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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. Adam's Rib and other anomalous elements in the Hebrew Creation Myth.
    GRAVES, Robert. Adam's Rib and other anomalous elements in the Hebrew Creation Myth.

    [Boissia, Clairvaux, Jura, France] : 1955

    First edition, first impression. One of 1,750 standard copies out of a total edition of 2,026. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 141042

  2. The Audacity of Hope.
    OBAMA, Barack. The Audacity of Hope.

    New York : 2006

    First edition, first printing, boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Jason - Barack Obama vote me in '08 instead of Nader!". The recipient was a student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, who had the book signed while Obama was running for president - Obama's inscription refers to the independent candidate Ralph Nader,... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 134687

  3. Funeral notice for William Townsend Jones.
    INDIA - LINDEMAN & CO. Funeral notice for William Townsend Jones.

    Calcutta : 24 January 1807

    Haunting piece of Company-rule ephemera announcing the funeral of William Townsend Jones (c.1757-1807), attorney on the council of the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William, the highest court of British India from its foundation in 1774 until 1862. Jones's name is now usually connected with his indictment in December 1789 for flogging to death... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 122432

  4. The White House Years: Mandate for Change 1953-1956 [and] Waging Peace 1956-1961 [together with] At Ease: Stories I Tell My Friends.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. The White House Years: Mandate for Change 1953-1956 [and] Waging Peace 1956-1961 [together with] At Ease: Stories I Tell My Friends.

    New York : 1963, 1965, 1967

    First editions of Eisenhower's two volumes of presidential autobiography and his later volume of discursive memoirs. Nelson Doubleday Jr. (1933-2015) was the last president of Doubleday and Company (1978-86) before its sale to Bertelsmann AG in 1986; he was grandson of the founder, Frank Nelson Doubleday ("Effendi"). Doubleday were Eisenhower's publishers... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 116984

  5. The Path to Power.
    THATCHER, Margaret. The Path to Power.

    London : 1995

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the title page "To Woodrow with warm regards and many thanks for all your help Margaret Thatcher". An excellent association copy - the recipient was Woodrow Wyatt (1918-1997), Labour Member of Parliament for most of 1945 to 1970, who switched sides and became Thatcher's... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 135680

  6. No Sex in Education;
    DUFFEY, E. B. No Sex in Education;

    Philadelphia : 1874

    First edition of the American feminist's argument for the equal and co-education of both genders, the most popular refutation of the Boston physician Edward Hammond Clarke's hotly debated work on the same subject, titled Sex in Education (1873).

    A newspaper editor, printer, painter, and regular columnist, Eliza Bisbee Duffey (1838-1898) published... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 141952

  7. Lettres sur le Commerce des Grains.
    CONDORCET, Jean-Antoine-Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de. Lettres sur le Commerce des Grains.

    Paris : 1774 [but 1775]

    First edition of Condorcet's defence of the free trade of grain. Turgot's liberalisation of the grain trade in 1774, coinciding with bad harvests and rocketing prices, led to a fierce pamphlet war between proponents of the mercantilist and free trade schools of thought. Condorcet had written the present tract prior to Turgot's enactment of the policy,... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 127684

  8. Histoire Romaine.
    BOISGUILBERT, Pierre le Pesant - HERODIAN. Histoire Romaine.

    Paris : 1675

    First edition of Boisguilbert's first work, a French translation of Herodian's colourful history, originally written in Greek in the third century and covering the Roman Empire from the death of Marcus Aurelius to the accession of Gordian III.

    Though first published in 1675, the work received its privilège in 1673. Learn More
    £725.00

    Stock Code: 126587

  9. The River War.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The River War.

    London, New York and Bombay : 1899

    First edition, first impression, second state (with the inverted comma inserted after THE 'LONDON GAZETTE' on p. 459 of the second volume). Churchill's second book, preceded only by The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898). "Overcoming the objections of Kitchener, the commander-in-chief of the expeditionary force, Churchill obtained a temporary... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 137018

  10. A Plea for the Bringing in of Irish Cattel, And keeping out of Fish Caught by Foreigners.
    PETTY, William (contrib.); COLLINS, John. A Plea for the Bringing in of Irish Cattel, And keeping out of Fish Caught by Foreigners.

    London : 1680

    First edition. John Collins (1626-1683) is predominantly remembered as a mathematician and scientific administrator, but his long career in the civil service also acquainted him in detail with taxation, trade and public expenditures. The present mercantilist treatise was his first work of economics, a slightly mis-matched proposal to prohibit foreign... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 127344

  11. In Congress, July 4, 1776. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America...
    DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. In Congress, July 4, 1776. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America...

