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Verster J.F.L. De Balbian - Holland - South-Africa an Historical Account of Shipping and Commercial Relations in Old and Modern Days

Nd.c.1922. 4to. A good copy in red cloth which shows some fading to upper board. Pp.57,[6], + adverts. Many illustrations. Text in English and Dutch. The object of the book is "a resume of the historic relations between the Netherlands and South Africa which have now so definitely been sealed by the establishment of the Holland-South-Africa line".
Published : Bernard Houthakker, Amsterdam, First Edition

Victor Paul-Emile - Man and the Conquest of the Poles

A very good copy in a good complete dustwrapper. A little foxing to page ends. 306pp. Illustrated. The story of Polar exploration.
Published : Hamish Hamijlton, London 1964, First Edition

Vulliamy C.E. (Editor) - The Letters of the Tsar to the Tsaritsa, 1914-1917 Translated By A.L. Hynes from the Official Edition of the Romanov Correspondence and Now Published for the First Time in England

A very good copy in the original red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. Spine slightly faded. Some fairly light fore-edge foxing. No ownership inscription. Pp.xv,324. There are Notes and an Index by the editor and an Introduction by C. T. Hagberg Wright.
Published : John Lane The Bodley Head, London 1929, First Edition

Wakefield Priscilla - The Juvenile Travellers; or, a Tour Through the Principal States and Kingdoms of Europe: With an Account of Their Inhabitants, Natural Productions, and Antiquities

Hardback. A good plus copy in the original green cloth lettered and attractively decorated in gilt on the spine (which is a little faded). "Nineteenth edition, corrected, with extensive additions, to the present time." Ownership inscription dated 1859 on title page. Pp.xii,444. Frontispiece. An account of the countries of Europe written for older children of the early Victorian era.
Published : Simpkin Marshall & Co et al, London 1850,

Wales H.G. Quaritch - Towards Angkor in the Footsteps of the Indian Invaders

Hardback. A very good copy in a fair dustwrapper (now protected) which has some edge chips and tears. Edge foxing. No ownership inscription. 249 pages. 42 illustrations. 5 maps. This is the story of the peaceful invasion by Indians of the Asian sub-continent before the time of the building of the great temples of Angkor.
Published : George G. Harrap, London 1937, First Edition

Walton, D. W. H. - Antarctic Science

4to. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.viii,280. Many illustrations including colour. This is a review of the major international developments in Antarctic sciense.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1987, First Edition

Warburton Eliot (Editor) - Hochelaga; or, England in the New World [Complete in 2 vols]

Hardbacks. A very good two volume set in the original blind-stamped cloth lettered in gilt on the spines. Some fading to spines but lettering clear. Label of "Fasque" (the home of the Gladstone family) on the front fixed end-paper of each volume, otherwise a clean set internally. Vol. I,pp.xv,318 + 26pp publisher's adverts. Tissue-guarded frontispiece. One gathering protrudes a little but is not loose. Vol. II,pp.iv,368. A book about Canada, the USA and their people.
Published : Henry Colburn, London 1847, Third Edition, Revised

Ward George Washington - The Early Development of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Project

A very good copy bound in light brown cloth with "Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow" embossed in gilt on the upper board. A nice clean copy internally with no ownership inscriptions or library markings or foxing. 114pp. This was a Dissertation presented to the Board of University Studies of the John Hopkins University for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Published : Privately Published 1899, First Edition

Ward John - Pyramids and Progress: Sketches from Egypt

A good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Some foxing to end-papers. Pp.xx,288 + 16pp adverts. Numerous photographic illustrations in the text. Introduction by Professor Sayce.
Published : Eyre & Spottiswoode, London 1900, First Edition

Waterhouse Francis A. - Gun Running in the Red Sea

Hardback. Nd. c.1936. A good copy in red cloth lettered in black. Fading to spine but lettering clear. No ownership inscription. Pp.xi,244. 8 illustrations. The story of the author's gun-running activities in what was then Abyssinia. Includes an account of a meeting with Lawrence of Arabia in London.
Published : Sampson Low Marston & Co., London, First Edition

Waugh Evelyn - When the Going Was Good

Hardback. A very good copy in the original cloth. No ownership inscription. A little light edge foxing. 318 pages. Colour frontispiece. Folding map. "The following pages comprise all that I wish to preserve of the four travel books I wrote between the years 1929 and 1935."
Published : Duckworth, London 1946, First Edition

Wear Eric - Ten Days in the Mountains

Illustrated by Xiao Yuncong.
Hardback. 4to. A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. A nice clean copy without ownership inscription or other marking. Unpaginated. This is an album of paintings by Xiao Yuncong ((1596-1673) with words and some additional small paintings by Eric Wear. Text in Chinese and English. An attractive book.
Published : Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong 2002, First Edition

Weems John Edward - Peary the Explorer and the Man

A near very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Foxing to page ends. Small ownership inscription to front end-paper. 362pp. Illustrated. A biography of the first man to reach the North Pole.
Published : Eyre & Spottiswoode, London 1967, First Edition

