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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CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
London : 1956-58First editions, first impressions. Churchill began his history of the British Empire and the United States during his period in the political wilderness in the early 1930s, but did not complete it until after his retirement in the late 1950s. The events of the Second World War, the major interruption in the writing process, had reconfirmed his belief... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 128999
PERSIA; IRAN: PARLIAMENTARY PAPER. Bagdad Railway. No. 1 (1911).
London : 1911Government White Paper containing the definitive text of the Baghdad railway convention from 1903, including the terms of the concession granted by the Ottoman government, as well as an additional convention from 1908 and a series of loan contracts. This railway project was, in the contemporary assessment of Morris Jastrow, "the largest single contributing... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 129809
MACKAY, Charles. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions.
London : 1841First edition. Mackay's important early work of social psychology discusses popular delusions of all types and considers the credulous enthusiasm of mankind for phenomena such as alchemy, witchcraft, relics, the Crusades, urban myths, as well as economic events such as the tulip bubble, the Mississippi Bubble, and the South Sea Bubble. Still in print,... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 128845
STAPLEDON, Olaf. A Modern Theory of Ethics.
London : 1929First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "A. M. Carr-Saunders, with compliments from W. O. S. 3rd February 1929". A Modern Theory of Ethics was Stapledon's first published work of prose, based on the thesis for his PhD in philosophy awarded at the University of Liverpool in 1925. The recipient,... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 87348
PETRIE, William Matthew Flinders. Gizeh and Rifeh.
London : 1907First edition, first impression, of the richly illustrated thirteenth volume in the Egyptian Research Account Publications series. William Matthew Flinders Petrie was especially known for the accuracy of his surveying. He was a pioneering Egyptologist, founding the journal Ancient Egypt, and teaching numerous influential archaeologists such as Margaret... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 148208
SPARE, Austin Osman; WALLACE, William. The Early Work of Austin Osman Spare, 1900-1919.
Stroud : 1987First edition, according to Harper only 300 copies printed. This study of Spare's early work, and its influences was an important step in the rediscovery of Spare by a new generation which began in the 1970s and gathered momentum in the decades that followed.
Spare's illustrations often featured pagan and occult imagery such as satyrs and witches,... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 147245
MONTFORT, François Salvat. Gasconiana,
Amsterdam : 1708First edition, with 19 leaves supplied from a later edition. The Gasconiana celebrates the French province of Gascony with a variety of anecdotes dealing with humour, adventure, and love. Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 146309
ANTONIADI, E. M. [Title in Greek:] Ekphrasis tes Hagias Sophias.
Athens : 1907-09First and only edition of this scarce and important monograph, from the library of the traveler, aesthete, and writer on art Robert Byron (1905-1941), inscribed by him on a blank before the half-title in volume I, "Robert Byron, sent by A. E. Benaki" and with Byron's signature in the same location in the other volumes.
A fine provenance: Antonis... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 143223
MACKAY, Charles. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions.
London : 1841First edition. Mackay's important early work of social psychology discusses popular delusions of all types and considers the credulous enthusiasm of mankind for phenomena such as alchemy, witchcraft, relics, the Crusades, urban myths, as well as economic events such as the tulip bubble, the Mississippi Bubble, and the South Sea Bubble. Still in print,... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 139863
PRESCOTT, William Hickling. History of Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic.
London : [c.1880]An attractively bound set of the new and revised edition, first published in 1838. "An immediate international success, this record of 'the most glorious epoch in the annals of Spain,' was highly acclaimed by foreign scholars and a commercial bestseller" (ANB).
"The reputation that Prescott won in his lifetime is validated by modern historians... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 146185
PRESCOTT, William Hickling. History of the Conquest of Peru.
London : [c.1880]An attractively bound set of the new and revised edition of Prescott's classic text on Peruvian history, first published in 1847. Prescott "had difficulty recreating the romantic narrative of Mexico in his next history, The Conquest of Peru (1847), because he disdained the character of the Pizarros and their followers" (ANB).
"The reputation... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 146173
CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
London : 1956-58First editions, first impressions, of Churchill's great history of Britain, the British Empire, and the United States.
