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1 Ascherson, Neal. BLACK SEA: THE BIRTHPLACE OF CIVILISATION AND BARBARISM.
London Folio Society 2011 Hard Cover Near Fine 
283 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), bound in three-quarter black buckram with printed front board - in slipcase. Map endpapers, colour illustrations. With a revised and updated Foreword by the author. Minor rubbing on slipcase. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
2 Baring-Gould, Sabine. Introduction by Michael Lord. THE BOOK OF WERE-WOLVES: BEING AN ACCOUNT OF A TERRIBLE SUPERSTITION.
New York Causeway Books 1973 0883560089 / 9780883560082 Hard Cover Very Good - Good- 
266 pp, 9 1/4" H. "Werewolves are human beings who through magic change into animal form and lust for the flesh of other humans or animals. The tradition of werewolves goes back to the dawn of history and it is found in countries all over the world. There is even a scientific term for it - Lycanthropy - which denotes the magical transformation of man into beast or the belief that such changes take place. In this book, (first published in 1865, the author) advances as an explantion of werewolves, a theory of an innate cruelty and blood lust in mankind, dimly veiled by civilization." Chapter headings: Lycanthropy among the Ancients; The Were-wolf in the North; The Origin of the Scandinavian Were-wolf; The Were-wolf in the Middle Ages; A Chapter of Horrors; Jean Grenier; Folk-lore Relating to Were-wolves; Natural Causes of Lycanthropy; Mythological Origin of the Were-wolf Myth; The Marechal De Retz - I. The Investigation of Charges; The Marechal De Retz - II. The Trial; Marechal de Retz - III. The Sentence and Execution; A Galician Were-wolf; Anomalous Case - The Human Hyaena; A Sermon on Were-wolves. A few pages with very tiny crease at top corner, bump at top of spine, light wrinkling at bottom of spine, minor edge wear, three small corner bumps. Dust jacket has light soiling - mainly on rear panel, yellow spine color has faded to white, light fading at top of front panel and on hinges, light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE PHILOSOPHER AND THE DRUIDS:  A JOURNEY AMONG THE ANCIENT CELTS., Freeman, Philip.
3 Freeman, Philip. THE PHILOSOPHER AND THE DRUIDS: A JOURNEY AMONG THE ANCIENT CELTS.
New York Simon & Schuster 2006 978074326280 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
221 pp, 8 11/16" H. B&w maps, photographs. "Early in the first century B.C. a Greek philosopher named Posidonius began an ambitious and dangerous journey into the little-known land of the Celts. A man of great intellectual curiosity and considerable daring, (he) traveled from his home on the island of Rhodes to Rome, the capital of the expanding empire that had begun to dominate the Mediterranean. From there he planned to investigate for himself the mysterious Celts, reputed to be cannibals and savages. His journey would be one of the great adventures of the ancient world. Posidonius journeyed deep into the heart of the Celtic lands in Gaul. There he discovered that the Celts were not barbarians but a sophisticated people who studied the stars, composed beautiful poetry, and venerated a priestly caste known as the Druids. Celtic warriors painted their bodies, wore pants, and decapitated their foes. Posidonius was amazed at the Celtic women, who enjoyed greater freedoms than the women of Rome, and was astonished to discover that women could even become Druids. He returned home and wrote a book about his travels among the Celts, which became one of the most popular books of ancient times. His work influenced Julius Caesar, who would eventually conquer the people of Gaul and bring the Celts into the Roman Empire, ending forever their ancient way of life. Thanks to Posidonius, who could not have known that he was recording a way of life soon to disappear, we have an objective, eyewitness account of the lives and customs of the ancient Celts." Light browning to top of text block, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has some areas of light edge wrinkling - mainly on rear panel, minor rubbing, two very small dents on front hinge. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
PHOENIX FEATHERS: A COLLECTION OF MYTHICAL MONSTERS., Silverberg, Barbara, editor.  Frank R. Stockton, Frederick Engelhardt, Edward Topsell, John Wyndham, Kenneth Grahame, Theodore Sturgeon, Larry Niven, E. Nesbit, Lewis Varthema, Herb Lehrman, Marco Polo, Herodotus, Ctesias, Alf Laylah Wa Laylah, et al.
