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  1. 125333
    First edition of one of the most influential philosophy books ever published, the first version of the Critique of Pure Reason. "Kant's great achievement was to conclude finally the lines on which philosophical speculation had proceeded in the eighteenth century, and to open up a new and more comprehensive system of dealing... Learn More
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  2. 134118comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on a promotional Downing Street-design bookplate attached to the front pastedown. Learn More
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    First edition thus. "In 1820 a new edition of Hamilton appeared, edited by Elias Johnston, who states that the text had been revised with the advice and approbation of the author. Johnstone rewrote the whole book and based his chapter on book-keeping on a short summary - although with extensive model accounts - of Cronhelm's... Learn More
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  4. 134002comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
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  5. 133978comp
    Signed limited edition, number 10 (coincidentally but delightfully matching her Downing Street address) of 200 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher. The collection gathers Thatcher's notable speeches from 1968 to 1996. Learn More
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  6. 132307
    First edition, first printing of Friedman's best-selling work on freedom and the role of capitalism in western society, described by the Times Literary Supplement as "one of the most influential books published since the war". Friedman reclaims the term "liberal" in the 19th-century sense of laissez-faire economics and a... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression, of Margaret Thatcher's first book, signed by both Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis Thatcher on the front free endpaper. Let Our Children Grow Tall gathers Thatcher's more notable speeches from her first two years as Leader of the Opposition, when she was still seeking to sway public... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed from the author in ink on the front free endpaper, "Mr W. C. Curtis with the compliments of Mr. Veblen". Published shortly after the outbreak of the first World War, Veblen's fourth book aimed to account for why and how Germany had so successfully dominated the... Learn More
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  9. 131928
    A signed letter from Hayek to Charles E. Funk, editor of The Literary Digest, apparently in response to an enquiry into the proper pronunciation of his name: "In terms of the Phonetic Alphabet of the International Phonetic Association the correct pronunciation of my name would be rendered by 'Hai-ek'". Hayek goes on to say... Learn More
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  10. 111888
    First edition of the second volume of Das Kapital, edited from Marx's manuscripts by Friedrich Engels. "Marx himself modestly described Das Kapital as a continuation of his Zur Kritik de politischen Oekonomie, 1859. It was in fact the summation of his quarter of a century's economic studies, mostly in the Reading Room of... Learn More
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  11. 133866
    First edition in book form, first printing, of Lane's "proudest attempt to summarize her political ideas" (Miller, p. 196), her "personal Declaration of Independence" (jacket blurb). Sections of Give Me Liberty first appeared in "Credo", the lead article in the Saturday Evening Post on 7 March 1936. Acclaimed upon publication,... Learn More
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    From Margaret Thatcher's personal library, which remained in her possession until her death, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Mum - Happy Christmas and fondest love from us both. Mark and Sarah Spain 2007". Margaret Thatcher requested this book as a Christmas present when she was staying with her son Mark and his wife... Learn More
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    A collection of first day covers gathered by Margaret Thatcher, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. Thatcher dabbled in stamp collecting, and most of her collection was sold at Christie's in 2015. She had a personal interest in the aesthetics and production of stamps as Prime Minister, as... Learn More
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  14. 129405
    First edition of this popular collection of essays by the philosopher, poet, and early activist for gay rights Edward Carpenter (1844-1929), considered "unique because as well as documenting the material conditions of women under capitalism, it mapped the inner life of struggle and personal transformation involved in realising... Learn More
    £175

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  15. 129233
    First edition, first impression, of this study of propaganda, published one year before the outbreak of the Second World War. Richard S. Lambert (1894-1981) was the editor of The Listener and an employee of the BBC in its formative years; in this study, he treats of the danger and value of propaganda, and how it may be countered.... Learn More
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    Second edition, first published in 1798. "In 1803 Malthus published a greatly expanded second edition of the Essay, incorporating details of the population checks that had been in operation in many different countries and periods. Although nominally a second edition, it was regarded by Malthus as a substantially new work.... Learn More
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  17. 133663
    Harold Wilson's own copy of the official cabinet photograph taken in 1974, signed on the mount by himself and every other member of the cabinet, including Michael Foot, Tony Benn, Denis Healey, James Callaghan, Roy Jenkins, Anthony Crosland, Barbara Castle, Reg Prentice, Shirley Williams, and Merlyn Rees. Taken in the year... Learn More
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  18. 129789
    First edition, first impression. In 1956, Ayer published "The Problem of Knowledge, in which, abounding reductionism, he justified our everyday beliefs' by their power to explain our sense-experience. This line of argument was developed in such later works as The Origins of Pragmatism (1968) and Russel and Moore (1971),... Learn More
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    First edition, third impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Harry Nathan on the front free endpaper: 'The Right Honourable Lord Nathan, Who has done so much to change the law for the better, especially of charities. Denning M. R.'. The Liberal politician Harry Nathan (1889-1963) served as MP for Bethnal... Learn More
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  20. 129780
    First edition, first impression. The book was based on a series of lectures Meade gave at the University and of the Business School in Stockholm in May 1964. John Rawls in his magnum opus, The Theory of Justice, said he owed much to this work, while in turn Meade's economic philosophy was said to be influenced by Rawls.... Learn More
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    Voyages et avantures de Jaques Masse.

