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.
Des Herrn Mackintosh’s Reisen durch Europa, Asia und Africa, worinnen die Charaktere, Gebräuche, Sitten...
Leipzig, Friedrich Gotthold Jacobäer, 1785.
First edition in German (first English 1782). Composed of seventy-two letters written during the course of a trip to India, dealing largely with the government and economies of the East Indies. In letter 25, (pp. 134-140), Mackintosh reports that at the Cape of Good Hope in April 1799, one Daniel Barwell...
Fascetto di pratiche matematiche spiegato alle persone popolari per uso del commercio umano, e civile, in questa...
Verona, Ramanzini, 1780.
Much enlarged second edition of a rare work on applied mathematics (the first edition, 1754, only amounted to xii + 255 and two plates). Commercial arithmetic is one of the three main fields with which the author engages: business, trade and currency exchange examples prevail in the 82 practical illustrations...
MIRABEAU, Honoré Gabriel Riquetti, comte de.
De la Banque d'Espagne, dite de Saint-Charles.
First edition. McCulloch describes De la Banque D’Espagne as an “energetic remonstrance against the establishment of the bank in question, which had the consequences foretold by Mirabeau” (McCulloch, p. 188). The second work is a letter on the same subject often found bound up together.
NAYLOR, Emmett Hay.
Trade Associations: their Organization and Management.
New York, The Ronald Press Company, 1921.
First edition of a comprehensive history of trade associations, written by the President of the American Trade Association Executives.
Der Gedanke der Autarkie im Merkantilismus von einst und im Neomerkantilismus von gestern.
Zürich, H. Girsberger, 1945.
First edition of Niehan’s work on the idea of self-sufficiency in the age of Mercantilism, published as volume 37 of the series Zürcher Volkswirtschaftlicje Forschungen, under the editorship of M. Saitzew. Niehans (1920-2007), a distinguished economist, taught at the Universities of Zurich, Johns...
The tour of Holland, Dutch Brabant, the Austrian Netherlands, and part of France; in which is included a description...
London, G. Kearsly, 1772.
First edition. This very readable epistolary work recounts the travels of a trio of young English gentlemen and a monolingual servant, as they set off on a grand tour of central Europe. As well as details of the travelling process, including a full resume of expenses incurred, Peckham also provides detailed...
Great-Britain’s true system: wherein is clearly shewn, I. That an increase of the public debts and taxes...
First edition of the last published work of that eighteenth-century British Mercantilist ‘whose vision was undiluted by vestiges of humanitarism’, most famous for his Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce (1751-1755), which was twenty years in the making (The New Palgrave).
[POWNALL, Thomas.] POWNALL, Charles A. W.
Thomas Pownall M.P., F.R.S., Governor of Massachusetts Bay, Author of The Letters of...
London, Henry Stevens, Son & Stiles, 1908.
First edition. Thomas Pownall, English colonial administrator and Governor of Massachusetts, was one of the earliest critics of Adam Smith, publishing a critical Letter (1776) discussing the Wealth of Nations. Although he expressed admiration for Smith’s work in the Letter, he opposed his view of the...
The case of authors by profession or trade, stated: with regard to booksellers, the stage, and the public. No matter...
London, R. Griffiths, 1758.
First edition, ‘the first protest raised in the eighteenth century against the treatment of authors and dramatists by booksellers and theatre managers’ (ODNB). From this work Isaac D’Israeli extensively quoted (without acknowledgement) in his Calamities of authors, and it is very likely that Oliver...
THE RATES OF MERCHANDISE,
That is to say, the Subsidy of Tonnage, Subsidy of Poundage, and the Subsidy of Woollen Clothes or Old-Drapery,...
London, Edward Husbands and Thomas Newcomb, 1660.
Printed descriptions of the import duties on wine and merchandise appeared in England as early as 1545. This later edition is one of the first editions after the lifetime of Charles I, who levied the duties without the authority of parliament. Printed at the instigation of the House of Commons, it was...
