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Sieur Amelot de la Houssaie, Secretary to the French Ambassador at Venice:
The History of the Government of Venice. Wherein the Policies, Councils, Magistrates, and Laws of that State are fully related; and the use of the Balloting Box exactly described. [Histoire du Gouvernement de Venise]

London: Printed by H.C. for John Starkey, 1677. First English edition. [xvi], 325pp. With facsimile replacing missing original title page. Pages faintly tanned, but otherwise clean and unmarked, with wear to tips at some page corners. Small hole to margin of final page. 8vo, in recent half binding of Victorian brown cloth with marbled boards, spine title gilt on black label. Spare (red) label laid in. Very Good.

Price: 180.00


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The Author of the Wars of England [ Mante, Thomas:]; and [Vol IV]: Henry-Francois le Blois:
A New and Authentic History of France, from the earliest records of time, to the end of the grand revolutional contest. [Vol IV title ends instead: 'to the Peace of Presburg, in 1806'.] 4 volumes.

London: Printed for the author, and sold by Champante and Whitrow, Jewry St.... and at the British Directory Office: n.d. [1805-06] Presumed first edition. Vol I: iv, 454; Vol II: [vi], (iii-)480; Vol III: (vi), (3-)500; Vol IV: (viii), 624. With the folding map and 64 of the 66 plates called for. All the 14 folding plates are present, although several of these have some staining, soiling, false folds, or repairs, and the map and Vol I title have some staining. The other plates are mostly clean and good, as is the text. Some page edges in Vol I have old worm holes. The plates absent from Vol III are the portraits of Hyder Ali and the Prince of Saxe Cobourg. Firm, 216x136mm, in contemporary half calf, spines with red labels and ruled gilt braid, refurbished, with worn marbled boards with vellum corners. Very Good.
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Price: 450.00


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Blomfield, Rev. E.:
A General View of the World, Geographical, Historical and Philosophical; on a plan entirely new. Complete in two volumes.

Bungay: C. Brightly and T. Kinnersley, 1807. First edition. Vol I: v, (i), 254, 827; Vol II: [ii], 695, (i), [28] (index). All plates and maps (some folding) present except the map of 'Turkey in Europe and Hungary', referred to in a Note at the end of the list of plates. 1813 gilt bookplate to pastedown of vol ii, and mark to pastedown of vol i where the other has been removed. Contents generally clean, with tide stains in places and occasional groups of pages with some browning/foxing. Quarto, in contemporary full calf, spine with five raised bands and the original labels. Firm, corners bumped, an attractively weathered set. Very Good.
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Price: 560.00


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W. H. Medhurst: with engravings on wood by G. Baxter:
China: Its State and Prospects, with especial reference to the Spread of the Gospel : containing allusions to the antiquity, extent, population, civilization, literature and religion of the Chinese.

London: John Snow, 1838. First edition (third thousand). xvi, 592pp. With a number of plates, including Baxter's frontis printed in oil colours, a foldout map of the Maritime Provinces of China, and in the appendix, a chronological table of Chinese history. Contents clean, though with edge stains to the title page and the slightly soiled frontis, and a small stain to the bottom margin continuing through the earlier part of the book. There is a small splash mark to the inner margins of pp238-239, and two corners have dog-ear creases. Map folds clean. De luxe binding: text block all edges gilt, bright, and with gorgeous red silk endpapers, the pastedowns framed by broad gilt-decorated turn-ins. Firm, in the original bottle-green morocco, decorated front and back with gilt curlicues, the spine with raised bands and decorated compartments, recently professionally refurbished with Japanese tissue. A beautiful copy. An early reader's pencilled appreciation on the last page has been left. [Contains more than one reference to the Chinese people's objections to westerners' hypocrisy in lecturing them on behaviour while conducting the opium trade.]
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Price: 520.00


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Professor John Hugh Wyttenbach (from the German of), edited under the direction of Dawson Turner:
The Stranger's Guide to the Roman Antiquities of the City of Treves. [present-day Trier]. PLUS: ALs: letters from Wyttenbach tipped in. To which are added, plates from unpublished drawings, and other illustrations.

