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  1. 129894
    First edition. The anonymous work, pro-slavery and fearful of abolition, advocates a parliamentary resolution declaring that further investigations be made before any changes affecting the planters' interests are made, and that their current rights be protected. It argues that the slaves would cease to work if freed and... Learn More
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  2. 129895
    First edition, written in response to James Stephen's England Enslaved by her Own Slave Colonies, published the same year, which argued that England should end the privileges of the West Indian planters. Instead, Horton supports a full investigation of the state of the slaves before any anti-slavery legislation is undertaken,... Learn More
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  3. 129890
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on behalf of the pro-slavery Committee of West Indian Merchants to the anti-abolitionist John Gladstone on the title page. The merchant and banker Alexander Baring (1773-1848), founder of the Baring Brothers bank and financier for the Louisiana purchase, was a noted opponent of... Learn More
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  4. 117470
    Second edition. Robert Walpole had sought to reduce the interest on the national debt by creating a national sinking fund. The Earl of Bath publishing a strong criticism of Walpole's use of this fund in his 1734 treatise An Enquiry into the Conduct of our Domestic Affairs. The present work is Walpole's rebuttal, and a defence... Learn More
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  5. 117472
    First edition. Robert Walpole had sought to reduce the interest on the national debt by creating a national sinking fund. William Pulteney, The Earl of Bath (1684-1764), published a strong criticism of Walpole's use of this fund in his 1734 treatise An Enquiry into the Conduct of our Domestic Affairs. Walpole then published... Learn More
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  6. 135084
    First edition of all three pamphlets, the copies of the pro-slavery Hibbert family. George Hibbert (1757-1837) was a merchant whose correspondence with the Quakers comprises the second pamphlet, and his son Nathaniel (1794-1865) wrote the "Remarks" on Brougham in the first pamphlet; the third pamphlet was published by the... Learn More
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  7. 134687comp
    First edition, first printing, boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Jason - Barack Obama vote me in '08 instead of Nader!". The recipient was a student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, who had the book signed while Obama was running for president - Obama's inscription refers to the independent... Learn More
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  8. 135066
    Limited edition, 118 of 1,050 copies, this being one of 925 copies on English Antique Paper. A handsome printing - and uncommon to find in the dust jacket - of Machiavelli's Prince, reproducing the the translation of Edward Dacres, the first full translation of the work into English. Learn More
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  9. 131785
    First edition of this two-volume collection of essays with contributions from Bauer, Feuerbach, Köppen, and a young Marx, produced under Ruge's editorship. With both his Hallische Jahrbücher and Deutsche Jahrbücher repressed by the Prussian government, Ruge was forced to publish Anekdota in Switzerland in February 1843.... Learn More
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  10. 117482
    First edition, second issue with new preliminary matter and a supplement. The first issue had been published as A Proposal for Paying off the Publick Debts the same year. Sir Humphrey Mackworth (1657-1727) had been a Member of Parliament intermittently from 1701 to 1713. The present treatise offers his solution for the financial... Learn More
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  11. 133498
    First edition of the report produced by the commission of inquiry appointed in 1802 to review the financial management of the Admiralty, of which Dundas had been treasurer between 1782 and 1800, and which, on the initiative of Samuel Whitbread, resulted in Dundas's impeachment in 1806 for the misappropriation of public money.
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  12. An Inquiry into the permanent Causes of the Decline and Fall of Powerful and Wealthy Nations, illustrated by four engraved Charts...
