Explorers and Archaeologists (10)

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Exceedingly rare 4.25 x 6.75 cabinet portrait of Richard Francis Burton in a half-length profile pose, signed neatly in ink, "Richard F. Burton." Published by M. Manenizza of Trieste, Italy. In fine condition. After years of exploration and a precarious post as the British consul in Damascus, Burton, in 1872, was reassigned to Trieste in Austria-Hungary. Although not fond of his sleepy outpost, Bu…

Now At: $484 (6 bids)

Rare ALS signed “R. F. Burton,” four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4 x 5, November 2, 1876. Letter to Edward Augustus Freeman, penned in his difficult-to-read hand, in part: "Thanks for yours of Oct. 25. I delayed answering in the hope of having some more information for you concerning the unfortunates of Kuni. My authority M. Lombardich, who is the active member of the Slav Society …

Now At: $440 (5 bids)

ALS, one page, 4.5 x 7, no date. A brief handwritten letter to a collector: "Herewith autograph as requested." In fine condition.

Now At: $267 (4 bids)

Three books signed by explorers of earth, sea, and space, including: Richard E. Byrd (Little America, inscribed); Robert D. Ballard (Return to Titanic); and Scott Kelly (My Journey to the Stars). In overall fine condition.

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Royal Navy officer and Arctic explorer (1786-1847) who perished, along with his entire crew, along the Northwest Passage. Rare ALS, one page both sides, 4 x 5, no date. Handwritten letter, in part: "As the weather was so very bad on Friday, I deferred my jaunt to Woolwich until this morning, whither I am now bound, I hope Mary Anne will accompany meā€¦and if she has got sailing orders from you, may …

Now At: $324 (6 bids)

Royal Navy officer and Arctic explorer (1786-1847) who perished, along with his entire crew, along the Northwest Passage. Bank of Van Diemen's Land check, 7 x 4, filled out and signed by John Franklin, payable to J. W. Murdock for £70, November 27, 1837. In fine condition, with light staining to the side edges.

Now At: $220 (2 bids)

Second wife (1791-1875) of the English explorer Sir John Franklin, known for her philanthropic work, her travels throughout south-eastern Australia, and her sponsorship of search expeditions after her husband's disappearance while seeking the Northwest Passage. Rare ALS signed “Jane Franklin,” one page, 4.5 x 7, July 3, 1870. Handwritten letter to a gentleman, written from San Fran…

Now At: $242 (3 bids)

Commemorative cover with a cachet and inlaid medallion honoring the 25th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest, 8 x 4.5, signed in ballpoint by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Housed in its original presentation folder. In fine condition, with some scuffing to the front of the folder.

Now At: $220 (2 bids)

TLS signed “Peary,” one page, 8.5 x 11, February 20, 1914. Letter to the editor of The Journal in Somerville, Massachusetts, in part: "The following from your issue of the 13th is a good newspaper item, and the fact that it gives an erroneous impression, both of which I said, and of my own inferred egotism, is not of serious moment: 'We are rather surprised to hear Admiral Peary…

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TLS signed “V. Stefansson,” one page, 7.75 x 10.5, personal letterhead, June 26, 1927. Letter to Dr. John Wesley Hill, in part: "I am not one of the people who order their lives successfully and I am usually unable to do any reading while in the city. I am, accordingly, putting your book into a box to take to the country this week and shall read it during the summer." In fine conditio…

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