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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. [TIMBER.]

    To our worthy friends [Sr Edward Fuss Knt, John Smith, John Stevens, Silvanus Wood and William Selwin Esqrs] Justices...

    [2 April 1667]

    Unrecorded(?) part-printed warrant; pursuant to the Act for providing carriage by land and by water for the use of his Majesties Navy and Ordnance, the parties names above are requested to provide fourteen carriages to Daniel Furzer for the transport of two hundred loads of timber from ‘in and...



    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...


  3. 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...


  4. TOWNSEND, Joseph.

    A journey through Spain in the years 1786 and 1787; with particular attention to the agriculture, manufactures,...

    London, printed for C. Dilly, 1792.

    Second edition, expanded and corrected; first published the previous year. McCulloch calls this ‘one of the best works of the kind that has ever appeared, throwing a great deal of light on the political economy of Spain, and on the causes of her decline’.


  5. TUCKER, Josiah.

    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...


  6. TULLOCH, James Dundas Gregorie.

    Small archive relating to his military career.


    An interesting set of documents tracing the military career of James Dundas Gregorie Tulloch (1804-1879), from his initial struggles to obtain a commission to his promotion to Major under Queen Victoria. Tulloch was the younger brother of the statistician Major-General Sir Alexander Murray Tulloch (1803-1864),...


  7. VANE [formerly STEWART], Charles William, third marquess of Londonderry.

    Narrative of the Peninsular War, from 1808 to 1813 . ....

    London, Henry Colburn, 1829.

    First octavo edition, with an appendix which appears here for the first time: ‘Since the publication of the first edition of this narrative, the author has received communications from some of his brother officers; and he deems it but justice to them to give these letters, with his answers, to the...


  8. VAN HALEN, Juan [Valentín Maria LLANOS GUTIERREZ, editor].

    Memoirs of Don Juan van Halen; comprising the narrative of his imprisonment...

    London, Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830.

    Second edition; first published in 1827. It is edited by Valentín Maria Llanos Gutierrez, who knew Keats, and visited him three days before his death in February, 1821. In 1826 Llanos y Gutierrez married Fanny Keats, the poet’s sister, and in 1833 took her to Spain, where they lived for the rest of...


  9. VAUX, Frederic W.

    Rambles in the Pyrenees; and a visit to San Sebastian.

    London, Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1838.

    First edition; scarce. Vaux’s peregrinations in the Pyrenees, which took place during the First Carlist War, were mostly confined to the French side of the border, but he visited Viella and Venasque on the Spanish side. He found the latter to be ‘a town somewhat larger than Viella, and, if possible,...


  10. 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.


  11. [VERBIEST, Ferdinand].

    Voyages de l’empereur de la Chine dans la Tartarie, ausquels on a joint une nouvelle découverte au Mexique.

    Paris, Estienne Michallet, 1685.

    First edition, extremely rare, of two letters in which the Jesuit missionary Verbiest describes the travels made by the emperor Kang Xi to Manchuria in 1682 and Mongolia in 1683.


  12. 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).


  13. VIVIAN, George.

    Spanish scenery.

    London, P. & D. Colnaghi, 1838.

    First edition of this impressive collection of views, one of the most sumptuous such works devoted to Spain. George Vivian (1798–1873) was a connoisseur, collector, amateur architect and member of the Society of Dilettanti. He was also a member of the Commission set up to select a plan for the new...



    Carte des royaumes d’Espagne et Portugal dressée par L. Vivien ingénieur géographe, auteur...

    Paris, J. Andriveau-Goujon, 1831 and 1834.

    Second edition, updated (‘revue’) in 1834, of this attractive large map of Spain and Portugal, first published in 1824. It includes an inset plan of Cádiz. Louis Vivien de Saint-Martin (1802–1897) was not only a geographer and cartographer but also a prolific author who translated the works of...


  15. WALLIS, Thomas.

    The Farrier’s and Horseman’s complete Dictionary, containing the Art of Farriery in all its Branches, with...

    London, J. Beecroft, J. & F. Rivington, W. Owen, T. Lowndes, and G. Robinson, and Southampton, T. Baker, 1775.

    Third edition, from the library of Captain John Tharp of the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards. Born in Jamaica, John Tharp (1769-1851) served in the Blues, as a cornet from 1792 and a captain from 1799. Evidently interested equestrianism, surviving correspondence from his father complains of his...


  16. WALTON, William.

    The revolutions of Spain, from 1808 to the end of 1836. With biographical sketches of the most distinguished personages,...

    London, Richard Bentley, 1837.

    First edition of this pro-Carlist dissection of recent Spanish history. ‘The narrative commences with the year 1808; not only because the Spanish reformers who have entailed so many calamities on their country first came into notice at that period, but because the real character of the prince whose...


  17. WHEELER, William (Basil Henry LIDDELL HART, editor).

    The letters of Private Wheeler 1809–1828.

    London, Michael Joseph, [1951].

    First edition. William Wheeler was a private soldier who had transferred into the army (51st Foot) from the Surrey Militia in April 1809. His letters ‘start with the Walcheren expedition, cover the main part of the Peninsular War, and then give his impressions of the Waterloo campaign. I know of no...


  18. [WIDDRINGTON, Samuel Edward, formerly COOK.]

    Spain and the Spaniards, in 1843. London, T.

    & W. Boone, 1844.

    First edition. Samuel Widdrington (1787–1856) had a distinguished career in the Navy, rising to the rank of captain. On retiring from the Navy he took up his interests in botany and mineralogy. He was accompanied for part of the tour described here by the Oxford professor of chemistry and botany Charles...


  19. WYLD, James, publisher.

    Spain and Portugal. Reduced from the large map in four sheets.

    London, James Wyld, 1836.

    Very scarce. The large map referred to in the title is probably Wyld’s Map of the kingdoms of Spain and Portugal, including Algarve, published in 1823. A reduced version of that map seems also to have been published in 1823.