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Travel & Exploration Catalogue 18

Welcome to the new catalogue, which contains one hundred items relating to worldwide exploration and general travel. The books, photographs, and ephemera represent only a small portion of our stock, and if you would like to receive details of other material in your areas of interest, please enquire (contact details are inside the front cover of the catalogue). Stuart Leggatt

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1 1. [Alps. Kashmir.] Two personal photograph albums of holidays in the Alps and Kashmir, compiled by members of the Catchpole family, 1937 & 1942. £175 Together two albums, oblong 4to. First album: 60 snapshot photographs of British scenes taken in 1936-7, followed by a leaf captioned “The Annual Holiday 1937” with a hand-drawn map of Europe showing the route to Switzerland, accompanied by 56 snapshot photographs taken on the holiday, the majority captioned beneath by hand; Second album: Captioned on first leaf “Kashmir 1942. A Trek along the Gilgit Road to Kamri Bal Pass”, containing 130 photographs ranging from snapshots to 90 x 135mm images, captioned beneath by hand and some leaves with headed titles, original coloured pencil “Sketch of Camp at Badwan ’42” by J. C. M. loosely inserted, 4-leaf clover sellotaped to one leaf; images overall in very good condition, the albums bound in non-uniform black rexine.

These two albums relate to holidays taken by Mark and Joyce Catchpole. The earlier album contains domestic and other scenes in Britain (Henley regatta, Lensbury, the Cotswolds, London during the Coronation, Sunbury). These are followed by a section devoted to a Swiss holiday in 1937, with snapshots of views en route, images of the Jura, Geneva and Lac Leman, Alpine scenes of the Wengenalp, Jungfrau, the Eiger, the Aletsch glacier, Lucerne, Zurich, and further scenes on their return. The later album provides an extensive record of the couple’s Kashmir circular trek, with images of their staff, camps, views taken on the road including one of Nanga Parbat from the Rajdianangan Pass, scenes in Badwan, Kamri and the Burzil valley, the Kamri Bal Pass with more views of Nanga Parbat, Tragbal, Manasbal Lake, Gulmarg, Killanmarg, Srinagar, culminating in a few images of Abbottabad N.W.F.P., Rajpur and Mussoorie.

2. Archer, Edward Caulfield. Tours in Upper India, and in Parts of the Himalaya Mountains; with Accounts of the Courts of the Native Princes, &c. London: Richard Bentley, 1833. £1,250 First edition. 2 vols. 8vo. pp. xviii, 3987 & x, 356; creasing to a few lower outer corners of leaves in vol. I, else a fine set in contemporary straight-grained full morocco, gilt decorated spines, contrasting lettering pieces, bookplate to each of Francis Mary Richardson Currer. Yakushi A242. Archer served in India as aide-de-camp to Lord Combermere, the commander-in-chief of India. He accompanied Combermere on four visits in 1827-9, the first through the territories of the King of Oude, second across the Sutlej river to Kulu, third from Simla to the Borendo Pass (Buan Ghati, on the Tibetan border), and finally to the Upper Provinces of Hindustan. Archer was the father of Frances Archer, later Fanny Parks, author of the remarkable Wanderings of a Pilgrim in Search of the Picturesque (1850). The present copy once belonged to the impressive library of Frances Currer, the first major female English book collector, most of whose library was sold by Sotheby’s in 1862.





discovered thousands of species new to science (mostly insects), and wrote of his travels in The Naturalist on the River Amazons (1863). The publisher Edward Stanford issued several volumes in its series Compendium on Geography and Travel, and it was no surprise that Bates was made editor of the volume on South America. Adapting it from Friedrich von Hellwald’s Die Erde und ihre Volker, Bates comments in his Preface that he found it necessary to make major alterations in Hellwald’s accounts of the natural history of the continent, and in “the description of those parts of South America with which the Editor is personally familiar” (pp. v-vi).




3. [Australia.] George Baxter, colour printer. ‘Australia: News from Home’ [and] ‘News from Australia’. G. Baxter, [1853] & 1854. £225 + VAT A pair of Baxter process colour prints, each approx. 6 x 4 1/2 (image size), mounted on original card with embossed Baxter crest and picture caption (10 x 7 1/4”); adhesion marks to verso of first print, second print sometime contained in a frame with minor browning to mount, else very good. Mitzman: George Baxter & the Baxter Prints 257. These attractive Baxter prints were not issued together, but relate closely by theme. The first shows pioneers in a rough wooden shack in the Australian outback, one of whom reads a letter, another a newspaper, from Britain (the newspaper features details of the Great Exhibition). The second image depicts a young woman reading a letter to her parents, her father clutching a £100 note (presumably sent by Australian prospectors!); on the wall behind them a notice announces “Emigration to Australia, the Ship Hope …’.

4. Bates, H. W., ed. Central America The West Indies and South America. London: Edward Stanford, 1878. £175 First edition. 8vo. pp. xix. 571, [1, ad.], 16 (pubs. list); wood-eng. illusts. inc. frontis. and full-page plates, 13 maps mostly folding; minor spotting, one leaf with closed tear (repaired), one map misfolded with fraying to fore-edge (not affecting image), ownership inscription and bookplate of Thomas Parkin, very good in the original decorated cloth, gilt, slightly faded and rubbed on spine. The naturalist Henry Walter Bates (1825-1892) spent more than eleven years in the Amazon, initially in tandem with Alfred Russel Wallace. He

5. [?Baxter, W. J. & M. W. E.] With H.M.S. “Dragon” around the New World. 1930-1932. Printed … by Flood & Son, Ltd., The Borough Press, Lowestoft, n.d. c. 1932. £75 First edition. 8vo. pp. xi, 156; illusts., one route map; very good in the original cloth, gilt, slightly rubbed, darkened on spine. A record of H.M.S. Dragon’s cruises to the West Indies, and along the west and east coasts of North and South America. The preface bears the initials “W. J. B.” and “M. W. E.”, the former of which can be identified as the Instructor Lieutenant Commander W. J. Baxter.

6. Blackburn, J. A. Colonial Scenes and Tales. Part 1. Recollections of the 29th of April 1892. Mauritius: Central Printing Establishment, 1900. £95 8vo. pp. iv, 8; embrowning to paper, good in the original printed wrappers, ex-library Board of Education with label to rear wrapper and inkstamps to upper wrapper and title-page. Blackburn was an Assistant Inspector of Schools, and here writes down in somewhat over-literary prose his experiences of the cyclone of 1892 that devastated Port Louis in Mauritius. While other works by Blackburn appear in institutional holdings, this particular work is unrecorded.

7. Boveri, Margret. Minaret and Pipe-Line. Yesterday and Today in the Near East. Oxford University Press, 1939. £95 First English edition. 8vo. pp. xvi, 422; sketch maps, one folding table, one folding map; previous owner’s inscription to flyleaf (Baghdad 1955), else very good in the original cloth, in d.-w., which is frayed to extremities and very browned on spine, bumped to one corner. An overview of the the recent history of Arabia and the Persian Gulf, in the context of international interests and the development of oil. This copy once belonged to W. W. Stewart, a representative of BP based in the Middle East.

8 8. Brockedon, William. Illustrations of the Passes of the Alps, by which Italy communicates with France, Switzerland, and Germany. London: Printed for the Author, 1828-1829. £2,750 First edition, Large paper copy. 2 vols. Folio (45 x 31cm.). pp. [v], 14, 15, 16, 16, 16, 14, & [iv], 16, 12, 16, 16, 16, 28; 96 engravings on india paper, 13 maps, each plate bearing a blindstamp as issued with Brockedon’s initials; some foxing, occasionally heavy, armorial bookplate of “CG” and bookplate of Oscar V. Viney, still very good in contemporary (?original) cloth boards with leather lettering pieces to spine, some wear to extremities. Wäber 63; Neate B170; Perret 0723. Brockedon (1787-1854), an artist by training, first travelled through the Alps when he crossed the Simplon on his way to Italy. He returned to Switzerland and the Alps several times during the 1820s; by his own estimate he “had crossed the Alps nearly sixty times by thirty different routes” (ODNB). His travels provided subjects for his art, and resulted in his Illustrations of the Passes of the Alps. The work contains 12 sections, devoted to the description and illustration of the Small and Great St. Bernard, Montgenèvre, Mont Cenis, Saint Gothard, Stelvio, Corniche, Grimsel, San Bernadino, Spluger, Brenner, Tende, Argentière, and Simplon passes. Brockedon published the work in several formats, and according to the list provided by Neate this set conforms to the “Royal 4to proofs on India paper at 20 guineas”; however, in addition this is a large paper copy with wide margins, and larger than many copies usually offered.

9. Buchanan, Angus. A complete set of 12 Postcards issued for the film ‘Crossing the Great Sahara’. N.p., n.d. c. 1924. £95 + VAT 12 photographic postcards, in excellent condition, one signed to the verso three times by expedition member Sakari Kano. Angus Buchanan, an accomplished biologist, travelled for 10 months across the Sahara over 3,500 miles from Kano in Nigeria to Touggourt in Algiers. The expedition included two Africans, Ali and Sakari, shown with Buchanan on the first card in the series, and which is signed to the verso by Sakari. The story of the expedition can be found in Buchanan’s book Sahara (1926), which was preceded by the 1924 film, ‘Crossing the Great Sahara’.



10 10. [Bullock, William.] Description of a View of the City of Mexico, and Surrounding Country, now exhibiting in the Panorama, LeicesterSquare. Painted by the Proprietors, J. and R. Burford, from Drawings taken in the Summer of 1823, Brought to this Country, by Mr. W. Bullock. London: Printed by J. and C. Adlard, 1826. £450 First edition. 8vo. pp. 12; large folding wood-eng. frontispiece with view of Mexico city, keyed by numbers; minor soiling, previous owner’s bookplate to rear of frontis., else very good in the original sewn plain wrappers, slightly creased and soiled, signs of label removed from upper wrapper.


William Bullock (1773-1849) traded as a jeweller, income from which allowed him to indulge his passion for collecting. He founded a museum for his collection of natural curiosities in Liverpool, and when he moved to London in 1809 built the Egyptian Hall on Piccadilly to house it. The displays included items brought back from Captain Cook’s expeditions, and Napoleon’s travelling carriage, purchased from the British government in 1815. In 1819 Bullock decided to auction the collection, and in 1822 travelled to Mexico with an interest in silver mine speculation. He returned

11 with materials for a new collection, and drawings that were exhibited not only in the Egyptian Hall, but also at the Panorama in Leicester Square. The present item is the booklet sold at the Panorama to provide visitors with information about the features of the painting: the frontispiece is keyed to numbered descriptions in the text. In its original wrappers, this is a rare survival, since many copies would have been discarded once the panorama had been viewed.

11. Burnaby, Evelyn. A Ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats. London: Sampson Low, 1893. £95 First edition. 8vo. pp. xxiv, 146, 32 (ads.); embrowning to endpapers, else very good in the original cloth, gilt. With the author’s calling card pasted to front endpaper. Evelyn Burnaby was the brother of Fred Burnaby, and the exploits described in his A Ride to Khiva inspired Evelyn to make her own journey. The book contains an introduction with Evelyn’s anecdotes about her brother, mostly of a domestic nature.

12. Caillié, Réné. Travels through Central Africa to Timbuctoo; and across the Great Desert, to Morocco, performed in the Years 1824-1828. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830. £1,750 First English edition. 8vo. 2 vols. pp. viii, 475 & xiv, [i, blank], 501; port. frontis. to vol. I, folding litho. frontis. to vol. II, 4 wood-eng. plates, 2 large folding maps; foxing to each frontis., upper outer corner of prelims. to vol. I slightly chipped, else very good in contemporary half calf with the bookplates of Sir Francis Hopkins, spines elaborately gilt with contrasting lettering pieces and raised bands, a handsome set. In the early 19th century, the city of Timbuktu (now in Mali) had yet to be visited by Europeans. The French Société de Géographie offered a 10,000 franc reward to anyone who could bring back a report of the city. Caillié (1799-1838) had visited Senegal several times already before he decided in 1824 to reach Timbuktu. In preparation he learnt Arabic and Islamic customs, and passed himself off as an Egyptian Arab attempting to return home after imprisonment by the French. By this subterfuge, he reached Timbuktu and spent two weeks there before returning with a caravan across the Sahara to Fez. From there he reached France, and his report earned him the prize money offered by the Société de Géographie. Caillié had in fact been the second European to reach Timbuktu - Major Gordon Laing reached the city in 1826; but Laing was murdered on his departure from Timbuktu, so that Caillié could claim to be the first European to bring back a report of the city.



