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1 Borger, Riekele Babylonisch-Assyrische Lesestucke. Hefte III. Kommentar die Texte in Keilschrift
Roma Pontificum Institutum Biblicum 1963 no Wraps Good Folio 
Light green wraps. Folio. Pagination runs 109-188, plus 66 plates. All text in German. A brief discussion of Babylonian-Assyrian inscriptions, followed by 66 plates of cuneiform inscriptions on various tablets. GOOD+ condition. Wrappers faded. Minor soiling. Some splitting to the wrappers at the head and tail of the spine. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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2 Cantarella, Eva Pandora's Daughters: The Role and Status of Women in Greek and Roman Antiquity
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. Johns Hopkins University Press 1987 080183385x / 9780801833854 Original Wraps Fair 
229 pages including index. A history of women in ancient Greece and Rome written through an examination of legal documents and evidence, offering a feminist perspective on th sociological information that can be derived from law codes, lawyers' speeches, records of customs, etc. FAIR condition with moderate soiling, scuffing, curling and some creasing to the covers. Sticker on the lower spine and lower rear cover. A few black marker lines to the ffep. Text clean and solid. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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3 Carol C. Mattusch, Kenneth Lapatin Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture Around the Bay of Naples
New York Thames & Hudson 2008 0500514364 / 9780500514368 Cloth Very Good Very Good Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
365 pp. Color photos and illustrations throughout. A catalog to an exhibition of decorative arts and other art related items from the Roman villas around the Bay of Naples, a popular vacation area for ancient Romans. With a lengthy essay discussing the culture of the area as influenced by the leisure setting of the area, as well as a detailed look at the art and decorative arts. Includes a descriptive catalog of the items in the exhibition. VERY GOOD+ condition. Light fading and rubbing to the jacket and book. Owner's initials on the half title. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Sive Compendium Grammaticae Ebraeo-Chaldaicae, Utriusque Linguae Vet. Test. Institutionem Harmonice ita Tradens, ut Cuncta, Firmis Superstructa Fundamentis, Innotescant Scientifice, Editio Novissima, Danzii (Danz), Johann Andreas
4 Danzii (Danz), Johann Andreas Sive Compendium Grammaticae Ebraeo-Chaldaicae, Utriusque Linguae Vet. Test. Institutionem Harmonice ita Tradens, ut Cuncta, Firmis Superstructa Fundamentis, Innotescant Scientifice, Editio Novissima
Francofurti (Frankfurt) Dan. Christiani Hechtelii, Printer/Publisher. 1751 no Leather Good No Jacket Ex-Library 
Quarter leather with paper covered boards. Collated and appears complete with the following pagination 178; A8-B8, C6, 130; 32, 236, 144; A6, 1-92. All titles in book(except above): Sev Paradigmata Nominum Simplicium, ac Verborum Integra: Quibus pro Lingua Intimius Assicenda Imperfecta Quaeque as analogiam Perfectorum (); Sive Interpretis Ebraeo-Chaldaei Synopsis; Sive Rabbinismus Enucleatus, Quo ad ea, Quae Ebraeo-Chaldaeis; Sive Aditus Syriae Reclusus, Compendiose Ducens as Plenam Linguae Syriacae (). Primarily written in Latin, with tables and some writing printed in Hebrew and Syrian(Syrian or some form of Arabic script). A lengthy work collecting Danz's writings that compare the grammar and languages of Hebrew and Chaldean, as well as a section on Syria, all providing somewhat of a linguistic history of those languages through comparative grammar. Each section begins with its own title page. Johann Andreas Danz was a German theologian and orientalist, with a special interest in the Hebrew language. GOOD condition, ex-theological library, with some library markings in the interior. No pockets or pastedowns. Leather chipped and worn along the spine, with the bottom 1 inch MISSING and the leather becoming detached from the adjacent section. Leather split, very chipped and worn along the front hinge and head of the spine. Heavy scuffing to the paper covering the boards. Minor soiling. Heavy bumping and scuffing along the extremities. Text block solid. Faint dampstaining in the fore edge margin of the last half of the book. Minor scattered foxing. Some writing on the first and last endpapers. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Egypt: Descriptive, Historical and Picturesque. Two Volumes, Complete, Ebers. Georg.; Bell, Clara (translator)
