Catalogue  26, June 2016


Specializing in Antiquarian Materials about the Indian Ocean Islands and Rim

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This catalogue contains 78 books, 13 maps, 3 sea charts, and 5 prints. 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. Addison, John and K. Hazareesingh. A New History of Mauritius (Port Louis, EOI, 1994) 2nd edn (1st edn, Macmillan, 1984), 4 to, 116 pp, 44 b/w illus, 7 maps, pen and pencil annotations from the Mauritian historian Alfred North-Coombes on a few early pages, pictorial soft cover. $30

2. 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 Portuguese empire and Indian Ocean historian—not to mention linguist, spy, prisoner of war, esteemed collector of rare books, and more. $175

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. $40

4. Armstrong, Margaret. Trelawny: A Mon’s Life (New York, Macmillan, 1940). 1st edn, 8vo, 379 pp, dj. Edward Trelawny, a close friend of both the poet Shelley and Lard Byron was in Mauritius in 180-0-1810. About 35 pages are devoted to his activities in Mauritius and a shorter section examines a visit to Madagascar. $10

5. Barnes, Ruth, ed. Textiles in Indian Ocean Societies (Abingdon, Routledge/Curzon, 2005). 1st edn, 198 pp, illus. INSCRIBED by the editor. $175

6. Bezboruah, Monoranjan, U. S. Strategy in the Indian Ocean: The International Response (New York, Praeger, 1977). 1st edn, 8vo, 268 pp, 19 tables, 4 maps. $20

7. Bhacker, M. Reda. Trade and Empire in Muscat and Zanzibar: The Roots of British Domination (London and New York, Routledge, 1994). 8vo, 278 pp, 17 figures, maps, and tables, as new. $50

8. Boxer, C. R., ed. The Tragic History of the Sea 1589-1622: Narratives of the shipwrecks of the Portuguese East Indiamen Sao Thome (1589), Santo Alberto (1593), Sao Joao Baptiste (1622), and the journeys of the survivors in South East Africa (Cambridge, Cambridge UP for the Hakluyt Society, 1959). 1st edn, 8vo, 297 pp, 16 maps and plates, dj. $45

9. Bulpin, T. V., intro. East Africa and the Islands (Cape Town, Howard Timmins, n.d. but 1950). 1st edn, folio, 98 pp, dj. A nine page introduction by Bulpin followed by a photographic journey of Tanganyika, Kenya, Uganda, Zanzibar, Mauritius, and Reunion. All the photos are b/w. $25

10. Busch, Briton Cooper. Whaling Will Never Do For Me: The American Whaleman in the Nineteenth Century (Lexington, KY, The University Press of Kentucky, 1994). 1st edn, 8vo, 265 pp, 5 tables, endpaper maps, dj, as new. A fine study of the often harsh life of the whaleman, richly drawn from accounts in the Indian Ocean and elsewhere. $15

11. Caldwell, Elsie Noble. Satin Skirts of Commerce (New York, Richard R. Smith, 1945). 1st edn, 8vo, 205 pp, 94 photos including, for instance, 12 from Seychelles, torn dj. A journey from Cape Town to Hawaii. More than half is set in the Indian Ocean including chapters on Mozambique, Zanzibar, Mombasa, Seychelles, Goa, Bombay, Malaya, Java, etc. $25

12. Chaudhuri, K. N. Trade and Civilisation in the Indian Ocean: An Economic History from the Rise of Islam to 1750 (Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 1989). Paperback edn, 8vo, 269 pp, 18 maps, 23 plates, pictorial soft cover. $15

13. 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. $40

14. Conrad, Joseph. ‘Twixt Land and Sea (Garden City, NY, Doubleday, Page & Co., 1912). Early USA edn, 12 mo, 287 pp, red gilt cover, spine lettering fading. Pages 9-109 comprise the novella, A Smile of Fortune, set in Mauritius. The other two novellas, The Secret Sharer and Freya of the Seven Isles are also included. In his Author’s Notes to the 1924 edition of ‘Twixt Land and Sea, Conrad writes that “The only bond between these three stories is, so to speak, geographical, for their scene, be it land, be it sea, is situated in the same region which may be called the region of the Indian Ocean….” This is Conrad’s only work focused on the Indian Ocean. $30

15. De Marigny, Count Alfred. More Devil Than Saint (New York, The Beechhurst Press, 1946). 1st edn,l 8vo, 256 pp, 24 b/w photos. The autobiography of Marie Alfred Fouquereaux e Marigny “from my youth in the little Indian Ocean island of Mauritius to the day of my acquittal on the charge of murder of my father-in-law, Sir Harry Oakes, Baronet.” $45

