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The great arc : the dramatic tale of how India was mapped and Everest was Named
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The great arc : the dramatic tale of how India was mapped and Everest was Named

By Keay, John.

London: HarperCollins, 2000. A vivid description of one of the most ambitious scientific projects undertaken in the 19th century, and the men who undertook the measurement of the Himalayas and the mapping of the Indian subcontinent: William Lambton and George Everest. The graphic story of the measurement of a meridian, or longitudinal, arc extending from the tip of the Indian subcontinent to the mountains of the Himalayas. Much the longest such measurement hitherto made, it posed horrendous technical difficulties, made impossible physical demands on the survey parties (jungle, tigers, mountains etc.), and took over 50 years. But the scientific results were commensurate, including the discovery of the world's highest peaks and a new calculation of the curvature of the earth's surface. The Indian Mutiny of 1857 triggered a massive construction of roads, railways, telegraph lines and canals throughout India: all depended heavily on the accuracy of the maps which the Great Arc had made possible. 182 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., facsims., maps, ports. ; 20 cm. Includes bibliographical references in "A Note on Sources" (p. 173-175). A nice copy in like dust jacket. free of any inscriptions. [ Location: Landing Case ]. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.95

Galloway gossip : or the southern Albanich 80 years Ago
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Galloway gossip : or the southern Albanich 80 years Ago

By Trotter, R. De Bruce.

Dumfries, Scotland: The Stewartry Courier & Herald Printers, 1901. A very nice copy. Retains the ornately designed title page in b/w. Tightly bound in the original petrol blue cloth covers, with design medallion to centre in white, gilt titles, with one star in gilt to spine [ possibly indicative that this was the first annual volume ]. A few little fade spots to fore edge, else excellent. Folklore and more of the this region. 478p. : ill. ; 24cm.[ Location: BR2 / 1 ]. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$49.28

Galloway gossip : or the southern Albanich 80 years Ago
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Galloway gossip : or the southern Albanich 80 years Ago

By Trotter, R. De Bruce.

Dumfries, Scotland: The Stewartry Courier & Herald Printers, 1901. A very nice copy. Retains the ornately designed title page in b/w. Tightly bound in the original petrol blue cloth covers, with design medallion to centre in white, gilt titles, with one star in gilt to spine [ possibly indicative that this was the first annual volume ]. A few little fade spots to bottom edge, else excellent. Folklore and more of the this region. 478p. : ill. ; 24cm.[ Location: BR2 / 1 ]. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$49.28

Valverde's gold : a true tale of greed, obsession and Grit
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Valverde's gold : a true tale of greed, obsession and Grit

By Honigsbaum, Mark.

London: Macmillan, 2004. 1st impression: As a ransom for his King, an Incan general leaves a hoard of gold for the Spanish Conquistador Pizzaro. In mysterious circumstances the gold disappeared leaving only its legend, and a map, behind. In Valverde's Gold Mark Honigsbaum attempts to unravel a myth that has obsessed men for centuries and has led to many fruitless and fatal treasure hunts. Undeterred by this, and armed with a Victorian botanist's map, Honigsbaum embarks on an epic journey into the dark heart of South America. This is the story of how gold can intoxicate even the most mild mannered of historians, about how characters - both real and fictional - become seized with the desire to claim lost treasure from even the most inhospitable areas of the world. On his quest he meets a bizarre array of treasure hunters, profiteers and traffickers, all with an unquenchable thirst for the hoard that has eluded man for centuries. Battling through the mountains and jungles, Mark Honigsbaum brings us closer to understanding the allure of the treasure hunt, as he gets closer to the hidden gold. Rich in description, atmosphere and adventure, Valverde's Gold is an unforgettable journey into greed, obsession and legend, and a must for anyone who has dreamed of being Indiana Jones. 320 p. ; 24cm. Includes bibliographical references. A very nice copy, free of any inscriptions, tight and fresh, in a very similar dust jacket, price clipped. [ Location: Landing Case ]. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.87

Droll recollections of Whithorn and Vicinity

By Cannon, James F.

Dumfries, Scotland: J. Maxwell , 1904. viii, 124 p., 6 leaves of plates : ill. ; 19 cm. Neat and tight copy, if with a few surface marks, fade spine. [ Location: BR2 / 1 ]. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 8vo.

$19.71

Droll recollections of Whithorn and Vicinity

By Cannon, James F.

