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BRUNHOUSE, Robert L.; Frans Blom, Maya Explorer. Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press, , First edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; xi, [iii], 291 pp, frontis, illustrations from photos, 3 full-page maps, bibliog, index, original cloth, spine title lettering, dj not (price clipped, slightly rubbed at edge), fine, clean copy, unmarked.
The author, an expert on Mayan archaeology, provides the first biography of Blom, who was one of the last pioneers to study the ancient Maya, in Mexico, Guatemala, Chiapas. Blom is still considered a hero in southern Mexico, his former home in San Cristobal de las Casas is now a museum. The book describes the Middle American Research Institute, directed by Blom, in its early years.
US$9. bookID # 12421
CAAMANO, J. Jijon; Contribucion al conocimiento de Los Aborigenes de la Provincia de Imbabura en la Republica del Ecuador [Contribution to our Knowledge of the Aboriginees of Imbabura Province in the Republic of Ecuador]. Madrid, Blass y Cia Impresores, , First edition, 4to [29 x 24 cm]; 351 pp, 64 plates from photos, tissue guards with letterpress, 2 maps including one large and folding map, numerous other illustrations from drawings, tables, original cloth backed boards with title lettering on cover and spine label, edges lightly worn, small mark on cover, endpaper bookplate, interior is clean, fine, unopened and uncut in very good cover.
A thorough and detailed scholarly work, very well illustrated from photos and drawings, based in part on archaeological excavations
US$180. bookID # 11817
CHARNAY, Desire, introduction by Allen Thorndike Rice; The Ancient Cities of the New World Being Voyages and Explorations in Mexico and Central America from 1857-1882. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1887, First American edition, large 8vo [26 x 18.5 cm]; xlvi, 514, [ii, ads] pp, frontis (port), folding map, partly hand-colored, other maps, very well-illustrated including many plates, original blue cloth with vignette on front cover in gilt, red and silver, gilt title lettering on front cover and spine, top edge gilted, edges a bit rubbed, spine ends a little frayed, but very clean, near fine interior in very good cover.
Griffin 1157: "Incidents of travel, often entreatingly written, and descriptions of Mexican and Maya antiquities." Welch 60. Palau 67185. Spain and Spanish America I, 161. Cundall 1090. Hiliton 2257. The author describes the peoples and country, Yucatan and Central America, including the Mayan cites of Tenenepanco, Bellote, Comalcalco, Palenque, Merida, Izamal, Chichen-Itza, Uxmal, Campeche, Mitla, Tikal, Copan and others and provides excellent illustrations of buildings, artifacts, art, plans, etc. Charnay is an admired successor to John Lloyd Stephens and Catherwood and his early photographs of the ruins are a superb and important record. 'An expedition which received stron support in the United States, and enriched the museums of Paris and Washington with valuable collections' (ix).
US$170. bookID # 10266
DARNTON, Iris, foreword by Peter Scott; Jungle Journeys in Ceylon. Lavenham, Suffolk, Galaxy Books, , First Edition, small 4to [23 x 18 cm]; 272 pp, well-illustrated with numerous photos and drwgs, original cloth, gilt lettering on spine, dj (price clipped, slightly rubbed at corner), fine condition, clean.
One of the best and most vivid descriptions of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), including the people, birds, butterflies, flowers, wildlife, the land, people, customs and buried cities. 'Iris Darnton knows the jungles and buried cities, the birds and beasts, perhaps better that any other living person. . . she is an outstanding photographer and a talented artist'. (Peter Scott)
US$25. bookID # 6617
DENON, Vivant; Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt, in Company with Several Divisions of the French Army, During the Campaigns of General Bonaparte in that Country, and Published Under His Immediate Patronage. London, T. N. Longman and O. Rees, 1803, First octavo edition in English, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 3 volumes, xx, [ii], -392; [ii], 366; [ii], 312 pp, 60 engraved folding plates and map (of 61, lacking plate 39 of Elbequier Place), contemporary half calf, marbled boards, spines quite worn, joints cracked but holding, interior is clean and very good+, plates and maps very good, untorn, some with just slight foxing.
The plates include views, scenery, archaeological views, ruins, relics, portraits, buildings, printed examples of manuscripts, etc, some plates with two or more views, and are finely engraved. 'Denon was the first to reveal the richness of Egyptian art to Europe, having worked in extremely difficult circumstances during Napoleon's Egyptian campaign' (Blackmer). Ibrahim-Hilmy 172. 'A fascinating account of his adventures in Egypt as soldier, artist, explorer, and archaeologist. One of the most important of the French works on Egypt from this time' [Kalfatovic 0187].
