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From ancient books on the intricate archeology of the Greek Empire to the more modern discussions of Chinese architecture and culture, there are plenty of fascinating titles and examples of ephemera in the rare archaeology books section of the Biblio Rare Book Room. There are also some very interesting and rare archeology textbooks featured in the Biblio Rare Book Room, and anyone passionate about archaeology should definitely take some time to explore the magnificent books below.

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THE HISTORY OF THE ORKNEY ISLANDS: IN WHICH IS COMPREHENDED AN ACCOUNT
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THE HISTORY OF THE ORKNEY ISLANDS: IN WHICH IS COMPREHENDED AN ACCOUNT

by BARRY, George

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1805. BARRY, Rev. George. THE HISTORY OF THE ORKNEY ISLANDS: IN WHICH IS COMPREHENDED AN ACCOUNT OF THEIR PRESENT AS WELL AS THEIR ANCIENT STATE; TOGETHER WITH THE ADVANTAGES THEY POSSESS FOR SEVERAL BRANCHES OF INDUSTRY, AND THE MEANS BY WHICH THEY MAY BE IMPROVED. Edinburgh: Printed for the Author by D. Willison/London: Longman Hurst Rees & Orme, 1805. First edition. viii + 509 pp. + [1] + 2 pp. publisher's advertisements. 4to., half diced calf with raised bands, gilt rules and tooling, gilt spine title, green paper covered boards. Moderate wear to spine, which is bright, speckled edges. Lovely blue marbled endpapers. Ink ownership to title page. Occasional spot of foxing here and there, mostly clean, tight and bright. Includes list of subscribers following dedication page. Lovely plates, elegant contemporary binding.
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Beschreibung römischer Altertümer. (Sammlung Niessen, Cöln). I. Beschreibung; II....
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Beschreibung römischer Altertümer. (Sammlung Niessen, Cöln). I. Beschreibung; II. Tafeln. [TWO VOLUMES].

by Niessen, Carl Anton.

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Cöln a. Rh., Greven & Bechtold, 1911. Hardcover. .. Two volumes. Large quarto. I. Pp. xxii, 311, title-page plate, few text figures; II. Repeated title-page plate, with signature, and 148 plates, partly colour lithographs tipped-in, partly hand-drawn and stencil coloured, and partly printed in fine collotype. HARDCOVER, uniformly bound in the original publisher's full burgundy cloth by Franz Paffenholz of Cologne, slightly rubbed along extremities, large gilt lettering to covers, gilt spines, decorative endpapers. In a very good condition, crisp plates. A lovely set. ~ Dritte Bearbeitung. Third, preferred edition, which became more complete since first published. F-6
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[Collection of five original drawings from In Darkest Africa]
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[Collection of five original drawings from "In Darkest Africa"]

by STANLEY, Henry M.

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1890. STANLEY, Henry M.; RIOU, Edouard. association]. RIOU, Edouard [artist]. [Collection of five original pencil, pen and ink and gray wash drawings on tinted paper or wooden blocks, from In Darkest Africa]. [N.p.: n.d., circa1890]. Each drawing measures 6 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches; 162 x 105mm. Each is either drawn on a wooden block or the paper is mounted on a wooden block, glazed and held together with black tape. The blocks measure 7 3/8 x 5 1/16 inches; 187 x 129 mm. The original drawings by Riou for plates in Stanley's account of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition, In Darkest Africa, published in 1890. The drawings are done with incredible skill and detail, with the images finer and more clear than the reproduced plates that appear in the published book. They include: A Phalanx Dance by Mazamboni's Warriors; Our First Experiences With Mazanbori's People: View From Nzera Kum Hill; The Scouts Discover The Pigmies Carrying Away The Case Of Ammunition; Baby Rhinoceros Showing Fight In Camp; and Our… Read More
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Vols. 1/1954 (1955) - 55/2009 (2009). Published by the Council of the Society for the Promotion...

Vols. 1/1954 (1955) - 55/2009 (2009). Published by the Council of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, and the Council of the British School at Athens.

by ARCHAEOLOGICAL REPORTS.