    Bourdeaux [i.e. The Hague]: 1710 [i.e. around 1714]

    First edition of this early utopian novel, "the best-known of all the radical philosophical novels of the Early Enlightenment" and which "surpassed practically every other work of philosophical fiction of the age for notoriety" (Israel, pp. liii and lvi). The novel details a Frenchman shipwrecked off South Africa - the co-ordinates... Learn More
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  22. 133407
    From the estate of Margaret Thatcher, with the presentation label incorporated beneath the map reading "Presented to the Right Honourable Margaret Thatcher MP on the occasion of the Gallipoli Commemoration 25 April 1990". Thatcher travelled to Turkey for the 75th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, along with the Australian... Learn More
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  23. 128974
    Autograph letter signed "J. S. Mill" to an unknown "Sir", apparently unpublished, discussing political intrigues within the East India Company. With reference to a current dispute, Mill declares his support for one Captain Philip Meadows Taylor (1808-1876) in the military service of the Company, suggesting that the recipient... Learn More
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  24. 129375detail
    First edition. Young had travelled in France in the early years of the revolution, and his experiences in the country, including seeing his aristocratic friends murdered and rendered destitute, "brought about a permanent change in his political views. From being a liberal and a reformer, by 1792 he had become an opponent... Learn More
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    The octavo Lyon-Bernuset issue. This is Necker's vehement defence against accusations made by his successor, Charles Alexandre de Calonne, who claimed that Necker's tenure as comptroller-general of finances was not the success it was generally perceived as, and that Necker's celebrated Compte rendu - a balance sheet of his... Learn More
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  26. 133660
    A Christmas card sent from Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis to former prime minister Harold Wilson, signed "Denis and Margaret Thatcher" in their respective hands. The photograph on the card shows Margaret and Denis on the stairs at Downing Street, surrounded by portraits of former prime ministers. The card, otherwise... Learn More
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  27. 133661
    A Christmas card sent from Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis to former prime minister Harold Wilson, signed "Denis and Margaret" in their respective hands. The photograph on the card shows Chequers, the prime minister's country retreat. The card, otherwise unmarked as Harold Wilson's, remained in the possession of... Learn More
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  28. 133659
    The Christmas card sent from Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis to former prime minister Harold Wilson in 1985, signed "Denis and Margaret Thatcher" in their respective hands. The card, otherwise unmarked as Harold Wilson's, remained in the possession of Harold, and then his wife Mary, until the latter's death in 2018;... Learn More
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  29. 133654
    The Christmas card sent from Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis to former prime minister Harold Wilson in 1987, signed "Denis and Margaret Thatcher" in their respective hands. The card, otherwise unmarked as Harold Wilson's, remained in the possession of Harold, and then his wife Mary, until the latter's death in 2018;... Learn More
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    First edition in French of the second part of Tucker's Reflections on the Expediency of a Law for the Naturalization of Foreign Protestants (1752), translated by Turgot in his first published piece on economics. Tucker wrote the first part of his tract in 1751 in support of Robert Nugent's bill to relax British naturalisation... Learn More