5 Ebers. Georg.; Bell, Clara (translator) Egypt: Descriptive, Historical and Picturesque. Two Volumes, Complete
London/New York Cassell and Company/Cassell Publishing no Cloth Good No Jacket 
no date, circa 1879 based on dates within. Folio. Brown cloth with extensive gilt decorations and titling to the front covers. Xxiv, 327; xxii, 388 pp. With many full page and small illustrations throughout. A detailed description of Egypt, chronicling its ancient history and civilization, as well as its then recent history. Also included are descriptions of Cairo and Alexandria, both in antiquity and then present day, as well as accounts of ruins, tombs, etc. Georg Ebers was a noted German Egyptologist, noted for his discovery of the Ebers Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian medical text, as well as for his nonfiction and fiction that sought to popularize Egypt and its history. GOOD+ condition. Minor fading to the covers. Minor to moderate scuffing, heaviest along the extremities, corners and spine. Volume two with rather heavy scuffing/wear at the center fore edges, with the cloth starting to wear through. Both spines very faded. Interiors solid. Minor soiling to the preliminaries of volume 2. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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Pompeiana: the Topography, Edifices, and Ornaments of Pompeii, the Result of Excavations since 1819. Two volumes in one. With a single volume Pompeiana: the Topography, Edifices, and Ornaments of Pompeii., Gell, William; Gandy, John P.
6 Gell, William; Gandy, John P. Pompeiana: the Topography, Edifices, and Ornaments of Pompeii, the Result of Excavations since 1819. Two volumes in one. With a single volume Pompeiana: the Topography, Edifices, and Ornaments of Pompeii.
London Jennings and Chaplin; Printed for Rodwell and Martin no Full Leather Good 
Jennings and Chaplin. London: 1832. With the single volume Printed for Rodwell and Martin. London: 1817-1819. Red leather with gilt ornamentation on the spines. xxiv, 198, 207; Xxxi, 273 pp. Black and white plates and vignettes throughout, as well as one in color (in the 2 in 1 book). These are all present as called for. The one volume 1819 edition contains many black and white plates and maps, with severe misnumbering, duplicate numbering or no numbers from plate 30 on, making collation very difficult, and impossible to say if all plates are there. One in color in this book. Two volumes bound as one gathering the 1832 edition in one book, with a separate book, bound the same, presenting the presumed 1819 edition of Pompeiana. A work discussing the archaeological findings at Pompeii, examining the lay out of the city and buildings, as well as architecture, art and other aspects of the city. With three armorial bookplates: one from Sir Robert Peel mentioning Drayton Manor; one from Wickham Noakes; and one, in the rear, from Everett E. Whitney. GOOD condition. Deep scuff and superficial peeling to a 2 by inch section of the front cover of the 1832 book, with otherwise minor general scuffing, uneven fading, darkening and minor soiling to both books. Leather very scuffed and worn along the hinges, with darkening and minor cracking to the spines. Front hinge split along the upper 1/3 of the 1817-1819 volume. Scattered foxing throughout each, affecting the plates. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. In Twelve volumes, Complete, Gibbons, Edward; Milman, H.H. (notes)
7 Gibbons, Edward; Milman, H.H. (notes) The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. In Twelve volumes, Complete
London John Murray no Half-Leather Good 
