Recent_Acquisitions_11_2_2018Published on 22 Nov. 2018
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Whaling and Piracy LogbooksPublished on 21 Nov. 2018
Specialities : Travel
Whaling and Piracy Logbooks
This exceptional collection of original logbooks from whaling ships from the mid of the 19th century paints a comprehensive picture of the whaling´s glory history. During their years and years of journeys on the seven seas, the captains meticulously noted their catch, described the hunting grounds, the wind flow and the currents, dangerous passages on the oceans and problems on their journeys. They depicted life on board of the ships, extraordinary occurrences and the places they headed for. These ship´s logs, written – in English, of course – by whalers, mostly from Nantucket and New Bedford bring back memories of Melville´s "Moby Dick“.
1. Captain John H. Paun: Journal of a Whaling Cruise in the Bark Anaconda of New Bedford. Journal of a Whaling Voyage in Bark Cicero of New Bedford.
2. John M. Honeywell, Master; William P Howland, owner: Journal of a Whaling Voyage of the Bark Roscius of New Bedford to the Atlantic.
3. + 4. Master Barney R. Green: Journal of the Whaling Voyage of the Ship Ontario plying the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans + Captain Andrew Halsey: Journal of the Ship Marcus, plying the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
5. Obediah G. Chase: A Journal of a Whaling Voyage to the Pacific Ocean in the Ship Helvetia of Hudson. Commanded by Shubael Cottle.
6. C. Rice, (Midshipman) & Thomas Cory, Master: Journal of a Whaleing Voyage from Newport in the Barque Mechanic. Sailed from Newport Nov 27th 1855 to the Indian Ocean and Elsewhere.
7. Govenor Fenica: Whaling Log
8. Charles H. Snell, First Mate: Journal of a Whaling Voyage to the Atlantic Ocean on Board Bark Pelmetto. Captain Tripp.
9. Elijah Howlan, Master: Log of the Bark Elizabeth Bound on a Whaling Voyage to the Western Islands, The Journal of a Whaling Voyage in the Ship Selma of Newport to the Indian Ocean.
10. Benjamin R. Harriss & George Coffen, Commander: A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas in the Ship Pacific.
11. Thomas Jonson (midshipman): Whaling Journal of the Ship Courier
of Dorchester from Boston Bound for the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean.
12. Jonathan Negusjin & John Smith, Commander: A Journal of a Voyage
from Amsterdam towards India in the Ship Amsterdam Packet.
13. A manuscript letter book, 1815-1816, from the Office of the Commander in Chief of the Jamaica Station.
Diese außergewühnliche Sammlung an Original-Logbüchern um 1840 von Walfangschiffen zeigt ein umfassendes Bild aus der blutigen Zeit des Walfangs.
Oft jahrelang auf allen Weltmeeren unterwegs, notierten die Walfang-Kapitäne akribisch ihre Fangleistungen, beschrieben die Jagdgründe, die Meeres- und Windströmungen, gefährliche Schifffahrtspassagen und Probleme bei ihren Fahrten. Sie beschrieben das Leben an Bord, außergewöhnliche Ereignisse und auch die Orte, die sie ansteurten.
Diese auf englisch verfaßten Logbücher, der meist aus dem amerikanischen Nantucket und New Bedford stammenden Walfänger, lassen unweigerlich Erinnerungen an Melville´s Moby Dick aufkommen.
Hong Kong Book Fair 2018Published on 21 Nov. 2018
A selection of highlights from our stand at the Hong Kong Antiquarian Book Fair in December 2018. This year, we have included a Boxer-Rebellion proclamation and a fine copy of Mennie's 'The Grandeur of the Gorges.'[...] Read more
Rare books, maps, prints & photographsPublished on 20 Nov. 2018
Our forthcoming auction is one of the most varied we have offered. As usual, there is a strong showing of Australian and Pacific voyages and travels, including Flinders, Voyage to Terra Australis, 1814, with the large atlas; Phillip, Voyage to Botany Bay, 1789, in the coloured issue; two sets of the official accounts of Cook’s three voyages, 1773-84; and a singular copy of White, Voyage to New South Wales, 1790, with the
plates present both in coloured and plain state and with an unrecorded proof plate.
The maps are headed by the three very rare Flinders charts of 1801, for which his Observations on the coast of Van Diemen’s Land published in the same year, is a commentary ‘intended to accompany’ them.
The photographs include a magnificent pair of albums of views in New South Wales, circa 1880 to 1895, one containing 100 large photographs, the other 11 folding panoramas of Sydney. A number of other panoramic views, of various kinds, have also been consigned.
The natural history section derives chiefly from the collection of Dr. Louis Pigott of Brisbane, and includes, amongst some fine bird books, John Gould’s copy of Buller, History of the birds of New Zealand, 1873.
The highlight of the prints is the very rare view of Newcastle published by Absalom West, Sydney 1812.
We are also pleased to offer a group of finely illustrated architecture books, spanning four centuries.
We will also be accepting bids through Invaluable.