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  1. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 130632
    First edition of this exceptionally rare pamphlet, recording a lecture in which Fawcett dispassionately sets out and then deconstructs thirteen common arguments against women's enfranchisement, additionally drawing upon the philosophy of John Stuart Mill, Erasmus Darwin, and Charles Kingsley, to name a few. Copac lists one... 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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  7. 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
    £675

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 126381
    First US edition of the author's first and most cited work on the French Revolution, first published in London the previous year. An engaging travel narrative which begins at a Mass at Notre Dame on the eve of the Fête de la Fédération and recounts visits to the ruins of the Bastille, the National Assembly, and the Palace... Learn More
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  12. 125869
    First Edinburgh edition of the bestselling précis of the Select Committee hearings on the slave trade, perhaps one of the earliest and greatest works of investigative journalism in English; this copy with a pleasing double association of two Scottish Enlightenment intellectuals. First published in London the same year,... Learn More
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  13. 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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  14. 120822
    An iconic volume of the Pethick-Lawrences' influential periodical of the suffrage movement, the official organ of the WSPU until 1912, bound as advertised in the 24 September 1909 supplement The Story of Votes for Women at the cost of 11/3. The third volume in particular features coverage of the relatively new 'official... Learn More
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  15. 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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  16. 120645
    A rare survival of this leaflet issued by the Women's Social and Political Union in the week that Christabel Pankhurst had eluded the police after the window smashing demonstration, escaping to Paris. 'Votes for Women' was consequently censored, the journal printed just the title "A Challenge" followed by a blank space,... Learn More
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  17. 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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    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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    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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  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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    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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  26. 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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  27. 120620
    First and only edition of this uncommon pamphlet recording a speech by the Governor of Wyoming commenting upon the failure of other states to extend the vote to women, published by the CCNSWS to advance the cause in Britain (OCLC traces just eight copies worldwide). Hoyt explains that "in the territory of Wyoming, in the... Learn More
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  28. 127780
    First edition in English, first published in October 14, 1917 in the magazine Prosveshcheniye No. 1-2. Learn More
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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. [1] An inquiry into the nature and progress of rent, and the principles by which it is regulated.
    First editions of five contemporary pamphlets, including three Malthus first editions.
    The marginal concept of rent, an essential factor in the development of political economy, and one lacking from Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, had first appeared as early as 1777 in James Anderson's Enquiry into the Nature of the Corn-laws.... Learn More
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  32. 131998comp
    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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 128940
    Remarkable album of autographs ranging across nearly three decades and including, among a constellation of men of state, army officers and diplomats, the signatures of Sir Winston Churchill, Roger Casement and Paul Kruger evidently compiled by an individual with access to high diplomatic circles. Churchill's signature ("Winston... Learn More
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  43. 117269
    Correspondence from Welsh social reformer Robert Owen to the politician and Fellow of the Royal Society William Tooke. In the first, dated 14 November 1819, Owen speaks of the growing need for reform within the country and of his prior failure to act in full accordance with his beliefs: "to attain any great good I must act... Learn More
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    First edition, published in French and German the following year. Firsthand account of the revolutions of 1917 by the head of the Provisional Government, this copy inscribed verso of the frontispiece "To the Association of Russian Advocates in France", dated Paris 1932. Early signatures of Kerensky are uncommon. Learn More
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  45. 129920
    First edition, presentation copy to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For the Prime Minister with the author's admiration & thanks for your leadership". Five hundred signed copies of the leather bound edition were issued, with this being copy number 10, a deliberate nod... Learn More
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  46. 129919
    A luxury wine log book, acquired by Margaret Thatcher from Asprey and never used. Margaret Thatcher was a frequent customer of the luxury purveyors Asprey, owning a varied selection of items from the company, including handbags, purses, silverware and finely-bound books. The book was acquired from Baroness Thatcher's estate.... Learn More
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  47. 129532
    First and sole edition, uncommon on the market, comprising six essays originally contributed to the Calcutta Review between 1844 and 1856: "Military Defence of our Indian Empire", "The Kingdom of Oude", "Mahratta History and Empire", "Lord Hardinge's Indian Administration", "The Indian Army", "Army Reform". ODNB remarks... Learn More
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  48. Lectures on the Elements of Commerce, Politics, and Finances;
    First octavo edition, originally published in quarto as The Elements of Commerce, Politics and Finances (London 1772). Thomas Mortimer (1730-1810) was a prolific writer on trade and finance, perhaps best known for Every Man His Own Broker: or a Guide to the Stock Exchange (1761). In his introduction to the present edition,... Learn More
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  49. 131670comp
    First UK edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 554 of 1,000 copies signed by Mandela. The South African edition was published earlier that year. Learn More
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  50. 130077comp
    Signed limited edition, number 24 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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  51. 122282
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, with his compliments slip laid in. "Whereas Keynes's General Theory aimed at a non-technical statement of a theoretical critique, The Middle Way tried to offer a reasoned programme of action, Keynesian in character'a kind of popular version of some... Learn More
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  52. 50608
    First edition of the first book on the history of modern Indian banking. The author had joined the Bank of Bengal in the 1830s. Though the East India Company had set up a simple deposit bank in Madras as early as 1683, modern Indian banking began in 1806, with the establishment of the Bank of Calcutta. Learn More
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  53. 96225
    First edition, first impression. "Cole became a leading light in a variety of organizations designed to prompt a radical renewal in Labour thinking, including the Society for Socialist Inquiry and Propaganda (SSIP), founded in 1930, the New Fabian Research Bureau (1931), and the Socialist League (1932)" (ODNB). The Introduction... Learn More
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  54. 96262

    Provenance: from the publisher's..."> First edition, first impression. Described on the front of the dust jacket as "the first book on an important topic" in the run up to the 1929 General Election, also known as the "Flapper Election" because it was the first election in which women over the age of 21 were allowed to vote.

    Provenance: from the publisher's... Learn More
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  55. 96267
    First edition, first impression. "Major Douglas Examined!" shouts the dust jacket: an important contribution to the literature concerning the Social Credit theory of Major C. H. Douglas. This was hotly debated in the 1920s and 30s and influenced, in particular, the work and thinking of the poet Ezra Pound. "Attempts to discredit... Learn More
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  56. 96270
    First edition, first impression. Sir Richard William Barnes Clarke (1910-1975) journalist and civil servant. At the time of publication Clarke was working at the Financial News, later amalgamated with the Financial Times, where his most lasting achievement was to devise the ordinary share index - still, as the FT index,... Learn More
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  57. 96278
    First UK edition, first impression; first published in New York in the preceding year. An exposition of Roosevelt's New Deal. Learn More
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  58. 96279
    First edition, first impression. "As the twentieth century unfolded, some writers began to conceive of other industrial revolutions. The Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences (1932) called attention to two works in which post-World War I "efforts toward rationalisation and the changes resulting from the coming of electric... Learn More
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  59. 96335
    First edition, first impression. A study of the tithe laws - part of Wallace's campaign against their imposition, and a call for reform.
    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... Learn More
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  60. 96199
    First edition, first impression. The publisher's archive copy with their stamp on the front of the dust jacket and front free endpaper. One of Cole's major books of the 1930s, all of which were "outstanding successes. For several decades they remained classics in the emerging discipline of labour history, a field of study... Learn More
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