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(Africa.) BURTON ([Captain] Sir Richard Francis) The Memorial Edition of the Works ... 7 Vols. Tylston and Edwards. 1893/94, colour lithographed and wood-engraved plates, 8vo., orig, black cloth, backstrips gilt lettered direct, occasional slight rubbing to heads, gilt blocked vignette of Arab figure and short Koranic inscription £1,550.00 on upper boards, black chalked endpapers, t.e.r., good Four works, all that were published, are included in this edition. They are: Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah (2 volumes); A Mission to Gelele King of Dahome (2 volumes); Vikram and the Vampire; and First footsteps in East Africa (2 volumes).

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(Africa.) JOHNSTON (Sir Harry) The Nile Quest. A Record of the Exploration of the Nile and its Basin. Lawrence and Bullen, Ltd. 1903, FIRST EDITION , frontispiece with tissue-guard, 73 plates, and large folding colour map (closed marginal tear at mount), some scattered foxing, pp. xv, [i], 341, [1], 8vo., orig. green cloth, backstrip lettered in gilt, front board blocked and lettered in gilt, joints and corners scuffed, head and tail of backstrip bumped, good  £100.00 Sir Henry Hamilton Johnson (known as ‘Harry’) published a number of books on Africa, based on his experiences of travel and colonial administration there. He was the first commissioner of the British Central Africa Protectorate (a.k.a. Nyasaland, now Malawi), later special commissioner of Uganda, and it was his expedition that first acquired physical evidence of the okapi, leading to its formal classification as ‘Okapia johnstoni’. This book is a history of earlier explorations of the Nile.

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(Africa.) PARK (Mungo) Travels in the interior districts of Africa. Performed under the direction and patronage of the African Association, in the years 1795, 1796 and 1797 ... with an appendix containing geographical illustrations of Africa by Major Rennell. G. and W. Nicol. 1799, FIRST EDITION , frontispiece portrait slightly foxed, pages browned towards beginning and end of text, 3 folding maps, 2 folding and 3 full-page plates, pp. xxviii, 372, [92], 4to., contemp. tree calf, rebacked and re-cornered, smooth backstrip with rope roll and double fillet gilt bands, orig. gilt lettered black morocco label in second compartment relaid, sides with decorative gilt border, ownership signature in contemp. hand on front pastedown, good ( Printing and the Mind of Man 253; Lowndes p.1775) £1,200.00 One of ‘the most important books of modern times’. Park was selected at the age of 24 by the African Association, through the influence of his friend Sir Joseph Banks, to lead an exploring expedition into the African interior. He set out from Senegal and was the first European to reach the Niger. He wrote, ‘looking forwards I saw with infinite pleasure the great object of my mission - the long sought for majestic Niger, glittering in the morning sun, as broad as the Thames at Westminster, and flowing to the eastwards. I hastened to the brink, and having drank the water, lifted up my fervent thanks in prayer to the great Ruler of all things, for having thus far crowned my endeavours with success.’ This first journey revealed many secrets of the Gambian hinterland, and the African Association were so grateful for his work that they published his account, insisting that it should be in the form of a narrative, for his benefit. ‘Until the publication of Park’s [first] book in 1799 hardly anything was known of the interior of Africa, apart from the north-east region and the coastal areas. Park’s Travels had an immediate success and was translated into






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most European languages. It has become a classic of travel literature, and its scientific observations on the botany and meteorolgy of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the negroes, have remained of lasting value.’ ( PMM ).

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(Alps.) FRESHFIELD (Mrs. Henry [Jane]) A Summer Tour in the Grisons and Italian Valleys of the Bernia. Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts. 1862, FIRST EDITION , 2 coloured folding maps and 4 coloured lithographic plates, first leaf (blank) and last two leaves (advertisements) foxed, pp. [x], 292, 32, 8vo., orig. dark green verticalribbed cloth with binder’s label of Edmonds and Remnants, backstrip lettered in gilt, boards with a decorative blind panel, central gilt crest to front board, slightly rubbed, front hinge cracked (but sound), upper corners and spine ends bumped, good, (Neate 295; ACLC p.121; Coolidge 195) £650.00 Jane Freshfield, whose son Douglas would go on to be president of the Royal Geographical Society and edit the Alpine Journal, was herself a keen mountaineer. With her husband Henry she travelled extensively in the Alps, and wrote ‘Alpine Byways’ (1861) and this book, which was largely responsible for making the then-unknown (in Britain) Grisons and Engadine into popular travel destinations.

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(America.) DIXON (William Hepworth) New America. With illustrations from original photographs. Complete in one volume. Third edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott. 1867, frontispiece engraving (with paper guard), title trifle foxed, 5 engraved plates, pp. 495, [8](advertisements.), 8vo., modern burgundy linen, gilt lettered morocco label on smooth backstrip, cream endpapers, good (Sabin 20373) £45.00


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Dixon was editor of ‘The Athenaeum’ from 1853-69, and wrote several works on travel. The present work was preceded by ‘The Holy Land’ (of 1865); he subsequently published ‘Free Russia’ in 1870.

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(America.) ROBERTSON (William) The History of America. The tenth edition. In which is included the Posthumous Volume, containing the history of Virginia, to the year 1688; and of New England, to the year 1652. [4 volumes.] A. Strahan. 1803, 4 folding maps (one map from vol. i bound in vol. iii, one from vol. ii bound in vol. i) and one plate (bound in vol. iii instead of vol. ii) the front free endpaper and half-title of vol. i neatly removed, some light foxing and browning, ownership inscription of Catherine Huntingtower to half-titles and of Frederick James Tollemache to front endpapers, pp. [ii]-lii, 383; [iv], 432; [iv], 435; [iv], 418, [2], 8vo., contemp. marbled tan calf, backstrips gilt ruled with red and black morocco labels, compartments infilled with gilt chain patterns, extremities and backstrips rubbed, heads of backstrips worn, leather splitting at head of vol. i joints, sound (Sabin 71976) £100.00 The copy of the Hon. Frederick James Tollemache (1804-1888), several times MP for Grantham and a director of the New Zealand Company. It also belonged to his mother, Catherine Grey (his father being styled Lord Huntingtower).

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(America. Native Americans.) M’KENNEY (Thomas L[orraine]) Memoirs, official and personal: with sketches of travels among the northern and southern Indians; embracing a war excursion, and descriptions of scenes along the western borders ... Two volumes in one. Second edition. New York: Paine and Burgess. 1846, lithographed portrait frontispiece to vol.i, colour lithographed frontispiece in vol. ii, facsimile letter, 11 wood-engraved plates (i.e. one extra to plate list) and one fullpage illustration on letterpress (included in plate list), foxed, pp. [i]-xi, [i](blank), [i], [i](blank), [15]-340; [i]-ix, [i](blank), [9]-136, 8vo., mid twentieth-century half black morocco, backstrip with dot roll decorated raised bands, gilt panelled compartments, lettered direct in second and third compartments, and at foot, grey cloth sides, marbled endpapers, a.e.g., good (Sabin 43403) £220.00 M’Kenney was U.S. Government Superintendent of Indian Trade from 1816-22. An advocate of the American Indian ‘civilisation’ programme, M’Kenney was to become an avid supporter of Indian removal west of the Mississippi River. The Graff Collection catalogue calls for thirteen illustrations; Howes says ‘13 pls.[one coloured], facs’; and Clark seems to call for fifteen illustrations in addition to a frontispiece portrait and a facsimile. There are in fact fifteen plates: a frontispiece portrait of the author in vol. i, and one (coloured) of Pocahontas in vol. ii; a facsimile of a letter from Dolley Madison to the author; and twelve illustrations by F.O.C. Darley. Not in Wagner-Camp.

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(America. Pilgrims) THE PILGRIM FATHERS: a Journal of their Coming in the Mayflower to New England and their Life and Adventures there. Edited, with Preface and Notes, by Theodore Besterman. Reprinted from the Rare 1622 Edition. Golden Cockerel Press. 1939, 90/300 COPIES printed on Arnold mouldmade paper, frontispiece and 7 other wood-engravings by Geoffrey Wales, pp.88, roy.8vo., orig. qtr. black






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morocco, backstrip gilt lettered, cream linen sides, t.e.g., others untrimmed, very good ( Pertelote 140) £200.00 ‘The Pilgrim Fathers is one of the nicest books we have ever made—agreeable in its proportions, tasteful binding, beautiful paper, elegant typography, and exceptionally pleasant and dextrous engravings, all harmonizing with the charming content’ ( Pertelote )

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(Angling. Tasmania. New Zealand.) SENIOR (William) Travel and Trout in the Antipodes An angler’s sketches in Tasmania and New Zealand. Chatto and Windus. 1880, FIRST EDITION , half-title (with ownership inscription at head), title-page publisher device, pp. xii, 315, 32 (publisher advertisements dated October 1879), 8vo., orig. pale blue cloth, gilt lettered backstrip heavily sunned (with only modest wear at head and tail), front board with decorative green-stamped titles, brown endpapers, a good firm copy (Ferguson 15577; Hocken p.330) £80.00 ‘Describes the author’s visit and fishing in various New Zealand [and Tasmanian] rivers, with an account of the acclimatisation in Canterbury’ (Hocken). A reprint was issued in 1994.

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The Famous Antarctic Photographer (Antarctic.) PONTING (Herbert G.) The Great White South. Duckworth. 1921, FIRST EDITION , 96 plates (94 after photographs, 2 after drawings), and map in text, a touch of light foxing to edges and some leaves, one plate with margin neatly reinforced, pp. xxvi, 305, [1], 8vo., orig. blue cloth, title and Terra Nova crest in gilt to backstrip and front board, backstrip sunned and bumped at head and tail, small closed flaw to cloth at head of rear joint, good  £250.00 ‘Having also photographed Swiss and French mountains, Ponting was regarded as the best outdoor cameraman in the world when in 1909 Captain Robert Scott invited him to join the Antarctic expedition he was organizing’ ( ODNB ). Ponting also learned the technique of shooting motion pictures (with a cold-proofed camera) specifically for the expedition. This is his ‘long-awaited’ book on the ill-fated journey, with the plates consisting mostly of his photographs.

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‘Great God! This is an awful place and terrible enough for us to have laboured to it without the reward of priority.’ (Antarctic.) SCOTT ( Captain R.F.) Scott’s last expedition. In two volumes. Vol.I. Being the journals ... Vol.II. Being reports of the journeys & the scientific work undertaken by Dr. E.A.Wilson and the surviving members of the expedition. Arranged by Leonard Huxley ... Smith, Elder. 1913, FIRST EDITION , 2 photogravure frontispieces (with foxed tissue-guards, as usual) and 6 plates, 18 colour plates, 5 folding plates (including 2 panoramas), numerous plates (most with double images), 8 folding maps, occasional slight foxing, pp. xxvi, 633, 1] blank), [2]; xiv, [ii], 534, 8vo., orig. vertically-ribbed blue cloth, backstrips gilt lettered direct on backstrips and upper sides, and slightly bumped at head and foot, t.e.g. remainder rough trimmed, fine (Rosove 290.A1; Spence 1056; Conrad p.188) £1,200.00


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Scott’s account, from his meticulously kept journal, of one of the greatest tragedies in Polar Exploration, includes all the details of the Expedition’s struggle, and eventual failure, to survive. There were difficulties from the outset and when they finally arrived at the Discovery hut they found it in terrible condition. Scott wrote: ‘To camp outside and feel that all the old comfort and cheer had departed, was dreadfully heartrending’. They reached the Pole January 18, 1912, only to find that they had been bested 23 days earlier by Roald Amundsen. Weakened by their appalling circumstances, the party continued to collect invaluable geological specimens right up to the end. In March Oates famously walked off into a blizzard to save resources for those more physically fit. It was to no avail. On November 12, 1912, a search party found the tent, the bodies of Scott and the others, and his extraordinary journals.

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(Antarctic. ‘Terra Australis.’) SHACKLETON (Ernest Henry) The Heart of the Antarctic. Being the story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909. With an introduction by Hugh Robert Mill, D.Sc. An account of the first journey to the south magnetic pole by Professor T.W. Edgeworth David, F.R.S. 2 Vols. Heinemann. 1909, FIRST EDITION , 2 frontispieces and 12 colour plates (with printed tissue-guards), 194 plates, diagrams on letterpress, 3 maps and 2 panoramas in pocket at end of vol.ii, errata-slip in vol.ii, pp. xlviii, 371, [1]; xv, [i], 418, [1], roy.8vo., handsomely bound in modern half dark blue morocco, backstrips with raised bands between blind rules,






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gilt rules at head and foot, gilt lettered white vellum label in second compartments, vol. numbers lettered direct in third compartments, blue canvas sides, hand-made endpapers, t.e.g., remainder roughtrimmed, very good  £800.00 Although Shackleton had contributed articles and papers to numerous periodicals since his early expeditions around the turn-of-the-century, ‘The Heart of the Antarctic’ was his first book. His team’s attempt to reach the south pole is often eclipsed by Scott’s 1912 expedition, but his four-man shore party did reach the south magnetic pole, and got to within 97 nautical miles of the true pole. Other achievements included the world’s first ascent of Mount Erebus (12,448 ft.) on Ross Island. Throughout the expedition, team members had produced copies of ‘Aurora Australis’ (a printing press had been shipped from England). An exceedingly rare book, the first to be printed on the continent of Antarctica, it was bound in the boards from packing cases and contained accounts of Antarctic life, short stories, and humorous essays. On his journey home from New Zealand by ocean liner, Shackleton was able to draw on ‘Aurora Australis’, and, with the help of literary assistant Edward Saunders, had made ready for publication his own twovolume account of events. ‘The Heart of the Antarctic’ went to press in October 1909 and was immediately praised by its many readers. A classic of the genre. ‘No person who has not spent a period of his life in those “stark and sullen solitudes that sentinel the Pole” will understand fully what trees and flowers, sun-flecked turf and running streams mean to the soul of a man.’

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The first Vocabulary of the Lesser Antilles (Antilles.) [ ROCHEFORT (Charles de), Louis DE POINCY and Raimond BRETON .] Histoire naturelle et morale des Iles Antilles de l’Amerique. [...] Avec un Vocabulaire Caraïbe. A Roterdam [Rotterdam]: Chez Arnould Leers. 1658, FIRST EDITION , issue with dedication signed ‘ L.D.P.’, additional engraved title and portrait of dedicatee, 43 engravings in text, woodcut title device and tail-pieces, a folding map (with a small repair) added from another work, a little light foxing and marking, two small intermittent wormholes (sometimes touching a letter but not affecting legibility), a few stamps of ‘Sucrerie Agricole de l’Union, Ste Lucie’, pp. [xviii], 527, [13], map, 4to., contemp. calf, backstrip with five raised bands, compartments gilt, red label in second compartment, marbled edges and endpapers, old chipping to leather, neat repairs to head and tail of joints and two corners, good (Sabin 72314; Beinecke Lesser Antilles 46) £2,000.00 The first, anonymously published, edition of this important natural and cultural history of the Antilles, including many engravings of plants and animals. At the end is a 13-page topical vocabulary by Father Raymond Breton (1609-1679), which he later (1665-6) expanded into an alphabetical dictionary, and which is the first such work on any native language of the Lesser Antilles. The main text appears to have been compiled by Charles




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de Rochefort (1605-1683)—not his contemporary César de Rochefort (vide Sabin)—and later printings and translations (of which there were several) include de Rochefort’s name; he most likely adapted the text from the work of de Poincy. An engraved folding map of America (contemporary?) after N. Sanson has been added between the two parts, taken from an unknown octavo source but meant to be bound there at ‘Tom I. Pag. I’. This copy bears the stamps of an institution on the island of Saint Lucia, one of the Lesser Antilles.

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(Arctic.) BACK ( Captain George) Narrative of the Arctic Land Expedition to the Mouth of the Great Fish River, and along the Shores of the Arctic Ocean, in the Years 1833, 1834, and 1835. John Murray. 1836, FIRST EDITION , 16 steel-engraved plates, large folding map, offset, occasional foxing to the plates, inscribed in ink as an Eton prize on the front endpaper, pp. xii, 663, 8vo., slightly later dark blue polished calf, the backstrip elaborately panelled in gilt, red morocco label with gilt lettering in the second compartment, the sides with double gilt fillets, single scratch to rear cover, marbled edges and endpapers, good (Sabin 2613) £600.00 Back had previously gained considerable experience as an arctic explorer through his participation in the Buchan expedition and Franklin’s two overland expeditions. His instructions, for this expedition were, in brief, firstly to make for the sea by the river and, if possible, aid Captain Ross, and, secondly, to survey the coast as far as possible. The first winter he spent at Fort Reliance—a house that he constructed near the Great Slave Lake, when himself half-starved and amid starving Indians. In April he received news of Captain Ross’s arrival in England, but he was ordered to push on to the river and survey the coast from there to Cape Turnagain. His first difficulty was to discover where the river lay, and to avoid embarking on the wrong one. The name of it was Thlew-eechoh-deeseth, or Great Fish River (later known as the Back River). His journey down it is vividly recounted in this Narrative, illustrated by his sketches. ‘The ice prevented Back’s proposed survey of the coast, and after again wintering at Fort Reliance he reached La Chêne, the Hudson Bay station where he had started over two years before, in August 1835, having travelled 7500 miles, including 1200 of discovery. Besides his discovery of a river over 440 miles long, he had made important observations of the Aurora Borealis, and had given the name of Montreal to an island afterwards sadly familiar in connection with the fate of Franklin’ ( ODNB ). Back was ‘one of the first competent artists to penetrate into the Canadian Arctic’; the many water-colours and drawings which he produced and which enhance his narratives and those of Franklin ‘are now considered an invaluable record of early northern history’ ( DCB ).

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(Arctic.) FIALA (Anthony) Fighting the Polar Ice. With ... Reports by William J. Peters, Russell W. Porter and Oliver S. Fassig. [Second Edition]. New York: Doubleday, Page. 1907, large folding coloured map, 9 plates, one folding and 8 of them coloured, pp. [iv], xxii, 296, [6], large 8vo., orig. green vertical-ribbed cloth, the backstrip lettered in gilt and with extremities bumped, the upper cover embossed with an image of a sledge in blind, good  £250.00 Fiala set out from Norway in 1903, commanding the second Ziegler expedition to the North Pole (1903-5). Although it failed to reach the North Pole, as intended, and with the loss of the expedition’s ship ‘America’, the expedition recorded metereological






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and astronical observations, and perhaps, most significantly its survey work led to improvements in maps and charts. The party remained stranded for two years because of severe weather, yet all but one member survived, and were rescued by the ‘Terra Nova’.

