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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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. The Romance of William of Palerne:
    (WEREWOLVES.) The Romance of William of Palerne:

    1867

    First edition thus, no 1 in the extra series of publication by the Early English Text Society (formed 1864). The French verse romance was composed c. 1200, commissioned by Countess Yolande (who is generally identified to be Yolande, daughter of Baldwin IV, Count of Hainaut). The English poem in alliterative verse, commissioned by Humphrey de Bohun,... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 68780

  6. The Roman Wall,
    MACLAUCHLAN, Henry. The Roman Wall,

    1857-64

    First editions. The first named with the inscription, "Presented to Henry Lawes Long Esq., by The Duke of Northumberland, Syon 27th August 1859" to the first blank and circular, sepia lithographed Long armorial bookplate to the front pastedown; the second inscribed "With the Duke of Northumberland's Compliments" verso of the first blank. In 1804 Henry... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 68827

  7. These Hurrying Years.
    HEARD, Gerald. These Hurrying Years.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression; rare in the dust jacket. Gerald Heard (1889-1971) was a British author and philosopher whose innovative works examined history in the context of humankind's evolving consciousness. This book is his attempt to write a "history of our own times" and to determine the underlying causes of modern events. His conclusion, that... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 68865

  8. The Works.
    BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. The Works.

    San Francisco : 1886

    First edition, the complete set of what is still considered by historians to be the most important single source of early Western American history. "Colossal co-operative undertaking; nothing approaching it has ever been attempted in this country" (Howes). Although the first title-page is dated 1886, the set was published 1883-90. Vols. 11 and 33 were... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 68597

  9. Los Métodos de la Lógica.
    QUINE, Willard Van Orman. Los Métodos de la Lógica.

    [1980s]

    Second edition, Spanish language translation. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "a Burt un saludo de Van". The recipient was Burton Dreben, an influential Harvard professor and Quine's "closest philosophical ally". Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 68123

  10. Manuale di logica.
    QUINE, Willard Van Orman. Manuale di logica.

    1960

    First Italian language edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in 1959. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "a Burt coi migliori vuoti, Van". The recipient was Burton Dreben, an influential Harvard professor and Quine's "closest philosophical ally". Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 68127

  11. The Eagle's Gift.
    CASTANEDA, Carlos. The Eagle's Gift.

    New York : 1981

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Amy, with all the best, Carlos Castaneda". The recipient, Amy Wallace, was the author of The Sorcerer's Apprentice: My life with Carlos Castaneda. Books inscribed by Castaneda are scarce. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 67878

  12. Religious Drama: Mediaeval and Modern.
    ELIOT, T. S. Religious Drama: Mediaeval and Modern.

    New York : 1954

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 153 of 300 copies signed by the author. This work presents the text of an address Eliot gave to the Friends of Rochester Cathedral in 1937. The work was never published in the UK. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 67843

  13. The Holy Places.
    WAUGH, Evelyn. The Holy Places.

    London & New York : 1953

    First US edition, signed limited issue, number 36 of 50 specially bound copies, signed by both the author and illustrator, from a total edition of 1,000 copies. The Holy Places is based on an article Waugh wrote for Life magazine, "The Plight of the Holy Places," (24 December 1951) after visiting Israel Palestine in 1951 with his friend Christopher... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 67863

  14. Notes d'Ethnologie Néo-Calédonienne.
    LEENHARDT, Maurice. Notes d'Ethnologie Néo-Calédonienne.

    Paris : 1930

    First edition. A Protestant pastor to the Kanak people of New Caledonia, Leenhardt became fascinated with their way of life and dedicated more than 30 years of his life to the study of their culture. The founder of oceanic ethnology, he established the Société des Oceanistes in 1927, and was closely involved with the Musée de l'Homme. Ownership inscription... Learn More
    £185.00

    Stock Code: 67564

  15. We Moderns: Enigmas and Guesses.
    (MUIR, Edwin.) MOORE, Edward. We Moderns: Enigmas and Guesses.

    1918

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Moore on the front free endpaper, "To Mrs. Stobo from Edward Moore in memory of many charming hours. 31st May, 1918". Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 67586

  16. The Environs of London:
    LYSONS, Rev. Daniel. The Environs of London:

    London : 1795-1811

    Large paper edition. The first edition was published in 1792-1800. The principal work of the topographer Daniel Lysons (1762-1834), produced with the keen support of Horace Walpole, to whom the work is dedicated. Many areas which were "environs" to Lysons are now firmly inside London, including Battersea, Bermondsey, Camberwell, Lambeth, Chelsea, Finchley,... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 66054

  17. Mission San Juan Bautista.
    HAINES, William Amos. Mission San Juan Bautista.

    [c. 1910]

    One of a series of photos taken by William Amos Haines (1877-1953), who travelled through the United States in the first decades of the 20th century making early panoramas with a rotating Kodak Cirkut camera. He was particularly interested in California's Spanish missions, and took photographs of a number of these sites around 1910. Mission San Juan... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 64948

  18. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tulsa.
    HAINES, William Amos. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tulsa.

