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First editions and rare books, including copies in fine bindings, relating to history, travel and exploration in Asia, excluding Russia and India.

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  1. Saishin Manshu shaschincho. [The latest Manchuria Photograph Album.]
    (CHINA.) YAMAZAKI Kin'ichiro (ed.) Saishin Manshu shaschincho. [The latest Manchuria Photograph Album.]

    [Dailian, (Dairen, Port Arthur), China] : [1931]

    Fourth annual printing of this extremely uncommon photographic propaganda piece extolling the attractions and rapid development of Manchuria, issued in the year before the declaration of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo. No copies of this printing located in WorldCat, which lists a copy of the 1932 issue in BnF, a 1938 issue at Princeton, and... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 116592

  2. Dvadsat' let Kazakhstana.
    (KAZAKHSTAN.) KULITOV, Dzhek Galiakparovich) (ed.) Dvadsat' let Kazakhstana.

    Leningrad : 1940

    First edition of just 4,100 copies, extremely uncommon, WorldCat locates copies at the universities of Kansas and Hawaii only. Edited by the then first secretary of the Kazakh Communist Party, this is a spectacular, if fragile, visual celebration of the establishment of Soviet Kazakhstan, originally founded as the Kirghiz Autonomous Socialist Soviet... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 133938

  3. The West Point Atlas of American Wars.
    (SOVIET-AFGHAN WAR.) ESPOSITO, Vincent J., Brigadier-General (ed.). The West Point Atlas of American Wars.

    New York : 1964

    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 deputy commander... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 128934

  4. 131921
    ABBOTT, George. Views of the Forts of Bhurtpoore & Weire.

    London : 1827

    First and sole edition of this attractive celebratory record of the Siege of Bharatpur (9 December 1825-18 January 1826). "The attack on Bharatpur was successful; the great Jat fortress, a menace to British rule ever since Lord Lake failed against it twenty years before, was destroyed" (ODNB). Scarce: Copac cites British Library only among British and... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 131921

  5. The Defence of Cawnpore.
    ADYE, John. The Defence of Cawnpore.

    London : 1858

    First edition. "Gives a detailed account of three days of battle during which Cawnpore was defended, preventing the creation of an enemy outpost in General Havelock's rear. Author defends General Windham's actions. Includes dispatches" (Ladendorf). A long-serving artillery officer, first commissioned out of RMA, Woolwich, at the head of his class in... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 133264

  6. The Defence of Cawnpore.
    ADYE, John. The Defence of Cawnpore.

    London : 1858

    First edition. "Gives a detailed account of three days of battle during which Cawnpore was defended, preventing the creation of an enemy outpost in General Havelock's rear. Author defends General Windham's actions. Includes dispatches" (Ladendorf).

    A long-serving artillery officer, first commissioned out of RMA, Woolwich, at the head of his... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 92657

  7. Operations in Waziristan 1919-1920.
    AFGHANISTAN. Operations in Waziristan 1919-1920.

    Delhi : 1923

    Second edition, 1,900 copies printed, following the first of 1921 (Calcutta: Superintendent Government Printing), the note following the title page reading, "This edition cancels the previous (1921) edition, copies of which should be destroyed". Of the three end-pocket maps, two (No. 4 General Map and Sketch Map) are dated 1923, so are presumably updated... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 140308

  8. Very impressive large map including parts of British India, Russian Turkestan, Bokhara, Persia and Baluchistan.
    AFGHANISTAN. Very impressive large map including parts of British India, Russian Turkestan, Bokhara, Persia and Baluchistan.

    Dehra Dún : 1901

    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): an online search of institutional libraries records copies at just 3 institutional libraries world-wide (British Library, Wisconsin and Bayerische... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 129882

  9. The Sino-Japanese Hostilities 1937; [together with:] The Sino-Japanese Hostilities Shanghai 1937. Index.
    AH FONG PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO. The Sino-Japanese Hostilities 1937; [together with:] The Sino-Japanese Hostilities Shanghai 1937. Index.

