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1. [1812 FRENCH INVASION OF RUSSIA]
SCHMIDT, J.M.F., Professor
Special-Karte eines Theils des russischen Reichs vom Bug bis hinter Moskau, übersetzt und aus dem grossen russischen Atlas in 107 Blatt gezogen von J.M.F. Schmidt [Special Map of the Part of the Russian Empire from the Bug River to the Area Around Moscow].

Berlin: Simon Schropp & Comp, 1812. Outline hand coloured copper engraved folding map, dissected and linen backed, ca. 28x50,5 cm (11x20 in). Engraved by Carl Jättnig d. Ältern. With an elegant copper engraved publisher’s advertising pasted on the verso of the linen of one of the folds. Housed in the original marbled paper slipcase, slightly rubbed. Overall a bright very good map.
This detailed map of the western provinces of the Russian Empire including Lithuania, Belorussia, part of the Ukraine, and Kursk, Orel, Smolensk, Kaluga, Tula and Moscow provinces shows the theatre of operation of the 1812 French invasion of Russia. The copper engraved label on the linen back of the plan advertises “Magazin des beaux Arta et Cabinet de Géographie” – Kunst- und Landkarten Handlung von Simon Schropp u. Comp. (Jager Str., 24). Simon Schopp received a privilege for map publishing and trade in 1742 from the Prussian king Frederick II, and by the end of the 18th century became one of the major European map sellers. His company successfully worked through the centuries and is now one of the best Berlin map shops “Schropp Land & Karte GmbH”.
$750USD

 

2. [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, [1844]. 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.
$1850USD

 

3. [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, [1802]. 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.
$2500USD

 

4. [AMERICAS]
SCHMIDT, J.M.F., Professor
[Map of North and South America, Titled:] America. Gezeichnet vom Professor J.M.F. Schmidt.

Berlin: Simon Schropp & Comp, 1820. Outline hand coloured copper engraved folding map, dissected and cloth backed, ca. 60x46 cm (23 ½ x 18 in). Engraved by Franz. Housed in the original card chemise and a marbled paper slipcase with a period manuscript title on a paper label; both the slipcase and chemise with period library stamps. Overall a bright very good map.
This map of the western hemisphere outlines possessions of the European powers in North and South America (English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish and Russian), separately marking the United States of America, Brazil and Haiti. Simon Schropp received a privilege for map publishing and trade in 1742 from the Prussian king Frederick II, and by the end of the 18th century became one of the major European map sellers. His company successfully worked through the centuries and is now one of the best Berlin map shops “Schropp Land & Karte GmbH”.
$650USD

 

5. [AVIATION]
[Sammelband with Four Early French Brochures on Aviation, Including:]
GIRARDVILLE, P. Étude sur la Navigation Aérienne. Extrait de la Revue d’artillerie, Mars 1899.
Paris-Nancy: Berger-Levrault et Cie, 1899. 30 pp.
[With] COURTY, J. L’Aérostation et ses Applications Militaires. Paris: B. Brunel et Cie, n.d. 48 pp.
[With] FERBER, F. Les Progrès le l’Aviation depuis 1891 par le vol plane. Paris-Nancy: Berger-Levrault et Cie, 1904. 53, [1] pp.
[With] BOISSET, L.-A. Navigation Aérienne et l’Aéroneff dirigeable indéformable “Aussi lourd que l’air”. Paris, n.d. 20 pp.
All brochures bound together in period brown quarter sheep with marbled paper boards and gild lettered title on the spine; one original publisher’s wrapper bound in. Occasional period pencil notes in text, otherwise a very good copy.
Interesting collection of early French works on aeronautics, extensively illustrated with photos of planes, aerostats, dirigibles et al.
$850USD

 

6. [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).
$975USD

 

7. [BAEGERT, Johann Jakob] (1717-1772)
Nachrichten von der Amerikanischen Halbinsel Californien: mit einem zweyfachen Anhang falscher Nachrichten. Geschrieben von einem Priester der Gesellschaft Jesu, welcher lang darinn diese letztere Jahr gelebet hat. [News from the American Peninsula California..,]

Mannheim: Churfürstl. Hof- und Academie-Buchdruckerey, 1773. Second Edition (With Corrections). Small Octavo. [xvi], 358 pp. With one copper engraved folding map and two copper engraved plates on one leaf. Recent handsome period style brown gilt tooled half sheep with marbled boards and a red gilt title label. Some leaves with very mild browning, otherwise a very good copy.
"Baegert, a German Jesuit missionary and resident of Baja California for eighteen years, wrote an interesting but by no means glowing account of the natives and of the country. He served at the mission of San Luis Gonzaga. The map is most helpful in giving the location of the many Jesuit missions in Lower California. It also shows the route along the west coast of Mexico followed by Baegert in going to California in 1751, and his route out in 1768, after the expulsion of the Jesuits. The two plates, which are not found with all copies, depict California natives"(Hill 46); Barrett 129;"According to his accounts the country was absolutely unfitted for habitation; it was inhabited by wild and ferocious beasts; peopled by inhospitable and cruel savages; water was unfit for use; wood was scarce; and the soil would not sustain life" (Cowan p.27); Graff 137; Howgego B1; Howes B29; Sabin 4363 "Some corrections made [in the second edition)" (Streeter IV 2442); Wagner 157.
$5250USD

 

8. [BERLIN]
REYMANN, Daniel Gottlob
Neuester Grundriss von Berlin [New Plan of Berlin].

Berlin: Simon Schropp & Comp., 1822. Hand coloured copper engraved folding plan, dissected and linen backed, ca. 36,5x49,5 cm (14 ¼ x 19 ½ in). Engraved by Carl Stein. With an elegant copper engraved publisher’s advertising pasted on the linen of one of the folds. Housed in the original marbled paper folder and slipcase, the latter with a small paper title label on the spine. Overall a bright fine plan.
Beautiful bright plan of Berlin with the city districts highlighted in different colours. The insert lists the main sites of Berlin. The copper engraved label on the linen back of the plan advertises “Magazin des beaux Arta et Cabinet de Géographie” – Kunst- und Landkarten Handlung von Simon Schropp u. Comp. (Jager Str., 24). Simon Schopp received a privilege for map publishing and trade in 1742 from the Prussian king Frederick II, and by the end of the 18th century became one of the major European map sellers. His company successfully worked through the centuries and is now one of the best Berlin map shops “Schropp Land & Karte GmbH”.
$975USD

 

9. [BRITISH COLUMBIA]
[Map of the] British Columbia Railway Belt Sicamous Sheet West Of Sixth Meridian...

[Ottawa]: Department of the Interior, 1913. Large folding colour map, 33x27 inches, tipped to contemporary black leather folder. Map backed on linen. Rubbed, contemporary notations in ink on front pastedown. Map bright and clean. Very good.
Prepared under the direction of F.C.C. Lynch, Superindendent of Railway Lands, the present map illustrates land use within the British Columbia railway belt near Shuswap Lake and Bastion Mountain. Various regions of the map are color-coded to mark homesteads, lands disposed of by the government, land sales (including mining lands), forest reserves, timber berths, grazing land, and Indian reservations. Potential routes, surveryed and unsurveyed, are also noted, along with post offices, railway stations, ranger stations, and townships. A legend in the upper left corner corresponds to the colors used on the map, an insert in the lower right corner provides elevations. An informative look at railway development in the Canadian west.
$750USD

 

10. [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, [1809]. 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 Mesiatseslov 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.
$575USD

 

11. [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, [2], [2] 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 Mesiatseslov 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.
$575USD

 

12. [CARIBBEAN]
PURDY, John
General Chart of the West India Islands, with the adjacent Coasts of the Southern Continent; Including the Bay of Yucatan or Honduras. Composed from a great Variety of Surveys and Observations, Particularly those made by the Officers of the Spanish Navy.

London: R.H. Laurie, 1828, 1834. Large folding copper engraved map, dissected and linen backed, ca. 63x95,5 cm (24 ¾ x 37 ½ in), outline hand coloured. Housed in the original green cloth slipcase with printed paper title label on the side. Slipcase slightly rubbed, map with mild offset, otherwise a very good map.
The map is dedicated “to Captain Andrew Livingston, of Glasgow and Liverpool, in token of respect, and in acknowledgement of his extensive communications for the improvement of navigation, particularly that of the West Indies.” “This large-scale chart depicts the southern tip of Florida, the Caribbean, Central America from Yucatan to Panama, and the northern coast of South America. There is great detail along the coasts, with numerous place names, soundings, safe anchorages, and navigational hazards. In South America, there is good inland detail of the Magdalena and Orinoco rivers and Lake Maracaibo. A small cartouche in the bottom left corner dedicates the chart to Captain Andrew Livingston. Engraved by W. R. Gardner and published by Richard Holmes Laurie” (Old World Auctions).
$850USD

 

13. [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, [1858]. 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).
$650USD

 

14. [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. [2], 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.
$850USD

 

15. [FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE KING OF ITALY]
CAMERANO, Lorenzo (1856-1917)
[Custom Made Collection of All Five Articles by Camerano 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 King of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele III, with the King's Book Plate].

[Milano: Ulrico Hoepli], 1908. Author's Presentation Copy to the King of Italy. Five special offprints bound together. First Editions. Quarto. 66, [2]; 7; 22, [2]; 10, [2]; 6, [2]; 35 pp. With thirteen photogravure plates. Period light brown gilt tooled quarter calf with green gilt lettered label, marbled boards and endpapers, and a silk bookmark. All original publisher’s wrappers bound in. Author’s presentation inscription on the half-title “A Sua Majesta Vittorio Emanuele III Ré d’Italia. Omaggio, Lorenzo Camerano”. The King’s bookplate on the first free endpaper, paper label of the King’s library on the bottom of the spine. Handsome copy in near fine condition.
This special bound collection includes five articles by a noted Italian zoologist Lorenzo Camerano who took part in the 1906 expedition to the Ruwenzori Mountains led by Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi. The set includes the offprints of all Camerano’s articles from the “Zoology” volume of the official account of the expedition (the official account was published in 3 vols. In total: the travel narrative and two volumes of scientific data “Relazioni scientifiche"; Milano, 1908). All the offprints are bound together in their original publisher's wrappers, and contain illustrated articles about the colobus and red-tailed monkeys, Ruwenzori leopard, Grant’s zebra, and African buffalo (with photos of skulls, horns and skins), as well as a detailed systematized list of insects of Uganda and the Ruwenzori.
The set was presented by Camerano to the Italian King Vittorio Emmanuele III (who also was a cousin of Prince Luigi Amadeo of Savoy).
"An account of the expedition of H.R.H. Prince Luigi Amadeo of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi. Classic reference work on this tropical range; the expedition succeeded in climbing all the principal peaks" (Neate F27). “The second of the Duke's major expeditions. The Ruwenzori, Ptolemy's 'Mountain of the Moon', had never been seriously attempted before this remarkable expedition made the first ascents of this mountain group in central Africa between Lake Albert and Lake Edward on the boundary between Uganda and Zaire. With the rare second and third volumes of scientific data” (Howgego, Continental Exploration 1850-1940, F11).
Lorenzo Camerano was an Italian herpetologist and entomologist. 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).
$850USD

 

16. [HOLY LAND]
SEATON, Robert, Hydrographer to the King
Seaton’s Map of Palestine, or the Holy Land, with Part of Egypt, Compiled from Surveys made for the French and English Governments.

London: Josiah Neel for the proprietor, [1835]. Hand coloured copper engraved folding map, dissected and linen backed, ca. 81x92,5 cm (31 ¼ x 36 ½ in). With a large engraved cartouche showing a scene from the Gospel, two smaller engraved views, two engraved plans and a wide decorative engraved border. Housed in the original red sheep and marbled paper folder with the boards detached from each other and a period ink owner’s inscription on one of the boards. Map slightly soiled and with minor water stains, but overall a very good copy.
Large beautiful map of Palestine and Egypt corrected to the latest geographic information also provides detailed illustration to ancient and biblical history; it marks all important cites mentioned in the Bible, as well as the track of the Exodus. The map is supplemented with a large copper engraved vignette depicting Christ’s meeting with a woman of Samaria (St. John Gospel, chapter 4, verses 5-26), two smaller views of the “Principal square in Grand Cairo” and a “View of the Pyramids & Sphynx;” and two plans showing Jerusalem and its environs, and the Temple of Jerusalem. The “Note” and “Explanation” briefly describe Egypt and the Pyramids, and refer to the ancient authors whose works were used by Robert Sutton for the compilation of the map. The decorative border features coats of arms of several European countries, Persia and the United States, a cross of Knights Templar, with the coat of arms of the Great Britain and regalia of an Anglican bishop and archbishop at the top. According to the annotation under the title, “This Map intended as a companion for & to illustrate the Geography of the Scriptures is principally compiled from the Surveys made under the direction of General Kleber for the information of Buonaparte and as regards the Coast from those made for the Admiralty of England”. A year later Robert Seaton issued “A Companion to Seaton's Map of Palestine and Egypt” (London: James Neele, 1836).
$975USD

 

17. [LA PEROUSE, Jean Francois Galaup de] (1744-81)
[Plan of the Bay of Conception, Chili]. Plan de la Baie de la Conception Situee Dans le Chili.

Paris, 1797. Copper engraved map ca. 33,5x49 cm (13 x 19 ½ in). Original fold marks but otherwise a very good map.
"This sea chart of the Bay of Concepcion shows good topographical and hydrological detail. Fort St. Pierre, Port St. Vincent and the Biobio River are shown and many villages and soundings are located" (Old World Auctions).
$375USD

 

18. [LA PEROUSE, Jean Francois Galaup de] (1744-81)
[Map of the Pacific Ocean..,]. Carte du Grand Ocean ou Mer du Sud Dressee pour la Relation du Voyage de Decouvertes faites par les Fregates Francaises la Boussole et l'Astrolabe dans les Annees 1785, 86, 87 et 88.

Paris, 1797. Copper engraved map ca. 50,5x69 cm (20 x 27 ½ in). Original fold marks, but otherwise a very good map.
"Jean-Francois de Galaup, Comte de La Perouse commanded a French scientific expedition to the Pacific in 1785-88. Recognized as one the foremost naval commanders and navigators in France, he was selected by King Louis XVI to complete Captain James Cook's exploration of the western Pacific. La Perouse explored the coasts of the Gulf of Alaska and northwestern North America in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. After leaving America his expedition continued on to Asia where he explored from Macao to Kamchatka and the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. This large-scale map depicts the explorer's route from Brazil, to the northwest coast of America, through Asia, and ending in Australia. The map focuses on coastal details and the islands of the Pacific, with the interiors left blank. Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and numerous islands of the south Pacific are still not fully delineated. Although La Perouse's journey ended in shipwreck in 1788 in the Santa Cruz Islands, his narrative, maps and views survived and were published in 1797. Engraved by Tardieu" (Old World Auctions).
$975USD

 

19. [LA PEROUSE, Jean Francois Galaup de] (1744-81)
[Plan of the Bay of Monterey, California]. Plan de la Baie de Monterey, dans la Californie Septentrionale, par 36o.38' de Latitude Nord et 124o.3' de Longitude Occidentale pour servir au Voyage de M. De La Perouse.

