Travel

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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. BORROW, George.

    The Bible in Spain; or, the journeys, adventures, and imprisonments of an Englishman, in an attempt to circulate...

    London, John Murray, 1843.

    First edition. Borrow (1808–1881) joined the British and Foreign Bible Society in 1833: ‘Borrow impressed the society not just by his appearance – he was an imposing 6 foot 3 inches, with prematurely grey hair – but by his linguistic capacities. They sent him to St Petersburg (1833–5) to oversee...

    £500

  2. BORROW, George (Angus M. FRASER, editor).

    A journey to Eastern Europe in 1844 (thirteen letters).

    Edinburgh, The Tragara Press, 1981.

    First edition of these letters; no. 36 of 140 copies. ‘Apart . . . from his stirring missions to Russia, Portugal and Spain in the service of the Bible Society, Borrow’s only attested foreign travelling took place in 1844. The letters assembled in this centenary collection are all those known to...

    £50

  3. BOURGOING, Jean François, Baron de.

    Tableau de l’Espagne moderne . . . seconde edition, corrigée et considérablement augmentée,...

    Paris, for the author, Du Pont, Devaux and Regnault, 1797.

    Second edition, considerably expanded with respect to the first following Bourgoing’s second journey to Spain in 1792–3; the first edition had appeared in 1788 (as Nouveau voyage en Espagne). Bourgoing’s extensive work contains much on Spanish culture, industry, commerce and trade.

    £1400

  4. BOURGOING, Jean François, Baron de.

    Travels in Spain: containing a new, accurate, and comprehensive view of that country. By the...

    and J. Robinson, 1789.

    First edition in English of Bourgoing’s Nouveau voyage en Espagne, published the previous year. It also contains a partial translation of Peyron’s Nouveau voyage en Espagne.

    £600

  5. BOURGOING, Jean François, Baron de.

    Modern state of Spain: exhibiting a complete view of its topography, government, laws, religion,...

    London, John Stockdale, 1808.

    First edition in English of Bourgoing’s updated 1807 edition of his Tableau de l’Espagne moderne. The title calls for an atlas volume, but this seems to have been issued separately and is not present here.

    £500

  6. BOWLES, William.

    Introducción á la historía natural, y á la geografía física de España, por D. Guillermo Bowles. Segunda...

    Madrid, Imprenta Real, 1782.

    Second, corrected, edition; first published in 1775. William Bowles ‘was probably born in 1720 near Cork city (some sources give his birth as 1705). He studied law in London at his parents’ behest, but abandoned it in 1740 to study natural history, chemistry, metallurgy, and astronomy in Paris. After...

    £600

  7. BRADFORD, William.

    Sketches of the country, character, and costume, in Portugal and Spain, made during the campaign, and on the...

    London, John Booth, 1809[–10].

    First edition, early issue, of this splendid work, the first English work on Spain and Portugal to be illustrated with aquatint plates. Bradford’s work enjoyed considerable popularity in the aftermath of the Peninsular War, with further issues appearing in 1812, 1813, and 1823.

    £2500

  8. BRITISH MUSEUM.

    List of Missing English Theological and Devotional Books.

    [London, 1940s.]

    Mimeographed typescript of books missing after the losses suffered by the British Museum Library during the Second World War. This is one of several lists of books destroyed, produced both as a record and as a tool for acquiring replacement copies – this copy appears to have been used for that...

    £275

  9. BROWN, John.

    The life and adventures of a soldier; or, Struggles through real life: comprising a faithful history of the late war...

    London, E. Cornish, 1855.

    First edition; very rare. A vivid account of the Carlist War as experienced by a rank and file soldier in the British Legion. John Brown’s regiment marched into Spain on 5 June 1835 and reached ‘St. Ander’ on the 10th, whence it sailed to San Sebastian. On 11 August he married the daughter of a...

    £750

  10. [BRUNEL, Antoine de.]

    A journey into Spain.

    London, printed for Henry Herringman, 1670.

    First edition in English. A free and abridged translation of Voyage d’Espagne curieux, historique et politique, first published anonymously in 1665. Setting out from the Netherlands in 1651 in the company of François van Aerssen, Brunel toured France, Germany and Italy before travelling to...

    £950

  11. [BUNBURY, Henry William.] ‘GAMBADO, Geoffrey’.

    Annals of Horsemanship, containing Accounts of accidental Experiments and experimental...

    London, W. Nicholson for W. Baynes, 1808.

