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The Diaries of Captain Robert Scott. A Record of the Second Antarctic Expedition 1910-1912.

SCOTT, Captain Robert Falcon. Tylers Green, Buckinghamshire: Billing & Sons Ltd for University Microfilms Ltd., 1968. 4to (253 x 200mm, vols I-IV) and 8vo (203 x 124mm, vols V-VI), 6 volumes. Original blue buckram, upper boards and spines lettered in gilt; pp. I: [8 (half-title, verso blank, title, imprint, acknowledgments, verso blank, introduction)], [344]; II: [2 (blank l.)], [2 (title, imprint)], [458], [2 (blank l.)]; III: [2 (title, imprint)], [158]; IV: [2 (title, imprint)], [308], [2 (blank l.)]; V: [2 (title, imprint)], [290]; VI: [2 (title, imprint)], [426] [4 (blank ll.)]; facsimile manuscript and typescript with illustrations and diagrams in the text, printed on rectos, versos, or rectos and versos of ll.; a few very slight marks and minor bumping to a few corners, nonetheless a very good set. First edition, cloth-bound trade issue. 'An important and unexpectedly scarce publication of the complete manuscript diaries compiled by Captain Scott on his last [Terra Nova] expedition' (Taurus); the set comprises a facsimile edition of Scott's unedited manuscript base diaries for October 1910 to October 1911 (volumes I-II) and sledging orders for 1910 to 1911 (volume III), with a monochrome facsimile of volume III of The South Polar Times (for the British Antarctic Expedition, contained in volume IV of this set). Volumes V-VI contain facsimiles of Scott's sledging diaries for January 1911 to March 1912, which were recovered from his tent after his death and include accounts of the final journey to the Pole and Scott's 'Message to the Public'. The work was also issued in a half-vellum presentation binding. Conrad p. 188 ('Not very easy to find'); Rosove 294.A2 ('Scarce'); Spence 1078; Taurus 88.

Travels into Bokhara; Being the Account of a Journey from India to Cabool, Tartary, and Persia; also, Narrative of a Voyage on the Indus, from the Sea to Lahore, with Presents from the King of Great Britain; Performed under the Orders of the Supreme Government of India, in the Years 1831, 1832, and 1833.

BURNES, Sir Alexander. London, A. Spottiswoode for John Murray, 1834. Three volumes, 8vo. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards, spines gilt in compartments, each volume with two contrastng lettering pieces, others decorated in blind, marbled endpapers, marbled edges; [iii]-xxii, [2], 356; [iii]-xv, 473; [iii]-xix, 332; engraved frontispieces by E. Finden after D. McLise and W. Purser in volumes I and III, 2 lithographic plates by L. Haghe after R.M. Grindlay, one folding lithographic plate by Day & Haghe, 3 engraved plates, wood-engraved illustrations and letterpress tables in the text; provenance: volume one with lithographic label of the Edinurgh bookseller, and binder Andrew Potts; light offsetting from endpapers, near-fine, a beautifully bound set. First edition. Burnes (1805-1841) became a cadet in the Bombay Army at the age of 16, where he learned Hindustani and Persian, becoming Regimental Interpreter to the 1st Bombay Native Infantry (Bombay Grenadiers) at Surat and successively Persian Interpreter and Quartermaster to the Cutch Field Force, returning to Bombay as the Assistant Quartermaster-General of the Army in 1828, and becoming Assistant to the British Resident in Cutch in 1829. The ODNB judges that, 'Burnes excelled at political work. His linguistic ability combined with adventurousness, boundless self-confidence, and a certain diplomatic guile earmarked him for delicate political duties', and these qualities prompted his superiors to send him to Lahore via the River Indus with gifts for Ranjit Singh from King William IV; whilst travelling up the Indus, Burnes was also to undertake a survey of the Indus and the countries bordering it. The success of this mission led Burnes to propose an expedition across Central Asia to Bukhara; the expedition was approved, and in January 1832, 'Burnes set out from Ludhiana accompanied by Dr James Gerard of the Bengal army; an Indian surveyor, Muhammad Ali; and a young secretary of Kashmiri descent, Mohan Lal. The party travelled modestly, always in local dress, and variously represented themselves as Englishmen, Armenians, pilgrims, merchants -- whatever the often hazardous circumstances seemed to require. They reached Bukhara in June and then travelled across the Turkoman desert to Mashhad, on to the Caspian Sea, down to Tehran, and finally back by sea to Bombay. The journey took thirteen months and so captured the public's imagination that Burnes was welcomed back to England in 1833 as a hero. He received the gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society, was elected a fellow of the Royal Society and honorary member of the Royal Asiatic Society, and enjoyed a flattering audience with William IV. In 1834 he published an officially sanctioned account of his journey, which also included a narrative of the earlier voyage up the Indus. The book, Travels into Bokhara [.] was an instant success, selling 900 copies on the first day. It is noteworthy for the freshness and acuteness of its descriptions and, given the times, the relatively cosmopolitan outlook of its author' (op. cit.). We found out that sets were issued without half titles in the original publisher's plain boards, other sets where probably sold unbound with half-titles, to be discarded by the binder, as is the case with most copies which have surfaced. Brunet I, col. 1409; Yakushi (3rd ed.) B632a; cf. Wilson p. 35 (1835 ed.).

The South Polar Times. Volume III April to October 1911.

