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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

Pietri, Le Capitaine - Les Francais Au Niger Voyages et Combats

Hardback. A near very good copy in a dark green quarter leather binding with marbled boards. Four raised bands on spine which is lettered and decorated in gilt. Marbled endpapers. Rubbing to board edges. No ownership inscription. Some edge and end-paper foxing. Pp.xiv,438. 28 illustrations. Folding map at rear which is torn but complete. Text in French.
Published : Librairie Hachette, Paris 1885, 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

Pitman, Captain C.R.S. - A Geame Warden Takes Stock

Hardback. A very good copy in a good plus dustwrapper which shows a little edge wear and tear. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. Gift inscription on front free end-paper. A little edge foxing but a largely clean copy internally. Pp.xvii,287. Frontispiece and 38 illustrations. Studies and tales by a Ugandan game warden of the gorilla, hippopotamus, lion etc. Not an easy book to find in first edition in such a decent dustwrapper as this.
Published : James Nisbet & Co, London 1942, First Edition

Platt, Jerome J.; Jones Maurice E. ; Platt Arlene Kay - The Whitewash Brigade: The Hong Kong Plague of 1894

Hardback. 4to. A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Light top edge foxing. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.vii,231. Map end-papers. Tables. Illustrations including colour. Tells the story of the Bubonic plage which struck Hong Kong in 1894, how it was contained and the part played by the Shropshire Light Infantry which was stationed there at the time. Details recipients of the Hong Kong Plague Medal. The book "also illuminates the way of life of this most dynamic port and Crown Colony over 100 years ago."
Published : Dix Noonan Webb Ltd, London 1998, 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

Ponting Herbert and Hurley Frank - 1910-1916 Antarctic Photographs. Scott, Mawson and Shackleton Expeditions

Hardback. Oblong 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. 120 pages. Contains numerous captioned photographs by Herbert Ponting from Scott's expedition of 1910-1913 and by Frank Hurley from Mawson's expedition of 1911-1913 and Shackleton's expedition of 1914-1916. Foreword by Sir Vivian Fuchs. Introduction by Jennie Boddington.
Published : Macmillan, London 1979, 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, Reprint

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, Sixth Edition

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

Pruszynski Xavier - Russian Year the Notebook of an Amateur Diplomat

Hardback. A very good copy in a good, slightly soiled, dustwrapper. Gift inscription. 189 pages. The story of a year spent in the Soviet Union by a Polish journalist during the Second World War.
Published : Roy Publishers, New York 1944, First Edition

Purcell Victor - The Chinese in Malaya

Hardback. A very good copy in brown cloth lettered in silver. In a good dustwrapper which has small edge tears. No ownership inscription. Some edge foxing. Pp.xvi,327. Two folding maps at end. "This is the first history of the Chinese in Malaya. It carries the story from the time of the earliest contacts many centuries ago right down to the postwar period."
Published : Oxford University Press, London 1948, 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

Reigart, J. Franklin - The United States Album Embellished with the Arms of Each State and Other Appropraite Engravings, Containing the Autographs of the President and Cabinet, twenty-Eighth Congress, Supreme Court, Ministers and Other Officers of Government

Hardback. A good copy in full black leather lettered and attractively decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. Rubbing to edges of boards. Rather heavy foxing. Unpaginated. Four colour plates. Contains the Arms of each State, facsimile signatures of the great and good of the USA in 1844,etc. Photographs available on request.
Published : J. Franklin Reigart, Lancaster City, Pennsylvania 1844, First Edition

Reynolds-Ball, Eustace A. - Mediterranean Winter Resorts. A Complete and Practical Handbook to the Principal Health and Pleasure Resorts on the Shores of the Mediterranean. With Special Articles on the Principal Invalid Stations By Resident English Physicians. 2 Vols. Complete

A very good two volume set in green, flexible covers lettered in gilt on the spine and in black on the upper board. Ownership inscription in first volume. Vol. I,pp.xxvii, I-332 + 65pp adverts. Vol. II,pp.xxvii,333-618 + 65pp adverts. Map in rear pocket of each volume. Diagrams. Vol. I covers South Europe and Vol. II covers North Africa and Mediterranean Islands.
Published : Hazell, Watson & Viney Ltd., London 1904, Fifth Edition, Revised, Enlarged and in

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

Illustrated by .
Hardback. 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 removabl.e 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

Robertson, Ian - Los Curiosos Impertinentes: The Impertinent Curiosos: English Travellers in Spain, 1760-1855

Hardback. Large 4to. This edition limited to 2000 copies. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Comprises text in Spanish of 225 pages followed by an English text of 202 pages. Numerous illustrations including colour. A study of English travellers in Spain and their critical reaction to it. This is the first edition to contain the original English text. [Please note this is a very heavy book which will require extra postage].
Published : Vallehermoso 1992, Third 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, New Edition

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, Reprint

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 psine 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

Rostovtzeff M. - The Social and Economic History of the Hellenistic World Volumes I and II

Hardbacks. Two very good volumes in good to very good dustwrappers. Vol.I, pp.xxiv,602. Vol.II,pp.viii, 603 - 1312. 112 plates. 11 figures. Described as "a very great book" this is a comprehensive history of the social and economic development of the Hellenistic world during the three centuries that followed the death of Alexander the Great. These two volumes contain the full main text and all the plates. There is a third volume, not offered here, containing Notes and Indexes.
Published : Oxford University Press 1964,

