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  1. 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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  2. 132429
    First edition, first impression, of Thompson's classic work of social history, among the most important historical studies of the post-war period, and a foundation text of New Left historiography. Learn More
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  3. 132470
    Finely made despatch-box commissioned by Margaret Thatcher from her favourite luxury brand Asprey. Finished in an entirely fitting Conservative dark blue, and almost certainly made by the government box makers Barrow, Hepburn & Gale Ltd., the box was, according to her family, one of three that the ex-PM ordered, no doubt... Learn More
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  4. 119900
    First edition, first printing, of this history of the labour movement as a social and political force with distinct conditions and philosophies. "The work of John R. Commons and his colleagues dominated research in labor history and inquiries about working-class formation in the United States until very recently. Insisting... Learn More
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  5. 132905
    A flattering signed caricature of Margaret Thatcher, dressed in blue with her handbag and pearls, with a clipped 10 Downing Street letterhead. The caricature was produced by Tim Holder as part of the series "Our Heroes & Others" of leading Conservative politicians, with the prints sold at the Conservative Party conference... Learn More
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    First Easton Press edition, signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page as issued. Dedicated to Ronald Reagan, Statecraft was Thatcher's final book, providing her analysis of foreign policy in the post-Cold War world; it was first published by Harper Collins in 2002, with this "collector's edition" produced by the Easton... Learn More
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    First Easton Press edition, signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page as issued. The Downing Street Years, Thatcher's autobiography of her years as prime minister, was first published by Harper Collins in 1993, with this "collector's edition" produced by the Easton Press, signed by the author and finely bound, published... Learn More
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  8. 132817
    First English-language edition, first printing, of Mises's Nation, Staat, und Wirtschaft, originally published in German in 1919. Mises analyses the origins of the First World War, arguing that the conflict between the German nation and the expanding German state led to militarism and international conflict. Mises argued... Learn More
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  9. 132814
    First edition, first printing. In Liberalismus, Mises "sought to make the case for a free society, a case that was not based on aesthetic or ethical considerations, but on the rock-solid foundations of economic science. From there he would spell out the further implications of the case for liberty in fields such as monopoly... Learn More
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  10. 132809comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by both Auden and Isherwood on the title page and rare thus. Auden and Isherwood were commissioned by Faber and Faber and Random House to write a travel book about the East. They decided to visit China, then at war with Japan, in the spring and summer of 1938. On their travels they... Learn More
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    First and sole edition, inscribed by Roosevelt on the front free endpaper, "For Fred Adams, Christmastide 1944, from Franklin D. Roosevelt"; number 76 of 100 copies privately printed at the White House Printing Office. The recipient, Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr. (1910-2001), was the son of Roosevelt's cousin Ellen Walters... Learn More
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  12. 132785
    First German-language edition, first printing, of Hayek's classic polemic against centralization and collectivism, among the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism and libertarianism, and "far and away the most eloquent and straightforward statement of his political and economic outlook that he... Learn More
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  13. 132008
    First edition of this important series of economic publications, published in view of the increasing interest in works of political economy appearing in France, England, and Holland. In 1754 Schreuder and Mortier published the first volume, Hume's Political Discourses. Owing to the growing interest and the relative scarcity... Learn More
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  14. 117465
    First Scottish edition, the second overall, following the edition printed in London in 1735. The philosopher Francis Hutcheson (1694-1746) was one of the key figures in the Scottish enlightenment and a major influence on David Hume and Adam Smith. Uncommon, with ESTC locating copies held in nine institutions. Learn More
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  15. 117451
    First edition. Writing under the odd pseudonym Gwitmarpscheldon, William Wishart (1691-1753), a liberal Church of Scotland Minister, provides a defence of religious toleration and liberty of conscience. Arguing from a religious rather than secular basis, Wishart argues that toleration is in the spirit of Christian ethics,... Learn More