    Washington D. C., : 1848

    Second impression of the most accurate and beautiful early printing of the founding document of the United States, made from Stone's copper plate which had been created via direct transmission from the original document. A striking commemoration of America's arrival as an independent nation, with the invocation of "those truths we hold self-evident."... Learn More
    £30,000.00

    Stock Code: 127460

  12. Drawings.
    REMINGTON, Frederic. Drawings.

    New York & London : 1898

    Second edition, of this excellent collection of Remington's art, vividly depicting scenes from the Old West, between its native inhabitants and the settlers. This work was first published the previous year. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 142064

  13. Drawings.
    REMINGTON, Frederic. Drawings.

    New York & London : 1897

    First edition, of this excellent collection of Remington's art, rare in such good, unrestored condition and with any part of the original box. "Remington's paintings of this era are intensely narrative and seek to capture the passing of the frontier for Native Americans and white frontier settlers" (ANB).

    This work includes peaceful scenes of... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 142079

  14. Magna Carta.
    MAGNA CARTA - PINE, John (engr.) Magna Carta.

    London : 1733

    First impression, printed on vellum, of this meticulously engraved facsimile of the Magna Carta, "a sacred text, the nearest approach to an irrepealable "fundamental statute" that England has ever had" (Pollock and Maitland, History of English Law, I, p.173). The work of the John Pine (1690-1756) engraver, publisher, print- and mapseller, Bluemantle... Learn More
    £22,500.00

    Stock Code: 118203

  15. De Jure Christi Domini ad regnum temporale Judaeorum
    CABONI, Maria Petronilla. De Jure Christi Domini ad regnum temporale Judaeorum

    Ascoli : 1776

    Rare second edition, with some additions. Maria Petronilla Caboni (b. 1749), a nun of the Congregation of the Immaculate Conception at Ascoli, first published this Latin dissertation on "The Right of the Lord Jesus over the Temporal Kingdom of the Jews" in 1774. The "contemporary notice of this suggests that the dissertation was written as an exercise... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 141857

  16. Drinks As They Are Mixed.
    LOWE, Paul E. Drinks As They Are Mixed.

    Chicago : 1904

    First edition of this early vest-pocket bartender's guide, the text enlivened with punning cartoons. An encyclopaedic listing of contemporary recipes; a "Heart to Heart Talk With Bar Men", advising on the practice and politics of bar-keeping, including a list of the stock and equipment for a "first class bar"; and concluding with an anthology of Toasts... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 141554

  17. Frederic Remington.
    REMINGTON, Frederic. Frederic Remington.

    Cody, Wy : 1996

    First edition, first printing, deluxe issue, number 246 of 250 copies signed by both editors on the title page of the first volume. Frederic Sackrider Remington (1861-1909) was an American artist and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141811

  18. Limelight for Suez.
    DEWHURST, Claude. Limelight for Suez.

    Cairo : 1946

    First edition, first impression, of this history of the Suez Canal, lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Denise, a writer of infinite capacity (and charm), who could have written a far better booklet than this - given the material. But the author had that: hence an indifferent tome has appeared before the public as a sandwich... Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 140712

  19. Mystery Ship.
    BRYAN, George S. Mystery Ship.

    Philadelphia and New York : 1942

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 140599

  20. Some Observations upon the Bill now depending in Parliament, for Relief of the Unhappy Sufferers in the South-Sea Company.
    SOUTH SEA BUBBLE. Some Observations upon the Bill now depending in Parliament, for Relief of the Unhappy Sufferers in the South-Sea Company.

    [London : 1721?]

    One of two editions, the other entitled the same but suffixed "In a letter from a gentleman of the law to a Member of Parliament". A comparison of the texts shows that they are very similar, but the textual differences indicate that this is a slightly revised edition: in the final table calculating an appropriate fine for the Company, this edition increases... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 135161

  21. The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World;
    CREASY, E[dward] S[hepherd.] The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World;

    London : 1851

    First edition of one of the most influential books of military history ever published, continuously in print since it was first issued. Required reading for every Modern Major General for the study of "fights historical from Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical". The first edition is decidedly uncommon. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 137281

  22. [Title from binding:] Portraits of Celebrated Persons.
    EGERTON, William, first Baron Egerton, of Tatton Park. [Title from binding:] Portraits of Celebrated Persons.

