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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to those social sciences not listed in the above categories, especially human geography, demographics, and sociology. Note that anthropology, archaeology, history, and linguistics have separate categories elsewhere on the website.

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  1. 116495

    In Darkest England and the Way Out.

    First edition. Published in the same year as Stanley's 'In Darkest Africa', the ironic title of this work aptly expresses the moral outrage felt by the author at the physical and spiritual misery of England's pauper classes. "Booth's colossal self-confidence, his burning sense of injustice coupled with unswerving devotion to his purpose, and his deep sympathy with the unfortunate, made of him an evangelist and an organiser of the first order. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: [1890],

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116495

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  2. 116344comp
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    Death of a Witch.

    A Village in North India 1950-1981.
    First edition, first impression of this anthropological study of Sujarupa, a village in Rajasthan, between 1950 and 1981. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Mary, invaluable reader of imperfect chapters, from Morris", together with a laid-in postcard from the author, informing the recipient of Carstairs's appointment as vice-chancellor of the University of York in 1974 (his tenure was beset by difficulties and ended in 1978). Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1983

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116344

    Signed: Yes

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    Education and Sociology.

    Translated, and with an Introduction, by Sherwood D. Fox. Foreword by Talcott Press.
    First edition in English, first printing. "Those who are interested in the sociology of knowledge will find, throughout these pages, further food for thought (...) on a number of problems. For example, Durkheim shows how science has not always existed, and that it is not to be found everywhere; it arises in response to certain needs that develop at a given stage of development in a given sociocultural system" (Introduction to the English Translation, pp. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1956

    Published: Glencoe, IL

    Stock Code: 116045

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  4. 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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  5. Schools and Universities on the Continent.
    signed

    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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  6. The Institute of Actuaries 1848-1948.
    signed

    The Institute of Actuaries 1848-1948.

    An Account of The Institute of Actuaries during its First One Hundred Years. Prepared by order of the council in connexion with the centenary celebrations.
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, and finely bound by A. P. Gray & Son, Cambridge. The author Reginald Claud Simmonds (1888-1969) had been President of the Institute of Actuaries 1944-1946. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1948

    Published: Cambridge

    Stock Code: 115417

    Signed: Yes

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  7. The Mizuta Library of Rare Books in the History of European Social Thought: A Catalogue of the Collection Held at Nagoya University Library.

    The Mizuta Library of Rare Books in the History of European Social Thought: A Catalogue of the Collection Held at Nagoya University Library.

    Preface by Tatsuya Sakamoto.
    First edition of the library catalogue of Professor Hiroshi Mizuta, listing more than 1600 books printed before 1851, with a further 32 entries of periodicals. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 2014

    Published: Tokyo

    Stock Code: 114199

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  8. Essays and Reviews.

    Essays and Reviews.

    Head of front joint lightly rubbed; a very good copy.
    First edition of this groundbreaking collection of theological essays, the first assault on Biblical literalism from within the ranks of British theologians. The edifice of literalism had been crumbling for several decades, under assault from the science of Lyell and Darwin and the new Biblical criticism of Baur and Strauss at the University of Tbingen. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1860

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 114187

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    Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse.

    Le système totémique en Australie.
    First edition, first impression, of one of the author's most influential works, his sociological study of religion. "In his last great work, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, Durkheim gave his most compelling demonstration of the structuralist method, tracing relationships between social organization, religious beliefs, and such fundamental categories of thought as space, time, and causation. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1912

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 114093

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  10. Women and Social Injustice.

    Women and Social Injustice.

    First edition, one of 2000 copies, of this collection of Gandhi's writings aimed at women, discussing the status of Indian women in society and championing equal rights: "he is of the opinion that subservience to man or any power on earth need not be if we realise our inner strength" (p. v.). "While emphasising the complementary roles of men and women, Gandhi made it absolutely clear that women were in no way inferior to men. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1942

    Published: Ahmedabad

    Stock Code: 113991

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  11. The Sensory Order. An Inquiry into the Foundations of Theoretical Psychology.

    The Sensory Order. An Inquiry into the Foundations of Theoretical Psychology.

    With an Introduction by Heinrich Klüver.
    First UK edition, first impression, published in Chicago in the same year. The Sensory Order, Hayek's second book after his move to Chicago, is the final form of a thesis Hayek had developed in Vienna in the 1920s on philosophical psychology. Hayek argues that there are inherent limits to the human mind's capacity to understand itself, and that human beings know much more than they can ever explicitly explain. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1952

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113949

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  12. With a Prehistoric People.