US$700. bookID # 11436
GLUECK, Nelson; Rivers in the Desert; a History of the Negev. [New York], Jewish Publication Society of America, 1959, First Edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; xv, 315 pp, illustrations with 48 pages of photos, maps, map endpapers, general and biblical indices, original cloth, dj, fine.
The author's account of his six years of archaeological investigations and relating these to the civilizations and trade routes that flourished and died out. The civilizations included Nabataean, Judean, Roman and Byzantine.
US$4. bookID # 2138
GOSSE, Philip Henry; Assyria; Her Manners and Customs, Arts and Arms, Restored from her Monuments. London, S. P. C. K., 1852, First edition, 8vo [19 x 13 cm]; xviii, 642 pp, engraved map frontis by J. Archer, numerous engraved illustrations, including 3 signed by J. W. Whimper, index, contemporary full grained black morocco, gilt-ruled, raised bands, gilt title lettering on spine, marbled edges and endpapers, bookplate of Paddy Latham, minor foxing but mostly clean, edges lightly rubbed, very good sound copy.
Freeman and Weertheimer 57. The author is primarily known as a marine biologist and the writer of many famous books in that area. He also wrote several book on the Middle East, this one based in part on the texts of Botta, Layard and Rawlinson and on his own studies. Many of the illustrations are from the author's sketches of objects in the British Museum.
US$120. bookID # 7670
HEDIN, Sven; Through Asia. London, Methuen & Co., 1899, Second London edition, same year as first New York edition, 8vo [24.5 x 17 cm]; 2 volumes, xx, 663; xii, [iv], -1,278 pp, frontis in each volume (photogravure), hundreds of illustrations including many plates, some in color, from photos and drwgs, maps including 2 large folding colored, index, original green pictorial cloth, gilt title lettering on spines and covers, top edges gilted, small label removed from spine, bookplate removed from endpaper, some minor wear, very good sound and solid copy, interiors clean.
A narrative of the author's expeditions through Central Asia 1893-1897 with much on the peoples, archaeology, conditions, by the foremost Asian explorer of his time. Author travelled from Kirghiz, Lake Aral to Tashkent, Margelan, Syr-Daria, Isfairan Valley, Alai, Russian Pamirs, Murghab, Kashgar, Tenghi-tar, Tagharma, Kirghiz, Kashgar, Merket, Kargalik, Khotan, etc including Tibet, Mongolia, climbing mountains, enduring the hardships of deserts, and making numerous scientific and archaeological discoveries.
US$180. bookID # 11121
HUMBOLDT, Alexander de; Researches concerning the Institutions & Monuments of the Ancient Inhabitants of America, with Descriptions & Views of Some of the Most Striking Scenes in the Cordilleras. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, J. Murray, H. Colburn, 1814, First edition in English, translated from French by Helen Maria Williams, 8vo [22.5 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes in one, iv, 411; [i], 324 pp, 20 plates on 19 sheets including 5 with original hand coloring, each volume with engraved title page and vignette, tables, bibliog, index, list of plates, contemporary cloth, gilt spine title lettering and rules, internal hinge cracked but firm, very slight foxing on few leaves, but a clean unmarked copy, near fine, with a 9-line letter in hand of author & a cut down als address panel with wax seal.
Both the letter and envelope panel are in ink by author and tipped-in to front endpaper. Written in French, Humboldt commends the recipient's lecture and will recommend it to those interested in Italian literature. Sabin 33751. Goodman 622. Welch 161. Field 740. Humboldt was the most influential scientist of his time and traveled widely in Spanish America from 1799-1804. The work describes the geography and ruins he observed in Mexico and Peru and is one of the earliest archaeological works on the Aztec and Inca civilizations, with excellent plates.
US$1700. bookID # 12915
HUMBOLDT, Alexander de; Researches concerning the Institutions and Monuments of the Ancient Inhabitants of America, with Descriptions & Views of Some of the Most Striking Scenes in the Cordilleras. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown; J. Murray; H. Colburn, 1814, First edition in English, translated from French by Helen Maria Williams, 8vo [22.5 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes in one, iv, 411; [i], 324 pp, 20 plates on 19 sheets including 5 with original hand coloring, each volume with engraved title page and vignette, tables, bibliog, index, list of plates, original paper-covered boards with recent cloth spine, boards worn, title lettering on spine paper labels, name on endpaper, title page & few other page margins lightly foxed, interior is clean & unmarked, duplicate of 6-leaf signature in vol. II.
