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  1. STEIN, Aurel.

    Ancient Khotan. Detailed report of archaeological explorations in Chinese Turkestan carried out and described under...

    Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1907.

    First edition of Stein’s detailed and richly illustrated account of his first expedition to Central Asia in 1900-01, supported by Lord Curzon, viceroy of India, and financed by the government of India together with those of Bengal and the Punjab.


  2. STEIN, Aurel.

    Archaeological reconnaissances in north-western India and south-eastern Iran carried out and recorded with the support...

    London, Macmillan, 1937.

    First edition, a handsome copy. Having won fame for his expeditions to the deserts of Chinese Turkestan, Stein turned his attention in the early 1930s ‘to Persia and, with the initial backing of his American friends at Harvard, began a series of four expeditions there, or “archaeological reconnaissances”,...


  3. STEIN, Aurel.

    Report of archaeological survey work in the North-West Frontier Province and Baluchistan for the period from January...

    Peshawar, Government Press, 1905.

    Scarce first edition of this significant report from Stein’s period as Inspector-General of Education and Archaeological Surveyor of the North-West Frontier Province and Baluchistan, to which combined post he had been appointed in July 1903. No copies are recorded at auction on Rare Book Hub.


  4. STUMM, Hugo (J.W. Ozanne and H. Sachs, translators).

    Russia in Central Asia. Historical sketch of Russia’s progress in the east...

    London, Harrison and Sons, 1885.

    First edition of the English translation of Stumm’s Der Russische Feldzug nach Chiwa (1875), an important account ‘of the circumstances attending the advance of Russia since the time of Peter the Great ... of the military preparations which preceded the expedition to Khiva, and ... of the countries...


  5. TAYLOR, Philip Meadows, John Forbes WATSON and Sir John William KAYE.

    The people of India. A series of photographic illustrations...

    London, India Museum, Wm. H. Allen and Co., 1872.

    First edition, volumes 5 and 6 of one of the great photographic books of the 19th century, the first comprehensive pictorial and ethnographic study of India’s native population. Published in 8 volumes between 1868 and 1875 and containing 480 albumen prints, The People of India is very rarely found...


  6. THORNTON, Edward.

    A gazetteer of the territories under the government of the East-India Company, and of the native states on the...

    London, Wm. H. Allen, 1854.

    A handsome set of the first edition of this extraordinarily detailed overview of India in the mid-19th century. Thornton (1799-1875) worked at East India House between 1814 and 1857, serving as head of the maritime department from 1847. His six-volume History of the British Empire in India appeared between...


  7. VIGNE, Godfrey Thomas.

    A personal narrative of a visit to Ghuzni, Kabul, and Afghanistan, and of a residence at the court of Dost...

    London, Whittaker & Co., 1840.

    First edition, an exceptional copy. Vigne (1801-63) left Southampton for India in 1832, ‘and, after passing through Persia, spent the next seven years travelling north-west of India. He visited Kashmir, Ladakh, and other parts of central Asia, besides travelling through Afghanistan, where he had several...


  8. VINCENT, William, editor.

    The voyage of Nearchus from the Indus to the Euphrates, collected from the original journal preserved...

    Cadell junior and W. Davies, 1797.

    First edition, the work of the classical scholar William Vincent (1739-1815). The Voyage of Nearchus ... is a commentary on an expedition recorded by Arrian of Nicomedia in his Indica that Vincent termed ‘the first event of general importance to mankind in the history of navigation’ ... The voyage...


  9. WELLSTED, James Raymond.

    Travels in Arabia ... In two volumes. Vol. I. Oman and Nakab el Hajar [- Vol. II. Sinai; survey of the...

    London, John Murray, 1838.

    First edition. ‘Wellsted was commissioned by the East India Company, in the interest of their control of the Gulf, to explore the interior of Oman, to learn as much as they could about conditions there, and to assess the power and influence of Sayyid Said, who had been pro-British since 1798. The French...


  10. [CANUEL, Simon, general.]

    Almanach dédié aux dames pour l’an 1815.