13. [California Gold Rush. Playbill.] Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh. Last Night of the Christmas Pantomime … Wednesday, January 30, 1850, Will be Performed … the Celebrated Melo-Drama, in Three Acts, called The Rag Picker of Paris … To conclude with the New Grand Comic Christmas Pantomime … entitled Little Boy Blue!!! Or Harlequin & the Goblin Gnome of the Californian Gold Mines! N.p. [Edinburgh], 1850. £150 + VAT A playbill, approx. 9 x 16” (22 x 42 cm.), slightly frayed to extremities with archival tape repair at foot on back. The discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill, California, in early 1848 sparked a gold rush that attracted prospectors from North America; by early 1849, people from around the world were travelling to the region. The popular response to the discovery included the pantomime advertised on the present playbill. The culminating drama of an evening of entertainment, the play featured a character named “Grizzle, a Miser, a Settler in California”, alongside nursery rhyme characters and other fanciful roles. The scenes included “A Rugged Defile near the Entrance to the Gold Mines”, “Avarice Farm on the Banks of the Rio Sacramento”, and “The Wild and Mountain Pass”.

14. Charpentier, Jean de. Essai sur les glaciers et sur le terrain erratique du bassin du Rhone. Lausanne: Marc Ducloux, 1841. £775 First edition. 8vo. pp. [iv], x, 362; folding partly hand-coloured engraved map, 8 lithographed plates, diagrams in the text; occasional light staining to upper margins, else very good in contemporary quarter calf, gilt, original upper wrapper retained, small split at foot of lower joint. An association copy, inscribed on the front wrapper “à Monsieur Werdmüller de la part de M. de Charpentier par l’entremise de M. Morlot”, and with a few pencilled marginalia.


Norman 462; D.S.B. III, p. 211; Perret 0955. The first edition of this pioneer work on glaciology. Although Louis Agassiz is usually credited with originating the theory of the Ice Age, the true progenitor of glacial geology was Charpentier (1786-1855), who began studying glaciers after the Glacier de Giétroz disaster of 1818, in which a lake dammed by the glacier burst through the ice. By studying the Rhone Valley and the huge blocks of granite scattered mysteriously throughout it from the Alps to the Jura, Charpentier confirmed the theory proposed in 1821 by his friend Venetz, that these so-called “erratic” (i.e. unconformable) blocks could only have been moved by the action of glaciers, which must have arisen after the formation of the Alps since many of the blocks were mineralogically identical to rocks found in some Alpine peaks.

15. Chen, Percy. The Sino-Japanese War 1937. An Account of Military Operations. Shanghai, Hankow, Canton: The China Information Service, n.d. ?1937. £175 First edition. 8vo. pp. 124; port. of the author, 4 maps in pocket at rear; errata slip tipped-in; some browning, occasionally heavy, else good in the original cloth, gilt, stains to upper and rear boards. Signed by the author to the half-title, and with an inscription “Brian O’Duffy from Brian Chen” to flyleaf. An uncommon publication by the Trinidad-born lawyer, journalist and political activist. The son of a leader of the left wing faction in the Kuomintang, Chen joined his father at the Foreign Office of the Chinese Nationalist Government in 1926, and followed the National Revolutionary Army to Hankow during the Northern Expedition. Following the antiCommunist coup, Chen escorted Borodin and other Russian advisers across China and the Gobi Desert to Moscow, where he then lived for eight years. He returned to China to engage with the Japanese, and in the present work, “which is primarily war correspondence, the author has explained events in North China from the opening of hostilities up to the period immediately preceding the fall of Taiyuanfu, the capital of the province of Shansi” (Preface).




16. Chesney, Louisa and O’Donnell, Jane (née Chesney). The Life of the late General F. R. Chesney Colonel Commandant Royal Artillery D.C.L., F.R.S., F.R.G.S., etc. Ed. Stanley Lane-Poole. London: W. H. Allen & Co., 1885. £575


First edition. 8vo. pp. xxiii, 477, [2], 48 (pubs. cat.}; port. frontis., one extending map of the Euphrates; text block rather brittle, with splits to inner margin of title-page (partly secured by tape), some marginal splits to prelims., and occasional closed tears to several leaves (the latter now repaired with archival tape), else largely unopened in the original cloth, gilt, slightly rubbed. With an accompanying letter from Louisa Chesney pasted to flyleaf, presenting the book to the Turkish ambassador to London Monsieur Musurus, and with a copy of his letter in reply pasted in at rear. Francis Rawdon Chesney (1789-1872) led the 1835 expedition that investigated the navigability of the Euphrates river by crossing from the Bay of Antioch and continuing aboard two steamers, Tigris and Euphrates, to the mouth. The loss of the Tigris during a whirlwind did not diminish Chesney’s opinion that the Euphrates was indeed navigable, and could thus form a stage in the overland route to India. The idea was not sanctioned by the British Government, and Chesney continued instead a military career, spending much of the 1840s in China, where he commanded the artillery at the Hong Kong Station. After his death, his widow and daughter used his extensive journals to write up the present life, this copy of which was presented by Chesney’s widow to the Turkish ambassador Kostaki Musurus (who is mentioned in the book).

17. Chia-Hua, Dr. Chu. China’s Postal and Other Communications Services. Shanghai: China United Press, [1937]. £195 First edition. 8vo. pp. ix, 259, [10, ads.]; port. of the author; some heavy embrowning, loss to upper outer corner of pp. 147-8 (not affecting text), inkstamps of the Tillhör Telemuseum to endpapers, good in the original cloth, browned on spine. The author was Minister of Communications from 1932-5, but draws on information down to the end of 1936 in this “effort to describe the nature and scope of the communications facilities existing in the Republic of China” (Foreword). The book includes chapters on postal administration, savings banks, Marine and Navigation administration, telegraphs, telephones, wireless, and commercial aviation. The book appeared as volume 9 in the


‘China To-day’ series, and was published both in London by Kegan Paul, and in this Chinese edition printed in Shanghai; the latter appears to be considerably scarcer.

18. [China. Tsingtao 1914.] [Japanese title transliterated:] Nichidoku Senbotsu Kinen Shashincho [Japan-German Conflict Commemorative Memorial Album]. N.p. [?Manchuria], 1915. £750 First and only edition. Oblong 4to. pp. [vi], [i, coloured frontis.], [i, b&w port. frontis.], 120; illustrated throughout, captioned in Japanese and English; previous owner’s annotations in German to final leaf, else very good in the original green cloth, string ties as issued, a little marked and soiled. In the last years of the nineteenth century, Germany took control of Tsingtao (Qingdao) on the east coast of China as a base for its East Asian Squadron. The potential threat prompted other colonial powers to lease bases in the same region, the British taking on Weihaiwei. At the outbreak of WWI, Britain approached Japan to assist in facilitating the withdrawal of German forces from Tsingtao, and when a Japanese ultimatum to this effect expired in August 1914, a force under Mitsuomi Kamio advanced against the Germans. The British sent a small force in a supportive and observational role, made up of soldiers from the South Wales Borderers, and the 36th Sikhs. After a siege of the city, the Germans capitulated on the 7th November. The episode represented the first ever engagement between Japanese and German forces, and also witnessed the first ever air-sea engagement when a Japanese seaplane attacked German ships. The present album is the work of a Manchuria-based photographer, Mifune Shuka (or Akika), whose name appears at the end of the preface. It shows images such as the Japanese build-up of forces, various scenes of engagement, British and Sikh troops, and the ceremonial entry into Tsingtao.

19. Cholmondeley, Lionel Berners. The History of the Bonin Islands from the Year 1827 to the year 1876 and of Nathaniel Savory one of the original settlers. To which is added a short supplement dealing with the Islands after their occupation by the Japanese. London: Constable & Co. Ltd., 1915. £275 First edition. 8vo. pp. xi, 178; illusts., map front endpapers; embrowning to free endpapers, fore-edges rough trimmed, good in the original cloth, gilt, faded on spine. A presentation copy from the author, inscribed to the half-title “Mrs. W. G. Watkins With the best wishes of the Author L. B. Cholmondeley. Tokyo, Oct.26.1918”.

by Richard Mayne, included the Scottish naturalist Robert Oliver Cunningham on the scientific staff. Recommended to the position by J. D. Hooker, Cunningham had a particular interest in birds, but also collected botanical specimens, and fossils at the request of Charles Darwin (who had himself visited the area on the Beagle in the 1830s). Cunningham’s informal journal of the expedition includes details of the specimens collected, but also of his experiences of the expedition, with descriptions of the region and its peoples.

The Bonin Islands lie about 1000km south of Japan, and were first sighted in 1543. They were subsequently visited by the Japanese and Spanish, and in 1827 the islands were claimed for Britain by Captain Beechey aboard the Blossom. In 1830, the American Nathanial Savory and a small party landed to establish the first permanent colony. The history of this colony, and other aspects of the islands’ history down to its possession by Japan in 1875, form the basis of the present work. The author Cholmondeley visited the islands 16 times from 1894.

20. Churchill, Charles Henry. The Druzes and Maronites under the Turkish Rule from 1840 to 1860. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1862. £475


First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 285, [2, ads.]; old inkstamps of the Morden College, Blackheath, to title-page and final leaf of text, prelims. slightly creased, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, very slightly rubbed. Blackmer 354. Churchill (1807-1869) was a British Consul in Damascus, where he spent 10 years from 1842-52. His account of this period, a threevolume work titled Mount Lebanon, appeared in 1853. Ten years later, the Syrian massacre, which resulted from the Maronite rebellion against the Druzes, prompted Churchill to write the present work. Often seen as a fourth volume to accompany his earlier work, in fact (according to the publisher’s information on the title-page verso) the book was published in a thousand copies as a free-standing work; a further 250 copies were bound uniformly with the three-volume work, and included an Index for the entire four volumes.

21. Colquhoun, Archibald R. Russia against India. The Struggle for India. London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1900. £95




First edition. 8vo. pp. ix, 246, 2 (ads.); 2 folding maps; very good in the original cloth, Mudie’s Library sticker pasted to upper cover, a little soiled. Yakushi (3rd ed.) C325. “The advance of Russia - “creeping on bit by bit” - is, in this little book, viewed as a whole, and the connection between the transformation of the Far East, especially of China, and the Russian advance towards India through Central Asia, is shown to be intimate” (p. vi). Colquhoun examines Central Asia and the advances Russian influence has made in the region, presenting a threat to British India.

22. Cunningham, Robert O. Notes on the Natural History of the Strait of Magellan and West Coast of Patagonia made during the Voyage of H.M.S. “Nassau” in the years 1866, 67, 68, & 69. Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1871. £475 First edition. 8vo. pp. xvii, 517; folding map, frontis. and four other tinted lithos., 16 natural historical b&w lithos.; some heavy foxing to tinted lithos. (as usual), else VG in the original cloth, gilt, small dent to upper board. Spence 331. The H.M.S. Nassau survey expedition of 1866-9, commanded



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23. [Davis, Nathan, 1812-1882.] An ALS to “Dear Sir”, dated Ruins of Carthage, Tunis, 17 February 1857.  £200 + VAT

25. Eastman, George. Chronicles of an African Trip. Privately Printed for the Author, 1927. £175

8vo. 4pp., written in a clear hand, signed “N. Davis”.

First edition. 8vo. pp. 87; 55 plates of photo. illusts., map endpapers; slight offsetting from photos., else fine in the original cloth-backed boards, paper label to spine, t.e.g., in the original glassine d.-w. and box (wrapper slightly chipped with tape repairs to one fore-edge).

Davis was a British missionary who worked in North Africa in the 1830s and 1840s. In the 1850s he excavated the ruins at Carthage and Utica for the British Museum, sending back material to London. Davis wrote up an account of his discoveries in Carthage and her Remains (1861), followed up in his Ruined Cities within Numidian and Carthaginian Territories (1862). The present letter was sent back from the site at Carthage, and reports generally on his work and findings to date. Much of what he finds is of a Roman origin; “Of Punic Carthage there is nothing above ground”. He is excited to report the discovery of “a very fine mosaic close to the site where it is believed stood the temple of Juno”, and devotes the remainder of his letter to a description of the attempts to remove it, ultimately successful.

24. [East India Company.] [Francis Hastings, 1754-1826.] ‘By Virtue of the Power and Authority in me vested by His Majesty, and reposing especial Trust and Confidence in your Loyalty, Courage and Good Conduct, I do hereby constitute and appoint you…’ N.p., n.d. [1819]. £275 + VAT An East India Company military commission, printed on a bifolium, approx. 15 x 10”, completed by hand for dates and personal details, signed to lower right by Hastings and to lower left by C. S. Doyle, embossed Company seal to right margin, folded and addressed to verso “1st January 1818 J. Harris Esq. Captain Bt. King’s Commission”, slightly soiled to external folds and panels; together with three MS documents detailing routes followed during troop movements in 1824 (3pp. with splits to folds), 1828-9 (8pp. on two bifoliums, possibly missing a third), and 1833 (3pp. in columnar form, in a different hand). This commission was signed at Fort William in Bengal by Francis Hastings in his capacity as Commander in Chief of all the King’s and Company’s Forces in the East Indies, and appoints J. Harris to the position of Captain in the King’s Army in the East Indies. The accompanying routes detail several journeys: the first from Neemuch to Cawnpore (Kanpur) in SeptemberOctober 1824; the second from Kansi to ?Berhampore in October 1828-January 1829; and the third from Cuttack to Secrora from December 1833 to March 1834. It is not clear how the routes relate to the commission.

