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  1. 132485comp
    First edition, first impression. Elaborately inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "to Anthony & Tania love from Paddy LF 12-5-84", within a hand-drawn pictorial border derived from the front panel of the dust jacket. In the winter of 1933, at the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of London... Learn More
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  2. 132228comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Donald Simon from his Godmother Freya Stark, London 1943". The recipient, Simon Donald Rupert Neville Lennox-Boyd, was born 7 December 1939, and named for his uncle, Donald Lennox-Boyd (1906-1939), to whom Stark purported to have been engaged.... Learn More
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  3. 128474comp
    First edition, first printing, a superb presentation copy inscribed by García Márquez to his close friend the writer and actress María Luisa Elío Bernal (1926-2009), the dedicatee of Cien años de soledad, on the dedication page: "María Luisa, adivina quien te quiere. Gabriel 89" ("María Luisa, guess who loves... Learn More
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    First US edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Larry, best regards from an 'Eskimo fanatic', Bruce". Originally published in the UK in the same year. This work is Chatwin's "capacious exploration of Aboriginal creation myths and incorporated some of his early speculations about nomads"... Learn More
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    Wiltshire: 1974-82

    Complete set of first editions, first impressions, each volume inscribed by the author to Jean Gunn and her husband William (except 4 and 7, which were added to the set at a later date). Jean Gunn was a close and dear friend of Stark (1893-1993) in Stark's later years. Her husband, William Gunn, was the founder of the European... Learn More
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    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 48 of 350 copies signed by the author and photographer, and printed on large paper and extra-illustrated with 90 images, instead of the 70 in the trade issue. This copy is accompanied by the gravure signed by Ulmann of the plate on p. 31, which, although not called for in the colophon,... Learn More
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  7. 130546
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title, "The Earl of Leven & Melville, from his very old friend, The Author". The recipient was Ronald Leslie-Melville (1835-1906), the 11th Earl of Leven and a family friend of the Stanhopes. Wilhelmina Powlett, née Stanhope, Duchess of Cleveland (1819-1901) was a... Learn More
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  8. A Trip through Italy, Sicily, Tunisia, Algeria and Southern France.
    First and only edition, inscribed by the author on the first blank: "To Dr Joseph Collins, with the compliments of the author, W. K. Vanderbilt. July 31st, 1923." William Kissam Vanderbilt II (1878-1944), a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family in the US, travelled extensively after serving with the United States Navy... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 96360

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    First UK edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 554 of 1,000 copies signed by Mandela. The South African edition was published earlier that year. Learn More
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    In the 1920s and 30s Thoumin, professor at the Damascus Military College, wrote several geographical works, focusing particularly on Damascus..."> First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "1er Lieutenant Myssen ?". Scarce with six locations on OCLC and only one on Copac (Oxford).

    In the 1920s and 30s Thoumin, professor at the Damascus Military College, wrote several geographical works, focusing particularly on Damascus... Learn More
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  11. 129270comp
    First edition, first impression, signed and dated by the author on the title page in the year of publication. Ion Llewellyn Idriess (1880-1979) was a prolific Australian author. The present work covers the history of gold mining in the New Guinea region, including under German occupation and after transfer to Australian... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 129270

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    First edition. Uncommon, just 10 locations on Copac. This copy inscribed by the author in green ink on the first page; "To David from his friend Jomo Kenyatta 30-3-45". Published under the aegis of the IASB, an organisation intended to "encourage and facilitate Africans and people of African descent to freely express their... Learn More
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    First edition in English, first published in Polish in 1897, the present edition limited to 200 copies signed by Ward, this copy designated "Presentation Copy No.4" verso of the first blank. "One of the rarest of all African big game hunting books" (Czech). Józef Mikolaj Potocki (1862-1922) inherited extensive estates... Learn More
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  14. 130411comp
    First edition, edition de luxe, number 117 of 250 copies signed by Stanley. Stanley's famous account of his expedition to relieve Emin Pasha (Eduard Schnitzer), the beleaguered governor of equatorial Sudan, contains some of his most celebrated writing, especially his account of the tortuous 450-mile passage through the dense... Learn More
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  15. In Darkest Africa
    First edition, edition de luxe, number 199 of 250 copies signed by Stanley. Stanley's famous account of his expedition to relieve Emin Pasha (Eduard Schnitzer), the beleaguered governor of equatorial Sudan, contains some of his most celebrated writing, especially his account of the tortuous 450-mile passage through the dense... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 103759

