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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.


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  • Antique Medical Instruments – Elisabeth Bennion

    Antique Medical Instruments – Elisabeth Bennion

    Published by Sotheby Parke Bernet, University of California Press a first edition 1979.

    A substantial book. Large quarto, 355 pages, heavily and appropriately illustrated. A trifle foxed inside dust jacket and top edge otherwise clan as a whistle, very good. A heavy book that will require a modest supplement to get it Overseas.

    Ephemera included with the book includes a book review and prospectus and two letters to a previous owner by the author Elisabeth Bennion when she worked with distinguished antique medical instrument purveyors Simon Kaye, Piccadilly, London. The correspondence relates to the purchase of monaural stethoscopes.

    Also included is the catalogue for the second exhibition (and sale) of Antique Medical Instruments at the aforesaid Simon Kaye 1978 which references the launch of of Elisabeth Bennion’s book.

    The Foreword by Reginal Murley, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, England says it all … a book of this quality has been long overdue, the meticulous and thorough research stand out and the newly created “directory of Surgical Instrument Makers” will be a goo to reference for all Medical Historian.

    Covers the period from the Middle Ages to 1870 with chapters by instrument family following an introduction on the history of the profession. Then saws, trephines and phlebotomy instruments; knives, directors and forceps; lithotomy and urethrotomy instruments; ear, nose and throat; obstetrical and gynaecological; ophthalmic; Dental; Veterinary; etc … an the bibliography is extensive, glossary of terms, chronological chart of surgeons and the aforementioned 40 page “Directory”

    Make sure you look at the image of the various spectacles … amazing that the green ones in the shark skin case are from the 1820′s … so fashionable by today’s standards.

    Extensive well researched book on medial antique – not just ear trumpets.


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  • Honours Conferred by Charles II (A Catalogue of Nobility) – First Edition 1662

    Honours Conferred by Charles II (A Catalogue of Nobility) – First Edition 1662

    Printed by Robert Pawley at the Sign of the Bible in Chancery-Lane near the Temple 1662.

    Full and proper title … Catalogue of Nobility – The Names and Titles of all such Dukes, Earls, Viscounts and Barons, Knights of the Garter, Knights of the Bath, and Knights Baronets, made by His Majesty K. Charles II. With the times of their Creations. Also, The Names of His Majesties Privy Council, the Bishops and Piers of the Realm as they are placed in this present Parliament. With the addition of above 40 new Honours.

    Small octavo, 68 pages after title and one-page Publishers Catalogue … which include the then useful “A Collection of What is Treason by the Laws of England”.

    Rebound at some date in full vellum with gilt titles to front in decorative gilt broader, nice gilt devices and lines to spine, silk ribbon added. A very nice presentation.

    After the restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, King Charles II quickly enhanced the “system” of privilege … the old names were there … Percy of Northumberland but many new ones were added … with all that in place his back was covered? And more time could be afforded to his greatest joy … to party.

    Period record of the Honours of Charles II – 1662


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  • The Fate of Anatomical Collections – Knoeff and Zwijnenverg Editors – Distinguished Contributors

    The Fate of Anatomical Collections – Knoeff and Zwijnenverg Editors – Distinguished Contributors

    Published by Ashgate, Farnham, England a first edition 2015. One of the prestigious “History of Medicine in Context” series.

    Large octavo, 305 pages, relevant illustrations, a very good production on quality paper. Fine condition.

    The Dutch editors Rina Knoeff of the University of Groningen and Robert Zwijnenberg from Leiden University. The Contributors number 19 and are a “who is who” of medical history writing.

    Anatomical collections continue to be relevant to medical training, research etc and also to maintain and improve our understanding of medical history. Some senior collections are well preserved by the Institutions that hold them some not so.

    After useful introductory chapters, Part II explores the “Fated Collections” … What Richard Owen did to John Hunter’s Collection; McGill University’s Collection and the Case of Curator Maude Abbott; Resilience and the Long Life of Leiden’s Earliest Anatomical Collection and the Charnel House and the early Skeletons. Part III deals with Preparations, Models and Users. Part IV .. Provenance and Fate .. the Beaded Babies; Strasbourg’s Pathology Collection etc. Part V …. Modern Practices … the Public Veneration of Anatomical Relics.

    Quality work of the highest standard … Anatomical Collections described and considered.


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  • Bloodletting Instruments – Davis and Appel

    Bloodletting Instruments – Davis and Appel

    Published by The Printers’ Devil. Arlington, MA 1983. The bulk of the work had previously been included in an issue of Studies from the Smithsonian Institute

    Softcover, quarto 102 pages well illustrated. Very good condition. Original invoice of purchase left inside.

    An impressive work on Bloodletting Instruments. With reference to the collection held by the U.S. national Museum of History and Technology.

    Starts proper with a History of Bleeding and usefully “How much Blood to Rake” and “When to Bleed”. Barber Surgeons and then the move to cupping, leeching etc. A catalogue of instruments for the best of Phlebotanists ad good references to the numerous trade catalogues

    Bloodletting once very popular – might make a comeback


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  • Early 19th Century Pope Joan Card Game Staking Board

    Early 19th Century Pope Joan Card Game Staking Board

    A striking example of a Pope Joan Staking Board, likely Georgian.

    A red lacquered board probably made in China for the English market. The circular pot to hold counters is surrounded by eight divisions. The borders embellished to describe each of the compartments … the Nine of Diamonds (Which represents “Pope Joan”; The Ace, King, Queen and Jack of Diamonds, and the words Matrimony, Intrigue and Game with floral devices in gilt in-between. Still has the top to the pot (often missing) with more card decorations. Does not have a wooden pedestal foot which would have screwed on below. 24cm in diameter. Likely made from Birch or some other decorative light wood. A really super example.

    An 18th Century round game of cards for three to eight players derived French games and related to but less elaborate than Newmarket. It did not appear in Hoyle until 1814 but had been mentioned in early dictionaries. Pope Joan refers to the suspicion that Pope John VIII was actually a woman.

    Two Hundred Year Old Staking Board for Pope Joan – a lovely decorative piece


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