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  1. 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
    £875

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  2. 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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  3. 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
    £250

    Stock Code: 82367

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  4. 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
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 96982

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  5. 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
    £75

    Stock Code: 96273

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  6. 84343
    First edition. The famous Nazi-hunter's exposé of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the controversial Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Learn More
    £85

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  7. 88486
    First edition of this collection of essays by Schumpeter, written when he was Bank President in Austria, and from his time at the universities of Bonn and Harvard. The majority are in German, but there are also essays in English. Subjects covered are monetary issues, introductions to other authors' work, obituary notices... Learn More
    £125

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  8. 88487
    First collected edition of Schumpeter's political speeches during his time as Austrian minister of finance in 1919, demonstrating his prowess as a politician. They are largely drawn from newspaper articles, but the work also includes a number of letters, all in German. Learn More
    £150

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  9. 118738
    First edition of Bray's major contribution to socialist political economy. Bray, who based this book on a series of lectures which he delivered to the Leeds Working Men's Association in 1837, is often considered to be "the most effective of the English pre-Marxians" (Gray, p. 288). "In Labour's Wrongs Bray traced the impoverishment... Learn More
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  10. 116789
    First edition of "this provocative little book" (E. D. Steele, Palmerston and Liberalism, 1855-1865, CUP 1991, p. 373) - the final work of the prominent Liberal politician and author Sir George Cornewall Lewis (1806-1863); editions appeared in French, as Quelle est la meilleure forme de gouvernement? (Paris, 1867), and Italian,... Learn More
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  11. 83519
    An extraordinary extra-illustrated copy on large paper. The Anti-Jacobin was a unique project, a journal to commend the policies of Pitt's government and condemn the revolutionary cause. Its editor was William Gifford, and the main collaborators were George Canning, John Hookham Frere, and Charles Ellis. The original periodical... Learn More
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  12. Système Social,
    Early edition 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. Holbach's theory of ethocracy "is presented in several works published during the 1770's, La politique naturelle (Natural Politics, 1773), Système... Learn More
    £200

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  13. 116863
    First edition, first impression. This collection of pamphlets dates from 30 January 1925 to 14 October 1952, preserving speeches from Pilgrims Society events held at the Savoy or Hotel Victoria in London. Established in 1902, the objective of the Pilgrims Societies of Great Britain and the United States was, and remains,... Learn More
    £975

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  14. 116542
    First edition, first impression. From the library of the third Viscount Esher, Oliver Sylvain Baliol Brett, marked in pencil on the final page of text, "E, Sept. 1936", presumably the date he read it. A political text relating a conversation on a train to Leicester in which Nicolson explains his reasons for joining the National... Learn More
    £250

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  15. A Geographical, Historical, and Political Description
    First edition in English of this French Revolutionary Wars-era gazetteer, compiled and translated almost entirely from Wolfgang Jäger's Geographisch-historisch-statistisches Zeitungs-Lexikon, which was first published in Germany in 1782-4. Boetticher's statistical tables have a separate title page and pagination and were... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 115091

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  16. The Summary Jurisdiction (Married Women) Act, 1895.
    First edition of this landmark in British legislation for the rights of women, protecting married women against physical abuse and neglect, and allowing custody of children to deserted wives. Consolidating the 1878 Matrimonial Causes Act and the 1886 Married Women (Maintenance in the Case of Desertion) Act, it extended the... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 114011

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  17. .
    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on Christmas Day 1984, just a few weeks after he was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning against apartheid in South Africa: "To Donald Cooke, God bless you. Thank you for your concern & support, Desmond Tutu, 25 Dec 84" (front... Learn More
    £575

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  18. Manual of Political Economy.
    First edition of Fawcett's first book, highly successful in its day and running to eight editions, the last published in 1907. "It was modelled on John Stuart Mill's Principles of Political Economy, presenting the orthodox economic doctrines of the age, to which Fawcett subscribed, in an uncomplicated style, and filling... Learn More
    £200

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    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US the preceding year. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 104309

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    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 104120

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  22. The Old Gang and the New Gang.
    First edition, first impression, in the "much rarer" (Morrow & Lafourcade) red cloth binding; 1,000 copies were printed. Described by Lewis's bibliographers as "this short treatise concerning the emergence of the new school of political dictators rising to replace the 'old gang' of capitalist politicians". Learn More
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  23. Sticking it to the Man.
    A hippy blows a defiant raspberry at the Establishment, represented by Judge, Priest, General (whited out), and Policeman. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 100802

