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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. DALI, Salvador.

    Alsace. French Railways.

    France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.

    A striking monochrome image of the Temple Saint-Étienne, also known as the Cathedral of Mulhouse, against a murky sky. A vast butterfly blends into the foreground.


  2. DANDOLO, Vincenzo.

    Enologia ovvero l’arte di fare, conservare e far viaggare i vini del regno.

    Milan, Giambattista Sonzogno, 1820.

    Second edition (first Milan, Silvestri, 1812) of a substantial description of viniculture in its entirety, including storage, transport and export. Dandolo was one of the leading Italian agronomists of the time. He promoted the culture of the potato, introduced modern silk production into Lombardy, and...


  3. [DANIEL, John Edgecombe.]

    Journal of an officer in the Commissariat Department of the army: comprising a narrative of the campaigns...

    London, Porter and King for the author, 1820.

    First edition; rare. Written in the form of a diary, this is a clear and candid account of the Peninsular War as viewed from the Commissary Department of the army. The author sailed from Falmouth on 3 November 1810 in the packet Prince of Wales. During the voyage the ship came under attack from...


  4. [DENSON, R.].

    A new Travellers Companion through de [sic] Netherlands containing, a bref Account of all what is worth to be taken...

    At the Hague, Printed for Henry Scheurleer, F. Z. upon the Plain. 1754

    First edition. The author, intending to spend the rest of his days in the United Provinces and at a loss for want of an exact description of each town and a guide to show how to travel from one to another, took delight in seeking out this information and in writing these sheets for the use of his countrymen....


  5. DIKREITER, Otto, and Renée SINTENIS (illustrator).

    Du und Dein Pferd: Ein anmutiges, belehrendes, und ergötzliches...

    Berlin, Königsberg, & Leipzig, Kanter Verlag, [c. 1938].

    First edition (seventh to tenth thousand) of a charmingly illustrated work. The collection of short pieces of poetry and prose relating to horses, gathered from sources ranging from Shakespeare and Goethe to Xenophon and the Koran, is illustrated by the German artist Renée Sintenis (1888–1965),...


  6. DILLON, John Talbot.

    Travels through Spain, with a view to illustrate the natural history and physical geography of that kingdom,...

    London, G. Robinson, 1780.

    First edition; a very pleasing copy of ‘one of the most complete pictures of Spain then available to the British reading public’ (Oxford DNB).


  7. DITTRICH, Max, and Max HENZE, artist.

    Der Deutsch-Französische Krieg 1870 und 1871. Gedenk-Blätter in Wort und Bild an die Ehrentage...

    Dresden and New York: ‘Druck & Verlag von H.G. Münchmeyer’, 1895.

    Fortieth edition and 25th anniversary ‘Jubel-Ausgabe’. This lavishly-illustrated account of the Franco-Prussian War was published to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of this conflict that was, in retrospect, a harbinger of the political and military turmoil of the following century: ‘the...


  8. DOBLADO, Leucadio, pseud. [i.e. Joseph Blanco WHITE].

    Letters from Spain . . . Second edition. Revised and corrected by the author.

    London, Henry Colburn, 1825.

    First published in 1822. Joseph Blanco White (1775–1841), born José María Blanco y Crespo in Seville, was educated for the Roman Catholic priesthood, but the French advance on Seville in January 1810, combined with his own religious doubts, prompted him to leave Spain for England. In London he founded...



    A history of the late siege of Gibraltar. With a description and account of that...

    London, T. Spilsbury & Son for J. Johnson, T. and J. Egerton, and J. Edwards, 1790.

    First published in 1785. The present edition prints the text of the corrected second edition (1786). ‘In 1777, aged fifteen, Drinkwater [1762–1844] joined as ensign a regiment of volunteers raised in Manchester, at a time of indignant excitement produced by the news of General Burgoyne’s surrender...


  10. DUNCAN, Francis.

    The English in Spain; or, the story of the War of Succession between 1834 and 1840. Compiled from the letters,...

    London, John Murray, 1877.

