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.
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...
Picturesque views on the River Niger, sketched during Lander’s last visit in 1832-33 …
London, John Murray, Hodgson & Graves, and Ackerman, 1840.
First edition, one of a very few copies issued coloured, of this collection of beautiful views sketched along the Niger River by the naval officer William Allen (1792–1864), accompanied by descriptive notes extracted from his diary.
‘Voyage en Italie et au Midi de la France 1891’.
[Geneva, c. April 1891].
A handsome, illustrated travel journal compiled by a Swiss student as a gift for his parents, recording his eleven-day trip in north-western Italy and south-eastern France in March and April 1891 in the company of his teacher and three schoolfellows. The author was a student at La Chatelaine boarding...
Microselene. Curioso viaggio etereo di madamigella Garnerin.
Milan, Angelo Stanislao Brambilla, 1824.
First edition of an innovative early Italian work of satirical imaginative fiction. Subtitled the ‘Curioso viaggio etereo di madamigella Garnerin’ [The Curious Voyage of Miss Garnerin], Microselene centres on an aeroporista [aeronaut], and begins with her ascent in a hot air balloon, based on the...
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...
Ein Blick in den Zukunftsstaat. Produktion und Konsum im Sozialstaat. Mit einer Vorrede von Karl Kautsky.
Stuttgart, J. H. W. Dietz, 1898.
First edition of this utopian discourse on the industrial and commercial composition of the ideal socialised state. The most common attribution is to the Latvian-born economist Carl Ballod, though some, including the British Library, suggest the author Gustav Jaeckh. There is a significant foreword (pp....
[AULNOY, Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Berneville, Comtesse d’.]
Relation du voyage d’Espagne.
The Hague, Henri van Bulderen, 1691.
Second edition; first published earlier the same year (Paris, Claude Barbin). An account of Spain written in the form of 15 letters dated from 30 February 1679 to 28 September 1680.
BACON, John Francis.
Six years in Biscay: comprising a personal narrative of the sieges of Bilbao, in June 1835, and Oct. to Dec.,...
London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1838.
First edition; scarce. The author was an English diplomat who was present in Spain from the beginning of 1830 until May 1837. He spent five years of this time in Liberal Bilbao, and gives a detailed account of the siege of the city in 1835. In a wide-ranging introduction he identifies what he believes...
BADCOCK, Lovell Benjamin.
Rough leaves from a journal kept in Spain and Portugal, during the years 1832, 1833, and 1834.
London, Richard Bentley, 1835.
First edition. Lovell Badcock (1786–1861), who assumed the surname Lovell in 1840, ‘had been sent out from England as part of a military mission to study the delicate situation which had arisen in Portugal at the commencement of the fratricidal war between Dom Pedro and Dom Miguel. His specific brief...
Madeira, Canary Islands, Azores, Western Morocco. Handbook for travellers by Karl Baedeker.
Leipzig, Karl Baedeker, 1939.
First edition in English, very rare; first published in German in 1934. Published shortly before the outbreak of the war, few copies of the English edition were distributed and the rest of the publisher’s stock was entirely destroyed by British bombing on 4 December 1943.
A personal narrative of seven years in Spain.
London, J. Chappell, 1846.
First edition of a remarkably rare account of the First Carlist War and its aftermath. Little is known of Alexander Ball, but according to the title he was ‘an officer of the late British Legion, and subsequently of several partisan expeditions’. He sailed from the Cove of Cork on 1 September 1835...
A journey from London to Genoa, through England, Portugal, Spain, and France.
London, T. Davies and L. Davis, 1770.
First edition in English. First published in Italian in 1762–3 following a journey made in 1760, Baretti rewrote the book in English, considerably expanding it, after a second journey made in 1768–9. The result is ‘Baretti’s longest and best sustained work in English, and upon it rests his chief...
A journey from London to Genoa, through England, Portugal, Spain, and France . . . The third edition.
London, T. Davies and L. Davis, 1770.
First published in English earlier the same year in both quarto (two volumes) and octavo (four volumes) formats. First published in Italian in 1762–3 following a journey made in 1760, Baretti rewrote the book in English, considerably expanding it, after a second journey made in 1768–9. The result...
A Voyage to Botany Bay with a Description of the Country, Manners, Customs, Religion, &c. of the Natives by...
London, C. Lowndes for H.D. Symonds, [c. 1800-1802, A1 watermarked ‘1800’].
First and only combined edition, second issue. George Barrington was a ‘genteel young Irishman known for his sartorial elegance, his command of the etiquette of romantic sensibility, and for his prowess at picking pockets’ (Garvey p. 2). The fascinating contrast between Barrington’s charming...
BECKETT, Ernest William, 2nd Baron Grimthorpe.
Manuscript diaries descriptive of a voyage around the world.
1882, 1892, 1894-96, 1898, 1899, 1902.
An intriguing set of travel diaries kept by Ernest Bennett (1856-1917), banker, Conservative politician, dilettante and philanderer, lover of Alice Keppel (long-time mistress of Edward VII) and rumoured father of Violet Trefusis. Schooled at Eton, Beckett briefly attended Trinity College, Cambridge,...
BINGFIELD, William, pseud.
The Travels and Adventures of William Bingfield, Esq; containing, as surprizing a Fluctuation...
London: Printed for E. Withers ... and R. Baldwin ... 1753.
First edition of one of the most entertaining imaginary voyages of the eighteenth century.
BONE, Sir Muirhead, and Lady Gertrude Helena BONE.
London, Macmillan & Co., 1936.
First edition of this sumptuous production, published soon after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, remarkable for the quality and variety of Muirhead Bone’s drawings reproduced within it. This is number 56 of 265 copies, and is signed by the artist and by his wife Gertrude, author of the accompanying...
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,...
The Zincali; or, an account of the gypsies of Spain. With an original collection of their songs and poetry, and...
London, John Murray, 1841.
First edition. ‘Borrow’s success as a writer began with the publication of The Zincali in 1841 and The Bible in Spain in 1843. The translations he had published earlier had passed virtually unnoticed, but these two books established him in the public imagination as an original writer...
The Bible in Spain; or, the journeys, adventures, and imprisonments of an Englishman, in an attempt to circulate...
London, John Murray, 1843.
First edition. Borrow (1808–1881) joined the British and Foreign Bible Society in 1833: ‘Borrow impressed the society not just by his appearance – he was an imposing 6 foot 3 inches, with prematurely grey hair – but by his linguistic capacities. They sent him to St Petersburg (1833–5) to oversee...