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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
John Murray, [1952-57] 2 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with title-vignettes, several illustrations in the text and 2 maps (one double-page) on green stock, small signature on front free endpaper of first volume; original blue-green cloth, upper boards and backstrips blocked and lettered in white, a very good, bright, clean set in unclipped dustwrapper, the wrappers mildly creased, frayed and rubbed and with one or two small losses at edges. Bright, clean set of Grimble's classic travel-autobiography set in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands of the Central Pacific (Book ref. 25919)
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Dent, [1929] 8vo., First Edition, preliminaries, half-title, title and fore-edges lightly spotted, faint offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers, neat contemporary signature on half-title; red cloth, gilt back, red top, a bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter chipped with minor loss (not affecting lettering) at head of backstrip. VERY SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION. (Book ref. 25456)
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Thomas Borges & Co., [1969] 2 vols., 8vo., with frontispieces and numerous plates and maps (a number folding), free endpapers very lightly spotted; green rexine, gilt backs, a near fine copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 300 NUMBERED COPIES (THIS COPY NO 55). Much-needed, high quality facsimile reissue of the original edition of 1841. EXTREMELY SCARCE. (Book ref. 25357)
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Longmans Green & Co., 1932 8vo., First Edition, with large folding map; blue cloth, gilt back, a good, bright, clean copy. Sold from an institution with its labels on covers and endpapers. Imperial Studies No., 7. SCARCE (Book ref. 24960)
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Blackie, 1896 8vo., First Edition, with frontispiece, 3 plates and double-page coloured map in the text, wanting front free endpaper; grey pictorial cloth, upper board blocked and lettered in red, white and black, gilt back, covers mildly age-soiled else a very good, bright copy. With 32pp publisher's catalogue bound in at end. Juvenile novel based on the disappearance of the explorer Ludwig Leichhardt. VERY SCARCE. Muir, 2438, McLaren, 11415 (Book ref. 24943)
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Harper Collins, [2004] 8vo., First UK Edition, with plates and maps; black cloth, gilt back, orange endpapers, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. (Book ref. 24915)
Pecock Academic Press, Hong Kong, [2001] 8vo., First Edition, with photographs and maps in the text; original pictorial wrappers, a near fine copy. EXTREMELY SCARCE. (Book ref. 24800)
Hakluyt Society, [1982] 4 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece, and monochrome plates, facsimiles and maps in the text; cloth, gilt backs, a very good, clean set in the dustwrappers, the wrappers lightly rubbed at extremities. The previously unpublished journal of the principal naturalist on Cook's second voyage. Hakluyt Society, Second Series, Vols., 152,153,154,155. (Book ref. 24282)
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Australian National University, Canberra, [1964] 8vo., First Edition, with a map as frontispiece, 11 plates on 4 and tables in the text; plum cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR WITH HIS SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. (Book ref. 21975)
[Privately Printed], Auckland, 1942 8vo., First Edition, with 3 plates, and a double-page pedigree and several maps (a number full-page) in the text, page edges browning, label scar on title; newly bound in dark red buckram, upper board lettered in gilt, original printed wrappers preserved, a very good, clean copy. Scarce (Book ref. 19807)
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Smith Elder & Co., 1857 8vo., First Edition, with large folding map coloured in outline as frontispiece and 2 maps (one folding; one full-page); original green cloth, sides elaborately framed and patterned in blind, backstrip blocked in blind and lettered in gilt, uncut AND LARGELY UNOPENED, primrose endpapers, upper hinge cracked (but binding entirely sound), a remarkably well-preserved, bright, clean, fresh copy IN WHOLLY UNRESTORED PUBLISHER'S BINDING. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR TO JOHN O'SHANNASSY WITH THE FORMER'S HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. With a bookplate on front paste-down and 16pp publisher's catalogue (dated July 1857) bound in at end. This copy was formerly in the holdings of Melbourne Public Library and bears its stamp dated 18 Dec 1888 on frontispiece verso, title and occasionally in text. Westgarth's Notes on the Overland Route comprise pp.376-451. A detailed statistical Appendix occupies pp.453-466. LOVELY COPY OF AN EARLY ISSUE OF A SCARCE AND IMPORTANT ACCOUNT OF THE COLONY. Ferguson 18418. (Book ref. 20665)