    [c. 1853]

    Highly appealing exemplar of a mid-nineteenth century portrait album, assembled with discernment and a great deal of care by William Egerton, first Baron Egerton of Tatton (1806-1883), carrying in each volume his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper verso and fine armorial bookplate to volume I (the Egerton arms impaled with those of Loftus,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 118091

  23. A treatise concerning the truth of the Christian religion.
    BURNET, Gilbert; LOCKE, John. A treatise concerning the truth of the Christian religion.

    Glasgow : 1743

    First Foulis edition of both works, and the first appearance in print of Burnet treatise, with Locke's treatise originally published in his posthumous works in 1706. The terminal advertisement leaves for Robert Foulis's press are present, and include an advertisement for his upcoming edition of Plato's Republic, the first edition in English. An uncommon... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 126863

  24. Herland.
    GILMAN, Charlotte Perkins. Herland.

    New York : January - December 1915

    First edition, the first appearance of Gilman's feminist utopian novel Herland, complete in 12 issues of Gilman's magazine The Forerunner; this copy warmly inscribed by the author to the American suffragist Alice Locke Park, "Charlotte Perkins Gilman with love and honor for her friend Alice Park", on the front free endpaper.

    Park (1861-1961)... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 130959

  25. Arabian Poems. The Land of Faith.
    JUNG, Sir Nizamat. Arabian Poems. The Land of Faith.

    Hyderabad : 1935

    First edition, no other copy traced. Group of poems on Islamic themes dedicated to Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar - "The Premier Muslim Ruler in India". Sir Nizamat Jung Bahadur (1871-1955)was an Arab-Indian poet, lawyer and bibliophile. In 1887 he became a student at Trinity College Cambridge where he gained a B.A. and LL.B... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 140973

  26. Historisch- geographisch- und politische Beschreibung der Moldau.
    CANTEMIR, Demetrie, voivode of Moldavia. Historisch- geographisch- und politische Beschreibung der Moldau.

    Frankfurt and Leipzig : 1771

    First and only contemporary edition, a very pretty copy with an appealing regional provenance of an important record, the first scholarly account of Moldavia and containing the first accurate map; uncommon, with just a single copy traced at auction, and eleven locations world-wide noted by WorldCat: three in the UK (BL, London, Oxford), two in the US... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 140613

  27. The Register and Records of Holm Cultram.
    GRAINGER, Francis, & W. G. Collingwood. The Register and Records of Holm Cultram.

    Kendal : 1929

    First and sole edition, published under the aegis of the Cumberland & Westmoreland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society. "Holm Cultram, the outlying part of north-western Cumberland, though beyond the area of the Lake District and consequently little known to the general public, has a distinction of its own" (Preface). Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 141405

  28. Years of Victory: 1802-1812.
    BRYANT, Arthur. Years of Victory: 1802-1812.

    London : 1944

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Field Marshal George Francis Milne on the half-title, "For my much esteemed friend F. M. Lord Milne G.C.B. &c. Wishing him the complements of the Season & many many Happy New Years, Christmas 1944 - B". Milne was influential in the Second Boer War and the First World War,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141170

  29. Origin of the Sikh Power in the Punjab, and the Political Life of Muha-Raja Runjeet Singh,
    PRINSEP, Henry Thoby. Origin of the Sikh Power in the Punjab, and the Political Life of Muha-Raja Runjeet Singh,

    Calcutta : 1834

    First and only contemporary edition of this highly authentic account, based on probably the most accurate first-hand report on the life and times of Ranjit Singh. The portrait of the maharajah was taken from the life by a noted Indian portraitist and engraved by the Indian master-engraver of the Calcutta mint. Extremely uncommon on the market, no auction... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 139506

  30. Researches on the Jeynes and Boodhists;
    FRANCKLIN, William. Researches on the Jeynes and Boodhists;

    London : 1827

    First edition of a key book in the formation of the Victorian discourse about Buddhism and Brahmanism, which also includes include a discussion of serpent worship in various parts of the world.

    Francklin (1763-1839) was the son of the classical scholar and dramatist Thomas Francklin. He enjoyed a considerable reputation as an oriental scholar,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 96923

  31. Jardín de las nobles donzellas.
    MARTÍN DE CÓRDOBA, Fray. Jardín de las nobles donzellas.

    Medina del Campo : 1542

    Rare second edition, effectively the only obtainable printing, of this book of advice for Queen Isabel of Spain, a pro-feminist treatise in the "mirror for princes" tradition, which instructed and entertained "with references to the popular contemporary controversy of the battle between the sexes" (Goldberg, p. 126).

