Chattanooga, TN: T.H. Payne Co. 18 full-color captioned postcards folded accordian-style in a bright folder. Captioned "The Dynamo of Dixie And Historical Vicinity." Front of folder features title, place for postage, three lines for address. Back of folder is "Moccasin Bend from Lookout Mountain." Inside of folder is printed with tourist information. Probably ca. 1930s. Near Fine.
Travel & Exploration
New York: J. & J. Harper, 1832. Hardcover. As.  ads, 10, xi-xiv, 15-332, 8 [ads] pp. 16mo. No dust jacket as issued. Brown paper covered boards with considerable wear and spotting from age, spine has split at rear board and is flapping from front board. Heavily foxed endpapers, foxing throughout. Fair.
New York: Tide Water Oil Co., 1930. Wraps. Presumed First. 32 pp. Sepia/white photo ills. Frontis from a painting by Peter Hurd. Grays wraps have design of blue plane over frozen land, black lettering. Wraps slightly soiled and touched w/edgewear; two closed tears on back cover. Center 6 pp. detached from staple binding. A pictorial review and narrative of the 1928 expedition w/ excellent photos from the New York Times and the St. Louis Dispatch. Very Good.
Hamburg American Line, 1911. Paperback. Presumed First. 24 pp. Front cover has picture of ocean liner in tones of b/w and yellow. Back cover is map of Atlantic Ocean with a chart for weather observations. Travel information about the Hamburg-American lines, with passenger lists for the Twin-Screw Passenger S.S. "Moltke" sailing from New York to Gibralter, Naples, and Genoa on July 11, 1911. Many other trips advertised, with a section of "Itineraries of Winter Trips" printed in red at center of book. Clean and unmarked, with staple binding tight. Very Good.
London, New York: Thos. Cook & Son, 1911. Wraps. as. 84 pp. B/w ills, photos, & maps. Faded green wraps are unworn, only slightly creased at back corners. Cord tie wrapping intact. Contents are clean and bright, with much of value to the traveler. Perhaps the most striking contents are the beautiful fold-out maps of Scotland and England, Cook's plan of Paris, and Cook's map of London. Each map is complete with no edge tears, accented with red and/or pink. This is a wonderful look at travel at the turn of the last century, with much interesting information, published by a world-renowned travel company. Very Good.
Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1890. Wraps. 252 pp. 4to. Fold-out map, charts. Black & white illustations. Paper cover is soiled. Three-inch closed tear at upper front along spine. Interior has many unopened pages. French text appears to be detailed instructions, including diagrams, charts, photos for identifying finds in North Africa. Text block beginning to split at center. Very Good.
Los Angeles, CA: LongSHAW cARD cO. 12 full-color captioned postcards folded accordian-style in a bright folder. Front of folder features title, place for postage (1 1/2 cents without message), three lines for address, and the slogan "Views from Kodachromes." Back of folder is "Lover's Cove and Glass Bottom Boat." Inside of folder is printed with map of Santa Catalina Island. Probably ca. 1940s. Near Fine.
Lille: Societe Saint-Augustin, Desclee, De Brouwer et Cie. 1889. Hard Cover. First Edition. 304 pp. Covers and spine have elaborate, blind-stamped rules and decorations. Front cover and spine were highlighted with gilt. Much of the gilt on the front cover is worn and/or faded. Remaining gilt is bright. Gilt on spine has almost entirely worn off. Covers and spine are slightly aged, stained and shelf-worn. Spine ends and corners are bumped, worn and frayed. Top edge of rear cover has a small dent. A.e.g. Gray eps. Preliminaries are slightly foxed. Text in French. Ornamented initial capital letters begin, and decorative floral designs end, each chapter. Text is illustrated with occasional engravings of ships at sea, exotic peoples or ports of call. Interior is slightly aged...
Boston: Bowles and Dearborn, 1829. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. xv, 256 pp. 8vo. Leather spine is worn and tattered at top; it has been repaired, but gilt title is still legible. There is some clear tape on the cover, and other signs of tape having been removed. Corners bumped and frayed, edges worn, marble paper inset on covers. Ex-library with label on inside front cover, blind embossed on title page, and previous owner's signature on first free endpaper. Preliminary pages and several pages at the end of the book foxed.
