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Travel and Exploration Catalogue 20

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1. [Africa.] Southern Nigeria. Report by the General Manager, Lagos Railway, on the British South African Railways [cover title]. Lagos: Government Printer, 1909. £175 First edition. Slim folio. pp. 15; one folding diagram, one folding table; corners bumped, good in the original cloth-backed printed boards, printer’s label inside upper board, library stamps to upper board. A report on the Central South Afircan, Cape Government, Natal Government, and Rhodesian railways.



2. [Airship R.34 archive.] Patrick Abbott. Airship. The Story of R.34 and the First East-West Crossing of the Atlantic by Air [July 2nd-13th 1919]. Bath: Adams & Dart, 1973. £1,750 First edition. Small 4to. pp. 163; illusts.; good in the original cloth, worn, the author’s own copy, with his ownership inscription to flyleaf; together with a quantity of related ephemera collected by Abbott, including: 1. A Royal Aero Club menu for a Banquet on 23rd July 1919 to celebrate the crossing, signed by eleven of those present including members of the crew of R.34 and related dignitaries; 2. an original pencil and ink drawing of the R.34 by W. Heath Robinson (approx. 19 x 12cm., dated 1921); 3. a signed photographic portrait of AC2 William Ballantyre, the ‘stowaway’ on the flight; 4. 1p. signed letters from Second Lieut. J. D. Shotter, Major J. E. M. Pritchard, and Rigger Cpl John Forteath, all to Abbott complimenting him on his book, together with a further note by Shotter; 5. a contemporary Christmas postcard showing the R.34; 6. 14 modern first day covers commemorating the crossing, one of which is signed by Sgt. A. G. Evenden (Sgt. Engineer on the flight), and another by Ballantyre. In July 1919, His Majesty’s Airship R.34 completed the first round-trip crossing of the Atlantic. The ship departed Scotland on 2nd July, reaching Mineola, New York, on the 6th; four days later she returned to Britain, reaching Pulham, England, on the 13th. The achievement was later described in Patrick Abbott’s book Airship, whose copy is here offered, together with historical and modern commemorative material relating to the flight. Among the signatures that appear on these items are those of several members of the flight: the airship commander Major George Herbert Scott, who died in the R101 disaster in 1930; the second officer Captain G. Greenland; engineering officer John Shotter; Senior Officer Airship Service General Edward Maitland; navigator Major Gilbert H, Cooke; Special Duties Major J. E. M. Pritchard; Meteorological Officer Lieutenant Guy Harris; the stowaway William Ballantyre, who after initially being rejected for inclusion in the voyage out stowed himself on board and was discovered too late to be parachuted off; and engineer Sergeant A. G. Evenden. Other names that appear are: John W. Davis, United States Ambassador; John Bernard Seeley, Secretary of State for War; the aircraft manufacturer Henry White-Smith; the Earl of Atholl, Chairman of the Royal Aero Club; and W. Heath Robinson, whose name appears on the original sketch of the R.34. The collection also includes part of a letter from Olga O’Riordan, whose name (“Olga Buckley”) had originally appeared on the menu, but which “had been scratched out very firmly”; O’Riordan was among those Abbott thanks in the acknowledgements to his book.

3. [Airship R101.] St. Paul’s Cathedral. Friday, October 10th, 1930 at 12 noon Memorial Service for those who were lost in Airship R101 on Sunday, October 5th, 1930. [London: Printed by R. E. Thomas & Newman Ltd.], 1930. £150

4. Alfthan, A. v. Från Jassy till Konstantinopel. Anteckningar från Turkiska Fälttåget 1877-78 [From Jassy to Constantinople. Notes from the Turkish Campaign of 1877-78]. Helsingfors: G. W. Edlund, 1879. £150

8vo. (approx. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2”). pp. 11; a little creased, else very good in the original printed wrappers, which are slightly creased and soiled, small chip without loss to head of lower wrapper.

First edition. 8vo. pp. [iv], 205; addn. eng. title, three folding maps; final map slightly misfolded, previous owner’s name to foot of title page, good in the original printed wrappers with a scene of Constantinople to rear wrapper, cocked on spine, slightly chipped.

The Order of Service for those lost in the R101 disaster, when the airship crashed in France killing most of the 54 people on board. The memorial took place in St. Paul’s, at which time a lying in state took place in Westminster Hall that was visited by nearly 90,000 people.

Anton von Alfthan (1858-1925) served with the Finnish Guard during the campaign of 1877-8 between Russia and Turkey. Alfthan relates his own experiences, and makes observations on the campaign based both on his own observations and on the reports by General Gurko.

5. [America. Oregon Boundary.] Louis McLane (1786-1857). An original letter from McLane to Benjamin Hawes, respectively the US and British politicians involved in the settlement of the Oregon dispute, 38 Harley Street [London], July 1, 1846. . £1,250


4to, 4pp., written in a clear hand on Whatman laid paper watermarked 1845, folded, sometime removed from an album with adhesion marks to margin of final page, minor browning, else very good, signed “Louis McLane”. The finalisation of the Oregon boundary in 1846 created what would become, with the accession of British Columbia in 1870, Canada’s Pacific coast. The agreement made on Oregon created a fixed boundary between Canada and the US extending west along the 49th parallel, excepting the southern extension of Vancouver Island. The dispute gave rise to the slogan ‘54º 40’ or Fight’ used by Polk to win the US election. Louis McLane served as Secretary of State, and of Treasury, under Presidents Jackson and Polk. He was appointed to negotiate the Oregon boundary with Britain, but in the event was not a principal in the negotiations. His correspondent Benjamin Hawes (1797-1862) was a Whig politician, and in 1846 served as Under Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. McLane’s letter reads: “I assure you, Dear Mr. Hawes, that the amicable settlement of the Oregon is a subject of sincere congratulation with me on public and private grounds; and I make you my thanks for the manner in which you have referred to it. I have never doubted that peace between our two countries was essential to the prosperity of both, and I always believed an amicable adjustment of the question so threatening to our peaceful relations was quite compatible with the honor of both Governments. On this provision I consented to come to London, and contribute my share towards the accomplishment of this great object. Nothing less would have tempted me back into practical life, or to leave even for a short period the care of my home and children. I would be unreasonable not to be content with the reward offered in the result; and I confess that I am particularly satisfied with the spirit in which so far it appears to have been received on both sides of the water…” He goes on to discuss Lord Aberdeen’s and Lord Palmerston’s attitudes to the Oregon question, as the former was succeeded by the latter as Foreign Secretary that very month. McLane expresses the hope that Hawes will visit the US: “To you and your family we owe a large obligation on this score, of which I should be most happy of welcoming you in our own country. And why not come dining …”

6. [America. Slavery.] Anno vicesimo quinto & vicesimo sexto Victoriæ Reginæ. Cap. XL. An Act to carry into effect the Treaty between Her Majesty and the United State of America for the Suppression of the African Slave Trade. [17th July 1862.] [London: Printed by George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1862].£75 8vo. pp. [357]-384; minor marginal age-toning, small chip to outer margin of first leaf, else very good, disbound.


This Act ratifies the treaty struck between Britain and the United States in 1862, negotiated by the US Secretary of State William H. Seward and the British Ambassador Richards Lyons. Known as the Lyons-Seward Treaty, this agreement sought to combat the slave trade by, among other measures, allowing the navies of each nation to commandeer ships carrying slave cargoes. The treaty effectively brought an end to the international slave trade (the continuation of which Britons regarded as due to American inaction), and also served the Lincoln Administration by securing Britain’s non-involvement in the Civil War.


7. Amundsen, Roald. Sydpolen. Den Norske Sydpolsfærd med Fram 1910-1912. Kristiania: Jacob Dybwabs Forlag, 1912.


First edition, in 40 original parts. 8vo. Numerous plates and illusts., 11 maps, charts and diagrams [all correct as per listing in Rosove, albeit with one or two variations in pagination ]; very good in the original pictorial wrappers, part nos. 21 and 40 with ad. for publisher’s bindings tipped on to front wrappers, parts 16, 20 and 40 additionally with bookseller receipts tipped on to front wrapper, minor chipping to head and tail of a few spines, but in all a very well-preserved set of the original issue of this work, now contained in a purpose-made fall down back box with leather spine. Denucé 2696; Spence 14; Rosove 8.A1. On 14 December, 1911, Roald Amundsen and his team reached the South Pole, planting the Norwegian flag. Amundsen’s narrative of his attainment of the South Pole first appeared in his native Norwegian, and it was initially issued in the present format of 40 parts prior to its appearance in book form. Sets of the work in these original parts rarely come onto the market. This set also includes three receipts, issued by E. Sem’s Bokhandel to the original purchaser for several of the parts, dated 7 November 1912, 19 November 1912, and 28 April 1913, suggesting that the complete set of parts took several months to acquire.



8. Amundsen, Roald. The South Pole. An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the “Fram,” 1910-1912. London: John Murray; New York: Lee Kedick, 1913. £2,950 First one-volume edition. 8vo. pp. xxxv, 392, [iii-vii], 449; 12 plates of photo. illusts., one map; minor marginal age-toning, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, slightly rubbed. A presentation copy from the author, inscribed to the flyleaf: “General Hector with hearty thanks for all courtesy, Waldorf, Jan 30th 1925 Roald Amundsen”. Spence 21; Renard 21; Conrad p. 156; Rosove 9.C1 (“Uncommon … Printed on poor quality paper, prone to browning at the edges”). Amundsen and his companions reached the South Pole on December 14, 1911, the first ever to do so. They spent three days at the Pole, taking observations and skiing round the area to ensure they had ‘staked their claim’, before returning to their ship Fram, which they reached on January 25, 1912. Amundsen subsequently led several further expeditions, the cost of which sent him increasingly into debt, and he was eventually bankrupted. To raise funds, Amundsen in the autumn of 1924 began a lecture tour, and while in New York stayed at the Waldorf Astoria, where he inscribed this copy of his South Pole narrative.

9. Baidukov, G. Over the North Pole [Translation from the Russian: Cherez Polyus v Ameriku]. Moscow: Detgiz, 1938. £325 First edition. Slim 4to. pp. 40; b & w photo. port. of the author, one coloured sketch map, 10 coloured illusts. from sketches by A. Deinek; some soiling, two leaves loose, good in the original printed boards, which are a little worn and soiled, with a loosely inserted portrait photo. postcard of Baidukov by Moses Nappelbaum. In June-July 1937, George Baidukov (or Baydukov), with two colleagues Valery Chkalov and A. Belyakov, flew an ANT-25 plane from Moscow to Portland, Washington, via the North Pole. The present work provides an account of the expedition for younger readers, and seems to be uncommon (only a single other copy found at Helsinki University Library).


10 11 10. Ball, John. The Alpine Guide [Volume I:] The Western Alps. Ed. W. A. B. Coolidge. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1898. £75 New edition [first edition thus]. 8vo. pp. xlix, [i, list of maps], 612; 10 folding maps on linen stubs; heavy browning at front and rear, slightly shaken in the original beige cloth, lettered in black, slightly browned on spine, small snag to foot of lower joint. Ownership inscription of Basil R. Goodfellow, 1927, to half-title. Neate B32; Perret 0234; Moss et al. AL033. Ball’s Alpine Guides were revised and reissued in the 1890s, and Coolidge edited the first volume to appear. The text includes numerous additions due to Coolidge and various correspondents, updating or expanding information in Ball’s original guide. This copy formerly belonged to Basil R. Goodfellow, a prominent member of the Alpine Club who climbed in the Alps from the 1930s onwards with such figures as T, Graham Brown, André Roch, and others; he is best remembered for his role in organising the British Everest expeditions of 1951 and 1953, and was instrumental in promoting John Hunt as leader and a replacement for Eric Shipton on the successful 1953 Everest expedition.

11. Beauclerk, Lady Diana de Vere. A Summer and Winter in Norway. London: John Murray, 1868. £125 First edition. 8vo.pp. xii, 148, 4 (pubs. ads.); four plates from the author’s sketches; near-fine in the original cloth, gilt.


Theakstone Victorian and Edwardian Women Travellers pp. 25-6. Di Beauclerk, as the book’s title-page styles her, was the daughter of William de Vere Beauclerk, 9th Duke of St. Albans. In June 1868 she, her mother, and their maid Teresina, travelled to Norway. “Seldom had three unprotected females, bent upon pleasure, landed on a foreign shore with a more moderate supply of worldly goods … She wrote no other book, which is a pity, as this is one of the most entertaining of its kind”. The women sailed up the coast of Norway in search of salmon-fishing opportunities, and wintered in Christiania (Oslo), where they skated for the first time.

12. Begbie, Harold. Shackleton. A Memory. London: Mills & Boon, [1922]. £350 First edition. 8vo. pp. 89, [16, pubs’ cat.]; previous owner’s inscription to flyleaf, else very good in the original cloth, lettered in black. Spence 114; Renard 106; Rosove 30.A1 (“Scarce”). Harold Begbie met Shackleton around 1920, and after news of Shackleton’s death on January 5th, 1922, rushed this memoir into print. He based it on his own conversations with Shackleton, and on recollections by others, but it drew severe criticism from Shackleton’s widow Emily, and was not noticed by later biographers such as Mill and Huntford. Nonetheless, Rosove credits Begbie with the creation of a “lyrical, romantic, mythic word portrait of the great explorer, the kind still widely held and cherished by Shackleton’s admirers today”.

