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Fans of lakes and oceans will definitely enjoy Biblio's collection of antique and rare maritime books in the Biblio Rare Book Room. From books and reports on the demise of the doomed Titanic cruise to books on maritime and navel architecture, there are plenty of rare maritime books to entertain those who are passionate about travelling through water. Some of the rare maritime books in the Biblio Rare Book Room focus on specific voyages and trips, and other books focus on detailed accounts of ship maintenance.

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Decouvertes des Francois, En 1768 & 1769, dans le sud-est de al Nouvelle Guinee. Et...
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Decouvertes des Francois, En 1768 & 1769, dans le sud-est de al Nouvelle Guinee. Et Reconnoissances posterieures des memes Terres par des Navigateurs Anglois qui leur ont impose de nouveaux noms; Precedees De l'Abrege historique des Navigations & des Decouvertes des Espagnols dans les memes Parages. Par M.***, ancien Capitaine de Vaisseau

by Fleurieu (Charles Pierre Claret)

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Paris: De L'Imprimerie Royale, 1790 A good copy of the 1st edition complete, with 11 folding charts and maps and 1 folding plate. Fleurieu had a naval military background and became a leading politician and promoter of South Seas exploration. This copy has a probably contemporary quarter leather binding with marbled boards and marbled page edges and marbled endpapers. The binding has wear but is in good sound condition. There is some damage to the front endpapers in the gutter, and some pencil annotation to the verso of the fep. Contents: title page; directions to binder 1p; Errata 1p; Introduction v-xvi; contents 4pp; folding chart; text pp 1-293; half title - Appendice; text pp 297-309; Fin; 11 further folding maps, charts and plate. The plates are numbered I-XII. The contents are generally very clean with the occasional light spot or mark. There is single small worm track in the gutter of pp 1-36, and a small stain around the track in the gutter affecting pp 14/15 and 16/17. The later plates… Read More
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AL KANZ AL MUKHTAR FI KASHF AL ARADHI WA AL BIHAR, THE SECOND AND MOST RARE ED. PRINTED IN THE...
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AL KANZ AL MUKHTAR FI KASHF AL ARADHI WA AL BIHAR, THE SECOND AND MOST RARE ED. PRINTED IN THE OFFICE OF TOPJIYYA NEAR CAIRO

by RIFA'AA BADAWI RAFI' AL TAHTAWI (TRANSLATOR)

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Egypt: Maktab ut Tobjiyya (the artillery press), 1834 Book. As New. Hardcover. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. ONE OF THE MOST RARE PRINTING OFFICES IN THE EARLY PRINTING HISTORY IN EGYPTE AFTER THE FRENCH PRESS, MAKTAB AL TOPJIYYA (artillery office) WIHICH ESTABLISHED BY MUHAMMED ALI PASHA FOR MILITARY PRESS. THIS IS THE SECOND AND THE MOST RARE ED. IN 1250AH. AFTER THE FIRST BEFORE FEW YEARS IN MALTA. 143PP OF FULL ARABIC TEXT. MODERN FULL LEATHER DARK GREEN BINDING WITH FINE ORIENTAL DECORATIONS. SCARCE..
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A Voyage Round the World, in His Majesty's Frigate Pandora. Performed under the Direction of...
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A Voyage Round the World, in His Majesty's Frigate Pandora. Performed under the Direction of Captain Edwards In the Years 1790, 1791, and 1792

by George Hamilton

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Berwick: Printed by and for W Phorson; B. Law and Son, 1793 An extremely scarce 1st edition copy. Classed as 'fair' because it is lacking the frontispiece portrait and has been rebound in a more recent (?1960's) full leather binding. HMS Pandora was sent to recover The Bounty after the famous mutiny. It sailed on 7 November 1790 and picked up 14 of the mutineers before running aground on the Great Barrier Reef. George Hamilton was the ship's surgeon and the only eye-witness to write up an account of the voyage. This copy is in newer full leather with raised bands and faintly tooled title and author to the spine. New page marker. Contents: initial blank; title page; text 161pp; blank; table of latitudes and longitudes pp 163/4; blank. Page edges are untrimmed and the text is in very good clean condition with light toning to paper. There are some interesting pieces of ephemera: a letter from a previous owner to the Daily Telegraph in 1961, telling them about the book because they had… Read More
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A Voyage towards the North Pole undertaken by His Majesty's Command 1773.
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A Voyage towards the North Pole undertaken by His Majesty's Command 1773.

by PHIPPS, CONSTANTINE JOHN.

