614).
22. [ENGLISH HISTORY]
STOWE, John (1524/5-1605)
Summarie of Englyshe Chronicles Diligently Collected by John Stowe, Citizen of London, in the Yeare of Oure Lorde 1566..,
London: Thomas Marshe, 1566. First Summary Abridged Edition. Duodecimo. [xxiv], 282 leaves, [12 leaves]. First sixteen pages including title page printed in red and black. Early 20th century red gilt tooled full crushed morocco. Title page with bottom left corner repaired, no loss of text but some small loss of printed area, a few pages with period manuscript notes, overall a very good copy.
"The most prolific historical writer of the sixteenth century, during his lifetime Stow produced a total of twenty-one editions and issues of chronicles together with his Survey of London. His longer chronicles - the Chronicles of England (1580) and the Annales of England, first published in 1592, which were printed in quarto - provide detailed accounts of English history from the earliest times which are continued down to the accession of James I in Stow's own last edition. His smaller summaries and abridgements offered a cheaper, simplified guide to the English past. His first chronicle, the Summarie of Englyshe Chronicles, was published in 1565 and subsequently extended and enlarged. For the period before 1547 Stow depended primarily on earlier writers, but for the later period he was writing about his own times. His accounts of the reigns of Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth were based on his own records, on those provided by his friends and correspondents, and on his own personal experience. Over the years he not only extended but made significant revisions to the chronicles with the result that his assessment of a particular individual or event cannot be determined without consulting and comparing different editions" (Oxford DNB).
This Summary Abridged Edition has "additional matter [which] consists of a Calendar, Rules to find Fasts, the Terms, &c., at the beginning, and at the end the distances of towns from London, and the dates of the principal Fairs; there is no List of Authors and no Table. So far as its main substance is concerned the Summary Abridged agrees with Stow's own description of it as brought 'into a new form, such as may both ease the purse and the carriage, yet nothing omitted convenient to be known'" (British History Online). With a note that the book is from the library of J.O. Halliwell-Phillips, noted Shakespearean scholar and bibliophile collector of English nursery rhymes and fairy tales.
SALT, Henry (1780-1827)
[Large Hand Coloured Aquatint, Titled]: The Town of Abha in Abyssinia.
London: William Miller, 1 May 1809. Hand coloured aquatint on thick wove paper, ca. 46x60 cm (ca. 18 x 23 ¾ in). Engraved by L. Bluck. With a very small minor tear on the lower margin neatly repaired, margins trimmed, otherwise a very good aquatint.
Plate XVIII from Salt's "Twenty-four views in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt." "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" (Oxford DNB); Abbey Travel: 515
24. [EUROPE'S RIVERS & MOUNTAINS]
SORRIOT DE L’HOST, Andreas, Freiherrn von, K.K. General Major
Carte Générale Orographique et Hydrographique de l’Europe qui montre les principales ramifications des montagnes, fleuves at chemins, avec les principales villes, dressée d’après les meilleures cartes des auteurs les plus acredites [Orographical and Hydrographical Map of Europe; With:] General Karte von Europa. Worinnen die Gestalt dieses Erdtheiles zu ersehen ist, wie selbe nach seinem Höhensisteme und Wasserzuge angeordnet ist [General Map of Europe Showing its Mountain and River Systems].
Vienna: Joseph. List, 1816-1818. Two copper engraved folding maps with ornamental border frames, dissected and linen backed. The first one on four sheets, each ca. 56x69 cm (22x27 cm), with the total size ca. 111,5x137,5 cm (44x 54 ¼ in); the second map ca. 56x68,5 cm (22x27 cm). Each of the five parts with a paper label with handwritten title pasted on the verso of linen. The maps housed in a period custom made card folder and a box with marbled paper sides and a cloth spine with gilt lettered title “Europa von Sorriot.” Minor stains and small tears on a fold of the larger map, the box slightly rubbed on extremities, but overall a very good collection.
Interesting collection of two rare maps focusing on the mountain and river systems of Europe, and also marking main cities and roads. Worldcat finds only six copies of the first map and four copies of the second map. The first map is supplemented with four inserts including two profiles of the European mountainous areas from Hamburg to Genoa (Italy) and from Memel to Odessa; a table of heights of the main mountain ranges; a table of latitudes and longitudes of the major European cities; general overview map of Europe, and a detailed explanatory text. The second map has three inserts detailing the course of the Danube, and two extensive explanatory text boxes.
25. [EVACUATION TO BRAZIL]
[Printed Broadside Announcing the Evacuation of the Portuguese Royal Family, as well as Naval and Military Personnel to Brazil on British Naval Vessels]: Proclamacao do Commandante Britannico.
Ca. 1807. Folio broadside (ca. 31,5x21 cm). 1 p. Watermarked British laid paper. A very good document.
An interesting rare broadside, quite possibly issued by Sir Sidney Smith from his flagship HMS Bedford on the Tagus, regarding the evacuation of the Portuguese royal family, as well as military and naval personnel to Brazil. The “Commandante Britannico” states that vessels from the British squadron will be made available to take refugees to Falmouth where they can await further ships to take them to Brazil.
“The transfer of the Portuguese Court to Brazil refers to the escape of the Braganza royal family and its court of nearly 15,000 people from Lisbon on November 29, 1807. The Braganza royal family departed for the Portuguese colony of Brazil just days before Napoleonic forces invaded Lisbon on December 1. The royal party navigated under the protection of the British Royal Navy, under the command of Admiral Sir Sidney Smith. The Portuguese crown remained in Brazil from 1808 until the Liberal Revolution of 1820 led to the return of John VI of Portugal on April 26, 1821. For thirteen years, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, functioned as the capital of the Kingdom of Portugal in what some historians call a "metropolitan reversal" (i.e., a colony exercising governance over the entirety of the Portuguese empire)” (Wikipedia).
