Voyages & Exploration
London : Herbert Jenkins Limited, 1926. Second edition. Octavo, original blind blocked green cloth (rubbed and worn), in the scarce dust jacket (loss at corners, vertical creases to front panel and spine), front pastedown with original owner’s inscription and laters owner’s ex libris, edges uncut, pp. 331, illustrated with numerous black-and-white photographic plates (several with tape …
London : Herbert Jenkins Limited, 1927. First edition, first printing. Original blind blocked green cloth boards lettered in black (rubbed), front paste-down with later ex libris, frontispiece with photographic portraits of Terry expedition members; pp. 356, numerous black-and-white photographic plates, 1 folding map; edges with mild foxing; otherwise a near fine copy of the scarce …
PÉRON, François, 1775-1810; FREYCINET, Louis Claude Desaulses de, 1779-1842; LESUEUR, Charles Alexandre, 1778-1846; PETIT, Nicolas-Martin, 1777-1804
Voyage de découvertes aux terres Australes. Exécuté par ordre de sa Majesté l’Empereur et Roi, sur les corvettes le Géographe, le Naturaliste, et la goélette le Casuarina, pendant les années 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804.
Rare set of the regular account of the Baudin expedition to the Terres Australes, the text volumes in publisher’s wrappers, with the plates presented in both coloured and uncoloured states. One of the most important and famous descriptions of Australia ever published, it also contains the first published complete and fully detailed map of Australia, Freycinet’s Carte …
Ricci, Matteo, 1552-1610; Trigault, Nicolas (translator), 1577-1628
De Christiana expeditione apud Sinas suscepta ab Societate Jesu. Ex P. Matthaei Ricii eiusdem societatis comentariis, libri V … in quibus Sinensis regni mores leges atque instituta et novæ illius Ecclesiæ difficillima primordia accurate & summa fide describuntur. Auctore P. Nicolao Trigautio Belga ex eadem societate.
Augustae Vind. [Augsburg] : Apud Christoph. Mangium, 1615. First edition. Small quarto, contemporary limp vellum; manuscript title along lower edge; engraved title page by Jacques de Fornazeris, incorporating a map of China flanked by the figures of St Francis Xavier and Matteo Ricci; folding plan of the villa in Peking, converted into a chapel, showing …
TOURNON, Charles-Thomas (Carlo Tommaso) Maillard de (1668-1710); THOMAS, Antoine (1644-1709)
[MANUSCRIPTS] Copy of a report by Cardinal Maillard de Tournon sent from Macau to the Propaganda Fide, 1705; [together with] Supplicatio facta Imperatori, being a copy of a document relating to Tournon’s imprisonment at Macau, by Antoine Thomas and others 
Small quarto, recent marbled papered boards with gilt lettered and decorated morocco label to upper board; front pastedown with ex libris of H.P. Kraus; manuscript in ink on wove paper with anchor watermark; pp [2 blank], [5 Report of Tournon], [4 Supplicatio facta Imperatori], [1 blank]; both documents are written in the same neat secretarial …
Nicetto, Juan Bautista; Fortet, Pierre Paulle (translator)
[MANUSCRIPT] Briefue Relacion de ce qu’il y a de plus remarquable dans la grande Chine, envoyée par le R.R.P.P. Jean Baptiste Nicetto Missionaire Apostolique dans ce grand Empire, & traduitte fort fidelement de l’Espagnol en langue française.
[Mexico, 1708]. Small quarto, old marbled papered boards; ex libris of Florencio Gavito to front pastedown; manuscript in ink in a neat contemporary hand, pp 13; colophon at the foot of the last page: ‘In Mexico, this 20th November 1708. Most faithfully translated by Pierre Paulle Fortet, currently in this city, capital of the Kingdom of New …
Castro, Felix Leal de (pseud.?)
Portugal en la Ciudad de Macao. Hiang Xan [Heungshan] : [s.n.], [1712?]. Small quarto, plain wrappers with manuscript title (detached and with early repair); title page; pp 49; printed xylographically on one side of the sheet only, on double rice paper folded at the fore-edge in the Chinese style; housed in a folding clamshell box …
Stumpf, Kilian, 1655-1720
Informatio Pro Veritate Contra iniquiorem famam sparsam per Sinas cum Calumnia in PP. Soc. Jesu, & Detrimento Missionis. Com̃unicata Missionariis In Imperio Sinensi. Anno 1717.
