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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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. The Book of Common Prayer,
    JONES, Owen (design). The Book of Common Prayer,

    London : 1845

    First Owen Jones edition of the Book of Common Prayer, "one of the most important examples of his commercial decoration" (McLean, Victorian Book Design, p.66). The impressive binding on this copy is an exquisitely preserved relievo binding executed to a design by Jones himself, the whole thus presenting a gesamtkunstwerk of Jones's vision for book design... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 139453

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. Certificate of Registry of Death.
    DEATH CERTIFICATES. Certificate of Registry of Death.

    London : 1905-6

    The certificates of registration are from a run of 15,000 copies, the eighteenth impression, made in May 1906, the Medical Certificates, 20,000 copies, sixteenth impression, November 1905; large enough numbers, however, for obvious reasons unused examples of these "volumes" would be extremely uncommon, genuinely rare survivals. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 133382

  21. Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches.
    LELAND, Charles Godfrey Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches.

    London : 1899

    First edition. The work of a Philadelphia-born journalist and folklorist, Aradia, a study of the persistence of "la vecchia religione" in Italy, it was claimed by its author to have been based on a manuscript account obtained from "Maddalena", a Florentine fortune-teller and witch. Although the subject of continuing controversy, the text undeniably... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 114436

  22. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    London : 1956-8

    First editions, first impressions, of Churchill's great history of Britain, the British Empire, and the United States.

    Churchill began his history during his period in the political wilderness in the early 1930s, but did not complete it until the latter 1950s, after his final retirement as Prime Minister. The events of the Second World War, the... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 140946

  23. The Annual Necrology for 1797-8.
    WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary - HAYS, Mary, and others. The Annual Necrology for 1797-8.

    London : 1800

    First edition, and sole volume, of this ambitious project to record obituaries of notable persons on an annual basis. The most significant memoir recorded here is the 49 page obituary of Mary Wollstonecraft by the feminist biographer Mary Hays (1759-1843). Hays received a copy of Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman upon its publication... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 123651

  24. The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter.
    HOPE, W[illiam] H[enry] St John. The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter.

    Westminster : 1901

    First edition in a handsome binding. Hope was a noted antiquarian born in Derby in 1854. "His increasing reputation led to his election as a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1883, and two years later he was appointed assistant secretary of the society, the last to be resident in Burlington House. During the twenty-five years in which... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140529

  25. The Book of Beasts.
    WHITE, T. H. The Book of Beasts.

    London : 1954

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy,inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Ken Smith, with love from Tim White", additionally signed by White under his printed name on the title page. The Book of Beasts was White's translation from a mediaeval bestiary manuscript preserved in the Cambridge University Library. His epigraph is from... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 139142

  26. Palästina oder historisch-geographische Beschreibung des judischen Landes zur zeit Jesu.
    RÖHR, Johann Friedrich. Palästina oder historisch-geographische Beschreibung des judischen Landes zur zeit Jesu.

    Zeitz : 1831

    Sixth edition, "vermehrte und verbesserte" (increased and improved), originally published in 1819. Johann Friedrich Röhr (1816-1878) was a German theological Rationalist and general superintendent and chief court preacher at Weimar; he remains perhaps best known now for having delivered the sermon at Goethe's funeral in 1826. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 139496

  27. The Galley Memento.
    GALLEY, Edmund - WHITE, F. Faulkner (illuminator). The Galley Memento.

    [Exeter : 1879]

    Handsomely bound and illuminated presentation album, one of just two copies, presented to honour the work of solicitor and county clerk Ralph Sanders, one of two men instrumental in reversing the miscarriage of justice in the case of Edmund Galley, who became an international cause célèbre after being wrongfully convicted of murder and transported... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 132619

  28. Coming of Age in Samoa.
    MEAD, Margaret. Coming of Age in Samoa.

    New York : 1928

    First edition, first printing, of Mead's first and pioneering book which launched her career as an internationally recognised anthropologist. Based on Mead's immersive field work in American Samoa in 1925, Coming of Age in Samoa is one of the most widely read anthropology books ever published. Its unwavering influence during the following decades is... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 118644

  29. Medusa.
    VISIAK, E. H. Medusa.

    London : 1929

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author in black ink on the front endpaper: "Clive Pemberton / from / E. H. Visiak / April 7th 1933". A superb association copy, inscribed to fellow author of weird and horror tales Clive Pemberton whose first and best known collection "The Weird o' It" published by Henry J. Drane in 1906... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 122050

  30. Nineveh and Its Remains:
    LAYARD, Austen Henry. Nineveh and Its Remains:

    London : 1849

    First edition. Layard who "grew up a Romantic, desperate for fame and exotic experiences, and contemptuous of English professional mores", turned his back on steady employ in his uncle's solicitor's office and set of overland to join another uncle in Ceylon. Side-tracked by adventure he set aside his original itinerary and lived for some time in the... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140572

