Sort by:

Island Books

Fine and Rare Books in the Heart of Britain's West Country
Fermor (P.L): A Time of Gifts. On Foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube. [With Introductory Letter to Xan Fielding]. NEAR FINE COPY IN PRICE-CLIPPED d/w
John Murray, [1977] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece and a double-page map on buff stock, some very faint offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; navy blue pictorial cloth gilt, gilt back, red top, a near fine copy in price-clipped d/w, the latter with one small stain at centre of rear panel. The author's masterpiece and one of the greatest travel books of the twentieth century. With wonderful portrait frontispiece, and d/w artwork by John Craxton. Very scarce in anything like this condition (Book ref. 19086) £440.00
SUMPTION (J): The Hundred Years War. Volume IiI [3]. Divided Houses. FIRST EDITION IN UNCLIPPED d/w
Faber, [2009] 8vo., First Edition, with numerous maps and plans (many full-page) in the text; orginal cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. Sumption's masterly trilogy comprises Vol. I: Trial by Battle; Vol. II: Trial by Fire; Vol. III: Divided Houses. (Book ref. 19026) £40.00
SUMPTION (J): The Hundred Years War. Volume II [2]. Trial by Fire. FIRST EDITION IN PAPERBACK
Faber, [2001] 8vo., First Edition in Paperback, with numerous maps and plans (many full-page) in the text; orginal pictorial wrappers, a near fine copy. Sumption's masterly trilogy comprises Vol. I: Trial by Battle; Vol. II: Trial by Fire; Vol. III: Divided Houses. This second volume is extremely scarce in hardback (Book ref. 19025) £40.00
SUMPTION (J): The Hundred Years War. Volume I [1]. Trial by Battle. FIRST EDITION IN PAPERBACK
Faber, [1999] 8vo., First Edition in Paperback, with numerous maps and plans (many full-page) in the text; orginal pictorial wrappers, a near fine copy. Sumption's masterly trilogy comprises Vol. I: Trial by Battle; Vol. II: Trial by Fire; Vol. III: Divided Houses. This first volume is practically unobtainable in hardback. (Book ref. 19024) £40.00
SUMPTION (J): The Hundred Years War. [Comprising Trial by Battle (with) Trial by Fire (with) Divided Houses]. COMPLETE SET OF FIRST EDITIONS IN d/w
Faber, [1999-2009] 3 vols., 8vo., First Editions, with numerous maps and plans (many full-page) in the text; orginal cloth, gilt backs, a very good, bright, clean set in the d/w. Sumption's masterly trilogy comprises Vol. I: Trial by Battle (1990); Vol. II: Trial by Fire (1999); Vol. III: Divided Houses (2009). COMPLETE SETS OF FIRST EDITIONS ARE EXCEPTIONALLY SCARCE. (Book ref. 19023) £820.00
OKEY (T). ERICHSEN (N), illus.: The Story of Venice [Dent's Mediaeval Towns series]
Dent, 1931 Sm. 8vo., with a sepia-toned frontispiece, title in red and black, 6 plates, very numerous illustrations (a number full-page) in the text, a full-page map in the text and a folding map in blue and black; original series binding of light blue and white patterned cloth, upper board and backstrip elaborately blocked and lettered in black, back gilt extra, a near fine copy. First published in Dent's well-known 'Mediaeval Towns' series in 1905. (Book ref. 18874) £16.00
PARIS.: Plan de Paris par Arrondissement. [Pocket Guide] SPLENDID COPY
Leconte & Guilmin, Paris [1931] Sm. 8vo., with 22 double-page maps coloured in outline and a large folding coloured map, all on japon, street directory tabbed by initial letter, some very age-browning; original red cloth, upper board blocked and lettered in silver, a remarkably bright, clean copy. Lovely copy of a beautifully constructed, comprehensive and detailed pocket plan. The double-page maps comprise Paris, the Metro, 20 individual arrondissements, three arrondissements with detailed insets, and the Bois de Boulogne. The large coloured map depicts Paris by arrondissement (obverse) and metro lines and autobus routes (reverse). The two parallel tabbing systems (streets & localities, and maps) enable one to pinpoint any given location simply and easily. Very scarce in this condition. (Book ref. 18765) £78.00
