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There are many fascinating rare ancient history books in the Biblio Rare Book Room. Many of the rare and antique books featured in the rare ancient history books section of the Biblio Rare Book Room include one of a kind illustrations and maps. Several of the rare and antique books featured below are quite old and fragile, so it is important to properly care for the special book you add to your rare and antique book collection.



Cornelii Nepotis Vitae excellentium imperatorum: observationibus ac notis commentariorum,...
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Cornelii Nepotis Vitae excellentium imperatorum: observationibus ac notis commentariorum, quotquot hactenus innotuêre, illustratae... index rereum & verborum praecedenti multo auctior & emendatior.

by NEPOS, Cornelius

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1675 Cornelius Nepos Lives ROME Roman Lawyers Philosophy Rhetoric Hackiana

Cornelius Nepos was a 1st-century BC Roman author whose works have mostly all been lost. However, his one surviving work is "Excellentium Imperatorum Vitae" which is a collection of biographical descriptions of Roman and foreign leaders. According to Roberts, this work details
"Roman kings, generals, lawyers, orators, poets, historians, and philosophers."

This rare 1675 printing is a rare edition by Hackiana, features an added, engraved title page, and is bound in impressive vellum.
Item number: #8171
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NEPOS, Cornelius
Cornelii Nepotis Vitae excellentium imperatorum: observationibus ac notis commentariorum, quotquot hactenus innotuêre, illustratae... index rereum & verborum praecedenti multo auctior & emendatior.
Ludg. Batavorum: Ex Officina Hackiana, anno, 1675.

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o [30], 339 (i.e. 439), [41]
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Reliquiae Hearnianae; or, The Remains of Thomas Hearne, M.A., of Edmund Hall.  From Extracts from...
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Reliquiae Hearnianae; or, The Remains of Thomas Hearne, M.A., of Edmund Hall. From Extracts from His MS. Diaries, Collected, with a Few Notes. In Three Volumes ( Fine Binding by Matthews )

by Hearne, Thomas; Bliss, Philip

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London: John Russell Smith, 1869. RARE in fine bindings signed by Matthews ( William Matthews (1822-1896), the most prominent American bookbinder at that time). Full polished calf, the backs richly gilt with red and green morocco labels lettered in gilt, marbled end papers, top edges gilt, gilt inner dentelles, frontispiece engraved portrait Vol. I. Near Fine, scant rubbing to boards, a quite lovely set. With 2 pp. typed scholar's notes on Hearne's biography, one page tipped at front end page Vol. I, the other page laid in. Small seller's label rear end pages. Thomas Hearne (1678 -1735) was an English historian and antiquarian whose editions of English medieval chronicles were important sources for later historians.. Second Edition, Enlarged. Full Calf. Near Fine/No Jacket, As Issued. Illus. by Jacket- E McKnight- Kauffer. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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Ancient Classics for English Readers; Complete Set, 28 Volumes Bound in 14
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Ancient Classics for English Readers; Complete Set, 28 Volumes Bound in 14

by Edited by the Rev. Lucas Collins, M.A.

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London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1873. SCARCE in the complete 28 volume set, and in lovely condition. Published from 1873-1882. Overall a Near Fine set bound in quarter vellum over red buckram, red morocco labels lettered in gilt, edges dyed red, the charming period bookplates of Elizabeth Mackintosh along with her name stamp. Light wear to boards, small period bookseller's labels rear paste downs, the most noticeable flaw a 1/2" tear to vellum at bottom edge of spine to one volume. Three volumes with fold-out maps, NF (small crease) to Fine. Publisher's 16 pp. advertisement at end of Homer volume. Titles are: Iliad and Odyssey; Hesiod, Theognis and the Greek Anthology; Plato and Lucian; Aristotle and Demosthenes; Aeschylus and Sophocles; Euripedes and Aristophanes; Herodotus and Xenophon; Thucydides and Livy; Ovid, Catullus, Tibulus and Propertius; Caesar and Tacitus; Cicero and Pliny; Juvenal, Plautus and Terence; Lucretius and Pindar; Virgil and Horace. This multi-volume set will… Read More
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The Glory that was Greece
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The Glory that was Greece

by Stobart, J. C.

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Illustrated
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A Survey of Hellenic Culture & Civilisation. xxv+289 pp.+91 illustrations, 2 photogravures and 1 plate in colour, h.t. 27x19 cm. Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd., London, 1911. Ex libris W. E. Stanley Merrett.
--- Blindstamped cloth gilt (publishers cloth). Edgewear and many spots at covers. Top-edge gilt, fore-edge and bottom edge untrimmed. Dedication written on first blank page. Very tight binding, pages clean. No foxing. Many illustrations in the text. Some holes by bookwork (inactive) at the bottom of 10 first pages.
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Birdman Of Alcatraz
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Birdman Of Alcatraz

by Gaddis, Thomas E.

