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Hundreds of adventurous travel stories outside Europe,

by land and sea, ego documents, 

most in first published edition 

and in original or contemporary binding.

recent additions:


(Collins, Wilkie)

The Woman in White

London, Chapman and Hall 1859-1860 “All the year round”

8vo (24 x 16 cm), old cloth boards with a repaired spine. 135 leaves and 4 tipped-in paragraphs. Complete. Rather primitive binding, traces of age and use. Rare.

Collection of leaves – like a scrapbook- containing the first ever printing of this novel as serialised anonymously in the issues 31 to 70 of “All The Year Round” (November 26, 1859 - August 25, 1860) a weekly journal conducted by Charles Dickens. Throughout the volume are numerous areas of pasted paper overlays that conceal any text that is not part of the novel. Overlays vary in size, sometimes covering an entire page verso. Together with the four tipped-in smaller paragraphs of text the novel is complete. The Woman in White was published with corrections in three-volume form on 15 August 1860, 10 days before the final installment appeared in All the Year Round. Its initial run of 1,000 copies sold out on the day of publication and the next run of 1,350 copies sold out in a week. It was a blockbuster. What Collins may not have anticipated was the way that his appeals to the popular imagination would continue to reshape The Woman in White long after the serial edition had ceased its run. In his preface to the first volume edition, Collins informs readers that the text has been “carefully revised”. Not only is this book a pre first edition, but it also contains the original text without corrections.

€ 950

Laplace, C. P. T.

Reis rondom de wereld door de zeeën van Indië en China

Zaltbommel, J. Noman and Son 1834-1836, first Dutch edition 7 volumes

“uitgevoerd met Z.M. Korvet van Oorlog La Favorite, gedurende de jaren 1830, 1831 en 1832, onder bevel van den Fregatskapitein La Place, uitgegeven op last van den vice-admiraal Graaf de Rigny.”

8vo, contemporary uniform gilt half morocco, spickled edges. Complete with 7 different lithographed title-pages, a large folding map and 13 -folding- plates. Very attractive copy. Rare.

Translated from French: “Voyage autour du monde par les mers de l'Inde et de Chine” 1833-1835. 'The purpose of this voyage was to show the French flag in eastern and other waters, in order to re-establish French influence over Indo-China and the Pacific. The voyage was also very successful scientifically'. La Favorite visited Madras, Pondichéry, Cochinchina, Tonkin, and the Philippines, before setting sail for Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. Laplace crossed the Pacific on his return, past Valparaiso, Cape Horn and along the coast of Brazil. Not in Tiele.

€ 1.760



(Ermakov, Dimitri)

альбом военно-грузинская дорога (Album Georgian Military Road)

(St. Petersburg), и́здаhie Александpови́уа (publisher M. A. Aleksandrov) ~1905

Oblong 8vo 24x18 cm, publisher’s Jugendstil decorated cloth. 26 leaves with photo engravings by Ermakov. Traces of use. Rare.

Bound by Otto Kirchner, St. Petersburg, then a well known bindery. The unimaginable ethnic diversity of the Caucasus was illustrated from the beginning of the century in a large number of engraved and lithographic albums for the educated audience. Over the years, the famous Georgian photographer Ermakov published a hundred and ninety two similar albums with his own photos about the ethnic groups, villages and towns, roads and monuments of the Caucasus, rare nowadays. The Georgian Military Road runs for 212 kilometres between Tbilisi (Georgia) and Vladikavkaz (Russia) and follows the traditional route used by invaders and traders throughout the ages. Dating back to a time before the 1st century BC, what started as a crude path used by both traders and invaders was converted into a carriage road in 1783.

€ 380