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.
An Inquiry into the revenue, credit, and commerce of France. In a letter to a member of the present parliament.
London, J. Roberts, 1742.
First editions. These three pamphlets all stem from the debate in the House of Lords of 1 June 1742 on the Trade & Navigation Bill. They all hinge on a single aspect of the debate – whether France could fund another war from her export and import revenues.
TUTT, J. W.
Rambles in Alpine valleys.
London, Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1895
First edition. The author, an entomologist, describes in some detail the natural habitats of the Dora Valley, Mont de la Saxe, the Val Ferret and the Glacier de Miage. ‘The book deals with the Italian side of the Mont Blanc range, a locality that deserves to be better known, than it appears to be,...
VENUSTI, Antonio Maria.
Compendio utilissimo di quelle cose, le quali a nobili e christiani mercanti appartengono.
Milan, Giovan Antonio degli Antonij, 1561.
First edition, containing Discorso d’intorno alla Mercantia and Trattato del Cambio di Lione o di Bisenzone and Trattato de’ Cambi, and including the Italian translation of Saravia de la Calle’s Institutione de’ Mercanti.
VICTORIA, Crown Princess of Sweden.
Vom Nil. Tagebuchblätter während des Aufenthalts in Egypten im Winter 1890/91... Mit Lichtdruckbildern...
Karlsruhe: G. Braun’sche Hofbuchdruckerei, 1892.
First edition, printed for private circulation. Vom Nil records a journey along the Nile made between October 1890 and April 1891 by Princess Victoria of Baden (1862–1930), later Queen Victoria of Sweden (queen consort 1907–1930).
VILLEHARDOUIN, Geoffroy de (Charles du Fresne DU CANGE, editor).
Histoire de l’empire de Constantinople sous les empereurs françois,...
Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1657.
First collected edition, comprising the third edition of Villehardouin’s chronicle, edited and translated by Du Cange, and the first edition of Du Cange’s history of the Latin empire in the Levant. The original and modern French versions of Villehardouin’s chronicle are printed on opposite pages....
[VILLENEUVE, Daniel Jost de].
Le Voyageur philosophe dans un pais inconnu aux habitans de la Terre … Par M. Listonai. Tome premier...
Amsterdam, ‘aux depens de l’éditeur’, 1761.
First edition. In this account of a dreamed lunar citadel, Sélénopolis, the author (of whom little is known) explores a classic theme of Enlightenment thought – the comparison between the natural and the social state of man. The work is particularly notable for its ideas on technology, aviation...
[VIVANT DE MEZAGUES].
Bilan général et raisonné de l’Angleterre, depuis 1600 jusqu’à la fin de 1761; ou Lettre à M. L....
[Paris, n.p.,] 1762.
First edition, very rare: ‘The object of the “letter” is to show that the wealth and trade of England were not greater than that of France. With this view the author examines into the balance of trade between England and other countries (including Ireland), the national income and debt, exchanges,...
Idea mercaturae. Darinnen was von der Kauff-Leute Commercien, Credit und Glauben, Fallimenten oder Banckrotten,...
[Bremen, Erhardt Berger, 1661].
First edition, very rare, of the first dictionary solely related to business.
A Treatise of Commerce, wherin are shewed the commodies [sic] arising by a wel ordered, and ruled trade, such as...
Very rare first edition. With a long authorial presentation inscription on the initial blank to a fellow Merchant Adventurer:
WILLIS, George Brandor.
View of Bayonne, taken from the sand hills on the left of the Adour, when occupied by the British forces...
London, Edward Orme, 24 June 1814.
On his return from the Peninsular campaign, Wellington first took his seat in the House of Lords and was officially welcomed by the Queen at Buckingham House on 28 June, four days after the publication of this tribute by Edward Orme.
A Six Weeks Tour, through the Southern Counties of England and Wales. Describing, particularly, I. The present...
London, W. Nicoll, 1768.
First edition. ‘Young’s own estimate of this book is that it is one “in which for the first time, the facts and principles of Norfolk husbandry were laid before the public”, but important as these facts were ... the book is more valuable than Young would have us believe. It laid before the public...
[YULE, Adam and] James Reid M’GAVIN, editor.
Perils by Sea and Land: a Narrative of the Loss of the Brig Australia by Fire, on...
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, and London: Murray and Gibb for William Oliphant & Sons, David Robertson, W. Curry and Co., and Hamilton, Adams...
First edition in book form. Perils by Sea and Land was first published in the United Secession Magazine, and is an account of the brig Australia, captained by Adam Yule and bound for Sydney, which set sail from Leith on 2 October 1840 with a ‘general cargo of merchandize’,...
ZORGDRAGER, Cornelis Giisbertsz.
Bloeijende Opkomst der aloude en hedendaagsche Groenlandsche Visschery … Uitgebreid met eene...
In s’Gravenhage [The Hague], By P. van Thol en R. C. Alberts, Boekverkopers. 1727.
Second edition, corrected, brought up to date, and much enlarged by Abraham Moubach, of a classic work on the Greenland whale fishery (first published 1720), the most extensive early Dutch work on the subject and one of the most authoritative in any language. ‘It must always be one of the chief sources...
ZUNTZ, Nathan, and others.
Höhenklima und Bergwanderungen in ihrer Wirkung auf den Menschen. Ergebnisse experimenteller Forschungen...
Berlin, Bong & Co., 1906.
First edition. An exhaustive study of the effects of high altitude, cold and physical exertion on the muscles and respiratory system. The numerous tables contain detailed scientific observations carried out on the authors during their ascents of Monte Rosa and the Rothorn. These mountains are the subjects...