1. [ACROSS AFRICA BY BICYCLE.] ROACH, Rev. Charles A.  An album of 88 original photographs, plus a 67 loose images, recording Roach's travels by bicycle through South Africa, Belgian Congo, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan.  1943.

Rev. Roach travelled alone by bicycle from Durban to Cairo in 1943. It was apparently quicker for him to cycle back from South Africa to his parish in Iraq, than to wait for a ship. Armed only with an air-raid siren to scare off elephants, he covered some 2000 miles through Central Africa. This unique series of photographs includes travel snapshots of an unusually high quality, particularly of the people Roach met along the way.  Includes images of Rwandan women posing with his bicycle, Sudanese men armed with spears and, the ‘first confirmation of Pygmies in the forest of Mboga'. £300

2. [AFRICA.]  A substantial run of ‘Africana Notes and News' and ‘Quarterly Bulletin of the South African Library'.   Cape Town, South African Library; Johannesburg, Africana Society, 1950s – 1970s.

145 monthly issues, 8vo (23 x 15.5 cm); original printed wrappers. £100

3. [AINU.] HOWARD, Benjamin Douglas.  Life with Trans-Siberian savages. London, Longman, Green, and Co., 1893.

8vo (19 x 12.5 cm), pp. x, 209, 24 (publisher's list); original green cloth, gilt lettering; corners bumped, minor rubbing to extremities.  £775

First edition.  A scarce publication devoted almost entirely to the Ainu of Sakhalin. Cordier, Japonica 621.

4. [AINU.] BATCHELOR, John.  Sea-girt Yezo. Glimpses at Missionary work in North Japan.  London, Church Missionary Society, 1902.

8vo (18.5 x 15 cm), pp. vi, 120, with a frontispiece and numerous illustrations in the text; original red cloth, Ainu fisherman blocked in gilt on the upper cover; extremities a little rubbed and sunned.  £450

First edition.  One of the scarcest of Batchelor's works, aimed primarily at younger readers, recounting missionary work in Hokkaido, largely among Ainu communities.  Not in Cordier Japonica.

5. [AINU.]  BATCHELOR, John. The Ainu and their folklore. London, Religious Tract Society, 1901.

8vo (21.5 x 13.5 cm), pp. xxvi, 604; with numerous half-tone illustrations (many full-page); ownership inscription to the front free endpaper; original maroon cloth (possibly a remainder binding), gilt lettering; a very good copy.

First edition.  Cordier Sinica, 619.  Wenkstern II, p. 431. £700

6. [AINU.]  MAC RITCHIE, David. The Aïnos.  Leiden, Verlag Von P.W.M. Trap; Paris, Ernest Leroux; New York, E. Steiger & Co.; Leipzig, C. F. Winter'sche; London, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1892.

4to (33 x 25 cm), pp. [xii] half-title not present, 69, [1] blank, [1] errata, [1] blank, with 19 chromolithograph plates (two large folding) and 12 illustrations in the text; a very good copy in recent blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine.  £2250

First edition.  A very scarce description of the Ainu people, with an impressive folding panorama at the rear.  Mac Ritchie's work, drawn for the most part from Japanese literary sources and artwork, as well as from Western accounts, was published as a supplement to volume four of the Internationales Archiv fur Ethnographie (or Archives Internationales d'Ethnographie). The author was a member of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, based in Edinburgh.  Cordier, Japonica 621.

7. [AINU.] MONTANDAN, George. Photograph of an Ainu elder.  Silver print, 11.5 x 8 cm.  Late 1920s.  SOLD

8. [AINU.]  A set of ten postcards of Ainu people.  Japan, circa 1920s.  Each 14 x 9 cm, printed title below each image; unused, in near mint condition.  SOLD

9. [APARTHEID / CIVIL RIGHTS] A collection of 17 pamphlets relating to Apartheid. Various publishers and dates:  SOLD

10. [ARMENIA.] AUCHER, P. Paschal [& Lord Byron].  A grammar. Armenian and English.  Venice, Printed in the Armenian Monastery of St. Lazarus, 1873.

Small 8vo (17 x 11 cm), pp. 144; lower right corner of title-page missing (but not affecting the text); a good copy in the original, yellow printed wrappers; minor tear to upper edge of upper cover. £150

Later edition: first published in 1819 with contributions from Lord Byron including an apocryphal Epistle of the Corinthians to St. Paul, and his Epistle in reply, both translated by Byron; this edition omits the Byron material but his name remains on the title-page.

11. ARMSTRONG, Baron William George.  A visit to Egypt in 1872.  Described in four lectures to the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.  Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, J. M. Carr, 1874.

8vo (20 x 13 cm), pp. [viii], 176, with a map, a plan and five plates; small ink library stamp to a few leaves, repaired tear to upper margin of list of illustrations; hinges strengthened; near contemporary quarter morocco , green cloth sides, spine lettered in gilt; small oval library emblem blocked in gilt on the upper cover.  £150

First edition.  A rare imprint. Inscribed in the upper margin of the title-page, ‘Presented to the North Eastern Literary Institute, Gateshead by the Committee of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne'.

12. ARNOT, Frederick Stanley.  Garenganze: West and East.  A review of twenty-one years' pioneer work in the heart of Africa. Glasgow, Pickering & Inglis; London, A. Holness, [1902].

Small 8vo (16 x 11 cm), pp. 139, [3] index, with half-tone illustrations; a bright copy in the original red cloth, gilt lettering and map of Africa on the front cover.  £100

First edition.  Arnot was stationed for many years at Garenganze in the heart Central Africa. This work is not to be confused with Arnot's earlier and more commonly-found book, Garenganze: or seven years' pioneer mission work in Central Africa, published in 1889.

13. [ASHANTI / GOLD COAST.]  A group of ten original photographs of scenes in and around Accra.  Unidentified photographers, circa 1900-1912.

A fascinating group of photographs, the majority identified and captioned in pencil on the reverse, including some striking group portraits. Minor creases and spots of browning. SOLD

14. ATNOMETEF, N. B. & Josifa TIGANOV.  Bukvar' Tatarskago, Arabskago Pis'ma S Priloženiem slov so znakami, pokazyvaajušcimi ich vygovor socinnennyj. V Tobol'skom glavnom naroonom uccilišce Buchartsom Nijat baka atnometev Pod Rukovodstuom Tatarskago jazyka ucitelja, sobornago sujašcennika Josifa Tiganova.

[Spelling book of the Tartar and Arabic script, with an appendix of words and signs, showing their pronunciation, compiled in the main public school of Tobolsk by the Bukharian Niyat Atnometev, under the guidance of the teacher of Tartar language, the cathedral Priest, Josif Tganov.]  St. Petersberg, Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1802.

4to (24.5 x 20 cm), pp. 66; contemporary mottled paper boards, calf spine, rebacked retaining part of the original spine. £900

15. [BAGAMOYO.] Manuel de conversation en Kiswahili par les pères de la congregation du Saint-Esprit et du Saint Coeur de Marie.  Notre Dame de Bagamoyo, Imprimerie de la Mission, 1881.

8vo (17.5 x 11.5 cm), pp. [ii], 239, [4] index; pp. 137-144 misbound but text complete, some browning throughout; contemporary pebbled cloth spine, mottled paper boards; extremities of boards rubbed and chipped.  £675

First edition.  An extremely rare Swahili – French vocabulary and phrase book, printed by the Fathers at the Cathedral of Notre Dame.  Not in OCLC.

16. BAKER, Samuel White.  The Albert N'yanza, great basin of the Nile, and explorations of the Nile sources.  London, Macmillan & Co., 1866.

2 vols., 8vo (22 x 14 cm), pp. xxx, 395; xii, 384, with two maps (one folding) and 14 plates, illustrations in the text; original green cloth, gilt vignette to upper covers, gilt lettering to spine; corners bumped, otherwise a near fine copy.  SOLD

First edition.  Baker's classic account of the discovery of the Albert Nyanza, and proof that the Nile flowed through the lake.  Ibrahim-Hilmy I, p. 49; PMM 357.

17. BAKER, Samuel White.  Wild beasts and their ways.  Reminiscences of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. London, Macmillan & Co., 1890.

2 vols., 8vo (21 x 13.5 cm), pp. [xiv], 419; [viii], 379, with a frontispiece in each volume, 25 plates and two vignettes; some scattered foxing; near contemporary half calf, spine richly gilt, red morocco labels, marbled boards, minor rubbing to extremities, generally an elegant copy.  £350

First edition.  A collection of Baker's hunting experiences on four continents.  Czech p. 12.

18. BARTH, Henry.  Travels and discoveries in North and Central Africa  Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans & Roberts, London 1857-8.

5 vols., 8vo (22 x 14.5 cm), with 15 maps (several folding), 60 tinted lithographic plates, wood-engravings in the text; small stamp of The King's Inns Library, Dublin to the verso of each title-page, the title-page to vol. III a little soiled, edges untrimmed, a little fraying to three of the larger maps; handsomely bound in quarter green morocco by Aquarius, raised bands, gilt-ruled.  £3000

First editions.  Barth's travels in the Western and Central Sudans have remained one of the greatest achievements in the history of African exploration.  He travelled across the Sahara from Tripoli to Sokoto, Timbuktu, Kano, Lake Chad and the surrounding region.  He succeeded in persuading Bornu, Sokoto and Gwandu to enter into commercial treaties, thereby opening up the region not only to trade, but also to European scholarship.  He was the first European to enter Yola and describe the Fulani kingdom of Adamawa. He disproved the earlier theory that the River Benue flowed into Lake Chad (his observations and theories on the Benue were later confirmed by Baikie) and greatly furthered the work of Denham, Clapperton and Oudney.  Abbey Travel 274.

19. BEDFORD, C. T. Livingstone of Africa.  London, Seeley Service, 1930.

8vo (19.5 x 13 cm), pp. 59, [2] map, [1] publisher's list, with four illustrations in the text; original printed boards, red lettering; a very good copy indeed.  £30

First U.K. edition (first published in New York in 1925).  From Seeley's Missionary Lives series; a biography of Livingstone, for the juvenile market.

20. BENNETT, Ella M. Hart.  An English girl in Japan.  London, Wells Gardner, 1904.

Small 8vo (18 x 13 cm), pp. xvi, 176, with numerous illustrations in the text, some full-page; original pictorial cloth , black lettering.  £250

First edition.  Reminiscences and anecdotes of a tour of Japan.  Includes an account of the funeral of Prince Arizugawa, uncle of the Emperor. Not in Cordier, Japonica.

21. BEKE, Charles Tilstone.  The sources of the Nile:  Being a general survey of the basin of that river and its head-streams, with the history of Nilotic discovery.  London, James Madden, 1860.

8vo (21 x 14 cm), pp. [xx], 155, [1], with a folding map; small repaired tear to map; original mauve cloth, spine repaired and sunned.  £750

First edition.  Beke based this work largely on his 1846 paper, The Nile and its Tributaries. Ibrahim Hilmy II, p. 59.

22. BERE, R. M. Exploration of the Ruwenzori.  [Offprint from] The Uganda Journal, September 1955.

8vo (23.5 x 15.5 cm), pp. 121 – 136 with a folding map, two plates, two maps in the text; original printed maps; staples rusted.  £20

A history of exploration in the Mountains of the Moon, from the earliest literary references to the Rev. Rebmann in 1848, right up until the 1950s.

23. BERGMAN, Sten. Sport and exploration in the Far East.  A naturalist's experiences in and around the Kurile Islands.  London, Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1933.