Paris, 1797. Copper engraved map ca. 33,5x49 cm (13 x 19 ½ in). Original fold marks, but otherwise a very good map.
"The Bay of Monterey in California, showing the Presidio and the Mission de St. Charles as the only man-made structures. La Pérouse reached Monterey on 14 September 1786, his description is frequently quoted. "The principal cartographical contribution of the La Pérouse expedition was the determination by lunar observations and by a chronometer which he considered to be accurate of the longitude of several places on the coast; Port de Francais (Lituya Bay), Isla San Carlos (Forrester Island), Cap Hector (Cape St. James), and Monterey" - Wagner, Northwest Coast, p.201" (PBA Galleries).
$675USD

 

20. [LA PEROUSE, Jean Francois Galaup de] (1744-81)
[Two part Map of Laperouse's Discoveries in 1787 in the Seas of China and Tartary ..,]. Carte Des Decouvertes Faites en 1787 dans les Mers de Chine et de La Tartarie, par les Fregates Francaises La Boussole et L'Astrolabe, depuis a leur depart de Manille jusqu'a leur arrivee au Kamtschatka, 1ere & 2e Feuille.

Paris, 1797. Two copper engraved maps each ca. 49x68,5 cm (19 ½ x 27 in). Original fold marks, but otherwise a very good two part map.
"This is La Perouse's general chart of discovery for 1787 which represents the scope of exploration following his trip along the west coast of America. It covers the coastline from the tip of the Korean peninsula and Japan through the northern part of the Philippines. Numerous islands in the Pacific Ocean are named including Taiwan (Formose) and the Mariana group and Guam. The chart maps the last year of the La Perouse expedition and the ships Astrolabe and Boussole, showing very detailed soundings and all known harbors, straits, and island chains. The following spring the expedition vanished without a trace. Drawn by Herault and engraved by Bouclet" (Old World Auctions).
$1250USD

 

21. [LA PEROUSE, Jean Francois Galaup de] (1744-81)
[Map of the North Pacific]. Carte des Cotes de l'Amerique et de l'Asie Depuis la Californie jusqu'a Macao…

Paris, 1797. Copper engraved map ca. 50x68,5 cm (20x27 in). Original fold marks, but otherwise a very good map.
"This large-scale map shows the extent of La Perouse's expedition in the North Pacific. It covers the western coast of America from the Gulf of California to Alaska, and the east coast of Asia from Tartary to Canton, including Formosa, Japan and the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii). The tracks of the La Boussole and L'Astrolabe are shown. Engraved by Tardieu" (Old World Auctions).
$650USD

 

22. [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, [2], 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. [8], 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. [6], 89, [1] 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. [2], 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.
$975USD

 

23. [MAURITIUS]
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).
$1250USD

 

24. [MAURITIUS]
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).
$2500USD

 

25. [NORTH AMERICA]
[Puzzle Map Titled:] Amerique du Nord.

Paris: M.D. Editeur, ca. 1890. Colour lithographed map mounted on wood ca. 32x42,5 cm (12 ½ x 17 in) and dissected into 48 puzzle pieces. Puzzle pieces backed with blue paper. A few spot of soiling but overall the map puzzle is in very good condition.
This attractive map puzzle dates from around 1890, going by the existence of states like Washington etc. and districts like Assinoiboia.
$475USD

 

26. [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, [1863]. 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.
$975USD

 

27. [PACIFIC NORTH-WEST COAST]
MENDENHALL, Thomas Corwin (1841-1924)
North West Coast of America and Inland Passages from Olympia, Washington to Mt. St. Elias, Alaska.

U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey, 1891. Large printed folding map, dissected and linen backed, ca. 163x53 cm (64 ¼ x 20 ¾ in). Scale 1:1,200,000. Attached to the original card and marbled paper folder with brown sheep spine and gilt lettered title label on the front board. Bookplate of Edward W. Allen attached to the verso of the front board. Spine neatly repaired, map with a couple minor tears on the folds; overall a very good map.
This rare map, “based chiefly upon the work of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey and with some compilations from Russian and British Admiralty Charts” presents a detailed and impressive picture of the Alaskan coast, indicating soundings (in fathoms), ferry routes, lighthouses, major mountains and their heights, as well as the preliminary border line between BC and Alaska.
Thomas Corwin Mendenhall was an American autodidact physicist and meteorologist. During his time in the office as the superintendent of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (since 1889) Mendenhall was responsible for defining the exact national boundary between the United States (Alaska) and Canada. The Mendenhall Valley and glacier in Juneau, Alaska was named after him in 1892 (See more: Wikipedia).
$975USD

 

28. [PERON, Francois] (1775-1810)
& [FREYCINET, Louis-Henri de Saulces, Baron de] (1777-1840)

[Atlas Part 1 ONLY] Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terres Australes, excute par ordre de Sa Majeste l'Empereur et Roi, Partie Historique Redigee par M.F. Peron. - Atlas par MM. Lesueur et Petit [Voyage of Discovery to Terra Australis, Executed by Order of His Majesty the Emperor and King..,]
Paris: Chez Arthus Bertrand, 1807-1816. First Edition. Folio Atlas. Title + [vi] pp. Atlas: Part I: engraved title and forty engraved plates including the folding panoramas of Sydney and Timor (twenty-four plates hand coloured). Period light brown papered boards. Spine with splits at hinges, the Timor panorama with a small chip of left blank margin, some plates with very minor foxing of outer blank fore edge, One plate with a repaired tear of blank margin, but overall a very good copy in very original uncut condition.
This first part of the atlas includes all the plates including topographical views, local inhabitants, coastal profiles and natural history etc. "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); 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).
$6500USD

 

29. [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. Complete, with 103 issues in 6 vols. 533, [3], 12; 583, [5]; 346, [2], 641, [2]; [1 – t.p.], 409, [2], [1 – t.p.], 455, [2]; 235, [1], 512, [2]; 56, 135 pp. With a total of thirteen lithograph maps, plans and charts (twelve folding, three in color), nine lithograph plates (seven folding; one large), and one large folding table, plus many tables in the text. Handsome period maroon and brown gilt tooled quarter sheep with marbled and papered boards. Bound in a similar but not quite uniform style. Vol. 2 bound without a title page. A couple of plates with repairs and markings of removed old adhesive tape, a couple of places of mild foxing, two volumes with slight cracking of hinges but holding. Overall a clean very good set.
A complete set (103 issues) of the first and only edition of this important Portuguese periodical dedicated to navigation, geographical exploration and colonial issues, and published by the Associação Maritima e Colonial in Lisbon. The materials include important original articles on the Portuguese colonies in Africa (Angola and Mozambique), India (Goa), China (Macau), Indonesia (Timor and other islands, e.g. Solor); official documents by the Portuguese government regarding maritime and colonial issues, as well as current statistical information from the colonies; first publications of the accounts of Portuguese voyages of exploration (e.g. In the Central Africa); interesting archival documents regarding Portuguese voyages and discoveries from the XVth century onwards and many others.
The collection includes three lengthy articles serialized through many issues: one is on the Portuguese colonies in Asia, including Macau and Timor, one on Portuguese explorations in the interior of Africa (diary of Dr. Francisco Jose de Lacerda e Almeida), and one on Portuguese colonies on the west coast of Africa (Angola). Other articles are dedicated to the Solor Island (Indonesia), Mozambique, the trade with the Malay Archipelago, the priority of Portuguese explorations in the Northern and Central Africa; problems of Christianisation and public education of the population of the Portuguese colonies et al. There are also accounts of the most important international expeditions of the time, e.g. Dumont-Dourville’s travel to the Antarctic (1837-40), Dupetit-Thouars’ circumnavigation of the frigate Venus (1836-39), Canadian Arctic exploration by the Hudson’s Bay Company vessels, the US Exploring Expedition in the South Pacific in 1838-40 et al. The publications also include texts of international anti-slavery treaties, documents on exports and imports, articles on the latest navigation techniques and machines, e.g. Steam ships, et al.
The charts are aimed at helping sailors to navigate in difficult ports, and show the harbors of Lisbon, Goa, Quellimane (Mozambique, hand coloured), Dilly (Timor), Mossamedes (modern Namibia, Angola) and Lobito (Benguela province of Angola); there are also folding plans of the city of Goa, a Portuguese fort in Pungo an Dongo (Angola); a topographical chart of the National Forest of Leiria (Portugal) and others. Plates include two views of the rapids de São Salvador da Pesqueira on the river Douro (Portugal) – before and after the works which removed the rapids and made the river navigable at this point; a nicely executed large folding view of the façade of the famous ruin of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Macau, a reprint of a document in Chinese, a draft of a vapour vessel, a statistical table of the population of the Portuguese Goa and others.
Volume I contains 11 issues and a supplement (pp. 529-33), followed by an index (3 pp.), as described in Fonseca, and "Estatutos da Associação Maritima" (12 pp., paginated separately), which is not mentioned in Fonseca. In volume II, there are 12 issues. Volumes III, IV and V each contain 24 issues: 12 in the "Parte Official," 12 more in the "Parte Não Official." In volume VI, only 4 issues each of the "Parte Official" and "Parte Não Official" were published. Fonseca calls for only 1 folding plate and 3 maps in the "Parte Não Official" of volume III, where this copy has 3 plates and 4 maps. Fonseca also fails to mention the single leaf preceding the text in both "Partes" of volume IV. Innocêncio I, 72; Sabin 1577a.
$3250USD

 

30. [POTSDAM]
[Attractive Copper Engraved Plan Titled:] Grundriss von der Stadt Potsdam.

Ca. 1780. Copper engraved plan ca. 35,5x43 cm (14x17 in). A minor crease in the upper part of the plan, some very mild minor foxing blank margins, but otherwise a very good plan.
This attractive map of Postdam which is similar in style to the Berlin Plans of Johann David Schleuen (1711-1771) has thirteen views of the most famous buildings of the city framing the central plan. These views include the Garrison, St. Nicolai, Holy Spirit & French Churches and also the City Hall, Rifle Factory, Sanssouci, Royal Palace, Japanese Palais etc. "After the Edict of Potsdam in 1685, Potsdam became a centre of European immigration. Its religious freedom attracted people from France (Huguenots), Russia, the Netherlands and Bohemia. The edict accelerated population growth and economic recovery.
Later, the city became a full residence of the Prussian royal family. The majestic buildings of the royal residences were built mainly during the reign of Frederick the Great. One of these is the Sanssouci Palace (French: "without cares", by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff, 1744), famed for its formal gardens and Rococo interiors. Other royal residences include the New Palace and the Orangery" (Wikipedia).
$975USD

 

31. [PRAGUE DURING THE REVOLUTION OF 1848]
[Collection of First Twenty-Eight Issues of the:] Prager Abend-Blatt.

Prag: C.W. Medau, 1-30 June 1848. Octavo. 112 pp., 6 folding leaves. With fourteen pages of cut out illustrations and newspaper clippings pasted to the front endpaper and thick paper leaves bound in. Period card and marbled paper covers with a newspaper clipping with the “Prager Abend-Blatt” title stuck to the front board. Binding slightly rubbed, paper slightly age toned, but overall a very good copy.
Custom made collection of first 28 issues of the rare “Prager Abend-Blatt,” providing a great illustration on the point of view of the Prague German nationalist community on the revolutionary events of 1848. Worldcat finds only five paper copies of this periodical. This collection assembled at the time or shortly after the revolutionary events is supplemented with eleven cut-out illustrations, showing Czech revolutionary students, members of the National Guard, Bohemian leader Peter Faster and Austrian leader Alfred Ferdinand Fürst zu Windisch-Grätz, scenes of a Slavic service on the Rossmarkt (Wenceslas Square), street fights, barricades, attack to the bridge in the old town, fire in the old town et al. The three folding leaves at rear are apparently separately published leaflets on the “Beitrag zu den Prager Ereignissen” (dated 21 July 1848), “Kundmachung” by Alfred Fürst Windischgrätz (dated 2 August 1848), and “Betrachtungen über das Gedicht: Eine Warnungsstimme aus Italien.”
$975USD

 

32. [PRUSSIA, POST MAP]
BERGHAUS, Heinrich Karl Wilhelm (1797-1884)
Post-Charte vom Preussischen Staate in XXV Blättern [Post Map of the Prussian State in 25 leaves].

Berlin: Magazins für Kunst, Geographie & Muzik, 1824. Copper engraved large folding map, borders outlined in colour, dissected and linen backed, ca. 91,5x125 cm (30x 49 in). Scale: 1/1,000,000. Engraved by Carl Mare. Housed in the original marbled papered slipcase. Overall a very good map.
Special post map of the Kingdom of Prussia showing the territory of central Europe (Germany and parts of Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Austrian Empire, and Poland). The map marks post offices and stations (with distances between them) and different lines of post communication (urgent, carriage, by boat et al.) of Prussia, Austria, Kingdom of Bavaria, Duchy of Baden and the Netherlands. The large title cartouche features the Royal Prussian crowned eagle with sceptre and orb. This edition was authorised by the head of the Prussian Royal General Post Office Karl von Nagler (1770-1846).
An early work by a noted German geographer and cartographer Heinrich Berghaus, a teacher of August Petermann and Heinrich Lange. Berghaus is mostly known for his Physikalischer Atlas (Gotha, 1838–1848), revised and improved edition of the Stieler’s Handatlas and numerous written works. The island in Franz Josef Land known as Ostrov Bergkhauz was named after him.
Not in Engelmann (he marks only later correcter edition of Schropp & Comp., issued in 1839, see p. 796).
$1250USD

 

33. [RHODESIA]
[Collection of Two Official Reports Dedicated to the Development of Agricultural and Stock Farming in Rhodesia and Compiled for the British South Africa Company; With Typewritten Copies of Seven Articles on Rhodesia and its Economy:] Rhodesia, Report by Professor Wallace, October 1908; Travels in Rhodesia by London M. Douglas, F.R.S.E; The Progress of Rhodesia.

