Catalogue Number 27

Specializing in Antiquarian Materials about the Indian Ocean Islands and Rim

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This catalogue contains 95 books, 3 articles and booklets, and 14 maps and sea charts. Many other items are available on my website.


1. Alden, Dauril. Charles R. Boxer, an Uncommon Life: Soldier, Historian, Teacher, Collector, Traveller (Lisbon, Fundacao Oriente, 2001). 1st edn, small folio, 8vo, 616 pp, 11 illus, pb. An extraordinary biography of this great historian of the Portuguese empire and Indian Ocean—not to mention linguist, spy, prisoner of war, esteemed collector of rare books, professor, lover, and more. $125

2. Ali, Shanti Sadiq, and R. R. Ramchandani, India and the Western Indian Ocean States: Towards Regional Cooperation in Development (Asia Book Corporation of America, 1982). 1st edn, 8vo, dj. $35

3. Allen, Richard B. European Slave Trading in the Indian Ocean, 1500-1850 (Athens, OH, Ohio UP, 2015). 1st edn, 8vo, 378 pp, 4 maps, one illus, 20 tables, 4 appendices, pictorial soft cover, new. This is a seminal scholarly work in Indian Ocean historiography and, with it, the Ohio University Press inaugurates its new Indian Ocean Studies Series. The text is 220 pp; there are 95 pages of notes and 40 pages of references. The book is SIGNED by the author. $45

4. Amin, Mohamed, D. Willetts, and P. Marshall. Journey through Maldives (Hunter Publications, 1993). 1st edn, folio, 192 pp, profusely illus, dj. A gorgeous book by the late great Kenyan photographer. $25

5. Aminoff, Michael J., M.D. Brown-Sequard: An Improbable Genius who Transformed Medicine (New York, Oxford UP, 2010). 1st edn, 8vo, 356 pp, dj. Charles-Edouard Brown-Sequard (1817-1894) was the Mauritian born physiologist and neurologist, a specialist in the physiology of the spiral cord, and the first to describe what is now called the Brown-Sequard Syndrome. He published over 500 articles and papers and led an extraordinary life back-and-forth between Mauritius, London, Paris, and the United States. He taught at Harvard for several years and from 1878 until his death in 1894 he was Chair of Experimental Medicine at the College de France in Paris. Because of the vast range of his interests and scientific experiments, he was considered by some to be the embodiment of the crazy scientist. In 2016 there was an exhibition devoted to his life and work at the very fine Blue Penney Museum in Port Louis. On the one hand he is considered “the most famous Mauritian” and on the other, because of his friendship with Robert Louis Stevenson in London, some have suggested he was the inspiration for the double personality of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

6. Antoine, Mico and Stephen Pendleton. Indian Ocean Islands History and Philately of Rodrigues, Agalega, St. Brandon, Zes and Iles Esparses (Stephen Pendleton, 2005). 1st edn, 8vo, 80 pp, illus, pictorial soft cover. $65

7. Arkhurst, Frederick S., ed. U.S. Policy Toward Africa (New York, Praeger, 1975). 1st edn, 8vo, 259 pp, 27 tables, map, pb. There are six major papers plus scholarly comments, initially presented at seminars sponsored by the Phelps-Stokes Fund—a USA foundation primarily focused on relations between Africa and America. $15

8. Armstrong, Patrick. Under the Blue Vault of Heaven: A Study of Charles Darwin’s Sojourn in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Perth, Indian Ocean Centre for Peace Studies, 1991). 1st edn, 8vo, ix., 120 pp, illus. $60

9. Beazley, Kim C. and Ian Clark. Politics of Intrusion: the Super Powers and the Indian Ocean (Sydney, Alternative Publishing Cooperative, 1979). 1st edn, 8vo, ix, 148 pp, map, worn dj. $35

10. Benoit, Gaetan. The Afro-Mauritians: An Essay (Moka, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, 1985). 1st edn, 8vo, 105 pp, pictorial soft cover. Warm INSCRIPTION (“What need we teach the Afro-Mauritian…Nothing! Let Africanity within him speak to him. It has so much to say to him.”) by the author to Ken McPherson, the fine Indian Ocean historian. $75

11. Berneron-Couvenhes, Marie-Francaise. Les Messageries Maritimes: L’Esssor d’une grande compagnie de navigation francaise, 1851-1894 (Paris, PUPS, 2007). 1st edn, 8vo, 839 pp, b/w and color illus, maps, pictorial soft cover. A seminal history of this great French shipping company to the Indian Ocean and beyond. $100

12. Berridge, G. R. The Politics of the South Africa Run: European Shipping and Pretoria (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1987). 1st edn, 8vo, 254 pp, 11 appendices, two tables, dj, as ne. $10

13. Bertuchi, A. J. The Island of Rodriguez: A British Colony in the Mascarenhas Group (London, John Murray, 1923). 1st edn, 8vo, 117 pp, 47 photos, folding map. Ex-library with the only mark being the remnants of a label inside the back cover. $150

14. Beuys, Joseph. Difesa della Natura; Diary of Seychelles (Milan, Charta, 1996). 1st edn, 8vo, 144 pp, 79 illus, ex-lib, rebound, text in English and Italian. $75

