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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to archaeology, the study of human activity through the recovery and analysis of material culture, including antiquarianism; also the discipline of paleontology, the study of fossil remains.

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  1. 116600
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    The Aparchai [graece] and the Eleusinian Mysteries.

    Reprinted from Essays and Studies, presented to William Ridgeway on his Sixtieth Birthday, 6 August 1913.
    Offprint, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front cover, "For G.M. from F.M.C." The recipient, Gilbert Murray, was Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford from 1908 to 1936, and part of a close scholarly friendship with Cornford and Jane Harrison. Both Cornford and Harrison were fellows of Classics at Cambridge and both contributed to Essays and Studies. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1913

    Published: Cambridge

    Stock Code: 116600

    Signed: Yes

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  2. Notes on a Journey Through Cilicia and Lycaonia.
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    Notes on a Journey Through Cilicia and Lycaonia.

    [Complete as six offprints from] Revue Archeologique, Publiée sous la direction de Mm. G. Perrot et S. Reinach.
    A rare presentation set of offprint first editions comprising the complete Notes on a Journey Through Cilicia and Lycaonia, with an autograph letter signed from Bell presenting the whole to Professor Ludwig Richard Enno Littman (1875-1958) laid in. The apparently unpublished letter, on Rounton Grange, Northallerton, stationery, is dated October 17 [presumably 1907], and contains four pages of lively archaeological discussion ("Your suggestion that all this series of castles is Islamic comes to me I confess as a new idea. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1906-7

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 115580

    Signed: Yes

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  3. The Tomb of Tutankhamen.

    The Tomb of Tutankhamen.

    Discovered by the late Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter.
    First edition, first impressions, of Carter's own account of the most spectacular archaeological discovery of the 20th century. "In the summer of 1922 Carter persuaded Carnarvon to allow him to conduct one more campaign in the valley. Starting work earlier than usual Howard Carter opened up the stairway to the tomb of Tutankhamen on 4 November 1922. Learn More
    £3,250

    Date of Publication: 1923

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113870

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  4. Alexandria: A History and A Guide.
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    Alexandria: A History and A Guide.

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Forster AJB, from the author on the front free endpaper, together with the ownership inscription of the recipient, A. J. Butler, to the front board. The recipient was Oxford historian Alfred Joshua Butler (1850-1936), whose work The Arab Conquest of Egypt (1902) Forster cites as his main source for the period, and describes it as a monograph of the highest merit, brilliantly written, and practically reconstructing the episode (p. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1922

    Published: Alexandria:

    Stock Code: 112539

    Signed: Yes

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  5. Seen in the Hadhramaut.

    Seen in the Hadhramaut.

    First edition, first impression, the presumed first issue binding. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1938

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112511

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  6. The Book of the Dead.

    The Book of the Dead.

    An English translation of the chapters, hymns, etc., of the Theban recension with introduction notes, etc. Second edition, revised and enlarged. [And:] The Chapters of Coming Forth by Day. Or, the Theban Recension of the Book of the Dead. The Egyptian hieroglyphic text edited from numerous papyri. [Together with:] A Hieroglyphic Vocabulary to the Theban Recension of the Book of he Dead. With an index to all the English equivalents of the Egyptian words. New edition, revised and enlarged.
    Second, first and second editions, issued under Kegan Paul's Books on Egypt and Chaldaea series; Budge's English translation and his Hieroglyphic Vocabulary were both first published in 1898. Budge was keeper of Egyptian and western Asiatic antiquities at the British Museum from 1894 until his retirement in 1924. "He worked zealously to expand the museum's collections of Egyptian and western Asiatic antiquities, display them for the benefit of the general public, and make the more significant texts and objects available to scholars in the form of printed editions and catalogues … In all he published well over 100 monographs, some of them multi-volume works, together with numerous articles in periodicals … Budge's books were written very quickly, and not always with due care … Despite this, a number of his Egyptological works can still be consulted with profit. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112382

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  7. The Late Dr. Charles Beke's Discoveries of Sinai in Arabia and of Midian.