Ruete, Emily - Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 210 pages. Illustrated. The author was born in 1840 as Sayyida Salme, Princess of Zanzibar and Oman. She was the daughter of Sultan Said the Great and a Circassian slave. This autobiography provides "countless absorbing insights into everyday life in the harem and palaces, at a time when Zanzibar was at the height of its influence--."
Published : Gallery Publications, Zanzibar 2000,

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

Hardback. 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

Russell William Howard - The Prince of Wales' Tour: A Diary in India; with Some Account of the Visits of His Royal Highness to the Courts of Greece, Egypt, Spain and Portugal

Illustrated by Sydney P. Hall.
Hardback. Small 4to. A good copy in reddish-brown cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. A little wear and tear at spine ends, board tips and join of spine with upper and lower boards. Bookplate. A little foxing to early and late pages. Pp.xxxix,617. Frontispiece. Many engravings, some full-page. Map. A detailed account of the tour of India undertaken by the future King Edward VII when Prince of Wales in 1875/76.
Published : Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London 1877, Second Edition

Ruwayha, Dr. Walid Amin - Terrorism and Hostage-Taking in the Middle- East

Hardback. A very good ccpy in a black leatherette binding lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. A clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. 590 pages. Illustrated.
Published : Privately Printed 1990,

Saavedra, Miguel De Cervantes - Wonder Tales of Old Japan

Illustrated by Shozan Obata.
Hardback. A near very good copy in publisher's beige cloth with pictorial front board. Top edge gilt. 174 pages. 12 colour illustrations. Minor edge tears to frontispiece. Previous owner's name and date of Christmas 1911 on front end-paper. Endpapers browned and fairly light fore-edge foxing.
Published : T.C. & E.C. Jack, London 1911, First Edition

Sahn David E. (Editor) - Economic Reform and the Poor in Africa

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Four institutional ownership stamps on front end-paper and half-title but no other markings. Pp.xv,488. Tables. Figures. How economic reform programmes impact on poverty in Africa.
Published : Oxford University Press 1996, First Edition

Samson Julia - Nefertiti and Cleopatra Queen- Monarchs of Ancient Egypt

Small 4to. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xvi,150. Frontispiece and 12 plates. 37 figures. Map. An account of the lives of the two great Queens of Ancient Egypt.
Published : The Rubicon Press, London 1987, Reprint

Satow, Sir Ernest - A Diplomat in Japan

Hardback. A very good copy in black cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. In a good dustwrapper which is faded on the spine and with a one inch edge tear. Some light edge foxing but a clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. 427 pages. 12 illustrations. First published in 1921 this edition has a new Introduction by Gordon Daniels. The author was a British diplomat in Japan from 1862 to 1882. His "account remains a prime source for the historian of the period and an interesting book in its own right." This is an Oxford in Asia historical reprint.
Published : Oxford University Press 1968, Reprint

Schapera I. - Tribal Innovators Tswana Chiefs and Social Change 1795-1940

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which shows a little edge wear. Neat ownership inscription. Pp.x,278. 8 plates. 2 vignettes. Map. A description and analysis of the many social changes made up to the end of 1940 by successive rulers of the five largest chiefdoms in what is now Botswana.
Published : The Athlone Press, London 1970, First Edition Thus

Schary Edwin G. - In Search of the Mahatmas of Tibet

Nd. c. early 1930's? A rather battered ex-library reading copy. 312pp. 16 illustrations. Double-page map and map front end-papers. Narrates a journey through Tibet in 1918.
Published : Seeley Service &Co, London, First Edition

Schmidt Cesar - La Suisse. Chamounix, Veltlin et Les Lacs Italiens. Voyages Circulaires Dans Les Parties Les Plus Interessantes

A good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. Some fading to spine.Pp.viii,342 + 2pp adverts. 6 folding city plans. 2 folding panoramas. 6 folding maps (including general map of Switzerland at end which has a two inch tear). 4 plates.
Published : Cesar Schmidt, Zurich 1894, Fifth Edition

Schurhammer George - Shin-To the Way of the Gods in Japan According to the Printed and Unprinted Reports of the Japanese Jesuit Missionaries in the 16th and 17th Centuries

Hardback. 4to. A good copy. Black cloth spine. Light tan boards. 210 pages + 2pp adverts. 12 colour plates. 102 black and white illustrations. Text in German and English. A study of Shintoism.
Published : Kurt Schroeder, Bonn and Leipzig 1923, First Edition

Schwarz, Boris - Music and Musical Life in Soviet Russia, 1917-1970

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. Neat ownership inscription on front end-paper. Not foxed. 550 pages. A "history of the music of one of the most creative peoples in Europe and a study of the ever topical subject of the relationship between artists and authority."
Published : Barrie & Jenkins, London 1972, First Edition

Seaver George - "Birdie" Bowers of the Antarctic

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which shows a little edge wear and closed edge tears. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. No ownership inscription. Pp.xxiii,270. Illustrations. Maps. This is the first biography of one of Scott's companions on the epic journey to the South Pole.
Published : John Murray, London 1938, Reprint

Selby, John E. - The Revolution in Virginia, 1775-1783

Hardback. A near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper which has one small closed edge tear. No ownership inscription. Pp.xiii,442. 8 maps. A scholarly account of the political, administrative and military history of Virginia during the American Revolution.
Published : The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation 1989, Second Printing