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11480. Back, Captain George: Narrative of an Expedition in H.M.S. Terror, undertaken with a view to Geographical Discovery on The Arctic Shores, in the years 1836-7.

London: John Murray 1838. vii+456 pp. with 12 lithographic plates, no tissue guards, and a large folding map. No advertising pages at the rear suggest a first edition, second issue. Dark blue textured boards with gilt spine title. The spine has been professionally repaired with a 2 cm. loss at the top extremity replaced with a matching colour without seeking to replicate texture. There is old minor rubbing to the bottom spine extremity, and the front board has a small patch of light fading. Internally there is some light spotting to the front endpaper and rear of frontispiece with some coming through to the sky area of the plate. None elsewhere. There is no sign that tissue guards were ever present. Otherwise the book is very tight and bright, all the plates are clean. The map has had an old repair to a fold and has not been quite correctly folded from an early date. There are owner's initials N. L. B. on the front pastedown, probably fairly contemporary to publication. Overall a very good copy, with beautiful plates of a scarce work of Arctic exploration. The expedition was sent to survey the coast from Prince Regent's inlet and Turnagain point in Hudson's Bay. Caught by bad weather the ship was icebound until July 1837, after which it made its way to Lough Swilly in Ireland. 1750.00


9062. Bain, J. Arthur: Life of Fridtjof Nansen Scientist and Explorer Including an account of the 1893-1896 Expedition.

London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. 1897. x+290 pp. tissue guarded, frontispiece, illustrations, map, maroon boards with gilt title and portrait of Nansen on the front board, faded, a little wear to top of spine and some rubbing to board edges, map is present but opposite p.290, not as listed, opposite p.148, bears an inscription from the author on the ffep. "To Mr Purdie with the author's compliments J Arthur Bain 1897. 50.00


14236. Bradley-Birt, F. B: Through Persia.

London & Glasgow: Collins Clear-Type Press n.d. c.1909. 15.5 by 10 cms. 316 pp. illustrated, hardback, bookplate on front pastedown for R.H. Burn South Shields. Small tear in front upper gutter, making front board a little tender. Overall good. The trip was from Bushire to Shiraz, Isfahan, Kerman, Qum, Tehran up to the Caspian sea. 15.00


12293. Buckingham. James Silk: Travels among The Arab Tribes inhabiting the countries east of Syria and Palestine, including a journey from Nazareth to the mountains beyond the Dead Sea....

London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Browne and Green 1825. from thence through the Plains of thre Hauran to Bozra, Damascus, Tripoly, Lebanon, Baalbek, and by the Valley of the Orontes to Selucia, Antioch, and Aleppo. With an Appendix containing a refutation of certain unfounded calumnies industriously circulated against the author of this work, by Mr Lewis Burckhart, Mr William John Bankes, and the Quarterly Review. xv+669 pp. with 28 wood engraved illustrations at the head of chapters, folding map. Dark blue/green cloth boards, with original spine title, as originally issued. The boards show a little shelfwear with some rubbing/wear to the spine extremities, internally very tight, fresh and clean. There is some offsetting of the map onto the facing title page. A very nice copy of a scarce work, in its original condition. Buckingham, 1786-1855 published his first volume of travels in 1821. Charged with plagarism he sought to refute this in the appendix to this volume. 1225.00


8455. Comite Special du Katanga: Comite Special du Katanga 1910-1950.

Bruxelles: Editions L. Cuypers, Juin 1950. Limited edition of 285 copies, in textured velum, blocked gold and blue. 327 pp. 32 x 24.5 cm. Profusely illustrated, with coloured frontispiece and maps. In very good condition. The CSK was established in 1900 to develop this mineral-rich region within the Belgian colonial holdings in the Congo. This is a very well illustrated study of the company's role in Katanga published ten years before independence from Belgium. The region is now called Shaba. Text en Francais. 45.00


11978. Douglas and Clydesdale, Squadron Leader The Marquess of. and McIntyre, Flight Lieutenant D.F.: The Pilots' Book of Everest.

