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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 121235
    First one-volume US edition of Cherry-Garrard's account of Robert Scott's 1910-12 expedition to Antarctica, where the former served as assistant zoologist. "The best written and most enduring account of exploits in the Antarctic" (Taurus 84). Learn More
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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 121291
    Best known for Kidd's New Guide to the 'Lions' of London (1832), William Kidd composed numerous tourist guides of the British Isles during the first half of the 19th century. This volume consists of three works: a guide to London, a London ambulator, and a guide to Paris. The attractive engravings are by G. W. Bonner (1796-1836).... Learn More
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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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
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  28. 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
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  29. 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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  30. 121154
    First edition in English of reputedly the first individually published Russian account of China, originally published in German as Reise nach Pekin (1825-6). Timkowski (1790-1875) was "royal overseer" on the tenth Russian mission to Peking, where the Russian government had maintained a school and church since 1728. His account... Learn More
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  31. 121133
    First and only edition, "printed for private circulation" (title page), five copies only traced in British and Irish libraries, ten worldwide (all in South Africa or the USA), and an extremely uncommon survival in the dust jacket. Carnarvon was colonial secretary from 1874 to 1878, unsuccessfully advocating a system of confederation... Learn More
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  32. 120995
    First edition, well represented institutionally but commercially uncommon; a most attractively presented copy in a superior contemporary binding. John Howison (1797-1859) was a Scot who from 1818 to 1820 travelled in Quebec and Ontario, and whose Sketches of Canada (1821), published when he was still in his mid-twenties,... Learn More
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  33. 120114
    Fascinating, well-documented and vivid album of original photographs taken by a cavalry officer attached to a mounted infantry unit in South Africa after the conclusion of the Second Boer War (31 May 1902). Lieutenant Moncrieff was serving with number 4 troop, "C" squadron of the 12th Mounted Infantry, known as The Highland... Learn More
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  34. 112234
    First and only edition. Richter (1847-1905), an Austrian glaciologist, served as president of the Deutscher und Österreichischer Alpenverein from 1883 to 1885. The volumes respectively concern the development of the Northern Limestone Alps, the Central Western Alps, and finally the Central Eastern Alps and the Southern... Learn More
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  35. 109460
    First edition. Interesting account of an expedition in the winter of 1932-3 to geologically map a fifty-mile section of the Makran Coastal Range, from Jask on the Gulf of Oman to the border with Baluchistan. Harrison joined the Anglo-Persian Oil Company on demobilisation in 1918. From 1920 until 1928 he worked across South... Learn More
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  36. 115759
    First edition, possibly one of 100 large-paper copies (similar to Abbey's copy measuring 14 by 11 inches) from a total print-run of 850, originally issued in 12 monthly parts; all watermarks pre-publication (the plates 1818 and 1820, the text 1818). Ackermann's intention was to combine the "most striking features of the... Learn More
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  37. 121028comp
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To F. L. Megson, Recalling old friends & 'Rather long ago', C. J. Wilson" on the front free endpaper. Wilson was regimental medical officer in the EAMR. The recipient was soldier and colonial administrator Forrest Loudon Megson (1894-1977): sometime executive officer... Learn More
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  38. 120941
    First edition of "one of the best works on the native races of Natal and Zululand published up to the middle of the 19th century" (Mendelssohn). The author spent four years as a missionary in Albert, Natal, and provides a detailed account of Zulu and Xhosa customs and beliefs, and a history of Shaka Zulu and his successors.... Learn More
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  39. 120937
    First edition. Jardine (d. 1799), a Royal Artillery officer, was for much of his career stationed in Gibraltar, from where he conducted a mission to the sultan of Morocco, Muhammad III, in 1771; after the end of his active military career in 1776 he became a British agent in Spain. His Letters are "notable for their defence... Learn More
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  40. 120355
    Mimeographed handbook issued to Bechtel employees preparing to travel to the oil fields of Saudi Arabia or Bahrain. Bechtel, now one of the world's largest construction companies, first became established in the Middle East in 1943, when it was awarded a contract to enlarge the facilities of the Bahrain Petroleum Company... Learn More
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  41. 119273
    First US edition. After covering Hancock's and Sherman's campaigns in the American Midwest, Stanley persuaded the New York Herald to employ him as special correspondent on the British expedition to Abyssinia, and was in Suez by January 1868. "Having joined Sir Robert Napier's forces at Annesley Bay, in the Horn of Africa,... Learn More
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  42. 117382
    First edition. For some time, before entering the service of the East India Company, Forrest had served in the Royal Navy, seeing action in 1757 under George Pocock against the French in the Bay of Bengal. The year 1762 found him in command of a company ship, "from which he seems to date his experience when, writing in 1782,... Learn More
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  43. 119326
    First edition of "the best detailed historical account of the events which led to the inclusion of Bechuanaland amongst the British colonies of South Africa the first step towards the retention of the hinterland of the Cape for the Empire" (Mendelssohn). Mackenzie (1835-1899), a Congregrationalist missionary, arrived in... Learn More
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  44. 119314
    First US edition of Schweinfurth's important narrative of his expedition to the western tributaries of the Upper Nile, "a most valuable accumulation of geographical and ethnographic data for regions never before visited by Europeans" (Howgego), including extensive notes on the flora and fauna of Central Africa and the first... Learn More
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  45. 66701
    First and only edition of this uncommon collection of charts, including the first printed chart of Monaco, a large folding map of Marseilles, and accurate charts of most of the ports, harbours and bays of the region.