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(Arctic.) HARRISON (Alfred H.) In Search of a Polar Continent 1905-1907. Arnold. 1908, FIRST EDITION , 33 plates from photographs, folding coloured map of Arctic America, small tear neatly repaired, pp. xvii, 292, 8vo., contemp. red half calf, the backstrip panelled in gilt with repeated tools, green morocco label in the second compartment with gilt lettering, the upper cover with a medallion of Stonyhurst College (School Prize binding), and the prize label inside the front cover, t.e.g., very good  £280.00 The author spent two winters in the neighbourhood of the Mackenzie delta, surveying and mapping a portion of the Arctic coast. As well as geographical data the narrative includes interesting and valuable information on the Eskimos. He was educated at Stonyhurst College.

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(Arctic.) NANSEN (Fridtjof) ‘Farthest North’ being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship ‘Fram’1893-96 and of a fifteen month’s sleigh Journey. ... [Two Volumes]. Archibald Constable. 1897, FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, engraved frontispieces, 136 plates, 16 in colour, numerous illustrations on the letterpress mainly taken from photographs, 4 large folding colour lithographed maps, occasional light foxing, pp. xiii, [ii], 510; xiii, 671, 8vo., orig. ribbed green cloth with minor stains, extremities rubbed, backstrip and frontcover gilt lettered direct with author and title, gilt blocked illustration on upper sides (the ‘Fram’ on vol.i, dog sleigh on vol.ii), hinges cracked, roughtrimmed, sound  £350.00 The first edition to appear in English, this production has a larger complement of plates than the later and more common 1898 Newnes edition. Nansen’s own account of his highly successful expedition to the Arctic which proved his theory that the Arctic could be traversed on revolutionary lines. Through his early whaling experience and the 1888/89 Greenland expedition, Nansen became convinced of a regular ice-drift from Alaska to Greenland. Defying accepted opinion Nansen’s audacious plan was to allow his ship to be frozen in the ice-pack, then drift in the ice across the Arctic. In a vessel of his own design, weighing 400 tons and strong enough to withstand the crushing ice, the expedition sailed from Norway in June 1893, the ‘Fram’ successfully returning to Norway in August 1896. In a second element to Nansen’s expedition, he and the Stoker Johanssen struck out from the ‘Fram’ in March 1895 with Huskies and sledges across the ice to reach the pole. Within a few weeks they had reached the farthest northern latitude then attained by man (86 degrees 14’) however, the deteriorating condition of his dogs forced Nansen to turn back. On his return Nansen recieved worldwide acclaim, gaining recognition for his efforts through honours from the Royal Geographical Society and Oxford and Cambridge universities, among other accolades.

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(Arctic.) PEARY (Robert E.) The North Pole. With an introduction by Theodore Roosevelt. Hodder and Stoughton. 1910, FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, photogravure frontispiece with tissue-guard, 3 other photogravure plates, 112 photographic


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illustrations on 64 plates, and a colour folding map (small reinforcement at mount), light foxing to page edges and endpapers, prize bookplate to front pastedown, pp. xii, 326, 4to., orig. greenish-blue cloth, front board and backstrip lettered in gilt and bordered in a double white rule, polar bear blocked in white to backstrip and rear board, front board with gilt medallion, just a touch scuffed at extremities, very good  £225.00 ‘My dream and goal for twenty years... It seems all so simple and commonplace.’ The words of Robert Peary, who has been described by Fergus Fleming as ‘undoubtedly the most driven, possibly the most successful and probably the most unpleasant man in the annals of polar exploration’ (Ninety Degrees North). Whether one believes Peary made it to the Pole and back at the breakneck speeds indicated in this book, or not, the work still remains a classic in Polar literature.

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(Asia.) HEDIN (Sven) Through Asia. [Two volumes]. Methuen. 1898, FIRST ENGLISH

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(Atlas.) OGILBY (John); OWEN (John); BOWEN (Emanuel, Engraver) Britannia Depicta: or Ogilby Improved. Being an actual survey of all the direct and principal cross roads of England and Wales; [...] To which is added, An accurate Historical and Topographical Description of all the Cities, Boroughs, Towns Corporate, and other Places of Note. [...] The Whole illustrated with Maps of all the Counties of South






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Britain, and a summary Description of each. Carington Bowles. 1764, 200 engraved strip road maps, 54 county or part county maps, 2 plates of College arms, first 12 pages letterpress, the remainder wholly engraved, first 25 and last 10 leaves with corner repairs (all clear of text and image), some spotting and slight rumpling to edges, title browned, contemp. ownership inscription of Jacob Yallowley to title, pp. 12, 273, [1], 4to., modern blind-ruled calf, backstrip with four raised bands, red label in second compartment, new endpapers, good ( ESTC T134053; Chubb CLVI p. 124) £1,200.00 There was great demand for this ‘road book’. Our copy is the last edition of the popular smaller version of John Ogilby’s famous road maps of England, which were originally published in folio in 1675. Ogilby’s survey was perhaps the most accurate to date. He used the new distance of 1,760 yards to a mile instead of the old standard of 2,428 yards and calculated distances methodically by foot. In this edition, the title-page is no longer engraved as before, but following it ‘are five leaves with pagination 3-12 containing Index of Cities, Tables of Cross Roads, etc., which are entirely reset’ (Chubb).

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(Atlas.) PATERSON (Daniel) Paterson’s British Itinerary. Being a new and accurate delineation and description of the direct and principal cross roads of Great Britain. In two volumes. Printed for and sold by the Proprietor Carington Bowles. 1785, FIRST EDITION , hand-coloured double-page frontispiece map, engraved title-page and dedication leaf in vol. i, engraved title in vol. ii, most pages being engraved

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strip maps numbered in columns, pp. x, xxix, columns 188, pp. 189-228; columns 142, pp. 143-167, [2], columns 30, pp. 31-121, [1] 8vo., contemp. marbled calf, backstrips ruled in gilt, red morocco label in second compartments, circular green label in third, boards with a single fillet gilt border, hinges cracking (but sound) good ( ESTC T93554) £800.00 Daniel Paterson (1738-1825) published ‘A New and Accurate Description of All the Direct and Principal Cross Roads in Great Britain’ in 1771, and it went on to become a standard reference in more than a dozen editions, with Paterson’s name understood as a byword for accuracy and reliability. However, Paterson himself had ceased to contribute to the ‘Description’ by 1785, and in that year he produced this, the first edition of the ‘British Itinerary ’ (with its confusingly similar subtitle), distinguishing it from his earlier work by including strip maps similar to John Ogilby’s. Although not innovative in content, Paterson’s work surpassed the other road cartographers of the time in presentation and detail.

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(Australasia.) COATS (Joseph) Notes on sea and land: Diary of a Journey to New Zealand, Australia, Ceylon and Egypt (October 1897, ‘til April 1898) Glasgow: Printed for private circulation at the University Press. 1898, SOLE EDITION, half-title, title-page vignette, 9 illustrations from photographs, pp. xi, 345, sm.8vo., orig. blue cloth, gilt, minor spotting to upper joint, front free endpaper neatly (almost imperceptibly) removed, very good (Ferguson 8393) £180.00 Seemingly rare. Not in Hocken. Ferguson points out that ‘Experiences in Australia are described in pp.143-82. He records his views upon Australian Federation, pp.177-82.’ Few copies held institutionally.

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(Australia. New Zealand.) W. SILVER & CO.’S Handbook for Australia and New Zealand (including also the Fiji Islands) With new map of the Colonies. Third edition. Silver and Co. 1880, hand-coloured folding map as frontispiece, numerous tables, charts, etc., pp. 2, (advertisements.), x, 449, 30 (Silver and Co.’s advertiser, lacks last 4 leaves), sm.8vo., orig. russet cloth, smooth backstrip gilt lettered, front board with gilt titles centrally placed, advertisements on yellow chalked endpapers, hinges strained, but a sound copy  £35.00

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(Australia. Western.) FREMANTLE (C[harles] H[owe]) Diary & Letters of Admiral Sir C. H. Fremantle, G.C.B. Relating to the Founding of the Colony of Western Australia, 1829. Edited by Lord Cottesloe, C.B. London & Aylesbury: Printed for private circulation. 1928, FIRST EDITION , half-title present, frontispiece portrait, map, pp. 94, 8vo., orig. olive-green buckram, spine (sunned) longitudinally gilt lettered, minor flecking on sides, front board with lightly rubbed title-label, with printed ticket ‘With Lord Cottesloe’s compliments’ on front pastedown, related newspaper cuttings loosely inserted, good  £75.00 Relatively few institution-held examples are located by COPAC . A facsimile edition appeared on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary in 1979.



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(Australia.) FLINDERS (Matthew) Narrative of his Voyage in the Schooner Francis: 1798, Preceded and Followed by Notes on Flinders, Bass, the Wreck of the Sidney Cove, &c, by Geoffrey Rawson. Golden Cockerel Press. 1946, FIRST EDITION, 68/100 COPIES (of an edition of 750 copies) printed on Arnold pale grey mouldmade paper, wood-engraved frontispiece, 6 large head-pieces, a title-vignette and a full-page map all by John Buckland Wright and printed in dark green, large initial letter to each chapter also printed in green, pp. 100, [2], sm.folio, orig. dark green morocco, lettering on faded backstrip and Buckland Wright design on front cover all gilt blocked, gilt chain-link rule to cover edges, single gilt rule border to turn-ins, bookplate, t.e.g., others untrimmed, very good ( Cockalorum 170: Reid A Checklist of the Book Illustrations of John Buckland Wright A45b) £700.00

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(Australia.) WESTGARTH (William) Australia felix, or, a historical and descriptive account of the settlement of Port Phillip, New South Wales: including full particulars of the manners and condition of the aboriginal natives: with observations on emigration, on the system of transportation and on colonial policy. Illustrated with drawings of the natives, and a large and beautifully engraved map, coloured, exhibiting the pastoral or squatting stations of the settlers. Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd. 1848, FIRST EDITION , folding hand-coloured map, 2 plates (including frontispiece portrait of Aboriginal couple with tissue-guard), preface title-page, halftitle, main text title, pp. 47 (Preface to the German translation) xliv, 440, 8vo., orig. net-grain green cloth, gilt lettered blind decorated backstrip faded to brown with loss at head, sides sharp-cornered with blindstamped foliate designs, yellow chalked endpapers, bookplate of M.A. Broadwood, good (Edwards’ Australasian Catalogue 2599) £95.00 Not mentioned by Ferguson.

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(Baedeker handbook. France.) BAEDEKER (Karl) Northern France from Belgium and the English Channel to the Loire excluding Paris and its environs. Fourth edition. Leipzig: Karl Baedeker. 1905, 13 maps and 40 plans (many folding), pp. xxxvi, 423, 8vo., orig. sand-grain red cloth, backstrip lettered gilt with blindstamped rules, front board gilt lettered, good  £20.00

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(Baedeker handbook. Germany.) BAEDEKER (Karl) Northern Germany excluding the Rhineland. Seventeenth revised edition. Leipzig: Karl Baedeker. 1925, 165 maps and plans, (many folding), pp. xlviii, 406, 8vo., orig. sand-grain red cloth, backstrip (lightly sunned) lettered gilt with blindstamped rules, front board gilt lettered, good  £20.00

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(Baedeker handbook. Germany.) BAEDEKER (Karl) Southern Germany (Wurtemburg and Bavaria). Handbook for travellers. Eleventh revised edition. Leipzig: Karl Baedeker. 1910, 36 maps, 45 plans, pp.364, 16mo., orig. sand-grain red cloth, backstrip lettered gilt with blindstamped rules, front board gilt lettered, good  £20.00

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(Baedeker handbook. Low countries) BAEDEKER (Karl) Belgien und Holland nebst Luxembourg ... Vierundzwanzigste Auflage. Leipzig: Karl Baedeker. 1910, maps, plans (some folding), pp. l, 496, 8vo., orig. sand-grain red cloth, backstrip lettered gilt with blindstamped rules, front board gilt lettered, good  £20.00

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(Baedeker handbook. Switzerland.) BAEDEKER (Karl) Die Schweiz nebst den angrenzenden Theilen Oberitalien, Savoyen und Tirol. Handbuch für Reisende. Achzehnte neu bearbeitete Auflage.[18th corrected edition.] Leipzig: Karl Baedeker. 1879, half-title, 24 maps, 10 plans, 9 panoramas (many folding), pp. lii, 460, 8vo., orig. sand-grain red cloth, backstrip lettered gilt with blindstamped rules, front board gilt lettered, publisher ads. on yellow chalked front endpaper, map as rear endpaper, marbled edges, ribbon-marker, good  £50.00

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(Baedeker handbook. Switzerland.) BAEDEKER (Karl) Switzerland and the adjacent portions of Italy, Savoy, and Tyrol. ... Sixteenth edition. Leipzig: Karl Baedeker. 1895, 47 maps, 12 plans, and 12 panoramas, pp. 500, 8vo., orig. sand-grain red cloth, backstrip lettered gilt with blindstamped rules, front board gilt lettered, sound  £20.00

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‘With the author’s compliments.’ (Balkans. Archæaology.) MUNRO (Robert) Rambles and studies in BosniaHerzegovina and Dalmatia with an account of the proceedings of the congress of archaeologists and anthropologists held at Sarajevo, August 1894. Edinburgh; London: W. Blackwood. 1895, FIRST EDITION , half-title with authorial inscription at head ‘with the author’s compts.’, frontispiece (with tissue-guard), and 32 plates, 4 sketch maps, text illustrations, pp. xx, 395, [3] (advertisements), 8vo., orig. deep green cloth, backstrip and front board gilt lettered, purple endpapers, very good  £175.00 Born in Ross-shire in 1835, Munro worked as a physician in the Kilmarnock region until the mid-1880s, after which time he turned his whole attention to archæological researches. Works preceding this study were concerned with the study of Scottish and Continental crannogs and lake dwellings. He later founded a lectureship in anthropology and Prehistoric archaeology at Edinburgh University.

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(Berkshire.) HUGHES (Thomas) The Scouring of the White Horse; or, the Long Vacation Ramble of a London Clerk. Cambridge: Macmillan and Co. 1859, FIRST EDITION , with 16pp. publishers’ catalogue dated 1858 at rear, double-page engraved pictorial additional title, several engraved vignettes in text, pp. xv, [1], 17-244, 16, 8vo., dark olive-green morocco by Zaehnsdorf (with their stamp), backstrip with five raised bands, second compartment gilt lettered direct, the rest with central and corner volutés, boards with a gilt triple fillet border, original blue cloth sides and spine bound in, bookplate of H.W. Search to front pastedown, backstrip just slightly faded and with a tiny spot of damage to one band, very good, (Wolff 3330) £200.00



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Though most famous for ‘Tom Brown’s Schooldays’, Hughes wrote very little fiction— only the two Tom Brown books (themselves ‘lightly fictionalized’ from his and his brother’s experiences), and this. Ostensibly a novel, it is more truly an account of the local customs of his home county of Berkshire, focusing on the regular games and festivities surrounding the maintenance of the White Horse of Uffington.

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(Berkshire.) HUMPHREYS (Arthur L.) East Hendred a Berkshire Parish historically treated. A Suggestion for a compete Parochial Survey of the Kingdom. Hatchards. 1923, large folding map at the end, photogravure frontispiece of Hendred House, title printed in black and red, scattered small foxmarks, pp. xv, 446, thick 4to., orig. qtr. light grey buckram, red boards, backstrip with printed label, a little rubbed and darkened, the upper cover with printed label, corners bumped, untrimmed, good  £130.00 Reveals the richness of the history of a village close to the great monastic establishment in Abingdon.

(Berkshire.) LOWSLEY ( Major B.) A glossary of Berkshire words and phrases. Published for the English Dialect Society by Trübner and Co. 1888, half-title, pp. 199, [1](imprint), 8vo.   [bound with] (Hampshire.) COPE ( Rev’d. Sir William H. Compiler and Editor) A glossary of Hampshire words and phrases. Published for the English Dialect Society by Trübner and Co. 1883, pp. xiv, 104, half-title, scant manuscript marginalia, 8vo.   [and] (Isle of Wight.) SMITH ( Major Henry) ... ; Series C. Original Glossaries. XXIII. Isle of Wight words: XXIV. Oxfordshire Words (supplementary) by Mrs. Parker; XXV. Cumberland words (second supplement); by W. Dickinson; XXVI. North Lincolnshire Words; by E. Sutton.; XXVI. Radnorshire words; by the Rev. W.E.T. Morgan. Published for the English Dialect Society by Trübner and Co. 1881, halftitle, pp. xii, 64, 8vo., later dark blue buckram (gilt), lightly rubbed, the orig. deep blue printed pamphlet wrappers bound in at the front and rear of each of the issues, £45.00 good  36.

The title of the third part indicates inclusion of several other county glossaries in that section, but only the Isle of Wight glossary is bound in to this volume. Others may well have been included in an accompanying volume, which is sadly missing.

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(Canada.) [WARBURTON (George Drought)] The Conquest of Canada. By the Author of ‘Hochelaga’. In Two volumes. Richard Bentley. 1849, FIRST EDITION , engraved frontispiece portraits slightly foxed, half-titles discarded, both volumes inscribed on the endpapers as leaving presents from Eton, errata-slip present, pp. xxxi, 432; 508, 8vo., slightly later damson polished calf, the backstrips decoratively panelled in gilt and with tan morocco labels lettered in gilt, the sides with double gilt fillets, marbled edges, good (Sabin 101274) £200.00


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Warburton ‘provided a good narrative history and showed an awareness that the basic difference between the British and French colonial systems was an important factor in the struggle for control of the continent’. The Conquest of Canada passed through several editions and was widely read for its mixture of careful research, exotic descriptions, and lively style ( ODNB ).

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(Cavalry. Military strategy.) HUGO (Hermannus) De militia equestri antiqua et noua ad regem Philippvm IV. Libri quinque auctore Hermanno Hugone, Societ. Iesu. Antwerp: Ex officina Plantiniana Balthasaris Moreti. 1630, FIRST EDITION , engraved title-page by C. Galle (neatly folded at foot) depicting an elephant, winged horse, camel, horses, and centaur, 6 double-page engraved plates and 29 engravings in the text (including 3 full-page), all in the style of Jacques Callot (who provided maps for Hugo’s earlier work on the Siege of Breda), woodcut initial letters, head and tail-pieces, 2 faint stamps of Lt.-Colonel A. Gerhardt’s Bibliotheque de Boisnoir on first page of dedication, woodcut printer’s device with motto “Labore et constantia” on verso of final leaf Xx5, text in Roman and Gothic type, pp. [8], 344, [12], [Signatures: *4 A-Vv4 Xx6 (Xx6 blank)], folio, contemp. tan speckled sheep, backstrip (retained and laid down) divided into six compartments by gilt-decorated raised bands between gilt and dot rolls, gilt lettered leather title-piece in second, remainder with gilt tool at centres and volute gilt cornerpieces, gilt foliate decoration on board edges, upper joint tender, sides with ornate gilt stamped coat of arms (possibly those of the Schoenborn family), marbled front and rear pastedowns, red and blue speckled edges, inscription on recto of front free endpaper (see note), housed in a modern quarter calf clamshell box, very good (Brunet III, col. 367; Ebert II 10358; Graesse III p. 387) £1,250.00 The learned Jesuit Herman Hugo (1588-1629) published the posthumously- issued present work in 1630, in folio, at Antwerp; it was reprinted from the same place in 1642. The title appears on the front of the howdah of a caparisoned elephant which forms the centre of the finely engraved title-page signed ‘Corn.Galleus sculpsit.’ Six double-page engraved illustrations, in addition to many in the text, illustrate the cavalry tactics of the periods. The work, in Latin, is a history of Cavalry from the earliest times. Amongst the latter authorities quoted by the Jesuit are Justus Lipsius, Lodovico Melzo, Giorgio Basta, Carlo Della Croce, and Johann Jacobi, of Wallhausen. This copy bears an interesting late eighteenth- or early nineteenth-century inscription (possibly by a bookseller or auctioneer) that reads: ‘49,60 doubl - Als Doublette aus der gräfl. von Schönbornschen Bibliothek Pommersfelden verkauft .’ Beneath this, a scrawled signature. Translated this reads ‘ Sold for 49,60 as a doublette from the library of the counts of Schoenborn in Pommersfelden.’



