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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to history, narrative accounts aspiring to be objective analyses of particular countries or regions, describing their political and cultural development over time. First-hand travellers’ accounts of particular countries will be found in Travel.

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  1. 116935

    The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England,

    begun in the year 1641. With the precedent passages, and actions, that contributed thereunto, and the happy end, and conclusion thereof by the King's blessed Restoration, and return, upon the 29th of May, in the Year 1660.
    The last octavo edition of the eighteenth century, bound here in unsophisticated period calf - almost certainly a trade binding - unlettered and plain but very appealing. First published between 1702 and 1707 (with the first octavo edition appearing in 1705-06) Clarendon's great History has "remained in the mind because of his literary achievement—the fashioning of the most sophisticated and finely balanced history yet written in English (or written for a long time afterwards)—and for an unmistakable rhetorical voice. Learn More
    £1,000

    Date of Publication: 1731-32

    Published: Oxford,

    Stock Code: 116935

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  2. 116911

    Report from the Secretary of the Treasury ... in relation to grants of land made to French emigrants, to encourage the cultivation of the vine and olive.

    20th Congress, 1st Session.
    An important historical document regarding viticulture practices and the early wine industry in America. It concerns the progress of Alabama's Vine and Olive Colony, named thus after the land agreement made between the US Congress and refugee settlers in 1817 (some, but certainly not all, of whom were French). Attracted by the prospect of establishing a domestic winemaking industry to combat their reliance on imported European wines, Congress granted 92,000 acres of land to the settlers, with the proviso that the land be eventually used for cultivating grapes and olives. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1827

    Published: Washington

    Stock Code: 116911

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  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

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  10. 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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  11. 116363comp
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    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

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    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

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  13. 116237

    Memoirs of Count Grammont.

    With a portrait of the author and thirty-three etchings by L. Boisson on india paper from original compositions by C. Delort.
    Deluxe limited edition, number 107 of 780. The first Scott edition was published in 1811; the first English translation from the French appeared almost a century earlier in 1714. An account of Hamilton's brother-in-law, Count de Gramont, and the intrigues of the Restoration court, it is "written with such brilliancy and vivacity that it must always rank as a classic" (DNB). Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1889

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116237

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  14. Pictures and Royal Portraits illustrative of English and Scottish History,

    Pictures and Royal Portraits illustrative of English and Scottish History,

    from the introduction of Christianity to the present time. Engraved from important works by distinguished modern painters, and from authentic state portraits.
    First edition. A handsomely produced work, presented here in the publisher's striking deluxe binding and no doubt issued by Blackie with an eye on Queen Victoria's forthcoming Golden Jubilee in 1887. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1886

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116054

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  15. The History of the Norman Conquest of England,

    The History of the Norman Conquest of England,

    its causes and its results.
    First edition of volumes III-V; second edition, revised, of volumes I-II; an index volume was issued later, in 1879. A magisterial history which was to have a profound influence on the development of English historiography. "The longest of Freeman's works, the best remembered and the most influential… was begun on 7 December 1865, when he was forty-two, at the height of his physical and mental powers. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1869

    Published: Oxford

    Stock Code: 116050

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  16. Memoirs of Mrs. Fitzherbert.

    Memoirs of Mrs. Fitzherbert.

    With an account of her marriage with H. R. H. The Prince of Wales, afterwards King George the Fourth.
    First edition, a choicely bound copy, extra-illustrated with the addition of 54 portraits and views (some hand-coloured) ranging in date from the late 18th to the late 19th century, skilfully inlaid to size. "For many years after her death Mrs Fitzherbert's marriage to the prince of Wales continued to provoke controversy, and it was not until 1856, with the publication of Charles Langdale's Memoirs of Mrs Fitzherbert (which contains his brother Lord Stourton's narrative), that a more or less accurate account of that event was published" (ODNB). Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1856

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115927

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  17. The Second World War.

    The Second World War.

    The Chartwell Edition, not in the standard red cloth, but in the uncommon deluxe binding of "moderate blue" quarter morocco. Issued on the completion of the first edition (1948-54) of Churchill's masterly account of the Second World War, this edition includes the author's last revisions and is also fully illustrated. It was published at 19 guineas, or £21 by subscription, as against the standard binding at £12 9s 6d or 13 guineas by subscription. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: [1955]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115855

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  18. The Tale of the Great Persian War from the Histories of Herodotus.

    The Tale of the Great Persian War from the Histories of Herodotus.

    First edition. Attractive copy of one of the author's historical works "which were widely read and much admired at the time but were not of permanent scholarly significance" (ODNB). Classical Examination Prize bookplate made out to C.W.C. Oman to the front pastedown. Charles Oman, best known for his magisterial, seven-volume History of the Peninsular War, "seems to have taken to academic studies as something of a refuge from bullying and sports, although even then he was conscious that his classical scholarship fell somewhat short of the purest linguistic and philosophical standards. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1861

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115782

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  19. A History of The Art of War in the Sixteenth Century.

    A History of The Art of War in the Sixteenth Century.

    First edition. A continuation of Sir Charles Oman's earlier work Art of War in the Middle Ages, this copy inscribed to his son Charles Chichele Oman, on the front free endpaper; "C.C.O. from C.W.C.O., 25.5.37". The author was an historian, a fellow of All Souls' College Oxford, and Chichele Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford. Oman was a mature post-Victorian historian, diligent in his researches, robust in his nationalist convictions, and lucidly assured in his exposition. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115771

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  20. History of the Captivity of Napoleon at St. Helena;

    History of the Captivity of Napoleon at St. Helena;

    From the Letters and Journals of the Late Lieut.-Gen. Sir Hudson Lowe, and Official Documents not before made Public.
    First edition. Forsyth sought to conclude that "by mere force of facts he had proved that neither the British government nor Lowe were in fault as regards the treatment of Napoleon at St Helena" (p. x). Lowe was Napoleon's gaoler during his exile on St Helena, and soon became exasperated with the intransigence of his captive, apparently unaware that the pair were engaged in a strategic battle of wits. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1853

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115764

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