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  1. Women Who Work.
    New Arrival

    Women Who Work. 1937

    £95

    First edition, first impression, of this survey of women workers in inter-war Britain. Read more

  2. Politics in the Train.
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    Politics in the Train. 1936

    £250

    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 …Read more

  3. The Theory of the Leisure Class.
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    The Theory of the Leisure Class. 1899

    £4,500

    First edition, review copy sent to the American journalist and suffragist Florence Finch Kelly (1858–1939), with her ownership signature to the front free endpaper and her pencil marginalia throughout, particularly extensive to the final few leaves. Kelly was on the staff of various American newspapers, …Read more

  4. How to Pay for the War.
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    How to Pay for the War. 1940

    £100

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  5. Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects.
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    Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects. 1753

    £4,000

    First collected edition of Hume’s Essays. It was with this publication, Andrew Millar’s initiative, that Hume achieved wide commercial success. The effect of this edition was to make his philosophy available “in a format which for the first time was both accessible and calculated to …Read more

  6. Utopia.
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    Utopia. 1684

    £2,250

    First edition of Gilbert Burnet’s translation of More’s Utopia. Utopia tells of the best order of society, the ideal commonwealth, which is to be found on the island of Utopia. Its protagonist is the Portuguese traveller Raphael Hythlodaye, who relates that he accompanied Amerigo Vespucci …Read more

  7. Leviathan, or the Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-wealth Ecclesiastical and Civill.
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    Leviathan, or the Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-wealth Ecclesiastical and Civill. 1651

    £3,750

    First edition, second printing of one of the foundation works in the field of political theory, with the bear ornament on the title-leaf, printed outside England (probably at Amsterdam). Leviathan details Hobbes’s notion of the origin of the State as a product of human reason …Read more

  8. The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Translated from the original in Gujarati by Mahadev Desai  [and Pyarelal Nair for volume two].
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    The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Translated from the original in Gujarati by Mahadev Desai [and Pyarelal Nair for volume two]. 1927-1929

    £3,750

    First edition in English of Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography, giving an account of his life up until 1921. The work was first serialised in Gujarati in the weekly newspaper Navajivan. Copies in this condition are remarkably scarce. Read more

  9. A Essay upon Government:

    A Essay upon Government: 1716

    £300

    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 …Read more

  10. Language and Silence.

    Language and Silence. 1967

    £175

    First edition, first impression, of the author’s collected essays on language and politics. Laid in are three typed letter signed from George Steiner to Roger Ian Sharrock, then professor of English at Durham University. Read more

  11. 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

  12. Lord Randolph Churchill.

    Lord Randolph Churchill. 1906

    £650

    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: …Read more

  13. My Early Life.

    My Early Life. 1930

    £850

    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 …Read more

  14. Ephemera collection.

    Ephemera collection. 1930s-40s

    £200

    A considerable collection of Gollancz ephemera relating to the Left Book Club, with many pamphlets and advertisements relating to its astonishing membership drive that took it, from its inception in May 1936, to 57,000 members and 1,300 discussion groups by April 1939. Also included …Read more

  15. (Post-War Speeches.) The Sinews of Peace; Europe Unite; In The Balance; Stemming The Tide; The Unwritten Alliance.

    (Post-War Speeches.) The Sinews of Peace; Europe Unite; In The Balance; Stemming The Tide; The Unwritten Alliance. 1948-61

    £1,500

    First editions, first impressions. Read more

  16. Typed letter signed to the Lord Chancellor relating to appeasement:

    Typed letter signed to the Lord Chancellor relating to appeasement: 3 August 1939,

    £350

    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 …Read more

  17. Considérations sur l’Ordre de Cincinnatus ou imitation d’un pamphlét Anglo-Americain…

    Considérations sur l’Ordre de Cincinnatus ou imitation d’un pamphlét Anglo-Americain… 1784

    £750

    First edition, second issue, including the translation of Price’s work for the first time. In the present work Mirabeau agreed with the argument put forward by Burke: the Order of Cincinnati was detrimental to the ideals of the new American republic. Based on an anonymous …Read more

  18. The Life Story of Éamon de Valéra.

    The Life Story of Éamon de Valéra. 1933

    £250

    First edition, first impression, a smart copy in the scarce jacket. Read more

  19. Dreams From My Father.

    Dreams From My Father. 1995

    £9,750

    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. Read more

  20. The Second World War.

    The Second World War. 1948–54

    £8,750

    First editions, first impressions, except vol. II, which is the fourth edition of 1954; signed in full by the author on the half-title of vol. I and initialled in the same place in the others, for the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men, …Read more

