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Titres et...
Grandidier, G.
Titres et travaux scientifiques de M. Guillaume Grandidier.
Paris, Masson, 1905. 4to (27.6 x 22.3 cm). 74 pp.; numerous text illustrations. Original printed wrappers.
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A rare work on Guillaume Grandidier, one of Madagascar's greatest naturalists
Histoire n...
Gumilla, J.
Histoire naturelle, civile et géographique de l'Orenoque et des principales rivières qui s'y jettent. Dans laquelle on traite du gouvernement, des usages et des coutûmes des Indiens qui l'habitent, des animaux, des arbres...
Avignon, Marseille, Desaint et Saillant, 1758. In three volumes. 12mo (16.5 x 9.5 cm). One large folded engraved map of the area of the Venezuelan river Orinoco and two folded engraved plates. Contemporary uniform mottled calf with gilt vignette on front board of the first volume. Spines with gilt floral pattern and red and green morocco labels with gilt titles. Marbled flyleaves. Edges dyed red.
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"One of the most curious and interesting hitherto published upon the country of the Orinoco" (Sabin)
Voyage à l...
Hamilton, W.
Voyage à la cote septentrionale du Comté d'Antrim en Irlande, et à l'ile de Raghery, contenant l'histoire naturelle de ses productions volcaniques & plusieurs observations sur les antiquités & moeurs de ce pays... auquel on a ajouté l'essai sur l'oryctographie du Derbyshire par M. Ferber, traduit de l'Allemand.
Paris, Cuchet, 1790. 8vo (19.6 x 12.5 cm). viii, 239 pp.; engraved folding plate showing several geological layers of Derbyshire. Contemporary full mottled calf. Spine rich gilt with floral vignettes, small red morocco label with gilt title. Marbled endpapers, red edges.
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The first really detailed description of the geologically diverse northern coast of Ireland.
A paradox:...
Hamond, W.
A paradox: prooving, that the inhabitants of the isle called Madagascar, or St. Laurence, (in temporall things) are the happiest people in the World. Whereunto is prefixed, a briefe and true description of that island: the nature of the climate, and condition of the inhabitants, and their speciall affection to the English above other nations. With most probable arguments of a hopefull and fit plantation of a colony there, in respect of the fruitfulnesse of the soyle, the benignity of the ayre, and the relieving of our English ships, both to and from the East-Indies.
London, Nathaniell Butter, 1640. 4to (18.7 x 14.4 cm). Original second blank; title page, half title, half-title (placed after 12th text page) [xii, xxi] pp., Mid-19th century brown crushed morocco. Spine with five raised, gilt-stippled bands; compartments rich gilt with floral patterns and gilt title; boards with triple gilt borders and rosettes; gilt-lined edges and elaborate gilt inner dentelles.
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Hamond's famous first attempt to promote Madagascar as a Paradise on Earth
Java. Toon...
Hardouin, E. and W. L. Ritter
Java. Tooneelen uit het leven karakterschetsen en kleederdragten van Java's bewoners in afbeeldingen naar de natuur geteekend door E. Hardouin met tekst van W. L. Ritter en een voorwoord van H. M. Lange, gepensionneerd Luitenant Kolonel van het O. I. leger. Benevens eene kaart van Java naar de nieuwste bronnen bewerkt.
Leiden, A. W. Sythoff, 1855. Large 4to (28.7 x 20.7 cm). Title page with finely engraved vignette; xv, 242 pp.; hand-coloured lithographed frontispiece and 25 other hand-coloured lithographed and tissue-guarded plates; large, triple-folded coloured double map of Java, Madoera and Bawean. Original green embossed cloth. Spine and front board rich gilt with floral patterns and ethnographical vignettes. Yellow endpapers. All edges gilt.
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The rare first - hand-coloured- edition
Der deutsc...
Haushofer, K.
Der deutsche Anteil und der geographischen Erschließung Japans und des Subjapanischen Erdraums, und deren Förderung durch den Einfluß von Krieg und Wehrpolitik.
Erlangen, Junge & Sohn, 1914. 8vo (24.2 x 16.0 cm). 110 pp., two folded maps, several text figures and maps. Original printed wrappers.
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Early thoughts on Japanese and German expansion politics
Original d...
[Hedin expedition] Lieberenz, P.
Original diaries, photographs, letters and notebooks.
[Tibet], mostly unpublished, 1927-1928. Diary in ‘Einjahrbuch’ (19.0 x 15.5 cm; 365 pp.; sold in Hamburg by Max Schlichtmann), with the author’s name and Berlin address, and a smaller agenda (14.3 x 9.2 cm), with a hand-written label ‘1928 / April - Mai / Ürumtschi - Berlin’; a set of business cards, mostly in Chinese, inserted. This includes, however, a business card of Sven Hedin ‘Correspondant de l’Institut de Sinologie de l’Université nationale de Pékin’ in both French and Chinese, and of several other people who aided the expedition; several letters, a map, and over 500 original photographs, as described below.
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With Hedin through Tibet - the unpublished eye witness account of his photographer
History of...
