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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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    First edition of "an important work" (Blackmer), extensively illustrated with lithographs, and including a lengthy introductory essay on different aspects of the region, including travel, pilgrim routes, and trade. In 1826 the 17-year-old de Laborde (1809-1869) travelled with his father across Asia Minor and Syria to Cairo,... Learn More
    £19,500

    Stock Code: 107973

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  2. 127310
    First edition of Stein's account of his first expedition (1900-1) to Chinese Turkestan (now Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region). His findings revealed the extraordinary diversity of cultural forces at work in Khotan and its environs, situated as they were on the Silk Road. The influence of Buddhism was already known but Stein... Learn More
    £5,000

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  3. 130380
    First edition. The reverend and oriental scholar Thomas Maurice (1754-1824) always maintained a strictly biblical analysis of antiquities and oriental mythologies. Much of his work was dedicated to an analysis of Indian antiquities with a view to defending the Pentateuch from the attacks of the sceptical French mythographers.... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 130380

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  4. 129881
    Second edition, improved and enlarged, of this superbly illustrated and important study; first published in 1878 and again in 1882. Scarce, one copy only among British and Irish institutional libraries (V&A); OCLC adds just three more (Strasbourg, Erlangen, Sachsiche Landesbibliothek).

    The German archaeologist Emil... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 129881

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  5. The Mildenhall Treasure.
    First separate and illustrated edition. Signed by Ralph Steadman. A true story about a Suffolk ploughman, who uncovered the greatest hoard of Roman treasure in the British Isles. Learn More
    £80

    Stock Code: 44726

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  6. 126996
    First edition, first impression, one of 3000 copies. This is an illustrated guide to the monuments and the city of Hatra in Northern Iraq, which was taken over by ISIS in 2015. Some of the monuments pictured in this book have since been destroyed, making this an important record of Iraq's lost archaelogical heritage. Written... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 126996

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  7. 127306
    First edition, with the bookplate and strictly contemporary ownership inscription of Bernard Rackham, who spent twenty years as head of ceramics at the V & A and is credited with "putting ceramic studies in England on a firm footing" (ODNB). This, "the first book in English on lustre pottery" (Spectator, 13 November 1920),... Learn More
    £125

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  8. 125496comp
    Presentation copy from the dedicatee Sir Walter Scott to Thomas Moore, inscribed in Scott's hand on the front blank, "Thomas Moore from his affectionate friend Walter Scott, Melrose Abbey, 31 October 1825", with Moore's ownership inscription below and his bookplate to the front pastedown. The presentation was made on the... Learn More
    £6,250

    Stock Code: 125496

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  9. 124586
    First edition of this magnificent and notably rare work, of which only 100 complete sets were produced - 500 copies of vols. I and II, 100 copies of vols. III and IV. Although the two pairs of volumes are dated 1766 and 1767, in fact vol. I was delayed until the end of 1767 and vol. II was published in 1769. Hancarville's... Learn More
    £160,000

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  10. 125986
    First edition, first impression, of this landmark work which has a strong claim to be the single most important text on Central Asia. Stein explains in his introduction: "The term Serindia, as adopted (in the form Sérinde) by valued French fellow-scholars, is excellently suited for the designation of this region, well-defined... Learn More
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  11. 125983
    First edition, first impression. With Stein unable to return to Chinese Turkestan due to the hostility to his work among prominent Chinese scholars, "he turned instead to Persia and, with the initial backing of his American friends at Harvard, began a series of four expeditions there, or 'archaeological reconnaissances',... Learn More
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  12. 125015
    First edition of this glossary on bureaucratic matters by French archaeologist and writer Jacques Bouther de Perthes (1788-1868), who was one of the first to establish the presence of prehistoric man in Europe. Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 125015

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  13. 121338
    Fascinating, unpublished and extremely scarce archive of four original photographs from Schliemann's pioneering excavations at Troy and Mycenae, and another of Samothrace, where work was conducted by Schliemann's compatriot Alexander Conze (1831-1914). The three views taken at Troy (1871-73) show the massive outer walls... Learn More
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  14. 117055
    With an autograph letter dated April 25 from Layard stating that he regrets that he will be unable to attend an event at the Ragged School Society due to his parliamentary duties. A later edition of Layard's account of his discoveries at Nineveh, first published in two volumes in 1849, with the abridged edition first published... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 117055

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  15. 117863
    First and only edition, rare: two copies only traced in libraries (Pittsburgh and Utah). The Scaifes travelled to Yemen in February 1950 at the invitation of maverick archaeologist Wendell Phillips, who was leading "the first American archaeological team to excavate the major ancient cities along the spice routes of South... Learn More
    £450

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  16. 62650
    First edition, early issue with a number of the plates in their first state. "Ackermann's The Microcosm of London... is a book of major importance. The architectural drawings were by Augustus Charles Pugin, a French refugee who came to London in about 1798, 'driven from his country either by the horrors of the French Revolution... Learn More
    £7,500

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  17. 120060
    First edition, with the bookplate of Edward Burne-Jones and also that of his former school friend, Wilfred Lucas Heeley of the Indian Civil Service.
    Burne-Jones's style does not betray any immediately obvious Indian influence, though he was related by marriage to John Lockwood Kipling, a great champion of Indian art,... Learn More
    £3,750

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  18. 83133
    First edition, contemporary hand-colouring throughout. The numerous woodcut crests and other illustrations throughout Bossewell's Armorie were published with the colours indicated by key letters ("V" for vert, green; "A" for argent, silver, etc). In this copy, all the crests, initials and illustrations have been finely illuminated... Learn More
    £10,000

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  19. 116600
    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... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 116600

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  20. 112168
    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... Learn More
    £1,750

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  21. Trojanische Alterthümer.
    First edition. Schliemann's 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... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 112133