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(Ceylon map.) TIRION (Isaac) Nvoua Carta dell’ Isola Ceilon fatta in Amsterdam per Isaac Tirion. Amsterdam: [Tirion] [c. 1734], engraved map, showing mountains and forests, 293 x 374mm., unframed, good  £120.00 Tirion (1705-69) was a prolific Amsterdam based publisher during the mid eighteenthcentury. His output includes a number of atlases with maps usually based on those of G. Delisle, which were finely engraved, and he also produced extensive volumes of Dutch town plans.

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(Cheshire.) DARLINGTON (Thomas) The folk-speech of South Cheshire. Published for the English Dialect Society by Trübner and Co. 1887, half-title, pp.vii, 451, 8vo., later blue buckram, backstrip gilt lettered, very good  £45.00

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(Chester.) HOLLAND (Robert) A glossary of words used in the county of Chester. Published for the English Dialect Society by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, & Co. 1886, half-title, pp.vii, 513, [1](errata.), 8vo., later blue buckram, backstrip gilt lettered, very good  £45.00 With contributions such as ‘Dialect story’ by J. C. Clough, and ‘A Cheshire Rundle’ by John Hoole. Issued separately as volume 16 in the E.D.S.

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China through Western eyes... (China.) GROSIER (J[ean]-B[aptiste] G[abriel] A[lexandre]) A general description of China: containing the topography of the fifteen provinces which compose this vast empire; that of Tartary, the isles and other tributary countries: the number and situation of its cities, the state of its population, the natural history of its animals, vegetables and minerals. Together with the latest accounts that have reached Europe, of the government, religion, manners, customs, arts and sciences of the Chinese Translated from the French. [2 volumes]. Printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson. 1788, FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, both half-titles are binder’s discards, hand-coloured engraved folding map of China (vol. i), 15 engraved plates (one folding, one cut a little short at fore edge) pp.vii, xvi, 582; viii, 524, 8vo., mid nineteenth-century qtr. calf, sometime completely rebacked, smooth backstrips divided by gilt lozenge designs into six compartments, gilt lettered direct in second, gilt vol. nos. within gilt dotted ovals in fourth, remainder with gilt flowerhead device at centres, original slightly rubbed blue-patterned marbled sides retained with cornertips in vellum (gently knocked), endpapers lightly foxed, ink ownership inscription of Paul Ourry Treby (see note) dated April 2nd 1846 on front pastedown of vol. i, very good (Lust 32; Cordier 62; Morrison I, 318; ESTC T132187; Lowndes II, p.949) £1,000.00 ‘A compilation from the accounts furnished by the missionaries’ (Lowndes). Abbot Grosier successfully completed his 12 volume history of China in 1785. In 1786, he added a supplement (intended as the thirteenth volume) to the work: ‘Description général de la Chine, contenant, I. la description topographique des quinze provinces qui forment cet empire, celle de la Tartarie, des isles, & autres pays tributaires ... les productions variées de son sol, & les principaux détails de son histoire naturelle: II. un précis des connoissances ... sur le gouvernement, la religion, les moeurs & les usages, les arts & les sciences des Chinois’, published in Paris in quarto.



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This early travel account of a largely unknown country was considered a triumph, with five editions appearing in England, France, and Germany by 1820. John Lust considers the work ‘very rich in the observation and detail amassed by the Jesuits. A picture of an attractive country before semi-colonisation set in.’ This set was once in the ownership of Mr. Paul-Ourry Treby (1786-1862) of Goodamor and Plympton House, Devon. Treby was a well-known and deeply respected sportsman, and one of the four rangers of Dartmoor.

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(Cornwall.) TREGARTHEN (Enys) North Cornwall Fairies and Legends. Wells Gardner, Darnton & Co. 1906, FIRST EDITION , frontispiece and 9 full-page illustrations, other illustrations in text, title slightly spotted, first (blank) and last (notes) leaf browned, pp. xiv, 191, [1], 8vo., orig. red cloth, backstrip and front board blocked in gilt, t.e.g., slightly darkened at extremities with small watermark to rear board, good  £50.00 With the Dustjacket (Cornwall.) TREGARTHEN (Enys) The Piskey Purse. Legends and Tales of North Cornwall. Wells Gardner, Darnton & Co. 1905, FIRST EDITION , frontispiece and 7 full-page illustrations, other illustrations in text, pp. xvi, 207, [1], 8vo., orig. red cloth, backstrip and front board blocked in gilt, t.e.g., orig. red dustjacket, blocked in black to match binding, top edge somewhat chipped, spine faded, very good  £100.00 Tregarthen (real name Nellie Sloggett) wrote a number of books under her pseudonyms ‘Enys Tregarthen’ and ‘Nellie Cornwall’, most of which are now scarce, especially with the dustjacket present.

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(Crete.) MOSSO (Angelo) The Palaces of Crete and their Builders. Fisher Unwin. 1907, FIRST EDITION , 2 double-page plans of the Palace of Knossos and numerous photographic illustrations, many full-page, pp. 348, 8vo., orig. dark blue cloth, gilt lettering to the backstrip, front cover also lettered in gilt and with inset panel showing a part of a palace in gilt, extremities a little knocked, very good  £280.00 Records the author’s personal excavations of the Palaces and includes chapters on women and female worship, and cookery.

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(Denmark.) LAING (Samuel) Observations on the social and political State of Denmark, and the Duchies of Sleswick and Holstein in 1851. Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans. 1852, ink presentation inscription on the front free endpaper, endpapers spotted, pp. xvi, 446, 8vo., contemp. polished calf, the backstrip elaborately panelled in gilt, black morocco label with gilt lettering and slightly faded, the sides with double gilt fillet borders, marbled edges, very good  £180.00 ‘Laing’s work commands interest for its views of Scandinavian society in general, and in particular of peasant proprietorship and its relation to population growth and to the

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distribution and increase of wealth’ ( ODNB ). His widely read accounts of his journeys were less travel books than works of political economy and attracted notices comparing him to Arthur Young and von Humboldt.

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(East Indies.) HAMILTON (Alexander) A New Account of the East Indies. With Numerous maps & illustrations. Now Edited with Introduction and Notes by Sir William Foster. In Two Volumes. Argonaut Press. 1930, 31/975 COPIES , printed on Japon vellum, frontispiece in vol. i, 8 folding maps, pp. xxxvii, [i], 259; vi, 225, [3], 4to., orig. qtr. vellum, green cloth sides with gilt medallion to front boards, backstrips lettered in gilt, edges untrimmed and unopened, green cloth slipcase (somewhat faded), fine  £350.00 ‘The importance of Hamilton’s account of his experiences in the East (1688-1723) is shown by the fact that one can scarcely find a modern work dealing with the history or geography of Asia for that period which does not contain references to his book; and it may appear strange that, since the reprint of 1744, no attempt should have been made...to place so valuable a work at the disposal of a wider circle of readers’ (Preface).

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(East Indies. Map.) KITCHIN (Thomas) The East Indies including more particularly the British Dominions on the Continent of India. By the Revd. John Blair. NP. July 1st, 1773, hand-coloured copper-engraved map, coloured by a contemporary hand, region by region, one clean crease, a few faint spots in the ocean, 475 x 600mm., unframed, good  £130.00 An attractive map of the Indian sub-continent.

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(East Indies. Map.) [ KITCHIN (Thomas)] A Map of the East Indies from the latest Authorities and Observations by John Blair. NP. [c.1773], hand-coloured copper-engraved map, coloured by a contemporary hand, small stain at the fold of the cartouche, inset map of the Philippine Islands, 474 x 595mm., unframed, good  £120.00 A map of the continent and surrounding islands including part of Sumatra and Borneo.

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With the Holland House Bookplate (Egypt.) LEGH (Thomas) Narrative of a Journey in Egypt and the country beyond the cataracts. John Murray. 1816, FIRST EDITION , folding map, plate, pp. viii, 157, 4to., orig. dark grey paper boards, minor (expertly carried-out) repairs to backstrip, paper spine label, engraved bookplate of Holland House pasted to upper side, corners rubbed, Holland House bookplate also on front pastedown, good (Abbey ‘Travel’ 267; Weber I 49; Blackmer 999) £500.00 On publication in 1816, the work attracted many favourable reviews, including that in ‘The Quarterly Review ’ which noted that: ‘It is rather a phenomenon, in these days of bookish luxury, to encounter a volume, and more particularly a volume of Travels, destitute of the usual garniture of fine prints or aquatinta sketches, without a single head or tail-piece, vignette or even portrait of the author, but sent naked into the world with no other embellishment or illustration than a fair type, excellent paper, and a style as plain and free from tawdriness, as the sheets on which it was written.’ The book must also have appealed to the keepers of Lord Holland’s library, where the book was no doubt housed up until the events of September 1940. The Holland House library had been collected by

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generations of the Fox family, but was sold off after German bombs destroyed most of the great house during the Blitz. A famous photograph exists of the bombed-out library with the treasures still on the shelves, being picked over by booksellers. These remains of the collection were sold on behalf of the family, by the Earl of Ilchester, a leading British twentieth-century aristocratic bibliophile.

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(Egypt.) WILSON (Robert Thomas) History of the British Expedition to Egypt; to which is subjoined, a Sketch of the present State of that Country and its Means of Defence. ... Second Edition. T. Egerton. 1803, engraved frontispiece portrait of Sir Ralph Abercrombie after I. Hoppner, 4 folding maps including a large map of the Western branch of the Nile and one of Cairo, and 2 folding tables, half-title discarded, light spotting to the title, pp. xxi, 387, 4to., contemp. half russia, smooth backstrip with gilt fillet panels and lettering in the second compartment, neatly repaired, marbled boards, the upper cover with a central red morocco gilt ownership label, the marbled boards with faint traces of newsprint, engraved bookplate with cypher, good (Atabey 1346) £700.00 On 28 June 1800 Wilson purchased a majority in Hompesch’s mounted riflemen, then serving under Sir Ralph Abercrombie in the Mediterranean, and in the autumn he travelled across the continent to Vienna on a mission to Lord Minto, by whom he was sent to the Austrian army in Italy. He then went to join Abercrombie, landing at Abu Qir Bay on 7 March 1801, and taking part in the action of the 13th and in the battle of Alexandria on the 21st. Upon Abercrombie’s death Major-General (later Lord) Hutchinson succeeded him and employed Wilson on several missions. In July Wilson entered Cairo with Hutchinson, and was at the siege of Alexandria in August and its capitulation on the 25th. For his services in Egypt he was made a knight of the order of the Crescent of Turkey. This work went through several editions and derived especial popularity from its charges of cruelty against Napoleon, towards both his prisoners at Jaffa and his own soldiers at Cairo.

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(Egyptian hieroglyphics.) CHAMPOLLION (M. [Jean-Francois], le jeune) Précis du système hiéroglyphique des anciens Égyptiens ... Second édition ... Avec un volume de planches. [Paris]: Imprimérie Royale. 1828-[1827], 20 plates (8 folding), + 21 +A-K[i.e.11 plates of alphabets], extensive contemporary pencil annotations, slightly dustsoiled, pp. xxiv, 465, [4]; 48, 8vo., bound together in mid nineteenth-century half calf, smooth backstrip darkened, divided into compartments by wide gilt triple rules, black leather labels in second and third compartments, marbled sides, College library bookplate, r.e., good  £1,000.00



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Sometimes referred to as ‘the best edition’. Champollion had been working on translating Egyptian hieroglyphics for many years, but was aided by the work of Thomas Young who as a result of the discovery of the Rosetta stone had established equivalence of some demotic and hieroglyphic symbols and had managed to identify some of the names in the papyri on which he was working. He published the results of his research in a supplement to the Encyclopedia Britannica in 1819. This work enabled Champollion to identify many other individuals in Egyptian inscriptions, and eventually to formulate a system for understanding Egyptian grammar and a method of deciphering hieroglyphics. His ‘Lettre a M. Dacier’, secretary of the Academie Royale des Inscriptions, is regarded as the definitive document by which hieroglyphs could be translated, and the present book, the ‘Précis’, as the full exposition of his research.

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(Europe: Continent.) MURRAY (John, publisher ) Handbook for travellers on the Continent: being a guide to Holland, Belgium, Prussia, Northern Germany, and the Rhine from Holland to Switzerland. With map and plans. Thirteenth edition, corrected. John Murray. 1860, half-title, main body of text in double-column, 10 text plans (including folding maps of Berlin, Amsterdam, etc.), folding travelling map of Germany dated 1859, pp. xl, 581, 54 (Handbook Advertiser 1862, printed on pale yellow paper), 12mo., orig. embossed linen-grain red cloth (now faded), backstrip gilt lettered, gilt titles on front board, publisher advertisements (dated June 1862) printed on pale brown chalked endpapers, red speckled edges, good  £100.00 Italian Manuscript on Fortifications (Europe. Fortifications) Alcune Regole delle Fortificationi moderne, ... loro mesure Reali et non Reali. [Transcript of Giovanni Battista Antonelli’s text] [Early 17th Century], written in sepia ink in a neat humanist cursive script, 18 neatly-executed plans of fortifications in ink, the text circa 20 lines to the page within ruled borders, beginning with a dedication to the King, ascribed to Antonelli at the foot, later manuscript signature of ‘Wm. Mathew’ dated 1730, with the price of purchase, a few small minor stains to the edges, 45 leaves, including one blank contemp. vellum, flat backstrip with a (later) paper label and the title in ink, the sides with double gilt rules, a little soiled, the front hinge weak, (overall 118 x 87 mm.), good  £800.00 An elegantly scribed transcript of Antonelli’s treatise on Fortifications with neatly drawn examples of various embattlements, and means of defence including those for fortifying a castled city. Giovanni Battista Antonelli (1527-1588) was the founder member of the famous Italian family of military engineers, whose dynasty spanned three generations. He designed and built numerous strongholds and military fortifications in Europe for the

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Spanish crown during the second half of the sixteenth century. These include the Castle of Santa Barbara in Alicante in 1562, the construction of the Castillio de Benidorm, the tower of Vigia Santa in Alicante, the walls of Peùíscola (the Templar Castle), walls and fortifications of Cartagena de Indias, and the bastion of Saint Domingo.

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(Europe. Fourteenth Century.) FROISSART (Jean) Chronicles of England, France, Spain, and the adjoining countries, from the latter part of the reign of Edward II. to the coronation of Henry IV. Translated from the French editions, with variations and additions from many celebrated mss. by Thomas Johnes, Esq. ... In two volumes. William Smith. 1839, colour lithographed additional title-page (foxed), woodengraved illustrations on letterpress, pp. xlvii, [i], 768; xiv, 733, lge.8vo., contemp. mid brown calf, extremities rubbed, backstrips with gilt dot roll decorated raised



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bands, gilt lettered red leather title and blue vol. and author labels in second and third compartments respectively, remainder gilt panelled and semé dots, roundels, stars, etc.; sides with gilt double fillet and narrow blind roll border, marbled endpapers, modern bookplates, red sprinkled and polished edges, good  £250.00 Johnes remains the only man to have undertaken the formidable task of translating the ‘Chronicles’ in their entirety, and the appearance of subsequent editions (until 1906) testifies to their worth. Masson notes that ‘in point of style and brilliant colouring, Shakespeare alone can be placed on the same line as Froissart.’

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The First Printed Account of Cook’s First Voyage (Exploration.) [ COOK (Captain James) First Voyage]: HAWKESWORTH (John) An Account of the Voyages undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret and Captain Cook in the ‘Dolphin’ the ‘Swallow’ and the ‘Endeavour’. Drawn up from the journals which were kept by the several Commanders, and from the Papers of J. Banks ... in Three volumes. W. Strahan & T. Cadell. 1773, FIRST EDITION , 52 engraved maps, charts and plates, including the large folding map of the Magellan Straight (not always present), page 139 in vol. i. misnumbered as usual, the first chart, of the South Seas, creased, a few closed tears to folding charts at folds and mounts, occasional minor browning and spotting, one or two edges in vol.i dampstained, pp. [xii], xxxvi, 670; xvi, 410; [vi], 411-710, 4to., modern imitation morocco, backstrips with gilt ruled raised bands and contemp. black and red morocco labels with gilt lettering laid-down, good (Mitchell 648; Hill 139; Sabin 30934; PMM 223) £5,500.00

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‘Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors had done together. He was really the first scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge’ (Hill). Cook’s first voyage included visits to Tahiti and New Zealand, and the tracing of the east coast of Australia was one of the most perilous feats of navigation in the whole recorded history of exploration.

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Cook’s Third Voyage (1776-1780) by the Surgeon’s Mate (Exploration.) [ COOK (Captain James) Third Voyage]: ELLIS (William) An Authentic Narrative of a Voyage performed by Captain Cook and Captain Clerke, in His Majesty’s Ships Resolution and Discovery during the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780; In Search of a North-West Passage between the Continents of Asia and America. Including a faithful Account of all their Discoveries, and the unfortunate Death of Captain Cook. [Two volumes in one]. For G. Robinson. 1782, FIRST EDITION , engraved folding chart showing the discoveries in the Pacific Ocean, torn and repaired at lower fold, and 21 engraved plates, with ‘Directions to the Binders’ leaf, half-titles discarded, tear to N3, repaired, pp. [viii], 358, [2]; [vi], 347, 8vo., modern mottled calf, the backstrip panelled in gilt, with four raised bands, and red morocco label with gilt lettering in the second compartment, good (Hill 95; Sabin 22333; Holmes 42) £6,000.00 This account, whose fine plates are among the earliest published on the subject of the Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, and the Northwest, was published two years before the official account. Ellis was a surgeon’s mate during Cook’s third voyage, first on the ‘Discovery’ and later on the ‘Resolution’, and a skillful amateur artist. The plates are after his original drawings. Cook’s third voyage began in July 1776 and concentrated on the North Pacific. His death on 14th February, 1779, of which this is the first account, overshadowed the two most important achievements of the voyage: the discovery of Hawaii, which Cook considered to be his greatest feat, and the disproval of the theory of a North East passage. With him travelled George Vancouver who later charted the North West Coast of America and also the artist John Webber who provided Europe with many of the popular contemporary images of the Pacific.

