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EXPLORATION & TRAVEL AUTOGRAPHS.

This category contains autographs, including autograph letters, signed photographs, signatures and documents in the various fields of exploration and travel.  It includes Polar exploration and Victorian adventurers.  This category will also include the autographs of mountaineers, round-the-world sailors and persons celebrated for similar feats of endevour. Those principally known for their writing on travel are more likely to be found in our literature section.

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SIR GEORGE BACK (1796-1878) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR GEORGE BACK (1796-1878) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR GEORGE BACK Autograph Letter Signed. British Arctic explorer, naval officer, naturalist and artist.   ALS. 1p plus integral blank leaf. Gloucester Place, Port[ma]n Square. December 13th 1850. To Parker-Hammond Jnr. Esq.   "I have to apologise for not answering your note earlier, but have much pleasure in complying with your request."   8vo. Approx 7.25 x 4.5 inches. Some old mounting traces to verso of integral blank leaf and one small edge tear to foot of integral blank leaf. All else fine.   Admiral Sir George Back joined the Royal Navy as a boy volunteer and took part in.....

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GBP125.00
FLORENCE BAKER (1841-1916) Autograph Letter Signed & SAMUEL WHITE BAKER (1821-1893) Autograph Signature
FLORENCE BAKER (1841-1916) Autograph Letter Signed & SAMUEL WHITE BAKER (1821-1893) Autograph Signature

FLORENCE BAKER Autograph Letter Signed & SAMUEL WHITE BAKER Autograph Signature. Florence Baker aka Florenz Barbara Maria Szasz. Hungarian born explorer and Sir Samuel White Baker. English explorer.  Co-discoverers of Lake Albert Nyanza. ALS. 2pp.  118 Belgrave Road.  19th April 1864. To "My dearest Anna".   "We all so very happy to have dear Bertie with us, but very sorry that he only can stay one day. He is such a nice boy.  I am so glad to hear that you are so much better you must take great care of yourself.  With best love from all to all.  Believe me.....

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GBP320.00
ADMIRAL SIR EDWARD BELCHER (1799-1877) Autograph Letter Signed
ADMIRAL SIR EDWARD BELCHER (1799-1877) Autograph Letter Signed

ADMIRAL SIR EDWARD BELCHER Autograph Letter Signed. British explorer and naval officer. Leader of the Arctic expedition in search of Sir John Franklin.   ALS. 3pp. 13 Dorset Street. April 15th 1875. To "Dear Sir".   "Your note puzzles me greatly. I do not know of any such transaction as that to which you allude. Then the name of Llewellyn Griffiths has an interest in my mind - but I think he had only a daughter. I know of few Edward Belchers but myself (of Nova Scotia). Sir H.B. Head the Canadian Governor was my very intimate friend 1819-20, and.....

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GBP450.00
SIR RICHARD FRANCIS BURTON (1821-1890) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR RICHARD FRANCIS BURTON (1821-1890) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR RICHARD FRANCIS BURTON Autograph Letter Signed. British explorer, scholar, orientalist and soldier.   ALS. 2pp. No place. Sunday. No Date. To D. de Corry (?) Nixon.   Burton's spidery handwriting is somewhat difficult to decipher but appears to read "I shall be delighted to dine with you on Thursday next and to meet an African traveller.  Allowing . . . (?) a flattering description of that particular entity (?) and "no prejudice".   16mo. Approx 4.5 x 3.75 inches.  Very slight mounting traces to verso. Fine.   Sir Richard Francis Burton was one of the most colourful characters of the.....

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GBP950.00
FRANCIS RAWDON CHESNEY (1789-1872) Autograph Letter
FRANCIS RAWDON CHESNEY (1789-1872) Autograph Letter

FRANCIS RAWDON CHESNEY Autograph Letter. British explorer.  Noted for his navigation and exploration of the Euphrates River and Valley and his role in the planning of the Suez Canal.   AL. 2pp. 29th August 1850. To Major Baine.   "Lt. Col. Chesney with best compliments to Major Baine but regarding the first [?] of subscription list as mentioned so kindly by the Duke of Northumberland, Col. C. does not at present see his way. From the commencement the work on the Euphrates Expedition has been considered by him as a National rather than a private undertaking, and as such there seems to be.....

