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Lloyd, Christopher (Editor)

Published by Cresset Press, London (1949)

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Item Description: Cresset Press, London, 1949. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Nr VG. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. First UK Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 017793

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Lloyd, Christopher (Editor)

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Item Description: Cresset Press, London, 1949. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First UK Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 067963

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Lloyd, Christopher (Editor)

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Item Description: Cresset Press, 1949. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. First thus. Jacket is present with a little shelfwear, but nothing severe. Some very minor loss to edges of the jacket. Jacket under a removable mylar cover. Price on jacket flap is clipped, neatly. Text clean and unmarked. 1/1/1949. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000082508

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Lloyd,Christopher;editor

Published by The Cresset Press, London (1949)

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Item Description: The Cresset Press, London, 1949. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Map Endpapers (illustrator). 1st Thus. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Very good blue cloth no dust wrapper. sm 8 vo. 383 pgs. Index and endpaper maps. Bookseller Inventory # 011288

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Cook, Captain James; Purves, D.Laing (edited, with notes, etc., by)

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Item Description: W.P.Nimmo, Hay & Mitchell, Edinburgh. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fair. No Jacket. First Thus Edition. From "The Parlour Book Shelf" Series. Red/gilt/black cloth hardback - wearing/blemished/soiled/bumped. 352pp. + 16 pages of advertisements, including b/w frontispiece. Inside covers/eps heavily browned/blemished. A hint of blemishing/foxing elsewhere. Inscription on fep. Good content. Considering probable age, Fair. Bookseller Inventory # 6025

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Item Description: Milner and Sowerby, Halifax, 1853. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. First thus. 16mo 386pp. one engraving by J Stephenson. The Cottage Library edn in dk brown cloth with wear to covers, front inner hinge cracked and front board and ffep still just attached. spine cloth split. Otherwise binding reasonably firm and pages clean and readable. Bookseller Inventory # AB9982

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Cook, James; Kippis, A.

Published by N. H. Whitaker, Boston (1832)

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Item Description: N. H. Whitaker, Boston, 1832. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Vol 2 only. Not much foxing but some browning to pages. Hinges are pretty tight. Brown calf covers are worn. Spine is split top to bottom but nicely glued to hold it together. Gilt Lettering and decorations are faint. Bookseller Inventory # 001804

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Published by Richard Phillips, London (1809)

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Item Description: Richard Phillips, London, 1809. Hardcover. Book Condition: As Described. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Hard leather boards have expected wear of 200 year old book, front cover is detached in block up to p22, p23/24 detached but present, (all pages are present) and binding remains tight, gilt decoration on spine, black title square w/gilt titles beginning to peel, chipping bottom spine, edges tanned, sporadic foxing. Dispatched from the UK same or next working day. Bookseller Inventory # 001655

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Item Description: Published by J. S. Pratt, London, 1848. , vi, 320 pages, with frontispiece titled - 'The Death of Captain Cook' and small engraving on vignette title page - 'Canoe of the Sandwich Islands' First Edition thus , upper corners of pages 317-320 (appendix) chipped but no loss of text, covers stained, some pages lightly marked but text legible, book in just good condition , plum cloth, with blindstamped decoration, gilt title on spine 13 x 9 cm Hardback ISBN: Bookseller Inventory # 59927

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Item Description: Ward, Lock, Bowden and Co. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair/Good. Early Printing. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. c1890. A SCARCE title. The boards have edgewear to extremities with rubbing and scuffing to decoration. NO CHIPPING & NO SPLITTING to boards. Internally COMPLETE with ORIGINAL & UNSPLIT endpapers. The half title has three pieces of old clear tape holding it & the folding map at front also has some clear tape along a closed tear. Some dustiness to textblock edges with a few marks to edgse. Old bookplate to front endpaper. A good reading working copy of a very difficult and collectable title. Hundreds of fantastic Classic Cook party illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # 8161

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A Narrative of the Voyages Round the: Kippis, A.

Kippis, A.