London: John W. Parker, 1839. First English edition. viii, 143, (i), +16 adverts. With 10 plates, and a number of vignettes in the text. Tipped in at the front are two items of correspondence (in German) from Wyttenbach to the antiquarian James Yates: An 1837 note, thanking him for his learned works; and an 1839 letter, barely legible, with Yates' interlinear transcription (which I struggle to interpret). Both are accompanied by part of the envelopes addressed to Yates in which they came, the second still bearing its seal. At page 60, are also tipped in two illustrations which echo the type of arch illustrated in the facing plate and vignette: one, a loose sketch in brown ink, and the other a finely-done ink drawing(?) - apparently taken from the view in the vignette. Besides these, there is a note in Yates' hand at the foot of p.58, and a reference to another work on Trier on the first blank leaf. Contents very clean. 22.5x14cms, with the original yellow endpapers, in the original binding of green cloth, ruled and decorated in blind, spine titled in gilt. Gilt a little dulled, spine caps refurbished. A clean, firm and very nice association copy. Very Good+.

Price: 425.00


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Milner, Rev. Thos [ Thomas]:
The Crimea, its Ancient and Modern History: the Khans, the Sultans, and the Czars. with Notices of its Scenery and Population.

London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855. First edition. xvi, 368pp, +24pp adverts. With foldout map and bird's eye view. Armorial bookplate on front advert pastedown. Minimal foxing and a little minor browning, contents otherwise slightly cockled but very clean. Firm, in the original filigree patterned green cloth ruled and decorated in blind with spine titled in gilt. Spine slightly sunned and knocked at the head with a 5mm split to lower joint. Very Good.

Price: 90.00


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Mr S. Soteropoulos, chiefly translated from the Greek, by the Rev J. O. Bagdon:
The Brigands of the Morea: A Narrative of the Captivity of Mr S. Soteropoulos. [In Two Volumes]

London: Saunders, Otley, and Co., 1868. First edition. xiv, [2], 294, 32; [iv], 326. This is the true first issue, in two volumes, each with a splendid costume plate 'by a Greek artist' as frontis, showing a Greek Pallekaria in Moreote costume. Later issues appear to be textually identical, with no indication that they are re-issues, but have only a single, rather romantic, tinted lithograph frontis of a brigand scanning scenery; they are often bound as a single volume, and may not include a publisher's list. In the 1868 publishers' list which is at back of Vol I in the present copy, the current title is listed, in 2 vols, under 'New Books and New Editions'. Unlike a number of the other titles listed, it has no accompanying reviews, which suggests that it was being announced as a new publication. All of this is significant, as several authorities, having encountered only copies with a single tinted litho frontis, have taken and broadcast the view that a rumoured edition with two colour frontispieces is mythical. Well, apparently it isn't! [A copy was also listed in Francis Edwards' catalogue in 1965]. Condition: Minor soiling to prelims, contents very clean. 1967 ownership name to Vol I free endpaper. In the original bindings of blue pebble cloth, boards decorated in blind, spines titled and decorated in gilt. Firm, spines a little dulled, slight wear to ends. A good copy of the scarce first issue. Very Good.

Price: 1,850.00


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The Right Rev. E.G. Ingham, Bishop of Sierra Leone:
Sierra Leone After a Hundred Years.

London: Seeley & Co., 1894. First edition. xi (i), 368, [4]. With nearly 30 illustrations, either as plates or in the text, but lacking the frontis. Foxing to title page, contents otherwise clean with occasional minor marks. Upper corner of p75/76 torn off. With the original yellow endpapers, split at the gutter, the front pastedown bearing the handwritten ownership name of a Diocesan Library followed by a florid personal ownership name. None of the usual library indications. In the original binding of navy cloth decorated and titled in gilt. Fairly bright, boards well-anchored, corners blunted, spine ends frayed. Good reading copy.

Price: 45.00


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[Reginald Lane Poole: with contributions from J.B. Bury, Hugh E. Egerton, and other historians:]
Europe and Her Colonies: being twenty-seven maps selected from Reginald Lane Poole's Historical Atlas of Modern Europe.