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Ldn., Athens, 1955 - 2009). The first 24 vols. are bound in 4 red half morocco bindings; the vols. 25 to 52 are bound in 5 red half cloth binding; the vols. 53 to 55 are in paper wrappers, as issued by the publisher; 28 cm; a nice set) (Heavy book, may require extra shipping costs)
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LA PINTURA MURAL PREHISPANICA EN MEXICO III OAXACA TOMOS I & II CATALOGO
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LA PINTURA MURAL PREHISPANICA EN MEXICO III OAXACA TOMOS I & II CATALOGO

by BEATRIZ DE LA FUENTE

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NEW ! Hardcover. Tomos I & II. New set. Dust jackets slightly worn at the top of spine. Set comes in a cardboard case that is worn at the corners. This hard-to-find catalogue set consists of two hefty volumes documenting the mural paintings of ancient Oaxaca, accompanied by a portfolio of eight folding panorama photographs of murals at Monte Alban, Suchilquitongo, and Mitla. Vol. 1, ISBN 9703230350, 253 pp.; vol. 2, ISBN 9703230369, 495 pp.; and Oaxaca Desplegados. Edition coordinated by Beatriz de la Fuente and Bernd Fahmel Beyer. Edition of only 500 hardcover and 1500 paperback. 10.25 lbs. Weight may result in additional shipping charges.
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A Dissertation concerning the War of Troy, and the Expedition of the Grecians, as Described by...
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A Dissertation concerning the War of Troy, and the Expedition of the Grecians, as Described by Homer; Shewing that No Such Expedition was ever Undertaken, and that No Such City of Phrygia Existed.

by Jacob Bryant.

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Jacob Bryant. A Dissertation concerning the War of Troy, and the Expedition of the Grecians, as Described by Homer; Shewing that No Such Expedition was ever Undertaken, and that No Such City of Phrygia Existed. Illustrated with folding map. 4to. Late 18th or early 19th century half-calf over marbled boards, leather label on spine. London N.D. (1796 per ESTC). First Edition of Bryant's controversial dissertation in which he ignited one of the longer scholarly controversies of the 18th century, asserting that there never was a war at Troy. Bound with: John Bacon Sawrey Morritt ('Troy Morritt'). A Vindication of Homer and of the Ancient Poets and Historians, Who Have Recorded the Siege and Fall of Troy. In Answer to Two Late Publications of Mr. Bryant. Illustrated with a folding map of the plain of Troy and 5 folding plates. York 1798. First Edition of Morritt's very critical and beautifully illustrated response to Bryant. The 5 folding pictorial views include the plain of troy; the tombs of Ajax;… Read More
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L' Egypte sous les Pharaons, ou recherches sur la géographie, la religion, la langue, les...
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L' Egypte sous les Pharaons, ou recherches sur la géographie, la religion, la langue, les écritures et l'histoire de l'Egypte avant l'invasion de Cambyse

by Champollion, Jean-François

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Paris: De Bure, 1814. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. This rare two-volume set is the first major publication by the father of Egyptology, Jean-François Champollion (1790-1832). Champollion is the man who made the breakthrough discovery which enabled translation of the Egyptian hieroglyphs. There were 30 copies published in 1811, but this edition is the major publication of this work. Printed on laid paper, and bound in full calf. The title's English translation is "Egypt under the Pharaohs, or research on the geography, religion, language, scriptures and history of Egypt before the invasion of Cambyses". These volumes deal with Egyptian geographical divisions, geographical descriptions, boundaries and divisions. Publisher: De Bure brothers (Paris) Type: printed monograph Language: French CONDITION: Very good. No missing pages, no bookplates, no writing anywhere. There is foxing throughout both volumes. There are two dampstains, one closed tear, and several open tears.… Read More
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Description d’un pavé en mosaïque découvert dans l’ancienne ville d’Italica,...
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Description d’un pavé en mosaïque découvert dans l’ancienne ville d’Italica, aujourd’hui le village de Santiponce, près de Séville.

by LABORDE, Alexandre Louis-Joseph, comte de.

