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  • [COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER, AMERIGO VESPUCCI, & OTHERS.] BERNARDUS ALBINGAUNENSIS.

    “Dialogo nuperrime edito Genue in 1512. Contiene sotto Compendio: De tutti li circuli: et sphere celeste …. Nota: quo Modo: et Personis: versus Mare indicum: repetra fuerit Navigatio. Et que Insule alias Incognite inuente fuerint a Genuensi Columbo. Necnon et Terra firma nostcrorum Antecessorum Nemini Cognita.”. Autograph manuscript. Monastery of St. Mary Magdalene at Monterossa al Mare, dated February 10 to April 15, 1512

    This IMPORTANT CODEX OF THE AGE OF DISCOVERY is an unpublished source for the history of exploration in the New World. The author, the Benedictine monk Bernardus of Albenga, consulted Columbus’s friend and shipmate Michele de Cuneo in the preparation of this manuscript.

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  • SMITH, JOHN

    The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles: with the names of the Adventurers, Planters, and Governours from their first beginning Ano: 1584 to this present 1626.. London: J. D.[awson] and I. H.[aviland] for Michael Sparkes, 1627

    First edition, third issue. This is an outstanding copy of a foundational work of American history, from the library of the Calverts, the original Proprietors and colonial governors of Maryland.

    $300,000

  • PURCHAS, SAMUEL

    Purchas his Pilgrimes in five bookes [with:] Purchas his Pilgrimage.. London: Stansby for Fetherstone, 1624-26

    FIRST EDITION of this celebrated collection of travels accounts in English, “one of the fullest and most important collections  of early voyages and travels in the English language” (Church). This is the rare first issue of volume I with the engraved title page dated 1624 (usually it is dated 1625) and with the offending passages concerning the Dutch (easily recognized by the presence of the p. 704 headline ‘Hollanders lying devices, to disgrace the English,” which was then changed to ‘Amboyna taken by the Dutch. Ingratitude. Boasting’).

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  • MACHIAVELLI, NICCOLÒ

    Nicholas Machiavel’s Prince. … Translated out of Italian into English; By E[dward]. D[acres].. London: R. Bishop for William Hils & Daniel Pakeman, 1640

    $80,000

  • VROOMAN ,DANIEL

    Map of the Town Center and Entire Suburbs of Canton. [prob. Canton], 1855

    A RARE MAP OF GUANGZHOU. Cordier 304 cites only the 1860 edition, and it appears that scholars are aware only of that edition, which incorporates the new artificial island Shamin (for example, the copy at the National Library of Australia is the 1860 edition).

    $42,000

  • CAREY, MATHEW

    Carey’s American Atlas. Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1795

    FIRST EDITION of the first true American atlas, the earliest atlas of the United States engraved and published in America. This important volume contains several important state maps including the first American map representing Virginia after statehood. In the preparation of this atlas, Carey drew primarily on existing sources including Guthrie’s Geography. Many of the maps were drawn by Samuel Lewis.

    $42,000

  • LEWIS ,MERIWETHER AND WILLIAM CLARK

    History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean, performed during the years 1804-5- 6.. Philadelphia: Bradford & Inskeep, 1814

    FIRST EDITION of the official account of the Lewis and Clark expedition,  “the definitive account of the most important exploration of the North American continent”

    $40,000

  • SCHIRRA, WALTER M.

    A Complete Set of Schirra’s Flight Log Books documenting his entire career as a Navy pilot and a NASA astronaut. Various places, Jan 1947—Feb 1953; Mar 1953—Jan 1954 (‘duplicate’); Mar 1953—Sep 1958; Oct 1958—May 1967; Jun 1967—Jun 1969

    This is a complete set of Wally Schirra’s official flight log books, meticulously maintained by him over more than two decades from his earliest days in training through his fabled career as a fighter pilot, a military test pilot, and one of the “Original Seven” American astronauts.

    $28,500

  • BUTT , JAMES H., LIEUTENANT

    Sketches in China and Japan 1866 to 1870 by James. H. Butt Lieutenant H.M.S. “Sylvia”. Various places, 1866-1870

    VOYAGE TO CHINA AND JAPAN IN FINE ENGLISH WATERCOLORS.

    $27,500

  • LIVINGSTONE, DAVID

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa; including a sketch of sixteen years’ residence in the interior of Africa. London: John Murray, 1857

    FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by the author: “Mrs Clare with the kindest regards of David Livingstone.” Livingstone lived many years in South Africa and made three great expeditions, the first described in this book 1853-56, and the others in 1858-64 and 1865-73.

    $16,000