    Ayrouard's work forms a working "waggoner" for the coast, recording soundings, anchorages, and pilotage... Learn More
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  46. Album of fourteen original watercolours taken on a trip from the Baltic to Russia and Persia.
    A excellent group of very well-executed, high quality amateur watercolour views by a mid-nineteenth-century English traveller to Russia, including an unusual series of views of the Volga cities - Nizhny Novgorod, Simbirsk, Samara and "Ouswan opposite Kazan on Volga" - Verkhny Uslon village, located directly opposite Kazan... Learn More
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  47. To her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria, and the Allied Armies of France and England. This Military Topographical Map of the Krima Peninsula,
    First edition, evidently first state, and uncommon thus. Superbly detailed map of the Crimean Peninsula produced at the outbreak of the war in the region with "the Russian names, title and observations translated or rendered into English by Major Jervis himself, and various useful and important additions also made to the... Learn More
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  48. 119311
    First edition in English of this landmark in mountaineering literature, describing the first ascent of Kilimanjaro, originally published in German the previous year, and "a most handsome volume" (Neate), illustrated with a series of atmospheric mounted photographs and watercolours after photographs; this copy in a variant... Learn More
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  49. 106312comp
    First edition, this copy signed by Lettow on the half-title. Attractive "appendix" to Lettow's memoirs. Learn More
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  50. 119300
    First edition of "one of the most valuable books on the early history of Natal. At the time of its publication the Colony had only been recognised as a British dependency for ten years Much is related as to the doings of the early pioneers The settlement of the Dutch in the Colony, and the eventual occupation by the... Learn More
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  51. 119253
    Second edition of Baker's account of the 1861-5 Nile expedition, "one of the most important narratives of African exploration during the Victorian era" (ODNB). The discovery of Albert N'yanza as one of the sources of the White Nile was the pinnacle of Baker's career as an African explorer, and his achievement was made all... Learn More
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  52. 119213
    First edition. Squier served as charge d'affaires to Central America for the US in 1849, the first of a number of posts in Central America which led to him becoming, "perhaps the best single authority on the Central America of the period" (DAB). This work offers a comprehensive account of the region. From the library of... Learn More
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  53. 117512
    First edition, first printing. William H. Carter (1851-1925) served as a mounted messenger for the Union in the Civil War, also serving in the Spanish-American war, the Indian wars and World War One. This is the first of Carter's six historical military works and provides a detailed account of the history and movements of... Learn More
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  54. 117509
    First edition, first printing, for subscribers only. This work highly illustrated work; which includes a number of plates by Frederic Remington, details Howard's (1830-1909) interactions with various Native American tribes. It was also published as a series of articles in St. Nicholas Magazine in 1908. Howard was sent by... Learn More
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  55. 120251
    First edition in book-form of this agreeable parody of Frederick Burnaby's classic A Ride to Khiva (1876), not advertised as such, but uniform with Bradbury, Agnew and Co's "Our Novel Shilling Series", which comprised five similar books, all by Burnand and "hitting off the obvious foibles of the authors concerned" (Sadleir),... Learn More
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  56. 119328
    First edition in English, others copies noted in plain cloth lacking gilt decoration. Appointed Ottoman governor of Equatoria in 1878, the German-born scientist Eduard Schnitzer, known as Emin Pasha, was largely unknown in Europe outside specialist circles in Europe until 1886, when Scottish explorer Robert Felkin (author... Learn More
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  57. Institutes Political and Military, written originally in the Mogul Language, by the Great Timour, improperly called Tamerlane;
    First edition in English of the so-called Autobiographical Memoirs of Timur, or Temür, historically known as Tamerlane, the most powerful ruler in Muslim world, and founder of the Timurid dynasty. Current scholarship rejects the autobiographical claims of the original manuscript, but it remains one of the most reliable... Learn More
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  58. Diary of a March through Sinde and Afghanistan,
    First edition. Allen was assistant chaplain to the Bombay establishment, and accompanied Nott's forces through the campaign from April 1841 to February 1843. "Allen's diary offers a perceptive vision of the landscapes bringing to mind Biblical scenes of the Old Testament Youthful and exuberant at the campaign's advent,... Learn More
    £575

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  59. Scotland Illustrated,
    First edition, in a fine contemporary binding incorporating a variety of attractive Scottish motifs. One of several works by William Beattie (1793-1875), Scotland Illustrated includes historical and topographical descriptions of Scottish sites and landscapes, accompanied by numerous engraved views, of which 91 are by Allom,... Learn More
    £850

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  60. A Practical Arabic Grammar.
    First edition, later corrected issue with the additional seven-page errata and publisher's advertisements dated 1845. "An Arabic grammar, which, taking a middle path between the obscure brevity of some of its predecessors, and the fulness of others, furnishes what has been so long wanted, a good manual for commencing the... Learn More
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