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Archaeology & antiquities

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. Tree and Serpent Worship: or Illustrations of Mythology and Art in India in the First and Fourth Centuries after Christ.
    FERGUSSON, James. Tree and Serpent Worship: or Illustrations of Mythology and Art in India in the First and Fourth Centuries after Christ.

    London : 1868

    First edition, Edward Burne-Jones's copy, of this superb example of an early photographically illustrated book involving three of the key players in the development of the form: James Fergusson, one of Victorian Britain's most prominent architectural historians, William Griggs, the inventor of the photolithographic process, and Lieut. James Waterhouse,... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 120060

  2. 141405
    GRAINGER, Francis, & W. G. Collingwood. The Register and Records of Holm Cultram.

    Kendal : 1929

    First and sole edition, published under the aegis of the Cumberland & Westmoreland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society. "Holm Cultram, the outlying part of north-western Cumberland, though beyond the area of the Lake District and consequently little known to the general public, has a distinction of its own" (Preface). Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 141405

  3. 134488comp
    MURRAY, A. S. The Sculptures of the Parthenon.

    London : 1903

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a preliminary blank, "To Miss Elinor S. Lewes, from the author, with my best wishes, A. S. Murray, 19th March 1903"; inscribed beneath, "This book was specially completed and bound for us before publication and given us by the author and Mrs Murray as a wedding present.... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 134488

  4. On Ancient Central-Asian tracks. Brief Narrative of Three Expeditions in Innermost Asia and Northern-Western China.
    STEIN, Sir (Marc) Aurel. On Ancient Central-Asian tracks. Brief Narrative of Three Expeditions in Innermost Asia and Northern-Western China.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression, described by Yakushi as a "comprehensive summary of the results of the author's first three Central Asian expeditions and of his researches carried out during the years 1900-16". Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 139883

  5. Egypt: Descriptive, Historical, and Picturesque.
    EBERS, G. Egypt: Descriptive, Historical, and Picturesque.

    London : c. 1880

    First edition in English of this impressive work, originally published as Aegypten in Bild und Wort (1878-79), by the German Egyptologist Georg Ebers (1837-1898), who gave his name to the Ebers Papyrus, one of the world's oldest medical documents, acquired in Upper Egypt from a Coptic antiquarian during the winter of 1872-3. This English version is... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 139417

  6. Saracenic Heraldry. A Survey.
    MAYER, Leo Aryeh. Saracenic Heraldry. A Survey.

    Oxford : 1933

    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.... Learn More
    £825.00

    Stock Code: 111051

  7. The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter.
    HOPE, W[illiam] H[enry] St John. The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter.

    Westminster : 1901

    First edition in a handsome binding. Hope was a noted antiquarian born in Derby in 1854. "His increasing reputation led to his election as a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1883, and two years later he was appointed assistant secretary of the society, the last to be resident in Burlington House. During the twenty-five years in which... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140529

  8. Nineveh and Its Remains:
    LAYARD, Austen Henry. Nineveh and Its Remains:

    London : 1849

    First edition. Layard who "grew up a Romantic, desperate for fame and exotic experiences, and contemptuous of English professional mores", turned his back on steady employ in his uncle's solicitor's office and set of overland to join another uncle in Ceylon. Side-tracked by adventure he set aside his original itinerary and lived for some time in the... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140572

  9. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;
    LAYARD, Austen H. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;

    London : 1853

    First edition. Layard's important second British Museum expedition "yielded further important trophies and discoveries, including the cuneiform library of Sennacherib's grandson Ashurbanipal, on which most modern knowledge of Assyrian culture is founded" (ODNB). "Apart from the archaeological value of his work in identifying Kouyunjik as the site of... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140571

  10. A Dictionary of Assyrian Botany.
    THOMPSON, Reginald Campbell. A Dictionary of Assyrian Botany.

    London : 1949

    First and only edition. Well-represented institutionally, and occasionally encountered on the market, but rarely without library paraphernalia, and in such sound condition. Thompson was one of the leading Assyriologists of his era, his skill in the transcription of cuneiform being such that some of "those in Thompson's handscript remain indispensable"... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 140452

  11. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;
    LAYARD, Austen H. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;

    London : 1853

    First edition. Layard's important second British Museum expedition "yielded further important trophies and discoveries, including the cuneiform library of Sennacherib's grandson Ashurbanipal, on which most modern knowledge of Assyrian culture is founded" (ODNB). "Apart from the archaeological value of his work in identifying Kouyunjik as the site of... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 139903

  12. Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petraea, and the Holy Land.
    [STEPHENS, John Lloyd.] Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petraea, and the Holy Land.