13. Bellingshausen, Fabian G. von. The Voyage of Captain Bellingshausen to the Antarctic Seas 1819-1821. Translated from the Russian. Edited by Frank Debenham. Printed for the Hakluyt Society, 1945. £1,500 First English edition. 8vo. 2 vols. pp. xxx, 259 & viii, [261]-474; 36 illusts., 20 maps including 10 folding and 2 in rear pockets; near-fine in the original blue cloth gilt with Hakluyt Society gilt ship motif to upper covers, in original d.-w.’s, which are slightly browned to spines. Spence 117; Renard 430; Rosove 33.A1; Taurus 3. Hakluyt Society’s Second Series 91/2. Bellingshausen’s expedition became only the second, after that of James Cook, to cross the Antarctic circle and almost certainly the first to sight the Antarctic continent, albeit without recognising it to be such. Bellingshausen, aboard the Vostock, and Lazarev on the Mirny circumnavigated the Antarctic continent, discovering Alexander I Land and a clutch of other islands. Bellingshausen originally published his account in Russian: the present edition was its first appearance in English. The Russian edition has become extremely scarce, but copies of the English edition in this condition are also rare.





14. Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen. The Future of Islam. London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1882. £95 First edition. 8vo. pp. xi, 215; a few pencil annotations or marginal markings, embrowning to endpapers, previous owner’s book label to front pastedown, else very good in the original cloth, gilt. Blunt (1840-1922) championed several anti-imperialist causes, including the nationalist aspirations of Urabi in Egypt in the early 1880s. The present work contains five essays original written for the Fortnightly Review in 1881, in which Blunt considers the Haj, Mecca, ‘The Modern Question of the Caliphate’, and ‘England’s interest in Islam’.


15. Britton, P. W. Mes Vâcances d’Eté de 1870, en France. Journal Illustré de P. W. Britton du 9 Août au 29 Septembre. Edition Privée, n.d. c. 1870. £125 First edition. 8vo. pp. [iv], 84; wood-eng. frontis., illusts.; minor staining to lower outer corner of final leaf, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, a little marked. A presentation copy from the author to “Miss Williams, Souvenir of a stay at [?]Dresden, Percy W. Britton” (slightly smudged), subsequently presented by the Estate of Miss Abigail Williams in May 1913 to the Essex Institute with their bookplate and small inkstamp to titlepage (“Card Catalogued”). According to his preface (dated London, December 1870), the author had been staying at the Insitution Internationale in Vésinet, near Paris, since September 1869, when he was advised to tour some of the French provinces to practice his French. Shortly after this the Franco-Prussian war broke out, and Britton’s book records the country during the two months in the immediate aftermath of the declaration. The text is entirely in French, and a small printed slip loosely inserted in the book apologises for errors in accents and punctuation which were due to the author’s being away from his printer in London. We can find a single other example of the book, in the London Library.

16. [Brownlow, C. H.] The Despatches of Right Column Looshai Expeditionary Force. 30th November, 1871. Extracts [drop title]. N.p., n.d. c. 1872. £125 ?First edition. 8vo. pp. 13, [3, blanks]; watermark to penultimate leaf, minor spotting, else good in self-wrappers, previous owner’s inscription to first leaf. This appears to be an extracted version taken from Despatches of Brigadier General C. H. Brownlow, C.B., Aide-de-camp to the Queen, commanding Chittagong Column, Looshai Expeditionary Force, 1871-72 (Calcutta,



1872), with wording identical to the fuller Calcutta version. The pamphlet summarises the punitive expedition against the Lushai tribes in Assam. This expedition was prompted by a series of attacks the tribes had made, which culminated in the murder of a British tea planter and the abduction of his daughter, six-year old Mary Winchester. The Despatches describe the troop movements from Brownlow’s arrival at Chittagong in October, 1871, and the eventual safe recovery of Mary Winchester. We have been unable to locate any other copy of this abbreviated version of Brownlow’s report.

17. Buache, Jean-Nicolas. ‘Éclaircissemens géographiques sur la nouvelle Bretagne & sur les côtes septentrionales de la nouvelle Guinée.’ An article in Histoire de l’Académie Royale des Sciences, Année MDCCLXXXVII, pp. 128-147. Paris: Paris: L’Imprimerie Royale, 1789. £450 First edition. 4to. pp. viii, 616; two engraved maps to article by Buache, plates and diagrams to other articles in the volume; occasional embrowning, good in contemporary half calf, a little worn to extremities of boards, sometime rebacked with new lettering piece, ex library with bookplate to front endpaper, library stamps erased from plates. In the 1770s and 1770s, an extended discussion arose between geographers concerning the identity of the Solomon Islands. In 1781 Jean-Nicolas Buache - nephew of the geographer Philippe Buache - addressed the French Académie Royale des Sciences on the existence and location of the islands, discussing the discoveries of Carteret, Bougainville and Surville. His address contained calculations suggesting the area in which the Solomon Islands would be found, and among the instructions that were later given to La Pérouse for investigation during his voyage of discovery was the examination of this region (the La Pérouse expedition foundered before it reached the islands). Buache’s memoir was later included as an appendix to Fleurieu’s Découvertes des Français en 1768 et 1769 (Paris 1790). In Britain, Alexander Dalrymple held the view that the Solomon Islands were identical with Dampier’s New Britain. The present article by Buache considers Dalrymple’s view, illustrated by two folding plates with a map showing New Guinea as shown by the explorations of Tasman, Dampier, Cartaret, and Bougainville, and reproductions from maps of the same area by Robert Dudley (1647), Tattonus (1600) and Dalrymple’s plan as found in Forrest’s Voyages. Buache’s article prompted a rejoinder from Dalrymple, Considerations on M. Buache’s Memoir concerning New-Britain and the North Coast of New-Guinea (London, 1790).

18 18. Calvert, John. Vazeeri Rupi, the Silver Country of the Vazeers, in Kulu: its Beauties, Antiquities, and Silver Mines. Including a Trip over the Lower Himalayah Range and Glaciers. London & New York: E. & F. N. Spon, 1873. £3,500 First edition. 8vo. pp. xii, 102, [4, ads.]; 34 litho. plates inc. frontis. and addn. title, many of them tinted, one folding map; minor spotting or foxing, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, a.e.g., a little rubbed to extremities. Yakushi C20. Calvert travelled to Kulu to investigate its mining possibilities, particularly silver and copper. His account of this visit describes the journey to the Kulu valley, and the peoples he meets along the way. The lithographs are from Calvert’s own sketches, and show not only views and portraits, but also ceremonial processions and the like. The accompanying map shows the Kulu valley and the locations of its mines. Calvert initially published his account as a series of newspapers articles in The Englishman, a Calcutta weekly journal.

19. [Canada.] A small archive of letters and accounts from Prince Edward County, Ontario, about pioneers and road-building by and for early settlers, c. 1830-1836.  £1,500 Comprising: Four letters from Chas. Biggar in Murray to Simeon Washburn of Hallowell (May 28th, 1830; Dec 17th 1830; May 13th 1831; August 31st 1831), one letter from James Lyons to Washburn (Murray, Sep 12th 1831), one letter from Edward McMahon to Washburn (Goverment House, York, Feb 25th, 1832), one letter from an indistinct sender at Government House, Toronto, to Washburn (June 2nd 1834), and one letter from Thomas Marchland to Washburn; sizes ranging from 8vo to foolscap, two letters entirely split along all folds and now in pieces; ‘Statement of Road Money Expendit.’ signed by Charles Biggar, 1830, foolscap, 1p., signing off on nearly £200 of road works; ‘Division of the Money’, a small note expressed in dollars, signed by Biggar and Washburn, postmarked Cobourg 26 April, split into sections. This archive illustrates the early history of road-building in Prince Edward County, Ontario. The work was undertaken by Simeon Washburn (1788-1858), a native of Hallowell, Ontario, whose father Ebeneezer had been a merchant, politician, JP and office holder. In 1830 a grant of £200 was made through the Lieutenant Governor and Assembly in York (Toronto), Upper Canada (Ontario) for roads across the first, fourth and fifth concessions, and these letters provide details of the discussion for contracts, and accounts of work, in and around Murray and Hallowell. Prince Edward County on Lake Ontario is half way between Toronto and Ottawa. Carrying Place, mentioned in the letters, is the portage across the isthmus at the north end of the peninsula jutting into Lake Ontario; Hallowell is at the southern end of the peninsula. At this period the town of York was incorporated as the city of Toronto (March 1834), and the two letters sent from Government House in February 1832 and June 1834 illustrate the change in name.


20 20. [Canada.] ‘There’s no living in England, so heres off for Canada.’ London: J. Kendrick, 54 Leicester Sqre, Aug 1, 1833. £475 A hand-coloured satyrical caricature, after an original by H. R. Sculthorpe, approx. 10 x 13” (26 x 33cm), margins slightly browned, soiled, and frayed, the image itself with strong colours and in good condition.


This evocative image shows an impoverished man carrying his wife and two children, a small bag clutched in his hand (probably his belongings). The group make for a ship moored to the right of the image; it flies a flag on which appear the words (somewhat faint) “For Canada”. The print highlights the nature of immigration to Canada, which attracted many in Britain during the first half of the nineteenth century. We can find only a single other example of the print, in the British Museum print collection.

21. [Canada.] ‘The Emigrant’s Guide.’ London: O. Hodgson, 10 Cloth Fair, n.d. c. 1830s. £475 A hand-coloured satyrical caricature, image size approx. 11 x 8” (28 x 20cm.), overall size 11 1/2 x 9” (30 x 23cm), trimmed to ?plate mark, sometime contained in an album and now with adhesion marks to verso at corners, else in very good condition with bright colouring. This satyrical print targets the reception of immigrants in Canada during the 1830s. The image shows an icy and mountainous landscape with a figure identified as Jack Frost, clad in Arctic gear and with snow shoes worn back-to-front; he greets a slight and ill-dressed immigrant who is laden with a pack labelled “Silk Stockings Kid Gloves Soda Water”. The inadequacy of the immigrant’s supplies are underlined by the various signs that surround them, which read for instance “Fine Land for Turnips - if you can plough it” and “Travellers taken in and Done for”. Some flying geese comment “Quack Quack Who’s a goose now”, and a bear emerges from the right of the image to underline the dangers of life in Canada. The publisher, Orlando Hodgson, was responsible for other satyrical prints of the day, as well as for a pirated edition of John Ross’s narrative of his second Arctic expedition. We can locate only a single other copy of the print, in the Coverdale Collection (Library and Archives Canada).



22. [Canada. Regina, Saskatchewan.] “To the Right Honourable Stanley Baldwin P.C. M.P. D.C.L. LL.D. Prime Minister of Great Britain …” N.p. ?Regina, 1927. £750 An address, in fine calligraphic script on parchment, written on the central leaves of a bifolium, approx. 25 x 37cm., the first page of the bifolium lettered “Regina Saskatchewan” beneath the Provincial shield, embossed seal to third page with the accompanying signatures of the Premier of Saskatchewan James G. Gardiner and that of the Provincial Secretary, loosely contained as issued in leather-bound boards with the Provincial shield and lettered “Saskatchewan” to the front board, gilt borders to boards (slightly erased on upper board); with a loosely inserted group portrait press photograph of Baldwin’s party, approx. 25 x 36cm., inkstamp of Associated Screen News Limited, Montreal, to verso, several sitters identified by hand to verso, a little creased, small chip to lower right corner (not affecting image). In 1927 Stanley Baldwin became the first British Prime Minister to visit Canada while in office. Shortly after the Diamond Jubilee of Canadian federation, he toured the country with a party that included the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VIII) and his brother Prince George (later the Duke of Kent). Baldwin travelled 11,000 miles in 32 days, crossing the country from east to west and then back. On the occasion of his visit to Regina, Saskatchewan, he was presented with this finely produced calligraphic address from the Government of Saskatchewan. The text acknowledges the appreciation of the people for Baldwin’s visit, which is all the more significant in view of the recent Diamond Jubilee. The group photograph that accompanies the address shows Baldwin, his wife and daughter, the two Princes, and other members of the touring party, though some of the group may be local dignitaries (not, apparently, the Premier).

23. Carpenter, R. M. My African Safari. Done into this book by the Roycrofters at their Shops in East Aurora, New York, 1937. £575 First edition. 8vo. pp. 34, [1, colophon]; stylised map frontis., 10 photo. illusts.; near-fine in the original limp faux leather. Czech p. 32. This is a very scarce and privately printed record of the author’s hunting trip to Kenya, illustrated with records of the author’s trophies. Czech: “The author, an owner of the Philadelphia Phillies Baseball team, recounts his 1936 expedition to Kenya where he collected buffalo, rhinoceros, and lion.”

24. Chaillé-Long, Charles. My Life in Four Continents. London: Hutchinson and Co., 1912. £650 First edition. 8vo. 2 vols. pp. xxi, 308 & v, [309]-616; port. frontis to each, plates, two maps; some foxing, occasionally heavy, school prize bookplates to each front pastedown, very good in the original cloth, gilt, t.e.g., cloth marked to covers, darkened on spines.

Kalfatovic 0647. Chaillé-Long (1842-1917) fought in the American Civil War before joining the Egyptian army as a lieutenant-colonel in 1869. He later accompanied General Charles G. Gordon on an expedition from Egypt into Sudan, during the course of which Chaillé-Long continued to Uganda. On his return he discovered Lake Kioga, one of the lakes through which the While Nile flows. He subsequently undertook further expeditions in Africa, departing the Egyptian service in 1877. He returned to Egypt on several further occasions, but also trained as a lawyer, teaching international law in Paris, and became consul general for the delegation to Korea. His later career was marked by disappointment that his explorations did not receive the recognition in the English-speaking world that they deserved, and the preface to the present work exhibits his bitterness in this regard. He dedicates the volumes to the memory of General Gordon.



