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  1. 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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  2. 113716
    Extremely unusual visual guide to the complex lacing of the face and head protection for Japanese armour, intended for the use of ninja, the legendary "covert agents" of feudal Japan. Learn More
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  3. 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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  4. 119287
    First US edition of this "preeminent elephant hunting title" (Czech), a lovely copy, from the collection of American polar explorer Lincoln Ellsworth (1880-1951), leader of the first trans-Arctic and trans-Antarctic aerial crossings, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Stigand (1877-1919) was commissioned into the... Learn More
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 91542comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by Rivera on the title page. Learn More
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  9. 119443
    A unique and vivid archive of extraordinary breadth, comprising nearly 1,200 images that provide a striking panorama of colonial life in the Ivory Coast during the 1930s, as seen through the eyes of Brents Rowlett Gruber, wife of Lewis H. Gruber, an American entrepreneur from Louisville, Kentucky, who was involved in the... Learn More
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  10. 117515
    First edition of this political tract, published in the years preceding the Mexican War of Independence, in an unusually excellent and richly decorated Mexican binding. Fernandez de San Salvador (1756-1842), was a writer and lawyer devotedly loyal to the Old Regime and the King of Spain, Ferdinand VII. The first of these... Learn More
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  11. 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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  12. 108832
    First edition, first issue binding with the full stop after the date on the spine. During January and February 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. The Negev was ruled by the Ottoman... Learn More
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 122917
    Although described on the title page as the second edition "enlarged and revised", this a one-volume edition following a two-volume second edition of 1844. The first was published in 1840. The cruise undertaken by Oscar Wilde's father as medical assistant to Glasgow magnate Robert Meiklam, was to "absent himself temporarily... Learn More
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  18. 120146
    First edition, first impression. Brigadier General William Dickson (1871-1957), was born in Tehran and held the role of Inspector-General of Communication in East Persia throughout the First World War; in 1920 he was appointed head of the military commission in Persia. This work, which provides an account of the history... Learn More
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  19. The Frontiers of Baluchistan.
    The book gives a fascinating account of the author's travels on the borders of Afghanistan and Baluchistan,..."> First edition, a fairly uncommon book, this copy accompanied by an atmospheric original watercolour by Tate, which is reproduced as a plate in the book, captioned "Nad Ali. The delta of Seistan from the Tell of Surhdik".
    The book gives a fascinating account of the author's travels on the borders of Afghanistan and Baluchistan,... Learn More
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  20. Longing for Darkness. Kamante's Tales from Out of Africa.
    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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  21. 121496
    "Literary" edition, later impression, with the marginal illustrations of a dung beetle at pp. 65, 337 & 457 corrected to show the beetle rolling his load with his back not front legs. Jock of the Bushveld was first published in 1907 in this literary edition, followed by School and Prize editions in 1908, and a Dutch edition... Learn More
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  22. 119317
    Second edition, revised, of this "epic of travel and exploration" (Czech); an attractive set in the original cloth. Harris (1807-1848), an engineering officer in the Bombay Army, had already travelled widely in southern Africa in search of big game when in September 1841 he was "sent in charge of a mission to establish relations... Learn More
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  23. 122683
    First edition. Extremely uncommon brief account - "confined to the action and movements of the major formations, and to the plans on which these were based" - which was "presented" by Slim as CIGS "for use by the Pakistan Armed Forces." This copy with the ownership inscription (dated "18/5/57") and stamp of the "Officers... Learn More
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  24. 109980
    First edition of this uncommon late Edo-period guide to Japanese heraldry. No copies located on OCLC, or National Diet Library. The Bunsei era - 1818-1830 - designates the early part of the reign of Emperor Ninko-tenno, who was enthroned in 1817 and died in 1846. This guidebook offers exhaustive contemporary documentation... Learn More
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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 120254
    First edition. Worsley's political career as member of parliament for the Isle of Wight constituencies for Newport (1774-83) and subsequently Newtown (1790-3) were hampered by a mixture of limited skill, a somewhat abrasive personality and the very public collapse of his marriage, but "antiquarian studies were always an... Learn More
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  28. 119278
    First edition in English. "Most books on Emin Pasha and Stanley have something to say about Casati, but do little justice to the work of this important explorer" (Howgego). Casati (1838-1902) set out for Sudan in 1879 to join the expedition of Romolo Gessi, who was in need of a surveyor. He was an early European visitor... Learn More
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  29. 121474comp
    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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  30. 119268
    First edition. Baines (1820-1875) was one of the pioneers of European exploration in the lands forming modern Zimbabwe, where he led an expedition in the 1860s to secure concessions for a gold-mining company from King Lobengula. Although the company in question failed to take advantage of the terms Baines extracted, this... Learn More
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  31. 122439

    Kitab al-Muhammadiyah.

