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Cook, Captain James
London, England: W. Strahan and T. Cadell (1st and 2nd Voyage), G. Nicol and T. Cadell (3rd Voyage), 1773, 1777, 1785
Hardcover. Very good. Ten volumes, (nine quarto volumes plus one folio atlas volume) all bound uniformly in contemporary tree calf with elaborately gilt-decorated spines with raised bands and red and green morocco spine labels interspersed with gilt stamped image of Cook's ship the Endeavour or Resolution. Volumes have been expertly re-backed. Light rubbing to leather on board edges with some abraded areas. Overall text, plates and maps are quite clean with occasional foxing and a rare small chip or tear to edges of pages. Plate XLII in volume II has a minor closed tear. One plate in atlas volume shows an archival repair, expertly rendered. One leaf in volume 1 missing 3/4" piece from edge. Three volumes from the 3rd Voyage have extra-wide margins. Trimming to several plates is a little tight to plate margins but no content loss was observed. Within several of the folding maps are very small blemishes at folds, not affecting content.
Set includes the scarce first edition of the first voyage by Hawkesworth, the second edition of Cook's official report of the second voyage and finally the second edition of the third voyage by Cook and James King. Superbly illustrated with more than 200 engraved charts, maps and plates many of which are folding. All in all, this is an outstanding set with exceptional and handsome bindings and clean interiors. A high point for any book collection on world exploration. James Cook embarked on three circumnavigations between 1768 and 1776 leaving a legacy of reliable maps of most of the Pacific Ocean and the western coast of North America. The official accounts of the three voyages were eagerly sought by a curious public with early editions selling quickly and leading to an amazing array of sets consisting of various editions and collations. The 1773 first edition Hawkesworth volume is accompanied by 52 charts and plates. According to Sabin (30934) , the first edition is preferred for its plates. This set includes the directions for placing plates (not that binders always followed these directions) and the often missing "Chart of the Streight of Magellan". Our 1777 second edition of the 2nd voyage contains 64 plates, maps and charts. The binders added an additional volume to our set which includes twenty-nine plates from the first voyage and sixteen plates from the second voyage, forming a separate quarto volume bound uniformly with the text volumes. The 1785 second edition of the third voyage contains 24 plates with the aforementioned extra-wide margins. The beautiful atlas folio contains two large folding maps and 61 stunning finely engraved plates. Cook's reports were perhaps more holistic than previous reports including observations of astronomy, botany, ethnology and languages. Cook was commissioned in 1766 as commander of HM Bark Endeavour and proceeded to sail and explore thousands of miles across largely uncharted areas of the globe. He mapped lands of the Pacific Ocean from New Zealand and Australia to Hawaii in greater detail and scale not previously charted. His mapping and surveying led to the naming of thousands of features, islands and coastlines which resulted in an evolution of mapping, especially in Europe. Cook's third voyage, after a visit to the Hawaiian Islands, headed west in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. The party sailed northward along the California and Oregon coastline completely missing the Strait of Juan de Fuca in present day Washington. After exploring British Columbian and Alaskan waters, Cook headed back to the Pacific Islands where he ran into trouble. A broken mast led to a month long layover at Kealakekua Bay. During this stay tensions rose and native islanders stole a cutter from the expedition. In an effort to bargain, Cook's party kidnapped the Hawaiian King Kalaniopuu as ransom for the cutter. Negotiations turned out poorly resulting in the death of Cook and four of his men. The third voyage concluded under the leadership of James King. Howes C-729a, Sabin 30934, 16245, and 16250. 021328.
15pp. Celluloid Photo Album. Fine. Sepia toned pictorial Grecian scene in celluloid framed by embossed scrollwork. Gaudy green patterned velvet on spine and back. Celluloid has no chipping. Velvet is worn on edges. Watermark within the celluloid--hard to determine if this is part of the design or truly moisture caused. All edges gilt which is slightly dulled. Each page has room for one cabinet card (this album contains no photos) for a potential of 26 cabinet cards, plus 16 slots for CDV's of tintypes at back. Interior is in fine condition with light toning and a little foxing.
Likely a late 19th century hybrid album with room for cabinet cards and CDV's. From our 21st century aesthetic, it's a wonder that families would welcome some of the wild designs celluloid manufacturers created. These albums often were prominently displayed in the parlor and certainly were conversation pieces. To each their own. We at Back of Beyond Books absolutely love this album and may well be sad to see it go. Ready for a new generation of photos. 022616.
Cincinnati: J. A. & U. P. James, 1847
First Edition, First Issue. 8vo. 189pp. Hardcover. Good. Rebound in full leather with gilt lettering on spine and housed in custom clamshell box (modern); original wrappers are not present; no errata sheet. First issue; no textual changes to page 31 and 121 and “Publisher’s Advertisement” as single preliminary leaf. Previous owner’s signatures on front endpaper (contemporary). Modern boards and clamshell box in fine condition; text block is heavily rubbed around edges and has moderate foxing and light soiling throughout; page iii has a 2 ½” tear, affecting content, first leaf has archival repairs where bound in, and last leaf was torn in half and detached from binding but has been repaired. Overall good.