    Fray Martín taught at the... Learn More
    £30,000.00

    Stock Code: 139886

  32. Kaschmir und das Reich der Siek.
    HÜGEL, Carl Freiherrn von. Kaschmir und das Reich der Siek.

    Stuttgart : 1840-8

    First and only edition of the most important contemporary survey of the geography, history, culture, language and natural history of northern India and Kashmir, never fully translated into any other language. Published over an extended period, complete sets of this undeniably important work are uncommon, particularly as here, preserved in the extremely... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 139491

  33. The Sikhs and Afghans,
    ALI, Shahamat. The Sikhs and Afghans,

    London : 1846

    First edition of this unusual and uncommon travelogue of the north-west frontier, written by the expedition leader's Indian-born munshi and inscribed by him to the earl of Shaftesbury. A highly desirable copy, unopened, unrestored in the original cloth, and with an appealing association. The title is fairly well represented institutionally, but commercially... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 139555

  34. The Life of Robert, Lord Clive:
    MALCOLM, Sir John. The Life of Robert, Lord Clive:

    London : 1836

    First edition of this important biography, the official life of Clive of India by Sir John Malcolm, another great Indian administrator, a work that has "never been adequately acknowledged as a landmark in the intellectual history of British India"; this copy presented in a lovely binding by one of the finest London binders of the period, Charles Hering... Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 141273

  35. The River War.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The River War.

    London, New York and Bombay : 1899

    First edition, first impression, second state (with the inverted comma inserted after THE 'LONDON GAZETTE' on p. 459 of the second volume). Churchill's second book, preceded only by The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898). "Overcoming the objections of Kitchener, the commander-in-chief of the expeditionary force, Churchill obtained a temporary... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 137021

  36. The Holy Bible,
    BIBLE; English; Authorized version. The Holy Bible,

    Cambridge : 1768

    A handsomely printed Georgian Bible in a grand period binding, from the library of the prominent Liverpool merchant and slave trader John Sparling (1731-1800).

    Both volumes are lettered in gilt on the front cover "John Sparling, Esqr." with dark brown morocco labels lettered "St. Domingo House, 1790. Lancashire"; also with the armorial bookplate... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 116480

  37. A new system, or, an analysis of ancient mythology:
    BRYANT, Jacob; BLAKE, William (illus.) A new system, or, an analysis of ancient mythology:

    London : 1773-76

    First edition of the work for which Bryant is most often remembered, complete with the rare first volume, of which ESTC locates only three copies, and the final plate by William Blake. "Bryant's importance to modern readers lies in the influence he had upon the poet and artist William Blake, who in his own time was generally considered mad. The many... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 139708

  38. The Secret Rose.
    YEATS, W. B. The Secret Rose.

    London : 1897

    First edition, first impression, first issue binding with "Lawrence & Bullen" at the foot of spine, scarce in such nice condition. With The Secret Rose Yeats was at the height of his powers as a prose mythographer, bringing together the two key loci of his imagination: the Celtic folklore of his native Ireland, and the alchemical mysteries with which... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 135709

  39. Œuvres.
    ROEDERER, Pierre Louis, comte. Œuvres.

    Paris : 1853-9

    A handsome set of the works of Roederer (1754-1835), prominent French politician during the Revolution and first French Republic. This set was owned and custom bound for Yves Marsaudon (1899-1985), with his bookplate to front pastedowns and his gilt initials at foot of spines; a prominent free mason, Marsaudon converted from Catholicism to the Orthodox... Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 122618

  40. The Five Jars.
    JAMES, M. R. The Five Jars.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression, in the scarce jacket. This "fanciful, mildly ironic, and very pleasurable" fantastical tale was written for the daughter of James's late close friend James McBryde and to be read to the students of Eton, where James was serving as Provost (Bleiler). It is James's only novel and only children's book. Montague Rhodes James... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 138879

  41. Typed letter signed from each, to Air Commodore A. V. Harvey, MP.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. & Clementine. Typed letter signed from each, to Air Commodore A. V. Harvey, MP.

    3 February 1948 and 14 March 1948

    Winston Churchill writes to invite his fellow Conservative MP Arthur Vere Harvey to a parliamentary luncheon: "Dear Harvey, I am asking a few of my Parliamentary colleagues to luncheon on Thursday, February 12, at 1 p.m., and I should be so glad if you could come. Yours sincerely Winston S. Churchill".

