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A Popular Account of Discoveries at Nineveh (abridged)
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A Popular Account of Discoveries at Nineveh (abridged)

By Layard, Austen Henry

London: John Murray, 1851. Small Octavo. 360pp., with numerous woodcuts, abridged by him from his larger work. In this abridgment he had omitted the second part of the original work, introducing the principal Biblical and historical illustrations into the narrative, which he believed to be more useful and complete. Bound in 3/4 brown pebble grained morocco over marbled paper covered boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, contemporary owner's name and armorial bookplate dated 1852, Alfred Gathorne Hardy, a member of Parliament and author of "Autumns in Argyle with Rod and Gun". A very nice copy.

$75.00

The Antiquity of Man in East Anglia
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The Antiquity of Man in East Anglia

By Moir, J. Reid

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1927. Octavo. 172 pages, index, illustrated. Moir made several new discoveries for example, the middle Paleolithic sites at Bramford Road and Constantine Road, Ipswich and undertook new investigations at important known localities, Hoxne, Brundon, High Lodge, and Foxhall Road being among the most famous. His assessments for pre-crag or tertiary man have largely been viewed as having taken a wrong turn. His 'artifacts' discounted as natural and probably the product of marine environments. In 1939 he delivered the prestigious Huxley memorial lecture at Imperial College, London. His genius mixed with his flawed assessments make him one of the most controversial figures in early English pre-Anglo-Saxon times. Bound in brown cloth, spine lettering gilt,, a near fine copy with no names or bookplates but with a green stamp 300 on bottom fore-edges and front pastedown. Very nice.

$85.00

Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon; with Travels in Armenia, Kurdistan and the Desert: Being the Result of a Second Expedition Undertaken for the Trustees of the British Museum
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Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon; with Travels in Armenia, Kurdistan and the Desert: Being the Result of a Second Expedition Undertaken for the Trustees of the British Museum

By Layard, Austen H.

London: John Murray, 1853. First Edition. Octavo. Half-title, folding frontispiece and 12 other plans and tinted plates, 2 large folding maps at rear, with hundreds of textual wood block illustrations. The author became increasingly interested in locating and unearthing the great cities of biblical renown. He quite his law firm and traveled to where he believed Nineveh was but found other important palaces and artifacts before locating Nineveh. Bound in full red polished calf ruled in gilt, raised bands with compartments fully decorated in gilt, red morocco spine label gilt marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, some wear to head, some spots of discoloration. Internally text is clean and without foxing, previous owner's name plate with name scratched out. A very good copy of this important work.

$600.00

The Store City of Pithom and the Route of the Exodus
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The Store City of Pithom and the Route of the Exodus

By Naville, Edouard Henri

London: Trubner & Co, 1885. Quarto. viii, 32 pages, 2 maps, 13 plates (3 folded). While a brilliant Egyptologist, the scholarship while excellent made assumptions which modern Egyptologists find unconvincing. Bound in printed paper covered boards lettered in black, backed in black cloth, corners worn, covers darkened and finger soiled, label of Lowell city library.

$125.00

Use-Wear Analysis of Flaked Stone Tools
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Use-Wear Analysis of Flaked Stone Tools

By Vaughen, Patrick C.

Tucson; (1985): University of Arizona Press. First Edition. Quarto. viii, 204 pages, profusely illustrated with plates, charts, etc. The definitive work on the functional analysis of stone tools. The analysis of French Magdalenian work along with other Paleolithic examples are stunning. Essential for prehistory and written with careful attention to detail for the paleontologist. A near fine copy bound in gray and white cloth, lettering white, spine lettering white.

$60.00

Myths From Mesopotamia, Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh and Others
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Myths From Mesopotamia, Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh and Others

By Dalley, Stephanie (translator)

Oxford: Oxford University Press, Clarendon, 1989. First Edition. Octavo. 337 pages, index, glossary, notes. New translations from the epics written in Akkadina including the Creation myths and the Epic of Gilgamesh. Here the best preserved cuneiform texts have been used as new understandings of the grammar and lexicography have been developed. There is also a list of deities, place-name and key terms as well as a chronological chart and map.A fine copy bound in black cloth, spine lettering gilt, in a fine pictorial dust jacket.