Czech pp. 54-5. George Eastman, founder of the Eastman-Kodak Company, travelled to East Africa with Martin and Osa Johnson. They hunted in the region of Mount Kenya before travelling south into Masai territory, and bagged lion, buffalo, and rhinoceros. Eastman produced the book as a keepsake of the trip, which he presented to his company employees; this copy is in the original presentation box, with the rare glassine dust-wrapper.

26. Erskine, John Elphinstone. Journal of a Cruise among the Islands of the Western Pacific, including the Feejees and others inhabited by the Polynesian Negro Races, in Her Majesty’s Ship Havannah. London: John Murray, 1853. £875 First edition. 8vo. pp. vi, [i, list of illustrations], 488; 4 coloured plates, 3 uncoloured plates, other illustrations to text, one folding map; some foxing to plates, else good in contemporary full calf, spine decorated in gilt, bumped to lower outer corner, else a handsome copy, with an inscription to a front blank from Charles and Alfred Gathorne Hardy to Frederick Charles Kinglake on his leaving Eton, 1857. Hill p. 98; NMMC I.681. In the years 1849-50, Erskine sailed from New Zealand to Samoa, then to Tonga, Fiji, the New Hebrides and finally the Solomon Islands before returning to New Zealand. His visits to various islands among these groups allowed him to gain much ethnographic information concerning the islanders. Appendix A also contains the narrative of the Englishman John Jackson, who in 1840 was taken prisoner by the islanders of the Samoan island of Manua for 2 years. This copy was a gift from two sons of GathorneHardy, the British politician (1814-1906).

in the original cloth, gilt, bumped and rubbed to extremities, small splits to spine. Includes articles on Burma, ‘Notes on the Andaman Islands’ by Sir Edward Belcher, Playfair on inscriptions in Southern Arabia, Samuel Baker on ‘The Races of the Nile Basin’.

28. [Everest.] T. Howard Somervell. ‘Mount Everest from Rongbuk, 1924.’ Alpine Club and the Fell and Rock Climbing Club, n.d. c. 1990. £350 + VAT A coloured print, approx. 50 x 38cm., slightly creased to lower right margin, signed to the foot by Everest expedition members Charles Warren, Jack Longland, Michael Ward, John Boyle, Stephen Venables, Doug Scott, Chris Bonington, and Charles Clarke.



27. Ethnological Society of London. Transactions of the Ethnological Society of London, vol. V, New Series. London: Published for the Ethnological Society, by John Murray, 1867. £150

T. Howard Somervell, a member of the 1922 and 1924 Everest expeditions, made watercolour sketches during his time in Tibet. The present print was made of one of these sketches, and offered to members of the Alpine and Fell and Rock Climbing Clubs. This example belonged to Charles Clarke, a member of several Everest expedition with Chris Bonington, who had this example signed by members of various Everest expeditions (the prints were issued unsigned).

First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 345, 12, 4; occasional foxing, else unopened


29 29. Filippi, Filippo de. La Spedizione nel Karakoram e nell’Imalaia Occidentale 1909. Bologna: Nicola Zanicheli, n.d. [ 1912].


First edition. 4to. 2 vols. (text/portfolio). pp. [iv], xix, 471, 111 (Relazione Scientiche), [1], [1]; text in Italian; mounted photogravure frontispiece and 30 other plates from photographs by Vittorio Sella to text vol., 2 coloured plates and numerous illustrations to text vol., 18 folding panoramas on 17 sheets and 3 folding maps to portfolio; very fresh and clean in the original vellum-backed patterned boards, gilt, slightly soiled and marked on spines. Yakushi F71a; Perret 1657 (“Ouvrage très rare”). Under the leadership of the Duke of the Abruzzi, the Italian expedition to the Karakoram marked an important point in the history of Himalayan exploration. His account of the expedition to K2, and the attempt on Bride Peak, is one of the classics of Himalayan literature, with magnificent photographs by Vittorio Sella. As Cox wrote of the English edition of the book, “While the expedition was not the first into the Karakoram, this book is regarded as the definitive early work on that region. It captures the magnificence and splendor of K2 and the other striking peaks of the range better than any other work … it is this book which is read by all would-be explorers of the region, and the Duke’s maps and plates still are guides to those who would march up the Baltoro Glacier into the throne room of the mountain gods” (Classics in the Literature of Mountaineering, 45).


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30. Fuchs, Sir Vivian & Sir Edmund Hillary. The Crossing of Antarctica. The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 19551958. London: Cassell, 1958. £275


First edition. 8vo. pp. xv, 338; col. and b & w illusts., sketch maps; very good in the original cloth, d.j., which is slightly browned on spine. Pasted to flyleaf is a sheet of NZS Co R.M.S. “Rangitoto” letterhead signed by Fuchs and expedition members David L. Pratt, David Stratton, John Lewis, Geoff Pratt, Hal Lister, George W. Marsh, Peter D. Weston, Allan F. Rogers, Ken Blaiklock, Ralph A. Lenton, Roy Homard, Ellis Williams, and Gordon M. Haslop. Spence 490; Renard 567. This is the leader’s account of the first crossing of the Antarctic. The British expedition members returned from the Antarctic via New Zealand aboard the R.M.S. “Rangitoto”, and the team members signed the sheet of letterhead included with this copy. (Hillary and other New Zealand members of the team of course did not continue to Britain after the close of the expedition.)

31. Furness Bermuda Line. Saloon Plan Quadruple Screw Motor Ship Bermuda. New York: Furness Bermuda Line, n.d. c. 1927. £75 A large ship’s plan, approx. 88 x 104cm., printed to one side and folding into self wrappers (approx. 13 x 22cm.) with printed titles; inkstamps of shipping agent to printed titles, some splits to folds with minor loss, minor staining to one or two folds. The Furness Bermuda Line ran passengers between the North American mainland and Bermuda. In the 1920s, the Bermuda was commissioned after one of the Line’s three ships was sold. Launched in 1927, the Bermuda caught fire in Hamilton Harbour in 1931, and was sent for repairs in Northern Ireland, where she caught fire again and was decommissioned. This plan of the ship - which advertises her as a “New Liner” - shows features on the six decks including the sun deck.

33. [Glasfurd, A. I. R.] Leaves from an Indian Jungle gathered during thirteen years of a jungle life in the Central Provinces, the Deccan, and Berar. By A. I. R. G. Bombay: The Times Press; London: The “Times of India” Office, 1903. £150 First edition. 8vo. pp. [x], iii, [i, errata], 247; frontis., 20 plates from the author’s sketches; minor crinkling to text, armorial blind-stamps at front of the Norris family (“Fideliter serva”), else very good in the original pictorial cloth, gilt. Cf. Czech Asian Big Game Hunting p. 86. The author’s account of hunting in India includes chapters on tiger, bear, sambur, buffalo and other game. The book is not listed by Czech in his bibliography, but he does list the author’s 1905 Rifle and Romance in the Indian Jungle which, according to that book’s preface, is an expanded version of the present work.

34. Glubb, John Bagot. The Story of the Arab Legion. [The Anchor Press Ltd.], 1980. £95 Deluxe limited signed edition. 8vo. pp. 371; photo. illusts., sketch maps; fine in the original leather, gilt, in slipcase (bumped to one corner). One of only 100 copies, signed by the author. This is a commemorative edition of the book first published in 1948, “produced by some retired British officers who once served in the Arab Legion, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of my entrance into the service of the Jordan Government in 1930” (Preface).

32. Gillman, Peter & Dougal Haston; Christian Bonington (photographer). Eiger Direct. London: Collins, 1966. £775 First edition. 8vo. pp. 183; numerous photo. illusts.; very good in the original cloth, in dust-wrapper which is browned to upper margins. Signed by Haston, Gillman, and Bonington. Neate G28. A dramatic account of the first direct route up the Eiger, during which John Harlin, to whom this book is dedicated, fell to his death. This copy is signed to the flyleaf by Haston, who made the first ascent via the direct route





35. Gourko, General D. Wyna. Adventures in Eastern Siberia. London: Methuen & Co., Ltd., 1938. £175 First edition. 8vo. pp . xiii, 265; photo. plates, map endpapers; very good in the original cloth, which is a little faded on spine, in the original d.-w., which is torn across at head of spine, chipped to extremities and slightly browned on spine. The author, a young Russian staff officer, travelled to Irkutsk in 1901 following a government mission to Mongolia. He travelled with some companions into north-east Siberia, driven by a Yakut woman - Wyna. The book is uncommon, particularly so in the wrapper.

36. [Great Britain.] Colonial Office. Empire Conference of Survey Officers 1928. Report of Proceedings. London: HMSO, 1929. £150 First edition. Royal 8vo. pp. 218; diags. and plates of instruments, three folding maps, two folding typographic charts to accompany the article “Lettering on Maps”; upper outer corners of prelims. creased, else good in the original cloth-backed printed boards, stained to upper board, ownership inscription of Lieut. J. C. I. Willis R.E. to upper cover. “This report embodies the papers read before the Empire Conference of Survey Offices and the proceedings of its various meetings. The conference marks a new stage in the development of the surveys of the Empire”. Among those in attendance were W. C. Bottomley of the Colonial Office (Chairman); Rear-Admiral H. P. Douglas, Hydrographer to the Navy; Colonel H. St. J. L. Winterbotham, Chief of the Geographical Section of the War Office; and Brigadier E. M. Jack, Director-General of the Ordnance Survey, who contributes a chapter on ‘History and Work of the Ordnance Survey’. The conference, held in Cambridge, was the first of its kind; a second took place in 1931, followed by others at four-yearly intervals, and continuing today as the Cambridge Conference, a global event of national mapping organisations.



anxious hours when shut up in Sherpore - Gelson, Munanié, Oct 1, 1883”. Gregson travelled in India and Afghanistan during the Second Afghan War (1878-1880), and was present in the British Cantonment of Sherpur outside Kabul when it was attacked by Afghan forces in December 1879. Gregson’s work on temperance among the British troops provides an unusual perspective, presented in these pages through diary entries that relate his experiences in the field.

38. Hillary, Edmund. High Adventure. London: Hodder & Stoughton, [1955]. £195 First edition. 8vo. pp. 225; coloured frontis., b & w photo. illusts.; good in original cloth, which is faded on spine, in original d.j., which has a large closed tear to upper cover, chipped to extremities. Signed by Hillary to the half-title, “E. P. Hillary”. Neate H81; Yakushi (3rd ed.) H316a; Perret 2257; Salkeld & Boyle H15. Hillary devotes his autobiography to accounts of the Everest reconnaissance in 1951, and of his successful first ascent in 1953.

39. Hillary, Sir Edmund and George Lowe. East of Everest. An Account of the New Zealand Alpine Club Himalayan Expedition to the Barun Valley in 1954. [London:] Hodder & Stoughton, [1956]. £475 First edition. Large 8vo. pp. 70, [2], 48 (b & w photo. illusts.); two sketch maps; very good in the original cloth, in d.j., which is chipped and browned on spine with sellotape repair at head. Signed by the authors to the title. Neate H79; Yakushi H317a; not in Perret. The New Zealand Alpine Club expedition to the Barun valley included three members of the previous year’s successful Everest expedition, Hillary, Lowe and Charles Evans.

37. Gregson, Rev. J. Gelson. Through the Khyber Pass to Sherpore Camp, Cabul. An Account of Temperance Work among our Soldiers in the Cabul Field Force. London: Elliot Stock, 1883. £375 First edition. Small 8vo. pp. viii, 132; mounted real photo. frontis. port. of the author, 5 wood-eng. illusts., one folding view of the Sherpore Cantonment; minor spotting, a little shaken in the original cloth, gilt, illustration to upper board, slightly rubbed. A presentation copy inscribed by the author to his wife: “To my beloved wifey, in remembrance of many





40. Hillary, Louise. A Yak for Christmas. The Story of a Himalayan Holiday. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1968. £75 First edition. 8vo. pp. 208; photo. illusts., sketch maps; very good in original cloth, d.w., which is a little rubbed. Beaux Arts Commemorative Volume bookplate to half-title, signed by the author.


Neate H89. Edmund Hillary’s family joined him in Nepal after the completion of a hospital at Khunde, near Mount Everest. The family trekked to base camp, and spent Christmas with the Sherpas. The bookplate in this copy was specially made to mark “the first publication of the book”, and is number 11.