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Paris, P. Didot l'Aîné, 1802.
Very large folio [680 x 510 mm] of (2) ll., 103 pp., 1 engraved frontispiece printed in colors and enhanced with watercolor and 22 out of pagination numbered plates, including 1 on double-page. Engravings in the text. Some slight foxing. Bound in contemporary brown Russian leather, covers richly decorated with gilt fillets and neo-classical borders, spine ribbed and decorated, gilt edges. Contemporary binding by Ph. Selenka with his label.
Rare first edition of this superb work of which only 160 copies were printed.
Vicaire, Manuel de l'amateur, IV, 741; Graesse, Trésor de livres rares, IV, 59; Brunet, III, 714; Cicognara 3960: " edizione di massimo lusso "; Monglond V, 1124-1125; Palau 128972.
"Published at 200 fr.; this work has been, according to 'La France littéraire' by Quérard, printed in a limited edition of 160 copies"
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The mosaic mentioned on the title (of about 13 x 9 meters) was discovered on December 12, 1799 in Italica (today the city of… Read More
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A Collection of Pagodas

A Collection of Pagodas: 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco

by Mee-Seen Loong

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Mee-seen Loong Fine Art LLC, 2014. As New. Still in publisher's shrink wrap. Photo is of the copy we have at Barbed Wire Books.
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International Congress of Americanists
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International Congress of Americanists

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A full run of the ICA from 1875 through 2012 lacking only one volume, XIV 1908 from the Vienna conclave. One hundred volume titles in all. The set has been collected over the course of 30 years. There are no facsimiles. As you see from the images, the condition of the volumes varies, but all content is present and clear. Thousands of papers on archeology, ethnology, anthropology, sociology etc. all pertaining to the indigenous tribes and colonial peoples of the Americas from distant pre-history to the present. Thousands of maps drawings and photographs. The Congress was begun in 1875 in Nancy, France and alternated every three years between a site in the Americas and Europe. Serious enquiries only, please. I will be happy to forward the full list in Excel and to discuss condition of individual volumes. There will be a shipping and handling charge based on buyer's location and preference of carrier. I strongly recommend that potential buyers visit to inspect in person. The collection is in Santa Fe, NM.
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The Inscriptions of Peten
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The Inscriptions of Peten

by Sylvanus G. Morley

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Carnegie Institution, Washington; 1937-1938. Hardcover First Edition 6 volumes, pp xxviii, 465; Vol. II, (xii), 607; Vol.III, (x), 493; Vol. IV, xii, 496; Vol. V, in 2 parts, containing black and white photographic plates, engraved plates (many folding), and folding maps showing ground plans, terrain, cross sections, etc. Folio, green cloth. Excellent condition and as such a rare find ; In Volume 5 part II, three of the plates (214, 215, 216) were neatly cut out, probably for an exhibit, but are re-inserted but loose. No damage of the images. V. IIIs back board has been bumped, as shown. Previous owners name in V. I, as shown. Some underlining on illustration list. Morley's study the Mayan monuments and heiroglyphic inscriptions, the result of nearly forty years of expeditions and research. This is a classic work in remarkable condition and a must for any serious student of Mesoamerica.
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Roma subterranea novissima : in qua antiqua christianorum et praecipue martyrum, coemeteria,...
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Roma subterranea novissima : in qua antiqua christianorum et praecipue martyrum, coemeteria, tituli, monimenta, epitaphia, inscriptions

by ARINGHUS, Paulus

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1671 Catacombs ROME Subterranea Aringhus & Bosio Illustrated Roman Archaeology

Antonio Bosio, an early 17th-century Italian historian, was known as one of the leading spelunkers of his time. His searching of the catacombs of Rome lead to an incredible and highly influential book on Roman history and antiquities "Roma Sotterranea". This book contains descriptions and illustrations of Roman cemeteries and catacomb findings, artifacts, sarcophaguses, and cave wall inscriptions and murals.

Following the successes of Bosio's work, historian Paulus Aringhus published a Latin translation that proved to be just as popular as the original. This 1671 printing of Aringhus's "Roman Subeterranea" includes numerous full-page and in-text engravings and was published in Arnhem, Netherlands – a city not known for its publishing.

