Rare travel books make £314,800 at Edinburgh auction

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A collection of rare travel books, including one which belonged to Captain Cook, has fetched more than £300,000 at auction.

The Northern Lighthouse Heritage Trust sold them to raise money to safeguard other items in its library.

One rare book of maps from 1815 by explorer Nicolas Baudin fetched £32,000 at the sale in Edinburgh.

An early 19th Century atlas of Australia by voyager Matthew Flinders sold for £14,000.

Other books which were auctioned included records of great journeys such as James Bruce's exploration of the River Nile and Captain Cook's voyages in the Pacific.

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