15. Mrs. (Anne) Brassey, Around the World in the Yacht ‘Sunbeam’ : Our Home on the Ocean for Eleven Months (New York, Henry Holt, 1879). 479 pp, 23 illus, folding map showing the entire route, gilt drawings and lettering on both spine and cover, cover quite worn. Pages 370-377, Macao to Singapore; 378-387, Singapore; 388-391, Malacca and Penang; 395-411, Ceylon; 412-423, crossing the IO to Aden; 424-439, through the Red Sea to Cairo and Alexandria. I also have an identical copy dated 1880, also with a worn cover. Either copy, $10

16. Bruce, Sir Charles. Milestones on my Long Journey: Memories of a Colonial Governor (Glasgow, Robert Maclehose, 1917). 1st edn, 8vo, 254 pp, b/w illus. Pages 47-90 as Governor of Mauritius. $100

17. Bullen, Frank T. The Cruise of the “Cachalot” Round the World After Sperm Whales (London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1898). 1st edn, xx, 379 pp, folding map, 8 illus, original boards with gilt spine lettering and decorative gilt sperm whale on front cover. The true first edition of this classic of the whaling literature. Kipling wrote, “I’ve never read anything that equals it in its deep sea wonder and mystery.” Pages 76-115 are in the Indian Ocean including, the Cape, Mozambique Channel, Comoros, Aldabra, Cosmoledo, Seychelles, and East Indies. $375

18. Camoens, Luis de. The Lusiads: or, The Discovery of India. An Epic Poem. Translated from the original Portuguese by William Julius Mickle (London, T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, in the Strand, 1798. Two vols. 3rd edn, 8vo. Vol. 1, cccli, 146 pp, folding map of da Gama’s epic voyage; vole 2, 444 pp. Both volumes in ½ leather, gilt stamped decorative spine with lettering and number, somewhat worn. This is the great Portuguese epic poem with 351 pages on the history of the discoveries, the rise and fall of the Portuguese in the East, the life of Luis de Camoens, and the Lusiad and epic poetry; plus the poem itself of over 600 pp with annotations and explanations. A seminal Portuguese work; and….

Hart, Henry H. Luis de Camoens and the Epic of the Lusiads (Norman, Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1962). 1st edn, 8vo, 335 pp, 4 plates, dj. INSCRIBED by the author; and

Both items for $300

19. Carpenter, Frank G. Java and the East Indies: Java, Sumatra, Celebes, The Moluccas. New Guinea, Borneo, and the Malay Peninsula (Garden City, NY, Doubleday, Page & Co., 1923). 1st edn, 8vo, 280 pp, 125 illus, two folding maps, gilt cover quite worn, ex-lib. $10

20. Chambers, Paul. A Sheltered Life: The Unexpected History of the Giant Tortoise (Oxford UP, 2005). 1st paperback edn, 8vo, 305 pp, photos and illus, pictorial soft cover, as new. $25

21. Cheke, Anthony and Julian Hume, Lost Land of the Dodo: An Ecological History of Mauritius, Reunion & Rodrigues (New Haven, Yale UP, 2008). 1st edn, 8vo, 464 pp, dj, new. Lavishly illustrated with maps, drawings, color photos, and prints covering the entire ecological history of the Mascarenes. A gorgeous scholarly book. $30

22. Chin, Lim Huck and Fernadao Jorge. Malacca: Voices from the Street (Malacca, Chin, 2006). 1st edn, 8vo, 366 pp, color photos and map, dj. An illustrated history, gazetteer, and guide to this historic Indian Ocean city, organized by major streets and districts. $150.

23. Chippendale, Harry Allen. Sails and Whales (Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1951). 1st edn, 8vo, 232 pp, worn dj. Pages 63-71, Kerguelen; 107-132, Madagascar, Mauritius and Southwest IO. $25

24. Cottrell, Alvin J. and R. M. Burrell, eds. The Indian Ocean: Its Political, Economic, and Military Importance (New York, Praeger, 1973). 1st edn, 2nd printing, 8vo, 433 pp, 21 tables, map. This book is comprised of 23 scholarly essays by IO specialists presented at a conference hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, in March 1971. The great Indian Ocean scholar, Auguste Toussaint from Mauritius, was the keynote speaker. $20

25. Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, vol. 13. Part 4 (November 1996). 1st edn, 8vo, pp. 181-243, six full-page color plates and other drawings, pictorial paper cover, as new. The entire issue is on the botanical history of the Mascarene Islands with the four main essays by Wendy Strahm who lived in Mauritius from 1982-1993 directing a WWF/IUCN project on the threatened plants of the Mascarenes. The colored plates are of six of the most endangered plants. A gorgeous issue. $25

26. De Grandpre, L. A Voyage in the Indian Ocean and to Bengal, Undertaken in the Year 1790: containing an Account of the Sechelles-Islands and Trincomale, The Character and Arts of the People of India; with some remarkable religious rites of the inhabitants of Bengal. To Which is added a Voyage in the Red Sea; including a description of Mocha, and of the Trade of the Arabs of Yemen (Brattleborough, VT, William Fessenden, 1814). 2nd USA edn (1st, 1803), 12mo, 311 pp, water stains on a few pages, some foxing, professionally repaired original leather boards. Pages 3-14 Seychelles—one of the earliest descriptions of the islands; 34-47 Trincomale; 17-23, 56-114, the French in India, primarily Pondichery; 114-127 Madras; 128-202, Calcutta and Bengal; 208-213 Cochin; 216-296, Mocha and Arabia. $225

27. D’Unienville, Noel. L’Ile Maurice et sa civilization (Paris, Durassie, 1949). 1st edn, 8vo, illus. Limited edition of 350 copies. $200

