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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. BORROW, George.

    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...


  2. BORROW, George.

    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...


  3. BORROW, George (Angus M. FRASER, editor).

    A journey to Eastern Europe in 1844 (thirteen letters).

    Edinburgh, The Tragara Press, 1981.

    First edition of these letters; no. 36 of 140 copies. ‘Apart . . . from his stirring missions to Russia, Portugal and Spain in the service of the Bible Society, Borrow’s only attested foreign travelling took place in 1844. The letters assembled in this centenary collection are all those known to...


  4. BOURGOING, Jean François, Baron de.

    Tableau de l’Espagne moderne . . . seconde edition, corrigée et considérablement augmentée,...

    Paris, for the author, Du Pont, Devaux and Regnault, 1797.

    Second edition, considerably expanded with respect to the first following Bourgoing’s second journey to Spain in 1792–3; the first edition had appeared in 1788 (as Nouveau voyage en Espagne). Bourgoing’s extensive work contains much on Spanish culture, industry, commerce and trade.


  5. BOURGOING, Jean François, Baron de.

    Travels in Spain: containing a new, accurate, and comprehensive view of that country. By the...

    and J. Robinson, 1789.

    First edition in English of Bourgoing’s Nouveau voyage en Espagne, published the previous year. It also contains a partial translation of Peyron’s Nouveau voyage en Espagne.


  6. BOURGOING, Jean François, Baron de.

    Modern state of Spain: exhibiting a complete view of its topography, government, laws, religion,...

    London, John Stockdale, 1808.

    First edition in English of Bourgoing’s updated 1807 edition of his Tableau de l’Espagne moderne. The title calls for an atlas volume, but this seems to have been issued separately and is not present here.


  7. BOWLES, William.

    Introducción á la historía natural, y á la geografía física de España, por D. Guillermo Bowles. Segunda...

    Madrid, Imprenta Real, 1782.

    Second, corrected, edition; first published in 1775. William Bowles ‘was probably born in 1720 near Cork city (some sources give his birth as 1705). He studied law in London at his parents’ behest, but abandoned it in 1740 to study natural history, chemistry, metallurgy, and astronomy in Paris. After...


  8. BRADFORD, William.

    Sketches of the country, character, and costume, in Portugal and Spain, made during the campaign, and on the...

    London, John Booth, 1809[–10].

    First edition, early issue, of this splendid work, the first English work on Spain and Portugal to be illustrated with aquatint plates. Bradford’s work enjoyed considerable popularity in the aftermath of the Peninsular War, with further issues appearing in 1812, 1813, and 1823.


  9. BROWN, John.

    The life and adventures of a soldier; or, Struggles through real life: comprising a faithful history of the late war...

    London, E. Cornish, 1855.

    First edition; very rare. A vivid account of the Carlist War as experienced by a rank and file soldier in the British Legion. John Brown’s regiment marched into Spain on 5 June 1835 and reached ‘St. Ander’ on the 10th, whence it sailed to San Sebastian. On 11 August he married the daughter of a...


  10. [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...


  11. 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...


  12. 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...


  13. 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.


  14. CARLETON, George [Sir Walter SCOTT, editor].

    Memoirs of Capt. George Carleton, an English officer; including anecdotes of the war...

    for Archibald Constable & Co., and London, John Murray, 1808.

    First published in 1728. This is the first edition to be edited by Sir Walter Scott, who has also added a preface. This is the ordinary paper issue; copies printed on large paper are also known.


  15. CAYLEY, George John.

    Las alforjas.

    London, Richard Bentley, 1853.

    First edition; scarce, especially in the original cloth. Owing to poor health, George Cayley (1826–1878) toured Spain in 1851–2, partly in the company of his future brother-in-law, the Hon. Henry Coke. He steamed down the Mediterranean coast from Barcelona to Málaga and thence to Cádiz before spending...


  16. CÉSPEDES Y MENESES, Gonzalo de.

    Varia fortuna del soldado Pindaro.

    Lisbon, Geraldo de la Viña, ‘626’ [i.e 1626].

    Rare first edition of this semi-autobiographical picaresque novel, printed while the author was in exile in Lisbon following the publication of his politically controversial Historia apologética en los sucesos del reyno de Aragon (1622).


  17. CHAHO, Joseph Augustin.

    Voyage en Navarre pendant l’insurrection des Basques (1830–1835) . . . Avec portraits et costumes.

    Paris, Arthus Bertrand, 1836.

    First edition; scarce. ‘The Carlist Wars . . . generated intense regionalist excitement among Spanish Basques and great curiosity in educated circles. Up until this point, more or less the only interest shown in the Basques had been of a philological nature. Augustin Chaho’s Voyage en Navarre...


  18. CHAPMAN, Abel, and Walter J. BUCK.

    Unexplored Spain . . . with 209 illustrations by Joseph Crawhall, E. Caldwell, and Abel Chapman...

    London, Edward Arnold, 1910.

    First edition. Intended as a sequel to Wild Spain (1893). ‘No foreigners could have enjoyed greater opportunity, and we have done our best to exploit the advantage – so far, at least, as steady plodding work will avail; for we have spent more than two years in analysing, checking and sorting,...


  19. [CHINA.]

    Précis des nouvelles reçues des missions de Chine et des royaumes voisins, en 1819.

    [Paris, Adrien Le Clere, 1819?].

    An extremely rare summary of the state of French Christian missions in Su-Tchuen (China), Tong-King (Vietnam), Cochinchine (Vietnam), Siam (Thailand), and Pondichery (India) in 1819.



    [Cover title:] ‘My Treasure Box’ [Title-page:] ‘Some selected...

    Shanghai, Spring 1938.

    A charming and insightful trade catalogue compiled by a female Chinese arts dealer, covering porcelains, cast bronzes and irons, stone and wood sculpture, lacquered figures, furniture and screens, pottery and embroidery. The colours and dimensions are often described in the text, and the final...