History & culture
A wide selection of rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to history, archaeology, anthropology, folklore, occult, and religion.
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Samuel Daniel, The Collection of the History of England, 1634 & 1636.
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[TUCHMAN, Barbara, née] WERTHEIM, Barbara. The Lost British Policy.
London : 1938First and only edition, first impression, of Tuchman's first book, written while she was reporting on the Spanish Civil War for The Nation; today highly uncommon in commerce in this condition, and far from widespread institutionally, with just ten copies in libraries outside the United Kingdom, of which three in the US. Wertheim married medical professor... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 107553
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
HOWLETT, John. The Guv'nor.
London : 1973First edition. Howlett (1883-1976) was born in Grantham, the child of a carpenter and wheelwright. He apprenticed as a lathe operator, and found work on shaping machines in a car factory and repair shop. Later dabbled as a model aero-engine maker and trainee balloon pilot before, on the eve of the First World War, becoming the general manager of a garage... Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 107315
TUTU, Desmond Mpilo. Hope and Suffering.
Grand Rapids, MI : 1984First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on Christmas Day 1984, just a few weeks after he was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning against apartheid in South Africa: "To Donald Cooke, God bless you. Thank you for your concern & support, Desmond Tutu, 25 Dec 84" (front free endpaper). Originally... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 107053
ISHERWOOD, Christopher. My Guru and His Disciple.
New York : 1980First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "for Carole, with admiration from her friend Chris. June 14 1980" on the title-page. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 106764
DUNSANY, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Lord. Tales of Three Hemispheres.
London : 1920First UK edition, first impression, using the sheets of the American edition (published by Luce in Boston in 1919); most uncommon in the jacket, whose blurb describes this as "a collection of twelve fantastic stories, nearly all Oriental, or semi-Oriental". Dunsany (1878-1957) was "unquestionably one of the most important writers of heroic fantasy of... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 106480
LEAKE, William Martin. The Topography of Athens with some Remarks on its Antiquities.
London : 1821First 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
STRASSER, Alex. Victorian Photography.
London : 1942First edition, limited to 250 numbered copies of which this is number 107, of the second and final title in Andor Kraszna-Kraus's Classics of Photography series, a venture cut short by the war but which still succeeded in revolutionising the study of Victorian photography. "Gallery of Immortal Portraits (1940) and Victorian Photography (1942) reproduced... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 105637
SEE, Horace. Some Sea Specialties.
New York : 1899First edition of what appears to be the first issue of this attractive and unusual promotional publication. Uncommon, three locations for this issue on WorldCat, Yale, Columbia and New York Historical Society, and two locations for short broken runs, NYPL with the present issue together with 1902 and 1906, and Texas A & M with 1900 Winter, 1901 Spring,... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 105384
DE CHAIR, Somerset [Struben]. Buried Pleasure.
Braunton, Devon : 1985Limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies, this number 32. This copy additionally signed and inscribed by de Chair on the title page "For Phyllis Roper on her 70th birthday in appreciation of her consistent help". Biography of the English author, politician, poet and connoisseur. In WWII he served as an intelligence officer with the 4th Cavalry... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 103982
FERBER, Edna. Emma McChesney & Co.
New York : 1915First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Louis, with more real love than would be fitting, perhaps, to confess on a flyleaf. Edna Ferber. New York, December 12, 1915." This is the final volume in the Emma McChesney trilogy by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Show Boat and Giant. Ferber... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 103604
(ROCKWELL, Norman.) GUPTILL, Arthur L. Norman Rockwell Illustrator.
New York : 1946First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author and with his original ink drawing of a dog in a bow tie smoking a pipe. Rockwell's inscription is written on the front free endpaper, directly beneath the drawing, and reads: "Best wishes to the Hirschys, sincerely, Norman Rockwell". Laid in is a colour reproduction printed on card of Rockwell's... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 103298
LAWRENCE, T. E., & C. Leonard Woolley. Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914-1915. The Wilderness of Zin.
London : 1915First 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
LAGERLÖF, Selma. Gösta Berlings saga.
