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Barthes, Roland (Andrew Brown, trans.; Foreword by Anne Herschberg Pierrot, ed.)
Travels in China
Polity Press, Cambridge UK, 2012.
Octavo; hardcover; 225pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed. Near fine. A translation of his notebooks from a three-week trip there in 1974 with a delegation from the French literary review Tel Quel.
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Belzoni, Giovanni & Alberto Siliotti (ed.)
Belzoni's Travels Narrative of the Operations and Recent Discoveries in Egypt and Nubia
British Museum Press, London, 2001.
Folio; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling and decorated endpapers; 336pp., with 100 colour & 300 monochrome illustrations. A bump to the bottom edge of the upper board; light spotting to the top edge of the text block. Dustwrapper lightly sunned along the top edge with some minor spotting on the verso; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. Circus strongman turned adventurer, explorer and excavator, G B Belzoni was one of the pioneering figures whose achievements led to the creation of the Egyptological collections in the British Museum and other major European museums. Belzoni first went to Egypt in 1841 to sell a new type of waterwheel, but abandoned this venture in favour of a more lucrative trade in the excavation and transportation of ancient monuments. This is the first unabridged edition of Belzoni's travel journal since it as published in London in 1820 and was described by Howard Carter as "the most fascinating book ever written about Egypt". The introduction and the notes by Alberto Siliotti provide a brief survey of the history of the exploration of Egypt, setting Belzoni's exploits in their historical context.
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Berendt, John
The City of Falling Angels
Sceptre/Hodder & Stoughton Ltd./Hodder Headline, London, 2005.
Firsr edition. Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling, decorated endpapers, and a navy blue ribbon; 373pp. Fine in dustwrapper lightly worn at edges (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film).
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Brett-James, Norman G.
Walking in the Welsh Borders
W. & R. Chambers, London, 1942.
Ex-libris Nancy Phelan. Hardcover, octavo; green cloth boards with black spine titling; 319pp., frontispiece., monochrome maps, plates and illustrations. Owner's name. Minor wear; toned and lightly spotted text block edges; a few scattered, internal spots. White illustrated dustwrapper, unclipped; rubbing, browning to spine and tiny missing segments on spine extremities and corners; wear and chipping to edges. Very good otherwise and protected in archival film with white paper backing.
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Bryson, Bill
Down Under
Random House, 2000.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; blue boards with gilt spine titling, yellow endpapers; 319pp. Minor wear; lightly browned text block and page edges. Illustrated dustwrapper very slightly worn at edges (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film).
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Cameron, Ian
Mountains of the Gods The Himalaya and the Mountains of Central Asia
Century Publishing, London, 1984.
Hardcover, quarto; red boards with silver gilt spine titling; 248pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; wear to board edges and corners bumped; text block edges mildly toned and spotted; spine extremities of dustwrapper a little worn and chipped and some spotting to edges of inner flaps, rubbing. Very good otherwise. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Rearing nearly five miles into the skies, the Himalaya are the most magnificent range on earth. Yet they are only part of an even greater mountain complex which includes the Hindu Kush, Karakoram, Pamirs, Tien Shan and Kun Lun. Mountains of the Gods tells the story of this whole complex from its formation to its present day. It begins with an explanation of how the mountains were formed as, millions of years ago, the Indian subcontinent collided with the belly of Asia. It describes their settlement by early man and how - long before the birth of Christ - they were explored by Hindu pilgrims who discovered the source of the Indus and Ganges. Ian Cameron goes on to tell of how the mountains were penetrated by a succession of invading armies from the troops of Alexander the Great to those of the Soviet Union, and how their secrets were slowly and often painfully unveiled by traders, explorers, spies, surveyors, scientists and climbers facing heights and difficulties far greater than anywhere else on earth. As well as recounting the story of such well-known figures as Marco Polo, Hillary and Tenzing, Cameron also brings to life the exploits of many lesser known explorers like the formidable Fanny Bulloch Workman who scaled the glaciers of the Karakoram carrying a placard demanding votes for women. Superbly illustrated with paintings and photographs drawn largely from the archives of the Royal Geographical Society, Mountains of the Gods is a story of endurance and achievement on a heroic scale and a timely warning of what future generations stand to lose if we do not conserve this threatened paradise.
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Chapman, Spencer (Introduction by Sir Charles Bell)
Lhasa The Holy City
Chatto & Windus Ltd., London, 1938.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with spine decorations; 342pp., on laid paper, top edges dyed red, with a full-colour frontispiece, 7pp. of plates likewise, 64pp. of monochrome plates and a folding map. Moderate wear; cocked; spine cracked; softening to the spine extremities; a circular mark to the upper board; text block edges heavily spotted; offset to the preliminaries; retailer's bookplate to the flyleaf. Price-clipped dustwrapper rubbed and edgeworn with some moisture damage to the upper panel; spine heavily sunned; chipping to the spine panel extremities and flap-turns; a large chip from the top edge of the lower panel near the spine panel head; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Good to very good. Spencer Chapman (1907-1971) was an English adventurer and mountaineer. He was part of Gino Watkins' Greenland Expedition of 1932-33. Early in 1936, he joined a Himalayan climbing expedition. At the time he met Basil Gould, the Political Officer for Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibet. Gould invited Chapman to be his private secretary on his political mission, from July 1936 to February 1937, to persuade the Panchen Lama to return from China and establish permanent British representation in Lhasa. Chapman learned Tibetan well enough to converse. He kept a meteorological log, pressed six hundred plants, dried seeds, and made notes on bird life. He recorded "events" in Lhasa in a diary and took many photographs that were sent to India on a weekly basis. He was allowed to wander and did so in an unshepherded way into the middle of Tibet and around the Holy City.