Ca. 1908-1911. Two Folio bound volumes of typewritten text (ca. 33x21 cm). Report by Wallace: [1], 3, 70, 4 leaves, period pencil corrections in text. Report by Douglas: [1], 100, [1], 43, [8], 30 leaves, with fourteen leaves of related newspaper clippings and ephemera bound in; period ink corrections in text; period ink note “London M. Douglas (personal copy)” on the first free endpaper. Two uniform red cloth bindings with gilt lettered titles on the front boards and spines. Collection of the typewritten articles: 10, 10, 10, 8, 9, 11, 9 = 67 leaves, put together with original staples. The articles numbered from 1 to VIII (article VII is apparently missing). Bindings of the reports slightly rubbed, with corners bumped, the leaves of the articles with minor creases, but overall a very good collection.
Interesting collection of original reports and essays on the perspectives of farming and agriculture in Rhodesia, compiled on special request of the British South Africa Company. The first report was made by Robert Wallace (1853-1939), professor of agriculture and rural economy in the University of Edinburgh, who toured Southern Rhodesia on 29 June – 2 September 1908. His main findings were that it was “essentially a live stock country,” and for future it was necessary to built a land bank, a hospital and fever camps, to introduce breeding programs for cattle, horses and pigs and to overhaul veterinary regulations. The report presents the statistics for the sheep and camel population and it seems that the “future of Rhodesia as a tame ostrich country still hangs in the balance.” One of the main problems for the industry is the native labour “not only of its irregularity, unreliability and inferior quality, but its short supply and its costliness on account of the competition of the mines.”
The second report by London M. Douglas, “Technical Advisor on Animal Industries” was made after a trip to Rhodesia in July-September 1911, undertaken with the goal to evaluate the present state and possible development of the swine, meat, and dairy industries, together with the building of a bacon curing plant. The volume, from Douglas’s personal collection, includes the report together with the detailed travel diary and related Rhodesia newspaper clippings and ephemera mounted on separate leaves. Although agriculture was progressing, Douglas reported that an agricultural college was sorely needed, together with an ice and creamery plant and a bacon factory.
The collection of articles titled “The Progress of Rhodesia” consists of 8 essays, dedicated to the country’s history, geography, population, agricultural produce, forestry, tobacco, live stock, fruit and vegetables, the author also gives recommendations to prospective farmers. The articles were most probably published in a newspaper titled “Country Life” (or in a column of the same name).
“British South Africa Company (BSAC, BSACO, or BSA Company), mercantile company based in London that was incorporated in October 1889 under a royal charter at the instigation of Cecil Rhodes, with the object of acquiring and exercising commercial and administrative rights in south-central Africa. The charter was initially granted for 25 years, and it was extended for a 10-year period in 1915. <…> After 1897 the BSAC administered the two Rhodesia's, encouraging the immigration of white settlers with exaggerated tales of gold deposits. When these claims were proved to be overstated, settlers were encouraged as farmers. Company rule ended in Southern Rhodesia in 1923, when the white settlers were granted responsible government, and in Northern Rhodesia in 1924, when the British Colonial Office assumed control” (Encyclopaedia Britannica).
$2250USD

 

34. [RUSSIA]
Das Europaeische Russland und die Statthalterschaft Kaukasus, auf Grund der im Kriegstopographischen Depot bearbeiteten und von der Kais. Russ. Geographischen Gesellschaft in St. Petersburg heraugegebenen Karte [Map of European Russia and the Caucasian Governorship/ Ed. By Arnd].

Weimar: Geographische Institut, 1877. Colour lithographed large folding map, dissected and linen backed, ca. 140x110 cm (55 x 43 ¼ in). Scale: 1/3,000,000. Original publisher’s dark olive cloth covers with gilt lettered title on the front cover and the same title blind stamped on the back cover. With four paper labels advertising other Weimar Geographical Institute products pasted on. Covers slightly rubbed, otherwise a very good map.
Large detailed map of European Russia and the Caucasus, with the northern parts of the Ottoman Empire. Published by the authoritative Geographical Institute of Weimar, the map shows the administrative divisions, cities and towns, railways and roads, postal and telegraph stations, areas populated by Cossacks and German settlers, University cities and German consulates et al. Latitudes were marked by Prof. Otto Delisch, sea routes – by W. Von Freeden. The map was approved at the Moscow Polytechnic exhibition of 1872 and by the Imperial Society of Devotees of Natural Science at Moscow University (their seals are reproduced next to the title).
$750USD

 

35. [RUSSIAN FOLK LAWS]
Sbornik Narodnih Juridicheskih Obichaev. T. 1 / Pod red. P.A. Matveeva [A Collection of Russian Folk Laws. Vol. 1] / 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. [8], 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.
$650USD

 

36. [SRI LANKA]
Map of the Island of Ceylon, Corrected up to 1899. Showing the Provinces, Towns, Principal and Minor Roads, Railway and Telegraph Lines &c.

Colombo: A.M. & J. Ferguson, Ceylon Observer Office; London: John Haddon & Co., ca. 1899. Colour printed map ca. 93,5x61,5 cm (36 ¾ x 24 ¼ in), dissected and mounted in segments on linen. The map is housed in original publisher’s green cloth folder with gilt lettered title “Map of Ceylon” on the front cover and with marbled endpapers. The folder is rubbed and slightly faded, otherwise a very good bright map.
This detailed map of colonial Sri Lanka shows the island’s province and district boundaries, principal roads, railways (in work, in construction and proposed) and railway stations, government rest houses and the steamer route around the island. It was published in the office of the “Ceylon Observer” – a popular daily Sri Lankan newspaper, under the supervision of John Ferguson (1842-1913), the “Observer’s” chief editor since 1892, Vice-President of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, President of the Ceylon Christian Literature Society, and Honorary Corresponding Secretary of the Royal Colonial Institute.
“Ferguson developed an active role in the political, commercial and cultural affairs of Ceylon. He took a particular interest in the development and expansion of the railway system, and became closely involved in the tea, coffee, coconut and other planting trades for which he compiled and published statistics in his annually issued Handbook and Directory of Ceylon. His interest in these trades also led to his founding and publishing the "Tropical Agriculturalist", a journal covering planting in all tropical regions, which began in 1881 and continued under his control until 1904, when responsibility for it was assumed by the Agricultural Society. Ferguson was very active in the Cinnamon Gardens Baptist Church (as was his uncle, Alastair Mackenzie Ferguson), and lectured on many of his interests. He travelled overseas from Ceylon on several occasions, visiting Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, North America and Britain.
In 1903 Ferguson was awarded the Order of St. Michael and St. George, and in the same year was appointed as a member of the Legislative Council of Ceylon. In this role he continued to support his interests, such as extension of the railway system and supporting trade. He resigned in 1908, and in 1912 returned to Britain for the last time; he died there in 1913” (Ferguson, John/ Institute of Commonwealth Studies// AIM25 online).
$750USD

 

37. [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], [1865]. 4 pp. On a folded folio leaf (ca. 27,5x35,5 cm or 10 ½ x 13 ¾ inches). 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.
$850USD

 

38. [USSELINCX, Willem?] (1567-1647)
[Trade with the Indies]. Onpartydich Discours opte Handelinghe vande Indien.

Ca. 1608. First Edition. Small Octavo. [7] pp. Later marbled boards. Text uniformly browned, small repair of a margin of the first leaf, but overall a very good copy.
Anonymous report attributed to Willem Usselincx, one of the fathers of the Dutch West India Company, with information about the trade in the West and East Indies, and the interests of the Dutch and Spaniards in these colonies. The author urges the Dutch to develop their trade in the area and discusses the importance of Cuba, Santo Domingo, Punto del Rey, New Guinea, and other colonies, and notes the manpower and expense already invested. The author also takes notice of the exploitation of the indigenous Indians in the Spanish colonies. Sabin 98206.
$375USD

 

39. [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."
$750USD

 

40. [VIETNAM RAILWAYS]
[Collection of Four Large Folding Maps of Railways in Southern Vietnam during French Colonial Rule, Titled:] Carte du Sud del’Annam. Ligne des Chemins de Fer [Leaf 1: General Map from Saigon to Qui-Nhon; Leaf 2: Line from Phanrang to Nhatrang; Leaf 3: Line from Phanrang to Dalat; Leaf 4: Line from Phanrang to Phanry].

Ca. 1899. Four large folding lithographed maps, ca. 79,5x70,5 cm (31 ¼ x 27 ¾ in), ca. 92,5x43,5 cm (36 ½ x 17 in), ca. 91,5x31 cm (36 ¼ x 12 ¼ in), and ca. 88,5x34,5 cm (34 ½ x 12 in). All bound together but disbound from a larger volume, the first map with a period manuscript title “Ligne des Chemins de Fer. Echelle 1/500,000.” The last map detached from the others, otherwise a very good collection.
Interesting map collection illustrating the development of the railway network in Southern Vietnam during French colonial rule. The general map outlines the railway from Saigon to Quy Nhon, with all stations and distances from Saigon. The three other special maps show the railway and its stations, as well as transitable and non-transitable roads from Phan Rang to Nha Trang, Dalat and Phan Ry. The maps also mark main cities, towns and villages, rivers and heights above the sea level.
$650USD

 

41. ANDERSON, Alexander Caulfield (1814-1884)
Map Showing the Different Routes of Communication with the Gold Regions of Fraser’s and Thompson’s Rivers.

London: J. Arrowsmith, [1859]. Large lithographed map ca. 37,5x49 cm (14 ¾ x 19 3/8 in), borders and routes outlined in colour. Mild fold marks, otherwise a very good map.
Issued in the midst of the Fraser River gold rush, the map delineates the main routes to the gold regions of the Fraser and Thompson Rivers.

Alexander C. Anderson was a Hudson's Bay Company fur-trader, explorer of British Columbia and civil servant. In 1846-47 he led three expeditions to the Cariboo region to find a usable trail there from the coast. After the beginning of the Fraser River gold rush Anderson went back to the Cariboo to delineate a proper trail for the miners, which became known as the Douglas Road. The travel also resulted in Anderson’s Hand-book and map to the gold region of Fraser's and Thompson's rivers, and a map of the region published in 1858. Later Anderson served as the first Collector of Customs in Victoria, and as Inspector of Fisheries (see more: The Cariboo Gold Rush/ B.C. Archives Time Machine online).
$750USD

 

42. 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, [5]; [x], 269,[23] pp. With twelve lithographed portraits and one wood cut. Handsome period green gilt tooled half sheep with marbled boards, housed in a matching slip case. Recased but otherwise a very good set.
This account, which is written in 100 letters, discusses the history, customs, and present state of India, and China, especially Macao, and is based on the author's travels there. It also gives a history of the Portuguese discoveries, settlement and trade in the Far East. The lithographed plates include portraits of Chinese emperors, and portraits of the author and his wife. Andrade, born in the Azores in 1780, made numerous voyages to India and China and he eventually became a director of the Bank of Portugal. China Illustrata Nova II. 1544 (first edition); Cordier Sinica 2114 (first edition); Lust 109 (first edition).
$475USD

 

43. 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, [3] 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).
$600USD

 

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

Paris: Leblanc, 1822. First Edition, Second Issue. Folio Atlas with a world map and 25 other lithograph plates. This second issue complete but bound without the title page and list of plates as issued by publisher, see Forbes: Hawaiian National Bibliography 537 & 538. Period brown gilt tooled quarter sheep with black pebbled papered boards. Spine with some mild wear and some very minor water staining on the last few leaves, otherwise a very good copy.
"The Uranie, with a crew of 125 men under the command of Captain Louis de Freycinet, entered the Pacific from the West to make scientific observations on geography, magnetism, and meteorology. Arago was the artist of the expedition, which visited Western Australia, Timor, Hawaii, and New South Wales. The original ship was wrecked off the Falkland Islands. Two months later the expedition continued aboard the Physicienne, which stopped for a time at Rio de Janeiro. Captain Freycinet's wife, Rose Pinon, was smuggled on board at the advent of the voyage and made the complete journey, causing some discord among the crew. Freycinet named an island he discovered after her - Rose Island among the Samoa islands. These entertaining letters, written in a lively and witty literary style, provide vivid descriptions of the topography and the inhabitants of the Pacific Islands. The book achieved great success" (Hill 28-9). "The Hawaiian portion of the text, contained on more than 150 pages, records impressions of the artist's stops on Hawaii, Maui, and Oahu. Extensive portions of the text also record the Arago impressions of Australia, Guam, and the Marianas Islands. The artist's main interest (as reflected by the plate subjects) are of peoples encountered. Several of the plates record somewhat gruesome aspects of Hawaiian culture" (Forbes 537); Ferguson 850; Sabin 1867.
$1750USD

 

45. ARROWSMITH, John (1790-1873)
The Provinces of British Columbia & Vancouver Island, with Portions of the United States & Hudson’s Bay Territories. Compiled from Official Documents.

[London, 1859]. Large lithographed map ca. 58,5x52,5 cm (23 x 20 ½ in), borders outlined hand coloured. Recently matted. Fold marks, minor tear on a fold neatly repaired, otherwise a very good map.
This rare map is one of the first detailed maps of British Columbia "having been constructed from a great variety of original sources & at great labour." The insert in the left lower corner shows the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii).
$850USD

 

46. 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).
$850USD

 

47. BECHSTEIN, Ludwig, and KLEINKNECHT, V.
Album der Haupt- und Residenzstaedte Europa’s. I. Section. I-V. Lieferung. München, Berlin, Wien, Dresden, Leipzig; II. Section. I-V. Lieferung. Paris, Weimar, Bremen, Frankfurt, Prag [Collection in Two Volumes, each in 5 Issues, of: Album of Capitals and Residence Cities of Europe].

Schweinfurt: Kleinknecht und Schäfer’s Kunstverlag, 1843-1845. Ten issues, all First Editions, all Octavos. Vol. 1: iv, 44; 71; 88; 52; 56 pp. Vol. 2: 112; 39; 44; 58; 46 pp. With a folding plate with the appeal to the public (vol. 1, issue 1) and twenty-one steel engraved plates (views and plans of the cities), with tissue guards. All issues in original publisher’s wrappers; five parts of the first volume in original decorative wrappers, blind and colour stamped; the rest in printed wrappers. Several wrappers with minor soiling and tears on extremities, first wrapper of the Paris issue with 1cm of the top margin cut out, first wrapper of the Prague issue with an pasted title label, first page of the Berlin wrapper slightly detached from the foot of spine, but overall a very good collection of uncut brochures in original wrappers.
Attractive collection of illustrated descriptions of the main European cities, containing the first ten issues of the series published by Ludwig Bechstein and V. Kleinknecht, all in the original publisher’s wrappers. The cities described are: Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Dresden, Leipzig, Paris, Weimar, Bremen, Frankfurt, and Prague. Each issue is illustrated with a city view and plan (the “Paris” issue has two city views). A very good collection in very original condition.
$2500USD

 

48. 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
. 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.
[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.
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).
$850USD

 

49. BELLANGE, Hippolyte (1800-1866)
[A Folder with Forty-Two Hand Coloured Lithographs of French Military Costumes].

[Paris]: Gihaut, ca. 1831. Folio (ca. 36,5x27 cm). Forty-two hand coloured lithographs, numbered, and titled; signed by Belange on stone. Lithographed by Eugène Marie François Villain. Housed in the period card portfolio with a green sheep spine and marbled paper boards. Paper label with period ink title attached to the front board. A very good collection.
Collection of 42 lithographs from Bellange’s rare album “Uniformes de l'armée française depuis 1815 jusqu'à ce jour” (Paris: Gehaut freres, ca. 1831, 116 plates). “These precise and sparkling plates brought the lithographic recording to an unprecedented level of grace and refinement.” (Ray, G.N. The Art of the French Illustrated Book, 1700-1914. New York, 1982).
“Joseph Louis Hippolyte Bellangé was a French battle painter. His art was influenced by the wars of the first Napoleon, and while a youth, he produced several military drawings in lithography. He afterwards pursued his systematic studies under Gros, and with the exception of some portraits, devoted himself exclusively to battle-pieces. In 1824, he received a second class medal for an historical picture, and in 1834 the decoration of the Legion of Honour, of which Order he was made an officer in 1861. He also gained a prize at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1855” (Wikipedia). See more: Adeline, J. Hippolyte Bellangé et son œuvre. Paris, 1880.
$1250USD

 

50. 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. [8], 58, [2] 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).
$975USD

 

51. 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 geographer 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.
$975USD

 

52. 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).
$650USD

 

53. 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. [2], 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.
$525USD

 

54. BURNEY, James, Capt. (1750-1821)
A Chronological History of the Discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean. Volume IV (ONLY), to the Year 1723, Including a History of the Buccaneers of America.

