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.
LEICHHARDT, Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig.
Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia, from Moreton Bay to Port Essington, a Distance...
London: G. Norman for T. & W. Boone, 1847.
First edition thus. Between 1842 and 1844, Leichhardt (1813-1848) had conducted short scientific explorations in the area around Sydney and between Newcastle and the Moreton Bay District. He had hoped to join the proposed overland expedition, which Sir Thomas Mitchell, the surveyor-general, was willing...
[LE MERCIER DE LA RIVIÈRE, Pierre Paul].
Die glückliche Nation, oder der Staat von Felizien. Ein Muster der vollkommensten Freyheit...
Leipzig, Voss, 1794.
First edition in German, originally published as L’Heureuse Nation, ou Relation du gouvernement des Féliciens, peuple souverainement libre et heureux sous l’empire absolu des lois in 1792. Le Mercier de la Rivière (1720–1793/4) was a colleague of Quesnay and Mirabeau, whose physiocratic views...
Manual of the mercantile law of Great Britain and Ireland: comprising[:] international commerce. Restraints on trade:...
London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1854.
First edition. ‘The present volume contains the laws which affect international commerce, individuals who exercise the mercantile profession, partnerships and companies formed for commercial or banking operations, and the most useful of all mercantile instruments, bills of exchange and promissory notes’...
Panarithmologia: or the trader’s sure guide. Containing exact and useful tables, ready cast up, adapted to...
New corrected and enlarged edition, first published 1693. Described by De Morgan as the earliest English ready reckoner, Panarithmologia… was hugely popular; running to over twenty editions and remaining in print into the nineteenth century.
Explorations dans l’intérieur de l’Afrique Australe et voyages à travers le continent de Saint-Paul de...
Paris: Imprimerie de Ch. Lahure et Cie for Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie, 1859.
First appearance in French of Livingstone’s Missionary Travels and Researches in Southern Africa (1857), describing his early years in the region and the first of his three great expeditions across the continent: ‘Livingstone’s services to African geography during thirty years are almost...
[LONDON ASSURANCE CORPORATION.]
By-laws, orders, and rules, for the good government of the corporation of the London assurance....
London, n.p., 1722.
First edition of the by-laws of the London Assurance Corporation, which, along with The Royal Exchange Assurance Corporation, was constituted and granted sole rights, excepting private individuals, to the granting of assurance and bottomry by ‘The Bubble Act’ of 1720. The right to self-govern, reflected...
Voyage de Sophie et d’Eulalie, au Palais du vrai bonheur; ouvrage pour servir de guide dans les voies...
Paris, Charles-Pierre Berton, 1781.
First edition of this rare utopian voyage written by a woman for a readership of women.
Thousands of Frenchmen dead for resistance.
This poster, along with two others designed by Louvat in 1944, was produced by the French Forces of the Interior (FFI), a name used by Charles de Gaulle for the French Resistance movement towards the end of the Second World War. In June 1944, the FFI was involved in the Allied invasion of Normandy and...
LUNACHARSKI, Anatoli Vasilyevich.
Moscow, “Krasnaia Nov”, 1924.
Rare first edition of this assembly of three speeches by the Marxist philosopher, playwright, literary critic and the first Soviet people’s commissar for education. The first was given at Lenin’s funeral, the second speech is on Lenin and the youth, the last on Lenin and art. Unlike other Bolsheviks...
Sir Isaac Newton’s tables for renewing and purchasing the leases of cathedral-churches and colleges, according...
London, printed for Thomas Astley, 1742
Sixth edition, first published in 1686, this issue was sometimes also published with a separate title page and imprint reading, ‘The money’d man’s pocket-book’, London, 1742’ immediately preceding the title-page of the second part. A series of tables calculating the amounts owed on leases based...
Des Herrn Mackintosh’s Reisen durch Europa, Asia und Africa, worinnen die Charaktere, Gebräuche, Sitten...
Leipzig, Friedrich Gotthold Jacobäer, 1785.