    The Late Dr. Charles Beke's Discoveries of Sinai in Arabia and of Midian.

    Edited by his widow.
    First edition. "In December 1873 Beke left England on his last trip, designed to vindicate an argument first made in his Origines [biblica, 1834] concerning the geography of Mount Sinai and the Red Sea. He returned to England the following March and died suddenly on 31 July 1874 … The results of the Red Sea expedition were posthumously edited and published in 1878 by his widow, Emily,… The 1878 volume, considered by some contemporaries to be his most important, aroused considerable controversy at the time, but left no lasting mark on biblical research" (ODNB). Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1878

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112329

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  8. 112168

    Essais sur Les Isles Fortunes et L Antique Atlantide,

    ou Précis de l’Histoire générale de l’Archipel des Canaries.
    First edition, an unusually fresh complete copy in handsome contemporary tree calf, of this survey of the Atlantic Islands by French naturalist Jean Baptiste Bory de Saint-Vincent (1778-1846). The Isles Fortunees, the Blessed Isles, of the Atlantic, now understood to be the Canary Islands, were thought in classical antiquity to have been the abode of mythological heroes and beasts, the site of some of Herculess adventures, as well as the possible location of Atlantis. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1803

    Published: Paris:

    Stock Code: 112168

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  9. Trojanische Alterth

    Trojanische Alterth

    Bericht über die Ausgrabungen in Troja.
    First edition. Schliemann's successful identification of Hisarlik in north-west Anatolia as the site of Homeric Troy is still considered today "the greatest of all archaeological finds" (PMM). His methods, which involved the destructive use of dynamite, were widely criticised by later scholars, but at the time his account of his discovery enjoyed a popularity unequalled by any previous work in the field. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1874

    Published: Leipzig

    Stock Code: 112133

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  10. Babylonian and Assyrian Laws, Contracts and Letters.

    Babylonian and Assyrian Laws, Contracts and Letters.

    First UK edition of this important monograph, "a collection of documents illustrated by full, ingenious, often brilliant discussions of the problems raised" (ODNB), published shortly after the revolution in the field of Assyriology occasioned by the discovery of the Code of Hammurabi in 1901. Johns (1857-1923) was a noted Cambridge Assyriologist and Church of England clergyman. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1904

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 111917

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  11. The Praise of Paris:

    The Praise of Paris:

    Or, a sketch of the French capital; in extracts of letters from France, in the summer of 1802; with an index of many of the convents, churches, and palaces, not in the French catalogues, which have furnished pictures for the Louvre-Gallery.
    First edition. Weston (1747-1830) was a antiqurian and classical scholar who wrote some fifty books, including various editions of Persian poetry, commentaries on Shakespeare, and several studies of classical architecture; notably he produced the first English translation of the Rosetta Stone, presented verbally at a Society of Antiquaries meeting in 1802. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1803

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111913

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  12. The Works.

    The Works.

    Translated by William Whiston.
    A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: [c. 1900]

    Published: Edinburgh:

    Stock Code: 111256

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  13. Saracenic Heraldry. A Survey.

    Saracenic Heraldry. A Survey.

    First and only edition. An important study, never superseded, in fact "remains the only authoritative work on the subject" (Obituary, Rice & Hirschberg, Ars Orientalis, IV, 1961). Mayer was born in Galicia in 1895, studied in Vienna, Lausanne and Berlin, and emigrated to Mandate Palestine in 1921 where he was employed in Department of Antiquities. He rose to become Director of Archives, before leaving to become the first Sir David Sassoon Professor of Near Eastern Art and Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1932. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1933

    Published: Oxford

    Stock Code: 110826

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  14. Antiquities of Kertch and Researches in the Cimmerian Bosphorus.

    Antiquities of Kertch and Researches in the Cimmerian Bosphorus.

