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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. 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
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 61428

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    First edition. Fraser came as a merchant to Calcutta in 1813 and remained in India until 1820. In 1815 he spent some time with his brother William, a political agent to General Martindale, in the Himalayan region. In June 1815 Fraser penetrated almost to the source of the Ganges, reaching the shrine of the Mother Goddess,... Learn More
    £1,800

    Stock Code: 18914

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  3. Litterae iaponicae annorum M.DC.IX et X. ad R. admodum piae mem. P. Claudium Aquavivam generalem praepositum Societatis Iesu A.R.P. Provinciali eiusdem in Iapone Societ. missae.
    Second Latin edition of this relation concerning the Jesuit mission to Japan during the years 1609 and 1610, the first Italian edition was published by Bartolomeo Zanetti in Rome, 1615, and the first Latin edition, translated by Halloix, appeared in Douai, 1615. The report was addressed to the Superior General of the order,... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 87948

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  4. 75835
    Fine atmospheric oil of a narrow stepped street in Hong Kong, a version of which was published as plate 116 of the grand portfolio depicting his world travels. Eduard Hildebrandt was born in Danzig in 1817, he studied with the marine artist Wilhelm Krause, and with Eugene Isabey in Paris, winning three medals at the Paris... Learn More
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  5. 109460
    First edition. Interesting account of an expedition in the winter of 1932-3 to geologically map a fifty-mile section of the Makran Coastal Range, from Jask on the Gulf of Oman to the border with Baluchistan. Harrison joined the Anglo-Persian Oil Company on demobilisation in 1918. From 1920 until 1928 he worked across South... Learn More
    £75

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  6. 116020
    First edition. "Hutchinson's in-the-scene report offers a detailed account of the many skirmishes and battles which made up this campaign. In comparison to the letters of Churchill of the Malakand Field Force, Hutchinson grasped for detailed while Churchill sought the impression" (Riddick). Learn More
    £160

    Stock Code: 116020

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  7. Peoples of South-East Asia.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the title page, front free endpaper and front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 108664

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  8. Afghanistan.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author to "John Simpson, 'of making many books there is no end ' from the author of this one. W. K. Fraser-Tytler. 24. 11/57" on the front free endpaper. Fraser-Tytler arrived in Peshawar in 1910 as a second lieutenant in the Indian Army and served in the Third Anglo-Afghan... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 110680

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  9. Heaven Has Claws.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 105138

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  10. The Awakening of the East.
    First edition in English of the French economist's timely study of the "Far Eastern Question", first published in French in the same year as La rénovation de l'Asie. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 108019

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  11. Black Tears. Stories of War-torn China.
    First edition of this collection. This copy inscribed by the author, "Dear Ms. Josephine Pullein-Thompson with very best wishes, Peng Ko, 1988." Peng Ko has combined a successful career as a newspaperman, now editor-in-chief of the Central Daily News, with that of a prolific author of novels, short stories, and opinion... Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 102406

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  12. Chinese Opera Watercolors. Volumes III and IV.
    First editions. Both volumes warmly inscribed by the author to Josephine Pullein-Thompson. One of Taiwan's leading literary figures, Lan was also chairman of the Chinese Watercolor Society, these volumes reproducing some of his colourful operatic images. Probably best known for her pony novels, in her later years Pullein-Thompson... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 102404

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  13. The School Children of America are invited to take a Trip with Mohawk across Distant Seas through Foreign Lands into the Rubber Country of the Strange East …
    First edition of this extremely uncommon - no copy traced institutionally - promotional travelogue conducting the "School Children of America" from rural Ceylon to industrial Ohio, and all in headache-inducing 3-D. Printed using the red/cyan anaglyph 3-D process which enjoyed great popularity in the 1920s, this is a great... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 102009

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  14. The Blue & the Black.
    First edition in English, first published 1958. This copy inscribed by the author, "To Dear Ms. Josephine Pullein-Thompson with best wishes, Wang Lan, 1988, Taipei, R.O.C." Lan's is considered one of of the most important novels of the war against Japan, and remains a major best-seller; "Superficially The Blue and the Black... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 102373

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  15. Hand-book to the Cotton Cultivation in the Madras Presidency:
    First edition. Fairly uncommon, just 16 locations worldwide on OCLC. An official publication compiled at a crisis point for the English cotton trade. The Lancashire Cotton Famine, the result of overproduction at a time of contracting markets and the interruption of imports due to the American Civil War, led to widespread... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 96950

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  16. A Garden Book for Malaya.
    First edition, first impression. Publisher's file copy with their bookplate to front pastedown. Not to be confused with the anthropologist of the same name, Kathleen Gough was a British expatriate and fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society who lived a few miles away from Kuala Lumpur in the town of Kajang. Highly uncommon... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 96724

