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“THEY WILL WONDERFULLY MEND THE WORLD”

SWIFT, Jonathan. Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World. London, 1726. Two volumes.

First edition, scarce second issue (Teerink "AA") of Swift's classic satire—"at once a favorite book of children and a summary of bitter scorn for mankind"—with engraved frontispiece portrait of Gulliver, six plates (four maps and two plans), as well as numerous woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces, in beautifully restored contemporary calf covers. $19,800.

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“ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE INCIDENTS IN THE WHOLE OF MARITIME HISTORY”

BLIGH, William. A Voyage to the South Sea. London, 1792.

First edition of the official account of the mutiny on the Bounty and "one of the most heroic sea voyages ever made" (Hill), with stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait of Captain Bligh and seven engraved plates and charts (five folding). Beautifully bound. $17,800.

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“AFTER HAVING UNDERGONE A GREAT DEAL OF RIDICULE… WE WERE AT LENGTH CAST ADRIFT IN THE OPEN OCEAN”

BLIGH, William. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty. London, 1790.

First edition of Bligh's gripping account of "one of the most heroic sea voyages ever made," with folding plan of the H.M.S. Bounty and three charts (two folding). $17,500.

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"THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FANTASY NOVEL EVER WRITTEN"

TOLKIEN, J.R.R. Lord of the Rings. London, 1954-55. Three volumes.

First editions of all three volumes of Tolkien's tour de force: his richly imagined, elegantly crafted, wildly popular vision of the battle for the fate of Middle-Earth, an exceptional set. $15,000.

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ONE OF ONLY 75 LARGE-PAPER COPIES, THE 1809 BEST EDITION OF HAKLUYT’S MONUMENTAL FIVE-VOLUME FOLIO COLLECTION OF THE EARLY VOYAGES

HAKLUYT, Richard. Collection of the Early Voyages, Travels, and Discoveries. London, 1809-12. Five volumes.

One of only 75 large-paper copies on Imperial paper(out of a total edition of only 325) of “this enormous work—the most complete collection of voyages and discoveries, by land as well as by sea, and of the nautical achievements of the Elizabethans” (PMM). “The best and most complete edition… very scarce” (Hill). $15,000.

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“FOR 160 DAYS WE MARCHED THROUGH THE FOREST, BUSH AND JUNGLE”

STANLEY, Henry M. In Darkest Africa. New York, 1890. Two volumes.

Deluxe signed limited first edition, American issue, number 39 of only 250 copies signed by Stanley, of the classic 19th-century account of African exploration. Profusely illustrated with engraved frontispieces, 38 mounted plates on India paper, six additional full-page etchings (each signed by the artist), three color folding maps (two backed in cloth), a folding table of comparative vocabularies, and numerous mounted, in-text India-prints. $15,000.

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"THE BEST CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNT OF THE FAMOUS PIRATE"

KIDD, William (MITCHELL, John). Full Account of the Proceedings in Relation to Capt. Kidd. London, 1701.

First edition of one of the earliest works to tell the legendary story of Captain Kidd, published the same year the notorious pirate was hanged for murder. $15,000.

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“A BIBLE OF ITS KIND”

(ARABIAN PENINSULA) DOUGHTY, Charles M. Travels in Arabia Deserta. Cambridge, 1888. Two volumes.

First edition of this classic of Arabian travel, illustrated with numerous plates, maps and in-text wood engravings, and folding map printed in color laid into a pocket at the rear of Volume I, as issued. Very hard to find in such nice condition in the original cloth, and with an intriguing provenance, from the library of British Arabist, colonial agent and diplomat Colonel Samuel Barrett Miles. $13,500.

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VERY SCARCE INSCRIBED PRESENTATION FIRST EDITION OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT’S AFRICAN GAME TRAILS—THE SANG COPY

ROOSEVELT, Theodore. African Game Trails. New York, 1910.