25. [China. Photograph Album.] J. M. Morren. Greetings and Remembrances from across the sea from China. Views & personal snaps in the Far East [so titled at front]. £1,250 A personal photograph album, containing 122 mostly snapshot images, each captioned by hand beneath the image, mounted on fourteen leaves bound concertina-style with black crushed velvet boards, a.e.g.; a few images faded, overall in good condition. Jack Morren was a crew member of s/s Wing Sang, a Jardine, Matheson & Co. ship. He compiled this album, probably in 1920 or thereabouts, for his wife as a record of his time in the Far East, A number of the photographs in the album show Morren himself, as well as other members of the crew on the ship and ashore. Others record the rivers and cities they visited: the Canton River and Shanghai; the General Hospital in Shanghai (where Morren spent time in recovery); the Yangste River (including a snap of “The Rice Rats in Swatow. These kids pick up every single grain of rice that drops from the bags”); Tientisin River (with views of the Tientsin Bund). Four images record passengers and a circus on the deck of the s/s King Sing, another company ship; another taken from the deck shows “Chinese beggars in their tubs”. One photograph shows “H.M. Flagship Hawkins. China Squadron. One of our newest & very latest types of Cruiser”, suggesting that the album was compiled in or shortly after October, 1919, when the Hawkins reached Hong Kong to join the China Squadron.

28. Conway, W. M.; August Lorria, ed. Die Penninischen Alpen. Ein Führer für Bergsteiger durch das Gebiet der Penninishen Alpen zwischen Simplon und Grossen St. Bernhard … bearbeitet und herausgegeben von August Lorria. Zürich: Orell Füssli & Co., 1891. £250 First edition. 8vo. pp. [vii], 204; slight foxing, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, a little soiled. Wäber II.78; not in Perret. This is effectively the German edition and revision of Conway’s Zermatt Pocket Book, with a statement in English to that effect by Conway at the start of the book. Conway’s book was the first ever guide book to the Alps. Lorria was later also the author, with Oscar Eckenstein, of the Alpine Portfolio.


29. [Cook, Captain James.] Edward Hawke Locker. The Naval Gallery of Greenwich Hospital; comprising a Series of Portraits and Memoirs of Celebrated Naval Commanders. [London:] Harding and Lepard, 1831. £125 Part 1 only [of 4]. 8vo. pp. [iii], 16, 11, 11, 16, 3; four eng. ports., one eng. of the Battle of the Nile; minor damage to upper outer margin of third portrait (Benbow) not affecting image, else good in the original printed wrappers, some time respined with thick white card, minor wear with slight loss to wrappers.




26. Church Missionary Society. A collecting box, c. 1850s. £125


A wooden collecting box, approx. 14 x 7 x 7, printed label with “CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY” to one face, second printed label completed by hand to opposite face, small slot to upper face with tin receptacle inside box, lower face with hinged section for emptying box; second label slightly chipped, a few minor marks, else in very good condition. According to the note on the rear face, this collecting box was issued to Alfred Cripps of the Lyddington Auxiliary for collections to be made between January 1st and March 31st; the label is signed by a secretary, William B. Pitt. The label has a section for the “Total collected in Box”, but this has not been filled in.

Locker’s portraits were published in four parts, usually found bound into a single volume. This first part, unusual in that it still has the original wrappers, includes a portrait and biography of Captain James Cook; the portrait is after the original by Dance. Others in this part include Admirals Hawke and Bridport,and Vice-Admiral Benbow. The final section contains an engraving and description of the Battle of the Nile.

30. Coolidge, W. A. B. Swiss Travel and Swiss Guide-Books. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1889. £375 First edition. 8vo. pp. xi, 336, 16 (ads.); very good in the original cloth, gilt, in remains of original glassine dust-wrapper. Neate C129; Perret 1098. Coolidge’s bibliographic study contains valuable comments concerning the literature surveyed, but also includes a chapter on “How Zermatt became a mountaineering centre.”

27. Clutterbuck, Walter J. The Skipper in Arctic Seas. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1890. £575 First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 271; photo. plates and illusts., one folding map; W. H. Smith Subscription Library label to front pastedown, very good in the original decorative cloth, slightly bubbled on upper cover. AB 3235; Holland Arctic Exploration p. 359. The author and a friend chartered a boat from Peterhead, Scotland, for a sporting trip to Spitsbergen. They sailed to Jan Mayen, hunting seal, and continued to the west coast of Spitsbergen, where they hunted reindeer, and shot a polar bear. Clutterbuck’s narrative, written in a light style, also relates incidents on board the ship, and concludes with a brief chapter on whales.







31. Crowe, George. The Commission of H.M.S. “Terrible” 18981902. London: George Newnes, 1903. £195

33. Curzon, George N. The Pamirs and the Source of the Oxus. London: The Royal Geographical Society, n.d. [1898]. £250

First edition. 8vo. pp. xvi, [2], 370; numerous plates of illusts. and maps, a few sketch maps; some foxing, previous owners’ bookplate and inscription at front, very good in the original cloth, gilt, slightly rubbed.

First edition. 8vo. pp. [i], 83; illusts. to text, large folding map at rear; previous owner’s bookplate, good in the original quarter calf, gilt, t.e.g., worn on spine, particularly at the foot.

H.M.S. Terrible, launched in 1895, was in 1899 proceeding to the China station when she was instead instructed to sail to South Africa. There her men played an important role in the relief of Ladysmith, with both marines and seamen being landed to assist in the military campaign. In mid-March 1900, Terrible proceeded to China via Mauritius, Sri Lanka, and Singapore, reaching Hong Kong on May 3. During her time on the China Station, she was engaged in another significant event of the period - the Boxer Rebellion. On June 16 1900, she departed for Taku, calling also at Chefu and Wei Hai Wei. Once again, men and guns from Terrible were disembarked for active service, joining the international forces ranged against the Chinese at Tientsin and Peking. Crowe, the ship’s Master-atArms, here provides accounts of the Terrible’s time in both South Africa and China.

Curzon - later the Marquess of Kedleston - spent the years 1887-94 on a series of travels, beginning with a world tour, and concluding with “a daring foray through the Pamir to Afghanistan in 1894” (ODNB). In the present work, which initially appeared as an article in the Geographical Journal of the RGS, Curzon identifies the source of the Oxus visited during his travels through the Pamirs.

32. Curzon, George N. Problems of the Far East … Japan - Korea China. Westminster: Archibald Constable and Co., 1896. £250 “New and revised edition”. 8vo. pp.xxiv, 444; plates and illusts. from photos., two maps inc. one folding; spotting to edges of text block, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, in the original dust-wrapper, which is worn with some loss, and browned and stained on spine. Curzon’s travels in Central Asia and the Far East during the late 1880s and early 1890s gave him an unrivalled perspective from which to comment upon the first Sino-Japanese war, which broke out in 1894. The Problems of the Far East first appeared that year, going into several editions. By 1896, peace had been struck, and Curzon issued this updated version of the book, in which he added a chapter titled ‘After the War’, and appended the peace treaties between China and Japan. This version offers his more considered verdicts on the war and its ramifications, with conclusions concerning its importance to Britain.

34. Curzon, George N., Marquess Curzon of Kedleston. Tales of Travel. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1923. £125 First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 344; port. frontis., plates, one folding map; some foxing, occasionally heavy, inscription to flyleaf, else very good in the original cloth, gilt. Curzon collected in this book memories of his travels, many in the Far East but others relating to Afghanistan, Africa, and elsewhere. One section, ‘The Billiard table of Napoleon’, recalls his visit to Longwood House on St. Helena, where his knowledge, gained from accounts of Napoleon’s captivity there, exceeded that of his host.

35. Curzon, George N., Marquess Curzon of Kedleston. Leaves from a Viceroy’s Note-Book and other papers. London: Macmilland and Co., Limited, 1926. £75 First edition. 8vo. pp. x, 414, [2, ads.]; port. frontis., plates from photos.; staining at pp. 76-7 & 216-7 where dried plants once loosely contained, minor spotting, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, t.e.g. Curzon died in 1925, and his literary executors found amongst his papers “a collection of essays, more or less completed, which were intended by him to form the sequel to his Tales of Travel” (Introduction). This posthumously published work contains experiences of his time as Viceroy of India, descriptions of his journey from Kashmir to Gilgit and from there to the Pamirs, and a concluding chapter on Hudson Lowe, one-time governor of St. Helena during Napoleon’s captivity.



36. Curzon, George Nathaniel, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859-1925). A sequence of 57 letters from Curzon to Thomas Hancock Arnold Chaplin relating to the acquisition and arrangement of Curzon’s Napoleon collection, dating April 13 1917 to Nov 26 1924.  £1,750 Together 57 letters, 8vo. ranging in length from 1p. to 10pp., the majority on 1 Carlton House Terrace letterhead (a couple sent from Kedleston, Derby), each signed “Curzon”, occasional soiling but overall in very good condition. Lord Curzon had, from an early age, been fascinated by the lives of great men, and his visit to Les Invalides at the age of 17 led to his obsession with Napoleon I. A 1908 visit to St. Helena, during which he rediscovered the Emperor’s billiard table at Plantation House, spurred his enthusiasm, culminating in his acquisition of part of A. M. Broadley’s Napoleonic collection in 1916. Curzon refers to this purchase in his opening letter to Dr. Arnold Chaplin: “Sir, I wonder if you can tell me as a St. Helena enthusiast whether any prospect is being made in releasing the Gorrequer papers … I bought the greater part of Mr. Broadley’s Collection relating to St. Helena & should like to make it complete”. Chaplin, a doctor, was himself a fellow “enthusiast”, having compiled in 1914 A St. Helena Who’s Who, or, a Directory of the Island during the captivity of Napoleon, and he presented a second edition of the book to Curzon, one of whose letters thanks Chaplin for the gift. The resulting correspondence - albeit only Curzon’s half - reveals the relationship that grew up between the two men as Curzon came to rely on Chaplin’s knowledge to enlarge his collection, and on his assistance in managing and cataloguing it. In many of the letters Curzon asks Chaplin’s advice on items in various bookseller and auction catalogues, and several discuss auction estimates and the guide prices that Chaplin should follow in his - and his wife’s - attempts to acquire lots for Curzon. As the collection expands, Curzon discusses with Chaplin the manner in which the various materials should be bound to form a consecutive series of volumes, with suggestions particularly for the extraction of prints relating to St. Helena. News relating to recent finds of Napoleonica appears from time to time, as do the prospects for publication of various papers relating to the subject. At one point, Curzon mentions to Chaplin his intention to leave his collection “to the nation” (May 27, 1920), and indeed the Curzon Napoleon Collection, comprising nine manuscripts, and 38 volumes of extra-illustrated works, are today housed in the Bodleian Library.

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37 37. [Curzon.] The Earl of Ronaldshay [Lawrence John Lumley Dundas, 2nd Marquess of Zetland]. The Life of Lord Curzon being the Authorised Biography of George Nathaniel Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, K.G. London: Ernest Benn Ltd., [1928]. £275 First edition. 3 vols. 8vo. pp. 318, 424, & 457; plates; near fine in the original cloth, gilt, in original d.-w.s., which are internally repaired to head and tail of spines.

38. [Curzon, George N., Marquess Curzon of Kedleston.] Three items of ephemera, comprising:  £50 Dinner to The Right Hon. Lord Curzon of Kedleston … given by “The Pilgrims,” at the Savoy Hotel, on Friday April 6th, 1906. Small 8vo. pp. 8; fine in original ribbon-tied printed card wrappers; Programme - Memoir. Marquis Curzon of Kedleston. Funeral Service Westminster Abbey, Wednesday March 25th, 1925. 8vo. pp. [4]; very good in self-wrappers;

40. [East India Company.] Six printed documents relating to the election of Robert Clerk to the East-India Direction. N.p. [?London], 1810-1812. £95 Three bifoliums, two with their conjugates leaves, each approx. 19 x 23cm. folded, each folded and addressed to Thomas Adams of Alnwick, two of them postally used with wax seals (27 Nov. 1810 and 21 July 1812), together with two leaves, approx. 19 x 31cm., printed to one side each with testimonials to Clerk, and a small notice,. approx. 19 x 11cm., printed to one side and asking his supporters to attend at the India-House on the 29th July [1812]. According to one of the testimonials in this group, Robert Clerk had served for nineteen years with the East India Company, initially at the Civil Establishment at Madras, and later as a Member of several boards and committees. The testimonials come from Lord Hobart (Governor of Madras), and the Earl of Buckinghamshire. One of the sheets bears the printers details H. T. Hodgson, Wimpole Street, London.

In Affectionate Remembrance of Marquis Curzon of Kedleston (The Great Statesman) Who died at his home in Carlton House Terrace Friday 20th March, 1925 aged 66 Year. [Printed S. Burgess, 8, York Place, Strand, London]. pp. [4], approx. 118 x 72mm., printed on card.

39. Cutting, Chas. F. Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia. Boston: Thomas Groom & Company Publishers, 1887. £275 First edition, one of 100 copies. pp. 94, [1]; previous owners’ inscriptions or inkstamp to front endpapers, very good in the original cloth, gilt, t.e.g., rubbed to extremities, somewhat marked. Cutting crossed from America to Liverpool and on to Hull, from where he sailed aboard the Domino for Norway. He visited Stavanger, Bergen, Molde, Drontheim, Torghatten, the Svartisen Glacier, North Cape, Hammerfest, Trømso, the Lafoten Islands, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsingfors, Wiborg, St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Nijni Novgorod.



labels to spine, worn along spine. Not in Wäber. Hans Conrad Escher von der Linth (1767-1823) was a Swiss scientist, cartographer, engineer and politician. He made contributions to geology and mineralogy, and this lecture concerns the erratic boulders of the Alps, which formed the basis for theories by Charpentier, Agassiz and Forbes.

