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)...
Picturesque views on the River Niger, sketched during Lander’s last visit in 1832-33 …
London, John Murray, Hodgson & Graves, and Ackerman, 1840.
First edition, one of a very few copies issued coloured, of this collection of beautiful views sketched along the Niger River by the naval officer William Allen (1792–1864), accompanied by descriptive notes extracted from his diary.
[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.
Sketches of the country, character, and costume, in Portugal and Spain, made during the campaign, and on the...
London, John Booth, 1809[–10].
First edition, early issue, of this splendid work, the first English work on Spain and Portugal to be illustrated with aquatint plates. Bradford’s work enjoyed considerable popularity in the aftermath of the Peninsular War, with further issues appearing in 1812, 1813, and 1823.
Volume of nineteen items concerning the treatment and care of war wounded.
Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Milan, Paris, 1855-1875.
A remarkable sammelband of scarce works on military medicine in French, Italian, Dutch and German, including an item on Florence Nightingale and treatises on gunshot wounds, the Red Cross, field hospitals, battlefield first aid, and ambulances. Several items bear inscriptions by Félix Hippolyte...
TULLOCH, James Dundas Gregorie.
Small archive relating to his military career.
An interesting set of documents tracing the military career of James Dundas Gregorie Tulloch (1804-1879), from his initial struggles to obtain a commission to his promotion to Major under Queen Victoria. Tulloch was the younger brother of the statistician Major-General Sir Alexander Murray Tulloch (1803-1864),...
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,...
HARLINGUE, L. [Albert].
[Iran, c. 1905-1911].
An impressive press image of the Bakhtiari tribe – revolutionaries in the Persian Constitutional Revolution of 1905-1911 – here posing in strength with their weapons. Their leader, Sardar As’ad Bakhtiari (1856-1917), was a key figure in the Iranian revolution; under his command (and with German...
A narrative of the British Auxiliary Legion, with incidents, anecdotes, and sketches of all parties connected...
Glasgow, Muir, Gowans & Co., 1838.
First edition; rare. One of the finest and most entertaining accounts of the First Carlist War. It was apparently issued ‘in about twenty parts, published weekly, at twopence each’ (p. [iii]).
Campaign of the Left Wing of the Allied Army, in the western Pyrenees and south of France, in the years 1813–14;...
London, John Murray, 1823.
First edition; very scarce. Robert Batty (1789–1848) was the son of the obstetric physician and amateur artist Dr Robert Batty (1762–1849; see Oxford DNB). ‘After attending school in Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland, and in London, at the age of fifteen he travelled to Italy with his cousin, Henry...
[UNGER, Salomo Gottlob.]
Geschichte des Oesterreich-Russischen und Türkischen Krieges, in den Jahren von 1787. bis 1792. Nebst...
Leipzig, Wilhelm Gottlob Sommer, 1792.
First and only edition, extremely rare, of this account of the Austro-Turkish War of 1788-1791, and of the concurrent Russo-Turkish war of 1787-92. It includes the full texts of the Treaty of Sistova of 4 August 1791 and of a separate convention attached to it, in both French and German. While...
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...
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.
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.
VANE [formerly STEWART], Charles William, third marquess of Londonderry.
Narrative of the Peninsular War, from 1808 to 1813 . ....
London, Henry Colburn, 1829.
First octavo edition, with an appendix which appears here for the first time: ‘Since the publication of the first edition of this narrative, the author has received communications from some of his brother officers; and he deems it but justice to them to give these letters, with his answers, to the...
Journal of the movements of the British Legion. By an officer, late of the Quarter-Master-General’s staff.
London, Effingham Wilson, 1836.
First edition; rare. Born near Niagara Falls, Upper Canada, John Richardson (1797–1852) ‘served in the Canadian militia (41st regiment) during the Anglo-American War of 1812–14, and was taken prisoner at the battle of the Thames. After his liberation he entered the British army, and in 1815 went...
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...
[SINO-JAPANESE WAR, 1894–5.]
Punitive forces attacking Pyöngyang.
Tokyo, Tsujiokaya Bunsuke, Meiji 27 .
First edition. The battle of Pyöngyang, 15 September 1894, was the second major land battle of the First Sino-Japanese War. In it, the town of Pyöngyang fell to the attacking Japanese forces who were then able to advance north to the Yalu River without opposition. Although the Chinese suffered heavy...
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.
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...