Abbot was Pastor of the First Church in Beverly, Mass., where he died before the publication of this book. A Harvard graduate, he journeyed to Cuba seeking relief from a "pulmonary condition." His travelogue...
New York: J. & J. Harper, 1832. Hardcover. As.  ads, xii, 14-303 pp. 16mo. Brown paper covered boards with considerable wear and spotting from age. Foxed endpapers, minor foxing wihin. Two engraved plates facing one another with protective tissue between, immediately preceding title page. Very Good.
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1952. Full Leather. First Edition. xix, 433 pp. 8vo. Burgundy leather binding with title gold embossed to spine, Boswell's monogram blind embossed on cover. Marbled endpapers, silk ribbon bound in, top edge gilt. Produced for members of the Book Collectors Society in an edition of 250, this being #115. Fine.
New York: Harper & Bros. 1853. Hardcover. As. 654 pp. Faded olive cover is ruled, stamped both front and rear. Spine w/ gilt lettering is sunned, creased at top and bottom. Light evidence of nibbling at external hinges. Corners bumped. Interior lightly foxed throughout. Binding tight, book is perfectly readable. Translated by Mary Howitt. The Swedish Bremer visited America prior to the Civil War, forming many opinions concerning emancipation and political freedoms. After she returned to Sweden, her work increasingly dealt with women's issues. Very Good.
Barre, MA: The Imprint Society, 1972. Quarter Leather. Limited Edition. 271 pp. 8vo. Red leather spine with gold embossed titling, yellow paper covered boards with illustration from printed on cover in black and red. Clean within. Original paper covered slipcase with printed titling and illustrations in Very Good condition.
Cabeza de Vaca's account of his early exploraton of the what is now the southern United States an northern Mexico. Produced in an edition of 1950 copies, this copy is number "DI" and signed by the artist on the colophon. Fine.
Philadelphia: Thomas Clarke, 1805. Leather. First American. 306 pp. Brown leather cover is worn and scuffed. Edges bumped. Leather cracked at hinges, worn away at back of spine. Both ends of spine have one-inch chips. Spine has faded gilt rules, red leather title block with gilt lettering. Eps loose at hinges. Previous owner marked his books thoroughly -- on fep, ffep, first flyleaf, and on title page. Hinges gone but binding remains tight. British author and traveler's book of his adventures. Good.
Cambridge: Hakluyt Society, 1961. Hardcover. First Edition. 392 pp. B/w maps & ills. Subtitle: " Writtten by John Davies, missionary to the South Sea Islands. With supplementary papers from the correspondence of the missionaries. Edited by C.W. Newbury." Sea blue cloth covers have bright gilt on spine, gilt sailing ship center front. Lower front corner has a minor crease. Light blue dj is lettered in navy, has British price on lower front flap. Inside clean and crisp with many unopened pages. Extensive maps of the Pacific Islands, several fold-out. A carefully researched account of the Welshman John Davies, who spent 50 years on Tahiti observing the "gradual encroachment of alien commerce and European rule." A book that attempts to avoid sentiment and generalizations about both...
New York: Worthington Co., n.d. Hardcover. As. xiii, , 251 pp. 8vo. Gray cloth boards with a vignette of two llama embossed in red on cover board, titling in gold and read on spine. Light bumping and wear to covers, loss at lower right corner of front board. Green patterned endpapers with 1-1/2" loss on first free endpaper, front and rear pastedowns starting at gutters. Light foxing within.
14 illustrations by Julius Beerbohm. An important early travelogue of southern South America. Very Good.
San Francisco, CA: Johnck & Seeger, 1929. Hardcover. First Edition. x, , 46,  pp. 4to. Faux vellum spine with brown paper boards, printed blue illustration and title on cover boards. Boards have soiling and staining including water stain on rear board on the lower third of the spine and base, gouge from where the books was dropped on an edge, spine splitting at rear 1/3 up from base. Interior clean with black & white photographs, two maps (one folding). Good.
Boston: The Page Company, 1914. Hard Cover. 433 pp. including index. Interior is near fine (library stamp on copyright page). Spine rubbed (presumably from removed library label) and worn on edges; pictorial cover scuffed, some of the gilt worn off. 72 plates, including 8 in color. Very good foldout map in color. Very Good.