$65.00

An album of Maya Architecture
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An album of Maya Architecture

By Proskouriakoff, Tatiana

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico: The Maya Foundation, 1958. Limited Edition. Oblong Folio. . Facsimile edition, Limited to 1100. 140 unnumbered pages, profusely illustrated with thirty-six plates accompanied by descriptive text of Mayan architecture items with map. The images are particularly important. With the imagination of an artist and the precision of a scientist, the author has captured in pictures thirty-six restorations of magnificent Maya buildings as their builders saw the scenes more than a thousand years ago. Her original drawings are among the most beautiful ever done. The map is one that still remains essential for those who want to grasp the genius that developed in such a small area. Bound in 1/4 green cloth over tan paper covered boards lettered in gilt, spine lettering gilt, some wear to corners, light dampstain to lower corner of upper board, previous owner's name. A very good copy.

$75.00

A View of Chaco Pueblo Bonita
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A View of Chaco Pueblo Bonita

By Coze, Paul

(19.5 x 21.2). Photograph from the Paul Coze Estate Photographers not identified A view of Chaco Pueblo Bonita. The site was the main social and ceremonial center of the Anasazi culture. Its construction began AD 900 to 1100. Paul Coze (1903-1974) was a French-American anthropologist, artist, and writer, most notable as a French authority on Native Americans. Coze moved to the United States in 1938, and lived in Pasadena, California since 1942, spending two years producing murals at Mesa Verde National Park. In 1951, Coze moved to Phoenix, Arizona. He soon founded an art school and created nine major pieces of public art in the city, including large multimedia installations at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum and other civic landmarks, most with Native themes. He also provided artistic designs for Arizona's celebration of 50 years of statehood, The Arizona Story, in 1962. (matted).

$175.00

The Treasure of Rediscovery
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The Treasure of Rediscovery

By Brilliant, Richard

Kent, OHio: Volair Limited, 1979. First Edition. Quarto. Limited to 2950 copies. Each copy bears the signature of the author and contains an original engraving by Arthur Secunda numbered and initialed. Beautifully illustrated in color and in black and white showing many of the magnificent mosaic tile works, glass and ceramic ware and of course, the breathtaking wall paintings of gods and Goddesses', wild beast, temples, and more. Bound in full brown leather, spine lettering and all edges gilt, housed within a half-triangular silk covered slipcase with some finger soiling and bottom edge wear.

$100.00

Senshi Koko Zufu
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Senshi Koko Zufu

By Ono, Ungai (1863-1938)

Tokyo: Suzabo, 1904. Quarto. 22 pages of Japanese Text. 22 double paged leaves of plates. Very Rare. OCLC reports copies at the Library of Congress, the National Diet Library of Japan, University of Toronto, Bavaria, Zurich. Ungai Ono was the leading proponent of the Ainu theory. This major work was developed into his theories presented in 1926 at the conference. This earlier work provides color images that are still used as the Eclectic Theory of John Milne has emerged. Bound in blue cloth decorated in blind and gilt, spine plain. A very good copy with only light wear to spine ends and corners.

$1375.00

The Four Ages of Tsurai; a Documentary History of the Indian Village on Trinidad Bay
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The Four Ages of Tsurai; a Documentary History of the Indian Village on Trinidad Bay

By Heizer, Robert F. And John E. Mills

Berkeley: University of California Press, 1952. First Edition. Octavo. 207 pages, notes, appendix, translation of Spanish documents by Donald C. Cutter. Heizer and Mills have demonstrated here that when archaeology and history are interwoven, we often find a much deeper benefit than to see the subjects within each discipline in a narrow sense. Here they deal with the early (perhaps primitive) approaches to the materials and then integrates the descriptions of Hezeta, Bodega y Quadra, and Vancouver to great benefit. What began as a small study shows a much wider view of west Indians. Bound in light brown cloth lettered in red, spine lettering red. A very good copy which leans just a bit in unclipped pictorial dust jacket with a bit of wear along the upper edge.

