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Lisbon: Regia Officina Typographica, 1788.
Portuguese discoveries in a crisp uniform edition24 volumes, duodecimo, with four portraits and five folding maps; contemporary blonde speckled calf. This extensive set is a fundamental travel book, and the basis for any history of Portuguese exploration. This is the first collected edition of...
Tours: Alfred Mame et fils, 1893. Quarto, with many illustrations, some taken from photographs, gilt edges, in the original ornately pictorial cloth, with pretty decoration in silver and gilt. Fine copy of the first French edition, which puts the English edition of 1890 quite in the shade. It is scarce...
Milan: Ranieri Fanfani, 1825-1829.
Fine Americana in original wrappersEighteen small quarto volumes, with a total of 101 handcoloured plates and seven maps; an excellent set as issued in the publisher's tinted wrappers. Scarce in original condition: a record of Catholic missionary activity across the globe from the seventeenth to...
London: Harris, 1821. Octavo with a folding frontispice map, 84 hand-coloured engravings on 28 plates (three on each); original printed boards. Second edition of this children's study of Asian lands. Each engraving is numbered and complimented by a corresponding description. The pictures and text cover a number of Asian countries...
Lucrative Spice Island possessionPencil drawing measuring 204 x 260 mm. (sheet size), well preserved, mounted. Original mid-nineteenth century sketch of Banda, the fabulously lucrative and contested Spice island in present day Indonesia. Once the primary source of nutmeg and mace, the Banda islands were a prized Dutch...
Paris: Madame Veuve Hocquart, 1811-1814.
An Enlightened look at the peoples of the world: costumes, customs and ritualsTwo volumes, quarto, with 144 handcoloured plates; a very large copy, completely uncut, in a handsome contemporary binding of half crimson roan, flat spines banded and lettered in gilt. Lavishly illustrated study...
London: Sir Richard Phillips, 1823.
Passage to India & New South Wales aboard a transportOctavo with an aquatint plate, old cloth. The only edition of this description of a visit to New South Wales in 1818 and one of surprisingly few accounts of a voyage on a convict transport...
Amsterdam: circa 1680.
Tasman map by Blaeu's apprenticeEngraved map, 460 x 560 mm., superb handcolouring; mounted. Fine early map of the East Indies showing the discoveries of Tasman by Frederick de Wit, at a time when he was one of the foremost map-makers in Holland. His firm's 'maps were...
London: T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, 1770-, 1772. Three volumes, quarto, folding map and eight plates (including frontispieces), a fine set in handsome contemporary gilt decorated calf, spine in raised bands with red and green morocco labels. A beautifully bound set of Dow's history of Bengal, illustrated with...
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1812.
The tide changes in the East…Octavo, original spine, label and diced boards; with errata bound in. Uncommon: reflections on the state of play by an East India Company agent. Published a year prior to the abolition of the Company monopoly on...
London: John Debrett, 1783. Octavo, 26pp, disbound. A printed letter critical of Thomas Townshend's involvement as Home Secretary in the affairs of the East India Company, published before the contentious resignation of Warren Hastings as Governor of Bengal. The letter was addressed by Lord Bellamont to the Earl of Shelburne...
Nürnberg: Johann Andreæ Endter, 1668.
The exotic East and West Indies: in monastic pigskin bindingThick folio, engraved title, followed by title-page in red & black, envoi to German Emperor Leopold I with separate armorial frontispiece, 65 plates, with one textual illustration and the terminal Errata leaf; contemporary full pigskin.....
London: D. Brown [et al], 1700.
When he stood upon the Plank...Octavo, pp. [xvi], 358, [ii]; an excellent crisp copy in contemporary dark calf, carefully repaired at joints preserving original gilt spine panels and label. First edition in English, translated from the Dutch by "S.L.". and a scarce and...
London: Oxford University Press, 1954. Small folio, illustrated throughout in colour on every page; original illustrated linen-backed boards. First edition of this charming autolithographed children's book, one of several done by Hutton including A Picture History of Britain / France / Canada / Italy / Australia / America / Russia...
London: printed for J.Sewell; Vernor and Hood, and others, 1799-1812.
'Much more than the Greco-Roman and Judaeo-Christian world'Eleven volumes, quarto, with a total of 132 plates (of which 24 are folding), some handcoloured; contemporary polished half calf with gilt spines. A splendid set in a handsome and well-preserved contemporary...
Paris: Dabo and Masson, 1823.
Miniature voyage collection, with a Freycinet section15 volumes, duodecimo, with numerous folding maps & plates; contemporary half calf. A delightful French miniature collection of voyages. There are three volumes each to the sections on Africa, Asia, America, Europe and the South Seas. This last...
Venice: Gio. Giacomo Fuchs, 1818-1819.
The earliest scholarly edition of Marco PoloTwo volumes, quarto, with four folding maps; quarter vellum in antique style, original plain blue-grey wrappers bound in. The first "modern" edition of Marco Polo, the inspiration for all explorers towards the east. His reports of his travels...
Rome: Typis Salomonianis, 1794.
Eighteenth-century India by a noted orientalistThree works bound together, quarto, the first main work with folding map, 2 plates and an engraved portrait vignette, with two shorter pamphlets (24 & 26 pp.); an attractive copy in contemporary patterned vellum boards, spine banded, red morocco spine...
London: Smith & Elder, 1833.
With the suite of views in original wrappers, and including the marvellous panorama of HobartComplete set in fine original condition, comprising: Text, duodecimo, folding map, very good in the original cloth with paper label to front, the label rather worn; and Views, two parts...
London: A. Strathan and T. Cadell, 1791.
Ancient seafaring contact between India and the West?Quarto, with two large folding maps; expertly rebacked in polished calf with gilt lettered label, original marbled boards retained, an attractive copy. Carefully researched history of contact between Europe and India, by Scottish parson and...
Paris: Hachette, 1864.
The man who married a mountain.Two volumes, octavo, with a world map and splendid folding engraved view of the Himalayas; contemporary green quarter roan, flat spines with gilt lettering. Endearing account of a world voyage, including a sojourn in Victoria, by eccentric traveller and mountaineer Henry...
Amsterdam: Jacob von Meurs u. Johannes von Sommern, 1676.
Dutch and Portuguese settlements in the East IndiesFolio, title page printed in red and black; extra engraved title, engraved portrait, and 19 double-page engraved plates, with one full page engraving and many more engravings in the text; the second part...
Lille & Grammont: Maison du Bon Livre & Oeuvre de St. Charles, circa 1900.
Early French visitor to LhasaFolio, illustrated throughout including photographic plates and full-page steel-engravings, original deep blue decorated wrappers. A particularly good copy of this important account of China and Tibet by the French missionary Évariste...