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.
An account of the kingdom of Nepaul, being the substance of observations made during the mission to that...
London, William Miller, 1811.
First edition. In 1792 Kirkpatrick led a diplomatic mission to Nepal, ‘leading the first Britons into that kingdom’ (Oxford DNB). He was sent by Lord Cornwallis to gather information and mediate in a dispute between Nepal and China over Tibet. He spent three weeks in Nepal and wrote his account...
Paris, Mont-Louis, Clermont Ferrand, c. 1930.
In the 1930s, commercial aviation was in its infancy in Africa. The French colonists decided to pioneer an air service, Aeromaritime, to enhance the existing maritime links between Senegal and the Congo, under the auspices of the Compagnie des Chargeurs Réunis, a shipping company, which subsequently...
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.
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.
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.
A. Nouveau traité d’arithmètique.
Tournay, Blanquart, 1800.
First edition, very rare, of a book on arithmetic which concentrates on its applications to trade and accountancy. The book deals with tariffs, tables of exchange, measures, calculation of interest, rent, and chapters on the nature of companies and of bankruptcy.
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...
Atlas minimus, or a Book of Geography shewing all the Empires Monarchies Kingdomes, Regions Dominions Principalities...
And are to be sold at his House at the Hermitage in Wapping. And in Pope’s Head Alley … [1678?]
First edition in book form, second issue, of Seller’s charming miniature atlas, first published c. 1676 as playing cards, with the 52 maps divided into four suits and so numbered.
CLARK, Charles, Jamaican merchant.
Autograph letter signed (‘Charles Clark’) to an unidentified ‘Sir’, addressed to Robert...
Kingston, Jamaica, 10 November 1781.
An interesting letter sending news of trade and British personnel from Kingston, Jamaica. Clark reports that the ship ‘the Sussannah’ arrived at the end of October after four weeks passage from Savannah, Georgia, and gives details of its freight and cargo. After noting that the recipient’s friend...
JACOBS, H. W.
Betterment Briefs. A Collection of Published Papers on Organized Industrial Efficiency.
New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1909.
Second, definitive edition. ‘The nucleus of the present volume is a series of four articles published by Mr Jacobs in The Engineering Magazine from September, 1906, to January, 1907, under the title “Organization and Economy in the Railway Machine Shop”. This was followed in June by a paper on...
Betydande frågor om handelen, wid tilfålle af de motsäjelser, som skedde emot den sista billen, om utlänningars...
Stockholm, Jon. G. Langes [colophon: N. v. Oelreich], 1763.
First Swedish edition, scarce, of this history on the treatment of foreign residents in Britain, Reflections on the Expediency of a Law for the Naturalization of Foreign Protestants (1751–1752). This book comprises only the main body of Part II (1752), ‘Important Queries occasioned by The Rejection...
[VIVANT DE MEZAGUES].
Bilan général et raisonné de l’Angleterre, depuis 1600 jusqu’à la fin de 1761; ou Lettre à M. L....
[Paris, n.p.,] 1762.
First edition, very rare: ‘The object of the “letter” is to show that the wealth and trade of England were not greater than that of France. With this view the author examines into the balance of trade between England and other countries (including Ireland), the national income and debt, exchanges,...
BURGESS, Walter William, artist.
Bits of Old Chelsea. A Series of Forty-One Etchings ... with Letterpress Description by Lionel...
London: Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. for Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1894.
First edition, limited to 110 copies, of which 100 were for sale. This series of etchings was executed by the British engraver and painter Walter William Burgess RE (1856-1908), who exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1874 and 1903, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers...
ZORGDRAGER, Cornelis Giisbertsz.
Bloeijende Opkomst der aloude en hedendaagsche Groenlandsche Visschery … Uitgebreid met eene...
In s’Gravenhage [The Hague], By P. van Thol en R. C. Alberts, Boekverkopers. 1727.
Second edition, corrected, brought up to date, and much enlarged by Abraham Moubach, of a classic work on the Greenland whale fishery (first published 1720), the most extensive early Dutch work on the subject and one of the most authoritative in any language. ‘It must always be one of the chief sources...
London: Queen Anne Press, 2010.
First edition thus, no. 120 of 150 copies. 'In April 1932 Fleming answered an advertisement in the agony column of The Times, which led him to take part in a crack-brained and amateurish expedition to the hinterland of Brazil, ostensibly to look for Colonel P.H. Fawcett, a missing explorer....
[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...
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...
JACOBSON, Ken, and Jenny JACOBSON.
Carrying Off the Palaces: John Ruskin’s Lost Daguerreotypes.
London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 2015.
The inspiration for this book was a remarkable discovery made by the authors at a small country auction in 2006. One lightly regarded lot was a distressed mahogany box crammed with long-lost early photographs. These daguerreotypes were later confirmed as once belonging to John Ruskin, the great 19th-century...
The case of authors by profession or trade, stated: with regard to booksellers, the stage, and the public. No matter...
London, R. Griffiths, 1758.
First edition, ‘the first protest raised in the eighteenth century against the treatment of authors and dramatists by booksellers and theatre managers’ (ODNB). From this work Isaac D’Israeli extensively quoted (without acknowledgement) in his Calamities of authors, and it is very likely that Oliver...
The case of Jeronimy Clifford, merchant and planter of Surinam. Paper, No. 160.
[London, n.p., 1711].
First extended account of Clifford’s long-running legal battle with the Dutch West India Company in Surinam over Corcabo, his sugar plantation. The earlier publications had been just four pages long; this work furnishes us with plantation account details and testimonies, chronologically arranged with...