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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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    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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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
    £750

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 112579
    First edition, first impression. Publisher's promotional slip laid-in. Learn More
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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 119332
    First edition, scarce variant binding, other copies noted in blue cloth with the front cover lettered and decorated in black rather than gilt. Following a successful hunting trip in Abyssinia, Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) travelled to British East Africa in 1902 in order to find a specimen of a five-horned giraffe recently... Learn More
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  34. 119306
    First edition, a crisp, fresh copy from the celebrated travel collection of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, with his pencilled initials to the initial blank. Hooker spent three months in Morocco in 1871, travelling with fellow naturalist John Ball, industrialist and amateur geologist John Maw, and a gardener from Kew named Crump.... Learn More
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  35. 119294
    First and only edition, uncommon: nine copies traced in UK libraries, just five other complete copies traced in commerce in the last 50 years, this a remarkably clean and fresh copy from the celebrated travel library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, with his pencilled initials to the front free endpaper. Wilkins "commanded the... Learn More
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  36. 119270
    First edition in English of this "excellent work of exploration and sport African adventure at its finest" (Czech), noted for recounting the European discovery of Lake Turkana, "the last of the great lakes of Africa to be discovered" (Howgego). Hungarian nobleman Samuel Teleki (1845-1916) developed an interest in the region... Learn More
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  37. 119251
    First edition, uncommon in the original cloth. "Few South African books give better descriptions of the sport of the country and the habits and customs of the native races inhabiting the vast areas traversed there are copious notes on the flora and fauna of the countries visited, amplified by a valuable index" (Mendelssohn).... Learn More
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  38. 117611
    Second and preferred edition in English of "one of the first accounts of Yemen" (Arcadian Library), first published in English in 1726 (as A Voyage to Arabia the Happy) following its original appearance in French in 1716. La Roque's father, a Marseilles merchant, had travelled with Jean de la Haye's Turkish embassy of 1639-41,... Learn More
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  39. 117608
    First edition, scarce. James was a cabin-boy on Commander Johnstone's abortive expedition to seize the Cape of Good Hope from the Dutch in 1781. After being ambushed by the French in the Cape Verde Islands, and subsequently failing to take the Cape, Johnstone gained a consolation victory at Saldanha. Johnstone himself then... Learn More
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  40. 120257
    Second edition, later issue, with the plates signed 1838, the title page undated; the work was originally published in 1836/7 in two volumes. White (1808-1898), a friend of Charles d'Oyly, was stationed in India with the 31st Regiment of Foot from 1825 to 1846, and saw action at Moodkee and Ferozeshah in the First Anglo-Sikh... Learn More
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  41. 119861
    Second edition in English. The Voyages de Jehan de Mandeville chevalier first appeared in manuscript in France c.1357. The first edition in English was printed in 1499; in 1725 this new edition was prepared from the Cotton manuscript in the British Museum, printed by William Boyer in an issue of 350 copies, establishing... Learn More
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  42. 120336
    First edition of Andersson's first book, a "famous early volume of African sport and travel a cornerstone book of African hunting in the mid-19th century" (Czech). "Few, if any, books give so full and complete an account of Namaqualand, Damaraland, and the Ovampo country, and the description of the fauna of these countries... Learn More
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  43. 120708
    First edition, complete with the map volume, of this suitably lavish tribute to one of the most glorious failures of the empire, the project conceived by Cecil Rhodes as "The Iron Spine and Ribs of Africa". By 1914 there was already a 2,600-mile link from Cape Town to Bukama in the Congo; two sections of river steamer and... Learn More
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  44. 120132
    First edition of Purchas his Pilgrimes, with the preferred fourth edition of the Pilgrimage; together this is the desired state of the complete set of Purchas's important collection of travel and exploration narratives from ancient times up to and including the recent accounts of Virginia by John Smith. This is a lovely... Learn More
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  45. 37134
    Second edition of one of the chief travel narratives describing Russia in the late eighteenth century, first published 10 years earlier. Pallas, an eminent German naturalist, describes what he saw "with Teutonic thoroughness" (Nerhood). A handsome production due mainly to the attractive and charming colour illustrations... Learn More
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  46. 118829comp
    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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  47. 117168
    First edition of the superbly illustrated official account of the most important 19th-century expedition into Indo-China. Following the death of the commander, Captain Ernest Doudard de Lagrée, Garnier was forced to take command of this French government sponsored expedition to explore the navigability of the Mekong. After... Learn More
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  48. 121235
    First one-volume US edition of Cherry-Garrard's account of Scott's 1910-12 expedition to Antarctica, where he served as assistant zoologist. "The best written and most enduring account of exploits in the Antarctic" (Taurus 84). Learn More
    £1,375