London: Luke Hansard for G. and W. Nicol, 1816. First Edition. Quarto. xviii, 580 pp. With three copper engraved folding maps. 19th century brown half sheep with brown cloth boards and dark green gilt titled labels. Head of spine chipped, covers with some mild damp staining, some occasional mild foxing, but overall a very good copy.
This is volume four of a five volume set, which includes the "History of the Buccaneers of America" which was also issued as a separate publication the same year. The five volume set is "the most important general history if early South sea discoveries, containing practically everything of importance on the subject; collected from all sources, with the most important remarks concerning them, by Captain Burney, who was a great authority on the subject" (Hill 221).
$1500USD

 

55. 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).
$475USD

 

56. CARANTI, Biagio
[Biographical Notice of Dr. David Livingstone] Notizie Biographiche sul Dottore David Livingstone.

Torino: Carlo Favale e Cia, 1876. First Edition. Large Octavo. 35 pp. With a lithographed portrait frontispiece and a folding map at rear. Title page with the author’s ink presentation inscription dated 1876. Original grey printed publisher’s wrappers. Paper slightly age toned, front wrapper with a couple of minor tears on extremities, but overall a very good uncut copy.
Very rare Italian biography of David Livingstone with only one paper copy found in Worldcat. The title page bears the author’s presentation inscription. The brochure is illustrated with a lithographed portrait of Livingstone and a map of Southern Africa showing the area of his explorations in 1853-1871.
$375USD

 

57. CARRE, William H.
Art Work on British Columbia, Canada Published in Twelve Parts.

William H. Carre, 1900. First Edition. Folio. 22 leaves of text. With a photogravure frontispiece, a photogravure text illustration and 82 leaves of photogravure plates for a total of 112 photographic illustrations of Victoria, Vancouver and all other major towns in British Columbia. Twelve original subscribers parts in purple patterned gilt wrappers with black cloth spines. Housed in a later handsome black gilt tooled quarter morocco clam shell box with purple cloth boards. Overall a very good set.
Rare Important comprehensive photographic documentation of all the major BC towns and cities at the very beginning of the 20th century. With an introductory essay: "British Columbia's History and Development" by R. E. Gosnell (1860-1931), late Provincial Librarian.
"In Canada, between circa 1900 and 1910, the William H. Carre Co. Issued.., works on Canadian cities using Artotype, a patented collotype printing process which produced the look of lithographs. These pictorial works served to foster civic pride and most likely appealed to tourists of the day. In addition to being offered to the general public they were sold by subscription to the wealthy owners of the featured private residences. With tissue guards protecting the illustrations and their covers elaborately decorated and often boasting gilt lettering, these publications imparted a sense of luxury and importance. Individual parts could be gathered in ribbon-tied portfolios, themselves frequently enhanced with marbled lining papers" (Canadian Centre for Architecture); "The plates are from contemporary photographs" (Lowther 1457).
$2250USD

 

58. CARY, John (1755-1835)
A New Map of South America from the Latest Authorities.

London, 1807. Large folding copper engraved map on two sheets each ca. 45,5x52,5 cm (17 ¾ x 20 ¾ in), with full original hand colouring. Original centerfolds. Overall a very good attractive map.
Maps 59 and 60 from “Cary’s Universal Atlas” (London, 1808) which give a detailed overview of the South American continent and the Caribbean.
“John Cary was an English cartographer. Cary served his apprenticeship as an engraver in London, before setting up his own business in the Strand in 1783. He soon gained a reputation for his maps and globes, his atlas, The New and Correct English Atlas published in 1787, becoming a standard reference work in England. In 1794 Cary was commissioned by the Postmaster General to survey England's roads. This resulted in Cary's New Itinerary (1798), a map of all the major roads in England and Wales. He also produced Ordnance Survey maps prior to 1805. In his later life he collaborated on geological maps with the geologist William Smith. His business was eventually taken over by G. F. Cruchley (1822–1875)” (Wikipedia); Philips. Maps of America, p. 805; Tooley's Mapmakers, A-D, p.239.
$475USD

 

59. 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, [4], 139, [1] 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 from 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).
$850USD

 

60. 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. [8], 320, [5]; xii, 463, [2 - errata]; [12], 332; xviii, [1 - half title], 284, [1 - errata]; viii, 293, [1 - errata]; lxxviii, [1 - blank], 160, [3] 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. [2], 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.
$1500USD

 

61. 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, [1] 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).
$475USD

 

62. 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.
$650USD

 

63. 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. [2] 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.
$575USD

 

64. 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.
$2500USD

 

65. CROZIER, Hiram P.
The Nation’s Loss. A Discourse upon the Life, Services, and Death of Abraham Lincoln, Late President of the United States. Delivered at Huntington, L.I., April 19th, 1865.

New York: John Gray & Green, 1866. Second Edition. Octavo. 32 pp. Original publisher’s brown printed wrappers within a black frame. Ink numbers on top of the front wrapper and the title page, rear wrapper with very minor tears on edges, otherwise a very good copy
Second edition of the speech read in the town of Huntington, Long Island, four days after Lincoln’s assassination. The author delivers the biography of the late president, focusing on his political achievements.
$100USD

 

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

Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1753. First Edition. Quarto. vi, [i], 161, [11] pp. Period style brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards and a red gilt label. With a couple of unobtrusive library blind stamps, otherwise a very good copy.
This is the description of the D'Anville map of India published in 1752. D'Anville "was both a geographer and cartographer who greatly improved the standards of map-making. His maps of ancient geography, characterized by careful, accurate work and based largely on original research, are especially valuable. He left unknown areas of continents blank and noted doubtful information as such; compared to the lavish maps of his predecessors, his maps looked empty" (Wikipedia).
$850USD

 

67. DAPPER, Olfert (1636-89)
[AFRICA: MOST COMPLETE 17TH CENTURY DESCRIPTION] Umbständliche und eigentliche Beschreibung von Africa und denen darzu gehörigen Königreichen und Landschaften als Egypten, Barbarien, Libyen, Biledulgerid, dem Lande der Negros, Guinea, Ethiopien, Abyssina und den Africanischen Insulen zusamt deren verscheidenen Nahmen, Grentzen, Städten, Flüssen...: aus unterschiedlichen neuen Land- und Reise-Beschreibungen mit Fleiss zusammengebracht

[Africa: Being an Accurate Description of the Regions of Aegypt, Barbary, Lybia, and Billedulgerid, the Land of Negroes, Guinee, Aethiopia, and the Abyssines, with all the Adjacent islands, either in the Mediterranean, Atlantick, Southern, or Oriental Sea, belonging thereunto; with the several Denominations of their Coasts, Harbors, Creeks, Rivers, Lakes, Cities, Towns, Castles, and Villages; Their Customs, Modes, and Manners, Languages, Religions, and Inexhaustible Treasure].
Amsterdam: Jacob van Meurs, 1670-1671. First German Edition. Folio, 2 parts in one. [viii], 695, [13] [i], 101, [3] pp. Title to part one printed in red and black, engraved additional title, engraved portrait, forty-three engraved folding maps and plates and fifty-six engraved illustrations in text. Beautiful period style crimson very elaborately gilt tooled full morocco with a black gilt label. A near fine copy.
Beautifully and vividly illustrated, this "work is one of the most authoritative 17th-century accounts on Africa published in German. Dapper never travelled to Africa but used reports by Jesuit missionaries and other explorers. The fine plates include views of Algiers, Benin, Cairo, Cap Town, La Valetta, Marrakech, St. Helena, Tangier, Tripoli, Tunis, as well as, animals and plants" (Christies). Translated into German by F. von Zesen. This copy has the engraved title, dedication and portrait leaves lacking in most copies. "An important early work on Africa in general, which was translated into several European languages.., "it was carefully compiled from the best sources of information"" (Mendelssohn I, p. 414).
Dapper "wrote a book on the history of Amsterdam. Later he also wrote about Africa, China, India, Persia, Georgia, and Arabia, although he had not visited these exotic destinations himself. In fact, he never travelled outside Holland. His books became well-known in his own time.., To this day, Dapper's book Description of Africa Naukeurige Beschrijvinge van Africa gewesten (1668) is a key text for Africanists" (Wikipedia); Cox I, p. 361; Gay 219.
$6500USD

 

68. DIXON, George (1748?-1795)
[NORTHWEST COAST OF AMERICA] To the Right Honorable the Lords Commissioners ... This Chart of the North West Coast of America, with the Tracks of the King George and Queen Charlotte in 1786 & 1787...

London: W. Harrison & J. Reid, 24 December 1788. Uncoloured copper engraved map ca. 88,5x58 cm (34 ½ x 23 in). Copper engraved chart on laid paper with original centrefold. Backed, with a few tears and chips repaired and backing extending the lower margin, otherwise in very good condition.
Large chart of the West coast of North America from Nootka Sound to the Alaska Peninsula, from Dixon’s "A Voyage Round the World; but more Particularly to the North-West Coast of America" (London, 1789). "In 1785-87 [Dixon] sailed with Nathaniel Portlock for the King George’s Sound Company, which had been established <..,> for trading furs from the northwest coast of America to China. With the ships King George (under Portlock) and Queen Charlotte (under Dixon) they <..,> arrived on the Alaskan coast in July 1786. After wintering in the Sandwich Islands (winter 1786-87), the two captains returned to northern waters, visiting the Cook Inlet, Prince William Sound, the Alaskan mainland and the Queen Charlotte Islands. Dixon disposed of his cargo and returned to England in 1788, the following year publishing his popular Voyage Round the World. The bulk of the book consists of descriptive letters by William Beresford, his supercargo, but it contains valuable charts and appendices by Dixon himself. Dixon is generally credited with the discovery of the Queen Charlotte Islands (which were named after his ship), as well as Port Mulgrave, Norfolk Bay, Dixon’s Archipelago the Dixon Entrance, and several other features also bearing the name of his ship" (Howgego, to 1800, D58); Wagner 732; Lada-Mocarski 43.
$650USD

 

69. DONCKER, Hendrick (1626-1699)
Pas-caerte van Groenlandt, Yslandt, Straet Davis en Ian Mayen Eylant; hoemen de selvige van Hitlant en de Noord kusten van Schotlant en Yrlant beseylen mach [Map of the North Atlantic Showing Southern Greenland, Iceland, Davis Strait, Baffin Island with Cumberland Sound, and Northern British Isles].

Amsterdam: Hendrick Doncker, ca. 1696. Copper engraved map ca. 43x52,5 cm (16 ¾ 20 ½ in). Original centerfold, blank on verso. Two repaired minor tears at top and bottom of the centrefold, otherwise a very good map.
This is the rare first state of this interesting map of the North Atlantic out of Doncker's De Zee-Atlas of water-waerelt. The map outlines the eastern approach to a probable Northwest passage, with detailed coastlines and anchorages. The map is supplemented with rhumblines, three compass roses and sailing ships and the title cartouche is decorated with figures of two Laplanders in native costume, holding a kayak, and a Dutch whaler with a harpoon. Hendrick Doncker would become one of the most active of the marine atlas and chart publishers in Amsterdam in the second half of the seventeenth century" (Burden 337). "For about fifty years Hendrick Doncker ran a flourishing business in Amsterdam as a bookseller and publisher of sea atlases and textbooks on navigation. In a period when so many maps and charts were simply copied from other publishers, Doncker's charts were his own work and were noted for their accuracy and constant improvement. Apart from this work, he cooperated for many years with Pieter Goos and Anthonie Jacobsz in producing a pilot guide De Zeespiegel. Eventually his stock was sold to Johannes van Keulen" (Map Hist.com); Tooley A-D p. 378.
$975USD

 

70. 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).
$1500USD

 

71. ELLIOTT, Edward Christian,& WHITEHEAD, F.J.
Tea Planting in Ceylon.

Colombo: The Times of Ceylon Co., 1926. First Edition. Octavo. Xix, [2], 278 pp. With 22 plates, plans, and diagrams, some in colour, some folding. Original publisher’s green cloth binding. Owner’s ink inscription “G. George Dias. Panadure. 10.5.29” on the half title. Binding with water damage and discolouration, but overall a good copy.
Rare Sri Lanka imprint, with a period ink inscription written in the town of Panadura, south of Colombo. Comprehensive illustrated guide and history of tea planting in Ceylon, containing detailed descriptions of land clearance for a tea plantation, weeding, tea plucking, pruning, cultivation, diseases and pests, tea seed bearers, manufacture, plantation buildings, machinery, transport, electric lighting, labour, coolly welfare etc. The illustrations are either reproduced from original photographs by F.J. Whitehead, or provided by the engineering department of the Colombo Commercial Co.
$475USD

 

72. 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. [6], 276; [2], 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.
$650USD

 

73. 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. [2], xx, 400, [1] 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).
$1250USD

 

74. GENÉE, Rudolph
Danzigs (Gdansk) alterthümliche Gebäude. In artistischer und historischer Bedeutung dargestellt. [Danzig's Historic Buildings. Represented in Artistic and Historical Importance].

Danzig (Gdansk): Bertling, 1857-(1864). First Edition. Quarto. 30 pp. With a wood engraved title vignette, a couple of wood engravings in text and twenty-six tinted lithographs on plates. Original publishers' brown blind stamped gilt cloth, Spine faded, text and plates with some foxing, but overall a very good copy.
This important view book of Gdansk was first published in 1857 with twenty plates and then six plates were added to the present 1864 issue. The plates include a beautiful panoramic view of Gdansk, as well as many of the cities most famous landmarks including the Arsenal, Town Hall, English House, Artus' Court, Long Market, St. Mary's Church etc. The current work shows Gdansk during the stewardship of the city's longest serving mayor, Robert von Blumenthal, who held office from 1841 until 1863. Gdansk received a railway link to Berlin as part of the Prussian Eastern Railway in 1852 and in the second half of the 19th century together with Elblag became a center of shipbuilding within Prussia which result in a general economic upswing of region.
$3250USD

 

75. 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. [4], 548, [6], [2] 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).
$525USD

 

76. 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, [1]; xiv, 608, [1]; xxxii, 547, [1] 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.
$1750USD

 

77. HAGEN, Thomas Philipp von der (1729-1797)
Beschreibung der Stadt Freyenwalde, des dasigen Gesundbrunnens und Alaun-Werks. Aus Urkunden und glaubhaften Nachrichten zusammengetragen [Description of Bad Freienwalde and its Health Resort and the Alum Mine Found There..,]

Berlin: Paulischen Buchhandlung, 1784. First Edition. Quarto. [iv], 124, [1] pp. With a title vignette and eight folding copper engraved maps and plates. Recent period style brown gilt tooled half calf with speckled boards and a red gilt title label. A couple of spots of minor worming, but otherwise a very good copy.
An early description and history of Bad Freienwalde in Brandenburg. "The settlement of Vrienwalde in the Margraviate of Brandenburg was first mentioned in a 1316 deed and appeared as a town in 1364. From 1618, the Freienwalde manor was directly held by the Brandenburg prince-electors (Kurfürsten). A mineral spring was discovered in 1683. The alchemist Johann Kunckel brought it to the attention of the "Great Elector" Frederick William of Brandenburg, who, gout-ridden, arrived in Freienwalde the next year. Recorded by the physician Bernhardus Albinus in 1685, the Kurfürstenquelle became the foundation of Freienwalde's rise as a spa town. Frederick William's son King Frederick I of Prussia had a first maison de plaisance erected by the architect Andreas Schlüter" (Wikipedia).
$1850USD

 

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

London: Richard Bentley, 1834. Second Edition. Octavo, 2 vols. xv, 502; viii, 440 pp. With two copper engraved portrait frontispieces. Handsome period black gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards and maroon gilt morocco labels and housed in a custom made black cloth slipcase. A few leaves with some minor staining, otherwise a very good set.
This work represents a comprehensive biography of Henry Salt (1780-1827). "On 20 June 1802 Salt left England on an eastern tour, as secretary and draughtsman to Viscount Valentia (later the earl of Mountnorris). He visited India, Ceylon, and the Red Sea, and in 1805 was sent by Valentia on a mission into Abyssinia, to the ras of Tigré, whose affection and respect he gained, and with whom he left one of his party, Nathaniel Pearce. The return to England in 1806 was made by way of Egypt, where he first met the pasha, Mehmet Ali. Lord Valentia's Travels in India (1809) was partly written and completely illustrated by Salt, who published his own 24 Views in St Helena, India and Egypt in the same year.
On 2 March 1809 Salt sailed on a mission from the British government to Abyssinia, to carry presents to the king and report on the state of the country. Owing to factious unrest, he was prevented from going to the king at Gondar and was obliged to deliver the presents instead to the ras of Tigré. While in Abyssinia he made many observations on the geography, the customs of the people, and the flora and fauna. He brought back many specimens, including a previously unknown dik-dik. Another member of Salt's party, William Coffin, chose to remain in Abyssinia when Salt returned to England in 1811. In 1812 Salt became a fellow of the Royal Society and of the Linnean Society, and a correspondent of the Institut de France. In 1812 he was elected one of the very few honorary members of the African Association in acknowledgement of information he had procured in its interest. In 1814 he published A Voyage to Abyssinia, which was received with some acclaim" (Oxford DNB).
$525USD

 

79. 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. was an officer in the service of the 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).
$850USD

 

80. HANE, Paschen Heinrich (1749-1815)
[Mecklenburg History] Uebersicht der Mecklenburgischen Geschichte.

N.p. [Gadebusch?], 1804. First Edition. Small Octavo. [16], 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).
$650USD

 

81. 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" (Peter Mark, jstor.org). "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.‎
$975USD

 

82. HENSEL, Johann Daniel (1757-1839)
Historisch-topographische Beschreibung der Stadt Hirschberg in Schlesien, seit ihrem Ursprunge bis auf das Jahr 1797 [Historical and Topographical Description of the City of Hirschberg (Jelenia Góra) in Silesia, from its Origins to the Year 1797].

