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  • Voyage Through the Antarctic – Richard Adams and Ronald Lockley

    Voyage Through the Antarctic – Richard Adams and Ronald Lockley

    A first edition published by Allen Lane, London in 1982.

    Richard Adams, author of Watership Down struck up a friendship with Ronald Lockley author of The Private Life of the Rabbit whilst researching for Watership. This friendship led to making a full Antarctic voyage on the Linblad Explorer from Tierra del Fuego to Stewart Island of South Island New Zealand.

    As would be expected an observant and well written narrative with a super selection of photograph’s taken on the voyage by Peter Hirst-Smith … well he did take three thousand from which to make the selection.

    Small quarto, 160 pages, numerous illustrations from photographs, nice chart etc …a very good copy.

    Adams and Lockley in the Antarctic and not a rabbit in sight.

    $40.00

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  • A Voyage to New Guinea, and the Moluccas from Balambangan … during the years 1774,1775 and 1776 – Thomas Forrest -1780

    A Voyage to New Guinea, and the Moluccas from Balambangan … during the years 1774,1775 and 1776 – Thomas Forrest -1780

    A second edition published by Robson, Donaldson et al London 1780. Quarto, 411 pages and “Directions to Binder” with 32 copper engraved maps and plates, many double page or folding. Pale offsetting to plates, a particularly good copy in a more recent period style binding quarter calf over marbled paper covered boards, separate red leather title label.

    Scottish born Thomas Forrest (1729-1802) was a brilliant sailor and navigator. He was a midshipman by sixteen and soon spent most of his time in the “Indian waters”. He was commissioned by the British East India Company in 1762. By 1770 he was engaged in forming a new settlement, Balambangban, Borneo … an idea fostered by Alexander Dalrymple.

    He was soon involved in plans to explore the islands to the east in the direction of New Guinea. He sailed on 9th December 1774 in the Tartar a garay boat from Sulu of about ten tons. His crew comprised two English officers and eighteen Malays. He was accompanied part of the voyage by two even smaller boats. The expedition, the subject of this book pushed as far as Geelvink Bay, New Guinea having explored and charted the Sulu Archipelago, Mindanao, Mandiolo, Batchian and Waiego, returning to Achin in the March of 1776.

    This volume with its sumptuous array of plates was produced to a very high standard. A well written account published quite speedily after the events reflects the support and standing offered the author Forrest. This second edition adds a useful index.

    Forrest went on to publish further works relating to navigation in the east such as “A Treatise on the Monsoons in East India”.

    Forrest exploring and charting the eastern islands of the East Indies and Northern Coastline of New Guinea. Tremendous charts and plates.

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  • The Life of John Ledyard the American Traveller; comprising Selections from His Journals and Correspondence. – Jared Sparks 1829

    The Life of John Ledyard the American Traveller; comprising Selections from His Journals and Correspondence. – Jared Sparks 1829

    A second edition published by Hilliard and Brown, Cambridge Mass. In 1829.

    America’s first true explorer who was with James Cook on his third fateful voyage to the Pacific, Northwest Coast of America, Alaska and Hawaii.

    Ledyard subsequently attempted to reach America by traversing Russia. He died whilst exploring the Nile.

    Octavo, 310 pages, contemporary half Morocco over marbled paper covered boards, marbling continues to page edges and end papers. two discrete reference library stamps withdrawn. Otherwise, a particularly good copy.

    Ledyard did not publish during is foreshortened life. After his death, his journals and papers and other materials were collected by his relative Dr Isaac Ledyard. That was a far as he got, and it was down to Jared Sparks to edit and arrange the narrative for publication. Little is changed in the journals etc the words are those of the traveller explorer.

    Over fifty pages are devoted to Cook’s voyage. Of particular interest is that Ledyard was in the landing party with Cook at Kearakekua [Kealakekua] Bay, Hawaii “and was near his person’ when Cook was slain. His narrative of the events and his views on Cook’s approach to the encounter with the natives are unique. Many other interesting elements … such as organising a party to climb Hawaii’s highest mountain (near 14,000 feet) Mouna Roa … give an indication of the explorer he was to become.