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1774. London, Bowyer and J. Nichols, 1774. 4to. Contemp. full sprinkled calf. Raised bands. Richly gilt compartments. Titlelabel with gilt lettering. Light wear to spine ends. Light wear to edges. Corners a bit bumped. Folded engraved maps as frontispiece. VIII,253 pp.,14 folded engraved plates (incl. 2 charts), folded letterpress tables. Wide-margined with a few scattred brownspots. A few leaves and plates with light browning. First edition. "An important addition to nautical science which does honor to its author. Besides of a journal of the voyage, it contains a descriptive catalogue of the natural productions of Spitzbergen." (Sabin). Phipps here mapped the northern part of Spitzbergen."First edition of the official account written by Captain Phipps, later Lord Mulgrave. This expedition of the Racehorse and Carcass, undertaken for the purpose of discovering a route to India through the northern polar regions, was blocked by pack ice north of Spitzbergen. The valuable appendix gives geographical… Read More
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A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Arranged in Systematic Order. (18...
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A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Arranged in Systematic Order. (18 volumes complete.)

by Robert Kerr (1757-1813); W. Stevenson

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Complete 18 volume set, half leather with original boards and modern matching spines. 1824. Overall condition is very good. Recent fine binding using original boards. Old blanks are gone, this has new blanks. Only interior markings are pencilled numbers on back of title page. Some foxing in text, heavier in maps. Many pages uncut. 17 unpaginated maps and one plate of vocabulary. Set is a compilation of journals and texts from every major European voyage of discovery from antiquity to 1800. Kerr is not so much an author as an editor. Wherever possible he reproduced the original texts and journals. He edited them to reduce redundancy but maintain fidelity to the original text. His first volume shows the trouble he went to. He has rendered into English 9th century Icelandic texts then proceeds on to 9th and 10th century Anglo-Saxon texts. Where meaning is obscure he annotates generously. This was a major effort by a true scholar. The maps show a commensurate effort to create the best maps from the… Read More
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A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and Round the World; In which the coast of...
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A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and Round the World; In which the coast of North-West America has been carefully Examined and accurately Surveyed. Undertaken By His Majesty's Command, Principally with a view to Ascertain the Existence.

by Vancouver, George (1757-1798); Vancouver, John [editor]

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London: Printed for G.G. And J. Robinson and J. Edwards, 1798. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 4to. A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and Round the World; In which the coast of North-West America has been carefully Examined and accurately Surveyed. Undertaken By His Majesty's Command, Principally with a view to Ascertain the Existence of any Navigable Communication between the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans; and performed in the years 1790.. [-] 1795, in the Discovery sloop of war, and the armed tender Chatham. First edition. Three volumes. Lacking atlas volume, else apparently complete. Full speckled calf. Gilt lettering and decoration, gilt panels to boards. Extra-illustrated with unrelated period map at end of vol. III of Central Asia (from Forster, Journey from Bengal to England, London, 1798). [18] engraved plates total. Volume I: [10], xxix, [2 pp. ad], 432 pp. [7 plates]. Pencil correction to List of Plates (l. A3r). Damp staining to head at gutter.… Read More
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CARSON OF VENUS

