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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.

Tutte le opere by Machiavel

Rare and precious edition of the Opere by Machiavelli missing in Gamba. Bertelli-Innocenti, 155, n. 60 ; Brunet, III, 1275. First edition mentioned by Brunet of "the principal editions of Machiavelli's Opere printed in the 18th century and worthy of being…

From Librairie Amelie Sourget


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


Julius Caesar by SHAKESPEARE, William

The First Undated Edition of the Julius Caesar Quarto SHAKESPEARE, William. Julius Caesar. A Tragedy. As It Is Now Acted at the Theatre Royal. London: Printed by H. H. Jun for Hen Herringman and R Bentley..., [N.d.c.a. 1695]. The first of the undat…

From Heritage Book Shop, LLC


De l’Esprit. by HELVETIUS

A Paris, chez Durand, Libraire, Rue Du Foin, 1758. Avec Approbation et Privilège du Roi. Large 4to [253 x 193 mm] of (2) ll., xxii pp., 643 pp., (1) p. Full bronze green morocco, triple gilt fillet around the covers, spine ribbed and decorated, inner…



L'orloge des princes by Aurele-Guevara

Very rare first edition in French dedicated to Henry, Daulphin of France and Duke of Bretaigne, decorated with a large woodcut illustrating King François I surrounded by his court."Rare edition" (A. Firmin Didot). This book knew a considerable success …

From Librairie Amelie Sourget


Narratio Regionum Indicarum Per Hispanos Quosdam Devastatarum Verissima by CASAS, Bartalome De Las

First Illustrated Edition, and First Latin Translation CASAS, Bartalome De Las. Narratio Regionum Indicarum Per Hispanos Quosdam Devastatarum Verissima, Prius quidem per Episcopum Bartholemaeum Casaum, natione Hispanum Hispanice Conscripta, & Anno 1551…

From Heritage Book Shop, LLC


Lettres familières by Montesquieu

"Very rare first edition, published in Florence by the abbe de Guasco in 1767. It contains, among other things, three letters against Mme Geoffrin [pp. 222-241], which caused the destruction of a large part of the edition by Mme Geoffrin herself, who was …

From Librairie Amelie Sourget


Tocsain contre les massacreurs

First edition of Tocsain contre les massacreurs, a Protestant pamphlet openly accusing the royal family of the Saint-Barthélemy massacre. Brunet, V, 872; Ch. Nodier, Bulletin du bibliophile, IIe série, n°72; Catalogue Stroelin, II, 1140; Catalogu…

From Librairie Amelie Sourget


Traicte politique by Allen

Rare first edition of the French translation of this pamphlet "Killing no murder" directed against Cromwell. Brunet, I, 189-190; Quérard, I, 37; Graesse, VI, 187; Renouard, Catalogue, n°277; Barbier, II, 7132. In this classic of English literature, …

From Librairie Amelie Sourget


A New and Complete System of Universal Geography; Describing Asia, Africa, Europe and America; With Their Subdivisions of Republics, States, Empire, and Kingdoms in Four Volumes (v1-1798, v2-1800, v3-1799, v4-1799) by Payne, John

A New and Complete System of Universal Geography; Describing Asia, Africa, Europe, and America; with their Subdivisions of Republics, States, Empires and Kingdoms; the Extent, Boundaries, and Remarkable Appearances of each Country; Cities, Towns, and Curi…

From SRG Antiquarian Books


Manifest Komunistyczny (Manifest Partji Komunistycznej). by Marx - Engels

Very rare Polish edition of the Manifest of the communist party, published the year before the Russian revolution. "One of the outstanding political documents of all times." (PMM) Bibliographie deutscher Literatur polnischer Ubersetzung, J. St Buras, p.4…

From Librairie Amelie Sourget


Histoire Generale de Languedoc Avec des Notes & les Pieces Justificatives by Vic & Vaisette

Paris: Jacques Vincent, 1730. First Edition. Hardcover (Full Leather). Good Condition. 5 volumes in contemporary gilt calf, worn, dry, hinges and joints split, boards attached but precariously in a few cases. Scattered browning internally and occasional…

From Pazzo Books



London: Printed for Robert Clavel, 1698. Each work with with separate title page, but paginated continuously; pp. 276 (Pages 47 and 265 misnumbered 46 and 253 respectively); NOTE: the general title and license pages are not bound in, in this copy. The six…

From Loe Books



Cream-colored boards titled in red and brown with paste-down color illustration. In extraordinary condition. One of 175 copies with contents on light card leaves mounted on stubs. Illustrated by Lucien Boucher, painter, poster designer and illustrator. Tw…

From Marilyn Braiterman Rare Books


HO CHI MINH. by Thomas, C. David

Wellesley, Mass / Viet Nam:: C. David Thomas,, 2001.. Edition of 100. 13.25 x 11.25 x 2.25"; 118 pages: 59 text pages, 59 image pages. Images printed from a Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 970Cse using archival ink. Letterpress printed in Monotype Bembo by …

From Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC


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