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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.

    from the Discovery of America by Columbus to the present Time.

    London: William Darton and Son … 1831.

    First and only edition of a compendium of exploration and discovery for children, taking in Columbus, Drake, Parry, Look, Franklin etc. True to its promise to record adventures up ‘to the present time’, the most recent voyage recorded here is Captain Ross’s attempt to discover the North-West passage....


  2. ALEMAN, Mateo.

    Primera parte de la vida del Picaro Guzman de Alfarache ...

    Çaragoça, Angelo Tavanno, 1603.

    Rare early edition of the prototype of the picaresque novel, Guzman de Alfarache. The novel prepared the way for the acceptance of Cervantes’ Don Quixote by the literary public of Europe; and, like Don Quixote, it quickly inspired a sequel. The original part I first appeared in 1599; Lujan de Sayavedra’s...


  3. ALEXANDER, James Edward, translator, and Mirza Itesa MODEEN (Itisam al-Din).

    Shigurf namah i velaët, or excellent intelligence...

    London, Parbury, Allen & Co., 1827.

    First edition. A first-hand account of eighteenth-century intrigue and court politics, involving George III, the Mughal emperor, Shah Alam II, and a motley cast of supporting characters. Al-Din, initially an employee of various Britons, undertook a mission to Britain between 1766 and 1768. The...


  4. ANSON, George, Lord.

    A Voyage round the World, in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV ... Compiled from Papers and Other Materials...

    London: John and Paul Knapton for the author, 1748.

    First edition. ‘Anson’s voyage of 1740-44 holds a unique and terrible place in British maritime history. The misadventures of this attempt by Royal Navy ships to sail round the world make a dramatic story of hardship, disaster, mutiny and endurance [...]. [When] Anson reached the coast of...


  5. ATABEY, Sefik E. – Leonora NAVARI.

    The Ottoman World. The Sefik E. Atabey Collection. Books, Manuscripts and Maps.

    London: Bernard J. Shapero, 1998.

    First and only edition, limited to 750 sets. A comprehensive catalogue of Sefik E. Atabey's remarkable library of some 1,370 pre-1854 books, manuscripts, and maps relating to the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East. Each item is carefully described and annotated, and the catalogue is supplemented...


  6. BARROW, Sir John, Bt.

    Travels into the Interior of Southern Africa. In which are Described the Character and the Condition of the...

    London: Strahan and Preston for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1806.

    ‘Second and best edition’, with an autograph letter signed from Barrow. The son of a journeyman tanner, Barrow (1764-1848) left school at 13, and was successively employed as a clerk in a Liverpool iron foundry, a landsman on a Greenland whaler, and a mathematics teacher in a Greenwich academy...


  7. BLIGH, William.

    A Narrative of the Mutiny, on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty; and the Subsequent Voyage of Part of the Crew, in...

    London, George Nicol, 1790.

    First edition. Bligh’s own account of the mutiny on the Bounty, written and published within months of his return to England. Bligh was anxious to ensure that his version of events was widely publicised and the Narrative ‘gives Bligh’s first, and lasting, opinion of what caused...


  8. BLIGH, William.

    A voyage to the South Sea . . . for the purpose of conveying the bread-fruit tree to the West Indies, in his majesty’s...

    London, George Nicol, 1790.

    The rare composite issue of the first edition of the Voyage to the South Sea incorporating the first edition of the Narrative of the mutiny which had been published in 1790. The regular issue of the Voyage simply reprinted Bligh’s account of the mutiny, but this special...


  9. [BOARD GAME.]

    Nuovo e nobile divertimento del viaggio all’Indie.

    Milan, Gaetano Bianchi, [c. 1760].

    An ingenious eighteenth-century Italian board game on the theme of a voyage to the Americas, a rare survival.


  10. BONVALOT, Gabriel.

    Du Caucase aux Indes à travers le Pamir.

    Paris: Librairie Plon, 1889.

    First edition. The French orientalist and explorer Bonvalot (1853-1933) made his first expedition into Central Asia in 1880, and undertook a second journey into the area with the artist Pépin and the physician and scientist Guillaume Capus in 1886-1887. In the course of a remarkable expedition,...


