London: for the author by H.L. Galabin, 1800. First separate edition, 8vo, pp. vii, , -458; folding copper-engraved frontispiece of Vishnu, Brahma, and Seva plus 5 other folding copperplates; contemporary and perhaps original brown cloth-backed paper-covered boards, paper label on spine; binding worn. Essentially an offprint from the author's larger work (Indian Antiquities, 7 vols., 1793-1800), and issued in a separate edition of 250 copies only, but "revised, newly arranged, and divided into chapters." DNB calls him "one of the first to popularise a knowledge of the history and religions of the east."
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London: for the author by H.L. Galabin, 1801. Second separate edition, 8vo, pp. , -460; folding copper-engraved frontispiece of Vishnu, Brahma, and Seva plus 5 other folding copper-plates; contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards; very good and sound. Without the 2-leaf Advertisement in the first separate edition of the previous year, and with the pagination gone awry at 2E1. Essentially an offprint from the author's larger work (Indian Antiquities, 7 vols., 1793-1800), but "revised, newly arranged, and divided into chapters." DNB calls him "one of the first to popularise a knowledge of the history and religions of the east."
New York: Harper & Bros. 1873. First edition, 8vo, pp. , xviii, 509, , 4 (ads); wood-engraved frontispiece, vignette title-p., 4 folding maps printed in colors, 14 wood-engraved plates and numerous wood-engraved illustrations in the text; original green cloth lettered in black on spine; lightly soiled, else very good and sound. American Travellers Abroad, P-74: "The author, a naturalist, was appointed [U.S.] consul to Mauritius and could find no information about the island. During his tour of duty he wrote a book describing it, with special attention to the flora and fauna."
Singapore: University of Malaya Press, 1959. First edition, large 8vo, pp. xiv, , 526; 23 plates in back; original red cloth, corners bumped, some speckling; tan dust jacket very good with some soiling and wear and one one chip to middle of spine. Inscribed by Hoeppli to E. Herndon Hudson on the title page. A survey of the historical literature on parasites, notable particularaly for its inclusion of sources in Chinese.
[n.p.]: Control Data Corporation, 1972. Sm 4to, pp. 110; text printed from typescript, illustrated with maps and graphs, extremities lightly soiled, else very good in original printed yellow, red and black wrappers, stapled. Compliments stapled to front wrapper. The report was sponsored by the Office of the Associate Director for Land Reform (ADLR), and the U.S. Agency for International Developement, (USAID), Vietnam to try to assess the impact of the Land to the Tiller Program of 1970.
London: T. Cadell, 1829. 8 volumes, 8vo, contemporary polished brown calf, double gilt borders on covers enclosing a blindstamped roll and within triple blindstamped rules, spines stamped in gilt and blind, and with maroon morocco labels; light wear, else generally fine throughout. A handsome set. Undertaken at Gibbon's urging, "Mitford's history for many years remained popular, and had the merit of supplying a laborious English work on a comparatively neglected subject. It was superior at most points to the Greek history by John Gillies published in 1786...It may be added that Mitford never visited Greece, never travelling beyond Naples" (DNB). Lowndes, p. 1580.
London: Moses Pitt, 1671. 2 volumes in 1, 12mo, pp. 258, 176, 102; 1 fold-out map; modern brown buckram, gilt lettering on spine, some shelf wear; worming in margins, tape repair to title page verso. Title page of volume II reads "Particular Events; or the most considerable passages after the war of five years, or thereabouts, in the Empire of the Great Mogol". "A more curious and entertaining work than Bernier's Travels can hardly be imagined; the lively style of the author, combined with his intelligence, and the extraordinary nature of the scenes he witnessed render his work altogether more like a glowing romance than a detail of real events" (Lownes). "Bernier, a French physician, was one of those travellers like della Valle who was lured abroad for the sake of gratifying curiosity. Of much learning, especially in the philosophy of Gassendi, whose opinions and discoveries he inherited, capable of penetrating to the ultimate causes of an event, he proved to be a political and social historian of the first magnitude His work is particularly valuable for its record of the struggle of the four sons of Shah Jahan to secure the throne, which finally fell to the fourth, Aurangzib. At the court of the Mogul, with whom he was a favorite, he spent twelve years. He notes in detail the weakness inherent in the Mogul system of inheritance… the rapacity of the governors; the corruption of its military leaders; and the rottenness of the land system, together with the miserable state of the lower classes" (Cox I, p. 274, quoting Oaten's Early Travellers and Travel in India).
