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.
AEMYLIUS, Paulus (Paolo EMILIO).
Historici clarissimi de rebus gestis Francorum…
Paris, Michel Vascosan, 1550.
Early editions of the three classical complementary chronicles of France from the fifth to the mid-sixteenth century, often issued and bound together.
ALBERT VICTOR, Prince, GEORGE, Prince of Wales, and DALTON, John Neale.
The cruise of her Majesty’s Ship ‘Bacchante’ 1879–1882....
London, Macmillan and Co., 1886.
First edition. An account of the three-year voyage of HMS Bacchante round the world with Prince Albert Victor and George Prince of Wales, the future George V, on board. The first volume covers: the Mediterranean, Tenerife, West Indies, Bermudas, Vigo, Ferrol, St. Vincent, the Plate, Falkland Islands,...
[ALEXANDRIA, Battle of, 1801.]
Plan of the action of the 21st of March fought near Alexandria by the French under Gn. Menou and...
A detailed plan accurately illustrating the movements of the British and French armies at the battle of Alexandria. In it, Sir Ralph Abercrombie was fatally wounded but the action was considered a British victory as the French were forced out of Egypt soon after. This plan is signed ‘J. W. Hamilton’.
ANDREADES, Andreas Michael.
De la monnaie et de la puissance d’achat des métaux précieux dans l’Empire Byzantin . . . Extrait...
Liège, Imprimerie H. Vaillant-Carmanne, 1924.
An offprint, with its own title-page and pagination, of this important study. This is a presentation copy, inscribed in ink ‘To Robert Byron. A. A.’ at the head of the front wrapper. Andreades was the first professor of public finance at the University of Athens and the author of a monumental work...
The Dutch drawn to the life…
London, for Thomas Johnson and H. Marsh, 1664.
First edition. The book is written as a series of questions and answers, covering everything one could ever wish to know about the Dutch and their nation from their general character, social life and customs to physical details of the individual provinces, trade and industry, politics and government,...
[ARMY MEDICAL BOARD.]
Proceedings and report of a special medical board appointed by his Royal Highness the Commander in Chief,...
London, printed for L. B. Seeley and C. & R. Baldwin, 1808.
First edition. An account of the investigation into the medical practices of Robert Jackson, physician and head of the depot hospital on the Isle of Wight. It examines hospital conditions, common diseases suffered by soldiers, and treatments typical of the Napoleonic era, as well as giving an...
County of the Isle of Ely, Public Air Raid Warning.
County Air Raid Precautions Committee, [c. 1943].
A very rare survival from the Second World War. During the war, Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely were strategic positions as home to 28 airfields for both the RAF and the USAAF. The flat topography, proximity to the coast and continental Europe made it an ideal location for runways and bases.
[AYMÉ, Jean Jacques.]
Déportation et naufrage de J. J. Aymé, ex-législateur; suivis du tableau de vie et de mort des déportés,...
Paris, Maradan, .
First edition. An account of Aymé’s experiences following 18 Fructidor when he was deported to French Guiana as an alleged Royalist. He provides a highly critical description of the political exiles’s colony at Cayenne, which includes tables giving the names and personal details of his fellow deportees....
BARRÉS DU MOLARD, Alphonse, vicomte.
Mémoires sur la guerre de la Navarre et des provinces basques, depuis son origine en 1833,...
Paris: Imprimerie de Louis Perrin for Dentu, 1842.
First edition. A history of the first Carlist War written by a French officer who served in the Carlist army throughout the conflict, this work provides an interesting description of life in the Carlist army, as well as details of the military campaign and its leaders, Zumalacarregui and Cabrera.
[BARRINGTON, William Wildman, viscount.]
Considerations on the bill for the better government of the navy. By a sea officer.
London, printed for M. Cooper, 1749.
First edition. A defence of the 1749 Navy Bill, a measure promoted by Anson’s Board, attributed by Lady Hervey to Lord Barrington, then a lord of the Admiralty (it has also been credited, however, to the then secretary of the Admiralty Board, Thomas Corbett). This tract seeks to justify the need for...
