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THE POLAR LIBRARY OF DR. JOHN M. LEVINSON

by Swann Auction Galleries

Platinum House

158 lots | 65 with images

May 24, 2007

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[DRAGE, THEODORE or SWAINE, CHARLES.] An Account of a Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage by Hudson's Streights, to the W

Lot 1: [DRAGE, THEODORE or SWAINE, CHARLES.] An Account of a Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage by Hudson's Streights, to the W

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Description: [DRAGE, THEODORE or SWAINE, CHARLES.] An Account of a Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage by Hudson's Streights, to the Western and Southern Ocean of America. 6 folding maps, 4 plates. 2 volumes. 8vo, contemporary calf, minor wear; short tear to A1, maps with a few tears or separations at folds; armorial bookplate on the front pastedowns (Earl of Seafield), the first volume with a later unobtrusive inked stamp of the Cullen House Library on the bookplate. a very nice set. London: Sold by Mr. Joliffe et. al., 1748-49 rare account of william moore and francis smith's voyage of discovery which would disprove the existence of a passage through hudson's bay. After the perceived failure of James Middleton's 1741 expedition, Arthur Dobbs convinced Parliament to issue a reward for the discovery of a Northwest Passage through Hudson's Bay. The voyage of the Dobbs-Galley and the California under Captains Moore and Smith resulted and confirmed Middleton's assessment that no such passage existed. Henry Ellis, who served on the Dobbs-Galley, published his own account of this voyage the same year. This anonymous account is difficult to find in such lovely condition and complete with all maps (some bibliographies incorrectly calling for only 5). Barrow, pages 287-8; European Americana 748/54; Streeter Sale 3640; Sabin 20808; TPL 206. From the library of Dr. John M. Levinson, with his bookplate.

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KRASCHENINNIKOFF, STEPHAN PETROVICH. The History of Kamtschatka.

Lot 2: KRASCHENINNIKOFF, STEPHAN PETROVICH. The History of Kamtschatka.

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Description: KRASCHENINNIKOFF, STEPHAN PETROVICH. The History of Kamtschatka. Translated by James Grieve. 2 folding maps, 5 plates. 4to, contemporary calf; armorial bookplate on the front pastedown (Baron St John of Bletso). nice copy. Glocester: R. Raikes for T. Jefferys, 1764 first english edition. This abridged translation of Krascheninnikoff's 1755 Russian narrative of his journey across Siberia to Kamchatka includes information gleaned from Georg Wilhelm Steller's notes on Bering's second voyage. "[They] are an important part of this work, and constitute one of the earliest accounts of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands"--Hill 948; Howes K265; Sabin 38301; Wickersham 12 (note); Arctic Bibliography 9264. with--Explorations of Kamchatka. Translated by E.A.P. Crownhart-Vaughan. Portland, 1972. The first unabridged translation of Krascheninnikoff's work. From the library of Dr. John M. Levinson, with his bookplate.

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Lot 3: BARRINGTON, DAINES. The Possibility of Approaching the North Pole Asserted.

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Description: BARRINGTON, DAINES. The Possibility of Approaching the North Pole Asserted. Folding map. 8vo, 19th-century 1/2 calf; offsetting to the title from the map, lacks the half-title; bookplate on the front pastedown (James Lamont of Knockdow, see note below). London: T. and J. Allman, 1818 Barrington, a Fellow of the Royal Society, is credited with first proposing Phipps's Voyage. Stated on the title as the Second Edition, as it was first issued as part of his Miscellanies in 1781 and in an earlier version printed in 1775-76 as Probablity of Reaching the North Pole. His work was republished here as a separate edition with a new Appendix by Mark Beaufroy due to the renewed interest in the Pole. arctic traveller james lamont's copy, signed by him on verso of the frontispiece and with his bookplate on the front pastedown and gilt stamp on the front cover. Lamont (1828-1913) cruised to Spitsbergen in 1858-59 aboard his yacht the Svalbard to hunt walrus, polar bear and other game. He published Seasons with Sea Horses about his Arctic experiences in 1861. In addition to the library markings, the book contains scattered underlinings and marginalia presumably in his hand. Arctic Bibliography 1092; Sabin 3629; TPL 477; Hill 57. From the library of Dr. John M. Levinson, with his bookplate.

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PHIPPS, CONSTANTINE JOHN. A Voyage Towards the North Pole.

Lot 4: PHIPPS, CONSTANTINE JOHN. A Voyage Towards the North Pole.

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Description: PHIPPS, CONSTANTINE JOHN. A Voyage Towards the North Pole. 3 maps, 12 plates, folding tables. 4to, contemporary mottled calf, nicely rebacked retaining the original spine label; minor foxing and offsetting. London: W. Bowyer and J. Nichols, 1774 first edition. Sailing on the ships Racehouse and Carcass in 1773, Phipps attempted to navigate toward the North Pole under the theory that open sea water would not freeze. Although blocked by pack ice north of Spitsbergen, the expedition set a record reaching 80º48'N. "The voyage is perhaps best remembered for the presence of young Horatio Nelson, as midshipman aboard the Carcass, and his encounter with a polar bear"--Hill 1351; Books on Ice 1.10; Sabin 62572; Barrow, pages 303-11. From the library of Dr. John M. Levinson, with his bookplate.

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Lot 5: COXE, WILLIAM. Account of the Russian Discoveries Between Asia and America.

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Description: COXE, WILLIAM. Account of the Russian Discoveries Between Asia and America. 6 maps. 8vo, contemporary calf gilt, rebacked retaining the original backstrip with sailing ship motif, minor abrading to the backstrip; minor scattered foxing, short tear to a folding map. London: Cadell and Davies, 1803 the primary source for contemporary knowledge of the russian discoveries. The fourth edition, enlarged and considered the most complete, comprises English translations of Bering, Muller, Korovin, Chirikov, Krenitzin, Steller, Shelekhov and many more. "Coxe's work, particularly the fourth edition, is a result of contemporary and authoritative sources translated into English, not to be overlooked by scholars and collectors alike"--Lada-Mocarski 29; Howes C834; Sabin 17309; Barrow, page 349. From the library of Dr. John M. Levinson, with his bookplate.

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