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Massie J.W. - Recollections of a Tour. A Summer Ramble in Begium, Germany and Switzerland

Hardback. A near very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. (Possibly remaindered binding?) Neat 19th century prize inscription written on front end-paper. A few spots of foxing to early pages but not bad. Pp.xii,548 + 4pp adverts. Narrates a European journey in the middle of the 19th century.
Published : John Snow, London 1846, First Edition

Md. Moin-Ud-Din - The History of the Taj and the Buildings in Its Vicinity

A fair plus copy in light green card covers with black cloth spine. Some soiling to covers. Pp.v,122. 3 illustrations. 2 plans. Some tearing to inner edge of last four pages but they remain attached. Deals with the history and design of the Taj Mahal at Agra.
Published : Moon Press, Aggra 1905, First Edition

Mergler Wayne (Editor) - The Last New Land : Stories of Alaska, Past and Present

Softback. A very good copy. Gift inscription on title page and small ownership label. Pp.xxii,791. Includes the well-known classics of the North, contemporary writing and native Alaskan tales and legends.
Published : Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, Portland, OR, U.S.A. 1998,

Messerschmidt Donald A. - The Gurungs of Nepal: Conflict and Change in a Village Society

Hardback. A very good copy in a complete and untorn dustwrapper which is faded on the spine (although the lettering remains clear). Pp.[xiv],151. 33 photographs. Maps, tables, figures and legends. This is both an ethnographic description of the Gurungs of the Nepal Himalaya and also a discussion of conflict and the effects of change upon a particular Gurung village.
Published : Oxford & IBH Publishing Co., New Delhi 1976, First Edition

Migeod Frederick William Hugh - A View of Sierra Leone

A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Some not very heavy fore-edge foxing. No ownership inscription. Pp.xi,351. 8 plates. 7 line drawings. Part 1 is an account of the author's six months of travelling through Sierra Leone in the Winter of 1924/25. Part 2 is an account of the Mende people and includes chapters on witchcraft, superstitions, secret societies, games, songs etc.
Published : Kegan Paul Trench Trubner & Co, London 1926, First Edition

Miller Joaquin - Life Amongst the Modocs: Unwritten History

Hardback. A fair copy in the original brown boards which are lettered in black. Some fading to spine and with a number of ink? marks on the spine and upper board. Bevelled edges. Due, presumably, to a binding defect the top half of the first pages stick out beyond the upper board. Some spots of fore-edge foxing and some top edge foxing. A good copy internally. No ownership inscription. Small edge tear to half-title. Pp.viii,400. The author spent four years living with Native Americans and paints a very early sympathetic portrait of them.
Published : Richard Bentley & Son, London 1873, First Edition

Mingay G.E. (Editor) - Arthur Young and His Times

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 264pp. 3 maps. Contains a selection from Young's writings on agriculture and foreign travel in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Young was the most famous agricultural writer of his times.
Published : Macmillan, London 1975, First Edition

Mitchell Harvey - The Underground War Against Revolutionary France: The Missions of William Wickham 1794-1800

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. One board tip a little bumped. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 286 pages. A study of the hopes and efforts of the British and French counter-revolutionaries who sought to subvert the French Revolution and restore the French monarchy.
Published : Oxford University Press 1965, First Edition

Miyosi, Manabu - Sakura - Japanese Cherry

A good plus copy in white paper wraps lettered in green on spine and front cover and with colour illustration on front cover. 82 pages. Map. Numerous illustrations including colour frontispiece and double-page colour plate. This is no. 3 in the publisher's tourist library series.
Published : Board of Tourist Industry Japanese Government Railways 1941,

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

. 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,

Mundy Lieut.-Col. Godfrey Charles [Bound With] Reade Charles - Our Antipodes: Or, Residence and Rambles in the Australasian Colonies. With a Glimpse of the Gold Fields [Bound With] The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth

Hardback. 12mo. A good copy in a green half-leather binding. Five raised bands. Title-pieces. Pp.iv,282. Bound with "The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth" by Charles Reade, first edition, published by Bentley in 1857. 269 pages. Both volumes bound without original covers or half-titles.
Published : Richard Bentley, London 1857,

Needham Joseph - Science and Civilisation in China Volume 3 Mathematics and the Sciences of the Heavens and the Earth

Hardback. A very good copy in a good plus dustwrapper. A little superficial damp-spotting to spine. Pp.xlvii,877. Illustrations 50-276. Tables 22-41. This volume of the author's monumental work covers mathematics, astronomy, meteorology, geography, cartography, geology, seismology and minaralogy.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1970,

Needham Joseph and Baldwin Ernest (editors) - Science and Civilisation in China Volume 1 Introductory Orientations and Volume 11 History of Scientific Thought

