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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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
BAINES, Thomas. History of the Commerce and Town of Liverpool,
London : 1852First edition of this impressive history of Liverpool, handsomely bound by Fraser of Liverpool.
Thomas Baines (1806-1881) became the secretary of the Liverpool office in London in 1858, from which he "found himself required to serve as personal secretary for the Liverpool MPs. No other municipality had a London office, a reflection of Liverpool's... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 146632
McKENNEY, Thomas L., & James Hall. History of the Indian Tribes of North America,
Philadelphia : 1855A magnificent record of Native American dignitaries - "the most colourful portraits of Indians ever executed" (Howes); this is the third octavo edition, following the first folio edition of 1836-44, and the first octavo edition of 1848-50.
McKenney, who was Superintendent of Indian trade from 1816 until 1822 and headed the US Bureau of Indian... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 146818
CHATEAUBRIAND, François-Auguste-René, Vicomte. Mémoires d'outre-tombe.
Paris : 1849-50First edition, first printing, of this acclaimed masterpiece of 19th-century French literature. This copy, complete with the address to the reader ("avertissement"), the list of subscribers, and Chateaubriand's letter to H.-L. Delloye, is in the original wrappers and rare thus, especially in such excellent condition.
Written between 1809 and... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 147515
SHAKESPEAR, John. A Grammar of the Hindustani Language.
London : 1826Third edition of an essential text for the dedicated servant of the East India Company; preceded by editions of 1813 and 1818, all early iterations being uncommon. This copy with an appealing Indian provenance, bearing the contemporary ownership inscription at head of the title page of John H. W. Waugh, assistant surgeon on the Bengal Medical Establishment.... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 140865
BIRD, James. Historical Researches on the Origin and Principles of the Bauddha [sic] and Jaina Religions:
Bombay : 1847First and sole edition. An important early work in the transmission of information about the celebrated Buddhist caves of western India, which Bird saw as repositories of universal value, mindful of "the duty imposed on us, as a nation, to preserve these relics of ancient art". Inevitably scarce, as just 59 subscribers contributed towards the expense... Learn More£6,250.00
Stock Code: 129805
KORÖSI CSOMA, Sandór. Essay towards a Dictionary, Tibetan and English. Prepared, with the Assistance of Bandé Sangs-Rgyas Phun-Tschogs, a learned La'ma of Zangska'r, during a Residence at Kanam, in the Hima'laya Mountains, on the Confines of India and Tibet. 1827-1830.
Calcutta : 1834First editions of the first Tibetan-English dictionary and grammar, remarkably scarce in commerce, with one copy only of the Dictionary appearing on auction records (2007) and just two complete copies of the Grammar (1955 and 1998). This set has an excellent provenance: from the library of Thomas Herbert Lewin (1839-1916), army officer and frontier... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 122418
JAMAICA; AMERICAN JUDAICA. Douglass & Aikman's Almanack and Register for the Island of Jamaica:
Kingston : 1781This extremely scarce almanac includes, at the conclusion of the calendar proper, the names of the holidays and the months printed in both English and Hebrew types. This page represents one of the very earliest specimens of Hebrew type in a publication produced in the Western Hemisphere intended for the use of Jews.
The calendar appears on the... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 82190
KNOX LITTLE, William John. The Threshold of the Unseen.
London : 1913First edition, first impression, signed in pencil to the title page by the author, "W. J. Knox-Little", a pencil ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, "Andrew Soutflower 1913", and a note in ink by Soutflower to the dedication page, "Canon Knox-Little told me that the apparitions stated in 'The Waif from the Waves' had happened to him, Andrew... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 147220
MOBERLY, Charlotte Anne & Eleanor Jourdain, as Elizabeth Morison & Frances Lamont. An Adventure.
London : 1911First edition, first impression, and extremely uncommon thus; an unexpected sensation the book ran to four impression in three months, the first print run notably small. Published anonymously the identities of the authors of this controversial work, perhaps the most famous "time slip" case in the literature, were not made public until 1931.
In... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 145924
LEVICK, Edwin J., & Rosenfeld & Sons. Yankee 1930.
New York : 1929-30Superb pictorial record of the US yacht Yankee, built to compete for the right to defend the America's Cup. This celebration of the boat would certainly appear to be a one-off for a syndicate member and is comprised of photographs of the highest quality.
Of the 19 prints 5 have the studio wet-stamps of the renowned Rosenfeld Studio showing through... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 142524
DAVIS, Nathan. Inscriptions in the Phoenician Character,
London : 1863First and sole edition, uncommon; an important record of the Punic stelae unearthed by one of the most remarkable figures in 19th century archaeology, the little known Nathan Davis (1819-1882), "clergyman, adventurer and snake-handler extraordinaire" (Freed), who conducted pioneering excavations at Carthage in the late 1850s, preceding the work of his... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 138060
HAMAGUCHI, O., & Talbot Clifton. Fortune Telling by Japanese Swords.
London : 1905First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by Clifton on the title page "to Charles Holmes from the author Talbot Clifton, 1905".
This work, translated by the hunter and explorer John Talbot Clifton (1868-1928), collects together "two or three books on fortune telling by swords" which Clifton discovered "while wandering in... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 147665
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... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 90606
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Liberalism and the Social Problem.
London : 1909First edition, first impression, of this uncommon title which collects speeches by the young Churchill during his Liberal phase, addressing such then-pressing issues as the conciliation of South Africa, imperial preference, labour exchanges, and unemployment insurance. Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 147790
BERLIN, Isaiah. Personal Impressions.
London : 1980First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper to the British jeweller, Fabergé expert, and basis for Fleming's Octopussy character, Jim Fanning, "Kenneth Snowman, with my warm regards. Isaiah Berlin, Oxford, July 1981". This is a great association copy of Berlin's biographical sketches of 20th-century scholars and statesmen.... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 148015
McPHERSON, Joseph Williams. The Moulids of Egypt.
Cairo : 1941First and only edition of this study of the popular Muslim and Coptic festivals of Cairo. Well represented institutionally, but distinctly uncommon on the market. Bimbashi McPherson began life in Cairo as mathematics teacher at the prestigious Khedival College, during WWI he was commissioned in the Camel Transport Corps and subsequently became head... Learn More£825.00
Stock Code: 147675
CONSTANTINIDES, C. L. Turkish Tobacco.
London : 1912First and only edition of this pretty little guide full of "useful hints" based on "lifelong experience" to the grower, buyer, dealer, and manufacturer of Turkish tobacco. Constantinides had a business in Fenchurch Street offering "Expert advice, surveys, valuations and estimates. Buying on commission and all other matters appertaining to Turkish &... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 141975
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£10,000.00
Stock Code: 121427
BURGESS, Gelett (ed.) [The Lark: issues 1-24.] "Who'll be the Clerk?" "I!" said The Lark:
San Francisco : 1896-97First editions of the complete run of this American arts and crafts periodical which was a great contribution to the San Francisco Bay Area literary renaissance of the 1890s, by the American artist, art critic, poet, author and humorist, Frank Gelett Burgess (1866-1951).
Burgess is best known as a writer of nonsense verse, such as "The Purple... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 147999
DARIEN SCHEME - HARRIS, Walter (attrib.) A Defence of the Scots Abdicating Darien:
[Edinburgh?] : 1700One of two editions of that year, without established priority. The pamphlet has been variously attributed to James Hodges, Archibald Foyer, and Walter Harris, with the last the most probable, and it was certainly Harris who was felt to be the author at the time. The pamphlet was "an appeal to Scotchmen not to waste their money in the Scheme... the... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 135273
PALMER, Richmond. The Bornu Sahara and Sudan.
London : 1936First and only edition, one of 500 only.
