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.
CAMPANO, Giovanni Antonio.
Oratio ... in [con]ventu Ratispo. ad exhortandas principes Germano[rum] contra Turcos et de laudibus...
[Rome, Stephan Plannck, c. 1487].
First edition of this speech by Campano intended to incite the belligerency of the Germans against the Turks, in the wake of Turkish raids into Friuli, in northeast Italy, which had begun in 1469. Famous for his Latin epigrams, verses, orations, and biographical and historical works, Campano (1429–1477)...
P. Rami ... Oratio de legatione.
Paris, Andreas Wechel, 1557.
First (?) edition: a fascinating pamphlet marking a critical epoch in the history of the University of Paris and the first occasion on which Ramus came into prominence as champion of his University and of higher education in general.
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.
De Cyri regis Persarum vita atque disciplina, libri VIII.
Paris, Andreas Wechel, 1572.
First edition of Joachim Camerarius’ Latin translation of Xenophon’s Cyropaedia, a partly fictional work on the life and education of Cyrus the Great which served as a model for medieval and renaissance mirrors of princes, including Machiavelli’s Il Principe. A beautiful...
RAMUS, Petrus (Pierre de la RAMÉE).
Liber de militia C. Julii Caesaris, cum praefatione Joannis Thomae Freigii.
Frankfurt, Andreas Wechel, 1584.
An attractively bound copy of Ramus’s uncommon treatise on Caesar’s military tactics, with unusual edge decoration.
De arte bellica, sive de designandis ac construendis arcibus et propugnaculis, necnon et de iis oppugnandis,...
Lyons, Jean de Tournes, 1600.
First Latin edition, scarce on the market, of this handsomely illustrated military classic, first published in Italian at Brescia in 1564. Edited and published by Jean de Tournes, this edition is dedicated to Henry IV of France. The military architect Cataneo (active 1540-1584) was considered,...
RELATION (A) of the defeating Card.
Mazarine & Oliv. Cromwell’s Design to have taken Ostend by Treachery, in the Year 1658, written...
London, Printed for Hen. Herringman … 1666.
First edition, an account, apparently translated from an untraced Spanish original, of a failed attempt by Anglo-French forces to take the town of Ostend from the Spanish in 1658.
GUILLET de Saint-Georges, Georges.
The Gentleman’s Dictionary, in three Parts, viz.: I. the Art of Riding the great Horse, containing...
London, H. Bonwicke, T. Goodwin, M. Wotton, B. Tooke, and S. Manship, 1705.
First edition in English of Les arts de l’homme d’epée, an encyclopedic manual in three distinct alphabets for the instruction of those who are ‘bred to the sword’. The English version, of which this is the sole edition, is no ‘bare translation’ but has been revised ‘by Persons...
An impartial enquiry into the management of the war in Spain, by the ministry at home, and into the conduct of...
London, John Morphew, 1712.
First edition of this examination of the British participation in the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714) down to 1710, with particular emphasis on the years 1703–7. The author, Martin Bladen (1680–1746), ‘matriculated at St John’s College, Cambridge, in 1697 and in the same year was...
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.
[COYER; VOLTAIRE; WAR OF THE AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION.]
‘Recueil des Pieces’.
An extraordinary sammelband of 75 pamphlets – 27 of which are recorded in only 3 or fewer libraries on OCLC – mostly relating to successful French exploits throughout Europe during the War of the Austrian Succession, including the Dutch and Italian campaigns and the conclusion of the war.
Cornelii Nepotis vitae excellentium imperatorum, editio nova emendatior.
Amsterdam, J. Wetstein, 1745.
An uncommon pocket edition of Cornelius Nepos’s Lives, attractively bound with striking gilt endpapers. The only surviving work by the first-century BC biographer Cornelius Nepos, the Vitae excellentium imperatorum once formed part of a broader De viris illustribus. The...
[FRASER, Simon, Lord Lovat.]
Memoirs of the Life of Lord Lovat.
London, M. Cooper, 1746.
First edition of the life of Lord Lovat, published before his trial. A life-long Jacobite conspirator, Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat (1667/8–1747), was closely involved in the uprisings of 1689, 1715, 1719, and 1745. Upon his capture in 1746, he was brought to London and tried before the House of...
VERTOT, Abbé de.
The History of the Revolutions of Portugal. By M. l’Abbe de Vertot, member of the Royal Academy of Inscriptions...
Glasgow, printed by R. Urie for D. Baxter, 1750.
Uncommon first Glasgow edition of this English translation of the Histoire des révolutions de Portugal, a classic account of the Portuguese Restoration War against Spain (1640-1668) by the French historian René-Aubert Vertot (1655–1735).
The theatre of war in the Kingdom of Bohemia, drawn from the survey of J. C. Muller Captain Engineer to the Emperor:...
[London], Thomas Jefferys, 6 June 1757.
This map, issued at the beginning of the Seven Years’ War, illustrates the route taken by Frederick the Great’s Prussian forces against those of Saxony and Prussia, up to the opening of siege operations against Prague. On 18 June 1757, Count von Daun, in attempting to raise this siege, overpowered...
[HILLER, Johann Adam, editor].
Anecdoten zur Lebensgeschichte berühmter französischer, deutscher, italienischer, holländischer...
Leipzig, Lankisch, 1762.
Scarce first edition of Hiller’s two-volume collection of literary, philosophical and historical anecdotes. The editor’s note at the end mentions the contemporary publication of a French work of similar inspiration, and states the editor’s intention to translate it and publish it as a sequel to...
The Farrier’s and Horseman’s complete Dictionary, containing the Art of Farriery in all its Branches, with...
London, J. Beecroft, J. & F. Rivington, W. Owen, T. Lowndes, and G. Robinson, and Southampton, T. Baker, 1775.
Third edition, from the library of Captain John Tharp of the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards. Born in Jamaica, John Tharp (1769-1851) served in the Blues, as a cornet from 1792 and a captain from 1799. Evidently interested equestrianism, surviving correspondence from his father complains of his...
Träume eines Menschenfreundes. Erster Theil.
Basel, Johannes Schweighauser, 1776.
First edition, part one only (very rarely to be found complete with both parts), of the most mature expression of Iselin’s anti-Rousseau republicanism, a social ‘dream’ of great articulation and -arguably- applicability, residing confidently on the borderline between utopia and reformism, and the...
Les Indiens, ou Tippoo-Saïb, fils d’Hyder-Ally, &c. Avec quelques particularités sur ce prince, sur ses ambassadeurs...
A Londres [i.e. Paris?] et se trouve à Paris, chez Le Jay, 1788.
The apparently unrecorded first issue of this work on Tipu Sultan (1750–1799), ruler of the kingdom of Mysore and implacable enemy of the British East India Company. The only copies recorded institutionally (on ESTC, COPAC, and OCLC) have the title Les indiens, ou Tipou-Sultan, fils D’Ayder-Aly...
DRINKWATER, John [later John DRINKWATER BETHUNE].
A history of the late siege of Gibraltar. With a description and account of that...
London, T. Spilsbury & Son for J. Johnson, T. and J. Egerton, and J. Edwards, 1790.
First published in 1785. The present edition prints the text of the corrected second edition (1786). ‘In 1777, aged fifteen, Drinkwater [1762–1844] joined as ensign a regiment of volunteers raised in Manchester, at a time of indignant excitement produced by the news of General Burgoyne’s surrender...