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.
[BARRINGTON, William Wildman, viscount.]
Considerations on the bill for the better government of the navy. By a sea officer.
London, printed for M. Cooper, 1749.
First edition. A defence of the 1749 Navy Bill, a measure promoted by Anson’s Board, attributed by Lady Hervey to Lord Barrington, then a lord of the Admiralty (it has also been credited, however, to the then secretary of the Admiralty Board, Thomas Corbett). This tract seeks to justify the need for...
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...
Histoire générale du serrail, et de la cour du Grand Seigneur, Empereur des Turcs. Où se voit l’image de...
Rouen, Jean Osmont, 1638.
Fourth edition. This is one of two issues to appear at Rouen in the same year, the other bearing the imprint of Jean Berthelin. Baudier’s much-read account of Turkish customs first appeared in 1624. The author was ‘a popularizer of general knowledge of the Ottoman Empire, and by emphasizing the dramatic...
Geschichte der Hohenzollernschen Staaten Hechingen und Sigmaringen von den ältesten Zeiten bis auf unsere Tage,...
Sigmaringen, Bucher & Liener, 1834–6.
First edition. Perched on the Zollenberg, just south of Hechingen, is the castle of Hohenzollern, which gave its name to the ruling house of Brandenburg–Prussia from 1415 to 1918, arguably the most powerful family in German history. The ancestral lands were divided in 1575 by Count Karl I among his...
Mexican illustrations, founded upon facts; indicative of the present condition of society, manners, religion, and...
London, Carpenter & Son, 1828.
First edition. This is a presentation copy, inscribed ‘Burr Jackson Esq. With the author’s compliments’ on the front free endpaper. Includes observations on slavery and the West Indies, visited on the author’s outward voyage.
BELLIN, Jacques Nicolas.
Essai géographique sur les Isles Britanniques.
Paris, Didot, 1757.
First edition. A description of the British Isles by the first chief hydrographic engineer of the Dépôt des cartes, plans et journaux du Ministère de la Marine. Alongside the geographical depiction of Great Britain, Bellin includes a guide to navigating its coasts and a treatise on the making of charts,...
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...
[BLANE, William Newnham.]
An excursion through the United States and Canada during the years 1822–23. By an English gentleman.
London, Baldwin, Cradock & Joy, 1824.
First edition, scarce. This is a family copy, bearing the bookplate of Sir Hugh Seymour Blane; the title is inscribed ‘By William Blane aged 22’ in a contemporary hand.
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.
Du Caucase aux Indes à travers le Pamir.
Paris: Librairie Plon, 1889.
First edition. The French orientalist and explorer Bonvalot (1853-1933) made his first expedition into Central Asia in 1880, and undertook a second journey into the area with the artist Pépin and the physician and scientist Guillaume Capus in 1886-1887. In the course of a remarkable expedition,...
BOUGAINVILLE, Louis Antoine de, comte.
A Voyage round the World ... In the years 1766, 1767, 1768, and 1769 ... Translated from...
Nourse and T. Davies, 1772.
First English edition. The first French circumnavigation, undertaken by Bougainville, who had instructions to hand over the Falkland Island, which he had colonised in 1764, to Spain (currently France’s ally), and then to proceed towards China via the Straits of Magellan and the South Sea, investigating...
Paris, Mont-Louis, Clermont Ferrand, c. 1930.
In the 1930s, commercial aviation was in its infancy in Africa. The French colonists decided to pioneer an air service, Aeromaritime, to enhance the existing maritime links between Senegal and the Congo, under the auspices of the Compagnie des Chargeurs Réunis, a shipping company, which subsequently...
BRENTON, Sir Jahleel.
Five aquatint plates of the battle of Algeciras.
London, Edward Harding, 1801–1802.
This series illustrates various actions from the battle of Algeciras: the first, the attack on the French ships under the batteries of Algeciras on 6 July 1801; the second, the British squadron, under Sir James Saumarez (to whom each plate is dedicated), retiring from this action; the third, the same...
BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE.
Report of the First [-Eighth] Meetings.
London, John Murray, 1833-39.
‘The principal effort in the initial organisation of the British Association came from Edinburgh and the provincial scientific societies. Babbage himself was prevented from attending the first meeting in York by pressing work ... However his central position was acknowledges when he was appointed one...
Graham and Sir Gavin de BEER. The first ascent of Mont Blanc. Published on the occasion of the centenary of the Alpine...
London, Oxford University Press, 1957.
First edition. ‘This scholarly examination of the controversy surrounding the first ascent proved Dr. Paccard’s claims beyond doubt and provided a definitive history of the early ascents of Mont Blanc’ (Neate).
[BRUNEL, Antoine de.]
A journey into Spain.
London, printed for Henry Herringman, 1670.
First edition in English. A free and abridged translation of Voyage d’Espagne curieux, historique et politique, first published anonymously in 1665. Setting out from the Netherlands in 1651 in the company of François van Aerssen, Brunel toured France, Germany and Italy before travelling to...
BURGESS, Walter William, artist.
Bits of Old Chelsea. A Series of Forty-One Etchings ... with Letterpress Description by Lionel...
London: Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. for Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1894.
First edition, limited to 110 copies, of which 100 were for sale. This series of etchings was executed by the British engraver and painter Walter William Burgess RE (1856-1908), who exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1874 and 1903, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers...
BURTON, Sir Richard Francis (editor and translator).
The lands of Cazembe. Lacerda’s journey to Cazembe in 1798. Translated and...
London: William Clowes and Sons for John Murray ['Published by the Royal Geographical Society'], 1873.
First edition. The publication of this volume was prompted by the interest 'excited by the recent letters of Dr. Livingstone concerning the country of the Cazembe and neighbouring regions of Central Africa' (p. [iii]), and the bulk of the work is comprised of Burton's edition of Francisco José Maria...