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  1. 120914comp
    First edition, first printing (copyright page signed "A-K", later printings are signed "D-K"), presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To my old antagonist Senator Goldwater from his friend Bob Kennedy". This is a great cross-party association for Bobby Kennedy's first book, which concerns the McLellan Committee's... Learn More
    £8,500

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  2. 88394
    Churchill addresses his constituents in the run-up to the 1955 General Election, explaining that he "felt it his duty to resign his office as P.M. at a time and under conditions which would give whoever The Queen summoned to be my successor a fair chance of seeking a mandate from the country. This alone would give him the... Learn More
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  3. 130991comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Ted Sorensen on the half-title: "for Ted with the appreciation of his companion in many other battles Bob Kennedy". Ted Sorensen (1928-2010) had a significant behind-the-scenes influence on American politics in the 1960s. He served as speechwriter... Learn More
    £3,750

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  4. 127485
    Second edition, published in the same year as the rare first edition. The work contains "Nunc lento sonitu dicunt Morieris", with Donne's famous lines (often misremembered as being in verse): "No man is an Iland, intire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed to an unknown recipient by the author, "To Nell with the love and compliments of the author", on the front free endpaper. This is the doctoral dissertation of American psychologist and author Cora Sutton Castle (18801966), here published for the first time in... Learn More
    £165

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  6. 127772
    Rare first edition of one of the most important and influential works in the history of economic thought. "Malthus was not the first writer to make the obvious point that the growth of population is ultimately limited by the food supply. He was, however, the first to bring it home to readers with the aid of a simple, powerful... Learn More
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  7. 126294
    First edition, first impression, of Keynes's second book, which established his reputation as a political economist. Keynes resigned from his position as principal representative of the British Treasury at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, in protest of the heavy reparations demanded from Germany. The Economic Consequences... Learn More
    £1,250

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  8. 130935comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by one of the authors on the front free endpaper, on behalf of both: "For Francis Bator - With respect and affection. Peter & Bob". Francis M. Bator (1925-2018) was a Hungarian-American economist, professor emeritus at the Harvard Kennedy School of political economy,... Learn More
    £100

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  9. 130932
    First edition, first printing. Fogel's "Fourth Great Awakening" refers to the American religious revival of the 1960s and 1970, as mainstream Protestantism weakened and evangelicalism grew. Fogel's interpretation, which proved controversial, places this development as on a par with the previous "Great Awakenings" - the religious... Learn More
    £35

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  10. 130930comp
    Signed limited edition, number 1,750 of 3,000 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. The Path to Power was the second volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her childhood to her election as Prime Minister. The first trade edition was published by Harper Collins. Learn More
    £350

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  11. 130928
    First Gellert edition, first printing. A powerful graphic rendering of Das Kapital by the Hungarian-born American artist Hugo Gellert (1892-1985), published in the midst of the Depression. The accompanying text is from the translations of Ernest Untermann, the first American translator of Kapital, and Eden and Cedar Paul.... Learn More
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    Quiddities.

    Cambridge, MA and London: 1987

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Best wishes to Gail and Tom". Quiddities gathers Quine's thoughts on more than eighty topics, arranged alphabetically from "Alphabet" to "Zero". Learn More
    £400

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  13. 130925
    First edition, first printing. Kuznets (1901-1985) won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1971. This book is the copy of Kuznets's doctoral student, the economist Stanley Engerman (born 1936), with his inked ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Engerman is best known for his Bancroft Prize-winning Time on the Cross:... Learn More
    £65

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  14. 130054
    First edition of Ricardo's fundamental contribution to the science of economics. Ricardo is credited with the first systematic and scientific approach to economics; his exact mathematical approach and careful deductive methods provided a model for future texts in the field. Ricardo's interest in political economy was aroused... Learn More
    £28,500

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  15. 126295
    First edition, first impression, of Keynes's second book, which established his reputation as a political economist. Keynes resigned from his position as principal representative of the British Treasury at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, in protest of the heavy reparations demanded from Germany. The Economic Consequences... Learn More
    £1,100

