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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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
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); [STOPES, Marie.] FAY, Erica. A Road to Fairyland.
London : 1926First 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
DEHIO, Georg Gottfried Julius. Untersuchungen über des gleichseitige Dreieck als Norm gotischer Bauproportionen.
Stuttgart : 1894First edition of this unusual work by the Baltic German art historian. Dehio (1850-1932) was born in Reval, now Talinn, Estonia, he was the founder of the Handbuch der deutschen Kunstgeschichte, still publishing to this day. In the present work he sets out his theory of the equilateral triangle as the proportional basis of Gothic architecture. Uncommon,... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 110081
[WALTER, Eugene.] Whittenbury Kaye. The Romance & Adventures of the Notorious Colonel Blood,
Manchester : 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
[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, : 1784First 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
HAINES, William Amos. Mission San Francisco de Solano.
[c.1910]One of a series of photos taken by William Amos Haines (1877-1953), who travelled through the United States in the first decades of the 20th century making early panoramas with a rotating Kodak Cirkut camera. He was particularly interested in California's Spanish missions, and took photographs of a number of these sites around 1910. Founded in 1823,... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 64970
MACLAUCHLAN, Henry. The Roman Wall,
1857-64First 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
DICKENS, Charles - SMITH, F. Hopkinson. In Dickens's London.
New York : 1914First 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
HAMILTON, Elizabeth. Memoirs of the Life of Agrippina, the Wife of Germanicus.
Bath : 1804First 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
WAUGH, Evelyn. Edmund Campion.
London : 1947Second 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
BOSSEWELL, John. Workes of Armorie,
London : 1572First edition, contemporary hand-colouring throughout. The numerous woodcut crests and other illustrations throughout Bossewell's Armorie were published with the colours indicated by key letters ("V" for vert, green; "A" for argent, silver, etc). In this copy, all the crests, initials and illustrations have been finely illuminated throughout in colour... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 83133
KRIPKE, Saul A. A Completeness Theorem in Modal Logic.
New Brunswick, NJ : 1959First 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
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
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
WILLIAMS, John L, & Son (comp.) 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
DURKHEIM, Émile. Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse.
Paris : 1912First edition, first impression, of one of the author's most influential works, his sociological study of religion. "In his last great work, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, Durkheim gave his most compelling demonstration of the structuralist method, tracing relationships between social organization, religious beliefs, and such fundamental... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 114093
REED, Lear B. Human Wolves:
Kansas City, MO : 1941First 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
KLEIN, Ronald D. Meiji Japan as Western Women Saw it: A Bibliographical Companion.
Tokyo : 2016First edition, a new publication, "the result of a long-term project to identify, collect and annotate the more than 250 works published by western women during the Meiji era (1868-1912)" (General Introduction), with an index of authors. The work is divided into four chapters, covering Tourists and Travelers, Missionaries, Sojourners, and Writers.
Published... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 114202
COWLES, John Clifford. The Whispering Buddha.
Los Angeles : 1932First edition, first printing. John Clifford Cowles (1861-1951) was an American artist, and this was his only work of fiction. A review on rear of dust jacket states "Read It Once, You Will Read It Twice" - a claim somewhat undermined by the uncut pages of this copy. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 116470
HOLLIS, Thomas - BLACKBURNE, Francis. Memoirs of Thomas Hollis, Esq., F.R. and A.S.S. [together with:] Appendix to the Memoirs …
London : 1780First edition, large paper copy, a handsome copy of this biographical memoir of the notable 18th-century "political propagandist" (ODNB). Hollis (1720-1774) "believed citizenship should be active: individuals had an important role to play in public life. He partly fulfilled this responsibility by charitable work as a governor of Guy's and St Thomas's... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 117415
QUR'AN; Arabic & Latin; MARRICCI, Ludovico (ed.) Alcorani textus universus.
Padua : 1698First edition of Marracci's Qur'an, "the greatest pre-modern European work of Qur'anic scholarship" (Burman). The second volume, "Refutatio Alcorani", comprises the second obtainable edition of the original Arabic, a Latin translation considered "by far and away the best translation of the Qur'an to date" (Hamilton), and an analysis and refutation of... Learn More£10,500.00
Stock Code: 115141
FRANKLIN, Benjamin. The Writings.
