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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.
  1. 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...

    £800

  2. HALL, Herbert Byng.

    Spain; and the seat of war in Spain.

    London, Henry Colburn, 1837.

    First edition of the account of the First Carlist War; rare. Herbert Hall (1805–1883), who is described on the title as ‘Late Captain of the Seventh Royal British Fusileers, and Knight of the Order of St. Ferdinand’, arrived with Generals Evans and Alava at Santander on 13 August 1835 and departed...

    £500

  3. HAMILTON, Thomas (Frederick HARDMAN, editor).

    Annals of the Peninsular campaigns. By Thomas Hamilton, Esq. . . . A new edition...

    Edinburgh and London, William Blackwood & Sons, 1849.

    Third edition, revised and expanded; first published in 1829. ‘Besides general revision, and numerous notes and interpolations throughout the whole work – nearly every part of the book, where British troops figure, subsequent to the battle of Corunna, has been rewritten and considerably amplified’...

    £175

  4. HARLINGUE, L. [Albert].

    'Baktiaris Persans'.

    [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...

    £1500

  5. HEMINGWAY, Joseph.

    History of the Spanish Revolution; commencing with the establishment of the constitutional government of the...

    London, Henry Fisher at the Caxton Press, [1823].

    First edition of this political history of Spain from the Spanish Constitution of 1812 (also known as the Constitution of Cádiz, 19 March 1812) down to the Battle of Trocadero (31 August 1823) and the execution of Riego (7 November 1823). It seems originally to have been published in parts. According...

    £250

  6. HENNINGSEN, Charles Frederick.

    The most striking events of a twelvemonth’s campaign with Zumalacarregui, in Navarre and the Basque...

    London, John Murray, 1836.

    First edition; scarce. This is probably the most notable English work to be written from the pro-Carlist side during the Carlist War, and its publication sparked considerable controversy in Britain.

    £600

  7. HERSHBERGER, H.R.

    The Horseman: A Work on Horsemanship, containing plain practical Rules for Riding, and Hints to the Reader on...

    New York, R. Craighead for Henry G. Langley, 1844.

    First edition of a rare military manual on horsemanship, with instructions on riding and illustrated cavalry exercises. An instructor at the United States Military Academy, Hershberger ‘endeavored to convey practical information on all equestrian exercises by an easy and progressive method’.

    £450

  8. [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...

    £175

  9. [HUNT, Henry.]

    Mr. Hunt’s triumphant entry in Manchester, from Lancaster Gaol.

    Nottingham, Ordoyno, [1819].

    Unrecorded handbill reporting on Hunt’s arrival in Manchester on 31 August 1819.

    After the Peterloo Massacre on 16 August 1819, Hunt was arrested, charged with seditious conspiracy and transferred to Lancaster Gaol. ‘Bailed, he challenged the competence of the Lancashire grand jury...

    £450

  10. HUNT, Henry.

    To the Radical Reformers, male and female, of England, Ireland and Scotland.

    London, Molineux and Dolby, 1820-1822.

    First edition, a very good though incomplete collection of Hunt’s letters, forty-seven in total, which were written from his imprisonment in the “Ilchester Bastille” following the Peterloo massacre of 1819. It begins with one of his later letters, anticipating his release in five weeks’...

    £550

  11. [ISELIN, ISAAK].

    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...

    £350

  12. JEFFERYS, Thomas.

    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...

    £500

  13. JONES, Sir John Thomas.

    Account of the war in Spain and Portugal, and in the south of France, from 1808, to 1814, inclusive.

    London, T. Egerton, 1818.

    First edition. In July 1808 John Jones (1783–1843) was selected to serve as one of the two assistant commissioners under General Leith, appointed military and semi-diplomatic agent to the juntas of northern Spain, returning to England after the battle of Corunna in January 1809. In 1810 he was again...

    £250

  14. JONES, Sir John Thomas (Sir Harry David JONES, editor).

    Journals of sieges carried on by the army under the Duke of Wellington,...

    London, John Weale, 1846.

    First published in two volumes in 1814. The present edition was edited and augmented by the author’s brother Sir Harry David Jones, who incorporated the former’s memoranda on the defence works of Torres Vedras.

    £400

  15. KINCAID, Sir John.

    Adventures in the rifle brigade, in the Peninsula, France, and the Netherlands, from 1809 to 1815 . . . Third...

    London, T. & W. Boone, 1847.

    First published in 1830. Sir John Kincaid (1787–1862), second son of a Scottish laird, went to Spain in 1810 with the 95th foot’s first battalion. He took part in numerous actions in 1810 and 1811, and led a detachment of the storming party at the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo in January 1812. He fought...

    £225

  16. [KRASNOYARSK.]

    [Title in Russian:] Krasnoiarsk.

    [Vienna, 1968.]

    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.

    £275

  17. LARPENT, Francis Seymour (Sir George Gerard LARPENT, editor).

    The private journal of Judge-Advocate Larpent, attached to the head-quarters...

    London, Richard Bentley, 1854.

    First published in three volumes the previous year. Larpent’s journal was classed by Oman as among the best of the Peninsular War ‘for hard facts, often facts not to be found elsewhere’ (Charles Oman, Wellington’s army 1809–1814 p. 17).

    £150

  18. 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,...

    £120

  19. 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.

    £100

  20. LOS VALLES,

    Louis Xavier Auguet de Saint-Sylvain, Baron de [Jean Toussaint MERLE, editor]. The career of Don Carlos, since the...

    London, Richard Bentley, 1835.

    First edition in English. First published in French earlier the same year and quickly translated into German and Spanish as well as English. Saint-Sylvain was a French legitimist who became a significant personal aide to Don Carlos. ‘Admitted to the confidence of the legitimate heir of the Spanish...

    £375