41. [Horner, Joshua.] Letters from an Artist, sojourning on the Continent. Halifax: Printed for Private Circulation, by Henry Martin, 1841. £225 First edition. 12mo. pp. xi, 142; small stain to fore-edge, else good in the original boards, soiled, recently respined with lettering piece. Pine-Coffin Bibliography of British and American Travel in Italy to 1860, 840; not in Perret or Meckly. According to the dedication to this work by Henry Martin, Joshua Horner, son of John Horner the Halifax landscape painter, “made arrangements for spending a year or two on the Continent, and chiefly in Italy, with a view of studying those works of the ancient masters with which that classic land of poetry and painting abounds”. His letters home to his father were printed by Martin in The Halifax Express, and then grouped together in book form, “a limited impression being struck off, not for publication, but chiefly for the private gratification of Mr. Horner’s and my own personal friends” (p. vi). Horner’s letters record his visits to Paris, Geneva, Milan, Florence, and Rome, and chapters II-V relate in particular to the Alps and to his visit to Chamonix, where he visited the “Glacier de Bosson”, “Mont Fleguire”, Montanvert and the Mer de Glace. A brief paragraph describes the “Mode of Ascending Mont Blanc”.

42 Neate H135; Yakushi H269a; Perret 2304; S & B H31. This copy of Hunt’s account of the first ascent of Everest was specially bound at the request of the committee to the Expedition for presentation to P. J. Gratwick of the clothing firm Courtaulds. According to the book’s appendix, Courtaulds supplied the expedition with Rayon string vests.

43. Japanese Alpine Club. Manaslu 1952-3 / Manaslu 1954-6. Tokyo: Mainichi Newspapers, 1954 & 1958. £375 First editions. Together 2 vols. Royal 8vo. First vol.: pp. [i, title], 68 [photo. illusts.], [1, map], 217 (text in Japanese) + 17 (summary in English), 2 coloured maps inc. one folding; VG in original cloth, in d.j. which is somewhat frayed with slight loss to extremities. 2nd vol.: pp. [1, title], [24, photo. illusts.], 7, [6], 353 (Japanese text), 13 (English summary); 2 folding diagrams, one folding map, one coloured map of Manaslu; very good in the original cloth, in the original d.j., slightly rubbed, faded on spine. Neate J16 & J117; Yakushi jN111 & jN112; not in Perret. Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world, and lies north-west of Kathmandu not far from Annapurna. The Japanese Alpine Club organised a series of expeditions to the mountain in 1952, 1953, 1954, and 1956, culminating with the first ascent of the mountain in 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu. These two works contain the official narratives of these expeditions. Manaslu was the 8th 8000+m peak to be climbed, and the only one first summited by Japanese climbers.


42. Hunt, John. The Ascent of Everest. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1953. £775 First edition. 8vo. pp. xx, 300; coloured and b & w illusts., illusts. to text; minor foxing, else very good in presentation crushed half morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, gilt, a.e.g., with loosely inserted a TLS from R. W. Lloyd (Hon. Treasurer) on British Mount Everest Expedition, 1953, stationery, presenting the book to P. J. Gratwick of Courtaulds Limited, and a compliment slip signed by Lloyd on similar stationery.


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44. Joyce, Ernest E. Mills. The South Polar Trail. The Log of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition. With an introduction by Hugh R. Mill. London: Duckworth, 1929. £1,750 First edition. 8vo. pp. 220; photo. illusts.; spotting to edge of text block, previous owner’s inscription to front pastedown, very good in the original cloth, gilt, bumped to extremities, in the original d.-w., which is somewhat chipped and has been strengthened along the inside top and bottom with paper, paper label pasted over price to spine, bookseller’s ticket to spine. Spence 642; Conrad 220; Rosove 188. Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-17 aboard the Endurance was supported by a subsidiary party on the other side of the continent, the Ross Sea Party. Led by Joyce, with the Aurora as support ship, the team aimed to place depots along the route that Shackleton intended to followed on his traverse. Joyce’s account relates the difficulties the party faced, which resulted in the death of three of their number. Copies are particularly uncommon in the original dust-wrapper.

45. Kerguelen Trémarec, Yves-Joseph de. Relation d’un Voyage dans la Mer du Nord, aux Côtes d’Islande, de Groenland, de Ferro, de Schettland, des Orcades & de Norwége; Fait en 1767 & 1768. Paris: Prault, 1771. £2,500 First edition. 4to. pp. viii, [ii, Approbation], [i, list of plates], 220; 14 maps inc. 10 folding, 4 engraved plates; minor marginal embrowning to first and last few leaves, else a very good copy in contemporary mottled calf, spine elaborately gilt with contrasting red lettering piece, a handsome copy. Sabin 37617; Maggs Voyages IV 1199; Howgego I.K12. Kerguelen, a Breton nobleman, sailed in 1767 aboard La Folle, and in 1768 on L’Hirondelle, to Icelandic waters to protect French fishing interests. He crossed several times between Greenland and Bergen in Norway, and visited the Orkneys. He also gained information in England regarding Naval construction. Kerguelen is best remembered for his expeditions to the southern oceans, when he discovered the islands named after him.

46. Kiernan, R. H. The Unveiling of Arabia. The Story of Arabian Travel and Discovery. London: George Harrap, 1937. £125 First edition. 8vo. pp. 360; plates, sketch maps; previous owner’s inscription to flyleaf (Beirut 1957), else very good in the original cloth, in d.-w., which is a little browned to spine. A useful overview of the subject, from the earliest period down to the explorations of Bertram Thomas. This copy once belonged to W. W. Stewart, a representative of BP based in the Middle East.


Mendelssohn I.908. The publication of this short narrative - “the first authentic narrative of the important exploration of the Rev. Dr. Livingston” (Preface) - preceded the appearance of Livingstone’s fuller account in Missionary Travels (1857). It had previously been issued as “detached portions” in the British Banner. Despite the claim in the pamphlet’s Preface that the map had been “submitted to Dr. Livingston” prior to publication, “Kalahari” has been misspelt “Lahari”. Moreover, Livingstone’s name appears without the final ‘-e’ both on the cover and throughout the text, a spelling that Livingstone himself dropped around this time.

48. Livingstone, David. Dr Livingstone’s Cambridge Lectures, together with a Prefatory Letter by the Rev. Professor Sedgwick … Edited with Introduction, Life of Dr. Livingstone, Notes and Appendix, by the Rev. William Monk. Deighton, Bell and Co. Cambridge, 1858. £450 47


47. [Livingstone, David.] A Narrative of Dr. Livingston’s Discoveries in South-Central Africa, from 1849 to 1856. Reprinted by arrangement from the “British Banner” Newspaper. With an accurate map. London: Routledge and Co., 1857. £850 First edition. Small 8vo. pp. iv, 6-64; folding map frontispiece; very good in the original printed orange boards, worn on spine with slight loss, a very good copy.

First edition. 8vo. pp. xxx, [i], xciii, 181, 8 (pubs. list); port. frontis., 2 folding maps; previous owners’ bookplate and inscription to f.e.p.s, slight foxing to frontis., else a very good copy in the original blue cloth, gilt, slightly rubbed. This work is based on two lectures Livingstone gave at Cambridge on 4th & 5th December 1857. The impact of Livingstone’s book Missionary Travels meant the lectures drew huge crowds. The text of the lectures occupies less than 50pp. of the book, and this includes extensive footnotes. The remainder of the work is taken up by prefatory and appendical matter supplied by Sedgwick and Monk.


49. [Lory, Mathias-Gabriel, and C. H. Monvert.] Picturesque Tour through the Oberland in the Canton of Berne, in Switzerland. London: Published at R. Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, 1823. £3,750 First English edition. Imperial 8vo. pp. viii, 120; one engraved map, 17 hand-coloured aquatint plates; minor spotting, else a nice clean copy in modern crushed full morocco by Bayntun (Rivière), gilt-decorated spine, contrasting lettering piece, t.e.g. Wäber 135; Abbey Travel 57; Tooley 26; not in other bibliographies or the Alpine Club Library Catalogue (1982), but cf. Perret 2697 for the Paris edition. Mathias-Gabriel Lory (1784-1846), like his father, achieved great renown as an artist of Alpine subjects. His works are difficult to find in any edition, though the original on which the present work was based - Voyage pittoresque dans l’Oberland bernois (Paris, 1822) - has become particularly scarce. The Picturesque Tour was originally published in Ackermann’s Repository of Arts (vols. XI to XIII, parts 61 to 75, 1821-2). The illustrations in this edition include scenes in and about Thun, Unterseen, Interlaken, and excellent views of the glaciers of Grindelwald and Roselouvi, and of the Jungfrau (reference being made in the text to the 1812 ascent by the Meyer brothers).

inscription to flyleaf, else very good in the original blue cloth, gilt, minor wear to lower joint. A presentation copy to “Louisa M. Dixon from her affectionate Aunt Jane Franklin Decbr. 22. 1859”. Arctic Bibliography 10555. Sponsored by Lady Franklin and by public subscription, M’Clintock’s expedition used information supplied by John Rae to search for Franklin’s ships in the King William Island area. In this it proved successful, finding sufficient proofs to ascertain the fate of Franklin and his men, and an appendix lists the various relics found. This copy was presented by Lady Franklin.

51. Major, R. H. ‘On the Discovery of Australia by the Portuguese in 1601 … Being a Supplement to the Volume of “Early Voyages to Terra Australis”.’ N.p. ?London, n.d. c. 1862. £125 50


50. M’Clintock, Sir F. Leopold. The Voyage of the ‘Fox’ in the Arctic Seas. A Narrative of the Discovery of the Fate of Sir John Franklin and his Companions. London: John Murray, 1859. £750 First edition. 8vo. pp. xxvii, 403, [3, ads. dated January 1860]; 16 plates, 3 maps including one in pocket at rear; foxing to prelims., previous owner’s

First separate edition. 8vo. pp. 14; folding map; good in the original printed wrappers, minor wear to spine. An offprinted version of the author’s paper to Archaeologia, vol. XXXVII, titled on the first leaf of text: “Extract from a letter addressed to Sir Henry Ellis “On the Discovery of Australia by the Portuguese in 1601, five years before the earliest discovery hitherto recorded; communicated to the Society of Antiquaries … now distributed to the Members of the Hakluyt Society for insertion as a Supplement to the Volume of ‘Early Voyages to Terra Australis,’ by the same author”.

52. Maldonado, Lorenzo Ferrer. Voyage de la Mer Atlantique a l’Océan Pacifique par le Nord-Ouest dans la Mer Glaciale. Par le Capitaine Laurent Ferrer Maldonado l’An MDLXXXVIII. Traduit d’un Manuscrit Espagnol et suivi d’un Discours qui en démontre l’Authenticité et la Véracité par Charles Amoretti. Plaisance de l’Imprimerie del Majno, 1812. £1,750 First edition thus, one of 600 copies printed (Sabin). Small 4to. pp. [8, half-title, title, preface], 84 (Relation pp. 1-19, Discours pp. 21-80, Index pp. 81-4], folding map of the northern circumpolar sea + explanatory leaf, 1 folding sheet with 6 engraved coastal plans + explanatory sheet, 1 folding sheet with plates III-V + explanatory leaf, [1, errata]; occasional browning, else very good in modern period-style quarter vellum with cloth board, contrasting lettering piece. Sabin 44111; Chavanne 1425; not in the Arctic Bibliography. According to the present work, in 1588, Lorenzo Maldonado made a voyage in which he navigated the North West Passage via a route from the northern part of Hudson’s Bay through to the Straits of Anian (Bering Straits). This is the first publication of Maldonado’s account, translated into French by Charles Amoretti from the original Spanish manuscript. In spite of Amoretti’s attempt to justify Maldonado using comparisons with accounts of voyages by Davis, Willoughby, Frobisher, Baffin and others, Maldonado’s voyage is today regarded as a hoax. Indeed, John Barrow, who published an English translation of Maldonado as Appendix II of his Chronological History of Voyages into the Arctic Regions (1818), regarded the document as a forgery, speaking of the “spurious voyage” (p.128).


