SA‘DI, Abu ‘Abd Allah Musharrif al-Din (Adam OLEARIUS, translator).
Persianischer Rosenthal. In welchen viel lustige Historien...
Schleswig, Johann Holwein for Johann Nauman in Hamburg, 1654.
Rare first edition of Olearius’s translation of Sa‘di’s Gulistān or ‘Rose-garden’, richly and engagingly illustrated.
Le Cabinet du Roy de France, dans lequel il y a trois perles precieuses d’inestimable valeur: par le moyen...
[No place or printer], 1581.
First edition, first issue, of this harsh criticism of the debauched church and rotten nobility and the resulting bad finances of France, anonymously published by a well-travelled Protestant physician, and writer on alchemy who was to become an associate of the reformer Fausto Paolo Sozzini, better known...
MISSAL, Use of Augsburg.
Missale secundum ritum Augustensis ecceslie diligenter emendatum et locupletatum: ac in meliorem ordinem...
[Dillingen, Sebald Mayer,] 1555.
A beautiful copy of this imposing and richly illustrated Missal, the masterpiece of the prototypographer of Dillingen, Sebald Mayer.
Tabula processum seu ordinem ultimi divini et criminalis judicii exhibens; cum adjunct eiusdem brevi demonstratione...
Cleves, Gerhard Verstegen, 1625.
First edition of this strange and rare treatise on the Apocalypse and the Last Judgement, illustrated with dramatic plates by Gillis van Scheyndel. It is the first book printed at Cleves in the Lower Rhine region of northwestern Germany. At the head of each plate appears a letter (or letters) which serve...
[JACOBUS DE GRUYTRODE, ascribed author.]
Lavacrum conscientie [omnium sacerdotum].
[Colophon:] Cologne, Heinrich Quentell, 1504.
Rare edition of this popular late medieval treatise widely ascribed to the Carthusian monk Jacobus de Gruytrode (c. 1400–1475). Essentially a handbook for priests, with a significant devotional element, it was first published between 1487 and 1489. According to Theodor Petreius, Bibliotheca Cartusiana...
Vere admiranda, seu, De magnitudine Romanae ecclesiae libri duo.
Antwerp, Plantin-Moretus, 1599.
First edition, posthumously published. The ‘most learned Roman Catholic of his time’ (Wood), Thomas Stapleton (1535–1598) was destined for a promising academic career before the death of Queen Mary; in exile under Elizabeth he became one of the most skilful of Catholic controversialists. A history...
The life of Mahomet, founder of the religion of Islam, and of the empire of the Saracens; with notices of the history...
London, T. Tegg, 1840.
First edition. ‘In the following work, brevity has been as much studied as is consistent with a correct and full exhibition of the subject of a memoir . . . . It is fancied that such a work, within the reach of all, was a desideratum in our literature, felt more than ever now that oriental studies...
LEIBNIZ, Gottfried Wilhelm.
Oeuvres philosophiques latines & françoises de feu. Tirées de ses manuscrits qui se conservent dans...
Amsterdam et Leipzig, J. Schreuder, 1765.
First edition of Leibniz’ fundamental Nouveaux essais sur l’entendement humain, here published as part of the first collected edition of his philosophical works in French and Latin. The Nouveaux essais take up 496 of the 540 pages and offers one of the most important refutations of Locke’s Essay...
A narrative of the insurrection which happened in the Zemeedary of Banaris in the month of August 1781, and...
Calcutta, printed by order of the Governor General, 1782. Charles Wilkins superintendant of the Press.
First edition of the first substantial book to be printed in Calcutta (preceded by seven almanacs, two pamphlets of judicial regulations, a royal grant of land, a missionary tract, and a Persian primer); an important document in 18th-century colonial politics.
Cabool: being a personal narrative of a journey to, and residence in that city, in the years 1836, 7, and 8....
London, John Murray, 1842.
First edition of Burnes’s important account of Kabul, published the year after his murder. Burnes (1805-41) was sent on a commercial mission to the Afghan capital in late 1836 by Lord Auckland, Governor-General of India. ‘Political concerns about Afghanistan’s position as a buffer between the British...