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  31. 127122
    Sole edition of this notably rare and pseudonymously published book by one of the leading Russian economists of the 19th century. It was published in Stuttgart under the pseudonym "Evropeets European" which allowed Bezobrazov (1828-1889), who was in the civil service, to critique the development of the Russian economy, especially... Learn More
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  32. 122620
    First edition of Dussausoy's programme of public works, the main purpose of which was to provide labour for the idle masses and to inspire patriotism by installing honorary monuments of monarchs and men of military and political renown across Paris, with chapters on the causes of depopulation and the degeneration of the... Learn More
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  33. 133671
    First Italian edition of part of de Moivre's early and important contribution to the calculus of games of chance and probability theory, one of the first instructional texts on the subject, which together with the works of Montmort and Bernoulli was one of the most important books written on the subject in the early eighteenth... Learn More
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  34. 133622
    First edition, first printing. With a superb double economics provenance - firstly the copy of Hugh Dalton (1887-1962, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1945 to 1947, with his ownership signature dated October 1909 to the front pastedown; secondly the copy of the LSE economist Lionel Robbins (1898-1984), with... Learn More
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  35. 133013
    First edition, one of two 1891 printings, of Van Etten's address, one of the first serious attempts to secure safe conditions and better working hours for women in the underground garment industry. The other 1891 printing was published in Washington, DC by the Globe Printing Company; no priority has been established. The... Learn More
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  36. 131520
    First edition, first impression. The copy of the economist William Henderson Pringle (1877-1967), with his pencilled ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Pringle was teacher of economics at the University of London from 1910-1920, at the University of New Zealand from 1920-22, and at the LSE from 1923-24. He ran... Learn More
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    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed "from the Author" on the title page. Wheatley's Remarks, along with his Essay on the Theory of Money, "received the most contemporary attention, and best stated his theoretical position on the monetary controversy that followed the suspension of cash payments by the Bank of England... Learn More
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    Second edition of the French anarchist philosopher's notorious thesis, together with the first editions of his two succeeding works, the "deuxième" and "troisième" memoirs. Qu'est-ce que la propriété? was first published in 1840, and shocked its readership with its famous assertion that "all property is theft", which... Learn More
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  39. 129406
    New and enlarged edition, the ninth overall, first printed in 1889. An early activist for gay rights, the poet and philosopher Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) was known for his provocative views. Here published as part of Swan Sonnenschein's Social Science series, Carpenter's titular essay argues that civilisation is a deviation... Learn More
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  40. 131946
    First edition of Husserl's posthumously published work on Experience and Judgement, one of the few copies that escaped being pulped as a result of the German annexation of Czechoslovakia in 1939. 200 copies were sent to London for distribution by Allen & Unwin, but the bulk of the edition was destroyed.