43. [Everest 1953.] Ascent of Everest 1953. N.p., n.d. [1953]. £450



First edition. 4to. pp. [20, including wrappers]; 8 photo. illusts., route map inside front wrapper, ads. to final 5pp.; minor soiling covers, else very good in the original pictorial wrappers. Signed to front wrapper by E. P. Hillary (slightly faded), John Hunt, W. Noyce, Mike Westmacott, George Band, Michael Ward, Charles Wylie and George Lowe. Not in the usual bibliographies. On their return to Britain, members of the successful Everest expedition under John Hunt appeared before the Queen and a large audience at the Royal Festival Hall. The event, a Gala Premier Lecture held jointly by the R.G.S. and the Alpine Club, took place on Tuesday 15th September 1953, at 8pm. This is a programme for that event. It contains a foreword by Prince Philip, an introduction by the Presidents of the Alpine Club and the R.G.S., and text by Wilfrid Noyce. Signed copies are uncommon.


44. Findlay, Alex. G. The Sailing Directory for the Windward and Gulf Passages, the Bahama Islands and Channels, the Islands of Hayti, Jamaica, and Cuba, the Coast of Florida, the Martyrs, etc., and the Florida or Gulf Stream. To Accompany the Chart … by John Purdy. London: Printed for Richard Holmes Laurie, 1848. £475



Fourth edition, “Revised and Corrected from Recent Authorities”. 8vo. pp. vi, 160; a few illusts. or plans to text; minor age-toning, ex library of the Marinens Bibliotek (Copenhagen) with inkstamp to title-page, else very good in contemporary (?original) wrappers with paper label to upper wrapper (titled “The New Sailing Directory”), worn to extremities, old inkstamp to label. An uncommonm sailing directory for the West Indies. Though issued for use with the chart mentioned in the title, most such directories were sold separately from the charts to which they relate, and in many instances both directories and charts are hard to find. This volume previously formed part of the holdings of the Danish Marinens Bibliotek, the centre for Naval and maritime research in Copenhagen.

45 41. Ellerbeck, J. Eastern Rambles and Reminiscences. Lytham: Lytham and St. Annes Standard Newspaper Company, Ltd., 1909. £75 First edition. 8vo. pp. [xi], 347, [5]; 15 leaves of plates; minor marginal age-toning at front and rear, else very good in the original cloth, gilt. The author travelled through Lebanon, to Greece via Marseilles, Constantinople, Alexandria, and Cairo, taking in classical and biblical sites.

42. Escher, Hans Conrad. Beyträge zur Naturgeschichte der freyliegenden Feldsblöcke in der Nähe des Alpen-Gebirges. Der schweizerischen Gesellschaft für die gesammten Naturwissenschaften vorgelesen den 28ten Juny 1819 [drop-title]. N.p., n.d. c. 1819. £150 First separate edition. 8vo. pp. 31; ex-lib. with old inkstamp to first page, good in contemporary paper wrappers, somewhat discoloured, old paper

45. [Franklin, Sir John, 1786-1847.] A cheque, drawn on The Van Diemen’s Land Bank, signed by Franklin, dated 4th January, 1843.  £500 A pre-printed cheque, approx. 6 x 4” (15 x 10cm.), completed by hand and signed by Franklin, the name crossed through, minor age-toning else very good. Sir John Franklin held the office of Lieutenant -Governor of Tasmania (Van Diemen’s Land) from 1836 to 1843. This cheque, made payable to “ABC”, for the sum of “Four Pounds 11’/6d”, has been signed by Franklin, and subsequently cancelled by crossing through his signature. The money seems to have been paid by the bank to the bearer. Franklin remained in Hobart for another eight months, until his recall to Britain in August.



46. Gillett, Sir Michael. Some Walks along the China-Burma Frontier. London: The China Society, 1969. £95 First edition. 8vo. pp. 14; sketch map frontis., two illusts.; fine in original card wrappers. China Society Occasional Papers no. 16. Gillett served in various consular capacities in China before the Japanese invasion of Burma, and in 1937 published Hill Trips, a description of his walks in the country near Peking and of his journey to Kashgar. The present small work describes several walks in Yunnan after the period described in Hill Trips, and before his escape from the region in advance of the Japanese invasion.

47. [Greece. Manuscript Journal.] Geoffrey Stanhope Robinson. Greek Tour April 1927 [so titled to spine].  £175 Oblong 8vo. An album containing approximately 180 leaves, approx. 116 with MS entries, including a number of leaves with plans of buildings, maps, three dried plants, a few Greek stamps; very good, in contemporary buckram, gilt, bookplate of Geoffrey Stanhope Robinson to front pastedown. Robinson, a medical doctor, sailed on the S.S. Friuli with his brother W. V. Robibnson, and Drs. Rouse and Rawlinson. Leaving London, they visited Venice, Split, Dubrovnic, Brindisi, Olympia, Mycenae, Athens, Crete, Delphi, and Corfu, between 13 and 26 April, 1927. Robinson’s journal contains a daily if somewhat terse record of their visits, with notes on places, history and medicine (e.g. “Sea Sickness” with explanations), sketches and plans of buildings, small hand-drawn maps, and a little ephemera.

48. [Greely Arctic Expedition.] Greely Relief Expedition. Reception of Lieut. A. W. Greely, U.S.A., and his Comrades, and of the Arctic Relief Expedition, at Portsmouth, N. H., on August 1 and 4, 1884. Account prepared at the request of the Navy Department by Rev. Wm. A. McGinley, of Portsmouth. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1884. £350 First edition. Small 8vo. pp. 58; very good in original printed wrappers, minor wear to spine. Not traced in any of the standard bibliographies. The U.S. International Polar Year Expedition of 1881-4, led by Adolphus Greely, reached Lady Franklin Bay in August 1881 and established a scientific station. The failure of supply ships to reach the expedition during the next 2 years forced Greely to abandon the station and retreat to Cape Sabine. The resulting loss of many on the expedition sent a shock wave through America and




interested parties elsewhere in the world. The present work offers a full description of the official reception given to the surviving members of the expedition. A 15000-strong crowd turned out to view a procession of some 2000 men past a stand in which the survivors were seated. The proceedings continued in the Music Hall, in which a series of addresses was made to resounding applause. These included a letter read out on behalf of Greely (understandably still too weak to do so himself), and an address by Commander Schley who rescued the survivors.

49. [Griffith, Arthur Stewart.] “Griff”. Surrendered Some Naval War Secrets. By “Griff” (A.S.G.). Published by the Author, Cross Deep, Twickenham, n.d. ?1926. £150 First edition. Large 8vo. pp. [x], 246; numerous illusts. from photos., sketches, maps, etc.; a little foxing, minor browning to endpapers, else near-fine in the original cloth, gilt, German Kriegsmarine flag to upper board, in the original dust-wrapper with photo. illust. of the author mounted to upper cover, slightly chipped. With an accompanying letter signed from the author about the book. Griffith served during the First World War with the 10th Cruise Squadron, and this memoir serves to record the Squadron’s activities. The chapters include an account of Lord Kitchener’s last days, and details of the British Navy’s involvement in Northern Russia after the Revolution. A section is devoted to “My Chum Shackleton”, and Griffith relates details of his childhood friendship with the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, and their meeting in late 1917 in Invergordon when Shackleton was en route back to Russia. They met again and for a final time, in London, when Shackleton was lecturing at the Philharmonic Hall. The illustrations include an image of the Quest, and a portrait of Shackleton.

50. Heber-Percy, Algernon. Moab, Ammon, and Gilead. Market Drayton: Bennion, Horne, and Smallman & Co., Ltd; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, & Co., Ltd., 1896. £295 First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 101; extending map, 18 plates from photos.; previous owner’s inkstamp to flyleaf verso, else near-fine in the original cloth, gilt. A presentation copy, inscribed “My Marion from the writer”. Algernon Heber-Percy, of Hodnet Hall in Shropshire, visited the Holy Land on several occasions to gain “knowledge of the land of the Israelites”. In 1895 he visited the region to the east of the River Jordan between the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee, in modern Jordan, providing a description of his travels and findings in the present work.


53 51 51. Hedin, Sven. Eine Routenaufnahme durch Ostpersien. Stockholm: Generalstabens Ltd. Anstalt, 1918 & 1927. £575 First edition. Small 4to & folio. 3 vols. (text/portfolio of maps). Original printed wrappers; pp. XII, 139 & IX, 548; 140 plates from photographs, maps and plans including many folding or double-page, 8 folding maps to portfolio; wrappers browned and slightly chipped on spine, else a very good set.


Wilson Bibliography of Persia p. 93. In November 1905-May 1906 Hedin journeyed through West Asia as far as Persia and Beluchistan in order to prepare further travels into Kashmir and Ladakh. Reasons of space meant that the account of these travels, Overland to India (1910), omitted much of the information relating to East Persia. The present volumes contain this material, and effectively offer a survey of the area. The numerous photographic plates provide an excellent record of the expedition.

52. Hedin, Sven. My Life as an Explorer. London, etc.: Cassell, [1926]. £375 First UK edition. 8vo. pp. xii, 498; col. frontis., illusts. and sketch maps to text; some foxing, lower hinge cracked, good in the original cloth, creased on spine, rubbed, together with the original illustration by Hedin for the map at p. 325, ‘The Road to Ladak through Tibet’, original pen and ink on card, approx. 25 x 35 cm., initialled to lower right “S. Hn. 25”. Yakushi H187. Hedin (1865-1952) was one of the foremost explorers of Central Asia, and by 1908 he had undertaken three major expeditions to the area. The present work describes these expeditions, which took Hedin across the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts, and eight times across the TransHimalaya mountains. The original map that accompanies this copy of the book appears on p. 325 of the book, and shows the northern plain of Tibet. It relates to his second expediiton, and was drawn by Hedin for the US edition of the work (which appeared a year before the British edition, and in which the map appears on p. 374). Hedin’s initials, written to the corner of the map, do not appear in the printed version of either the US or British editions.

52 and darkened on spine. A presentation copy from the author, inscribed to front blank “To Harvey Cushing with hearty greetings from his friend Sven Hedin Dec. 1931”. Yakushi H189c. Hedin led the Sino-Swedish expedition to Central Asia in 1927-33, and wrote popular accounts of the expedition over a series of publications, of which this is the first. The book describes the years 1927-8, being the journey from Paotou to Urumchi through the Gobi Desert. This copy was presented by Hedin to the American neuroscientist and pioneer brain surgeon Harvey Cushing (1869-1939). In 1929 Hedin had suffered from a suspected tumour, and Cushing examined him at the Boston hospital in which he worked. Cushing concluded after his examination that “There is no occasion here to operate; I find no indication of a tumour, and it would be absurd to cut you open” (Riddles of the Gobi Desert, p. 124). Up to this point Hedin’s explorations had been on hold, but with this confirmation he continued his work. The two men kept up a friendship from this time; the Cushing Center in Yale still owns objects presented by Hedin to Cushing.

54. [Hedin, Sven.] Läs Aftonbladets Kvällsupplaga för i dag Tisdag den 1 Juli: Hedin adlad [Trans: Read the Aftonblad Evening Edition for Tuesday 1 July: Hedin knighted]. N.p. [?Stockholm], n.d. [1902]. £95 A handbill, approx. 21 x 32cm., printed on red paper to one side only, closed tear to upper margin, tear with loss to lower margin (not affecting text), else very good. On his return to Sweden after his second Central Asia expedition (18991902), Hedin was ennobled by King Oscar II for his achievements, the last Swede to be honoured in this way. The King also presented gold medals to other members of the expedition

53. Hedin, Sven. Across the Gobi Desert. London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd., 1931. £675 First edition. 8vo. pp. xxi,402; photo. illusts., one sketch map, two folding maps; embrowning to endpapers, some foxing to fore-edge, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, in the original d.-w., which is frayed to extremities




55. [Hedin, Sven.] The Chinese Lama Temple, Potala of Jehol - Exhibition of Historical and Ethnographical Collections made by Dr. Gösta Montell, member of Dr. Sven Hedin’s Expeditions and Donated by Vincent Bendix. A Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago, [1932]. £175 First edition. pp. 64; port. frontis. of Bendix, photo. illusts.; good copy in the original pictorial wrappers, a little browned to margins with chip to lower wrapper. A presentation copy from Hedin, inscribed: “To Miss Vallory Memling with kindest regards from Sven Hedin, Dec. 3 1932 New York”. This brochure, issued to mark the opening of the Bendix Lama Temple at the ‘A Century of Progress International Exposition’ in Chicago, contains a 6pp. preface by Sven Hedin.

56. Herbert, Wally. Across the Top of the World. The British TransArctic Expedition. London: Longmans, [1969]. £75 First edition. 8vo. pp. xi, 208; photo. illusts., sketch map; good in the original cloth, in d.-w. which is frayed. A presentation copy to Charles

57 Swithinbank, inscribed to title-page “For a very old & dear friend, Wally Herbert 19 Feb 1974”, and with Swithinbank’s ownership inkstamp to flyleaf. Wally Herbert’s four-man team was the first to cross the Arctic by dogsledge, and the first to reach the North Pole in this way (the 1909 claims by Peary and Cook were never substantiated). This copy was inscribed by Herbert to the glaciologist Charles Swithinbank, a member of the Norwegian-British-Swedish Antarctic expedition of 1949-52.

57. Holland, Clive. Arctic Exploration and Development c. 500 b.c. to 1915. An Encyclopedia. New York & London: Garland, 1994. £250 First edition. 4to. pp. xvi, 704; numerous sketch maps; previous owner’s inscription, very good in the original cloth, boards slightly bowed. An excellent resource for the study of Arctic exploration, with a chronological guide to expeditions, a bibliography of primary sources, biographies of many of the expedition members, and 30pp. of sketch maps covering the Arctic regions.

58. Holland, T. H. Report on the Geological Structure and Stability of the Hill Slopes around Naini Tal. Calcutta: Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing, India, 1897. £1,250 First and only editon. 8vo. pp. [ii], viii, 85; 11 plates at rear, one large folding geological map of Naini Tal in rear pocket; a very good copy in the original cloth-backed boards, soiled, minor wear to extremities. Not in Yakushi. Scarce. Thomas Henry Holland (1835-1926) worked for the Geological Survey of India, and in 1894 he gained local celebrity for predicting the approximate date of the rupture of the Gohna dam. According to the DNB, “His energy, personality, analytical talent, and eye for economic significance, commended him to the government of India”. In 1894 he was appointed deputy superintendent of the Survey, and by 1903 he had become its director. The present example of his work resulted from his observations at Naini Tal while on his way in 1894 to report on the Gohna landslip. Holland noticed evidence suggesting instability of the station’s hill slopes, and undertook the present survey both to gauge the extent of the danger, and to provide a model for surveys of other stations. The accompanying clear and detailed map of the area indicates the level of expertise that he had reached.


59. Howard-Bury, C. K. Mount Everest The Reconnaissance, 1921. London: Edward Arnold & Co., 1922. £250 First edition. 8vo. pp. xi, 356; photo. illusts., 3 folding maps; browning to free endpapers, occasional foxing, else very good in the original cloth, gilt. Neate H120; Yakushi (3rd ed.) H433a; S & B H27; Perret 2288. The 1921 Everest Expedition explored the mountain with a view to a later attempt, but it already included George Leigh Mallory in its climbing party, and he returned with the 1922 expedition to make a summit bid.

60. Hoyt, James M. Glances on the Wing at Foreign Lands. Cleveland: Press of Fairbanks, Benedict & Co., 1872. £125 59


First edition, “Printed for Relatives and Friends on Special Request”. 8vo. pp. 261; very good in the original cloth, gilt. Smith American Travellers Abroad H149; not in Meckly. “This is a delightfully straightforward account of a trip to Europe in the summer of 1871” (Smith). The author visited Britain, France, Germany, and Switzerland. Three chapters describe his visit to the Alps, including one on Chamonix and the author’s ascent to the Mauvais Pas.


61. Hunt, John. The Conquest of Everest … With a Chapter on the Final Assault by Edmund Hillary. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc. 1954. £4,500 First US edition. 8vo. pp. xx, 300; coloured and b & w photo. illusts., sketch maps; near-fine in the original two-tone cloth, crease to upper board, in d.-w., slightly chipped to extremities, “Macrae” in ink to upper panel; contained in a purpose-made cloth chemise and box with quarter leather spine, gilt, some wear to leather of box. A unique presentation copy from the expedition members to the publisher’s President, Elliott B. Macrae. The front pastedown bears the signatures of John Hunt, E. P. Hillary, George Lowe, Wilfrid Noyce, Charles Evans, T. D. Bourdillon, James Morris, M. Westmacott, G. Pugh, George Band, Alfred Gregory, Michael Ward, and Tom Stobart (absent are Charles Wylie and Tenzing). Hunt also writes: “I am delighted to add to this message my own message of thanks and and congratulations to my publishers for the production of this book” and dates the message 11/2/54. A miniature sketch of Everest showing the route used appears alongside some of the signatures, this is likely to be the work of Charles Evans. On the flyleaf appear the words: “to be pub. Jan 25, 1954”, followed by these words in Macrae’s hand: “First advance copy of another favorite mountain book - the first being Annapurna - and keeping up the tradition of authors whose names begin with “H” - Herzog - Hunt - Hillary. I am increasingly thankful for the companionship of the Adirondack Mountains during my youth - this must have influenced my receptivity to mountain books when in London March of 1952 I layed the groundwork for getting the Everest book and got the American rights for “The Picnic on Mt Kenya” [by Benuzzi] “Annapurna” Everest Reconnaissance by Eric Shipton and “The Story of Everest” by Murray - the last two being pub. May 29, 1953 when Everest was actually climbed. Elliott B. Macrae December 18, 1953.” A final note appears on the flyleaf verso: “The British Publishers [Hodder & Stoughton] can add another ‘H’ to the list and we could not have had a more enthusiastic & friendly American publisher to work with. Thank you for everything you have done. Paul Hodder-Williams.”



62. Hussain I, King of Hedjaz, & Sir Stanley Maude. The King of Hedjaz and Arab Independence. With a Facsimile of the Proclamation of June 27, 1916. Together with the Proclamation issued at Baghdad by Lieut.-General Sir Stanley Maude, after the occupation of that city by the British Forces. London: Hayman, Christy & Lilly, Ltd, 1917. £350 First edition. 8vo. pp. 15; photo. port. frontis. of Hussain I, one folding lithographic plate with the Proclamation printed in Arabic text; some foxing to folding Proclamation, else very good in the original wrappers, printed in red, which are creased and soiled. This important document contains the Arabic text, with English translation, of the proclamation made by El Hussein ibn Ali, Sherif and Emir of Mecca and later Hussein I, declaring the independence of the Arab peoples from their Turkish overlords. The Proclamation prompted a positive response from the British and their allies. This work also prints the text of Maude’s proclamation, issued following the Allies’ success in Kut and Baghdad, which refers to the Arabs’ expulsion of the Turks from Hedjaz and from “Koweyt”, Mejd and Asir. A 3pp. introduction provides some context for these proclamations. In all the pamphlet offers an important record of Arab independence, and of its relevance to British Middle Eastern interests.

63. [India.] [C. J. Napier.] The Overland Mail. Bombay, December 17th, 1849. From Our Own Correspondent. From the Morning Chronicle, Monday, January 21st, 1850. £75 A bifolium, approx. 20 x 25 folded, printed to first page only, creased and soiled along creases. This notice, offprinted from the original appearance in the Morning Chronicle, relates an order from C. J. Napier, Commander-in-Chief, East Indies, relating to the court-martial of John Edward Hussey Taylor, of Her Majesty’s 10th Regiment of Foot, for several instances of cowardice in actions at Mooltan, Goojerat, and Ferozepore. The notice records that the court acquitted him of these charges.

64. Janisch, Hudson Ralph. Extracts from the St. Helena Records, (Second Edition,) and Chronicles of Cape Commanders … with a Preface by His Excellency Lt.-Col. H. L. Gallwey. Jamestown, St. Helena: Benjamin Grant, 1908. £195 Second edition. 8vo. pp. [v], 244; printer’s error at p. 148, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, sometime rebacked with the original spine laid down. Ownership inscription of D. G. Foulis, St. Helena, 13-6-13.




Janisch, the compiler of this work, used “the old Record Books at the Castle, the St. Helena Records, Letters to and from England, &c.” in assembling “what may be justly called, the History of St. Helena from 1673 to 1835” (Introduction). The book originally appeared in 1885, but both the original and this second edition are uncommon.

65. [Japan.] Report of the British Mission to Japan. The Effects of the Atomic Bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. London: His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1946. £150 First edition. 8vo. pp. vi, 21, [1]; 12pp. of 24 b&w photo. illusts.; good in the original printed wrappers, which are somewhat browned; together with

H.M. Treasury. Statements relating to the Atomic Bomb. London: HMS0, 1945 [reprinted 1946]. 8vo. pp. 23; minor spotting, else good in self-wrappers, staples slightly rusted. The British Mission to Japan documented the aftermath of the first major acts of aggression of the Nuclear Age. This survey of the attacks and the conditions they precipitated outlines the physics behind the action of the bombs, including the blast wave and penetrative radiation. It was hoped that such data could be used to anticipate the fate of Western cities should they suffer a similar attack, but the introduction also asserts its importance to the UN’s campaign for “securing the control of atomic power for the common good and in abolishing the use of weapons of mass destruction”. The accompanying volume of Statements offers reactions to the dropping of the atom bomb on Japan, and outlines both the scientific background to the development of the technology, and British contributions to this development.

66. Keith, Elizabeth. Eastern Windows. An Artist’s Notes of Travel in Japan, Hokkaido, Korea, China and the Philippines. London: Hutchinson & Co., n.d. [1928]. £125 First edition. 4to. pp. 125; 12 tipped-in coloured plates; very good in the original cloth-backed boards, gilt, t.e.g. Keith (1887-1956) travelled in the Far East, and made sketches and watercolours as a record of her travels. In 1919, she exhibited her watercolours in Japan, and the publisher Watanabe approached her to turn her images into colour woodblock prints. The illustrations in this book are based on those prints.


67 67. Kirkpatrick, Colonel William. An Account of the Kingdom of Nepaul, being the Substance of Observations made during a Mission to that Country, in the Year 1793. London: Printed for William Miller, 1811. £2,250 First edition. 4to. pp. xx, 386, [2, Index]; folding map, 13 engraved plates, one hand-coloured plate of ‘The Khalidge’ (a pheasant); minor spotting, offsetting from some of the uncoloured plates to text, else a very good and wide-margined copy in full calf, sometime rebacked to style with raised bands and contrasting lettering piece.


Yakushi K90a. This is an account of the first visit by an Englishman to the valley of Kathmandu. Kirkpatrick took part in a mission to Nepal in 1793, to attempt to mediate between the country’s authorities and the Chinese. The first half of the book contains details of the route taken by the mission, and the remaining portion of the book offers information on the country’s geography, culture, economics, extent, and history. It remains an important work on the area.

68. Köppen, Peter v. Statistische Reise in’s Land der Donischen Kosaken durch die Gouvernments Tula, Orel und Woronesh im Jahre 1850. St. Petersburg: Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1852. £1,250 First edition. 8vo. pp. [iv], xv, 254, [1], 107 (Beilagen); two folding tables, folding map at rear; library stamp to title-page verso, some foxing, map partially discoloured, else very good in recent half calf, gilt. Peter von Köppen (1793-1864) lived during the years 1829-34 in the Crimea, where he collected material on geography and natural history. He returned to St. Petersburg, working in the Academy as a geographer, statistician and historian. A founding member of the Imperial Russian Geographic Society, Köppen was also responsible for the first ethnographic map of the Russian Empire (published in 1851). Czar Alexander II raised him to the rank of Academician, and in 1858 granted him an estate on the south coast of Crimea. The present work, which draws on his time in Crimea and Bessarabia, offers information on the country of the Don Cossacks, with details of the people, their agriculture, commerce, natural resources, and the like.

69 69. Kurz, Marcel, et al. The Mountain World 1953 [-1968/9]. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1953-1970. £250 First editions. 10 vols. Large 8vo. numerous illusts., sketch maps; some occasional spotting or foxing, else very good in the original cloth, d.-w.s, which are slightly chipped, upper cover of first vol. scuffed, minor soiling to one or two spines. Neate j78. This is a complete set of The Mountain World, a yearly journal with articles relating to the major mountaineering expeditions of each year. The first volume includes accounts of the Swiss attempts on Everest, followed in the 1954 volume by details of the successful ascent in 1953.

70. [La Pérouse, J.-F. de Galaup de.] ‘Laperouse.’ Lith. de Delpech, n.d. c. 1830s. £95 A lithographed portrait after the original by Nicolas Maurin, approx. 295 x 460mm, reproduction of La Pérouse’s signature to lower right of portrait above brief biographical details; browning to margins, a few spots, somewhat creased. This is one of several versions of the head and shoulders portrait of La Pérouse after the original by Maurin.

71. Longman, William. A Lecture on Switzerland. Printed for Private Circulation, July 1857. £450



Service of the Emperor of China; 6. Rough Notes taken during some rapid Journeys across the Pampas and among the Andes. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans [or] John Murray, 1851, 1847, 1854, 1854, 1844, & 1846. £250 Together 6 works bound as one. First editions except final work (4th ed.). 8vo. pp. 106, viii, 156, [i], 147, xv, 93, viii, 160, ix, 166; minor spotting, else very good in contemporary half calf, gilt, rubbed. A bound volume of publications, issued in Murray’s Railway Reading series and Longman’s Traveller’s Library. The title by Durrieu, on Morocco, is particularly uncommon.

73. Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Historical, Political, and Diplomatic Writings of Niccolo Machiavelli translated from the Italian by Christian E. Detmold. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1891. £450 1891 edition (first published 1882). 4 vols. 8vo. pp. xli, 420, [iii], 464, [iii], 488 & iv, 472; frontis. to each; minor age-toning, else very good in the original green cloth, gilt, rubbed. A useful collection of Machiavelli’s writings, which includes The Prince as well as his History of Florence, Missions, Thoughts of a Statesman, and several lesser known works.

First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 94; very good in the original cloth, gilt. A presentation copy, inscribed to half-title “From the Author”. Wäber I.85; Meckly 115; Perret 2683. Longman (1813-1877), of the publishing house Longmans, was a founding member of the Alpine Club and its president in 1871-4. “This rare privately printed pamphlet deals primarily with glaciers and their motion but also discusses Chamonix and the ascent of Mont Blanc” (Meckly).

72. Macaulay, Thomas Babington; Charles Acland; Shirley Brooks; Xavier Durrieu; Fortunato Prandi; Sir Francis B. Head. 1. Warren Hastings. 2. A Popular Account of the Manners and

Customs of India; 3. The Russians of the South; 4. The Present State of Morocco: A Chapter of Mussulman History; 5. Memoirs of Father Ripa, during Thirteen Years’ Residence at the Court of Peking in the




Society. This is the scarcer separate edition of the same work. Markham gives much useful information about the background to and formation of the society, biographical details of presidents and secretaries, of the expeditions it had sponsored during the fifty years, and of the work it had achieved during that same period. An extensive Appendix lists occupants of the various administrative positions, explorers and geographers who had received awards or grants from the society, and all of the papers and maps published by the society in its first fifty years.

76. Mason, Michael. The Paradise of Fools. Being an account, by a member of the party, of the Expedition which covered 6,300 miles of the Libyan Desert by motor-car in 1935. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1936. £225 74



First edition. 8vo. pp. 282; photo. illusts., one folding map; an ex-library copy with signs of inkstamp removal from title-page verso, new endpapers, good in the original cloth, gilt, bookplate removed from upper board. In 1935 W. B. Kennedy Shaw led this expedition across the Libyan desert, in which Mason took part. They crossed all the major parts of the desert, making several discoveries that included a cave of rock paintings in the southern Gilf. At one point they meet another group headed by László Almásy, one of the great explorers of the region.

