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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LELAND, Charles Godfrey. The Algonquin Legends of New England.
Boston : 1884First edition of Leland's uncommon collection of the folklore of the "principal Wabanaki, or Northeastern Algonquin, Indians". All of the material was gathered directly from native American narrators, the great majority by Leland himself and the sources identified. The illustrations are from birch bark originals by Tomah Josephs, Indian Governor at... Learn More£775.00
Stock Code: 144666
SLAVERY CAMPBELL, John. Candid and impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; the comparative importance of the British and French islands in the West-Indies: with the value and consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated. Illustrated with copper plates.
London : 1763First edition of the first-named, fourth of the second which was first published Antigua, 1750 under the pseudonym of "An Old Planter". John Campbell (17081775), was a highly successful historian and miscellaneous author, Johnson thought well of him and praised the usefulness of his knowledge, also describing him as "the richest author that ever grazed... Learn More£5,250.00
Stock Code: 132583
LEMAIRE DE BELGES, Jean. La legende des Venitiens.
Paris : [c.1512]Early edition of Lemaire's pamphlet defending Louis XII's ambitions of Venetian conquest.
First published at Lyons in 1509 by Jehan de Vingle, La legend des Venitiens was composed at the behest of Louis XII, and "adroitly devised to influence public opinion" (Spaak) as to the legitimacy of the War of the League of Cambrai against the Republic... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 140221
TROLLOPE, Anthony. Clergymen of the Church of England.
London : 1866First and only edition, collecting Trollope's articles on the clergy of the Church of England, originally published in the Pall Mall Gazette in 1865 and 1866. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 144376
JEFFERIES, Richard. A Memoir of the Goddards of North Wilts.
Swindon : First edition of the author's scarce, privately printed second book, commissioned by the prominent local Goddard family and dating from the period described by ODNB as Jefferies's "years of struggle"; Edward Thomas notes in his biography that "the edition was sold out in a few months".
Jefferies birthplace of Coate, a small village near Devizes... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 144341
MONTGOMERY OF ALAMEIN, Bernard Law Montgomery, Viscount. A History of Warfare.
London : 1969Signed limited issue, number 83 of 265 copies signed by the author on the limitation lea, and specially bound by Zaehnsdorf from the sheets of the first US edition, first printing.
"Lord Montgomery's stimulating book must surely take its place as a classic commentary on the history of warfare It is the fruit of a lifetime spent in the study... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 144651
GEORGE II of Greece. Inscribed original portrait photograph.
Athens : 1941Striking profile image of the ill-starred king of Greece, George II, pictured wearing the uniform of a British general, inscribed below the image, "For Mr. Hutchinson, George II R, 23rd-29th April 1941"; the dating is significant as on 23 April 1941 the king and government left mainland Greece for Crete, before going into exile, first in Egypt and then... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 143263
KONDAKOV, Nikodim Pavlovich. Histoire et monuments des emaux byzantins.
Frankfurt : 1892First and limited edition, number 24 of 200 copies printed in French; a very fine copy of this lavish and sumptuously illustrated celebration of the Zwenigorodskoi collection of Byzantine enamels, "one of the most luxurious publications of the 19th-century" (Federov, pp. 200-1). The portrait frontispiece, included only in those copies given by the collector... Learn More£18,750.00
Stock Code: 141106
BOYER, Abel. The Martial-Field of Europe:
London : 1694First edition. One of the first works published by this versatile French-born lexicographer, journalist and historian, being a survey of places and occurrences during the recent Nine Years' War, also known as the War of the Grand Alliance, and dedicated to the 2nd duke of Ormond who had served with distinction. Boyer (1667?1729) may himself have taken... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141293
DUCAREL, Andrew Coltée Anglo-Norman Antiquities considered, in a Tour through Part of Normandy.
London : 1767First edition and only edition of this "pioneer study of comparative mediaeval architecture" (ODNB), which importantly drew attention to the Bayeux Tapestry, containing one of the earliest detailed accounts of it, illustrated with seven finely engraved plates, one of them folding. A handsome copy with a fine noble provenance.
Born in Paris of... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 141932
RIEFENSTAHL, Leni. Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf.