A well-used, unsophisticated copy of the “most reliable of early guides to Oregon; in addition the best narrative by a participant in the overland migration of 1845, which more than doubled the population of Oregon” (Howes). In Ruben Gold Thwaites reprint of the 1847 edition he states: “Palmer makes no pretense of literary finish. He gives us a simple narrative of each day’s happenings during his own first journey in 1845, taking special care to indicate the route, each night’s camping places, and all possible cut-offs, springs, grassy oases, and whatever might conduce to the well-being of the emigrant and his beasts. The great care taken by the author, with this very practical end in view, results in his volume being the most complete description of the Oregon Trail that we now possess” (Wagner-Camp). Joel Palmer (1810-1881) spent three decades participating in central events in Oregon’s political history after first traveling to Oregon Territory in 1845. Once returning home to Laurel, Indiana in 1846, Palmer wrote the account of his journey, which was published in 1847. That same year Palmer gathered up his family, made the overland journey again, and settled in the Yamhill Valley. Howes P-47. Graff 3172. Wagner-Camp 136:1. 021003.
Small but excellent album of Denver and surrounding area circa 1901. Album contains 55 photographs: 53 are silver gelatin, 2 are cyanotypes. Flexible suede album covers with amateur tooling on front; string bound. Album covers measure 5 ½" x 6". Photos measure between 2" x 2" and 3" x 4 ½" but most are 3" x 4". Photos are glued on grey album leaves and all are captioned in black ink. Album covers have light wear and soiling; first leaf with two photos is detached from album. Most photos have light silvering around edges; 6 have moderate image fading and deterioration. Overall very good.
This sweet album portrays early 20th century life in Denver, Colorado when the area was comparatively quiet to today's bustling city. There are 8 portraits of members of the Jackson family in the album: the parents, Edward and Emily Jackson, and the children, Ethel, Robert, Thomas, Helen and Herbert. Edward Jackson was a Professor of Ophthalmology at Colorado University in Denver. He moved his family from Philadelphia to Denver in 1894 when his first wife, Jennie L. Price, contracted tuberculosis. Jennie was the mother of Ethel, Robert and Thomas. After she passed away he married Emily Churchman, who was the mother of Helen and Herbert. Captions indicate that the album was likely compiled by a visiting cousin and member of the Price family. Most of the images were from excursions taken by the family showing the iconic buildings and scenery of Denver. Captions read: Clear Creek Valley above Empire, Herbert & Helen-Corona School in background, Helen's first day on skates - City Park, 12-28-1901, Mount Grand from the North, Robert on top of Long's Peak, Long's Peak from Lamb's Ranch looking S. W. , School House in the foothills of Fort Collins, Top of Horse Tooth Mountain near Fort Collins, Boulder & the Plains from side of Green Mountain, Top of the Morrison Rocks looking E. Over the Plains, McPhee Building, County Hospital, Court House, Brown Palace Hotel, and the State Capitol. There are 3 photos (2 of these the cyanotypes) that depict the family and tents set up in a wilderness; they are captioned "the Jackson Tents at Grant." There are also scenes of houses in Denver (Eighth Ave, Agate Ave, and Ogden Street) and sweet views of parlors, kitchens and living rooms that provide an intimate look into the lives of a family in the early 20th century. An excellent album for the Colorado collector. 022617.
Silverman, Jack; Harlow, Francis H.
Santa Fe, NM: Silverman Museum, 2001
4to 11" - 13" tall. Hardcover. Near Fine. Limited edition of 100 - this copy numbered 28/100. This portfolio of Pueblo Indian pottery includes 33 original prints, all signed and numbered by Jack Silverman and housed, unbound, in a hardcover portfolio; the volume "Pueblo Indian Pottery" is numbered and signed by Jack Silverman and Francis H. Harlow; laid in TLS written on Silverman Museum letterhead, written to John Lang and signed by Jack Silverman. The two volumes and TLS are housed in a matching solander box. Solander box has 1" round dampstain to bottom right corner, impact mark on foot of spine and light soiling, else fine.
All prints measure 11" x 12" and were digitally printed in beautiful detail. Each print depicts gorgeous Pueblo pottery, and has a corresponding page in the book describing features and history. The combination of original prints and text created by Jack Silverman, and introduction written by Francis H. Harlow presents a comprehensive study of Pueblo Indian pottery. From the introduction, "[Silverman] has employed the technological marvels of modern science and industry with the infinite care required in the handling of paper and inks to produce a lasting tribute to the remarkable achievements of our southwest Indian potters." 021896.