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Land of the Lotus Eaters, Bartlett, Norman
1 Bartlett, Norman Land of the Lotus Eaters
London The Adventurers Club 1959 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gold title on blue boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally just a touch of light foxing to endpapers else clean, tight and unmarked. A Very Good+ copy. Dustjacket is complete with a little wear to top edge. The author, an Australian diplomat, provides a fascinating account of Siam, now modern day Thailand, the only country between Persia and China which has never been subjected to control by a foreign power. He reveals the people's way of life, the majesty and mystery of Angkor and the Khmer ruins and the journeys to the more remote areas. Illustrated with photographs by the author. A far cry from today's modern Thailand. 
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Pietro's Pilgrimage  -  A Journey to India and Back at the Beginning of the Seventeenth Century, Blunt, Wilfrid
2 Blunt, Wilfrid Pietro's Pilgrimage - A Journey to India and Back at the Beginning of the Seventeenth Century
London James Barrie 1953 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gilt title on green cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear but with bumping to corner tips. Internally there is age darkening to endpapers else clean, tight and unmarked. 29 illustrations and 1 map. The account of the travels of the Roman Patrician Pietro Della Valle from 1614-1626, in which he visited Constantinople, Cairo (and found a mummy), Jerusalem, Damascus, Aleppo and Baghdad, explored Ctesiphon and Babylon, spent seven years in Persia during the reign of Shah Abbas, whom he knew personally, and visited parts of India reached by few travellers of his day. A fascinating account of one of the few travellers of his age. 
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Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, Boobbyer, Claire and Spooner, Andrew and O'Tailan, Jock
3 Boobbyer, Claire and Spooner, Andrew and O'Tailan, Jock Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
Bath Footprint 2008 1906098093 / 9781906098094 Soft Cover Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy. 560 pages. Second edition. Footprint travel guide. From Hanoi and the Plain of Jars to Angkor and the Mekong Delta. A triad of Indo-Chinese beauties. Best of the sights. Hidden jungle ruins and white sandy beaches. What to eat and where to sleep. How to get off the beaten track. A comprehensive guide with detailed maps - in fact everything you need to know to plan your trip. **** NOT EX LIB**** 
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On the Road to Kandahar  -  Travels Through Conflict in the Islamic World, Burke, J. Bernard
4 Burke, J. Bernard On the Road to Kandahar - Travels Through Conflict in the Islamic World
London Allen Lane 2006 0713998962 / 9780713998962 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with VG+ dustjacket which has a minor indentation to front and is not price clipped. First edition, first printing. xvii + 297 pages. 3 maps. The Chief Reporter of the Observer, in the summer of 1991, set off to join Kurdish guerillas fighting in Iraq. It turned out to be the start of a remarkable journey that would take him from the sands of the Sahara to the highest peaks of the Himalayas, seeing at first hand life and death, war and peace, bigotry and tolerance, hate and friendship throughout the 'Islamic World'. A journey of human encounters with hundreds of people and a voyage into history and into the powerful ideas, ideologies and myths that have so often determined, for good or ill, the interaction of the West and the world of Islam. 
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To the East a Phoenix, Cameron, Nigel
5 Cameron, Nigel To the East a Phoenix
London Hutchinson 1960 First Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Silver title on green cloth boards which are unmarked with no wear. Interally there is a gift inscription to front pastedown else very clean, tight and unmarked. Dustjacket has some repaired closed tears and some wear to top edge and is not priceclipped. 207 pages. 30 photographs. The travel writer is a confirmed lover of the East and he returns to give a freshly observed account of Hadhramaut, where he reflects upon the impact of modern trends on an old way of life; of Kashmir, Ceylon, Singapore, Malaya, all revisited ater a long absence; of the less familiar island of Borneo 'another world - which our commercial rapaciousness have only lightly touched'; of Bangkok and Hong Kong, and of Fiji, where at the end of his journey, he refreshed his understanding of 'the abundant happiness of people and their unexplained hope'. 
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The 8.55 to Baghdad, Eames, Andrew
6 Eames, Andrew The 8.55 to Baghdad
London Bantam 2004 0593051696 / 9780593051696 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine copy with a Fine complete dustjacket. The author travels from London to Baghdad to emulate Agatha Christie's 1928 journey, which is one that is harder today than in her time, as the countries that are crossed on the journey have been deeply troubled in recent years. Christie's journey changed her life and led her to spend thirty seasons on archaeological digs in the deserts of Syria and Iraq. The author arrives in Baghdad at the same time as UN weapons inspectors. A book that combines literary biography with travel adventure. 20 colour photographs and map of journey. 
