London: printed for John Starkey and Henry Brome, 1668. Second edition, folio, pp. , 218; 19 engravings in the text and 2 plates; the portrait of Sultan Mahomet Hanis wanting but it is reproduced again on p. 4 as one of the text engravings; recent half brown calf over marbled boards, gilt-paneled spine in 6 compartments, red morocco label in 1; a nice, clean copy. In 1661 Rycaut "was sent to Turkey as secretary in the embassy of Heneage Finch, second earl of Winchilsea. He was attached to the Porte about six years, and during that period twice travelled to England" (DNB). "Rycaut, from his long residence and connection with the Embassy, was well qualified to delineate Levantine customs … [His] History is regarded as one of the best of its kind with respect to the religious and military state of Turkey" (Cox I, 210). "An extremely important and influential work, which provides the fullest account of Ottoman affairs during the 17th century" (Blackmer 1463). The first edition of 1667 was mostly destroyed by the London fire in September 1666. Howgego I, R92; Wing R2413.
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London: printed by J.M. for John Starkey, 1680. First edition, folio, pp. , 89; 336, ; engraved frontispiece portrait of the author, 3 engraved portraits of Turkish emperors and another engraved plate of a Turkish pageant; full contemporary calf, recased and rebacked to match, gilt lettering direct on spine; clean tear in bottom margin of frontis, neatly closed on recto, but generally a good, sound copy, or better. In 1661 Rycaut "was sent to Turkey as secretary in the embassy of Heneage Finch, second earl of Winchilsea. He was attached to the Porte about six years, and during that period twice travelled to England" (DNB). "Rycaut, from his long residence and connection with the Embassy, was well qualified to delineate Levantine customs … [His] History is regarded as one of the best of its kind with respect to the religious and military state of Turkey" (Cox I, 210). "An extremely important and influential work, which provides the fullest account of Ottoman affairs during the 17th century" (Blackmer 1463). Wing R2406; Atabey R2406.
Calcutta: Printed for the Bible Translation Society, and the American Bible Union, by J. Thomas, 1856. 8vo, pp. 380; original plum cloth, printed paper spine label (quite browned); spine faded, minor edge wear; ex-Baptist Missionary Society Mission House Library with usual markings and bookplate to front pastedown; preliminaries foxed, textblock about fine.
Calcutta: Printed at the Baptist Mission Press, for the Bible Translation Society and the American and Foreign Bible Society, 1847. 8vo, pp. 334; original plum cloth, printed paper spine label; spine quite toned, preliminaries foxed; Baptist Missionary Society Mission House Library bookplate to front pastedown; textblock fine.
Cosmopoli: for the Kama Shastra Society of London and Benares, and for private circulation only, 1885. Third reprint, 8vo, pp. xvi, 144; tables & charts, inner hinge weak, lightly toned at edges, extremities worn and soiled with spine ends chipped and spine parchment split along rear joint and badly peeling, otherwise generally good in original full vellum, beveled edges, with gilt lettering on spine. An Indian sex manual written in the 15th or 16th century by Kalyana Malla, translated into English under the editorship of Sir Richard Burton. The manual's instruction was to promote love through sexual pleasure for both husband and wife, with emphasis on harmony and fulfillment to prevent the partners from separating. Penzer 172.
Calcutta: Baptist Mission Press, 1844. 8vo, pp. xiv, 404; text illustrations; original brown cloth, gilt-lettered spine; ex-Baptist Mission Society House Library with usual markings, front hinge starting to crack, spine head a bit chipped, horizontal crack across top quarter of spine between spine title words "Yates's" and "Nalodaya"; interior mostly fine. Text in Sanskrit and English. OCLC locates 2 copies in the United States, at Rochester and the Newberry.
London: privately printed for subscribers only by Chas. J. Sawyer Ltd., 1924-28. Edition limited to 1500 sets (this, no. 320), 10 volumes, large 8vo, original decorative gray cloth stamped in gilt on covers and spines, t.e.g.; volume IX with a small snag in the spine, but generally this is a fine set. The Katha Sarit Sagara is a famous 11-century Sanskrit collection of Indian legends, fairy tales and folk tales as retold by a Saivite Brahmin named Somadeva. Nothing is known about the author other than that his father's name was Ramadevabatta. The work was compiled for the entertainment of the queen Suryamati, wife of king Anantadeva of Kashmir.
New York: Minton, Balch and Co., 1930. First edition, 8vo, pp. xiv, 316; map endpapers, frontispiece and 54 photographic illustrations on rectos and versos of 15 plates; generally a fine copy in a dust-jacket chipped at the top of the spine (with minor loss to 'Shirt-Tail'), and a small hole at the bottom hinge (not affecting any lettering). "An unsentimental journey among the Reds of ancient Bokhara and silken Samarkand, and on through the Celestial Mountains to the Yellow east of Chinese Turkestan, with its border ruffians and revolutions, -- in pursuit of the magic name of a city, Kashgar" (jacket blurb).
Chicago: W.B. Conkey Co., . First edition, 8vo, pp. -402; 88 (of 90) plates (lacking, as usual - ?always? - the plate of The Winter Palace, at p. 54; and A Street in Tokyo, at p. 348); presentation copy from the son of the author, inscribed on the flyleaf; orig. gray cloth lettered in back, t.e.g.; some soiling, rear hinge cracked, else very good and partially unopened. "From articles that originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune, and reprinted by permission of the author." Includes much on China and Japan.