28. D’Unienville, Raymond. Malartic (Port Louis, National Library of Mauritius, 2006). 1st edn, 8vo, 482 pp, dj. Biography of the French Officer, Anne-Joseph-Hippolyte de Maures du Malartic (1730-1800). $100

29. D’Unienville, Raymond. Henry Koenig letters, plaidoyers et discours (Port Louis, MSM Ltd., 2002). 1st edn, 8vo, 578 pp, illus. $100

30. Dayer, Louis. Les iles Seychelles: Esquisse historique (Sion, Editions Dela Matze, 1974). 2nd edn, 8vo. $35

31. De Sornay, Pierre. La climat et la canne a sucre (Port Louis, General Printing and Stationary, 1941). 1st edn, 209 pp, 5 maps in color, over 100 charts, and graphs, French text, the cover and esp. the spine are chipped. De Sornay was a leading chemist, agronomist, and scientist of tropical agriculture. He pioneered the intercropping of sugar with legumes to prevent the growth of weeds and to aid in the retention of soluble salts which might otherwise wash away in the rain. In this scholarly study he compared the climate in Nosy Be, Madagascar with that in Mauritius, to see how the climate affected the composition of sugar cane from 1930-1939. De Sornay undertook this work in collaboration with Marc Herchenroder, assistant Director of the Royal Albert Observatory, Mauritius. $150

32. Desmarais, Nadia. La Francais a L’Ile Maurice: Dictionnaire des terms mauriciens (Port Louis, Impr.
Commerciale, 1969). 1st edn, 8vo, 99 pp, numerous illus by Monique Raffray; preface by Marc Blancpain. $75

33. Dinan, Monique. The Mauritian Kaleidoscope: Language and Religion (Port Louis, Best Graphics, 1986). 1st edn, 8vo, 76 pp, pictorial soft cover. $35

34. Dossal, Mariam. Imperial Design and Indian Realities: The Planning of Bombay City 1845-1875 (Oxford UP, 1991). 1st edn, 8vo, 251 pp, plates, folding map, pictorial soft cover. $60

35. Downes, Max. First Visitors to Heard Island (Kingston, Tasmania, Australian Antarctic Division Research Note #104, 2002). 1st edn, 8vo, 70 pp, illus, maps. $65

36. Dussercle, R. P. Roger. L’Ile d’Aigle. Naufrage de la barque Diego 20 juin 1935 (Port Louis, General Printing, 1936). 1st edn, 8vo, 304 pp, folding map, 3 drawings, no. 62 of an edition of 250 copies only. Certainly the only book ever written about the small Creole settlement on L’Ile d’Aigle in the Chagos archipelago. Dussercle was born in Normandy in 1902 and went to Mauritius in 1927 and remained there until 1950 as a missionary for the Holy Ghost congregation. He wrote several books about his trips to Agalega and the Chagos islands—books published in tiny editions that are highly sought. This copy has been INSCRIBED by the author. $225

37. Duyker, Edward. Dumont d’Urville, Explorer & Polymath (Univ. of Hawaii Press, 2015). 1st edn, 8vo, 664 pp, 70 photos and maps, dj. A long awaited biography of the great French explorer and scientist (1790-1842), often considered France’s Captain Cook. $60

38. Duyker, Edward, ed. Mauritian Heritage: An Anthology of the Lionnet, Commins and Related Families (Victoria, Australia Mauritius Research Group, 1986). 1st edn (one of a numbered edition of 1,000), 368 pp, 190 illus, 7 appendices, folding table, dj. $100

39. Emrith, Moomtaz. History of the Muslims in Mauritius (Vacaos, Editions Le Printemps, 1994). 2nd edn, 8vo, pictorial soft cover. $50

40. Ferguson, Robert. Harpooner: A Four-Year Voyage on the Barque Kathleen 1880-1884; edited by Leslie Dalrymple Stair; Illus. by Paul Quinn (Philadelphia, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Press, 1936). 1st edn 8vo, illus, endpaper map. From April 1881-February 1882, the ship was whaling in the Indian Ocean including: Europa, Comoros, Bird Island, Aldabra, Zanzibar, off the Cape and Madagascar. $45

41. Ferrari, Maxime. Sunshine and Shadows: A Personal Story (London, Minerva, 1999). 1st edn, 8vo, 523 pp, pictorial soft cover. SIGNED by the author. $75

42. Filliot, J.-M. La Traite des Esclaves vers Les Mascareignes au XVIII siècle (Paris, Ostrom, 1974). 1st edn, 8vo, 273 pp, 63 maps and illus. $175

43. Foo, Vincent H. K. Sarawak: Mini Episodes of the Past (Kuching, Sarawak, Leon Stationary Service, 2006). 1st edn, 8vo, 181 pp, profusely illus with b/w photos, map, pictorial soft cover, new. Comprised of 21 scholarly articles on Sarawak history. $30

44. Furtado, J. V. Bombay the Beautiful (Bombay, Thacker’s Press, 1957). 1st edn, 8vo, 152 pp, illus, large folding map in pocket, dust wrapper. $125

45. Gray, Howard. Christmas Island—Naturally: the natural history of an isolated oceanic island, the Australian Territory of Christmas Island, Indian Ocean (Geraldton, Western Australia, published by the author, 1981). 1st edn, oblong 8vo, 132 pp, profusely illus, dj. SIGNED by the author. $45