Edinburgh London Glasgow: William Hodge and Company April 1936. xvi+209 pp. illustrated, maps. With a preface by Lt-Col. The Rt. Hon. The Lord Tweedsmuir Governor General of Canada. In very good condition bright clean and fresh but in a rather worn dustwrapper. The Houston-Everest Expedition flew over the summit on 3rd Apr. 1933. 10.00


17918. Helmericks, Constance and Harmon: Our Alaskan Winter.

London: Museum Press Limited, 1953. First British Edition. Sequel to 'We Live in the Arctic' and ' Our Summer with the Eskimos'. 240 pp. 22.5 x 14.5 cm. 25 illustrations. Coloured map endpapers. Gold-blocked red boards, in a dw. There is slight marking to the foreedge of the print block, o/w the book itself is in good condition. The dw has had a few short tears carefully closed with peelable tape. 18.50


18105. Heyerdahl, Thor: American Indians in the Pacific The Theory behind the Kon Tiki Expedition.

London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1952. First edition. xv + 821 pp. 25 x 19 cm. Illustrated with 90 plates and 11 maps. Gold-blocked brown boards. No dustwrapper. Spine a little faded and minor shelfwear, otherwise very good. Bookplate of D.D.A. Simpson, late Professor of Archaeology, Queen's University, Belfast. Professor Simpson's signature is on the ffep. This is the extensive study that lay behind the later Kon-Tiki expedition. Unpackaged weight 2,100g, which will require extra postage. 40.00


13184. Holland, W.J: To the River Plate and Back. The Narrative of a Scientific Mission to South America, with Observations upon things seen and unseen.

New York and London: G.P.Putnam's Sons The Knickerbocker Press 1913. xiii+387 pp. with eight plates in colour from drawings by the author and 78 other illustrations. Hardback, new endpapers, a small library stamp for Bangor Carnegie library on a few pages, including the title page, otherwise, tight and clean, interesting photographs. 11.50


13688. Humphries, Alan and David Wecker: Spinning Beneath My Feet An Irishman treks to the North Pole.

Newtownards: Alan Humphries and David Wecker, 2010. "With a brief history of Irish Polar Exploration". 127 pp. 29 x 21.5 cm. Illustrated. Hardback, in a v.g. dustwrapper. A beautifully-produced book, in very good condition, almost as new. 50.00


3721. Kane, Elisha Kent: Arctic Explorations in Search of Sir John Franklin.

London, Nelson and Sons 1892. x.+ 443pp. original blue calf binding, gilt crest of King Edward VI Grammar School Birmingham on the front board, marbled endpapers and gilt tooled foreedges, in very good clean condition 15.00


16315. Keppel, Captain The Hon. Henry: The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido for The Suppression of Piracy with Extracts from The Journal of James Brooke Esq. of Sarawak, (now Agent for the British Government in Borneo.)

London: Chapman and Hall, 1846 Vol II only, of two volumes. viii+230+cii+16 pp. 23 x 15 cm. This volume covers the naval campaigns against pirates etc, and descriptions of the territory and the Dyak inhabitants. Seven full-page tinted lithograph illustrations, a folding chart showing proposals for accelerating the mails between Britain and China, a plan of Labuan, and 3 folding maps showing the River Sarebus, the Batang Lupar river, and the Forts and Villages of Patusen. The appendix has Brooke's Proposed Exploring Expedition to the Asiatic Archipelago, Hunt's Sketch of Borneo, Treaty between Britain and the Netherlands, and Letters and Dispatches. Blindstamped boards with gilt spine titling, now a little faded. The boards show a little wear, corners lightly bumped, spine professionally relaid with spine extremities restored. Internally in very good condition, plates are clean, and maps are properly folded with no tears or markings. A small 16-page publishers catalogue for December 1845 is bound in at the end. This is overall a good copy of a scarce title, albeit without its companion volume. 45.00


16893. Le Vaillant, (Francois): New Travels into the Interior Parts of Africa by the way of the Cape of Good Hope in the years 1783, 84 and 85.