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  16. 125297
    First edition, first impression. "In the first edition of his Essay on the Principle of Population (1798), Malthus confined himself to theory. Subsequently, in 1799, Malthus traveled to Scandinavia in search of the necessary empirical evidence to support his theory. His journey took him from Hamburg in the south to Trondheim... Learn More
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  17. 124346
    First edition, first printing. Murray Milgate (b.1950) is an Australian-born economist and co-editor of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics (1987); Shannon C. Stimson (b.1951) is an American political theorist, philosopher and historian of ideas. She has been Professor of Political Science at University of California,... Learn More
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    First edition, subsequent issue with the "Awarded Nobel Peace Prize 1959" wraparound. Signed to front free endpaper "Phillip Noel-Baker 26th March 1960". Offering a vision of nuclear control through international agreements, the work won Noel-Baker the Nobel Peace Prize, culminating a lifetime of pacifist activity. Learn More
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  19. 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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  20. 122893
    First complete edition, following publication of some discourses in 1621. Pedro Fernandez Navarette (1564-1632) was chaplain to the Spanish royal family, and an officer of the Inquisition. "The miserable state of Spain had led the supreme council of Castile to submit to King Philip III a Great Report (Gran Consulta) on the... Learn More
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  21. 131142
    First edition of the first great feminist treatise. Mary Wollstonecraft (17591797) 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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  22. 129326
    Second edition, corrected and enlarged, following initial publication in 1691 under the title The Political Anatomy of Ireland. "Petty wrote his Political Anatomy of Ireland about 1671 after his second long stay in the country. It provides a wide survey of Irish institutions and government with much statistical evidence...... Learn More
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  23. 129171
    First UK edition, first impression, first published in the US the previous year. Burnham's book caused some consternation when first published in England as, originally writing in 1940, Burnham took a German victory more or less for granted. George Orwell reviewed the book critically at length in an essay originally printed... Learn More
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  24. 118755
    First edition, an excellent association copy linking two of the most important thinkers in the history of liberalism, from the library of the political philosopher and radical Thomas Hill Green (1836-1882), with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Green became an undergraduate at Balliol in 1855 and was... Learn More
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  25. 96264
    First edition, first impression. Allen Hutt (1901-1973) journalist and political activist. "After a spell at the International Lenin School and two years as chief sub-editor at the newly launched Daily Worker (1930-32), Hutt produced a series of books on British working-class politics, most of them developing historical... Learn More
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  26. 132271
    Part of the transcript of the Senate Watergate hearings, specially bound for Stanley H. Katz (1923-1993), who is mentioned on Richard Nixon's extensive "enemies list" on page 1731; Katz's name is circled in red crayon on the relevant page, presumably in his own hand, and his inclusion in the list is noted on the front cover.... Learn More
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  27. 132162
    First and only printing of this original draft. Docketed on the front panel of the wraps by Louis L. Strauss, Herbert Hoover's assistant in Paris: "One of the first 100 copies of the original draft. Read by Woodrow Wilson at Paris, Feb. 1919". OCLC locates just 6 copies of this draft - Peace Palace Library, Huntington, Princeton,... Learn More
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  28. 132151
    First edition printed during Adams's presidency. First printed in London from 1787 to 1788, this is the third American edition overall, following two editions of the first volume only, and is consequently the first complete American edition. A highly significant work of American political philosophy, Adams's wide-ranging... Learn More
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    First edition in English of Die Lage der arbeitenden Klasse in England (1845), Engels's masterful survey of Worker's conditions. "In 1842, Engels left for England to work in his father's Manchester firm his father was a textile manufacturer in Westphalia. Already converted by Moses Hess to a belief in 'communism' and the... Learn More
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  30. 131618
    Two scrapbook albums of photographs, newspaper clippings, and ephemera, compiled and neatly annotated by Elaine Burton MP (1904-1991) upon her return from the three-week British Parliamentary Delegation tour of Russia starting on 30 September 1954.
