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  1. Anthropologie structurale.

    Anthropologie structurale. 1958

    £1,850

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title to his close friend, composer René Leibowitz, “Pour René Leibowitz, en toute amitié, Claude Levi-Strauss”. From the beginnings of their friendship in the late 1940s Lévi-Strauss and Leibowitz kept a copious correspondence …Read more

  2. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant:

    A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant: 1889-90

    £250

    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 …Read more

  3. Bejledning til det Islandske eller gamle Nordiske Sprog.

    Bejledning til det Islandske eller gamle Nordiske Sprog. 1811

    £1,250

    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 …Read more

  4. With a Prehistoric People.

    With a Prehistoric People. 1910

    £175

    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 …Read more

  5. Great Benin.

    Great Benin. 1903

    £425

    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 …Read more

  6. In the Shadow of the Bush.

    In the Shadow of the Bush. 1912

    £200

    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 …Read more

  7. Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes

    Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes 1908

    £1,250

    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” …Read more

  8. The Old-Time Maori.

    The Old-Time Maori. 1938

    £250

    First edition, first impression, of the “first extensive published ethnographic work by a Maori scholar” (Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, online). Makereti sailed to London in 1911 as part of a travelling exhibition of Maori culture and chose to remain in the country. “In 1926 [she] …Read more

  9. Garnered Sheaves.

    Garnered Sheaves. 1931

    £250

    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 …Read more

  10. Myths of the Hindus & Buddhists.

    Myths of the Hindus & Buddhists. 1913

    £1,250

    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 …Read more

  11. The Women of Turkey.

    The Women of Turkey. 1890-1

    £1,250

    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 …Read more

  12. An Anthology of West African Folklore.

    An Anthology of West African Folklore. 1962

    £125

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  13. An American Dilemma.

    An American Dilemma. 1944

    £850

    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, …Read more

  14. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears.

    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears. 1975

    £225

    First edition, first printing. The winner of the Caldecott Medal in 1976. Read more

  15. Covent Garden Drollery.

    Covent Garden Drollery. 1927

    £150

    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 …Read more

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

    The Medicine-Man of the American Indian and His Cultural Background. 1935

    £150

    First edition, first printing, of the definitive history of the medicine-man, and still considered the most sought after work on American shamanism. Read more

  17. My People the Sioux.

    My People the Sioux. 1928

    £275

    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 …Read more

  18. [Title in Arabic] Ta’rikh Sina al-qadim wa’l-hadith wa-jughrafiyatuha.

    [Title in Arabic] Ta’rikh Sina al-qadim wa’l-hadith wa-jughrafiyatuha. 1916

    £3,500

    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 …Read more

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

    Account of the Writings, Religion, and Manners, of the Hindoos: 1811

    £4,500

    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 …Read more

  20. The Andaman Islands.

    The Andaman Islands. 1937

    £450

    First and only edition of this scarce handbook, with around 20 copies in libraries worldwide and rarely appearing in commerce. “The Andaman Islands are known to all students of Indian geography, and some may still have a vague idea of these islands as a Penal …Read more

  21. Kootenai Why Stories.

    Kootenai Why Stories. 1926

    £500

    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 …Read more

  22. Savage Civilisation.

    Savage Civilisation. 1937

    £125

    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 …Read more

  23. Patterns of Negro Segregation.

    Patterns of Negro Segregation. 1944

    £125

    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US the preceding year. From the publisher’s archive, with their stamp to the front panel of the jacket, front pastedown and title page. Read more

  24. The Place-Names of the Isle of Man.

    The Place-Names of the Isle of Man. 1925-9

    £500

    First editions. Wonderful set of this uncommon work of toponymy by the pioneering Manx nationalist, scholar, poet and playwright. It was described by William Cubbon, Manx bibliographer, founder member of the Manx Language Society, secretary and librarian to the Manx Museum, and a driving …Read more

  25. Grammatica Linguae Mauro-Arabicae juxta vernaculi idiomatic usum. Accessit vocabularium latino-mauro-arabicum.

    Grammatica Linguae Mauro-Arabicae juxta vernaculi idiomatic usum. Accessit vocabularium latino-mauro-arabicum. 1800

    £1,250

    First edition. First study of the dialect of the Maghreb, considered by Johann Fück to be the “first scientific contribution to the scientific study of Arab dialects”. Dombay (1756-1810), an Austrian born at Vienna, studied oriental languages at the Maria-Theresa College before being sent to …Read more