Published by Whittingham., Chiswick. (1820)

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Item Description: Whittingham., Chiswick., 1820. Mixed. Book Condition: Fair. No Jacket. First Edition. 24mo - over 5" - 5¾" tall. 207 + 218pp. Engraved title page to both, secondary title to both volumes. A made set which does need rebinding-Vol.1 stiff board with secondary title to front and rear board missing, some creasing to rear few pages, Vol.2 half leather, worn and rubbed, foxing to both engraved titles but both are tightbound text blocks. Bookseller Inventory # 004792

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Cook, Captain James

Published by Published by Jaques and Wright , London (1825)

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Item Description: Published by Jaques and Wright , London, 1825. , Vol 1. title page, 480 pages, with 6 (of 8) plates, Vol 2. title page, 457 pages + list of plates at rear [1], with 4 (of 5) plates First Edition , front boards detached from both vols, covers and spines heavily rubbed, titles faded, Vol 1 lacks frontispiece and 1 other plate, Vol 2 lacks 1 plate, some plates loose and with foxing, in good- condition , full brown calf with gilt bands and decoration at spine, decorative gilt border to boards small quarto, 22 x 14 cm Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # 42804

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Published by Longman et al., London (1821)

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Item Description: Longman et al., London, 1821. Half-Leather. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. frontis portrait, xii, 2 plates, 398pp, vii, 368pp. Covers the First Voyage. Medium wear, tight, plates have some discolouration and small creasing. 1.3 kg. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006504

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GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS. SPARRMAN, Anders.

Published by The Golden Cockerel Press,. . (1944)

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Item Description: The Golden Cockerel Press,. ., 1944. First English edition, no.311 of 350 copies; folio, pp.218 + colophon; thirteen full-page & vignette wood-engravings and large folding map; printed in Perpetua on Arnold's hand-made paper; a very good copy in slightly marked original green buckram, blocked in gold on upper cover, morocco label, top edge gilt, others uncut. This eye-witness account of a three-year voyage with Cook by the Swedish botanist had not previously been printed in English. Sandford also enthuses over Barker-Mill's 'collection of engravings which were revolutionary, and a highly successful step forward in the adaptation of the wood-engraving medium to modern art.' Cockalorum 162. Cook Voyages Resolution Woodengraving. Bookseller Inventory # 16791

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Published by Longman et al., London (1821)

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Item Description: Longman et al., London, 1821. Half-Leather. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. vii, 2 plates, 372pp. viii, 2 plates, 304pp, folding table, plate, vi, plate, 472pp, glossary of the Society Isles, couple of in line illustration. Medium wear, some clipping, discolouration to plates. 1.7 kg 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006505

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Captain James Cook's First Voyage Round The: Cook, James]; Kippis,

Item Description: Ernst Fleischer, Leipsic (Leipzig), 1826. In publisher's cardboard. First edition in this format. First edition in this format. In publisher's cardboard. (8), (1)-158, (2) p. First school book with content related to James Cook and his travel. The first edition of the work in this format. Contains the first two chapters of Kippis' "Narrative of the Voyages Round the World, Performed by Captain James Cook, With an Account of His Life During the Previous and Intervening Periods" (London, 1788). Andrew Kippis (1725-1795) was a clergyman and biographer. For this work he used the help of Cook's contemporaries and associates as Hugh Palliser; Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe; John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich; James Cook's wife, Elizabeth; Cook's naval surgeon David Samwell and Sir Joseph Banks, who took part in Cook's first voyage, later he served as the President of the Royal Society. A scarce edition of the work. Spine artistically restored at tail. Cover slightly rubbed and stained. Light foxing throughout. Overall in good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 658

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Sparrman, Anders

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Item Description: Introduction and Notes by Owen Rutter. Wood engravings by Peter Barker-Mill. (London): Golden Cockerel Press, 1944. Folio, gilt-stamped olive buckram with leather spine label. 218, [1] pages, with 13 wood-engravings by Peter Barker-Mill. Text set in Perpetua type and printed on Arnold's mould-made paper. One of 350 numbered copies. Name in ink of New Zealand-American botanist Lucy Cranwell Smith. Covers lightly rubbed at extremities, but still a very good copy. Cockalorum 162. First Edition in English of this eye-witness account of a three-year voyage with Captain Cook. The translation is by Huldine Beamish and Averil Mackenzie-Grieve. ".the artist chosen to illustrate this great book produced a collection of engravings which were revolutionary, and a highly successful step forward in the adaptation of the wood-engraving medium to modern art. Blocks like Icebergs with Aurora Borealis fill me with wonder and joy, and a pride in having been directly responsible for giving him the opportunity to express himself in these terms." ("Cockalorum" by Christopher Sandford). Bookseller Inventory # 7894

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CAPTAIN COOK]

Published by London: John Tallis, No Date (c.1860). (1860)

