An extensive single-owner collection of 19th- and 20th-century travel and exploration forms the centrepiece of our next book sale on Wednesday 20 January 2021. In superb condition throughout, the library presents a rare opportunity to acquire titles rarely seen in commerce, or seldom encountered in collectable condition. Highlights include an excellent set of James Morier’s A Journey through Persia (1812) and his Second Journey (1818) with distinguished provenance to the library at West Dean House, Chichester (estimate £1,000-£1,500), George Byron’s sought-after Hawaiian travel narrative Voyage H.M.S. to the Sandwich Islands (1826, estimate £400-£600), and a fine copy of Sir Jagatjit Singh’s My Travels in China, Japan and Java (1905, £200-£300), a genuine commercial rarity.
The library is supplemented by various desirable titles from other collections, notably a rare second edition of James Horsburgh’s India Directory (1817-18, £500-£800) which contains an appendix on ‘Discoveries in the Gulf of Persia’, one of the earliest documents available in English on the area which forms the modern United Arab Emirates.
The array of other stand-out items to be offered includes a third edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (1861) in a spectacular example of the original cloth binding (£2,000-£3,000), a signed copy of Sigmund Freud’s Psychoanalytische Studien (1924, £1,000-£1,500), and Francis Hutchinson’s An Historical Essay concerning Witchcraft (1718), and a variety of maps from the important first edition of Gastaldi’s map of Poland (1562, £3,000-£5,000) to Atkinson’s Plan of Her Majesty’s Forest of Dean (1842, £500-£800).
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