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Gaddis, Thomas E.: Birdman Of Alcatraz, The Story of Robert Stroud .1955 Random House 1st. Edition. BIOGRAPHY. True crime, Ornithology. Stated First Printing Thus Exlib. Good- condition. Spine is a bit cocked. No Dust jacket is included. "The fantastic true story of the prisoner with the longest record of solitary confinement in the United States – who became a leading authority on birds." The original source material for the gripping American film starring Burt Lancaster. Will ship from Oregon.
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Cyprus:  Its Ancient Cities,  Tombs, and Temples
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Cyprus: Its Ancient Cities, Tombs, and Temples: A Narrative of Researches and Excavations During Ten Years' Residency in That Island

by Palma di Cesnola, Luigi

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456 pages. Very good condition, taupe cloth binding with gold-stamped author, title and decoration, and red-stamped Cypriot decorative devices on front and rear boards. A little fraying at head and heel of spine, a little corner-bumping and tanning of spine. All pages bright and tight, with perhaps a little age-darkening; binding solid. Many black-and-white tissue-protected plates. Bears bookplate of K.M. Setton (1914-1995) of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.Gen. Luigi Palma di Cesnola (1832 – 1904) was an Italian-American diplomat, amateur archaeologist and soldier, veteran of the Austrian and Crimean Wars, and the United States Civil War, where he was awarded the Medal of Honor.He was United States consul at Larnaca on Cyprus from 1865 to 1877, where he extensively excavated and collected (some would say looted) a great number of antiquities. His collection was purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1872, just two years after its charter; it remains an… Read More
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 6 volumes complete
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 6 volumes complete

by Edward Gibbon

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J J Tourneisen, 1787. Hardcover. Pages generally clean with light/Fine leather binding, with raise. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon. 6 volumes complete 1787, printed by J J Tourneisen. 1st revised edition. Printed for sale by Pissot in Paris. Fine typography, English textFine leather binding, with raised spines and gold emboss decoration. Pages generally clean with light foxing throughout all volumes. Bindings all tight, boards have bumps to corners. Volume 2 missing front cover, and volume five separated front cover, and partial separation to rear cover. Leather still supple and smooth to touch.
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Dictys Cretensis, de bello trojano, et Dares Phrygius, de excidio Trojae.
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Dictys Cretensis, de bello trojano, et Dares Phrygius, de excidio Trojae.

by DICTYS, Cretensis

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1630 Dictys of Crete Trojan War Roman Mythology + Aurelius Victor History Rome

Dictys of Crete was the supposed author of a diary or journal of the events of the Trojan War. 'De Bello Trojano' was written in six distinct fictional parts much of which was repeated from Homer's 'Iliad'.
This miniature tome includes a separate work by Aurelius Victor, a 4th-century Roman historian. His book 'Historia Romana' comprises accounts of the origins and establishment of Rome, mythology, and reigns of notable emperors such as Augustus Caesar and Theodosius.

Item number: #14622
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DICTYS, Cretensis

Dictys Cretensis, de bello trojano, et Dares Phrygius, de excidio Trojae.
Amsterodami : G. Blaeuw, 1630.

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'Dictys Cretensis': [12], 196
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'Sexti Aurelii Victoris': [2], 31-96
Lutetiae Parisiorum: Thiboust &, Esclassan, 1696.
· Language: Latin
· Binding: Leather; tight & secure
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. A New Edition. In Twelve Volumes
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. A New Edition. In Twelve Volumes

by Gibbon, Edward

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London: Printed for A. Strahan and T. Caddell, Jun. And W. Davies, in the Strand , 1797. The complete twelve volume set of Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire", the "New Edition", published 1797. With engraved frontispiece and folding map of the Parts of Europe & Asia adjacent to Constantinople, and large folding map of the Western part of the Roman Empire in volume I; and folding map volume II, being the Eastern part of the Roman Empire. Bound in contemporary marbled calf with old rebacking and recent professional restorations to caps and corners, now in custom mylar sleeves. Near Fine, widely scattered moderate toning throughout, a quite handsome and solid set. With excellent historical provenance, bearing the armorial bookplates and ownership signatures ("Edward Cooper Hodge from T.W. 1830") in each volume. Edward Cooper Hodge (General Sir) (1810 - 1894), was a British Army officer who as a Lieutenant-Colonel commanded the 4th (Royal Irish)… Read More
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Alexander the Great from Pella to Asia - Engravings
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Alexander the Great from Pella to Asia - Engravings

by Various

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A 1st ed. very good 45 boards in paperback folder (printed in gold), defected head & tail of spine as in image, boards as new. 46 engravings from the 17th, 18th & 19th centuries including 3 maps from 1595, 1811 & 1680-1700 reproduced in colour on double plates. 45b. 50x35cm. 1,5kg. TEXT Greek/Ellinika,
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The Aesop For Children With Pictures By Milo Winter
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The Aesop For Children With Pictures By Milo Winter

by Aesop; Milo Winter (Illustrator)

