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.
Washington, United States Government Printing Office, 1948.
A set of offprints of four articles by Lévi-Strauss from the Smithsonian’s Handbook of South American Indians, inscribed by the author. In each article Claude Lévy-Strauss (1908–2009) provides an illustrated introduction to an Amazonian group, recording their history, social and political...
Filibusters in Barbary (Record of a Visit to the Sous).
London, Grayson & Grayson, .
First edition, scarce in the dust-jacket, ‘an account of his travels which Lewis had written after a holiday with his wife in French Morocco and the Spanish Sahara. The book … emerged as one of the liveliest travel-books of the time. Like all of Lewis’s writing, it was quirky and opinionated,...
Explorations dans l’intérieur de l’Afrique Australe et voyages à travers le continent de Saint-Paul de...
Paris: Imprimerie de Ch. Lahure et Cie for Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie, 1859.
First appearance in French of Livingstone’s Missionary Travels and Researches in Southern Africa (1857), describing his early years in the region and the first of his three great expeditions across the continent: ‘Livingstone’s services to African geography during thirty years are almost...
LOCKER, Edward Hawke.
Views in Spain.
London, John Murray, 1824.
First edition, a large paper copy. Edward Hawke Locker (1777–1849) was a son of the naval captain William Locker. ‘In 1813, when serving as Secretary with the Mediterranean Fleet, he travelled with Lord John Russell from Tarragona to Zaragoza and then north to visit the Allied front in the Western...
[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...
LÓPEZ DE VARGAS MACHUCA, Tomás.
Atlas geofráfico de España, que comprende el mapa general del reyno, y los particulares de...
Madrid, [no publisher,] 1804.
First edition of this important atlas of Spain, very rarely found complete. The series of eight maps of Portugal at the end was first published in 1778, with another edition in 1811. Several of the maps form large wall- or folding maps at a uniform scale of 1:230,000 intended for joining and mounting.
Voyage de Sophie et d’Eulalie, au Palais du vrai bonheur; ouvrage pour servir de guide dans les voies...
Paris, Charles-Pierre Berton, 1781.
First edition of this rare utopian voyage written by a woman for a readership of women.
Louis Xavier Auguet de Saint-Sylvain, Baron de [Jean Toussaint MERLE, editor]. The career of Don Carlos, since the...
London, Richard Bentley, 1835.
First edition in English. First published in French earlier the same year and quickly translated into German and Spanish as well as English. Saint-Sylvain was a French legitimist who became a significant personal aide to Don Carlos. ‘Admitted to the confidence of the legitimate heir of the Spanish...
Thousands of Frenchmen dead for resistance.
This poster, along with two others designed by Louvat in 1944, was produced by the French Forces of the Interior (FFI), a name used by Charles de Gaulle for the French Resistance movement towards the end of the Second World War. In June 1944, the FFI was involved in the Allied invasion of Normandy and...
Sir Isaac Newton’s tables for renewing and purchasing the leases of cathedral-churches and colleges, according...
London, printed for Thomas Astley, 1742
Sixth edition, first published in 1686, this issue was sometimes also published with a separate title page and imprint reading, ‘The money’d man’s pocket-book’, London, 1742’ immediately preceding the title-page of the second part. A series of tables calculating the amounts owed on leases based...
[MACKENZIE, Alexander Slidell.]
Spain revisited. By the author of ‘A year in Spain’.
London, Richard Bentley, 1836.
First edition. An American edition appeared the same year. Born in New York, Alexander Slidell Mackenzie (1803–1848) entered the American navy aged eleven as a midshipman, serving on various ships in the Caribbean and the Pacific. In 1825 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and soon afterwards...
[MACKENZIE, Alexander Slidell.]
A year in Spain. By a young American.
London, John Murray, 1831.
First London edition; first published in Boston in 1829. Born in New York, Alexander Slidell Mackenzie (1803–1848) entered the American navy aged eleven as a midshipman, serving on various ships in the Caribbean and the Pacific. In 1825 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and soon afterwards...
MADDEN, Dodgson Hamilton.
The Diary of Master William Silence: A Study of Shakespeare & of Elizabethan Sport.
London, New York, & Bombay, Longmans, Green, & Co., 1897.
First edition of Madden’s reimagination of Elizabethan sport, derived from passages from Shakespeare. Though a legal writer and prominent jurist, being appointed attorney-general of Ireland in 1889, the best known publication of Dodgson Hamilton Madden (1840–1928) remains the Diary of Master...
Eruditissima istoria dell’assedio fatto dalli Turchi all città di Malta.
Naples, [c. 1800?].
Scarce poem on the 1565 Great Siege of Malta, when around 2400 Knights Hospitallers and Maltese inhabitants repelled an Ottoman invasion lead by Dragut and Mustafa Pasha. Library catalogues credit the work to Innico Grivaccio.
MANUEL I, King of Portugal.
Abtruck ains lateinnischen sandtbrieues an babstliche heiligkeit, von künigklicher wurden...
[Strassburg, Matthias Hüpfüff, 1513.]
An extremely rare German translation of a newsletter reporting the 1511 Portuguese conquest of Malacca and describing its rich potential as a commercial centre, interestingly illustrated with one of the earliest depictions of an indigenous American.
MARKHAM, ‘J.’ [Gervase], G. JEFFERIES, ‘and Discreet INDIANS’, [and John MILLIS (editor)].
The Citizen and...
Baltimore, Samuel Sower, 1797.
First Baltimore (second American) edition, revised from Markham’s works for use in the United States. When first published in colonial-era Delaware, at Wilmington in 1764, the text was the first book on the selection, care, and racing of horse to be printed in America; this second edition is...
MARKHAM, ‘J.’ [Gervase], G. JEFFERIES, ‘and Experienced INDIANS’, [and C.D. LESHER (editor)].
Chambersburg, Thomas J. Wright, [c. 1839].
Undated Chambersburg edition. Among the most popular farriery manuals in America, the Experienced Farrier remained in print almost a century after its first appearance, with this Chambersburg edition following those of Wilmington and Baltimore. Intended, like its predecessors, for the common...
Fascetto di pratiche matematiche spiegato alle persone popolari per uso del comercio umano, e civile, in questa...
Verona, Dionisio Ramanzini, 1780.
A lovely copy of the second edition, considerably augmented from the first of 1754, of this book of applied mathematical problems by the Veronese mathematician Gaetano Marzaglia (1716-1787), heavily influenced by the work of Wolff, who provides the motto to the book, and whose works he edited and expanded....
MAXWELL, William Hamilton, editor.
Peninsular sketches; by actors on the scene.
London, Henry Colburn, 1845.
First edition of this scarce compilation of first-hand accounts of the Peninsular War, some of which appear only in this work. ‘The arduous struggle . . . may be found, in most of its important occurrences, faithfully described in the present volumes; which, for the first time, give the details of...
McWILLIAM, James Ormiston.
Medical History of the Expedition to the Niger during the Years 1841-2. Comprising an Account of the...
London: C. Adlard for John Churchill, 1843.
First edition. A classic treatise on the Niger region and the yellow fever written by the Scottish doctor James Ormiston McWilliam, the hero of a government expedition exploring the region and its commercial opportunities, and explicitly aimed at suppressing the slave trade. When the yellow fever...