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.
WHEELER, William (Basil Henry LIDDELL HART, editor).
The letters of Private Wheeler 1809–1828.
London, Michael Joseph, .
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...
[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...
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.
De Cyri regis Persarum vita atque disciplina, libri VIII.
Paris, Andreas Wechel, 1572.
First edition of Joachim Camerarius’ Latin translation of Xenophon’s Cyropaedia, a partly fictional work on the life and education of Cyrus the Great which served as a model for medieval and renaissance mirrors of princes, including Machiavelli’s Il Principe. A beautiful...