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  1. 129232
    First edition of this comprehensive English-to-Chinese vocabulary phrase book. Rev. Justus Doolittle (1824-1880) was a US missionary, Chinese scholar and numismatist who wrote extensively on Chinese culture and religion, publishing a number of articles in the China Mail. This work features an expansive English-to-Chinese... Learn More
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  2. 129206
    First edition, first impression, uncommon. A light-hearted guide to life and culture in Shanghai during the 1930s, when it was dubbed "The Paris of the East". Ellen Thorbecke (1902-1973) was a Dutch photojournalist who moved to the Republic of China in 1931 when her husband, Willem Thorbecke was appointed Dutch Ambassador... Learn More
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  3. 124199
    First edition of William Kirkpatrick's account of his 1792 diplomatic mission to Nepal, "leading the first Britons into that kingdom" (ODNB); a handsomely produced book printed by one of the best London printers of the day, William Bulmer. Kirkpatrick (1754-1812) joined the Bengal Infantry in 1773 and was the Persian Interpreter... Learn More
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  4. 125448
    First edition. Scarce, only 2 copies on OCLC - Stanford and NYPL.This short paper was the culmination of almost 10 years of obsessive work by Lepper trying to identify the best overland route from Indian to China. From the early 1870s he had been writing letters home to England and to Indian newspapers urging the necessity... Learn More
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  5. 130464
    First edition, first impression, of the commemorative catalogue of the Royal Academy's Chinese exhibition of 1935-6, the most important exhibition of Chinese art ever exhibited in Britain. The Chinese government loaned 800 objects, including 352 ceramics, some which of a type never before seen in the country. The exhibition... Learn More
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  6. 121128
    First edition. No other copy traced, the first "published" edition was 1908, this with just 3 locations world-wide. "Originally consolidated from the Central African Rifles, the Uganda Rifles, and the East African Rifles in 1902, the unit was composed of locally-recruited African rank-and-file soldiers led by white officers... Learn More
    £350

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  7. 130271
    First edition of this highly influential work. "Barrow accompanied Lord Macartney's mission to the court of China in 1792 as his private secretary, and the present account of the country, accompanied by a number of fine plates, is one of the best illustrated English travels on China" (Hill). Barrow was the only son of a... Learn More
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  8. 127302
    First and only edition, with the bookplate of Comte François Chandon de Briailles, member of the famous Champagne family and gentleman scholar of numismatics and heraldry. An important study, never superseded, in fact "remains the only authoritative work on the subject" (Obituary, Rice & Hirschberg, Ars Orientalis, IV,... Learn More
    £450

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  9. 126941
    First edition. The diplomat and orientalist Gore Ouseley (1770-1844) served as ambassador to the Qajar court, and became acquainted with Persian, Sanskrit and Arabic. In the present work, published posthumously, Ouseley set out to make Persian poetry known to English readers. Working from manuscripts in his own collection,... Learn More
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  10. 128661
    Second edition, the first octavo in two volumes following the quarto edition of the previous year. Edited by the orientalist William Ouseley. Between 1809, when he made his first trip to Syria, and his death in Egypt in 1817, Burckhardt travelled extensively through the Middle East. Most of his journeys were made in the... Learn More
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  11. 116143
    First edition of this key historical record of Restoration London, which remained unprinted for more than 150 years after its original composition. The text was painstakingly deciphered from Pepys's shorthand by a penniless student who did not realise that the manual for the system, Thomas Shelton's Tutor to Tachygraphy... Learn More
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  12. 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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  13. 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
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  14. 130260
