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ALS. To The Hon. William Blathwaite

Whitley, J.

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1695
  • Condition: One small tear at an old fold, no loss of text, some old folds, red wax seal mostly intact
London, 1695. Folded bifolium addressed and docketed on verso with wax seal. 1 vols. Small folio. One small tear at an old fold, no loss of text, some old folds, red wax seal mostly intact. Folded bifolium addressed and docketed on verso with wax seal. 1 vols. Small folio. 17th century Job Application. William Blathwayte (1649-1717) was an English diplomat and Whig politician. He established the War Office and was an important administrator of British colonies in North America. This letter from one J Whitley to William Blathwaite, begins "I'me the person that about 16 years ago was a fellow clerk with Mr. Sergeant (who is lately dead) in the Plantation Office in Scotlands-Yard, but since that time have visited many places in England & Wales ..." J Whitley proposes to call upon William Blackwaite "tomorrow Morn" and appears to be requesting a job, assuring Blathwayte of his "Diligence & Sobriety"

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$ 200.00
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1914 and Other Poems

(Shackleton, Sir Ernest Henry) Brooke, Rupert

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1915
  • Condition: Original blue cloth, printed spine label, extra label tipped in at back. Wear to head of spine, some rubbing to boards, very goo
  • Edition: First edition of the poet's posthumous second book
London: Sidgwick & Jackson [Printed at the Complete Press, West Norwood], 1915. First edition of the poet's posthumous second book. Photogravure frontispiece portrait in profile view by Sherril Schell. 63 pp. 1 vols. Small 8vo. Original blue cloth, printed spine label, extra label tipped in at back. Wear to head of spine, some rubbing to boards, very good. First edition of the poet's posthumous second book. Photogravure frontispiece portrait in profile view by Sherril Schell. 63 pp. 1 vols. Small 8vo. Shackleton's copy. Shackleton's copy of Rupert Brooke's landmark collection, gifted to him shortly after the rescue of the crew of the Endurance. A gift inscription on the front free endpaper reads, "Ernest Shackleton/from/A. Martinez-Inez?/Montevideo/Oct 6, 1916", and the explorer's ownership signature appears on the back of the frontispiece. Shackleton was in Montevideo recovering from the long ordeal of his Imperial Trans-Atlantic Expedition, a planned attempt to make a land crossing of Antarctica, which would be the last great undertaking of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Shackleton not only failed to cross the continent, he didn't even reach the mainland. Instead, the party watched helplessly from an ice-floe as their ship was crushed by the ice. It was here that Shackleton "showed his supreme qualities of leadership. With five companions he made a voyage of 800 miles in a 22-foot boat through some of the stormiest seas in the world, crossed the unknown lofty interior of South Georgia, and reached a Norwegian whaling station on the north coast. After three attempts Shackleton succeeded (30 August 1916) in rescuing the rest of the Endurance party and bringing them to South America" (ODNB); not a single man was lost. Shackleton remained in South America where he and his crew were feted-- and where this copy of Brooke's poems was presented to him-- until departing in late October 1916 to rescue the stranded crew of the Auorora, the second ship involved in the expedition. Keynes 6; Hayward, English Poetry, 32; NCBEL, IV, p. 241. Provenance: Sir Ernest Shackleton (gift inscription on f.f.e.p., ownership signature to reverse of frontispiece); Granville Terry Nicholson (bookplate)

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$ 6,500.00
image of Royal Naval Biography; of Peter Heywood, Esq. One of the Survivors of the Mutiny on the Bounty

Royal Naval Biography; of Peter Heywood, Esq. One of the Survivors of the Mutiny on the Bounty

Marshall, John

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1936
  • Condition: Full light blue morocco, spine lettered in gilt, "Gov Charles Edison Library" stamped in gilt to front turn in, a.e.g.
  • Edition: Reprint of 1825 edition
New York: George R. Gorman 75 Varick Street, 1936. Reprint of 1825 edition. Illustrated. 77 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Full light blue morocco, spine lettered in gilt, "Gov Charles Edison Library" stamped in gilt to front turn in, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. Spine a touch faded. Reprint of 1825 edition. Illustrated. 77 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. From the library of Charles Edison. From the library of Charles Edison (1890-1969), son of Thomas A. Edison and Governor of New Jersey from 1941-1944.