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  16. 124005
    First editions of this uncommon work. Mary Delany was a close friend of the duchess of Portland, with whom she shared many intellectual interests, spending most of her summers "at Bulstrode in Buckinghamshire, the favourite country house of the duchess... There the friends improved the gardens, collected shells and botanical... Learn More
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  17. 126544comp
    Deluxe edition, signed by the author in blue ink on the title page. The deluxe edition was issued concurrently with the trade edition. Learn More
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  18. 108126
    The "MacDonald White Paper", in which the British Government declared its support for a power-sharing agreement between Arab and Jewish interests in Palestine, as well as restrictions on Jewish immigration and the sale of land to Jews. Regarded by many in the Zionist movement as a final betrayal of Britain's obligations... Learn More
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  19. 108129
    First edition. The first major statement of British policy in Palestine since 1917, the "British White Paper of 1922" sought to addressed Arab and Jewish concerns regarding the content of the Balfour Declaration by including an official interpretation of the declaration by the first British high Commissioner for Palestine,... Learn More
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  20. 130297
    Second edition, first published the same year, and one of several editions published in 1774. "After the death of his wife, on 29 September 1761, Gregory wrote A Father's Legacy to his Daughters to relieve his loneliness and to record her opinions about the education of their two surviving daughters... He may have incorporated... Learn More
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  21. 130016
    First edition in book form, first published in 13 parts from March 1857 to April 1858. This is considered Mayhew's most significant work, and was the result of a collaborative venture with his brother, the social reformer Henry Mayhew. "Between 1849 and 1852 Augustus assisted Henry in the investigations both for the 'Labour... Learn More
    £300

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  22. 129260
    First edition, first impression, of Lunn's anti-socialist study. Signed by the author on the title page. Arnold Lunn (1888-1974) was a skier and mountaineer, but his strong Catholicism and anti-socialist beliefs led him to contribute various writings opposing socialism from the 1930s onwards. Learn More
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  23. 128758
    First edition, extremely scarce, of Cafiero's abridgment of Marx's Das Kapital, the first appearance of the work in Italian. This was one of the earliest abridgements of Das Kapital, and was much admired by Marx.
    Carlo Cafiero (1846-1892), an Italian socialist, met Marx and Engels in London in 1870 and was recruited to... Learn More
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  24. 119971
    First edition of Marx's caustic attack on Proudhon, "the bitterest attack delivered by one thinker upon another since the celebrated polemics of the Renaissance" (Isaiah Berlin), one of 800 copies printed. "In 1846 Proudhon published his celebrated book, La Philosophie de la Misère. He and Marx had remained friends, though... Learn More
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  25. 130328

    El Capital.

    Madrid: 1886[-7]

