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  • A General Atlas, being a Collection of Maps of the World and Quarters the Principal Empires, Kingdoms &c. with their several Provinces, & other Subdivisions, correctly delineated. by (STARBUCK FAMILY). (STARBUCK FAMILY). ~ A General Atlas, being a Collection of Maps of the World and Quarters the Principal Empires, Kingdoms &c. with their several Provinces, & other Subdivisions, correctly delineated. London: ‘Published Feb 1st 1800 by Robert Wilkinson’ [but this issue 1807].
    A Starbuck family atlas, owned by one of the British branch of the family, with annotations recording the Pacific discoveries of the whaling captain Valentine… (more)

    A Starbuck family atlas, owned by one of the British branch of the family, with annotations recording the Pacific discoveries of the whaling captain Valentine Starbuck [b. 1791]. The initials of the pencil Starbuck signature are difficult to decipher, but are likely to be ‘E.F.’, probably Edward Folger Starbuck [1801-1855] son of Samuel and Lucretia [Folger] Starbuck, New England Quakers who in the 1790s had settled at Milford Haven (Pembrokeshire, Wales). The early annotations mark the family origins at Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard as well as Valentine Starbuck’s 1823 discovery of the Pacific Island which took his name [Starbuck made the discovery as captain of the British whaling ship L’Aigle while carrying King Kamehameha II of Hawaii and Queen Kamalu and their retinue to England. He settled in England thereafter and was living at the time this atlas was in use: he was probably a cousin of its owner]. The family were notable as a dynasty of Whalers, prosperous Quakers and Abolitionists, making this Atlas an evocative association.
    The annotations, in an early hand comprise:
    -Double hemisphere map: Starbuck Island marked on the map with the marginal note: ‘Starbuck Island Discovered by Captain Valentine Starbuck in the ship L’Aigle in latitude 5 deg. 58.1.2 min South and Longitude 155 deg 58 min West’
    -Mercator map: ‘Polynesia’ and ‘Australasia’ added in pale red ink.
    -Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland map: ‘Duna’ and ‘Vistula’ rivers named at their mouths at Danzig and Riga.
    -Russia in Europe: Odessa named in pencil, the coastlines of the Black and Caspian seas extended into the margins.
    -Africa: Liberia coast marked with a pencil cross and the marginal note ‘Now Liberia American Col[…] Ap 28 1822. Colonists 2000 Native allies 10,000 Total cost 130,000 Dollars. Cost of each emigrant $30 ― was [?given] on landing 30 […] free of expense Freedom offered to many thousands more gratuitously Great aim of the “American Colonization Soc” to abolish the slave trade and slaveholding’.
    -The United States of America: red line drawn between the US and Canada with the note in the upper margin ‘Lake of the Woods. The Red line in the North part of this map is to represent neatly the Boundary lines between the United States and the British Colonies’. Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard named in manuscript.
    -West Indies: Mexico City marked in the margin in red ink.
    Wilkinson’s Atlas was first published in 1794 and reissued with updated maps several times into the nineteenth century. The map of the United States in the present edition is of interest for its inclusion of the short-lived ‘Franklina’, located between Tennessee and North Carolina.

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  • ‘Histories of the Tête-à-Tète annexed; or, Memoirs of the Circumnavigator and Miss B—n’ [chapter title in] The Town and Country Magazine; or, Universal Repository of Knowledge, Instruction, and Entertainment for September 1773. by (BANKS, Joseph). (BANKS, Joseph). ~ ‘Histories of the Tête-à-Tète annexed; or, Memoirs of the Circumnavigator and Miss B—n’ [chapter title in] The Town and Country Magazine; or, Universal Repository of Knowledge, Instruction, and Entertainment for September 1773. London: for A. Hamilton, 1773.
    The short article plays on Banks’s youthful reputation at Oxford, his curiosity for the natural world and his experiences in the South Seas: ‘As nature… (more)

    The short article plays on Banks’s youthful reputation at Oxford, his curiosity for the natural world and his experiences in the South Seas: ‘As nature has been his constant study, it cannot be supposed that the most engaging part of it, the fair sex, have escaped his notice; and if we may be suffered to conclude from his amorous descriptions, the females of most of the countries he has visited, have undergone every critical inspection by him...’� The plate is described in BM Satires 5146.

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  • Les Convicts en Australie. by MERRUAU, Paul. MERRUAU, Paul. ~ Les Convicts en Australie. Paris: [Lahure for] L. Hachette [Bibliothèque des Chemins de Fer], 1853.
    First edition, Bibliothèque des Chemins de Fer issue (of which it forms part of the second series). A fictional account of the voyage to Sydney,… (more)

    First edition, Bibliothèque des Chemins de Fer issue (of which it forms part of the second series). A fictional account of the voyage to Sydney, the convict regime, the Australian interior and the gold mines. Merruau’s list of sources includes the ‘Report of the Commissioner of Inquiry into the State of the Colony of New South Wales’ as well as Rowcroft’s Tales of the Colonies and Haygarth’s Bush Life in Australia. Ferguson, 12528 (first issue without adverts or, presumably, the Bibliothèque des Chemins de Fer series title.

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  • [Tales of the Colonies, in French] Le Colon de Van Diémen, ou, Aventures d’un Émigrant. Contes des colonies... Traduit de l’anglais sur la 5e édition. by ROWCROFT, Charles, translated by Noël-Jacques LEFÈBVRE-DURUFLÉ. ROWCROFT, Charles, translated by Noël-Jacques LEFÈBVRE-DURUFLÉ. ~ [Tales of the Colonies, in French] Le Colon de Van Diémen, ou, Aventures d’un Émigrant. Contes des colonies... Traduit de l’anglais sur la 5e édition. Paris: [G. Olivier for] Jules Renouard et C[ompagn]ie, 1847.
    First edition in French of Tales of the Colonies, presentation copy, inscribed by the translator. In this, the first of his two novels, Rowcroft drew… (more)

    First edition in French of Tales of the Colonies, presentation copy, inscribed by the translator. In this, the first of his two novels, Rowcroft drew on his own experience as an Australian settler. The work is in part a guide for prospective settlers and part a sensational tale of the hazards of pioneer-era Van Dieman’s Land: sheep-stealers, bushrangers, Aboriginal attackers, floods, snakes, eagles and wild cattle. Very scarce. OCLC lists 7 copies: Bibliothèque Nationale, University of Basle, National Library of Australia, State Library of New South Wales, State Library of Victoria, University of Melborne and National Library of New Zealand.

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