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  • Rare First Edition of Peking the Beautiful; With 70 Photographic Plates; in the rare publisher's wooden slipcase

    WHITE, Herbert C.

    Peking the Beautiful.

    Shanghai, China: The Commercial Press, 1927.

    First edition of this work comprising photographic studies of the celebrated monuments of China’s northern capital with descriptive and historical notes. Folio, original embroidered silk pictorial boards, original publisher’s wooden box. In fine condition without wear. Contains 70 photographic plates mounted, numerous illustrations in text. Contains an introduction by Hu Shih, professor of Philosophy at the National University of Peking. Rare and desirable in the original publisher’s wooden box.

    Price: $15,000.00     Item Number: 107644

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  • First Edition of Edward Whymper's Scrambles Amongst the Alps in the Years 1860-69; Inscribed by Him to Fellow Alpinist Thomas Bonney

    WHYMPER, Edward.

    Scrambles Amongst the Alps in the Years 1860-69.

    London: John Murray, 1871.

    First edition of the author’s classic work on mountaineering, the first to help promote the very notion that peaks are meant to be climbed. Octavo, original cloth, 23 plates and numerous illustrations after drawings by Whymper; 5 folding maps. Inscribed by the author to the geologist and Alpinist Thomas Bonney , “from his obedient servant–the Author.” Also tipped in is a cordial 2 1/2-page letter signed from Whymper dated London, 15 June 1871, presenting this copy to Bonney, with additional comments on geological topics and book reviewing (“If I am asked to suggest reviewers, could you spare time to cut up ‘Scrambles’?”).

    Price: $7,800.00     Item Number: 25092

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  • First Edition of Edward Whymper's Travels Amongst the Great Andes of the Equator; From the library of Explorer Steve Fossett

    WHYMPER, Edward.

    Travels Amongst the Great Andes of the Equator.

    London: John Murray, 1891-92.

    First edition of this work by the mountaineer and explorer. Octavo, 2 volumes, original publisher’s cloth, with 34 engraved plates and 4 maps (one folding, one large folding route map in rear cover pocket). From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In near fine condition. A very nice example, with noted provenance.

    Price: $1,250.00     Item Number: 111798

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  • First edition of William Wilkins' The Antiquities of Magna Graecia

    WILKINS, William.

    The Antiquities of Magna Graecia.

    Cambridge: Printed at the University Press by Richard Watts for Longman, Hurst, Orme and Rees, 1807.

    First edition of this ambitious and influential work on the classical architecture of the Magna Graecia by one of the leading figures of the English Greek Revival movement of the early 19th century. Folio, bound in full green buckram, engraved vignette to the title page, illustrated with 73 full-page engraved plates including 20 aquatint views, maps, and illustrations, subscribers list. In near fine condition with the plates remarkably clean. Library stamp to the title page and bookplate to the pastedown.

    Price: $4,800.00     Item Number: 116938

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  • "The trouble with this country, there's too much to cover!": First Edition of Ben Ames Williams' The Happy End

    WILLIAMS, Ben Ames.

    The Happy End.

    New York: The Derrydale Press, 1939.

    First edition of this collection of reminiscences by Derrydale’s best-selling author. Octavo, original publisher’s half buckram over blue cloth-covered boards, illustrated by Churchill Ettinger. Introduction by Kenneth Roberts. One of twelve hundred and fifty numbered copies, this is number 158. In near fine condition.

    Price: $125.00     Item Number: 116042

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  • First edition of Geoffrey Williams' Sir Thomas Lipton Wins: From the library of Explorer and adventurer Steve Fossett

    WILLIAMS, Geoffrey.

    Sir Thomas Lipton Wins.

    London: Peter Davies, 1969.

    First edition of Williams’ account of his record-breaking passage aboard the Sir Thomas Lipton in the Transatlantic Race of 1968. Octavo, original cloth. From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the front pastedown. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fosset was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.

    Price: $175.00     Item Number: 114991

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  • First edition of Alexander Wilmot's The History of Our Own Times in South Africa

    WILMOT, Alexander.

    The History of Our Own Times in South Africa.

    London: J. C. Juta & Co, 1897-1899.

    First edition of Wilmot’s authoritative history of the development of South Africa. Octavo, three volumes, original cloth with gilt titles to the spines. In near fine condition with rubbing to the extremities.

    Price: $400.00     Item Number: 116824

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  • Exceptionally Rare Wright Family 18th Century English Style Terrestrial Globe

    WRIGHT, Thomas II.

    Wright’s New Improved Terrestrial Globe.

    London: Sold by W. & S. Jones, c. 1795.