Berlin : 1937First edition, first printing. This photobook, which includes an image of Jesse Owens before his record-breaking long jump (p. 100) and at the sprint start line (p. 68), was produced alongside Riefenstahl's landmark documentary of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The film, Olympia, was truly innovative, experimenting with the most recent filming and editing... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 140966
LOOMIS, Elias. Circular. The Great Auroral Exhibition of August 28th to September 4th 1859.
New Haven : 1859Seemingly unrecorded appeal from Elias Loomis (1811-1889), the eminent American mathematician - at the time Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of the City of New York - requesting information regarding the spectacular appearance of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights during the summer of 1859.
As Loomis notes in the preamble to this... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140209
THATCHER, Margaret. Map of the Gallipoli peninsula.
1990From the estate of Margaret Thatcher, with the presentation label incorporated beneath the map reading "Presented to the Right Honourable Margaret Thatcher MP on the occasion of the Gallipoli Commemoration 25 April 1990". Thatcher travelled to Turkey for the 75th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, along with the Australian prime minister Bob Hawke,... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 133407
PAINE, Thomas. Letter Addressed to the Addressers, on the Late Proclamation.
London : 1792Early edition, one of a few published in 1792; Howes places an alternative edition of 40 pages to be the true first. This copy entirely uncut and in the original sewn sheets as issued, and rare thus.
Paine's letter is a defence of his Rights of Man, published the previous year, and then under sustained attack from the British establishment -... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 144918
YAZICIOGLU MEHMET. Kitab al-Muhammadiyah.
Istanbul : 1880-81 CEUncommon Istanbul imprint of this popular Turkish translation of the Magharib al-Zaman (Sunsets of Time), a devotional work on the Prophet Muhammad, written in Arabic by the Ottoman Sufi poet Yazıcıoğlu Mehmet (d. 1491; his name means "son of the scribe") and translated into Ottoman Turkish by his younger brother Ahmed Bican. Mehmet, a native of... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 122439
BEWICK, Thomas (illus.); LINGARD, John. The Antiquities of the Anglo-Saxon Church.
Newcastle : 1806First edition of the first work of John Lingard (1771-1851), Roman Catholic priest and historian, "a work which reveals him to be a moderate upholder of the Catholic cisalpine and Gallican tradition of historical scholarship. In this work he sought to oppose the errors of a generation of protestant Anglo-Saxon scholars who argued for an English church,... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 121264
MCCABE, Joseph; Lucy Harrison Taylor; Allison Hardy. The Story of the World's Oldest Profession; The Autobiography of a Pimp; The Autobiography of a "Madame".
Girard, KS : 1932-36First editions, first printings. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 111860
ARNOLD, Edwin. A Simple Transliteral Grammar of the Turkish Language.
London : 1877First edition of this uncommon little grammar, compiled by the poet and journalist Sir Edwin Arnold (1832-1904), best known for The Light of Asia (1879), his tremendously popular versified account of the life and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. Arnold was a passionate Turkophile and while in India studied Turkish and Persian.... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 141928
JAHAN, Sultan H. H., Nawab Begum of Bhopal Muslim Home.
Calcutta : 1916First edition, first impression. The work, intended as the first in a series, was written "in the style of an advice manual to a newly married couple" and "was deemed so important that it was translated into English under the title Muslim Home" (Lambert-Hurley). The translation aimed to counter imperialist concepts of the supposed subjection of women... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 134317
GRANNAN, Joseph C. Grannan's Pocket Gallery of Noted Criminals of the Present Day,
Cincinnati, OH : 1892;Rare fourth edition of this terrific and highly evocative mug shot book, an online search of institutional libraries showing one copy only, at Public Library of Cincinnati, all early iterations being very scarce. This copy is paired with an attractive exemplar of the handsome official badge issued to detectives and stamped on verso "This Badge is Not... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 120206
THATCHER, Margaret. The Downing Street Years.
London : 1993Deluxe edition, signed by the author in blue ink on the title page. The deluxe edition of The Downing Street Years, Thatcher's autobiography of her years as prime minister, was issued concurrently with the trade edition. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 142539
LAW, John; PIOSSENS, Chevalier de. Mémoires de la Régence de S. A. R. Mgr. le duc d'Orléans, durant la minorité de Louis XV, Roi de France.
