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.
RIGEL, Franz Xavier.
Erinnerungen aus Spanien. Aus den Papieren des Verfassers des Siebenjährigen Kampfes auf der Pyrenäischen...
Mannheim, Schwan- und Götz’sche Hofbuchhandlung, 1839.
First edition of these Spanish memoirs, by the German soldier and military historian Franz Xavier Rigel (1783-1852). The charming plates show traditional Spanish costumes, and include a scene at a bullfight. Bound in a German aristocratic binding of the period, in excellent condition.
[ROYAL LUSTRING COMPANY.]
The Report of the Committee of the House of Commons, to whom the Petition of the Royal Lustring-Company...
London, E. Whitlock, 1698.
First edition; a French version appeared the same year. Since its foundation in 1688, the Royal Lustring Company (importers of ‘lustrings’ or ‘alamodes’ – a fine, light, glossy, black silk) had enjoyed special monopolistic privileges which it had exploited to the full. However, by the end...
RUDERMAN M. S BOIM and B SUKHANOV.
На крейсере [On a cruiser]. Moscow OGIZ Molodaia Gvardiya 1932.
Moscow, OGIZ, Molodaia Gvardiya, 1932.
First edition. A child’s guide to life on board a cruiser of the Red Fleet, in verse accompanied by illustrations. Beginning with the alphabet in semaphore, the essential first lesson for any sailor, we see the cruiser on its journey from loading at the dock, then setting off, followed by scenes of...
RUFFO, Tommaso, Cardinal.
Ferrara, stamperia Camerale, 1728.
A rare document, announcing the price rates for grain and bread set by Tommaso Ruffo, Cardinal-Bishop of Palestrina and Bishop of Ferrara, with tables offering prices for the years 1712-1726. The commodity rates are divided first according to the quality of the grain and then by the weight of bread loaves....
A Voyage to Abyssinia, and Travels into the Interior of that Country, Executed under the Orders of the British Government,...
London: W. Bulmer and Co. for F.C. and J. Rivington, 1814.
First edition, large-paper issue. The traveller, artist and antiquarian Salt (1780-1827) briefly worked as an artist in his native Lichfield and London, before joining Viscount Valentia on his tour of India and the Middle East in 1802 as a secretary and draughtsman. During the expedition, Salt...
SARMIENTO DE GAMBOA, Pedro.
Viage al Estrecho de Magallanes por el Capitan Pedro Sarmiento de Gambóa en los años de 1579 y 1580...
Madrid, Imprenta Real de la Gazeta, 1768.
First edition: very rare. The first printing of Sarmiento’s manuscript journal in the Royal Library at Madrid, edited by Don Bernardo de Iriarte. An English translation is found in Clements Markham, Narratives of the Voyages of Pedro Sarmiento de Gambóa, Hakluyt Society, 1895 (pp. 1–205, 352–75).
SATGÉ, Oscar John de.
Pages from the Journal of a Queensland Squatter.
London: Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 1901.
First edition. Born in England to an aristocratic French father and an English mother, de Satgé (1836-1906) was educated at Rugby School. In 1853 he embarked in Melbourne and was appointed a Clerk in the Goldfields’ Commission, through the good offices of Charles La Trobe. Following a position as...
[SATRE, Jean Paul].
[Copenhagen, Leif Thomsens, 1967].
First edition, number 27 of 100 numbered copies. The anthology was published by the Copenhagen office of the International Tribunal on War Crimes, in connection with the second session held in Roskilde in 1967. The tribunal was organised by Bertrand Russell and hosted by Sartre. De Beauvoir was a member...
La theorie et la pratique des nombres. Methodiquement proposes dans l’usage des financiers.
Paris, [Jean Bessin] for the author, 1644.
First edition. A rare practical mercantile arithmetic handbook for financiers and tax farmers. The work, beginning with the mathematical ‘alphabet’ of 10 numbers, covers basic arithmetic, as well as more complicated quadratic roots, rules, discounts, change and exchange, all illustrated with numerous...
A Catalogue of new and useful Maps, curious & entertaining Prints, Books of Architecture, great Variety of Drawing...
[London, Sayer, 1766 or earlier].
