Africa

  • # 42916

    [Società Geografica Italiana]

    Bollettino della Società Geografica Italiana. [Serie prima:] Anno VII. Volume X. Fascicolo 1, iuglio 1873 – Fascicolo 6, dicembre 1873].

    Roma : Stabilimento Giuseppe Civelli, June-December 1873. Six parts in five volumes (as issued), octavo, original printed blue wrappers (some light staining and foxing, early ownership inscription to two of the upper wrappers); pp. 1-120 (with folding colour map showing telegraph communication linking Europe and Asia); 1-92; 1-94; 1-117; 1-74 (with folding lithographed plate of …

  • # 42839

    LETTS, SON & CO. LTD.

    Letts’s map of the country round Khartum, with a plan of the town.

    One shilling. London : Letts, Son & Co. Ltd., 33 King William Street, London Bridge, [late 1884 or early 1885]. First (and only?) edition. Colour map, 740 x 500 mm (sheet), with an inset ‘Plan of Khartum’ and inset ‘General map of the Sudan’; folding into the original limp pebbled cloth covers, 200 x 100 …

  • # 42842

    LETTS, SON & CO. LTD.

    Letts’s map of Eastern Sudan, showing the approaches to Khartum.

    Price 1s. [Drop title]. London : Letts, Son & Co. Ltd., 33 King William Street, London Bridge, [January, 1885]. Third edition. Colour map titled ‘Map of part of Eastern Sudan, Kordofan, Abyssinia, &c., From the Latest Surveys and Explorations’, 500 x 600 mm (sheet 590 x 700 mm), folding to 200 x 100 mm, with the …

  • # 40322

    VALENTINE, James

    [ABOLITIONISM] An illustrated Anti-slavery propaganda envelope.

    Dundee : Designed & engraved by J. Valentine, [ca. 1853]. Postal envelope, 76 x 125 mm, the verso engraved with six vignette illustrations depicting scenes from Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and two main legends in capitals, the first around the upper flap: ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER YE WOULD THAT MEN SHOULD DO UNTO YOU DO YOU SO …

  • # 41551

    SPARRMAN, Anders (1748-1820)

    Un compagnon suédois du capitaine James Cook au cours de son deuxième voyage. (Presentation copy for Francis Edwards)

    Oslo : La Coquille qui Chante, 1939. Edition limited to 100 numbered copies. (This copy is no. 29). Presentation copy, inscribed on the title-page by the work’s translator for London bookseller Francis Edwards: ‘Francis Edwards, with the compliments of Bjarne Kroepelien’. Octavo (225 x 150 mm), white pigskin over papered boards, spine with raised bands …

  • # 41364

    LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY

    London Missionary Society collection box, circa 1895.

    [London : LMS, 1890-95]. Wooden box, 120 x 60 x 70 mm, with chromolithographic labels on all six sides; the label on the top of the box is worded: IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE. / GOD LOVETH A CHEERFUL GIVER; the label on one box-end reads THE FIELD IS THE WORLD. …

  • # 36315

    Anon.

    A man of Dakar, Senegal, holding guinea fowl and rifle. Circa 1840.

    Watercolour on laid paper with watermark of a royal horseman with lance, 200 x 146 mm (sheet); captioned in ink ‘Dackar’ (i.e. Dakar) at bottom left, and with a foliation number ‘114’ in the same hand at bottom right; the sheet is unmounted (verso blank), and the drawing has survived in fine condition – virtually in …

  • # 40288

    LETAILLE, Charles

    Croquis et Souvenirs d’un Artiste, ou détails les plus curieux d’un Voyage Autour du Monde.

    Récreation instructive. Dédiée à la jeunesse par Chles. Letaille. Paris : chez les Principaux Mds. de nouveautés pour Etrennes et Cadeaux [Charles Letaille, 30 rue Saint-Jacques], [ca. 1855]. Original box of papered card, 265 x 200 x 30 mm, the lid with embossed gilt border and hand-coloured lithographic onlay depicting a New Zealand scene with Māori; the …

  • # 40264

    CUMBO, V. B.

