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  1. Oz Magazine.
    NEVILLE, Richard, Jim Anderson, Felix Dennis & Roger Hutchinson. (Ed's.) Oz Magazine.

    London : 1967-1973

    First UK editions, first printings. This set is complete with all inserted loose pages as issued. Oz was an independent groundbreaking underground magazine associated with the counterculture of the 1960s. Although it was first published in Sydney in 1963, a parallel version of Oz was published in London from 1967. The Australian magazine was published... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 147609

  2. General Election Poster, 1959.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. General Election Poster, 1959.

    South Woodford : 1959

    Original poster for Winston Churchill's campaign to retain his Woodford constituency seat in the 1959 General Election. With public recognition that most candidates could only dream of, Churchill's fame was such that no more was needed than his blue silhouette, with his trademark cigar. The result is an especially striking image of the wartime leader.... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 147617

  3. Skazki i legendy tatar Kryma.
    USEINOV, Kazim Useinovich. Skazki i legendy tatar Kryma.

    Simferol : 1936

    First edition of this rare and fragile compilation of regional folklore, an area of research that was soon to be suppressed under detatarization with fatal consequences for Useinov. Highly attractive little book, thematically woven together by design elements drawn from local textile and visual arts employed as head- and tail-pieces, elaborated initials,... Learn More
    £1,450.00

    Stock Code: 145240

  4. Psychopts.
    HELL, Richard, & Christopher Wool. Psychopts.

    New York : 2008

    First edition, first printing. Letter P of 26 copies lettered A-Z signed by Hell and Wool with an original text drawing "perils/penis" signed by Hell and Wool, from a total edition of 76 hardbacks and 1500 paperbacks. Together with a set of unbound proofs and loose sheets with two test drawings of "perils/penis" and six versions of the word "perils".... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 147584

  5. Little Toot.
    GRAMATKY, Hardie. Little Toot.

    c. 1950

    Inscribed by Gramatky below the drawing in the same pen "To Betty Crocker, Sincerely, Hardie Gramatky". There are two inscriptions on the back of the card in two different hands dated August 1947. One would assume this was drawn around the same time. Little Toot was first published as a book in 1939 and featured in several animated shorts, including... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 141176

  6. The Stocks Examined and Compared:
    FAIRMAN, William. The Stocks Examined and Compared:

    London : 1795

    First edition of Fairman's frequently-reprinted manual for investors, bound in an eclectic sammelband of seven works. The author, who worked as life-accountant to the corporation of the Royal-Exchange Assurance, here offers information on a host of government investment schemes, listing the various public funds available, including annuities, bank stock,... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 136213

  7. To Kill a Mockingbird.
    LEE, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird.

    London : 1960

    First UK edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 132534-1

  8. Manuscript Journal of a Royal Navy officer, including voyages on HMS Nelson and HMS Tamar,
    AUSTRALIA; PACIFIC. Manuscript Journal of a Royal Navy officer, including voyages on HMS Nelson and HMS Tamar,

    Portsmouth : 1884-5

    Punctiliously maintained and engrossing journal largely devoted to service on the Australia Station aboard HMS Nelson - including an eye witness account of the ceremony whereby Papua New Guinea was established as a British Protectorate.

    The journal was kept by Lieutenant the Hon. Gerald FitzMaurice Digby (1858-1942), inscribed on the verso of... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 131132

  9. Aventures de l'Esprit.
    BARNEY, Natalie Clifford. Aventures de l'Esprit.

    Paris : 1929

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title "À Paul Valery, 'Ce n'est pas vivre que vivre sans objections, sans cette résistance vivante, cette proie, cette autre personne, adversaire, reste individué du monde... intelligence rivale, irrépressible - ennemi le meilleur ami, hostilité divine, fatale, - intime.'... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 146058

  10. 147515
    CHATEAUBRIAND, François-Auguste-René, Vicomte. Mémoires d'outre-tombe.

    Paris : 1849-50

    First edition, first printing, of this acclaimed masterpiece of 19th-century French literature. This copy, complete with the address to the reader ("avertissement"), the list of subscribers, and Chateaubriand's letter to H.-L. Delloye, is in the original wrappers and rare thus, especially in such excellent condition.

