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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. 140931
    (ECONOMICS AND POLITICS.) Extensive collection of pamphlets relating to economics and politics.

    1887-1998

    A substantial collection of pamphlets on economic and political issues, generally in very good condition, and overwhelmingly first editions. Spanning over a century in total, the collection is particularly strong in the mid-20th century period and in socialist pamphleteering; it particularly illustrates the writings of Maurice Dobb and the debate over... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 140931

  2. A Collection of Treaties, Engagements and Sanads
    (INDIA; TREATIES.) A Collection of Treaties, Engagements and Sanads

    Calcutta : 1931

    Fifth iteration of this important collection of treaties and sanads or deeds granted to the rulers of princely states confirming them in their role, in return for their allegiance to Britain; inevitably scarce, the printer's code shows that 665 copies were printed. As a competition wallah Aitchison (1832-1896) went out to India in September 1856, narrowly... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 140885

  3. The Downing Street Years.
    THATCHER, Margaret. The Downing Street Years.

    Norwalk, CT : 1993

    First Easton Press edition, number 425 of 2,000 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page as issued. The Downing Street Years was the first volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her years as Prime Minister. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 141039

  4. Statecraft.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Statecraft.

    Norwalk, CT : 2002

    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 Press, signed by... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 140943

  5. 140853
    TORRENS, Robert. A Letter to the Independent Freemen of the City of Rochester,

    London : 1819

    Second edition (following the first of the same year). "Torrens was politically unorthodox too, as he courted men of all parties to have his economic views pass into public policy. He endorsed Francis Burdett's reform proposals in 1809 and, after failing to win Rochester in June 1818, bore them out in his justificatory Letter to the Freemen" (ODNB).... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 140853

  6. A Narrative of the Events which have taken place in France,
    WILLIAMS, Helen Maria. A Narrative of the Events which have taken place in France,

    London : 1815

    First edition of this interestingly balanced account of Napoleon's France in its final phase, as witnessed by the poet and novelist Helen Maria Williams (1759-1827), a liberal Englishwoman who lived in Paris from 1790, witnessing (at first with great enthusiasm, later with dismay) the whole course of the French revolution and the rise and fall of Napoleon,... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 140833

  7. 135790
    (BERLIN AIRLIFT) WILLIAMS, Thomas Melling, Air Marshal. A Report on Operation Plainfare (The Berlin Airlift), 25th June 1948 - 6th October 1949.

    Bielefeld, Germany : 1950

    First and only edition, classified RESTRICTED. This definitive report on the British effort in the Berlin Airlift, the first major crisis of the Cold War, was compiled under Air Marshal Williams as C-i-C British Air Forces of Occupation (Germany), who was awarded the DSM (US) for his services during the airlift. Until relatively recently this remarkable... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 135790

  8. 129499
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The People's Rights.

    London : [1909?]

    First edition, first (cased) issue, second state with p.71 correctly numbered. Rightly considered by Langworth to be the "third rarest Churchill book after Mr. Brodrick's Army and For Free Trade", Issued both case-bound and wrappered; "The publisher's records show that 100 sets of sheets were bound on 20 December 1909 two weeks before the publication... Learn More
    £6,250.00

    Stock Code: 129499

  9. History of Western Philosophy
    RUSSELL, Bertrand. History of Western Philosophy

    London : 1946

    First UK edition, first impression. Russell's expansive account of the history of philosophy, ranging from the Orphism of ancient Greece to the logical positivism of the author's present day, was a triumph of his populist craft and is perhaps his most famous book. Written during the Second World War, Russell's project was in part conceived to explain... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 140564

  10. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy.
    (SINATRA, Frank.) KENNEDY, John F. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy.

    Washington, DC : 1962-1963-1964

    First editions, first printings. From the library of Frank Sinatra, his name in gilt to each front cover. The relationship between the singer and JFK has been discussed in numerous books and articles, particularly with regard to purported Mafia connections and other piquant details. However, Sinatra biographer Kitty Kelley gives a succinct appraisal... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 135154

  11. An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China...
    STAUNTON, George. An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China...