[Peking] : [Society of Jesus], 1717 [i.e. 1718]. Small folio, early plain wrappers (stained and detached); title leaf, ff 94; printed xylographically on one side of the sheet only, on double rice paper folded at the fore-edge in the Chinese style; f. 39 folded inside-out, presenting the text in reverse; pale staining to first and …
Tavares de Velles Guerreiro, João, active 1718
Deos de Macao na China, fes de Goa athe chegar a ditta cide. : divida em duas partes. [Macau] : [s.n.], . Folio, near contemporary calf, rebacked; Chinese patterned paper wrappers; title page with contemporary inscription to bottom margin, a name roughly erased and paper restored; pp 185, [blank]; printed xylographically on one side of …
Sentença proferida sobre a preza do navio Portuguez D. Manoel de Portugal e Castro, aprezado na rada de Macao aos 9 de Abril de 1836. Com traducçao em inglez.
Canton : Na typographia do Canton Register, 1836. Octavo, contemporary black cloth boards, front free-endpaper with early inscription and wet stamps indicating the book was presented to J. F. Marques Pereira by Celestino de Menezes, title with stamp of de Menezes, pp ii, 1-28 (Portuguese text), 1-28 (English translation); a very good copy, housed in …
HUC, Évariste Régis, Abbé (1813-1860)
Manuscript letter written by Abbé Huc, sent from Macau in November 1846, addressed to his parents in Toulouse and reporting on his just-completed epic journey through Tartary and Tibet.
Macao, 1er. Novembre 1846. Entire letter, manuscript in ink on a single folio sheet of Chinese paper, folded to form 4 pages, written on 3½ pages; the panel on the outer side addressed to ‘Monsieur Huc, Rue Pargaminières 73, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne’, circular postal markings in black ‘Paris 8 Janv. 47’ and ‘Toulouse 11 Janv. 47’; …
MEDHURST, W.H. (Walter Henry), 1796-1857
Chinese dialogues; questions, and familiar sentences, literally rendered into English, with a view to promote commercial intercourse, and to assist beginners in the language.
Shanghae (Shangai) : Printed at the Mission Press, 1844. First edition. Octavo, contemporary cloth backed marbled papered boards (heavily rubbed, corners worn, backstrip lifting, front hinge cracked), front free-endpaper inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand ‘Curious China Expositor’ and with early owners’ names in ink and faint pencil (tear at fore-edge), pp viii, 782 …
SMITH, Bishop George
being a narrative of a mission of inquiry, to the Jewish synagogue at K’ae-Fung-Foo, on behalf of the London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews : with an introduction, by the Right Revd. George Smith, D.D. Lord Bishop of Victoria. Shanghae : printed at the London Missionary Society’s Press, 1851. Octavo, modern half-calf over …
NYE, Gideon (1812 - 1888)
Being an inquiry into the causes of the rupture of the English and French treaties of Tien-Tsin: and comprising a general review of our relations with China : with notices of Japan, Siam and Cochin-China. Supplemental of the “Rationale of the China Question” and the “Memorable Year”. Printed, not published, at Macao, 1860. Quarto, original …
LOBSCHEID, Wilhelm (1822-1893)
The religion of the Dayaks. Collected and translated into English by the Rev. W. Lobscheid. And the political, social and religious constitution of the natives of the west coast of Formosa, before and during the occupation of the island by the Dutch; or a contribution to the knowledge of the east. Translated from an old Dutch work by the Rev. W. Lobscheid.
Hongkong : Printed by J. de Souza, 1866. “Third edition”. Octavo, recent papered boards with morocco title label lettered in gilt; the second part with separate title page and pagination: pp. , 12; , 14; a very good copy. A scarcely recorded Hong Kong imprint. The German missionary Wilhelm Lobscheid (1822-1893) was sent out by …
DENNYS, N[icholas] B[elfield] (? - 1900)
Hong Kong : printed by A. Shortrede & Co., 1866. Octavo, marbled papered boards (rubbed), gilt lettered morocco label to spine, pp [vi]; 61; [blank]; v, folding lithographed plans of Peking and the ‘Prohibited City’ (Forbidden City) with original colour, large folding map on rice paper of the road from Tungchow to Peking; lithographed map …
PERREIRA, A. Marques
Macau : Jose da Silva, 1868. Octavo, quarter cloth over printed papered boards, speckled pink endpapers, pp viii, , 140; a fine example. A rare Macao imprint documenting the history of the city.
