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KORF, Feodor Feodorovich. Vospominaniya o Persii, 1834-1835 (Reminiscences of Persia).
St Petersburg : 1838First and only edition, uncommon, with just six locations world-wide. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front panel of the wraps: "To the Russian Academy, presented by the Author, 17 Nov. 1838". The book was never translated or republished in Russia. The author, Russian writer and journalist Fyodor Korf (1803-1853), describes his service... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 121850
THESIGER, Wilfred. Arabian Sands.
London : 1959First edition. This was Thesiger's first book and "and, in his opinion, his finest" (ODNB). "During the years that I was in Arabia I never thought that I would write a book about my travels Seven years after leaving Arabia I showed some photographs I had taken to Graham Watson and he strongly urged me to write a book about the desert. This I refused... Learn More£1,575.00
Stock Code: 130541
TACHARD, Guy. A Relation of the Voyage to Siam Performed by Six Jesuits,
London : 1688First 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 of Siam. In response to Phaulkon's... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 115740
MERCATOR, Gerardus, & Jodocus Hondius. Atlas Minor.
Amsterdam : 1634An attractive copy of Mercator and Hondius's Atlas, unrestored in a contemporary binding. In 1628 Joannis Janssonius, spotting a gap in the Dutch market for a small format portable atlas, commissioned this edition, enlisting Abraham Goos and Pieter van den Keere - two of the most accomplished engravers of their day - to engrave the maps. The edition... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 130977
SPEED, John. England Wales Scotland and Ireland Described and Abridged.
[London : 1627Second 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 maps are reprints of Peter Keer's... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 115052
CHERRY-GARRARD, Apsley. The Worst Journey in The World.
New York : 1930First US one-volume edition, "reproduced exactly from the second English edition, and the first to be printed in America" (Rosove), this copy inscribed by Cherry-Garrard to a family friend: "Inscribed to Alice by Apsley Cherry-Garrard with best these two words blotted wishes, July 7 1936", with an earlier date beneath. Copies of Worst Journey are very... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 133368
[VIANA, Francisco Javier de.] Diario del viage explorador de las corbetas españolas "Descubierta" y "Atrevida" en los años de 1789 à 1794.
[Montevideo] : 1849First 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 is of immense value. It is the... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 111448
CARTWRIGHT, John. The Preachers Travels.
London : 1611First edition. John Cartwright, identified on the title page as "sometimes student in Magdalen Colledge in Oxford", is invariably referred to as "The Preacher" after the title of this book; his name is often listed as being employed by the Levant Company in that capacity. Yet one of the oddest features of his fascinating travel tale is that Cartwright... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 128759
KENT, Rockwell. Voyaging Southward from The Strait of Magellan.
New York : 1926Presentation copy from the author, inscribed in pencil at the head of the dedication page, "To my friend Nat Horwitt this 'voyage' (so far the only one we've sailed together on) is inscribed by me Rockwell Kent Au Sable Forks, March 1929". The recipient was the celebrated industrial designer Nathan G. Horwitt (1889-1990), "Horwitt is best known for... Learn More£1,925.00
Stock Code: 60017
STALIN. Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin.
Moscow : 1949The first and only edition, 10,000 copies in all, but this the deluxe issue in full leather binding. Handsomely presented and produced, this richly illustrated history of the life of Stalin was prepared by the Lenin State Museum (now State Historical Museum). The typography and printing were by the Krasnyi Proletarii - "Red Proletariat" - the Central... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 132982
[SWIFT, Jonathan.] Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
London : 1726True first edition of Swift's masterpiece, Teerink's A edition, with the first state frontispiece. The first state frontispiece has the inscription beneath the portrait, which in the second state was placed around the portrait; a third state is a retouched version of the second.
"The clandestine business of getting into print a pseudonymous... Learn More£125,000.00
Stock Code: 130055
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] : 1849First 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
LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph.
London : 1935First trade edition, first impression, published by Cape immediately following Lawrence's death. It is O'Brien's so-called "Third English Edition," following the Oxford Times edition of 1922 (of which there were eight copies), and the 1926 Cranwell edition (limited to 211 copies, 170 only designated complete). Learn More£1,575.00
Stock Code: 130998
GIRARDOT, Alexandre Antoine. Two albums compiled from an artist's sketchbooks recording nearly 40 years of life in Algeria.
