Catalogue 24, June 2015 


Specializing in Antiquarian Materials about the Indian Ocean Islands and Rim

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This catalogue contains 50 books; 10 articles, booklets, and ephemera; and 2 government publications.
Many other items are available on my website: Please send orders or inquiries to Larry W. Bowman, Indian Ocean Books, Maps, and Prints, P.O. Box 232, Storrs, CT 06268-0232, USA, or via PHONE (860-429-4289), or EMAIL: or



1. Ali, Salim. The Book of Indian Birds (Bombay, The Bombay Natural History Society, 1955). 5th edn, xlvi, 142 pp, 78 plates (56 in color depicting 224 species), endpaper maps, worn pictorial dj. $20

2. Ali, Salim, The Book of Indian Birds (Bombay, The Bombay Natural History Society, 1945). 3rd edn, xliv, 438 pp, 188 full-page color plates, map, pictorial dj. This edition, with far more color plates than later editions, is valuable and very hard to find. $75

3. Allen, Philip M. and Aaron Segal. The Traveler’s Africa: A Guide to the Entire Continent (New York, Hopkinson and Blake, 1973). 1st edn, 8vo, 972 pp, ragged dj. Pages 831-900 are on the Indian Ocean islands. $10

4. Anderson, William Ashley. South of Suez (New York, Robert M. McBride, 1920). 1st edn, 8vo, 240 pp, 35 illus, dj. Pages 31-64 Aden, 65-140 Abyssinia, 141-149 Mombasa, 151-188 Zanzibar, 189-240 East Africa. $15

5. Beazley, C. Raymond. Prince Henry the Navigator The Hero of Portugal and of Modern Discovery, 1394-1469 A. D, with an account of geographical progress throughout the Middle Ages as the preparation for his work (New York, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1894). 1st edn, 8vo, 336 pp, 11 illus, 17 maps (some folding), the cover is very worn, ex-lib. The reproduction of early maps is esp. valuable. $15

6. Benedict, Helen. The Edge of Eden (New York, Soho Press, 2009). 1st edn, 8vo, 312 pp, dj, as new. This novel is set in Seychelles. Benedict is a professor at Columbia University in NYC. She lived in Seychelles as a child with her anthropologist parents, Marion and Burton Benedict, who worked in, and wrote about, Seychelles and Mauritius. $15

7. Bernardin De Saint Pierre, Paul and Virginia, with illustrations by Maurice Lenoir (Philadelphia, Henry Altemus, 1892). 8vo, 296 pp, 112 full-page engravings, many smaller b/w engravings, silver and gold gilt boards (Paul and Virginia and flora on the front board; birds and flora on the spine). A lovely edition of this famous book. $45

8. Boxer, R. R. and Carlos de Azevedo. Fort Jesus and the Portuguese in Mombasa (London, Hollis & Carter, 1960). 1st edn, 8vo, 144 pp, 21 illus, 6 maps and diagrams, dj. $60

9. Brassey, Mrs (Lady Anne) . Around the World in the Yacht ‘Sunbeam’: Our Home on the Ocean for Eleven Months (New York, Henry Holt & Co., 1880). 1st edn, 8vo, 479 pp, large folding map of route taken, 22 illus, pictorial gilt boards and spine, spine edges top and bottom quite worn. This circumnavigation took place in 1876-1877 and included: Singapore, 378-387; Malacca and Penang, 387-392; Ceylon, 395-411; and crossing the Indian Ocean to Aden, 412-423. $20

10. Bullen, Frank. The Cruise of the Cachalot: Round the World After Sperm Whales. This is Bullen’s first book, initially published in 1899, based on his experiences on a whaler out of New Bedford, MA. It is a classic of the whaling literature, perhaps second in importance only to Melville’s, Moby Dick. Here are three different editions:
(New York, D. Appleton and Co, 1927). 16 mo, 379 pp, pages 103-148 on the IO;
(New York, Hurst and Co, n.d.). 16 mo, 258 pp, pp. 79-101 on the IO;
(Philadelphia, Macrae Smith, n.d.). 8vo, 309 pp, 6 illus, decorative hard cover; pages 81-110 on the IO including the Mozambique Channel, Comoros, Aldabra, Cosmoledo, Seychelles. All three books for $35.