1838-39. Half leather, with marbled boards, and gilt decorations in compartments on the spine. Black spine labels partially missing, or missing completely, from most of the volumes, with some labels loosely attached. Pagination varies among the volumes. Two fold out maps present in volume one, all present as called for, fold out map at the rear of volume two; a two page map at the beginning of volume 3; fold out map at the front of volume four; fold out map at the rear of volume five; fold out map at the rear of volume six; fold out map at the rear of volume seven; fold out map at the frontis of volumes eight nine, ten, eleven and twelve. A classic work of history, noted for its objectivity and serving as a model for future historians. This work charts the waning years of the Roman Empire from 98-1590 AD, examining the impact of its decline on western civilization. GOOD to VERY GOOD condition. Many spine labels missing or loose. Spines faded. Uneven fading and darkening to the leather. Leather scuffed, chipped and somewhat worn along the hinges, spines and extremities. A few volumes with dampstaining along the spines, not affecting the interior. A few with a few small gouges in the leather. Interiors clean and solid. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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8 Haag, William G. Melanges. Louisiana in North American Prehistory. Number 1 May 25, 1971
Baton Rouge, LA Museum of Geoscience Louisiana State University 1971 no Original Wraps Very Good 
45 pages. With a few maps and illustrations. A short look at the prehistory of Louisiana including lithic and later periods, including analysis of pottery and early Native American activity. In VERY GOOD condition with minor fading and edgewear. Minor creasing at the top corner. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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Historia Numorum. A Manual of Greek Numismatics, Head, Barclay V
9 Head, Barclay V Historia Numorum. A Manual of Greek Numismatics
Oxford The Clarendon Press 1887 no Quarter Leather Good No Jacket 
Quarter leather with brown cloth. Lxxx, 808, plus 5 plates in the rear. Small illustrations of various coins throughout. A detailed study and history of Greek coins and numismatics, discussing various methods of exchange, metric systems of the Egyptians, Babylonians and Assyrians, Phoenician traders, derivation of coin weights, transmission of weight standards from Asia to Europe, Greek coin types, inscriptions, etc. Chapters then are separated by ancient regions, including Hispania, Britannia, Gallia, Italy, Macedon, Thrace, Aetolia, Armenia, Syria, Arabia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Mauretania, etc. Barclay Head was a British numismatist, working for the British Museum and helping to catalog their extensive collection of Greek coins, as well as authoring this definitive work on the subject. GOOD condition. Large chip of leather peeled down and stuck to the spine at the head, with some minor tearing, chipping and loss at the foot. Leather rather worn, scuffed, frayed and cracked along the spine. General fading to the cloth, with some soiling and minor stains. Moderate to heavy bumping and scuffing along the extremities. Interior binding cracked at the front and rear hinges, but holding. Some browning to the paper. Minor scattered staining and soiling throughout. A few stray notes in the text. 
Price: 90.00 USD
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10 Horsley, Richard A. Galilee: History, Politics, People
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Trinity Press International 1995 1563381338 / 9781563381331 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
357 pp. A detailed examination of the area of Galilee and the origins of two major religions in the area: rabbinic Judaism and Christianity, focusing on political and economic relations in Roman Palestine and in reference to Galilee. This includes chapters on Galilee under Jerusalem rule, the area between and after Roman conquests, village and family, village economy, Galilee under imperial rule, etc. VERY GOOD condition. Minor fading, scuffing and edgewear to the jacket. Minor edgewear to the book. Address label partially removed from the first endpaper. 
