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. CHAHO, Joseph Augustin.

    Voyage en Navarre pendant l’insurrection des Basques (1830–1835) . . . Avec portraits et costumes.

    Paris, Arthus Bertrand, 1836.

    First edition; scarce. ‘The Carlist Wars . . . generated intense regionalist excitement among Spanish Basques and great curiosity in educated circles. Up until this point, more or less the only interest shown in the Basques had been of a philological nature. Augustin Chaho’s Voyage en Navarre...

    £450

  2. CHAPMAN, Abel, and Walter J. BUCK.

    Unexplored Spain . . . with 209 illustrations by Joseph Crawhall, E. Caldwell, and Abel Chapman...

    London, Edward Arnold, 1910.

    First edition. Intended as a sequel to Wild Spain (1893). ‘No foreigners could have enjoyed greater opportunity, and we have done our best to exploit the advantage – so far, at least, as steady plodding work will avail; for we have spent more than two years in analysing, checking and sorting,...

    £180

  3. CHAPMAN, Abel, and Walter J. BUCK.

    Wild Spain (España agreste). Records of sport with rifle, rod, and gun, natural history and...

    London, Gurney & Jackson, 1893.

    First edition. ‘An excellent book on sport in Spain’ (Schwerdt). ‘In “Wild Spain” we endeavour to describe a little-known land from a point of view hitherto almost unoccupied – that of the sportsman-naturalist . . . . During more than twenty years the authors have undertaken sporting expeditions...

    £180

  4. [CHINA.]

    Précis des nouvelles reçues des missions de Chine et des royaumes voisins, en 1819.

    [Paris, Adrien Le Clere, 1819?].

    An extremely rare summary of the state of French Christian missions in Su-Tchuen (China), Tong-King (Vietnam), Cochinchine (Vietnam), Siam (Thailand), and Pondichery (India) in 1819.

    £180

  5. [CHINESE ARTS DEALER.] ISKANDRIAN-HUPEDEN, A.

    [Cover title:] ‘My Treasure Box’ [Title-page:] ‘Some selected...

    Shanghai, Spring 1938.

    A charming and insightful trade catalogue compiled by a female Chinese arts dealer, covering porcelains, cast bronzes and irons, stone and wood sculpture, lacquered figures, furniture and screens, pottery and embroidery. The colours and dimensions are often described in the text, and the final...

    £1600

  6. CHOPPIN, Henri.

    La cavalerie française … illustrée de nombreux dessins et de 16 gravures hors texte en couleurs.

    Paris, Garnier brothers, 1893.

    First edition of a well illustrated history of the French cavalry. A cavalry captain, Henri Choppin (1831–1916) published widely on the French military: the first of several works devoted to the cavalry, La cavalerie française is handsomely illustrated throughout and accompanied by sixteen...

    £175

  7. CLARKE, Edward.

    Letters concerning the Spanish nation: written at Madrid during the years 1760 and 1761.

    London, T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, 1763.

    First edition. A description of Spain by the chaplain to the earl of Bristol’s embassy to Madrid. It ‘abounds with detailed observation’ (Oxford DNB).

    £950

  8. [CLIFFORD, Jeronimy].

    The case of Jeronimy Clifford, merchant and planter of Surinam. Paper, No. 160.

    [London, n.p., 1711].

    First extended account of Clifford’s long-running legal battle with the Dutch West India Company in Surinam over Corcabo, his sugar plantation. The earlier publications had been just four pages long; this work furnishes us with plantation account details and testimonies, chronologically arranged with...

    £1250

  9. [COAL].

    The miner’s journal. Coal statistical register, for 1869… also, statistics of the iron trade… rates of wages… together...

    Pottsville, PA, Miners’ Journal Office, 1869.

    First edition, rare. A synopsis of the trade, transportation and activities connected with coal between Pennsylvania and New York. The Miner’s Journal tracked the pulse of American coal trade, including importations of foreign coal and exports of domestic material. It prided itself on circulating ‘more...

    £250

  10. COBBETT, William.

    A Collection of facts and observations, relative to the peace with Buonaparte, chiefly extracted from the Porcupine...

