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.
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...
MEER, Hans van der.
Amsterdam, De Verbeelding, 1998.
First edition, first printing. ‘Van der Meer follows in the tradition of the great Dutch landscape painters, but instead of those charming genre pictures … we are given muddy fields and mightily striving, often overweight and overage footballers’ (Parr & Badger). Imbued with a love of both his...
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.
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).
TIPHAIGNE DE LA ROCHE, Charles-François.
Essai sur l’histoire oeconomique des mers occidentales de France …
Paris, Claude-Jean-Baptiste Bauche, 1760.
First edition. The author, doctor of the faculty of Caen and member of the academy of Rouen, wrote both scientific works and utopian novels, in which he anticipated such inventions as photography and television. The object of the Essai is to encourage its readers to rediscover the ‘fécondité de nos...
ZORGDRAGER, Cornelis Giisbertsz.
Bloeijende Opkomst der aloude en hedendaagsche Groenlandsche Visschery … Uitgebreid met eene...
In s’Gravenhage [The Hague], By P. van Thol en R. C. Alberts, Boekverkopers. 1727.
Second edition, corrected, brought up to date, and much enlarged by Abraham Moubach, of a classic work on the Greenland whale fishery (first published 1720), the most extensive early Dutch work on the subject and one of the most authoritative in any language. ‘It must always be one of the chief sources...