    Views of Gibraltar

    Gibraltar : V. B. Cumbo Moorish & Oriental Bazaar, [ca. 1910]. Small quarto (240 x 175 mm), publisher’s maroon cloth with gilt lettering and decoration to upper board (light edge wear, spine faded); title leaf + [20] pp. with [40] photomechanical process topographical views;  title with pale foxing, otherwise contents excellent; chid’s pencilled inscriptions to …

  • # 38994

    HAGGARD, [Sir] Henry Rider (1856-1925)

    King Solomon’s mines

    London, Paris, New York and Melbourne : Cassell & Company, Limited, 1898. Octavo (220 x 150 mm), publisher’s buff-coloured wrappers with titles and illustration in blue to upper wrapper, lower wrapper with publisher’s advertisement (wrappers with light staining and foxing, some paper loss at foot of spine); pp. 128, with five in-text illustrations by Walter …

  • # 38974

    VERNE, Jules

    Adventures in Southern Africa

    London : Hutchinson & Co., [ca. 1900]. Octavo (195 x 135 mm), original decorative red cloth (minor flecking), spine slightly rolled, front free-endpaper with early ownership inscription of J. M. R. Lightfoot Harrison in ink, pp. 286, [6 publisher’s ads.], illustrated with a frontispiece and one other plate; edges with spotting, very occasional marginal foxing, …

  • # 16827

    DENNETT, R.E. (Richard Edward), 1857-1921

    At the back of the black man’s mind : or, Notes on the kingly office in West Africa.

    London : Macmillan & Co., Limited, 1906. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s green cloth boards (rubbed), spine lettered in gilt, pp xv, [1], 288, illustrated with 21 photographic plates and line drawings in the text; pages uncut, endpapers with offsetting, mild foxing to edges, but a near fine copy. A scholarly and well illustrated study of West …

  • # 7429

    HERBERT, Harold (1891 - 1945)

    Durban

    Etching, measures 220 x 166 mm (plateline), 272 x 222 mm (paper), numbered 1/50 and signed lower right. Framed. A very rare and masterful etching by Herbert, with the most minimal of lines he captures the arrival of a steamship into the port of Durban, South Africa. Herbert sailed for London in 1922, this must …

  • # 37099

    RAY, John (1627-1705)

    [NATURAL HISTORY; PALESTINE; ASIA MINOR; ARABIA; ETHIOPIA etc.] A collection of curious travels and voyages,

    in two parts; the first containing Leonhart Rauwolff’s Itinerary into the Eastern countries; as Syria, Palestine, or the Holy Land, Armenia, Mesopotamia, Assyria, Chaldea, &c. Translated from the High Dutch by Nicholas Staphorst. The second taking in many parts of Greece, Asia Minor, Egypt, Arabia Felix, and Petraea, Ethiopia, the Red-Sea, &c. From the observations of …

  • # 35151

    CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY (LONDON)

    Missionary lotto.

    London : Church Missionary Society, [circa 1900]. “Second series. (Revised)”. Original card box, 235 x 115 x 21 mm, with title and imprint to lid (light marks and handling wear, but sturdy and without any edge or corner splits); the inside lid with printed Missionary Lotto Rules (mild foxing); the interior of the box is …

  • # 35361

    HADDON, Alfred C. (1855-1940)

    Evolution in art, as illustrated by the life histories of designs

    London : Walter Scott, Ltd., 1895. The Contemporary Science Series, edited by Havelock Ellis. First edition. Octavo (185 mm), publisher’s blind-blocked maroon cloth over boards lettered in gilt (lightly rubbed), spine titled in gilt (softened at the ends and with a couple of small marks); pp [4 publisher’s ads.], xviii, [2], 364, [14 ads.]; illustrated …