16. 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. $180

17. Devi Nirsimloo-Anenden, Amanda. The Primordial Link: Telugu Ethnic Identity in Mauritius (Moka, Mauritius, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, 1990). 1st edn 8vo, 182 pp, illus. INSCRIBED by the author. $40

18. 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. $25

19. Dupont, Jean-Jacques. Dictionnaire passionne de l’ile Maurice (Create Space, 2015). 1st edn, 8vo, 486 pp, 36 b/w illus, 5 b/w photos, pictorial soft cover, French text, new. The author of this book is Jean-Jacques Dupont de Rivalz de Saint Antoine. Dupont was born and grew up in Mauritius, and then had a long career (1980-2012) working for the World Bank; he is married to the American journalist, Pamela Glass. Mary Kathryn Kelly Robison, an American, is the illustrator. This both a memoir of Dupont’s growing up in Mauritius and a much broader discussion of Mauritian history, flora, fauna, geography, et. al. $40

20. Dussercle, R. P. Roger. Contes de Ma Normandie (Port Louis, Editions de la Societe des Ecrivains Mauriciens, 1942). 1st edn, 8vo, 133 pp, a worn copy, covers chipped and spine loss, but text intact. A rare volume. Dussercle was born in Normandie in 1902 and went to Mauritius in 1927 and remained until 1950 as a missionary for the Holy Ghost congregation. He wrote several books about his apostolic missions in Agalega and Chagos islands—books published in tiny editions that are highly sought. The title of this book is the name of his kiosk in the presbytery of Port Louis. $60

21. 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. $35

22. Franda, Marcus. The Seychelles: Unquiet Islands (Boulder, Westview Press, 1982). 1st edn, 8vo, 140 pp, 5 tables, 24 illus, dj, new. $35

23. Ghislain, Emmanuel. Diocese of Mauritius (1810-1973) (Port Louis, 1975). 1st edn, 8vo, 338 pp, pictorial soft cover. INSCRIBED by the author. $75

24. 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

25. Sir John Gray. Early Portuguese Missionaries in East Africa (London, Macmillan and Co., 1958). 1st edn, 12 mo, 53 pp, 4 illus, pictorial soft cover. $25

26. 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. $2,500

27. Hibon de Frohen, J. F., E. Boulogne, Y. Patel, and J. Ryckebusch. Repertoire des Cartes Postales Anciennes de L’Ile de La Reunion (Paris, Editions JFHF, 2009). 1st edn, 4to, 183 pp, profusely illus, pictorial soft cover, new. $35

28. Hinrichs, Dunbar Maury. The Fateful Voyage of Captain Kidd (New York, Bookman Associates, 1955 ). 1st edn, 8vo, 203 pp, map, illus. $15

29. 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

30. 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.) $25

31. Jorre de Saint-Jorre, Danielle, and Guy Lionnet. Esquisse d’un dictionnaire toponymique des Seychelles (Mahe, Printec Press, n.d.) 1st edn, 8vo, 178 pp, maps and b/w and color illus throughout, pictorial soft cover, as new. A comprehensive dictionary of Seychelles topography by two scholars of the Seychelles environment. A very valuable study. $35

32. 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

33. Ly Tio Fane Pineo, Huguette. In the Grips of the Eagle: Matthew Flinders at Ile de France, 1803-1810 (Moka, Mauritius, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, 1988). 1st edn, 8vo, 22 illus, 9 maps, charts and sketches. $60

34. 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

35. 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

36. Mason, Michael. Willoughby the Immortal: An Account of the Life and Actions of Rear-Admiral Sir Nesbit Willoughby, KT, C.B., K.C.H. (1777-1849) the Hero of Mauritius (Oxford, Alden Press, 1969). 1st edn, 8vo, 102 pp, many illus and photos, map. INSCRIBED by the author. $100

37. Masson, Loys. Lagon de la misericorde (Paris, Editions Robert Laffont, 1964). 1st edn, 12 mo, 253 pp, pictorial soft cover, French text. Masson was born in Mauritius, arrived in Paris in 1939, and was a famous poet of the Resistance. He wrote dramas, novels, and plays—often filled with nostalgia when dealing with nature. This novel is set on an island, rather like Mauritius, in which the narrator creates a fabulous story in order to save his wife from madness. $30

