FRAZER, James George. The Golden Bough.
London : 1890First edition of Frazer's ground-breaking study of comparative religion, a major and enduring influence on the discipline of anthropology, and which scandalized its Victorian readership by placing Christian beliefs alongside pagan religions.
"Frazer's true subject is nothing less than humanity's long upward struggle towards an understanding of... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 148905
BAKER, John R. Race.
London : 1974First edition, first impression, of Baker's popular yet poorly received work, which attempted to classify human races in the same way that animal subspecies are classified. An attractively bound copy in an elegant Bayntun binding executed for Birmingham lawyer Gordon William Quance, with his monogram to the front cover. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 148240
ELLIS, William. Polynesian Researches,
London : 1829First edition of Ellis's most important work, and "one of the most important books on the history and ethnology of the Society Islands, by one of the most perceptive of the missionary travelers in the Pacific" (Forbes). This copy is in the original boards, and distinctly uncommon thus.
William Ellis (1794-1872) joined the London Missionary Society... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 146691
USEINOV, Kazim Useinovich. Skazki i legendy tatar Kryma.
Simferol : 1936First edition of this rare and fragile compilation of regional folklore, an area of research that was soon to be suppressed under detatarization with fatal consequences for Useinov. Highly attractive little book, thematically woven together by design elements drawn from local textile and visual arts employed as head- and tail-pieces, elaborated initials,... Learn More£1,450.00
Stock Code: 145240
HAMILTON, Augustus. Maori Art: The Art Workmanship of the Maori Race in New Zealand.
Wellington : 1896First edition, issued in five parts between 1896 and 1900, bound in the publisher's cloth upon the issue of the fifth and final part. Hamilton's Maori Art was a monumental publication documenting and depicting a wealth of Maori artwork. A total of 900 copies were printed and bindings were offered as here or in brown morocco with a matching design.
Augustus... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146555
SCHMALHAUSEN, Samuel D., & V. F. Calverton (eds.) Woman's Coming of Age. A Symposium.
New York : 1931First edition, first printing, of this collection of 28 "radical" essays on the role of women in the modern world and their historic treatment. This copy, in the uncommon and attractive jacket, is from the library of the folklorist and anthropologist Harold Courlander, with his contemporary ownership inscription and bookplate on the front pastedown,... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 132007
THOMAS, William Isaac and Florian Znaniecki. The Polish Peasant in Europe and America.
Boston : 1918-20First editions, first printings, of the complete set of this important sociological study.
"Thomas had already travelled to Eastern Europe and Russia in 1896, considering the prospect of a comparative study of immigrant groups. That approach would have tended to highlight the differences between groups and to imply that such differences were... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 147755
ACOSTA, Jose de. The Naturall and Morall Historie of the East and West Indies.
London : 1604First edition in English of "the most convincing, detailed, and reliable account" of the Americas at this time, in a notably attractive contemporary binding (Hill). While this influential work is well-held institutionally it is scarce in commerce, and especially so in a contemporary binding, with only five such copies appearing at auction in the last... Learn More£18,750.00
Stock Code: 141468
SCHOOLCRAFT, Henry R. Information Respecting the History, Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States:
Philadelphia : 1853-57Second edition of this impressive, ground-breaking and expansive work, unchallenged as the most comprehensive study of Native American culture, enhanced by "Captain Seth Eastman's exceptional lithographs" (American National Biography); four of the five volumes here (I-II and IV-VI) are contemporary presentation copies, inscribed by a trio of Commissioners... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 137694
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); STARKIE, Walter. Don Gypsy.
London : 1936First edition, first impression, publisher's presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Charles W. Berry the greatest of 'afficionados' in memory of so many wonderful hours a picaresque tribute from the author, Walter Starkie, London, July 1936" and with a drawing of a musical score's first bar.
The recipient was in all likelihood... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 144959
LELAND, Charles Godfrey. The Algonquin Legends of New England.
Boston : 1884First edition of Leland's uncommon collection of the folklore of the "principal Wabanaki, or Northeastern Algonquin, Indians". All of the material was gathered directly from native American narrators, the great majority by Leland himself and the sources identified. The illustrations are from birch bark originals by Tomah Josephs, Indian Governor at... Learn More£775.00
Stock Code: 144666
DURKHEIM, Émile. Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse.
Paris : 1912First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title "A mon collegue D. Parodi, Bien cordialement, E. Durkheim". Dominique Parodi (1870-1955) was among Durkheim's collaborators on their journal Année sociologique, subsequently the General Inspector of Public Instruction in France from 1919 to 1934, where he presided... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 140596
LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. Le Totémisme Aujourd'hui.