    Clementine Churchill wrote the following... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 137038

  42. Good News for Modern Man.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D., & Mamie Doud. Good News for Modern Man.

    New York : 1974

    Third edition, first published in 1971, this the special Eisenhower edition with wrappers featuring a portrait of Ike on the back panel with the quote beginning; "The Bible is endorsed by the ages. Our civilization is built upon its words", this copy inscribed on the half-title; "Merry Christmas to Dr. Hal Johnson from his friend Mamie Doud Eisenhower,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140861

  43. Ré sans fard.
    BÉRAUD, Rémi. Ré sans fard.

    La Rochelle : 1989

    First edition, first impression. This copy profusely inscribed to RAF pilot and flying ace James Edgar "Johnnie" Johnson (1915-2001) from a visit to Ré in May 1990 with the Air Crew Association. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 141070

  44. Five-star Favorites.
    EISENHOWER, Mamie Doud. Five-star Favorites.

    New York : 1974

    First edition, limited issue, number 377 of 1000, of this fundraiser for the Eisenhower Medical Center, this copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "For Dr. & Mrs. Harold Johnson from their friend Mamie Doud Eisenhower, 1978", together with loosely inserted greetings card signed by Mamie. Dr. Johnson was Ike's principle physician after his retirement... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 140863

  45. Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse.
    DURKHEIM, Émile. Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse.

    Paris : 1912

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title "A mon collegue D. Parodi, Bien cordialement, E. Durkheim". Dominique Parodi (1870-1955) was among Durkheim's collaborators on their journal Année sociologique, subsequently the General Inspector of Public Instruction in France from 1919 to 1934, where he presided... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 140596

  46. At Ease. Stories I Tell to Friends.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. At Ease. Stories I Tell to Friends.

    Garden City, New York : 1967

    First edition, special issue, ad personam publication bookplate "At Ease. Published June 16, 1967, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania", with typed addition, "For Dr. C. H. Johnson" and Eisenhower's autograph salutation, "With affectionate regard Dwight D. Eisenhower". Carl Harold "Hal" Johnson was Eisenhower's principle physician during his retirement to Gettysburg.... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140859

  47. Origins.
    GUBBAY, Lucien. Origins.

    London : 1989

    First and sole edition, number 85 of an unspecified but presumably very small edition; presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Geoffrey Gubbay, with best wishes, Lucien, 7.11.90". An online search of institutional libraries locates one copy only, at University of California.

    "Origins traces the history over... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140918

  48. Critical dissertations on the origin, antiquities, language, government, manners, and religion, of the ancient Caledonians, their posterity the Picts, and the British and Irish Scots.
    MACPHERSON, John. Critical dissertations on the origin, antiquities, language, government, manners, and religion, of the ancient Caledonians, their posterity the Picts, and the British and Irish Scots.

    London : 1768

    First edition of the author's most important work, his posthumously published response to the Ossian controversy, written in part as a defence of the Ossianic poems but also to encourage wider appreciation of Scottish culture and literature.

    A Scottish minister and a recognized Celtic authority on antiquities, Macpherson had met James Macpherson... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140867

  49. The Varieties of Religious Experience. A Study in Human Nature.
    JAMES, William. The Varieties of Religious Experience. A Study in Human Nature.

    London, New York and Bombay : 1902

    First edition, first impression, of one of James's masterworks, with a printed presentation slip "From the Author", from the library of the Oxford philosopher F. "Canning" S. Schiller (1864-1937), with his pencil annotations throughout.

    James focuses on four central topics: the "experiential approach and the generic meaning of religion; the... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 136480

  50. History of the Captivity of Napoleon at St. Helena;
    FORSYTH, William. History of the Captivity of Napoleon at St. Helena;

    London : 1853

    First edition. Forsyth sought to prove "by mere force of facts... that neither the British government nor Lowe were in fault as regards the treatment of Napoleon at St Helena" (p. x). Lowe was Napoleon's gaoler during his exile on St Helena, and soon became exasperated with the intransigence of his captive, apparently unaware that the pair were engaged... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140969

  51. Le Totémisme Aujourd'hui.
    LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. Le Totémisme Aujourd'hui.

    Paris : 1962

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Pour Claudie et Claude Tardits en amical hommage, Claude Levi Strauss", and with the recipient pencil annotations. Claude Tardits (1921-2007) was a French ethnologist and anthropologist specialised in Africa, best known for his thesis on the Bamoum kingdom, published in 1980.... Learn More
    £1,100.00

    Stock Code: 140937

  52. The White House Years - a mismatched set presented to his Gettysburg doctor, and personally inscribed.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. The White House Years - a mismatched set presented to his Gettysburg doctor, and personally inscribed.

