Categories
Shopping cart (0 items € 0)
Advanced search

Recent Acquisitions

Practical illustrated description of microscopes and their use for studying insects, tissues, microbes etc.

ADAMS, George (Frederick KANMACHER, ed.). Essays on the microscope; containing a practical description of the most improved microscopes; a general history of insects, their transformations, peculiar habits and oeconomy: an account of the various species, and singular properties, ...The second edition, with considerable additions and improvements, ...
London, Dillon and Keating for W. and S. Jones, 1798. 1 text volume and 1 plates volume. Large 4to. With an allegorical mezzotint frontispiece in sepia in the text volume and 32 numbered double-page plates (numbered I-XXXII) mounted on guards, printed from 36 copper plates (plates 2, 7, 23 and 24 each from 2 copper plates distinguished as A and B) with hundreds of figures showing microscopes, associated equipment and microscopic views of insects, microbes, shells and tissue samples. Uniform 20th-century dark blue morocco. XVII, [7], 724, 14, 2 pp. Full description
€ 2,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Beetles of Madagascar, with 54 engraved plates depicting numerous species

ALLUAUD, Charles and Philippe Alexandre Jules KÜNCKEL D'HERCULAIS. Histoire physique, naturelle et politique de Madagascar. ... Volume XXI [-XXII] Histoire naturelle des Coléoptères. ... Liste des insectes coléoptères de la région Malgache.
Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, 1887-1900. 2 volumes. Large 4to (30 x 21.5 cm). With 54 engraved plates, some partly printed in colour. Later black half cloth. 509, [1] pp. Full description
€ 950
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Great history of the Portuguese era in the Arabian Peninsula and beyond

ANDRADA, Francisco d'. Cronica do muyto alto e muito poderoso Rey destes Reynos de Portugal dom João o III. deste nome. Dirigida ha C. R. M. del Rey dom Felipe o III. deste nome nosso senhor.
Lisbon, Jorge Rodriguez for the author, sold by Francesco Lopez, 1613. 4 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With a central crowned coat of arms of Portugal on the title-page, title and coat of arms set in ornamental border, woodcut initials. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. [19], 113, 134, 131, 155 ll. Full description
€ 29,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Key Hindu text in Sanskrit, set in Devanagari type, each paragraph followed by an English translation

CHIRUNJEEVI; BAHADUR, Rajah Kalee-Krishna (transl.) Vidvun-moda-taranginee; or fountain of pleasure to the learned ... Second edition, the text of the original in Deva-Nagara letters; and the version with improvements.
Calcutta, Sobha Bazar Press, 1834. 4to. With the Sanskrit text set in Devanagari type and the English text in roman type, with a few words set in a bold textura gothic and a few in slab-serif types. Blue paper wrappers. [8], 53, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 2,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

First edition of a practical code for the Bengal police

[BENGAL POLICE CODE]. [HENRY, Edward Richard]. The Bengal police code, containing the forms referred to in the rules and regulations of the Bengal police, L.P. [= Lower Provinces].
Calcutta, The Bengal Secretariat Press, 1894. 2 volumes. 4to. Contemporary green half cloth with original publisher's paper sides. [1], [1 blank], [1] , [1 blank], XLV, [1 blank], 566, XXX; [1], [2 blank], [1], XI, [1 blank], 328 pp. Full description
€ 1,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Urdu Gospels and Acts of the Apostles, printed at Calcutta in Arabic type

[BIBLE - GOSPELS & ACTS - URDU]. The four gospels and the Acts, in Hindustání. Translated from the Greek. by the Calcutta Baptist missionaries.
Calcutta (Kolkata), The Bible Translation Society, American and Foreign Bible Society, 1849. 12mo. With the title in Hindustani (Urdu) and English, and the text in Urdu only. Contemporary textured cloth. [2], 413, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Rare Dutch description of Punjab with folding maps

BOER, Pieter A. de (D. de BOER, compilor). Krijgs- en geschiedkundig overzigt van den Punjab, de natie der Seiks en het rijk van Lahore. Van de vroegste tijden tot op de gebeurtenissen aan den Sutledje, in 1845 en 1846.
The Hague, K.W. Pickhardt (back of the title-page: printed by C.H. Susan junior), 1849. With a lithographed frontispiece and 4 folding maps, and 1 table.Contemporary half cloth, marbled sides. XXIX, [3], 444 pp. and 1 publications slip. Full description
€ 3,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Winds and the weather in the coast of India and the Arabian and Persian Gulf: first edition of a rare meteorological work

CAPPER, James. Observations on the winds and monsoons; illustrated with a chart and accompanied with notes, geographical and meteorological.
London, Charles Whittingham, 1801. 4to. With 1 folding engraved map of the world depicting all the oceans and seas, and several tables in the text. Half calf, marbled sides and edges. Rebacked. XXVIII, 29-234 pp. Full description
€ 2,750
Order Inquire Terms of sale