26. [FRENCH ANTILLES]
WEIGEL, Christoph (the Elder) (1654-1725)
[Two Maps of the French Antilles] Insulae Antillae Franciae Inferiores commentariis manuscriptis et variis navigantium observationibus descriptae a Petito Geometra Regio. Editore Christophoro Weigelio Noribergae. [With]: Insulae Antillae Franciae Superiores cum Vicinis Insulis ex Commentariis Manuscriptis et Varus Navigantium Observationibus descriptae a Petito Geometra Regio. Editore Christophoro Weigelio Norib.
Nuremberg: Christoph Weigel, 1718. Copper engraved maps, period outline hand coloured. Printed image size each 32x36 cm (12 ½ x 14 in). "Superiores" map with mild foxing, otherwise very good wide margined maps.
The maps are most likely from "Schul- und Reisen Atlas" (Nuremberg, together with Johann David Koehler, 1718; 140 maps). Each map is complete with its own borders, but the compass rose is split between the two maps. These map include the Islands of Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent and Grenada.
Christoph (the Elder) Weigel was a goldsmith, engraver, illustrator and publisher with Johann David Koehler, who had settled in Nuremburg in 1698. Tooley Mapmakers vol. Q-Z, p.367.
27. [FRENCH PALACES]
PERELLE, Gabriel (1604?-1677), Adam (1640-1695) & Nicolas (1631-1695)
[Bound Collection of Nineteen Architectural Copper Engravings from the “Veues des Plus Beaux Lieux de France et d'Italie & Les Places, Portes, Fontaines de Paris & Veue de Rome et des Environs”].
Paris: N. Langlois, ca. 1670-1680s. Oblong Folio (ca. 28x36,5 cm). With 19 wide margin copper engravings etched by Israel Silvestre. Period grey paper wrappers with a brown ink note in Italian on top of the front wrapper. Wrappers slightly soiled and creased, plates slightly age toned, but overall a very good collection of bright sound engravings.
This beautiful collection of engraved views of French palaces, mansions and gardens from the time of Louis XIV was published by Nicolas Langlois in the series of “Veues des Plus Beaux Lieux de France et d'Italie & Les Places, Portes, Fontaines de Paris & Veue de Rome et des Environs” (Paris, ca. 1670-1680, ca. 251 plates). Our plates assembled together under period paper wrappers include views of the Palais-Royal in Paris, palaces and parks in Chaville and Meudon (both near Paris), Liencourt (Nord-Pas de Calais), Conflans-sur-Seine (north-eastern France); Château de Clagny (near Versailles), Colbert’s house in Sceaux (Bourg-la-Reine near Paris), Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte (Seine-et-Marne), Château d'Ancy-le-Franc (Burgundy), Château de Madrid (Bois de Boulogne) and Château de Richelieu (Touraine).
“An extensive series of engravings depicting the major French chateaux and gardens, including Versailles and Fountainebleau, and Parisian views and architectural landmarks. It appears to have been issued by Mariette and N. De Poilly, in addition to Langlois” (Christies).
“Gabriel Perelle was a French draftsman and printmaker of topographic views and landscapes. A pupil of Simon Vouet, Perelle specialized in classical landscapes not dissimilar to those of Francisque Millet, although more obviously decorative. He founded an etching workshop, and his sons Nicolas and Adam assisted him. Perelle was also a pupil of Daniel Rabel and produced several hundred engravings both from his own drawings and from those of his competitors Israël Silvestre, Paul Bril, Jacques Callot, Michel Corneille the Elder, Pierre Asselin, Jacques Fouquières, Corneille Poëlembourg, and Sébastien Pontault de Beaulieu. These engravings in the etching and intaglio mainly depict landscapes of the Paris region, including views of castles, where he introduced the variety by adding ruins and various accessories” (Wikipedia).
28. [GOA & MACAU]
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. Complete, with 103 issues in 6 vols. 533, , 12; 583, ; 346, , 641, ; [1 – t.p.], 409, , [1 – t.p.], 455, ; 235, , 512, ; 56, 135 pp. 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.
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.
29. [GORDON OF KHARTOUM]
Major General Charles George Gordon. C.B. R.E. Hero of Khartoum.
London: Marlborough, Gould and Co. Publishers, ca. 1880. Lithograph, printed image ca. 49x32,5 cm (17x13 in). Proof copies 5 s. each. Tears and minor losses on extremities, otherwise a very good wide margined lithograph.
Large well executed lithograph portrait of Major-General Charles George Gordon, CB (1833-1885), known as Chinese Gordon, Gordon Pasha, and Gordon of Khartoum. "It may not be out of place to mention that by far the best portrait of General Gordon , to our mind, is a large lithograph published by Marlborough and Co., 52, old Bailey, London, and within reach of all purses" (General Gordon’s life and letters // Littell’s The Living Age. Fifth Series, Vol. 1. Boston, 1885. P. 465).
"Major-General Charles George Gordon, was a British army officer and administrator. He made his military reputation in China, where he was placed in command of the "Ever Victorious Army", a force of Chinese soldiers led by European officers. In the early 1860s, Gordon and his men were instrumental in putting down the Taiping Rebellion, regularly defeating much larger forces. For these accomplishments, he was given the nickname "Chinese" Gordon and honours from both the Emperor of China and the British.
