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1. [ADDRESS CALENDAR, KÖNIGSBERG (KALININGRAD)]
Adress-Kalender für die Königl. Haupt- u. Residenz. Stadt Königsberg auf das Jahr 1844 [Address Calendar for the Royal City of Königsberg].
Königsberg: E.F. Dalkowski, . Small Octavo. xxvi, 263 pp. Original period marbled papered wrappers. German library stamps on the title and the last page (with the information that this copy had been sold as a duplicate), period ink inscription on the title page. Wrappers slightly rubbed, with minor loss on top of the spine, but overall a very good copy.
Very rare early provincial edition, with no copies found in Worldcat. An indispensable source for the early urban history of Königsberg, which would change irreversibly exactly in 100 years, after the Allied Bombing in 1944. The address calendar contains names, ranks and information about decorations of Königsberg military authorities and garrison officers; civil authorities; ecclesiastics; administrators, professors and teachers of Königsberg University and all city schools; doctors and medical officers; members of societies, unions and public institutions, city librarians et al. There are also separate alphabetical lists of all officially registered Königsberg merchants, authorized trade officers (Procuristen), accountants, owners of steamship and freight companies; book publishers, booksellers, editors, and antique dealers. According the calendar, Königsberg numbered 37 breweries in Löbenicht district and two in Altstadt, as well as over 50 hotel and tavern-keepers.
More than a half of the book is occupied with an alphabetical list of Königsberg registered inhabitants, with information about their profession and address, military and scientific ranks, decorations (if there are any). The address-calendar opens with detailed alphabetic index of subjects which significantly facilitates the search.
2. [ADDRESS CALENDAR, RUSSIAN EMPIRE]
Mesiatsoslov s Rospis’ju chinovnykh osob v gosudarstve, na leto ot Rozhdestva Christova 1802 [Calendar for the Year 1802 after the Birth of Christ, with an Annotated List of all State Officials].
Saint Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, . Octavo. xxiv, 514, viii pp. Title page with a woodcut vignette, Pp. 261-262 bound at pp. 513-514 (and vice versa), but all pages present. Original period marbled papered wrappers. Owner’s inscription in English on the inner side of the front wrapper, dated “Jan. 1802”. Wrappers slightly rubbed, but overall a very good copy.
Very rare early edition of the “address-calendar” – official government printed directory of state institutions of the Russian Empire, with names and ranks of all state officials. General address-calendars covering the whole territory of the Russian Empire were published annually from 1765 until 1916, first by the Imperial Academy of Sciences (until 1867), later – by the special department of the Governing Senate of the Russian Empire.
Our Mesiatseslov is a rare copy of the first issue of the address calendar resumed after a five-year prohibition to publish during the reign of Paul I. Shortly after Alexander I had become the new emperor of Russia, a special decree was issued “to publish Mesiatseslov with the list of state officials exactly the same way as it used to be issued before 1797, with full names of the statesmen” (Decree from 14 June 1801). Worldcat indicates only one copy of this edition in the collection of early Russian address calendars (1765-1806) of the University of Göttingen Library.
The Mesiatseslov opens with a detailed calendar for 1802, list of the state and church holidays, information about post office schedules and tariffs. The first part contains a list of officials of all central state institutions: the State Council, Emperor’s Court and Cabinet, commanders and officers of all regiments of the Emperor’s Life Guard (Preobrazhensky, Semenovsky, Izmailovsky Cavalry Regiments et al.). Then follows a list of officials of the Governing Senate, the Holy Synod and all Ministries and Collegiums of the Empire, supplemented with the lists of foreign ambassadors and consuls in Russia, main staff of Russian banks, post offices, Saint Petersburg wharf, State Mint, Police Department, Imperial Academy of Sciences and Academy of Arts, Moscow University, the Cadet Corps and other educational and charity institutions. The general list finishes with the names of managers of the Imperial theatres and State Archives. The second part contains names and ranks of the chief state officials in all Russian provinces and governing territories (over 40), including Georgia, officially annexed by Russia in 1801.
The title page is decorated with a woodcut vignette of coat of arms of the Russian Empire; the inner side of the front wrapper is inscribed by the owner who apparently acquired the Mesiatseslov shortly after it had been printed, in January 1802. Overall a very original copy of this rare Russian imprint.
3. [ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION]
MURRAY, George, Ed. The Antarctic Manual, For The Use Of The Expedition Of 1901. London: Royal Geographical Society, 1901. Pp. Xvi, 586, folding map in 3 sheets. Original publisher's dark blue gilt cloth. With white call numbers finely inked on spine, library bookplate, bottom blank margin of title page slightly trimmed to remove a library stamp, but overall a very good copy.
[WITH] The Geographical Journal Including The Proceedings Of The Royal Geographical Society. Vol. Xvi. – July To December, 1900. London, 1900. Pp. Viii, 766, folding maps, many illustrations. Original publisher's dark blue gilt cloth. Overall a very good copy.
Articles include: C. Hose, In the Heart of Borneo, pp. 39-63, many ills., maps; D.T. Hanbury, Journey from Chesterfield Inlet to Great Slave Lake 1898-9, pp. 63-77, map; C.E. Borchgrevink, The “Southern Cross” Expedition to the Antarctic 1899-1900, pp. 381-413, many ills. and maps; G.C. Amdrup, The Danish East Greenland Expedition in 1900, pp. 662-5,ills.,map.
[WITH] The Geographical Journal ... Vol. Xvii. – January To June, 1901. London, 1901. Pp. Viii, 740, many folding maps, many ills. Original publisher's dark blue gilt cloth. Overall a very good copy.
Articles include: H. Arçtowski, Exploration of Antarctic Lands, pp. 150-180, ills., maps – personal account of landfalls of the Belgica expedition; J.N. Collie, Exploration in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, pp.252-273, ills. and large folding map; L. Bernacchi, Topography of South Victoria Land (Antarctic), pp. 478-495, ills. and maps; Account of the Launch of the Antarctic Ship “Discovery”, pp. 523-4.
[WITH] The Geographical Journal ... Vol. Xxiv. – July To December, 1904. London, 1904. Pp. Viii, 759, many folding maps, many ills. Original publisher's dark blue gilt cloth. Overall a very good copy.
Articles include: C. Markham, Address – with a long account of return of Scott; R.F. Scott, The National Antarctic Expedition, pp. 17-29; O. Nordenskiold, The Swedish Antarctic Expedition, pp. 30-55, ills. Map; E. Drygalski, The German Antarctic Expedition, pp. 129-152, ills., maps.; Map Showing the Work of the National Antarctic Expedition – first publication of the extensive geographic results of Scott’s expedition, with long note by Markham; Return of the National Antarctic Expedition, pp. 377-383, including Scott’s speeches to the RGS; The Antarctic Meeting at the Albert Hall (with Plate of Special Antarctic Medal), pp. 617-620, including account of Scott’s presentation.
An interesting collection of Royal Geographical Society publications with many articles from the beginning of the "Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration."
4. [B.C. GOLD RUSH WEEKLY NEWSPAPER]
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).
5. [BALTIC STATES, HISTORY]
Geschichte der Ostseeprovinzen Liv-, Est- und Kurland von der älteren Zeit bis auf unser Jahrhundert [History of the Baltic Provinces of Livland, Estland and Courland from the ancient times till our century].
Mitau: F. Sieslack, 1879-1884. First edition. Octavo. 2 parts in one. , vi, 312; , 196 pp. With the Ink stamps of “Dr. Ronald Ruprecht” on front free endpaper, owner’s ink inscription “Johann Weinberg” and pencil notes on the title page. Later black half calf with gilt lettered title on the spine and cloth boards. Back cover of the original publisher’s wrapper of the second part bound in the rear. Overall a very good copy.
Rare Mitau imprint. A general history of the Baltic provinces based on the fundamental works by Alexander von Richter (1803-1864), Otto von Rutenberg (1802-1864) and Oskar Kienitz.
6. [BIRCH, Arthur Nonos, Sir] (1837-1914)
Speech of His Honor the Officer Administering the Government at the Opening of the Legislative Council, on Thursday the 18th January, 1866.
[New Westminster], . Folio (ca. 33x20,5 cm), 3 pp. Near fine copy.
This rare very early New Westminster imprint is a speech by Arthur Birch, Colonial Secretary of the Colony of British Columbia (1864-1866) read by him in front of the Third Legislative Council of the colony during Governor Seymour’s absence in England.
The speech summarizes the state of the Colony, noting that “the Revenue falls short of the Estimate by a considerable amount”, which was caused by a fall of immigration; and reporting of considerable growth of expenditure caused by an extensive road construction: a number of waggon roads in the Cariboo district were completed, as well as a road between New Westminster and Yale, and others; construction of a road network to the Columbia district has been started. “With great reluctance” Birch proposed to abolish the duty of the export of gold and to introduce additional taxation, namely compulsory mining licences. “It is therefore only by this measure that our large Chinese population can be made to contribute to the Revenue in equal proportion to the white race. Few Chinamen now take out a Mining Licence, whereas on the other hand few white miners are to be found without one”. The other subjects touched include the colony’s postal service, “fostering the immigration of a class of Settlers likely to make this country their home”, petitions to alter the Mining Laws and the Pilotage of Vessels et al.
The Third Legislative Council turned out to be the last one in the history of the colony of British Columbia: as it was unified with the Colony of Vancouver Island (2 August, 1866).
The text of the speech was reproduced in: Journals of the Colonial Legislatures of the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, 1851-1871/ Ed. By James E. Hendrickson. Vol. 4. Journals of the Executive Council, 1864-1871, and of the Legislative Council, 1864-1866, of British Columbia. P. 330-332.
7. [CALENDAR, RUSSIAN EMPIRE]
St. Petersburger Kalender auf das Jahr nach Christi Geburt 1809, welches ein gemeines Jahr ist von 365 Tagen; gerichtet auf die vornehmsten Oerter des Russischen Reichs [Saint Petersburg Calendar for the Year 1802 after the Birth of Christ, which consists of 365 days; Compiled for the Most Prominent Places of the Russian Empire].
Saint Petersburg: Kaiserl. Akademie der Wissenschaften, . Octavo. 127 pp. With twelve blank leaves for notes bound in between pp. 2-25. Short period ink notes on p. 6 and the adjacent blank leaf. Period marbled papered wrappers. Paper slightly aged, minor creases on the upper corners of several leaves, but overall a very good copy.
Early German language edition of the “Calendar of Mesiatsoslov Historical” (1731-1868), the official Russian calendar issued by the Imperial Academy of Sciences, which held the special privilege to publish calendars from 1727 to 1868. The calendars were published in Russian and German and contained a wide variety of statistical and historical materials, as well practical information for everyday use. The book starts with an astronomical calendar supplemented with blank leaves for personal notes; the owner of our copy made some notes on the page for March. The calendar is followed by the astronomical table of sunrise and sunset in several geographical locations, description of the transition of planets, overview of Saint Petersburg weather, table of geographical coordinates of the main Russian cities, and a larger list of several hundred Russian cities and towns with the distances to Moscow and Saint Petersburg. There is also information about postal schedule and tariffs, state and church holidays et al.
The historical materials includes descriptions of the main events for 1807 and 1808, together with an interesting historical review of the coming 1809, compiled on the basis of how many years passed since some particular event, e.g. The Creation of the World (7317), foundation of Rome (2562), birth of Christ (1809), foundation of Moscow (662), beginning of book printing (369), discovery of the Americas (317), beginning of the Russian fleet (113), foundation of German colonies on the Volga (46), annexation of the Crimean peninsula (26), foundation of the Russian-American Company (10), foundation of the universities in Kazan and Kharkov et al. The calendar also contains a description of the Russian Imperial House, as well as all ruling dynasties of Europe.
The calendar’s title page is decorated with a woodcut vignette depicting the coat of arms of the Russian empire. For the 18th century issues of this calendar please see: Svodny Katalog, vol. IV, 345 and further.
8. [CALENDAR, RUSSIAN EMPIRE]
St. Petersburger Kalender 1839. Mit dem Portrait Seiner Kaiserlichen Hoheit des Thronfolgers [Saint Petersburg Calendar 1839, with the portrait of His Imperial Highness Heir to the Throne].
Saint Petersburg: Kaiserl. Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1839. Octavo. 186, ,  pp. With twelve blank leaves for notes bound in between pp. 6-29. With a steel engraved portrait frontispiece. Period ink notes on the astronomical calendar pages (p. 8-28) and the adjacent blank leaves. Period brown half calf with marbled paper boards; gilt tooled spine with navy gilt lettered label. Binding slightly rubbed, with a minor crack on lower front hinge, but overall a very good copy.
German language edition of the “Calendar of Mesiatsoslov Historical” (1731-1868), the official Russian calendar issued by the Imperial Academy of Sciences, which held the special privilege for calendars from 1727 to 1868. These calendars were published in Russian and German and contained a wide variety of statistical and historical materials, as well practical information for everyday use. The issue for 1839 contains European, Jewish and Muslim calendars (the former is supplemented with blank leaves for personal notes), list of state and church holidays; astronomical data about sunrises and sunsets, transition of planets and Biela’s Comet (“Bielasche Comet”), meteorological observations for 1837 taken in Saint Petersburg; history of the ice cover on the Neva River in 1718-1839 et al. There are also extensive lists of cities and towns in Russia, Poland and Finland, with their geographical coordinates and distances to Moscow and Saint Petersburg; a number of statistical and demographical tables; rates of European currencies exchange. Additionally the work contains a list of members of Russian and European royal families; historical chronicle and obituaries for 1837-1838. Interesting is a short biographical dictionary of Russian clergy writers based on the renowned “Slovar o byvshikh v Rossii pisateliakh dukhovnogo china” by Yvgeny Bolkhovitinov.
Our copy contains extensive period notes in German on the blank leaves in the beginning of the calendar, outlining anniversaries of over 30 regiments of the Russian Imperial army, including Dragoon Lifeguards (19 March), Cavalry Lifeguards (25 March), Grenadier Lifeguards (13 April), Chevalier Guards (5 September), Cossak Lifeguards R. (4 October), Semenovsky Lifeguards (21 November), Finlandsky Lifeguards (12 December) and others.
The calendar is supplemented with a steel engraved portrait of the heir to the throne Alexander Nikolaevich, future Russian Emperor Alexander II (reign: 1855-1881). The title page is decorated with a woodcut vignette depicting coat of arms of the Russian empire. For the 18th century issues of this calendar please see: Svodny Katalog, vol. IV, 345 and further.
9. [COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA]
BEGBIE, Matthew Baillie, Sir (1819-1894)
[Leaflet Titled]: Court of British Columbia. Order of Court. Whereas, by a Proclamation under the public seal of the said Colony, issued at Victoria, V.I., the 24th day of December, I, Matthew Baillie Begbie, Judge in the said Court, am authorised, while resident in Victoria, Vancouver Island, to make general Rules and Orders of Court in the same manner and of the same force and validity as if I were resident in British Columbia...
[Victoria B.C.]: 24 December, . On a folded double folio leaf (ca. 28x39,5 cm or 11 x 15 ½ in) with the Royal Arms of the British Empire. 4 pp. The leaflet has a mild stain on the first page, minor creases on corners, otherwise a very good copy.
Rare B.C. Incunabula with only thirteen copies found in Worldcat.
Matthew Begbie’s establishment of the Court of the newly formed Colony of British Columbia (since August 2, 1858). The document contains 14 paragraphs and three forms of declarations by barristers, attorneys or solicitors, and attorneys on temporary rolls.
"Begbie reached Fort Victoria on November 16, 1858. He was sworn into office in Fort Langley on November 19, as the new Colony of British Columbia was proclaimed. Given the influx of prospectors and others during Fraser Canyon Gold Rush and the following Cariboo Gold Rush of 1861, Begbie played a crucial role in the establishment of law and order throughout the new colony" (Wikipedia).
"Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie was the first Chief Justice of the Crown Colony of British Columbia in colonial times and in the first decades after confederation of Canada. Begbie served as the first Judge of the Supreme Court, Colony of British Columbia 1858 to 1866 and then, in the same capacity in the Supreme Court, the United Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia from 1866 to 1870. He was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Colonies from 1870 to 1871 and, following British Columbia joining confederation in 1871, he served as the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the new Province of British Columbia until his death on June 11, 1894.
In the years after his death, Begbie came to be known as the Hanging Judge. However, it appears that he does not deserve this reputation. The death penalty was mandatory in murder cases in those days unless the government approved a judge's recommendation for clemency. Indeed, Begbie successfully argued for clemency in several cases" (Wikipedia).
10. [EARLY B.C. CUSTOM REGULATIONS]
Comparative Statement of the Duties of Customs Levied on Certain Staple Articles in British Columbia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, and Other Principal British Colonies.
New Westminster, B.C.: Government Printing Office, 17th March, 1868. Four Elephant Folio broadsides ca. 43x68,5 cm. Folded twice, with visible fold marks, otherwise near fine documents.
Rare early large format BC imprints. A detailed comparative statement listing customs duties for over 200 items, from Ale to Yeast, arriving in British Columbia and seventeen other countries and colonies, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Prince Edward Island, several British colonies in the Caribbean (Bermuda, Jamaica, Bahamas) and Australia (New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland etc.), as well as New Zealand, Ceylon, and Natal. The statement was apparently prepared in order to find possible sources of income for the Colony struggling with the overwhelming debt inherited from the initial Colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, as well as with the economic depression caused by the end of the gold rush. The other reason could be a necessity to work out the finances involved in the contemplated confederation with Canada.
See the note from the meeting of the 5th Session of the Legislative Council of BC, 21 April 1868: “Frederick Seymour. Message No. 6. The Governor lays before the Legislative Council a Return that he has caused to be prepared, showing the Duties of Customs levied on certain staple articles in British Columbia, Great Britain, the United States, Canada, and other principal British Colonies. The Return will be interesting to the Honorable Council. It is not, however, the Governor’s intention to introduce any measure for altering the Duties of Customs during the present Session” (Journals of the Colonial Legislatures of the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, 1851-1871/ Ed. By James E. Hendrickson. Vol. 5. Journals of the Legislative Council of British Columbia, 1867-1871, p. 136).
It is interesting to compare custom duties for the import of books and manuscripts in all 17 listed regions: There was no duty on books in eleven of them, including British Columbia. Customs applied for reprints of British authors in Prince Edward Island, and foreign reprints in the Bahamas and Natal. The customs duties in the UK give an early example of regulations based on the age of books, with books printed prior 1801 being free of customs, and books printed later having a levy of – from 15 to 30 s. Per cwt. US customs applied to all books at “25 per cent generally.”
11. [EXPEDITION TO POINT BARROW, ALASKA 1881-1883]
RAY, P.H., First Lieutenant 8th US Infantry. Report of the International Polar Expedition to Point Barrow, Alaska, in Response to the Resolution of the House of Representatives of December 11, 1884.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1885. First Edition. Folio. [2 - title page], 695 pp. With a chromolithographed frontispiece, 2 chromolithographed plates, 19 phototype plates with tissue guards; a folding map, three charts, and 9 smaller woodcuts and charts in text. Manuscript list of plates added in the end of the Index (p. 695). Lacks one phototype plate facing p. 49. Book plate of Henry D. & Mary F. Couchman on the first paste-down endpaper, later book dealer’s and auction house’s labels and remarks on the first endpaper. Original publisher’s cloth with blind stamped ornamental borders on the boards and lettering on the spine. Cloth rubbed and worn, binding weak on hinges, but overall a good copy.
[WITH]: [Autograph Letter Signed by Adolphus Washington Greely to Henry Seebohm, Esq. Regarding the Present Edition of Ray’s Report and Colour Plates Presenting Ross’ Gull].
Washington, 16 January 1886. Quarto. 2 pp. Brown ink on laid paper with the official heading "Signal Office, War Department, Washington City." Old fold marks, paper soiled, lower margin browned and with glue residue, tears neatly repaired; overall a good letter.
A unique copy of the Report, supplemented with the letter from a renowned American explorer and army officer A.W. Greely (1844-1935) to a British traveller and amateur ornithologist Henry Seebohm (1832-1895) regarding two coloured plates from the book which showed Ross’ Gull and in fact became the first definitive depiction of this Arctic bird. Greely sent the present copy of the book to Seebohm with his letter and pointed his attention to the plates. As noted John Murdoch, the author of the "Natural History" part of the Report, "our expedition succeeded in obtaining a large series of the rare and beautiful bird - more, in fact, than there were before in all the museums of the world put together" (p. 123).
In the second part of the letter Greely talks about the report of his own expedition - a notorious Lady Franklin Bay Expedition (1881-84) which was undertaken, as well as Lieut. Ray’s, during the First International Polar Year (1882-83). Due to severe weather conditions and cold winters the US Navy vessels failed to supply the expedition with food for two years, which led to death of the most of its members. Only 7 people including Greely survived, "the rest had succumbed to starvation, hypothermia, and drowning, and one man, Private Henry, had been shot on Greely's order for repeated theft of food rations <..,> The returning survivors were venerated as heroes, though the heroism was tainted by sensational accusations of cannibalism during the remaining days of low food" (Wikipedia). Greely’s account of the expedition, which he talks about the letter, was published later the same year (Greely, A. Three Years of Arctic Service... New York, 1886. 2 vols.).
"The first station for Arctic research in Barrow was established for two years of observation during the First International polar Year in 1881-1883. In transmitting his report to General Hazen at the close of the mission, Lieutenant (Signal Corps) P.H. Ray (1885) respectfully suggested that in future expedition it should be desirable to give the leader time in advance to become acquainted with his crew and their project. In addition to valuable geophysical records, Ray prepared a penetrating description of the ways and culture of the Eskimo people whom he saw before their habits had been affected by white contact. He made a winter journey of reconnaissance half way to the head of Meade River. Sergeant Murdoch prepared the first comprehensive report on the birds of the Arctic coast. Both reports remain interesting reading for their information and literary quality" (Irving, L. Progress of research in Zoology through the Naval arctic Research Laboratory// Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Arctic Research Laboratory. Dedication Symposium. Vol. 22, No. 3, Sep., 1969. P. 327).
"The U.S. Army Signal Corps, on one of 15 expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic during the First International Polar Year in 1881, began the long research tradition at Barrow when they encamped at what is now the location of the Cape Smythe Whaling and Trading Company in Browerville. Led by Lt. P. H. Ray and documented extensively by Sgt. John Murdoch, the expedition spent two years investigating the northernmost point of U.S. Territory. Ray led geographic explorations. Murdoch conducted ethnological studies, which resulted in a publication (Murdoch, 1892) that is still a standard reference guide. The enlisted men tried to dig a hole to find the bottom of the permafrost. This excavation continued until the Army decamped and resulted in one of the largest ice cellars in Barrow, which is still in use. Later investigators discovered that the permafrost is more than a thousand feet thick at Barrow" (History of Research Based in Barrow Region// The Future of an Arctic Resource: Recommendations from the Barrow Area Research Support Workshop. 1999. P. 3).
Arctic Bibliography 14292. Henze IV, 554.
12. [FORMEY, Jean Henry Samuel] (1711-1797)
[Berlin Academy of Sciences] Histoire de l'Academie Royale des Sciences et Belles Lettres depuis son origine jusqu'a present. Avec les Pieces Originales.
Berlin: Haude & Spener, 1750. First Edition. Quarto. , 258, [1 - errata] pp. Title page printed in black and red, with copper engraved vignette; two folding copper engraved plates by Schleuen. Period ink inscription on first pastedown endpaper. Period light blue papered boards with paper label with ink manuscript title on the spine. Binding faded and weak at hinges, spine with a crack on the rear hinge, but overall a very good internally clean copy with wide margins.
First and only edition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Prussian Academy of Sciences, founded on 11 July 1700. Published on approval of the Academy’s President Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis, the book contains an overview of the Academy’s history, eulogies to several noted academicians, and “Pieces originales” - texts of ten original documents related to the Academy’s foundation and history. The last part contains three lists of Academy members showing its development in 1700-1712, 1744 and 1750. The plates depict commemorative medals issued by the Academy, and the title vignette shows an eagle, which is still present on the logo of "Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences". Very good uncut copy of this important book.
13. [FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE LAST KING OF ITALY]
CAMERANO, Lorenzo (1856-1917)
[Custom Made Collection of All Articles by Camerano (Five) from the Account of the Expedition of Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi, to the Ruwenzori Mountains]: Estratto Dal Volume I dell' Opera Il Ruwenzore Relazione Scientifiche. [Presentation Copy from the Author to the Last King of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele III, with the King's Book Plate].
[Milano]: [Ulrico Hoepli], 1908. Author's Presentation Copy to the Last King of Italy. Five special offprints bound together. First Editions. Quarto. 66, ; 7; 22, ; 10, ; 6, ; 35 pp. With thirteen photogravure plates. Period light brown gilt tooled quarter calf with green gilt lettered label, marbled boards and endpapers, and a silk bookmark. All original publisher’s wrappers bound in. Author’s presentation inscription on the half-title “A Sua Majesta Vittorio Emanuele III Ré d’Italia. Omaggio, Lorenzo Camerano”. The King’s bookplate on the first free endpaper, paper label of the King’s library on the bottom of the spine. Handsome copy in near fine condition.
This special bound collection includes five articles by a noted Italian zoologist Lorenzo Camerano who took part in the 1906 expedition to the Ruwenzori Mountains led by Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi. The set includes the offprints of all Camerano’s articles from the “Zoology” volume of the official account of the expedition (the official account was published in 3 vols. In total: the travel narrative and two volumes of scientific data “Relazioni scientifiche"; Milano, 1908). All the offprints are bound together in their original publisher's wrappers, and contain illustrated articles about the colobus and red-tailed monkeys, Ruwenzori leopard, Grant’s zebra, and African buffalo (with photos of skulls, horns and skins), as well as a detailed systematized list of insects of Uganda and the Ruwenzori.
The set was presented by Camerano to the Italian King Vittorio Emmanuele III (who also was a cousin of Prince Luigi Amadeo of Savoy).
"An account of the expedition of H.R.H. Prince Luigi Amadeo of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi. Classic reference work on this tropical range; the expedition succeeded in climbing all the principal peaks" (Neate F27). “The second of the Duke's major expeditions. The Ruwenzori, Ptolemy's 'Mountain of the Moon', had never been seriously attempted before this remarkable expedition made the first ascents of this mountain group in central Africa between Lake Albert and Lake Edward on the boundary between Uganda and Zaire. With the rare second and third volumes of scientific data” (Howgego, Continental Exploration 1850-1940, F11).
Lorenzo Camerano was an Italian herpetologist and entomologist. He was a professor of zoology and anatomy in Cagliari and Turin Universities, chancellor of the University of Turin (1907-1910), Italian senator (elected in 1909), and the president of the Italian Alpine Club (1910-1916).
14. [GEORGI, Johann Gotlieb] (1729-1802)
Beschreibung aller Nationen des russischen Reichs, ihrer Lebensart, Religion, Gebräuche, Wohnungen, Kleidungen und übrigen Merkwürdigkeiten. Vierte und letzte Ausgabe. Mongolische Völker, Russen und die noch übrigen Nationen [Description of all the Nations of the Russian Empire, Their Customs, Religion, many other particulars, Homes, Costumes and Other Curiosities. Part 4. Mongolians, Russians and other Remaining Nations].
St. Petersburg: Carl Wilhelm Müller; Typ. Weitbrecht und Schoor, 1780. First edition. Quarto. [2 – t.p.], , , xii, , 397-530 (=134),  pp. With twenty hand coloured copper engraved plates, and a copper engraved pictorial head-piece. Original period marbled papered wrappers. Period ink stamp on the title page. Spine worn and cracked, but text and plates very clean and overall in a very original condition.
Fourth part of the first edition of Georgi’s famous work – first comprehensive description of peoples of Russia – contains chapters about Mongols, Kalmyks, Buriats, Armenians, German settlers, Poles, Russians, Kossaks, and others. The first edition of Georgi’s “Beschreibung aller Nationen des russischen Reichs" was published in three parts in German, Russian and French (Saint Petersburg, 1776-1777). This, fourth part was issued in 1780 only in German, without translations for the Russian or French editions.
Catherine the Great highly appreciated Georgi’s ethnographical work, and presented him with a golden snuffbox and ordered "Beschreibung aller Nationen des russischen Reichs" to be published on the Empress' Cabinet account, but for the benefit of the author.
Johann Gottlieb Georgi was a German botanist, geographer and ethnographer. "After studying pharmacy in Germany, he became an Academician of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences, where he was professor of natural history and chemistry. Georgi conducted the first geological exploration of the Volga, Urals, Altai and the regions beyond Lake Baikal, and in 1771-73 completed a voyage around the lake. His geological specimens formed the foundation of the Natural History Cabinet of St. Petersburg Teachers Seminary, founded in 1783 and now in the Mineralogical Museum of St. Petersburg State University. In 1776-77 Georgi published the first demographic study of the peoples of Russia" (Howgego G36).
Lipperheide 1337 (illustrated); Colas 1223, Svodny Katalog XVIII (foreign imprints) 1066.
15. [GOAN IMPRINT]
GONÇALVES, Luis Manoel Julio Frederico
Ensaio Historico de Portugal. Apontamentos Chronologicos, Historicos e Genealogicos dos Reinados dos Soberanos de Portugal. Colhidos de Diversos Auctores, Coordenados em Tabellas com Notas Illustrativas, e Duas Palavras Sobre a Historia Antiga de Portugal, a sobre a sua grandexa e Decadencia [Historical Essay on Portugal. Chronological, Historical and Genealogical Notes on the Reigns of Portuguese Sovereigns. Containing Miscellaneous Authors and Tables with Illustrative Notes, and Two Speeches on the Ancient History of Portugal, and About its Greatness and Decline].
Margão: Typographia do Ultramar, 1864. First Edition. Octavo. , 98 pp. With 12 folding statistical tables. Later blue half sheep gilt lettered on the spine, original publisher’s printed wrappers bound in. Wrappers with some stains, otherwise a very good copy.
Very Rare Goan imprint as only two copies found in Worldcat. The book is dedicated to Antonio Manuel Soares da Veiga, a professor of history in the Lyceu Nacional de Nova-Goa. Gonçalves was also know as the author of several works on Angola and Catalogos dos manuscriptos e codices da Bibliotheca Publica Nova-Goa (Nova-Goa, 1891).
16. [GOAN IMPRINT]
MACIVOR, William Graham (1825-1876) & RIVARA, Joaquim Heliodoro da Cunha
Memoria Sobre a Propagação e Cultura das Cinchonas Medicinaes, ou Arvores de Quina do Peru [A Memoir about Propagation and Culture of Medical Cinchona, or Trees of Quinoa of Peru] / [Translated from English by J.H. Da Cunha Rivara].
Nova-Goa: Imprensa National, 1864. First Edition. Octavo. , 36 pp. Later brown gilt lettered cloth, original publisher’s printed wrappers neatly restored and bound in. With a possible author’s inscription on verso of rear wrapper: "[?] da Cunha Rivara. Arrayolos" (Arraiolos is a small town located in Évora District in Portugal the birthplace of Cunha Rivara). Some pages with very mild foxing, otherwise a very good copy.
Very Rare as only one copy found in Worldcat.
A report on the Cinchona cultivation in the Neilgherry mountains, introduced to British India in 1861 with seeds from Peru and Java. Translated by Cunha Rivara, and with an addendum by him (two articles originally published in Archivo de Pharmacia e Sciencias Accessorias da India Portuguesa, # 7 and 9, 1864). Mac Ivor, Kew Gardener, who came to India in 1848, became a director of a public garden at Ootacamund in Nilgira Hills, and was in charge of the Cinchona acclimatization project there. He also brought out several publications promoting horticulture.
17. [LATVIA, HISTORY]
[A Collection of Seven Rare Imprints on the History of Latvia]:
HELMSING, J. Th. Die Reformationsgeschichte Livlands in ihren Grundzügen dargestellt. Eine Festgabe zur Feier der Enthüllung des Luther-Denkmals in Worms [History of Reformation in Livonia and its Main Features. A publication sor the celebration of the opening of Luther’s Monument in Worms]. Riga: J. Bacmeister, 1868. T.p., 1-16, , 17-78 pp. Original publisher’s wrappers. Pp. [1-2] and 65-66 misbound, but all pages present. Eight copies in Worldcat.
SCHMIDT, Oscar Emil. Schloss Bauske und Mesothen [Bauska Castle and Mežotne Palace]. Mitau [Jelgava]: Victor Felstko, 1890. , 70 pp. With a folding plan of the Bauska Castle. Original publisher’s wrappers. Four copies in Worldcat.
SCHIRREN, Carl (1826-1910). Nachrichten der Griechen und Römer über die Östlichen Küstenländer des Baltischen Meeres. Als Programm einer historischen Topographie Livlands und seiner Grenzen im Mittelalter [Ancient Greeks and Romans in the Countries on the Eastern Coast of the Baltic Sea. A Program on the Historical Topography of Livonia and its Borders in the Middle Ages]. Riga: N. Kymmel, 1852. T.p., 48 pp. Four copies in Worldcat.
KIENITZ, O. Die Schlachten bei Mahòlm und Pleskow. Ein Denkmal Plettenbergs [The Battles of Maholm and Pleskow: A Monument to Walter von Plettenberg]. Riga: N. Kymmel, 1849. , 89,  pp. With a lithographed portrait frontispiece. Original publisher’s wrappers. Six copies in Worldcat.
METTIG, Constantin (1851-1914). Das älteste Amtsbuch der Schmiede zu Riga und der Schragen derselben von 1578 (Programmaschrift der Stadt-Realschule zu Riga 1890) [The Oldest Account Book of the Blacksmith in Riga]. Riga: W.F. Häcker, 1890. , 37 pp. Original publisher’s wrappers. Four copies in Worldcat.
HOLLANDER, Bernhard A. (1856-1937). Die livländischen Städtetage bis zum Jahr 1500 (Programmschrift der Stadt-Realschule) [The City Meetings in Livland before 1500]. Riga: W.F. Häcker, 1888. T.p., 55 pp. Original publisher’s wrappers. Eight copies in Worldcat.