  31. Napoleon.
    LUDWIG, Emil. Napoleon.

    New York : 1926

    First English language edition, originally published in Germany in 1925. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 140559

  32. Lives of the Bachelor Kings of England.
    STRICKLAND, Agnes [& Elizabeth]. Lives of the Bachelor Kings of England.

    London : 1861

    First edition, presentation copy from the authors' sister, inscribed in ink on the title page, "To dear Charlotte Foster in remembrance of her friends Agnes and Elizabeth Strickland with Jane Margaret Strickland's love"; the divisional title "Edward the Fifth" is annotated in the same hand, "By Elizabeth Strickland", referring to the work's joint authorship.

    By... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 140279

  33. Christian Morals.
    MORE, Hannah. Christian Morals.

    London : 1813

    First edition. The leading bluestocking of her generation, Hannah More (1745-1833) and her four sisters were educated so as to earn a living for themselves, and ran a very successful and well-respected boarding-school for girls in Bristol. "More's role as moral guardian of the nation became increasingly politicized as a consequence of the French Revolution.... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 140267

  34. Celtic Wonder-Tales.
    GONNE, Maud, (illus.); YOUNG, Ella. Celtic Wonder-Tales.

    Dublin : 1910

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the original front free endpaper "To John Varian, With Greeting from Ella Young", and with over ten annotations in ink by Young.

    The recipient, John Osborne Varian (1863-1931), was an Irish-American poet and a leader within the theosophist utopian community of Halcyon,... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 139842

  35. A Dictionary of Assyrian Botany.
    THOMPSON, Reginald Campbell. A Dictionary of Assyrian Botany.

    London : 1949

    First and only edition. Well-represented institutionally, and occasionally encountered on the market, but rarely without library paraphernalia, and in such sound condition. Thompson was one of the leading Assyriologists of his era, his skill in the transcription of cuneiform being such that some of "those in Thompson's handscript remain indispensable"... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 140452

  36. Englands Interest or the Great benefit to Trade by Banks or Offices of Credit in London, &c,
    VERNEY, Robert. Englands Interest or the Great benefit to Trade by Banks or Offices of Credit in London, &c,

    London : 1682

    First edition. The pamphlet sets out the forms and usages of the City of London bank established that year, which acted primarily as a Lombard bank, in which commodities could be deposited in exchange for credit, to be circulated in the form of bills of exchange. Although the bank quickly failed, it was an important precursor of the Bank of England... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 135257

  37. Fabio Giordano's Relation of Capri.
    DOUGLAS, Norman. Fabio Giordano's Relation of Capri.

    Naples : 1906

    First edition, sole printing, one of 250 copies. Inscribed by the author on the title page to Oscar Wilde's second son, "Vyvyan Holland from Norman Douglas, 11 July 1930". This work "consists of an account of Fabio Giordano and his Historia Napolitana, from which Douglas here edits and prints for the first time De Capreis Insula" (Woolf). Douglas, whose... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 140355

  38. John Shakespear of Shadwell and His Descendants 1619-1931.
    SHAKESPEAR, J. John Shakespear of Shadwell and His Descendants 1619-1931.

    Newcastle : 1931

    First and sole edition, number 3 of 140 copies only, this "allotted to Mary Katharine Shakespear"; inscribed below this, "Presented by Mary Katharine Shakespear to her much loved, lifelong friend, Gladys Mary Harris" and with a number of neat familial emendations at pp. 369-70. This is a superbly produced, privately printed family history, with much... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140310

  39. Recollections of the Irish War.
    FIGGIS, Darrell. Recollections of the Irish War.

    London : 1927

    First edition, first impression, scarce with the dust jacket. "The portrait Darrell Figgis paints himself in Recollections of the Irish War shows him as a defender of personal liberty and individual opinion whose voice is stifled by authority, traits that he has in common with the Oisin of his satire" (Colby). Darrell Figgis was an Irish writer, poet... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 129573

  40. The Cambrian Popular Antiquities;
    ROBERTS, Peter. The Cambrian Popular Antiquities;

    London : 1815

    First edition of this study of Welsh customs and superstitions. Roberts (1760-1819) was a Church of England clergyman and antiquarian and wrote three books on Wales of which this is the third. Cambrian Popular Antiquities collected numerous folk stories, including Arthurian legend, and records ancient traditions still enacted such as various funeral... Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 90606

  41. Lives of Indian Officers.
    KAYE, John William. Lives of Indian Officers.

    London : 1880

    A surprisingly uncommon posthumous edition of Kaye's classic work, issued as the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-1880) was drawing to a close, originally published in 1867 following its initial appearance as a series of articles entitled "Indian Heroes" in the monthly periodical Good Words (1866).

