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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. Life of Andrew Jackson, President of the United States.
    COBBETT, William. Life of Andrew Jackson, President of the United States.

    London : 1834

    First edition of this adulatory account of President Jackson, written by the radical British MP William Cobbett, published the year before Cobbett died and after a lifetime spent campaigning for the abolition of rotten boroughs, the lowering of taxes, and reversing enclosures; all culminating in his major influence in passing the Great Reform Act of... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 144939

  2. The Naturall and Morall Historie of the East and West Indies.
    ACOSTA, Jose de. The Naturall and Morall Historie of the East and West Indies.

    London : 1604

    First edition in English of "the most convincing, detailed, and reliable account" of the Americas at this time, in a notably attractive contemporary binding (Hill). While this influential work is well-held institutionally it is scarce in commerce, and especially so in a contemporary binding, with only five such copies appearing at auction in the last... Learn More
    £18,750.00

    Stock Code: 141468

  3. Memoirs of an American Lady:
    GRANT, Anne. Memoirs of an American Lady:

    London : 1808

    First edition, an appealing copy in the original boards with an excellent association, of the author's best-known work, "a fascinating document in cultural history" (Orlando), comprising a childhood autobiography and a biography of the titular "American Lady", Catalina Schuyler, a Dutch-American woman who had a great influence on Grant's education and... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 137443

  4. Some Evidence of Things Seen.
    MANDELA, Nelson (signed); ALBERTS, Paul. Some Evidence of Things Seen.

    Rivonia, South Africa : 1997

    Signed limited edition, number 48 of 50 copies signed by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Albie Sachs and Paul Alberts. A remarkable collaboration, this is the only limited edition signed by both Mandela and Tutu - Nobel Peace Prize winners in 1993 and 1984 respectively - alongside a third major figure in the anti-Apartheid movement, Albie Sachs, who became... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 130076

  5. Alcorani textus universus.
    QUR'AN; Arabic & Latin; MARRICCI, Ludovico (ed.) Alcorani textus universus.

    Padua : 1698

    First 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

  6. Modern Theories of Criminality.
    QUIRÓS, Cesáreo Bernaldo de. Modern Theories of Criminality.

    Boston : 1911

    First edition in English (first published in Spanish in 1898), the copy of the American penologist Louis N. Robinson, with his ownership signature dated September 1911 to front pastedown, and his annotations to the text throughout (marginal comments and lines for emphasis). Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 145928

  7. Information Respecting the History, Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States:
    SCHOOLCRAFT, Henry R. Information Respecting the History, Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States:

    Philadelphia : 1853-1857

    Second edition of this impressive, ground-breaking and expansive work, unchallenged as the most comprehensive study of Native American culture, enhanced by "Captain Seth Eastman's exceptional lithographs" (American National Biography); four of the five volumes here (I-II and IV-VI) are contemporary presentation copies, inscribed by a trio of Commissioners... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 137694

  8. 144972
    CARR FAMILY - CARR, Ralph Edward; Cuthbert Ellison Carr; T. W. Carr. The History of the Family of Carr of Woodhall, Lesbury, Eshott, and Hetton.

    London : 1899

    Rare first and sole edition, evidently produced in a very small number of copies; volume III in the series of three books on the Carr family, complete in itself, preceded by The History of the Family of Carr of Dunston Hill (1893) and of Hetton, Ford Castle, and St. Helen's, Auckland (1894). This, although unmarked as such, is a familial copy.

    A... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 144972

  9. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland,
    BURKE, John. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland,

    London : 1834-8 & 1907

    Handsome set of an early edition of this classic source of historical reference, "the first printed national record of the untitled aristocracy or county families of Great Britain, whose genealogies were otherwise to be found in the county histories and heralds' visitations of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries... the pedigrees of the families... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 143344

  10. Finger Prints.
    GALTON, Francis. Finger Prints.

    London : 1892

    First edition of Galton's work designed to assist with classifying and indexing large numbers of fingerprints.

