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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 Memorial of Rev. J. Witherspoon's Emigration from Paisley, Scotland to Princeton, U.S.A. In 1768

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine and upper board. A clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. This is "a record of the bicentennial celebrations in Paisley, Scotland of the link established in 1768 between Paisloey and Princeton by the Reverend John Witherspoon." Witherspoon was an outstanding statesman, religious leader and academic who signed the American Declaration of Independence on 4th July 1776 being the only educationalist and clergyman to do this. The book comprises invitation cards, Memorial Service programme, record of a telephone link-up between Paisley and Princeton, after-dinner speeches etc. An interesting and uncommon item.
Published : Paisley College of Technology 1968,

- 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, Reprint

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

Hardback. 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 : ,

- Grieben's Austria with an Appendix for Motorists Guide Books Volume 234

Hardback. 16mo. A very good copy. 433 pages. 16 maps in colour, 24 sketch maps and 23 illustrations.
Published : Verlag Carl Ueberreuter, Vienna 1951,

- 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

- 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 Northern Traveller and Northern Tour; with the Routes to the Springs, Niagara and Quebec, and the Coal Mines of Pennsylvania; Also the Tour of New-England

Hardback. 16mo. A good copy in half-leather boards lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine. No ownership inscription. 444 pages. 8 illustrations + frontispiece and title-page vignette. 19 maps.
Published : J & J Harper, New York 1830, Fourth Edition Revised and Extended

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

Hardback. 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,

Gibbs Peter; Phillips Hugh - The History of the British South Africa Police: 1889 - 1980

Hardback. A near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper which has one small edge tear. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. 423 pages. Illustrated including colour. Includes a Nominal Roll of all members of the BSAP. Comprising three volumes in one this is the story of the police force of Rhodesia which was superseded by the Zimbabwe Republic Police in 1980.
Published : Something of Value Pty Ltd 2000, First Edition Thus

Moritz, L. A. - Grain-mills and Flour in Classical Antiquity

Hardback. Nd. c. 2000. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xxvii,230. 16 plates. 16 text figures. 17 tables.
Published : Oxford University Press for Oxbow Books, Reprint

Peverelle Monica - Images of Malawi: a collection of paintings and prose

Hardback. 4to. A near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper. No ownership inscription. "Newly bound publisher's file copy" has been written on front end-paper. Unpaginated - 150 + pages. Colour paintings of Malawi scenes on each right-hand page with text on left-hand pages. "This book is the first ever to be devoted to paintings of Malawi. It is certain to bring great pleasure to anyone --- who has been fortunate enough to know this very beautiful country, truly the Warm Heart of Africa."
Published : Central Africana, Blantyre, Malawi 1991, First Edition

"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

Hardback. 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

"Siva" - A Man of Destiny

Hardback. A very good copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt. Marbled end-papers. No ownership inscription. 226 pages + 2pp adverts. The book consists of letters adressed to Grover Cleveland at a time when he was President-Elect.
Published : Belford, Clarke & Co, Chicago and New York 1885, 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

Hardback. 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, First Edition Thus

[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

[Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley] - Letters of the Right Honourable Lady M--y W---y M----e: Written, During Her Travels in Europe, Asia and Africa, to Persons of Distinction, Men of Letters, Etc. In Different Parts of Europe.

Hardback. A good copy in full original leather which is rather worn. Spine with five raised bands and lettered in gilt on a red title-piece. Patterned end-papers. No ownership inscription. Some spotting. Pp.viii,232. The title continues; "Which Contain,Among other Curious Relations, Accounts of the Policy and Manners of the Turks; Drawn from Sources that have been inaccessible to other Travellers." Lady Mary Wortley Montagu " is today chiefly remembered for her letters, particularly her letters from travels to the Ottoman Empire as wife to the British Ambassador to Turkey, which have been described---as the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the Muslim Orient."
Published : A. Homer and P. Milton, London 1764,

Adams Ansell & Newhall Nancy -

A very good copy in a fair dustwrapper with a few chips, a damp stain and external sellotape repairs. 89pp. Photographs, mostly by Ansel Adams and mostly of the wilderness areas of American national parks. Described in the blurb as "one of the great statements in the history of conservation".
Published : Sierra Club, San Francisco 1960, First Edition

