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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.
  1. SNOW, William Parker.

    A two years’ cruise off Tierra del Fuego, the Falkland Islands, Patagonia, and in the River Plate: a narrative...

    London, Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts, 1857.

    First edition, with attractive coloured lithographed plates after drawings by the author.


  2. SOMERVILLE, Alexander.

    History of the British Legion, and war in Spain, from personal observations and other authentic sources,...

    London, James Pattie, 1839.

    Second edition of one of the finest and most entertaining accounts of the First Carlist War; a considerably reworked, expanded, and eccentrically illustrated version of Somerville’s A narrative of the British Auxiliary Legion, published in Glasgow the previous year.


  3. SOMERVILLE, Alexander.

    A narrative of the British Auxiliary Legion, with incidents, anecdotes, and sketches of all parties connected...

    Glasgow, Muir, Gowans & Co., 1838.

    First edition; rare. One of the finest and most entertaining accounts of the First Carlist War. It was apparently issued ‘in about twenty parts, published weekly, at twopence each’ (p. [iii]).


  4. SOUTHEY, Robert.

    Letters written during a short residence in Spain and Portugal . . . with some account of Spanish and Portuguese...

    Bristol, printed by Bulgin & Rosser, for Joseph Cottle, and Robinson, Cadell & Davies, London, 1797.

    First edition. A descriptive narrative of Southey’s travels in Spain and Portugal during a visit to his uncle from December 1795 to May 1796. The Letters, Southey’s first published work in prose, describe ‘the arduous land journey from Coruña, the port of landing, to Madrid, and thence...



    ‘Routes de Privas à Nîmes 1892’.

    June-July 1892.

    A nice sketchbook, by an anonymous artist, recording a trip to the South of France in 1892, capturing the beauty of the landscape, as well as some of the historic monuments in the départements of Ardèche, Gard, and Vaucluse.


  6. SPURR, George Graham.

    The land of gold. A tale of ’49. Illustrative of early pioneer life in California, and founded upon fact....

    Boston, A. Williams & Company, 1881.

    First edition. ‘This narrative ... is contributed to the file of literature for the purpose of keeping green the memory of the achievements of the early pioneers in California, and to show future generations what it cost to add what was once a wild unbroken solitude to civilisation and fame’ (Preface)....


  7. STANHOPE, Philip Henry, Lord Mahon.

    History of the War of the Succession in Spain . . . Second edition.

    London, John Murray, 1836.

    Second edition; first published in 1832. In this work, his first on British history, Lord Mahon made use of the extensive papers and correspondence of his relative James Stanhope, first Earl Stanhope (1673–1721): ‘these papers fill no less than fifteen or sixteen folio cases, and serve not only to...


  8. STEPHENS, Edward Bell.

    The Basque Provinces: their political state, scenery, and inhabitants; with adventures amongst the Carlists...

    London, Whittaker & Co., 1837.

    First edition. The author spent three months among the Carlists in 1836 as correspondent for the Morning Post, arriving at Bayonne on 3 September 1836 and returning there on 13 January 1837. His account includes descriptions of the second siege of Bilbao and the Battle of Luchana.


  9. STOTHERT, William.

    A narrative of the principal events of the campaigns of 1809, 1810, and 1811, in Spain and Portugal; interspersed...

    London, P. Martin, 1812.

    First edition of this scarce and very early account of the Peninsular War. William Stothert (1780–1815), from Kirkcudbrightshire, was an infantry adjutant with the Third Foot Guards. His work takes the form of 45 letters dated between 12 March 1809 and 20 December 1811, and includes accounts of the...


  10. 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...


  11. SURTEES, Robert Smith.

    The Horseman’s Manual, being a Treatise on Soundness, the Law of Warranty, and generally on the Laws relating...

    London, M.A. Pittman for Alfred Miller, 1831.

    First edition of Surtees’s first work, the only publication to bear his name, from the family of the dedicatee. Though best known for his sporting articles and novels, Robert Smith Surtees (1805–1864) was, alongside his landed interests, a respected jurist in County Durham, serving as justice...