$35.00

The Archaeology of Korea
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The Archaeology of Korea

By Nelson, Sarah Milledge

(New York, 1993): Cambridge University Press. First Edition. Octavo. Review copy with slip laid in. 307pp. illustrated. The author surveys Korean prehistory from the earliest Paleolithic settlers, perhaps half a million years ago, through the formation of the Three Kingdoms and on to the creation of United Silla in AS 668, when the peninsula was largely united for the first time. While much of the material comes from the Republic of Korea, the north is considered as far as sources permit. A near fine copy bound in very pale lavender cloth, spine lettering gilt over blue, in a very good dust jacket with a wrinkle to bottom edge.

$45.00

The Skuldelev Ships I: Topography, Archaeology, History Conservation and Display
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The Skuldelev Ships I: Topography, Archaeology, History Conservation and Display

By Crumlin-Pedersen, Ole

Roskilde, Denmark: The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde and Centre for Maritime Archaeology, 2002. Quarto. 360 pages, illustrations, charts, maps. One of the finest works on the wrecks preserved and expertly analyzed by a host of scholars in the fields of Archaeological Fieldwork, Conservation and restoration, Description and analysis of the ships as found with extensive historical background. The scholarly tools now available show this as a model of understanding how these small ships built over 1,000 years ago were carefully constructed with oak yet these would have disappeared but for the painstaking rediscovery of the hull-framing system. The beautiful charts and reconstructed drawings show how extensive were the ship building skills of the Vikings. Bound in pictorial paper covered boards lettered in yellow and white, spine lettering white, near fine.

$60.00

Athanasius Kircher S.J.: Master of a Hundred Arts, 1602-1680
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Athanasius Kircher S.J.: Master of a Hundred Arts, 1602-1680

By Reilly, P. Conor

(Np/2002): Sacred Science Library. Quarto. 207p. The scarce reprint of the best biography of one of the great universal geniuses of all time. Kircher (1601-1680), archaeologists, volcanologist, physicist, Egyptologist, and linguist was a central figure in 17th Century scientific discovery.Bound in maroon leather lettered in gilt, . A very good copy with rubbing to binding.

$55.00

Lummis the Inimitable
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Lummis the Inimitable

By Hewett, Edgar L.

Santa Fe: School of American Research, 1944. Small Octavo. 14p. A marvelous warm and pesonal account of Charles Lummis by his friend who was known for his role as the major force of the Archaeological Institute of America and author of dozens of books and articles on the Southwest. Here he records from their correspondence from 1910 to 1928 many highlights. Lummis had a fine sense of humor. When Elbert Hubbard offered him a lifetime membership for $100 and asked Lummis if it was possibly an oversight, he answered: "My dear Elbert--not an oversight but an insight." A delightful book that is seldom seen. Bound in gray stiff papr wraps printed in black, previous owners name plate and with a gift bookplate.

$45.00

Before Writing (2 Vol Set in Original Dust jackets)
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Before Writing (2 Vol Set in Original Dust jackets)

By Schumandt-Besserat, Denise

Austin; (1992): University of Texas Press. First Edition. Quarto. Both volumes are large hardcovers quartos in fine condition in fine dust jackets. Volume 1 gives an introduction to the role of tokens in the rise of agriculture until the invention of writing about 3100 B.C. Volume 2 was issued in a much smaller print run and is rarely seen. The authr presents a system of counters (tokens) which represented a major breakthrough in communication. These tokens were small objects modeled in clay in various geometric forms used for counting and accounting for goods. The system has implications for studies of early Near Eastern civilizations as well as advances in communication and mathematics. The scarce Volume II deals with several thousand tokens, cataloging them by country, archaeological site, including the chronology, stratigraphy, museum ownership, along with line drawings and photographs. A fine set.