Paris : 1962First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Pour Claudie et Claude Tardits en amical hommage, Claude Levi Strauss", and with the recipient pencil annotations. Claude Tardits (1921-2007) was a French ethnologist and anthropologist specialised in Africa, best known for his thesis on the Bamoum kingdom, published in 1980.... Learn More£1,100.00
Stock Code: 140937
MEAD, Margaret. Coming of Age in Samoa.
New York : 1928First edition, first printing, of Mead's first and pioneering book which launched her career as an internationally recognised anthropologist. Based on Mead's immersive field work in American Samoa in 1925, Coming of Age in Samoa is one of the most widely read anthropology books ever published. Its unwavering influence during the following decades is... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 118644
BESOLOW, Thomas Edward. From the Darkness of Africa to the Light of America:
Boston : 1891First edition thus, second overall, the earliest realistically procurable edition of the author's first book. Besolow (1857-1948) was born of Vai parents at Bendu, Liberia. He studied in America before coming back to Cape Mount, where he served as county attorney, member of the House of Representatives, and was appointed associate justice of the Supreme... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 34016
WELLCOME, Sir Henry. Catalogue of the Twenty-Seventh Auction Sale of the Series, comprising : Prehistoric and Ethnological Specimens
London : 1939First and only edition, inevitably uncommon, just a single copy- at the Swiss Musée d'Ethnographie - located in a search of online institutional listings. The material was sold by Wellcome's trustees "as surplus to the requirements of the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum". The majority of the sale comprised of "the greater part" of the renowned... Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 134894
WARD, William. Account of the Writings, Religion, and Manners, of the Hindoos:
Serampore : 1811The 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... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 102883
RASK, Rasmus Kristian. Vejledning til det Islandske eller gamle Nordiske Sprog.
Copenhagen : 1811First 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,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 112682
POUJADE, Jean. Documents d'Ethnographie Navale.
Paris : 1946-48First 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 1877, the Fascicule Introductif including an index to Paris'... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 94734
THOMSON, John, & Adolphe Smith Headingley. Street Life in London. With permanent photographic illustrations taken from life expressly for this publication.
London : First edition, book issue. A work which pioneered the genre of photojournalism. The photographer John Thomson (1837-1921), who had made his reputation with photographic records of his Far Eastern travels, joined forces with the radical journalist Adolphe Smith Headingley (fl. 1870-1920) to document the lives of ordinary Londoners, combining hard-hitting,... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 135678
IRWIN, Godfrey & Eric Partridge. American Tramp and Underworld Slang.
London : 1931First UK edition following the US of the same year, limited to 1000 copies, this being one of 45 on "Imitation H. M. Paper, specially bound, and signed by Godfrey Irwin and Eric Partridge" on the half-title.
"Mr. Irwin, whose share in this book is a glossary of 1600 words and phrases and a selection of favorite hobo songs, is a native Englishman... Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 136118
MALCOLM, John, Sir. Sketch of the Sikhs;
London : 1812First edition of this scarce account of Sikhism, the cornerstone of later publications on the topic, annotated over four pages by a British Officer who interacted with the Sikhs during his service. This "preliminary effort" (Khurana, p. 22) on the subject sheds some light on the history of the Sikhs, their countries and government, and their religion.... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 135209
LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. Regarder écouter lire.
Paris : 1993First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Raymond Firth warmest regards Levi-Strauss". Firth (1901-2002) was a prominent New Zealand anthropologist and student of Bronislaw Malinowski, whom he succeeded as Professor Anthropology at the London School of Economics in 1944, remaining there for twenty-four years. Lévi-Strauss... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 132941
PICHON, Thomas-Jean. La Physique de l'Histoire,
Amsterdam : 1765One of two 1765 editions of Pichon's work, the other printed in The Hague (also issued with a London-imprint title page), of unknown priority. The French churchman Thomas Jean-Pichon (1731-1812) can be claimed as part of the anti-philosophe reaction, with his writings countering the enlightenment and the Encyclopédie. The present work is a study of... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 129387
DEFOE, Daniel. Conjugal Lewdness: or, Matrimonial Whoredom.
London : 1727First edition, rare first issue. Contemporary critics attacked the work's title, which, according to Defoe, was viewed as "a Breach upon Modesty" and offensive to their ears, and the book was reissued the same year with a cancel title page, more politely titled as A Treatise concerning the Use and Abuse of the Marriage Bed. The first issue is rare,... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 124762
CATLIN, George. North American Indians.
