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- A Guide to Zanzibar

Hardback. A very good copy. Pp.[xii],146. 4 maps. Numerous illustrations. "A detailed account of Zanzibar Town and Island including general information about the Protectorate, and a description of itineraries for the use of visitors." Written when Zanzibar was a British Protectorate.
Published : The Government Printer, Zanzibar 1952,

- A Survey of Palestine Prepared in December 1945 and January 1946 for the Information of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry - Two Vols.

Hardbacks. A fine two volume set (lacking the Supplement) in fine dustwrappers which are now protected in clear, removable sleeves.,1-534; pp.v,535-1139. "Unquestionably it constitutes the single most authoritative, comprehensive, and dispassionate source on all major aspects of the socio-economic, administrative, and political life of the two principal protagonists of the Palestine conflict on the eve of the momentous developments of 1948---."
Published : Institute for Palestine Studies., Washington D.C. 1991,

- Balochistan [Baluchistan] Through the Ages Selection from Government Record (District Gazetteers) Volume I Geography and History; Volume II Tribes

Hardbacks in blue cloth lettered in gilt.. Volume I is a good copy in a good dustwrapper. Volume II is a very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. Vol. I, 595 pages. Four pages have been torn horizontally and rather poorly repaired with sellotape. Vol. II,590 pages. First published in 1906 when Balochistan was under British rule this is a valuable study of a province of south-western Pakistan. Quite scarce, this second Pakistani edition ran to only 500 copies.
Published : Nisa Traders, Quetta Pakistan 1980,

- Biographical Anecdotes of the Founders of the French Republic, and of Other Eminent Characters, Who Have Distinguished Themselves in the Progress of the Revolution

A good copy in a half-leather binding with marbled boards. Spine worn and lacking title-piece. The boards are now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. A nice copy internally with no ownership inscription and very little foxing. Pp.x,432. Folding frontispiece illustration. Folding chart. A second volume was published the following year.
Published : R. Phillips, London 1797, First Edition

- Cartes Postales. France. Including St. Jean De Luz, Langeais, Cambo, Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon, San Sebastien, Chateu De Blois, Fontarabie, Amboise, Biarritz, Blois, Chenonceaux, Loches, Bull-Fighting, French Kings and Queens

Approximately 270 French black and white postcards from the early part of the 20th century. (The street scenes look to be about 1900). Some are in albums of 24, some are in envelopes (mostly torn) and a few are loose. They measure 140mm x 90mm. Most are of towns or castles but five are of bull-fighting and thirteen are of French royalty. Photographs available on request.
Published : ,

- Japanese Landscape Gardens

Softback. A very good copy in decorated paper covers with silk ties. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.viii,68. 45 illustrations including four in colour. Four maps including folding railway map of Japan.
Published : Japanese Government Railways, Tokyo 1926, First Edition

- Maori Wonderland: Rotorua, Whakarewarewa, Waimangu, Wairakei

Softback. Undated, perhaps c.1920. A very good copy. Decorated upper cover. Unpaginated but 24 pages. A book of photographs of geysers, Maoris, volcanoes etc.
Published : Frank Duncan & Co., Auckland,

- Our Busy City A Put-Together Puzzle Book

Hardback. Oblong folio. Pages starting to come lose internally and from binding although otherwise a clean and attractive copy. Unpaginated. The four "fill-in" colour pages have been neatly completed. A child's guide to an American city of the 1920's.
Published : Sam'l Gabriel Sons & Company, New York 1928, First Edition

- Pamphlets of the Loyal Publication Society Nos. 1 to 40

Hardback. The first 40 pamphlets of the Loyal Publication Society supporting the northern side and the Union in the American Civil War. Bound without covers in an attractive half-leather binding lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine. Top edge gilt. Some foxing to the first pamphlet but generally a quite clean copy. No ownership inscription. [Note - although the title refers to pamphlets nos. 1-40, pamphlet no.41 and other material have also been bound in. Pamphlet 41 comprises an exchange of letters in French and English and shows some water staining which hardly affects the text].
Published : Loyal Publication Society, New York 1863,