8vo (20 x 13.5 cm), pp. [xii], 246, with map endpapers and 25 half-tone plates; a good, bright copy in the original orange cloth, spine lettered in black.  £150

First edition in English (translated from the original Swedish by Frederic Whyte).  The account of Bergman's visit to the Kurile Islands to obtain specimens for the Natural History section of the Stockholm National Museum.  Contains chapters on the Shikotan natives and the Hokkaido Ainu (including three plates of Ainu).

24. [BIG GAME HUNTING.]  An original photograph of three Boer hunters standing next to an enormous dead giraffe.  Circa 1880.

Albumen print, 23 x 30 cm, laid on card, with a photograph of a Pietermaritzburg street scene on the reverse; minor foxing and browning, card somewhat cockled.       SOLD

25. BLANC, Henry. The story of the captives.  A narrative of Mr. Rassam's mission to Abyssinia.  To which is subjoined a translation of M. Le Jean's articles on Abyssinia and its monarch, from the “Revue des Deux Mondes”. London, Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1868.

Small 8vo (16.5 x 11 cm), pp. [viii], 156; foxing to preliminaries and endpapers; contemporary half calf; cloth sides; library crest to upper cover, small chip to head of spine.  £400

First edition.  Not to be confused with Blanc's other work on the same subject, Narrative of Captivity in Abyssinia; being an account of the Country and people of Abyssinia, London, 1868.  Blanc, a British surgeon, accompanied Rassam on his mission to Emperor Theodore and was held captive with a number of other Europeans until the fall of Magdala in 1868. Fumagalli 1656. 

26. [BOARD GAME.] An original board game, ‘Jeu d'assaut'.  Paris, J. J., [undated but circa 1890s].

Folding card board, 24 x 24 cm, game (printed in colours) pasted on to the board, printed rules pasted to the reverse; the centre represents the plan of a fortress, the borders depict European soldiers in combat with African , the object of the game being to penetrate and defend the fortress. £150

27. BOXER, Charles R. Four centuries of Portuguese expansion, 1415-1825: a succinct survey. Johannesburg, Witwatersrand University Press, 1965.

8vo (18 x 12 cm), pp. 102, with a frontispiece and folding map at the rear; original yellow printed wrappers; a very good copy. Third edition (first printed in 1961).  £20

28. BOYES, John. How I became King .... of the Wa-Kikuyu.  Nairobi, W. Boyd & Co., Ltd, [n.d., circa 1910].

8vo pamphlet (22 x 14 cm), pp. 35, original printed wrappers, with a half-tone image of Boyd with a group of Kikuyu warriors on the upper cover. SOLD

First edition.  The extraordinary adventures of a trader and soldier of fortune.

29. BOYES, John. My Abyssinian journey.  A journey through Abyssinia from the Red Sea to Nairobi in 1906 in the days of Emperor Menelik. Nairobi, W. Boyd & Company Limited, [n.d., circa 1910].

8vo (22 x 14 cm), pp. 60; original yellow printed wrappers, black lettering; a very good copy.  SOLD

First edition.  Boyes became the first white trader to take the overland route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. A fascinating and rather eccentric journey.

30. [BRADLEY, J.] A Pottery man's diary of the siege of Kimberley.  Kimberley, J. C. Looney, 1900.

8vo (18 x 12 cm), pp. 62, with advertisements printed on the endpapers; original purple cloth covers, black lettering to upper cover, original metal staples to spine; covers somewhat sunned and stained, with a feint ink stamp to p. 7, ‘J. Bradley & Co., Importers of china and earthenware, Kimberley'; some internal damp-staining, generally confined to the margins and endpapers.  £250

First edition (Mendelssohn only records a Cape Town edition, printed by Townshend, Taylor & Snashall in the same year).  Sold for the benefit of the Widows and Orphans Fund.  The ink stamp on page seven confirms the identify of the author as Bradley. ‘This little book is sarcastically dedicated to the then Premier of the Cape Colony, Mr. Schreiner, who is vigorously censured for his action with regard to the South African Question.  There is a description of the severe bombardment endured by the town just before the siege was raised, and many thrilling incidents are narrated, while great praise is accorded to Mr. Rhodes for his services to Kimberley' (Mendelssohn, 1910 I, p. 181).  Three copies only in OCLC (Kimberley Africana Library, Northwestern University and Dillwyn, Virginia). Hackett p. 166.

31. BREWIN, Robert. The martyrs of Golbanti; or, missionary heroism illustrated in the lives of Rev. John and Mrs. Houghton, of East Africa. London, Andrew Crombie, [n.d., circa 1888].

8vo (18 x 12 cm), pp. 126, with illustrations in the text; original blue cloth, black lettering; minor wear to extremities.  £80

Third thousand.  The record of two missionaries who lost their lives in East Africa.  OCLC lists four copies only of an 1888 edition.

32. BRUCE, A. L. The Cape to Cairo; or, Britain's sphere of influence in Africa. Edinburgh, Andrew Eliot, Reprinted from ‘The African Review', 23rd December 1891.

8vo pamphlet (23 x 15 cm), pp. 48, with a folding colour map; original printed wrappers; covers a little soiled.  £50

33. BULLOCK, William. Six months' residence and travels in Mexico; containing remarks on the present state of New Spain, its natural productions, state of society, manufactures, trade, agriculture, and antiquities, &c.  London, John Murray, 1824.

8vo (21.5 23.5 cm), pp. xii, 522, [4] advertisements, with two large city plans at the rear, folding table, folding frontispiece, 15 aquatint plates (4 hand-coloured); recent half calf, red morocco label to spine.  £600

First edition.  The author claims in his introduction to be the first English traveller to Mexico since Father Gage in 1640.  Sabin 9140.

34. [BURTON BIOGRAPHY.]  WILSON, Sir Arnold.  Richard Burton. The fifth Burton Memorial Lecture. Delivered before the Royal Asiatic Society, May 27, 1937.  London, Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1927.

8vo (25 x 15 cm), pp. [11], 37, [1]; original blue printed wrappers. £50

35. CAMPBELL, John.  Travels in South Africa.  Undertaken at the request of the Missionary Society.  London, Printed for the Author, by T. Rutt, Shacklewell.  Published by Black and Parry etc., 1815.

8vo (21.5 x 13 cm), pp. [ii]–[xvi], 582, with a folding map and nine plates (one folding); minor browning in places; contemporary marbled boards, neatly rebacked in brown calf, gilt, morocco label to spine, black morocco label to centre of upper board, ‘Agent for the Government of the Cape of Good Hope'; a very good copy.  £750

First issue of the first edition (the pagination differs in later issues).  The frontispiece is a well-known image of the author holding a parasol and pointing at the Great Orange River.  Campbell arrived in Cape Town in August 1812 and conducted a tour of the missions (including Groenekloof, Gnadendal, Bethelsdorp, Theopolis, Lattakoo, Griquatown and Pella).which lasted nine months.  At p. 526, Campbell makes reference to survivors of the wreck of the Grosvenor Indiaman, including two women who had reportedly been forced to marry Kaffir men and had subsequently had children. The account of Campbell's second journey was published in two octavo volumes in 1822.  Africana Repository pp. 98-103; Mendelssohn (1979) I, p. 374.

36. [CAPE TOWN.]  The evolution of antiseptic surgery.  An historical sketch of the use of Antiseptics from the earliest times. Lecture Memoranda, South African Medical Congress, Cape Town, 1910.  London, Burroughs Wellcome & Co., [1910].

8vo (17 x 10 cm), pp. 270, [14] advertisement, plus several memoranda leaves, illustrations in the text; original soft covers, roan, gilt lettering, the lower cover with an image of the Wellcome Chemical Works, London, also blocked in blind on the lower cover.  £75

37. [CHINA.]  Mann's map of the country around Shanghai – Nanking – Wuhu – Hangchow, with the inclusion of all railways.  Map of the shooting districts lying between Hangchow –Nanking – Wuhu and Shanghai, compiled from the best authorities with numerous additions 1884-5-6, 1898, 1901-2-3-4 by the late Fred Mann, brought completely up to date with the inclusion of all railways, open and projected, and the names of principal towns, romanised according to the revised regulations of the Imperial Chinese Post Office, names in Chinese characters in the Mandarin Dialect by Helen E. Mann, 1909.  [No place, no printer, undated but circa 1910].

Folding map (75 x 120 cm), printed on one large sheet and folded in to 32 sections; a little wear to paper in some folds; contained in the original blue cloth covers, upper cover lettered in gilt; minor splits to foot of joints.  £275

38. CLAIRMONTE, Egerton.  The Africander.  A plain tale of colonial life.  London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1896.

8vo (19.5 x 13 cm), pp. [viii], 272, with 18 full-page half-tone illustrations; a bright copy in the original brick-red pictorial cloth, lettered in black and gilt.      £150

First edition.  Includes the account of Clairmonte's experiences of the Zulu War (see p. 69-117), with half-tone portraits of Cetewayo, a Kaffir chief, Zulu women and Zulu policemen.

39. CLARIDGE, G. Cyril.  Wild bush tribes of tropical Africa.  An account of adventure and travel amongst pagan people in tropical Africa, with a description of their manners of life, customs, heathenish rites and ceremonies, secret societies, sport and warfare collected during a sojourn of twelve years. London, Seeley, Service & Co. Limited, 1922.

8vo (21.5 x 14 cm), pp. 314, [6] publisher's list, with 16 half-tone plates, one illustration in the text and one folding map; a good copy in the original red cloth, black lettering; spine slightly sunned. First edition.  Observations on the bush people of West Central Africa.  £150

40. COMBES, Edmond & Maurice TAMISIER.  Voyage en Abyssinie, dans le pays des Galla, de Choa et d'Ifat.  Précédé d'une excursion dans l'Arabie-Heureuse….  Paris, L. Passard, 1843.

4 vols. bound in two, 8vo (22 x 14 cm), with the half-titles, pp. 367; [iv], 362; [iv], 379, [iv], 383, with a large folding map in the rear of vol. IV; minor spotting and browning in places; recent dark green quarter calf, mottled paper boards, gilt, all edges uncut. £550

Second edition (first published in 1838).  Combes & Tamisier were French Saint Simonions, originally motivated to travel to Abyssinia in a quest for a female Messiah. They arrived in February 1835 visiting Axum, Adua, Galla, Tigré, Debra-Tabor, Tana, Gondar and Massawa, among other places, until March 1837.  Also includes a history of Abyssinia.  For the first edition see Fumagalli 167 (first edition); Pankhurst 16; Règismanset 95.

41. [CONGO.] An original photograph of students at the Congo Training Institute for African students, Colwyn Bay, North Wales. J. W. Thomas, photographer, circa 1895.

Cabinet format, 10.5 x 16 cm, laid on card, printed details on the reverse.  The Congo Training Institute was a remarkable college which trained African students to return to the Congo as missionaries. This particular image shows a young woman and twelve young men, formally dressed in European clothes.  £150

42. [CONGO.] Map of the Congo TerritoryLetts, Son & Co., circa 1885.

Folding map (71.5 x 86 cm), in 32 sections, laid on linen; partially printed in colours; a very bright copy in the original blue pictorial cloth boards, black lettering to the upper cover.  £250

Published at a time of intense European interest in the Congo, largely following Stanley's explorations to the region.  With a colour key denoting French, Portuguese, Spanish, German and Congo State territories.

