Boston: W. J. Reynolds & Company, (1853). Frontis, 220 pp. + Adv. . Illus. with 10 engravings. 16mo. Elaborately stamped cloth. n.ed. Jacob Abbott (1803-79), educator and author of the immensely popular Rollo series of books for children, sends his hero, 12 year old Rollo Holiday, his parents, his brother Thanny, his cousin Jane, and Mr. George, his uncle, on a geographical tour. This is the first in the series. A good copy with sunned spine, wear to extremities, and soiling to edges, but still clean.
Exploration & Travel
Lisboa: Na Typ. da Academia, 1812. vi, 178 pp. 8vo. Modern three quarter morocco over marbled boards. First edition. Includes: 1. Breve relação dos escrituras dos gentios da India Oriental, e dos seus costumes (pp. 1-59) [A short account of the gentios of India and their customs]; 2. Noticia summaria do gentilismo da Asia (pp. 61-126) [A short account of paganism in Asia]; These have been attributed by Francisco Maria Esteves Pereria to Fernão de Queiroz, a 17th c. Jesuit, whose translation of the Bhagavat-Gita was only first published in 1922, and may have been the first translation into a western language of that work. Esteves Pereria considered it a sequel to the two pieces contained in this volume (see Ethel Pope: India in Portuguese Literature, (Bastorá: Tipografia Rangel, 1937; pp. 166-168). 3. Joseph de Anchieta. Epistola quamplurimarum rerum naturalium, quae S. Vincentii (nunc S. Paulí) provinciam incolunt, sistens descriptionem (pp. 127-178) [Communication of the very many natural things which dwell in the province of St. Vincent (now São Paulo) systematically described]. The Spanish Jesuit missionary José de Anchieta (1534 -1597) was one of the founders of São Paulo (1554) and Rio de Janeiro a decade later. Best known for his book "The Art of Grammar" on the indigenous Old Tupi language, he was also an accomplished naturalist as revealed in this work. The "Collecção" would eventually run to seven volumes published over 30 years. Quite uncommon. Last partial or complete set at auction in 1948. Near fine, small period stamp on title page. Sabin 14362. Leclerc 126. Innocencio V.2 (p.87-88): 353. Rodrigues 658. Borba de Moraes 164. Greenlee 524.
Madrid: Ramón Anglés, impresor, 1894. xxiii, 486 pp.; xvi, 392 pp. 12mo. Quarter brown morocco over embossed boards, 4 raised bands ruled in gilt, gilt titles, marbled endpapers. Later edition. First published in Seville in 1590, this important work, concerned chiefly with Mexico and Peru, went through a number of editions. "Father Acosta, a native of Medina del Campo, entered the Society of Jesus at the age of fourteen, and in 1571, when thirty-one years old, became the deputy provincial of Peru. He died at Salamanca in 1600, having passed the greater part of the intervening years in America. His work has been justly esteemed for its intrinsic merit, indubitable evidence of which is found in the fact that it has been translated into almost every language of Europe having a literature. Books V, VI, and VII are entirely devoted to a relation of the history, customs and warres of the Indians. This portion of the work is replete with the most curious details of the Aborigines, before their peculiar customs had become modified by contact with the whites. Although he was one of the earliest, yet he was one of the most curious and accurate observers of the customs and peculiarities of the Aborigines who have attempted to describe them. Scarcely a trait which has excited the attention of the historian or the narrator in the three centuries which have elapsed, has escaped his observation and description," (Field, Indian Bibliography, p.2). Provenance: J. A. Rebella with his name in gilt on spine. Very good copies, leaves browned mostly at edges, light soiling on first and last blanks in both volumes. Palau 1984.
Tokyo: Board of Tourist Industry Japanese Government Railways / Hokuseido Press, (1934). xvi, 371 pp. Illus. with b/w photos. Sm. 8vo. Cloth. First edition. A.F. Thomas, intro. Small 4 page advertising brochure from Hokuseido Press laid in loose. A very good unopened (uncut) copy, light soiling along spine, owner's name whited-out, rear endpaper repaired.
Paris: Editions Auguste Picard, 1927, 1936. 563 pp.; 87 pp. Illus. with 300 b/w reproductions. 4to. Paper wrappers. First edition. No. 2 of 50 copies on pur fil Lafuma. Supplement signed by the author. An important work. First volume with wrappers separated from text block as glue has dried, spine chipped at ends, free endpaper reattached, occasional pencil notations, but still about very good. Supplement near fine in original glassine with some tears.