MARSHALL, John, Sir, editor.
Mohenjo-Daro and the Indus civilization being an official account of archaeological excavations at...
London, Arthur Probsthain, 1931.
Scarce first edition, a handsome set, of Marshall’s outstanding contribution to archaeology, documenting discoveries made in the Indus valley of the Punjab and Sind. ‘His announcement in 1924 that he had there found a new civilization of the third millennium marked an epoch in modern discovery; the...
LANGLEY, Edward Archer.
Narrative of a residence at the court of Meer Ali Moorad; with wild sports in the valley of the Indus ...
London, Hurst and Blackett, 1860.
First edition of this important work on Sindh by Langley, a captain in the Madras cavalry who served as secretary to Mir Ali Murad, ruler of Khairpur (a princely state of British India on the Indus River) from 1842 to 1894. Langley’s Narrative gives a detailed picture of the region around the time...
BUSBECQ, Ogier Ghislain de.
The four epistles ... concerning his embassy into Turkey. Being remarks upon the religion, customs,...
London, for J. Taylor and J. Wyat, 1694.
First edition in English of Busbecq’s Turkish letters. Busbecq (1522-92) served as emperor Ferdinand I’s ambassador at the Ottoman Porte between 1555 and 1562. ‘His letters contain perhaps the most interesting of all accounts of Turkish life, and his description and analysis of the Ottoman state...
KHANYKOV, Nikolai Vladimirovich.
Bokhara: its amir and its people. Translated from the Russian of Khanikoff. By the baron Clement...
London, James Madden, 1845.
First edition in English of Khanykov’s important account of the emirate of Bukhara, a Central Asian state which existed between 1785 and 1920 in modern-day Uzbekistan and which played a significant role in the Great Game between the British and Russian empires. Khanykov’s work, which first appeared...
Account of Koonawur in the Himalaya, etc. etc. etc. ... Edited by George Lloyd. With a large map.
London, James Madden, 1841.
First edition of this important work on the Kinnaur region in the western Himalayas, now in northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, comprising a detailed account of its geography, transport system, agriculture, flora and fauna, and native culture, religion and language, as encountered in the early...
AINSLIE, Whitelaw, Sir.
An historical sketch of the introduction of Christianity into India, and its progress and present state...
Edinburgh, printed by Oliver & Boyd, 1835.
First edition, author’s presentation copy. Ainslie (1767-1837) worked as a surgeon in the East India Company from 1788 until his retirement in 1815, becoming a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1829. His other notable works were Materia medica of Hindustan (1813) and Materia Indica (1826),...
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.
Personal observations on Sindh; the manners and customs of its inhabitants; and its productive capabilities: with...
London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1843.
First edition of this important account of Sind, an advance copy that belonged to Postans’s wife. Published in the same year as the annexation of Sind by Sir Charles James Napier, Postans’s work gives an account of the region’s geography (including Karachi, Hyderabad, and the river Indus), ethnic...
The second Danish Pamir-expedition. Old and new architecture in Khiva, Bokhara and Turkestan ...
Copenhagen, Gyldendalske Boghandel Nordisk Forlag, 1904.
Idem. The emir of Bokhara and his country. Journeys and studies in Bokhara (with a chapter on my voyage on the Amu Darya to Khiva) ... with a map of Bokhara and numerous illustrations. Copenhagen, Gyldendalske Boghandel Nordisk Forlag; London, William Heinemann, 1911.
RISLEY, Herbert Hope, Sir et al.
The gazetteer of Sikhim. With an introduction by H. H. Risley ... Edited in the Bengal Government...
Calcutta, printed at the Bengal Secretariat Press, 1894.
First edition of this comprehensive survey of Sikkim, in northeast India (bordering Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and West Bengal), which had become a princely state of British India in 1890. The chapters cover, inter alia, the region’s history, geography, laws, geology, agriculture, vegetation, butterflies,...