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Markham C. R. - Examination of the Southern Half of Lake Tanganyika By Lieut. V. L. Cameron R. N. Compiled Chiefly from Lieut. Cameron's Diary (Extract from the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society)

A very good copy in card covers with title label on front cover. 44 pages. Folding map. This paper was read before the Royal Geographical Society on March 8th, 1875. The larger part of the extract comprises Cameron's diary from March 3rd 1874 to May 16th 1874.
Published : , London 1875, First Edition

Marks T. Septimus - The Great Pyramid: Its History and Teachings

Hardback. A good plus copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. Small ownership inscription. 84 pages. Folding diagram. A few small ink sideline or underline markings. Covers the history, scientific teachings and sacred and prophetic teacings of the Great Pyramid. This was a lecture delivered to an Association of Christian Young Men at Hackney on 12th December 1877.
Published : S.W. Partridge & Co, London 1879, First Edition

Marquis De Custine - Journey for Our Time the Journals of the Marquis De Custine

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 240pp. Observations on the social, political and religious state of Russia made during a journey in 1839.
Published : George Prior Publishers, London 1980, New Edition

Marryat Augusta - The Young Lamberts - A Boy's Adventures in Australia

Hardback. N.d. School Prize Label dated 1912. A good plus copy in publisher's green cloth lettered in gilt on front board and spine and with decorated front board and spine. Spine a little worn and with a little wear at ends. 6 full page black and white illustrations including frontispiece. 339 pages + 4 pages of adverts. Publisher's Notice states "The first edition of this work was issued under the title of "Left to Themselves" but it is now altered to "The Young Lamberts" as the former title was claimed as copyright". Protected in a removable cover.
Published : Frederick Warne & Co., London,

Martin Percy F. - Mexico of the Twentieth Century

A very good, bright, two volume set in blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine and in black on upper boards. Gilt decoration on upper boards. Stamp of "Hamilton Hall" on front paste-down and top edge. Light fore-edge foxing. Vol.1,pp.xxiv,323. Folding plan at rear. Vol.2,pp.xiv,329. Folding map at rear. Many illustrations in both volumes. Errata slip in both volumes. A study of Mexico a hundred years ago.
Published : Edward Arnold, London 1907, First Edition

Massie J.W. - Continental India Travelling Sketches and Historical Recollections Illustrating the Antiquity, Religion and Manners of the Hindoos, the Extent of British Conquests, and the Progress of Missionary operations

A very good copy in green cloth lettered and elaborately decorated in gilt on the spine. Two volumes bound in one. All edges gilt. The spine appears to have been rebacked with the original spine laid down. New endpapers. Pp.xx,477; viii,478. Folding map, frontispiece and vignette illustrations. An important and interesting description of Indian life at the start of Queen Victoria's reign.
Published : Thomas Ward, London 1840, First Edition

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

McKendrick, Melveena - Theatre in Spain, 1490 - 1700

Hardback. A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Pp.xii,330. 12 plates. "This is the first book to examine the rise of Spain's extraordinary national theatre in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in all its aspects--."
Published : Cambridge University Press 1989, First Edition

McLaren Moray - Corsica Boswell: Paoli, Johnson and Freedom

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear removable sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 237 pages. Frontispiece and five illustrations. The story of James Boswell's visit to Corsica and of General Paoli, the Corsican freedom fighter whom Boswell went to visit there.
Published : Secker & Warburg, London 1966, First Edition

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

A fair to good 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, Second Printing

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

Mikkelsen Ejnar - Lost in the Arctic Being the Story of the "Alabama" Expedition 1909-1912

Hardback. A good copy in the original green cloth lettered in white on spine. (The white/silver lettering and colouring to the illustration on the upper board has been lost). No ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xviii,400. Folding map. Numerous illustrations. A sound and decent copy.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1913, 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, Revised Third Edition

Moon Brenda - More Usefully Employed: Amelia B. Edwards, Writer, Traveller and Campaigner for Ancient Egypt

Hardback. A very good copy. Lower board tips a little bumped. Inscribed presentation copy from "Brenda," possibly the author. Pp.xv,319. 6 plates. 38 black and white illustrations. A biography of Amelia Edwards, the 19th century travel writer. This is Occasional Publication 15 of The Egypt Exploration Society.
Published : Egypt Exploration Society, London 2006, First Edition