    Burton was one of two women selected as a participant, the second being... Learn More
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  31. 130782
    First edition, first printing, in the extremely uncommon dust jacket; the first such copy that we have handled, and to our knowledge the only jacket recorded as appearing in commerce for either the first UK or US edition. The Suffragette, acknowledged by Sylvia Pankhurst's biographer to be her "best known work" (Harrison),... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title and dated July 1928, the month in which the Equal Franchise Act was passed, granting equal voting rights to women and men ten years after women were first granted partial suffrage, and with a manuscript correction to the text, most likely in Fawcett's... Learn More
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  33. 130071
    First edition, first impression, of the Rossetti sisters' pseudonymously published semi-autobiographical memoir of their experiences as teenagers in the late 19th-century anarchist underground movement in London. The titular narrator Isabel Meredith shuns her comfortable Victorian home for the life of a revolutionary only... Learn More
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  34. 130069
    First edition in book form, first impression, a rare survival of Holdsworth's best-known work, "a combination of Marxist-feminist rhetoric and adaptation of the popular rags-to-riches romance" (Goodridge & Keegan, p. 324). It first appeared in print as a serialisation in The Daily Herald (October 1923) and, like all of Holdsworth's... Learn More
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  35. 129435
    First edition, first impression, casebound issue. There is also a wrappered issue, with the same Press advertisements printed on the rear wrapper and the price of "sixpence net" being the only difference to the front illustration. No priority has been assigned. Though both are relatively scarce in commerce, this is the first... Learn More
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  36. 128641
    First edition, first impression. Ray (Rachel) Strachey (1887-1940), was a feminist activist, politician and writer. During the First World War her activism shifted its focus from suffrage to the question of women's employment, leading her to organise the Women's Service, the history of which is detailed in this work. "She... Learn More
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  37. 125466
    Superb album produced to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Georgian Soviet Republic (established 1921), one of perhaps a handful put together and presented to leading dignitaries; this copy with the gilt presentation supralibros of Valerian Bakradze (1901-1971), at the time Second Secretary of the Georgian Communist... Learn More
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  38. 120826
    A leaflet produced by the WSPU regarding the conditions of Emmeline Pankhurst's imprisonment after the window-smashing demonstration in Westminster of 1 March 1912. In this leaflet Dr Ethel Smyth's (1858-1944) letter to the Times, dated 17 April 1912, is reprinted. In this letter Dr Smyth provides an account of the conditions... Learn More
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  39. 132126comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Theodore Sorensen on the front free endpaper: "For Theo Sorensen with great affection. From John G. 1971". Ted Sorensen (1928-2010) had a significant behind-the-scenes influence on American politics in the 1960s. He served as speechwriter for John... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Ted Sorensen and his wife Gillian on the half-title: "For Ted & Gillian: With appreciation for your support of the cause and gratitude for your personal friendship. Sincerely Whitney". Ted Sorensen (1928-2010) had a significant behind-the-scenes... Learn More
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    Signed limited edition, number 153 of 1,000 copies signed by Edwin Moore Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy's brother. Presentation copy from Ethel Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy's widow and the book's dedicatee, to Ted Sorensen, inscribed on the limitation leaf "For Ted - who shared so many of the best moments, and with whom Bobby... Learn More
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  42. 129329
    First edition of Proudhon's magnum opus, his analysis of what he saw to be the economic contradictions of 19th-century capitalism, which he felt would lead in time to an anarchist society. Proudhon sent a copy of the book to Karl Marx, then his friend, for review. Marx read it in two days, and was infuriated. "He therefore... Learn More
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  43. 132095
    First edition of Bethel's observations on the commercial and constitutional circumstances of different states, based on his travels around Europe in the 1660s after serving in the Rump Parliament. The section on England is expanded from his The Present Interest of England Stated of 1671. Bethel, a republican, is careful... Learn More
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  44. Eastward from Paris.