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Item Description: London: John Tallis, No Date (c.1860)., 1860. First edition, 2 volumes, 4to., pp. xx, 596, xi, 556, 89 b/w illustrations, 5 full page engravings (including frontispieces), 12 double page maps, 56 b/w illustrations, half-calf boards; p3-4 torn with loss, p.504-44 missing from vol i, duplicate pp.501 from Cook’s voyage to the pacific ocean vol ii, pp. 412-420 missing from vol ii, pp. 417-424 duplicate vol i Cook’s second voyage round the world. Defective copy but maps and engravings complete. Please email for fuller description of maps. Bookseller Inventory # 6850

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THE VOYAGES OF CAPTAIN JAMES COOK ROUND: Captain James Cook

Captain James Cook

Published by John Tallis & Company (1860)

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Item Description: John Tallis & Company, 1860. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Vol.1 covers 1st and 2nd voyages around the world in1768,69,70,71;Vol 2 covers the 3rd voyage towards the South Pole and around the world in 1772,73,74,75.Blue embossec cloth covers with gold stamp on front cover.Covers lightly rubbed with some chipped edges,recent leather spine covers added.Both blocks are sound and tight with no loose pages,names or stamps.Fully illustrated with numerous two page maps in colour from Tallis,fine.First edition, 2 volumes, 4to., pp. xx, 596, xi, 556, 89 b/w illustrations, 5 full page engravings (including frontispieces), 12 double page maps, 56 b/w illustrations.Two very fine copies all intact. Bookseller Inventory # 000397

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Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the: Cook, Captain James

Cook, Captain James

Published by London: Jaques and Wright (1825)

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Item Description: London: Jaques and Wright, 1825. Book Condition: VG. 1st. London: Jaques and Wright , London, 1825. First Edition, First Issue, 8vo - 21.8 cm. Volume 1. title page, 480 pages, with 8 engraved plates; Volume 2. title page, 457 pages + list of plates at rear [1], with 5 engraved plates. Period full-diced calf with gilt ruling on covers, spine with five raised bands and bright gilt decorations and tiles on brown Morocco. Original end leaves, binding strong, prior owner's attractive script signature on front free end leaf of volume one. Pages with intermittent mild foxing, stronger foxing on plates leaves. A difficult to find publication related to Captain James Cook. A complete copy in Very Good condition. Very Scarce. ÑSabin 16254; Forbes 599 (First Issue). A scarce two volume octavo set that provides an overview of Cook's three voyages to the Pacific and the South Sea Islands. The plates appear to have been executed specifically for this publication and icludes the famous "The Death of Captain Cook" in Volume II. Bookseller Inventory # DRGp 2.5

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A NEW VOYAGE, ROUND THE WORLD, IN: John Hawkesworth

Item Description: James Rivington, 1774. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 1st Edition. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Volume two only of the very rare pre American Revolution imprint of Cooks Voyages bound in full original calf with red title block on spine, 5 raised bands with 1/8" loss at top of spine. Engraved frontispiece of New Zealand natives clean but for a 1 1/4" tear up from bottom in fold line. Pages 65-68 protruding a little because they are detached from block but have been for some time. Rest of block tight and square and boards fairly supple with no visible cracking. I beleive the first american edition of Cook's first voyage. Pages VG with mild foxing/staining. Bookseller Inventory # 000292

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Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London, England (1821)

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Item Description: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London, England, 1821. Quarter Leather. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. First Edition. Brown leather over spines and corners. Marbled boards. Front boards of volume I and VII are loose but present. All hinges are cracked but still tight. Scuffing to marbled part of boards. Bottom 1/2" of leather over spine missing on vol. 1. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 8779

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Cook, Captain James

Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London (1821)

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Item Description: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London, 1821. First Edition. 220mm x 140mm (9" x 6"). 398pp; 360pp; 372pp; 304pp;472pp; 503pp; 462pp. Folding map, engraved portrait and 24 aquatint plates. Book-plate of George John Armytage 'Semper Paratus'. Language: eng G+ : in Good condition plus. Cover lightly rubbed with some edge wear. Some scattered browning. Heraldic book-plates on paste-downs. Contents firm Contemporary half leather marbled board cover. Bookseller Inventory # e4283

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A Voyage towards the South Pole, and: COOK, James.