Algeria : 1830-67Alexandre Antoine Girardot (1815-c.1877) has left but few traces of what must have been an unusual and adventurous life. Born in Paris in February 1815, he enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts on 6 October 1836. A student of Blondel, he exhibited regularly at the Salon between 1841 and 1848, submitting views of Algeria and other "oriental" subjects.... Learn More£95,000.00
Stock Code: 110595
ERPENIUS, Thomas. [Arabic title] Kitab al-Jarrumiyah wa-Mi'at al-'amil. Grammatica Arabica
Leiden : 1617 & 1637First editions of these two landmark studies of the Arabic language. From the library of Pierre Dippy (16221709), Maronite dragoman to King Louis XIV of France and chair of Arabic and Syriac at the Collège Royal in Paris from 1667 to his death, the title pages inscribed "Ex libris Pierre Dippy" in a contemporary hand (the name ineffectually struck... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 118772
JUKES, J. Beete. Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly, commanded by Captain F. P. Blackwood, R.N.
London : 1847First 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 that many appear on maps... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 94462
ROBERTS, David. Egypt & Nubia,
London : 1846-49First edition, in the preferred deluxe coloured format, of "one of the most important and elaborate ventures of 19th-century publishing... the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph" (Abbey Travel). No publication before this had presented so comprehensive a series of views of the monuments, landscape, and people of the Near East. Representing the completion... Learn More£150,000.00
Stock Code: 119585
LAWRENCE, T. E. (intro.); DOUGHTY, Charles M. Travels in Arabia Deserta.
London : 1936New and definitive edition, first impression. First published in 1886, this reissue with a new preface by Doughty and an introduction by T. E. Lawrence found a new generation of readers for this classic of travel. This "definitive" edition of 1936 was published in a format matching that of the 1935 Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 121339
AYROUARD, Jacques. Recueil de plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades et de quelques Cartes particulières de la Mer Méditerranée,
[Paris or Marseille?] : 1732-46First 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 notes on rocks and reefs, and... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 106965
ULMANN, Doris, & Julia Peterkin. Roll, Jordan, Roll.
New York : 1933First edition, signed limited issue. Number 48 of 350 copies signed by the author and photographer, and printed on large paper and extra-illustrated with 90 images, instead of the 70 in the trade issue. This copy is accompanied by the gravure signed by Ulmann of the plate on p. 31, which, although not called for in the colophon, was supposed to be included.... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 109882
THOMAS, George - FRANCKLIN, William. Military Memoirs of Mr. George Thomas,
Calcutta : 1803The Calcutta quarto, the true first edition preceding the London octavo edition by two years. Memoirs of the Irish freelance who became self-declared "dictator in all the countries belonging to the Sikhs south of the Sutlej". A handsome production.
Born in Tipperary, Thomas arrived in Madras in 1781, possibly as a deserter from the Royal Navy.... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 113334
MARLIANI, Bartolomeo. Urbis Romae topographia.
Rome & Basel : 1544 & 1543First illustrated edition, second issue (with woodcut device on title page) of Marliani's Urbis Romae topographia, one of the most celebrated early guides to Rome, illustrated with superb engravings of the city's most important sites. The important folding map cut by the calligrapher and wood engraver Giovanni Battista Palatino, probably designed by... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 130002
AH FONG PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO. The Sino-Japanese Hostilities 1937; [together with:] The Sino-Japanese Hostilities Shanghai 1937. Index.
Shanghai & Wei-Hai-Wei : 1937First edition of the complete set of 200 silver gelatin photographs issued by the Ah Fong Photography Studio, recording the brutal siege and conquest of Shanghai by the Japanese at the opening of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Japan's failure to defeat China in this war became the key dynamic for what happened in Asia during the Second World War. In... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 111970
[JUSTEL, Henri, ed.] Recueil de divers voyages faits en Afrique et en l'Amerique,
Paris : 1674First edition of this important collection of voyages, assembled by the Huguenot Henri Justel, a "promoter, through hospitality and correspondence, in circles in Paris and London, of the optimistic spirit of enquiry which would be a feature of the European Enlightenment" (ODNB); this is a most attractive copy with a fine provenance. Included here is... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 125351
(BRAZIL.) CARLS, Francisco Henrique. Album de Pernambuco.
Pernambuco : 1880A wonderfully-preserved copy of this superb visual record of Brazil in the late 19th century. "The colourful and airy rendering contributes much to the appeal of this extensive series of images that forms one of the most comprehensive visual reports carried out on any Brazilian city in the period" (Correa do Lago).
The album was first issued... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 108232