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.
Alpes: French Railways.
France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.
A gorgeous and colourful surrealist design of delicate butterflies fluttering against a rugged Alpine backdrop, one of six designs commissioned from Dali by SNCF, French national railways, to promote travel into the Alpine region.
Alsace. French Railways.
France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.
A striking monochrome image of the Temple Saint-Étienne, also known as the Cathedral of Mulhouse, against a murky sky. A vast butterfly blends into the foreground.
JACOMB, Charles Ernest.
And a new earth. A romance.
London, George Routledge & Sons, 1926.
First edition. A post-apocalyptic fantasy novel relating the history of a utopian island that survived a ‘second flood’ in 1958, which destroyed the world’s civilization and reduced the human population to just 10,000. The island was re-discovered by the New World Fleet in 2832, 872 years after...
Beschryving van Arabie, uit eigene waarnemingen en in ’t land zelf verzamelde narigten. Opgesteld door …...
2 works in 3 volumes, uniformly bound in contemporary Dutch mottled calf, spines gilt in compartments, one with traces of lettering-pieces, one in second work numbered directly in gilt. others with central gilt fleurons enclosed by floral sprays, all edges speckled red; endpapers of second work replaced,...
London: Queen Anne Press, 2010.
First edition thus, no. 120 of 150 copies. 'In April 1932 Fleming answered an advertisement in the agony column of The Times, which led him to take part in a crack-brained and amateurish expedition to the hinterland of Brazil, ostensibly to look for Colonel P.H. Fawcett, a missing explorer....
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...
COLLIE, John Norman.
Climbing on the Himalaya and other Mountain Ranges.
Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable for David Douglas, 1902.
First edition. The organic chemist and mountaineer Collie (1859-1942), was educated at Charterhouse and Clifton College, before studying chemistry at University College, Bristol and at Queen's College, Belfast. A series of teaching and research positions at Würzburg University, the Ladies' College,...
GROGNET [or GRONGNET] de Vassé, Giorgio.
Compendio ossia epilogo anticipato di un’opera estesa sulla precisa situazione...
Malta, printed by Franz, 1854.
First and only edition, very rare (2 copies in public holdings worldwide, Oxford and Turin) of the most fully and cogently argued work identifying Malta as one of the most substantial remains of the mythical Atlantis.
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...
A Description of the East, and some other Countries.
London: W. Bowyer for the Author, [‘and sold by J. and P. Knapton, W. Innys, W. Meadows, G. Hawkins, S. Birt, T. Longman, C. Hitch, R. Dodsley,...
First edition, demy folio issue. The traveller and cleric Pococke (1704-1765), was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and graduated BA in 1725, BCL in 1731, and DCL in 1733. His family’s ecclesiastical connexions and his facility at navigating the complexities of clerical patronage enabled...
Description of the grotto at Adelsberg in Carniola, with a topographic diagram and the regulations as well as...
Trieste, printed by the Austrian Lloyd’s, 1869.
Rare first edition in English of this description of the extraordinary Postojna Cave in southwestern Slovenia, the second-longest cave system in the country and a popular tourist destination since the early 19th century. Following a brief history of Postojna (known in German as Adelsberg), the author...
KERKHERDERE, Jan Gerard.
De situ Paradisi Terrestris ... Praecedit... conatus novus de Cepha reprehenso ex Galatarum secundo capite.
Louvain, Martin van Overbeke, 1729.
First edition. Kerkherdere addresses the question of the location of the Garden of Eden, the earthly Paradise, accompanying his conjecture with a map engraved by P. E. Boultats of Antwerp; the perusal of various sources, geographical studies and toponymic considerations lead the author, an Imperial historian,...
[LE MERCIER DE LA RIVIÈRE, Pierre Paul].
Die glückliche Nation, oder der Staat von Felizien. Ein Muster der vollkommensten Freyheit...
Leipzig, Voss, 1794.
Very rare first German edition of Le Mercier de la Rivière’s physiocratic utopia L’heureuse nation, ou Relation du gouvernement des Féliciens, which had first appeared in French in 1792.
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,...
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....
Explorations dans l’intérieur de l’Afrique Australe et voyages à travers le continent de Saint-Paul de...
Paris: Imprimerie de Ch. Lahure et Cie for Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie, 1859.
First appearance in French of Livingstone’s Missionary Travels and Researches in Southern Africa (1857), describing his early years in the region and the first of his three great expeditions across the continent: ‘Livingstone’s services to African geography during thirty years are almost...
A Fair Representation of His Majesty’s Right to Nova-Scotia or Acadie. Briefly stated from the Memorials of the...
London: Printed by Edward Owen … 1756.
First edition. ‘Résumé très bien fait de toute la question des frontières de l’Acadie entre la France et l’Angleterre; mais écrit au point de vue de l’Angleterre seulement’ (Gagnon).
JESSOP, William Rowlestone Henry.
Flindersland and Sturtland; or, The Inside and Outside of Australia.
London: R. Clay, Son, and Taylor for Richard Bentley, 1862.
First edition, presumed first binding. A ‘detailed description of the South Eastern part of Australia’ (Ferguson), based on Jessop’s travels in the late 1850s and early 1860s. ‘In the twenty-fourth chapter of the second volume Jessop records in interesting and accurate detail an early...
MONETA, José Manuel, and Robert Keith HEADLAND, (ed.).
Four Antarctic Years in the South Orkney Islands: an Annotated...
London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 2017.
One man’s fascinating record of four winters in the Antarctic during the 1920s, the period of transition from the isolation of the Heroic Age to the beginnings of radio communication with the world outside.
BUSBECQ, Ogier Ghislain de.
The four epistles ... concerning his embassy into Turkey. Being remarks upon the religion, customs,...
London, for J. Taylor and J. Wyat, 1694.
First edition in English of Busbecq’s Turkish letters. Busbecq (1522–1592) served as emperor Ferdinand I’s ambassador at the Ottoman Porte between 1555 and 1562. ‘His letters contain perhaps the most interesting of all accounts of Turkish life, and his description and analysis of the Ottoman...