MENDOZA (D.H. de). SHUTTLEWORTH (M), trans.: The War in Granada. Translated and with an Introduction by Martin Shuttleworth
Folio Society, 1982 8vo., First Edition thus, with a portrait frontispiece, plates and endpaper maps; original brown buckram, boards elaborately blocked in gilt, gilt back,[purple top, brown endpapers, a fine copy in publisher's card slip-case. (Book ref. 18739) £10.00
[NAPOLEON I]. ALISON (A).: History of Europe from the Commencement of the French Revolution in MDCCLXXXIX to the Restoration of the Bourbons in MDCCCXV. Seventh Edition. REMARKABLY BRIGHT, CLEAN SET IN WHOLLY UNRESTORED PUBLISHER'S BINDING
William Blackwood, Edinburgh, 1847 20 vols., 8vo., Seventh Edition, with an engraved portrait frontispiece (original tissue guard present), original brown ribbed cloth, boards blocked with an elaborate pattern of frames and panels, backs blocked in blind and lettered in gilt, uncut, yellow endpapers, a remarkably well-preserved, bright, crisp set. The set comprises: Vol. I: 1774-1789; Vol. II: 1789-1792; Vol. III: 1792-1793; Vol. IV: 1793-1794; Vol. V: 1794-1797; Vol. VI: 1797-1799; Vol. VII: 1799-1801; Vol. VIII: 1801-1804; Vol. IX: 1805-1806; Vol. X: 1806-1807; Vol. XI: 1807-1808: Vol. XII: 1808-1809; Vol. XIII: 1809-1811; Vol. XIV: 1811-1812; Vol. XV: 1812; Vol. XVI: 1812-1813; Vol. XVII: 1813; Vol. XVIII: 1813-1814; Vol. XIX: 1814-1815; Vol. XX: 1815-Index. A SPLENDID SET OF A CORNERSTONE OF ANY NAPOLEONIC COLLECTION. (Book ref. 18730) £660.00
HORSETZKY (A. von), Gen. FERGUSON (K.B), trans.: A Short History of the Chief Campaigns in Europe since 1792. Translated by Lieut. K.B. Ferguson. [First English Edition]
John Murray, 1909 8vo., First English Edition, with 6 folding coloured maps and 25 maps in the text, wanting front free endpaper, half-title and a few leaves spotted, fore edges moderately spotted; original decorative red cloth upper board blocked in gilt, gilt back, gilt top, uncut, backstrip mottled (but all gilt wholly legible), hinges cracked (but binding entirely sound), a good, tight copy. Horsetzky was General Officer commanding the 1st Austro-Hungarian Army Corps and the troops in Cracow. First English edition of a well-known manual of military history. Scarce, (Book ref. 18707) £54.00
GILLIAT-SMITH (E). CALVERT (E) and H. RAILTON, illus.: The Story of Bruges. Illustrated by Edith Calvert and Herbert Railton. [Sixth Impression]. [Mediaeval Towns series]
Dent, 1926 Sm. 8vo., Sixth Impression, with a frontispiece, title in red and black, 5 pedigrees, and very numerous illustrations (a number full-page) in the text; original series binding of light blue and white patterned cloth, upper board and backstrip elaborately blocked and lettered in gilt, blue top, uncut and partially unopened, a near fine copy. First published in Dent's well-known 'Medieval Towns' series in 1901. (Book ref. 18659) £16.00
RED GUIDE. WARD LOCK & Co.: Guide to Switzerland. SPLENDID COPY
Ward Lock & Co., n.d. [c.1955] Sm. 8vo., with a folding coloured map as frontispiece, 38 photographic plates on 24, 4 folding coloured maps and 6 folding town plans in blue and black; original red cloth gilt, gilt back, edges sprinkled in red and blue, radial corners, silk marker, a near fine, virtually spotless copy. Scarce in this conditionWard Lock & Co., n.d. [c.1955] (Book ref. 15916) £26.00
BAEDEKER (K).: Southern France including Corsica. Handbook for Travellers by Karl Baedeker. Sixth Revised Edition. FINAL ENGLISH EDITION
Karl Baedeker, Leipzig, 1914 Sm. 8vo., Sixth Edition, with a folding coloured map as frontispiece, 42 maps (many folding and tinted), 63 plans, a panorama and rear endpaper map; original series binding of red cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in gilt, marbled edges, radial corners, yellow endpapers, two silk markers (red and gold), a remarkably bright, crisp, clean copy. With publisher's catalogue on front endpapers. The final edition in English. Distribution was naturally curtailed by the outbreak of war and the edition was still being issued as late as 1919. Scarce in this condition. Hinrichsen E126, (Book ref. 18596) £40.00