    With a Prehistoric People.

    The Akikúyu of British East Africa. Being an account of the method of life and mode of thought found existent amongst a nation on its first contact with European civilisation.
    First edition, first impression of the first ethnography of the Kikuyu people. William (1859-1939) originally pursued lengthy medical studies at Oxford and London before acquiring a modest independent income on the death of his father in 1891 and deciding to travel to Newfoundland, where he lived among the indigenous Mi'kmaq. He first travelled to Kenya in 1902, and in 1906 married fellow Oxford graduate Katherine (née Pease), who had spent time working in South Africa after the Second Boer War. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1910

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113718

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  13. Whiteway.

    Whiteway.

    A Colony on the Cotswolds.
    First edition, first impression. Whiteway was a Tolstoyan anarchist community established by Quaker journalist Samuel Veale Bracher near the Gloucestershire village of Miserden in 1898. "Vegetarianism was obligatory, nudism optional … [An early visitor remarked that] prosperity … sapped some of the primitive rigour from the venture. However, the sexual permissiveness that had been one of the founding tenets remained … In the 1920s the Colony was infiltrated by the Home Office, anxious about revolutionary tendencies" (Aslet, Villages of Britain, online). Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113477

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  14. Nouvelles ides sur la population,
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    Nouvelles ides sur la population,

    avec des remarques sur les théories de Malthus et de Godwin. Ouvrage traduit sur l’édition anglaise publiée à Boston, en 1823, avec une nouvelle préface de l’auteur; par C. J. Ferry.
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1826

    Published: Paris:

    Stock Code: 113397

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  15. An Inquiry into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of its Perpetuation.
    signed
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1917

    Published: New York:

    Stock Code: 113384

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  16. Drop-head title: Discours adress (le 9 Mars 1873 sic) une societ d avocats au parlement de Toulouse, sur son projet d une confrence de charit.

    Drop-head title: Discours adress (le 9 Mars 1873 sic) une societ d avocats au parlement de Toulouse, sur son projet d une confrence de charit.

    First and apparently only edition of this speech promoting the establishment in Toulouse of an order of lawyers offering free legal representation to the poor, a "league of generous defenders of the oppressed and destitute". When Maître Gez (c.1700-1792) gave this speech to his peers at the Parlement in Toulouse he had already constituted a group of thirty-two lawyers providing free counsel to the poor. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1783

    Published: No place:

    Stock Code: 113275

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    Traité des délits et des peines. [Bound with:] Commentaire sur le livre des délits et des peines.

    First edition of Chaillou de Lisy's translation, endorsed by Beccaria. Undoubtedly the most influential work on criminal justice in the 18th century, Beccaria's treatise was originally published in Italian in 1764, first published in French in 1766 and in English in 1767. Cesare Beccaria, Marchese Beccaria-Bonesana, a well-to-do Milanese professor of law and economics, had made many prison visits and was appalled at what he saw. Learn More
    £550

    Date of Publication: 1773

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 113080

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  18. Les Ruines,

    Les Ruines,

    ou Méditation sur les révolutions des empires. Nouvelle édition corrigée.
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1792

    Published: Paris:

    Stock Code: 113037

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  19. Non-Verbal Communication.

    Non-Verbal Communication.

    First edition, first impression. Advance review copy with the publisher's slip laid in. This report on non-verbal communication in humans and animals sets out the findings of a Royal Society study group. It is accompanied by essays "written from the point of view of a linguist, zoologists, psychologists, anthropologists and a drama critic" (flap blurb), as well as an art historian as E. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1972

    Published: Cambridge

    Stock Code: 112867

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  20. Das Wesen des Christentums.

    Das Wesen des Christentums.

    Sechzehn Vorlesungen vor Studierenden aller Facultaten im Wintersemester 1899/1900 an der Universitat Berlin.
    First edition, first printing, well represented institutionally but apparently rare in trade, with only one copy recorded at auction, of "these lectures on ‘The Essence of Christianity' by the then professor of church history at Berlin University... received with an enthusiasm unparalleled for centuries in the field of religious pamphleteering. They proclaimed the fundamental concord of the tenet of the early Church as preserved in the non-Roman Churches with the religious aspirations, the intellectual climate and the social and economic morality of the twentieth century; and innumerable reprints and translations broadcast this message of liberal Protestantism all over the world. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: Leipzig

    Stock Code: 112557

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