  12. [SURTEES, Robert Smith,] and John LEECH (illustrator).

    Handley Cross series.

    London, Bradbury, Agnew, & Co., 1899-1900.

    Limited ‘Master of Foxhounds’ edition, finely printed at the Whitefriars Press. Having published the first editions of several of Surtees’s sporting novels, Bradbury, Agnew, & Co. gathered and reprinted the six most successful as the ‘Handley Cross series’ as luxury sets. Publisher’s...


  13. SURTEES, William.

    Twenty-five years in the Rifle Brigade. By the late William Surtees, Quartermaster.

    Edinburgh, William Blackwood, and London, T. Cadell, 1833.

    First edition of this scarce memoir, ‘full of typical stories reflecting the virtues and failings of the famous Light Division’ (Charles Oman, Wellington’s army 1809–1814 pp. 30–1).


  14. SWINBURNE, Henry.

    Travels through Spain, in the years 1775 and 1776. In which several monuments of Roman and Moorish architecture...

    London, P. Elmsly, 1779.

    From an old Roman Catholic family, Swinburne (1743–1803) ‘was educated at Scorton School, near Catterick, Yorkshire, the monastic seminary at Lacelle, France, the University of Paris, Bordeaux, and finally the Royal Academy in Turin, where he developed a keen interest in the arts’ (Oxford DNB)....


  15. TATE, William.

    The modern cambist; forming a manual of foreign exchanges, in the direct, indirect, and cross operations of bills...

    London, Effingham Wilson, 1836.

    Third edition, corrected and expanded to reflect changes in the monetary systems of Portugal and Geneva, a new coinage introduced by the East India Company and the opening of trade with China. There is also a new appendix which discusses the mintage regulations for the coins of the United States, reflecting...


  16. THICKNESSE, Philip.

    A year’s journey through France, and part of Spain . . . The second edition with additions.

    London, William Brown, 1778.

    Second, expanded edition, a subscriber’s copy; first published the previous year. ‘Disappointed in the expectation of falling heir to some property . . . [and] “driven out of his own country with eight children in his train,” [Thicknesse] removed himself to Spain, where he thought he could live...


  17. [THOMPSON, Charles William.]

    Twelve months in the British Legion. By an officer of the Ninth Regiment.

    London, John Macrone, 1836.

    First edition; very scarce. Charles Thompson (1815–1896) was the second son of the army officer and radical politician Thomas Perronet Thompson. Before entering the army proper he served in Spain in the British Legion under Sir George de Lacy Evans. He fought at Arlaban on three consecutive days in...


  18. THÜNEN, Johann Heinrich von.

    Der isolirte Staat in Beziehung auf Landwirthschaft und Nationalökonomie …[Part I and part II/1].

    Rostock, G. B. Leopold, 1842–50.

    Scarce second edition of the first part, revised and enlarged, being the repository of Thünen’s major theories, and the edition used by Roscher in his Geschichte der National-Oekonomik, here bound with the first edition of part II/1, the last to be published during the author’s lifetime;...


  19. [TIPU SULTAN.]

    Les Indiens, ou Tippoo-Saïb, fils d’Hyder-Ally, &c. Avec quelques particularités sur ce prince, sur ses ambassadeurs...

    A Londres [i.e. Paris?] et se trouve à Paris, chez Le Jay, 1788.

    The apparently unrecorded first issue of this work on Tipu Sultan (1750–1799), ruler of the kingdom of Mysore and implacable enemy of the British East India Company. The only copies recorded institutionally (on ESTC, COPAC, and OCLC) have the title Les indiens, ou Tipou-Sultan, fils D’Ayder-Aly...


  20. TOOKE, Thomas.

    Thoughts and Details on the high and low Prices of the last thirty Years.

    London, John Murray, 1823.

    First edition of Tooke's first work, discussing the influence of climatic conditions and changing demand on agricultural prices. ‘During the three years which followed the Resumption Act of 1819 prices of nearly all commodities decreased, and the opinion that the fall in prices was the result of the...