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  1. The Marginal Man: A Study in Personality and Culture Conflict.
    STONEQUIST, Everett V. The Marginal Man: A Study in Personality and Culture Conflict.

    New York : 1937

    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Don McLaren, with deep appreciation of your friendship and collaboration, Everett, December 21, 1948." Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 86930

  2. A Completeness Theorem in Modal Logic.
    KRIPKE, Saul A. A Completeness Theorem in Modal Logic.

    New Brunswick, NJ : 1959

    First edition, first impression of the author's first major work, published when he was only eighteen years old. Saul Kripke (1940- ) is one of the most original and influential logicians and philosophers of the present day. In 1977 the New York Times magazine described him as "one of the most penetrating minds of our time. His achievements span the... Learn More
    £1,700.00

    Stock Code: 86372

  3. The Archaeology of Cape Denbigh.
    GIDDINGS, J. L. The Archaeology of Cape Denbigh.

    Providence, RI : 1964

    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 a tree-ring chronology for... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 86686

  4. Tratado de la tribulacion, repartido en dos libros.
    RIBADENEIRA, Pedro de. Tratado de la tribulacion, repartido en dos libros.

    Madrid : 1589

    First edition of a work on the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Ribadeneira (1527-1611), a member of a noble Castilian family, studied at the universities of Paris, Louvain, and Padua, before becoming a leading diplomat and administrator within the Jesuit order, and St. Ignatius Loyola's first biographer. Here he justifies the intended invasion and looks... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 84941

  5. Essays and Reviews.
    TEMPLE, Frederick, et al. Essays and Reviews.

    London : 1860

    First edition of this groundbreaking collection of theological essays, the first assault on Biblical literalism from within the ranks of British theologians. The edifice of literalism had been crumbling for several decades, under assault from the science of Lyell and Darwin and the new Biblical criticism of Baur and Strauss at the University of Tübingen.... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 84097

  6. The Sermons of Mr. Yorick.
    STERNE, Laurence. The Sermons of Mr. Yorick.

    London : 1769

    First editions of Sterne's sermons except for volumes 3 and 4, both from a "New Edition". A lovely set in a contemporary binding. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 83214

  7. Thirteenth Annual Report of the Poor Law Commissioners:
    (IRISH FAMINE.) Thirteenth Annual Report of the Poor Law Commissioners:

    London : 1847

    First edition of this report, a considerable portion of which deals with the Great Famine in Ireland, then in its third year. The text includes two folding plates depicting the layout of the Limerick Union Poorhouse and three plates showing plans for temporary fever wards and accommodation for those affected by the famine. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 82620

  8. The Tshi-speaking Peoples of the Gold Coast of West Africa.
    ELLIS, Alfred Burdon. The Tshi-speaking Peoples of the Gold Coast of West Africa.

    London, : 1887

    First edition. Ellis was commissioned second lieutenant in the 1st West India Regiment in November 1873 and accompanied them to the Second Ashante war later that year. "This was the beginning of a long connection with west Africa" (ODNB), serving in many different capacities, military and civil. "Ellis was an able and ambitious soldier But of some... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 81446

  9. Memoirs of the Life of Agrippina, the Wife of Germanicus.
    HAMILTON, Elizabeth. Memoirs of the Life of Agrippina, the Wife of Germanicus.

    Bath : 1804

    First edition. Hamilton (1756?-1816) was a Belfast-born novelist and essayist. She is best-known for her writings on the philosophy of education. In her Memoirs of Modern Philosophers of 1800 a "popular satirical attack on what she perceived as the excesses of contemporary radical thought. She is sceptical about the claims of freethinkers such as William... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 81656

  10. Christian Policie: or, The Christian Common-Wealth.
    JUAN DE SANTA MARÍA, fray. Christian Policie: or, The Christian Common-Wealth.

