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  • Petronius – The Satyricon – Private Press – Norman Lindsay Illustrated – 1910

    A Revised Latin Text of the Satyricon with the Earliest English Translation (1694) Now First Reprinted with an Introduction together with One Hundred Illustrations by Norman Lindsay

    Published privately by Ralph Straus, London 1910. Folio, (33cm by 26cm), 303 pages, 100 leaves of plates.

    First English translation side by side with the Latin on alternating pages. The Satyricon, Satyricon liber (The Book of Satylike Adventures) a work of fiction by Gaius Petronius. It is and example of Menippean satire.

    Gaius Petronius Arbiter (27AD-66AD) was born in Marseille. He became a Roman Courtier in the reign of Nero. He is well mentioned by Tacitus, Plutarch and Pliny the Elder who regarded him as a “judge of elegance”. Petronius became a member of the Senatorial Class who devoted their lives to pleasure … he was essentially a fashion advisor to Nero. Sleeping by day he devoted night time to amusement … he had a reputation of being very good at it!

    In the Satyricon, Petronius uses a new style of writing in that each of the characters are well and openly described. Previously, such literature focused mainly on the plot. There is no holding back in terms of moral issues, and it is thought that the main character Trimalchio (who is on the naughty side) is a cameo of Nero.

    Petronius fell out of favour and committed suicide in a rather strange manner.

    Goings on in the Days of Nero – with numerous Norman Lindsay Illustrations.

    $390.00

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  • From Fetish to God in Ancient Egypt – Wallis Budge – First Edition 1934

    From Fetish to God in Ancient Egypt – Wallis Budge – First Edition 1934

    First edition published by Oxford University Press in 1934. Large octavo, 545 pages with 240 illustrations. Decorated cloth covered boards and with most of the rare dust jacket, with repaired separation to rear corner and large chip to base of spine. The book rarely appears with its jacket. A very good copy. A substantial book.

    A history of the progress of Egyptian religious beliefs and related mythology during ancient times.

    Chapter subjects include … The Religions of Ancient Egypt; Predynastic Cults – Animism – Fetishism – Gods and Goddesses of Fetish Origin etc ; Magic the Foundation of Egyptian Religions; Magical Rituals and Spells; The Magician – His Powers and Works; The Family of Gebb and Nut; Hathor and the Hathor-Goddesses; Gods – Stellar, Borrowed and Foreign; Osiris the Rival of Ra; The Judgement of the Dead; Life Beyond the Grave etc etc

    Wallis Budge (1857-1934) one of a group of top Egyptologists to be associated with the British Museum. Born into poor circumstances he made London and the British Museum as a young man. He was so well liked and he was sponsored through Cambridge by Gladstone and Smith (of W.H. Smith fame). He studied the work of Layard, knew Alfred Sayce well (see out original letter by Sayce), learned from Assyriologist George Smith (Voyager hero). It was not long until he was in charge of building the collection which he did in a grand scale. His most distinguished acquisition maybe the Papyrus of Ani “Book of the Dead”. He wrote many books on his subject. This his final and enduring work.

    Budge – a lifetime devoted to Egyptology.

    $220.00

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  • A.E. Nordenskiold Facsimile-Atlas

    A.E. Nordenskiold Facsimile-Atlas

    A facsimile of the original Atlas published first in English in Stockholm in 1889. Translated then from Swedish by Johan Ekelof and the great Clements Markham

    The original author an adventurer and explorer was part of the great Nordenskiold family with the discovery of the North-west passage and new area of the Antarctic among their conquests.

    This facsimile is large folio (40cm by 28cm), soft cover, published by Dover, New York in 1973. 141 pages plus 51 pages of mainly double page map reproductions. Very good condition.

    A unique item concentrating on the mots important maps of the 15th and 16th Century.

    Dealing with the geographical Atlas of Ptolemy; Pseudo Ptolemy editions; other Ancient maps; the first maps of the New world and newly discovered parts of Africa and Asia; Terrestrial Globes … the transition to the modern period … Jacopo Gastaldi, Philip Apianus, Abraham Ortelius, Mercator.

    Special Cartographic work by Nordenskiold – Special Detail.

    $70.00

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  • Fine Binding by Riviere The Lays of Ancient Rome – Lord Macaulay

    Fine Binding by Riviere The Lays of Ancient Rome – Lord Macaulay

    A new edition published in the 1890’s by Longmans, Green, Reader & Dyer, London.

    Larger form octavo, 210 pages with numerous illustrations original to this edition and some drawn from the “antique” by George Scharf.

    A beautiful full red leather binding by the distinguished binder Riviere. Heavy gold work to boards and spine all edges richly gilt, marbled endpapers with gilt rolls inside board and along board edges. Riviere stamp discretely inside front free endpaper. A little rubbing but still a very good copy that would make a smashing gift.

    For those unaware Macaulay’s Lays are narrative poems recounting events in Ancient Rome. They were written when he was bored in India during his early twenties. They are regarded as a classic … Winston Churchill memorised them while at Harrow to shore up shortcomings in his academic achievements.

    Beautifully bound solid history … a Churchill favourite

    $190.00

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  • The Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society (Hannibal’s Route over the Alps and African Exploration ) – October 1886.

    The Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society (Hannibal’s Route over the Alps and African Exploration ) – October 1886.

    A complete issue in original blue wrappers pages 609 – 680, a complete monthly issue with two large folding maps at rear.

    Includes an important article reading the route Hannibal took over the Alps, always a matter subject to academic argument.

    Also includes important African exploration … the Congo by Colonel Francis de Winton; Exploration of the Tributaries of the Congo between Leopoldville and Stanley Falls George Grenfell and the Last German Expedition of 1884-1886.

    Armed with the newest geographical information from contemporary expeditions into the Alps, Freshfield presents theories and brings clarity for historians and geographers into historic events which have plagued mankind since the time of Polybius and Livy. A most captivating report examining the perplexing controversy of Hannibal’s passage over the Alps, and the victories he achieved in the name of Carthage. Accompanied by an exceptional fold-out colour map, this mountaineering report is one of the earliest reports that takes into account the mysteries of the Alps, and its treacherous passes, with regards to Hannibal’s daring.

    Hannibal, (247 B.C. – 182 B.C.), was a Carthaginian General, an implacable and formidable enemy of Rome. Although knowledge of him is based primarily on the reports of his enemies, Hannibal appears to have been both just and merciful. He is renowned for his tactical genius. With a relatively small army of select troops, Hannibal set out to invade Italy by the little-known overland route. He fought his way over the Pyrenees and reached the Rhône River before the Romans could block his crossing, moved up the valley to avoid their army, and crossed the Alps. This crossing of the Alps, with elephants and a full baggage train, is one of the remarkable feats of military history. Which pass he used is unknown; some scholars believe it was the Mont Genèvre or the Little St. Bernard.

    $90.00

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  • Egyptian (Isis and Osiris) Trade Cards – 1920’s

    Egyptian (Isis and Osiris) Trade Cards – 1920’s

    A group of six very colourful trade cards by Liebig advertising their tasty Fray products. Printed and issued around 1920. Complete 11cm by 7 cm each in very good condition.

    Titled Isis and Osiris they have text about each image on the back in Italian making them doubly useful!

    Special Egyptian set with striking colours and imagery.

    $60.00

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