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.
BRENTON, Sir Jahleel.
Five aquatint plates of the battle of Algeciras.
London, Edward Harding, 1801–1802.
This series illustrates various actions from the battle of Algeciras: the first, the attack on the French ships under the batteries of Algeciras on 6 July 1801; the second, the British squadron, under Sir James Saumarez (to whom each plate is dedicated), retiring from this action; the third, the same...
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...
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.
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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.
[SATRE, Jean Paul].
[Copenhagen, Leif Thomsens, 1967].
First edition, number 27 of 100 numbered copies. The anthology was published by the Copenhagen office of the International Tribunal on War Crimes, in connection with the second session held in Roskilde in 1967. The tribunal was organised by Bertrand Russell and hosted by Sartre. De Beauvoir was a member...
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...
[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.
CAREY, Henry Charles.
Principles of social science.
Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott, 1858-1860.
First edition, a very attractive copy, of Carey’s principal work. ‘His treatment of social science was original, and led him to a series of supposed discoveries, the order of which he has stated in the introduction of his most important work The Principles of Social Science. His point of departure...
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,...
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....
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,...
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...
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,...
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.
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...
WILLIS, George Brandor.
View of Bayonne, taken from the sand hills on the left of the Adour, when occupied by the British forces...
London, Edward Orme, 24 June 1814.
On his return from the Peninsular campaign, Wellington first took his seat in the House of Lords and was officially welcomed by the Queen at Buckingham House on 28 June, four days after the publication of this tribute by Edward Orme.