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Cooper, Artemis
Patrick Leigh Fermor An Adventure
John Murray, London, 2012.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling; 448pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and 16pp. of plates likewise. Minor wear only; very good in like dustwrapper.
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Curzon, Lord
Travels with a Superior Person Edited by Peter King and Introduced by Elizabeth Longford
Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1985.
Quarto hardcover; brown boards with gilt spine titling, map endpapers; 191pp., monochrome illustrations. Owner's name. Lightly spotted upper text block edges and mildly rubbed dustwrapper. Very good to near fine otherwise. 'My name is George Nathaniel Curzon, I am a most superior person. My cheek is pink, my hair is sleek, I dine at Blenheim twice a week.' - Curzon hated this 'accursed doggerel' penned by a fellow undergraduate during his years at Balliol - but it accurately sums up the man who, in his twenties, visited and conversed with kings, emperors, potentates, and despots and who, in later life, became Viceroy of India, Foreign Secretary and nearly Prime Minister. No traveller of the period had a prose style to match that of Curzon, nor did they have his wit. It is these qualities, coupled with Curzon's fascinating experiences in remote and exotic places, that make Travels with a Superior Person the quintessence of late-Victorian travel writing.
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Dalrymple, William
The Age of Kali Indian Travels and Encounters
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., London, 1998.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine-titling and endpaper maps; 385pp. Minor wear; text block and page edges toned. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. The culmination of ten-years of journeying around the Indian Sub-continent, Dalrymple provides a darkly funny, astonishing and often moving account of what he found there. The current Fourth Age of the World, according to Hindu belief, is the Age of Kali, when normal processes and conventions fall apart, where literally anything can happen. Dalrymple shows us India in disintegration, from the balconies of drug lords' castles and the forest hideouts of guerilla fighters; from the armed stronghold of one party of a university student union where the destruction of the opposing faction is being plotted; and from the sorcerous depths of an exorcist temple in Kerala, house of Parashakti - She Who is Seated on a Throne of Five Corpses. This book is a revelation and essential reading for those attempting to come to terms with India in all of its modern glory.
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Fermor, Patrick Leigh (ed. Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper)
The Broken Road From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos
John Murray, London, 2013.
Hardcover, octavo; 362pp. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. "Nobody could do the job better than the book's editors. Colin Thubron is a travel writer of Leigh Fermor's calibre, Artemis Cooper is his masterly biographer... It contains wonderful passages of purest Leigh Fermor... Time and again he gives us vivid glimpses of encounters along the way - priests and peasants, the squalors of the back country, high life in Bucharest - and this virtuoso display is embedded as always in his astonishing range of learning... full of fun, kindness, easy learning, sophistication and innocence... a gently fitting conclusion to his tumultuous masterpiece. " wrote Jan Morris in the Mail on Sunday. Fermor was unable to properly complete his trilogy - the previous two volumes being A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water - and so his editors have turned to an early text of the 1960s describing his walk to Constantinople and a surviving diary concerning the weeks he spent on Mount Athos immediately afterwards.
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Fermor, Patrick Leigh (edited by Artemis Cooper)
Words of Mercury
John Murray (Publishers)/Hodder Headline, London, 2003.
Octavo; hardcover 274pp. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. "Skill with the sword usually precludes much competence with the pen. For all that Sir Philip Sidney could write sequences of Petrarchan sonnets as well as lead buccaneering raids on the Spanish Netherlands, or Siegfried Sassoon write his anti-war memoirs while also winning the Military Cross, bookishness and military machismo are rarely found roosting together (after all, it's no secret, as the old joke goes, that military intelligence is a contradiction in terms). The great exception to this rule in our own time is Patrick Leigh Fermor. For though he is one of our finest prose stylists and - since the death this summer of his only possible rival, Norman Lewis - without question our greatest living travel writer, he was also responsible for one of the most audacious special operations coups of the second world war. Leigh Fermor's own account of the abduction of General Kreipe, the German commander of the Nazi occupation forces in Crete, is published for the first time in Artemis Cooper's wonderful new anthology of Leigh Fermor's work, Words of Mercury. The story is a famous one, and in the film version, entitled 'Ill Met by Moonlight', Paddy was played by the dashing Dirk Bogarde. But in Leigh Fermor's own account, the climax comes not as the general's staff car is stopped at night by a British SOE party dressed in stolen German uniforms, nor as the Cretan partisans help smuggle the general into the Cretan highlands and thence to a waiting British submarine; but instead as "a brilliant dawn was breaking over the crest of Mount Ida": "We were all three lying smoking in silence, when the General, half to himself, slowly said: ' Vides ut alta stet nive candidum Socrate'. It was the opening lines of one of the few Horace odes I knew by heart. I went on reciting where he had broken off ... The General's blue eyes swivelled away from the mountain-top to mine - and when I'd finished, after a long silence, he said: 'Ach so, Herr Major!' It was very strange. 'Ja, Herr General.' As though for a moment, the war had ceased to exist. We had both drunk at the same fountains long before; and things were different between us for the rest of our time together." It is an archetypal Leigh Fermor anecdote: beautifully written, fabulously romantic and just a little showy. For Leigh Fermor's greatest virtues as a writer are also his greatest vices: his incantational love of great waterfalls of words, combined with the wild, scholarly enthusiasms of a brilliant autodidact. On the rare occasions he gets it wrong, Paddy has been responsible for some of the most highly coloured purple passages in travel literature. But at his best he is sublime, unbeatable" (William Dalrymple in The Guardian).