BARETTI (J). ROBERTSON (I), intro.: Journey from London to Genoa. [Introduction by Ian Robertson. Facsimile reissue]
Centaur Press, [Fontwell, Sussex, 1970] 2 vols., in 1, roy. 8vo., with a portrait frontispiece; cloth, a very good, clean copy in the d/w, the latter a little chafed at edges. High quality facsimile reissue of Baretti's original account of 1770, the first eighteenth-century narrative in English of travel in the Peninsula (Book ref. 18489) £60.00
SMITH (F.H): Venice of To-Day
Henry T Thomas, New York NY, 1896 Large folio, First Edition thus, with 20 mounted colour plates (all original tissue guards present) and 21 plates in monochrome; original boards, red leather back, upper board and backstrip lettered in gilt, gilt edges, patterned endpapers, hinges starting as usual (but binding wholly sound), backstrip chipped with minor loss at head and tail, corners lightly worn else a very good, bright copy. Extremely scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 18403) £685.00
BROWN (H.F): Venice. An Historical Sketch of the Republic. THE ORIGINAL EDITION
Percival, 1893 8vo., First Edition, with maps and plans; original cloth, uncut, bckstrip chipped with minor loss at head and tail, corners rubbed else a good, clean copy. A second edition was published in 1895. The first edition is scarce. (Book ref. 18404) £130.00
BERGENROTH, (A von), Baron. CLAY (H.A), trans: Wanderings in Venice. Translated by H. Alexander Clay. DE LUXE EDITION
Schroter, Zurich and Leipsig, 1900 Roy. 8vo., De Luxe Edition, with 70 fine views in photogravure and large woodcuts, some light and innoffensive spotting; original pictorial brown cloth, upper board blocked splendldy and elaborately blocked and lettered in gilt and colours, bevelled boards, gilt edges, endpapers richly decorated in gilt and colours, corners lightly bruised, backstrip mildly sunned else a very good, clean copy of a scarce work. (Book ref. 18402) £168.00
PARIS.: L'Ile Saint-Louis. L'Ile de la Cite. Le Quartier de l'Ancienne Universite. Preface Pierre Gaxotte. Introduction Yvan Christ. Monographies des Hotels, des Eglises, des Colleges Jacques Sylvestre de Sacy, Philippe Siguret. 3500 COPIES WERE PRINTED
L'Edition d'Art H. Piazza, [Alfortville, 1974] Sm. folio, First Edition, with numerous photographs and facsimiles (many double-page or full-page) in the text; red cloth, upper board and backstrip elaborately blocked and lettered in gilt, a near fine copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 3500 COPIES (Book ref. 18198) £60.00
COOK GUIDES. THOMAS COOK & SON. COOK [T].: The Traveller's Handbook to Switzerland including French Savoy and the Italian Lakes. BRIGHT, CLEAN COPY
Simpkin Marshall Hamilton Kent & Co., 1925 Sm. 8vo., First Edition thus, with a large folding coloured map as frontispiece, 2 large folding coloured maps, 7 double-page coloured maps and plans and a full-page coloured map; original series binding of plum limp cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in gilt, red sprinkled edges, radial corners, boards lightly age-marked else a very good, bright, clean copy. With 64pp of trade advertisements at end. Nice copy of the best Thomas Cook traveller's handbook to Switzerland. Uncommon in this condition. (Book ref. 18208) £28.00
LATOUCHE (R). NICHOLSON (J), trans.: Caesar to Charlemagne. The Beginnings of France. Translated by Jennifer Nicholson
Phoenix House, [1968] 8vo., First English Edition, with 195 photographs, 7 maps in the text and pictorial endpapers; pictorial purple cloth gilt, gilt back, purple top, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w, the latter very faintly age-browned on (predominantly white) front and rear panels. First published in Paris in 1965. Scarce in this condtion. (Book ref. 17937) £30.00