SPARRMAN, Anders (1747-1820). Resa till Goda Hopps-Udden, Södra Pol-kretsen och omkring Jordklotet, Samt till Hottentot -och Caffer-landen, Ären 1772-76. [Vol.II, part 2: Resa omkring Jordklotet, I sällskap med Kapit. J. Cook coh Hrr Forster. Ären 1772, 73, 74 och 1775... Andra Afdelningen] Stockholm: [Vol.I:] Tryckt hos Anders J. Nordström, [vol.II, parts I:] Tryckt hos Carl Delén; [vol.II, part II:] Tryckt hos Carl Deleen, 1783-1802-1818.
2 volumes in three parts in three volumes, 8° (vol.I: 176 x 110mm.; vol.II, parts I & II: 179 x 110mm). 27 plates and maps, 2 folding engraved maps, 13 folding plates, 12 etched plates, two tipped-in tapa cloth samples. (The three final plates in vol.I shaved with loss to numbering in upper margin, the folding map in vol.I with slight loss to upper and outer margin.) Vol.I: contemporary marbled sheep gilt, the flat spine divided into six compartments by fillets, red moroocco lettering-piece in the second, green morocco in the third, the other compartments with repeat pattern of various floral tools, upper cover blocked in gilt 'G:U:Bonde' (light scuffing to spine and extremities); vol.II, parts I & II: contemporary half calf, spines gilt in five unequal compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second, numbered in the fourth, the fifth with monogram 'GTB', the first compartment tooled in gilt, the third in blind (light scuffing to extremities), all three volumes within a single 20th-century morocco-backed cloth box. Provenance: Count Gustaf Ulf Bonde (1754-1788, binding of vol.I, by descent to:); Count Gustaf Trolle-Bonde (1773-1855, connoisseur and patron of the arts, bindings of vol.II and Säftsholms Bibliothek bookplates in all volumes).
VERY RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE FIRST EDITIONS OF SPARRMAN'S NARRATIVES, HERE FROM THE SäFTSHOLMS LIBRARY. No complete sets are listed as having sold at auction in the past twenty-five years - the only record is for an imperfect set of vol.I and vol.II part I only. Cf. Beddie 1274 (lacking vol.II, part II); Mendelssohn II,p.414; Rosove 315.A1, 315-1.B1, 315-2.B1; Spence 1144. (3)