Rare Travel and Exploration Books for Sale Online

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  • “Everyone has ocean’s to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?”: First Edition of Amelia Earhart's 20Hrs. 40 Min. Our Flight In Friendship; Inscribed by Her

    Earhart, Amelia.

    20 Hrs. and 40 Min. Our Flight in the Friendship. The American Girl, First Across the Atlantic by Air, Tells Her Story.

    New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1928.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “To Katherine Murrell with best wishes Amelia Earhart.” In very good condition with light rubbing.

    Price: $2,200.00

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  • “BUT I AM BORN HAPPY EVERY MORNING”: FIRST EDITION OF EDITH WHARTON’S A BACKWARD GLANCE

    Wharton, Edith.

    A Backward Glance: Reminiscences by Edith Wharton.

    New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1934.

    First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Bookplates to the inner gutter, near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a few small closed tears and light wear to the spine.

    Price: $300.00

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  • "The motor-car has restored the romance of travel": First Edition of Edith Wharton's Motor-Flight Through France

    Wharton, Edith.

    A Motor-Flight Through France.

    New York: Scribner's, 1908.

    First edition. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Top edge gilt. Ilustrated throughout. In very good condition. Laid into this copy is a contemporary brochure from Scribner’s for their illustrated books of the period. A nice bright example.

    Price: $250.00

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  • "The motor-car has restored the romance of travel": First Edition of A Motor-Flight Through France; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket

    Wharton, Edith.

    A Motor-Flight Through France.

    New York: Scribner's, 1908.

    First edition. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Top edge gilt. Illustrated throughout. Fine in the original dust jacket which shows some chips to the spine and a large chip to the rear panel. Very rare in the original dust jacket.

    Price: $2,250.00

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  • First Edition of the Author’s Comic Masterpiece; Signed by Eric Newby

    Newby, Eric.

    A Short Walk In the Hindu Kush.

    New York: Doubleday & Company, 1958.

    First American edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Eric Newby on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Although not marked this copy is from the library of travel collector, Mary Anna Marten, who was the daughter of the 3rd and last Lord Alington of Crichel and later trustee of The British Museum.

    Price: $850.00

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  • “The world, we are told, was made especially for man — a presumption not supported by all the facts": First Edition of John Muir's A Thousand-Mile Walk To the Gulf; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket

    Muir, John.

    A Thousand-Mile Walk To the Gulf.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916.

    First edition. Octavo, original green cloth, color pictorial cover label, lettered in white, top edge gilt. Edited with an introduction by William Frederic Badè. Illustrated with several plates from photographs, including a frontispiece portrait with tissue guard; map. In excellent condition in the original dust jacket with some chips and tears. First editions in the original dust jacket are exceptionally rare.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • "Paradox reconciles all contradictions": First American Edition of A Time of Gifts; Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor

    Leigh Fermor, Patrick.

    A Time of Gifts.

    New York: Harper & Row, 1977.

    First American edition of the author’s masterpiece, which ranks among the greatest travel books of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket that shows some rubbing to the extremities.

    Price: $975.00

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  • "Paradox reconciles all contradictions": First Edition of Patrick Leigh Fermor’s A Time of Gifts; Signed by Him

    Fermor, Patrick Leigh.

    A Time of Gifts.

    London: John Murray, 1977.

    First edition of the author’s masterpiece that ranks among the greatest travel books of the twentieth century. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor on the title page. Name on the front endpaper, near fine in an excellent near fine dust jacket. An nice example.

    Price: $2,250.00

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  • First Edition of A Time To Keep Silence; Warmly Inscribed by Patrick Leigh Fermor

    Fermor, Patrick Leigh.

    A Time To Keep Silence.

    London: John Murray, 1957.

    First edition of the author’s third book, regarding his experiences in various monasteries. Octavo, original blue cloth. Inscribed by the author, “Mary Anna with love from Paddy 2.6.88." The recipient was Mary Anna Marten (with her bookplate to the inside gutter), who was the daughter of the 3rd and last Lord Alington of Crichel and later trustee of The British Museum. Near fine in the original dust jacket with a chip to the crown of the spine and overall wear.

    Price: $1,150.00

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  • Rare First Edition of Patrick Leigh Fermor’s A Time To Keep Silence; Signed by Him

    Fermor, Patrick Leigh.

    A Time To Keep Silence.

    London: The Queen Anne Press, 1953.

