London: John Hatchard, 1806. Second edition, 4to, pp. xv, , 531; fine engraved portrait frontispiece, plate of facsimile handwriting, errata slip tipped in at p. 1; clean tear in p. 211; mild foxing throughout; good, sound copy in orig. marbled paper-covered boards, neatly rebacked with new paper label on spine. Jones (1746-1794), the great Oriental scholar and co-founder (with Charles Wilkins) of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, was the first to discover the relationship between the Sanskrit, Gothic, Greek and Latin languages. "His clear understanding of the basic principles of scientific linguistics provided the foundation on which Rask, Bopp, and Grimm built the imposing structure of comparative Indo-European studies" (PMM).
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Concord, N.H. Rufus Merrill, 1847. 12mo, pp. 24; from the Merrill's Pictorial Gallery series; engraved endpapers, 24 engravings; pictorial yellow wrappers, sewn; extremities creased and worn, p. 16 has green ink hand-tracing the image on verso, occasional foxing, a good copy. Contains brief and disdainful sketches of people and customs from China, Java, and New Zealand that were used to "educate" children.
Allahabad: Ram Narain Lal, 1947. Small 8vo, pp. , xxv, , 558; numerous photographic plates but lacking the map; dust-jacket a little chipped at extremities, else a very good copy. This edition is also called the Centenary Edition, marking 100 years of Kashmir's sovereignty, and thus it has been amply expanded (with 3 added chapters plus other amendations) over the previous ones of 1942 and 1943. It also includes a 42-p. bibliography of books on Kashmir.
London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1907. First edition, 8vo, pp. xii, 342,  ads; 24 colored illustrations on plates throughout, folding map of Kashmir printed in red, black, and brown at back, top quarter of half-title excised, otherwise a very good copy in original pictorial red cloth stamped in black on upper cover, gilt lettered on spine. "A very happy time spent in rambling among some of the finest scenery of this lovely earth, may induce anyone to betake himself to Kashmir, he will achieve something worth living for" (preface).
London: printed for G. Nicol, 1788. First edition, 4to, pp. xxvii, , 378, ; frontispiece portrait, 3 folding maps, one folding view, and 12 plates (complete); full contemporary gilt-tooled tree calf recently rebacked, original red gilt morocco spine label, marbled endpapers; edges a bit scuffed, ownership rubber stamp on title page, else very good and sound. Contemporary manuscript ownership signature on title page of "S.B. Fludyer," most likely Sir Samuel Brudenell Fludyer, Second Baronet (1759-1833). Hill, Pacific Voyages, p. 160: "In 1783 the Antelope, commanded by Captain Henry Wilson, ran onto a reef near one of the Palau Islands, a previously unexplored group, and was wrecked. The entire crew managed to get safely ashore, where they were well treated by the natives and eventually managed to build a small vessel from the wreck in which they reached Macao. They took Prince Lee Boo, one of King Abba Thulle's sons, with them to England, where he made a very good impression; he unfortunately soon died of smallpox." ESTC T122142.
Dublin: Luke White, 1793. Second Dublin edition, 8vo, pp. xxix, , 378; frontispiece portrait, 14 engraved plates (1 folding), 2 maps (1 folding); contemporary full calf, red morocco label on gilt-paneled spine; spine scuffed, extremities rubbed; a good, sound copy. Hill, Pacific Voyages, p. 160, citing the first edition of 1788: "In 1783 the Antelope, commanded by Captain Henry Wilson, ran onto a reef near one of the Palau Islands, a previously unexplored group, and was wrecked. The entire crew managed to get safely ashore, where they were well treated by the natives and eventually managed to build a small vessel from the wreck in which they reached Macao. They took Prince Lee Boo, one of King Abba Thulle's sons, with them to England, where he made a very good impression; he unfortunately soon died of smallpox."
Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1965. First edition, 4to, pp. , 267; 21 plans and 211 illustrations from photographs on plates; spine a little creased, tear at spine head, else a very good, unopened copy in original pictorial wrappers. At head of title: Publications du Musée Guimet, Recherches et Documents d'Art et d'Archéologie, Tome IX. Includes much on Ankor Wat.
Washington, D.C. Foreign Service Institute, Department of State, 1972. Large 4to, pp. xii, 115; printed from typescript; original peach printed wrappers (a bit soiled), general shelf wear, a few tears and chips along edges not affecting text; contemporary inscription on title page. Department of State Publication 8631. "This work was prepared and published with the support of the Defense Language Institute, Department of the Army, United States of America."
London: Edward Arnold & Co., 1924. First edition, 8vo, pp. 317 plus leaf of ads; folding map showing the author's route, frontispiece and 19 photographic illustrations on 15 plates; adhesion mark at base of spine, spine ever so slightly faded, else a very good, sound copy in original charcoal cloth lettered in orange on upper cover and spine. "The author's second attempt to march overland to India from Likiang, on the borders of Yunnan in 1921 and 1922."
n.p., n.d. [Saigon]: [ca. 1960]. Bifoliate leaflet approx. 8" x 5¼" folded, printed on 2 sides, 3 panels bearing Kipling's iconic poem "If" in three languages: English, Vietnamese (as translated by Anh Minh), and French (as translated by Andre Maurois); and the first a decorative panel with the title: Neu / Anh Minh. Some soiling; very good. Not located bibliographically.
Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, 1957. First edition, 1 of 1000 numbered copies signed by the author and the editor, 4to, pp. 161; illustrated from photographs and previously unpublished pen and watercolor sketches by Lafcadio Hearn; small plate removed from front free endpaper, else very good in original red cloth, lettered in yellow.
[Seoul?]: [published by Troop Information & Education Section, GHQ, Far East Command], . Large 8vo, pp. xii, 220; heavily illustrated, pictorial paper wrappers; owner's name on upper cover and date on flyleaf, spine chipped, very good. An introduction to Korean history, culture, and industry, for the benefit of GIs stationed there post World War II. Almost every page is illustrated with either photographs or line-art illustrations.
Bloomington: Indiana University, . Second edition, large 8vo, pp. xvi, 322; text printed from typescript, graphs and tables throughout, two folding maps loose in pocket mounted in rear; original terracotta pictorial wrappers; spine faded, shelf wear, textblock about fine. Uralic and Altaic Series no. 26.
v.p. v.d. Renard, L'Abbe A., Les Cendres Volcaniques de l'Eruption du Krakatoa, Bruxelles, 1883. 8vo, pp.14; original yellow printed wrappers, rebacked; Northrup, John I. The Eruption of Krakatoa in 1883, from the School of Mines Quarterly, Vol. X, no. 2. Printed for the author. 8vo, pp. 15; original green printed wrappers chipped and rebacked with cellotape; presentation copy from Northrup inscribed on the first page; Prestwich, Joseph, On the Agency of Water in Volcanic Eruptions with some observations on the thickness of the Earth's Crust from a Geological Point of View; and on the Primary Cause of Volcanic Actiion, London: Harrison & Sons, 1886, 8vo, pp. 173; folding diagram, 8 figures in the text; removed from binding; O'Reilly, J. P., On the Gaseous Production of the Krakatoa Eruption, and those of Great Eruptions in General, Reprinted from the Scientific Proceedings of the Royal Dublin Society, 8vo, pp. 17-30; original green printed wrappers rebacked with cellotape; The Volcanic Eruption of Krakatoa. With a Map. 8vo, pp. ; 2 charts on one leaf; modern wrappers. Extracted from the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society; Another copy of the above, with the first leaf in Xerox facsimile; Verbeek, R. D. M. Photographien van den Steilen Wand van Krakatau, Gravenhage, 1908. 8vo, 2 pages of text and one photographic plate Three other extracts (2 on Vesuvius and 1 on volcano on Guadaloupe) from unidentified periodicals, 1728, 1754, and 1797; Extyracted hand-colored illustration of the eruption of Vesuvius in 1794.
[Kuala Lumpur: Ministry of Rural Development, n.d. ca. 1963.]. Folio, pp. , including 12 leaves of tracing paper for maps and plans not yet drawn; tipped-in octavo color map of the Malay Peninsula (dated 1963); very good in original red wrappers printed in black. Workbook for canvassers working for the national effort spearheaded by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Rural Development Tun Abdul Razak Bin Hussain to bring the Malay Peninsula, particularly Kuala Lumpur, into the modern world. NYPL only in OCLC.
New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1903. First edition, 8vo, pp. xix, , 338; photographic frontispiece, 14 photographic plates, table of missionaries sent to Laos, and a chart of the Thai race; publisher's green cloth (a bit soiled), edges and corners lightly bumped and rubbed; interior fine. A history of the Lao people in modern-day Thailand.
Concord, NH: Asia Publishing Company, April, 1920. Thin 4to, staple bound, pp. , 257-360; illustrated throughout including full page photo illustration of Lawerence; one issue of a prominent magazine on Asia, with further contributions by John Dewey, and A. C. Jewett, among others. Cover hinge weak but holding, spine partially perished.
New York: Harcourt, Brace, . First edition, 8vo, pp. 255, ; map endpapers and maps in the text by Charles A. Lindbergh; frontispiece; original blue cloth stamped in silver on spine and upper cover; silver dust jacket printed in blue on the spine; previous owner's 1935 signature on front free endpaper, minor wrinkling at the edges of the jacket and one or two miniscule teras, but in all a fine copy in a near fine jacket. The account of the 1931 flight by her and her husband, Charles Lindbergh, from the United States to Japan and China, by the northern route over Canada, Alaska, and Siberia. It also documented their volunteering flights as relief efforts for the infamous Central China flood of 1931. The jacket is unusual - not the one ordinarily seen. This is the second time I have had this jacket - both came out of Minnesota, and it may have some connection to Lindberg's home state.
London: Rowland Ward, 1905. First edition, 8vo, pp. xiii, , 289, ; 17 illustrations from photographs (10 full-page); original red cloth stamped in gilt on upper cover and spine, t.e.g.; fine copy. Czech, Asia, p. 107: "A longtime resident of Malaya, Hubback recounts his numerous hunting trips after elephant and seladang. Traveling from Singapore to the Pertang River and Kenawan, he collected several seladang which he regarded with respect: 'I have indeed seen a big seladang in his first rush snap a creeper as thick as a strong man's wrist - a creeper with which twenty men could easily play tug-of-war.' Near the Pahang River he successfully stalked and bagged several elephants."