  26. Essai sur l’inegalite des races humaines.

    Essai sur l’inegalite des races humaines. 1853-1855

    £9,500

    First edition of Gobineau’s magnum opus and a work which made a deep and dark impression on European thought and action, albeit one “quite disproportionate to its scholarly insignificance and inconsequential argumentation” (PMM). Gobineau (1816-1882) “proclaimed the theory, since entirely disproved, that “race” is a …Read more

  27. The Coming of the Great Queen,

    The Coming of the Great Queen, 1888

    £650

    First edition. Attractive and authoritative contemporary account, the Army and Navy Gazette considered that the “chapters on “The Commerce of Burma” on “Dacoity”, and on “The Native Races of Indo-China” are of great and permanent value”, while the Saturday Review thought that the story of …Read more

  28. The Old-Time Maori.

    The Old-Time Maori. 1938

    £375

    First edition, first impression, of the “first extensive published ethnographic work by a Maori scholar” (Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, online). Makereti sailed to London in 1911 as part of a travelling exhibition of Maori culture and chose to remain in the country. “In 1926 [she] …Read more

  29. Documents d’Ethnographie Navale.

    Documents d’Ethnographie Navale. 1946-8

    £2,250

    First editions, all published. Uncommon. An excellent set of these important works of naval ethnography, forming a series on boat construction around the world. The series was planned as a supplement to Admiral François-Edmond Paris’ famous Souvenirs de Marine Conservés … , first published in …Read more

  30. Savage Civilisation.

    Savage Civilisation. 1937

    £875

    First edition, first impression. The publisher’s archive copy with small pencil mark to the 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 …Read more

  31. The Last Year of Malcolm X.

    The Last Year of Malcolm X. 1967

    £175

    First edition, first printing. A re-evaluation of Malcolm X written two years after his assassination. “The curtain is lifted on the differences of policy and perspective within the Black Muslim movement which led to Malcolm’s break” (front flap). Read more

  32. The New London Universal Gazetteer.

    The New London Universal Gazetteer. 1831

    £350

    A very handsomely bound set. Read more

  33. The Nightless City, or the “History of the Yoshiwara Yukwaku”,

    The Nightless City, or the “History of the Yoshiwara Yukwaku”, [c.1906]

    £750

    First published in 1899, this is the fifth edition “revised”, of this fascinating study of the history and culture of Tokyo’s Yoshiwara yukaku, or “pleasure district”. An interesting figure, de Becker (1863-1928) was an American-educated English lawyer first arrived in Japan in 1887, in 1891 …Read more

  34. The Glory in the Garret.

    The Glory in the Garret. 1932

    £65

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “To my colleague and friend, David R. Mace from Walter Spencer, with every kind thought. June 27th 1932.” A Methodist minister’s account of Christian missions among the slums of South London. Read more

  35. The Cambrian Popular Antiquities;

    The Cambrian Popular Antiquities; 1815

    £625

    First edition. Roberts (1760-1819), a Church of England clergyman and antiquarian, wrote three books on Wales of which this is the third. “Cambrian Popular Antiquities (1815), dealing with Welsh rural customs and superstitions, remains a valuable source to Welsh social history” (ODNB). With bookplate of …Read more

  36. Historia delle genti et della natura delle cose settentrionali.

    Historia delle genti et della natura delle cose settentrionali. 1565

    £8,750

    First edition in Italian. Magnus’s great ethnographical and geographical survey of Scandinavia, Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus (History of the Northern Peoples), was first published in Latin in 1555. This Italian translation re-uses the woodcuts, with a few variations, illustrating all aspects of life: local customs, …Read more

  37. The Marginal Man: A Study in Personality and Culture Conflict.

    The Marginal Man: A Study in Personality and Culture Conflict. 1937

    £225

    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “To Don McLaren, with deep appreciation of your friendship and collaboration, Everett, December 21, 1948.” Read more

  38. The North-West Amazons.

    The North-West Amazons. 1915

    £425

    First edition, first impression. Rare in the dust jacket. This copiously illustrated volume recounts the author’s travels during 1908 and 1909 in the north-west Amazon, “between the River Issa and the River Apaporis where the white men had scarcely penetrated previously” (preface). Whiffen includes much …Read more

