Nineteenth Century Spines and Boards in keeping with the original style, full tan calf with gilt embossing and letters, and an absolutely beautifully bound and presented set of the elusive and sought after books.
Captain Cook. By John Hawksworth. The Voyages of Discovery in the Southern Hemisphere, Performed by Byron, Wallis, Carteret and Cook, in H.M.S. DOLPHIN, SWALLOW, and ENDEAVOUR. Drawn from Journals Kept by the Commanders, and the Papers of Joseph Banks. In Three Volumes. Illustrated with Cuts and a Great Variety of Maps and Charts of the Lands as First Discovered.
Captain Cook. A Voyage Towards the South Pole and Around the World in H.M.S. RESOLUTION and H.M.S. ADVENTURE in 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775. Written by James Cook, Commander of H.M.S. RESOLUTION. Includes Captain Furneaux's Narrative of His Proceedings in H.M.S. ADVENTURE During the Separation of the Ships. Two Volumes. Illustrated with Engraved Maps and Charts and a Variety of Portraits and Views Drawn During the Voyage by Mr. Hodges.
Captain Cook. Voyage to the North Pacific Ocean for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere and to Determine the Position and Extent of the West Side of North America, its Distance from Asia and the Practicality of a Northern Passage to Europe. Performed under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerke and Gore in H.M.S. RESOLUTION and H.M.S. DISCOVERY, 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779 and 1780. In Three Volumes. Volumes I and II Written by Captain James Cook, Volume III by Captain James King. Illustrated with Engraved Maps and Charts from the Original Drawings by Lieutenant Henry Roberts under the Direction of Captain Cook. With a Great Variety of Engraved Portraits, Views of Places and Incidents Drawn by Mr. Webber on the Voyage.
Captain Cook. Large Folio Atlas to the Third Voyage, Published by Order of the Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty W. Strachan and T. Cadell, London, 1773, 1777 and 1784.
With the publication of the first two voyages, and his dramatic death in Hawaii, James Cook (1728-1779) became a national hero. So eagerly awaited was his account of the third voyage, that it was sold out on the third day of publication.
Cook discovered New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, the Isle of Pines, Sandwich Land (Hawaii) and rediscovered and charted numerous other lands. He was the first to survey New Zealand where he spent six months. Also, a pioneer in regard to the health of his men, on his second voyage, Cook lost only one man out of 118 in a voyage of more than 1000 days, one of the first to conquer scurvy. As a commander, an observer and a practical physician, his merits were equally great. He won the affection of those who served under him by sympathy, kindness and unselfish care of others that was as noteworthy as his gifts of discovery and intellect.
An exceedingly rare and desirable image of Avalon from the turn of the century. Nestled safely at Catalina Islandís southeast channel, the town is the emotional and economic heart of the island. Shown here are important early buildings, such as 1890's Holly Hill House on the foreground ridge and Hotel Metropole at the shore in front of steamer pier. More than half the town shown would be lost in a 1915 fire. Combined with the natural topography and the diverse marine activity shown in the bay, it is a complete scene.
An absolute Southern California destination for tourists and locals, Catalina Island has hosted and served as home to humans for centuries. Europeans first made landings in the late 16th Century. It evolved through a series of ownerships and visions to be popular resort destination by the 1890s. Shown in the bay are an arriving passenger steamship, most likely one of the Wilmington Transportation ships out of Long Beach. Among the other various craft and numerous glass bottomed boats for underwater viewing is the most prominent of these ships, the Sidewheeler CLEOPATRA. In all, the islandís population was estimated to be about 500 in the winter, and 8,000 during the summer, and they all traveled by ship.
The lithograph presents the town from a birdís-eye-view. The sharply colored image is in a complete matte border to present the title fully, while another edition of this print was later done in color accents with a border. This image is pictured in the book California on Stone by Peters on page 41 and as number 56 in Views & Viewmakers of Urban America by reps. This original print is one of only five we have seen to date of either version.
Image measures 17" x 23", with Title block 19" x 25" - Framed size is: 31" x 37"
An epic conflict at sea off the coast of France in May of 1693, the action was painted by period artists, including George Chambers and Philadelphia-born Benjamin West, who sailed to London in 1763 and became a painter to the Court fo King George III. His original work for the monarch has been in the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, U.S.A., since 1959.
The full title of the engraved work completes the dedication and attribution of the artists involved: "This Plate Engraving from a picture of The Battle of La Hogue In His Lordship's Collection is Dedicated by His Lordship's Much Obliged adn Most Obedient Humble Servants - Benjamin West & William Woollett."
The British and Dutch powers responded to an attempt by Louis XIV of France to return James II, a fellow Catholic, to the throne of England. The resounding 5-day defeat off the shore of La Hogue ended this plot decisively. Still, it is recorded that West employed a healthy dose of artistic license in his patriotic image.
This rare document is written in Monet's own hand describing the return of an item by one of his clients. Dated June 23, 1893 on stationary from Giverny. This draft is displayed with the likeness of Monet and a copy of one of his paintings at Giverny.
The letters reads as follows:
23 June 93
Dear Mr. Hamman,
I have indeed received in due time the (item) that you sent back to me. I am hoping now to receive a word from you about the settlement of my account, thinking that Mr. Knoedler has sent some instructions on this subject. I am going to need those funds, and ask you to see to it that payment is made as rapidly as possible.
Published by Beckmann Bros. London, 27 Cow, Cross Street, Farrington Station, Entered at Stationer's Hall. Very good condition paper print of this traditional collegiate rowing race from its 19th Century origins.
Martin Van Buren, President of the United Sates, Signed ship's Passage For The Whaleship "L.C.RICHMOND", James B. Woods, Master, November 21,1837.
The RICHMOND left New Bedford for a voyage to the Pacific on November 26, 1837 and returned February 1, 1841 with 2,618 barrels of sperm whale oil. Engraved document with manuscript additions, affixed with embossed paper seal. Counter signed by John Forsyth as Secetary of State.
"A friend of yours has informed me, that you are desirous to have testimonial from me, as it regards your publick services & conduct whilst under my command, & I only do justus to you, I feel a great pleasure in being able to state, that your conduct as an officer & gentleman, during the period we served together was such as to meet my fullest approbation, in action it was cool & gallant".