    First edition. ‘The author in the course of his researches into the history of the Royal Artillery during the years subsequent to 1815 . . . found many interesting letters and journals written by some of the most distinguished of his brother officers, who had been employed under the English Foreign...


  11. DUNDAS MURRAY, Robert.

    The cities and wilds of Andalucia . . . Second edition.

    London, Richard Bentley, 1850.

    First published the previous year. ‘Dundas Murray’s descriptions of his excursions are agreeably written and replete with incident. His most extended tour took him to Tiotinto, thence in a wide sweep through Cazalla to Córdoba and Jaén before continuing through Baeza, Lucena, and Granada, to Málaga....


  12. EDELES, Emanuel.

    Description of the grotto at Adelsberg in Carniola, with a topographic diagram and the regulations as well as...

    Trieste, printed by the Austrian Lloyd’s, 1869.

    Rare first edition in English of this description of the extraordinary Postojna Cave in southwestern Slovenia, the second-longest cave system in the country and a popular tourist destination since the early 19th century. Following a brief history of Postojna (known in German as Adelsberg), the author...


  13. [ELIOT, Edward Granville, third earl of St. Germans.]

    Papers relating to Lord Eliot’s mission to Spain in the spring of 1835.

    London, [Bickers & Son for the author,] 1871.

    First edition; scarce. Eliot (1798–1877) ‘had been appointed secretary of legation in Madrid in 1823, and in Lisbon in 1824. In 1834 he was sent to Spain as envoy-extraordinary. The Carlist War was then raging, and Eliot concluded an agreement with the two belligerent forces, by which prisoners...


  14. ESPINALT Y GARCÍA, Bernardo.

    Guia general de postas y travesias de España, para este presente año de 1804: con un mapa arreglado...

    Madrid, Imprenta Real, [1804].

    Rare updated 1804 edition of this Spanish road-book, apparently first published in 1784. The attractive engraved folding map of the post roads of Spain incorporates a vignette depicting a carriage and post horses outside an inn.


  15. EVANS, Sir George de Lacy.

    Memoranda of the contest in Spain, January 1840.

    London, James Ridgeway, 1840.

    First edition. ‘In May 1835 General Alava, the Spanish ambassador in London, obtained the permission of the king and of Lord Melbourne’s ministry to raise a force of 10,000 volunteers, which would be known as the British Legion, to support the Spanish constitutional cause against the Carlist insurrection....


  16. FANSHAWE, Sir Richard.

    Original letters of his excellency Sir Richard Fanshaw, during his embassies in Spain and Portugal: which,...

    London, Abel Roper, 1701.

    First edition. The diplomat and translator Sir Richard Fanshawe (1608–1666) first visited Spain as a student in 1633. On his return to London he was appointed secretary to the new ambassador to Spain, Walter Aston, and travelled to Madrid with his embassy in 1635. Fanshawe was in Spain again in 1638...


  17. [FASCISM.]

    Ordinamento Corporativo dello Stato Fascista.

    Padua, Edizione di propaganda corporative, 1935.

    Italian Fascism primarily followed the economic model of corporatism to organise capital and labour interest groups into trade unions and employer associations such as agriculture, industry, commercial trade, professionals and artists, as well as banks and credit associations. These trade associations...


  18. FISCHER, Christian August.

    Travels in Spain in 1797 and 1798 . . . With an appendix on the method of travelling in that country....

    London, A. Strahan for T. N. Longman and O. Rees, 1802.

    First edition in English of Fischer’s lively and entertaining travel account; the translator is unknown. The German original, Reise von Amsterdam über Madrid und Cadiz nach Genua in den Jahren 1797 und 1798, had appeared in 1799.


  19. FISCHER, Christian August (Carl Friedrich CRAMER, translator).

    Voyage en Espagne, aux années 1797 et 1798; faisant suite au Voyage...

    Paris, Duchesne and Leriche, 1801.

    First edition in French of Fischer’s lively and entertaining travel account; scarce. The German original, Reise von Amsterdam über Madrid und Cadiz nach Genua in den Jahren 1797 und 1798, had appeared in 1799.


  20. FISHER, George.

    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...