    New York : 1837

    First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "Francis illegible Grant from his friend the author", part of the inscription blotted out, apparently correcting the first names of the recipient.

    John Lloyd Stephens (1805-1852), along with Frederick Catherwood, is best known as one of the pioneers of Mayan... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 139468

  13. The Papyrus of Ani.
    BUDGE, Sir E. A. Wallis. The Papyrus of Ani.

    London : 1913

    First edition thus. "The Papyrus of Ani, which was acquired by the Trustees of the British Museum in 1888, is the largest, the most perfect, and the best illuminated of all the papyri containing copies of the Theban Recension of the Book of the Dead." (Preface) First published in facsimile in 1890, with a second edition and accompanying translation... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 139361

  14. Catalogue of the Twenty-Seventh Auction Sale of the Series, comprising : Prehistoric and Ethnological Specimens
    WELLCOME, Sir Henry. Catalogue of the Twenty-Seventh Auction Sale of the Series, comprising : Prehistoric and Ethnological Specimens

    London : 1939

    First 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 Meical Museum". The majority of the sale comprised of "the greater part" of the renowned Rosehill... Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 134894

  15. Nineveh and Its Remains:
    LAYARD, Austin Henry. Nineveh and Its Remains:

    1849

    First edition. Layard who "grew up a Romantic, desperate for fame and exotic experiences, and contemptuous of English professional mores", turned his back on steady employ in his uncle's solicitor's office and set of overland to join another uncle in Ceylon. Side-tracked by adventure he set aside his original itinerary and lived for some time in the... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 133106

  16. Mémoires critiques et historiques sur plusieurs points d'antiquités militaires
    GUISCHARDT, Karl Gottlieb. Mémoires critiques et historiques sur plusieurs points d'antiquités militaires

    Berlin : 1773

    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" (Britannica, 1911). He served... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 104149

  17. Documents d'Ethnographie Navale.
    POUJADE, Jean. Documents d'Ethnographie Navale.

    Paris : 1946-8

    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 1877, the Fascicule Introductif including an index to Paris'... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 94734

  18. The Microcosm of London.
    ACKERMANN, Rudolph. The Microcosm of London.

    London : [1808-10]

    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 or by private reasons... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 62650

  19. Southern Arabia. Soudan and Socotra.
    BENT, Theodore & Mabel. Southern Arabia. Soudan and Socotra.

    London : 1900

    First edition, first impression. Uncommon in cloth. Bent and his wife surveyed in the Arabian peninsula extensively between 1893 and his death in 1897, adding "much to European knowledge of the Hadhramaut country, the mountainous area backing the Gulf of Aden In November 1896 he traversed Socotra and explored the little-known country within 50 miles... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 137495

  20. Travels & Discoveries in the Levant.
    NEWTON, Charles Thomas. Travels & Discoveries in the Levant.

    London : 1865

    First edition, first impression. Firsthand account of excavations at Mitylene, Rhodes, Kalymnos and various sites on the coast of Asia Minor, culminating at Halicarnassus. Following graduation from Oxford, where he was a friend of Ruskin, "Newton entered the British Museum in 1840 as assistant in the department of antiquities under Edward Hawkins. Here... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 137439

  21. San'â': An Arabian Islamic City.
    SERJEANT, R. B., & Ronald Lewcock (eds.) San'â': An Arabian Islamic City.

    London : 1983

    First edition, number 1,911 of 2,000 copies only. The work of a team of internationally respected experts in a wide range of disciplines, this is a case-study of major scholastic importance in which the society - along with the complex religious, legal and mercantile setting - long history, crafts, arts, and religious and vernacular architecture of... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 136295

  22. A Topographical History of Surrey.
    BRAYLEY, Edward Wedlake. A Topographical History of Surrey.

    1841

    First edition. "Brayley's most important work was probably a History of Surrey (5 vols., 18418). His topographical works bear scrutiny because of his competence in a range of scientific, literary, and artistic subjects, a breadth of knowledge which few other contemporary topographers could match" (ODNB). A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 70458

  23. Introductions a l'Étude de l'Archéologie, des Pierres Gravées et des Médailles.
    MILLIN, Aubin-Louis. Introductions a l'Étude de l'Archéologie, des Pierres Gravées et des Médailles.

