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BAILEY, Truman, 1902-1959 : POLYNESIAN VENTURE.

BAILEY, Truman, 1902-1959 : POLYNESIAN VENTURE.

New York : Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1939. First edition. Photographer and designer looking for fashion ideas in Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Polynesia, Samoa, etc.
Royal 8vo (24cm). (x),(234),[ii]pp. Plates. Original decorative cloth; a few very faint marks, endpapers a little browned, but a very good copy.

£20

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BAKER, J.N.L. (John Norman Leonard), 1893-1971 : A HISTORY OF GEOGRAPHICAL DISCOVERY AND EXPLORATION.

BAKER, J.N.L. (John Norman Leonard), 1893-1971 : A HISTORY OF GEOGRAPHICAL DISCOVERY AND EXPLORATION.

London : George G. Harrap & Co., (1937). Second edition. A revised and corrected version of the original 1931 publication – a pre-war university-level text, thorough, well-researched, extensive, and not wholly reliant on secondary sources. From the Minoans to twentieth-century polar exploration, via Marco Polo, Columbus and Cook, with appendices on Chinese explorers, the pre-Columban discovery of America, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [ii],(554),[ii]pp. Maps, some folding. Original cloth; lightly used and string-marked; a little marked; some spotting to edges and endpapers, but a good copy of a very useful book.

£25

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FLEISHER, Wilfrid, 1897-1976 : VOLCANIC ISLE.

FLEISHER, Wilfrid, 1897-1976 : VOLCANIC ISLE.

Garden City : Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1941. First edition. An account of “totalitarian Japan as it has evolved over the last ten years, the new Japan which aims to be supreme in Asia and to emerge as a partner of the Axis in a new world order”. Fleisher’s family had owned “The Japan Advertiser” and he had lived there between 1914 and 1940, also working as a correspondent of “The New York Times”, “The New York Herald Tribune”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),(346),[ii]pp. Original cloth; endpapers tanned, but otherwise a very good copy in a chipped and price-clipped Hawkins dust-jacket.

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GOLDING, Louis, 1895-1958 : SUNWARD.

GOLDING, Louis, 1895-1958 : SUNWARD.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1924. First edition. Sketches of travel through Italy to Messina and Sicily, via Bolzano, Verona, Padua, Bologna, Ravenna, Rimini, Naples, Capri, etc., with mention of Norman Douglas, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (xvi),(320),[iv]pp. Original black cloth, with white paper label printed in red on spine; very faint spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original yellow dust-jacket, printed in red – just very slightly marked.

£25

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GOSLING, Cecil (Cecil William Gustaf), 1870-1944 : TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE IN MANY LANDS.

GOSLING, Cecil (Cecil William Gustaf), 1870-1944 : TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE IN MANY LANDS.

London : Methuen & Co., (1926). First edition. The former Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Bolivia reminisces on his travels as “a minor official in the employment of the Foreign Office”. Includes much on Bolivia, but also with chapters on Guatemala, Vryburg and Kimberley, Paraguay, and much else.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),(296)pp. Twelve plates by Maximilian von Poosch. Original cloth; endpapers lightly tanned; a few slight edge spots, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£40

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GREY, J.R. (Jack Reginald), 1890- & GREY, B.B. (Beatrice Buckland), 1893- : SOUTH SEA SETTLERS.

GREY, J.R. (Jack Reginald), 1890- & GREY, B.B. (Beatrice Buckland), 1893- : SOUTH SEA SETTLERS.

New York : Henry Holt & Co., [1927]. First edition : the American issue of the British sheets. A couple set up home on Moorea, the neighbouring island to Tahiti.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (264)pp. Plates. Linocuts by Beatrice Buckland Grey. Endpaper maps. Original cloth; very good indeed in slightly nicked and chipped dust-jacket.

£25

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HALL, Duncan : THE PRIEST OF THE LEGION.

HALL, Duncan : THE PRIEST OF THE LEGION.

London : Peter Lunn, 1947. First edition. A study of Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916) – among the Tuaregs, etc. Illustrated by William Stobbs.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 180pp. Illustrations. Maps. Original cloth; a very good and bright copy in the Stobbs dust-jacket – just faintly tanned.

£20

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HIBBERT, Christopher, 1924-2008 : THE GRAND TOUR.

HIBBERT, Christopher, 1924-2008 : THE GRAND TOUR.

