Condition. The book is in Good+ condition. The front and back hinges have been reinforced. There is a small bookseller label in the upper left corner of the inside cover. Internally the book is very clean with no markings or stains. To see the hinge repair on the front board and bookseller's label, click here.
Voyages and Travels, London, Edward Moxon (Bradbury and Evans, Printers, Whitefriars), 1840, 8vo (6 3/4 x 9 3/4 in - 18 x 24.8 cm), cloth covers with gilt lettering on the spin and blind-stamped decoration on front and back boards, printed in double columns, 2 maps. This book is a consolidation of four important travel and exploration books of the 19th century.
Narrative of a Voyage to Loo-choo, Basil Hall
Extracts from a Journal Written on the Coasts of Chili, Peru, and Mexico (2 Parts), Basil Hall
Journal of the Late Embassy to China, Henry Ellis
Narrative of a Residence in South Africa, Thomas Pringle
The individual books are the "public" (less expensive) versions of the original books and lack the plates found in the more expensive versions. You often see the books in this format called "paper back" versions. All title pages carry the date of 1840 (MDCCCXL). The first book is preceded by a consolidated title page and then map showing the track of Hall's vessels. Each book starts a full title page. Each books is paginated separately. A total of 482+ numbered pages. Since the only publication date shown is 1840, I believe this consolidated volume was published in that year. There are only two illustrations, a map of showing the route of the ships and a map of Loo-choo. The map of Loo-Choo shows "Sugar Loaf" at the north east of the island. This is not the same "Sugar Loaf" hill made infamous during the WWII battle of Okinawa.
Consolidated Title Page
Narrative of a Voyage to Java, China and the Great Loo-Choo Island with Accounts of Sir Murray Maxwell's Attack on the Chinese Batteries, and of an Interview with Napoleon Buonaparte, at St Helena, London, Edward Moxon, 1840, full page track of the vessels and map of "Island of Loo-choo (before page 1), 81 pp. Contains none of the plates found in the earlier editions or the appendix.
Half Title Page
Map Showing Track of Hall's Vessels (back of half title page)
Map of Loo-Choo (back of contents page, before page 1)
Bound with three other travel and exploration books:
Extracts From a Journal Written on the Coasts of Chili, Peru, and Mexico, in the Years 1820, 1821, 1822. in Two Parts., (Parts I & II), Basil Hall, London, Edward Moxon, 1840, 77 pp and 80 pp.
Journal of the Proceedings of the Late Embassy to China; Comprising a Correct Narrative of the Public Transactions of the Embassy, of the Voyage to and from China, and of the Journey from the Mouth of the Pei-Ho to the Return to Canton, A New Edition, London, Edward Moxon, 1840, i-xvi, 128 pp. Contains a note dated July 1840 noting "...now given to the public in a cheap form...."
Conder, Josiah (biographical sketch of author)
Narrative of a Residence in South Africa, Late Secretary to the Anti-Slavery Society. A New Edition., London, Edward Moxon, 1840, 116 pp.