First Spanish edition of an essential primary source for Portuguese India

CASTANHEDA, Fernão Lopes de (LOPES DE CASTAÑEDA). Historia del descubrimiento y conquista dela India por los Portugueses, ... traduzida nuevamente en Romance Castallano.
Antwerp, Martinus Nutius I, 1554. 8vo (16 x 11 cm). With Nutius's storks device. Set in roman and italic types. Contemporary (Antwerp?) calf, blind-tooled boards, showing a frame made from a vine, leaf and flower roll edged with triple fillets. “220” [= 225], [6], [1 blank] ll. Full description
€ 25,000
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Treaty on the Dutch and Portuguese commerce and territories in Ceylon

[CEYLON]. Provisioneel en[de] particulier tractaet, ... tusschen de heer Francisco de Sousa Continho, raedt ende ambassadeur vanden ... coningh van Portugael ... ende de heeren gedeputeerden vande ... Staten Generael ... aengaende de controversie over de jurisdictie ende territorie van 't fort Galle, etc.
The Hague, Widow and heirs of Hillebrant Jacobsz van Wouw, 1645. 4to. With the woodcut arms of the States General (lion with sword and 7 arrows) in an elaborately decorated cartouche with military attributes on title-page. Modern black paper wrappers. 4 ll. Full description
€ 750
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Sixth edition of the conversation on bees and apiculture of Theodorus Clutius and Carolus Clusius

CLUTIUS, Theodorus (Dirk Outgaertsz CLUYT). Van de byen, haer wonderlijke oorspronk, natuur, eygenschap ... Item hoe men de byen profijtelijck opvoeden en regeeren sal. Noch: Wat nuttigheyt dat men van honnich en was kan krijgen ...Including: (2) Meesterye voor de paarden, om te weten alle de secreten, alsoo men die gebruyckt by den maerschalk des keysers ende eertz-hertogen keyser Carolus de vijfde. ...
Amsterdam, widow of Gysbert de Groot, 1705. 2 works in 1. 8vo. Modern vellum over boards. [12], 218, [22]; [42] pp. Full description
€ 1,800
Order Inquire Terms of sale

First European biography of Timur derived from an Arabic source

DU BEC-CRESPIN, Jean. The historie of the great emperour Tamerlan wherein are expressed, encounters, skirmishes, battels, sieges, assaults, skalings, taking of cities and strong places, defended, and assaulted, with diverse stratagems of warre, the which this great and renowned warriour hath conducted and accomplished, during his raigne of fortie or fiftie yeares: with other instructions for the warre, which should not be unknowen of them that would attaine unto the knowledge of armes. Drawen from the auncient monuments of the Arabians, by messire Jean du Bec, abbot of Mortimer. Newly translated out of French into English, for their benefite which are ignorant in that language. by H.M.
London, R. Field for Willam Ponsonby, 1597. 4to. With a woodcut device on the title-page, woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces.17th-century calf, 19th century gold-tooled spine. [4], 265, [1] pp. Full description
€ 35,000
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Very rare detailed court proceedings giving insight into European trade with India

[EAST INDIA COMPANY]. Papers respecting illicit trade. April, 1799.
[London, East India Company, 1799]. 4to. With 10 folding tables. Modern half calf, marbled sides, red and gold title shield, with new endpapers. (1)-26, [2], (1)-112, [113]-[132],, 133-394, “395-456”, [1 blank], (4576)-(583, [1 blank4]), *1-(*165, [1 blank6] pp). including 10 folding tables. Full description
€ 4,950
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Secret correspondence between Tipu Sultan and the French, published by the British

[EAST INDIA COMPANY]. [TIPU SULTAN, Zaman Shah DURRANI, NAPOLEON BONAPARTE and others]. Official documents, relative to the negotiations carried on by Tippoo Sultaun, with the French Nation, and other foreign states, for purposes hostile to the British nation; to which is added, proceedings of a Jacobin club, formed at Seringapatam, by the French soldiers in the corps commanded by M. Dompart, with a translation ... Printed by order of the ... Governor General ...
Calcutta, Honorable Companys Press, 1799. Super Royal 4to (33.5 x 25 cm). Never bound, but side stitched through 3 holes. XX, [2], 195, [1] pp. Full description
€ 6,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Anatomy and behaviour of Swiss ants described: a milestone in myrmecology

FOREL, Auguste. Les fourmis de la Suisse, systématique, notices anatomiques et physiologiques, architecture, distribution géographique, nouvelles expériences et observations de moeurs.
Bale, Genève, Lyon, H. Georg, 1874. 4to. With 2 lithographed anatomical plates showing internal and external parts of several kinds of ants. Contemporary half morocco, marbled sides, title in gold on spine. [2], IV, 10, 452, [2], V, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Classifying insects around Paris: a new classification system which was praised by Linnaeus