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  16. 121850
    First and only edition, uncommon, with just six locations world-wide. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front panel of the wraps: "To the Russian Academy, presented by the Author, 17 Nov. 1838". The book was never translated or republished in Russia. The author, Russian writer and journalist Fyodor Korf... Learn More
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  17. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph.
    One of the Cranwell or "Subscriber's" edition of 211 copies, this one of 170 "complete copies", inscribed by Lawrence on p. XIX "Complete copy. 1.XII.26 TES", with one manuscript correction to the illustration list, a "K" identifying Kennington rather than Roberts as the artist responsible for "The gad-fly". This copy is... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 93169

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "With best wishes, Eric Newby, November 24th 1958". Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed, as "Eirc" (dated 11 December 1958), from Newby to the recipient of the book Ross Higgins, and a newspaper clipping with a... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the author and illustrator Marguerite Aspinwall on the first blank: "To Miss Aspinwall the indefatigable, tender, patient foster-mother of this book, this copy is gratefully inscribed by the author - Rockwell Kent. 1924." The book was subsequently... Learn More
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  20. 129561
    First edition, produced for private use, not publication. Scarce, COPAC shows only one copy in LSE, OCLC shows none. Inscribed by the author Felix Pole, then General Manager at Great Western Railway, to James Milne, then Assistant General Manager and later General Manager at GWR. Pole was commissioned in 1923 by Lt.-Col... Learn More
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    First Italian edition, inscribed by Freya Stark "con i migliori saluti da Freya Stark". This is an Italian translation by Gioia Angiolillo Zannino and Nicoletta Coppini of Stark's classic travel book of Persia, with an introduction by Alberto Moravia. There is an English interview with Moravia loosely inserted at the rear.... Learn More
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    First edition, inscribed on the front free end paper, "to the dear Gunns with love and gratitude from Pamela". The Gunns are Jean Gunn, a good friend of Freya Stark's in her later years and her husband Dr William Gunn, founder of the European Centre for Disaster Medicine, former Director of Emergency Humanitarian Operations... Learn More
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  23. A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force
    First edition, cloth-bound issue, more commonly found in buff paper wrappers, O'Brien commenting that only "a few copies" were bound in cloth. A "collaborator's copy" bearing the name of Lieutenant-Colonel G. E. Badcock on the official compliments slip pasted to the front free endpaper, which is signed by the editor Lieutenant-Colonel... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 114471

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    First edition, first printing. Signed by both Anne and Charles Lindbergh to the half-title. This work chronicles the Lindberghs' flight from Africa to Brazil undertaken during their survey of North Atlantic air routes. They made the flight in Tingmissartoq, the Lockheed Sirius in which they had previously flown from America... Learn More
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    Second edition, signed limited issue, number 223 of 250 copies signed by the author, produced for the Royal Archaeological Society of Alexandria. Forster's guide to Alexandria was first published in 1922, but "a very large proportion" of this was destroyed by fire in the publisher's warehouse during the Blitz (Kirkpatrick,... Learn More
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  26. 122070comp
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Grant to African explorer Sir John Kirk on a panel from the original wrappers bound to face the title page: "My dear Kirk, I avail myself of the oppty of Sir Bartle Frere to send you Part I of the Botany of the 'Speke & Grant Expedition' and hope that future travellers will... Learn More
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  27. 117055
    With an autograph letter dated April 25 from Layard stating that he regrets that he will be unable to attend an event at the Ragged School Society due to his parliamentary duties. A later edition of Layard's account of his discoveries at Nineveh, first published in two volumes in 1849, with the abridged edition first published... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Peter Beard to author Lois Wyse with an elaborate ink drawing across both front endpapers, "To Lois with the rest of the picture coming soon! The best beach this side of Jamaica Inn! Warmest regs PB". Beard has drawn a humorous Hog Ranch scene complete with wild boars and a swimmer... Learn More
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  29. 116877
    Exemplary pre-Revolutionary War military document, linking two men with extensive service during the period. Joseph Cilley (1734-99) was born in Nottingham, New Hampshire, son of Captain Joseph Cilley of the Isle of Shoals. Cilley served as an officer in the American Revolution and earlier, in 1758 seeing action in the... Learn More
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    First edition, deluxe issue, number 135 of 250 copies signed by the author on the limitation page, and containing a suite of five extra plates not found in the trade issue ("ordinary edition"). Hobson (1872-1941) was keeper of ceramics and ethnographer at the British Museum from 1921, and keeper of oriental antiquities from... Learn More
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  31. 120555
    First and only edition, presentation copy of this extremely rare pamphlet written in response to the 1870 Pera fire (the "Harik-i kabir"), inscribed by the author "A Mr. le Profr. Marzolo, hommage" on the front wrapper. This must be Francesco Marzolo (1818-1880), who taught medicine at the University of Padua, rather than... Learn More
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    First edition, presentation copy of this "notable travel account" (ODNB), inscribed to "George Augustus Sala, with Isabel Burton's kindest complements - 21 Jun 1879" to the half-title, with Sala's ownership inscription directly below. Sala (1828-1895) was one of the leading literary figures in England during the second half... Learn More
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    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Forster "AJB, from the author" on the front free endpaper, and with the ownership inscription of the recipient, A. J. Butler, on the front board. This is Oxford historian Alfred Joshua Butler (1850-1936), whose work The Arab Conquest of Egypt (1902) Forster cites as his main... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 112539