43. [CONGO.] BROCK, William. A young Congo missionary.  Memorials of Sidney Roberts Webb, M.D.  London, H. R. Robinson, 1897.

8vo (18 x 12 cm), pp. 120, [16] publisher's list, with a frontispiece, map and three plates; original maroon cloth, gilt lettering; a very good copy. £100

First edition.  The biography of Webb [1867 – 1895], for many years stationed as a missionary with his wife, at Wathen.

44. COOK, Albert Ruskin.  A doctor and his dog in Uganda.  From the journals of A. R. Cook, medical missionary of the Church Missionary Society.  London, The Religious Tract Society, [1903].

8vo (18 x 12 cm), pp. 162, [8] publisher's list, with 7 half-tone plates; original brown pictorial cloth, gilt lettering; a very good copy.  £125

Second impression.  Edited by the Rev. Cook's wife.  The preface hails this publication to be the first book recounting the experiences of a medical missionary in Uganda.

45. COOLEY, William Desborough. Inner Africa laid open, in an attempt to trace the chief lines of communication across that continent south of the equator: with the routes to the Muropue and the Cazember, Moenemoezi and Lake Nyassa; the journeys of the Rev. Dr. Krapf and the Rev. J. Rebmann on the Eastern Coast, and the discoveries of Messrs.  Oswell and Livingstone in the heart of the continent.  London, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1852.

8vo (22 x 14 cm, pp. viii, 149, [1] blank, 32 publisher's list, one folding map; original brown cloth, gilt lettering; corners a little bumped but otherwise a bright copy.  £750

First edition.  A scientific examination of the travels and geographical theories of important European explorers to inner Africa, with particular reference to the Lake Regions.  Hosken p.50; Mendelssohn (1979) I, p. 625.

46. CRAIG, Hugh.  Great African travellers from Mungo Park (1795) to the rescuing of Emin Pacha by Henry M. Stanley (1889).  New York & London, George Routledge and Sons, [n.d., circa 1890].

4to (23.5 x 18 cm), pp. [iv], viii, 146, with a frontispiece and numerous illustrations in the text (some full-page); text slightly browned throughout (printed on inferior quality paper); original colour printed boards, with image of Stanley on the upper cover, orange cloth spine, a superb copy.  £220

47. COUDENHOVE, Hans.  My African neighbours.  Man, bird, and beast in Nyasaland.  Boston, Little, Brown, and Company, 1925.

8vo (21 x 15 cm), pp. [xvi], 245, with 12 half-tone plates; pp. 234-5 browned where a newspaper article has previously been loosely inserted; original red cloth, gilt lettering, dust-jacket; a near fine copy. £100

First edition (a London edition appeared in 1933).  Coudenhove resided in Nyasaland for many years (incidentally, he witnessed the British bombardment of Zanzibar in 1896).  His book combines anecdotes of African people and big game (mongooses, monkeys, lions, ants, kites, and snakes, to name but a few).

48. DARWIN, Charles. On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life.  London, John Murray, 1859.

8vo, pp. ix (half-title present), 502, with a folding table opposite p. 117; book plate of earlier owner on the front pastedown; later dark green half calf (circa 1900), spine gilt, maroon leather label to spine, marble-effect cloth sides, all edges marbled; minor chip to foot of spine, top edge marbling a little worn, but generally a very good, attractive copy; housed in a recent cloth, folding box, gilt-lettered label to spine.  Please enquire for more details.

First edition: one of only 1250 copies, published on November 24th 1859, all of which sold on the first day.  With an original carte-de-visite photograph of Darwin loosely inserted.  Freeman 373; Norman 593; PMM 344.  This copy is fresh on the market, being previously held in a private collection for at least forty years.

49. DAWSON, Edwin Collas.  Henry A. Stern.  Missionary traveller and Abyssinian captive. London, Sunday School Union, [n.d., circa 1900].

8vo (18 x 12 cm), pp. [viii], 120, [4], 16 (publisher's list), with 13 full-page illustrations; text a little browned throughout; original pictorial cloth, black and gilt lettering; a very good copy. £150

First edition.  Published as part of the ‘Splendid Lives Series'.  A biography of the converted Jewish missionary, who travelled tirelessly through the Middle East and Africa, working amongst remote Jewish communities (perhaps most memorably, among the Falashas). Includes an account of Stern's captivity at the hands of King Theodore at Magdala.

50. DEPELCHIN, Henri. & Charles. CROONBERGHS.  Trois ans dans l'Afrique Australe. Le pays des Matabeles.  Debuts de la Mission du Zambèse. Lettres de Pères Depelchin et Ch. Croonenberghs, S.J., 1879, 1880 1881.  Brussels, Polleunis, Ceuterick et Lefébure, 1882.

8vo (20.5 x 13 cm), pp. xvi, 432, with a folding map and portrait frontispiece; frontispiece and title-page a little foxed; a good copy in contemporary quarter morocco, brown, pebbled cloth boards.  £250

First edition.  In 1879 the Catholic College of St. Aidan sent a group of fathers and brethren to South Africa to establish a mission to the North of the Limpopo, in Matabele and Marotse country.  The present volume contains the letters sent back home by the missionaries describing their voyage to Cape Town, the journey inland and the adventures that befell them in the early days of the mission.  Includes an account of their reception with Lobengula.   A second volume of letters was issued separately in the following year, detailing the fathers' experiences among the Batonga and Barotse tribes.  Mendelssohn (1910) I, p. 450.

51. DIER, Matthias. Unter den Schwarzen: allerei aus Togo über Land und Leute, Sitten und Gebräuche.  Steyl, Missionsdruckerei, 1899.

Small 8vo (19 x 13 cm), pp. [ii], 192, with a map and illustrations in the text (some full-page); original blue pictorial cloth; a good copy. £280

First edition.  Tales of mission work in Togoland.  Kainbacher p. 40.

52. DONNER, Etta. Hinterland Liberia.  London & Glasgow, Blackie & Son Limited, 1939.

8vo (21.5 x 14 cm), pp. [xvi], 302, with 32 half-tone plates, map endpapers; a very good copy in the original black cloth, dust-jacket.  £150

First edition.  ‘I went to the Negro Republic of Liberia at the beginning of 1934.  I had chosen that country as my field of study because I knew that at that time the roads from the capital extended barely eighty miles into the interior, and I accordingly expected that the native tribes would still be living very much as they had done for centuries. . . .  Often I travelled for months through the remote and forgotten corners of the primæval forest without seeing another white person; I was alone with my porters and my two servants.  Slowly I  made my way from village to village, won the confidence of their inhabitants, and gathered information bit by bit about the mental background of the peoples of the Liberian Hinterland' (introduction).

53. DUGMORE, Henry H. The reminiscences of an Albany settler.  A lecture delivered in Graham's Town at the British Settlers' Jubilee, May, 1870.  Graham's Town, Richards, Glanville & Co., 1871.

8vo (21 x 14 cm), pp. [viii], 51, 5 (appendix); fore-edge of a few leaves a little brittle; original purple cloth, gilt lettering to centre of upper cover; covers worn and stained, neatly rebacked in maroon morocco, corners repaired, endpapers discreetly replaced. £225

First edition: reprints were issued in South Africa in 1958 and 1990. A scarce account of the 1820 settlers by an emigrant. ‘Mr. Dugmore sailed, as a child of nine years of age, with a party on the Sir George Osbourne, and at the time of the jubilee of the British settlers he was one of the “few surviving hoary-headed fathers of the Albany Settlement.”  There is a vivid description of the landing of the colonists, and the reminiscences should be of exceptional interest to students of the early life of the Eastern Cape Province of the Cape.  The hardships and adventures of the sturdy emigrants are related in a simple and unaffected manner, while the memory of the old pioneers is well preserved in the sketch of the their early career in the colony' (Mendelssohn, 1910, I, pp. 491-2).

54. DUNCAN, John. Travels in Western Africa, in 1845 & 1846, comprising a journey from Whydah, through the kingdom of Dahomey, to Adofoodia in the interior.  London, Richard Bentley, 1847.

2 vols., 8vo (20 x 12 cm), pp. [xvi], 304; [xii], 314, [1], with a folding map, four plates (including frontispieces), one illustration in  the text; frontispiece to volume II foxed, hinges cracking; original, green blind-stamped cloth, gilt lettering to spine; small repair to head of volume II; generally a good copy.  £550

First edition.  The account of Duncan's attempt to find an overland route from Ouidah north to the Kong Mountains.  He had previously served as master-at arms to the Niger expedition of 1839.  Abbey Travel 285; Cardinall 526; Joucla 4348.

55. [ELZEVIR EDITION.] Persia, seu regni. Persici status variaque itinera in atque per Persiam cum aliquot iconibus incolarum.  Leyden, Elzevir, 1633.


[SIONITA, Gabriel & Johannes HESRONITA.] Arabia, seu Arabum vicinarum[que] gentium Orientalium leges, ritus sacri et profani mores, instituta et historial; accedunt praterea varia per Arabiam itinera, in quibus multa notatu digna, enarantur.  Amsterdam, Ioannem Ianssonium, 1633.

2 volumes bound in one; small 8vo (10.5 x 6 cm), pp. 374, [8] index, [2] blank; 297 (pp. 269-280 mis-numbered as usual), with a frontispiece in each volume (included in the pagination) and 7 full-page illustrations of costumes; contemporary vellum, covers a little soiled.  £400

56. FAÏTLOVITCH, Jacques.  Quer durch Abessinien.  Meine zweite Reise zu den Falaschas. Berlin, M. Poppelauer, 1910.

8vo (23 x 15.5 cm), pp. xvi, 188, with a folding map, full-page illustrations in the text; original pictorial boards, black lettering; some wear and repaired splits to spine.  £85

First edition.  Faïtlovitch, a noted French scholar, travelled widely in Abyssinia and here provides an extensive and well illustrated account of Falasha communities, as well as the towns of Gondar, Debra Tabor, Addis Ababa, Dessi, Maqalé and the principal areas of Eritrea.  ‘Essential for the understanding of the Jewish community in this period' (Pankhurst 116).

57. [FALASHAS.] A group of six off-prints and pamphlets relating to the Falashas of Ethiopia. SOLD.

58. FELKIN, Robert William.  Six rare medical pamphlets.  Bound in one volume, 8vo (20.5 x 13.5 cm), contemporary brick-red, pebbled cloth, gilt lettering to spine, ‘Felkin – Opuscula'.£1500

i)  Notes on labour in central Africa.  Edinburgh, Oliver & Boyd, 1884.  Pp. 11, [1] blank, with two double-paged plates of childbirth positions.  One copy only in OCLC (Yale); COPAC lists one copy (Birmingham).

ii)  Notes on the For tribe of Central Africa. Edinburgh, Neill and Company, 1885. Pp. [ii], 205-265, [1] blank, with a lithograph plate of a For boy.  Not in OCLC. 

iii)  A contribution to the determination of sex.  Derived from observations made on an African tribe.  [A paper read before the Edinburgh Obstetrical Society, 21st July 1886 and reprinted from the Edinburgh Medical Journal for August 1886]. Pp. 4; with small ink stamp to the first leaf, With Dr. Felkin's Compliments'.  Not in OCLC.  COPAC lists two copies (Birmingham and Durham).

iv)  Introductory address to a course of lectures on diseases of the tropics and climatology. Edinburgh, Oliver and Boyd, 1886.  Pp. [ii], 17, [1] blank; with small ink stamp to the title-page, ‘With Dr. Felkin's Compliments'.  One copy only in OCLC (Wellcome Institute).

v)  Ueber Lage und Stellung der Frau bei der Geburt.  Inaugural-Dissertation welche unter Zustimmung der hochwöhlloblichen medicinischen Facultat su Marburg sur Erlangung der Doctorwürde in der Medicin, Chirurgie und Geburtshülfe einreicht Robert W. Felkin aus Edinburg.  Marburg, C.L. Pfeil'sche Univ.-Buchdruckerei, 1885.  Pp. 32, with two double-paged plates of childbirth positions; with small ink stamp to title-page, ‘With Dr. Felkin's Compliments'. Not in OCLC.  COPAC lists one copy (Birmingham).  KVK locates two copies (Zentralbibliothek, Eichstädtt and Staatsbibliothek, Berlin).

vi)  Can Europeans become acclimatised in tropical Africa?  [Read at meeting of British Association, Birmingham, 1886.]  Not in OCLC. None of the above six works is listed in the British Library Catalogue. From the author of On the geographical distribution of some tropical diseases, Edinburgh, 1889, and co-author of Uganda & the Egyptian Soudan, 2 vols., London, 1882.