He entered the service of the Khedive in 1873 (with British government approval) and later became the Governor-General of the Sudan, where he did much to suppress revolts and the slave trade. When a serious revolt broke out in the Sudan, led by a Muslim reformer and self-proclaimed Mahdi, Muhammad Ahmad, Gordon was sent to Khartoum with instructions to secure the evacuation of loyal soldiers and civilians, and depart with them. After evacuating about 2,500 British civilians he retained a smaller group of soldiers and non-military men. As an ardent Christian evangelist he was determined to stand up to the Mahdi, his Muslim nemesis. In the build up to battle the two leaders corresponded attempting to convert the other to their respective faiths, but neither would comply. Besieged by the Mahdi's forces, Gordon organized a city-wide defence lasting almost a year that gained him the admiration of the British public, though not the government, which had not wished to become involved (as Gordon had known before setting out). Only when public pressure to act had become too great was a relief force reluctantly sent. It arrived two days after the city had fallen and Gordon had been beheaded" (Wikipedia).
DONCKER, Hendrick (1626-1699)
Pas-caerte van Groenlandt, Yslandt, Straet Davis en Ian Mayen Eylant; hoemen de selvige van Hitlant en de Noord kusten van Schotlant en Yrlant beseylen mach [Map of the North Atlantic Showing Southern Greenland, Iceland, Davis Strait, Baffin Island with Cumberland Sound, and Northern British Isles].
Amsterdam: Hendrick Doncker, ca. 1696. Copper engraved map ca. 43x52,5 cm (16 ¾ 20 ½ in). Original centerfold, blank on verso. Two repaired minor tears at top and bottom of the centrefold, otherwise a very good map.
This is the rare first state of this interesting map of the North Atlantic out of Doncker's De Zee-Atlas of water-waerelt. The map outlines the eastern approach to a probable Northwest passage, with detailed coastlines and anchorages. The map is supplemented with rhumblines, three compass roses and sailing ships and the title cartouche is decorated with figures of two Laplanders in native costume, holding a kayak, and a Dutch whaler with a harpoon. Hendrick Doncker would become one of the most active of the marine atlas and chart publishers in Amsterdam in the second half of the seventeenth century" (Burden 337).
"For about fifty years Hendrick Doncker ran a flourishing business in Amsterdam as a bookseller and publisher of sea atlases and textbooks on navigation. In a period when so many maps and charts were simply copied from other publishers, Doncker's charts were his own work and were noted for their accuracy and constant improvement. Apart from this work, he cooperated for many years with Pieter Goos and Anthonie Jacobsz in producing a pilot guide De Zeespiegel. Eventually his stock was sold to Johannes van Keulen" (Map Hist.com); Tooley A-D p. 378.
31. [HAWAII & PACIFIC]
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, Second Issue. Folio Atlas. Atlas with a world map and 25 other lithograph plates. This second issue complete but bound without the title page and list of plates as issued by publisher, see Forbes: Hawaiian National Bibliography 537 & 538. 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.
32. [HERMITAGE, ST. PETERSBURG]
BAKMANSON, Gugo Karlovich (1860-1953)
[Chromolithograph Portrait of the Emperor Nicholas II of Russia:] Ego Imperatorskoe Velichestvo Gosudar Imperator Nikolai Alexandrovich v forme L. Gv. Konnago Ego Velichestva polka [Sa Majesté Impériale L’Empereur Nicolas Alexandrovitch en uniforme du régiment des Gardes-à-cheval].
Saint Petersburg: R.V. Pets, E.I. Marcus Lith., 1896. Chromolithograph ca. 38x52 cm (ca. 15 x 20 ½ in). Paper very mildly browned, minor mounting residue on verso, otherwise a very good chromolithograph.
This beautiful portrait of the Russian Emperor Nicholas II is one of the most spectacular plates from the special album issued to commemorate the coronation of Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Fedorovna which took place in Moscow on 14 (26) May 1896. The album was published by the Saint Petersburg company of Robert Poetz under title “Souvenir du Couronnement de Leurs Majestés Impériales à Moscou 1896. L`Empereur Nicolas Alexandrovitch en tenue de 10 régiments dont Sa Majesté est Chef.” It consisted of ten chromolithographs depicting the Emperor dressed in the uniforms of ten Imperial regiments which he was the Chief of; the album was printed in very small print run which were intended for the members of the Imperial House of Romanovs and people close to them. The drawings for the album were executed by a renowned Russian painter of battle pieces Gugo Karlovich Backmanson, a student of the Russian Academy of Arts and an officer of the Life-Guards Izmailovsky Regiment since 1884.
The Emperor is shown mounted on a horse and dressed in the official uniform of the Imperial Life-Guards Cavalry regiment. Nicholas II is shown on the Palace Square with the Winter Palace and the Alexander Column in the background. The official censorship permission printed on the lower margin of the lithograph is 24 April 1896, which is just a couple of weeks before the coronation.
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, rebacked 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 Ffoulkes’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.
34. [HUDSON'S BAY]
CHAPPELL, Edward (1792-1861)
Narrative Of A Voyage To Hudson's Bay In His Majesty's Ship Rosamond Containing Some Account Of The North-Eastern Coast Of America And Of The Tribes Inhabiting That Remote Region.
London: J. Mawman, 1817. First Edition. Octavo. [xii], 279 pp. With a copper engraved folding map frontispiece, and with four other copper engraved plates. Handsome period brown gilt tooled speckled full calf. Recased, skillfully using the original spine and boards. Some mild browning of text and offsetting from plates, but overall a very good copy.
"The journal, covering the period May-Nov. 1814, includes extended observations on Indians and Esquimaux and , p.256-279, a vocabulary of the language of the Cree or Knisteneaux Indians inhabiting the western shores of Hudson's Bay presented to the author by a trader who had resided thirty years in that country" (TPL 976); Arctic Bibliography 2994; Sabin 12005.