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The Author’s First Work - with hand-coloured Aquatints (France.) STOTHARD (Mrs. Charles [Kempe, Anna Eliza]) Letters written during a tour through Normandy, Britanny, and other parts of France, including local and historical descriptions; with remarks on the manners and character of the people. With numerous engravings, after drawings by Charles Stothard, F.S.A. Longman [et al.]. 1820, FIRST EDITION , frontispiece and 21 aquatint plates (5 beautifully hand coloured), hand coloured line engraving, all after drawings by Charles Stothard, some offsetting and slight foxing to text, small hole in text to RR2, pp. [iv], 322, 4to., modern half tan calf, backstrip with raised bands between gilt rules, gilt lettered dark red leather label, brown cloth sides, new cream endpapers, bookplate of Reginald James Mure, good (Abbey ‘Travel’ 88; Prideaux p.353) £350.00 Charles Stothard, the antiquarian, married Anna Eliza Kempe in 1818. The young couple travelled to France that same year where Anna wrote letters to her family describing the beauties and antiquities of the countryside through which they were passing. These letters



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were collected in the present work, their first publication, with illustrations provided by her husband. Tragedy was to befall the family however: whilst sketching the ceiling of a village church in Devon in 1821, Charles Stothard slipped from the ladder high in the roof and fell, fatally striking his head on a pew below.

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(French Revolutionary Wars. Napoleonic Wars.) JAMES (William) The naval history of Great Britain, from the declaration of war by France in 1793, to the accession of George IV. A new edition, with additions and notes, and an account of the Burmese War and the battle of Navarino, by Captain Chambers, R.N. In six volumes. Richard Bentley. 1837, 2 portrait frontispieces, 12 portraits, 31 folding tables, plans and figures in letterpress, 8vo., late nineteenth-century half russet calf, extremities rubbed, head and foot of vol.i backstrip worn, backstrips faded, with dot roll decorated raised bands, gilt lettered direct in second and third compartments, remainder panelled with double line gilt border, marbled sides, edges, and endpapers, good (Lowndes II, p.1189) £200.00 Lowndes points out that ‘these books are valuable as materials for the future historian of the war.’

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(Geography.) CLUVERII [Clüver] (Philippi [Philipp]) and Josephus VORSTIUS ( Editor). Introductionis in Universam Geographiam, tam veterem quam novam libri VI. [Second edition]. Leiden: apud Elzevirios. 1629, engraved title, woodcut initial letters, 3 engraved folding plates, pp. 252[i.e. 352], [8], 24mo., contemp. vellum, smooth backstrip with somewhat later gilt lettered brown morocco label, marbled endpapers, remnants of silk-ties, red speckled and polished edges, very good (Willems 309; Sabin 13805 [for ed. list]) £350.00 First published by Elsevier in 1624 at Leiden (see Willems and Sabin), the present work follows this format with three folding plates. It would be reissued once more at Leiden in 1641, before Elsevier’s production transferred to Amsterdam. Clüver (who Latinized his name as Philippus Cluverianus, as was the fashion of the time) was appointed geographer to Leiden University. He also fulfilled the role of librarian. His life’s project, however, was the study of the geography of Antiquity and he is widely cited as the founder of historical geography. The present work, though issued posthumously, represents a period when Clüver was at the height of his powers and follows several significant publications: the author’s first, of 1611, concerning the lower reaches of the Rhine and its tribal inhabitants in Roman times entitled ‘Commentarius de tribus Rheni alveis, et ostiis; item. De Quinque populis quondam accolis; scilicet de Toxandris, Batavis, Caninefatibus, Frisiis, ac Marsacis’; ‘Germaniae antiquae libri tres’ (Leiden, 1616) depends on Tacitus and other Latin authors. A volume on the antiquities of Sicily, with notes on Sardinia and Corsica (‘ Sicilia Antiqua cum minoribus insulis ei adjacentibus item Sardinia et Corsica’), was again published at Leiden by Louis Elsevier in 1619; it contained maps that were often detached and sold to map collectors. ‘Introductionis in Universam Geographiam’, seen here in its second edition, would become a standard geographical textbook.

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(Gloucestershire.) MARSHALL (William) The rural Economy of Glocestershire; including its Diary: together with the Dairy Management of North Wiltshire; and the Managment of Orchards and Fruit Liquor, in Herefordshire. In two volumes. Glocester: By R. Raikes for G. Nicol. 1789, FIRST EDITION , folding engraved map including the neighbouring counties, pp. xxviii, 332, [4]; iv, 401 [11], 8vo., contemp. half calf, the smooth backstrips panelled with gilt fillets and chain tools, red morocco labels with gilt lettering in the second compartments, marbled boards, armorial bookplates of Charles Acton, fine ( ESTC T94236; Austin 1884; Fussell p. 118) £550.00 According to his own account Marshall could trace his blood through the veins of agriculturists for upwards of four hundred years. He was to leave his mark on the subject. Modern agricultural historians have generally held that his works on English farming are superior to those of his rival, Arthur Young, as they are more systematically arranged and based on a more thorough knowledge of a district by personal residence there. In addition, in his ‘Rural Economy of the midland counties’ Marshall proposed the establishment of a board of agriculture, a suggestion which the influential Sir John Sinclair (1754–1835) persuaded Pitt to adopt in 1793 ( ODNB ).

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(Gloucestershire. Worcestershire.) DRUMMOND ROBERTSON (J[ohn]) A glossary of dialect and archaic words used in the County of Gloucester ... Published for the English Dialect Society by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, & Co. 1890, half-title, frontispiece map, pp. 2, x, 216, [2], 8vo.,   [bound with] (Worcestershire.) CHAMBERLAIN (Mrs.) A glossary of West Worcestershire Words ... with glossic notes by Thomas Hallam. Published for the English Dialect Society by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, & Co. 1882, pp. xxvii, 40, 8vo.,   [and] (Worcestershire.) SALISBURY (Jesse) A glossary of words and phrases used in S.E. Worcestershire together with some of the sayings, customs, superstitions, charms, &c. common in that district. J. Salisbury. 1893, pp. xii, 92, 8vo.,   [and] (Worcestershire.) LAWSON (Robert) Upton-on-Severn words and phrases. Published for the English Dialect Society by Trübner, & Co. 1884, pp.40, 8vo., later blue buckram, backstrip gilt lettered, very good  £45.00 A society for the study of dialect in England, the E.D.S, was formed in 1873 and dissolved in 1896. Its founder was Walter W. Skeat, Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Cambridge, who became its secretary and then its director. It published 80 works, mostly glossaries and grammars such as the present volume, and collected material for a dialect dictionary to complement the pronunciation work of A.J. Ellis. In 1886, Skeat launched a fund for such a dictionary, contributing a great deal of money himself to the project. In 1889, Joseph Wright began to edit the first collection for this work and appealed through newspapers and libraries for additional data. Over 600 people read material and collected and



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checked information. Helped by subscriptions, donations, and accommodation provided by Oxford University Press, Wright began in 1898 to publish in parts what later became the ‘English Dialect Dictionary ’. When the Society’s aims had been achieved, it was dissolved.

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(Gloucestershire. Worcestershire. Herefordshire.) MURRAY (John, publisher ) A handbook for travellers in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, and Herefordshire. Third edition revised. John Murray. 1884, ink name at head of title, text in doublecolumn, 3 plans, folding counties map in rear pocket, pp. xxxix, 350, 64(Handbook Advertiser 1884/85), 8vo., orig. embossed linen-grain red cloth, laid down gilt lettered backstrip (darkened), gilt titles on front board, endpapers sometime replaced, red speckled edge (top edge darkened), good  £45.00 An Interesting Association Copy (Great Britain.) [AIKIN (John)] England delineated, or, A geographical description of every county in England and Wales: with a concise account of its most important products, natural and artificial: for the use of young persons: with outline maps of all the counties. Third edition, considerably improved. Printed for J. Johnson, St. Paul’s Church-Yard. 1795, engraved folding map as frontispiece, 42 engraved maps in outline, showing only towns and rivers, without scales, borders, or any other information, pp.vi-x not included by binder (or a printer’s error), pp. v, 11-396, [4](index), 8vo., contemp. tree calf, slight loss at head of smooth backstrip (divided into six compartments by decorative gilt rules), gilt lettered red morocco label in second, remainder with stylised flowerhead devices at centres surrounded by foliate cornerpieces, sides with single gilt fillet as border (front board starting at head and foot), scrolling gilt foliate designs as inner border, board edges gilt hatched, engraved armorial bookplate of the Micklethwaite family, marbled endpapers, yellow tinted edges, presentation inscription (see note), good ( ESTC T84686; Lowndes I, p.22; Chubb p.223; Whitaker 103) £220.00 The first edition of 1788 was issued without maps. This copy bears a presentation inscription on a blank preceding the frontispiece ‘Adjudged to Nathaniel Micklethwaite for his superior and successful diligence, from Midsummer to Christmas 1797—by his affectionate friend and tutor Robert Forby ’. Forby, a Norfolk philologist and teacher, presented the work to the thirteen-year-old Nathaniel Micklethwaite, presumably at the family home in Beeston. The day after his twentieth birthday on 27th January 1804, Micklethwaite married the only daughter of George, 4th Earl Waldegrave, MariaWilhemina Waldegrave. In February the following year a son was born to the couple. Tragically, Lady Maria died of an ‘inflammation’, six days after the child’s birth, having just completed her 21st year.

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Voice of the Picturesque (Great Britain.) GILPIN (William) [A collection of nine titles in various editions, uniformly bound in twelve volumes]. T. Cadell and W. Davies. 1800-09, plates, mostly sepia aquatints and with maps (see note), 8vo., bound in half green morocco, backstrips darkened, with raised bands between blind rules, gilt lettered direct in


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second and fourth compartments, marbled sides and endpapers, modern owner’s small bookticket, t.e.g., remainder roughtrimmed, good  £800.00 The existence of other ‘sets’ of Gilpin consisting of exactly the same editions as in this present collection, leads one to assume that they must have been issued as a ‘set’. 1. Observations on the River Wye ... Fifth edition. Two volumes. 1800. 2. An essay on prints. The fifth edition. 1802, (unillustrated). 3. Observations on the coasts of Hampshire, Sussex, and Kent ... 1804, FIRST EDITION. 4. Observations on ... the high-lands of Scotland. The Third edition, in Two volumes. 1808. 5. Three essays: on picturesque beauty ... Third edition. 1808. 6. Observations on the western parts of England ... The second edition. 1808. 7. Remarks on forest scenery ... illustrated by the scenes of New Forest in Hampshire. The third edition, in Two volumes. 1808. 8. Observations on several parts of England, particularly ... of Cumberland and Westmoreland ... The third edition, in Two volumes. 1808. 9. Observations on several parts of the counties of Cambridge, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex ... 1809, FIRST EDITION. The nature of Gilpin’s illustrations, and the very coarse paper on which his work appeared, produced a reaction in the public which was not entirely favourable. He had definite ideas on what he called the ‘principles of picturesque beauty’ and his sketches were intended to illustrate the compositional possibilities of stratified rocks, river scenery and ruins in a very free fashion. His nephew, William Sawrey Gilpin, who made the plates, employed an experimental mixture of etching, aquatint and hand applied washes which added to their unconventional appearance. They were not intended to illustrate a scene precisely, but an ideal, with all inessentials eliminated. Even their colour, a tinted ground, generally yellow ochre, was chosen by Gilpin, who considered that it added a ‘degree of harmony to the rawness of black and white’. His readership was used to more precise topographical drawing. The plates were misunderstood, even by commentators as late as Prideaux, who described them as ‘poor in character’. Our ideas of the picturesque are largely formed by Gilpin. He believed that nature could do no wrong, was the source of all beauty and emotion, and the ideal which only man could deform. In fact precisely the opposite view to that taken by previously preeminent classical writers. Naturally the risible side of Gilpin’s attempt to reduce what he admitted to be vast beyond comprehension to his rules of the picturesque, was not lost on his contemporaries. His tours were the subject of ridicule in some quarters, notably in William Combe’s ‘Tours of Dr. Syntax’ (so memorably illustrated by Rowlandson), and much of him is to be found in Peacock’s ‘Rev. Doctor Folliott ’ and the ‘Rev. Doctor Opimian’. In spite of the popularity of the satirists’ view, Gilpin’s series of ‘Picturesque Tours’ nevertheless earned him a reputation as the ‘high priest of the picturesque’ (Hussey).

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(Great Britain. Agricultural Buildings.) DEAN (George Alfred) Essays on the Construction of Farm Buildings and Labourers’ Cottages. Stratford, Essex: S. Morris; London: Simpkin, Marshall and Co. 1849, 16 lithographed plates of designs for farm buildings, including the tinted frontispiece of cottages, 8 of them folding, one with



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small tear at fold, subscribers’ list, pp. [viii], viii, 32, 14, xiv, 4to., orig. dark green vertical-ribbed cloth, the extremities of the backstrip bumped and with small tear at head, the sides with wide blind trellis borders, the upper cover lettered in gilt, the lower with a central blind cottage, hinges repaired, good  £400.00 Dean’s pre-eminence as an agricultural architect was established in the 1840s. when he helped Prince Albert to develop a model farm at Osborne. This work, dedicated to Prince Albert, also acknowledges the encouragment Dean received from the Royal Agricultural Society of England in his aim of promoting efficient and economical farm buildings.

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(Greece.) WORDSWORTH (Christopher) Greece: pictorial, descriptive, and historical. William S. Orr. 1839, FIRST EDITION , additional engraved title with vignette, engraved frontispiece and 24 engraved plates, 2 maps and over 350 engraved illustrations, frontispiece foxed, occasional foxing, mostly to the edges of the plates, ownership signature on front free endpaper, pp. xxvii, 356, 8vo., orig. dark green moroccograin roan, the backstrip with four low raised bands tooled in gilt, gilt lettering in the second and fourth compartments, the sides with blind panels, large gilt cornerpieces and blind centrepieces, a.e.g., slightly rubbed, upper joint repaired, yellow endpapers, good  £400.00

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(Greenland. Whale-fishing.) SCORESBY (William) Journal of a Voyage to the Northern Whale-Fishery; including Researches and Discoveries on the Eastern Coast of West Greenland, made in the Summer of 1822, in the ship Baffin of

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Liverpool. Edinburgh: Archibald Constable. 1823, FIRST EDITION , 2 folding engraved maps and 6 engraved plates, 2 of those also folding, one map with repaired tear, the other with a short tear, half-title discarded, some offsetting, occasional foxing, pp. xliii, 472, 8vo., half calf antique, the backstrips with raised bands and gilt lettering, marbled boards, sound (Sabin 78171; Hill p. 270) £700.00 An account of Scoresby’s 1822 voyage, which combined several weeks of whaling with the exploration of the Scoresby Sound region (on this voyage Scoresby named Scoresby land and Scoresby Sound) and approximately 800 miles of the East Greenland coast, in search of Eskimo settlements, and in quest of magnetic and other scientific observations. The work also includes an annotated list of 45 species of plants by Sir W. J. Hooker and journals of two other whaling voyages, the ‘Hercules’ of Aberdeen under Captain Thomas Fairburn, and the ‘Trafalgar’, a Hull based whaler under Captain Lloyd.

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The Himalayas Explored (Himalayas.) HOOKER (Joseph Dalton) Himalayan Journals; or, Notes of a Naturalist in Bengal, the Sikkim and Nepal Himalayas, the Khasia Mountains, &c. In two volumes. John Murray. 1854, FIRST EDITION , 12 coloured and tinted lithographed plates, one folding and skillfully repaired at the fold, 80 engraved illustrations, tear to the list of illustrations in vol.ii neatly repaired, occasional light foxing, pp. xxvii, 408; x, 487, 8vo., orig. maroon cloth, the backstrips blind stamped and lettered in gilt (sunned at usual), the sides with outer blind borders and central gilt scene on upper covers, corners knocked, good (Abbey ‘Travel’ 502) £2,200.00 On 11 November 1847 Hooker left England for his three year long Himalayan expedition; he would be the first European to collect plants in the Himalayas. He received free passage on HMS. Sidon, to the Nile and then travelled overland to Suez where he boarded a ship to India. He arrived in Calcutta on 12 January 1848, then travelled by elephant to Mirzapur, up the Ganges by boat to Siliguri and overland to Darjeeling, arriving on 16 April 1848. He explored Sikkim, and also surveyed parts of eastern Nepal. The accuracy of his record of the passes into Tibet was commended by Younghusband’s expedition fifty years later. His observations on the geology and meteorology of Sikkim remain fundamental, as does his explanation of the terracing of mountain valleys by the formation of glacial lakes. His overiding passion for botanical research (inherited from his father) led to the collection of seven thousand species in India and Nepal. It is that, and his close friendship with Darwin, with whom he had a lifelong correspondence, for which he will perhaps be best remembered. He began the craze for rhododendrons, adding twenty-five new species to those known, and was successful in introducing the splendid rhododendrons of Sikkim into cultivation.



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(Hindu Law.) HALHED (Nathaniel B., Translator ) A Code of Gentoo Laws, or, Ordinations of the Pundits. From a Persian translation, made from the original, written in the Shanscrit language. [NP.] 1781, 8 engraved plates of Sanskrit, Persian, and Bengal alphabets and text, faint foxing at beginning and end, light offsetting from plates, pp. cxx, 284, 8vo., contemp. half tan calf with sprinkled boards, backstrip ruled in gilt with red label in second compartment, a little scuffed, corners worn, slight cracking to backstrip, good ( ESTC T167117) £200.00 The third edition of this translated compilation of Hindu laws produced by order of Warren Hastings; the ODNB reports that ‘Halhed’s translation of a Persian abstract of the Sanskrit text was rushed to London in instalments to stave off the feared imposition of British laws on the [East India] company’s Indian subjects.’ Nathaniel Brassey Halhed (1751–1830) also wrote the first English grammar of Bengali and was among the first to consider the relationship between Sanskrit and Greek and Latin made explicit by Sir William Jones.

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(Hungary.) [ LE CLERC (Jean)] Memoirs of Emeric Count Teckely. In Four Books. Wherein are related ... Transactions in Hungary and the Ottoman Empire, from ... 1656, till ... 1691. Tim. Goodwin. 1693, engraved frontispiece portrait by P. Bouche, fore-edge shaved, title printed in red and black, imprimatur leaf at the beginning, pp. xii, 175, 84, 67, [16], 12mo., contemp. speckled calf, backstrip with four raised bands, decorated in blind, red morocco label with gilt lettering in the second compartment, rebacked and repaired, good ( ESTC R39725; Wing L822) £700.00 The first English edition of the most detailed contemporary biography of Imre Teckely (Tokoly) translated from the French of Jean Le Clerc. It also charts the history of Ottoman Hungary during this very dynamic period. Under Ottoman rule, peace was fragile: the Habsburgs pursued plans to liberate the land from the Muslim invaders, and to promote the Counter reformation with the help of agents. Using Ottoman Hungary as their base, the Ottomans attempted to use this religious division of their Christian opponents in 1683 when they laid siege to Vienna for the second time. Under the terms of the Treaty of Karlowitz, which ended the Great Turkish War in 1699, the Ottomans ceded nearly all the territory they had taken from the Kingdom of Hungary.