  39. The Tshi-speaking Peoples of the Gold Coast of West Africa.

    The Tshi-speaking Peoples of the Gold Coast of West Africa. 1887

    £200

    First edition. Ellis was commissioned second lieutenant in the 1st West India Regiment in November 1873 and accompanied them to the Second Ashante war later that year. “This was the beginning of a long connection with west Africa” (ODNB), serving in many different capacities, military …Read more

  40. The Natural History of Man

    The Natural History of Man 1855

    £650

    An attractively bound and illustrated fourth edition of an important book, edited and enlarged by Edwin Norris, first published in 1848. Physician and ethnologist James Cowles Prichard was (along with William Lawrence and Charles William Wells) one of the three British scientific precursors to Darwin …Read more

  41. The Pygmies..

    The Pygmies.. 1895

    £350

    First edition in English, originally published in Paris in 1887. Quatrefages de Bréau was professor of anthropology and ethnography at the Musée d’Histoire Naturelle from 1855 until his death in 1892. He published extensively on a wide range of subjects, but his work has been …Read more

  42. Among the Forest Dwarfs of Malaya.

    Among the Forest Dwarfs of Malaya. 1929

    £150

    First edition. Schebesta was a Moravian missionary, ethnologist, linguist, and physical anthropologist. The present work was the result of his first scientific field-trip, undertaken in 1924-5 on behalf of the Anthropos Institute, of whose journal he was the editor, to study the Semang people. The …Read more

  43. Dusk of Dawn.

    Dusk of Dawn. 1940

    £3,500

    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. An important autobiographical account of the way in which contemporary concepts of race had affected the author’s life. Read more

  44. Narrative and Critical History of America.

    Narrative and Critical History of America. 1889

    £1,500

    This Riverside Press edition, one of a limited edition of 550 numbered copies of what was for a century the standard reference work on American History. The editor, Justin Winsor (1831–1897) was a writer and prominent librarian at the Boston Public Library and later at …Read more

  45. Notes d’Ethnologie Néo-Calédonienne.

    Notes d’Ethnologie Néo-Calédonienne. 1930

    £185

    First edition. A Protestant pastor to the Kanak people of New Caledonia, Leenhardt became fascinated with their way of life and dedicated more than 30 years of his life to the study of their culture. The founder of oceanic ethnology, he established the Société des …Read more

  46. Structural Anthropology.

    Structural Anthropology. 1968

    £500

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in France in 1958. This copy from the library of Buckminster Fuller, with his ownership signature on the front free endpaper. Read more

  47. The Savage Mind.

    The Savage Mind. 1966

    £175

    First English language edition, first printing. Originally published in France in 1962. Read more

  48. Dress, Drinks, and Drums.

    Dress, Drinks, and Drums. 1931

    £85

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  1. Anthropologie structurale.
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    LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude.

    Anthropologie structurale.

    £1,850

  2. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant:
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    BARRÈRE, Albert, & Charles G. Leland... BARRÈRE, Albert, &...

    A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant:

    £250

  3. Bejledning til det Islandske eller gamle Nordiske Sprog.
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    RASK, Rasmus Kristian. RASK, Rasmus Kristian.

    Bejledning til det Islandske eller gamle Nordiske Sprog.

    £1,250

  4. In the Shadow of the Bush.
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    TALBOT, Percy Amaury. TALBOT, Percy Amaury.

    In the Shadow of the Bush.

    £200

  5. Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes
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    SPRUCE, Richard; Alfred Russel Wallace (ed.) SPRUCE, Richard; Alfred...

    Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes

    £1,250

  6. The Women of Turkey.
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    GARNETT, Lucy M. J. GARNETT, Lucy M....

    The Women of Turkey.

    £1,250

  7. An Anthology of West African Folklore.
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    (JABLOW, Alta, & Paul Goodman, eds.) (JABLOW, Alta, &...

    An Anthology of West African Folklore.

    £125

  8. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears.
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    AARDEMA, Verna. AARDEMA, Verna.

    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears.

    £225

  9. Covent Garden Drollery.
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    (SUMMERS, Montague, ed.) (SUMMERS, Montague, ed.)

    Covent Garden Drollery.

    £150

  10. The Medicine-Man of the American Indian and His Cultural Background.
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    CORLETT, William Thomas. CORLETT, William Thomas.

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

    £150

  11. [Title in Arabic] Ta’rikh Sina al-qadim wa’l-hadith wa-jughrafiyatuha.
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    SHUQAYR, Na'um. SHUQAYR, Na'um.

