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  1. 92655
    First edition. Uncommon account of the Anglo-French naval interventions against Rojas's Argentine Confederation written by a participant. Mackinnon "obtained the particular mention of Commodore Sir Chas., Hotham for the skill he exemplified in the command of the rocket-party at San Lorenzo, which had been obliged to remain... Learn More
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  2. Eastward from Paris.
    First edition, first impression of the book in which the thrice-elected Premier recounts his visit to Soviet Russia in the summer of 1933. Herriot largely avoids political issues in his narrative, and instead presents himself as an enquiring traveller. The book was first published in Paris earlier the same year under the... Learn More
    £65

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  3. The Viceregal Visit to Jodhpur.
    Superb album commemorating the visit of Sir Charles Hardinge, 1st Baron Hardinge of Penshurst, Viceroy of India 1910-16, to Jodhpur in 1914. The album contains an excellent range of views and portraits, including a fine studio portrait of the young Maharaja Sumer Singh; formal group portraits with the viceroy, Lady Hardinge... Learn More
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  4. Commentaries on the Punjab Campaign, 1848-49.
    First edition, uncommon just 6 locations on Copac, OCLC adds 15. "The objective of this work is to supply from original and official sources, information on some points of interest, which have not been fully explained either in the Despatches relating to the Punjab campaign, or in other sources also reviewing the current... Learn More
    £1,650

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  5. 107448
    First edition. The Photochrom process, a variant of chromolithography, was invented in the 1880s by Hans Jakob Schmidt (1856-1924). It rose in popularity in the 1890s and by the end of the First World War was ubiquitous in postcard format. Most of the photographs in Fifty Colour Photographs of London are of landmarks but... Learn More
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  6. The Paradise of Fools.
    First edition of this lively and uncommon account of an expedition described in Fliegel Jezerniczky's on-line Libyan Desert bibliography as "an extraordinary journey", during which a party led by Mason and W. B. Kennedy Shaw traversed "virtually all major parts of the Libyan desert. They started from Kharga, reaching the... Learn More
    £750

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  7. 125471
    First edition, conspicuously uncommon, ESTC citing just 14 locations worldwide (six in the UK, the remainder in the US), with only one copy appearing on auction records and that dating to 1937. Superb first-hand account that sheds light on a conflict in a contested area of North Africa where Britain had established a defensive... Learn More
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  8. 127746
    First edition. A translation and facsimile reprint of the original Arabic proclamation of King Hussein, announcing his independence from Turkish rule, including accusations that the Turkish forces attempted to shell the Kaaba. It is printed together with the text of "the proclamation issued at Baghdad by Lieut-General Sir... Learn More
    £450

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  9. 123810
    First US edition, first printing. This work provides a topographical and travel guide to the Scottish Highlands. It was first published in the UK earlier in the same year. Learn More
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  10. 113675
    What is perhaps a complete run of this short-lived station magazine containing the usual usual cartoons, facetious tales of camp life, rifle shooting, sport, poetry. The camp was opened in 1940 for the desert war, and continued as the main RAF depot for the Canal Zone. The editorial in the last issue bemoans the dearth of... Learn More
    £300

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  11. Journey to Manaos.
    First edition, first impression of this account of exploration in north-western Brazil and southern Venezuela. From the publisher's archive, with their stamp to the front panel of the jacket and front pastedown. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 101469

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  12. A Trip through Italy, Sicily, Tunisia, Algeria and Southern France.
    First and only edition, inscribed by the author on the first blank: "To Dr Joseph Collins, with the compliments of the author, W. K. Vanderbilt. July 31st, 1923." William Kissam Vanderbilt II (1878-1944), a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family in the US, travelled extensively after serving with the United States Navy... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 96360

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  13. 76975
    First edition. Institutionally well-represented, but only one copy at auction in the last 40 years. Smyth "had been in India for twenty-six years and could claim to be well-informed" (Khurana, British Historiography on the Sikh Power in the Punjab, p96). He explains in his introduction that he was encouraged to write the... Learn More
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  14. 131670comp
    First UK edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 554 of 1,000 copies signed by Mandela. The South African edition was published earlier that year. Learn More
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  15. 130259
    First editions of 2,000, scarce with only 4 sets on Copac (BL, SOAS, Oxford, Manchester). Sami, an Egyptian civil servant, dedicated over 20 years to this monumental document of Egyptian history from 622 to 1879 CE, including a supplementary volume on the bridges, barrages and dams along the Nile river.
    By the early 20th... Learn More
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  16. 129957comp

    In the 1920s and 30s Thoumin, professor at the Damascus Military College, wrote several geographical works, focusing particularly on Damascus..."> First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "1er Lieutenant Myssen ?". Scarce with six locations on OCLC and only one on Copac (Oxford).

