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  1. A Book of the Basques.
    GALLOP, Rodney. A Book of the Basques.

    London : 1930

    First edition, first impression, signed by Gallop and dated March 1939 on a loosely inserted piece of paper. A Book of the Basques "seems likely to remain the standard work in English on that small country" (V.A.).

    Rodney Gallop (1900-1948), was a noted folklorist and member of H. M. Foreign Service. He travelled the world to gather... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 143205

  2. La rhétorique d'un homme d'esprit, à l'usage de tout le monde.
    GALLIEN DE SALMORENC, Timoléon Alphonse. La rhétorique d'un homme d'esprit, à l'usage de tout le monde.

    Leiden : 1772

    First edition of Gallien de Salmorenc's treatise on rhetoric, with a curious Leiden imprint, published by "Jacques Murray".

    Born around 1740 in Salmorenc, near Grenoble, possibly the bastard son of Richelieu, who was reputedly responsible for his education, Gallien was employed in 1766 by Voltaire as a copyist. Neglecting his duties and spending... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 133667

  3. Serendipities.
    ECO, Umberto. Serendipities.

    New York : [1998]

    First edition in English, first printing, inscribed by the author on the half-title "For Monika & Craig, Umberto Eco". The recipients are Monika and Craig Anderson, who was a New York bookseller, the son of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Maxwell Anderson. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 142135

  4. Commentarii linguae Graecae.
    BUDÉ, Guillaume. Commentarii linguae Graecae.

    [Paris] : 1529

    First edition of Budé's formative Commentaries on the Greek Language, "a collection of lexicographical, philological, and historical notes, which formed the basis for the study of the Greek language in France. A monument of the new learning, it was several times reprinted, and gave Budé the reputation which is now commemorated in the modern... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 124885

  5. American Tramp and Underworld Slang.
    IRWIN, Godfrey & Eric Partridge. American Tramp and Underworld Slang.

    London : 1931

    First UK edition following the US of the same year. This edition was 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... Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 136118

  6. Hien Wun Shoo. Chinese Moral Maxims,
    DAVIS, Sir John Francis. Hien Wun Shoo. Chinese Moral Maxims,

    London : 1823

    First edition of the Chinese scholar's collection of proverbs, "one of the first British titles to use Chinese type in innovative ways" (Keighren, Withers, & Bell, p. 135) and an excellent example of Murray's experimentation with printing developments of the time. Printed by Peter Perring Thoms at the East India Company's press in Macao due to the lack... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 133538

  7. 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

  8. An Historical Essay Endeavoring a Probability That the Language Of the Empire of China is the Primitive Language.
    WEBB, John. An Historical Essay Endeavoring a Probability That the Language Of the Empire of China is the Primitive Language.

    London : 1669

    First edition, an influential treatise proposing Chinese as the original language, and one of the earliest books in English discussing Chinese culture in any depth. The architect John Webb, a pupil of Inigo Jones, argued that Noah could be identified with the legendary king Yao; that he had withdrawn from the tribes whose languages were confounded at... Learn More
    £13,750.00

    Stock Code: 128767

  9. A Grammar of the Arabick Language.
    RICHARDSON, John. A Grammar of the Arabick Language.

    London : 1776

    First edition. The Scottish whig, lawyer, and orientalist Richardson (1740/1-1795) modelled his work on the Persian grammar of William Jones (1771), with whom he had collaborated on his Persian-Arabic-English dictionary (published 1777-80). Like the dictionary, it was aimed at the East India Company's servants and is dedicated to the Company's directors.... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 124613

  10. Essay towards a Dictionary, Tibetan and English. Prepared, with the Assistance of Bandé Sangs-Rgyas Phun-Tschogs, a learned La'ma of Zangska'r, during a Residence at Kanam, in the Hima'laya Mountains, on the Confines of India and Tibet. 1827-1830.
    KORÖSI CSOMA, Sandór. Essay towards a Dictionary, Tibetan and English. Prepared, with the Assistance of Bandé Sangs-Rgyas Phun-Tschogs, a learned La'ma of Zangska'r, during a Residence at Kanam, in the Hima'laya Mountains, on the Confines of India and Tibet. 1827-1830.

    Calcutta : 1834

    First editions of the first Tibetan-English dictionary and grammar, remarkably scarce in commerce, with no copies of the Dictionary appearing on auction records and only three of the Grammar (1955, 1998, and an incomplete ex-library copy in 2017). This set has an excellent provenance: from the library of Thomas Herbert Lewin (1839-1916), army officer... Learn More
    £22,500.00

    Stock Code: 122418

  11. Opisaniye chzhungarii i vostochnago turkistana, v'drevnem' i ninshem sostoyanii. Perevedeno s'kitayskago …
    BICHURIN, Iakinf. Opisaniye chzhungarii i vostochnago turkistana, v'drevnem' i ninshem sostoyanii. Perevedeno s'kitayskago …

    St Petersburg : 1829

    First edition, rare, of this pioneering description of Central Asia by one of the founders of Russian sinology, Iakinf Bichurin (1777-1853); it gathers three Chinese texts in their first European translation. The region covered corresponds to northwest China and Central Asia, comprising East Turkestan and Dzungaria, the latter bounded by the Tan Shan... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 121603

  12. An Essay Towards a Real Character, And a Philosophical Language.
    WILKINS, John. An Essay Towards a Real Character, And a Philosophical Language.

    London : 1668

    First edition of the theologian and natural philosopher's most significant work and a critical text in the history of linguistics, among the earliest systematic proposals for a new universal language to replace Latin. "Calls for a universal language had increased as a result of the flourishing of vernacular literature and an increasing dissatisfaction... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 118632

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