Our shops are open and we are processing online, telephone and email orders as normal

Catalogue 173 - Travel and Exploration

Catalogue 173 - Travel and Exploration

Our catalogue, Travel and Exploration, offers a selection from our extensive travel holdings, encompassing books, photographs, autograph letters, and original documentation. From early photography to written accounts by pioneering female travellers, this is a catalogue of discovery, and a testament to the history of human curiosity for the world around us.

 

View PDF
Single page spread
Double page spread

56 Items

View as List View Grid View
Set Descending Direction
  1. Douglass & Aikman's Almanack and Register for the Island of Jamaica:
    (AMERICAN JUDAICA.) Douglass & Aikman's Almanack and Register for the Island of Jamaica:

    Kingston : 1781

    Extremely uncommon. Printed and published by David Douglass and William Aikman, Loyalist refugees from the Revolution in America - Douglass from Charleston, Aikman from Annapolis - this almanac includes, at the conclusion of the calendar proper, on the verso of the leaf bearing a Jamaican historical chronology - a "Kalendar of Months, Sabbaths, and... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 82190

  2. 131921
    ABBOTT, George. Views of the Forts of Bhurtpoore & Weire.

    London : 1827

    First and sole edition of this attractive celebratory record of the Siege of Bharatpur (9 December 1825-18 January 1826). "The attack on Bharatpur was successful; the great Jat fortress, a menace to British rule ever since Lord Lake failed against it twenty years before, was destroyed" (ODNB). Scarce: Copac cites British Library only among British and... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 131921

  3. [Title in Greek:] Ekphrasis tes Hagias Sophias.
    ANTONIADI, E. M. [Title in Greek:] Ekphrasis tes Hagias Sophias.

    Athens : 1907-09

    First and only edition of this scarce and important monograph, from the library of the traveler, aesthete, and writer on art Robert Byron (1905-1941), inscribed by him on a blank before the half-title in volume I, "Robert Byron, sent by A. E. Benaki" and with Byron's signature in the same location in the other volumes.

    A fine provenance: Antonis... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 143223

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. General Orders for the Information and Guidance of the Officers and Men,
    BENIN EXPEDITION 1897. General Orders for the Information and Guidance of the Officers and Men,

    [No place : 1897]

    Expedition leader Sir Harry Rawson's copy, his accompanying memo headed in pencil "Admiral's Copy". A genuinely rare and remarkable survival, these highly ephemeral orders relate to the punitive expedition conducted by the British against Benin in 1897; "justified as a legitimate military action... this brutal, violent colonial episode effectively... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 143425

  9. 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

  10. "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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. [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

  16. Collection of 9 Foreign Office Diplomatic and Consular Trade Reports.
    CRETE. Collection of 9 Foreign Office Diplomatic and Consular Trade Reports.

    London : 1886 - 1912

    Extremely scarce: a substantial run of Diplomatic and Consular Trade Reports relating to Crete, issued by the Foreign Office at a turbulent period when the island was emerging from Ottoman control; those for the period 1901-04 published in an edition of 1,400 copies each, the last four years in tiny print runs of between 75 and 90 copies only.

    This... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 146336

  17. 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

  18. 138060
    DAVIS, Nathan. Inscriptions in the Phoenician Character,

    London : 1863

    First and sole edition, uncommon; an important record of the Punic stelae unearthed by one of the most remarkable figures in 19th century archaeology, the little known Nathan Davis (1819-1882), "clergyman, adventurer and snake-handler extraordinaire" (Freed), who conducted pioneering excavations at Carthage in the late 1850s, preceding the work of his... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 138060

  19. 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

  20. Eighteen original photographs of Khiva and its people.
    DIVANOV, Khudaibergen. Eighteen original photographs of Khiva and its people.

    Khiva : c.1920

    Eloquent and atmospheric sequence of images showing the ancient Silk Road city of Khiva during a period of rapid transition, the work of Khudaibergen Divanov, Uzbekistan's first photographer whose life and fate mirrored his times. Proscribed and executed in Stalin's Great Purge, vintage prints from Divanov's studio are exceptionally scarce.

    All... Learn More
    £29,250.00

    Stock Code: 113773

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 124141
    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 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 ship-sloop... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 124141

  26. 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

  27. An Account of the British Settlement of Aden in Arabia.
    HUNTER, F. M. An Account of the British Settlement of Aden in Arabia.

    London : 1877

    First and only edition of this important monograph, the rare "presentation issue" with the superb photographic plates; commercial records show two copies only, one with Maggs (1954, catalogue no. 824) and another through Sotheby's (1999). Inscribed on the half-title by the recipient "E. V. Stace a kind present from the Author", his signature repeated... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 144018

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. The American Atlas:
    JEFFERYS, Thomas. The American Atlas:

    London : 1775

    First edition of this celebrated atlas, "the chief publication used by English and American officers during the American Revolution" (Karpinski) and "one of the most authoritative and comprehensive atlases of America" (Ristow), with large maps of 11 of the 13 colonies, and of French Canada.

    As Geographer to the Prince of Wales, and subsequently... Learn More
    £135,000.00

    Stock Code: 141814

  31. 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

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

    Cairo : 1917

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

    Stock Code: 142623

  33. Yankee 1930.
    LEVICK, Edwin J., & Rosenfeld & Sons. Yankee 1930.

    New York : 1929-30

    Superb pictorial record of the US yacht Yankee, built to compete for the right to defend the America's Cup. This celebration of the boat would certainly appear to be a one-off for a syndicate member and is comprised of photographs of the highest quality.