Amsterdam : 1729First edition of a history of the regency in France during the minority of Louis XV, charting all the political and financial upheavals of the duc d'Orléans regency, with much information on John Law and his system between 1715 and 1723. It was published simultaneously at The Hague.
Stock Code: 140575
ADAMS, Ansel Easton, & Mary Austin. Taos Pueblo.
Boston : 1977First edition, first printing in this format. No. 944 of 950 copies signed by Adams. This is a facsimile edition of Adams's book first published in 1930, which was limited to 108 copies. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140667
POLYGLOT LORD'S PRAYER. Oratio Dominica.
London : 1700A remarkable publication, presenting the Lord's Prayer in over a hundred languages and dialects, a major exercise in comparative philology, and likewise offering a significant array of type specimens from multiple European and non-European languages. Wing attributes the work to the learned printer Benjamin Motte the elder.
Alongside the major... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 144536
LEAGUE OF NATIONS. Covenant.
?Paris : 1919First and only printing of this original draft, docketed on the front wrapper by Louis L. Strauss, Herbert Hoover's assistant in Paris: "One of the first 100 copies of the original draft. Read by Woodrow Wilson at Paris, Feb. 1919". Library Hub locates just six copies of this draft: Peace Palace Library, Huntington, Princeton, Harvard Law School, Wellesley,... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 132162
BRITTAIN, Vera. Testament of Youth.
London : 1933First edition, first impression, of this powerful feminist classic; notably rare in the dust jacket, especially so in such nice unrestored condition this is the first we have handled. Lengel notes that this was "one of the most important pieces of literature to emerge from the war".
Brittain's memoir was an instant best-seller. Published on... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 121385
MEREDITH, William. Historical Remarks on the Taxation of Free states, in a Series of Letters to a Friend.
London : 1778First edition, revised second printing, of this rejection, during the American Revolutionary War, of the British taxation of the American colonies, based on the precedent of antiquity.
Two printings are distinguished, this second printing from substantially the same setting of type as the first, but with some textual revisions and with an additional... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 143959
LEE-WARNER, Sir William. The Life of The Marquis of Dalhousie.
London : 1904First edition, first impression, of the first biography of Dalhousie to be based on access to the "whole mass of his correspondence". Lee-Warner was a "competition wallah", passing the open competition for the Indian civil service in 1867, arriving in Bombay in 1869 to take up an appointment as assistant collector and magistrate of Poona. Over the next... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 140512
NELSON, Thomas - BACON, Nathaniel, & John Selden. An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England,
London : 1760The copy of the American Founding Father and signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Nelson Junior (1738-1789), with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper; Nelson later struck through the signature (still wholly legible) and added a presentation note to his son William Nelson (1763-1803), thus reading "Tho.s Nelson jr. To Wm... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 139669
ARNOLD, Thomas. History of the Later Roman Commonwealth,
London : 1845First edition in book form of a series of articles on Roman history by the British headmaster and historian Thomas Arnold (1795-1842). Originally written between 1823 and 1827, the pieces first appeared in the Encyclopaedia Metropolitana. "The intellectual basis for Arnold's writings was his composite theory of universal history, derived essentially... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 141150
GELL, William. The Topography of Rome and Its Vicinity.
London : 1846Revised and enlarged edition of this work originally published in 1834. William Gell (1777-1836) "represented the culmination of the literary topographical tradition. Written when Greece and even Italy were comparatively little known to English travellers and classical students, his works were for some time regarded as standard treatises, and much of... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 141159
CRIPPEN, Hawley Harvey - YELLON, Evan. Surdus in Search of his Hearing:
London : 1906First edition of this extremely uncommon account of an encounter with Dr Crippen in his guise as a homoeopathic ear doctor. Evan Yellon, resident in 1906 at Eton Wick and in 1910 in St Albans, had made it his business to expose quacks who tried to con money from people with deafness or hearing problems with the lure of "cures". Yellon was himself deaf,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 135206
KINGSMILL, Hugh, & Malcolm Muggeridge. Brave Old World: A Mirror for the Times.