38. Mathew, K. S., ed. French in India and Indian Nationalism (1700 A.D.-1963 A.D.) (Delhi, BRPC <India>, 1999). 1st edn, 8vo, 2 vols. Vol 1, xxiv, 328 pp; vol. 2 viii, 329 pp, as new. $60

39. Mathew, K.S. Portuguese Trade with India In the Sixteenth Century (Delhi, Manohar, 1983). 1st edn, 8vo, 352 pp, two fold-out maps, dj. $75

40. Meldrum, Charles. On the Meteorology of Port Louis in the Island of Mauritius, disbound article from The British Association for the Advancement of Science, vol. 37 (1867), 43 pp. $45

41. Meyer, Carol. Glass from Quseir: Al-Qadum and the Indian Ocean Trade (Chicago, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1992). 1st edn, 201 pp, illus, dj. INSCRIBED by the author. $50

42. 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

43. 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 Pacific. From 1897-1901 she lived in Mauritius and had a brief marriage there to Maurice Wiehe, a sugar planter. $30

44. Muir, Augustus. Blyth, Greene, Jourdain & Co., Ltd. 1810-1960 (London, Newman Neame, 1961). 1st edn, 8vo, 55 pp, 8 plates (three in color), burgundy cover with gilt lettering. A brief history celebrating the 150th anniversary of this company that began as a sugar trading company in Mauritius. $75

45. Muller, Yvonne. Aventures d’une Parisienne dans L’Ocean Indien (Paris, Pensee Moderne, 1957). 1st edn, 8vo, 206 pp, b/w photos, dj. Largely set in the Seychelles. $45

46. Nambiar, O. K. Portuguese Pirates and Indian Seamen (Bangalore, M. Bhaktavatsalam, 1955). 1st edn, 8vo, 212 pp, rebound hard cover. A rare book from a small foreign edition. $150

47. 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

48. North-Coombes, Alfred. A History of Sugar Production in Mauritius (Port Louis, Mauritius Printing, 1993). 2nd revised edn (1st, 1937). 8vo, 173 pp, map, pictorial cover. North-Coombes was the Chief Agronomist and then Director of Agriculture in Mauritius. This is the standard text on the subject and includes a chronology (1639-1937). $30

49. North-Coombes, Alfred. The Island of Rodrigues (Port Louis, 2002). 2nd edn (1st 1971), 8vo, 337 pp, 17 illus, 3 maps, hard cover. In retirement, North-Coombes wrote this definitive history of Rodrigues where he had been going regularly since 1937, including military duty in 1942-43. He then went on to get his Ph.D. from Monash University at age 69, with a dissertation that became his remarkable ground-breaking study, The Vindication of Francois Leguat, editions published in 1979 and 1991. $60

50. North-Coombes, Frederick. Mes Champs et Mon Moulin (Port Louis, Editions de l’Ocean Indien, 1993). Reprint of 1950 1st edn, 8vo, 362 pp, 11 illus, soft cover. Frederick was Alfred’s father and this is an account of his life in the sugar industry. He was the manager of several sugar estates in the years (decades) when sugar dominated the Mauritian economy. Alfred edited this second edition as a tribute to his father and provided a key to the names of the people mentioned in the first edition. $50

Or, all four North-Coombes items for $150.

51. Nwulia, Moses D. E. The History of Slavery in Mauritius and the Seychelles (Rutherford, N.J., Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1981). 1st edn, 8vo, 246 pp, dj. $200

52. 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. $40

53. Panikkar, K. M. India and the Indian Ocean: An Essay on the Influence of Sea Power on Indian History (New York, Macmillan, 1945). 1st edn, 12 mo, 109 pp, 6 plates, endpaper maps. $60

54. Patience, Kevin. Zanzibar: Slavery and the Royal Navy (Bahrain, Dar Akhar Al Khaleej Press, 2000). 1st edn, 8vo, 108 pp, profusely illus, map, pictorial soft cover. SIGNED by the author. The focus is on the second half of the 19th century. $40

55. 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. $180

56. Piat, Denis. Pirates and Privateers in Mauritius (Singapore, Editions Didier Millet, 2014). 1st edn, 8vo, 143 pp, lavishly illus, pictorial endpapers, dj, new. $40

57. Pitot, Genevieve. The Mauritian Shekel: The Story of Mauritian Detainees in Mauritius (Port Louis, Editions Vizavi, 1998). 1st edn, 8vo, 259 pp, pictorial soft cover. The story of 1,600 Jewish refugees from Europe who were denied entry into Palestine by the British and deported to Mauritius. $50