    Written between 1809 and... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 147515

  11. [Three English editions from the Indian Railway Library:]
    KIPLING, Rudyard. [Three English editions from the Indian Railway Library:]

    London : [1890 & 1891]

    First English editions of the second, fifth, and fourteenth instalments in Kipling's Indian Railway Library, which was first published at Allahabad, by A. H. Wheeler & Co., from 1888. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 145760

  12. The Sword in the Stone.
    WHITE, T. H. The Sword in the Stone.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression, of the most significant contribution to Arthurian literature in the 20th century, reinvigorating the tales for a new and younger audience. The novel was adapted by Disney into an animated film in 1963, and at various times by the BBC for radio.

    Initially intended as a stand-alone work, the success of the novel... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 147264

  13. 145470
    BELL, Clive. Poems.

    Richmond : 1921

    First edition, sole impression, one of 350 unnumbered copies only, this one marked "not for sale" to front pastedown and found here with an early custom hand-marbled dust jacket, very much in the Hogarth style.

    This copy has a highly distinguished collectors' provenance, bearing the loosely inserted bookplate of Robert Reedman, associated with... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 145470

  14. History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
    GIBBON, Edward. History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

    Liverpool : 1861

    A handsome set of Gibbon's great history. First published between 1776 and 1788, "This masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style has remained one of the ageless works which... maintain their hold upon the layman and continue to stimulate the scholar... The Decline and Fall is the only historical narrative prior to Macaulay which continues... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 144886

  15. Documentation of Nasif [sic] House.
    JEDDAH. Documentation of Nasif [sic] House.

    Jeddah & Riyadh : 1980-1

    A superb, apparently unique visual record of Jeddah's landmark Bayt Nasseef before its early 1980s restoration. In 1975 the Saudi government purchased the house, designating it a historic landmark, and initially employing it as a library. After restoration it has become a cultural centre, used for exhibitions and events. We can trace no other copy of... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 144736

  16. A Description of the Empire of China and Chinese-Tartary, Together with the Kingdoms of Korea, and Tibet:
    DU HALDE, Jean Baptiste. A Description of the Empire of China and Chinese-Tartary, Together with the Kingdoms of Korea, and Tibet:

    London : 1738-41

    Second and most complete English edition of Du Halde's encyclopaedic survey, "the first definitive European work on the Chinese empire" (Hill) and a cornerstone of any collection of books on China. It was first published in French in 1735; the first English edition published the following year contained just 19 plates and 4 maps.

    Du Halde (1674-1743)... Learn More
    £22,500.00

    Stock Code: 143967

  17. Photograph album of views in the Maghreb and Egypt.
    CAVILLA, Antonio - MOROCCO and TUNISIA. Photograph album of views in the Maghreb and Egypt.

    [c.1900]

    Highly interesting album that includes an extensive series of scarce prints by Antonio Cavilla, whose pioneering studio in Tangier during the last two decades of the 19th century produced some of the finest images of the Maghreb; 19 of these carry his wet stamp on the print, and another 24 are unsigned but almost certainly from his atelier.

    "'Nineteenth-century... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 143538

  18. Handbook of Hejaz.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Handbook of Hejaz.

    Cairo : 1917

    William Cochran's copy of the second edition of this scarce and important Arab Bureau intelligence manual produced for the Arab Revolt, much expanded from the first edition of 1916 compiled by Lawrence's mentor D. G. Hogarth, the revision including material from Lawrence himself. Classified secret, the print-run was 200 copies only and far fewer are... Learn More
    £32,500.00

    Stock Code: 142623

  19. Documents relating to Baron Maurice de Hirsch's concessions to build and operate the Ottoman Empire's railway lines from Constantinople to Vienna.
    MEHMED EMIN ÂLI PAÇA; OTTOMAN RAILWAYS. Documents relating to Baron Maurice de Hirsch's concessions to build and operate the Ottoman Empire's railway lines from Constantinople to Vienna.