Oxford: at the Clarendon Press; Henry Frowde; 1903. First edition thus. The maps interleaved with extensive text. Unpaginated. Contents fresh and clean, with foxing to the endpapers, and a little to the title page. Top edge gilt. Folio, 39x30.5cms, in the original crimson binding of half calf with matching cloth boards, spine titled gilt. A very attractive, firm, bright copy with slight scuffs to joints and foot of spine, and a small nick to the head. VG+.
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Price: 85.00


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Colonel Algernon Durand:
The Making of a Frontier. Five years' experience and adventures in Gilgit, Hunza Nagar, Chitral, and the Eastern Hindu-Kush.

London: Nelson, n.d. [c.1910] 383: illustrated with a map, photographs and a frontis portrait. Contents clean and fresh throughout, with faint tanning to endpapers. Top edge gilt. In the original binding of light blue cloth, upper board much decorated in darker blue: boards firm and bright, corners sharp, spine titled in gilt and slightly darkened, ends crimped. A very nice copy. Near Fine.

Price: 30.00


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Winston Churchill, M.P.: edited by Col. F. Rhodes, D.S.O.:
The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan.

London: Nelson, [c.1915] Edition not known. 457, +xxiii adverts: with frontis portrait of Churchill and a double-page map, plus fifteen maps in the text. Contents clean and fresh throughout, with some very faint tanning to the endpapers. In the original binding of light blue cloth: boards firm and bright, corners good: spine darkened and slightly marked, gilt titling clear: ends puckered, with a small snag at the foot. Good copy. VG.

Price: 45.00


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Maximilian A Mugge:
Serbian Folk Songs Fairy Tales and Proverbs. [Inscribed Copy]

London: Drane's, n.d. [1916]. First edition. 167pp, including a bibliography and a few pages of music. Front free endpaper bears a neat 1918 gift inscription by the author, followed by this note: 'Written under the auspices of the Serbian Government. The author's royalties go to the Berkshire home for Serbian Boys.' Contents otherwise clean and unmarked. In the original binding of grey buckram over bevelled boards, upper titled in blind, spine titled in gilt. Boards good and firm, spine slightly darkened, gilt bright, ends puckered, with slight fraying at the head. Good copy. VG.

Price: 35.00


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Lethbridge, T.C., compiled and illustrated by; and (second title): Gray, J.M.:
Recent Excavations in Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries in Cambridgeshire & Suffolk. A Report. [BOUND WITH]: The School of Pythagoras (Merton Hall) Cambridge. Quarto Series: New Series, Nos. III & IV.

Cambridge: Bowes & Bowes, for the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. 1931 & 1932. First editions. (viii), 90pp; and (viii), 69pp. Illustrated, including photographs and folding plans. Some foxing to endpapers and neat ownership name. Some pencilled marginalia to second title, otherwise all very fresh and clean. In contemporary green buckram, spine titled in gilt and slightly faded, with a small dark mark, boards firm and clean. Very Good+.
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Price: 58.00


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Lethbridge, T.C., compiled and illustrated by:
A Cemetery at Shudy Camps Cambridgeshire: Report of the Excavation of a Cemetery of the Christian Anglo-Saxon Period in 1933. [BOUND WITH]: A Cemetery at Lackford, Suffolk: Report of the Excavation of a Cemetery of the Pagan Anglo-Saxon period in 1947 Quarto Series: New Series, Nos. V & VI.

Cambridge: Bowes & Bowes, for the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. 1936 & 1951. First editions. (viii), 41pp; and (viii), 57pp. Illustrated with drawings and folding plans. Some foxing to endpapers and neat ownership name. Trivial foxing to one or two pages, otherwise all very fresh and clean. In contemporary green buckram, spine titled in gilt and slightly faded, boards firm and clean. Very Good+.

Price: 48.00


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The Automobile Club of Ceylon:
The Automobile Club of Ceylon Handbook.