Hardbacks. Vol. 1 is a 1965 reprint and vol. 11 is a 1969 reprint. Both volumes are generally very good in good (volume 1) or very good (volume 11) dustwrappers. There is superficial damp staining to the spine of vol. 1 which does not affect the book internally. Vol. 1 pp.xxxviii,318. 36 illustrations (including two folding maps at end). 9 tables. Vol.11,pp.xxii,[2],696. 13 illustrations. 12 tables. These are the two introductory volumes of this monumental work.
Published : Cambridge University Press,

Neve, Arthur - Picturesque Kashmir

Illustrated by Geoffrey W. Millais.
Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and lettered and decorated in gilt on the upper board. Top edge gilt. Ownership and gift inscriptions on front end-paper otherwise a clean copy internally. Pp.xvi,163. Numerous illustrations by Geofrey W. Millais and frontispiece by J.G. Millais.. A book about "the wild grandeur of forested mountains, secluded glens and glowing snows" of Kashmir written by a doctor at a mission hospital there. Photographs available on request.
Published : Sands & Co, London 1900, First Edition

Nevinson Henry W. - The Dawn in Russia or Scenes in the Russian Revolution

Hardback. A good plus copy in the original red cloth lettered and decorated in black on the upper board and lettered in gilt on the spine. Spine a little faded. Fairly minor ink mark at foot of upper board. Small bookplate. Some, mainly fore-edge, foxing. Pp.xiv,349. 4 colour illustrations. 23 black and white illustrations. Folding map of Moscow at rear. The author was a special correspondent for The Daily Chronicle in Moscow at the time of the unsuccessful uprising of 1905-1906. Uncommon in first edition.
Published : Harper & Brothers, London and New York 1906, First Edition

Ogilvie Campbell P. - Argentina from a British Point of View and Notes on Argentine Life

Hardback. A very good copy in light blue cloth with a white horizontal band and lettered in dark blue on the spine. Author's typed compliment slip loosely inserted. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. 277 pages. 35 photographic illustrations. 4 diagrams.
Published : Wertheimer, Lea & Co, London 1910, First Edition

Ogilvie, Will H. - My Lie in the Open

Hardback. A near very good copy in the original cloth which is lettered in gilt on the spine. A little wear to board tips and spine ends. Top edge gilt. Neat ownership inscription on front fixed end-paper. Pp.xii,303. Tissue-guarded frontispiece. Covers the author's life in various countries but the main sections are on the Australian bush and the Scottish Borders.
Published : T. Fisher Unwin, London 1908, First Edition

Ommanney F. D. - Eastern Windows

Hardback. A very good copy in a good, complete, dustwrapper which shows some staining to the rear panel. No ownership inscription. A little edge foxing. 245 pages. 22 illustrations. The author was engaged on fishery research in the China Seas and writes of Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Published : Longmans, London 1960, First Edition

Oswell, W. Edward - William Cotton Oswell Hunter and Explorer the Story of His Life with Certain Correspondence and Extracts from the Private Journal of David Livingstone, Hitherto Unpublished

Hardbacks. A very good two volume set which has been rebound in a bright, half-leather red binding lettered in gilt on the spines. (The original spines have been bound in at the back of each volume). No ownership inscription and only a little end-paper foxing to Vol. II. Pp.xxiv,267; xi,[i],289.Numerous illustrations. Maps. Errata slip tipped-in to each volume. Oswell's primary claim to fame is as an African explorer. He explored the Kalahari Desert, located lake Ngami and accompanied David Livingstone on expeditions to the Zambesi river. He also spent a number of years in India, travelled in North and South America and performed medical duties during the Crimean War. Photographs available on request.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1900, First Edition

Page Jesse - Amid Greenland Snows or the Early History of Arctic Missions

Hardback. Nd. but school prize label on front fixed end-paper is dated session 1902-03. A good copy in the original cloth which is decorated on the spine and upper board. Some spots of fading to upper board. 160 pages + 24 page publisher's catalogue. Illustrated throughout. Map. The story of Christian Missions in the Arctic Regions.
Published : S. W. Partridge & Co, London,

Palmer Francis H.E. - Austro-Hungarian Life in Town and Country

Hardback. 12mo. Nd.1903? A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt and decorated on the upper board and spine. Top edge gilt. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.x,251. Frontispiece and 25 illustrations. An interesting study of life about 1900 in the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. One of "a series of books descriptive of the social and domestic life of our neighbours on the continent".
Published : George Newnes, London, First Edition

Parrot, Dr. Friedrich - Journey to Ararat

Hardback. A very good copy in a modern brown half-cloth binding with marbled boards. Lettered in gilt on spine on a black title-piece. New end-papers. A nice clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.xii,375. Folding map. Woodcuts in text. The author was a German naturalist, traveller and pioneer of scientific mountaineering. In this book he recounts his first ascent of Mount Ararat. Included is a section of scientific papers resulting from the expedition.
Published : Longman Brown Green and Longmans, London 1845, First Edition

