Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2014 Issue

Travel Books from Bernard Quaritch Ltd.


Travel from Bernard Quaritch.

Bernard Quaritch Ltd. has issued their Catalogue 1427. Travel, New Acquisitions. Offered is a collection of travel accounts, ranging from the Age of Discovery by sea, to 19th century inland travels to the heart of still mysterious (to Europeans) continents – Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, Canadian North America, and Antarctica. Most of the explorers were British and the accounts in English, befitting an English bookseller who has been in business since the days of many of these travels. Here are some samples of these new acquisitions.


We will start with one of the earliest and most important of all the voyages of the Age of Discovery. Item 57 is a first edition of Antonio Pigafetta's account of Magellan's first circumnavigation of the globe: Primo viaggio intorno al globo terracqueo ossia ragguaglio della navigazione alle Indie Orientali per la via d'Occidente fatta dal Cavaliere Antonio Pigafetta Patrizio Vicentino Sulla Squadra del Capit. Magaglianes negli anni 1519-1522 (First journey around the globe to the East Indies by way of the West made by Antonio Pigafetta on the crew of Capt. Magellan in the years 1519 to 1522). Magellan's journey was truly amazing. He had no charts, limited ability to calculate latitude, none for longitude, and faced an unknown world populated by unknown peoples. Indeed, his journey established that the world was, in fact, round, and that America was not a part of Asia. Magellan also had to discover the hard to traverse Magellan Strait, the only way to get west of the Americas. The journey was impossibly difficult and the dangers immense, but somehow the circumnavigation was accomplished. However, Ferdinand Magellan was not among those to complete the trip, even if he is credited with the first circumnavigation. He was killed in a dispute in the Philippines. Very few actually circled the globe, only 18 of the original 270, and one of five ships, survived to make it back to the starting point three years later. Antonio Pigafetta was one of them. Though the journey was completed in 1622, Pigafetta's account was not published until 1800. Four manuscripts of his account survived, and this edition, taken from the manuscript in the Ambrosian Library, is likely the most accurate, as it is the only one written in Italian, and Pigafetta was Italian. Priced at £7,000 (British pounds, or approximately $11,687 U.S. dollars).


Here is a later journey that had similar results, at least in terms of what happened to its leader and men. Item 55 is The journal of a mission to the interior of Africa, in the year 1805... by Mungo Park. Park had reached the upper parts of the Niger River in an earlier visit, and returned in 1805 in hopes of riding down it to discover the terminus. The long circuitous route of the Niger results in it terminating in an unexpected location on the African continent. His first journey had been difficult, Park suffering illness and imprisonment by natives, but his second journey was much worse. They set off in the summer, and in the heat, illness spread through the camp. Only 12 of the 45 Europeans who set out survived to reach the river. Park was one of the survivors. However, between illness and hostile natives, the situation continued to deteriorate. Down to just three Europeans, Park was able to send his notes back with a guide, which is why this book exists. Neither Park nor the others ever returned, with it later was determined they were attacked by hostile natives. Offered is a copy of the second edition from 1815, which added additional information, biographical data about Park, and recollections of Park by Walter Scott. Novelist and poet Scott and Park met a year before this journey and became friends. £600 (US $1,001).

As long as we are focusing on tragic journeys, here is one more. However, this one differs from the others in that the Captain survived. In fact, he made out like a bandit, which, in reality, is what he was. Item 2 is A voyage round the world, in the years [1740-1744]...by George Anson. The journey was by George Anson. The book, technically, was by Richard Walter, a chaplain on one of Anson's ships, though it effectively is Anson's account. Anson set out for South America with six ships, his aim to intercept Spanish shipping, a polite description of piracy. The ships suffered all kinds of problems attempting to get through the Strait of Magellan. Only one ship made it, the others sinking or turning back. Between sinkings, disease, and other problems, most of Anson's men died. Still, he pushed on, continuing a circumnavigation. On the way back, he captured a Spanish vessel laden with treasure. Though most of his men died, Anson returned home a rich man. £3,000 (US $5,005).