    London : 1798

    Second, corrected, edition of the official account of the first official British Embassy to China, headed by George, Earl Macartney; the first edition was published the previous year. Macartney was dispatched to Peking in 1792, travelling via Madeira, Tenerife, Rio de Janeiro, the Cape of Good Hope and Indonesia. He was accompanied by Staunton, and... Learn More
    £18,500.00

    Stock Code: 129560

  12. A King's Story.
    WINDSOR, Edward, Duke of. A King's Story.

    New York : 1951

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 105 of 385 copies signed by the Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII.
    A King's Story, dedicated to Wallis Simpson, is a highly personal account of Edward's life and the abdication crisis. Other than Queen Victoria's journals, it was the first book by a British monarch since 1688. It proved... Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 140282

  13. Statecraft.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Statecraft.

    Norwalk, CT : 2002

    First Easton Press edition, signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page, unopened in the original cellophane wrap (our photo of the signature from another copy, for reference). 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... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 137979

  14. Dreams From My Father.
    OBAMA, Barack. Dreams From My Father.

    New York : 1995

    First edition, first printing, as stated on the copyright page with the row of numbers going from 9 to 2, as called for. The future president's first book, Dreams from My Father was published as Obama began his run for the Illinois Senate in July 1995, and helped to establish his reputation and image. Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 136320

  15. La legende des Venitiens.
    LEMAIRE DE BELGES, Jean. La legende des Venitiens.

    Paris : [c. 1512]

    Early edition of Lemaire's pamphlet defending Louis XII's ambitions of Venetian conquest.
    First published at Lyons in 1509 by Jehan de Vingle, La legend des Venitiens was composed at the behest of Louis XII, and "adroitly devised to influence public opinion" (Spaak) as to the legitimacy of the War of the League of Cambrai against the Republic... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 140221

  16. 119105
    EINAUDI, Luigi. Gli ideali di un economista.

    Florence : 1921

    First edition, published as notebooks 50-51, a double number of the fourth series of Prezzolini's Quaderni de "La Voce", a collection of articles written by Einaudi that had mostly appeared in the newspaper Il Corriere. More political than economic, the various articles deal with education, Great-Britain, Woodrow Wilson, the Treaty of Versailles,... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 119105

  17. The Vanguard. A Photographic Essay on the Black Panthers.
    BARUCH, Ruth-Marion, & Pirkle Jones. The Vanguard. A Photographic Essay on the Black Panthers.

    Boston : 1970

    First edition, first printing. A photographic essay on the Black Panthers by Baruch and Jones. These photographs were originally shown at the De Young Museum, San Francisco. Originally postponed for being "too controversial", the exhibition eventually opened to record attendees for the museum. This copy sent out with the publisher's review slip. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 139670

  18. Proportional Representation.
    COMMONS, John R. Proportional Representation.

    New York : 1896

    Scarce first edition, published as volume VIII of Crowell's Library of Economics and Politics, edited by Richard T. Ely. One of the founders of the Institutional School of economics, Commons (1862-1945) was both a theorist and a successful maker of economic policy, as well as an important historian of industrial society and labour movements. He was... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 101294

  19. Individualism and Economic Order.
    HAYEK, Friedrich August von. Individualism and Economic Order.

    London : 1949

    First UK edition, first impression, of this collection of 12 essays originally published in the US the preceding year. While they cover a range of subjects including economics, ethics, and methodology, they are all concerned with the overarching theme of free markets versus planned economies, a theme Hayek previously discussed in The Road to Serfdom... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 140181

  20. Women Servants of the State 1870-1938.
    MARTINDALE, Hilda. Women Servants of the State 1870-1938.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression of this overview of women in the British civil service, written by Hilda Martindale (1875-1952). In 1907, she joined the Home Office as a factory inspector and later moved to the Treasury, where she would remain until retirement. Martindale was a vocal advocate for improving working conditions, particularly for women,... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 140135

  21. On the Boiler.
    YEATS, W. B. On the Boiler.

    Dublin : [1939]

    First trade edition, following the unprocurable privately printed edition published a year earlier in Dundrum. Only four copies of the Dundrum edition were issued when it was decided to reprint the book, all of which now reside in institutions.
    Published just before Yeats's death in January 1939, On the Boiler contains several essays which... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 139825