59. [FIJI.] MBULU, Joeli. Joel Bulu: the autobiography of a native minister in the South Seas.  Translated by a missionary.  London, T. Woolmer, 1884.

Small 8vo (15 x 9 cm), pp. 126, [2] blank, 16 (publisher's list), with a frontispiece; very minor scattered foxing; a very bright copy in the original brown pictorial cloth, gilt lettering.  £50

Second edition (first published in 1871).  The life story of the great Fijian preacher, as related by him and brought to publication by a European missionary, identified only as ‘G.S.R'.

60. FLAD, Johann Martin.  The Falashas (Jews) of Abyssinia.  With a preface by Dr. Krapf.  Translated from the German by S. P. Goodhart. London, William Mackintosh, 1869.

Small 8vo (16.5 x 10 cm), pp. [xvi], 75; near contemporary red cloth, gilt lettering; a very good copy.  £350

First edition in English.  From the author of Zwolf Jahre in Abessinien (Leipzig, 1887) and 60 Jahre in der Mission unter den Falaschas in Abessinien (Basle, 1922).  Not in Fumagalli, Pankhurst or Regismanset.  Flad, a Swiss missionary belonging to the London Jews' Society, accompanied Krapf on his 1855 expedition to East Africa and lived for several years among Falasha communities in Dschenda, Brandeis and Staiger. 

61. FLAD, Johann Martin.  60 Jahre in der Mission unter den Falaschas in Abessinien. Selbstbiographie des Missionars Johann Martin Flad. Basel, Brunnen, 1922.

8vo (19 x 13 cm), pp. 442, [I], publisher's list, with a frontispiece, plate at p. 168, full-page illustrations and map; margins a little browned throughout; original publisher's printed boards, cloth spine.  £100

First edition of Flad's autiobiography. Pankhurst 37; Règismanset 145.

62. FLETCHER-VANE, Francis Patrick. The war and one year after.  Containing reports made by an Imperial Officer to the Colonial Office respecting farm-burning, the arming of natives, martial law, mal-administration, and a reprint of the “Contemporary Review” article, called “The fruits of War”.  Cape Town, South African Newspaper Company, 1903.

8vo (21.5 x 13.5 cm), pp. 44, original printed wrappers; extremities of wrappers brittle, chipped and creased.  £250

First edition.  Sold for the benefit of the Boer Orphanage in Wellington.  From the author of The principles of military art for officers of all ranks (1916) and Pax Britannica in South Africa (1905).  Not in OCLC.  Hackett p. 146.  Mendelssohn (1979) II, p. 256.

63. FORBES, James David.  Travels through the Alps of Savoy and other parts of the Pennine Chain with observations on the phenomena of Glaciers. Edinburgh, A & C Black, 1845.

Large 8vo (25 x 17 cm), pp. xvi, 460, [2] publisher's list, with 11 plates, 2 maps (one large folding of the Mer de Glace of Chamouni & adjoining mountains), two illustrations in the text; a good copy in the original blind-stamped cloth, spine lettered in gilt; spine a little sunned but gilt lettering still bright.  £550

Second edition (revised). First published in 1843.  See Abbey Travel 62; Neate 274.

64. FOX BOURNE, Henry Richard. The other side of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition. London, Chatto Windus, 1891.

8vo (21.5 x 13.5 cm), pp. x, 202, [2] publisher's list; an excellent copy in the original blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine.  £750

First edition.  From the library of Henry Morton Stanley. A scarce account (possibly suppressed in England by Stanley) of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition, being highly critical of the expedition's leader, H. M. Stanley.

65. FRENCH, Evangeline, Mildred CABLE & Francesca FRENCH.  A desert journal. Letters from Central Asia.  London, Constable & Co. Ltd., 1934.

8vo (18.5 12.5 cm), pp. [x], 261, with 16 half-tone plates and a large folding map; a very good bright copy in the original blue cloth, white lettering, dust-jacket; very minor soiling and small chips to dust-jacket.  £80

First edition.  A compilation of personal letters sent home during a period of years spent on missionary journeys in Central Asia on behalf of the China Inland Mission (China, Tibet, Kashmir, Mongolia and Turkestan).

66. GASCOYNE, Joel. An actuall survey of the Parish of St. Dunstan Stepney alias Stebunheath being one of the ten parishes in the County of Middlesex adjacent to the City of London.  Describing exactly the bounds of the nine hamlets in ye sd Parish.  Taken Anno Dom 1703 by Joel Gascoyne.  Engraven by Jogn Harris. 1703.

Large folding map (130 x 118 cm) in 12 sections, laid on linen, together with a separate cartouche (58 x 60 cm), in four sections, also laid on linen; linen recently replaced, some foxing in places; housed in the original morocco boards (31.5 x 45 cm), edges tooled in blind, marbled paper pastedowns, silk ties; neatly rebacked.  SOLD

67. GRANT, James Augustus.  Khartoom as I saw it in 1863.  London, William Blackwood, 1885.

8vo (18.5 x 14 cm), pp. 38, with a frontispiece (view of Khartoum) and five plates (two double-paged); original printed wrappers.  £500

Second edition (first published earlier in the same year).  Inscribed on the lower cover, With the Author's Compliments, 24 Dec. 1887'. With an envelope pasted on to the inner front wrapper (presumably the envelope in which Grant sent the book to Dunbar), addressed by Grant to Sir Archibald Dunbar, Bart and signed by Grant, 24th December 1887.  With a few annotations in Grant's hand, one concerning the Dutch traveller and explorer, Alexine Tinné.

68. GUBBINS, John Harington. The making of modern Japan.  An account of the progress of Japan from pre-feudal days to constitutional government and the position of a great power, with chapters on religion, the complex family system, education, &c. London, Seeley Service & Co. Limited, 1922.

8vo ( 21.5 x 14 cm), pp. 316, [4] publisher's list, with eight half-tone plates; original orange-yellow cloth, decorated and lettered in black; some minor soiling to covers, but generally a good copy. £125

First edition.  Gubbins was First Secretary & Japanese Secretary to the British Embassy in Tokyo. His other publications include The Civil Code of Japan and A Dictionary of Chinese-Japanese Words in the Japanese Language.

69. [GUYANA.]  DENIS, Ferdinand. La Guyane.  Ou histoire, moeurs, usages et costumes des habitans de cette partie de ‘l'Amerique.  Paris, Nepveu, 1823.

2 vols., 8vo (13 x 8 cm), pp. [iv], 182; [iv], 237, with 16 hand-coloured plates; a very pretty copy in contemporary French quarter calf, spines gilt, mottled paper boards, all edges marbled. £300

First edition. A beautiful little work on the people and places of Guyana.

70. HAECKEL, Ernst. A visit to Ceylon.  London, Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1883.

8vo (20 x 13 cm), pp. viii, 337, [3] blank, [47] publisher's list; original dark olive green cloth, gilt lettering; minor spots of discoloration to upper cover.  £200

First edition in English (translated from the original German). The account of Haeckel's travels to Ceylon from Germany in the winter of 1880.

71. HAMMOND, John Hays.  The truth about the Jameson Raid.  Boston, Marshall Jones Company, 1918.

8vo (19 x 13 cm), pp. [viii], 50; original blue paper-covered boards, printed paper label to spine and upper cover; small repaired tear to label on spine, joints split but repaired.  £30

First edition (originally serialised in the North American Review, earlier in 1918).  Mendelssohn (1979) II, p. 495.

72. HANNINGTON, Bishop James.  Peril and adventure in Central Africa. Being illustrated letters to the youngsters at home. . . .  With illustrations from original sketches by the Bishop and a biographical memoir.  London, The Religious Tract Society, [n.d.], circa 1888.

8vo (17.5 x 12 cm), pp. 96, [16] publisher's list, with illustrations in the text; Sunday school presentation inscription on the front endpapers; original red pictorial cloth, black and gilt lettering; a bright copy. £125

First edition.  Tales of missionary labour and adventure, from the Bishop of Eastern Central Africa, published posthumously.

73. HARRIS, William Cornwallis. Narrative of an expedition into Southern Africa, during the years 1836, and 1837, from the Cape of Good Hope, through the territories of the chief Moselekatse, to the Tropic of Capricorn, with a sketch of the recent emigration of the border colonists, and a zoological appendix.  Bombay, American Mission Press, 1838.

8vo (21.5 x 13.5 cm), pp. xviii, 406 (half-title present) with a folding map and four lithographed plates; a very good copy in contemporary green half morocco, marbled sides, gilt lettering directly to spine; corners worn. £2500

First edition, first issue (the lithographed plates are by W.C. Harris). Later editions are entitled, The wild sports of Southern AfricaThe first printed account of an African hunting  safari.  Africana Repository, pp. 123-7; Mendelessohn (1910) I, pp. 686-8.

74. HILL, Pascoe Grenfell.  Fifty days on board a slave vessel in the Mozambique Channel, in April and May, 1843. London, John Murray, 1844.

8vo (10 x 17 cm), pp. viii, 115, [1] blank, [1] publisher's list, with a map frontispiece; recent half calf, marbled boards, red morocco label to spine, gilt lettering.  £950

First edition.  The account of the discovery of a slave ship drifting in the Mozambique Channel during a voyage to Mauritius.  The slaves had recently revolted against their captives.  Rev. Hill went on board the ship to find 447 slaves, some in the process of removing their iron fetters.  Hill provides a harrowing and vivid account of the appalling conditions in which the slaves had been kept.  175 of the slaves died during the rescue journey, some of smallpox.  When the ship was finally emptied the decomposing body of a young boy was discovered trapped under the deck planks. The ship was accompanied to Wynberg, near Cape Town, where the slaves were ‘liberated' or apprenticed to farmers and merchants.

75. [HIPPOPOTAMUS.] A full and interesting account of the great Hippopotamus, or river horse: from the White Nile.  By a distinguished Zoologist.  Together with a large amount of information concerning the habits and history of this wonderful monster, collated from a variety of sources.  New York, William B. Smith, Steambook and Job Printer, 1861.