46. Green, Lawrence G. Harbours of Memory (Cape Town, Howard Timmins, 1969). 1st edn, 8vo, 255 pp, 5 illus, dj. A book largely on IO harbors: pages 1-40, Cape Town; 41-53 Simon’s Bay; 61-80 Mossel Bay; 81-90 Port Elizabeth; 91-101 Port Alfred; 102-110 East London; 111-128 Wild Coast; 129-136 Durban; 137-151 Lourenco Marques, Beira, Mozambique Island; 152-159 Dar es Salam; 160-173 Port Louis, Mauritius. $15

47. Green, Lawrence G. Tavern of the Seas (Cape Town, Howard Timmins, n.d. but 1947). 1st edn, 8vo, 205 pp, 13 illus, endpaper map, worn dj. A colorful history of Cape Town. $15

48. Grottanelli, V. L. Pescatori dell’oceano Indiano (Roma, Cremonese, 1955). 1st edn, 8vo, xxi, 409 pp, 109 illus, 4 appendices, dj, Italian text. A rare scientific study of IO fisheries. $125

49. Gunaratna, Rohan and Mustag Hussain. The Maldives: Home of the Children of the Sea (Male, Novelty Printers, 1990). 1st edn, 8vo, 108 pp, colored illus, maps, pictorial soft cover. $35

50. Hachisuka, Masuiji. The Dodo and Kindred Birds: The Extinct Birds of the Mascarene Islands (London, H. F. & G. Witherby, LTD., 1953). 1st edn, 4to, xvi + 250 pp, 22 full-page plates, eleven in color; 35 drawings, teg, small gilt vignette of dodo on cover and gilt lettering on spine, dj. A celebrated work on the dodos of Mauritius and Reunion, the solitaire of Rodrigues and Reunion, and various other extinct birds of the Mascarenes. This is one of the three great books on the dodo (the others Strickland, 1848; and Owen, 1866) and is sought by collectors and research institutions. The book was published in a limited edition of 485; this is number 8. It is also the only copy I have ever seen with a dust jacket, and it has been protected by a mylar archival book jacket cover. $2,000

51. Hart, Robert-Edward. The Poet of the Indian Ocean (Portland, ME, The Mosher Press, 1937). 1st edn, 8vo, 29 pp, b/w illus, partially uncut, gray boards with paper label; translated by Edna Worthley Underwood. $45

52. Hirth, H. and A. Carr. The Green Turtle in the Gulf of Aden and the Seychelles Islands (Amsterdam, North-Holland Publishing Co., 1970). 1st edn, 8vo, 44 pp, 7 plates. $40

53. Horsburgh, James. The India Directory, Or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America: Originally Compiled from the Journals of the Honourable Company’s Ships and from Observations and Remarks, Resulting from the Experience of Twenty-one Years in the Navigation of those Seas (London, Wm. H Allen & Co., 1852). 6th edn, 4to, two volumes. Vol. 1, xii + xxxiv + 622 pp + a 26 page index; vol. 2 xii + 846 pp + a 32 pp index. . The two volumes are bound together. This is an unusual copy of this wonderful book—the standard reference book for sailing to the East in the nineteenth century. It has been “to sea”. The original boards are covered by a canvas that has been hand-stitched on to protect the book from sea and salt. There is one blank page full of hand-written notes dated 8/18/69 about where whales might be found. The exterior canvas is worn and torn. There are a few pages at the beginning and end that are wrinkled. The hinges are cracking but the book is intact. There are about 12 pages in the very center of the book that have some worming at the very top and very bottom of the page with no loss. The book is tight; the paper is excellent and the pages are clean with no foxing. Tucked between pages 586-587 in volume two is a 4-page religious tract from Dublin called, “Your Name in the Will” which I will leave to your imagination. If you wish to know how many pages are devoted to your favorite country, or island, or port, etc. just ask. $500

54. Howarth, David. Dhows (London, Quartet Books, 1977). 1st edn, 4to, 159 pp, profusely illus with color and b/w photos, dj. $50 I also have a SIGNED copy for $100

55. Hoyt, Sarnia Hayes. Old Penang (Singapore, Oxford UP, 1991) 1st edn, 12 mo, xi, 97 pp, 17 color and 25 b/w illus, pictorial hard cover. $40

56. Jagatsingh, Kher. Petals of Dust (Port Louis, 1981). 1st edn, 8vo, 220 pp, pictorial paper cover. Jagatsingh was a senior government minister and a close friend of Prime Minister Dr. S. Ramgoolam. This is a collection of 63 articles and speeches from 1957-1981 providing a good source of information on the pre- and post- independence debates in Mauritius. $60

57. Jehle, Michael A. From Brant Point to the Boxa Tigris: Nantucket and the China Trade (Nantucket, Nantucket Historical Association, 1994). 1st edn, tall 8vo, 107 pp, b/w and color illus, pictorial soft cover. Catalogue from a 1994 exhibition at the Nantucket Whaling Museum; a lovely book. $25

58. Jugnauth, Aneerood. Peace, Development and Self Reliance, 1982-1985 (Rose Hill, EOI, 1986). 1st edn, 8vo, 81 pp, pb. A book by the past and current Prime Minister of Mauritius. $25

59. Kennedy, Vice-Admiral William Kennedy, K.C.B. Hurrah for the Life of a Sailor! Fifty Years in the Royal Navy (Everleigh Nash, 1910). 2nd edn (1st 1900), 8vo, 312pp, illus. This book is a reading copy only as it has water stains on the front cover, last few pages, and fore edges. But it is a presentation copy SIGNED by the author. There are sections on Mauritius, Mozambique Channel and East Africa, Johanna, Madagascar, Seychelles, Ceylon, India, and the Persian Gulf $45