London : Thames Methuen, (1987). First edition. The splendour, squalor and all the minutiae of the young Englishman abroad in the eighteenth-century – Hibbert in fine form with a richly illustrated account.
Crown 4to (26cm). 256pp. Numerous illustrations, many in colour. Original boards; a very good copy in a slightly sunned dust-jacket. From the library of the distinguished artist and architectural historian, Geoffrey Scowcroft Fletcher (1923-2004), with his 1990 ownership inscription, recording the book as a gift from his wife and his dog.

£25

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HOFFMAN, Ruth, 1900- & HOFFMAN, Helen, 1900- : OUR ARABIAN NIGHTS.

HOFFMAN, Ruth, 1900- & HOFFMAN, Helen, 1900- : OUR ARABIAN NIGHTS.

New York : Carrick & Evans, (1940). First edition. “Women of Western nations have upon rare occasions lived in oriental harems. But surely this must be the record of the first time twins have performed the feat. And American twins at that” – the irrepressible Hoffman Twins (authors and illustrators of “We Married an Englishman”) in Baghdad.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (308),[iv]pp. Illustrations by the authors. Original cloth, with pictorial onlay; cloth lightly spotted and a little scuffed; one leaf slightly creased; otherwise very good in a worn, torn, creased, chipped and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£25

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HOLDRIDGE, Desmond, 1906-1946 : FEUDAL ISLAND.

HOLDRIDGE, Desmond, 1906-1946 : FEUDAL ISLAND.

New York : Harcourt, Brace & Co., (1939). First edition. A visit to the extraordinary island of Marajó at the mouth of the Amazon – a place where isolated feudal traditions “stem straight from the Conquistadors”.
Post 8vo (21cm). [x],242,[ii],[2]pp. Striking photo plates by the author. Endpaper maps. Original pictorial cloth; very good in a slightly sunned, lightly chipped and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£25

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IRVING, Washington, 1783-1859 : ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN BONNEVILLE, OR SCENES BEYOND THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS OF THE FAR WEST.

IRVING, Washington, 1783-1859 : ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN BONNEVILLE, OR SCENES BEYOND THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS OF THE FAR WEST.

London : Richard Bentley, 1837. First edition. A superb account of the celebrated expeditionary explorations of the Far West by Captain Benjamin Louis Eulalie de Bonneville (1796-1878) – the Oregon Trail, the Snake River, Hell’s Canyon, the Bear River, the California Trail, etc. Bonneville met Irving in New York in 1835 and subsequently sold him his maps and notes to frame the narrative. Precedes the Philadelphia edition of the same year, which was published as “The Rocky Mountains”.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (187 x 113mm). [ii],(304); [ii],292; [ii],302pp. Bound in a handsome half straight-grain morocco, richly gilt; marbled sides; sprinkled edges; some minor rubbing; a sprinkling of spots, but an excellent set. With the bookplate of the distinguished twentieth-century book-collector Robert J. Hayhurst.

£500

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JAMES, Neill, 1902- : PETTICOAT VAGABOND : AMONG THE NOMADS.

JAMES, Neill, 1902- : PETTICOAT VAGABOND : AMONG THE NOMADS.

New York : Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1939. First edition. A modern “Miss Marco Polo” endures a Lapland winter.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (x),350pp. Photo plates. Original decorative cloth; very good in a lightly worn, slightly tape-stained, and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£25

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LUCAS, E.V. (Edward Verrall), 1868-1938 : A WANDERER IN FLORENCE.

LUCAS, E.V. (Edward Verrall), 1868-1938 : A WANDERER IN FLORENCE.

London : Methuen & Co., (1912). First edition. A charming and extensive guide to Florence and its architecture, galleries, etc. – illustrated with delightful colour-plates by Harry Morley (1881-1943), key figure in the British tempera revival – and numerous photographs of works of art, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xii),(392) + (32)pp catalogue dated July 1912. Sixteen colour plates. Thirty-six monochrome plates. Endpaper map, also by Morley. Original decorative cloth gilt; just a hint of rubbing; mild tanning of endpapers; a few minor spots; slight production-flaw and crease to one leaf, but overall a very good, bright, attractive and sound copy.

£40

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MANNIN, Ethel, 1900-1984 : AN ITALIAN JOURNEY.

MANNIN, Ethel, 1900-1984 : AN ITALIAN JOURNEY.