John Vail, Tasmania, 1902 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece and 6 large folding charts (one coloured in outline; several marginal tears neatly repaired); original red cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in black, neatly rebacked with old backstrip laid down, a very good, clean copy. Sold from an institution with its small blind stamp on title. Very scarce. (Book ref. 21488)
Whitcombe & Tombs, Christchurch, 1908 8vo., with numerous plates and maps, wanting front free endpaper; cloth, a very good, clean copy. Scarce (Book ref. 19010)
White and Pike, Birmingham, 1886 Roy. 8vo., First and Sole Edition, small, relatively unobtrusive damp-mark at lower outer blank margin (nowhere affecting text); strongly bound in modern grey boards, paper label lettered and ruled in black on upper board, original printed wrappers preserved, uncut, a good, sound copy of a scarce work. A SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR'S WIFE WITH HER SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. With publisher's advertisement leaf bound in at end. Scarce. Ferguson 16696. (Book ref. 9478)
Allen & Unwin, [1924] 8vo., Third and Best Edition, with a frontispiece, 23 plates, 2 folding coloured maps (one map with near repair at fold) and illustrations in the text, some very light and occasional age-staining (mainly marginal); handsomely bound in navy blue full morocco, back with raised bands tooled in gilt, second compartment lettered in gilt, pictorial gilt from original front board and backstrip preserved and mounted on new and separate leaves, uncut, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. Reeves' classic account was first published in 1898 with a second edition in 1900. This is the most comprehensive issue, considerably augmented and with Wray's additions. (Book ref. 19658)
Hakluyt Society, [1994-95] 2 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with plates; cloth, gilt backs, a very good, clean set in the dustwrappers, the wrappers lightly rubbed at extremities. Hakluyt Society, Second Series, Vols., 179, 180 (Book ref. 13249)
[George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, 1863] Single leaf, sm. folio, gutter edge lightly frayed else a very good, clean, crisp copy. 26 Victoriae, Cap. 23, granted Royal Assent 8 June 1863. (Book ref. 8788)
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SPCK, 1853 16mo., Second Edition, with an engraved frontispiece, 10 engraved plates and an engraved chart, plates lightly spotted, neat contemporary inscription on half-title, embossed personal stamp on front free endpaper and half-title; original pictorial red cloth blocked in gilt and blind, gilt back, neatly rebacked with old backstrip gilt laid down, a very good, tight, clean copy. First published earlier the same year, this is arguably the best mid-nineteenth century account of the aftermath of the mutiny. Its publication was stimulated by a resurrection of public interest in the 'Bounty' saga following the visit to England in 1850 of the Pitcairn Pastor George Nobbs. The work includes considerable detail on the fate of the mutineers, their descendants and the present population; this edition benefits from 'additional intelligence respecting Pitcairn and the Islanders'. SCARCE IN ANY EARLY EDITION (Book ref. 6548)
SPCK, n.d. [c.1859] Sm. 8vo., Eleventh Edition, with an engraved frontispiece, 14 engraved plates and an engraved chart, contemporary signatures on front endpapers; original brown diced cloth, boards elaborately blocked in gilt and blind, backstrip blocked in pictorial gilt, yellow endpapers, neatly rebacked, a remarkably bright, clean copy in publisher's original pictorial binding. With 4pp publisher's catalogue bound in at end, and the binder's ticket of Trickett & Son on rear paste-down. With a relevant postcard and cutting loosely inserted. First published in 1853, this is arguably the best mid-nineteenth century account of the aftermath of the mutiny. Its publication was stimulated by a resurrection of public interest in the 'Bounty' saga following the visit to England in 1850 of the Pitcairn Pastor George Nobbs. The work includes considerable detail on the fate of the mutineers, their descendants and the present population; this edition benefits from 'additional intelligence respecting Pitcairn and the Islanders'. The Society continued to published the wortk in various editions until the early years of the twentieth century. Scarce in any early edition. (Book ref. 13353)
Hamish Hamilton, [1966] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, numerous plates, 4 maps in the text and endpaper maps; green cloth, gilt back, green top, a very good bright, clean copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. Dustwrapper artwork by Philip Gough (Book ref. 16082)