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  1. Crusade in Europe.
    New Arrival

    Crusade in Europe. 1948

    £150,000

    First edition, deluxe issue, number 555 of 1,426 copies; bound with a leaf that prints Eisenhower’s D-Day message to the troops, signed by Eisenhower. The leaf was inserted into each of the deluxe issues, though in many it is lacking, having been cannibalized for sale …Read more

  2. Bryan and Darrow at Dayton.

    Bryan and Darrow at Dayton. 1925

    £275

    First edition, first printing, of this account of the sensational Scopes Trial, or the Bible-Evolution Trial, in which high school teacher John T. Scope was prosecuted for his evolutionary views. Three-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan represented the prosecution while the defence was represented by …Read more

  3. Making America Safe for Democracy.

    Making America Safe for Democracy. 1926

    £250

    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. Read more

  4. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.

    Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. 1885-6

    £2,500

    First edition. Mark Twain was resounding in his praise of Grant’s prose: “this is the simple soldier, who, all untaught of the silken phrase-makers, linked words together with an art surpassing the art of the schools and put into them a something which will still …Read more

  5. The History of the United States of America.

    The History of the United States of America. [1861-3]

    £250

    First edition, bound from the parts with stab-holes visible, of this attractively illustrated history by the author of Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions, and the Madness of Crowds (1841). Between 1857 and 1858 Mackay toured North America, meeting Longsworth, Emerson and Wendell Holmes, and later …Read more

  6. The Mississippi Valley in British Politics.

    The Mississippi Valley in British Politics. 1917

    £500

    First edition of this important study, which received the Loubat Prize for 1918 and was reviewed favourably on publication by O. G. Libby, who considered Alvord “completely successful in maintaining his thesis that the Mississippi valley at a critical period in our history was again …Read more

  7. Voyage dans les États-Unis d’Amérique,

    Voyage dans les États-Unis d’Amérique, An VII de la République [1799]

    £3,500

    First edition. Presentation copy of this important account of travels in the United States and Canada during the last decade of the 18th century inscribed by the author’s son, François XIII, duc de La Rochefoucauld (1765–1848), to Edward Livingston, who served as US Secretary of …Read more

  8. The Life of George Washington.

    The Life of George Washington. 1860

    £450

    First edition, first printing. A handsomely bound copy. Read more

  9. Abraham Lincoln. The Prarie Years.

    Abraham Lincoln. The Prarie Years. 1926

    £450

    First UK edition. Sandburg was an American poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes; two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. Read more

  10. The Works.

    The Works. 1858

    £875

    Eleventh edition. Daniel Webster (1782–1852), US Senator and Secretary of State, was one of the most important figures in US politics in the first half of the 19th century. An attractively bound set preserving speeches, legal arguments, diplomatic papers touching on and influencing all …Read more

  11. Personal Memoirs.

    Personal Memoirs. 1888

    £500

    First edition, deluxe issue. “Little Phil” Sheridan (1831-1888) was described by Grant as having “no superior as a general, either living or dead, and perhaps not an equal”. He is perhaps best remembered for his ruthless campaign in the Shenandoah Valley in 1865 and …Read more

  12. A History of the Greenbacks

    A History of the Greenbacks 1903

    £375

    First edition, first printing, of the author’s acclaimed study of the impact of inflation on the economy of the Union. “From 1860 to 1864, textiles quadrupled in price as a result of the dearth of cotton. In general, wholesale prices rose more than did retail …Read more

  13. Dissertation on First-Principles of Government.

    Dissertation on First-Principles of Government. 1795

    £1,500

    First edition of the Dissertation, first US edition of The Age of Reason (Part Two only). “Dissertation on the First Principles of Government (1795) is essentially an epitome of his case in Rights of Man and provides an extremely clear and uncluttered statement of his …Read more

  14. Autograph letter signed, quoting a Persian fable.

    Autograph letter signed, quoting a Persian fable. 1840

    £750

    Beecher Stowe writes to Cincinnati bibliophile Louis (also recorded as Lewis) Cist, quoting an ancient Persian fable from Sir John Malcolm’s Sketches of Persia (1827): “While in the bath the other day, a friend put into my hand a bit of scented clay. ‘What art …Read more

  15. Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1858.

    Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1858. 1928

    £2,500

    The “Manuscript Edition” number 75 of 1,000 sets, each containing a leaf of Beveridge’s original working manuscript. Beveridge retired from politics in 1922 and dedicated his last few years to writing what has come to be regarded as “the first Lincoln biography to meet modern …Read more

  16. Picturesque America; or, The Land We Live In.

    Picturesque America; or, The Land We Live In. 1872–4

    £975

    First edition of this monumental work of celebratory Americana, edited by the American Romantic poet William Cullen Bryant. The majority of the superb plates were engraved by Robert Hinshelwood, a Scottish engraver who emigrated to America in 1835 where he established a considerable reputation for …Read more

  17. The Life of Abraham Lincoln.

    The Life of Abraham Lincoln. 1909

    £450

    A handsomely bound early edition of Ida Tarbell’s Life of Lincoln, which was originally published in 1900. Read more

  18. History of the War with America, France, Spain, and Holland;

    History of the War with America, France, Spain, and Holland; 1785–6

    £1,750

    First edition of this early account of Britain’s foreign entanglements around the time of the American Revolution. Andrews “was essentially a moralist, not a historian in the strict sense of the word. His interest in society, past or present, was didactic; his desire was to …Read more

  19. Leyden Documents relating to the Pilgrim Fathers.

    Leyden Documents relating to the Pilgrim Fathers. 1920

    £200

    Limited Edition of 400 copies, this number 182. Published in celebration of the Tercentenary of the departure of the Speedwell from Holland. Read more

  20. The History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment, of the Independence of the United States of America:

    The History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment, of the Independence of the United States of America: 1789

    £2,750

    First American edition, published the year after the London edition. “First full-scale history of this war by an American” (Howes). Born in Hertfordshire in 1727/8, Gordon was educated for the dissenting ministry and ordained in 1754. In 1770 “his political sympathies prompted him to move …Read more

  21. Picturesque America.

    Picturesque America. [c.1890]

    £575

    A handsomely bound set of the UK edition of American poet William Cullen Bryant’s monumental monograph on North America, a classic work of Americana which proved to be an instant success when it was first published in the US in 1872–4. The superb plates were …Read more

  22. Atlas of the United States of North America,

    Atlas of the United States of North America, 1857-61

    £6,000

    First edition of this superbly executed, and timely atlas showing America on the eve of the American Civil War. David Rumsey describes the work as an “unusual collaboration between a Scot (Johnston), an American (Rogers), and an Englishman (Stanford). The maps are all on a …Read more

  23. Remarks of General Harrison, Late Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Colombia, on Certain Charges Made Against Him by that Government.

    Remarks of General Harrison, Late Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Colombia, on Certain Charges Made Against Him by that Government. 1830

    £27,500

    First edition of this extremely uncommon publication, this a presentation copy, inscribed and signed by Harrison on the title-page: “John C. Wright Esq. of Steubenville Ohio from his friend W. H. Harrison.” This is the only presentation copy of Harrison’s Remarks ever to have appeared …Read more

  24. Kootenai Why Stories.

    Kootenai Why Stories. 1926

    £500

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For [indecipherable] and Pat Dale, whose tracks are all about the shack at Goose Bay, Frank B. Linderman, 1936”. Writer and politician Frank Bird Linderman (1869–1938) collected the stories in this volume …Read more

  25. Patterns of Negro Segregation.

    Patterns of Negro Segregation. 1944

    £125

    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US the preceding year. From the publisher’s archive, with their stamp to the front panel of the jacket, front pastedown and title page. Read more

  26. Douglass & Aikman’s Almanack and Register for the Island of Jamaica:

    Douglass & Aikman’s Almanack and Register for the Island of Jamaica: 1781

    £17,500

    Extremely uncommon. Printed and published by David Douglass and William Aikman, Loyalist refugees from the Revolution in America – Douglass from Charleston, Aikman from Annapolis – this almanac includes, at the conclusion of the calendar proper, on the verso of the leaf bearing a Jamaican …Read more

  27. Nigger Melodies;

    Nigger Melodies; c.1849

    £675

    Seemingly first edition, predating editions published by Cornish, Lamport and Co., successors to Nafis & Cornish, around 1851. All early editions uncommon, with perhaps two dozen copies on OCLC, all of them in North America. This copy with the armorial bookplate of Edward Royall Tyler, …Read more

  28. Political Debates between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas,

    Political Debates between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas, 1860

    £10,000

    First edition of the text of the debates that were Lincoln’s springboard to fame. The Lincoln–Douglas debates are unquestionably the most famous, and most important, of such confrontations to have been staged in the history of American politics. The candidates’ sharp exchanges helped to polarise …Read more

  29. The Writings.

    The Writings. 1905

    £3,000

    A handsomely bound set which includes a comprehensive introduction to his works by Albert Henry Smyth covering Franklin’s manuscripts, printed editions, works, philosophical, political and economical works, satires and bagatelles, and his correspondence. Read more