London : Hutchinson & Co., (1974). First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed, signed with forename and dated (1974) by Ethel Mannin to J. F. W. – her editor, John Foster White (1921-1997). Journeying from Venice to Florence, Padua, Vicenza, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Ravenna, Bologna, Verona and back to Venice – via boat, train and coach.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (192)pp. Colour frontispiece. Plates. Endpaper maps. Original black boards, blocked and lettered on spine in gilt; a few leaves slightly bruised, but very good in the original colour-printed dust-jacket – just slightly tanned on inner flaps.

£20

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O’BRIEN, Frederick, 1869-1932 : WHITE SHADOWS IN THE SOUTH SEAS.

O’BRIEN, Frederick, 1869-1932 : WHITE SHADOWS IN THE SOUTH SEAS.

New York : Century Co., 1919. First edition. A vivid account of a year in the Marquesas – later filmed with Monte Blue and Raquel Torres.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xiv,450,[ii]pp. Plates. Original pictorial cloth; tiny nick at head; endpapers cracked, but otherwise a good copy.

£25

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O’BRIEN, Frederick, 1869-1932 : MYSTIC ISLES OF THE SOUTH SEAS.

O’BRIEN, Frederick, 1869-1932 : MYSTIC ISLES OF THE SOUTH SEAS.

New York : Century Co., 1921. First edition. O’Brien looks back on his time in Tahiti – some of the time spent in company with the poet Rupert Brooke, of whom he provides a little-known first-hand account.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xvi),534,[ii]pp. Plates. Folding map. Original pictorial cloth; just lightly rubbed; some slight spotting and browning, but a very good copy.

£30

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O’BRIEN, Frederick, 1869-1932 : ATOLLS OF THE SUN.

O’BRIEN, Frederick, 1869-1932 : ATOLLS OF THE SUN.

New York : Century Co., 1922. First edition. O’Brien among the more remote islands of the Pacific.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],508,[iv]pp. Plates. Map. Original pictorial cloth; very lightly rubbed; front endpaper slightly cracked; some very mild spotting and browning, but a good copy.

£25

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OLIPHANT, Mrs (Margaret Oliphant Wilson), 1828-1897 : THE MAKERS OF FLORENCE : DANTE, GIOTTO, SAVONAROLA AND THEIR CITY.

OLIPHANT, Mrs (Margaret Oliphant Wilson), 1828-1897 : THE MAKERS OF FLORENCE : DANTE, GIOTTO, SAVONAROLA AND THEIR CITY.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1903. A pleasantly illustrated edition of this popular Victorian favourite, first published in 1876 – the poet Dante, the cathedral builders, Arnolfo, Giotto, Ghiberti, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Savonarola, Michael Angelo, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). xx,422,2pp. Portrait frontispiece of Savonarola by Charles Henry Jeens. Plates and illustrations by Philip Henry Delamotte. Original cloth gilt; top edge gilt; just faintly rubbed; mild spotting of edges and endpapers; a very good copy. From the library of the distinguished artist and architectural historian, Geoffrey Scowcroft Fletcher (1923-2004), with his 1972 ownership inscription, and the earlier pencilled ownership inscription of Dennis H. Long.

£20

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PATON, Maggie Whitecross (Margaret Whitecross) -1905 : LETTERS AND SKETCHES FROM THE NEW HEBRIDES.

PATON, Maggie Whitecross (Margaret Whitecross) -1905 : LETTERS AND SKETCHES FROM THE NEW HEBRIDES.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, 1894. First edition. An extraordinary sequence of letters home to Scotland from Aniwa in the New Hebrides, dating from 1865 to 1889. Maggie Whitecross Paton was the second wife of the well-known missionary John G. Paton and the letters provide another slant on his own well-known autobiography.
Post 8vo (21cm). (xiv),382,[ii]pp. Frontispiece. Twenty-three photo illustrations, many full-page. Coloured map. Original cloth gilt; slightly bruised and marked; a few minor spots; just a little strained, but a very good copy.

£50

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RUTTER, Owen, 1889-1944 : TRIUMPHANT PILGRIMAGE : AN ENGLISH MUSLIM’S JOURNEY FROM SARAWAK TO MECCA.

RUTTER, Owen, 1889-1944 : TRIUMPHANT PILGRIMAGE : AN ENGLISH MUSLIM’S JOURNEY FROM SARAWAK TO MECCA.

Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott Co., (1937). First American edition. The true story of “the English Muslim”, David Chale – his pilgrimage to Mecca with his Malay wife. “A remarkable picture of Arabia and of her powerful king, Ibn Saud.”
Demy 8vo (23cm). 296pp. Plates. Map. Original cloth; faint fading at tip of spine, but otherwise very good in a rubbed and slightly chipped dust-jacket.

£25

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SAUMAREZ, Philip, 1710-1747 : LOG OF THE CENTURION : BASED ON THE ORIGINAL PAPERS OF CAPTAIN PHILIP SAUMAREZ ON BOARD HMS CENTURION, LORD ANSON’S FLAGSHIP DURING HIS CIRCUMNAVIGATION 1740-44.

SAUMAREZ, Philip, 1710-1747 : LOG OF THE CENTURION : BASED ON THE ORIGINAL PAPERS OF CAPTAIN PHILIP SAUMAREZ ON BOARD HMS CENTURION, LORD ANSON’S FLAGSHIP DURING HIS CIRCUMNAVIGATION 1740-44.

London : Hart-Davis, MacGibbon, (1973). First edition. Extracts from the long-lost log-books, discovered in Guernsey along with other letters and documents, and giving a new perspective on this celebrated voyage. Edited, introduced, and with commentary by Leo Heaps.
Super royal 8vo (26cm). 264pp. Numerous illustrations; charts; facsimiles, etc., some in colour. Original imitation leather; very good in very lightly tanned dust-jacket.

£25

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SEVERIN, Timothy, 1940- : THE GOLDEN ANTILLES.

SEVERIN, Timothy, 1940- : THE GOLDEN ANTILLES.

London : Hamish Hamilton, (1970). First edition. Tim Severin, himself a formidable sailor and re-creator of epic voyages, looks at the travellers, adventurers, pirates, buccaneers and soldiers of fortune drawn by the lure of the golden dream – William Dampier, El Dorado, John Esquemeling, Thomas Gage – the man who loved chocolate, Laurence Keymis, William Paterson, William Penn, Sir Walter Ralegh, Robert Venables, Lionel Wafer and more.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [2],(xii),336,xii,[2],[ii]pp. Plates. Map. Original boards; top edge blue; a handful of edge-spots, but a very good copy in the George Mayhew dust-jacket – the jacket slightly creased and with a very short tear to lower panel, but clean and complete.

£20

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STARK, Freya (Freya Madeline), 1893-1993 : THE JOURNEY’S ECHO : SELECTIONS FROM FREYA STARK.

STARK, Freya (Freya Madeline), 1893-1993 : THE JOURNEY’S ECHO : SELECTIONS FROM FREYA STARK.

London : John Murray, (1963). First edition. A selection of the best of her travel and autobiographical writing, – Syria, Baghdad, Arabia, Ionia, etc. – introduced by Lawrence Durrell.
Post 8vo (21cm). xiv,(224),[ii]pp. Plates. Original turquoise cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge blue; a very good copy in the Harvey dust-jacket, price-clipped by the publisher, with a revised price over-sticker, and just lightly rubbed and creased.

£25

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : VAILIMA LETTERS : BEING CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESSED BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON TO SIDNEY COLVIN. NOVEMBER, 1890 – OCTOBER, 1894.

STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : VAILIMA LETTERS : BEING CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESSED BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON TO SIDNEY COLVIN. NOVEMBER, 1890 – OCTOBER, 1894.

Chicago : Stone & Kimball, 1895. First American edition : possibly preceding the one-volume London edition published by Methuen in November 1895. Letters from the South Seas, with an introduction by Sidney Colvin.
Two volumes. Foolscap 8vo (18cm). (282),[ii],[2]; (276),[ii],[2]pp. Frontispieces (one an etched portrait of Stevenson by William Strang). Original green buckram, ruled and lettered in gilt; top edges gilt; just a hint of rubbing; just a touch dulled, but a very good set, housed in a jaunty protective patterned-paper slip-case. Prideaux 42.

£50

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : IN THE SOUTH SEAS : BEING AN ACCOUNT OF EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS IN THE MARQUESAS, PAUMOTOS AND GILBERT ISLANDS ...

STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : IN THE SOUTH SEAS : BEING AN ACCOUNT OF EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS IN THE MARQUESAS, PAUMOTOS AND GILBERT ISLANDS ...