8vo pamphlet (23 x 14.5 cm), pp. 32, with an engraved vignette of a hippopotamus on both covers; sewn but unbound; minor spotting and soiling to the title-page.  £280

First edition.  An account of Bucheet, a hippopotamus captured as a calf on the White Nile by the British Consul, John Petherick.  Its keeper, Ali, hailed from Pontegera, near Cairo and had previously been in Petherick's employ, assisting with the capture. Petherick had long wished to present a hippo to the British Zoological Society.  In 1858 he undertook an expedition and captured Bucheet.  When Petherick arrived in London, he was disappointed to find that a specimen had already been presented to the Queen and she in turn had presented it to the Zoological Society.  He subsequently sold Bucheet to a Mr. G. C. Quick of New York who exhibited the animal as a novelty in a travelling show in the United States.

76. HITCHCOCK, Romyn. The ancient pit dwellers of Yezo.  Bound with:  The Ainos of Yezo, Japan.  Washington, Government Printing Office, [1890].

8vo (22 x 14.5 cm), pp. 417-427, [1] blank, with 8 half-tone plates and a map in the text; pp. 429-502, with 37 plates (mostly half-tone); modern maroon cloth, black label to spine with gilt lettering.  £350

First edition.  Extracted from the Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, for the year ending 1890.  Two extremely well-illustrated articles on the manners and customs of the Ainu people. Cordier, Japonica 620.

77. HORE, Annie Boyle.  To Lake Tanganyika in a bath chair.  London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1886.

8vo (18 x 12 cm), pp. [xii], 217, with a portrait frontispiece of the author, half-tone plate opposite p. 80, two folding maps; some very minor foxing; contemporary half morocco.  £1500

First edition.  Extremely scarce. Annie Hore travelled in a wicker bath chair from the coast inland to Ujiji; the remarkably eccentric journey, covering some 830 miles, took ninety days.  Robinson pp. 162-3.

78. HOSIE, Lady Dorothea. Brave new China. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1938.

8vo (22 x 15 cm), pp. xii, 251, with numerous plates, map printed on front endpapers; original beige cloth, red lettering, dust-jacket; very minor wear to the head of dust-jacket, otherwise an extremely good copy.  £100

First edition. Just prior to the Japanese invasion, Lady Hosie traversed China from north to south, and from the sea almost as far as the Tibetan border.

79. HUTCHINSON, Edward.  The Victoria Nyanza, a field for missionary enterprise. London, John Murray, 1876.

8vo (21 x 13.5 cm), pp. [iv], 107, with a large folding map in the rear pocket; original pictorial cloth, map of Africa blocked in black on the upper cover, gilt lettering; covers a little soiled and rubbed.  £400

First edition.  The first edition is not listed in OCLC, only the second and third editions.

80. JAMES, Frank Linsley.  The unknown horn of Africa.  An exploration from Berbera to the Leopard River.  London, George Phillip & Son, 1888.

8vo (22 x 15 cm), pp. xvi, 344, with 22 plates (including 9 hand-coloured lithographs), a large map of the Province of Ogadayn and illustrations in the text; original green cloth, gilt lettering; foot of spine worn.  £500

First edition.  The narrative of James's expedition across Somaliland from Berbera to Muqdisho in 1885. The substantial appendix contains detailed observations on the flora and fauna of the region.  Fumagalli 510.

81. [JAPAN.] RUNDALL, Thomas. Memorials of the Empire of Japan: in the XVI and XVII centuries.  London, Hakluyt Society, 1850.

8vo (22 x 14 cm), pp. xxxviii, [186], a folding map and five plates; original blue, blind-stamped cloth, ship blocked in gilt on the upper cover; minor chips to head and foot of spine.  £300

First edition.  One of the scarcer Hakluyt Society publications.  Cordier Japonica 232.

82. [JESUITS IN CHINA.]  D'ELIA, Pasquale M.  Galileo in China.  Relations through the Roman College between Galileo and the Jesuit scientist-missionaries (1610–1640).  Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press, 1960.

8vo (21 x 13.5 cm), pp. [xvi], 115; publisher's cloth, dust-jacket. £40

First edition in English (translated from the original Italian).

83. JOHNSON, Harry. Night and morning in dark Africa.  London, London Missionary Society, [1902].

8vo (21 x 16.5 cm), pp. 223, with numerous illustrations in the text; small repaired tear to half-title; original red pictorial cloth, lettered in gilt and black.  £150

First edition.  A history of the people and mission work of South Tanganyika.

84. JOHNSTON, James. China and Formosa.  The story of the mission of the Presbyterian Church of England.  London, Hazell, Watson & Viney, 1897.

8vo (20 x 13 cm), pp. xvi, 400, with numerous illustrations and four maps in the text; outer margin of rear free endpaper creased with a couple of small tears; original maroon cloth, Chinese gravestone blocked in gilt on the upper cover, gilt lettering; a very good copy.  £180

First edition (a New York edition appeared later in the same year). A history of mission work in Amoy, Swatow and Formosa.  Includes a chapter on Singapore.

85. [KINLINDINI.] An original photographic panorama of Kilindini Harbour.  William D. Young, photographer, circa 1905.

Silver print (20 x 50cm), two section panorama; mounted.  £500

86. LANGRIDGE, Albert Kent.  The conquest of cannibal Tanna.  A brief record of Christian persistency in the New Hebrides Islands.  London, Hodder & Stoughton, [1934].

8vo (18.5 x 12 cm), pp. 200, with eight half-tone plates; some minor foxing to preliminaries and some margins; original yellow cloth, black lettering, dust-jacket; some small areas of loss to dust-jacket. First edition.  £50

87. LAURIE, Peter George.  Rambles in India, China, &c.  A journal: in three parts. Part I.  A voyage to India.  Part II. The city of palaces. Part III.  China and the Chinese.  To which is added, selections from “My Sketch-book”.  London, Richard Barrett, printed for private circulation, 1859.

8vo (19.5 x 12 cm), pp. vi, [ii], 196; original blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine; very minor chips to head and foot of spine, extremities a little bumped.  £500

First edition.  Inscribed on the front free endpaper, ‘ Lieut. Davidson, with the Author's Compts'.  A rare title, recounting Laurie's journey, undertaken when he was nineteen or twenty years old, through India, Ceylon, Singapore and China.  OCLC lists three copies only: University of Manchester, University of British Colombia and Claremont College.  Not in Lust or Cordier Sinica.

88. LIENGME, Georges. Un hôpital sud-africain.  Paul Attinger, Neuchatel, [1906].

Tall 8vo (26 x 17.5 cm), pp. 89, [1], [1] plan, with many illustrations in the text including two portrait frontispieces; original pebbled paper-covered boards, red cloth spine, lettered in gilt, red cloth corners, original printed wrappers bound in; a very good copy.  £250

First edition.  The account of life in the Swiss Romande mission hospital at Elim in the Northern Transvaal, established in 1894 by Dr. Liengme; includes information on the treatment of leprosy.  One copy only, listed in OCLC.  Mendelssohn (1979) III p. 118.

89. LIVINGSTONE, David.  Missionary travels and researches in South Africa; including a sketch of sixteen years' residence in the interior of Africa, and a journey from the Cape of Good Hope to Loanda on the West Coast; thence across the continent, down the River Zambesi, to the Eastern ocean.  London, John Murray, 1857.

8vo (230 x 145 mm), pp. ix, [i, list of illustrations], 687, [1] blank, [8] publisher's list dated November 1st, 1857, with plates, illustrations, and maps (including one in rear pocket (all as listed); a good copy in the original cloth, carefully restored and preserved in a modern, folding cloth box, maroon morocco label.  Presentation copy, inscribed by David Livingstone on the front free endpaper.  SOLD

90. LIVINGSTONE, David.  Missionary travels and researches in South Africa; including a sketch of sixteen years' residence in the interior of Africa, and a journey from the Cape of Good Hope to Loanda on the West Coast; thence across the continent, down the River Zambesi, to the Eastern ocean.  London, John Murray, 1857.

8vo (22 x 14 cm), pp. [x], 687, with a plates illustrations and maps (including two folding); late nineteenth century green half morocco, mottled paper boards, gilt lettering; spine slightly sunned. £275

First edition, with the uncoloured folding frontispiece by J. W. Whymper.  Abbey 347; Mendelssohn (1979) III, p. 136; PMM 341.

91. [LIVINGSTONE.] ELLIS, James J.  Life and work of David Livingstone, the factory boy who became a great missionary.  London, Alfred Holness; Glasgow, R. L. Allan, [n.d., circa 1890s].

Small 8vo (18 x 12 cm), pp. 64, with illustrations in the text; original printed wrappers; staples rusted, paper somewhat browned throughout. £50

A biography from the Memoirs of Mighty Men Series, originally sold for a penny and aimed at younger readers. Rev. Ellis also wrote a biography of stanley, published in 1890.

92. LLOYD, Albert B. Dayspring in Uganda.  London, Church Missionary Society, 1921.

8vo (18 x 12 cm), pp. [xii], 120, with four half-tone plates and a map in the text; original green cloth, black lettering.  £80

First edition.  A detailed history of the Uganda Mission, with a few fascinating illustrations.

93. [LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY.] The Mission in Central Africa from the letters and journals of the Res. J. B. Thomson, and A. W. Dodgshun, and Messrs. E. C. Hore and W. Hutley.  London, printed for the use of the Directors, by Yates & Alexander, March 1879.

With: HORE, Edward Coode.  Lake Tanganyika. Read at the evening meeting, November 28th, 1881.  London, Clowes & Son, [1881].


8vo (20 x 13 cm) pp. 41, [1]; 28, with a 13 page paper entitled, ‘ Lake Tanganyika', probably extracted from a journal, pasted in at the rear, dated in a contemporary hand, ‘British Association Meetings, Newcastle and RGS Proceedings, 1889'; all three papers bound in one volume, blue paper wrappers, spine sewn with thick cord, upper cover labelled in manuscript, ‘Various papers relating to the Central African Mission of L.M.S.'  £350

94. [MACAO.]  An original photograph of Macao.  Unidentified photographer, circa 1875.

Albumen print (20 x 20.5 cm), laid on contemporary card; in very good condition.  With ‘Macao' and Chinese characters in the lower left corner of the image (within the negative).  An excellent view, taken from the sea, of the colonial buildings along the waterfront, with various ships and junks in the harbour.  £300

95. MADAN, A. C.  Kiungani; or, story and history from Central Africa.  Written by the boys in the schools of the Universities Mission to Central Africa.  Translated and edited by A. C. Madan. London, George Bell & Sons, 1887.

8vo (19 x 12.5 cm), pp. [xiv], 291, [1] blank, 24 (publisher's list), with a folding map and frontispiece; original blue pictorial cloth; minor rubbing to extremities.  £300

First edition.  A scarce and unusual book, essentially written by East African boys of the Universities' Mission.

96. [MAPS.]  A collection of eighteen folding maps of East Africa.  Various publishers, late 19th to early 20th century. £2200

97. MARKHAM, Sir Clements. Travels in India and Peru.  London, John Murray, 1862.

8vo (21 x 13 cm), pp. xviii, 572, with two folding maps, a folding geneological table, and 14 pates and illustrations; a handsome copy in contemporary half calf, spine gilt, green morocco label; upper joint discreetly repaired.  £1200

First edition.  One ‘of the scarcest works of this leading authority with long years of experience on Peru' (Hill).  Following naval service and extensive travels in South America, Markham entered the

Civil service in 1853 and worked in the India Office.  In 1860 he was charged with collecting young cinchona trees and seeds from the forests of the Eastern Andes.  These plants were shipped to India, acclimatised and cultivated there in order to provide supplies of quinine at an unprecedented low price (see DNB).  Hill p. 487; Palau 152310; Sabin 44616.