[Hong Kong and Canton, April 1901]. Group of 67 silver gelatin photographs taken by an anonymous photographer with a private camera, all in format 95 x 115 mm, mounted recto and verso of  loose leaves from an album of the period, all with the photographer’s handwritten captions in ink beneath the image; 63 of …
BALL, J. Dyer (1847 - 1919)
London : Sampson Low, Marston and Company and Hong Kong : Kelly & Walsh, 1892. First edition. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (wear to corners),pp. 419; xiii; errata slip, a very good copy. First edition of a much reprinted work, being a broad and detailed survey of contemporary Chinese society of the time. The author’s most important …
Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 155 x 270 mm (sheet), initialled at lower right ‘S.P.S.’; verso with artist’s pencilled caption ‘Hongkong’; unmounted; removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships in the Far East between 1900 and 1908, including …
Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 103 x 161 mm (sheet), captioned and initialled at lower right ‘Woosung S.P.S.’; mounted on a section of a page removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships in the Far East between 1900 …
Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 140 x 240 mm (sheet), captioned and initialled at lower right ‘Near Singapore S.P.S.’; unmounted; pale foxing; removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships in the Far East between 1900 and 1908, including …
Graphite on artist’s paper, 137 x 206 mm (sheet), captioned by the artist in the upper margin ‘Hongkong Coolies carrying Twist’; scattered foxing; mounted on a section of a page removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships in the …
Cover title: H.M.S. Suffolk “Nous maintiendrons”. Hong Kong : privately printed, . Royal octavo, blue faux leather, upper board and spine lettered in gilt, illustrated title page, 164 pp, with many photographic illustrations and sketches, maps, a near fine copy. Scarce. A record of the Royal Navy cruiser H.M.S. Suffolk‘s third commission on the China …
BRAGA, J[ose] M[aria] (Jack)
Macao : printed by N. T. Fernandes & Filhos, 1940. Octavo, modern marbled boards with gilt-lettered title label, original printed front wrapper bound in, pp [iv]; 56; age toning to the paper, but a very good copy. One of the rarest publications by Jack Braga, the noted historian of Portuguese colonial history in Asia. In …
Boxer, C.R. (Charles Ralph), 1904-2000
Macau : Imprensa Nacional, 1942. First edition, limited to 500 copies; this is one of 25 numbered copies on Dutch Cream Woven paper (copy no. 1). Folio, original embossed cloth lettered in gilt, with coat of arms of Macau to upper board; pp 231; illustrated with 29 full page plates, some folding; a fine copy. …
WHITE, John (1756-1832)
with sixty-five plates of non descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions by John White Esqre., Surgeon General to the settlement. London : J. Debrett, 1790. Quarto, full speckled calf, expertly rebacked preserving original spine, contrasting morocco title labels, decorated in gilt, edges rubbed, marbled endpapers, pp [xviii], 299, …
FREYCINET, Louis Claude de Saulces de (1779-1841)
The great French navigator Louis de Freycinet (1779-1841) sailed with Baudin on his famous expedition in Australian waters (1800-1803), and his map, subsequently published in 1811 in Péron’s Voyage de découvertes aux terres australes, was the first to show a complete outline of the coastline of Australia. He later circumnavigated the globe in the Uranie in 1817-1820 …
VANCOUVER, George (1757-1798)
[VANCOUVER] Puteshestvie v severnuiu chast’ Tikhago Okeana i vokrug sveta, sovershennoe v 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794 i 1795 godakh, Kapitanom Georgiem Vankuverom.
Sanktpeterburg : v Morskoĭ tipografii, 1827-1838. Six volumes, octavo, modern half leather over marbled boards, pp , iii, 333; , 524; , 422, ; , 511; , 559; , 297; nineteenth century ink inscription on title page of volume 2, red ink stamp of a private library on half-title of volume 5, occasional mild foxing, …
POLO, Marco (1254-1324); SANTAELLA, Rodrigo Fernández de (1444-1509)
Libro del famoso Marco Polo Veneciano de las cosas maravillosas que vido en las partes orientales: conviene saber en las Indias, Armenia, Arabia, Persia, y Tartaria. E del poderio del gran Can y otros reyes. Con otro tratado de micer Pogio Florentino y trata delas mesmas tierras y islas.