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  49. 75897
    First edition of "one of the great documents of French exploration in the Pacific Ocean. In addition to a detailed account of the expedition itself, these volumes contain invaluable scientific information, observations on the natives that were encountered, and a wealth of geographic and cartographic data. The beautiful Atlas,... Learn More
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  50. 111448
    First and only edition of the first published account of "Spain's greatest scientific voyage of exploration to the South Seas in the eighteenth century" (Hill). Rare: 20 copies in libraries world-wide (none in the United Kingdom) but just a handful of copies traced at auction. Lada-Mocarski considered that "Viana's diary... Learn More
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  51. 102633
    First and only edition of this epic poem in Italian recounting the life of Muhammad in 12 cantos of ottava rima, each canto illustrated with a full-page engraved plate, in addition to two frontispiece portraits of the author and of Muhammad astride a rampant horse, all after original paintings by Paolo Araldi. Originally... Learn More
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  52. 62650
    First edition, early issue with a number of the plates in their first state. "Ackermann's The Microcosm of London... is a book of major importance. The architectural drawings were by Augustus Charles Pugin, a French refugee who came to London in about 1798, 'driven from his country either by the horrors of the French Revolution... Learn More
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  53. 121277
    Second edition, first published in 1772. "The success in 1772 of Poems, Consisting Chiefly of Translations from the Asiatick Languages owed much to the fashionable craze for things oriental; according to Elizabeth Montagu, 'The descriptions are so fine, & all the objects so brilliant, that the sense aches at them!' (quoted... Learn More
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  54. 117640
    First edition of the work which was long considered the first Western history of Arabic science and medicine, and though in fact preceded by an obscure work in French by Pierre Joseph Amoreux, published in 1805, it remains the foundational work on the subject (see Arcadian Library p. 216). The last 16 pages are lithographed... Learn More
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  55. 94079
    First edition of this foundational study of early Arabic poetry, from the collection of British Arabist and colonial agent Colonel Samuel Barrett Miles (1838-1914), with a printed bookplate noting his widow's bequest of his books to Bath Public Library in 1920, and associated manuscript shelf-marks and blind-stamps as usual.... Learn More
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  56. 121062
    Second edition, a lovely copy of this key source for the biography of Sir James Brooke (1803-1868), army officer and first rajah of Sarawak: "a Victorian imperial hero, yet controversial and loathed by some, he founded a state and established a regime which lasted a century, and also influenced the fiction of Kipling, Conrad,... Learn More
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  57. 121295
    First edition, second state with portrait and frontispiece, title page does not, however, state "With Portrait and Map". "The warm, loving reminiscences of Custer's devoted wife Libbie during their three years in Dakota Territory, detailing the good times as well as the hardships and heartaches of western frontier life"... Learn More
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  58. 121241
    First edition in English, the year after the original German publication. Swiss naturalist von Tschudi (1818-1889) spent five years in Peru, collecting plants and zoological specimens, studying Incan antiquities and the Quechua Indians, and covering ground "previously untrodden by any European traveller" (translator's preface).... Learn More
    £375

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  59. Sketches in Afghaunistan
    First edition. Without doubt one of the finest illustrated books on Afghanistan, the plates depicting a selection of superb views on the march - Bolan Pass, Quetta, Khojak Pass, Kandahar, and Kabul. In 1833, after a furlough in England, Atkinson returned to his original profession as surgeon to the 55th NI, and in 1838 was... Learn More
    £6,000

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  60. 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
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    Stock Code: 101656

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