Mosse W.E. - Alexander 11 and the Modernization of Russia

Hardback. 12mo. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is a little soiled at the edges. 191 pages. Tells the story of the reforming tsar who modernised Russia after her defeat in the Crimean War. A volume in the "Teach Yourself History" series.
Published : The English Universities Press, London 1958, First Edition

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, Fourth Edition

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, Reprint

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, Reprint

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

Newnham-Davis, Lieut.-Col. N. - The Transvaal Under the Queen

Illustrated by Louis Edwards.
Hardback. A good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the darkened spine and in black on the pictorial upper board. A little wear to spine ends. Lacks blank front free end-paper. 99 pages. Tissue-guarded frontispiece and 15 illustrations (of which two are vignettes). Deals with the period when Transvaal was annexed to the British Crown in 1877.
Published : Sands and Company, London 1900, First Edition

Nisbet, Mary, Countess of Elgin (Arranged By Lieut.-Colonel Nisbet Hamilton Grant ) - The Letters of Mary Nisbet of Dirleton Countess of Elgin

Hardback. A good copy in blue cloth. Spine lettering faded and a little wear at top and edge of the spine. A clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.xv,358 + 10pp publisher's adverts. 8 illustrations. The author of the letters was married to the Earl of Elgin who was responsible for the removal of the Elgin Marbles from Greece. The letters were written by the author mainly to her mother while she was on a mission with her husband to Turkey, Greece and elsewhere. Quite a scarce title.
Published : John Murray, London 1926, First Edition

Noelle, Christine - State and Tribe in Nineteenth-Century Afghanistan: The Reign of Amir Dost Muhammad Khan (1826-1863)

Hardback. A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.xxiv,439. Frontispiece. 7 maps. 13 genealogical tables. "A thorough investigation of the sociopolitical circumstances" in 19th century Afghanistan.
Published : Curzon Press, Richmond 1997, First Edition

Nugent, Frank - Seek The Frozen Lands: Irish Polar Explorers 1740-1922

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. Signed by the author on the half-title. Pp.x,292. Numerous black and white illustrations. Maps. "Epic stories of courage, endurance and tragedy - a stirring account of Ireland's remarkable role in Polar exploration. This book fills a huge gap in Irish history."
Published : The Collins Press, Wilton, Cork 2003, 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

Oliphant Laurence - The Russian Shores of the Black Sea in the Autumn of 1852 with a Voyage Down the Volga and a Tour Through the Country of the Don Cossacks

Hardback. A good plus copy in light brown blind-decorated cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Gift inscription on front fixed end-paper. A largely clean copy with little foxing. Lower front hinge tender. Pp.xii,[2],366 + 8pp publisher's catalogue. Tinted lithograph frontispiece and 33 illustrations. 2 maps. The author's journey was made just a year or so before the Crimean War.
Published : William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London 1853, 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

Osborne, W.G. - The Court and Camp of Runjeet Sing

Hardback. A very good copy in the original cloth lettered in gilt on spine. In a yellow dustwrapper lettered and decorated in black which shows some fading especially to the spine (although the lettering is clear). The wrapper is complete with only minor edge tearing but with a trace internally of water staining and a little wrinkling. A nice clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. 236 pages including a new lengthy Introduction on the origin and rise of the Sikh Kingdom by Khushwant Singh. First published in 1840 the author was Military Secretary to the Governor-General of India. He "spent much time with Ranjit Singh, the remarkable. one-eyed, "Lion of the Punjab", and his description of the king and his people is one of the most lively to have survived."
Published : Oxford University Press, Karachi 1973, Reprint

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, Second Edition. Tenth Thousand

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 resutling 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 (whixh 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, Tenth Edition

Patterson George N. - Tibet in Revolt

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is slightly chipped at the head of the spine. 197 pages. 19 illustrations. The story of the armed Tibetan revolt against Chinese rule in the late 1950s.
Published : Faber & Faber, London 1960, First Edition

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, Second Edition

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

Hardback. 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, Second Edition

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