98. McDOUGALL, Harriette.  Sketches of our life at Sarawak.  London, S. P. C. K.; New York, E. & J. B. Young and Co., [1882].

8vo (18 x 12 cm), pp. vi, 250, 6 (publisher's list); frontispiece, map and three plates; a very good copy in the original salmon pink cloth, gilt and black lettering.  £200

First edition: an account of a twenty year residence in Sarawak as a missionary.  From the author of Letters from Sarawak, addressed to a child (London, 1854). Not in Robinson. 

99. [MOFFAT, Robert.] MARRAT, Jabez.  Robert Moffat, African missionary.  London, Charles H. Kelly, 1895.

Small 8vo (16 x 11 cm), pp. 104, 31 (publisher's list), with a portrait frontispiece and 8 plates and two full-page illustrations; an extremely good copy in the original green cloth, gilt lettering. £75

Third edition (first published in 1884).  A biography of the missionary and father-in-law of David Livingstone.  Mendelssohn (1979) III, p. 263.

100. MOORHEAD, Max. W.  Missionary pioneering in Congo Forests.  A narrative of the labours of William F. P. Burton and his companions in the native villages of Luba-land.  Compiled from letters, diaries and articles by Max W. Moorhead.  Preston, R. Seed & sons, 1922.

8vo (21 x 13.5 cm), pp. [xii], 216, with numerous half-tone illustrations in the text original orange-brown cloth, black lettering; covers a little soiled, extremities slightly rubbed.  £100

First edition.  The Burton, his wife and colleagues worked tirelessly in the isolated communities of the Congo forest for many years.  With some excellent illustrations of native people and villages.

101. NORDEN, Hermann. Africa's last empire through Abyssinia to Lake Tana and the country of the Falasha.  London, H. F. & G. Witherby, 1930.

8vo (22 x 14 cm), pp. 240, with a folding map and 40 half-tone plates; a little light foxing throughout; original green cloth, gilt lettering to spine. £150

First edition.  A history of the kingdom and royal dynasty of Ethiopia.

102. NUKARIYA, Kaiten.  The religion of the Samurai.  A study of Zen philosophy and discipline in China and Japan. London, Luzac & Co., 1913.

8vo (23.5 x 15 cm), original dark green cloth, gilt lettering to spine; an excellent, near fine copy.  £225

First edition (a reprint appeared in 1973).  From Luzac's Oriental Religions Series. The author states in the preface that at the time, as far as he was aware, this work was  the only book on Zen written in English or any other European language, apart from The Sermons of a Buddhist Abbot  by Shaku So-yen.

103. ORDE BROWN, Major G. St. John.  The vanishing tribes of Kenya.  A description of the manners and customs of the primitive and interesting tribes dwelling on the vast southern slopes of Mount Kenya, & their fast disappearing native methods of life.  London, Seeley, Service & Co. Limited, 1925.

8vo (21.5 x 14 cm), pp. 284, with 16 half-tone plates and two maps (one folding); original yellow cloth, black lettering.  £150

First edition.  Observations and photographs collected during a seven year residence in Kenya.

104. [PHILIPPINES.] COSTA, Horacio de la, S.J.  The Jesuits in the Philippines 1581-1768.  Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press, 1961.

8vo (23 x 15 cm), pp. xiii, 702; publisher's cloth, dust-jacket; a good copy.  £50

First edition in English.  A history of the Society of Jesus in the Philippines from the arrival of the first Jesuits in 1581 to the expulsion of the Order from the islands in 1768.

105. PIMBLETT, W. Melville.  Story of the Soudan War.  From the rise of the revolt July, 1881, to the fall of Khartoum and death of Gordon, Jan., 1885.  London, Remington & Co., 1885.

8vo (22 x 14 cm), pp. xii, 276; oval ink stamp, ‘Vittery Green, Chemist, Brixham' to the upper right corner of title-page; original blue-green cloth, spine lettered in gilt; extremities rubbed. £380

First edition.  A scarce work on British military involvement in the Soudan.  Ibrahim-Hilmy II, pp. 118-9.

106. PRATT, Sir John T. China and Japan. London, published for the Historical Association by P.S. King & Staples Ltd., 1944.

8vo (21.5 x 14 cm), pp. 30, [1] publisher's list; a good copy in the original purple, printed wrappers, extremities sunned.  £25

First edition.  Historical Association pamphlet no. 129.  A concise history, largely 20th century, of Sino-Japanese relations.

107. REID, Gilbert. Glances at China.  London, Religious Tract Society, [1892].

8vo (18 x 12 cm), pp. 191; with a frontispiece and numerous illustrations in the text (many full-page); minor spotting to fore-edge of text-block; original brown pictorial cloth, gilt lettering to spine; an extremely bright, near fine copy.  £50

First edition.  A general description of the cities, people and customs of China.  The Rev. Reid was stationed at Chi-Nan-Fu with American Presbyterian Board.  Peeps in to China by the same author, possibly another edition of the present work (the first chapter of Glances is entitled ‘Peeps into China'), was published in the same year.

108. ROBERTSON, William.  The martyrs of Blantyre.  Henry Henderson, Dr. John Bowie, Robert Cleland.  A chapter from the story of the missions in Central Africa.  London, James Nisbet, 1892.

8vo (18 x 12 cm), pp. 150, 10 (publisher's list), with a folding map and six plates; original brown cloth, lettered in black and gilt; extremities a little worn, spine a little soiled.  £100

First edition.  Biographies of the three Scottish missionaries and followers of Livingstone, who died in Blantyre between November 1890 and February 1891 as they served the Church of Scotland Mission.

109. ROSS, Sir John.  Narrative of a second voyage in search of the North-West Passage and of a residence in the Arctic Regions during the years 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833.

4to (30 x 24.5 cm), pp. [viii], xxxiii, [i] binder's directions, [i], blank, 740, with a large folding map, 29 plates (some hand-coloured); frontispiece cleaned, outer margin repaired, a little light foxing and browning in places; contemporary half calf, joints and hinges neatly repaired, marbled paper on boards sympathetically replaced.  £750

First edition.  An important voyage marking the discovery of the magnetic North Pole.  Ross's narrative relates the events of four winters spent in the Arctic in search of a North-West Passage, three of those winters trapped in the ice aboard the Victory. Sir John Ross was accompanied on the expedition by his nephew, James Clark Ross.  An appendix of scientific reports was published separately in the same year. Abbey Travel 636; Arctic Bib. 14866; Hill 261.

110. [RUSSEL, Alexander.]  Egypt: the opening of the great Canal.  Edinburgh, printed at the “Scotsman” Office, 1869.

Small 8vo (155 x 10 cm), pp. [iv], 128; original purple cloth; head of spine a little worn, upper cover mildly sunned and stained.  £150

First edition.  Russel was invited by the Viceroy to witness and report on the opening of the Suez Canal. His letters were originally published in the Scotsman in December 1869.  OCLC lists one copy only (Oxford University).

111. RUSSELL, Henry & William GATTIE.  The ruin of the Soudan.  Cause, effect and remedy.  A resumé of events, 1883-1891.  London, Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1892.

8vo (21.5 x 13.5 cm), pp. [xxviii], 407, with three folding maps (two in the rear pocket) and 11 plates; a bright copy in the original pictorial cloth, gilt lettering.  £500

First edition.  Russell was stationed for twelve years on the Red Sea coast, in Jeddah and in Suakim, as special correspondent for the Daily News and Daily Telegraph.  The present work discusses the ‘occupation' of the Soudan by British forces, and the ramifications for both the Soudanese and the British.

112. SCHMIDT, Rochus. Geschichte des Araberaufstandes in Ost-Afrika.  Seine Entstehung, seine Niederwerfung und seine Folgen.  Frankfurt, Trowitzsch & Sohn, 1892.

8vo (22.5 x 15 cm), pp. [vi], 360, [2], with a folding map; original green cloth, gilt lettering; a near fine copy.  £450

First edition.  Henry Morton Stanley's copy:  inscribed by the author to Henry Morton Stanley, on a paper slip, bound in at the title-page.  An account of the Arab insurrection in German East Africa and its subsequent suppression.

113. SCOTT, Anna M. Day dawn in Africa; or, progress of the Prot. Epis. Mission at Cape Palmas, West Africa.  New York, Protestant Episcopal Society for the promotion of Evangelical Knowledge, 1858.

8vo (18 x 12 cm), pp. 314, with a folding map, frontispiece and 11 plates; original brown cloth; some foxing throughout; palm tree blocked in gilt on the upper cover; minor wear to head and foot of spine.  £80

First edition.  Not in Robinson. The history of the American Protestant Episcopal Mission, Liberia.

114. [SEAWEED.]  Two fine mid-nineteenth century albums of pressed seaweed specimens:

a) CHARLEY, Emily.  An album of British seaweed specimens.  1856-1882. Small quarto album, containing 70 leaves of original, dried and pressed seaweed specimens; with a poem about sea weeds written in a contemporary hand on the preliminary leaf, hand-written title-page; dark green half morocco, green cloth sides, ‘Sea Weeds' blocked in gilt on the upper cover, gilt bands to spine; upper joint neatly repaired.

b) A second album, containing 30 leaves of pressed seaweeds, mid-nineteenth century. Large 8vo (24.5 x 17 cm), each specimen with a tissue guard; attractively bound in full black morocco, gilt and blind-stamped borders, ‘Ocean Offering' blocked in gilt on the upper cover.  £1000

115. SHELEMAY, Kay Kaufman.  Music, ritual, and Falasha history.  Michigan, Michigan State University Press, 1989.

8vo (23 x 15 cm), pp. xviii, 415; original brown cloth, dust-jacket; a near fine copy. First edition.  £30

116. [SKIING.] LEDOUX, Andre. Nouveau precis du ski.  Toute la technique du ski selon son evolution.  Telle qu'elle est enseignée dans les Ecoles de Ski Andre Ledoux.  Ecrit à Saint-Anton pendant le Cours Perfectionnement des Professeurs de l'Ecole de Ski Francaise A. Ledoux, en 1933.  Revu et corrigé en 1936, 1937 et 1938.  Paris, C. Sez, 1938.

8vo (17.5 x 13.5 cm), pp. 103, with numerous half-tone illustrations in the text; original red printed boards, white lettering, red cloth spine; corners worn.  £100

117. SIBREE, James. Fifty years in Madagascar.  Personal experiences of mission life and work.  London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd., [1924].

8vo (21 x 14 cm), pp. 359, with a full-page map and 23 half-tone plates; original blue cloth, dust-jacket, gilt lettering; a fine copy.  £225

First edition.  A history of mission work in Madagascar, together with information on Malagasy manners and customs.

118. SIMSON, Frank B.  Letters on sport in Eastern Bengal.  London, R.H. Porter, 1886.

Large 8vo (28 x 19 cm), pp. [xx], 255, with 10 tinted lithograph plates; some foxing throughout; recent half calf, gilt spine.  £500

First edition. Records and advice on hunting the jackal, hog, tiger, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, crocodile and jungle-fowl. Written in a series of letters addressed to a young British gentleman in the Civil Service, based on the author's hunting notes and diaries kept since 1847.  ‘The first necessary thing to have is a good shikarry.   You should choose a Mahommedan' (p. 2)

119. SIMPSON, William.  A private journal kept during the Niger Expedition , from the commencement in May 1841, until the recall of the expedition in June, 1842.  London, John F. Shaw, 1843.

