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VENINI ART GLASS 2003 (spine title)
Venice: Venini, 2003.
Oblong format, 22 x 24 cm, black cloth spine and dark grey boards. pp (199). Colour photos throughout. Bit of rubbing to silver spine lettering, else fine. Short history and catalogue of this Venetian maker of fine art glass. Text is in English and Italian. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
$40.00                          Book Number: 41968                          Order / Enquire



ASHBEE, Paul
THE EARTHEN BARROW IN BRITAIN. An introduction to the study of the funerary practice and culture of hte neolithic people of the third millennium B.C.
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970.
Quarto, brown cloth, tan endpapers. pp xvi, 208 + 36 plates; 58 drawings in text, idexed. Rubber stamped star (remainder mark) on half-title leaf; else a fine copy. Dust jacket has small tears along top edge, near fine otherwise. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
$30.00                          Book Number: 25878                          Order / Enquire



(BLACKWOOD, Thomas, 1701-67) (Homer)
AN ENQUIRY INTO THE LIFE AND WRITINGS OF HOMER. The Second Edition
London: 1736.
Second edition (first was in 1735). Octavo, pp (iv), 346, (78, Index), (1, list of plates), (1), (2, ads), (2, binder's blank) + frontispiece portrait of Homer and a folding map; 12 vignette text illlustrations (including title page), tail pieces. Bound in contemporary paneled calf, spine with raised bands, gilt ornaments, spinkled page edges. Joints and hinges have been neatly repaired with rice paper; shallow chips to spine tips, spine gilt rubbed with spine label perished; front free endpaper has a vertical crease, old ink name; upper outer blank corner of dedication leaf clipped out, old patch, ink lettered on verso; ink ownership name at top margin of title page; endpapers yellowed, with margin browning from binding; scattered light foxing, but text is otherwise clean and unworn. In all, externally good, internally VG, now firm in the binding. The engraved illustrations are mostly by Gravelot. The first book of this Scottish classicist, published anonymously.
$250.00                          Book Number: 33457                          Order / Enquire



BLISS, Frederick Jones
A MOUND OF MANY CITIES; or, Tell El Hesy Excavated. Second edition, revised
London: The Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund, 1898.
Octavo, mustard cloth stamped in black & gilt, black endpapers. pp xii, 204, [1], (2, ads), [2] + 4 folding plates; many illustrations in text. Spine lightly darkened, with the gilt lettering dull, else a VG+ clean, tight & unworn copy, no owner names. First ed. was in 1894. "Tell el-Hesi is a 25 acre archaeological site in Israel. It was the first major site excavated in Palestine, first by Flinders Petrie in 1890 and later by Frederick Jones Bliss in 1891 and 1892." - Wiki.
$45.00                          Book Number: 40943                          Order / Enquire



BOUQUET, A.C.
EVERYDAY LIFE IN NEW TESTAMENT TIMES
New York: Scribner's (1956), 1956.
Third printing. Beige cloth. pp (xx), (236). 102 illustrations, index. Fine copy. Dust jacket has small chips and tears at spine ends, short tears to panels, VG otherwise.
$10.00                          Book Number: 44201                          Order / Enquire



Brunhouse, Robert L.
Frans Blom, Maya Explorer
Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1976.
Grey cloth. pp (xiv), 291 + plates. Maps in text, index, notes, bibliography. Glue residue inside front cover from removed label, else fine. Thin price-clipped jacket has minor use, spine sunned, VG generally.
$18.50                          Book Number: 44796                          Order / Enquire



Chernetsov, V. N. and Moszynska, W. Edited by Henry N. Michael
Prehistory of Western Siberia
Arctic Institute of North America /McGill-Queen's University Press, 1974.
Tall octavo, maroon cloth. pp (xxviii), 377 + 2 folding maps at rear; many text illustrations. Fine copy, no owner names. Dust jacket has a large skinned spot to upper front panel, VG otherwise. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.
$30.00                          Book Number: 35148                          Order / Enquire