11. Carpenter, Frank. Java and the East Indies (Garden City, NY, Doubleday, Page & Co, 1923). 1st edn, 8vo, 280 pp, 125 b/w photos, 2 color maps, pictorial hard cover is very worn but the book is clean and tight, ex-lib. $10

12. 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. $45

13. Darwin, Charles. On the Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs; edited with an introduction by Joseph W. Williams (London, Walter Scott, n.d., but ca. 1900). 12 mo, xxiv, 278 pp plus ads, five plates including a long folding map showing the world-wide distribution of coral reefs. Much of the book concerns the Indian Ocean—
Chagos, Maldives, Seychelles, etc. The book is disbound and would need rebinding. $5

14. Dingle, Edward Aylward. By “Sinbad,” Salt of the Sea Red Saunders: The Chronicle of a Genial Outcast (New York, A. L. Burt, 1934). 2nd edn, 8vo, 352 pp, endpaper map, colorful dj with some loss at base of spine, ex-lib. Pages 114-141 Zanzibar; 142-145 Rodrigues; 166-178 Andamans; 218-252 Madagascar; plus much else on the East Indies. A biography of an Englishman, Kenneth Beauclere Saunders, who had countless adventures in the East at the turn of the 20th Century. $30

15. D’Unienville, Raymond. Hier Suffren (Port Louis, The Mauritius Printing Co., 1972). 1st edn 8vo, 193 pp, 9 illus, pictorial soft cover. French text. $35

16. Dunn, Ross E. The Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveler of the 14th Century (Berkeley, U. California Press, 1989). 1st paperback edn, 8vo, 357 pp, 12 maps, 11 photos, as new. All his travels from 1325-1354 are described and backed-up by detailed maps, including Arabia and East Africa (1330-1332), and India, Ceylon, and the Maldives (1333-1345). $5

17. Durrell, Gerald. Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons (Glasgow, Fontana/Collins, 1959). 1st paperback edn, 12 mo, 157 pp, illus, pictorial soft cover. On the natural history of Mauritius. $5

18. Embree, Edwin K., M. S. Simon, and W. B. Mumford. Island India Goes to School (Chicago, Univ. of Chicago Press, 1934). 1st edn, 8vo, 120 pp, 20 illus, pictorial hard cover. The book is on education in the Dutch East Indies. $10

19. Farmer, H. V. Seychelles Postage Stamps and Postage History (London, Robson Lowe, 1955). 1st edn, 8vo, 123 pp, maps including one folding, extensive illus. $50

20. 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. $45

21. Geddes, W. R. Nine Dayak Nights (London, Oxford UP, 1961). 1st paperback edn, 8vo, 144 pp, illus, map, pictorial soft cover. $5

22. , James. The India Directory, Or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Horsburgh 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. $600

23. Hulugalle, H. A. J. Guide to Ceylon (Colombo, Lake House Investments, 1969). 1st edn, 8vo, 125 pp, 6 color illus, 14 b/w illus, map plus endpaper maps, dj. (Also included is a three-page letter from Cooks detailing the itinerary for a March 1971 trip.) $35

24. Ibbotson, Peter. Mauritius: Postal History and Stamps (London, The Royal Philatelic Society, 1991). 1st edn, 4to, 239 pp, profusely illus, pictorial endpapers, dj, new. The definitive study of Mauritius stamps and out of print since shortly after publication. The book has a warm INSCRIPTION by the author and on p. 125 a missing line has been hand-written in by the author. Also included are two short articles by Ibbotson in Stamp Collecting Magazine and two letters hand-written by Ibbotson. $350

25. Jolly, Alison. Lemur Behavior: A Madagascar Field Study (Chicago, Univ. of Chicago Press, 1966). 1st edn, 8vo, 187 pp, 8 maps, 7 figures, 20 plates, 31 tables, endpaper maps, dj, $20