VIERHUFF, Carl Wilhelm Gotthard (1828-1907). Die Frage: Wo lag die Burg “Alt-Menden”? [The Question: Where was the castle “Alt-Mengen” Located?] Riga: N. Kymmel, 1884. 19 pp. Original publisher’s wrappers. Three copies in Worldcat.
Custom made collection of seven imprints. First editions. Quarto. All brochures with paper labels on top of the front wrappers, with the owner’s name (K. Petersen) and dates (October-November 1917). Period brown half suede binding with colour stamped title “Lettland, 1849-1890” on the spine. All imprints but one (Schirren) with the original publisher’s wrappers. Last imprint with creases, otherwise in very good condition.
Interesting custom made collection of seven rare Riga and Jelgava imprints on the history of Latvia. The books are authored by Baltic historians and are dedicated to several obscure parts of the history of Livland: construction and early times of the Bauska Castle and Mežotne Palace (Zemgale region of Latvia), history of the early 16th century battles between the Muscovy and the Livonian order near Maholm and Pleskow, early history of the blacksmiths and city meetings in Livonia, early Reformation movement in Livonia, accounts of the ancient Greek and Roman historians and geographers about the eastern shores of the Baltic sea, and others. Carefully bound together with the original publisher’s wrappers, the books apparently belonged to a local historian. Paper labels attached to the wrappers bear the owner’s name (K. Petersen), and different dates, probably of the books’ purchases. The dates are from 13 October to 19 November 1917, the tumultuous time of the Russian Revolution.
A Collection of the over 100 Bound-up Original Ordinances, issued by the Government of Mauritius during the years 1857 - 1867.
[Port Louis], 1857-1867. First Edition. Folio. The original ordinances are printed on beige and blue paper. Period brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards and a recent black gilt label. Recent rebacked in style, otherwise a very good collection of ordinances.
A collection of very rare early Mauritius printings. The collection includes ordinances which cover topics like Indian immigrants, rivers and canals, asylums, sugar exports, marriage, paper currency, public roads, vacant estates, taxes, police force, health care, postage and postal service, courts, royal college and schools, transfer of land, harbours and ports, railways, custom duties, warehouses, poor relief, banks, prisoners, tobacco, quarantine, vagrants, bankruptcy, hospitals, distilling liquor, opium, death sentences, introduction of dogs etc.., "Mauritius was captured on 3 December 1810 by the British under Commodore Josias Rowley. Their possession of the island was confirmed four years later by the Treaty of Paris (1814). French institutions, including the Napoleonic Code of law, were maintained. The French language was at that moment still used more widely than English.
The British administration, which began with Robert Townsend Farquhar as governor, was followed by rapid social and economic changes. One of the most important events was the abolition of slavery on 1 February 1835. The planters received a compensation of two million pounds sterling for the loss of their slaves which had been imported from Africa and Madagascar during the French occupation" (Wikipedia).
A Collection of the 33 Ordinances Enacted by the Governor of Mauritius with the Advice and Consent of the Council of Government Port Louis, 1876. 211 pp. [with] A Collection of Proclamations and Government Notices Published at Mauritius during the Year 1876, iv + 49 pp. [with] Index of Government Notices of 1876, xxxiii + Government Notices + 343 pp.
Mauritius: G.H. Griffiths, Government Printer, 1876. Firts Edition. Octavo. Period style brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards. With a few library markings on title page and in text. Overall a very good copy.
A very rare early Mauritius publication with no copies found in Worldcat. The ordinances cover topics such as railways, lotteries, customs duties, vacant estates, fisheries, paper currency, postal and telegraph service etc.., The regulations cover topics such as public markets, scholarships, long voyages, postal regulations, notices to mariners, Civil service in India, municipal regulations etc.., "Mauritius was captured on 3 December 1810 by the British under Commodore Josias Rowley. Their possession of the island was confirmed four years later by the Treaty of Paris (1814). French institutions, including the Napoleonic Code of law, were maintained. The French language was at that moment still used more widely than English.
The British administration, which began with Robert Townsend Farquhar as governor, was followed by rapid social and economic changes. One of the most important events was the abolition of slavery on 1 February 1835. The planters received a compensation of two million pounds sterling for the loss of their slaves which had been imported from Africa and Madagascar during the French occupation" (Wikipedia).
20. [NANAIMO INCORPORATION ACT, 1866]
A Bill to Incorporate the Town of Nanaimo.
. Folio (ca. 32,5x20,5 cm). 4 pp. Light blue paper with minor creases on extremities, overall a very good copy.
Rare bill representing an early attempt of incorporation of Nanaimo; the attempt was unsuccessful, and the city of Nanaimo was incorporated only on 26 December 1874.
The bill was brought into the Assembly of Vancouver Island (Third House, Third Session, 1865-66) by the Nanaimo representative Hon. Mr. Cunningham on January 26, 1866, passed three readings there and was transmitted to the Legislative Council of Vancouver Island on 28 March, 1866 (Journals of the Colonial Legislatures of the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, 1851-1871/ Ed. By James E. Hendrickson. Vol. 3. Journals of the House of Assembly, Vancouver Island, 1863-1866, p. 594). The Council received the bill and let it pass a 1st reading, but already on 4 April the Colonial Secretary sent to the Council “a Communication he had received from Mr. Thomas Parker requesting him to lay before the Legislative Council A Petition from the Residents of Nanaimo praying the Council not to pass A Bill Entitled An Act to incorporate the Town of Nanaimo” (Henderson, Vol. 1. Journals of the Council, Executive Council and Legislative Council of Vancouver Island, 1851-1866. p. 346).
After much controversy, with a communication from the specially organized Committee “to assist Mr. Cunningham” which stated that the signatures to the petition against the bill “had been obtained by fraud misinterpretation and undue influence” (10 April, Henderson, Vol. 1, p. 347), the bill was referred to a “Select Committee” for a further investigation on 17 April. The Legislative Council finally postponed the second reading of the bill for six months on May 28, and that was the end of the story (Henderson, Vol. 1, p. 356).
21. [ORTHODOX CHURCH IN BUKOVINA]
Schematismus der orthodox-orientalischen Bukowinaer Dioecese für das Jahr 1863 [Hierarchy of the Bukovina Diocese of the Eastern Orthodox Church for 1863].
Czernowitz: Johann und Rudolph Eckhardt, . First Edition. Octavo. 147 pp. Period presentation inscription on the first free endpaper “Zum <?> von Parthenie Tomaszczuk im Chernowitz, 1863”. Period owner’s inscription on the title page “Dr. Kratsky” (?). Original yellow publisher’s printed papered boards with printed ornamental frames. Beautiful near fine copy.
Very rare provincial edition, Worldcat finds only two other issues of the same directory: a copy for 1860 (Berlin State Library) and for 1865 (National Library of France).
Comprehensive directory of all ecclesiastics of the Orthodox Christian Diocese of Bukovina, located in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and subdued to the Serbian Orthodox patriarch. Bukovina embraced Eastern Orthodox Christianity at the end of the first millennium A.D. And was traditionally close to the Moldovan Orthodox Church. But when the Austro-Hungarian Empire annexed Bukovina after the Russo-Turkish War of 1768-1774, the new Bukovina diocese was formed with its centre at Chernivtsi (1781). Initially it was independent, but in 1783 it went under jurisdiction of the Karlovy Vary metropolitan (since 1848 – the Patriarch of Serbia) who was the leader of all Orthodox Christians in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The directory contains a list of all heads of the Bukovina diocese since its foundation, starting with metropolitan Dosithei Chereskul; a special page is dedicated to the current head of the diocese – metropolitan Eugen Hackmann (1793-1873) who would become the first Orthodox archbishop of Bukovina and Dalmatia shortly before his death in 1873. Then follows a list of the members of the Bukovina Consistory, with Parthenie Tomaszczuk who made the inscription on the front endpaper of the book, named as the secretary (“Actuar”, p. 9); and members of the “Armen-Instituts-Commission zu Chernowitz”.
The directory lists all clergy of the three renowned monasteries of Bukovina – in Putna, Suszewitza (Sucevița) and Dragomirna; and of all parishes of the region (altogether over 280 parishes with 229 clergy members). The last part of the book is dedicated to the Orthodox educational institutions, including Bukovina seminary, gymnasium in Suczawa (Suceava), network of schools under the supervision of Bukovina Consistory (over 90), et al. Each part is concluded with overview tables giving a great view of statistics in each category. The directory is supplemented with alphabetical indexes of names and places.
The Bukovina diocese had to go under the jurisdiction of the Romanian Orthodox Church after the disintegration of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire in 1918. In 1944-45 it joined the Russian Orthodox Church. Since 1990 the diocese belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in 2012 it was renamed to Chernovitsko-Bukovinskaya Diocese. The southern part of old Bukovina diocese with all three monasteries is now a part of Romania.
22. [PERON, François] (1775-1810)
& FREYCINET, Louis-Henri de Saulces, Baron de (1777-1840)
[ATLAS VOLUME] Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terres Australes, execute par ordre de Sa Majeste l'Empereur et Roi, sur les corvettes le Geographe, le Naturaliste, et la goelette le Casuarin, pendant les annees 1800, 1801, 1802,1803 et 1804. Atlas Historique only, [by Leseur et Petit]. [Voyage of Discovery to Terra Australis, executed by order of His Majesty the Emperor and King, on the corvettes Geographe, the Naturalist, and the schooner the Casuarina during the years 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 and 1804].
Paris: Chez Arthus Bertrand, 1824. Second Edition. Folio. [x] pp. With an engraved title with vignette, a double-page engraved map of Australia, eight other engraved maps and charts and fifty-nine engraved plates, including two double-page, and twenty-seven hand-colored. Beautiful period style crimson very elaborately gilt tooled full straight grained morocco with marbled end papers. A near fine copy.
"In 1800 an expedition organized by the Institute of France and placed under the command of Nicolas Baudin sailed for the South Seas. Their particular instructions were to make a full and minute examination of the Australian coasts, and especially to explore the southern coast, "where there is supposed to be a strait communicating with the Gulf of Carpentaria, and which consequently would divide New Holland into two large and almost equal islands." The maps and charts [were] prepared by Freycinet, who continued the publication after the death of Peron.., Peron the naturalist on this voyage, was able to prepare a huge zoological collection that was known for years for its excellence" (Hill 1329 (First Edition)).
"This very scarce second edition was prepared by Freycinet after he returned from his own expedition to the Pacific between 1817 and 1820. It is not generally known that the 1824 second edition of the 'Partie Historique' contains some significant changes and additions to the first edition. The maps and charts of the first edition atlas, which bore the nationalistic and ambitious name of Terre Napoleon and included imperial French names for many parts of the coast, were omitted or greatly altered for the second edition atlas. This atlas also includes twenty-five new plates, many of which are coloured. Freycinet's alterations to the second edition reflect the political reality of the times and finally recognize the just claims of the English navigators, in particular Matthew Flinders, to the discovery of the Australian coast. Copies of the second edition of the 'Partie Historique' appear to be rarer, copy for copy, than the first edition and are prized accordingly" (Wantrup p. 157-9); Ferguson 979. "In 1800 [Peron] was engaged by Nicolas Thomas Baudin as 'trainee zoologist charged with comparative anatomy' for Baudin's exploratory voyage to the southern and western coasts of Australia"(Howgego 1800-1850, P21).
23. [PORTUGUESE NAVIGATION AND COLONIES]
Annaes Maritimos e Coloniaes. Publicação Mensal Redigida sob a Direcção da Associação Maritima e Colonial [Maritime and Colonial Annals: Monthly Publication Issued under the Direction of the Maritime and Colonial Association].
Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional, 1840-1846. First Edition. Octavo, 6 vols. With a total of thirteen lithograph maps, plans and charts (twelve folding, three in color), nine lithograph plates (seven folding; one large), and one large folding table, plus many tables in the text. Handsome period maroon and brown gilt tooled quarter sheep with marbled and papered boards. Bound in a similar but not quite uniform style. Vol. 2 bound without a title page. A couple of plates with repairs and markings of removed old adhesive tape, a couple of places of mild foxing, two volumes with slight cracking of hinges but holding. Overall a clean very good set.
Complete, with 103 issues in 6 vols. 533, , 12; 583, ; 346, , 641, ; [1 – t.p.], 409, , [1 – t.p.], 455, ; 235, , 512, ; 56, 135 pp.
A complete set (103 issues) of the first and only edition of this important Portuguese periodical dedicated to navigation, geographical exploration and colonial issues, and published by the Associação Maritima e Colonial in Lisbon. The materials include important original articles on the Portuguese colonies in Africa (Angola and Mozambique), India (Goa), China (Macau), Indonesia (Timor and other islands, e.g. Solor); official documents by the Portuguese government regarding maritime and colonial issues, as well as current statistical information from the colonies; first publications of the accounts of Portuguese voyages of exploration (e.g. In the Central Africa); interesting archival documents regarding Portuguese voyages and discoveries from the XVth century onwards and many others.
The collection includes three lengthy articles serialized through many issues: one is on the Portuguese colonies in Asia, including Macau and Timor, one on Portuguese explorations in the interior of Africa (diary of Dr. Francisco Jose de Lacerda e Almeida), and one on Portuguese colonies on the west coast of Africa (Angola). Other articles are dedicated to the Solor Island (Indonesia), Mozambique, the trade with the Malay Archipelago, the priority of Portuguese explorations in the Northern and Central Africa; problems of Christianisation and public education of the population of the Portuguese colonies et al. There are also accounts of the most important international expeditions of the time, e.g. Dumont-Dourville’s travel to the Antarctic (1837-40), Dupetit-Thouars’ circumnavigation of the frigate Venus (1836-39), Canadian Arctic exploration by the Hudson’s Bay Company vessels, the US Exploring Expedition in the South Pacific in 1838-40 et al. The publications also include texts of international anti-slavery treaties, documents on exports and imports, articles on the latest navigation techniques and machines, e.g. Steam ships, et al.
The charts are aimed at helping sailors to navigate in difficult ports, and show the harbors of Lisbon, Goa, Quellimane (Mozambique, hand coloured), Dilly (Timor), Mossamedes (modern Namibia, Angola) and Lobito (Benguela province of Angola); there are also folding plans of the city of Goa, a Portuguese fort in Pungo an Dongo (Angola); a topographical chart of the National Forest of Leiria (Portugal) and others. Plates include two views of the rapids de São Salvador da Pesqueira on the river Douro (Portugal) – before and after the works which removed the rapids and made the river navigable at this point; a nicely executed large folding view of the façade of the famous ruin of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Macau, a reprint of a document in Chinese, a draft of a vapour vessel, a statistical table of the population of the Portuguese Goa and others.
Volume I contains 11 issues and a supplement (pp. 529-33), followed by an index (3 pp.), as described in Fonseca, and "Estatutos da Associação Maritima" (12 pp., paginated separately), which is not mentioned in Fonseca. In volume II, there are 12 issues. Volumes III, IV and V each contain 24 issues: 12 in the "Parte Official," 12 more in the "Parte Não Official." In volume VI, only 4 issues each of the "Parte Official" and "Parte Não Official" were published. Fonseca calls for only 1 folding plate and 3 maps in the "Parte Não Official" of volume III, where this copy has 3 plates and 4 maps. Fonseca also fails to mention the single leaf preceding the text in both "Partes" of volume IV.
Innocêncio I, 72; Sabin 1577a.
24. [RUSSIAN FOLK LAWS]
Sbornik Narodnih Juridicheskih Obichaev [A Collection of Russian Folk Laws. Vol. 1 and only. Ed. by P.A. Matveev. Issued as a part of the Proceedings of the Ethnography Section of Russian Geographical Society].
Saint-Petersburg: Typ. V. Kirschbaum, 1878. First and only Edition. Large Octavo. , x, 191, 299, 103 pp. Period brown gilt tooled quarter sheep with marbled boards and cloth tips on corners. Original publisher's wrappers are preserved in the binding. With the instruction for binder ("keep the wrappers") inscribed in pencil on the first wrapper, and a label of famous Russian antique book dealer of the 1920s "Pavel Gubar" on the rear paste down endpaper. Spine with minor wear, otherwise a very good copy.
The aim of this work is to gather together rare and unknown research about traditional and folk laws of inhabitants of the Russian Empire. The first and only volume (nothing else was issued) consists of 3 parts: "Folk laws of Russians", "Folk laws of the Native people of the Asian Russia", and "Notes on the legal laws". The second part is especially interesting for its detailed descriptions of the folk laws of the Arctic peoples like the Yakuts, Laplanders, Samoyeds and Karelians as well as the Kirgiz . Apart from precise descriptions of the laws the authors give quite interesting accounts of manners and customs of these native people, their food and dwellings, clothes, occupations, family relations, religion, holidays etc.
The work was executed by the special Commission at the Ethnography Department of Russian Geographical Society. The editor of the book was the Secretary of the Commission Paul Matveev (1844- ca. 1900), Russian lawyer, censor and publicist, specialized in Slavonic history. He published several books - about Folk laws in Samara region (1877), Bulgarian history (1887), life of writer Nikolay Gogol (1894) and others, as well as numerous articles in Russian historian magazines and Russian version of Brokhaus encyclopaedia. In the Preface he observes the history of the legal system in Russia regarding Native tribes and people of Asia , Northern Europe and Siberia.
25. [SEYMOUR, Frederick] (1820-1869)
Prorogation of the Legislative Council, New Westminster, 2nd April, 1867. The Governor’s Speech. [New Westminster, 1867]. Broadside, Folio (ca. 32,5x20 cm), 1 p. Text printed in two columns on watermarked laid paper “A. Cowan & Sons, 1865”. Paper aged, with minor chip on the left upper corner, otherwise a very good copy.
[With (pasted to): KER, Robert, Auditor General of British Columbia (1824-1879)
Abstract of the Revenue and Expenditure of the Colony of British Columbia, for the Year 1867 (approximate). Audit Office, 21 April, 1868. Folio (ca. 32,5x18,5 cm), 1 p. Pale blue paper. Creases, two small holes on the upper margin not affecting the text, minor tears on top, otherwise a very good copy.
Early rare New Westminster imprint containing the speech of the Governor of the recently united colony of British Columbia and Vancouver Island which summarizes the work of the 4th Session of the Legislative Council of colony. Frederick Seymour lists all newly allowed ordinances and those still in work, reassures the Council that he will be “glad to co-operate with you in any means for the promotion of Immigration and the occupation of the Crown Lands”, informs that the establishment of the principal Custom House will take place soon et al.
At the end of the speech Seymour says – most likely, for the first time publicly: “I am about to communicate with the Secretary of State and the Governors of Canada and of the Hudson’s Bay Company, respecting the wish you have expressed to enter into a confederation with the Eastern Provinces of British North America”. Interesting broadside announcing the first time a Governor of the newly-amalgamated Colonies was officially communicating speculations about joining Canada.
The text of the speech was reproduced in: Journals of the Colonial Legislatures of the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, 1851-1871/ Ed. By James E. Hendrickson. Vol. 5. Journals of the Legislative Council of British Columbia, 1867-1871. P. 103-104).
26. [SOUTH MANCHURIA RAILWAY]
Guide to the South Manchuria Railway.
Dairen (Dalian): Tokyo Printing Co., August 1909.  pp. Numerous illustrations in text. Booklet in the original publisher’s illustrated wrappers. Mild center fold, otherwise a very good copy.
Very Rare travel brochure not found in Worldcat. Interesting early guide of the South Manchuria Railway, constructed by Imperial Russia in 1898-1903 (as part of the Chinese Eastern Railway) and transferred to Japan after the Russian-Japanese war 1904-1905. Printed in English, the booklet gives a brief history of the railway, reviews the recent economic development of South Manchuria, and gives brief descriptions of numerous “Places of interest along the line”, both main line (Dairen-Changchun) and its branches. The guide includes a detailed colour map of the South Manchuria railway and its connections with Russian, Chinese and Korean railways, supplemented with a smaller insert map of the Far East, and a mileage table. The book is illustrated with over 40 photographs of the railway and sites around it (views of Port Arthur, Yamato Hotel in Dairen, Liaoyang station, panoramas of Tiehling, Fushun coal mines, Black Mine Pass et al). The front wrapper is designed in the art nouveau style with elaborate ornaments and fonts.
27. [STATE CONTROL OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE]
[KAMPENHAUSEN, Balthasar von (1772-1823);
KHITROVO, Alexey Zakharovich (1776-1854), and others]
[Historically Important Massive Collection of over 1300 Russian Juridical Documents from the Archive of the State Control of the Russian Empire, Containing Imperial Orders and Decrees, Statutes and Regulations, Treaties, Lists of Staff; Printed and Manuscript Correspondence between the State Control Officials and the Imperial Ministries, including Documents Signed (possibly in a secretarial hand) by the First and Second Directors of the State Control – Balthasar von Campenhausen and Alexey Khitrovo].
The Archive also Includes: [The Internal Reference Collection of one of the Departments of the State Control with Over Two Hundred Imperial Decrees and Other Legislative Documents (1794-1825), Printed or Copied in Manuscript and Organized into Fourteen Thematic Collections (Letters N-O)].
Saint Petersburg-Moscow, 1792-1847. Folio; two bound collections (period Russian half calf), with the rest of the documents disbound and housed in five 20th century green custom made cloth portfolios.
Overwhelmingly extensive collection of original juridical papers of the State Control of the Russian Empire, the main body of revision and control over the Empire’s state budget from 1811 to 1917 (nowadays the same function is carried by the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation). The responsibilities of the State Control included the audit of budgets of all state institutions and revision of their internal documentation which had to be done according to all rules and regulations. To accomplish these tasks the main office of the State Control received copies of financial reports and other related documents of all Russian state institutions, as well as copies of all Imperial decrees and other legislative documents issued by the government.
The first part of our archive consists of two “yearly” folders compiled in the office of the State Control – for 1821 (November 1820 – December 1821) and 1829 (May-October). Each folder contains over 400 leaves of official documentation, including Imperial decrees with various supplementary papers (resolutions of the State Council, texts of treaties, regulations, statutes, privileges, lists of staff), and internal correspondence between the office of the State Control and different statesmen or institutions. Many documents are numbered and signed by several officials (directors of departments, secretaries, head clerks et al); ca. ten documents apparently bear signature of the first head of the State Control - Balthasar von Kampenhausen (in office: 1811-1823), and one document apparently is signed by its second head - Alexey Khitrovo (in office: 1827-1854). Both folders are supplemented with manuscript tables of contents (according to them, the first folder is missing two items on eighteen leaves, and the second folder is missing eight items on eleven leaves).
The second part contains over 500 Russian legislative documents used for reference by the State Control associates. The documents are dated 1792-1847, with the majority belonging to the time of Alexander I (over 340) and Paul I (over 120). The main types of documents are Imperial decrees, statutes and regulations (see more on the classification below).
The third part of the archive is a unique custom made collection of legislative papers prepared for everyday office use, apparently in one of the departments of the State Control. The collection is a fantastic example of reference material which Russian lawyers had to use before the codification of laws by M. Speransky in 1830-1832. With the absence of unified chronological and subject collections of laws, lawyers had to find and compile all necessary materials on their own, using incomplete and rare 18th century editions of the Sobornoe Ulozhenie (1649), printed collections of the Imperial decrees, and expensive and incomplete privately printed law collections (by A. Fialkovsky, M. Chulkov, L. Maksimovich et al.). Another option was to collect all separately printed decrees and other legislative documents related to the sphere of their activity. Since this was not an easy task, even state officials often didn’t know about the laws currently in force, and that naturally lead to the spread of corruption and abuses in the legal system.
Our collection is organized into fourteen departments, in alphabetical order, and includes letters N and O (see the classification below). The topics follow the classification from “Novyi pamiatnik zakonov Imperii Rossisskoi” (SPb., 1825-1832, 10 parts) - one of the most popular privately compiled Russian law codes of the early 19th century. The documents include printed Imperial and Senate decrees, their manuscript copies or extracts, and pages or clippings from the 18th century editions of decrees. The documents are often annotated with extensive comments, additions, and notes by office associates; many leaves are with internal numeration in ink showing that they were originally bound together. The collection is supplemented with a manuscript index listing all laws in effect for letters N and O from the Sobornoe Ulozhenie (1649) to 31 October 1821.
Some of the historically important documents from the archive:
• Two decrees of Catherine the Great confirming break of diplomatic and commercial relations with revolutionary France (with the list of French goods forbidden to be imported to Russia, and the text of oath in loyalty to be taken by all French people staying in Russia, 1793); Treaty of Alliance and Defence with Sweden (1799), two manifests of Nicolas I declaring war to Turkey (1828), Imperial decree commemorating Russian brig Mercury for the courage of her crew during the battle with Turkish ships on May 14, 1829 (August 1829); Russian-Swedish Trade Convention (1828); declaration between Russia and Denmark about mutual naval salutes (1829); Imperial Decree Printed in Polish Regarding Military Actions during the Russian-Polish War (June 1831).
• Printed despatch from Grand Duke Constantine Pavlovich confirming his abdication (dated 8 December 1825); Imperial decree about the coronation of Nicolas I as the King of Poland (1829)
• Statutes of the Office of the State Economy (future Ministry of Agriculture, 1803), Imperial Treasury (1821), Imperial Court of Arbitrage (1831), Statute of Administration of Kalmyk in parallel Russian and Kalmyk languages (1835); Estimate of income of Saint Petersburg Duma in 1829.
• Lists of staff (ranks and salaries) of departments of Ministries of Internal Affairs, Commerce, Finance, Military, Justice, Education (all - 1803); several provinces of the Russian Empire (Moscow and Saint Petersburg governments, Tobolsk and Tomsk, Novgorod et al.), navigation facilities on the Neman River (1804); Russian Consulate in Persia (1821), Kerch port (1821), Kiakhta Customs House (1821).
• Regulations of rights and responsibilities of Jews in the Russian Empire (1804), Oath of loyalty for rabbis and Jews (1838), Imperial decree introducing kosher tax or “Korobochny Sbor” for Jews in the Russian Empire (1839).
• Revised Tax Regulations for the alcohol sellers (for 1807-1811, 1811-1815, 1815-1819), Reglament of restaurants, coffee houses and taverns in Saint Petersburg and Moscow (1821), Reglament of taverns and enterprises selling alcohol in Saint Petersburg (1835).
• Regulations of the Astrakhan fisheries (1803); Regulations of crimes dealing with illegal gold prospecting and trading, and punishments associated with them (1829); Statutes of the civil uniform and women’ gowns for appearance at the Emperor’s court on ceremonial days (1834).
• Statutes and Regulations of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1802), Imperial Academy of Sciences (1803), Moscow and Saint Petersburg Schools of Commerce (1804), Saint Petersburg Theatre College (1829), Rumyantsev Museum (now Russian State Library) (1831), Constantine Land Surveying Institute (1835), General Statute of all Russian universities (1835).
• Imperial decree establishing the Charity House of Count Nikolai Sheremetev in Moscow (now the Moscow Institute of Emergency First Aid named after N. Sklifosofsky), with its statute, list of staff and four folding engraved plans (1803); project of the “Institute of Noble Girls” (finishing school) in Odessa (1829); statute of the Kaluga Orphanage (1835).
• Statutes of the School of Medical Attendants at the Obukhov Hospital in Saint Petersburg (1831), Vilno Medical-Surgical Academy (1832), Saint Petersburg Medical-Surgical Academy (1835), Saint Petersburg Syphilis Hospital (first in Russia, 1836), Saint Petersburg Mariinskaya Hospital (1839); new Imperial Drug Tariff (1834).
• Privileges to run carriages on the road from Saint Petersburg to Polangen through Riga and Mitau (1821); patents for new type of glasses, flour mill, steam engine machine, new device helping to cure stammering (all - 1829).
The archive as a whole is a rich and invaluable source of original material about the early years of the State Control of the Russian Empire, as well as about the Russian legal system before the law codification in the 1830s.
The archive includes:
I. TWO “YEARLY FOLDERS” OF THE STATE CONTROL OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE
(over 800 leaves; 1820-1821, 1829)
II. RUSSIAN LEGISLATIVE DOCUMENTS
II.1. IMPERIAL DECREES AND EDICTS
CATHERINE II THE GREAT (4 items, 1792-1793)
PAUL I (bound volume with 88 decrees and 14 loose documents, 1798-1801)
ALEXANDER I (bound volume with 64 decrees and 85 loose documents, 1802-1825)
NICHOLAS I (2 items, 1831, 1847)
II.2. STATUTES AND REGULATIONS
PROVINCES OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE (7 items: 1802, 1804, 1835)
STATE INSTITUTIONS (13 items, 1804, 1830-1835)
EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS (7 items, 1802, 1804, 1831, 1835)
STATUTES OF MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS AND OTHER REGULATIONS IN MEDICINE (10 items, 1797, 1831-1839)
II.3. LEGISLATIVE DOCUMENTS ON DIFFERENT SUBJECTS
ALCOHOL REGULATIONS (5 documents, ca. 1806, 1814, 1835)
FOREIGN RELATIONS (3 documents, 1828-1831)
JEWS IN THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE (47 documents, 1804-1847)
ARMY RECRUITS (6 documents, 1803, 1828, 1831)
CHURCHES IN THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE (5 documents, 1796-1802)
III. CUSTOM MADE COLLECTION OF JURIDICAL MATERIALS FOR THE OFFICE USE
Over 200 documents, ca. 1794-1825. The collection includes printed and manuscript texts of Imperial decrees, pages from the 18th century editions of laws, with extensive period handwritten comments and notes). Consists of fourteen main departments:
NAKAZANIYA (Punishments; 19 documents, 1797-1821);
NASLEDOVANIE PRESTOLA (Throne Succession; 4 documents, 1792, 1825);
NASLEDSTVO (Inheritance; 30 documents, 1802-1818);
NEDOIMKI (Arrears; 18 documents, 1802-1818);
OBIDA I BESCHESTIE (Offence and Dishonour; 24 leaves of manuscripts and clippings from 18th century editions);
OBYSK (Search; 6 leaves of manuscripts and clippings from 18th century editions);
ODNODVORTSY (Historical “Odnodvortsy” class of Russians; 22 documents, 1794-1820);
OPEKA (Guardianship; 11 documents, 1801-1817);
ORDENA (Imperial Orders; 42 documents, 1795-1820);
OTKUPY (Leases; 36 documents, 1798-1818);
OTPUSKI (Vacations; 11 documents, 1797-1816);
OTSTAVKA (Dismissal; 12 documents, 1801-1816);
OT’YEZZHAIUSHCHIE ZA GRANITSU (Persons Going Abroad; 7 documents, 1802-1809);
OCHNYE STAVKI (Confrontations; 6 leaves of manuscripts and clippings from 18th century editions).
With: handwritten Index of laws of the 7th part of the “Novyi pamiatnik zakonov” (Folio, 60 leaves numbered in hand from 13 to 72). It almost complexly coincides with the fourteen departments and lists all laws in effect for subjects from “Nakazaniya” (Punishments) to “Ochnye Stavki” (Confrontations).
For a full description please contact us.
28. [THE COLONY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA]
[SEYMOUR, Frederick, Governor] (1820-1869)
Speech of His Excellency the Governor at the Opening of the Legislative Council, 12th January, 1865.
[New Westminster, B.C.], . Broadside, ca. 40,5x25 cm, text printed in two columns. Period ink inscriptions on recto "Frederick Seymour 12 Jan 1865 Governor BC" and on verso “1865 Govr’s Speech”. Old fold marks, minor creases and tears on margins, a tear on the centrefold with old tape repair, but overall a very good copy.
This Incunabula of New Westminster B.C. Printing is a welcome speech by Frederick Seymour, the Governor of the Colony of British Columbia, which was read in front of the second Legislative Council of the colony (1864-65). The speech relates to the main agenda of the current Council and the most significant events in the life of the colony, i.e. Financial crisis and BC’s big debt, ways of fixing it – “impose a duty on the export of Gold”; prospective construction of roads in the Kootenay and Cariboo, erection of “Public Buildings” (hospitals, libraries); new tariff duties; protection of the Russian-American Telegraph “which will bring New Westminster into immediate communication with the electric systems of Asia, Europe and North Africa” etc.
Although it was about a year until the unification of the Colony of BC and the Colony of Vancouver Island; Seymour "shall omit the promised communication respecting Union with Vancouver Island <…> I regret that the interests of two Colonies so near each other, and so remote from the Mother Country, should be in some respects antagonistic, but my duty to British Columbia is paramount, and I accept your decision. I trust that the entire separation which now takes place may ultimate relations and probably for an Union which, in some respects I cannot but consider to be desirable."
Text reproduced in: Journals of the Legislative Council of British Columbia, from the 12th December 1864, to the 11th April 1865 <…> Being the Second Session of the Legislative Council of British Columbia. New Westminster: Government Printing Office, 1865, p. 10-13.
Not in Lowther.
29. [UNION OF VANCOUVER ISLAND AND B.C., 1866]
[Leaflet Titled]: Despatches [A letter dated 12 December 1865 from Governor Kennedy to the Legislative Assembly enclosing despatches concerning crown lands].
[Victoria B.C], . 4 pp. On a folded folio leaf (ca. 27,5x35,5 cm or 10 ½ x 13 ¾ in). Printed in double-columns. Signed by J.D. Pemberton (brown ink, in the right upper corner). Near fine, clean copy.
A very rare leaflet as no copies located in Worldcat. Most likely the copy which belonged to Joseph Despard Pemberton (1821-1893), Surveyor General of the Colony of Vancouver Island at the time. The document contains several despatches from the Governor of Vancouver Island Arthur Edward Kennedy (1809-1883), J.D. Pemberton himself, attorney general of the Vancouver Island George Hunter Cary (1832-1866), and acting surveyor general of Vancouver Island Benjamin William Pearse (1832-1902) regarding surveys of the lands of the Hudson’s Bay Company and other proprietors, in order to facilitate terms of the Union of the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia. Lowther 261.
30. [VICTORIA AND ESQUIMALT RAILWAY COMPANY]
[Broadside Titled]: An Act to Authorize the Victoria and Esquimalt Railway Company Limited to Make a Railway from Esquimalt to Victoria.
[Victoria B.C.], 1862. One page on a folded double folio leaf (ca. 35,5x42,5 cm or 14 x 17 in). Pale blue paper. A fine copy.
