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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 129541
    First edition. Rather scarce, COPAC shows nine locations. The account of an early journey in the Sinai Peninsula and Wadi Arabah undertaken in 1883 by Colvile, who later "achieved a reputation as one of the army's best intelligence officers" (ODNB). Colvile set out from Victoria Station with his servant, Cash, in November... Learn More
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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
    £500

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 124415
    First edition of this attractively illustrated and important work on Baluchistan. Floyer (1852-1903), a member of the Government Indo-European Telegraph Staff in the Persian Gulf, explored Baluchistan between January 1876 and May 1877: as far north as Bampur and as far west as Bandar Abbas before crossing Persia via Kirman... Learn More
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  15. 121850
    First and only edition, uncommon, with just six locations world-wide. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front panel of the wraps: "To the Russian Academy, presented by the Author, 17 Nov. 1838". The book was never translated or republished in Russia. The author, Russian writer and journalist Fyodor Korf... Learn More
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  16. 120117

    This enthralling album encompasses many aspects..."> Wonderfully engaging, wide-ranging and extensively-captioned visual record of China as seen through the eyes of a soldier in the US 15th Infantry Regiment ("The Old China Hands"), based in Tientsin (Tianjin) between 1929 and 1932, a period of bloody turbulence in China.

    This enthralling album encompasses many aspects... Learn More
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  17. 117857
    First edition of this primary source for an important sequence of events in the early history of Russo-Japanese relations, decidedly uncommon. It also relates to the continuation of the researches begun on the first Russian circumnavigation, 1803-1806, undertaken under the patronage of the Russian-American Company, and jointly... Learn More
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  18. 111970
    First edition of the complete set of 200 silver gelatin photographs issued by the Ah Fong Photography Studio, recording the brutal siege and conquest of Shanghai by the Japanese at the opening of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Japan's failure to defeat China in this war became the key dynamic for what happened in Asia during... Learn More
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  19. 113334
    First edition, preceding the London edition, published in octavo, by two years. Born in Tipperary, Thomas arrived in Madras in 1781, possibly as a deserter from the Royal Navy. He began learning his trade as a freelance with "the Kanara Poligars, a group of armed chieftain-bandits. Thomas subsequently joined the nizam of... Learn More
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  20. i1
    Superbly vivid pictorial record of travels through the Himalayan regions of the Punjab, now the state of Himachal Pradesh. Harcourt's journey took him from present-day Kullu to Killar in September 1871; he later visited the hill station of Dalhousie between June and October 1873, with images of excursions to the Beas Valley... Learn More
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  21. Views in Chitral.
    First and only edition. A fine visual record of the 1895 expedition to relieve the siege of Chitral, an incident of the Great Game that became a considerable cause célèbre. The Russians were seen to be making solid advances in the region, pushing across the Khanates of Central Asia, a railway line following in their tracks,... Learn More
    £2,750

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  22. Photographic Illustrations, with a Description of Mandalay & Upper Burmah Expeditionary Force, 1886-87.
    First and only edition. Extremely uncommon photographic record of the Third Anglo-Burmese War, COPAC locates BL and SOAS only, OCLC adds just 8 further copies worldwide. A printed slip from the publishers, tipped in after the second blank, explains that on 8 December 1887 their premises have been subject to "a serious fire... Learn More
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  23. Naukeurige Beschryving van Asie:
    First edition of Dapper's Asia Minor and Mesopotamia; a German edition followed in 1681. In common with contemporaries such as John Ogilby, the Dutch physician Olfert Dapper (1639-1689) never travelled to visit the lands he wrote about, instead compiling extant translations and other eye-witness accounts to produce lavish... Learn More
    £6,000

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  24. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph.
    One of the Cranwell or "Subscriber's" edition of 211 copies, this one of 170 "complete copies", inscribed by Lawrence on p. XIX "Complete copy. 1.XII.26 TES", with one manuscript correction to the illustration list, a "K" identifying Kennington rather than Roberts as the artist responsible for "The gad-fly". This copy is... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 93169

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  25. 72785
    First and only edition of what Atabey describes as "this important work" and Blackmer a "very interesting work." Turner's "chatty" account includes observations on local manners and customs; an account of a meeting and conversation with Ali Pasha; and lengthy descriptions of two visits to Cyprus. Decidedly uncommon, exceedingly... Learn More
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  26. 71620
    First edition, with plates watermarked 1824. Having failed in his original ambition to be a portrait painter, Salt set out on an eastern tour in June 1802 as secretary and draughtsman to Viscount Valentia. "He visited India, Ceylon, and the Red Sea, and in 1805 was sent by Valentia on a mission into Abyssinia, to the ras... Learn More
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  27. 65880detail
    Superb collection of material concerning the Chindits, includes Wingate's Report on the Operations of 77th Brigade; the original MS of the Hedley's book Jungle Fighter; a number of SEAC Chindit publications; a small trove of pieces from the collection of a serving Chindit officer, including intelligence reports, some excellent... Learn More
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  28. 70570

    Tavernier (1605-1689) made six trips to Asia in search of fine jewels -..."> First small format edition, following the quarto firsts of Les Six Voyages (1676) and Recueil (1678); a beautifully presented set of this highly desirable edition of the voyages of this "most famous among the 'business travellers'" (Speake).

