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  1. 117008

    Wigs on the Green.

    First edition, first impression. Nancy Mitford was the eldest of the six notorious Mitford Sisters. Wigs on the Green was her third novel, "a facetious parody of the British Union of Fascists, which attracted little critical attention but a considerable amount of bad feeling within her own family: one sister, Diana, had left her first husband to marry the Fascist leader, Sir Oswald Mosley, and another, Unity, was spending most of her time in Germany, an ecstatic follower of Hitler. Learn More
    £700

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 117008

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  2. 116976

    Education and the Social Order.

    First edition, first impression (published in the same year as the US edition, published by W. W. Norton & Company and entitled Education and the Modern World). An exceptional copy in the very scarce dust jacket. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116976

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  3. 116938

    My Dear Churchill,

    and other open letters to persons in authority.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50

    Date of Publication: 1941

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116938

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  4. 116863

    Set of five pamphlets recording speeches given at Pilgrim Society occasions.

    Speeches at a Dinner in Honour of His Excellency the American Ambassador The Hon. Frank B. Kellogg; "Speeches at the Dinner to Celebrate the Bi-centenary of the Birth of George Washington"; "Order of Ceremony at the Unveiling of the Memorial to President Roosevelt by Mrs. Roosevelt"; "The Pilgrims Dinner to Mrs. Roosevelt at the Savoy Hotel"; "Speeches at the Pilgrims Dinner in honour of General Matthew B. Ridgway, U.S.A. (Supreme Commander, Allied Powers in Europe) at the Savoy Hotel".
    First edition, first impression. This collection of pamphlets dates from 30 January 1925 to 14 October 1952, preserving speeches from Pilgrim Society events held at the Savoy or Hotel Victoria in London. Established in 1902, the objective of the Pilgrims Societies of Great Britain and the United States was, and remains, to encourage and preserve the Anglo-American relationship. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1925-1952

    Published: [London]

    Stock Code: 116863

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  5. 116565

    Women Who Work.

    First edition, first impression, of this survey of women workers in inter-war Britain. Learn More
    £95

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116565

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  6. 116542

    Politics in the Train.

    First edition, first impression. From the library of the third Viscount Esher, Oliver Sylvain Baliol [Brett], marked in pencil on the final page of text, "E, Sept. 1936", presumably the date he read it. A political text relating a conversation on a train to Leicester in which Nicolson explains his reasons for joining the National Labour Group. Nicolson had entered the House of Commons as National Labour Member of Parliament for Leicester West in the 1935 election. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116542

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  7. 116494

    How to Pay for the War.

    A Radical Plan for the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116494

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  8. 116476

    De l'Esprit des loix.

    Ou du Rapport que les loix doivent avoir avec la constitution de chaque gouvernement, les moeurs, le climat, la religion, le commerce, &c. à quoi l’auteur a ajouté des recherches nouvelles sur les loix romaines touchant les successions, sur les loix françoises, & sur les loix féodales.
    First edition of this classic in social science which influenced the formation of the United States Constitution and was the ideological basis of the French Revolution. "The most distinctive aspect of this immense syllabus is its moderation: a quality not designed to achieve official approval in 1748. It is an always original survey which is neither doctrinaire, visionary, eccentric, nor over-systematic" (PMM). Learn More
    £32,500

    Date of Publication: [1748]

    Published: Geneva

    Stock Code: 116476

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  9. 116436

    The Works.

    Formerly printed separately: and now first collected together, with some other pieces never before printed. Published by George Edward Ayscough, Esq., The third edition: to which is added a general index.
    An attractive set in unassuming contemporary calf, with an engrossing provenance: from the library of the Scottish slave-trader, merchant and diplomat Richard Oswald (1705?-1784), with the simple booklabels of Auchincruive House (his Adam-designed mansion in south Ayrshire) and ownership inscriptions (first page of the opening chapter in each volume) of his grand nephew, Richard Alexander Oswald (1771-1841), Liberal MP for Ayrshire and author of pamphlets opposing the Corn Laws. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1776

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116436

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  10. 116409

    Advices from Parnassus, in two centuries.

    With the political touchstone, and an appendix to it. To which is added, a continuation of the advices, by Girolamo Briani of Modena. All translated from the Italian by several hands. Revis’d and corrected by Mr. Hughes. With an alphabetical table to the whole book.
    First edition in English to be "revis'd and corrected" by the busy and versatile Augustan writer John Hughes (1678?-1720) - "the most qualified librettist of his day" (ODNB), contributing notably to Handel's Acis and Galatea (1718), working alongside Pope and Gay - who supplied translations of Latin and French classics, particularly to Jacob Tonson, the leading publisher of the period. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1706

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116409

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  11. 116289

    A Essay upon Government:

    or, the natural notions of government, demonstrated in a chain of consequences from the fundamental principles of society. By which, all the nicest cases of conscience relating to government may be, and many of 'em are here resolv'd, with respect to the authority of government in general: the end and manner of making and executing laws: the measure of submission to princes, and the lawfulness, or unlawfulness of revolutions, in a method altogether new.
    First edition. Thomas Burnet(t) (d. 1750) was a priest and theologian who delivered sermons as part of the Boyle Lectures. His work consisted of explicatory essays on Christianity, including one aimed at children, as well as philosophical essays which "attempt to reason logically from positions assumed as axiomatic" (ODNB), such as the present work. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1716

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116289

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  12. Making America Safe for Democracy.

    Making America Safe for Democracy.

    The Referendum an Instrument of Government.
    First edition, first printing, of this plea for constitutional reform published under Calvin Coolidge's presidency. B. V. Hubbard was a journalist and practising lawyer, author of Socialism, Feminism, and Suffragism, the Terrible Triplets (1915). Author's and publisher's compliments slips laid in. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: Chicago

    Stock Code: 116058

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  13. Lord Randolph Churchill.

    Lord Randolph Churchill.

    First edition, first impression. Churchill's biography of his father was published on 2 January 1906 to "almost universal acclaim in the Press" (Churchill, Winston S. Churchill II) the Sunday Times remarking on Churchill's "maturity of judgement, levelheadedness and discretion" and the Spectator praising his style: "He has chosen the grand manner... Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1906

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115976

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  14. My Early Life.

    My Early Life.

    A Roving Commission.
    First edition, first impression, first state (without the cancel half-title). Churchill's first volume of sustained biography is a highly entertaining account of his childhood, schooldays at Harrow, military training at Sandhurst, experiences as a war correspondent in Cuba, and service attached to the Malakand field force on the northwest frontier of India, charging with the 21st lancers at Omdurman, and as a POW in South Africa during the Boer War. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1930

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115973

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  15. The Complete Left News, nos 1-128.

    The Complete Left News, nos 1-128.

    A rare complete set of Gollancz's Left News. The Left News was edited by Victor Gollancz and circulated to members of the Left Book Club. "The rate of growth of the Club was impressive: the first book to be offered, in May 1936, was "France today and the People's Front" by Maurice Thorez (General Secretary of the French Communist Party), to which 5000 members subscribed, but by the end of that year the Club had grown to 20,000 members. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: May 1936 - March 1947

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115942

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    Typed letter signed to the Lord Chancellor relating to appeasement:

    “Dear Lord Chancellor, I return your excellent speech, together with some notes I ventured to make just as they stand. The notes that you find in the course of the text have been made by Sir Orme Sargent, one of our Under-Secretaries. We both feel that the description of the Czechoslovak crisis might at this date be rather cut down and the Secretary of State [Anthony Eden] is inclined to agree with this view. May I say what a privilege it was to read the speech and how much I enjoyed doing so, as did Sir Orme Sargent. Yours sincerely, R. A. Butler”.
    One month to the day before the declaration of war Rab Butler writes to the Lord Chancellor: "the description of the Czechoslovak crisis might at this date be rather cut down". A fascinating glimpse into the "corridors of power" during a momentous period in 20th century history. On the afternoon of the day before Butler penned this letter (2 August), Chamberlain addressed the House of Commons and moved for the adjournment of Parliament - and on 4 August Parliament was duly adjourned for the summer: with hindsight a quite extraordinary act, and one vociferously opposed by Churchill. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 3 August 1939,

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115533

    Signed: Yes

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  17. Schools and Universities on the Continent.
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    Schools and Universities on the Continent.

    First edition, presentation copy inscribed "with the author's sincere regard" in the author's hand on the half title. This copy also contains an autograph letter signed from Arnold to Mr Osborne Turner Junr., on Whitehall Education Department stationary, informing the recipient of his supplementary book "Higher Schools and Universities in Germany" published by Macmillan in 1874. Learn More
    £550

    Date of Publication: 1868

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115431

    Signed: Yes

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  18. 115399

    De la démocratie en Amérique.

    Orné d'une carte d'Amérique.
    Fourth editions of Volumes 1 and 2, published one year after the firsts, first editions of Volumes 3 and 4. Arising out of the tour of America that de Tocqueville undertook to examine the penitentiary system, Democracy in America was early recognized not only as a remarkably insightful study of the origins and nature of American society and consequently her unique institutions, but also as a founding document of a new form of social and political science. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1836

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 115399

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  19. The Life Story of Éamon de Valéra.

    The Life Story of Éamon de Valéra.

    First edition, first impression, a smart copy in the scarce jacket. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1933

    Published: Dublin and Cork

    Stock Code: 115375

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  20. Dreams From My Father.
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    Dreams From My Father.

    A Story of Race and Inheritance.
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy warmly inscribed, "To Melody - You are wonderful to be so supportive! Best wishes for the future. Barack", on the half-title in black felt tip. Learn More
    £9,750

    Date of Publication: 1995

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115261

    Signed: Yes

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