Central America, incl. Mexico
BEALS, Carleton. Black River.
London : 1935First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US the preceding year. A novel about the suffering caused by greed for oil in Mexico - the so-called Black River.
Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 95022
BELT, Thomas. The Naturalist in Nicaragua:
London : 1874,First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed verso of the front free endpaper, "P. Brown Esqre, M.D. with the kind regards of the Author", with Brown's ownership inscription to the title page. The son of a Newcastle seedsman, Belt (1832-1878) was educated at a private school conducted by by John Storey, a secretary of Tyneside Naturalists' Field Club,... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 114155
CARRIÓN, Ulises. De Alemania.
Mexico : 1970First edition and only edition, number 533 of 3,000 copies, of Carrión's second book, a collection of six short stories employing the interior monologue, by "perhaps Mexico's most important conceptual artist" (Torre). Uncommon on the market: we were unable to trace any other copies for sale or at auction.
Ulises Carrión (1941-1989) wrote De... Learn More£1,100.00
Stock Code: 143753
CHAPPE D'AUTEROCHE, Jean. A Voyage to California, to observe the Transit of Venus.
London : 1778First edition in English of two works edited for publication by Count Cassini, first published at Paris in 1772 and 1770 respectively. "A great deal of interest was taken in the transit of Venus. The French government had two expeditions in the field The British government also sent Captain Cook out to Tahiti for the same purpose. Streeter calls this... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 62469
DARIEN SCHEME - PHILO-CALEDON, pseud. A Defence of the Scots Settlement at Darien.
Edinburgh : 1699One of four editions of that year, without established priority. An optimistic attempt, shortly before the Darien Scheme was abandoned, to convince the English to support the project, no doubt hoping to get their navy behind the scheme in the face of Spanish hostility. Of particular note is that the pamphlet gives an account of the settlement and settlers,... Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 135268
DARIEN SCHEME. An Enquiry into the Causes of the Miscarriage of the Scots Colony at Darien.
Glasgow : 1700First edition. A response to the pamphlet A Defence of the Scots Abdicating Darien, which was published anonymously the same year and generally attributed to Walter Harris, especially at the time, though it has since also been attributed to James Hodges and Archibald Foyer. This anonymous response (ESTC notes that it is sometimes attributed to George... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 135275
DAVIS, Richard Harding. Cuba in War Time.
New York : 1897First edition. The Cuban struggle for independence, ongoing throughout the nineteenth century, was closely followed in the US, with many newspapers supporting an interventionist policy. Davis (1864-1916) was "convinced by his own experience that no man, whatever "his prejudices may be, can make this journey and not go home convinced that it is his duty... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 143355
DESPARD, Edward. [Account sheet, with manuscript docket title:] Account of contingent expences incurred by the Superintendent of His Majesty's affairs in Honduras,
(1789)Account sheet for six months' expenses in Honduras by Edward Marcus Despard (1751-1803), Superintendent of Honduras, later executed for treason, despite the appeals of Nelson, with whom he had worked closely during the San Juan Expedition. On Honduras Despard sought to give the same rights to freed slaves as to white settlers, claiming that British... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 135127
DU PONT, Samuel Francis. Extracts from Private Journal-Letters... while in command of the Cyane, during the War with Mexico, 1846-1848.
Wilmington, DE : 1885First 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 and preservationist, was... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 131483
FRIEDLANDER, Lee. Flowers and Trees.
New York : 1981First edition, first printing, signed by the photographer on the dedication page. 40 stunning botanical photographs, taken during Friedlander's trip through the United States, Mexico, Japan and Europe. Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 123423
FRIEDLANDER, Lee. Flowers and Trees.
New York : 1981First edition, first printing, signed by the photographer on the dedication page. 40 stunning botanical photographs, taken during Friedlander's trip through the United States, Mexico, Japan and Europe. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 123419
HARRIS, Walter. The Defence of the Scots Settlement at Darien, Answer'd, Paragraph by Paragraph.
London : 1699First edition of Walter Harris's rebuttal to A Defence of the Scots Settlement at Darien, published the same year and variously attributed to Archibald Foyer, George Ridpath, Andrew Fletcher and James Watson. That pamphlet had optimistically attempted, shortly before the Darien Scheme was abandoned, to convince the English to support the project, no... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 135270
HENDERSON, George, Capt. An Account of the British Settlement of Honduras;
London : 1809First edition. An extensive record kept by Captain George Henderson (1783-1855) whilst stationed in Honduras with his regiment in 1806. This work offers an extensive insight into the flora and fauna of the region, most often discussed, as was common in travel accounts of at the time, in terms of their uses as food stuffs; for example the "manati", whose... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 118630
HILL, S. S. Travels in Peru and Mexico.