    "The use of fingerprints for the identification of criminals had been advocated in 'Nature' in 1880 by both Henry Faulds and Sir William Herschel, but was put on a scientific basis only in Galton's book on Finger Prints, published in... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 143521

  11. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    London : 1956-8

    First editions, first impressions, of Churchill's great history, paired with an original typed letter signed from Churchill to the French-American sculptor Herbert Haseltine (1877-1962): "My dear Mr. Hazeltine sic, It is very good of you to send me the delightful landscape which your Father painted in California in 1899. I think it is a charming picture,... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 141547

  12. The Sculptures of the Parthenon.
    MURRAY, A. S. The Sculptures of the Parthenon.

    London : 1903

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a preliminary blank, "To Miss Elinor S. Lewes, from the author, with my best wishes, A. S. Murray, 19th March 1903"; inscribed beneath, "This book was specially completed and bound for us before publication and given us by the author and Mrs Murray as a wedding present.... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 134488

  13. Prescott's Works
    PRESCOTT, H. William. Prescott's Works

    Philadelphia and London : [1904]

    The Montezuma edition. Limited to 1,000 copies of which this is number 904. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 116014

  14. The Works.
    JACKSON, Lady Catherine Charlotte. The Works.

    c.1899

    Édition des Aquarelles. Limited to 26 numbered copies for England and America. Lady Jackson (1824-91) was the wife of diplomat Sir George Jackson, known for accompanying Sir Charles Stuart to Germany and entering Paris with him in 1815, and for his efforts to abolish the slave trade. After his death she edited his papers for publication and then turned... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 61558

  15. Commentaries on the Laws of England.
    BLACKSTONE, Sir William. Commentaries on the Laws of England.

    Oxford : 1765-9

    First edition of volumes I, III and IV, second edition of volume II. "Blackstone's great work on the laws of England is the extreme example of justification of an existing state of affairs by virtue of its history... Until the Commentaries, the ordinary Englishman had viewed the law as a vast, unintelligible and unfriendly machine... Blackstone's great... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 130572

  16. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1985.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1985.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1985, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123711

  17. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1996.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1996.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1996, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 123733

  18. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1994.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1994.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1994, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 123727

  19. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1995.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1995.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1995, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 123732

  20. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1989.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1989.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1989, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123716

  21. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1991.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1991.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1991, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and Princess Anne. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 123718

  22. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1988.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1988.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1988, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 123715

  23. The New Testament of Jesus Christ translated faithfully into English,
    BIBLE; English, Douai-Rheims version. The New Testament of Jesus Christ translated faithfully into English,

    Rheims [NT] & Douai [OT] : 1582 & 1609-10

    First edition in English of the Roman Catholic version of the Bible, the Old Testament in a contemporary Douai binding and a presentation copy from John Knatchbull, vice-president of the English College at Douai, offered here with a pleasing copy of the Rheims New Testament in 17th-century calf.

    Knatchbull presents the Old Testament to Lady Joanna... Learn More
    £45,000.00

    Stock Code: 108480

  24. Earl Spencer's Tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales - SPENCER, Charles, 9th Earl Spencer. Earl Spencer's Tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.

    [Althorp : 1997

    First edition, inscribed by Charles Spencer on the title page "to 'Dad' and Sue, Charles Spencer". Privately printed for the Earl, the book reproduces the text of the eulogy he gave for his sister, Princess Diana, at her funeral in Westminster Abbey in 1997.

    Televised across the world, the Earl's speech, where he attacked the media for hounding... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 145707

  25. The Story of the Last Days of Jerusalem.
    CHURCH, Alfred J. The Story of the Last Days of Jerusalem.

    London : [before 1898]

    A handsomely bound copy of this retelling of the last days of Jerusalem. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 145585

  26. Original whips' office notice of Margaret Thatcher's election as leader of the Conservative Party.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Original whips' office notice of Margaret Thatcher's election as leader of the Conservative Party.

    [London] : 1975

    A most significant document in British political history: the announcement of Margaret Thatcher's election as leader of the Conservative Party, signed by Edward Du Cann, who presided over the election as chairman of the 1922 Committee, and by ten other members of the committee.

    This was one of a small number of copies, all signed by hand, which... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 135018

  27. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1987.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1987.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1987, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 123714

  28. The French Revolution.
    CARLYLE, Thomas. The French Revolution.

    London : 1837

    First edition, one of 1,000 copies printed, of Carlyle's great history, among the most significant historical works of the 19th century, despite the fact that the first volume needed to be rewritten from memory after John Stuart Mill's maid accidentally burnt the manuscript; the work was the source material for Dickens's Tale of Two Cities.