    Tavernier (1605-1689) made six trips to Asia in search of fine jewels -... Learn More
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  29. 61428
    First edition in French of one of the principal accounts of Russia published during the 18th century, originally issued in Dutch, Amsterdam 1711. Cornelis de Bruyn, the Dutch traveller and painter, also known for his account of his journey through the Levant, was the first traveller to whom the tsar gave permission to make... Learn More
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  30. 130731
    Handsomely bound early printing of Catlin's illustrated account of Native American tribes, first published in 1841, reissued many times over the following 50 years. 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... Learn More
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  31. 129882
    Rare and very striking wall map of Afghanistan, dated June 1901, compiled under the orders of the Surveyors General of India Major-General Charles Strahan (1895-99) and Colonel St. George Corbet Gore (1899-1904): Copac and OCLC record copies at only three institutional libraries world-wide (British Library, Wisconsin and... Learn More
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  32. 129862
    First edition thus. A map with its origins in Stanford's 1857 1:2,217,600 map "based on the surveys executed by order of the Honourable East India Company", retaining the circular title cartouche, and including the inset map of the Malay Peninsula, and infographics of the distances and bearings from Calcutta, Madras, and... Learn More
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  33. 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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  34. 129594
    Fascinating Civil War naval log maintained by Ensign Walter Pearce during service aboard the USS Wyoming and incorporating his important eye-witness account of the action in the Shimonoseki Straits on 16 July 1863, the first clash between the US Navy and Japanese vessels.

