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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. Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
    HUBBARD, L. Ron. Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.

    New York : 1950

    First 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

  2. To Reach the Clouds.
    PETIT, Philippe. To Reach the Clouds.

    New York : 2002

    First 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of his unauthorised 1974 high wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, illustrated with previously unpublished photographs and sketches.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

  3. Original sketches made on board Edgar E. Holley's Evelyn during a New York Yacht Club cruise in 1867.
    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

  4. The Accomplished Tutor; or, Complete System of Liberal Education:
    HODSON, Thomas. The Accomplished Tutor; or, Complete System of Liberal Education:

    London : 1800

    First 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

  5. History of the Afghans:
    (NIMATULLAH.) DORN, Johannes Albrecht Bernhard. History of the Afghans:

    London : 1829-36

    First 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

  6. The Writings.
    FRANKLIN, Benjamin. The Writings.

    New York : 1905

    A 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

  7. Fragments of Politics and History. Translated from the French.
    MERCIER, Louis Sébastien Fragments of Politics and History. Translated from the French.

    London : 1795

    First 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

  8. History of the Dominion of the Arabs in Spain.
    CONDÉ, J. A. History of the Dominion of the Arabs in Spain.

    London : 1854-5

    First 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

  9. Researches in Assyria, Babylonia, and Chaldea;
    AINSWORTH, William Francis. Researches in Assyria, Babylonia, and Chaldea;

    London : 1838

    First edition. "Ainsworth was one of the founding members of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1835 he was appointed surgeon and geologist to the Euphrates expedition. This account of the geological work of the expedition is dedicated to Francis Chesney head of the expedition. Ainsworth produced this work very quickly, long before Chesney's own account... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 95148

  10. Geschichte der Chalifen. Nach handschriftlichen, größtentheils noch unbenützten Quellen.
    WEIL, Gustav. Geschichte der Chalifen. Nach handschriftlichen, größtentheils noch unbenützten Quellen.

    Mannheim : 1846-51

    First edition of Weil's path-breaking history of Islam, which relied in large part on Muslim sources still in manuscript. Sets are fairly common in institutions, but rarely encountered on the market.
    Weil (1808-1889) was born in Sulzburg in Baden, and was originally destined for the rabbinate, but at a young age found that he had little taste for... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 94297

  11. The General History of Spain.
    MARIANA, Juan de. The General History of Spain.

    London : 1699

    First edition in English, and still the only complete edition, of "the standard work on Spanish history up to the 18th century which does not merely report events in lucid chronological order and with admirable objectivity, but includes analyses of the mechanisms of princely power" (Braun, Juan de Mariana and Early Modern Spanish Political Thought,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 93999

  12. Savage Civilisation.
    HARRISSON, Tom. Savage Civilisation.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. The publisher's archive copy with small pencil mark to the jacket front panel. Savage Civilisation was the future founder of Mass-Observation's first best-seller, in which he defended the way of life of the cannibals of the New Hebrides and their rights to their own land. "Harrisson's fourth Oxford expedition (1933-5)... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 94109

  13. 1889-90. A Manual of Investments.
    WILLIAMS, John L, & Son (compiled by.) 1889-90. A Manual of Investments.

    Richmond, Virginia : 1890

    First edition of the 6th annual Manual of investments produced by the banking house of John L. Williams of Richmond, Virginia, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "George Wayne Andrew with compliments & regards of the Author & acknowledgements for valuable assistance rendered in the compilation of this work. May 1890".
    "Our Manual was the... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 93439

  14. The New London Universal Gazetteer.
    (GEOGRAPHY.) The New London Universal Gazetteer.

    London : 1831

    A very handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 93160

  15. "Prehistoric Rock-drawings in Transjordan",
    HORSFIELD, George & Agnes, & Nelson Glueck. "Prehistoric Rock-drawings in Transjordan",

    1933

    First edition. Inevitably the journal is well-represented by full runs in institutional collections, but it is always difficult to track down odd numbers. "In the 1920s and 30s, George Horsfield (Horsfield et al. 1933) and his wife Agnes Conway Horsfield (1943) worked in what is today Jordan, excavating at Petra, the citadel in Amman, Jerash, and Wadi... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 92391

  16. Transjordanien. Vorgeschichtliche Forschungen.
    RHOTERT, Hans, ed. Transjordanien. Vorgeschichtliche Forschungen.

    Stuttgart : 1938

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by Rhotert on the front free endpaper to an unnamed recipient, thanking them for their support for the Forschungsinstituts für Kulturmorphologie. The leader's account of the work of the Nordgruppe der XII. Deutschen-Innerafrikanischen Forschungsexpedition in the Transjordan and Libya includes the first scientific... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 92497