London : Chatto and Windus, 1900. First separate British edition. Stevenson’s account of his voyages on the “Casco” and the “Equator” in 1888 and 1889. Although the book had appeared as part of the Edinburgh Edition of the Works in 1896, this was the first separate British appearance of the complete text.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),(344)pp. Original black buckram over bevelled boards, ruled and lettered in gilt on spine; top edge gilt; a few slight spots, but a very good copy. Contemporary inscription to Edith Pearson on front free endpaper. Prideaux 30.

£40

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STODDARD, Charles Augustus, 1833-1920 : CRUISING AMONG THE CARIBBEES : SUMMER DAYS IN WINTER MONTHS.

STODDARD, Charles Augustus, 1833-1920 : CRUISING AMONG THE CARIBBEES : SUMMER DAYS IN WINTER MONTHS.

London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., 1895. First edition. Cruising though the Caribbean – St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Dominica, Antigua, Martinique, St. Lucia, St Vincent, Grenada, Trinidad, Barbados, etc.
Demy 8vo. (xii),198pp. Plates. Original decorative cloth; a little rubbed; rear endpaper cracked; some spotting and browning; a good copy.

£40

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THORNTON, Philip : IKONS AND OXEN.

THORNTON, Philip : IKONS AND OXEN.

London : Collins, (1939). First edition. Thornton once again in the Balkans – fire-dancing at Vulgari, a gipsy funeral with the ritual feeding of the corpse by a witch, vampirism in Romania, and much more.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 300,[iv]pp. Plates. Original cloth; light spotting of edges and endpapers, but a very good copy in a lightly worn dust-jacket.

£25

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TOMLINSON, H.M. (Henry Major), 1873-1958 : GIFTS OF FORTUNE : WITH SOME HINTS FOR THOSE ABOUT TO TRAVEL.

TOMLINSON, H.M. (Henry Major), 1873-1958 : GIFTS OF FORTUNE : WITH SOME HINTS FOR THOSE ABOUT TO TRAVEL.

London : William Heinemann, 1926. First edition. Tomlinson with adventures in a Devon estuary, in the Brazils, off the coast of Celebes, on the Chesil Bank, in the forests of the Malay Peninsula, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],(168)pp. Original cloth; endpapers lightly tanned, but a very good and bright copy in a faintly tanned, slightly dusty and lightly chipped dust-jacket.

£20

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UNWIN, Stanley (Sir Stanley), 1884-1968 & STORR, Severn : TWO YOUNG MEN SEE THE WORLD.

UNWIN, Stanley (Sir Stanley), 1884-1968 & STORR, Severn : TWO YOUNG MEN SEE THE WORLD.

London : George Allen & Unwin, (1934). First edition. A handsomely illustrated journal of a pre Great War world tour by the publisher Stanley Unwin and his companion. The tour takes in Rhodesia, South Africa, Australia (Adelaide & Melbourne), Tasmania, New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, New Guinea, the Philippines, Japan, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (512)pp. Plates. Original cloth; a very good copy in a very clean dust-jacket – price-clipped and just slightly nicked.

£30

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WELZL, Jan, 1868-1948 : THIRTY YEARS IN THE GOLDEN NORTH.

WELZL, Jan, 1868-1948 : THIRTY YEARS IN THE GOLDEN NORTH.

New York : Macmilllan Co., 1932. First edition in English. Hunting for gold and furs, principally in Arctic Siberia and the Yukon. Forword by Karel Capek. Introduction by Bedrich Golombek and Edvard Valenta. Translated by Paul Selver from the original Czech edition of 1930.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 336pp. Folding map. Original cloth gilt; top edge orange; a few edge spots, spine slightly creased, small nick in upper cover, but otherwise a very good and sound copy in a nicked, chipped and lightly sunned dust-jacket.

£25

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WELZL, Jan, 1868-1948 : THE QUEST FOR POLAR TREASURES.

WELZL, Jan, 1868-1948 : THE QUEST FOR POLAR TREASURES.

London : George Allen & Unwin, (1933). First edition in English. The sequel to “Thirty Years in the Golden North” – hunting for gold and furs, principally in Arctic Alaska and Canada. Introduction by Bedrich Golombek and Edvard Valenta. Translated from the original Czech edition of 1930 by Marie & Robert Weatherall.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 352pp. Original canvas; spine a little mottled, but otherwise a very good copy in a lightly tanned dust-jacket.

£25

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