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Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Ancient Quiche Maya
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Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Ancient Quiche Maya

By GOETZ, Delia, and MORLEY, Sylvanus G.

Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1958. Hardcover. Translation by Adrian Recinos. Small 4to. Green cloth with silver spine lettering. xix, 267pp. Illustrations, map. Very good. Faint edgwewear and single tiny chip at left of spine head. A tight and nice fourth printing of this 1950 version of the history and mythology text of the indigenous people of Guatemala. Outstanding association copy: Inner flyleaf bears a large purple inkstamped presentation stamp: "Obsequiado por el Presidente / YDIGORAS FUENTES / a [Mr. --] / [Adlai E. Stevenson] / Guatemala, [16] de [Feb.] 196[0]." (Bracketed portions penned in black ink.) Above this appears a rubberstamped ownership signature of Stevenson he sometimes employed later in life. Adlai E. Stevenson III (1900-65), Illinois governor and two-time presidential candidate, would become U.S. ambassador to the U.N. the following year, and apparently Fuentes sent him this and other books about his country well in advance of that for some reason. Interestingly, it was in Guatemala that the American-led troops involved in the Bay of Pigs invasion of April, 1961, were trained and it was from there and Nicaragua that they launched their attack. In June 1961 Stevenson (who'd been kept in the dark about the CIA's Bay of Pigs involvement) toured 10 South American capital cities in 18 days to sound government leaders out about JFK's "Alliance for Progress" cooperative program and to sound the alarm about the spread of communism in the western hemisphere. A superb association copy from the Guatemalan president (1895-1982) remembered for his close ties to the U.S.

$150.00

A Calendar of the Register of Wolstan de Bransford: Bishop of Worcester 1339-49
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A Calendar of the Register of Wolstan de Bransford: Bishop of Worcester 1339-49

By HAINES, R.M.

London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1966. Hardcover. Small 4to. Dark blue cloth with gilt lettering, dust jacket. liii, 637pp. Foldout map. Very good/very good. Jacket mildly rubbed and edgeworn. A tight, attractive first edition of this thick and detailed account -- No. 9 in the "Joint Publication" series of the Historical Manuscripts Commission and No. 4 in the "Worcester Historical Society" publications. Rather uncommon in sharp and clean condition with jacket present.

$55.00

The Dream of Troy
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The Dream of Troy

By BRACKMAN, Arnold C.

New York: Mason & Lipscomb Publishers, 1974. Hardcover. Small 4to. Red cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xii, 246pp. Frontispiece, illustrations, map endpapers. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear. Tight, nice first edition.

$17.50

The Greek Commonwealth: Politics and Economics in Fifth-Century Athens

By ZIMMERN, Alfred

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. 12mo. Grey cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xi, 487pp, (8pp ads). Map frontispiece, 2 maps, grey decorative endpapers. Very good/very good. Faint jacket edgewear and some rubbing; small ownership signature on front pastedown and small red inkstamp on rear pastedown. This classic study was first published in 1911 and went through several editions before the first ML edition 1956; this tight and nice later printing of ML #207 dates to circa 1962.

$15.00

The Rise and Fall of Athens

By PLUTARCH

London: The Folio Society, 1969. Hardcover. Translation by Ian Scott-Kilvert. Wood engravings by Raymond Hawthorn. Small 4to. Green cloth with gilt lettering and decorations, slipcase. 343pp. Frontispiece, illustrations, map, map endpapers. Very good/very good. Bit of soiling to pp. 8-9, else near fine. A tight, attractive second printing of this publisher's 1967 edition.

$30.00

Babylonian and Assyrian Laws, Contracts and Letters
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Babylonian and Assyrian Laws, Contracts and Letters

By JOHNS, C.H.W.