Hirschberg (Jelenia Góra): Wilhelm Pittschiller & Comp., 1797. First Edition. Octavo. 800 pp. Period brown gilt tooled half sheep with marbled boards and an orange gilt titled label. Boards rubbed, but overall in very good original condition.
Rare regional imprint with only nine copies found in Worldcat. Jelenia Góra's "origins officially date back to the legendary founding of the settlement by Bolesław III Wrymouth in 1108, and in 2008 celebrated its 900th anniversary. Jelenia Gora is also mentioned as having been used as a base by Bolesław III Wrymouth for his campaigns against the Czechs in 1110.
In 1281 the city was given an urban charter in 1281, by the Polish duke Bolesław Rogatka during the Ostsiedlung. In 1281 the settlement was first mentioned as Hyrzberc, and in 1288 in Latin as Hyrsbergensium. When the Silesian Piasts lost inheritance and Agnes of Habsburg, the last duchess of Świdnica-Jawor died in 1392, the city passed to Bohemia, ruled by the House of Luxembourg.
The town was inherited by Habsburg Austria in 1526, two years after the town adopted the Protestant faith. A Protestant school was built in 1566. In 1560 a fire destroyed large parts of the city and stopped the economic development, which until then had been characterized by linen-weaving. The city recovered when Joachim Girnth, a shoemaker on a return journey from Holland, introduced veil-weaving. The first "light veils" were offered in 1625, and five years later the city received an imperial privilege by Ferdinand II for these veils.
During the Thirty Years' War the city suffered badly. Hirschberg was beleaguered by troops of both parties, paid high contributions, and during a siege in 1634 the city burned down again. Two more sieges followed in 1640 and 1641. The town needed several years to recover. One reason for the new boost was the creation of a merchant society 1658, which secured Hirschbergs position as the most important center of linen and veil trade in the Silesian mountains during the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Protestants of the city were oppressed during the Counter-Reformation, but the second Treaty of Altranstädt, which allowed a Protestant community center and church to be established outside the medieval city walls, brought relief. Great sacrifices by the merchant society, especially its most prominent member Christian Menzel, made the construction of a large church, modeled after Church of Catherine in Stockholm, possible. The cemetery of the church was the preferred burial place for most merchant families.
Hirschberg was annexed with Lower Silesia by the Kingdom of Prussia during the Silesian Wars. The city was again partly destroyed, had to pay contributions and was seized several times..,
In 1800, Jonh Quincy Adams, ambassador in Berlin of that time, and future President of United States of America visited Jelenia Góra and said : "Nothing can be more beautiful, than the location of Jelenia Góra , beautifully built city with numerous splendid buildings, in a valley surrounded by hills on all sides, with the magnificent view of the Karkonosze Mountains"" (Wikipedia).
$1250USD

 

83. 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).
$975USD

 

84. HOLMBERG, Henrik Johan (1818-1864)
Ethnographische Skizzen Ueber die Voelker des Russischen Amerika; [with] Entwickelung der Russisch-Amerikanischen Compagnie [Ethnographic Sketches About the Peoples of Russian America; [with] The Development of Russian-American Company].

Helsingfors [Helsinki]: Friis, 1856-1863. First Edition. Quarto. [281-422]; [iv], [35-101] pp. With a large folding lithographed map of Russian America. Recent red half cloth with marbled boards and printed paper spine and cover labels. A near fine copy.
These two extremely rare articles were published in the Akten der Finnlandischen Societaet de Wissenschaften (a sister organization of the St. Petersburger Academie der Wissenschaften). The first part describes the life, manner and customs of the Aleuts, Kodiaks, Thnaina and Tlinkits and in addition to presenting new material the author draws on the accounts of Grewingk, Vosnezenski, and Veniaminov. The handsome folding map, which was prepared especially for this work, shows Alaska (including the Bering Sea and the Aleutian archipelago), and notes the locations of the various native groups. The second part contains a detailed history of the development of the Russian American Company, of which Holmberg was a member. Sabin 32572 (first part without map).
$2250USD

 

85. HOMANN, Johann Baptist (1664-1724)
[Panorama and Plan of Stralsund and Environs] Prospect Grundris und Gegent der Konigl. Schwed. Vestung Stralsund wie solche den 15 Julij Ao 1715 von den Nordischen Hohen Allijrten ist belagert worden. Von (tit.) Herrn Daniel Heer Königl. Poln. Und Churf. Säx. Ingenieur-Major abgezeichnet

Nuernberg, [1716]. Hand coloured copper engraved map ca. 49x58 cm (19 ¼ x 23 in). Original centrefold, A very good map.
"From: Grosser Atlas. This map depicts the town of Stralsund in northern Germany as besieged by the Danish & Prussian armies on July 15, 1715. Meticulous troop placements surround the city under siege in one of the many attempts to take it by foreign invaders. An inset at the left also describes various ship operations approaching Peenemunde. Under the map lies an expansive view of Stralsund, framed on both sides by allegorical figures. The map was prepared by Daniel Heer" (Old World Auctions).
$475USD

 

86. HOMANN HEIRS
Mappa Geographica, Complectens I. Indiae Occidentalis Partem Mediam Circum Isthmum Panamensem II. Ipsumq. Isthmum III. Ichnographiam Praecipuorum Locorum & Portuum [Map of Central America and the Caribbean Sea].

Nuernberg, 1731. Hand coloured copper engraved map ca. 57x48 cm. (22 ½ x 19 in). Margins closely cropped to plate mark, with no loss of image, otherwise a very good map.
"This informative and very graphic folio sheet has a large map of the region, titled "Carte des Isles de l'Amerique et Deplusieurs Pays de Terre Ferme," attributed to D'Anville (1731). It covers the Gulf of Mexico, Central America and all of the Caribbean islands. It is nicely detailed with a key to show European possessions and a beautifully engraved title cartouche. Above the main map is the large, decorative title cartouche, flanked by insets of the isthmus of Panama and a plan of St. Augustine in Florida. Below the map is a large view of Mexico City, flanked by plans of Vera Cruz and San Domingo. A very handsome sheet, absolutely filled with information on the West Indies" (Old World Auctions).
$650USD

 

87. JANSSONIUS, Johannes (1588-1664)
Mar di Aethiopia Vulgo Oceanus Aethiopicus [Map of the South Atlantic with Africa, South America and Antarctica].

Amsterdam, 1647. Outline hand coloured copper engraved map ca. 44x56 cm. (17x22 in). A strong impression. With some very mild foxing, otherwise the map is in very good condition.
"The sea chart of the Atlantic Ocean featured here first appeared in Jansson's Atlantis Majoris and includes almost the whole of South America and the western and southern coastlines of Africa.., An elongated landmass along the lower border is labelled Terra Australis Incognita..," (Norwich 240). Janssonius "formed a partnership with his brother in law Henricus Hondius, and together they published atlases as Mercator/Hondius/Janssonius. Under the leadership of Janssonius the Hondius Atlas was steadily enlarged. Renamed Atlas Novus, it had three volumes in 1638" (Wikipedia).
$975USD

 

88. 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.
$975USD

 

89. 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: Veuve Pissot, 1745. First Edition. Octavo. [4], xvi, 216, [3]; [2], 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.
$850USD

 

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

Braunschweig: George Westermann, 1854. First Edition. Large Octavo. 2 fold-out leaves and 28 fold out pages. With eighteen folding lithographed outline hand-coloured maps. Original publisher's blue gilt blind stamped cloth. Upper front joint with minor split, otherwise a very good copy.
"The eighteen maps and text comprise a general atlas of North America, with special emphasis on Texas and California. The Texas map shows in colored outline the lands granted to the Adelsverein and has the post road from Indianola to New Braunfels marked in red. The map of Oregon, California, Utah, New Mexico, etc. shows the gold regions in California and has an inset map of San Francisco Bay. There is also a striking separate map of San Francisco Bay titled "Bai San Francisco und Vereinigung des Sacramento mit dem San Joaquin." It has a lovely inset view of San Francisco and shows the routes by river to Sacramento and San Joaquin" (davidrumsey.com); Sabin 1464.
$975USD

 

91. LEAKE, Lieutenant Colonel W[illiam] M[artin] Royal Engineers (1777-1860)
Map of Egypt [With Inset] Supplement to the Map of Egypt or Course of the Nile from Essouan to the Confines of Dongola.

London: J. Arrowsmith, 1840. A very large outline hand coloured copper engraved map ca. 130x76 cm (51x30 in). The map is dissected into 40 sections and backed on linen. The map is in very good condition.
"This extremely detailed map of the course of the Nile was produced by William Martin Leake, a leading British authority on the topography of the region. In March 1802, Leake was employed to make a general survey of Egypt together with W.R. Hamilton and Charles Hayes. On his return to England, his ship sank and all Leake's valuable notes on the Egyptian survey perished. His chart was subsequently published in 1818 after his retirement, incorporating additional material from Sir Alexander Bryce, M. Nouet, and others. The map provides extensive information on the Nile, ancient ruins, the Suez Canal, roads and railways, and is filled with voluminous notations. It extends south to Aswan, and beyond in an inset, as far as Dongola" (Old World Auctions).
"A journey through Asia Minor in 1800 to join the British fleet at Cyprus inspired [Leake] with an interest in antiquarian topography. In 1801, after travelling across the desert with the Turkish army to Egypt, he was, on the expulsion of the French, employed in surveying the valley of the Nile as far as the cataracts; but having sailed with the ship engaged to convey the Elgin marbles from Athens to England, he lost all his maps and observations when the vessel foundered off Cerigo in Greece. Shortly after his arrival in England he was sent out to survey the coast of Albania and the Morea, with the view of assisting the Turks against attacks of the French from Italy, and of this he took advantage to form a valuable collection of coins and inscriptions and to explore ancient sites. In 1807, war having broken out between Turkey and England, he was made prisoner at Salonica; but, obtaining his release the same year, he was sent on a diplomatic mission to Ali Pasha of Ioannina, whose confidence he completely won, and with whom he remained for more than a year as British representative.
In 1810 he was granted a yearly sum of £600 for his services in Turkey. In 1815 he retired from the army, in which he held the rank of colonel, devoting the remainder of his life to topographical and antiquarian studies. He was admitted a Fellow of the Royal Society on 13 April 1815. He died at Brighton on the 6 January 1860. The marbles collected by him in Greece were presented to the British Museum; his bronzes, vases, gems and coins were purchased by the University of Cambridge after his death, and are now in the Fitzwilliam Museum. He was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, received the honorary DCL at Oxford (1816), and was a member of the Berlin Academy of Sciences and correspondent of the Institute of France" (Wikipedia); Tooley K-P, p.104.
$575USD

 

92. 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 [1800]. 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).
$850USD

 

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

London, 1704. First Edition. Octavo. [xviii], 171 pp. Period dark brown blind stamped panelled full calf, rebacked in style with red gilt label. Cover corners worn, otherwise a very good copy.
"Lillingstone's battalion took part in Robert Wilmot's expedition to Jamaica in 1695, sent in response to alarmist reports that the island had fallen to France. In reality, French forces under Du Casse, based in Hispaniola, had simply raided Jamaica, although much property had been destroyed. Wilmot and Lillingstone attacked the French-held section of Hispaniola in ill-conceived and poorly co-ordinated operations, failing to dislodge Du Casse from the south of the island. Wilmot died late in 1695 but, when Lillingstone returned to England in 1696, he submitted to the council of trade and plantations a scathing indictment of Wilmot's conduct. At the root of the problem was a clash of personalities resulting in a failure of army-navy co-operation. Lillingstone's weakened battalion was disbanded in 1697 and he was reduced to half-pay until 1705, although he was compensated by the retrospective grant of a pension of £200 by Queen Anne on 9 March 1702. In 1702 Lillingstone published an account of the Hispaniola operations and his reputation was further damaged by the rejoinder of Josiah Burchett, secretary of the Admiralty" (Oxford DNB). "Burchett evidently made some unfavorable remarks concerning Col. Lillingston's conduct in the West Indian Naval operations during 1694-97, and in this work the Colonel gives further particulars concerning the expeditions against Martinique and St. Domingo in which he was in command of the landing parties" (Cox II, p438).
"Colonel Lillingston was Lieutenant-Colonel of Colonel Foulkes’s regiment of foot in the Martinique expedition in February to October, 1693. His brother, Jarvis Lillingston, an officer of Gustavus Hamilton’s (20th) foot, was made Major in Ffoulkes’s, and died on the expedition. Colonel Ffoulkes also died on the expedition, and Luke Lillington obtained the colonelcy. The expedition miscarried, and Lillingston’s regiment was put on board the homeward-bound men-of-war at Newfoundland and Boston to supply the place of seamen. The regiment, 670 strong, was broken at Plymouth by order of Lord Cutts, and reformed with six hundred men of the regiment and six hundred of Colt, Norcott, and Farrington (29th foot), in December, 1694, and embarked as a reinforcement for Jamaica in January, 1695. That island, still suffering from the effects of the Port Royal earthquake of 1602, had been harried by buccaneering attacks from the French settlement in Hispaniola (St. Domingo). A naval squadron, under Captain Robert Wilmot, with Lillingston’s troops on board, acting in concert with the Spaniards, took and destroyed the French port of Porto Paix, Hispaniola. Thereupon the English troops withdrew to Jamaica, and Governor William Beeston reported that Lillingston’s regiment was so weak and sickly that he had to send them into the country for change of air. Lillingston went home to recruit, and made various claims on the Government. His regiment disappeared from the rolls on the peace of Ryswick, and he published this reply to Burchett’s account of the Porto Paix affair, to which Burchett issued a rejoinder." (Maggs Catalogue, publ. 1928); Sabin 41072.
$975USD

 

94. LISIANSKY, Urey (1773-1837)
[Map of] Harbour of St. Paul 1805 [From:] Voyage Round the World in the Years 1803, 1804, 1805 and 1806 Performed by Order of His Imperial Majesty Alexander the First, Emperor of Russia in the ship Neva.