    [c. 1910]

    One of a series of photos taken by William Amos Haines (1877-1953), who travelled through the United States in the first decades of the 20th century making early panoramas with a rotating Kodak Cirkut camera. He was particularly interested in California's Spanish missions, and took photographs of a number of these sites around 1910. Mission San Luis... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 64969

  19. Mission San Francisco de Solano.
    HAINES, William Amos. Mission San Francisco de Solano.

    [c. 1910]

    One of a series of photos taken by William Amos Haines (1877-1953), who travelled through the United States in the first decades of the 20th century making early panoramas with a rotating Kodak Cirkut camera. He was particularly interested in California's Spanish missions, and took photographs of a number of these sites around 1910. Founded in 1823,... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 64970

  20. Memorabilium Gaudentii Merulae
    MERULA, Gaudenzio. Memorabilium Gaudentii Merulae

    Lyon : 1556

    First edition published in France, the third and most extensive overall. Gaudenzio Merula (1500-1555) was born of a humble family in Borgolavezzaro, near Novara. He held teaching appointments in Milan, at the Academy in Novara, and subsequently at Vigevano and Turin. In 1554 he was charged with Protestant heresy, first before the bishop of Novara and... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 63754

  21. Dress, Drinks, and Drums.
    CRAWLEY, Ernest. Dress, Drinks, and Drums.

    1931

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 63432

  22. Structural Anthropology.
    (FULLER, Buckminster.) LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. Structural Anthropology.

    London : 1968

    First UK edition, first impression. This copy from the library of Buckminster Fuller, with his ownership signature on the front free endpaper. Originally published in France in 1958. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 63480

  23. Race: A Study in Superstition.
    BARZUN, Jacques. Race: A Study in Superstition.

    New York : 1965

    Second edition, revised. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Lionel & Diana, with ever affectionate thoughts, this dull old book that faithfully reflects the dull old friend who sends it, Jacques. Dec 22/64". Literary critic Lionel Trilling (1905-75) worked at Columbia during the same period as Barzun, and for thirty years the two... Learn More
    £775.00

    Stock Code: 61792

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

    c.1899

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

    Stock Code: 61558

  25. The Mechanical Bride. Folklore of Industrial Man.
    MCLUHAN, Herbert Marshall. The Mechanical Bride. Folklore of Industrial Man.

    New York : 1951

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Mr. Fred Allan from Marshall McLuhan". Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 61401

  26. To Be Free.
    APTHEKER, Herbert. To Be Free.

    New York : 1968

    Second edition. First published in 1948; this edition with a new preface by the author. Inscribed on the half-title " Feb 1969 For Bobby Seale with best wishes Herbert Aptheker." Aptheker was an American Marxist historian and political activist. Seale was co-founder of the Black Panther Party which he formed with Huey Newton in 1966. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 60782

  27. History of the Old Trent Bridge,
    TARBOTTON, M. O. History of the Old Trent Bridge,

    1871

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 60987

  28. Janus. A Summing Up.
    KOESTLER, Arthur. Janus. A Summing Up.

    1978

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, " To Tony, hopefully, from Arthur". Koestler had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in early 1976, the effects of which are evident here. Learn More
    £120.00

    Stock Code: 61022

  29. A Twenty Years Struggle in South Africa. A Souvenir.
    BRAUN, Dietrich E. A Twenty Years Struggle in South Africa. A Souvenir.

    [c. 1918]

    Inscribed by the author on the title page "To Mrs. Walter Meyer from the author Dietrich E. Braun, 1953". Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 52085

  30. Worthy women of our first century.
    WISTER, Mrs O. J. [Sarah Butler], & Miss Agnes Irwin (eds.) Worthy women of our first century.

    Philadelphia : 1877

    First edition. This copy with the bookplate of Butler Place to the front pastedown, and the publishers' presentation inscription; "Mrs. Owen J. Wister with respects of the Publishers" to the first blank. As well as co-editing, Mrs Wister contributes a piece on Deborah Logan. Sarah Butler Wister was the eldest daughter of Fanny Kemble and Pierce Butler,... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 52144

  31. Savage Civilisation.
    HARRISSON, Tom. Savage Civilisation.

    New York : 1937

    First US edition, same year as the UK first. Uncommon, Harrisson's first book of anthropology based on the work of the Oxford expedition to the New Hebrides, for which he was officially the ornithologist; "When the rest of the Oxford party left Santo Island for home in 1934, Harrisson got to Malekula, where cannibalism was still widespread. Unarmed,... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 51720

  32. Three Native Accounts of the Visit of the Bishop of Natal in September and October, 1859,
    [COLENSO, J.W.] Three Native Accounts of the Visit of the Bishop of Natal in September and October, 1859,

    Pietermaritzburg and Durban : 1901

    Third edition, first published in 1860. Bi-lingual text. Colenso was consecrated Bishop of Natal in 1853 and settled there in 1855; "Unfailingly energetic, by 1857 he had completed the cathedral in Pietermaritzburg and churches in Durban and Richmond he had soon learned enough of the Zulu language to be able to teach and confirm. Colenso from the first... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 51733