  22. Economics for Democrats.
    CROWTHER, Geoffrey. Economics for Democrats.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression, of this overview of contemporary economics by the editor of The Economist, and his proposals to democratize the system. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140187

  23. Great Contemporaries.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Great Contemporaries.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. This series of essays on "Great men of our age" includes reflections on T. E. Lawrence, Trotsky and Hitler - "We cannot tell whether Hitler will be the man who will once again let loose upon the world another war in which civilization will irretrievably succumb, or whether he will go down in history as the man who restored... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 140223

  24. Road to Reaction.
    (HAYEK, Friedrich August von.) FINER, Herman. Road to Reaction.

    London : 1946

    First UK edition of this socialist counterblast to Hayek's The Road to Serfdom, by the British Fabian socialist Herman Finer (1898-1969). Finer christens Hayek's treatise "The Reactionary Manifesto", and calls it "the most inopportune offensive against democracy to emerge from a democratic country for many decades".
    The UK edition was preceded by... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140167

  25. The Constitution of Liberty.
    HAYEK, Friedrich August von. The Constitution of Liberty.

    London : 1960

    First UK edition, first impression. Written to coincide with the centenary of John Stuart Mill's On Liberty (although published a year late), Hayek surveys the origin and development of economic and personal liberty in Western civilization, and outlines the threats that socialism and welfarism pose to a free, liberal society. Along with The Road to... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 140173

  26. Towards International Government.
    HOBSON, John Atkinson. Towards International Government.

    London : 1915

    First edition, first impression, inscribed "With the Writer's kind regards" to the front free endpaper and with the ownership inscription of Liberal MP P. A. Molteno. Written against the backdrop of the First World War, Hobson defends the establishment of international government and institutions, which would enhance the domestic role of states to counter... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 139916

  27. Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty, And the Principles of Government.
    HEY, Richard. Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty, And the Principles of Government.

    London : 1776

    First edition of the first publication of the essayist and mathematician Richard Hey (1745-1835), a reply to Richard Price's own Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty (1776), a pamphlet written in defence of the American patriots, which led to various rebuttals and comments. Hey rejects the philosophical underpinnings of Price's support for the... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140066

  28. Britain's Industrial Future.  Being the Report of the Liberal Industrial Inquiry.
    [KEYNES, John Maynard.] Britain's Industrial Future. Being the Report of the Liberal Industrial Inquiry.

    1928

    First edition, first impression. Notable for the presence of W. T. Layton, Lloyd George, Philip Kerr, J. M. Keynes and Ramsay Muir on the executive committee of the Liberal Industrial Inquiry, and the body responsible for this volume. For those attending the Liberal Summer School (founded in 1921) "there was need for fresh investigation of the economic... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 139998

  29. Britain's Weather.
    (WILSON, Harold.) BOWEN, David. Britain's Weather.

    Newton Abbot : 1969

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to then-prime minister Harold Wilson, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Harold Wilson, who cares about Britain but who remains silent about British weather! With every good wish David Bowen". The book remained in the possession of Wilson and his wife Mary until the dispersal of... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 138068

  30. Il Governo rappresentativo.
    MILL, John Stuart. Il Governo rappresentativo.

    Turin : 1865

    First edition in Italian of Mill's Considerations on Representative Government, published as part two of the series Collezione di opere economiche, amministrative e politiche. "In his major work on political institutions, Considerations on Representative Government, the decline of individuality and the growing power of mass... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 119112

  31. Manifesto de la Komunista Partio / Manifesto of the Communist Party.
    MARX, Karl, & Friedrich Engels. Manifesto de la Komunista Partio / Manifesto of the Communist Party.

    Chicago : 1908

    First Esperanto edition of the Communist Manifesto, translated by Arthur Baker, an American socialist and devoted promoter of Esperanto, author of the American Esperanto Book (Kerr, 1906) and editor of the journal Amerika Esperantisto, official organ of the American Esperantist Association. The English text is that of Samuel Moore, first published in... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 139700

  32. A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America,
    ADAMS, John. A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America,

    Philadelphia : 1797

    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 treatise evaluates the political... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 132151

  33. Anarchy, State, and Utopia.
    NOZICK, Robert. Anarchy, State, and Utopia.

    Oxford : 1974

    First UK edition, first impression, using the American sheets as published the same year by Basic Books in New York. Nozick's influential work on free-market libertarianism is "recognised as a classic of modern political philosophy... it is widely credited with breathing new life into the discipline in the second half of the twentieth century" (Bader... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 139972

