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.
ABBEVILLE, Claude d’.
Histoire de la mission des peres capucins en l’isle de Maragnan et terres circonvoisines ou est traicte...
Paris, François Huby, 1614.
Second edition, enlarged and revised from the first edition published earlier the same year, a handsome copy. The first written account of the Capuchin mission to Maranhão, an island on the coast of Brazil, of which, Sabin notes, this is the earliest mention. In 1612 the mission, composed of...
Primera parte de la vida del Picaro Guzman de Alfarache …
Çaragoça, Angelo Tavanno, 1603.
Rare early edition of the prototype of the picaresque novel, Guzman de Alfarache. The novel prepared the way for the acceptance of Cervantes’s Don Quixote by the literary public of Europe; and, like Don Quixote, it quickly inspired a sequel. The original part I appeared...
[ALEXANDRIA, Battle of, 1801.]
Plan of the action of the 21st of March fought near Alexandria by the French under Gn. Menou and...
A detailed plan accurately illustrating the movements of the British and French armies at the battle of Alexandria. In it, Sir Ralph Abercrombie was fatally wounded but the action was considered a British victory as the French were forced out of Egypt soon after. This plan is signed ‘J. W. Hamilton’.
Principles of modern Riding for Gentlemen, in which the late Improvements of the Manege and military Systems are applied...
London, C. & C. Whittingham for Thomas Tegg, Glasgow, for R. Griffin & Co., and Dublin, for J. Cumming, 1825.
First and only edition of an uncommon riding manual. A riding master teaching near Bryanstone Square, John Allen ‘flatters himself that, at a time when riding has become so fashionable an exercise, his work will more than any preceding one ensure the security, ease, and grace of the rider, both...
Picturesque views on the River Niger, sketched during Lander’s last visit in 1832-33 …
London, John Murray, Hodgson & Graves, and Ackerman, 1840.
First edition, one of a very few copies issued coloured, of this collection of beautiful views sketched along the Niger River by the naval officer William Allen (1792–1864), accompanied by descriptive notes extracted from his diary.
ALMEIDA, Theodoro de.
Lisboa destruida poema, author o P. Theodoro de Almeida, da Congregaçaõ do Oratorio de Lisboa.
Lisbon, Antonio Rodrigues Galhardo, 1803.
First edition of this poem in six cantos, with extensive notes, on the disastrous 1755 Lisbon earthquake, by the Oratorian priest and philosopher Almeida (1722-1804). One of the deadliest in history, the earthquake almost totally destroyed the Portuguese capital and accentuated political tensions within...
ALVAREZ DE ARENALES, Jose.
Noticias historicas y descriptivas sobre el gran pais del Chaco y Rio Bermejo; con observaciones relativas...
Montevideo, [Imprenta del Comercio del Plata], 1850.
Rare second edition, after the first of 1833, of this analysis of the Chaco and Rio Bermejo regions of Paraguay, divided into three sections. The first covers the geography, population and natural history of the area, the second relates the conquest of Paraguay and Peru, containing extracts from various...
ANDREADES, Andreas Michael.
De la monnaie et de la puissance d’achat des métaux précieux dans l’Empire Byzantin . . . Extrait...
Liège, Imprimerie H. Vaillant-Carmanne, 1924.
An offprint, with its own title-page and pagination, of this important study. This is a presentation copy, inscribed in ink ‘To Robert Byron. A. A.’ at the head of the front wrapper. Andreades was the first professor of public finance at the University of Athens and the author of a monumental work...
‘Voyage en Italie et au Midi de la France 1891’.
[Geneva, c. April 1891].
A handsome, illustrated travel journal compiled by a Swiss student as a gift for his parents, recording his eleven-day trip in north-western Italy and south-eastern France in March and April 1891 in the company of his teacher and three schoolfellows. The author was a student at La Chatelaine boarding...
Microselene. Curioso viaggio etereo di madamigella Garnerin.
Milan, Angelo Stanislao Brambilla, 1824.
First edition of an innovative early Italian work of satirical imaginative fiction. Subtitled the ‘Curioso viaggio etereo di madamigella Garnerin’ [The Curious Voyage of Miss Garnerin], Microselene centres on an aeroporista [aeronaut], and begins with her ascent in a hot air balloon, based on the...