    Shanghai & Wei-Hai-Wei : 1937

    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 the Second World War. In... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 111970

  10. The First Five Chapters of the Taubatu-n-Nasûh (of M. Nazir Ahmed).
    AHMAD, Nazir. The First Five Chapters of the Taubatu-n-Nasûh (of M. Nazir Ahmed).

    London : 1890

    Actually the first edition, the work's status as a second relates to the earlier publication of the complete Taubat (under the title The Repentance of Nussooh) without such thorough scholarly apparatus. The present edition of the first five chapters being "intended for students who have a comparatively short time at their disposal in preparing for examinantion.... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 94792

  11. The Journey of Augustus Raymond Margary.
    ALCOCK, Sir Rutherford. The Journey of Augustus Raymond Margary.

    London : 1876

    Second edition of this account of British diplomat and explorer Augustus Raymond Margary's journey to explore overland trade routes between British India and China. The first edition was also published in 1876, that is, the year following the murder of Margary and his entire staff, which sparked the Margary Affair, leading to the Chefoo Convention.... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 118131

  12. The Sikhs and Afghans,
    ALI, Shahamat. The Sikhs and Afghans,

    London : 1846

    First edition of this unusual and uncommon travelogue of the north-west frontier, written by the expedition leader's Indian-born munshi and inscribed by him to the earl of Shaftesbury. A highly desirable copy, unopened, unrestored in the original cloth, and with an appealing association. The title is fairly well represented institutionally, but commercially... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 139555

  13. The Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Satow G.C.M.G. A Memoir.
    ALLEN, Bernard M. The Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Satow G.C.M.G. A Memoir.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression, of this biography of eminent diplomat Ernest Satow (1843-1929). Satow was recruited by the Foreign Office straight out of university as a student interpreter in the British Japan Consular Service, at the age of 19. Satow had "an almost unprecedented proficiency" for Japanese amongst British diplomats, allowing him to... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 129203

  14. China,
    ALLOM, Thomas (illus.); WRIGHT, George Newenham. China,

    London : [1843]

    First edition of "the best-known nineteenth-century work" on China (ODNB). Published the year after the First Opium War ended, Allom's China is concerned mainly with areas of British interest in southern China, including Hong Kong, Macao, Canton and Hunan, though there are also many attractive views of Peking. Allom (1804-1872) originally trained as... Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 139807

  15. The English in Western India;
    ANDERSON, Philip. The English in Western India;

    London : 1856

    Second edition, revised, following the first, published 1854 in Bombay, and much expanded from it. Excellent documentary history of the early years of English settlement in the west of India, a "valuable work" offering "a great amount of interesting information respecting the pioneers of English dominion in India, the merchants and traders who formed... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 130140

  16. Reise in Ostindien: Ceylon, Java, China und Bengalen.
    ANDRÁSSY, Manó. Reise in Ostindien: Ceylon, Java, China und Bengalen.

    Pest : 1859

    Rare first illustrated edition and the first in German, originally published in Hungarian in 1853, containing a superb suite of hand-coloured lithographic plates by Lemercier of Paris. An outstanding account of big-game hunting in Asia. Just six copies traced worldwide in institutional libraries.

    Count Manó Andrássy (1821-1891, his name given... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 127337

  17. Journal of the Voyage to and Travels in India of Captain Joseph Hind, 26th Bengal Native Light Infantry.
    ANGLO-SIKH WARS. Journal of the Voyage to and Travels in India of Captain Joseph Hind, 26th Bengal Native Light Infantry.