  17. American Photographs, The First Century:
    FORESTA, Merry A. American Photographs, The First Century:

    Washington : 1996

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "For Carl Mautz whose dedication and research are one of the field's invaluable assets. With thanks, Merry Foresta." Drawn from the collection of Charles Isaacs in the National Museum of American Art, this attractive book presents a vivid snapshot of life in... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 91188

  18. Die Cultur der Renaissance in Italien.
    BURCKHARDT, Jacob. Die Cultur der Renaissance in Italien.

    Basel : 1860

    First edition. Written by Burckhardt (1818-1897) between 1855 and 1858, Die Kultur der Renaissance is a milestone in cultural history. While the author's definition and historical description of the Renaissance have been rightfully questioned, "no criticism can detract from the powerful spell which Burckhardt's book has exercised upon such widely different... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 91256

  19. The Glory in the Garret.
    SPENCER, Walter. The Glory in the Garret.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To my colleague and friend, David R. Mace from Walter Spencer, with every kind thought. June 27th 1932." A Methodist minister's account of Christian missions among the slums of South London. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 91344

  20. De la peine de mort.
    DUCPETIAUX, Edouard. De la peine de mort.

    Brussels : 1827

    First edition. De la peine de mort was the Belgian journalist and prison reformer's first book, written when he was twenty-three years old. Ducpétiaux earned himself a name and an official position as inspector general of prisons on the strength of this passionate and ambitious plea for the abolition of capital punishment. He argued that the alternative... Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 91158

  21. Father Goose.
    FOWLER, Gene. Father Goose.

    New York : [1934]

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on front free endpaper: "To Jimmy ('Four') Starr, my friend and colleague, with regards, Gene Fowler. Sept - 1934." Starr was an American screenwriter, gossip columnist, and film reviewer. Fowler's book is a biography of Mack Sennett, a director and actor active in Hollywood during... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 90705

  22. The Restless Decade.
    GUTMANN, John. The Restless Decade.

    New York : 1984

    First edition, first printing. Gutmann's mostly urban photographies of Depression-era USA, predominantly San Francisco. Edited by Lew Thomas, the book also includes an essay by American art historian Max Kozloff. Signed by Gutmann on half-title. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 89935

  23. Études de chiffres arabes,
    CHAUVIN, Léon. Études de chiffres arabes,

    Paris : 1845

    First and only edition, uncommon, OCLC locates copies at BnF, Oxford, Tel Aviv, University of California, Swiss National Library, and Kunstbibliothek - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. An interesting study of the morphology of Arab numerals with reference to calligraphy, illustrated with a series of elegant proportional studies lithographed by Villain,... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 90010

  24. The Life, Adventures and Opinions of Col. George Hanger. Written by Himself.
    HANGER, George, fourth Baron Coleraine. The Life, Adventures and Opinions of Col. George Hanger. Written by Himself.

    London : 1801

    First edition. Extraordinary autobiography of this "irascible, violent, dissipated, extravagant, and individualistic" character. Educated at Reading School, Eton College, and the University of Göttingen, Hanger entered the army as ensign 1st Foot Guards in 1771 (ODNB). He "retired" in 1776 in a snit having been passed over for promotion, but later... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 89615

  25. Dressing Up.
    ACKROYD, Peter. Dressing Up.

    London : 1979

    First edition, first impression, of the scarce hardback issue. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 89637

  26. Lo!
    (PARANORMAL.) FORT, Charles. Lo!

    London : 1931

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US the same year. Perhaps Fort's most popular work, this is his third published non-fiction book, in which he is widely credited as having coined the term teleportation. Charles Fort (1874-1932) was an American writer and researcher into examples of the occult, supernatural, and paranormal.... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 88854

  27. A Full Inquiry into the Subject of Suicide.
    MOORE, Charles. A Full Inquiry into the Subject of Suicide.

    London : 1790

    First edition, written to combat Hume's Essay on Suicide (1783) and "one of the fullest surveys of philosophical and religious thought up to that time" (Encyclopedia of philosophy); "the most extensive treatise on the 'natural, social, moral, and religious' aspects of suicide the risk of which the psychiatrist must continually bear in mind. From it... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 88469

  28. Historia delle genti et della natura delle cose settentrionali.
    MAGNUS, Olaus. Historia delle genti et della natura delle cose settentrionali.