    It comprises biographies of Lord Cornwallis, Sir... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 140375

  42. A Chronicle of England, B.C. 55-A.D. 1485.
    DOYLE, James E. A Chronicle of England, B.C. 55-A.D. 1485.

    London : 1864

    First edition of this landmark work, "the first book with original work printed in colour expressly designed for the original text" (Muir, p. 158). A Chronicle of England demonstrates "colour printing at its best, the colours fresh as if they had just been painted, the typography clear and beautiful" (Slythe, p. 28). Indeed, in the designer, Edmund... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 140390

  43. Poetry of the Celtic Races, and Other Essays.
    RENAN, Ernest. Poetry of the Celtic Races, and Other Essays.

    London : [1897]

    First edition in English, this book was first published in France in 1854 as "La poésie des races celtiques". Ernest Renan (1823-1892) is best known for his 1863 Vie de Jésus, which was an immediate success, but " it is Renan's approach to the subject and his beautiful prose that gave it lasting eminence" (PMM 352).

    This copy belonged to the... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 139627

  44. On the Adaptation of External Nature to the Physical Condition of Man,
    KIDD, John. On the Adaptation of External Nature to the Physical Condition of Man,

    London : 1833

    First edition of this work by the physician John Kidd (17751851), who in his writings and lectures promoted natural sciences viewed through a religious lens. "Responding to the perceived threat of transmutationist theories Kidd's On the Adaptation sought to demonstrate the natural superiority of man to all other animals. He did not, however, provide... Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 140248

  45. An Essay Towards a General History of Feudal Property in Great Britain.
    DALRYMPLE, John. An Essay Towards a General History of Feudal Property in Great Britain.

    London : 1758

    Second, corrected edition, first published the previous year. John Dalrymple (1726-1810) "was an early protégé of Lord Kames and a member of a circle which included David Hume and Adam Smith and was interested in placing the study of law and legal institutions on new philosophical and historical foundations. Like these, he was an early reader of Montesquieu's... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 129241

  46. Women Servants of the State 1870-1938.
    MARTINDALE, Hilda. Women Servants of the State 1870-1938.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression of this overview of women in the British civil service, written by Hilda Martindale (1875-1952). In 1907, she joined the Home Office as a factory inspector and later moved to the Treasury, where she would remain until retirement. Martindale was a vocal advocate for improving working conditions, particularly for women,... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 140135

  47. "Boots and Saddles"
    CUSTER, Elizabeth B. "Boots and Saddles"

    New York : 1885,

    First edition, second state with portrait and map. The first of Elizabeth B. Custer's trio of books written in support of the actions of her husband, General G. A. Custer. "The warm, loving reminiscences of Custer's devoted wife Libbie during their three years in Dakota Territory, detailing the good times as well as the hardships and heartaches of western... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 140136

  48. Two Elizabethan Puritan Diaries.
    KNAPPEN, M. M. (ed.) ROGERS, Richard, and Samuel Ward. Two Elizabethan Puritan Diaries.

    Chicago : 1933

    First edition, first printing. This work publishes two diaries from the late-16th century and early-17th century, along with annotations and short biographies of the two diarists. This copy from the library of the prominent authority on Elizabethan England A. L. Rowse, with his ownership signature to front pastedown and marginal lining to text in pencil.... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140132

  49. The History of Henry Esmond, Esq.
    THACKERAY, William Makepeace. The History of Henry Esmond, Esq.

    London : 1852

    First edition of Thackeray's anonymously published work on the English revolution and on the conflicts over succession caused by William III and Anne having no surviving children; "it is on Esmond that Thackeray's fame as a historical novelist primarily rests" (ODNB).

    From 1847 to 1851, the author "had averaged 59 magazine publications a year... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 139906

  50. Commentarii linguae Graecae.
    BUDÉ, Guillaume. Commentarii linguae Graecae.

    [Paris] : 1529

    First edition of Budé's formative Commentaries on the Greek Language, "a collection of lexicographical, philological, and historical notes, which formed the basis for the study of the Greek language in France. A monument of the new learning, it was several times reprinted, and gave Budé the reputation which is now commemorated in the modern series... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 124885

  51. Britain's Weather.
    WILSON, Harold - BOWEN, David. Britain's Weather.

    Newton Abbot : 1969

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to then-prime minister Harold Wilson, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Harold Wilson, who cares about Britain but who remains silent about British weather! With every good wish David Bowen". The book remained in the possession of Wilson and his wife Mary until the dispersal of... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 138068

  52. The Life of General Monk: Late Duke of Albemarle;
    MONCK, George, first duke of Albemarle - SKINNER, Thomas. The Life of General Monk: Late Duke of Albemarle;

    London : 1723

    First edition. Life of the great general and general-at-sea whose career flourished under two monarchs, the Commonwealth, and the Protectorate. "Skinner is thought to have been physician to the Duke of Albemarle, when residing at New Hall in Essex he is best-known as the author of The Life of General Monk published in 1723 by William Webster with a... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 139640

  53. An History of the Mitred Parliamentary Abbeys, and Conventual Cathedral Churches.
    WILLIS, Browne. An History of the Mitred Parliamentary Abbeys, and Conventual Cathedral Churches.

