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Through the Heart of Asia. Over The Pamïr to India - Gabriel Bonvalot, Albert Pépin (illustrator)

1889 - Chapman and Hall, London - First Edition in English
Two volumes of the first English translation of this ‘richly illustrated account of the second of the two Asian expeditions in which French explorer, author and legislator Gabriel Bonvalot (1853–1933) and the scientist Guillaume Capus attempted to enter Afghanistan’. Containing 250 full page and in-text drawings by Albert Pépin, and a folding coloured map to rear.

‘Although the party was detained and sent back to Samarkand upon entering Afghanistan, they refused to concede defeat, as Bonvalot was determined to reach India via a trail believed to run across the Pamir and Hindu Kush mountains.

In Volume 1, Bonvalot describes the journey from Marseilles via Tehran to Samarkand, interspersing his narrative with observations of the climate and culture they encounter. At the Afghan border, guards warn that '
they will hack us to pieces and throw our bodies into the stream'.

In Volume 2 the party reaches the remote Kingdom of Chatral, but is imprisoned again. Bonvalot uses the confinement to study the customs of the local people, and eventually, with the help of the British authorities, they are released and allowed to continue to India.’ (description from
Cambridge University Press) 
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The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World. - Captain James Cook

1821 - Longman, London
A remarkable 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]
 
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The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook, with "The Death of Captain Cook" Plate - James Cook, John Hawkesworth, James King

1773London - Second Edition, First Edition, Second Edition
‘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]

Together nine volumes. Overall, a near fine set.
 
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A Plain and Easy Account of British Fungi - M.C. Cooke

1898 - W. H. Allen and Co., London - Sixth Edition, Revised
An informative Victorian-era reference to British fungi, wonderfully illustrated with 20 full page colour plates of thirty-four species and numerous woodcuts throughout the text.

Mordecai Cubitt Cooke (1825-1914) was an English botanist and mycologist. From 1872 to 1894, he edited
Grevillea, a monthly periodical devoted to the study of mushrooms.

The word ‘esculent’ means ‘edible’.
 
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The Lorette System of Pruning - Louis Lorette, W.R. Dykes [Translator]

1925 - Martin Hopkinson & Company Ltd., London - First Edition in English
The classic work which revolutionized the pruning of fruit trees, rare in first edition and such nice condition. Illustrated with diagrams and photographic plates. 
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Landscape Art Past and Present - Harriet Hammond McCormick

1923 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition, one of 1200 copies.
A finely bound copy of this wonderful work, by the indomitable Harriet Hammond McCormick, housed in a custom made clamshell case.

Published posthumously, and as explained by her husband Cyrus McCormick in the introduction, ‘
“Landscape Art Past and Present’was written by Mrs. McCormick for a meeting of the Friday Club of Chicago in February 1899’’. To the illustrations that were originally used there have been added those of ancient and modern landscapes; and a number of pictures of Walden, which was the McCormick’s home at Lake Forest. The 56 photogravure plates, and accompanying text describe such places as the hanging gardens of Babylon; Temple gardens of Edfu, Egypt; gardens of Villa Castello, Florence; Pope’s garden, Twickenham; Gardens of Versailles; the garden of “Resht-i-Behesht,” Shiraz, Persia, and numerous images of Walden itself.

An appropriate memorial to a reform-era leader of great stature’ - Arthur Miller, Lake Forest College. 
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Contributions Towards The Materia Medica & Natural History of China - Frederick Porter Smith

1871 - American Presbyterian Mission Press, Shanghai - First Edition
An inscribed presentation first edition of this scarce work, one of first books on Chinese medicine by a western author.

With text in English and names and terms in Chinese. Dedicated to Robert Hart of the Chinese Maritime Customs

Smith was the first British medical missionary in China, sent by the Wesleyan Missionary Committee to Hankow in 1863, where he opened the first hospital in central China in 1864. His detailed catalogue of medicinal drugs and compounds was compiled through his close work and personal exchanges with practitioners of traditional China medicine, and was meant for for use by both Western physicians and Chinese medical students. Smith also credits the early Chinese medical works from which he drew his knowledge of herbs, and of native and imported drugs from throughout Asia.
 
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The Naturalist in Manchuria - Arthur de Carle Sowerby

1922 - Tientsin Press, Tientsin - First Edition
China-born Arthur Sowerby began his career as a naturalist by collecting specimens for the Museum in Tai-yuan Fu. In 1906, he was appointed to the staff of the Anglo-Chinese College at Tientsin as lecturer and curator of its Natural History Museum. In 1908, he joined American millionaire Robert Sterling Clark on an expedition into Shansi and Kansu provinces of north China for the Smithsonian Institute. This began a long association with Clark, who financed four expeditions into Manchuria from 1913 to 1915, during which Sowerby gathered new facts and made original observations on ‘every type of country-wide and fertile plains, heavy coniferous forests, or lighter woods of deciduous trees, low, grassy hills, or high, rocky peaks, reeking swamps, the valleys of great rolling rivers, or lesser stream-cut ravines’.

Five volumes bound in three, titled:
Travel and Exploration; Mammals; Birds; The cold-blooded Vertebrates and Tunicates of the Manchurian Region; and The Invertebrates and Flora of the Manchurian Region.

A remarkably clean set, profusely illustrated with three tipped-in colour plates, three folding maps, 127 black and white photographic illustrations on 79 plates, 38 black and white sketches on 9 plates, a folding black & white line drawing, and numerous in-text sketches and diagrams.
 
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