Very rare broadside with Worldcat only locating a copy at UBC. This is a draft of an act for a railway between Victoria and Esquimalt which most likely hadn’t been accepted; unlisted in the official set of Acts. According to the document, "the Victoria and Esquimalt Railway Company Limited was duly registered on the 21st day of November, 1862" with the goal of "making of a Line of Railway between Victoria and Esquimalt, and the conveyance of passengers and goods between Esquimalt and Victoria." The Company will commit to "make and complete the permanent way of the said line <..,> within two years from the passage of this Act, unless hindered by the dangers of the sea or other unavoidable casualty." In case of approval, the Act "may be sited as the Victoria and Esquimalt Railway Act, 1862."
31. ANDERSON, John (1795-1845)
Mission to the East Coast of Sumatra, in M.DCCC.XXIII, under the direction of the Government of Prince of Wales Island. Including historical and descriptive sketches of the country, an account of the commerce, population and the manners and customs of the inhabitants, and a visit to the Batta cannibal state in the interior.
Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and T. Cadell, 1826. First Edition. Octavo. xxiii, 424 pp. With four folding engraved maps, eight engraved plates and a folding table. Handsome period style light brown elaborately gilt tooled full calf with a maroon gilt label. A fine copy.
"In February and March 1823 [Anderson] acted as agent for the governor of Penang in 'procuring engagements' from the sultans of Delly and Siack, and the rajah of Langkat, in Sumatra. He was also despatched to Perak and Selangor, fixing the state's boundary with that of Perak" (Howgego 1800-1850, A10); "In 1819 Anderson was appointed deputy warehouse-keeper and Malay translator to the government, which latter post he retained until his retirement. In January 1823 he was dispatched on a three-month mission to the east coast of Sumatra with instructions to promise protection to the Sumatran chiefs and to discourage them from entering trading agreements with the Dutch. Distributing gifts of European chintzes and Indian muslins, Anderson was well received along the coast, and, ignoring his orders to abstain from formal political negotiations, agreed new or reinvigorated treaties with the sultans of Deli and Siak and the rajas of Serdang and Langkat, which the court of directors subsequently ruled invalid. In 1826 he published an account of his journey, Mission to the East Coast of Sumatra, in 1823, designed to alert British manufacturers to the potential market for their goods in Sumatra" (Oxford DNB).
32. ANDRADE, André Paulo de
Explorações antigas e modernas da Africa, e introducção ao estudo da hypographia africana. [Explorations Ancient and Modern Africa..,]
Bombay: Typographia do "Anglo-Lusitano", 1888. First Edition. Octavo. xxi, 147,  pp. With three folding maps, one large. Original publishers' peach printed wrappers. Occasional foxing, covers a bit frayed, spine gone. Overall a good copy.
Very rare work with only four copies found in Worldcat. Much interesting information on the recent exploration of central Africa. The large folding map shows details of the southern part of the lake regions of central Africa.
33. ANDRADE, José Ignacio de, and D. Maria Gertrudes
[INDIA & CHINA] Cartas Escriptas da India e da China nos annos de 1815 a 1835 [Letters from India and China in the years 1815 to 1835].
Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional, 1847. Second Edition. Octavo, 2 vols. [xxiv], 283, ; [x], 269, pp. With twelve lithographed portraits and one wood cut. Handsome period green gilt tooled half sheep with marbled boards, housed in a matching slip case. Recased but otherwise a very good set.
This account, which is written in 100 letters, discusses the history, customs, and present state of India, and China, especially Macao, and is based on the author's travels there. It also gives a history of the Portuguese discoveries, settlement and trade in the Far East. The lithographed plates include portraits of Chinese emperors, and portraits of the author and his wife. Andrade, born in the Azores in 1780, made numerous voyages to India and China and he eventually became a director of the Bank of Portugal. China Illustrata Nova II. 1544 (first edition); Cordier Sinica 2114 (first edition); Lust 109 (first edition).
34. ANDREWS, Lieutenant-Colonel Mottram
A Series of Views in Turkey and the Crimea, from the Embarcation at Gallipoli to the fall of Sebastopol.
London: Thomas McLean, 1856. First Edition. Folio. pp. With a lithographed pictorial title page, dedication leaf, subscribers' leaf, nine descriptive leaves and seventeen tinted views, two folding. Handsome period style maroon elaborately gilt tooled half straight grained morocco with cloth boards and original cloth cover title mounted on front cover. Several plates with repaired margins, not affecting printed surface, title and a few plate margins with some mild finger soiling, otherwise a very good copy.
Mottram Andrews served during the Crimean War (1853-56) as a Captain of the 28th Foot (North Gloucester) Regiment of the British Army; he retired and was promoted to an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel on September 9th, 1855 (Colburn’s United Service Magazine. 1855, Part 1, p. 315). The 28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot participated in the Battles of Alma (20th September) and Inkerman (November 5, 1854) of the Crimean War, as well as in the Siege of Sevastopol (October 1854 – September 1855).
The plates, executed, as noted on the title page, ‘with the latest improvements in tinted lithography’ show the views of war affected areas in Turkey – environments of Gallipoli and Varna, with a nice folding panorama of the lake of Devna; and the main battle grounds in Crimea – Balaklava, Inkerman and Sevastopol with the surroundings, including a large folding panorama of Sevastopol with its harbour. The interesting views show British encampments and weapon magazines, military barracks in the Korabelnaya harbour of Sevastopol.
Abbey Travel 238.
35. ANGELIS, Pedro de (1784-1859)
De la Navigation de l’Amazone. Réponse a un Mémoire de M. Maury, Officier de la Marine des Etats-Unis [Navigation of the Amazon. Response to a Memoir by M. Maury, Officer of the US Navy].
Montevideo: Impr. Du Rio de la Plata, 1854. First Edition. Octavo. [2 – t.p.], 218,  pp. Later black full sheep; spine with gilt lettered title and raised bands. Original publisher’s wrappers bound in. Faded (apparently the author’s) presentation inscriptions on the front wrapper: “Au M. Agassiz avec les homage de Mr. [?]”. With a library label and markings, otherwise a very good copy.
Early interesting Uruguayan imprint. Written by one of the first Argentinean professional historians Pedro de Angelis, the book develops the discussion of the possibility of international free navigation up and down the Amazon River. The topic was first raised in 1851 by Matthew Maury, whose cousin Lt. William Herndon headed the expedition to the river the same year. Pedro de Angelis apparently wrote a reply to Maury’s “The Amazon and the Atlantic Slopes of South America” (Washington, 1853).
Our presentation copy is from the library of Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807-1873), “a Swiss biologist, geologist, physician, and a prominent innovator in the study of Earth's natural history” (Wikipedia). He had a deep interest in the Amazon after his expedition to Brazil in 1819-1820 during which he assembled an important collection of Brazilian and especially Amazonian fresh water fish (detailed description of the collection was published in 1829).
36. ARAGO, J[acques Etienne Victor] (1790-1855)
[Atlas Only] Promenade Autour du Monde, Pendant les Annees 1817, 1818, 1819 et 1820, sur les Corvettes du Roi l'Uranie et la Physicienne Commandees par M. Freycinet [Narrative of a Voyage Round the World in the Uranie and Physicienne Corvettes Commanded By Captain Freycinet, During the Years 1817, 1818, 1819, 1nd 1820; on a Scientific Expedition Undertaken By Order of the French Government, in a Series of Letters].
Paris: Leblanc, 1822. First Edition. Folio Atlas with a world map and 25 other lithograph plates. Period brown gilt tooled quarter sheep with black pebbled papered boards. Spine with some mild wear and some very minor water staining on the last few leaves, otherwise a very good copy.
"The Uranie, with a crew of 125 men under the command of Captain Louis de Freycinet, entered the Pacific from the West to make scientific observations on geography, magnetism, and meteorology. Arago was the artist of the expedition, which visited Western Australia, Timor, Hawaii, and New South Wales. The original ship was wrecked off the Falkland Islands. Two months later the expedition continued aboard the Physicienne, which stopped for a time at Rio de Janeiro. Captain Freycinet's wife, Rose Pinon, was smuggled on board at the advent of the voyage and made the complete journey, causing some discord among the crew. Freycinet named an island he discovered after her - Rose Island among the Samoa islands. These entertaining letters, written in a lively and witty literary style, provide vivid descriptions of the topography and the inhabitants of the Pacific Islands. The book achieved great success" (Hill 28-9). "The Hawaiian portion of the text, contained on more than 150 pages, records impressions of the artist's stops on Hawaii, Maui, and Oahu. Extensive portions of the text also record the Arago impressions of Australia, Guam, and the Marianas Islands. The artist's main interest (as reflected by the plate subjects) are of peoples encountered. Several of the plates record somewhat gruesome aspects of Hawaiian culture" (Forbes 537); Ferguson 850; Sabin 1867.
37. BALBINUS, Bohuslav (1621-1688)
[Wartha/Bardo, Silesia]: Diva Wartensis, seu Origines, et Miracvla Magnae Dei, Hominúmqve Matris Mariae, quae à tot retro saeculis Wartae, in limitibus Silesiae, comitatúsque Glacensis, magnâ populorum frequentiâ colitur, Clarissima Miracvlis; Libris duobus comprehensa, & nunc primùm in lucem edita, impensis reverendissimi et amplissimi domini D. Simonis Abbatis Camencensis / authore P. Bohvslao Aloysio Balbino è Soc. Iesv. Cum facultate superiorum.
Pragae: Formis Caesareo-Academicis, 1655. First Edition. Octavo. 304,  pp. With a copper engraved title page, three plates (one folding), copper engraved coat of arms in text and numerous woodcut vignettes in text. Period full vellum with metal clasps, all edges coloured blue. Overall a near fine copy.
Rare first edition with only four copies found in Worldcat. Interesting description of the origin and history of the pilgrimage site (Saint Virgin Mary's) in Wartha (Bardo) on the Glatzer Neisse River (Lower Silesia, modern Poland). Balbinus’ first historical work “Diva Vartensis seu Origines et miraculas magnate Dei hominumque Matris Marie…” came out in 1665 and was dedicated to the Virgin Mary’s pilgrimage site on the border between Silesia and Kladsko county. This voluminous work (304 pp.) consisted of two books. The first book was more historical in nature, dealt with the history of Wartha, the local church and the statue of Virgin Mary. The second book told about miracles associated with the place. The book has become very popular and was soon translated into German. Later Balbinus wrote similar works about pilgrimage sites in Tuřanech and Brna and the statue of Virgin Mary near Svatá Hora” (Wikipedia).
“His entire life was a devoted to collecting and editing the materials of Bohemian history, and his researches have often been utilized by the Bollandists. He wrote over thirty works, the most important of which is "Miscellanea Historica regni Bohemiae" or "Miscellany of Bohemian History" (6 vols., Prague, 1679-87) in which he described the chief historical events of his native land, lives of prominent Bohemians, etc. He also wrote in Latin an "Apology for the Slavic and especially the Bohemian tongue". Balbinus was the first to edit the ancient vernacular chronicle known as the "Life of St. Ludmilla and Martyrdom of St. Wenceslas", a new edition of which was published in 1902 by Dr. Pekár and is by him held to be the text of the tenth century, and therefore "the oldest historical work written in Bohemia and by a Bohemian". Balbinus wrote also "De archiepiscopis Bohemiae" (Prague, 1682) and "Bohemia Sancta, sive de sanctis Bohemiae, Moraviae, Silesiae, Lusatiae" (ibid, 1682)” (Catholic Encyclopaedia on-line).
Bircher, M. Kat. Der Fruchtbringenden Gesellschaft, 1065a; Estreicher XII, 338f.
38. BARNIM, Adalbert von (1841-60) & HARTMANN, Robert (1831-1893)
[Text Volume] Reise des Freiherrn Adalbert von Barnim durch Nord-Ost-Afrika in den Jahren 1859 und 1860 [Travels Through North-East Africa].
Berlin: Georg Reimer, 1863. First Edition. Folio. xvi, 651, xi, 108,  pp. Text volume with one lithographed portrait frontispiece, two other lithographed plates, three (two folding) lithographed maps, two wood engraved plates and 26 wood engravings in text. Original publisher's dark green gilt blind stamped cloth. Some scattered mild foxing, rear hinge with small crack, otherwise a very good copy.
"The Party ascended the Nile into Sudan, explored from Old Dongola to Khartoum, then proceeded up the Blue Nile as far as Fazogli on the border of Ethiopia. Von Barnim died during the expedition at Roseres but Hartmann returned to Germany and in 1863 published [this] account of the expedition. Hartmann was appointed professor of zoology at the University of Berlin in 1867" (Howgego, Continental Exploration 1850-1940, B17). "In 1859-60 he accompanied Adalbert von Barnim , the son of Adalbert of Prussia (1811-1873) on a mission to northeastern Africa (Egypt, Sudan and Nubia). Here Hartmann performed ethnographical, zoological and geographical studies in the region. On the journey, Adalbert von Barnim became ill and died on June 12, 1860 at Roseires in the Sudan. Hartmann wrote about the expedition in a 1863 treatise called Reisen des Freihern von Barnim durch Nordostafrika" (Wikipedia).
39. BARROS, Joao de (1496-1570)
Decada primeira da Asia. Dos feitos, que os Portuguezes fizeram no descobrimento, e conquista dos mares, e terras do Oriente, e novamente dada a luz, e offerecida ao Senhor Joao Bristows. [Barros' First Decade of Asia].
Lisboa: Na Officina de Pedro Ferreira, 1752. Third Edition. Folio. 6, 208 leaves. Period brown gilt tooled speckled full sheep with black gilt label. Texted browned, rear cover with wear and some chipping of leather, but overall a good copy.
This is the third edition of the first decade of Barros, after the editions of 1552 and 1628. Barros was an "eminent Portuguese historian whose Decadas are one of the major sources for the history of Portuguese navigation.., The first draft of the Decadas da Asia was completed in 1539, but due to the necessity for constant revision and expansion was not put to press until 1552. The first decade covers the background from Prince Henry to 1505.., part of the first decade was incorporated into Ramusio's Navigationi"(Howgego B34). Barros' "Decades contain the early history of the Portuguese in India and Asia and reveal careful study of Eastern historians and geographers, as well as of the records of his own country. They are distinguished by clearness of exposition and orderly arrangement. They are also lively accounts, for example describing the king of Viantana's killing of the Portuguese ambassadors to Malacca with boiling water and then throwing their bodies to the dogs" (Wikipedia).
40. BEKE, Charles T[ilstone] (1800-1874)
A Lecture on the Sources of the Nile and on the Means Requisite for their Final Determination. Delivered in the Theatre of the London Institution, on Wednesday, January 20th, 1864.
[WITH] A Mounted Photograph (8.5 x 6 cm) of Mr. & Mrs. Beke ca. 1870, London: Ernest Edwards. With Six Pages of Loose Descriptive Text.
London: Board of Management of the London Institution, 1864. First Edition. Octavo. 35 pp. With three maps, one outline hand colored. Recent gray wrappers. A fine copy.
Very Rare publication as only three copies found in Worldcat. Published after Speke's 'Discovery of the Sources of the Nile.' In this lecture to the London Institution, Beke took issue with Speke's claim that he had discovered the source of the Nile. Beke's counter claims were based on Beke's knowledge gained during his previous journeys to the region. "Beke spent the years 1840 to 1843 travelling in Abyssinia, spending most of his time in the provinces of Shoa and Gojam. His governing concerns were to advance commerce; aid the suppression of the slave trade; and make further geographical discovery, with the elucidation of the sources of the Nile River as his goal.., In the 1860s Beke's lifelong passions again brought him into the public eye. He continued, by lecture and articles, and his Sources of the Nile (1860), to debate the geography of the Nile basin" (Oxford DNB).
41. BENZONI, Girolamo (b.1519-1570) & LE CHAILLEUX, Nicolas
Novae Novi Orbis Historiae, id est, rerum ab Hispanis in India Occidentali hactenus gestarum, et acerbo illorum in eas gentes dominatu, Libri tres, Urbani Calvetonis opera industriaque ex Italicis Hieronymi Benzonis Mediolanensis, qui eas terras 14 annorum peregrinatione obiit, commentariis descripti, Latini facti, ac perpetuis Notis, argumentis, et locupleti memorabilium rerum accessione, illustrati. His ab eodem adjuncta est, De Gallorum in Floridam expeditione, et insigni Hispanorum in eos saevitiae exemplo, Brevis Historia [New History of the New World, that is, things are still done by the Spaniards in the West Indies, and in other nations, their harsh rule..,].
[Geneva]: Eustace Vignon, 1581. First Latin Edition, Second Issue. Octavo. [xxx], 480,  pp. Period pigskin, elaborate pictorial blind stamped covers, each cover with central panel and surrounding border with blocks of the virtues, dated 1585 with initials "P S L." Early inscriptions on pastedown and title; Rudolph Kerr (inscription dated 1856 on pastedown, Kerr family armorial bookplate). A very attractive and original copy.
"After extensive travels throughout Europe, Benzoni decided to sail for the New World and seek his fortune as a soldier of the Spanish army. In 1541 he embarked at Sanlucar de Barrameda for Gran Canaria, from where he sailed for the West Indies, subsequently visiting the Antilles, Venezuela, the isthmus of Panama and the western coast of South America. He arrived in the north of Peru in 1547 and spent the next three years in the country. Benzoni then proceeded to Nicaragua, where he lived for a further four years, and spent two months in Guatemala. He eventually returned to Spain, and thence to Italy, arriving back in Milan in 1556. Although his primary concern was to assess the commercial possibilities of the Americas, a prospect which he found was severely hampered by the monopoly of Spanish merchants, much of his time was spent keenly observing the manners and customs of the native inhabitants.., [His work] is valuable as an early record of the establishment of Europeans in America written from a non-Spanish standpoint" (Howgego B71).
"First Latin edition second issue of the title page with the date changed from 1578. This third edition of Benzoni (the first translation from Italian) is of particular importance since it is the first to print Le Challeux's account of the Spanish destruction of the French Huguenot colony in Florida in the 1660's. It was through this widely read edition that the news of France's Florida venture reached the rest of Europe. Benzoni s work is one of the most interesting and important early descriptions of the New World, mainly because he actually travelled for 14 years in the Spanish colonies, between 1541 and 1556. His detailed descriptions of the Indians before they were much changed by Europeans gives added importance to the work Thomas Field in his Indian Bibliography (nos. 117-119) is particularly appreciative of Benzoni's accomplishment. He credits Benzoni with writing the "first book of Travels of which America has been so fruitful, as Benzoni seems to have been the first who travelled merely to gratify his curiosity and recorded his observations" (Nebenzahl).
"The translator, Urbain Chauveton, was a Calvinist, who dedicated his work to Theodore Beza. As the title-page wording makes clear, his notes add emphasis on the cruelty of the Spaniards to the native Americans. For the same purpose, Chauveton added a Latin translation of Nicolas Le Challeux's Discours de l'histoire de la Floride (1566), an account of the Spaniards' massacre of the French settlement at Fort Caroline in northern Florida" (Sothebys); European Americana 581/4; Field Indian Bibliography 119; "More scarce that the first edition. One of the rare "anchor" books, having that device on the title" (Sabin 4794).
42. BERENS, Reinhold von (1745-1823)
Geschichte der seit hundert und funfzig Jahren in Riga einheimischen Familie Berens aus Rostock, nebst Beiträgen zur neuesten Geschichte der Stadt Riga [History of the last 150 years in Riga of the Local Family of Berens from Rostock, with Some Contributions to the Recent History of Riga].
Riga: Julius Conrad Daniel Müller, 1812. First edition. Quarto. , 103,  pp. 20th century beige full sheep. Period ink presentation inscription in German on the half title dated “Riga, 22 Febr. 1814”, short ink note done in the same hand on p. 13. Minor foxing of the first pages, otherwise a very good copy.
Very rare Riga imprint with only three copies found in Worldcat. Our copy with an extensive presentation inscription in German, dated 22 February 1814.
Reinhold von Berens was a Baltic German doctor. “After studies in Berlin and Göttingen, where he received his doctorate for a dissertation on botany in 1770, he was allowed to practice in Russia. Berens worked as the official physician of the Siberian Corps in Omsk (1773-1780), later in Moscow (1780-1784), since 1784 lived and practiced in Riga. Berens assembled significant botanical and mineralogical collections, and in 1774 became an honorary member of Berlinische Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde. His main literary work was the family history “Geschichte der Berens in Riga” which also included extensive notes on his own life” (based on Wikipedia, Baltisches Biographisches Lexicon digital).
43. BERGHAUS, Heinrich Karl Wilhelm (1797-1884)
Asia. Sammlung von Denkschriften in Beziehung auf die Geo - und Hydrographie dieses Erdtheils; zur Erklarung und Erlauterung seines Karten-Atlas Zusammengetragen [Asia. A Collection of Articles relating to the Geo - and Hydrographic of this Continent..,].
Gotha: Justus Perthes, 1832-6. First Edition. Quarto, 7 parts in one. [viii], 94, ; [iv], 50; [vi], 114; [iv], 182; [iv], 48; [iv], 128 ; [ii], 42 pp. With one lithographed map of Syria. Period black marbled papered boards with a green paper title label in manuscript. Foot of spine with chipping of the marbled paper, but overall a very good copy.
The seven parts of this rare work include a cartographical analysis of India, the Persian Gulf, the Philippines, Assam, Bhutan, Syria, Arabia and the Nile, and the Himalaya. "Berghaus is most famous in connection with his cartographical work. His greatest achievement was the Physikalischer Atlas (Gotha, 1838-1848), in which work, as in others, his nephew Hermann Berghaus (1828-1890) was associated with him" (Wikipedia).
44. BERGMANN, Liborius von (1754-1823)
Versuch einer kurzen Geschichte der Rigischen Stadtkirchen seit ihrer Erbauung, und ihrer Lehrer von der Reformation bis auf die jetzige Zeit [A Brief History of Churches in Riga Since Their Construction, and Their Pastors from the Reformation to the Present Time].
Riga: Julius Conrad Daniel Müller, 1792. First Edition. Octavo. , 58,  pp. Title page with a copper engraved vignette. Period ink manuscript notes on the title page and the last page, including the author’s name which is not printed on the title and was later added by one of the book's owners. Period style brown half sheep with marbled boards and red gilt lettered title label on the spine. Outer pages slightly soiled, otherwise a very good copy.
Rare early Riga imprint with only six copies found in Worldcat. This description includes histories of nine of Riga’s Lutheran churches (Riga Cathedral, churches of St. Peter, St. John, St. Jacob, St. Catherine etc.), and short biographies of over a hundred Lutheran pastors who served in Riga in the 16-18th centuries.
Liborius von Bergmann was a Baltic German cleric and historian and a freemason. He studied theology in Leipzig in 1774-78 and served in the Riga Cathedral since 1780 (first as a deacon, and since 1800 as a pastor), later – in St. Peter’s church. In 1787 was granted with a nobility. Founder and head of the workhouse in Riga (1800), co-founder and director of the directorate of the poor (Armendirektion), founder of the Livonian Art Museum (1816), Bergmann was a known specialist on the history of Livonia and its churches, numismatist and bibliophile (his collection went to the Library of the Livonian Knighthood).
45. BIENENSTAMM, Herbord Carl Friedrich (1778-1840)
Neue geographisch-statistische Beschreibung des kaiserlich-russisches Gouvernements Kurland, oder der ehemaligen Herzogthümer Kurland und Semgallen, mit dem Stifte Pilten [New Geographical Statistical Description of the Russian Imperial Governorate of Courland, former Duchy of Courland and Semigallia].
Mitau und Leipzig: G.A. Revher, 1841. First edition. Octavo. viii, 183 pp. With three folding hand coloured engraved plans and large folding hand coloured engraved map of Courland. Period paper wrappers. Period ink inscription on the front wrapper “Bienenstamm. Kurland”, armorial book plate of count Sergey Stroganov on the inner side of the front wrapper. Library stamps on the title page and in text, spine with a crack splitting the book in two parts, but overall a very good copy.
Herbord Carl Friedrich Bienestamm was a German georgrapher and farmer, graduated from the Göttingen University. He lived in Riga since 1824, edited "Nichtpolitische Zeitung für Deutche Rußland" (1830-33) and "Rigasche Stadtblätter" (1828-30). Bienestamm also authored "Geographischer Abriß der drei deutschen Ostsee-Provinzen Rußlands" (1826) and "Kleine Schul-Geographie von Ehst-, Liv- und Kurland" (1826) (Baltisches Biographisches Lexicon digital).
The book is supplemented with beautiful hand colored copper engraved plans of Mitau (Jelgava), Libau (Liepāja) and Windau (Ventspils), and large hand coloured copper engraved map of the Courland Governorate. Our copy has the armorial bookplate of prominent Russian statesman, patron of arts, archaeologist, collector and bibliophile count Sergey Grigorievich Stroganov (1794-1882). In 1825 he founded in Moscow famous Stroganov School for Technical Drawing (now Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts). Stroganov was one of the founders of the Imperial Archaeological Commission, president of the Moscow Society of Naturalists, honorary member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences and Russian Historical Society. His extensive library included books on history, arts, archaeology and numismatics in Russian and foreign languages, manuscripts. In 1929 nationalized collections of the Stroganov family were distributed between the Hermitage, Russian Museum, Leningrad Public Library, Soviet Academy of Sciences, Russian Geographical Society and other institutions. Large part of the collections was sold abroad through specialized state shops: Lengostorg, “Antikvariat” and others.
46. BINGHAM, Hiram (1875-1956)
The National Geographic Magazine - April 1913 Issue - In the Wonderland of Peru. The Work Accomplished by the Peruvian Expedition of 1912, Under the Auspices of Yale University and the National Geographic Society.
[With] Presentation copy to the Author's Son of Bingham, Alfred M.: Portrait of an Explorer Hiram Bingham Discoverer of Machu Picchu. Iowa State University Press 1989. xxvi, 381, . With many photo illustrations on plates. Original blue and beige gilt cloth with original pictorial dust jacket. A fine copy.
[With] An Autographed Letter Signed to Doug Bingham from his Father Alfred M. Bingham dated January 1989.
Washington D.C.: National Geographic Society, April 1913. First Edition. Quarto. [xviii], -574,  pp. With many photo illustrations in text. Period brown gilt tooled quarter sheep with marbled boards. Extremities rubbed but overall a very good copy.
"Bingham was thrilled by the prospect of unexplored Inca cities, and in 1911 returned to the Andes with the Yale Peruvian Expedition of 1911. On July 24, 1911, Melchor Arteaga led Bingham to Machu Picchu, which had been largely forgotten by everybody except the small number of people living in the immediate valley (possibly including two local missionaries named Thomas Payne and Stuart McNairn whose descendants claim that they had already climbed to the ruins in 1906). Also the Cusco explorers Enrique Palma, Gabino Sanchez and Agustín Lizarraga are said to have arrived at the site in 1901.
Bingham returned to Peru in 1912 and 1915 with the support of Yale and the National Geographic Society" (Wikipedia); Howgego 1850-1940, Continental B47.
47. BION, Nicolas (1652-1733)
L'Usage des Globes Celeste et Terrestre, et des Spheres Suivant les Differens Systemes du Monde. Précédé d'un Traité de Cosmographie. [The Use of Celestial and Terrestrial Globes, Spheres and Following the Different Systems of the World. Preceded by a Treatise on Cosmography].
Paris: Jean Boudot, 1717. Fourth Edition. Octavo. [viii], 400,  pp. With a woodcut device on title-page, engraved headpiece for dedication, woodcut initials and headpieces and 51 engraved plates, many folding. Period dark brown gilt tooled full calf. Extremities rubbed, otherwise a very good copy.
The important and well illustrated "L'usage des globes celestes et terrestres, et des spheres..," was first published in Paris in 1699 and was subsequently translated into other European languages. "Nicholas Bion was a French instrument maker and author with workshops in Paris. He was king’s engineer for mathematical instruments" (Wikipedia). "Bion published three important treatises on globes and cosmography, on astrolabes, and on precision instruments in general. These writings had great success and went into many editions" (DSB).
48. BLIGH, William (1754-1817)
A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty; and the Subsequent Voyage of part of the crew, in the ship's boat, from Tofua, one of the Friendly Islands, to Timor, a Dutch Settlement in the East Indies.
London: George Nicol, 1790. First Edition. Quarto. iv, 88 pp. With a folding engraved frontispiece and three engraved folding maps. Handsome period style brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards. A very good copy.
"This is Captain Bligh's own account of the mutiny, one of the most remarkable incidents in the whole of maritime history. After the publication of his narrative, Bligh presented copies to the Lords of the Admiralty and other influential people in the hope that his account of the mutiny would absolve him from any blame that might be leveled against him because of the incident. The narrative was also included in his A Voyage to the South Sea.., published at London in 1792. Bligh, known in the British navy as "Bread Fruit Bligh," made two voyages to the South Pacific to transport this product to the British West Indies. During the first voyage he was in command of the ill-fated Bounty (1787-1790); during the second he was Commander of the Providence (1791-1793). He had earlier (1776-1780) served under Captain Cook, as sailing master on Cook's third voyage around the world. In 1805, Bligh was appointed governor of New South Wales, but from 1808 to 1810 he was imprisoned by rebellious soldiers. He was promoted to admiral in 1811" (Hill 123); Ferguson I, 71; Kroepelien 87; Sabin 5908a; Wantrup 61.
49. BOECLER, Johann Wolfgang
Der Ehsten Abergläubische Gebraüche, Weisen und Gewohnheiten. Mit auf die Gegenwart Bezüglichen ahmerkungen beleuchtet von Dr. Fr. R. Kreutzwald [Estonian Superstitious Rites, Manners and Habits. With Modern Critical Notes by Dr. Kreutzwald].
Saint Petersburg: Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1854. First edition. Octavo. Viii, 161 pp. Original green publisher’s printed wrappers. Occasional pencil marks in text, p. 21 with a repaired tear, spine cracked. Overall a very good copy in very original condition.
A scientifically commented edition of J.W. Boecler’s book about the pagan traditions and superstitions in the Estland (modern Estonia) first published in 1685 in Reval under the title “Der einfältigen Ehsten abergläubische Gebräusche, Weisen und Gewonheiten”. The book was prepared for publication and commented by Dr. Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald (1803-1882).
50. BONNYCASTLE, Sir Richard Henry (1791-1847)
Spanish America; or a Descriptive, Historical, and Geographical Account of the Dominions of Spain in the Western Hemisphere Continental & Insular.
Philadelphia: Abraham Small, 1819. First American Edition. Octavo. viii, 482, (2) pp. With an engraved folding map and a folding hand coloured engraving. Later quarter cloth with gray papered boards and printed paper spine label. Map with some archival tape repair, otherwise a very good copy.
"Bonnycastle spent most of his life in the Corps of Royal Engineers, where he saw much service in the Americas, especially Canada. He was an accomplished Spanish scholar. Volume I relates to Florida, New Spain (including New Mexico, the Californias, Sonora, and Sinaloa), Guatemala, the Spanish West Indies, and New Granada. Volume II contains Peru, Buenos Aires, and Chile. It is a useful study of the conditions in Spanish America just before the wars for independence" (Hill 151); Sabin 6333.
51. BORZHIMSKII, Fedor Kondratievich (1883-1919?)
[Russian-Chinese Border] Kratkoe Istorico-Geograficheskoe i Statisticheskoe Opisanie Khulunbuirskoi Oblasti [Brief Historical, Geographical and Statistical Description of the Hulunbuir Region]. In: Izvestiia Voctochno-Sibirskogo Otdela Imperatorskogo Russkogo Geograficheskogo Obshchestva [Proceedings of the East-Siberian Department of the Imperial Russian Geographical Society]. Vol. XLIV.
Irkutsk: T-vo Pechatnogo Dela, 1915. First Edition. Octavo. , iii, 266, [3 pp. With a folded chromolithographed map, photographic portrait and a statistical plate. Period style brown quarter sheep with marbled boards and gilt tooled spine. Title with a neatly restored tear, minor stains on the portrait; the plate bound in, in four separate parts, otherwise a very good clean copy.
Rare Siberian provincial imprint. First Russian description of the Hulunbuir region which was called "a gateway between Russia and China." Hulunbuir is located in North-Eastern Inner Mongolia region of China, with the administrative center in Hailar, and borders Russia on the river Argun in the north and Mongolia in the west. On assignment of the East-Siberian Department of Russian Geographical Society Borzhimskii went from the Manzhouli station of the Chinese Eastern Railway to Hailar, then around the eastern shore of the Hulun Lake to the mouth of the Kherlen River and from there departed to Urga (Ulan Bator) and Kyakhta. He described the territory of the Hulunbuir region, its relief, climate, main rivers and lakes, history and administrative system, different tribes and their occupations (mostly animal produce, but also agriculture), main roads etc. He also produced the first map of the region outlining its borders and inner districts (banners).
Fedor Borzhimskii was a Siberian Cossack, historian, cartographer and ethnographer, a member of Russian Geographical Society. He spoke Chinese, Mongolian and Japanese, and compiled a Russian-Mongolian dictionary. He fought during the World War I and died in the Ukraine during the Russian Civil War 1917-1923.
The issue also includes the articles: "Legends and songs of Buryats" by Podgorbunskii, "First settlements in the Irkutsk province" by Serebrennikov, Mongolian folk story "Badarchin" retold by Borzhimskii, "Workers of the goldfields on the river Lena" by Merkhalev and others.
52. BREISLAK, Scipion (1748-1826)
Atlas Geologique ou Vues d'Amas de Colonnes Basaltiques, Faisant Suite aux Institutions Geologiques [Geological Atlas of Views of Basalt Columns..,].
Milan, 1818. With an engraved title page, fifty-three numbered engraved plates and two additional engraved plates. Period green gilt tooled half sheep with marbled boards. Extremities with some mild wear but overall a very good copy.
This is the atlas volume to Breislak's 'Institutions Geologiques.' "Considered one of the founders of volcanology in Italy, Breislak was the first to determine that basaltic rocks were of extrusive origin; he also emphasized that the tufaceous deposits of Campania originated under water, and he reconstructed the evolution of Vesuvius" (Dictionary of Scientific Biography).
