London: A. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1791. First edition, 4to, pp. xii, 364, ; 2 large engraved folding maps; recent quarter brown calf over marbled boards, red morocco label on spine; fore margin of one map miscreased. This copy with the ownership signature on the half-title of "C. Wm. Admiral Duff." Encouraged by his friend, Edward Gibbon, Robertson, the leading Scottish historian of his day, undertook this history of ancient India. He concludes with the hope that this account of "the early and high civilization of India, and the wonderful progress of its inhabitants in elegant arts and useful science, may have some influence upon the behavior of Europeans towards that people" (DNB). Kress B.2182.
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London: Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1860. First edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. xv, , 408; xi, , 420; folding map, 12 tinted lithograph plates; original blindstamped brown cloth, gilt lettering on spines; some foxing (affects the margins of the plates but the images themselves are relatively clean); a very good, sound copy. Abbey, Travel, 491: "Russell was, of course, the famous war correspondent who made his reputation by his dispatches from the Crimea. He was knighted in 1895." The Abbey copy was bound in half calf.
London: printed for the author; and sold by J. Murray, 1788. First edition, 2 vols., 8vo, pp. vii, , 512; , 304; 2 engraved folding plans; contemporary tree calf, smooth spines with gilt decorations and red and black morocco labels; upper joint starting on vol. I, extremities lightly rubbed; a very good set. Thomson (1746-1817) was an interesting man of various literary talents who wrote on many subjects, including biographies, voyages and travels, military treatises, and Biblical commentary; he made translations, continuations, wrote plays, and for ten years prepared the historical part of Dodsley's Annual Register. He did not serve in India, and compiled this account from other sources.
Hanoi: [Imprimerie d'Extrème-orient], 1932. Large 4to, pp. -696; numerous graphs, tables, maps (some in color, some folding); original drab printed wrappers; mild dampstaining to the wrppers, else very good. A massive work printed in Hanoi, the most comprehensive survey to date of agricultural conditions in Vietnam and Cambodia, including the economy of agriculture, native farmers, plantations, cooperatives, agricultural schools, production capabilities, etc., prepared for the Colonial Exposition held in Paris, 1931.
Hanoi: Imprimerie d'Extrême-orient, 1930. large 8vo, pp. 398; volume 2 from the Bibliotheque Agricole Indochinoise series (volume 1 was published in 1928); plates, numerous charts (5 of which are folding), some leaves chipped at edges (no loss), light wear to extremities, else very good in later quarter green cloth over marbled boards with gilt-lettered spine and raised bands. Details the growth cycle, soil conditions, humidity, harvest, use and trade, of crops such as fruits, vegetables, and roots in Indochina.
Paris: Centre d'Études de Politique Étrangère, Paul Hartmann, 1939. 8vo, pp. 397; tables and diagrams throughout, color folding map in rear; original drab wrappers (soiled) printed in orange and black, spine badly rubbed, partially perished tape repair to foot, general heavy shelf wear; occasional pencil notes in margins, later (1951) inscription on half title page, else interior very good. Economic conditions in French Indochina.
[Hanoi: Imprimerie d'Extreme-Orient, 1935.]. Folio, consisting of pp. 49-352; illustrated with tables, maps and photographic illustrations on plates throughout; later native full blue calf, gilt lettered direct on gilt-decorated spine. Spine title: L'Union Indochinoise Francaise: Regions Naturelles et Geographie Economique.
Paris: L. Fournier, . First edition, 8vo, pp. -222, ; 6 folding maps; long gift inscription dated 1947 from the author to Madame and Monsieur Aitelli, in memory of a great time at Cap Tourane, and mentioning the Aitellis' lost son, and France's tragedy in Indochina; very good in ca. 1968-74 native Vietnamese full blue calf. gilt-lettered direct on gilt-paneled spine. Issued in the publisher's Collection de Lancre series.