First edition in German (first English 1782). Composed of seventy-two letters written during the course of a trip to India, dealing largely with the government and economies of the East Indies. In letter 25, (pp. 134-140), Mackintosh reports that at the Cape of Good Hope in April 1799, one Daniel Barwell...
[MAFFEI, Giovanni Pietro, and Emanuel ACOSTA.]
Rerum a societate Jesu in oriente gestarum volumen.
Naples, ‘apud Horatium Salvianum’, 1573.
Third and best edition of the earliest detailed history of the Jesuit missions in the East, especially Japan. Included for the first time in this edition are five pages of Japanese characters in printed facsimile, ‘Specimen quoddam litterarum vocumque Japonicarum; desumptum e regis Bungi diplomate’...
[MANTUANUS, Baptista]. De patientia aurei libri tres. [bound with:]
CAPREOLUS, Helias. De confirmatione...
Brescia, Bernardinus de Misintis, 30 May 1497.
First edition of Mantuanus’s work containing -on recto of m3- a lengthy reference to America, one of the very few 15th century instances: a ‘mention of discoveries of islands in the Atlantic, noting their size and the fact that they are inhabited. Because none of the ancient geographers knew of them,...
Fascetto di pratiche matematiche spiegato alle persone popolari per uso del commercio umano, e civile, in questa...
Verona, Ramanzini, 1780.
Much enlarged second edition of a rare work on applied mathematics (the first edition, 1754, only amounted to xii + 255 and two plates). Commercial arithmetic is one of the three main fields with which the author engages: business, trade and currency exchange examples prevail in the 82 practical illustrations...
MEER, Hans van der.
Amsterdam, De Verbeelding, 1998.
First edition, first printing. ‘Van der Meer follows in the tradition of the great Dutch landscape painters, but instead of those charming genre pictures … we are given muddy fields and mightily striving, often overweight and overage footballers’ (Parr & Badger). Imbued with a love of both his...
Cosmographia, sive De situ orbis.
[Venice, printer of Pomponius Mela, 1477].
Second edition, very rare. This is the variant issue without date or place of printing, and is one of only five books known to have produced by the anonymous printer who has been named after the present edition. Mela’s description of the world, also known under the title Chorographia, was written...
MENDES PINTO, Fernão (Bernard FIGUIER, translator).
Les voyages advantureux de Fernand Mendez Pinto. Fidelement traduicts de portugais...
Paris: Mathurin Henault, 1628.
First edition in French of Mendes Pinto’s celebrated travel account; rare. The original Portuguese edition was published in 1614, although the first draft of the book had been completed by 1569. The present ‘atmospheric and faithful French translation’ (Lach, Asia in the Making of Europe,...
MEYER, Hans Heinrich Joseph.
Ostafrikanische Gletscherfahrten: Forschungsreisen im Kilimandscharo-Gebiet.
Leipzig: Bibliographisches Institut for Duncker & Humblot, 1890.
First edition. Hans Meyer (1858-1929), son of bookseller-turned-publisher Herrmann Julius Meyer and grandson of Joseph Meyer, the founder of the publishing house Bibliographisches Institut, built his reputation as one of the most famous explorers and mountaineers of his time especially on travels...
MIRABEAU, Honoré Gabriel Riquetti, comte de.
De la Banque d'Espagne, dite de Saint-Charles.
First edition. McCulloch describes De la Banque D’Espagne as an “energetic remonstrance against the establishment of the bank in question, which had the consequences foretold by Mirabeau” (McCulloch, p. 188). The second work is a letter on the same subject often found bound up together.
MITCHELL, Sir Thomas Livingstone.
Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia, in Search of a Route from Sydney...
London: Spottiswoode and Shaw for Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1848.
First edition. In December 1845 the Scottish explorer and surveyor Mitchell (1792-1855) set out on his fourth and last expedition which was in search of an overland route to Port Essington. ‘By June 1846 he had established a depot on the Maranoa and for nearly four months explored around the...