    In the 1920s and 30s Thoumin, professor at the Damascus Military College, wrote several geographical works, focusing particularly on Damascus... Learn More
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  17. 129735
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the title page "with the Author's compts". Williams was the chaplain onboard HMS Pearl, whose crew were called upon to help put down the Indian Mutiny. After sailing to South America, Honolulu and the Sandwich Islands, the ship's company hears news of the uprising while docked... Learn More
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  18. 129625
    First and only edition, uncommon just three locations on COPAC, BL, SOAS, and Oxford. Inscribed on front free endpaper "to Annie Straubenzee from her old friend Lydia Sladen, née Danvers - Jan 1899. In Memoriam." Robert Danvers was killed during the Second Opium War - "accidentally shot through the body" - while serving... Learn More
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  19. 129519
    First editions bound in one, Part I a later impression of the 1856 edition. Scarce with COPAC showing Parts I and II together at the British Library only. The first official naval pilots for Africa produced in three parts by the Hydrographic Office of the Admiralty, these provided detailed directions for sailors along the... Learn More
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  20. 129270comp
    First edition, first impression, signed and dated by the author on the title page in the year of publication. Ion Llewellyn Idriess (1880-1979) was a prolific Australian author. The present work covers the history of gold mining in the New Guinea region, including under German occupation and after transfer to Australian... Learn More
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  21. 127436
    First edition. Prinsep (1792-1878) was a long-time "servant of John Company" and "recognized as one of ablest men in the service" (ODNB). On his retirement in 1843 after over 30 years in the sub-continent, he and his wife Sara, sister to Julia Margaret Cameron, set up in Little Holland House where their salon was "one of... Learn More
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  22. 127439
    First edition. "Ronaldshay, the future Governor of Bengal and Secretary of State for India, arrived in India in 1899 with travel and sport on his mind." In the first half of the book he travels around Sind, Kashmir and the Himalayas, "enjoying considerable sport... In the second half of this work, Ronaldshay examines the... Learn More
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  23. 122819

    Album d'Aden.

    [Aden]: [c.1885]

    Souvenir album with late 19th century views of Aden, showing 1) La Poste - Post Office 2) Port des Steamers - Steamer Point two panels 3) Ismis - Ismis 4) Mann Pass - Mann Pass 5) Parc aux Chamaux - Chamel's (sic) Park 6) Panorama d'Aden - General View of Aden three panels 7) Palais de Justice - Palace of Justice 8) Les... Learn More
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  24. 116556
    First edition. Dmitri Nikolaevich Logofet (1865-1922) was "undoubtedly the most influential critic of the situation in Bukhara in the early twentieth century" (Becker, Russia's Protectorates in Central Asia, p.212). A colonel in the Amu-Darya Border Guard, Logofet lived in the khanate for more than ten years and published... Learn More
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  25. 117190
    First and only edition, decidedly uncommon, OCLC shows BL, and perhaps just one copy in the US. Important account of the early development of Russo-Bukharan relations. The emirate had accepted Russian protectorate status in 1868, but continued to pursue its own policies in some areas. Britain had certainly attempted to bring... Learn More
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  26. 114407comp
    First edition. Uncommon, just 10 locations on Copac. This copy inscribed by the author in green ink on the first page; "To David from his friend Jomo Kenyatta 30-3-45". Published under the aegis of the IASB, an organisation intended to "encourage and facilitate Africans and people of African descent to freely express their... Learn More
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  27. A Topographical History of Surrey.
    First edition. "Brayley's most important work was probably a History of Surrey (5 vols., 18418). His topographical works bear scrutiny because of his competence in a range of scientific, literary, and artistic subjects, a breadth of knowledge which few other contemporary topographers could match" (ODNB). A handsomely bound... Learn More
    £600

