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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to politics, or political science, that branch of social science which deals with systems of government, and the analysis of political activities, political thoughts and political behaviour.

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  1. 130239
    A painting of Chequers, the Prime Minister's country retreat, executed by one of Margaret Thatcher's chief lieutenants, the staunch Thatcherite Nicholas Ridley, and presented to her by the Cabinet to mark her tenth anniversary as Prime Minister. Thatcher adored Chequers, later writing in her memoirs that 'I do not think... Learn More
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  2. 128638

    The Feminist Movement.

    London & Glasgow: [1913]

    First edition, first impression. Snowden was an influential suffragette, pacifist and political thinker. An early advocate for state funded childcare and "co-operative housekeeping and easier divorce", she was also influenced by the ideas of eugenicists, calling for "state control of marriage, believing that the mentally... Learn More
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  3. 120761
    First edition of the French historian's intellectual biography of Marx, examining in particular his school and university days, his time spent as editor of the Rheinische Zeitung, and his early collaborative work with Engels. Cornu's doctoral thesis of the same year was the first French academic work on Marx, and he has... Learn More
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  4. 131084
    First edition in English, following the first and second editions in French published in 1697 and 1702 respectively. "For over half a century, until the publication of the Encyclopédie, Bayle's Dictionnaire dominated enlightened thinking in every part of Europe" (PMM). French Protestant Pierre Bayle (1647-1706) wrote his... Learn More
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  5. 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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  6. 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
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  7. 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
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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 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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  17. 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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    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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 101415
    First edition of this collection of papers. The preface states that the reason for publishing these different papers under the same general title is that they belong to one and the same design and, it is believed, aim at one and the same result. The work from which they take their common origin was an all-embracing system... Learn More
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  26. 101411
    First edition, published in volume XXII of The Pamphleteer, and here issued separately. "Bentham's main preoccupation during the last ten years of his life was the preparation of a Constitutional Code for the use of all nations and all governments professing liberal opinions. A short avant-courier pre-announcement appeared... Learn More
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  27. 101405
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  28. 101380
    Second edition, revised, with a few additional notes, of Bentham's best-known and perhaps his greatest work, containing the clearest statement of his fundamental views, the principle of utility in particular, originally published in 1789. Apart from the Fragment on Government it is, as Hart notes (Bentham, p. 298), the only... Learn More
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  29. 129203
    First edition, first impression, of this biography of eminent diplomat Ernest Satow (1843-1929). Satow was recruited by the Foreign Office straight out of university as a student interpreter in the British Japan Consular Service, at the age of 19. Satow had "an almost unprecedented proficiency" for Japanese amongst British... Learn More
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  30. 122283
    A collection of five pamphlets on political economy by Senior, whom Marx called "the bel-esprit of English economists, well-known, alike for his economical 'science' and for his beautiful style" (Kapital, B.1, section 3: Senior's "Last Hour"). The works, here in mixed editions, set forth his theories on wages, the Irish... Learn More
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  31. 120907
    First edition of Marx's formal announcements, both signed and unsigned, of the publication of the first volume of his magnum opus, Das Kapital, in the uncommon revolutionary socialist journal Der Vorbote, with an exceptional provenance, being from the library of the German radical journalist and agitator Johann Most, who... Learn More
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  32. 129662
    First edition, first printing. Uriah J. Fields, Baptist minister, was present at the initial meeting of the Montgomery Improvement Association, and was elected recording secretary, while Martin Luther King was elected president. This, his account of the boycott, is now very scarce, especially in the jacket. Learn More
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  33. 129474
    Second edition, following the first of 1793, of one of the most radical and far-reaching political tracts of the era, by the father of British philosophical radicalism. First published just weeks after the execution of Louis XVI, and written in response to Burke's Reflections, Godwin's tract attacks all restraints on the... Learn More
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  34. 129003detail
    Margaret Thatcher's personal reference library, specially bound for her in a near-uniform binding with her initials "M.T." emblazoned in gilt on the spines. The set was among Thatcher's possessions in her Chester Square home, and was subsequently acquired directly from her estate following her death in 2013. The collection... Learn More
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  35. 125581
    First edition in book-form, originally published in articles in the Pittsburgh Commercial in 1865-6, of this key work of utopian communism. Aaron Williams had joined the Harmony Society, based on millenarian communal living, in February 1865. Founded by George Rapp, The Harmony Society had its origins in Germany in the late... Learn More
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  36. 122290
    First edition in English of Machiavelli's Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio (1531). Machiavelli's works had been circulated in manuscript and widely discussed in England, but not published until the breakdown of press censorship in the period leading up to the Civil War. This edition was followed in 1640 by the... Learn More
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  37. 100755
    First edition in German, translated from the English by Brigitte Granzow. Originally published in 1963 by Viking Press, New York. Learn More
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  38. 116984
