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.
The Russian Shores of the Black Sea in the Autumn of 1852 with a Voyage down the Volga, and a Tour through...
Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1853.
Second edition, revised and enlarged. The diplomat and traveller Oliphant (1829-1888) and his companion Oswald Smith journeyed through Russia and the Crimea shortly before the outbreak of the Crimean War, and his overview of the region also includes details of visits to Nizhnii Novgorod (which is depicted...
Diario distinto di tutto il seguito per la spedizione fatta d’ordine della maesta cattolica di Filippo V. Re delle Spagne...
(Colophon:) Florence, Bernardo Paperini, 1732.
A daily account in Italian from 20 June to 8 July 1732 of the Spanish capture of Oran. The Moroccan city had been governed by Spain since 1509 but had fallen into Ottoman hands in 1708. This 1732 invasion brought Oran once more under Spanish control, in which it remained until 1792.
PARLIAMENTARY RECRUITING COMMITTEE.
Which? Have you a reason or only an excuse for not enlisting Now!
London, The Abbey Press, 1915.
A forthright call to the men of London, encouraging them to enlist for military service during World War One.
PEMBROKE, Henry Herbert, Earl of.
A Method of Breaking Horses, and Teaching Soldiers to Ride, designed for the Use of the Army.
London, J. Hughs, 1761.
First edition of the British army’s manual on the training of cavalry. Though the centre of scandal in his private and political life, as a cavalryman Henry Herbert, tenth earl of Pembroke (1734-1794) was diligent and conscientious in his duties and advanced rapidly in his military career, being...
The character of a soldier; by Philanthropos.
London, R. Carlile, 1821.
Sole edition of this anonymous attack on the use of the army in the Peterloo massacre of 1819, and, furthermore, in any foreign adventure. The soldier, a ‘bloody automaton’ has ‘his origin in barbarous times’, and a standing army is ‘a legalized banditti: it is worse than an illegal banditti,...
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 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....
[RALEIGH, Henry Patrick].
Must children die and mothers plead in vain? Buy More Liberty Bonds.
New York, Sakett & Wilhelms Corp., .
This poster was produced to for the sale of the third or fourth liberty loans in 1918, which saw the printing of 9 and 10 million promotional posters produced, respectively. The large-scale of the effort was seen to reflect a turning point in war advertising. As the US was an immigrant nation, the Federal...
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.
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.
Pocahontas, Little Wanton: myth, life and afterlife.
[London], Quaritch, 2007.
Pocahontas – meaning ‘Little Wanton’ or playful one – is famous for something she may or may not have done four hundred years ago: rescue the English colonist John Smith from execution by her father, Powhatan, the Indian paramount chief of the Virginia area. Pocahontas, Little Wanton investigates...
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...
SCHLÖZER, August Ludwig.
Öffentliches und privat= Leben, von ihm selbst beschrieben. Erstes Fragment. Aufenthalt und Dienste...
Göttingen: im Vandenhoeck + und Ruprechtschen Verlage, 1802.
Scarce first edition of Schlözer’s auto-biography, which covers the period he spent in St. Petersburg as a private teacher and as scientific assistant to Gerhard Friedrich Müller, and subsequently as professor of Russian history at the Academy. A second part was intended, but was never published....
[SINO-JAPANESE WAR, 1894–95.]
Terrible war of General Sakamoto, leader of the imperial warship Akagi.
Tokyo, Sekiguchi Masajiro, 1894.
A portrait of General Sakamoto at the battle of Yalu River (1894) executed by the Japanese artist, Toshikata Mizuno. General Sakamoto was killed in this battle.
[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...
(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.
To our worthy friends [Sr Edward Fuss Knt, John Smith, John Stevens, Silvanus Wood and William Selwin Esqrs] Justices...
[2 April 1667]
Unrecorded(?) part-printed warrant; pursuant to the Act for providing carriage by land and by water for the use of his Majesties Navy and Ordnance, the parties names above are requested to provide fourteen carriages to Daniel Furzer for the transport of two hundred loads of timber from ‘in and...
Les Indiens, ou Tippoo-Saïb, fils d’Hyder-Ally, &c. Avec quelques particularités sur ce prince, sur ses ambassadeurs...
A Londres [i.e. Paris?] et se trouve à Paris, chez Le Jay, 1788.
The apparently unrecorded first issue of this work on Tipu Sultan (1750–1799), ruler of the kingdom of Mysore and implacable enemy of the British East India Company. The only copies recorded institutionally (on ESTC, COPAC, and OCLC) have the title Les indiens, ou Tipou-Sultan, fils D’Ayder-Aly...
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),...