GEOFFROY, Etienne Louis. Histoire abrégée des insectes, dans laquelle ces animaux sont rangés suivant un ordre méthodique. Nouvelle édition, revue, corrigée, & augmentée d'un supplément considérable.
Paris, Calixte-Volland & Rémont, [1799]. 2 volumes. 4to. With 1 folding table and 10 hand-coloured engraved plates of insects in volume 1 and with 12 hand-coloured engraved plates of insects (including butterflies) in volume 2, both volumes with woodcut head- and tailpieces. Contemporary sheepskin, marbled sides, gold-tooled spine. [4], XXVIII, 556; [4], 744 pp. Full description
€ 1,250
Order Inquire Terms of sale

First edition of the first English translation of the poems by the Persian Sufi poet Hafez

HAFEZ (HAFIZ) [Khwaaja Shams-ud-Din Muhammad Hafez-e Shirazi]. The Dîvân, written in the fourteenth century by Khwâja Shamsu-d-Dîn Muhammad-i-Hâfiz-i-Shîrâzî otherwise known as Lisânu-l-Ghaib and Tarjumânu-l-Asrâr. Translated for the first time out of the Persian into English prose, with critical and explanatory remarks, with an introductory preface, with a note on Sûfîism, and with a life of the author, by: Lieut.-Col. H. Wilberforce Clarke.
Calcutta, Government of India Central Printing Office, 1891. 2 volumes. Large 4to. Titles and mottos printed in red and black. Original publisher's vellum. [2], XLIV, 494; [4], 495-1011 pp. Full description
€ 6,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

First edition of the first substantial book to be printed in Calcutta:
an important document in 18th-century colonial politics

[HASTINGS, Warren.]

A narrative of the insurrection which happened in the Zemeedary of Banaris in the month of August 1781, and of the transactions of the Governor-General in that district; with an appendix of authentic papers and affidavits.
Calcutta, printed by order of the Governor General. Charles Wilkins superintendant of the Press, 1782. Large 4to. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine title: "Insurrection at Banaris". [6], 70, [2], 214.

Full description
€ 4,950
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Massive navigational directory, with sections on the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea and the Gulf

HORSBURGH, James, Gerrit KUIJPER and D. BOES LUTJENS. Zeemans-gids, naar, in en uit Oost-Indiën, China, Japan, Australiën, de Kaap de Goede Hoop, Braziliën en tusschenliggende havens, volgens de vierde Engelsche uitgave van James Horsburgh, ...
Amsterdam, C.F. Stemler, (back of half-title: printed in Haarlem by H. Bakels), 1841. 4to. Contemporary half calf, spine lettered in gold, marbled sides. I-XII, [2], XIII-XXIV, XXVIII, 1376 pp. Full description
€ 3,750
Order Inquire Terms of sale

British military terrain map of the Persian Gulf, published in Calcutta

HUNTER, Frederic Fraser (editor); Sir Sidney Gerald BURRARD (director). Southern Asia series - Southern Persia sheet - Persia, Arabia and Turkey in Asia
[Dehradun, Survey of India Office], sold at the Map Record and Issue Office, Calcutta, 1912. 61.5 x 88 cm. Large photozincographed (heliozincographed) folding map on a scale of 1:2,000,000 in black, blue and red, with relief shown by contours, hachures and gradient tints. Folded. Full description
€ 15,000
Order Inquire Terms of sale

The official narrative of proceedings in the Home Department of the Viceroy of India, Victor Alexander Bruce, 9th Earl of Elgin, 1894-1898

[INDIA]. Summary of the principal measures of the Viceroyalty of the Earl of Elgin in the Home Department, January 1894 to December 1898.
Calcutta, Office of the Superintendent of Government printing, India, 1898. Folio. With armorial vignette on title-page. Blind-stamped blue cloth, title in gold on spine, blue decorated endpapers. [2], IV, [2], 84 pp. Full description
€ 650
Order Inquire Terms of sale

A teenage sailor’s adventures in Arabia, Mumbai and elsewhere

JAMES, Silas. A narrative of a voyage to Arabia, India; &c; ...; with remarks on the genius and disposition of the natives of Arabia Felix; ...
London, printed by William Glindon, sold by the author, [1797]. 8vo. With a frontispiece portrait of the author engraved by William Newman. Modern dark brown calf, gold-tooled spine. “VI” [= VIII], 7, [1 blank], [1], 10-232 pp. Full description
€ 8,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Extremely rare account of the capture of Java by the British in 1811,
dedicated by the author and with a manuscript map and notes

[MILITARIA - JAVA]. [TAYLOR, Thomas William?]. The lay of Cornelis, in three cantos. By an officer who was present at the storm of the French camp, at that place, 26th August, 1811.
Kolkata (Calcutta), The Telegraph Press, 1812. Large 8vo. With a folding manuscript map of the battle tipped in before the title-page (22 x 18 cm). Contemporary half red morocco, blue paper sides, gold-tooled spine, marbled edges, blue endpapers. 2 ll with manuscript text, 36 blank ll, [1], IV, 64 pp, 3 blank ll, 16 ll with manuscript text, 193 blank ll. Full description
€ 4,250
Order Inquire Terms of sale