Parsons Constance E. - A Tour in the Mysore State (Melkote to Gersoppa)

Hardback. A very good, clean, copy in brown boards with cream spine. Remains of wrapper loosely inserted. Bookplate. Pp.x,232. 18 illustrations. Folding map at rear (which is torn up one fold for approx. 5.5 inches).
Published : Humphrey Milford Oxford University Press, London 1931, First Edition

Paton Rev. James (editor) - The Story of John G. Paton Told for Young Folks or Thirty Years Among South Sea Cannibals

A very good copy in an attractive full leather binding with gilt decoration round the edges and on the spine. 5 raised bands on spine. Prize label on front fixed endpaper and emblem and motto of Edinburgh Institution (a school) engraved on upper board. 304pp. Portrait frontispiece. Map. Illustrations. Paton was a Scottish missionary to the New Hebrides.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London 1901,

Patterson R.H. - Essays in History and Art

A near vg copy in original green cloth lettered in gilt. Gift inscription on half-title. 526pp +adverts. Contains several essays on art and sculpture together with two essays on India ("Our Indian Empire", 72pp and "India: its Castes and Creeds, 100pp.), an essay on "The National Life of China", 84pp, and various others.
Published : William Blackwood, Edinburgh 1862, First Edition

Paul K.T. - The British Connection with India

Hardback. A very good copy in a dustwrapper which has some edge chips. 224 pages. A study of 20th century British rule in India and the Indian National Movement. Foreword by the Earl of Ronaldshay.
Published : Student Christian Movement, London 1928,

Pfeiffer Ida - A Woman's Journey Round the World, from Vienna to Brazil, Chili, Tahiti, China, Hindostan, Persia, and Asia Minor

Nd. c.1852. A good plus copy in the original blind-decorated boards, lettered and elaborately decorated in gilt on spine. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.xvi,[2],338. 12 tinted engravings. The author was an Austrian traveller and early female explorer. This is an account of a journey she made between 1846 and 1848.
Published : National Illustrated Library, London,

Philby, H. St. John - Forty Years in the Wilderness

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. In a good dustwrapper which has a number of smallish chips and tears. The wrapper, which is not price-clipped, is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. Ownership inscription on front free end-paper. Not foxed. Pp.xvi,272. 37 illustrations including colour frontispiece. Double-page map. A volume of autobiography by the great Arabian explorer and friend of King Ibn Sa'ud. Photographs available on request.
Published : Robert Hale, London 1957, First Edition

Pinkerton Robert E. - Hudson's Bay Company

Hardback. A good copy in light blue cloth lettered in black. Ex libris plate on front fixed end-paper. Moderate edge and end-paper foxing. 320 pages. 12 illustrations.
Published : Thornton Butterworth, London 1932, First Edition

Pinn Fred - The Road of Destiny Darjeeling Letters 1839

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 304 pages. Frontispiece and 8 plates. 3 maps. Described as "the first fully documented account of the beginnings of Darjeeling".
Published : Oxford University Press, Calcutta 1986, First Edition

Pintner Walter McKenzie - Russian Economic Policy Under Nicholas 1

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xvi,291.
Published : Cornell University Press 1967, First Edition

Playfair Lieut.-Colonel R.L. - Travels in the Footsteps of Bruce in Algeria and Tunis

Hardback. Large 4to. A fair copy in the original green boards lettered and decorated in gilt. Spine torn and worn but holding. All edges gilt. Remains of library label on front fixed end-paper, small label at foot of spine and an embossed library stamp on many pages.. Pp.x,300. 29 plates. Other illustrations. Two maps, including one folding. Travels through Algeria and Tunisia following the route taken by James Bruce.
Published : C. Kegan Paul & Co, London 1877, First Edition

Powell-Price J.C. - A History Of India

Hardback. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which shows some soiling to rear panel and some internal foxing. No ownership inscription. Moderate end-paper and a little edge foxing. Pp.xv,679. 25 maps. Many plates. Traces the history of the whole sub-continent of India from the earliest times until the beginning of the Second World War.
Published : Thoma Nelson & Sons Ltd., London 1958,

Prentice Archibald - A Tour in the United States

A good copy in card covers with red cloth spine and title in black on upper board. Board slightly faded near spine. No inscriptions. Two or three words are missing on page 69 where there is a closed tear. 156 pages. Protected in a removable cover. The author had been editor of "The Manchester Times".
Published : Charles Gilpin, London 1848, First Edition

Prentice Archibald - A Tour in the United States with Two Lectures on Emigration Delivered in the Mechanics' Institution Manchester