  21. Arms and the Covenant.

    Arms and the Covenant. 1938

    £8,250

    First edition, only printing. Presentation copy from Churchill to the celebrated journalist Hannen Swaffer, inscribed on the front free endpaper: “To Hannen Swaffer from Winston S. Churchill, January 1939” and almost certainly presented on or near 8 January, when “Churchill gave a long interview to …Read more

  22. Schools and Universities on the Continent.

    Schools and Universities on the Continent. 1868

    £550

    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 …Read more

  23. The War Speeches:

    The War Speeches: 1942–6

    £4,750

    First editions, first impressions. Signed by Churchill on the front free endpaper of the final volume, Secret Session Speeches. Read more

  24. My Early Life. A Roving Commission.

    My Early Life. A Roving Commission. 1930

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression, second state, with volume one of The World Crisis present on the list of Churchill’s works on the half-title verso. Churchill’s first volume of sustained biography is a highly entertaining account of his childhood, schooldays at Harrow, military training at Sandhurst, …Read more

  25. On Liberty.

    On Liberty. 1859

    £475

    Second edition, published the same year as the first, of the work that “perhaps more than any other of his works, has been viewed by posterity as the kernel of his social philosophy” (ODNB). “Many of Mill’s ideas are now the commonplaces of democracy. His …Read more

  26. A Geographical, Historical, and Political Description

    A Geographical, Historical, and Political Description 1800

    £1,250

    First edition in English of this French Revolutionary Wars-era gazetteer, compiled and translated almost entirely from Wolfgang Jäger’s Geographisch-historisch-statistisches Zeitungs-Lexikon, which was first published in Germany in 1782–4. Boetticher’s statistical tables have a separate title page and pagination and were originally published anonymously in Germany …Read more

  27. On British Freedom.

    On British Freedom. 1923

    £400

    First edition, first impression, Quentin Bell’s copy, in the scarce jacket. This copy has the ink ownership inscription to the front free endpaper of Quentin Bell (1910-1996), son of Clive and Vanessa Bell, and the nephew of Virginia Woolf. He became a writer and art …Read more

  28. De’ Doveri de’ principi neutrali verso i principi guerreggianti e di questi verso i neutrali libri due.

    De’ Doveri de’ principi neutrali verso i principi guerreggianti e di questi verso i neutrali libri due. 1782

    £3,750

    First edition of this scarce work, which earned Galiani the chair of first assessor in the council of finances in Naples. The book was written during the war between England and France in 1778, during which the Kingdom of Naples stood neutral. It points out …Read more

  29. Die offene Gesellschaft und ihre Feinde.

    Die offene Gesellschaft und ihre Feinde. 1957-58

    £350

    First edition in German of Popper’s The Open Society and its Enemies, originally published in English in 1945. Popper’s classic debut contains within its analysis the seeds of his groundbreaking, if somewhat idiosyncratic, new methodology of inductive reasoning. In The Open Society and Its Enemies …Read more

  30. Books that Made Europe. Economic Governance and Democracy from 15th to 20th Century.

    Books that Made Europe. Economic Governance and Democracy from 15th to 20th Century. 2016

    £85

    First edition, just published, the companion work to an exhibition currently running at the Bibliotheca Wittockiana in Brussels, 1 of 750 copies for sale. “The exhibition Books that made Europe is a journey through 140 books spanning a period of approx. six hundred years, from …Read more

  31. War Memoirs.

    War Memoirs. 1936

    £250

    First edition of volumes V and VI, second edition of volume IV, reprints of the remaining volumes. “His main and exhausting task [during his retirement] was the writing of massive works of reminiscence, his War Memoirs (1933–6) and The Truth about the Peace Treaties (1938). …Read more

  32. 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

  33. Great Contemporaries.

    Great Contemporaries. 1937

    £2,250

    First edition, first impression of this series of essays on “Great Men of our age”, which includes T. E. Lawrence, Trotsky and Hitler (“We cannot tell whether Hitler will be the man who will once again let loose upon the world another war in which …Read more

  34. Thoughts and Adventures.

    Thoughts and Adventures. 1932

    £4,500

    First edition, first impression. This is the second volume of Churchill’s autobiographical writings, covering his early political career, the battle of Sidney Street, a near silence on Gallipoli, service on the Western Front, the negotiation of the Irish settlement, thoughts on the “Mass effects of …Read more

  35. Arms and the Covenant.

    Arms and the Covenant. 1938

    £2,500

    First edition, only printing, in the scarce first issue jacket, priced 18/- net. An important collection of Churchill’s speeches, warning of the dangers of a re-armed Germany. A contemporary review in the journal of the Royal Institute for International Affairs noted that “apart from their …Read more