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  24. "Believe it or not, they've gone and ordered clams!"
    A restaurant waiter, coming out of a room designated for "Mr Herter's Party", tells his colleague "Believe it or not, they've gone and ordered clams!" Christian Herter had recently been appointed US Secretary of State. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English... Learn More
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  25. .
    First edition, first printing. An excellent copy in the eye-catching dust jacket. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 100237

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  26. The American Commonwealth.
    First edition. James Bryce, Viscount Bryce (1838-1922), jurist, historian, and politician. A classic work on the United States that discusses the political structure of American society, its legal system, and its people with an analysis that is both broad and in-depth. Learn More
    £950

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  27. A Season in Paradise.
    First edition in English, first printing, of the author's anti-apartheid travelogue. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "B. Breytenbach, 17 June 1983, Rotterdam". Closely monitored by the Security Police from the start of his expedition in his native South Africa, Breytenbach finally had to carry on under an assumed... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 99126

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  28. Disturbing Elements in the Study and Teaching of Political Economy.
    First edition, first printing. James Bonar (1852-1941), civil servant, economist and one of the leading Malthusians of his day. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 97198

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  29. Huskisson and His Age.
    First edition, first impression. Included is a collection of four autograph letters signed by C. R. Fay. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 97254

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  30. Post D. Some Experiences of an Air Raid Warden.
    First edition, first impression. A memoir of the socialist theorist and politician John Strachey's experiences as a London air-raid warden; "During the war he served in a succession of postsair raid warden, public relations officer, radio commentator, and Royal Air Force wing commander. With the war's end, Strachey was... Learn More
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  31. Post D. Some Experiences of an Air Raid Warden.
    First edition, fourth impression. First published in March the same year. A memoir of the socialist theorist and politician John Strachey's experiences as a London air-raid warden; "During the war he served in a succession of postsair raid warden, public relations officer, radio commentator, and Royal Air Force wing commander.... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 96377

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    An attractive American edition of Jane Marcet's popular work on free market economic ideas for ordinary working people, first published in 1816. Learn More
    £875

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  33. 93458
    First edition under this title, originally published in 1653 under the title of Quaestio quodlibetica. Sir Roger Twysden, the man responsible for its first publication, states in the preface that the work was written "almost thirty yeares since", suggesting a date for its composition in the later 1620s. Filmer here defends... Learn More
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    First edition. Economie et Intérêt is Allais's second major publication, a massive work on capital and interest which has formed the basis for the so-called "golden rule of accumulation". This states that to maximise real income, the optimum rate of interest should equal the growth rate of the economy. Allais did not publish... Learn More
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  35. The Slavery Debates, 1952-1990.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the half-title. During this period, a fierce debate raged in the US concerning the interpretation of the slavery era, partly ignited by Fogel and Engerman's 1974 publication, Time on the Cross, in which they concluded that slavery was a profitable and efficient labour... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 96392

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  36. Production for Victory, Not Profit!
    First edition, first impression. A critique of British industry, beset by war production problems and accusations of profiteering, and a call for nationalisation.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 96216

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  37. 95099
    First edition, first impression, the Gollancz archive copy with their ink-stamp to the title-page; uncommon in the dust jacket. After 1945 "Britain had to face the fact that the difficulty of recruiting and retaining a capable nursing staff seriously hampered post-war hospital expansion and implementation of the National... Learn More
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  38. The Death Penalty Enquiry.
    First edition, first impression. Among their other recommendations, the Committee advocated that capital punishment be suspended for a experimental period of five years, though this was not enacted until 1938. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the front panel of the jacket. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 95094

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  39. The Death Penalty Enquiry.
    First edition, first impression. Among their other recommendations, the Committee advocated that capital punishment be suspended for a experimental period of five years, though this was not enacted until 1938. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the title page. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 95088

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  40. The Death Penalty Enquiry.
    First edition in wrappers, first impression. Among their other recommendations, the Committee advocated that capital punishment be suspended for a experimental period of five years, though this was not enacted until 1938. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
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  41. Smuts and Swastika.
    First edition, second impression (printed before the release of the first impression). An account of contemporary affairs in the Union of South Africa.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was... Learn More
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  42. Overproduction and Crises.
    First edition in English by this pioneer of the theory of state socialism. His theories were rejected by both Marx and Engels, making Rodbertus "'one of the lost prophets who have been so frequent in the history of socialism'" (Palgrave p. 218). This book was originally published in Berlin in 1850 under the title Sociale... Learn More
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  43. The Last Year of Malcolm X.
    First edition, first printing. A re-evaluation of Malcolm X written two years after his assassination. "The curtain is lifted on the differences of policy and perspective within the Black Muslim movement which led to Malcolm's break" (front flap). Learn More
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    Stock Code: 93398