    First and only edition, uncommon. "An example of the degree of technical virtuosity reached by this time in lithography, giving plates brilliant in effect, the equivalent of modern four-colour process work from photographs. It is very difficult to tell whether, or to what extent, the plates are touched by hand … The inks are excellent, with some strong velvety blacks" (Abbey). Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1857

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109135

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  15. The Science of Gems, Jewels, Coins, and Medals, Ancient and Modern.
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    The Science of Gems, Jewels, Coins, and Medals, Ancient and Modern.

    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to sculptor John Graham Lough: "To John Graham Esq. and his amiable wife, this volume conveys the sincere regards, of the Author and his wife" (half-title). Archibald Billing (1791-1881) was a physician by trade and an amateur artist and collector of engraved gems and coins. A lecturer at the London Hospital from the 1810s to the 1840s, he was "among the first medical teachers in London to make auscultation, as introduced by Laennec, a part of regular teaching" (ODNB). Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1867

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109013

    Signed: Yes

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  16. Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914 1915. The Wilderness of Zin.

    Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914 1915. The Wilderness of Zin.

    (Archaeological Report.) With a Chapter on the Greek Inscriptions by M. N. Tod.
    First edition, sole printing, in the first issue binding with the full stop after the date on the spine. During January and February of 1914 Lawrence and Leonard Woolley (the archaeologist who would later excavate Ur), together with a British Army surveying detachment, mapped the Negev region of the Sinai Peninsula. The Negev was ruled by the Ottoman Empire, and the survey was a military venture in the guise of an archaeological expedition, preparation for the war the British believed was imminent. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1915

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108832

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  17. Gogmagog: The Buried Gods.

    Gogmagog: The Buried Gods.

    First edition, first impression. Lethbridge (1901-1971) was a noted antiquarian and archaeologist, sometime keeper of Anglo-Saxon antiquities at the University Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Cambridge. He later undermined his academic reputation with a series of books on the occult, but this is a reputable historical work in which he discusses ancient hill-figures and the search for one such "giant" near Cambridge. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1957

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108015

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    Voyage de l'Arabie Pétrée

    Par Leon de Laborde et Limont, publié par Leon Laborde.
    First edition. In 1826 the seventeen-year-old de Laborde (1809-1869) travelled with his father across Asia Minor and Syria to Cairo, where he met the engineer Louis Linant de Bellefonds (1799-1883), then in the service of Muhammad ‘Ali Pasha. The two Frenchmen decided to set up an expedition to the site of Petra with a view to making drawings of the monuments there, and travelled by way of Suez and Mount Sinai in local dress. Learn More
    £19,500

    Date of Publication: 1830

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 107973

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  19. The Topography of Athens with some Remarks on its Antiquities.

    The Topography of Athens with some Remarks on its Antiquities.

    First edition. "The basis for modern topographical and archaeological studies of the city. A very important work" (Blackmer). Trained at the Royal Military Academy, Leake served for three years on the garrison at Antigua before joining the British military mission to the Ottoman empire in 1799. He accompanied an Anglo-Turkish expedition overland to Egypt in 1800, seeing action at the battle of al-Khanka and the siege of Alexandria in 1801, before returning home via Greece in 1802. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1821

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106230

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    Voyage historique, littéraire et pittoresque dans les isle et possessions ci-devant Vénitiennes du Levant;

    Savoir: Corfou, Paxo, Bucintro, Parga, Prevesa, Vonizza, Sainte-Maure, Thiaqui, Céphalonie, Zante, Strophades, Cérigo et Cérigotte …
    First edition. "This important and very detailed work describes the Ionian Islands shortly after their acquisition by the French. Grasset de Saint-Sauveur lived in there from 1781 until 1798, latterly as a commissioner of commercial relations for Napoleon. The islands had come into the possession of France in 1797" (Blackmer). Grasset's father - also André, who had previously been embroiled in the "affaire du Canada" - was consul-general for the îles Vénitiennes, and made his son vice-consul for Corfu in 1782 and later interim consul to Zante. Learn More
    £5,000

    Date of Publication: 1810

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 106212

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