First Prákrit edition of an Indian folktale by the ancient poet Kálidása

KÁLIDÁSA. Vikramorvasi; or Vikrama and Urvasi: a drama. ... With a commentary, explanatory of the Prákrit passages.
Calcutta, printed at the Education Press, Circular Road, 1830. Large 8vo. Except for the title-page, the book is entirely in the Prákrit language and set in a single size of Devanagari type. Contemporary half calf. [4], 122 pp. (numbered in Prákrit). Full description
€ 575
Order Inquire Terms of sale

A landmark of hadith scholarship: rare first English edition of a noted Sunni text, printed in Calcutta

KHATIB AL-TIBRIZI, Muhammad ibn ’Abd Allah (Arnold N. Matthews, trans.). Mishcàt-ul-Masábìh, or, A collection of the most authentic traditions, regarding the actions and sayings of Múhammed; exhibiting the origin of the manners and customs, the civil, religious and military policy of the Muslemàns.
Calcutta, T. Hubbard at the Hindoostanee Press. 1809-1810. 2 volumes. Small folio (23.5 x 31 cm). Contemporary sheepskin, flat spines with red morocco labels. [6], IX, [1], VI, 665, [1]; [2], VI, 817, [13] pp. Full description
€ 15,000
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Detailed and fascinating practical manual on animals harmful to people and their livestock and crops,
with 3 engravings showing more than 100 animals, especially insects

[KRAFFT, Abraham Friedrich]. Der sowohl Menschen und Viehe grausamen Thiere, schädlichen Ungeziefers und verderblichen Gewürmer gäntzliche Ausrottung.
Nürnberg, Johann Leonhard Buggel, 1709-1712. 2 volumes. 8vo. Each volume with a folding illustrated engraved title-page and a folding letterpress title-page, and a larger folding engraved plate in volume II. Contemporary but not uniform vellum. [22], “699” [= 697], [23]; [38], 944, [48] pp. plus 2 folding letterpress title-pages and the 3 engravings. Full description
€ 4,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Insects and their anatomy, illustrated with 24 plates

LACORDAIRE, Jean Théodore. Introduction à l'entomologie comprenant les principes généraux de l'anatomie et de la physiologie des insectes, ...
Paris, Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret, 1834-1838. 2 text volumes and 1 atlas volume. 8vo. With 24 engraved plates of insects and their anatomy (3 hand-coloured) in the seperate atlas volume. Contemporary half calf. [4], IX, [1 blank], 463, [1 blank]; [4], [1 blank], 681, [3]; [4], 16 pp. Full description
€ 350
Order Inquire Terms of sale

The metamorphosis of butterflies and moths, coloured by a contemporary hand, this edition with 8 new plates to make 33

L'ADMIRAL, Jacob. Naauwkeurige waarneemingen omtrent de veranderingen van veele insekten of gekorvene diertjes.
Amsterdam, Johannes Sluyter, 1774. Large folio (43 x 27 cm). With etched and engraved vignette on the title-page and 33 numbered etched and engraved plates showing 70 kinds of insects (numbered in the text), the vignette and all plates hand-coloured. Contemporary boards covered with sprinkled paper, sewn on 4 vellum tapes. [4], 34, [2] pp. Full description
€ 4,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Very rare and important account of Punjab before the Anglo-Sikh War, printed in Delhi

LAWRENCE, Henry Montgomery. Some passages in the life of an adventurer in the Punjab. Originally published in the Delhi Gazette.
Delhi, Gazette Press, by Kunniah Lall, 1842. 8vo. With a loosely inserted letterpress printed "Note by the publishers" declaring that in hindsight the publisher would have preferred this edition in larger dimensions and in 2 volumes, but the printer lacked understanding of "the art of book printing". Also included is a manuscript note with bibliographical information relating to Indian printing. Contemporary half red roan with gold-tooled title on spine, marbled sides. [IV], [III], 275 pp. Full description
€ 5,250
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Drawing of a scene on the Coromandel Coast for an engraving in a book by Johann Georg Jacobi

[DRAWING - INDIA]. LIPS, Johann Heinrich. Die Küste Coromandel.
[Zürich, 1803]. Pen drawing (10.3 x 6.3 cm) in grey ink with washes on paper (12.5 x 8.5 cm), signed by the artist in the lower right corner of the illustration and with the title in pencil in the lower margin. The whole mounted on a larger paper leaf (with notes: "dessin no 522" and "Lips f." in ink), with a passepartout and in a gilt wooden frame. Full description
€ 6,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

An extensive information source for British colonialists in Madras (India)