    First edition, first impression of the book in which the thrice-elected Premier recounts his visit to Soviet Russia in the summer of 1933. Herriot largely avoids political issues in his narrative, and instead presents himself as an enquiring traveller. The book was first published in Paris earlier the same year under the... Learn More
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  45. 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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    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Martin Luther King on the front free endpaper: "To William Martin with Best Wishes for peace and Brotherhood Martin Luther King Jr". William Martin was a member of the First Baptist Church, down the street from King's own Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, in Montgomery. In his recollections... Learn More
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  47. 130083
    Printed leaflet produced for the memorial service of Emily Wilding Davison, certainly some of the earliest suffragette propaganda to align her death with martyrdom for the cause. Davison died on 8 June 1913 from injuries received after being hit by the King's horse while protesting at the Epsom Derby four days prior; her... Learn More
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  48. 127780
    First edition in English, first published in October 14, 1917 in the magazine Prosveshcheniye No. 1-2. Learn More
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  49. 96201
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive with their stamp on the half-title. A collection of verses by the socialist intellectual, including two entitled "Hail, Hitler!" and "The Nazi Declares His Creed". Learn More
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  50. 96286
    First edition, first impression. A study of Fascism, and a call to overthrow Britain's capitalist society.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business practices -... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "For Patrick Halliday, Best wishes - Mandela 16.6.05". Halliday, a Cape Town wine merchant, was friends with Mandela's secretary in Cape Town Steven Govender. Learn More
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  52. 124965

    The Republic.

    Glasgow: 1763

    First edition in English of the greatest of Plato's dialogues, printed by the celebrated Foulis brothers, one of a small number of large paper copies, described by Gaskell as "demy quarto" and published at nine shillings, against six shillings for the smaller issue. The translation is by the Church of Scotland minister and... Learn More
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  53. 124818
    First editions, first impressions. A collection of sixteen speeches of the North Korean communist leader Kim Il-Sung from the mid-70s, which were published by North Korea's foreign language publishing department. Essentially a foreign propaganda office, the Foreign Languages Publishing House, founded in 1957 in imitation... Learn More
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  54. 115402
    Uniformly bound set of Marx's masterpiece, comprising the fourth edition of book one, third edition of book two and the first edition of book three. Only the first edition of book one appeared in Marx's lifetime; the other books were published from his manuscripts by Engels, who wrote a preface to each book. The second and... Learn More
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  55. 108257
    First edition, first impression. The three volumes constituting practically all of Edgeworth's work in economic theory. "Edgeworth's contribution to economics left their mark on the theories of monopoly, foreign trade, taxation and production. In production theory, earlier authorities had generally employed the concept of... Learn More
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  56. 96372
    First edition, first impression. Commissioned by Gollancz, who wrote to Pethick-Lawrence (former Financial Secretary to the Treasury under the second Labour government) on 31 August 1931 with an outline of the book, which offers a lucid explanation of the political and financial crisis of that summer. It was swiftly produced... Learn More
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  57. Principles of Political Economy
    First edition. The book was conceived as a series of tracts rather than a comprehensive and systematic treatise, though Malthus published it to establish his own position against that of Ricardo, with whom he had been having an ongoing debate about the nature of labour, demand and profit. "In his 'Principles of Political... Learn More
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  58. 126499
    First edition. First his student and then his protégé, Boninsegni eventually succeeded Pareto to the Chair of Political Economy at the University of Lausanne; this is the second of two manuals of political economy which he prepared for his university courses. Boninsegni "simplified the form of Paretian choice in a manner... Learn More
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  59. 121257
    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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  60. 126566
    First complete edition, with the false London imprint, of the atheist and materialist philosopher's treatise in which he develops his concept of "ethocracy", or a just state whose main purpose is the general welfare. Three states of the 1773 edition were executed; Tchemerzine cites a two volume edition (which he had not... Learn More
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