Hedin, S. and F. Bergman
History of the Expedition in Asia 1927-1935. Part II. Reports from the Scientific Expedition to the North Western Provinces of China Under the Leadership of Dr Sven Hedin. The Sino-Swedish Expedition, Publication 24.
Stockholm, Elander, 1943. 4to (28.3 x 22.7 cm). xv, 215 pp.; 60 photographic plates. Contemporary full beige cloth with gilt leather labels on spine. Original buff, printed wrappers bound in.
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An exceedingly fine, marvelously illustrated travelogue
Aankomst v...
Herrera, A. [AND] R. Harcourt [AND] C. Leigh
Aankomst van Jean d'Ezquebel ter bevolking van Jamaica, door den Ammiraal Diego Kolumbus, van Hispaniola derwaards gezonden, in 't jaar 1510. Verhaalende 't misnoegen der Kroon Portugaal; benevens veel zeldzaame avondturen, rampspoeden en gevaaren aan Alonzo d'Ojega, Diego de Nicueza, Vasco Nunez, Lopez d'Alano en andere overgekomen; beneffens de togten naar land van Darien en bevolking van Cuba door Diego Velasques gedaan in 't jaar 1511. Uit d'oorspronkelyke berigten en koninglyk bevel in 't Spaans beschreeven door Antonius Herrera, nu aller-eerst in 't Neederduyts vertaald en met printverbeeldingen en noodig register voorzien. [AND] Scheeps-togt van Robert Harcourt na Gujana, gedaan in het jaar 1608. Aanwijsende de gelegentheeden en hoedanigheeden deses landschaps, des selfs eylanden, rivieren, grens-palen, verscheydenheyd der volkeren en talen, jaar-getijden, tijd-rekeningen, dood-malen, spijse en drank: als mede veelerley soort van dieren, vogelen, vissen, fruyten, suyker-riet, katoen, verw-stoffen, kostelijke gommen, balsem, droogeryen, tabak &c. Door den reysiger selfs in het Engels beschreeven, en nu alder-eerst uyt die spraak vertaalt. Met een volkomen register verrijkt [AND] Zee-togt van Kapiteyn Charles Leig, gedaan na Gujana, en des selfs volk-plantinge aldaar begonnen, mitsgaders de ongelukkige reyse van het schip de Olijf-bloesem, tot des selfs onderstand derwaards gesonden. In het jaar 1604. Door een der reysigers, die desen togt heeft by-gewoont, en de handen der wilde gelukkig is ontkoomen, in het Engels beschreeven, en nu alder-eerst uyt die spraak vertaalt. Met een volkoomen register en konst-print verrijkt.
Leyden, van der Aa, 1705-1706. Small 8vo (17.3 x 11.3 cm). 144 pp. and six larger, folded, engraved plates. Bound with two other works published by van der Aa: Scheeps-togt na Gujana, 44 pp. with a foldout map of Guyana [AND] Zee-Togt van kapitein Charles Leigh, gedaan na Gujana. 40 pp., also with a map of Guyana and adjacent areas, and a large, folded, engraved plate of an attack by local tribes. Both with their own title pages with engraved vignette and index. Bound in later, very fine half morocco over cloth boards. Spine with five raised gilt-stippled bands; compartments with gilt borders and gilt titles. Marbled endpapers.
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Three rare travelogues printed by Van der Aa
Ueber zwei...
Humboldt, A. von
Ueber zwei Versuche den Chimborazo zu besteigen.
Stuttgart und Tübingen, J. G. Cotta, 1836. 8vo (17.4 x 11.0 cm). viii, 283 pp. [Von Humboldt's paper on pp. 176-206]. Contemporary pebbled cloth; spine with black leather label with gilt title.
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Humboldt on reaching the point farthest from the Earth’s centre
Ambrae his...
Klobius, J.
Ambrae historiam ad omnipotentis dei gloriam, et hominum sanitatem.
Wittenberg, Mevius and Schumacher, Typis Henckel, 1666. 8vo (20.3 x 16.6 cm). Title page, [vi], 76 pp.; three engraved plates and one folded engraved map of the world including the "Terra Australis incognita" and a peculiar map of "Iapan Olim Chrÿse". Contemporary vellum; spine with small morocco label with author's name and abridged title. Blue-grey edges. Preserved in a nice 20th century green cloth box (22.3 x 18.0 x 2.3 cm) with gilt lettered morocco label.
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Rare, early work on amber and ambergris
Voyage dan...
Laing, A. G.
Voyage dans le Timanni, le Kouranko et le Soulimana contrées de l'Afrique occidentale, fait en 1822 par le major Gordon-Laing. Traduit de l'anglais par MM. Eyries et de Larenaudière, précédé d'un essai sur les progres de la géographie de l'Intérieur de l'Afrique et sur les principaux voyages de découvertes qui s'y rattachent.
Paris, Delaforest, Arthus Bertrand, 1826. 8vo (21.4 x 12.7 cm). lxv, 432 pp., one folded, engraved map and eight lithographed plates. Contemporary full calf; spine with four raised, gilt-patterned bands; compartments with blind-tooled and gilt vignettes, gilt title; boards with blind-stamped and gilt border and large, intricate blind-stamped vignette. Marbled endpapers, marbled edges.
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The much expanded first French edition