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  1. 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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  2. 116711

    La vie de Francois, seigneur de La Nouë, dit Bras-de-fer.

    Ou sont contenuës quantité de choses memorables, qui servent à l’éclaircissement de celles qui se sont passées en France & au Pays-bas, depuis le commencement des troubles furvenus pour la Religion, jusques àl’an 1591.
    First edition of the first significant - and conspicuously scarce - biography of the "Huguenot paladin" François de La Noue (1531-1591), one of the great Protestant captains of the 16th-century Wars of Religion, described by the distinguished American historian John Lothrop Motley as "not only one of the most experienced soldiers, but one of the most accomplished writers of his age" (Dutch Republic, III p. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1661

    Published: Leiden

    Stock Code: 116711

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  3. 116681

    The Life of Nelson.

    Second Edition.
    First published the previous year, this handsomely bound set fulfils Southey's wish to create a pocket edition, "clear and concise enough to become a manual for the young sailor, which he may carry about with him" (Preface). His Life of Nelson has rarely lapsed from print, and has been the cornerstone of Nelson biographies ever since. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1814

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116681

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  4. 116653

    The Rise of the Dutch Republic.

    A History.
    The American author and diplomat Motley's Rise of the Dutch Republic was first published in New York by Harper & Bros., 1856. The work was first published by Gibbings in 1889. This is a handsomely bound set of the second edition. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1892

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116653

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  5. 116600
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    The Aparchai [graece] and the Eleusinian Mysteries.

    Reprinted from Essays and Studies, presented to William Ridgeway on his Sixtieth Birthday, 6 August 1913.
    Offprint, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front cover, "For G.M. from F.M.C." The recipient, Gilbert Murray, was Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford from 1908 to 1936, and part of a close scholarly friendship with Cornford and Jane Harrison. Both Cornford and Harrison were fellows of Classics at Cambridge and both contributed to Essays and Studies. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1913

    Published: Cambridge

    Stock Code: 116600

    Signed: Yes

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  6. 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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  7. 116553

    A Historical Account of the Belief in Witchcraft in Scotland.

    First edition. An account of the belief of witchcraft in Scotland to 1724 by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe of Hoddam Castle. It includes as an editorial appendix an index of further reading on Scottish witchcraft and magic. In the words of his obituarist in The Scotsman, Sharpe's historical knowledge was like his taste, ‘a thing perfect in itself. Whatever might be its limits it was complete and faultless within them' (NL Scot. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1884

    Published: Glasgow

    Stock Code: 116553

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  8. 116521

    The Life of Benvenuto Cellini:

    A Florentine Artist. Containing A Variety of Curious and Interesting Particulars, relative to Painting, Sculpture and Architecture; and The History of his own Time. Written by himself in the Tuscan Language, and translated from the original by Thomas Nugent.
    First English edition of this famous autobiography by Mannerist artist, musician and soldier of the Florentine Renaissance, Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571), translated by Thomas Nugent and illustrated with a portrait frontispiece after Giorgio Vasari. Cellini's colourful biography is a key source-book for the Renaissance. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1771

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116521

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  9. 116482
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    S.C.U.M. Society for Cutting Up Men Manifesto.

    With a commentary by Paul Krassner.
    First edition, first printing. Number 4 of 20 copies reissued in the printed "Other Criteria X Artist Selected Rare Book" slipcase and signed by the artist Sue Webster on the stamped and numbered half-title. Other Criteria, the publishers founded by Damien Hurst in 2005, invited a selection of their artists to name a single out-of-print book that has influenced their work, shaped their thinking or encouraged them to create. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1968

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116482

    Signed: Yes

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  10. 116480

    The Holy Bible,

    containing the Old and the New Testaments; newly translated out of the original tongues, and with the former translations diligently compared and revised, by His Majesty’s Special Command.
    A handsomely printed Georgian Bible in a grand period binding, with a fascinating provenance: from the library of the prominent Liverpool merchant and slave trader John Sparling (1731-1800). "John Sparling was in partnership with William Bolden in the Virginia trade from the 1750s, importing turpentine, tar and tobacco and exporting salt, hardware and woollen goods. Learn More
    £4,000

    Date of Publication: 1768

    Published: Cambridge

    Stock Code: 116480

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  11. 116470

    The Whispering Buddha.

