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Maritime History / Mutiny, Piracy & Shipwrecks

Compelling account of shipwreck and survival

BONTEKOE, Willem Ysbrantsz. Journael ofte gedenckwaerdige beschrijvinge van de Oost-Indische reyse. Begrijpende veel wonderlijcke en ghevaerlijcke saecken hem daer in weder-varen. Begonnen den 18. December 1618. en vol-eynd den 16. November 1625. Waer by gevoegd is het Journael van Dirck Albertsz Raven, als oock verscheyden gedenckwaerdige geschiedenissen, op veel plaetsen verbetert en een groot deel vermeerdert.
Amsterdam, Joost Hartgers, 1648. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With a double-page engraved plate with 6 views of the ship at fire and in a storm, the islands St. Mary, Samatra and Princes Eyland, and an image of flying fishes. Modern marbled wrappers. Full description
€ 6,500
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Piracy and shipwrecks: travelling to the Indies via the Cape of Good Hope in the 18th century

BUCQUOY, Jacob de. Sechzehenjährige Reise nach Indien; Aus dem Holländischen nach der 2. Ausg. übersetzt: Nebst einem Auszuge aus Jakob Frankens unglücklichen Reise in den Jahren 1756-1760.
Leipzig, Christian Gottlob Hilscher, 1771. 8vo. With 2 folding engraved plates (a map of the coast of Malabar & Coromandel, and a map & coastal view). Modern mottled boards with grey label on spine. Full description
€ 2,950
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Enslaved in northern Africa for 34 years

DUMONT, Pierre Joseph and Jacques Salbigoton QUESNÉ. Narrative of thirty-four years slavery and travels in Africa.
London, printed for Richard Philips and co. (back of title-page: printed by G. Sidney), 1819. 8vo. With a engraved frontispiece with a portrait of Dumont. Later green paper wrappers. Full description
€ 600
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Epic poem celebrating the history of navigation,
from the library of Tsar Alexander I

ESMÉNARD, Joseph-Alphonse. La navigation, poëme.
Paris, Giguet and Michaud, 1806. 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece and an engraved page plate showing  the wreck of La Perouse. Contemporary richly gold-tooled red morocco, with the arms of Tsar Alexander I on the front and back boards, including his imperial monogram, gold-tooled spine, boards edges and turn ins, gilt edges. Full description
€ 4,500
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“almost the only comprehensive source of information for pirate activities in the seventeenth century”

EXQUEMELIN (ESQUEMELIN), Alexandre Olivier. Histoire des avanturiers qui se sont signalez dans les Indes, contenant ce qu'ils ont fait de plus remarquable depuis vingt années.
Paris, Jacques Le Febvre, 1688. 2 volumes. 8vo. With engraved frontispiece, 3 folding engraved maps, 3 engraved plates and 1 engraving in text. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spines and board edges. Full description
€ 4,500
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“almost the only comprehensive source of information for pirate activities in the seventeenth century”, bound by America’s finest bindery

EXQUEMELIN, Alexandre Olivier. Historie der boecaniers, of vrybuyters van America.
Amsterdam, Nicolaas ten Hoorn, 1700. 3 parts (paginated as 2) in 1 volume. 4to. With an engraved title-page, a folding engraved map of South and Central America, and 7 engraved plates (1 folding). Red (goatskin) morocco (ca. 1920), with richly gold tooled turn-ins, double fillets on board edges, gilt edges, by the French Binders of Garden City, N.Y., the fourth incarnation of Robert Hoe's famous Club Bindery, which almost single-handedly pioneered fine binding in America. Full description
€ 5,000
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Early work on navigation
and a primary source for seamen’s “barbaric” language

GUEVARA, Antonio de. Libro de los inventores del arte de marear, y de muchos trabajos que se passan enlas galeras. ... Tocanse enel muy excellentes antiguedades, y avisos muy notables para los que navegan en galeras.
Antwerp, Martin Nutius, [ca. 1545/46]. Small 8vo (13.5 x 10 cm). With Nutius's woodcut device on the title-page. Set in rotunda gothic type with a few words in a large roman. Blind-tooled brown goatskin (1920s?) in 16th-century style by Victor Arias (1856-1935) in Madrid, gold-tooled turn-ins. Full description
€ 12,000
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