35. [HUDSON'S BAY]
MARTIN, R[obert] M[ontgomery] (1803-1868)
The Hudson's Bay Territories And Vancouver's Island, With An Exposition Of The Chartered Rights, Conduct, And Policy Of The Hon'ble Hudson's Bay Corporation.
London: T. And W. Boone, 1849. First Edition. Octavo. vii, 175, , 8, 2, , 8 pp. With an outline hand colored folding map frontispiece. Original publisher's brown blind stamped gilt cloth. With a library stamp on title page, map with some minor fore edge wear, otherwise a very good copy.
Martin "argues the Company's suitability for promoting the settlement of Vancouver Island" (Strathern 356i); "An account of the activities of the Hudson's Bay Company till about 1848" (TPL 2920); Sabin 44915; Smith 6571.
36. [KAMCHATKA & SIBERIA]
DOBELL, Peter (1772-1852)
Travels in Kamtchatka and Siberia. With a Narrative of a Residence in China.
London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830. First Edition. Octavo, 2 vols. ix, 351, (12 ads); x, 341, [2 ads] pp. With two hand coloured aquatint frontispieces. Original period beige and blue papered boards, with printed and manuscript spine labels. Hinges cracked and front endpapers of volume two soiled, frontispiece of volume two laid down on old paper and with some minor damage affecting image but overall a very good set in very original condition.
"Dobell arrived in Kamchatka by sea in 1812, in the service of the Russian government. This journal records his personal observations of the manners, customs, population, religion, and resources during his fifteen years of traveling in China and Siberia. Much of this time, approximately seven years, he operated as a trader based in China; the second half of volume two describes his experiences and residence there (which had begun in 1798). Dobell indicates that his observations concentrate on the wonderful works of nature" in order that the reader may learn "how rich and interesting a region is Siberia, heretofore only represented to the imagination in the most gloomy and unattractive colors." The two excellent frontispieces illustrate this Siberian life" (Hill 484); Dobell was "an Irish trader and adventurer, [who] had formerly been a merchant at Canton. In return for negotiating the safety of Krusenstern's ship, which in 1804 was on the point of being seized by the Chinese at Canton, Tsar Alexander rewarded Dobell with the position of Russian consul-general to the Pacific Ocean. The appointment forced him to quit Canton and forfeit his business. From his base at Manila in the Philippines, Dobell travelled widely in the Pacific, visiting the Sandwich Islands and the ports of Siberia (1812)" (Howgego 1800-1850, C39).
"British counselor at Alexander's court journeys from Kamchatka to the Ural Mountains, August-November, 1812. He provides a mass of detail about Siberia, its peoples, its resources, and the road that serves as the connection between the east and west limits of the Empire" (Nerhood 155); Peter Dobell was an intrepid adventurer and lived a truly exciting life. Born in Ireland and educated in Philadelphia, he travelled for 30 years, especially in South-East Asia and China where he went three times and lived for seven years. While in Canton Dobell met the Russian explorer Ivan Krusenstern who was on his famous circumnavigation. Dobell’s was able to help the Russian expedition for which Emperor Alexander I sent him a diamond ring. This was probably one of the reasons why Dobell ultimately became a Russian citizen. Prompted by the idea of organising the regular supply of provisions to Kamchatka, in 1812 he sent two ships there from Manila on his own cost. Dobell also visited Kamchatka and then travelled to Saint Petersburg through Siberia. It was the diary of that travel which was first published in Saint Petersburg magazine "Syn Otechestva" in 1815-1816 and later in London (1830).
In 1818 Alexander I approved Dobell’s plan and appointed him Consul General of Russia's first mission in Manila. However the Spanish government refused to accept Dobell, but promised to support him as a private person. The adventurer returned to Kamchatka and obtained the title of the 2nd Guild merchant. He tried to start trade between Kamchatka and Manila several times but always unsuccessfully which resulted in great financial losses. His main competition was the Russian-American company which lobbied its interests in the Pacific and didn’t allow foreign traders to come to the ports of the Eastern Siberia. Moreover, Dobell’s property in Manila was destroyed during the riots, and he, almost ruined, returned to Saint Petersburg in 1828. In spite of everything, he didn’t lose his courage and continued the life of traveller and thrill seeker (Russian Biographical Dictionary on-line); Cordier Sinica 2109.
37. [LIBYA TO EGYPT]
CELLA, Paolo della & Pezant, Adolphe [Translator]
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.
SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514)
[MAGDEBURG: Panoramic Handcoloured Woodcut Titled:] Madeburga.
Nuremberg, 1493. Handcoloured woodcut ca. 19x51 cm (7 ½ x 20 in) on a larger leaf. Original handcolouring, with an original centre fold and with a very mild water stain on blank lower margin but overall a very good woodcut.
Panoramic view from the Latin Edition of the 1493 Nuremberg Chronicle, showing Magdeburg from the East looking over the Elbe River. Schedel was a doctor of Medicine who, "with the help of others, including the globe maker Martin Behaim.., compiled and published a Chronicle of the World now known as the Nuremberg Chronicle. This work included two maps, an untitled map of the world [on a conical projection] and the first modern map of Germany" (Tooley's Mapmakers Q-Z p117). The maps and views in the Chronicle were the first ever illustrations of many cities and countries.
39. [MAP PUZZLE]
BARBIE DU BOCAGE, Jean Guillaume (1795-1848)
[A set of Three Jigsaw Maps Including: France Divisee en 89 Departments; Carte de L'Europe; MappeMonde].
Paris, ca. 1845. Each jigsaw puzzle map (29x37,5 cm) with dissected pieces mounted on paper backed wood and each map with its own tray. With two extra maps: Europe Politique & Mappe-Monde from Geographie des Ecoles. Maps housed in a decoratively embossed "Atlas" original box. Overall the jigsaw maps and box are in very good condition.