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(Iceland.) GRIEVE (Symington) The great Auk, or garefowl (Alca impennis, Linn.) its history, archæology, and remains. Thomas C. Jack. 1885, FIRST EDITION , frontispiece, preliminary and final leaves foxed (with sporadic foxing to page block, as usual), wood-engraved text illustrations, lithographed plate, 2 colour printed plates, folding colour printed map, pp.x, [1], 141, [1], 58, (appendices), 4to., beautiful contemp. deep brown crushed and polished morocco, backstrip divided by gilt raised bands into six compartments, gilt lettered direct in second, remainder with volute cornerpieces and centrally placed floral devices in gilt, sides with triple gilt fillet roll and gilt foliate roll as border (slight rub on cornertips), gilt decorated turn-ins, marbled endpapers, small bookplates of the late Bent Juel-Jensen (and that of A.A. Kisby) on front pastedown, t.e.g., very good £450.00 The classic monograph on the species. Grieve gives exhaustive details on the incredible history of the Great Auk: much of the information presented here remains unavailable elsewhere, even 120 years after publication. Of particular interest must be the passage

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on the species’ grim demise. The last confirmed sighting was on the island of Eldey (off Iceland) in Summer 1844. Two older birds, nursing their egg were spotted nesting high on a precarious ledge. The birds were promptly shot by ‘scientists’, their remains preserved, and the egg destroyed. Grieve mentions numerous other more recent alleged encounters, including one on the Isle of Skye.

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(India.) HOLWELL (John Zephaniah) Interesting historical Events relative to the Provinces of Bengal and the Empire of Indostan. With a seasonable Hint and Perswasive[sic] to the ... East India Company. As also the Mythology and Cosmology, Fast and Festvals of the Gentoos, followers of Shastah. ... [Three volumes in one] T. Becket and P. A. de Hondt. 1765-71, FIRST EDITIONS , 5 folding engraved plates in vol. ii, errata-slip, half-title in Part ii discarded, pp. [iv], 210, [4]; [vi], 152; [iv], 227, 8vo., contemp. polished sprinkled calf, rebacked preserving the original backstrip ruled in gilt and with red morocco label, gilt arms on the upper cover, slightly stained, armorial bookplate of Lord Gower, good ( ESTC T1042; T140043; T140042) £600.00 Holwell (1711-1798) was one of the first Europeans to study Indian antiquities and this work is a valuable source of information on the Mogul Empire, Hinduism and customs. It was translated into German and French and earned him praise from Voltaire. Holwell gained employment as a surgeon in the English East India Company and was sent to India in 1732, serving in this capacity until 1749. He was a member of the Council of Fort William (Calcutta) and defended the settlement against Siraj Ud Daulah in 1756. The bookplate relates to the Duke of Sutherland, created Earl Gower in 1746, from one of the richest landowning families in the United Kingdom.

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(India.) RUSSELL (William Howard) My Diary in India, in the Year 1858-9. In two volumes. Routledge, Warne, and Routledge. 1860, FIRST EDITION , 12 tinted lithographed plates, folding map, inscribed on the front free endpapers as a leaving-gift from Eton, some spotting to the plates (as usual), pp. xv, 408; xi, 420, 8vo., slightly later polished calf, the backstrips panelled in gilt, red and black morocco labels with gilt lettering, double gilt borders on sides, marbled edges, very good (Abbey ‘Travel’ 491) £550.00 Russell was a famous war correspondent who made his reputation by his despatches for ‘The Times’ from the Crimea. His reports had a great impact on the British public and politicians. In December 1857. ‘The Times’ sent Russell to India to report on the mutiny and investigate rebel atrocities, reaching Calcutta in January 1858. He accompanied Sir Colin Campbell (Lord Clyde), who welcomed and assisted him, on the 1858 campaign, and narrowly escaped being killed by a rebel. Russell criticized British snobbery as well as attitudes to and treatment of Indians, and advocated leniency and conciliation. His ‘Times’ articles were attacked by the Anglo-Indian press. Delane attributed the cessation of indiscriminate executions to Russell’s first report from Cawnpore. He left India in March 1859 to return home. He was knighted in 1895 ( ODNB ).



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(India.) SLEEMAN ( Major-General, Sir W.J.) A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, in 1849-1850; By direction of the Right Hon. the Earl of Dalhousie, GovernorGeneral. In Two Volumes. Richard Bentley. 1858, FIRST EDITION , folding map frontispiece in vol. i (offset to title), faint toning and spotting, Bath Public Reference Library bookplate and inked shelfmark to front pastedowns, their blind-stamp to a few leaves, contemp. gift inscription to titles, pp. lxxx, 337, [1]; vi, 424, 8vo., orig. pebbled red cloth by Westleys (with their label), backstrips lettered and blocked in gilt, boards with large floral pattern in blind, slightly scuffed, very good  £450.00 William Henry Sleeman’s most notable achievement as a colonial administrator was his prosecution of the ‘Thugs’, organised groups of outlaws who robbed and murdered travellers, which virtually ended the practice by 1848. These posthumously-published reports on Oudh advised that the kingdom, then suffering from political strife, could be refomed under indigenous rule. However, Sleeman’s descriptions of the troubles were heard more clearly than his advice, and Oudh was annexed not longer after his visit in 1856.

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(Indo-China.) COLQUHOUN (Archibald Ross) Amongst the Shans. With [...] an historical sketch of the Shans by Holt. S. Hallett, preceded by an introduction on the cradle of the Shan race by Terrien de Lacouperie. Field & Tuer. 1885, FIRST EDITION , frontispiece with tissue-guard, folding coloured map, 54 full-page illustrations and a vignette, a little spotting and fingersoiling, pp. lv, 392, 4 (advertisements), 24 (advertisements), 8vo., orig. green cloth by Westley’s (with their label), backstrip and front board lettered in gilt, head and tail of backstrip bumped, untrimmed, very good (Cordier ‘Indosinica’ 629) £900.00


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The second book on the territory of the Shan by Colquhoun, who had been employed to explore the possibility of railway routes in the region. He would go on to travel and publish widely—undertaking ‘several tours of Siberia, China, Japan, the Philippines, the Dutch East Indies, southern Africa, North and South America, and the Habsburg empire’ ( ODNB )—but it was with these early books on the Shan that he emerged from the obscurity of the Indian Public Works surveying department. His focus is still on the railway potential, arguing for a connection between the British Burma system and Bangkok, across the Shan territory, but along the way he includes observations on the culture, customs and geography of the area. ‘The introduction...is a paper of great ethnological importance, as it traces the Shan back to their original seat in China Proper’ ( Proc. R.G.S. July 1885, p. 483).

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‘Isfahan is half the world.’ (Iran.) CHARDIN (John) The travels of Sir John Chardin into Persia and the East-Indies, the first volume, containing the author’s voyage from Paris to Ispahan: to which is added, The coronation of this present King of Persia, Solyman the Third. Printed for Moses Pitt in Duke-Street Westminster. 1686, FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, engraved frontispiece portrait of Chardin by Loggan (laid-down), engraved title-page, printed title and engraved vignette within woodcut border (unobtrusive waterstain to fore margin and chipped loss at lower fore corner), engraved chapterheads, initial letters, and tailpieces, folding map (laid on linen), 14 engraved plates (some folding, some laid on linen, closely cropped and with old paper repairs), one inch tear to bottom edges of pp.402[399]-399[402], some occasional spotting pp.[14], 264, 331-417, [9], 154, [6], folio, orig. dark ‘Cambridgepane’calf, sometime neatly rebacked to match, backstrip divided into seven compartments by raised bands between blind rules, gilt lettered direct in second and fourth, remainder empty, gilt dated at foot, sides expertly recornered, ownership inscription on recto of blank preceding portrait, cream endpapers, red speckled edges (somewhat dustdimmed), good (Wing C2043; Lowndes I, p.412; ESTC R12885)  £1,550.00 ‘The reader follows him in his business interests, accompanies him round the city of Isfahan, which so greatly impressed him, district by district in and out of the bazaars, round the Meidan-e Shah, into the mosques and shrines. He was present at Court ceremonies and banquets, mingled with the crowds at festivals, visited courtiers and officials, and whilst travelling around gathered his information...’ (from Ferrier, ‘A Journey to Persia’). The young French jeweller had accompanied a business associate of his father’s to Persia as early as 1665, aged just 21. There he secured a series of lucrative commissions and was called upon to travel further east to India in search of diamonds, thus establishing his links with the East Indies trade. On his return to France, Chardin was approached by the English envoy Henry Saville who encouraged the merchant traveller to emigrate to England, which he duly did in the spring of 1681. The entrepreneurial Parisian was appointed to the East India Company two years after his arrival; he subsequently



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worked on publication of his memoirs, in which he was ably assisted by John Evelyn. The present work was simultaneously issued in French as ‘ Voyages du chevalier Jean Chardin en Perse et autres lieux de l’Orient.’ Three other volumes, with the general title-page ‘ Voyages de Mons. le Chevalier Chardin’, were published in Amsterdam in 1711. The last volume, announced by Chardin in his preface to this edition, was never published.

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The Prophet of Islam (Islam.) BOULAINVILLIERS ( Count [Henri] de) The life of Mahomet. Translated from the French original... W. Hinchcliffe. 1731, FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, unobtrusive worming at tail of first five leaves expertly repaired, occasional light soiling, pp. [viii], viii, 400, 8vo., modern sprinkled calf, backstrip with raised bands between gilt rules, gilt lettered red morocco label in second compartment, double gilt fillet border on sides, sprinkled edges, good  £220.00 One of the earliest biographies of the Prophet Mohamed written in Western Europe. Boulainvilliers compared Mohamed with Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar for the civilised nature of his conduct and the greatness of his vision.

Steel Engraved Views of Italy (Italy.) BATTY (Miss [Elizabeth Frances]) Italian scenery. From drawings made in 1817. Rodwell & Martin. 1820, SOLE EDITION , large paper, engraved vignette title-page and 16 plates, fly-title discarded, foxed, pp. [vi], 195, [1], imp.8vo.   [Bound with] Cockburn ( Major [James]) Swiss scenery from drawings ... Rodwell & Martin. 1820, LARGE PAPER , engraved vignette title-page and 60 plates, foxed, pp. vii, [i], 200, imp.8vo.

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  [and] Batty ( Captain [Robert] European scenery from drawings made in 1819 ... Rodwell & Martin. 1822, LARGE PAPER , engraved title-page (foxed) and 64 plates, one other vignette (browned), occasional foxing, pp. [viii], [plates each with leaf of text], imp.8vo.   [and] Light ( Major [Henry]) Sicilian scenery from drawings by P. De Wint. The original sketches by Major Light. Rodwell & Martin. [1822,] LARGE PAPER , engraved vignette title-page and 60 plates, one other vignette, light foxing, offsetting, pp.[iv], [plates each with leaf of text], imp.8vo.   [and] Batty ( Captain [Robert]) German scenery. From drawings made in 1820 ... Rodwell & Martin. 1823, LARGE PAPER , engraved vignette title-page and 60 plates, one other vignette, light foxing, pp. [viii], [plates each with leaf of text], imp.8vo. Five vols. uniformly bound in contemp. Russia, rubbed, corners worn, rebacked in lighter calf, backstrips with raised bands between gilt rules, gilt lettered direct; sides with wide gilt roll outer border, inner panel with blind fillet border and gilt cornerpieces, marbled endpapers and edges, bookplates of Sir Thomas Baring, Bart., sound ( Universal Catalogue of Books on Art, vol.I, p.76) £2,500.00 A total of 260 highly accomplished plates depicting Italian scenes. Elizabeth Frances Batty (active from c.1809) was the brother of army officer and artist Robert Batty (1788-1848). Though, like her sibling, she was a member of the Royal Academy, little is known of her biographically. M. Bryan, in his ‘Biographical and critical dictionary of painters and engravers’, 2 vols.(1816) states that she enjoyed a reputation for ‘eminent … topographical taste’, and it is known that she married one Philip Martineau (1791-1860).

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(Italy.) LEAR (Edward) Journals of a landscape painter in southern Calabria, &c. Richard Bentley. 1852, FIRST EDITION , 2 maps, 20 tinted lithographs (5 somewhat foxed, remainder with foxing to edges), half-title present, preliminary and final leaves foxed, pp. xx, [iv], 284, [4], lge.8vo., orig. morocco-grain blue cloth by Edmonds & Remnants (ticket on rear pastedown), expertly repaired at head and tail of gilt blocked, titled and decorated backstrip, sides blind-panelled, yellow chalked endpapers, hinges strengthened, inscription on upper free endpaper (see note), light manuscript annotation on rear pastedown, very good  £800.00 Inscribed to the historian ‘George Macaulay Trevelyan from Thomas Abbey February 17th, 1910’ on the upper free endpaper. A short letter is also loosely inserted addressed to ‘Dear George’ [presumably Trevelyan] thanking him for the loan of the book, from H.F. Newall. Lear produced a number of similar albums from the 1850s. onwards, the item here described being the second in a series that included works on Greece, Corsica, Albania, and the Ionian Islands, the last issued in 1870. The albums were sold on a subscription basis, but though his style seems marvellously fresh and expressive by anyone’s standards, Lear could not make a livelihood from his art. He graduated to oils (with the encouragement of Holman Hunt) but subsequently moved on to other projects. An attractive and collectable book.



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(Italy.) SCHOTTUS (Andreas [i.e. Franciscus]) Itinerarium Italiae. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Apud Iodocum Ianssonium. 1655, engraved title and 20 folding chorographical maps/views, dampstain to lower corners, a little light toning, bookplate of George A. Crawford, Esq., to upper pastedown, pp. 606, [12], 12mo., contemp. vellum boards a little dustsoiled, title inked to spine, long edges overlapping, repeated elephant-head gilt stamp to backstrip (faded), slightly cocked, good  £750.00 First published in 1600, Schott’s Itinerarium Italiae —mostly by Francis Schott, though later editions often had his brother Andreas’s name on the title page—could be said to have started the field of country-specific travel guides. It saw nearly a dozen further editions during the seventeenth-century, and was an important reference for early partakers of the Grand Tour, with Thomas Coryat specifically drawing on it extensively for his own writings. This pocket Elzevir-style edition has 20 small but attractive folding engraved chorographical views of Italian cities.

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Explorations in the little known Eastern Seas (Korea.) HALL ( Captain Basil) Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of Corea, and the Great Loo-Choo Island; with an Appendix, containing Charts, and various hydrographical and scientific Notices. ... And a Vocabulary of the Loo-Choo Language by H. J. Clifford. John Murray. 1818, FIRST EDITION , tipped-in presentation inscription ‘From the Author’ on the cut-down half-title, and above that ‘Eliz.th Place 1825’, 9 aquatint plates of local scenes, costume etc. by Robert Havell after William Havell, all but one hand coloured, 5 engraved maps, one


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folding, engraved plate, offsetting, pp. xvi, 222, cxxx, 4to., contemp. half calf, neatly rebacked to style, corners repaired, good (Abbey ‘Travel’ 538: Hill 1, 134; Cordier  £3,000.00 ‘ Sinica’ 3009; ‘Japonica’ 469) Hall’s work is the account of a journey of exploration along the coast of Korea, the Ryukyu Archipelago, and the Yellow Seas, about which virtually no information was available at the time. The voyage, conducted in the sloops ‘Alceste’ and ‘Lyra’, provides the most reliable and accurate account of the islands of Corea to date, examining the coasts of the little known island group, of which it produced the first detailed and accurate hydrographic information. ‘Korea had been sketchily explored by the Europeans, but it was not until the Alceste and Lyra expedition in 1816-17, under Captains Murray Maxwell and Basil Hall, that detailed information was obtained about the Ryukyus. On the homeward passage, the ‘Alceste’ was wrecked in Gaspar Strait off Sumatra’ (Hill), the brig ‘Lyra’ (10 guns) ordered to China in company with the frigate ‘Alceste’.

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(London.) PENNANT (Thomas) The Journey from Chester to London. With notes. Wilkie and Robinson. 1811, half-title present, engraved frontispiece and 5 engraved plates, pp.viii, 622, 4to., contemp. calf rebacked, backstrip with gilt decorated raised bands between blind rules, gilt lettered brown morocco label in second compartment, remainder with blind massed volutes; sides panelled, outer border consisting of gilt double fillet and blind foliate volute roll, inner border consisting of blind fleuron, tulip head, and open dot twist rolls, with blind radiating volute design at centre, narrow gilt roll on turn-ins, marbled endpapers and edges, bookplates of Ethel Mary Portal, Thomas Munyard and John Amery, very good (Ebert III p. 1303; Lowndes III, p.1428 (1834 ed.); Upcott Vol.I, pp.71/72) £180.00 Pennant is largely remembered for his works on British zoology; he expanded into travel writing and local history towards the end of his life and first published the present work in 1782. The account is made up from notes and observations taken on various trips to London and includes information on history, soil, commerce and antiquities. At the time of his death in 1798 Pennant was engaged on an extensive work entitled ‘Outlines of the Globe’.

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(Low Countries.) MURRAY (John, publisher ) A handbook for travellers in Holland and Belgium. Nineteenth edition. With maps and plans. John Murray. 1876, half-title, 8 maps and plans (some folding), pp. xxxvi, 220, 76(advertisements), 12mo., orig. rib-grain red cloth, backstrip and upper side gilt lettered, publisher advertisements (dated May 1878) printed on buff chalked endpapers, red speckled edges, very good  £50.00 ‘Handbook advertiser, 1878-9’ bound in at end.

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(Mexico.) PRESCOTT (William H.) History of the Conquest of Mexico, with a preliminary view of the ancient Mexican civilization, and the life of the conqueror, Hernando Cortés. Second edition. In Three volumes. Richard Bentley 1844, engraved frontispiece portraits to each vol. foxed, 2 engraved maps, one folding, one



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double-page, one engraved plate, pp. xxx, 442 ; xvi, 439; xvi, 455, 8vo., slightly later polished calf, the backstrips panelled and elaborately tooled in gilt, russet and olive morocco labels with gilt lettering, sides with triple gilt fillet borders, marbled edges, bookplate, very slightly rubbed, very good (Sabin 65262) £320.00 A popular history of Cortes’s conquest of Mexico, first published in 1843 and still reprinted today.