Weiner, Margery - The Sovereign Remedy : Europe after Waterloo

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Signed by the author on the title page and inscribed by her as follows: "For dearest Monty with all my love, Margery, October 18th 1971". "Monty" was Sir Compton Mackenzie. Pp.xii,272. Illustrated.
Published : Constable, London 1971, First Edition

Weinrich, A.K.H. - Chiefs and Councils in Rhodesia : Transition from Patriarchal to Bureaucratic Power

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Stamped "Publisher's Display Copy" on front end-paper. Pp.xix,252. 8 plates. 10 tables. 7 figures. This is an examination of the changing position of African chiefs in Rhodesia from 1890 until 1969, especially during the 1960s.
Published : Heinemann, London 1971, First Edition

Wells H. G. - The Future in America : A Search After Realities

Hardback. A good copy in the original boards which show patches of fading. Internally the book is a very good clean copy with no ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.ix,359. 12 illustrations. A study of the USA at the start of the 20th century.
Published : Chapman & Hall, London 1906, First Edition

Wenyon Charles - Across Siberia on the Great Post-Road

A very good copy in light brown cloth lettered in gilt and black. A little wear to spine. Ownership inscription. Pp.xii,240 + 4pp adverts. Frontispiece and 26 illustrations including a folding map.
Published : Charles H. Kelly, London 1898, Second Edition

White Stewart Edward - African Camp Fires

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt and with a camp fire decoration on both spine and front board. Top edge gilt. Ownership inscription. 415 pages. 30 illustrations. Map end-papers. Travel and big-game hunting.
Published : Thomas Nelson & Sons, London 1914, First Edition

Whitehouse, J. Howard (Editor) - Nansen a Book of Homage

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in white. In a good dustwrapper which shows some soiling and which is a bit marked on the spine. Some edge and end-paper foxing. 189 pages. Frontispiece and six illustrations. Consists of tributes to the Norwegian explorer's memory and some estimates of his life and work.
Published : Hodder and Stoughton, London 1930, First Edition

Wilbur, C. Martin - The Nationalist Revolution in China 1923-1928

Softbak. A very good copy. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.viii,232. 6 maps. Described as "an overview of a key phase in China's turbulent modern history by one of the most distinguished western interpreters of China".
Published : Cambridge University Press 1984, First Edition Thus

Willard Joseph - An Address in Commemoration of the Two-Hundredth Anniversary of the Incorporation of Lancaster, Massachusetts

Hardback. A near very good copy in a full leather binding which is a little rubbed. Marbled endpapers. Inscribed presentation copy from the author with two page hand-written letter by him loosely laid in.,230. The Address is followed by a lengthy Appendix of speeches and letters concerning the two-hundredth anniversary of Lancaster, Massachusetts.
Published : John Wilson & Son, Boston 1853, First Edition

Williams Helen Maria - Letters Written in France in the Summer 1790, to a Friend in England; Containing Various Anecdotes Relative to the French Revolution; and Memoirs of Mons. And Madame Du F---- [4 Vols. complete]

Hardbacks. A four volume set in a half-leather binding with marbled boards. Lettered in gilt on red title-pieces. Each volume bears the bookplate of Sir William Forbes of Pitsligo. Each volume is the second edition except volume II which is the third edition. Volume II is entitled "Letters From France; Containing Many New Anecdotes Relative to the French Revolution, and the Present State of French Manners." Volumes III and IV are entitled "Letters From France: Containing a Great Variety of Interesting and Original Information Concerning the Most Important Events that have Lately Occurred in that Country, and Particularly Respecting the Campaign of 1792." Vol. I,pp.[ii],223. Inscription of "Sir Wm. Forbes" at head of title page. Internally very good, externally good with some wear and creasing to spine and wear to board tips which lack the leather which is present on the other three volumes. Vol. II,pp.[ii],206. A little rubbing to boards but very good. Vol. III,pp.[iii], 286. Lacks half-title. Boards a little rubbed. Very good. Vol. IV,pp.[ii],271. Small piece of leather missing at head of spine and a little rubbing to boards but generally very good. Williams lived much of her life in France and supported the ideals of the French Revolution. She wrote both poetry and prose and translated French-language works. Photographs available on request.
Published : T. Cadell / G.G. And J. Robinson, London 1791,

Willis N. P. - American Scenery; or, Land, Lake and River Illustrations of Transatlantic Nature

Illustrated by W. H. Bartlett.
Hardback. 4to. Nd. Two volumes in one. A good plus copy in a full brown leather binding blocked and decorated in blind in darker brown and lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine and upper board. Five raised bands on spine. A fair amount of scuffing to the spine and board edges. Bevelled edges. All edges gilt. Marbled end-papers. Gift inscription dated 1871 but it is clear from a letter loosely laid in that the book predates that year. Pp.iv,140; [iv],106. Vol.I has a map. a title-page vignette and 65 engravings. Vol. II has a title page vignette and 51 (of 52) engravings, lacking the engraving at page 92. The great majority of plates are clean, a few have a litle, mainly marginal, foxing and a very few are badly foxed.
Published : Virtue and Yorston, New York,

Willoughby Barrett - Sitka

A very good copy. 248pp. Frontis. and 22 illus. The author's experiences while living in Sitka, Alaska.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London 1930, First Edition