    Venice : 1565

    First edition in Italian. Magnus's great ethnographical and geographical survey of Scandinavia, Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus (History of the Northern Peoples), was first published in Latin in 1555. This Italian translation re-uses the woodcuts, with a few variations, illustrating all aspects of life: local customs, warfare, trades and occupations,... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 87741

  29. A Modern Theory of Ethics.
    STAPLEDON, Olaf. A Modern Theory of Ethics.

    London : 1929

    First 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

  30. The Reign of George VI.
    (FUTURE WORLD NOVEL.) The Reign of George VI.

    London : 1763

    First edition of a scarce futuristic novel. "Uncanny in its choice of dates and in its prediction of the emergence of Russia and the United States as world powers, it describes a war between Britain and Russia (1900-01) which escalates into a world war between the British Empire and a coalition of Russia and France (1917-20) who between them have occupied... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 87375

  31. Description des Royaulmes d'Angleterre et d'Escosse; Histoire de l'Entrée de la Reyne Mère dans la Grande Bretagne.
    PERLIN, Estienne; P. de la Serre; [PUGET DE] LA SERRE, [Jean]. Description des Royaulmes d'Angleterre et d'Escosse; Histoire de l'Entrée de la Reyne Mère dans la Grande Bretagne.

    London : 1775

    First compiled edition. This volume, prefaced in English, contains two French travellers' accounts of their visit to the Kingdoms of England and Scotland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: "The two pieces here offered to the public contain the idea which some of our neighbours formed of us in the two last centuries. The physician, in the sixteenth... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 87462

  32. De origine, ac rebus gestis Regum Hispaniae liber,
    TARAFA, Francisco. De origine, ac rebus gestis Regum Hispaniae liber,

    Antwerp : 1553

    Scarce first edition of a chronicle of the rulers of Spain from Tubal, son of Noah, to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. From the library of the Fugger banking library of Augsburg, in a characteristic binding with later shelf mark on front free endpaper. New World discoveries are referred to on pages 182 and 196 (Columbus); the persecution of Jews in Catalonia... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 87485

  33. The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte [together with] Memoirs of Madame Junot [and] Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte.
    HAZLITT, William; Duchess d'Abrantès; Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourienne. The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte [together with] Memoirs of Madame Junot [and] Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte.

    Paris & Boston : 1895

    Edition des Amateurs, limited to twenty-five sets this being 21/25. A particularly handsome set made up of Hazlitt's Life in 6 volumes, Bourienne's Memoirs of Napoleon in 4, Madame Junot, the Duchess d'Abrantes's Memoirs in 6. A balanced selection of Napoleonic biography containing the views of Hazlitt, a committed English Napoleonist, and Bourienne,... Learn More
    £4,850.00

    Stock Code: 86732

  34. The Marginal Man: A Study in Personality and Culture Conflict.
    STONEQUIST, Everett V. The Marginal Man: A Study in Personality and Culture Conflict.

    New York : 1937

    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Don McLaren, with deep appreciation of your friendship and collaboration, Everett, December 21, 1948." Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 86930

  35. A Completeness Theorem in Modal Logic.
    KRIPKE, Saul A. A Completeness Theorem in Modal Logic.

    New Brunswick, NJ : 1959

    First edition, first impression of the author's first major work, published when he was only eighteen years old. Saul Kripke (1940- ) is one of the most original and influential logicians and philosophers of the present day. In 1977 the New York Times magazine described him as "one of the most penetrating minds of our time. His achievements span the... Learn More
    £1,700.00

    Stock Code: 86372

  36. The Archaeology of Cape Denbigh.
    GIDDINGS, J. L. The Archaeology of Cape Denbigh.

    Providence, RI : 1964

    First edition, first impression. James Louis Denbigh (1909-1965) was a professor anthropology at Brown University and pioneer in the application of dendrochronology (the study of tree rings) to Arctic archaeology. "Working with samples from living trees and driftwood from old Eskimo village sites on the Kobuk, he established a tree-ring chronology for... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 86686

  37. Tratado de la tribulacion, repartido en dos libros.
    RIBADENEIRA, Pedro de. Tratado de la tribulacion, repartido en dos libros.