Stockholm : 1891First edition, first impression, of Lagerlöf's debut novel, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to her Danish translators Ida Falbe-Hansen and her partner Elisabeth Grundtvig on the front flyleaf of Volume I: "Frkr Falbe Hansen och Grundtvig med tacksamhet och tillgifvenhet, från förf", with their pencil marginalia throughout. Lagerlöf (18581940)... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 103054
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Collected Essays.
London : 1976First editions, first impressions, one of 3,000 sets, originally issued only to owners of the Centenary edition of the Collected Works, and available in either full vellum or the present binding. Contents include Churchill's periodical contributions as well as his prefaces and introductions to works by other authors. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 103063
(CEYLON; SRI LANKA.) The School Children of America are invited to take a Trip with Mohawk across Distant Seas through Foreign Lands into the Rubber Country of the Strange East …
Akron, Ohio : 1930First edition of this extremely uncommon - no copy traced institutionally - promotional travelogue conducting the "School Children of America" from rural Ceylon to industrial Ohio, and all in headache-inducing 3-D. Printed using the red/cyan anaglyph 3-D process which enjoyed great popularity in the 1920s, this is a great example of a promotional/educational... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 102009
LINDERMAN, Frank. B. Kootenai Why Stories.
New York : 1926First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For indecipherable and Pat Dale, whose tracks are all about the shack at Goose Bay, Frank B. Linderman, 1936". Writer and politician Frank Bird Linderman (1869-1938) collected the stories in this volume from the Native American tribe of the Kootenai, or, "Flat-bow-people".... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 101834
(FERGUSON, Adam.) AMOH, Yasuo, LINGLEY, Darren & Hiroko AOKI, Eds. Adam Ferguson and the American Revolution.
Tokyo : 2015First edition thus, a transcript of the proceedings of the Carlisle Peace Commission, a group including Adam Ferguson, sent to America in April 1778 by the British Government in order to put an end to the American Revolutionary War. The transcript is made from one of three known copies, that belonging to Edinburgh University Library, which is labelled... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 100189
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
KNEEN, John Joseph. The Place-Names of the Isle of Man.
Douglas, Isle of Man : 1925-9First editions. Wonderful set of this uncommon work of toponymy by the pioneering Manx nationalist, scholar, poet and playwright. It was described by William Cubbon, Manx bibliographer, founder member of the Manx Language Society, secretary and librarian to the Manx Museum, and a driving force behind the Manx National Archive, as representing, "an... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 99762
SOUBHY, Saleh. Pèlerinage à la Mecque et à la Médine.
Cairo : 1894First and only edition. Saleh Soubhi was an Egyptian public health official commissioned by Khedive 'Abbas II to write a report on the sanitary conditions experienced by pilgrims travelling to Mecca. He performed the hajj twice, in 1888 and 1891, producing this detailed account, to which are affixed a response to European criticisms of Islam and an... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 99252
AMERICANA. Nigger Melodies;
New York : [c.1849]Seemingly first edition, predating editions published by Cornish, Lamport and Co., successors to Nafis & Cornish, around 1851. All early editions uncommon, with perhaps two dozen copies on WorldCat, all of them in North America. This copy with the armorial bookplate of Edward Royall Tyler, son of the Rev. Edward Royall Taylor, abolitionist Connecticut... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 98782
FERGUSON, Adam. Geschichte des Fortgangs und Untergangs der Romischen Republik.
Leipzig : 1784-86First edition in German. "During 1782 and 1783 Ferguson helped found the Royal Society of Scotland. His three-volume History of the Progress and Termination of the Roman Republic, narrating the rise and fall of the republic as a story of civic virtue and its corruption, appeared in 1783. The book was warmly received in Scotland, where excerpts were... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 98845
MASON, Michael. The Paradise of Fools.
London : 1936First 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
HUBBARD, L. Ron. Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
New York : 1950First edition, first printing of the canonical text of Scientology, through which the Dianetic movement was first launched, later developing into the religion of Scientology. In it, Hubbard introduced a branch of self-help psychology called Dianetics that proved extremely popular, despite widespread condemnation by the medical and scientific establishment.... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 98090
PETIT, Philippe. To Reach the Clouds.