    London : 1632

    First edition in English; rare. The translation is actually by the Hispanophile James Mabbe, though Edward Blount, as was his habit, signs the dedication as if he were its translator. (A variant issue of the same year has Blount's name instead of Richard Collins's in the imprint: the two booksellers were close neighbours in St Paul's Churchyard.) Edward... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 81871

  11. No Beast So Fierce. A Novel.
    BUNKER, Edward. No Beast So Fierce. A Novel.

    New York : 1973

    First edition, first printing of the first published novel by the then prison inmate who would go on to have a successful career as a novelist and screenwriter. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 80577

  12. Apartheid and the Archbishop.
    PATON, Alan. Apartheid and the Archbishop.

    Cape Town : 1973

    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 100 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 77968

  13. Leakey's Luck.
    (LEAKEY, Louis.) COLE, Sonia. Leakey's Luck.

    Collins : 1975

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 76787

  14. Among the Forest Dwarfs of Malaya.
    SCHEBESTA, Paul. Among the Forest Dwarfs of Malaya.

    London : 1929

    First edition. Schebesta was a Moravian missionary, ethnologist, linguist, and physical anthropologist. The present work was the result of his first scientific field-trip, undertaken in 1924-5 on behalf of the Anthropos Institute, of whose journal he was the editor, to study the Semang people. The expedition established pygmy research as the major theme... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 76160

  15. On Going to Church.
    SHAW, George Bernard. On Going to Church.

    East Aurora, NY : 1896

    First edition, pirated by Elbert Hubbard, founder of the Roycroft movement. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "I repudiate all responsibility for this bowdlerised piracy. Elbert Hubbard, who perpetrated it, is dead. Why not bury it with him? G. Bernard Shaw. 27/5/22." Additionally inscribed by Hubbard on the front free endpaper, "To Leonard... Learn More
    £1,400.00

    Stock Code: 73675

  16. A View of the Real Power of the Pope, and Of the Power of the Priesthood over the Laity.
    [HAWKINS, Thomas.] A View of the Real Power of the Pope, and Of the Power of the Priesthood over the Laity.

    London : 1733

    First edition. An interesting example of the apparently widespread attitude of ordinary English Catholics at this time, exhibiting considerable anti-clericalism and impatience bordering on disgust with papal temporal power. The work includes one chapter rich with thinly disguised personal details settling the author's score with various English priests.... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 72617

  17. The Catholick Christian Instructed
    [CHALLONER, Richard.] The Catholick Christian Instructed

    London : 1737

    First edition of this Catholic catechism. Challoner (1691-1781) was eventually vicar apostolic to the London district; he published a wide variety of religious works; in Cardinal Wiseman's words, "supplied, in fact, almost the entire range of necessary or useful religious literature for his Catholic fellow-countrymen". His career spanned a period when... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 72621

  18. An Excursion in the Peloponnesus in the Year 1858.
    WYSE, Sir Thomas. An Excursion in the Peloponnesus in the Year 1858.

    London : 1865

    First edition. Wyse was appointed minister-plenipotentiary to Greece in 1849, at the time of his arrival in Athens Greek politics "were complicated and divisive. Each of the three protecting powers that had guaranteed Greek independenceBritain, France, and Russiawishing to advance its interests in the region, became entangled in factional politics"... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 71507

  19. 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
    £2,875.00

    Stock Code: 71516

  20. The Life and Dreadful Sufferings of Captain James Wilson, In various Parts of the Globe,
    WILSON, James. The Life and Dreadful Sufferings of Captain James Wilson, In various Parts of the Globe,

    Portsea : 1810

    First edition of the first biography of James Wilson, captain of the Duff on her first missionary voyage to the South Seas.

    "Although there are several accounts of James Wilson's life, sufferings and missionary voyage, this was the earliest biography of him to appear. Written anonymously, this lively telling follows Wilson's life from his birth... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 70373

  21. The History of England
    MACAULAY, Catharine. The History of England

    London : 1769-72

    First octavo edition, complete to that date (the first four volumes are dated 1769, while the fifth bears no edition statement and is dated 1772). Catharine Macaulay's history was published episodically, the first volume in 1763, the fourth in 1768, and the fifth (covering events to the Restoration) in 1772. Her decision to leave London for Bath in... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 68942

  22. The Romance of William of Palerne:
    WEREWOLVES. The Romance of William of Palerne:

    1867

    First edition thus, no 1 in the extra series of publication by the Early English Text Society (formed 1864). The French verse romance was composed c. 1200, commissioned by Countess Yolande (who is generally identified to be Yolande, daughter of Baldwin IV, Count of Hainaut). The English poem in alliterative verse, commissioned by Humphrey de Bohun,... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 68780

  23. The Roman Wall,
    MACLAUCHLAN, Henry. The Roman Wall,

    1857-64

    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 the first blank. In 1804 Henry... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 68827

  24. These Hurrying Years.
    HEARD, Gerald. These Hurrying Years.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression; rare in the dust jacket. Gerald Heard (1889-1971) was a British author and philosopher whose innovative works examined history in the context of humankind's evolving consciousness. This book is his attempt to write a "history of our own times" and to determine the underlying causes of modern events. His conclusion, that... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 68865