    Belfast : 1914

    First and only edition, extremely uncommon with just a single copy traced at the University of Minnesota. The journal was compiled at the time from Hind's letters by his sister Amelia and was lost for some years before rediscovery in 1914. "Our father was only a young man of nineteen years of age when he went to join his Regiment in India, and therefore... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 132795

  18. Tours in Upper India, and in Parts of the Himalaya Mountains;
    ARCHER, Edward Caulfield. Tours in Upper India, and in Parts of the Himalaya Mountains;

    London : 1833

    First edition. Late in 1827 Stapleton Cotton, Lord Combermere, the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, undertook an extensive tour of Northern India on which Archer, a major in the 16th Lancers, accompanied him as aide de camp. "Archer's journal describes the detailed ceremonies of official visits to the King of Oudh, the Rajah of Bharatpur and the... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 107000

  19. The Library of A. Chester Beatty.
    ARNOLD, Thomas W., & J. V. S. Wilkinson (eds.) The Library of A. Chester Beatty.

    Oxford : 1936

    First edition, first impression. An enormous and finely illustrated production detailing the collection of Indian miniatures of Alfred Beatty (1875-1968), a copper mining tycoon who built up one of the world's greatest collections of western and oriental manuscripts. The cataloguing of Beatty's collection of Indian miniatures was originally undertaken... Learn More
    £2,950.00

    Stock Code: 123495

  20. Personal Records of the Kandahar Campaign by Officers engaged therein.
    ASHE, Waller. Personal Records of the Kandahar Campaign by Officers engaged therein.

    London : 1881

    First edition of an important and uncommon source for the Second Afghan War. "Major Walter sic Ashe has compiled a group of twenty-three letters written by several unnamed officers of the British Army during the Second Afghan War they focus mainly on General Burrow's disastrous defeat at Maiwand, and the consequent relief force led by General Roberts... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 127150

  21. Personal Records of the Kandahar Campaign by Officers engaged therein.
    ASHE, Waller. Personal Records of the Kandahar Campaign by Officers engaged therein.

    London : 1881

    First edition of an important and uncommon source for the Second Afghan War. "Major Walter sic Ashe has compiled a group of twenty-three letters written by several unnamed officers of the British Army during the Second Afghan War they focus mainly on General Burrow's disastrous defeat at Maiwand, and the consequent relief force led by General Roberts... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 112747

  22. Sketches in Afghaunistan.
    ATKINSON, James. Sketches in Afghaunistan.

    London : 1842

    First edition. Without doubt one of the finest illustrated books on Afghanistan, the plates comprising superb views on the march - Bolan Pass, Quetta, Khojak Pass, Kandahar, and Kabul - published in the wake of the disastrous First Anglo-Afghan War, a conflict that held a ghastly fascination for a British public eager for images of an unexplored country... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 131893

  23. Journey to a War.
    AUDEN, W. H., & Christopher Isherwood. Journey to a War.

    New York : 1939

    First US edition, first printing, familiarly inscribed by Auden using his first name reserved for friends on the title page, "for Bill Gray with best wishes from Wystan Auden", his printed name struck through.

    The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with major literary figures such as Auden and T.... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 147384

  24. Album of photographs depicting a trek from Rawalpindi to Razmak by the 1st Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps.
    B. D. ARORA & SONS. Album of photographs depicting a trek from Rawalpindi to Razmak by the 1st Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps.

    [North-West Frontier Province] : [1926]

    An album of attractive professional photographs from the 22-day, 262-mile march from Rawalpindi to Razmak undertaken by the 1st Battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps in the winter of 1926, the images commencing with the crossing of the Khushal Gharh Bridge and subsequently depicting the battalion marching in formation past Gumbat, Lachi, and the... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 115188

  25. Journal of a March from Delhi to Peshâwur,
    BARR, William. Journal of a March from Delhi to Peshâwur,

    London : 1844

    First and only edition of this uncommon diary account of Wade's advance on Kabul via the Punjab and Khyber Pass during the First Anglo-Afghan War. Contains a detailed description of the Sikh Empire and is appealingly illustrated with high-quality lithographic plates from Barr's own picturesque landscapes. Barr, who commanded a column of horse artillery... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 139608

