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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. [FULIGNATI, Giuntino (pseud.

    for Tommaso BUONI?)]. Della famosissima compagnia della lesina. Dialogo, capitoli, e ragionamenti....

    Vicenza, Giorgio Greco, 1601.

    Scarce humorous dystopia of indigence, first edition thus: the first to include a section specifically directed at women. Styled as the statutes and histories of a fictitious society, the ‘Company of Stinginess’, founded to promote thrift in an age of economic depression and scarcity, made its debut...


  2. [GRAFFIGNY, Françoise Paule, Madame de].

    Lettere d’una Peruviana tradotte dal Francese in Italiano, di cui si sono accentate...

    Avignon: Presso Fr. Seguin Aîné, stampatore e libraio, 1817.

    Françoise Paule d’Issembourg d’Happoncourt, Madame de Graffigny turned to writing as a means to support herself after a discordant divorce from her violent and money-squandering husband in 1723. She moved to Paris in 1738, and after a tumultuous initial period, gained fame and respect with the immediate...


  3. 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...


  4. HAREL, Charles.

    Ménage sociétaire ou Moyen d’augmenter son Bien-être en diminuant sa dépense, avec indication de quelques...

    Paris, Bureau de la Phalange, à la librairie Sociale, 1839.

    1. First edition of this work by the entrepreneur and inventor Charles Harel (1771-1852), a friend and disciple of Charles Fourier’s. This plan describes Harel’s project for the founding of a community of 200 celibates: a utopia of communal life detailing rules (‘love’, ‘the library’…)...



    Theodor (and Arthur RANSOM, translator). Freeland: a social anticipation.

    London, Chatto & Windus, 1891.

    First edition in English of the Austrian-Hungarian economist Hertzka’s influential utopia, first published in German in 1890. Hertzka’s ‘proposal to set up a new society in East Africa was enthusiastically received in several countries, including England and the United States. The society portrayed...


  6. HILL, Rowland.

    Journal of a Tour through the North of England and Parts of Scotland. With Remarks on the present State of the established...

    London: Printed by T. Gillet … and sold at Surr[e]y Chapel; also by T. Chapman [and seven others in London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow]. 1799

    First edition, an account of a Scottish tour conducted in July –September 1798 by the eccentric evangelical preacher Rowland Hill, followed by lengthy remarks on the Scottish church in a letter to the Baptist minister James Haldane. There is another issue with the title Journal through the North...


  7. HOWITT, William.

    The rural and domestic life of Germany: with characteristic sketches of its cities and scenery, collected in a...

    London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1842

    A fine copy of the first edition of Howitt’s account of his travels in Germany and Austria, and one of the best books in English about German life at the time. Howitt had moved with his family to Heidelberg in 1840 and stayed in Germany for more than two years on account of the education of his older...


  8. HUGHES, Terence McMahon.

    The ocean flower; a poem. Preceded by an historical and descriptive account of the island of Madeira,...

    London, Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1845.

    First edition of this scarce poem on Madeira in ten cantos. Hughes (1812–1849) was born in Newry, County Down and was for some time a foreign correspondent for The Morning Chronicle.


  9. ‘HURLBUT’ [i.e. HURLBERT], William Henry.

    Pictures of Cuba.

    London: M’Corquodale and Co. for Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1855.

    First British edition, revised and retitled, issued in the ‘Traveller’s Library’ series. Pictures of Cuba was first published under the title Gan-Eden: or, Pictures of Cuba (Boston: 1854), and Hurlbert (1827-1895) states in his preface that, ‘In the short time that has elapsed...


  10. JACOBSON, Ken, and Jenny JACOBSON.

    Carrying Off the Palaces: John Ruskin’s Lost Daguerreotypes.

    London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 2015.

    The inspiration for this book was a remarkable discovery made by the authors at a small country auction in 2006. One lightly regarded lot was a distressed mahogany box crammed with long-lost early photographs. These daguerreotypes were later confirmed as once belonging to John Ruskin, the great 19th-century...


  11. JAUBERT, Pierre Amédée Emilien.

    Voyage en Arménie et en Perse, fait dans les années 1805 et 1806 . . . Accompagné d’une...

    Paris, Pélicier and Nepveu, 1821.

    First edition. Jaubert (1779–1847) studied at the Ecole spéciale des langues orientales vivantes and became Napoleon’s personal interpreter in Arabic after the death of Venture de Paradis in 1799. He wrote four memoirs for the Description de l’Egypte. In 1805 he was dispatched to Persia...


  12. 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...


  13. [JOHNSON, Samuel].


    London: J. Bretell for Hector McLean, 1819.

    Third Smirke edition, ordinary-paper issue. ‘All travel has its advantages,’ the lexicographer, essayist and critic Samuel Johnson (1709-84) wrote in his Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland. ‘If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own, and if fortune...


  14. [JOHNSON, Samuel].

    A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland.

    London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell ... 1775.

    First edition, with twelve-line errata. Two thousand copies were printed as far as sheet S, when Strahan, sensing the demand, decided to increase the press run to 4000; the overrun sheets and a reprint of the earlier sheets were issued as the second edition, with six-line errata, often wrongly called...


  15. 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,...


  16. KING, Richard.

    Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Arctic Ocean, in 1833, 1834, and 1835; under the Command of Capt. Back.

    London: Samuel Bentley for Richard Bentley, 1836.

    First edition. The English naval officer and Arctic explorer Sir George Back (1795-1878) was a veteran of Sir John Franklin’s first two Arctic expeditions, and this experience led to his appointment to command an expedition to search for Sir John Ross, whose party searching for the Northwest Passage...


  17. KING, Samuel William.

    The Italian Valleys of the Pennine Alps: a Tour through all the Romantic and Less-Frequented ‘Vals’ of...

    London: W. Clowes and Sons for John Murray, 1858.

    First edition. The traveller and scientist King (1821-1868), who was a member of the Alpine Club, made this expedition through the Alps with his wife, and explains in his opening chapter that, ‘Our project was, after crossing the Alps, to explore and traverse, from head to foot, all the remote...


  18. KIRKPATRICK, William.

    An account of the kingdom of Nepaul, being the substance of observations made during the mission to that...

    London, William Miller, 1811.

    First edition. In 1792 Kirkpatrick led a diplomatic mission to Nepal, ‘leading the first Britons into that kingdom’ (Oxford DNB). He was sent by Lord Cornwallis to gather information and mediate in a dispute between Nepal and China over Tibet. He spent three weeks in Nepal and wrote his account...


  19. LANTIER, É[tienne] F[rançois de].

    The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia: from a Greek Manuscript found at Herculaneum: including...

    London: Printed for T. N. Longman and O. Rees … 1799.

    First English edition (first published in French in Paris in ‘An VI de la République’, 1797-8). The Travels of Antenor is a work of fiction (‘ne sont qu’un roman d’imagination’), based ostensibly on an ancient Greek manuscript found at the site, recently discovered, of Herculaneum....


  20. LAWRENCE, Thomas Edward.

    The Mint. A Day-Book of the R.A.F. Depot between August and December 1922 with Later Notes, by 352087...

    London: The Alden Press for Jonathan Cape, 1955.

    First British edition, the trade issue. 'One of Lawrence’s avowed purposes in joining the RAF, though not the only one, was to write of the ranks from the inside. He began immediately making notes when he enlisted in 1922. With his dismissal in January 1923, because of unfavourable publicity, the project...