We stock Western books in European languages, generally – but not exclusively – published before circa 1850. We are especially interested in early travel accounts – from the late fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries – in all areas beyond Europe.Geographical regions in which we have tended to specialise include the Pacific and its surrounding countries – South America, the Northwest Coast of America, Japan, China, the maritime regions of Asia, including the Philippines and Indonesia, and Australia. Books on Africa, the polar regions, manuscripts and separately published maps are also handled.
ACCOUNT OF THE MOST REMARKABLE VOYAGES (An)
from the Discovery of America by Columbus to the present Time.
London: William Darton and Son … 1831.
First and only edition of a compendium of exploration and discovery for children, taking in Columbus, Drake, Parry, Look, Franklin etc. True to its promise to record adventures up ‘to the present time’, the most recent voyage recorded here is Captain Ross’s attempt to discover the North-West passage....
AEMYLIUS, Paulus (Paolo EMILIO).
Historici clarissimi de rebus gestis Francorum…
Paris, Michel Vascosan, 1550.
Early editions of the three classical complementary chronicles of France from the fifth to the mid-sixteenth century, often issued and bound together.
Primera parte de la vida del Picaro Guzman de Alfarache ...
Çaragoça, Angelo Tavanno, 1603.
Rare early edition of the prototype of the picaresque novel, Guzman de Alfarache. The novel prepared the way for the acceptance of Cervantes’ Don Quixote by the literary public of Europe; and, like Don Quixote, it quickly inspired a sequel. The original part I first appeared in 1599; Lujan de Sayavedra’s...
ALEXANDER, James Edward, translator, and Mirza Itesa MODEEN (Itisam al-Din).
Shigurf namah i velaët, or excellent intelligence...
London, Parbury, Allen & Co., 1827.
First edition. A first-hand account of eighteenth-century intrigue and court politics, involving George III, the Mughal emperor, Shah Alam II, and a motley cast of supporting characters. Al-Din, initially an employee of various Britons, undertook a mission to Britain between 1766 and 1768. The...
ANDREADES, Andreas Michael.
De la monnaie et de la puissance d’achat des métaux précieux dans l’Empire Byzantin . . . Extrait...
Liège, Imprimerie H. Vaillant-Carmanne, 1924.
An offprint, with its own title-page and pagination, of this important study. This is a presentation copy, inscribed in ink ‘To Robert Byron. A. A.’ at the head of the front wrapper. Andreades was the first professor of public finance at the University of Athens and the author of a monumental work...
The Dutch drawn to the life…
London, for Thomas Johnson and H. Marsh, 1664.
First edition. The book is written as a series of questions and answers, covering everything one could ever wish to know about the Dutch and their nation from their general character, social life and customs to physical details of the individual provinces, trade and industry, politics and government,...
ANSON, George, Lord.
A Voyage round the World, in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV ... Compiled from Papers and Other Materials...
London: John and Paul Knapton for the author, 1748.
First edition. ‘Anson’s voyage of 1740-44 holds a unique and terrible place in British maritime history. The misadventures of this attempt by Royal Navy ships to sail round the world make a dramatic story of hardship, disaster, mutiny and endurance [...]. [When] Anson reached the coast of...
[ARMY MEDICAL BOARD.]
Proceedings and report of a special medical board appointed by his Royal Highness the Commander in Chief,...
London, printed for L. B. Seeley and C. & R. Baldwin, 1808.
First edition. An account of the investigation into the medical practices of Robert Jackson, physician and head of the depot hospital on the Isle of Wight. It examines hospital conditions, common diseases suffered by soldiers, and treatments typical of the Napoleonic era, as well as giving an...
County of the Isle of Ely, Public Air Raid Warning.
County Air Raid Precautions Committee, [c. 1943].
A very rare survival from the Second World War. During the war, Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely were strategic positions as home to 28 airfields for both the RAF and the USAAF. The flat topography, proximity to the coast and continental Europe made it an ideal location for runways and bases.
ATABEY, Sefik E. – Leonora NAVARI.
The Ottoman World. The Sefik E. Atabey Collection. Books, Manuscripts and Maps.
London: Bernard J. Shapero, 1998.