    First edition of this important work and a remarkable attempt to present a general and comparative theory of the rise and fall of nations, and thus extract lessons from the downfall of the great empires of history and in so doing "find the means by which prosperity may be lengthened out, and the period of humiliation procrastinated... Learn More
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  13. 129958comp
    Signed limited edition, number 312 of 500 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher. The Path to Power was the second volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her childhood to her election as Prime Minister. Learn More
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  14. 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
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  15. 134439
    A pair of display cabinets owned by Margaret Thatcher, acquired by her when furbishing the five-storey Chester Square house which she bought in 1991, and kept and used by her in the house until her death in 2013. It thereafter entered storage until acquisition by Peter Harrington directly from the Margaret Thatcher estate.... Learn More
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  16. 117467
    First edition of Wallace's treatise, offering a new system for calculating the rate of interest on money. It purports that the system outlined in current books on the subject gives erroneous figures, and is harming the country, companies and individuals. The treatise is scarce in commerce, with no copy traced at auction.... Learn More
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  17. 132433
    First edition of one of the earliest books published in Singapore, comprising of articles first published in the Singapore Chronicle, Singapore's first newspaper, between 1824 and 1834. The proposed second part was never published. This valuable resource includes articles which would now otherwise be lost, as there... Learn More
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  18. 119618
    First edition of Holyoake's autobiography. Holyoake (1817-1906), a figure of significant importance "in the making of Liberalism and a liberal society in Victorian Britain" (ODNB), was an active Owenite socialist who eventually developed Owen's teachings into the new movement of secularism. His associations with socialist... Learn More
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  19. 134782detail
    A handwritten card sent by Margaret Thatcher to Keith Polyblank, one of her admirers. Thatcher writes "Dear Mr. Polyblank, Thank you so much for your kind letter. I am fine and very active although so many good things receive little publicity. I gave many interviews that week in early March - all the rest gave a totally... Learn More
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  20. 134780detail
    A typed letter signed by Margaret Thatcher, sent in response to a well-wisher on the occasion of her resignation from public life in 2002. Thatcher has headed and signed the letter in her customary blue ink - "Dear Mr. Polyblank, ... Kind regards, Yours sincerely Margaret Thatcher". Printed on her own House of Lords stationary,... Learn More
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  21. 134778
    First edition, first impression. The copy was sent to Margaret Thatcher by Keith Polyblank, one of her admirers, enclosing his own bookplate and requesting that she sign it; the book was returned by Debbie Fletcher, a member of Thatcher's private office, with an accompanying letter dated 11 July 1995 regretting that Thatcher... Learn More
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  22. 134438
    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... Learn More
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  23. 134763
    First and only edition of this uncommon collection of Second World War cartoons - BL and IWM only on Copac, OCLC adds just Bibliotheca Alexandrina, BnF, University of California, LA, Northwestern, and Michigan - this copy inscribed on the title page "with best regards" to "Mr Koestner", possibly the Egypt-based economist... Learn More
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  24. 117457
    First edition. Robert Walpole had sought to reduce the interest on the national debt by creating a national sinking fund. The Earl of Bath publishing a strong criticism of Walpole's use of this fund in his 1734 treatise An Enquiry into the Conduct of our Domestic Affairs. The present work is Walpole's rebuttal, and a defence... Learn More
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  25. 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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  26. 134397comp
    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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  27. 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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  28. 133738
    Margaret Thatcher's own copy of the official group photograph from the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Melbourne in 1981, with the attendees' facsimile signatures printed underneath. The attendees of the meeting included Thatcher, Indira Gandhi, Malcolm Fraser, and Robert Mugabe, the last of whom was representing... Learn More
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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 125507
    First edition, first impression. This essay is based upon the Josiah Mason lecture that Robinson delivered in 1959 and discusses the relations between science and ideology. Learn More
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  32. 134284
    New edition, the third printing overall (following the first of 1932), revised with a new preface by Mosley. "In the summer of 1932 he worked on his book The Greater Britain. The economic programme was the New Party's. Tagged onto it was an unconvincing argument purporting to show why only fascism could carry out the New... Learn More
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  33. 134233comp
    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
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  34. 134182
    First Doves Press edition, first impression, with the text printed from the first edition of 1644. This fine copy has an example of the original prospectus lad in, and derives from the collection of Doves Press expert Marianne Tidcombe, with a photocopy of Johnston's variant trial designs for the first page laid in and annotated... Learn More
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  35. 131896
    First edition of Harrington's utopian masterpiece, written between 1654 and 1656, publication of which was hindered by political obstruction. Typeset by three different printers to avoid seizure, the work was published with two variant title pages, one having the imprint "printed by J. Streater for Livewell Chapman", the... Learn More
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  36. 134118comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on a promotional Downing Street-design bookplate attached to the front pastedown. Learn More
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  37. 133866