26. Le Forestier, Francois. Le Forestier’s Relation: Autobiography and Voyages of Francois Le Forestier (1749-1819), A Refugee from Mauritius and a Teacher in New England. A recently discovered manuscript edited by Hasket Derby, M. D. (Boston, The Boston Athenaeum, 1904). 1st edn, 8vo, 77pp, illus, paper cover, as new. $25

27. Lenoir, Philippe. Mauritius isle de france en mer indienne (Port Louis, Editions Isle de France, 1974). Translated from the French by Henri Brunel. 1st edn, tall 8vo, 147 pp, lavishly illus with color photos on nearly every page, maps, prints, pictorial endpapers, dj. INSCRIBED “To Sir Norman Giles and Lady Giles with warmest and affectionate regards, S. Ramgoolam, Prime Minister, 22nd March 1975” $150

28. Levathes, Louise. When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne 1405-33 (New York, Simon & Schuster, 1994). 1st edn, 8vo, 252 pp, double-page map of the expeditions of Zheng He, illus, dj. A wonderful history of the Chinese expeditions throughout the Indian Ocean. $15

29. Low, Sir Sidney. The Call of the East (Bombay, The G. I. P. Railway Magazine, n.d. but ca. 1924). 1st edn, 8vo, 125 pp, illus, ads, pictorial stiff cover. Spine lettering is missing. The book is a nine chapter introduction to India. $15

30. 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

31. 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

32. McLynn, Frank. The Burma Campaign: Disaster into Triumph 1942-45 (New Haven, Yale UP, 2011). 1st edn, 8vo, 532 pp, 17 illus, 6 maps, pictorial soft cover, new. The story is told through the complex interplay of four Allied (though often at odds) commanders: William Slim, Joe Stilwell, Orde Wingate and Lord Mountbatten. $10

33. Malleson, Col. G. B. Lord Clive and the Establishment of the English in India (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1907). 1st edn, 12 mo, 229 pp, folding map, the book is uncut and so never read. $20

34. Marchant, James. Alfred Russel Wallace, Letters and Reminiscences (New York, Harper & Bros., 1916). 1st USA edn, 8vo, 507 pp, frontis portrait of Wallace; spine and cover sunned; else very good. $35

35. Matthiessen, Peter. Blue Meridian: The Search for the Great White Shark.
I am offering three different editions of Matthiessen’s great book on the Indian Ocean: Seychelles (Astove, Aldabra), Madagascar, Comoros, Ceylon, East Africa coast, Juan de Nova, Europa. 1. (New York, Random House, 1971). 1st edn, 8vo, 204 pp, 51 color photos, endpaper map, dj; 2. (New York, Signet Book, 1973. 1st paperback edn, 12 mo, 175 pp, pictorial soft cover; 3. (London, Harvill Press, 1995). 1st U.K. paperback edn; 8vo, 163 pp, 22 b/w photos, double-page map, pictorial soft cover, new. All three editions for $40

36. Oliver, Roland and Gervase Mathew, eds. History of East Africa, vol. 1 (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1963). 1st edn, 8vo, 500 pp, maps, dj. Comprised of twelve scholarly chapters on East Africa up to ca. 1900. The history of the East Africa coast , colonial intrusion, and Zanzibar are considered in several chapters. $20

37. Ommanney, F. D. Isle of Cloves: A View of Zanzibar (Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott, 1956). 1st USA edn, 8vo, 230 pp, 15 photos, map, dj. $10 I have an identical (London, Longmans, 1955) edition, ex-lib, for $2.