London : 1936First edition, first impression, a satirical take on how newspapers react to world events, and parodies of articles written by the Webbs and others. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 143918
QUR'AN. Magnificent Qajar Qur'an in a dated Zand lacquer binding
[Zand and Qajar Iran,]This Qur'an is an exquisite example of Qajar calligraphy, copied in the bold Iranian naskh most often associated with the Safavid calligrapher Ahmad al-Nayrizi. The manuscript's illumination is extensive, elaborate, and vibrant, alive with colours and gold, rich in the exuberant luxury of Qajar decorative art. Particularly noticeable is the sheer diversity... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 142205
DUTCH WAR OF INDEPENDENCE. Dialogus Ofte t'Samenspreeckinge tusschen Jan Andersorgh ende Govert Eygen-sin,
[Amsterdam? : 1630First edition of this West Frisian rhymed dialogue against the ongoing peace negotiations between the United Provinces and Spain to conclude the Dutch War of Independence (1568-1648). The United Provinces had gained significant ground in the preceding few years, with the Dutch West India Company occupying Bahia, the capital of Brazil in 1624, and that... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139110
GREAVES, Edwin. Notes on the Grammar of the Rámáyan of Tulsí Dás.
Benares : 1895First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed at the head of the title page, "Mrs. Partridge, with best wishes, fr. the author"; this highly uncommon work concerns the Ramcharitmanas ("Sacred Lake of the Acts of Rama") by the Indian poet Tulsidas (1543?-1623), which "remains the most popular version of the story of the Hindu deity Rama"... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 141124
DARWIN, Charles. Autograph letter signed to Sir Henry Holland.
Down, Bromley, Kent : An unpublished fully autograph letter signed from Darwin to Sir Henry Holland, thanking him for congratulations on his receipt of the Copley medal, discussing Herbert Spencer's new work and his own health and commenting on Holland's travel and adventures ("How wonderful your strength & vigour of interest are: I had heard of your Gibraltar expedition").
Sir... Learn More£14,000.00
Stock Code: 142404
DARWIN, Erasmus. The Poetical Works.
London : 1806First edition of this posthumous collection placing Darwin's exuberant and eccentric inquiry into the Linnaean system in rhyming couplets alongside his poetic speculations on evolution, the whole much enlivened by numerous plates including a number by Blake and Fuseli. A wide-margined, large paper copy in a handsome Regency binding from the library... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 141677
NORTON, Henry Kittredge. The far Eastern Republic of Siberia.
London : 1923First edition, first impression of this "careful and thorough study of the history, government and problems of one of the most interesting of the new states, which has subsequently lost its independent existence by merger with Russia" (The American Political Science Review), of which 18 editions in English were published between 1923 and 1981.
"Although... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 132942
HOBBES, Thomas (trans.); THUCYDIDES. The History of the Grecian War: in eight books.
London : 1676Second edition of Hobbes's translation, the first made into English directly from the Greek, originally published in 1629. Though Hobbes was then in his early 40s, it was his first printed work. It was reissued twice, in 1634 and 1648, and Hobbes prepared this second edition towards the end of his life. "Forty years later, in Vita Carmine Expressa,... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 128690
TOYNBEE, Arnold J.; C. A. Macartney et al. Survey of International Affairs 1920 - … 1926
London : 1926-28First editions. An interesting run of the BIIA's annual volumes, offering a comprehensive survey of the global political situation in the immediate aftermath of the First World War. Compiled by Toynbee in his capacity as Research Professor of International History at the London School of Economics, and Director of Studies at the British Institute of... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 143860
SANCHEZ-ARIÑO, Tony. On the Trail of the African Elephant.
London : 1988Signed limited edition, one of 1,250 copies signed by the author on the title page. A comprehensive survey of elephants and the colourful characters who, throughout the years, have hunted them. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 129468
FLAUBERT, Gustave. Madame Bovary.
London : 1886First edition in English of Flaubert's masterpiece. The translator was Karl Marx's daughter, then living openly with Edward Bibbens Aveling, a married man whose name she used in conjunction with her own. Flaubert's debut novel was five years in the making, and originally serialised in the Revue de Paris. It provoked charges of obscenity and immorality... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 114497
BOND, Frederick Bligh. The Hill of Vision.