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  28. 49246
    First edition. Attractive and well-produced account of a cruise around North and South America, and into the Caribbean. Uncommon, we have been unable to trace another copy of this cruise book. Not in NMM. Learn More
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  29. 93265
    First edition. Uncommon and unusual photographically illustrated memoir of Indian military service; "From 1845 to 1873, White's army career was tied to evangelical Baptist beliefs. Throughout his recollections from the First Sikh War through the Indian Mutiny of 1857, White wrote of his persecution by senior regimental officers... Learn More
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  30. 130055
    The true first edition of Swift's masterpiece, Teerink's A edition, with the first state frontispiece. Teerink's A was published on 28 October 1726, AA some time in the middle of November, and the B edition in December. The first state frontispiece has an inscription beneath the portrait, which in the second state was placed... Learn More
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  31. 117450
    First edition. The anonymous author was a member of the retinue of George Hay, 8th Earl of Kinnoul, who served as British ambassador to Constantinople from 1729 to 1737. His account of the city, people, religion and rulers of Constantinople was written not long after he arrived, and was sent in two letters to Britain in... Learn More
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  32. The Crimean Expedition, to the Capture of Sebastopol.
    First edition in English, same year as the first French. Bazancourt was appointed official historiographer by Napoleon III, and charged with the responsibility of producing a history of the French part in the war in the Crimea. He left in January 1855 and on his arrival "received, from the principal officers of the Army,... Learn More
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  33. 125627
    First and sole edition of a book shrouded in myth: accounts of its legendary rarity regularly circulate but according to Escobar biographer James Mollison 500 copies were printed, which Escobar sent out as presents to family and friends, "usually with a word of thanks" (The Memory of Pablo Escobar, 2007). "During his stay... Learn More
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  34. 76164
    First edition. A founding text of Alpinism in Japan. Weston had already climbed extensively in the Alps when he began to work for the Church Missionary Society at Kumamoto, Japan in 1888, and he subsequently served as British chaplain in Kobe from 1889 to 1895. "Weston climbed Fuji in 1890 and soon travelled and climbed... Learn More
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  35. 131660
    First edition thus, expanded from a "small" edition issued in 1873 at the request of the Conservator of Forests, British Burma to "answer the purpose of a guide for the management of those animals, in a more direct and complete form; and also to gather, from the records available, the cause of the high rate of mortality... Learn More
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  36. 126123comp
    First edition in English, first published in Polish in 1897, the present edition limited to 200 copies signed by Ward, this copy designated "Presentation Copy No.4" verso of the first blank. "One of the rarest of all African big game hunting books" (Czech). Józef Mikolaj Potocki (1862-1922) inherited extensive estates... Learn More
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  37. 120926
    First editions These three separate expeditions were conducted by the Russian Geographical Society, and the resulting exhaustive regional studies remain unsuperseded. The mountain area of Uzbekistan was entirely inaccessible to Russian researchers until the very end of the nineteenth century, and, in view of these difficulties... Learn More
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  38. The Road to Ulundi.
    First edition, limited to 1000 copies, this number 809 and numbered verso of the title, on the wrapping and mailing case. Crealock was Chelmsford's Military Secretary during the Zulu War, having served with him previously during the 1878 operations in the Eastern Cape. "Crealock rode with his artist's materials in his saddle-bag... Learn More
    £225

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  39. 131332
    First editions, first impressions of these comprehensive and important first-hand accounts of the first attempts to climb Everest. Howard-Bury "led a diverse expedition of surveyors, climbers, and military officers, which achieved the goals of surveying Everest and finding a route to the summit for later climbers" (ODNB);... Learn More
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  40. 130612
    First edition, first impression. Dorothy Fernando (1907-1981) was an active horticulturist born in Panadura, Sri Lanka. She developed her technique in botanical watercolours by illustrating articles on the indigenous orchid flora for her brother-in-law, and avid orchid grower, Ernest Soysa. In the late 1940s she travelled... Learn More
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  41. 131483
    First and sole edition, "privately printed for his family by his wife after his death" (Streeter) in a putative print run of around fifty copies that were not offered for sale; with a familial presentation inscription at head of title: "Louise Evelina Du Pont from her Father, 5th May 1900". Louise Evelina (1877-1958), heiress... Learn More
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  42. 130954
    First edition, first impression, with the three-line errata slip pasted into the gutter at page 1. Externally and internally a lovely copy of a book which usually suffers from the deterioration of materials produced to wartime economy standards. Due to the immense popularity of the work a second impression was released a... Learn More
    £3,750

