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  • St. Peter's ,Rome

    View of Rome from the Tiber River with Castel Sant’Angelo and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Rome, ca. 1870

    A fine 19th century photograph of landmarks of Rome.

    $4,500

  • (THAILAND)

    Revised draft of the proposed Penal Code for the Kingdom of Siam, April, R.S. 126. [Bangkok], [1907]

    FIRST EDITION. This volume is heavily revised with manuscript changes in at least two hands, some in red ink and others in pencil, and with pasted-on slips. The text has been extensively reworked, with considerable additions, deletions, corrections, revisions, and reorganization.

    $3,800

  • (NEPAL.) KIRKPATRICK, WILLIAM

    An Account of the Kingdom of Nepaul, being the substance of observations made during a mission to that country, in the year 1793. London: William Miller, 1811

    FIRST EDITION of the account of the first British mission to Nepal. Kirkpatrick entered the military service of the East India Company in 1771 and, during the course of a career in which he was ultimately promoted to major-general, acquired expertise as a translator and interpreter of Persian.

    $3,200

  • (INDIA.) DOW, ALEXANDER, trans. FERISHTA.

    The History of Hindostan; from the earliest account of time, to the death of Akbar. London: Printed for T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, 1768

    FIRST EDITION of the first English translation of Ferishta’s famous history of India prior to the dominion of the East India Company.

    $2,200

  • WHEAT, CARL

    Mapping the Transmississippi West 1540-1861. San Francisco: Institute for Historical Cartography, 1957-63

    First edition, one of 1000 sets. Wheat’s massive Mapping of the Trans-Mississippi West is the definitive cartographic history of the American West, from early Spanish explorers through Lewis and Clark and on to the great geological surveys. The finely printed work is filled with hundreds of reproductions of maps and the riveting stories of the events those maps help to document.

    $1,800

  • STEIN, AUREL

    The Indo-Iranian borderlands: their prehistory in the light of geography and of recent explorations. The Huxley Memorial Lecture for 1934. London: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, 1934

    First separate edition. This is Stein’s lecture delivered on the occasion of being awarded the Society’s Huxley Medal.

    $1,500

  • GILES, HERBERT

    Chinese Sketches. London: Trubner, 1876

    FIRST EDITION. Sinologist Herbert A. Giles began his distinguished career was a British diplomat in China. There he wrote these literary and historical sketches to show that, contrary to prevailing Western views, “the Chinese are a hardworking, sober, and happy people, occupying an intermediate place between the wealth and culture, the vice and misery of the West.” Giles later became professor of Chinese at Cambridge for thirty-five years.

    $1,200

  • DAVIS, JOHN FRANCIS

    Chinese Novels, Translated from the Originals; to which are added Proverbs and Moral Maxims. London: John Murray, 1822

    FIRST EDITION. This volume contains introductory “Observations on the Language and Literature of China” followed by “The Shadow in the Water,” “The Twin Sisters,” “The Three Dedicated Chambers,” and a selection of Chinese proverbs.

    $900

  • (BOOK AUCTIONS) (DENT, JOHN.) (WILLIAMS, THEODORE)

    Two book auction catalogues: (DENT, JOHN.) Catalogue of the Splendid, Curious, and Extensive Library of the Late John Dent, Esq. … sold by auction by Mr. Evans (1827). [bound with] (WILLIAMS, THEODORE.) A Catalogue of the Splendid and Valuable Library of the Rev. Theodore Williams … sold by auction, by Messrs. Stewart, Wheatley, and Adlard (1827). London: Evans [and Stewart, Wheatley, and Adlard], 1827

    These catalogues from the golden age of English book collecting are filled with landmark early printed books, books printed on vellum, illuminated manuscripts, and more. The Dent library contained “numerous volumes of the greatest beauty, several illuminated manuscripts, … other books printed on vellum” (De Ricci, English Collectors of Books and Manuscripts). Both auction catalogues are fully priced in manuscript with prices realized and buyer names.

    $900

  • EDKINS, JOSEPH

    Chinese Currency. Shanghai: Presbyterian Mission Press, 1901

    FIRST EDITION of this standard work on the history of Chinese currency. Edkins was a British Sinologist and Protestant missionary who spent 57 years in China, 30 of them in Beijing.

    $700