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$ 200.00
image of Autograph manuscript signed on the title page ("Henry Norman, M.P."), entitled "The Flowing Road. A record of the perfect holiday of an automobile journey through five countries, across twelve frontiers, & over five Alpine Passes"

Autograph manuscript signed on the title page ("Henry Norman, M.P."), entitled "The Flowing Road. A record of the perfect holiday of an automobile journey through five countries, across twelve frontiers, & over five Alpine Passes"

Norman, Sir Henry, M.P.

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Condition: Bound in full dark green morocco by Zaehnsdorf, dated 1906, with blindstamp for exhibition bindings on back pastedown, all corne
240 ff. aprox. written on recto only, on onionskin paper in black ink, with corrections and emendations throughout. 8vo (8 x 4 3/4 inches). Bound in full dark green morocco by Zaehnsdorf, dated 1906, with blindstamp for exhibition bindings on back pastedown, all corners of the covers tooled with a post-horn device within an ornamental frame, dark green silk endpapers, gilt on the rough. Spine sunned, else fine. 240 ff. aprox. written on recto only, on onionskin paper in black ink, with corrections and emendations throughout. 8vo (8 x 4 3/4 inches). The autograph printer's manuscript for the lead article for the March 1906 issue of Scribner's Magazine, recounting an early long-distance motoring trip undertaken by Norman with two American friends, which took them over perilous alipne passes. Scientific American described it as "the best appreciation of the true charm of motoring ever written." Sir Henry Norman (1858-1959) was an early member of the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland and had occasion as an M.P. (elected in 1900) to represent the interests of motorists. "Norman joined the staff of the Pall Mall Gazette under the editorship of the celebrated W. T. Stead, and became a prominent and prolific journalist in the heyday of the 'new journalism'. He maintained his links with the United States, working as a London correspondent for the New York Times. An astute networker, Norman reported on literary, theatrical, and political matters, and came to know such figures as Robert Louis Stevenson, William Archer, Walter Pater, Henry Irving, George Bernard Shaw, and Walt Whitman. In 1887 he set off on a four-year world tour on behalf of several international newspapers, reporting from places as far apart as Canada, Siberia, the Philippines, Siam, and Japan. The trip gave him material for his successful travel books The Real Japan (1892) and The Peoples and Politics of the Far East (1895)" (ODNB).

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$ 1,750.00
image of S.S. Resolute Scrapbook (Hamburg American Lines) South African Cruise scapbook 1934

S.S. Resolute Scrapbook (Hamburg American Lines) South African Cruise scapbook 1934

(South African Cruise)

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1934
  • Condition: Original brown leather stamped "My South African Cruuise on the Resolute."
1934. 250 pieces. Oblong 4to. Original brown leather stamped "My South African Cruuise on the Resolute.". 250 pieces. Oblong 4to. An initial large photo of the passengers on the trip, Scenes of Trinidad, Bahia, Rio de Janero Brazil, St. Helena, Capetown, Johannesburg, Mines, Zululand, Diamonds -Kimberly, S.A. Lourenço, Ngoma, South Africa, Port Sudan, Zanzibar, Kenya, Aden and Barcelona.

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$ 400.00
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The End of the Game

Beard, Peter H.

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1965
  • Condition: Publisher's gilt-lettered cloth. In photographically illustrated dust-jacket (some chipping and edgewear)
  • Edition: First edition
New York: The Viking Press, 1965. First edition. Illustrated throughout with b/w and color photographs, drawings, and maps; 256 pp. 1 vols. 4to. Publisher's gilt-lettered cloth. In photographically illustrated dust-jacket (some chipping and edgewear). First edition. Illustrated throughout with b/w and color photographs, drawings, and maps; 256 pp. 1 vols. 4to. "In addition to being singularly beautiful (with its luscious printing and scrapbook aesthetic), THE END OF THE GAME is thoughful as well. Long taken as a seminal book on wildlife conservation, it is actually an epic visual poem on the subject of loss ..." (Roth). Roth 101, pp. 170-1; Blossfeldt, pp. 208-9

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$ 500.00
image of Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the Years 1826 and 1836, Describing Their Examination of the Southern Shores of South America, and the Beagle's Circumnavigation of the Globe

Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the Years 1826 and 1836, Describing Their Examination of the Southern Shores of South America, and the Beagle's Circumnavigation of the Globe

[Darwin, Charles; Philip Parker King; and Robert FitzRoy]