Sir Herbert Richmond Palmer (1877-1958) was an English barrister who became a colonial supervisor for Britain during the inter-World War period. He served as a Lieutenant Governor in Nigeria, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of The Gambia and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Cyprus where this book was... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 133465
GEOGRAPHY. A Compendious Geographical Dictionary; [together with] A Compendious Geographical and Historical Grammar.
London : 1802 & 1804An attractively bound set of geographical and historical reference works containing many coloured and engraved maps on folding plates.
The Dictionary opens with a chapter on the Newtonian solar system, followed by references and illustrations for modern and ancient places throughout the globe. It was first published in 1793, this being the third... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 145848
BELLEGARDE, Jean-Baptiste Morvan de. Complete Collection of Voyages made into North and South America,
London : 1711Scarce second edition in English, following the first of 1708 - the year following the French first, Histoire Universelle des Voyages - attributed to Du Perier and published under the title A General History of all Voyages and Travels throughout the Old and New World, as per the banderolle in the frontispiece. A collection "devoted entirely to the... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 137453
MACLEAY, Kenneth. Highlanders of Scotland:
London : [c.1874]First plain lithograph edition, specially bound and personalised for Archibald Fraser Macdonald, jäger (or gillie) to Edward, Prince of Wales, mentioned in that capacity by Queen Victoria in her best-selling Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands (1868). "As a documentary record of contemporary tartan the publication was unrivalled and... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137270
ARS MORIENDI. Ars Moriendi ex.
Nuremberg : First of three Latin editions printed by Weissenburger. The book derives from the Tractatus (or Speculum) artis bene moriendi, composed in 1415 by an anonymous Dominican friar, probably at the request of the Council of Constance. Owing to its popularity, a shorter version of Ars Moriendi was taken from the second chapter, dealing with the five temptations... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 90894
THOMAS, William Isaac, & Florian Znaniecki. The Polish Peasant in Europe and America.
Boston : 1918-20First editions, first printings, of the complete set of this important sociological study.
"Thomas had already travelled to Eastern Europe and Russia in 1896, considering the prospect of a comparative study of immigrant groups. That approach would have tended to highlight the differences between groups and to imply that such differences were... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 147755
LEE, Chauncey. The American Accomptant;
Lansingburgh : 1797First edition, an exceedingly significant book in the field of Americana, containing the first known appearance in print of the symbol for the United States dollar, previously only used in manuscript form, and additionally in its frontispiece containing the earliest known illustration of a United States coin. This copy retains the original trade sheep... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 144618
CAILLARD, Antoine Bernard. Catalogue des livres rares et précieux de la bibliothéque.
Paris : 1810First edition, second issue, presentation copy from a member of Caillard's family, inscribed "Donné à Monsieur Grutter, par son ami S. C. Caillard" on the half-title, with the rare four page sale schedule. First published by Debure in 1808, the catalogue was printed again, with the additional schedule inserted, for the posthumous auction of the library... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 122638
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
GRAVES, Robert. Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth; [together with] Proceed, Sergeant Lamb.
London : 1940 & 1941First editions, first impressions, of Graves' retelling of the experiences of Roger Lamb as a British soldier in the American Revolutionary War, and based on the actual Roger Lamb's autobiographical works. "Each book can be read independently of the other" (blurb), and are rarely found together and in such good condition.
George Orwell, writing... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 147253
REMINGTON, Frederic, & Owen Wister. Done In The Open.
New York : 1902First edition, first issue, of this collection of Remington's striking illustrations of the American West. It was published simultaneously by P. F. Collier & Son. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 142057
THATCHER, Margaret - MAY, Paul. Mrs Thatcher's Bag.
London : 1978A humorous take on Thatcher's image and her infamous handbag, produced during her opposition period, the year before she was elected Prime Minister. Thatcher supposedly tells the buyer: "I have gathered together in this stylish handbag a most useful collection of practical tips so that even the most deprived of you who have the will and the enterprise... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 131394
BROWN, Robert. A Brief Account of Microscopical Observations.
