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  1. Autograph letter signed, with instructions to Messrs Harper & Co. to send out copies of The Lake Regions.
    A letter from Burton sending out presentation copies of his most recent book following his sojourn in the American West. He asks his publishers to "oblige" him "by forwarding (for my expense) copies of The Lake Regions to the following directions and by letting me know what my bill for them to you is list of three names... Learn More
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. i3
    First edition, second issue, of the first publication in English of any account of Doughty's travels in Arabia, predating Travels in Arabia Deserta by four years, with a preface in French by Ernest Renan. In 1865 the German orientalist Theodor Nöldeke proposed that the Nabataean rock-carvings in what is now Jordan contained... Learn More
    £1,650

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  7. The Road to Oxiana.
    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... Learn More
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  8. Illustrations of China and its People.
    First edition, the deluxe edition in a variant publisher's binding. "My design in the accompanying work is to present a series of pictures of China and its people, such as shall convey an accurate impression of the country I traversed as well as of the arts, usages, and manners which prevail in different provinces of the... Learn More
    £75,000

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  9.  1
    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
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  10. 79687
    First collected edition. Volumes I and II limited to 250 copies, these both numbered 149, and volume III limited to 350, this numbered 235. "A visually exact reproduction of The South Polar Times originally issued during the Antarctic expeditions of Robert F. Scott, the first two volumes were published in 1907 with a preface... Learn More
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  11. 43623
    First edition thus. Scarce, one copy only on OCLC, at Harvard. Extracted from the Bulletin de l'Alliance Israélite Universelle, paginated pp. 48-162, this copy has the MS notation "Edition corrigée" to the upper wrap. Based in Paris, the Alliance, the first international Jewish organization, advocated the emancipation... Learn More
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  12. 117609
    First edition in English of Suyuti's Ta'rikh al-khulafa'. Fairly common in libraries, but rare in commerce, with no copies traced in auction records.
    A prolific polymath, Suyuti (1445-1505) was born in Cairo, where he lived through the final decades of the Mamluk Sultanate. His cohesive and authoritative chronicle of... Learn More
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  13. 39053
    First edition in English. Kotzebue, son of the playwright August von Kotzebue and a captain on the staff of the Russian army, travelled to Persia in 1817 as part of a Russian embassy to the encampment of Fatih Ali Shah. On its publication by his father this journal was extremely well received, being read with "keen interest"... Learn More
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  14. 70558
    First editions. Extremely uncommon and indispensable reference. There was a hiatus of 18 years between the publication of volumes II and III; the final two volumes were issued in a limited edition; and in any case it is believed that no more than 500 copies of the first two volumes were produced. Learn More
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  15. The Other Side of the Mountain.
    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US earlier the same year. From the publisher's archive, with their inkstamp to the front panel of the jacket, front pastedown, and title page. Learn More
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  16. 117632
    First edition of "one of de Sacy's principal works, the classical treatment of the early history and doctrine of the Druze", which took more than 40 years to complete (Daftary, The Assassin Legends: Myths of the Ismailis, p. 132). "The Druze religion was initially an Isma'ili schismatic movement, organised during the final... Learn More
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  17. 117586
    "Following the re-establishment of British sovereignty in South Africa at the conclusion..."> First edition, commercially rather uncommon. Sir Richard Burton, in a footnote in his Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo (1876) described the journeys of the Leven and Barracouta as "this great surveying undertaking".
    "Following the re-establishment of British sovereignty in South Africa at the conclusion... Learn More
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  18. 51161
    First edition, one of just 750 copies. On his return to Britain following the outbreak of the First Anglo-Boer War, Haggard had been unable to find a publisher willing to take on his "denunciation of Britain's South African policies." (ODNB) Eventually he paid Trübner 50 to put out this small run, but in confirmation of... Learn More
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  19. 117606
    First published in 1697, this revised and expanded edition of d'Herbelot's monumental work is "generally considered the best" (Arcadian Library, p. 238), containing supplements by J. J. Reiske, "undoubtedly the best Arabist in Germany" (ibid.), Leiden professor H. A. Schultens, and other pre-eminent 18th-century orientalists.... Learn More
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  20. Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly, commanded by Captain F. P. Blackwood, R.N.