    Rare late 18th Century Wright family terrestrial globe. The globe measures 8 inches in diameter with a brass meridian and 14 inch mahogany horizon ring which is decorated with hand colored paper gores. Mounted on an English style ebonised oak stand. The horizontal ring is held by 4 brass spokes and is connected to the pedestal with a turned brass finial hub. Hand colored paper gores over a plaster sphere with a tiny pointed bushing to the north pole. Native to London, the Wright family’s lineage included five generations of Thomas Wrights between 1718 and 1842, this globe was likely produced by Thomas Wright II. The entire piece measures 13 inches tall. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $8,200.00     Item Number: 96537

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  • Rare first edition of James Wyld's General Atlas Containing Maps illustrating some important periods in Ancient History and distinct Maps of the several Empires, Kingdoms, and States in the World

    WYLD, James. Engraved by N.R. Hewitt.

    A General Atlas Containing Maps Illustrating Some Important Periods in Ancient History and Distinct Maps of the Several Empires, Kingdoms, and States in the World. From Original Drawings According to the Latest Treaties by J. Wyld: and Engraved by N.R. Hewitt.

    London: Printed for John Thomson & Co. for Baldwin, Cradock & Joy, London & John Cumming, Dublin, 1819.

    Rare first edition of celebrated cartographer James Wyld (the Elder)’s authoritative world atlas. Quarto, bound in three quarters contemporary calf over marbled boards with original printed paper titular label to the front panel, gilt titles to the spine, engraved frontispiece table of comparative heights of of the principle mountains of the world, engraved calligraphic title page featuring an engraved vignette of Wyld displaying a globe, containing 41 hand-colored numbered maps (including one double-page) engraved by N.R.Hewitt after Wyld, additional table of comparative lengths of principle rivers of the world. The maps include four of the ancient world, three world maps (including a double-page Mercator’s projection map), nineteen maps of European countries, eight maps of Asia, two of Africa, and five related to the Americas each featuring a miniature vignette of the country or area’s most famed palace, city, or attraction. The map of the young United States includes several important historical regions. One of the most unique and scarce features on early maps of the United States is the appearance of Franklinia. Franklinia was formed by settlers in 1784, but it was never recognized by Congress. Eventually it was annexed by North Carolina and later reverted back to Tennessee. This ephemeral state appeared on only a small number of maps into the early part of the 19th century, this being a later example. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $5,200.00     Item Number: 117109

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  • Rare First Edition of The Guide to the Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan (1931); Kumamoto-ken

    YOSHIDA, Hatsusaburo.

    Guide to the Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan (1931); Kumamoto-ken.

    Kumamoto: O Aso Kokuritsu Koen Kyokai, 1931.

    First edition of this photobook of the Kumamoto Prefecture. Quarto, original velvet bound, copiously illustrated with gravure photo pages with captions and text, occasional mounted gravure photos, all of the Kumamoto Prefecture in the southern-most Japanese island of Kyushu, including its manufacturing, spas, rivers, volcanic Mt. Aso, temples, village life and agriculture. Including panoramic folding plate with two views, and a slightly smaller panoramic foldout. In near fine condition. Rare, with OCLC locating one example at Columbia University.

    Price: $2,500.00     Item Number: 86877

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  • First Edition of Sir Francis Younghusband's biography

    YOUNGHUSBAND, Sir Francis.

    The Light of Experience: A Review of Some Men and Events of My Time.

    London: Constable & Co. Ltd, 1927.

    First edition of Sir Francis Younghusband’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with maps. In near fine condition. A sharp example.

    Price: $45.00     Item Number: 92539

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  • First Editions of Henry Yule's The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian, Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East; finely bound in full morocco by sangorski and sutcliffe

    YULE, Colonel Henry.

    The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian, Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East.

    London: John Murray, 1871.

    First edition of Yule’s important work which correlated Polo’s travels with their present-day locations. Octavo, two volumes. Bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruling and vignettes to the front panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, patterned endpapers, with maps and engraved illustrations many folding and in color. From the Adventure and Exploration collection of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In near fine condition. First editions are uncommon.

    Price: $3,800.00     Item Number: 111068

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  • Finely Bound First Editions of Henry Yule's The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian, Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East

    YULE, Colonel Henry.

    The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian, Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East.

    London: John Murray, 1871.

    First edition of Yule’s important work which correlated Polo’s travels with their present-day locations. Octavo, two volumes. Bound in three quarters morocco with gilt tooling featuring naval vignettes and red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt to the spines, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers, with maps and engraved illustrations many folding and in color. In near fine condition. First editions are uncommon.

    Price: $1,850.00     Item Number: 90447

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