The History and Adventures of Ben the Soldier, with an Account of his happy Marriage, after the Fatigues and Dangers of War.
London, J. Evans & Son, F. Collins, and J. Nisbet, [c. 1815].
Scarce moral tale of a soldier returned to Christianity in the Napoleonic Wars. Printed in many undated editions and subsequently reissued by the Religious Tract Society, The History and Adventures of Ben the Soldier tells of Ben Gracious who, forced into the army, loses his Christian morals before...
[APPERLEY, Charles James.] ‘NIMROD’, and Henry ALKEN (illustrator).
The Chace, the Turf, and the Road.
London, A. Spottiswoode for John Murray, 1837.
First edition of a series of articles first published in the Quarterly Review, illustrated by Henry Alken. A sporting writer who ‘may even be said to have created the role of gentleman hunting correspondent’ (ODNB), Charles James Apperley (1778–1843) published widely on hunting and...
[APPERLEY, Charles James.] ‘NIMROD’, and Henry ALKEN and GILBERT (illustrators).
The Chace, the Turf,...
London, Vizetelly Brothers & Co. for John Murray, 1843.
Second edition, in the publisher’s gilt cloth, illustrated by Henry Alken. A sporting writer who ‘may even be said to have created the role of gentleman hunting correspondent’ (ODNB), Charles James Apperley (1778–1843) published widely on hunting and horsemanship, from 1822 under the pseudonym...
County of the Isle of Ely, Public Air Raid Warning.
County Air Raid Precautions Committee, [c. 1943].
A very rare survival from the Second World War. During the war, Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely were strategic positions as home to 28 airfields for both the RAF and the USAAF. The flat topography, proximity to the coast and continental Europe made it an ideal location for runways and bases.
Astley’s System of equestrian Education, exhibiting the Beauties and Defects of the Horse, with serious and important...
London, T. Burton for S. Creed, [c. 1801].
Fifth edition of a work on horse-training by the ‘father of the modern circus’ (Chambers). Noted during military service in the Seven Years’ War not only for his daring in battle but also for his skills as a rider and breaker of horses, Philip Astley (1742-1814) established on his return...
ATABEY, Sefik E. – Leonora NAVARI.
The Ottoman World. The Sefik E. Atabey Collection. Books, Manuscripts and Maps.
London: Bernard J. Shapero, 1998.
First and only edition, limited to 750 sets. A comprehensive catalogue of Sefik E. Atabey's remarkable library of some 1,370 pre-1854 books, manuscripts, and maps relating to the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East. Each item is carefully described and annotated, and the catalogue is supplemented...
Ein Blick in den Zukunftsstaat. Produktion und Konsum im Sozialstaat. Mit einer Vorrede von Karl Kautsky.
Stuttgart, J. H. W. Dietz, 1898.
First edition of this utopian discourse on the industrial and commercial composition of the ideal socialised state. The most common attribution is to the Latvian-born economist Carl Ballod, though some, including the British Library, suggest the author Gustav Jaeckh. There is a significant foreword (pp....
[AULNOY, Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Berneville, Comtesse d’.]
Relation du voyage d’Espagne.
The Hague, Henri van Bulderen, 1691.
Second edition; first published earlier the same year (Paris, Claude Barbin). An account of Spain written in the form of 15 letters dated from 30 February 1679 to 28 September 1680.
BACON, John Francis.
Six years in Biscay: comprising a personal narrative of the sieges of Bilbao, in June 1835, and Oct. to Dec.,...
London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1838.
First edition; scarce. The author was an English diplomat who was present in Spain from the beginning of 1830 until May 1837. He spent five years of this time in Liberal Bilbao, and gives a detailed account of the siege of the city in 1835. In a wide-ranging introduction he identifies what he believes...
BADCOCK, Lovell Benjamin.
Rough leaves from a journal kept in Spain and Portugal, during the years 1832, 1833, and 1834.
London, Richard Bentley, 1835.
First edition. Lovell Badcock (1786–1861), who assumed the surname Lovell in 1840, ‘had been sent out from England as part of a military mission to study the delicate situation which had arisen in Portugal at the commencement of the fratricidal war between Dom Pedro and Dom Miguel. His specific brief...