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Forster, E.M.
The Hill of Devi
Harcourt, Brace and Co., New York, 1953.
First US edition. Hardcover, octavo, 267pp. Slightly worn lower board edges and corners. Very lightly toned text block edges. Discoloured rear panel of dustwrapper; not price-clipped; minor edge wear; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. The Hill of Devi is an account by E.M. Forster of two visits to India in 1912-1913 and 1921, during which he worked as the private secretary to Tukojirao III, the Maharaja of the state of Dewas Senior. Forster publishes the letters of his early travel without introduction in order to let the reader share his own 'bewilderment and pleasure at plunging into an unknown world and at meeting an unknown and possibly unknowable character'. This character, the central figure of the whole book, is the Maharajah himself. He is witty, complex, sensitive and religious, 'certainly a genius, and possibly a saint, and he had to be king'. As his private secretary, 'Forster was privileged to ride elephants, to receive an Official Insult, and to attend the strange eight-day festival of Gokul Ashtami'. The early essays are followed by an explanatory text on "The State and its Ruler." Then comes the main section, containing the letters of 1921, which are extensively commented by Forster. In the last part of the book, he describes the 'Catastrophe,' the descent of the Maharaja and the state. Forster closes his recollections with a meditation upon death and memory: 'One of the puzzling things about the dead is that it is impossible to think of them evenly. They all go out of sight and are forgotten, they all go into silence, yet we cannot help assigning some of them a tune. Most of those whom I have known leave no sound behind them, I cannot evoke them though I would like to. He (the Maharajah) has a rare quality of evoking himself, and I do not believe that he is here doing it for the last time'. In the preface, E. M. Forster describes his time in India as 'the great opportunity of (... his) life'.
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Fountaine, Margaret
Love Among the Butterflies: The Travels and Adventures of a Victorian Lady
Collins, London, 1980.
Small quarto; hardcover; dark red boards with gilt spine-titling, pink endpapers; 224pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Minimal wear; text block edges lightly toned; some mild offset to the preliminaries. Dustwrapper sunned along the spine panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. In November 1940 ten large mahogany cabinets of butterflies - 22000 butterflies - were delivered to the Castle Museum at Norwich, a magnificent and valuable bequest by an English spinster, Margaret Fountaine, whose girlhood had been spent in that city. There was one condition: with the butterflies the Museum must accept a black japanned metal box, wrapped, locked and sealed - and the box must not be opened until 15th April 1978. Patiently the Museum stored the box and waited. At the appointed time the seals were broken and the box was found to contain twelve thick, ledger-like volumes of diaries in Miss Fountaine's plain, clear handwriting, along with photographs, drawings, postcards and pressed flowers. It was a record of sixty years of her life, from girlhood to old age; sometimes sad, often funny; an account of her life, loves and travels in a vanished world.
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Golding, William
An Egyptian Journal
Faber and Faber Ltd., London, 1985.
First edition. Hardcover; octavo; black boards with gilt spine titling and yellow endpapers; 207pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; toned and spotted text block and page edges. Very good to near fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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Goodwin, Jason
The Gunpowder Gardens Travels Through India and China in Search of Tea
Chatto & Windus, London, 1990.
Octavo hardcover; black boards with gilt spine titling; 230pp. Mildly toned and faintly spotted text block edges. Very good to near fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film with white paper backing. Jason Goodwin, inspired by his grandmothers who spent their lives in China and India observing the custom of afternoon tea, set off to explore the relics of this imperial age and its worldwide trade, delving into the extraordinary history of tea. Evoking a vanished world, he follows the origin of tea, its use, influence and importance, from the Canton factories through the establishment of British India and the Opium Wars, all the way to that great tea metropolis, London.
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Hadjidimitriou, Tzeli (photos.)
39 Coffee Houses & A Barber's Shop
Crete University Press, 2001.
Softcover quarto, 141pp., colour illustrations. Dustwrapper. New. "The Coffee Houses which Tzeli Hadjidimitriou photographed in Mytilene are like old pieces of china kept in the dresser with the glass panes and the mirrors. Bright and shiny. Their architecture and their spontaneous beauty represent facets of a dying culture. They give the impression that they have always existed. There is a certain timeless quality about them. They belong to a far-removed past as well as to yesterday ... Their patrons' faces are illuminated by a sacred light. There is a feeling of serenity about them. They stand there, before the arrival of the messenger. They will soon be demolished and replaced by new multistorey buildings. They have not yet lived through the various unidentified departures - death, migration, illness. Glasses of water, spoonfuls of syrupy sweets, countless cups of coffee - those are their weapons. Their chairs are like those in the paintings by Theofilos or Tsarouchis. Their tables are like those in the poems by Elytis or Ritsos." - Yorgos Chronas
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Harrer, Heinrich
Lost Lhasa: Heinrich Harrer's Tibet
Harry Abram, New York, 1992.
Quarto hardcover; red cloth boards with gilt spine titling and map endpapers; 223pp., b&w illustrations. Minor wear; one or two spots on text block edges. Illustrated dustwrapper sunned along front panel edges and spine; mild edgewear and chipping on head of spine panel, now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. This collection of 200 photos and thematically ordered essays conjures up life in an isolated, innocent Tibet before the Chinese invasion of the 1950s. Though he presents himself humbly, Harrer (author of the 1953 classic Seven Years in Tibet) is clearly remarkable: a celebrated Austrian mountaineer who escaped a British prison camp to enter Tibet in 1944, he learned the language, developed a friendship with the Dalai Lama (then a teenager), worked on the country's reforestation and helped build Lhasa's sewer system. His black-and-white photos, though occasionally grainy or mundane, capture the uncommon tapestry of Tibet: hatted servants leading the horses of government ministers, the Dalai Lama's formidable but kind mother, two honorees at a New Year's celebration clad in huge fur caps and Russian brocade robes. Harrer's photos are complemented by brief essays on such aspects of Tibetan culture as its penchant for irreverent street songs; its pilgrims' arduous rites; and its appreciation of the national drink, butter tea, which purportedly replenishes the body's stores of salt, fat and water. - Publishers Weekly
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Hsieh, Pei-ni Beatrice (ed.)
