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.
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...
[GROUX, Charles Jacques (engraver).]
Planches relatives a l’instruction concernant l’exercice et les manoeuvres des...
Paris, Magimel, ‘An X’ .
Second edition, expanded, of a set of French Revolutionary plates for the instruction of the cavalry. Comprising over one hundred and fifty copper-engraved plates showing cavalry horses, equipment, and manoeuvres, the present work follows a smaller publication by Magimel of the same title, issued...
GUILLET de Saint-Georges, Georges.
The Gentleman’s Dictionary, in three Parts, viz.: I. the Art of Riding the great Horse, containing...
London, H. Bonwicke, T. Goodwin, M. Wotton, B. Tooke, and S. Manship, 1705.
First edition in English of Les arts de l’homme d’epée, an encyclopedic manual in three distinct alphabets for the instruction of those who are ‘bred to the sword’. The English version, of which this is the sole edition, is no ‘bare translation’ but has been revised ‘by Persons...
HALL, Herbert Byng.
Spain; and the seat of war in Spain.
London, Henry Colburn, 1837.
First edition of the account of the First Carlist War; rare. Herbert Hall (1805–1883), who is described on the title as ‘Late Captain of the Seventh Royal British Fusileers, and Knight of the Order of St. Ferdinand’, arrived with Generals Evans and Alava at Santander on 13 August 1835 and departed...
HAMILTON, Thomas (Frederick HARDMAN, editor).
Annals of the Peninsular campaigns. By Thomas Hamilton, Esq. . . . A new edition...
Edinburgh and London, William Blackwood & Sons, 1849.
Third edition, revised and expanded; first published in 1829. ‘Besides general revision, and numerous notes and interpolations throughout the whole work – nearly every part of the book, where British troops figure, subsequent to the battle of Corunna, has been rewritten and considerably amplified’...
General George Hanger to all Sportsmen, Farmers, and Gamekeepers: Above thirty Years’ Practice in Horses and...
London, Vigurs for J.J. Stockdale, .
Second edition, the first with the etched frontispiece, of Hanger’s best known work. The almost reputable product of a controversial career, the text was written by George Hanger (1751–1824), fourth Baron Coleraine, a ‘macaroni’ and ‘one of the dissipated companions of the prince of...
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...
Peninsular scenes and sketches. By the author of ‘The student of Salamanca’.
Edinburgh and London, William Blackwood & Sons, 1846.
First edition. Hardman (1814–1874) ‘volunteered in 1834 for the British Legion. He was recruited by Sir George de Lacy Evans to assist the Spanish government forces against the Carlist rebels, serving as a lieutenant in the second lancers. Severely wounded in one of the last engagements with the...
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...
HAWTREY, George Procter.
Caramella. A story of the lotus eaters up to date.
Bristol, J. W. Arrowsmith, London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co., .
First edition of this utopian novel exploring the bliss of Caramella. Caramella is a land visited by Odysseus who sent crew members ashore, where they consumed the lotus fruit and became addicted, ‘forgetting all thoughts of return’ (Odyssey IX). In Hawtrey’s novel, this fruit makes Caramella...
HEBER, Reginald, and Nicolas BARKER (editor).
A Letter from India.
The Roxburghe Club, 2020.
'I do not expect that with fair prospects of eminence at home, you should go to the Ganges for a mitre,’ wrote Sir Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, President of the Board of Commissioners for Indian Affairs, in 1819 to Reginald Heber at Hodnet in Shropshire, but in vain. Despite a growing reputation...
History of the Spanish Revolution; commencing with the establishment of the constitutional government of the...
London, Henry Fisher at the Caxton Press, .
First edition of this political history of Spain from the Spanish Constitution of 1812 (also known as the Constitution of Cádiz, 19 March 1812) down to the Battle of Trocadero (31 August 1823) and the execution of Riego (7 November 1823). It seems originally to have been published in parts. According...
HENNINGSEN, Charles Frederick.
The most striking events of a twelvemonth’s campaign with Zumalacarregui, in Navarre and the Basque...
London, John Murray, 1836.
First edition; scarce. This is probably the most notable English work to be written from the pro-Carlist side during the Carlist War, and its publication sparked considerable controversy in Britain.
[HERBERT, Henry John George, third earl of Carnarvon.]
Portugal and Gallicia, with a review of the social and political state of...
London, John Murray, 1837.
Second, expanded, edition; first published the previous year. Carnarvon (or, as he then was, Viscount Porchester) visited Spain and Portugal in July 1827. ‘His companion on the voyage out to Lisbon had been Sir Arthur de Capell Brooke, who was on his way to Cádiz en route to North Africa . . . . After...
The Horseman: A Work on Horsemanship, containing plain practical Rules for Riding, and Hints to the Reader on...
New York, R. Craighead for Henry G. Langley, 1844.
First edition of a rare military manual on horsemanship, with instructions on riding and illustrated cavalry exercises. An instructor at the United States Military Academy, Hershberger ‘endeavored to convey practical information on all equestrian exercises by an easy and progressive method’.
[HILLER, Johann Adam, editor].
Anecdoten zur Lebensgeschichte berühmter französischer, deutscher, italienischer, holländischer...
Leipzig, Lankisch, 1762.
Scarce first edition of Hiller’s two-volume collection of literary, philosophical and historical anecdotes. The editor’s note at the end mentions the contemporary publication of a French work of similar inspiration, and states the editor’s intention to translate it and publish it as a sequel to...
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...
HONAN, Michael Burke.
The court and camp of Don Carlos; being the results of a late tour in the Basque provinces, and parts of...
London, John Macrone, 1845.
First edition; rare. The author, who was born in Limerick, was a correspondent for the Morning Herald. He departed London in November 1835, ‘having determined to visit the camp of Don Carlos, and to ascertain by personal observation the actual state of the war in the Basque provinces’ (p....