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 …
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 …
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’; …
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 …
UNITED STATES LEGATION TO CHINA
Treaties between the United States of America and China, Japan, Lewchew and Siam, Acts of Congress and the Attorney-General’s opinion : with the decrees and regulations issued for the guidance of U.S. Consular Courts in China.
Hongkong : [United States Legation to China], 1862. Octavo, contemporary half calf over pebbled cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt (repaired), front pastedown with early ownership inscription in pencil of ‘P.B. Bradford, Shanghai’; pp 190; text in English and Chinese; endpapers with light offsetting and foxing, a few pencilled marginalia; a good copy.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
阿部喜任 [Abe Yoshitō] (1805-70)
Edo, Japan : 丁子屋平兵衛 [Chōjiya Heibei], Kaei Era [c. 1848-54]. Hand coloured woodblock print, 640 x 660mm folding to 135 x 215 mm, original covers and title label (silverfished), map is only lightly silverfished, repaired with Japanese tissue, portion of western hemispheres stained. Showing eastern and western hemispheres, including upper panel of text by 阿部喜任 [Abe …
新發田収藏 [Shibata Shūzō], 竹口貞齋 [Takeguchi Teisai]
Edo [Tokyo], Japan : 高木耕藏 [Takagi Kōzō], Kaei 5 . Hand coloured woodblock print, original covers with facsimile title label, map with some silverfishing, repaired with Japanese tissue. A pseudocylindrical projection map showing the world centred on Japan. Includes preface by written by 北海半嶋漁人 [Hokkai Hantō Ryōjin] and legend with date and publisher information. 新發田収藏 [Shibata Shūzō] …
竹口瀧三郎 [Takeguchi Takisaburō]; 上村福三郎 [Uemura Fukusaburō]
Edo (Tokyo), Japan : 萬屋兵四郎 [Yorozuya Heishirō],  (Bunkyū 2). Hand coloured woodblock print, original cloth covers and paper portfolio, both with title labels (portfolio with some silverfishing and lacking left-hand flap), map with some foxxing and silverfishing across, repaired with Japanese tissue. A detailed map of the world on a Mercator projection bordered by …
橋爪貫一 [Hashidume Kanichi]
Tokyo, Japan : 須原屋茂兵衛 [Suharaya Mohei] and 須原屋伊八 [Suharaya Ihachi], Meiji 4 . Hand coloured copper plate print, 980 x 1210 mm folding to 170 x 250 mm, with original cover and title label, lacking paper portfolio (title label silverfished, covers with some minor stains), map with silverfishing across, repaired with Japanese tissue. A map of the …
[Japan] : [s.n.], Kaei 6 . Hand coloured woodblock print, 720 x 1260 mm folding to 245 x 160 mm, original papered boards and title label (rubbed), occasional strengthening with Japanese tissue along the folds. A Mercator projection map of the world, lacking publication details except for publication date shown in the legend. Inset two …
ed. 箕作省吾 [Mitsukuri Shōgo]
[Japan] : [s.n.], Kōka 1 . Scroll housed in modern box, 1365 x 347 mm, silverfishing repaired with Japanese tissure throughout. Shows eastern and western hemispheres with preface by 大槻盤溪 [Ōtsuki Bankei] (1801-78), a Confucian scholar and the instructor of the western gunnery at the Sendai Domain. Following the map is a legend written by 箕作省吾 …
[= International solidarity with the people of Cambodia]. Nijmegen : Vriendschapsvereniging Nederland-Cambodja, . Poster, screenprint, 590 x 410 mm, unbacked; in very good condition. The Netherlands-Cambodia Friendship Society was founded in January 1974, at the height of the Cambodian Civil War. On this poster its aims are stated as being ‘to work with anyone who …
STOP BUSH COMITÉ (NETHERLANDS)
[POSTER] Stop Bush! – voor een rechtvaardige wereld – Zaterdag 7 mei Amsterdam. Start 13.00 Museumplein.
