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.
DOUGLAS, Sir Howard.
Naval evolutions; a memoir . . . Containing a review and refutation of the principal essays and arguments...
London, Thomas & William Boone, 1832.
First edition: presentation copy inscribed and signed by the author to his daughter, Mary. A defence of Sir Charles Douglas’s claim to have been responsible for the breaking of the line tactic at the battle of the Saints and not, as the rival school of thought believed, John Clerk, author of An essay...
Reflections previous to the establishment of a militia.
London, R. & J. Dodsley, 1756.
First edition of this argument in favour of the establishment of a British national militia. Canvassing support in the run-up to the 1757 Militia Act, Pitt proposed militia reform for Britain (i.e. including Scotland) rather than England alone. The Scot Adam Ferguson, one of the most militant of social...
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...
FOSSÉ, Charles Louis François.
Idées d’un militaire pour la disposition des troupes confiées aux jeunes officiers dans la...
Paris, de l’imprimerie de Franç. Amb. Didot l’Ainé chez Alexandre Jombert, 1783.
First edition. ‘Ouvrage estimé’ (Brunet). A splendidly illustrated military treatise and excellent example of French colour printing written by a French infantry officer and mathematician who distinguished himself in the Seven Years’ War.
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...
[FREDERICK II, the great, King of Prussia.]
L’esprit du chevalier Folard tiré de ses commentaires sur l’histoire de Polybe...
Paris, par la compagnie des libraires, & se vend à Lyon chez Jean Marie Bruyzet, 1760.
First edition. A collection of extracts from Folard’s Histoire de Polybe, an influential work which, by advocating the use of the column, had sparked a controversy in military thinking lasting the length of the eighteenth-century. Frederick the Great, who had a number of military classics translated...
GRAHAM, Cuthbert Aubrey Lionel.
Record of 4th Oxfordshire (Bullingdon) Battalion Home Guard 1940–1944.
Oxford, printed by The Holywell Press “for private circulation only”, [circa 1945].
A rare record of the history of the 4th Oxfordshire Home Guard, finely bound by Zaehnsdorf for Major H. E. Pankhurst, M.C., an officer of the Battalion. There were seven Home Guard companies for Oxfordshire by 1940, of which the Bullingdon Battalion was, apart from the Oxford University Battalion and...
GRIFFITHS, Anselm John.
Observations on some points of seamanship; with practical hints on naval oeconomy . . . The whole profits...
Cheltenham, printed by J. J. Hadley, 1824.
First edition. The Observations was written in 1811 when the author was captain of the Leonidas frigate and is based on his experience of a wartime navy during the Napoleonic Wars. ‘As its title suggests, the book is mainly concerned with matters of seamanship but contains many notes...
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.
[ILLENGEN, von, and Jakob FUNCK.]
Plans und journals von denen Belagerungen des letzteren Kriegs in Flandern, zusammen getragen...
Strasbourg, Melchior Pauschinger, 1750.
First edition in German: a French-language edition was issued in the same year by the same publisher. An account of Louis XV’s sieges in the Austrian Netherlands from 1744, when France joined the War of the Austrian Succession through an alliance with Prussia, to the conclusion of the conflict in 1748.
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...
KEELY, Patrick Cokayne.
SEPSIS Get First Aid. The Ministry of Labour and National Service and produced by the Royal Society for...
London, Loxley Bros., 1943.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) was responsible for the production of safety propaganda material used in those factories and workshops supplying the war effort. It was underwritten by the Ministry of Labour and National Service, which was responsible for military recruitment...
[Title in Russian:] Krasnoiarsk.
Facsimile of a pamphlet printed by Siberian prisoners of war in 1919 in the camp at Krasnoyarsk. Although the title is in Cyrillic, the text is in German.
LAWRENCE, Thomas Edward.
The Mint. A Day-Book of the R.A.F. Depot between August and December 1922 with Later Notes, by 352087...
London: The Alden Press for Jonathan Cape, 1955.
First British edition, the trade issue. 'One of Lawrence’s avowed purposes in joining the RAF, though not the only one, was to write of the ranks from the inside. He began immediately making notes when he enlisted in 1922. With his dismissal in January 1923, because of unfavourable publicity, the project...
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.
Thousands of Frenchmen dead for resistance.
This poster, along with two others designed by Louvat in 1944, was produced by the French Forces of the Interior (FFI), a name used by Charles de Gaulle for the French Resistance movement towards the end of the Second World War. In June 1944, the FFI was involved in the Allied invasion of Normandy and...
LUNACHARSKI, Anatoli Vasilyevich.
Moscow, “Krasnaia Nov”, 1924.
Rare first edition of this assembly of three speeches by the Marxist philosopher, playwright, literary critic and the first Soviet people’s commissar for education. The first was given at Lenin’s funeral, the second speech is on Lenin and the youth, the last on Lenin and art. Unlike other Bolsheviks...
MORELLET, André, Abbé.
Lettres inédites … sur l’histoire politique et littéraire des années 1806 et 1807 …
Paris, Ladvocat [and London, Martin Bossange], 1822.
First edition of a collection of fourteen letters from the Abbé Morellet (1727–1819) to an anonymous correspondent in Italy, published as a supplement to his Mémoires sur le XVIIIe siècle et sur la Révolution (1821).
pamphlets dating from 1739 and 1740 concerned with the war with Spain, the South Sea Company and the sugar trade in the British...
i). The consequences of his majesty’s journey to Hanover, at this critical juncture. Considered in a letter from a Member of Parliament in town to a noble Duke in the country: to which is added, the Duke of A---l’s speech upon the state of the nation: with the reply to it, by Lord ******. London,...
Naval evolutions: or, a system of sea-discipline; extracted from the celebrated treatise of P. L’Hoste,...
London, W. Johnston, 1762.
First edition. ‘The first book on tactics in the English language … Translated extracts from Hoste’s book amounted to about a quarter of the younger O’Bryen’s work. The experience of the Seven Years War may have tended to discredit Hoste’s approach, or at any rate the kind of battle tactics...