Birmingham, AL: Gryphon Editions, 1987. Hardcover. 8vo. Full gurgundy calf with gilt lettering and decorations, raised bands. xviii, (3pp), 424pp. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers, sewn-in red satin page marker. Fine. A pristine and tight copy of this volume in "The Legal Classics Library" series, a facsimile of the 1904 first edition (Edinburgh: T.& T. Clark). Special bookplate on front pastedown notes this as copy #11131.

$75.00

Empires of the Ancient Near East
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Empires of the Ancient Near East

By COOK, J.M., GARDINER, Alan, GURNEY, O.M., and SAGGS, H.W.F.

London: The Folio Society, 1999. Hardcover. Complete 4-volume set. Small 4to. Various color cloths (Cook blue, Gardiner burgundy, Gurney brown, Saggs green) with gilt lettering and extensive gilt decorations and pictorial stamping on front boards, slipcase of brown paper over boards with gilt lettering. xxii, 374pp; xxiv, 479pp; xiv, 240pp; xxxvi, 444pp. Illustrations (many color), maps, map endpapers. Near fine/near fine. Bright and lovely, tight and handsome quartette of this title theme, titled individually: Cook, "The Persians" (first published 1983); Gardiner, "The Egyptians: An Introduction" (first published 1961); Gurney, "The Hittites" (first published 1952); Saggs, "The Babylonians: A Survey of the Ancient Civilisation of the Tigris-Euphrates Valley" (first published 1962).

$75.00

The Story of Rome from the Earliest Times to the End of the Republic

By GILMAN, Arthur

New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1893. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Green cloth with burgundy and black lettering and pictorial/decorative stamping. xvi, 355oo, (4pp ads). Frontispiece, illustrations, foldout maps. Very good. Mild edgewear; delicate inner hinges expertly, archivally strengthened, thus tight. Early printing of this 1885 study, a volume in this publisher's lengthy "The Story of the Nations" series. Front pastedown bears interesting bookplate of Chicago oleomargarine manufacturer John F. Jelke Jr. (1888-1965). An attractive volume.

$35.00

An Ancient World Preserved: Relics and Records of Prehistory in the Andes

By ENGEL, Frederic Andre

New York: Crown Publishers, 1976. Hardcover. Translation by Rachel Kendall Gordon. Small 4to. Yellow cloth spine with copper lettering and black paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 314pp. Illustrations, map endpapers. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear; circular blind-embossed ownership imprint on title page. A tight and handsome first edition of this chronicle of Engel's 12 years and 30,000 miles spent excavating and analyzing numerous pre-Columbian cities.

$20.00

Engineering in the Ancient World
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Engineering in the Ancient World

By LANDELS, J.G.

Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 224pp. Line drawings. Near fine/near fine. Faint abrasion on front flyleaf; circular blind-embossed ownership imprint on title page. Tight, attractive first edition.

$30.00

The Healing Hand: Man and Wound in the Ancient World

By MAJNO, Guido

Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1975. Hardcover. 4to. Tan cloth. xxiii, 571pp. Numerous illustrations (some color). Very good. Inoffensive abrasion on front flyleaf; small offsetting on pp. 36-37 and pp. 160-161 from long-ago newsprint contact. A tight and nice first edition of this hefty, thorough and well illustrated study.

$30.00

The Early Greeks
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The Early Greeks

By HOPPER, R.J.

New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1977. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xiv, 257pp. Illustrations. Near fine/near fine. Tight, handsome first edition.

$30.00

Rome for Ourselves

By MENEN, Aubrey

New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1960. Hardcover. 4to. Tan cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 244pp. Extensive illustrations (some color). Very good/very good. Mild jacket edgewear; small ownership inkstamp on front pastedown. A tight and quite nice later printing of this thick, superbly-illustrated travelogue and city history from the prolific Ango-Indian writer.

