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The Biblio Rare Book Room offers a large selection of rare and antique history books. From maps, illustrations, graphs, and various collectible ephemera, the rare history books section of the Rare Book Room offers something for everyone. Whether you are a passionate rare and antique book collector or a dedicated academic with interests in specific topics, you are sure to find a special rare history book in our Rare Book Room. The featured books below are written in many and diverse languages, and many of them are unique or first edition copies of highly sought after rare and antique history books.



THE FLORENTINE HISTORIE. Written in the Italian tongue, by Nicholo Macchiavelli, Citizen and Secretarie of Florence. And translated into English by T. B. [Thomas Bedingfield] Esquire. by MACHIAVELLI. NICCOLO

Printed by T. C. [Thomas Creede] for W. P. [William Ponsonby]. London. 1595. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. Folio. (11.1 x 7.5 inches). x11,222pp. Lacking last, blank, leaf, all text complete. Decorated with woodcut engraved ornamental title page and engraved h…

From Paul Foster Books

£12,750.00


VOYAGES AND TRAVELS or SCENES IN MANY LANDS, WITH 850 ILLUSTRATIONS ON WOOD AND STEEL of VIEWS FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD; COMPRISING MOUNTAINS LAKES RIVERS PALACES CATHEDRALS CASTLES ABBEYS AND RUINS, TWO BOOK SET by LEO DE COLANGE, EDITOR

BOSTON: E.W. WALKER & CO., 1887 BEAUTIFUL LARGE, HEAVY BOOKS ABOUT VOYAGES AND TRAVELS AROUND THE WORLD. VERY NICELY MADE, 1/3 LEATHER WITH LEATHER ON SPINE AND CORNERS, GOLD PRINT FRONT AND SPINE. TIGHT AND CLEAN THROUGHOUT. RED PAGE EDGING, MARBLING IN…

From Antique Books Den

$245.50


The True History of the Conquest of Mexico, By Captain Bernal Diaz del Castillo, one of the Conquerors. Written in the year 1568 by Dïaz del Castillo, Bernal (1492-1585)

viii+514 pages with frontispiece map. Quarto (10 1/2" x 8 3/4") housed in a custom slipcase. Translated by Maurice Keatinge. First English edition. Bernal Dïaz del Castillo was a conquistador, who wrote an eyewitness account of the conquest of Mexico …

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB

$750.00


GREAT MEN and FAMOUS WOMEN- A Series of Pen And Pencil Sketches of the Lives of More Than 200 of the Most Prominent Personages In History- (Cpl. Set of 68 Parts Including Very Scarce Question Book) by Charles F. Horne (1870-1942)

New York: Selmar Hess, 1894. GREAT MEN and FAMOUS WOMEN- A Series of Pen And Pencil Sketches of the Lives of More Than 200 of the Most Prominent Personages In History- (Cpl. Set of 68 Parts Including Very Scarce Question Book)- by Charles F. Horne (1870-1…

From jakoll

$259.95


A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, EMBRACING THE WHOLE PERIOD, FROM THE EARLIEST DISCOVERIES TO THE PRESENT TIME. IN THREE PARTS by C. B. TAYLOR

PHILADELPHIA: LEARY & GETZ, 1857 RARE BOOK, BROWN COVER WITH RAISED DESIGN, VERY OUTSIDE OF SPINE COVER MISSING, BOOK COVER IS STILL ATTACHED, PAGES ARE TIGHT AND CLEAN, FORMER OWNER NAME INSIDE FRONT IN PENCIL, BOOK 3 INCHES THICK. MARBLING DESIGN PAGE …

From Antique Books Den

$425.00


THE BUTCHER OF CAWNPORE by WILLIAM MURRAY GRAYDON

NEW YORK: STREET & SMITH, 1900 NICE LOOKING GREEN COVER, SOLDIER ON FRONT WITH GUN, ORANGE AND BLACK DESIGN, GOLD PRINT SPINE. FRONT LOWER RIGHT CORNER SLIGHTLY BUMPED. FORMER OWNERS LABEL IN FRONT, JC PENNEY STICKER FRONT. NO OTHER MARKINGS, TIGHT AN…

From Antique Books Den

$125.50


Life Of Napoleon Bonaparte A History, 4-Volume Set by Sloane, William Milligan

NY: The Century Co.. Very Good- with No Dust Jacket as issued. 1896. Hardcover. 4-volume set. Published 1896. Original three-quarter burgundy moroccan leather on green marbled boards with matching green marbled endpapers, raised bands, gilt lettering an…

From The Novel Shoppe

$300.00


The General History of the Vast Continent and Islands of America, Commonly Call’d The West-Indies, from The First Discovery thereof: With the Best Accounts the People could give of their Antiquities. Collected from the Original Relations sent to the Kings of Spain by De Herrera, Antonio

London. Jer. Batley at The Dove. 1725-1726. Bound in full period calfskin. Elaborate gilt ruled spine compartments with gilt-tooled fleural motifs. Red and green morocco labels.All edges marbled. 8v0. 5"x8". The First Edition in English - the F…

From Heldfond Book Gallery, ABAA-ILAB

$2,750.00


Cosmographie in Four Books. Containing the Chorography and History of the Whole World: and all the Principal Kingdoms, Provinces, Seas, and Isles thereof. by Peter Heylyn

London : P C T Passenger, B Tooke, and T Sawbridge, 1682 A reading copy of this scarce work. Classed as 'poor' because it lacks the 4 maps; the frontispiece and title page have had some damage and have been relaid; and the remaining contents have …

From E C Books

£380.00


£595.00


THE RISE OF THE DUTCH REPUBLIC: A History by John Lothrop Motley

London- UK: Ward, Lock & Co, 1882. THE RISE OF THE DUTCH REPUBLIC: A History- John Lothrop Motley- Illustrated- Ward, Lock & Co-London-UK- nd[1882]- Warwick House- 1st Thus- Hardcover:-4to-VG++/ no jacket as issued- original publishers fine bindin…

From jakoll

$349.95


Complete Works of William H. Prescott in 16 Volumes by Prescott, William H

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1903. William H. Prescott's major historical writings were from the mid-1820s until the author's death from a stroke in 1859. This collection includes the final "New and Revised Edition," first published in…

From Grimalkin Books

$239.00


The history and antiquities of the abbey and borough of Evesham: compiled chiefly from Mss. in the British Museum. By William Tindal, M. A. Late Fellow Of Trinity-College, Oxon by Tindal, William (1756-1804)

Evesham: Evesham: printed and sold by John Agg; and T.N. Longman, Paternoster-Row, London , 1794. 1st Edition . Half leather. Good. First edition, quarto; viii,363,[5]pp., complete with seven plates and closing subscribers' list. Bound in old half le…

From Lyppard Books

£120.00


Montgomery County Georgia: A Source Book of Genealogy and History by James E. Dorsey and John K. Derden

Spartanburg, SC: The Reprint Comapny (for Magnolia Press), 1983. VF/0/1st ed. Contains a brief narrative history of the county with a bibliography. Some of the Genealogical Source Material includes: Deed Abstracts, Will Abstracts, Tax Digests, Inferior Co…

From Books About The South

$175.00


A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH SPEAKING PEOPLES. The New World.; The Age of Revolution.; The Great Democracies.; The Birth of Britain by CHURCHILL. WINSTON. S

McClelland & Stewart. Ltd. Toronto, Canada. 1956-58. LIMITED EDITION SET. Four volumes. First Canadian Editions. 8vo. --- Each volume one of 350 presentation copies signed by the Publisher, John McClelland, on a bound in sheet at the start of each v…

From Paul Foster Books

£1,250.00


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