London: John Booth, 1814. A hand coloured copper engraved map ca. 26x39 cm (10 x 15 ½ in). Recently matted map with original folds but otherwise in very good condition.
This map is from a "most important work dealing with discoveries on the N.W. Coast of America. The author was a captain in the Russian navy and commander of the "Neva." He visited Kodiak and Sitka, wintering at the former island, and his long stay there gave him ample time and scope for a study of the native inhabitants and their habits and customs. The long chart shows the track of the voyage, and there are charts of the Washington Islands, Cadiack, and the Harbor of St. Paul, the coast from Bering’s Bay to Sea Otter Bay, Sitka or Norfolk Sound, etc.; with colored views of the Harbor of St. Paul in the Island of Cadiack. And New Archangel in Norfolk Sound. There are also plates of Indian implements, etc. The work is important also as the principal source for the Sitka Massacre" (Soliday 873).
$475USD

 

95. 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..,"
$5500USD

 

96. 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. [4], 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.
$650USD

 

97. MALTE-BRUN, Victor Adolfe (1816-1889)
Résumé historique de l'exploration à la recherche des grands lacs de l'Afrique oriental faite en 1857-1858 par R.F. Burton et J.H. Speke [Historical Summary of Exploration of the Great Lakes in the East Africa Undertaken in 1857-58 by Burton and Speke].

Paris: A. Bertrand, ca. 1859. First Edition. Octavo. 63, [1] pp. With a large folding engraved map at rear. Original printed publisher’s wrappers with a booksellers’ paper label pasted on the front cover. Wrappers with minor chipping of margins, minor foxing of the text, but overall a very good copy.
An overview of Richard Burton's and John Speke’s discoveries of the Great African Lakes written shortly after the end of the expedition by noted French geographer and cartographer Victor Adolfe Malte-Brun. The text is supplemented with a large folding map of the Eastern Africa, based on the Burton and Speke’s latest discoveries (with the route of their expedition shown), as well as previous expeditions by d’Arnaud, Knoblecher, Brun-Rollet, Krapf, Rebmann, Erhardt, Monteiro, R.P. Leon des Avanchers and David Livingstone.
$375USD

 

98. MARTIN, R[obert] M[ontgomery] (1803-1868)
The Hudson's Bay Territories And Vancouver's Island, With An Exposition Of The Chartered Rights, Conduct, And Policy Of The Hon'ble Hudson's Bay Corporation.

London: T. And W. Boone, 1849. First Edition. Octavo. vii, 175, [4], 8, 2, [4], 8 pp. With an outline hand colored folding map frontispiece. Original publisher's brown blind stamped gilt cloth. With a library stamp on title page, map with some minor fore edge wear, otherwise a very good copy.
Martin "argues the Company's suitability for promoting the settlement of Vancouver Island" (Strathern 356i); "An account of the activities of the Hudson's Bay Company till about 1848" (TPL 2920); Sabin 44915; Smith 6571.
$750USD

 

99. 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.
$475USD

 

100. 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. [4], 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.
Engelmann 835; Dussler 107; Winkler 510. "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).
$1250USD

 

101. MEHLER, Johann
[History of Bohemia] Ursprüngliche, chronologische Geschichte Böhmens. In drey Theilen.

Prag: Johann Diesbach, 1806-1807. First Edition. Octavo, 3 vols. c, [12], 434, [8]; 496, [14]; 388, [11], 79, [1] 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.
$975USD

 

102. 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. [4], 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.
$475USD

 

103. MENDES DA COSTA, Antonio
Relaçao de hum formidavel incendio, Que no mez de Julho deste presente anno succedeo na cidade de Moscou do Imperio da Russia. Estragos que fez a numero das pessoas, que nelle perecerao. Tirada de noticias certas, que a est a Corte vierao [Relation of the Great Fire that happened in the city of Moscow of the Russian Empire in the month of July of this year…]

Lisboa: Domingos Rodrigues, 1753. First Edition. Small Octavo. 8 pp. Later plain paper wrappers, leaves numbered in ink from 176 to 179. Text uniformly browned, otherwise a very good copy.
Very rare Portuguese imprint with only three paper copies found in Worldcat. This contemporary relation narrates of a big Moscow fire dated by the author to have happened on 11 July 1753 and even compared it to the fire of Troy. In fact the date of the fire is incorrect as the great Moscow fire of 1753 happened in November when the Golovin Palace completely burned down – at this time Russian Empress Elizabeth and the heir to the throne Pyotr Fedorovich with his wife, the future Catherine the Great, were staying in the palace. Nevertheless, the pamphlet is a rare interesting piece of Rossica which is not present in the collection of the Russian National Library – the largest Rossica repository in the world.
$650USD

 

104. MERCATOR, Gerardus (1512-1594)
Russia cum confiniis [Map of Russia and Surroundings].

1609. Hand coloured copper engraved map ca. 35,5x47,5 cm (ca. 14 x 18 ¾ in). French text on verso. Map reinforced with old paper at centerfold, paper aged and browned, otherwise a very good map.
A map of European Russia from the French edition of Mercator’s Atlas. The map shows the Scandinavian peninsula, the Baltic states and Prussia in the west; Ob river and Black Sea - in the east and south. The insert gives a detailed overview of central Muscovy north and west of Moscow, from Tver and Uglich in the east to Ladoga and Vitebsk in the north and west. Koeman Atlantes Neerlandici 1800:1A.
$750USD

 

105. MILBERT, Jacques Gerard (1766-1840)
Voyage Pittoresque a l'Ile de France, au Cap de Bonne Esperance et a l'Ile de Teneriffe [Picturesque Voyage to Mauritius, the Cape of Good Hope and the Island of Tenerife].

Paris: Le Normant pour A. Nepveu, 1812. First Edition Octavo Text 2 vols. & Oblong Folio Atlas. Xiv, 392, [1], [1]; [iii], 390, [1]; [iii]. With 45 copper engraved views, plans and maps, many folding. Text in handsome period brown gilt tooled mottled full calf. Atlas in period blue quarter cloth with pebbled papered boards. Text in near fine condition and atlas mildly rubbed at extremities and a few plates with some mild dust soiling. Overall a very good set.
"Jacques-Gérard Milbert was a French naturalist and artist. In 1800, Milbert embarked on Nicolas Baudin's voyage to Australia. During the voyage, Milbert and several other artists became ill, and the artists and the captain came into conflict. This caused several artists, including Milbert, to leave the voyage at Mauritius, leaving Charles-Alexandre Lesueur to produce the voyage's scientific drawings. Milbert returned to France, where in 1812 he published a series of views of Mauritius, the Cape Colony and Tenerife, titled "Voyage pittoresque à l'Ile de France, au Cap de Bonne Espérence et à l'Ile de Ténériffe"" (Wikipedia). Milbert was invited on the expedition by M. Bory de Vincent. Gay 266; Mendelssohn II, p.13.
$6500USD

 

106. MONTANUS, Arnoldus (ca. 1625-1683)
[Map of Brazil] Brasilia.

[Amsterdam], ca. 1671. Uncoloured copper engraved map ca. 29x36 cm (11 ½ x 14 in). Original fold marks, blank on verso, otherwise a strong impression and overall a very good map.
A map from Montanus’ famous work "De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld" (Amsterdam, 1671).

“Excellent map of the eastern part of Brazil based on the cartography of Hessel Gerritsz and an earlier map by Blaeu. Extensive detail in coastal regions with the interior left largely blank except for some conjectural river systems. The Linea Aequinoctialis is prominently shown dividing the Spanish and Portuguese colonial claims. Richly embellished with rhumb lines, compass roses and sailing ships. European traders, Indians and putti surround the title and scale of miles cartouches” (Old World Auctions).
$550USD

 

107. 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.
$575USD

 

108. 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, 4vols. Folio. [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).
$2250USD

 

109. 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. [4], 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).
$650USD

 

110. 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.
$975USD

 

111. 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, [3]; [iv], 550, [1]; [iv], 491, [1]; [iv], 722, [2]; [iv], 559, [1]; [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.
$3250USD

 

112. 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).
$1500USD

 

113. PALLAS, Peter Simon (1741-1811)
Neue Nordische Beyträge zur Physikalischen und Geographischen Erd- und Völkerbeschreibung, Naturgeschichte und Oekonomie. Erster Band. [New Nordic Contributions.., Volume One].

St. Petersburg & Leipzig: Johann Zacharias Logan, 1781. First Editions. Octavo. [viii], 342 pp. With three folding copper engraved plates and one folding engraved map. Period brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards and a red gilt title label. Recased, extremities rubbed, and text with some mild foxing and some leaves with very mild water staining, otherwise a very good copy.
This is the first volume of a very rare and important series published in a total of seven volumes between 1781 and 1796. This series presents accounts of the Russian exploration of Siberia, Central Asia, and Alaska during this time. Some of these important accounts appear nowhere else. Each volume is in itself complete. Amongst the important accounts included in this first volume are: News from Tibet, a Description of the Altai Mountains, Journals of Andrejef, Leontief, & Lyssof on the basin of the Kowymische River and the Bear Islands, Description of the Anadyr River, News of the Tschuktsch Penisula and neighboring Islands, Account of Captain Krenitzyn and Lieutenant Lewachef voyage from Kamchatka to the Alaskan mainland via the Aleutian Islands, Account of the Ocean between Siberia and America. Included is Pallas' Map of the Discoveries Between Siberia and America up till the Year 1780. "It is a rich mine of information on the early history of the discovery and settlement of Alaska" (Lada-Mocarski 31); Arctic Bibliography 13057.
$3250USD

 

114. PARKER, Samuel (1779-1866)
Map of Oregon Territory.

Utica, NY: Engraved M.M. Peabody, 1838. Copper engraved map ca. 35x58,5 cm (14x23 in). Map with original fold marks but in very good condition overall.
This map was created to show Parker's "journey with a fur-trading party in 1835 to Walla Walla. The map was the first one of the interior of the Oregon Territory to be done with any accuracy"(Hill 1304); "Samuel Parker was a missionary who accompanied a fur-trading party on an expedition from Council Bluffs, Iowa to the Oregon Territory. At the time, the region was claimed by both the British and the United States and was little known except to the fur-traders. Parker's map, based on both personal observation and reports of the fur-traders of the Hudson Bay Company, is a landmark in the mapping of the region. The map provides an excellent view of the river systems and tribal territory. It shows several forts, including an early depiction of Fort Hall. The map extends to include much of present-day Canada" (Old World Auctions).
$750USD

 

115. PEREIRA, Father S.G., Translator
The Expedition to Uva Made in 1630 by Constantine de Sa de Noronha, Captain General of Ceylon, as Narrated by a Soldier who took part in the Expedition; Together with an Account of the Siege laid to Colombo by the King of Kandy, written by Affonso Dias da Lomba.

Colombo: A.C. Richards, Acting Government Printer, 1930. First Edition. Octavo. [2], xvi, 101 pp. Original publisher’s beige printed papered boards with a blue cloth spine. Stamps and labels of the Post & Telegraph Library, Colombo, on the endpapers, title page and the last page. Worm holes throughout the text, first fly leaf partly detached from the stub, but overall a good copy.
Rare interesting Sri Lanka imprint with twelve copies found in Worldcat. First English translation of the original 17th century Portuguese manuscripts from the Ajuda Library in Lisbon, performed by a local pioneering historian, Jesuit Fr. S.G. Pereira. The manuscripts relate to the time of Portuguese rule in Sri Lanka and describe the events of the 1630 war between the Portuguese authorities and the Sinhalese kingdom of Kandy: the expedition to Kandy and Uva province of Constantino de Sá de Noronha, captain-general of Ceylon, and the siege of Colombo by the king of Kandy the same year.
$250USD

 

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

Coimbra: Nicolau Carvalho, 1616. First Edition. Small Folio. [24], 151, [8] pp.; [6], [2 - blank] pp., 162 leaves, [12] pp. Title within ornamental border and with a large woodcut armorial (printer's?) device; tail-pieces and decorative initials. Very handsome period brown elaborately gilt tooled full sheep with minor repairs on the spine. A very good copy.
Very Rare first edition of this early history of the Portuguese in India, with only three copies found in Worldcat (Yale University, the University of Leiden and the British Library). "Mui raro" (Salva y Mallen, P. Catalogo de la Biblioteca de Salva. Valencia, 1872. Vol. II, p. 621).
The book consists of two parts, each with an extensive index of names. The work describes the history of the Portuguese viceroyalty in India during the time of the rule of Don Luís de Ataíde, Count of Atouguia (1517-1581), the 10th Vice-Roy of India in 1568-1571, and 1578-1580. It was the time of the height of Portuguese naval power and of the prosperity of its East-Indian Viceroyalty, especially of Goa which became the capital of the Viceroyalty in 1610. "In 1542, St. Francis Xavier mentions the architectural splendour of the city; but it reached the climax of its prosperity between 1575 and 1625. Travellers marvelled at Goa Dourada, or Golden Goa, and there was a Portuguese proverb, "He who has seen Goa need not see Lisbon." <..,> Until the 18th Century, the Portuguese governor in Goa had authority over all Portuguese possessions in the Indian Ocean, from southern Africa to southeast Asia" (Wikipedia).
"Antonio Pinto Pereira, a native of the village of Mogadour, well-versed in the science of Political History, left a work published some years after his death which occurred in 1587" (Pope, E. M. India in Portuguese Literature. 1937. p. 147)
$8500USD

 

117. 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. [6], 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.
$525USD

 

118. POUQUEVILLE, François Charles Hugues Laurent (1770–1838)
Travels Through the Morea, Albania, and Several Other Parts of the Ottoman Empire, to Constantinople, During the Years 1798, 1799, 1800, and 1801. Comprising a Description of Those Countries, of the Manners and the Customs of the Inhabitants, &c, &c.

London: Richard Phillips, 1806. First Edition. Octavo. vi, 192, [4] pp. With two aquatint plates (one folding), one folding map and one folding table. Disbound pamphlet. Overall a very good copy.
"Pourqueville was a medical doctor and member of the Scientific Commission attached to the French Expedition to Egypt. Captured by Privateers and landed in Greece, as a French military man he became prisoner of war and spent about a year in Greece and then two years in the Seven Towers at Constantinople. He used this time to mingle with the native populations, learned Greek, and made notes of his experiences. He returned to Paris in 1801. On the strength of this work and its dedication to napoleon, Pouqueville was appointed French consul at Jannina in 1805" (Atabey II 988).
$475USD

 

119. RACZYNSKI, Edward, Count (1786-1845)
Dziennik podrózy do Turcyi odbytey w roku MDCCCXIV [Travels to Turkey in the Year 1814].