  33. Zululand and the Zulus:
    FARRER, James Anson. Zululand and the Zulus:

    1879

    One of four editions published in 1879, none subsequently. A work of compilation, but an extremely timely one in a handy format which would have placed it in the pockets of many officers travelling out to Natal. "'This little volume was published during the war with the Zulus under Cetywayo, and gives a résumé of the history of the country from the... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 51735

  34. Révolution de l'Amérique.
    RAYNAL, Guillaume Thomas François. Révolution de l'Amérique.

    1781

    One of a number of superficially similar variant editions with false imprints. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 46380

  35. Lettres d'un Cultivateur Américain, écrites a W.S. ecuyer, Depuis l'Année 1770, jusqu'a 1781. Traduites de l'Anglois par ***.
    [CRÈVECOEUR, Michel Guillaume St. Jean de] Lettres d'un Cultivateur Américain, écrites a W.S. ecuyer, Depuis l'Année 1770, jusqu'a 1781. Traduites de l'Anglois par ***.

    Paris, : 1784

    First edition in French, first issue with errata preceding the text in both volumes, the author's own free translation with additional material, of his Letters from an American Farmer, first published at London in English in 1782, the first literary success by an American author in Europe. Crèvecoeur served in the French and Indian War as a surveyor... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 46388

  36. Let Dons Delight.
    KNOX, Ronald. Let Dons Delight.

    1939

    First Edition, First Impression. A mildly fantastical series of reveries of incidents dreamed by a sleeping don from 1588 to 1938 at periods of 50 years. Learn More
    £220.00

    Stock Code: 46803

  37. The Mysterious Mr Bull.
    LEWIS, Wyndham. The Mysterious Mr Bull.

    1938

    First edition, first impression, of this study of the British character. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 45047

  38. Stories from the Old Testament Retold.
    SMITH, Logan Pearsall. Stories from the Old Testament Retold.

    Richmond : 1920

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy with the author's inscription to someone with the same surname, i.e. "G----. Smith from the author". Woolmer notes that this is apparently bound by the Woolfs, as the wrappers appear in a number of differing colours and designs; this copy matches Woolmer's description of it. The number of copies printed... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 46113

  39. Vicious Circle. The case of the missing Irish Crown Jewels.
    BAMFORD, Francis & Viola Bankes. Vicious Circle. The case of the missing Irish Crown Jewels.

    1965

    First edition. Mystery of the theft of the Irish regalia in 1907. From the library of eminent crime historian Jonathan Goodman. Learn More
    £25.00

    Stock Code: 44237

  40. The Romance & Adventures of the notorious Colonel Blood,
    [WALTER, Eugene.] Whittenbury Kaye. The Romance & Adventures of the notorious Colonel Blood,

    Manchester : 1903

    First edition. Uncommon account of the dramatic tale of Colonel Blood's clumsy plot to steal the Crown Jewels, COPAC has just BL for this John Heywood-published standard edition and also a copy of the Subscriber's edition; OCLC adds a copy of the latter at New York University and the former at the University of Minnesota. Rev. Whittenbury Kaye was... Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 44274

  41. The Romance & Adventures of the Notorious Colonel Blood,
    [WALTER, Eugene.] Whittenbury Kaye. The Romance & Adventures of the Notorious Colonel Blood,

    Manchester : [1903]

    First edition, the subscribers' edition. Uncommon account of the dramatic tale of Colonel Blood's clumsy plot to steal the Crown Jewels, COPAC has just BL for this and also a copy of the John Heywood-published standard edition, OCLC adds a copy of the former at New York University and the latter at the University of Minnesota. Rev. Whittenbury Kaye... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 44208

  42. Among the Broad-Arrow Men. A Plain Account of English Prison Life.
    "B.2.15." Among the Broad-Arrow Men. A Plain Account of English Prison Life.

    London : 1924

    First edition. Far from common account of prison life in the 20s. The broad arrow of the title, often seen on the clothing of prisoners in period illustrations, refers to the mark used to identify government property from the thirteenth century onwards. The cloth of convict suits was thus stamped to prevent it being used for any other purpose, but also... Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 44218

  43. The Collected Works.
    CARLYLE, Thomas. The Collected Works.

    London : 1887-93

    A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £3,950.00

    Stock Code: 14891

  44. The Court of the Tuileries from the Restoration to the Flight of Louis Philippe.
    (COSWAY STYLE BINDING.) JACKSON, Catherine Charlotte, Lady. The Court of the Tuileries from the Restoration to the Flight of Louis Philippe.

    London : 1883

    First edition. The popular historian Lady Jackson was widely read in standard authorities (and even unpublished papers), and her narrative style - bumptious and with "a great deal of go" (Saturday Review, 25 Jan 1879, 117) - made her histories readable works of light literature. From the library of W. A. Foyle at Beeleigh Abbey, with his leather book... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 15931

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