Habana: Oficina del Faro Industrial, 1845. 133,  pp., plate. Illus. with 1 folding map and in-text engravings. 8vo. Later half marbled calf over brown cloth boards, four raised bands, red and brown morocco spine labels titled in gilt, decorative endpapers, original wrappers bound in. First edition. Folding engraved map of "Los descubrimientos de los escandinavos en America" (The discoveries of the Norsemen in America). Bachiller y Morales reviews the theories of the Scandinavians reaching America well before Columbus. It was the first work of its kind in Cuba. “Esta obra es la primera en su clase que ha visto la luz pública en Cuba. Contiene datos preciosísimos sobre los descubrimientos efectuados en la América anterior á Colon en el órden siguiente: Ojeada sobre los viajes á América de los antiguos Escandinavos; Memoria sobre las antigüedades americanas en que el autor da una noticia del resultado de los trabajos de la Sociedad de Anticuarios del Norte, residentes en Capenhague hasta el año 1844, reuniendo en un solo discurso los que la tradición europea y arábiga conservaba sobre América, antes del descubrimiento de Colon, y cuanto sobre este asunto ocurra observar al autor de este escrito. Para esto el autor entre otras obras que ha ojeado, ha hecho un resumen y traducción de la Memoria sobre el descubrimiento de América en el siglo X por Carlos O. Rafn, segunda edicion hecha en Copenhague en 1843," (Andrés Poey, zoologist and geographer). No other copies located at auction in the last half century. A very good mostly unopened (uncut) copy with spine rubbed, small tears and chips to original wrappers, occasional foxing. Palau 21633. Sabin 2607. Trelles III, p.80. Field 1089. Pilling: Proof Sheets 201a.
New York / Kingston: Walbridge / A. W. Gardner, 1890. xi, 243 pp. Illus. with 42 b/w plates, photos, drawings, and 2 folding maps. 12mo. Decorated pebbled red cloth. First edition. Spine darkened, front board scuffed, free front endpaper detached, first and last blank partially detached, leaves browning, still about very good.
Coblenz: Karl Baedeker, 1870. xliv, 418 pp. Illus. with 21 maps, 7 plans and 7 panoramas. 16mo. Limp red cloth with gilt titles. Fourth Edition, revised and augmented. The 1869 edition with additions and corrections down to the spring of 1870. Includes 1910 newspaper clipping on the Hospice of St. Bernard, one of the featured spots to visit. Lacking the spine, front board detached, about half the leaves dampstained on lower half, though noticeable only on a few of the maps, fair to good-. Hinrichsen E070b.
Utrecht: Uttgave Van Douwe Egberts, [ca. 1957]. 72 pp. Illus. with tipped-in color photos and maps. 4to. Cloth. First edition. Eschreven door Piet Bakker, kleurenfoto's van Wim Berssenbrugge, Mr. A. Hustinx, K.L.M., Koninklijke Nederl. stoomboot mij., A. Fisher; oomslag, grote kaart van Caraíbisch gebied, illustraties en lay-out, F. Ten Have. Description of Suriname, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius, and St. Maarten. A fine copy in a the original mailing case.
Hamburg: Bargert's Hafenrundfahrt, 1913. 135 pp. + Map. Illus. with b/w photos, drawings, and 1 folding map (66x19 cm). Sm. 8vo. Paper wrappers with paper onlay of the Imperator (paperback). 200.-210. Tsd. A very good copy, rear wrapper foxed, folding map near fine with minor edgewear to inner margin.
Norman: Univ. Oklahoma Press, (1962). xxiii, 408 pp. Illus. with 32 b/w photos and 7 maps. 8vo. Cloth. First edition. Inscribed by the author. An important work on the exploration and mapping of the west in the years mid-19th century by Hayden, King, Powell, and Wheeler. Scattered foxing else a very good copy with inscription on half-title and later owner's review of the book on last blank in a like dust jacket with faint foxing mostly to inside panels.
London: Trübner & Co. 1878. xviii, , 606,  pp. Illus. with port. frontis, 13 wood engravings, two plates of geological diagrams, and one folding map. Sm. 4to. Red pebbled cloth, boards ruled in gilt, gilt illustration on front board, edges beveled, all edges gilt, brown endpapers. First edition. Errata slip tipped in. Narrative of the 1874 expedition of Charles Tilstone Beke (1800-1874), an English explorer and Biblical scholar, to Egypt in order to determine the real position of Mount Sinai which he thought to be a volcano. The first three chapters were written by Beke with the entire work edited by his wife. It is perhaps his most important book. "Dr. Beke treats of the traditional Mount Sinai, and its rivals within the Peninsula of Pharau; of the non-identity of the Mltzrulm of Scripture with the Egypt of profane history, its position, and that of the I*and of Midian, and of the dynasties of Manetho, and especially those of the shepherd kings, or Mitzrites. The account of the expedition Itself, and of Dr. Beke's sojourn In Egypt, is given in Dr. Beke's very characteristic letters on his last journey." Provenance: Library of the Bangor Theological Seminary (their gift bookplate) [from Library of] Roswell Dwight Hitchcock (his signature dated 1879). Hitchcock (1817-1887) was a pastor, educator, and vice president of the American Geographical Society. Rebacked in red cloth with original spine laid down, seminary gift bookplate on front pastedown, glue marks on rear pastedown where pocket was removed, small repair to inner edge and outer margin of map; plates bright without foxing, a very good copy. Blackmer 109. Blackmer Sale 1150. Hilm: Literature of Egypt and the Soudan I, p. 58.
