Henry Sotheran Ltd. Rare Books and Prints 200 Years of Bookselling in London
Peter Bogardus, Places of Reverence

Welcome to our October Newsletter.

This month see the inauguration of our new downstairs exhibition space with the opening of Places of Reverence an exhibition of photogravure prints and books by Peter Bogardus. The show is on from 5th to 27th of October, but do join us on Wednesday 4th for the private view from 6.00 to 8.00.
Peter will be here and will be talking about his work at the private view.
If you would like to attend please RSVP to Richard.

Piccadilly Notes
Our Piccadilly Notes catalogue is just about to land on doorsteps but you can view the digital version here.

Other lists recently posted include a politics list (timed to coincide with the Party Conferences!) and a poetry list to celebrate National Poetry Day last week.

Georg's blockbuster travel catalogue is now available online too.


Although we are still hampered by damp issues which have not allowed us to unpack Rosie's children's books we have now taken delivery of a large collection of William Blake Trianon Press facsimiles. We also have a large selection of loose proof plates from the facsimiles - do come and have a look.

Prints Department
Contact Richard for more details.

Print of the month
The Winning Post
Artist: "Lib", (PROSPERI, Libero)..
Title: The Winning Post.
Description: Original lithograph from the 'Vanity Fair' series.
Date: 1888.
Size: 400 x 550 mm.
Price: £160

Poster of the month
Grace Line, Caribbean ~ South American Cruises
Artist: ANON.
Title: Grace Line, Caribbean ~ South American Cruises.
Description: Original lithograph with colour, linen backed, printed in U.S.A..
Date: 1938.
Size: 1020 x 675 mm.
Price: £1,500

Map of the month
Oxonium Comitatus, Vulgo Oxfordshire
Artist: BLAEU, Johannes (1596-1673).
Title: Oxonium Comitatus, Vulgo Oxfordshire.
Description: An original copper engraving with hand colour, printed in Amsterdam. With sixteen inset college crests. With German text to verso.
Date: c.1645.
Size: 520 x 600 mm.
Price: £895

Science & Natural History
Contact Chris for more details.

A new catalogue of Science and Natural History items is currently in production. Please let us know if you would like a copy.

Flyfisher’s Classic Library

Meanwhile, we are proud to present a selection of angling books published by the Flyfisher’s Classic Library in the 1990s. Click here to view online.
These are either lavish facsimiles of classic works or new books by such angling luminaries as Jeremy Paxman. The copies in this collection are largely the deluxe limited editions, bound in leather and with a hand-dressed fly mounted to the front endpaper. They are very splendid books printed in very small numbers, and are highly collectible.

Flyfisher’s Classic Library

Children's Book
Contact Rosie for more details.

Rosie, in the Children's Dept., has just acquired into stock seventeen pre-war, or wartime, Chalet School titles by Elinor Brent-Dyer. They are all in their striking period dustwrappers and generally in amazing condition. The group includes scarce titles and first editions. All will be included (if still available) in the soon-to-be-published Children's and Illustrated Book Catalogue, along with about 250 other collectables. If you would like to receive this brochure, or request specific information about these school stories in advance, please email rh@sotherans.co.uk.

Chalet School
Travel Department
Contact Georg for more details.

On top of the recently published, and rather large, general travel catalogue, which keeps the department busy, here follows a journey through recent acquisitions beginning with the immense Polish contribution to the war effort up the Southern slopes of the Himalayas via the construction of a narrow-gauge railway. The next book we are offering is a classic of Central Asian travel writing, much admired by Bruce Chatwin, and most of its readers. Moving on quickly to the East we enter the Imperial China when events shook the country and influenced the entire course of history up to the present day. Just a jump back to Central Asia and to Peter Fleming's narrative of an arduous journey, signed by him. The Natural History of Barbados says on the tin what it contains, as well as the first description of the grapefruit. The ensuing title is a rare, beautiful and very accurate Victorian book on Lebanon and surroundings. We conclude the Travel Department's list of recent acquisitions with a book on medical work during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877 to 1878 on the Balkans and Anatolia, stunningly bound for Dulwich College.

An Army in Exile. ANDERS, Lt. Col. Wladyslaw. An Army in Exile. The Story of the Second Polish Corps.