    [Title in Arabic] Ta’rikh Sina al-qadim wa’l-hadith wa-jughrafiyatuha.

    £3,500

  12. Account of the Writings, Religion, and Manners, of the Hindoos:
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    WARD, William. WARD, William.

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

    £4,500

  13. The Andaman Islands.
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    DASS, F. A. M. DASS, F. A....

    The Andaman Islands.

    £450

  14. Kootenai Why Stories.
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    LINDERMAN, Frank. B. LINDERMAN, Frank. B.

    Kootenai Why Stories.

    £500

  15. The Place-Names of the Isle of Man.
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    KNEEN, John Joseph. KNEEN, John Joseph.

    The Place-Names of the Isle of Man.

    £500

  16. Grammatica Linguae Mauro-Arabicae juxta vernaculi idiomatic usum. Accessit vocabularium latino-mauro-arabicum.
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    DOMBAY, Franz Lorenz von. DOMBAY, Franz Lorenz...

    Grammatica Linguae Mauro-Arabicae juxta vernaculi idiomatic usum. Accessit vocabularium latino-mauro-arabicum.

    £1,250

  17. Essai sur l’inegalite des races humaines.
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    GOBINEAU, Arthur de. GOBINEAU, Arthur de.

    Essai sur l’inegalite des races humaines.

    £9,500

  18. The Coming of the Great Queen,
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    BROWNE, Edmond Charles, Major. BROWNE, Edmond Charles,...

    The Coming of the Great Queen,

    £650

  19. Documents d’Ethnographie Navale.
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    POUJADE, Jean. POUJADE, Jean.

    Documents d’Ethnographie Navale.

    £2,250

  20. Savage Civilisation.
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    HARRISSON, Tom. HARRISSON, Tom.

    Savage Civilisation.

    £875

  21. The Last Year of Malcolm X.
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    BREITMAN, George. BREITMAN, George.

    The Last Year of Malcolm X.

    £175

  22. The New London Universal Gazetteer.
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    (GEOGRAPHY.) (GEOGRAPHY.)

    The New London Universal Gazetteer.

    £350

  23. The Nightless City, or the “History of the Yoshiwara Yukwaku”,
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    DE BECKER, Joseph Ernest. DE BECKER, Joseph...

    The Nightless City, or the “History of the Yoshiwara Yukwaku”,

    £750

  24. The Glory in the Garret.
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    SPENCER, Walter. SPENCER, Walter.

    The Glory in the Garret.

    £65

  25. The Cambrian Popular Antiquities;
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    ROBERTS, Peter. ROBERTS, Peter.

    The Cambrian Popular Antiquities;

    £625

  26. Historia delle genti et della natura delle cose settentrionali.
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    MAGNUS, Olaus. MAGNUS, Olaus.

    Historia delle genti et della natura delle cose settentrionali.

    £8,750

  27. The Marginal Man: A Study in Personality and Culture Conflict.
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    STONEQUIST, Everett V. STONEQUIST, Everett V.

    The Marginal Man: A Study in Personality and Culture Conflict.

    £225

  28. The North-West Amazons.
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    WHIFFEN, Thomas. WHIFFEN, Thomas.

    The North-West Amazons.

    £425

  29. The Tshi-speaking Peoples of the Gold Coast of West Africa.
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    ELLIS, Alfred Burdon. ELLIS, Alfred Burdon.

    The Tshi-speaking Peoples of the Gold Coast of West Africa.

    £200

  30. The Natural History of Man
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    PRICHARD, James Cowles PRICHARD, James Cowles

    The Natural History of Man

    £650

  31. Among the Forest Dwarfs of Malaya.
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    SCHEBESTA, Paul. SCHEBESTA, Paul.

    Among the Forest Dwarfs of Malaya.

    £150

  32. Dusk of Dawn.
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    DUBOIS, W. E. B. DUBOIS, W. E....

    Dusk of Dawn.

    £3,500

  33. Narrative and Critical History of America.
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    WINSOR, Justin (ed.). WINSOR, Justin (ed.).

    Narrative and Critical History of America.

    £1,500

  34. Notes d’Ethnologie Néo-Calédonienne.
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    LEENHARDT, Maurice. LEENHARDT, Maurice.

    Notes d’Ethnologie Néo-Calédonienne.

    £185

  35. Dress, Drinks, and Drums.
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    CRAWLEY, Ernest. CRAWLEY, Ernest.

    Dress, Drinks, and Drums.

    £85

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