53. CALDAS, Francisco José de (1768-1816)
Semanario de la Nueva Granada Miscelanea de Ciencias, Literature, Artes e Industria. Nueva Edicion [Weekly Miscellania of New Granada in Sciences, Literature, Art and Industry].
Paris: Libraria Castellana, 1849. New, corrected and augmented edition. Octavo. X, 572 pp. With a lithographed portrait frontispiece and a large folding engraved plate. Period brown full sheep, elaborately gilt tooled and blind stamped. Spine mildly faded, also with a very mild water stain on right upper margin of text throughout, binding rubbed on extremities, spine with a crack on the rear hinge, but overall a good copy.
Special corrected and enlarged edition of the most important articles from the first South American scientific magazine “Semanario de la Nueva Reino de Granada” (Bogota, 1808-1811). The original magazine was published by Francisco José de Caldas “a Colombian lawyer, naturalist, and geographer who was executed by orders of Pablo Morillo during the Reconquista for being a precursor of the Independence of New Granada (modern day Colombia)” (Wikipedia).
Our edition includes several previously unknown articles by Caldas, as well as Alexander von Humboldt’s famous article “Geography of Vegetation” (from the original magazine), supplemented with the large folding table showing zones of plant distribution on Mount Chimborazo depending on the altitude. First Columbian edition of the “Semanario” is extremely rare (with only three copies found in Worldcat), but our edition is also scarce and has appeared on auction sales only three times (1978, 2005, 2006).
54. CAPELLO, H[ermenegildo] (1841-1917) & IVENS, R[oberto] (1850-1898)
De Benguella ás terras de Jácca descripção de una viagem na Africa central e occidental Comprehendendo narracões, aventuras e estudos importantes sobre as cabeceiras dos rios Cu-nene, Cu-bango, Lu-ando, Cu-anza e Cu-ango, e de grande parte do curso dos dois ultimos; alem da descoberta dos rios Hamba, Canali, Sussa e Cu-gho, e larga noticia sobre as terras de Quiteca N'bungo, Sosso, Futa e Iácca por H. Capello e R. Ivens : Expedição organisada nos annos de 1877-1880.
[From Benguella to the Territory of Yacca. Description of a journey into central and west Africa. Comprising narratives, adventures, and important surveys of the sources of the River Cunene, Cubango, Luando, Cuanza and Cunago, and of great part of the course of the two latter; together with the discovery of the River Hamba, Cauali, Sussa, and Cugho, and a detailed account of the territories of Quiteca N'bungo, sosso, Futa, and Yacca ... Expedition organized in the years 1877-1880].
Lisboa: Imprenta Nacional, 1881. First Edition. Large Octavo, 2 vols. xviii, 379; xii, 391 + pp. With many illustrations and maps on plates and in text. Original publishers period brown pictorial gilt cloth. Recased, otherwise a very good set.
The expedition was part of the attempt by Portugal to establish sovereignty over a corridor linking the territories of Angola and Mozambique. It forms a companion to the account of Serpa Pinto, who set out on his own expedition after parting in disagreement with Capello and Ivens. This present account being an important survey of the sources of the Rivers Cunene, Cubango, Luando, Cuanza, and Cuango, and also discussing the discovery of the River Hamba, Cauali, Sussa, and Cugho, as well as giving a detailed account of the Territories of Quiteca N'bungo, Sosso, Futa, and Yacca. Capello "was selected to direct a scientific expedition to carry out a survey of the relationship betwenn the watersheds of the Congo and Zambezi rivers and to determine the course of the major tributaries" (Howgego, Continental Exploration 1850-1940, C8).
55. CASTRÉN, Matthias Alexander (1813-1853)
Grundzüge einer Tungussischen Sprachlehre nebst kurzem Wörterverzeichniss [Attempt of an Evenki Language Grammar with a short dictionary].
Saint Petersburg: Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1856. First Edition. Octavo. Xvi, , 139,  pp. Period green quarter sheep with papered boards and gilt lettered title on the spine. From the library of A.V. Golovnin (green exlibris label on the front pastedown). Owners’ inscriptions on the first free endpaper, pencil and pen notes in text. Overall a very good copy.
One of the first attempts of compiling the grammar of the Evenki Language. Separate in itself complete work published as volume 9 of the German edition of Matthias Castrén’s collected works published by the Russian Academy of Sciences under the title “Northern Travels and Researches” (SPb., 1853-1858, 12 vols.). The material for this edition was collected during Castrén’s extensive travels to the Ural Mountains (1841-1843) and Siberia (1845-1849) during which he visited Tobolsk, Beryozov, Obdorsk (Salekhard), researched the basins of the Irtysh, Ob and Yenisey Rivers, the Sayan Mountains and surroundings of Lake Baikal.
This copy is from the library of Alexander Vasilevich Golovnin (1821-1886), Russian statesman, official of the General Naval Staff of Russia (1848-1859), Minister of Education (1861-1866), son of the famous Russian circumnavigator vice-admiral Vasily Golovnin (1776-1818). While in service in the General Naval Staff Alexander Golovnin was one of the main editors of the “Morskoy Sbornik” (1848 - …), the worldwide oldest periodical on the naval and maritime subjects. In the 1850s the magazine published a series of articles based on travels of young writers and journalists to different regions of Russia to study their economy and ethnography – the expeditions and articles were initiated by Golovnin. He was also one of the first members of the Russian Geographical Society and its Secretary in 1845-1847 (See more: Russian Brokhaus Encyclopaedia on-line).
“Evenki formerly known as Tungus, is the largest member of the northern group of Tungusic languages, a group which also includes Even, Negidal, and (the more closely related) Oroqen language. It is spoken by Evenks in Russia, Mongolia, and China. Evenki is a member of the Tungusic family. Its similarity to Manchu, the best-documented member of the family, was noted hundreds of years ago, first by botanist P. S. Pallas in the late 18th century, and then in a more formal linguistic study by M. A. Castren in the mid-19th century, regarded as a "pioneer treatise" in the field of Tungusology" (Wikipedia).
56. CASTRÉN, Matthias Alexander (1813-1853)
Elementa Grammatices Tscheremissae [Elements of Grammar of the Mari Language].
Kuopio: Ex officina typographica J. Karsten, 1845. First Edition. Octavo. Xi, 75,  pp. Blue period wrappers. Title page with repaired minor tears in the centre, p. 61 with a long repaired tear, otherwise a very good copy.
Work by outstanding Finnish ethnologist and philologist Matthias Alexander Castrén, noted for his comparative linguistic studies of the Uralic languages. This is a monograph on the grammar of the Mari language published in Latin and based on Castren’s three-year travels (1841-1843) across the Ural Mountains with another noted Finnish philologist Dr. Elian Lönnrot.
“The Mari language, spoken by nearly 500,000 people, belongs to the Uralic language family. It is spoken primarily in the Mari Republic of the Russian Federation as well as in the area along the Vyatka river basin and eastwards to the Urals. Mari speakers, known as the Mari are found also in the Tatarstan, Udmurtia, and Perm regions” (Wikipedia).
57. CASTRÉN, Matthias Alexander (1813-1853)
An Important Collection Containing Three Major Works: Nordiska Resor och Forskningar (6 vols.); With: Dissertatio Academica de Affinitate Declinationum in Lingua Fennica, Esthonica et Lapponica; With: Rese-Anteckningar i Sibirien [Nordic Travels and Researches; Academic Dissertation about Affinities of Declination in Finnish, Estonian and Lapland Languages; Travel Notes in Siberia].
Helsingfors: Finska Litteratursällskapets Tryckeri, 1852-1870. First Edition. Large Octavo, 8 vols. With a lithographed portrait frontispiece, two other lithographed plates and two lithographed maps. Period papered boards, publishers printed papered boards, period paper wrappers, all housed in a custom made grey papered clam-shell box with a printed paper label. A very good set.
Printed in Swedish and Latin (the dissertation); First set includes: Reseminnen från åren 1838-1844; Reseberättelser och bref åren 1845-1849; Föreläsningar i Finsk Mytologi; Ethnologiska Föreläsningar öfver Altaiska Folken: samt Samojediska och Tatariska Sagor; Smärre Afhandlingar och Akademiska Dissertationer; Tillfålliga Uppsatser [Travel Memoirs from the Years 1838-1844; Travel Journals and Letters 1845-1849; Lectures in Finnish Mythology; Ethnological Lectures About the Altaic Peoples: and Samoyedic and Tatar Fairy Tales; Small Essays and Academic Dissertations; Miscellaneous Essays].
Helsingfors: Finska Litteratursällskapets Tryckeri (vols. Iv-vi – in Kejserliga Alexanders-Universitetet i Finland), 1852-1870. First Edition. In Swedish. Large Octavo, 6 vols. , 320, ; xii, 463, [2 - errata]; , 332; xviii, [1 - half title], 284, [1 - errata]; viii, 293, [1 - errata]; lxxviii, [1 - blank], 160,  pp. Vols. 1-5 in period blue papered boards with lithographed heraldic bookplates on first pastedown endpapers; also owner’s ink inscriptions on first free endpapers (in Swedish). Vol. 6 in publishers' printed papered boards.
With: Dissertatio Academica de Affinitate Declinationum in Lingua Fennica, Esthonica et Lapponica. Helsingforiaes: Typis Frenckellianis, 1839. In Latin. Duodecimo. , 67, [1 - errata] pp. Period pink paper wrappers. Castrén’s first separately published work.
With: Rese-Anteckningar i Sibirien. Rare offprint of the article in: "Suomi" magazine. In Swedish. 1846. Octavo. 62 pp. Period brownish paper wrappers.
Our collection contains Castrén’s first separately published work - his dissertation on Finnish linguistics which was prepared after his first travel to Lapland (in 1838) and defended in the Imperial Alexander University of Finland in 1839. There is also a rare offprint about his travels across Siberia in 1845-1849 undertaken with the aim to research Siberian languages.
58. CATHERINE THE GREAT, EMPRESS OF RUSSIA (1729-1796)
Nakaz Eia Imperatorskago Velichestva Ekateriny Vtoryia, Samoderzhitsy Vserossiiskiya, Dannyi Kommissii o Sochinenii Novogo Ulozheniia [Instruction Given by Her Imperial Majesty Catherine II Tsarine of All Russia to the Commission Assembled to Work on the New Code of Laws].
Saint Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1770. First Multi-lingual Edition. Quarto. 403 pp. Four title pages (in Russian, Latin, German and French). Parallel texts in Russian, Latin, German and French. Four copper engraved head- and tail-pieces (two pairs of equal vignettes at the beginning and in the end). The tail-pieces with the engraved signatures: “I.A. Sthelin invt. Et delt.”, “C.M. Roth, Sculptor Acad. Petrop. Sculpsit”. Bookplate of Archibald Philip, Earl of Roseberry on the first pastedown. 19th century ink inscription “Hamilton Sale 1884, lot 479”. Nineteenth century brown half calf, neatly rebacked in style with new gilt lettered sheep label on the spine. Corners slightly bumped, otherwise a very good uncut copy.
First multi-lingual edition of Catherine the Great’s famous Nakaz, or “Instruction to the Commission Assembled to Work on the New Code of Laws”. The text was written by the empress in Russian and French and first published in Russian and German (1767), later in French (1769). This edition is the first one with parallel text in four languages, including the first translation into Latin by Grigori Kozitsky (1724-1776) – writer, journalist and cabinet secretary of Catherine II. The book contains the full text of Nakaz consisting of 22 chapters; four engraved head- and tail-pieces were done by C.M. Roth after the drawings of the renowned member of Russian Academy of Sciences and engraver Jacob von Staehlin (1709-1785).
Nakaz, or Instruction, of Catherine the Great (Russian: Наказ Екатерины II Комиссии о составлении проекта нового Уложения) was a is a statement of legal principles written by Catherine II of Russia, and permeated with the ideas of the French Enlightenment. It was compiled as a guide for the All-Russian Legislative Commission convened in 1767 for the purpose of replacing the mid-17th-century Muscovite code of laws with a modern law code. Catherine believed that to strengthen law and institutions was above all else to strengthen the monarchy.
The Instruction proclaimed the equality of all men before the law and disapproved of the death penalty and torture, thus anticipating some of the issues raised by the later United States Constitution and the Polish Constitution. Although the ideas of absolutism were emphatically upheld, the stance towards serfdom is more blurry: the chapter about peasants was retouched a number of times, as Catherine's views on the subject evolved. <…>
In its final version, the Instruction consists of 22 chapters and 655 articles, which embrace various spheres of state, criminal, and civil law and procedure. More than 400 articles are copied verbatim from the works of Montesquieu, Beccaria, and other contemporary thinkers. In 1767, Catherine sent the German edition to Frederick II of Prussia and the French one to Voltaire. <…> The Instruction generated much discussion among Russian intellectuals and exerted considerable influence on the course of the Russian Enlightenment. It was in this document that the basic tenets of the French Enlightenment were articulated in Russian for the first time” (Wikipedia).
During the last quarter of the 18th century the Nakaz was translated into English, Greek, Polish and Italian.
59. CELLA, Paolo della & PEZANT, Adolphe [Translator]
[TRAVELS FROM TRIPOLI TO EGYPT] Voyage en Afrique au Royaume de Barcah et dans la Cyrénaique à travers le désert. Traduit et augmenté de notes historiques, géographiques et botaniques, et d'une notice sur l'ancienne et moderne Cyrénaique, sur le royaume de Fezzan, sur Temboctou, sur l'Oasis de Syouah, l'antique Oasis d'Ammon et le temple de Jupiter, sur le vent du Désert, sur l'Ibis sacré, sur le Lotus, sur le Papyrus égyptien, et sur le Silphium si recherché des Anciens. [Narrative of an Expedition from Tripoli in Barbary to the Western Frontier of Egypt in 1817 by the Bey of Tripoli]
Paris: Armand-Aubrée, 1840. First Edition. Octavo. xvi, 432 pp. With a lithographed frontispiece and seven other lithographs on plates and a large folding engraved map. Handsome period style red gilt tooled half straight-grained morocco with marbled boards. A very good uncut copy.
This rare work, originally published in Italian and then translated into German and English before this current French edition, was written by the physician attendant to the Bey. "The author gives an animated description of what he saw" (Playfair, Tripoli 146). These coastal travels in what is present day Libya, took the author from Tripoli via Misrata, Ajdabiya, Benghazi, Derna to Bombah near the border with Egypt. The most valuable scientific contribution of the work is on Libyan flora, some of which is illustrated on the plates, as three hundred botanical specimens were collected, including twenty-six species new to science.
60. CERNITIUS, Johannes
[Prince-electors of Brandenburg]: Decem e familia Burggraviorum Nurnbergensium Electorum Brandenburgicorum Eicones, ad vivum expressae, eorumque Res gestae, una cum genealogiis fide optima collectae.
Berlin: Runge, 1628. Second Edition. Folio.  leaves, 110 pp. With a copper engraved title page, copper engraved genealogical tree plate, twelve large copper engraved portraits by Peter Rollos and woodcut initials and tailpieces in text. Large beautiful copper engraved armorial exlibris of Friedrich Roth-Scholtz on verso of the title page. Later brown speckled papered boards with new endpapers. A very good clean copy.
Beautiful illustrated genealogy of the House of Hohenzollern, with portraits of twelve prince-electors (Kurfürsten), from Friedrich I (1371-1440) to the “Great Elector” Friedrich Wilhelm (1620-1688), shown as a child. The engraved border of the title page contains images of twenty-four coat of arms, and a separate plate depicts the genealogical tree of the prince-electors of Brandenburg. The author, Johannes Cernitius was a deputy registrar (vezeregistrator) of the state archives in Berlin.
This copy is from the collection of 18th century Nürnberg bookseller and prolific writer Friedrich Roth-Scholtz (1687-1736), author of not less than seventy works, including collections of portraits and signatures of famous booksellers, typographers and book artists (“Icones bibliopolarum et typographorum de republica literaria bene meritorum”, in 3 parts, Nürnberg, 1726-1742; “Thesaurus symbolorum ac emblematum, i. E. Insignia bibliopolarum et typographorum ab incunabulis typographiae ad nostra usque tempora”, 1730); bibliographies ("Bibliotheca chemica, oder Catalogus von Chymischen Büchern", 1725-…); Roth-Scholtz also tried to compile a history of German book trade (see more: Allgemeinen Deutschen Biographie on-line). “These images might belong to the earliest works of the artist” (Nagler XV, 83); Jocher I, 1812; Lipperheide Da 20; Thieme-Becker XXVIII, 538.
61. CEUMERN, Kaspar von (1613-1692)
[LIVONIAN CHRONICLES] Casparis von Ceumern, Salcensis Sorabi, Theatridium Livonicum, oder, Kleine Lieffländische Schau-Bühne: Worinnen Aller von Anfang her in Liefland gewesenen, so Geist- als Weltlichen Regenten als Bischöffen, Ertz-Bischöffen, Herrmeistern und Königen Namen, zu was Zeit sie gelebet und in was Jahren ein jeder regieret, biss zu anno 1621 siegreicher Schwedischen Eroberung der Stadt Riga zu finden. Darauff folgig eine Verzeichnüss der Städte, Schlösser und Clöster, wie sie anno 1555. vor der Moscowitischen Verstörung des Landes, als Lieffland noch in vollem Flor gewesen, besessen worden und was darin vor Kirchen und Filialen zu finden. Wie auch eine Specification und Namen-Register des vor deme gewesenen und ausgegangenen und nu jetzo darin befindlichen Adels... [Theatridium Livonicum, or Small Theatre of Livonia].
Riga: Georg Matthias Nöller, 1690. First edition. Octavo. , 58, [2 - blank], 16, [2 - blank], 17-146 pp. Copper engraved Livonian coat of arms Frontispiece, several woodcut initials in text. Period manuscript commentaries to pages 34-49. Period marbled paper wrappers, rubbed and with a minor crack on upper front hinge, otherwise a very good copy.
First edition of this collection of chronicles, treaties, decrees and other original documents on the history of Livonia (modern Latvia and Estonia); the next revised and commented edition was published only in 2004. The author describes the history of German missionary movement to Livonia from the 12th century onwards, describes the events of the Livonian War (1558-1583); gives a chronological lists of the Masters of the Teutonic Order, cities, castles, monasteries and churches of Livonia. A considerable part of the book is occupied with the list of the Livonian nobility, divided into extinct and surviving.
The second part of the book (146 pp.) has a collection of texts of the Privileges given to Livonia: “Folgen die Alten Verdeutschten Lieffländischen Privilegien” (decrees, regulations, court verdicts and resolutions, et al.), with most documents printed in parallel Latin and German. There are also texts of several official letters by "Sigismund Augustus, by the Grace of God King in Poland, Prince of Lithuania, Prussia, Masuria, Samogitia and Livonia Ruler and Heir" published after Poland had subdued Livonia in 1561 (p. 30-99). Ceumern also includes an interesting account on the value of the old currency in Livonia: “Folget Die alte Müntz Valeur so vor diesem in Lieggland gang und gebe gewesen” (pp. 132-146).
Born in Thuringia, Kaspar von Ceumern had a successful political career in Livonia, having served at different times as the secretary of Knighthood (Ritterschaftssekretär), assessor of the Dorpat district court (Beisitzer des Dorpatschen Landgerichts), assessor and vice president of the Dorpat manorial court (Hofgericht), and finally as a Landrat. Ceumern obtained a patent of nobility on the basis of merit, and married Elizabeth von Dreiling, a daughter of a Riga merchant.
See more: [Electronic Resource]: Rossbach, N. Caspar von Ceumern: Theatridium Livonicum. Wolfenbüttel 2012. (Theatrum-Literatur der Frühen Neuzeit: Repertorium).
62. CHAPPE D'AUTEROCHE, l'Abbe Jean (1722-1769)
Voyage en Sibérie, fait par ordre du roi en 1761; contenant les moeurs, les usages des Russes, et l'etat actuel de cette puissance; la description géographique & le nivellement de la route de Paris à Tobolsk; l'histoire naturelle de la même route; des observations astronomiques, & des expériences sur l'électricité naturelle: enrichi de cartes géographiques, de plans, de profils du terrein; de gravures qui représentent les usages des Russes, leurs moeurs, leurs habillements, les divinités des Calmouks, & plusieurs morceaux d'histoire naturelle. Par M. l'abbé Chappe d'Auteroche
[A Journey into Siberia, made by order of the King of France... Containing an Account of the Manners and Customs of the Russians, the Present State of Their Empire: with the Natural History, and Geographical Description of Their Country, the Level of the Road from Paris to Tobolsky] [With] Contenant la Description du Kamtchatka ... Par M. Kracheninnikov. [The History of Kamtschatka, and the Kurilski Islands, with the countries adjacent].
Paris: Debure, 1768. First Edition. Text: 2 vols. in 3 Small Folio & Elephant Folio Atlas. [iv], xxx, [ii], 347; [iv], 347-777; xvi, 627, [i], [ii], [ii]. Engraved frontispiece, 3 engraved maps, 53 engraved plates, some folding, 1 engraved table, and engraved title vignettes, after Moreau le Jeune and Le Prince; atlas volume with engraved frontispiece index and 30 engraved maps, many folding, some hand-coloured in outline. The text volume in period brown elaborately gilt tooled mottled full calf with maroon gilt morocco labels and atlas in period green gilt titled full vellum. Atlas with some mild foxing, otherwise a very good set in very original condition.
This work has "splendid and accurate engravings and.., [gives a] powerful description of manners and character" (Cox I p.352). "This work deserves attention for its attractive and accurate engravings, and for its forthright and sometimes provocative descriptions of Russian manners and character. Certain of these descriptions inspired the publication of an indignant rebuttal, sometimes attributed to Catherine the Great. Chappe d'Auteroche was a French priest and astronomer, who travelled to Siberia to observe the transit of Venus in 1761. The present work includes meteorological observations, descriptions of the climate, animals, birds, and insects, notes on the iron ore, copper, and gold mines, etc. Chappe d'Auteroche's translation of Stepan Petrovich Krasheninnikov's description of Kamchatka from the first Russian edition of 1755.., His translation of Krasheninnikov's Kamchatka contains considerable material on Alaska and the northwest coast of America" (Hill 277).
"In 1761, by the order of the king of France, and by arrangement with Catherine II, he undertook an expedition into Siberia to observe the transit of Venus. From Paris he reached St. Petersburg, then sledged to Tobolsk, where in June 1761 the transit was duly observed. The expedition carried out a large number of scientific measurements en route, and reported on the geography of the region and the customs of its inhabitants" (Howgego C101).
63. CHARLEVOIX, Pierre Francois Xavier de (1682-1761)
Histoire et Description Générale du Japon; où l'on Trouvera tout ce qu'on a pu Apprendre de la Nature & des Productions du Pays, du Caractere & des Coûtumes des Habitans, du Gouvernement & du Commerce, des Révolutions arrivées dans l'Empire & dans la Religion; et l'examen de tous les auteurs, qui ont écrit sur la même sujet. Avec les fastes chronologiques de la découverte du nouveau monde. [History and General Description of Japan, Where you will find Everything you Could Learn from Nature & Productions of the Country, the Character & Customs of the Inhabitants, Government & Trade..,].
Paris: Gandouin et al., 1736. First Edition. Quarto, 2vols. lviii, 667, ; xii, 746,  pp. With twenty-five copper engraved plates (thirteen folding) and eight folding, engraved maps and plans. Period dark brown full sheep, re-backed in period style with elaborate gilt tooling. Some scattered small minor and marginal water stains, otherwise a very good set.
"Charlevoix was a French Jesuit traveller and historian, often distinguished as the first historian of New France, which then occupied much of North America known to Europeans" (Wikipedia)."His work is particularly useful in shedding light on the state of the Jesuit missions of the period. In addition to works based directly on his travels, he also wrote on Hispaniola, Japan and Paraguay" (Howgego C104). Charlevoix, never travelled to Japan and his work is largely based on Engelbrecht Kaempfer's "The History of Japan," nevertheless the present set is an important work of the period on Japan and is considered one of the best sources of information on Japan in the 18th century. Cordier Japonica 422.
64. CHURCH, George Earl (1835-1910)
The Route to Bolivia via the River Amazon: a Report to the Governments of Bolivia and Brazil.
London: Waterlow and Sons Limited, 1877. First Edition. Quarto. 216 pp. With two maps, one folding. Original publisher's brown quarter cloth with gray printed pictorial papered boards. Spine and a few text gutters repaired with archival tape, Folding map with a couple of minor tears and fragile, but overall a good copy.
The author was president of the National Bolivian Navigation Company and chairman of the Madeira and Mamore Railway Company, Limited. "In 1869, Church was appointed by the Government of Bolivia to find a way to explore a navigation enterprise that linked the Mamoré and Madeira Rivers, to extract raw materials from the Amazon jungle. However, on realizing the difficulty of this undertaking from the Pacific Ocean side of the mountains, in 1870 he gained a concession from the Government of Brazil to explore the construction of a railway to connect the border states of Rondônia and Acre to the navigable Amazon river at Porto Velho. He made two failed attempts to construct the Madeira-Mamoré Railway, one in 1870 and a second in 1878, both through the failure of sub-contractors who were blighted by malaria" (Wikipedia). This rare report gives details about these endeavours. Howgego 1850-1940, Continental, C40.
65. COOKE, Lt.-Col. A C (compiler at the Topographical & Statistical Department of the War Office)
Routes in Abyssinia.
London: HMSO by Harrison and Sons, 1867. First Edition. Large Octavo. [iv], 252 pp. With a large folding map, hand coloured in outline (by E G Ravenstein), and smaller folding map by Keith Johnstone) Period style blue marbled papered boards with a brown gilt label. Title page with some library markings on recto and verso, otherwise a very good copy.
A particularly interesting work produced at the time of the Abyssinian Campaign reviewing the different routes of exploration taken up to that date in Abyssinia, beginning with the 1541 Portuguese Expedition and continuing with the routes taken by Salt, Pearce, Ferret et Galinier, Mansfield Parkyn, Munzinger, Merewether, Harris, D'Hericourt, Isenberg & Krapf, Coffin, Hamilton, Bruce, Beke, Combes & Tamisler, Mendez, Lefebvre, and Steudner. The last twenty pages describe and discuss the Line of Advance of the British Expedition. Also, a detailed description of Abyssinia is given and the large folding map is most likely the most detailed and accurate map of the country to that date.
66. 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.
67. COSTA E SILVA, Bernardo
Viagens no Sertão do Amazonas, do Pará á do Mar Pacifico pelo Amazonas, Bolivia e Perú [Travels into the Interior of the Amazon, from Para to the Pacific Ocean through Brazil, Bolivia and Peru].
Porto: Typ. De Arthur José de Sousa & Irmão, 1891. First Edition. Octavo. 379,  pp. With seven plates (two folding) after drawings by Costa e Silva and A. Ramalho. Period brown quarter sheep with marbled boards and endpapers, and gilt lettered title on the spine. Binding slightly rubbed on extremities, several pages and plates strengthened on margins and folds, library marking on title page, otherwise a very good copy.
Illustrated travel account of a voyage from Belem to the Pacific ocean via the Amazon and its tributaries. This copy is from the library of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (“Congr. Du St. Esprit et du St. Coeur de Marie. Bibliotheque de la Maison Mere”).
68. CREVAUX, Jules-Nicolas (1847-1882)
Fleuves de L’Amérique du Sud, 1877-1879. Missions du Ministère de l’Instruction Publique [Rivers of South America].
Paris: Société de Géographie, 1883. First Edition. Oblong Folio. [2 - t.p.], iv,  pp. With 40 double-page maps. Original publisher’s brown printed wrappers. Spine reinforced with archival tape. Some chipping of spine and wrappers but overall still a very good copy.
Detailed atlas of the rivers of Guyana and the northern Amazon basin based on the travels of the French explorer of the Amazon Jules Crevaux in 1877-1879. The thirty-nine maps show detailed surveys of Oyapock, Rouapir, Kou, Yaru (Yari), Parou, Iça and Yapura Rivers; and the general chart outlines the whole region, with the dates of Crevaux’s travels to the main districts.
“French naval doctor and explorer <…>, Jules Crevaux undertook his first expedition to the interior of French Guiana in 1877, becoming the first European to explore the Tumuc Humac Mountains on the disputed border with Suriname. The following year, he explored the Oyapock basin and several tributaries of the Amazon. His last, and longest, expedition began in 1880. Reaching the Guaviare River in Colombia on 20 October, he pursued a southward route and on 15 January 1882 discovered the remains of an Incan city near Salta in northwestern Argentina. It was during the course of this expedition that he and the entire party under his command were killed by the Toba people. A peak in Suriname bears his name. His explorations are recounted in a number of his writings: “Voyage en Guyane” (1877), “Voyage d'exploration dans l'intérieur des Guyanes” (1876-1877), “Voyage d'exploration du Guyane” (1879), and “Voyages dans l'Amérique du Sud” (1878-1881). He also produced an atlas of maps of the rivers he travelled, which was published posthumously in 1883” (JSTOR/ Global Plants/ Plant Collectors on-line).
69. D'ANVILLE, Jean Baptiste Bourguignon (1697-1782)
Eclaircissemens Geographiques sur la Carte de l'Inde. [Geographical Elucidations on the Map of India].
Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1753. First Edition. Quarto. vi, [i], 161,  pp. Period style brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards and a red gilt label. With a couple of unobtrusive library blind stamps, otherwise a very good copy.
This is the description of the D'Anville map of India published in 1752. D'Anville "was both a geographer and cartographer who greatly improved the standards of map-making. His maps of ancient geography, characterized by careful, accurate work and based largely on original research, are especially valuable. He left unknown areas of continents blank and noted doubtful information as such; compared to the lavish maps of his predecessors, his maps looked empty" (Wikipedia).
70. DAPPER, Olfert (1636-89)
[AFRICA: MOST COMPLETE 17TH CENTURY DESCRIPTION] Umbständliche und eigentliche Beschreibung von Africa und denen darzu gehörigen Königreichen und Landschaften als Egypten, Barbarien, Libyen, Biledulgerid, dem Lande der Negros, Guinea, Ethiopien, Abyssina und den Africanischen Insulen zusamt deren verscheidenen Nahmen, Grentzen, Städten, Flüssen...: aus unterschiedlichen neuen Land- und Reise-Beschreibungen mit Fleiss zusammengebracht.
[Africa: Being an Accurate Description of the Regions of Aegypt, Barbary, Lybia, and Billedulgerid, the Land of Negroes, Guinee, Aethiopia, and the Abyssines, with all the Adjacent islands, either in the Mediterranean, Atlantick, Southern, or Oriental Sea, belonging thereunto; with the several Denominations of their Coasts, Harbors, Creeks, Rivers, Lakes, Cities, Towns, Castles, and Villages; Their Customs, Modes, and Manners, Languages, Religions, and Inexhaustible Treasure].
Amsterdam: Jacob van Meurs, 1670-1671. First German Edition. Folio, 2 parts in one. [viii], 695,  [i], 101,  pp. Title to part one printed in red and black, engraved additional title, engraved portrait, forty-three engraved folding maps and plates and fifty-six engraved illustrations in text. Beautiful period style crimson very elaborately gilt tooled full morocco with a black gilt label. A near fine copy.
Beautifully and vividly illustrated, this "work is one of the most authoritative 17th-century accounts on Africa published in German. Dapper never travelled to Africa but used reports by Jesuit missionaries and other explorers. The fine plates include views of Algiers, Benin, Cairo, Cap Town, La Valetta, Marrakech, St. Helena, Tangier, Tripoli, Tunis, as well as, animals and plants" (Christies). Translated into German by F. von Zesen. This copy has the engraved title, dedication and portrait leaves lacking in most copies. "An important early work on Africa in general, which was translated into several European languages.., "it was carefully compiled from the best sources of information"" (Mendelssohn I, p. 414).
Dapper "wrote a book on the history of Amsterdam. Later he also wrote about Africa, China, India, Persia, Georgia, and Arabia, although he had not visited these exotic destinations himself. In fact, he never travelled outside Holland. His books became well-known in his own time.., To this day, Dapper's book Description of Africa Naukeurige Beschrijvinge van Africa gewesten (1668) is a key text for Africanists" (Wikipedia); Cox I, p. 361; Gay 219.
71. DUPERRE, l'amiral Guy-Victor (1775-1846)
Précis sur les établissements français formés à Madagascar [Descriptions of the French institutions in Madagascar]; [WITH] An Autographed Signed Note by Duperré on Ministere de la Marine et des Colonies Cabinet du Ministre Letterhead dated 18 June 1836 mentioning Cayenne.
Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1836. First Edition. Large Octavo. [iv], 76 pp. Original publishers blue printed stiff wrappers. Slightly dust soiled and with repair of spine, a couple leaves with mild water staining, otherwise a very good copy.
Printed by order of Admiral Duperré, Minister of the Marine and the Colonies, this work describes the French involvement, exploration and colonization in Madagascar from 1642-1836 with the period from 1814 being the main focus. The French settlement of Fort Dauphin is covered in some detail. Gay 3253.
72. DURAND, Jean-Baptiste-Léonard (1742-1812)
[Voyage to Senegal..,]. Voyage au Sénégal, ou mémoires historiques, philosophiques et politiques sur les découvertes, les établissemens et le commerce des Européens dans les mers de l'Océan atlantique, depuis le Cap-Blanc jusqu'à la rivière de Serre-Lionne inclusivement; suivis de la relation d'un voyage par terre de l'île Saint-Louis à Galam, et du texte arabe de trois traités de commerce faits par l'auteur avec les princes de pays.
Paris: Chez H. Agasse, An X, . Second Edition. Text 8vo. 2 vols. & Quarto Atlas. lvi, 359, ; 383, ; 67 pp. Atlas with a copper engraved portrait frontispiece, forty-three numbered engraved plates, including sixteen folding maps. Handsome period brown gilt tooled mottled full (text) & half (atlas) calf. Atlas with marbled boards. One text volume rebacked, otherwise a very good set.
In 1785 Durand was appointed head of the Third Company of Senegal on the Isle of St. Louis where he was a director between 1785-86. He then made a trip to Galam and concluded several treaties with the Moors, to promote the gum trade. A Voyage to Senegal was inspired by the works of Father Labat and other writers, and includes a description of the journey of Mr. Rubault, who went to Galam and much information on the history, trade and commerce of the western African coast from Cape Blanc to the Sierra Leone River, which was the heart of the African slave trade in the 18th century. The work contains a very detailed map of the region and also engravings of local life, fauna and flora.