    "Carlyle... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 145505

  29. The Apocrypha.
    HUGHES, Ted (presents). The Apocrypha.

    London, New York, Toronto : 1953

    A fascinating copy of the biblical Apocrypha, presented by Ted Hughes to one of two Hungarian poets, either Janos Pilinsky (1921-1981) or Janos Csokits (1928-2011), inscribed "To Janos 10th August 1960, from Ted" on the front free endpaper. Hughes has marked up sections of interest in "The Wisdom of Solomon" for the recipient's interest. Pilinszky,... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 131034

  30. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1984.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1984.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1984, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123708

  31. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1992.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1992.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1992, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123722

  32. The Hinge of Fate.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Hinge of Fate.

    Boston : 1950

    First US edition, first printing, signed by Churchill on the front free endpaper. The Hinge of Fate was the fourth volume in Churchill's celebrated Second World War series, published in six volumes in all. This volume covers 1942: "I have called this The Hinge of Fate because in it we turn from almost uninterrupted disaster to almost unbroken success.... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 111216

  33. 138392
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    London : 1956-58

    First edition of the Chartwell Edition, the first illustrated edition of Churchill's great history of Britain, the British Empire, and the United States, the second overall.

    Churchill began his history during his period in the political wilderness in the early 1930s, but did not complete it until the latter 1950s, after his final retirement as... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 138392

  34. The Sun King.
    MITFORD, Nancy. The Sun King.

    London : 1969

    Signed limited issue, number 83 of 265 copies signed by Mitford on the limitation leaf and specially bound by Zaehnsdorf. Nancy Mitford (19041973) won great acclaim with this lavishly illustrated biography of the French King Louis XIV. Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 144643

  35. Don Gypsy.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); STARKIE, Walter. Don Gypsy.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression, publisher's presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Charles W. Berry the greatest of 'afficionados' in memory of so many wonderful hours a picaresque tribute from the author, Walter Starkie, London, July 1936" and with a drawing of a musical score's first bar.

    The recipient was in all likelihood... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 144959

  36. The Algonquin Legends of New England.
    LELAND, Charles Godfrey. The Algonquin Legends of New England.

    Boston : 1884

    First edition of Leland's uncommon collection of the folklore of the "principal Wabanaki, or Northeastern Algonquin, Indians". All of the material was gathered directly from native American narrators, the great majority by Leland himself and the sources identified. The illustrations are from birch bark originals by Tomah Josephs, Indian Governor at... Learn More
    £775.00

    Stock Code: 144666

  37. Candid and impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; the comparative importance of the British and French islands in the West-Indies: with the value and consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated. Illustrated with copper plates.
    [SLAVERY] CAMPBELL, John. Candid and impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; the comparative importance of the British and French islands in the West-Indies: with the value and consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated. Illustrated with copper plates.

    London : 1763

    First edition of the first-named, fourth of the second which was first published Antigua, 1750 under the pseudonym of "An Old Planter". John Campbell (17081775), was a highly successful historian and miscellaneous author, Johnson thought well of him and praised the usefulness of his knowledge, also describing him as "the richest author that ever grazed... Learn More
    £5,250.00

    Stock Code: 132583

  38. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;
    LAYARD, Austen H. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;

    London : 1853

    First edition, in the original decorated cloth, surely one of the most attractive publisher's bindings of the 19th century.

    Layard's important second British Museum expedition "yielded further important trophies and discoveries, including the cuneiform library of Sennacherib's grandson Ashurbanipal, on which most modern knowledge of Assyrian... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 145108

  39. 144376
    TROLLOPE, Anthony. Clergymen of the Church of England.

    London : 1866

    First and only edition, collecting Trollope's articles on the clergy of the Church of England, originally published in the Pall Mall Gazette in 1865 and 1866. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 144376

  40. A Memoir of the Goddards of North Wilts.
    JEFFERIES, Richard. A Memoir of the Goddards of North Wilts.

    Swindon : [1873]

    First edition of the author's scarce, privately printed second book, commissioned by the prominent local Goddard family and dating from the period described by ODNB as Jefferies's "years of struggle"; Edward Thomas notes in his biography that "the edition was sold out in a few months".