John Thomson - Window to the East The Journey to Formosa, China and Southeast Asia, 1865-1871
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung Taiwan, 2012.
Quarto; paperback, six stitched signatures without a wrapper, with a DVD on a spindle mounted on the last page; unpaginated (230pp.), bilingual text (Chinese and English), with many monochrome illustrations. Minimal wear. Fine in a printed folding slipcase with a printed ribbon tie. One of only 1200 copies printed John Thomson (1837-1921) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was one of the most important photographers in the 19th century and also a topographer, explorer and writer. As one of the earliest Western photographers travelling to the Far East, Thomson faithfully recorded what he saw of the Eastern world in the 19th century through his lens. His photographic works have become the most important social and cultural records and made Thomson one of the pioneers of documentary photography. The 19th century is a period of history marked with frequent exchanges and interactions between West and East. It is also a period full of surprises, excitement and shocks amidst cultural collisions. Each photograph taken by Thomson illustrates how a Westerner back then perceived and interpreted the mysterious Oriental world. Demonstrating his keen observations and unique interpretations of social and geographic characteristics of a place, Thomson's photographs mix the different aesthetics of Western and Eastern portraits, while combining the perspective and composition in Eastern landscape paintings. On his glass plate negatives, Thomson captured micro specimens of the tranquillity and profoundness of the Oriental world cultivated over thousands of years.
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Hughes, Robert
Harvill/HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., London, 1992.
First UK edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 573pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Owner's name. Minor wear; spotted text block edges. Slightly edgeworn dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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Hutton, Edward (illus. O.F.M. Ward)
Siena and Southern Tuscany
Methuen, London, 1911.
Second edition. Hardcover, octavo; brown boards with gilt spine titling and map endpapers; 360pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Owner's name. Mild foxing to early pages; toned and spotted text block edges; wear to board edges, corners frayed and bumped. Very good. No dustwrapper. Edward Hutton was a British author of travel books and various Italian subjects. He resided there for many years and became friends with other expatriate residents including Bernard Berenson and Norman Douglas. In 1917 he was instrumental in establishing the British Institute of Florence. This is one of his nine illustrated books on different regions of Italy,
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Krause, Gregor
Bali 1912
January Books, Wellington, 1988.
Quarto hardcover; red illustrated boards with white and yellow front board and spine titling; 111pp., monochrome frontispiece and illustrations. Minor wear; board spine faded; mild foxing to endpapers; faint spotting and a few marks on text block edges. Very good. No dustwrapper. In August 1912 Gregor Krause, a young German who had been commissioned as a temporary medical officer in the Netherlands East Indies army only a year before, was sent to Bangli, a tiny town in the interior of Bali. He was to remain on the island for fewer than 18 months - but they were months which would have an important bearing on its future. Dr Krause was an enthusiastic convert to the art of photography and during his time in Bali he took more than 4000 pictures and wrote the text to accompany 400 of them for publication. His book was significant in telling the world about the then little known island and its extraordinary culture. In his book he wrote;- 'I took the photographs with a small camera in such a way that nobody even noticed I was taking them, and sought out neither the most beautiful nor the most ugly ... but there was a tendency towards the beautiful because the Balinese are inconceivably beautiful. Anyone in Bali, sitting by the roadside or elsewhere, who takes the trouble just to look at what passes before him will begin to doubt the reality of what he sees. Everything is beautiful, perfectly beautiful - the bodies, the clothes, the gait, every posture, every movement. How is this beauty possible? How is this incredible harmony of their surroundings attained? The traveller's feet never grow weary, his eyes do not cease to be charmed as long as a lucky star lets him pass far from the dwellings of the (Dutch) officials, the European traders and the tourist industry whose sole preoccupation is to learn how to assimilate Bali as quickly as possible to the Moloch of civilization'. Little more than a year after Krause's first publication a second edition was printed, in one volume instead of two, with the number of photographs reduced from nearly 400 to just under 200 - this in 1922. Both have long since become collectors' items. This edition is yet further reduced to fewer than 100 images. Dr Krause's romantic and extravagant text has been handled less drastically; there has been some trimming in the interests of a coherent complete volume, difficult as it is to cut short a writer whose enthusiasm for Bali overflows so engagingly and so often. (Adapted from Hugh Mabbett's introduction.)
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Lawson, John Parker
Scotland Delineated A Series of Views of the Principal Cities and Towns, Particularly of Edinburgh and Its Environs; Of the Cathedrals, Abbeys, and Other Monastic Remains; The Castles and Baronial Mansions; The Mountains and Rivers, Sea-Coast, and Other Grand and Picturesque Scenery.
Day and Sons, London, nd. [1850's].