77. McGuinness, Charles John. Nomad. Memoirs of an Irish Sailor, Soldier, Pearl-Fisher, Pirate, Gun-runner, Rum-runner, Rebel and Antarctic Explorer. London: Methuen & Company Limited, [1934]. £225




74. Man, Edward Horace. The Nicobar Islands and Their People. Printed and published for the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland by Billing and Sons Ltd., Guildford, n.d. [1932]. £225 First edition. 8vo. pp. x, 186; 32 photo. illusts., 3 folding maps; slight agetoning to margins, minor spotting at rear, else very good in original green cloth, gilt, small mark to rear cover. Man (1846-1929) spent most of his working life on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, where his sympathetic attitude to the inhabitants afforded him close observations of the people and their society. He retired to England in 1901, and died in 1929 without ever publishing a projected monograph concerning the Nicobar Islands. The present work reprints papers Man contributed to various journals, enlarged from his own notes and with the addition of a memoir by David Prain.

75. Markham, Sir Clements R. The Fifty Years’ Work of the Royal Geographical Society. London: John Murray, 1881. £150 First separate edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 255; near-fine in the original blue cloth, gilt. This summary of the achievements of the Society’s first fifty years appeared originally in volume 50 (1880) of the Journal of the Royal Geographical

First edition. 8vo. pp. xi, 289; port. frontis., photo. illusts.; minor spotting, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, creased on spine. Renard 955 (“very scarce”); not in other bibliographies. McGuinness took part in the first Byrd Antarctic expedition as chief officer, and devotes two chapters to his experiences on the expedition. The remainder of the book relates to his colourful life as an adventurer, with chapters on pearl-fishing in the South Seas, lion-hunting in East Africa, profiteering in Ireland, piracy in China, and much more!

78. Miller, Ellen Clare. Eastern Sketches: Notes of Scenery, Schools, and Tent Life in Syria and Palestine. Edinburgh: William Oliphant and Company, 1871. £175 First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 210, 4 (pubs. ads.); eng. frontis. of the Cedars of Lebanon, addn. eng. vignette title; some foxing to prelims., armorial bookplate of John Abraham, Liverpool, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, slightly rubbed and soiled. Theakstone pp. 286-7. According to Theakstone, Miller was most likely born in Edinburgh, but in 1867-8 acted as secretary to Eli and Sybil Jones, Quaker Missionaries from Maine, during their tour of the Holy Land. The book describes their visits to Greece, Asia Minor, Lebanon, Jerusalem, mostly to holy sites and schools. Copac locates copies in the BL and Oxford.

79. [Moffat, Robert (1795-1883).] ‘The Revd. Robert Moffat.’ London: George Baxter, 1843.


A large format Baxter print, image size 22 x 27 cm., mounted as issued on card approx. 29.5 x 38 cm., captioned and with imprint at foot of card; minor spotting to image, browning to mount outside of image, small tear to margin (not affecting image), small hole to upper margin of mount, adhesion marks to verso and with later pencilled annotations, generally in good condition. This nicely executed, and unusually large, coloured print by George Baxter shows Moffat, the Scottish Methodist missionary and explorer, in a South African landscape with groups of local inhabitants in the background. According to the caption, “The scene represents the country on the banks of the Kuruman River, South Africa, with a Chief of Bechuana addressing his Parliament respecting the arrival of this laborious Missionary”. The print reflects the interest in Moffat, who returned from Africa in the years 1839-1843, during which he published his Missionary Labours and Scenes in South Africa (1842; the book also had a Baxter print frontispiece, with a different image).



80. [Mont Blanc.] Souvenirs du Mont-Blanc de Chamonix et des sites remarquables de la route contenant 24 vues et un panorama de la chaine du Mont-Blanc depuis la Flégère. N.p., n.d., c. 1840. £1,250 ?First edition. 8vo. 24 lithographic views, one double-page panorama; some occasional foxing, ownership inscription inside upper wrapper, minor soiling, very good in the original printed wrappers, rear wrapper with image of chamois printed within decorative border, slight soiling to wrappers and creasing to corners. Nava O/2; not in other bibliographies. An attractive album of views on and around Mont Blanc. The panorama identifies features of the chain, and other plates offer views of the mountain, the Glacier des Bossons, the Mer de Glace, and le Montanvert. One image shows a party of climbers during an ascent.

81. Montpensier, Ferdinand-François d’Orléans, duc de. En Indo-Chine. Mes chasses, mes voyages. [Paris:] Pierre Lafitte & Cie., [1912]. £350 First edition. 8vo. pp. [ix], 179, [1, colophon]; numerous photo. illusts.; a near-fine copy in the original decorated cloth, lettered in white. The duc de Montpensier was the brother of Philippe d’Orléans (the hunter and Arctic explorer), and cousin of Henri d’Orléans, the explorer of Asia. Montpensier was an early car enthusiast, and explored Indochina by car on several occasions. He also hunted, and the present work provides an overview of his travels and hunting experiences in Vietnam, Cambodia, and his interactions with the local Moi people.


82 82. [Mosquito Coast, Central America.] Gregor MacGregor. A Poyaisian Land Grant of 100 Acres, signed by Gregor MacGregor, London, April 28th, 1834. N.p. ?London, c. 1834. £350 A large pre-printed document, approx. 16 x 20” (40 x 51 cm.), armorial emblem at head, completed by hand and signed by MacGregor and three trustees at foot, folding into self-wrappers with armorial emblem to front panel; a few minor splits to folds with slight loss, but overall in very good condition, later 1917 Dutch Stamp Duty seal applied at top right of document.


The Scottish adventurer Gregor MacGregor served in the Peninsula War, and then with Bolivar. In 1820 he obtained a land grant from ‘His Mosquito Majesty George Frederick II’, the chief of an Indian tribe, for 8 million acres of land now in Honduras and Nicaragua. MacGregor proclaimed himself Cacique (Prince) of Poyais, and opened a Poyais legation in London. He made it known that he had created the basis for a developed community, with a government, administration, an army, and land both fertile and rich in gold and silver deposits. By this means, he successfully raised £200,000 from an issue of Poyais Government Bonds. It also prompted two ships with 270 immigrants to leave for Poyais, but they found uncultivated and mosquito-ridden jungle, all but 50 of the settlers dying before they could return to London. The scheme was shown to be a fraud, but MacGregor continued to pursue his goals, and drafted a new constitution for the Republic of Poyais. Tried for fraud in France, MacGregor nonetheless continued to sell land grants, and in 1827 and 1831 issued more bonds. He also sold land grants until at least 1834, and wrote another constitution in 1836. In 1839 he moved to Venezuela, and died there in 1845. Other speculators issued land grants in London, based on grants by the Mosquito king, until 1865. To judge by the Dutch Stamp Duty seal on this particular Land Grant, it would seem that attempts were being made to obtain value for the certificate as late as 1917!

83 1877, and according to one commentator established “first-rate alpine landscape” photography (C. Douglas Milner ‘A Century of Mountain Photography, AJ 62, 1957, p. 159). He travelled around Chamonix, Zermatt, and Grindelwald, and made two visits to the Caucasus with Clinton Dent. He died in the Caucasus on Koshtantau in 1888, and a posthumous exhibition of his photographs was held at the Gainsborough Gallery on London’s Old Bond Street, jointly hosted by the Alpine Club and the Photographic Society. This very rare invitation to the event has been addressed by hand to F. E. Blackstone, probably the Alpine Club member who climbed with, among others, F. F. Tuckett.

84. [Nansen, Fridtjof.] Fridtjof Nansen Nordpolar-Expedition. Frankfurt a/M: Rosenblatt, n.d. c. 1890s. £850 A complete set of 4 postcards commemorating Nansen’s Farthest North expedition, printed in colour so as to form a composite scene of the globe showing the tracks of the expedition, inset portrait of Nansen, vignettes of the Fram in ice, polar bear hunting, and walrus hunting; postally used “20.8.03”, addressed on the versos to the same recipient and with a message written by the sender to the four corners of the globe on the rectos, otherwise in VG condition. This attractive set of cards depicts scenes from Nansen’s Fram expedition, and was designed to be displayed in the form of a 28 x 18 cm. image. The cards were produced after the return of the first Fram expedition, led by Nansen, but these examples were not used until after the return of the second Fram expedition under Otto Sverdrup.

83. [Mountaineering.] W. F. Donkin.] The Committees of the Alpine Club and the Photographic Society have the honour to invite … to a Private View of a Collection of Photographs by the Late Mr. W. F. Donkin at the Gainsborough Gallery 25 Old Bond St. on Saturday 16th March 1889. N.p., n.d. [1889]. £275 An invitation, approx. 23 x 19cm., printed to one side only in sepia, inset portrait of Donkin from a sketch, addressee completed by hand (F. E. Blackstone); adhesion marks to verso where some time contained in an album, else VG. William Frederick Donkin (1845-1888) began to photograph the Alps in


86 85 85. Nansen, Fridtjof. The Earth’s Crust, its Surface-Forms, and Isocratic Adjustment. Oslo: Jacob Dybwad, 1928. £250 First separate edition. 8vo. pp. 122; diags. to text; very good in the original printed wrappers, which are slightly toned to margins. A presentation copy from the author, inscribed to upper wrapper “Sir Napier Shaw with kindest regards from Fridtjof Nansen”. Offprint from Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi i Oslo I. Mat. Naturv. Klasse 1927 No. 12. This work reflects Nansen’s geological interest in the structure of the earth, and addresses the nature of the earth’s crust and the forces that led to its form. Nansen presented this copy to Sir Napier Shaw, one of the founders of modern meteorology.

86. [Nightingale, Florence.] St. Paul’s Cathedral. Memorial Service for the Late Miss Florence Nightingale, O.M. Saturday, 20th August, 1910, at 12 Noon, being the day of the funeral. [Printed by R. E. Thomas & Co., 24 White Street, Moorfields, E.C.], [1910]. £175 First edition. 8vo. pp. 12; minor creasing, else very good in the original printed wrappers, upper wrapper printed within black border. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) made significant advances in nursing and its organisation, coming to public attention for her work in the army hospitals during the Crimean War of 1855-6. On her return to London she addressed issues relating to sanitation, midwifery, and workhouses. She died on August 13th, 1910, and the offer of burial in Westminster Abbey was turned down by relatives in preference for a burial next to her parents in East Wellow, Hampshire. A memorial to her took place in St. Paul’s Cathedral, and of the 3000 tickets to the event that were issued, many were taken by nurses and by veterans from Chelsea Hospital who had fought in the Crimea.

87. [North West Frontier.] Stanford’s Map of the North-Western Frontier of India. 1897. London: Edward Stanford, Nov. 1 1897. £295 A large folding coloured map, approx. 27 x 32”, sectionalised on linen and folding into the original cloth boards, minor soiling. The Durand Line, drawn up between the British and the Afghan Amir in 1893, brought Mohmands, Afridis, and other tribes within the British sphere of influence. Their concerns at potential British annexation led to a series of attacks - in the Tochi Valley, and on British Indian positions at Chakdara and Malakand - and resulted in the formation of the Malakand Field Force. This map shows this region, with the Wakhan Corridor to the north, Peshawar and Rawalpindi to the South, and Chitral at the very centre.


87 88. Norton, E. F. The Fight for Everest 1924. London: Edward Arnold & Co., 1925. £275 First edition. 8vo. x, 372; 8 colour plates, photo. illusts., one folding map; very good in the original cloth, gilt, slightly bumped to extremities, minor crease to spine, a little mottling to the upper fore-edge of front board. Neate N31; Yakushi N159a; Perret 3219; S & B N16; Classics in the Literature of Mountaineering 30. The official account of the third Everest expedition, during which Mallory and Irvine disappeared.

89. Outhier, Reginaud. Journal d’un Voyage au Nord, en 1736, & 1737. Paris: Piget, Durand, 1744. £1,750 First edition. 8vo. pp. [viii], 238, [2, Privilege du Roi]; 16 engraved maps, plans and views (as usual without the two plans of Torneå and Pitheå given in the list of plates); occasional light age-toning, but overall very good in comtemporary mottled calf with gilt decorated spine, some surface pitting to boards but still an attractive copy. Chavanne 148; Howgego I.M81. L’Abbé Outhier (1694-1774) joined the expedition led by Pierre Maupertuis to the north of Scandinavia in 1736-7. Their chief object was to measure a degree of a circle of latitude in the high north, for comparison with similar measurements made at more southerly latitudes; these combined observations would eventually determine that, in accordance with Newton’s theories, the earth is an oblate spheroid. Maupertuis’ expedition, sent out by the French Académie des Sciences, travelled via Stockholm to the river Torneå at the north of the Gulf of Bothnia. Maupertuis returned with his results in 1737, and published his own narrative of the expedition in 1738. Outhier’s account is valuable for his observations of the Sami people of the region, and of the reindeer on which they depended. In common with all recorded copies of the Journal, the list of plates includes two views that seem not to have been published.


91. [Quetta.] 1st. Bn. The Black Watch Regiment (Royal Highlanders.) Quetta, Baluchistan. 1923. Lahore: The London Photo. Co., n.d. [?1923]. £125 ?First edition. Oblong 8vo. pp. [1, title-page] + 35 photo. illusts. on 18 leaves; browning to tissue-guards, occasional soiling, good in the original printed wrappers with string ties, worn on spine, with, loosely inserted, a Black Watch postcard with a personal message dated Quetta 9.7.23.

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90. [Ponting, Herbert G.] British Antarctic Expedition 19101913. Exhibition of the Photographic Pictures of Mr. Herbert G. Ponting, F.R.G.S. The New Gallery, 12 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh. London: The Fine Art Society, [1913]. £425 Small 8vo. pp. iv, (ads.), 24, v-viii (ads.); 8 plates; some heavy spotting, else good in the original wrappers, printed in red, a little browning to margins.