    Paris, Le Fuel and Delaunay, [1814].

    Scarce almanac, containing poetry, prose and music, owned and annotated by the notorious French general Simon Canuel (1767-1840), with later caustic comments on him by its subsequent owner Jules Perrin. Canuel became infamous for switching from the republican to the royalist cause and for the zeal with...


  11. HAGGARD, (Henry) Rider.

    Rural England being an account of agricultural and social researches carried out in the years 1901 & 1902 ...

    London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1902.

    First edition, author’s presentation copy, enclosing a letter from Haggard to the liberal politician Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929), who served as Foreign Secretary under Gladstone, and as Prime Minister in 1894 and 1895.


  12. MAJOR, Richard Henry.

    The life of Prince Henry of Portugal, surnamed the navigator; and its results: comprising the discovery,...

    London, A. Asher & Co., 1868.

    First edition (published in 70 large paper copies), presented by the author to the Scottish explorer James Augustus Grant, who accompanied John Hanning Speke on his famous Nile expedition of 1860-63.



    Patente de cuirassiers.

    [Tanopolis], [n.p.], [?early 1800s].

    A very scarce and rather inexplicable handbill, supposedly a declaration by the grand master of the order of cuirassiers and of cuir fort, issued from the fictional city of Tanopolis and in the name of ‘l’Empereur Pataqu’est-ce’. The bill is presented to an estimable gentleman, whose name is...



    Favola di due gatti e della scimia coll’ appello de’ medesimi gatti all’ orso, divisa in due...

    Florence, Bernardo Paperini, 1730.

    First complete edition. A rare fable in parallel Latin and Italian verse by members of the Accademia dell’Arcadia, comprising Due gatti ed una scimia (first published in 1728) and the first appearance of the second part, Appello de’ due gatti all’ orso. Both are published only pseudonymously under...


  15. DUCAREL, Andrew & James Coltée, and Gerard DE LISLE & Robin MYERS, eds.

    Two Huguenot Brothers: Letters of Andrew and James Coltée...

    Leicester, The Garendon Press, 2019.

    James Coltée Ducarel’s letters sent from France to his elder brother Andrew in London are a hitherto unknown resource for the study of the Enlightenment and the French Huguenots in the mid-eighteenth century.


  16. [DEY, Robert.]

    Foulsham and Themelthorpe inclosure award, dated 23rd June, 1813. Notice with extracts from award.

    [Norfolk?] Parson, Printer, [1813].

    Scarce printed award, completed in manuscript, granting a piece of land in Foulsham, Norfolk to one Robert Dey, following the 1811 ‘Act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Foulsham and Themelthorpe’. In addition to carrying the shaky signature of the recipient, the award is signed by the three...


  17. [BEWICK, Thomas?]

    26 rubbings from engraved woodblocks of the heads of Kings and Queens and England, apparently never published...


    26 apparently unrecorded wood-engravings – heads of the monarchs of England from William the Conqueror to George III – these images taken by rubbing from the blocks rather than printing. The engravings bear strong similarity to the 26 which appear in An Abridgement of the History of England …...


  18. WHEELER, John.

    A Treatise of Commerce, wherin are shewed the commodies [sic] arising by a wel ordered, and ruled trade, such as...

    Very rare first edition. With a long authorial presentation inscription on the initial blank to a fellow Merchant Adventurer:


  19. VINCENS, Jean Alexandre.

    Account book.

    Nimes, France, 1783-1800.

    A unique record of the financial transactions and business dealings of a leading Protestant family of bankers and merchants in Nîmes, in the south of France, prior to and during the French Revolution, covering the period between May 1783 and Fructidor year VIII i.e. 1800.


  20. [WORKINGTON, Angelina.]

    ‘Our wanderings in Wales. By a mountain [goat].’

    [England?, 1867].

    A charmingly written and illustrated manuscript, of humorous prose and poetry, produced by a young lady for her uncle as a memento of their trip together to North Wales in the summer of 1867. The author identifies herself as ‘Angelina Workington’ and her uncle as ‘Slatey Hughes Esquire’.