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.
(Colophon:) Venice, Aldus, May 1502.
A handsome copy of the first edition of the Greek text of Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War, printed by the great Aldus Manutius, with an interesting provenance.
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.
The second Part of the Booke of Batailles, fought in our present Age: taken out of the best Authors and Writers...
At London, Printed for Giles Cawood. 1587.
First edition, scarce. Polemon had been commissioned by Henry Bynneman to compile a compendium on modern warfare which was duly published as All the famous Battels that have been fought in our Age in 1578. It covered from the beginning of the century up to the Battle of Lepanto in 1572....
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.
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...
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...
A Treatise on Equitation, or the Art of Horsemanship, simplified progressively for Amateurs, forming complete Lessons...
London, Baylis & Leighton for Whittaker & Co., 1835.
First and only edition of a scarce treatise on horsemanship, in an unusual horse-skin binding. Having served in the Seventh Queen’s Own Hussars and the Royal Field Artillery from the 1890s until 1919, Major Henry Arthur Johnstone gathered a library comprising books largely on natural history,...
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,...
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.
[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...
RUDERMAN M. S BOIM and B SUKHANOV.
На крейсере [On a cruiser]. Moscow OGIZ Molodaia Gvardiya 1932.
Moscow, OGIZ, Molodaia Gvardiya, 1932.
First edition. A child’s guide to life on board a cruiser of the Red Fleet, in verse accompanied by illustrations. Beginning with the alphabet in semaphore, the essential first lesson for any sailor, we see the cruiser on its journey from loading at the dock, then setting off, followed by scenes of...
[NILE, Battle of the.]
View 1st. of the memorable victory of the Nile, gained in August 1798, over the French by the British fleet...
London, published by G. Riley, 1799.
This view of Nelson’s victory at the Nile illustrates the opening of the action at the point where the Goliath, her captain having realised that the French were at single anchor, daringly sneaked his ship inshore around the head of the French line. It proved to be a decisive point in the battle, the...
DITTRICH, Max, and Max HENZE, artist.
Der Deutsch-Französische Krieg 1870 und 1871. Gedenk-Blätter in Wort und Bild an die Ehrentage...
Dresden and New York: ‘Druck & Verlag von H.G. Münchmeyer’, 1895.
Fortieth edition and 25th anniversary ‘Jubel-Ausgabe’. This lavishly-illustrated account of the Franco-Prussian War was published to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of this conflict that was, in retrospect, a harbinger of the political and military turmoil of the following century: ‘the...
The history of two acts: entitled, an Act for the safety and preservation of His Majesty’s person and government against...
London, G.G. and J. Robinson, 1796.
First edition of this account of the Pitt and Grenville Acts, introduced following the stoning of King George III’s carriage on his way to the State opening of Parliament in 1795.