    Madrid : 1589

    First edition of a work on the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Ribadeneira (1527-1611), a member of a noble Castilian family, studied at the universities of Paris, Louvain, and Padua, before becoming a leading diplomat and administrator within the Jesuit order, and St. Ignatius Loyola's first biographer. Here he justifies the intended invasion and looks... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 84941

  38. Essays and Reviews.
    TEMPLE, Frederick, et al. Essays and Reviews.

    London : 1860

    First edition of this groundbreaking collection of theological essays, the first assault on Biblical literalism from within the ranks of British theologians. The edifice of literalism had been crumbling for several decades, under assault from the science of Lyell and Darwin and the new Biblical criticism of Baur and Strauss at the University of Tübingen.... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 84097

  39. The Sermons of Mr. Yorick.
    STERNE, Laurence. The Sermons of Mr. Yorick.

    London : 1769

    First editions of Sterne's sermons except for volumes 3 and 4, both from a "New Edition". A lovely set in a contemporary binding. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 83214

  40. Edmund Campion. Jesuit and Martyr.
    WAUGH, Evelyn. Edmund Campion. Jesuit and Martyr.

    London : 1947

    Second edition, with a new introduction by the author. Inscribed by Waugh on the half-title, "With happy & grateful memories of Dundee, from Evelyn Waugh. Oct 26, 1949". At the outbreak of the Second World War Waugh joined the marine infantry brigade and, after seeing action on the Libyan coast in April 1941, returned to Britain and spent about a year... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 82521

  41. Thirteenth Annual Report of the Poor Law Commissioners:
    (IRISH FAMINE.) Thirteenth Annual Report of the Poor Law Commissioners:

    London : 1847

    First edition of this report, a considerable portion of which deals with the Great Famine in Ireland, then in its third year. The text includes two folding plates depicting the layout of the Limerick Union Poorhouse and three plates showing plans for temporary fever wards and accommodation for those affected by the famine. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 82620

  42. The Tshi-speaking Peoples of the Gold Coast of West Africa.
    ELLIS, Alfred Burdon. The Tshi-speaking Peoples of the Gold Coast of West Africa.

    London, : 1887

    First edition. Ellis was commissioned second lieutenant in the 1st West India Regiment in November 1873 and accompanied them to the Second Ashante war later that year. "This was the beginning of a long connection with west Africa" (ODNB), serving in many different capacities, military and civil. "Ellis was an able and ambitious soldier But of some... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 81446

  43. Memoirs of the Life of Agrippina, the Wife of Germanicus.
    HAMILTON, Elizabeth. Memoirs of the Life of Agrippina, the Wife of Germanicus.

    Bath : 1804

    First 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

  44. Christian Policie: or, The Christian Common-Wealth.
    JUAN DE SANTA MARÍA, fray. Christian Policie: or, The Christian Common-Wealth.

    London : 1632

    First edition in English; rare. The translation is actually by the Hispanophile James Mabbe, though Edward Blount, as was his habit, signs the dedication as if he were its translator. (A variant issue of the same year has Blount's name instead of Richard Collins's in the imprint: the two booksellers were close neighbours in St Paul's Churchyard.) Edward... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 81871

  45. No Beast So Fierce. A Novel.
    BUNKER, Edward. No Beast So Fierce. A Novel.

    New York : 1973

    First edition, first printing of the first published novel by the then prison inmate who would go on to have a successful career as a novelist and screenwriter. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 80577

  46. The Natural History of Man
    PRICHARD, James Cowles The Natural History of Man

    London, Paris & Madrid : 1855

    An attractively bound and illustrated fourth edition of an important book, edited and enlarged by Edwin Norris, first published in 1848. Physician and ethnologist James Cowles Prichard was (along with William Lawrence and Charles William Wells) one of the three British scientific precursors to Darwin and evolutionary theory. His central idea was the... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 80676

  47. Apartheid and the Archbishop.
    PATON, Alan. Apartheid and the Archbishop.

    Cape Town : 1973

    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 100 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 77968

  48. Leakey's Luck.
    (LEAKEY, Louis.) COLE, Sonia. Leakey's Luck.

    Collins : 1975

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 76787

  49. Among the Forest Dwarfs of Malaya.
    SCHEBESTA, Paul. Among the Forest Dwarfs of Malaya.

    London : 1929

    First edition. Schebesta was a Moravian missionary, ethnologist, linguist, and physical anthropologist. The present work was the result of his first scientific field-trip, undertaken in 1924-5 on behalf of the Anthropos Institute, of whose journal he was the editor, to study the Semang people. The expedition established pygmy research as the major theme... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 76160

  50. On Going to Church.
    SHAW, George Bernard. On Going to Church.

    East Aurora, NY : 1896

    First edition, pirated by Elbert Hubbard, founder of the Roycroft movement. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "I repudiate all responsibility for this bowdlerised piracy. Elbert Hubbard, who perpetrated it, is dead. Why not bury it with him? G. Bernard Shaw. 27/5/22." Additionally inscribed by Hubbard on the front free endpaper, "To Leonard... Learn More
    £1,400.00

    Stock Code: 73675

  51. A View of the Real Power of the Pope, and Of the Power of the Priesthood over the Laity.
    [HAWKINS, Thomas.] A View of the Real Power of the Pope, and Of the Power of the Priesthood over the Laity.

