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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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  1. In Dickens's London.
    DICKENS, Charles - SMITH, F. Hopkinson. In Dickens's London.

    New York : 1914

    First edition. One of a limited edition of 150 numbered sets, each signed on the limitation leaf by the artist and the publisher. Additionally signed by Smith on the print "Coffee-Room, George Inn". Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 75760

  2. Photographs of America.
    FEE, James. Photographs of America.

    Gardena, CA : 1994

    First edition, first printing. Signed by the photographer on the front flyleaf. One of 1,000 copies printed. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 116320

  3. Camera, Take the Stand!
    HERZOG, Asa S., & A. J. Ezickson. Camera, Take the Stand!

    New York : 1940

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "To A. G. Corley - Who can transmit congeniality & friendship at all times - A. J. Ezickson". "Modern crime fighters have discovered science to be their firmest ally... This book tells the story of that little magic black box and the part it plays in fighting the criminal" (Preface).... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 116419

  4. Dog Soldiers; [with:] A Hall of Mirrors.
    STONE, Robert. Dog Soldiers; [with:] A Hall of Mirrors.

    New York : 1975

    First Ballantine Books editions, first printings. Presentation copies, inscribed by the author on the title pages, "For Dink Bruce, with thanks and best wishes, Bob Stone". The recipient was Benjamin "Dink" Bruce, a cult figure in Key West, Florida. Dink's father Telly Otto Bruce ("Toby") originally moved to Key West at the behest of his Arkansas friend... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 116247

  5. Human Wolves:
    REED, Lear B. Human Wolves:

    Kansas City, MO : 1941

    First edition, this copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Bill Rogers, sincerely Lear B. Reed". Remarkable memoir by a former FBI agent detailing his years struggling against corrupt politicians and the mob, fighting prostitution, drug trafficking, and political subversion; "Mr. Reed combined in his person the formidable characteristics... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 114049

  6. 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

  7. A Road to Fairyland.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); [STOPES, Marie.] FAY, Erica. A Road to Fairyland.

    London : 1926

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Dr Marie Stopes (1880-1958), though best known today for her contributions to palaeontology, her pioneering work on birth control, and her manual Married Love, was also a prolific writer of novels, poems and fairy stories. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 108358

  8. Hope and Suffering.
    TUTU, Desmond Mpilo. Hope and Suffering.

    Grand Rapids, MI : 1984

    First 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

  9. My Guru and His Disciple.
    ISHERWOOD, Christopher. My Guru and His Disciple.

    New York : 1980

    First 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

  10. Robert Peckham.
    BARING, Maurice. Robert Peckham.

    London : 1934

    Signed limited edition of 100 copies, this copy number 59. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To J. B. Morton, from Maurice Baring, New Year 1935" on the front free endpaper. Morton is best remembered under his pseudonym, "Beachcomber", which he used throughout his career as a satirical columnist at the Express; both he and Baring belonged... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 106538

  11. The Conquistadors.
    ARCADIA PRESS: INNES, Hammond. The Conquistadors.

    London : 1970

    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 32 of 265 numbered copies, specially bound by Zaehnsdorf and signed by the author. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 106068

  12. Buried Pleasure.
    DE CHAIR, Somerset [Struben]. Buried Pleasure.

    Braunton, Devon : 1985

    Limited 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

  13. Emma McChesney & Co.
    FERBER, Edna. Emma McChesney & Co.

    New York : 1915

    First 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

  14. Norman Rockwell Illustrator.
    (ROCKWELL, Norman.) GUPTILL, Arthur L. Norman Rockwell Illustrator.

    New York : 1946

    First 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

  15. Gösta Berlings saga.
    LAGERLÖF, Selma. Gösta Berlings saga.

    Stockholm : 1891

    First 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

  16. Advance to Barbarism.
    VEALE, F. J. P. Advance to Barbarism.

    Appleton, WI : 1953

    Second, expanded edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title, "To R. T. Paget, Q.C., with the acknowledgements of the author for inspiration and encouragement. F. J. P. Veale. Nov. 4. 1953". Together with a typed letter signed from Veale to Paget, dated Brighton, 4 November 1953, discussing the case of Dr Josef Kreuzer, an... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 102453

  17. To Reach the Clouds.
    PETIT, Philippe. To Reach the Clouds.

    New York : 2002

    First 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

  18. Original sketches made on board Edgar E. Holley's Evelyn during a New York Yacht Club cruise in 1867.
    WORTH, Thomas. Original sketches made on board Edgar E. Holley's Evelyn during a New York Yacht Club cruise in 1867.