    First edition, first impression. Wilhelm Wassmuss arrived in Bushehr in 1909 as German vice-consul; "The British had little doubt that he was really an intelligence officer a striking looking man, who spoke fluent Persian and Arabic, he had travelled widely among the tribes of southern Persia, with some of whose chiefs... Learn More
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  15. 129644
    First edition, first impression, of this superbly detailed and extensively illustrated monograph. "Concerning the junks, my main source has, of course, been first-hand contact with the junkmen themselves. And here I should like to record that never during my long experience on the river have I met an unpleasant or inhospitable... Learn More
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  16. 125439
    First edition. Thomas Lyster (1840-1865) was an Anglo-Irish British Army officer and aide to Gordon during his Chinese service. The work, compiled by Lyster's sister, contains a memoir, letters from his numerous commissions in China, of condolence to the family from Gordon and others, and a laudatory "Memorandum Respecting... Learn More
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  17. 118772
    First editions of these two landmark studies of the Arabic language. From the library of Pierre Dippy (1622-1709), Maronite dragoman to King Louis XIV of France and chair of Arabic and Syriac at the Collège Royal in Paris from 1667 to his death, the title pages inscribed "Ex libris Pierre Dippy" in a contemporary hand (the... Learn More
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  18. 118904
    First edition, in the original Arabic, of this authoritative commentary on the Mu'allaqat and three further Arabic poems from the pre-Islamic period; the poems themselves are printed in full, with the commentary between each line. Al-Tibrizi (1030-1109), a native of Tabriz in Iran, "was a philologist, a great authority on... Learn More
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  19. 119956
    First edition of the Qur'an in English, "a landmark in the development of Arabic studies in England" (Birchwood); this quarto edition precedes the octavo of the same year. A good, complete copy notably retaining the "needfull caveat or admonition for them who desire to know what use may be made of, or if there be danger... Learn More
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  20. 116745
    First edition of this noted history of Egypt from the Fatimid conquest to the mid-15th century. Ibn Taghribirdi (c.1410-1470) was the son of a Mamluk amir and himself a close companion of a son of Sultan Jaqmaq (r. 1438-53); his work is generally critical of the Shi'ite Fatimids and apologetic with regard to the Sunni Mamluks,... Learn More
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  21. 126939
    First editions. An unbroken run of this pioneering Arab-American monthly cultural journal from January 1922 to June 1928. Edited by the Lebanese-born Jacob Raphael, the magazine, with its influential design and impressive list of contributors, was "an innovation in Arab-American journalism" (Naff p. 323). A sizeable part... Learn More
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  22. 119911
    First and only edition, uncommon, just 9 locations recorded on OCLC. A classic of the literature of the Great Game, probably the first attempt at a scientific description of the Khanate of Bukhara. The author was the noted Russian orientalist, historian and diplomat Nikolay Khanykov (1819-1878) and is based on his experience... Learn More
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  23. 119455
    First edition of this scarce contribution to early Australian convict literature, three copies traced at auction in the last 40 years; ESTC locates three copies in Australasian libraries, at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, Auckland Museum Library, and the State Library of South Australia.
    Palmer (1747-1802),... Learn More
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  24. 129689
    Important, highly detailed 1:4,435,200 map of Central Asia "constructed from numerous authentic documents but principally from the original MS. surveys of Lieut. Alex. Burnes", and showing Burnes's route across Asia, intended to accompany, and cash in on, his Travels into Bokhara, which, rather rushed out, was not provided... Learn More
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  25. 118273
    True first edition, published in London later in the same year. First-hand account of the first Afghan War uncommon in either edition, Copac listing only four locations for this Bombay edition - BL, SOAS, Royal Asiatic Society, and Oxford University - and seven copies of the London edition, with just a single copy noted... Learn More
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  26. Report of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce for the Year 1876-77.
