NIEUHOFF, JAN Het Gezantschap Der Neerlandtsche Oost-Indische Campagnie, aan den Grooten Tartarischen Cham, Den tegenwoordigen Keizer van China

FIRST EDITION.Lacking portrait and 2 folding views although that of Paolinxi was apparently never issued.Folio. Jan Nieuhoff (1618-1672) travelled in Brazil, the East Indies and China, and lost his life while on an expedition between Mozambique and Madagascar. His account of China is a famous book and was of enormous value in the dissemination of the knowledge of China throughout late 17th-century Europe. On the expedition Nieuhoff was accompanied by a number of scientists, whose studies of flora and fauna are illustrated in a series of delightful plates, alongside fine views of ports and towns.

BARTOLI, PIETRO SANTI & BELLORI, GIOVANNI PIETRO Ichnographia veteris Romae XX tabulis comprehensa

The definitive edition of this key work. The first edition was published in 1673 and was expanded and revised over the years as more fragments from the "Marble Plan" (Forma Urbis Romae) came to light throughout the first half of the 18th century. Elephant folio. Quarter Roan. Engraved title, 26 full-page plates and 37 smaller engravings of ancient coins, vases, reliefs and views of Rome, all by P. S. Bartoli.

STAUNTON, SIR GEORGE An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China

FIRST EDITION (Atlas volume lacking)."During the eighteenth century, the English were busy defining themselves in opposition to Catholic Europe, manoeuvring for their destined place in history. Late starters in the race for overseas trade, they were improving their odds at teh very time that the Jesuits' fortunes were on the wane. With them, there arose a new sinology... But before the sinological works came the travellers' tales, beginning with Anson's Voyage, continuing half a century later with [Staunton's] "Authentic Account" of the Macartney embassy, and then proliferating in extraordinary number through the nineteenth century." –Antonia Finnane, Changing Clothes in China.Two volumes (lacking the Atlas). Quarto. Quarter leather over cloth boards (library binding from Westminster Libraries, London). With a portrait frontispiece to each volume and 26 additional engravings. A fresh and clean copy. Small library stamps on frontispiece, title page and occasionally elsewhere. 

GELL, SIR WILLIAM Pompeiana. Topography, Edifices and Ornaments of Pompeii, the results of excavations since 1819

First expanded edition. The one volume edition of 1817-19 was written by John P. Gandy and illustrated by Gell. Excavations continued throughout the 1820s. The 1832 edition was written by Gell himself and covers the recent excavations. “Pompeiana, published in 1817-19 brought the first comprehensive account of the excavations to English-speaking readers... Numerous editions issued over the next six decades influenced popular culture through a skillful illumination of fact with lively pictorial images. The first edition is a topographical tour covering major public and domestic structures... while the revised sequel of 1832.. presents the results of recent exploration, in the course of which a number of spectacular residences and baths were uncovered. Bringing to light noteworthy examples of mythological paintings, excavations carried out during the 1820s opened a window into the living quarters of Romans whose libraries and walls were replete with the texts and images of classical mythology.” –Claire L. Lyons and Marica Reed, Antiquity Recovered: The Legacy of Pompeii and Herculaneum Imperial octavo. Two volumes. (17x26.5cm) Contemporary silken green cloth with gilt labels to spine. Complete with 87 full page plates. With an additional 30 vignettes tipped on india. Untrimmed. Minor foxing to preliminaries; an excellent set in an attractive early binding.

LAWRENCE, T.E Oriental Assembly

FIRST EDITION of Lawrence's account of his journey on foot through northern Syria. Illustrated with 129 photographs taken by the author.  Octavo. Original cloth, original brown paper dust jacket. First issue with page 16 mis-numbered. Fine in a superb dust jacket with only very minor occasional rubbing.

LAWRENCE, T.E. (LAWRENCE A.W., ED.) T.E. Lawrence By His Friends

First edition.Octavo. Original cloth, original dust jacket. Contributions by Robert Graves, Liddell Hart, Eric Kennington, Allenby, Wavell, E.M.Forster, Bernard Shaw, Jonathan Cape, Winston Churchill, Ronald Storrs, Lowell Thomas, Henry Williamson - even George Brough. A highlight is the 35-page double-column listing of Lawrence's Cloud's Hill library.

MCKAY, RICHARD Some Famous Sailing Ships and their Builder, Donald McKay

FIRST EDITION. "McKay's skills as a shipbuilder were only exceeded by his chutzpah. He was the Stradivarius of clipper ships. McKay started the race to build ever bigger clippers and gave his ships such chauvinistic names as Sovereign of the Seas and Great Republic. In the first four years of the California gold rush, McKay's yards turned out 160 examples of what became known as "extreme clippers". His ships quickly dominated the trade to Hawaii, China, Australia, and the East Indies." –Richard F. Selcer, Civil War America, 1850-1875 Octavo. Deluxe original half morocco over marbled boards, marbled endpapers. With 10 color plates and 48 additional illustrations. Minor rubbing at corners. Neat contemporary inscription (frontispiece verso).   Clean throughtout. An attractive volume.

MORISON, SAMUEL ELIOT Admiral of the Ocean Sea a Life of Chistopher Columbus

FIRST EDITION. With numerous illustrations, including maps by Erwin Raisz and drawings by Bertram Greene. "Morison spent five months aboard a three-masted sailing ship, retracing the explorer’s routes 10,000 miles across the Atlantic and around the Caribbean. The resulting book, Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus (1942), made Morison’s name as a scholar who was not content to dwell in the archives." –Smithsonian Magazine"This book arose out of a desire to know exactly where Columbus sailed on his Four Voyages, and what sort of seaman he was. No previous work on the Discoverer of America answers these questions in a manner to satisfy even an amateur seafarer. Most biographies of the Admiral might well be entitled "Columbus to the Water's Edge'..." –from the Preface Octavo, red buckram, original dust jackets, original publisher's slipcase. A fine set.