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  1. 128830
    First edition of this "landmark book which established Melliss as the first historian of the island and included a section on natural history intended as a precursor for an ambitious broader study of the African islands of the southern Atlantic" (Natural History Museum). Melliss, a military officer with the Royal Engineers,... Learn More
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  2. 111374
    First edition, first impression of the author's first book. A landmark travelogue and Chatwin's best book. Learn More
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  3. 100782
    First American edition, published the year after the London edition. "First full-scale history of this war by an American" (Howes). Born in Hertfordshire in 1727/8, Gordon was educated for the dissenting ministry and ordained in 1754. In 1770 "his political sympathies prompted him to move to America, where he lived for about... Learn More
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  4. 119191
    First edition in English, published the same year as the Norwegian original, rare in the dust jackets, and a very handsome copy in the superior gilt-stamped variant binding; In Northern Mists is also encountered with the front boards lettered and panelled solely in black. Nansen wrote the book at the request of the Royal... Learn More
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  5. With Stanley's Rear Column.
    First edition of this important, highly critical narrative of the Emin Pasha relief expedition, published in the midst almost universal adulation that greeted Stanley on his return to England in 1890, and one of the "multiplication of different accounts which undermined his reputation just at the moment he had hoped it would... Learn More
    £250

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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
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  7. 127816
    First and sole edition, privately printed at Chelwood, the north Somerset parish of the antiquary Richard Warner (1763-1857) and produced to a remarkably high early-Victorian standard (see Cotton's Typographical Gazetteer, Second Series, Oxford, 1866). With a fine provenance: ownership inscription (on front free endpaper,... Learn More
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  8. 118176
    Highly appealing album containing competent and attractive amateur pen and inks of local life in Jamaica in the late nineteenth century, enhanced by the addition of borders composed of locally collected dried ferns. The illustrations, all with annotations describing the scene, include a collection of local trades, market... Learn More
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  9. 128899
    Third edition, perhaps more properly the third impression, the same year as the first. Important personal account of naval service in the suppression of slave trade; "Just as Sulivan received no honours for his service in East African waters, so the East African slave trade itself is now little known and the part played... Learn More
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  10. 128895
    First edition, first impression, preceding the Norwegian edition. Henrik Johan Bull's Antarctic expedition was the first to reach the Antarctic continent. Learn More
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  11. 100989detail
    First edition of the second voyage, second and best editions of the first voyage and third voyages; first edition of Kippis's biography of Cook. The charts and plates of the separate atlas to the third voyage have been bound into the text volumes, and all are present..
    i) HAWKESWORTH, John. An Account of the Voyages undertaken... Learn More
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  12. 128707
    First edition, first impression, of the author's account of his military service in Palestine during the First World War, and his return in 1925 to Mandatory Palestine. A valuable account, well-illustrated with photographs and drawings, of the region in this tumultuous time. Learn More
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  13. 128496
    First edition in English of Al-Suyuti's history. A prolific polymath, Suyuti (1445-1505) was born in Cairo, where he lived through the final decades of the Mamluk Sultanate, when the Ottoman Empire was at the zenith of its power and influence. The present work is a valuable account of the history and topography of the Temple... Learn More
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  14. 128434
    First edition, first printing, of this lavish account of China's botany and horticulture, and its impact on gardens in the West. "Born on the English Cotswolds in 1876, E. H. Wilson deserted college in 1899 to go plant hunting in China. From then until 1919 he made six trips to the Orient, covering in all more than twelve... Learn More
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  15. 127826
    Following the announcement of the death of Scott, the photographers Maull & Fox issued an advertising leaflet; "Messrs. Maull & Fox being the proprietors of the copyright in the only photographs of the Late Captain Robert Falcon Scott, R.N., C.V.O. taken in his full dress uniform, wearing his decorations: have prepared from... Learn More
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  16. The Maharajah Duleep Singh and the Government. A Narrative.
    First edition, decidedly uncommon, just 5 copies on Copac, OCLC adding perhaps 8 more. The child king Duleep Singh, (1838-1893), maharajah of Lahore,was carried into exile following defeat in the Second Anglo-Sikh War (1848-9), converting to Christianity in 1854, obtaining a royal audience and becoming "an immediate success"... Learn More
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  17. 107418
    Uncommon Japanese work, just a single copy recorded in the National Diet Library. Guide to the practice and cultural significance of kendo, endorsed by the Nagano Prefecture Chapter of the Dainihon Butokukai Great Japan Martial Virtue Association. On the first free endpaper there is a hand-drawn diagram labelled 'Training... Learn More
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  18. 127570
    First US edition, same year as the UK. Cotton was educated at Rugby and Haileybury, the Company's seminary, before taking up a post as assistant collector at Arcot. Transferring to Madras he "won celebrity as an elephant-catcher" (ODNB). Ill health forced him to leave India for South Africa; "There he spent two years in... Learn More
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  19. 105504

    The River War.