[Amsterdam : Stop Bush Comité, 2005]. Poster, offset print, 420 x 590 mm, unbacked; in very good condition, with some mild creasing at top and bottom left corners. Poster advertising a protest rally in Amsterdam against George W. Bush, ‘for a just world’.
NADROV, Sh. (artist)
[Roshcha pamyati = Grove of memory]. Moskva : Reklamfil’m, 1982. Colour poster, 640 x 430 mm; in good condition, with small loss at top left corner and a few short tears to bottom edge; Original poster for an ‘art film’ (‘художественный фильм’) made in Soviet Uzbekistan by the largest and oldest film studio in Uzbekistan, Uzbekfilm, based …
[POSTER] Makibaka! Support the struggle of the Filipino people … You can imprison a revolutionary, but not a revolution.
[United Kingdom : s.n., c1980]. Poster, screenprint from two stencils, 750 x 500 mm, unbacked; edges with a few short tears and mild creasing, otherwise in good condition. A dramatic poster in support of the Philippines Liberation Movement.
[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 …
An illustrated outline of Johore’s hustory, government, industries and people. Singapore : The Advertising and Publicity Bureau Ltd., 1939. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (edges worn), bookseller’s stamp to upper wrapper, presentation inscription to title page, frontispiece map, pp. 76, photographic illustrations, 5 tipped-in colour plates.
[MARCO POLO] ; GLAZEMAKER, Jan Hendrik
Markus Paulus Venetus Reisen en Beschryving der Oostersche Lantschappen ; … beneffens de Historie der Oostersche Lantschappen door Haithon van Armenien te zamen gestelt beide nieuwelijks door J.H. Glazemaker vertaalt. Hier is noch by gevoegt de Reizen van Nicolaas Venetus en Jeronymus van St. Steven naar d’Oostersche Landen en naar d’Indien door P.P. vertaalt. Als ook een Verhaal van de verovering van’t Eilant Formosa, door de Sinezen, door J.V.K.B. vertaalt.
t’Amsterdam : voor Abraham Wolfgang, boekverkoper, aan d’Opgang van de Beurs, by de Beurstooren, in ‘t Geloof, 1664. Small quarto, contemporary yellow papered boards (rubbed), spine with early manuscript abbreviated title and printed paper label; title with old collection stamp of the Holstein-Holsteinborg library; the second and third parts each have separate title and pagination: …
RADERMACHER, Jacob Cornelis Matthieu (1741-1783), et al.
Te Batavia : Ter Lands Drukkerij, 1824. “Tweede druk” (second printing). Thick octavo, original printed orange wrappers (paper restored along spine), title with early ownership inscription, pp 48, 335,  index, 1 folding table,  blank; mild waterstaining to top edges of some leaves (not affecting legibility), otherwise clean and sound throughout. A scarce early …
Batavia : Ter Lands-Drukkerij, 1854. Octavo, bound in recent marbled papered boards, upper board with blue calf title label with gilt lettering and ornament, pp 3-86 (i.e. lacking the front wrapper),  folding table,  contents page; internally clean, a good copy. A mid-nineteenth century Batavia imprint. The Almanak en naamregister voor Nederlandsch-Indië was published …
OVERMEER FISSCHER, Johannes Gerhard Frederik van (1800-1848)
Amsterdam : J. Müller & Comp., 1833. First and only contemporary edition. Large quarto, original pictorial stiff wrappers (very light foxing, spine rubbed), all edges gilt, hand-coloured lithographic frontispiece, pp. vii, (3), 320, with a further 14 hand-coloured lithographic plates, all with tissue guards intact; scattered mild foxing; a very good copy, housed in a …
POMPE VAN MEERDERVOORT, Johannes Lijdius Catharinus (1829-1908)
Beknopte handleiding tot de geneesmiddelleer : ten gebruike van de Keizerlijke Japansche Geneeskundige School te Nagasaki.