$350.00

New Perspectives on Mound Pottery
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New Perspectives on Mound Pottery

By Schaafsma, Polly (editor)

Albuquerque; (2007): University of New Mexico Press. First Edition. Quarto. 302pp. with a preface by Linda S. Cordell, professor emeritus of anthropology at the university of Colorado, Boulder. The pottery mound study began in 1954 but unfortunately it was never thoroughly studied. Publications were few and field records inaccessible. The pottery mound in southwestern archaeology has largely been forgotten by the public. Those scholars who had firsthand field experience at pottery mound along with others who later reviewed, studied and analyzed the site's remarkable legacy. Illustrated with many color and black & white illustrations and maps. bound in maroon cloth centrally stamped in gilt. spi9ne lettering gilt, twos very slight bumped corners, A near fine copy in near fine pictorial dust jacket.

$60.00

In the Realm of the 8 Deer; The Archaeology of the Mixtec Codices
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In the Realm of the 8 Deer; The Archaeology of the Mixtec Codices

By Byland, Bruce E. And John M.D. Pohl

Norman, (1994): University of Oklahoma Press. First Edition. Cloth Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Small Quarto. 292p. index. Eight Deer Jaguar Paw is the modern understanding of the name for an important figure in Mesoamerican heroic history, Eight Deer's stomping ground was a real place--the villages of Jaltepec and Tilantongo in the Mixteca Alta, or today's Oaxaca, Mexico. The authors have combined three separate and independent bodies of information, namely the folded screen codices, a full-coverage archaeological survey and an ethnographic elicitation of the Mixtec-Language. The codices are Precolumbian and early Colonial pictorial and text manuscripts. In short, this work is a valuable and significant contribution to Mesoamerican studies, specifically in its close linkage of manuscripts, ethnographic Toponymy, and archaeological settlement survey. It has become scarce because it was a small print run and considered essential for both the university library as well as the scholar of Mesoamerica. A fine copy bound in gold cloth, spine lettering gilt over black, in fine pictorial dust jacket.

$110.00

Mission En Susiane; Numismatique, Epigraphie Grecque et Ceramique

By Allote De La Fuye, Francois-Maurice; Franz Cumon; Roland De Mecquenem; Vincent Schell

Paris: E. Leroux, 1928. A Very Good Copy. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. 132 Pages, 4 plates. Ancient Susa with details still essential for understanding the region in what became the Persian Empire. A nice copy in original paper wraps with some loss of top 3/4" of spine.

$155.00

1TLS to Don Frazier, June 18, 1974
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1TLS to Don Frazier, June 18, 1974

By Nissen, Karen

An important letter on Univ. of Calif. Anthropology Research Letterhead about the petroglyph sites she had surveyed in the Yerington area of Nevada. Her contribution is The Record of a Hunting Practice at Petroglyph Site NV-LY-1. The letter is addressed to the late Don Frazier whose expertise is best know for his bibliographies on the Derrydale Press and Will James, the author and artist on cowboy fiction. She addresses regarding his own interest in petroglyphs. He had provided her two aerial photos of the site and he helped her regarding his own interest in Arizona prehistory. She has used the large obsidian biface he gave her for which she thanks him and discusses her next project in surveying uncataloged petroglyph sites. She has obtained permission from the Navy to go to the top of Mt. Grant where "Muir reported that he saw Northern Paiutes hunting mountain sheep with diversion fences and stone "men" (which she thinks refer to petroglyphs. Dr. Karren Nissen (1947-2013) spent over forty years engaged in archaeological, anthropological and ethnohistorical work in California, the Great Basin and Mesoamerica. Letter accompanied by publication in Univ. of Calif. Contributions Archaeology on Petroglyphs. Don Frazier notes he has two copies one at Fox River, NJ and one in Arizona. Besides her monographs, she was one of the editors of California Indian History along with Robert F Heizer and Edward D Castillo.

$75.00

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