    London, New York and Bombay: 1899

    First edition, first impression, second state with minor typographic error (second inverted comma missing after THE 'LONDON GAZETTE') corrected on p. 459 of volume II. The River War was Churchill's second book, preceded only by The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898), "2,000 copies published on 6 November 1899" (Woods).... Learn More
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  20. 114845
    First edition of this atlas considered "one of the finest achievements of pre-revolutionary Russian cartography" (National Library of Russia, Cartography Department on-line catalogue). Covering present day Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Siberia, it was designed to accompany Glinka's three-volume... Learn More
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  21. 127210
    First edition of one of Burton's most elusive and desirable works, categorised by Penzer as "exceedingly scarce". This pamphlet was prepared by Burton to accompany an exhibition of "dissolving views" worked up from his own sketches, commissioned for the Royal Polytechnic Institution in Regent Street. "During the early Spring... Learn More
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  22. 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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  23. 123983
    First and only edition, uncommon OCLC locates just 4 copies, three of them in France. Special issue produced by Le Courrier des Pétroles, "the weekly journal for economic and political financial information on all matters relating to oil, liquid fuels and the mining industry" covering developments in the Soviet oil industry:... Learn More
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  24. 127081
    First edition, and first issue of the Darwin volume, printed before he was elected to the Royal Society and so without the letters F.R.S. after his name on the second title. The accounts of the voyages of HMS Adventure and Beagle include Darwin's first published book, his Journal and Remarks, "now famous as the genesis of... Learn More
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  25. 125986
    First edition, first impression, of this landmark work which has a strong claim to be the single most important text on Central Asia. Stein explains in his introduction: "The term Serindia, as adopted (in the form Sérinde) by valued French fellow-scholars, is excellently suited for the designation of this region, well-defined... Learn More
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  26. 125983
    First edition, first impression. With Stein unable to return to Chinese Turkestan due to the hostility to his work among prominent Chinese scholars, "he turned instead to Persia and, with the initial backing of his American friends at Harvard, began a series of four expeditions there, or 'archaeological reconnaissances',... Learn More
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  27. 80409
    First edition, first issue, plates and text watermarked 1796 as called for by Abbey. The preface asserts that "the authenticity of the present work is undoubted", with good grounds since the plates are reproduced, enlarged, from those in Johann Gottlieb Georgi's Rußland, published St. Petersburg , 1776-80, with a French... Learn More
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  28. 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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  29. 123347
    An engaging and detailed daily diary kept by an Englishman travelling to Australia, New Zealand, and the islands of Polynesia, which includes chronicles of cricket, earthquakes, and shooting sports. The volume opens at sea on 1 January 1897, with our unnamed diarist taking part in a deck quoit competition. The phrase "read,... Learn More
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  30. 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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  31. 108986
    First edition, sole printing, in the second issue binding without the full stop after the date on the spine. During January and February of 1914 Lawrence and Leonard Woolley (the archaeologist who would later excavate Ur), together with a British Army surveying detachment, mapped the Negev region of the Sinai Peninsula.... Learn More
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  32. 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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  33. 118289
    First edition of Keate's "remarkable" shipwreck narrative (NMM), in a handsome provincial binding. "In 1783, the Antelope, commanded by Captain Henry Wilson, was wrecked on a reef near one of the Palau (Pelew) Islands, a previously unexplored group. The entire crew managed to get safely ashore, where they were well treated... Learn More
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  34. 116439
    First editions, first impressions of "one of the most important landmarks of post-war fiction" (The Times). Staying On, the pendant volume to Scott's "Raj Quartet", is a distinct work in its own right and won the Booker Prize for 1977. Learn More
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  35. 123920comp
    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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  36. 124042
    First edition; a second and a Dublin edition followed the same year. The work consists of a series of imaginary conversations, in which the literary-minded bishop of Worcester emulates the style and views of Shaftesbury on foreign and Locke on domestic education, following the method of his popular Moral and Political Dialogues... Learn More
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  37. 125511comp
    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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  38. 94623
    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... Learn More
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  39. 126006
    First edition, part of Frederic Shoberl's (1775-1853) 43-volume series of The World in Miniature, which aimed to "increase the store of knowledge concerning the various branches of the great family of Man" (preface, cited in Abbey). In the present four volumes on Africa, Shoberl seeks to explain the customs, religious practices,... Learn More
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  40. 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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  41. 120650
    First collected edition. Volumes I and II limited to 250 copies (these both numbered 192), volume III limited to 350 copies (this numbered 261); volume IV number 192 of 500 copies. "A visually exact reproduction of The South Polar Times originally issued during the Antarctic expeditions of Robert F. Scott, the first two... Learn More
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  42. 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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  43. 121788
    First and only edition, uncommon, three copies only on OCLC: Oxford, St Andrews, and Bamberg University. "A number of English speaking personnel join SAF without the advantage of attending an Arabic course beforehand, and it is mainly for such as those that this short course has been written. However it is hoped that it... Learn More
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  44. 124635
    Second edition, same year as the first. Appointed a writer to the Bombay presidency in 1730, Fraser spent some ten years at the company's trading posts at Mocha in the Yemen and at Cambay and Surat, in western India. He had a great aptitude for languages and "not only mastered the vernacular languages used around the Arabian... Learn More
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  45. 124613
    First edition. The Scottish whig, lawyer, and orientalist Richardson (1740/1-1795) modelled his work on the Persian grammar of William Jones (1771), with whom he had collaborated on his Persian-Arabic-English dictionary (published 1777-80). Like the dictionary, it was aimed at the East India Company's servants and is dedicated... Learn More
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  46. 119939
    First edition in English, an exceptional copy, of this verse epic on the life of Alexander the Great by the great Azerbaijan-born poet Nizami Ganjavi, the final work in his great cycle of five narrative poems, the Panj Ganj ("five jewels"), for which he is remembered as the "greatest romantic epic poet in Persian literature"... Learn More
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  47. 123030
    First edition of the "definitive account of the most important exploration of the North American continent" (Wagner-Camp). A cornerstone of Western Americana, the book describes the government-backed expedition to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase undertaken from 1804 to 1806 by ascending the Missouri to its... Learn More
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  48. 122778