    First edition, one of 500 numbered copies, this being number 25. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small closed tear. Rare, especially in the original dust jacket.

    Price: $2,500.00

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  • First Edition of H.V. Morton's A Traveller in Italy; Signed by him

    Morton, H.V.

    A Traveller In Italy.

    London: Methuen & Company, 1964.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in near fine dust jacket. Signed and dated by the author on the title page. Books signed by H.V. Morton are uncommon.

    Price: $550.00

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  • "I WAS MUCH SURPRISED TO HEAR FOWLS SPEAK, AS THEY WERE TO SEE SUCH A MONSTER AS I APPEARED TO BE": RARE FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE EARLIEST PROTO-SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS: A VOYAGE TO CACKLOGALLINIA

    Brunt, Samuel.

    A Voyage to Cacklogallinia: with a Description of the Religion, Policy, Customs and Manners of that Country.

    London: J. Watson, 1727.

    First edition of this early 18th century satire published in imitation of Johnathan Swift’s masterpiece Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, or, Gulliver’s Travels. Octavo, bound in full brown morocco by Charles Thurman, Binder. Raised bands, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, embossed front and rear panels, engraved frontispiece. From the library of NASA scientist and science fiction expert Frederick I. Ordway III, best known for his contribution to the development of close personal friend, Stanley Kubrick’s, epic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Rare.

     

     

     

    Price: $7,800.00

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  • First American Edition of V.S. Naipaul's A Way In The World; Signed by Him

    Naipaul, V.S.

    A Way In The World.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.

    First American edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $95.00

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  • Autographed Check From Amelia Earhart to Her Husband

    Earhart, Amelia.

    Amelia Earhart Signed Check.

    Signed personal check from Amelia Earhart dated December 20, 1932 payable to her husband George Palmer Putnam for $250, which measures 2.5 inches by 7.5 inches. Double-matted and framed with a sheet music cover honoring Earhart. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 18 inches, with a window in the backing for viewing Putnam’s signature.

    Price: $2,200.00

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  • "There are other Annapurnas in the lives of men": First Edition of Maurice Herzog's Annapurna; Inscribed by Him

    Herzog, Maurice.

    Annapurna: The First 8,000 Metre Peak (26,493 Feet).

    London: Jonathan Cape, 1952.

    First edition in English, preceding the American edition by one year. Octavo, original blue cloth. Inscribed by the author who has added “June 3rd 1950” the day the summit was reached. Some light foxing to the page edges in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities.

    Price: $950.00

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  • First Edition of Graham Greene's Another Mexico; Signed by Him

    Greene, Graham .

    Another Mexico.

    New York: Viking Press, 1939.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Graham Greene on the title page. In very good condition with a small name to the front free endpaper, without the dust jacket.

    Price: $975.00

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  • "This is one of those books which makes a permanent difference to one’s view of the world": First Edition of Arabian Sands; Signed by Wilfred Thesiger

    Thesiger, Wilfred.

    Arabian Sands.

    London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1959.

    First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Wilfred Thesiger on the title page, with a contemporary signature. An excellent example in a near fine dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities. Map unopened in the inside pocket of the rear pastedown.

    Price: $2,500.00

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  • "This is one of those books which makes a permanent difference to one’s view of the world": Arabian Sands; Signed by Wilfred Thesiger

    Thesiger, Wilfred.

    Arabian Sands.

    London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1959.

    First edition, second printing of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Wilfred Thesiger on the title page.  Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Map unopened in the inside pocket of the rear pastedown.

    Price: $750.00

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  • "The red sun seemed to tip one end of a pair of scales below the horizon, and simultaneously to lift an orange moon at the other": First Folio Edition of Between the Woods and the Water; Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor

    Fermor, Patrick Leigh.

    Between the Woods and the Water.

    London: The Folio Society, 2006.

    First Folio edition of the author’s second book in the author’s trilogy that began with A Time of Gifts. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leigh Fermor on the title page. Fine in a fine slipcase. Illustrated by Mary Kuper.

    Price: $500.00

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  • "The red sun seemed to tip one end of a pair of scales below the horizon, and simultaneously to lift an orange moon at the other": First Edition of Between the Woods and the Water; Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor

    Fermor, Patrick Leigh.

    Between the Woods and the Water.

    London: John Murray, 1986.

    First British edition of the author’s second book in the author’s trilogy that began with “A Time of Gifts”. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leigh Fermor on the title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket.A very sharp example.

    Price: $600.00

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