Dumfries, Scotland: J. Maxwell , 1904. viii, 124 p., 6 leaves of plates : ill. ; 19 cm. Neat and tight copy, if with a few surface marks, which in my view are not significant distraction, fade of spine. [ Location: BR2 / 1 ]. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 8vo.

$18.62

Auld Ayr: A study in disappearing men and manners.

By Robertson, William 1848-1924.

Glasgow: Stephen & Pollock, 1901. Robertson was the Author of "The Kennedys, Kings of Carrick." Preface dated 1901. Very decent copy in the original red cloth gilt. p.320. [ Location: BR2 / 1 ]. Hard Cover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$16.43

The capital of Carrick and the district about it .

By Lawson, Roderick.

Paisley, Scotland: J. and R. Parlane, 1897. "In this volume I have condensed the more interesting portions of ... Maybole past and present, and Places of interest about Maybole, adding such items of information as I have since gathered” - Prefatory note. 148 p. : ill., ports. ; 19 cm. A lovely little copy, in the decorated blue covers, light rubs only to spine ends. Tightly bound, clean text block. Previous owner details neatly to fep, Wm Lyle 1917. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 12mo.

$16.43

Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire

By Learmonth, William Cochrane.

Cambridge: The University Press, 1920. Series - Cambridge county geographies: Scotland. ix, 149 p : illus. (incl. ports., maps, facsim., diagrs.) ; 18 cm.. A neat clean copy of this local travel book, with Maps, b/w photgraphs. Nice example. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine. 12mo.

$16.43

Journeys through the market : travel, travellers, and the book Trade
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Journeys through the market : travel, travellers, and the book Trade

By Myers, Robin ; Harris, Michael [ edited By

New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1999. Series: Publishing pathways Contents: 'Strange, remote, and farre distant countreys' : the travel books of Richard Hakluyt / Anthony Payne -- Shipwrecks in print : representations of maritime disaster in the late seventeenth century / Michael Harris -- The grand tour / Jeremy Black -- The English-language guide book to Europe up to 1870 / Giles Barber -- Illustrated books of the Middle East 1800-1850 / Charles Newton -- Bound for Australia : shipboard reading in the nineteenth century / Bill Bell -- The information resources of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) / Andrew Tatham. xiii, 152 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. A neat and clean copy, minor corner bump. [ Location: BR2 / 1 ]. Hard Cover. Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$13.14

The history of the life of Nader Shah, king of Persia. : Extracted from an eastern manuscript, which was translated into French by order of His Majesty the King of Denmark. With an introduction containing, I. a description of Asia, according to the ...
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The history of the life of Nader Shah, king of Persia. : Extracted from an eastern manuscript, which was translated into French by order of His Majesty the King of Denmark. With an introduction containing, I. a description of Asia, according to the ...

By Mahdi Khan Astarabadi, active 1733-1759.; Jones, William,.

London: Printed by J. Richardson, for T. Cadell in the Strand., 1773. Title Continuation: /" the oriental Geographers. II. A short history of Persia from the earliest times to the present century : and an appendix, ..." [46], lxxii, 196 p. ; 8vo. Description: Introduction: A description of Asia, according to the Oriental geographers. A short history of Persia from the earliest times to the present century.--The history of the life of Nader Shah.--Appendix: An essay on Asiatick poetry. The history of the Persian language. Pieces relative to the French translation. An excellent clean example, now bound handsomely in a full leather binding, with gilt embellished spine.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good+. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$410.68

An account of the transactions of His Majesty\'s mission to the court of Persia in the years 1807-11; To which is appended, a brief history of the Wahauby. [ In 2 Volumes ]
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An account of the transactions of His Majesty's mission to the court of Persia in the years 1807-11; To which is appended, a brief history of the Wahauby. [ In 2 Volumes ]

By Brydges, Harford Jones Sir 1764-1847.

