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  1. 132273
    First edition. Plate no. VIII, Sand Rock near Niton, uncoloured in some copies (Abbey and a few institutional copies) is here hand-coloured as the rest. Learn More
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  2. 132910
    First English edition following the German of the previous year. Well represented institutionally, but decidedly uncommon on the market. "English translation of Bismillah!: Vom Huang-ho zum Indus. Wilhelm Filchner, scientist and explorer, at the age of 21 participated in his first expedition (1900), which led him to Russia.... Learn More
    £1,250

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  3. 122272comp
    Revised edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To G. W. Gillman Esquire with the authors' compliments & in acknowledgement of many kindnesses received, Scoresby Routledge, A. M. Schooner Mana". This second, expanded, edition details the monumental first scientific, archaeological,... Learn More
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  4. 132370comp
    First edition, signed by the author. Churchill has signed on the first binder's blank, apparently after binding, and presumably at the behest of Henry Sotheran, the London booksellers who commissioned the binding from Morrell. London to Ladysmith consists of 27 letters and telegrams sent by Churchill to the Morning Post... Learn More
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  5. 133026
    First edition, fairly uncommon, just 7 locations on Copac. Reprints Brayley's despatches to the Daily Graphic in response to the suppression of Armenian nationalism by the Sultan, the Hamidian Massacres ; "In this record I have laboured rather to explain the causes which have brought about the present state of affairs in... Learn More
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  6. 129685
    Second edition of the first guide solely dedicated to Bahrain, following the first of 1953. The author, known as Hamed to local Bahrainis, was the son of Sir Charles Belgrave, who contributed the cover design of a dhow enclosed within a string of pearls, and was financial advisor to the ruling shaikhs of Bahrain 1926-57.... Learn More
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  7. 132687
    Very scarce first edition, an important early text, one of a number of works by Catholic apologists who sought to justify the mass expulsion of the Moriscos decreed by Philip III of Spain on 9 April 1609, an act of what would now be called ethnic cleansing. Moriscos were former Muslims and their descendants who had been... Learn More
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  8. Wanderings of a Pilgrim, in Search of the Picturesque,
    First edition. Uncommon, and highly sought after, particularly in the cloth. "Fanny and Charles Parks sailed for Calcutta in June 1822, finally leaving India in August 1845. Her account of her years in India, Wanderings of a Pilgrim in Search of the Picturesque, largely based on the journal which she kept for her mother,... Learn More
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  9. 115912
    A highly detailed cycling map of Paris and its surrounding areas at a scale of 1:300,000. The map, which was designed for the use of both cars and cyclists, features key routes and viewing points and makes notes of any climbs or descents. In 1908 The National Library of France noted that "conventional signs are used to indicate... Learn More
    £275

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  10. 132136
    First editions of Stark's autobiographical quartet, quite scarce in the jackets. Freya Stark (1893-1993) "is the Grand Old Lady of travellers. Historian, philosopher, explorer, and artist, she has been indulging a devoted audience for nearly sixty years... In the true tradition of the Middle-Eastern explorer, she was inspired... Learn More
    £350

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  11. 117382
    First edition. For some time, before entering the service of the East India Company, Forrest had served in the Royal Navy, seeing action in 1757 under George Pocock against the French in the Bay of Bengal. The year 1762 found him in command of a company ship, "from which he seems to date his experience when, writing in 1782,... Learn More
    £2,950

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  12. 99991
    First edition. A handsomely produced survey of sites found on the west bank of the Nile from Qena to Aswan, Jebel Uweinat and the road leading from the Nile Valley to Dakhla through the Kharga Oasis; volume I related the previous season's expedition, to the Eastern desert. "The recognition of Egyptian rock art as something... Learn More
    £650

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  13. 132606comp
    First edition in English, first impression. Aged 18 Wei Kuo-Lu was assigned "as Chou-En-Lai's bodyguard during the Long March. With this appointment, Wei agreed to abide by the Red rule for security work: "What you don't need to know, don't seek to know; what you don't need to talk about, don't talk about recklessly." Although... Learn More
    £250

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  14. 132485comp
    First edition, first impression. Elaborately inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "to Anthony & Tania love from Paddy LF 12-5-84", within a hand-drawn pictorial border derived from the front panel of the dust jacket. In the winter of 1933, at the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of London... Learn More
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    First edition in Turkish, the year following the English first edition: the first and only edition published in the Ottoman empire. Extremely uncommon, just four copies on OCLC, this timely Turkish translation of MacGahan's account of the 1873 fall of the Khivan khanate to the Russians under General Kaufman was made in the... Learn More
    £850

