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. CRUISE, Richard Alexander.

    Journal of a Ten Months’ Residence in New Zealand.

    London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1823.

    First edition. This is an early account of New Zealand, dating from roughly half a century after Cook’s first circumnavigation of the country, and 17 years prior to the signing of the treaty of Waitangi, which marked the official agreement between the British Crown and the Maori on cohabitation...

    £575

  2. DALI, Salvador

    Alpes. French Railways

    France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.

    A gorgeous and colourful surrealist design of delicate butterflies fluttering against a rugged Alpine backdrop, one of six designs commissioned from Dali by SNCF, French national railways, to promote travel into the Alpine region.

    £250

  3. DALI, Salvador.

    Normandie. French Railways.

    France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.

    Mont Saint-Michel meets stone circles, butterflies and surrealist heads in this promotional SNCF poster for train travel in Normandy.

    £200

  4. DALI, Salvador.

    Roussillon. French Railways.

    France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.

    Further butterfly-interspersed surrealism for SNCF, this time for the Roussillon
    region, featuring a stylised cross of Languedoc above a beach scene against a
    mountainous backdrop

    £250

  5. DALI, Salvador.

    Alsace. French Railways.

    France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.

    A striking monochrome image of the Temple Saint-Étienne, also known as the Cathedral of Mulhouse, against a murky sky. A vast butterfly blends into the foreground.

    £250

  6. [DAVIE, John Constanse.]

    Letters from Buenos Ayres and Chili, with an original history of the latter country . . . By the author...

    London, R. Ackermann, 1819.

    First edition. ‘After some stay at Buenos Ayres, it was thought advisable, for the restoration of his health that [the author] should pass over to Chili, as to a more congenial climate. During his stay in that beautiful garden of the southern world the following sheets were written’ (preface). ‘Jones...

    £500

  7. [DEFOE, Daniel].

    Observations on the Fifth Article of the Treaty of Union, humbly offered to the Consideration of the Parliament,...

    Edinburgh, 1706

    Sole edition. Before the Treaty of Union, England, ‘very careful to Encourage her own Shipping, and … Building of Ships, being one of the Principal Foundations of her Wealth’, did not admit foreign-built ships to the freedom of English ports. Foreign owners and foreign bottoms were both excluded....

    £950

  8. DELGADO-GOMEZ, Angel.

    Spanish Historical Writing about the New World, 1493-1700 … with a Bibliographical Supplement by Susan...

    Providence, RI: The Stinehour Press for The John Carter Brown Library, 1994.

    First edition. A catalogue published to commemorate the Columbus quincentenary, comprising works drawn from the John Carter Brown Library’s remarkable holdings of early Americana and supplemented by a ‘Bibliographical Supplement’, which provides a full account of the works exhibited and...

    £30

  9. DELLA TORRE, Raffaele.

    Tractatus de cambiis.

    Genoa, Pietro Giovanni Calenzano, 1641.

    First edition of this monumental work on all aspects of the problems of exchange and bills of exchange by the Genoese politician, jurist and historian, Della Torre (1579-1667). Described by the economic historian De Roover as marking ‘l’apogée de l’école scolastique’, the Tractatus is remarkable...

    £1250

  10. [DENSON, R.].

    A new Travellers Companion through de [sic] Netherlands containing, a bref Account of all what is worth to be taken...

    At the Hague, Printed for Henry Scheurleer, F. Z. upon the Plain. 1754

    First edition. The author, intending to spend the rest of his days in the United Provinces and at a loss for want of an exact description of each town and a guide to show how to travel from one to another, took delight in seeking out this information and in writing these sheets for the use of his countrymen....

    £1200

  11. [DESJARDINS, C.

    L. G.] Campagnes des Français en Italie, sous les ordres, jusqu’au traité de Campo-Formio, seconde edition,...

    Paris, chez Ponthieu, 1802.

