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  • Anson’s Voyage – The Prize of all the Oceans – Glyn Williams – First 1999

    Anson’s Voyage – The Prize of all the Oceans – Glyn Williams – First 1999

    A first edition published by Harper, London in 1999. Small quarto, 264 pages, endpaper maps, illustrated throughout. Very good condition.

    One of the greatest Maritime stories of the 18th Century, and there were a few. Lord Anson’s voyage hailed a success because of the treasure but only one ship got back and the majority of the men died.

    Professor William, London University and author of Terra Australis to Australia and other exploration hits applies his trade to the Anson voyage. And, he delivers with a well researched narrative. For those not in the know the “Prize’ is the Spanish Acapulco Galleon.

    Essential Maritime/Naval Reading

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    $35.00

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  • European Voyaging Towards Australia – Edited by John Hardy and Alan Frost

    European Voyaging Towards Australia – Edited by John Hardy and Alan Frost

    Octavo, 171 pages with illustrations. Soft cover but here bound in a maroon cloth covered hard binding (retaining the softcover wrapper) with gilt title to spine. A very good copy.

    Derived from an international colloquium at the Chateau d‘Entrecasteaux in 1987, held as a prelude to the Australian Bicentenary.

    Covers many aspects of European voyaging Australia. Different motives that prompted voyaging – whether gain, scientific curiosity, or imperial rivalry. The hardships endured by the sailors and attempts to improve the health of crews. Attitudes to the indigenous inhabitants by the Dutch, Spanish, English and French.

    Interesting well researched succinct essays

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    $35.00

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  • Antarctic Odyssey – In the Footsteps of the South Polar Explorers – Graham and Patricia Collier

    Antarctic Odyssey – In the Footsteps of the South Polar Explorers – Graham and Patricia Collier

    A very good modern book published in 1999 by Robinson. London. Better than a Michael Palin equivalent … sorry.

    Small folio, 194 illustrated throughout with new charts (nicely done) and fresh photographs taken by the authors talented wife. The narrative by Graham Collier, ex RFAT WWII and later a Professor at the university of Georgia.

    Collier made several trips south and this book was the result … not only the Antarctic Continent wand the recounting pf Shackleton, Scott, Amundsen et al and, also onto South Georgia, Peter and Elephant Islands.

    A nice book with relevant and well delivered and illustrated content.

    $30.88

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  • Francis Drake & Other Early Explorers Along the Pacific Coast – John Robertson – Grabhorn Press 1927

    Francis Drake & Other Early Explorers Along the Pacific Coast – John Robertson – Grabhorn Press 1927

    A special book by the upmarket press /publishers The Grabhorn Press, San Francisco. California centric, this work was issued as a limited run of 1,000 copies in 1927.

    Large octavo, 26cm by 18cm, 290 pages after preliminaries, thick paper, rough cut edges, quarter vellum over papered boards. Light gilt title to spine. Front boards with a light affected block, a couple of bumps, internally very clean, a very good copy.

    Beautifully illustrated with 28 really nice maps, most with colour and, some very usual, scarcely seen elsewhere selections. Other images in the text.

    The work covers the early discovery of Cortes; the Indians of the California; Jesuit Survey of Baja California; Drakes Voyage in the South Sea and the Harbor of St Francis … and an Appendix regarding the Couse of Sir Francis Drake. Approximately two thirds of the book taken up by Drake and related.

    Brothers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn arrived in San Francisco in 1920. They formed a press run by Edwin and a joint publishing house. Based on Arts and Crafts traditions in the mould of William Morr1s their book became highly sought after among American bibliophiles.

    Special work on Drake, discoveries on the American Pacific Coast by quality printer/ publisher.

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    $180.00

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  • Java (Iava Maior) – Barent Langenes, Cornelis Claesz – engraved by Benjamin Wright – c1600

    Java (Iava Maior) – Barent Langenes, Cornelis Claesz – engraved by Benjamin Wright – c1600

    A very early state of this classic miniature map of Java. Plate engraved by Benjamin Wright are scarce and it is particularly interesting to see his engraved signature in the cartouche.

    Printed map area 12.5cm by 8.8cm, strong black image, very good condition. Latin text on reverse. Uncoloured as it should be.

    Wright originally worked in London and then found employment on the continent. While in Amsterdam he worked for Cornelis Claesz on new plates for Caert-thresoor effectively a joint venture with Middleburg printer Barent Langenes; Java (this one), Madagascar, St Helena and Sumatra. The first printing was in 1598. The text was edited by Petrus Bertius and Jacobus Viverius.

    Accepted authority on Miniature Antique Maps, Geoffrey King writes bot this history, an example of the Benjamin Wright engraving is given at page 85. His text on the subject cross refers several pages and in its entirety is confusing and possibly contradictory. Our conclusion is to reference this important map as Wright/ Claesz/ Langes/ Bertius c1600.

    Price $390.00 unframed

    Early map of Java – Benjamin Wright signature in plate.

    $390.00

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  • Au Pole de Sud a Bicyclette – Emillio Salgari

    Au Pole de Sud a Bicyclette – Emillio Salgari

    The French translation of an Emilio Salagari classic translated by J. Fargeau. Salagari being the Italian equivalent of Henty and in some respects Jules Verne. Written in the Italian in the 1890’s this French version was published in 1931 a fifth edition.

    Collected because of the genre, the crazy story involving the South Pole and the superb decorative covers by Fontanez. Although, like quite a few, Fontanez should have brushed up his knowledge of natural history.

    Extra large octavo, 240 pages with illustrations in the text. Paper with an even browning as usual. The green percaline covered boards with title back and apine decorated boldly in polychrome with penguins, seals and polar bear (mmhh), with three intrepid explorer on an eight wheeled steam assisted velocipede. Top edge gilt. Good condition, bright covers.

    A classic Polar Adventure – on a tandem!

    $180.00

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