$20.00

The Ancient Maya
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The Ancient Maya

By MORLEY, Sylvanus Griswold

Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1958. Hardcover. Revised by George W. Brainerd. Small 4to. Tan cloth with green lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. x, 507pp. Frontispiece, numerous illustrations, line drawings, floor plans, map endpapers. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear. Tight and attractive second printing of the revised third edition of this 1946 study -- with a nice association: Inner flyleaf bears a large purple inkstamped presentation stamp: "Obsequiado por el Presidente / YDIGORAS FUENTES / a '[Mr. --] / [Adlai E. Stevenson] / Guatemala, [16] de [Feb.] 196[0]." (Bracketed portions accomplished in black ink.) Adlai E. Stevenson III (1900-65), Illinois governor and two-time presidential candidate, would become U,.S. ambassador to the U.N. the following year, and apparently Fuentes sent him this and other books about his country well in advance of that for some reason. Interestingly, it was in Guatemala that the American-led troops involved in the Bay of Pigs invasion of April, 1961, were trained and it was from there and Nicaragua that they launched their attack. In June 1961 Stevenson (who'd been kept in the dark about the CIA's Bay of Pigs involve-ment) toured 10 South American capital cities in 18 days to sound government leaders out about JFK's "Alliance for Progress" cooperative program and to sound the alarm about the spread of communism in the western hemisphere. A great association copy from the Guatemalan president (1895-1982) remembered for his close ties to the U.S.

$150.00

Evolution of Architecture: From Ancient Temples to Modern Homes

By CLASON, George S. (editor)

Chicago: The Nutshell Publishing Co, 1925. Paperback. 16mo. Stiff tan decorative wrappers. 63pp, (1p ad). Numerous line drawings. Very good. Outer wrapper (only) age toned, else internally near fine. Tight, nice first edition of this quickie historical survey in this mini-educational series, touted as "Every Volume a College Education in a Nutshell." Rather charming.

$20.00

The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines: China, Greece, and Rome
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The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines: China, Greece, and Rome

By SMITH, Jeff

New York: William Morrow and Company, 1989. Hardcover. Illustrations by Christ Cart. Small 4to. White cloth spine with gilt lettering and tan paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 525pp, (3pp ads). Frontispiece, illustrations. Near fine/near fine. Tight, handsome fourth of this minister-turned-chef's fourth book.

$15.00

The History of Early Rome

By LIVY

Norfolk, CT: The Heritage Press, 1972. Hardcover. Translation by Aubrey de Selincourt. Illustrations by Raffaele Scorzelli. Small 4to. Faux leather spine with gilt lettering and tan cloth, slipcase. xvi, 500pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Fine/near fine. A tight and handsome reprint edition.

$40.00

Hannibal

By BRADFORD, Ernle

London: The Folio Society, 1998. Hardcover. Introduction by Kenneth McLeish. Small 4to. Red cloth with gilt lettering and decoration, slipcase. xxv, 254pp. Color illustrations, 4 maps, map endpapers. Near fine/near fine. Tight, quite attractive second printing of this publisher's edition of a biography first published in 1981. A volume in the Folio Society's 5-volume "Rulers of the Ancient World" series.

$30.00

Nero

By GRANT, Michael

London: The Folio Society, 1998. Hardcover. Introduction by Kenneth McLeish. Small 4to. Green cloth with cooper lettering and decoration, slipcase. xxvii, 222pp. Color illustrations, 9 maps, map endpapers. Near fine/near fine. Tight, quite attractive second printing of this publisher's edition of a biography first published in 1970. A volume in the Folio Society's 5-volume "Rulers of the Ancient World" series.

$30.00

The Horizon Book of Ancient Greece

By HALE, William Harlan (editor)

New York: American Heritage Publishing Co, 1965. Hardcover. 4to. Brown decorated cloth, pictorial dust jacket. 415pp. Extensive illustrations (many color), maps. Very good/good plus. Jacket edgeworn, with several edge chips. Tight, attractive copy of this hefty history, travelogue and compilation of all things Hellenic. Thius publisher does NOT indicate edition in a consistent, verifiable manner.

$25.00

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