[BRITISH-INDIA]. The Madras almanac for the year of our lord 1829, calculated for the meridian of Port St. George. To which are added: lists of the civil, judicial and medical establishments, and of the Europeans not in the King's or Company's service. With other matters of useful information.
Madras, Asylum Press, [1828?]. 8vo. With 1 engraved hand-coloured folding plate showing different kinds of ships flags. Lacking 2 leaves.Contemporary red sheepskin, sprinkled edges. Rebacked in calf, red sheepskin spine label, blue paper pasted over the sides. [1 blank], [2], [1 blank], VI, 1-146, [2], 147-361, [1] blank, XXX, VIII pp. (lacking pp. 19-22). Full description
€ 1,750
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Unique first dated edition of a letter from Portuguese a Jesuit in India and the East Indies

[MAGAGLIANES, Diego di]. Avvisi nuovi et certezza della parte di mezzo giorno. Dove s'intende tre infideli Rè della fede Mahomettana convertiti, & battezzati con li suoi regni, & venuti alla nostra Christiana fede.
Florence, 16 February 1571. Small 8vo (15 x 10.5 cm). With the large woodcut coat of arms of Pope Pius V (74 x 62 mm). Sewn in later stiff paper wrappers. [8] pp. Full description
€ 12,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

With 122 original pen and ink drawings by Arthur Layard for his 1895 Mandeville

MANDEVILLE, John (edited and illustrated by Arthur LAYARD). The marvellous adventures of Sir John Maundevile Kt. Being his voyage and travel which treateth of the way to Jerusalem and of the marvels of Ind with other islands and countries ...
Westminster, Archibald Constable & Co., 1895. With title-page in red and black, 26 full-page line illustrations (including the frontispiece; image size mostly about 15.5 x 9 cm) plus 102 smaller line illustrations (including tailpieces, small portraits, vignettes and initial letters (all the initials and tailpieces include pictorial decoration, so that they also serve as illustrations).
With: LAYARD, Arthur. [121 (of 128) original pen and black ink drawings to illustrate the 1895 Mandeville plus the drawing for the spine of the binding].
[London, 1894-1895]. Original pen drawings in black ink on fine wove paper, mostly twice the size of the illustrations as printed: 22 (image size about 31 x 18 cm) for the full-page illustrations and 99 smaller, plus the drawing for the gold-blocked spine of the publisher's binding. 8vo leaves (printed book) & various sizes (drawings) in a 1mo album (54 x 43.5 cm) in 2 volumes. Uniform half green goatskin morocco album (ca. 1913), signed with a stamp on the free end leaf ("Bound by Riviere & son"), gold-tooled spine. xxx, “414” [= 416], [1], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 22,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Highly detailed maritime atlas

GREAT BRITAIN METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE. Monthly current charts for the Indian Ocean. From information collated & prepared in the Meteorological Office.
London, Admiralty Hydrographic Office, under the superintendence of Rear-Admiral W. J. L. Wharton, 1895-1896. Plano. Oblong Royal 1mo (full-sheet leaves: 51 x 62 cm). An atlas of 12 large black and white nautical charts. Limp cloth with gold-tooled title on front cover. [12] ll. plus the 1-page “Advertisement”. Full description
€ 3,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Naval commerce between Great Britain and the coasts of Arabia and East Africa

MILBURN, William. Oriental commerce; or the East India traders complete guide; containing a geographical and nautical description of the maritime parts of India, China, Japan, and the neighbouring countries, including the Easter Islands, and the trading stations on the passage from Europe; with an account of their respective commerce, productions, coins, weights, and measures; their port regulations, duties, rates, charges, &c.
London, Kingsbury, Parbury and Allen, 1825. Large 8vo. With 21 folding engraved maps. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine with black morocco label, gold fillets on boards. [6], 586 pp. Full description
€ 12,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Tea and its cultivation in Asam and Ceylon investigated: presentation copy, with 22 original albumen prints

[CEYLON - TEA]. NETSCHER, H.J.Th., and Alexander Albert HOLLE. Verslag eener reis naar de thee-districten van Britsch-Indie en Ceylon ondernomen door de heeren H.J.Th. Netscher en A.A. Holle in opdracht van de Cultuur Maatschappij Parakan-Salak.
Including: Harold Hart MANN. Het ferment in het theeblad en zijne verhouding tot de hoedanigheid der thee.
Batavia, G. Kolff & Co., 1903. 2 works in 1 volume. Folio. With 1 engraved double-page plate, 4 lithographed colour-plates and 22 albumen photographs with guard leaves containing text. Contemporary brown cloth, title in gold, decorated endpapers. [2], 93, [1] pp. Full description
€ 4,850
Order Inquire Terms of sale

