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  • A Compendium of the East Being an Account of Voyages to the Grand Indies Made By the Sieur Jean De Lacombe, of Quercy, Formerly Captain at Arms in the Service of the Company of the Indies of Holland. by LACOMBE, Jean de
    LACOMBE, Jean de
    A Compendium of the East Being an Account of Voyages to the Grand Indies Made By the Sieur Jean De Lacombe, of Quercy, Formerly Captain at Arms in the Service of the Company of the Indies of Holland. Now Published for the First Time [from the Bordeaux Manuscript of 1681] in an English translation by Stephanie & Denis Clark. Edited, with an Introduction by Ashley Gibson

    London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1937. First edition. Limited: # 86 of 300 copies. Black cloth spine, batik covered boards. Printed in Perpetua type on Arnold's hand-made paper. Contemporary Engravings of the principal places visited reproduced from Schouten's Oost-Indische Reyse [Amsterdam, 1676]. Maps used as end papers are from a contemporary Mercator Atlas. Double page plates, double page facsimile from original manuscript. 209, [1] pp. Bookplate of Herbert Eberhard Hering, a noted German-Brazilian bibliophile and book collector, appears on the inside front paste down. The black spine has a little nicking to the top and tail of the spine. Overall in good, clean condition though. Internally clean with a few foxing spots only. 320 x 200 mm (12½ x 7¾ inches).

    Book ID: 2244
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  • Amsterdam et Venise by HAVARD, Henry
    HAVARD, Henry
    Amsterdam et Venise

    Paris: Plon et Cie, 1877. Second edition. In half leather with marbled boards. Gilt-stamped title to spine. Comparing the 'Venice of the North' with the real one! With seven etchings by MM. Léopold Flameng and Gaucherel (protected by tissue guards), and 124 wood engravings. Boards are a little rubbed / worn, and edges bumped. Internally there is some light foxing. 636 pages. 290 x 210 mm (11½ x 8¼ inches).
    Henry Havard was a French art historian who specialised in Dutch art, and wrote extensively about Delft pottery - other works include L'art et les artistes hollandais (1879-1881) and Histoire et philosophie des styles (1899). Deuxième édition. En demi cuir avec plats marbrés. Titre estampé doré au dos.…

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    Paris: Plon et Cie, 1877. Second edition. In half leather with marbled boards. Gilt-stamped title to spine. Comparing the 'Venice of the North' with the real one! With seven etchings by MM. Léopold Flameng and Gaucherel (protected by tissue guards), and 124 wood engravings. Boards are a little rubbed / worn, and edges bumped. Internally there is some light foxing. 636 pages. 290 x 210 mm (11½ x 8¼ inches).
    Henry Havard was a French art historian who specialised in Dutch art, and wrote extensively about Delft pottery - other works include L'art et les artistes hollandais (1879-1881) and Histoire et philosophie des styles (1899). Deuxième édition. En demi cuir avec plats marbrés. Titre estampé doré au dos. Comparer la « Venise du Nord » avec la vraie ! Avec sept eaux-fortes de MM. Léopold Flameng et Gaucherel (protégés par des gardes de tissus), et 124 gravures sur bois. Les planches sont un peu frottées/usées, et les bords émoussés. À l'intérieur, il y a de légères rousseurs. 636 pages. 290 x 210 mm (11½ x 8¼ pouces).
    Henry Havard était un historien de l'art français spécialisé dans l'art néerlandais et a beaucoup écrit sur la poterie de Delft - d'autres ouvrages incluent L'art et les artistes hollandais (1879-1881) et Histoire et philosophie des styles (1899).

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    Book ID: 2533
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  • Comment Visiter: La Hollande - 7e édition by [ANON]
    [ANON]
    Comment Visiter: La Hollande - 7e édition

    Den Haag: Office National du Tourisme en Hollande, 1935. A small pamphlet in French extolling the virtues of pre-WW2 'Holland'. Full of b/w photographs. Fascinating snapshot of The Netherlands as a visitor destination between the wars. 200 x 990 mm (7¾ x 39 inches)

    Condition: Covers slightly grubby. Internally clean.

    Book ID: 2126
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  • De overwintering der Hollanders op Nova Zembla, in de jaren 1596 en 1597. by TOLLENS, H.
    TOLLENS, H.
    De overwintering der Hollanders op Nova Zembla, in de jaren 1596 en 1597.

