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  1. 132382comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy for Nelson Mandela, inscribed on the half-title recto by the author "For Nelson Mandela with greatest respect, and thanks, and kindest regards. Peter Matthiessen. August 1990", and additionally inscribed by a leading member of the Leonard Peltier defence committee: "Nelson... Learn More
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  2. 134411comp
    First UK edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 51 of 250 copies signed by Mandela and bound in full leather, out of a total signed issue of 1,000 copies. The South African edition was published earlier that year. Learn More
    £4,500

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    First Easton Press edition, number 2,635 of 3,000 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher on the tipped-in edition page as issued. The Path to Power was the second volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her childhood to her election as Prime Minister; it followed the Downing Street Years, published in 1993, which detailed... Learn More
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  4. 134360
    A typed letter from Margaret Thatcher, signed in her customary blue ink, to one of her former constituents, dated 2 May 1974. Thatcher writes in response to a letter from the recipient in the aftermath of the Conservative Party's loss in the February 1974 election: "I feel the same way about many things. We tried to put... Learn More
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  5. 133387
    Margaret Thatcher's own copy of the official cabinet photograph taken January 1985, signed by herself and every other member of the cabinet. The photograph was kept by Thatcher until her death in 2013, and here appears on the market for the first time after acquisition directly from her estate. 1985 was a strong year for... Learn More
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  6. 133386
    Margaret Thatcher's own copy of the official cabinet photograph taken 7 July 1983, the first cabinet photograph after her landslide victory in the June 1983 election, signed by herself and every other member of the cabinet. This is one of two signed 1983 cabinet photographs, this in black and white, the other in colour,... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page "To Greg with all good wishes Margaret Thatcher". The Path to Power was the second volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her childhood to her election as Prime Minister; it followed the Downing Street Years, published in 1993, which detailed... Learn More
    £350

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  8. 134118comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on a promotional Downing Street-design bookplate attached to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £200

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  9. 134002comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  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. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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    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
    £1,500

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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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  18. 133399comp
    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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    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
    £17,500

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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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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
    £750

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    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
    £750

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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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    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
    £2,750

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  27. 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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  28. 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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    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by President Kennedy on the front free endpaper: "For Chief Martinell, from John Kennedy, Christmas 1961". The recipient, Chief Petty Officer William Martinell, was a member of the White House medical staff. Loosely inserted is Martinell's delegate's pass to the Bermuda Meeting... Learn More
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  30. 129260
    First edition, first impression, of Lunn's anti-socialist study. Signed by the author on the title page. Arnold Lunn (1888-1974) was a skier and mountaineer, but his strong Catholicism and anti-socialist beliefs led him to contribute various writings opposing socialism from the 1930s onwards. Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by Shultz on the front free endpaper: "To Russell Long with my admiration - Mr. Chairman - for the sustained high quality of your contribution to economic policy and my thanks for your help and friendship George P. Shultz". The recipient, Russell B. Long, served... Learn More
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    Signed limited edition, number 48 of 50 copies signed by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Albie Sachs and Paul Alberts. A remarkable collaboration, this is the only limited edition signed by both Mandela and Tutu - Nobel Peace Prize winners in 1993 and 1984 respectively - alongside a third major figure in the anti-Apartheid... Learn More
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  33. 129128comp
    First and only edition. A superb association copy, inscribed by President Roosevelt to his son John A. Roosevelt: "For John A. Roosevelt from his affectionate father Franklin D. Roosevelt". John accompanied his father during the presidential trip aboard the schooner, where they fished for tuna and cod. The sojourn was a... Learn More
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  34. 127350
    The letter written by Margaret Thatcher in response to Dame Elaine Kellett-Bowman's letter of condolence, on the occasion of the death of her husband Denis in 2003. Thatcher writes in her customary blue ink "Dear Elaine, it was so good of you and Edward to write. Yours ever, Margaret", with the typed letter, dated 23 July... Learn More
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    The Revolution Betrayed.

    New York & London: 1937 & 1938

    The American journalist and labour activist Benjamin Stolberg (1891-1951) was a member of the Dewey Commission and had strong association links..."> First US edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed from Trotsky to Benjamin Stolberg on the front free endpaper, "devotedly yours, Leon Trotsky, 21/11 1937, Coyoacan".
    The American journalist and labour activist Benjamin Stolberg (1891-1951) was a member of the Dewey Commission and had strong association links... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Inscribed on the front free endpaper by Lee Atwater to the former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Deave on the front free endpaper: "To my pal Mike a great friend and a good man. I love you. Lee Atwater". Lee Atwater, campaign manager for the Bush campaign in the 1988 presidential... Learn More
    £250

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    My Life.

