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BAILEY, Truman, 1902-1959 : POLYNESIAN VENTURE.

BAILEY, Truman, 1902-1959 : POLYNESIAN VENTURE.

New York : Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1939. First edition. Photographer and designer looking for fashion ideas in Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Polynesia, Samoa, etc.
Royal 8vo (24cm). (x),(234),[ii]pp. Plates. Original decorative cloth; a few very faint marks, endpapers a little browned, but a very good copy.

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CHATTERTON, E. Keble (Edward Keble), 1878-1944 : CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH.

CHATTERTON, E. Keble (Edward Keble), 1878-1944 : CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH.

London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, (1927). First edition. An elegant life of John Smith of Virginia (1580?-1631), soldier, explorer, admiral, colonial governor, and bestower of the name “New England” – rescue by Pocahontas and all the rest. In the “Golden Hind” series.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),286,[vi]pp. Portrait frontispiece. Plates. Three maps, two folding. Original cloth; some very minor wear and a few marks, but a good and sound copy. Pencilled 1930 gift inscription to A. B. Albright – presumably Alfred Beaumont Albright (1861-1932) of Worcestershire.

£25

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DOUGLAS, Norman (George Norman), 1868-1952 : SIREN LAND.

DOUGLAS, Norman (George Norman), 1868-1952 : SIREN LAND.

London : J. M. Dent & Sons, 1911. First edition : although 1,500 copies were printed, 200 were sent to New York to make up the American edition – and 890 were later pulped, leaving a maximum of 410 surviving copies. “A new stage of intimacy in the Anglo-Italian love affair and one of the happiest of travel books” – Cyril Connolly citing this among his 100 Key-Books of the Modern Movement.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,302pp. Title-page in olive and red. Frontispiece and twenty-three plates. Map of Sorrento and Capri. Original olive cloth, blocked and lettered on upper cover in dark green, and blocked and lettered across spine in gilt; top edge gilt; lightly rubbed and very slightly worn; a few slight marks; two very faint horizontal creases to spine, endpapers a little tanned; some occasional spotting; just a touch shaken, but overall a very good and still bright copy of a notoriously difficult title. Connolly 20. Woolf A13a.

£400

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FLEISHER, Wilfrid, 1897-1976 : VOLCANIC ISLE.

FLEISHER, Wilfrid, 1897-1976 : VOLCANIC ISLE.

Garden City : Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1941. First edition. An account of “totalitarian Japan as it has evolved over the last ten years, the new Japan which aims to be supreme in Asia and to emerge as a partner of the Axis in a new world order”. Fleisher’s family had owned “The Japan Advertiser” and he had lived there between 1914 and 1940, also working as a correspondent of “The New York Times”, “The New York Herald Tribune”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),(346),[ii]pp. Original cloth; endpapers tanned, but otherwise a very good copy in a chipped and price-clipped Hawkins dust-jacket.

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GOLDING, Louis, 1895-1958 : SUNWARD.

GOLDING, Louis, 1895-1958 : SUNWARD.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1924. First edition. Sketches of travel through Italy to Messina and Sicily, via Bolzano, Verona, Padua, Bologna, Ravenna, Rimini, Naples, Capri, etc., with mention of Norman Douglas, etc. “A rich tapestry, woven with fine language in a design of poetry, fancy, and fantasy. We enjoy every glowing strand of it” (Clarion, 7th November 1924).
Crown 8vo (19cm). (xvi),(320),[iv]pp. Original black cloth, with white paper label printed in red on spine; very faint spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original yellow dust-jacket, printed in red – just very slightly marked.

£40

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GREY, J.R. (Jack Reginald), 1890- & GREY, B.B. (Beatrice Buckland), 1893- : SOUTH SEA SETTLERS.

GREY, J.R. (Jack Reginald), 1890- & GREY, B.B. (Beatrice Buckland), 1893- : SOUTH SEA SETTLERS.

New York : Henry Holt & Co., [1927]. First edition : the American issue of the British sheets. A couple set up home on Moorea, the neighbouring island to Tahiti.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (264)pp. Plates. Linocuts by Beatrice Buckland Grey. Endpaper maps. Original cloth; very good indeed in slightly nicked and chipped dust-jacket.