New York : 1905A handsomely bound set which includes a comprehensive introduction to his works by Albert Henry Smyth covering Franklin's manuscripts, printed editions, works, philosophical, political and economical works, satires and bagatelles, and his correspondence. Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 96403
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
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
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
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
[CHALLONER, Richard.] The Catholick Christian Instructed
London : 1737First 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
TEMPLE, Frederick, et al. Essays and Reviews.
London : 1860First 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
CHEVANES, Jacques de. L'Incredulité scavante, et la credulité ignorante:
Lyons : 1671First edition, a reply to Gabriel Naudé's sceptical Apologie pour tous les grands personnages, qui ont été faussement soupçonnés de magie, recently republished in 1669.
Jacques de Chevanes (c.1608-1678) of Autun had personal experience of a witch-hunt in Burgundy in 1648/9, and the present work includes extracts from a 1670 interview with... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 84955
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
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
ROBERTS, Peter. The Cambrian Popular Antiquities;
London : 1815First edition of this study of Welsh customs and superstitions. Roberts (1760-1819) was a Church of England clergyman and antiquarian and wrote three books on Wales of which this is the third. Cambrian Popular Antiquities collected numerous folk stories, including Arthurian legend, and records ancient traditions still enacted such as various funeral... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 90606
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
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
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
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
WERTHEIM, Barbara. The Lost British Policy.
London : 1938First and only edition, first impression, of Barbara Wertheim Tuchman's first book, written while she was reporting on the Spanish Civil War for The Nation. The work is now highly uncommon in commerce in this condition.
Tuchman (1912-1989) was a prominent American popular historian and twice the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Guns of August... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 107553
LAWRENCE, T. E., & C. Leonard Woolley. Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914-1915. The Wilderness of Zin.
London : 1915First edition, first issue binding with the full stop after the date on the spine. During January and February 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 Empire, and the survey... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 108832
BILLING, Archibald. The Science of Gems, Jewels, Coins, and Medals, Ancient and Modern.
London : 1867First 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
TABARI, Muhammad ibn Jarir al-. Chronique d'Abou Djafar Mohammed Tabari, fils de Djarir, fils d'Yezid;
Paris : 1836First edition in any language of Tabari's Ta'rikh al-rusul wa'l-muluk ("History of Prophets and Kings"), "the most important of the classical Arabic historical texts still extant" (Encylopaedica Iranica), volume I (all published); this copy with a presentation leaf addressed to noted translator and businesswoman Lady Charlotte Guest (née Schreiber,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 110201
DICKENS, Charles. A Child's History of England.
London : 1852-4 [1851-3]First editions in book form. Dickens's history of England for children, "intensely anti-aristocratic and anti-monarchical" (ODNB), originally appeared anonymously in Household Words between January 1851 and December 1853, with the volumes published in book-form in the December of those years, post-dated to the following years. In style, subject and... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 111255
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
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
FRANCKLIN, William. Researches on the Jeynes and Boodhists;
London : 1827First edition of a key book in the formation of the Victorian discourse about Buddhism and Brahmanism, which also includes include a discussion of serpent worship in various parts of the world.
Francklin (1763-1839) was the son of the classical scholar and dramatist Thomas Francklin. He enjoyed a considerable reputation as an oriental scholar,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 96923
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
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, OH : 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
STEIN, Sir (Marc) Aurel. Sand-Buried Ruins of Khotan. Personal Narrative of a Journey of Archaeological and Geographical Exploration in Chinese Turkestan.
London : 1904"Cheaper Edition", one year after the first, and comprising first edition sheets with a cancel title. "A general narrative of his first exploration to Central Asia of 1900-1901. Crossing the Karakoram and the Pamirs he entered Chinese Turkestan, and explored archaeologically the sand-buried ruins of Khotan and its neighbourings sic" (Yakushi) Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 103018
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
CLARKE, James Stanier, & John McArthur. The Life of Admiral Lord Nelson, K.B. From His Lordship's Manuscripts.
London : 1809First edition of "one of the main foundation stones of the Nelson legend" (Cannadine, p. 99); Lowndes notes that "1200 copies were subscribed for", this a handsome copy with an appealing maritime provenance. Clarke and McArthur's book is fittingly handsome, being printed by Thomas Bensley, one of the best printers of the day, on superior quality paper.... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 46705
[COLENSO, J.W.] Three Native Accounts of the Visit of the Bishop of Natal in September and October, 1859,
Pietermaritzburg and Durban : 1901Third 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
MERULA, Gaudenzio. Memorabilium Gaudentii Merulae
Lyon : 1556First 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