"During the eighteenth century the factories and settlements on the coast of Senegal had changed hands several times between the British and the French. The island of Goree had been returned to the French in 1763 at the conclusion of the Seven Years War, and 1779 Louis Philippe Rigaud, marquis de Vaudreuil, had recovered Saint Louis" (Howgego 1800-1850, W23); Wikipedia.
73. EDEN, [Sir] Ashley (1831-1887)
Political Missions to Bootan, comprising the reports of the Hon’ble Ashley Eden, - 1864; Capt. R.B. Pemberton, 1837, 1838, with Dr. W. Griffiths’s Journal; and the Account by Baboo Kishen Kant Rose.
Calcutta: Bengal Secretariat Office, 1865. First Edition. Octavo. [ii], xi, 206 pp. With a large folding outline hand colored engraved map and a folding topographical engraved profile of the route. Period style light brown gilt tooled half sheep with light brown cloth boards and a light brown gilt morocco label. Map backed on Japanese paper and browned and title page with remnants of old library stamp, otherwise a very good copy.
A collection of early interesting accounts on relations between the British India and the Kingdom of Bhutan in 1860's, which was a time of growing tension between the two countries which resulted in the Duar War (1864-1865). The book includes the account by Sir Ashley Eden, later Governor General of British India. "In 1861 Eden was appointed special envoy to Sikkim and, backed by an army, wrung from the maharaja a treaty guaranteeing free trade and the cessation of raids into British territory. In 1863 he was sent on a similar mission to Bhutan but without the same military support and he found himself taken virtual prisoner by the Bhutanese and forced to sign a treaty humiliating to the British. The insult was amply repaid when Britain went to war against Bhutan in November 1864" (Oxford DNB).
The second account is by Captain Robert Boileau Pemberton (1798-1840) who led a diplomatic mission to Bhutan in 1837-8, together with the account by the member of the same embassy, Doctor William Griffith (1810-1845). The last account is an English translation of the relation by Baboo Kishen Kant Bose. The book is supplemented with a subject index.
The Duar War (1864-65) lasted only five months and, despite some battlefield victories by Bhutanese forces, resulted in Bhutan's defeat, loss of part of its sovereign territory, and forced cession of formerly occupied territories. Under the terms of the Treaty of Sinchula, signed on November 11, 1865, Bhutan ceded territories in the Assam Duars and Bengal Duars, as well as the eighty-three-square-kilometer territory of Dewangiri in southeastern Bhutan, in return for an annual subsidy of 50,000 rupees (Wikipedia). In 1863 Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen joined the "Political mission to Bhutan under Ashley Eden. In 1864 he carried out topographical surveys between Sikkim and Punakha, and produced a detailed map of Bhutan that would remain in use for thirty years" (Howgego 1850-1940 Continental G27).
74. FRITSCHE, Hermann (1839-1913)
[From Peking to Saint Petersburg] Astronomicheskie, Magnitnie i Gipsometricheskie Nabliudeniia, Proizvedennie v 59 Punktakh na Puti ot Pekina, Cherez Mongoliiu, Nerchinskii Zavod, Irkutsk, Barnaul, Ekateriburg i Perm v S.-Petersburg [Astronomical, Magnetic and Hypsometrical Observations Executed in 59 Points on the Way From Peking, Through Mongolia, Nerchinsk, Irkutsk, Barnaul, Ekaterinburg and Perm to Saint Petersburg]. In: Izvestija Imperatorskogo Russkogo Geograficheskogo Obschestva [Bulletins of the Imperial Russian Geographical Society] 1875. Vol. 6, issue 1.
Bound together with: RYKACHEV, Mikhail Alexandrovich (1840-1919)
Podniatie na Vozdushnom Share v S.-Peterburge 20 Maia/ 1 Iiunia 1873 [Balloon Flight in S.-Petersburg on the 20th May / 1st June 1873]. In: Izvestija Imperatorskogo Russkogo Geograficheskogo Obschestva [Bulletins of the Imperial Russian Geographical Society] 1875. Vol. 6, issue 12.
Saint Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1875. First Edition. Large Octavo. , 276; , 77 pp. With five lithographed maps, and three lithographed tables. Handsome period style red straight grained half morocco with raised bands and gilt lettering on the spine. A very good uncut copy.
Interesting account of Hermann Fritsche’s travel in 1873 from Peking where he worked as a director of the Russian meteorological station, to Saint Petersburg through Mongolia. On assignment of Russian Academy of Sciences he needed to inspect Siberian meteorological stations and the newly constructed telegraph lines in Siberia. Fritsche mentions Ferdinand Lütke who instructed him "to try to expand our geographical knowledge on Central Asia>" The article gives an interesting and detailed account of the Northern China and Eastern Mongolia.
The second article belongs to Mikhail Rykachev, a Russian meteorologist, director of the General Physical Observatory in Saint Petersburg (1896-1913) and a member of Russian Academy of Sciences. He was known for organising several flights on balloons with scientific purposes, and participated in them himself. Rykachev became the first head of the Aeronautical Department of the Russian Technical Society (1881), and the first Chairman of the International Aeronautical Congress (1904). The article describes his balloon flight in 1873, together with several statistical tables.
75. GARAY, Don Jose de
An Account of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the Republic of Mexico; with Proposals for Establishing a Communication between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, based upon the Surveys and Reports of a Scientific Commission, Appointed by the Projector; [With]: ANDERSON, Arthur: Communications with India, China, &c. Via Egypt, 28pp., not printed for sale, [c.1844]; [With]: GALLOWAY, John Alexander: Observations on the Proposed Improvements in the Overland Route via Egypt, with remarks on the Ship Canal, the Boulac Canal, and the Suez Railroad, with a front free endpaper presentation inscription by the author.
London: Ackermann and Co. et al., 1844. First Editions. Octavo, 3 works in one. 188; 28; 24 pp. With six folding engraved maps, one hand-colored, Period brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards. A very good copy.
With the bookplate of Baron Hambro. An interesting sammelband of three rare pamphlets on important 19th century transportation routes. In regards to the main work: "Since the days of Hernán Cortés, the Tehuantepec isthmus has been considered a favourable route, first for an interoceanic canal, and since the 19th century for an interoceanic railway. Its proximity to the axes of international trade gives it some advantage over the Panama route; the Isthmus of Panama, however, is significantly narrower, making for a shorter traversal, even if the canal is farther from trade routes" (Wikipedia); Sabin 26546.
76. GEBSER, August Rudolph
Der Dom zu Königsberg in Preussen. Eine kirchen- und kunstgeschichtliche Schilderung. Erste Abtheilung. Geschichte der Domkirche zu Königsberg und des Bistums Samland, mit einer ausführlichen Darstellung der Reformation im Herzogthum Preussen [The Königsberg Cathedral in East Prussia: a Narrative of the Church and Cultural History. Part I. History of the Cathedral Church in Königsberg and the Diocese of Samland, with a Detailed Account of the Reformation in the Duchy of Prussia].
Königsberg: Hartungschen Hofbuchdruckerey, 1835. First Edition, Large Paper Copy with very wide margins. Folio. , xx, 400,  pp. Period red half morocco, spine with raised bands, gilt tooled and with gilt lettered title; marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Binding by Otto Henss, “Hof-Buchbinder in Weimar” (paper label on verso of the last free endpaper). Binding rubbed at extremities, a little weak on hinges, but overall a very good internally clean copy.
Published to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Königsberg Cathedral (1333-1380), the book contains a detailed historical description of church history in Prussian lands, starting with the founding of the Diocese of Samland in the 13th century and the construction of the Königsberg Cathedral. The book is divided into two parts: history of the Catholic Diocese of Samland (1333-1519) and the Reformation in Prussia (1519-1833); the second part contains short biographies of the pastors and deacons of the Cathedral who served in 1523-1833. The final chapters contain the “new history of the Cathedral” in the 19th century, and description of the celebration of the Cathedral’s 500th anniversary in 1833. The book is supplemented with a list of subscribers numbering several hundred names, from the King of Prussia Friedrich Wilhelm III to state officials and private people from all German lands.
Vol. 1 of two, the second part was issued in 1833 under the title “Beschreibung der Domkirche zu Königsberg und der in ihr enthaltenen Kunstwerke, mit einer Einleitung über die Kunst des deutschen Ordens in Preussen, vornämlich über den ältesten Kirchenbau im Samlande”, with eight lithographed plates. The author of the second part was Dr. Ernst August Hagen (1797-1880).
“A splendid work entitled “Der Dom zu Königsberg in Preussen”, being a history and description of the cathedral in Königsberg, has just appeared in two parts. The first contains the history of the cathedral, by August Rudolph Gebser; and the second the description of the edifice, and of the works of art which it contains, by Dr. Ernst august Hagen, with eight large lithographic views of the cathedral. The work owes its origin to the celebration of the five-hundredth anniversary of the foundation of the cathedral in 1833, on which occasion it was resolved to build a school-house, and in order to increase the funds for this purpose, the authors underwent this work, which gives much information on many points of local history hitherto imperfectly known” (The Foreign Quarterly Review. Vol. XV, No. XXIX, London, 1835, p. 489).
77. GIANNECCHINI, Dorotéo, Fray (1837-1900)
Diario de la Expedicion Exploradora Boliviana al Alto Paraguay de 1886-1887 [Diary of the Exploratory Bolivian Expedition to the Upper Paraguay in 1886-1887].
S.M. De Los Angeles (Asis): Tip. De la Porciúncula, 1896. First Edition. Octavo. 359 pp. Ink exlibris-stamps of Fabian Vaca Chávez on pages 3 and 7. Original publisher’s printed wrappers, with minor tears and creases, otherwise a very good copy.
Dorotéo Giannecchini was a Franciscan missionary in Tarija (Bolivia); he participated in the Bolivian expeditions to the upper reaches of the Paraguay River (1886-1887) and northern Gran Chaco region (1888); he was also known for his Spanish-Chiriguani (eastern Bolivian Guarani) dictionary. The reason for the expedition was Bolivia’s intention to settle in the Grand Chaco in order to get the direct access to the Paraguay River and to the Atlantic ocean. This was crucial after Bolivia had become a land-locked country with the loss of its Pacific coast in the War of the Pacific. The confrontation between Bolivia and Paraguay over the Gran Chaco eventually led to the Gran Chaco War (1932-1935).
This copy belonged to Fabián Vaca Chávez (1883-1949), Bolivian statesman, writer and journalist, Member of the Bolivian Academy of Language (1935). He worked and Bolivian Minister of Public Works (1927) and of Foreign Affairs (1929-1930), and carried out diplomatic functions in Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Paraguay and Brazil.
78. GÖTZINGER, Wilhelm Leberecht (1758-1818)
Schandau und seine Umgebungen, oder Beschreibung der sachsischen Schweiz [Schandau and Its Surroundings, or Description of Saxon Switzerland].
Dresden: Beger’schen Buch- und Kunsthandlung, 1812. Second revised and improved edition. Octavo. , 548, ,  pp. With eight copper engraved plates and a folding copper engraved map at rear. Period brown half sheep with marbled boards, spine with raised bands and gilt tooled title label; all edges coloured red. Spine with a small crack on the front hinge neatly repaired, otherwise a very good copy.
Interesting monograph on Saxon Switzerland, with beautiful engraved views of the Kuhstall natural arch, Prebisch Kegel rocks and gate, Ostra, Kleinstein, Lichtenhayn, and Hirschmühle. Detailed folding map drawn by Götzinger himself gives a good outline of the Saxon Switzerland. “Götzinger’s second and major work ‘Schandau und seine Umgebungen…’ was issued in 1804. The book was based on long hikes and contained not only a travelogue but also described in an illustrative manner facts about the history, flora, fauna, topography and geology of the Saxon Switzerland and adjacent border areas. Lacking expertise Götzinger involved specialists, for example, for the naming of plants and insects. Following the publication Götzinger continuously worked on a continuation of his main work, which in 1812 appeared in a second edition expanded by 150 pages” (Wikipedia).
Engelmann 893 (first edition).
79. GRALATH, Daniel (1739-1809)
[History of Gdansk] Versuch einer Geschichte Danzigs aus zuverlässigen Quellen und Handschriften.
Königsberg-Berlin: Gottlieb Leberecht Hartung – Friedrich Maurer, 1789-1791. First edition. Octavo, 3vols. xxxviii, 544, ; xiv, 608, ; xxxii, 547,  pp. Period style marbled papered boards with printed paper title labels on the spines, all edges speckled. Small ink stamps on the top margins of the title pages, otherwise a very good set.
First edition of this history of Danzig (modern Gdansk), covering the period from the end of the 13th century until 1752. The book was written by a member of the local nobility, Daniel Gralath the Younger (his grandfather was Danzig City Secretary, and his father – Danzig Mayor); Gralath himself studied law at the University of Königsberg and worked for 45 years as a law professor in the Danzig Academic gymnasium. Wermke 7812.
80. GRASSET DE SAINT SAUVEUR, Jacques (1757-1810)
[Native People of the Amazon and Guyana, Costumes] Encyclopedie des Voyages, Contenant l'abrégé historique des moeurs, usages, habitudes domestiques, Religions, Fêtes, Supplices, Funérailles, Sciences, Arts, Commerce de tous les Peuples… [Amerique. Amazones Anciennes et Modernes. Habitans de la Guyane] [Encyclopaedia of Travels… America. Amazons Ancient and Modern. Inhabitants of Guyana].
Bourdeaux: Chez L’auteur, [1795-1796]. First Edition. Quarto. 8, 8 pp. With six hand coloured engraved plates after drawings by Grasset de Saint Saveur (engraver – L. Laroque). Original yellow publisher’s printed wrappers. Mild water stains on the wrappers and in text, but overall a very good copy with bright plates.
This part from the “America” volume of Grasset de Saint Sauveur’s “Encyclopedie des Voyages” is dedicated to the native inhabitants of the Amazon and Guyana. Beautiful hand coloured plates portray a male and a female “savages” from Guyana, and a local medicine man; the Amazon region is illustrated with three types of the legendary Amazons: ancient Greek, African and a “female warrior from the Amazon river”, with the latter’s costume strongly influenced by the ancient Greek legend.
Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur was a French diplomat and writer, vice-consul in Hungary and Cairo and author of twenty books, including several collection of costumes of people from different parts of the world, illustrated with numerous engraved plates. Colas 1292.
81. GUESSFELDT, Paul (1840-1920), FALKENSTEIN Julius & PECHUEL-LOESCHE Eduard
Die Loango-Expedition. Ausgesandt von der Deutschen Gesellschaft zur Erforschung Aequatorial-Afrikas 1873-1876 [The Loango-Expedition Undertaken by the German Society for the Exploration of Equatorial Africa 1873-1876].
Leipzig: Paul Froberg, 1879. First Edition. Quarto, 3 vols. in one. viii, 232; [viii], 183; [vi], 304, [iv] pp. With two chromolithograph plates, two chromolithograph maps and many wood engravings on plates and in text. Period brown gilt tooled half morocco with marbled boards. Some minor wear of spine, otherwise a very good copy.
Paul Guessfeldt, on behalf of the German Africa Society led the Loango Expedition of 1873-75. Guessfeldt with A. Bastian established a scientific station at Chinchoxo on the Angola coast. From there attempts were made to explore further inland. They explored "the rivers of Loango.., The expedition's specific instructions were to trace the courses of the Ogobe and Okanda rivers down to the Loango coast" (Howgego, Continental Exploration 1850-1940, G62); Henze II, 415.
82. GUTZLAFF, Charles [Karl Friedrich August] (1803-1851)
A Sketch of Chinese History, Ancient and Modern: Comprising A Retrospect of the Foreign Intercourse and Trade with China.
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1834. First Edition. Octavo, 2 vols. iv, 436; v, 463, 16 pp. With a folding lithographed frontispiece map and ten folding letterpress tables. Original brown publisher's gilt blind stamped cloth. Map with minor repaired tear, hinges cracked, otherwise a very good set.
Gutzlaff "was ordained in 1826 and sent to the Dutch East Indies as an agent of the Netherlands Missionary Society. After a brief spell in Batavia with William Henry Medhurst, Gützlaff set out on 8 April 1827 to convert the Chinese settlers in the Riau archipelago. A year later he embarked on independent missionary work among the Chinese of Bangkok, Siam. On 26 November 1829, during a visit to Malacca, Gützlaff married Maria Newell (c.1794–1831) of the London Missionary Society.
Being a restless spirit with seemingly boundless energy, Gützlaff next turned up on the China coast. As a result of his trip to Tientsin (Tianjin) in a Chinese junk in 1831, British traders began to make use of his extraordinary linguistic talents in their efforts to find new markets. Although he was later criticized for having associated with opium smugglers to propagate Christianity, Gützlaff regarded these trips as unique opportunities to preach and distribute Christian literature beyond the confines of Canton (Guangzhou). Moreover, his Journal of Three Voyages Along the Coast of China in 1831, 1832, 1833 (1834) generated considerable interest in China in Western political, commercial, and religious circles, as did his Sketch of Chinese history, ancient and modern, comprising a retrospect of the foreign intercourse and trade with China (1834) and the more controversial China opened, or, A display of the topography, history, customs, manners, etc. of the Chinese empire (1838). All three were written in English" (Oxford DNB); Howgego 1800-1850, G25).
83. HALLS, J[ohn] J[ames] (1776-1853)
The Life and Correspondence of Henry Salt, Esq., F.R.S. &c. His Britannic Majesty's Late Consul General in Egypt.
London: Richard Bentley, 1834. Second Edition. Octavo, 2vols. xv, 502; viii, 440 pp. With two copper engraved portrait frontispieces. Handsome period black gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards and maroon gilt morocco labels and housed in a custom made black cloth slipcase. A few leaves with some minor staining, otherwise a very good set.
This work represents a comprehensive biography of Henry Salt (1780-1827).
"On 20 June 1802 Salt left England on an eastern tour, as secretary and draughtsman to Viscount Valentia (later the earl of Mountnorris). He visited India, Ceylon, and the Red Sea, and in 1805 was sent by Valentia on a mission into Abyssinia, to the ras of Tigré, whose affection and respect he gained, and with whom he left one of his party, Nathaniel Pearce. The return to England in 1806 was made by way of Egypt, where he first met the pasha, Mehmet Ali. Lord Valentia's Travels in India (1809) was partly written and completely illustrated by Salt, who published his own 24 Views in St Helena, India and Egypt in the same year.
On 2 March 1809 Salt sailed on a mission from the British government to Abyssinia, to carry presents to the king and report on the state of the country. Owing to factious unrest, he was prevented from going to the king at Gondar and was obliged to deliver the presents instead to the ras of Tigré. While in Abyssinia he made many observations on the geography, the customs of the people, and the flora and fauna. He brought back many specimens, including a previously unknown dik-dik. Another member of Salt's party, William Coffin, chose to remain in Abyssinia when Salt returned to England in 1811. In 1812 Salt became a fellow of the Royal Society and of the Linnean Society, and a correspondent of the Institut de France. In 1812 he was elected one of the very few honorary members of the African Association in acknowledgement of information he had procured in its interest. In 1814 he published A Voyage to Abyssinia, which was received with some acclaim" (Oxford DNB).
84. HAMILTON, Charles, Esq (1752/3-1792)
An Historical Relation of the Origin, Progress, and Final Dissolution of the Government of the Rohilla Afghans in the Northern Provinces of Hindostan. Compiled from a Persian Manuscript and other Original Papers.
London: Printed for G. Kearsley, 1787. First Edition. Octavo. xvii, 298 pp. Original grey papered boards rebacked in style with beige paper and printed paper label. A very good copy.
Charles Hamilton, Esq. An Officer in the Service of the Honourable East-India Company on the Bengal Establishment. The Rohillas, described by Macaulay as “the finest population in India” were military adventurers from Afghanistan who had entered India some 35 years earlier and settled in Rohilkind, a stretch of country between the Ganges and Himalayas on the north-western borders of Oudh. In 1774 Shuja-ud-daula, with the assistance of a brigade of the East India Company's troops provided by Warren Hastings, invaded Rohilkind, killing their principal chief, Hafiz Rahmat, and annexing the country. This action figured later in the charges against Hasting during his impeachment. Hamilton, a lieutenant in the Indian army, served in the campaign against the Rohillas where he collected materials for this, his first book. He was a noted orientalist, and one of the first members of the Asiatic Society of Calcutta. In 1791, whilst in England, he was appointed resident at the court if the grand vizier at Oudh, but died, aged 39, before he could take up the appointment. A second edition was published in 1788. Cox I, p 256; Bibliography of Afghanistan 2480.
"A student of oriental languages, Hamilton was one of the first members of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. During an expedition against the Rohillas of Afghanistan he obtained a collection of Persian manuscripts from which he wrote his Historical relation of the origin, progress, and final dissolution of the government of the Rohilla Afghans in the northern provinces of Hindostan (1787). In the year before its publication Hamilton gained permission to return home for five years in order to translate from the Persian the Hedaya (published in 1791 as Hedaya, or, Guide), a commentary on Muslim laws, for which task he had been selected by the governor-general and council of Bengal" (Oxford DNB).
85. HANE, Paschen Heinrich (1749-1815)
[Mecklenburg History] Uebersicht der Mecklenburgischen Geschichte.
N.p. [Gadebusch?], 1804. First Edition. Small Octavo. , 660 pp. Bookplate of “Bibliotheca Elversiana” on the first paste-down endpaper. Period marbled papered boards with paper label on the spine titled in manuscript ink. Binding slightly rubbed on extremities, first free endpaper with a small cut out of lower corner, but overall a very good copy.
Very rare first edition of this Mecklenburg chronicle which covers the period 780-1804 was published by a Gadebusch pastor. Our copy is from the library of a renowned German music researcher and librarian Rudolf Elvers (1924-2011), the head of the music division in the Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz, West Berlin in 1967-1988. Elvers presented his important private collection of original manuscripts of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy to the Leipzig Historical Museum in 2009. Not in Engelmann. "Like many German territories, Mecklenburg was sometimes partitioned and re-partitioned among different members of the ruling dynasty. In 1621 it was divided into the two duchies of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Mecklenburg-Güstrow. With the extinction of the Güstrow line in 1701, the Güstrow lands were redivided, part going to the Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and part going to the new line of Mecklenburg-Strelitz" (Wikipedia).
86. HECQUARD, [Louis] Hyacinthe (1814-1866)
Voyage sur la côte et dans l'interieur de l'Afrique Occidentale. [Voyage to the Coast and Interior of West Africa].
Paris: Imprimerie de Bénard et Cie, 1855. First Public Edition. Quarto. [iv], 409 pp. With a tinted lithograph frontispiece and three other tinted lithographs on plates, three folding lithographed maps, and a plan. Handsome period style brown gilt tooled quarter calf with marbled boards and vellum tips. Maps and plan mildly browned otherwise a very good copy.
The frontispiece shows Grand Bassam, the main French base in Côte d'Ivoire. This account is "an important source of ethnographic and art historical information.., Hyacinthe Hecquard, geographer, military officer, and diplomat, arrived in Senegal in 1843 to serve with the "Spahis Senegalais.' In 1849 he was named commanding officer of the French fort at Bakel in the Senegal Valley, a position he held for sixteen months. As a geographer, Hecquard was anxios to travel to the Niger River. In 1849 the French administration in West Africa authorized this journey, which was to follow an unusual and, ultimately, an impractical route. Hecquard arrived at Grand Bassam to begin his overland trek on November 19, 1849. For three months he struggled to convince recalcitrant Muslim traders, whom he called "Bambaras," to guide him into the interior. He finally admitted defeat and returned to Grand Bassam. In August 1850 he set out again, this time from Casamance (present-day south-western Senegal). The revised itinerary took him to Futa Jallon, which was then just beginning to attract the attention of the French in St. Louis for its commercial prospects. The venture was successful and Hecquard spent four months in the Futa Jallon" (Mark, P. Hyacinthe Hecquard's drawings and watercolors from Grand Bassam...// Paideuma 36, 1990, p. 173; see: JSTOR on-line). "France took an interest in the 1840s, enticing local chiefs to grant French commercial traders a monopoly along the coast. Thereafter, the French built naval bases to keep out non-French traders and began a systematic conquest of the interior" (Wikipedia); Hess & Coger 5538.
87. HERZBERG, Friedrich
[New Prussian Territories Gained After the Third Partition of Poland]: Süd-Preussen und Neu-Ost-Preussen, nebst dem zu dem Preussischen Schlesien geschlagenen Theile der vormahligen Woiwodschaft Krakau und den der Provinz West-Preussen einverleibten Handels-Städten Danzig und Thorn. Eine geographisch-statistische Skizze.
Berlin: Königl. Realschul-Buchhandlung, 1798. First Edition. Octavo. Xvi, 252 pp. With three folding tables. Period ink stamp of the “Königl. Cabinets und Archiv- Bibliothek” on page iii, owner’s paper label on the first free endpaper. Period marbled papered boards with gilt borders on the spine. A near fine copy.
First monograph with a geographical and statistical overview of the territories annexed by Prussia after the third partition of Poland (1795). The territories included the remainder of Polish Mazovia with Warsaw and a part of Lithuania west of Neman. Wermke 2657.
"Following the end of the Kosciuszko rebellion, Austria, Prussia, and Russia decided to put an end to the unrest by wiping Poland off of the map of Europe. On October 24, 1795, the representatives of the Russian Empire, Austria, and the Kingdom of Prussia assembled to write the treaty formally dissolving the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and all of her institutions, though the conquering powers did not sign the treaty until January 26, 1797 in St. Petersburg. Despite a heated disagreement between Austria and Prussia over the division of land that almost led the negotiations to collapse, it was eventually agreed that Austria would receive the territories of Western Galicia and Southern Masovia, along with approximately 1.2 million people; Prussia received Podlachia, the remainder of Masovia, and Warsaw, with 1 million people; and Russia received the remainder, including the city of Vilnius and 1.2 million people. Since Poland no longer existed as a national entity following the Kosciuszko Rebellion, the conquering powers found no need to force approval from a Polish representative as they had done with the previous partitions. The partition coalition forced King Stanislaw to abdicate and he retired to St. Petersburg as Catherine II’s trophy prisoner, where he died in 1798" (Wikipedia).
88. HOLMBERG, Henrik Johan (1818-1864)
Ethnographische Skizzen Ueber die Voelker des Russischen Amerika Erste Amtheilung. Die Thlinkithen. Die Konjagen [Ethnographic Sketches About the Peoples of Russian America. Part 1. The Tlingits. The Kodiak people].
[Helsingfors]: H.C. Friis, 1855. First Edition. Quarto. 281-422 [=141] pp. No binding, otherwise a very good copy.
First part (of two) of this early rare publication about the native people and history of Russian America. The article was published in vol. 4 of the “Akten der Finnlandischen Societaet de Wissenschaften”. The author describes the life, manner and customs of the Tlingits from the south-east Alaskan coast, and the Alutiiq (Pacific Yupic, or Koniag) people inhabiting Kodiak Island. In addition to presenting new material, the author draws on the accounts of Grewingk, Vosnezenski, and Veniaminov.
“Henrik Johan Holmberg was a Finnish naturalist and ethnologist. In 1839 he became a student of the Mining Inspectorate of Finland, in 1841 was registered as an extra conductor and in 1850 went to pan for gold to Russian America. There Holmberg assembled a rich collection of natural history specimens and studied local languages and ethnography. After his return to Finland in 1852 he issued “Etnographische skizzen über die völker des russischen America” (in “Acta” of the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters, Parts IV and VII), later - “Mineralogischer wegweiser durch Finland” (1857) and “Materealien zur geognosie Finlands” (1858). Holmberg worked in the historical museum of the Helsinki University and published a description of the Finnish archaeological finds from the Neolithic and Bronze Age, “List and illustrations of Finnish antiquities” (1863), the first detailed work on this subject. In the late 1850s he undertook with the support of government funds a trip to Sweden and Norway to study the fisheries sector and was appointed in 1860 as an inspector for the fisheries in Finland” (Wikipedia).
Sabin 32572 (first part without map the same as this copy)
89. JIMÉNEZ DE LA ESPADA, Marcos (1831-1898)
Noticias Auténticas del Famoso Río Marañón y Misión Apostólica de la Compañía De Jesús de la Provincia de Quito en los Dilatados Bosques de Dicho Río [Authentic News about the Famous River Maranon and the Apostolic Mission of the Society of Jesus in Quito Province].
Madrid: Establecimiento Tipográfico de Fortanet, 1889. First Edition. Large Octavo. 676 pp. With a folding map. Period brown quarter sheep with patterned papered boards and gilt lettered title on the spine. Blind stamp “Praep. Provincialis Aragoniae. Soc. Iesu” on the title page. Text a little browned, otherwise a very good copy.
Rare imprint as only six copies found in Worldcat. This is the first printing of a manuscript account by an anonymous Jesuit missionary written in the Quito province in 1738; the original manuscript was deposited in the library of the Real Academia de la Historia. The book was edited and commented by Marcos Jiménez de la Espada and supplemented with ten appendices and the large folding map by father Samuel Fritz. Our copy is from the Aragon province library of the Jesuit society.
“Marcos Jiménez de la Espada was a Spanish zoologist, herpetologist, explorer and writer, known for participating in the Pacific Scientific Commission, with whom he traveled America from 1862 to 1865. He also published several works on geography and history of the American continent <…>. In 1876, he founded the Geographic Society of Madrid, and in 1883, he entered the History Academy. From there, he directed the re-edition of works of great medieval and modern travelers like Pero Tafur and the Jesuit, Bernabé Cobo, and the works of pre-Hispanic Perú from Pedro Cieza de León and Bartolomé de las Casas. From 1881 to 1897 he published four volumes of his work Geographic Relations of the Indies, which garnered him the Loubat prize from the History Academy. His work in favor of the divulgation of the Inca culture won him the Gold Medal from the Government of Perú” (Wikipedia).
90. JUNCKER, Christian (1668-1714)
Commentarius de vita, scriptisque ac meritis illustris viri Iobi Ludolfi ... In appendice adiectae sunt tum epistolae aliquot clarorum virorum tum etiam specimen linguae Hottentotticae [The History of the Life, Writings, and the Merits of Hiob Ludolf..,].
Leipzig and Frankfurt: Ioh. Friderici Braunii, 1710. First Edition. Octavo. [xiv], 228,  pp. With a copper engraved portrait frontispiece and a folding genealogical table. Period full vellum with red edges and title in manuscript on spine. With a couple of unobtrusive very light library markings, otherwise a very good copy.
This life of Hiob Ludolf, includes a list of his publications and the appendix includes a Hottentot vocabulary. Fumagalli 35; "Hiob Ludolf (or Job Leutholf) (1624-1704) was a German orientalist, and born at Erfurt. Edward Ullendorff rates Ludolf as having "the most illustrious name in Ethiopic scholarship."
After studying philology at the Erfurt academy and at Leiden, he travelled in order to increase his linguistic knowledge. While searching in Rome for some documents at the request of the Swedish Court (1649), he became acquainted with one Gregorius, a monk from the Ethiopian province of Amhara, and acquired from him an intimate knowledge of the Ethiopian language.
In 1652 he entered the service of the duke of Saxe-Gotha, in which he continued until 1678, when he retired to Frankfurt-am-Main. In 1683 he visited England to promote a cherished scheme for establishing trade with Ethiopia, but his efforts were unsuccessful, chiefly due to the resistance of the authorities of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Returning to Frankfurt in 1684, he devoted himself wholly to literary work, which he continued almost to his death. In 1690 he was appointed president of the Collegium Imperiale Historicum" (Wikipedia).
91. KIRKPATRICK, William (1754-1812)
An Account of the Kingdom of Nepaul, Being the Substance of Observations Made During a Mission to that Country, in the Year 1793.
London: William Miller, 1811. First Edition. Quarto. xix, [ii], 386, ,  pp. With a copper engraved vignette, a large folding copper engraved map, thirteen copper engraved plates, and one hand colored aquatint. Period brown gilt tooled diced full calf, re-backed in style with a maroon gilt label. A very good copy.
"In 1792 [Kirkpatrick] headed a diplomatic mission to Nepal, leading the first Britons into that kingdom. Kirkpatrick told Cornwallis's secretary, Colonel Ross, on 27 October 1792, that the mission went to settle a dispute between Nepal and Tibet and ‘to advance useful knowledge’ (BL OIOC, Kirkpatrick MSS, MS Eur. F/228/1, fol. 41). Arriving after the dispute ended, he spent three weeks in Nepal, and though he returned to India without concrete benefit, the mission was regarded as a successful foray into an unknown land" (Oxford DNB).
"Account of the first Englishman's visit to the Kathmandu Valley. The author was sent in with a small party by Lord Cornwallis as "mediator" between China and Nepal in 1793. He also gives a historical sketch of Nepal"(Yakushi 214). "Kirkpatrick arrived in Nawakot early in 1792, but was too late to influence the peace terms already agreed, or to establish closer ties between the British and Nepalese. He returned to India later that year.., His account of Nepal, which did not appear until 1811, was the first primary account of Nepal to be written in English, and was the only reference work on the country for many years" (Howgego K27).
92. KRASHENINNIKOV, Stepan Petrovich (1711-1755)
Histoire de Kamtschatka, Des Isles Kurilski, et Des Contrées Voisines, Publiée à Petersbourg, en Langue Russienne, par ordre de Sa Majesté Impériale. On y a joint deux Cartes, l'une de Kamtschatka, & l'autre des Isles Kurilski. Traduite par M. E*** [The History of Kamtschatka, and the Kurilski Islands, with the Countries Adjacent].
Lyon: Chez Benoit Duplain, 1767. First French Edition. Small Octavo. [viii], xv, [i], 327; [viii], 359 pp. With two large copper engraved folding maps. Handsome period brown gilt tooled mottled full calf with red and black gilt labels. A near fine set.