Desima [Nagasaki] : ter Nederlandsche Drukkerij, 1862. Octavo, contemporary Japanese binding of half calf over marbled papered boards, mauve endpapers, the front free-endpaper with early inscription in Japanese and straight-line stamp of the Deutsche Jesuiten-Mission Japan e. V. Köln, half title with circular stamp of the same library and early Japanese owner’s seal stamp in red, …
CASEMBROOT, François de (1817-1895)
s’Gravenhage : de gebroeders van Cleef, 1865. First edition. Octavo, later half cloth over marbled papered boards (rubbed), new endpapers, pp xii, , 150, with 5 folding tinted lithographed maps at rear; lacking the original wrappers; clean throughout, the maps with occasional short edge tears and browning; a good copy, housed in a morocco and …
[MANUSCRIPT] A Journal or Narrative of the Proceedings betweene the Commissioners appointed by His Majestie, and the Commissioners Deputed by the States Generall, pursuant to the Treaty of Peace made at Westminster 9/19 Ffebruary 1673/4 Concerning a Treaty Marine to be observed throughout all the World. And also an Article particularly relateing to the English and Dutch East India Companyes Concluded in the yeare 1674.
[London, 1674-75]. Folio, old mottled calf gilt, spine with raised bands, gilt ornament, red leather title labels lettered in gilt, all edges gilt; manuscript written in English, Latin, Dutch and French in several contemporary secretarial hands; ff 269; clean and fresh throughout. An important contemporary manuscript record of the Mixed Commission established to draw up a Treaty Marine and …
containing an account of the government, laws, customs, and manners of the native inhabitants,with a description of the natural productions, and a relation of the ancient political state of that island. The third edition, with corrections, additions, and plates. London : printed for the author,  – 1811. Quarto, full crushed morocco, elaborately decorated in …
Limoges: Martial Ardant frères, 1854. Octavo, polychromatic cloth, all edges gilt, 208 pp., 23 plates of races of the world, including the Americas,Asia, Europe, Africa and the Pacific. A French geographical book for children, recounting the stories of voyages made by great explorers to the four corners of the globe. Includes the expeditions of Columbus, Cook, …
[Lahore] : Bazam-I-Frogh-I-Adab, 1948. Octavo, plain boards in pasted down illustrated dustjacket (light foxing, spine sunned, tears at upper rear), presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper ‘With kind regards and good wishes, S.M. Haf. 1/10/48′, xii, 170 pp,  leaves of plates, edges flecked, a sound copy. Provenence: From the …
RADO, Alexander (compiler); Society for Cultural Relations of the Soviet Union with Foreign Countries
Guide-book to the Soviet Union : issued by the Society for Cultural Relations of the Soviet Union with Foreign Countries.
Berlin : Neuer Deutscher Verlag, 1929. Thick octavo, original embossed red cloth (rubbed and faded, cloth starting to split along the spine), pp lxxxvii, 855, advertisements at front and rear; numerous maps and plans, many folding; original owner’s occasional pencilled marginalia; a couple of leaves with tape repairs; map of Moscow with mild foxing; a sound, but …
London : John Murray, 1907. Sixth edition. Thick octavo, original limp red cloth lettered in gilt (spine a little faded); pp cxvi, 524; with 81 maps and plans (many folding); scattered light foxing, else a near fine copy.
BOEMUS, Johannes, 1485-1534
Omnium gentium mores leges et ritus ex multis clarissimis rerum scriptoribus … collectos: & in libros tris distinctos Aphricam, Asiam, Europam, optime lector lege
Augsburg : Augustae Vindelicorum excusa in officina Sigismundi Grimm medici, ac Marci Wirsung, 1520. [Imprint from colophon]. First edition. Folio, later vellum, three raised bands to spine; added title page: Repertorium librorum trium Ioannis Boemi de omnium gentium ritibus. Item index rerum scitu digniorum in eosdem, set within a decorative woodcut border, an old paper repair to centre; …
Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen. Handbuch der Reichspostdampfer-Linien nach Ostasien und Australien. No. 1, 1910.