  26. Travels in China,
    BARROW, John. Travels in China,

    London : 1804

    First edition of this highly influential work. "Barrow accompanied Lord Macartney's mission to the court of China in 1792 as his private secretary, and the present account of the country, accompanied by a number of fine plates, is one of the best illustrated English travels on China" (Hill). Barrow was the only son of a Lancashire journeyman tanner;... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 130271

  27. A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the Years 1792 and 1793:
    BARROW, John. A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the Years 1792 and 1793:

    London : 1806

    First edition of the "first illustrated English work on Vietnam" (Hill), being a description of the outward voyage of Lord Macartney's embassy to China. The account is superbly illustrated with aquatints of views, "types," and natural history specimens, Abbey commending the aquatinting as "of excellent quality."

    "The voyage visited Madeira,... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 81263

  28. A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the Years 1792 and 1793:
    BARROW, John. A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the Years 1792 and 1793:

    London : 1806

    First edition of the "first illustrated English work on Vietnam" (Hill), being a description of the outward voyage of Lord Macartney's embassy to China. The account is superbly illustrated with aquatints of views, "types," and natural history specimens, Abbey commending the aquatinting as "of excellent quality."

    "The voyage visited Madeira,... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 80780

  29. The Life of Edmund Musgrave Barrtelot.
    BARTTELOT, Walter George. The Life of Edmund Musgrave Barrtelot.

    London : 1890

    Third edition, published in the same year as the first. Intended by his brother as a detailed corrective to the account of Major Barttelot's conduct in command of the Rear Column, which Stanley had given in his In Darkest Africa. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 66691

  30. [Title in Japanese:] The Last Word from Paradise.
    BEARD, Peter. [Title in Japanese:] The Last Word from Paradise.

    Tokyo : 1979

    First edition, first impression. Published to coincide with the exhibition of the same name, held at the Seibu Museum of Art in Tokyo in March and April 1979. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 129888

  31. 147925
    BEATON, Cecil. Chinese Album.

    London : 1945-6

    First edition, first impression. Best known for his ultra-glamorous photographs of "bright young things", Beaton was commissioned by the Ministry of Information during the Second World War to photograph the war effort in Asia and the Middle East. His tour led to three photographic albums: Far East (1945), An Indian Album (1945-6), and Chinese Album... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 147925

  32. Far East.
    BEATON, Cecil. Far East.

    London : 1945.

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Hugh Francis, who was so helpful to me in my travels abroad - with all good wishes Cecil Beaton"; with Francis's superscript ownership inscription. A fine association copy: Hugh Francis was Controller of Photographs at the Ministry of Information.... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 123387

  33. Diarium, oder Tage-Buch über dasjenige,
    BEHR, Johann von der. Diarium, oder Tage-Buch über dasjenige,

    Jena : 1668

    First and only edition of this fascinating account of the East Indies and Persia by a German soldier in the service of the VOC. "Behr enlisted in 1641 and sailed to Batavia about two years later he went on to serve in Java, as well as with the fleet of Johann Maetsuycker on the Malabar Coast. Apart from a voyage to Persia, Behr spent four of his six... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 141776

  34. The Annexation of the Punjaub, and the Maharajah Duleep Singh.
    BELL, Thomas Evans. The Annexation of the Punjaub, and the Maharajah Duleep Singh.

    London : 1882

    First edition. "Bell describes the circumstances under which annexation was made and also the activities and role of Maharaja Dalip Singh as the last ruler based on original sources. Punjab papers of 1849 have been extensively used Appendix A contains extracts from the Blue Books and Appendix B from Letters and articles from the Times" (Chopra). Bell... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 107636

  35. The History of Cholera in India from 1862 to 1881
    BELLEW, Henry Walter. The History of Cholera in India from 1862 to 1881

    London : 1885

    First edition thus of this important contribution to the literature of the disease. The conclusions of this substantial work, based on painstaking statistical surveys, are considered among the best-judged of the period, and remain epidemiologically sound.