53. Mann, Bertha Henrietta Horatia. Two manuscript journals of travels in Continental Europe, including Waterloo, Cologne, the Rhine, the Alps, Chamonix and Mont Blanc, Geneva, and Italy, c. 1853-1858.  £950


2 vols. 4to, each with the name ‘Bertha Henrietta Horatio Mann’ on the first leaf and dated. First journal: Contemporary half calf, captioned to front board “Journal B.H.H.M. Dresden & & &”, containing 33ll completed by hand relating to her 1854 travels, of which 12ll. are written in English and 21ll. in German, illustrated by 12 dried plants, 14 hand-coloured aquatints or engravings, 11 uncoloured engravings, and one chromolithograph of the Strassbourg clock; a further 16ll. of her 1853 travels in Switzerland and Savoy, illustrated by 6 dried plants, 6 tinted lithographs, and one hand-coloured aquatint. Second Journal: Contemporary limp calf, captioned to front board “Journal B.H.H.M. & & &”, containing 52ll. completed by hand relating to her visit to Geneva and Italy, illustrated by 3 dried plants, 11 hand-coloured aquatints or engravings, 19 uncoloured engravings, and two photographs of paintings. Second volume bumped to head of spine partially affecting contents, occasional offsetting from plants, else in very good condition. Bertha Mann was the daughter of Horatio Mann, Rector of Mawgan in Meneage, the youngest of 8 children, born in 1836 in Cornwall. However at the time of these travels the family was living at ‘Winchester House’, Newchurch, Isle of Wight, and their father had died. They appear from the 1851 census to have been living in some style, with a footman, ladies maid, housemaid and cook. Bertha travelled with her sisters, and they were also accompanied by ‘Henry’, who organised their travels but is otherwise unknown. The sisters’ first tour began April 19th 1854, leaving Dieppe and visiting Waterloo: “a few trees still remain and bear marks of the French cannon-shot”. One of the dried plants was collected at Waterloo. They travel to Cologne, take a steamer up the Rhine and, among other places, visit the house at Frankfurt where the family had once lived and where their brother “dear Horatio” had had a fatal accident aged 14. Bertha begins her account in English, but about half way through switches to German. The tour ends in October. Appended to this tour is an account of an earlier tour, begun August 30th 1854, from Dieppe to the Alps, with visits to Geneva, Courmayeur, Chamonix, and Aosta. They visit the Mer de Glace on mules: “when we arrived at Montanvert we descended and walked a little way on the Mer de Glace with the help of the guide’s hand, and an Alpenstock … the light blue colour of the ice is really most exquisite”. They ascended the Col de la Seigne, “summit of the Brevent 8500 ft. above the sea level”, making long journeys on mules. Bertha collected plants on the Montanvert, the Brevent, and Chamonix, and three of these feature in the album, each identified and dated by her. The volume is also illustrated with 15 coloured aquatints (further heightened by hand), and 16 black and white lithographs, all mounted on separate pages. The aquatints have all been clipped to the border, and titled beneath in ink. In 1858, Bertha set off again with her sisters Sophia, Ada, Louisa, and with Henry they journeyed to Geneva, taking rooms at 3 Quai du Mont Blanc. At La Sarrz they hear English spoken by “courriers, who have married English servants, come and settle here and sell tea &c which all the surrounding people buy. Every year they go and see their relations in England and bring back a stock of tea with them”. They ascended Mt. Cenis: “altogether we had 11 mules and horses to drag us up Mont Cenis … the diligence before us … required no less than 14”. They continue to Genoa (“the women look very well with their white muslin scarfs thrown over the back of the head …”) and Florence where they rent a house on the Lungarno. Bertha describes visits in Florence, such as The Grand Duke’s Mosaic Manufactory, and some artist studios: “Sophy Ada & I visited Cambi’s studio - we then went to Menconi’s and saw the ‘sleeping child’. Menconi is now doing Henry’s bust and a vase etc. … Powers (the American Sculptor) & several other studios we also visited”. They continued to Rome, via Civitavecchia (an amusing incident occurs there at the brand new station where crowds of locals who have never seen a train before push their way into a carriage without tickets). At St. Peters they see the Pope distribute palms (“Henry procured tickets for us from the Major Duomo”).

54. [Map.] Stanford’s Map of India based on the Surveys executed by Order of the Honourable the East India Company, Special Maps of the Surveyor General and other Authorities; showing the latest Territorial Acquisitions of the British Empire and the Independent and Protected States, Railways, Canals, &c. London: Edward Stanford, 1866. £850 A large folding coloured map on two sheets (North/South), each sheet approx. 50 x 32” (127 x 82 cm.), sectionalised on linen, contained in the original slipcase which is worn and split along one side, the map itself in very good condition. This spectacular map, first issued in 1857, provided an indication of the sphere of influence of the East India Company. It was to prove short-lasting: that year’s uprising led the British Government to take control of India in the form of the Raj, and by the time that this 1866 version appeared the Company was much reduced in power. The Company was finally dissolved by an Act of Parliament in 1874.

55. [Map.] Philips’ Map of Afghanistan and Persia. London & Liverpool: George Philip & Son, n.d. c. 1880s. £150 A coloured map, approx. 67 x 56 cm., captioned to map “Persia, Afghanistan and Beloochistan”, folding into original printed wrappers; a few minor stains to map, split to edges of several folds, but overall in very good condition.


This map, which was printed in this form in the 1860s, was probably reissued around the time of the second Afghan War (1878-80). It shows the region from the Caspian Sea in the north to the Persian Gulf, and from Mount Ararat in the west to Peshawar in the east.

56. [Map.] Stanford’s Map of the Empires of China and Japan, with the adjacent parts of the Russian Empire, India, Burma, &c. London: Edward Stanford, 1904. £425


A large folding coloured map, approx. 103 x 68 cm., sectionalised on linen and folding into original cloth boards, label to upper board; contemporary annotations to map in ink, upper board slightly creased, else in very good condition. A fine map of the region, with some intriguing manuscript annotations, which appear to indicate journeys made from Shanghai to Chengtu in the years 1906-8, with another route extending far into eastern Tibet.

57. [Map.] Map of South West Africa. London: Published at the Offices of “South Africa”, 1915. £125


A coloured map, approx. 58 x 68cm., laid down on linen and folding into original boards, 8pp. ads.; previous owner’s inscription to front board, some soiling to boards, else very good. The map shows Namibia from the Orange River in the south to the Kunene River in the north, with the Kalahari desert to the east.



58. [Map.] Sheet L. China (Part of). French Indo China (Part of) [recto] Sheet M. China (Part of). French Indo China (North) [verso]. N.p. [London], n.d. c. 1944. £95 Two maps, scale 1 : 1,000,000, printed in colour to both sides on silk, approx. 95 x 60cm., inset index map to recto, somewhat creased and frayed at extremities, else in very good condition. This “scarf map” was issued to pilots during the Second World War for use in the event that they were shot down. Such maps were issued for Europe, the Asian theatre of operations, and East Africa. This maps shows China and Indo-China between 102º E and 112º E and between 19º N and 27º N.

59. Maraini, Fosco. Karakoram. The Ascent of Gasherbrum IV. Translated from the Italian by James Cadell. New York: The Viking Press, 1961. £500 58


First US edition. pp. 320; coloured and b & w illusts., map endpapers; minor foxing, else VG in the original cloth, d.-w., which is slightly frayed. Signed by expedition members Walter Bonatti and Riccardo Cassin to title. Neate M47; Yakushi M168b; Perret 2809. Maraini’s account of the successful Italian expedition of 1958, under the leadership of Riccardo Cassin, who has signed this copy, as has expedition member Walter Bonatti.


60. Mawson, Sir Douglas. The Home of the Blizzard. Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914. London: William Heinemann, 1915. £3,750 First edition. Royal 8vo. 2 vols. pp. xxx, 349 & xiii, 338; photogravure frontispiece to each vol., 273 black & white photographs including some doublepage, illustrations to text, 3 large folding maps to rear pocket of vol. II; minor spotting, but generally clean and very good in the original blue cloth, silver vignettes to upper boards, lettered in gilt to upper covers and spines, rather faded to spines, neatly restored to extremities. A presentation copy from the author, inscribed by Mawson on front blank of volume 1 “Colonel F. K. Essel with kind regards from Douglas Mawson 1916”. Spence 774; Renard 1021; Taurus 100; Rosove 217.A1. Douglas Mawson led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition to explore the Antarctic continent south of Australia. The scientific results of the expedition were published in a series of reports, and Mawson’s narrative of the expedition appeared as the present work. In 1916, Mawson applied to the British government, requesting some form of involvement in the war effort. He was invited to Britain, where he initially assisted with the relief expedition for Shackleton’s Endurance expedition. By mid-1916, he had been offered a position with the Commission Internataionale de Ravitaillement, coordinating supplies of munitions with the Russian Government. For the purpose, he moved to Liverpool, where he took a room at the North Western Hotel. In a letter to his wife, he wrote that he was “attached to Colonel Essel who is the head British shipping man here” (see Philip Ayres Mawson: A Life, p. 117). The current set of Mawson’s narrative was probably inscribed to Essel at this time.






61. Miéville, Sir Walter. Under Queen and Khedive. The Autobiography of an Anglo-Egyptian Official. London: William Heinemann, 1899. £275

64. Molyneux, Henry Howard, Fourth Earl of Carnarvon. Speeches on the Affairs of West Africa and South Africa. Printed for Private Circulation. London: John Murray, 1904. £225

First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 306; port. frontis.; slight age-toning to text, a few leaves carelessly opened, else good in the original cloth, gilt.

First edition. 8vo. pp. xiv, [i, List of Maps], 591; one double-page and two folding maps at rear; very good and partly unopened in the original parchment-backed boards, gilt, in the original printed d.-w.

Miéville (1855-1929) was an administrator in Egypt from 1884 to 1897.

62. Moir, Jane F. A Lady’s Letters from Central Africa. A Journey from Mandala, Shiré Highlands, to Ujiji, Lake Tanganyika, and Back. Glasgow: James Maclehose & Sons, 1891. £375 First edition. 8vo. pp. 91; three full-page wood-eng. illusts., one sketch map, four illusts. to text; previous owner’s bookplate, very good in the original blue cloth, slightly marked. Theakstone p. 187. Jane Moir was the wife of Frederick Lewis Maitland Moir, joint founder and director of the African Lakes Company. In 1890 the couple travelled to Ujiji on a trading and exploring expedition. The present volume prints Jane’s letters home from a two-month journey by steamer and on foot. “The outward part proved very pleasant. The return journey was more daunting, involving a difficult dhow trip, an attack on them by local people, and disease. Eventually, however, they reached Blantyre again” (Theakstone).

63. Molyneux, Henry Howard, Fourth Earl of Carnarvon. Speeches on Canadian Affairs. Ed. Sir Robert Herbert. London: John Murray, 1902. £150 First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 386; folding map of Canada at end; very good in the original parchment-backed boards, gilt, slightly discoloured. The Fourth Earl of Carnarvon (1831-1890) became Secretary of the Colonies in 1866, and by his introduction of the British North America Act the territories of Canada were effectively gathered together in a form of confederation. Carnarvon resigned shortly thereafter in protest at the Reform Bill, but returned to office as British Colonial Secretary in 1874. The present volume, edited by his cousin, contains 37 speeches relating to Canada, and includes ‘British Columbia: Government of New Caledonia Bill’, ‘The North-Western Territories’, ‘The Red River Settlement’, ‘Fenian Invasion of Canada’, ‘Canadian Pacific Railway’, and others.

Carnarvon became British Colonial Secretary in 1874, and attempted to apply the idea of confederation to the different territories in South Africa. This scheme met with much resistance, resulting in territorial wars such as the Zulu War and the First Anglo-Boer war. Carnarvon’s speeches on these issues were collected in the present volume by his cousin, Robert G. W. Herbert, prefaced by six speeches on West Africa (Gold Coast and Gambia). Few copies of Carnarvon’s speeches were printed, and this copy unusually still has its rare original dust-wrapper.

65. [Morcom, R. K.] Eastward Ho! A Private Diary of a Public Excursion. 1930-1. N.p. [Printed by The Messengers, Printers, Bromsgrove], n.d. c. 1931. £75 First and only edition. Large 8vo. pp. [iii], 137; illust. to title-page verso, 26 plates inc. one double-page, map endpapers; very good in the original cloth, paper lettering piece to spine. A presentation copy, inscribed to front blank “A casual account of our journeyings from R. K. M. & H. M. with kind regards”, and the bookplate beneath of Leonard Twiston Davies. This rare work - Worldcat records a single other copy at Oxford University contains “The report of the Economic Mission to the Far East” (Foreword). Morcom, of the engineering company Belliss and Morcom, headed the mission, which aimed to promote trade between Britain and China. The mission visited Japan before heading to Shanghai, Nanking, Manchuria, Peking, Tientsin, and Hong Kong, returning on the Empress of Canada via Vancouver and the Rockies, Winnipeg, and Toronto. The illustrations show official functions attended by the mission, dock and harbour views, and scenes in China and Canada.




66. Mummery, A. F. My Climbs in the Alps and Caucasus. London: T. Fisher Unwin; New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1895. £475 First edition. Tall 8vo. pp. xii, 360; lithographed frontispiece, 8 photogravure plates, 11 full-page wood-engs., 1 chromolithographed plate, illusts. to text; some heavy foxing throughout, previous owner’s inscriptions to front blank, else good in the original buckram, leather lettering pieces to spine, t.e.g., slightly rubbed.