Boston : 1919First edition, first printing, an exceptionally fine copy in the jacket, of this collection of psychically produced pieces prophesying from as early as 1909 World War I. They were obtained by the English architect, illustrator, archaeologist and "psychical researcher" Frederick Bligh Bond (1864-1945).
Bond was a member of the Freemasons from... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 143850
HAMILTON, Edward. The Wild Cat of Europe. (Felis Catus.)
London : 1896First edition of this detailed and well-illustrated study of the European wild cat, written soon after the potential extinction of the animal had first been recognised. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 143739
ILDREWE, Miss (ed.) The Language of Flowers.
Boston : 1865First edition of this significant American botanical compendium, complete with the 12 colour plates and in the bright, decorative original cloth. Miss Ildrewe champions the significance of her native flora, an effort which was applauded by contemporary reviewers: "this pretty gift-book is the first really American contribution to the language of flowers"... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 143182
DULEEP SINGH - CONYBEARE, W. J., & J. S. Howson. The Life and Epistles of St. Paul.
London : 1855Inscribed on the first blank of volume I; "To the Revd. G. J. Colinson sic with the best wishes of Duleep Singh, Roehampton June 18 1856". This suitably soberly bound set of an early edition of a handsomely illustrated popular biographical study of the Apostle, perhaps the greatest Christian conversion narrative, may seem an apposite choice for this... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 142745
CHURCHILL, Winston S. [The Second World War, in Dutch:] Memoires over de tweede wereldoorlog.
Amsterdam/Brussels : 1948-54First Dutch trade edition, inscribed by the author, volume 1 "Inscribed for Emery Reves by Winston S. Churchill, 1948", volumes 2 and 3 signed and dated 1949, volume 5 signed "WSChurchill", the others unsigned; from the library of Emery Reves, Churchill's literary agent.
Reves had been instrumental in promoting Churchill's pre-war international... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 34995
PALAIS-ROYAL. Le Palais-Royal,
Paris : 1815First edition of this guidebook for the newcomer to the notorious Palais-Royale, known pejoratively as a hotbed of gambling and sex work in Revolutionary and Napoleonic France.
The book reveals the argot of the Palais and the tricks of the fraudsters and crooks supposedly using it, as well as providing profiles of the gambling dens which sat... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 143571
GILL, Eric. The Four Gospels of Lord Jesus Christ according to the Authorized Version of King James I.
Waltham St Lawrence : 1931Limited edition, number 412 of 500 copies on paper (12 copies were also issued on vellum), of one of the great private press books of the century, and perhaps Gill's greatest achievement.
"Conceived in the fruitful mind of Robert Gibbings, this is the Golden Cockerel book usually compared with the Doves Bible and the Kelmscott Chaucer. A flower... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 138545
MILES, William Augustus. A Political Mirror;
London : 1779First edition. A scarce and desirable piece of Americana with just eleven institutional copies located worldwide for this first edition; the second edition of the following year omits the list of ships.
Unusually solely the BL copy is located in the UK, the rest in the US - Huntington, Lilly, JCB, NYHS, Yale, Society of the Cincinnati, Clements... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 143439
CHURCHILL, Winston S. India.
London : 1931First edition, wrappered issue, of this collection of Churchill's speeches on India, its place within the British Empire, and its potential self-governance.
The 1930s are characterized as Churchill's wilderness years, with his unrelenting opposition to Hitler being seen as main cause for his ostracism. However "another, and earlier reason lay... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 143440
CHINA. South Manchuria Railway, April, 1935.
Dairen, Manchuria : 1935First edition of this early and informative "advertorial" piece promoting the range of business concerns established by the South Manchuria Railway in Japanese-held Manchuria in the 1930s, including descriptions of the company's coal mining, warehousing, railway workshops, harbours, wharves, hotels, hospitals, and schools, and details of the administration... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 143418
LESY, Michael. Wisconsin Death Trip.
New York : First edition, second printing, of this "extraordinary picture of a small town under the Great Depression" (blurb), through photographs taken between 1890 and 1910 by "a careful, competent town photographer named Charles Van Schaick" whose negatives were found after his death.
Stock Code: 143081