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. WICKSTEED, Mary Frances.

    A collection of watercolours from tours in Scotland and North Wales undertaken in 1871, 1875 and 1876.

    Scotland and Wales, 1871-6.

    A collection of charmingly naïve and vibrant landscape watercolours of the Scottish Highlands and Borders, as well as of North Wales and Snowdonia, by Mary Frances Wicksteed (1835-1906), governess and companion to three generations of the Philips and Trevelyan families.

    £500

  2. WILLIS, George Brandor.

    View of Bayonne, taken from the sand hills on the left of the Adour, when occupied by the British forces...

    London, Edward Orme, 24 June 1814.

    On his return from the Peninsular campaign, Wellington first took his seat in the House of Lords and was officially welcomed by the Queen at Buckingham House on 28 June, four days after the publication of this tribute by Edward Orme.

    £850

  3. [YOUNG, Arthur].

    A Six Weeks Tour, through the Southern Counties of England and Wales. Describing, particularly, I. The present...

    London, W. Nicoll, 1768.

    First edition. ‘Young’s own estimate of this book is that it is one “in which for the first time, the facts and principles of Norfolk husbandry were laid before the public”, but important as these facts were ... the book is more valuable than Young would have us believe. It laid before the public...

    £1200

  4. [YULE, Adam and] James Reid M’GAVIN, editor.

    Perils by Sea and Land: a Narrative of the Loss of the Brig Australia by Fire, on...

    Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, and London: Murray and Gibb for William Oliphant & Sons, David Robertson, W. Curry and Co., and Hamilton, Adams...

    First edition in book form. Perils by Sea and Land was first published in the United Secession Magazine, and is an account of the brig Australia, captained by Adam Yule and bound for Sydney, which set sail from Leith on 2 October 1840 with a ‘general cargo of merchandize’,...

    £385

  5. 2 works bound in one volume, 8vo (205 x 126mm), contemporary British polished calf gilt [front flyleaves watermarked ‘1799’], boards with borders of broad and narrow gilt rules enclosing gilt roll with fleuron corner-pieces, spine gilt in compartments, gilt morocco lettering-pieces in 3, others decorated...

    £2500

  6. Lettres édifiantes et curieuses écrites des missions étrangères, par quelques missionnaires de la Compagnie de Jésus.

    Paris, [variously:] Jean Cusson, Nicolas le Clerc, Jean Barbou, P.G. le Mercier, Boudet, Marc Bordelet, H.L. Guerin, L.F. Delatour, Rualt,...

    A very rare complete first edition set of the enormously significant Lettres édifiantes et curieuses, ‘the most valuable 18th-century source on Jesuit activities in frontier regions throughout the world’ (Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages) and a monument to Jesuit missionary and scientific zeal....

    £16000