    Exceptionally rare first edition in Spanish, an abridged translation of volume one of Marx's Das Kapital (Capital). Its scarcity is explained by the brittle, poor quality of the paper stockthe same used for printing Zafrilla's newspaperand its very small print run, thought to number no more than a thousand copies in total.
    Pablo... Learn More
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  26. 129814
    This was the first published translation of the work in any language. Issued in 3,000 copies, with a complacent comment from the censor "few people in Russia will read it, and fewer still will understand it" the book was, however, quite..."> First edition in Russian, the first foreign translation, of "the Bible of Marxism".
    This was the first published translation of the work in any language. Issued in 3,000 copies, with a complacent comment from the censor "few people in Russia will read it, and fewer still will understand it" the book was, however, quite... Learn More
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  27. 129813
    Rare first edition of Marx's first published book, written when he was only 26. It is also the first book written in collaboration with Engels. In 1844, the first year of their friendship, Marx and Engels decided to write a critique of their former associates of the Young Hegelian school, whose views were still very popular... Learn More
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  28. 129812
    Very rare first and only issue, of enormous consequence, a double number which contains the first appearance of both Marx's first major work, Zur Kritik der Hegel'schen Rechtsphilosophie (containing his famous remark that religion is "das Opium des Volks"), and Engels's first work on economics, Umrisse zu einer Kritik der... Learn More
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  29. 129811
    Rare first editionone of 1000 copiesof the "germ" of Das Kapital. The Kritik was Marx's first attempt at a general statement of his theories, written following several years' research in the British Museum. Marx had initially planned a multi-volume work, but he was dissatisfied with it, and no further parts were written... Learn More
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  30. 129808
    First editions, a complete set in notably good condition, of Marx's polemical masterpiece of political economy, of which only the first volume was published in his lifetime; the rest were seen through the press by Engels.
    "Marx himself modestly described Das Kapital as a continuation of his Zur Kritik de politischen Oekonomie,... Learn More
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  31. 128994
    First edition of this account of the 1866 Geneva Congress, the first congress of the International Workingmen's Association, commonly known as the First International. The Association had been founded in 1864 in London by French and British radicals, including the exiled Karl Marx, who delivered the inaugural address at... Learn More
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  32. 126589
    First edition of this "rich history of pure economy", Pareto's contribution to Klein's encyclopedia for 1902. The entry "contains a valuable autobiographical allusion: Pareto lets the reader understand that as soon as he arrived in Lausanne, he started searching for some statistical invariants regarding distribution, in... Learn More
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  33. 124211
    First UK edition, first impression. Russell's compendious account of the history of philosophy, 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 in part... Learn More
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  34. 127174
    First edition in Russian of all three volumes of Das Kapital, extremely rarely found complete. This was the first foreign translation of "the Bible of Marxism". Though the censors viewed its appearance complacently "few people in Russia will read it, and fewer still will understand it" the first volume, issued in 3,000... Learn More
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  35. 130175
    First edition, first impression. "The world-wide slump after 1929 prompted Keynes to attempt an explanation of, and new methods for controlling, the vagaries of the trade-cycle in his General Theory, he subjected the definitions and theories of the classical school of economics to a penetrating scrutiny and found them seriously... Learn More
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  36. 130606
    First edition of Clavel d'Ussieres's political fable. Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire, was metamorphosed into a philosopher king by Xenophon in his Cyropaedia of the 4th century BCE. Xenophon's Cyrus was a favourite of the Mirror for Princes genre, from the medieval period through to the Renaissance and... Learn More
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  37. 130459
    First edition of Booth's "classic in the literature of poverty" (ODNB). "Booth's colossal self-confidence, his burning sense of injustice coupled with unswerving devotion to his purpose, and his deep sympathy with the unfortunate, made of him an evangelist and an organiser of the first order" (PMM). Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. The copy of Russell's friend Lytton Strachey, with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Russell recounts in his autobiography that he came to know Strachey through his mother, with whom Russell campaigned for female suffrage. A fan of Strachey's writing, Russell recalls that... Learn More
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  39. 122166comp
    First and limited edition, number 64 of 500 copies privately printed, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "To W. S. S. Rodgers with my friendship and affection 1/19/38 W. P. Chrysler", on the first blank leaf. The book's foreword describes the printing of this edition, designed as a Christmas remembrance for the Chrysler... Learn More
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  40. 126285
    First edition of Frazer's ground-breaking study of comparative religion. "Frazer's true subject is nothing less than humanity's long upward struggle towards an understanding of itself and the world. In Frazer's view that movement towards the light began in earliest times with the priest-king employing magic to compel the... Learn More
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  41. 128856
    First edition of this fascinating work, described by Joanna Innes, Professor of Modern History at Oxford, as "outstandingly informative" of "those portions of the law of debt of potential interest and advantage to debtors" (Inferior Politics: Social Problems and Social Politics in Eighteenth-Century Britain, OUP 2009, p.... Learn More
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  42. 129378
    Second edition of Sophie de Grouchy's translation of Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments. Smith's Theory had originally been published in London in 1759 and was first translated into French in 1764. Sophie de Grouchy was a prominent salon hostess during the early French Revolution and under Napoleon, and was the wife of the... Learn More
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  43. 126613comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by Shultz on the front free endpaper: "To Russell Long with my admiration - Mr. Chairman - for the sustained high quality of your contribution to economic policy and my thanks for your help and friendship George P. Shultz". The recipient, Russell B. Long, served... Learn More
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  44. 129073
    Well preserved copy of this meticulously engraved copy of the Magna Carta, "a sacred text, the nearest approach to an irrepealable "fundamental statute" that England has ever had" (Pollock and Maitland, History of English Law, I, p. 173). The work of John Pine (1690-1756) engraver, publisher, print- and mapseller, Bluemantle... Learn More
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  45. 130076comp
    Signed limited edition, number 48 of 50 copies signed by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Albie Sachs and Paul Alberts. A remarkable collaboration, this is the only limited edition signed by both Mandela and Tutu - Nobel Peace Prize winners in 1993 and 1984 respectively - alongside a third major figure in the anti-Apartheid... Learn More
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  46. 129308
    An unpublished fragment from Sartre's unfinished novel, which he intended to title La Dernière Chance, and which would have comprised the fourth volume in his novel cycle Les Chemins de la Liberté. Sartre abandoned the work at some point in the 1950s, although two chapters had appeared in Les Temps Modernes under the title... Learn More
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  47. 114170
    First edition, all published, of Bentham's Constitutional Code, the only edition published in his lifetime. "The massive, unfinished Constitutional Code, the major work of his final decade, established Bentham as a major theorist of constitutional democracy" (F. Rosen & J. H. Burns, preface to the 1983 Clarendon Press edition,... Learn More
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  48. 101519
    First edition in English of the first volume of Dumont's Théorie des peines et récompenses (1811), translated by Richard Smith, with use of some of the original manuscripts. The second volume had previously been published by Smith as The Rationale of Reward in 1825. Smith states in his Advertisement to the present work:... Learn More
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  49. 101524
    First published edition, originally printed in 1813 and "written to expose the mischief arising from the laws relating to the administration of oaths" (Atkinson, Jeremy Bentham: his life and work, p. 173). "In some cases, so he declared, the Promissory Oath prevented a man from doing what he knew to be right; in others,... Learn More
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  50. 101528
    Second edition of Bentham's French work on crime and punishment, edited, arranged and translated from his unpublished manuscripts by his Swiss collaborator Étienne Dumont. This work was first published in English as The Rationale of Reward, (London, J. & H. Hunt, 1825) and The Rationale of Punishment, (London, R. Heward,... Learn More
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  51. 101521
    First edition in English, and first separate edition. The work was originally published as part of the Théorie des Peines et des Récompenses, of 1811, a compilation made by Dumont from two sets of manuscripts by Bentham, one in English, and the other, the Essai sur les Récompenses, in French. This English translation... Learn More
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  52. 101581
    First edition, translated and edited by Étienne Dumont, from Bentham's manuscripts. This work did more than any other to establish Bentham's reputation. It consists partly of papers by Bentham himself, some of which were originally composed in French, and partly of a digest by Dumont of Bentham's ideas.
    "Romilly tells... Learn More
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  53. 98719
    First edition of Bentham's French work on crime and punishment, edited, arranged and translated from his unpublished manuscripts by his Swiss collaborator Étienne Dumont.
    "Samuel Bentham, Jeremy's brother, had long been urging Bentham to translate, or get translated into French, his writings on legislation, in order... Learn More
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  54. 101692
    First edition in French, translated by George Bentham, of extracts from part two of Jeremy Bentham's Chrestomathia, his plan for higher education amongst the middling and higher ranks of life, complete with the very rare large folding plate "Vue synoptique" printed on thick paper. Learn More
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  55. 97501
    First edition, comprising "a popular selection in one volume of Bentham's writings" (Muirhead), serving as an introduction to utilitarianism. John Hill Burton had previously edited the works of Bentham in conjunction with Sir John Bowring. Learn More
    £250