  30. The Restless Decade.

    The Restless Decade. 1984

    £250

    First edition, first printing. Gutmann’s mostly urban photographies of Depression-era USA, predominantly San Francisco. Edited by Lew Thomas, the book also includes an essay by American art historian Max Kozloff. Signed by Gutmann on half-title. Read more

  31. De origine, ac rebus gestis Regum Hispaniae liber,

    De origine, ac rebus gestis Regum Hispaniae liber, 1553

    £3,750

    Scarce first edition of a chronicle of the rulers of Spain from Tubal, son of Noah, to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. From the library of the Fugger banking library of Augsburg, in a characteristic binding with later shelf mark on front free endpaper. New …Read more

  32. The History of the American Revolution.

    The History of the American Revolution. 1791

    £1,650

    First UK edition, two years after the Philadelphia-published American first, but in fact from American sheets with a cancel title, part of the original title still visible in Volume II of this set. A very pretty set of “almost the first and very probably …Read more

  33. The Works. Memorial Edition.

    The Works. Memorial Edition. 1923–26

    £12,500

    Memorial Edition, number 135 of 1,000 sale copies (a further 50 were for presentation), signed by Edith Kermit Roosevelt, wife of Theodore, on the limitation leaf. A fabulous set in a fine contemporary binding. Read more

  34. A List of the General and Field-Officers, As they Rank in the Army;

    A List of the General and Field-Officers, As they Rank in the Army; 1776

    £750

    First edition. Eighteenth-century Army Lists are becoming harder and harder to find, and those for the years of the American War of Independence are particularly desirable. Emendations in a contemporary to the pages relating to the First, Coldstream and Third Regiments of Foot Guards. Later …Read more

  35. Ship Passport for the Brig Milford of Baltimore to load at Port Republicain, Santo Domingo, 1800

    Ship Passport for the Brig Milford of Baltimore to load at Port Republicain, Santo Domingo, 1800 1800

    £3,500

    Ship’s passport, issued under the authority of Toussaint Louverture, né Toussaint Bréda, as “Général en Chef de l’Armée de Sain[t]-Domingue”, and de facto Governor, in which position he had recently been confirmed by the newly-installed First Consul, Napoleon Bonaparte. Within a year Toussaint had conquered …Read more

  36. Report of the Board of Officers … on Gatling Guns of Large Caliber for Flank-Defence – with two autograph letters signed to Edgar T. Welles.

    Report of the Board of Officers … on Gatling Guns of Large Caliber for Flank-Defence – with two autograph letters signed to Edgar T. Welles. 1874

    £4,500

    First edition. Engraved bookplate; “Compliments of the Acting Chief of Ordnance, U.S. Army” to the front pastedown. Two 2-page autograph letters signed on Gatling Gun Company stationery from Richard J. Gatling to Edgar T. Welles, son of Gideon Welles Civil War Secretary of the Navy, …Read more

  37. The History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American War.

    The History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American War. 1794

    £14,500

    First edition. “The best contemporary account of the Revolution written from the British side” (Sabin). Stedman was born in Philadelphia in 1753, his father was a high court judge, who had been an advocate in Scotland before being forced to flee following the Jacobite defeat …Read more

  38. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.

    Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. 1885-6

    £975

    First edition. Mark Twain was resounding in his praise of Grant’s prose: “this is the simple soldier, who, all untaught of the silken phrase-makers, linked words together with an art surpassing the art of the schools and put into them a something which will still …Read more

  39. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.

    Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. 1885-6

    £875

    First edition. Mark Twain was resounding in his praise of Grant’s prose: “this is the simple soldier, who, all untaught of the silken phrase-makers, linked words together with an art surpassing the art of the schools and put into them a something which will still …Read more

  40. The Interest of Great Britain considered, with Regard to her Colonies,

    The Interest of Great Britain considered, with Regard to her Colonies, 1760

    £8,750

    First edition of Franklin’s “Canada Pamphlet”, an important contribution to the debate on the relative merits of the retention of Canada or sugar-rich Guadeloupe following the impending victory in the Seven Years’ War. Although contemporary opinion credited Franklin – this copy is annotated “by Mr. …Read more

  41. American Statesmen.

    American Statesmen. [1898]

    £2,500

    Standard library edition. A collection of 28 biographies of the outstanding statesmen of US history to that date, from Benjamin Franklin via Adams, Washington, Hamilton, Jay, Jefferson, Monroe, Webster, Lincoln, and the rest. Two of the biographies are written by Theodore Roosevelt. Read more