    Istanbul: 1298 AH/1880-1 CE

    Uncommon Istanbul imprint of this popular Turkish translation of the Magharib al-Zaman (Sunsets of Time), a devotional work on the Prophet Muhammad, translated from the original Arabic by the author, Ottoman Sufi poet Yazicioglu Mehmet (d. 1491; his name means "son of the scribe"). Mehmet, a native of the Gallipoli peninsula,... Learn More
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  32. 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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  33. 117513
    First edition. Whitney, editor of Harper's Weekly and fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, travelled widely from a young age, spending five years exploring Mexico on horseback after graduating in 1879. The trip documented here, "a strenuous journey past Great Slave Lake to the Arctic Circle", was undertaken as a holiday... Learn More
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  34. 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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  35. 122295
    First edition. Sandwith served as chief medical officer for British and Turkish forces at Kars during the siege of the city during the Crimean War. After the city's capitulation he was the sole British captive released by the Russians. He was welcomed back to Britain as a hero, whereupon he wrote the present book, giving... Learn More
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  36. 120521comp
    Second English edition, two years after the first, which was published in the same year as the Leipzig German first. A "classic memoir by the commander of German forces in East Africa" (Edward G. Lengel, World War I Memories, 2004). A fascinating copy much enhanced by the addition of a quantity of related material, including... Learn More
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  37. A Picturesque Tour along the Rivers Ganges and Jumna, in India:
    First edition of one of the finest colour plate books on India, originally issued in six monthly numbers. "The illustrations are clear and bright, finely engraved, frequently printed in two colours, and well finished by hand they are a brave attempt to express what the author in the glittering and oriental peroration to... Learn More
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  38. 116683
    First and only edition, decidedly uncommon, just 4 locations on Copac, BL, NLS, Oxford and Cambridge, OCLC adds no further copies. "It is right to say that this story was planned at the time of the last earthquake at Ischia 28 July 1883; was partly written at the time of the earthquake of Java Krakatoa, 26 August 1883; and... Learn More
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  39. 119933comp
    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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  40. 115740
    First edition in English of Tachard's Voyage de Siam des pères jésuites (1686); one of two issues, this issue with a cancel title. The first French mission to Siam (modern Thailand) came about as a result of an invitation of Constantine Phaulkon, a Greek adventurer who by a curious twist of fate had become prime minister... Learn More
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  41. 1
    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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  42. 120074
    First edition. " another of Rawlinson's well researched and finely composed Indian Army unit histories. He covers the period from 1778 to 1940 in uniform detail, with many minor actions and individual acts of gallantry highlighted in the narrative. The principal campaigns described are - First Sikh War (1845-7), Second... Learn More
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  43. 115213
    Superb photograph album documenting the British reoccupation of Wana and the end of the 1919-20 Waziristan campaign in over 80 intimate original snapshots, supplemented by a run of atmospheric professional photographs from Holmes's souvenir series, "With the Wana Column", and several group officer portraits, all meticulously... Learn More
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  44. 115199
    Deceptively extensive photograph album of military service in Waziristan during the Afridi and Red Shirt rebellions, with almost 100 original photographs of views, cantonments, operations, and native and British troops, complemented by attractive prints (mostly views) by prolific North-West Frontier photographers B. R. Tundan,... Learn More
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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 115052
    Second miniature edition of Speed's atlas of Great Britain and Ireland, following the edition of 1620. The "farr larger Voulume Done by John Speed" is a reference to the famous Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine (1611), issued in folio. Thomas Chubb explains that for the first miniature edition of 1620 "forty of the... Learn More
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  49. 122044comp
    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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  50. 1426_3b
    First edition of a key book on Hawaii - "an important and lively narrative" (Forbes) - containing one of the earliest accounts of surfing: "Surfriding and surfrider also hold the honour of being the terms in longest continual use to describe the act of riding waves and those who ride them. The former appears for the first... Learn More
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  51. 120562
    First and only edition, "very scarce, copies having been bought up by the noble author" (Willis and Sotheran, cited after Abbey). As his surname indicates, FitzClarence (1794-1842) was the eldest of the ten children born to the Duke of Clarence, later King William IV, by the actress Dorothy Jordan; hence he was nephew to... Learn More
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  52. Oriental Field Sports;
    Limited issue, number 40 of 350 copies. An attractive facsimile of the original 1807 edition of "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... Learn More
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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 112579
    First edition, first impression. Publisher's promotional slip laid-in. Learn More
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  56. 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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  57. 116844comp
    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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  58. A Journey to Great-Salt-Lake City.
    First edition in English, originally published in French the previous year as Voyage au pays des Mormons. Rémy (1826-1893) spent ten years travelling in the Americas and the Pacific, including three years in Honolulu, where he became an intimate of King Kamehameha III and met the English gentleman explorer Julius Brenchley... Learn More
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  59. 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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  60. The Campaign in India, 1857-58.
    First and only edition of this superb, but notoriously fragile, pictorial record of the Mutiny. The illustrations, genuinely spirited and exhibiting an eye for the telling detail, are based on the very accomplished sketches made by Atkinson (1822-1859) while he was serving as a captain with the Bengal Engineers (Ambala Division).... Learn More
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