£25

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HALL, Duncan : THE PRIEST OF THE LEGION.

HALL, Duncan : THE PRIEST OF THE LEGION.

London : Peter Lunn, 1947. First edition. A study of Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916) – among the Tuaregs, etc. Illustrated by William Stobbs.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 180pp. Illustrations. Maps. Original cloth; a very good and bright copy in the Stobbs dust-jacket – just faintly tanned.

£20

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HOLDRIDGE, Desmond, 1906-1946 : FEUDAL ISLAND.

HOLDRIDGE, Desmond, 1906-1946 : FEUDAL ISLAND.

New York : Harcourt, Brace & Co., (1939). First edition. A visit to the extraordinary island of Marajó at the mouth of the Amazon – a place where isolated feudal traditions “stem straight from the Conquistadors”.
Post 8vo (21cm). [x],242,[ii],[2]pp. Striking photo plates by the author. Endpaper maps. Original pictorial cloth; very good in a slightly sunned, lightly chipped and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£25

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LEIGH-FERMOR, Patrick (Sir Patrick Michael), 1915-2011 : A TIME OF GIFTS : ON FOOT TO CONSTANTINOPLE: FROM THE HOOK OF HOLLAND TO THE MIDDLE DANUBE.

LEIGH-FERMOR, Patrick (Sir Patrick Michael), 1915-2011 : A TIME OF GIFTS : ON FOOT TO CONSTANTINOPLE: FROM THE HOOK OF HOLLAND TO THE MIDDLE DANUBE.

London : John Murray, (1977). First edition. On foot across Europe at the age of eighteen in the 1930s – “like a tramp, a pilgrim, or a wandering scholar” through Holland, Germany, Vienna, Prague, and on into Hungary – the first instalment of a famous journey reconstructed from maps, memories, and a diary – fascinating on every page. One of the twentieth-century classics – a “sublime masterpiece” (William Dalrymple).
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],(292),[iv]pp. Portrait frontispiece. Double-page map. With the elusive errata slip – “for ‘water-hog’ read ‘water-hag’”, etc. – in duplicate. Original boards; a few very faint spots, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket by John Craxton (1922-2009) – just faintly sunned (as usual) and lightly spotted on flaps and rear panel, but still very good.

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MARSHALL, Herbert (Herbert Menzies), 1841-1913 & MARSHALL, Hester, 1886-1973 : CATHEDRAL CITIES OF FRANCE.MARSHALL, Herbert (Herbert Menzies), 1841-1913 & MARSHALL, Hester, 1886-1973 : CATHEDRAL CITIES OF FRANCE.

MARSHALL, Herbert (Herbert Menzies), 1841-1913 & MARSHALL, Hester, 1886-1973 : CATHEDRAL CITIES OF FRANCE.

London : William Heinemann, 1907. First edition. A charming and richly illustrated record of summer visits over five years, put together by the gifted water-colour artist Herbert Marshall and his daughter. Boulogne, Amiens, Laôn, Rheims, Soissons, Rouen, Evreux, Lisieux, Bayeux, St. Lô, Coutances, Le Mans, Angers, Tours, Blois, Chartres, Orleans, Bourges, Nevers, Moulins, Limoges, Périgeux, Angoulême, Poitiers, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Sens, Auxerre, Troyes, Meaux, Senlis, Beauvais, and Paris.
Crown 4to (24cm). x,(282),[ii]pp. Sixty tissue-guarded colour plates by Herbert Marshall. Original yellow cloth, lettered in black and blocked in gilt; some very mild rubbing and wear; some spotting, mainly to prelims and edges, but a good copy of a handsome production.

£40

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O’BRIEN, Frederick, 1869-1932 : MYSTIC ISLES OF THE SOUTH SEAS.

O’BRIEN, Frederick, 1869-1932 : MYSTIC ISLES OF THE SOUTH SEAS.

