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.
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...
[GROCERY STORE’S PRICELIST].
Tariffa dei generi di pizzicheria.
[Viterbo province, 1853 – 1861].
A collection of four broadsheets listing prices for various foodstuffs sold in small provincial towns’ groceries stores, providing a fascinating insight into eating habits and everyday life in mid-nineteenth century central Italy, as well as representing a primary source of information for calculating...
GROGNET [or GRONGNET] de Vassé, Giorgio.
Compendio ossia epilogo anticipato di un’opera estesa sulla precisa situazione della...
Malta, printed by Franz, 1854.
First and only edition, very rare (2 copies in public holdings worldwide, Oxford and Turin) of the most fully and cogently argued work identifying Malta as one of the most substantial remains of the mythical Atlantis.
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.
An historical account of the British trade over the Caspian Sea, with a journal of travels from London through Russia...
London, Dodsley, Nourse, Millar, Vaillant, & Patterson, Waugh, and Willock, 1753.
First edition of Hanway’s narrative of his trade mission to Russia, Persia, and the Caspian Sea. Having joined the Russia Company in 1743, Jonas Hanway (1712-1786) sailed for Riga in April that year, before travelling on to St Petersburg, Moscow, and Astrakhan in an attempt to re-establish the fragile...
Ménage sociétaire ou Moyen d’augmenter son bien-être en diminuant sa dépense, avec indication de quelques...
Paris, Bureau de la Phalange, à la librairie Sociale, 1839.
1. First edition of this work by the entrepreneur and inventor Charles Harel (1771-1852), a friend and disciple of Charles Fourier’s. This plan describes Harel’s project for the founding of a community of 200 celibates: a utopia of communal life detailing rules (‘love’, ‘the library’etc.)...
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...
Mr. Hunt’s triumphant entry in Manchester, from Lancaster Gaol.
Nottingham, Ordoyno, .
Unrecorded handbill reporting on Hunt’s arrival in Manchester on 31 August 1819.
After the Peterloo Massacre on 16 August 1819, Hunt was arrested, charged with seditious conspiracy and transferred to Lancaster Gaol. ‘Bailed, he challenged the competence of the Lancashire grand jury...
To the Radical Reformers, male and female, of England, Ireland and Scotland.
London, Molineux and Dolby, 1820-1822.
First edition, a very good though incomplete collection of Hunt’s letters, forty-seven in total, which were written from his imprisonment in the “Ilchester Bastille” following the Peterloo massacre of 1819. It begins with one of his later letters, anticipating his release in five weeks’...
‘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...
Tables of interest, from one pound to five hundred millions, for one day; by which the interest for any sum of money...
One of two editions published in 1786, the other one undated, ESTC does not give any precedence. Tables for calculating interest at a quarter, half, three-quarters, three, four, and five percent; intended as a quick reference for bankers and merchants. Hurry precedes his tables with four pages of example...