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.
Annales et Historiae de rebus Belgicis.
Amsterdam, J. Blaeu, 1657.
First edition of the great jurists’ Annals of the Low Countries, his one work of history.
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...
[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...
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.
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,...
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...
[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....
Diario distinto di tutto il seguito per la spedizione fatta d’ordine della maesta cattolica di Filippo V. Re delle Spagne...
(Colophon:) Florence, Bernardo Paperini, 1732.
A daily account in Italian from 20 June to 8 July 1732 of the Spanish capture of Oran. The Moroccan city had been governed by Spain since 1509 but had fallen into Ottoman hands in 1708. This 1732 invasion brought Oran once more under Spanish control, in which it remained until 1792.
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,...
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...
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,...
[SWIFT.] BARRETT, John.
An Essay on the earlier Part of the Life of Swift … to which are subjoined several Pieces ascribed to...
London: Printed for J. Johnson [et al.]. 1808.
First edition. Barrett (1753-1821) was Vice-Provost and Professor of Oriental Languages at Trinity College, Dublin, a scholar known for his eccentricity and the extent and profundity of his philological and classical learning. The essay ‘contains some interesting facts about the dean’s college career’...
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...
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...
Harangue ... touchant ce qu'ont faict les deputez de l’Université de Paris envers le Roy. Mise de Latin en Francois.
Paris, Andreas Wechel, 1557.
First French-language edition of the above, issued simultaneously with the Latin text and presumably translated by Ramus himself. Apart from La Dialectique, this is one of Ramus’ very few works in the vernacular. Very rare.
LEAKE, Stephen Martin.
Heraldo Memoriale, or Memoirs of the College of Arms from 1727 to 1744. Edited by Anthony Richard Wagner.
The Roxburghe Club, 1981.
Stephen Martin Leake was Garter principal king of arms from 1754 to 1773. The three volumes of his extensive manuscript journal, Heraldo-Memoriale, are preserved in the College of Arms.
FOY, Sébastien-Maximilien, compte de.
Histoire de la guerre de la péninsule sous Napoléon, précédé d’un tableau politique...
Paris, Baudouin frères, 1827.
First edition. A detailed history of the Peninsular War written by a French general who distinguished himself in the conflict. Foy was involved in the first invasion of Portugal, Sir John Moore’s famous retreat to La Corunna, the battles of Salamanca and Vitoria, and the fighting in the Pyrenees. Napoleon...
VILLEHARDOUIN, Geoffroy de (Charles du Fresne DU CANGE, editor).
Histoire de l’empire de Constantinople sous les empereurs françois,...
Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1657.
First collected edition, comprising the third edition of Villehardouin’s chronicle, edited and translated by Du Cange, and the first edition of Du Cange’s history of the Latin empire in the Levant. The original and modern French versions of Villehardouin’s chronicle are printed on opposite pages....
FOLARD, Jean Charles, Chevalier de.
Histoire de Polybe, nouvellement traduite du Grec par Dom Vincent Thuillier, Bénédictin de...
Amsterdam, Zacharie Chatelain et fils, 1753.
First published in 1727–30 but this present edition is the most complete, being the first to include the Supplement a l’histoire de Polybe . . . contenant les nouvelles découvertes sur la guerre, par le même; lettre critique d’un officier hollandois; & sentimens d’un homme de guerre sur le...
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.