    Jefferies birthplace of Coate, a small village near Devizes... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 144341

  41. A History of Warfare.
    MONTGOMERY OF ALAMEIN, Field Marshal, The Viscount. A History of Warfare.

    London : 1969

    Signed limited issue, number 83 of 265 copies signed by the author on the limitation lea, and specially bound by Zaehnsdorf from the sheets of the first US edition, first printing.

    "Lord Montgomery's stimulating book must surely take its place as a classic commentary on the history of warfare It is the fruit of a lifetime spent in the study... Learn More
    £1,350.00

    Stock Code: 144651

  42. Histoire et monuments des emaux byzantins.
    KONDAKOV, Nikodim Pavlovich. Histoire et monuments des emaux byzantins.

    Frankfurt : 1892

    First and limited edition, number 24 of 200 copies printed in French; a very fine copy of this lavish and sumptuously illustrated celebration of the Zwenigorodskoi collection of Byzantine enamels, "one of the most luxurious publications of the 19th-century" (Federov, pp. 200-1). The portrait frontispiece, included only in those copies given by the collector... Learn More
    £18,750.00

    Stock Code: 141106

  43. 145045
    PRINTING AND THE MIND OF MAN. Printing and the Mind of Man.

    London : 1963

    The exhibition catalogue of the Printing and the Mind of Man exhibition, the most significant book exhibition of the 20th century. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 145045

  44. The Martial-Field of Europe:
    BOYER, Abel. The Martial-Field of Europe:

    London : 1694

    First edition. One of the first works published by this versatile French-born lexicographer, journalist and historian, being a survey of places and occurrences during the recent Nine Years' War, also known as the War of the Grand Alliance, and dedicated to the 2nd duke of Ormond who had served with distinction. Boyer (1667?1729) may himself have taken... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 141293

  45. Anglo-Norman Antiquities considered, in a Tour through Part of Normandy.
    DUCAREL, Andrew Coltée Anglo-Norman Antiquities considered, in a Tour through Part of Normandy.

    London : 1767

    First edition and only edition of this "pioneer study of comparative mediaeval architecture" (ODNB), which importantly drew attention to the Bayeux Tapestry, containing one of the earliest detailed accounts of it, illustrated with seven finely engraved plates, one of them folding. A handsome copy with a fine noble provenance.

    Born in Paris of... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 141932

  46. Circular. The Great Auroral Exhibition of August 28th to September 4th 1859.
    LOOMIS, Elias. Circular. The Great Auroral Exhibition of August 28th to September 4th 1859.

    New Haven : 1859

    Seemingly unrecorded appeal from Elias Loomis (1811-1889), the eminent American mathematician - at the time Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of the City of New York - requesting information regarding the spectacular appearance of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights during the summer of 1859.

    As Loomis notes in the preamble to this... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140209

  47. Arms and the Covenant.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Arms and the Covenant.

    London, : 1938

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 137946

  48. Map of the Gallipoli peninsula.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Map of the Gallipoli peninsula.

    1990

    From the estate of Margaret Thatcher, with the presentation label incorporated beneath the map reading "Presented to the Right Honourable Margaret Thatcher MP on the occasion of the Gallipoli Commemoration 25 April 1990". Thatcher travelled to Turkey for the 75th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, along with the Australian prime minister Bob Hawke,... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 133407

  49. Kitab al-Muhammadiyah.
    YAZICIOGLU MEHMET. Kitab al-Muhammadiyah.

    Istanbul : 1880-1 CE

    Uncommon Istanbul imprint of this popular Turkish translation of the Magharib al-Zaman (Sunsets of Time), a devotional work on the Prophet Muhammad, written in Arabic by the Ottoman Sufi poet Yazıcıoğlu Mehmet (d. 1491; his name means "son of the scribe") and translated into Ottoman Turkish by his younger brother Ahmed Bican. Mehmet, a native of... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 122439

  50. The Antiquities of the Anglo-Saxon Church.
    BEWICK, Thomas (illus.); LINGARD, John. The Antiquities of the Anglo-Saxon Church.