- Programme of Cook's Italian Tours Embracing the Chief Cities of Italy

A good copy in paper covers. Small piece missing from margin of front cover. 28 pages. Illustrated. Folding map. Routes and tours. Includes 3 pages entitled "How to Ascend Vesuvius by Cook's Electric Railway".
Published : Thos. Cook & Son, London 1914,

- Schmidt's Reisebucher. Schweiz, Chamonix, Veltlin. Auszug Aus Berlepsch Schweiz

A good plus copy in flexible green cloth lettered in gilt. Ownership inscription on front fixed end-paper. Pp.76-561. Folding maps, street plans and panorama. Text in German.
Published : Caesar Schmidt, Zurich 1898,

- The Speeches, Addresses and Messages of the Several Presidents of the United States at the Opening of Congress and at Their Respective Inaugurations

Externally fair only in a rubbed full leather binding lettered in gilt on a red title-piece. Chipping to spine ends. Front board holding but rather loose. Internally some foxing, mainly but not exclusively to end-papers and early and late pages and with some pages tanned, but good overall. Bookplate of Henry Maddison. Title continues: "Also, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and Washington's Farewell Address to his Fellow-Citizens. Embracing an Official Summary of the National Events of the First Half Century of the Union." Pp.iv,536. Frontispiece showing miniature likenesses of the Presidents. Facsimile signatures of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence. Photographs available on demand.
Published : Robert Desilver, Philadelphia 1825,

- Venice: Past and Present

Nd. c.1840? 12mo. A good copy in blind decorated cloth lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. Bookplate. 192 pages. Appears to be one of the RTS's "monthly volumes".
Published : The Religious Tract Society, London, First Edition

- Voyage De Chapelle et Bachaumont, Suivi De Quelques Autres Voyages Dans Le Meme Genre

Hardback. 32mo. A good plus copy in a full leather binding ruled in gilt, with gilt coat of arms on upper board and decorated in gilt on the spine. Marbled end-papers. Bookplate of the Marquis of Stafford. 212 pages. Frontispiece. Text in French. Early travel writing in verse and prose.
Published : , Geneva 1777,

"Members of the expedition" - The Voyage of the Chelyuskin

A good copy in decorated light blue cloth. Spine a little marked and lettering faded. Pp.xiii,325. Frontispiece and 32 plates. 8 diagrams and maps. This is the official account of the attempt of a party of Russian scientists and explorers to navigate the North East passage in an ordinary cargo boat.
Published : Chatto & Windus, London 1935, First Edition

"Peregrinus" - From the Tay to the Tiber

A good copy in the original boards. Some wear to spine edges and smallish mark on rear board. No ownership inscription. Not foxed. 311 pages. Errata slip tipped-in at end. An account of a European trip mainly to Rome but including Paris, Florence, Basle etc. Uncommon.
Published : Dunlop & Foote, Glasgow 1878, First Edition

[De Tassy, Jacques Philippe Laugier] Translated By Joseph Morgan - A Compleat History of the Piratical States of Barbary, Viz. Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli and Morocco. Containing the Origin, Revolutions and Present State of These Kingdoms, Their Forces, Revenues, Policy and Commerce

A just about good copy in a worn leather binding which lacks the title-piece. Five raised bands on spine. Old ownership inscription. Two old newspaper cuttings tipped-in to front end-papers. Pp.xiv,368. Folding plan of Algiers and map of Barbary, the latter with a 2.5 inch repaired tear. Originally published in 1725 with a different title this edition has two additional sections on the history of Tunis and Tripoli by the translator. Quite a clean copy which would benefit from rebinding. Photograph available on request.
Published : R. Griffiths, London 1750,

[Dempster Charlotte] - The Maritime Alps and Their Seaboard

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Foxing to end-papers. Pp.x,384. 14 full-page woodcuts. 15 woodcuts in the text. A book about the people and land of the French Riviera and its hinterland.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1885, First Edition

[Dilke, Sir Charles wentworth] - The Present Position of European Politics or Europe in 1887

