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  1. 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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  2. 123747comp
    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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  3. 123907detail
    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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  4. 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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  5. 121257detail
    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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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 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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    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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  20. 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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    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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    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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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    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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  29. 132785
    First German-language edition, first printing, of The Road to Serfdom, 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... Learn More
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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 132162
    First and only printing of this original draft, docketed on the front wrapper 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 six copies of this draft: Peace Palace Library, Huntington, Princeton,... Learn More
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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 130432comp
    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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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  51. 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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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 132110comp
    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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 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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    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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  59. 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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  60. 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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