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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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  1. 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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  2. 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

    Stock Code: 62650

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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
    £150

    Stock Code: 92391

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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
    £125

    Stock Code: 86686

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

    Stock Code: 76787

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

    Stock Code: 60987

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

    Stock Code: 25667

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 31731
    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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  20. 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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