    Leeuwarden: Hugo Suringar, 1873. Tiende druk. Boekje. Een gevierd gedicht over de Nederlanders die overwinteren in een houten hut. Zachte covers zijn delicaat en bijna los. 32 pagina's. 170 x 105 mm (6¾ x 4¼ inches).

    Book ID: 3719
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  • Dictionary of Geography, Descriptive, Physical, Statistical and Historical by JOHNSTON, Alex. Keith
    JOHNSTON, Alex. Keith
    Dictionary of Geography, Descriptive, Physical, Statistical and Historical Forming a complete General Gazetteer of the World.

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1850. First edition. Original blind stamped green cloth, with gilt titles to the spine. Decorative end papers with adverts for Longman's geographical works. Despite the size and nature of this tome - there is not a map or illustration in sight! Overall, in good condition. There is a gift inscription from the author to Sir William Johnston, Lord Provost of Edinburgh (his brother) to the front end paper. The green cloth is a little rubbed to the edges, with slight nicking at the corners of the boards. There is particularly rubbing to the edges of the spine, where the cloth is starting to split (although the boards are holding perfectly well behind this).…

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    London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1850. First edition. Original blind stamped green cloth, with gilt titles to the spine. Decorative end papers with adverts for Longman's geographical works. Despite the size and nature of this tome - there is not a map or illustration in sight! Overall, in good condition. There is a gift inscription from the author to Sir William Johnston, Lord Provost of Edinburgh (his brother) to the front end paper. The green cloth is a little rubbed to the edges, with slight nicking at the corners of the boards. There is particularly rubbing to the edges of the spine, where the cloth is starting to split (although the boards are holding perfectly well behind this). Internally clean and tidy, with just a little darkening. 1432, 32 pp.
    This copy has a unique association, being from the author to his own brother. Alexander Keith was an eminent Scottish geographer and, with his brother, formed the cartographical firm of W. and A. K. Johnston. Perhaps they didn't get on terribly well, as in 1855, Sir William gifted this book on to a Mr. James Pearson.

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    Book ID: 1242
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  • Diptych Sundial Compass, by STOCKERT, Christopher Ernest
    STOCKERT, Christopher Ernest
    Diptych Sundial Compass, with details of major European and American cities

    Nürnberg: 1750. An attractive diptych sundial compass. Unsigned, but probably by Stockert of Nuremberg. To the rear panel is a paper label with the latitudes of major cities listed. This seems to be an "export version" for the French / American market. Usually these are only for European cities. What is unusual for this item, is that it begins with an American list (11 cities), followed by England (11), Spain (7), France (15), Italy (2), and finally Germany (12). The label is significantly darkened, and with chips to the edges, but still legible. The two blocks of wood are hinged and have a hook to keep it open. Inside are two hand coloured paper labels. One side for the sundial…

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    Nürnberg: 1750. An attractive diptych sundial compass. Unsigned, but probably by Stockert of Nuremberg. To the rear panel is a paper label with the latitudes of major cities listed. This seems to be an "export version" for the French / American market. Usually these are only for European cities. What is unusual for this item, is that it begins with an American list (11 cities), followed by England (11), Spain (7), France (15), Italy (2), and finally Germany (12). The label is significantly darkened, and with chips to the edges, but still legible. The two blocks of wood are hinged and have a hook to keep it open. Inside are two hand coloured paper labels. One side for the sundial and one for the inset compass (the label of the compass is in French). The internal labels are clean, with a touch of darkening. A replacement thread has been attached. A very nice example of an early navigation aid. 100 x 60 mm (4 x 2¼ inches) x 20 mm (depth).

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    Book ID: 3316
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  • Limited numbered edition
    Le Grand Silence Blanc by ROUQUETTE, Louis-Frédéric
    ROUQUETTE, Louis-Frédéric
    Le Grand Silence Blanc Illustrations en couleurs d'André Collot.

