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  • British Malaya – Frank Swettenham – 1907

    British Malaya – Frank Swettenham – 1907

    A first edition published by John Lane The Bodley Head, London in 1907. A very good copy.

    Full title … “British Malaya and Account of the Origin and Progress of British Influence in Malaya by Sir Frank Swettenham, KCMG, late Governor of the Straits Colony, High Commissioner for the Federated Malay States with a Specifically Compiled Map, Numerous Illustrations Reproduced from Photographs & a Frontispiece in Photogravure.

    Thick octavo, 354 pages after preliminaries. The charming frontispiece and a further 53 illustration. The large coloured folding map complete albeit repaired with old tape. Original deep yellow cloth covered binding with black decoration and gilt title to the spine. The covers have a waxed effect which gives them a superior feel. Internally some foxing on the thick period paper .. still a delightful copy of a rare and relevant book.

    Carries the special bookplate of Charterhouse School Masonic Lodge – Deo Dante Dedi – Aedes Carthusianae and the name written F.G. Hamnett who sadly perished along with so many ex Charthouse boys in the Great War. Also, the later bookplate of Glen Ralph and his Wilmar Library.

    The admirably qualified author begins with … The Outward Appearance of the British Possessions in the Straits of Malacca and its early History; Pinang and Minto’s expedition; Singapore and Sir Stamford Raffles; the Straits from 1825-1867 the claims of the Sultan and Temenggong in regard to Johore; the Straits from 1867-73 with Sir Harry Ord and Anarchy in the Malaya Straits; The Malays … Customs, Prejudices, Arts, language and Literature; the later Administrations 1874 Sir Andrew Clarke, 1875/6 Sir William Jervois …. 1895 -1906 the Federation and its Results …

    19th Century in Malaya and authoritative account with good period illustrations many from very early photographs



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  • Map of Bengal – Petrus Bertius – 1602

    Map of Bengal – Petrus Bertius – 1602

    An original and delightful miniature copper engraved map of “Bengala” by the great geographer Bertius published in the Latin edition of his miniature atlas of 1602. The engraving were carried out by Jocodus Hondius.

    The decorative map show the Bay of Bengal the main towns, surrounding hills and the rivers coming down to the delta including the sacred River Ganges. A special little map fro lover of the region.

    Price $90.00unframed or $220.00 framed in typical Voyager style with lavish gilt surround

    The Mystery of Bengal Over 400 Year old


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  • Map of the Middle East – Isaak Tirion – 1732

    Map of the Middle East – Isaak Tirion – 1732

    An original copper engraved map by Dutch cartographer Isaak Tirion (1705-1765) of the broader Middle East. Published in Amsterdam and dated in the plate 1732.

    Very good original condition with centrefold as issued. Relief shown for all mountainous regions. Incredible detail throughout with many historical references. An extensive map taking in the whole of the area between the Red Sea, The Gulf, The Black Sea and the Caspian.

    34cm by 26cm with borders to top and bottom, narrow at the sides. A good very clean example of a rare and detailed map.

    Tirion produced several Atlases and Dutch town plans. Some suggest that his maps were based on those of Guillaume de L’isle although we see them as being much more detailed than de L’ísle’s standard.

    Price $190.00 unframed

    One of the best 18th Century Maps of the Region


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  • Fine Original Aquatint – Riviere de Bezouki (Java Indonesia) – Lauvergne from “La Favorite” – 1835

    Fine Original Aquatint – Riviere de Bezouki (Java Indonesia) – Lauvergne from “La Favorite” – 1835

    An original aquatint by Barthelemy Lauvergne (1805-1875) of the River Bezouki, Java Indonesia .

    Executed on India-laid paper being plate number 60 from “Voyage Autour du Monde par les Mers de l’Inde et de la Chine de la corvette de sa Majeste La Favorite execute pendant les annees 1830,1831,1832 sous le commandement de M. Laplace” published in Paris in 1835 under the direction of Louise Auguste de Sainson.

    Plate size 28.8 x 38.2 cm. Included in the National Collection as part of the Rex Nan Kivell bequest NK685

    Some foxing as usual to the outer margins, the printed image really rather clean with a strong deep image.

    Price unframed $220.00 … ask about framing options if you wish.


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  • Adventure Sport and Travel on the Tibetan Steppes – W.N. Fergusson – First Edition 1911

    Adventure Sport and Travel on the Tibetan Steppes – W.N. Fergusson – First Edition 1911

    First edition, large octavo, 343 pages published by Constable, London in 1911. Quite a heavy book at 1.3 kgs

    Striking pictorial covers, frontispiece of the late Lieutenant Brooke and many photographic illustrations with two coloured folding maps at the rear. A good copy albeit with sporadic foxing, covers in very good condition, as can be seen, maps rarely opened.

    Based on the travel journals of John Weston Brooke who explored river systems in China and Tibet just after the close of the 19th Century. He was killed by Lolo tribesmen in 1908. An account that is well known for its extensive descriptions of the landscape, the people, natural history and the hunting parties. Includes input from C.H. Mears who was with Fergusson on his second expedition and later went with Scott to the Antarctic.

    Starts on the Tibetan Steppes and the “Procuring” of a Caravan. Across the Tsaidam and on to Lhasa and being turned back. Then Hankow to Chentu and on to Wenchuan and sport in Wassu. Hunting the Panyang and the Serow. The haunts of the Burdorcas and then to Somo, Chosschia and through unexplored grasslands. The land of the cattle thieves, the Great North Road and two gold streams. up the Tung River and the caves of Western China. To Chiating and Ningyuenfu and independent Lololand and the religion and customs of the Lolos. An interesting final chapter … “Rescue of the Survivors and Burial of the Murdered explorer and his Interpreter”.

    Unusual Travel Account Nicely Illustrated and dressedbeautifully.


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  • The West Point Atlas of War – World War II : The Pacific – Brigadier General Espirito.

    The West Point Atlas of War – World War II : The Pacific – Brigadier General Espirito.

    Quite scarce, edited by Brigadier General Vincent Esposito. Originally published under another title in two parts in 1959.

    large landscape production. Soft covers, 128 pages, with 38 quality maps and further photographic illustrations. Fine condition. We really rate this item for anyone with an interest in the Pacific War.

    An incredible piece of War history in maps and charts. Starting with the Japanese Advances of 1938 and 1939 and including … The Attack on Pearl harbour; the Hong Kong, Malayan and Philippine Campaigns; invasion of Burma; Guadalcanal; New Guinea;; Solomon Islands; landings in the Gilbert islands; Leyte Campaign; China-Burma Theatre; the Philippines; the Battle for Iwo Jima and the rest

    Special maps for those interested in WWII Pacific


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