    "Edmund Husserl... Learn More
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  41. 126465
    First edition. Economie et Intérêt is Allais's second major publication, a massive work on capital and interest which has formed the basis for the so-called "golden rule of accumulation". This states that to maximise real income, the optimum rate of interest should equal the growth rate of the economy. Allais did not publish... Learn More
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    Signed limited edition, number 14 of 500 copies signed by the author on the title page. The Path to Power was the second volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her childhood to her election as Prime Minister. Learn More
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  43. 131267
    First edition, with a fine Bloomsbury Group provenance, presented by Lytton Strachey to Frances Marshall later Frances Partridge upon marriage, with a notation of the presentation in the latter's hand "Frances Marshall from Lytton 1931" in pencil on the front free endpaper. At the time of the presentation, Frances was... Learn More
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    Signed limited edition, number 172 of 200 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher. The collection gathers Thatcher's notable speeches from 1968 to 1996. Learn More
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    First edition in English, first impression, inscribed by the author "with compliments, F. Zeuthen" in ink on the half-title, translated from works originally published separately in Danish in 1928-9. Learn More
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    First edition of this important contribution to the population debate by Claude François-Joseph d'Auxiron (1728-1778), a key non-physiocratic economist prior to Malthus and one of the earliest advocates of the importance of mathematical economics. "Auxiron's work is significant chiefly because of his analysis of the determinants... Learn More
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  47. 133582
    First UK edition, first impression. Russell's expansive account of the history of philosophy, ranging from the Orphism of ancient Greece to the logical positivism of the author's present day, was a triumph of his populist craft and is perhaps his most famous book. Written during the Second World War, Russell's project was... Learn More
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  48. 126500
    First edition of this collection of works by and about Jacques Necker, presenting a variety of contemporary opinions, both positive and negative, on his time and influence as finance minister for Louis XVI (1777-81). Despite proving to be a popular and capable reformer he had enemies at court who, led by Marie-Antoinette,... Learn More
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  49. 133471
    Original offprint of a paper read by Ramsey to the London Mathematical Society on December 13 1928, "primarily concerned with a special case of one of the problems of mathematical logic, the problem of finding a regular procedure to determine the truth or falsity of any given logical formula" p. 264.) This problem is commonly... Learn More
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    Second edition, published the same year as the first, of this popular work comparing the British and French political economies, this copy from the library of André Morellet, a collection which was largely acquired as reading material during the preparation of his Encyclopédie.
    Although it claimed to be a translation,... Learn More
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    A collection of Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher, from various individuals and institutions.

    i) John Stapylton Habgood, Archbishop of York (1983-95), 1985. With a reproduction of a portrait of himself on the front cover, and the printed message on the interior "With all good wishes for Christmas and the New... Learn More
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  52. 133399comp
    First UK edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 138 of 1,000 copies signed by Mandela. The South African edition was published earlier that year. Learn More
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  53. 130319
    First edition of the first great feminist treatise. Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) argued in her groundbreaking manifesto that the rights of man and of woman were one and the same thing. Her demand for "justice for one-half of the human race" was too revolutionary for her time, but she found a following among radicals and... Learn More
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  54. 132089
    An engraved ticket to attend the trial of Warren Hastings, in a 1793 sitting. Warren Hastings was the head of the Supreme Council of Bengal, and consequently the de facto Governor-General of India, from 1774 to 1785. In 1787 he was accused of corruption and embezzlement, and began an impeachment trial under the House of... Learn More
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  55. 133078
    First edition of this pioneering work on logic and induction. Six years in the making, Jevons here argues against Baconian empirical procedure and in favour of the Newtonian approach: "I endeavour to show that hypothetical anticipation of nature is an essential part of inductive inquiry, and that it is the Newtonian method... Learn More
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  56. 131932
    First Hollis edition, "reprinted, the sixth time" according to the title-page, with a specially cut oval portrait frontispiece of John Locke engraved by Cipriani, with a liberty cap at the bottom of the oval. The leaf following the title notes that "the present edition of this book has not only been collated with the first... Learn More
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  57. 124540
    First edition in German of Linguet's treatise on syphilis, first printed in French in 1766 as La Cacomonade. Linguet chose as his pseudonym Pangloss, the optimistic teacher in Voltaire's Candide who is blighted by syphilis. Linguet presents the book as a supplement to Voltaire's work, although this German edition identifies... Learn More
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  58. 133182
    First edition, limited issue of one of the most influential texts of modern gender politics. This edition limited to a total of 2,105 copies, including 2,000 numbered copies on Alfama Marais paper of which these are numbers 293 and 359. Of the remaining 105 copies, 55 were printed on vellum, and the remaining 50 were unnumbered... Learn More
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  59. 132885detail
    The complete run of Ayn Rand's non-fiction periodicals, aiming to disseminate her philosophy among her disciples, with contributions from her and her acolytes, including Nathaniel Branden, Leonard Peikoff, and Alan Greenspan. The Objectivist Newsletter is the casebound collected edition, printed in 1965 following publication... Learn More
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  60. 132823
    First edition in English. Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was a notable economist and a major influence on the modern libertarian movement. He has been called the "uncontested dean of the Austrian School of economics". His theories have influenced such subsequent economists as Friedrich von Hayek, Murray Rothbard, Vernon L.... Learn More
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