Sabin 33751. Goodman 622. Welch 161. Field 740. Humboldt was the most influential scientist of his time and traveled widely in Spanish America from 1799-1804. The work describes the geography and ruins he observed in Mexico and Peru and is one of the earliest archaeological works on the Aztec and Inca civilizations, with excellent plates. The engraved title pages have vignettes of Pyramid of Cholula on one and Cotopaxi on other.
US$600. bookID # 13595
HUTCHINSON, Thomas J.; Two Years in Peru, with Exploration of its Antiquities. London, Sampson Low, Marston, Low & Searle, 1873, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; 2 volumes, xxiv, 343; xii, 334, 48 [ads dated October 1873] pp, 2 frontis, folding colored map, plates, plans, panoramic sections, heliotypes, many other illus, original red cloth with decorations in gilt and black, gilt vignette, decorations and title lettering on spine, spine a little faded with some wear at ends, partly unopened, internal hinge cracking but firm, clean very good sound set.
A well-illustrated and detailed description of Peru, its people, customs, antiquities, buildings, etc, based on the author's extensive travels. Three of the plates in the list of illustrations were never issued in this copy or in any of the other copies we have checked but two extra plates are included not in the list. There is a short appendix on the Isthmus Canal. Welch 208. Naylor 300. Humphreys 1608. Spain & Spanish America 342.
US$300. bookID # 8152
ICIMSOY, A. Oguz & Hamza Kandur; A Bibliography of Books in English on Turkey 1700-1990. Istanbul, Librairie de Pera, 1995, First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 15.5 cm]; xi, 273 pp, author index, title index, original boards (hardcover) with title lettering on spine and cover, fine and clean, unmarked.
Citing over 3,500 books in English, the work is arranged by subject including philosophy and religion, social sciences, language, science, fine arts and archeology, literature, geography and travel, history, etc, and with excellent indexes.
US$40. bookID # 12866
IVANOFF, Pierre; Mayan Enigma; The Search for a Lost Civilization. New York, Delacorte Press, , First American edition, 8vo [21.5 x 14.5 cm]; [vi], 202, [i] pp, illustrations from photos, bibliog, original pictorial cloth, spine title lettering, dj (light wear at upper edge, not price clipped), fine and clean in very good dj.
The author describes his adventures in the rain forests of Peten, Guatemala, where he discovered a new classic Mayan city, as well as his life among the Lacandone in Chiapis, with good descriptions of nature, peoples, customs, beliefs, etc. He proposes a theory of why the Mayan civilization collapsed.
US$3. bookID # 11973
KIRCH, Patrick Vinton; Niuatoputapu; The Prehistory of a Polynesian Chiefdom. Seattle, Burke Museum, , First edition, 4to [28 x 21.5 cm]; ix, 287 pp, frontis, 137 illustrations including photos, maps, drawings, some full page, 53 tables, appendices, detailed bibliog, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title lettering on spine and cover, fine, clean and unmarked.
Based on the 1976 Bishop Museum Tongan expedition, this work is a detailed and definitive archaeological study of Niuatoputapu prehistory. Very well-illustrated.
US$5. bookID # 12527
MALLOWS, Wilfrid; The Mystery of the Great Zimbabwe, the Key to a Major Archaeological Enigma. London, Robert Hale, , First edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; 217 pp, illustrations from photos on plates, numerous plans, maps, extensive bibliography, index, original cloth, silver spine title lettering, dj, fine and clean.
The author, who spent many years studying the cite in Southern Africa, provides a comprehensive architectural, archaeological and historical account that decoded the secrets of this ancient African city, describing the ruins, relics, the people of Zimbabwe and reviews the current theories. 'The narrative is structured like a detective story and studded with photographs' [Publishers Weekly].
US$4. bookID # 12022
MASON, Gregory; South of Yesterday. New York, Henry Holt and Company, , First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; x, 401 pp, frontis, numerous photo plates, map endpapers, bibliog, index, original cloth, spine title lettering, near fine and clean in good dj (spine faded, chipped at ends, not price clipped).
The respected archaeologist author traveled widely in Yucatan, Guatemala, Honduras where he researched the Mayas and Taironas, where he made some interesting discoveries. Reported in Wauchope's They Found the Buried Cities.
US$15. bookID # 10303
MASON, Gregory; South of Yesterday. New York, Henry Holt and Company, , First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; x, 401 pp, frontis, numerous photo plates, map endpapers, bibliog, index, original cloth, spine title lettering (3 letters a little rubbed), inscription on half title page, near fine and clean in good dj (chipped at ends, not price clipped).
The respected archaeologist author traveled widely in Yucatan, Guatemala, Honduras where he researched the Mayas and Taironas, where he made some interesting discoveries. Reported in Wauchope's They Found the Buried Cities.