This jigsaw puzzle game comprises of double-hemisphere World, Europe, and France maps. The engraved maps are with original hand-colouring and show the borders of Europe post Congress of Vienna. Tooley Mapmakers A-D p.82.
MILBERT, Jacques Gerard (1766-1840)
Voyage Pittoresque a l'Ile de France, au Cap de Bonne Esperance et a l'Ile de Teneriffe [Picturesque Voyage to Mauritius, the Cape of Good Hope and the Island of Tenerife].
Paris: Le Normant pour A. Nepveu, 1812. First Edition. Octavo Text 2 vols. & Oblong Folio Atlas. xiv, 392, , ; [iii], 390, ; [iii]. With 45 copper engraved views, plans and maps, many folding. Text in handsome period brown gilt tooled mottled full calf. Atlas in period blue quarter cloth with pebbled papered boards. Text in near fine condition and atlas mildly rubbed at extremities and a few plates with some mild dust soiling. Overall a very good set.
"Jacques-Gérard Milbert was a French naturalist and artist. In 1800, Milbert embarked on Nicolas Baudin's voyage to Australia. During the voyage, Milbert and several other artists became ill, and the artists and the captain came into conflict. This caused several artists, including Milbert, to leave the voyage at Mauritius, leaving Charles-Alexandre Lesueur to produce the voyage's scientific drawings. Milbert returned to France, where in 1812 he published a series of views of Mauritius, the Cape Colony and Tenerife, titled "Voyage pittoresque à l'Ile de France, au Cap de Bonne Espérence et à l'Ile de Ténériffe"" (Wikipedia). Milbert was invited on the expedition by M. Bory de Vincent. Gay 266; Mendelssohn II, p.13.
41. [MIDDLE EAST]
BLOUNT, Sir Henry (1602-82)
A Voyage into the Levant: a Breife Relation of a Journey, Lately Performed by Master H.B. ... From England by the way of Venice, into Dalmatia, Sclavonia, Bosnah, Hungary, Macedonia, Thessaly, Thrace, Rhodes and Egypt, unto Gran Cairo: with particular observations concerning the moderne condition of the Turkes, and other people under that empire.
London: Andrew Crooke, 1638. Third Edition. Small Quarto. [ii], 126 pp. Recent brown gilt tooled faux leather binding. Title page with some minor staining but overall a very good copy.
"Important book of travels, one of the first to view the Turks without prejudice"(Atabey 1, 119). "Blount wrote objectively and viewed Turkish society as different from, but equally valid to, the life he knew in England. Blount described himself as "not dazled with any affection, predjudicacy or mist of education" (Blackmer Sale 31). "The voyage at once established Blount's fame as an author and traveller. Altogether it occupied over eleven months, he having journied above 6000 Miles.., Blount sailed from Venice for the Levant, May 7, 1634. The power of the Turkish empire at that period excited tremendous interest in the lands and peoples subject to the Sultan. The author was held in high esteem by his countrymen for his native talents and good judgement" (Cox I, p.207-8); Howgego K26.
"Blount began his account of this journey in Venice, from where he sailed on 7 May 1634 down the Adriatic coast, and then travelled inland into the Balkans. He reached Constantinople and after spending only a few days he crossed to Egypt via Rhodes in the Turkish fleet and docked in Alexandria. He visited the great pyramid in Giza, wandered around the Faiyûm, and in November embarked for Palermo, Naples, and finally Venice, having travelled above 6000 miles in eleven months. In the preface Blount declared that his purpose in travelling had been Baconian: to gain knowledge by means of personal—‘ocular’—experience without the constraints of national and religious history. He travelled alone to the Middle East because he wanted to describe Islam and the world of the Ottomans in an ‘empirical rather than religious frame of reference’ (MacLean, 94). He was eager to see and learn from the non-Christian world, and realized that no people were more suitable for study than the ‘Turkes, who are the only moderne people, great in action’. Blount praised them for their military discipline and social organization, emphasizing their importance for English trade and marvelling at the diversity of religious communities that lived among them. He established such good rapport that he was invited by the coffee drinking pasha to ‘serve under them going against the Polacke’. Blount declined the offer but declared that King Charles I would have encouraged him because the latter had ‘a League with the Gran Signior, [and] continually held an Embassadour at his Court, esteeming him the greatest Monarch in the World’ (Blount, 15). Blount was fully aware how attractive the Ottoman world must have seemed to potential Christian converts seeking employment and advancement. The Voyage shows a sharp and iconoclastic mind" (Oxford DNB).
42. [NIGER RIVER]
ALLEN, Captain William (1792-1864)
A Narrative Of The Expedition Sent By Her Majesty's Government To The River Niger In 1841. Under the Command of Captain H.D. Trotter and T.R.H. Thomson. Published with the Sanction of the Colonial Office and the Admiralty.
London: Richard Bentley, 1848. First Edition. Octavo 2 vols. in one. xviii, 509; viii, 511 pp. With a portrait frontispiece, two folding maps, a folding panorama, fourteen plates, and many wood engravings in text. Handsome period brown gilt tooled full morocco. Recased using the original spine, but overall a very good copy.
"In 1840 the abolitionist, Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton (1786-1845), proposed that a large expedition should be sent up the Niger with a threefold mission; to show the natives the advantages of legitimate trade; to sign treaties with the chiefs in which they promised to give up slaving; and to set up a model farm at the Benue-Niger confluence which could teach the Africans the merits of agriculture and the blessings of Christianity.., The expedition sailed in May 1841, and after recruiting 133 Africans on the west coast entered the Niger on 13.8.41" (Howgego 1800-1850 T18); "It was, without a doubt, the most ambitious expedition that had ever set out for the Niger" (De Gramont p.207); Hess & Coger 6939.