    Window Flowers:

    Peiping [Beijing]: 1948

    First edition, first impression. "Window Flowers" were paper silhouettes with symbolic images which were intended to be pasted to windows. Sold at local Beijing fairs before the Chinese New Year, they were believed to bring good luck. Koehn's book provides 50 examples of this charming Chinese folk art from the productions... Learn More
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  49. 124625
    First edition. Reflections in Palestine was published "not only with the sanction of General Gordon, but by his express wish and injunction. Their contents are the fruits of meditation and inquiry during his prolonged sojourn in the Holy Land from January to December, 1883" (Prefatory Note). "Palestine in those days was... Learn More
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  50. 124562
    First edition of this "masterpiece of descriptive travel" (Hill), quickly reprinted several times but the original quarto remaining "the most desirable" (Sabin). This copy bearing the contemporary armorial rococo bookplate of George Bond, whose name appears in the list of subscribers; there are a number of indexing side... Learn More
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  51. 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
    £175

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  52. 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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  53. 120028
    First edition, text and plates watermarked 1808. Originally issued in ten parts, this is one of the most famous books on the scenery of China and India to come out of the Golden Age of British aquatint. In 1784, Thomas Daniell (1749-1840) "received permission from the East India Company to travel as 'engraver' to India with... Learn More
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  54. 124416

    Delhi Coronation Durbar. December, 1911.

    London, Calcutta, & Bombay: 1911

    First and only edition. Provided solely for the use of those staying in the King-Emperor's Camp, this guide is uncommon. Copac locates three copies - BL, Oxford, and Belton House, with no other copies found on OCLC. Although unmarked as such, this copy was issued to George Battenburg (later Mountbatten), 2nd Marquess of... Learn More
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  55. 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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  56. 119271
    First edition of the author's second book, uniform with his Narrative of a Visit to the Australian Colonies, published the previous year. Backhouse (1794-1869) came from a prominent Quaker family of botanists and horticulturists with roots in Darlington, where his grandfather, also James, made the family fortune by establishing... Learn More
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  57. 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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  58. 117344
    First edition in English, US issue, of Amundsen's account of his "legendary dash to the Pole, in which he gained priority over Robert Falcon Scott's British Expedition by a month His success over Scott was due to highly disciplined dogsled teams, more accomplished skiers, a shorter distance to the Pole, better clothing... Learn More
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  59. 124187
    First edition in English of the first Russian circumnavigation. Krusenstern's account was first published at St Petersburg in 1810. Krusenstern (Ivan Fedorovich Kruzenshtern) had served in the British Navy in 1793-99. He was given command of the two-ship expedition under "a brilliant corps of officers" (Hill), intended to... Learn More
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  60. 117376
    First edition, with the extra plate of the Philippines which Streeter notes as missing in most copies. John Meares (?1756-1809) "was sent out in 1786 from Calcutta, by a group of merchants, to enter into the fur trade of the Northwest coast of America. Establishing himself at Nootka Soundhe built the first vessel to be launched... Learn More
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