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  34. 120217
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "Miss Smith, with the best regards of an old acquaintance - Geo. F. Lyon" on the title page. Commissioned lieutenant in 1814, Lyon (1795-1832) accompanied Joseph Ritchie's abortive expedition into southern Libya in 1818 (having replaced Frederick Marryat), publishing... Learn More
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    First and only edition, limited to 40 copies for personal distribution by Viscount Carlow, founder of the Corvinus Press, as a Christmas gift, this copy inscribed on the presentation leaf "For Eileen, from Carlow, 1938". The text was printed verbatim from the original manuscript, which is now in the National Maritime Museum... Learn More
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    First edition in English, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "Sir Robert Baden-Powell from his sincere friend and admirer Sven Hedin, Stockholm Dec 16. 1912" on the front free endpaper. With Baden-Powell's bookplate and the stamp of the Boy Scouts Association to the front pastedown. A superb association... Learn More
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  37. The Naturalist in Nicaragua:
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed verso of the front free endpaper, "P. Brown Esqre, M.D. with the kind regards of the Author", with Brown's ownership inscription to the title page. The son of a Newcastle seedsman, Belt (1832-1878) was educated at a private school conducted by by John Storey, a secretary of Tyneside... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 114155

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    First and only edition. Presentation copy on large paper of this cornerstone of mountaineering literature, inscribed "With William Hawes sic compliments to effaced Louis Miéville" on the title page, extremely uncommon with the plate of comparative mountain heights and of Saussure's ascent: Neate implies that copies were... Learn More
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  39. Journal of a Cavalry Officer;
    First edition, this copy inscribed by the author to his son; "William Wellesley Humbley with the best love of his father, The Author, Cressener House, St. Neots, Jany. 10 1882". Extremely uncommon, just 8 copies on Copac, OCLC adds 4 more, all in North America. One of the most elusive, and sought after, accounts of campaigning... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 101656

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    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To F. L. Megson, Recalling old friends & 'Rather long ago', C. J. Wilson" on the front free endpaper. Wilson was regimental medical officer in the EAMR. The recipient was soldier and colonial administrator Forrest Loudon Megson (1894-1977): sometime executive officer... Learn More
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  41. 119151comp
    First edition. Inscribed by the author in vol. 1 on the front free binder's blank, "Miss Courthope, with the author's affectionate regards". Samuel Hill was a prolific travel writer, who, having made a trip around the world in the 1850s, published several popular books of his travels. This work is uncommon in the original... Learn More
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  42. 116543comp
    First edition, third impression. presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator "To Brendy, Feb. 22. 1927, from Eric H. Kennington" on the front free endpaper, with an original sketch by Kennington of a baby's face with a halo and angel wings. With a laid-in slip of Kennington's letterhead inscribed by his wife Celandine... Learn More
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  43. A Dragon Apparent.
    First edition, first impression. A copy inscribed on the title by the author: "To Mary with much love from Norman- (the survivor, in this case, of a bloody awful journey!!) New Year's Day, 1987". Graham Greene had "no hesitation in calling him one of the best writers, not of any particular decade, but of our century". His... Learn More
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  44. Voyage dans les États-Unis d'Amérique,
    First edition. Presentation copy of this important account of travels in the United States and Canada during the last decade of the 18th century inscribed by the author's son, François XIII, duc de La Rochefoucauld (1765-1848), to Edward Livingston, who served as US Secretary of State in 1831-3: "Offert a M. Edouard Livingston... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 114358

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  45. Western India before and during the Mutinies: Pictures drawn from Life.
    Second edition, one year after the first, fairly uncommon, just 9 locations for this, and two for the first on Copac. This copy inscribed on the half-title: "To Sir Henry Rodes Green KL.C.S.I and C.B. from his old friend The Author", initialled and dated in 1874. "I have met with no work giving full insight into the duties... Learn More
    £650