  34. Traité d'économie politique,
    SAY, Jean-Baptiste. Traité d'économie politique,

    Paris : 1803

    First edition of Say's masterpiece, one of the great works of the classical period of economic thought. Initially not republished until 1814, partly due to Napoleon's hostility to Say, the work thereafter went through 32 editions, and with Smith's Wealth of Nations (whose doctrine Say expounded from an early age), became the most popular work on economics... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 136945

  35. Utopia found: Being an Apology for Irish Absentees.
    [MANGIN, Edward.] Utopia found: Being an Apology for Irish Absentees.

    Bath : 1813

    First edition of this satirical account of England produced by the Dublin-born miscellaneous author and translator Edward Mangin (1772-1852). The two plates are striking examples of Georgian-era satire, with the frontispiece depicting a surreal London bordered by gibbets and crammed with the skull-like faces of its citizens, blown on by a heavy-haunched... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 125506

  36. The Queen.
    (WILSON, Harold.) MORROW, Ann. The Queen.

    London : 1984

    Harold Wilson's copy of this biography of his sovereign, inscribed to him on the front wrapper verso: "To Rt Hon Lord Wilson of Riveaulx, & Lady Wilson, House of Lords, S.W.1. 12/3/86" (the presenter unclear; the hand not matching that of the author). Wilson has intensely annotated eleven pages of the book (the rest unannotated), especially in the chapter... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 138078

  37. Dreams From My Father.
    OBAMA, Barack. Dreams From My Father.

    New York : 1995

    First edition, first printing, as stated on the copyright page with the row of numbers going from 9 to 2, as called for. The future president's first book, Dreams from My Father was published as Obama began his run for the Illinois Senate in July 1995, and helped to establish his reputation and image. Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 136693

  38. Typed letter signed, responding to Lord Weatherill's condolence after Denis Thatcher's death.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Typed letter signed, responding to Lord Weatherill's condolence after Denis Thatcher's death.

    2003

    The letter sent by Margaret Thatcher in response to Lord Weatherill's letter of condolence on the occasion of the death of her husband Denis in 2003. Thatcher heads and signs the letter "Dear Jack... Kind regards yours ever Margaret", and dates it 17 July 2003, in her customary blue ink; the typed text of the letter reading "Thank you so much for your... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 136166

  39. Leather briefcase owned by Friedrich Hayek.
    (HAYEK, Friedrich August von.) Leather briefcase owned by Friedrich Hayek.

    c.1965

    A briefcase owned and used by Friedrich Hayek, dating from the time of his professorship at the University of Freiburg (1962-1968), and showing all the signs of sustained use. Hayek has mounted his business card to the inner lid, as an identificatory label in the event of loss. The briefcase remained in Hayek's possession until his death in 1992, thereafter... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 134840

  40. A new Account of some Parts of Guinea, and the Slave-Trade,
    SNELGRAVE, William. A new Account of some Parts of Guinea, and the Slave-Trade,

    London : 1734

    First edition of Snelgrave's account of slavery and of the capture of his ship by pirates (pages 193-288. "The author, a slaving captain, traded at Whydah in 1727 and 1730; he complains that the Dahomean conquest has ruined the slave trade there." (Hogg). He makes several references to his trips to Antigua in connection with the slave trade. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 134659

  41. George III-style mahogany twin pedestal partners desk.
    (THATCHER, Margaret.) George III-style mahogany twin pedestal partners desk.

    A large partners desk from the estate of Margaret Thatcher. In 1991, Baroness Thatcher established an office in 35 Chesham Place, London. As part of the extensive refurbishment of the offices she acquired this desk and worked on it over the coming years, including while writing her memoirs. After the closure of the Chesham Place office in 2003, the... Learn More
    £75,000.00

    Stock Code: 134438

  42. Acts of Parliament relating to the Revolutionary period and its aftermath, 1770-1807.
    (AMERICAN REVOLUTION.) Acts of Parliament relating to the Revolutionary period and its aftermath, 1770-1807.