Item Description: London: W. Strahan, T. Cadell, 1777. Second edition, 2 volumes large 4to, published the same year as the first edition; T.I: xl (Contents, Introduction, List of plates), 378p., portrait of Cook by Hodges engraved by Basire and 36 plates including folding maps and charts and double plates. T.II: [viii], 396p., folding table, 27 plates including folding maps and charts and double plates; 21 pages of tables included in the pagination. Contemporary full glazed calf binding, spine ends finely restored, red and green morocco labels. Some pages a little browned but a handsome copy, with the name the Wearing family of Lancaster 1860 written on the flyleaves, and John Stout's armorial bookplate. During this famous second voyage, Cook explored the regions of Tahiti and New Zealand, the New Hebrides and New Caledonia. He crossed the Antarctic circle for the first time, discovered Easter Island, the Marquesas, the New Hebrides and New Caledonia. He gives a vocabulary of the language of the Society Islands, with directions for pronounciation. Great progress had been made in the diet for sailors on long voyages. Away from April 1772 to July 1775, Cook was proud to lose only four men, and only one of these from sickness. Among the maps: Chart of the Southern Hemisphere showing the track of some of the most distinguised navigators; Chart of the Friendly islands; Charts of discoveries made in the South Pacific Ocean, and the South Atlantic Ocean by Cook and the "Resolution". Among the plates: natives of Easter Island, Sainte Christina, New Hebrides, New Caledonia and New Zealand, views of Tanna, Norfolk Island, Terra Del Fuego, Island of Rotterdam, and "ice islands" (glaciers). All the illustrations were drawn from nature by Hodges. Sabin 16245. Bookseller Inventory # 35067

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A COMPLETE SET OF COOK'S VOYAGES [COMPRISING:]: COOK, Captain James;

Item Description: London: W.Strathan; and T.Cadell 1779 1785, 1773. Eight volumes, 4to, with the contents of the Atlas volume bound in to the third voyage (vols. VI-VIII) as directed by the printers in the list of plates. The first voyage is a first edition, the second voyage is a third edition and the third voyage is a second edition. All bound in contemporary full calf, recently rebacked to style with morocco title labels. A very good set with foxing or offsetting to some leaves and occasional minor repairs to folding plates, but generally very clean and well preserved. Some wear to boards with old repairs to corners. In total 204 engraved plates, maps, views and charts (52, 64 and 88 in the three voyages respectively) The primary account of Cook's remarkable voyages of exploration, which "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 the first really scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge" (Hill) From a printing point of view the second edition of the third voyage is generally preferred to the first (Hughs took over the printing from Strahan and reset all the text). Contemporary support for this view is reported in a set presented by Mrs. Cook to Dr. Elliotson, which notes that "the letter press of the second edition being much superior to the first both in paper & letter press.". Bookseller Inventory # 30505

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Banks' Florilegium. A publication in thirty-four parts: BANKS, Sir Joseph.

BANKS, Sir Joseph.

Published by London Alecto Historical Editions in association with the British Museum Natural History -1990 (1980)