Classics in the Literature of Mountaineering 21; Neate M181; Perret 3149. Mummery pioneered the ridges and difficult pinnacles of the Alps. His list of climbs is remarkable, including the first ascents of the Grepon, the Zmutt Ridge of the Matterhorn, and the Charmoz, with Alexander Burgener. He also pioneered guideless climbing, making the first guideless ascent of Brenva Ridge on Mont Blanc. Two chapters relate Mummery’s climbing experiences in the Caucasus. He died in 1895 while reconnoitering Nanga Parbat in the Himalayas.

67. Murdoch, W. G. Burn. From Edinburgh to the Antarctic; An Artist’s Notes and Sketches during the Dundee Antarctic Expedition of 1892-93 … With A Chapter By W. S. Bruce Naturalist Of The Barque ‘Balaena’. Longmans, Green and Co., 1894. £750 First edition. 8vo. pp. [xi], 364, 32 (publisher’s catalogue); illusts. to text, two maps inc. one folding; very good in the original dark green cloth with cover design in silver and brown, spine in silver, very slight rubbing, a bright copy. Spence 825; Renard 1108; Rosove 234.A1.a; NMMC I.1087. Murdoch’s account of “the pioneer British whaling expedition to Antarctica” (Nat. Mar. Mus. Cat.) includes entertaining anecdotes of the minutiae of life on board the Balaena, in addition to records of animal life and seal-hunting. The text is interspersed with illustrations by the author, largely from watercolours. Although joining the expedition as an artist, Murdoch in fact became its chief chronicler.



68. Murray, Charles Augustus. A Short Memoir of Mohammed Ali Founder of the Vice-Royalty of Egypt. Ed. Herbert Maxwell. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1898. £325 First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 60, 4 (ads.); port. frontis. of Murray; very good in the original cloth, gilt. Murray was Consul-General in Egypt from 1846 to 1853, bringing him into contact with Mehmet Ali, the founder of modern Egypt. The present work, worked up by Murray but not actually published in his life time, offers his views of Ali’s person and policies.

69. Murray, James & George Marston. Antarctic Days. Sketches of the homely side of Polar life by two of Shackleton’s men … introduced by Sir Ernest Shackleton. London: Andrew Melrose, 1913. £750 First trade edition. 8vo. pp. xxi, 199; plates and illusts. inc. some from photos.; some spotting, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, rubbed, slightly darkened on spine. Signed by co-author George Marston to halftitle. Spence 831; Renard 1122; Rosove 236.A2 (“Very scarce”). Murray and Marston were members of Shackleton’s British Antarctic Expedition 1907-9, the former as biologist, the latter as artist (he later joined Shackleton’s Endurance expedition). “The authors spin yarns of personal and human experiences of the expedition with gentle humor and the gift of storytelling” (Rosove). A chapter is devoted to the Aurora Australis, the book printed in Antarctica during the expedition for which Marston provided the illustrations, some of them reproduced here. The book was issued in a deluxe edition signed by the authors and Shackleton, and in this trade edition, which is equally scarce and here signed by Marston.

70. Napier, Francis, 10th Lord Napier (1819-1898), attaché at The Porte. Two original letters from Napier to his mother during his time at Constantinople, September 1st and November 27th 1843.  £1,850 + VAT Two entire letters, 5pp. & 7pp., written in a clear hand, folded and with the original wax seals, cachet to each, rastel (disinfection) holes, overall in very good condition. Napier, who later became Governor of Madras and, for a brief period, Viceroy of India, began his life as an attaché, first in Vienna and then in Constantinople. These letters, sent to his mother at Thirlestane Castle in Scotland, update her on his life in Turkey, but also relate important information about contemporary events. The first concerns the execution of a Christian by the Ottoman authorities. The “young lad” had “got into a squabble with the guard” and been “sentenced to 500 lashes on the feet”. He escaped this punishment by ‘turning Turk’, and took the name of Mehmet. He however continued to wear “the Frank dress and practiced the duties of an Armenian Christian”. When discovered he “was sentenced to death if he would not abjure his faith a 2d. time. God gave him strength, he would not say the word”, and he was beheaded. “The event is important, it betrays the predominant influence of the retrograde party who resist the introduction of European improvements, and cling to the ancient discipline and abuses of the Ottoman State”. The second letter reports on the tedium that has settled on the Embassy, though the “monotony was of late a little diversified by the presence of Dr. Wolff, who remained for some days at Constantinople on his way to Persia and Bokhara”. Wolff intended to investigate the fate of the two British officers Arthur Connolly and Charles Stoddart, imprisoned by the Emir of Bokhara in June 1842. Napier writes that Wolff initially made a poor impression, “but we soon found that under his grotesque exterior there was much both amiable and polite. His benevolence and zeal won upon us - his whimsical fancies and arguments amused us, we became persuaded that he is both a sincerely pious and a clever man and we shook hands with him on the deck of the Trebizonde Steamer with regret and fear”. Napier writes of the “unsettled and dangerous” nature of the countries through which Wolff has to travel, but draws attention to his “vast advantages. His knowledge of the oriental character is intimate, he speaks several languages, his person is already familiar to many in the countries he is about to explore. He enjoys the celebrity of a derveesh, a wandering saint. He is furnished with letters of protection…” Napier expects to see him back in Constantinople in “less than a year … and I do not altogether despair of welcoming at least one of the captives who are supposed to be dead. Various and conflicting are the accounts which reach us, but several agree in stating that Stoddart is alive and serving as a slave in one of the Mosques of Bokhara”. Napier goes on to mention two other British officers - Lieutenants Balfour and Steer - who are “in slavery among the Tartar hordes” following the Afghan War. The same letter gives news about “Mr. Curzon … Lady de la Zouche’s son” - i.e. Robert Curzon, 14th Baron Zouche, the author, traveller and diplomat. Napier relates that Curzon, based for a year in Erzeroom during the Anglo-Russian mediation on the Persian-Turkish boundary commission, “has suffered as no one ever did from fever, he had his head in ice for 3 weeks”, on top of which “his house was thrown down by an earth quake. He is now said to be recovering but we are not at all sure of seeing him. The climate, the frightful journey, and his debility make up a fearful odds against him”. As things turned out, Curzon survived the fever, and went on to write an account of the commission in his book Armenia (1854).


71 71. Noel, Captain J. B. L. Through Tibet to Everest. London: Edward Arnold & Co., 1927. £575 First edition. 8vo. pp. 302, [2], 16 (ads.); b & w photo. illusts., 4 illusts. to text; previous owners’ inscriptions and label to flyleaf, good in the original cloth, gilt, rubbed, neatly restored to head of spine. Signed by the author to flyleaf “John Noel 1922 & 1924 Everest Expeditions”.


Neate N22; Yakushi (3rd ed.) N139a; Perret 3211; Salkeld & Boyle N13. Noel, the photographer with the 1922 and 1924 Everest expeditions, here offers his own account of the first three expeditions to Everest and of his 1913 Reconnaissance of the region.

72. Oswald, Felix. ‘The Nimrud Volcano’ [so titled to spine]. Chapter IX from Dr. Oswald’s book on the Geology of Armenia. [1906].£375 8vo. pp. 113-160; 3 extending geological maps or charts; some foxing, good in the contemporary half crushed morocco, gilt, very rubbed on joints and to extremities. With a bound-in typed leaf signed by Walter John Heathcote, and with his bookplate to front pastedown. The typed leaf at the front of this extracted chapter from Oswald’s scarce book on Armenia explains the existence of this freestanding booklet: “The Author [Oswald] accompanied the late H. Blosse Lynch, M.P. for Ripon, on his journey in Armenia and contributed a chapter on Geology to Mr Lynch’s book “Armenia”. He then wrote a more detailed work on the geology of that country, and in order to offer it as his thesis for the degree of D.Sc., he had to get it printed. The cost seeming excessive if printed commercially, Mr Oswald acquired a small press, and did the work himself. He gave these pages, relating to a place that I had visited, to me after we had had some correspondence about the mountain and district”. Heathcote was a British consul, and it may have been in this capacity that he visited the Nimrud region. Oswald’s text describes his own visit, with Lynch, to the area, with geological discussions and maps.

73. Pakenham-Walsh, Rev. W. S. [ed.] Some Typical Christians of South China. London: Marshall Brothers, n.d. [1905]. £100 First edition. 8vo. pp. [vii], 110, [2, ads]; frontis. and 11 photo. plates; some soiling or foxing, gift inscription to flyleaf, else good in the original cloth, gilt, rubbed, a few minor marks. A collection of biographies of “typical native Christians of South China” (Preface), mostly converts to Christianity.




74. [Pollock Medal.] Memoir, extracted and compiled from various sources, to illustrate the Origin and Foundation of the Pollock Medal. Woolwich: Boddy and Co., 1875. £225 First edition. 8vo. pp. [i, title-page], 100, 101-2, 103 [MS leaf]; very good in original blue cloth, a.e.g., slightly rubbed to extrems. The Pollock medal was named for George Pollock, notably for his service in the first Afghan War, when he commanded the force that relieved Sale at Jellalabad and advanced to secure Kabul and victory in the campaign. The medal was established by British residents in Calcutta, to reward the most distinguished cadet of the year, initially at Addiscombe, and latterly at Woolwich. The Memoir contains details of Pollock’s career and service, and pp. 98 onwards provide a list of recipients of the medal down to 1875; three printed leaves, and some manuscript entries, continue this list down to 1930.

75. Pückler-Muskau, Hermann von. Travels and Adventures in Egypt: With Anecdotes of Mehemet Ali. London: T. C. Newby, Parry, Blenkarn and Co., 1847. £775 Later edition [first pub. 1845]. 3 vols. 8vo. pp. [i. title], iv, [5]-358, [i, title], 341, [2, ads.], [i, title], 283; port. frontis. of Ali to vol. I; minor spotting, prize bookplate to front pastedown of vol. 1, a very good set in the original cloth, gilt, very slightly faded on spines. Cf. Ibrahim-Hilmy II.145; Blackmer 1362; Kalfatovic 0343b. Hermann Fürst von Pückler Muskau (1785-1871), a German nobleman, took part in the battles against Napoleon, before travelling in England and Ireland. In the mid-1830s he travelled to Greece and the Levant, also visiting Algiers, continuing into Egypt and the Sudan. Here he visited Mehmet Ali, who impressed him greatly, and journeyed into Upper Egypt to visit the Antiquities. “Pückler Muskau is one of the most interesting travellers of this period … He was a keen observer and a witty and sensitive writer, ready to note all sorts of facts and impressions of men and manners” (Blackmer). The account of his travels in Egypt first appeared in German as Aus Mehemed Ali’s Reich (1844); it appeared in English the following year in two versions, one a 2-volume work, the other a 3-volume work, and the present set is a reissue of the latter version with new title-pages but otherwise unchanged.

76. [Quetta.] A series of 24 letters written from the Arsenal in Quetta by Henry Robinson to his wife Anne, in Ferozepore (Ferozepur), between June and October 1885, plus two later letters from 1894 and 1897.  £175 + VAT 22 letters, each between 2pp. and 4pp., the majority dated and signed “Henry Robinson”, all but two in the original Half Anna envelopes with Quetta and Ferozepore cancels, together with two later letters from Robinson to his wife, the first in 1894 from Cossipore (Kashipur) to his wife in Kasauli (envelope with stamp torn away), the second in 1897 from Fort Kohat to his wife in Allahabad; generally in good condition, aside from occasional ink burn to the paper. This series of personal letters was begun following Robinson’s departure from Ferozepur on the 13th June, 1885, for a position at the Arsenal in Quetta. His wife, Anne, and daughter Agnes remained in Ferozepur. The first letter, written some time in June from Rindle, tells his wife that he is sick; his condition has only partly improved by the time of his first letter from Quetta (4 July 1885). His letter of the 9th July informs his wife that he is now in charge of the workyard at the Arsenal. Thereafter his letters refer occasionally to details of his work, to the weather (cooler than Ferozepur), and to outbreaks of disease (cholera). They express much anxiety about pay, and Robinson often refers to repayment of a loan, and calculates the money he can spare for his wife and young child. A continual concern is his desire to determine whether the Quetta posting will be for the long term, in which case he writes that he will secure quarters for his wife to join him. In the event, by the beginning of August he has to be hospitalised due to a sore on his arm (an abscess perhaps), which is so severe that the decision is made to have him “sent down”. The remaining letters relate his preparations; the final letter of the series was written 27 September, 1885. The two later letters are sent from Cossipore in 1894, where Robinson attended a wedding, and 1897 from Fort Kohat, where Robinson was then working.

78. Ramsay, A. C. The Old Glaciers of Switzerland and North Wales. London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1860. £75 First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 116, [4, ads.]; illusts. inc. frontis. and other full-page plates, one folding map; mild discolouration along head of some plates, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, rubbed. Pencilled note to half-title: “Sir Andrew Ramsay married my cousin Louisa Williams Llanfairynhornwy”. Not in Neate or Perret. Andrew Crombie Ramsay (1814-1891) was a geologist who developed his theories based on field work undertaken in Wales in the period 1848-1851. In 1850 he spent a few days at the home of James Williams, rector of Llanfair-yng-Nghornwy, whose daughter Ramsay married in 1852. They honeymooned in Europe, “enabling Ramsay to see glaciers and glacial phenomena at first hand, as well as the contorted alpine rocks” (ODNB). The present work of comparative geology devotes its opening section to the Aar glacier in Switzerland, the remainder to evidence for glacial action in Wales.