CARSON OF VENUS

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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[EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS]. CARSON OF VENUS. WWII U.S. NAVY MILITARY ASSOCIATION COPY. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Tarzana, California, 1939. First Edition, First printing. Book Condition: Very Good+. Appears barely read, in original publisher's blue pebbled cloth lettered stamped in red, top edge red, maps to endpapers, rubbing to edges, scattered soiling, light scuffs to faded cloth board covers else pages are clean, bright and binding tight. Print run: 3,500, scarce thus. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Not price clipped with the original $2.00 on upper inner flap, faint crease to inner flap, scarce original first state laminated dust jacket new old stock uncirculated printed in 1939 by ERB, Inc., in professional collector Brodart plastic sleeve. A magnificent copy with well preserved pristine original dust jacket and with WWII association. Hand signed and inscribed by Edgar Rice Burroughs on the front endpaper to Captain Robert Joseph Coontz Navy Commander (U.S.S. Wedderburn) the grandson of Admiral… Read More
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The State of the Ice in the Arctic seas and the surface-temperatur of the sea in the northern...
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(Copenhagen, DMI, 1893-1930). Small folio. The issues 1893-1915 are all bound with all the original printed wrappers (stating that they are off-prints) for every issue (except for the front wrapper for the first issue) in four near contemporary blue half cloth bindings with gilt titles and years to spine. The issues 1916-1930 are all present in the original printed wrappers and housed in three custom-made slipcases identical to the four preceding volumes. Ste back wrapper of the 1924-issue is loose. Otherwise the set is generally in excellent condition, with stamps from the Danish Meteorological Institute, in the holdings of which it has been until the present day. With numerous charts and maps throughout. Scarce run of the important first Arctic Sea Ice Charts from the Danish Meteorological Institute, all in off-prints from the Meteorological Year Books of Danish Meteorological Institute, constituting a continuous run, from its very beginning in 1893, of the first 38 years. These earliest Arctic… Read More
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Relacion del viage que por orden de su magestad, y acuerdo de el real consejo de Indias, hicieron...
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Cadiz: en la Real imprenta de Marina, 1753.
Two parts in one volume,First work: [20] 1-160 159-162 [4] pp., signatures pi2 [par.]-2[par.]4 A-X4 (2[par.]4 and X4 blank), woodcut initial and head-and tailpieces, engraved folding map (titled 'Reconocimiento de los estrechos de Magallanes y San Vicente ... por Don Pedro Texeira Ealbernas', woodcut vignettes in text at pp. 82-3 and 88, ink inscription to title-page verso.Second Work: 41 [3] pp., signatures A-E4 F2'
Early full calf binding, 4to (19.3 x 13.6 cm), Engraved Folding Map.
This map illustrates one of the most important discoveries in the history of world trade, the discovery of the Strait of Le Maire or, as the Nodal brothers christened it, the Strait of San Vicente. The Nodal expedition was a reconnaissance mission sponsored by King Philip III of Spain in 1619. The purpose was to confirm the recent discoveries of Jacob Le Maire and Willem Schouten of a passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the south of Tierra del Fuego.

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Inauguration du monument de Ferdinand de Lesseps le 17 Novembre 1899.
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Inauguration du monument de Ferdinand de Lesseps le 17 Novembre 1899.: Personal copy of François Philippe Voisin (1821-1918), chief engineer of the Suez Canal Company during the construction of the Suez Canal

by Compagnie Universelle du Canal Maritime de Suez

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3 leaves letterpress text and index, 48 collotype plates. Publisher's green cloth with gilt title on front board. All edges gilt, endpapers lined with multiple coloured snail marbled paper on combed marbled patterns. Oblong folio (455 x 335 mm). Spine-ends minimally frayed. The personal copy of Monsieur François Philippe Voisin (1821-1918) (= Voisin Bey), his name stamped in gilt on front cover, a French engineer and from 1861 to 1870, the chief engineer of the Suez Canal Company during the construction of the Suez Canal, together with its director Ferdinand de Lesseps. The 48 plates show 76 collotypes (numbered 1 through 74 and 2 unnumbered collotypes), they depict views, portraits, seascapes, and the inauguration itself and showing on the other hand the canal (and its surroundings) on its entire length. One plate with small loss to lower outer corner (far away from image) else fine. It seems that the whole seemingly small print-run of this inauguration publication was given as a gift to an… Read More
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Excursion sur les côtes et dans les ports de Normandie.
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Excursion sur les côtes et dans les ports de Normandie.

by LEFEBVRE. DURUFLE Jacques Noël. BONIGTON. FIELDING.

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Paris, J. F. Ostervald, Imprimerie de Jules Didot l'Aîné, 1823 (1823-1825).
Folio [494 x 310 mm], 1 l., (54) ll. of text, 40 plates on large Indian paper, each one mounted with printed title, (1) l. of table.
Half-roan, rebacked, spine with raised bands and gilt fleurons. Contemporary binding.
First issue of the most sumptuous work published about the coasts and ports of Normandy during the reign of Charles X.
It was published in several parts. The first three were published under the title "Voyage pittoresque dans les ports et sur les côtes de France."
It was an atypical editorial adventure because two of the artists approached for the drawing of these exceptional plates were English: Bonington
andCopley Fielding, as well as many engravers such as Thales and Théodore Fielding, who worked in Paris, "at this remarkable time for English watercolour art".
Abbey, Travel, 92.
The magnificent iconography comprises 40 superb aquatints finely watercolored at the time, which represent various views of the… Read More
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ANSON, GEORGE AND WALTER, RICHARD VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD In the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV.
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ANSON, GEORGE AND WALTER, RICHARD VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD In the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV.: A MASTERPIECE OF DESCRIPTIVE TRAVEL

