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.
CARLETON, George [Sir Walter SCOTT, editor].
Memoirs of Capt. George Carleton, an English officer; including anecdotes of the war...
for Archibald Constable & Co., and London, John Murray, 1808.
First published in 1728. This is the first edition to be edited by Sir Walter Scott, who has also added a preface. This is the ordinary paper issue; copies printed on large paper are also known.
England’s Aegis; or, the military Energies of the Empire ...
London, Richard Phillips, 1804.
First edition, scarce, by the gentleman reformer and former naval officer John Cartwright. ‘Ever the patriot, when Britain was facing possible French invasion he took up a passionate advocacy of the utility of the pike and the creation of an Anglo-Saxon-type militia in his … England’s...
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,...
Cours d’équitation militaire, a l’usage des corps de troupes a cheval, approuvé par s. exc. le ministre de la guerre.
Saumur, H. Fournier for A. Degouy and Névo-Degouy, and Paris, Anselin, 1830.
First edition of an encyclopædic work on horsemanship for the use of the French cavalry, with the suite of plates. ‘L’ouvrage est en effet une veritable encyclopédie hippique : hippologie, extérieur, emploi à la selle, au trait et au bat, alimentation, hygiène, maladies et accidens, haras...
CHAHO, Joseph Augustin.
Voyage en Navarre pendant l’insurrection des Basques (1830–1835) . . . Avec portraits et costumes.
Paris, Arthus Bertrand, 1836.
First edition; scarce. ‘The Carlist Wars . . . generated intense regionalist excitement among Spanish Basques and great curiosity in educated circles. Up until this point, more or less the only interest shown in the Basques had been of a philological nature. Augustin Chaho’s Voyage en Navarre...
La cavalerie française … illustrée de nombreux dessins et de 16 gravures hors texte en couleurs.
Paris, Garnier brothers, 1893.
First edition of a well illustrated history of the French cavalry. A cavalry captain, Henri Choppin (1831–1916) published widely on the French military: the first of several works devoted to the cavalry, La cavalerie française is handsomely illustrated throughout and accompanied by sixteen...
A Collection of facts and observations, relative to the peace with Buonaparte, chiefly extracted from the Porcupine...
London, Cobbett and Morgan, 2 November 1801.
First edition, collecting anti-Jacobin articles from Cobbett’s Porcupine 51 June to 27 October 1801, alongside eight letters by him to Lord Hawkesbury, and nine appendices of treaties and speeches. The Porcupine, launched as an independent newspaper by Cobbett in October 1800,...
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...
[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.
[DANIEL, John Edgecombe.]
Journal of an officer in the Commissariat Department of the army: comprising a narrative of the campaigns...
London, Porter and King for the author, 1820.
First edition; rare. Written in the form of a diary, this is a clear and candid account of the Peninsular War as viewed from the Commissary Department of the army. The author sailed from Falmouth on 3 November 1810 in the packet Prince of Wales. During the voyage the ship came under attack from...
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...
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...
The English in Spain; or, the story of the War of Succession between 1834 and 1840. Compiled from the letters,...
London, John Murray, 1877.
First edition. ‘The author in the course of his researches into the history of the Royal Artillery during the years subsequent to 1815 . . . found many interesting letters and journals written by some of the most distinguished of his brother officers, who had been employed under the English Foreign...
[ELIOT, Edward Granville, third earl of St. Germans.]
Papers relating to Lord Eliot’s mission to Spain in the spring of 1835.
London, [Bickers & Son for the author,] 1871.
First edition; scarce. Eliot (1798–1877) ‘had been appointed secretary of legation in Madrid in 1823, and in Lisbon in 1824. In 1834 he was sent to Spain as envoy-extraordinary. The Carlist War was then raging, and Eliot concluded an agreement with the two belligerent forces, by which prisoners...
EVANS, Sir George de Lacy.
Memoranda of the contest in Spain, January 1840.
London, James Ridgeway, 1840.
First edition. ‘In May 1835 General Alava, the Spanish ambassador in London, obtained the permission of the king and of Lord Melbourne’s ministry to raise a force of 10,000 volunteers, which would be known as the British Legion, to support the Spanish constitutional cause against the Carlist insurrection....
[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...
FRAZER, Sir Augustus Simon (Edward SABINE, editor).
Letters of Colonel Sir Augustus Simon Frazer, K.C.B. commanding the Royal Horse...
London, Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans & Roberts, 1859.
First edition; scarce. Sir Augustus Frazer (1776–1835) joined the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich aged fifteen and a year later was gazetted second lieutenant in the Royal Artillery. He saw action during the Flanders Campaign of the French Revolutionary War and commanded all the artillery employed...
[FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY WARS.]
Lo Stato Pontificio agli altri incliti co-stati d’Italia.
Anonymous anti-French pamphlet, which saw a number of printings in 1796 and 1797, and calls for a general insurrection against the French in Italy. The pamphlet draws very heavily, albeit without any acknowledgment of its debt, on Francesco Gusta’s 1794 Saggio critico sulle cruciate,...
[GLEIG, George Robert.]
Edinburgh, William Blackwood, and London, T. Cadell, 1825.
First edition of Gleig’s vivid and well-written account of his service in the Peninsular campaigns; scarce.
[GROUX, Charles Jacques (engraver).]
Planches relatives a l’instruction concernant l’exercice et les manoeuvres des...
Paris, Magimel, ‘An X’ .
Second edition, expanded, of a set of French Revolutionary plates for the instruction of the cavalry. Comprising over one hundred and fifty copper-engraved plates showing cavalry horses, equipment, and manoeuvres, the present work follows a smaller publication by Magimel of the same title, issued...