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. CARDONNEL, Adam de.

    Picturesque Antiquities of Scotland [I–II] …

    London: Printed for the Author, and sold by Edwards … also by Edwards’s, in Halifax. 1788.

    First edition, the very rare issue with the plates in sepia, printed directly onto thick wove paper.

    £975

  2. CARTWRIGHT, George.

    A journal of transactions and events, during a residence of nearly sixteen years on the coast of Labrador;...

    Newark, Allin & Ridge, 1792.

    First edition. Cartwright, formerly a major in the British army, made six expeditions to Newfoundland and Labrador between 1770 and 1786. His Journal ‘is, among other things, a detailed seasonal record of the exploitation of coastal resources by one who combined keen entrepreneurial interests with...

    £6250

  3. CÉSPEDES Y MENESES, Gonzalo de.

    Varia fortuna del soldado Pindaro. Lisbon, Geraldo de la Viña, ‘626’ [i.e 1626].

    Rare first edition of this semi-autobiographical picaresque novel, printed while the author was in exile in Lisbon following the publication of his politically controversial Historia apologética en los sucesos del reyno de Aragon (1622).

    £9500

  4. CHANDLER, Richard.

    Travels in Greece: or an Account of a Tour made at the Expense of the Society of Dilettanti.

    Oxford: ‘Printed at The Clarendon Press ... Sold by J. Dodsley, J. Robson, T. Cadell, P. Elmsley, and G. Robinson, London; and by D. Prince,...

    First edition. The classical scholar, traveller, and author Chandler (bap. 1737, d. 1810) was educated at Winchester College and Queen’s College, Oxford, and awarded a demyship at Magdalen College in 1757. Following the publication of an annotated collection of fragments by Tyrtaeus, Simonides, Theognis,...

    £2500

  5. CHIDLAW, Benjamin William.

    Yr American, yr hwn yn cynnwys nodauar daith o ddyffryn Ohio i Gymru, Golwg ar Dalaeth Ohio; Hanes Sefydliadau...

    [The second edition]. Llanfwst, Gan John Jones, 1840.

    Second edition, but first procurable one (see below), of Chidlaw’s comprehensive guidebook about Ohio State aimed at Welsh people considering immigration to the United States. The Welsh had started settling in Ohio in 1796, and by the 1830s ever greater numbers arrived in Ohio. The immigration guide...

    £650

  6. CHURCH, Percy William Palmer.

    Chinese Turkestan with Caravan and Rifle.

    London: Rivingtons, 1901.

    First edition. ‘Church and his shooting companion J.V. Phelps journeyed from Shrinagar to Leh, through Yarkand and into the Tekkes Valley with the goal of collecting Altai wapiti. While in the Tekkes, they bagged trophy wapiti and ibex. They crossed the Koksu River, bagging more wapiti and ibex, as...

    £550

  7. COLLIE, John Norman.

    Climbing on the Himalaya and other Mountain Ranges.

    Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable for David Douglas, 1902.

    First edition. The organic chemist and mountaineer Collie (1859-1942), was educated at Charterhouse and Clifton College, before studying chemistry at University College, Bristol and at Queen's College, Belfast. A series of teaching and research positions at Würzburg University, the Ladies' College,...

    £1350

  8. [COLUMBUS.] QUARITCH, Bernard, and Michael KERNEY.

    The Spanish Letter of Columbus . . . A facsimile of the original edition published...

    [London], Quaritch, 2006.

    Over the centuries, booksellers have contributed much to the elucidation and sometimes to the falsification of historical documents. The story of the first printed account of the New World, usually known as Christopher Columbus’s Letter to Santángel or simply the Columbus Letter, illustrates both themes.

    £60

  9. COOK, Captain James – Johann Reinhold and (Johann) Georg Adam FORSTER.

    Characteres generum plantarum, quas in itinere ad insulas...

    London: B. White, T. Cadell, & P. Elmsly, 1776.

    First edition. Johann Reinhold Forster (1729-1798) and his son Georg Forster (1754-1794) travelled on Cook’s second voyage of 1772-1775 as naturalists, and their Characteres generum plantarum was the first botanical work about the voyage to be published and one of the earliest sources for European...

    £5000

  10. COSTA, Margherita.

    Istoria del viaggio d’Alemagna del serenissimo Gran Duca di Toscana Ferdinando Secondo …

    Venice, [1630].

    First and only edition of a rare account of the journey Ferdinando II de’ Medici, Granduke of Tuscany, made to celebrate his coming of age and taking on the running of government. Ferdinando II travelled from February to July 1628 and first visited Rome to pay homage to the Pope, then Loreto, Bologna,...

    £3750

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. [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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  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