Edinburgh : 1926A handsomely produced edition, scarce in the dust jackets. A young lawyer turned portraitist, Catlin set out in 1830 from his home in Pennsylvania to record on canvas the indigenous tribes of North America and their way of life. His eight years among the major tribes of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains resulted in his "Indian Gallery," an enormous... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 121781
MARSHALL, William E. A Phrenologist amongst the Todas.
London : 1873First edition. Marshall, an Indian Army officer, lived among the pastoral Toda people of the Nilgiri plateau while on furlough in 1870. British observers had wondered at their strange appearance and customs since the 1830s, variously identifying them as descendants of Jews, Arabs, Scythians, Druids, Romans, or even Polynesians; Marshall himself concluded... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 118106
OMAN, Julia Trevelyan; JOHNSON, B. S. (intro.) Street Children.
London : 1964First 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£375.00
Stock Code: 116377
MYRDAL, Gunnar, assisted by Richard Sterner & Arnold Rose. An American Dilemma.
New York : 1944First 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... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 107445
DASS, F. A. M. The Andaman Islands.
Bangalore : 1937First 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 Settlement. Beyond this piece of knowledge very few know anything definite about this group... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 100000
DOMBAY, Franz Lorenz von. Grammatica Linguae Mauro-Arabicae juxta vernaculi idiomatic usum. Accessit vocabularium latino-mauro-arabicum.
Vienna : 1800First edition of the 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 Morocco as an interpreter, subsequently serving in... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 96768
HARRISSON, Tom. Savage Civilisation.
London : 1937First 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 to their own land. "Harrisson's fourth Oxford expedition (1933-5)... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 94109
MAGNUS, Olaus. Historia delle genti et della natura delle cose settentrionali.
Venice : 1565First 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, warfare, trades and occupations,... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 87741
STONEQUIST, Everett V. The Marginal Man: A Study in Personality and Culture Conflict.
New York : 1937First 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." Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 86930
WHIFFEN, Thomas. The North-West Amazons.
London : 1915First 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 detailed information on the cultural practices,... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 85774
WINSOR, Justin (ed.). Narrative and Critical History of America.
1889This 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 Harvard University, where he professionalized library management and became one of... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 68725
LEENHARDT, Maurice. Notes d'Ethnologie Néo-Calédonienne.
Paris : 1930First 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 Oceanistes in 1927, and was closely involved with the Musée de l'Homme. Ownership inscription... Learn More£185.00
Stock Code: 67564
FULLER, Buckminster - LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. Structural Anthropology.
London : 1968First UK edition, first impression, of the first volume of Structural Anthropology (the second volume following in 1977); this copy from the library of Buckminster Fuller, with his ownership signature on the front free endpaper. Originally published in France in 1958. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 63480
BARZUN, Jacques. Race: A Study in Superstition.
New York : 1965Second edition, revised. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Lionel & Diana, with ever affectionate thoughts, this dull old book that faithfully reflects the dull old friend who sends it, Jacques. Dec 22/64". Literary critic Lionel Trilling (1905-75) worked at Columbia during the same period as Barzun, and for thirty years the two... Learn More£775.00
Stock Code: 61792
HARRISSON, Tom. Savage Civilisation.
New York : 1937First US edition, same year as the UK first. Uncommon, Harrisson's first book of anthropology based on the work of the Oxford expedition to the New Hebrides, for which he was officially the ornithologist; "When the rest of the Oxford party left Santo Island for home in 1934, Harrisson got to Malekula, where cannibalism was still widespread. Unarmed,... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 51720
WILSON, Edmund. The Scrolls from the Dead Sea.
New York : 1955First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To Cousin Dorothy with love from Edmund Wellfleet Mass. October 19, 1955" on the front free endpaper. With a correction to the text in Wilson's hand. Dorothy Mendenhall was Wilson's cousin, a respected researcher, obstetrician, and pioneer in methods of childbirth. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 42863
PARMENTIER, H. Les Sculptures Chames au Musée du Tourane.
1922First Edition. Volume IV in the "Ars Asiatica" series published under the aegis of L'École Française d'Extrème-Orient. A trained architect and one of the founding fathers of the EFEO school of archaeology, Parmentier's work on Cham culture and later at Angkor were key in the interpretation of the early civilizations of Indochina. Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 39622