Title Travels in Madeira, Sierra Leone, Teneriffe...
Book Condition Very Good Minus
Type Association Copy
Edition Second Edition
Size 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
Publisher London, England George Routledge 1840
Seller ID 007300
Stated second edition. Printed by G. Norman, Covent-Garden, London. Contemporary full-leather binding in medium brown polished calf, with crisp gilt-stamped rules to the boards, brown-stamped arabesque borders, and with elaborate gilt-stamped design to the hubbed spine, the spine with a red morocco title label. Some rubbing to the hubs of the age-faded spine. Gently abraded spine head and tail and with moderate rubbing along the hinges. All corners scuffed and the lower corners bumped. Some light scuffing and spotting to the rear board but on the whole a clean and presentable binding. Gutters/hinges appear strong, feel just slightly tender. Text block firmly bound in. 8.5 x 5.5 inches. All page edges marbled, attractive if somewhat faded. With handsome marbled paper pastedowns and FEPs. x and 491 numbered pages. With six plates or "embellishments", including an aquatint frontispiece portrait of the author, four full-page lithographic plates, and a large oblong pull-out lithographic illustration. The frontispiece portrait is lightly foxed and with light off-setting to the opposite title page. The pull-out plate, "The Settlement of Clarence," is heavily foxed. Other plates generally clean or with marginal spotting. Handsome 19th century armorial bookplate of Sir John Marjoribanks, 3rd Baronet of Lees, Coldstream, Berwickshire, Scotland. The bookplate with the legend, "Advance with courage," and with adaptation from family crest of lion's paw erect and erased grasping a spear in bend sinister all proper. First blank FEP with the inscription in a very neat ink hand, "To Sir. J. Marjoribanks from his sincere friend, C. Cunliffe, on his leaving Eton, Easter 1848." NOTE: inscribed but not signed. Else a very clean copy and still rather tight. A Very Good Minus copy. Extremely scarce in any condition. According to ABPC there have been no copies of this title at auction in at least 30 years. First edition under this title, actually a reprint of Volume 1 of Holman's Voyage Around the World (1834). The author's advertisement states that this was meant to be the first of a four volume series. "It is necessary to observe that this Work is designed to extend to Four Volumes..." James Holman (1786 - 1857), known as the "Blind Traveler," was a British adventurer, author and social observer, best known for his writings on his extensive travels. It is said that in 1832, Holman became the first blind person to circumnavigate the globe. John Marjoribanks, born 1830, BA 1851, MA 1853, married 1858. College: Eton, Ch. Ch. Oxon. Clubs: Carlton, Fine Arts, Burlington, Scottish Conservative. Hon. Col. 4th Vol. Batn., Royal Scots (Lothian Regt.). Sources: Wikipedia; Great Landowners of Great Britain; Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, etc.