    Turkey : 1874 - 86

    Fascinating group of documents relating to Baron Maurice de Hirsch's concessions to build and operate the Ottoman Empire's railway lines from Constantinople to Vienna, dating to the time the agreements were revised (1872) to when he was seeking to extricate himself (1887):

    1. Covering letter to the annotated Actes 1874 document addressed to... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 141678

  20. 141694comp
    ROWLING, J. K. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

    London : 1999

    First deluxe edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title. The first deluxe edition of Prisoner of Azkaban was issued simultaneously with the first trade edition in July 1999. This was the first deluxe edition of any of the Harry Potter books, with Bloomsbury capitalizing on the surging collector's and gift market for the series.

    Bloomsbury... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 141694

  21. Map of Northern Arabia; [with:] Map of the Northern Heğâz.
    MUSIL, Alois. Map of Northern Arabia; [with:] Map of the Northern Heğâz.

    New York : 1926

    Exceptionally unusual opportunity to acquire these two important and highly detailed maps, based on the work of the celebrated Moravian Arabist Alois Musil (1868-1944), known as "the Czech Lawrence of Arabia" and described by Howgego as "a leading scholar of Arabic culture".

    From a humble background, Musil trained for the church, was ordained... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 141566

  22. Plan of Shanghai. Published by the North-China Daily News and Herald, Limited.
    SHANGHAI. Plan of Shanghai. Published by the North-China Daily News and Herald, Limited.

    London : 1928

    Rare early iteration of this important, finely detailed and impressively large map, published during a period of tremendous turmoil in the history of the city. This is an exact copy of the map issued by the Municipal Council of Shanghai (similarly dated 21 April), but with the addition of the statement of publication by the North China Daily News; both... Learn More
    £7,750.00

    Stock Code: 141574

  23. [The three voyages:]
    COOK, James. [The three voyages:]

    London : 1773-84

    Second and best edition of the first voyage, first edition of the second and third voyages. A highly desirable complete set of the official accounts of Cook's three Pacific voyages in the preferred editions and with an excellent provenance, the atlas folio volume containing an extra suite of "Admiralty" plates from the second voyage in superb early... Learn More
    £60,000.00

    Stock Code: 141440

  24. In Darkest Africa
    STANLEY, Henry Morton. In Darkest Africa

    New York : 1890

    First US edition, number 241 of 250 copies of the edition deluxe, signed by Stanley, and perhaps the grandest publication of the 19th century devoted to African exploration. Stanley's famous account of his expedition to relieve Emin Pasha (Eduard Schnitzer), the beleaguered governor of equatorial Sudan, contains some of his most celebrated writing,... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 140945

  25. A Grammar of the Hindustani Language.
    SHAKESPEAR, John. A Grammar of the Hindustani Language.

    London : 1826

    Third edition of an essential text for the dedicated servant of the East India Company; preceded by editions of 1813 and 1818, all early iterations being uncommon. This copy with an appealing Indian provenance, bearing the contemporary ownership inscription at head of the title page of John H. W. Waugh, assistant surgeon on the Bengal Medical Establishment.... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 140865

  26. Travels in Egypt, Nubia, Holy Land, Mount Libanon [sic], and Cyprus, in the Year 1814.
    LIGHT, Henry. Travels in Egypt, Nubia, Holy Land, Mount Libanon [sic], and Cyprus, in the Year 1814.

    London : 1818

    First and sole edition. Sir Henry Light (1783-1870), later governor of British Guiana (1838-48), was a captain with the Royal Artillery stationed at Malta when, in 1814, he "obtained leave to travel in the countries he describes" (preface).

    Continuing in the third person, Light remarks that "curiosity and amusement were his object: he kept a... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140585

  27. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.
    COOK, James, & James King. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.

    London : 1785

    Second and preferred edition of Cook's fatal third voyage, this set one of a small number with the text volumes printed on fine paper, apparently hot-pressed to give a more silken finish, and presented in a particularly attractive contemporary morocco binding, in this regard highly uncommon: the last set in such a binding appearing at auction in 1992.... Learn More
    £37,500.00

    Stock Code: 139133

  28. A Summer Ramble in Syria, with a Tartar Trip from Aleppo to Stamboul.
    MONRO, Vere. A Summer Ramble in Syria, with a Tartar Trip from Aleppo to Stamboul.