London: G.G. and J. Robinson, 1796. Volume I and Volume III only, out of three. 21 x 13 cm. Volume I, i+288 pp. Volume III, 488 pp. No map. Volume l has five of the five copper-plate engravings called for: Encampment at the plantation of I. Slaber, View of the Cape of Good Hope, Male Anhinga, Encapement at Heere-Logement, and Passage of the Elephants-River. Three are folding, and two full page. Plate 1 fold repaired, plate 3 has a piece missing from lower part with partial loss of some titling, but restored; others complete. Vol III has only two of the six plates called for, Large Snouted Boar, and Black Ape. In contempoary calf bindings, with new spine labels. The upper and lower panels of Vol I have been professionally restored. Both volumes bear the bookplate of The Dromore Reading Society 1794. This Georgian library was in Dromore, Co. Down, but it did not survive and the books were sold in the early years of the nineteenth century. Internally bright and clean. Defective copies with local historical interest, and a few attractive plates of the Cape of Good Hope area. 175.00


12085. Livingstone, David: Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa; including a sketch of Sixteen Years Residence in the Interior of Africa, and a journey from the Cape of Good Hope to Loanda on the west coast etc.

Amsterdam: Time Life Books 1987. A photographic reproduction of the first London edition of 1872. ix+711pp. with maps, and other illustrations. In a modern "leather" binding with red and gilt spine with raised bands, and red and gilt lining on boards, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. In very good condition. A very faithfully reproduced copy of one of the great classics of exploration. This is a heavy book requiring extra postage. 20.00


7313. Maillart, Ella K: Turkestan Solo One Woman's Expedition from the Tien Shan to the Kizil Kum.

London: William Heinneman first edition 1938. 334pp. illustrated - all plates present. No dustwrapper, some fore-edge and other spotting otherwise good, a scarce title. 20.00


16910. Mansur, Abdullah (G. Wyman Bury): The Land of Uz..

London: Macmillan and Co., 1911. xxviii+354 pp. 23 x 14.5 cm. The area to the north and west of Aden town, once a British Protectorate. Illustrated with 38 plates, and folding map. The book has been professionally recased with new burgundy boards, with a gold-blocked black spine label. New endpapers. The folded map has archival tape strengthening the rear of the folds. Overall the book is in very good condition. 32.00


9080. Nansen, Fridtjof: "Farthest North" Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship Fram 1893-96 and of a Fifteen Month's Sleigh Journey by Dr. Nansen and Lieut. Johansen with an appendix by Otto Sverdrup Captain of the Fram.

London: George Newnes Ltd. 1898. Two Vols bound as one xv+480+viii+456 pp. about 120 full page and numerous text illustrations and coloured plate in facsimile from Dr Nansen's own sketches portrait, and maps, half leather and cloth,six panelled spine with raised bands, map restored, the listed colour plate is not present, a bit of scuffing to boards but generally in very good tight condition. A classic account of Arctic exploration in 1895. This is a heavy book which will reflect in postal charges. 30.00


17749. Nansen, Fridtjof: The First Crossing of Greenland.

London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1906. New impression. xii + 452 pp. 19 x 13 cm. Translated from the Norwegian by Hubert Majendie Gepp. 140 illustrations throughout the text. Map. Gold-blocked brown boards. Stamps from the library of Second Saintfield Presbyterian Church, Co Down. Some pages have a corner torn off, but without loss of text. A poor/ fair copy, essentially a reading copy. 15.00


111. Porter, Rev. J. L.: The Giant Cities of Bashan and Syria's Holy Places.

London: T. Nelson & Sons, 1872. v + 371 pp. 18.5 x 13 cm. Dedication to Lord Dufferin. Table of Scriptural Texts illustrated. Illustrated with plans, and tissue-guarded plates. Half leather and marbled boards, six-panelled spine with raised bands, decorative engraved gilt panels, and gilt ruling, along with an original black and gilt spine label, and marbled endpapers and foreedges. There is some minor light pencil annotation on a few pages. The spine is a little faded, and there is a little edge rubbing to boards and spine extremities, otherwise a quite nice copy. Porter wrote Murray's Handbook to Syria and Palestine, and lectured in Queen's College Belfast. 20.00


12284. Smith, D. Murray: Arctic Expeditions from British and Foreign Shores from the Earliest Times to The Expedition of 1875-76.