    Paris : 1826

    First posthumous edition of this essay first published in 1796 as an introduction to the study of ancient monuments.
    In this work, Aubin Louis Eleuthérophile Millin de Grandmaison (1759-1818) reviews the various applications of archaeology (which he divides into nine categories: monuments, paintings, sculptures, engravings, mosaics, vases, instruments,... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 117619

  24. Ancient Pagan Tombs and Christian Cemeteries,
    CARUANA, A. A. Ancient Pagan Tombs and Christian Cemeteries,

    Malta : 1898

    First and only edition of this study of early funerary antiquities and practices in Malta by Dr. Antonio Annetto Caruana (1830-1905), a "pioneer in the field of Heritage Management in the Maltese islands" (Romina Delia).
    Caruana was an archaeologist and author, who served as Librarian and Keeper of Antiquities at the Malta Library from 1880 to 1896.... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 133559

  25. Dodone et ses Ruines.
    CARAPANOS, Constantin. Dodone et ses Ruines.

    Paris : 1878

    First and only edition, well represented institutionally, but uncommon on the market with just a single set recorded at auction. An attractive, if mildly tenuous, association copy inscribed "Au très Honorable Lord Houghton, Hommage, Constantin Carapanos". Born at Arta in Epirus, Carapanos studied law at the University of Athens, on graduation joining... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 132854

  26. Cyprus:
    CESNOLA, General Louis Palma Di. Cyprus:

    London : 1877

    First edition of this controversial work on Cypriot antiques by Luigi Palma di Cesnola (1832-1904) an Italian-American soldier, diplomat, and amateur archaeologist. He was United States consul at Larnaca in Cyprus from 1865 to 1877, a time during which he carried out extensive excavations and uncovered a large quantity of antiquities. The collection... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 132949

  27. Pompeji: die Neuesten Ausgrabungen von 1874 bis 1881 für Kunst-und-Alterhumfreunde.
    PRESUHN, Emil. Pompeji: die Neuesten Ausgrabungen von 1874 bis 1881 für Kunst-und-Alterhumfreunde.

    Leipzig : 1881

    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 Presuhn (1844-1881), described... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 129881

  28. Morgenlaendische Alterthümer.
    DOROW, Wilhelm. Morgenlaendische Alterthümer.

    Weisbaden : 1820-1

    First editions, only two numbers were published, of this rare German periodical devoted to Indian and Assyrian art and archaeology. Volume I deals with cuneiform tablets and cylinder seals, many from Dorow's own collection, and the Tibetan written language; volume II covers Indian and Tibetan mythology and symbolism in Indian art. The distinguished... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 129893

  29. Note on the Historical Results, deducible from recent Discoveries in Afghanistan.
    PRINSEP, Henry Thoby. Note on the Historical Results, deducible from recent Discoveries in Afghanistan.

    London : 1844

    First edition. Prinsep (1792-1878) was a long-time "servant of John Company" and "recognized as one of ablest men in the service" (ODNB). On his retirement in 1843 after over 30 years in the sub-continent, he and his wife Sara, sister to Julia Margaret Cameron, set up in Little Holland House where their salon was "one of the artistic and literary centres... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 127436

  30. Saracenic Heraldry. A Survey.
    MAYER, Leo Aryeh. Saracenic Heraldry. A Survey.

    Oxford : 1933

    First and only edition, with the bookplate of Comte François Chandon de Briailles, member of the famous Champagne family and gentleman scholar of numismatics and heraldry. 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... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 127302

  31. Lustre Pottery.
    EVANS, Maria M. Lustre Pottery.

    London : 1920

    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), offers an overview of the... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 127306

  32. Hatra.
    SAFAR, Fuad, & Muhammad Ali Mustafa. Hatra.

    Baghad : 1974

    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 by the two men who led excavations... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 126996