Wroclaw (Breslau): Drukiem Grassa Bartha i Kompanii, 1821. First Edition. Elephant Folio. [i], vii, 204, viii pp. With 81 engraved plates on 63 sheets, 2 folding, mostly after drawings by Ludwig Fuhrmann, and 8 engraved illustrations in text, thus complete as issued. The plates are numbered 1-82 but numbers 20 and 45 were never issued and so aren't present (as usual) but there is a number 28bis (as usual). Recent dark brown gilt tooled half sheep with marbled boards and a red gilt title label. Overall a near fine copy.
Magnificent copper engravings illustrate this rare work with only eight copies found in Worldcat. "In 1814 [Count] Raczynski, with [Breslau painter] Ludwig Christian Fuhrmann as draughtsman, travelled to Constantinople by way of Odessa, and thence to the Troad and Asia Minor. This work contains many fine plates of the city, as well as of Mitylene, Assos and the Troad" (Blackmer Sale 937). A folio German edition was published in 1824 and an octavo German edition in 1825. "Brunet describes this edition as the most magnificent work hitherto published in Poland" (Sothebys); Brunet IV, 1084; "Count Edward Raczyński.., was a Polish conservative politician, protector of arts, founder of the Raczyński Library in Poznań" (Wikipedia). These travels also have scientific value due to the excavations conducted by Count Raczynski at ancient Troy.
$18,500USD

 

120. RAFFENEL, Anne (1809-58)
Voyage dans l'Afrique occidentale comprenant l'exploration du Senegal, depuis Saint-Louis jusqu'a la Faleme, au-dela de Bakel; de la Faleme, depuis son embouchure jusqu'a Sansandig; des mines d'or de Kenieba, dans le Bambouk; des pays de Galam, Bondou et Woolli; et de la Gambie, depuis Baracounda jusqu'a l'Ocean; execute, en 1843 et 1844, par une commission composee de MM. Huard-Bessinieres, Jamin, Raffenel, Peyre-Ferry et Pottin-Patterson [Travels in West Africa Including the Exploration of Senegal].

Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1846. First Edition. Small Quarto Text & Folio Atlas. vii, 512 pp. With two lithographed folding maps and twenty-two hand coloured illustrations on eleven lithographed plates. Text in period brown gilt tooled quarter calf with marbled boards. Atlas in period-style green gilt tooled quarter calf with marbled boards. One map with expertly repaired tears, text with some very minor foxing and rubbed on extremities but overall still a very good set.
Text with the bookplate of John Ralph Willis. "In 1843-4 the marine officer Anne Raffenel explored Bambouk, and in 1846-48 made his way into Kaarta. Raffenel. Born at Versailles, had joined the navy in 1826 and for the next sixteen years voyaged to different parts of the world. He was appointed governor of Madagascar in 1855 and died there in June 1858" (Howgego 1800-1850, W23); "Explorations made in 1843 on the upper [Faleme] river by Raffenel carried him to Bambouk and the gold-bearing regions of the Faleme; he then traveled into Kaarta, the country of the Bambara, where he was held prisoner for eight months, but the ministry quietly avoided acting on the proposal to stop native razzias on the posts by direct annexation" (Priestley, France Overseas, 52); Gay, 2915.
$4750USD

 

121. RAFN, Charles Christian (1795-1864)
Aperçu de l’Ancienne Géographie des Régions Arctiques de l’Amérique, Selon les Rappots Contenus dans les Sagas du Nord [Overview of the Ancient Geography of the Arctic Regions of America, From Accounts Contained in Old Northern Manuscript].

Copenhague: Berling, 1847. First Edition. Octavo. An offprint from “Des Mémoires de la Société Royale des Antiquaires du Nord”. 11 pp., six engraved maps (three maps, each in two copies). Original plain publisher’s yellow wrappers. Wrappers slightly soiled, with tears on the spine, three maps are loosely inserted, but overall a very good copy.
Overview of the Scandinavian discoveries in the Arctic and North America in the 10-14th centuries by Charles Christian Rafn, Danish archaeologist, professor of Copenhagen University, founder of the Society for Northern Antiquarian Researches (1825) and author of numerous works about the antiquities of the Northern Europe. His most known book is "Antiquitates americanae" (1837) which for the first time attributed the discovery of America to the Scandinavians of the 10th century, basing on the analysis of the Icelandic sagas talking about the discovery of the mythical country of Vinland.
$375USD

 

122. RAMUSIO, Giovanni Battista (1485-1557)
[Map of Brazil Titled:] Brasil.

Venice, 1556? Wood block map ca. 27,5x38 cm (10 ½ x 14 ½ in). Original centrefold, blank on verso, with some minor expert repair along the centrefold, but otherwise a very good map.
"A fantastic pictorial map of Brazil, shown north to the right and filled with attractive scenes of native life and fauna. It was prepared by the great Venetian cartographer Giacomo Gastaldi and published in Ramusio’s "Delle Navigationi et Viaggi," an "important 16th century description of voyages of discovery" (Swaen Map Auction). Delle Navigationi et Viaggi "is one of the earliest and most important collections of voyages and travels, and may be said to have opened a new era in the literary history of voyages and navigation, later serving as a model to Hakluyt. It was compiled during the latter part of Ramusio's life and is carefully and intelligently done, as he devoted his mature years to historical and geographical study. It contains translations of works that had appeared previously in French, Latin, and Spanish, as well as some from manuscripts that had never before been published. Among these voyages are some of which no other editions have ever been found, so that Ramusio remains an authority of the first importance" (Hill 1418).
$1250USD

 

123. 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, [51] pp. With four copper engraved maps, all but one folding. Period speckled brown full calf with maroon gilt label. Hinges cracked but holding, extremities rubbed, otherwise a very good copy.
Rennell's "maps were of the greatest importance.., He was a close friend of Sir Joseph Banks, the eminent naturalist. Admiral Markham remarks of him that he was the greatest geographer that Great Britain has yet produced"(Cox I, p302). "In 1764 Rennell was appointed Surveyor-general for Bengal, and supervised much of the early mapping of eastern India, work which culminated in the publication in 1780 of his famous Bengal Atlas. He left India in 1777 and after returning to London devoted himself to the study of geography" (Howgego R29). "Rennell's general map of India, first published as ‘Hindoostan’ in 1782 and dedicated to Sir Joseph Banks, was, on the other hand, a compilation of the surveys, reports, and sketches of others, and subject to constant revision by him. Two versions of the map were published, in 1782 and 1788, the first with two editions of Memoir of a Map of Hindoostan, the second with three editions to 1793 of a new Memoir and various appendices. Rennell was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1781, and awarded the society's Copley medal in 1791" (Oxford DNB).
$550USD

 

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

Paris: Crapelet for Clament frères, 1810. First Edition. Octavo, 3 vols. x, 301; [iv], 390; [iv], 291, [1] pp. With two engraved hand colored folding maps and four folding tables. Period brown gilt tooled quarter sheep with orange gilt labels and marbled boards housed in a matching slip case. A very good set.
Sainte-Croix was a French officer, responsible for the defence of the Philippines. Renouard de Sainte-Croix arrived in Pondicherry, India, in 1802 and was almost immediately imprisoned by the English. After he was liberated, he stayed for two more years in India and went amongst others to the coasts of Coromandel and Malabar. He then travelled to the Philippines where he visited Manila, and the gold mines of Mabulao. Cordier Indosinica, 2425; Howgego 1800-1850, D12; Lust 384.
$2750USD

 

125. 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. [8], xix, 302, [1]; 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).
$2250USD

 

126. 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, 2vols. Viii, 351; iv, 500; iv, 317; iv, 385; [4], 249, [2] 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).
$575USD

 

127. ROBERT, Eugène (1806-1882)
[In Itself Complete Geology and Mineralogy of Gaimard's Voyage to Iceland and Greenland]. Voyage en Islande et au Groënland exécute pendant les années 1835 et 1836 sur la corvette La Recherche Commandée par M. Tréhouart, Lieutenant de Vaisseau dans le but de découvrir les traces de La Lilloise. Publié <…> sous la direction de M. Paul Gaimard. Minéralogie et Géologie. 1re Partie. [With: Idem.] Géologie et Minéralogie. Atlas.

Paris: A. Bertrand, 1840. First Edition. Large Octavo. [4], xi, 468, [1 - errata] pp. Bound together with the Atlas: [2] pp., with 36 engravings by Himely after drawings by Mayer. Period brown half sheep with marbled boards, spine with raised bands. Owners’ pencil inscription on the first free endpaper and the half title. Binding rubbed on extremities, spine worn and with cracks on hinges, but overall a very good internally clean copy.
Complete part on mineralogy and geology from the rare account of the French expedition to Iceland and Greenland on the corvette Recherche, under command of naval lieutenant François Thomas Tréhouart (1798-1873). The expedition was sent to find the lost French ship Lilloise and her owner Jules Alphonse René Poret, Baron de Blosseville who had disappeared near the shore of Iceland two years before. The head of the expedition’s scientific department was Joseph-Paul Gaimard, well known for his circumnavigations with Freycinet and Dumont d'Urville. The geological part written by Eugene Robert is one of the first special works on the geology of Iceland, the engraved plates show Icelandic volcanoes, glaciers coastal cliffs, basalt columns and other objects.
$3250USD

 

128. 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. [2], II, [4], 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.
$650USD

 

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

London: G.G. & J. Robinson, 1794. Second Expanded Edition. Quarto, 2 vols. xxiv, 446, xxiii, [i]; vii, 430xxxiv, [xxvi] pp. With twenty engraved plates (many folding), including eight of botanical subjects after G. D. Ehret. Handsome period style brown elaborately gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards and red and green gilt morocco labels. A very good set.
"In 1734 Russell was one of the first members of the Medical Society of Edinburgh University. In 1740 he came to London, and in the same year went to Aleppo as physician to the English factory. He learnt to speak Arabic fluently, and acquired great influence with the pasha and people of all creeds. In 1750 he was joined by his younger brother, Patrick, and in 1753 he resigned, returning to England by way of Naples and Leghorn, in order to supplement his study of the plague at Aleppo by visiting the lazarettos at those places. This work, which has been described as 'one of the most complete pictures of Eastern manners extant"(Pinkerton), Blackmer Sale 969; Cox I, p.227.
In 1740 Russell "went to Aleppo in Syria as physician to the English factory. There, as he wrote in his Natural History of Aleppo (1756), he established an ‘extensive practice among all ranks and degrees of people’. He learned to speak Arabic fluently, and acquired great influence with the pasha. In 1750 he was joined by his younger half-brother Patrick, and in 1753 he resigned, returning to England by way of Naples and Leghorn, in order to supplement his study of the plague at Aleppo by visiting the lazarettos at those places. Russell had sent home to his fellow student and correspondent John Fothergill seeds of the true scammony, which were raised successfully by Peter Collinson and James Gordon of Mile End. Russell published a description of the plant, and the native method of collecting it, in the first volume of Medical Observations, issued in 1755 by the Medical Society of London, which he had helped to found in 1752. He also introduced Arbutus Andrachne. Russell reached London in February 1755; following encouragement from Fothergill, he published his Natural History of Aleppo the next year. This work, which was described by John Pinkerton as ‘one of the most complete pictures of Eastern manners extant’, was reviewed by Samuel Johnson in the Literary Magazine, and was translated into German. A second edition was published by Patrick Russell in 1794" (Oxford DNB).
$1500USD

 

130. SCHENCK, Pieter (1660-1711)
[Map of Silesia] Mappa Geographica Exactissima, Continens Imperatoris Haereditarium Dominium Silesiam, nec non eiusdem Provincias interiores Ducatus, Comitatus, Baronatus etc. Cum Privilegio Ord. General. Holland et West-Frisiae.

[Amsterdam], ca. 1700. Hand coloured copper engraved map ca. 49,5x58 cm (19 ½ x 22 ¾ in). Blank on verso, with a manuscript ink number “60” in the right upper corner (verso). Very mildly browned at the centrefold, with a small split on the bottom, upper margin trimmed close to the plate mark, otherwise a very good map.
This attractive map shows Silesia at the end of the 17th century under Habsburg Rule. The 17th century saw Silesia lose large parts of its population due to the Thirty Years' War, diseases and emigration. "Petrus Schenck, or Pieter, or Peter Schenk the elder was a German engraver and cartographer active in Amsterdam and Leipzig" (Wikipedia).
$750USD

 

131. 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, [2] 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.
$1250USD

 

132. SCHLEUEN, Johann David (1711-1771)
[PLAN OF BERLIN] Die Konigl. Preussl: Residentz Berlin Die Konigl. Preussl: Residentz Berlin nach ihrem accuraten Grundriss u. Zweien Prospecten, auch Abbildung der sammtl. Kirchen und vornehmsten Konigl: Gebauden derselben.

Berlin: Johann David Schleuen, Sculptor., [1739]. Copper engraved plan ca. 41 x 56.5 cm (16 x 22.5 in.). This strong copper engraved plan has a centre fold and some minor marginal creasing and restoration not affecting image. Overall a very good engraving.
This very rare, accurate and attractive plan of Berlin includes a panorama of the city and detail views of the Royal Palace, Arsenal, Grosses Friderichs Hospital and the St. Nicolai, Dohm, St. Petri, Jerusalem, St. Georgen, Garnison's, St. Marien, Parochial & Spandauer Churches. Schleuen's Berlin plans and views represent the finest and most accurate representation of mid 18th century Berlin. This plan was produced in the last year of King Friedrich Wilhelm I reign and shows Berlin just before Frederick the Great began his 46 year reign of Prussia. Schulz, Stadtplaene von Berlin, 83.
$3750USD

 

133. 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, [1755]. First Edition. Octavo. [8], 862, [26] 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).
$750USD

 

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

Paris: F. Buisson, An VII [1799]. First Edition. Text Octavo 3 vols. & Folio Atlas. [iv], vii, [i], 425, [3]; [ii], 417; [ii], 424; [2] pp. Atlas with a copper engraved portrait frontispiece, 38 other copper engravings (two folding) and a large folding engraved map by Tardieu after D'Anville. Period brown gilt titled papered boards. Extremities rubbed and spines mildly sunned, remains of a small private library label on volume one, otherwise a very good set.
This expedition was made with the intention of collecting rare Egyptian birds, however Sonnini includes some unusual and fascinating details of native life and customs such as female and male circumcision and homosexuality, leprosy and other diseases, serpent eating etc. "Sonnini set out with baron de Tott's expedition in 1777. On arrival at Alexandria he found orders to explore Egypt from Louis XVI awaiting him"(Blackmer Collection 1006); Atabey 1155. This work relates to various subjects "with the utmost candor: such as Egyptian female circumcision, serpent eating, Egyptian lesbianism, women's cosmetics..," (Cox I, p.395); Gay 2250; Howgego S135; Ibrahim-Hilmy 245; "A naturalist, Sonnini de Manoncourt traveled extensively through Egypt (from Alexandria to Aswan), making notes on the flora and fauna, the customs of the people, and only incidentally, the antiquities.., Illustrated with excellent engravings, mostly of fish and birds" (Kalfatovic 0158).
$1250USD

 

135. SORRIOT DE L’HOST, Andreas, Freiherrn von, K.K. General Major
Carte Générale Orographique et Hydrographique de l’Europe qui montre les principales ramifications des montagnes, fleuves at chemins, avec les principales villes, dressée d’après les meilleures cartes des auteurs les plus acredites [Orographical and Hydrographical Map of Europe; With:] General Karte von Europa. Worinnen die Gestalt dieses Erdtheiles zu ersehen ist, wie selbe nach seinem Höhensisteme und Wasserzuge angeordnet ist [General Map of Europe Showing its Mountain and River Systems].