  36. The Story of the Irish Citizen Army.

    The Story of the Irish Citizen Army. 1919

    £350

    First edition. O’Casey was General Secretary of the Irish Citizen Army for a few months in 1914, resigning when the ICA voted to allow its members to also have membership in the Irish Volunteers. Read more

  37. Profiles in Courage.

    Profiles in Courage. 1956

    £19,500

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Patty Cavin, with very best regards, John Kennedy”. Patty Cavin was a pioneering woman journalist, a reporter on the Washington Post in the 1950s, covering Congress, and later with …Read more

  38. The Wealth of Nations.

    The Wealth of Nations. 1991

    £225

    A handsome leather bound volume of this classic work which was first published in 1776. Read more

  39. A Revision of the Treaty.

    A Revision of the Treaty. 1922

    £275

    First edition, first impression, of Keynes’s second work on the German reparations, arguing for a reduction in payments demanded from Germany. Read more

  40. Biographical Studies.

    Biographical Studies. 1881

    £125

    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author’s widow on the half-title: “From Mrs Walter Bagehot”. Walter Bagehot (1826–1877) married Eliza Wilson (1832–1921), who was the eldest daughter of James Wilson, the founder of The Economist, in 1858. The couple first met when Bagehot was …Read more

  41. 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. 2014

    £250

    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. Read more

  42. A History of Political Theories:

    A History of Political Theories: 1921

    £100

    Early edition of the American historian’s follow-up to A History of Political Theories: Ancient and Mediæval. Originally published in 1905. Read more

  43. 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

  44. The English Constitution.

    The English Constitution. 1867

    £3,250

    First edition in book form, from the library of Prince Leopold, youngest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. First published in instalments in The Fortnightly Review between 1865 and 1866, “its purpose was to show the actual working of the Constitution in the period …Read more

  45. The Summary Jurisdiction (Married Women) Act, 1895.

    The Summary Jurisdiction (Married Women) Act, 1895. 1896

    £600

    First edition of this landmark in British legislation for the rights of women, protecting married women against physical abuse and neglect, and allowing custody of children to deserted wives. Consolidating the 1878 Matrimonial Causes Act and the 1886 Married Women (Maintenance in the Case of …Read more

  46. Women and Social Injustice.

    Women and Social Injustice. 1942

    £375

    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 …Read more

  47. Six Months in Politics by “West Country Miner.”

    Six Months in Politics by “West Country Miner.” 1917

    £475

    First and only edition of a collection of articles dedicated to “that Great Nation who strong through suffering bore single-handed at Verdun the death-bleeding Burden for her backward Allies – backward through no lack of Will for Service, but from their Failure to Prepare for …Read more

  48. Lord Randolph Churchill.

    Lord Randolph Churchill. 1906

    £750

    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: …Read more

  1. New Arrival
    Women Who Work.
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    BEAUCHAMP, Joan. BEAUCHAMP, Joan.

    Women Who Work.

    £95

  2. New Arrival
    Politics in the Train.
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    NICOLSON, Harold. NICOLSON, Harold.

    Politics in the Train.

    £250

  3. New Arrival
    The Theory of the Leisure Class.
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    VEBLEN, Thorstein. VEBLEN, Thorstein.

    The Theory of the Leisure Class.

    £4,500

  4. New Arrival
    How to Pay for the War.
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    KEYNES, John Maynard. KEYNES, John Maynard.

    How to Pay for the War.

    £100

  5. New Arrival
    Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects.
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    HUME, David. HUME, David.

    Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects.

    £4,000

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    Leviathan, or the Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-wealth Ecclesiastical and Civill.
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    HOBBES, Thomas. HOBBES, Thomas.

    Leviathan, or the Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-wealth Ecclesiastical and Civill.

    £3,750

  8. New Arrival
    The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Translated from the original in Gujarati by Mahadev Desai  [and Pyarelal Nair for volume two].
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    GANDHI, Mahatma K. GANDHI, Mahatma K.

    The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Translated from the original in Gujarati by Mahadev Desai [and Pyarelal Nair for volume two].

    £3,750

  9. A Essay upon Government:
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    BURNETT, Thomas. BURNETT, Thomas.

    A Essay upon Government:

    £300

  10. Language and Silence.
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    STEINER, George. STEINER, George.

    Language and Silence.

    £175

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

    Making America Safe for Democracy.

    £250

  12. Lord Randolph Churchill.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    Lord Randolph Churchill.

    £650

  13. (Post-War Speeches.) The Sinews of Peace; Europe Unite; In The Balance; Stemming The Tide; The Unwritten Alliance.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    (Post-War Speeches.) The Sinews of Peace; Europe Unite; In The Balance; Stemming The Tide; The Unwritten Alliance.

    £1,500

  14. Typed letter signed to the Lord Chancellor relating to appeasement:
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    BUTLER, Richard Austen "Rab". BUTLER, Richard Austen...