  25. The Works.
    BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. The Works.

    San Francisco : 1886

    First edition, the complete set of what is still considered by historians to be the most important single source of early Western American history. "Colossal co-operative undertaking; nothing approaching it has ever been attempted in this country" (Howes). Although the first title-page is dated 1886, the set was published 1883-90. Vols. 11 and 33 were... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 68597

  26. The Eagle's Gift.
    CASTANEDA, Carlos. The Eagle's Gift.

    New York : 1981

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Amy, with all the best, Carlos Castaneda". The recipient, Amy Wallace, was the author of The Sorcerer's Apprentice: My life with Carlos Castaneda. Books inscribed by Castaneda are scarce. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 67878

  27. The Holy Places.
    WAUGH, Evelyn. The Holy Places.

    London & New York : 1953

    First US edition, signed limited issue, number 36 of 50 specially bound copies, signed by both the author and illustrator, from a total edition of 1,000 copies. The Holy Places is based on an article Waugh wrote for Life magazine, "The Plight of the Holy Places," (24 December 1951) after visiting Israel Palestine in 1951 with his friend Christopher... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 67863

  28. Notes d'Ethnologie Néo-Calédonienne.
    LEENHARDT, Maurice. Notes d'Ethnologie Néo-Calédonienne.

    Paris : 1930

    First edition. A Protestant pastor to the Kanak people of New Caledonia, Leenhardt became fascinated with their way of life and dedicated more than 30 years of his life to the study of their culture. The founder of oceanic ethnology, he established the Société des Oceanistes in 1927, and was closely involved with the Musée de l'Homme. Ownership inscription... Learn More
    £185.00

    Stock Code: 67564

  29. We Moderns: Enigmas and Guesses.
    (MUIR, Edwin.) MOORE, Edward. We Moderns: Enigmas and Guesses.

    1918

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Moore on the front free endpaper, "To Mrs. Stobo from Edward Moore in memory of many charming hours. 31st May, 1918". Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 67586

  30. Memorabilium Gaudentii Merulae
    MERULA, Gaudenzio. Memorabilium Gaudentii Merulae

    Lyon : 1556

    First edition published in France, the third and most extensive overall. Gaudenzio Merula (1500-1555) was born of a humble family in Borgolavezzaro, near Novara. He held teaching appointments in Milan, at the Academy in Novara, and subsequently at Vigevano and Turin. In 1554 he was charged with Protestant heresy, first before the bishop of Novara and... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 63754

  31. Dress, Drinks, and Drums.
    CRAWLEY, Ernest. Dress, Drinks, and Drums.

    1931

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 63432

  32. Structural Anthropology.
    FULLER, Buckminster - LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. Structural Anthropology.

    London : 1968

    First UK edition, first impression. This copy from the library of Buckminster Fuller, with his ownership signature on the front free endpaper. Originally published in France in 1958. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 63480

  33. The Mechanical Bride. Folklore of Industrial Man.
    MCLUHAN, Herbert Marshall. The Mechanical Bride. Folklore of Industrial Man.

    New York : 1951

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Mr. Fred Allan from Marshall McLuhan". Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 61401

  34. History of the Old Trent Bridge,
    TARBOTTON, M. O. History of the Old Trent Bridge,

    1871

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 60987

  35. Janus. A Summing Up.
    KOESTLER, Arthur. Janus. A Summing Up.

    1978

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, " To Tony, hopefully, from Arthur". Koestler had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in early 1976, the effects of which are evident here. Learn More
    £120.00

    Stock Code: 61022

  36. Worthy women of our first century.
    WISTER, Mrs O. J. [Sarah Butler], & Miss Agnes Irwin (eds.) Worthy women of our first century.

    Philadelphia : 1877

    First edition. This copy with the bookplate of Butler Place to the front pastedown, and the publishers' presentation inscription; "Mrs. Owen J. Wister with respects of the Publishers" to the first blank. As well as co-editing, Mrs Wister contributes a piece on Deborah Logan. Sarah Butler Wister was the eldest daughter of Fanny Kemble and Pierce Butler,... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 52144

  37. Savage Civilisation.
    HARRISSON, Tom. Savage Civilisation.

    New York : 1937

    First US edition, same year as the UK first. Uncommon, Harrisson's first book of anthropology based on the work of the Oxford expedition to the New Hebrides, for which he was officially the ornithologist; "When the rest of the Oxford party left Santo Island for home in 1934, Harrisson got to Malekula, where cannibalism was still widespread. Unarmed,... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 51720