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ARINGHUS, Paulus

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[a Wunderkammer of Hindu antiquities] Systema Brahmanicum Liturgicum Mythologicum Civile ex...
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[a Wunderkammer of Hindu antiquities] Systema Brahmanicum Liturgicum Mythologicum Civile ex Monumentis Indicis Musei Borgiani Velitris dissertationibus historico-criticis illustravit Fr. Paullinus a S. Bartholomaeo Carmelita Discalceatus Malabariae Missionarius Academia Volscorum Veliternae Socius

by Paulinus of St. Bartholomew known also as Werdin Johann Philipp (Hof am Leithaberge, Lower Austria, 1748 - Rome, 1806)

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4° (mm 250x190); pp. XII, 326. Al frontespizio, vignetta incisa raffigurante Ganesha e 32 tavole fuori testo (di cui una a doppia pagina). Nel testo, caratteri in sanscrito. Legatura coeva in piena pelle marezzata. Bell'esemplare.
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As the title well explains, the Systema Brahmanicum by the Indologist Paulinus of St. Bartholomew - valuable compendium of Brahmanism - is closely based on the collection of Indica reperta from the famous Borgia Museum in Velletri, profusely illustrated by the engravings. The volume, therefore, can be browsed as a kind of 'exegetical catalog' of the Hindu collection.The ancient Borgia Museum in Velletri, formed between the 17th and 18th centuries by the Roman branch of the Borgia family, was greatly enriched and enlarged in the second half of the 18th century by Cardinal Stefano Borgia (1731 – 1804), a man of vast culture who was a scholar of history and ethnology. The Museum, famous throughout Europe for the variety and the rarity of the reperta as well as… Read More
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The Instruction of Ptah-hotep and the Instruction of Ke'gemni:
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The Instruction of Ptah-hotep and the Instruction of Ke'gemni: The Oldest Books in the World!

by Battiscombe G. Gunn (Translator)

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Translated from the Egyptian with an introduction and appendix by Battiscombe G. Gunn. 75, [1] + [4] ad pp. 16.5x11.8 cm (6½x4¾"), cloth. First edition, 1906. Very scarce.
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Very rare printing of ancient Egyptian wisdom text, which many scholars deem to be the "oldest books in the world." The Maxims of Ptahhotep. Ptahhotep was the city administrator and vizier (first minister) during the reign of Djedkare Isesi in the 5th Dynasty (late 25th century BC and early 24th century BC). He is credited with authoring The Instruction of Ptahhotep, an early piece of Egyptian "wisdom literature" meant to instruct young men in appropriate behavior. Ptahhotep's grandson, Ptahhotep Tshefi, is traditionally credited with being the author of the collection of wise sayings known as The Maxims of Ptahhotep, whose opening lines attribute authorship to the vizier Ptahhotep: Instruction of the Mayor of the city, the Vizier Ptahhotep, under the Majesty of King lsesi. They take the form of advice and… Read More
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Works: Final Report, Part 1 (1890), Part 2 (1892), New Mexico Pueblos & Pecos Pueblo, Vol. 1...
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Works: Final Report, Part 1 (1890), Part 2 (1892), New Mexico Pueblos & Pecos Pueblo, Vol. 1 (1881), Hemenway Expedition, Vol. 2 (1890), New Mexico (in Bulletin of the Archaeological Institute of America, 1883), and Index to Final Report (1942)

by Bandelier, Adolph F.

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Cambridge/ Boston/ Albuquerque : Printed by John Wilson and Son / Published by A.Williams and Co. Six volumes handsomely bound in recent tan buckram, with the original front wrappers attached at front paste downs of each volume. A Fine and lovely set of original publications of Bandelier's works, with the blindstamps of author Jonathan E. Reyman, and occasional scholarly marginal notations in pencil. Included are: Papers of the Archaeological Institute of America, American Series III and IV., Parts 1 and 2. Final Report of Investigations Among the Indians of the Southwestern United States , Carried on Mainly in the Years 1880-1885; American Series I., 1.Historical Introduction to Studies Among the Sedentary Indians of New Mexico. 2. Report on the Ruins of the Pueblo of Pecos .American Series V., Hemenway Southwestern Archaeological Expedition. Contributions to the History of the Southwestern Portion of the United States. "Report by A. F. Bandelier of His Investigation in New Mexico in the… Read More
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