Travel

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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.
  1. SCHLÖZER, August Ludwig.

    Öffentliches und privat= Leben, von ihm selbst beschrieben. Erstes Fragment. Aufenthalt und Dienste...

    Göttingen: im Vandenhoeck + und Ruprechtschen Verlage, 1802.

    Scarce first edition of Schlözer’s auto-biography, which covers the period he spent in St. Petersburg as a private teacher and as scientific assistant to Gerhard Friedrich Müller, and subsequently as professor of Russian history at the Academy. A second part was intended, but was never published....

    £450

  2. SELLER, John.

    Atlas minimus, or a Book of Geography shewing all the Empires Monarchies Kingdomes, Regions Dominions Principalities...

    And are to be sold at his House at the Hermitage in Wapping. And in Pope’s Head Alley … [1678?]

    First edition in book form, second issue, of Seller’s charming miniature atlas, first published c. 1676 as playing cards, with the 52 maps divided into four suits and so numbered.

    £24000

  3. [SHIPWRECK.]

    A Narrative of the Loss of the Royal George, at Spithead, August, 1782; including Tracey’s Attempt to raise her...

    Portsea: Printed & published by S. Horsey, Sen. … 1842.

    Fifth edition, updated to include the third season of Pasley’s attempts to raise the wreck of the Royal George (pp. 112-132) and a new ‘Conclusion’ (pp. 133-6) that features a wood engraving incorporating a stamp recovered from the wreck in 1841 belonging to Lt. Philip Charles Durham (‘P C *...

    £400

  4. [SINO-JAPANESE WAR, 1894–95.]

    Terrible war of General Sakamoto, leader of the imperial warship Akagi. Tokyo, Sekiguchi Masajiro, 1894.

    A portrait of General Sakamoto at the battle of Yalu River (1894) executed by the Japanese artist, Toshikata Mizuno. General Sakamoto was killed in this battle.

    £350

  5. [SKINNER, Joseph, editor.]

    The present state of Peru: comprising its geography, topography, natural history, mineralogy, commerce,...

    London, Richard Phillips, 1805.

    First edition. ‘This is the earliest and most lavish English colour-plate book relating to Peru and Ecuador; the plates show natives of Lima and Quito. Before the publication of this work, the English had known relatively little about Peruvian society and its cultural and literary accomplishments....

    £2500

  6. SPORTSMAN’S EVENING BRUSH (The),

    consisting of the best and most approved Songs, of the Chace; ancient and modern (some entirely...

    London; Printed for J. Roach … and sold by all the Booksellers in Great-Britain and Ireland. [1791-2?]

    First edition of a scarce compilation of hunting songs and toasts to venery (in both its senses).

    £1250

  7. STAFFORD, R. S., Lt.-Colonel.

    The tragedy of the Assyrians.

    London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1935.

    First edition. Stafford, a British administrative inspector in Iraq, provides a firsthand account of the massacre of the Assyrians, a Christian minority then resident in northern Iraq, at the hands of the Iraqi military in 1933. He lays the ground for this bloody culmination by sketching the Assyrians’...

    £140

  8. [ST BERNARD PASS.]

    Topographischer Atlas der Schweiz 1 : 50 000. Col du Gd. St-Bernard.

    Bern, Service Topographique Fédérale, 1938.

    A map of the mountains of southern Switzerland, showing parts of France and Italy. Included are Martigny, Orsières, the Col de Balme and Mont Velan.

    £10

  9. STEELE, Richard.

    [Eight works by and relating to him].

    London, 1715-1720.

    A splendid collection of pamphlets by and relating to Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729), army officer, playwright, theatre manager, essayist, editor of the Tatler, Spectator and Guardian, Whig MP and propagandist, covering many facets of his diverse career. This volume belonged to Sir Thomas Clarke, a protegé...

    £2500

  10. STEEL, William Gladstone.

    The mountains of Oregon.

    Portland (Oregon), David Steel, 1890.