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‘the greatest British commander in history’ (Military Campaigns.) COXE (William) Memoirs of John Duke of Marlborough, with his original Correspondence: Collected from the Family Records at Blenheim, and other authentic Sources. Second Edition. In six volumes [of text, and the separate atlas] Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown. 1820, 6 engraved portrait frontispieces, engraved plate of a facsimile letter, in the text vols.; the atlas vol. with 15 engraved maps of military positions etc., 11 of them folding, including one with 2 overslips, touches of hand-colouring, and 5 engraved plates, the portraits with imprints cropped, tissue-guards, offset, and foxed, pp. lii, 429; vii, 408; viii, 405; vii, 415; vii, 432; viii, 445, 8vo., (+ atlas), 4to., the text in contemp. half russia, the backstrips panelled in blind with raised bands and gilt lettering, marbled edges and boards, headbands and corners knocked, one or two chips, vol. v with the headband torn and upper joint cracked, but still strong; the atlas in the original grey boards, slightly chipped, paper label to the upper cover, bookplates of C. R. Rich, good  £550.00 Winston Churchill, of his eminent forbear, John Churchill, the first duke of Marlborough (1650–1722), army officer and politician, declared: ‘He commanded the armies of Europe against France for ten campaigns. He fought four great battles and many important actions … He never fought a battle that he did not win, nor besieged a fortress that he did not take … He quitted war invincible. No other British soldier has ever carried so great a weight and variety of responsibility.’ (Churchill, ‘Marlborough’.) It is unusual to find the text and atlas volumes together.

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(Morocco.) RIPPERDA (Jan Willem, Duke ) Memoirs of the Duke of Ripperda: first Embassador from the States-General to his most Catholick Majesty, then Duke and Grandee of Spain; and afterwards Bashaw and Prime Minister to Muly Abdalla, Emperor of Fez and Morocco ... [Translated by John Campbell.] John Stagg ... and Daniel Browne. 1740, FIRST ENGLISH EDITION , half-title present, preliminary and final leaves a little foxed, pp. xv, [i], 344, [8] (index), 8vo., contemp. sprinkled calf, rebacked, with raised bands between double gilt rules, gilt lettered leather label in second compartment, endpapers browned, and stained by turn-ins, hinges split but firm, bookplate of W.E. Hope Vere, Craigie Hall, with Craigie Hall shelf label, good (Cox I, p.128; ESTC T63900; Sabin, 71537 [the 2nd Edition]; Playfair I, 363; Lowndes III, p.2097) £140.00 This account is the only source for the Moroccan period of Ripperda’s life. It is almost certainly a hack’s fabrication. All that is known is that the extraordinary adventurer did go to Morocco and died in Tetuan in 1737.

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‘... the power of the once invincible Bonaparte is no more.’ (Napoleonic Wars. Military.) HEATH (William, illustrator ) The martial achievements of Great Britain and her allies, from 1799 to 1815. Printed for Js. Jenkins ... by L. Harrison & J.C. Leigh. [1814/15,] the early issue (see note), uncoloured engraved title-page, hand-coloured aquatinted vignette additional title-page and 51 plates, moderate soiling in plate margins (very occasionally affecting printed area), repair to head of gutter margin verso of 2 plates, letterpress leaves unnumbered (one or two leaves per plate), pp. [iv], i, [122], folio, contemp. red morocco, rubbed, backstrip with wide flattened gilt decorated raised bands, gilt lettered direct in second and fifth compartments, remainder gilt panelled with cornerpieces and central device, triple gilt fillet border on sides, with fleuron cornerpieces, triple fillet on board edges, narrow roll on turn-ins, marbled endpapers, “Kenmure Castle” (Dumfries and Galloway) in manuscript and laid-down contemp. newspaper cutting on upper pastedown, a.e.g., sound (Abbey ‘Life’ 365; Lowndes I p.79; Tooley 281; Francis Edwards’ Military Catalogue 1907-8, item 5927, p.565) £1,100.00 The plates contained in the present work are designed by William Heath (1794-1840). It has been suggested that Heath was an ex-Captain of Dragoons; his attention to detail in regard to the plates would certainly suggest familiarity with Army life in the early nineteenth century. Abbey’s cataloguer described this as one of the ‘easiest of colour plate books to obtain’. In its re-issued, bound, and collected form this was true (although the world has moved on, and what was once easy for the Abbey cataloguer may be less so today) but he commented that copies (of the book) ‘bound from the parts and carrying the best impressions of the plates are becoming difficult’. Watermarks must be prepublication ... [here they are ‘J. Whatman 1812’], and the vignette on the title-page must

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be uncoloured [as it is in this copy].’ This is a copy bound from the parts. The work is dedicated to ‘the most high, puissant, and most noble’ Duke of Wellington; bound at the rear is a three-page list of British Officers killed, wounded, and missing at Waterloo. The details of amputations make for somewhat grisly reading.

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(Napoleonic Wars. Yonge.) [LE HARIVEL] DE GONNEVILLE [Aymar Olivier] Recollections of Colonel de Gonneville, published by his daughter the Countess de Mirabeau, with an introductory sketch by General Baron Ambert. Edited, from the French, by Charlotte M. Yonge, ... In two volumes. Hurst and Blackett. 1875, FIRST ENGLISH EDITION , half-titles present, slightly browned, pp. viii, 327; viii, 307, 8vo., contemp. half calf, rebacked with dark brown morocco, corners and edges worn, backstrips with raised bands between gilt rules, gilt lettered pale green title and red vol. labels in second and third compartments respectively, marbled sides and endpapers, bookplates of William R. Johnston, t.e.g., sound (Francis Edwards’ Military Catalogue 1907-8, item 1134, p.103) £250.00 Scarce. The scion of a royalist family which suffered during the Revolution, Col. de Gonneville served at most European battlefronts in the dark days of the early nineteenthcentury. He saw action under the Empire in Italy, served during the War with Prussia in 1807, witnessed the retreat of the English at Corunna, and was involved in the 1814 Defence of Hamburg. Anecdotes on Napolean, Murat, Massena, and Boussard are included, among others. The veteran Colonel’s exploits are edited by the prolific novelist Charlotte Yonge; recent research suggests that the translations ‘edited’ by Yonge were probably translated by her brother Julian Bargus Yonge.

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(New Zealand.) KERRY-NICHOLLS (J[ames] H[enry]) The King Country; or, explorations in New Zealand. A narrative of 600 miles of travel through Maoriland. Third edition, enlarged. Sampson Low. 1884, frontispiece portrait, title-page author portrait (ink name at head), 6 full-page plates, numerous text illustrations, folding map at rear (linen re-inforced), pp.xx, 412, viii (advertisements), 8vo., orig. crimson cloth, gilt titles and vignette on sunned backstrip (with glued tear at head), front board carries vignette of Maori King at centre with blackstamped titles and author, blue-black endpapers, calling card affixed to front pastedown, sound (Hocken p.353) £50.00 Hocken notes that this was a journey made ‘through the King-country amidst immense difficulty and danger; well described.’ The appendix has an autobiography of Potatau II, the Maori king; a list of all the natives tribes; a synopsis of the principal flora and fauna, etc. An extra chapter has been added to this later edition.

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(New Zealand.) [ MANING (Frederick Edward)] Old New Zealand. A tale of the good old times. By a Pakeha Maori. Second edition. Auckland: Robert J. Creighton. 1863, half-title, ink name at head of title: ‘Thos. Morgan 1867’, pp. xiv, 329(i.e.239), 8vo., orig. net-grain rose cloth (some soiling), backstrip gilt lettered direct with gilt rules at head and tail, wear at backstrip extremites, cornertips rubbed, sound (Hocken p.224) £45.00


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This second edition was published simultaneously by Smith (et al) in London with the different title: ‘Old New Zealand. Being incidents of native customs and character in the old times.’

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(New Zealand.) RUSDEN (G[eorge] W[illiam]) History of New Zealand. Second edition. In three volumes. Chapman and Hall. 1883 [1889], half-titles, vol. i with folding frontispiece map (small closed handling tear), plans, charts, tables, etc. in accompanying vols., pp. [v], vi-viii, [iv], 655; (vi), 606, [i], iv-viii (appendix); (vi), 540, 40 (publisher catalogue), 8vo., orig. olive-green cloth, backstrips gilt lettered with blackstamped designs at head and tail, upper boards with backstrip design repeated, blindstamped publisher device on lower boards, deep green endpapers (vol. i with modern bookplate on free endpaper recto), very good (Hocken p.348) £175.00 Hocken praises the work thus: ‘full and scholarly, abounding in laborious research and criticism, discounted by strong philo-Maori views, and censure on the treatment adopted towards the natives since our first contact with them, and especially during the war of 1860-69. An outcome of this was the author was tried for libel ... and was mulcted in heavy costs, his History being also surpressed. Some chose to view the work as a “bitter political libel” rather than a philosophical history.’ This set, the second edition, was bound up using the title-pages of the first, and was issued with the previous objectionable passages excised.

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(Newfoundland.) PROWSE (D.W.) A History of Newfoundland from the English, Colonial, and Foreign Records. Macmillan and Co. 1895, FIRST EDITION , 35 plates and a large folding colour map, many illustrations in text, some scattered light foxing, pp. xxiii, [i], 742, large 8vo., orig. blue cloth, uniformly faded to brown (as often), backstrip lettered in gilt, gilt vignette of a ship to front board, t.e.g., largely uncut, cloth a little scuffed, very good  £200.00 ‘A hundred years after its appearance in 1895 Prowse’s History remains unchallenged, for the four centuries that it covers, as the best ...general history of Newfoundland...His bibliography of the published sources used in writing the book stood for decades as the most comprehensive listing in print’ ( DCB ). Edmund Gosse, who was a lifelong friend, provides a short preface.

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(Ornithology.) KENNEDY (Alexander W[illiam] M[axwell] Clark) The Birds of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire: a Contribution to the Natural History of the two Counties. Eton: Ingalton & Drake. 1868, FIRST EDITION , 4 hand-tinted albumen photographs backed onto stiffened Cartridge paper, each with tissue-guard, pp. xv, 232, cr.8vo., orig. green cloth by Burn (their ticket at foot of rear pastedown), blocked on front cover and backstrip in gilt (backstrip with gilt vignette of a Grebe, upper board with that of a Great Bustard) brown chalked endpapers, bookplate of Longworth House, hinges a little weak, very good (Gernsheim ‘Incunabula’ 436: Mullens & Swann p. 325) £230.00



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The photographs represent the black tern, long-eared owl, hoopoe, and hooded crow. The work was written when the author was only sixteen and still at Eton College; numerous sources suggest that it is the first work on birds to feature photographs.

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Original Drawings (Oxford.) OXFORD HOUSE PLANS. [A Collection of 13 Architect’s Original Drawings by F.H. Harris.] Oxford. 1908/09, single A2 sheets (drawn on one side only), loose, very minor creasing to the edges of a few, one corner torn away just into drawing, a few edges frayed and with one or two chips, sheets 78.5cm x 57.5cm, very good  £700.00 Full list on application. A collection of 13 original architect’s drawings and plans, dating between 1908 and 1909, of designs signed by F.H. Harris in Oxford. The drawings are very much in the Edwardian style of C.F.A. Voysey and early Lutyens, a period in architecture that provided the stylistic bridge between the Arts and Crafts movement and the consecutive genres of Art Deco and International Style Modernism. Harris is mentioned in neither Tyack, Hincliffe or Hibbert. Hincliffe though, uses an illustration of drawings for houses in St. Margaret’s Road, Oxford (by Wilkinson & Moore, from the late 1800s.) that are in similar style to the Harris drawings here. All the plans are drawn in ink with a watercolour or ink wash. There are additional markings in red ink, illustrating drainage and plumbing, on a few of the drawings.

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(Oxford. Architecture.) [ PARKER (John Henry)] A glossary of terms used in Grecian, Roman, Italian, and Gothic architecture. The third edition, enlarged. Exemplified by seven hundred wood-cuts.   [and] A companion to the third edition of the glossary of terms used in Gothic architecture. Containing four hundred additional examples, a chronological table and indexes. Oxford: John Henry Parker. 1840/41, frontispiece (foxed), woodcuts in text, footnotes (double-column), preliminary and end leaves foxed, pp. vii, [1], 262, [10] (Society leaflet), 16 (Tilt & Bogue catalogue); xxiii, [105 plates], 8 (O.U.P catalogue); [ii] (advertisement.),[ii] (index), 80, [40 plates [some lightly foxed, as usual], each with accomp. leaf of descriptive text), [29] (indices), 16 (Tilt & Bogue catalogue), 8vo. orig. grey-green rib-grain cloth (now faded), backstrips (sunned, and with modest wear at extremities) of vols. i and ii divided into five compartments by blindstamped rules, gilt lettered direct in second and fourth, (the later issued companion vol. iii in diaper-grain dark green cloth, backstrip gilt lettered direct with creases at head and tail), sides ornately blind-panelled, yellow chalked endpapers with ink name on front pastedown of each vol., t.e.g, a sound or better set  £130.00 Parker had first issued this influential work on the Gothic in 1836. So popular was the two volume series, published (as here) with a volume of text and one of plates, that the ‘Glossary...’ ran to five editions by 1850. By 1900, the editions numbered ten. The companion volume of 1841 is a first edition. In it, and the preceding volumes, Parker refers to much that is local to him, describing and illustrating several Oxfordshire examples of the Gothic style.

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(Oxford. University.) [ACKERMANN (Rudolph)] A History of the University of Oxford, its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings. [Text by William Combe.] 2 Vols. R. Ackermann. 1814, coloured aquatinted frontispieces and 62 plates, 6 with double views, and 17 line and stipple plates of University costume, portraits of founders, all hand-coloured, uncoloured stipple engraved portrait, tissue-guards, half-titles present; plates and text in excellent state, some offsetting (as often), large margins, pp. xiv, [ii], 275, [1] (blank), [6] (Index); [iv], 262, [6] (Index), 4to., contemp. midbrown diced russia, expertly rebacked, corners repaired and other extremities repaired, backstrips with gilt decorated wide raised bands, gilt lettered red leather labels, compartments with gilt tooled fleurons; diced sides with gilt double fillet, blind Greek key, and gilt palmette roll border, narrow gilt roll on turn-ins, marbled endpapers, a.e.g., good (Abbey ‘ Scenery’ 278-280; Clary 113; Cordeaux & Merry ‘University ’ 25; Tooley 5; Prideaux pp. 125/26) £4,000.00 Ackermann’s reputation was secured after the publication in 1808 of ‘The Microcosm of London’ which featured 104 large folio hand coloured aquatints. A series of fine topographical books followed which included ‘ Westminster Abbey ’ (1811-12), ‘Oxford’ (1813-14), ‘Cambridge’ (1814-15), and ‘The Public Schools’ (1816). The plates in the present work are in the first state, with the exception of numbers 39, 74, 78, 84 and 94. As is very often the case, this copy was issued without the portraits of the founders. The author of the accompanying text is William Combe.



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‘These two books are among the finest ever executed. A. Pugin, F. Nash, F. Mackenzie and W. Westall were associated in the drawings, which are worthy even of the splendid architectural monuments they commemorate, while the engraving was carried out by such masters of aquatint as J. Bluck, J.C. Stadler, F.C. Lewis, D. Havell, and others of like reputation. The result was the production of plates of unequalled merit in their particular line’ (Prideaux, pp. 125/126).

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(Oxford. University.) [ACKERMANN (Rudolph)] A History of the University of Oxford, its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings. 2 Vols. R. Ackermann. 1814, aquatinted frontispieces and 62 plates, 17 line and stipple plates of University costume, all hand coloured, uncoloured stipple-engraved portrait, half-titles present, some minor offsetting of plates to text (as usual), pp. xiv, xxv, [i] (blank), 275, [1] (blank), [6] (Index); [iv], 262, [6] (Index), [2], 4to., modern highly polished red stained calf, small crack at head of upper hinge of vol. i, backstrips with raised bands between gilt rules, second compartments gilt lettered direct, remainder with repeated radiating gilt volutes; sides panelled with inner and outer borders consisting of gilt tulip head roll within double gilt fillet, modern light green endpapers, roughtrimmed, very good (Abbey ‘ Scenery’ 278-280; Clary 113; Cordeaux & Merry ‘University’ 25; Tooley 5; Prideaux pp. 125/26) £2,900.00 ‘Father of Vertu in England’ (Oxford. University.) [ CHANDLER (Richard)] Marmora Oxoniensis. [3 Parts in One]. Oxford: e Typographeo Clarendoniano... 1763, SOLE EDITION, [ONE OF 750 COPIES], some browning and foxing, portrait of Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel and Surrey, (engraved from the Van Dyck portrait) laid-in opposite the vignette title-page, engraved dedication leaf with vignette head-piece, one other head-piece and a tail-piece, 76 plates (one folding), the 17 plates of second and third parts (with the exception of the folding plate) printed full-page on letterpress leaves, second and third parts continuously paginated, pp. vii, [iii], xxi, [iii], (plates); [ii], 147, [1], [2], xxvi, [ii], folio, contemp. marbled calf, rebacked to match, corners and edges repaired, with raised bands between gilt rules, red leather label, marbled endpapers, bookplate of Robert Dundas, polished r.e., very good (Blackmer 316; Blackmer Sale £1,200.00 472; Carter 1763.1; Cordeaux & Merry ‘University ’ 5337) The marbles were collected by the Earl of Arundel, according to Walpole ‘the father of vertu in England’, whose passion for collecting saw him form the first large art collection in England. He himself bought artifacts when on diplomatic business abroad, but otherwise worked through agents. The marbles in particular were mostly acquired at Smyrna in 1624. It was the first such collection made by an English aristocrat, and set a pattern for later antiquaries and Grand Tourists. His grandson Henry, the 6th Duke of Norfolk, gave the marbles to the University of Oxford. This was followed by a supplementary gift to the University in 1755, by the Dowager Countess Pomfret, of more of the Arundel marbles which had been at Easton Neston. Many of the marbles were inscriptions, rather than sculptures, and they proved invaluable in establishing much of the chronology of Greek history. The marbles had been catalogued as early as 1628, by John Selden, whose work was incorporated in Humphrey Prideaux’s ‘Marmora Oxoniensia’ (1676). Chandler’s work not only described the sculptures but the lapidary

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inscriptions as well. He was the first to provide transcriptions and collations which Prideaux and Mattaire, another early cataloguer of the marbles, had considered to be a hopeless task. Chandler also made attempts to supply the lacunae. The Pomfret section of his book represents those marbles as they were restored by the Italian sculptor Guelfi. This work was subsequently removed.