60. Le Conte, Louis. Le retour. Impressions d’un poilu mauricien reentrant dans ses foyers après la grande guerre. (Paris, Librairie Jouve, 1925). 1st edn, 8vo, 48 pp, 1 photo. $60

61. Le Gentil, G. and J. Saramago. Histoire tragico-maritimes—Trois naufrages portugais au XVI siècle (Paris, Chandeigne, 1998). 1st edn, 8vo, 219 pp, illus, dj. $65

62. Lenk, Karl., edited by R. S. Lenk. The Mauritius Affair: The Boat People of 1940/41 (Brighton, R. S. Lenk, 1993). 1st edn, 8vo, 128 pp, profusely illus. One of an edition of 250 copies SIGNED by R. S. Lenk. This is the story of a group of European Jews, denied entry into Palestine, making their way to Mauritius. $50

63. Livezey, B. C. An ecomorphological review of the Dodo (Raphus cucullatus) and Solitaire (Pezohaps solitaria), flightless Columbiformes of the Mascarene Islands, disbound from Journal of the Zoological Society of London (1993), 46 pp, 4 figs, 1 plates; plus T. G. Brom and T. G. Prins, Microscopic investigation of feather remains from the head of the Oxford Dodo, Raphus cucullatus, disbound from same journal (1989), 14 pp, 7 plates. $75

64. Lorence, David H. and Reginald E. Vaughan. Annotated Bibliography of Mascarene Plant Life (Kauai, Hawaii, National Tropical Botanical Garden, 1992). 1st edn, 8vo, 274 pp, illus, dj. $40

65. Loustau-Lalanne, Philippe. Land Birds of the Granitic Islands of the Seychelles (Mahe, Government Printer, Occasional Publication No. 1 of the Seychelles Society, 1962). 1st edn, 8vo, 32 pp, illus, pictorial soft cover. $30

66. Ly Tio Fane, Madeleine. Pierre Sonnerat (1748-1814) An Account of his Life and Work (Cassis, IPC, 1976). 1st edn, 8vo, 157 pp, 32 figures, pictorial soft cover. A magnificent scholarly work on the French naturalist and his work in Madagascar, the Mascarenes, the Indian Ocean, and the East Indies. Pierre Poivre, who introduced spices to Mauritius and Seychelles, was Sonnerat’s godfather. $175

67. Ly Tio Fane Pineo, Huguette. La Diaspora Chinoise dans l’Ocean Indien Occidental (Aix-en-Provence, Institut d’Histoire des Pay d’Outre-Mer, 1981). 1st edn, 8vo, 408 pp, illus, pictorial soft cover. $75

68. McAteer, William. Echoes of Eden: A Collection of Historical Essays on the Seychelles (Mahe, Seychelles, Pristine, 2014). 1st edn, 4to, 280 pp, 180 illus, largely in color, ads, pictorial hard cover, new. This is a book of over 50 essays–47 by McAteer and eight by guest writers–covering a wide variety of unusual historical stories about Seychelles. Many of these essays were previously published in Silhouette, the in-flight magazine of Air Seychelles. McAteer is the noted author of a three-volume trilogy on the history of Seychelles and this is a lovely addition to Seychelles historiography. $95

69. McAteer, William. This is an offer for McAteer’s three-volume: The History of Seychelles from Discovery to Independence, presented in a boxed presentation case. Vol. 1, Rivals in Eden: The History of Seychelles 1742-1827 (Mahe, Pristine, 1991; revised 2001; reprinted 2008). 1st edn, 8vo, 314 pp, 4 maps, 40 illus, endpaper illus, dj; Vol. 2, Hard Times in Paradise: The History of Seychelles 1827-1919 (Mahe, Pristine, 2000; reprinted 2008), 1st edn, 8vo, 322 pp, 43 illus, map, endpaper illus, dj; Vol. 3. To Be a Nation, The History of Seychelles 1920-1976 (Mahe, Pristine, 2008). 1st edn, 8vo, 477 pp, 5 maps, 39 illus, endpaper illus, dj. All the books are new. $150

70. Milon, Philippe, Jean-Jacques Petter & Georges Randrianasolo. Faune de Madagascar XXXV Oiseaux (Paris, CNRS, and Tananarive, ORSTOM, 1973). Two volumes, 1st edn, tall 8vo, pictorial soft cover. Vol. 1, 263 pp with illustrations from line drawings, a map, and the bookplate of the famous ornithologist S. Dillon Ripley 2nd, who was also Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1964-1984. Vol. II. Planches. 18 full-page plates (17 in color) of well over 200 birds. $75

71. Mordaunt, Elinor. Sinabada (Lady King) The Autobiography of Elinor Mordaunt (New York, The Greystone Press, 1938). 1st edn, 8vo, 377 pp, frontis photo, drawings by author, chipped dj. Mordaunt (1872-1942) was an English writer of novels and short stories. She also lived abroad a great deal and wrote about her travels to the Indian Ocean, Australia, and the Pacific. From 1897-1901 she lived in Mauritius and had a brief marriage there to Maurice Wiehe, a sugar planter. $30

72. Mutibwa, P. M. The Malagasy and the Europeans: Madagascar’s Foreign Relations 1861-1895 (Atlantic Highlands, NJ, Humanities Press, 1974). 1st edn, 8vo, 411 pp, 6 maps, b/w photos, dj. $20