SCOTT, Captain Robert Falcon -- Apsley George Benet CHERRY-GARRARD (editor). London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1914. 4to, 3 issues in one volume. Original dark-blue cloth, upper board lettered in gilt and with gilt-framed, mounted colour-printed illustration, spine lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, in the rarely seen dustwrapper (this with a litle loss to spine and margins); pp. xv, [1 (blank)], ff. 1-152 [printed on rectos only and including plates], pp. [153]-160; colour-printed frontispiece to each issue, 20 colour-printed plates after Wilson et al., 5 monochrome silhouette plates, 3 photographic plates after H.G. Ponting, 6 mounted photographic plates after Ponting with printed captions on mounts, colour-printed headpieces and illustrations, text printed in red and blue; very slightly rubbed at extremities, a few ll. slightly loose, variable spotting and foxing on first and final leaves, occasional light offsetting from illustrations onto text, nonetheless the text and especialy the binding very fresh; provenance: M. Blanche Haylett, 25 October 1914 (inscription on front free endpaper). First edition, no. 230 of 350 copies. The issues published in the first two volumes of The South Polar Times were produced during the Scott's British National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1904 under the editorship of E.H. Shackleton and L.C. Bernacchi for the amusement and recreation of the shore party during the long Antarctic winter. The title was revived for Scott's British Antarctic Expedition (BAE) of 1910-1913 under the editorship of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, and followed the format of the earlier issues, comprising stories, anecdotes and semi-serious essays, illustrated with photographs by Ponting and drawings by Edward Wilson and others. Scott commented that, 'It is a very good little volume . The contributors are anonymous, but I have succeeded in guessing the identity of the greater number' (quoted in Rosove). As with the issues of the earlier expedition, the illustrated typescripts of the three original issues of The South Polar Times of Scott's last expedition were published in facsimile, following the format of the first two volumes published seven years before. Rosove considers this volume 'very scarce' and the dustwrapper 'rare'; the presence of the dustwrapper has ensured that the binding has been preserved in unusually fresh condition. Conrad p. 173; NMM I, 1108 (part); Rosove 291.A2a; Spence 1094; Taurus 79.

The Poems of Christina Rossetti.

ROSSETTI, Christina (author). Florence HARRISON (illustrator). London: Blackie and Son Limited, 1910. Large thick 4to; original cream parchment elaborately blocked in gilt to spine and upper cover with an Art Nouveau design, top edge gilt, others uncut; pp. xxiv, 369, [iii]; printed throughout on handmade paper; illustrated and decorated in line, with 36 coloured plates mounted-at-large behind captioned guards; 34 black and white plates; circa 150 decorative head and tail pieces; mild mottling to upper board with small patch of bleaching; a thumb-sized closed crack to spine; light spotting to uncut edges; previous ownship name to ffep; silk ties now expertly replaced (as usual); internally fine and immaculate; scarce. First edition de luxe; this no. 70 of a limited 350 numbered copies, signed by Florence Harrison. Little is widely known about Harrison, except that she was an Art Nouveau and Pre-Raphaelite illustrator who specialised in poetry and children's books. However recent research by the british collector Mary Rosalind Jacobs shows her to be an Australian, and the daughter of a Naval Captain Norwood Harrison. Her first illustrations appeared in Rhymes and Reasons, a children's book, published by Blackie, the publishing house with whom she worked for most of her adult life. Nonetheless, it was not until this publication of Rossetti's poems in 1908 that she provided illustrations aimed at the adult market as part of Blackie's 'Fine Art' series. The success of the venture led to two more: Guinevere and other poems (Tennyson) and The Early poems of William Morris. Harrison also worked on her own series of poems. Entitled 'Elfin Song', these were published in 1912, to great success. Harrison's illustrations utilise common motifs across all genres of her work, and include butterflies, fairies, elves and storm laterns. One of the most desireable publications of Rossetti's poems, rare in such condition. (Mary Rosalind Jacobs)

Journal of the Proceedings of the Late Embassy to China; Comprising a Correct Narrative of the Public Transactions of the Embassy, of the Voyage to and from China, and of the Journey from the Mouth of the Pei-Ho to the Return to Canton. Interspersed with Observations upon the Face of the Country, the Polity, Moral Character and Manners of the Chinese Nation.

ELLIS, Sir Henry. London, John Murray, 1817. 4to. Contemporary half-calf over drab boards, spine with raise bands and two gilt-stamped letering-pieces, expertly re-backed ; pp. vii, [1 (directions for placing the plates)], 526, [2, errata and imprint]; engraved portrait frontispiece, 7 hand-coloured aquatint plates by J. Clark after Charles Abbot and M. Brownrigg, 3 engraved maps by Neele & Son, one folding; portrait, title and one single-sheet map a little spotted or browned, otherwise only here and there very light spotting, a very good copy with the aquatints on high-quality cream paper stock; provenance: Henry William Vincent's engraved armorial bookplate and his hand-written name inside front cover, his signature with the date 1817 to title-page. First edition. The Earl of Amherst's embassy to China of 1816-1817 included the diplomat Ellis as Third Commissioner, and sought to gain recognition for foreign traders from the Emperor, but the enterprise stalled when Amherst failed to acknowledge the Emperor in the accepted manner, by refusing to kow-tow to him. Ellis' Journal includes much information on China and the areas visited, and the return voyage on the Alceste, which was shipwrecked in the Strait of Gaspar; the survivors underwent a hazardous journey of several hundred miles in an open boat before reaching Batavia. Continuing the journey back to England via St Helena, Ellis met Napoleon and described the encounter in chapter VIII - an account which Napoleon later disputed vigorously. Abbey, Travel 536; Brunet II, col. 946; Cordier, Sinica col. 2393; Lowndes p. 732; Lust 509; NMM I, 522; Tooley 208. Vincent was a Clerk in the Treasury (1813-23) and Queen's Remembrancer in the Exchequer (1823-55)