London: John Hatchard, 1815. 8vo, pp. xiv, , 636; engraved portrait frontispiece, plate of facsimile handwriting; mild foxing throughout; old red library rubberstamp on title, else a good, sound copy in original 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).
n.p. n.p. 7 x 4.5 inches, 20 leaves; 18 images, 12 in color; bound in the Japanese manner; original printed paper wrappers worn, 2 inch tear to one page, top layer of back cover stripped. Housed in a new red cloth clamshell box. A shunga hon, or erotic picture book, with many scenes of sex and orgies. Its author, Koikawa Shouzan, was known for his erotic travel tales. No copies listed in the US as of Dec. 2014.
Philadelphia: printed by Ann Cochran for Mathew Carey, 1811. 24mo, pp. iv, , -166; inserted stipple-engraved frontis portrait of the author by C. Tiebout; woodcut vignette on title-p., contemporary and probably original full calf, red morocco label on gilt-ruled spine; some rubbing, especially the joints; but good and sound. Sophie Cottin (1770-1807) was a French novelist who published five novels, the first two anonymously. She enjoyed a wide audience in both Paris and London, and died an untimely death at the age of 37. American Imprints 22628.
Olympia, WA & Home Base, PA: Welsh Hill Press & Forge, . Edition limited to "some" 225 copies (this, copy 112), 8vo, pp. , 16, ; map of Lake Baikal and 2 text illustrations; hand sewn into blue paper wrappers, front cover blind stamped; in a cloth-covered clamshell box, spine stamped in gilt. Fine. The Welsh Hill Press & Forge was a husband and wife operation. They printed this volume on a Vandercook SP-15 sitting in their living room.
London: John Murray, 1882. First edition, 8vo, pp. xviii, 304, 32 (ads); folding map, many illus. in text throughout; orig. salmon-colored cloth stamped in gilt and silver; presentation copy inscribed "Chas. Wickliffe Berkam, Esq. with the author's compts." The binding is a bit soiled and worn, but overall this is a good copy or better. Excepting his work for the British Museum, this is the famed ornithologist's second book, the sequel to his Siberia in Europe which was published in 1880. Arctic Bibliography 15674.
London: Scholartis Press, 1928. First edition, limited to 960 copies, small 4to, pp. xi, , 132, ; photographic frontispiece and 15 photographic plates by Percy Brown; original red cloth, t.e.g., erratum laid in; bookplate, corners bumped, spine a little sunned, very good. Travels through Phari, Teesta Valley, Chumolaori, Gob Sorg, etc.
New York: Minton, Balch & Co., 1926. Large 4to, pp. , 71, ; color plates, text illustrations throughout; original cream cloth-backed red boards, pictorial paper label showing bamboo in the moonlight affixed to upper cover, publisher's slipcase with pictorial paper label; slipcase with short splits and showing a bit at the edges, overall a very good, attractive copy.
London: Ward and Lock, 1856. Sixth edition, xii, 338; tinted engraved frontispiece and added title page, 10 plates, text illustrations throughout; original red gilt cloth, a.e.g., yellow glazed endpapers; spine and edges rather discolored from damp, fore-egdes of a few plates also dampstained, though not affecting image; a good, sound copy. Contemporary manuscript prize inscription on front free endpaper. English translation of a popular account by Pfeiffer (1797-1858), one of the first female explorers, of her first trip around the world, from 1846 to 1848, and originally published as "Eine Frau fährt um die Welt" in 1850. It was subsequently translated into English the same year.
London: Hurst and Blackett, Ltd., 1900. First edition, 8vo, pp. [iii]-xx, 507, ; portrait frontispiece, 59 illustrations, largely from photographs and largely full-page, and 3 color maps (2 folding); original green cloth stamped in black and gilt on upper cover, and in gilt on the spine; slight rubbing else near fine and bright. Czech, Asia, p. 165: "Both Pollok and Thom analyze the areas of big game hunting with a species-by-species description of their hunts culled from their notebooks and journals, as well as additional vignettes supplied by other sportsmen. In Lower Burma, Pollok relates hunts after tiger and panther, with chapters on hunting buffalo, rhinoceros, gaur, tsine, and various deer species. Thom, on the other hand, relates his shooting experiences in Upper Burma in the region between Mandalay and Rangoon after elephant, gaur, and tsine. He also provides a chapter on pig-sticking in Assam. The numerous photographs provide a rich visual texture."
London: printed for the author and sold by John White, 1801. 8vo, 1 volume only of a 7 volume set, but the only volume concerning Stonehenge; pp. , viii-xiv, 370, ; engraved folding frontispiece, 3 engraved folding plates; burgundy cloth, black leather label; boards faded and rubbed, closed tear to one plate. Includes "A dissertation on the Indian origin of the Druids; and on the striking affinity which the religious rites and ceremonies, anciently practised in the British Islands, bore to those of the Brahmins." And, "Dissertation on the commerce carried on the very remote ages by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Greeks, with the British Islands, for their ancient staple of tin; and on their extensive barter of that commodity for those of the Indian continent."
[Tapei: Overseas Chinese News Agency, n.d., ca. 1972]. 4to, pp. , 118, ; text in Chinese and English; numerous color illustrations throughout; very good in original glossy pictorial wrappers. Commerative nationalist publication on the 60th anniversary of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Not in OCLC.