US$21. bookID # 12184
MONCKTON, Captain C. A. W.; Taming New Guinea. New York, Dodd Mead and Company, 1922, first published in London, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; x, [ii], 337 pp, frontis (port), 37 illustrations from photos, foldout map, index, original cloth, gilt lettering on spine a little faded, few margins with leaves opened carelessly, very good clean copy.
The author, a colonial officer for many years in New Guinea, writes from his experiences of the people and places, with much on the native peoples.
US$17. bookID # 12216
NEWTON, C. T.; Travels & Discoveries in the Levant. London, Day & Sons, 1865, First Edition, 8vo [26 x 17 cm]; 2 volumes, xvi, 360; xvi, 275 pp, 41 plates & maps, including 2 frontis's, some tinted plates, some double page & folding, 9 folding maps/plans, 38 other illus, original green blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, endpaper bookplate, corners slightly rubbed, light foxing on few leaves but overall clean, a fine copy in bright original covers, with the half title pages.
Cox ii, 518, Blackmer 1193. Newton was vice-consul in the Levant between 1852 and 1859 and lead the British government's expedition to Asia Minor in 1856, where the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was excavated. He became a curator at the British Museum in 1861. Travels in Turkey, Rhodes, Mytilene and related areas. Plates include relics that were excavated and scenery.
US$900. bookID # 12058
PRADO, Mariano Pena and Jose Gabriel Cosio [second work]; Un Viaje al Sur del Peru [A Trip to the South of Peru]; [together with] El Cuzco Historico y Monumental. Lima and Cuzco, Editorial Incazteca, 1933, 1924, First editions, 12mo [17.5 x 12.5 cm]; 2 works bound in one volume, [vi], 60, [i, index]; 119, [i] pp, 5 plates in the second work, including 2 folding, leather-backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, marbled endpapers, tiny light and barely perceptible blind-stamp of previous owner in title margin, small hole in inside margin of some leaves of first work, very good or better.
Two works on southern Peru, the fist by Prado, historian, travelled from Lima, Arequipa, Puno and especially in and around Cuzco, with observations on conditions, indigenous peoples (los Quechuas), etc. The second work, gives a notice of the recently discovered Machu Picchu by Bingham, and describes other Incan and pre-Incan structures and sites in and around Cuzco. Two early works (in Spanish) providing a picture of southern Peru before tourists discovered the area and prior to the recent development.
US$45. bookID # 12430
RAFFLES, Sir Thomas Stamford; Antiquarian, Architectural and Landscape Illustrations of The History of Java. London, Henry G. Bohn, 1830, 1844, second and best edition with all plates, the first edition was 1817, 4to, 8vo [33.5 x 26.5 & 23 x 14.5 cm]; 3 volumes including plate volume, xlviii, 536; iv, 332, clxxix pp,with large folding map, 92 plates including 10 finely hand-colored aquatints, large folding plan, music notation, other maps, tables, index, original red cloth with title lettering on front cover or spine, plate volume spine worn, mostly lacking, light foxing on some plates, heavier on a few, colored plates clean with tissue guards, text volumes bit faded but near fine, plate volume very good.
First printed in 1817 in only 900 copies with only 66 plates, this edition being expanded to 92 plates and map. The plates are reputed to be by William Daniell. The author travelled extensively on the island. Abbey Travel 554; Tooley 391; Hill I, 245. According to Abbey, the atlas of plates was published separately for the second edition which was published in 1830 and printed in only a small number. Bastin p. 5: 'The book was got together with considerable haste and was published in 1817 in two quarto volumes. . .a total of 900 copies were published. Apart from its originality. . .the outstanding feature of the book is its 66 plates, ten or which are coloured aquatints illustrating Javanese life and costume and the Papuan boy who accompanied Raffles to England in 1816'. The plates of this edition include all the plates of the first edition plus additional plates of Javanese antiquities and topography. Prideaux: 'a monumental work. . . still a standard book'. Von Hunersdorff: 'An influential work valued for the author's firsthand observations on the customs and condition of the Javanese under his administration as Governor General during the British occupation of the Dutch East Indies'. The text volumes printed in 1830 have a great deal of data, much in tabular form including statistics, populartion, vocabularies, etc. with much of the author's text describing the people and country in great detail. from natural history and
US$1900. bookID # 8686
SCHELE, Linda and David Freidel; A Forest of Kings; The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya. New York, William Morrow and Company, , , large 8vo [26 x 18 cm]; 542 pp, color photos, black & white photos, over 250 drawings, hieroglyphs, maps, plans, bibliog, index, original cloth-backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine and clean, no marks or ownerships.