DOE, Brian
SOUTHERN ARABIA
New York: McGraw-Hill, 1971.
Yellow cloth. pp 267 + numerous plates (some in colour); line drawings and plans in text. Fine copy, no owner names, in VG jacket. Archaeology of Southern Arabia by an author who had lived in Aden for nearly 20 years, becoming Director of the Department of Antiquities for the government. A volume in the publisher's New Aspects of Archaeology series. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.
$19.95                          Book Number: 25875                          Order / Enquire



ELWORTHY, Frederick Thomas
HORNS OF HONOUR and other studies in the by-ways of archaeology
London: John Murray, 1900.
Octavo, original dark green cloth gilt, top edges gilt. pp xii, (316). Colour frontispiece with tissue guard and 174 figures in text. Front and rear cover have light spots, VG clean, tight and unworn copy otherwise. Laid in is a 4 page 14 April, 1895, autograph letter signed from the author. Mostly about his travel experiences in Italy but also a few paragraphs answering criticism from Evangelicals about his book (presumably THE EVIL EYE, 1895). A fascinating study of the use of symbolic use of horns (the pointy kind) through the ages, with a section on the Mano Panteo (symbolic hand).
$125.00                          Book Number: 32745                          Order / Enquire



HLADY, Walter M., editor
TEN THOUSAND YEARS. Archaeology in Manitoba. Commemorating Manitoba's Centennial 1870-1970.
No place (Winnipeg): Manitoba Archaeological Society., 1970.
Red cloth without dust jacket, as issued, endpaper maps. [2], (xx), 319 pp. Folding chart inserted, numerous photos, maps, illustrations in text. VG clean and unworn copy, no previous owner names.
$25.00                          Book Number: 15903                          Order / Enquire



HOLMQUIST, June Drenning and Ardis Hillman Wheeler, editors
DIVING INTO THE PAST. Theories, Techniques, and Applications of Underwater Archaeology.
St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Socity and the Council of Underwater Archaeology,
Blue cloth. [12], 111 pp. Text in double columns, photos in text. Minor cover soiling; else a VG clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy, no previous owner marks. The Proceedings of a Conference on Underwater Archaeology Sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, April 26-27, 1963.
$25.00                          Book Number: 18343                          Order / Enquire



HUNTER-DUVAR, (John, 1830-99). (John Hunter Duvar)
THE STONE BRONZE AND IRON AGES. A Popular Treatise on Early Archaeology.
London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1892.
Octavo, hardcover, grey-green pictorial cloth stamped in red, black, blind, and gilt. cream endpapers. pp xvi, 285. Many illustrations in text. Period private bookplate inside front cover; spine lightly darkened; small bumps to lower outer corners of covers; nearly fine otherwise, clean, tight and unworn, hinges not cracked. Watters p. 917. Story p. 371. The author emigrated from Scotland to Summerside, P.E.I. in 1875, where he became editor of the Summerside "Progress". He was federal inspector of fisheries 1879-1889. He wrote this and one other non-fiction book, as well as drama and better than average poetry. Nice copy of a scarce book.
$75.00                          Book Number: 31889                          Order / Enquire



James, Edward
Britain in the First Millennium
London: Hodder Arnold, c2001,
Glossy card covers. pp 310, maps in text, indexed. VG+ copy, no owner marks. This survey of medieval Britain presents the events comprising the two great invasions from Continental Europe as a coherent narrative. Unique both for its broad historical perspective and for its wide geographic coverage, Edward James all-encompassing history spans the long millennium from the first century BC through the Norman Conquest and covers events across the whole of Britain, from Cornwall to the Shetlands, providing the European context for events in England while also examining the many ways Britain differed from the rest of Europe.
$9.95                          Book Number: 47648                          Order / Enquire