100. (Oxford. University.) INGRAM (James) Memorials of Oxford. The Engravings by John Le Keux, from drawings by F. Mackenzie. 3 Vols. Oxford: John Henry Parker; H. Slatter, and W. Graham ... 1837, FIRST EDITION , LARGE PAPER , 3 general views of Oxford as frontispieces, and 97 plates on India paper, plan in vol.iii, all steelengraved, wood-engraved title-page vignettes and numerous text illustrations, tissue-guards, each college section separately paginated, occasional foxmarks, blank edges of a few plates in vol. ii touched with a dampstain, 8vo., contemp. dark green half roan, backstrips gilt lettered and numbered, marbled sides, slightly rubbed, the upper joint to vol.i tender, but still strong, corners knocked, a.e.g., armorial bookplate of J. T. A. Swan, good (Cordeaux & Merry ‘University’ 26; Clary 6; Holloway 73) £500.00 The plate paper used in large paper copies is evidently superior to that used for small paper copies, so that the plates, as in this case, are usually clean and bright. James Ingram (1774-1850) was president of Trinity College, Oxford, a fellow of Trinity College in 1803 and Rawlinson Professor of Ango-Saxon, 1803-1808. He was perhaps the greatest Anglo-Saxon scholar of his generation, but he is best remembered for the above work. Frederick MacKenzie (1789-1854) was a pupil of John Repton, began his career as an architectural draughtsman for leading publishers, and was a very accurate delineator of gothic buildings at a time when clarity was all important. ( ODNB ).

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101. (Oxford. University.) MALTON (T.) Views of Oxford. NP. Jan.1st 1805, FIRST EDITION , engraved title-page and 24 uncoloured aquatints, a few imprints cropped, folio, modern half black morocco, backstrip with raised bands between double gilt rules, second compartment gilt lettered direct, remainder with gilt gothic quatrefoil tool at centre; green cloth sides, marbled endpapers, red edges, green cloth Solander box, very good (Abbey ‘ Scenery’ 272; Cordeaux & Merry ‘University’ 304) £3,250.00 Malton died in 1804, leaving six more views etched only in outline. The twenty-four plates had been issued in four parts between 1802 and 1804. It is likely that the 1805 title-page was engraved to accompany bound copies of unsold parts, or possibly issued later to subscribers wanting a title-page to accompany the parts. Abbey’s copy was in the original wrappers without a title-page, but Prideaux records the same version of the title-page as in our copy. Prideaux also states that some copies exist with ‘twenty-four delicately coloured plates’. Abbey speculates that ‘one or two sets coloured for special clients may have been issued.’ A second edition was published in 1810 which included the six outline plates.

A little Drawing Room Bijou 102. (Oxford. University.) SLATTER (W.) Views of all the Colleges, Halls and Public Buildings in the University and City of Oxford; with Descriptions, which point out to strangers all the places and curiosities more particularly deserving of their notice. Oxford: Henry Slatter. [c.1834,] half-title present, 42 sepia toned aquatints, tissueguards (some watermarked 1834), pp. [x], (plates), oblong 12mo., modern half calf, smooth backstrip with gilt lettered dark blue leather label, good (Abbey ‘ Scenery’ 273; Clary 92; Cordeaux & Merry ‘ University ’ 314) £400.00

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Rare “third” edition. Issued without leaf of text for each plate. The plate list notes two new plates, 29* and 30* (“The University New Printing Office” and “New Inn Hall”), although in fact the former is numbered 15 and placed after the “Clarendon, or late University Printing Office” plate. We are inclined to date this edition as 1834 because of the date in the watermark of the tissue-guards, but it is always possible that it was bound up at a later date than the printing of the plates, with later tissue-guards. It has, however, always been placed after 1827, when the New Printing Office was completed.

103. (Oxford. University.) SLATTER (W.) Views of all the Colleges, Halls and Public Buildings in the University and City of Oxford; with Descriptions, which point out to strangers all the places and curiosities more particularly deserving of their notice. Oxford: Munday and Slatter. [1824,] half-title present, 42 sepia toned aquatints, each with descriptive leaf and tissue-guard, uniformly slightly browned, pp. [x], (plates; descriptions), oblong 12mo., contemp. plum roan, rebacked preserving original flat backstrip divided by gilt bands, gilt lettered direct, sides with single gilt fillet and wide blind roll border, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. (see Abbey ‘ Scenery’ 273; Clary 92; £350.00 Cordeaux & Merry ‘University ’ 314) 104. (Oxford. University.) THE PROCEEDINGS of Corpus Christi College, Oxon., in the case of Mr. Ayscough, vindicated. Printed for T. Smith. 1730, SOLE EDITION , half-title present (short internal tears to half-title margin), outer leaves a touch soiled and dusty, manuscript note on title-page and underlining and marginalia on B1, verso of F4 partially browned, short tear in blank margin to G1, pp.[iv], iv, [i] (Contents), 42, sm.4to., modern plain blue wrappers, spine faded, good (Cordeaux & Merry ‘University ’ 7166) £75.00 Not in Clary.

105. (Oxford. University.) WOOD (Anthony) Athenae Oxonienses. An Exact History of all the Writers and Bishops who have had their Education in the most ancient and famous University of Oxford, from the Fifteenth Year of King Henry the Seventh, A.D. 1500, to the Author’s death in November 1695 ... In Two Volumes. The second edition, very much corrected and enlarged ... R. Knaplock, D. Midwinter, and J. Tonson. 1721, title-pages printed in red and black within double rule border (foxed), text printed in double-column, numbered in columns, some foxing, wormed at one place in blank gutter margin (*Bb to end), pp. [xvi], columns 742, 1p.(blank), columns 286, 1p.(blank), pp.[8]; [vi], columns 1186, 1p.(blank), columns 238, 1p.(blank), pp.[8], folio, contemp. mid brown calf, rubbed and marked, corners worn, twentieth-century tan morocco reback, with raised bands between blind rules, labels from early binding relaid in second and third compartments; double fillet and dot roll border on sides (rubbed), marbled endpapers, bookplate of Henry Hoare, sound (Clary ‘ Supplement ’ 60; Cordeaux & Merry ‘ University ’ 1606) £350.00



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Early Map of Oxfordshire 106. (Oxfordshire Map.) BURGHERS (Michael) The Map of Oxfordshire being his Lordship’s Diocess, newly delineated, and after a new manner ... [1677], engraved map of the County of Oxfordshire, with a border of 172 coats-of- arms, including those of 148 the county’s gentry, each armorial being keyed to a number residence on the map, including the arms of the eighteen Oxford colleges, the City, the University, and four county towns, large cartouche, key and scale (60 miles: 0.5 inch), ALL FINELY HAND-COLOURED , a little soiling and very short tears (repaired) to central fold, minor £650.00 rubbing to other folds, 52.5 x 50.5 cm., framed and glazed, good  This large copperplate map is from Robert Plot’s ‘The Natural History of Oxfordshire’. Dr. Plot, a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and the first keeper of the Ashmolean, planned to produce a series of county histories, but only two were to be produced: Oxfordshire and Staffordshire. The map, rarely in perfect condition, was engraved by Michael Burghers, who assisted in the engraving of David Loggan’s Oxonia Illustrata. It is similar in scale to Robert Morden’s map which it pre-dates by nineteen years. There are no hundreds illustrated, but rivers, towns, villages, and churches are clearly delineated.

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107. (Oxfordshire.) PLOT (Robert) The Natural History of Oxford-shire, Being an essay toward the natural history of England. Oxford: printed at the Theater... Mr Moses Pits ... [1677,] FIRST EDITION, SIR THOMAS MOLYNEUX’S COPY, issue without date on title-page, imprimatur leaf not present, folding map and 16 plates, engraving on title-page, the undated title-page with the date 1676 added in ink at the foot in a contemporary hand, signed at the head of the text by Sir Thomas Molyneux, the map with a small tear at the mount and a little wear to the impression, pp. [x], 358, [12], folio, contemp. sprinkled calf, rebacked and neatly repaired, with orig. backstrip relaid, raised bands, gilt rosettes at centre, the central panel with Sir Thomas Molyneux’s cypher in gilt on a morocco label, sides with double blind fillet border, slightly scuffed, speckled edges, good (Clary 1431; Cordeaux & Merry ‘Oxfordshire’ 4; Madan 3130; Wing P2585; ESTC R473650) £1,700.00 Sir Thomas Molyneux’s tall clean copy of this significant history of Oxfordshire, without the initial imprimatur leaf, giving the title and date, presumably discarded by the binder. The fragmentary Press accounts show that 750 copies were printed. ‘Plot was the first Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum, professor of chemistry, and Secretary of the Royal Society. He belonged to the new scientific school, and in his survey of Oxfordshire, part of a projected but unfulfilled survey of England, he departed from the “antiquarian” tradition of Camden and Leland’. (Clary) Molyneux, physician and natural philosopher, was born in Dublin, and visited England to broaden his studies. He had an successful career which brought him into contact with many of the famous of the day, having correspondence with John Locke and others. From his contributions to the Dublin Philosophical Society it is clear that his expertise ranged far beyond medical interests. He became Regius Professor of Physic in Dublin University in 1711 and wrote the first scientific account of the Irish elk.

108. (Oxfordshire.) SKELTON (Joseph) Engraved Illustrations of the principal Antiquities of Oxfordshire, from Original Drawings by F. Mackenzie. Accompanied with descriptive & historical notices. Oxford: J. Skelton. 1823, FIRST EDITION , LARGE PAPER, engraved frontispiece, title-page, map, and 48 plates on india paper, engraved



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illustrations on the letterpress, each of the 14 hundreds separately paginated, a little foxing to the edges of the plates, subscribers’ list, folio, contemp. ‘Cathedral’ maroon straight-grain morocco, smooth backstrip embossed with further architectural details and gilt lettering, the sides embossed in blind with large Cathedral windows and outer borders of repeated tools, neatly repaired at the head and foot of the spine and corners, yellow glazed endpapers, one or two scuffs, bookplate of Emslie John Horniman, a.e.g., good (Cordeaux & Merry ‘Oxfordshire’ 271) £600.00 A large and specially bound copy of Skelton’s work on the antiquities of Oxfordshire with an interesting provenance. Emslie John Horniman was the son of Frederick whose collection formed the Museum in London of the same name. He showed little interest in the family business, a tea merchants, but was able to use his fortune to pursue his interest in anthropology and archaeology. In 1911 he bought Burford Priory and added to the restoration work there, notably taking on that of the Great Chamber, the West Wing and the Chapel.

109. (Pacific.) MARINER (William) and John Martin, Editor) An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean. With an original grammar and vocabulary of their language. [...] In two volumes. Second edition, with additions. John Murray. 1818, folding map in vol. i and a frontispiece in vol. ii, a few minor spots, pp. lvi, 444; [iv], 344, [148], 8vo., contemp. green half calf with marbled boards, backstrips gilt-ruled with five low raised bands, red moroco labels in second and fourth compartments, central gilt floral stamp to others, marbled edges and endpapers, backstrips somewhat faded, extremities a bit rubbed, very good (Hill pp.191/92; NMMC I 648) £400.00 William Mariner (1791-1853) was held in friendly captivity in Tonga for four years, after the ship on which he was sailing put in for repairs and was attacked. He recounted his experience to the meteorologist John Martin, who edited and published it; it makes for a ‘very interesting account of contemporary life in Tonga, of the customs of the inhabitants and their inter-island wars and examples of Tonga songs and music’ (Hill). This second edition adds a preface and folding map, and the large vocabulary at the end of vol. ii has been revised.

110. (Pacific Voyage.) [ COPPINGER (R.W.) et al., Editors] Report on the zoological collections made in the Indo-Pacific Ocean during the voyage of H.M.S. ‘Alert’ 18812. Printed by Order of the Trustees [of the Biritish Museum]. 1884, 54 lithographed plates (2 with some colour, 8 folding), library’s unobtrusive blind embossed stamp on title-page, pp. xxiii, [i], 684, 8vo., orig. morocco-grain navy blue cloth, backstrip slightly frayed at head, gilt lettered direct, blind stamped triple line border on sides, library bookplate, good  £550.00

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‘With the exception of the ‘Challenger’ Expedition, none of the recent voyages has contributed so much to our knowledge of the Littoral Invertebrate Fauna of the IndoPacific Ocean as that of the ‘Alert.’ Irrespective of a number of specimens set aside as duplicates, not less than 3,700, referable to 1,300 species, were incorporated in the National Collection ...’ (Preface) Richard Coppinger, an Irishman, and a naval surgeon and considerable naturalist, was appointed surgeon to ‘Alert’ in 1875, when she left on a voyage of exploration to the Arctic. He served with her again on her four year voyage exploring Patagonian, Polynesian, and Mascarene waters between 1878 and 1882. This report stands as testimony to his knowledge and skill. Every aspect of preserving, labelling, cataloguing, and packing the specimens was his work, and was, as Albert Gunther, the Keeper of the Department of Zoology, observed, ‘done in the leisure hours which Dr. Coppinger could spare from his strictly official duties.’

111. (Patagonia.) CHATWIN (Bruce) and Paul THEROUX. Patagonia Revisited. Russell, Salisbury. 1985, FIRST EDITION , 121/250 COPIES signed by both authors, illustrations in the text by Kyffin Williams are printed in brown, pp. 64, cr.8vo., orig. qtr. brick-red linen, backstrip gilt lettered, overall repeated brown pattern on grey cloth sides, tissue-jacket, fine  £250.00 112. (Rome. Grottoes. Bartoli.) BELLORI (Giovanni Pietro) and Michaelangelo de la CHAUSSE . Le Pitture Antiche delle Grotte di Roma, e del sepolcro de’ Nasoni disegnate, & intagliate alla similitudine degli Antichi Originali da Pietro Santi Bartoli, e Francesco Bartoli suo figliuolo, descritte, et illustrate da Gio. Pietro Bellori, e Michelangelo Causei dela Chausse. Rome: Nella Nuova Stampario di Gaetano degli Zenobj, avanti il Seminario Ronmano. 1706, wood-engraved publisher vignette on letterpress title, wood-engraved initial letters and tail-piece, 75 copper-engraved plates (2 folding), single small wormhole to lower forecorner affecting circa half the page block, pp. [8], plates, [4], 63, folio, modern qtr. dark brown calf, backstrip divided into six compartments by blind-hatched raised bands between double gilt and blind rules, gilt lettered black morocco label in second, remainder empty, gilt dated at foot, £1,100.00 double blind rule on returns, marbled sides, very good (Brunet I, 758) Excavations in 1668 near the Colosseum, revealed a series of wall paintings within the tomb of the Nasoni (the family of Ovid). The most beautiful are here reproduced in engravings by Bartoli accompanying Bellori’s text. The four subjects from the life of Adonis, engraved in plates iii to vi, are worthy of any age of art, and are characterised by great simplicity of composition. Bellori was assisted in his endeavours by the Parisian antiquary de la Chausse.



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113. (Rosenthal.) TICIN (Xaver Jakub) Epitome Historiae Rosenthalensis, sive compendaria narratio de origine, ac cultu pervetustae B.V. Mariae statuae, in Pago Rosenthal, Lutsatiae superioris; [...] Prague: Typis Universitas Carolo-Ferdin. 1692, folding engraved frontispiece and 4 plates (one folding), browned, some staining, old ownership inscriptions to front endpapers, pp. [xx], 386, [20], 8vo., early half calf with floral patterned boards, leather sides with blind floral rolls, backstrip with three raised bands, green morocco label in second compartment, neatly rebacked with backstrip laid down, corners repaired, somewhat scuffed, sound  £150.00 Ticin (1656-1693) was a Sorbian Jesuit, known for his revision of Sorbian orthography based on Czech instead of German, which became the standard for Catholic Sorbs. In this work he gives the first written description of the pilgrimage to the town of RalbitzRosenthal in Saxony, home of a shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary (and a large Sorbian population).

114. (Russia.) KINGSTON (William H.G.) The Circassian Chief. A romance of Russia. In three volumes. Richard Bentley. 1843, FIRST EDITION , half-titles discarded, pp. vi, 340; [iv], 300; [iv], 280, 12mo., contemp. caramel diced russia, backstrips with wide gilt decorated flattened bands, gilt lettered maroon morocco label in second and fourth compartments, remainder gilt panelled with double gilt rules, and filled with gilt volutes, fleurons and draw handles; sides panelled with triple gilt fillet, small rosettes at corners, gilt decorated board edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, purple silk-markers, a.e.g, very good (Wolff II, p.309)

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The review in ‘Ainsworth’s Magazine’ (1843) shows that themes of travel and adventure were important in his work even in this, his first novel: ‘the writer is more than the lively and sparkling narrator of a noble struggle for independence; more than the bold and easy painter of manners and customs not familiar to the majority; more than the describer of general character and the retailer of romantic events, dark crimes, and chivalrous aspirations;—he has added another exquisite example to the list of masterly delineations of feminine fortitude, constancy and devotion’.

115. (Scotland.) JOHNSON (Samuel) A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland. W. Strahan; and T. Cadell. 1775, FIRST EDITION , second state (but see footnote), with the 6-line errata-leaf, neat contemporary ownership signature on the front endpaper, pp.[iv], 384, 8vo., contemp. sprinkled calf, the backstrip with five raised bands ruled in gilt, olive morocco label with gilt lettering, double gilt fillet borders to sides, fine ( ESTC T083702; Courtney & Nicol Smith pp.122/23; Chapman & Hazen pp.151/52; Rothschild 1256) £600.00

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A handsome copy of what is traditionally the ‘first edition, second issue’, now proven by Todd to have been simultaneously issued with the ‘first issue’ although much of the text was re-set (the publishers having determined to double the print-run after some of the types of the first setting had been distributed; the Edinburgh ‘edition’ of Burns’s poems, and the first volume of Gibbon, afford comparisons).

116. (Scotland.) [ SPANG (William)] Rerum nuper in Regno Scotiae gestarum historia, seu verius commentarius [...] Per Irinaeum Philalethen, Eleutherium. Dantisci [i.e. Amsterdam]: NP. 1641, small dampstain to lower forecorner, old library inscription to title, pp. [viii], 576, [14], 8vo., contemp. vellum, backstrip browned, gilt lettered dark red leather label, manuscript date; sides with overlapping fore-edges, lacks ties, a little warped, top edge blue, good (Lowndes 1624) £300.00 The second edition, under a new title (‘Brevis et fidelis narratio in regno et ecclesia Scotica’ was printed in 1640) of this history of the Scottish church, usually attributed to William Spang (1607-1644), who, though living in the Netherlands, was kept up-to-date on Scottish affairs by his cousin and frequent correspondent, the Glasgow University principal Robert Baillie ( ODNB ).

117. (Scotland. Campbell Family.) [ MAIDMENT (James, Editor ) The Argyle Papers. Edinburgh: Thomas G. Stevenson. 1834, ONE OF 50 COPIES, engraved title-page vignette, pp. xxxiii, [i], 213, [1], sm.4to., contemp. dark blue morocco, backstrip with wide low raised bands, compartments gilt panelled, gilt lettered direct in second, blind ruled fillet border on sides, narrow gilt palmette and tendril roll on turn-ins, yellow chalked endpapers, bookplate of David Murray, bookseller’s ticket on upper pastedown, catalogue entry tipped to upper free endpaper, a.e.g., very good  £225.00 Dibdin thought this ‘a most curious, and, historically speaking, invaluable work.’ The edition consisted of only 50 copies on small paper, 6 on large, and just one on vellum. The work consists of a transcript of various Campbell family papers, mostly relating to the Earls, Marquises, and Dukes of Argyle (and their spouses), from the early period up to 1723.