73. Naipaul, V. S. The Overcrowded Barracoon and other Other Articles (New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1973). 1st edn, 8vo, 286 pp, fine dj. Naipaul was born in Trinadad in 1932, educated at Oxford, and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. His essay, “The Overcrowded Barracoon,” pp. 255-286 is about Mauritius. This book is SIGNED by the author. $75. I also have a paperback copy (Vintage, 1973) of this same book for $10

74. Namboodiri, P. K. S. and J. P. Anand, and Sreedhar. Intervention in the Indian Ocean (New Delhi, ABC Publishing House, 1982). 1st edn, 8vo, 361 pp, 3 maps, dj. This books assesses external interventions in all the countries and territories of the Western IO. $20

75. North-Coombes, Alfred, ed. La Decouverte des Mascareignes par les Arabes et les Portugais: retrospective et muse au point (Port Louis, Mauritius Printing, 1994). 2nd edn (1st , 1979), 8vo, 175 pp, 14 plates, pictorial soft cover. $50

76. North-Coombes, Alfred. The Island of Rodrigues (Port Louis, 2002). 2nd edn (1st 1971), 8vo, 337 pp, 17 illus, 3 maps, hard cover. as new. In retirement, North-Coombes wrote this definitive history of Rodrigues where he had been going regularly since 1937, including military duty in 1942-43. INSCRIBED by North-Coombes’s daughter. $50

77. Ondaatje, Michael. The Cat’s Table (New York, Alfred Knopf, 2001). 1st edn, 8vo, dj. A marvelous and enchanting coming of age story set on a 1950s passenger liner traveling from Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) to England. SIGNED by this fine Sri Lankan writer. $35

78. Paturau, J. Maurice. Agents secrets mauriciens en France, 1940-1945 (Port Louis, Best Graphics, n.d., but 1995). 1st edn, 8vo, 123 pp, 27 b/w photos, drawings of various explosives, French text, pictorial soft cover. Paturau was born in Mauritius in 1916 and studied to become a mechanical and aeronautical engineer. He enlisted in the French army in 1939 and made his way, via Morocco, Spain, and Gibraltar, to Great Britain where he enlisted in the Free French Air Force in 1941. He was detached to the RAF where he trained in navigation, parachuting, astro-navigation, and bombardier. As a navigator with Groupe Lorraine he took part in campaigns in Libya, Syria, Palestine, and Egypt as a specialist in low-flight operations. He flew in over 80 missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross from the British and the Compagnon de la Liberation from the French. Back in Mauritius after the war, he had a prominent career in the sugar industry and in politics. This book is a study of 14 Franco-Mauritians (12 men and 2 women) who were recruited by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) for special clandestine missions in France against the German occupation. A rare Mauritius and World War Two item. $100

79. Paturau, Maurice. Histoire economique de l’ile Maurice (Port Louis, Henry and Co., 1988). 1st edn, 8vo, 304 pp, numerous photos, maps, tables and statistics. The first book on the history of the Mauritian economy by a former
Government minister and private sector leader. There is an appendix on the notes and coins used since the French period and photocopies of various payment notes. $100

80. Pfeiffer, Ida. A Lady’s Voyage round the World (New York, Harper & Bros. 1852). 1st English edn, 8vo, 302 pp, worn original boards, small chips at top of spine, text clean and tight with some foxing. Pages 81-95 Singapore, 96-109 Ceylon, 110-188 India. Also includes Brazil, Tahiti, China, Persia, Armenia, Georgia, Black Sea, Constantinople and Athens. $25

81. Raven-Hart, Major R. Before Van Riebeeck: Callers at South Africa from 1488-1652 (Cape Town, C. Struik, 1967). 1st edn, 8vo, 216 pp, 19 illustrations reproducing maps, charts and drawings from this period, small library markings. Shorts bios of, and excerpts from, 153 travelers to South Africa from Bartholomeu Dias (1488) to Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1649). $25

82. Scholberg, Henry. Bibliography of the French in India/Bibliographie des Francais dans L’Inde (Pondicherry, Historical Society of Pondicherry, 1973). 1st edn, 8vo, 216 pp, dj. Bilingual in French and English; covers all the French enclaves in India. $45

83. Sen, Tan Ta. Cheng Ho and Malacca (Singapore and Malacca, Cheng Ho Cultural Museum and International Zheng He Society, n.d. ca. 2007). 1st edn, 8vo, 102 pp. profusely illus, maps, pictorial soft cover, new. An extraordinary scholarly study of Cheng Ho’s seven voyages in the 15th century westward to Malacca, India, Arabia, and East Africa with tables, maps, and charts showing the routes of each voyage. $100

84. Smith, Ian. G. G. The Taylor Smith Story (Canterbury, UK, Achievements, 1996). 1st edn, 8vo, 153 pp, illus, dj. The history of a company begun in 19th century Mauritius to provide port services and dry-dock facilities for ships crossing the Indian Ocean; in the 21st century Taylor Smith has broadened its activities into property management and manufacturing. $100

85. Snow, Philip. The Star Raft: China’s Encounter with Africa (Ithaca, Cornell UP, 1988). 1st edn, 8vo, 250 pp, 45 illus, 5 maps, pictorial soft cover. Traces China across the Indian Ocean from Zheng He in the 15th century to the 1980s. $15

