Bloomsbury Auctions offers books and works in the category of Travel and Topography, these items cover accounts of early voyages, the discovery of the Americas, the Pacific and East Indies, with more recent endeavours, such as polar exploration, particularly relating to Antarctica, proving to be extremely popular.
Works on Africa, Australia, Russia and China are frequently offered as well as books on Egypt, Egyptology and India.
Local British interest features in this category, such as county and local histories, directories and works on antiquities, archaeology, regional customs and festivals.
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Here we introduce some recent Travel and Topography highlights:
William Henry Harvey, Geographical Fun, namely Humourous Outlines of Various Countries | the set of twelve caricature maps of European countries with contents and advertisement leaves | chromolithographs, contents leaf with owner's inscription | Hodder and Stoughton, 1868; est. £800-1,200, sold for £1,178
Lord Curzon of Kedleston, British Government in India | 2 volumes, no. 35 of 500 copies, frontispiece portraits, 86 plates | half blue morocco and gilt coat of arms on front covers, 1925; est. £200-300, sold for £434
J.R. Wellsted, Travels in Arabia | 2 volumes, first edition | 7 lithographed plates, 5 engraved maps, 12 pp adverts dated 1837 at end of vol II | bookplate in vol I identified at that of Peake Pasha, namely Frederick Gerard Peake, (1886-1970), creator of the Arab Legion | 1838, est. £500-700, sold for £2,356
Demetrie Kantemir, Geschichte Des Osmanischen Reichs Nach Seinem Anwachse Und Abnehmen | first German edition | 22 engraved portraits and folding map of Constantinople | Hamburg, C. Herald, 1745 | An important history of the Ottoman Empire from 1214 to 1711, largely based on original Turkish sources | est. £1,000-1,500, sold for £1,736
Sir Ernest Shackleton, Shackleton in the Antarctic | inscribed by the author on end paper, 'To Winifred Benchley with the authors kind regards, E. Shackleton Sep 1914' | 50 plates, map on paste down, original red pictorial cloth | Winifred Benchley, (1883-1953), agricultural scientist and 'perhaps Britain's leading authority on weeds in the early twentieth century' | est. £250-350, sold for £434
E.H. Shackleton, The Heart of the Antarctic | 2 volumes, photographic frontispieces, 208 plates | William Heinemann, 1909 | with five other polar related titles | est. £200-300, sold for £471
Joseph Hardy, A Picturesque and Descriptive Tour in the Mountains of The High Pyrenees | comprising Twenty-Four Views of The Most Interesting Scenes, From Original Drawings Taken on the Spot; With Some Account of the Bathing Establishments in that Department of France | first edition, bookplate of John Moxom to front paste down | a superior copy with delicate colouring, London, R Ackermann, 1825 | est. £400-600, sold for £496
John Stow, The Survey of London | new end papers, engraved vignettes and initials, calf, rebound, original spine | Elizabeth Purslow, 1633, est. 200-300, sold for £682
Lady Stafford, (Elizabeth Levison Gower), Views in Orkney, and On The North Eastern Coast of Scotland | an attractive volume of delicately executed etchings and descriptive passages regarding Orkney | Lady Stafford was a formidable aristocrat who later became Duchess of Sutherland, she corresponded with Walter Scott and is chiefly notorious for her part in developing and implementing the Highland Clearances | 1807, est. £350-500, sold for £496