43. [NORTHWEST COAST OF AMERICA]
DIXON, George (1748?-1795)
To the Right Honorable the Lords Commissioners ... This Chart of the North West Coast of America, with the Tracks of the King George and Queen Charlotte in 1786 & 1787...
London: W. Harrison & J. Reid, 24 December 1788. Uncoloured copper engraved map ca. 88,5x58 cm (34 ½ x 23 in). Copper engraved chart on laid paper with original centrefold. Backed, with a few tears and chips repaired and backing extending the lower margin, otherwise in very good condition.
Large chart of the West coast of North America from Nootka Sound to the Alaska Peninsula, from Dixon’s "A Voyage Round the World; but more Particularly to the North-West Coast of America" (London, 1789). "In 1785-87 [Dixon] sailed with Nathaniel Portlock for the King George’s Sound Company, which had been established <..,> for trading furs from the northwest coast of America to China. With the ships King George (under Portlock) and Queen Charlotte (under Dixon) they <..,> arrived on the Alaskan coast in July 1786. After wintering in the Sandwich Islands (winter 1786-87), the two captains returned to northern waters, visiting the Cook Inlet, Prince William Sound, the Alaskan mainland and the Queen Charlotte Islands. Dixon disposed of his cargo and returned to England in 1788, the following year publishing his popular Voyage Round the World. The bulk of the book consists of descriptive letters by William Beresford, his supercargo, but it contains valuable charts and appendices by Dixon himself. Dixon is generally credited with the discovery of the Queen Charlotte Islands (which were named after his ship), as well as Port Mulgrave, Norfolk Bay, Dixon’s Archipelago the Dixon Entrance, and several other features also bearing the name of his ship" (Howgego, to 1800, D58); Wagner 732; Lada-Mocarski 43.
PARKER, Samuel (1779-1866)
Map of Oregon Territory.
Utica, NY: Engraved M.M. Peabody, 1838. Copper engraved map ca. 35x58,5 cm (14x23 in). Map with original fold marks but in very good condition overall.
This map was created to show Parker's "journey with a fur-trading party in 1835 to Walla Walla. The map was the first one of the interior of the Oregon Territory to be done with any accuracy" (Hill 1304). "Samuel Parker was a missionary who accompanied a fur-trading party on an expedition from Council Bluffs, Iowa to the Oregon Territory. At the time, the region was claimed by both the British and the United States and was little known except to the fur-traders. Parker's map, based on both personal observation and reports of the fur-traders of the Hudson Bay Company, is a landmark in the mapping of the region. The map provides an excellent view of the river systems and tribal territory. It shows several forts, including an early depiction of Fort Hall. The map extends to include much of present-day Canada" (Old World Auctions).
45. [PACIFIC NORTH-WEST COAST]
MENDENHALL, Thomas Corwin (1841-1924)
North West Coast of America and Inland Passages from Olympia, Washington to Mt. St. Elias, Alaska.
U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey, 1891. Large printed folding map, dissected and linen backed, ca. 163x53 cm (64 ¼ x 20 ¾ in). Scale 1:1,200,000. Attached to the original card and marbled paper folder with brown sheep spine and gilt lettered title label on the front board. Bookplate of Edward W. Allen attached to the verso of the front board. Spine neatly repaired, map with a couple minor tears on the folds; overall a very good map.
This rare map, “based chiefly upon the work of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey and with some compilations from Russian and British Admiralty Charts” presents a detailed and impressive picture of the Alaskan coast, indicating soundings (in fathoms), ferry routes, lighthouses, major mountains and their heights, as well as the preliminary border line between BC and Alaska.
Thomas Corwin Mendenhall was an American autodidact physicist and meteorologist. During his time in the office as the superintendent of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (since 1889) Mendenhall was responsible for defining the exact national boundary between the United States (Alaska) and Canada. The Mendenhall Valley and glacier in Juneau, Alaska was named after him in 1892 (See more: Wikipedia).
BRAUN, Georg (1541-1622) & HOGENBERG, Frans (1535-1590)
[PRAGUE: Panoramic Handcoloured Copper Engraving Titled:] Palatium Imperatorum Pragae Quod Vulgo Ratzin Appelatur / Praga Regni Bohemiae Metropolis.
[Cologne], 1588. Handcoloured copper engraving ca. 6x49 cm (14 x 19 ½ in). Later hand colouring but overall a very good engraving.
"This sheet contains two fabulous views of Prague, the ancient capital of Bohemia and the capital of the Holy Roman Empire during the reign of Charles IV. The panoramic views are based on the drawings of Georg Hoefnagel. The upper view depicts the Archiepiscopal Palace, Hradcany Castle & St. Vitus Cathedral. The lower panorama shows the city from the southeast with the Josefske mesto (Josef's town or the Jewish quarter) left, Stare mesto (Old Town) & Nove mesto (New Town) at center. The famous 14th century Charles Bridge crosses the Vltava river to the Mala Strana (Little Quarter) on the right, with the Hradcany Castle perched on a hill overlooking the city" (Old World Auctions). "Georg Braun was a topo-geographer. From 1572 to 1617 he edited the Civitates orbis terrarum, which contains 546 prospects, bird's-eye views and maps of cities from all around the world" (Wikipedia). Civitates orbis terrarum is "the first atlas of town plans and views embracing the known world" (Tooley A-D, p.185).
47. [RICHARD BURTON PORTRAIT]
[Etching of Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) after a painting by Sir Frederick Leighton].
. Etching ca. 22x18 cm (8 ½ x 7 in). A near fine wide margined etching.