    London : [1770-1807]

    A remarkable collection of British Acts of Parliament relating to trade with the American colonies and subsequently with the fledgling republic. The collection documents the role of parliament in instigating the American Revolution through mercantilist policies, its continued assertion of its sovereignty during the War of Independence, and the ongoing... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 130669

  43. La Constitution Française,
    (FRANCE: CONSTITUTION.) La Constitution Française,

    Paris : 1791

    An appealing miniature printing of the first written French constitution, created after the collapse of the absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime. This edition of the short-lived constitution was printed in the closing months of 1791, when optimism was still high, and before the start of the Revolutionary Wars. The text is preceded by the Declaration... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 130636

  44. A Short Treatise on the Passions, Illustrative of the Human Mind, in two volumes. By a Lady.
    (PASSIONS.) A Short Treatise on the Passions, Illustrative of the Human Mind, in two volumes. By a Lady.

    London : 1810

    First edition of the wide-ranging and opinionated survey of mankind's passions and character traits, which, though purporting to have been written by a woman, is so hostile to the sex that one contemporary reviewer was convinced the work must have been written by a disgruntled man, attempting "in the paltry artifice of emasculation... to stay the proceedings... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 128935

  45. Histoire du siécle d'Alexandre,
    LINGUET, Simon Nicolas Henri. Histoire du siécle d'Alexandre,

    Amsterdam : 1762

    First edition. Simon Nicolas Henri Linguet (1736-1794) was a French journalist and lawyer "whose delight in taking views opposing everyone else's earned him exiles, imprisonment, and finally the guillotine" (Encyclopaedia Britannica online). The present work, the author's first, is a highly hostile account of Alexander the Great, whom the author places... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 127386

  46. The political last testament of Monsieur John Baptist Colbert.
    SANDRAS, Gatien Courtilz de. The political last testament of Monsieur John Baptist Colbert.

    London : 1695

    First edition in English of this spurious memoir of the French statesman John Baptist Colbert, Minister of Finances under Louis XIV, generally accepted to have been written by the French novelist Gatien Courtilz de Sandras. Under Colbert ministry France's finances were rejuvenated, with bankruptcy averted and manufacturing and trade improved. The first... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 126894

  47. Soviet Russia:
    (RUSSIA.) Soviet Russia:

    London : 1924

    First edition of this account by the British foreign office of the newly established Soviet state. Scarce, with Copac listing copies in eight institutions. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 126897

  48. De la démocratie en Amérique.
    TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis de. De la démocratie en Amérique.

    Brussels : 1840

    Second complete Brussels edition, in the scarce and appealing original wrappers, of de Tocqueville's magnum opus. The first appearances of De la démocratie en Amérique in Brussels were published by Louis Hauman in the same years as the first editions (Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835 & 1840). Meline also published a two volume set in 1840, but this,... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 125824

  49. The Last Stand:
    WALSH, Edmund A. The Last Stand:

    Boston : 1931

    First edition, first printing. The Jesuit priest Edmund A. Walsh (1885-1956), whose fierce anti-communism had been reinforced by his work for the Vatican's Russian famine relief mission in 1922, had already achieved success with his account of Russian Revolution in 1928. The present work, an account of the Five-Year Plan, at that point in its third... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 125561

  50. Marlborough. His Life and Times.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Marlborough. His Life and Times.

    London : 1933-8

    First editions, first impressions, trade issue, inscribed by the author in vol. IV on the front free endpaper, "To Craigavon, from Winston Churchill. August 1938". The recipient was James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon (1871-1940), and the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. Churchill was grateful for the Ulster loyalist support he received in... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 123841

  51. Il Governo civile.
    LOCKE, John. Il Governo civile.

    Amsterdam : 1773

    First edition in Italian of one of the most famous and influential works in the history of liberalism, the second of Locke's Two Treatises on Government (1690). "'An anonymous translation from the French text of David Mazel, probably the 1755 ed." (Yolton). The work did not appear again in Italian until 1925. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 119924

  52. Qui a voulu la guerre?
    DURKHEIM, Émile, & Ernest Denis. Qui a voulu la guerre?

    Paris : 1915

    First edition, first printing, with the Lahure imprint, of one of Durkheim's "documents de propagande" on war, militarism, and nationalism in relation to German philosophy, written during the First World War by one of the founders of modern sociology and anthropology. In 1914, "Durkheim's nephew, Marcel Mauss, decided to enlist and to go to the front.... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 119086

  53. Della Ragion di Stato, Libri Dieci. Con tre Libri Delle Cause Della Grandezza e Magnificenza Delle Città.
    BOTERO, Giovanni. Della Ragion di Stato, Libri Dieci. Con tre Libri Delle Cause Della Grandezza e Magnificenza Delle Città.

