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Heth and Moab Explorations in Syria in 1881 and 1882 - Claude Reignier Conder

1883 - Richard Bentley & Son, London - First Edition
A bright copy in original cloth of Captain Conder’s substantial record of his explorations in Syria between 1881 and 1882, published for the Palestine Exploration Fund.

Conder began his expedition in North Syria, before travelling to Kadesh and Jordan, and his work includes chapters on Mount Gilead, Ammon, and the Belka Arabs, as well as Syrian superstitions and Arab folk lore, together with a detailed appendix. Illustrated with four full page engraved plates, and a sketch map of Syria.
 
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The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World. - Captain James Cook

1821 - Longman, London
A handsomely bound seven volume set of all of Cook’s three voyages. Illustrated with twenty five striking aquatint plates, including frontispieces in each volume, large folding map, and a table.

‘The famous accounts of Captain Cook’s three voyages form the basis for any collection of Pacific books. In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors had done together. He was really the first scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge’. [Hill]

On his first voyage, 25 August 1768 to 12 July 1771, Cook circumnavigated New Zealand and for the first time explored the east coast of Australia, of which he took possession for Great Britain; he also sailed through the straits separating New Guinea and Australia. On the second, and historically most important, voyage (13 July 1772 to 30 July 1775) he began by cruising as far south as possible around the edge of the antarctic ice. He again visited New Zealand and, cruising through the Pacific, discovered, or explored again, many of the islands, in particular New Caledonia, Palmerston and Norfolk Islands, Easter Island, the Marquesas, New Hebrides, Tonga, the South Sandwich Islands and South Georgia. The third voyage (11 July 1776 to 4 October 1780) was undertaken to find the North-West Passage from Europe to the East. After again visiting Tasmania, New Zealand and many Pacific Islands, Cook sailed on to North America, discovering on the way the Cook Islands and the Hawaiian group. He charted the North American coast from Oregon as far north as the Bering Strait, where ice turned him back. On the way back the great explorer was killed [in 1779] in a fight with natives in Hawaii.
 
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The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook, with "The Death of Captain Cook" Plate - James Cook, John Hawkesworth, James King

1773 - Strahan, London - Second Edition, First Edition, Second Edition
A complete set of the best possible editions, superbly bound in full tree calf and with the additional ‘Death of Captain Cook’ drawn by the John Weber who witnessed the dispute and ensuing fight. Eight quarto volumes and the elephant folio volume of plates. Magnificently illustrated with two hundred and five engraved charts and plates, many of which are double page or larger.

There is no greater set of travel works, Cook was the first scientific navigator, these three voyages made great contributions to numerous fields of knowledge,, and did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than his predecessors had done together [Hill].

The first voyage is in its second and best edition, complete with the ‘
Directions for placing the cuts’ and the ‘Chart of the Straights of Magellan’, and with the new Preface containing Hawkesworth's virulent eight-page reply to Dalrymple's whining reviews of the first edition, and the whole volume revised by the voyage's astronomer William Wales.

The third voyage is in its second and best edition, with the printing by Hughs (rather than Strahan who printed the first edition) with the text itself entirely re-set. Isaac Smith presenting a set on behalf of Cook's widow in 1821 noted that '
I am desired by Mrs Cook to request your acceptance of the 4 books sent herewith being her Husbands last Voyage round the World, as a mark of her respect the letter press of the second edition being much superior to the first both in paper & letter press' (quoted by Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography, 85). King George III's copy of the official account, preserved in the British Library, is also an example of this second edition. This particular set with variant title pages, dated correctly, but without edition statement or vignette of Royal Society medal. 
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The Mildenhall Treasure - With an original Ralph Steadman ink cartoon - Roald Dahl, Ralph Steadman (Illustrator)

1999 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
A fine copy with an original great big red ink cartoon drawing by Ralph Steadman of Gordon Butcher on the half title page, to which Steadman has added his signature signature, if there is such a thing...