    Typed letter signed to the Lord Chancellor relating to appeasement:

    £350

  15. Considérations sur l’Ordre de Cincinnatus ou imitation d’un pamphlét Anglo-Americain…
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    MIRABEAU, Honoré Gabriel, comte de. MIRABEAU, Honoré Gabriel,...

    Considérations sur l’Ordre de Cincinnatus ou imitation d’un pamphlét Anglo-Americain…

    £750

  16. The Life Story of Éamon de Valéra.
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    (DE VALERA, Eamon.) Ó FAOLÁIN, Seán. (DE VALERA, Eamon.)...

    The Life Story of Éamon de Valéra.

    £250

  17. Dreams From My Father.
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    OBAMA, Barack. OBAMA, Barack.

    Dreams From My Father.

    £9,750

  18. The Second World War.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    The Second World War.

    £8,750

  19. Arms and the Covenant.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    Arms and the Covenant.

    £8,250

  20. Schools and Universities on the Continent.
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    ARNOLD, Matthew. ARNOLD, Matthew.

    Schools and Universities on the Continent.

    £550

  21. The War Speeches:
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    The War Speeches:

    £4,750

  22. My Early Life. A Roving Commission.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    My Early Life. A Roving Commission.

    £1,250

  23. A Geographical, Historical, and Political Description
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    (PLAYFAIR, William.) JÄGER, Wolfgang; Jakob Gottlieb... (PLAYFAIR, William.) JÄGER,...

    A Geographical, Historical, and Political Description

    £1,250

  24. On British Freedom.
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    BELL, Clive. BELL, Clive.

    On British Freedom.

    £400

  25. De’ Doveri de’ principi neutrali verso i principi guerreggianti e di questi verso i neutrali libri due.
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    [GALIANI, Ferdinando.] [GALIANI, Ferdinando.]

    De’ Doveri de’ principi neutrali verso i principi guerreggianti e di questi verso i neutrali libri due.

    £3,750

  26. Die offene Gesellschaft und ihre Feinde.
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    POPPER, Karl R. POPPER, Karl R.

    Die offene Gesellschaft und ihre Feinde.

    £350

  27. Books that Made Europe. Economic Governance and Democracy from 15th to 20th Century.
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    PALUMBO, Margherita and Eugenio SIDOLI, editors. PALUMBO, Margherita and...

    Books that Made Europe. Economic Governance and Democracy from 15th to 20th Century.

    £85

  28. Great Contemporaries.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    Great Contemporaries.

    £2,250

  29. Thoughts and Adventures.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    Thoughts and Adventures.

    £4,500

  30. Arms and the Covenant.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    Arms and the Covenant.

    £2,500

  31. The Story of the Irish Citizen Army.
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    [O'CASEY, Sean.] CATHASAIGH, P. O. [O'CASEY, Sean.] CATHASAIGH,...

    The Story of the Irish Citizen Army.

    £350

  32. Profiles in Courage.
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    KENNEDY, John F. KENNEDY, John F.

    Profiles in Courage.

    £19,500

  33. The Wealth of Nations.
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    SMITH, Adam. SMITH, Adam.

    The Wealth of Nations.

    £225

  34. A Revision of the Treaty.
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    KEYNES, John Maynard. KEYNES, John Maynard.

    A Revision of the Treaty.

    £275

  35. Biographical Studies.
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    BAGEHOT, Walter. BAGEHOT, Walter.

    Biographical Studies.

    £125

  36. The Mizuta Library of Rare Books in the History of European Social Thought: A Catalogue of the Collection Held at Nagoya University Library.
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    (MIZUTA.) NAKAI, Eriko, editor. (MIZUTA.) NAKAI, Eriko,...

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

    £250

  37. A History of Political Theories:
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    DUNNING, William Archibald. DUNNING, William Archibald.

    A History of Political Theories:

    £100

  38. The English Constitution.
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    BAGEHOT, Walter. BAGEHOT, Walter.

    The English Constitution.

    £3,250

  39. The Summary Jurisdiction (Married Women) Act, 1895.
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    LUSHINGTON, S. G., & Guy Lushington. LUSHINGTON, S. G.,...

    The Summary Jurisdiction (Married Women) Act, 1895.

    £600

  40. Women and Social Injustice.
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    GANDHI, Mahatma K. GANDHI, Mahatma K.

    Women and Social Injustice.

    £375

  41. Six Months in Politics by “West Country Miner.”
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    [JAMES, Alfred.] [JAMES, Alfred.]

    Six Months in Politics by “West Country Miner.”

    £475

  42. Lord Randolph Churchill.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    Lord Randolph Churchill.

    £750

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