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DUST JACKET ONLY. NO BOOK IS INCLUDED The Aesop For Children (1919 unclipped Rand McNally Dust Jacket Only) QUITE RARE. 27 X 11 7/8 Orange/Red First Edition unclipped DUST JACKET ONLY. dimensions are: 27 X 11 7/8 . Original price $2.00, from Rand McNally & Company. USED. Good condition. Orange dust jacket ILLUSTRATED BY MILO WINTER. SHOWS SOME WEAR. A NICE FIND.
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Les Decorations Murales de Pompei
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Les Decorations Murales de Pompei: a l'Usage des Artistes, des Ecoles Industrielles et des Amis de l'Antiquite

by Emile Presuhn

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Two volumes of Presuhn's souvenir books with 75 vibrant chromolithographs of wall paintings discovered in PompeiiLes Decorations Murales de Pompeii, 1878.With 24 chromolithographs after original drawings by Geremia Discanno, lithographed by Victor Steeger, and 51 pages of text in French translated from the German by A. Giraud-Teulon. Bound with Choix des Plus Belles et Interessantes Peintures de Pompei, avec Plan de la Ville, 1882With 50 chromolithographs after original drawings by Emile Presuhn and Geremia DiscannoAlong with wall paintings from all four eras of design, the plates depict floor mosaics, portraits, statues, plaster-casts of bodies, and plans of houses and the excavations. Presuhn (1844-1881) was a German archeologist who lived and worked in Italy for almost decade from 1870 publishing books illustrating the latest murals, mosaics and discoveries made in the excavations in Pompeii. Discanno (1839-1907) was an Italian artist and painter who worked in Naples and Pompeii.Red cloth binding… Read More
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The Adventure of Wrangel Island

The Adventure of Wrangel Island

by Vilhjalmur Stefansson

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The Adventure of Wrangel Island, Alaska (1925 Macmillan 1st Edition) HISTORY OF ALASKA. The story of the (unsuccessful) attempted colonization of Wrangel Island Alaska. EXLIB. Good Condition/ No DJ included. Fold-out map affixed to binding. 413 pages plus appendix, Index. Titling is still bright. A clean, solid copy. Scarce.
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The Holy Land and Egypt & Nubia (3 volumes)
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The Holy Land and Egypt & Nubia (3 volumes): With 247 illustrations from paintings by David E. Roberts.

by David Roberts

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9780847823123
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New York: Rizzoli International, 2000. 3 vol. hardcovers in slipcase. very good/very good. Complete 3 Volume 29.21 x 10.16. Set with Slipcase. Volume 1: The Holy Land, 319 pp.; Vol. 2: Egypt and Nubia, 287 pp.; Vol. 3: The Life, Works and Travels of David E. Roberts, 31 pp. - With 247 illustrations from paintings by David E. Roberts. - All 3 volumes bound in full tan cloth with gold lettering. Includes tan cloth slipcase with color pictorial boards and gold lettering to spine. - A Fine Set in a Fine Slipcase. *( Additional postage may be required). David Roberts is considered one of the most expressive painters and historical record keepers of the nineteenth century, and The Holy Land and Egypt Et Nubia collects his portraits of two of the world's most eternally fascinating regions. In 1838, Roberts traveled from his native Scotland to the Holy Land and Egypt, where he created classic paintings of the monuments, cities, landscapes, and people. After his return to Scotland, lithographs of these 247… Read More
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Ancient Manuscript Cuneiform Tablet from Baghdad
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Ancient Manuscript Cuneiform Tablet from Baghdad

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The ancient tablet from Baghdad (modern Iraq), Mesopotamia. Cuneiform IS a logo-syllabic script that was used to write several languages of the Ancient Near East. The script was in active use from the early Bronze Age until the beginning of the Common Era. It is named for the characteristic wedge-shaped impressions (Latin: cuneus) which form its signs. Cuneiform was originally developed to write the Sumerian language of southern Mesopotamia (modern Iraq). Cuneiform is the earliest writing system.Item will be shipped in a specially designed and reinforced package. DHL shipping included. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us!
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