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Bedouin Tribes of the Euphrates. Edited, with a Preface and Some Account of the Arabs and Their Horses by W. S. B. - Lady Anne Blunt, Wilfred Scawen Blunt

1879 - Harper &, New York - First American Edition
‘Fortunately we are too old travellers to be easily impressed by tales of lions and robbers, even supported, as they were in this instance, by the authority of special correspondents of The Times.’

First American edition of Lady Anne Blunt’s intrepid excursion to the Euphrates, Nejd and the Nafud desert. Based primarily on her journals and letters, and edited by her husband, this is a testament to the beauty and culture found in the heart of Central Arabia, accompanied with a folding colour map, a folding chart of Arabian thoroughbreds, and twelve engraved illustrations from Lady Blunt’s own sketches.

‘To find out how the Bedouin lived, Lady Anne lived like one herself: she became a temporary nomad, riding the two thousand miles from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf for the most part in Arab dress, and without guides or the usual caravan. This was quite an innovation, and prompted Blunt to dub his wife ‘the first bona-fide tourist who has taken the Euphrates road'. - Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women. 
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The Borders and Beyond - Abel Chapman

1924 - Gurney and Jackson, London - First Edition
A bright copy of this informative work of field exploration and natural history in Northumberland and the Anglo-Scottish borderlands.

Hunter-naturalist Chapman includes chapters on the British red grouse, the wildfowl of the north east coast, a search for the ‘moorland nymph’, salmonology, seagulls, woodcocks and herons, ravens, and the otter, together with a commentary on ‘modern zoology’, and extensive particulars on the migrations and plumage-phases in certain waders, to which he gave the name ‘Globe-Spanners’.

Profusely illustrated throughout with seventeen wonderful colour illustrations (on fourteen plates) by W.H. Riddell, twenty one black and white plates, two folding maps, and 170 sketches by the author.
 
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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 Wild Life of Scotland - James Hunter Crawford

1896 - John Macqueen, London - First Edition
A beautiful copy, illustrated throughout by John Williamson.

Including chapters on bird life, the moors, marine mammals and fish, the stag, lochs and the Shetlands.

 
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Natural History of the Strait of Magellan and West Coast of Patagonia - Robert O. Cunningham

1871 - Edmonston and Douglas, Edinburgh - First Edition
A superior example of the first edition, illustrated with folding colour map and 21 lithograph plates, some in colour.

‘The Scottish naturalist Robert O. Cunningham (1841-1918) began his 1866 voyage to South America in inclement weather, and, by the eleventh day of travel, noted a 'pond' forming in his tiny cabin aboard HMS Nassau. With never-failing humour, Cunningham presents here a record of the zoological, botanical and geological observations made across the three years he spent at sea.

As the ship's naturalist (recommended for the post by Joseph D. Hooker), his time was given wholly to research and exploration, and his findings are both fascinating and thorough. Included are his anecdotal records of seamen's slang, research into the history of the changing landscapes he visited, which had been previously documented by travellers as diverse as Drake and Darwin, statistical data on various species of animals and plants, and numerous original images. An absorbing testament of the breadth of the explorer-naturalist's interests. [C.U.P.]
 
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1894 - Chapman and Hall, London - First Edition
A large and beautifully bound work Illustrated with eleven full page plates by Scottish wildlife artist Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935).

Augustus Grimble presents here his entertaining recollections and views on fishing and shooting in the highlands of Scotland.

Grimble was the first to call for a close time to the Salmon fishing season in Scotland after witnessing the alarming drop in catch, and rise in netting technology and quantity, as well as highlighting the threats of industrial sewage polluting the rivers and streams near cities.
 
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The Lady and the Panda: An Adventure - Ruth Harkness

1938 - Carrick &, New York - First Edition
A bright copy – in the rare original dust jacket – of this uncommon book, American socialite Ruth Harkness’ account of her panda-hunting expedition to China in 1936. Successfully – and unexpectedly – capturing an infant panda, which she named Su-Lin,

Harkness brazenly side-stepped Chinese bureaucracy, and garbed in fur with a cigarette dangling from her lipsticked mouth and a baby bottle propped in hand, she waged a savvy public battle to extricate Su-Lin from his native land, eventually finding a home for him at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, where he attracted record crowds: 53,000 visitors the first day, a number yet to be matched.

Wonderfully illustrated throughout with 16 pages of black and white photographs taken during Harkness’ journey and of panda, Su-Lin.
 
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Himalayan Journals - Joseph Dalton Hooker

1854 - John Murray, London - First Edition
Finely bound first editions of this landmark work of Himalayan literature, and one of the earliest accounts of Himalayan exploration. British botanist and explorer Sir Joseph Hooker’s fascinating journal recounts his expedition through Sikkim and East Nepal Himalaya between 1847 and 1851, as well as recording his numerous, detailed botanical observations. During his expedition Hooker also attempted to climb Donkia and Kinchinjhow, on one occasion reaching between 19,000 and 20,000 feet – higher than any other European before him.

Hooker dedicated his journals to his close friend, Charles Darwin, who he had first met prior to embarking on a voyage to the Antarctic in 1839, and later assisted with the classification of plants collected in South America and the Galåpagos.

Wonderfully illustrated throughout, with twelve coloured chromolithographs (one folding) mostly from Joseph Hooker’s original sketches, one woodcut plate printed in red, 79 black and white woodcut engravings (both full page and in-text), large folding ‘
Map of part of Bengal, The Himalaya & Tibet’ (with coloured inset showing ‘The Course of Yangma River’ and four smaller black and white insets ), and a large folding ‘Map of Sikkim and Eastern Nepal’ with Hooker’s routes outlined in colour. Together with an appendix with details of meteorology, climate, humidity, and a table of elevations of the areas travelled.

This set was formerly owned by the accomplished water colour artist Colonel Charles J. Cramer Roberts of Darjeeling, with his signatures dated 1881. Later presented to the Lyceum Alpine Club in 1908 by a relative.
 
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