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An historical description of the Kingdom of Macasar in the East-Indies. In three books. Giving a particular account: I.Of the situation of the country, the product and principal towns in it. II. The manners and customs of the inhabitants … III. The antient idolatry of the Macasarians … together with a particular account of the arts and cruelties used by the Batavians to estalish themselves …1701.
The first English edition of this important description of Makassar, translated from Description historique du royaume de Macacar (1688) by the French missionary Nicholas Gervaise (c.1662-1729). “”By far the most detailed work on Makassar written during the seventeenth century ……£1,150
Jerusalem, teh city of Herod and Saladin.1889.
Description New edition. 8vo., xiv, 525 pp., frontispiece, folding map, contemporary polished half calf by Worrall, spine richly gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt, a handsome copy., published 1889. Bibliography Stock ID: 95099£250
NAPIER, Major-General Sir W[illiam] F[rancis] P[atrick]
History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France, from the Year 1807 to the Year 1814.18481850.
Description Fourth edition. 6 volumes, 8vo., numerous maps and plans, contemporary full calf gilt by Riviere, spines in six compartments, morocco labels to second and third, others richly gilt, raised bands, lightly rubbed, mall stain to upper cover vol. v,…£1,000
A Survey of London, Contayning the Originall, Increase, Moderne Estate, and Government of that City, methodically set down… And now completely finished by the study and labour of A. M. H. D. and others, this present yeere 1633.1733.
Greatly expanded from the first edition by A.M. (Anthony Munday) and H.D. (Humphrey Dyson), both contemporary writers. Description Fourth edition, folio (340 x 230 x 80mm), [xvi] (woodcut frontis' of the Arms of London, title, dedication, To the Reader, The…£1,250
China Export Watercolours on Pith Paper.
Set of Twelve Chinese Junks. c. 1860.
Pith came into use for painting to satisfy the increasing demand for small, inexpensive and easily transported souvenirs, following the massive growth in the China Trade in the first quarter of the nineteenth century. Paintings in oils, on board and…£13,500
BRADFORD, Reverend William.
Sketches of the country, character, and costume, in Portugal and Spain, made during the Campaign, and on the route of the British army, in 1808 and 1809.1810
A handsome large paper copy on fine thick paper of one of the best colour plate books on Spain. These special large paper copies were produced in small numbers, probably less than 100 copies, and were usually published atr around…£3,000
The Universal Geography: With Illustrations & Maps. [together with] A New Physical Geography – The Earth.[No date: circa 1900]
Jacques Élisée Reclus was a renowned French geographer, writer and anarchist. He produced his 19-volume masterwork, La Nouvelle Géographie universelle, la terre et les hommes, over a period of nearly 20 years. This is the only known complete set on…£2,950
Shores of the Polar sea a narrative of the Arctic expedition of 1875–6.1878.
A “”sumptuous volume”” (Books on Ice), illustrating Nares's British Arctic Expedition 1875–6. Moss was naval surgeon aboard Nares's flagship Alert “”but also served as artist for the expedition.”” Moss places the emphasis on his pictorial efforts – which offer some…£5,000
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Report on Mombasa Victoria Lake railway survey 1893.
Report C. – 7025. Built during the Scramble for Africa, the Uganda Railway was the one genuinely strategic railway to be constructed in tropical Africa at that time. The Uganda Railway was named after its ultimate destination, for its entire…£500
Original Sketches in the Punjaub. By a Lady. 1854
Fine views of Lahore and Amritsar. The drawings were selected from an album produced by the wife of a British army officer serving in the Punjab. The artist remains unknown although we do know something of her intentions as the…£10,000
Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute Égypte, pendant les campagnes du général Bonaparte. 1802.
Magnificent large format classic of Egyptology, the first major work on the subject. A superb example, very fresh and finely bound in contemporary red morocco. Denon (1747-1825), was a diplomat and artist who had moved his way up in Parisian…£60,000
The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia. 1842-1845 & 1846-1849.
Roberts's Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, and Nubia, was one of the most elaborate ventures of nineteenth-century publishing, providing the most comprehensive series of views of the monuments, landscape, and people of the Near East. It is one of…£300,000
HILDRETH, S. P.
Pioneer history: being an account of the first examinations of the Ohio Valley, and the early settlement of the Northwest Territory …1848.
Description First edition. 8vo., xiii, 525 pp., large folding map frontispiece, folding map, 7 lithograph plates, key plate, contemporary green half roan, gilt, lightly rubbed, a very good example, early gift inscription to title, a very good example., published 1848. Provenance: 1.…£450
PHILBY, Harry St. John B
Harun al Rashid 1933.
Description First edition. 8vo., 159pp., 8 pages ads at end, original cloth, light wear, a very good copy., published 1933. Bibliography Stock ID: 94649£125
Travels in Central Asia, being the account of a journey from Teheran across the Turkoman Desert on the eastern shore of the Caspian to Khiva, Bokhara, and Samarcand performed in the year 1863.1864.
Fine copy of the first edition, with the folding map in pocket. In 1861, with a grant of 1,000 florins from the academy Vambery set out on his travels, “”his major intention being to make a study of the Turco-Tatar…£950Search