JENTEL, (Marie-Odile).
LES GUTTI ET LES ASKOI À RELIEFS ÉTRUSQUES ET APULIENS. Essai de classification et de typologie.
Québec: Les Presses de l'Université Laval / Leyde: Brill / Toronto: Samuel Stevens, Hakkert, 1976.,
Blue cloth. xviii, 476, [2]; (xiv), (75) pp. Fingernail-size chip to fore margin of rear blank of volume I; a few small spots to front cover of Volume II; else a fine pair, without jackets, as issued. Volume II is the plates volume, with 256 figures on 73 plates plus two maps at rear. Etruscans. Note: 3 kg parcel, extra postage will be required
$49.50                          Book Number: 12736                          Order / Enquire



LACEY, Raymond Henry
THE EQUESTRIAN OFFICIALS OF TRAJAN AND HADRIAN: Their Careers, with Some Notes on Hadrian's Reforms...
Princeton, NJ / London: Princeton University Press / London: Humprey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1917.
Octavo, grey printed card covers. (viii), 87 pp. Light tanning to margins of covers, very small chips to spine tips & outer corners, VG tight copy. "Presented to the Faculty of Princeton University in Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy." Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$25.00                          Book Number: 17387                          Order / Enquire



MACAULAY, Rose
PLEASURE OF RUINS
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1953.
Grey cloth. Pp (xvi), 466 + plates. A VG jacketless copy, no owner names. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.
$19.50                          Book Number: 35993                          Order / Enquire



MATTHIAE, Paolo
EBLA: an empire rediscovered. Translated by Christopher Holme
New York: Doubleday, 1981.
Cloth & boards. pp 237, index, bibliography, many photos, diagrams, plans, in text. "Not for Resale" rubber stamped on front free endpaper, yellowing to page edges, small corner crease to a number of leaves, VG otherwise. Price-clipped jacket has moderate edge wear; good. Discovery of an ancient city in Northern Syria dating from 2400 BC, the seat of a powerful empire.
$12.00                          Book Number: 44819                          Order / Enquire



MYLONAS, George
ANCIENT MYCENAE, the capital city of Agamemnon
Priceton, NJ: Princeton University Library, 1957.
Terra cotta cloth. pp (x), 199, [1], (46, double-sided plates). School rubber stamp and blind stamp on front free endpaper, blind stamp on half-title leaf, no other marks; yellowing to page edges; else fine. Price-clipped jacket has shallow chip across head of spine, nicks, slight rubbing, VG otherwise. Story of the excavation by the Greek Archaeological Society in 1952-54 of the second Grave Circle at Mycenae, told by a member of the party.
$15.00                          Book Number: 39498                          Order / Enquire



Pettinato, Giovanni
Archives of Ebla: An Empire Inscribed in Clay
Garden City, New York: Doubleday, c1981,
Second printing. Cloth & boards. pp (xx), 347, endpaper maps. Tables and maps in text, bibliography, index. "Not for Resale" rubber stamped at front, else VG in lightly used VG price-clipped jacket. An account of the extensive library of clay tables from the ancient empire of Ebla, situated in Syria.
$15.00                          Book Number: 44820                          Order / Enquire



PIOTROVSKII, B. B
URARTU.The Kingdom of Van and Its Art. Translated from the Russian and edited by Peter S. Gelling.
New York: Praeger, 1967.
Tan cloth, endpaper maps. pp viii, 111 + plates (many in colour), illustrations in text. Fine copy. Dust jacket has rubbing, edge tears, three inch tear with tape repair; just good. "The ancient kingdom of Urartu occupied much of what is now eastern Turkey and the Armenian S.S.R. It flourished from the ninth to the seventh century B.C., and in historical records it figures principally as one of the strongest opponents of the military power of Assyria. To the archaelogist, it is known as one of the greatest metalwork centers of the ancient Near East....Professor Piotrovskii, Director of the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad, gives a comprehensive survey of Uratian history and art...He considers virtually every object of Uratian art so far discovered." - jacket.
$25.00                          Book Number: 25893                          Order / Enquire



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