Price: 28.00 USD
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Sumerian and Babylonian Psalms, Langdon, Stephen
11 Langdon, Stephen Sumerian and Babylonian Psalms
Paris Librairie Paul Geuthner. 1909 no Quarter Leather Good Ex-Library 
Maroon quarter leather with marbled boards. Original wraps bound in. xxvi, 349 pp. A collection of temple liturgy of the official Babylonian and Assyrian religion, consisting of services of public praise and penance. With a short historical introduction. The work itself is presented in transliterated Sumerian or Babylonian language, with English translations on the facing page. This includes Lamentations to the Amatu, The Crying Storm, Lamentations to the Word, etc. GOOD condition, ex-theological institution library, with spine label, interior pastedowns and library markings present. Heavy scuffing to the leather along the hinges and spine tips. General fading and some scuffing to the boards, with the corners worn. Interior solid. Paper toned. Scattered tick marks, underlines and minor notes in the introduction. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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12 Macrobius [Ambrosius Theodosius]. Translated with an introduction and notes by Percival Vaughan Davies The Saturnalia. Number LXXIX of the records of civilization sources and Studies
New York Columbia University Press 1969 no Cloth Good No Jacket 
Blue cloth. No jacket. 560 pages including index. An English language translation of this dialogue involving twelve main characters who espouse various beliefs and philosophies. Macrobius had hoped to put his learning and reading at the disposal of his son, to provide useful information (from the introduction). Much of the historical information on various societies and cultures provided within had not been preserved elsewhere. GOOD+ condition. Minor fading to the cloth, a bit heavier to the spine. Light soiling, scuffing and edgewear. A few light scratches to the cloth on the rear panel. Page edges soiled. Slight bump and crease to a few page corners at the center of the book. Offsetting to the front endpaper. Minor scattered underlining, in pencil, to the first half of the book. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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V. Cl. and Inlustris Opera. Accedunt Integrae Isacii Pontani, Joh. Meursii, Jacobi Gronovii Notae and Animadversiones. Editio Novissima, cum Indice Rerum and Vocum Locupletissimo, Macrobius, Ambrosius, Theodosius.
13 Macrobius, Ambrosius, Theodosius. V. Cl. and Inlustris Opera. Accedunt Integrae Isacii Pontani, Joh. Meursii, Jacobi Gronovii Notae and Animadversiones. Editio Novissima, cum Indice Rerum and Vocum Locupletissimo
London T. Dring and C. Harper 1694 no Full Leather Good 
Full leather. Illustrated frontispiece. (16) 491, ccc5-ggg4. All text in Latin. A edition of various works by Macrobius, including his "Commentary on the Dream of Scipio" discussing Platonism; and Saturnalia, consisting of dialogue involving twelve main characters who espouse various beliefs and philosophies. Macrobius had hoped to put his learning and reading at the disposal of his son, to provide useful information. Much of the historical information on various societies and cultures provided in Saturnalia had not been preserved elsewhere. GOOD condition. Covers split along the hinges, very tenuously holding on to the binding. Old cloth tape repair to the head of the spine. Leather cracking and flaking along the hinges and spine. Some scuffing and bumping along the extremities. Leather peeling back at the rear corner near the head of the spine. Bookplate present. Sporadic dampstaining present, intermittently affecting the lower corner and fore edge of pages throughout. Smallish hole in the first endpaper. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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14 Marcade, Jean Roma Amor. Essay on Erotic Elements in Etruscan and Roman Art
Geneva Nagel Publishers 1965 no Cloth Very Good No Jacket 
Beige cloth. No jacket. Folio. 131 pp. Color plates tipped in throughout. A detailed study of erotic and sexual themes and depictions in ancient Roman and Etruscan art, accompanying many color and black and white plates of art. VERY GOOD condition. A few small spots of foxing to the covers. Light fading and edgewear. Faint browning to the rear cover. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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15 Miller, Mary; Martin, Simon. Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya
San Francisco Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco 2004 no Wraps Very Good Quarto 
Glossy photo illustrated wraps. Square quarto. 304 pp. Color photos throughout. A book issued to coincide with a 2004-05 exhibition of Ancient Mayan artwork, with many scholarly essays analyzing Mayan art, its history, cultural importance and aesthetics. With discussion of sculpture, jewelry, decorative arts, etc. VERY GOOD condition. Minor rubbing and edgewear. Light toning in the interior. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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16 Moortgat, Anton. The Art of Ancient Mesopotamia. The Classical Art of the Near East