Cf. Renard 184; not in Spence or Rosove. This is the very scarce catalogue for the exhibition of Ponting’s photographs that was first held at the Fine Art Society in London in the aftermath of Scott’s last expedition; the exhibition subsequently toured the country. In addition to reproducing eight of Ponting’s photographs, the catalogue also provides a complete list of photographs, with guides to size of the images and occasional additional information about the subjects. This is the first catalogue of the Edinburgh exhibition that we have seen.

This is an unrecorded work containing official photographs of the officers and platoons of the Black Watch stationed in Quetta, including a portrait of Lieut. Col. S. H. Eden, Officer Commanding. It seems to have been printed as a record of the battalion at the time, which had moved to Quetta from Allahabad in 1922. In the loosely inserted postcard, sent by a member of the battalion to his father, the writer apologises for not sending a letter, since he has been “warned for a flying patrol. Motor lorries waiting now. I have only 30 mins. to turn out … Am going to Landi Kotal pass & will be back by Friday”.

92. Ritson, John H. Abroad for the Bible Society. London: Robert Culley, n.d. [1909]. £175 First edition. 8vo. pp. 304, [ii, ads.]; illusts. from photos.; minor foxing throughout, prize inscription to flyleaf, else very good in the original cloth, gilt, t.e.g. Ritson (1868-1953) became a general secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, and in 1907 he represented the Society “at the great China Missionary Conference in Shanghai” (Introduction). The occasion gave him the opportunity to visit “centres of Bible Society work covering a wide area in China, Korea, Japan, Manchuria, and Siberia”, and his experiences over the seven months he spent in Asia were written up as articles and subsequently collected in the present form.

93. [Ross, James Clark.] Ships Erebus and Terror. Extracts from the Despatch of Captain James Ross, from Van Diemen’s land, Showing the Nature and Extent of the Discoveries Made in a High Southern Latitude by Her Majesty’s Ships Erebus and Terror. Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be Printed, 6 September 1841. £5,750 First edition. Folio. pp. 3, [1, docket title]; one large folding track map; library class-mark to verso of first leaf, else very good, bound with seven unrelated Parliamentary works, many with folding plates; ex-libris Bath Public Reference Library with their accession numbers to each work, ex dono Alfred Jones of Bath with bookplate to front pastedown, contemporary half calf with leather lettering pieces (“Parliamentary Papers”, “Scientific Subjects”), minor wear to extremities. Spence 992; Renard 1325; Rosove 275.A1. “This is the first report of the first season’s stupendous geographical discoveries, composed of extracts from Ross’s dispatch sent from Australia, 7 April 1841, upon the expedition’s return from the Ross Sea. The report was prepared 28 August 1841, printed on 6 September 1841, and presented to the House of Commons the following day. How many copies of this remarkable publication were printed is uncertain; Edward Sabine, who prepared the expedition’s reports on magnetism and was a friend and supporter of Ross, himself purchased thirty. Certainly very few are extant today” (Rosove).

94. Ruttledge, Hugh. Everest 1933. London: Hodder and Stoughton, [1947].


5th Black Jacket edition. 12mo. pp. 254; sketch map, photo. illusts.; very good in the original cloth, d.j. (chipped and soiled). Signed on the dedication page by expedition member Jack Longland. A later edition of the abridged version of Ruttledge’s account, signed by Longland, who assisted the descent of eight sherpas from Camp VI on Everest during a whiteout.

94 95. Scoresby, Rev. William. The Franklin Expedition; or, Considerations on Measures for the Discovery and Relief of our Absent Adventurers in the Arctic Regions. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1850. £2,950 First edition. 8vo. pp. 99, [1, ad. for works by Scoresby]; two folding maps; some heavy creasing and wear to maps with slight loss to folds of large map, partial loss of some text, now neatly restored, slight soiling to first and final leaf, good in recent half calf, gilt. Sabin 78170; AB 15613. William Scoresby (1789-1857) was the son of the Arctic whaler and navigator William Scoresby (1760-1829). Scoresby junior made his maiden voyage to the Arctic aged ten, and from 1803 the Scoresbys sailed almost yearly to the Greenland whale fishery. Initially based at Whitby, Scoresby junior lived from 1824 in Cambridge, and from his third marriage in 1849 in Torquay. Here he “wrote, advised, and lectured on the Franklin mystery” (ODNB), and in December 1849 he published articles on the subject. These were gathered together and expanded to form the present work, one of Scoresby’s more uncommon writings.

27 96. [Scott, Captain Robert F.] Herbert G. Ponting. ‘Dr E. A. Wilson’, ‘E. Evans, R.N.’, and ‘H. R. Bowers’. [London: The Fine Arts Society], n.d. [1913]. £7,500 Together three large brown toned carbon print photographs, approx. 305 x 460mm., photographer’s blindstamp in the image, Fine Art Society label and titled on reverse of each, respectively numbered ‘141’, ‘145’ and ‘144’ in ink to verso, inscribed ‘Simpson’ on verso of each, all recently framed and glazed. Three iconic portraits by Ponting, the photographer with Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expedition. These fine examples of Ponting’s images belonged to George Simpson, a member of the expedition’s scientific staff who took command of the base camp at Cape Evans when Scott and the polar party left for the South Pole in October 1911. Simpson later compiled a three-volume work on the meteorology of the expedition. Simpson’s family sold these and several other Ponting photographs at auction over ten years ago.

97. Seligman, Gerald. Snow Structure and Ski Fields. Being an Account of Snow and Ice Forms met with in Nature and a Study on Avalanches and Snowcraft. London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1936.  £325 First edition. 8vo. pp. xii + 555; folding frontis. (partly torn to inner margin), numerous b&w photo. illusts., diagrams, etc.; very good in the original cloth, gilt, split in cloth to upper hinge, in the original dust-wrapper, which is frayed with loss. Provenance: Ownership inscription of George Lowe (“W. G. Lowe”), 1946, with two loosely inserted snapshots of Mount Rolleston and Carrington Peak, initialled or signed to verso by NZ mountaineer Jack Ede.


Neate S43. Seligman’s technical work has long been a recognised masterpiece of the literature. As the author himself writes, “The skier who has studied the changes which take place in fallen snow and has a clear picture in his mind of the weather conditions in which they occur will, I think, find that his knowledge of snowcraft and with it his skill as a ski-runner, makes rapid improvement”. Seligman received the Ski Club of Great Britain’s Pery Medal for “contributions to our knowledge of snowcraft” (Lunn Story of Ski-ing p. 104).

98. Shackleton, Ernest H. My South Polar Expedition by Lieut. E.H. Shackleton. Orange, New Jersey, U.S.A.: National phonograph Co., [recorded 30 March, 1910]. £2,000 A wax cylinder recording, approx. 105 x 55mm, contained within original paper-covered cardboard tube with cover titled ‘Edison Amberol Record’, title of recording to top of lid, the lettering to the latter slightly rubbed, as are the edges of the tube, else in very good condition.


This rare ephemeral item contains a 4-minute recording of Shackleton’s voice, made in London on March 30, 1910, after his return from the British Antarctic Expedition (1907-09). Shackleton describes the expedition and its achievements.

99. [Shackleton, Ernest H.] Southward on the Quest. Shackleton’s Last Antarctic Expedition [so titled to upper cover]. Scala Souvenir, [?London], n.d. c. 1922. £2,250 First edition. Oblong folio. 8 phototype plates each approx. 227 x 290mm; some minor foxing to several plates, else very good in the original printed wrappers, window to upper wrapper as issued to reveal Shackleton’s portrait from the first plate, minor creasing, a scarce item. Renard 1477; not in other bibliographies. This scarce ephemeral item seems to have been printed as a memorial to ‘The Boss’, and was possibly issued in tandem with the film of Shackleton’s last expedition. The brochure contains 8 images: ‘Farewell’ (a knee-length portrait of Shackleton doffing his hat, cigarette in hand); ‘The late Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Crew of the “Quest”’; ‘Frozen in the ice’; ‘The Ship’s Dog’; ‘Penguins on the Ice’; ‘Iceberg and Floe Ice’; ‘In Antarctic Garments’; ‘We left him under the Southern Cross’ (a view of the Shackleton memorial cairn).



100. Shaler, William. Sketches of Algiers, Political, Historical, Civil … Boston: Cummings, Hilliard, and Company, 1826. £250 First edition. 8vo. pp. viii, 310; very good in contemporary half calf gilt by Smith, slightly rubbed. Bound in with this copy are two plans of Algiers taken from contemporary newspapers. Shaler served as joint commissioner with Commodore Stephen Decatur in the negotiation of the US-Algiers Treaty of 1815. He remained in Algiers as the US consul-general until 1828 except for a one-year leave of absence from April 1821 until the summer of 1822. His Sketches of Algiers contains remarkably accurate observations of the country, its government, and its history during his residence there. The book is said to have served as a guide to the French expedition of 1830.

101. Smith, Rev. George. A Narrative of an Exploratory Visit to each of the Consular Cities of China, and to the Islands of Hong Kong and Chusan, in behalf of the Church Missionary Society, in the Years 1844, 1845, 1846. London: Seeley, Burnside, & Seeley, 1847. £750 First edition. 8vo. pp. [iv], xvi, 532; double-page map of China, 12 lithographic plates; very good in the original brown cloth, gilt, skillfully restored to joints. Cordier Bibliotheca Sinica 2102; Lust 385. Smith travelled in China soon after the country had been opened up to foreign trade following the Opium Wars. His visits to the Treaty Ports of Canton, Shanghai, Ningopo, FooChoo and Amoy offer an early record of the cities at this time, and his account also includes details of the visit to Hong Kong.

102. Smyth, H. Warington. Notes of a Journey on the Upper Mekong, Siam. Published for the Royal Geograhical Society by John Murray, 1895. £575 First edition. 8vo. pp. x + 109; wood-eng. frontispiece, illusts. to text, one folding map; a little rubbed to spine, minor fraying to fore-edge of map (not affecting image), a very good copy in the original morocco-backed green boards, lettered in gilt and with the RGS crest to upper cover, leather slightly scuffed, minor crinkling to cloth. Warington Smyth, author of Five Years in Siam, went to examine a reported deposit of rubies and sapphires on the left bank of the Mekong opposite Chieng Kong. He returned to Bangkok via Luang Prabang, Nongkhai, and Khorat, the journey taking six months in all. The present work, along with others by him, has become uncommon.


103 103. [South Africa.] Twelve Photographs of South African Native Girls. M. Well, Durban, Natal, n.d. c. 1900. £225 8vo (128 x 168mm.). pp. [i, title-page] + 12 photo. illusts. on six leaves + [i, ads.]; some adhesion damage to upper margins of a most leaves (not affecting illusts.), some spotting to text leaves, good in original red cloth lettered in gilt to upper board, some staining to upper board. The twelve illustrations in this small album comprise ‘ethnographic’ portraits of African women, shown singly or in pairs, except for the final image, a large group shot of “Attendant girls, and three daughters of Uhama, brother of Cetewayo, Zululand”. The somewhat salacious images show the women in what would be have been considered, from a contemporary European point of view, a state of undress. The publisher, M. Wells of Durban, is described on the final leaf of text as a “Dealer in African Curios, Ostrich Feathers, Karosses, Skins, Lions Claws, Wild Game Horns, Everlsating Silver Leaves, African Butterflies, &c., &c.” We can find only a single other copy of the work in institutional holdings (University of KwaZulu Natal Library).

104. Stanley, Henry M. In Darkest Africa or the Quest Rescue and Retreat of Emin Governor of Equatoria. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington Limited, 1890. £575 First edition. 8vo. 2 vols.; pp. xv, 529 & xv, 472; 38 wood-eng. plates, numerous wood-engravings to text, 3 folding coloured maps and one single-page coloured geological section, some foxing, occasionally heavy, repairs to folds of maps, good in original decorated cloth, bumped to extremities, with, loosely inserted, a pencilled note signed by Stanley in response to a question regarding Jacob Wainwright, one of the “black bearers of the body of Livingstone to the court”. Stanley’s ambitious expedition to cross Africa from west to east in an attempt to rescue the beleaguered Governor of Equatoria, Emin Pasha, brought great acclaim to Stanley and his officers on their return to Britain. Stanley’s account of the expedition - In Darkest Africa - sold 150,000 copies, such was public interest in the endeavour. The


signed note which accompanies this copy contains a request for information from John B. Marsh of The Standard newspaper: “What became of Jacob Wainwright, one of the Black bearers of the body of Livingstone to the court, who came to Southampton with the body, & who walked in the funeral & I think was a Pall Bearer in Westminster Abbey? John B. Marsh”. Stanley’s answer, written on the back of the notepaper, reads: “Wainwright kept store at Zanzibar as late as 1890. I have not heard about him for some time. Yours faithfully Henry M. Stanley”. The note has been dated, in a different hand, May 26/93. Stanley was in Zanzibar at the end of the Emin Pasha expedition.

105. Stead, Richard; John F. Campbell & Ernest Fraser, illustrators. Daring Deeds of Great Mountaineers. True Stories of Adventure, Pluck and Resource in Many Parts of the World [with original artwork and correspondence]. London: Seeley Service, 1921. £950 First edition thus. 8vo. pp. 259; col. frontis. and 8 plates; very good in the original decorative cloth, rubbed and slightly faded on spine; together with: 1. the original artwork for the illustrations comprising the original watercolour of the frontispiece by Campbell (approx. 23 x 32cm.), 6 pen and wash illustrations by Campbell (each approx. 24 x 32cm.), 2 pen and wash illustrations by Fraser (approx. 18 x 22 cm.), and the artwork for the front cover design; 2. printed proofs for each illustration; 3. 11 letters or notes from Stead to the publisher in 1906-7 relating to the original appearance of his book (Adventures on High Mountains, 1907); 4. Copy letter from the publisher to the printers Billing & Sons with instructions for the reprinting of part of Stead’s original work, and three related items. Occasional foxing to some letters or artwork.