Geschichte der Hohenzollernschen Staaten Hechingen und Sigmaringen von den ältesten Zeiten bis auf unsere Tage,...
Sigmaringen, Bucher & Liener, 1834–6.
First edition. Perched on the Zollenberg, just south of Hechingen, is the castle of Hohenzollern, which gave its name to the ruling house of Brandenburg–Prussia from 1415 to 1918, arguably the most powerful family in German history. The ancestral lands were divided in 1575 by Count Karl I among his...
BELLIN, Jacques Nicolas.
Essai géographique sur les Isles Britanniques.
Paris, Didot, 1757.
First edition. A description of the British Isles by the first chief hydrographic engineer of the Dépôt des cartes, plans et journaux du Ministère de la Marine. Alongside the geographical depiction of Great Britain, Bellin includes a guide to navigating its coasts and a treatise on the making of charts,...
Plan of Parliamentary Reform, in the Form of a Catechism, with Reasons for each Article. With an Introduction,...
London: Printed in the Year 1817. Re-printed and Re-published, with Notes and Alterations, by Permission of the Author, by T. J. Wooler … 1818.
First edition thus of an inexpensive reprint of Bentham’s Plan of Parliamentary Reform (1817), the style adapted by Thomas Wooler, with Bentham’s permission, to ‘render it more easy of comprehension to the popular reader’. In this form it first appeared in instalments in Wooler’s radical...
BRENTON, Sir Jahleel.
Five aquatint plates of the battle of Algeciras.
London, Edward Harding, 1801–1802.
This series illustrates various actions from the battle of Algeciras: the first, the attack on the French ships under the batteries of Algeciras on 6 July 1801; the second, the British squadron, under Sir James Saumarez (to whom each plate is dedicated), retiring from this action; the third, the same...
Caii Julii Caesaris invictissimi i[m]peratoris co[m]mentaria seculor[um] iniuria antea difficilia et valde mendosa. Nunc...
(Colophon) Venice, Agostino Zani, 17 August 1511.
A handsome copy of the first illustrated edition of Caesar’s Commentaries published in Italy, adorned with charming half-page woodcuts at the opening of the De bello Gallico and De bello civili and with smaller vignette cuts at the beginning of each book. Describing Caesar’s campaigns in Gaul from...
CAREY, Henry Charles.
Principles of social science.
Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott, 1858-1860.
First edition, a very attractive copy, of Carey’s principal work. ‘His treatment of social science was original, and led him to a series of supposed discoveries, the order of which he has stated in the introduction of his most important work The Principles of Social Science. His point of departure...
Eastern anecdotes of exemplary characters, which sketches of the Chinese history. In one volume. Inscribed to...
London, Samson Low, 1799.
First edition. Using a selection of historical characters from Chinese history this work acknowledges that history ‘offers both an ample field for moral Instruction as well as rational Amusement’ (p. xiii). The focus on China is explained in the introduction: ‘moral virtues were never practised...
L. G.] Campagnes des Français en Italie, sous les ordres, jusqu’au traité de Campo-Formio, seconde edition,...
Paris, chez Ponthieu, 1802.
First published as Campagnes des Français en Italie, ou histoire militaire, politique et philosophique de la Rèvolution in 1798, this is one of the earliest military histories of the French revolutionary wars. The present 1802 edition includes an extra volume with an account of the battle of Marengo,...
Peribologia seu muniendorum locor[um] ratio.
Frankfurt, Anton Humm for the author, 1641.
First Latin edition of this monumental work on architecture and fortifications, a book produced by father and son. The imprint makes clear that the son, Johann Wilhelm, not only was responsible for the magnificent plates but also edited and published the work ‘edita sumptus et typos suppeditante Joanne...
DOUGLAS, Sir Howard.
Naval evolutions; a memoir . . . Containing a review and refutation of the principal essays and arguments...
London, Thomas & William Boone, 1832.
First edition: presentation copy inscribed and signed by the author to his daughter, Mary. A defence of Sir Charles Douglas’s claim to have been responsible for the breaking of the line tactic at the battle of the Saints and not, as the rival school of thought believed, John Clerk, author of An essay...