London: Hodder & Stoughton, n.d., [ca, 1924]. 8vo, pp. xi [i.e. ix], , 206; frontispiece portrait, 1 plate, 2 maps; original blue cloth a little faded on covers, preserving the original printed dust-jacket which is variously creased and chipped, with slight loss at the bottom of the spine, and with tape reinforcement on the verso. Issued in the publisher's Master Missionary Series. James Gilmour worked tirelessly in the name of God on the Great Plain and perimeter of the Gobi Desert of Mongolia.
London: Printed for M. Cooper, 1771. 12mo, pp. v, , 281; full contemporary calf, faded gilt spine separated into 6 compartments, red gilt morocco label; boards and hinges rubbed; lacking front flyleaf, top quarter of back flyleaf excised; title page edges toned, shallow tears along bottom edge and bottom 2 inches of title page gutter not affecting text; contemporary signatures of John Taylor Gilman on front pastedown endpaper and top of title page, among other places; minor stains and foxing throughout. NCBEL II, 1584; CBEL II, 835.
Paris: Paul Guethner, 1934. Square small 4to, pp. , 224; occasional spotting, else fine in orig. printed wrappers. This copy with a presentation from the author on the flyleaf. Issued as vol. III in the publisher's Austro-Asiatica Documents et Travaux series, under the direction of Jean Przyluski.
London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1931. First edition, large 4to, pp. xxiii, , 935; publisher's green cloth, gilt-lettered spine, some discoloration from damp, corners a bit bumped; hinges reinforced, later (1938) ownership signature to front flyleaf, textblock about fine. Yakushi T276; Zaunmüller 294.
Tokyo: Society of Naval Architects, 1930. First edition, lg. slim 8vo, pp. , -196, ; vignette title-p., 10 plates (1 in color, 1 loose) and 20 illus. in the text; covers a little soiled, else generally fine in orig. printed beige paper-covered boards. Issued as Part IV, Section 3 of Vol. V in the publisher's A Study of Ancient Ships of Japan series. Includes wicker boats in Manchuria, Korea, and Mongolia, skin-boats in China, Tibet and India, French and British coracles, the Eskimo and Aleutian skin-boats, the American bull-boats, etc.
Tokyo: Society of Naval Architects, 1929. First edition, lg. slim 8vo, pp. , - 114, ; vignette title-p., 4 plates (1 in color) and 9 illus. in the text; generally fine in orig. printed beige paper-covered boards. Issued as Part IV, Section 2 of Vol. V in the publisher's A Study of Ancient Ships of Japan series. Includes earliest records of turtle-boats, medieval turtle-shell boats, Japanese myths relating to turtles, etc.
Tokyo: Society of Naval Architects, 1931. First edition, lg. slim 8vo, pp. , -248, ; vignette title-p., folding map, 4 plates, and 14 illus. in the text; generally fine in orig. printed beige paper-covered boards. Issued as Part IV, Section 4 of Vol. V in the publisher's A Study of Ancient Ships of Japan series. Includes birch-bark canoes of the Ainus, Manchurian and Siberian birch-bark canoes, Australian and oceanic bark canoes, the bark canoes of the American continents, etc.
Tokyo: Society of Naval Architects, 1928. First edition, lg. slim 8vo, pp. , 60, ; vignette title-p., 7 plates and 16 illus. in the text; generally fine in orig. printed beige paper-covered boards. Issued as Part IV, Section 1 of Vol. V in the publisher's A Study of Ancient Ships of Japan series. Includes basket-boats in ancient China, modern basket-boats in French Indo-China, Japanese myths connected with bastket-boats, etc.
Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1859. First edition, 2 vols., 8vo, pp. xiv, 492; xi, , 496; 5 folding maps, 20 colored lithographs, plus a number of wood-engraved illustrations in the text; contemporary three-quarter brown morocco over marbled boards; spines slightly sunned; very good and sound. "In 1857 Oliphant became private secretary to Lord Elgin on his visit to China. He went with Elgin to Calcutta when the outbreak of the mutiny made it necessary to change the destination of the Chinese force. He then accompanied Elgin to Hongkong, was present at the bombardment of Canton, and helped to storm Tientsin" (DNB). Cordier, Sinica, 2376; Japonica, 546.