58. Prins, A. H. J. Sailing from Lamu: A Study of Maritime Culture in Islamic East Africa (Assen, Van Gorcum, 1965). 1st edn, 8vo, 320 pp, 58 illus, 6 maps, 28 diagrams, dj. An exemplary scholarly study covering both history and the actual design and construction of the dhows and related sailing ships. $200

59. Prosperi, Franco. Vanished Continent: An Italian Expedition to the Comoro Islands (London, The Adventurers Club, 1959). 1st edn, 8vo, 23s pp, b/w plates, chipped dj. $40

60. Ridley, M. W. and Richard Percy. The Exploitation of Sea Birds in Seychelles (London, HMSO, 1958). 1st edn, 8vo, 78 pp, 16 pp of plates, soft cover. $50

61. Rotary Club of Malaka. Illustrated Historical Guide to Melaka ( Melaka, Thong Yuen Chan Sdn. Bhd., 1973). 1st edn, 8vo, 141 pp, richly illus with old engravings, maps, and photos of people and places in Melaka, pictorial hard cover. A very scholarly guide to old Melaka. $125

62. Rouget, Dr. F. A., O.B.E. Brown-Sequard et son oeuvre/Brown-Sequard and his work; esquisse biographique/bibliographical outline (Port Louis, General Printing and Stationary, 1930). 1st edn, 8vo, 160 pp, paper cover, some foxing, ragged edges to cover and spine with no loss, small stamp of Trinity College, Port Louis on cover. Rouget was the President of the Medical Society of Mauritius. 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. This year, 2016, there is 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. This is a rare book on his work. $150

63. Lord Russell of Liverpool. The French Corsairs (London, Robert Hale, 1970). 1st edn, 8vo, 206 pp, 14 illus, map, dj. Pages 138-175 are on Robert Surcouf. $40

64. Ryan, Vincent W. Mauritius and Madagascar: Journals of an Eight Years’ Residence in the Diocese of Mauritius, and a Visit to Madagascar (London, Seeley, Jackson and Halliday, 1864). 1st edn, 8vo, ix, 340 pp, 5 plates, folding map, original boards, small library number at base of spine. $325

65. Samuels, Adelaide F. Palm Land; or Dick Travers in the Chagos Islands (Boston, Lee & Shepherd, 1873). 1st edn, 16 mo, 98 pp, 3 illus. Surely the only children’s adventure fiction set in the Chagos. $75

66. Sauer, Jonathan D. Coastal Plant Geography of Mauritius (Baton Rouge, LSU Press, 1961). 1st edn, 8vo, 153 pp, illus, bibliography, soft cover. $50

67. 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. $50

68. Shaffer, Marjorie. Pepper: A History of the World’s Most Influential Spice (New York, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, 2013). 1st edn, 8vo, 302 pp, 8 pp. of color illus, dj, new. This is a vibrant and beautifully written history of the pepper trade which is, of course, largely an Indian Ocean story of exploration, exploitation, and the rise of global commerce. A new hardback copy is $40; and new paperback is $25.

69. 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. $50

70. Simon, William J. Scientific Expeditions in the Portuguese Territories (1773-1808) and The Role of Lisbon in the Intellectual-Scientific Community of the late 18th century (Lisbon, Instituto de Investigacao Cientifica Tropical, 1983). 1st edn, 8vo, 193 pp, many illus and folding maps. $60

71. 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. $125

72. Staub, France. Birds of the Mascarenes and Saint Brandon (Port Louis, Organisation Normale Des Enterprises, 1976). 1st edn, 8vo, 110 pp, 29 color illus, 39 b/w illus, 6 maps, dj. Staub was a Mauritian ornithologist, botanist, conservationist, and dental surgeon. In the 1960s Staub and other naturalists made several expeditions to the remote dependencies of St. Brandon (Cargados Carajos) , Rodrigues, Agalega, and the French island, Tromelin. Staub’s various works are a major source of information on the flora and fauna of the Mascarenes. SIGNED presentation copy by the author. $60 I also have a unsigned copy for $30

73. Strangman, Edward. Early French Callers at the Cape (Cape Town, Juta, 1936). 1st edn, 8vo, 223 pp, 4 plates, map. $60

74. Swettenham, Sir Frank. Also and Perhaps (London, John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1912). 1st ed, 8vo, 302 pp, 3 plates. 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

75. 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

76. Taylor, Donald. Launching out into the Deep: The Anglican Church in the History of Seychelles (Mahe, Diocese of Seychelles, 2005). 1st edn, 8vo, 877 pp, dj, as new. $125