    Paris: Aux Éditions Arc-En-Ciel, 1944. Text in French. Haunting colour frontis stencil illustration, plus 40 others in text. Limited to 1000 copies of which this is one of 963 copies on vellum. This is # 795. In a very good condition, with just a few spots of foxing. 285 x 230 mm (11¼ x 9 inches).
    This novel centres around the experiences of the narrator-traveller en route to the Klondyke and Alaska at the time of the great gold rush. A story of physical and moral solitude in the face of the vastness and hostility of the Far North; where the relationship between man and his dog is of great significance. Texte en français. Illustration de pochoir frontis couleur…

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    Paris: Aux Éditions Arc-En-Ciel, 1944. Text in French. Haunting colour frontis stencil illustration, plus 40 others in text. Limited to 1000 copies of which this is one of 963 copies on vellum. This is # 795. In a very good condition, with just a few spots of foxing. 285 x 230 mm (11¼ x 9 inches).
    This novel centres around the experiences of the narrator-traveller en route to the Klondyke and Alaska at the time of the great gold rush. A story of physical and moral solitude in the face of the vastness and hostility of the Far North; where the relationship between man and his dog is of great significance. Texte en français. Illustration de pochoir frontis couleur obsédante, plus 40 autres dans le texte. Limité à 1000 exemplaires dont celui-ci est un des 963 exemplaires sur vélin. C'est # 795. En très bon état, avec juste quelques taches de rousseurs. 285 x 230 mm (11¼ x 9 pouces).
    Ce roman est centré sur les expériences du narrateur-voyageur en route vers le Klondike et l'Alaska à l'époque de la grande ruée vers l'or. Une histoire de solitude physique et morale face à l'immensité et à l'hostilité du Grand Nord ; où la relation entre l'homme et son chien est d'une grande importance.

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    Book ID: 2526
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  • Les Contrées Mystérieuses et les Peuples inconnus. by TISSOT, Victor
    TISSOT, Victor
    Les Contrées Mystérieuses et les Peuples inconnus. Ouvrage illustré de 6 grandes cartes et de 277 gravures dans le texte, dont 54 grandes planches

    Paris: Firmin-Didot et Cie, 1884. First edition. Hardback in three quarter leather with mottled boards. Raised bands and gilt titles to spine. Boards are rubbed, but acceptable. Clean and tidy inside. Complete, including all six folding maps etc. Boards have 778 pages. 270 x 195 mm (10¾ x 7¾ inches).

    Book ID: 3600
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  • Mauritius; or the Isle of France: by FLEMYNG, Rev. Francis P.
    FLEMYNG, Rev. Francis P.
    Mauritius; or the Isle of France: Being An Account of the Island, its History, Geography, Products, and Inhabitants.

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1862. First edition. Original blue buckram with black designs and gilt titles. Folding map, frontis and three further plates. Signed by the author with an inscription to his wife: "Anna Flemyng, with the best love of her husband, the author. Glenfeulan, Dec. 1862". Also present is a Baptism and Holy Communion card for Beatrice Anna Flymyng - baptised July 17th 1869, Confirmed Feb. 29 1884 (at the Cathedral in Sodor, Isle of Man) and her First Communion was Whitsunday May 13th 1889. Presumably this is their daughter. The blue boards are tidy, but with a touch of darkening to them. Overall clean, with just a little marking. The gilt is bright, Very slight…

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    London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1862. First edition. Original blue buckram with black designs and gilt titles. Folding map, frontis and three further plates. Signed by the author with an inscription to his wife: "Anna Flemyng, with the best love of her husband, the author. Glenfeulan, Dec. 1862". Also present is a Baptism and Holy Communion card for Beatrice Anna Flymyng - baptised July 17th 1869, Confirmed Feb. 29 1884 (at the Cathedral in Sodor, Isle of Man) and her First Communion was Whitsunday May 13th 1889. Presumably this is their daughter. The blue boards are tidy, but with a touch of darkening to them. Overall clean, with just a little marking. The gilt is bright, Very slight nicking to the edges of the gilt on the spine (the casing has possibly been repaired at some point). The gift inscription, to the verso of the end paper, is clean and bright. The rest of the book is in excellent condition - just a touch of darkening to the pages. Percaline bleue originale avec dessins noirs et titres dorés. Carte dépliante, frontis et trois autres planches. Signé par l'auteur avec une inscription à son épouse : « Anna Flemyng, avec le meilleur amour de son mari, l'auteur. Glenfeulan, décembre 1862 ». Est également présente une carte de baptême et de sainte communion pour Beatrice Anna Flymyng - baptisée le 17 juillet 1869, confirmée le 29 février 1884 (à la cathédrale de Sodor, île de Man) et sa première communion a eu lieu le 13 mai 1889. Il s'agit probablement de leur fille. Les planches bleues sont bien rangées, mais avec une touche d'assombrissement. Globalement propre, avec juste un peu de marquage. La dorure est brillante, Très légères entailles sur les bords de la dorure sur le dos (le boîtier a peut-être été réparé à un moment donné). L'inscription cadeau, au verso du papier de garde, est nette et lumineuse. Le reste du livre est en excellent état - juste une touche de noircissement sur les pages.