Folio; hardcover; 285 pages. Scattered foxing throughout, particularly heavy behind plates and on pages opposite rear of plates. Gilt on text block edges shows some wear, but is still good. Has been sympathetically rebound at some stage with new endpapers supplied. Front cover is decorated with gilt coat of arms and gilt corners, with gilt-decorated spine. Rear board has a stain at top left corner. Boards are considerably worn, corners bent and lower edges frayed. Spine and gilt corners are peeling back. Interior is sound except for a few repaired pages. The many tinted plates came from drawings made expressly for this work. Overall very good. "From drawings made by Sir William Allan, Clarkson Stanfield, George Cattermole, W.L. Leitch, Thomas Creswick, David Roberts, J.D. Harding, Joseph Nash, Horatio Macculloch, J.M.W. Turner, D.O. Hill and W. Simpson. Accompanied by copious letterpress, comprising histories of the city and castle of Edinburgh, and palace of Holyrood; with historical and antiquarian notices, interspersed with curious and original anecdotes of the principal scenes and events illustrated throughout the work" (title page). The book contains 72 plates and accords with the included "List of Plates and Directions for Placing Them", with the exception of some page discrepancies. According to the bibliography of the J R Abbey collection "Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860 from the Library of J.R. Abbey" (4 vols, London: Curven, 1953-57), the work was originally published (probably for subscribers only) in four elephant folio volumes and containing 90 plates in the years between 1847-1854. The authors are given as J.D. Harding and J.P. Lawson. This version seems extraordinarily rare and is even absent from the world's major libraries. Subsequently two quarto versions with the complete text but a reduced number of re-engraved illustrations were issued. Two differing title pages are known to exist. One published by John G. Murdoch in London is not dated and is entitled "Scotland - Picturesque, Historical, Descriptive". The other is the present volume. Works by J M W Turner unfortunately were not included. Present though particularly are eleven plates by David Roberts, famed for his depictions of Egypt and the Holy Land.
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Lear, Edward with Destani, Bejtullah & Elsie, Robert (eds.)
Edward Lear in Albania Journals of a Landscape Painter in the Balkans
I B Tauris, London, 2008.
Quarto hardcover, 225pp., colour illustrations. Minor wear; slight scuffing to dustwrapper with lightly worn edges and corners. Very good to near fine. Lear was already well known for his fine ornithological illustrations when he embarked on his travels in the Balkans but he was increasingly drawn to landscape painting, especially following his extensive travels in Italy. Despite the difficulties caused by his own ill health and the acute dichotomy between luxury and hardship throughout the region, Lear found the environment of the Balkans both productive and stimulating. He travelled off the beaten track of his generation in pursuit of themes and wrote well and racily about what he saw - a happy combination of writer and painter makes him one of the more companionable of travel authors.
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Loftie, W.J. (ed.)
Orient-Pacific Line Guide - sixth edition Chapters for Travellers by Sea and by Land
Sampson Low Marston & Company Ltd., London, nd. (c.1880s).
Octavo; hardcover, with upper board titles; 407pp., all edges dyed green, with many engraved monochrome illustrations, 16 monochrome and colour plates (1 folding), 35 monochrome and colour maps (8 folding), 4 folding star-charts and 103pp. of adverts. Moderate wear; rolled; spine extremities softened; boards rubbed with some marks creases and bumping; mild offset to the endpapers and preliminaries; some dog-eared pages; one star-chart professionally repaired. Lacks dustwrapper. Very good.
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Maclean, Fitzroy
To Caucasus, The End of all the Earth An Illustrated Companion to the Caucasus and Transcaucasia
Jonathan Cape, London, 1976.
First edition. Royal octavo hardcover; green boards with gilt spine titling; photographic endpapers; 203pp., colour & b&w plates, top edges dyed blue. Owner's name elided. Faded and slightly worn board edges and corners; foxed endpapers, prelims and title page; mildly spotted text block edges; dustwrapper spine panel mildly sunned and very slight wear to edges (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good.
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Matthiessen, Peter
African Silences
Harvill/HarperCollins Publishers, London, 1991.
First UK edition: octavo; hardcover; blue boards with gilt spine-titling; 225pp. Minor wear; text block edges spotted. Very good in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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Michaud, Roland and Sabina with Olivier Germain-Thomas
India: Journey Through the Heart of a Continent
Abbeville, New York, NY, USA, 2005.
Quarto; hardcover; black cloth boards with red gilt spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 310pp., colour illustrations. Dustwrapper. Small scrape on lower front corner. Remainder. New. From 1965 to 2001, Roland and Sabina Michaud traveled throughout India on a series of lengthy expeditions, dedicating over thirty five years to photographing the landscape and people. India: Journey through the Heart of a Continent is their intimate view of this remarkable country, designed to illuminate the country's complexities and contradictions. The beauty and mysteries of India's many competing religions and ways of life provided the inspiration for the 150 carefully selected photographs in this volume, telling the story of a remarkable country caught between old traditions and modern dilemmas. The variety of the photographs is astounding, reflecting the depth of understanding of the photojournalists; the breathtaking images range from India's austere, mountainous landscapes and diverse architectural tradition to intimate portraits of the men, women and children who inhabit these places. From beachside bonfires and traditional fishing boats to details of intricate stone carvings and sweeping panoramas of the cities' crowded streets, India: Journey through the Heart of a Continent provides an unparalleled look into the lives of the Indian people and the multifaceted worlds they live in. India is currently one of the top five destinations in the world and it inspires extreme and passionate responses from its many visitors; while some see it as an enchanted island, the poverty and difficulties of daily life are impossible to ignore. From the Himalayas to the Dravidian lands, India contains the variety of an entire continent. Through their fascinating text and images, Roland and Sabina Michaud have sought to capture the reality of Indian life in this gorgeous, expansive tribute to the real India.