First and only edition, limited to 750 sets. A comprehensive catalogue of Sefik E. Atabey's remarkable library of some 1,370 pre-1854 books, manuscripts, and maps relating to the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East. Each item is carefully described and annotated, and the catalogue is supplemented...
A discourse of trade. By N. B, M. D.
London, Thomas Milbourn for the author, 1690.
First edition of the author’s major work, in which Barbon foreshadows the ‘real’ analysis of saving, investment and interest of the Classical economists. ‘There is no bridge between Locke and the monetary interest theories of today. Instead, there was a new departure, which was to be so successful...
BARNARD, Frederick Lamport.
A Three Years’ Cruize in the Mozambique Channel, for the Suppression of the Slave Trade.
London: Schulze and Co. for Richard Bentley, 1848.
First edition. ‘The expedition left Mauritius on the 9th of December 1842, and was actively engaged in carrying out the objects of the cruise during nearly the whole of three years, in the course of which many visits were paid to the ports and islands of the eastern and southern coasts of South Africa....
BARRÉS DU MOLARD, Alphonse, vicomte.
Mémoires sur la guerre de la Navarre et des provinces basques, depuis son origine en 1833,...
Paris: Imprimerie de Louis Perrin for Dentu, 1842.
First edition. A history of the first Carlist War written by a French officer who served in the Carlist army throughout the conflict, this work provides an interesting description of life in the Carlist army, as well as details of the military campaign and its leaders, Zumalacarregui and Cabrera.
A Voyage to Botany Bay with a Description of the Country, Manners, Customs, Religion, &c. of the Natives by...
London: C. Lowndes for H.D. Symonds, [c. 1800 - 1802, A1 watermarked ‘1800’].
First and only combined edition, second issue. George Barrington was a ‘genteel young Irishman known for his sartorial elegance, his command of the etiquette of romantic sensibility, and for his prowess at picking pockets’ (Garvey p. 2). Born George Waldron in 1758 in County Kildare, Ireland, he...
BARROW, Sir John, Bt.
Travels into the Interior of Southern Africa. In which are Described the Character and the Condition of the...
London: Strahan and Preston for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1806.
‘Second and best edition’, with an autograph letter signed from Barrow. The son of a journeyman tanner, Barrow (1764-1848) left school at 13, and was successively employed as a clerk in a Liverpool iron foundry, a landsman on a Greenland whaler, and a mathematics teacher in a Greenwich academy...
Plan of Parliamentary Reform, in the Form of a Catechism, with Reasons for each Article. With an Introduction,...
London: Printed in the Year 1817. Re-printed and Re-published, with Notes and Alterations, by Permission of the Author, by T. J. Wooler … 1818.
First edition thus of an inexpensive reprint of Bentham’s Plan of Parliamentary Reform (1817), the style adapted by Thomas Wooler, with Bentham’s permission, to ‘render it more easy of comprehension to the popular reader’. In this form it first appeared in instalments in Wooler’s radical...
A Narrative of the Mutiny, on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty; and the Subsequent Voyage of Part of the Crew, in...
London, George Nicol, 1790.
First edition. Bligh’s own account of the mutiny on the Bounty, written and published within months of his return to England. Bligh was anxious to ensure that his version of events was widely publicised and the Narrative ‘gives Bligh’s first, and lasting, opinion of what caused...
A voyage to the South Sea . . . for the purpose of conveying the bread-fruit tree to the West Indies, in his majesty’s...
London, George Nicol, 1790.
The rare composite issue of the first edition of the Voyage to the South Sea incorporating the first edition of the Narrative of the mutiny which had been published in 1790. The regular issue of the Voyage simply reprinted Bligh’s account of the mutiny, but this special...
Nuovo e nobile divertimento del viaggio all’Indie.
Milan, Gaetano Bianchi, [c. 1760].
An ingenious eighteenth-century Italian board game on the theme of a voyage to the Americas, a rare survival.
BOISGELIN DE KERDU, Pierre Marie Louis de.
Travels through Denmark and Sweden. To which is Prefixed, a Journal of a Voyage down...
London: C. Robinson for Wilkie & Robinson and George Robinson, 1810.
First edition, coloured issue. The author, a French army officer and royalist, lived for several years in England and travelled elsewhere in Europe after the Revolution. The work was issued with both uncoloured and coloured plates, at prices £3 3s or £4 4s respectively. Abbey’s collation for vol....