106. [Switzerland and France. Photograph album.] H. H. Bradshaw. Vues prises en Suisse, à Chamonix (Savoie) et à Paris (1898-1899) [so titled to flyleaf].  £275 A personal photograph album containing 96 original photographs, each approx. 11 x 8cm, window-mounted to 24 leaves, captioned to mount behind each photograph and also on type-written slip beneath each image, calling card of H. H. Bradshaw pasted to flyleaf; occasional fading to images, but overall clear, minor spotting to leaves, very good in the original cloth. H. H. Bradshaw compiled this album as a record of his time at the Château de Prangins, near the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, and at this time a school run by Moravian brothers. The photographs begin with scenes in Switzerland (Bern, Geneva), before showing images of Prangins, including the Château, and of its students and teachers (including portraits of H. Hulett Bradshaw, the compiler, and his brother George S. Bradshaw). A photograph of the Château de Prangins football club is then followed by images taken in the Alps: the St, Bernard pass and hospice, views of Zermatt, Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn (including a portrait of the Alpine guide Franz Burgener), and Chamonix. The album closes with further Swiss views, and views of prominent locations in Paris

Neate S159. Stead’s Adventures on High Mountains appeared in 1907 (the book was dated 1908), and in 1920 Seeley Service decided to reprint the greater part of it under a new title, Daring Deeds of Great Mountaineers (the reprint omitted the final six chapters of the original work). The present copy of the latter book is sold with the original artwork for the illustrations that appeared in this volume, together with proofs and related material. The letters from Stead relate to the original appearance of the book, and discuss content, permissions (notably with regard to Lady Stanley), and recommendations for inclusion. The illustrations include those relating to Tyndall’s ascent of the Weisshorn, and Whymper’s Matterhorn accident of 1865.

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107. [Switzerland. Photograph album. Lucerne and Grindelwald [in 1937]. 

] In Switzerland at £150

A personal photograph album containing 120 b&w photographs including two composite panoramas, all mounted and captioned in English in a sequential order, the album approx. 42 x 32cm., original stiff card wrappers, contained in the original cardboard box (a little worn) which is captioned by hand “Switzerland 1937”. This nicely produced personal photograph album provides a record of a Polytechnic tour. The first part of the album records visits to Mount Pilatus, Lucerne, and the Rhone Glacier. The group (at best identified by their first names) then move on to “Grindelwald and the real Switzerland”, where they take some high level walks with a guide (”Herr Peter”), up the Eismeer Glacier, and the Rothorn. They also ascend the railway to the Jungfrau plateau, and there are images of the Jungfrau Station, and the meteorological hut.

108. Taylor, Charles Edwin; Clare E. Taylor (illust.) St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. ?London, ?1905. £475


Second edition. Oblong 4to. pp. [16] + 44ll. of photo. illusts. printed to rectos only + [7] + [14, ads.]; very good in the original red cloth, gilt. This descriptive and pictorial account of the Virgin Islands first appeared in 1902, and this second edition contains “additions and improvements” (Preface). The illustrations show scenes on the several islands, with subjects including buildings, shops, views, locals, docks, and the like. The Preface by Charles Taylor - author of several other works on these West Indian islands - is dated London, 1905, with his text before and following the images; the book closes with advertisements for mainly Virgin Islands businesses. Worldcat locates only four copies of this second edition, and a single example of the first.

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109. [Töppfer, Rodolphe.] Tour du Lac 1841. Genève: Schmid, 1841. £495 First edition. Oblong 8vo. pp. 40; one map, 17 full-page lithographs and 2 vignette lithographs, text lithographed throughout; some foxing, good in the original lithographed wrappers and bound in 19th c. full morocco by Potter & Sons, York, gilt decorated. Very scarce. This is Töppfer’s record of a four-day tour of Lake Geneva made by him, his wife, another teacher, and 21 students, all of whose names appear on the cartoon printed on p. 2. The book is printed in lithography throughout, reproducing Töppfer’s handwriting and original illustrations. The tour was reproduced in his Premiers Voyages en Zigzag, but this original printing is rarely seen.


110. Toynbee, Arnold J. Armenian Atrocities. The Murder of a Nation … With a Speech delivered by Lord Bryce in the House of Lords. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1915. £75 First edition. 8vo. pp. 119; one double-page map; occasional minor staining, else very good in the original orinted wrappers, which are a little browned. Toynbee and Viscount Bryce worked together on the British Parliamentary Blue Book entitled The Treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire (1916). The present work is a brief presentation of some of the information that was to appear in the official report.


112 111 111. Ullman, James Ramsey. Straight Up. The Life and Death of John Harlin. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1968. £175 First edition. 8vo. pp. 288; illusts., sketch maps; very good in the original cloth, in dust-wrapper, which is somewhat discoloured. Signed to the title by Chris Bonington and Royal Robbins. Neate U04; Perret 4366. Harlin (1935-1966) made his name in the 1960s as a mountaineer, making the first American ascent of the Eiger (1962) and, with Royal Robbins, the American Direttissima on the Aiguille du Dru. In 1966 he and Dougal Haston attempted the first direct route on the Eiger, but Hastin fell to his death when his rope snapped. This copy is signed by Royal Robbins, and by Chris Bonington, present as photographer at Hastin’s direct attempt on the Eiger.


112. [West Indies.] St. Thomas, Feb. 16. Dreadful Fire! Tillæg til den Dansk Vestindisk Regierings Avis [Addendum to the Danish West Indies Government Gazette]. [?St. Croix: Christianstæd:] Trykt og Udgivet af Elizabeth James, February 22, 1825. £750 A printed broadside, approx. 39 x 24cm., printed to one side only in two columns, text mostly in English, indistinct printing of several letters or words, sometime folded, soiled, edges ragged. This broadside announces the destructive fire that on February 12th, 1825, ravaged St. Thomas in the Danish West Indies (now part of the United States Virgin Islands). The fire, which reportedly “originated entirely from accident”, laid waste to one third of the town, and its containment required the help of crews from British and American naval ships, and those from merchant ships in the port. The fire spread quickly throughout “North Crownprince’s Quarter”, destroying every house on Frenchman’s Hill. The first column of the broadside describes the fire and its aftermath, the second column comprises a circular from P. v. Scholten, expressing thanks to individuals for their services during the fire. According to a recollection of the episode by a resident of the island, the fire was called by locals ‘Martina’s fire’ after the Curacao woman in whose property the fire had started (Johan Nissen Reminiscences of a 46 Years’ Residence in the Island of St. Thomas, p. 140). The broadside was printed by Elizabeth James, publisher in the 1820s of the islands’ gazette, the Dansk Vestindisk Regierings Avis.

113. Whymper, Edward. Scrambles amongst the Alps in the Years 1860-69. London: John Murray, 1871. £575 First edition. 8vo. pp. xviii, [ii, part title], 432; 22 wood-engraved plates, numerous wood-engravings to text, 6 folding maps or geological sections at rear; foxing to first and final leaves, else very good in the original cloth, sometime rebacked with the original spine laid down, ?new endpapers, a




little wear to extremities. Wäber I.95; Neate W65; Perret 4557. Whymper made his first attempt on the Matterhorn in 1861, and he returned in 1862 and 1863 to make further attempts. In 1865, he joined a party that included the British climbers Charles Hudson and Francis Douglas, and the guides Michel Croz and the Taugwalders father and son; the party was also joined by a young and relatively inexperienced climber, Douglas Hadow. The party successfully made the first ascent of the mountain via the Hörnli Ridge, but on the descent Hadow slipped, knocking Croz off his feet and dragging Douglas and Hudson after them. Whymper and the Taugwalders were left stunned as the four men fell to their deaths. Scrambles describes Whymper’s attempts and ultimate ascent of the Matterhorn, with illustrations after his original sketches. He issued four further editions of the book during his life time, each with minor alterations and additions.

114. Whymper, Edward. The Ascent of the Matterhorn. London: John Murray, 1880. £375 [Third edition]. 8vo. pp. xxii, [ii, part title], 325; 14 wood-engraved plates, numerous wood-engravings to text, 2 folding maps at rear; minor spotting at front, else near-fine in the original cloth, gilt, slightly rubbed. Wäber I.239; Neate W65; Perret 4558. The third edition of Scrambles was published in this abridged form, but Whymper continued to update various aspects: the appendix listing ascents of the Matterhorn, which in previous editions took up a page, now runs to seven pages, with nearly 160 separate ascents given. Whymper also adds an additional appendix, referring the reader to the remarks he made elsewhere on Tyndall’s attempt of 1862.

115. Younghusband, G. J. Eighteen Hundred Miles on a Burmese Tat. Through Burma, Siam, and the Eastern Shan States. London: W. H. Allen & Co., 1888. £375 First edition. 8vo. pp. v, 162; folding map frontis., 13 plates of illusts. from the author’s sketches inc. one folding; previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown, bookseller’s inkstamp to rear endpapers, good in the original cloth, gilt, very darkened on spine. George Younghusband (1859-1944), the elder brother of the explorer Francis Younghusband, followed a career in the British Indian Army, serving in the Second Afghan War, in Egypt against the Mahdi, and on the North West Frontier. In 1887 he obtained leave, and decided to travel from Moulmein in Burma (modern Mawlamyine) to Siam (Thailand) with a party that comprised his orderly, a cook boy, an interpreter, and a Burmese ‘tat’, or pony. The journey, which took the group north into Thailand and then south to Bangkok, is related in the present pages, illustrated from the author’s own sketches.


AB - Arctic Bibliography. Prepared ... under the Direction of the Arctic Institute of North America (16 vols., Washington, D.C.: Department of Defense, 1953-1975) Chavanne - Josef Chavanne Die Literatur über die Polar-Regionen der Erde, bis 1875 (Vienna: Hölzel, 1878) Conrad – L. J. Conrad Bibliography of Antarctic Exploration (Washougal: the author, 1999) Cordier – Henri Cordier Bibliotheca Sinica: dictionnaire bibliographique des ouvrages relatifs à l’empire chinois (Paris: Geuthner, 1904-24) Czech – Kenneth P. Czech. An Annotated Bibliography of African Big Game Hunting Books, 1785 to 1950 (St. Cloud, Minn.: Land’s End Press, 1999) Denucé - J. Denucé Bibliographie Antarctique (Brussels, 1913; reprinted , London: Orskey/Quaritch, 2002) Holland - Clive Holland Arctic Exploration and Development c. 500 b.c. to 1915. An Encyclopedia (New York & London: Garland, 1994) Howgego – R. J. Howgego Encyclopedia of Exploration (5 vols., Potts Point: Hordern House, 2003-2013) Kalfatovic – M. R. Kalfatovic. Nile Notes of a Howadji: a Bibliography of Travelers’ Tales From Egypt, From the Earliest Time to 1918 (Metuchen: Scarecrow Press, 1992) Lust – John Lust Western Books on China published up to 1850 (London: Bamboo Publishing, 1987) Meckly – Eugene P. Meckly Mont Blanc The Early Years A Bibliography of Printed Books from 1744 to 1860 (Asheville, North Carolina: Daniels Graphics, 1995) Moss et al. - Alan Moss, Peter Haigh & Nigel Baker Alpine and European Climbing Guidebooks 1863-2013 A Collector’s Guide (Leeds: Green Woods, 2014) Nava – Monte Bianco 1786/1986 descrizione, tentativi, ascensioni dal 1669 al 1900 dai libri di Piero Nava (Bergamo: the author, 1986) Neate – Jill Neate Mountaineering Literature. A Bibliography of Material Published in English (Milnthorpe: Cicerone Press; Seattle: Mountainbooks, 1986) Perret - Jacques Perret. Guides des Livres sur la Montagne et l’Alpinisme (Grenoble: Editions de Belledome, 1997) Renard – Julien G. R. Renard Major Collections of Antarctica (Collingwood, Australia: Gaston Renard, 1994) Rosove - Michael R. Rosove Antarctica, 1772-1922. Freestanding Publications through 1999 [and] Additions and Corrections Supplement to the Rosove Antarctic Bibliography (Santa Monica, California: Adélie Books, 2001 & 2008) Sabin - Joseph Sabin Bibliotheca Americana: a dictionary of books relating to America, from its discovery to the present time (New York: J. Sabin & Sons, 1868-1936; reprinted Amsterdam: N. Israel, 1961-2)

S & B - Audrey Salkeld & John Boyle Climbing Mount Everest. The Bibliography. The literature and history of climbing the world’s highest mountain (Clevedon, Avon: Sixways Publishing, 1993) Smith – Harold F. Smith American Travellers Abroad. A Bibliography of Accounts published before 1900 (Carbondale: South Illinois Press, 1969) Spence – [Sydney A. Spence] J. J. H. & J. I. Simper, eds. Antarctic Miscellany: books, Periodicals & Maps relating to the Discovery and Exploration of Antarctica (2nd ed., London, 1980) Taurus - The Taurus Collection. 150 Collectable Books on the Antarctic. A Bibliography ed. Julian McKenzie. Notes by  Richard Kossow (London: The Travellers Bookshop, 2001) Theakstone - John Theakstone Victorian and Edwardian Women Travellers. A Bibliography of Books published in English (Mansfield Centre, CT: Martino, 2006) Yakushi - Yoshio Yakushi Catalogue of Himalayan Literature (2nd ed., Tokyo: Hakusuisha Publishing, 1984; 3rd ed., 1994) Wäber – A. Wäber Bibliographie der Schweizerischen Landeskunde (Bern: K. J. Wyss, 1892-1896; reprinted by Maurizio Martino, Staten Island, NY, c. 1995) Wilson – Arnold Wilson A Bibliography of Persia (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1930)







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

Catalogue 20  

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