    First edition, first printing. John Clifford Cowles (1861–1951) was an American artist, and this was only work of fiction. A review on rear of dust jacket states "READ IT ONCE, YOU WILL READ IT TWICE" - a claim somewhat undermined by the uncut pages of this copy. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: Los Angeles

    Stock Code: 116470

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  12. 116468

    The Great Crash 1929.

    First UK edition, first impression. A bestseller on publication which has never out of print since, Galbraith's study is an economic history of the build-up to the Wall Street Crash, written on the principle that those that don't know history are destined to repeat it. Not without its lighter moments, as the Financial Times' reviewer observed, "Professor Galbraith performed a necessary and useful task in producing a lively and highly readable account of that disaster. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1955

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116468

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  13. 116459

    The Book of the Holy Graal.

    First edition, first impression of this collection of poetry. Arthur Edward Waite was a mystic and historian of occultism and alchemy and is most famous now for his pictorial tarot deck, designed in 1910 with Pamela Coleman Smith; however, he "was never truly an occultist: in all his work he presented himself as a non-denominational mystic" (ODNB). The publisher was the owner of Watkins Books, or, as it was then known, the "University of Rejected Sciences", a meeting place for leading occult figures. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1921

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116459

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  14. 116445

    Edmund Campion.

    First edition, first impression. A very tricky book to find in genuinely nice condition. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116445

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  15. 116419comp
    signed

    Camera, Take the Stand!

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed "To A. G. Corley - Who can transmit congeniality & friendship at all times - A. J. Ezickson". "Modern crime fighters have discovered science to be their firmest ally... This book tells the story of that little magic black box and the part it plays in fighting the criminal" (Preface). Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116419

    Signed: Yes

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  16. 116377

    Street Children.

    First edition, first impression. A collection of photographs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, famous set designer, of “children growing up, learning and playing in a street environment” in London in 1963 with commentary by B. S. Johnson, the English experimental novelist, poet, literary critic and filmmaker. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1964

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116377

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  17. 116363comp
    signed

    The Story of the Blues.

    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to head of half-title, “To Franklin and Penelope, Paul Oliver”. Franklin and Penelope Rosemont were the directors of Charles H. Kerr & Company, a publisher of books on history and radical history in Chicago. A biography of Franklin was co-authored by Paul Garon, noted Blues scholar and friend of Paul Oliver. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1969

    Published: Philadelphia

    Stock Code: 116363

    Signed: Yes

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  18. 116361comp

    Devil at the Confluence.

    The Pre-War Blues Music of St. Louis Missouri. Foreword by Paul Garon.
    First edition, first printing. Signed by Paul Garon to foot of foreword. Garon is an author of a number of books on the Blues and was one of the founding editors of Living Blues magazine in 1970. The accompanying CD, “The St Louis Blues Legends Delmark Collection” is an exclusive collection of music from St. Louis musicians drawn from from the Delmark Records Archive. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 2009

    Published: St. Louis

    Stock Code: 116361

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  19. 116360

    The Diamond Smugglers.

    With an Introduction by John Blaize, formerly of the International Diamond Security Organization.
    First edition, first impression, first state. The introduction is by John Collard a member of the International Diamond Security Organisation under the name “John Blaize”. The Diamond Smugglers is one of two non-fiction works by Fleming, based on two weeks of interviews he undertook with Collard. The IDSO was formed to combat the smuggling of diamonds from South Africa; some £10 million worth of gems were being illegally trafficked out each year. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1957

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116360

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  20. 116345comp
    signed

    Saint Joan Of Arc.

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Piers from Vita, June 9 1936". This is the first of two biographical studies completed by Vita in the 1930s while living at Sissinghurst Castle; the second, Pepita - a study of her mother and grandmother - was published the following year. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116345

    Signed: Yes

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