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  1. 116593

    Romola.

    First published in the Cornhill Magazine 1862-3, Eliot's novel of Renaissance Florence became a popular souvenir for late "Grand Tourists" when presented thus. This copy has the ownership inscription of "Mary H. Chapman, London", dated Florence 1901 to the first blank. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1898

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116593

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  2. 116540

    Pictures from Italy.

    With Vignette Illustrations on Wood, by Samuel Palmer.
    First edition of Dickens's second travel book. Dickens toured Italy between 1844 and 1845. "Clarkson Stanfield had agreed to illustrate the text for Dickens but, when he read those passages of the narrative in which Dickens satirises the excesses of Catholic devotion, he resigned from the project. Stanfield was himself a prominent English Catholic, after all, as Dickens knew, and he could scarcely be connected with a publication which treats his Church's ritual as little more than a parade of mummers … As usual, [Dickens] went at once into action in order to find a substitute; fortunately and curiously, he chose a young artist who then had no real reputation, Samuel Palmer, whose wonderful illustrations are not the least of the merits of Pictures from Italy in its final state" (Peter Ackroyd, Dickens, 1990, pp. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1846

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116540

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  3. 116531

    Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal.

    Second edition of Southey's first book of prose, which first appeared in 1797. Southey sailed for Portugal at the invitation of his uncle in November 1795 following his estrangement from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and stayed until the following May. "He visited Madrid, but spent most of his time in and around Lisbon. He obtained a good grounding in both Spanish and Portuguese, but was repelled by his encounter with the Roman Catholic church, a repulsion that proved permanent. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1799

    Published: Bristol

    Stock Code: 116531

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  4. 116442comp
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    Cartier-Bresson's France.

    First edition in English, first impression. Inscribed by the photographer on the half-title, "A Peter avec toute mon amitié Henri", with his printed name on the half-title and title crossed out by himself. Originally published in France in the same year. Learn More
    £800

    Date of Publication: 1970

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116442

    Signed: Yes

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  5. Greece: Pictorial, Descriptive,  Historical.

    Greece: Pictorial, Descriptive, Historical.

    With numerous engravings illustrative of the scenery, architecture, costume, and fine arts of that country and a History of the Characteristics of Greek Art by George Scharf. A New Edition, revised, with notes of recent discoveries, by H. F. Tozer.
    First edition edited by the distinguished geographer, classical scholar and friend of Edward Lear, H. F. Tozer (1829-1916), "he was a keen observer of the landscape (including the flora - he was a skilled botanist) and of the people who lived in it and the regimes under which they lived. In Greece especially he absorbed much local folklore". Christopher Wordsworth's comprehensive study of Greece, first published in book-form in 1840. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1882

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115934

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    Grand Tour Diary for 1846-47.

    An entertaining Grand Tour diary, chatty and discursive. John Horatio Nelson (1825-1917) was great-nephew of the hero of Trafalgar, the second son of Thomas Bolton, who changed his surname on becoming the 2nd Earl Nelson. Born at Brickworth House, Whiteparish, Wiltshire, he was educated at Eton and Harrow, and Trinity College, Cambridge. He took holy orders and was curate (successively vicar and rector) of a number of livings in Sussex, Berkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Wiltshire. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1846-47

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    Stock Code: 114065

    Signed: Yes

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  7. The British in Capri 1806-1808.

    The British in Capri 1806-1808.

    First edition, first impression of this account of the British capture and loss of Capri during the Napoleonic Wars. Knowles (1857-1928) was a barrister, Conservative member of Parliament for West Salford from 1886 until 1906, and a prominent figure in the Territorial Army Association of his home county, at various times commanding the 3rd, 7th and 8th Battalions of the Lancashire Fusiliers, which fought in the South African and Great Wars. Learn More
    £95

    Date of Publication: 1918

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113725

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  8. The British in Capri 1806-1808.

    The British in Capri 1806-1808.

    First edition, first impression of this account of the British capture and loss of Capri during the Napoleonic Wars. Knowles (1857-1928) was a barrister, Conservative member of Parliament for West Salford from 1886 until 1906, and a prominent figure in the Territorial Army Association of his home county, at various times commanding the 3rd, 7th and 8th Battalions of the Lancashire Fusiliers, which fought in the South African and Great Wars. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1918

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113723

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  9. A Journal During a Residence in France, from the beginning of August, to the middle of December, 1792.

    A Journal During a Residence in France, from the beginning of August, to the middle of December, 1792.

    To which is added, an account of the most remarkable events that happened at Paris from that time to the death of the late King of France.
    First edition of this important source for Carlyle's French Revolution. Moore (1729-1802) was a Scottish physician, novelist and lifelong Francophile, who shortly after the revolution broke out "became greatly preoccupied with the prospects for a constitutional monarchy in the nation he had come to love, whose language he spoke fluently … Following the earl of Lauderdale's notorious duel with Benedict Arnold in 1792, Moore and his youngest son, Charles, travelled with Lauderdale to France in the late summer in time to witness the attack on the Tuileries, the September massacres, the rise of the Jacobins, and the humiliation of the French monarchy. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1793

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113703

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  10. Travels in the Two Sicilies  in the years 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780.

    Travels in the Two Sicilies in the years 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780.

