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.
FOY, Sébastien-Maximilien, compte de.
Histoire de la guerre de la péninsule sous Napoléon, précédé d’un tableau politique...
Paris, Baudouin frères, 1827.
First edition. A detailed history of the Peninsular War written by a French general who distinguished himself in the conflict. Foy was involved in the first invasion of Portugal, Sir John Moore’s famous retreat to La Corunna, the battles of Salamanca and Vitoria, and the fighting in the Pyrenees. Napoleon...
FRASER, James Baillie.
A winter’s journey (Tatar) from Constantinople to Tehran; with travels through various parts of Persia, &c.
London, Richard Bentley, 1838.
First edition. A classic tale of the Great Game, presented as an epistolary travelogue. Alarmed by Russian manoeuvring in Central Asia, the Foreign Office despatched Fraser to Tehran. From there, he made his way to Tabriz. These volumes do not describe his return journey, but his ten-thousand...
[FREDERICK II, the great, King of Prussia.]
L’esprit du chevalier Folard tiré de ses commentaires sur l’histoire de Polybe...
Paris, par la compagnie des libraires, & se vend à Lyon chez Jean Marie Bruyzet, 1760.
First edition. A collection of extracts from Folard’s Histoire de Polybe, an influential work which, by advocating the use of the column, had sparked a controversy in military thinking lasting the length of the eighteenth-century. Frederick the Great, who had a number of military classics translated...
[FULIGNATI, Giuntino (pseud.
for Tommaso BUONI?)]. Della famosissima compagnia della lesina. Dialogo, capitoli, e ragionamenti....
Vicenza, Giorgio Greco, 1601.
Scarce humorous dystopia of indigence, first edition thus: the first to include a section specifically directed at women. Styled as the statutes and histories of a fictitious society, the ‘Company of Stinginess’, founded to promote thrift in an age of economic depression and scarcity, made its debut...
GARDINER, John Smallman.
The Art and the Pleasures of Hare-Hunting. In six Letters to a Person of Quality …
London: Printed by R. Griffith … 1750.
First edition, scarce, an eloquent and amusing account of hare-hunting, the first monograph on the subject in English, comprising letters on the superiority of hare-hunting to fox-hunting (less dangerous, less laborious), on the best types of dogs, of trailing and starting hares, etc. Gardiner’s letter...
COMINAZZI, Marco. Cenni sulla fabbrica d’armi in Gardone di Valtrompia.
Brescia, F. Speranza, 1850.
First edition, very rare, with apparently one only copy recorded in institutions worldwide (University of Illinois), of this account of the history of one of the earliest and most globally successful firearms manufactures. In fine silver-stamped calf, this copy appears to have been bound either for presentation...
The trade and navigation of Great-Britain considered: shewing that the surest way for a nation to increase in riches,...
London, A. Bettesworth, C. Hitch … and S. Birt, 1738.
Fourth edition of Gee’s most important work, first published in 1729. Written at a time of declining exports, decaying agriculture and high unemployment Trade and navigation discusses foreign trade with strong protectionist tendencies. Gee is keen to improve trade with the North American colonies,...
[GRAFFIGNY, Françoise Paule, Madame de].
Lettere d’una Peruviana tradotte dal Francese in Italiano, di cui si sono accentate...
Avignon: Presso Fr. Seguin Aîné, stampatore e libraio, 1817.
Françoise Paule d’Issembourg d’Happoncourt, Madame de Graffigny turned to writing as a means to support herself after a discordant divorce from her violent and money-squandering husband in 1723. She moved to Paris in 1738, and after a tumultuous initial period, gained fame and respect with the immediate...
GRAHAM, Cuthbert Aubrey Lionel.
Record of 4th Oxfordshire (Bullingdon) Battalion Home Guard 1940–1944.
Oxford, printed by The Holywell Press “for private circulation only”, [circa 1945].
A rare record of the history of the 4th Oxfordshire Home Guard, finely bound by Zaehnsdorf for Major H. E. Pankhurst, M.C., an officer of the Battalion. There were seven Home Guard companies for Oxfordshire by 1940, of which the Bullingdon Battalion was, apart from the Oxford University Battalion and...
