First Edition of Ranulph Fiennes Autobiography Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know; Signed by Him
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know: The Autobiography.
Item Number: 4043
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2007.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by Ranulph Fiennes on the title page and dated in 2012. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"It's exhausting just reading about his exploits, so it is a perfect bedtime book. It's delightful to plump up one's duck-down pillows while vicariously enduring Fiennes's successive plunges into the deadly waters of the Arctic, and his festering crotch-rot" (New Statesman).
Other Books by this Author
First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To General Sir Reginald Wingate with the high regard of Theodore Roosevelt April 21st 1911.” The recipient, Reginald Wingate was a British general and administrator in Egypt and the Sudan. He earned the nom de guerre Wingate of the Sudan. In December 1899, on Lord Kitchener being summoned to South Africa, Sir Reginald Wingate succeeded him as Governor-General of the Sudan and Sirdar of the Egyptian Army, being promoted to local major general on 22 December 1899. His administration of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, between 1899 and 1916, achieved the colonial goals of the British Empire, with the colony regaining a degree of prosperity and its infrastructure being rebuilt and expanded. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. A nice association, trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.
“A REMARKABLE WORK” (T.E. LAWRENCE): FIRST EDITION OF A PILGRIMAGE TO EL-MEDINAH AND MECCAH, IN SCARCE ORIGINAL BLUE CLOTH
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855-56.
First edition of Burton’s scarce and important illustrated narrative of his journey to Mecca. Octavo, 3 volumes, original blue cloth with black ornamental border, with five full-page color chromolithographs, eight tinted plates, one black-and-white plate, three plans (two folding), and a folding map. In fine condition. Rare and desirable in this condition.
London: George Newnes, 1898.
Octavo, two volumes. Original cloth over bevelled boards, upper boards blocked in gilt, silver and red, with vignettes depicting Fram icebound, spines blocked in gilt and silver with titles and vignettes, pictorial endpapers, all edges speckled in red. Portrait frontispiece in volume I and monochrome frontispiece in II, 64 monochrome plates, one color-printed plate, one color-printed folding map by John Bartholomew & Co., monochrome illustrations and diagrams, 46 full-page, one full-page map, and letterpress tables in the text. In near fine condition.A very sharp example.
Cook’s Voyages: An Account of the Voyages Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere; South Pole and Round the World; A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean and the Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. The First, Second and Third Voyages.
London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773, 1777, 1784.
A uniformly bound first edition set of the official accounts of Captain James Cook’s voyages, “the foundation of modern knowledge of the Pacific and a cornerstone of the literature of travel and exploration” (Beddie 648, 1216, 1543; Hill 782, 358, 361). Nine volumes altogether. Quarto, bound in half tan morocco with red and black morocco lettering pieces. Large folio atlas bound in similar style. The First Voyage is comprised of three volumes edited by John Hawkesworth. “An Account of the Voyages… for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere… In the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour”. The Second Voyage includes two volumes, published in 1777: “A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World. Performed in His Majesty’s Ships Resolution and Adventure, In the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775”. First edition. Portrait frontispiece and 63 plates and charts (several folding or double-page). The Third Voyage was published in 1784: “A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken, by the command of His Majesty, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. To determine The Position and Extent of the West Side of North America; its Distance from Asia; and the Practicability of a Northern Passage to Europe”. Four volumes, first edition. The text with 24 plates and charts as called for, with two large folding maps and 61 plates. Some offsetting and overall light wear, a clean attractive set overall.