First trade edition, inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt in the year of publication: "To Sir William Edmund Garstin with the regard of Theodore Roosevelt, Sept 20th 1910." With 50 illustrations, including photographs, photogravures, drawings and a map. From the renowned Americana collection of Mrs. Philip D. Sang. $9600.

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WITH 53 BEAUTIFUL FOLIO HAND-COLORED PLATES OF PORTUGAL AND SPAIN

(SPAIN) (PORTUGAL) (NAPOLEONIC WARS) BRADFORD, William. Sketches of the Country, Character, and Costume, in Portugal and Spain. London, 1809.

First edition, first issue, illustrated with 53 full-page hand-colored engraved folio plates, including 40 plates of scenic views of Portugal and Spain along with examples of native costume, and a supplement of 13 plates of the military uniforms of the Spanish, Portuguese, and French armies. $6500.

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“IT WOULD ENSURE HIM A PERMANENT PLACE IN AMERICAN NATURAL HISTORY”

BARTRAM, William. Travels through North and South Carolina. London, 1792.

First English edition (published the year after the extremely scarce American first edition) of Bartram's "unrivaled" account of life on the southern frontier, with frontispiece portrait of the chief of the Seminoles, folding map of East Florida and seven engraved botanical and zoological plates (one folding). $6000.

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“IT IS A TERRIBLE THING, THIS KINDNESS… WE HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO GIVE”

LEGUIN, Ursula K. The Left Hand of Darkness. New York, 1969.

First hardcover edition of LeGuin’s award-winning book, “one of the three or four most influential science fiction novels of the last half-century”—a lyrical and challenging tale of politics, gender and love on an alien world, inscribed and signed by her on the front free endpaper, "To Dave, with all good wishes, Ursula." $5600.

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A VOYAGE UP THE MEDITERRANEAN, WITH 42 HAND-COLORED AQUATINTS

(MEDITERRANEAN) (MIDEAST) (NAPOLEONIC WARS) WILLYAMS, Cooper. A Voyage up the Mediterranean. London, 1802.

First edition of this "intelligent and useful" narrative of the Mideast, quarto issue, "a finely produced book" with engraved dedication page and 42 splendid finely hand-colored aquatint plates, including a double-page folding map of the Mediterranean with insets and a full-page "Plan of the Battle of the Nile," along with wonderful views of Alexandria, Gibraltar, the Rock of Scylla, Venice and more, attractively bound. $4500.

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“ONE OF THE BEST ILLUSTRATED ENGLISH TRAVELS ON CHINA”

(CHINA) BARROW, John. Travels in China. London, 1804.

First edition of this early attempt to "show the extraordinary Chinese people as they really are," with five full-page hand-colored aquatints (including frontispiece) and three engraved plates (two double-page) by William Alexander. $4500.

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"THE CLENCHED FIST OF REPUBLICAN SPAIN": VERY RARE FIRST ISSUE OF HEMINGWAY'S THE SPANISH EARTH, ONE OF FEWER THAN 100 COPIES.

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Spanish Earth. Cleveland, 1938.

Limited first edition, number 97 of 1000 copies—one of fewer than 100 first-issue copies released with pictorial endpapers. $3800.

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“TO BEGIN WITH HE WAS ASHAMED OF HIMSELF—A RARE STATE OF MIND”

FLEMING, Ian. Thunderball. London, 1961.

First edition of Fleming’s ninth Bond novel, featuring the first appearance of the superspy’s memorable nemesis, the villainous mastermind behind SPECTRE, Ernst Blofeld, who steals two nuclear warheads and threatens the world. $3200.

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“I DREW THESE TIDES OF MEN INTO MY HANDS AND WROTE MY WILL ACROSS THE SKY IN STARS”

LAWRENCE, T.E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Garden City, 1935.

Limited first American edition, number 740 of 750 copies, of Lawrence's famous account of his legendary part in the Arab rebellion against the Ottoman Empire during World War I, richly illustrated. $2500.