"The Russian Krasheninnikov started out across Siberia with Gerhard Friedrich Mueller and Johann Georg Gmelin, and then made his own way to Kamchatka. When Georg Wilhelm Steller arrived in Kamchatka to supervise his work, Krasheninnikov left in order to avoid becoming Steller's assistant, and returned to St. Petersburg. Krasheninnikov nonetheless was able to make use of Steller's notes in the preparation of his own narrative, and the inclusion of Steller's observations on America, made during his travels with Bering's second voyage, are an important part of this work, and constitute one of the earliest accounts of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. Steller's account was not published until 1793. This work details the customs, morals, and religion of the Kamchatka peninsula, and discusses the power exercised by the magicians. Also described are the differences between the dialects of the Kamchatkans and those of the Korsairs and of the Kurile islanders. This is the first scientific account of those regions" (Hill 948-9).
"The first French edition, translated by Marc Antoine Eidous from the English of James Grieve, of the Russian Krasheneninnikov's important account of Kamchatka, Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, which was based upon his own travels and those of George Wilhelm Stellar"(Bonhams); "Krasheninnikov journeyed through Siberia (1733-36) and the Kamchatka Peninsula (1737-41) before giving the first full description of the latter. Krasheninnikov volcano (6089 feet) is named after him" (Sotheby's); Cox I, p.351; Howgego K37; Lada-Mocarski 12; Sabin38303.
93. LA CONDAMINE, Charles Marie de (1701-1774)
Relation abrégée d’un Voyage fait dans l’Intérieur de l’Amérique Méridionale. Depuis la Côte de la Mer du Sud, jusqu’aux Côtes du Brésil & de la Guiane, en descendant la Rivière des Amazones [Abridged Relation of the Voyage to the Interior of South America, from the Coast of the South Sea to the Coasts of Brazil and Guyana down the River of the Amazons].
Paris: Vouve Pissot, 1745. First Edition. Octavo. , xvi, 216, ; , 108 pp. With a folding engraved map of the Amazon and a folding engraved plate. Period brown speckled full calf, neatly rebacked in style; spine with raised bands and gilt lettered morocco label. Book plate of the Calwich Library on the first paste-down endpaper. Mild water stains on the upper margin of several leaves, otherwise a very good copy.
“The map of the Amazon contained in this Relation (both first and second editions) is the first one to have been drawn in which the latitudes were observed. It shows, by dotted lines, the course of the river according to Father Fritz’s map, and reveals his mistakes. This map by de la Condamine indicates for the first time the course of the Araguay. <…> The Relation <…> is of great importance, because for the first time the long course of the Amazon was penetrated by a man of science capable of making astronomic observations, and determining longitudes. Written in a very lively and picturesque style, the Relation is full of interesting and curious observations. One of La Condamine’s preoccupations was to verify the existence of the women known as ‘Amazons’ ” (Borba de Moraes, 446-447). The book also includes “Lettre à madame *** sur l'émeute populaire excitée en la ville de Cuenca au Pérou, le 29 d'août 1739 contre les académiciens des sciences envoyés pour la mesure de la terre” (Paris, 1746). “In this riot which took place in the arena prepared for a bull-fight, Sieur Seniergues, Surgeon of the King, was killed” (Sabin 38481); Howgego L10.
94. LAING, Major Alexander Gordon (1794-1826)
Travels in the Timannee, Kooranko, and Soolina Countries, in Western Africa.
London: John Murray, 1825. First Edition. Octavo. x, [ii], 465 pp. With seven aquatint plates and one folding engraved map. Period brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards. Re-cased using the original spine, otherwise a very good copy.
In this book Laing describes his expedition in 1822, during which he explored regions which had only been known by name up to then. He went to Falaba, the capital of the Sulima, where he was prevented from going on by the war of the Ashanti. During his next expedition he was the first European to reach Timbuktu but was killed on his further journey. "In 1821 the government decided that there were commercial and political advantages to be gained by establishing contact with some of the peoples of the interior, and at the end of the year the governor of Sierra Leone, Sir Charles McCarthy, proposed a mission to Kambia and the Mandingo Country. Laing was chosen to lead the expedition and set out in January 1822, proceeding first to Malacouri, a Mandingo town on the river Malageea. There he learned that Sannassee, the chief of the district of Malageea and a friend of the British government, had been captured by Amara, the king of the Soolimas, and was about to be put to death. Laing therefore resolved to go to the Soolima camp and intercede for the life of Sannassee. He crossed the Malageea near its source, reached the camp, negotiated the release of Sannassee, then returned to the coast" (Howgego 1800-1850, L5)."
"His Travels, published in 1825, give a lively account of his adventures, including not only observations on the customs of the peoples he encountered, illustrated with his own rather amateurish drawings and a good map, but also an oral history of Solima Yalunka back to the seventeenth century, useful to later historians. Laing was transferred to the Gold Coast in 1823 and edited the first newspaper to be published there. Then, stationed on the frontier, he participated in some skirmishes with the Asante army before the disastrous battle of Nsamanko, in which MacCarthy and almost all his men were killed" (Oxford DNB).
95. LANGE, Henry (1821-1893)
Kartenwerk zu Dr. Karl Andree's Nord-Amerika: Nach den neuesten Materialien, mit besonderer Rücksicht auf physikalische Verhältnisse und genauer Angabe der county-eintheilung, der Eisenbahnan, canäle, poststrassen und Dampfschifffahrt, in 18 Blättern mit erläuterndem Texte [Cartography to Dr. Karl Andree's North America: According to the latest materials, with special consideration given to physical conditions, and showing the county divisions, railways lines, canals, postal and steamship routes etc.].
Braunschweig: George Westermann, 1854. First Edition. Large Octavo. 2 fold-out leaves and 28 fold out pages. pp. 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.
96. LEVESQUE, Pierre-Charles (1736-1812)
Histoire de Russie [History of Russia]: Atlas Volume.
Paris, Hamburg & Brunswick: l’Imprimerie de Guilleminet,Pierre-Francois Fauche, An VIII . Nouvelle Edition. Quarto. 16 pp. With a folding engraved outline hand colored map and sixteen engraved plates (many folding). Handsome period brown gilt tooled quarter calf with red gilt lettered morocco labels and marbled boards. Occasional very mild foxing, otherwise a very good copy.
Atlas to the third edition of Histoire de Russie (earlier editions were published without separate atlas). The folding map drawn by A. Brue shows European Russia and the Caucasus. The plates depict views, temples and buildings mostly of the region of Volga, Ural Mountains and Kirghiz steppes. Among them are the ruins of the ancient city of Bolghar and of the mysterious Buddhist monastery Ablaikit in vicinity of Ust-Kamenogorsk in modern Kazakhstan. Ablaikit was built by a Kalmyk khan in 1654-1656 and was destroyed in 1670. At the beginning of the 18th century there were still sculptures and pictures in the monastery’s temple. Manuscripts found there in 1720 were sent to Saint Petersburg. The plates include a general view, topographical plan and interior view of the temple of Ablaikit. Costumes of Kasimov Tatars, Samoyeds, Ostiaks, Mordvinians, Kalmyks, Tshouvach, Mongols and Kirghiz are also included.
Pierre Charles Levesque was a French historian, philosopher and moralist, initially engraver. He lived in Russia for seven years working as a teacher in the Cadet Corps and the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg. His "Histoire de Russie" was recognized as the most significant research on Russian history written by a foreign scientist in the 18th century. It was widely popular in Russia before Nikolai Karamzin published his famous work, and kept its scientific significance until the end of the 19th century. Levesque was the first author who based his work mostly on Russian sources and historical works. For his achievements Levesque was accepted as a member of Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-letters (1789) and taught history in Collège de France (Nouvelle Biographie Générale, vol. 31, 38-39).
97. LILLINGSTON, Luke (1653-1713)
Reflections on Mr. Burchet's Memoirs: Or Remarks on His Account of Captain Wilmot's Expedition to the West-Indies.
London, 1704. First Edition. Octavo. [xviii], 171 pp. Period dark brown blind stamped panelled full calf, re-backed in style with red gilt label. Cover corners worn, otherwise a very good copy.
"Lillingstone's battalion took part in Robert Wilmot's expedition to Jamaica in 1695, sent in response to alarmist reports that the island had fallen to France. In reality, French forces under Du Casse, based in Hispaniola, had simply raided Jamaica, although much property had been destroyed. Wilmot and Lillingstone attacked the French-held section of Hispaniola in ill-conceived and poorly co-ordinated operations, failing to dislodge Du Casse from the south of the island. Wilmot died late in 1695 but, when Lillingstone returned to England in 1696, he submitted to the council of trade and plantations a scathing indictment of Wilmot's conduct. At the root of the problem was a clash of personalities resulting in a failure of army-navy co-operation. Lillingstone's weakened battalion was disbanded in 1697 and he was reduced to half-pay until 1705, although he was compensated by the retrospective grant of a pension of £200 by Queen Anne on 9 March 1702. In 1702 Lillingstone published an account of the Hispaniola operations and his reputation was further damaged by the rejoinder of Josiah Burchett, secretary of the Admiralty" (Oxford DNB). "Burchett evidently made some unfavorable remarks concerning Col. Lillingston's conduct in the West Indian Naval operations during 1694-97, and in this work the Colonel gives further particulars concerning the expeditions against Martinique and St. Domingo in which he was in command of the landing parties" (Cox II, p438).
"Colonel Lillingston was Lieutenant-Colonel of Colonel 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 Foulkes’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.
98. LYZLOV, Andrey Ivanovich (ca. 1655 – after 1697)
Skiphskaja Istorija, soderzhashchaja v sebě: o nazvanii Skifii i granitsach eja; o narodech skifskich, o nachale i umnozhenii Zolotyja Ordy i o tsarech byvshych tamo; o Kazanskoj Orde i tsarech ich, i o vzjatii goroda Kazani; o Perekopskoj Orde ili Krymskoj, i o tsarech ich; o Machomete Prelestnike agarjanskom i o prelesti vymyshlennoj ot nego; o nachale turkov i o sultanach ich, s prilozheniem povesti o povedenii i zhitelʹstve turetskich sultanov v Konstantinopole.
[Scythian History, Containing: Origins of the Name of Scythia and Her Borders; About Scythian People, the Beginnings and Growth of the Golden Horde and the Tsars who Ruled it; Description of the Kazan Horde and Its Tsars, and the Capture of Kazan City; Description of Perekop or Crimean Horde and Its Tsars; Description of Mohammed, the Deceitful Ishmaelite, and the Delusion that Originated from Him; The Origin of Turks and Theirs Sultans, with the Supplement of Life and Customs of Turkish Sultans in Constantinople]: In 3 parts.
Moscow: Typograficheskaya Company, 1787. Second, but the Only Complete Russian Edition. Octavo, Three Parts in One. 206; , 223; , 196,  pp. Original publisher’s mottled full calf; gilt tooled spine with green gilt lettered label. Bookplates of Nikolas Sinyagin and A.I. Ward on the first pastedown. Early 19th century ink inscription on verso of the first free endpaper commenting on the author’s biography. Binding slightly rubbed, a few very mild spots of staining, otherwise a very good copy.
Very rare Russian 18th century edition with only seven copies found in Worldcat. This second edition is the first complete imprint – very rare first edition was published in 1776, but only one part was printed. The book was issued by the famous Russian publisher and bookseller Nikolai Novikov (1744-1818) whose editions are known for their high quality. As Novikov noted in the Preface, the book is based on the original manuscript from the “Patriarch’s Library” (Synodalnaya Library in Moscow). The fifth book is a translation of Szymon Starowolski’s (1588-1656) “Dwor Cesarza Tureckiego y Residencya iego w Konstantynopolu” (Cracow, 1647 and 1649). The inscription on the first free endpaper quotes a short biography of Lyzlov from Nicholas Grech’s “Uchebnaya Kniga Rossiiskoi Slovesnosti” (SPb., 1819-1822, 4 parts): “Lyzlov was a priest from Smolensk who lived in the 17th century; he wrote this history using Latin and Polish histories”.
Andrey Lyzlov, a 17th century Russian writer and translator, belonged to a noble family. He was a tsar’s Stolnik from 1676, and participated in the Crimean and Azov Campaigns of the Russian army in the 1680s-1690s. He translated parts of the “Chronicle” by Maciej Stryjkowski in 1682, and “Court of the Turkish Caesar” by Szymon Starowolski in 1686. In 1692 he finished his “Scythian History” which described so-called ‘Asiatic Scythians’ – Mongols and Tatars, their invasion into Russia and other Eastern European countries, and subsequent struggle of Russians for independence. The last part describes the history of the Islamic and Turkish people, with the special chapter on the rule of the Sultans in Constantinople. Lyzlov’s “Scythian History” was popular already in manuscript form (32 manuscript variants created in the 17th century are known); but there are only three printed editions of the book. The first rare and unfinished edition was issued in 1776; our second edition, complete – in 1787; and the third scientific edition with comments – only in 1990 (See: Wikipedia).
Svodny Katalog, 3826.
99. 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. pp. cc, 349; [iv], 590; [xii], 588; [iv], 594; [viii], 564; [iv], 587; vii. 484; [iv[, 662; [iv], ii, 658; [iv], 579; [iv], 610; [xxiv], 348; [iv], 798. With sixteen copper plates (one folding), 2 text copper engravings, five folding tables, and bound with two (of a possible three) folding maps which seems to be the case with some copies. Original publisher's thick gray papered wrappers with beige paper labels with manuscript titles. Spines chipped and worn with several missing completely, but uncut text in very good condition. Overall this set is in a very original condition.
"Joseph Anne Marie Moyriac de Mailla drew extensively upon Chinese sources including Zhu Xi's Tongjian Gangmu, the famous "Chinese Annals" in his Histoire Generale. The history of the Ming and Qing period, supplemented from more recent sources, is contained in vols. 10 & 11. The manuscript of this compilation came to France in 1737. With the abrogation of the Society of Jesus (Dominus ac Redemptor, 1773) it came into the hands of Grosier who had it published. Vol. 12 contains an alphabetical index to the work and three supplements" (China Illustrata Nova II 599); Cordier Sinica 583-5; Lust 409. The thirteenth volume, titled "Volume de Supplement, "was published in 1785 by Grosier, and was also published separately as "Description générale de la Chine..,"
100. MAKARENKO, Alexei Alexeevich (1860-1942)
Sibirskii Narodnii Kalendar v Etnograficheskom Otnoshenii. Vostochnaia Sibir. Eniseiskaia Gubernia [Siberian Folk Calendar in Ethnographical Prospective. Eastern Siberia. Yenisei Province]. Published as vol. 36 of "Zapiski Russkogo Geograficheskogo Obschestva po Otdeleniiu Etnografii" (The Proceedings of the Ethnographical Department of Russian Geographical Society /ed. By A.S. Ermolov).
St. Petersburg: State Typography, 1913. First Edition. Large Octavo. , vii, 293 pp. With sixteen photographic plates. Period style red half morocco with marbled boards, gilt lettered spine with raised bands. Front publisher’s printed wrapper bound in. A near fine copy.
Very Rare as no copies found in Worldcat. First comprehensive ethnographic study of the religious and folk holidays and festivities in Eastern Siberia, in particular in the Yenisei province (Krasnoyarsk, Achinsk, Minusinsk). The author focuses mostly on Russian peasants and locals who had converted to Orthodox Christianity, but notes that paganism and superstitions of the natives highly influenced the traditions and mentality of the Russian settlers. Makarenko describes Siberian folk festivities for every day of the year, their character, way of celebration and place in people’s life. Illustrations are interesting photographs of Siberian peasants, their everyday activities, costumes, scenes of dances and games. The supplement contains the alphabet and subject Indexes of Siberian holidays; bibliography of the main works on the topic (p. 251-256); oral Siberian calendar from a blind Siberian peasant Chima, known for his phenomenal memory.
101. MARTYR, Peter (1457-1526)
[Account of the Discovery and Conquest of the New World] De Rebus Oceanicis et Novo Orbe: Decades tres, Petri Martyris ab Angleria Mediolanensis. Item eiusdem, de Babylonica sua legatione, Libri III. Et item de Rebus Aethiopicis, Indicis, Lusitanicis & Hispanicis, opuscula queda Historica doctissima, quae hodie non facile alibi reperiuntur, Damiani. A Goes Equitis Lusitani. Quae omnia sequens pagina latius demonstrat. Cum duplici locupletissimo Indice.
Cologne: Gervinus Calenius & Heirs of Quentel, 1574. Early Edition. Small Octavo. [xlviii], 655,  pp. 18th century brown gilt tooled marbled papered boards. Covers with wear and text with some scattered mild water staining of the bottom margin, otherwise a very good copy.
"An early edition of Peter Martyr's important account of the discovery and conquest of the New World, assembled in part through personal correspondence with Columbus, Cabot, Vespucci, Magellan, Vasco de Gama, and Cortes. He wrote eight "decades," of which the present work contains the first three, covering the years 1492 to 1516. It also contains the section De insulis nuper inventis relating Cortes' expedition to Mexico, and De babylonica legatione covering the author's own diplomatic mission to Egypt in 1501-2. In 1520 Martyr was given the new post of chronicler to the Council of the Indies by Emperor Charles V, charged with describing the explorations to the New World. By 1530 the first edition of the full eight decades was published in Alcala" (Bonhams); Borba de Moraes II, 532; Howgego M65; Sabin 1558.
"An early authoritative history of the discovery and conquest of the New World, containing the first account of Balboa's sighting of the Pacific Ocean, as well as the earliest account of Cabot's discoveries along the northeast coast of America (Decade III, Book 6). Anghiera was the first writer to emphasize the importance of his countryman Columbus and his discovery. As an Italian scholar, living in Spain from 1487, he was a friend and contemporary of Columbus, Cabot, Vespucci, Magellan, Vasco de Gama, and Cortes. Through personal correspondence with the navigators, and from the examination of documents to which he had access as an official of the Council for the Indies, he was able to record the events surrounding the discovery of the New World. The first edition of the first "decade" was published in 1511. Two more decades were added in 1516 and the first complete edition of eight decades appeared in 1530. The work was translated into English in 1555, and used by Hakluyt, who himself produced in Paris (1587) an edition of the complete work. The present edition contains the first three decades, covering the years 1492 to 1516, together with the De insulis nuper inventis relating Cortes' expedition to Mexico, and the three books of the De Babylonica Legatione, describing Anghiera's diplomatic mission to Egypt in 1501-1502. Also included are miscellaneous writings by Damiaeo de Goes, Portuguese historian and statesman, among them a description of Lapland and an account of the religion and customs of the Ethiopians" (Sotheby's).
102. MASON, W.
An Occasional Discourse, ... in ... York, Jan. 27, on the Subject of the African Slave Trade.
York: A. Ward, 1788. First Edition. Quarto. 27 pp. Handsome period style brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards. A very good copy.
This work is part of a late eighteenth century movement to abolish the slave trade and which finally culminated with the Slave Trade Act in 1807. "The mission of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade was to inform the public of the immoral acts committed in the act of slavery, bring about a new law to abolish the slave trade and enforce this on the high seas, and establish areas in West Africa where Africans could live free of the risk of capture and sale. It pursued these proposals vigorously by writing and publishing anti-slavery books, abolitionist prints, posters and pamphlets, and organizing lecture tours in towns and cities" (Wikipedia); Sabin 45485.
103. MATTIS, Carl Theodor (1789-1881)
Das Riesen-Gebirge und dessen merkwürdigsten Parthieen der Reihe-Folge nach durch zwei und zwanzig Ansichten dargestellt, und mit einer Gebirgs-Charte begleitet [The Karkonosze Mountains and Their Remarkable Sights..,]
Schmiedeberg [Kowary], [ca. 1826]. Second Improved Edition. , 24 pp. With a lithographed cover illustration, twenty-one lithographed plates and a large folding lithographed panorama of the Karkonosze Mountains in the pocket at front. Original publisher’s yellow illustrated printed stiff wrappers, slightly rubbed and strengthened on the spine. Wrappers and several pages with minor creases on the corners, but overall a very good copy.
A rare incunabula of lithography with only one copy found in Worldcat. The plates include views of: Schmiedeberg, Krummhübel, Hampel-Baude (2), Schneekoppe, Koppenkapelle, Riesengrund, Wiesen-Baude, Der große Teich, Schlingel-Baude, Drei Steine, Petersbaude, Kleine Schneegrube, Elb-Fall, Elbquellen, Zacken-Fall, Marienthal, Kochel-Fall, Ruine Kynast, Hayn-Fall, Anna-Kapelle bei Seidorf.
"The Krkonoše (Czech) or Karkonosze (Polish) Mountains (German: Riesengebirge; Silesian German: Riesageberge) are a mountain range located in the north of the Czech Republic and the south-west of Poland, part of the Sudetes mountain system (part of the Bohemian Massif). The Czech-Polish border, which divides the historic regions of Bohemia and Silesia, runs along the main ridge. The highest peak, Sněžka (Polish: Śnieżka, German: Schneekoppe), is the Czech Republic's highest point with an elevation of 1,602 metres (5,256 ft)"(Wikipedia).
Engelmann 835; Dussler 107; Winkler 510.
104. MAÚRTUA, Victor Manuel (1865-1937)
[Atlas Only]: Juicio de Límites entre el Perú y Bolivia. Prueba Peruana Presentada al Gobierno Argentino por V.M. Maurtua, Abogado y Plenipotenciario ad hoc del Perú. Cartas Geográficas (Segunda serie) [Cartographic Proofs for the Border Dispute between Peru and Bolivia. Peruvian Analysis presented to the Government of Argentina by V.M. Maúrtua].
Barcelona: Tipolit. de Henrich y Co., 1906. First Edition. Elephant Folio. [2 - t.p.],  pp. With 58 maps, some double-page and/or printed in colour. Period light brown half sheep with brown cloth boards; spine with raised bands, gilt tooling and three gilt lettered title labels (title, author, place and date of issue). Title page repaired on the upper margin, some very minor worming and foxing, otherwise a very good copy.
Atlas to the 12-volume collection of documents supporting the Peruvian side of the border dispute with Bolivia (Barcelona-Madrid, 1906; 12 vols. Text, atlas with 58 maps and portfolio with 34 maps). The work presents the history of the colonisation of the disputed lands, based on original historical documents, and was intended to accompany the "Exposición de la República del Perú presentada Excmo. Gobierno Argentino en el juicio de limites con la República de Bolivia" (Barcelona-Madrid, 1906).
Both text and maps were prepared under guidance of Peruvian diplomat Victor Manuel Maúrtua. In 1904 he was appointed minister plenipotentiary to defend the Peruvian claim in the border dispute with Bolivia, for which purpose he made an extraordinary documentary research, in collaboration with specialists Luis Ulloa, Victor Andres Belaunde and Carlos A. Romero. The atlas contains 58 perfectly reproduced historical maps of the region, from Diego Gutiero’s “Americae sive qvartae orbis partis nova et exactissima description” (1562) to the “Milliet de Saint Adolphe” (1863). The last two maps are the cadastral sketch of the basin of the Madre de Dios River, and a “controvertida” map of the region. The atlas is supplemented with the index classifying maps according to specific opinion on the borderline they illustrate, e.g.: “Mapas bolivianos que consignan como limite pretendido por Bolivia la linea Inambari-Yavari”, “Mapas que indican los limites de las Audiencias de America conforme a la Recopilacion de Leves de Indias”; “Mapas que suprimen toda indicacion geografica sobre la provincia y tribu de Chunchos”, “Mapas de diversas Misiones” et al.
105. MAURY, Matthew Fontaine (1806-1873)
The Amazon, and the Atlantic Slopes of South America. Revised and Corrected by the Author.
Washington D.C.: Franck Taylor, 1853. First Edition. Octavo. 63 pp. With a lithographed map frontispiece. Period purple gilt cloth. A very good copy.
First separate printing, "originally published in the National Intelligencer under the pseudonym of "Inca." Maury's letters pleaded for the opening of the Amazon to ships of all nations" (Lefkowicz); Borba de Moraes II p.541.
106. MEHLER, Johann
[History of Bohemia] Ursprüngliche, chronologische Geschichte Böhmens. In drey Theilen.
Prag: Johann Diesbach, 1806-1807. First Edition. Octavo, 3 vols. c, , 434, ; 496, ; 388, , 79,  pp. With a copper engraved frontispiece and a folding copper engraved plate. Owner’s ink inscriptions on first free endpapers of all three volumes. Period speckled papered boards with gilt tooled borders and gilt lettered title labels on the spines. Bindings very slightly rubbed at extremities, with mildly bumped corners, otherwise a very good set.
This detailed three part history of Bohemia which makes up much of the modern Czech Republic includes Part 1: From the arrival of the Slavs in Bohemia, in 480, until the reign of Emperor Charles IV, 1346; Part 2: From the Emperor Charles the Fourth, to the Emperor Ferdinand the First, in 1526; Part 3: From Emperor Ferdinand the First and the union of Bohemia with Austria, after the death of the Bohemian King Ludwig, until the end of the reign of Marie Theresa in 1780, with an appendix to the reign of Francis the Second.
107. MEINSHAUSEN, Karl Friedrich (1819-1899)
Nachrichten über das Wilui-Gebiet in Ostsibirien. Mit eine Karte [New Information about the Vilyuy district in the Eastern Siberia. With a Map]. Published as vol. 26 of "Beiträge zur Kenntniss des Russischen Reichs und der angrenzenden Länder Asiens" (ed. By K.E. V. Baer and Gr. V. Helmersen).
Saint Petersburg: Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1871. First Edition. Large Octavo. , xii, 246 pp. With one folding lithographed map. Period style brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards, original blue printed front wrapper is bound in at the back. A near fine copy.
One of the first published descriptions of the First Vilyuy Expedition (1853-1855) under the command of the famous explorer of Eastern Siberia Richard Maak (1825-1886). This was the first scientific enterprise of the newly formed Eastern-Siberian Department of the Russian Geographical Society (formed in 1851). The expedition explored the Valley of Viluyu River (the longest tributary of the river Lena) which was at the time the remotest and the least known part of the Eastern Siberia. The travellers visited Vilyuysk, Olekminsk, Yakutsk and numerous settlements amidst Vilyuy forest and swamps.
This account is mainly devoted to the botanical research of the expedition. The author, an associate of the Botanical Garden of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Karl Friedrich Meinshausen, systematizes the huge herbarium collected during the expedition (2300 plants) and presents 352 new species of plants. In preliminary chapter he also briefly describes the history, borders and geography of the Vilyuy region, its main rivers, lakes, settlements and their inhabitants; the route of the expedition. This research significantly contributed in the development of botany, and was used as a basis of the botanical part of the official account of the expedition, first published only six years later "Vilyuy Region of the Yakutskaya province" (3 vols, SPb., 1877-1887).
Richard Maak was a Russian naturalist, geographer, and anthropologist, a member of the Siberian branch of the Russian Geographical Society, most known for his exploration of the Russian Far East and Siberia, particularly the Ussuri and Amur River valleys. He wrote some of the first scientific descriptions of the natural history of remote Siberia and collected many biological specimens, many of which were original type specimens of previously unknown species. Maak’s works significantly contributed in the research of the flora of the Eastern Siberia, Amur and Ussuri regions.
108. MICRAELIUS, Johannes (1597-1658)
[Pomeranian History]: Johannis Micraelii Antiquitates Pomeraniae: sechs Bücher vom alten Pommerlande.
Stettin und Leipzig: Johann Kunckel, 1723. Second Edition. Octavo. Six books in two parts bound together.  leaves, 424 pp.,  leaves;  leaves, 448 pp.,  leaves. With a copper engraved frontispiece, two folding copper engraved maps and numerous genealogical tables in text (three folding). Period full vellum with ink manuscript author’s name and private library label on the spine, all edges coloured red. Ink stamp of the Stralsund gymnasium library on the title page, owner’s ink inscriptions on the title page and first paste-down endpaper. Overall a very good copy.
Second edition of this famous Pomeranian history, authored by Stettin historian Johannes Micraelius. This work is considered the best of it's time and includes a description of the country, the nobility and the cities which provides an instructive picture of Pomerania at that time. The last and sixth part of the book finishes with a concise catalogue of books printed in Pomerania in 1606-1637. The maps show the location of the ancient tribes in Europe, as well as the detailed borders of Pomerania.
Schottenloher 32490; Graesse IV, 518 (note).
109. MÜLLER, Friedrich Max (1823-1900)
[From the Library of Peter Hopkirk] Suggestions for the Assistance of Officers in Learning the Languages of the Seat of War in the East. With an Ethnological Map Drawn by Augustus Petermann.
London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1854. First Edition. Octavo. 134 pp. With a folding hand colored map. Original publisher’s green blind stamped cloth with gilt lettering on the upper board and spine. Book plate of Peter Hopkirk, binder’s (Lewis and Sons) and bookseller’s (A. Franck) labels on the first paste down endpaper. Library stamp on the title, otherwise a very good copy.
In the height of the Crimean War, a notable German philologist and Orientalist, Max Müller published a special "tutorial" for young British military and political Officers, on assignment by the British colonial administrator Charles Trevelyan (1807-1886). Its main goal was to encourage the study of the languages of the current seat of war - the shores of the Black and Caspian Seas, the northern division of the Turkish Empire, and the adjoining provinces of Russia. Müller briefly describes the languages and people who speak it, and gives a bibliography of helpful books. Atabey 851.
110. NICOLAS, Sir Nicholas Harris (1799-1848)
History of the Orders of Knighthood of The British Empire of the Order of the Guelphs of Hanover; and of the Medals, Clasps and Crosses, Conferred for Naval and Military Services.
London: John Hunter, 1842. First Edition. Folio, 4 vols. Folio. pp. [vi], lxxxviii + ii + 266; (ii) 267-515, cxi; [vi], 83, xxxvi, iv, 276, cv, viii; (vi), 92, xxvi, iv, [iv], 100, xxi, [vi], 56, [iv], xl, 28, xviii, 24, xcii. Chromolithographed frontispiece, additional chromolithographed title and twenty-one other chromolithographs on plates. Extra illustrated with nine earlier (produced 1699-1827) copper engravings and mezzotints of British monachs including Queen Mary, King William III, Queen Anne and King Georges' I, II, III, IV. Original publisher's brown blind stamped gilt cloth. Recased with original spines laid down. Original spine edges with some chips, otherwise a very good set.
The beautiful chromolithographs produced using George Baxter's methods illustrate the various orders covered in this work including: the Order of the Garter, Order of the Thistle, Order of the Bath, Order of Saint Patrick, Order of Saint Michael and Saint George and Order of the Guelphs. "In 1842 Pickering, in conjunction with John Rodwell, published Nicolas's History of the Orders of Knighthood of the British Empire etc. (4 vols., originally issued in parts) at a cost of between £3000 and £4000. In Muir's view, ‘it is doubtful whether the technical quality of these prints could be surpassed today’; the plates ‘using gold leaf … are truly magnificent’ (Muir, 152). This work continues to be a valuable source for historians of the subject" (Oxford DNB).
111. OTTO, August
[History of Silesia] Die Geschichte Schlesiens von den ältesten bis auf die neuesten Zeiten.
Breslau: Wilhelm Steinmetz in Commission bei G.P. Aderhotz, 1833. First Edition. , xii, 414 pp. With a lithographed title page, twelve lithographed plates and a folding lithographed map at rear. A couple of owner’s ink inscriptions in text. Period brown half cloth with marbled boards and a red gilt lettered label on the spine, all edges coloured red. Map backed on old paper, binding slightly rubbed at extremities, but overall a very good copy.
This detailed history of Silesia describes the early history, Silesia under independent princes, Silesia under Hungarian and Bohemian rule, Silesia under the rule of the Habsburgs and Silesia since 1740 under Prussian rule. Silesia is an area in Poland with a much varied history and "is rich in mineral and natural resources and includes several important industrial areas. Silesia's largest city and capital is Wrocław" (Wikipedia).
112. OWEN, Captain W[illiam] F[itzwilliam] W[entworth] (1774-1857)
Narrative of Voyages to Explore the Shores of Africa, Arabia, and Madagascar; Performed in H. M. Ships Leven and Barracouta, Under the Direction of Captain W. F. W. Owen, R.N. By Command of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.
London: Richard Bentley, 1833. First Edition. Octavo, 2 vols. xxiii, 434; viii, 420 pp. With five lithographed plates, four large folding engraved charts and five wood-engraved illustrations in text. Period brown gilt tooled half calf with brown patterned cloth boards and brown gilt morocco labels. Plates mildly foxed, otherwise a very good set.
"In 1822 [Owen] was appointed by the Admiralty to command an expedition to survey the coast of East Africa. Remarkably, because no particular European nation had until that time felt a necessity for accurate charts, none existed. The survey team, with their flagship HMS Leven and support vessel Barracouta, started out in January 1822 and worked their way eastwards from Cape Town, then along the coast of Mozambique and the western coast of Madagascar.., Owen's charts remained in use for nearly a century and his remarks were still being reproduced in the Africa Pilot as late as 1893" (Howgego 1800-1850, O11). This voyage "is chiefly known for [its] highly accurate surveys, many of which formed the basis of the charts that were used well into the twentieth century" (Christies).
"Owen was appointed in 1821 to the sloop Leven, in which, with the brig Barracouta also under his command, he was instructed to survey the east coast of Africa from the boundary of Cape Colony to Cape Gardafui. The squadron arrived at Simonstown in July 1822, and returned there from their last surveying season in September 1825, having surveyed some 20,000 miles of coast, depicted in almost 300 charts" (Oxford DNB). "The journals of Captain Owen and his officers.., contain a large amount of varied information respecting many portions of Africa in the first quarter of the nineteenth century" (Mendelssohn II, p. 133); NMMC 221.
113. PABST, Christian Eduard (1815-1882)
Balthasar Rüssow’s Livländische Chronik. Aus dem Plattdeutschen übertragen und mit kurzen Anmerkungen versehen [Livonia Chronicle of Balthasar Ruessow. Translated from Lower German and Supplemented with Brief Notes].
Reval: F.J. Koppelson, 1845. First edition. Octavo. x, , 348 pp. Owner’s ink inscription “C. Martens” on the blank page before the half title, scattered pencil marginalia in text. Period brown half sheep with marbled boards and gilt stamped title and ornaments on the spine. Mild foxing throughout the text, otherwise a very good copy.
Rare Reval edition of Balthasar Russow’s famous history of Livonia.