    London : 1835

    First edition of an uncommon and entertaining narrative, presented in an appealing provincial binding of the period, a pencilled note at the head of volume I p. v reading " Bind to order / Campion", perhaps a reference to the prominent Brighton family of the same name, occupants of the imposing Elizabethan mansion of Danny Park.

    Monro's book... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 139019

  29. Voyage de l'Arabie Heureuse,
    LA ROQUE, Jean de. Voyage de l'Arabie Heureuse,

    Amsterdam : 1716

    La Roque's little book is "one of the first accounts of Yemen" (Arcadian Library); this edition published in the same year as the first (Paris: André Cailleau). The latter part of the book is taken up with La Roque's extensively researched essay on the botany and cultivation of coffee and his historical overview of the spread of the beverage. Widely... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139029

  30. The Worst Journey in the World:
    CHERRY-GARRARD, Apsley. The Worst Journey in the World:

    London : 1922

    Interesting group comprising two polar rarities, a first edition of The Worst Journey in the World, and two autograph letters. The Worst Journey in the World, "the best written and most enduring account of exploits in the Antarctic" (Taurus) and "widely regarded as the masterpiece of polar exploration" (Books on Ice), is presented here in Cherry-Garrard's... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 136850

  31. Sultan to Sultan.
    FRENCH-SHELDON, May. Sultan to Sultan.

    Boston : 1892

    First edition, inscribed by the author on the verso of the limitation page, "Yours Faithfully M. French-Sheldon Bébé Bwana", stamped number 1,293 (of an unspecified number of copies printed) on the recto with the printed signature of H. H. Boyce, Business Manager of Arena Publishing Company, beneath.

    This is an ethnography of a safari led by... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 136609

  32. Collection of 16 photographic albums; [together with:] typescript diary.
    VERNAY, Arthur Stannard. Collection of 16 photographic albums; [together with:] typescript diary.

    [1920s-30s]

    An extraordinary personal archive of over 3,000 original photographs assembled by one of the most renowned naturalists and big-game hunters of the inter-war years. Spanning Africa, the Middle East, India, and East Asia, these albums offer an unrivalled insight into some of the most significant scientific expeditions of the period, many undertaken at... Learn More
    £125,000.00

    Stock Code: 133409

  33. Ledger book containing 30 large ink and water-colour detail drafts of warship construction.
    HANCOCK, Samuel Edward, Acting Carpenter. Ledger book containing 30 large ink and water-colour detail drafts of warship construction.

    Devonport : 1904-5

    A wonderful insight into naval construction and shipyard practice at the outset of the Anglo-German naval arms race, "formally" initiated with the launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906. The drawings constituted part of Hancock's training process, similar to the technical drawings, maps and drafts commonly found in a middy's journal book, but here the craft... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 133180

  34. Original pen and ink and wash map of New Holland and New South Wales.
    AUSTRALIA. Original pen and ink and wash map of New Holland and New South Wales.

    England : c. 1840

    Delightful "album piece" map of Australia, dating to around 1840, "New Holland" outlined in green, New South Wales and Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) in red, coastal waters shaded in blue. Sydney, Port Jackson and Botany Bay are all named, also the Swan River; the lateral distance across the continent is given as "2400 miles".

    Van Diemen's Land... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 132135

  35. A'lbom zdaniy, prinadlezhavschih Moskovskomy gorodskomu upravleniyu. (Album of the municipal buildings of Moscow.)
    RUSSIA; Moscow. A'lbom zdaniy, prinadlezhavschih Moskovskomy gorodskomu upravleniyu. (Album of the municipal buildings of Moscow.)

    Moscow : [1912-13]

    Superb and extremely scarce photographic record of pre-Revolution Moscow, captured in a series of quite stunning images by one of the foremost Russian photographers of the period, P. P. Pavlov. An online search of institutional libraries cites 3 locations only - British Library, Harvard, and Columbia - with no copy traced on auction records.