    First and only edition, decidedly scarce: no copies cited in either Copac or OCLC. This attractive copy has an excellent provenance: bearing, on the front cover, the gilt arms and motto ("crux mihi grata quies" - "the cross gives me welcome rest") of the Adam family. This is almost certainly from the library of Sir Frank... Learn More
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  27. 129303
    First edition, first impression, of this photographic tour of the Yangtze River. The author, travelling from Yichang to Chongqing on a steamer, narrates the trip, detailing the geography, scenery, and culture of the places visited. The text is accompanied by 56 full page illustrations, providing a stunning guide to the river... Learn More
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  28. 129306
    First edition, first impression. This work is an account of the 1908-9 expedition to the Shensi and Kansu provinces of northern China, funded by Robert Sterling Clark, heir to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune. Clark was joined by the naturalist and writer, Arthur de Carle Sowerby and here they recount their travels along... Learn More
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  29. 129203
    First edition, first impression, of this biography of eminent diplomat Ernest Satow (1843-1929). Satow was recruited by the Foreign Office straight out of university as a student interpreter in the British Japan Consular Service, at the age of 19. Satow had "an almost unprecedented proficiency" for Japanese amongst British... Learn More
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  30. 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
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  31. 129809
    Government White Paper containing the definitive text of the Baghdad railway convention from 1903, including the terms of the concession granted by the Ottoman government, as well as an additional convention from 1908 and a series of loan contracts. This railway project was, in the contemporary assessment of Morris Jastrow,... Learn More
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  32. 126602
    First edition in English of Vega's chronicles of Peru, the first work by an author born in the Americas to enter the western canon. Born in the early years of the Spanish conquest from an Incan mother and a conquistador father, Garcilasso de la Vega (1539-1616) moved to Spain aged 21, where he wrote the present histories.... Learn More
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  33. 129535
    First edition, first impression, of the author's first book, which established his reputation as a travel writer. Bruce Chatwin (1940-1989) was an English travel writer, novelist, and journalist. In 1982 he was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel for his novel On the Black... Learn More
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  34. 118130
    First edition, with the printed presentation slip tipped in to first blank. This work is the first translation in English of the life of the 12th-century Buddhist monk, Hönen, from the account of Shunjö, his 14th-century biographer. The translation has been supplemented with a section on the religious and historical context... Learn More
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  35. 129938
    First US "definitive edition", first printing, of Doughty's masterpiece, "an unrivalled encyclopaedia of knowledge about all aspects of nineteenth-century and earlier Arabia" (ODNB). Doughty's work originally appeared in 1888. Lawrence was instrumental in getting the second English edition published and his introduction... Learn More
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  36. 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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  37. 129757
    First edition, first impression, of this "fascinating contemporary account" of the Turco-Italian War of 1911-12 (Motadel, Islam and European Empires, p. 17). George Abbott, a British journalist, spent four months among the Turco-Arab forces fighting the Italian occupation of Cyrenaica, modern-day Libya. The resistance was... Learn More
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  38. 126873
    Born into the Provençal noble family with close ties to the sea, Henri-César de Castellane-Majastre, (1733-1789), was a career naval officer joining at the age of sixteen, ranking as lieutenant from 1762 to 1775, promoted captain 1777. He participated in the American War of Independence commanding the Marsellais, 74,... Learn More
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  39. 119334
    First edition of Stanley's account of his controversial Trans-African Expedition of 1874-7, the "largest African expedition ever seen and one of the most celebrated of all African expeditions of the nineteenth century" (ODNB). Exploring equatorial Africa and, in particular, the Great Lakes regions, Stanley finally dispelled... Learn More
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  40. 128632
    First edition. Nazaroff, who had assisted British and White Russian forces in Tashkent escaped a Soviet prison for China. This journey formed the subject of his first book, Hunted Through Central Asia. After China recognised the Soviet state in 1924 Nazaroff was forced to flee again, this time for Kashmir, across Chinese... Learn More
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  41. 127785
    First edition. Scarce with only 8 locations on OCLC. This is a lively book on the dissipated underworld of the early 20th century Middle East. Moseley spent several years as a journalist in Cairo in the 1910s and he drew on his experiences there to compose this collection of stories about the night life of the East, infused... Learn More
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  42. 127768
    First edition. Scarce with COPAC showing only two copies, at the National Library of Wales and UCL, OCLC adds only one at the University of Pisa. The last book published by Williams, an architect who had written several books on slums and working class housing in Britain. He was working as as a consultant for the Egyptian... Learn More
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  43. 124378
    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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  44. 127622comp
    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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  45. 127634
    First Edition. A copy of the magazine from Freya Stark's personal library, containing an article by her entitled "Moving Pictures in Arabia". Illustrated by two pictures of Yemen, Stark tells an amusing account of her attempts to screen films with a travelling cinema in Yemen. She is particularly interested to note how Yemeni... Learn More
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  46. 127649comp
    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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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
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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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  51. 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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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. 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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  60. 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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