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  16. 132455
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of Malaysian poetry, with the text printed in both the original language and English translations by the colonial police officer Arthur Wedderburn Hartwig "Haji" Hamilton (1887-1967), who arrived in Malaya in 1909 and joined the Malayan Police. He became fluent in Malay and... Learn More
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  17. Thirty-five Years in the Punjab, 1858-1893.
    First edition. "Reconstructed from letters to his mother and a personal diary, Elsmie fashioned a significant account of his administrative, judicial, and fiscal duties at numerous stations throughout the Punjab" (Riddick). An uncommon, and important account of the civilian administration of India by one of the last graduates... Learn More
    £500

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  18. 27444
    £375

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  19. 132228comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Donald Simon from his Godmother Freya Stark, London 1943". The recipient, Simon Donald Rupert Neville Lennox-Boyd, was born 7 December 1939, and named for his uncle, Donald Lennox-Boyd (1906-1939), to whom Stark purported to have been engaged.... Learn More
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  20. 132004
    First edition of "one of the most important and elaborate ventures of nineteenth-century publishing, and the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph... there is pleasure to be had from many of the individual plates, where Haghe's skillful and delicate lithography, and his faithful interpretation of Robert's draughtsmanship and... Learn More
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  21. 129657
    Well presented map depicting the latest developments in the Indian railways covering the subcontinent from Baluchistan and Kashmir in the North to the Malay Peninsula in the East. This 1:5,068,800 map shows the state of the system at the beginning of a period of wide expansion, just one year after the establishment of the... Learn More
    £1,500

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  22. 129954
    First edition. Chodzko was "Polish poet and diplomat, the first European scholar to work on Persian folklore" (Encyclopaedia Iranica). This book came after eleven years in the Russian diplomatic service in Persia, in which he spent much time gathering oral materials, particularly from Northern Persia. The largest part of... Learn More
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  23. 128474comp
    First edition, first printing, a superb presentation copy inscribed by García Márquez to his close friend the writer and actress María Luisa Elío Bernal (1926-2009), the dedicatee of Cien años de soledad, on the dedication page: "María Luisa, adivina quien te quiere. Gabriel 89" ("María Luisa, guess who loves... Learn More
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  24. 127527
    First edition, first issue, with the title page undated and not naming Bernard Quaritch as the publisher. Penzer believed that the entire first edition probably consisted of no more than 200 copies, most of which was intended for private distribution among Burton's friends, and that the first issue "was very small indeed".... Learn More
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  25. 127675
    First edition of this account of Saint-Fond's (1741-1819) travels to Britain in the year 1784, with important observations on the geology of northern England and Scotland, most notably his recognition that Fingal's Cave was a volcanic formation, which had gone unnoticed by Joseph Banks. The work also includes anecdotes of... Learn More
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  26. 132152comp
    First US edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Larry, best regards from an 'Eskimo fanatic', Bruce". Originally published in the UK in the same year. This work is Chatwin's "capacious exploration of Aboriginal creation myths and incorporated some of his early speculations about nomads"... Learn More
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  27. 127604comp

    Letters:

    Wiltshire: 1974-82

    Complete set of first editions, first impressions, each volume inscribed by the author to Jean Gunn and her husband William (except 4 and 7, which were added to the set at a later date). Jean Gunn was a close and dear friend of Stark (1893-1993) in Stark's later years. Her husband, William Gunn, was the founder of the European... Learn More
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  28. 121097
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the Scottish traveller Ella Robertson Christie (1861-1949), inscribed on the blank before the half-title: "Mary E. Haldane, May 1906, from E. C. of C." (Ella Christie of Cowden Castle, her home in Perthshire); and with a loosely inserted note in another hand: "From... Learn More
    £650

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  29. 109882comp
    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 48 of 350 copies signed by the author and photographer, and printed on large paper and extra-illustrated with 90 images, instead of the 70 in the trade issue. This copy is accompanied by the gravure signed by Ulmann of the plate on p. 31, which, although not called for in the colophon,... Learn More
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  30. 130546
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title, "The Earl of Leven & Melville, from his very old friend, The Author". The recipient was Ronald Leslie-Melville (1835-1906), the 11th Earl of Leven and a family friend of the Stanhopes. Wilhelmina Powlett, née Stanhope, Duchess of Cleveland (1819-1901) was a... Learn More
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  31. 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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  32. 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
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  33. 51247
    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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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
    £450

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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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  51. 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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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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

    Stock Code: 70458

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  56. 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
    £150

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  57. 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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  58. 130055
    The true first edition of Swift's masterpiece, Teerink's A edition, with the first state frontispiece. The first state frontispiece has the inscription beneath the portrait, which in the second state was placed around the portrait; a third state is a retouched version of the second. The first edition appeared on 28 October... Learn More
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  59. 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
    £3,650

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  60. 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
    £850

    Stock Code: 93112

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