    Newcastle : 1806

    First edition of the first work of John Lingard (1771-1851), Roman Catholic priest and historian, "a work which reveals him to be a moderate upholder of the Catholic cisalpine and Gallican tradition of historical scholarship. In this work he sought to oppose the errors of a generation of protestant Anglo-Saxon scholars who argued for an English church,... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 121264

  51. Daemonolatreiae libri tres,
    SCOTT, Walter - REMY, Nicholas. Daemonolatreiae libri tres,

    Lyon : 1595

    Rare first edition of this seminal work on the worship of demons, Sir Walter Scott's copy, with his ownership inscription on the title page and his library shelf mark on the front free endpaper: "Abbotsford Library O13". Scott's fascination with witchcraft led him to spend years gathering "perhaps the most curious library of diablerie that man ever... Learn More
    £27,500.00

    Stock Code: 123052

  52. L'Incredulité scavante, et la credulité ignorante:
    CHEVANES, Jacques de. L'Incredulité scavante, et la credulité ignorante:

    Lyons : 1671

    First 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

  53. Fust and Schöffer 48-line Bible leaf.
    BIBLE; Latin; Vulgate. Fust and Schöffer 48-line Bible leaf.

    Mainz : 1462

    A single leaf from the 48-line Bible printed at Mainz by Johann Fust and Peter Schöffer in 1462, the fourth printed Bible but the first to include information about the place of printing, the printer, and the date of publication, preceded only by the 42-line Gutenberg Bible, the 36-line Pfister Bible (Bamberg) and the 49-line Mentelin Bible (Strassburg).

    The... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 144814

  54. A Simple Transliteral Grammar of the Turkish Language.
    ARNOLD, Edwin. A Simple Transliteral Grammar of the Turkish Language.

    London : 1877

    First edition of this uncommon little grammar, compiled by the poet and journalist Sir Edwin Arnold (1832-1904), best known for The Light of Asia (1879), his tremendously popular versified account of the life and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. Arnold was a passionate Turkophile and while in India studied Turkish and Persian.... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 141928

  55. Strapless
    DAVIS, Deborah. Strapless

    New York : 2003

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the half title to fellow author Dominick Dunne, whose blurb appears on the front of the jacket: "July 2003 Mr Dunne, I am thrilled to have your name on Strapless. A million thanks for the great pleasure your books have given me and for your boundless generosity to a new writer. Sincerely, Deborah".... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 142186

  56. Muslim Home.
    JAHAN, Sultan H. H., Nawab Begum of Bhopal Muslim Home.

    Calcutta : 1916

    First edition, first impression. The work, intended as the first in a series, was written "in the style of an advice manual to a newly married couple" and "was deemed so important that it was translated into English under the title Muslim Home" (Lambert-Hurley). The translation aimed to counter imperialist concepts of the supposed subjection of women... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 134317

  57. Grannan's Pocket Gallery of Noted Criminals of the Present Day,
    GRANNAN, Joseph C. Grannan's Pocket Gallery of Noted Criminals of the Present Day,

    Cincinnati, OH : 1892;

    Rare fourth edition of this terrific and highly evocative mug shot book, an online search of institutional libraries showing one copy only, at Public Library of Cincinnati, all early iterations being very scarce. This copy is paired with an attractive exemplar of the handsome official badge issued to detectives and stamped on verso "This Badge is Not... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 120206

  58. Mémoires de la Régence de S. A. R. Mgr. le duc d'Orléans, durant la minorité de Louis XV, Roi de France.
    LAW, John; PIOSSENS, Chevalier de. Mémoires de la Régence de S. A. R. Mgr. le duc d'Orléans, durant la minorité de Louis XV, Roi de France.

    Amsterdam : 1729

    First edition of a history of the regency in France during the minority of Louis XV, charting all the political and financial upheavals of the duc d'Orléans regency, with much information on John Law and his system between 1715 and 1723. It was published simultaneously at The Hague.

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    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 140575

  59. Oratio Dominica.
    POLYGLOT LORD'S PRAYER. Oratio Dominica.

    London : 1700

    A remarkable publication, presenting the Lord's Prayer in over a hundred languages and dialects, a major exercise in comparative philology, and likewise offering a significant array of type specimens from multiple European and non-European languages. Wing attributes the work to the learned printer Benjamin Motte the elder.

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    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 144536

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