British India's foreign trade during the years 1874-1884

O'CONOR, James Edward. Review of the accounts of the trade and navigation of India for 1874-75, as compared with previous years.
Calcutta, Office of the superintendent of government printing, 1876.
With:
(2) Memorandum reviewing the accounts of the trade and navigation of British India for 1875-76. Dated the 24th February 1877.
[Calcutta?], Government central press, 1877.
(3) Review of the trade of British India for the official year 1876-77.Calcutta, 25 October1877.
(4) Review of the trade of British India with other countries, for the official year 1878-1879.
[Calcutta?], Government central press, 1879.
(5) Review of the maritime trade of British India with other countries for the official year 1879-80.Calcutta, office of the superintendent of government printing, 1880.
(6) Review of the maritime trade of British India with other countries for the official year 1880-81.Calcutta, office of the superintendent of government printing, 1881.
(7) Review of the maritime trade of British India with other countries for the official year 1881-82.Calcutta, office of the superintendent of government printing, 1882.
(8) Review of the accounts of the sea-borne foreign trade of British India for the official year ending 31st March 1883.Simla, Government central branch press, 1883.
(9) Review of the accounts of the sea-borne foreign trade of British India for the official year ending 31st March 1884.Simla, Government central branch press, 1884.
9 parts in 1 volume. Folio. Near contemporary red cloth. Full description
€ 6,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

"For Official Use Only."

PAGET, William Henry, MASON, A. H. & others (editors). Frontier and overseas expeditions from India. Compiled in the intelligence branch of the divisions of the chief of the staff army head quarters India. In six volumes. For official use only.
Simla, Government Monotype Press, 1907-1911. 8 volumes (6 plus 2 supplements). 8vo. With 43 maps and 8 plans.
Uniform contemporary half calf, green cloth sides, gold-stamped spine labels. Full description
€ 125,000
Order Inquire Terms of sale

A crucial moment in the history of the Russian expansion in Central Asia

[PEROVSKY, Vasily Aleksyeevic]. A narrative of the Russian military expedition to Khiva, under General Perofski in 1839.
Calcutta, Office of superintendent government printing, 1867. 8°. With 1 folding plate (plan of the camp, with the positions of the troops) and 1 folding map of the region Orenburg, Kazachstan. Original publishers green cloth; re-backed with original backstrip laid down. [2], ii, 182 pp. Full description
€ 4,750
Order Inquire Terms of sale

The British admiralty’s pilot guide for the South Indian Ocean

[PILOT GUIDE]. South Indian Ocean pilot. Comprising Madagascar, Iles Comores, Ile de la Réunion, Mauritius, the Seychelles, the Chagos Archipelago, and other islands lying westward of longitude 80° East. Sixth edition.
London, hydrographic department, admiralty (colophon: printed by Butler & Tanner), 1946. 8vo. With two maps, to be used as an index, 10 plates and a few illustrations in text. Publisher's beige cloth.
With: Supplement no. 5-1956 relating to the South Indian Ocean pilot sixth edition, 1946 corrected to 23 April, 1956.
London, hydrographic department, admiralty (colophon: printed by Tinlling & Co., Liverpool), 1946. 8vo. With a loosely inserted folding plate illustrating the system of buoyage. Publisher's wrappers. XXX, 403, [1]; 46 pp. Full description
€ 750
Order Inquire Terms of sale

The First Anglo-Afghan War: an extraordinary snapshot of the Nort-West Frontier of British India between 1840 en 1845.

[PUNJAB-BRITISH SECRETARIAT]. Press lists of old records in the Punjab Secretariat - Volume VII. - North-West Frontier Agency. Correspondence with Government, 1840-1845.
Lahore, printed by the superintendent, Government Printing, Punjab, 1915. 1 volume bound as 2. Folio. With an addendum slip facing p. 197. Brown calf, with "Book 1" and "Book 2" in gold on the spines. [2?], 993 pp. Full description
€ 6,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Early study of noxious wood insects that harm trees, with hand-coloured steel-engravings

RATZEBURG, Julius Theodor Christian (Edgar Bourée de CORBERON, transl.). Les hylophtires et leurs ennemis, ou description et iconographie des insectes les plus nuisibles aux forèts, ainsi que des autres animaux causant des dégâts dans les bois, avec une méthode pour apprendre à les détruire et à ménager ceux qui leur font la guerre.
Nordhansen, Leipzig, B.G.H. Schmidt, 1842. Large 8vo. With 4 folding tables, 2 woodcuts in text and 6 full-page engraved plates, one with useful insects and five with harmful insects, all six hand-coloured by the publisher. Original green publisher's printed paper wrappers over stiff boards. XXXIV, 246 pp. Full description
€ 325
Order Inquire Terms of sale

the earliest major indigenous Indian saint and the earliest saint active in Ceylon">"The greatest Christian missionary that Asia has ever produced":
the earliest major indigenous Indian saint and the earliest saint active in Ceylon

REGO, Sebastião do.

Vida do veneravel padre Joseph Vaz.
Lisbon, José Antonio Silva, 1745. Narrow 4to (20.5 x 14.5 cm). With a woodcut decoration on the title-page. Dark blue morocco (ca. 1875/95), gilt edges. [28], 354 pp.