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  43. 130411comp
    First edition, edition de luxe, number 117 of 250 copies signed by Stanley. Stanley's famous account of his expedition to relieve Emin Pasha (Eduard Schnitzer), the beleaguered governor of equatorial Sudan, contains some of his most celebrated writing, especially his account of the tortuous 450-mile passage through the dense... Learn More
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  44. In Darkest Africa
    First edition, edition de luxe, number 199 of 250 copies signed by Stanley. Stanley's famous account of his expedition to relieve Emin Pasha (Eduard Schnitzer), the beleaguered governor of equatorial Sudan, contains some of his most celebrated writing, especially his account of the tortuous 450-mile passage through the dense... Learn More
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  45. Autograph letter signed, with instructions to Messrs Harper & Co. to send out copies of The Lake Regions.
    A letter from Burton sending out presentation copies of his most recent book following his sojourn in the American West. He asks his publishers to "oblige" him "by forwarding (for my expense) copies of The Lake Regions to the following directions and by letting me know what my bill for them to you is list of three names... Learn More
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  46. 128475comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Olive a friend of the authoress - 1934". The recipient was likely Olive Zeytoun Howell, a fellow convert who worshipped alongside Cobbold at the Woking Mosque. Cobbold travelled extensively in the Middle East during... Learn More
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  47. 131016
    Rare and attractive lithograph broadside commemorating the farthest north record set by Commander (later Sir) Albert Hastings Markham on May 12th 1876, showing the five flags of the expedition: Lieutenant Parr's standard, white ensign, Captain Nares's flag, Captain Markham's motto flag and Captain Markham's flag. "In the... Learn More
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  48. 126141
    First edition with colour illustrations. A young lawyer turned portraitist, Catlin set out in 1830 from his home in Pennsylvania to record on canvas the indigenous tribes of North America and their way of life. His eight years among the major tribes of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains resulted in his "Indian Gallery,"... Learn More
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  49. 127224
    First edition. Lady Sale's diary account of the siege, fall, and retreat from Kabul was a great popular success. The author becoming "the heroine of the hour, renowned for her courage" (ODNB) and "was dubbed... the 'Grenadier in petticoats' by her husband's fellow officers: a force to be reckoned with" (Robinson, Wayward... Learn More
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  50. 130953
    Nimrod expedition of 1907-09 and second-in-command on the Transantarctic Expedition of 1917-17... Wild joined Shackleton on his final voyage to the Antarctic in 1921-23..."> First edition. Wild had been with Scott on the Discovery, was with Mawson in 1911-14, "and was a close friend of Shackleton on both the Nimrod expedition of 1907-09 and second-in-command on the Transantarctic Expedition of 1917-17... Wild joined Shackleton on his final voyage to the Antarctic in 1921-23... Learn More
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  51. 130977
    An attractive copy of Mercator and Hondius's Atlas, unrestored in a contemporary binding. In 1628 Joannis Janssonius, spotting a gap in the Dutch market for a small format portable atlas, commissioned this edition, enlisting Abraham Goos and Pieter van den Keere - two of the most accomplished engravers of their day - to... Learn More
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  52. 117145
    First edition, scarce. Barclay (1842-1913), painter and etcher, was a member of the British circle of artists known as the "Etruscans" owing to their preference for Italian landscapes. He studied at Dresden with Carolsfeld, and then in Rome, where he became acquainted with Giovanni Costa. Between 1873 and 1880 he made several... Learn More
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  53. Egypt & Nubia,
    First edition, in the preferred deluxe coloured format, of "one of the most important and elaborate ventures of 19th-century publishing, and it was the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph" (Abbey Travel). No publication before this had presented so comprehensive a series of views of the monuments, landscape, and people of... Learn More
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  54. 129968
    First edition of the first comprehensive description of the Ussuri region and Przhevalsky's first book, published at his own expense; very scarce, we have been able to trace one institutional location only, the incomplete copy at the Russian Presidential Library (lacking title page).

    Przhevalsky (1839-1888) passed... Learn More
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  55. 130154
    First edition, first impression. In the summer of 1905 Synge toured western Ireland with the artist Jack Yeats, brother of the poet, writing a series of articles for the Manchester Guardian and Maunsel's weekly journal Shanachie. When Synge died in 1909 at the age of 37 "his relative poverty gave to the question of copyright... Learn More
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  56. 129298
    First edition, first impression, of this comprehensive propagandistic account of the reconstruction of China since the foundation of the Republic of China in January 1912. The work was simultaneously published in French and German. Leang-li (1901-1970) was a journalist and politician who, in 1929, was appointed chief of... Learn More
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  57. 122462
    First and sole edition, highly uncommon, a superlative visual record of India published in the wake of the First Anglo-Sikh War, a conflict which had engulfed the Punjab during the winter months of 1845-6. The fine plates are based on drawings made by the young Charles Stewart Hardinge, second Viscount Hardinge of Lahore... Learn More
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  58. 128767
    First edition, an influential treatise proposing Chinese as the original language, and one of the earliest books in English discussing Chinese culture in any depth. The architect John Webb, a pupil of Inigo Jones, argued that Noah could be identified with the legendary king Yao; that he had withdrawn from the tribes whose... Learn More
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  59. 127337
    First illustrated edition, the first in German, of this outstanding account of big-game hunting in Asia, originally published in Hungarian in 1853. Count Manó Andrássy (1821-1891, his name given here as Emanuel Andrásy) was a traveller, collector, painter and caricaturist, who participated in his country's revolution... Learn More
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  60. 127450
    First edition, first part, all published; decidedly uncommon, five locations only on OCLC, just Smithsonian and Harvard in North America. With the self-explanatory subtitle "From the river Ob to the River Yenisei and Tomsk branch. 124 views of the most important railroads, buildings, cities, villages, views of foreigners... Learn More
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