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 Prime Minister. The events of the Second World War, the... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144266
KENNEDY, John F. Photograph inscribed to British diplomat Harold Caccia.
1961Inscribed on the mount by John F. Kennedy to the British Ambassador to the United States: "For Sir Harold Caccia - a strong link in a strong chain that binds our two countries - with every good wish. John F. Kennedy - 1961".
Harold Caccia (1905-1990) served as British Ambassador to the United States from 1956 to 1961. Kennedy's reference in his... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 148863
GENEALOGY - RUVIGNY AND RAINEVAL, Melville Henry Massue, Marquis of. The Blood Royal of Britain.
London : 1903First edition, presentation copy to the Princess of Bavaria, the last Bavarian queen, with four vellum leaves at front each richly decorated in colour and gilt with heraldic designs, with a calligraphic presentation across the leaves. This is the deluxe issue printed on japon and bound in white cloth instead of the usual blue.
The calligraphic... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 141266
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Three typescript articles:
[late 1930s]There has been considerable recent interest in Churchill's essay "Are We Alone in the Universe?" In an article for Nature, astrophysicist Mario Livio describes his visit to the US National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, when "director Timothy Riley thrust a typewritten essay by Churchill into my hands. In the 11-page article, 'Are We Alone in... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 121591
BILL OF RIGHTS. The Gazette of the United States.
New York : 1789First known printing of the final Bill of Rights, as passed by both houses of Congress on 25 September 1789 and submitted for ratification by the states on the 28 September 1789, here published in the leading Federalist newspaper of the day, the 3 October 1789 issue of the Gazette of the United States.
"The Convention of a number of the States... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 146167
AMERICAN DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. The Annual Register,
London : 1777First edition, containing one of the earliest printings of the American Declaration of Independence.
Begun in 1758, The Annual Register was an annual survey of the past year (traditionally focusing on history, politics, and literature) from the British perspective. This volume, the most sought-after single volume of the series, covers the events... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 143906
GLASPELL, Susan. A Jury of Her Peers.
London : 1927First separate edition, one of 250 copies signed by the author. Provenance: from the library of "Ellery Queen", with, loosely inserted, a statement of provenance from the bookseller Douglas Dannay (dated 1991), son of Frederic Dannay, co-creator of the pseudonymous "Ellery Queen". Queen's Quorum notes that "Susan Glaspell had written a one-act play... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 106151
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
GILMAN, Charlotte Perkins. Herland.
New York : January-December 1915First edition, the first appearance of Gilman's feminist utopian novel Herland, complete in 12 issues of Gilman's magazine The Forerunner; this copy warmly inscribed by the author to the American suffragist Alice Locke Park, "Charlotte Perkins Gilman with love and honor for her friend Alice Park", on the front free endpaper.
Park (1861-1961)... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 130959
BLITH, Walter. The English Improover, or a new Survey of Husbandry.
London : 1649One of two 1649 editions, of unestablished priority. Walter Blith (1605-1654) has been called by Robert Trow-Smith "the greatest of the mid-seventeenth century writers" in the field of agriculture (English Husbandry, 1951). In this work, Blith advocates draining and making water meadows, inclosure, the use of manures, and plantations. "In spite of the... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 149383
CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
London : 1956-58First 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), on his Chartwell letterhead dated 20 April 1957, thanking him for a sculpture he presented: "My dear Mr. Haseltine, Papa Percheron has arrived. I am indeed indebted... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 138386
HOOLA VAN NOOTEN, Berthe. Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisis de la flore et de la pomone de l'ile de Java peints d'apres nature.
Brussels : [c.1866]Second edition of this splendid depiction of the flowers and fruits of Java, richly presented in striking chromolithography, and one of the great colour plate books for Indonesia's flora. The first edition was published in 1863.
Hoola van Nooten "was clearly a more than competent artist, for the splendid tropical plants, with their lush foliage,... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 148660
DE MORGAN, Sophia Elizabeth, as C. D. From Matter to Spirit.