Paris: Librairie, . First edition, 8vo, pp. viii, 238; full-page map; pages toned, very good in original printed wrappers, glassine covers. Presentation copy with inscription from Catroux on the half title: "Pour toi mon cher beaute, pour la femme ces pages du drame indochinois ecrites..." Catrous (1877-1969) was a French Army general and diplomat who served in both World War I and World War II, and served as Grand Chancellor of the Légion d'honneur from 1954 to 1969.
Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1947. First edition, 8vo, pp. xxxii, 381; original white and tan pictorial wrappers printed in brown, edges and corners quite worn, small tears to spine head and foot; interior mostly unopened, near fine. No. 16 of series Colonie et Empires, Deuxième Série: les Classiques de la Colonisation.
Paris: Horizons de France, 1930. First edition, large 4to, pp. , -251, ; sepia-toned photographic illustrations throughout; later native full red calf, gilt lettered direct on gilt-decorated spine; very good. "La présent ouvrage est extrait du livre consacré par Horizons de France à l'ensemble de nos colonies sous le titre de La France Lointaine."
[Cambridge]: Naval Intelligence Division, December, 1943. First edition, 8vo, pp. xiii, , 535; large folding color map of Southeast Asia in rear cover pocket, 90 illustrations, largely from photographs on plates, 20 tables and 149 figures in the text; original orange cloth, gilt-lettered direct on spine and upper cover; spine considerably toned, cloth edges foxed; very good. Without a dust jacket, as issued. At head of title: "B.R. 510, Geograpphical Handbook Series"
n.p., n.d. . Oblong 4to, 10 leaves, 60 photographs (mostly 3½" x 5½" but also 4" x 6"), captions in Dutch; contemporary floral cloth; bound with a string of rawhide. Some of the photographs are dated as late as 1924. Contains views of Suez, Port Said, Padang, and Colombo, but the majority are in and around Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park and its volcanos, notably the Tengger volcano of which there are several photographs, including a double page panorama (consisting of 4 conjoined photographs) of the famed the Tengger Sand Sea across which is the caldera of the ancient volcano, plus another of the Mount Bromo crater. Generally very good to fine.
Djakarta: Nusantara Publishing Co., 1958. First edition, 8vo., pp. 55; illustrations throughout; grey paper wrappers with pictorial paper dust wrapper. Small triangle shaped tear to dust jacket, otherwise fine. An account of the short-lived P.R.R.I uprising in Indonesia, as told by a field officer in Sukarno's nationalist army. The uncovering of CIA support for rebel activity resulted in Indonesia's long term shift towards China and the Soviet Union.
Geneva: P.S. King & Son, Ltd., 1938. 8vo, pp. vii, 331; Studies and Reports Series B (Economic Conditions) No. 26; Vietnamese library blind stamp on title page, paper label accession numbers on spine, pages toned, extremities toned and creased, spine ends lightly chipped, else good in original green printed wrappers. The report contains chapters on forced or compulsory labour, wage-paid employment, medical protection, morale, protection of peasants, and European labour to name a few.
New York: S. A. Rollo & Co., 1859. First edition, 8vo, pp. [iii]-xvi, 531; inserted color lithograph frontispiece and title-p., double-p. lithograph map, 69 wood-engraved plates; original pictorial brown cloth, gilt-stamped on upper cover and spine; the whole a little dull, two signatures extended, else very good. Smith, American Travellers Abroad, I-2: "Big and gaudy, this book epitomizes the type of traveler and travel caricatured in Around the World in Eighty Days."
Tokyo, Osaka, & Kyoto: Shisho-do, 1871. Small 8vo (approx. 7"x 5"), 16 leaves plus printed endpaper folded and sewn in the Japanese manner, xylographically printed throughout, orig. blue paper wrappers, printed paper label (chipped and with some loss) on cover; wrappers spotted, but generally good and sound throughout, with one small illustration in the text showing the proper method of holding a pen. This copy preserves the separately printed wraparound sleeve. Includes 6 pp. of alphabets, 6pp. of Roman and Arabic numbers, and 18 pp. of penmanship and ligature examples all for the instruction of the Japanese student learning to write Western characters.