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  46. Caucasian Battlefields.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To George R. Pope, with regards from one of the joint-authors, W. E. D. Allen. 18 June 1956". From the library of the distinguished author and authority on The Great Game, Peter Hopkirk (1930-2014), with his neat book label. The work... Learn More
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  47. Seymour Vandeleur, the Story of a British Officer.
    First edition, number 84 of 150 copies initialled by the author on the limitation leaf. A most attractive publication; a trade edition was published by Heinemann the following year. Vandeleur (1869-1901) was born in County Clare to a prominent soldiering family. He served in the conquest of Nigeria, in Uganda during the... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 113689

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  48. The Life and Correspondence of Henry St. George Tucker.
    Family presentation copy of the second edition, inscribed by Henry Tucker's wife on the title page, "Clarice Elizabeth Tucker, from her affection mother Jane Tucker, 1859", in a superior binding with the gilt supralibros of the Tucker family to both covers. "In 1786 Tucker 1771/2-1851 sailed to Calcutta as a midshipman on... Learn More
    £625

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  49. Patagonia Revisited.

    Patagonia Revisited.

    Wilton, Salisbury, Wiltshire: 1985

    First edition, first impression, limited to 250 copies signed by both authors on the limitation leaf, of which this is number 163. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 107573

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  50. The Godstone and the Blackymor.
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the illustrator, "Signed for Bridget by Edward Ardizzone, Feb 1968", on the front free endpaper, with a typed letter from the Book Trade Group referring to Ardizzone's visit to Melbourne, a related newspaper clipping and a prospectus from Jonathan Cape for their journal Now and... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 108471

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  51. The Indian Mutiny.
    First and only edition, extremely uncommon, Copac shows Oxford only, OCLC adds copies at the universities of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Carefully researched and well written digested history of the Mutiny published for officers attempting to pass Staff College. The spectacular folding table, which opens 725 x 335 mm, offers... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 110425

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  52. Westward Ha! Or, around the World in Eighty Clichés.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For John McFadden with cordial best wishes, S. J. Perelman, 26 March 1966". Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 112119

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  53. Paris.
    First published in 1961; this copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "à Robert Kennedy Jr., en mémoire de son père et en souvenir d'amitié pour les Etats Unis, d'une petite fille française, Paris le 28 juin 1968"*, signed in a different hand "Isabelle Turpin de Grissé, 7 ans", and below the pencilled ownership inscription... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 107413

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  54. Red Virtue.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author "So have I, and it still does. Ella Winter" below the printed epigraph "I've seen The Future - and it works!", supplied by Lincoln Steffens, the American journalist whom Winter married in 1924. Scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 107240

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  55. Krim-Girai, Khan of the Crimea.
    First edition, a very pleasing association copy, inscribed "With the Translator's love" on the first blank and with the bookplate of Lord Raglan to the front pastedown. Richard Henry FitzRoy Somerset, second baron Raglan, was married to Eliot's cousin, Susan Caroline. His father, recently deceased at the time of presentation,... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 109183

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  56. The Golden Carpet; The Silver Crescent.
    First editions, each in a signed edition limited of 300 copies of which just 30 were in the full binding as here, copies 16 and 25 respectively. De Chair was Intelligence Officer with "Kingcol", a Flying Column of less than 1,500 men under the Command of Brig.-Gen. Kingstone. This tiny force was sent from Palestine to Baghdad... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 105498

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  57. i1
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Cunynghame "From the author, to Dr. Heldermaier" on the half-title of the first volume: Dr Heldermaier is recorded as the headmaster of Worksop School in Nottinghamshire. Cunynghame (1812-1884), the son of a Scottish baronet and the illegitimate daughter of Edward Thurlow, the... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 112176

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  58. i1
    First edition, limited issue, the sole copy printed on Imperial Japon paper from the edition of 49 copies. This is this the tête-de-tirage, being copy number 1, and is initialled by the publisher on the limitation page. The whole edition comprised: 40 copies were printed on vélin, 8 on Vélin Chiffon Bleu, and the present... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 109847

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  59. image1
    Second edition, originally published in 1842, but with a new Introductory Letter (dated 1843); both editions are rare, this one recorded by Copac in only two British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Cambridge), and OCLC locates just one (Peabody Essex Museum). Presentation copy from the author, inscribed at the head... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 106216

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  60. The Emir of Bokhara and his Country.
    First edition, inscribed by the author on the title page, of this highly detailed and well-illustrated study of the region by the Secretary of the Royal Danish Geographical Society, drawing on the material accumulated during his command of the first and Second Danish Pamir Expeditions, 1896-97, 1898-99, from which he brought... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 104298

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