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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Letters and Sketches From The New Hebrides - M. Whitecross Paton

1896 - Hodder and Stoughton, London - Fourth Edition, completing eighth thousand
Young Scotswoman Maggie Paton’s high spirited and occasionally despairing reminiscences of Pacific Island-life on the archipelago of Vanuatu (consisting of 82 islands spread over 12,274 square kilometres, only 14 of which are larger than 100 square kilometres, they were formerly known as The New Hebrides until independence in 1980).

Published by public demand following their first appearance in her husband’s 1889 autobiography. Edited and with a preface by the author’s brother-in-law, Reverend James Paton. Illustrated with photogravure frontispiece, 23 half tones, and a full page colour map of the New Hebrides.

‘Maggie would be the first to admit she was not a dyed-in-the-wool missionary. She was prone to what she called ‘risibles’, or disastrously dissolving into giggles at moments of high ceremony, and dreaded the thought of her children ever being ‘called’ to suffer the same hardships as she and John had suffered... less saccharine than many a missionary’s tale and one of the most often reprinted of them all’
– Wayward Women. 
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SOLD - Trout in New Zealand - W.H. Spackman

1892 - By Authority: George Disbury, Wellington - First Edition
Finely bound first edition, and the first published work by a New Zealander on New Zealand trout fishing. With the large folding map New Zealand Shewing Trout Streams [49 x 74 cm] which is usually missing, as well as two full page plates of Otago Trout from different Rivers, and a colour folding plan of the Acclimatisation Ponds at Masterton.

This work also also details for the first time the major fishing waters of the South Island, describing the Mataura River as ‘
the best fly-fishing river in Otago or Southland.

William Henry Spackman was a Barrister, as well as President of the Canterbury Angler’s Society, and Counsel to the Canterbury Acclimatisation Society. He was the joint owner of a fishing hut at Selwyn Huts, by the Selwyn River near Christchurch.
 
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A Traveller’s Notes - James Herbert Veitch

1896 - James Veitch & Sons, Royal Exotic Nursery - First and only edition, for private circulation
First and only edition of distinguished horticulturist Veitch’s compilation of notes and observations, collected during his 1891-93 tour, which took him through Ceylon, Delhi, Singapore, Java, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, to inspect various Botanical Gardens and horticultural establishments, and undertake a plant collecting expedition.

Large and wonderfully illustrated with nine full page photogravure plates, together with a large folding colour map, and numerous illustrations throughout the text, taken from photographs by the author.

James Herbert Veitch (1868-1907) was the eldest son of John Gould Veitch, of the English Veitch nursery dynasty, started at the beginning of the 19th century, and quite possibly the most influential and powerful of all the great nurseries in the world, responsible for employing and financing the expeditions of such important botanists as Ernest Henry “Chinese” Wilson [1876-1930], Frederick William Thomas Burbidge [1847-1905], brothers William and Thomas Lobb, Charles Maries, and in turn responsible for some of the greatest plant discoveries of the 19th and early twentieth century. By the beginning of the First World War Veitch Nurseries had introduced 1,281 plants into cultivation, which were previously unknown or newly bred varieties.
 
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