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Rename Anthropology: Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to studies of past and present human societies, particularly social and cultural anthropology, analysing the norms and values of societies, and biological or physical anthropology. Linguistic anthropology may also be listed under Linguistics.

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  1. 116377

    Street Children.

    First edition, first impression. A collection of photographs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, famous set designer, of “children growing up, learning and playing in a street environment” in London in 1963 with commentary by B. S. Johnson, the English experimental novelist, poet, literary critic and filmmaker. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1964

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116377

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  2. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant:

    A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant:

    embracing English, American, and Anglo-Indian slang, Pidgin English, Tinkers’ Jargon and other irregular phraseology.
    First and limited edition, number 292 of 675 copies; a handsomely produced work and one of the most important contributions to the codification of slang. The preface is by Albert Barrère, a professor at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, who had compiled both A Dictionary of English and French Military Terms (London: Hachette, 1896) and Argot and Slang: A New French and English Dictionary (London: Privately Printed, 1887, revised 1889); Charles G. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1889-90

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 114469

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  3. With a Prehistoric People.

    With a Prehistoric People.

    The Akikúyu of British East Africa. Being an account of the method of life and mode of thought found existent amongst a nation on its first contact with European civilisation.
    First edition, first impression of the first ethnography of the Kikuyu people. William (1859-1939) originally pursued lengthy medical studies at Oxford and London before acquiring a modest independent income on the death of his father in 1891 and deciding to travel to Newfoundland, where he lived among the indigenous Mi'kmaq. He first travelled to Kenya in 1902, and in 1906 married fellow Oxford graduate Katherine (née Pease), who had spent time working in South Africa after the Second Boer War. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1910

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113718

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  4. Bejledning til det Islandske eller gamle Nordiske Sprog.

    Bejledning til det Islandske eller gamle Nordiske Sprog.

    First edition, a rare interleaved copy owned by Swedish philologist Sven Hylander (1797-1825) with his comments and additions to the work. Hylander was lecturer at the University of Lund and studied Icelandic manuscripts. The famous Swedish poet Esaias Tegner, who was a lecturer in Greek at Lund, wrote an elegy for Hylander on his early death in 1825, the same year as Tegner published his epic Icelandic-inspired poem Frithjof's Saga to broad international acclaim. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1811

    Published: Kjobenhavn [Copenhagen]

    Stock Code: 112682

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  5. Great Benin.

    Great Benin.

    Its Customs, Art and Horrors.
    First edition, 320 copies printed, of this uncommon, still-authoritative account, based partly on the records of the author's brother, who served as medical officer to the punitive Benin Expedition of 1897, in which British troops under Sir Harry Rawson sacked Benin City and brought to an end the Kingdom of Benin: looting occurred on a grand scale, and such goods as were not auctioned off to defray war costs ended up in the British Museum. Learn More
    £425

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published: Halifax

    Stock Code: 111907

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  6. In the Shadow of the Bush.

    In the Shadow of the Bush.

    First edition, first impression of this richly illustrated anthropological study of the Ekoi people, whose territory stretches across southeastern Nigeria and western Cameroon. Talbot was British district commissioner in Degama and a prolific amateur ethnographer and plant collector. He described and photographed many Ekoi rituals and artefacts for the first time. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1912

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111649

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  7. Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes

    Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes

    being records of travel on the Amazon and its tributaries, the Trombetas, Rio Negro, Uaupés, Casiquiari, Pacimoni, Huallaga, and Pastasa; as also to the cataracts of the Orinoco, along the eastern side of the Andes of Peru and Ecuador, and the shores of the Pacific, during the years 1849–1864. Edited and condensed, with a biographical introduction, portrait, seventy-one illustrations and seven maps. In two volumes.
    First edition. One of Wallace's later works was this edition of the botanical papers and diaries of his friend and co-Amazonian explorer Richard Spruce, who had died in 1894. "This work best reflects [Spruce's] gift for analysis, description, and narrative, along with his dry humour" (ODNB). Spruce had been sent to South America in 1849 by Hooker, Bentham, and other botanists; Bentham was to receive, name, and distribute the plants he sent home. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110960

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  8. Garnered Sheaves.

    Garnered Sheaves.

    Essays, Addresses, and Reviews.
    First edition, first impression. A gathering of pieces previously published in a variety of journals, which "might otherwise not be easy to access" (Preface) and including "On certain Burial Customs as illustrative of the Primitive Theory of the Soul", Frazer's "first serious incursion into the wide field of Comparative Anthropology", originally published in The Journal of the Archæological Institute in 1886, and his article on Taboo (originally contributed to the ninth edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica). Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1931

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110256

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  9. Myths of the Hindus & Buddhists.
    signed

    Myths of the Hindus & Buddhists.

    First edition, deluxe limited issue. The tête-de-tirage, number 1 of 75 copies, inscribed "To Viscountess Astor MP, with sincere regards" on the front free endpaper. Nancy Astor, the first female member of parliament, took an outspoken interest in India and particularly the rights of Indian women, though as such viewed the issue of self-determination with a certain ambivalence, writing to the Secretary of State for India, Samuel Hoare, to ask whether he could "sleep easy in his bed and think of India governed only by Indian men" (Mandler, ed. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1913

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109793

    Signed: Yes

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  10. The Women of Turkey.