77. Toussaint, Auguste. Le Mirage des Iles: Le negoce francaise aux Mascareignes au XVIIIe siècle (Aix-en-Provence, Edisud, 1977). 1st edn, 8vo, 331 pp. A rare title from the great Mauritian historian. $100

78. Ziswiler, Vincent. Der Dodo: Fantasien und Fakten zu einem verschwundenen Vogel (Zurich, Univ. of Zurich Zoological Museum, 1996). 1st edn, 8vo, 94 pp, extensive illus (many old and rare) of the dodo, some in color), extensive bibliography. A fine scholarly book on the history of the dodo based on an exhibition at the Museum, German text. $50



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79. Bellin, Jacques Nicolas. Plan De Bombay et ses Environs (Paris, 1764). Copperplate engraving, 8 ½ x 6 ½ inches, hand colored. $375

80. 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

81. 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.

82. 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

83. 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

84. 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. 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

85. 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

86. De Belleforest, Francois. La Ville de Aden / Adem Cite Chef du Royaume, from his Cosmographic Universalle de tout le Monde (Paris 1575). 14 x 6 inches, uncolored. Fine view of Aden with text below on a single sheet. $750

87. De Fer, Nicolas & Guillaume Danet, La Perse, La Georgie…La Mer Rouge et Les Golfes De Perse et d’Ormus, from Atlas ou Recueil de Cartes (Paris, 1724). 22 x 16.5 inches, hand colored, elaborate cartouche. Fine detail of Red Sea, Arabia, Persian Gulf and Persia. $1,500

88. 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

89. 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

90. 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

91. 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



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92. Edmond Halley and Nathaniel Culter, A Chart of the Coast of Africa from Mozambique to the Straits of Babelmandel and the adjoyning ocean (London, J & J. Knapton; W & J. Innys, 1728). 24 x 19 3/4 inches, uncolored. A rare sea chart of the East Coast of Africa marking Mombasa, Mozambique, Quiloa, tip of Madagascar, Aden, and islands in the Western Indian Ocean. At the time the region was controlled by the Empire of Oman. The Chart was published in the Atlas maritimus & Commercialis; or, A General View of the World so far as it relates to trade and navigation which contained only the charts of greatest commercial significance to England. Edmond Halley, the Astronomer Royal, wrote the prefatory note discussing the use of charts. $700

93. Edmond Halley, Nathaniel Cutler, and John Senex. A Chart of the East Indian Ocean from Cape Guardefroy to Cochin on the Coast of Malabar (London, J. & J. Knapton, et al, 1728). 23 x 20 inches, outline color, three compass roses, rhumb lines. The Chart was published in the Atlas maritimus & Commercialis; and covers the coast of the Horn of Africa, Arabia, the Persian Gulf, and the Malabar Coast. $700

94. d’Apres de Mannevillette, Jean-Baptiste. Carte Reduite de l’Ocean Oriental…(Paris, 1771). 33 x 22 inches, hand colored, with cartouche, rhumb lines, compass rose. This fine chart includes the entire IO from the Cape of Good Hope to the Western half of Australia, with Africa, Arabia, India, and the East Indies. D’Apres de Mannevillette was a famed French navigator and hydrographer and his charts published in Le Neptune Oriental were considered the most complete and accurate in the late 18th century. $2,750


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95. (Crozet Islands). The Wreck of the Strathmore: Taking the Survivors from the Island, Illustrated London News (November 22, 1876). From a sketch supplied by Mr. Spencer Joslin, 13 x 9 ½ inches, b/w. $30

96. (Crozet Islands). Life on the Crozet Islands, Illustrated London News (April 22, 1876). Four different island images blended on a single sheet, from sketches supplied by Mr. Spencer Joslin, 13 x 8 ½ inches, b/w. $25

97. (Mozambique). J. V. Schley, Vue de Mozambique, tiree de Herbert: Herbes et Fleurs de La Mer de Sargossa (with parallel text in Dutch) (Amsterdam, c. 1750). Copperplate engraving, 7 ½ x 5 ¼ inches, b/w. $25

98. (Rodriguez). The Coming Transit of Venus: The Triangulation of the Island of Rodriguez, from The Graphic (October 24, 1874). 8 ¾ x 5 ¾ inches, b/w. One of the few 19th century prints from Rodriguez. $50

99. (St. Paul). The Island of St. Paul, Southern Indian Ocean, The Entrance to the Crater, from Illustrated London News (1858). 6 x. 4 inches, b/w, with ships at sea in the foreground. $40

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