  38. Three Native Accounts of the Visit of the Bishop of Natal in September and October, 1859,
    [COLENSO, J.W.] Three Native Accounts of the Visit of the Bishop of Natal in September and October, 1859,

    Pietermaritzburg and Durban : 1901

    Third edition, first published in 1860. Bi-lingual text. Colenso was consecrated Bishop of Natal in 1853 and settled there in 1855; "Unfailingly energetic, by 1857 he had completed the cathedral in Pietermaritzburg and churches in Durban and Richmond he had soon learned enough of the Zulu language to be able to teach and confirm. Colenso from the first... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 51733

  39. Lettres d'un Cultivateur Américain, écrites a W.S. ecuyer, Depuis l'Année 1770, jusqu'a 1781. Traduites de l'Anglois par ***.
    [CRÈVECOEUR, Michel Guillaume St. Jean de] Lettres d'un Cultivateur Américain, écrites a W.S. ecuyer, Depuis l'Année 1770, jusqu'a 1781. Traduites de l'Anglois par ***.

    Paris, : 1784

    First edition in French, first issue with errata preceding the text in both volumes, the author's own free translation with additional material, of his Letters from an American Farmer, first published at London in English in 1782, the first literary success by an American author in Europe. Crèvecoeur served in the French and Indian War as a surveyor... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 46388

  40. Let Dons Delight.
    KNOX, Ronald. Let Dons Delight.

    1939

    First Edition, First Impression. A mildly fantastical series of reveries of incidents dreamed by a sleeping don from 1588 to 1938 at periods of 50 years. Learn More
    £220.00

    Stock Code: 46803

  41. The Mysterious Mr Bull.
    LEWIS, Wyndham. The Mysterious Mr Bull.

    1938

    First edition, first impression, of this study of the British character. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 45047

  42. Vicious Circle. The case of the missing Irish Crown Jewels.
    BAMFORD, Francis & Viola Bankes. Vicious Circle. The case of the missing Irish Crown Jewels.

    1965

    First edition. Mystery of the theft of the Irish regalia in 1907. From the library of eminent crime historian Jonathan Goodman. Learn More
    £25.00

    Stock Code: 44237

  43. The Romance & Adventures of the notorious Colonel Blood,
    [WALTER, Eugene.] Whittenbury Kaye. The Romance & Adventures of the notorious Colonel Blood,

    Manchester : 1903

    First edition. Uncommon account of the dramatic tale of Colonel Blood's clumsy plot to steal the Crown Jewels, Library Hub has just BL for this John Heywood-published standard edition and also a copy of the Subscriber's edition; WorldCat adds a copy of the latter at New York University and the former at the University of Minnesota. Rev. Whittenbury... Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 44274

  44. The Romance & Adventures of the Notorious Colonel Blood,
    [WALTER, Eugene.] Whittenbury Kaye. The Romance & Adventures of the Notorious Colonel Blood,

    Manchester : [1903]

    First edition, the subscribers' edition. Uncommon account of the dramatic tale of Colonel Blood's clumsy plot to steal the Crown Jewels, Library Hub has just BL for this and also a copy of the John Heywood-published standard edition, WorldCat adds a copy of the former at New York University and the latter at the University of Minnesota. Rev. Whittenbury... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 44208

  45. Among the Broad-Arrow Men. A Plain Account of English Prison Life.
    "B.2.15." Among the Broad-Arrow Men. A Plain Account of English Prison Life.

    London : 1924

    First edition. Far from common account of prison life in the 20s. The broad arrow of the title, often seen on the clothing of prisoners in period illustrations, refers to the mark used to identify government property from the thirteenth century onwards. The cloth of convict suits was thus stamped to prevent it being used for any other purpose, but also... Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 44218

  46. The Court of the Tuileries from the Restoration to the Flight of Louis Philippe.
    COSWAY-STYLE BINDING - JACKSON, Catherine Charlotte, Lady. The Court of the Tuileries from the Restoration to the Flight of Louis Philippe.

    London : 1883

    First edition. The popular historian Lady Jackson was widely read in standard authorities (and even unpublished papers), and her narrative style - bumptious and with "a great deal of go" (Saturday Review, 25 Jan 1879, 117) - made her histories readable works of light literature. From the library of W. A. Foyle at Beeleigh Abbey, with his leather book... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 15931

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