This rare etching is based on the portrait by Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton (1830-1896). "This austere, ponderous and intense image of one of the great explorers of Victorian England captures his slightly brutal character very effectively. The artist Frederic Leighton met Burton in 1869 while they were taking a cure at Vichy and they formed a firm friendship which lasted until Burton's death. On 26 April 1872, Burton began sitting for his portrait. According to Lady Burton, he was extraordinarily difficult about it, anxious that his necktie and pin might be omitted and pleading with the artist, 'Don't make me ugly, there's a good fellow.' Apparently the portrait was left unfinished when Burton departed for Trieste in October 1872 and it was not completed until 1875. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy the following year, but it is possible that Burton did not like it, because Leighton kept it at his house in Kensington. He intended to leave it to the National Portrait Gallery, of which he was a Trustee, but forgot, so the then Director, Lionel Cust, arranged for it to be donated by Leighton's sisters"(National Portrait Gallery). "Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton was a British geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat. He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia, Africa and the Americas as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian and African languages.
Burton's best-known achievements include travelling in disguise to Mecca, an unexpurgated translation of One Thousand and One Nights (also commonly called The Arabian Nights in English after Andrew Lang's abridgement), bringing the Kama Sutra to publication in English, and journeying with John Hanning Speke as the first Europeans led by Africa's greatest explorer guide, Sidi Mubarak Bombay, utilizing route information by Indian and Omani merchants who traded in the region, to visit the Great Lakes of Africa in search of the source of the Nile. Burton extensively criticized colonial policies (to the detriment of his career) in his works and letters. He was a prolific and erudite author and wrote numerous books and scholarly articles about subjects including human behaviour, travel, falconry, fencing, sexual practices and ethnography. A unique feature of his books is the copious footnotes and appendices containing remarkable observations and unexpurgated information" (Wikipedia).
RAFFENEL, Anne (1809-58)
Voyage dans l'Afrique occidentale comprenant l'exploration du Senegal, depuis Saint-Louis jusqu'a la Faleme, au-dela de Bakel; de la Faleme, depuis son embouchure jusqu'a Sansandig; des mines d'or de Kenieba, dans le Bambouk; des pays de Galam, Bondou et Woolli; et de la Gambie, depuis Baracounda jusqu'a l'Ocean; execute, en 1843 et 1844, par une commission composee de MM. Huard-Bessinieres, Jamin, Raffenel, Peyre-Ferry et Pottin-Patterson [Travels in West Africa Including the Exploration of Senegal ..,].
Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1846. First Edition. Sm. Quarto Text & Folio Atlas. vii, 512 pp. With two lithographed folding maps and twenty-two hand coloured illustrations on eleven lithographed plates. Text in period brown gilt tooled quarter calf with marbled boards. Atlas in period-style green gilt tooled quarter calf with marbled boards. One map with expertly repaired tears, text with some very minor foxing and rubbed on extremities but overall still a very good set.
Text with the bookplate of John Ralph Willis. "In 1843-4 the marine officer Anne Raffenel explored Bambouk, and in 1846-48 made his way into Kaarta. Raffenel. Born at Versailles, had joined the navy in 1826 and for the next sixteen years voyaged to different parts of the world. He was appointed governor of Madagascar in 1855 and died there in June 1858"(Howgego 1800-1850, W23); "Explorations made in 1843 on the upper [Faleme] river by Raffenel carried him to Bambouk and the gold-bearing regions of the Faleme; he then traveled into Kaarta, the country of the Bambara, where he was held prisoner for eight months, but the ministry quietly avoided acting on the proposal to stop native razzias on the posts by direct annexation" (Priestley, France Overseas, 52); Gay, 2915.
A Narrative of the Loss of the Grosvenor East Indiaman, Which was unfortunately wrecked upon the coast of Caffraria, somewhere between the 27th and 32d Degrees of Southern latitude, on the 4th of August, 1782. Compiled from the examination of John Hynes, one of the Unfortunate Survivors. By Mr. George Carter, Historical Portrait Painter upon his passage outward bound to India. Containing a Variety of Matter respecting the Sufferers, Never before made Public; With Copper Plates descriptive of the Catastrophe, engraved from Mr. Carter's designs.
London: Minerva Press for J. Murray, 1791. First Edition. Octavo. iv, 174 pp. With a folding copper engraved frontispiece and 3 full page copper engravings. Handsome later brown gilt tooled half calf with a maroon gilt label and marbled boards. Housed in a custom-made black cloth slipcase. Some very mild foxing of plates but overall a near fine copy.
"The ill-fated vessel sailed from "Trincomale" on the 13th of June 1782, and struck on the coast of Kaffraria a few weeks after. The passengers agreed to accompany Captain Coxon in an attempt to reach the Dutch settlements in the Cape..., One by one, however, the doomed sufferers succumbed or were left behind, and when, after 117 days of fearful hardships, a remote Dutch farm was reached, only six men arrived out of a whole ship's company" (Mendelssohn I, p.651); Cox II, p 465; "On 4.8.82, in bad weather, the Grosvenor struck rocks in Tezani Bay (to the north of Port St. Johns) and broke in two. Some 123 of the 138 crew managed to clamber to the beach" (Howgego G105).
50. [TUDOR CONQUEST OF IRELAND]
STAFFORD, Sir Thomas (d. 1655)
Pacata Hibernia: Ireland Appeased and Reduced: or, an Historie of the Late Warres of Ireland, Especially Within the Province of Mounster, Under the Government of Sir George Carew, Knight, then Lord President of that Province, and Afterwards Lord Carew of Clopton, and Earle of Totnes, &c. Wherein the siedge of Kinsale, the Defeat of the Earle of Tyrone, and his Armie; the Expulsion and Sending home of Don Iuan de Aguila, the Spanish Generall, with his Forces; and many Other Remarkeable Passages of that time are Related.