Akimoto Shunkichi - The Lure of Japan

Hardback., A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which shows fairly minor edge chipping/tears. Gift and ownership inscriptions on half-title. Pp.xvi,371. Numerous illustrations. Folding map. Decorated end-papers. Decribed as "the ideal intelligent visitor's guide to Japan."
Published : The Hokuseido Press, Kanda, Tokyo 1934, 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, A New and Carefully Corrected Edition

Anon - Indian Records with a Commercial View of the Relations Between the British Government and the Nawabs Nazim of Bengal, Behar and Orissa

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Lacks rear blank end-paper. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.xxxvi,347. Photographic frontispiece of the Nawab Nazim. A book about the injustices suffered by the Nawab Nazim at the hands of the British Government in India.
Published : G Bubb, London 1870, First Edition

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

Asmar, Maria Theresa - Memoirs of a Babylonian Princess, (Maria Theresa Asmar) Daughter of Emir Abdallah Asmar, Written By Herself and Translated Into English - Vol. II

Hardback. The second volume of a two volume set. A very good copy in the original brown blind-stamped cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Bookplate. Not foxed. Largely unopened. Pp.v,318. The author, who was a devout Christian, wrote this account of her travels in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine in the early part of the 19th century.
Published : Henry Colburn, London 1844, First Edition

Aspinwall, Bernard - Portable Utopia: Glasgow and the United States, 1820-1920

Hardback. A very good copy in grey cloth lettered in gilt. In a good dustwrapper which shows a little wear and tear to spine ends and board tips. A clean copy with no ownership inscription, foxing, or other internal marking. Pp.xviii,363. Frontispiece and six illustrations. Includes "a comprehensive biographical list of the Scots and Americans who created the connection."
Published : Aberdeen University Press 1984, 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, Third Edition Greatly Improved and Corre

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, 11th Revised Edition

Baker, Samuel White - The Albert N'yanza Great Basin of the Nile and Explorations of the Nile Sources - 2 Vols. Complete

Hardbacks. A very good two volume set in brown cloth lettered in black. In good dustwrappers with tears which have been internally repaired in Vol. I and with some rubbing to the front panel in Vol. II. The wrappers are now protecte in clear removable sleeves. A little edge foxing but internally clean with no ownership inscription or other marking. Vol. I,pp.xxxix,1-255. Vol. II,pp.256-569. Illustrations. Map end-papers. First published in 1866 this is the author's account of his journey to find the source of the Nile.
Published : Sidgwick & Jackson, London 1962, Reprint

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

Hardback. 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

Battersby H.F. Prevost - India Under Royal Eyes

Hardback. A near very good copy in greeen cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine and in black on the upper board. Pp.xx,453. 165 photographic illustrations. This is the chronicle of a tour of India by the Prince of Wales.
Published : Geirge Allen, London 1906, 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

Beazley C. Raymond (Introduction) - Voyages and Travels Mainly During the 16th and 17th Centuries 2 Volumes

Hardbacks. Both volumes in very good condition in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription. Just a little foxing. Vol. 1 pp.xxviii,332. Vol. II,pp.xxiv,444.
Published : Archibald Constable, London 1903, First Edition Thus

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, Third Impression

Bernatzik Hugo Adolf - Gari-Gari the Call of the African Wilderness

A very good copy in brown cloth with illustrated upper board. A little fore-edge foxing. Pp.xv,139. Frontispiece and 116 photographs. Folding map. This is the record of an expedition in 1927 to photograph the native tribes of the Sudan as a record of "the life of primitive people who will only too probably be a mere memory in a few years' time".
Published : Constable, London 1936, First Edition

Bhushan Jamila Brij - The Costumes and Textiles of India

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. There has been minor paper adhesion between a few of the pages. A substantial work with 1079 illustrations (17 in colour, 360 half-tone and 702 line drawings).
Published : F. Lewis, Leigh-On-Sea 1958, First UK Edition

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, Reprint

Bindoff S.T. - The Scheldt Question to 1839

A very good copy in a good but rather dusty wrapper. Pp.ix,238. A detailed account of the international question about navigation rights on the River Scheldt from medieval times till the settlement of the quetion in 1839.
Published : George Allen & Unwin, London 1945, First Edition

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