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1839
  • Condition: Bound in period half dark green morocco and marbled boards, spines gilt, t.e.g. Repaired tear on half-title of vol. I, maps back
  • Edition: First edition
London: Henry Colburn, 1839. First edition. xxviii, [4], 597; xiv, [2], 694, [1]; xiv, 615; viii, 352 pp. including half titles in three primary volumes plus forty-six plates (including two frontispieces), one plan, and nine folding maps and charts. 4 vols. 8vo. Bound in period half dark green morocco and marbled boards, spines gilt, t.e.g. Repaired tear on half-title of vol. I, maps backed with japanese tissue. Bound without publisher's ads at end of appendix volume, which are often lacking. Fine. First edition. xxviii, [4], 597; xiv, [2], 694, [1]; xiv, 615; viii, 352 pp. including half titles in three primary volumes plus forty-six plates (including two frontispieces), one plan, and nine folding maps and charts. 4 vols. 8vo. Darwin's First Book. The account of the Beagle's two voyages, edited by Robert Fitzroy, who served as commander of both voyages. Volume three of this work represents the first edition of Darwin's account of the voyage which provided the basis for his work on the origin of species, found here in its second issue entitled JOURNAL OF RESEARCHES INTO THE GEOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY OF THE VARIOUS COUNTRIES VISITED BY H.M.S. BEAGLE. "The third volume contains Darwin's account of the voyage, now famous as the genesis of his theory of evolutionary biology. The demand for Darwin's JOURNAL immediately exceeded that for the companion volumes of the NARRATIVE. Colburn therefore brought out a separate edition of it in the same year" - Hill. Freeman notes that Darwin's "first published book is undoubtedly the most often read and stands second only to ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES as the most often printed. It is an important travel book in its own right and its relation to the background of his evolutionary ideas has often been stressed." The first volume contains Captain King's account of the first coastal surveys of Patagonia and Terra del Fuego, produced on the first expedition between 1826 and 1830. The other volumes comprise the account of the second voyage of the Beagle. Between 1831 and 1836, the ship visited Brazil, Argentina, Terra del Fuego, Chile, Peru, the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia. The appendix to the second volume, bound here as the fourth volume of this set, includes a meteorological journal, official instructions, correspondence, and notes. Four of the six plates in the appendix volume consist of sixteen separate illustrations of various cloud formations. A fine, attractive set of a landmark of scientific exploration, one of the most important Pacific voyages, and Darwin's first substantial book publication. Hill 607; Freeman 10, pp. 31-39; Borba de Moraes, p. 247; Sabin 37826

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$ 45,000.00
image of S. S. Resolute (Hamburg-American Line) World Cruise Scrapbook 1932

S. S. Resolute (Hamburg-American Line) World Cruise Scrapbook 1932

(World Cruise)

1932. Over 500 pieces, most S.S. Resolute photographs including some privately done photographs and postcards. Oblong 4to. Brown leather album. Fine. Over 500 pieces, most S.S. Resolute photographs including some privately done photographs and postcards. Oblong 4to. Initial photo of the passengers on "All States Night", then in sequence Maderia, Spain, Majorca, France, Italy, Greece, Holy Land, Egypt, India, Ceylon, Siam, Java, Bali, China, Hawaii and Panama.

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$ 450.00
image of Famous French Salons

Famous French Salons

Hamel, Frank

New York: Brentano's, 1908. 347pp. 8vo. Bound in three quarters green morocco, a.e.g. Fine. 347pp. 8vo.

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$ 200.00
image of Travels in Arabia Deserta ... With an Introduction by T.E. Lawrence

Travels in Arabia Deserta ... With an Introduction by T.E. Lawrence

Doughty, Charles M.

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1936
  • Condition: Bound in three quarters modern polished mottle calf and marbled boards, green and brown title labels. Fine
  • Edition: New and definitive edition
London: Jonathan Cape, 30 Bedford Square, 1936. New and definitive edition. Illustrated, 2 folding maps. 674; 696pp. 2 vols. 4to. Bound in three quarters modern polished mottle calf and marbled boards, green and brown title labels. Fine. New and definitive edition. Illustrated, 2 folding maps. 674; 696pp. 2 vols. 4to. O'Brien A019

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$ 950.00
image of The South Polar Trail...The Log Of Ernest Mills Joyce On The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition

The South Polar Trail...The Log Of Ernest Mills Joyce On The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition

Joyce, Ernest

London: Duckworth, 1920. First edition. Frontispiece and 60 other B&W photographs. 220pp. 8vo. Publisher's blue cloth. First edition. Frontispiece and 60 other B&W photographs. 220pp. 8vo. Spence 642

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$ 500.00
image of History of Egypt. Edited by A.H. Sayce. Professor of Assyriology, Oxford. Translated by M.L. McClure, Member of the Committee of the Egypt Exploration Fund

History of Egypt. Edited by A.H. Sayce. Professor of Assyriology, Oxford. Translated by M.L. McClure, Member of the Committee of the Egypt Exploration Fund

Maspero, G.

