Browse our collection of rare books, antique books and first editions. Specialising in travel and discovery, including antiquarian books and works by explorers such as Columbus, Cook, Darwin, Drake, Krusenstern, La Perouse, Scott, and Vancouver.
A monumental record of Britain’s ecclesiastical architecture
DUGDALE, sir William & Roger DODSWORTH, 1655.
The first separate map of Barbados
LIGON, Richard, 1657.
All creatures great and small
HOLLAR, Wenceslaus, 1663.
The most up-to-date practical knowledge on navigation and information on foreign countries
THEVENOT Melchisédec, 1666.
Among the finest illustrated books of the seventeenth century with over 100 engravings
VIRGIL & HOLLAR, Wenceslaus, 1668.
Blaeu’s user’s manual for globes, spheres and sundials
BLAEU, Willem, 1669.
Rumours of a Northwest Passage from an Amsterdam Tavern
MOXON, Joseph, 1676.
SANDFORD, Francis, 1677.
BLOME, Richard, 1678.
The Wardington “vade-mecum for English gentlemen”
SELLER, John, 1678.
Visscher family catalogue
VISSCHER, Nicolaes, 1682.
Rare complete set of “the most valuable 18th-century source on Jesuit activities in frontier regions throughout the world” (Hill, ‘Collection Of Pacific Voyages’).
LE GOBIEN, Charles; Jean-Baptiste du HALDE; Father Patouillet; and Father Ambrose MARECHAL [eds.,], 1702.
With the Arms of the Sun King
LA HIRE, Philippe de, 1704.
The Sea Venture founders
HAWKINS, Sir Richard, 1706.
The first printed English signals book
GREENWOOD, Jonathan, 1715.
“a true and exact representation of the Earth and Heavens”
SENEX, John, 1718.
Eighteenth century Oxford
WILLIAMS, William, 1732.
The most vocal supporter of the Northwest Passage
DOBBS, Arthur, 1744.