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 gentleman angler: containing short, plain, and easy instructions, whereby the most ignorant beginner may, in a short...
London, for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch, 1736.
Second, enlarged edition (first 1726) of this delightful work on angling, ‘the most perfect and compleat of any that has hitherto appeared in print’ (Preface), including instructions for making ‘infallible bait’, ‘the angler’s song’, ‘the laws of angling’, a glossary of angling terms,...
GARDINER, John Smallman.
The Art and the Pleasures of Hare-Hunting. In six Letters to a Person of Quality …
London: Printed by R. Griffith … 1750.
First edition, scarce, an eloquent and amusing account of hare-hunting, the first monograph on the subject in English, comprising letters on the superiority of hare-hunting to fox-hunting (less dangerous, less laborious), on the best types of dogs, of trailing and starting hares, etc. Gardiner’s letter...
COMINAZZI, Marco. Cenni sulla fabbrica d’armi in Gardone di Valtrompia.
Brescia, F. Speranza, 1850.
First edition, very rare, with apparently one only copy recorded in institutions worldwide (University of Illinois), of this account of the history of one of the earliest and most globally successful firearms manufactures. In fine silver-stamped calf, this copy appears to have been bound either for presentation...
The angler’s manual; or, concise lessons of experience, which the proficient in the delightful recreation of...
Liverpool, G.F. Harris for Samuel Bagster, 1808.
First edition of this angling classic, with excellent plates by the painter and etcher Howitt (1756/7-1823), depicting a variety of fish, as well as charming scenes of minnow-, fly-, pike- and float-fishing. A keen sportsman, hunter, rider and angler, Howitt became a professional artist when financial...
A discourse of fish and fish-ponds…
London, E. Curll, 1713.
First edition. A popular treatise on freshwater fisheries which was frequently reprinted throughout the 18th century, written by the lawyer politician and writer Roger North (1651-1734). North’s manual is specifically targeted at those wishing to cultivate fish in lowland clays and deals predominately...
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.
The chase, a poem: to which is added Hobbinol, or the rural games ...
Birmingham, Robert Martin for A. Donaldson, 1767.
A handsome edition, printed by Robert Martin using Baskerville type. The Chase is Somervile’s best known poem, first published in 1735 and dedicated to Frederick, prince of Wales. ‘In four books of blank verse he conveyed the excitement and dangers of the chase as well as its place in history’...
SPORTSMAN’S EVENING BRUSH (The),
consisting of the best and most approved Songs, of the Chace; ancient and modern (some entirely...
London; Printed for J. Roach … and sold by all the Booksellers in Great-Britain and Ireland. [1791-2?]
First edition of a scarce compilation of hunting songs and toasts to venery (in both its senses).