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

  • ALDE, May 28: KIPLING (RUDYARD). Le Livre de la Jungle. – Le IIe livre de la Jungle. Paris, Sagittaire, Simon Kra, 1924-1925. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: NOAILLES (ANNA DE). Les Climats. Paris, Société du Livre contemporain, 1924. €50,000 to €60,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MILTON (JOHN). Paradis perdu. Quatrième chant. S.l., Les Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1974. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LEBEDEV (VLADIMIR). Russian Placards - Placard Russe 1917-1922. Saint-Petersbourg, Sterletz, 1923. €1,000 to €1,200.
    ALDE, May 28: MARDRUS (JOSEPH-CHARLES). Histoire charmante de l'adolescente sucre d'amour. Paris, F.-L. Schmied, 1927. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: TABLEAUX DE PARIS. Paris, Émile-Paul Frères, 1927. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LA FONTAINE (JEAN DE). Les Fables illustrées par Paul Jouve. S.l. [Lausanne], Gonin & Cie, 1929. €4,000 to €5,000.
    ALDE, May 28: SARTRE (JEAN-PAUL). Vingt-deux dessins sur le thème du désir. Paris, Fernand Mourlot, 1961. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: [BRAQUE (GEORGES)]. 13 mai 1962. Alès, PAB, 1962. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MIRÓ (JOAN). Je travaille comme un jardinier. Avant-propos d'Yvon Taillandier. Paris, Société intenationale d'art XXe siècle, 1963. €1,000 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MAGNAN (JEAN-MARIE). Taureaux. Paris, Michèle Trinckvel, 1965. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: PICASSO (PABLO). Dans l'atelier de Picasso. 1960. €15,000 to €20,000.
  • Sotheby’s
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    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
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    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Potter (Beatrix). Complete set of four original illustrations for the nursery rhyme, 'This pig went to market', 1890s. £60,000 to £80,000.
    Forum, May 30: Dante Alighieri.- Lactantius (Lucius Coelius Firmianus). Opera, second edition, Rome, 1468. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, May 30: Distilling.- Brunschwig (Hieronymus). Liber de arte Distillandi de Compositis, first edition of the so-called 'Grosses Destillierbuch', Strassburg, 1512. £22,000 to £28,000.
    Forum, May 30: Eliot (T.S.), W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Robert Lowell, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, & others. A Personal Anthology for Eric Walter White, 60 autograph poems. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum, May 30: Cornerstone of French Enlightenment Philosophy.- Helvetius (Claude Adrien). De l'Esprit, true first issue "A" of the suppressed first edition, Paris, 1758. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Szyk (Arthur). The Haggadah, one of 125 copies, this out-of-series, Beaconsfield Press, 1940. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Fleming (Ian). Casino Royale, first edition, first impression, 1953. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Japan.- Ryusui (Katsuma). Umi no Sachi [Wealth of the Sea], 2 vol., Tokyo, 1762. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Computing.- Operating and maintenance manual for the BINAC binary automatic computer built for Northrop Aircraft Corporation 1949, Philadelphia, 1949. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Burmese School (probably circa 1870s). Folding manuscript, or parabaik, from the Court Workshop at the Royal Court at Manadaly, Burma, [c.1870s]. £8,000 to £12,000.
  • Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Marx, Das Kapital,1867. Dedication copy. Est: € 120,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1380. Est: € 25,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Theodor de Bry, Indiae Orientalis, 1598-1625. Est: € 80,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviary, Latin manuscript, around 1450-75. Est: € 10,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    G. B. Piranesi, Vedute di Roma, 1748-69. Est: € 60,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Schmidt-Rottluff, Arbeiter, 1921. Orig. watercolour on postcard. Est: € 18,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviarium Romanum, Latin manuscript, 1474. Est: € 20,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    C. J. Trew, Plantae selectae, 1750-73. Est: € 28,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    M. Beckmann, Apokalypse, 1943. Est: € 50,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Ulrich von Richenthal, Das Concilium, 1536. Est: € 9,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    I. Kant, Critik der reinen Vernunft, 1781. Est: €12,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung (AIZ) / Die Volks-Illustrierte (VI), 1932-38. Est: €8,000

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