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Miller, Charles
Early Travellers in North America Eyewitness Reports from the First Visitors to the New World
Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd., Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK, 1994.
Quarto; hardcover; blue boards with gilt spine-titling; 202pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor shelf wear, otherwise very good in like dustwrapper (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). This collection of writings by British travellers to Nineteenth Century America. is a glorious insight, not only to the state of affairs in that country, but also of the preoccupations of the British themselves. Here we have Fanny Trollope deploring the general table manners of the Americans while Louis Stevenson and Marryat become endlessly fascinated in trying to pin down the spoken idiom of the Wild West. Together with over 50 delightful photographic illustrations of the period, this is a wonderful mirror turned upon the America of yesteryear.
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Morris, Jan
A Writer's World Travels 1950-2000
Faber and Faber Ltd., London, 2003.
First edition thus. Octavo hardcover; black boards with silver gilt spine titling, dark red endpapers; 457pp. Inscription. Browned text block and page edges with faint spotting. Illustrated dustwrapper sunned along the spine panel. Very good. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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Murphy, Dervla
Between River and Sea Encounters in Israel and Palestine
Eland, London, 2015.
First edition. Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 442pp. Minor wear. Dustwrapper. Near fine.
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Murphy, Dervla
Muddling Through in Madagascar
John Murray Ltd., London, 1985.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 274pp., with maps monochrome illustrations and 16pp. of plates likewise. Mild wear; lightly shaken; spine extremities softened; text block top edge dusted. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn. Very good.
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Murphy, Dervla
Silverland A Winter Journey Beyond the Urals
John Murray (Publishers)/Hodder Headline, London, 2006.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with bronze spine titles; 288pp., with 8pp. of monochrome plates. Mild wear; a heavy bump to the top of the upper board; spine heel softened; text block and page edges well-toned. Dustwrapper is well rubbed and edgeworn. Good to very good.
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Murray, Nicholas
A Corkscrew is Most Useful The Travellers of Empire
Little Brown/Little Brown Book Group, London, 2008.
Octavo; hardcover, with endpaper maps; 532pp., with 16pp. of monochrome plates and many other illustrations likewise. Minor wear; some very mild insect damage to the upper board; light spotting to the text block edges. Dustwrapper. Very good. In the early 19th century there was a huge surge forward in travel of all kinds. Queen Victoria's accession in 1837 came barely a year after John Murray's first guidebook was published. Then in 1838 Bradshaw's famous portable railway timetable appeared. In 1841 Thomas Cook, the world's first travel agent, organised its first tour (from London to Leicester and back by train). The age of mass tourism had arrived. Side by side with it another phenomenon began to develop: exploration to wilder shores and uncharted lands. This is the focus of Nicholas Murray's fascinating book which draws upon the extraordinary stories of Livingstone's journey across Africa; Burton and Speke reaching Lake Tanganyika; John Stuart crossing Australia from south to north; Livingstone reaching the Zambezi; Richard Burton's travels across Arabia, and countless others' extraordinary and brave expeditions.
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Newby, Eric
On the Shores of the Mediterranean
Harvill Press, London, 1984.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; green boards with gilt spine titling; 448pp., b&w line drawings. Mild toning and faint spotting to text block edges; tiny tear on lower spine panel of dustwrapper. Otherwise very good. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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Newby, Eric
Round Ireland in Low Gear
Collins, London, 1987.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; green boards with gilt spine titling; 308pp., monochrome drawings. Binding slightly rolled; scattered spotting to endpapers and early pages; browned and spotted text block edges; mild wear to dustwrapper edges with tiny tear on upper front corner. Very good with wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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Newby, Eric (ed.)
A Book of Lands and Peoples
HarperCollins, London, 2003.
Hardcover, octavo; black boards with gilt spine titling; 620pp., monochrome maps and illustrations. Minor wear; browned and spotted text block and page edges; mildly rubbed dustwrapper with faded spine. Otherwise very good to near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. "This anthology of writing by travellers takes us back to the days of exploration when the going was rough. It provides an absorbing record of discovery and derring-do in countries as far-flung as Albania and Borneo. Thankfully there are no syrupy tales of vineyards in the south of France or elephant trekking in Nepal. But neither is this a very contemporary reference book. Alex Garland and hipsters with a taste for druggy tourism in the Far East are absent. Instead the book is biased towards Victorian expeditions and old-fashioned travellers in the Redmond O'Hanlon school. (O'Hanlon, with his bushy side-whiskers, could well be a Victorian squire-naturalist as he carries on up equatorial Africa, far from the featherbed of civilisation.) The collection has been edited by Eric Newby with the help of his daughter, Sonia Ashmore. As well as providing eye-witness accounts of Aztec Mexico under the conquistadors or 1700s Italy under the Bourbons, Newby has included some choice pieces of advice to travellers. Sir Francis Galton, the Victorian scientist, recommends breaking raw eggs into one's boots to prevent blisters. His book, The Art of Travel, kindly tells us what to do in the event of shipwreck: 'A half-drowned man must be put to bed in dry, heated clothes... All rough treatment is not only ridiculous but full of harm.' This sort of silliness can be quite endearing. An English clergyman cautions seafarers in 1923: 'Should you have the bad luck, when at sea, to fall overboard, get your boots off and turn the coat pockets inside out.' The cleric adds helpfully: 'But do not take off your clothes, because they keep you warm.' ...There is much to gawp at in this anthology. Ernest Giles, an English explorer, celebrates Christmas 1873 in the Australian outback with fried wallaby (it was either that or kangaroo). Captain Cook, spreadeagled on the earth like a tropical crucifixion, is hacked to pieces by Hawaiian tribesmen after a small misunderstanding over a stolen boat. Cook's death in 1779 at the age of 50 still has a shocking appeal. In reprisal for petty thieving, the English navigator had ordered Pacific islanders to be flogged and their ears cut off; his cruelty and failure to understand non-Christian morals eventually cost him his life. ..Newby is to be congratulated on this engaging collection." - Ian Thomson
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Pavord, Anna
Landskipping Painters, Ploughmen and Places
Bloomsbury Publishing plc, London, 2016.