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Item Description: London Alecto Historical Editions in association with the British Museum Natural History -1990, 1980. 35 boxes [including Supplement], broadsheet folio (78.5 x 60.6 cm). 743 copper-engraved plates in titled window mounts, colour printed "à la poupée" in up to 17 colours with additional watercolour touches from the original eighteenth-century copperplates (45.7 x 30.5 cm), engraved by D. MacKenzie, G. Sibelius, G. Smith and others after T. Burgis, J. Miller, J.F. Miller, F.P. Nodder, S. Parkinson. The supplement engravings being modern replications (the original 5 plates were stolen in 1973). Plates mounted in Somerset mould paper mats with letterpress captions and separated by loose tissue guards and housed within linen-backed tan board portfolios. Letterpress broadsides of title-pages, list of engravings, and method of production in each portfolio. Green buckram folding cases, printed paper labels on upper boards and spines. [Together with:] Catalogue of Banks' Florilegium. London: 1990. Folio (55.2 x 38.1 cm). 8 uncoloured engraved plates numbered in pencil 21, 121, 221, 321, 421, 521, 621 and 721. Green cloth, morocco spine lettered gilt. [With]: Banks' Florilegium's Prospectus, Subscription form and Publishing timetable. The first complete edition of the engravings after Sydney Parkinson's magnificent drawings, made in the course of captain Cook's first voyage, during which Banks collected over 800 previously unknown specimens. One of 116 numbered copies. Banks' ambition to publish the drawings made by Sydney Parkinson during the Endeavour's circumnavigation was never realised, although some 743 plates after drawings by Parkinson and others were engraved under Banks' supervision by 18 engravers, over a period of 13 years. On Banks' death, these plates were bequeathed to the British Museum, where they remain. The first publication of a substantial selection of the plates was in 1900-1905, when monochrome lithographic plates of the Australian flora were made after the original plates, and published by the British Museum as Illustrations of Australian Plants., reproducing 320 of the 743 images. This was followed in 1973 by Captain Cook's Florilegium, edited by Wilfrid Blunt and W.T. Stearn (London: 1973), which contained 42 plates pulled from the original plates and printed in black ink, and was published in a limited edition of 110 copies by the Lion and Unicorn Press; of these 110 copies, the first 10 contained 42 plates, and the remainder 30. In 1979, following successful trial printings in colour of the plates, it was agreed that Alecto Historical Editions and The British Museum (Natural History) would jointly publish the full set of 738 plates, colour printed à la poupée (i.e. by applying the colour to the plate with a cotton ball, and then adding further colour if necessary with a brush, deriving from a method developed by Johannes Tayler in the 17th century and revived by Pierre-Joseph Redouté in the early 19th century). The first volume was issued in 1980, with the final 'Catalogue' volume appearing in 1990. The appearance of the final volume, and the completion of this most ambitious artistic and scientific enterprise, was described thus in the The Book Collector: 'It is now just over ten years since the great scheme to print the Florilegium began: ten years later, and 100 sets of 738 plates, each print individually coloured, have come into existence. It is a triumph on many scores: a triumph of imagination, to conceive such an enterprise; a triumph of aesthetic sensibility, to realize that plates originally intended to be printed in black could be rendered in colour with such magical beauty, yet truth to nature; a triumph of technical skill, to restore the tarnished plates and print them with unerring precision, maintaining the same high standard from first to last [.]; a triumph, above all of tenacity to bring such a colossal enterprise [.] to a final successful conclusion' (p.9). Of the 116 sets of Banks' Florilegium printed, 3 were printers' proof sets (of which number 1 is at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew), 3 w. Bookseller Inventory # 93308

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Complet set of the best editions]. An: COOK (Captain James).

Item Description: London, Printed by W. and A. Strahan, for G. Nicol, Bookseller to his Majesty, in the Strand and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1784., 1784. Couverture rigide. Book Condition: Comme neuf. Edition originale. Beddie, Bibliography of Captain James Cook, 649-1226-1543-1962 (Kippis) et 3596 (portrait)-4510 (pour les portraits en suppl. dans l’atlas). Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography, 85. Hill, 783-358 (pour la première édition) et 361. Holmes, 5-24 (pour la première édition)-47-69. O’Reilly, Tahiti, 433. Rosove, Antarctica, 77. A3. Édition originale officielle à l’exception du deuxième voyage en 3e édition (souvent préférée à la première édition. Elle contient la table générale des planches pour les trois voyages). Collection complète des trois voyages de Cook, à laquelle on a ajouté la vie du célèbre navigateur par Andrew Kippis. Complet de ses 202 planches gravées hors texte et du portrait du capitaine Cook en frontispice du deuxième voyage (52, 63 et 87 pl.). *Exceptionnelle reliure en cuir de renne russe, dont le prestige tient beaucoup à l’histoire insolite de sa découverte et de son sauvetage d’une épave oubliée au fond des eaux pendant près de deux siècles ! Le brigantin danois « Die Frau Metta Catharina von Flensburg », en provenance de Saint-Pétersbourg pour Gênes avec une cargaison de chanvre et de peaux, s’était échoué dans le détroit de Plymouth en 1786 ; et ce n’est qu’en 1973 que des plongeurs archéologues (the British Sub-Aqua Club), en quête d’un autre navire, l’ont découvert par hasard. Cet événement a donné lieu à une spectaculaire vente aux enchères, où relieurs et libraires se sont portés acquéreurs d’un ensemble de peaux de première qualité, dont celle qui a servi à relier, avec une grande maîtrise, notre exemplaire signé du relieur canadien Courtland Benson. Le remarquable et surprenant état de conservation des ballots de peaux que le brigantin contenait (certaines de la taille de l’animal lui-même, avec la queue et la tête, et marquées des initiales du tanneur) est dû à la méthode russe traditionnelle de tannage qui, en trempant le cuir dans un bain d’écorces de bouleau, le rendait résistant à la moisissure et lui vaut une réputation sans égale auprès des bibliophiles, surtout anglais. La peau du renne très résistante, souple et agréable au toucher se prête très bien aux ornements tels que les dorures ou les incrustations, et son séjour biséculaire dans la boue noire où il a été découvert n’a fait que renforcer sa solidité. Sa couleur varie du rouge bordeaux épais à une couleur terre de Sienne plus légère, comme pour notre exemplaire (Cf. The Wreck of the Metta Catharina, Garbett G. & Skelton I. 1987 et The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, Blackwell, Oxford 2010, vol. 39, no2, pp. 235-257 [23 pages (article)]). Very nice set. Complet set of the “best” editions. "Now, this book has quite an amazing story : In 1786, the Die Frau Metta Catherina brigantine left St. Petersbourg with a cargo of hemp and leather. The latter was no ordinary leather, but Russia leather its typical crosshatched grain, tanned with willow bark and curried with birch oil – what the New York Times magazine calls “a top-of-the-line luxury.” This leather was renown for its unique perfume, its resistance to water and, as it seems, for being insect-repellent. Captain Twedt who was the skipper of the Die Frau Metta Catherina back in 1786, was aiming to Genoa. But he never went beyond Plymouth Sound. Torn from her anchorage by a sudden storm, the Metta Catherina eventually sank to a depth of about 100 feet. “The vessel and cargo entirely lost, read a contemporary article; crew saved.” The cargo, including rolls of Russia leather, quietly remained underwater for the following 187 years, until some members of a local diving club discovered the ship. Brought to the surface, the rolls of leather proved to be somehow well preserved. Mr. Brown, who happened to commercialize them, stated : ''The hides on the outer edges of the rolls, as well as others that were disturbed as the vessel sank, had all deteriorated badly. The inner hides in most of the rolls were in a remarkable state of preservation, protecte. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-4240789275

