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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.


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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.


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  • The Jason Voyage  – the Quest for the Golden Fleece – Tim Severin

    The Jason Voyage – the Quest for the Golden Fleece – Tim Severin

    Published by Guild Publishing, London 1985. Octavo, 263 pages well illustrated and with charts etc. A very good near fine copy.

    13th century BC and Jason sets sail in his galley to find the Golden Fleece. Legend or fact? From Greece across the Aegean through the Dardanelles and Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus and up along the Black Sea all the way to Colchis were Jason found the “fleece”’ and his bride Medea.

    Tim Severin had already tested the legend of St Brendan who sailed a leather boat from Ireland to America. And repeated the voyages of Sinbad. For Jason he built a twenty-oar galley and repeated the 1,500 mile voyage … a few volunteer oarsmen were required! Superb mytho-archaeology [our word]

    Tim Severin put it all into Jason and proved the possibility


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  • Thucydides [The Eight Books of the Peloponnesian War] Thucydides translated by Benjamin Jowett.

    Thucydides [The Eight Books of the Peloponnesian War] Thucydides translated by Benjamin Jowett.

    Two fine volumes comprising the eights books of the Peloponnesian War written by Thucydides the son of Olorus, translated into English with an Introduction, Marginal Analysis, Notes and Indices, to which is prefixed An Essay on Inscriptions and a Note on the Geography of Thucydides.

    Finely bound in full blue polished calf by Relfe Brothers as a prize at Dulwich College. Octavo, 267 pages and 514 pages after preliminaries. Lavish gilt to board borders, edges and internally, gilt design to front, raised bands to spines with separate red leather title labels, gilt designs to compartments. Top edge richly gilt with typical Relfe rich marbled endpapers, prize label on Vol I. The odd tiny rub, overall a very good near fine set in sumptuous bindings.

    A second edition published by the Clarendon Press, Oxford in 1900 with revisions by Forbes and Abbott of Jowett’s standard translation of the great classic. Jowett was Master of Balliol College and Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford University. Regarded as the most accurate and scholarly translation embellished by Jowett’s notes and commentaries.

    Thucydides (cBC460-cBC400) Greek historian and a military general. He began writing about the fourth century BC wars between Sparta and Athens as soon as they broke out believing they would be of greater substance than any previous war. What is known about Thucydides comes mainly from this work. He was born into a wealthy Thrace family with connections in high places and large estates in Thrace. He owned gold mines on his estates. During the war he was blamed by the Athenian’s for the loss of Amphipolis to the Spartans even though it was already lost by the time his forces made it to the town. As a result he was exiled and spent much of his time on his estate and took to writing the “history” in earnest. He is regarded as the first “scientific” history writer … meaning he based his work on proper observations and facts and wrote up the events without bias. He intended his work to survive as a true record … he wrote “it is not written for display, to make an immediate impression, but to be a possession for all time”

    Thucydides – the War between Sparta and Athens 4th Century BC
    Complete in two volumes finely bound by Relfe Brothers


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