[La Haye]: [Chez Pierre de Hondt], 1749. 230 x 272 mm. Copper engraving. Map with cartouche and compass. From Histoire générale des voyages, ou nouvelle collection de toutes les relations de voyages par mer et par terre. - [Hrsg.: Antoine F. Prévost D'Exiles] Nouvelle édition La Haye u.a. Band 6, 1748. A very good copy, some toning at the fold.
London: Printed for Hunt and Clarke, 1828. xxiii, 472 pp.; 545 pp. Illus. with engraved frontis, 3 plates, 2 folding plans, and large folding map of the Mississippi. 8vo. Three quarter dark brown morocco over marbled boards, five raised bands decorated in gilt, black morocco lettering pieces, gilt volume numerals. First English edition. Giacomo Costantino Beltrami was a naturalist and explorer who left Italy for Europe after a period of political persecution, then journeyed to America where he traveled from Pittsburgh down the Ohio and up the Mississippi to Ft. Anthony; then to Canada, down the Red River, across to the Missouri and down the Mississippi to New Orleans. For a while he had joined up with an expedition led by Major Stephen Long in 1823 but left to travel again on his own after relations with Long soured. Vol. II. is "almost entirely devoted to the author’s travels among the North-western Indians, of whom he gives some novel particulars. The narrations of what he witnessed are tinged with the peculiar glow of the author’s temperament. Beltrami must have moved in a gigantic world, if he saw external objects through the same media with which he viewed his own person and accomplishments," Field, Indian Bibliography, p. 28. The work was not well received. Nearly invisible repair to front hinge, else a very good set, extremities worn, scattered foxing; tear at inner margin to first few leaves, offsetting on title, folding map remounted, creased, trimmed to exclude the left side neat line but without loss to map, mainly marginal repairs to two tears on verso of one plan. Sabin 4605. Field 111. Pilling: Proof Sheets, 340. Eberstadt 107-20. Howes B338. Wagner-Camp 26a: 2. Clark II: 182. Monaghan: French Travellers 178B. Larned 1591. Hubach 59. Buck 181.
Rio de Janeiro: Livraria São José, 1964. xiv, 322,  pp. Illus. with b/w reproductions. Sm. 4to. Paper wrappers. First edition. Signed by the author. 754 out 1500 copies. "A bibliography of travelers and foreign authors associated with Rio...gives complete bibliographical information for each entry..." Griffin p. 18. Sunned, a bit browned, else a very good copy, some edge wear, crease and light soiling to front and rear wrapper, small tear on fore edge of rear wrapper, contents clean. Griffin 142.
Angra do Heroísmo: Biblioteca Pública e Arquivo Distrital de Angra do Heroísmo, 1960. vii, 47 pp. 8vo. Paper wrappers. First edition. Manuel Coelho Baptista de Lima, Cites 494 items and sources located during a careful search in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, and Belgium, as well as those in Portugal and her former colonies. Covers the broad discovery period. Includes bibliography, cartography, memorabilia, fine and decorative arts. OCLC shows only three copies in U.S. libraries: Harvard, Brown, NYPL. A very good+ copy, minor rust at staple. Afonso II: 5586. Gonçalves 145.
Berkeley: Friends of the Bancroft Library, 1964. 54, 32 pp. Illus. with 1 folding b/w map. Sm. 4to. Turquoise and brown plaid cloth, gilt title on spine. First edition. No. 12 in the series of Keepsakes issued by the Friends of the Bancroft Library. Francis P. Farquhar, intro. Contains 32 pages of facsimile of Bidwell's journal. A fine unopened (uncut) copy.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1883. x, 509 pp., 6 [adv]. Illus. with 113 wood engravings, and maps. Sm. 8vo. Cloth. First edition. A very good- copy, spine sunned and soiled, ends worn mostly at heel, light soiling on boards, bookseller stamps on free front endpaper, first blank and title (not affecting text). Cowan 55. Palau 29979 (London ed.).
Albuquerque: Univ. New Mexico Press, 1949. xvi, 490 pp. Illus. with 3 b/w folding maps and 1 plate. Sm. 4to. Cloth. First edition. Coronado Cuarto Centennial Publications, 1540-1940, Vol. I. Bolton won the Brancroft Prize and Whittelesy House Southwestern Fellowship Award for this, his last work. Also published in a trade edition the same year by Whittelesy House. Undated newspaper book review laid in loose. Minor foxing on fore edge else a near fine partially unopened (uncut) copy in the elusive dust jacket, a very good price-clipped copy, though edge worn and with two small tape repairs.