Hardback. 24mo. A very good copy in a blue full leather binding lettered in gilt. New end-papers. Bookplate. Ownership inscription.,217. Engraved title page. Folding map (two inch tear but complete).
Published : John Johnson, London 1850,

Prodgers C. H. - Adventures in Bolivia

Hardback. A good copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt. A little wear and tear at spine ends. No ownership inscription. A few spots of edge foxing. Pp.xvi,[6],232 + 8pp adverts. The 12 illustrations (including colour) are all present but 3 are loose or starting to come loose. The author was engaged by a rubber company in 1903 "to go and find out the conditions on which the Indians of Challana would tap rubber for them".
Published : John Lane The Bodley Head, London 1922, First Edition

Rappoport Angelo S. - The Curse of the Romanovs: A Study of the Lives and the Reigns of Two Tsars Paul I and Alexander I of Russia: 1754-1825

Hardback. A very good copy in the original cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Top edge gilt. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xxiv,424. Numerous illustrations.
Published : Chatto & Windus, London 1907, First Edition

Richard Rod - Calling from Kashgar: a Journey Through Tibet

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is untorn and not price-clipped. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Stamped "Review Copy" on title page. 176 pages. 32 photographs. 2 maps. The story of a journey made in 1986 across West Tibet to Kashgar.
Published : Frontier Publishing, Norfolk 1990, First Edition

Richards Audrey I. - Land, Labour and Diet in Northern Rhodesia : An Economic Study of the Bemba Tribe

A very good copy in publisher's black cloth with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. Numerous illustrations throughout with maps at rear. Compliment slip from Secretary of the International Institute tipped-in to front endpaper. Pp.xiv,[2],423.. Protected in a removable cover.
Published : Oxford University Press for the International Institute of African Languages and Cultures, London 1939, First Edition

Ritchie Leitch - Versailles (Heath's Picturesque Annual for 1839)

Hardback. A good plus copy in a quarter leather binding with gilt lettering and raised bands on spine. All edges gilt. A little wear to board tips. Marbled end-papers. No ownership inscription.,[2],256. 20 engravings. Moderate foxing to some plates (mainly round edges). A tipped-in slip states "Mr. Heath has great pleasure in submitting this first Specimen of Mr. Hancock's Patent method of Bookbinding, by which it will be seen that the Plates and Letter-press are exhibited with an effect that has not been hitherto attained".
Published : Longman, Orme, Brown, Green and Longmans, London 1839, First Edition

Robinson Rev. Charles Henry - Hausaland or Fifteen Hundred Miles Through the Central Soudan

Hardback. A very good copy in maroon cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. No ownership inscription. A little, mainly fore-edge, foxing. Hinges sound. Pp.xvi,303 + adverts. 16 full-page illustrations + illustrations in text. Folding map. Includes chapters on slavery and slave-trading, native medicines, flora and fauna etc as well as travel.
Published : Sampson Low Marston & Co, London 1897,

Ronaldshay, Earl of - India a Bird's-Eye View

Hardback. A good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. Remains of bookseller's label on upper board. Some edge and end-paper foxing. Pp.xiii,322 + adverts. 24 illustrations. Folding map. Essentially an introduction to aspects of Indian history and life.
Published : Constable & Co., London 1924, First Edition

Ronaldshay, Earl of - Lands of the Thunderbolt Sikhim, Chumbi and Bhutan

A very good copy in beige cloth. A little rubbing at edges of boards. A clean copy with no ownership inscription and very little foxing. Pp.xvii,267. 22 plates. Folding map. Both a travel journal and a study of Lamaism.
Published : Constable, London 1931,

Roscoe John - The Soul of Central Africa. a General Account of the Mackie Ethnological Expedition

A good copy. Ex-college library but not badly marked. 336pp. Plates. Much on beliefs, customs and ceremonies of Central African tribes.
Published : Cassell, London 1922, First Edition

Rosssabi Morris` - China and Inner Asia from 1368 to the Present Day

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and decorated in gilt on the upper board. No inscriptions. 4 black and white maps. 320 pages. A good dustwrapper which is faded on the rear panel, is price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. "The regions to the north and west of China, which with Tibet, comprise Inner Asia (Mongolia, Manchuria, Sinklang and parts of Soviet Central Asia) have become ever more vital to China's economy and defence and have recently been a bone of contention between China and the Soviet Union."
Published : Thames & Hundson, London 1975, First Edition

Russell Robert - North America Its Agriculture and Climate Containing Observations on the Agriculture and Climate of Canada, the United States and the Island of Cuba

A good plus copy in the original boards which are a little spotted. Re-backed with new end-papers. Pp.[viii],390 +14pp adverts. Folding frontispiece map. 8 plates/meteorological maps. Tables and illustrations in the text. Generally quite clean although with some spotting to half-title and title pages. A little pencil marking in text.
Published : Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh 1857, First Edition