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  1. A Journal of the Forces which sailed from the Downs, in April 1800. on a Secret Expedition under the Command of Lieut.-Gen. Pigot,
    ANDERSON, Aeneas. A Journal of the Forces which sailed from the Downs, in April 1800. on a Secret Expedition under the Command of Lieut.-Gen. Pigot,

    London : 1802

    First and only edition of this uncommon personal account of the operations against the French in the Mediterranean concluding with the Egyptian Expedition and the surrender at Alexandria, particularly prized for the account of Malta and views of the island after Anderson's own drawings; this copy in an extremely attractive and well-executed period-style... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 70550

  2. Nuova Descrizione del Duomo di Milano con Prospetti e Tavole incise in Rame.
    ARTARIA, Ferdinando. Nuova Descrizione del Duomo di Milano con Prospetti e Tavole incise in Rame.

    Milan : 1820

    First edition of this attractive grand tour guide book to the duomo in Milan, fairly uncommon in the first edition with just 16 showing on WorldCat. This copy with significantly more of the pleasingly sepia-toned plates than any of those listed that offer a collation, most with just 15. From the library of Sarah Frances Bell (1798-1857), with her attractive... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 102865

  3. The Literature of the Spanish People.
    BRENAN, Gerald. The Literature of the Spanish People.

    Cambridge : 1951

    First edition, first impression, a superb presentation copy from the author to his brother Hugh Blair Brenan and his wife Marjorie Rhoda Brenan, inscribed on the front free endpaper "to Blair and Rhoda from Gerald".

    An English bohemian on the peripheries of the Bloomsbury Group, Brenan lived in Spain from 1919 onwards, until he had to flee the... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 145824

  4. A Tour Through Sicily and Malta.
    BRYDONE, Patrick. A Tour Through Sicily and Malta.

    London : 1773

    First edition. "During the summer of 1770 Brydone travelled from Naples to Sicily and Malta in the company of the seventeen-year-old William Fullarton (later colonel and commissioner of Trinidad), a friend named Glover, and several servants. At this time Sicily was virtually unknown to British travellers. Brydone's record of the journey was published... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 142419

  5. France, Piedmont, Italy, Lombardy, the Tyrol and Bavaria.
    BUCKINGHAM, James Silk. France, Piedmont, Italy, Lombardy, the Tyrol and Bavaria.

    London : 1848

    First edition of the second part of Buckingham's typically informative travelogue based on his extensive European tour 1846-8, the greater part of which is inevitably taken up with his time in Italy. Well preserved in the attractive publisher's cloth, engraved Fasque bookplates of the Gladstone family to both pastedowns: Fasque was "the Scottish house... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 140771

  6. A Picture of Lisbon, taken on the Spot:
    CARRÈRE, Joseph-Barthélemy-François. A Picture of Lisbon, taken on the Spot:

    London : 1809

    First edition of this timely English translation of Carrère's 1798 Voyage au Portugal et particulèrement Lisbonne. Evidently rushed onto a market craving information on Portugal following Soult's invasion in January 1809. It was variably received at the time: The Monthly Review correctly identifying that it was "derived from a French source", and... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 139694

  7. Sketches of Society and Manners in Portugal.
    COSTIGAN, Arthur William, pseud. of Colonel Diogo Ferrier. Sketches of Society and Manners in Portugal.

    London : [1787]

    First edition, with the undated title page and the preface dated London 1787. Costigan, described on the title page as "late captain of the Irish Brigade, in the service of Spain", was the pseudonym of Colonel Diogo Ferrier, who came from Porto and served as first commander and organizer of the Algarve Artillery Regiment, raised in 1774, but was dismissed.... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 111550

  8. Travels Through Spain,
    DILLON, John Talbot. Travels Through Spain,

    London : 1782

    Second London edition, third overall, of Dillon's earliest work which was first published in 1780 in London, and the following year in Dublin.

    John Talbot Dillon (1734-1806) was a traveller and historian. He was also "clearly proud to be a baron of the Holy Roman empirea title conferred on his father, Francis, and passed down on his death in... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 133535

  9. Fabio Giordano's Relation of Capri.
    DOUGLAS, Norman. Fabio Giordano's Relation of Capri.

    Naples : 1906

    First edition, sole printing, one of 250 copies. Inscribed by the author on the title page to Oscar Wilde's second son, "Vyvyan Holland from Norman Douglas, 11 July 1930". This work "consists of an account of Fabio Giordano and his Historia Napolitana, from which Douglas here edits and prints for the first time De Capreis Insula" (Woolf). Douglas, whose... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 140355

  10. Behind the Spanish Mask.
    DUNDAS, Lawrence. Behind the Spanish Mask.

    London : 1943

    First edition, first impression, of this anti-Franco polemic: "With a brilliant examination of the background of the Civil War Mr. Dundas exposes the Franco facade, lays bare the hybrid and bogus nature of his Revolution, a fact which has confused the Spaniards themselves and has brought disillusion to those who backed winner and loser alike" (jacket... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 144632

  11. Spain.
    EDWARDS, George Wharton. Spain.

    Philadelphia : 1926

    First edition, presentation copy to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Respectfully Autographed and inscribed by The Author George Wharton Edwards to S. E. Benito Mussolini in Rome, March 28th 1928".