    London : 1733

    First edition. An interesting example of the apparently widespread attitude of ordinary English Catholics at this time, exhibiting considerable anti-clericalism and impatience bordering on disgust with papal temporal power. The work includes one chapter rich with thinly disguised personal details settling the author's score with various English priests.... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 72617

  52. The Catholick Christian Instructed
    [CHALLONER, Richard.] The Catholick Christian Instructed

    London : 1737

    First edition of this Catholic catechism. Challoner (1691-1781) was eventually vicar apostolic to the London district; he published a wide variety of religious works; in Cardinal Wiseman's words, "supplied, in fact, almost the entire range of necessary or useful religious literature for his Catholic fellow-countrymen". His career spanned a period when... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 72621

  53. Le Livre des Prieres Communes, Et de l'Administration des Sacremens,
    (BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER; French & English.) Le Livre des Prieres Communes, Et de l'Administration des Sacremens,

    Oxford : 1717

    An 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
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 71427

  54. An Excursion in the Peloponnesus in the Year 1858.
    WYSE, Sir Thomas. An Excursion in the Peloponnesus in the Year 1858.

    London : 1865

    First edition. Wyse was appointed minister-plenipotentiary to Greece in 1849, at the time of his arrival in Athens Greek politics "were complicated and divisive. Each of the three protecting powers that had guaranteed Greek independenceBritain, France, and Russiawishing to advance its interests in the region, became entangled in factional politics"... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 71507

  55. Antiquities of Kertch and Researches in the Cimmerian Bosphorus.
    MACPHERSON, Duncan. Antiquities of Kertch and Researches in the Cimmerian Bosphorus.

    London : 1857

    First 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

  56. The Life and Dreadful Sufferings of Captain James Wilson, In various Parts of the Globe,
    (WILSON, James.) The Life and Dreadful Sufferings of Captain James Wilson, In various Parts of the Globe,

    Portsea : 1810

    First edition. Uncommon: Copac records only the SOAS copy, OCLC locates 12 other copies worldwide, five of them in Australia and New Zealand and five in the USA, two of these in Hawaii. "Although there are several account of James Wilson's life, sufferings and missionary voyage, this was the earliest biography of him to appear. Written anonymously,... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 70373

  57. Autograph letter signed to Elizabeth Hoar.
    EMERSON, Ralph Waldo. Autograph letter signed to Elizabeth Hoar.

    Concord, : 1856

    RWE returns a book of newly published poems written by a neighbour (" which I have kept longer than was right, from liking & because one is always expecting a better day & mood to read these pastoral verses. I find them always pleasing, with a solid honesty quite free from prettiness or showiness And whilst they particularly please me that he praises... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 70151

  58. The Works.
    PRESCOTT, William H. The Works.

    [1904]

    The Aztec edition, limited to 250 numbered sets. A stunning set beautifully bound and well illustrated. Includes his History of the Conquest of Mexico, History of Ferdinand and Isabella, History of the Conquest of Peru, History of the Reign of Philip the Second, plus his biographical and critical miscellanies. Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 69123

  59. The History of England
    MACAULAY, Catharine. The History of England

    London : 1769-72

    First octavo edition, complete to that date (the first four volumes are dated 1769, while the fifth bears no edition statement and is dated 1772). Catharine Macaulay's history was published episodically, the first volume in 1763, the fourth in 1768, and the fifth (covering events to the Restoration) in 1772. Her decision to leave London for Bath in... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 68942

  60. Narrative and Critical History of America.
    WINSOR, Justin (ed.). Narrative and Critical History of America.

    1889

    This Riverside Press edition, one of a limited edition of 550 numbered copies of what was for a century the standard reference work on American History. The editor, Justin Winsor (1831-1897) was a writer and prominent librarian at the Boston Public Library and later at Harvard University, where he professionalized library management and became one of... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 68725

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