  33. Morgenlaendische Alterthümer.
    DOROW, Wilhelm. Morgenlaendische Alterthümer.

    Weisbaden : 1820-1

    First editions, only two numbers were published, of this rare German periodical devoted to Indian and Assyrian art and archaeology. Volume I deals with cuneiform tablets and cylinder seals, many from Dorow's own collection, and the Tibetan written language; volume II covers Indian and Tibetan mythology and symbolism in Indian art. The distinguished... Learn More
    £7,250.00

    Stock Code: 126249

  34. Serindia.
    STEIN, M. Aurel. Serindia.

    Oxford : 1921

    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 by nature as well as by... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 125986

  35. Description of the Abbeys of Melrose, and Old Melrose, with their traditions.
    (SCOTT, Sir Walter.) BOWER, John. Description of the Abbeys of Melrose, and Old Melrose, with their traditions.

    Edinburgh : 1822

    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 occasion of Moore's "long meditated... Learn More
    £6,250.00

    Stock Code: 125496

  36. Petit Glossaire,
    BOUTHER DE PERTHES, Jacques. Petit Glossaire,

    Paris : 1835

    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
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 125015

  37. Collection of Etruscan, Greek, and Roman Antiquities
    HAMILTON, Sir William. Collection of Etruscan, Greek, and Roman Antiquities

    Naples : 1766-7 [actually 1767-76]

    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 financial problems led him... Learn More
    £160,000.00

    Stock Code: 124586

  38. Ilios. Stadt und Land der Trojaner. Forschungen und Entdeckungen in der Troas und Besonderes auf der Baustelle von Troja.
    SCHLIEMANN, Heinrich. Ilios. Stadt und Land der Trojaner. Forschungen und Entdeckungen in der Troas und Besonderes auf der Baustelle von Troja.

    Leipzig : 1881.

    First edition in German, preceded by the English edition a year earlier. Schliemann's account of his excavations at Hissarlik/Troy. A shameless self-publicist, motivated more perhaps by his desire for glory than his love of historical truth, Schliemann has been criticised for the brutality of his methods, however Carl Blegen, director of the excavations... Learn More
    £1,150.00

    Stock Code: 122940

  39. Five large original photographs of excavations at Troy (3), Mycenae (1) and Samothrace (1) - from the private collection of Heinrich Schliemann, with his holograph annotations.
    SCHLIEMANN, Heinrich. Five large original photographs of excavations at Troy (3), Mycenae (1) and Samothrace (1) - from the private collection of Heinrich Schliemann, with his holograph annotations.

    Troy, Mycenae, Samothrace (present day western Turkey and Greece) : c.1879

    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 of King Priam's city on the left... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 121338

  40. The Antiquities of the Anglo-Saxon Church.
    (BEWICK, Thomas.) LINGARD, John. The Antiquities of the Anglo-Saxon Church.

    Newcastle : 1806

    First edition of the first work of John Lingard (1771-1851), Roman Catholic priest and historian, "a work which reveals him to be a moderate upholder of the Catholic cisalpine and Gallican tradition of historical scholarship. In this work he sought to oppose the errors of a generation of protestant Anglo-Saxon scholars who argued for an English church,... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 121264

  41. Dictionnaire classique de géographie ancienne, pour l'intelligence des auteurs anciens, servant d'introduction à celui de la géographie moderne de Laurent Echard,
    [AYROLLES, Bertrand d'.] Dictionnaire classique de géographie ancienne, pour l'intelligence des auteurs anciens, servant d'introduction à celui de la géographie moderne de Laurent Echard,

    Paris : 1768

    First and sole edition; Copac cites Scotland and Wellcome only among British and Irish institutional libraries, OCLC adds another dozen worldwide. The dedicatee is François-Louis-Claude Marin, royal censor and Secretaire General de la Librairie - the editor mentioning that it was printed at Avignon where "je puis braver... la severite de votre Police"... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 121038

  42. Arabian Interlude.
    SCAIFE, Alan & Sarah. Arabian Interlude.

    Pittsburgh, PA : 1951

    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 Arabia" (Potts, ed. Araby the... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 117863