London: John Stockdale, 1812. 2 volumes, 4to, pp. xxiii, , 552; [iii]-xxxii, 525; complete with with 52 engraved plates (43 hand-colored, 26 folding), 29 in-text vignettes (23 hand-colored), all by Geissler, and three large folding maps; contemporary full calf with an octagonal panel central on all covers within double gilt rules, rebacked ca. 1930 in brown calf, gilt-decorated spines, brown morocco labels lettered in gilt; extremities a bit worn and rubbed, but the binding is sound and, a few spots and some minor offsetting aside, it's internally fine. Cox I, p. 199: "Pallas was one of the savants chosen by the St. Petersburg Academy to carry on the work of examining the resources of the far distant parts of the Russian Empire. He left St. Petersburg in 1768 and spent a full six years investigating various districts of Siberia, the Urals, the Caspian, Tobolsk, Lake Baikal, the Lower Volga, etc. His reports on the geology, fauna, and flora are of great scientific value." His journey extended to the frontiers of China. "Few explorations have been as fruitful as this six years' journey" (EB). The translator, F. W. Blagdon. in addition to the narrative, the natural history results of the expedition which were not included in the first German edition. Abbey, Travel, 222 (for the first English edition of 1802-03); Tooley, pp. 357-8.
Madrid: Libraria General de Victoriano Suárez, 1930. First edition limited to 150 copies (this #107), 8vo, pp. ix, , , 95, ; introduction, followed by a facsimile of the original 1776 manuscript; later green cloth, gilt title direct on spine, uncut with speckled top edge, original paper covers bound in; near fine. An Ayer Linguistics duplicate, with bookplate on pastedown, and release stamp on inside of upper wrapper. Palau 12248.
Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1953. Large 8vo, pp. , 290, full page map in text; green cloth library binding, gilt title on spine, speckled top edge, original paper wrappers bound in, a gift copy with "compliments of the author," written on the front wrapper; fine. An Ayer Linguistics duplicate, with bookplate and label on pastedowns and release stamp on free endpaper. Hanunó'o is spoken by the Mangyans of Mindoro Island, Philippines. Harold Conklin was the premier authority on their language, as well as a pioneer in integrating folk knowledge with ethnolinguistic study.
[New York: Educational Review Publishing Co., 1902]. 8vo, pp. 497-502,  (i.e. 6 pages); later gray paper wrappers, paper label on cover, laid into a custom red cloth folder with paper label on spine; near fine. An Ayer Linguistics duplicate, with Newberry library release stamp and label on inner covers. Presentation copy, with "Compliments of David Doherty" on first page. Offprint from the Educational Review.
Madrid: en la imprenta de la administracion del Real Arbitrio de Beneficencia se hallará en la librería de Ranz calle de la Cruz, 1800-01. First edition, 2 volumes (of 6) in 1; small 4to, pp. xvi, 396; 480; 4 folding tables (2 in each volume); later three-quarter brown moroco over marbled boards, gilt-paneled spine in 6 compartments, gilt-lettered direct in 3, t.e.g.; a nice copy. This, an Ayer Linguistics duplicate with a Newberry release stamp on the verso of the second flyleaf. These first two volumes were all that was needed in the Ayer collection, covering, as they do the Lenguas y naciones americanas; and the Lenguas y naciones de las islas de los mares Pacifico é Indiano austral y oriental, y del continente del Asia. Volumes 3-6 covered the European languages only. Palau 114453; La Vinaza, Bibliografia Espanola de Lenguas Indigenas de America (1892), 397.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1905. First edition, 8vo, pp. 264; 1 folding facsimile title page and 6 folding tables, errata slip tipped in; original grey cloth, title printed in black direct on spine; near fine. An Ayer Linguistics duplicate, with an Ayer accession label on the rear pastedown, and a Newberry release stamp on verso of the first flyleaf.
Urbana, IL: University of Illinois, May, 1917. 8vo, 3 vols, in 1; pp. 408; original brown printed wrappers bound in contemporary brown cloth, gilt title direct on spine, t.e.g., near fine. An Ayer Linguistics duplicate an Ayer accession label on the back pastedown, an Ayer presentation bookplate on the front pastedown, and a Newberry release stamp on the verso of the first flyleaf. Issued as Volume III, nos. 2-4 of the University of Illinois Studies in Language and Literature, comprising "Texts and translation," "Grammatical analysis," and "List of formations and glossary."