    Among... Learn More
    £45,000.00

    Stock Code: 131502

  36. Sketches in Afghaunistan.
    ATKINSON, James. Sketches in Afghaunistan.

    London : 1842

    First edition. Without doubt one of the finest illustrated books on Afghanistan, the plates comprising superb views on the march - Bolan Pass, Quetta, Khojak Pass, Kandahar, and Kabul - published in the wake of the disastrous First Anglo-Afghan War, a conflict that held a ghastly fascination for a British public eager for images of an unexplored country... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 131893

  37. Views of the Forts of Bhurtpoore & Weire.
    ABBOTT, George. Views of the Forts of Bhurtpoore & Weire.

    London : 1827

    First and sole edition of this scarce and attractive celebratory record of the Siege of Bharatpur (December-January 1825-6). An online search of institutional libraries cites British Library, Yale, Library of Congress, and Brown University only. Just 126 copies were taken by 71 subscribers, with 40 going to the East India Company and 4 to the British... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 131921

  38. Captain Sweet's Views of South Australia.
    SWEET, Samuel White. Captain Sweet's Views of South Australia.

    Adelaide : [c.1884]

    Superb lifetime album of fully-captioned photographs of remarkable depth and clarity by the pioneering photographer of Australia Captain Samuel White Sweet (1825-1886), presenting a generous panorama of his art in prints reflecting the civic pride of the city of Adelaide through its many fine buildings, alongside the landscape of South Australia captured... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 129596

  39. Historical Researches on the Origin and Principles of the Bauddha [sic] and Jaina Religions:
    BIRD, James. Historical Researches on the Origin and Principles of the Bauddha [sic] and Jaina Religions:

    Bombay : 1847

    First and sole edition. An important early work in the transmission of information about the celebrated Buddhist caves of western India, which Bird saw as repositories of universal value, mindful of "the duty imposed on us, as a nation, to preserve these relics of ancient art". Inevitably scarce, as just 59 subscribers contributed towards the expense... Learn More
    £6,250.00

    Stock Code: 129805

  40. Serindia.
    STEIN, M. Aurel. Serindia.

    Oxford : 1921

    First edition, first impression, of this landmark work which has a strong claim to be the single most important text on Central Asia, beautifully produced and presented here in the distinctive original cloth bindings.

    Stein explains in his introduction: "The term Serindia, as adopted (in the form Sérinde) by valued French fellow-scholars, is... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 125986

  41. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon.
    WEST, Rebecca. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon.

    London : 1941

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the half-title of volume I: "With much gratitude to Yvonne Ffrench from Rebecca West, 1942". Inscribed copies are far from common, this set offering a pleasing association with a recognised woman writer.

    Ffrench was the author of well-received biographies of Sarah Siddons, Mrs Gaskell, Ouida, and... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 124556

  42. Égypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie:
    DU CAMP, Maxime. Égypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie:

    Paris : 1852

    Extremely rare first edition complete, illustrated with 125 salt prints from wet paper negatives mounted one to a page. Du Camp's monumental work was the first archaeological survey to be extensively illustrated with photographs.

    A young man of independent means, Du Camp took up photography in 1849 in preparation for his second journey to North... Learn More
    £300,000.00

    Stock Code: 124632

  43. Route of Lieutenant-General Sir Miles Nightingall, K.C.B. Overland from India.
    HANSON, James, Captain. Route of Lieutenant-General Sir Miles Nightingall, K.C.B. Overland from India.

    London : 1820

    First and only edition of this engaging and highly elusive account. Hanson, described on the title page as "Late Assistant Quarter-Master-General with the Field Army of the Madras Establishment", acted as ADC to Sir Miles Nightingall, commander-in-chief of the Bombay Army, on his return home from India in 1819.

    The party sailed on the East Indiaman... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 124141

  44. Essay towards a Dictionary, Tibetan and English. Prepared, with the Assistance of Bandé Sangs-Rgyas Phun-Tschogs, a learned La'ma of Zangska'r, during a Residence at Kanam, in the Hima'laya Mountains, on the Confines of India and Tibet. 1827-1830.
    KORÖSI CSOMA, Sandór. Essay towards a Dictionary, Tibetan and English. Prepared, with the Assistance of Bandé Sangs-Rgyas Phun-Tschogs, a learned La'ma of Zangska'r, during a Residence at Kanam, in the Hima'laya Mountains, on the Confines of India and Tibet. 1827-1830.