  42. The War in 3 Pages by Eisenhower.

    The War in 3 Pages by Eisenhower. 1952

    £750

    First and only edition. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper by William M. McLean Jr. to Averell Harriman, Roosevelt’s special envoy to Britain and the Soviet Union during the Second World War. McLean, the publisher of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin who was responsible …Read more

  43. Naval and Military Memoirs of Great Britain,

    Naval and Military Memoirs of Great Britain, 1804

    £2,250

    Second edition, the first, published in 1790, was in three volumes, this continues the account down to the conclusion of the War of Independence, “Particularly useful for the army’s campaigns in America” (Bruce). Beatson saw early service at Rochefort in 1758, and at Martinique and …Read more

  44. Narrative and Critical History of America.

    Narrative and Critical History of America. 1889

    £1,500

    This Riverside Press edition, one of a limited edition of 550 numbered copies of what was for a century the standard reference work on American History. The editor, Justin Winsor (1831–1897) was a writer and prominent librarian at the Boston Public Library and later at …Read more

  45. The Works.

    The Works. 1886

    £7,500

    First edition, the complete set of what is still considered by historians to be the most important single source of early Western American history. “Colossal co-operative undertaking; nothing approaching it has ever been attempted in this country” (Howes). Although the first title-page is dated 1886, …Read more

  46. The Works.

    The Works. 1904

    £2,750

    The Federal Edition, the best and most complete edition of the works of Franklin. One of a limited edition of 1000 numbered sets, and very handsomely bound. Read more

  47. The Life Saving Appliances of Joseph Francis.

    The Life Saving Appliances of Joseph Francis. 1887

    £475

    First edition. Uncommon, OCLC records just 4 copies – US Coast Guard Academy, Smithsonian, NYPL, and Texas Tech. Francis’s name was extremely well-known in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, but his fame waned with the frequency of maritime disasters. He devoted his life …Read more

  48. An Original and Authentic Journal of Occurrences during the Late American War,

    An Original and Authentic Journal of Occurrences during the Late American War, 1809

    £795

    First edition. “Originally published in eleven parts” (Sabin). Lamb enlisted in the 9th regiment of foot in 1773; three years later he embarked for Canada and served initially in the operations at the siege of Quebec. Subsequently he “joined in General John Burgoyne’s successful …Read more

  1. New Arrival
    Crusade in Europe.
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    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. EISENHOWER, Dwight D.

    Crusade in Europe.

    £150,000

  2. Making America Safe for Democracy.
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    HUBBARD, Benjamin Vestal. HUBBARD, Benjamin Vestal.

    Making America Safe for Democracy.

    £250

  3. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
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    GRANT, Ulysses S. GRANT, Ulysses S.

    Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.

    £2,500

  4. The History of the United States of America.
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    MACKAY, Charles. MACKAY, Charles.

    The History of the United States of America.

    £250

  5. The Mississippi Valley in British Politics.
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    ALVORD, Clarence Walworth. ALVORD, Clarence Walworth.

    The Mississippi Valley in British Politics.

    £500

  6. The Life of George Washington.
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    EVERETT, Edward. EVERETT, Edward.

    The Life of George Washington.

    £450

  7. Abraham Lincoln. The Prarie Years.
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    SANDBURG, Carl. SANDBURG, Carl.

    Abraham Lincoln. The Prarie Years.

    £450

  8. A History of the Greenbacks
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    MITCHELL, Wesley Clair. MITCHELL, Wesley Clair.

    A History of the Greenbacks

    £375

  9. Dissertation on First-Principles of Government.
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    PAINE, Thomas. PAINE, Thomas.

    Dissertation on First-Principles of Government.

    £1,500

  10. Autograph letter signed, quoting a Persian fable.
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    STOWE, Harriet Beecher. STOWE, Harriet Beecher.

    Autograph letter signed, quoting a Persian fable.

    £750

  11. Picturesque America; or, The Land We Live In.
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    BRYANT, William Cullen, ed. BRYANT, William Cullen,...

    Picturesque America; or, The Land We Live In.

    £975

  12. The Life of Abraham Lincoln.
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    TARBELL, Ida M. TARBELL, Ida M.

    The Life of Abraham Lincoln.

    £450

  13. History of the War with America, France, Spain, and Holland;
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    ANDREWS, John. ANDREWS, John.