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  17. The Coming of the Great Queen,
    First edition. Attractive and authoritative contemporary account, the Army and Navy Gazette considered that the "chapters on "The Commerce of Burma" on "Dacoity", and on "The Native Races of Indo-China" are of great and permanent value", while the Saturday Review thought that the story of the Third Anglo-Burma War "by river... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 96838

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  18. 94082
    First edition in French, first published in Amsterdam in 1676, before becoming a Europe-wide best-seller. Purporting to be an account of the travels of a Dutch sail-maker and seaman, the truth of these adventures has been challenged in the past. However, it is now widely accepted that although "replete with plagiarised text... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 94082

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  19. A Dragon Apparent.
    First edition, first impression. An inscribed presentation copy form the author, inscribed on the title: "To Peter with warmest/ regards from Norman/ June 1953". Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 97244

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  20. 87922
    First edition. Allen was assistant chaplain to the Bombay establishment, and accompanied Nott's forces through the campaign from April 1841 to February 1843. "Allen's diary offers a perceptive vision of the landscapes bringing to mind Biblical scenes of the Old Testament Youthful and exuberant at the campaign's advent,... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 87922

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  21. An Eastern Odyssey: The Third Expedition of Haardt and Audion-Dubreuil.
    First edition in English, first impression. First published in Paris under the title La Croisière jaune: expédition Citroën Centre-Asie, troisième mission in 1933. The Third Citroën Expedition, the legendary Croisiere Jaune, was organized by Georges-Marie Haardt, Director General of Citroën, to promote the company's... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 93835

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  22. Walks in the City of Canton.
    First edition, extremely uncommon, COPAC locates just 5 copies - BL, V & A, Cambridge, Durham and Leeds, SOAS has only the 1974 reprint. Gray presents a guide-book offering seven detailed itineraries for walks taking in sights around the city, with references linking back to the substantial text providing the historical,... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 90820

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  23. A Lady's Visit to Manilla and Japan.
    First edition. An interesting and uncommon account of a wide-ranging tour of the Far East by Anna D'Almeida, the wife of William Barrington D'Almeida, a Singapore-born British diplomat and businessman. Anna had accompanied him to his postings in Hong Kong and Java - William's two-volume an account of Java was published the... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 89859

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  24. The Underworld of the East.
    First edition of this uncommon memoir of a young Yorkshire mining engineer's psychonautic experiences in the East, just a handful of copies on OCLC. "To the suspicious reader, James Lee's Underworld of the East might at first sight appear to be an elaborate hoax. Far more than nay other example of the turn-of-the-century... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 84127

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  25. The Life of Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde.
    First edition. Colin Campbell began his varied and lengthy army career under Wellington's forces in Portugal during The Peninsular War. Over the next half century, he would see active service in The West Indies, China, Hong Kong, India and The Crimea. Considered brave, dutiful, and modest, 'war-bred' Sir Colin had risen... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 85405

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  26. A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the Years 1792 and 1793:
    First edition of the "first illustrated English work on Vietnam"(Hill). A description of the outward voyage of Lord Macartney's embassy to China. "The voyage visited Madeira, the Canary Islands, and Rio de Janeiro; a description of that city and of Brazil in general is given. Touching at Tristan da Cunha, the ship rounded... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 81263

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  27. A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the Years 1792 and 1793:
    First edition of the "first illustrated English work on Vietnam"(Hill). A description of the outward voyage of Lord Macartney's embassy to China. "The voyage visited Madeira, the Canary Islands, and Rio de Janeiro; a description of that city and of Brazil in general is given. Touching at Tristan da Cunha, the ship rounded... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 80780

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  28. The Linesman;
    First and only edition. Uncommon, COPAC has BL, NLS, Oxford and Cambridge only, OCLC adds 6 copies in the USA and one in South Africa. Three-decker, giving a fictionalised account of life in the British Army in the first half of the nineteenth century, including campaigning and cantonment life in India, and the First Burma... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 77542

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  29. 76308
    First edition. An interesting collection of biographical accounts giving "a cross section of the vivid mission life of China during the past three and half centuries." Part II, "The War", relates to the China Incident of 1937 in Shanghai and Nanking. Printed by an orphan press established by the Jesuits in 1934. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 76308

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  30. Histoire, Industriele et Commerciale de a Porcelaine.
    First edition. Attractive copy of this important work in the history of the connoisseurship of porcelain. Jacquemart was the leading French collector of oriental ceramics of his time, and here developed a descriptive typology, including that of "families" - famille rose, famille verte and so forth - for Chinese ceramics.... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 76215

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  31. 76160
    First edition. Schebesta was a Moravian missionary, ethnologist, linguist, and physical anthropologist. The present work was the result of his first scientific field-trip, undertaken in 1924-5 on behalf of the Anthropos Institute, of whose journal he was the editor, to study the Semang people. The expedition established... Learn More
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  32. 75649
    First US edition, first published in English in 1848, the original edition published in Berlin in 5 volumes between 1833-42, this version is purged of the mass of technical data. Erman joined Christopher Hansteen's expedition to carry out magnetic measurements in Siberia in 1828. The expedition "turned back at Kyakhta on... Learn More
    £250