New York : Century Co., 1921. First edition. O’Brien looks back on his time in Tahiti – some of the time spent in company with the poet Rupert Brooke, of whom he provides a little-known first-hand account.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xvi),534,[ii]pp. Plates. Folding map. Original pictorial cloth; just lightly rubbed; some slight spotting and browning, but a very good copy.

£30

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PATON, Maggie Whitecross (Margaret Whitecross) -1905 : LETTERS AND SKETCHES FROM THE NEW HEBRIDES.

PATON, Maggie Whitecross (Margaret Whitecross) -1905 : LETTERS AND SKETCHES FROM THE NEW HEBRIDES.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, 1894. First edition. An extraordinary sequence of letters home to Scotland from Aniwa in the New Hebrides, dating from 1865 to 1889. Maggie Whitecross Paton was the second wife of the well-known missionary John G. Paton and the letters provide another slant on his own well-known autobiography.
Post 8vo (21cm). (xiv),382,[ii]pp. Frontispiece. Twenty-three photo illustrations, many full-page. Coloured map. Original cloth gilt; slightly bruised and marked; a few minor spots; just a little strained, but a very good copy.

£50

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SAUMAREZ, Philip, 1710-1747 : LOG OF THE CENTURION : BASED ON THE ORIGINAL PAPERS OF CAPTAIN PHILIP SAUMAREZ ON BOARD HMS CENTURION, LORD ANSON’S FLAGSHIP DURING HIS CIRCUMNAVIGATION 1740-44.

SAUMAREZ, Philip, 1710-1747 : LOG OF THE CENTURION : BASED ON THE ORIGINAL PAPERS OF CAPTAIN PHILIP SAUMAREZ ON BOARD HMS CENTURION, LORD ANSON’S FLAGSHIP DURING HIS CIRCUMNAVIGATION 1740-44.

London : Hart-Davis, MacGibbon, (1973). First edition. Extracts from the long-lost log-books, discovered in Guernsey along with other letters and documents, and giving a new perspective on this celebrated voyage. Edited, introduced, and with commentary by Leo Heaps.
Super royal 8vo (26cm). 264pp. Numerous illustrations; charts; facsimiles, etc., some in colour. Original imitation leather; very good in very lightly tanned dust-jacket.

£25

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SEVERIN, Timothy, 1940- : THE GOLDEN ANTILLES.

SEVERIN, Timothy, 1940- : THE GOLDEN ANTILLES.

London : Hamish Hamilton, (1970). First edition. Tim Severin, himself a formidable sailor and re-creator of epic voyages, looks at the travellers, adventurers, pirates, buccaneers and soldiers of fortune drawn by the lure of the golden dream – William Dampier, El Dorado, John Esquemeling, Thomas Gage – the man who loved chocolate, Laurence Keymis, William Paterson, William Penn, Sir Walter Ralegh, Robert Venables, Lionel Wafer and more.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [2],(xii),336,xii,[2],[ii]pp. Plates. Map. Original boards; top edge blue; a handful of edge-spots, but a very good copy in the George Mayhew dust-jacket – the jacket slightly creased and with a very short tear to lower panel, but clean and complete.

£20

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[SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS (Martin)” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915]] : THROUGH CONNEMARA IN A GOVERNESS CART.

[SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS (Martin)” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915]] : THROUGH CONNEMARA IN A GOVERNESS CART.

London : W. H. Allen & Co., 1893 [but 1892]. First edition : in the more attractive of the two green variant bindings. “This is a very funny book of adventure which reads like a novel. Two Irishwomen disgusted with London weather, undertook a trip through Connemara” (Cork Constitution, 21st November 1892). With illustrations by W. W. Russell, worked up (not wholly to her approval) from Somerville’s original sketches.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,200 + 32pp advertisements dated January 1893. Full page illustrations. Original green cloth, pictorially blocked (to Somerville’s design) on spine and upper cover in blue, ochre and black, and lettered on upper cover and spine in gilt; black endpapers; just a touch of wear; front endpaper strained; a few mild flaws, but overall a very good copy. Contemporary presentation inscription on behalf of the Oxford Gardens Girls’ School Swimming Club to Constance Cave – first prize for for “swimming on back” – presumably Constance Cave (1884-1919), daughter of a London jeweller.