77. Ralli, Augustus. Christians at Mecca. London: William Heinemann, 1909. £375 First edition. Small 8vo. pp. x, 283; frontis. and 10 plates; some heavy foxing, good in the original cloth, gilt, in the original d.-w., which is chipped to extremities and slightly darkened on spine. Ralli’s work begins with descriptions of Mecca, Medina, and the Haj, and continues with chapters on sixteen travellers, from Barthema in 1503 to Snouck Hurgonje (1885) and Gervais-Courtellement (1894), including Sir Richard Burton (1853) and John Keane (1877-8). Ralli concludes with a brief chapter on the Hejaz railway.




endpaper, and an original envelope addressed to Bellairs with two Zanzibar stamps to the reverse loosely inserted; occasional foxing or browning to the odd card, but overall in very good condition, the album contemporary cloth-backed paper boards with minor wear.

79. [Royal Navy.] [Rodney Mowbray Bellairs.] An album of official Royal Navy Christmas cards, mostly sent from RN ships, but including some from the Army and RAF, and two sent by the Sultan of Zanzibar, to Captain R. M. Bellairs and his wife in the years 1927-30.  £275


A 4to album containing 60 Christmas cards, two calendars (from H.M.S. Effingham, 1929 and 1930), all pasted in on 17 leaves and one mounted to the rear endpaper, a telegram sent to Bellairs and his wife pasted to front

Roger Mowbray Bellairs (1884-1959) served in the Royal Navy, becoming Commander in 1915 and fighting at the Battle of Jutland. In 1920 he was promoted to Captain, and given command of the cruiser H.M.S. Effingham in 1925. He became a Rear-Admiral in 1932. This album, probably compiled by Bellairs or his wife, contains 58 Christmas cards from members of the Royal Navy, the British Army, or the RAF. Many feature photographs of the ships on which the sender served, and a large number are signed. The ships from which the cards were sent include: Benbow, Queen Elizabeth (Mediterranean Station), Effingham (East Indies Station, several cards including one signed by Patrick Macnamara, Bellairs’ successor as Captain), Hood, Victory, Rodney, Renown, Despatch (America and West Indies Station), Australia, Vernon, Windsor, Comus, Dolphin, Excellent, Fisgard, Furious, Erebus, Nelson, Enterprise, Calcutta (Africa Station), and Delhi. Other senders include the Royal Marines (Deal, Chatham), Royal Naval Barracks (Chatham, Portsmouth), The Admiralty, Admiralty House (Trincomali), Royal Naval Staff College (Greenwich). Non-Naval cards were sent from the Head-Quarters Staff of the Army (signed by Major-General J. R. E. Charles), Western Arab Corps (Darfur), and R.A.F Cadet College (Cranwell), The 1930 Calendar shows a map of the East Indies Station, patrolled by Effingham over the years 1927-1930. Two cards were sent from the Palace, Zanzibar, of which one shows a photogravure of the Palace, the other is signed (probably by an official). An unusual and well-presented collection.

80. Saussure, Horace-Bénédict de. Voyages dans les Alpes, précédés d’un Essai sur l’Histoire naturelle des Environs de Geneve. Neuchatel: Louis Fauche-Borel, 1803-18041796-1796. £3,500 Mixed edition - vols. I-II later editions, vols. III-IV first eds. 4 vols. 4to. pp. xxii, 454, [iv], 568, [vi], xx, 532, & [vi], 594, [2]; 2 folding maps, 21 engraved plates; very good in contemporary quarter calf with calf tips, contrasting labels to spines, occasional surface wear to boards, one label to vol. IV scratched, still a handsome set. See Wäber 39; Cox 5; Nava D, E/1; Meckly 169; Perret 3911. Horace-Bénédict de Saussure (1740-1799), perhaps more than any other of his time, brought the Alps, and Mont Blanc in particular, to the attention of the learned class of Europe. He first visited Chamonix in 1760, and established a prize for the first ascent to the summit of Mont Blanc. Despite making the attempt himself, de Saussure was beaten to the goal by Dr. Michel Paccard and Jacques Balmat, whose 1786 ascent he equalled when he attained the summit in 1787. His account of this achievement - the Relation abrégée d’un Voyage a la Cime du Mont-Blanc - was the first ever published description of an ascent of the mountain. Both before and after this ascent, de Saussure had been at work on his magnum opus, Voyages dans les Alpes, the first volume of which appeared in 1779. This is a mixed set of the quarto edition of de Saussure’s magnum opus.

81. Schmuck, Marcus. Broad Peak 8047 m. Meine Bergfahrten mit Hermann Buhl. Verlag “Das Bergland-Buch”, Salzburg, Stuttgart, [1958]. £5,000 First edition. 8vo. pp. 360, [v, Contents]; text in German; photo. illusts. inc. some folding; a near-fine copy in the original buff cloth, in the original d.j., which is slightly frayed to extremities. Signed by the author, expedition members Fritz Wintersteller and Kurt Diemberger, Eugenie “Generl” Buhl (Hermann’s widow), and the Pakistani liaison officer for the expedition, Qader Saeed, and with a loosely inserted expedition postcard dated “Basislager 12.6.57” signed by all four members of the team including Hermann Buhl (one postage stamp missing, hole-punched and now laminated). Yakushi S171a; Perret 3962. This, the official account of the first ascent of Broad Peak by Hermann Buhl, Schmuck, Kurt Diemberger and Fritz Wintersteller, has become very scarce. Schmuck relates not only the ascent of Broad Peak, but also Buhl’s death on Chogolisa. No English edition was ever published, though Diemberger has signed the book and added “Please compare with SUMMITS & SECRETS” (which contains sections on the expedition, and was for long the only source by an expedition member available in English). The expedition postcard with this copy is one of very few sent back from the expedition; written by Wintersteller from base camp three days after the successful ascent of Broad Peak, it is addressed to Dr. Seefeldner of the Committee of the Österreichische Alpenverein (ÖAV) Sektion Salzburg, and reports simply that on the 9th June the expedition successfully reached the summit of Broad Peak. Signed by Wintersteller, the card is additionally signed by Schmuck, Diemberger and Hermann Buhl.

82. Scott, Colonel. A Journal of a Residence in the Esmailla of Abd-El-Kader: and of Travels in Morocco and Algiers. London: John Murray, 1842. £475 First edition. 8vo. pp. xix, 264; port. frontis.; foxing to frontis., lower outer margins of prelims. bumped, contemporary ownership inscription to front blank of Sarah Aris, Kensington, with her occasional pencillings, else good in contemporary full calf, gilt, slightly rubbed.

25 very good copy in the original green cloth, gilt, slightly darkened on spine. The author visited Iceland, his second journey there, in order to explore the North-West Peninsular and the Vatna Jõkull. “I believe that the exploration of the first of these districts had never been attempted by any traveller previous to the journey … nor had that of the second until Mr. Holland and I made an attempt to ascend the Õræfa Jõkull” (Preface). Though the expedition was not entirely successful, Shepherd’s account of it is an important record.

Playfair Bibliography of Algeria 974. The author, an officer in Spain during the first Carlist war, spent 11 months travelling in North Africa. There he joined the forces of Abdelkader, the Algerian religious and military leader who organised resistance to the French invasion of the country in the 1830s. Scott relates his experiences both of travel and of battle, interspersed with anecdotes and local stories.

83. Shepherd, C. W. The North-West Peninsular of Iceland: Being the Journal of a Tour in Iceland in the Spring and Summer of 1862. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1867. £225 First edition. 8vo. pp. xii, 162, [2, ads.]; 2 chromolithographic plates of Isa-fjõrdr and Goda-Foss, one folding map; hinges slightly cracked, else a



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84. Shipton, Eric. The Mount Everest Reconnaissance Expedition 1951. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1952. £125 First edition. 4to. pp. 128; numerous b & w photo. illusts.; embrowning to endpapers, else very good in the original cloth, d.j., which is slightly chipped and with internal tape repairs at head of spine and joints, in the original cardboard packaging (a little worn).


Neate S60; Yakushi S435a; Perret 4047; S & B S24; Classics in the Literature of Mountaineering 37. Following Tilman’s 1950 expedition to the southern approaches to Everest, an official reconnaissance was made with Shipton as leader; Edmund Hillary and Michael Ward were also members of the expedition. They established that access could be gained through the Khumbu Glacier ice fall to the Western Cwm, a vital link in the route to the summit. Copies in the original plain packaging are uncommon.

85. Slatin, Rudolf C. Fire and Sword in the Sudan. A Personal Narrative of Fighting and Serving the Dervishes. 1879-1895 … Translated by Major F. R. Wingate. London: Edward Arnold, 1896. £375 First English edition. Thick 8vo. pp. xviii, [i, List of Illustrations], 636; port. frontis., 21 b&w plates, one folding plan of Khartoum, one large folding map; map misfolded, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, t.e.g., with loosely inserted Slatin’s visiting card, with his printed name and address (“Cairo”) and a brief note in his hand to the recto. One of the best personal accounts of the Mahdist period in the Sudan. Slatin had been governor of Darfur when Gordon fell at Khartoum, and was taken captive by the Mahdists. He remained a prisoner for eleven years, but escaped from his captors at Omdurman, partly through the interventions of Major Reginald Wingate of the Egyptian Intelligence Department. The story of his three-week journey across the desert to Aswan in March 1895 is related in these pages, which also give much information on the Sudan under the Khalifa (the Mahdi’s successor). The copy of Slatin’s visiting card with this copy has his written note: “Captain & Miss Barker I hope you will come to Tea at my bachelor house on Sunday the 9th 5-7 o’clock”.

86. [Slavery. Playbill.] [Harriet Beecher Stowe.] Surrey Theatre … Dred! Dred!! Dred!!! Dred!!!! Dred!!!!! … Mrs. Stowe’s “Dred”… On Monday, October 27th, 1856, and during the Week, will be performed a New and Powerful Drama, in Three Acts, entitled Dred! John K. Chapman and Co., 5, Show Lane & Peterborough Court, Fleet Street, 1856. £195 + VAT

A large playbill, approx. 20 x 14” (30 x 50cm.), printed in double columns with printers’ name to lower right; very fragile with loss to paper in centre (affecting several letters), some archival tape restoration to verso, a little browning. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s second novel - Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp - appeared in 1856. It features Dred, a black revolutionary character developed by Stowe in contrast to the figure of Uncle Tom, the eponymous hero of her first - and more successful - novel. Adaptions of Dred for the stage appeared in Britain in September and October 1856; this version, by Frederick Phillips and performed at London’s Surrey Theatre, remained more faithful to the novel than other renditions. The playbill lists the various characters and scenes (notably the “Great Dismal Swamp”), including the plantation and cotton field. The evening’s bill concluded with two lesser dramas.

87. Smyth, Rear-Admiral William Henry. The Mediterranean. A Memoir Physical, Historical and Nautical. London: John W. Parker and Son, 1854. £175 First edition. 8vo. pp. xi, 519, 4 (pubs. list); previous owner’s bookplate, else very good in the original cloth, gilt. Smyth (1788-1865) served in the East India Company’s ship Cornwallis in the early 19th century, and took part in actions against the Seychelles, and service in Indian, Chinese and Australian waters. He later saw action in Europe, and from 1815 engaged in survey work in the Mediterranean until 1821, when he returned to Britain. A founding member of the RGS, he also joined the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Astronomical Society. His surveys of the Mediterranean were the basis for the charts of the region used by the Royal Navy into the twentieth century. His experiences and findings also provided background for the present work, which contains all manner of information on the oceanography, topography, nomenclature, hydrography, and other aspects of the Mediterranean and its coastlines.


88. [Stanley, Henry Morton.] Royal Geographical Society. Stanley Reception Meeting Albert Hall, May, 5th, 1890. Sketch Map of the Route of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition from the Mouth of the Aruwimi to Bagamoyo. London: Edward Stanford, 1890. £175 A printed partly coloured map, approx. 27 x 19 cm., folding as issued into self-wrappers with title printed to one panel of verso, minor soiling else in very good condition. The official reception to Stanley on his return from the expedition for the relief of Emin Pasha in Equatoria was hosted by the Royal Geographical Society at the Albert Hall. For the occasion, the present map was printed and handed out to members of the audience. The expedition travelled up the Congo river and followed the Aruwimi river to the Albert Nyanza, where Stanley met Emin. The map shows Stanley’s route from the Upper Congo, via the lakes, to the east coast. Copies of the map are uncommon.