London : 1828 & 1829First editions, the Brief Account being preceded only by the scarce privately printed edition of the same year, of Brown's "pioneering work on pollination and fertilization, which caused sufficient stir so as to be mentioned in George Eliot's Middlemarch" (ODNB).
"In 1927 Brown, while making microscopical observations, saw that pollen grains...... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 146594
LAYARD, Austin Henry. Nineveh and Its Remains:
London : 1849First edition. Layard who "grew up a Romantic, desperate for fame and exotic experiences, and contemptuous of English professional mores", turned his back on steady employ in his uncle's solicitor's office and set of overland to join another uncle in Ceylon. Side-tracked by adventure he set aside his original itinerary and lived for some time in the... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 145667
FORSTER, Johann Reinhold. Descriptiones animalium, quae in itinere ad maris Australis terras per annos 1772, 1773 et 1774
Berlin : 1844First edition of Forster's study of the Australasian fauna encountered on Cook's second voyage, listing 305 animal species; "the most important zoological work with full results" (Rookmaaker, p. 48). This a particularly desirable tall copy in the original boards, largely unopened. LibraryHub cites copies at just 4 British libraries (BL, ZLS, Cambridge,... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 140525
GRIFFIN, Lepel H., & Charles Francis Massy. Collection of three works on the rulers of the Punjab, handsomely bound in matching style.
Lahore and Allahabad, : 1870-90A genuinely rare opportunity to acquire these three highly elusive monographs on the ruling families of the Punjab, each a remarkable work of exhaustive research written or inspired by Lepel H. Griffin, one of the most colourful officials in nineteenth century British India, the man described by his fellow Indian administrator, Sir Walter Lawrence,... Learn More£12,000.00
Stock Code: 140157
STORER, James Sargant. The Antiquarian Itinerary, comprising specimens of Architecture, monastic, castellated, and domestic;
London : 1815-18First edition. Storer "devoted himself to the production of works on topography and architecture, the plates in which, drawn and engraved by himself on a small scale, were distinguished for extreme accuracy and beauty of finish" (ODNB). Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145218
THOMAS, Jerry. How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon-Vivant's Companion,
New York : 1862First edition of the first ever guide to mixed drinks, this copy in a later state with the "How-To Mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant's Companion" title page and 2.50 price to the front board.
Showcasing "the first legitimate American culinary art the first uniquely American cultural product to catch the world's imagination" (Wondrich, p. 11), Thomas's... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 135775
SMITH, Charles, & Walter Harris. The Antient and Present State of the County of Down.
Dublin : 1744First edition of The Antient and Present State, here combined unusually with the first London edition of its parent work, A Topographical and Chorographical Survey, presented in a very well preserved plain period binding.
Charles Smith (c. 1715 - 1762), the moving force behind this important book, could be described as an Irish John Aubrey,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 141048
FRANCKLIN, W. The History of the Reign of Shah-Aulum,
London : 1798First edition of this uncommon account of the eventful if mournful reign of Shah Alam II (1728-1806), one of the last of the Mughal emperors, restored to his throne by the Marathas in 1788. Having been defeated decisively by the East India Company's forces at the Battle of Buxar in 1764, Shah Alam sought the protection of the British and signed the... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140891
STEIN, Sir (Marc) Aurel. On Ancient Central-Asian tracks. Brief Narrative of Three Expeditions in Innermost Asia and Northern-Western China.
London : 1933First edition, first impression, described by Yakushi as a "comprehensive summary of the results of the author's first three Central Asian expeditions and of his researches carried out during the years 1900-16".
Stock Code: 139883
EBERS, G. Egypt: Descriptive, Historical, and Picturesque.