London : 1863First edition of this vividly written and meticulous account of spiritualist practice and ghostly interactions, which became one of the foundational texts of the British spiritualist movement. It is uncommon in the first edition, and this is a particularly attractive example.
Sophia de Morgan (1809-1892) was a social activist, spiritualist, and... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 147277
HERALDRY; HARLEIAN SOCIETY. The Visitation of London, Anno Domini 1633, 1634, and 1635.
London : 1880-83First edition, a distinguished copy: from the library of Sir George John Armytage, honorary secretary of the Harleian Society, extra illustrated with a complete suite of proof engravings of the arms on india paper, each mounted on fine paper and bound in at the appropriate page; presented in a refinedly unpretentious binding by Zaehnsdorf - "choice"... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 144925
HALÉVY, Élie; E. I. Watkin (trans.) A History of the English People in the Nineteenth Century.
London : 1949-52A finely bound set of the English translations of "the best detailed general account of 19th-century British history", all second editions, aside from Victorian Years, which is a first edition thus, first impression. First published in French between 1913-47 as Histoire du peuple anglais au XIXe siècle, Halévy's History was not written in chronological... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 148822
CARLYLE, Thomas. The French Revolution.
London : [c.1890]A handsomely bound copy of Carlyle's history of the French Revolution, originally published in 1837 and written "as a secular 'tract for the times' and as a warning for his compatriots of the frightful consequences of materialism, utilitarianism and democracy" (PMM). Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 148721
BRAUDEL, Fernand. Civilisation and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century.
London : 1981-82-84A finely bound set of the first English translation of the 1979, three-volume edition of Braudel's history. The first volume was first published in French in 1967 as Civilisation Matérielle, Économie et Capitalisme, XVe-XVIIIe (Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century), and was substantially rewritten for the 1979 edition. The project was begun... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 148744
PERROY, Edouard. The Hundred Years War.
London : 1951First edition in English, first impression. Perroy's work was first published in French in 1945. This copy has a press review from The Economist of 17 November 1951 loosely inserted. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 148245
HOLDSWORTH, Sir William. A History of English Law.
London : 1966A complete set, including the rare index, of Holdsworth's legal history, with a pleasing provenance: the set was bound for Birmingham lawyer Gordon W. Quance, with his "Q" monogram gilt-stamped to the front cover of each volume.
A History of English Law is the life's work of William Holdsworth (1871-1944), who worked as a fellow of St. John's... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 148106
SINGER, Charles, & others. A History of Technology.
Oxford : 1956-58A very handsomely bound copy of this monumental history of technology, "the first major work in English to embrace the whole subject from the earliest times to the end of the nineteenth century" (ODNB). The set comprises mixed editions: first editions, first impressions, of volumes III, IV and V; second impression of vol. II; third impression of vol.... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 148169
ANGELUS, Johannes, & Johannes Regiomontanus. [Greek:] Esoptron astroligikon. Astrologicall Opticks.
London : Rare first edition in English, with eight copies only showing at institutional libraries and just three on auction records. The translator, Robert Turner (b. 1619/20- c. 1664), "was one of an important group of translators who supplied English audiences with a wide range of occult and medical treatises and particularly with the writings of Paracelsus"... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 143758
BABUR; Annette Susannah Beveridge, trans. The Bābur-nāma in English (Memoirs of Bābur).
London : 1922First edition in book form of this landmark version of the Bāburnāma, the earliest example of autobiographical writing in world literature, the diary of Zahīr-ud-Dīn Muhammad Bābur (14831530), founder of the Mughal Empire and descendant of Timur, translated into English directly from the original Chagatai Turkish, the spoken language of the Andijan-Timurids;... Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 141930
LOS ANGELES. Los Angeles Telephone Book.
Los Angeles : 13 April 1882The first telephone directory for Los Angeles, listing 90 subscribers with their own phones and numbers, and instructions on making calls to the central office. This is a delicate and rare piece of Californiana, tracking the expansion of critical technology through a state that would become an innovation leader. There are only two appearances in the... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 141446
AGRIPPA, Heinrich Cornelius. De occulta philosophia libri tres.