    History of the War with America, France, Spain, and Holland;

    £1,750

  14. Leyden Documents relating to the Pilgrim Fathers.
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    (AMERICANA.) (AMERICANA.)

    Leyden Documents relating to the Pilgrim Fathers.

    £200

  15. The History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment, of the Independence of the United States of America:
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    GORDON, William. GORDON, William.

    The History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment, of the Independence of the United States of America:

    £2,750

  16. Atlas of the United States of North America,
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    ROGERS, Henry Darwin, & A. Keith... ROGERS, Henry Darwin,...

    Atlas of the United States of North America,

    £6,000

  17. Remarks of General Harrison, Late Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Colombia, on Certain Charges Made Against Him by that Government.
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    HARRISON, William Henry. HARRISON, William Henry.

    Remarks of General Harrison, Late Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Colombia, on Certain Charges Made Against Him by that Government.

    £27,500

  18. Kootenai Why Stories.
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    LINDERMAN, Frank. B. LINDERMAN, Frank. B.

    Kootenai Why Stories.

    £500

  19. Douglass & Aikman’s Almanack and Register for the Island of Jamaica:
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    (AMERICAN JUDAICA.) (AMERICAN JUDAICA.)

    Douglass & Aikman’s Almanack and Register for the Island of Jamaica:

    £17,500

  20. Nigger Melodies;
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    (AMERICANA.) (AMERICANA.)

    Nigger Melodies;

    £675

  21. Political Debates between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas,
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    LINCOLN, Abraham. LINCOLN, Abraham.

    Political Debates between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas,

    £10,000

  22. The Restless Decade.
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    GUTMANN, John. GUTMANN, John.

    The Restless Decade.

    £250

  23. De origine, ac rebus gestis Regum Hispaniae liber,
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    TARAFA, Francisco. TARAFA, Francisco.

    De origine, ac rebus gestis Regum Hispaniae liber,

    £3,750

  24. The History of the American Revolution.
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    RAMSAY, David. RAMSAY, David.

    The History of the American Revolution.

    £1,650

  25. The Works. Memorial Edition.
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    ROOSEVELT, Theodore. ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    The Works. Memorial Edition.

    £12,500

  26. A List of the General and Field-Officers, As they Rank in the Army;
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    (ARMY LIST.) (ARMY LIST.)

    A List of the General and Field-Officers, As they Rank in the Army;

    £750

  27. Ship Passport for the Brig Milford of Baltimore to load at Port Republicain, Santo Domingo, 1800
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    TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE, François-Dominique. TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE, François-Dominique.

    Ship Passport for the Brig Milford of Baltimore to load at Port Republicain, Santo Domingo, 1800

    £3,500

  28. Report of the Board of Officers … on Gatling Guns of Large Caliber for Flank-Defence – with two autograph letters signed to Edgar T. Welles.
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    (GATLING, Richard J.) (GATLING, Richard J.)

    Report of the Board of Officers … on Gatling Guns of Large Caliber for Flank-Defence – with two autograph letters signed to Edgar T. Welles.

    £4,500

  29. The History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American War.
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    STEDMAN, Charles. STEDMAN, Charles.

    The History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American War.

    £14,500

  30. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
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    GRANT, Ulysses S. GRANT, Ulysses S.

    Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.

    £975

  31. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
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    GRANT, Ulysses S. GRANT, Ulysses S.

    Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.

    £875

  32. The Interest of Great Britain considered, with Regard to her Colonies,
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    FRANKLIN, Benjamin. FRANKLIN, Benjamin.

    The Interest of Great Britain considered, with Regard to her Colonies,

    £8,750

  33. American Statesmen.
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    MORSE, John T. (ed.) MORSE, John T....

    American Statesmen.

    £2,500

  34. The War in 3 Pages by Eisenhower.
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    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. EISENHOWER, Dwight D.

    The War in 3 Pages by Eisenhower.

    £750

  35. Naval and Military Memoirs of Great Britain,
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    BEATSON, Robert. BEATSON, Robert.

    Naval and Military Memoirs of Great Britain,

    £2,250

  36. Narrative and Critical History of America.
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    WINSOR, Justin (ed.). WINSOR, Justin (ed.).

    Narrative and Critical History of America.

    £1,500

  37. The Life Saving Appliances of Joseph Francis.
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    FRANCIS, Joseph. FRANCIS, Joseph.

    The Life Saving Appliances of Joseph Francis.

    £475

  38. An Original and Authentic Journal of Occurrences during the Late American War,
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    LAMB, Roger. LAMB, Roger.

    An Original and Authentic Journal of Occurrences during the Late American War,

    £795

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