8vo (21.5 x 13 cm), pp. xii, 139; original brown, blind-stamped cloth, some wear to the head and foot of spine, gilt lettering to spine rubbed and dulled.  £500

First edition.  The author, for many years a merchant based in Cartagena and a frequent visitor to the West Indies, volunteered his services, as a civilian, to the Niger Expedition of 1841-2. The British Government had hoped to establish small forts along the banks of the Niger, allowing officials to preside over the enforcement of anti-slavery treaties, promote British commercial interests and support Christian enterprises throughout the Niger Basin.  Simpson was a staunch supporter of the abolition movement and joined the expedition for both religious and philanthropic reasons. In May, 1841, he sailed for Africa in the Wilberforce, along with two other vessels, the Albert and the Soudan. The expedition parties penetrated branches of the Niger and succeeded in entering negotiations with several chiefs.  However, the expedition was curtailed after the crews of all three ships were severely affected by fever; of the 303 crew, 53 died, 49 of which were Europeans. Simpson's journal records the course taken by the Wilberforce, the expedition's contact with the local inhabitants and, documents the deterioration of the crew's health (see Christopher Lloyd, The Search for the Niger, pp. 146-160.

120. SOLOMON, Saul, [publishers]. The progress of His Royal Highness Prince Alfred Ernest Albert through the Cape Colony, British Kaffraria, the Orange Free State, and Port Natal, in the year 1860. Cape Town, Saul Solomon & Co., 1861.

4to (27.5 x 22 cm), pp. [11] half-title with photographic vignette, [xii], 180, with 16 photographic (albumen print) plates; small stain to the half-title and title-page, foxing to pp. v-vi; 20th century morocco, raised bands to spine; covers a little bowed.  £800

First edition.  Whilst the author remains officially anonymous, it is thought that Roderick Noble may have penned the text.  Includes views of Cape Town, Queen's Town, the Berg River Valley, the Prince with his first Wildebeeste, and photographs of works by Thomas Baines.  Mendelssohn (1979) III, p. 750; Theal p. 242.

121. [SOMALI TRIBES.] European captives among the Somali tribes of Eastern Africa. London, Harrison & Sons, September, 1869.

8vo pamphlet (22 x 14 cm), pp. 12, with a lithograph frontispiece and a map; original printed wrapper; a very good copy.  £300

First edition.  In 1859, rumours were rife in Ceylon, Mauritius and Zanzibar regarding the presence of European captives in the interior of Eastern Africa.  It was thought that survivors of the St. Abbs, which had been wrecked off the Somali coast, may have been captured by Somali tribes and taken inland.  To compound such rumours, the German merchants, Oswald & Sons, purchased from Arab traders operating in the interior, a number of cow hides which had Roman letters and characters scrawled upon them, possibly by a St. Abbs survivor.  When word of the captives reached Colonel Rigby in Zanzibar, enquiries were made to substantiate the claims.  The British Government offered rewards to encourage traders and others to come forward with further information but declined to organize an expedition. However. Dr. John Kirk, then Vice-Consul at Zanzibar, advocated that an investigation be launched, led by a European with an intimate knowledge of the geography and tribes of the region.  This rare pamphlet supports such a search and appeals for funds.  Not in OCLC.

122. [SOMALILAND.] A pair of original photographs of colonial and administrative buildings, including the French Government House, at Obok, French Somaliland. Unidentified photographer, circa 1890.

Two albumen prints, each 19 x 26 cm, laid on card; minor foxing to card and margins of images.  £275

123. [SOUDAN.] Folding map of the route from Suakin to Berber and Khartoum, after an original manuscript map by General Gordon, March 17th, 1874.  London, Edward Stanford, February 17th, 1885.

Folding map (37 x 48 cm) in eight sections, laid on linen; the key and notes in Gordon's hand; original green cloth boards, printed label to upper cover, marbled endpapers; an excellent copy. £175

124. SPEKE, John Hanning.  Journal of the discovery of the source of the Nile. Edinburgh & London, William Blackwood, 1863.

8vo (21 x 13 cm), pp. [xxxi], [1] blank, 658, with two maps (one folding), 25 engraved plates and illustrations in the text; an attractive copy in contemporary marbled boards, neatly rebacked in red morocco, spine richly gilt, marbled endpapers. £2000

First edition. Inscribed on the reverse of the frontispiece, in a secretarial hand, to Speke's aunt, ‘Sophia H. Fuller, From the Author'. A classic title of African travel literature, containing the account of Speke's travels in East Africa in search for the source of the Nile.  Ibrahim-Hilmy I, p. 255.

125. [SPEKE.]  A short history relating to the discovery by Capt. John Hanning Speke of the source of the River Nile.  Reading, Morley Service, 1927.

8vo (20 x 13 cm), pp. [10], with a portrait frontispiece of Speke; original printed card wrappers, brown silk tie; covers a little sunned and browned.  £90

A curious little pamphlet, issued in 1927 by Speke's sister, Sophia Murdoch.  This copy inscribed on the inside cover, ‘ To Henry, from Sophia Murdoch, May 1929'.  Includes extracts from the speech on Speke's life and discoveries delivered by Sir William Garstin, President of the Royal Geographical Society, in February 1919. Also a synopsis, presumably written by Sophia, of how Speke's discovery has benefited England.  Not in OCLC.

126. [SPEKE.]  Records of the Speke Family, Jordans, Somerset.  With extracts from Sir William Garstin's speech (President of the Royal Geographical Society) on Captain John Hanning Speke's “Discovery of the Source of the Nile”. Compiled by his sister Sophia Murdoch. Reading, H. T. Morley, [n.d., circa 1920].

4to (27 x 21 cm), pp. 58, with three tipped-in portraits (including Capt. Speke) and a large folding family tree at the rear; original printed wrappers; covers somewhat foxed and worn (small tears to extremities). £50 Not in OCLC.

127. STANLEY, Henry Morton.  Through the dark continent or the sources of the Nile around the great lakes of Equatorial Africa and down the Livingstone River to the Atlantic Ocean.  London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, 1899.

2 vols. bound in one, large 8vo (22 x 140 cm), pp. [xx], 522; [x], with a lithographed frontispiece in each volume, 32 wood-engraved plates, 10 maps (including two large folding), illustrations in the text; contemporary black half calf, cloth sides; upper joint neatly repaired. £250

Second edition, with a new preface by Stanley (first published in 1878).  The narrative of the Anglo-American expedition to Central Africa of 1874-7.  Mendelssohn (1979) IV, p. 380.

128. STANLEY, Henry Morton.  How I found Livingstone.  London, Sampson Low, Marston, Low, and Searle, 1872

8vo (21.5 x 14 cm), pp. xxiii, 736, [8] publisher's list; with six maps, an albumen photograph frontispiece of the author, 28 plates and illustrations in the text; an extremely bright copy in the original pictorial cloth, gilt lettering.  £500

First edition. Stanley's ever-popular account of his search for Livingstone.  Mendelssohn (1979) IV, p. 379.

129. STANLEY, Henry Morton.  My dark companions and other strange stories. London, Sampson, Low, Marston and Company, 1893.

8vo (20 x 13 cm), pp. viii, 335, with numerous wood-engraved illustrations in the text; recent maroon half calf; spine richly gilt, marbled boards. £280

First London edition (a U.S. edition appeared in New York in the same year).  A series of folktales, gleaned by Stanley from his African porters around the campfires of his various expeditions.

130. [STANLEY.] The Stanley and African exhibition. Catalogue of the exhibits. London, Victoria Gallery, 1890.

8vo (17.5 x 13 cm), pp. iv, 64, 16 (advertisements); original printed wrappers, with an image of Stanley on the upper cover; small area of loss to lower right corner of upper cover, otherwise a good copy.  £250

A rare item of Stanley ephemera. 1890 was the year that H.M. Stanley returned from the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition and published In Darkest Africa; public interest in all things African was at a high.  The exhibition at the Victoria Gallery in Regent Street not only tapped in to the commercial potential of the phenomenon but also offered the opportunity for the public to learn more about the geography and people of Africa, view a wide range of arts and crafts and to familiarize themselves with the principle European characters involved in African affairs (explorers, missionaries, abolitionists, pioneer traders and sportsmen).

The catalogue lists hundreds of fascinating objects exhibited in several rooms;  for example – Stanley's helmet worn whilst searching for Livingstone, a spear used by the dwarfs of Aruwimi, horns of an African buffalo shot by Joseph Thomson, the chains worn by Hormuzd Rassam whilst held captive by Theodore at Magdala, a photograph of slave girls, Mungo Park's watch, ‘an Abyssinian chief's war-horn decorated with human jaws', and a shield brought back from Somaliland by Captain Speke.

131. STOCK, Sarah Geraldina.  The story of Uganda and the Victoria Nyanza Mission.  London, The Religious Tract Society, 1894.

8vo (18 x 12 cm), pp. 224, with a folding map and 15 full-page illustrations; a bright copy in the original green cloth, gilt lettering.  £50

Second edition, revised and enlarged (first published in 1892). 

132. STONES, Thomas. Striking stories of African missions.  London, W. A. Hammond, [n.d., circa 1910].

Small 8vo (15.5 x 11 cm), pp. 96, with three plates; original brown cloth, black lettering. £50

First edition.  A brief history of mission work in West and Central Africa.

133. [SUDAN/SUAKIN/CAIRO.]  A pair of albums of original photographs relating to British Military Operations at Suakin in 1888, including rare views of Suakin, HMS Dolphin, a portrait of Col. Kitchener [at that time Governor of Suakin, later Lord Kitchener of Khartoum] and an image of the Suakim & Berber Railway.  Various unidentified photographers, 1888-9.

Two albums (1 vol. 4to, 1 vol. 8vo) bound in recent maroon half morocco, containing a total of 49 albumen photographs (the majority 11.5 x 16 cm), mostly captioned.  Further details available on request. SOLD

134. THESIGER, Sir Wilfred.  Arabian Sands.  London, Longman's, 1959.

8vo (22 x 14.5 cm), pp. [xviii], 326, with a folding map in the rear pocket and numerous plates; original paper-covered boards, dust-jacket. £120

First edition.  ‘This book covers five years ending in 1950 which, with the exception of brief interruptions only, Thesiger spent in and around the empty quarter, the half million square miles of one of the cruellest deserts of the world.  Before him, no other traveller, European or Arab – apart from the Bedu who live there – had twice dared to cross these empty wastes. Brave, and living as an Arab, Thesiger's experience and knowledge of desert life are unique – and will remian so, for the world he describes is fast vanishing.  Its age-old civilisation and way of life have succumbed to the invasion of technicians in search of oil' (dust-jacket).

135. THESIGER, Sir Wilfred. The Marsh Arabs. London, Longman's, 1964.

8vo (21.5 x 14 cm), pp. [xvi], 242, with numerous maps and plates; original green cloth, dust-jacket.  £100

First edition of Thesiger's second book.

136. THESIGER, Sir Wilfred. The Danakil diary. Journeys through Abyssinia, 1930-34. London, Harper Collins, 1996.

8vo (23.5 x 15 cm), pp. [xx], 214, with numerous plates; publisher's cloth, dust-jacket; fine.  £100

First edition.  Signed by the author on the title-page.  Aged only 20, Wilfred Thesiger [1910-2003] attended the coronation of Haile Selassie, at the Emperor's personal invitation.  He later travelled and hunted in the Danakil desert where he surmounted overwhelming obstacles and survived the constant threat of death and mutilation by the Danakil warriors whose tribal status depended on the number of men they had killed and castrated.