    Venice : 1589

    First edition. Botero's work is in two parts. The first part is his most famous contribution to political philosophy. Entitled "The Reason of State", Botero provides an extended discussion of the moral question of acting in the state's best interests, and offers a direct rebuttal to the ideas espoused by Machiavelli. A champion of the counter-reformation,... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 124167

  54. Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1858.
    (LINCOLN, Abraham) BEVERIDGE, Albert J. Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1858.

    Boston and New York : 1928

    First edition, first printing, of "the first Lincoln biography to meet modern scholarly standards" (ANB).
    Beveridge (1862-1927) retired from politics in 1922 and, having already published a widely-acclaimed biography of the life of John Marshall, he dedicated his last few years to writing He had a horror of mistakes and would "work over his material... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 139466

  55. Richesse de l'état, à laquelle on a ajouté les Pièces qui ont paru pour & contre.
    [ROUSSEL DE LA TOUR.] Richesse de l'état, à laquelle on a ajouté les Pièces qui ont paru pour & contre.

    Amsterdam : 1764

    First collected edition, with the titular essay first published in an 8 page pamphlet the previous year. This "rare compilation" (Higgs) contains 16 of the author's tracts, run together continuously and not separated on the pages. Of these, the title essay is most important; "this tract, proposing a single tax, graduated in twenty groups of 100,000... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 123214

  56. Two Chapters of A celebrated French Work, intitled, De L'Esprit des Loix, Translated into English.
    [MONTESQUIEU, Charles de Secondat, Baron de.] Two Chapters of A celebrated French Work, intitled, De L'Esprit des Loix, Translated into English.

    Edinburgh : 1750

    First and only edition of this printing of two chapters of Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws relating to the British system of government, identified as the earliest publication in English of the Spirit of the Laws, preceding the publication of Thomas Nugent's translation by several months (Courtney, p. 31). Despite its importance as the first English... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 117453

  57. The Claims of the People of England.
    [SHARP, Granville.] The Claims of the People of England.

    London : 1782

    First edition. Granville Sharp (1735-1813) is best known for his work as an abolitionist and reformer. This short treatise proposes political reform, including elections for every session of Parliament, removing limitations on the franchise, ending rotten boroughs, and reducing the power of the crown in Parliament. Sharp's treatise was popular, going... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 117464

  58. Reflections on the present High Price of Provisions; and The Complaints and Disturbances arising therefrom.
    (AGRICULTURE.) Reflections on the present High Price of Provisions; and The Complaints and Disturbances arising therefrom.

    London : 1766

    First edition. The harvest of 1766 had been a poor one, leading to a rise in food prices and over 40 riots, by the count of that year's Annual Register. With much debate as to the appropriate response, the author of this anonymous tract argues against any form of price controls and interference with the free market, and criticises those who bow to mob... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 117474

  59. The Sense of the People Concerning the Present State of Affairs.
    [ELLIS.] The Sense of the People Concerning the Present State of Affairs.

    London : [1721?]

    Second edition, first published the same year. A discussion of the public mood in the aftermath of the South Sea Bubble, with particular reference to the widely villainized Robert Knight (1675-1744), the cashier of the South Sea Company who had made enormous profits through stock speculation. With the collapse of the company, Knight was summoned to... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 117483

  60. Essays on Social Topics.
    CLAFLIN, Tennessee, afterwards Lady Cook. Essays on Social Topics.

    Westminster : [c.1890s]

    Early edition of this collection of essays on women's rights, sexual ethics, and politics by the activist and sometime stockbroker Tennessee Claflin (1846-1923).
    America's first female stockbrokers, Claflin and her sister Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927) moved to New York during the late 1860s where they opened their Wall Street brokerage firm, Woodhull,... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 139665

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