    First edition, first issue, of this "very important voyage" (Hill), commissioned by the Admiralty to survey the Torres Strait, the hazardous Great Barrier Reef, and various regions in New Guinea. The expedition was the first to be despatched to Australia on a purely surveying mission. Blackwood's directions were so "accurate... Learn More
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  21. 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
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  22. 91542comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by Rivera on the title page. Learn More
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  23. A New Voyage to the East-Indies in the Year 1690 and 1691.
    First editions in English. The first part is a translation of Pouchot de Chantassin's Relation du Voyage et Retour des Indes Orientales pendant les Années 1690 & 1691. Par un Garde de la Marine Servant sur le Bord de Monsieur Duquesne (Paris, 1692). His name is not given in this translation, but appears in the privilege... Learn More
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  24. 63958
    First edition, a very good, complete copy - "The half-title is frequently missing. Some copies have the vignettes uncoloured" (Tooley). Abbey suggests that although no precedence can be proved "it is probable that the coloured vignettes were issued after the completion of the parts as an extra inducement to prospective purchasers.... Learn More
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  25. 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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  26. 41178
    First edition, for the first time published separately, previously included in his Pensées of 1634 and 1662; uncommon, just six copies on OCLC, three of them in the US. Cureau was Louis XIV's doctor, the monarch apparently having been impressed by his ability to judge character from outward appearance. A precursor of Lavater,... Learn More
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  27. 84343
    First edition. The famous Nazi-hunter's exposé of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the controversial Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Learn More
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  28. 117634
    Third edition, revised and enlarged, originally published 1874 from a series of lectures delivered at the Royal Institution the same year. From the library of British colonial officer and Arabist Samuel Barrett Miles (1838-1914), with a bookplate noting his wife's bequest of his collection to Bath Public Library in 1920,... Learn More
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  29. 94004
    First edition of this valuable collection of aphorisms attributed to 'Ali ibn Abi Talib (CE 594-661), the fourth caliph of Sunni Islam, and the first imam of Shi'a Islam. It contains inter alia: a transcript of the Nathr al-la'ali by Ibn Abi Jumhur al-Ahsa'i, "one of the most important intellectual figures of the fifteenth... Learn More
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  30. 94741
    Editiones principes of these five Greek histories, including Photius's version "On the Erythrean Red Sea" by Agatharchides, one of the most important sources for Arabia in classical antiquity. With a copy of the Hakluyt Society translation of Agatharchides's account by Stanley M. Burstein (1989), in very good condition with... Learn More
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  31. 87219
    Second edition, first published 1807-8. "The most beautiful book on Indian sport in existence" (Schwerdt). Howitt "is first recorded as having a property at Chigwell, in Essex, and living as a gentleman of meansa keen sportsman, hunter, rider, and angler. A self-taught artist, he turned professional when financial difficulties... Learn More
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  32. 117613
    First editions, William Beckford's copies, with his pencilled annotation to the initial blank of the first work, noting "p. 218 at night, Sidy Mahomet had constantly six blood hounds in his chamber" and other detail; subsequently in the library of British Arabist and colonial agent Col. S. B. Miles (1838-1914), with the... Learn More
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  33. 46277
    First edition. "Sailor's travels in India; lively account of scenes and society, mainly Nepal." (Handley) Francis Egerton was the second son of the 1st Earl of Ellesmere, he served as First Class Volunteer under Sir Robert Stopford in the operations against St. Jean d'Acre in 1840. Promoted Lieutenant in 1846, attached to... Learn More
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  34. 117611
    Second and preferred edition in English of "one of the first accounts of Yemen" (Arcadian Library), first published in English in 1726 (as A Voyage to Arabia the Happy) following its original appearance in French in 1716. La Roque's father, a Marseilles merchant, had travelled with Jean de la Haye's Turkish embassy of 1639-41,... Learn More
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  35. 117608