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    Book ID: 1579
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  • Orient Line Guide. Chapters for Travellers by Sea and by Land. by LOFTIE W.J.
    LOFTIE W.J.
    Orient Line Guide. Chapters for Travellers by Sea and by Land. Illustrated. The Fourth Edition, revised, with maps and plans.

    London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington Ltd, 1891. Publisher's blue hardback boards with gilt title to front and cloth spine. Information for passengers, illustrations of ships, charts, maps and ship plans etc. some fold-out. Boards slightly damp stained and bumped. Sporadic foxing. Overall good condition. XL, 439 pp. including interesting b/w advertisements of the time. 215 x 175 mm (8½ x 7 inches).

    The Orient Line was formed in the late 18th century, and by the middle of the 19th century was sailing its steamships all over the world. This guide predates its association with (and eventual absorption by) the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company; or P&O.

    Book ID: 3610
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  • Scarce First octavo edition with folding map to rear
    Proceedings of the Association for Promoting the Discovery of the Interior Parts of Africa by [Anon]
    [Anon]
    Proceedings of the Association for Promoting the Discovery of the Interior Parts of Africa

    London: T. Cadell, 1791. First Thus. An edition in quarto appeared in the previous year. A simple recent brown full calf binding, with no titles. This is an important work. Complete with the half-title and large folding map by James Rennell, to the rear. The map has in excellent condition, with small tear to outer edge (outside map frame). Binding and book in very good condition. Two New York Historical Society stamps to title. Some minor foxing and page toning.
    xvi, 351 pp. + plate: map. 220 x 140mm (8¾ x 5½ inches).

    Book ID: 2294
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  • Scarce First Edition with more than 60 photos
    SHANGHAI; by DARWENT, C E
    DARWENT, C E
    SHANGHAI; A handbook for travellers and residents to the chief objects of interest in and around the foreign settlement and native city

    Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore & Yokohama: Kelly and Walsh Limited. First edition, printed in 1904, of this important early guide book. With numerous photos and period advertisements. It was the first city guide on Shanghai published in a foreign language, and - at the time - was a very useful source of information about Shanghai, though mostly focussed on the foreign settlements. Black ink mark to front cover. Light wear to spine ends but tight and clean copy. The inside is clean and in a very good condition. Lacks the original map to the back pocket.
    [x], xx, 221, [xxiv] pp. A fascinating insight in to China at that time - with everything from guidance on the price…

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    Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore & Yokohama: Kelly and Walsh Limited. First edition, printed in 1904, of this important early guide book. With numerous photos and period advertisements. It was the first city guide on Shanghai published in a foreign language, and - at the time - was a very useful source of information about Shanghai, though mostly focussed on the foreign settlements. Black ink mark to front cover. Light wear to spine ends but tight and clean copy. The inside is clean and in a very good condition. Lacks the original map to the back pocket.
    [x], xx, 221, [xxiv] pp. A fascinating insight in to China at that time - with everything from guidance on the price of hiring a sampan or a rickshaw, to 'handy' phrases in Pidgin-English! It represents a certain view of the city; through the eyes of a Western resident in the early 20th century.