    Of the 19 prints 5 have the studio wet-stamps of the renowned Rosenfeld Studio showing through... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 142524

  34. Opisaniye Kirgiz-Kazach'ikh, ili Kirgiz-Kaysatskikh ord i stepey
    LEVSHIN, Aleksey Iraklievich. Opisaniye Kirgiz-Kazach'ikh, ili Kirgiz-Kaysatskikh ord i stepey

    Saint Petersburg : 1832

    Rare and important. The first account of Kazakhstan as a geographic entity and of the Kazakhs as a people, containing the most accurate map of the region to date. Print run of just 400 copies; 10 copies traced institutionally world-wide, genuinely scarce on the market. A complete and extremely pretty copy of this highly desirable Kazakh cornerstone.

    Kazakh... Learn More
    £32,500.00

    Stock Code: 143194

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. Travels through Arabia, and other Countries in the East.
    NIEBUHR, Carsten. Travels through Arabia, and other Countries in the East.

    Dublin : 1792

    First Dublin edition, considerably scarcer than the first edition in English, published at Edinburgh in the same year; we have traced two copies only on auction records (2008 and 1979) and an online search of institutional libraries shows 7 locations only; this copy in a judiciously restored period binding, now presenting most handsomely.

    These... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 144017

  40. 146860
    PURCHAS, Samuel. Purchas his Pilgrimes.

    London : 1625-6

    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.

    The Pilgrimes was conceived as a continuation... Learn More
    £125,000.00

    Stock Code: 146860

  41. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia.
    ROBERTS, David. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia.

    London : 1842-5

    First edition, with the plates in the proof state, 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 astonishing work had presented so comprehensive a series of views of the monuments, landscape, and people of the region.

    The... Learn More
    £57,500.00

    Stock Code: 132530

  42. 131502
    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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. Remarkable one-page typed letter signed to Abe Rosenthal of the New York Times, concerning the withdrawal from Vietnam.
    SHEEHAN, Neil. Remarkable one-page typed letter signed to Abe Rosenthal of the New York Times, concerning the withdrawal from Vietnam.

    Washington, D.C. : 1975

    On the eve of the withdrawal from Saigon, Pulitzer-winning journalist Neil Sheehan writes to legendary editor Abe Rosenthal: a letter of superb content and context, conveying disillusionment with the Vietnam "experiment" and the anger that informs Sheehan's A Bright Shining Lie, the "one book that captures the Vietnam War in the sheer Homeric scale... Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 141264

  46. Memoirs,
    STANHOPE, Lady Hester. Memoirs,

    London : 1846

    First edition of Travels, with the second edition of Memoirs, published in the same year. This is a handsomely bound copy of the chief authorities for the life of the most extraordinary woman traveller of the 19th century.

    A niece of William Pitt, Lady Stanhope (1776-1839) left England in 1810 with Charles Meryon, a young doctor she had engaged... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 146264

  47. 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

  48. 125986
    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. Stein explains in his introduction: "The term Serindia, as adopted (in the form Sérinde) by valued French fellow-scholars, is excellently suited for the designation of this region, well-defined by nature as well as by... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 125986

  49. Memoranda of a Journey to Moscow in the Year 1856.
    THOMSON, Fanny Mary. Memoranda of a Journey to Moscow in the Year 1856.

    Liverpool : 1859

    First edition of this observant and entertaining travel account, originally published for private distribution. Decidedly uncommon, with three copies located institutionally in the UK, held at Oxford, Cambridge, and the National Library of Scotland, and a further two added internationally, held at the New York Public Library and at Yale. The National... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 138355

  50. Journal of a Nine Months' Residence in Siam.
    TOMLIN, Jacob. Journal of a Nine Months' Residence in Siam.

    London : 1831

    First and sole edition of this extremely uncommon and engaging narrative, presented here nicely in the original boards. Jacob Tomlin, of the London Missionary Society, accompanied the German missionary and civil servant Karl Gützlaff during most of his pioneering visit to Thailand in 1828, when the two men were the first Protestant missionaries to... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 145984

  51. Archive relating to the Royal Navy service of Midshipman Francis Wyatt Rawson Larken.
    TRUCIAL STATES. Archive relating to the Royal Navy service of Midshipman Francis Wyatt Rawson Larken.

    1928-51

    A fascinating and unpublished primary source - and as such rare in private hands - being the manuscript journal books kept by a Royal Navy midshipman during a tour of the Gulf in 1930-31; including a compelling account of a visit to Dubai and an on-board reception for the Trucial Sheikhs, part of a broader British policy of "courting" local rulers;... Learn More
    £125,000.00

    Stock Code: 142568

  52. Kazakstan v tsifrah. Statisticheskiy dvukhnedelnik kazstatupravleniya No. 6-7
    VASILIEV, N.E., M.N.Volkov & V.I. Dobrovolskiy. Kazakstan v tsifrah. Statisticheskiy dvukhnedelnik kazstatupravleniya No. 6-7

    Alma-Ata : 1928

    Extremely rare issue of the official journal of the Kazakh Statistical Department offering the first detailed description of Alma-Ata as the capital: "because of the recent move of the capital and the lack of any standardized information on Alma-Ata from the statistical, economic and historical points of view, we have decided to dedicate this enlarged... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 145808

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. An Exposure of the Hindu Religion,
    WILSON, John, of the Scottish Mission, Bombay. An Exposure of the Hindu Religion,

    Bombay : 1832

    First edition of this uncommon and confrontational tract by the eminent Scottish missionary and orientalist John Wilson (1804-1875), a reply to the Hindu theologian Mora Bhatta Dandekara's Hindudharmasthapana (Vindication of Hindu Religion), published in Marathi and translated here by way of preface; part of a fascinating print war between the two men.... Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 145823

56 Items

View as List View Grid View
Set Descending Direction