New York : 2002First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "To Grace and Gabriel, Philippe Petit." The author's reconstruction of his unauthorised 1974 high wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, illustrated with previously unpublished photographs and sketches. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 97027
(NIMATULLAH.) DORN, Johannes Albrecht Bernhard. History of the Afghans:
London : 1829-36First edition. Dorn (1805-1881) was a pioneer in many areas of Iranian studies in Russia. "He was particularly interested in the Pashtuns and published annotated editions and translations of texts on tribal history. Dorn never visited Afghanistan, but he nevertheless established the scientific basis for Afghan studies, particularly the first systematic... Learn More£1,200.00
Stock Code: 96543
MERCIER, Louis Sébastien Fragments of Politics and History. Translated from the French.
London : 1795First and only edition in English of a miscellaneous and wide-ranging collection of articles and short essays by the French dramatist and writer Louis Sébastien Mercier (1740-1814), best remembered for his utopian fiction L'An 2440, rêve s'il en fut jamais, translated into English as Memoirs of the Year Two Thousand Five Hundred. "There is no better... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 95575
CONDÉ, J. A. History of the Dominion of the Arabs in Spain.
London : 1854-5First edition in English, first published in Madrid in 1820-1; far from common in the market. Condé was the director of the library of the Escorial. His work is "characterized by a strong sympathy for Arab culture. For the first time a complete survey, based on Arab sources, was provided of the history of Islamic Spain from 711 to 1492, and a framework... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 95147
AINSWORTH, William Francis. Researches in Assyria, Babylonia, and Chaldea;
London : 1838First edition. "Ainsworth was one of the founding members of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1835 he was appointed surgeon and geologist to the Euphrates expedition. This account of the geological work of the expedition is dedicated to Francis Chesney head of the expedition. Ainsworth produced this work very quickly, long before Chesney's own account... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 95148
WEIL, Gustav. Geschichte der Chalifen. Nach handschriftlichen, größtentheils noch unbenützten Quellen.
Mannheim : 1846-51First edition of Weil's path-breaking history of Islam, which relied in large part on Muslim sources still in manuscript. Sets are fairly common in institutions, but rarely encountered on the market.
Weil (1808-1889) was born in Sulzburg in Baden, and was originally destined for the rabbinate, but at a young age found that he had little taste... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 94297
MARIANA, Juan de. The General History of Spain.
London : 1699First edition in English, and still the only complete edition, of "the standard work on Spanish history up to the 18th century which does not merely report events in lucid chronological order and with admirable objectivity, but includes analyses of the mechanisms of princely power" (Braun, Juan de Mariana and Early Modern Spanish Political Thought,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 93999
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
WILLIAMS, John L, & Son (compiled by.) 1889-90. A Manual of Investments.
Richmond, Virginia : 1890First edition of the 6th annual Manual of investments produced by the banking house of John L. Williams of Richmond, Virginia, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "George Wayne Andrew with compliments & regards of the Author & acknowledgements for valuable assistance rendered in the compilation of this work. May 1890".
"Our Manual was... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 93439
RHOTERT, Hans, ed. Transjordanien. Vorgeschichtliche Forschungen.
Stuttgart : 1938First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by Rhotert on the front free endpaper to an unnamed recipient, thanking them for their support for the Forschungsinstituts für Kulturmorphologie. The leader's account of the work of the Nordgruppe der XII. Deutschen-Innerafrikanischen Forschungsexpedition in the Transjordan and Libya includes the first scientific... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 92497
FORESTA, Merry A. American Photographs, The First Century:
Washington : 1996First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "For Carl Mautz whose dedication and research are one of the field's invaluable assets. With thanks, Merry Foresta." Drawn from the collection of Charles Isaacs in the National Museum of American Art, this attractive book presents a vivid snapshot of life in... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 91188
BURCKHARDT, Jacob. Die Cultur der Renaissance in Italien.
Basel : 1860First edition. Written by Burckhardt (1818-1897) between 1855 and 1858, Die Kultur der Renaissance is a milestone in cultural history. While the author's definition and historical description of the Renaissance have been rightfully questioned, "no criticism can detract from the powerful spell which Burckhardt's book has exercised upon such widely different... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 91256
SPENCER, Walter. The Glory in the Garret.
London : 1932First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To my colleague and friend, David R. Mace from Walter Spencer, with every kind thought. June 27th 1932." A Methodist minister's account of Christian missions among the slums of South London. Learn More£65.00
Stock Code: 91344
DUCPETIAUX, Edouard. De la peine de mort.