Colombo: The Automobile Club of Ceylon, and printed by The Colombo Apothecaries Co Ltd, n.d. [1931]. Presumed first and only edition thus. 564pp, with photographs, some text illustrations, 74pp of maps in colour, a 50 page gazeteer, 100pp of itineraries, many advertisements, and much other information, some in tables, about sporting districts, roads, motoring in other countries, membership, and 100pp of laws and rules pertaining to driving. Contents clean and unmarked: tiny corner crease to a few of the first pages. Advert bookmark on string. c.6 x 4 ins, in the original binding of blue plasticated cloth titled in black, with rounded corners. Neat ownership name in black to upper board. Firm and bright, with scuffs to surface of lower board, and a few small marks, scuffs and indentations elsewhere. Very nice copy, very uncommon. VG+.

Price: 85.00


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Jenness, Diamond.:
The Indians of Canada.

Ottawa: Department of Mines, National Museum of Canada, Bulletin 65, 1932. First edition. 446pp, with map in rear pocket, several colour plates, and many illustrations in the text. Upper edge of the flyleaf partly torn away. Contents clean and fresh and unmarked. Firm, in the original binding of grained red cloth titled in gilt on front and spine. Spine very dulled, ends puckered and scuffed. Corners and spine ends are scuffed, some light scuffs to edges. Very Good.
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Price: 150.00


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Sir Aurel Stein:
On Ancient Central-Asian Tracks. Brief Narrative of Three Expeditions in Innermost Asia and North-Western China. With numerous illustrations, colour plates, panoramas and map from original surveys.

London: Macmillan, 1933. First edition. xxiv, 342pp. Minor foxing at pp 44-45, and slight browning to edge of map. Contents otherwise fresh and clean. Foxing to uncut edges of text block, but not intruding onto pages at all. Top edge gilt. Firm in the original smooth red-brown cloth with gilt medallion and spine title, bright and firm, corners good, slight puckering to spine ends. Exceptional copy. Near Fine.
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Price: 800.00


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Liddell Hart:
T. E. Lawrence: In Arabia and After.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1934. First edition. 454pp, with a number of plates and maps (some fold-out), and a portrait frontispiece by Augustus John. Contents extraordinarily fresh, as new. Faint toning to endpapers. Text block top edge red, bottom edge uncut. In the original binding of russet cloth titled in gilt, all bright and sharp [pale corner in photo is lighting error]. In the protected light brown dust jacket printed in green and black: this is clean and fresh, but for fading to the green on the spine: there is a 2cm closed tear to the head of the upper joint, and there are small knocks to one corner and on the bottom edge. A brilliant copy. Fine in near fine dust-jacket.
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Price: 300.00


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H.A.L. Fisher:
A History of Europe. 3 vols complete: I: Ancient and Mediaeval; II: Renaissance, Reformation, Reason; III: The Liberal Experiment.

London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1935. First editions (vols II & III), Second Impression (vol I). 1237pp (continuous pagination) + prelims and extensive Indices. Unread set, contents extremely fresh and bright, but with small ownership name stamps to both title page and front free endpaper of each volume, and the endpapers of Vol II have a little faint foxing. In the original bindings of navy cloth titled in gilt: these also are near-immaculate, there being only some compression to the foot of the spine of Vol III. All are in protected unclipped cream dust jackets: slightly knocked to the edges and quite foxed, but with very little spotting to the spines. A lovely fresh set. Near Fine in very good dust-jacket.
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Price: 50.00


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M.K. Gandhi:
Non-violence in Peace and War.

Ahmedabad: Navajivan Publishing House, 1942. First edition of 2,000 copies. 608pp. Contents clean and in very good order, with negligible foxing to a few pages. Corrigenda slip laid in. Neat 1943 ownership name to front free endpaper. Faint mottling to endpapers. In the original binding of grey boards with cloth spine, titled in navy. Spine clean and firm, small marks and scuffs to boards, small knock to lower corners, silverfish surface nibbling to a few mm at leading edge of upper board. Includes Gandhi's radical advice to Britain, to let Hitler and Mussolini occupy the land and take whatever they want, thereby obtaining a moral victory, rather than turning ourselves into an equally effective fighting machine to beat them with arms, which he would regard as their victory. A very nice copy. VG+.

Price: 1,800.00


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