86. Sonnerat, Pierre. Nouveau Voyage Aux Indes Orientales (1786-1813) (Pondicherry, French Institute of Pondicherry, 2010. 1st edn thus, 8vo, 420 pp, illus, pictorial soft cover, as new. Texte etabli et annote par Jean Deloche et Madeleine Ly-Tio-Fane. $45

87. Stoddard, John L. John L. Stoddard’s Lectures illustrated and embellished with views of the world’s famous places and people, being the identical discourses delivered during the past eighteen years….(Boston, Balch Bros., 1898). 1st edn, 8vo, 335 pp, b/w photos and illustrations on nearly every page. Marbled boards, spine chipped top and bottom. This is volume 4 of 10 volumes. This volume is primarily on India. Pages 1-46, Ceylon; 47-225, India; 229-335, The Passion Play in Bavaria. $15

88. Swettenham, Sir Frank. Also and Perhaps (London, John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1912). 1st edn, 8vo, 302 pp, 3 plates, gilt lettering and decoration on spine and front board. Swettenham was the first Resident Governor of the Federated Malay States; and was the Chairman of the 1909 Royal Commission to Report on the Finances of Mauritius. Pages 143-214 are on Mauritius; 215-226 on Reunion. $75

89. Tate, D. J. M., compiler. Rajah Brooke’s Borneo: The Nineteenth Century World of Pirates and Head-hunters, Orang Utan and Hornbills, and other such rarities as seen through THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS and other contemporary sources (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, Falcon Press, 1997). Reprint on 1988 1st edn, oblong 8vo, 130 pp, 7 color plates, b/w photos, maps, and drawings on nearly every page, pictorial soft cover, as new. $30

90. Titmuss, Richard M., and Brian Abel-Smith assisted by Tony Lynes. Social Policies and Population Growth in Mauritius: Report to the Governor of Mauritius (London, Frank Cass & Co, 1968). New impression of 1961 1st edn, 8vo, 308 pp, 46 tables and diagrams, dj. $15
91. Varma, Moonindra Nath. The Struggle of Dr. Ramgoolam (Port Louis, Luxmi Printing, 1975). 1st edn, 8vo, 235 pp, pictorial soft cover. Warmly INSCRIBED by Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, who was then Prime Minister of Mauritius. $90

92. Virahsawmy, Dev. Flame Tree Lane / Lenpas Flanbwayan (London, Pink Pidgeon Press, 2012). 1st edn, 8vo, 163 pp, pictorial soft cover, new. This book publishes Virawsawmy’s novella both in Kreol Morisien, and in an English translation by Professor Shawkat Toorawa from Yale University. Pages 105-160 comprise a bibliography of Virahsawmy’s literary works; he is a leading creative writer in Mauritius, and an ardent proponent of Kreol Morisien. $15

93. Waugh, Alec. Hot Countries (New York, The Literary Guild, 1930). 1st edn thus, 304 pp, b/w woodcuts by Lynd Ward including front and rear hard cover. Pages 165-175, Ceylon; 160-163, 175-181. Penang and Singapore. $5

94. Waugh, Alec. Where the Clocks Strike Twice (New York, Farrar, Straus and Young, 1951), 1st edn, 8vo, 311 pp, ragged dj, some cracking to front spine. Pages 101-233 Seychelles; 234-259 Ceylon; 260-283 Bagdad and Damascus. $20

95. Wenban-Smith, Nigel, and Marina Carter. The Chagos: a History – exploration, exploitation, expulsion (Chagos Conservation Trust, Sandy, UK, 2016). 560 pp, 87 illustrations (52 color), 26 tables, 16 maps, hard cover. This is a new scholarly work, covering the origins of the Chagos Archipelago, its discovery, and its utilization up to 1973, by which time it had become known as the British Indian Ocean Territory, reserved for the development of defense facilities by the USA. Carter is an historian and the author of several fine books on Mauritius; Wenban-Smith was the Commissioner for the BIOT from 1982-1985 during which time he realized how little was known about the earlier human and ecological history of the Chagos. Hence this impressive volume. $100


96. Miles, William. Britain, France and the Dual Colonial Inheritance of Mauritius: Mauritian Decolonization in Comparative Perspective (Port Louis, The Hassam Toorawa Trust Occasional Paper 8, 2008). 1st edn, 8vo, vii, 29 pp, pictorial soft cover, new. $10

97. Pintado, Father Manuel Joachim. Portugal’s Christian Policy in its Drive to the East and the Case of Malacca (Lisbon, Agencia General do Ultramar, 1957). 22 page pamphlet; SIGNED by Father Pintado. $35

98. Wentzel, Volkmar. Mozambique: Land of the Good People, from National Geographic, vol. 126, no. 2 (August 1964), 196-231, with 40 color photos and a full-page map. The entire issue is supplied. $10

MAPS: (SCANS can be provided for ALL maps)

99. Bellin, Jacques Nicolas. Isle de Madagascar autrement Isle de St. Laurent (Paris, 1747). 11 ¼ x 9 ¼ inches, with compass rose, rhumb lines, ruled edges, later hand color. $100

100. Bellin, Jacques Nicolas. Carte de La Coste Orientale d’Afrique Depuis le Cap de Bonne Esperance Jusqu’au Cap del Gada, from Prevost, Histoire Generale des Voyages, vol. 1 (Paris, c. 1750). Copperplate engraving, 9 ¾ x 8 ¾ inches, compass rose, decorative cartouche, later hand color. $75. I also have a b/w copy for $40.