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: nd
  • Condition: Bound green morocco, spines lightly sunned, full crimson morocco doublures with gilt central central lotus pod motif and surroun
  • Edition: Edition Definitive , No. 16 of 50 copies on Japan Vellum
London: The Grolier Society, nd. Edition Definitive , No. 16 of 50 copies on Japan Vellum. Color Frontispiece and two other states in each volumes, Illustrated throughout. Printed by William Clowes and Son, Limited, London. 3 vols. 8vo. Bound green morocco, spines lightly sunned, full crimson morocco doublures with gilt central central lotus pod motif and surrounding dentelles, a.e.g. About Fine. Edition Definitive , No. 16 of 50 copies on Japan Vellum. Color Frontispiece and two other states in each volumes, Illustrated throughout. Printed by William Clowes and Son, Limited, London. 3 vols. 8vo. PLATES IN 3 STATES.

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$ 750.00
image of Ireland Picturesque and Romantic

Ireland Picturesque and Romantic

Ritchie, Leith

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1837
  • Condition: Full contemporary green morocco, a.e.g. Fine
  • Edition: First Edition
London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1837. First Edition. With 19 engravings from drawings by D. M'Clise and T. Creswick. 1 vols. Small 4to. Full contemporary green morocco, a.e.g. Fine. First Edition. With 19 engravings from drawings by D. M'Clise and T. Creswick. 1 vols. Small 4to.

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$ 300.00
image of The Worst Journey in the World. Antarctic 1910-1913

The Worst Journey in the World. Antarctic 1910-1913

Cherry-Garrard, Apsley

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1951
  • Condition: Bound in three quarters modern blue morocco and blue cloth sides. Fine
  • Edition: One Volume Edition
London: Chatto & Windus, 1951. One Volume Edition. With maps and illustrations by the late Doctor Edward A. Wilson and the Author. Bound in three quarters modern blue morocco and blue cloth sides. Fine. One Volume Edition. With maps and illustrations by the late Doctor Edward A. Wilson and the Author.

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$ 400.00
image of Destruction of Life by Snakes, Hydrophobia, etc. in Western India. By an ex-commissioner

Destruction of Life by Snakes, Hydrophobia, etc. in Western India. By an ex-commissioner

(Snakes)

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1880
  • Condition: Publisher's green gilt lettered cloth. library markings to cover, inside cover, title and elsewhere with a withdrawal stamp
  • Edition: First Edition
London: W.H. Allen, 1880. First Edition. xvi, 120 pp. 12mo. Publisher's green gilt lettered cloth. library markings to cover, inside cover, title and elsewhere with a withdrawal stamp from Wellcome Library to title verso, otherwise a sound copy. First Edition. xvi, 120 pp. 12mo.

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$ 250.00
image of Ireland

Ireland

Mathew, Frank

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1905
  • Condition: Bound in modern three quarters green morocco. Fine, some sunning
  • Edition: First Edition
London: Adam & Charles Black, 1905. First Edition. Painted by Francis S. Walker, with 24 color plates. 1 vols. 8vo. Bound in modern three quarters green morocco. Fine, some sunning. First Edition. Painted by Francis S. Walker, with 24 color plates. 1 vols. 8vo.

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$ 250.00
image of Guest book of yacht Sheelah, signed by Robert E. Peary, 21 September 1909, upon his return from the North Pole

Guest book of yacht Sheelah, signed by Robert E. Peary, 21 September 1909, upon his return from the North Pole

(Peary, Robert E)