Vienna: Joseph. List, 1816-1818. Two copper engraved folding maps with ornamental border frames, dissected and linen backed. The first one on four sheets, each ca. 56x69 cm (22x27 cm), with the total size ca. 111,5x137,5 cm (44x 54 ¼ in); the second map ca. 56x68,5 cm (22x27 cm). Each of the five parts with a paper label with handwritten title pasted on the verso of linen. The maps housed in a period custom made card folder and a box with marbled paper sides and a cloth spine with gilt lettered title “Europa von Sorriot.” Minor stains and small tears on a fold of the larger map, the box slightly rubbed on extremities, but overall a very good collection.
Interesting collection of two rare maps focusing on the mountain and river systems of Europe, and also marking main cities and roads. Worldcat finds only six copies of the first map and four copies of the second map. The first map is supplemented with four inserts including two profiles of the European mountainous areas from Hamburg to Genoa (Italy) and from Memel to Odessa; a table of heights of the main mountain ranges; a table of latitudes and longitudes of the major European cities; general overview map of Europe, and a detailed explanatory text. The second map has three inserts detailing the course of the Danube, and two extensive explanatory text boxes.
$850USD

 

136. 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.
$975USD

 

137. 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-[1838]. 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.
$2500USD

 

138. SPRENGEL, Matthias Christian (1746-1803)
Alexander Mackenzie's Reise nach dem Nördlichen Eismeere vom 3. Jun. Bis 12 September 1798. Aus dem Englischen übersetzt und mit Anmerkungen versehen [Alexander Mackenzie’s Travel to the Northern Polar Sea from 3 June to 12 September 1798…].

Weimar: Verlage des Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs, 1802. First German Edition. Small Octavo. T.p., 61 pp. With a folding copper engraved map at rear, Mackenzie’s track outlined in hand colouring. Period style brown half calf with marbled paper boards; gilt tooled spine with gilt lettered title label. A very good copy.
First German edition of Alexander Mackenzie’s travels to the Arctic Ocean and the discovery of the Mackenzie River in 1789 (the title shows the travel date as 1798 in error). The book was translated into German by Matthias Christian Sprengel, a German geographer and historian, and published as part of the series which he edited “Bibliothek der neuesten und wichtigsten Reisebeschreibungen” (7, vol. 2).
Mackenzie “was for several years engaged in the fur trade at Fort Chippewyan, at the head of Lake Athabasca, and it was here that his schemes of travel were formed. His first journey, made in 1789, was from Fort Chippewyan along the Great Slave Lake, and down the river which now bears his name to the Arctic Ocean; and his second, made in 1792 and 1793, from Fort Chippewyan across the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific coast near Cape Menzies. He wrote an account of these journeys, Voyages on the River St Lawrence and through the Continent of North America to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans (London, 1801), which is of considerable interest from the information it contains about the native tribes. It is prefaced by an historical dissertation on the Canadian fur trade. Amassing considerable wealth, Mackenzie was knighted in 1802, and later settled in Scotland” (Encyclopaedia Britannica).
$750USD

 

139. SPROAT, Gilbert Malcolm (1834-1913)
British Columbia. Information for emigrants. Issued by the Agent-General for the Province.

London: W. Clowes and Son, [1873]. Octavo. [1-] 96 pp. Plus 4 pp. advertisements at end. Title wood-engraved vignette. Wood-engraved frontispiece view of the 'Harbour and Site of Victoria', a folding colour lithographed map, and three wood-engraved illustrations in text. Original yellow pictorial printed wrappers. Wrappers with some expertly repaired chips but overall in very good original condition.
Gilbert Malcolm Sproat arrived on Vancouver Island in 1860, where he helped to found the first sawmill in Port Alberni, British Columbia. On 24 July. 1863 he was made the justice of the peace for the Colony of Vancouver Island. Following British Columbia's entry into Canadian Confederation in 1871, Sproat became the new province's agent general in London, a position he held from 1872 until his return to the province in 1876. Sproat Lake and Sproat Lake Provincial Park on Vancouver Island were named in his honour. Lowther 411.
$850USD

 

140. 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.
$575USD

 

141. 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. [4], ii, [201 – separate pagination]; 4, ii, [266 – separate pagination]; [4], 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).
$3750USD

 

142. TEMPLE, Edmond
Travels in Various Parts of Peru, Including a Year's Residence in Potosi.

London: Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley, 1830. First Edition. Octavo, 2 vols. 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.
$550USD

 

143. THÉVENOT, Melchisédech (c. 1620-1692)
Description de la Partie des Indes Orientales qui est sous la Domination du Grand Mogol [Description of the Part of East India which is under the Dominion of the Great Mogul].

[Paris, 1663]. Copper engraved map ca. 27x35,5 cm (11 x 14 in). J. de His sculp. Original centre fold, with minor foxing, otherwise a very good map.
A map from Thévenot’s "Relation de Divers Voyages Curieux" (Paris, 1663-1696, 5 parts). The map shows northern and central India with Afghanistan and parts of the Himalaya, from the border with Persia in the west to Pegu city and Martaban River (modern Yangon River) in the east. A decorative cartouche with the coat of arms of the Great Mogul (a lion and sun) is placed in the right upper corner. "The most comprehensive collection of voyages of discovery of its time, containing the first printed map of the Australian continent, with accounts of newly discovered and explored regions of the world from original manuscripts, printed texts and conversations. The accounts include travels in China, Japan, Thailand, Tartary, Mongolia, the Philippines, India, Egypt, Ethiopia, Arabia, Persia, Russia, America, the Pacific, New Guinea and New Holland" (Sotheby’s). "Thevenot's notable compilation is substantially concerned with Asia and the East Indies with the latest notices of commercial and missionary voyages, many made by personal acquaintances whom Thevenot interviewed" (Christie’s).
$475USD

 

144. 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 1 & 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
$2750USD

 

145. TRUTCH, Hon. [Sir] J[oseph] W[illiam] (1826-1904)
Map of British Columbia Compiled from the Map of the Province Recently Prepared Under the Direction of the Hon. J.W. Trutch Lieut. Govr. Of the Province With Additions from the Maps of the Post Office Department.

Toronto: Lithographed by Rolph, Smith & Co., ca. 1881. Lithographed map ca. 41x61,5 cm (16 ½ x 24 ½ in). With lithographed topographical illustrations on verso. Original centre fold, otherwise a very good map.
Historically important map of British Columbia after the province entered Confederation which show the proposed Canadian Pacific Railway. "Following the establishment of the Canadian Confederation in 1867 [Trutch] worked to negotiate British Columbia's entry, which occurred in 1871 after [He] secured a promise for the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). Trutch was the first Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia following Confederation, a position he retained from 1871–1876. Following his tenure as lieutenant governor, Trutch was appointed a "Dominion agent for British Columbia", and helped to oversee the construction of the CPR in the province." (Wikipedia).
$575USD

 

146. 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. [6], 464, [22] 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, 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).
$2750USD

 

147. 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. [8] 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, [27] 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. [5]).
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.
$12,500USD

 

148. 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).
$650USD

 

149. ULZ, Georg Friedrich
[Map of Hungary, Russian, Austrian and Prussian Domains in the former Poland, the Black Sea and Turkey] Charte von Ungarn, den Russisch, Oestreich, und Preussischen Besitzungen im ehemal. Polen, ingl. Dem Schwarzen Meer und der Türkey.

Nürnberg: A.G. Schneider & Weigels, 1803. Large copper engraved map ca. 58x52 cm (ca. 22 ½ x 20 ½ in), borders outlined in colour. Period ink inscription “Ungarn und Polen” on verso. Original centrefold, paper slightly creased on blank margins, otherwise a very good wide-margined map.
Based on the map of Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d' Anville and other contemporary sources, the map gives a detailed outline of the new territorial acquisitions in Europe in the early 19th century as an outcome of the three Partitions of Poland. The Russian Empire is shown with the recently annexed parts of the Western Ukraine, Belorussia and Lithuania with Wilno; Prussia – with New Silesia, New East Prussia and Warsaw, and Austria – with Galicia, Krakow and Lublin.
$850USD

 

150. VISSCHER, Nicolaes II (1649-1702)
[Map of Jamaica] Jamaica, Americae Septentrionalis Ampla Insula, Christophoro Columbo Detecta, in suas Gubernationes Peraccuratae Distincta.

Amsterdam, [1680]. Full hand coloured copper engraved map ca. 51x60 cm. (20x23 ½ in). Cropped closely at the top border with some very minor loss of printed surface, original centre fold, otherwise a very good map.
This detailed map of Jamaica was finely engraved by L. V. Anse. The Island is divided into its precincts and the forests and mountains are shown. Elaborate cartouche with a mermaid, cherubs and cornucopia over-flowing with coins. Kapp 26.Tooley's Mapmakers Q-Z, p.332.
$650USD

 

151. WEIGEL, Christoph (the Elder) (1654-1725)
[TWO MAPS OF THE FRENCH ANTILLES] Insulae Antillae Franciae Inferiores commentariis manuscriptis et variis navigantium observationibus descriptae a Petito Geometra Regio. Editore Christophoro Weigelio Noribergae. [With] Insulae Antillae Franciae Superiores cum Vicinis Insulis ex Commentariis Manuscriptis et Varus Navigantium Observationibus descriptae a Petito Geometra Regio. Editore Christophoro Weigelio Norib.

Nuremberg: Christoph Weigel, 1718. Copper engraved maps, period outline hand coloured. Printed image size each 32x36 cm (12 ½ x 14 in). "Superiores" map with mild foxing, otherwise very good wide margined maps.
The maps are most likely from "Schul- und Reisen Atlas" (Nuremberg, together with Johann David Koehler, 1718; 140 maps). Each map is complete with its own borders, but the compass rose is split between the two maps. These map include the Islands of Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent and Grenada. Christoph (the Elder) Weigel was a goldsmith, engraver, illustrator and publisher with Johann David Koehler, who had settled in Nuremburg in 1698. Tooley Mapmakers vol. Q-Z, p.367.
$850USD

 

152. 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.
$975USD

 

153. WRANGELL, Otto Fabian von (1655-1726)
Landrath Wrangell's Chronik von Ehstland, nebst angehängten Estländischen Capitulationspunkten und Nystadter Friedensschluss. In Druck gegeben von Dr. C. J. A. Paucker [Landrath Wrangell’s Chronicle of Estonia, with Attached Estonian Capitulation Points and the Nystad Peace Treaty].

Dorpat: Heinrich Laakmann, 1845. First Edition. Octavo. Xiv, 234 pp. Original publisher’s green wrappers with printed decorative borders. Ink stamp of the “Staatsarchiv, Lübeck” on verso of the dedication leaf. Paper slightly age toned, wrappers with a minor crack on the spine, but overall a very good uncut copy.
Very rare Dorpat (Tartu) edition with only two paper copies found in Worldcat. First publication of the manuscript by a Otto Fabian von Wrangell, the chief of the Estonian knighthood, and later magistrate of Estonia. His historical “Chronicle of Estonia” “is considered to be the last credible Livonian (Latvia and Estonia) chronicle” (Wikipedia). Six supplements at rear include texts of the Nystad peace treaty of 1721, capitulation of the Estonian nobility, Peter the Great’s decree and confirmation of the land privileges to the Estonian nobility, and others.
$650USD

 

154. WYLD, J[ames] (1790-1836)
European Dominions of the Ottomans or Turkey in Europe [Folding Map].

London: J. Wyld, 1824. First Edition. Engraved folding map, outline hand coloured, with an elaborate cartouche, mounted in segments on cloth ca. 78x57,5 cm (23x30 in) The map is housed in a period maroon gilt titled quarter straight grained morocco slip case with marbled boards. Map in very good condition, slip case with mild wear of extremities.
James Wyld Senior was a noted map publisher, geographer and engraver, and the Royal Geographer, based at the Charing Cross. He succeeded mapmaker William Faden and reissued many of his maps. Wyld maintained the high standard of graphic and factual excellence that had been established by his predecessor and his maps are among the finest published in the early nineteenth century (Tooley, vol. Q-Z, 415-416). This map of the Ottoman Empire’s possessions in Europe includes the Balkans and Anatolia.
$475USD

 

155. WYLD, James the Younger (1812-1887)
Wyld’s New Map of Central Africa, Shewing All the Most Recent Discoveries & Explorations.

London: J. Wyld, 1890. First Edition. Folding lithographed hand coloured map ca. 58x76 cm (22 ¾ x 29 ¾ in), dissected and mounted in segments on linen. The map is housed in the original publisher’s light brown cloth folder with printed paper labels on recto and verso of the covers, and on the linen of one of the map segments. The folder is rubbed at extremities and slightly faded, with a crack on the front hinge, but the map is very good and sound.
Important detailed map of the European colonial possessions in Central Africa, published in the midst of the Scramble for Africa. The map shows the British protectorates at the Niger River Delta and in Bechuanaland (Modern Botswana), with the territories of modern Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe coloured as British possessions (they officially became British colonies only in 1895-1911); German Damaraland (Namibia) and Cameroon; Portuguese Angola and Mozambique; Belgian Congo Free State; French Congo; Spanish Fernando Po and Spanish Guinea (modern Equatorial Guinea). The territories of modern Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania are marked as British and German spheres of influence; the South African Republic of Transvaal is still independent (it became a part of the British Empire after the Second Boer war of 1899-1902). The red dotted line shows the route of Henry Stanley’s first trans-African expedition of 1874-77, from Zanzibar to the Aruwini settlement on the Congo River. Overall a very good interesting map.
"In 1836, Wyld became the sole owner of the thriving family mapmaking business based in Charing Cross. His maps, which covered regions as diverse as London and the gold fields of California, were regarded highly, and Wyld himself had an excellent reputation as a mapmaker; he was elected as a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1839, and he was appointed Geographer to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (as had been his father before him)" (Wikipedia); Tooley Q-Z, p. 417.
$875USD

 

156. ZERNECKE, Wilhelm Ferdinand (1790-1859)
Neuester Wegweiser durch Danzig und dessen Umgegend. Eine alphabetisch geordnete Schilderung alles Desjenigen, was in und im Danzig merkwürdig oder in irgend einer Beziehung interessant its. Nebst einem Anhange: Drei Tage in und bei Danzig [The Latest Guide to Danzig and Its Environs. An Alphabetical Description of Everything Curious or Interesting in Danzig in any Respect. With an Appendix: Three Days in and around Danzig].

Danzig: Fr. Sam. Gerhard, 1843. First Edition. Duodecimo. [4], 328, [30] pp. Original publisher’s brown cloth binding with blind stamped frames on the boards and gilt lettered title on the spine, all edges speckled. Previous owner’s ink inscription on the first free endpaper. Spine slightly faded, otherwise a very good copy.
A comprehensive guide on Danzig (Gdansk) compiled by a local historian, city treasurer and magistrate deputy Wilhelm Zernecke. The book lists all important and curious sites in Danzig and around, in alphabetical order. Thirty pages at rear contain advertising of Danzig merchants and manufacturers.
$750USD

 

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