    His travels in Siberia were extensive, completing some lengthy stretches by canoe … eventually politics and confusion came into play, and he was arrested by order of the Empress Catherine the Great. He survived … but not the Nile … the plans for which he part formulated with Joseph Banks in London. He died in Cairo after having taken too much vitriolic (sulphuric) acid seemingly to deal with heartburn!

    Ledyard’s Travels Important Cook Content and More

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  • Round Cape Horn: Voyage of the Passenger-Ship James W. Paige from Maine to California in the Year 1852. Joseph Lamson.

    Round Cape Horn: Voyage of the Passenger-Ship James W. Paige from Maine to California in the Year 1852. Joseph Lamson.

    First edition of this travel classic published by W.H. Knowles, Bangor, Maine in 1878.

    Original binding of half cloth over unusual papered boards with paper title label to front. Octavo, 156 pages of which the last 30 relate to observations and anecdotes whilst in California.

    Written very well with an acute observation and rather entertaining personal style.

    The Bark James W Paige was fitted out as a passenger vessel at Bangor, Maine; its accommodations were a bit primitive … the priest slept in the women’s quarters the only place there was an operating fire. The vessel heads south and east towards the Cape Verde Islands (a giant waterspout is narrowly avoided) but they do not disembark before they get to Rio de Janeiro. Good content re tours into and around Rio before they embark for the extreme south. Tierra del Fuego, Staten Land and then the Horn is sighted … in an almighty storm where they made difficult headway. Eventually “Round the Horn”, the Diego Ramirez Islands before they make and disembark at Talcahuano in the central region of Chile. Interesting observations regarding this region before they set for the long voyage north to California and San Francisco.

    Lamson describes in depth the characters on board and the rather frequent altercations that took place quite often between the Captain and himself. Makes for a lively read.

    The author spent several years in California and finishes the book with several interesting anecdotes.

    Lamson a travel classic in original form.

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  • Encyclopedia of Exploration 1850 to 1940 – The Oceans, Islands and Polar Regions.

    Encyclopedia of Exploration 1850 to 1940 – The Oceans, Islands and Polar Regions.

    An as new copy of this great work by the unique Raymond Howgego, published by the equally unique Hordern House in 2006. Part of a greater series of works likely not yet complete … but the modern era will be a challenge despite Everest etc. This one stands on its own partly because of the Polar emphasis …

    A comprehensive [understatement] reference guide to the history and literature of exploration, travel and colonisation in the oceans, the islands, New Zealand, and the polar regions from 1850 to the early decades of the twentieth century.

    Large quarto, x, 724 pages, containing 521 major articles, referencing 3000 odd individuals, in over 700,000 words all cross referenced to primary and secondary sources … indexes of persons, ship, bibliography (14,000 works) etc.

    The format is interesting, perhaps a little challenging … Entries begin with leaders of expeditions and if there is more than one expedition these are dealt with as separate chronological entries i.e., Scott, Amundsen, Charcot etc. Major members then follow the principal … so Frank Wild for example follows Shackleton. Separate entries summarise activity by location e.g., New Guinea, New Zealand, St Helena etc.

    Raymond Howgego was teacher of physics before he gave that up to become a full-time traveller and travel writer. Possibly put down more words than any other living person. Seemingly can handle almost all European languages and Arabic and probably a few others. He still has an interest in amateur radio and fixing electronic items … we withhold his call sign, but you can find it if you try.

    As new Howgego on the Islands etc and the Polar Regions.

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  • Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier – 1956 Edition Nice Copy

    Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier – 1956 Edition Nice Copy

    Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca one of the greatest romantic novels of all time … a young bride is thrust into the house of the dead former wife.

    First published in 1938 by Gollancz. This is the 1956 edition of a book that has to run to hundreds of impressions.

    Octavo, 302 pages, in the iconic Gollancz yellow jacket. The key thing about this copy is its fabulous clean condition, rare for a poured over Gollancz yellow cover and a “relatively” early edition.

    “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again”

    $40.00

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