    Third edition of Bunbury’s satirical work with humorous etchings. First published in 1791 and often presented as a continuation of Bunbury’s Academy for grown Horsemen (published in 1784 also under the name Gambado), the Annals of Horsemanship is a parody of Arthur Young’s...

    £475

  12. [BUNBURY, Henry William.] ‘GAMBADO, Geoffrey’.

    An Academy for grown Horsemen, containing the completest Instructions for Walking,...

    London, W. Dickinson, S. Hooper, and Messrs Robinsons, 1787 [colophon: Mount Vernon (NY), William Edwin Rudge, 1929].

    Limited edition, reprinted from the first, numbered 142 of 400 copies. A humorous parody of the manuals on horsemanship so fashionable in the late eighteenth century, Bunbury’s text was published pseudonymously as Geoffrey Gambado but the plates credited to his own name, with reference to the...

    £85

  13. BURBURY, John.

    A Relation of a Journey of the Right Honourable my Lord Henry Howard, from London to Vienna, and thence to Constantinople;...

    London, Printed for T. Collins and I. Ford … and S. Hickman … 1671.

    First and only edition of this account of a special embassy to the court of Sultan Mehmed IV, undertaken in 1664-5 by Walter Leslie, the Scottish-born Ambassador Extraordinary of the Holy Roman Empire. In his party was Henry Howard, later sixth Duke of Norfolk, along with the author John Burbury, who...

    £5750

  14. CAMPANO, Giovanni Antonio.

    Oratio ... in [con]ventu Ratispo. ad exhortandas principes Germano[rum] contra Turcos et de laudibus...

    [Rome, Stephan Plannck, c. 1487].

    First edition of this speech by Campano intended to incite the belligerency of the Germans against the Turks, in the wake of Turkish raids into Friuli, in northeast Italy, which had begun in 1469. Famous for his Latin epigrams, verses, orations, and biographical and historical works, Campano (1429–1477)...

    £7000

  15. CARDONNEL, Adam de.

    Picturesque Antiquities of Scotland [I–II] …

    London: Printed for the Author, and sold by Edwards … also by Edwards’s, in Halifax. 1788.

    First edition, the very rare issue with the plates in sepia, printed directly onto thick wove paper.

    £975

  16. CAREY, Henry Charles.

    Principles of social science.

    Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott, 1858-1860.

    First edition, a very attractive copy, of Carey’s principal work. ‘His treatment of social science was original, and led him to a series of supposed discoveries, the order of which he has stated in the introduction of his most important work The Principles of Social Science. His point of departure...

    £1200

  17. CARLETON, George [Sir Walter SCOTT, editor].

    Memoirs of Capt. George Carleton, an English officer; including anecdotes of the war...

    for Archibald Constable & Co., and London, John Murray, 1808.

    First published in 1728. This is the first edition to be edited by Sir Walter Scott, who has also added a preface. This is the ordinary paper issue; copies printed on large paper are also known.

    £250

  18. CARTWRIGHT, John.

    England’s Aegis; or, the military Energies of the Empire ...

    London, Richard Phillips, 1804.

    First edition, scarce, by the gentleman reformer and former naval officer John Cartwright. ‘Ever the patriot, when Britain was facing possible French invasion he took up a passionate advocacy of the utility of the pike and the creation of an Anglo-Saxon-type militia in his … England’s...

    £400

  19. CATANEO, Girolamo.

    De arte bellica, sive de designandis ac construendis arcibus et propugnaculis, necnon et de iis oppugnandis,...

    Lyons, Jean de Tournes, 1600.

    First Latin edition, scarce on the market, of this handsomely illustrated military classic, first published in Italian at Brescia in 1564. Edited and published by Jean de Tournes, this edition is dedicated to Henry IV of France. The military architect Cataneo (active 1540-1584) was considered,...

    £1850

  20. [CAVALRY.]

    Cours d’équitation militaire, a l’usage des corps de troupes a cheval, approuvé par s. exc. le ministre de la guerre.

    Saumur, H. Fournier for A. Degouy and Névo-Degouy, and Paris, Anselin, 1830.

    First edition of an encyclopædic work on horsemanship for the use of the French cavalry, with the suite of plates. ‘L’ouvrage est en effet une veritable encyclopédie hippique : hippologie, extérieur, emploi à la selle, au trait et au bat, alimentation, hygiène, maladies et accidens, haras...

    £225