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. A patch of fading extends down most of spine. Bookplate (and initials) of Sir John Robert Gladstone (the older brother of the Liberal Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone). 391 pages + 40pp publisher's adverts. Essays on Germany, France, Russia, Austria-Hungary, Italy and the United Kingdom with a further essay in conclusion.
Published : Chapman and Hall, London 1887, First Edition

Albright, M. Catharine - Letters from India

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. No ownership inscription. 120 pages. Comprises letters written during a short tour in India in the Autumn of 1901. Includes letters written from Umbala. Lahore, Agra, Delhi, Udaipur, Rajputana, Benares, Darjeeling, Hoshungabad and Bombay. A small but uncommon book.
Published : Cornish Brothers Ltd, Birmingham 1902, First Edition

Alexander, James Edward - Narrative of a Voyage of Observation Among the Colonies of Western Africa, in the Flag-ship Thalia; and of a Campaign in Kaffir-Land on the Staff of the Commander-in-chief in 1835. Volume I

Hardback. A good copy of the first volume of this two volume set. Half-leather with marbled boards and lettered in gilt on a black title-piece on the spine. A little wear to board tips and edges. No ownership inscription. Pp.xxiii,428. Frontispiece and 18 illustrations/maps. Some soiling to most plates. Photographs available on request.
Published : Henry Colburn, London 1837, First Edition

Allen James Lane - The Blue-Grass Region of Kentucky and Other Kentucky Articles

Hardback. A near very good copy in green boards decorated on the spine and upper board. Spine a little faded. Bookplate of Sir John Robert Gladstone. 301 pages + adverts. 16 illustrations.
Published : The Macmillan Company, New York 1900, First Edition

Al-Rahim Muddathir'Abd - Imperialism and Nationalism in the Sudan a Study in Constitutional and Political Development 1899-1956

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription. Pp.xv,275. Described as "the first full-scale study of the constitutional and political development of the Sudan under the Anglo-Egyptian administration".
Published : Oxford University Press 1969, First Edition

Andersen Hans Christian - The Improvisatore; or, Life in Italy

Nd. c. 1875? 12mo. A good copy in gilt decorated vellum. Spine dull and lacking a small piece of the surface of the vellum at the foot and with a tear in the surface at the top. Gift inscription. Marbled endpapers. 340pp. Frontispiece and 44 albumens. Translated from the Danish by Mary Howitt.
Published : Ward, Lock & Co, London,

Anson Peter F. - A Pilgrim Artist in Palestine

Nd. c. 1932. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a little frayed at edges. Gift inscription on front end-paper. 164pp. Tipped-in colour frontispiece and 39 black and white illustrations sketched by the author on his one month visit.
Published : Alexander-Ouseley Ltd, London, First Edition

Arnold Sir Edwin - Wandering Words

A good copy in gilt decorated red cloth. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. 372pp + 24pp adverts. Illustrations from drawings by Ben Boothby and from photographs. These are reprinted newspaper and magazine articles about eastern travel including India and Japan.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1894, First Edition

Atkinson Rev. W. Christopher - A Historical and Statistical Account of New-Brunswick, B.N.A. With Advice to Emigrants

Hardback. 16mo. A very good copy in a full leather binding which is a littl scuffed. All edges gilt. No ownership inscription. A little foxing. 284 pages. Folding map which is a little torn but complete. Illustrated. A book published with the aim of encouraging emigration to New Brunswick "and thus add to the strength and security of the more distant portions of the British Empire".
Published : Anderson & Bryce, Edinburgh 1844,

Atkinson, George Francklin - "Curry & Rice,"on Forty Plates; or, the Ingredients of Social Life at "Our Station" in India

Hardback. 4to. Nd. c.1860. First edition? A near very good copy in the original orange cloth which is elaborately decorated in gilt on the spine and upper board. The spine is darkened but the lettering is readable. All edges gilt. New end-papers. Two ownership inscriptions, the earlier of which is dated 1860. Unpaginated. 40 lithographic plates, showing scenes from life in British India, all of which are tissue-guarded other than the title page. Some foxing mainly to early pages and to edges of some plates. A humorous account of life in a Bengal "station" in the middle of the 19th century. A decent copy. Photographs on request.
Published : Day & Son, London,