38. Ommanney, F. D. The Shoals of Capricorn (London, Readers Union, 1954). 2nd edn, 8vo, 280 pp, 6 illus, endpaper maps, dj. The entire book is on the islands of the Western Indian Ocean and the fish that can be found nearby. The author, a noted fish biologist, travelled 20,000 miles in the region and spent two years aboard the fishery research vessel, Cumulus, in 1948-1949. Pages 40-105, Mauritius; 106-208, Seychelles; 227-257, Aldabra; 258-276, Frigate Island. A wonderful book on the islands in a much earlier era. $10

39. Pal, Pratapaditya and Vidya Dehejia. From Merchants to Emperors: British Artists and India, 1757-1930 (Ithaca, Cornell UP, 1986). 1st edn, 4to, 231 pp, 12 full-page color plates and 220 duotone illus, pictorial soft cover. A fine scholarly book and visual representation on how the British saw India and Indians, and how they lived there. $15

40. Piat, Denis. Mauritius On the Spice Route 1598-1810 (Singapore, Editions Didier Millet, 2010). 1st English edn, 8vo, 255 pp, profusely illus with maps, prints, engravings, etc, mostly in color, endpaper maps, dj, new. This is a gorgeous book; the illustrations reprint often very rare material of the region that are from Piat’s private collection. $35

41. Sheriff, Abdul, ed. The History & Conservation of Zanzibar Stone Town (Zanzibar, The Dept. of Archives, Museums & Antiquities in association with; London, James Currey; and Athens, Ohio UP, 1995). 1st edn, 8vo, 151 pp, 63 illus and maps, pictorial soft cover, as new. The book is comprised of twelve scholarly papers presented at the First International Conference on the History & Culture of Zanzibar, held in Zanzibar from December 14-16, 1992. $25

42. Sheriff, Abdul. Slaves, Spices & Ivory in Zanzibar: Integration of an East African Commercial Empire into the World Economy, 1770-1873 (London, James Currey, and others, 1987). 1st edn, 8vo, 297 pp, 34 plates, 10 maps, pictorial soft cover. $25

43. Shastri, Vanita. The Salem-India Story: Maritime Trade Between Salem, Massachusetts and India 1788-1845 (Lexington, MA, Meru Education Foundation, 2009.) 1st edn, 8vo, 71 pp, lavishly illus, pictorial soft over, new. SIGNED by the author. $75

44. Sotheby’s. The Library of Humphrey Winterton: East Africa, The Sudan, Egypt, Arabia, and the Indian Ocean, London Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 May 2003. 1st edn, tall 8vo, 216 pages (986 lots), richly illus with color and b/w plates, pictorial soft cover, as new. This is the Auction Catalogue for the collection of the extraordinary bibliophile Humphrey Winterton. All the entries are richly described, often with an accompanying plate. Dr. G. S. P. Freeman-Grenville noted in his introduction that “it is unlikely such a collection, in all its wonderful diversity, could be assembled again in our lifetimes.” $75

45. Spurr, David. The Rhetoric of Empire: Colonial Discourse in Journalism, Travel Writing, and Imperial Administration (Durham, Duke UP, 1993). 1st edn, 3rd printing, 8vo, 212 pp. pictorial soft cover, as new. $10

46. Storms, Robin and Don Malcarne, Around Essex: Elephants and River Gods (Charleston, SC, Arcadia Publishing, 2001; reprinted 2002). 1st edn, 8vo, 128pp, photos, maps, illus on every page, pictorial soft cover, new. This book is focused on the history of the shipping industry around Essex, Connecticut, where the Connecticut River exits into
Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Chapter 4, The Village that Elephants Built, pp. 47-76, is particularly focused on the ivory trade from East Africa and Zanzibar to Connecticut from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries. It is estimated that at least 100,000 tusks were brought to this area, largely to be used for piano keys. $20

47. Tinker, Hugh. Separate and Unequal: India and the Indians in the British commonwealth 1920-1950 (Vancouver, Univ. of British Columbia Press, 1976). 1st edn, 8vo, 460 pp, dj. $15

48. Toorawa, Shawkat, ed. The Western Indian Ocean: Essays on Islands and Islanders (Port Louis, The Hassan Toorawa Trust, 2007). 1st edn, 8vo, 154 pp, 9 maps and illus, pictorial soft cover. The book is comprised of essays by six Indian Ocean scholars: Edward A. Alpers, Larry W. Bowman, Jocelyn Chan Low, Himanshu Prabha Ray, Shawkat M. Toorawa, and Paul van der Velde. $45