    First edition. The author’s stated aim in writing this work was to provide descriptions of Mount Hood and Crater Lake. He calls the latter ‘one of the grandest points of interest on earth. Here all the ingenuity of nature seems to have been exerted to the fullest capacity, to build one grand, awe-inspiring...

    £150

  11. STONEHOUSE, Samuel.

    A new and accurate book of interest in tables, calculated to a farthing. Calculated to a farthing: At 2½,...

    London, Richard and Henry Causton, 1793.

    The twelfth edition. All editions of this work are rare.

    £125

  12. SULIVAN, Richard Joseph.

    Philosophical Rhapsodies. Fragments of Akbur of Betlis. Containing Reflections on the Laws, Manners, Customs...

    London: Printed for T. Becket … Bookseller to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and their Royal Highnesses the Princes. 1784-5.

    First edition of this eccentric travel-inspired treatise drawing upon the author’s experience in India and his travels in Europe. The prefatory ‘advertisement’ establishes the fiction that ‘the following fragments were written by a native of Assyria [Akbur], who … was removed to the continent...

    £950

  13. [SWIFT.] BARRETT, John.

    An Essay on the earlier Part of the Life of Swift … to which are subjoined several Pieces ascribed to...

    London: Printed for J. Johnson [et al.]. 1808.

    First edition. Barrett (1753-1821) was Vice-Provost and Professor of Oriental Languages at Trinity College, Dublin, a scholar known for his eccentricity and the extent and profundity of his philological and classical learning. The essay ‘contains some interesting facts about the dean’s college career’...

    £300

  14. TAVERNIER, Jean Baptiste.

    Recüeil de plusieurs relations et traitez singuliers et curieux . . . qui n’ont point esté mis dans...

    Paris, Gervais Clouzier, 1679.

    First edition, separately published, of the third part of Tavernier’s celebrated collection of voyages. The first two parts, Les six voyages, had appeared in 1676 and were also reissued in 1679.

    £6000

  15. THICKNESSE, Philip.

    A Year’s Journey through France and Part of Spain.

    Dublin, J. Williams, 1777.

    First Irish edition; an edition was published in Bath in the same year. ‘Disappointed in the expectation of falling heir to some property, 1775, “driven out of his own country with eight children in his train,” he removed himself to Spain, where he thought he could live more cheaply than in England....

    £175

  16. THOMPSON, George.

    Lectures on British India, delivered in the Friends’ meeting-house, Manchester, England, in October, 1839.

    Pawtucket, Rhode Island, William and Robert Adams, 1840.

    First edition of this collection of six lectures, examining the working and living conditions of the natives of the British Indian empire, the connection between the improvement of the Eastern Empire and the presence of Empire, and the prosperity and future development of Great Britain.

    £450

  17. [TIME.]

    Life at War.

    New York, Time Inc., 1977.

    First edition.

    £35

  18. TIPHAIGNE DE LA ROCHE, Charles-François.

    Essai sur l’histoire oeconomique des mers occidentales de France …

    Paris, Claude-Jean-Baptiste Bauche, 1760.

    First edition. The author, doctor of the faculty of Caen and member of the academy of Rouen, wrote both scientific works and utopian novels, in which he anticipated such inventions as photography and television. The object of the Essai is to encourage its readers to rediscover the ‘fécondité de nos...

    £450

  19. [TORBUCK, John].

    A Collection of Welsh Travels and Memoirs of Wales. Containing I. The Briton Describ’d, or a Journey thro’...

    London: Printed for and sold by J. Torbuck … 1738.

    First edition of this compilation of whimsical works about Wales, reissued and published as though under the auspices of Swift.

    £1100

  20. TUCKER, Josiah.

    Betydande frågor om handelen, wid tilfålle af de motsäjelser, som skedde emot den sista billen, om utlänningars...

    Stockholm, Jon. G. Langes [colophon: N. v. Oelreich], 1763.

    First Swedish edition, scarce, of this history on the treatment of foreign residents in Britain, Reflections on the Expediency of a Law for the Naturalization of Foreign Protestants (1751–1752). This book comprises only the main body of Part II (1752), ‘Important Queries occasioned by The Rejection...

    £450