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A Diplomatist's Wife In Japan  -  Letters To Home From Home, Fraser, Mrs. Hugh
7 Fraser, Mrs. Hugh A Diplomatist's Wife In Japan - Letters To Home From Home
London Hutchinson Hard Cover Very Good TEG No Jacket 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall 
Gilt title and monogram on tan coloured cloth boards which are clean with a little fading to back and darkening to spine. Internally there is a small neat signature to verso of front endpaper and some foxing to endpapers else clean, tight and unmarked. Top edge gilt. xiv + 416 pages. Not dated nor edition stated but the British Library has Hutchinson edition as First 1898, Second 1899 (2 Vols) Third 1900. Photographic portrait to frontispiece. The author's account of her travels and life in Japan which commenced in 1889 until 1894 when she returned to Europe alone. A fascinating record of life in Japan during Victorian times. 
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The Himalayas  -  A Journey to Nepal, Kazami, Takehide
8 Kazami, Takehide The Himalayas - A Journey to Nepal
London Ward, Lock 1968 0706310861 / 9780706310863 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket. The author, a skilled mountain climber, author and cameraman, combined these three talents to venture into the most remote areas of the Himalayas, aided by a team of hardened Sherpa porters, to capture on film the breathtaking beauty of these mountains. Kazami spent months in his quest and many of the 110 photographs are the result of days of waiting on inhospitable and dangerous vantage points for a break in the blizzards. Includes a track of the author's journey and a map of the Himalayas. 
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The View From Peking  -  An Account of the Chinese People Today, Mason, Colin
9 Mason, Colin The View From Peking - An Account of the Chinese People Today
London Angus & Robertson 1977 0207957355 / 9780207957352 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine copy with near Fine dustjacket. The author is an Australian travel writer who brings to life the people, culture and life post Revolution including a section on what the tourist needs to know. 14 coloured photographic illustrations. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Chinese Journey, Myrdal, Jan and Kessle, Gun
10 Myrdal, Jan and Kessle, Gun Chinese Journey
London Chatto and Windus 1965 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
Gold title and chinese characters on red cloth boards which are very clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there are small initials and date to front pastedown and age toning to page edges else very clean, tight and unmarked. A Very Good+ copy. Dustjacket has wear to edges, two closed tears and a piece missing to top front. A large format volume of 160 pages. 39 pages of colour and 83 pages of black and white photographs by Gun Kessle. Jan Myrdal and his wife, Gun Kessle, a noted artist and photographer, went to China to write their first book, Report from a Chinese Village, and in doing this they spent nine months travelling throughout China. They were allowed to go anywhere in the country, visiting even the usually forbidden border areas in Mongolia and near Burma. The aim of the book is to show what life is really like in China; to show through the lives of the common people what Chinese Communism is all about. The three inland journeys made were - Inner Mongolia; From Loyang to Yenan, Liu Ling Village in North Shensi; Yunnan and the Burma Road. Note: A LARGE HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.072 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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India in Luxury  -  A Practical Guide for the Discerning Traveller, Nicholson, Louise
11 Nicholson, Louise India in Luxury - A Practical Guide for the Discerning Traveller
London Century 1985 0712608575 / 9780712608572 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine copy (Fine apart from a mark to the top corner margin of two pages) with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. x + 270 pages. Maps. This book is an essential manual for the visitor to India who wants to travel in style - whether for a holiday or on business. Luxury is not necessarily expensive in India but it can be difficult to find and there are many potential pitfalls. There is advice on preparing and planning your trip: the pros and cons of package holidays and how to go ot alone; the climate; colourful festivals; health tips and what to pack. A survival code gives advice on every eventuality from begging and bargaining to returning a dud hired car or knowing when not to take a photograph. From Kashmir to Kerala, the book explains the best wys to travel - the best times to go, places to stay, what to eat and where, best sights, the arts and what local crafts to buy. 