Brussels : 1827First edition. De la peine de mort was the Belgian journalist and prison reformer's first book, written when he was twenty-three years old. Ducpétiaux earned himself a name and an official position as inspector general of prisons on the strength of this passionate and ambitious plea for the abolition of capital punishment. He argued that the alternative... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 91158
FOWLER, Gene. Father Goose.
New York : First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on front free endpaper: "To Jimmy ('Four') Starr, my friend and colleague, with regards, Gene Fowler. Sept - 1934." Starr was an American screenwriter, gossip columnist, and film reviewer. Fowler's book is a biography of Mack Sennett, a director and actor active in Hollywood during... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 90705
GUTMANN, John. The Restless Decade.
New York : 1984First edition, first printing. Gutmann's mostly urban photographies of Depression-era USA, predominantly San Francisco. Edited by Lew Thomas, the book also includes an essay by American art historian Max Kozloff. Signed by Gutmann on half-title. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 89935
CHAUVIN, Léon. Études de chiffres arabes,
Paris : 1845First and only edition, uncommon, WorldCat locates copies at BnF, Oxford, Tel Aviv, University of California, Swiss National Library, and Kunstbibliothek - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. An interesting study of the morphology of Arab numerals with reference to calligraphy, illustrated with a series of elegant proportional studies lithographed by Villain,... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 90010
HANGER, George, fourth Baron Coleraine. The Life, Adventures and Opinions of Col. George Hanger. Written by Himself.
London : 1801First edition. Extraordinary autobiography of this "irascible, violent, dissipated, extravagant, and individualistic" character. Educated at Reading School, Eton College, and the University of Göttingen, Hanger entered the army as ensign 1st Foot Guards in 1771 (ODNB). He "retired" in 1776 in a snit having been passed over for promotion, but later... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 89615
PARANORMAL - FORT, Charles. Lo!
London : 1931First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US the same year. Perhaps Fort's most popular work, this is his third published non-fiction book, in which he is widely credited as having coined the term teleportation. Charles Fort (1874-1932) was an American writer and researcher into examples of the occult, supernatural, and paranormal.... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 88854
MOORE, Charles. A Full Inquiry into the Subject of Suicide.
London : 1790First edition, written to combat Hume's Essay on Suicide (1783) and "one of the fullest surveys of philosophical and religious thought up to that time" (Encyclopedia of philosophy); "the most extensive treatise on the 'natural, social, moral, and religious' aspects of suicide the risk of which the psychiatrist must continually bear in mind. From it... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 88469
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
STAPLEDON, Olaf. A Modern Theory of Ethics.
London : 1929First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "A. M. Carr-Saunders, with compliments from W. O. S. 3rd February 1929". A Modern Theory of Ethics was Stapledon's first published work of prose, based on the thesis for his PhD in philosophy awarded at the University of Liverpool in 1925. The recipient,... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 87348
FUTURE WORLD NOVEL. The Reign of George VI.
London : 1763First edition of a scarce futuristic novel. "Uncanny in its choice of dates and in its prediction of the emergence of Russia and the United States as world powers, it describes a war between Britain and Russia (1900-01) which escalates into a world war between the British Empire and a coalition of Russia and France (1917-20) who between them have occupied... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 87375
PERLIN, Estienne; P. de la Serre; [PUGET DE] LA SERRE, [Jean]. Description des Royaulmes d'Angleterre et d'Escosse; Histoire de l'Entrée de la Reyne Mère dans la Grande Bretagne.
London : 1775First compiled edition. This volume, prefaced in English, contains two French travellers' accounts of their visit to the Kingdoms of England and Scotland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: "The two pieces here offered to the public contain the idea which some of our neighbours formed of us in the two last centuries. The physician, in the sixteenth... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 87462
TARAFA, Francisco. De origine, ac rebus gestis Regum Hispaniae liber,
Antwerp : 1553Scarce first edition of a chronicle of the rulers of Spain from Tubal, son of Noah, to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. From the library of the Fugger banking library of Augsburg, in a characteristic binding with later shelf mark on front free endpaper. New World discoveries are referred to on pages 182 and 196 (Columbus); the persecution of Jews in Catalonia... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 87485