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  33. 75502
    First edition of "one of the first detailed accounts of the country written in English. In just over 500 pages, it addressed the history, geography, culture, and economics of Burma" (ODNB). Also notable for the survey of the lower River Irrawaddy, the first reliable chart of it, which was carried out by Symes's colleague... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 75502

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  34. The Linesman;
    First and only edition. Uncommon, COPAC has BL, NLS, Oxford and Cambridge only, OCLC adds six copies in the USA and one in South Africa. Three-decker, giving a fictionalised account of life in the British Army in the first half of the nineteenth century, including campaigning and cantonment life in India, and the First Burma... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 75386

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  35. Southern Tibet:

    Southern Tibet:

    Stockholm: 1916-22

    First and only edition. "Hedin's travels drew him increasingly into what Lord Curzon regarded as the British sphere of interest, and a well-orchestrated effort was set in motion to draw the Swede closer into the British camp However, his determination to reach Lhasa finally dissipated after Younghusband's mission of 1904,... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 75196

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  36. Antiquities of Kertch and Researches in the Cimmerian Bosphorus.
    First and only edition, uncommon. "An example of the degree of technical virtuosity reached by this time in lithography, giving plates brilliant in effect, the equivalent of modern four-colour process work from photographs. It is very difficult to tell whether, or to what extent, the plates are touched by hand The inks... Learn More
    £2,875

    Stock Code: 71516

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  37. 67564
    First edition. A Protestant pastor to the Kanak people of New Caledonia, Leenhardt became fascinated with their way of life and dedicated more than 30 years of his life to the study of their culture. The founder of oceanic ethnology, he established the Société des Oceanistes in 1927, and was closely involved with the Musée... Learn More
    £185

    Stock Code: 67564

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  38. 73280
    First edition. Colin Campbell began his varied and lengthy army career under Wellington's forces in Portugal during The Peninsular War. Over the next half century, he would see active service in The West Indies, China, Hong Kong, India and The Crimea. Considered brave, dutiful, and modest, 'war-bred' Sir Colin had risen... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 73280

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  39. Collection of six scarce works on navigation, hydrography, meteorology, and astronomy published at Nantes.
    First editions of a group of rather eccentric theoretical papers on a range of matters maritime by an "ancien marin Nantaise", based in his experiences as a ship's captain in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans. In his introduction to the first "opuscule" Fruneau insists that he is not seeking patronage (Certes! l'intérêt... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 67938

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  40. 49667
  41. 51842
    First edition, in a remainder binding with the Macmillan's Miscellany dust jacket. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 51842

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  42. Sword and Surplice;
    First edition. "Service from 1845 in the Hussars in India and the Crimean War" (Bruce). A really very uncommon memoir, OCLC listing just 8 copies worldwide - BL, London Library, Cambridge and NLS in the UK, California State, Detroit and Cleveland Public Libraries, NY Historical Society in the US - COPAC another at Oxford.... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 61736

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  43. 60558
    First edition in English, same year as the first in Swedish. An account of Hedin's journey from Tehran to Lahore, extensively, and superbly, illustrated from the author's own photographs. Learn More
    £625

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  44. 60525
    First edition. Account of a trip into Central Asia by the German traveller and philanthropist. From Ashgabat von Schweinitz passed through Masshad to Merv and then on the Oxus to Tashkent, Kokand, Samarkand and Bokhara. Ownership stamp of the botanist Gustav Gassner to the upper panel. Gassner was an expert attached to... Learn More
    £425

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  45. 59767
    Originally issued as the catalogue for the first exhibition of Caucasian carpets at the Hamburg Museum of Arts and Crafts in 1961. This revised edition was produced in response to the interest stimulated by exhibition, describes only those carpets illustrated, all of which are shown in "the finest four-colour reproduction... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 59767

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  46. 48382
    First edition in French, originally published in Berlin the previous year. Stumm, a lieutenant in the Westphalian Hussars, was attached to the Headquarters of Kaufman's Russian expedition to Khiva in 1873, notionally sent to bring an end to the brigandage and slaving that interfered the peaceful pursuit of trade in the region,... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 48382

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  47. 35146
    First edition, first impression. Scarce. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 35146

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  48. 41985
    First edition. Travelogue of a trip into Central Asia on the recently opened Russia railway serving her newly-annexed khanates. This copy warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title, "A André Déroulède, Affecteux Souvenir au camarade de l'Armée... Son bien devoué, Napoléon Ney, Nice 2/4/1889." Learn More
    £725

    Stock Code: 41985

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