    Calcutta : 1834

    First editions of the first Tibetan-English dictionary and grammar, remarkably scarce in commerce, with one copy only of the Dictionary appearing on auction records (2007) and just two complete copies of the Grammar (1955 and 1998). This set has an excellent provenance: from the library of Thomas Herbert Lewin (1839-1916), army officer and frontier... Learn More
    £22,500.00

    Stock Code: 122418

  45. Address Given at the Memorial Service for Ian Fleming. St Bartholomew the Great.
    FLEMING, Ian - PLOMER, William. Address Given at the Memorial Service for Ian Fleming. St Bartholomew the Great.

    Westerham : 1964

    First edition, limited hardcover issue, one of 50 copies. An address given at the memorial for Ian Fleming, by the South African poet and novelist William Plomer. Plomer had been a publisher's reader for Jonathan Cape from 1937; he was instrumental in the publication of Fleming's work and the dedicatee of Goldfinger. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 121002

  46. A Picture of St. Petersburgh,
    RUSSIA; St Petersburg - MORNAY (illus.) A Picture of St. Petersburgh,

    London : 1815

    First edition, "one of the most beautiful plate books of St. Petersburg" (Bobins Collection), offering a wonderfully evocative picture of the city in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars, issued during the lifetime of one of its most famous inhabitants, Alexander Pushkin.

    Published at 6 guineas coloured, this is a superb record of the city of Peter... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 120459

  47. Clovis Dardentor.
    VERNE, Jules. Clovis Dardentor.

    London : 1897

    First English edition, first impression, of this Verne caper first published in French in the previous year. This is an exceptionally nice copy in the scarce green variant cloth. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 116440

  48. Diario del viage explorador de las corbetas españolas "Descubierta" y "Atrevida" en los años de 1789 a 1794.
    VIANA, Francisco Xavier de. Diario del viage explorador de las corbetas españolas "Descubierta" y "Atrevida" en los años de 1789 a 1794.

    Cerrito de la Victoria [Montevideo] : 1849

    First and only edition of one of the rarest Pacific voyages, the great Spanish scientific expedition under the Italian-born Alessandro Malaspina, 1789 to 1794, throughout the Pacific, exploring and mapping much of the west coast of the Americas from Cape Horn to the Gulf of Alaska, then across to the Philippines, with stops in Australia and New Zealand.... Learn More
    £22,500.00

    Stock Code: 113859

  49. Two Years Before the Mast.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); DANA, Richard Henry. Two Years Before the Mast.

    London and Glasgow : [1904]

    First edition, first impression. A stunning copy of this book which was produced cheaply and most often seen in a tired state. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 113086

  50. Voyage pittoresque au Lac de Garda ou Benaco.
    WETZEL, Johann Jakob. Voyage pittoresque au Lac de Garda ou Benaco.

    Zurich : 1824

    First edition of this rare suite of plates with superb contemporary hand-colouring, executed with enormous subtlety and exhibiting a beautiful gradation of tone. Wetzel (1781-1834) was one of the leading Swiss landscape painters of the Romantic era, the popularity of whose work meant that a "whole staff of aquatint engravers was employed in imitating... Learn More
    £30,000.00

    Stock Code: 111172

  51. Travels To Discover the Source of the Nile,
    BRUCE, James. Travels To Discover the Source of the Nile,

    Edinburgh : 1790

    First edition of "one of the great travel accounts of the eighteenth century" (ODNB), this set untrimmed and uncommon thus. "Although the Nile was Bruce's main objective, as a polyglot, diplomat, artist, and amateur scientist, he imagined advancing all areas of learning, and in many ways he succeeded. He recorded detailed descriptions of the people,... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 107966

  52. Life, Travels and Reminiscences of Jonathan Ceredig Davies.
    DAVIES, Jonathan Ceredig. Life, Travels and Reminiscences of Jonathan Ceredig Davies.