[GREAT BRITAIN: PARLIAMENT].
[Drop-head title:] ‘An act for repealing the several duties of customs and excise, and granting...
London, Charles Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1787.
Rare first edition of the consolidation act that revolutionised British handling of customs and excise and the problem of smuggling, in line with Adam Smith’s 1776 recommendations.
GRIFFIS, William Elliot.
Corea the Hermit Nation.
London: W.H. Allen & Co., 1882.
First British edition. The American orientalist, minister and writer Griffis (1843-1928) was educated at Rutgers University and travelled to Japan in 1870, in the early years of the Meiji period, when Japan was beginning to engage with the West. After four years teaching in Japan, Griffis returned to...
GRIFFITHS, Anselm John.
Observations on some points of seamanship; with practical hints on naval oeconomy . . . The whole profits...
Cheltenham, printed by J. J. Hadley, 1824.
First edition. The Observations was written in 1811 when the author was captain of the Leonidas frigate and is based on his experience of a wartime navy during the Napoleonic Wars. ‘As its title suggests, the book is mainly concerned with matters of seamanship but contains many notes...
Annales et Historiae de rebus Belgicis.
Amsterdam, J. Blaeu, 1657.
First edition of the great jurists’ Annals of the Low Countries, his one work of history.
Ménage sociétaire ou Moyen d’augmenter son Bien-être en diminuant sa dépense, avec indication de quelques...
Paris, Bureau de la Phalange, à la librairie Sociale, 1839.
1. First edition of this work by the entrepreneur and inventor Charles Harel (1771-1852), a friend and disciple of Charles Fourier’s. This plan describes Harel’s project for the founding of a community of 200 celibates: a utopia of communal life detailing rules (‘love’, ‘the library’…)...
Theodor (and Arthur RANSOM, translator). Freeland: a social anticipation.
London, Chatto & Windus, 1891.
First edition in English of the Austrian-Hungarian economist Hertzka’s influential utopia, first published in German in 1890. Hertzka’s ‘proposal to set up a new society in East Africa was enthusiastically received in several countries, including England and the United States. The society portrayed...
Journal of a Tour through the North of England and Parts of Scotland. With Remarks on the present State of the established...
London: Printed by T. Gillet … and sold at Surr[e]y Chapel; also by T. Chapman [and seven others in London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow]. 1799
First edition, an account of a Scottish tour conducted in July –September 1798 by the eccentric evangelical preacher Rowland Hill, followed by lengthy remarks on the Scottish church in a letter to the Baptist minister James Haldane. There is another issue with the title Journal through the North...
The rural and domestic life of Germany: with characteristic sketches of its cities and scenery, collected in a...
London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1842
A fine copy of the first edition of Howitt’s account of his travels in Germany and Austria, and one of the best books in English about German life at the time. Howitt had moved with his family to Heidelberg in 1840 and stayed in Germany for more than two years on account of the education of his older...
HUGHES, Terence McMahon.
The ocean flower; a poem. Preceded by an historical and descriptive account of the island of Madeira,...
London, Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1845.
First edition of this scarce poem on Madeira in ten cantos. Hughes (1812–1849) was born in Newry, County Down and was for some time a foreign correspondent for The Morning Chronicle.
‘HURLBUT’ [i.e. HURLBERT], William Henry.
Pictures of Cuba.
London: M’Corquodale and Co. for Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1855.
First British edition, revised and retitled, issued in the ‘Traveller’s Library’ series. Pictures of Cuba was first published under the title Gan-Eden: or, Pictures of Cuba (Boston: 1854), and Hurlbert (1827-1895) states in his preface that, ‘In the short time that has elapsed...
Tables of interest, from one pound to five hundred millions, for one day; by which the interest for any sum of money...
One of two editions published in 1786, the other one undated, ESTC does not give any precedence. Tables for calculating interest at a quarter, half, three-quarters, three, four, and five percent; intended as a quick reference for bankers and merchants. Hurry precedes his tables with four pages of example...