by ANSON, GEORGE AND WALTER, RICHARD

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FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, [34], 417, [3]p., 42 engraved folding maps and plates, list of subscribers, final leaf of directions to the binder, occasional light foxing and offsetting, pp. 319 misnumbered as 219, contemporary catspaw calf, boards twice ruled in gilt, handsomely rebacked, spine gilt, red morocco label, 4to, London, for the Author by John and Paul Knapton, 1748
A MASTERPIECE OF DESCRIPTIVE TRAVEL - HillFirst edition of the most popular book of maritime adventure in the eighteenth century. This can be identified as the first of two issues by a misprinted page number (219 instead of 319) and the fact that the engraved plates are all in an early state before the addition of their identifying numbers. The narrative was based on Anson's own journal, along with notes by Richard Watler who was chaplain on the ship Centurion. George Anson entered the Navy during the War of Spanish Succession and spent the next decade rising through the ranks until 1722 when he was promoted to Commander and given… Read More
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A Voyage round the World by Way of the Great South Sea, Perform'd in the Years 1719, 20, 21, 22,...
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FIRST EDITION, Folding engraved map showing California as an island, 4 engraved plates, 2 folding. Contemporary blind-panelled calf, spine with gilt-lettered morocco label, (193 x 120mm), London: Printed for J. Senex, W. & J. Innys, J. Osborn & T. Longman, 1726.
FIRST EDITION of one of the most famous buccaneering voyages. This privately-funded privateering voyage sought to duplicate the success of Woodes Rogers' highly profitable voyage of 1708-1711.
Shelvocke commanded the Speedwell and John Clipperton commanded the Success. They were jointly involved in raids against Spanish shipping on the west coast of South America. Shelvocke parted from Clipperton to conduct his own raids in Peru and to sail up the coast to Cabo San Lucas where he remained for some months and wrote one of the earliest descriptions of the Indians of Baja California. He also was one of the first to suggest the possibility of finding gold in California.
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Journal of the Proceeding of the Late Embassy to China; Comprising A Correct Narrative of the...
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Journal of the Proceeding of the Late Embassy to China; Comprising A Correct Narrative of the Public Transactions of the Embassy, of the Voyage to and from China, and of the Journey from the Mouth of the Pei-Ho to the return to Canton.

by ELLIS, HENRY

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FIRST EDITION, engraved portrait frontispiece, 7 hand-coloured aquatints, 3 engraved maps, 1 folding, light browning to final map, occasional light foxing, old owners signature of H.W. Vincent to title, armorial bookplate and signature to pastedown, contemporary half calf over grey boards, rebacked, original spine laid down, 4to, for John Murray, 1816First edition of this account of the short lived embassy to China. Sir Henry Ellis (1788-1855) was a career diplomat who joined the East India Company in 1805. In 1815 the English Government sent an envoy, under the command of Lord Amherst, to go to Peking to negotiate with the Emperor Kea K'ing on behalf of the British subjects suffering under his rule. In 1816 Ellis joined the mission as Third Commissioner. Ellis was unimpressed by the Chinese, whom he considered xenophobic, ultra-traditional, and uninteresting. The mission ended in failure after Amherst refused to 'kow-tow' (nine strikes of the forehead on the ground) to the emperor. On the return… Read More
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ORME'S GRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE LIFE, EXPLOITS AND DEATH OF HORATIO NELSON.
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ORME'S GRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE LIFE, EXPLOITS AND DEATH OF HORATIO NELSON.

by BLAGDON, Francis William.:

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London, printed for, published and sold by Edward Orme, 59 Bond Street, and by Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme,1806.. TITLE CONTINUED: Containing 15 engravings, and intended as an accompaniment to the 3 CELEBRATED whole-sheet plates of his LORDSHIP's SPLENDID VICTORIES, viz. THE BATTLES OFF ST. VINCENT's, THE NILE, AND TRAFALGAR. THE CELEBRATED 3 LARGE ENGRAVED PLATES ARE PRESENT IN THIS COPY which are explained by references and keys, the size of the plates is 600 x 510 mm, 25 x 20 inches. Text watermarked "J. Whatman 1804", J. G. Barnard, Printer, Snow-Hill, 1806 at foot of title page. Folio approximately 370 x 260 mm, 14½ x 10½ inches, 19 engraved plates, full page engraved portrait of Lord Nelson, 5 hand-coloured aquatint plates (4 double-page), Young Nelson's Attack and Chase after a Bear, England expects every Man to do his Duty, Lord Nelson's Procession by Water, The Funeral Procession of Lord Viscount Nelson, The Ceremony of Lord Nelson's Interment, 4 uncoloured engraved strip views of battle… Read More
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