Baedeker Karl - Southern Germany (Wurtemberg and Bavaria) Handbook for Travellers

A very good copy in a good, virtually complete, dustwrapper with a smallish stain on spine. 364pp. 36 maps. 45 plans.
Published : 1910,

Bakker Boudewijn (Introduction and Notes) - Amsterdam in the Eighteenth Century

Nd.1970s? Oblong folio. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which is a little rubbed. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription, foxing or other internal marking. Unpaginated. 59 illustrations + dustwrapper and end-paper illustrations of Amsterdam in the 18th century selected from "the superb collection of drawings, watercolours and gouaches" in the Amsterdam municipal archives. With "an informative general introduction and full notes on each of the plates." Text in English.
Published : Uitgeverij Elmar, Delft,

Barth Gunther - Fleeting Moments: Nature and Culture in American History

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's three quarter blue/green boards with title in blue/green on grey cloth spine. No inscriptions. Black and white illustrations. 222 pages. Very good illustrated dustwrapper which is not price- clipped and is protected in a removable cover.
Published : Oxford University Press, New York 1990, First Edition

Beaglehole T.H. - Thomas Munro and the Development of Administrative Policy in Madras 1792-1818 The Origins of 'The Munro System'

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's green cloth with title on spine in gilt on red background. No inscriptions. Very minor foxing. Pp.viii,183. Protected in a removable cover.
Published : The Syndics of the Cambridge University Press, London 1966, First Edition

Bell, C.F. Moberly - From Pharaoh to Fellah

Illustrated by Georges Montbard.
Hardback. A very good copy in decorative boards. All edges gilt. Gift inscription. Some foxing to end-papers but generally clean internally. Pp.ix,193 + 4pp publisher's adverts. Numerous black and white illustrations, some full-page. The author was a prominent British journalist and newspaper editor who was born in Egypt and lived there for a number of years.
Published : Wells Gardner Darton & Co, London 1888, First Edition

Bennett A.G. - Whaling in the Antarctic

A very good copy in original blue cloth lettered in black. Smallish inscription on front paste-down. 222pp. 24 illustrations. This is a book on the "modern" whaling industry. It also has three chapters on "Creatures of the Antarctic".
Published : William Blackwood, Edinburgh 1931,

Bilton John - The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia Its Origin Growth and Development

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Board tips slightly bumped. Lacks dustwrapper. Pp.xiv,257. Illustrated.
Published : Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia Federal Council 1961,

Blackburn Henry - Artistic Travel in Normandy, Brittany, the Pyrenees, Spain and Algeria

Hardback. A good copy in dark blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Wear to board tips and spine ends. Top edge gilt. Some foxing to end-papers. Pp.xiii,320 + 2pp publisher's adverts. 130 illustrations. A selection of notes on travel made over a period of twenty years "the point of view being always that of the artist in search of the picturesque."
Published : Sampson Low Marston & Co., London 1892, First Edition

Blaikie William Garden - The Personal Life of David Livingstone -- Chiefly from His Unpublished Journals and Correspondence in the Possession of His Family

A very good copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Prize label on front fixed end-paper. Pp.xii,412 + 32pp publisher's catalogue at rear dated May 1882. Portrait frontispiece. Folding map at rear. Dwells on Livingstone's character and attempts "to present a more complete history of his life than has yet appeared."
Published : John Murray, London 1882,

Blunt Wilfrid Scawen - Gordon at Khartoum Being a Personal Narrative of Events in Continuation of "A Secret History of the English Occupation of Egypt "

A sound copy in black boards lettered in gilt, just about good although rather worn externally. Top edge gilt. Bookplate. Pp.xv,665. Frontispiece. This is a study of Anglo-Egyptian relations between 1882 and 1886 with particular reference to General Gordon's expedition to Khartoum in 1884-85. Written from an anti-imperialist standpoint unusual for the times. Photograph available on request.
Published : Stephen Swift & Co. Ltd, London 1911, First Edition

