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An early account of Timbuktu by an American sailor

[ADAMS, Robert (= Benjamin ROSE)]. Jongste en echte berigten betrekkelijk Tombuctoo en eenige andere nog onbezochte deelen der binnenlanden van Afrika.
Amsterdam, J.C. Sepp en Zoon, 1818. 8vo. With a folding engraved map (30.5 x 37.5 cm) of North Africa with the routes of Mungo Park and Robert Adams highlighted in colour. Contemporary boards. Full description
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Only known copy of a Calcutta lithograph of English boats fighting pirates near Singapore
drawn by the English ship’s surgeon, probably an eye-witness

BLAND, William. Boats of H.M's S. Wolf, commanded by Lieutt. J.A. Macdonald attacking Malay pirates, at Point Romania, 24th March 1836.
Calcutta, Asiatic Lithographic Press (Thomas Black), 1837. Large oblong folio? (33.5 x 47 cm). Lithographed maritime view on wove paper (dimensions to the thin-line border 27.5 x 45.5 cm), showing H.M.S. Wolf's pinnace and cutter, and British East India Company's ship Zephyr's gunboat fighting 18 Malayan perahus, while the rescued Asian ship Mas Judal Bahar and the Wolf and Zephyr look on from the horizon. Full description
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Mutiny on the Bounty in Swedish

BLIGH, William. Engelske capitainens Wilhelm Blighs resa, genom Södra Werlds-Hafvet, tolf hundrade sjömil i öpen bät, frän Tofoa till Timor.
Including: Nyaste tidningar frän Otahiti.
Uppsala, Joh. Edmans Enka, 1792. 12mo. Contemporary blue stiff paper wrappers. Full description
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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
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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
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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
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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 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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