[ROYAL LUSTRING COMPANY.]
The Report of the Committee of the House of Commons, to whom the Petition of the Royal Lustring-Company...
London, E. Whitlock, 1698.
First edition; a French version appeared the same year. Since its foundation in 1688, the Royal Lustring Company (importers of ‘lustrings’ or ‘alamodes’ – a fine, light, glossy, black silk) had enjoyed special monopolistic privileges which it had exploited to the full. However, by the end...
RUFFO, Tommaso, Cardinal.
Ferrara, stamperia Camerale, 1728.
A rare document, announcing the price rates for grain and bread set by Tommaso Ruffo, Cardinal-Bishop of Palestrina and Bishop of Ferrara, with tables offering prices for the years 1712-1726. The commodity rates are divided first according to the quality of the grain and then by the weight of bread loaves....
SATGÉ, Oscar John de.
Pages from the Journal of a Queensland Squatter.
London: Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 1901.
First edition. Born in England to an aristocratic French father and an English mother, de Satgé (1836-1906) was educated at Rugby School. In 1853 he embarked in Melbourne and was appointed a Clerk in the Goldfields’ Commission, through the good offices of Charles La Trobe. Following a position as...
La theorie et la pratique des nombres. Methodiquement proposes dans l’usage des financiers.
Paris, [Jean Bessin] for the author, 1644.
First edition. A rare practical mercantile arithmetic handbook for financiers and tax farmers. The work, beginning with the mathematical ‘alphabet’ of 10 numbers, covers basic arithmetic, as well as more complicated quadratic roots, rules, discounts, change and exchange, all illustrated with numerous...
[Eight works by and relating to him].
A splendid collection of pamphlets by and relating to Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729), army officer, playwright, theatre manager, essayist, editor of the Tatler, Spectator and Guardian, Whig MP and propagandist, covering many facets of his diverse career. This volume belonged to Sir Thomas Clarke, a protegé...
A Year’s Journey through France and Part of Spain.
Dublin, J. Williams, 1777.
First Irish edition; an edition was published in Bath in the same year. ‘Disappointed in the expectation of falling heir to some property, 1775, “driven out of his own country with eight children in his train,” he removed himself to Spain, where he thought he could live more cheaply than in England....
Lectures on British India, delivered in the Friends’ meeting-house, Manchester, England, in October, 1839.
Pawtucket, Rhode Island, William and Robert Adams, 1840.
First edition of this collection of six lectures, examining the working and living conditions of the natives of the British Indian empire, the connection between the improvement of the Eastern Empire and the presence of Empire, and the prosperity and future development of Great Britain.
Betydande frågor om handelen, wid tilfålle af de motsäjelser, som skedde emot den sista billen, om utlänningars...
Stockholm, Jon. G. Langes [colophon: N. v. Oelreich], 1763.
First Swedish edition, scarce, of this history on the treatment of foreign residents in Britain, Reflections on the Expediency of a Law for the Naturalization of Foreign Protestants (1751–1752). This book comprises only the main body of Part II (1752), ‘Important Queries occasioned by The Rejection...
An Inquiry into the revenue, credit, and commerce of France. In a letter to a member of the present parliament.
London, J. Roberts, 1742.
First editions. These three pamphlets all stem from the debate in the House of Lords of 1 June 1742 on the Trade & Navigation Bill. They all hinge on a single aspect of the debate – whether France could fund another war from her export and import revenues.
VENUSTI, Antonio Maria.
Compendio utilissimo di quelle cose, le quali a nobili e christiani mercanti appartengono.
Milan, Giovan Antonio degli Antonij, 1561.
First edition, containing Discorso d’intorno alla Mercantia and Trattato del Cambio di Lione o di Bisenzone and Trattato de’ Cambi, and including the Italian translation of Saravia de la Calle’s Institutione de’ Mercanti.