    Garden City, New York : 1963-65

    The first volume the first trade edition, the second a copy of the limited edition bound without limitation leaf, both warmly inscribed to Dr. Hal Johnson, Eisenhower's principle physician during his retirement at Gettysburg. Johnson and his wife Edie became close friends of Ike and Mamie. In the first Ike inscribes "For Dr. C. H. Johnson with the warm... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 140860

  53. The Island Race.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Island Race.

    London : 1964

    First edition thus; superbly bound. The Island Race is an abridgement, by Timothy Baker, of the four volumes of Churchill's History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 115700

  54. Stellar Theology and Masonic Astronomy;
    BROWN, Robert Hewitt. Stellar Theology and Masonic Astronomy;

    New York : 1882

    First edition of this rare work on the hidden meanings of Masonic and other esoteric symbols, includes two intriguing colour plates with volvelles.

    While not disclosing "any of the essential secrets of the order" (intro.), the author reveals "truths which are... of great importance and interest to the craft" (ibid.). Himself a 32nd degree master... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 139889

  55. The Chester Play of the Deluge.
    GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS: JONES, David (illus.); J. Isaacs (ed.) The Chester Play of the Deluge.

    Waltham, St Lawrence : 1927

    First edition thus, first impression, one of 201 of 275 copies only. "In the opinion of some the engravings in this book are the greatest achievement of the Press" (Chanticleer). This is a retelling of the story of Noah and his Ark during the biblical deluge; the Chester version focuses on Noah's wife's reluctance to enter his Ark. The present copy... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 140763

  56. Marco Polo.
    POP-UP BOOK - KUBAŠTA, Vojtěch. Marco Polo.

    London : 1962

    The present pop-up, in fine working condition, depicts 13th-century explorer Marco Polo aboard the royal carriage, carried by four elephants, accompanying Kublai Khan on a hunt. The designer, Vojtěch Kubašta (19141992), was a Czech architect and artist who drew on his architectural training to engineer complex three-dimensional folding scenes. "Relatively... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 140702

  57. The Applications of Prophecy to the Crimean War;
    HILDEBRAND, G. B. The Applications of Prophecy to the Crimean War;

    London : 1864

    First and only edition, extremely uncommon - both Library Hub and WorldCat list three locations (BL, NLS, Cambridge). The text concludes "End of Volume I", but this is all published. An extraordinary sustained exercise in apocalyptic biblical exegesis by a mind stimulated, or perhaps over-stimulated, by the ongoing war in the Crimea. The author saw... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 121341

  58. The Graphic. An Illustrated London Newspaper:
    JACK THE RIPPER. The Graphic. An Illustrated London Newspaper:

    London : 1888

    Half-yearly volume of this popular illustrated paper covering the period of the "Autumn of Terror". Contains nine pieces of relevance: the first notice of the killings is on September 29, "Coroners' Inquests and the Detection of Crime, In the case of the late horrifying murders in Whitechapel, some persons have alleged that the Coroner's Court exceeded... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 121358

  59. Outlines of Mahâyâna Buddhism.
    SUZUKI, Diasetz Teitaro. Outlines of Mahâyâna Buddhism.

    London : 1907

    First edition, first impression, of Suzuki's first own book in English. His work aimed "to refute the many wrong opinions which are entertained by Western critics and to awake interest among scholars of comparative religion" (Preface).

    Suzuki (1870-1966) was an influential Japanese writer, whose publications on Buddhism, Zen (Chan), and Shin... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140608

  60. A Report on Operation Plainfare (The Berlin Airlift), 25th June 1948 - 6th October 1949.
    BERLIN AIRLIFT - WILLIAMS, Thomas Melling, Air Marshal. A Report on Operation Plainfare (The Berlin Airlift), 25th June 1948 - 6th October 1949.

    Bielefeld, Germany : 1950

    First and only edition, classified RESTRICTED. This definitive report on the British effort in the Berlin Airlift, the first major crisis of the Cold War, was compiled under Air Marshal Williams as C-i-C British Air Forces of Occupation (Germany), who was awarded the DSM (US) for his services during the airlift. Until relatively recently this remarkable... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 135790

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