Ankh Antiquarian Books

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    Archeology Classics Egyptology History Middle East Philosophy

Established in 1989 Ankh Antiquarian Books specialises in Ancient History specifically Egyptology, Greece, Rome and other ancient cultures. Languages such as Latin,Greek, Heiroglyphics. We also stock a small collection of 16th - 18th Centuries books particularly Latin, Philosophy, Theosophy, Metaphysics and Science.

We look forward to seeing you all at the 2024 Melbourne Rare Book Fair.


Historie De L'Art Dans L'Antiquite Egypte
1882, 4to, hc, published by Librarie Hachette, Paris. Spine has been re-backed and new endpapers. Edge is lustrous gilt, decorated cover in red buckram with gilt depictions of temples surrounded by Egyptian Lotus friezes and a large winged disc in classic Ancient Egyptian style, spine has depiction of the goddess Hathor and titles in gilt. Prize notice attached for the Alliance Francis de Victoria for a Miss Mable Gertrude Harly for excellence in French. Text is in French with numerous drawings and maps, including a marvellous fold-out of the pyramids of Gizeh. Rare.
Par Voltaire, Siècles de Louis XIV et de Louis XV
A nice set, published by Pierre Didot, Paris 1803, 3 Vols. 32mo. Buff leather spine, with Pink insert title and green volume with gilt letters, and various gilt decorations, boards marbled, endpapers marbled, edges yellow, owners ex libris Viet Valentin. Good-very good condition, silk bookmarks intact. Tom 1- II, 245pp lightly foxed, Tom III-IV 262pp edges lightly worn, interior bright with minimal marks, Tom V-VI 336pp light wear, inside bright.
L’Egypte et la Syrie, ou Mouers, Usages, Costumes et Monuments des Egyptiens, des Arabes, Et des Syriens.
Breton Par M. Precede d’un Précis Historique. (Uses, Costumes and Monuments of the Egyptians, Arabs and Syrians. Preceded by a historical summary.) 1814, Published by A Nerve. Paris. 8vo, brown boards with leather spines, with gilt decorations, red morocco in titles and volumes, gilt titles. Gilt edges, very bright, marbled pink endpaper, 6 Volumes (only 5 shown in photo). A most extraordinary set and worthy of a place in your collection.
Portrait of a queen or princess in oriental Egyptian style.
August Pollak (1838-1903) A wonderful painting of an "Oriental Woman”, in the guise of Cleopatra wearing the goddess Neckhbet (Vulture) head-dress with a suggestion of a cobra at the brow.  Fine gold earrings and a beautiful necklace adorn her, with the sensuous somewhat fragile beauty of the imagined Cleopatra. Pollack was an Austrian artist, many of his paintings are of still lives, sensuous women or whimsical studies of children with cats, he is known for his oriental subjects. His paintings have about them a Fusilian mystery. The painting could be a study for a larger work.