    The American impressionist painted George Wharton Edwards (1859-1950) collects here in a handsome... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 145828

  12. The Topography of Rome and Its Vicinity.
    GELL, William. The Topography of Rome and Its Vicinity.

    London : 1846

    Revised and enlarged edition of this work originally published in 1834. William Gell (1777-1836) "represented the culmination of the literary topographical tradition. Written when Greece and even Italy were comparatively little known to English travellers and classical students, his works were for some time regarded as standard treatises, and much of... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141159

  13. Florentine Sonnets.
    GIANNINI BINDING - LEIGHTON, William. Florentine Sonnets.

    Florence : 1906

    First edition, first printing, in the publisher's attractive hand-painted vellum binding by the famous Florentine bindery Giulio Giannini & Figlio (established 1856), which found enduring success in supplying the literary and aesthetic taste of late-Victorian English travellers and expatriates. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 148886

  14. Conflict in Spain 1920-1937.
    GODDEN, Gertrude M. Conflict in Spain 1920-1937.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression, wrappers issue; of this detailed argument by the Catholic author that it was communists and their agitation which were responsible for Spain's descent into civil war.

    "The author's researches and writings on Communist operations in Spain and other countries have become one of the chief sources of information for... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 144491

  15. Relation Historique et Critique de la Guerre Franco-Allemande en 1870-1871.
    GRANT, Ulysses S. - LECOMTE, Ferdinand. Relation Historique et Critique de la Guerre Franco-Allemande en 1870-1871.

    Paris : 1872-4

    First editions of this important analysis of the Franco-Prussian War by a noted Swiss military theorist and radical politician. This set from the library of Ulysses S. Grant with tipped-in presentation slip, "General Grant, Président des Etats-Unis. Hommage respecteuse de l'Auteur", and with the loosely inserted compliments slip of the Swiss consul... Learn More
    £1,800.00

    Stock Code: 68206

  16. The Most Striking Events of a Twelvemonth's Campaign with Zumalacarregui, in Navarre and the Basque Provinces.
    HENNINGSEN, Charles Frederick. The Most Striking Events of a Twelvemonth's Campaign with Zumalacarregui, in Navarre and the Basque Provinces.

    London : 1836

    First edition, a very smart set in period calf of this signal and elusive eyewitness account of the First Carlist War (1833-40), Henningsen serving with the Carlist forces under the charismatic Basque officer General Tomás de Zumalacárregui, known affectionately to his troops as "Tio Tomás".

    The Edinburgh Review described it as "full of entertainment... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 141304

  17. Classical Excursion from Rome to Arpino.
    KELSALL, Charles. Classical Excursion from Rome to Arpino.

    Geneva : 1820

    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "The Rev. Ed. Hornby from the Author". The book was then re-presented, with an inscription below reading "George Hornby given me by my sister November 1826". This Italian grand tour account by the architect Charles Kelsall (1782-1857) is characteristically wide-ranging... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 126956

  18. The History of the Conquest of Spain by the Moors.
    LUNA, Miguel de. The History of the Conquest of Spain by the Moors.

    London : 1687

    First edition in English of the first part (all published) of Miguel de Luna's Verdadera historia del rey Don Rodrigo (1592-1600), itself purportedly translated from an Arabic source, but in fact an original composition.

    Luna's account of the Arab conquest of Spain to the year 761 was considered genuine by Southey, dismissed by George Ticknor... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 120934

  19. The General History of Spain.
    MARIANA, Juan de. The General History of Spain.

    London : 1699

    First edition in English, and still the only complete edition, of "the standard work on Spanish history up to the 18th century which does not merely report events in lucid chronological order and with admirable objectivity, but includes analyses of the mechanisms of princely power" (Braun, Juan de Mariana and Early Modern Spanish Political Thought,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 93999

  20. Urbis Romae topographia.
    MARLIANI, Bartolomeo. Urbis Romae topographia.

    Rome & Basel : 1544 & 1543

    First illustrated edition, second issue (with woodcut device on title page) of Marliani's Urbis Romae topographia, one of the most celebrated early guides to Rome, illustrated with superb engravings of the city's most important sites. The important folding map cut by the calligrapher and wood engraver Giovanni Battista Palatino, probably designed by... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 130002