49. Wallace, Alfred Russel. The Malay Archipelago: The Land of the Orang-Utan, and the Bird of Paradise. A Narrative of Travel, with Studies of Man and Nature (New York, Harper & Bros., 1869). 1st edn, 8vo, 638 pp, 51 illus, nine maps (2 folding), lacks small map of The Islands between Ceram and Ke (at p. 359), gilt cover and spine, spine chipped, ex-lib. A rare first edition of this seminal work. $75

50. The Jeffrey K. Weiss, FRPS, L., Collection of the Seychelles (London, Harmers, 2004). 1st edn, 4to, 28 pp of text, 48 full-page color plates, pictorial soft cover, as new. This is the Auction Catalogue for the sale of Weiss’ world famous collection of Seychelles stamps. The prices realized are also include. $35



51. Castagno, Jr., A. A. Somalia (Washington, D.C., International Conciliation No. 522, March 1959). 1st edn, 8vo, pp. 339-400, pictorial soft cover. $10

52. Directory of Scholars & Academic/Research Institutions with Interests in the Indian Ocean Rim (Johannesburg, Dept. of Economics, Univ. of the Witswatersrand, June 1995). 1st edn, 4to, 58 pp, pictorial soft cover. Handwriting on some entries. $15

53. Haridas, Sw. Anand and Hugh Webb, guest editors. Westerly: A Quarterly Review (English Dept., Univ. of Western Australia, Perth). Indian Ocean Issue. Vol. 24, no. 3 (September 1979). 1st edn, 8vo, 95 pp, pictorial soft cover. The entire issue is given over to stories, poems, articles and reviews from throughout the entire Indian Ocean region. $10

54. IBION (Issue-Based Indian Ocean Network). (1). Six papers from the First Ibion Workshop held Sept. 9-12, 1985 at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Mauritius; (2) Proceedings of the First IBION Workshop, 9-12 September 1985 , 1st edn, 8vo, 35 pp, pictorial soft cover; (3) IBION Newsletters No. 1 (May 1986) and 2 (June 1988); (4) Bulletin Ibion Sud Ouest De L’Ocean Indien, issues no. 1-4, and 6-12 (1989-1993). This entire research collection for $25

55. Journal of Mauritian Studies. Vol. 1, no. 1 (1986), 159 pp; This issue features seven scholarly articles about Mauritius plus some research notes. $15

56. (Madagascar). Code de La Nationalite Malgache et recueil des texts relatives a son application (Tananarive, Ministere de La Justice, 1960). 1st edn, 8vo, 88 pp, paper cover. $5

57. Mauritius, The Dublin Review, Vol. 34, No. 1 (January 1880), pp. 1-26. This unsigned article consists of a review of two books: Nicholas Pike, Sub-Tropical Rambles in the Land of the Aphanapteryx (1873); and An Account of the Island of Mauritius and its Dependencies, by a late Official Resident (1842). $25

58. Miller, Norman N. The Indian Ocean: Traditional Trade on a Smuggler’s Sea, American Universities Field Staff Reports (Hanover, NH, Africa/Asia, No. 7, 1980). 1st edn, tall 8vo, 23 pp, 3 maps, b/w photos, pictorial soft cover. FREE with any order if desired.

59. Morton, Rosalie Slaughter. The City of the Sacred Bo-Tree: Marvelous Ruins Unearthed in Ceylon (New York, The Century Magazine, 1907), 946-954, with 11 illus. $10

60. (Mauritius) University of Mauritius Research Journal: Social Sciences & Humanities, and Law & Management (Reduit, Univ. of Mauritius, Vol. 2, 1999. 128 pp. Comprised of six long articles on economic development, law, and management in Mauritius. $5



61. (Mauritius). Brief Guide to the Mauritius Archives (Port Louis, Government Printer, 1984). 1st edn, 8vo, 13 pp, pictorial soft cover. $5

62. (Mauritius). Souvenir Magazine (National Library, Republic of Mauritius, 1999). 1st edn, 4 to, 28 pp, photos and illus, ads, pictorial soft cover. This publication surveys the past, present, and future of the National Library. $20

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