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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. CAESAR.

    Caii Julii Caesaris invictissimi i[m]peratoris co[m]mentaria seculor[um] iniuria antea difficilia et valde mendosa. Nunc...

    (Colophon) Venice, Agostino Zani, 17 August 1511.

    A handsome copy of the first illustrated edition of Caesar’s Commentaries published in Italy, adorned with charming half-page woodcuts at the opening of the De bello Gallico and De bello civili and with smaller vignette cuts at the beginning of each book. Describing Caesar’s campaigns in Gaul from...

    £4000

  2. AEMYLIUS, Paulus (Paolo EMILIO).

    Historici clarissimi de rebus gestis Francorum…

    Paris, Michel Vascosan, 1550.

    Early editions of the three classical complementary chronicles of France from the fifth to the mid-sixteenth century, often issued and bound together.

    £750

  3. RAMUS, Petrus.

    P. Rami ... Oratio de legatione.

    Paris, Andreas Wechel, 1557.

    First (?) edition: a fascinating pamphlet marking a critical epoch in the history of the University of Paris and the first occasion on which Ramus came into prominence as champion of his University and of higher education in general.

    £800

  4. RAMUS, Petrus.

    Harangue ... touchant ce qu'ont faict les deputez de l’Université de Paris envers le Roy. Mise de Latin en Francois.

    Paris, Andreas Wechel, 1557.

    First French-language edition of the above, issued simultaneously with the Latin text and presumably translated by Ramus himself. Apart from La Dialectique, this is one of Ramus’ very few works in the vernacular. Very rare.

    £950

  5. 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

  6. GROTIUS, Hugo.

    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.

    £2250

  7. VILLEHARDOUIN, Geoffroy de (Charles du Fresne DU CANGE, editor).

    Histoire de l’empire de Constantinople sous les empereurs françois,...

    Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1657.

    First collected edition, comprising the third edition of Villehardouin’s chronicle, edited and translated by Du Cange, and the first edition of Du Cange’s history of the Latin empire in the Levant. The original and modern French versions of Villehardouin’s chronicle are printed on opposite pages....

    £1400

  8. [ANON].

    The Dutch drawn to the life…

    London, for Thomas Johnson and H. Marsh, 1664.

    First edition. The book is written as a series of questions and answers, covering everything one could ever wish to know about the Dutch and their nation from their general character, social life and customs to physical details of the individual provinces, trade and industry, politics and government,...

    £1400

  9. [ORAN.]

    Diario distinto di tutto il seguito per la spedizione fatta d’ordine della maesta cattolica di Filippo V. Re delle Spagne...

    (Colophon:) Florence, Bernardo Paperini, 1732.

    A daily account in Italian from 20 June to 8 July 1732 of the Spanish capture of Oran. The Moroccan city had been governed by Spain since 1509 but had fallen into Ottoman hands in 1708. This 1732 invasion brought Oran once more under Spanish control, in which it remained until 1792.

    £175

  10. Nine

    pamphlets dating from 1739 and 1740 concerned with the war with Spain, the South Sea Company and the sugar trade in the British...

    i). The consequences of his majesty’s journey to Hanover, at this critical juncture. Considered in a letter from a Member of Parliament in town to a noble Duke in the country: to which is added, the Duke of A---l’s speech upon the state of the nation: with the reply to it, by Lord ******. London,...

    £3500

  11. [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...

    £75

  12. [ILLENGEN, von, and Jakob FUNCK.]

    Plans und journals von denen Belagerungen des letzteren Kriegs in Flandern, zusammen getragen...

    Strasbourg, Melchior Pauschinger, 1750.

    First edition in German: a French-language edition was issued in the same year by the same publisher. An account of Louis XV’s sieges in the Austrian Netherlands from 1744, when France joined the War of the Austrian Succession through an alliance with Prussia, to the conclusion of the conflict in 1748.

    £1750

  13. FOLARD, Jean Charles, Chevalier de.

    Histoire de Polybe, nouvellement traduite du Grec par Dom Vincent Thuillier, Bénédictin de...

    Amsterdam, Zacharie Chatelain et fils, 1753.

    First published in 1727–30 but this present edition is the most complete, being the first to include the Supplement a l’histoire de Polybe . . . contenant les nouvelles découvertes sur la guerre, par le même; lettre critique d’un officier hollandois; & sentimens d’un homme de guerre sur le...

    £3200

  14. [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

  15. 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,...

    £1500

  16. JEFFERYS, Thomas.

    The theatre of war in the Kingdom of Bohemia, drawn from the survey of J. C. Muller Captain Engineer to the Emperor:...

    [London], Thomas Jefferys, 6 June 1757.

    This map, issued at the beginning of the Seven Years’ War, illustrates the route taken by Frederick the Great’s Prussian forces against those of Saxony and Prussia, up to the opening of siege operations against Prague. On 18 June 1757, Count von Daun, in attempting to raise this siege, overpowered...

    £500

  17. [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...

    £325

  18. O’BRYEN, Christopher.

    Naval evolutions: or, a system of sea-discipline; extracted from the celebrated treatise of P. L’Hoste,...

    London, W. Johnston, 1762.

    First edition. ‘The first book on tactics in the English language … Translated extracts from Hoste’s book amounted to about a quarter of the younger O’Bryen’s work. The experience of the Seven Years War may have tended to discredit Hoste’s approach, or at any rate the kind of battle tactics...

    £2500

  19. FOSSÉ, Charles Louis François.

    Idées d’un militaire pour la disposition des troupes confiées aux jeunes officiers dans la...

    Paris, de l’imprimerie de Franç. Amb. Didot l’Ainé chez Alexandre Jombert, 1783.

    First edition. ‘Ouvrage estimé’ (Brunet). A splendidly illustrated military treatise and excellent example of French colour printing written by a French infantry officer and mathematician who distinguished himself in the Seven Years’ War.

    £3750

  20. [CHINESE HISTORY]

    Eastern anecdotes of exemplary characters, which sketches of the Chinese history. In one volume. Inscribed to...

    London, Samson Low, 1799.

    First edition. Using a selection of historical characters from Chinese history this work acknowledges that history ‘offers both an ample field for moral Instruction as well as rational Amusement’ (p. xiii). The focus on China is explained in the introduction: ‘moral virtues were never practised...

    £1250