    At the opening of the Civil War the Wyoming,... Learn More
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  35. 129488
    First and only edition, outside America OCLC shows only four locations in Japan and Taiwan, COPAC lists no copies in the UK and Ireland. This comprehensive study of Japan's hot springs was "compiled as an exhibit in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, in order to make known to the world the general conditions... Learn More
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  36. 129487
    First and only edition, uncommon just 11 copies on OCLC, five of these in California, three at the University of California. Blanchard, an early American visitor to Japan, was a U.S. consul in China in the 1850s and was later based in San Francisco working as a merchant with interests in the China trade. This book is a collection... Learn More
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  37. 129429
    First and sole edition, extremely uncommon, V & A and BL only in UK, OCLC adds another 10 locations. A striking set of plates of ornamental tiles collected by the Afghan Boundary Commission, a joint Anglo-Russian project, active between 1884 and 1886, to set Afghanistan's northern border. A team travelled through Herat,... Learn More
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  38. 128934comp
    A remarkable copy of this classic work, first published in 1959. Inscribed on the front free endpaper; "To His Royal Highness Prince Brigadier Abdul Wali on the occasion of your visit to The United States Military Academy, D.V. Bennett, Major General, USA, 11 March 1968". The set was presented as a memento to the Sandhurst-trained... Learn More
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  39. 127365
    An enthralling and richly detailed journal of a decade at sea with the US Navy during the 1850s, recording back-to-back cruises on three sloops-of-war, seeing action in three different arenas: on the Cyane, which shelled Greytown, Nicaragua (1854), the Preble during the Paraguay Expedition (1858) - a flexing of muscle by... Learn More
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  40. 127314
    First and limited edition, number 115 of 250 copies on vélin from the edition of 510. D'Allemagne (1863-1950) was "one of the most important specialists of the decorative arts from the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th" (Dictionnaire Critique des Historiens de l'Art). This work was based on the fourth... Learn More
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  41. 127101
    Very fine example of this rare and impressive Great Game map in its sixth and most important iteration, its four discrete sections, when combined, covering an enormous area of Central Asia extending from the head of the Persian Gulf, in the southwest, up to Lake Balkhash, in the northeast, and from Astrakhan on the Caspian,... Learn More
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  42. 125018
    Highly attractive scroll, described as an "aide memoire", showing the basic kamae or postures, and the attacking moves to be made from them, as taught by the "Pure Heart" or "Sincere" school connected with Shin Shin Ryu martial arts. The sequential moves are indicated by multiple blade positions around the core figure, the... Learn More
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  43. 122138
    A wonderful illustrated late Edo-period manuscript detailing the proper disposition of the mon - crests - used by various of the houses of the daimyo - feudal knights - on their banners, paper lanterns, pole-arm flags, and more. The manuscript frequently shows the daimyo kamon known as maruni chigai takanoha incorporating... Learn More
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  44. 120924
    First edition. Extremely uncommon, no copies traced on OCLC. The first attempt to describe khanate of Khiva as an individual entity, without reference to its neighbouring states. Issued at the time of Perovsky's disastrous campaign which was intended to free Russian slaves in the khanate, it was no doubt as a useful reference... Learn More
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  45. 119917
    First and only edition, one of 4000 copies, but fragile. Uncommon, just 6 copies traced on OCLC, all in the United States. A celebration of the Uzbek contribution to the Agrarian Exhibition that opened in 1939 at the VDNKh - The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy - in Moscow and ran till 1941. It had originally... Learn More
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  46. 117485
    A naval officer's commonplace book from the last years of the 19th century containing rare ephemera, notably two printed documents of 1897 relating to the Hakodate Golf Club. These both predate the accepted date for the foundation of the "first golf club in Japan", at Kobe in 1901. Hakodate, on the northern island of Hokkaido,... Learn More
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  47. 109398
    First edition and only edition, issued as a special supplement to Vsemirnaja illjustraeija, World Illustrated, in 1886. Uncommon, just 4 copies noted by OCLC, universities of Arizona and Illinois, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. The work of prominent Russian soldier, artist, traveller, and... Learn More
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  48. 109039
    One of the earliest detailed maps to be made of the Transcaspian region - the area between the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea and the Aral Sea - which in the years immediately following the issue of this map, was annexed piecemeal to the Russian Empire following a series of brutal campaigns led by Generals Lomakin, Skobelev,... Learn More
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  49. 130555
    First and only edition. Uncommon, OCLC locates just 4 copies - BL, Princeton University, Indiana University and Yale University - and a single copy of a Yiddish edition at the Center for Jewish History. "The Kara Kum (or Black Sand) desert of central Turkmenistan became, briefly, a Soviet cultural obsession when, in July... Learn More
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  50. 129332comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "With best wishes, Eric Newby, November 24th 1958". Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed, as "Eirc" (dated 11 December 1958), from Newby to the recipient of the book Ross Higgins, and a newspaper clipping with a... Learn More
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  51. 129310
    First and limited edition, one of 500 copies, 35 special printed on handmade paper were also issued. A richly illustrated history of foreign involvement in the Edo or Tokugawa period in Japan and Taiwan, referred to here as Formosa. The supplements included are reproductions of The Japan Herald (23 November, 1861) and The... Learn More
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  52. 129228
    First edition of this remarkable collection of 49 war correspondent's tales, with the signature of 39 of the correspondents on rice paper pasted beneath their submission. The idea for the book was conceived of by a group of war correspondents waiting to be sent to the front line with the Japanese Army at the Imperial Hotel... Learn More
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  53. 129232
    First edition of this comprehensive English-to-Chinese vocabulary phrase book. Rev. Justus Doolittle (1824-1880) was a US missionary, Chinese scholar and numismatist who wrote extensively on Chinese culture and religion, publishing a number of articles in the China Mail. This work features an expansive English-to-Chinese... Learn More
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  54. 129169
    First edition, first impression of this "minor classic" (ODNB), detailing Satow's first diplomatic stay in Japan, 1862 and 1869, during which time governance of the country was changing from that of the Tokugawa shogunate to the restoration of Imperial rule. Sir Ernest Satow (1843-1929) had "an almost unprecedented proficiency"... Learn More
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  55. 129206
    First edition, first impression, uncommon. A light-hearted guide to life and culture in Shanghai during the 1930s, when it was dubbed "The Paris of the East". Ellen Thorbecke (1902-1973) was a Dutch photojournalist who moved to the Republic of China in 1931 when her husband, Willem Thorbecke was appointed Dutch Ambassador... Learn More
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  56. 127425
    First and only edition, collecting 15 articles first printed in the Sarawak Gazette between January 1910 and October 1914. The Gazette, founded in 1870 by Charles Brooke, the second 'white rajah' of Sarawak, is the sole newspaper in the county. Records of its articles such as this comprise "an indispensable primary source... Learn More
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  57. 124199
    First edition of William Kirkpatrick's account of his 1792 diplomatic mission to Nepal, "leading the first Britons into that kingdom" (ODNB); a handsomely produced book printed by one of the best London printers of the day, William Bulmer. Kirkpatrick (1754-1812) joined the Bengal Infantry in 1773 and was the Persian Interpreter... Learn More
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  58. 128624comp
    First edition, second impression signed on the title page by Thesiger. "After travelling in Iraqi Kurdistan, in 1950, Thesiger visited the marshes of southern Iraq. From then until 1958, except for 1957, he spent several months every year with the marsh Arabs, sharing the communal life of the villages and travelling by canoe... Learn More
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  59. 125448
    First edition. Scarce, only 2 copies on OCLC - Stanford and NYPL.This short paper was the culmination of almost 10 years of obsessive work by Lepper trying to identify the best overland route from Indian to China. From the early 1870s he had been writing letters home to England and to Indian newspapers urging the necessity... Learn More
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  60. 130474
    First edition of this account of an early journey in the Sinai Peninsula and Wadi Arabah undertaken in 1883. Colvile, who later "achieved a reputation as one of the army's best intelligence officers" (ODNB), set out from Victoria Station with his servant, Cash, in November 1883, and was joined in Venice by his friend Captain... Learn More
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