This is the true story of Suffolk ploughman Gordon Butcher who, in 1942, uncovered the greatest treasure ever found in the British Isles. It was Roman silver of unparalleled beauty and value and, not appreciating what he had discovered, Butcher was savagely cheated out of the fortune that should have been his.

The 34 masterpieces, still the most valuable Roman objects in Britain, artistically and by weight of bullion, are now housed at the British Museum.
 
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Annals of Scotland, from the Accession of Malcolm III, in the Year MLVII to the Accession of the House of Stewart in the Year MCCCLXXI. - Sir David Dalrymple of Hailes, Bart.

1819 - Archibald Constable & Co. and Fairbairn & Anderson., Edinburgh - Third Edition
Two volumes, encompassing Dalrymple’s greatest work, the third volume, which comprised of Dalrymple’s other historical writings is not included.

‘Lord Hailes's most important contribution to literature was the
Annals of Scotland, of which the first volume, From the accession of Malcolm III, surnamed Canmore, to the accession of Robert I, appeared in 1776, and the second, From the accession of Robert I, surnamed Bruce, to the accession of the house of Stewart, in 1779. It is, as his friend Dr Johnson justly described this work at the time of its appearance, a ‘Dictionary" of carefully sifted facts, which tells all that is wanted and all that is known, but without any laboured splendour of language or affected subtlety of conjecture’.’ 
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1947 - The Limited Editions Club, New York - Number 350 of 1, 500 illustrated by Mueller
A finely bound limited edition, signed and numbered by the illustrator. With an introduction by William McFee. Illustrated throughout with colour wood engravings by Hans Alexander Mueller.

‘Dana had to withdraw from Harvard when measles weakened his eyesight; in order to regain his health; he shipped to California as a sailor in 1834. His book has become a classic account of the life and adventures of an ordinary seaman in the American merchant service, as well as the best account of the hide and tallow trade in California.’ Together with its clear picture of California in the years prior to the influx of American settlers in the 1840’s,
Two Years Before The Mast is considered invaluable for its descriptions of San Diego, Santa Barbara and Monterey. ‘Dana later became U.S. attorney for the district of Massachusetts, was nominated to the Court of Saint James, and legally represented any negroes arrested in Boston pro-bono.’ 
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Travels in Arabia Deserta - Charles M. Doughty

1888 - At The University Press, Cambridge - First Edition
A superb and thus scarce two volume first edition of what Howgego describes as ‘one of the great classics of travel literature’, an ‘unrivalled encyclopaedia of knowledge about all aspects of nineteenth-century and earlier Arabia.’ (Oxford DNB). Profusely illustrated throughout with plates (many folding), sketches, maps and diagrams, together with large and magnificent folding colour ‘Sketch Map of Itinerarium of part of North Western Arabia and Negd’ in pocket at rear of volume 1. Housed in a bespoke matching green morocco and cloth clamshell case by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spine lettered in gilt, enclosing two separate green cloth chemise.

‘I have talked the book over with many travellers, and we are agreed that here you have all the desert, its hills and plains, the lava fields, the villages, the tents, the men and animals. They are told of the life, with words and phrases fitted to them so perfectly that one cannot dissociate them in memory. It is the true Arabia, the land with its smells and dirt, as well as its nobility and freedom. There is no sentiment, nothing merely picturesque, that most common failing of oriental travel-books. Doughty's completeness is devastating. There is nothing we would take away, little we could add. He took all Arabia for his province, and has left to his successors only the poor part of specialists. We may write books on parts of the desert or some of the history of it; but there can never be another picture of the whole, in our time, because here it is all said.’ - T. E. Lawrence
 
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Our American Adventure [&] Our Second American Adventure - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1923 1924 - Doran / Little, New York / Boston - First American Edition
Two volumes. The accounts of Doyle's two American tours investigating and speaking on matters of Spiritualism. Illustrated with black and white photographs.

We live in the time of dawn, and year by year the overwhelming importance of this psychic question is forcing itself upon the public attention 
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