Octavo; hardcover, with metallic green spine titles and decorative endpapers; 253pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. Landskipping explores the different ways in which we have, throughout the ages, responded to the land, beginning in the eighteenth century when artists first started to paint English scenery, and the Lakes, as well as Snowdon, began to attract a new kind of visitor, the landscape tourist. Meanwhile, at the same time, an entirely different band of people, the agricultural improvers, also travelled the land, looking at it in terms of its usefulness as well as its beauty. What emerges as universal then and now is a place's capacity to frame and define our experience. Moving from the rolling hills of Dorset to the peaks of the Scottish Highlands, this is an exquisite and compelling book, written by Anna Pavord with zest, passion and deep understanding.
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Porter, J.L.
The Giant Cities of Bashan and Syria's Holy Places
T. Nelson and Sons, London, 1891.
Ex-library: octavo; hardcover, bevelled boards with gilt spine-titling, gilt upper board titles on a black label with decorations, and blind-stamped decorations on the lower board; 372pp., a chromolithographic frontispiece with tissue guard, decorated title page, and 6 chromolithographic plates. Binding slightly rolled; wear on spine due to call number removal; scuffing on cover and spine edges; black ink smear on front pastedown; pen notations on the verso of the front free endpaper; library stamps and other marks as usual; text block top edge dusted. Good to very good. Josias Leslie Porter was an Irish Presbyterian minister, missionary and traveller. Porter was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Derry on 20 November 1844. He was ordained on 25 February 1846, and until 1849 was minister of the congregation of High Bridge, Newcastle-on-Tyne. He was then sent to Damascus as a missionary to the Jews by the board of missions of the Irish Presbyterian Church. He reached Syria in December 1849, and remained there for ten years. He wrote this work during his residency and in it he maintains that the massive buildings, the ruins of which are in Bashan, were the work of the aboriginal inhabitants of the country before its occupation by the Hebrews. The book was republished several times.
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Raby, Peter
Bright Paradise: Victorian Scientific Travellers
Chatto & Windus, London, 1996.
Hardcover, octavo; green boards with gilt spine titling, black endpapers; 276pp., monochrome illustrations. Toned text block and page edges; dustwrapper spine slightly faded. Very good to near fine and dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. 'A fabulously rich, anecdotal and gripping account of those men and women who ventured out from Britain into the swamps and jungles of the tropics in search, knowingly or not, of the missing link. Through their stoical-sometimes crack-brained-voyages, the shape of the world, geographically and biologically, was elucidated. Never have more significant journeys been made... Enthusiastic, informed and racy, this is one of the most invigorating accounts of the exploits of people from an age whose intrepidity is staggering. Peter Raby's book follows a disparate crew of botanists, scientists and collectors, who tried to order the earthly paradise which unfolded around them. Entrepreneurs they may have been - many were dependent on selling their specimens to finance their trips - but they were also scrupulous and sensitive observers... Raby finds some shimmering, personalities... His book is excellent. ' - Daily Telegraph
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Robb, Peter
A Death in Brazil A book of omissions
Duffy & Snellgrove, Sydney, 2003.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; green boards with silver gilt spine titling and map endpapers; 372pp. Pages and text block edges toned; a little rubbing to lower spine edge; else near fine in dustwrapper with small tear to upper corner of rear panel (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film).
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Romanelli, Samuel (Introduction by Yedida K. & Norman Stillman, trans. & ed.)
Travail in an Arab Land
The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa AL, 1989.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in leather with a cloth spine and speckled endpapers; 222pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; some very mild spotting and dusting to the text block edges. Dustwrapper is lightly rubbed and sunned along the spine panel. Very good to near fine. Romanelli was a son of the Enlightenment who spent most of his life travelling in search of adventure, knowledge and patrons for his literary endeavours. An Italian born in 1757 into a family of rabbinical scholars, physicians and men of letters he received an excellent education not only in traditional Hebrew curriculum, but also in Italian, arithmetic and the classics. Fluent in ten languages, he was a poet and translator of classical and contemporary literature into Hebrew and apparently he earned a good living. During a return voyage to Italy in 1786 he became stranded in Gibraltar for an extended period of time that depleted his funds such that he was forced to join a merchant travelling to Morocco. Through misadventure, he lost his passport and was obliged to remain there for four years. This book is the story of that experience. This is a unique account of the life and culture of Jews in 18th century Morocco. His ethnographic interest extended to native Moroccan customs and rituals, but because of his broad background, he was able to draw parallels with more widely known cultures. His vivid descriptions of native dress, marketplaces, medicinal practices and detailed analysis of the linguistic variants of Moroccan dialect provide a wealth of original source material.
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Ruthven, Malise
Freya Stark in Persia
Garnet Publishing, Reading, 1994.