137. [TIBET.] Advis certain, d'une plus ample descouverte du Royaume de Cataï.  Avec quelques autres particularitez notables de la coste de Cocincina, & de l'antiquité de la Foy Chrestienne dans la Chine. Tirées des lettres des PP. de la Compagnie de Iesus, de l'annee 1626.  Paris, Sebastian Chappelet, 1628.

8vo (14.5 x 9.5 cm), pp. 28; title-page slightly trimmed at upper and lower margins, slightly affecting ‘Advis' and the date; later red morocco, gilt, moiré silk endpapers.  £2500

First edition.  Includes a letter by the French Jesuit François Godin [1583-1833], reporting the apparent discovery of Cathay; this report was subsequently proved to be a misrepresentation of an important journey into Tibet by Antonio de Andrade. In 1624, the Portuguese missionary Andrade [1580-1634], originally stationed in Agra, travelled to Tibet where he was received by the royal court and granted permission to establish a mission, which continued for some twenty-five years. The present work also contains an accurate announcement of the discovery of the Nestorian monument in China in approximately 1625.  Cordier Sinica 2900; Lach III, pp. 403-4 & p. 1993; Streit V, 303.  Not found in OCLC or British Library Catalogue. 

138. [TOGO.]  Panorama von Lome, Haupstadt des Togobebietes (Westafrika).  Lome, Verlag de Katholischen Mission, 1905.

Folding colotype panorama (11.5 x 145 cm) in eight sections, laid on card, linen hinges, with an additional image of Lome Cathedral on the rear pastedown, printed frontispiece of a steam train, title-page and key; original pictorial cloth boards, blue lettering; in extremely good condition.  £850

139. [TOGOLAND.] Programme of events for Empire Day celebrations in Lome, 24th May 1918.  1918.

Printed programme, one sheet folded (21.5 16.5 cm), blue paper; in addition, a seven leaf typescript by A. R. Holliday, District Political Officer for Lome and Lomeland, reporting on events.  At 7 am, troops, police and school children saluted the Union Jack in the military parade ground.  Various sports events followed, including the tug of war, egg and spoon race and three-legged race.  £75

140. [TRITTON, Joseph.]  Rise and progress of the work on the Congo River. By the Treasurer. London, Baptist Missionary Society, Alexander and Shepheard, 1884.

8vo (19 x 12 cm), pp. [iv], 63, with a folding map and 10 plates; original brown cloth, gilt lettering; a very good copy.  £225

First edition.  Published and sold for the benefit of the Congo Mission.

141. [UGANDA.]  Uganda National Parks handbook.  [Entebbe], Trustees of the Uganda National Parks, 1957.

8vo (20.5 x 13 cm), pp. 102, with a large folding map in the rear pocket, illustrations throughout; a deluxe copy in contemporary green calf, upper cover blocked in gilt, housed in a green cloth box (corners of box lid split). £30

142. [UNIVERSITIES' MISSION.] The key to Central Africa: Have we found it? A sketch of the work at Zanzibar and on the mainland by the Universities' Mission to Central Africa. London and Derby, Bemrose & Sons, 1880.

8vo (21.5 x 14 cm), pp. 52, with an engraved frontispiece and illustrations in the text; a very good copy in the original dark blue printed wrappers. £200

First edition.  Includes a concise history and description of Zanzibar.  OCLC lists one copy only (Emory University, Georgia).

143. WALLACE, Edgar. Writ in barracks.  London, Methuen & Co., 1900.

8vo (19 x 13 cm), pp. 121, [3], [47] publisher's list dated November 1900; original red cloth, gilt lettering; corners of upper cover worn, otherwise a very good copy.  £50

First edition.  A volume of poems, the majority relating to the British Army during the Anglo-Boer War. Some of the poems appeared in various newspapers, but are here published together for the first time.  Mendelssohn (1910) II, p. 579.

144. WALLACE, Edgar. The mission that failed!  A tale of the Raid & other poems. Cape Town & Bulawayo, T. Maskew, [1898].

8vo (18 x 12 cm), pp. 52, portrait frontispiece and engraved title-page; original printed wrappers; wrappers a little chipped.  £180

First edition (originally published in the “Owl”).  Mendelssohn (1979) II, p. 579.  With a bookseller's sales receipt for £25, dated 1971.  Edgar Wallace's first book.  Covers the Jameson Raid and various aspects of Transvaal politics.

145. WANGEMANN, J. & J. STURTZ, photographerLand und Leute in Deutsch-Ost-Afrika. Erinnerungen aus der ersten Zeit des Aufstandes und der Blokade.  Berlin, Ersnt Siegfried Mittler und Sohn, 1890.

Small oblong 4to (20 x 26 cm), pp. [viii], 88, with 83 half-tone plates, with printed captions in German; original, green printed paper boards, with a recent cloth spine (the plates and text were are were originally issued loose, in a portfolio; this copy has been successfully rebound in book format, retaining the original portfolio covers).  £1800

First edition.  A rare publication: an historical record of early German involvement in East Africa, containing 39 images of Zanzibar, 15 images of Bagamoyo, 12 of Dar-es-Salaam and 17 scenes of a military nature.  A second edition was issued in 1894. This edition not in OCLC (three copies only of the second edition).  Kainbacher p. 136.

146. WARD, William James.  In and around the Oron Country.  Or, the story of Primitive Methodism in S. Nigeria.  London, W. A. Hammond, [n.d., circa 1916.

Small 8vo (16 x 11 cm), pp. 95, with a map and three half-tone plates; original green pictorial cloth, with a printed image of a Nigerian bride in traditional costume on the upper cover, gilt lettering to spine; minor discoloration to the fore-edges of covers.  £75

First edition.  The author was a Methodist minister in Southern Nigeria for many years.

147. WIEGER, Léon.  Chinese characters.  Their origin, etymology, history, classification and signification.  A thorough study from Chinese documents. Translated into English by L. Davrout, S.J.  Hsien-Hsien, Catholic Mission Press, 1927.

8vo (23 x 14.5 cm), pp. 820, [1]; later full roan, maroon morocco label, gilt, top edge red.  £200

Second edition in English, ‘enlarged and revised according to the 4th French edition' (first published in English in He-Kien-fu by the Catholic Mission Press).

148. WIDDICOMBE, John.  Fourteen years in Basutoland.  A sketch of African mission life. London, The Church Printing Company, [1891].

8vo (17 x 11 cm), pp. [x], 306, [6], with a frontispiece and four portraits; original blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine and upper cover; head and foot of spine worn and a little chipped. £150

Inscribed on the half-title, ‘With the Author's Kind Regards'.  The author established one of the first Church of England mission stations in Basutoland, in the district of Leribe.  Mendelssohn (1910), p 609.

149. WISSMANN, Hermann von.  Afrika; Schilderungen und Rathschläge zur Vorbereitung für den Aufenthalt und den Dienst in den deutschen Schutzgebeiten. Berlin, E. S. Mittler, 1895.

8vo (19.5 x 13 cm), pp. [iv], 108; original snake-skin effect covers, lettered in gilt, all edges gilt; minor wear to extremities.  £250

First edition.  Stanley's copy: with a presentation inscription on the front free endpaper, from the author to ‘Bula Matari' (Henry M. Stanley's Suahili name), dated Monte Carlo, 1895.  Information and advice for living in the German Protectorates. OCLC lists three copies only (plus two microform copies). Not in Kainbacher.

150. ZANIBAR IMPRINTS, 1887 & 1893.  [ANONYMOUS.] A. B. CH. Syllabaire Swahili. Zanzibar, Mission Catholique, 1893.

Bound with:

[ANONYMOUS.]  Chuo Cha Hisabu.  Petite arithmétique Swahilie.  Zanzibar, Mission Catholique, 1887.

12mo (13 x 8.5 cm), pp. 64; [iv]; 105; contemporary quarter calf, mottled paper sides over blue cloth corners, gilt lettering to spine; extremities slightly rubbed.  £800

Extremely rare school texts (Suahili primer and arithmetic), for use in the Catholic Mission school: not listed in OCLC.

151. [ZANZIBAR.] STEBBING, A. E.  Practical hints on the navigation of the East Coast of Africa with the pilotage of some of the ports and notes on the currents, wind & weather.  Zanzibar, H. T. Mory & Sons, Proprietors of the “Mory” Printing Press, [n.d. but circa 1900].

8vo (20 x 15.5 cm), pp. [viii], 39, [1] blank, [6] advertisements for businesses in Beira, Quilamane, Laurenco Marques, Mombasa, Delagoa Bay and Zanzibar; inner hinges cracked; original printed watered silk covers, lettered in black on the upper cover; covers a little stained and worn.  £350

A guide primarily intended for the use of commanders and officers of the British India Steam Navigation Company.  Not in OCLC.

152. [ZANZIBAR.]  Original photopgraph of the Sultan of Zanzibar, with four Zanzibar officials, General Matthews and General Raikes. Unidentified photographer, circa 1900.

Silver print, 21.5 x 28.5 cm, laid on card; small area of loss to the background located approximately, 5 cm above the Sultan.  £300

153. ZULU WAR. Original photograph of Cetewayo's son, Dinzulu.  Unidentified photographer, circa 1879.  Albumen print, 14 x 11 cm.  £250

154. ROE, Henry. West African scenes:  being descriptions of Fernando Po, its climate, productions, and tribes: the cause and cure of sickness; with missionary work, trials, and encouragements. London, Elliot Stock, 1874.

Small 8vo (16 x 10 cm), pp. [viii], 215, [1] publisher's list, with six wood-engraved plates; a very good bright copy in the original blue pictorial cloth, gilt lettering. £300

First edition. A scarce missionary work of Fernando Po. Includes an account of the author's ascent of Clarence Peak; Richard Burton had previously climbed to the summit during his residence as Consul in the 1860s.

155. ROOKE, Henry.  Travels to the coast of Arabia Felix; and from thence by the Red-Sea and Egypt, to Europe.  Containing a short account of an expedition undertaken against the Cape of Good Hope. In a series of letters by Henry Rooke, Esq.  Late major of the 100th Regiment of Foot.  London, R. Blamire, 1783.

Small 4to (21 x 12 cm), pp. [vi] half-title not present, 129; title-page a little browned; contemporary speckled calf, neatly rebacked; extremities a little rubbed and bumped.  £2750

First edition.  A family copy, with the bookplate of George Rooke.  Rooke Travels contains an account of the English expedition dispatched in 1781 to recapture the Cape from European rivals. The fleet, commanded by Commodore George Johnstone, repelled the French at Port Praya and captured a Dutch fleet in Saldanha Bay.  However victory was not achieved at Table Bay and the expedition left South Africa; some of the troops were subsequently sent to India, the rest sailing for England. This work largely concentrates on Rooke's solo journey from South Africa to Egypt via the East coast of Africa and the Arabian Coast.  He sailed on board various Arabian vessels, stopping in the Comora Islands, Morebat Bay, Hodeida (Yemen), Mocha, Jeddah, Ras Mohammed and Suez, eventually arriving at Cairo and Alexandria.  On the outward journey, there is also reference to Trinidad and the Cape Verde Islands. Ibrahim-Hilmy II, p. 181.  Mendelssohn (1910) II, p. 247 lists the 1784 second edition only.  Six copies only of this 1783 first edition in OCLC.

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