    First edition in book form, first printing, of Lane's "proudest attempt to summarize her political ideas" (Miller, p. 196), her "personal Declaration of Independence" (jacket blurb). Sections of Give Me Liberty first appeared in "Credo", the lead article in the Saturday Evening Post on 7 March 1936. Acclaimed upon publication,... Learn More
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  38. 123907detail
    A collection of first day covers gathered by Margaret Thatcher, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. Thatcher dabbled in stamp collecting, and most of her collection was sold at Christie's in 2015. She had a personal interest in the aesthetics and production of stamps as Prime Minister, as... Learn More
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  39. 129233
    First edition, first impression, of this study of propaganda, published one year before the outbreak of the Second World War. Richard S. Lambert (1894-1981) was the editor of The Listener and an employee of the BBC in its formative years; in this study, he treats of the danger and value of propaganda, and how it may be countered.... Learn More
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  40. 121257detail
    Second edition, first published in 1798. "In 1803 Malthus published a greatly expanded second edition of the Essay, incorporating details of the population checks that had been in operation in many different countries and periods. Although nominally a second edition, it was regarded by Malthus as a substantially new work.... Learn More
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  41. 133407
    From the estate of Margaret Thatcher, with the presentation label incorporated beneath the map reading "Presented to the Right Honourable Margaret Thatcher MP on the occasion of the Gallipoli Commemoration 25 April 1990". Thatcher travelled to Turkey for the 75th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, along with the Australian... Learn More
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  42. 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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  43. 129375detail
    First edition. Young had travelled in France in the early years of the revolution, and his experiences in the country, including seeing his aristocratic friends murdered and rendered destitute, "brought about a permanent change in his political views. From being a liberal and a reformer, by 1792 he had become an opponent... Learn More
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  44. 126503detail
    The octavo Lyon-Bernuset issue. This is Necker's vehement defence against accusations made by his successor, Charles Alexandre de Calonne, who claimed that Necker's tenure as comptroller-general of finances was not the success it was generally perceived as, and that Necker's celebrated Compte rendu - a balance sheet of his... Learn More
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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 127122
    Sole edition of this notably rare and pseudonymously published book by one of the leading Russian economists of the 19th century. It was published in Stuttgart under the pseudonym "Evropeets European" which allowed Bezobrazov (1828-1889), who was in the civil service, to critique the development of the Russian economy, especially... Learn More
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  49. 122620
    First edition of Dussausoy's programme of public works, the main purpose of which was to provide labour for the idle masses and to inspire patriotism by installing honorary monuments of monarchs and men of military and political renown across Paris, with chapters on the causes of depopulation and the degeneration of the... Learn More
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  50. 131267
    First edition, with a fine Bloomsbury Group provenance, presented by Lytton Strachey to Frances Marshall later Frances Partridge upon marriage, with a notation of the presentation in the latter's hand "Frances Marshall from Lytton 1931" in pencil on the front free endpaper. At the time of the presentation, Frances was... Learn More
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  51. 126500
    First edition of this collection of works by and about Jacques Necker, presenting a variety of contemporary opinions, both positive and negative, on his time and influence as finance minister for Louis XVI (1777-81). Despite proving to be a popular and capable reformer he had enemies at court who, led by Marie-Antoinette,... Learn More
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  52. 123848detail
    A collection of Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher, from various individuals and institutions.

    i) John Stapylton Habgood, Archbishop of York (1983-95), 1985. With a reproduction of a portrait of himself on the front cover, and the printed message on the interior "With all good wishes for Christmas and the New... Learn More
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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 119900
    First edition, first printing, of this history of the labour movement as a social and political force with distinct conditions and philosophies. "The work of John R. Commons and his colleagues dominated research in labor history and inquiries about working-class formation in the United States until very recently. Insisting... Learn More
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  56. 132817
    First English-language edition, first printing, of Mises's Nation, Staat, und Wirtschaft, originally published in German in 1919. Mises analyses the origins of the First World War, arguing that the conflict between the German nation and the expanding German state led to militarism and international conflict. Mises argued... Learn More
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  57. 132010comp
    First and sole edition, inscribed by Roosevelt on the front free endpaper, "For Fred Adams, Christmastide 1944, from Franklin D. Roosevelt"; number 76 of 100 copies privately printed at the White House Printing Office. The recipient, Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr. (1910-2001), was the son of Roosevelt's cousin Ellen Walters... Learn More
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  58. 132008
    First edition of this important series of economic publications, published in view of the increasing interest in works of political economy appearing in France, England, and Holland. In 1754 Schreuder and Mortier published the first volume, Hume's Political Discourses. Owing to the growing interest and the relative scarcity... Learn More
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  59. 117465
    First Scottish edition, the second overall, following the edition printed in London in 1735. The philosopher Francis Hutcheson (1694-1746) was one of the key figures in the Scottish enlightenment and a major influence on David Hume and Adam Smith. Uncommon, with ESTC locating copies held in nine institutions. Learn More
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  60. 117451
    First edition. Writing under the odd pseudonym Gwitmarpscheldon, William Wishart (1691-1753), a liberal Church of Scotland Minister, provides a defence of religious toleration and liberty of conscience. Arguing from a religious rather than secular basis, Wishart argues that toleration is in the spirit of Christian ethics,... Learn More
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