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. FLEMING, Peter.

    Brazilian Adventure.

    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....

    £125

  2. FLEMING, Peter.

    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...

    £125

  3. FLORENT DE SALES [pseudonym].

    Vrai systême du monde physique et moral. [s.n., s.l., but Switzerland], 1797.

    [s.l., but Switzerland], 1797.

    Only edition, rare, of this utopia, the identity of whose author, and even of whose printer, remains unknown.

    £1350

  4. 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.

    £450

  5. FORD, Richard.

    A handbook for travellers in Spain . . . Third edition, entirely revised, with great additions.

    London, John Murray, 1855.

    Third edition. ‘In the 1855 edition, the last in his lifetime, much of the previously rejected material was re-introduced, bibliographies were brought up-to-date, and obsolete data omitted. Ford’s prejudices are here less apparent; some of his more caustic references are toned down. But although...

    £375

  6. FORD, Richard.

    Gatherings from Spain. By the author of the Handbook of Spain; chiefly selected from that work, with much new matter.

    London, John Murray, 1846.

    First edition. ‘While Ford composed much new material for his Gatherings, a proportion had been copied verbatim from several of his earlier reviews – such as that on The Banditti of Spain (in the “Quarterly” of April 1838) – or from the Hand-book, as will be realised by...

    £150

  7. FORD, Richard (and Ian ROBERTSON, editor).

    A hand-book for travellers in Spain, and readers at home. Describing the...

    [Arundel and London,] Centaur Press, [1966].

    Richard Ford’s classic Hand-book for travellers in Spain, with an introduction by Ian Robertson and a revised index.

    £120

  8. 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...

    £2250

  9. FOX, Elizabeth Vassall, Lady Holland (Giles Stephen Holland Fox-STRANGWAYS, sixth earl of Ilchester, editor).

    The Spanish journal...

    London, Longmans, Green & Co., 1910.

    First edition. ‘Early in 1802 Lord and Lady Holland decided to spend the following winter abroad. The health of their eldest son Charles, then six years old, had been for some time a source of worry, and doctors had advised that a change of climate might well have the desired effect. (He lived until...

    £125

  10. [FRANCE, Ministère de la Guerre.]

    Compte général de l’administration de la justice militaire pour l’année 1843.

    Paris, Imprimerie Royale, Mai 1846.

    A handsome copy, perhaps bound for presentation, of this statistical report on military justice in the French army in 1843, dedicated to king Louis-Philippe by Alexandre Moline de Saint-Yon (1786–1870), a veteran of Waterloo who served as France’s Minister of War between 1845 and 1847. The...

    £650

  11. [FRASER, Simon, Lord Lovat.]

    Memoirs of the Life of Lord Lovat.

    London, M. Cooper, 1746.

    First edition of the life of Lord Lovat, published before his trial. A life-long Jacobite conspirator, Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat (1667/8–1747), was closely involved in the uprisings of 1689, 1715, 1719, and 1745. Upon his capture in 1746, he was brought to London and tried before the House of...

    £200

  12. FRAZER, Sir Augustus Simon (Edward SABINE, editor).

    Letters of Colonel Sir Augustus Simon Frazer, K.C.B. commanding the Royal Horse...

    London, Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans & Roberts, 1859.

    First edition; scarce. Sir Augustus Frazer (1776–1835) joined the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich aged fifteen and a year later was gazetted second lieutenant in the Royal Artillery. He saw action during the Flanders Campaign of the French Revolutionary War and commanded all the artillery employed...

    £300

  13. [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...

    £800

  14. GARAND, Mlle.

    A l’image S. Nicolas, sous les charniers des Saints Innocens, du côté de la Chapelle de la Vierge, la...

    Paris, de l’imprimerie de la Veuve Lamesle, 1750.

    An apparently unrecorded advertisement for the Parisian seamstress and shopkeeper Mademoiselle Garand, who operated nearby the Holy Innocents’ Cemetery in the centre of the city. Here she advertises hats, bonnets and nightcaps, shirt cuffs and sleeves, collars and handkerchiefs, made from all...

    £350

  15. 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...

    £1250

  16. GAUTIER, Théophile.

    Wanderings in Spain. With numerous engravings.

    London, Ingram, Cooke, & Co., 1853.

    First edition in English of Gautier’s celebrated account of a tour of Spain in 1840. The French original first appeared in book form in 1843 (as Tra los montes), having first appeared (in part) in instalments in the Revue des deux Mondes during 1842–3. A revised edition appeared in...

    £250

  17. GAY, John, and Gordon ROSS (illustrator).

    Rural Sports, together with the Birth of the Squire and the Hound and the...

    New York, William Edwin Rudge, 1930.

    Limited edition, numbered 94 of 200 copies for sale, signed by the artist. A handsome edition with hand-coloured illustrations by the sporting watercolourist Gordon Ross (1873–1946).

    £160

  18. GEE, Joshua.

    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,...

    £450

  19. [GLEIG, George Robert.]

    The Subaltern.

    Edinburgh, William Blackwood, and London, T. Cadell, 1825.

    First edition of Gleig’s vivid and well-written account of his service in the Peninsular campaigns; scarce.

    £600

  20. [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.

    £2750