    "The almost invariable validity of Bellew's general statements on locality and climate... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 82407

  36. Correspondence between the Government of India and the Secretary of State in Council,
    BENGAL FAMINE. Correspondence between the Government of India and the Secretary of State in Council,

    London : 1874

    First editions of this important series of official correspondence between the government of India and the Secretary of State for India, initially the Duke of Argyll and subsequently the Earl of Salisbury, concerning the famine in Bengal (1873-74). Sir Richard Temple, India's finance minister, "was instrumental in organizing the distribution of food... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 112007

  37. The Break-Up of China.
    BERESFORD, Charles. The Break-Up of China.

    London : 1899

    First edition. Lord Beresford (1846-1919), a naval officer and MP, was sent by the Associated Chambers of Commerce on an investigative mission to China in 1898-9. The Break-Up of China is the resulting report, analysing the state of trade in China and advocating 'British reassertion of the "open door", and Chinese reforms, and warning against the Russian... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 143576

  38. Sobranie svedeni o narodah, obitavshih v Sredney Azii v drevnie vremena
    BICHURIN, Iakinf. Sobranie svedeni o narodah, obitavshih v Sredney Azii v drevnie vremena

    St Petersburg : 1851

    First edition, considered as the first scientific attempt at an ancient history of Central Asia. This was Bichurin's last work, bringing together data collected over the previous three decades. Inevitably it is mostly based on Chinese materials, but, as Bichurin states in the preface, he wanted to show the ethnic history of the whole region of Central... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 119926

  39. The Yangtze Valley and Beyond.
    BIRD, Isabella Lucy, as Mrs. J. F. Bishop. The Yangtze Valley and Beyond.

    London : 1899

    First edition of this account of the "archetypal Victorian Lady Traveller's" (Robinson) 15 months and 8,000 miles of travels in China, concluding in 1897, and recounting "the most remarkable of her journeys" (ODNB). It is profusely illustrated and the photos were taken by the author herself.

    Isabella Bird (1831-1904) was a remarkable woman who,... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 143228

  40. Historical Researches on the Origin and Principles of the Bauddha [sic] and Jaina Religions:
    BIRD, James. Historical Researches on the Origin and Principles of the Bauddha [sic] and Jaina Religions:

    Bombay : 1847

    First and sole edition. An important early work in the transmission of information about the celebrated Buddhist caves of western India, which Bird saw as repositories of universal value, mindful of "the duty imposed on us, as a nation, to preserve these relics of ancient art". Inevitably scarce, as just 59 subscribers contributed towards the expense... Learn More
    £6,250.00

    Stock Code: 129805

  41. The Ganges and the Seine:
    BLANCHARD, Sidney Laman. The Ganges and the Seine:

    London : 1862

    First edition, an attractive copy of this scarce collection of travel writings, some first published in Dickens's Household Words or All the Year Round, most appearing for the first time, five copies only traced in British and Irish libraries. There are general pieces on Indian agriculture and infrastructure and British settlement, and others on the... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 143441

  42. Dorvoz. Brodizchiy tsirk v Srednei Azii (Dorvoz, The Wandering Circus of Central Asia).
    BOROVKOV, A. Dorvoz. Brodizchiy tsirk v Srednei Azii (Dorvoz, The Wandering Circus of Central Asia).

    Tashkent : 1928

    First and only edition, print-run of just 800 copies, extremely uncommon with no copy traced institutionally. An attractive early study of the Uzbeki traditional circus. Evidence found in ancient Samarkand (Afrasiab) from the fifth and fourth centuries BCE, shows the presence at that early date of professional animal trainers, bareback riders, jugglers,... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 117104

  43. Wazirforce 1919-1920. Fifty Five Sketches.
    BORROWMAN, Charles Gordon, Captain. Wazirforce 1919-1920. Fifty Five Sketches.