£200

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STARK, Freya (Freya Madeline), 1893-1993 : TRAVELLER’S PRELUDE / BEYOND EUPHRATES : AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1928-1933 / THE COAST OF INCENSE : AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1933-1939 / DUST IN THE LION'S PAW : AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1939-1946.

STARK, Freya (Freya Madeline), 1893-1993 : TRAVELLER'S PRELUDE / BEYOND EUPHRATES : AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1928-1933 / THE COAST OF INCENSE : AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1933-1939 / DUST IN THE LION’S PAW : AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1939-1946.

London : John Murray, (1950-1961). A complete first edition set of the four volumes of Stark’s autobiography – the first volume signed by the author on the half-title. From her picaresque childhood, through her life and travels in the Arab and Persian world, to World War II – “It is difficult to know which to admire more, her vivid description of her experiences or the realism of the lessons which she draws from them ... Our future is uncontrollable if we are unable to read our past” (Sir Charles Petrie in The Illustrated London News, 28th October 1961).
Four volumes. Demy 8vo (23cm). (xiv),346; (xvi),(342),[ii]; (xvi),(288); xii,(298),[ii]pp. Numerous plates – many from the author’s own photographs; portraits; maps, some double-page, etc. Wood-engraved decorations by Reynolds Stone. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt, with facsimiles of the author’s signature on upper covers; the first volume a little faded; some edge-spotting, chiefly to the final volume, but otherwise a very good set in the Frank Quilter dust-jackets – the first price-clipped, a little worn, nicked and chipped, with repairs at head; the second price-clipped, a little chipped, with repaired tears to foot at folds; the third with slight chipping at head and some repaired nicks; the fourth very good, with only a hint of wear. The first volume with the decorative bookplate of Jean A. Callander of Westwood, Falkirk, the third and fourth with unrelated inscriptions.

£500

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STARK, Freya (Freya Madeline), 1893-1993 : ROME ON THE EUPHRATES : THE STORY OF A FRONTIER.

STARK, Freya (Freya Madeline), 1893-1993 : ROME ON THE EUPHRATES : THE STORY OF A FRONTIER.

London : John Murray, (1966). First edition. “This is the history of the long frontier of the Euphrates through eight centuries of Roman warfare”. A panoramic survey of the power-sapping travails of Rome on the eastern outskirts of empire – the Seleucid kings, the Parthians, the Armenian wars, etc. – and a message of “the uselessness of war across a frontier whose trade was able to benefit both sides”.
Medium 8vo (23cm). (xii),(460)pp. Plates. Double-page map. Folding map at rear. Bibliography, etc. Original canvas, lettered in gilt; just a touch sunned; a few ninor marks and spots, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket price-clipped by the publisher with a revised price over-sticker, and with some very minor marking and wear, but also very good.

£40

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STARK, Freya (Freya Madeline), 1893-1993 : THE JOURNEY’S ECHO : SELECTIONS FROM FREYA STARK.

STARK, Freya (Freya Madeline), 1893-1993 : THE JOURNEY’S ECHO : SELECTIONS FROM FREYA STARK.

London : John Murray, (1963). First edition. A selection of the best of her travel and autobiographical writing, – Syria, Baghdad, Arabia, Ionia, etc. – introduced by Lawrence Durrell.
Post 8vo (21cm). xiv,(224),[ii]pp. Plates. Original turquoise cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge blue; a very good copy in the Harvey dust-jacket, price-clipped by the publisher, with a revised price over-sticker, and just lightly rubbed and creased.

£25

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : VAILIMA LETTERS : BEING CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESSED BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON TO SIDNEY COLVIN. NOVEMBER, 1890 – OCTOBER, 1894.

STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : VAILIMA LETTERS : BEING CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESSED BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON TO SIDNEY COLVIN. NOVEMBER, 1890 – OCTOBER, 1894.