“Balthasar Russow (1536-1600) was one of the most important Livonian and Estonian chroniclers. Russow is most famous for his Low German-language chronicle Chronica der Provinz Lyfflandt describing the history of Livonia, especially the decline of the Livonian Order and the period of the Livonian War (1558-83). The chronicle was first printed in Rostock in Mecklenburg in 1578 and quickly sold out. A revised edition was printed in 1584. In his work Russow was highly critical of the squander and immorality of the Livonian upper classes. He also complained about the superstitious beliefs and pagan traditions of the Estonian peasants and the venality of mercenary armies during the wars. He praises the rule of the new regional power, Sweden” (Wikipedia).
The Reval edition prepared by the local historian Christian Pabst includes reproduction of title page of 1584 edition “Chronica der provinz Livland”, a foreword of the translator and commentaries. Christian Eduard Pabst was a German Baltic historian. He studied theology and philosophy in Jena and Göttingen, in 1837-47 he was the inspector and in 1842-65 the senior teacher of philology of the Ritter- and Domschule of Reval. Additionally he worked as archivist of the Estonian Knighthood (Estländische Ritterschaft) and as librarian of the Estonian Literature Society. Pabst authored several works on the local history, translated the Livländische Chronik by B. Russow and the Livländische Chronik by Heinrich von Lettland (1867), edited “Est- und livländische Brieflade” (1861-1864) (Baltisches Biographisches Lexicon digital).
114. PALACIOS, José Agustin
Exploraciones de Don José Agustin Palacios Realizadas en los Rios Beni, Mamoré y Madera y en le Lago Rogo-agnado, durante los años 1844 al 47. Descripción de la Provincia de Mojos [Explorations of Don José Agustin Palacios made near the Beni, Mamoré and Madeira Rivers, and Lake Rogo in 1844-47. Description of the Mojos Province].
With: Idem. [Map of Madeira River and its Rapids]: Plano Topográfico y Geográfico del Rio Madera y sus Cachuelas. Esplorado y delineado por el Cño José Agustin Palacios en el año 1846.
Book: La Paz: Imprenta de “El Comercio”, 1893. First edition. Octavo. 60 pp. With a portrait of J.A. Palacios. Original publisher’s printed wrappers, reinforced with archival tape on spine. Period manuscript note in Spanish on the first page. Overall a very good copy.
Map: La Paz: Lit. Americana, n.d. Large colour lithographed map ca. 60,5x40,5 cm (23 ¾ x 16 in), mounted on a paper sheet. Tears on folds, but overall a very good map.
Two very rare Bolivian imprints with only three copies of the book and no copies of the map found in Worldcat. The book and map represent the results of an early topographical survey of Madeira river rapids for the prospective railroad that would connect Bolivia with the Atlantic Ocean. The survey was conducted by José Agustin Palacios in 1844-1847 when he served as a General Administrator of Taxes in the Bolivian Department of the Beni (Province of Mojos).
The map delineates the Madeira River, from Exaltacion town in the south to Tamandua Island in the north. 21 smaller insets show all Madeira rapids and most of her tributaries, with the navigation routes during high and low water. The map is included into “Catálogo de los documentos concernientes a la historia geográfica de Bolivia” issued by the Archive of the Ministry of Interior of Bolivia (La Paz, 1889, p. 32).
“In 1846 the engineer José Augustin Palácios convinced Bolivian authorities that the best way to secure access to the Atlantic Ocean was through the Amazon. At the time, Bolivia had access to the Pacific Ocean (subsequently lost to Chile in the war of the Pacific in 1884), but the lucrative trade routes with the United States and Europe were located in the Atlantic. In 1851, the government of the United States became interested in access to Bolivian products (notably rubber), and contracted Lieutenant Lardner Gibbon to study the viability of a rail link between the navigable Amazon river and Bolivian production centres. Gibbon's study concluded that a rail-road along the Madeira river rapids would allow efficient transport of goods from the Bolivian capital of La Paz to US markets” (Wikipedia).
Several attempts to overcome the Madeira rapids were unsuccessful, and subsequently the Madeira-Mamoré Railroad which bypassed the rapids was constructed (1907-1912).
115. PALLAS, Peter Simon (1741-1810)
Voyages de M.P.S. Pallas en Differentes Provinces de L'Empire de Russie, Et Dans L'Asie Septentrionale; Traduits de L'Allemand, Par M. Gauthier de la Peyronie, Commis des Affaires Etrangeres [Travels of P.S. Pallas in different Provinces of the Russian Empire, and in Northern Asia, Translated from the German, By Mr. Gauthier de la Peyronie, Commisioner of Foreign Affairs].
Paris: Maradan, 1789-93. First French Edition. Quarto 5 vols. & Small Folio Atlas. xxxii, 773, ; [iv], 550, ; [iv], 491, ; [iv], 722, ; [iv], 559, ; [iv] pp. With a large folding hand-colored copper-engraved map on 2 sheets; 122 copper engravings on 107 sheets, 29 of them folding or double-page. Original pink papered boards, re-backed in style with new printed paper labels. A few leaves with very mild water staining, otherwise a very handsome large uncut set in very original condition.
"In 1767 Pallas received an invitation from Catherine II of Russia to take a position at the Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg. From that position he was authorized to lead an expedition into Siberia to observe the transit of Venus. He took seven astronomers and five naturalists with him, and the expedition became primarily oriented toward natural history. The exploration continued from 1768 to 1774, during which time some of the information was prepared for publication. The first volume appeared in 1771, a German edition printed in St. Petersburg, with subsequent volumes issued to 1776. The text is a broad survey of all aspects of natural history, as well as a study of the various peoples of Siberia. The atlas includes a number of maps, plus natural history, costume, and scenery, etc" (PBA Galleries).
"The expedition set out from Moscow on 30.4.68.., The first summer was spent traversing the plains of European Russia, and the winter passed at Simbirsk on the Volga. The next year was spent on the borders of Kalmuk Tartary, when Pallas carefully examined the shores of the Caspian Sea. The transit of Venus on 3.6.69 was observed at Tobolsk. The party then proceeded through Orenburg and passed the next winter (1769-70) at Ufa. In 1770 Pallas crossed the Ural Mountains to Katarinenburg, examining the mines in the neighbourhood. In 1771 the members of the expedition reached the Altai Mountains, from where they travelled to winter at Krasnoyarsk, observing that the mercury froze in their thermometers. They also found a wide distribution of mammoth and rhinoceros fossils in the Siberian Ice. In the following spring (1772) Pallas penetrated as far as Lake Baikal, and followed the caravan route as far as Kiakhta on the Mongolian border. For the next two years the members of the expedition slowly proceeded homewards, on the way visiting Astrakhan and the Caucasus Mountains. Pallas arrived back in St. Petersburg in July 1774 with a vast amount of data and many fossil specimens, but broken in health. His hair was apparently whitened with fatigue, and nearly all of his companions had died" (Howgego P10); Atabey 918.
116. PALLAS, Peter Simon (1741-1811)
[Atlas only]: Second Voyage de Pallas, ou Voyages Entrepris dans les Pays Méridionaux de l’Empire de Russie, Pendant les Années 1793 et 1794. Planches [Second Voyage of Pallas, or Travels to the Southern Parts of the Russian Empire, Undertaken in 1793 and 1794].
Paris: L.M. Guillaume et Deterville, 1811. Second French edition. Oblong Folio. Title page, fifty-five copper engraved plates and maps (one folding) by J. Couché and Robert de Launay after drawings by G. Geissler. Period light green paper wrappers. Atlas with mild creases, paper slightly soiled, with mild foxing, but overall a very good copy.
Atlas to the second French edition of travels across southern Russia by Peter Simon Pallas published under the title “Second voyage de Pallas ou Voyages entrepris dans les pays méridionaux de l'Empire de Russie, pendant les années 1793 et 1794” (Paris, 1811, 4 vols. And atlas). Most of the drawings for the plates were made by Christian Gottfried Geissler (1770-1844) who accompanied Pallas during his travels. The plates include views of the Caspian steppes, Bakhchysarai, Sevastopol harbour, monastery of Saint George in Balaklava, Theodosia, old Genovese fortress in Sudak, ancient monuments and inscriptions on stones, antiquities, costumes of Tatars, Kirghizes, Kossaks and other local people, animals et al.
The six maps show the Great Madzhary (Majar, medieval city of Golden Horde on Kuma River); Caucasian mountains with the valleys of Narzan, Emnoka and Podkuma rivers; Taman peninsula; Caspian steppe with the mouth of Volga and Astrakhan; a part of the Caucasus between the Caspian and the Black sea; and a general overview of southern Russia with Crimea, the Sea of Azov and a part of the Caucasus
“Between 1793 and 1794, Pallas led a second expedition to southern Russia, visiting the Crimea and the Black Sea. He was accompanied by his daughter (by his first wife who had died in 1782) and his new wife, an artist, servants and a military escort. In February 1793 they travelled to Saratov and then downriver to Volgograd. They spent the spring exploring the country to the east, and in August travelled along the banks of the Caspian Sea and into the Caucasus mountains. In September they travelled to the Crimea, wintering in Simferopol. Pallas spent the spring of 1794 exploring to the southeast, and in July travelled up the valley of the Dnieper, arriving back in St Petersburg in September” (Wikipedia).
Abbey Travel 222 (English edition); Atabey 918; Howgego P10).
117. PEREYRA, Antonio Pinto (d. 1587)
Historia da India no Tempo em que a Gouernovo Viso Rey Dom Luis de Ataide [History of India During the Government of Viceroy Don Luis de Ataide].
Coimbra: Nicolau Carvalho, 1616. First Edition. Small Folio. , 151,  pp.; , [2 - blank] pp., 162 leaves,  pp. Title within ornamental border and with a large woodcut armorial (printer's?) device; tail-pieces and decorative initials. Very handsome period brown elaborately gilt tooled full sheep with minor repairs on the spine. A very good copy.
Very Rare first edition of this early history of the Portuguese in India, with only three copies found in Worldcat (Yale University, the University of Leiden and the British Library). "Mui raro" (Salva y Mallen, P. Catalogo de la Biblioteca de Salva. Valencia, 1872. Vol. II, p. 621).
The book consists of two parts, each with an extensive index of names. The work describes the history of the Portuguese viceroyalty in India during the time of the rule of Don Luís de Ataíde, Count of Atouguia (1517-1581), the 10th Vice-Roy of India in 1568-1571, and 1578-1580. It was the time of the height of Portuguese naval power and of the prosperity of its East-Indian Viceroyalty, especially of Goa which became the capital of the Viceroyalty in 1610. "In 1542, St. Francis Xavier mentions the architectural splendour of the city; but it reached the climax of its prosperity between 1575 and 1625. Travellers marvelled at Goa Dourada, or Golden Goa, and there was a Portuguese proverb, "He who has seen Goa need not see Lisbon." <..,> Until the 18th Century, the Portuguese governor in Goa had authority over all Portuguese possessions in the Indian Ocean, from southern Africa to southeast Asia" (Wikipedia).
"Antonio Pinto Pereira, a native of the village of Mogadour, well-versed in the science of Political History, left a work published some years after his death which occurred in 1587" (Pope, E. M. India in Portuguese Literature. 1937. p. 147)
118. POLIAKOV, Ivan Semenovich (1845-1887)
[Siberian Arctic and Khanty Tribes] Pisma i Otcheti o Puteshestvii v Dolinu Reki Obi, Ispolnennom po Porucheniu Imperatorskoi Akademii Nauk [Letters and Reports of the Travel to the Basin of the River Ob, Executed on Assignment of the Imperial Academy of Sciences]. Supplement #2 to the Volume XXX "Proceedings of the Imperial Academy of Sciences."
Saint Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1877. First Edition. Octavo. , 187 pp. Period brown half sheep with marbled boards and red sheep label on the spine with faded gilt lettering. A very good copy.
Very rare short-run imprint as no copies found in Worldcat. The book is based on the expedition undertaken in the summer of 1876 on assignment of Imperial Academy of Sciences. Poliakov went from Saint Petersburg through Perm, Yekaterinburg and Tumen to Tobolsk, sailed down the Irtysh and Ob rivers to Ob’s mouth, went up the Gulf of Ob to the River Nadym and turned back.
Poliakov thoroughly described the Irtysh, Ob and Nadym rivers, the shores of the Arctic Ocean at the Gulf of Ob; its geography, flora and fauna. A separate part was dedicated to the Khanty tribes (Ostiaks) inhabiting the region, conditions of their life, occupation, customs, food, costumes etc. The purpose of the book is "to draw a picture of the most remarkable features of the nature of this land and its inhabitants" (Preface).
Ivan Poliakov was a Russian geographer, zoologist and writer, the Curator of the Zoological Museum of the Imperial Academy of Sciences. Born near the River Argun on Russian-Chinese border, he studied in Irkutsk, and later in Saint Petersburg University. After meeting members of the Eastern-Siberian department of the Russian Geographical Society, Poliakov went on several scientific travels to Siberia (Olekma basin, Lake Baikal, Sajani), Northern and Central Russia, Caucasus, Sakhalin and Japan. He edited "The Proceedings of the Russian Geographical Society" and wrote about 50 articles on numerous topics of natural history and geography. For his work Poliakov was awarded with the silver and small gold medals of the Russian Geographical Society.
119. RAIMONDI, Antonio (1826-1890)
[Presentation Copy]: El Peru: Tomo 1. Parte Preliminar; Tomo 2-3. Historia de la Geografia del Peru. [Geographic History of Peru].
Lima: Imp. Del Estado por J. Enrique del Campo, 1874-1879. First Edition. Quarto. 3 vols. , iv, , 444; vii, , 475; v, , 614 pp. With six folding maps and ten lithographed plates. Period green quarter morocco with patterned papered boards and gilt lettered titles on the spines, marbled paper endpapers. Ink presentation inscriptions “Al Sr. Dr. D. Emilio L. Mola. A. Raimondi” on the title pages of the first and second volumes. Second copy of one of the maps from vol. 3 loosely inserted in vol. 1. Bindings rubbed on extremities, several pages loosely inserted in vol. 1, but overall a very good set.
The first edition of the first major work of the geographic history of Peru. The book was initially published in three volumes, with two supplementary volumes “Estudios mineralógicos y geológicos”being issued in 1902 and 1913 by the Geographical Society of Lima. Ours is the presentation copy given by the author to Dr. Emilio L. Mola.
“El Perú: Itinerarios de Viajes is an expansive written work covering a variety of topics in the natural history of Peru, written by the prominent Italian-born Peruvian geographer and scientist Antonio Raimondi in the latter half of the 19th century. The work was compiled from extensive and detailed notes Raimondi took while criss-crossing the country, studying the nation's geography, geology, meteorology, botany, zoology, ethnography, and archaeology <…>. The volumes are a classic example of exploration scholarship, and form one of the earliest and broadest scientific reviews of Peru's natural and cultural heritage” (Wikipedia).
Howgego: 1850-1940, Continental Exploration, R3.
120. REDELN, Carl Adolph
[Prague Guide]: Das Sehenswürdige Prag: worinnen alle sehens-, merck- und wunderwürdige Begebenheiten, Denckmahle und Antiquitäten, auch andere Haupt-Merckwürdigkeiten, den Ursprung, Veränderung und heutigen Zustand der Präger-Städte, Schlösser, Königliche Residenzen, Landes-Regierung, Hohe, alte, und heutige königliche Staats- und Raths-Bediente, Kirchen, Klöster, gräfliche und herrliche Palläste, Häuser, Gärten, Künste, Wasser-Leitungen, unterirdische Gänge, Höhlen, Bergwercke, Heydnische und Christliche Grufften und andere Kostbarkeiten, Reichthümer und Curiositäten sowol in der Stadt Prag, als deren nächst-umliegender Gegend betreffende, kürtzlich vorgestellet werden: denen Frembden und Einheimischen Liebhabern der Antiquitäten und Novitäten zu Dienst und weiterer Nachforschung bey den müßsigen Stunden in Prag abgefasset.
Franckfurt & Leipzig: Johann Peter Wolffs seel. Erben, [ca. 1710]. First Edition. Duodecimo. Double-page title (in red and black), , 546, . With a frontispiece copper engraved double-page panorama of Prague. Period beige papered boards with manuscript ink title on spine. Covers with signs of mild wear but overall a very good copy.
First edition of this rare guide book, with much detailed information on Prague’s architecture, churches, trades and history. This guide book covers an interesting period in Prague's' history as "in 1689 a great fire started by French agents devastated Prague, but this spurred a renovation and a rebuilding of the city. The economic rise continued through the following century, and in 1771 the city had 80,000 inhabitants" (Wikipedia).
121. RENNELL, James (1742-1830)
Memoir of a Map of Hindoostan; Or the Mogul Empire: With an Introduction, Illustrative of the Geography and Present Division of that Country... To Which is Added, an Appendix, Containing an Account of the Ganges and Burrampooter Rivers.
London: M. Browne, for the Author, 1788. First Edition, Later Issue. Quarto. cxi, [i], 295,  pp. With four copper engraved maps, all but one folding. Period speckled brown full calf with maroon gilt label. Hinges cracked but holding, extremities rubbed, otherwise a very good copy.
Rennell's "maps were of the greatest importance.., He was a close friend of Sir Joseph Banks, the eminent naturalist. Admiral Markham remarks of him that he was the greatest geographer that Great Britain has yet produced" (Cox I, p302). "In 1764 Rennell was appointed Surveyor-general for Bengal, and supervised much of the early mapping of eastern India, work which culminated in the publication in 1780 of his famous Bengal Atlas. He left India in 1777 and after returning to London devoted himself to the study of geography" (Howgego R29). "Rennell's general map of India, first published as ‘Hindoostan’ in 1782 and dedicated to Sir Joseph Banks, was, on the other hand, a compilation of the surveys, reports, and sketches of others, and subject to constant revision by him. Two versions of the map were published, in 1782 and 1788, the first with two editions of Memoir of a Map of Hindoostan, the second with three editions to 1793 of a new Memoir and various appendices. Rennell was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1781, and awarded the society's Copley medal in 1791" (Oxford DNB).
122. RENOUARD DE SAINTE-CROIX, Felix
Voyage commercial et politique aux Indes Orientales, aux iles Philippines, a la Chine, avec des notions sur la Cochinchine et le Tonquin, pendant les années 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806 et 1807, contenant des observations et des renseignements, tant sur les productions territoriales et industrielles que sur le commerce de ces pays; des tableaux d'importations et d'exportations du commerce d'Europe en Chine, depuis 1804 jusqu'en 1807; des remarques sur les moeurs, les coutumes, le gouvernement, les lois, les idiômes, les religions, etc.; un apperçu des moyens à employer pour affranchir ces contrée
[Commercial and Political Voyage to the East Indies, Philippine Islands, China, and Cochin China and Tonquin, during the years 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806 and 1807..,].
Paris: Crapelet for Clament frères, 1810. First Edition. Octavo, 3 vols. x, 301; [iv], 390; [iv], 291,  pp. With two engraved hand colored folding maps and four folding tables. Period brown gilt tooled quarter sheep with orange gilt labels and marbled boards housed in a matching slip case. A very good set.
Sainte-Croix was a French officer, responsible for the defence of the Philippines. Renouard de Sainte-Croix arrived in Pondicherry, India, in 1802 and was almost immediately imprisoned by the English. After he was liberated, he stayed for two more years in India and went amongst others to the coasts of Coromandel and Malabar. He then travelled to the Philippines where he visited Manila, and the gold mines of Mabulao. Cordier Indosinica, 2425; Howgego 1800-1850, D12; Lust 384.
123. REUILLY, Jean, Baron de (1780-1810)
Voyage en Crimee et sur les Bords de la Mer Noire, Pendant l'Annee 1803 [Travels in the Crimea, and Along the Shores of the Black Sea, Performed During the Year 1803];
[With]: Idem. Description du Tibet, d’après la Relation des Lamas Tangoutes, établis Parmi les Mongoles. Traduit de l’Allemand [Description of Tibet, According to the Accounts of the Tangut Lamas, Established Among the Mongols. Translated from German].
Paris: Chez Bossange, Masson et Besson, 1806-1808. First Editions. Octavo. , xix, 302, ; xii, 89 pp. First work with a large folding engraved map of Crimea, folding plan of Sevastopol, 3 folding plates of coins, 3 folding letterpress tables, 6 engraved vignettes in the text, and errata leaf at end. Second work with an engraved vignette on the title page. Handsome period brown mottled full calf with gilt tooled spine. Presentation school prize label from a French school of 1830 on the front pastedown. Binding slightly rubbed at extremities, otherwise a very good copy.
The second work is the only separate printing of Peter Simon Pallas’s description of Tibet. The original work was first published in German as a part of Pallas’s Sammlungen historischer Nachrichten über die Mongolischen Völkerschaften (1776); and wasn’t included into later French editions. In this description of Tibet by Peter Simon Pallas (1741-1811), translated by Baron Jean de Reuilly (1780-1810), Pp. 1-54 are devoted to the description of Tibet according to accounts of Tibetan Lamas established among the Mongols; the second part of the work is dedicated to a report of the celebrations and ceremonies during the period from 22 June until 12 July 1729, in the small village Ourga, to celebrate the rebirth of Koutoukhta, one of the most distinguished priests of Mongolia.
The only separate printing of Pallas' journey to Tibet on his first voyage through the Russian Empire and Northern Asia 1768-1769, translated from Vol. I and III of the first edition, in German, published in 3 vols. In St. Petersburg 1771-76 ["Reisen durch verschiedene Provinzen des russischen Reichs"]. The text was not included in the first or second French editions of that work. Reuilly's introduction notes Pallas travelled "some years in Tibet and Kashmir, and English possessions in India" and confirms that this portion of Pallas's travels through the Russian Empire was not included in the French edition of Pallas's work. This separate printing is extensively annotated with Reuilly's comments on Tibet, including the missions of Bogle and Stewart, Georgi, and Andrade's account of 1795 on Bogle, Turner and Pourunguir, and on Tibet-Britain-China relations, and his own observations along with those of other writers on Tibet. He further discusses the route of the Anadyr River and Mongolia-Tibet relations. Cordier, Sinica, 2879; Lust 207; Yakushi R93.
The first work is Reuilly’s account on his travels in southern Russia and Crimea as an attaché to the Duc de Richelieu, Governor of Odessa. He was assisted during his travels by the German traveller Pallas, whose notes greatly enhance this book's worth and importance. "Dedicated to Napoleon.., In this important work Reuilly describes the Crimea prior to the Russian conquest. Pallas, resident in the Crimea until 1810, also contributed to the work" (Atabey 1034); Weber I, 10; "In 1774, the Crimean Khans fell under Russian influence with the Treaty of Küçük Kaynarca. In 1783, the entire Crimea was annexed by the Russian Empire" (Wikipedia).
124. RICHTER, Christoph Melchior Alexander von (1803-1864)
Geschichte der dem russischen Kaiserthum einverleibten deutschen Ostseeprovinzen bis zur Zeit ihrer Bereinigung mit demselben. Theil 1. Die Zeiten der reingermanischen Entwickelung. Theil 2. Die Ostseelande als Provinzen fremder Reiche [History of the German Baltic Provinces Incorporated into the Russian Empire before their Unification with Her. Part 1. The Days of Purely Germanic Evolution. Part 2. The Baltic Lands as Provinces of Foreign Empires].
Riga: Nikolai Kymmel, 1857-1858. First edition. Octavo, 2 vols. viii, 351; iv, 500; iv, 317; iv, 385; , 249,  pp. Two parts (in five volumes) bound in two. With five folding chronological tables and three folding maps and plans. Later brown half sheep with gilt lettered titles on the spines and cloth boards; original publisher’s front wrapper bound in volume 1. Owner’s ex libris ink stamps in the first title pages of both volumes. Bindings slightly rubbed on extremities, but overall a very good strong set.
“Dr. Christoph Melchior Alexander von Richter was a Baltic German historian specializing in the history of Livonia and law. He studied political science in Saint Petersburg, Dorpat and Göttingen and became a Magister of philosophy in 1825 on the basis of dissertation “Essai sur le commerce maritime neutres”. As an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Richter spent several years in St. Petersburg, and settled in Riga in 1840 to work for the Livonian government, in 1853-58 as a senior officer on special orders to the Baltic Governor General Prince Suvorov). After many years of studies he published in 1845 an extensive work on the Livonian criminal procedure, which was followed in 1864 by a paper on the reform of the legal procedure in the Baltic provinces. Richter also published in Russian a "Sketch of the history" and a "History of farmers in the Baltic provinces with regard to the latest laws (1860)".
The main work of his life is the "History of the German Baltic provinces incorporated into the Russian empire" (2 vols., Riga 1857-58), a work although characterized by a zealous use of all printed material and the most complete compilation of the individual historical facts, but lacking historical criticism and showing dry manner of presentation. The last years of his life Richter spent in Munich, where he became doctorate in law, and in Dresden; 1863 he returned to Riga. During a speech on Baltic judicial reform, which he held on 29 March 1864 in front of the Livonian Landtag, he suffered a nervous shock, which resulted in his death in the night of the 30th March” (Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie on-line).
125. RODEVICH, Vsevolod Mikhailovich (1878-1942)
[Russian Annexation of Tuva] Ocherk Uriankhaiskogo Kraia (Mongolskogo Basseina Reki Eniseia) [An Essay on the Uriankhai Region (Mongolian Basin of the Yenisei River)]. Issued as vol. XXIV of "Materiali dlia Opisaniia Russkikh Rek I Istorii Uluchsheniia ikh Sudokhodnikh Uslovii" [Materials for Description of Russian Rivers and the History of Enhancing the Navigation Along Them].
Saint Petersburg: Ministry of Transport, 1910. First Edition. Quarto. , II, , 206 pp. With 20 photographic plates and a large folding color lithographed map. Period style dark brown sheep with gilt lettered spine, with front publisher’s wrapper bound in. A few library stamps on the title and in the text, otherwise a very good copy.
Very Rare as only two copies found in Worldcat.
Important account of the Russian expedition 1907-1909 to the Uriankhai Region on the Upper Yenisei, between Sayan and Tannu-Ola Mountains, then a territory of China. The official purpose of the expedition was to determine how navigable the Yenisei River was on the way from Minusinsk to the Russian border and further, to its upper reaches. The expedition though had an obvious political intention as Uriakhai had for a long time been a sphere of Russian interests. It was attractive because of rich deposits of gold (the first two Russian gold mines were founded in the Sayan Mountains in 1838-39), profitable trade with the locals (started in 1840's) and vast territories suitable for Russian settlers who came there in large numbers in 1870's. In 1906-1910 the Russian government sent several expeditions to Uriankhai to prospect its deposits of gold and asbestos and determine the viability for the construction of the Usinskii Tract, the latter started in 1911.
Our account written by the Head of the research party, "can serve as a reference on the ‘Uriankhay question’ in its modern state" (Preface). Richly illustrated with photographs made by a member of the Minusinsk Photography Society, N. Fedorov, the book touches themes of Uriankhai geography, population, history of relations with Chinese, Mongolians and Russians; Russian population in the region and its main activities; transport; "Uriakhai border question," "Migration to Uriankhai"; "Measures of Support of Russian Entrepreneurs in Uriankhai" and others. Eight supplements include statistics on the Russian settlements, gold mines, trade turnover etc; main bibliography of the question and a detailed map of Uriankhai noting - railroads, caravan roads, mountain trails and passes, river rapids, gold deposits etc.
Russia’s annexation of Uriankhai was raised just two years after the book was published. With the end of the Xinhai Revolution in China (1911) a few major feudal lords in Uriankhai asked the Russian Emperor to take the region as a Russian protectorate. It happened on the April 17, 1914, and Uriankhai was included into the Irkutsk Province. In 1921 Uriankhai became the People’s Republic of Tannu-Tuva, in 1944 it was included into Russian Socialistic Republic, currently it’s the Tuva Republic, a south-Siberian part of Russian Federation. Several sources including the "Bulletin of Russian Academy of Sciences" (1994) defined Tuva (especially in 1990's) an unstable region with strong separatist tendencies and tension between Native ethnicities and a diminishing Russian population.
126. ROSS, [Sir] John (1777-1856)
A Voyage of Discovery, made Under the Orders of the Admiralty for the Purpose of Exploring Baffin's Bay, and Inquiring into the Probability of a North-West Passage.
London: John Murray, 1819. First Edition. Quarto. [iv], xxxix, [i], 252, cxliv pp. With fifteen hand colored aquatint plates (four folding) and ten other aquatint plates (two folding) and four engraved tables (three folding) and three folding charts (including frontispiece). Handsome period brown gilt tooled polished full calf. Recased with original spine laid down, otherwise a very good copy.
"In January 1818 Ross was appointed to the Isabella, a hired whaler, as commander of an expedition, which with the Alexander, commanded by Lieutenant William Edward Parry, sailed in April to endeavour to make the north-west passage through Davis Strait. Ross's nephew James Clark Ross, in whose career he took a special interest, sailed with him. It was the renewal of the search which had been laid on one side during the war, and resulted in the rediscovery of Baffin Bay, the identification of several points named in Baffin's map, and proof that Buss and James islands did not exist. Ironically, however, when Ross attempted to proceed westward through Lancaster Sound, he was deceived by a mirage and described the passage as barred by a range of mountains, which he named the Croker mountains. He then returned to England, thereby losing his only possibility of penetrating the north-west passage. His report was, in the first instance, accepted as conclusive, and he was promoted to post rank on 7 December 1818. In the following year he published A voyage of discovery made … for the purpose of exploring Baffin's Bay, and inquiring into the probability of a north-west passage (1819).
Sir John Barrow was furious that the attempt to find the ‘open polar sea’ had failed and gave vent to his anger in person to Ross. The Admiralty had already learned that there were some doubts as to the reality of the Croker mountains, and had dispatched another expedition, under the command of Parry. Ross's book was attacked by Barrow in the Quarterly Review (January 1819). Edward Sabine, who had been one of the scientific staff of the expedition, in his Remarks on the Account of the Late Voyage alleged that Ross was the only person to have seen the Croker mountains and that Ross had appropriated to himself and misrepresented some scientific results of the voyage. Ross defended himself in Explanation of Captain Sabine's Remarks (1819). Parry's return in October 1820 brought proof that Ross had judged too hastily, and led to an undue disparagement of his work and a rift with his nephew" (Oxford DNB).
"A famous, even notorious, voyage led by Captain John Ross.., Ross attempted to proceed westward through Lancaster Sound, but, presumably deceived by a mirage, he described the passage as barred by a range of mountains, which he named the Croker Mountains, despite the disbelief of his colleagues" (Hill 1488); Abbey Travel 634; Arctic Bibliography 14873; Sabin 73376.
127. RUSSELL, Alexander (1714-1768)
The Natural History of Aleppo, and Parts Adjacent. Containing a Description of the City, and the principal natural productions in its neighbourhood; together with an account of the climate, inhabitants, and diseases; particularly of the plague.
London: G.G. & J. Robinson, 1794. Second Expanded Edition. Quarto, 2 vols. xxiv, 446, xxiii, [i]; vii, 430, xxxiv, [xxvi] pp. With twenty engraved plates (many folding), including eight of botanical subjects after G. D. Ehret. Handsome period style brown elaborately gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards and red and green gilt morocco labels. A very good set.
"In 1734 Russell was one of the first members of the Medical Society of Edinburgh University. In 1740 he came to London, and in the same year went to Aleppo as physician to the English factory. He learnt to speak Arabic fluently, and acquired great influence with the pasha and people of all creeds. In 1750 he was joined by his younger brother, Patrick, and in 1753 he resigned, returning to England by way of Naples and Leghorn, in order to supplement his study of the plague at Aleppo by visiting the lazarettos at those places. This work, which has been described as 'one of the most complete pictures of Eastern manners extant" (Pinkerton), Blackmer Sale 969; Cox I, p.227.
In 1740 Russell "went to Aleppo in Syria as physician to the English factory. There, as he wrote in his Natural History of Aleppo (1756), he established an ‘extensive practice among all ranks and degrees of people’. He learned to speak Arabic fluently, and acquired great influence with the pasha. In 1750 he was joined by his younger half-brother Patrick, and in 1753 he resigned, returning to England by way of Naples and Leghorn, in order to supplement his study of the plague at Aleppo by visiting the lazarettos at those places. Russell had sent home to his fellow student and correspondent John Fothergill seeds of the true scammony, which were raised successfully by Peter Collinson and James Gordon of Mile End. Russell published a description of the plant, and the native method of collecting it, in the first volume of Medical Observations, issued in 1755 by the Medical Society of London, which he had helped to found in 1752. He also introduced Arbutus Andrachne. Russell reached London in February 1755; following encouragement from Fothergill, he published his Natural History of Aleppo the next year. This work, which was described by John Pinkerton as ‘one of the most complete pictures of Eastern manners extant’, was reviewed by Samuel Johnson in the Literary Magazine, and was translated into German. A second edition was published by Patrick Russell in 1794" (Oxford DNB).
128. SALINAS, Manuel Macedonio (1809 - ca. 1873)
Navegacion de los Rios de Bolivia Confluentes del Madera y Amazonas y Colonizacion [Navigation of the Bolivian Rivers Confluent with the Madera and Amazon].
Cochabamba: Imprenta de Gutierrez, 1871. First Edition. Small Octavo. 42 pp. With two woodcut vignettes (on the title page and in text). Later black cloth with gilt lettered title on the front board. Period ink inscription “H.S. Ministro D.P. Tomas Frias” on the title page. A very good copy.
Very rare Bolivian imprint with only four printed copies found in Worldcat. Our copy belonged to Tomás Frías Ametller (1804-1884), a “noted politician who served twice as president of Bolivia (1872–73 and 1874–76). Tomás Frías Province and Tomás Frías Autonomous University are named after him” (Wikipedia).
129. SCHERER, Alexander Nicolaus (1772-1824)
Versuch Einer Systematischen Uebersicht der Heilquellen des Russischen Reichs [Attempt of a Systematic Review of the Mineral Springs of the Russian Empire].
St. Petersburg: Kayserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1820. First Edition. Octavo. xviii, 338,  pp. With eleven folding hand colored maps including one large map of the Russian Empire. Period brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards. Rebacked in period style using original boards. A near fine copy.