London : 1860First edition. Inscribed by the author in vol. 1 on the front free binder's blank, "Miss Courthope, with the author's affectionate regards". Samuel Hill was a prolific travel writer, who, having made a trip around the world in the 1850s, published several popular books of his travels. This edition is uncommon in the original binding, with six copies... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 119151
JUSTEL, Henri, ed. Recueil de divers voyages faits en Afrique et en l'Amerique,
Paris : 1674First edition of this important collection of voyages, assembled by the Huguenot Henri Justel, a "promoter, through hospitality and correspondence, in circles in Paris and London, of the optimistic spirit of enquiry which would be a feature of the European Enlightenment" (ODNB); this is a most attractive copy with a fine provenance. Included here is... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 125351
KEROUAC, Jack. Mexico City Blues.
New York : 1959First edition, first printing, of Kerouac's "242 Choruses", written between 1954 and 1957, in the correct black and white jacket (the bibliographer Charters incorrectly calls for a jacket "printed in red, green and black", these being the colours of the wrappers issue, and later dust jackets), hard to find in collectable condition. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136575
PORCACCHI, Thomaso. L'Isole Piu Famose Del Mondo.
Venice : 1576Second and best edition, which contains "much more" (Sabin) than the first edition of 1572, including 17 additional maps. Two of these, Jamaica and Porto Rico, are in the eight-map section on the New World, which also includes a reduced version of Forlani's 1565 map, the first to show America as a single geographical entity, Temistitan (Mexico), Cuba,... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 143018
PRESCOTT, William H. The Works.
The Aztec edition, limited to 250 numbered sets. A stunning set beautifully bound and well illustrated. Includes his History of the Conquest of Mexico, History of Ferdinand and Isabella, History of the Conquest of Peru, History of the Reign of Philip the Second, plus his biographical and critical miscellanies. Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 69123
RIPLEY, R. S. The War with Mexico.
New York : 1849First edition of this extensive history of the Mexican-American War in which Ripley served; he was brevetted captain for gallantry at the battle of Cerro Gordo and major "meritorious conduct" at the battle of Chapultepec. Ripley took military leave from 1848 to 1849 to complete this work, "considered by some the best of the early histories". Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 119432
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Naval Sketches of the War in California.
New York : 1939First edition, first printing, one of 1,000 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by Roosevelt on title page, "Franklin D. Roosevelt, for Robert M. Morgenthau". Morgenthau (b.1919) is the son of Roosevelt's friend and Secretary of the Treasury during Roosevelt's presidency, Henry Morgenthau, Jr (1891-1967).
At the time of presentation Robert... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 119149
ROSS, Walter G. The Panama Canal Societies of the United States Souvenir Yearbook and Directory.
[No place] : 1947First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper: "To Colonel James M. Phalen, Dept Surgeon 1927-30. One of the men who helped make the Panama Canal what it is Today. America is Proud of these men. Regards & Respect, Walter G. Ross Oct 19th 1951. Washington, D.C." Phalen went to Panama as Department Surgeon in 1927. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 143653
SQUIER, E. G. Notes on Central America;
New York : 1855First edition. Squier served as charge d'affaires to Central America for the US in 1849, the first of a number of posts in Central America which led to him becoming, "perhaps the best single authority on the Central America of the period" (DAB). This work offers a comprehensive account of the region. From the library of John E. Russell (1834-1903),... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 119213
STAGNO, Bruno - Alexander Tzonis; Liane Lefaivre; Ken Yeang. Bruno Stagno: An Architect in the Tropics.
Ampang, Malaysia : 1999First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the subject, inscribed on the half-title "To Rod, with great pleasure, Bruno Stagno, Beijing 99". Excellent monograph on the work of the prize-winning Costa Rican architect and pioneer of tropical architecture.
Stock Code: 141484
TWAIN, Mark. Following the Equator.
Hartford, Connecticut : 1897First edition of Twain's travelogue from a tour through the British Empire. This bright copy with the preferred single Hartford imprint, and the signature "11" at p. 161.
Having invested heavily in revolutionary but flawed typesetting machinery, by 1894 Twain was practically bankrupt. He thus set out on a tour of the British Empire in 1895 to... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 142588
TWAIN, Mark. Following the Equator.
Hartford, Connecticut : 1897First edition of Twain's travelogue from a tour through the British Empire. This copy with the preferred single Hartford imprint, and the signature "11" at p. 161. Having invested heavily in revolutionary but flawed typesetting machinery, by 1894 Twain was practically bankrupt. He thus set out on a tour of the British Empire in 1895-1896, ensuring an... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 139985
WAUGH, Evelyn. Mexico.
Boston : 1939First US edition, first printing. With the author's presentation slip, tipped into the front endpaper, reading, "For H. A. Rappaport Evelyn Waugh". H. A. Rappaport was an eccentric American bibliophile, who had a habit of hand printing or binding offprints of his favourite author's works and sending them to the authors in exchange for presentation copies... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 112497