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.
News from Tartary: A Journey from Peking to Kashmir.
London: Queen Anne Press, 2010.
First edition thus, no. 120 of 150 copies. Fleming had first travelled to China in 1931 and returned in 1933 as the Special Correspondent of The Times, to cover the war between the nationalists and the communists; 'After reaching Mukden (Shenyang) in Manchuria and taking part in a sortie...
FLORENT DE SALES (pseud.).
Vrai systême du monde physique et moral.
Only edition, rare, of this utopia, the identity of whose author, and even of whose printer, remains unknown.
FORBES, James David.
Travels through the Alps ... New edition revised and annotated by W.A.B. Coolidge ... With portrait, new maps,...
London, Adam and Charles Black, 1900.
A handsome edition of four of Forbes’s chief writings relating to his Alpine travels, from the library of Guido Rey (1861–1935), the distinguished Italian Alpinist, writer and photographer.
A handbook for travellers in Spain . . . Third edition, entirely revised, with great additions.
London, John Murray, 1855.
Third edition. ‘In the 1855 edition, the last in his lifetime, much of the previously rejected material was re-introduced, bibliographies were brought up-to-date, and obsolete data omitted. Ford’s prejudices are here less apparent; some of his more caustic references are toned down. But although...
Gatherings from Spain. By the author of the Handbook of Spain; chiefly selected from that work, with much new matter.
London, John Murray, 1846.
First edition. ‘While Ford composed much new material for his Gatherings, a proportion had been copied verbatim from several of his earlier reviews – such as that on The Banditti of Spain (in the “Quarterly” of April 1838) – or from the Hand-book, as will be realised by...
FORD, Richard (and Ian ROBERTSON, editor).
A hand-book for travellers in Spain, and readers at home. Describing the...
[Arundel and London,] Centaur Press, .
Richard Ford’s classic Hand-book for travellers in Spain, with an introduction by Ian Robertson and a revised index.
FOX, Elizabeth Vassall, Lady Holland (Giles Stephen Holland Fox-STRANGWAYS, sixth earl of Ilchester, editor).
The Spanish journal...
London, Longmans, Green & Co., 1910.
First edition. ‘Early in 1802 Lord and Lady Holland decided to spend the following winter abroad. The health of their eldest son Charles, then six years old, had been for some time a source of worry, and doctors had advised that a change of climate might well have the desired effect. (He lived until...
[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...
Wanderings in Spain. With numerous engravings.
London, Ingram, Cooke, & Co., 1853.
First edition in English of Gautier’s celebrated account of a tour of Spain in 1840. The French original first appeared in book form in 1843 (as Tra los montes), having first appeared (in part) in instalments in the Revue des deux Mondes during 1842–3. A revised edition appeared in...
Memoirs of an American Lady; with Sketches of Manners and Scenery in America, as they existed previous to the Revolution...
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme … J. Hatchard … and Mrs. H. Cook … 1809.
Second edition of Memoirs, first published in 1808. The American lady is Catalina Schuyler, the widow of Col. Philip Schuyler, the author’s ‘earliest and most valuable friend’, who helped to guide her early education in America.
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...
An historical account of the British trade over the Caspian Sea, with a journal of travels from London through Russia...
London, Dodsley, Nourse, Millar, Vaillant, & Patterson, Waugh, and Willock, 1753.
First edition of Hanway’s narrative of his trade mission to Russia, Persia, and the Caspian Sea. Having joined the Russia Company in 1743, Jonas Hanway (1712–1786) sailed for Riga in April that year, before travelling on to St Petersburg, Moscow, and Astrakhan in an attempt to re-establish...
Peninsular scenes and sketches. By the author of ‘The student of Salamanca’.
Edinburgh and London, William Blackwood & Sons, 1846.
First edition. Hardman (1814–1874) ‘volunteered in 1834 for the British Legion. He was recruited by Sir George de Lacy Evans to assist the Spanish government forces against the Carlist rebels, serving as a lieutenant in the second lancers. Severely wounded in one of the last engagements with the...
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’etc.)...
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...
HEBER, Reginald, and Nicolas BARKER (editor).
A Letter from India.
The Roxburghe Club, 2020.
'I do not expect that with fair prospects of eminence at home, you should go to the Ganges for a mitre,’ wrote Sir Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, President of the Board of Commissioners for Indian Affairs, in 1819 to Reginald Heber at Hodnet in Shropshire, but in vain. Despite a growing reputation...
[HERBERT, Henry John George, third earl of Carnarvon.]
Portugal and Gallicia, with a review of the social and political state of...
London, John Murray, 1837.
Second, expanded, edition; first published the previous year. Carnarvon (or, as he then was, Viscount Porchester) visited Spain and Portugal in July 1827. ‘His companion on the voyage out to Lisbon had been Sir Arthur de Capell Brooke, who was on his way to Cádiz en route to North Africa . . . . After...
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...
HONAN, Michael Burke.
The court and camp of Don Carlos; being the results of a late tour in the Basque provinces, and parts of...
London, John Macrone, 1845.
First edition; rare. The author, who was born in Limerick, was a correspondent for the Morning Herald. He departed London in November 1835, ‘having determined to visit the camp of Don Carlos, and to ascertain by personal observation the actual state of the war in the Basque provinces’ (p....
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...