Logroño, Miguel de Eguia, 3rd June 1529. Folio, ff. ; 32, woodcut initials, the title leaf expertly remargined along the lower and fore-edges (prior to 1927), with a very small area of penwork to the edge of the decoration, brown staining to about half the folios, a couple of other very small marginal repairs, contemporary …
Hay, John, 1546-1607
A Joanne Hayo Dalgatttiensi Scoto Societatis Jesu in librum unum coacervatae. Antuerpiæ : Ex officina Martini Nutij, ad insigne duarum Ciconiarum, Anno M. DC. V. [Antwerp : Martin Nutius, 1605]. Octavo, fine Jesuit binding of full calf ruled in gilt with ornamental cornerpieces; upper board with central Jesuit device, lower board with heraldic crest; flat-panel …
Suárez de Figueroa, Cristóbal (1571-after 1644)
A don Ivan Andres Hurtado de Mendoça su hijo, marques de Cañete, Señor de las Villas de Argete y su partido, Montero mayor del Rey nuestro señor, Guarda mayor de la ciudad de Cuenca, etta / por el doctor Christoval Suarez de Figueroa. En Madrid : en la Imprenta Real, Año 1616. Second issue of …
COLLADO, Diego (d. 1638 or 1641)
Romae typis & impensis Sacr. Congr. de Prop. Fide, MDCXXXII ; [bound with] Ars Grammaticae Iaponicae linguae … Romae typis & impensis Sacr. Congr. de Prop. Fide, MDCXXXII ; [and bound with] Niffon no Cotōbani yô confesion, … [= modus confitendi et examinandi poenitentem Japonensem, formula suamet lingua Japonica … ] Romae typis & impensis Sacr. …
Du Halde, Jean Baptiste, 1674-1743
A description of the empire of China and Chinese-Tartary, together with the kingdoms of Korea and Tibet: containing the geography and history (natural as well as civil) of those countries …
London : T. Gardner for Edward Cave, 1738-41. First complete English edition. Two volumes, folio, contemporary full calf ruled in gilt, expertly rebacked preserving the original labels; spines with raised bands and gilt rule; vol. 1 frontispiece portrait of Confucius, pp , xii, , xii, 678; vol. 2 pp , 388, ; with 51 engraved …
ADAM, Robert (1728 - 1792)
By R. Adam F.R.S. F.S.A. Architect to the King and to the Queen. Printed for the author MDCCLXIIII. Elephant folio (564 mm tall), contemporary half-calf over marbled papered boards (worn), spine in compartments with simple gilt rule, contrasting morocco title label, pp. [xii]; 34; 61 fine copperplate engravings, many of which are folding and printed …
Coxe, William (1748-1828)
To which are added, the conquest of Siberia, and the history of the transactions and commerce between Russia and China. London : J. Nichols, 1780. First edition. Quarto, full polished calf (a couple of scuffs to the boards), spine extensively decorated in gilt, contrasting morocco title label, expertly rebacked, folding frontispiece map of the Russian …
ZIMMERMANN, Henri [Heinrich].
où se trouvent les circonstances de sa mort, publié en allemand par Henri Zimmermann témoin oculaire, & traduit avec un abrégé de la vie de ce navigateur célèbre, & des notes. Berne : Nouvelle Société Typographique, 1782. Octavo, twentieth century half calf over marbled boards with contrasting morocco title label, lettered in gilt, later endpapers, …
GRASSET DE SAINT-SAUVEUR, Jacques, 1757-1810
Encyclopédie des voyages, contenant l’abrégé historique des moeurs, usages, habitudes domestiques, religions, habitudes domestiques, religions, fêtes, supplices, funérailles, sciences, arts, et commerce de tous les peuples : er la collection complette de leurs habillemens civils, militaires, religieux et dignitaires, dessinés d’après nature, gravés avec soin et coloriés à l’aquarelle.
Rare set of Grasset de Saint-Sauveur’s ethnographic encyclopaedia, containing additional plates and in a fine binding. [Paris] : Deroy, 1796. First edition. Quarto, five volumes bound in four, early nineteenth century full vellum with central arabesque lozenges tooled in blind, manuscript titles to spines, green silk ribbons, four engraved frontispieces and 434 plates, all with fine original …
VANCOUVER, George, 1757-1798; SPARRMAN, Anders, 1748-1820
En upptäckts-resa till Norra Stilla Hafvet, och kring jordklotet : att på Kongl. Engelsk befallning och omkostnad i synnerhet forska efter något segelbart sammanhang imellan Norra Stilla och Norra Atlantiske Hafven förrättad åhren 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, 1795, under commando af Capitain George Vancouver. Ifrån engelskan i sammandrag utgifven af Anders Sparrman.