London, Macmillan, 1949.Highly illustrated with plates after photographs and maps; very good.
First edition. The story of the Anders Army is one of men (and some women) finding themselves in Stalin's prison camps in 1940, the formation of a Polish exile army, swelling in numbers whilst travelling out of Asia via Iran and Palestine, liberating Italy, including winning the series of decisive epic battles of Montecasino. General Anders inscribed this copy to Baron Hankey in Polish … more …

Zigzag Railway, Darjeeling.

BOURNE & SHEPPERD. Zigzag Railway, Darjeeling.

[Simla, c. 1881]. Original photograph (23 x 29 cm). This is a wonderful original photo of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway under construction between 1879 and 1881. This railway is one of the last still functioning narrow-gauge colonial railways. We currently stock two more photos of Northern India by Bourne & Shepherd's studio … more …

The Road to Oxiana. BYRON, Robert. The Road to Oxiana.

London, Macmillan, 1937. 8vo. Binding a bit faded; internally near fine.
First edition, getting rather scarce. Byron's account of his search for the origins of Islamic architecture has become a classic of modern travel literature. Written in the form of diary jottings, it records his journey from Venice through the Middle East and Afghanistan to India. The Road to Oxiana "may be described as an enquiry into the origins of Islamic art presented in the form of one of the most entertaining travel books of modern times." It was reprinted in 1981 with an introduction by Bruce Chatwin who considered it ‘a work of genius’ … more …

Impressions Of China FISHBOURNE, Edmund Gardiner. Impressions Of China, And The Present Revolution: Its Progress And Prospects.

London, Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday, 1855. 8vo. Internally a very good copy in the rarely seen publisher's binding; provenance: Henry Birkbeck's booklate inside front cover.
First edition of a very rare and important work on the Tai Ping Rebellion, written by the commander of the ship Hermes, stationed in China, whilst Fishbourne witnessed the events of the Rebellion unfolding.
'Under the Taipings, the Chinese language was simplified, and equality between men and women was decreed. All property was to be held in common, and equal distribution of the land according to a primitive form of communism was planned' … more …

News from Tartary FLEMING, Peter. News from Tartary: A Journey from Peking to Kashmir.

London, Jonathan Cape, [January, 1938]. 8vo. Original red cloth by A.W. Bain & Co. Ltd., a very good copy.
First edition, eleventh impression, signed by the author on title-page. Fleming had first travelled to China in 1931 and returned in 1933 as the Special Correspondent of The Times, to cover the war between the nationalists and the communists. It is known that Peter Fleming did not sign many books. … more …

The Natural History of Barbados.

HUGHES, Griffith. The Natural History of Barbados.

London, Printed for the author; and sold by most booksellers in Great Britain and Ireland, 1750. Folio (paper size 352 x 225 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, folding engraved map and 30 engraved plates, a decent and complete copy of an important work.
First edition. Church of England clergyman and naturalist, Hughes developed the idea of publishing a book on the island's natural history whilst a missionary there. Because his plan was both interesting and ambitious, on Hughes's return to England in 1748 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society … more …

Five Years in Damascus PORTER, Josias Leslie. Five Years in Damascus … With Travels and Researches in Palmyra, Lebanon, the Giant Cities of Bashan and the Hauran.

London, Murray, 1855. Two volumes, 8vo. Very rare first edition, an exceptionally bright copy in the publisher's binding.
The author, an Irish Presbyterian missionary points out in the preface, that 'the following work is not a book of travels, penned during a "summer's ramble" or a "winter's residence." It is the result of researches over a period of five years'
While discharging his duty as a missionary in Syria, he acquired an intimate knowledge of Syria and Palestine, which he turned to good literary account. Porter's topographical, ethnographic and antiquarian research and documentation led him to criticize most books on the region written by earlier Western travellers, apart from Burckhardt, and his map is by far the most accurate of the time … more …

Under the Red Crescent RYAN, Charles Snodgrass, and John SANDES. Under the Red Crescent. Adventures of an English Surgeon with the Turkish Army at Plevna and Erzeroum, 1877-1878.

London, Murray, 1897. 8vo. Splendid school prize binding for Dulwich College, dated 1904.
Very rare first edition.The battle for Plevna became the key for claiming victory in the Russo-Turkish War. One of the best and most insightful reports of this war, written not without humor and highly legible … more …

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