An attractive piece of ephemera, advertising Robert Sayer’s publishing and print-selling business. It shows at the top left corner a double-page spread from one of Robert Morris’ books on architecture, possibly Select Architecture or Architecture Improved, both published by Sayer in...
Olbie, ou Essai sur les moyens de réformer les moeurs d’une nation.
Paris, Deterville and Treuttel & Wurtz, ‘an VIII de la République’ [1799–1800].
Presentation copy with the author’s inscription of the rare first edition of Say’s utopia, written in response to a competition organized by the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques on the question: ‘Quelles sont les institutions capables de fonder la morale chez un peuple?’. Say treats...
SCHLÖZER, August Ludwig.
Öffentliches und privat= Leben, von ihm selbst beschrieben. Erstes Fragment. Aufenthalt und Dienste...
Göttingen: im Vandenhoeck + und Ruprechtschen Verlage, 1802.
Scarce first edition of Schlözer’s auto-biography, which covers the period he spent in St. Petersburg as a private teacher and as scientific assistant to Gerhard Friedrich Müller, and subsequently as professor of Russian history at the Academy. A second part was intended, but was never published....
Atlas minimus, or a Book of Geography shewing all the Empires Monarchies Kingdomes, Regions Dominions Principalities...
And are to be sold at his House at the Hermitage in Wapping. And in Pope’s Head Alley … [1678?]
First edition in book form, second issue, of Seller’s charming miniature atlas, first published c. 1676 as playing cards, with the 52 maps divided into four suits and so numbered.
A Narrative of the Loss of the Royal George, at Spithead, August, 1782; including Tracey’s Attempt to raise her...
Portsea: Printed & published by S. Horsey, Sen. … 1842.
Fifth edition, updated to include the third season of Pasley’s attempts to raise the wreck of the Royal George (pp. 112-132) and a new ‘Conclusion’ (pp. 133-6) that features a wood engraving incorporating a stamp recovered from the wreck in 1841 belonging to Lt. Philip Charles Durham (‘P C *...
[SINO-JAPANESE WAR, 1894–95.]
Terrible war of General Sakamoto, leader of the imperial warship Akagi. Tokyo, Sekiguchi Masajiro, 1894.
A portrait of General Sakamoto at the battle of Yalu River (1894) executed by the Japanese artist, Toshikata Mizuno. General Sakamoto was killed in this battle.
SPORTSMAN’S EVENING BRUSH (The),
consisting of the best and most approved Songs, of the Chace; ancient and modern (some entirely...
London; Printed for J. Roach … and sold by all the Booksellers in Great-Britain and Ireland. [1791-2?]
First edition of a scarce compilation of hunting songs and toasts to venery (in both its senses).
STAFFORD, R. S., Lt.-Colonel.
The tragedy of the Assyrians.
London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1935.
First edition. Stafford, a British administrative inspector in Iraq, provides a firsthand account of the massacre of the Assyrians, a Christian minority then resident in northern Iraq, at the hands of the Iraqi military in 1933. He lays the ground for this bloody culmination by sketching the Assyrians’...
[Eight works by and relating to him].
A splendid collection of pamphlets by and relating to Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729), army officer, playwright, theatre manager, essayist, editor of the Tatler, Spectator and Guardian, Whig MP and propagandist, covering many facets of his diverse career. This volume belonged to Sir Thomas Clarke, a protegé...
SULIVAN, Richard Joseph.
Philosophical Rhapsodies. Fragments of Akbur of Betlis. Containing Reflections on the Laws, Manners, Customs...
London: Printed for T. Becket … Bookseller to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and their Royal Highnesses the Princes. 1784-5.
First edition of this eccentric travel-inspired treatise drawing upon the author’s experience in India and his travels in Europe. The prefatory ‘advertisement’ establishes the fiction that ‘the following fragments were written by a native of Assyria [Akbur], who … was removed to the continent...
[SWIFT.] BARRETT, John.
An Essay on the earlier Part of the Life of Swift … to which are subjoined several Pieces ascribed to...
London: Printed for J. Johnson [et al.]. 1808.
First edition. Barrett (1753-1821) was Vice-Provost and Professor of Oriental Languages at Trinity College, Dublin, a scholar known for his eccentricity and the extent and profundity of his philological and classical learning. The essay ‘contains some interesting facts about the dean’s college career’...