  43. Nineveh and Its Remains:
    LAYARD, Austen Henry. Nineveh and Its Remains:

    London : 1876

    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 in 1851. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 117055

  44. Alexandria: A History and A Guide.
    FORSTER, E. M. Alexandria: A History and A Guide.

    Alexandria : 1922

    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Forster "AJB, from the author" on the front free endpaper, and with the ownership inscription of the recipient, A. J. Butler, on the front board. This is 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... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 112539

  45. Essais sur Les Isles Fortunées et L'Antique Atlantide,
    BORY DE ST VINCENT, Jean Baptiste. Essais sur Les Isles Fortunées et L'Antique Atlantide,

    Paris : [1803]

    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... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 112168

  46. The Praise of Paris:
    WESTON, Stephen. The Praise of Paris:

    London : 1803

    First edition. Weston (1747-1830) was an antiquarian 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... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 111913

  47. Saracenic Heraldry. A Survey.
    MAYER, Leo Aryeh. Saracenic Heraldry. A Survey.

    Oxford : 1933

    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 in Department of Antiquities.... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 110826

  48. The Science of Gems, Jewels, Coins, and Medals, Ancient and Modern.
    BILLING, Archibald. The Science of Gems, Jewels, Coins, and Medals, Ancient and Modern.

    London : 1867

    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... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 109013

  49. Antiquities of Kertch and Researches in the Cimmerian Bosphorus.
    MACPHERSON, Duncan. Antiquities of Kertch and Researches in the Cimmerian Bosphorus.

    London : 1857

    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... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 109135

  50. Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914-1915. The Wilderness of Zin.
    LAWRENCE, T. E., & C. Leonard Woolley. Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914-1915. The Wilderness of Zin.

    London : 1915

    First edition, first issue binding with the full stop after the date on the spine. During January and February 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... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 108832

  51. Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914-1915. The Wilderness of Zin.
    LAWRENCE, T. E., & C. Leonard Woolley. Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914-1915. The Wilderness of Zin.

    London : 1915

    First edition, sole printing, in the second issue binding without 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... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 108986

  52. Voyage de l'Arabie pétrée.
    LABORDE, Léon de. Voyage de l'Arabie pétrée.

    Paris : 1830

    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, where he met the engineer... Learn More
    £19,500.00

    Stock Code: 107973

  53. The Topography of Athens with some Remarks on its Antiquities.
    LEAKE, William Martin. The Topography of Athens with some Remarks on its Antiquities.

    London : 1821

    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... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 106230

  54. The Enigma of Stonehenge.
    FOWLES, John, & Barry Brukoff. The Enigma of Stonehenge.

    London : 1980

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 105303

  55. The Mildenhall Treasure.
    (STEADMAN, Ralph.) DAHL, Roald. The Mildenhall Treasure.

    London : 1999

    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
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 103965

  56. Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914-1915. The Wilderness of Zin.
    LAWRENCE, T. E., & C. Leonard Woolley. Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914-1915. The Wilderness of Zin.

    London : 1915

    First edition, sole printing, in the second issue binding without 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... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 103359

  57. Sand-Buried Ruins of Khotan. Personal Narrative of a Journey of Archaeological and Geographical Exploration in Chinese Turkestan.
    STEIN, Sir (Marc) Aurel. Sand-Buried Ruins of Khotan. Personal Narrative of a Journey of Archaeological and Geographical Exploration in Chinese Turkestan.

    London : 1904

    "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 sic" (Yakushi) Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 103018

  58. Rock-Drawings of Southern Upper Egypt II.
    WINKLER, Hans A. Rock-Drawings of Southern Upper Egypt II.

    London : 1939

    First edition. A handsomely produced survey of sites found on the west bank of the Nile from Qena to Aswan, Jebel Uweinat and the road leading from the Nile Valley to Dakhla through the Kharga Oasis; volume I related the previous season's expedition, to the Eastern desert. "The recognition of Egyptian rock art as something that could be closely linked... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 99991

  59. The Paradise of Fools.
    MASON, Michael. The Paradise of Fools.

    London : 1936

    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 via Abu Ballas, making the first... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 98888

  60. The Paradise of Fools.
    MASON, Michael. The Paradise of Fools.

    London : 1936

    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 Gilf Kebir via Abu Ballas, making... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 98893

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