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FINE VIEWS OF EUROPE, GREAT BRITAIN, RUSSIA, AND GREECE

(EUROPE) TAYLOR, Bayard, editor. Picturesque Europe. New York, 1875-79. Three volumes. First edition of this elegant depiction of European places of interest, splendidly illustrated with 63 full-page steel engravings and hundreds of in-text wood-engravings, in publisher’s deluxe tooled morocco-gilt. $2500.

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“THESE ROUGH NOTES AND OUR DEAD BODIES MUST TELL THE TALE”

SCOTT, Robert F. Scott's Last Expedition. London, 1913. Two volumes.

First edition of Scott's diaries from his last Antarctic expedition, with frontispiece portraits, 18 color plates, eight folding maps (one color), and over 250 other illustrations and folding panoramas. $1800.

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“AS THE SOIL IS, SO THE HEART OF MAN”

BARTLETT, William Henry. Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland. London, 1870. Two volumes bound in one.

Early edition of this wonderful collaborative production on the Irish landscape by historians Nathaniel Parker Willis and Joseph Stirling Coyne, and famous British topographical artist William Henry Bartlett, who provided 120 magnificent steel-engraved views, including two engraved vignette title pages, and a map of Ireland. $1800.

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"CHINA HAS VERY LITTLE COMMUNICATION WITH THE BARBARIANS OF THE WEST… JAPAN HAS STILL LESS, AND COREA NONE AT ALL"

MLEOD, John. Voyage of His Majesty's Ship Alceste. London, 1818.

Second and best edition, with frontispiece portrait of Captain Maxwell and five fine hand-colored aquatint plates, including a plate not present in the first edition of the preceding year. $1750.

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"ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC FIGURES OF THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY"

LAWRENCE, T.E., WOOLLEY, C. LEONARD. Wilderness of Zin. London, 1915.

First edition, first issue, of "the first of Lawrence's books to appear in book form," with large folding plan, seven full-page maps, plans and illustrations, 37 photographic plates and nearly 60 in-text illustrations, a handsome copy. $1650.

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“WHO COULD HAVE IMAGINED THAT IN THE INTERIOR OF THE DREAD DESERT OF GOBI… ACTUAL CITIES SLUMBERED UNDER THE SAND?”

HEDIN, Sven. Through Asia. New York, 1899. Two volumes.

First American edition of this classic travel narrative, with nearly 300 illustrations after sketches and photographs by Hedin, and with two folding maps printed in color showing the author's routes, one at the rear of each volume. $1250.

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“A VERY EXTRAORDINARY BOOK, BY A VERY EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN, ABOUT A VERY EXTRAORDINARY MAN”

(BURTON, Richard) BURTON, Isabel. Life of Captain Sir Richd. F. Burton. London, 1893. Two volumes.

First edition of Isabel Burton’s biography of her famous husband, with frontispiece portraits, 17 full-page plates (two in color), five maps, and numerous in-text illustrations, in the original pictorial cloth. $1250.

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INSCRIBED BY VIVIAN FUCHS AND HAL LISTER TO A FAMOUS BRITISH GLACIOLOGIST

FUCHS, Sir Vivian and HILLARY, Sir Edmund. The Crossing of Antarctica. London, 1958.

First edition of this account of the first land crossing of Antarctica, profusely illustrated with color and and black-and-white photographs, inscribed on the half title in the year of publication by the author to a prominent glaciologist and polar specialist, Charles Swithinbank: "To Charles, V. Fuchs 1958," and additionally signed by his fellow explorer on the Trans-Antarctic Expedition, Hal Lister. $650.

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"AND ALL THIS BECAUSE OF A MAN CALLED BOND…"

FLEMING, Ian. Octopussy and The Living Daylights. London, 1966.

First edition of the James Bond short stories "Octopussy" (in which a Fabergé egg holds the key to a nuclear attack on a U.S. Air Force base) and "The Living Daylights" (in which 007 must organize the defection of a Soviet general), a splendid copy. $450.

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