    Llanddewi Brefi : 1927

    A Herculean labour of love: one of 70 copies only, printed for private circulation by the author in his old age at his own printing-press. This copy inscribed "yours sincerely, J. Ceredig Davies" on the frontispiece and forwarded to his cousin, the Hon. Dan W. Williams of Jackson, Ohio. Davies's memoirs comprise his journeys to Patagonia and Australia.... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 93335

  53. "Year Without Spring."
    BRIGGS, Ernest. "Year Without Spring."

    1942

    Compelling and highly-readable epistolary account of army service in Papua New Guinea by the Australian poet, broadcaster and music critic, Ernest Briggs (1905-1967), the letters being addressed to the pianist Harriet Cohen (1895-1967), acclaimed particularly as an interpreter of Bach. The work is unpublished and the only other copy traced is in the... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 93902

  54. Douglass & Aikman's Almanack and Register for the Island of Jamaica:
    JAMAICA; AMERICAN JUDAICA. Douglass & Aikman's Almanack and Register for the Island of Jamaica:

    Kingston : 1781

    This extremely scarce almanac includes, at the conclusion of the calendar proper, the names of the holidays and the months printed in both English and Hebrew types. This page represents one of the very earliest specimens of Hebrew type in a publication produced in the Western Hemisphere intended for the use of Jews.

    The calendar appears on the... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 82190

  55. A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the Years 1792 and 1793:
    BARROW, John. A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the Years 1792 and 1793:

    London : 1806

    First edition of the "first illustrated English work on Vietnam" (Hill), being a description of the outward voyage of Lord Macartney's embassy to China. The account is superbly illustrated with aquatints of views, "types," and natural history specimens, Abbey commending the aquatinting as "of excellent quality."

    "The voyage visited Madeira,... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 81263

  56. Views in Greece, from drawings.
    DODWELL, Edward. Views in Greece, from drawings.

    London : 1821

    First edition of one of the most spectacular aquatint travel books of its era, with hand-colouring justifiably puffed by the publisher as "from the original drawings in the best manner"; Abbey describes as "outstanding" those plates engraved and coloured by Robert Havell, who came from a distinguished family of artists. Copies in the original parts... Learn More
    £37,500.00

    Stock Code: 67038

  57. Southern Tibet:
    HEDIN, Sven. Southern Tibet:

    Stockholm : 1916-22

    First and only edition. "The most important and comprehensive collection of material relating to Tibet up to the date of publication. Not only does it include detailed accounts of Transhimalaya, the Karakoram, Chang Tang and Lake Manasarowar regions, but also in-depth studies of previous explorers of the region, and a particularly important collection... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 75196

  58. The Unknown Horn of Africa:
    JAMES, F. L. The Unknown Horn of Africa:

    London : 1888

    First edition of this important monograph, a truly superior copy of a book often found in calamitous condition. "The coloured plates of birds in the more scarce first issue are especially handsome" (Czech). While not in the red pictorial cloth, all other signs are that this is a first issue; the colouring of the plates is particularly skilful.

    Frank... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 60741

  59. Voyages … par la Moscovie, en Perse, et aux Indes Orientales.
    DE BRUYN, Cornelius. Voyages … par la Moscovie, en Perse, et aux Indes Orientales.

    Amsterdam : 1718

    First edition in French of one of the principal accounts of Russia published during the 18th century and certainly one of the most lavishly illustrated; it was originally issued in Dutch (Amsterdam, 1711). It is of note that De Bruyn was "far more concerned" than other visitors to Russia, "to describe the Russian built environment in detail, both verbally... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 61428

  60. Wanderings in West Africa from Liverpool to Fernando Po. By a F.R.G.S.
    BURTON, Richard F. Wanderings in West Africa from Liverpool to Fernando Po. By a F.R.G.S.

    London : 1863

    First edition of Burton's scathing account of his period as a consular official in west Africa; "the views he expressed were so harsh and controversial... that the book was originally published anonymously" (Kennedy, p. 134). This a really superior copy in the original cloth.

    "Newly married and needing employment, Burton approached the Foreign... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 45033

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