    First editions of Eisenhower's two volumes of presidential autobiography and his later volume of discursive memoirs. Nelson Doubleday Jr. (1933-2015) was the last president of Doubleday and Company (1978-86) before its sale to Bertelsmann AG in 1986; he was grandson of the founder, Frank Nelson Doubleday ("Effendi"). Doubleday... Learn More
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  39. 129204
    First edition, first impression, with a printed compliments slip laid in from Henderson's wife, who was recognised by Clay in his preface as an unofficial editor of the book.
    The British economist Sir Hubert Henderson was editor of The Nation from 1923 to 1930, Joint Secretary of the Economic Advisory Council from 1930... Learn More
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  40. 128640
    First Tauchnitz edition, first impression. Elizabeth Robins was an active member of the British suffrage movement; she was the first president of the Women Writers' Suffrage League and was on the executive of the Women's Social and Political Union between 1907 and 1912. This work, "one of the first histories of the cause",... Learn More
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  41. 107613
    First edition in English of Machiavelli's famous handbook for rulers (1513, published Rome 1532), dedicated to Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence from 1513. The Prince appears to have been banned from publication in England during the Elizabethan period, though translations circulated in manuscript. It was so controversial... Learn More
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  42. 129128comp
    First and only edition. A superb association copy, inscribed by President Roosevelt to his son John A. Roosevelt: "For John A. Roosevelt from his affectionate father Franklin D. Roosevelt". John accompanied his father during the presidential trip aboard the schooner, where they fished for tuna and cod. The sojourn was a... Learn More
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  43. Lectures on Justice, Police, Revenue and Arms.
    First edition of this collection of notes taken from Adam Smith's early lectures. It contains the formative ideas behind The Wealth of Nations. "Based on a set of student notes from Smith's lectures, probably delivered during the session 1763-4, that came into Cannan's hands in the spring of 1895" (Tribe). Learn More
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  44. Madame Ambassador. The Life of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Leah Horwitz with appreciation of all she has done for PPSEWA - which includes the land of Madame Ambassador. With best wishes. Anne Guthrie". Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed from the author to Horwitz thanking her for sending... Learn More
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  45. 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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  46. 123902
    A framed photograph of Margaret and Denis Thatcher with the Queen and Queen Mother, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. The photograph was taken apparently informally; all four are looking in a different direction, perhaps at a different photographer. No other copy of this photograph could... Learn More
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  47. 127729
    First edition, edited by his wife, of George Grote's correspondence with such eminent figures as James Mill, Francis Place, Alexis de Tocqueville and William Nassau Senior, among others, together with a selection of essays and poems. Learn More
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  48. The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money.
    First edition, first impression. Written in the aftermath of the great depression, Keynes's masterwork is generally regarded as probably the most influential social science treatise of the century; it quickly and permanently changed the way the world looked at the economy and the role of government in society. Learn More
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  49. 124907
    First edition, parts I & II, all published, of Fichte's defence of the French Revolution. From the library of the German philosopher David Strauss, with his ownership signature dated 1832 to the front free endpaper. Strauss is best known for his Das Leben Jesu, published in 1835, a highly controversial but also painstakingly... Learn More
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  50. 113563
    A striking piece of Americana, the "Tree of Liberty", with the then-31 states of the United States of America portrayed on its branches, with a hearty American worker, sailor and farmer at its base, next to vignettes of the arrival of Columbus and the Pilgrim Fathers. Each state is depicted with its seal, its date of settlement,... Learn More
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  51. 118737
    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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  52. 124018
    A photograph of Margaret Thatcher and the Queen standing with Denis Thatcher and Prince Philip, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. The photograph was taken on Thatcher's 70th birthday party at Claridge's in October 1995, with the Queen in attendance. The attendance of the Queen at a politician's... Learn More
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  53. 123901
    A photographic portrait of Margaret Thatcher, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. This portrait is one of the best known and most frequently reproduced images of Thatcher, alongside being the photograph chosen by Wikipedia to headline her page. Learn More
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  54. 128483comp
    First edition, first printing. With the secretarial signature on behalf of the author on the front free endpaper. King routinely had his assistants sign copies of his books and genuine examples are scarce. Learn More
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  55. 125484
    First edition, first printing. Written at a time when the fallout from the First Red Scare was still ongoing, Will Irwin (1873-1948) sought to present a dispassionate appraisal of the threat of radical leftists in the United States, concluding that the radical population was too small to pose any real threat of revolution.... Learn More
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  56. 96273
    First edition, first impression. The publisher's archive copy with their stamp on the title page. A critique of many aspects of Britain's war effort. Learn More
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  57. 127134
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of Gandhi's speeches and writings on socialism and non-violence. Learn More
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  58. 124699
    First authorised edition. The second part mentioned was issued later and is not present here. William Prynne (1600-1669) was a radical pamphleteer and lawyer, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London in the 1630s. With the aid of a friendly jailer, Prynne was able to smuggle out pamphlets. These included the present treatise,... Learn More
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  59. 124685
    First edition. "In 1635 Hutton refused to join the other eleven common-law judges in endorsing the legality of extending ship money writs from maritime counties to the country as a whole. Although eventually subscribing under great pressure to the unanimous judicial opinion of 1637 in favour of ship money, when the case... Learn More
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