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  56. 97488detail
    First collected edition of Bentham's works, compiled under the supervision of his disciple and editor, John Bowring, assisted by John Hill Burton, who wrote the lengthy "Introduction to the study of Bentham's works". The collected works were first issued in 22 parts, at 9 shillings each, between the years 1838 and 1843.... Learn More
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  57. 96197
    First published edition, originally printed in 1810, of Bentham's criticism of English libel law, which he had always detested and which more than once stood in the way of the free publication of his opinions. When the work was written, the law's injustice had recently been made obvious in a series of prosecutions for libelling... Learn More
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  58. 123580
    First collected edition of Bentham's works, edited and partly translated into French by Bentham's collaborator and disciple Etienne Dumont, preceding by 8 years the first English collected edition. "Even in the English-speaking world it was largely through Dumont's versions that Bentham came to be read" (Dinwiddy, p. 293).... Learn More
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  59. 120454
    First London edition of all three parts of Bentham's famous but abortive Panopticon Penitentiary Scheme. Both the second Postscript and the plates were delayed in being printed and "very few copies of either the London or the Dublin editions have all the engravings According to Bentham, most of the plates were destroyed... Learn More
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  60. 118356
    First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the title page, "To John Galletly Esq. Dundee. from Jeremy Bentham, Queen's Square Place, Westminster, 21 Dec 1829". Bentham dedicated the final years of his life to perfecting his theory of codification, with the hope that his petitions for administrative and... Learn More
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