London : c.1880First edition in English of this impressive work, originally published as Aegypten in Bild und Wort (1878-79), by the German Egyptologist Georg Ebers (1837-1898), who gave his name to the Ebers Papyrus, one of the world's oldest medical documents, acquired in Upper Egypt from a Coptic antiquarian during the winter of 1872-3. This English version is... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139417
WOOLF, Virginia. Three Guineas.
London : 1938First edition, first impression. Written as a companion piece to her earlier essay, A Room of One's Own, Woolf addresses how women can influence and prevent the rise of militarism, even though they are excluded from education, professional employment, and the public sphere. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138941
SERJEANT, R. B., & Ronald Lewcock (eds.) San'â': An Arabian Islamic City.
London : 1983First edition, number 1,911 of 2,000 copies only. The work of a team of internationally respected experts in a wide range of disciplines, this is a case-study of major scholastic importance in which the society - along with the complex religious, legal and mercantile setting - long history, crafts, arts, and religious and vernacular architecture of... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 136295
WEBB, John. An Historical Essay Endeavoring a Probability That the Language Of the Empire of China is the Primitive Language.
London : 1669First edition of "the first extensive European treatise on the Chinese language" (Chen Shouyi), and one of the earliest books in English discussing Chinese culture in any depth.
The architect John Webb, a pupil of Inigo Jones, argued that Noah could be identified with the legendary king Yao; that he had withdrawn from the tribes whose languages... Learn More£13,750.00
Stock Code: 128767
PERKINS, Edward T. Na Motu: or, Reef-Rovings in the South Seas. A Narrative of Adventures at the Hawaiian, Georgian and Society Islands.
New York : 1854First edition of a key book on Hawaii - "an important and lively narrative" (Forbes) - containing one of the earliest accounts of surfing and attractively illustrated from the author's own sketches.
"Surfriding and surfrider also hold the honour of being the terms in longest continual use to describe the act of riding waves and those who ride... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 121426
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£2,875.00
Stock Code: 71516
WILSON, James. The Life and Dreadful Sufferings of Captain James Wilson, In various Parts of the Globe,
Portsea : 1810The highly uncommon first edition of the first biography of James Wilson, captain of the Duff on her first missionary voyage to the South Seas. None of the four copies listed at auction in the last 40 years has had the attractive frontispiece.
"Although there are several accounts of James Wilson's life, sufferings and missionary voyage, this... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 70373
GUBBAY, Lucien. Origins.
London : 1989First and sole edition, number 107 of an unspecified but presumably very small edition; presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "?S. M. Lisburn with best wishes, Lucien Gubbay, 24.10.90". An online search of institutional libraries locates one copy only, at University of California.
"Origins traces the history... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140991
WARREN, George F., & Frank A. Pearson. Prices.
New York : 1933First edition, first printing, of this work on the causes of the Great Depression. Warren was one of Franklin Roosevelt's key economic advisers, and was well regarded for his agricultural economics. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 146544
THATCHER, Margaret. Signed commendatory certificate to Conservative Party activist.
[c.1980s]A certificate signed by Margaret Thatcher, to commend Conservative Party activist Lily A. Davies: "On behalf of the Conservative Party I should like to offer sincere thanks for all the time and effort that you have given for so many years to the service of our Party... People such as yourself are now as they have always been and will continue to be... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 146558
CASAUX, Charles de. "Account of a new Method of cultivating the Sugar Cane."
London : 1779First edition in English of this important advance in the cultivation of sugar cane on the island of Grenada, with the original French printed beneath. Published in volume 69 of the Philosophical Transactions, Casaux's contribution includes a striking large folding plate illustration of sugar cane.
Other papers in the volume include two mathematical... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 142744
LE ROSSIGNOL, Ethel. A Goodly Company.
[London : First edition of this scarce, privately published work which beautifully presents the psychedelic spirit paintings of the Argentinian-born medium and automatist Constance "Ethel" Le Rossignol (1873-1970). During the 1920s and early 1930s Le Rossignol painted a series of 44 psychic works - the "Goodly Company" series - which she insisted were the true... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 135609