London: James Bohn, 1834. 'The first political and commercial treaty between Great Britain and Persia was concluded in 1801; when the East India Company sent John Malcolm to the Court of Fath Ali Shah. Persia undertook to attack the Afghans if they were to move against India, while the British undertook to come to the defence of Persia if they were attacked by either the Afghans or the French. When the Russians intensified their attacks on the Caucasian Provinces in 1803 annexing large territories, Fath Ali Shah appealed to the British for help, but was refused on the ground that Russia was not included in the Treaty. The Persians thus turned to the French and concluded the Treaty of Finkenstein in 1807. It was against this background that Harford Jones, who was the chief resident at Basra for the East India Company, was sent to Persia by the Foreign Office in 1809... The French who had now entered into a treaty with Russia (the Treaty of Tilsit in 1807) had lost interest in Persia and removed their political and military missions. Thus the British were able to conclude another treaty with Persia (the Treaty of Friendship and Alliance, also called the Treaty of Tehran) which bound Britain to assist Persia in case any European nation invaded her (even if Britain had a treaty with that nation). This treaty was not honoured by the British after the first Persian-Russian War. There were two later revisions to the Treaty: 17 March 1812 and 25 November 1814'' (Ghani). Volume 2 is devoted exclusively to the Wahabis, tracing their history from the mid-eighteenth century to their defeat by Egyptian Ottoman forces at the site of the Wahabi capital, Daryah (Dereyah), in 1818.A nice 2 volume first edition set. Now bound in Half Leather, with leather corner pieces, 5 raised bands and gilt titles. Please not the Collation of this set. Volume 1: lacks the preface consisting of viii pages, and lacks the tile page, thereafter p.472, starting from half title 'The Mission', xxxiv [ ii ], 8 lithograph plates. [ this volume I believe should have 9 plates ] Volume 2: [ ii ], Full title page, p.238, nice folding Map to rear. [ I believe there should be a frontispiece plate to this volume ] All pages present clean, if with some sporadic foxing, mainly to margins. Still a desirable and uncommon title. { representative images to follow }. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$985.63

Seven Pillars Of Wisdom; A Triumph; Revolt in the Desert  [ 2 VOLUMES ]
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Seven Pillars Of Wisdom; A Triumph; Revolt in the Desert [ 2 VOLUMES ]

By Lawrence, T. E. ( Thomas Edward )

London: Jonathan Cape, 1935. 2 BOOKS BY T.E.LAWRENCE - 1st Listed: "The story which follows was first written out in Paris during the Peace Conference, from notes jotted daily on the march, strengthened by some reports sent to my chiefs in Cairo. Afterwards, in the autumn of 1919, this first draft and some of the notes were lost. It seemed to me historically needful to reproduce the tale, as perhaps no one but myself in Feisal's army had thought of writing down at the time what we felt, what we hoped, what we tried. So it was built again with heavy repugnance in London in the winter of 1919-20 from memory and my surviving notes. The record of events was not dulled in me and perhaps few actual mistakes crept in--except in details of dates or numbers--but the outlines and significance of things had lost edge in the haze of new interests..." Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Introduction. "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (posthumous trade edition 1935, with subsequent editions since) remains one of the few 20th-century works in English to make epical figures out of contemporaries." Britannica . Second impression of August 1935. Complete and Unabridged. Lawrence's account of his exploits in the Middle East during the First World War. Illustrated with fifty-four plates and four fold-out maps. 672 pages. A firm, clean copy, good cloth colour, two minor surface marks to upper boards, mild occasional foxing. Tightly bound copy. No inscriptions. 2nd Listed: This book, originally written in 1919, was printed for the author and his friends, not for general publication. Lawrence abridged the original work. Lawrence stated that if he was asked why he had abridged an unsatisfactory book instead of recasting it as a history, he would plead that to do so nice a job in the barracks which were his home since 1922 would need a degree of concentration amounting in an airman to moroseness; and an interest in the subject which was exhausted long ago in the actual experience of it. 4th impression published by Cape in March 1927. Nice clean copy, a couple omarks to covers, a few fox spots, but tight and clean throughout. No inscriptions. Decent pair that go together. [ Location: Landing Case/ Top ]. Hard Cover. Very Good. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$49.28

Twenty four types of Indian native character reproduced in Photogravure
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Twenty four types of Indian native character reproduced in Photogravure

By Thacker & co., ltd., Bombay.

Bombay, India: Thacker and Company Limited Booksellers The booklet, features "Twenty Four Types of Indian Native Character" portraits and photos, mounted onto archival papers and bound between softcovers with twine. The back of the booklet has an imprint of British Manufacturing Throughout E. W. Savory, Ltd Bristol . The booklet measures 9" x 7" and is in very good condition, light rubs at extremities. A nice item. [date of publication not identified]. Soft Cover. Very Good. Small Landscape.