[Cologne? : July 1533First collected edition of this masterpiece of Western Renaissance magic. The first part of this summa of occult and magical thought was originally published in 1531, probably under the influence of Johannes Trithemius, abbot of Würzburg, whose notable students included Agrippa and Paracelsus.
The privilege of the Emperor Charles V, to whom... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 136927
REYNOLDS, Frank, aka "Freewheelin' Frank". 666: "The Hymn" to "Lucifer".
San Francisco : 1968First edition, uncommon. Fascinating document of the San Francisco underground scene. A sequence of amphetamine-fuelled metaphysical explorations combining the Satanic, astrological, and psychedelic in equal measure, with just a dash of biker lore. Reynolds was secretary of the notorious SF chapter of the Hell's Angels, and the previous year had seen... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 129123
THE BANKER'S DAUGHTER. Family archive illustrating the consequences of bankruptcy.
London : [c.1803-71]A fascinating and varied archive which vividly illustrates the ramifications of bankruptcy upon family life, comprising financial, promotional, and personal documents related to the late Regency-era performer Mary Radcliff Chambers, "the Banker's Daughter", who took up an onstage career to revive her family's fortunes after the collapse of her father's... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 128644
SCOTT, Walter - REMY, Nicholas. Daemonolatreiae libri tres,
Lyon : 1595Rare 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
GRIMOIRE - AGRIPPA, Henri-Corneille. Les Œuvres Magiques.
Rome [actually Lille : 1740 & 1744 [but 1830 & 1813]A superb early 19th-century French copy of two grimoires, printed by Simon Blocquel (1780-1863). This is a clear, neat, and evocative example of contemporary popular grimoires and contains the works of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1486-1535) including his Heptameron, a concise book of magical rites concerned with conjuring specific angels for the seven... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 121171
LELAND, Charles Godfrey Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches.
London : 1899First edition, in notably bright condition, of this uncommon work. Aradia is study of the persistence of "la vecchia religione" in Italy and despite being the subject of continuing controversy, the text undeniably exercised a persuasive influence over Gerald Gardner in the development of his ideas of witchcraft, and is widely considered to be the foundation... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 114094
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
BEDE, Venerable. Historiae ecclesiasticae gentis Anglorum libri V.
Cambridge : 1643First edition of Bede's Ecclesiastical History in Anglo-Saxon, being the translation traditionally ascribed to Alfred the Great printed parallel to the Latin text; also the first edition to be published in Britain in any language.
The text was edited by the great Cambridge Anglo-Saxon scholar and linguist Abraham Wheelock (1593-1653), who also... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 145593
HAYWARD, Abraham. Biographical and Critical Essays.
London : 1873Second edition, first published in 1858, of this volume of biographies and essays, which includes the lives of Maria Edgeworth and Alexander Dumas.
Hayward was a prolific man of letters and a translator whose English rendition of Goethe's Faust won him praise from Wordsworth. His writing demonstrates "a sparkling wit, a mock cynicism, a wealth... Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 146177
MACAULAY, Thomas Babington, Lord. Macaulay's Two Essays on the Earl of Chatham.
London : 1901An attractively bound copy of the historian and Whig politician Lord Macaulay's essays on William Pitt the Elder, first published in Macaulay's internationally famous Critical and Historical Essays (1843).
A man of literature, Macaulay (1800-1859) "was not a natural politician. He was a fine orator in a parliament which still admired elaborate,... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 146355
OBAMA, Barack. The Audacity of Hope.
New York : 2006First edition, first printing, inscribed by Obama on the title page: "To Roberta - Thanks for your wonderful support of books! Barack Obama".
The Audacity of Hope was the second book written by Obama, following Dreams from my Father in 1995. Topping the bestseller lists, the book helped to further bolster the reputation of the then-Illinois senator,... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 146315
PIRENNE, Henri. A History of Europe.
London : 1955First edition in English, sixth impression, of Pirenne's History of Europe, which was first published in French in 1936. This copy has the front panel and front flap of the fifth impression's dust jacket loosely inserted. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 148239
CHEIRO. You and Your Star.