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Banks' Florilegium: a publication in thirty-four parts: Banks, Joseph.

Banks, Joseph.

Published by London: Alecto Historical Editions in association with the British Museum (Natural History), 1980-1990. (1990)

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Item Description: London: Alecto Historical Editions in association with the British Museum (Natural History), 1980-1990., 1990. 738 copper-engraved plates in titled window mounts, colour printed a la poupee in up to 17 colours with additional watercolour touches from the original plates after Sydney Parkinson, Frederick Polydore Nodder, John Frederick Miller, James Miller, John Cleverly and Thomas Burgis; the Supplement with five copper-engraved plates in titled window mounts; the Catalogue with eight copper-engraved uncolored duplicate plates. 35 solander boxes (including Supplement), broadsheet folio [29" x 22 1/2"] and one volume Catalogue, folio. The Florilegium and Supplement in 101 original cloth-backed portfolios contained within 35 dark-green cloth-covered solander boxes by G. Ryder and Co.; the Catalogue bound in half dark green morocco, top edge gilt. Some blemishes to the window mounts but not affecting the images. The first complete edition of the engravings after Sydney Parkinson's magnificent drawings, made in the course of Captain Cook's First Voyage, during which Banks collected over 800 previously unknown specimens. This is number one of 100 numbered copies. Although some 743 plates after drawings by Parkinson and others were engraved under Banks' supervision by 18 engravers over a period of 13 years, and manuscript descriptions of the specimens had been prepared by Daniel Solander, Banks' ambition to publish the drawings made by Sydney Parkinson during the Endeavour's circumnavigation was never realised. On Banks's death, these plates were bequeathed to the British Museum, where they remain. The first publication of a substantial selection of the plates was in 1900-1905, when monochrome lithographic edition was produced. In 1974 the Lion and Unicorn Press published 30 uncoloured engravings in an edition limited to 100 copies. The complete set is published in 35 parts with all plates and accompanying letterpress contained in 35 green cloth covered Solander boxes with printed labels. The breakdown of the set is as follows: Parts 1-15 Australia 337 plates Part 16 Brazil 23 plates Parts 17-18 Java 30 plates Part 19 Madeira 11 plates Parts 20-27 New Zealand 183 plates Parts 28-31 The Society Islands 89 plates Parts 32-34 Tierra del Fuego 65 plates Supplement 5 plates In the preface to the accompanying Catalogue J. G. Studholme writes " finally I must thank the Master Printer, Edward Egerton-Williams, whose experience in colour printing led directly to the decision to print and publish the Florilegium in colour and whose dedication, technical skills and attention to detail has resulted in the production, over a period of more than ten years, of 86,000 perfect colour engravings. In the early stages of this publication, a distinguished Professor Emeritus of Botany at a Dutch University, comparing Banks' Florilegium with the University's many acquisitions of treasures from the Orient remarked that, for him, it represented a supreme example of eighteenth-century European civilisation. I can think of no higher compliment". Bookseller Inventory # 25871

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