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  • Travels Amongst the Great Andes of the Equator – Edward Whymper -1892

    Published by John Murray, London. A second printing, same year as the first, of a special book by the great mountaineer, Edward Whymper.

    Large thick octavo, 456 pages. Nicely illustrated and with three maps, one folding and a large folding map in rear pocket. Original cloth covered binding with embellished gilt rule and lettering on front and spine, blind embossed in similar fashion on rear. Showing a little age, as usual, some scattered foxing near ends, otherwise a lovely clean copy.

    The classic South American Mountaineering book, Whymper climbing Cotopaxi and Chimborazo among others. Broader writing includes the natural history and geology of the Andes.

    Essential reading for climbers and South American devotee.

    Edward Whymper – nothing held him back

    $120.00

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  • A Voyage Round the World – Captain George Shelvocke – Seafarers’ Library Issue 1928

    A Voyage Round the World – Captain George Shelvocke – Seafarers’ Library Issue 1928

    With Introduction and Notes by W.G. Perrin F.R. Hist. S Admiralty Librarian, Secretary of the Navy Records Society

    Published by the Seafarers’ Library, that is Cassell and Co, London a first of its type 1928. Thick octavo, 262 pages after the xxii Introduction, which adds well to the principal narrative. Foxed along the edges, title and occasionally as is often the case with the thick spongey paper used by the publisher. Still a pretty good copy and rare in a very good dust jacket which has protected the boards well. Illustrated with 7 half tone plates and a map.

    George Shelvocke (1675-1742) joined the Royal Navy at 15 and rose to second lieutenant during two long wars with the French. When the war ended he received no pension which drove him to take up privateering. In 1719 he was given charge of the Speedwell to accompany John Clipperton in the Success to take Spanish vessels in the Pacific. Shortly after leaving England Shelvocke deliberately parted ways with Clipperton to control his own fortunes. In the Pacific they were wrecked at Juan Fernandez. They managed to build a sizeable vessel out of recovered timbers and fresh hewn trees. They carried on and took their first Spanish vessel, occupied it and renamed it the Happy Return. They proceeded to take several prizes accumulating treasure along the way. They sailed north to California and made various remarks on the territory including the prospects of finding gold. From there they sailed the Pacific to Canton and from there back to England. Shelvocke was accused of hiding some of the treasure to his advantage … but got away with it … and wrote this account. A worthy read it was taken on Pacific voyages by all those that were to come after him.

    On rounding the Horn his second shot a black albatross. Later, Wordsworth read the account and suggested to Samuel Taylor Coleridge that the shooting could be a useful device for his epic poem that was to be The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

    Shelvocke after and in the mode of Dampier – before Anson and the great Navigators.

    $40.00

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  • Byron’s Journal of His Circumnavigation 1764-1766 – Edited by Robert E. Gallagher

    Byron’s Journal of His Circumnavigation 1764-1766 – Edited by Robert E. Gallagher

    Another well produced piece of work put out by the Hakluyt Society.

    John Byron of Wager fame (the poets Grandfather and Voyager hero) has come in for some criticism regarding his circumnavigation of 1764-1776. Hard to understand considering he is in the all time top 20.

    Sent by the Admiralty to search for Pepys’s Island and the Southern Continent and then around in the Pacific north to find the “other end” of the North West passage. He re-discovered the Falkland Islands (but was beaten by Bougainville) and when in the Pacific decided for his own reasons (quite valid) to go in a more direct route and all around back to Blighty.

    His journal is at the mecca of all journals marine, the National Maritime Museum, London. And, here it is published with super supporting items by editor Robert Gallagher. Much about the giants of Patagonia.

    Printed by the Cambridge University Press for the Hakluyt Society in 1964. Octavo, 230 pages with numerous illustrations and maps and charts many folding or multiple folding. A particularly good thoroughly clean copy.

    John Byron first the Wager then the Circumnavigation on of the greatest naval heroes of the 18th C.

    $50.00

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  • The Early Maps of Colombia up to 1850 – Kit S. Kapp

    The Early Maps of Colombia up to 1850 – Kit S. Kapp

    The Map Collectors’ Circle publication No 77 by Captain Kit S Kapp published in 1971. Very good condition. T.M. Perry, Australian map expert’s stamp to front cover.

    170 maps identified over 32 pages plus 10 full page plates of prime examples. Very good condition.

    Colombia a country of contrasts, snow-capped mountains, fertile plains and exotic jungles. First colonised by the Spanish in 1538. The subsequent successful looting of Cartagena by Sir Francis Drake created further interest in the region and the mapping thereof. See if you can spot “El Dorado … the Golden One”

    Captain Kit passed away a few years back … he was a much loved member of the map community and a friend of Mick Tooley’s

    Colombia … the original gold maps

    $25.00

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  • A Voyage in the Sunbeam – Lady Brassey – 1894

    A Voyage in the Sunbeam – Lady Brassey – 1894

    Published by Longmans London 1894., an early edition of Lady Brassey’s popular voyage account.

    A Voyage in the Sunbeam – Our home on the Ocean for Eleven Months. Thick octavo, 492 pages, plus extensive publisher’s catalogue. With 66 illustrations engraved on wood by G Pearson from drawings by the Hon A.Y. Bingham.

    Described as a “new edition” in a popular form. The voyage from England takes in Madeira, Teneriffe, Cape de Verde and across to Rio. The River Plate and … life in the Pampas. Round the Horn to Chili and Santiago and Valparaiso and off west to the South Sea Islands, and Tahiti, Hawaii, and across to Yokohama. Canton and the Pearl River, Singapore, Ceylon and then to Aden the Suez and home. Not quite as easy or as blunt as that!

    A superb account of the circumnavigation of the Sunbeam in 1876/7 the first of the Sunbeam voyages.

    Affordable Sunbeam – Lady Brassey – a Travel Classic

    $60.00

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  • The Kon-Tiki Expedition – Thor Heyerdahl (With Original Photograph of the Raft)

    The Kon-Tiki Expedition – Thor Heyerdahl (With Original Photograph of the Raft)

    Well certainly not a rare book, probably the biggest selling modern maritime adventure book. But a very good copy.

    A 1959 edition by which time it had already run to 23 impressions. Octavo, 235 pages with eighty odd photographic images.

    Thor Heyerdahl set off on the most amazing raft voyage with five companions determined to prove his migration theories. This account, praised by Somerset Maugham as “an incredible adventure which happens to be true. It would be a very dull reader who did not admire and envy the courage of the six men who took part in it”. Very good copy.

    We also have what appears to be an original photograph of the raft on its way … the camera work is rather shaky so clearly taken from another vessel.

    Leaving Callao in Peru for Tahiti, they almost made it running aground on the Raroia Reef were the raft was smashed to smithereens.

    Kon-Tiki nice copy with photograph.

    $30.00

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