    First edition, scarce. James was a cabin-boy on Commander Johnstone's abortive expedition to seize the Cape of Good Hope from the Dutch in 1781. After being ambushed by the French in the Cape Verde Islands, and subsequently failing to take the Cape, Johnstone gained a consolation victory at Saldanha. Johnstone himself then... Learn More
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  36. 37134
    Second edition of one of the chief travel narratives describing Russia in the late eighteenth century, first published 10 years earlier. Pallas, an eminent German naturalist, describes what he saw "with Teutonic thoroughness" (Nerhood). A handsome production due mainly to the attractive and charming colour illustrations... Learn More
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  37. 121235
    First one-volume US edition of Cherry-Garrard's account of Robert Scott's 1910-12 expedition to Antarctica, where the former served as assistant zoologist. "The best written and most enduring account of exploits in the Antarctic" (Taurus 84). Learn More
    £1,375

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  38. 75897
    First edition of "one of the great documents of French exploration in the Pacific Ocean. In addition to a detailed account of the expedition itself, these volumes contain invaluable scientific information, observations on the natives that were encountered, and a wealth of geographic and cartographic data. The beautiful Atlas,... Learn More
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  39. 62650
    First edition, early issue with a number of the plates in their first state. "Ackermann's The Microcosm of London... is a book of major importance. The architectural drawings were by Augustus Charles Pugin, a French refugee who came to London in about 1798, 'driven from his country either by the horrors of the French Revolution... Learn More
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  40. 94079
    First edition of this foundational study of early Arabic poetry, from the collection of British Arabist and colonial agent Colonel Samuel Barrett Miles (1838-1914), with a printed bookplate noting his widow's bequest of his books to Bath Public Library in 1920, and associated manuscript shelf-marks and blind-stamps as usual.... Learn More
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  41. 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
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  42. 117382
    First edition. For some time, before entering the service of the East India Company, Forrest had served in the Royal Navy, seeing action in 1757 under George Pocock against the French in the Bay of Bengal. The year 1762 found him in command of a company ship, "from which he seems to date his experience when, writing in 1782,... Learn More
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  43. 66701
    First and only edition of this uncommon collection of charts, including the first printed chart of Monaco, a large folding map of Marseilles, and accurate charts of most of the ports, harbours and bays of the region.
    Ayrouard's work forms a working "waggoner" for the coast, recording soundings, anchorages, and pilotage... Learn More
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  44. 90443
    First edition, evidently first state, and uncommon thus. Superbly detailed map of the Crimean Peninsula produced at the outbreak of the war in the region with "the Russian names, title and observations translated or rendered into English by Major Jervis himself, and various useful and important additions also made to the... Learn More
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  45. 106312comp
    First edition, this copy signed by Lettow on the half-title. Attractive "appendix" to Lettow's memoirs. Learn More
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  46. 117637
    First edition of the first account of Stanhope's travels since her own memoirs were published by her physician Charles Meryon in 1846. From the library of British Arabist and colonial agent Colonel Samuel Barrett Miles (1838-1914), with a printed bookplate and manuscript shelf-mark to front pastedown noting Samuel widow's... Learn More
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  47. The Pathan Borderland

    The Pathan Borderland.

    Calcutta and Simla: 1921

    Second edition, considerably enlarged; originally published in 1910. Scarce: Copac locates only two copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, London Library), OCLC adds a further 11 worldwide. The author notes in his Preface that this new edition was revised in the aftermath of the Third Anglo-Afghan War (1919)... Learn More
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  48. 115854
    First edition. James was Reuter's special correspondent on Lockhart's campaign against the Orakzai and Tirah Afridis in 1897. His narrative "catches such telling details as the dry water bottle and the Maxim's effectiveness, and is effectively complemented by a series of maps, etchings and photographs" (Riddick). "In 1897... Learn More
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  49. General Gatacre.