$43.81

R. M. S. "Queen Mary". The Ship of Beautiful Woods
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R. M. S. "Queen Mary". The Ship of Beautiful Woods

By Bousfield, H.T.W.

United Kingdom: Cunard White Star An uncommon pamphlet, with 32 pages of text and colour and b/w illustrations throughout. Listing he rare woods and veneers used in decorating the ship. Very good copy, with some abrasion to surface of the rear panel, else nearer fine { images to follow }. First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$38.33

The Aran Islands  { A Modern Copy Also Included - Containing Original Photographs By the Author }
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The Aran Islands { A Modern Copy Also Included - Containing Original Photographs By the Author }

By Synge, J. M. (John Millington) 1871-1909.

George Allen & Unwin, 1912. First printed 1906, Large paper edition 1906, Reprinted - Collected works 1910, Reprinted Library edition 1911, 1912--Half-title verso. Is a solid copy, tightly bound, light lean, spine has significant tone. Has a renewable title label to rear, as called for. This would help appearances. The good quality paper is clean, and with relatively little foxing. xiv, 257. In 3 Parts. NB: To be sent with this early volume is the Paperback copy with original photographs by the Author ISBN 0192812580 - Fine copy. [ Location: Landing Case ].. Hard Cover. Good. Illus. by with drawings by Jack B. Yeats.. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$18.62

Wines of the World [ Signed Limited Edition: 91/265 ]
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Wines of the World [ Signed Limited Edition: 91/265 ]

By Simon, André L. [ Edited By

London: The Arcadia Press, 1969. NUMBER 91 OF 265 COPIES: Signed flambouyantly by Simon. Original burgundy morocco gilt with a design of green and gold of grape vines and leaf inlaid,gilt spine and edges, fawn slipcase, with just a few little bumps to edges. A particularly fine, unread copy, in a very clean Slip Box. p. 719, 60 full-page colour plates and 21 maps. A magnificent copy of a renowned work. [ Location: Lothlorien / br2/ Br1 ]. Hard Cover. Fine+/Fine Slip Box . 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$766.60

Coping with Russia : a beginner's guide to USSR
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Coping with Russia : a beginner's guide to USSR

By Daglish, Robert.

Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1985. ix,185p : ill, 2maps,2plans ; 23cm. Includes index. A fine copy in a like dust jacket. Free of any inscriptions. Considered a must travel with book when visiting USSR in its day. [ Location: Dark Oak 1 ]. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.95

The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus : now first completely Englished into verse and prose, the metrical part by Sir Richard F. Burton, and the prose portion, introduction and notes explanatory and illustrative by Leonard C. Smithers. [ Limited Edition
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The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus : now first completely Englished into verse and prose, the metrical part by Sir Richard F. Burton, and the prose portion, introduction and notes explanatory and illustrative by Leonard C. Smithers. [ Limited Edition

By Catullus, Gaius Valerius.; Burton, Richard Francis Sir 1821-1890. ; Smithers, Leonard C. (Leonard Charles) 1861-1907. Isabel Lady Burton.

London: R.F. Burton and L.C. Smithers, 1894. Limited Edition No: 179/1000 copies. Issued in small-paper ed. (1,000 copies) and large-paper ed. (50 copies, including 4 copies on Japanese vellum). "Printed for the translators, in one volume, for private subscribers only." [With a prefatory letter by Isabel Lady Burton.] "The Latin text of Catullus ... is that of Mueller (A.D. 1885) ..."--P. [xv]. xxiii, 313 p., [1] leaf of plates : ill. ; 26 cm. Each poem, in Latin, followed by English translation. A nice copy, tightly bound within the Half Vellum and boards, as called for in original binding. Pages excellent. Square copy, a few surface marks, small bump to spine head. [ Location: LOTHLORIEN ]. Hard Cover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$246.41

Travels in West Africa
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Travels in West Africa

By Kingsley, Mary H. (Mary Henrietta ; with an introduction and edited by Elspeth Huxley.

London: The Folio Society, 1978. This is the Second Impression from the Foilio Society dated 1978.This abridged edition was first published by The Folio Society Limited in 1976. Travels in West Africa was first published by Macmillan in 1897 p.276, illustrations. Fine crisp copy in a Fine clean Slip case. . Hard Cover. Fine/Fine - Slip Case. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$11.78

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