    [Dera Ismail Khan : c.1920

    First and only edition, extremely uncommon Library Hub records copies at Oxford and IWM only, no copies on WorldCat. Cartoons of officers involved in the Waziristan Campaign of 1919-20 by a participant, each identified, some with an additional humorous caption. The work of Capt. Borrowman of the 4th Gurkha Rifles, self-portrait here with drawing board,... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 108973

  44. The Life of Yakoob Beg;
    BOULGER, Demetrius Charles. The Life of Yakoob Beg;

    London : 1878

    First edition of this uncommon life of this "remarkable Muslim adventurer" (Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, p. 322) from Piskent, Kokand - now Uzbekistan - who became ruler of Kashgaria. He signed treaties of amity and commerce with both Russia and Britain, but crucially failed to get them to support him against the Chinese. He died in 1877, after his... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 109139

  45. A Narrative of Travel and Sport in Burmah, Siam, and the Malay Peninsula.
    BRADLEY, John. A Narrative of Travel and Sport in Burmah, Siam, and the Malay Peninsula.

    London : 1876

    First edition. Extremely uncommon. "An interesting work combining travel, observation and big game hunting. Near the Sittang River in Burma, the author hunted numerous tigers, including an episode of tiger shooting related by his companion Captain Lacy. Near the River Thungyen, an elephant was bagged, with additional notes on hunting leopard, deer,... Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 71504

  46. In the "Sunbeam" R.Y.S.
    BRASSEY, Sir Thomas. In the "Sunbeam" R.Y.S.

    [London] : [1914]

    First and sole edition of this scarce pamphlet, Library Hub citing just two locations among British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Cambridge), WorldCat adds only San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park; Brassey's compliments slip (dated June 1914) loosely inserted.

    Brassey (1836-1918) concludes his breezy narrative with a chapter... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 128616

  47. Views of British North Borneo with a Brief History of the Colony,
    BRITISH NORTH BORNEO COMPANY. Views of British North Borneo with a Brief History of the Colony,

    London : 1899

    First edition of this uncommon and extensively illustrated commemorative publication produced by the North Borneo Company (1881-1946). Alongside a brief summary of the history and geography of the territory, the company advertises the "progress" that it was making, particularly in the areas of trade and railway construction. The book is, in large part,... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 129630

  48. Letters written in a Mahratta Camp during the Year 1809,
    BROUGHTON, Thomas Duer. Letters written in a Mahratta Camp during the Year 1809,

    London : 1813

    First edition, an excellently preserved copy in boards, handsome and uncommon thus. Contains Broughton's account of the Marathas, including detailed observations on various Hindu and Islamic festivals and religious ceremonies. The book is notable as the only British book on India to be illustrated entirely after drawings by an Indian artist, and also... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 131663

  49. The Book of the Saints of the Ethiopian Church.
    BUDGE, Sir Wallis. The Book of the Saints of the Ethiopian Church.

    Cambridge : 1928

    First and limited edition, 300 sets were printed; scarce, particularly in the dust jackets. "The Masahafa Senkesar is a vast storehouse of Christian legends and traditions and popular folk-lore, and as a whole it illustrates clearly the history of Egyptian, Nubian and Ethiopian Christianity for a period of about thirteen hundred years" (Budge's Preface).... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 110407

  50. Notes on Hindu Astronomy and the History of our Knowledge of it.
    BURGESS, James. Notes on Hindu Astronomy and the History of our Knowledge of it.

    Hertford : 1893

    An uncommon offprint by the mathematician and archaeologist James Burgess (1832-1916), a presentation copy inscribed by the author on the upper wrapper, "with the author's compliments, June 1898" and bound together with a 2-page autograph letter signed on Indian astronomy, in particular the "lunar mansion" Pushya, and its principal star. WorldCat locates... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 132960

  51. The Ride to Khiva.
    BURNAND, Francis Cowley. The Ride to Khiva.

    London : 1877

    First edition in book-form of this agreeable parody of Frederick Burnaby's classic A Ride to Khiva (1876). Burnand, remembered as a playwright, humorist, Catholic convert and "relentless punster" (Wolff), edited Punch from 1880 to 1906. Uncommon, with only one copy traced in UK libraries, at Cambridge, and four world-wide.