Wilson Monica and Thompson Leonard (Editors) - The Oxford History of South Africa; 1 South Africa to 1870; 11 South Africa 1870-1966

1969 and 1971. A very good two volume set in good dustwrappers. Vol.1, 502pp, maps, tables and plates. Vol. 11, 584pp, maps, tables and figures.
Published : Clarendon Press, Oxford, First Edition

Windus John - A Journey to Mequinez; the Residence of the Present Emperor of Fez and Morocco. On the Occasion of Commodore Stewart's Embassy Thither for the Redemption of the British Captives in the Year 1721

Hardback. A decent looking copy in a modern quarter leather binding but unfortunately lacking the plates. New end-papers. Ownership inscription on title page crossed out. No other markings and not foxed. Pp.[xxxii],251,[1],[x]. Comprises Dedication, Preface, List of Subscribers, Text, Index. Windus was the historian of a mission sent to Morocco to conclude a truce with the Emperor and to arrange for the release of British prisoners. Windus spent four months in Morocco and used the time to collect materials for the account of the Moors which appears in this book which is the first full-length work on Morocco in English.
Published : Jacob Tonson, London 1725, First Edition

Workman William Hunter and Workman Fanny Bullock - Through Town and Jungle; Fourteen Thousand Miles A-Wheel Among the Temples and People of the Indian Plain

Hardback. The red boards are lettered and decorated in gilt. Fading to the spine and boards including some superficial damp fading which does not affect the book internally. Top edge gilt. Internally the book is very good. Gift inscription on front end-paper. Pp.xxiv,380. 202 illustrations. Folding map. The story of a cycle tour through India.
Published : T. Fisher Unwin, London 1904, First Edition

Wurtzburg C.E. - Raffles of the Eastern Isles

Hardback. A very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. In a near good price-clipped dustwrapper which is missing a piece (approx. 1.5 inches x 1inch) at the top of the spine. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. No ownership inscription and not foxed. 788 pages. Frontispiece and 20 illustrations. 3 maps + end-paper maps. Described as "the definitive biography of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, and one of the greatest English colonial administrators of all time."
Published : Hodder and Stoughton, London 1954, First Edition

Wyld Padre [Francis St. Quintin Wyld] - 1865 1915 1965 in Assam Diaries Assembled By Padre Wyld

Softback. Nd. c.1965. A good copy in paper covers. No ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.vii,40. Colour frontispiece. Numerous black and white illustrations. Folding map which is a little frayed at edges. Episodes from life in Assam. Includes diary extracts from Novemebr 1962 when Assam was invaded by Chinese forces. The author was Archdeacon of Assam.
Published : Printed at the Don Bosco Press, Shillong,

Wyse, Akintola J.G. - H. C. Bankole-Bright and Politics in Colonial Sierra Leone, 1919-1958

A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xii,278. A political biography of an important leader of the Krio people in Sierra Leone.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1990, First Edition

Yakhontoff Victor A. - Russia and the Soviet Union in the Far East

A very good copy in maroon cloth lettered in gilt (which is rather dull) on the spine. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xxii,454. Two folding maps at rear. A very interesting title on Russia (and the Soviet Union's) relationship with China and Japan, the main focus being on the early 20th century.
Published : George Allen & Unwin, London 1932, First Edition

Yates Mrs. Ashton - Letters Written During a Journey to Switzerland in the Autumn of 1841

Hardback. Two volumes in one. In green blind-stamped boards which are darkened on the spine and with chipping to the spine ends. A very good clean copy internally. Pp.x,268. Pp.[i],227. The letters of a mother to her younger children narrating the events of a visit to Switzerland in the Autumn of 1841, including some Swiss history connected with the places visited.
Published : Duncan and Malcolm, London 1843, First Edition

Young Egerton Ryerson - Stories from Indian Wigwams and Northern Camp-Fires

Hardback. A very good copy in pictorial blue cloth lettered in gilt. Bevelled edges. Browned end-papers. Decorative (and ordinary) title pages. 293 pages. Many illustrations. Native American tales and customs.
Published : Charles H. Kelly, London 1903, Tenth Thousand

Young Kenneth - The Greek Passion a Study in People and Politics

Hardback. A very good copy in a good plus dustwrapper which shows a little wear and tear at the spine ends. This is an inscribed presentation copy to Sir Compton Mackenzie from "E. Poulopoluos." Pp.x,542. A detailed study described as "a key book for lovers of Greece" and "the authentic story of Greece".
Published : J. M. Dent & Sons, London 1969, First Edition

Zeine N. Zeine - The Struggle for Arab Independence : Western Diplomacyand the Rise and Fall of Faisal's Kingdom in Syria

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which shows some edge wear and tear. the wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. No ownership inscription. Just a little fore-edge foxing. Pp.xiii,297 + 6 plates at end. This is a study of the policies of Britain and France in the Near East during and after the First World War, and tells the story of the British and French occupation of Syria and Lebanon, and the Emir Faisal's government in Syria from 1918 to 1920."
Published : Khayat's, Beirut 1960, First Edition