A scholarly and well-illustrated history of the Maya based on the their hieroglyphs by the premier authorities on the subject. Very well-illustrated.
US$4. bookID # 13284
SHOOK, Edwin M., Winifred Veronda; Incidents in the Life of a Maya Archaeologist. Guatemala; San Marino, Southern Academy Press, 1998, First edition, 8vo [24.5 x 17 cm]; xi, 302, [i] pp, plates and numerous illustrations from photos, bibliog, index, pictorial endpapers, original boards with title lettering on spine and cover, dj, quite fine (as new), clean and unused, signed by both the author and Veronda on the half title page.
Shook spent 25 years with the Carnegie Institution exploring Yucatan, Peten, Guatemala, spending 9 years researching Tikal, and personally naming more than 1,500 Maya sites. He received the Order of the Quetzal from Guatemala. He worked with some of the great Maya archaeologists in the area including Luis J. Halle, Eric Thompson, Sylvanus Morley, Alfred Kidder. The prologue is by Marion Popenoe de Hatch and the Introduction is by Federico Fahsoen O. The work was published in only 3,000 copies.
US$110. bookID # 11123
SILBERMAN, Neil Asher; Digging for God and Country; Exploration, Archeology and the Secret Struggle for the Holy Land 1799-1917. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1982, First edition, 8vo [24 x 17 cm]; xv, 228 pp, numerous illustrations from photos (early sources), index, original two part cloth, slightly faded, dj (price clipped), near fine.
A fascinating description of the beginnings of archeological discovery in this area by explorers, antiquarians and adventurers.
US$3. bookID # 4216
VON HAGEN, Victor Wolfgang; Jungle in the Clouds; a Naturalist's Explorations in the Republic of Honduras. New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1940, First edition, 8vo [21.5 x 14.5 cm]; x, 268 pp, frontis, numerous illustrations from photos, endpaper maps, bibliog, index, original cloth, gilt spine lettering, dj (chipped at edge, not price clipped), small signature on endpaper, interior is clean and very good in near fine cover in good jacket.
This well known author of Latin American travel books travelled extensively through Honduras by rail, plane, mule, burro, but, boat and by foot, and described nature and the archeology. He studied the rare quetzal, the sacred bird of the Maya, as well as the Toltecs and Aztecs, and the ancient Mayan city of Copan. One of the illustrations is the first photograph ever taken of the Quetzal.
US$33. bookID # 11139
VON HAGEN, Victor Wolfgang; Jungle in the Clouds; a Naturalist's Explorations in the Republic of Honduras. New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1946, second printing, the first edition did not have the colored frontis, 8vo [21.5 x 14.5 cm]; x, 268 pp, colored frontis, numerous illustrations from photos, endpaper maps, bibliog, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine, signature on endpaper, cover lightly spotted, very good interior clean, solid copy.
This well known author of Latin American travel books travelled extensively through Honduras by rail, plane, mule, burro, boat and by foot, and described nature and the archeology. He studied the rare quetzal, the sacred bird of the Maya, as well as the Toltecs and Aztecs, and the ancient Mayan city of Copan. One of the illustrations is the first photograph ever taken of the Quetzal. This printing has the advantage of a new frontis of the quetzal that is in color (the first colored photo of a quetzal published) and a bibliography and appendix on the literary history of the quetzal that is not in the first edition.
US$24. bookID # 9147
WAISBARD, Simone and Roger; Masks, Mummies, and Magicians; A Voyage of Exploration in Pre-Inca Peru. Edinburgh and London, Oliver & Boyd, 1965, First English Edition, 8vo [21.5 x 15 cm]; xii, 176 pp, 16 photo plates, some with more than one illustrations, text figures, 3 maps, chronologies, glossary of words in Quechua, Aymara, Spanish, original pictorial cloth, spine title lettering, book is fine, unmarked & clean in good dust jacket (price clipped, closed tears, light wear).
The authors explore the early civilizations of Peru, pre-dating the Incan empire by 1,500 years or more, describing Walla-Marka, everyday life of the Wallas, Munaos and Malkis, funeral rites, luggage for the after-life, the pyramid valley, Wakoto, the talking oracle of Rimac, pagan cults, Wakas, Wallalo, deities of the Pacific, etc. This edition includes the supplements. Nicely illustrated.
US$5. bookID # 13807
WELLARD, James; The Search for Lost Cities. London, Constable, , First Edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 240, illus, maps, bibliog, original cloth, dj, fine.
The author explores 10 lost cities of antiquity, including Sodom, Gomorrah, Harama, Copan, Marib, Angkor, Zimbabwe, Tarxien, etc, and speculates on their decline and fall.
US$5. bookID # 3186
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