    First edition. Scion of an old Catholic family, Swinburne was educated "at the monastic seminary at Lacelle, France, the University of Paris, Bordeaux, and finally the Royal Academy in Turin, where he developed a keen interest in the arts" (ODNB). By 1763 he had inherited the family estates following the death of his older brother, and, now financially independent, he married, and settled in Hamsterley, Co. Learn More
    £3,000

    Date of Publication: 1783

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113676

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  11. Travels through Spain, in the Years 1775 and 1776.

    Travels through Spain, in the Years 1775 and 1776.

    In which Several Monuments of Roman and Moorish Architecture are illustrated by Accurate Drawings taken on the Spot.
    First edition. Freed by a large inheritance in 1763, Swinburne spent much of his life in travelling. In the present work "an exact investigation of the soil, cultivation, government, commerce, and manners of Spain, was to be the grand primary object; but what I was more confident of my strength in, and what I own I found more suitable to my inclinations, was the study of its antiquities, especially the Moorish … The travels through Spain that have appeared in print, are either old and obsolete, consequently in many respects unfit to convey a proper idea of its present state …" (Preface). Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1779

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113578

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  12. Italian Backgrounds.
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    Italian Backgrounds.

    Illustrated by E. C. Peixotto.
    First edition, first printing, signed by the illustrator on the front free endpaper; a collection of Wharton's impressionist essays on Italian architecture, landscapes and daily life, praised on publication for its "brilliant style, historic research, and a catholicity of taste" (Nation, 80, 22 June 1905, 508). Learn More
    £625

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 113512

    Signed: Yes

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  13. Spain.

    Spain.

    The Story of a Journey. Translated from the Dutch by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos.
    First edition in English, inscribed by the artist "With best compliments to Dr Leslie D. Ward, Esq of New-Wark [sic], Jozef Israels, The Hague, Sept 1903" on the frontispiece. Ward (1845-1910) was one of the founders of Prudential Insurance Company. His extensive art collection contained many works by Modern Dutch Masters. Spain was originally published in Dutch the previous year with the title Spanje, een reisverhaal. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113188

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  14. [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]

    [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]

    An interesting sammelband of scarce travel narratives printed by the radical publisher and bookseller Sir Richard Phillips (1767-1840), including a rare collection of anonymous letters from William Parry's first arctic voyage, and the sole editions in English of Baron Hallberg's Reise durch Skandinavien (1818) and of Louis Albert Necker de Saussure's Voyage en Ecosse et aux Iles Hébrides (1821). Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1820

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112632

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  15. A Forced March from My Home in Old England to My Home in the Regiment.

    A Forced March from My Home in Old England to My Home in the Regiment.

    First and only edition, extremely uncommon: only the British Library and Princeton copies traced in institutional holdings world-wide, one copy found in auction records, in 1952. The author, an officer in the 14th Regiment Madras Native Infantry, was on leave in London when he was ordered to rejoin his regiment in Bangalore following the Battle of Sobraon in 1846. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1848

    Published: Bangalore

    Stock Code: 112178

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  16. Essais sur Les Isles Fortunes et L Antique Atlantide,

    Essais sur Les Isles Fortunes et L Antique Atlantide,

    ou Précis de l’Histoire générale de l’Archipel des Canaries.
    First edition, an unusually fresh complete copy in handsome contemporary tree calf, of this survey of the Atlantic Islands by French naturalist Jean Baptiste Bory de Saint-Vincent (1778-1846). The Isles Fortunees, the Blessed Isles, of the Atlantic, now understood to be the Canary Islands, were thought in classical antiquity to have been the abode of mythological heroes and beasts, the site of some of Herculess adventures, as well as the possible location of Atlantis. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1803

    Published: Paris:

    Stock Code: 112168

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  17. History of France,

    History of France,

    from the earliest period to the present year. With questions for examination at the end of each chapter; and a map of the country, showing in colour the English possessions in 1165-1483. For the use of schools and private students.
    First edition of this uncommon early Victorian school textbook, just five copies traced in libraries world-wide, all in the United Kingdom. Henry White (1812-1880) received his MA from Trinity College, Cambridge and his doctorate from Heidelberg before spending a short time working with the Swiss historian Merle d'Aubigne in Geneva. He was the author of several historical textbooks; in total his History of France, the last in 1870. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1850

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 111999

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  18. The Praise of Paris:

    The Praise of Paris:

    Or, a sketch of the French capital; in extracts of letters from France, in the summer of 1802; with an index of many of the convents, churches, and palaces, not in the French catalogues, which have furnished pictures for the Louvre-Gallery.
    First edition. Weston (1747-1830) was a antiqurian and classical scholar who wrote some fifty books, including various editions of Persian poetry, commentaries on Shakespeare, and several studies of classical architecture; notably he produced the first English translation of the Rosetta Stone, presented verbally at a Society of Antiquaries meeting in 1802. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1803

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111913

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  19. England, Scotland  Ireland.

    England, Scotland Ireland.

    A Picturesque Survey of the United Kingdom and its Institutions. With six hundred illustrations.
    First edition in English of this copiously illustrated survey by Paul Villars (1849-1935). Originally published in France in 1885. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1887

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111654

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  20. Sketches of Society and Manners in Portugal.

    Sketches of Society and Manners in Portugal.

    In a series of letters, to his brother in London. In two volumes.
    First edition, with the undated title page and the preface dated London 1787. Costigan, described on the title page as "late captain of the Irish Brigade, in the service of Spain", was the pseudonym of Colonel Diogo Ferrier, who came from Porto and served as first commander and organizer of the Algarve Artillery Regiment, raised in 1774, but was dismissed. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1787

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111550

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