A rare work with only 15 copies found in Worldcat. First edition of this "for Russia meaningful work" (ADB), of the first systematic survey of spas in tsarist Russia. The eleven maps, which were most probably engraved after Julius Klaproth (1783-1835) by Carl Mar show all spas of the Russian Empire, with special maps of lake Baikal, Caucasus, Urals, Siberia, Caspian region and others.
Alexander Nicolaus v. Scherer (in Russian Alexander Ivanovich) was a Russian chemist of German origin, member of Russian Science Academy since 1815. The author of the first original chemistry textbook, published in Russian ('Rukovodstvo k prepodavaniiu khimii', 1808). Founder and first director of Saint Petersburg Pharmaceutical Society (1818). Actively promoted the progressive 'oxygen' theory of Antoine Lavoisier and significantly contributed in the development of Russian chemistry nomenclature.
Graduated from Jena University in 1794 and worked in Germany for several years. In 1803 returned to Russia and worked as a professor in Dorpat University, later, as a professor of chemistry in Medical Surgery Academy, Mining Cadet Corps and other educational institutions in Saint Petersburg. Also he a member of Copenhagen and Erfurt Science Academies, scientific societies of Berlin, Gottingen, Erfurt, Brussels, Paris, Leipzig and others. Created numerous scientific works regarding chemistry, pharmacology and mineralogy. In 1819-22 published in Saint Petersburg chemist magazine "Allgemeine nordische Annalen der Chemie." Russian Brokhaus Encyclopaedia; Russian Biographic Dictionary/ed. Polovtsov; Catalogue of Russian National library.
130. SCHWARZ, Albert Georg von (1687-1755)
[Diplomatic History of the Swedish Pomeranian Cities] Diplomatische Geschichte der Pommersch-Rügischen Städte Schwedischer Hoheit nach ihrem Ursprung und erster Verfassung. Nebst angehängter Historie der Pommerschen Grafschaft Gützkow.
[Greifswald]: Hieronymus Johann Struck, . First Edition. Octavo. , 862,  pp. With copper engraved initials, head- and tail pieces in text. Occasional pencil and ink marginalia in text, bookplate and stamp of Hans Börst (Saarbrücken) on the first endpaper. Period brown half sheep with papered boards; spine with raised bands and blind stamped title label; all edges coloured red. Binding rubbed, spine with small cracks on hinges, but overall a very good internally clean copy.
Rare first edition of this early history of Swedish Pomerania with only three copies found in Worldcat. Interesting Greifswald imprint, authored by a noted local historian and aristocrat. "Schwarz’s last work was focused on the history of Pomeranian cities and monasteries; it was published shortly after his death on 10 June 1755, to which his previous book “History of the county town Gützkow” was added, in a revised and enlarged form” (ADB XXXIII, 223). Our copy is from the library of Saarbrücken historian and genealogist Hans Börst, who authored over twenty articles in the “Saarländische Ahnen- und Stammreihen” (1970-1980s).
131. SMYTH, William (1800-1877) & LOWE, Frederick
Narrative of a Journey from Lima to Para, Across the Andes and down the Amazon: Undertaken with a view of Ascertaining the Practicability of a Navigable Communication with the Atlantic, by the Rivers Pachitea, Ucayali, and Amazon.
London: John Murray, 1836. First Edition. Octavo. vii, 305, 8 (ads) pp. With ten engravings and lithographs on plates and three maps (two folding). Period style brown gilt tooled full calf with a red gilt label. A couple of plates smaller, mildly foxed and seemingly supplied from another copy but overall a very good copy.
Smyth was in Lima when he learnt of the possibility of "penetrating the Montaña, as the interior is always styled, as far as Mayro, where, by all accounts, there was to be found a large and navigable river called the Pachitea, which, communicating with the Ucayali, opened a direct route by the Marañon to the Atlantic"(p. 2). In the event, the expedition was unable to reach Mayro. "A little known account of the tribes and terrain between Peru and the Atlantic Ocean. The plates were taken from the drawings of Lt. Smyth" (Hill 1595); Howgego 1800-1850, S35; Naylor 115; Sabin 85346.
132. SONNINI, (de Manoncourt), C[harles] N[icolas] (1751-1812)
Voyage Dans la Haute et Basse Egypte [Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt].
Paris: F. Buisson, An VII . First Edition. Text Octavo 3 vols. & Folio Atlas. [iv], vii, [i], 425, ; [ii], 417; [ii], 424;  pp. Atlas with a copper engraved portrait frontispiece, 38 other copper engravings (two folding) and a large folding engraved map by Tardieu after D'Anville. Period brown gilt titled papered boards. Extremities rubbed and spines mildly sunned, remains of a small private library label on volume one, otherwise a very good set.
This expedition was made with the intention of collecting rare Egyptian birds, however Sonnini includes some unusual and fascinating details of native life and customs such as female and male circumcision and homosexuality, leprosy and other diseases, serpent eating etc. "Sonnini set out with baron de Tott's expedition in 1777. On arrival at Alexandria he found orders to explore Egypt from Louis XVI awaiting him" (Blackmer Collection 1006); Atabey 1155.
This work relates to various subjects "with the utmost candor: such as Egyptian female circumcision, serpent eating, Egyptian lesbianism, women's cosmetics..," (Cox I, p.395); Gay 2250; Howgego S135; Ibrahim-Hilmy 245. "A naturalist, Sonnini de Manoncourt traveled extensively through Egypt (from Alexandria to Aswan), making notes on the flora and fauna, the customs of the people, and only incidentally, the antiquities.., Illustrated with excellent engravings, mostly of fish and birds" (Kalfatovic 0158).
133. SONNINI, C[harles] [Nicolas] S[igisbert] (1751-1812)
Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt: Undertaken by Order of the Old Government of France.
London: J. Debrett, 1800. First Quarto Edition. Quarto. xl, 730, ,  pp. With frontispiece portrait, and large folding map and 27other copper engraved plates of views, antiquities, zoology, botany and portraits. Original publishers' gray papered boards, rebacked in style with printed paper label. A very good uncut copy in very original condition.
This expedition was made with the intention of collecting rare Egyptian birds, however Sonnini includes some unusual and fascinating details of native life and customs such as female and male circumcision and homosexuality, leprosy and other diseases, serpent eating etc. Cox I p.395.
"Sonnini set out with Baron de Tott's expedition in 1777. On arrival at Alexandria he found orders to explore Egypt from Louis XVI awaiting him. This he proceeded to do, going on to Turkey, Greece, Crete and the Archipelago during which time he took part in naval combat near Milo between the Mignonne and two English cutters" (Blackmer Collection Sale 1006-7); Atabey 1155; Hilmy II, p.245; Howgego S135.
134. SPARRMAN, Anders (1748-1820)
Resa till Goda Hopps-Udden, Södra Pol-kretsen och Omkring Jordklotet, samt till Hottentott- och Caffer-landen, åren 1772-76 [A Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, towards the Antarctic Polar Circle and Round the World: But Chiefly into the Country of the Hottentots and Caffres, from the year 1772, to 1776].
Stockholm: Anders J. Nordstrom, 1783. First Edition. Octavo. xv, 766 pp. With nine folding copper engraved plates and one copper engraved folding map. Period brown gilt tooled half sheep with marbled boards. Covers and spine mildly worn, otherwise a very good copy.
This is the first volume of Sparrman's account of his travels in South Africa and of his voyage with Cook in the Resolution 1772-5. "It is the most interesting and most trustworthy account of the Cape Colony and the various races then residing in it, that was published before the beginning of the 19th century" (G. M. Theal). This volume deals mainly with South Africa, but a resume of the voyage with Cook is inserted on pp. 86-108.., The second volume (in two parts) was not published until 1802 and 1818" (Du Rietz Cook 10). Sparrman "sailed for the Cape of Good Hope in January 1772 to take up a post as a tutor. When James Cook arrived there later in the year at the start of his second voyage, Sparrman was taken on as assistant naturalist to Johann and Georg Forster. After the voyage he returned to Cape Town in July 1775 and practiced medicine, earning enough to finance a journey into the interior" (Wikipedia). Sparrman "frequently draws attention to the inaccuracies to be met with in Kolbe's account of the Cape, and throws considerable doubt on the veracity of many of his statements" (Mendelssohn II, p.414-5); Hill 1615; Howgego S154.
135. SPIKER, Samuel Heinrich (1786-1858)
[Berlin and its Environs in the 19th Century]: Berlin und seine Umgebungen im neunzehnten Jahrhundert. Eine Sammlung in Stahl gestochener Ansichten von den ausgezeichnetesten künstlern Englands nach an Ort und Stelle aufgenommenen Zeichnungen von Mauch, Gärtner, Biermann und Hintze nebst topographisch-historischen Erläuterungen.
Berlin: George Gropius, 1833-. First Edition. x, iv, vi, ii, 165 pp. Quarto text and Small Folio Atlas. Text with a wood engraved Prussian coat of arms. Atlas with a steel engraved title page and fifty-two steel engraved plates each with two engravings. Publisher's original brown decorative blind stamped full cloth with green paper gilt lettered title labels on the spines. Bindings slightly rubbed on extremities, but overall a very good strong set.
First edition of this classic collection of Berlin architectural views compiled by a noted Berlin journalist, travel writer, translator and librarian of the Royal Prussian Library. The book contains 105 masterly executed steel engravings, supplemented with authoritative descriptions, and is considered as an important documental and visual representation of Berlin’s famous Schinkel style, or Greek revival architecture. Berlin-Bibliothek 65.
136. STAEHLIN, Jacob von (1709-1785)
Originalanekdoten von Peter dem Grossen. Aus dem Munde angesehener Personen zu Moskau und Petersburg vernommen, und der Vergessenheit entrissen [Original Anecdotes of Peter the Great, Collected from the Conversation of Several Persons of Distinction at Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and Rescued from Oblivion].
Leipzig: Johann Gottlob Immanuel Breitkopf, 1785. First Edition. Octavo. 422 pp. With engraved portrait frontispiece, “I.M. Nattier pinx., G.G. Endner sc.” Period light brown paste papered boards with gilt lettered paper label on the spine. Spine rubbed, otherwise a very good copy.
First edition of Staehlin’s famous collection of anecdotes about Peter the Great, based on eye-witness accounts which he collected for over twenty years during his life at the Imperial court in Saint Petersburg. Staehlin had a lot of opportunities to assemble a nice collection of stories about Peter the Great: he was the teacher of the heir to the Russian throne Petr Fedorovich, and after the latter had become Peter III of Russia, Staehlin was appointed the Emperor’s librarian. Staehlin’s book was published only after his death in 1785 and quickly became popular: it was translated into Russian (1786; went through 5 editions in the 18th century), French (1787) and English (1788).
The anecdotes describe different events in official and private life of Peter the Great, showing his personality and often sense of humor: what he did in Paris, Danzig, or Wittenberg at Luther’s tomb; what was his taste for painting, attitude to strangers, his preferences in collecting; the stories tell of Peter’s simplicity at meals, aversion to particular species of insects and hunting, his curiosity to know what foreign nations thought of him, how he entertained Dutch seamen at court, “Earnestness of Peter the Great to discover pious frauds and destroy superstition”, “Indefatigable ardour of Peter the Great in investigating everything”; “The Czar lays the foundation of Petersburg” and others.
The book is supplemented with an alphabetical index of persons who were the source of the anecdotes, including Grand Chancellor of Russia Count Alexey Bestuzhev, First Russian General Prosecutor Count Paul Jaguzhinsky, personal doctor of the Empress Elizabeth Johann Hermann Lestocq, General Fieldmarchal Count Muennich, British ambassador in Saint Petersburg Rondeau, first director of the Library of Russian Academy of Sciences Daniel Schumacher and others. From the Preface to the first English edition (London: J. Murray, 1788): “A more authentic work was never published: he [Stählin] acquired the anecdotes it contains from the most respectable persons of the court and city” (p. 5).
Staehlin came to Russia in 1735 and stayed there till the end of his life. A talented artist and engraver, he was in charge of the Arts department of the Imperial Academy of Sciences (future Russian Academy of Arts). Staehlin became famous for his engravings in the sumptuous coronation album of the Empress Elizabeth of Russia (1741), the first geographical atlas of the Russian Empire (1745), large views of Saint Petersburg and Tsarskoe Selo, portraits of the Empress and Grand Duke Petr Fedorovich, a series of commemorative medals made under assignment of Catherine II, and for beautiful engraved views of numerous fireworks, which he was also the organiser of.
137. STAVENHAGEN, Wilhelm Siegfried (1814-1881)
[Complete set of Views of Courland, Livland and Estland: Three Albums with Explanatory text Bound Together:] Album Kurländischer Ansichten… Album Livländischer Ansichten… Album Estländischer Ansichten… Mit erläuterndem Text von verschiedenen Verfassern.
Mitau: Selbstverlag des Herausgebers, 1866-1867. First edition. Folio, 3 parts in one. pp. , ii, [201 – separate pagination]; 4, ii, [266 – separate pagination]; , 4, ii, [235 – separate pagination] pp. With three steel engraved title pages and 87 plates after drawings by Stavenhagen, engraved on steel by G.G. Lange in Darmstadt; three decorative vignettes on the title pages engraved by A. Fesca. Ink exlibris-stamp on the first title page “Fürst M. Lievens Bibliothek”. Period brown half morocco, spine with raised bands, gilt tooled vignettes and gilt lettered title; marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Binding by Otto Henss, “Hof-Buchbinder in Weimar” (paper label on verso of the last free endpaper), gilt tooled owner’s initials “A.P.” on the bottom of the spine. Binding rubbed and worn at extremities, weak at hinges, with a crack on top of the rear hinge, minor water stains in text, but overall a very good copy in very original condition.
Important Mitau (Jelgava) illustrated edition, very rare when complete. Worldcat finds only three to five copies of each part, and no copies of a set with all three parts bound together. Our copy is from the library of Earl Michael Karl Nikolaus von Lieven (1850-1909), a member of one of the oldest and noblest families of the Baltic Germans. The book contains ninety masterly executed views of Estonia and Latvia (including title page vignettes), supplemented with specially prepared descriptive texts. The plates give a beautiful overview of the Baltic provinces, showing main cities and ports (Riga, Mitau, Libau, Dorpat, Reval, Narva et al.), ancient castles (Baustke, Koknese), palaces and private villas (villas Stavenhagen, Totleben, Heimtali Manor, Schloss Fall, Schloss Hapsal), and beautiful countryside (Gutman’s Cave, Lake Klooga, Pühajärv Lake). Overall this work is a great portrait of the Baltic states in the second half of the 19th century.
Wilhelm Siegfried Stavenhagen was a Baltic German artist and sculptor. He attended Saint Petersburg Academy of Arts (1834), was a student of sculptor Eduard Schmidt von der Launitz in Frankfurt-on-Main; in 1847-49 studied in the Munich Academy of Arts. Since 1850 Stavenhagen worked as a sculptor in Mitau (Jelgava), becoming known as the creator of numerous views of Baltic cities and landscapes (Baltisches Biographisches Lexicon digital).
138. SYMES, Michael (1761-1809)
An Account of an Embassy to the Kingdom of Ava sent by the Governor-General of India, in the year 1795.
London: W. Bulmer & Co., 1800. First Edition. Quarto. xxiii, [i], 503,  pp. With two large folding copper engraved maps, twenty-six copper engraved plates (eight botanical plates), six folding. Original publisher's beige and blue papered boards, with the original printed paper label. Paper spine with crack, three plates with mild marginal water stain, otherwise a very good uncut completely original copy, very rare in this condition.
"In 1795 Symes was sent by the governor-general, John Shore, to the court of King Bodawpaya of Burma, to try to improve political and commercial relations, and also to confirm whether the French were actively courting the Burmese as they were rumoured to be doing elsewhere in Asia. Border tensions had recently escalated when Burmese troops had pursued Arakanese rebels into British territories and then refused to leave until the rebels were handed over. The embassy was counted a success, for Symes returned with signed documents which the British believed would open Burmese markets to British and Indian traders, and the French threat was shown to be largely illusory. These agreements, which fell short of what might properly be called a treaty, allowed British traders to purchase Burmese wood, instituted a procedure for addressing merchant grievances, and, provided import duties were paid, exempted British goods from inland customs and duties.
Symes wrote of his seven months in Burma - which took him from Rangoon to the capital at Amarapura - in An Account of an Embassy to the Kingdom of Ava Sent by the Governor-General of India in 1795 (1800), one of the first detailed accounts of the country written in English. In just over 500 pages, it addressed the history, geography, culture, and economics of Burma, and the text was accompanied by illustrations and maps. It painted a generally favourable impression of Burma, emphasizing its civility, culture, and stability, while also hinting at the Burmese court's suspicions of the British" (Oxford DNB).
"According to Pinkerton this is the only satisfactory account on Burma till then published. Symes's embassy resulted in leave being given by the "Emperor of Ava" for a British Resident to reside at Rangoon to protect British subjects"(Cox I p. 309); The "embassy to Ava [was] to attempt to induce the king to close his borders to French shipping.., [the mission resulted in] the first reliable survey of the lower River Irrawaddy. Permission having been granted for a British resident to be present at Rangoon" (Howgego S200); Cordier Indosinica 445; Kaul Early Writings 2887.
139. TEMPLE, Edmond
Travels in Various Parts of Peru, Including a Year's Residence in Potosi.
London: Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley, 1830. First Edition. Octavo, 2vols. xiii, 431; viii, 504 pp. With an engraved map and eight aquatints, lithographs and engravings on plates. Very handsome brown period elaborately gilt tooled diced full calf with brown gilt labels. With a period inscription on front flyleaf. A near fine set.
"An interesting account of Temple's two-and-a-half year sojourn in Peru. Temple was employed by the Potosi, La Paz and Peruvian Mining Association, which collapsed in 1826, and he published a work on that company, in 1829, in addition to his travels" (Hill 1683); "Temple came out from England to South America in 1825, on the staff of a mining firm, and he kept a sympathetic and optimistic outlook despite its failure. Many humorous and picturesque incidents and descriptions, chiefly of Bolivia and Argentina" (Griffin 3747); Abbey Travel 725; Howgego 1800-1850, M25; Sabin 94660.
140. TIMKOWSKI, [Egor Fedorovich] (1790-1875)
Voyage à Peking, à Travers la Mongolie en 1820 et 1821. Traduit du russe par M. N******, revu par M. J.-B. Eyriès. Publié avec des Corrections et des Notes par M. J. Klaproth [Travel to Peking, through Mongolia in 1820 and 1821].
Paris: Dondey-Dupré père et fils, 1827. First French Edition. Octavo, 2 vols. in one & Folio Atlas. xii, 480; 459; 32 pp. Atlas with a lithographed title, a large folding map, a large folding plan of the Forbidden city in Peking, a folding plan of the Russian embassy in Peking, and eight other lithographed plates. Handsome period dark green gilt tooled quarter sheep with marbled boards. Atlas expertly rebacked to match, text with some occasional foxing, otherwise a very good set.
Russia had maintained a church and school in Beijing since 1728, and every ten years a Russian mission was dispatched to allow a personnel change. This mission was particularly important from a geographic perspective because of Timkowski's accuracy in mapping their journey through the Gobi desert. First French edition of the first fundamental Russian travel account to Mongolia and China with an accurate plan of the Forbidden City in Beijing, the first in a western work. Henze V p.327; Howgego 1800-1850, K15.
The author, Egor Fedorovich Timkowsky was a Russian diplomat and writer, a member of Russian Geographical Society since 1846. He was a nobleman who studied in Kievan Theological Academy and Moscow University. In 1820 was appointed as an escort of the Russian Orthodox mission to China. Timkowsky travelled for a year (August 1820-August 1821), spending 9 months in Peking (Beijing). His voyage resulted in fundamental research, published in 3 volumes on a special commission and at the expense of the Russian government. The book gave a comprehensive description of everyday life, economy, customs and manners, religion of Mongols; contained precious information about China and its capital, also about Eastern Turkestan, Tibet and Korea. Especially interesting are the accurate map of the route of the journey through the Gobi desert.
The book was considered very valuable and was quickly translated into German (1825-26), Dutch (1826), French (1827), English (1827) and Polish (1827-1828). For a long time it remained the main source about inner China and Mongolia.
A significant amount of valuable information about China was given to Timkowsky by the remarkable Russian sinologist, priest Iakinf (Bichurin), who served as a head of Russian Mission in Peking and was supposed to be replaced by the mission escorted by Timkowsky. For many years Iakinf studied Chinese language and history, translated Chinese chronicles into Russian and prepared first Russian-Chinese Dictionary. Russian Brokhaus Encyclopaedia; Russian Biographic Dictionary/ed. Polovtsov; Catalogue of Russian National library
141. TSCHERNING, Theodoro
[Kingdom of Hungary]: Das Von den Türcken lang-geqvälte, nun Durch die Christen Neu beseelte, Königreich Hungarn Das ist Kurzgefasste Vorstell- und Beschreibung der Hungarischen Städte, Vestungen und Schlösser, samt angrenzenden Ländern Oesterreich, Mähren, Kärndten, Crain... Siebenbürgen [et]c.
Nürnberg: Martin Endter, 1687. First Edition. Duodecimo. , 464,  pp. With twelve large folding copper engraved maps which fit together to make one large map of Hungary. Ink stamp “Biblioth. Reg. Scient. Universit. Hvngaricae” on verso of the title page. Early 20th century brown half morocco with marbled boards and spine with raised bands and two gilt lettered labels. Binding with a crack on the front hinge, margins trimmed with loss of date of the imprint on the title page, one map with repaired tear, otherwise a very good copy.
Very rare first edition of this work with only eight copies found in Worldcat. With a beautiful copper engraved map of Hungary in twelve parts. This interesting description of Hungary was published around the time when in "1686, two years after the unsuccessful siege of Buda, a renewed European campaign was started to enter the Hungarian capital. This time, the Holy League's army was twice as large, containing over 74,000 men, including German, Croat, Dutch, Hungarian, English, Spanish, Czech, Italian, French, Burgundian, Danish and Swedish soldiers, along with other Europeans as volunteers, artilleryman, and officers, the Christian forces reconquered Buda. The second Battle of Mohács was a crushing defeat for the Turks, in the next few years, all of the former Hungarian lands, except areas near Timişoara (Temesvár), were taken from the Turks. At the end of the 17th century, Transylvania became part of Hungary again. In the 1699 Treaty of Karlowitz these territorial changes were officially recognised, and in 1718 the entire Kingdom of Hungary was removed from Ottoman rule" (Wikipedia).
142. TSYLOV, Nikolai Ivanovich (1799-1879)
[First Saint Petersburg Street Atlas] Atlas Trinadstati Chastei S. Peterburga s Podrobnim Izobrazheniem Naberezhnikh, Ulits, Pereulkov, Kazennikh I Obivatelskikh Domov [Atlas of the Thirteen Districts of Saint Petersburg With Details of the Embankments, Streets, Side Streets, State and Private Hoses] / Published by Permission of the Government.
Saint Petersburg, 1849. First Edition. Quarto.  pp. Almost completely lithographed edition, except eight preliminary pages and errata pages. Lithographed half title and title page, General plan of St. Petersburg, 392 numbered plans,  unnumbered leaves between the plans, [2 - errata]. All plans and leaves are lithographed. Very handsome Russian period style red elaborately gilt tooled full morocco. A near fine copy.
Very rare work as only 3 copies found in Worldcat.
First detailed topographical atlas of Saint Petersburg with exhaustive information on the streets, lanes, buildings, and significantly, the names of all private house owners. It was compiled by the noted cartographer and statesman, Major-General Nikolai Ivanovich Tsylov who became famous for his address books and the topographical atlases of Saint Petersburg and Tsarskoe Selo. Our "Atlas Trinadtsati Chastei" was composed on a special assignment of the Head of Saint Petersburg Police Alexander Galakhov (Tsylov dedicated the book to him, see dedication leaf). Not long after the atlas had been published, the Tsylov became a member of the Russian Geographical Society.
The book contains a general plan of Saint Petersburg showing all its 13 districts, as well as plans of each district of the city delineating the quarters and is detailed to the smallest side streets. The district plans are supplemented with an alphabet Indexes of the streets which help in search of a particular street. The most voluminous part of the book, occupying 392 leaves, consists of detailed plans of all the Saint Petersburg streets, squares, embankments and islands, with all government buildings and private houses and dachas shown. Owner’s names are specified everywhere.
The author’s aim was to create the easiest reference for the townsmen in search of every street and lane, as well as the name and rank of the particular building’s owner. He also gave information about specific features of each building (material: wood or stone, length and number of floors). "It’s obvious, that no plan can substitute this atlas. The plan detailed enough to compare with the atlas would be too large. Every plan shows us the topography of a city, but doesn’t help in a quick search of a street, not to speak about a house" (p. ).
The atlas is considered an important source of the historical topography of Saint Petersburg and is a table book for all historians of the city. It was published in a small print run and like all other Russian lithographed editions is very scarce.
A separately issued "Alphabet Index" containing names of streets and house owners (SPb., 1849), was published but as almost always in not present with this copy.
143. TURNER, Samuel (1759-1802)
[Atlas Only] Ambassade au Thibet et au Boutan : contenant des détails très-curieux sur les moeurs, la religion, les productions et le commerce du Thibet, du Boutan, et des États voisins ; et une notice sur les événemens qui s'y sont passés jusqu'en 1793. [An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama, in Tibet; Containing a Narrative of a Journey Through Bootan, and Part of Tibet; To Which are Added, Views Taken on the spot, by Lieutenant Samuel Davis; and Observations Botanical, Mineralogical, and Medical, by Mr. Robert Saunders].
Paris: F. Buisson, 1800. First French Edition. Quarto. With fourteen copper engraved plates, two folding, and one folding copper engraved map. Publishers original pink stiff paper wrappers with a printed paper label on front cover. With some minor water staining, otherwise a very good copy in very original condition.
"Turner made this journey of the second Mission to Tibet at the instance of Warren Hastings in 1783. The route is the same as the first Mission by Bogle in 1774; Khochi Bihar-Bhuksa-Crossing the Bhutan Himalaya from Bhutan to Gyantse and Shigatse through the Chumbi Valley and Tang La" (Yakushi T277), Lust 208. "News having reach Calcutta in February 1782 of the reincarnation of the Tashilhunpo Grand Lama of Tibet in the person of a child, Warren Hastings proposed to dispatch a mission to Tibet to congratulate the lamaist regency and strengthen the relations established by George Bogle. Turner was appointed as leader of the mission..., he followed a similar route from Calcutta to that of Bogle, passing through Cooch Behar and then that of Alexander Hamilton to Punaka in Bhutan where Davis was turned back. After some delay in Bhutan, Turner reached the lamasery of Tashilhumpo, near Shigatse and returned to Patna in March 1784" (Howgego T74). "This is without comparison the most valuable work that has yet appeared on Thibet; but it is to be regretted that the author could not advance further into the country" (Pinkerton XVII; Cox I p.346).
144. UBALDINI, Petruccio (ca.1524-ca.1600)
A Genuine and most Impartial Narration of the Glorious Victory obtained, by Her Majesty's navy : Under the Conduct of Charles Lord Howard of Effingham, Lord High-Admiral of England, over the falsely-stiled Invincible Armada of Spain, A.D. 1588. Translated from the Italian, written by Petruccio Ubaldino, Citizen of Florence, and Inscribed to the High-Admiral, by A. Ryther. Illustrated with a useful Postscript. To which are annexed, by Way of Appendix, I. Original Letters, with other Curious Papers, relating to this ever-memorable Event. II. A choice Narrative of the notable Exploit of Part of the English Fleet against a Squadron of Spanish Galeons, in 1656. III. Descriptions of Puerto Bello and the Island Cuba. IV. Authentic Accounts of Puerto Bello's being taken by Capt. H. Morgan, in 1669; and by V.A. Vernon, in 1739: With a Plan of that City, its Harbour, late Fortifications, &c. As also of Cartagena and Havana.
London: Printed for R. Montagu, 1740. New Edition with Additions. Octavo. [ii], iv, 117 pp. With an engraved folding plates with three plans. Handsome period style brown panelled full calf with a maroon gilt label. Several leaves with some edge wear, otherwise a very good copy.
A rare work being a new "edition, with the addition of American sections, of Ubaldini’s Discourse concerning the Spanishe fleete, 1590"(Sabin 97661). This work also includes information on Cartegena, Cuba and Porto Bella not found in Ubaldini's original work. Also included is an account of how the English fleet destroyed and captured a Spanish treasure fleet off Cádiz in 1656. Additionally, an account of how Porto Bello in Panama was taken by Captain H. Morgan in 1669 and by Vice Admiral Edward Vernon in 1739. "In the summer of 1668 Margan left Jamaica again, this time with 460 buccaneers and a squadron of nine ships, to attack the settlements of Darien. Porto Bello was ransomed, and the fleet sailed on to the desolate south coast of Cuba where the loot was divided- 400 pieces of eight for every man" (Howgego M170).
145. VENATOR (JAEGER), Johann Caspar (fl. 1660-1684)
Historischer Bericht von dem Marianisch-Teutschen Ritter-Orden; wo, und wie derselbe entsprungen von einer Zeir zur andern gemachten; absonderlich aber, wie die Preußischen Länder innerhalb 54 Jahren erobert, 300 Jahr inngehabt; nachgehends aber, durch den bekanted Abfall, samt der Lieffländischen Provinz wieder verloren… [Historical Report of the Teutonic Order of the Knights…].
Nürnberg: Gedruckt bey Andreas Knorzen, zu finden bey Georg Scheurern, 1680. First edition. Small Quarto. , 15, 508 (with pagination mistake: p. 216 is followed by p. 227, but no text loss),  pp. With copper engraved title page and twenty-seven copper engraved plates. Owner’s ink stamp on the title page. Period white decoratively blind stamped pig skin with manuscript ink title and library number on the spine. Engraved title page slightly detached from the book in the bottom, several minor ink stamps on the rear board, otherwise a very good copy.
Johann Caspar Venator was a German Catholic historian and theologian, priest of the Teutonic Order and director of the Mergentheim seminary. His extensive history of the Teutonic order, with the special attention to Livonia and East Prussia, is supplemented with twenty-seven masterly engraved plates depicting coats of arms of the most notable knights and important scenes from the order’s history (Pope Celestine establishes the Teutonic Order and gives it as a symbol a black cross; Teutonic knight on the solemn audiences of the Kings of Jerusalem and France, and the Holy Roman Emperor). The last forty-two pages are occupied with the “Main register of all important and extraordinary events, cities, castles and fortresses mentioned in this work”.
The Teutonic Order (1190-1806), a brotherhood of German crusaders, was formed to protect and shelter Christian pilgrims in the Holy Land, but became famous in the 13th century as the moving force of the Prussian and Baltic Crusade. The wealth and power of Teutonic Knights was at its peak at the end of the 14th century when they not only ruled Christianized Prussia and Lithuania, but ruled a large sovereign monastic state covering East Prussia and Livonia (modern Baltic States). The Order’s power started to decline after the famous Battle of Grunwald in 1410, but it was not until 1525 that the Teutonic Knights lost control over their Prussian domain and concentrated on their possessions in the Holy Roman Empire.
Winkelmann, E. Bibliotheca Livoniae Historica. Berlin, 1878. 4944.
146. WELLS, Oliver
General Report on the Cowichan Valley.
Victoria: Col. Sec. Office, 22 March, 1860. Quarto (ca. 27,5x20 cm). 2 pp., printed in double columns. Paper age toned, with creases and minor tears and chips on extremities. Overall a good copy.
Very rare offprint of the survey of the area around Nanaimo executed in 1859 by Benjamin William Pearse (1832-1902) and Oliver Wells. The survey was executed on assignment of the Surveyor General of the Colony of Vancouver Island Joseph Despard Pemberton (1821-1893). Acknowledged as “containing matter of interest to the public, [it] is herewith published for general information by command of his Excellency, William A.G. Young, Acting Colonial Secretary”. The full report by Pearse and Wells was published in London later that year under the title “Vancouver’s Island. Survey of the Districts of Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley” (London, G. Eyre & W. Spottiswoode, 1859).
Wells gives an auspicious characteristic to the geographical location of the valley, its climate and soils, water sources and minerals; lists local woods, plants, fish and game; and predicts successful farming in the valley: “I am firmly persuaded that under a common, judicious system of farming, as good returns can be obtained from these lands as in any parts of the Continent of America. The climate, it may be noted, is one especially adapted to the pursuits of agriculture, not being subject to the heats and droughts of California, or to the colds of the other British American Provinces, and the Eastern United States”.
Nowadays the Cowichan Valley is the home of “a growing number of vineyards and wineries. They include Cherry Point Vineyards, Blue Grouse, Glenterra, Vigneti Zanatta, Venturi-Schulze Vineyards, and Averil Creek. Locals claim that the warm, dry summers and mild, moist winters are reminiscent of a cool Mediterranean climate, providing ideal growing conditions for many grape varieties” (Wikipedia).
Extremely rare and fragile, this locally-printed report presents a glowing picture of the settlement possibilities of this temperate, fertile valley. Printed copies of this report are almost unknown; most referred to are microfiche. Lowther 135.
147. WINTERBOTHAM, W[illiam] (1763-1829)
An Historical, Geographical and Philosophical View of the Chinese Empire; Comprehending a Description of the Fifteen Provinces of China, Chinese Tartary, Tributary States; Natural History of China; Government, Religion, Laws, Manners and Customs, Literature, Arts, Sciences, Manufactures, &c. To Which is Added a Copious Account of Lord Macartney's Embassy Compiled from Original Communications.
London: J. Ridgway, 1795. First Edition. Octavo. [x], 435; 114 pp. With a copper engraved folding map and seven other copper engravings on plates, one folding. Period brown gilt tooled polished full calf, re-backed in style with a black gilt label. A near fine copy.
An important account of China in that it gives an account of the Macartney Embassy three years before the official account by Staunton. "The account of the Macartney mission "Narrative of the Embassy to China," found in the second section, pp. 1-114, is apparently based on information from Aeneas Anderson" (China Illustrata II 688); Cordier Sinica 2392; Cox I p.344; Lust 79.