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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

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

AR18H. Layard, A.H, Nineveh and its Remains, 3rd edition, John Murray 1849, complete in two volumes, 8vo, matching pictorial red cloth decorated and lettered in black, 32 + 400pp with a few illustrations in the text + a frontispiece, 12 plates (some folding) and folding map, & 12 + 496pp including index, with illustrations in the text + a frontispiece and 12 plates (some folding); an important record of the first archaeological excavations at Nineveh in Babylon, together “with an account of a visit to the Chaldean Christians of Kurdistan, and the Yezidis, or devil worshippers, and an enquiry into the manners and arts of the ancient Assyrians.” Covers lightly rubbed and a little soiled and marked in places, closed splitting to lower joints, spines neatly repaired with near matching plain cloth at ends, inner hinges strengthened, previous owner’s book plates and labels to front paste-downs, edges of text blocks soiled, most plates lacking their original  tissue guards, stain to blank lower corner of first few leaves in volume one, some occasional light foxing in both volumes, a little heavier to first and last few leaves including the frontispieces, but otherwise mainly to margins, overall still a good, tight and textually reasonably clean set of an uncommon early issue, most of the later printings being heavily abridged £40

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

AR021. Murray, M.A, Egyptian Temples, 1st edition, Sampson Low, no date (1931), 8vo, green cloth with black titles to spine, 10 + 246pp including index + 64 plates; one of the author’s most rational works, still a useful and fairly comprehensive reference guide. Slight fading to upper and lower edges of boards, end papers foxed, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, a near very good copy in good + (some edge-wear with a few small chips and some creasing, a couple of closed tears, lightly soiled) d/w £18

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

AR22A. Pauwels, L & J. Bergier, The Eternal Man, 1st English edition, Souvenir Press 1972, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 246pp + 12pp plates; the authors seek to find evidence of advanced civilizations before the accepted origin of Homo sapiens. Slight surface scratch mark to top of spine, light soiling to edges of text block, off-setting to end papers otherwise internally clean and tight, a near very good copy in like (a few minor marks, some light wear to edges in places, price clipped) 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

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

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