    London : 1718-9

    First editions. Educated Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford, "through his father Willis inherited Whaddon Hall, where he was to live until his death, together with the adjoining manor and advowson of Bletchley. He also owned the manor of Burlton in Burghill, Herefordshire, and his estate was augmented by the dowry of 7000 obtained through his marriage...... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 139647

  54. Paroles authentiques de Jeanne d'Arc tirées du Procès de 1431 et des Chroniques contemporaines.
    VINIT, Jeanne (binder); MARY, André (ed.) Paroles authentiques de Jeanne d'Arc tirées du Procès de 1431 et des Chroniques contemporaines.

    Paris : 1931

    First edition thus, number 430 of 500 copies only, of this poetic collection of extracts from the trial of Joan of Arc. This copy is attractively bound in an art deco style by notable French binder Jeanne P. Vinit. André Mary (1879-1962) was a French poet who specialised in reviving medieval poetic forms. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 139263

  55. The History of John Sobieski, King of Poland. Translated from the French of M. L'abbé Coyer.
    SOBIESKI, John - COYER, l'Abbé Gabriel-François. The History of John Sobieski, King of Poland. Translated from the French of M. L'abbé Coyer.

    London : 1762

    First edition in English of the Abbé Coyer's biography of the great Polish hero Jan Sobieski (1629-1696), from 1674 king of Poland, renowned for his defeat of the Turks at the gates of Vienna in 1683. It was originally published in 1761 as Histoire de Jan Sobieski, Roi de Pologne and used verbatim by the assiduous Encyclopédiste Louis de Jaucort for... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 139829

  56. Les Œuvres Magiques.
    GRIMOIRE - AGRIPPA, Henri-Corneille. Les Œuvres Magiques.

    Rome [actually Lille : 1740 & 1744 [but 1830 & 1813]

    A superb early 19th-century French copy of two grimoires, printed by Simon Blocquel (1780-1863). This is a clear, neat, and evocative example of contemporary popular grimoires and contains the works of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1486-1535) including his Heptameron, a concise book of magical rites concerned with conjuring specific angels for the seven... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 121171

  57. Letters to a Philosophical Unbeliever.
    PRIESTLEY, Joseph. Letters to a Philosophical Unbeliever.

    Birmingham : 1787

    First edition of the second part, second edition of the first part (first published in 1780). The Letters form part of a series of publications by Priestley in the last two decades of the 18th century rejecting the atheistic and sceptical philosophy then ascendant. Priestley conceived the project on his visit to Paris in 1774, where he recorded that... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 136695

  58. A new Account of some Parts of Guinea, and the Slave-Trade,
    SNELGRAVE, William. A new Account of some Parts of Guinea, and the Slave-Trade,

    London : 1734

    First edition of Snelgrave's account of slavery and of the capture of his ship by pirates (pages 193-288. "The author, a slaving captain, traded at Whydah in 1727 and 1730; he complains that the Dahomean conquest has ruined the slave trade there." (Hogg). He makes several references to his trips to Antigua in connection with the slave trade. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 134659

  59. Engravings for Teaching the Elements of English History and Chronology after the manner of Dissected Maps for Teaching Geography.
    EDUCATIONAL PUZZLE - HEWLETT, John, & W. Darton (engr.) Engravings for Teaching the Elements of English History and Chronology after the manner of Dissected Maps for Teaching Geography.

    London : [c.1800]

    A complete example of "the earliest dated jigsaw puzzle, apart from maps" (Hannas, pp. 93-94), presumably a reissue from its first appearance in 1787, housed in the publisher's wooden box. Created as a learning aid for children, the puzzle's instructions read: "Directions. 1. Learn to put the heads together in succession. 2. Get the dates of the inner... Learn More
    £3,600.00

    Stock Code: 134323

  60. Acts of Parliament relating to the Revolutionary period and its aftermath, 1770-1807.
    AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Acts of Parliament relating to the Revolutionary period and its aftermath, 1770-1807.

    London : [1770-1807]

    A remarkable collection of British Acts of Parliament relating to trade with the American colonies and subsequently with the fledgling republic. The collection documents the role of parliament in instigating the American Revolution through mercantilist policies, its continued assertion of its sovereignty during the War of Independence, and the ongoing... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 130669

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