    The Women of Turkey.

    And Their Folklore. With an ethnographical map and introductory chapters on the ethnography of Turkey; and folk-conceptions of nature, by John S. Stuart-Glennie. [Volume 1:] Christian Women. [Volume 2:] Jewish and Moslem Women.
    First edition, uncommon in the original cloth. "Lucy Garnett travelled extensively in the Balkans and Middle East, recording the customs of the people among whom she lived. In Smyrna, and later in Salonica, she learned Greek and Turkish; her familiarity with demotic Greek led to a collaboration with the folklorist John Stuart Stuart-Glennie … Her most important achievement was the documentation and comparative study of Balkan folk literature, which is still valuable when detached from the dubious theories of ‘scientific' folklore with which Stuart-Glennie tended to preface and gloss her work. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1890

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109714

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  11. An Anthology of West African Folklore.
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1962

    Published: [London]

    Stock Code: 107475

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  12. An American Dilemma.

    An American Dilemma.

    The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy.
    First edition, first printing, one-volume issue. Myrdal shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics with Friedrich Hayek in 1974, for "pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations and for their penetrating analysis of the interdependence of economic, social and institutional phenomena." However, the present study of race relations in America is possibly his best-known and most influential work. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1944

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 107445

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    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears.

    A West African Tale retold. Pictures by Leo and Diane Dillon.
    First edition, first printing. The winner of the Caldecott Medal in 1976. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1975

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 107437

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  14. Covent Garden Drollery.

    Covent Garden Drollery.

    First Fortune Press edition (and second overall), limited to 575 copies printed on hand-made paper, of which this is number 474. This "collection of all the choice songs, poems, prologues, and epilogues, (sung and spoken at courts and theaters) never in print before" was originally published in London in 1672, that edition now represented in only eight known copies in libraries worldwide. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106543

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  15. The Medicine-Man of the American Indian and His Cultural Background.

    The Medicine-Man of the American Indian and His Cultural Background.

    First edition, first printing, of the definitive history of the medicine-man, and still considered the most sought after work on American shamanism. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: Springfield, ILL

    Stock Code: 106219

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  16. My People the Sioux.

    My People the Sioux.

    First UK edition, first impression, with the scarce jacket. It was first published in the US earlier the same year. A landmark publication, this autobiographical account of his tribe and tribesmen was intended to educate the public about Lakota culture and government policies toward his people. It is one of the first books about Native Americans by a Native American. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 103606

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  17. Account of the Writings, Religion, and Manners, of the Hindoos:

    Account of the Writings, Religion, and Manners, of the Hindoos:

    including Translations from their Principal Works.
    The first volume was first published in 1806, but no copies traced, this full edition being issued in 1811 from the Mission Press that Ward laboured so hard to establish. Extremely uncommon, just one set traced at auction, maybe 20 locations institutionally. Trained as a printer, and working in that capacity on various newspapers in the Midlands, and then in Hull at the Hull Advertiser and Exchange Gazette, Ward had suffered from severe spiritual crises - ‘fierce volcano fires not to be quenched by a mere sprinkling of words' - before he was baptised at Hull in 1796. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1811

    Published: Serampore

    Stock Code: 102883

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  18. Title in Arabic Tarikh Sina al-qadim wal-hadith wa-jughrafiyatuha.

    Title in Arabic Tarikh Sina al-qadim wal-hadith wa-jughrafiyatuha.

    Ma’a khulasat ta’rikh Misr wa’l-Sham wa’l-’Iraq wa-Jazirat al-’Arab wa-ma kana baynaha min al-’ala’iq al-tijariyah wa’l-harbiyah wa ghayriha ‘an tariq Sina min awwal ‘ahd al-ta’rikh ila al-yawm [The History and Geography of Sinai Ancient and Modern, with a summary of the histories of Egypt, Syria, Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula with regard to their commercial and military relations by way of Sinai, from the beginning of history to the present day.]
    First edition, first impression. Three detailed chapters cover the geography, Bedouin and history of the Sinai Peninsula; in the preface Shuqayr writes that the book was about to go to press when war was declared in 1914 and he decided to extend the scope of his study with a "conclusion" (khatimah), not so much a conclusion as "a history of the Arabs before and after the advent of Islam, in the Arabian Peninsula and beyond" (p. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1916

    Published: Cairo

    Stock Code: 102606

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  19. Kootenai Why Stories.
    signed

    Kootenai Why Stories.

    Illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For [indecipherable] and Pat Dale, whose tracks are all about the shack at Goose Bay, Frank B. Linderman, 1936". Writer and politician Frank Bird Linderman (1869-1938) collected the stories in this volume from the Native American tribe of the Kootenai, or, "Flat-bow-people". Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 101834

    Signed: Yes

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  20. Savage Civilisation.

    Savage Civilisation.

    First edition, second impression (four months after the first). The publisher's archive copy with their stamp to jacket front panel. Savage Civilisation was the future founder of Mass-Observation's first best-seller, in which he defended the way of life of the cannibals of the New Hebrides and their rights to their own land. "Harrisson's fourth Oxford expedition (1933-5) was to the New Hebrides. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 101487

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