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Condition: Embossed and colored pictorial gilt binding featuring three pictorial panels in a figural acanthus border, gilt turn-ins, aeg. P
1 vols. 4to. Embossed and colored pictorial gilt binding featuring three pictorial panels in a figural acanthus border, gilt turn-ins, aeg. Paper toned with age as expected. 1 vols. 4to. This elaborately bound volume of guest autographs was commissioned for the yacht Sheelah, owned by millionaire industrialist Charles Ross (1848-1913). Originally from Scotland, Ross emigrated to North America in 1868 and built a fortune as a railway engineer, settling finally in Montreal. In 1912, this book was transferred to another yacht, the Glencain, previously the Liberty. Ross bought this magnificent yacht on the death of Joseph Pulitzer -- at a crew of 65 people, it was one of the largest in the world. On Ross's death, the yacht was bought by Sir Robert Houston, and the final entry in the book is the signature of Edward Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII. The steam yacht to which this autograph book belonged was the ship that welcomed Commander Peary home in Sydney, N.S., the port he had departed from. On September 21, 1909, the yacht put to sea carrying Mrs. Peary, her daughter, Miss Marie Peary, Robert E. Peary Jr, and a part of friends, including Col. Borup, father of George Borup, one of the expedition members, and George Kennan, author, and John Kehl, the United States consul at Sydney. In addition to the signatures of Robert E Peary are the signatures of his wife and two children, HL Bridgman, Secretary of the Peary Arctic Club, John Kehl, US Consul, and Fred Cook, here identified as "Correspondent for the London Times" rather than as Peary's rival. This book goes above and beyond the Peary provenance, however. Beginning on January 26, 1906, in Naples, where the book was likely purchased, it includes 35 leaves of signatures, including two Governor Generals of Canada, accounts of visits to Bermuda, St. Lucia, Monte Carlo, and Gibralter.

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$ 10,000.00
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Elephants at Sundown: The Story of Bill Woodley

Holman, Dennis

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1978
  • Condition: Original cloth, dust jacket. A few plates starting, otherwise near fine
  • Edition: First edition
London: W.H. Allen, 1978. First edition. With several plates and extra-illustrated with 26 original photographs and several other clipped illustrations mounted throughout. [x], 274 pp. 8vo. Original cloth, dust jacket. A few plates starting, otherwise near fine. First edition. With several plates and extra-illustrated with 26 original photographs and several other clipped illustrations mounted throughout. [x], 274 pp. 8vo. Inscribed and Extra-Illustrated. Inscribed by Bill Woodley, Ruth Hales Woodley, "Bongo" (Bill Jr.) Woodley, and Dennis Holman, to Iris and Don Hunt, co-founders of the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy. Bill Woodley (1929-1995) was warden of Kenya's Mountain National Parks, a leader in the movement against elephant poaching, and a close friend of Peter Beard. (One of Beard's earliest safari's, in 1961, was organized by Ruth Hales, who later became Woodley's wife.) This copy has been EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED à la Beard, with numerous original photographs of elephants in the wild, of Bill and Ruth Woodley and other figures in the book, places described, etc, as well as illustrations taken from other sources. Also signed by Danny Woodley, Ruth and Bill's second son, beneath a photo of him.

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$ 1,500.00
image of Through the First Antarctic Night 1898-1899. A Narrative of the Voyage of the "Belgica" Among Newly Discovered Lands and Over an Unknown Sea About the South Pole

Through the First Antarctic Night 1898-1899. A Narrative of the Voyage of the "Belgica" Among Newly Discovered Lands and Over an Unknown Sea About the South Pole

Cook, Frederick A.

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1900
  • Condition: Original blue illustrated cloth lettered in gilt, t.e.g. Slight wear to extremities of boards but a near fine copy
  • Edition: First edition
New York: Doubleday & McClure, 1900. First edition. Profusely illustrated with maps and photographs. xxiv, 478 pp. Thick 8vo. Original blue illustrated cloth lettered in gilt, t.e.g. Slight wear to extremities of boards but a near fine copy. First edition. Profusely illustrated with maps and photographs. xxiv, 478 pp. Thick 8vo. Spence p. 39 # 312; Rosove 76.A3; Taurus 19

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$ 1,250.00
image of The North Pole

The North Pole

Peary, Robert E.

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1910
  • Condition: Publisher's vellum with gilt medallion inset to upper cover. Spine rubbed, some minor soiling to covers, ties lacking, inter
  • Edition: Number 190 of 500 copies of the Edition de Luxe, signed by Peary
London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1910. Number 190 of 500 copies of the Edition de Luxe, signed by Peary and R.A. Bartlett on the title page. Introduction by Theodore Roosevelt. With a large folding colored map & 116 mounted photographic plates. 1 vols. 4to. Publisher's vellum with gilt medallion inset to upper cover. Spine rubbed, some minor soiling to covers, ties lacking, internally clean. Number 190 of 500 copies of the Edition de Luxe, signed by Peary and R.A. Bartlett on the title page. Introduction by Theodore Roosevelt. With a large folding colored map & 116 mounted photographic plates. 1 vols. 4to. Signed Edition De Luxe.

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$ 2,500.00

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