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.
STAFFORD, R. S., Lt.-Colonel.
The tragedy of the Assyrians.
London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1935.
First edition. Stafford, a British administrative inspector in Iraq, provides a firsthand account of the massacre of the Assyrians, a Christian minority then resident in northern Iraq, at the hands of the Iraqi military in 1933. He lays the ground for this bloody culmination by sketching the Assyrians’...
[Eight works by and relating to him].
A splendid collection of pamphlets by and relating to Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729), army officer, playwright, theatre manager, essayist, editor of the Tatler, Spectator and Guardian, Whig MP and propagandist, covering many facets of his diverse career. This volume belonged to Sir Thomas Clarke, a protegé...
SULIVAN, Richard Joseph.
Philosophical Rhapsodies. Fragments of Akbur of Betlis. Containing Reflections on the Laws, Manners, Customs...
London: Printed for T. Becket … Bookseller to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and their Royal Highnesses the Princes. 1784-5.
First edition of this eccentric travel-inspired treatise drawing upon the author’s experience in India and his travels in Europe. The prefatory ‘advertisement’ establishes the fiction that ‘the following fragments were written by a native of Assyria [Akbur], who … was removed to the continent...
[SWIFT.] BARRETT, John.
An Essay on the earlier Part of the Life of Swift … to which are subjoined several Pieces ascribed to...
London: Printed for J. Johnson [et al.]. 1808.
First edition. Barrett (1753-1821) was Vice-Provost and Professor of Oriental Languages at Trinity College, Dublin, a scholar known for his eccentricity and the extent and profundity of his philological and classical learning. The essay ‘contains some interesting facts about the dean’s college career’...
TAVERNIER, Jean Baptiste.
Recüeil de plusieurs relations et traitez singuliers et curieux . . . qui n’ont point esté mis dans...
Paris, Gervais Clouzier, 1679.
First edition, separately published, of the third part of Tavernier’s celebrated collection of voyages. The first two parts, Les six voyages, had appeared in 1676 and were also reissued in 1679.
A Year’s Journey through France and Part of Spain.
Dublin, J. Williams, 1777.
First Irish edition; an edition was published in Bath in the same year. ‘Disappointed in the expectation of falling heir to some property, 1775, “driven out of his own country with eight children in his train,” he removed himself to Spain, where he thought he could live more cheaply than in England....
Lectures on British India, delivered in the Friends’ meeting-house, Manchester, England, in October, 1839.
Pawtucket, Rhode Island, William and Robert Adams, 1840.
First edition of this collection of six lectures, examining the working and living conditions of the natives of the British Indian empire, the connection between the improvement of the Eastern Empire and the presence of Empire, and the prosperity and future development of Great Britain.
Life at War.
New York, Time Inc., 1977.
TIPHAIGNE DE LA ROCHE, Charles-François.
Essai sur l’histoire oeconomique des mers occidentales de France …
Paris, Claude-Jean-Baptiste Bauche, 1760.
First edition. The author, doctor of the faculty of Caen and member of the academy of Rouen, wrote both scientific works and utopian novels, in which he anticipated such inventions as photography and television. The object of the Essai is to encourage its readers to rediscover the ‘fécondité de nos...
A Collection of Welsh Travels and Memoirs of Wales. Containing I. The Briton Describ’d, or a Journey thro’...
London: Printed for and sold by J. Torbuck … 1738.
First edition of this compilation of whimsical works about Wales, reissued and published as though under the auspices of Swift.
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...
The Tunbridge Wells Guide; or an Account of the ancient and present State of the Place, to which is added a particular...
Tunbridge Wells, Printed and sold by J. Sprange, at his Circulating Library. Sold also in London, by Rivington Booksellers … ‘1786’...
The Tunbridge Wells Guide apparently first appeared in 1780; reissues and/or new editions, partly from standing type, with variously erratic pagination and a steady accretion of content, appeared throughout the 1780s and 1790s. ‘The hurry in putting this to the press,’ an ingenuous Preface...
An Inquiry into the revenue, credit, and commerce of France. In a letter to a member of the present parliament.
London, J. Roberts, 1742.
First editions. These three pamphlets all stem from the debate in the House of Lords of 1 June 1742 on the Trade & Navigation Bill. They all hinge on a single aspect of the debate – whether France could fund another war from her export and import revenues.
VENUSTI, Antonio Maria.
Compendio utilissimo di quelle cose, le quali a nobili e christiani mercanti appartengono.
Milan, Giovan Antonio degli Antonij, 1561.
First edition, containing Discorso d’intorno alla Mercantia and Trattato del Cambio di Lione o di Bisenzone and Trattato de’ Cambi, and including the Italian translation of Saravia de la Calle’s Institutione de’ Mercanti.
VICTORIA, Crown Princess of Sweden.
Vom Nil. Tagebuchblätter während des Aufenthalts in Egypten im Winter 1890/91... Mit Lichtdruckbildern...
Karlsruhe: G. Braun’sche Hofbuchdruckerei, 1892.
First edition, printed for private circulation. Vom Nil records a journey along the Nile made between October 1890 and April 1891 by Princess Victoria of Baden (1862–1930), later Queen Victoria of Sweden (queen consort 1907–1930).
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....
[VILLENEUVE, Daniel Jost de].
Le Voyageur philosophe dans un pais inconnu aux habitans de la Terre … Par M. Listonai. Tome premier...
Amsterdam, ‘aux depens de l’éditeur’, 1761.
First edition. In this account of a dreamed lunar citadel, Sélénopolis, the author (of whom little is known) explores a classic theme of Enlightenment thought – the comparison between the natural and the social state of man. The work is particularly notable for its ideas on technology, aviation...
[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,...
Idea mercaturae. Darinnen was von der Kauff-Leute Commercien, Credit und Glauben, Fallimenten oder Banckrotten,...
[Bremen, Erhardt Berger, 1661].
First edition, very rare, of the first dictionary solely related to business.
A Treatise of Commerce, wherin are shewed the commodies [sic] arising by a wel ordered, and ruled trade, such as...
Very rare first edition. With a long authorial presentation inscription on the initial blank to a fellow Merchant Adventurer: