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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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
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
MACPHERSON, Duncan. Antiquities of Kertch and Researches in the Cimmerian Bosphorus.
London : 1857First and only edition, uncommon. "An example of the degree of technical virtuosity reached by this time in lithography, giving plates brilliant in effect, the equivalent of modern four-colour process work from photographs. It is very difficult to tell whether, or to what extent, the plates are touched by hand The inks are excellent, with some strong... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 109135
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
GIGLIO, Giovanni. The Triumph of Barabbas.
London : 1937First UK edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the front free paste down, title page and front panel of the dust jacket. Author was the Daily Herald correspondant in Rome from 1919 to 1924 and later in 1930-1936. Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 108669
LITURGY; Catholic. L'Office de la Vierge Marie,
Venice : 1759A very attractive Venetian printing of the Little Office of Our Lady, in the reformed Breviary of Pius V, the text in French and Latin, prettily bound. This particular edition is rare, with no copy located in institutional holdings worldwide. Giambattista Albrizzi is best known as the printer of a monumental edition of Gerusalemme liberata (1745). Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 108420
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
[GIRL SCOUTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.] Girl Scout Handbook.
New York : 1940First edition thus, first printing. There were previous iterations of the Girl Scout Handbook in 1929, 1933, and 1936, all scarce and none explicitly designated for the intermediate program. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 107499
[TUCHMAN, Barbara, née] WERTHEIM, Barbara. The Lost British Policy.
London : 1938First and only edition, first impression, of Tuchman's first book, written while she was reporting on the Spanish Civil War for The Nation; today highly uncommon in commerce in this condition, and far from widespread institutionally, with just ten copies in libraries outside the United Kingdom, of which three in the US. Wertheim married medical professor... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 107553
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
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
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
ISHERWOOD, Christopher. My Guru and His Disciple.
New York : 1980First 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
DUNSANY, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Lord. Tales of Three Hemispheres.
London : 1920First UK edition, first impression, using the sheets of the American edition (published by Luce in Boston in 1919); most uncommon in the jacket, whose blurb describes this as "a collection of twelve fantastic stories, nearly all Oriental, or semi-Oriental". Dunsany (1878-1957) was "unquestionably one of the most important writers of heroic fantasy of... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 106480
BARING, Maurice. Robert Peckham.
London : 1934Signed 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
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
CLARENDON, Edward Hyde, Earl of. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England.
Oxford : 1807Large paper issue - Lowndes notes that only 50 such sets were printed - of this very appealing Oxford edition presented here in a choice Regency binding. First published between 1702 and 1707 (with the first octavo edition appearing in 1705-06) Clarendon's great History has "remained in the mind because of his literary achievementthe fashioning of the... Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 106106
STRASSER, Alex. Victorian Photography.
London : 1942First edition, limited to 250 numbered copies of which this is number 107, of the second and final title in Andor Kraszna-Kraus's Classics of Photography series, a venture cut short by the war but which still succeeded in revolutionising the study of Victorian photography. "Gallery of Immortal Portraits (1940) and Victorian Photography (1942) reproduced... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 105637
SEE, Horace. Some Sea Specialties.
New York : 1899First edition of what appears to be the first issue of this attractive and unusual promotional publication. Uncommon, three locations for this issue on WorldCat, Yale, Columbia and New York Historical Society, and two locations for short broken runs, NYPL with the present issue together with 1902 and 1906, and Texas A & M with 1900 Winter, 1901 Spring,... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 105384
MORRIS, Wright. The Inhabitants.
New York : 1946First edition, first printing of this novelist's landmark first photographic book. Roth, who includes this publication in his '101', describes the union of the images and Morris' accompanying short pieces of fiction as the "first work in photofiction" noting also the huge critical acclaim with which it was received. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 104831
SLOANE, William Milligan. Life of Napoleon Bonaparte.
New York : 1909First published in 1896. William Milligan Sloane was professor of history at Princeton University, and editor of both the Political Science Quarterly and the American Historical Review. In conversation, the late John Sandler, pre-eminent British Napoleonic collector, revealed that Sloane had been the cornerstone of his remarkable collection, purchased... Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 104513
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
FERBER, Edna. Emma McChesney & Co.
New York : 1915First 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
(ROCKWELL, Norman.) GUPTILL, Arthur L. Norman Rockwell Illustrator.
New York : 1946First 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
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
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
LAGERLÖF, Selma. Gösta Berlings saga.
Stockholm : 1891First 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
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Collected Essays.
London : 1976First editions, first impressions, one of 3,000 sets, originally issued only to owners of the Centenary edition of the Collected Works, and available in either full vellum or the present binding. Contents include Churchill's periodical contributions as well as his prefaces and introductions to works by other authors. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 103063
VEALE, F. J. P. Advance to Barbarism.
Appleton, WI : 1953Second, 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
(CEYLON; 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, Ohio : 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
LINDERMAN, Frank. B. Kootenai Why Stories.
New York : 1926First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For indecipherable and Pat Dale, whose tracks are all about the shack at Goose Bay, Frank B. Linderman, 1936". Writer and politician Frank Bird Linderman (1869-1938) collected the stories in this volume from the Native American tribe of the Kootenai, or, "Flat-bow-people".... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 101834
BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Farmer George".
[c.1960s]A lively caricature of King George III planting a tree, dubbed "Farmer George" for his passionate interest in agriculture. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 100796
(FERGUSON, Adam.) AMOH, Yasuo, LINGLEY, Darren & Hiroko AOKI, Eds. Adam Ferguson and the American Revolution.
Tokyo : 2015First edition thus, a transcript of the proceedings of the Carlisle Peace Commission, a group including Adam Ferguson, sent to America in April 1778 by the British Government in order to put an end to the American Revolutionary War. The transcript is made from one of three known copies, that belonging to Edinburgh University Library, which is labelled... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 100189
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
KNEEN, John Joseph. The Place-Names of the Isle of Man.
Douglas, Isle of Man : 1925-9First editions. Wonderful set of this uncommon work of toponymy by the pioneering Manx nationalist, scholar, poet and playwright. It was described by William Cubbon, Manx bibliographer, founder member of the Manx Language Society, secretary and librarian to the Manx Museum, and a driving force behind the Manx National Archive, as representing, "an... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 99762
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
(AMERICANA.) Nigger Melodies;
New York : [c.1849]Seemingly first edition, predating editions published by Cornish, Lamport and Co., successors to Nafis & Cornish, around 1851. All early editions uncommon, with perhaps two dozen copies on WorldCat, all of them in North America. This copy with the armorial bookplate of Edward Royall Tyler, son of the Rev. Edward Royall Taylor, abolitionist Connecticut... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 98782
FERGUSON, Adam. Geschichte des Fortgangs und Untergangs der Romischen Republik.
Leipzig : 1784-86First edition in German. "During 1782 and 1783 Ferguson helped found the Royal Society of Scotland. His three-volume History of the Progress and Termination of the Roman Republic, narrating the rise and fall of the republic as a story of civic virtue and its corruption, appeared in 1783. The book was warmly received in Scotland, where excerpts were... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 98845
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
HUBBARD, L. Ron. Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
New York : 1950First edition, first printing of the canonical text of Scientology, through which the Dianetic movement was first launched, later developing into the religion of Scientology. In it, Hubbard introduced a branch of self-help psychology called Dianetics that proved extremely popular, despite widespread condemnation by the medical and scientific establishment.... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 98090
PETIT, Philippe. To Reach the Clouds.
New York : 2002First 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
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
HODSON, Thomas. The Accomplished Tutor; or, Complete System of Liberal Education:
London : 1800First edition of a popular and comprehensive educational handbook, further editions followed in 1802 and 1806. It includes a section on double-entry bookkeeping, and chapters on English grammar and elocution, penmanship, arithmetic, stock-holding and merchants' accounts, mensuration and architecture, optics, algebra, annuities, trigonometry, logarithms,... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 96467
(NIMATULLAH.) DORN, Johannes Albrecht Bernhard. History of the Afghans:
London : 1829-36First edition. Dorn (1805-1881) was a pioneer in many areas of Iranian studies in Russia. "He was particularly interested in the Pashtuns and published annotated editions and translations of texts on tribal history. Dorn never visited Afghanistan, but he nevertheless established the scientific basis for Afghan studies, particularly the first systematic... Learn More£1,200.00
Stock Code: 96543
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
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
CONDÉ, J. A. History of the Dominion of the Arabs in Spain.
London : 1854-5First edition in English, first published in Madrid in 1820-1; far from common in the market. Condé was the director of the library of the Escorial. His work is "characterized by a strong sympathy for Arab culture. For the first time a complete survey, based on Arab sources, was provided of the history of Islamic Spain from 711 to 1492, and a framework... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 95147