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  44. The Pencourt File.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the authors on the front free endpaper, "with best wishes and thanks to Mo on the day we lost, Roger Courtiour. 22nd June 1979. / No! One one day that some people lost! But there's always tomorrow! And you! Barrie Penrose. London, June 22nd. 1979." Learn More
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    Stock Code: 91981

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  45. The Psychology of Jingoism.
    First edition, first impression. In this book, Hobson elaborates on some issues raised in his previous book, The War in South Africa (1900). In particular, he explores the problem of national chauvinism and its connections to imperialism. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 89717

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  46. Begin Here.
    First edition, first impression, of the author's essay written with the purpose of suggesting "to a few readers some creative line of action which they, as individuals, can think and work towards the restoration of Europe." (Preface). Learn More
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    Stock Code: 89219

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  47. Theory of Games and Economic Behavior.
    First edition, first printing, of the groundbreaking text that created the interdisciplinary research field of game theory. Learn More
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  48. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution.
    First separate edition, first impression. Originally published under the title, "Second Thoughts on James Burnham" in Polemic 3. Scarce. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 87553

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  49. Arms and the Covenant.
    First edition, only printing, in the scarce first issue jacket, re-priced in pencil to 7/6 to match those of the remainder issue which had new jackets printed and priced at 7/6. A total of 5,000 copies were printed; Woods notes that 3,381 were sold at 18 shillings before June 1940, when the book was re-issued as a cheap... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 85319

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  50. Thoughts and Adventures.
    First edition, first impression. The second volume of Churchill's autobiographical writings, covering his early political career, the battle of Sidney Street, a near silence on Gallipoli, service on the western front, the negotiation of the Irish settlement, thoughts on the "Mass effects of modern life" and life "Fifty years... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 85261

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  51. 78611
    First edition of this highly important account of the region compiled from the records kept by the members of the Commission sent to establish the delimitation of the disputed border between Persia and Baluchistan.
    Goldsmid, the commissioner, had established a reputation for himself as an officer of considerable intelligence... Learn More
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  52. The Russian Committee for Escaped Military Officers in Rotterdam. 1918-1919.
    No other copy traced, the letterpress cover-title suggests a published item, the manuscript captioning a very small-scale issue. Fascinating visual record of relief services for Russian officer refugees in Holland. By the end of the First World War thousands of Russian prisoner-of-war escapees and deserters were scattered... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 78018

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    First edition. From the outbreak of the Revolution in 1789, Brissot became one of its most vocal supporters. He edited the Patriote Français from 1789 to 1793, and took a prominent part in politics and was elected a member of the municipality of Paris, then of the Legislative Assembly, and later of the National Convention.... Learn More
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  54. 75206
    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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  55. .
    Third edition, following the extensively revised "Great Quarto" of 1803, and the first in two octavo volumes, the format which was to remain the standard in Malthus's lifetime for the most widely-discussed economic tract of its era. This third edition has important alterations and additions, particularly the appendix, in... Learn More
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  56. 73706
    Shaw's copy of the second rough proof copy, with two small ink corrections in his hand. Learn More
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  57. Made free in Prison.
    First edition. "Soon after the introduction of conscription early in 1916 Mason, a young pacifist socialist, had received the first of three successive court-martial sentences of imprisonment for refusing induction into the army. As an absolutist he refused on each occasion to accept alternative service of any kind. He served... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 73159

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  58. Theo Wood in Wartime and After. An Autobiography by …
    First edition of an entertaining anecdotal account of Wood's anti-war work. "Experiences of a crippled pacifist during WWI; No More War and left-wing activities; trouble with police; illnesses & unhappy love affairs" (Matthews). Uncommon: only BL, NLS, IWM, TCD, and Oxford on Copac, to which OCLC adds just Hoover Institute... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 73168

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  59. The First Freedom.
    First edition. This copy inscribed to John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet on the half-title; "For John, with great affection, Nat." In his liner notes for the MJQ Complete Prestige and Pablo Recordings, Hentoff described how, "The MJQ combined centuries of the blues with the knowledge of how careful form can make improvisation... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 81919

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  60. Apartheid and the Archbishop.
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 100 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 77968

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