Chicago : Stone & Kimball, 1895. First American edition : possibly preceding the one-volume London edition published by Methuen in November 1895. Letters from the South Seas, with an introduction by Sidney Colvin.
Two volumes. Foolscap 8vo (18cm). (282),[ii],[2]; (276),[ii],[2]pp. Frontispieces (one an etched portrait of Stevenson by William Strang). Original green buckram, ruled and lettered in gilt; top edges gilt; just a hint of rubbing; just a touch dulled, but a very good set, housed in a jaunty protective patterned-paper slip-case. Prideaux 42.

£50

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TOMLINSON, H.M. (Henry Major), 1873-1958 : GIFTS OF FORTUNE : WITH SOME HINTS FOR THOSE ABOUT TO TRAVEL.

TOMLINSON, H.M. (Henry Major), 1873-1958 : GIFTS OF FORTUNE : WITH SOME HINTS FOR THOSE ABOUT TO TRAVEL.

London : William Heinemann, 1926. First edition. Tomlinson with adventures in a Devon estuary, in the Brazils, off the coast of Celebes, on the Chesil Bank, in the forests of the Malay Peninsula, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],(168)pp. Original cloth; endpapers lightly tanned, but a very good and bright copy in a faintly tanned, slightly dusty and lightly chipped dust-jacket.

£20

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UNWIN, Stanley (Sir Stanley), 1884-1968 & STORR, Severn : TWO YOUNG MEN SEE THE WORLD.

UNWIN, Stanley (Sir Stanley), 1884-1968 & STORR, Severn : TWO YOUNG MEN SEE THE WORLD.

London : George Allen & Unwin, (1934). First edition. A handsomely illustrated journal of a pre Great War world tour by the publisher Stanley Unwin and his companion. The tour takes in Rhodesia, South Africa, Australia (Adelaide & Melbourne), Tasmania, New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, New Guinea, the Philippines, Japan, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (512)pp. Plates. Original cloth; a very good copy in a very clean dust-jacket – price-clipped and just slightly nicked.

£30

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WELZL, Jan, 1868-1948 : THIRTY YEARS IN THE GOLDEN NORTH.

WELZL, Jan, 1868-1948 : THIRTY YEARS IN THE GOLDEN NORTH.

New York : Macmilllan Co., 1932. First edition in English. Hunting for gold and furs, principally in Arctic Siberia and the Yukon. Forword by Karel Capek. Introduction by Bedrich Golombek and Edvard Valenta. Translated by Paul Selver from the original Czech edition of 1930.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 336pp. Folding map. Original cloth gilt; top edge orange; a few edge spots, spine slightly creased, small nick in upper cover, but otherwise a very good and sound copy in a nicked, chipped and lightly sunned dust-jacket.

£25

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WELZL, Jan, 1868-1948 : THE QUEST FOR POLAR TREASURES.

WELZL, Jan, 1868-1948 : THE QUEST FOR POLAR TREASURES.

London : George Allen & Unwin, (1933). First edition in English. The sequel to “Thirty Years in the Golden North” – hunting for gold and furs, principally in Arctic Alaska and Canada. Introduction by Bedrich Golombek and Edvard Valenta. Translated from the original Czech edition of 1930 by Marie & Robert Weatherall.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 352pp. Original canvas; spine a little mottled, but otherwise a very good copy in a lightly tanned dust-jacket.

£25

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WHITE, Edmund (Edmund Valentine), 1940- : THE FLÂNEUR : A STROLL THROUGH THE PARADOXES OF PARIS.

WHITE, Edmund (Edmund Valentine), 1940- : THE FLÂNEUR : A STROLL THROUGH THE PARADOXES OF PARIS.

London : Bloomsbury Publishing, (2001). First edition. A sixteen-year sojourn in Paris, wandering “through the streets and avenues and along the quays, into parts of Paris virtually unknown to visitors and indeed to many Parisians ... an exhilarating adventure with a most seductive companion”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [x],(212),[ii]pp. Endpaper maps. Original pictorial boards; a few faint marks, but still very good in the matching dust-jacket – also very good.

£20

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