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AR16A. Hawkes, J, Early Britain, 1st ed. 2nd imp. 1946, 8vo, papered boards, 48pp, illus. in text + 8 colour plates. Part of the "Britain in Pictures" series. V.good in like (spine rubbed) d/w £2.50

AR17AB. Irwin, C, Fair Gods and Stone Faces, 1st edition, W.H Allen 1964, 8vo, black cloth, 16 + 347pp including index, with many illustrations in the text (some full page), map end papers. A study of the potential origins of pre-Columbian culture in the Americas, based around figures of “white gods” such as Quetzalcoatl. A couple of trivial marks to cloth, fore-edge of text block lightly spotted, ownership signature to blank verso of front free end paper, contents otherwise clean and tight. Uncommon title. Very good £12

AR17CJ. Jaffus, F, Carcassonne and the Treasures of the Temple of Jerusalem, 1867, Memory Map Publications, no date (c.1990s), 8vo, stapled printed paper wraps, 20pp. Reprint of a rare text relating to the potential hiding place of the lost treasure of Jerusalem. Faint crease to foot of front wrapper, contents clean and tight. Very good + £6

AR19A. Le Plongeon, A, Queen Moo and the Egyptian Sphinx, 1896, 2nd edition, published by the author 1900, large 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine and gilt illustration to front board, top edge gilt, others uncut, title page rubricated, 66 + 277pp including index, with illustrations in the text + a frontis piece portrait with tissue guard, one further portrait and 73 plates. A comparitive study of the myths and symbols of the Mayan civilisation and the ancient Egyptians, all in support of the author’s search for Atlantis. Corners rubbed, spine ends a little worn with tiny snag at head, ownership signature to front end paper, light spotting to prelims and a few margins, text clean and tight. A good + overall copy of the second and last of the original privately published issues, and a far nicer production than any of the latter reprints £50

E4G. Maspero, G, The Dawn of Civilization: Egypt and Chaldea 1894,  5th edition S.P.C.K 1910, 4to, blue cloth over bevel edged boards with gilt titles to spine and illustration to front board, 16 + 800pp including index, with numerous illustrations in the text + 3 tinted card plates with tissue guards and folding coloured map, edited by A.H Sayce and translated by M.L McClure. A sound study based on archaeological record, and including substantial sections on gods, temples and religion. Trivial rubbing to cloth in places, some occasional light foxing, mainly to margins, text tight and relatively clean overall. Very good - £20

E4H. Maspero, G, The Struggle of the Nations: Egypt, Syria, and Assyria, 1st edition, S.P.C.K 1896, 4to, rebound in modern red cloth with gilt titles to spine and blind border and decorative fillets to front board, fresh end papers, 12 + 794pp including index, with numerous illustrations in the text + 3 tinted plates and coloured map, edited by A.H Sayce and translated by M.L McClure. A sound study based on archaeological record and including material related to myth and religion. Small stain to edge of text block, affecting  blank edges of a few margins, light foxing to first few leaves, text proper clean and tight. A near very good copy £20

AR20B. Morton, C & Thomas, C.L, The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls, 1st ed. Thorsons 1997, Lge. 8vo, black cloth, 12 + 387pp incl. index, a few illus. in text + 24pp plates, 16 in colour. Text tanning slightly, near fine in like d/w £7.50

AR021A. Oakes, L & Gahlin, L, Ancient Egypt, 1st ed. Arness 2002, 8vo, printed boards, 512pp incl. index.numerous illus. in colour. Nice giude to all aspects of Ancient Egypt, including mythology, religion, and ancient sites, with glossary and details of museums and collections. Fine in like d/w £7.50

AR22AP. Parker, R, Men of Dunwich, 1st edition, Collins 1978, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 272pp, with map end papers and a few maps or other illustrations in the text. The story of Dunwich on the Suffolk coast, once a city, now reduced to a village by the encroaching sea; and widely acknowledged as an influence on H.P Lovecraft’s fictional Dunwich. Faint soiling to top edge of text block, internally clean and tight. Very good + in near very good (a couple of minor marks, some light edge wear, creased at top of rear panel with a short closed tear without loss) d/w £3.50

AR022A. Pendlebury, J.D.S, The Archaeology of Crete, 1939, 1st edition, 3rd printing, Methuen 1967, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles on red ground to spine, 32 + 400pp including index, with many illustrations in the text + 43 plates. A sound introduction to Cretan archaeology from prehistory through to the post Minoan period. Ex lib, stamps to bottom edge of text block, end papers and blank first margin, file numbers to verso of title. Minor bumping to lower corners, top edge of text block soiled, text clean and tight. Good + in like (small label removal mark to foot of spine panel, edges creased) d/w £6

AR22D. Ragozin, Z.A, Media, 1 st U.K edition, T.Fisher Unwin 1889, 8vo, pictorial green cloth, 20 + 447pp including index + 24pp publisher’s catalogue. With a frontispiece, folding coloured map, and illustrations in the text (some full page). Engraved head pieces to each chapter. The history of Media, with some account of Aryan mythology and the religion of Zoroaster. Spine ends and corners well worn, a few minor marks to cloth, spine bruised and rubbed. Inner hinges pulled and cracking, some occasional pencil annotation, text otherwise clean and fairly tight, ownership inscriptions to front end papers. Story of the Nations series number 19. Uncommon title. Good £10