Edinburgh: Thomas C. Jack 1877. 31 by 24 cms. xiv+824 pp. with numerous coloured illustrations, maps and other engravings. 26 full page tissue guarded plates. a.e.g. Heavy black bevelled boards, with blind stamped and gilt decoration, with a little minor damage, repaired, and faded gilt. The spine has been professionally replaced in black cloth with gilt title. Internally very tight, bright and clean. A very heavy item, extra postage will be required. In 15 parts. Part 5 covers Parry and Franklin 1821-27, Part 6, Parry and Ross 1827-33, Part 7, Franklin's last and fatal Expedition, Dr. John Rae's first expedition. Part 8, The Franklin Search, Part 9, On Franklin's Track, Part 10, Discovery of a North West Passage, Part 11, Expedition under Sir Edward Belcher, Part 12, The Fate of Franklin, Part 13, Arctic Expeditions from Foreign Shores, Part 14, Recent European Expeditions, Part 15, The Great English Expedition of 1875-76. Earlier parts cover most earlier explorations. Very comprehensive with good plates. 450.00


12084. Stanley, Henry M: How I found Livingstone. Travels, Adventures, and Discoveries in Central Africa; including Four Months Residence with Dr Livingstone.

Amsterdam: Time Life Books 1987. A photographic reproduction of the first London edition of 1872. xxiii+736 pp. with maps, and other illustrations. In a modern "leather" binding with red and gilt spine with raised bands, and red and gilt lining on boards, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. In very good condition. A very faithfully reproduced copy of one of the great classics of exploration. This is a heavy book requiring extra postage. 14.00


17420. Stanley, Henry M.: In Darkest Africa or the Quest Rescue and Retreat of Emin Governor of Equatoria.

London: Sampson Lowe, Marston, Searle, and Rivington Limited, 1890. First edition. Two Volumes. Volume 1: xv + 529 pp. Folding, coloured, map. 15 plates. 59 illustrations. Appendix. Index. Volume 2: xv + 529 pp. Three folding, coloured, maps. 23 plates. 46 illustrations. Four Appendices. Index. 22.5 x 14.5 cm. In good condition. 50.00


4710. Tabler, Edward C. editor: Trade and Travel in Early Barotseland.

University of California Press 1963. xii+125pp, illustrated, folding map, d.w.The diaries of George Westbeech 1885-1888, and Capt. Norman MacLeod 1875-1876, illustrated with the sketches of Lieutenant William Fairliepp. An ex library copy with several small library stamps but clean and generally good. Part of the Robins Series. 10.00


3662. Tilman, H.W: China to Chitral.

Cambridge University Press 1st ed. 1951. 123pp. 69 photographs by the author. d.w. in a protective cover. Bears a library bookplate on ffep. In very good condition. Covers his journeys in 1949, and his attempts at Bogdo Ala and Chakar Aghil with E.E. Shipton. 15.00


15289. Vambery, Arminius: The Story of My Struggles The Memoirs of Arminius Vambery.

London: Thomas Nelson, c1905. 471+ ix pp. 16 x 11 cm. Frontispiece portrait. Forty years as a Professor of Oriental languages. Gold-blocked blue boards, laminated. 15.00


18464. von Le Coq, Albert: Buried Treasures of Chinese Turkestan An account of the Activities and Adventures of the Second and Third German Turfan Expedition.

London: George Allen & Unwin, 1928. 180 pp. 24 x 16 cm. Translated by Anna Barwell. 52 plates. Gold-blocked blue boards. No dustwrapper. Previous owner's name on front pastedown.The boards are rather worn and have some staining. Some light foxing to prelims, otherwise fair only. It is sad to realise that many of the treasures brought back to Berlin were destroyed in WW2 bombing. 15.00


58. Watts, CC: Dawn in Swaziland.

London: 1922. viii+127 pp. illustrated, v. g. A very interesting account of the history and culture of Swaziland. 10.00

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