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  22. The Praise of Paris:
    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... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 111913

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  23. Saracenic Heraldry. A Survey.
    First and only edition of an important study, never superseded, which 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... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 110826

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  24. The Enigma of Stonehenge.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 105303

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  25. The Mildenhall Treasure.
    First Steadman edition, first impression. It was first published in book form in the 1977 collection The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 103965

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    True first edition, predating the Paris edition by a year. Guiscahrdt was born in Magdeburg in 1724, the son of Huguenot refugees he was intended for the church, "and at Leiden actually preached a sermon as a candidate for the pastorate. But he abandoned theology for more secular studies, especially that of ancient history"... Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 104149

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  27. Sand-Buried Ruins of Khotan. Personal Narrative of a Journey of Archaeological and Geographical Exploration in Chinese Turkestan.
    "Cheaper Edition", one year after the first, and comprising first edition sheets with a cancel title. "A general narrative of his first exploration to Central Asia of 1900-1901. Crossing the Karakoram and the Pamirs he entered Chinese Turkestan, and explored archaeologically the sand-buried ruins of Khotan and its neighbourings... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 103018

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  28. i1
    First edition. 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... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 102606

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  29. The Paradise of Fools.
    First edition. Lively, and uncommon account of an expedition described in Fliegel Jezerniczky's on-line Libyan Desert bibliography as "an extraordinary journey", in which a party led by Mason and W.B. Kennedy Shaw traversed "virtually all major parts of the Libyan desert. They started from Kharga, reaching the Gilf Kebir... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 98888

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  30. The Paradise of Fools.
    First edition of this lively and uncommon account of an expedition described in Fliegel Jezerniczky's on-line Libyan Desert bibliography as "an extraordinary journey", during which a party led by Mason and W. B. Kennedy Shaw traversed "virtually all major parts of the Libyan desert. They started from Kharga, reaching the... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 98893

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  31. Aramaic papyri of the fifth century B.C.
    First edition, first impression. A collection of all the legible pre-Christian Aramaic papyri known to the author at the time of publication, containing letters, legal documents, lists of names, accounts, and three literary pieces, and arranged in chronological order. Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 98096

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  32. 92391
    First edition. Inevitably the journal is well-represented by full runs in institutional collections, but it is always difficult to track down odd numbers. "In the 1920s and 30s, George Horsfield (Horsfield et al. 1933) and his wife Agnes Conway Horsfield (1943) worked in what is today Jordan, excavating at Petra, the citadel... Learn More
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  33. The Enigma of Stonehenge.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by Fowles on the title page. Co-authored with photographer Barry Brukoff. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 87816

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  34. The British History, Translated into English From the Latin
    First edition in English, William Cole's copy, of "one of the most popular and influential historical works of the middle ages" (ODNB), by Geoffrey of Monmouth (c.1100-1154/5), bishop of St Asaph. Completed by 1139, Geoffrey's Historia Regum Britanniae introduced such figures as Arthur, Merlin, and King Leir to an international... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 90365

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  35. The Archaeology of Cape Denbigh.
    First edition, first impression. James Louis Denbigh (1909-1965) was a professor anthropology at Brown University and pioneer in the application of dendrochronology (the study of tree rings) to Arctic archaeology. "Working with samples from living trees and driftwood from old Eskimo village sites on the Kobuk, he established... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 86686

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  36. 73578
    Complete set in first editions of the excavation report on the oldest continuously occupied city in the world. Kenyon's painstaking work with the ceramic assemblages at the site led to a revolution in stratigraphical techniques. Learn More
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  37. 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... Learn More
    £2,875

    Stock Code: 71516

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  38. Leakey's Luck.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 76787

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  39. The Roman Wall,
    First editions. The first named with the inscription, "Presented to Henry Lawes Long Esq., by The Duke of Northumberland, Syon 27th August 1859" to the first blank and circular, sepia lithographed Long armorial bookplate to the front pastedown; the second inscribed "With the Duke of Northumberland's Compliments" verso of... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 68827

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  40. History of the Old Trent Bridge,
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 60987

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  41. Baralam and Yewasef.
    First edition. Volume I contained the full Ethiopic text. Better known as Barlaam and Josaphat, the legend tells of the efforts of King Abenner in India to prevent his son from converting to Christianity. The story has its origins in the life of the Buddha, first having been christianized in Georgia in the tenth century,... Learn More
    £150

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  42. A Chronological Outline of the History of Bristol,
    First Edition. The full-page woodcut on p. 277 shows the old Bristol bridge. Learn More
    £120

    Stock Code: 29662

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  43. Etruscan Bologna:
    First Edition. Hardly common in this condition. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 25667

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  44. Leitfaden zur Nordischen Alterthumskunde,
    First Edition in German, first published in Danish in 1836, Thomsen's manual was immediately translated in recognition of its importance. The tripartite division suggested here was fundamental in winning acceptance for the idea of the Antiquity of Man, opening the way for the development of the discipline of prehistory.... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 42829

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  45. Leitfaden zur Nordischen Alterthumskunde,
    First Edition in German, first published in Danish in 1836, Thomsen's manual was immediately translated in recognition of its importance. The tripartite division suggested here was fundamental in winning acceptance for the idea of the Antiquity of Man, opening the way for the development of the discipline of prehistory.... Learn More
    £625

    Stock Code: 42753

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  46. The Antiquities of Berkshire.
    Second edition of the first county history of Berkshire, originally published in 1719; a third edition was published at reading in 1736. The astrologer and antiquary Elias Ashmole (1617-1692) was appointed to the College of Arms as Windsor Herald of Arms in Ordinary in 1660. In 1667, he began collecting information for this... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 31731

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  47. 39622
    First 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... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 39622

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