London Phaidon Books 1969 no First Edition Cloth Very Good Good Quarto 
First edition. Greenish-yellow cloth in unclipped jacket. Small quarto. 356 pp. Black and white photo plates and illustrations throughout. A comprehensive look at the art of the region of ancient Mesopotamia, drawing on archaeology, finds at sites and studies of individual objects to chronicle the origins, evolution and concepts involved in the art, as well as a look at its cultural significance, etc. With sections on Sumero-Akkadian art, Old Babylonian art, middle Babylonian (Kassite) art and Assyrian art. GOOD+ jacket on a VERY GOOD book. Minor fading, rubbing and a hint of soiling to the jacket. Some curling, minor bumping and scuffing along the extremities, with a few small tears. Light foxing to the jacket flaps. Minor fading and edgewear to the book. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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17 Mylonas, George E. Mycenae and the Mycenaean Age
Princeton Princeton University Press 1966 no Cloth Good Good 
Small folio. 251 pp., plus black and white plates in the rear. Drawing on archaeological findings, Mylonas presents a survey of Mycenae and the Mycenaean culture, including military strategy, political and social life, religious practices. Also present is a discussion as to whether or not there was a cult of the dead, their art and culture and decline. GOOD condition. Jacket faded, with heavy browning to the rear panel. Minor soiling and a few small stains. Some scuffing. Extremities chipped, with minor loss, some tearing and creasing. Light fading and edgewear to the book. Page edges foxed, with scattered foxing in the interior. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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18 Niebuhr, B.G. Lectures on Ancient History, from the Earliest Times to the Taking of Alexandria by Octavianus. Comprising the History of the Asiatic Nations, the Egyptians, Greeks, Macedonians, and Carthaginians. Volume 1 and 3 ONLY
Philadelphia Blanchard and Lea 1852 no Cloth Fair No Jacket 
Black cloth with ornamentation in blind. xxiii, 424, 24 (advertisements); xvi, 569. Volumes 1 and 3 ONLY. A study of ancient history presented as a series of lectures, containing sections on the Babylonians, Nineveh, the Cimmerians, the Phoenicians, the Egyptians and Ethiopians, Scythians and many sections on ancient Greece and the Greeks. FAIR condition. Heavy chipping and loss of cloth along the spines, with large portions missing from the head and tail of each. Boards chewed (at the center fore edge of volume 1 and upper right front corner of volume 3). Cloth very scuffed and worn along the extremities. Minor soiling, fading, staining and discoloration to the covers of both. Text blocks solid, with heavy scattered foxing and minor to moderate soiling throughout both. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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19 Obermann, Julian Two Magic Bowls: New Incantation Texts From Mesopotamia. Offprint
No Place No Publisher no Wraps Good 
No Publisher, place or date. Offprint for private circulation, originally published in the American Journal of Semitic Languages and Literature, January, 1940. Printed wraps. 31 pp. Two black and white photo plates. A short work discussing magic incantation texts written in Aramaic inside two terra cotta bowls in the Babylonian collection at Yale, offering the original text and translation, as well as somewhat technical discussion of the language and linguistics, as well as some historical context of names mentioned. GOOD+ condition. Some darkening and offsetting along the extremities. Minor soiling and scuffing. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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20 Pliny; Melmoth, William. The Letters of Pliny the Consul. With Occasional Remarks. In two volumes.
Boston E. Larkin 1809 no Leather Good No Jacket 
Full calf leather. 332, 280 pp. Written by Pliny the Younger in the first century AD, these letters provide detailed insight into political and daily life Rome and the Roman world. This includes letters to Tacitus, among others, as well as letters describing the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, in which Pliny the Elder was killed. He also wrote on Christianity in the Roman world, among other subjects. Pliny the Younger was a lawyer and magistrate in ancient Rome. GOOD condition. Heavy scuffing to the leather on both volumes, with the hinges split and covers somewhat weakly attached to the binding. Minor soiling and staining to the covers. Spines very worn, with the leather cracked chipped and flaking, as well as loss to the head and tail. Ownership signatures present. Scattered moderate foxing and spotting throughout. Some soiling in the interior. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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