4 Silverberg, Barbara, editor. Frank R. Stockton, Frederick Engelhardt, Edward Topsell, John Wyndham, Kenneth Grahame, Theodore Sturgeon, Larry Niven, E. Nesbit, Lewis Varthema, Herb Lehrman, Marco Polo, Herodotus, Ctesias, Alf Laylah Wa Laylah, et al. PHOENIX FEATHERS: A COLLECTION OF MYTHICAL MONSTERS.
New York E.P. Dutton 1973 0525369856 / 9780525369851 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
206 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w reproductions of old prints. Contents: Introduction; The Griffin (The Arimaspi and the Griffins / Griffins in the Land of Bachary / The Giffin and the Minor Canon); The Kraken (From Polypus on the Coasts of Norway / The Largest Sea-Monster in the World / The Kraken); The Dragon (The Greatest Among Serpents / Chinese Puzzle / The Reluctant Dragon); The Unicorn (From Certain Wild Asses / On the Nature of Unicorns / Unicorns in Mecca / The Ancient Last / The Silken-Swift); The Roc (The Enormous Bird of Madeigascar / The Second Voyage of Sindbad the Seaman / Bird in the Hand); The Basilisk (The Origin of the Basilisk / The Vienna Basilisk); The Phoenix (The Sacred Bird of Heliopolis / The Egg); For Further Reading. Previous owner's name and date in ink on front pastedown, top corner of half-title page is clipped, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, scattered tiny light foxing marks on edges of text block - mainly at top. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling, a few tiny chips, small edge tear, slight darkening to spine, light browning, slight soiling, a few tiny foxing marks. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
ISLAND OF THE BLESSED:  THE SECRETS OF EGYPT'S EVERLASTING OASIS., Thurston, Harry.
5 Thurston, Harry. ISLAND OF THE BLESSED: THE SECRETS OF EGYPT'S EVERLASTING OASIS.
Doubleday Canada 2003 0385259697 / 9780385259699 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
388 pp, 9 1/4" H. "(I)n the Western Desert, where decades might pass between rains, and showers often evaporate before they hit the ground, lies the 'other Egypt', where a story as old as the sands has lain for millennia. In this tiny island of green - with its shifting borders of deadly sand, verdant farms, and buried water - rests the whole of human history and its future. (The author) follows a Canadian-led international team of archaeologists as they sift the Sahara to unlock the secrets of the 'everlastting oasis', Dahkleh. This fertile and isolated place has been home to humans for nearly half a million years, and modern archaeologists are using high-tech methods to decipher how desert-dwelling Africans gave birth to the great Nile civilization. A perfect Old Kingdom town has been unearthed, replete with palaces and temples from the Golden Age of ancient Egypt. Awed archaeologists continue their excavation of an entire Roman city - a 'desert Pompeii' - buried by the inexorable march of the Sahara, where they have already uncovered a stunning cache of mummies, a Roman-era archive of 10,000 papyri, and the world's two oldest books. Combining elements of adventure travelogue and scientific detective story, (this book) explores the fragile balance between an over-reaching humanity and its environment, and unveils an utterly fascinating chapter of human history." Slight lean to spine, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, 1 1/2" sq. white label on rear pastedown under flap. Dust jacket has some light wrinkling at top edge and a soft crease along top edge of rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
A CRIMINAL HISTORY OF MANKIND., Wilson, Colin.
6 Wilson, Colin. A CRIMINAL HISTORY OF MANKIND.
London Granada 1984 0246116366 / 9780246116369 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
702 pp, 9 1/2" H. "(T)ells the story of human violence from Peking Man to the Mafia, taking into account the calculated sadism of the Assyrians, the opportunism of the Greek pirates, the brutality that made Rome the 'razor king of the Mediterranean', the mindless destruction of the Vandals, the mass slaughter of Genghis Khan, Tamurlane, Ivan the Terrible, Vlad the Impaler - - . Each age has its own characteristic pattern of crime. In the past three centuries crime has changed and evolved until the sex killer and the mass murderer have become symbols of all that is worst about our civilization. But this is not just a study of human depravity: it is an attempt to place crime in perspective against human discovery, exploration and invention. The result is a completely new approach to the history and psychology of human violence." Light toning to top edge and fore-edge of text block, book is slightly cocked, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge rubbing. Dust jacket minor edge wear, very light edge wrinkling, light browning at top edge of flaps and top inside edge of jacket, light rubbing. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 


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