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GBP125.00
ALFRED WILLIAM HOWITT (1830-1908) Autograph Letter Signed
ALFRED WILLIAM HOWITT (1830-1908) Autograph Letter Signed

ALFRED WILLIAM HOWITT Autograph Letter Signed. Australian (British born) explorer, naturalist and Australian anthropologist.   ALS. 2pp. West Hill Lodge. Tuesday night [no month or year]. To Mrs Oliver.   "Will Mr Oliver kindly send me word at what hour and on what day it would be convenient and agreeable to see me, to give me the further information concerning the Penitentiary which he was so good as to promise me. I have been very much occupied since the pleasant evening we spent with you, otherwise I should have made this request earlier. The evening is a very convenient time to.....

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DAVID LIVINGSTONE (1813-1873) Autograph Signature
DAVID LIVINGSTONE (1813-1873) Autograph Signature

DAVID LIVINGSTONE Autograph Presentation Signature. British (Scottish) missionary, explorer and traveller.   Autograph presentation signature on paper. Signed and dated in his hand, London 20th November 1857.   Paper piece measures approx. 4 x 2.25 inches.  Laid down on part of an album leaf. A little foxing and slight glue stains. VG.   David Livingstone had returned from his 1855-56 expedition, where he had been the first to make the transcontinental journey across Africa to the mouth of the Zambezi River.  In 1857 he had resigned from the London Missionary Society to concentrate, instead, on finding new trade routes across.....

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SIR JOHN RICHARDSON (1787-1865) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR JOHN RICHARDSON (1787-1865) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR JOHN RICHARDSON Autograph Letter Signed. British (Scottish) Arctic explorer, naturalist and ship's surgeon.   ALS. 1p plus integral blank leaf. No place. 4th October 1850. To Parker-Hammond Esq, Jr.   "In compliance with your request I send you my autograph signature and have the honour to be, Sir, Your very obed. servt. John Richardson."   8vo. Approx 7.25 x 4.5 inches. Embossed seal at head of first leaf excised. Old mounting residue on verso of integral blank leaf.   Sir John Richardson accompanied John Franklin on the Coppermine Expedition in search of the Northwest Passage. Richardson acted as ship's.....

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ERNEST SHACKLETON (1874-1922) Typed Letter Signed
ERNEST SHACKLETON (1874-1922) Typed Letter Signed

ERNEST SHACKLETON Typed Letter Signed. Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton. British (Anglo-Irish) polar explorer. TLS.  1p on his British Antarctic Expedition 1907 headed note paper. 9 Regent Street, Waterloo Place, London, SW.  5th November 1909.  To "Dear Mrs Cole".   "Please excuse a typed note but I am frightfully rushed.  Many thanks for your kind offer of hospitality, but I am staying in hotels as I have such an awful rush.  Again thanking you, Believe me, E.H. Shackleton."   Trimmed 4to.  17 x 16.5 cms (6.75 x 6.5 inches). Cropped at margins but without loss to Shackleton's typed text or signature......

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GBP275.00
JOHN HANNING SPEKE Autograph Letter Signed
JOHN HANNING SPEKE Autograph Letter Signed

JOHN HANNING SPEKE AUTOGRAPH LETTER Signed. JOHN HANNING SPEKE (1827-1864). British African explorer. Discoverer of the source of the Nile.  ALS.  2pp plus integral blank leaf.  No place, no date.  To "My Dear Blyth".   "What are you doing here. I thought you had gone to China.  Of course I will have a [look?] at you by and bye when I can for I have always been thinking of you whilst shooting in the Wilds of Africa - but at present I have no time even to see my relations."   8vo. Approx 8.25 x 5.5 inches.  Laid down by.....

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GBP5,000.00
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