    New York : c.1867

    "These sketches were drawn by Thomas Worth who was on board the yacht Evelyn at the time she made the cruise with the New York Yacht Club about 1867. Those on board were E.E., Holley owner, Mr. Amos Stellenwerf, Mr. Dan Slote, Mr. Chas. Van Zant, and the Artist. The accompanying sketches were actual incidents of the cruise. Three sketches are scenes... Learn More
    £11,500.00

    Stock Code: 96970

  19. 1889-90. A Manual of Investments.
    WILLIAMS, John L, & Son (comp.) 1889-90. A Manual of Investments.

    Richmond, Virginia : 1890

    First 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

  20. Transjordanien. Vorgeschichtliche Forschungen.
    RHOTERT, Hans, ed. Transjordanien. Vorgeschichtliche Forschungen.

    Stuttgart : 1938

    First 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

  21. American Photographs, The First Century:
    FORESTA, Merry A. American Photographs, The First Century:

    Washington : 1996

    First 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

  22. The Glory in the Garret.
    SPENCER, Walter. The Glory in the Garret.

    London : 1932

    First 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

  23. Father Goose.
    FOWLER, Gene. Father Goose.

    New York : [1934]

    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

  24. The Restless Decade.
    GUTMANN, John. The Restless Decade.

    New York : 1984

    First 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

  25. A Modern Theory of Ethics.
    STAPLEDON, Olaf. A Modern Theory of Ethics.

    London : 1929

    First 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

  26. 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

  27. Edmund Campion. Jesuit and Martyr.
    WAUGH, Evelyn. Edmund Campion. Jesuit and Martyr.

    London : 1947

    Second edition, with a new introduction by the author. Inscribed by Waugh on the half-title, "With happy & grateful memories of Dundee, from Evelyn Waugh. Oct 26, 1949". At the outbreak of the Second World War Waugh joined the marine infantry brigade and, after seeing action on the Libyan coast in April 1941, returned to Britain and spent about a year... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 82521

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. Los Métodos de la Lógica.
    QUINE, Willard Van Orman. Los Métodos de la Lógica.

    [1980s]

    Second edition, Spanish language translation. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "a Burt un saludo de Van". The recipient was Burton Dreben, an influential Harvard professor and Quine's "closest philosophical ally". Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 68123

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. We Moderns: Enigmas and Guesses.
    MUIR, Edwin, as Edward Moore. We Moderns: Enigmas and Guesses.

    London : 1918

    First edition, first impression, of the first book of the Scottish poet, novelist and translator Edwin Muir. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to a Glaswegian friend on the front free endpaper using his pseudonym, "To Mrs Stobo from Edward Moore in memory of many charming hours. 31st May, 1918". Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 67586

  35. 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

  36. Race: A Study in Superstition.
    BARZUN, Jacques. Race: A Study in Superstition.

    New York : 1965

    Second edition, revised. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Lionel & Diana, with ever affectionate thoughts, this dull old book that faithfully reflects the dull old friend who sends it, Jacques. Dec 22/64". Literary critic Lionel Trilling (1905-75) worked at Columbia during the same period as Barzun, and for thirty years the two... Learn More
    £775.00

    Stock Code: 61792

  37. 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

  38. To Be Free.
    APTHEKER, Herbert. To Be Free.

    New York : 1968

    Second edition. First published in 1948; this edition with a new preface by the author. Inscribed on the half-title " Feb 1969 For Bobby Seale with best wishes Herbert Aptheker." Aptheker was an American Marxist historian and political activist. Seale was co-founder of the Black Panther Party which he formed with Huey Newton in 1966. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 60782

  39. 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

  40. A Twenty Years Struggle in South Africa. A Souvenir.
    BRAUN, Dietrich E. A Twenty Years Struggle in South Africa. A Souvenir.

    [c. 1918]

    Inscribed by the author on the title page "To Mrs. Walter Meyer from the author Dietrich E. Braun, 1953". Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 52085

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