Bolton, G.C. & Joske, Prue - History of Royal Perth Hospital

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xi,165. Illustrated. The history of Perth, Western Australia's "leading teaching and research medical institution."
Published : Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Western Australia 1982, First Edition

Bonington Chris - Quest for Adventure

4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped. 448pp. Many illustrations, maps and drawings. This is a celebration of adventurous expeditions of all kinds.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London 1981, First Edition

Bonney T. G. - The Building of the Alps

Hardback. A near very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. Fairly extensive edge foxing. 384 pages. 32 full-page illustrations. 16 figures in the text. A study of the geology of the Alps, plus chapters on meteorology, vegetation, animals etc.
Published : T. Fisher Unwin, London 1912, First Edition

Boswell James Edited By George Birkbeck Hill) - Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica

Hardback. A good copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. A little wear to spine ends and board tips. Small ownership inscription. Some foxing. Pp.xiv,242.
Published : Thos. De La Rue & Co, London 1879,

Bradley-Birt F. B. - The Story of an Indian Upland

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and decorated in gilt on the upper board. Ownership inscription on front end-paper but otherwise a nice copy internally. Pp.xii[2],354 + 2pp publisher's adverts. Frontispiece and 20 illustrations. Folding map at rear. "It is a facinating land of legend and mystery, this strip of country in Central Bengal now designated by the picturesque name of the Santal Parganas."
Published : Smith Elder & Co, London 1905, First Edition

Bradshaw John - New Zealand of To-Day (1884-1887)

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and lettered and decorated in black on the upper board. Ownership inscription. Foxing confined to end-papers. Pp.xii,402. Two folding maps.
Published : Sampson Low Marston, Searle & Rivington, London 1888, First Edition

Brandes Dr. Georg - Impressions of Russia

Hardback. A very good copy in the original cloth. No ownership inscription. A little foxing. Pp.x,353. Frontispiece. The author was a Dane who undertook lecturing tours in Russia. About half of the book deals with Russian literature.
Published : Walter Scott, London 1889,

Brown D. C. - Journey from the Arctic

A very good copy in light blue cloth lettered in gilt. In a fair dustwrapper with some smallish edge chips and tears. Signed by the author on the title page. 189 pages. Numerous illustrations. Map rear end-paper. This is the story of a journey on horseback from Arctic Finland to the south of Norway undertaken by the author and his Danish companion.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London 1954, First Edition

Brownell, Clerence Ludlow - The Heart of Japan : Glimpses of Life and Nature Far from the Travellers' Track in the Land of the Rising Sun

A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. Some edge and end-paper foxing/browning. Small gift inscription on front end-paper. Pp.xi,302 + 40 page publisher's catalogue dated November 1902. 23 (of24) illustrations lacking the illustration at page 41. An account of impressions and experiences gained during a five years' stay in the interior of Japan at the end of the 19th century.
Published : Methuen & Co, London 1902, First Edition

Brydone F. - Travels in Sicily and Malta

A good plus copy in brownish-red blind-stamped cloth with spine lettered and decorated in gilt. Wear and tear at top of spine. No ownership inscription and little foxing. Pp.284 + 4pp publisher's catalogue. The author was actually Robert Brydone and this is an account, in a series of letters to William Beckford, of a tour made by him to Sicily and Malta in 1770.
Published : George Clark and Son, Aberdeen 1848,

Burton Sir Richard - A Pilgrimage to Meccah and Medina

A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on spine. 357pp. Frontispiece map. This is volume 1 of the "Great Explorations" series. The text follows the 1879 edition which was the last published during the author's lifetime but without much of the notes in that edition.
Published : Herbert Joseph Ltd., London 1937,

Butler, Major W. F. - The Wild North Land: Being the Story of a Winter Journey, with Dogs, Across Northern North America

Hardback. A near very good copy in a blue full leather binding attractively decoarated in gilt on the spine. The spine shows some fading and is lettered in gilt on a red title piece. Marbled edges and end-papers. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.x,[1],358. Folding route map. Frontispiece and 15 illustrations. The story of a journey on foot "across the snowy wilderness of North America, in winter and alone."
Published : Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, London 1874,