London: Robert Milbourne, 1633. First Edition. Folio. [xii], 391 pp. Two engraved portrait frontispieces, a large folding hand coloured engraved map by John Speed and seventeen other engraved maps, plates and plans, most folding or double-page. 18th century brown gilt tooled full diced calf. Later rebacked and re-labelled, front board detached, trimmed title-page and last page laid down on old paper, most maps and plates trimmed and laid down on linen and old paper (some with later hand colouring), but overall still a good copy.
An important well illustrated account based on manuscripts by George Carew, Earl of Totnes (1555-1629) about his involvement as President of Munster in the Tudor Conquest of Ireland. "With the Nine Years' War spreading throughout Ireland and increasingly becoming a serious threat to English rule, Carew was appointed lord president of Munster on 27 January 1600, remaining in the post to 1604. Applying a mixture of skilled diplomacy and military force in his dealings with Florence MacCarthy and James fitz Thomas Fitzgerald, earl of Desmond (the so-called súgán earl), he succeeded in suppressing the rebellion in Munster within little over a year" (Oxford DNB);
Stafford "is thought to have been the son of George Carew., and the two lived together for many years.., By his will.., Carew bequeathed his manuscripts to Stafford. Thirty-nine of these volumes, today preserved at Lambeth Palace Library, remain a seminal collection for Irish history in the Elizabethan period and earlier.., Drawing on these documents, Stafford edited and published Pacata Hibernia: Ireland appeased and reduced, or, An historie of the late warres of Ireland, especially within the province of Mounster, under the government of Sir George Carew, knight (1633). Stafford claimed the book had been written three decades earlier by Carew himself, but ‘out of his retyred Modestie, the rather by him held backe from the Stage of Publication’. Once the manuscript was found by Stafford, he showed it to the ‘view and censure of divers learned and judicious persons’ by whom it was ‘esteemed worthy the view of the world’ (Pacata Hibernia, foreword). It would seem that Stafford himself was the author, however, compiling a somewhat tedious series of documents, interspersed with seventeen maps tracing the progress of different campaigns between 1599 and 1603" (Oxford DNB).
51. [VICTORIA, B.C.]
[Chromolithographed Bird’s-Eye View of the Inner Harbour of Victoria, Titled:] Victoria, the Capital of British Columbia.
[Portland]: West Shore Lith., . Chromolithograph panorama ca. 24,5x77 cm (9 ¾ x 30 ¼ in). Recently matted. With original fold marks but otherwise a very good bright panorama.
This large and attractive chromolithograph shows the inner harbour of Victoria taken from the lawn in front of the Birdcages – the first Legislature buildings of British Columbia. The wooden bridge crosses the original James Bay before it was filled in 1903-1904.
HOMANN, Johann Baptist (1664-1724)
[Panorama and Plan of Vienna and Environs] Prospect und Grund-Riss der Kayserl. Residenz-Stadt Wien mit negst anligender Gegend und Neuen Linien umb die Vorstädt.
Nuernberg, 1720. Hand coloured copper engraved map ca. 49x57,5 cm (19 ¼ x 22 ½ in). Blank on verso. Margins strengthened on verso, brown stains and a repaired tear on the outer left, but overall a very good map.
“An attractive bird's-eye plan of old Vienna and its fortifications and the surrounding suburbs with a detailed panorama below. The map has a numbered and lettered key to 32 locations in a decorative cartouche held aloft by an eagle and three putti. Beautiful baroque engravings of soldiers, allegorical figures, Roman soldier, and weaponry flank the view of the city”. (Old World Auctions).
53. [VOLGA RIVER]
OLEARIUS, Adam (1599-1671)
[Map of Volga River] Nova & Accurata Wolgae Fluminis olim Rha dicti, Delineation.
Amsterdam: Blaeu, ca. 1659 or 1662. Hand coloured copper engraved map ca. 47x63 cm (ca. 18 ½ x 21 ¼ in). Blank on verso. Strengthened at centerfold with old paper, otherwise a near fine map.
“Uncommon map of the Volga River in two parts based on the travels of Adam Olearius. The left side of the map begins at Nizhniy Novgorod and ends at Saratov. The right side continues to Astrakhan with an inset of the river delta. Richly embellished with a strapwork title cartouche featuring reindeer, a scale cartouche with putti, and a fine pictorial scene of an encampment with camels” (Old World Auctions).
Olearius was a member of two embassies of Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, to Muscovy and Persia in 1634-37 and 1643, and published a book about the events and observations during his travels. “During his travels Olearius took notes of manu kinds, drew sketches of the coasts and river banks, made surveys for a map, and even determined the location of Terki, Derbent, Niazabad, Shemakha and the confluence of the Araks and Kura rivers. Later he made a thorough description of the natural features along his route. During the return trip to Moscow he completed a map of the Volga River and when the embassy was received in audience in the Kremlin, he presented the map to the Tsar. The latter liked it, as he did Olearius himself, and invited him to stay in Moscow with the rank of court astronomer <…> But Olearius declined the offer because he believed it to have been made in an effort to prevent his collective materials from reaching western Europe” (Bagrow, L. A History of Russian Cartography up to 1800, 1975, p. 64).
Olearius wrote: “Since in my opinion this river is one of the largest, longest, and most remarkable in the world, I have explored it assiduously with the help of an expert Dutch navigator, Cornelius Clausen, and some Russian pilots; and reduced it to a map with the aid of compass, showing not only its course, its bends, angles and shores, but also its depths so as to indicate where one can navigate freely and safely, its sand banks, islands in it, and countries along its shores; and I measured distances in miles and versts” (Quoted from: Bagrow, L. A History of Russian Cartography up to 1800, 1975, p. 68).
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