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Colours of The Arab Fatherland, Pesce, Angelo
12 Pesce, Angelo Colours of The Arab Fatherland
Naples, Italy Angelo Pesce 1972 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gold titles and crossed sword motif on green cloth boards. A Fine unmarked copy. Dustjacket is complete with a little wear to edges. The book is printed on heavy quality paper. The author is an Italian geologist who has worked and travelled extensively in the Middle East and presents a photographic tour of Saudi Arabia with it's history. Endpapers are a 1730 map of the Arabian Peninsula and an engraving of Arab costumes in 1861. Modern map of Saudi Arabia and 100 coloured photographs of historic sites, people, animals, buildings and much more. **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.9 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE EXTRA SHIPPING **** 
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The Inland Sea, Richie, Donald
13 Richie, Donald The Inland Sea
Tokyo John Weatherhill 1971 0834800632 / 9780834800632 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with no inscriptions with pictorial cloth boards. There is only minor dust marking to top edge and minor marks to fore edge. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. Dustjacket is also near Fine and is not price clipped. 290 pages. 20 photographs by Yoichi Midorikawa. 1 fold out map. The Inland Sea is much more than a travel book. True, it is an account of a real journey through Japan's beautiful Seto Naikai, that landlocked, island studded sea that is perhaps the only remaining 'real Japan'. But it goes far beyond this. It is also a moving description of the islands and their people, of their history and folklore. The book has become a classic and is regarded as one of the finest travel memoirs. Donald Richie (1924-2013) was an American born writer who became an expert on Japan, where he lived. **** SCARCE TO FIND IN SUCH A GOOD CONDITION **** 
Price: 40.00 GBP
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A Siberian Encounter, Servadio, Gaia
14 Servadio, Gaia A Siberian Encounter
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1971 0297004484 / 9780297004486 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Fair 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
lean and unmarked copy with dustjacket which has tears but is complete. The author's travels across Russia with a lively account of it's history, places, interesting people, anecdotes and much more. There is even a peep at Kim Philby, Russian - Chinese jokes, Intourist places and places Intourists never see. 
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There is Only One Raffles  -  The Story of a Grand Hotel, Sharp, Ilsa
15 Sharp, Ilsa There is Only One Raffles - The Story of a Grand Hotel
London Souvenir Press 1986 0285627449 / 9780285627444 First Thus Hard Cover Near Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy (Fine apart from a gift inscription to front endpaper) with Fine dustjacket. 143 pages. Illustrated throughout. Centenary New Edition 1886-1986. The story of one of the most famous hotels in the world, the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Named after Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of the former British colony. It was established in the 1880's by the extraordinary Armenian Sarkies brothers and under their eccentric and imaginative management it became the embodiment of expatriate colonial British life in the tropics. The rubber planters of Malaya and the Straits Settlements spent their leisure hours there, seeking in its Long Bar and its luxurious dining and and billiard rooms a relief from the monotony of their lonely existence. 
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Chapters from In India, Steevens, G.W.
16 Steevens, G.W. Chapters from In India
London George G. Harrap 1927 First Thus Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall 
Cream titles on black cloth boards which have some minor marks but no wear. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. The author is George Warrington Steevens (1869-1900), the most famous war correspondent of his time, who was with Kitchener in the Sudan but whose brilliant career was cut short by typhoid fever in 1900 during the investment of Ladysmith in the Boer War. The book was first published in 1899 and gives a picture of the country and people which is true to life, and in this abridgement topical passages have been omitted. 
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The Pilgrim, Valle, Pietro Della    (Translated, Abridged, and Introduced By George Bull)
17 Valle, Pietro Della (Translated, Abridged, and Introduced By George Bull) The Pilgrim
London Hutchinson 1989 0091741890 / 9780091741891 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY GEORGE BULL on half title page with dedication. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine price clipped dustjacket. xix + 303 pages. George Bull O.B.E. (1929-2001) was a widely travelled author, journalist, translator and polymath, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Pietro Della Valle was a romantic, born in 1586 of an illustrious Italian family which boasted two cardinals. He wooed the woman of his choice for 12 long years: when her family gave her to another, he left Italy, vowing never to return until he had set foot in the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Twelve years of travel took him to Turkey, Persia and India, and were recorded in three distinctive books, of which only the Indian version has ever been published in English. Yet Pietro Della Valle was a man whose intrepid spirit, natural curiosity and knowledge of languages made him the perfect guide to the colourful and turbulent world of the 17th century. In this book George Bull has distilled an unforgettable Renaissance adventure from all three volumes. Illustrated endpapers and 17 other illustrations mostly taken from the Dutch edition of 1664-5. **** NOT FOLIO SOCIETY EDITION **** 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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East of Katmandu, Weir, Tom
18 Weir, Tom East of Katmandu
Edinburgh Oliver & Boyd 1955 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gilt title on green boards whiche are very clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked with just a touch of foxing to fore edge. A Very Good+ copy. Dustjacket has some chipping and is price clipped. 91 plates, 2 in full colour, by the author and Douglas Scott. The book contains a vivid and colourful account of Nepal - her mountains and gorges, her villages and her peoples. The author takes us on a 4 month journey of exploration through the country to the west of Everest, crossing the Tesi Lapcha Pass - the highest in the world. Whilst mountaineering has an important place in the book, the author has been concerned to do more than merely list country covered and peaks climbed. **** NOT BOOK CLUB **** 
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