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    Book ID: 2184
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  • Southern Arabia by BENT, Theodore & Mrs.
    BENT, Theodore & Mrs.
    Southern Arabia

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Smith, Elder & Co, 1900. First edition, first issue. From the library of the British Embassy at Aden, and bound in burgundy buckram with gilt titles. Complete, with all maps and photographs. The binding is spotless, in good, clean, unblemished condition. The pages are a a little darkened / foxed, and a few are crinkled. There are some library marks, consistent with an embassy library. Overall a sound copy.
    , x, [ii], 456pp., [iv adverts], half-title, 6 coloured maps [5 folding], 25 plates [19 photographic].
    Theodore Bent and his wife undertook seven journeys from 1893 to his death and added much to European knowledge of the southern Arabian peninsula. The work, which includes a bibliography, is…

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    London: Smith, Elder & Co, 1900. First edition, first issue. From the library of the British Embassy at Aden, and bound in burgundy buckram with gilt titles. Complete, with all maps and photographs. The binding is spotless, in good, clean, unblemished condition. The pages are a a little darkened / foxed, and a few are crinkled. There are some library marks, consistent with an embassy library. Overall a sound copy.
    , x, [ii], 456pp., [iv adverts], half-title, 6 coloured maps [5 folding], 25 plates [19 photographic].
    Theodore Bent and his wife undertook seven journeys from 1893 to his death and added much to European knowledge of the southern Arabian peninsula. The work, which includes a bibliography, is divided into sections on Southern Arabia, Maskat, the Hadramout, Dhorat and the Gara Mountains, the Eastern Soudan, the Mahri Island of Sokotra, Beled Fadhli and Beled Yafei.
    It is perhaps surprising that the embassy staff would go to the trouble to remove books such as this from the embassy on evacuation in 1967, in the face of a hostile revolution. The last British High Commissioner had to be lifted out by helicopter under armed guard to a naval carrier standing well offshore. He left behind the first avowedly Marxist state to take the place of Empire, the (People's Democratic Republic of South Yemen).

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    Book ID: 1617
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  • The Voice of Asia by MICHENER, James
    MICHENER, James
    The Voice of Asia

    New York: Random House, 1951. First Edition. Stated first printing. Hardback in neatly price clipped dust jacket - now in Mylar. Dust jacket has some light edge wear. Illustrated end papers. Pages clean. Michener had travelled widely in Asia and this book is the result of him having talked to many people he encountered along the way about their opinions of their country's religious problems, economic questions, and social revolutions. A snap shot of mid twentieth century Asia. 338 pages. 215 x 145 mm (8½ x 5¾ inches).

    Book ID: 3222
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  • Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770 - 1860 from the Library of J. R. Abbey Vol. I & II by ABBEY, J. R.
    ABBEY, J. R.
    Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770 - 1860 from the Library of J. R. Abbey Vol. I & II

    San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1991. Two volumes. Hardback in dust wrapper. The front of the wrapper of Volume 1 has been sliced in half (quite neatly!) now held in removable plastic. Apart from this flaw, the wrappers are clean and tidy. Books are bound in burgundy laminated cloth. The front of Volume 1 has a thin scratch (corresponding to the wrapper damage).
    Volume 1 - contains the World, Europe and Africa. 347 works are catalogued, with 44 plates and illustrations.
    Volume 2 - contains Asia, Oceania, Antarctica & America. Contains 381 works catalogued and 46 plates and illustrations. xiv, 1-300., xiv, 301-676. pp. 320 by 240 mm (12½ by 9½ inches).

    Book ID: 2120
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  • The adventure of modern science begins
    Travels through the Low Countries, Germany, Italy and France, with Curious Observations, Natural, Topographical, Moral, Physiological &c by RAY, John
    RAY, John
    Travels through the Low Countries, Germany, Italy and France, with Curious Observations, Natural, Topographical, Moral, Physiological &c Also a Catalogue of Plants, Found spontaneously growing in those Parts and their Virtues.

    London: J. Walthoe, D. Midwinter, A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch..et al, 1738. Second edition. Volume I only (of two). Full leather binding with gilt details and titles. The leather is a little rubbed and the gilt faded. Slight cracking to the hinge, but holding well. Complete with three engraved plates (two folding). All three of the engraved plates are found in this, the first of the two volumes. Engraved capitals and end pieces. Internally in good clean condition, in a good, tight condition. Owner's name to the head of the title page. iv, 428, 120 pp. 205 x 130 mm (8 x 5 inches).

    John Ray was an English naturalist, widely regarded as one of the earliest of the English parson-naturalists, and the man with whom "the adventure of modern science begins".

    Book ID: 3332
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