    London, Cobbett and Morgan, 2 November 1801.

    First edition, collecting anti-Jacobin articles from Cobbett’s Porcupine 51 June to 27 October 1801, alongside eight letters by him to Lord Hawkesbury, and nine appendices of treaties and speeches. The Porcupine, launched as an independent newspaper by Cobbett in October 1800,...

    £350

  11. COLLIE, John Norman.

    Climbing on the Himalaya and other Mountain Ranges.

    Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable for David Douglas, 1902.

    First edition. The organic chemist and mountaineer Collie (1859-1942), was educated at Charterhouse and Clifton College, before studying chemistry at University College, Bristol and at Queen's College, Belfast. A series of teaching and research positions at Würzburg University, the Ladies' College,...

    £1350

  12. [COLLIN, E., engraver.]

    Tableaux itinéraires des distances de Paris aux principales villes de France et à toutes les capitales...

    Paris, Pelicier (and others), 1821.

    First edition of this collection of tables giving distances from Paris to all the major towns of France and the capitals of Europe. Table no. 15 details various routes from Paris to Madrid, and table no. 15 gives routes from Madrid to the principal maritime towns of Spain and Portugal.

    £250

  13. [COLLIN, E., engraver.]

    Carte des royaumes d’Espagne et de Portugal ou l’on a marqué les routes de poste. Dressée d’après...

    Paris, Eymery (and others), 1823.

    An updated version of a map which seems to have been published first in 1808, and then again in 1813, in both instances with the additional wording in the title ‘pour servir à l’intelligence des operations militaires’. There are inset plans of Cádiz and Gibraltar.

    £400

  14. [COLUMBUS.] QUARITCH, Bernard, and Michael KERNEY.

    The Spanish Letter of Columbus . . . A facsimile of the original edition published...

    [London], Quaritch, 2006.

    Over the centuries, booksellers have contributed much to the elucidation and sometimes to the falsification of historical documents. The story of the first printed account of the New World, usually known as Christopher Columbus’s Letter to Santángel or simply the Columbus Letter, illustrates both themes.

    £60

  15. COPPERTHWAITE, R.H.

    The Turf and the Racehorse, describing Trainers and Training, the Stud-Farm, the Sires and Brood-Mares of the...

    London, Day & Son, 1865.

    First edition of a scarce account of mid-nineteenth-century race horses, including notes and anecdotes on breeding, buying, training, and racing, and with an extensive table of ‘the tried brood mares of the day’, showing their pedigrees and progeny.

    £160

  16. COSTIGAN, Arthur William, pseud. [i.e. James FERRIER].

    Sketches of society and manners in Portugal. In a series of letters . ....

    London, T. Vernor, [1787.]

    First edition. This work is attributed to James Ferrier (b. 1734), a Scottish army officer in Portuguese service (1762–80) who assisted the Count of Lippe in the reform of the Portuguese army. The letters are dated between 1778 and 1779 and record the author’s experiences and impressions in Faro,...

    £475

  17. [COYER; VOLTAIRE; WAR OF THE AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION.]

    ‘Recueil des Pieces’.

    France, 1744-1749.

    An extraordinary sammelband of 75 pamphlets – 27 of which are recorded in only 3 or fewer libraries on OCLC – mostly relating to successful French exploits throughout Europe during the War of the Austrian Succession, including the Dutch and Italian campaigns and the conclusion of the war.

    £5500

  18. DALI, Salvador.

    Alpes: French Railways.

    France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.

    A gorgeous and colourful surrealist design of delicate butterflies fluttering against a rugged Alpine backdrop, one of six designs commissioned from Dali by SNCF, French national railways, to promote travel into the Alpine region.

    £250

  19. DALI, Salvador.

    Normandie. French Railways.

    France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.

    Mont Saint-Michel meets stone circles, butterflies and surrealist heads in this promotional SNCF poster for train travel in Normandy.

    £200

  20. DALI, Salvador.

    Roussillon. French Railways.

    France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.

    Further butterfly-interspersed surrealism for SNCF, this time for the Roussillon
    region, featuring a stylised cross of Languedoc above a beach scene against a
    mountainous backdrop

    £250