118. (Scotland. Scott.) NAPIER (George) Homes and haunts of Sir Walter Scott, Bart. Glasgow: James Maclehose. 1897, ONE OF 550 COPIES printed on japanese vellum paper, frontispiece (tissue-guard), numerous plates and text illustrations, pp. xiv, 216, 4to., orig. bevel-edged cream buckram, smooth backstrip (somewhat darkened) with gilt lettered green morocco label at head, front board with green morocco label gilt and gilt motif at foot, good  £30.00 119. (Scottish life.) [ GALT (John)] The Last of the Lairds: or, the Life and Opinions of Malachi Mailings, Esq. of Auldbiggings. By the author of Annals of the Parish, The Entail, etc. ... Edinburgh: William Blackwood. 1826, FIRST EDITION , half-title discarded, a little light foxing, pp. [ii], 364, 8vo., contemp. purple half calf, joints



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rubbed with loss of surface leather, smooth backstrip divided by triple gilt rules, faded, gilt lettered dark red leather label, quatrefoil tool in compartments, marbled sides and edges, good (Block p.81; Wolff 2393) £120.00 The staff writer of ‘The Monthly Review ’ considered this ‘a most accurate delineation of character and manners...’ The final chapters were written by D.M. Moir.

120. (Ski-ing.) RICKMERS (W.) Ski-ing for Beginners and Mountaineers. With Photographs by Dr. A. Hacker and Silhouettes by Elsa von Lepkowski. Fisher Unwin. 1910, FIRST EDITION , numerous plates from photographs and illustrations, ownership signature to the front endpaper, interesting advertisments at the back, pp. 175, [6], 8vo., orig. cream cloth, black frame and lettering to backstrip, the upper cover with a striking period design in black of a pair of ski-ers, a line of them above and the title beneath, the lower cover with a male skier in black, a little soiled, good  £200.00 The author was one of the best-known authorities on what was then known as ‘skirunning’ and contributed to the Alpine Ski Club Annual and the Ski Club of Great Britain publications.

121. (Ski-ing.) ROGET (F. F.) Ski-runs in the High Alps. Fisher Unwin, 1913, FIRST EDITION , 25 plates by L. M. Crisp, 6 folding maps, pp. 312, [4], 8vo., orig. dark grey cloth, backstrip gilt lettered, the upper cover with large image of a skier blocked in gilt and with gilt lettering, fine (Neate R65) £280.00 ‘The principal book in English by a Swiss academic who was outstanding among the pioneers of ski-mountaineering.’

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Inscribed by the Author 122. (South Pacific.) LAYARD (John) Stone Men of Malekula. Vao. Chatto & Windus. 1942, PRESENTATION COPY, 5 folding diagrams and 24 plates, numerous illustrations and figures in text, pp. xxiii, [i], 816, large 8vo., orig. red cloth, gilt title in blue stamp to backstrip, just a touch sunned at edges, orig. dustwrapper somewhat dusty and chipped at top edge, one or two small marks, very good  £350.00 Layard became one of the first intensive fieldworkers in modern anthropology when his mentor, W.H.R. Rivers, with whom he had been travelling, left him on the islet of Aitchin in 1914. He stayed for a year before returning to London where he both underwent and studied psychotherapy, finally producing this Jung-influenced ethnography in 1942. In the meantime he also spent a few years in Berlin, where he was an influence on W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood. This copy is inscribed by the author to the literary scholar and then-fellow of Exeter College, Nevill Coghill, on the front endpaper: ‘To Nevill Coghill, with best wishes, from John Layard. Oxford. October 1942.’ Also, loosely inserted is a friendly postcard to Coghill from Layard, dated 1956, recommending Jung’s ‘The Integration of the Personality ’.

123. (Spain.) CHAPMAN (Abel) and Walter J. BUCK . Unexplored Spain. Arnold. 1910, 40 plates, many from photographs, and numerous illustrations, pp. xvi, 416, ii, 22 (advertisements), large 8vo., orig. decorated dark green straight-ribbed cloth, backstrip lettered in gilt, head and tail slightly knocked, the upper cover with three Spanish ibexes in gilt, rear hinge weak, bookplate, very good  £350.00 The ‘Spain we love and of which we write is not the Spain of tourist or globe-trotter’. This work is the result of condensing over forty years of notes by the authors, covering the wildlife and wild regions of Spain, in the days when wolves and tarantulas could still be found.

124. (St. Kilda.) SETON (George) St. Kilda Past and Present. Blackwood. 1878, FIRST EDITION , half-title, title-page printed in red and black (tissue-guard present), 12 tinted chromolithographed plates, pp. xvi, 346, 8vo., orig. pale blue beveledged cloth (lightly soiled), gilt lettered backstrip a touch sunned with minor wear at extremities, yellow chalked endpapers, near contemporary ownership inscription at head of front free endpaper recto: ‘K.A. Mawhinney’, good (Freeman 3360) £140.00 The archipelago of St. Kilda, the remotest part of the British Isles, lies 41 miles west of Benbecula in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. When Seton visited in the 1870s, the islands were still very much inhabited. His detailed book examines the long history of the region, its birdlife, and continuing traditions of farming and fishing. WWI was to decimate the male population, and this, combined with a series of bad harvests caused many islanders to leave. By 1930, the population numbered just 36; later that year, at their request, the inhabitants were evacuated to the mainland.



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The First English Work on Sumatra 125. (Sumatra.) MARSDEN (William) The History of Sumatra, containing an Account of the Government, Laws, Customs, and Manners of the Native Inhabitants, with a Description of the Natural Products, and a Relation of the ancient Political State of that Island. Second Edition. Printed for the Author, and sold by Thomas Payne. 1784, folding engraved map, engraved plate of Rejang, Butta and Lampoon alphabets, scattered foxmarks, pp. xii, 373, [7], 4to., contemp. sprinkled calf, the backstrip panelled in gilt with a repeated central urn tool surrounded by volutés cornerpieces, dark green moroccco label with gilt lettering, single gilt fillet borders on sides, skillfully repaired, bookplate ( ESTC T93181) £500.00 Demand for this work quickly required this second edition to be published, in the year after the first. It received favourable press and was praised by Southey as a model of descriptive composition. Marsden, a Fellow of the Royal Society, took up an appointment with the East India Company and travelled to Sumatra in 1771. He spent eight years there, learnt Malay, and thus was able to make many observations on the nature and culture of the Sumatrans, their languages, laws, marriage rites and customs, trading (gold and tin), climate, geographical features, and flora and fauna. He published a ‘Dictionary and Grammar of the Malay Language’ in 1812.

126. (Switzerland. Photography.) LONGFELLOW (Henry W.) Hyperion: A Romance. Illustrated with twenty-four photographs of the Rhine, Switzerland, and the Tyrol, by Francis Frith. Alfred William Bennett. 1865, FIRST EDITION , mounted albumen photograph as frontispiece, title in red and blue, woodcut head- and tail-pieces, 23 mounted albumen photographs, occasional foxing (as usual),  pp. x, [1], 270, 4to., orig. bevel-edged green sand-grain cloth by Leighton,  Son, and Hodge (their small ticket on rear pastedown), backstrip gilt lettered within decorative panel (minor wear at head and tail), sides with ornate gilt scrolling border design, owl, eagles, and swan (each with wings outstretched), signifying earth, wind, fire, and water at corners, diamond-shaped title panel at centres with Imperial eagle of Austria-Hungary and Swiss Cross surrounded by border design and cornerpieces stamped in blind, yellow chalked  endpapers, a.e.g., very good (Gernsheim 268; ‘ Truthful Lens’ Naef & Goldschmidt, 106) £295.00 Frith followed in the footsteps of the Longfellow’s fictitious hero Paul Flemming and recounts his experiences in the work’s preface. He notes that Flemming travelled through some of the most picturesque scenery in Europe: ‘everywhere he had occasion to observe and admire, not only the graphic power of the Author’s descriptions, but, in numerous instances their severe truthfulness ... one of the native tendencies of true genius.’ Reviews of the book and its modern approach to illustration were exceptionally favourable: ‘So well as photography can illustrate a book,—and for the exercise of its powers it would be hard to find an apter field than this romance offers,—it is perfect.’ ( Athenaeum ) More recently the authors of ‘ The Truthful Lens’ wrote that ‘the book is notable for its direct association of landscape photographs as non-literal visual equivalents of literary ideas.’

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127. (Tibet.) PALLIS (Marco) Peaks and Lamas. Cassell. 1939, FIRST EDITION , colour plate, 95 photogravure illustrations on 36 plates, 3 maps, pp. xx, 428, 8vo., orig. black cloth, backstrip gilt lettered, Tibetan phrase stamped in blind to front board, slightly scuffed, good (Yakushi P12a)  £180.00 Mountaineer, Buddhist, and musician Marco Pallis first visited Tibet in 1923 for the climbing, and returned in 1933 and 1936 for the culture and life which he grew to love; on a later visit he was initiated into a Tibetan Buddhist order. The latter two journeys form the basis of this, his first book about Tibet, a bestseller and one of the first Western accounts of traditional Tibetan Buddhism.

128. (Tibet.) PEREIRA (George) and Francis Younghusband, compiler) Peking to Lhasa. The narrative of journeys in the Chinese Empire made by the late Brigadier-General George Pereira ... From notes and diaries supplied ... with maps and illustrations. Constable. 1925, FIRST EDITION , half-title, frontispiece photograph of Pereira (tissueguard present), 32 black and white photographic plates, 2 folding maps at rear, pp. x, 293, [2] (advertisements), 8vo., orig. dark blue cloth, backstrip gilt lettered, blind rules at head and tail of sides, near fine  £225.00 The work contains ‘a very good detailed map of the country between Lanchow, Chengtu, and Lhasa’ according to Luzac’s Oriental list and book review issued in the same year.

129. (Tibet.) SCHARY (Edwin G.) In Search of the Mahatmas of Tibet. Seeley, Service & Co. [1937,] FIRST EDITION , frontispiece and 15 photographic plates, endpapers and one page spread with printed map, a few foxspots to endpapers, pp. xii, [13]-312, [8], 8vo., orig. yellow cloth, backstrip lettered in black with a stamp of a mask, slightly darkened, a crease to cloth on front board, good (Yakushi S54) £150.00 ‘Mr. Schary started his fruitless quest in 1912 [...] he was forced to work his way from the United States via Honolulu and Australia to Calcutta, and thence northwards, before he was even within striking distance of the Himalayas; and this makes a fascinating story out of a journey that could scarcely have failed, in any event, to be of the greatest interest’ ( Geo. Journ., Vol. 92, No. 5, Nov., 1938, p. 461).

The First Eye-witness Account of Tibet and Bhutan in English 130. (Tibet.) TURNER ( Captain Samuel) An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama in Tibet; containing a Narrative of a Journey through Bootan, and Part of Tibet ... To which are added Views taken on the Spot by Lieutenant Samuel Davis; and Observations botanical, mineralogical and medical by Mr. Robert Saunders. By W. Bulmer [etc.]. 1800, folding engraved map, 13 engraved plates and views, one folding, of Tibetan calligraphy, after the author and engraved by J. Basire, and one



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after George Stubbs, some browning and foxing of the text (as usual) and varying offsetting from the plates on to the text, some heavy, small tear to the fold of the map, pp. xxviii, 473, 4to., contemp. tree calf, the flat backstrip panelled in gilt with rope tools and medallions, black morocco label with gilt lettering, scuff to lower cover, engraved armorial bookplate, sound (Cox 1, 346; Yakushi T277a) £1,800.00 Captain Turner led Warren Hastings’ second mission to Tibet. The purpose of the 1783/84 mission, like that led by Bogle in 1774/75, was to further Hastings’ ambitions of promoting British-Indian trade across the Himalayas, and to satisfy his scientific and scholarly interests through Asian exploration. Tibet’s capital at Lhasa remained firmly closed to European travellers because of Chinese opposition, but Turner’s sensitivity, tolerance, and good manners were warmly welcomed at the Lama’s court. Turner’s sober account of carefully observed conditions in Tibet and Bhutan, their forms of government, religious customs, trade, and topography, has stood the test of time and remained a source of great value ( ODNB ). It also remained the only account of these countries available to English readers until the publication, in 1846, of the journal of Bogle and Manning. Turner’s testimony is supplemented by those of his subordinates on this mission, the botanist and surgeon Robert Saunders and the surveyor and amateur artist Samuel Davis.

131. (Tibet: China.) FARRER (Reginald) On the Eaves of the World. Second Impression. ... In Two volumes. Arnold. 1926, folding map of the author’s journey, frontispieces, and 62 plates from photographs, pp. xii, 311; viii, 328, 8vo., orig. blue cloth, gilt lettered backstrips and front covers, a little marked, good  £230.00

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The aim of this expedition was to thoroughly explore the remote northerly province bordering Tibet in the hope of finding flora more resistent and useful to the British climate. In the process, the author, who travelled with Mr Purdom, formerly of Kew, recorded and photographed the local people, and had much say on the conditions there.

132. (Travel Biography.) HALLS (John James) The Life and Correspondence of Henry Salt, Esq. F.R.S. &c. His Britannic Majesty’s late Consul General in Egypt. Second Edition. In Two Volumes. Richard Bentley. 1834, engraved frontispiece portraits, both volumes inscribed on front free endpapers as leaving presents from Eton, halftitles, pp. xv, 502; viii, 440, 8vo., slightly later polished calf, the backstrips panelled ornately in gilt and with red and olive morocco labels with gilt lettering, double gilt fillets to sides, marbled edges, slightly rubbed, headband of vol.ii chipped, very good  £300.00 Salt did much to further knowledge of ancient Egypt through excavation and studying inscriptions. He is remembered in many contemporary accounts as a kind and helpful host to British travellers and scholars in Egypt ( ODNB ). He travelled widely and is noted for his ‘ Voyage to Abyssinia’.

133. (Travel Biography.) THESIGER (Wilfred) The Life of my Choice. Collins. 1987, FIRST EDITION , 32 photographic plates, full-page and double-page maps, pp. 464, 8vo., orig. black boards, backstrip gilt lettered, dustjacket, fine  £100.00 Signed by Wilfred Thesiger on the title-page, beneath his scored through printed name.

134. (Turkey.) FELLOWS (Sir Charles) Travels and Researches in Asia Minor, more particularly in the Province of Lycia. John Murray. 1852, 2 folding lithographed maps and 6 folding plates, ownership inscription on the front free endpaper, pp. xvi, 510, 8vo., contemp. polished calf, the backstrip elaborately tooled in gilt, green morocco label, double gilt fillet borders on sides, gilt school arms on the upper cover, marbled edges and endpapers, minor scuffmarks, good  £300.00 Fellows undertook four significant expeditions to Lycia, discovered thirteen ancient cities, all containing works of art, produced a map of the area, and brought home much natural historical material, as well as coins, and transcriptions and impressions of Lycian letters.

135. (Wales.) MURRAY (John, publisher ) Handbook for travellers in South Wales and its borders including the River Wye. With a travelling map. John Murray. 1860, FIRST EDITION , main body of text in double-column, travelling map in rear pocket, pp. xxxvi, 140, 24 (Handbook Advertiser 1860, printed on blue sugar paper), 12mo., orig. embossed linen-grain red cloth (now faded and lightly soiled), backstrip gilt lettered, gilt titles on front board, publisher advertisements (dated June 1860) printed on pale brown chalked endpapers, red speckled edges, good  £100.00



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Scarce. The periodical ‘The Geologist ’, in its review of the work, notes that the editor is one Dr. Bevan. He is hardly complimentary about the region in his guide, and reports ‘To the traveller who crosses the Llandore bridge at night, the livid glare from the numerous chimneys, the rolling, fleecy, white clouds that fill up the valley beneath him, the desolatelooking heaps of slag on either side, might well recalls Dante’s line—“voi che entrate lasciate ogni speranza”’ and records ‘there are no trees, and instead of grass a yellow sickly growth of chamomile scarcely covers the ground.’ The following year, a volume on North Wales was issued under the same editor.

Given by the Author 136. (Warwickshire.) DUGDALE (William) The Antiquities of Warwickshire illustrated; From Records, Leiger-Books, Manuscripts, Charters, Evidences, Tombes, and Armes: Beautified with maps, prospects, and portraictures. By Thomas Warren. 1656, FIRST EDITION , inscribed by a contemporary recipient ‘Donum Authoris. 7 Die Mensis Maii 1656’ and with his illegible signature at the head of the title, engraved frontispeice potrait of Dugdale by Hollar, title in red and black, 5 doublepage copper-engraved maps, 11 engraved plates on 10 sheets, numerous engraved illustrations, pedigrees, prospects, and portraits in the text, ink signature to the title, the pageblocks tight and bright, small tear to the lower margin of Nnn4, restored, just touching two letters of the text, pp. [xiv], 826, [xiv], folio, early nineteenthcentury red straight grain morocco, the backstrip panelled in gilt with five raised bands, and repeated tools, brown morocco label with gilt lettering, the sides with wide gilt borders with thistle tools within triple gilt fillets and dentelles, morocco turn-ins with triple gilt fillets, marbled endpapers by J. Clarke with his stamp on the front free endpaper, bookplate of Charles Arthur Wynne Finch, a.e.g., fine (Wing D2479; ESTC R4379; Upcott pp. 1,247-59) £3,500.00

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Lowndes considered this work ‘the chef-d’œuvre of Sir William’, and quoted Gough’s comments: ‘it must stand at the head of all our county histories ... There are works, which scrupulous accuracy, united with stubborn integrity, has elevated to the rank of legal evidence. Such is Dugdale’s Warwickshire!’ The work was twenty-five years in the making. Its dedicatee, Sir Christopher Hatton, arranged for Dugdale to have access to the records in the Exchequer and the Tower of London. Dugdale could then draw upon manorial and other records to provide a much stronger and more comprehensive picture of the County. However it was only after the publication of volume one of Dugdale’s great ‘Monasticon Anglicanum’ that the author had sufficient funds to bear the cost of publication, which he did entirely himself. The recipient who was blessed with Dugdale’s gift of this copy may have been John Reyner (working on the signature alone), Cantab. MA 1656. Though no obvious connection between the two can be proved.

137. (Worcestershire. Worcester.) WILD (Charles) An illustration of the architecture and sculpture of the cathedral church of Worcester ... Printed by W. Nichol ... published by the Author ... 1823, FIRST EDITION , LARGE PAPER, 12 engraved plates on india paper, and mounted, occasional light foxing, pp. [vi], 30, folio, orig. grey boards, sometime rebacked with morocco-grain brown cloth, spine longitudinally gilt lettered direct, board edges rubbed, corners worn, orig. printed title label on upper side, hinges strengthened, advertising flyer for book tipped to gutter margin of upper endpaper, £100.00 sound  Part of a series of works on English cathedrals and minsters that included Canterbury, York, Chester, Lichfield, and Lincoln. Wild’s highly detailed engravings of architectural views are typical of the Gothic revival period.



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