Full description
€ 5,750
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Shah Jahan, Begum of Bhopal, becomes the second female member of the Order of the Star of India

[SHAH JAHAN, Begum of BHOPAL], Thomas George BARING and others. [Official documents related to the investiture of Sultan Shah Jahan, the Begum of Bhopal, in the Order of the Star of India].
[Fort William (Kolkata) and other places, ca. 1873]. Folio (ca. 32.5 x 21 cm). Finely written letter in English signed "Northbrook" and addressed to Shah Jahan; about 11 official manuscripts in Urdu (7 verified as "true copy" or "true translation", some on folding leaves); and 3 folding manuscript pages giving the contents of the folder. Many of the documents include manuscript annotations in Urdu in the margin and two documents contain large stamps (text in Urdu). Loose in a contemporary government folder with a paper label and a manuscript title in Urdu on the front. Full description
€ 7,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Growing insects: important treatise on the gradual growth of insects' limbs and on metamorphosis

SWAMMERDAM, Jan. Histoire generale des insectes. Ou l'on expose clairement la manière lente & presqu' insensible de l'accroissement de leurs membres, & ou l'on decouvre evidemment l'erreur ou l'on tombe d'ordinaire au sujet de leur prétendué transformation.
Utrecht, Guillaume de Walcheren, 1682. Small-4to. With a woodcut title-vignette, 1 folded table and 13 engraved plates (10 folding) with meticulous illustrations of insects metamorphoses and the gradual growth of their limbs. 18th-century marbled boards, manuscript spine label. [8], 215, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 1,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Sanskrit verses with music for 44 realms of Queen Victoria’s empire, printed and bound in Calcutta

TAGORE, Sourindro Mohun (Saurindra Mohana THAKURA). Victoria Sámrájyan, or Sanskrit stanzas [with a translation] on the various dependencies of the British Crown, each composed and set to the respective national music in commemoration of the assumption by ... Queen Victoria of the diadem - "Indiae Imperatrix." ... Second edition.
Calcutta (Kolkata), published by the author, printed by I.C. Bose & Co. (The Stanhope Press), 1882. Royal 8vo (23.5 x 15 cm). With more than 25 woodcut tailpieces (plus a couple repeats) showing Indian musical instruments. Contemporary gold-tooled green sheepskin, made in Calcutta for the author, probably for presentation, each board with a decorative roll outer border, a thick-thin inner border with 4 large waterlily cornerpieces, the front board with the author's family crest and motto, the back board with an ornamental centrepiece, title in the 2nd of 5 fields on the spine, the others with decorations, gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins, gilt edges. [4], xii, 163, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 2,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

31 Sanskrit, Hindi and Bengali songs with music, printed and bound in Calcutta

TAGORE, Sourindro Mohun (Saurindra Mohana THAKURA). A few specimens of Indian songs.
Calcutta (Kolkata), published by the author, printed by I.C. Bose & Co. (The Stanhope Press), 1879. Royal 8vo (23.5 x 15 cm). Set in Devanagari (for Sanskrit and Hindi), Bengali (for Bengali) and roman types with incidental italic and textura gothic. The present copy has the dedication leaf for Lord Robert Bulwer-Lytton, Viceroy and Governor-General of India, printed in blue with an elaborate red border built up from typographic ornaments. Contemporary gold-tooled green sheepskin, made in Calcutta for the author, probably for presentation, each board with a decorative roll outer border, a thick-thin inner border with 4 large waterlily cornerpieces, the front board with the author's family crest and motto, the back board with an ornamental centrepiece, title in the 2nd of 5 fields on the spine, the others with decorations, gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins, gilt edges. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], 113, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 3,500
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Convolute containing 23 rare Portuguese works on exploration and travel,
2 famous shipwrecks and the 1783/84 bombardment of Algiers

