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.
The instructor: or, young man’s best companion…to which is added the family’s best companion…
London, for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch, [not before 1735].
Second edition, (first, 1727). ‘Volumes entitled The Young Man’s companion exist in many versions and go back to the 1680s when William Mather produced the first of them. They are compendiums of useful information, intended for self-improvement. They concentrate on English, Mathematics, including...
London: Queen Anne Press, 2010.
First edition thus, no. 120 of 150 copies. 'In April 1932 Fleming answered an advertisement in the agony column of The Times, which led him to take part in a crack-brained and amateurish expedition to the hinterland of Brazil, ostensibly to look for Colonel P.H. Fawcett, a missing explorer....
News from Tartary: A Journey from Peking to Kashmir.
London: Queen Anne Press, 2010.
First edition thus, no. 120 of 150 copies. Fleming had first travelled to China in 1931 and returned in 1933 as the Special Correspondent of The Times, to cover the war between the nationalists and the communists; 'After reaching Mukden (Shenyang) in Manchuria and taking part in a sortie...
FORBES, James David.
Travels through the Alps ... New edition revised and annotated by W.A.B. Coolidge ... With portrait, new maps,...
London, Adam and Charles Black, 1900.
A handsome edition of four of Forbes’s chief writings relating to his Alpine travels, from the library of Guido Rey (1861-1935), the distinguished Italian Alpinist, writer and photographer.
FORD, Richard (Ian ROBERTSON, editor).
A hand-book for travellers in Spain, and readers at home. Describing the country and cities,...
[Arundel and London,] Centaur Press, .
The Centaur Press reprint of Richard Ford’s classic Hand-book for travellers in Spain, with an introduction by Ian Robertson and a revised index.
FOSSÉ, Charles Louis François.
Idées d’un militaire pour la disposition des troupes confiées aux jeunes officiers dans la...
Paris, de l’imprimerie de Franç. Amb. Didot l’Ainé chez Alexandre Jombert, 1783.
First edition. ‘Ouvrage estimé’ (Brunet). A splendidly illustrated military treatise and excellent example of French colour printing written by a French infantry officer and mathematician who distinguished himself in the Seven Years’ War.
FOSTER, John Leslie.
An essay on the principle of commercial exchanges, and more particularly of the exchange between Great Britain...
London, J. Hatchard, 1804.
First edition of a contemporary response to the Irish Currency Report of 1804 written by the Irish-born judge John L. Foster. The 1804 Irish Currency Report was a direct precursor to the more famous Bullion Report of 1810. Indeed, the former ‘…contains a large part of the doctrine later incorporated...
FOY, Sébastien-Maximilien, compte de.
Histoire de la guerre de la péninsule sous Napoléon, précédé d’un tableau politique...
Paris, Baudouin frères, 1827.
First edition. A detailed history of the Peninsular War written by a French general who distinguished himself in the conflict. Foy was involved in the first invasion of Portugal, Sir John Moore’s famous retreat to La Corunna, the battles of Salamanca and Vitoria, and the fighting in the Pyrenees. Napoleon...
[FULIGNATI, Giuntino (pseud.
for Tommaso BUONI?)]. Della famosissima compagnia della lesina. Dialogo, capitoli, e ragionamenti....
Vicenza, Giorgio Greco, 1601.
Scarce humorous dystopia of indigence, first edition thus: the first to include a section specifically directed at women. Styled as the statutes and histories of a fictitious society, the ‘Company of Stinginess’, founded to promote thrift in an age of economic depression and scarcity, made its debut...
GARDINER, John Smallman.
The Art and the Pleasures of Hare-Hunting. In six Letters to a Person of Quality …
London: Printed by R. Griffith … 1750.
First edition, scarce, an eloquent and amusing account of hare-hunting, the first monograph on the subject in English, comprising letters on the superiority of hare-hunting to fox-hunting (less dangerous, less laborious), on the best types of dogs, of trailing and starting hares, etc. Gardiner’s letter...
COMINAZZI, Marco. Cenni sulla fabbrica d’armi in Gardone di Valtrompia.
Brescia, F. Speranza, 1850.
First edition, very rare, with apparently one only copy recorded in institutions worldwide (University of Illinois), of this account of the history of one of the earliest and most globally successful firearms manufactures. In fine silver-stamped calf, this copy appears to have been bound either for presentation...
The trade and navigation of Great-Britain considered: shewing that the surest way for a nation to increase in riches,...
London, A. Bettesworth, C. Hitch … and S. Birt, 1738.
Fourth edition of Gee’s most important work, first published in 1729. Written at a time of declining exports, decaying agriculture and high unemployment Trade and navigation discusses foreign trade with strong protectionist tendencies. Gee is keen to improve trade with the North American colonies,...
[GREAT BRITAIN: PARLIAMENT].
[Drop-head title:] ‘An act for repealing the several duties of customs and excise, and granting...
London, Charles Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1787.
Rare first edition of the consolidation act that revolutionised British handling of customs and excise and the problem of smuggling, in line with Adam Smith’s 1776 recommendations.
GRIFFIS, William Elliot.
Corea the Hermit Nation.
London: W.H. Allen & Co., 1882.
First British edition. The American orientalist, minister and writer Griffis (1843-1928) was educated at Rutgers University and travelled to Japan in 1870, in the early years of the Meiji period, when Japan was beginning to engage with the West. After four years teaching in Japan, Griffis returned to...
Annales et Historiae de rebus Belgicis.
Amsterdam, J. Blaeu, 1657.
First edition of the great jurists’ Annals of the Low Countries, his one work of history.
HARLINGUE, L. [Albert].
[Iran, c. 1905-1911].
An impressive press image of the Bakhtiari tribe – revolutionaries in the Persian Constitutional Revolution of 1905-1911 – here posing in strength with their weapons. Their leader, Sardar As’ad Bakhtiari (1856-1917), was a key figure in the Iranian revolution; under his command (and with German...
Journal of a Tour through the North of England and Parts of Scotland. With Remarks on the present State of the established...
London: Printed by T. Gillet … and sold at Surr[e]y Chapel; also by T. Chapman [and seven others in London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow]. 1799
First edition, an account of a Scottish tour conducted in July –September 1798 by the eccentric evangelical preacher Rowland Hill, followed by lengthy remarks on the Scottish church in a letter to the Baptist minister James Haldane. There is another issue with the title Journal through the North...
The angler’s manual; or, concise lessons of experience, which the proficient in the delightful recreation of...
Liverpool, G.F. Harris for Samuel Bagster, 1808.
First edition of this angling classic, with excellent plates by the painter and etcher Howitt (1756/7-1823), depicting a variety of fish, as well as charming scenes of minnow-, fly-, pike- and float-fishing. A keen sportsman, hunter, rider and angler, Howitt became a professional artist when financial...
The rural and domestic life of Germany: with characteristic sketches of its cities and scenery, collected in a...
London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1842
A fine copy of the first edition of Howitt’s account of his travels in Germany and Austria, and one of the best books in English about German life at the time. Howitt had moved with his family to Heidelberg in 1840 and stayed in Germany for more than two years on account of the education of his older...
‘HURLBUT’ [i.e. HURLBERT], William Henry.
Pictures of Cuba.
London: M’Corquodale and Co. for Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1855.
First British edition, revised and retitled, issued in the ‘Traveller’s Library’ series. Pictures of Cuba was first published under the title Gan-Eden: or, Pictures of Cuba (Boston: 1854), and Hurlbert (1827-1895) states in his preface that, ‘In the short time that has elapsed...