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MacMillan Allister - The Golden City Johannesburg

Hardback. 4to. Nd. c.1932. A very good copy in brown leatherette boards in a good dustwrapper which has a few smallish chips. All edges gilt. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 544 pages + 4pp index. Numerous illustrations. A comprehensive study of Johannesburg.
Published : W.H. & L. Collingridge, London, First Edition
£35.00

Maka Henryk - Szczecin Yesterday Today and Tomorrow

Hardback. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper. Unpaginated. Numerous illustrations including colour. The story of the Polish city of Szczecin or Stettin.
Published : Interpress Publishers, Warsaw 1979, First Edition
£15.00

Malcolm D.W. - Sukumaland an African People and Their Country a Study of Land Use in Tanganyika

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a bit marked and worn. Pp.xviii,224. Illustrations. Maps. Plans and diagrams. An authoritative study of rural problems in Sukumaland.
Published : Oxford University Press 1953, First Edition
£15.00

Malim, Michael - The Pagoda Tree

Hardback. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which has minor edge chips/tears. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. No ownership inscription or other marking. 239 pages. The author was a merchant in India for three years before the Second World War. This is an irreverant look at the last years of the Anglo-Indian scene.
Published : Kenneth Mason, London 1963, First Edition
£22.00

Manniche Lise - Sexual Life in Ancient Egypt

A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 127pp. 75 illustrations.
Published : KPI Ltd., London 1987, First Edition
£40.00

Manning Rev. Samuel - Italian Pictures Drawn with Pen and Pencil

Hardback. 4to. Nd but prize label on front fixed end-paper is dated December 1880. A good copy in red cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on spine and in gilt and black on upper board. A little wear and tear to cloth at spine ends. All edges gilt. 214 pages + 2pp adverts. Black and white illustrations throughout including full page. Foxing largely confined to end-papers and tissue-guard to frontispiece (with some off-setting to title page).
Published : The Religious Tract Society, London, First Edition
£20.00

Mansingh, Surjit - Historical Dictionary of India

Hardback. A very good copy in a half leather (or leatherette) binding. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.xxxxiv,511. 6 maps. Glossary, chronology, bibliography etc. With Appendices on chief executives in British India, heads of state of independent India and Prime Ministers of India.
Published : Vision Books Pvt.Ltd, New Delhi 2000, Reprint
£22.00

Mansvelt Dr. W. M. F. - A Brief History of the Netherlands Trading Society 1824-1924

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a maroon binding which is attractively decorated on the upper board. Head of spine a little worn and marked. 78 pages. 46 illustrations. A history of the Society to mark its centenary. This is an abridgement of a larger work which was published only in Dutch.
Published : Published for the Society, The Hague 1924, First Edition
£50.00

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
£30.00

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
£24.00

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
£5.00

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,
£45.00

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
£38.00

Marye George Thomas - Nearing the End in Imperial Russia

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Very small closed tear in cloth at head of spine. 479 pages. Frontispiece and 14 illustrations. The author was American ambassador to Russia from 1914 to 1916. These are the notes of his experiences as they were written at the time.
Published : Selwyn & Blount (1928) Ltd, London 1929, First UK Edition
£70.00

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
£125.00

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
£28.00

Maxtone-Graham John - Safe Return Doubtful the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's black cloth with title in silver on spine. No inscriptions. Many black and white photographs. Endpapers showing maps of Arctic Ocean and South Pole. 364 pages. Very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and which is protected in a removable cover. The author's "eminently readable account, vibrant with anecdote and polar lore, combines in one book the stories of the exploration of both poles."
Published : Patrick Stephens Limited, Wellingborough Northamptonshire 1989, First Edition
£8.00

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
£30.00

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
£10.00

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
£20.00

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
£9.00

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
£20.00

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
£40.00

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
£65.00

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
£160.00

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
£9.00

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
£65.00

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
£10.00

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
£10.00

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
£12.00

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
£50.00

Murzban M. M. - The Parsis in India - Being an Enlarged and Copiously Annotated Up to Date English Edition of Mlle Delphine Menant's "Les Parsis". Two Volume Set

Hardbacks. A two volume set in red cloth lettered in gilt. In fair condition only. Vol. I,pp.xl, 1-284,vi. Numerous illustrations. Some tearing of cloth at edge of spine. Damp stain at foot of rear board. Vol. II,pp.xxxii, 285-445,lxxxvi,vii. Damp stain at foot of upper board. Damp stain affecting top corner of first 50 pages or so, and smaller damp stain affecting top corner of last 100 pages or so. Numerous illustrations. A detailed history of the Parsi community.
Published : Published By the Editor, M. M. Murzban, Bombay 1917, First Edition Thus
£60.00

Nansen Fridtjof - Eskimo Life

Hardback. A very good copy in dark green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and decorated in gilt on the spine and upper board. Some scuffing to lower board. School prize label on front free end-paper. A little foxing to early pages and tissue-guard but generally a clean copy internally. Pp.xvi,350 + 32pp publisher's catalogue at end. 16 plates including tissue-guarded frontispiece. 15 woodcuts in the text. A seminal work on Eskimo life by an author who spent a winter with them, "dwelt in their huts, took part in their hunting, and tried, as well as I could, to live their life and learn their language." Photographs available on request.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1894, Second Edition
£210.00

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
£60.00

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
£70.00

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
£230.00

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
£30.00

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
£65.00

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
£30.00

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
£20.00

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
£80.00

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
£15.00

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
£30.00

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
£18.00

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
£25.00