Scarce Swedish edition of Vancouver’s voyage account, being Anders Sparrman’s abridgement of Voyage of discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and round the world (1798). Stockholm : Anders Zetterberg, 1800. Two parts in one volume, small octavo, contemporary half calf over speckled papered boards, spine ruled in gilt with title labels (one partially erased); speckled edges; pp [vi], …
FITZROY, Robert, 1805-1865; DARWIN, Charles, 1809-1882; KING, Philip Parker, 1793-1856
[FITZROY’S COPY] Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty’s ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America, and the Beagle’s circumnavigation of the globe.
Commander of the Beagle Captain Robert FitzRoy’s own copy of the first edition of Darwin’s first published book, one of the cornerstones of modern biological science, as well as one of the great travel narratives of the modern age. A complete set bound, as was the fashion, into library calf bindings, with an outstanding provenance directly …
RIEMER, Gustav Adolph, 1842-1899
Tagebuchs-Auszug betreffend die Reise S.M.S. “Hertha” nach Ost-Asien und den Sudsee-Inseln, 1874-1877.
A great photographic rarity, Gustav Riemer’s self-published album of original photographs from the voyage of the SMS Hertha to the Far East, the Pacific and Australia includes many important ethnographic images, among them a series of portraits of Aboriginal groups taken at King George Sound, Western Australia in 1877. Teplitz : G. Riemer, 1878. Folio, original embossed …
Shackleton, E.H.; Bernacchi, Louis; Cherry-Garrard, Apsley; et al.
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1907-14. Three volumes, quarto, original gilt-lettered blue cloth with pictorial inlay; various paginations, extensively illustrated with chromolithographs, all edges gilt, foxing to preliminaries but the text clean and bright, the bindings tight; the first two volumes limited to 250 copies, the third volume limited to 350 copies; housed in …
[SCOTT, Robert Falcon, 1868-1912]
An album of photographs documenting Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition, 1910-1913; [together with] A manuscript plan of the Discovery, and two letters of Scott relating to the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901–04.
1. A rare photographic chronicle of the most celebrated expedition in the history of polar exploration, Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, officially known as the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913. Album of press photographs by various English and New Zealand agencies, 1910-1913. Small folio (310 x 220 mm), original green cloth boards (rubbed and …
Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 280 x 480 mm (sheet), folding to 280 x 240 mm, captioned at lower right ‘The SS Sobraon on the rocks, Tung Yung Id, [April] 1901’; unmounted; original central vertical fold, left and right edges roughened; removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, …
Helsingfors [Helsinki] : G.W. Edlunds förlag, 1866. Series: Pennibibliothek för swenska allmogen i Finland utgifvet af Nyländingar. II. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, pp 20; text in Swedish; a fine copy. An overview of the history and culture of the Tahiti Islands. Unrecorded in Australian collections.
NOLAN, Cynthia (1908-1976); NOLAN, Sidney (1917-1992) (illustrator)
London : Methuen, 1962. Octavo, publisher’s red cloth boards in Sidney Nolan dust jacket (worn at head of spine), pp 222, with illustrations by Sidney Nolan and numerous photographic plates; a near fine copy. Memoir of the Nolans’ journey through outback New South Wales, Central Australia, South Australia and Western Australia.
GAUTHIER, Lucien (1875-1921)
Paris : Librairie des Arts Décoratifs, . Series: Variétés 1. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s illustrated stiff wrappers, pp 16 (text), followed by 64 black-and-white plates of Gauthier’s celebrated photographs of Tahitian people and landscapes; a very good copy. Only two copies are recorded in Australian collections (National Gallery of Australia, Research Library; State Library of …
MORSE, Hosea Ballou
Shanghai : Kelly and Walsh, 1913. Revised edition. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth boards, pp. xiii, 466, folding map and table, photographic illustrations; a fine copy.
[THOMAS COOK & SON]
Cover title: Cook’s Guide to Peking, North China, South Manchuria, Korea. Shanghai : Thomas Cook & Son, 1924. Fifth edition. Octavo, publisher’s printed green cloth (slightly marked), front pastedown with original owner’s inscription in pencil (Shanghai travels), 143 pp + advertisements (mild foxing to outer leaves), includes index, 3 folding maps: Railway and steamship connections …
RUDINGER, St. Piero
The second revolution in China, 1913. My adventures of the fighting around Shanghai, the Arsenal, Woosung Forts
Shanghai : Shanghai Mercury, 1914. Octavo, gilt-lettered blue cloth (a little marked), pp. xii; 177; folding maps, photographic plates, errata slip and loose corrigenda slip ‘Shanghai pressmen who distinguished themselves during the revolution 1914’, a fine copy. Scarce.