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GIBSON, Ralph. The Somnambulist.


GIBSON, Ralph. The Somnambulist.

New York, Lustrum Press, 1970.


4to. (312 x 222 mm). Original photo-illustrated card covers, cloth-covered slipcase; 48 black and white photographs;Signed in ink to the title-page by Ralph Gibson. With the photographer's…

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DICKENS, Charles. Adventures of Oliver Twist Or…

DICKENS, Charles. Adventures of Oliver Twist Or, The Parish Boy's Progress...With Twenty-Four Illustrations on Steel, By George Cruikshank. A New Edition, Revised and Corrected.

Bradbury and Evans 1846.


8vo., 10 monthly parts in original printed wrappers. The wrappers are generally fresh and clean with just a few nicks and creases and some browning to the fore-edge on Part VI. The plates…

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LACHEVRE, Bernard R. Le Rouen.

LACHEVRE, Bernard R. Le Rouen.

Original lithograph with colour, printed for Chemins de fer de l'Etat, 1920. 1000 x 620 mm.

The poster was issued by Réseau de l'État (State Railway Network) to promote the ferry service between Newhaven and Dieppe on Le Rouen.


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CERVANTES, Miguel de. Adventures of Don Quixote de…

CERVANTES, Miguel de. Adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha. Translated from the Spanish by Charles Jarvis. With 100 Illustrations by A. B. Houghton, Engraved by the Brothers Dalziel.

Frederick Warne and Company. 1866.


4to., in full red straight grain morooco, boards and spine richly gilt, all edges gilt. With 100 illustrations including a full-page frontispiece and 99 cuts in the text. A little spotting…

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[BURTON, Sir Richard Francis]. Wanderings in…

burton in the original cloth

[BURTON, Sir Richard Francis]. Wanderings in West Africa from Liverpool to Fernando Po. By a F.R.G.S.

London, Tinsley Brothers, 18, Catherine St., Strand, 1863.


8vo. 2 vols. Original blind-stamped maroon cloth, lettered in gilt to spine; pp. viii, [2], 303; [vi], 295; folding map frontispiece to vol. I, wood-engraved frontispiece of "The…

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[BYRNE, L. J.]. Visit of the Detached Squadron…

[BYRNE, L. J.]. Visit of the Detached Squadron with their Royal Highnesses Prince Edward and Prince George of Wales to Brisbane, from 16th to 20th August, 1881.

Brisbane : J.C. Beal, Government Printer, 1881.


4to. Original full morocco, gilt, gilt-decorated floreate borders, gilt-ruled spine with gilt motifs to compartments, front cover titled in gilt, all edges gilt; pp. [2, title-page printed…

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Hermann, Adolphe and Robert Schlagintweit. (The…

Hermann, Adolphe and Robert Schlagintweit. (The Salt Lake Tsomoriri, in Rupchu, Western Tibet) & (The Salt Lake Tsomognalari, in Pangkong, Western Tibet.) Pair.

A pair of original Lithographs, framed, by Sabatier, printed in oil-colours by Lemercier, Paris, as published by F.A. Brockhaus, Leipzig and Trubner & Co., London 1861. 810 x 1100 mm.

From Results of a Scientific Mission to India and High Asia undertaken between the years MDCCCLIV and MDCCCLVIII, by order of the Court of Directors of the Honourable East India Company.

Panoramas from one of the greatest colour-printed works of the nineteenth century. It was published in London and Leipzig at enormous expense by the East India Company. To ensure the highest standard, the distinguished lithographer was L. Sabatier and the printing 'in Oil-colours' was by Lemercier - both in Paris.

These two Tibet panoramas are the most important of the small number of Tibet views in Results of a Scientific Mission to India and High Asia.

'Bhutan was visited in January 1856 and Sikkim in 1858 from April to August. In February 1857 Hermann visited Kathmandu, and his two brothers travelled to Almora and Milam in the Garhwal; thence they entered into Tibet from Milam. After their return from Tibet, Adolph visited alone Tibet again. In 1855 Adolph and Hermann reached at the height of 6870m. of Ibi Gâmen (Kamet). But unfortunately Robert was murdered by bandits at Kashgar on his way alone in 1857, after crossing the Karakoram and the Kuen-luen'. S66. P. 344. Yakushi, Y. Catalogue of the Himalayan Literature (includes Tibet and Central Asia). Third edition (Tokyo 1994).

Hermann Schlagintweit, Sakünlünski (13 May 1826 - 19 January 1882), also known as Hermann Rudolph Alfred von Schlagintweit-Sakünlünski, the great German explorer of Central Asia was the eldest of the five Schlagintweit brothers from Munich. His earliest work was a scientific study in the Alps, 1846-1848, in collaboration with his brother Adolph. These two established their reputation with the Untersuchungen über die physikalische Geographie der Alpen (1850), and were afterwards joined by another brother Robert. The three published Neue Untersuchungen über die physikalische Geographie und Geologie der Alpen in 1854.

In 1854, acting on the recommendation of Alexander von Humboldt, the East India Company commissioned Hermann, Adolf, and Robert to carry out scientific investigations in its territories, and particularly to study the Earth's magnetic field. For the next three years, the brothers travelled through the Deccan, then up into the Himalayas, Karakoram, and Kunlun mountains. Hermann and Robert were the first Europeans to cross the Kunlun, for which achievement Hermann received the title "Sakünlünski".

'The Himalayan journeys of the three Schlagintweit brothers, Adolph, Hermann and Robert between 1854 and 1858 laid the foundations of future research. The scope of their investigations was so wide ..... their studies included geology, climatology, ethnology and magnetology. They took astronomical observations, investigated the meaning of Tibetan words, and observed some of the great peaks. Between them they added to our knowledge of the extreme north-eastern corner of Ladakh, Adolph crossing the desolate plains of Lingzitang and Aksaichin to the Karakash river, and thence to Yarkand'. Kenneth Mason, Abode of Snow: a History of Himalayan Exploration and Mountaineering, p.82 , London 1955. Kenneth Mason, previously Superintendent of the Survey of India, was Professor of Geography, University of Oxford 1932-1953.

Results of a Scientific Mission to India and High Asia contains some of the finest examples of 19th century topographical views printed in colour after the watercolours by Hermann and Adolphe von Schlagintweit-Sakunlunski.

Their Tibet views are among the earliest Western images of the region.

No more than a very small number of this vastly expensive work in elephant folio format would have been published.


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