AR22DD. Rawlinson, G, History of Ancient Egypt, 1st edition, Longmans, Green & Co. 1881, 2 volumes complete, rebound in tan buckram, 20 + 544pp & 14 + 567pp including index + publisher’s catalogue. With a coloured map frontispiece to volume one, many illustrations in the text and 9 plates. Covers from the early period through to the 26th dynasty. Includes material on religion, art, architecture, customs, literature, etc. Ex lib, file numbers to spines. Endpapers renewed, which bare book plates, etc. Ink stamps to title pages and some margins. A couple of small tears to margins in volume one, with slight creasing, but not affecting text. The odd smudge mark to margins, text very clean and still tight. A good solid set £12

AR26B.  Scott-Elliot, W, The Story of Atlantis and The Lost Lemuria, 1925, 3rd printing, T.P.H, 1954, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 12 + 72 + 4 +44pp, complete with the six maps in pocket at end of book as issued. A combined volume of the author’s researches on Atlantis and Lemuria, originally issued separately in 1896 and 1904 respectively. Spine titles dull, slight damp fading to spine ends and near parts of rear board, corners rubbed, ownership signature to front end paper, end papers lightly browned, contents otherwise clean and tight. Still about good + overall £12

AR027. Service, A, Lost Worlds, BCA 1981, 4to, black cloth, 201pp incl. index, many illus. in text, some in colour. A nice introduction to some of the worlds ancient cities and their peoples, includes Easter island, Angkor, Malta, and Atlantis. V.good + in like d/w £3.50

AR27.  Smyth, P, The Great Pyramid: Its Secrets and Mysteries Revealed,  1865, Gramercy1978, 8vo, grey cloth, gilt titles to spine, 18 + 675pp including index, illustrations in text + 25 plates (and 16 plates new to this edition). A facsimile reprint of the fourth (and best) edition of 1880 of this monumental study of the architecture and sacred geometry of the Great pyramid at Giza, with additional illustrations. Margins lightly tanned, trivial spots to a very few margins, text clean and tight. Very good in like d/w £6

ARv27. Soden, W Von, The Ancient Orient, 1st English ed. Gracewing 8vo pbk. 1994, 20 + 263pp incl. index, illustrated. Translated by Donald G Schley. Excellent introduction to the ancient peoples of the near east, covering religion and magic, as well as secular persuits. Crease to lower corner of front cover, otherwise a v.good +, clean copy £6

AR027A. Sprague de Camp, L, Lost Continents, 1954, Dover 8vo pbk. 1970, 8 + 348pp including index, with maps and other illustrations in the text. A study of the Atlantis theme in history, science and literature. Spine very slightly darkened, light browning to edges of rear cover and edges of text block, internally clean and tight. A near very good copy £5

AR27BBV. Van Der Veer, M.H.J. Th., & P. Moerman, Hidden Worlds, 1st English edition, Souvenir Press 1974, 8vo, black cloth with yellow titles to spine, 221pp including index, with illustrations in the text + 8pp plates.  A fresh look at archaeological enigmas, from Prehistory through to the pre Columbian discovery of America and much in between.  Light spotting to top edge of text block, contents clean and tight. Very good in like price clipped d/w £3.50

AR27v. Von Hagen, V, Search for the Maya, 1973, BCA 1974, lge. 8vo, red cloth, 14 + 365pp incl. index, 78 illiustrations, some in colour. The story of Stephens and Catherwood's discovery of the Mayan civalisation. Includes reproductions of many of Catherwood's original lithographs. V.good in like d/w £3.50

AR27C. Waddell, L.A, Egyptian Civilization: Its Sumerian Origin & Real Chronology, 1st edition, Luzac & Co. 1930, square 8vo, blue cloth with gilt illustration to spine and gilt titles to spine and front board, 20 + 223pp including index, with illustrations in the text + a frontispiece, 20 plates and folding table. An argument for the origins of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and chronology amongst the Sumerians, and whereas the author’s conclusions are highly speculative, he does give a mine of comparitive information on the history, mythology and religious traditions of the near East and elsewhere. Spine and near edge of boards very faded, some occasional light foxing, mainly to margins, text tight and very clean overall. A good + copy £20

AR27CC. Waddell, L.A, The Indo-Sumerian Cylinder Seals Deciphered, 1st edition, Luzac & Co. 1925, 8vo,  blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 24 + 146pp including index, with a frontispiece, 2 maps and many illustrations in the text, errata slip tipped in. The seals are deciphered in an attempt to support the author’s argument for Sumerian connection to the origins of the Aryan peoples of the Indus valley. Once again, and regardless of the validity of his argument, the author provides much interesting material on history, myth and religion via comparitive study. Trivial spot to front end paper, contents otherwise clean and tight, a very good + and unusually fresh copy in good + (a little soiled in places, edge-worn with a few small chips) d/w £30

AR027CD. Withrow, Rev. W.H, The Catacombs of Rome,  1874, 2nd edition, Hodder & Stoughton 1877, Cr8vo,  brown cloth over bevel edged boards with black decoration, gilt titles to spine, black titles to front board with gilt illustration, 560pp including index, with many illustrations in the text. The ancient catacombs of Rome and their relevance to primitive Christianity. Joints, spine ends and corners lightly rubbed, small fade mark to upper corner of front cover, minor spots to the odd page, text tight and very clean overall. Good + £12