Quarto hardcover; blue boards with gilt spine titling; 118pp., b&w photographic illustrations and a map. Mild rubbing to board corners; mild spotting on upper text block edge. Near fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Unlike Syria and Iraq, where Europeans were well protected, Persia in 1930 was an independent country only recently recovering from years of lawlessness. Despite its apparent dangers, Freya Stark's romantic soul found an affinity with people who seemed to prefer poverty with freedom to sub-colonial affluence. Before venturing into Mazanderan Dame Freya spent a month in Hamadan. She set out for Alamut in the middle of May heading for the castle of Hassan-i-Sabbah. She returned to the valleys the following year in August 1931, to explore the castle of Lamasur, one of the last of the Ismaili strongholds. She sojourned briefly in Tehran in September 1931 before the prospect of buried treasure took her to Luristan. Freya Stark's qualities as improviser, entrepreneur (her highly irregular selling of her official car at a 500 percent profit earned her few friends in Foreign Office circles) and adventurer could never be doubted; this volume of her own photographs of Persia admirably serves to illustrate a singular and fascinating life.
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Shipton, Diana
The Antique Land
Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1950.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo, 219pp., monochrome plates. Foxed preliminaries, lightly spotted text block edges, binding slightly turned; good to very good in dustwrapper worn at edges, chipped at head and tail of spine panel. Not price-clipped. Dustwrapper professionally protected by superior non-adhesive archival film and white paper backing. Diana Shipton, wife of Eric (of Everest fame), here produces a narrative of her engaging impressions of an ancient, isolated and enchanting land; central Asia - Kashgar in the distant province of Sinkiang. A country then of fantasy and intrigue.
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Singh, Raghubir (Foreword by Satyajit Ray)
Rajasthan India's Enchanted Land
Thames & Hudson, 1981.
Landscape octavo; hardcover, red cloth boards with gilt spine-titling; 32pp, & 80 full-colour photographic illustrations. Faint spotting to upper text block edges and tiny tear on head of dustwrapper spine; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. Raghubir Singh was one of India's leading photographers. His photographs are in the permanent collection of museums and galleries such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum. Since 1974, he has published 12 books on India, including Rajasthan, his home state. Singh belongs to a tradition of small-format street photography, pioneered by photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, whom he met in 1966 and observed for a week while the latter was working in Jaipur, and who, with Robert Frank, was to have a lasting impact of his work; however, unlike them, he chose to work in colour, as for him this represented the intrinsic value of Indian aesthetics. In time Singh was acknowledged with William Eggleston, Stephen Shore and Joel Sternfeld as one of the finest photographers of his generation and a leading pioneer of colour photography. He travelled across India with the American photographer Lee Friedlander who, according to him, 'was often looking for the abject as subject'; in the end Singh found Friedlander's approach of 'beauty as seen in abjection' fundamentally western, which suited neither him nor India; thus, he built his own style and aesthetic imprint, which according to his 2004 retrospective created 'a documentary style vision was neither sugarcoated, nor abject, nor controllingly omniscient'. 'Because he was obsessed with authenticity, his pictures have a vividness and immediacy that convey the essence of numerous aspects of Indian life. As other critics have noted, his real passion was for portraying people so that it is rare to see a shot that does not have a living person within it.' - Bruce Palling.
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Stark, Freya
The Lycian Shore
John Murray, London, 1956.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with upper board title; 204pp., with an engraved and decorated title page, many line drawings and 21pp. of monochrome photographic plates. Some light spotting and toning to text block edges, foxed preliminaries and further scattered; else very good in price-clipped dustwrapper a little worn at edges and with some smudging to rear panel. Very good. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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Stark, Freya
The Minaret of Djam An Excursion in Afghanistan
John Murray, London, 1970.
First edition. Octavo hardcover; green cloth boards with gilt spine titling; 99pp., illustrated b&w frontispiece with many b&w photographic plates and line drawings throughout, map on blue paper following the contents page, top edges dyed green. Minor wear; mildly toned text block edges and offsetting to endpapers. Illustrated dustwrapper scraped at spine panel extremities with like wear along the upper front edge and corners; a few spots on rear panel, price-clipped, now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film with white paper backing. Very good.
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Stark, Freya (foreword by Patrick Leigh Fermor; Caroline Moorehead, ed.)
Over the Rim of the World Selected Letters of Freya Stark
John Murray (Publishers) Ltd., London, 1988.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling and a gilt upper board decoration; 404pp., with maps. Moderate wear; softening to the spine extremities; mild offset to the endpapers; previous owner's ink inscription to the flyleaf; text block and page edges browned and spotted. Dustwrapper sunned and well-rubbed with mild edgewear; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good
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Thubron, Colin
In Siberia
Chatto & Windus, London, 1999.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with silver gilt spine titling and endpaper maps; 286pp. Mild wear; binding a little cocked; mild spotting to upper text block edge. Dustwrapper; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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Watson, Don
The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia
Hamish Hamilton, Melbourne, 2014.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; red boards with white upper board and spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 427pp., colour and monochrome plates. Minor wear only; near fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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Young, Gavin
Worlds Apart: Travels in War and Peace
Hutchinson, London, 1987.
First edition. Octavo hardcover; red boards with gilt spine titling; xxiv + 344pp., b&w maps and illustrations. Owner's name. Toning and spotting to text block edges with a few small marks; a few scattered spots on preliminaries; mild sunning to dustwrapper spine panel and adjacent, now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. A frontline observer of people and places in crisis.
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Young, Gavin (illustrated by Salim)
Slow Boats to China
Hutchinson, London, 1981.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; blue boards with gilt spine titling and map endpapers; 488pp., monochrome illustrations. Owner's bookplate. Minor wear; mildly toned text block edges with a few scattered spots on top edges; very slight wear to upper edges of dustwrapper. Near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. His astonishing odyssey from Piraeus to Canton in 23 vessels.
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