Bremen : Norddeutscher Lloyd, 1910. Octavo, publisher’s pictorial wrappers with original owner’s signature to front (lightly foxed, short paper split at head of spine); pp 113, with folding tables and folding colour map at rear; a good copy. Scarce commercial shipping publication containing N.D.L.’s timetables, rates, baggage and freight allowances etc. for all lines, including …
With preparatory explanations on Japanese customs, language, history, religion, literature, fine art, architecture, music, drama, etc. etc. A handbook fro travellers, with 38 specially drawn maps, 10 illustrations and 14 plans. Tokyo : The Japanese Government Railways, 1933. Duodecimo, gilt-lettered red cloth, marbled edges, pictorial endpapers, pp. ccx; 506, numerous folding maps and plans, ribbon …
 : [s.l.]. Octavo, paper wrappers with manuscript title, some chipping on spine; typescript with manuscript corrections, pp 63; 14. An unpublished eyewitness account of the Yokohama Earthquake of 1923, a 7.9 magnitude quake that destroyed half of the brick buildings in the region and killed approximately 140,000. The Australian author was aboard the ‘Empress of Australia’, …
BESANT, Annie; COOPER-OAKLEY, I. (attrib.)
Studies in Theosophy 1. Issued by the Indian Section of the Theosophical Society for free distribution to its members. Madras : printed by Thompson and Co., 1893. Octavo, printed wrappers (dusty, loss to lower panel), pp. ii; 57; , diagrams, light foxing, some finger marks. Madam Blavatcky’s ‘Secret Doctrine’ was first published in 1888 and …
[Jakarta?] : State Railway of Java and Netherland India Tourist Office, c. 1930. Tourist brochure, folding poster, photographic illustrations, a few marks.
Saigon : Office Central du Tourisme Indochinois, 1937. Folding tourist map of Angkor, printed in colour, with a guide for the visitor. Scarce.
FITCH & CO. LTD.
Mussoorie and Dehra Doon : Fitch & Co., Ltd., [c.1930]. Small oblong quarto, publisher’s printed thick paper wrappers, original wool ties, inside front wrapper with inscription dated at Mussoorie, September 30 1930,  leaves, each recto with a tipped-in hand coloured silver gelatin photograph in format 85 x 135 mm, versos blank; clean and fresh throughout, a fine …
Singapore : Director of Tourism, c. 1970. Tourist brochure, folded poster, illustrated.
ROYAL ROTTERDAM LLOYD
Rotterdam : Royal Rotterdam Lloyd, [c.1930]. Octavo pamphlet, original illustrated wrappers, lower wrapper with colour map of Weh Island and inset plan of Sabang,  pp; text in French; a very good copy. Scarce tourist brochure published by the Royal Rotterdam Lloyd shipping line (KRL). Sabang is a port located on Weh Island north of Banda Aceh …
With compliments of Thomas Cook & Chanrai’s, Singapore’s only exclusive air conditioned men’s shop. Singapore : Thomas Cook, c. 1950. Folding map, printed in colour, 450 x 295, guide to Singapore and advertisements verso. Fine condition.
ROYAL ROTTERDAM LLOYD
Rotterdam : Royal Rotterdam Lloyd, [c.1930]. Octavo pamphlet, original illustrated wrappers, lower wrapper with colour street plan of Batavia [Jakarta],  pp; text in English; a very good copy. Scarce tourist brochure published by the Royal Rotterdam Lloyd shipping line (KRL).
Hà Nội : Cục đo đạc và bản đồ nhà nước, 1986. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 24, printed in colour. Atlas of Vietnam including the South China Sea, with inset maps of Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi. Scarce. Four copies located on WorldCat (all in central European collections).