  21. The Complete Works.
    MONTAIGNE, Michel de; William Hazlitt (ed.) The Complete Works.

    London : 1842

    First Hazlitt edition of the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne's collected works, gathering his influential essays and letters. The present essays were originally published between around 1570 to 1592, and cover a wide variety of topics, from religion, philosophy, and classics, to solitude, age, drunkenness, anger, books, imagination, and many... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 140342

  22. A View of Society and Manners in Italy:
    MOORE, John. A View of Society and Manners in Italy:

    London : 1781

    First edition. Handsome set of this highly-finished and popular Grand Tour memoir based on Moore's travels as tutor to the eighth duke of Hamilton. A pretty contemporary binding in excellent state, and an noble provenance.

    Moore was trained in medicine at Glasgow, attended Hunter's lectures on anatomy in London, and studied surgery in Paris under... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139632

  23. 149161
    PITCAIRN, Frank (pseud. of Claud Cockburn). Reporter in Spain.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression, of the author's account of his time observing the Republican forces during the Spanish Civil War; Cockburn worked for the Daily Worker as diplomatic correspondent, reporting the Spanish Civil War under the pseudonym of Frank Pitcairn. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 149161

  24. Pompeji: die Neuesten Ausgrabungen von 1874 bis 1881 für Kunst-und-Alterhumfreunde.
    PRESUHN, Emil. Pompeji: die Neuesten Ausgrabungen von 1874 bis 1881 für Kunst-und-Alterhumfreunde.

    Leipzig : 1881

    Second edition, improved and enlarged, of this superbly illustrated and important study; first published in 1878 and again in 1882. Scarce, one copy only among British and Irish institutional libraries (V&A); WorldCat adds just three more (Strasbourg, Erlangen, Sachsiche Landesbibliothek).

    The German archaeologist Emil Presuhn (1844-1881), described... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 129881

  25. Don Gypsy.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); STARKIE, Walter. Don Gypsy.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression, publisher's presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Charles W. Berry the greatest of 'afficionados' in memory of so many wonderful hours a picaresque tribute from the author, Walter Starkie, London, July 1936" and with a drawing of a musical score's first bar.

    The recipient was in all likelihood... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 144959

  26. Don Gypsy.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); STARKIE, Walter. Don Gypsy.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £90.00

    Stock Code: 113205

  27. Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal.
    SOUTHEY, Robert. Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal.

    Bristol : 1799

    Second edition of Southey's first book of prose, which first appeared in 1797. Southey sailed for Portugal at the invitation of his uncle in November 1795 following his estrangement from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and stayed until the following May. "He visited Madrid, but spent most of his time in and around Lisbon. He obtained a good grounding in both... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 116531

  28. Travels through Spain, in the Years 1775 and 1776.
    SWINBURNE, Henry. Travels through Spain, in the Years 1775 and 1776.

    London : 1779

    First edition. Freed by a large inheritance in 1763, Swinburne spent much of his life in travelling. In the present work "an exact investigation of the soil, cultivation, government, commerce, and manners of Spain, was to be the grand primary object; but what I was more confident of my strength in, and what I own I found more suitable to my inclinations,... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 113578

  29. Travels in the Two Sicilies … in the years 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780.
    SWINBURNE, Henry. Travels in the Two Sicilies … in the years 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780.

    London : 1783-5

    First edition. Scion of an old Catholic family, Swinburne was educated "at the monastic seminary at Lacelle, France, the University of Paris, Bordeaux, and finally the Royal Academy in Turin, where he developed a keen interest in the arts" (ODNB). By 1763 he had inherited the family estates following the death of his older brother, and, now financially... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 65638

  30. Monographia. El Sepulcro de Moore.
    VINCENTI, J. P. Monographia. El Sepulcro de Moore.

    1857

    First edition, uncommon, just two copies - BL and Biblioteca Nacional de España - on WorldCat and an 1890 reprint at BNE. Attractive souvenir with dual language text, a portrait, plates of the house where Moore died, his dying moments and tomb, and a view of the city and harbour. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 70197

  31. Narrative of a Voyage to Madeira, Teneriffe, and along the Shores of the Mediterranean,
    WILDE, William Robert Wills. Narrative of a Voyage to Madeira, Teneriffe, and along the Shores of the Mediterranean,

    Dublin : 1852

    Although described on the title page as the second edition "enlarged and revised", this a one-volume edition following a two-volume second edition of 1844. The first was published in 1840. The cruise undertaken by Oscar Wilde's father as medical assistant to Glasgow magnate Robert Meiklam, was to "absent himself temporarily from Dublin for either reasons... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 122917

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