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Rare books and first editions, including copies in fine bindings, across the subjects of Archaeology and Antiquities, ranging from cultural and historical overviews of cities to discourses on individual trends.

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  1. Alexandria: A History and A Guide.
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by Forster "AJB, from the author" on the front free endpaper, and with the ownership inscription of the recipient, A. J. Butler, on the front board. This is Oxford historian Alfred Joshua Butler (18501936), whose work The Arab Conquest of Egypt (1902) Forster cites as his main... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 112539

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  2. Seen in the Hadhramaut.
    First edition, first impression, the presumed first issue binding. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 112511

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  3. Researches in Sinai.
    First edition. "Petrie's greatest contribution to the study of Egypt's history was the revelation of its earliest phases. When he first began to dig, textbooks began with the pyramid builders Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 112194

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  4. Essais sur Les Isles Fortunées et L'Antique Atlantide,
    First edition, an unusually fresh complete copy in handsome contemporary tree calf, of this survey of the Atlantic Islands by French naturalist Jean Baptiste Bory de Saint-Vincent (1778-1846). The "Isles Fortunees", the Blessed Isles, of the Atlantic, now understood to be the Canary Islands, were thought in classical antiquity... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 112168

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  5. Trojanische Alterthümer.
    First edition. Schliemann's identification of Hisarlik in north-west Anatolia as the site of Homeric Troy is still considered today "the greatest of all archaeological finds" (PMM). His methods, which involved the destructive use of dynamite, were widely criticised by later scholars, but at the time his account of his discovery... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 112133

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  6. Babylonian and Assyrian Laws, Contracts and Letters.
    First UK edition of this important monograph, "a collection of documents illustrated by full, ingenious, often brilliant discussions of the problems raised" (ODNB), published shortly after the revolution in the field of Assyriology occasioned by the discovery of the Code of Hammurabi in 1901. Johns (1857-1923) was a noted... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 111917

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  7. The Praise of Paris:
    First edition. Weston (1747-1830) was a antiqurian and classical scholar who wrote some fifty books, including various editions of Persian poetry, commentaries on Shakespeare, and several studies of classical architecture; notably he produced the first English translation of the Rosetta Stone, presented verbally at a Society... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 111913

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  8. Saracenic Heraldry. A Survey.
    First and only edition of an important study, never superseded, which in fact "remains the only authoritative work on the subject" (obituary, Rice & Hirschberg, Ars Orientalis, IV, 1961). Mayer was born in Galicia in 1895, studied in Vienna, Lausanne and Berlin, and emigrated to Mandate Palestine in 1921 where he was employed... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 110826

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  9. Antiquities of Kertch and Researches in the Cimmerian Bosphorus.
    First and only edition, uncommon. An example of the degree of technical virtuosity reached by this time in lithography, giving plates brilliant in effect, the equivalent of modern four-colour process work from photographs. It is very difficult to tell whether, or to what extent, the plates are touched by hand Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 109135

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  10. The Works.

    The Works.

    Edinburgh: [c. 1900]

    A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 111256

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  11. The Late Dr. Charles Beke's Discoveries of Sinai in Arabia and of Midian.
    First edition. "In December 1873 Beke left England on his last trip, designed to vindicate an argument First made in his Origines biblica, 1834 concerning the geography of Mount Sinai and the Red Sea. He returned to England the following March and died suddenly on 31 July 1874 The results of the Red Sea expedition were... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 112329

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  12. The Topography of Athens with some Remarks on its Antiquities.
    First edition. "The basis for modern topographical and archaeological studies of the city. A very important work" (Blackmer). Trained at the Royal Military Academy, Leake served for three years on the garrison at Antigua before joining the British military mission to the Ottoman empire in 1799. He accompanied an Anglo-Turkish... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 106230

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  13. Qataban and Sheba.
    First U.K. edition, the same year as the first US edition. "In the spring of 1950 Wendell Phillips, a young palaeontologist turned explorer and archaeologist, led the first American archaeological team to excavate the major ancient cities along the spice routes of South Arabia. The project was sponsored by the American Foundation... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 106173

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  14. Gogmagog: The Buried Gods.
    First edition, first impression. Lethbridge (1901-1971) was a noted antiquarian and archaeologist, sometime keeper of Anglo-Saxon antiquities at the University Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Cambridge. He later undermined his academic reputation with a series of books on the occult, but this is a reputable historical... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 108015

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  15. Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914–1915. The Wilderness of Zin.
    First edition, sole printing, in the first issue binding with the full stop after the date on the spine. During January and February of 1914 Lawrence and Leonard Woolley (the archaeologist who would later excavate Ur), together with a British Army surveying detachment, mapped the Negev region of the Sinai Peninsula. The... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 108832

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  16. Voyage de l'Arabie pétrée.
    First edition. In 1826 the seventeen-year-old de Laborde (18091869) travelled with his father across Asia Minor and Syria to Cairo, where he met the engineer Louis Linant de Bellefonds (17991883), then in the service of Muhammad 'Ali Pasha. The two Frenchmen decided to set up an expedition to the site of Petra with a view... Learn More
    £19,500

    Stock Code: 107973

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  17. A History of Ancient Geography
    Facsimile of the 1883 second edition of Bunbury's "major piece of scholarship and principal claim to fame" (ODNB), this copy from the collection of noted American Islamicist Nicholas Heer, with his ownership inscription dated "Stanford 1961" to the front free endpaper of both volumes. Bunbury's History of Ancient Geography... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 104017

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  18. The Mildenhall Treasure.
    First Steadman edition, first impression. It was first published in book form in the 1977 collection The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 103965

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  19. Voyage historique, littraire et pittoresque dans les isle et possessions ci-devant Vnitiennes du Levant;
    First edition. "This important and very detailed work describes the Ionian Islands shortly after their acquisition by the French. Grasset de Saint-Sauveur lived in there from 1781 until 1798, latterly as a commissioner of commercial relations for Napoleon. The islands had come into the possession of France in 1797" (Blackmer).... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 106212

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  20. Sand-Buried Ruins of Khotan. Personal Narrative of a Journey of Archaeological and Geographical Exploration in Chinese Turkestan.
    "Cheaper Edition", one year after the first, and comprising first edition sheets with a cancel title. "A general narrative of his first exploration to Central Asia of 1900-1901.Crossing the Karakoram and the Pamirs he entered Chinese Turkestan, and explored archaeologically the sand-buried ruins of Khotan and its neighbourings... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 103018

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