  11. BOUGAINVILLE, Louis Antoine de, comte.

    A Voyage round the World ... In the years 1766, 1767, 1768, and 1769 ... Translated from...

    Nourse and T. Davies, 1772.

    First English edition. The first French circumnavigation, undertaken by Bougainville, who had instructions to hand over the Falkland Island, which he had colonised in 1764, to Spain (currently France’s ally), and then to proceed towards China via the Straits of Magellan and the South Sea, investigating...


  12. BRENET, Albert.


    Paris, Mont-Louis, Clermont Ferrand, c. 1930.

    In the 1930s, commercial aviation was in its infancy in Africa. The French colonists decided to pioneer an air service, Aeromaritime, to enhance the existing maritime links between Senegal and the Congo, under the auspices of the Compagnie des Chargeurs Réunis, a shipping company, which subsequently...



    Report of the First [-Eighth] Meetings.

    London, John Murray, 1833-39.

    ‘The principal effort in the initial organisation of the British Association came from Edinburgh and the provincial scientific societies. Babbage himself was prevented from attending the first meeting in York by pressing work ... However his central position was acknowledges when he was appointed one...


  14. [BRUNEL, Antoine de.]

    A journey into Spain.

    London, printed for Henry Herringman, 1670.

    First edition in English. A free and abridged translation of Voyage d’Espagne curieux, historique et politique, first published anonymously in 1665. Setting out from the Netherlands in 1651 in the company of François van Aerssen, Brunel toured France, Germany and Italy before travelling to...


  15. BURBURY, John.

    A Relation of a Journey of the Right Honourable my Lord Henry Howard, from London to Vienna, and thence to Constantinople;...

    London, Printed for T. Collins and I. Ford … and S. Hickman … 1671.

    First and only edition of this account of a special embassy to the court of Sultan Mehmed IV, undertaken in 1664-5 by Walter Leslie, the Scottish-born Ambassador Extraordinary of the Holy Roman Empire. In his party was Henry Howard, later sixth Duke of Norfolk, along with the author John Burbury, who...


  16. BURGESS, Walter William, artist.

    Bits of Old Chelsea. A Series of Forty-One Etchings ... with Letterpress Description by Lionel...

    London: Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. for Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1894.

    First edition, limited to 110 copies, of which 100 were for sale. This series of etchings was executed by the British engraver and painter Walter William Burgess RE (1856-1908), who exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1874 and 1903, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers...


  17. CAMPANELLA, Tommaso.

    De Monarchia Hispanica. Editio novissima, aucta & emendata ut præfatio ad lectorem indicat.

    Amsterdam, Elzevir, 1641.

    Second Elzevir edition in Latin of Campanella’s important political tractate on a universal monarchy, including in Chapter 31, ‘De altero Hemispherio & Mundo Novo’, a discussion of the settlement of America and the importance of defending it from English (Protestant) influence.


  18. CAMPANELLA, Tommaso.

    A discourse touching the Spanish monarchy. Wherein we have a political glasse representing each particular...

    London, printed for Philemon Stephens in Paul’s Church-Yard, 1654.

    First edition in English. The translator’s preface to the reader is unsigned, but the translation is usually attributed to Edward Chilmead (see Oxford DNB). He explains that he could not discover in which language the Discourse was originally written in, but that the recent [1653] Latin edition published...


  19. CARDONNEL, Adam de.

    Picturesque Antiquities of Scotland [I–II] …

    London: Printed for the Author, and sold by Edwards … also by Edwards’s, in Halifax. 1788.

    First edition, the very rare issue with the plates in sepia, printed directly onto thick wove paper.


  20. CARTWRIGHT, George.

    A journal of transactions and events, during a residence of nearly sixteen years on the coast of Labrador;...

    Newark, Allin & Ridge, 1792.

    First edition. Cartwright, formerly a major in the British army, made six expeditions to Newfoundland and Labrador between 1770 and 1786. His Journal ‘is, among other things, a detailed seasonal record of the exploitation of coastal resources by one who combined keen entrepreneurial interests with...