Bombay : 1965Third Indian edition, second printing, of this work by the renowned palmist-astrologer Cheir, in an elegant Bayntun binding executed for Birmingham lawyer Gordon William Quance, with his monogram to the front cover. Cheiro was the stage name of Dublin-born William Warner (1866-1936), who also occasionally styled himself Count Louis Hamon. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 148242
GEORGE, Henry. Our Land and Land Policy, National and State.
San Francisco : 1871First edition of Henry George's first book, a vigorous remonstrance against indiscriminate land concession to corporate bodies, in which he "outlined the basic idea to which he devoted the rest of his life: that society's 'fundamental mistake is in treating land as private property'. Human labour can create wealth, he argued, only when it is applied... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136978
THATCHER, Margaret. The Path to Power.
London : 1995First edition, first impression, signed by the author on an initial blank. The Path to Power was the second volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her childhood to her election as Prime Minister; it followed the Downing Street Years, published in 1993, which detailed her time in office. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 148626
FIRDAWSI, Abu-l-Qasim Mansur. Episodes from the Shah Nameh;
London : 1815First edition of Weston's translation of the best known of all Persian manuscripts, inscribed on the front free endpaper "From ye Author to Earl Compton," and with annotations by him.
The antiquary, philologist, and classical scholar, Stephen Weston, notes on the "advertisement" leaf for the eight-volume Calcutta edition in Persian that it was... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146384
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER; French & English. Le Livre des Prieres Communes, Et de l'Administration des Sacremens,
Oxford : 1717An attractive early Georgian binding for this bilingual BCP. "A reissue of the French-English 1717 'Book of common prayer', with a new titlepage and preliminaries in French added before the original parallel French and English titlepages, and slight resetting by removal of ornaments in the direction lines" (ESTC). In this copy, the French title appears... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 71427
MICHAUX, Francois Andre, & Thomas Nuttall. The North American Sylva;
Philadelphia : 1849 (Nuttall volumes), 1850 (Michaux vol. I and II), & 1851 (vol. III)First Smith edition of Michaux volumes (first published in French in 1810-13 and in English in 1817-19), early editions of Nuttall's continuation (first published from 1841 to 1849, here each volume dated 1849); together the most important work on the trees of North America prior to the 20th century.
"Of the two works united, it is no exaggeration... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 148552
BLAKE, John F. Astronomical Myths.
London : 1877First edition of this uncommon publication. This handsomely bound copy comes from the library of the brewer and member of Parliament, Michael Thomas Bass (1799-1884), with two Rangemore estate armorial bookplates loosely inserted. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 148003
MALCOLM, Sir John. Histoire de la Perse,
Paris : 1821First edition in French of this "monumental work" by the diplomatist and administrator in India Sir John Malcolm (Wright, p. 8), originally published at London in two quarto volumes in 1815; this set presented in a highly attractive binding by the eminent French binder Joseph Thouvenin.
The translation, by Pierre-Vincent Benoist, was continued... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 138677
KINGSLEY, Charles. Phaethon.
Cambridge : 1852First edition. Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), best remembered for his works The Water-Babies and Westward Ho!, produced this work to seek to refute the doctrines of Ralph Waldo Emerson, using the form of a Platonic dialogue. Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 123965
RUSSELL, Bertrand. Typed letter signed, opposing US intervention in Cuba.
6 May 1964Typed letter signed from Bertrand Russell to the editor of the Toronto Star Weekly, proposing - during a slight thawing in the Cold War - that the US should normalize and improve relations with Cuba. Russell writes "The attempts on the part of the United States to improve relations with the U.S.S.R. deserve support and, in particular the statement by... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141406
MAUND, Benjamin. The Botanic Garden:
London : 1825-35An appealing run of one of the best known botanical periodicals of the 19th-century, comprising the first decade of the periodical's existence in its first five volumes; the entire series was eventually extended to 13 volumes and published up until 1851. Benjamin Maund (c.1790-1864) "sought to share his lifelong passion for flowers by producing an interesting... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147430