Item 89 is A narrative of travels on the Amazon and Rio Negro... by Alfred Russel Wallace, published in 1853. Wallace undertook a journey to South America with his friend, naturalist Henry Walter Bates. He collected many specimens and studied the natural history, geology, and native tribes of the region. He was also trying to understand something deeper. He was familiar with the concept of evolution, but not the mechanism which brought it about. Those who believed in evolution pre-Darwin thought there was something inherent in the species that led it to improve itself. It would not be until after his return, and much deep evaluation, that Wallace would come up with a theory of natural selection. Of course, that is what Darwin had concluded, but he had yet to publish his theory. Wallace reached the same conclusion independently, but when he first announced his findings, Darwin was forced to publish (together with Wallace) his theory. £4,000 (US $6,678).

Bernard Quartitch Ltd. may be reached at +44 (0)20 7297 4888 or rarebooks@quaritch.com. Their website is www.quaritch.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 7. Ritter's unusual sun-dial world map, 1607. Est. $3500 to $4500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 16. Fascinating Japanese satirical map published prior to WWII, 1932. Est. $1400 to $2000
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 30. Newton's 2" miniature terrestrial globe, 1833. Est. $3500 to $4500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 318. Braun & Hogenberg's first plan of Moscow in contemporary color, 1575. Est. $2750 to $3500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 346. One of the most decorative 18th century maps of Malta, 1680. Est. $1200 to $1500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 412. The first printed map devoted to the Pacific in full contemporary color, 1589. Est. $8000 to $10000
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 425. Rare set of celebrated explorers of the New World, 1592. Est. $1900 to $2300
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 436. Two superb miniature atlases bound in one volume with 98 maps, 1682. Est. $5500 to $7500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 445. Part IV of de Bry's "Grand Voyages" by Girolamo Benzoni, 1613. Est. $2000 to $2500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 447. Tallis' "History of the United States of America" in six volumes, 1850. Est. $1500 to $1800
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 448. Mallet's miniature military masterpiece, 1672. Est. $1400 to $1700
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Malcolm X, Autograph Letter Signed, from prison, 1950. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Letter from Moses Walker, an enslaved Georgia man, to his mother at another plantation, 1854. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Signed cabinet card of Frederick Douglass, albumen photograph, Boston, circa 1879. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Placard from the Memphis Sanitation Worker's strike, 1968. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b><br><i>The North Star,</i> volume 1, issue 27, Rochester, NY, 1848. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Hand-tinted tintype of John Brown, circa 1860. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Poster signed & inscribed by Huey Newton, circa 1967. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Album of aerial views of the march on Montgomery, taken by federal troops, 1965. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Poster for the SNCC, photograph by Danny Lyon featuring John Lewis, circa 1962. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Jenner (Rev. George Charles). <i>The Evidence at Large...Respecting Dr Jenner's Discovery of Vaccine Inoculation,</i> presentation copy from Edward Jenner to Rev. Rowland Hill, 1805. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Houdini (Harry).- Maggi (Girolamo). <i>De tintinnabulis liber postumus...de equuleo liber,</i> Harry Houdini's copy, Amsterdam, H. Wetstein, 1689. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Meyer (Henry Leonard). Coloured Illustrations of British Birds, and their Eggs , 7 vol. in 2 plus Illustrations of British Birds, 4 vol., 1842-50 and [1835-51]. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Dickens (Charles). <i>An Entirely New Romantic Drama, in Three Acts, by Mr. Wilkie Collins, called The Frozen Deep,</i> 1857. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Lighthouses and Islands of Ireland, c. 125 drawings, 1867. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Shelley (Lady Jane). Diary, 1853 & 1860. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Scottish Binding.- The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments, bound in contemporary brown polished calf decorated with the figure of a Chinese spearman, by ?James Scott of Edinburgh, 1778. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>The Man Within,</i> first edition, signed by the author, 1929. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Mellan (Claude, 1598-1688). The Holy Face, or the Veil of St Veronica, [c. 1649 and later]. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Desaguliers (John Theophilus). <i>A Dissertation concerning Electricity,</i> W. Innys, and T. Longman, 1742. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Le Jeune (Paul). <i>Relation de se qui s'est passé en la Nouvelle France en l'anné 1636 enuoyée au R.Pere Provincial de la Compagnie de Iesus en la Province de France,</i> 1637. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Stumpf (Johann Rudolph). <i>Gemeiner loblicher Eydgnoschafft Stetten, Landen und Völckern Chronicwirdiger thaaten beschreibung, </i> Zurich, Froschauer, 1586. £3,000 to £4,000

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