[EXPLORATION & TRAVEL - 18TH-CENTURY]. TRINDADE, Joseph da. Relaçam summaria e noticiosa dos lugares santos de Jerusalem, e dos mais, de que na Terra Santa, & Pallestina, està de posse, ... resumindoa (de muytos livros, que tratam desta materia, & de outras novas noticias, ...) ...
Lisbon, Miguel Manescal, 1709. With woodcut coat-of-arms of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and woodcut headpieces in the text.
With: (2) Memórias históricas para o presente seculo nas quaes se vêm as cousas mais importantes, que se passáram em todas as cortes no mez de Janeiro 1744.
Lisbon, Luiz Josef Correa Lemos, 1744.
(3) Auto novo, curioso, historico, e genealogico da criaçaõ do universo.
Lisbon, Manoel Antonio Monteiro, 1760. With a woodcut title vignette with a coat-of-arms and woodcut tailpieces in the text.
(4) Mauricio da CRUZ. Elogio do Irmaõ Fr. Manoel convertido, sacerdote, natural da Granja Nova, termo da Villa da Ocanha de Salzedas, Comarca, e Bispado da Cidade de Lamego, ...
(colophon: Lisbon, Manoel Coelho Amado, 1759).
(5) Antonio de MORAES E SILVA. Prospecto para a subscripcão que se faze em casa de Borel, Borel, e Companhia do novo diccionario da lingua portugueza.
[Lisbon], [Simão Thaddeo Ferreira? for Borel, Borel and Company], [shortly before 1789?].
(6) [Pierre-Curel PARISOT]. Aviso de subscripçaõ para a edi[çam], am das memorias histoicas do P. Norberto.
Lisbon, 1761.(7) Relaçaõ dos grandes combates, que teve a Armada Hespanhola combinada, com os Argelinos, dentro na sua mesma Bahia de Argel.
Lisbon, Lino da Silva Godinho, 1784. With a woodcut title vignette of a ship and a woodcut tailpiece.
(8) Relaçaõ dos grandes progressos que a. armada Franceza tem feito nas Costas de Barbaria.
Lisbon, Ignacio Nogueira Xisto, 1765. With a woodcut title vignette.
(9) Resposta á carta, que hum amigo de Lisboa escreveo a outro da provincial da Beira, em que lhe dava parte da trasladação do SS. Sacramento e da imagem de Nossa Senhora da Incarnação ...
Lisbon, Simão Thaddeo Ferreira, 1784.
(10) Relaçaõ das desgracas occasionadas em divertas partes dAlemanha, pelas grandes cheias, que ahi tem havido este anno: e da infeliz morte do vircetuose Principe Leopoldo de Brunswick.
Lisbon, Domingos Gonsalves, 1785. With a woodcut title-vignette.
(11) Historia verdadeira acontecida no Reino do Algarve ...
Lisbon, Jozef da Silva Nazareth, 1785. With a woodcut title vignette.
(12) Relaçaõ dos grandes elogios que tem feito os Hespanhoes, ...
Lisbon, [Filippe da Silva e Azevedo], 1786. With a woodcut title vignette and a woodcut headpiece.
(13) Relaçao da viagem, e naufragio do navio da Companhia Britanica das Indias Orientaes denominado a Halsewell ... e a lista das pessoas que se salvaraõ do naufragio do navio de guerre Hespanhol o S. Pedro de Alcantra ...
Lisbon, Jozef de Aquino Bulhoens, 1786. With a woodcut title vignette of a ship.
(14) Elogio ao illustrissimo e excellentissimo senhor Marquez do Pombal, do concelho de Sua Magestade Fidelissima, ...
Lisbon, Filippe da Silva e Azevedo, 1786. With a woodcut headpiece.
(15) O filosofo solitario convencido por si mesmo.
(colophon: Lisbon, Lino da Silva Godinho, 1788).
(16) Historia do amante liberal offerecida a illustrissima, e excellentissima senhora ...
Lisbon, Antonio Gomes, 1788.
(17) Relaçaõ de dous extraordinarios, e notaveis sucessos, que constaõ de huma carta, que ha pouco tempo veio da cidade de Londres.
Lisbon, Lino da Silva Godinho, 1789. With a woodcut title vignette.
(18) [Yan de ALMEIDA PRADO?]. O preto, e o bugîo ambos no mato, discorrendo sobre a arte de ter dinheiro sem ir ao Brasil. ... Primeira, e segunda parte.
Lisbon, Francisco Luiz Ameno, 1789. With a woodcut title vignette.
(19) Relaçaõ do que aconteceu abordo do navio Inglez, que felizmente escapou de dar a costa no Cabo Espichel ...
Lisbon, Antonio Gomes, 1811.
(20) Relac̨aõ das ceremonias militares, com que em Lagos se deu sepultura ao cadaver do chefe de esquadras Jozé de Mello Brayner.
Lisbon, Antonio Gomes, 1811. With a woodcut headpiece.
(21) [Anacleto Simam DAMO]. Nova, famosa, e exemplar historia da formosa Felisberta de nação Espanhola, ... Primeira parte.
Lisbon, Antonio Gomes, [1791?].
(22) Nova, famosa, e exemplar historia da formosa Felisberta de nação Espanhola, ... Segunda parte.
Lisbon, Antonio Gomes, 1791.
(23) Catalogo de alguns livros Portuguezes, que a viuva ... Bertrand e filhos, mercadores de livros, mandarão imprimir ..., ou tem as edições, e se vendem na sua loja, ...
(colophon: Lisbon, Simão Thaddeo Ferreira), 1791.23 works bound as 1. 4to and 8vo. Contemporary (ca. 1811) sheepskin, gold-tooled spine, red morocco spine label with title in gold, marbled endpapers. Full description
€ 11,750
Order Inquire Terms of sale

Dutch translation of a lively account of a voyage to India and China (and St. Helena)

WATHEN, James. Reis naar Madras en China, en terug over St. Helena. Uit het Engels vertaald door N. Messchaert. Met platen. In een deel compleet.
Dordrecht, A. Blussé and son, 1816. 8vo. With 7 full-page engraved plates (the second bound in as frontispiece), 2 by J.C. Bendorp, 5 by W. van Senus, all after the plates in the original English edition which were drawn by James Wathen. Half calf, ornamental paper sides, brown morocco spine label. VIII, 357, [2] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
Order Inquire Terms of sale
67 books books found / Show pages