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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. LOUVAT, R.

    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...

    £75

  2. MAXWELL, William Hamilton, editor.

    Peninsular sketches; by actors on the scene.

    London, Henry Colburn, 1845.

    First edition of this scarce compilation of first-hand accounts of the Peninsular War, some of which appear only in this work. ‘The arduous struggle . . . may be found, in most of its important occurrences, faithfully described in the present volumes; which, for the first time, give the details of...

    £400

  3. [MILITARY MEDICINE.]

    Volume of nineteen items concerning the treatment and care of war wounded.

    Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Milan, Paris, 1855-1875.

    A remarkable sammelband of scarce works on military medicine in French, Italian, Dutch and German, including an item on Florence Nightingale and treatises on gunshot wounds, the Red Cross, field hospitals, battlefield first aid, and ambulances. Several items bear inscriptions by Félix Hippolyte...

    £2250

  4. MOORE, James.

    A narrative of the campaign of the British army in Spain, commanded by His Excellency Lieut.-General Sir John Moore,...

    London, Joseph Johnson, 1809.

    James Moore’s highly successful biography of his elder brother Sir John Moore (1761–1809), who died at the battle of Corunna in 1809; first published earlier the same year.

    £400

  5. 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).

    £200

  6. NAPIER, William Francis Patrick.

    English battles and sieges in the Peninsula. Extracted from his ‘Peninsula War’, by Lieut.-Gen....

    London, Chapman & Hall, 1852.

    First edition. ‘In this publication, the combats of Roriça, Vimiero, and Coruña, and the character of Sir John Moore, have been entirely recomposed. The other battles and sieges are, with more or less compression of details, transcripts from the History of the Peninsular War. Thus arranged they will...

    £185

  7. [NAPOLEON.]

    BONETTI, Luigi (translator). Regolamento concernente l’esercizio e le manovre dell’infanteria.

    Rome, Luigi Perego Salvioni, 1809.

    First edition printed in Rome (preceded by a 1799 Milan edition) of the Italian translation of Réglement concernant l’exercice et les manoeuvres de l’infanterie (Paris, 1792), a manual of infantry drill and tactics for the training of the Italic Legion, formerly the Cisalpine Legion, the most important...

    £250

  8. NEALE, Adam.

    Letters from Portugal and Spain; comprising an account of the operations of the armies under Their Excellencies Sir...

    London, Richard Phillips, 1809.

    First edition. Adam Neale (1779–1832) trained as a physician in Edinburgh and was admitted a licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians, London, on 25 June 1806. ‘In July 1808 Neale was appointed physician to the forces, a position he held during the Peninsular War, when he was also one of...

    £750

  9. [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...

    £750

  10. [NILE, Battle of the.]

    ‘View 3d. of the memorable victory of the Nile, gained in August 1798 over the French by the British fleet...

    London: Alexander Riley, 1st December 1800.

    This engraving depicts the dramatic escape of four French ships from their fleet’s crushing defeat at the Battle of the Nile, and the accompanying text recounts the fortunate circumstances which allowed the French escape. The four ships from the French fleet still flying colours cut their cables and...

    £600

  11. [ORAN.]

    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.

    £175

  12. 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.

    £250

  13. [PETERLOO.]

    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,...

    £125

  14. [RALEIGH, Henry Patrick].

    Must children die and mothers plead in vain? Buy More Liberty Bonds.

    New York, Sakett & Wilhelms Corp., [1918].

    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...

    £400

  15. RAMUS, Petrus.

    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.

    £800

  16. RAMUS, Petrus.

    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.

    £950

  17. RAMUS, Petrus (Pierre de la RAMÉE).

    Liber de militia C. Julii Caesaris, cum praefatione Joannis Thomae Freigii.

    Frankfurt, Andreas Wechel, 1584.

    An attractively bound copy of Ramus’s uncommon treatise on Caesar’s military tactics, with unusual edge decoration.

    £450

  18. 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.

    £950

  19. RENNIE, Neil.

    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...

    £25

  20. RICHARDSON, John.

    Movements of the British Legion, with strictures on the course of conduct pursued by Lieutenant-General Evans...

    London, Simpkin, Marshall & Co., J, Macrone and E. Wilson, 1837.

    Second edition, revised and expanded to include a second part (pp. 255–325) describing the Carlist offensives of the summer and autumn of 1836 and the battle of Hernani (15 March 1837) and its aftermath.

    £750