89. Stuhlmann, Franz. Mit Emin Pacha ins Herz Afrika. Ein Reisebericht mit Beiträgen von Dr. Emin Pascha, in seinem Auftrage geschildert. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer, 1894. £1,500 First edition. 4to. 2 parts in one. pp. [i], xxii, [1, part title], 901; 32 plates inc. one folding and one coloured, illusts. to text, two folding maps in pocket at rear; minor occasional foxing, else near-fine in the original decorated cloth, t.e.g., in the original d.-w. With loosely inserted an accompanying letter from Emin to Frère Oscar, dated Bukoba, Victoria Nyassa, 1 Februar 1891. Stuhlmann (1863-1928) was a German naturalist who in 1888 arrived in East Africa to commence a collecting expedition on behalf of the Berlin Royal Academy of Science. In 1890 he joined Emin Pasha (Eduard Schnitzer) on an expedition to secure territory between Lake Victoria and Lake Albert for the German government. The large expedition left Bagamoyo and reached Bukoba on the western shore of Lake Victoria (Victoria Nyassa), but in July they received news of the Heligoland Treaty, by which Germany ceded Uganda to Britain, thus rendering futile their expedition. The two men received letters calling for their return, but both ignored them, and continued their explorations to Lakes Albert and Edward, and the Ruwenzori range (where Stuhlmann made an ascent to 4036 m). An outbreak of smallpox among the party resulted in Stuhlmann returning to Bukoba with the healthy men, while Emin continued on towards Stanley Falls and the Congo. Emin’s party were attacked and killed by Arab traders, and Stuhlmann eventually returned to Bagamoyo in July 1892. Stuhlmann’s Mit Emin Pascha - “acclaimed by some to be the finest scientific work on Africa ever published” (Howgego, Encyclopedia of Exploration IV.S81) - contains an overview of the expedition, and much information on the peoples, fauna, and geology of the areas through which they passed. An exceptional copy with the extremely rare original dust-wrapper, this also contains an original letter by Emin sent from the expedition’s base at Bukoba.


90 90. Thomas Cook & Son. Peking and the Overland Route. Thomas Cook & Son, 1917. £175 Third edition. 8vo. pp. [iii], 171, xxiii (ads.); three folding maps, sketch maps and photo. illusts. to text; very good in the original cloth, slightly rubbed.


This handbook is intended for “English speaking tourists” who wish to take advantage of “the rapid development of railway travel in this part of the world” (Introduction). The book provides descriptions of locations in Peking, Tientsin, Chosen, and other areas in the region of Peking. Though written in English, the book was printed at The Box of Curios Press, Yokohama, according to the lettering on the rear cover.

91. Thomson, Donald F. ‘Arnhem Land: Explorations among an Unknown People.’ Reprinted from The Geographical Journal, vol. CXII, October-December 1948, vol. CXIII, January-June and vol. CXIV, July-September 1949.  £125 First separate edition. 8vo. pp. 43; sketch maps, photo. illusts., illusts. to text, large extending map; very good in the original printed wrappers, RGS accession no. to upper cover.


Donald Thomson made important explorations in Australia’s Northern Territory, which introduced him to the local Yolngu people. He played an important role in the Caledon Bay crisis, when the Yolngu murdered five Japanese fishermen and three white men who went to investigate their deaths. The resolution of the crisis opened a new era between Aborigines and ‘settlers’.

92. Tichy, Herbert. Cho Oyu. Gnade der Götter. Vienna: Ullstein, [1955]. £150 First edition. 8vo. pp. 244; text in German; photo. illusts., map endpapers; previous owner’s name erased from flyleaf verso, else VG in the original decorated cloth, in d.j. which is chipped with loss to upper cover. Signed to the half title by Tichy. Yakushi T151a; Perret 4269. The first ascent of Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world, was made by a small-scale Austrian expedition led by Tichy in 1954: Tichy, Jöchler and Pasang Dawa Lama reached the summit on October 19 via the north-west ridge. This is a signed copy of the first appearance of Tichy’s account of the expedition.

93. Töpffer, Rodolphe. Voyage a Chamonix [bound with] Excursion dans l’Oberland; Voyage en Zigzag par mont et par Vaux; Second Voyage en Zigzag; Voyage de1839 Milan Come Splugen; Voyage de 1840; Tour du Lac 1841; Voyage autour du Mont-Blanc dans les vallées d’Hérens, de Zermatt et au Grimsel. [Geneva: de Fruetiger or Schmid], 1835-1843. £2,750 A collection of eight works, bound in seven volumes, from Töpffer’s series Voyages en Zigzag, first editions, Oblong 8vo. pp. [i, pictorial title]+ 41, 23 vignettes; [i, pictorial title] + 69, map, 59 vignettes; [i, pictorial title] + 112, map, 115 vignettes; [i, pictorial title] + 102, map, 84 vignettes; [i, pictorial title] + 75, map,72 vignettes; [i, pictorial title] + 2-69, 69 vignettes; [i, pictorial title] + 40, map, 18 vignettes; [1] + 36 plates + [4] + 13 plates; upper wrappers of first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth, rear wrappers of fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh, works bound in; occasional minor spotting, else a very good in contemporary full morocco gilt, floreate or decorated borders to boards, a.e.g,, slight rubbing. Ownership inscription or bookplates of Andrew Fairbairn to 5 volumes, the final volume with a presentation inscription from Ch. Töpffer to Fairbairn. Cf. Wäber I.66; Perret 4295; see Meckly 43A for first work. Töpffer (1799-1846), a Swiss teacher, made a series of travels through the Alps and neighbouring regions in the 1830s and 1840s, often with his wife, and occasionally with his students. From the first tour of 1832, he recorded the trips in pen and pencil, and published a series of “autographed” or facsimile narratives of his travels that married illustration and text in a manner that has led some to consider him the progenitor

of the comic book. Later Voyages gave way to more artistic representations, with plates rather than vignettes. The volumes - there were 14 in all - are often humorous in tone, and depict not only the scenery of the Alps but also incidents along the way, as well as more fanciful depictions of characters and the like. The present handsome group of the voyages includes three of the more important volumes - Chamonix, the Oberland, and the tour of Mont Blanc, Zermatt and the Grimsel. In 1844, several of the works were collected under the title Voyages en zig-zig, and in 1854 a posthumous collection of further tours, titled Noveaux Voyages en zig-zag, was published. However, the present first editions are according to Perret “aujourd-hui quasiment introuvable” due to the very small number of them that were published.

93 95. Ward, F. Kingdon. From China to Hkamti Long. London: Edward Arnold & Co., 1924. £1,250 First edition. 8vo. pp. 317, [1, ad.]; photo. illusts., one folding map; minor spotting, else very good in the original cloth, lettered in gilt to spine, slightly discoloured along upper edges of cloth and at head of spine, in the original d.-w., which is worn with loss along upper margins, browned on spine. Yakushi (3rd ed.) K192. “The author’s second attempt to march overland to India from Likiang, on the borders of Yunnan. He explored Yunnan and Szechwan in 1921, and Yunnan, Szechwan, Tibet and North Burma in 1922. This is a feat which had been performed only three times; in 1895 by Prince Henry of Orleans, with two companions; in 1906 by E.C. Young; and in 1911 by F.M. Bailey” (Yakushi)”.



94. Tyacke, R. H. The Sportsman’s Manual in Quest of Game in Kullu, Lahoul & Ladak, to the Tso Morari Lake, With Notes on Shooting in Spiti, Bara Bagahal, Chamba, & Kashmir, and a Detailed Description of Sport in More than 130 Nalas. Calcutta: Thacker, Spink and Co., 1893. £475 First edition. Small 8vo. pp. viii, 128, [56, ads.]; 7 folding maps; very good in the original cloth, minor wear to extremities, remains of small label to spine. Provenance: ownership inscription of Chas. E. Simmonds, Kulu, with his occasional pencil annotations. Czech p. 217; not in Yakushi. Tyacke’s “valuable pocket book” (Czech) contains information on hunting areas and the game of the region. Interspersed with anecdotes of sporting episodes, the book is also well served with maps indicating the best routes of the period. The book first appeared in this 1893 edition, and was reissued again in 1898, 1907, and 1927.

96. Ward, F. Kingdon. The Riddle of the Tsangpo Gorges. London: Edward Arnold, 1926. £850 First edition. 8vo. pp. xv, 328; photo. illusts., one folding map; minor foxing, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, minor rubbing to extremities, with the bookplate of William Beebe. Yakushi (3rd ed.) K194. Frank Kingdon Ward undertook many expeditions to the regions between Tibet, China and Upper Burma, primarily for plant-hunting. This books records his 1924 expedition with Earl Cawdor (who contributes to the book) to Southern Tibet. At this point, the Tsangpo carves its way through the Eastern Himalaya, via a series of gorges, into the plains of India. The gorges had only been partially explored, and Ward and Cawdor extended their exploration farther than any previous visitor. The expedition also successfully located many new plant species, and a 2pp. Index of Plants offers details.




97. Wilson, Claude. An Epitome of Fifty Years’ Climbing. Printed for Private Distribution, 1933. £475 First edition, one of 125 copies. Square 8vo. pp. 119; very good in the original printed wrappers, in the original glassine dust-wrapper which is worn with some loss. A presentation copy, inscribed at front “C. W. Nettleton from Claude Wilson Feb. 1933”.


Neate W97; Perret 4587. Wilson, sometime president of the Alpine Club, offers here an overview of his life and climbs. Opening chapters - an autobiographical sketch, “My Companions” and “My Guides” - are followed by a list of Wilson’s climbs, to which are added a list of the climbs arranged by districts and an index. The list includes Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Jungfrau, and many other peaks in the Alps and the Dolomites, together with a few in Norway. Nettleton, the dedicatee of the present copy, was an Alpine Club member.

98. Wilson, J. In the Heart of Peru. Wellington, New Zealand: “New Zealand Free Lance”, 1924. £175 First edition. 8vo. pp. 78; illusts. from the author’s sketches, one sketch map; very good in the original cloth, in original d.-w. printed on front and rear, wrapper worn with loss and now with internal paper repairs. In 1892, the Peruvian Corporation, a London-based company in charge of the development of Peru’s railways, commissioned a third steamer to accompany the two already in service on Lake Titicaca. Built by William Denny Bros. in Dumbarton, Scotland, the ship was transported in parts by Wilson, a company employee, from the shipyard to Lake Titicaca. Wilson offers details of the journey, of his life on the lake, of the launching of the “Coya”, a description of the city of Cuzco, and a history of Pizarro, accompanied by characterful illustrations.

99. [Windt, Harry de.] On the Equator. By H. de W. Cassell, Peter, Galpin & Co., n.d. [1882]. £750 First edition. Small 8vo. pp. 142; four photo-type plates; crease to foreedge of frontis., owner’s inscription of J. S. Gardner to title-page, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, flag in colours to upper board, slightly darkened on spine. Harry de Windt’s sister Margaret married Charles Brooke, the White Rajah of Sarawak, in 1869. In 1876 Harry became aide-de-camp to his brother-inlaw, and travelled with him over the next two years. He returned to Britain,



and in 1880 returned with another companion to the “Eastern Archipelago” for the travels described in the present work. The men arrived in Kuching, where they spent a fortnight before undertaking an excursion to Matang. There they climbed Sirapi, and returned to Kuching before continuing their travels through other regions of the area. They returned via Java and Spain. Chapters include descriptions of the local people and their history, and of the sport to be had in Sarawak and Borneo (including orangutan).

100. Wundt, Theodor. Wanderbilder aus den Dolomiten … In Farben gesetzt von Maler Professor G. Herdtle. Herausgegeben von der Sektion Berlin des Deutschen und Österreichischen Alpenvereins. Stuttgart, Leipzig, Berlin, Wien: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, n.d. [1894]. £1,250 First and only edition. Large folio (46 x 59cm.); pp. [iv], 10; 16 small photo. illusts. and 3 sketches to explanatory text, 16 large format plates from Wundt’s original photographs, 8 of which are coloured; minor chipping or creasing to margins of a few plates (not affecting text or image), small chip to lower outer corner of title-page, else very good in the original portfolio, upper cover with a striking chromolithographed view of the Dolomites, minor wear to extremities, else in very good condition. Perret 4609 (“Un superbe album sur les Dolomites. Très rare et recherché”). This very uncommon and impressive portfolio records some of Wundt’s ascents in the Dolomites, taken from his own photographs. The text provides an explanation for the sixteen large format plates, which show views of Monte Cristallo, Cimone della Pala, Croda la Lago, the Sorapiss, and other peaks. The book is very uncommon, and KVK/ Worldcat locates only 8 copies worldwide.







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Catalogue 18: Travel and Exploration  

A catalogue of books, prints, ephemera, and photographs offered by Meridian Rare Books.

Catalogue 18: Travel and Exploration  

A catalogue of books, prints, ephemera, and photographs offered by Meridian Rare Books.