    New York: 2004

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To my friend Judy Collins with thanks - Bill Clinton", additionally inscribed by Collins, with a heart, on the title page, together with a typed letter signed by Clinton. The letter reads: "Dear Judy: Happy birthday! I hope this... Learn More
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  38. 122974
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from Philip Morrell to Kaiser Wilhelm, with extensive annotations written in English by the Kaiser. Together with an autograph postcard signed from Kaiser Wilhelm, Doorn, 1931, to Philip Morrell, written in English in purple pencil across the whole of the back of the postcard... Learn More
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  39. 119422

    Ethics in Government.

    Cambridge, Massachusetts: 1952

    First edition, first printing, with an autograph note signed by the author from his time as the Vice Chairman of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee. Under his direction the committee investigated improper fiscal conduct in various branches of government. These three lectures on the topic of morality in government... Learn More
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  40. 121100
    First edition, one of 20 quarto copies presumably printed for presentation, from the library of Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, with his bookplate and signature. Considering their proximity and active participation in the same parliamentary debates on the subject, as well as the small print run, it is highly probable that... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 121100

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  41. 119149comp
    First edition, first printing, one of 1,000 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by Roosevelt on title page, "Franklin D. Roosevelt, for Robert M. Morgenthau". Morgenthau (b.1919) is the son of Roosevelt's friend and Secretary of the Treasury during Roosevelt's presidency, Henry Morgenthau, Jr (1891-1967). At the time of... Learn More
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  42. 114168
    Later edition of the Scottish politician and jurist's famous public lecture on international law, first published in 1799. "In November 1798 Mackintosh proposed a lecture series to the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn in which he would make public his change of opinion towards Burke. However, like Burke, certain benchers... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the first blank, "To Ora and Joyce Elliott. With Best Wishes, Ronald Reagan". Ora Elliott (1922-2008) served in Patton's 13th (Black Cat) Armored Division, before returning to U.C. Berkeley to finish his studies in civil engineering. He was an engineering contractor... Learn More
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  44. Schools and Universities on the Continent.
    First edition, presentation copy inscribed "with the author's sincere regard" in the author's hand on the half title. This copy also contains an autograph letter signed from Arnold to Mr Osborne Turner Junr., on Whitehall Education Department stationary, informing the recipient of his supplementary book "Higher Schools and... Learn More
    £550

    Stock Code: 115431

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  45. Voyage dans les États-Unis d'Amérique,
    First edition. Presentation copy of this important account of travels in the United States and Canada during the last decade of the 18th century inscribed by the author's son, François XIII, duc de La Rochefoucauld (1765-1848), to Edward Livingston, who served as US Secretary of State in 1831-3: "Offert a M. Edouard Livingston... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 114358

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  46. .
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Patty Cavin, with very best regards, John Kennedy". Patty Cavin was a pioneering woman journalist, a reporter on the Washington Post in the 1950s, covering Congress, and later with NBC. In 1962 she was president of the... Learn More
    £19,500

    Stock Code: 114138

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  47. i1
    First and only edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "P. A. O'Brien With the compliments of The Author 6.XI.19" towards the head of the title and dated March 1917 (presumably the date of publication) beneath the pseudonymous author's printed name. Loosely inserted is a carbon copy of a letter sent to the recipient... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 113607

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  48. The Life and Writings.
    De Grand Luxe Republic edition of the centenary issue. Limited to 75 numbered sets, signed by the editor, of which this is number 7. Rare in the original publisher's binding. Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 110541

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  49. The Old Gang and the New Gang.
    First edition, first impression. A superb presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his wife, "To my darling wife Geehos, 1933. Wyndham Lewis." Gladys Anne Hoskins (1900-1979) and Lewis were married in 1930, though he concealed this fact from his friends for much of the 1930s. In 1939 Lewis wrote to the wife of his friend... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 111659

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  50. Britons in Spain.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by 14 members of the British Battalion of the International Brigade who served in the Spanish Civil War: John Potts, Mary E. Slater S.R.N.*, Jim Lowry, William Watson, W. J. Harrington (or Hannington), Sam Wild*, Ben Sturges, B. McKenna*, G. Fletcher*, Bob Cooney*, D. Hutchison,... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 105520

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  51. image1
    Second edition, originally published in 1842, but with a new Introductory Letter (dated 1843); both editions are rare, this one recorded by Copac in only two British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Cambridge), and OCLC locates just one (Peabody Essex Museum). Presentation copy from the author, inscribed at the head... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 106216

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    First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the title page: "Le Prieur de Cheverny, Ex dono authoris". This is the principal work of the French economist Paul Boesnier de l'Orme (1724-1793), "one of the most systematic and comprehensive expositions of economics of its period" (Higgs). This copy has the... Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 104258

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  53. Arms and the Covenant.
    First edition, only printing. Presentation copy to Admiral Sir Dudley Pound, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To 1SL First Sea Lord from WSC, 28.3.40." Churchill began to write "Admiral" and then scratched out the first two letters, deciding to use instead Pound's abbreviated title, and signing just... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 74244

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