    First published as Campagnes des Français en Italie, ou histoire militaire, politique et philosophique de la Rèvolution in 1798, this is one of the earliest military histories of the French revolutionary wars. The present 1802 edition includes an extra volume with an account of the battle of Marengo,...

    £975

  12. DILICH, Wilhelm.

    Peribologia seu muniendorum locor[um] ratio.

    Frankfurt, Anton Humm for the author, 1641.

    First Latin edition of this monumental work on architecture and fortifications, a book produced by father and son. The imprint makes clear that the son, Johann Wilhelm, not only was responsible for the magnificent plates but also edited and published the work ‘edita sumptus et typos suppeditante Joanne...

    £3500

  13. DOUGLAS, Sir Howard.

    Naval evolutions; a memoir . . . Containing a review and refutation of the principal essays and arguments...

    London, Thomas & William Boone, 1832.

    First edition: presentation copy inscribed and signed by the author to his daughter, Mary. A defence of Sir Charles Douglas’s claim to have been responsible for the breaking of the line tactic at the battle of the Saints and not, as the rival school of thought believed, John Clerk, author of An essay...

    £750

  14. EBERSTADT, Edward, & Sons.

    Indian Captivities & Massacres, being the Contemporary Record of Caucasian Contact and Conflict with...

    New York: Edward Eberstadt & Sons, 1943.

    An uncommon catalogue of nearly 400 items, which is prefaced by a ‘Geographical Index’ and a foreword stating that it was ‘one of a projected series of catalogues on the Indian’. The loosely-inserted reprint of Philip Brooks’ ‘Notes on Rare Books’ from The New York Times Book Review...

    £30

  15. [ENGLAND].

    Report from the select committee of the House of Commons on petitions relating to the corn laws of this kingdom: together...

    London, James Ridgeway, 1814.

    First edition of the sixteen-page Commons report collected together with the minutes of evidence from more than thirty expert witnesses upon whose testimonies the report is founded; quantitative reports of corn and grain exports and imports are appended.

    £300

  16. ERMAN, (Georg) Adolph.

    Travels in Siberia: Including Excursions Northwards, down the Obi, to the Polar Circle, and Southwards,...

    London: Spottiswoode and Shaw for Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1848.

    First English edition. In 1828–1830 the German physicist and traveller Erman (1806-1877) undertook a journey around the world, in the course of which he travelled by land from Berlin to Okhotsk, then by sea to Kamchatka; he then accompanied F.P. Litke’s expedition from Kamchatka to Tahiti, and then...

    £950

  17. ESTRIDGE, Henry Watley.

    Six Years in Seychelles; with Photographs from Original Drawings.

    [?London: ?the author], 1885.

    First edition. Following a period in the army, Estridge (1837-1902) was appointed Collector of Customs at Mahé in the Seychelles (probably in 1880), and held the position until 1885, when he returned to England. In 1886 he took up the position of Receiver and Accountant-General, British Bechuanaland...

    £6000

  18. [FASCISM.]

    Ordinamento Corporativo dello Stato Fascista.

    Padua, Edizione di propaganda corporative, 1935.

    Italian Fascism primarily followed the economic model of corporatism to organise capital and labour interest groups into trade unions and employer associations such as agriculture, industry, commercial trade, professionals and artists, as well as banks and credit associations. These trade associations...

    £2500

  19. [FERGUSON, Adam].

    Reflections previous to the establishment of a militia.

    London, R. & J. Dodsley, 1756.

    First edition of this argument in favour of the establishment of a British national militia. Canvassing support in the run-up to the 1757 Militia Act, Pitt proposed militia reform for Britain (i.e. including Scotland) rather than England alone. The Scot Adam Ferguson, one of the most militant of social...

    £950

  20. FIELDING, Henry.

    The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon ...

    London: Printed for A. Millar ...  1755.

    First published edition of Fielding’s final book. Fielding set out for Portugal by ship in June 1754 in the vain hope of recovering his health. This daily journal of his voyage is a kind of ‘novel without a plot’ (Cross), reflecting his shifting moods. The preface, probably the last words that...

    £350