101. Bonne, Rigobert. Carte de la Partie Inferieure de L’Inde en Deca du Gange contenant L’Isle de Ceylan, Les Cotes de Malabar et de Coromandel…(Paris, c. 1781). Copperplate engraving, 12 ½ c 8 ¼ inches, outline color. Also includes Maldives, Laquedives, Nicobar, Andamans, and vector lines charting the annual monsoons. $75

102. Bonne, Rigobert. Le Royaume d’Adel, les Cotes d’Ajan et de Zanguebar, avec les Etats Qu’elles comprennent (Paris, 1780). Copperplate engraving, 13 ½ x 9 ¼ inches, later hand color. Includes East Coast of Africa from Northern Mozambique to the Red Sea plus the Comores, the Seychelles, Socotra, Zanzibar, Pemba. $100

103. Bonne, Rigobert. Carte de Canal de Mosambique continent L’Isle de Madagascar avec les Cotes d’Afrique depuis le Cap de Bonne Esperance jusqu’a Melinde. (Paris, Copperplate engraving, 12 ¼ x 8 ¼ inches, outline color. Includes Madagascar, Bourbon, Isle de France, Comores, and East Africa/Mozambique/South African coast. There is also an inset map of the Cape of Good Hope as far north as St.Helen’s Baay and inland to Stellen bose and Frans Hoeck. $100

104. Coronelli, Vincenzo Maria. Isola di Madagascar o di S. Lorenzo…(Venice, c. 1690). 24 x 18 inches, two elaborate ribbon cartouches, outline color. One of the most beautiful maps of Madagascar including the Comoros, Reunion, and the Coast of Mozambique from this greatest Venetian map-maker. $1,200

105. De Mannevillette, Jean-Baptiste. Carte Reduite de l’Ocean Oriental, depuis le Cap de Bonne Esperance jusqu’a a Japon (Paris, 1771). 22x 33 inches, hand colored. This is the revised 1771 edition of De Mannevillette’s chart of the Indian Ocean from his Neptune Orientale. This large format map of the Indian Ocean is the most detailed and accurate chart from the second half of the 18th century. It embraces the entire IO from the Cape of Good Hope in the West to nearly half of Australia in the East. From 1762 onward, De Mannevillette—a famous French sailor and hydrographer—was director of an office established by the Compagnie des Indes for the publication of charts. This highly accurate and detailed chart represents a careful compilation from French, Dutch, Portuguese, and English sources. $2,750

106. Goos, Pieter. Pascaerte van’t Westelycke Deel van Oost Indien, van Cabo de Bona Esperanca, tot C. Comorin (Amsterdam, 1660). 21 x 17 inches, hand colored. This is a detailed decorative map of the Indian Ocean with north oriented to the left. Includes East Coast of Africa, Arabia, Malabar Coast of India, Madagascar, Seychelles, Maldives, Mascarenes, Diego Garcia and the Chagos, etc. There are two sailing ships, a compass rose, rhumb lines, and a mileage scale with Dutch, Spanish, and English distances in nautical miles. This map was published when the Dutch (VOC) were the leading European power throughout the IO region. A gorgeous map. $4,500

107. Mallet, Alain Manesson. Isle de Ceylan, from his Description de l’Univers (Paris, 1683). Copperplate engraving, 6 x 4 inches, later hand color. Includes Southern India, sailing ships, ribbon cartouche, accompanying text verso. $100

108. Mallet, Alain Manesson. Colombo et Gale, from his Description de l’Univers (Paris, 1683). Copperplate engraving, 6 x 4 ½ inches, later hand color, accompanying text verso. Includes a birds-eye view of Colombo and a sea front view of the fort and harbor of Gale, both with sailing ships. $100

109. Mallet, Alain Manesson. Goa, from his Description de l’Univers Paris, 1683), Copperplate engraving, 5 ½ x 4 inches, ribbon cartouche, later hand color. Following Linschoten, a birds-eye view of this Portuguese settlement on the Malabar Coast, with ships at sea, text verso. $100

110. Moll, Herman. A Map of the East Indies and Adjacent Countries, with the Settlements, Factories and Territories, explaining what belongs to England, Spain, France, Holland, Denmark, Portugal &c. (London, ca. 1720), 41 x 26 inches, hand-colored. This is the first large scale map of the region published in England. It highlights the remarkable expansion of the English East India Company, whose Coat of Arms are at the right of the map, while
also showing the range of European expansion. There are detailed insets of of five major European
outposts: Bantam and Batavia (both Dutch) in Java; and Goa, Madras, and Surat (all English) in India. $6,500

111. Sanson, Guillaime and Pierre Mariette. Isle d’auphine, Communement Nommee par les Europeens Madagascar et St. Laurens et par les Habitans du Pyas Malecase…(Paris, 1667), 23.5 x 18 inches, uncolored. The finest map of its time as extolled in The Voyage Made by Sieur Du Bois…1669-70-71-72 as published by the Hakluyt Society in 1897. Includes Madagascar, the Comores, Bourbon, plus a sailing ship, an elaborate cartouche, and a fine compass rose. $1,200

112. Sanson, Nicholas. Haute Ethiopie ou Sont L’Empire des Abissins, la Nubie, et la Zanguebar (Paris, 1655), 21.5 x 16.5 inches, hand colored. Shows the Western Indian Ocean from the Red Sea and Abyssinia South to Pemba, Zanzibar, Monfia, Sofala, Madagascar, Comores, and the Mascarenes. $1,200

Larry W. Bowman, Ph.D. January 2017 TEL: 860-429-4289