    The work was not advertised... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 120251

  52. Central Asia comprising Bokhara, Cabool, Persia, the River Indus, & Countries Eastward of it.
    BURNES, Alexander. Central Asia comprising Bokhara, Cabool, Persia, the River Indus, & Countries Eastward of it.

    London : 1834

    Important, highly detailed map of Central Asia "constructed from numerous authentic documents but principally from the original MS. surveys of Lieut. Alex. Burnes", and showing Burnes's route across Asia, intended to accompany, and cash in on, his Travels into Bokhara, which, rather rushed out, was not provided with a map. Burnes had sailed to Bombay... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 129689

  53. A Narrative of a Visit to the Court of Sinde;
    BURNES, James. A Narrative of a Visit to the Court of Sinde;

    Edinburgh : 1831

    First UK edition, published two years after the unprocurable Bombay edition of 1829, which was privately printed "for the perusal of the author's friends". Uncommon, with three copies only traced at auction, and nine in UK libraries (including copies with Robert Cadell, the publisher, substituted in the imprint for Stark, the printer).

    Burnes... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 117154

  54. Four autograph Indian recipes:
    BURTON, Richard F. Four autograph Indian recipes:

    [c.1850]

    A brief but fascinating list of Indian recipes attesting to Burton's absorption of the culture of the subcontinent. Burton's father was a colonel in the Indian Army and in 1842 finally "acquiesced to his son's requests and purchased a commission for him in the Bombay army. Burton arrived in India on 28 October 1842 and was posted to the 18th regiment... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 127294

  55. Travels and Adventures in the Province of Assam, during a Residence of Fourteen Years.
    BUTLER, John. Travels and Adventures in the Province of Assam, during a Residence of Fourteen Years.

    1855

    First edition. Butler was a major in the Company's 55th Bengal Native Infantry and served as the Principal Assistant to the Governor General on the North East Frontier of Assam. His purpose here is to describe "the habits, customs, and manners of the remaining wild tribes of the hills, viz., Anghamee Nagahs, Kookies, Meekirs, and Rengma Nagahs, with... Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 46545

  56. The Road to Oxiana.
    BYRON, Robert. The Road to Oxiana.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression, in the first issue binding of royal blue cloth lettered in gold. "An enquiry into the origins of Islamic art presented in the form of one of the most entertaining travel books of modern times" (ODNB). In his introduction to the 1981 re-issue, Bruce Chatwin confessed to considering it "a work of genius" which he had... Learn More
    £5,250.00

    Stock Code: 94623

  57. The Road to Oxiana.
    BYRON, Robert. The Road to Oxiana.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Sir Denison Ross, in memory of much help with this book and many others, from, Robert Byron". A superb association, the distinguished linguist and orientalist Sir Denison Ross (1871-1940) was professor of Persian at University College, London... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 79960

  58. First Russia Then Tibet.
    BYRON, Robert. First Russia Then Tibet.

    1933

    First edition, in a remainder binding with the Macmillan's Miscellany dust jacket. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 51842

  59. The Life of Baber, Emperor of Hindostan.
    CALDECOTT, R.M. The Life of Baber, Emperor of Hindostan.

    1844

    First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "Mrs. J. Watson with the Author's love, Jan. 1st. 1847", and with his extensive marginal annotations and amplifications throughout. Essentially an abridgement of Leyden and Erskine's translation of Baber's autobiography with "many geographical descriptions... altered... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 39882

  60. History of the Insurrection in China;
    CALLERY, Joseph-Marie, & Melchior Yvan. History of the Insurrection in China;

    London : 1853

    Second edition in English, first published in French in the same year. An important eye-witness account of the outbreak of the Taiping rebellion, co-written by the doctor and one of the interpreters at the French Embassy, and translated into English. A fascinating Western account of a rebellion which became one of the most violent conflicts in history.... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 122117

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