    First edition of this uncommon memoir. Gatacre (1843-1906) was on the Black Mountain Expedition of 1888 (also known as the Hazara Expedition), the Tonhon Expedition in Burma (1889-90), was engaged in the relief of Chitral (1895) and the retaking of the Sudan (1898) and held various commands in South Africa (1899-1900). "Gatacre... Learn More
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    First edition, extremely uncommon complete, of this superb visual record of the Prussian court painter's progress around the world, consisting largely of images of the Far East including views in Bangkok, Rangoon, Hong Kong, Macao, Peking, and Singapore. Edward Hildebrandt was born in Danzig in 1817, he studied with the... Learn More
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  51. 67922
    The translator, Phillott, joined the 40th..."> First edition, one of 500 copies. "A very important work by a falconer who flourished in the middle of the 19th century gives a detailed account of falcons as well as hunting-birds in general, and the author quotes from a number of early authorities on falconry" (Hohenstaufen).
    The translator, Phillott, joined the 40th... Learn More
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  52. 65611
    Second edition in the same year as the first. In 1798, Holman, aged just 12, joined the Navy as a first class volunteer, and served until 1810, when he was invalided out with severe rheumatism, shortly afterwards becoming totally blind. He was made a naval knight of Windsor, but found the regime too restrictive and "managed... Learn More
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  53. 62698
    Second edition, first published 1809. An artistic prodigy, admitted to the Academy at the age of fifteen, Porter made his reputation as a painter of spectacular battle scenes and panoramas. In 1804 he was invited to Russia to join the tsar's court as historical painter, being employed in decorating Admiralty Hall, St Petersburg... Learn More
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  54. The British Dominions in North America;
    First edition of this major early work on the history and development of Canada. Joseph Bouchette (1774-1841) was a Canadian militia officer and loyalist who qualified as a surveyor in early 1791. He initially gained fame in 1815 by publishing an extensive map and catalogue of Canada. This was an early synthesis of information... Learn More
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  55. 90104comp
    Unbound pre-publication sheets of Churchill's second book, with his holograph corrections, some quite extensive, to 17 pages. Working papers from the early part of Churchill's writing career are exceedingly uncommon. Just one minor correction marked here seems to have been adopted in the published version, but a number were... Learn More
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  56. 117615
    First edition. Adolf von Wrede, a Bavarian nobleman, was "the first scientific traveller who succeeded in penetrating into the region of Hadhramaut" (van der Meulen, cited after Trautz, "Adolf von Wrede", in Journal of the Royal Central Asian Society, vol. 20, no. 4, 1933). He travelled to the region, now part of Yemen,... Learn More
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  57. 117610
    First edition, "an interesting book" (ODNB). Keppel (1799-1891), who had fought at Waterloo before serving in Mauritius and the Cape, was ordered to India in 1821. "There he served as aide-de-camp to the governor-general, the marquess of Hastings, but on Hastings's resignation in 1823 he obtained leave to return home overland"... Learn More
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  58. 117603
    Second edition, revised and greatly expanded, of de Goeje's important study of the Qaramitah (Carmathians), a syncretic Shi'ite sect which revolted against the 'Abbasid Caliphate from their Bahraini stronghold in the ninth century CE. It was originally published in 1862 as the first volume of his four-part essay series,... Learn More
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  59. 117390
    First published in 1592. Giovanni Botero (1533-1617) was Secretary to the Duke of Savoy when he compiled his Relationi Universali; "this political and geographical description of the different countries of the world was very successful and translated into a number of languages" (Burden), including English (London 1603).... Learn More
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  60. 115890
    First edition. With the blind-stamp of Major Alan Harfield, noted military historian and author of The Indian Army of the Empress, 1861-1903, to the half-title. Jacob (1812-1858) travelled to India in 1828 as a second lieutenant in the Bombay artillery, spending seven years with his regiment in the Bombay presidency followed... Learn More
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