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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. 120686
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  2. 108126
    The "MacDonald White Paper", in which the British Government declared its support for a power-sharing agreement between Arab and Jewish interests in Palestine, as well as restrictions on Jewish immigration and the sale of land to Jews. Regarded by many in the Zionist movement as a final betrayal of Britain's obligations... Learn More
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  3. 108129
    First edition. The first major statement of British policy in Palestine since 1917, the "British White Paper of 1922" sought to addressed Arab and Jewish concerns regarding the content of the Balfour Declaration by including an official interpretation of the declaration by the first British high Commissioner for Palestine,... Learn More
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  4. 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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  5. 129811
    Rare first editionone of 1000 copiesof the "germ" of Das Kapital. The Kritik was Marx's first attempt at a general statement of his theories, written following several years' research in the British Museum. Marx had initially planned a multi-volume work, but he was dissatisfied with it, and no further parts were written... Learn More
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  6. 128994
    First edition of this account of the 1866 Geneva Congress, the first congress of the International Workingmen's Association, commonly known as the First International. The Association had been founded in 1864 in London by French and British radicals, including the exiled Karl Marx, who delivered the inaugural address at... Learn More
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  7. 130606
    First edition of Clavel d'Ussieres's political fable. Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire, was metamorphosed into a philosopher king by Xenophon in his Cyropaedia of the 4th century BCE. Xenophon's Cyrus was a favourite of the Mirror for Princes genre, from the medieval period through to the Renaissance and... Learn More
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  8. 130459
    First edition of Booth's "classic in the literature of poverty" (ODNB). "Booth's colossal self-confidence, his burning sense of injustice coupled with unswerving devotion to his purpose, and his deep sympathy with the unfortunate, made of him an evangelist and an organiser of the first order" (PMM). 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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  10. 129073
    Well preserved copy of this meticulously engraved copy of the Magna Carta, "a sacred text, the nearest approach to an irrepealable "fundamental statute" that England has ever had" (Pollock and Maitland, History of English Law, I, p. 173). The work of John Pine (1690-1756) engraver, publisher, print- and mapseller, Bluemantle... 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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  12. 114170
    First edition, all published, of Bentham's Constitutional Code, the only edition published in his lifetime. "The massive, unfinished Constitutional Code, the major work of his final decade, established Bentham as a major theorist of constitutional democracy" (F. Rosen & J. H. Burns, preface to the 1983 Clarendon Press edition,... Learn More
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  13. 98719
    First edition of Bentham's French work on crime and punishment, edited, arranged and translated from his unpublished manuscripts by his Swiss collaborator Étienne Dumont.
    "Samuel Bentham, Jeremy's brother, had long been urging Bentham to translate, or get translated into French, his writings on legislation, in order... Learn More
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  14. 101528
    Second edition of Bentham's French work on crime and punishment, edited, arranged and translated from his unpublished manuscripts by his Swiss collaborator Étienne Dumont. This work was first published in English as The Rationale of Reward, (London, J. & H. Hunt, 1825) and The Rationale of Punishment, (London, R. Heward,... Learn More
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  15. 101524
    First published edition, originally printed in 1813 and "written to expose the mischief arising from the laws relating to the administration of oaths" (Atkinson, Jeremy Bentham: his life and work, p. 173). "In some cases, so he declared, the Promissory Oath prevented a man from doing what he knew to be right; in others,... Learn More
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  16. 101415
    First edition of this collection of papers. The preface states that the reason for publishing these different papers under the same general title is that they belong to one and the same design and, it is believed, aim at one and the same result. The work from which they take their common origin was an all-embracing system... Learn More
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  17. 101405
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  18. 101380
    Second edition, revised, with a few additional notes, of Bentham's best-known and perhaps his greatest work, containing the clearest statement of his fundamental views, the principle of utility in particular, originally published in 1789. Apart from the Fragment on Government it is, as Hart notes (Bentham, p. 298), the only... Learn More
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  19. 129203
    First edition, first impression, of this biography of eminent diplomat Ernest Satow (1843-1929). Satow was recruited by the Foreign Office straight out of university as a student interpreter in the British Japan Consular Service, at the age of 19. Satow had "an almost unprecedented proficiency" for Japanese amongst British... Learn More
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  20. 101411
    First edition, published in volume XXII of The Pamphleteer, and here issued separately. "Bentham's main preoccupation during the last ten years of his life was the preparation of a Constitutional Code for the use of all nations and all governments professing liberal opinions. A short avant-courier pre-announcement appeared... Learn More
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  21. 122283
    A collection of five pamphlets on political economy by Senior, whom Marx called "the bel-esprit of English economists, well-known, alike for his economical 'science' and for his beautiful style" (Kapital, B.1, section 3: Senior's "Last Hour"). The works, here in mixed editions, set forth his theories on wages, the Irish... Learn More
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  22. 120907
    First edition of Marx's formal announcements, both signed and unsigned, of the publication of the first volume of his magnum opus, Das Kapital, in the uncommon revolutionary socialist journal Der Vorbote, with an exceptional provenance, being from the library of the German radical journalist and agitator Johann Most, who... Learn More
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  23. 129662
    First edition, first printing. Uriah J. Fields, Baptist minister, was present at the initial meeting of the Montgomery Improvement Association, and was elected recording secretary, while Martin Luther King was elected president. This, his account of the boycott, is now very scarce, especially in the jacket. Learn More
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  24. 129474
    Second edition, following the first of 1793, of one of the most radical and far-reaching political tracts of the era, by the father of British philosophical radicalism. First published just weeks after the execution of Louis XVI, and written in response to Burke's Reflections, Godwin's tract attacks all restraints on the... Learn More
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  25. 125581
    First edition in book-form, originally published in articles in the Pittsburgh Commercial in 1865-6, of this key work of utopian communism. Aaron Williams had joined the Harmony Society, based on millenarian communal living, in February 1865. Founded by George Rapp, The Harmony Society had its origins in Germany in the late... Learn More
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  26. 116984
    First editions of Eisenhower's two volumes of presidential autobiography and his later volume of discursive memoirs. Nelson Doubleday Jr. (1933-2015) was the last president of Doubleday and Company (1978-86) before its sale to Bertelsmann AG in 1986; he was grandson of the founder, Frank Nelson Doubleday ("Effendi"). Doubleday... Learn More
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  27. 128640
    First Tauchnitz edition, first impression. Elizabeth Robins was an active member of the British suffrage movement; she was the first president of the Women Writers' Suffrage League and was on the executive of the Women's Social and Political Union between 1907 and 1912. This work, "one of the first histories of the cause",... Learn More
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  28. 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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  29. 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
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  30. 123902
    A framed photograph of Margaret and Denis Thatcher with the Queen and Queen Mother, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. The photograph was taken apparently informally; all four are looking in a different direction, perhaps at a different photographer. No other copy of this photograph could... Learn More
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  31. 127729
    First edition, edited by his wife, of George Grote's correspondence with such eminent figures as James Mill, Francis Place, Alexis de Tocqueville and William Nassau Senior, among others, together with a selection of essays and poems. Learn More
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  32. 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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  33. 124907
    First edition, parts I & II, all published, of Fichte's defence of the French Revolution. From the library of the German philosopher David Strauss, with his ownership signature dated 1832 to the front free endpaper. Strauss is best known for his Das Leben Jesu, published in 1835, a highly controversial but also painstakingly... Learn More
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  34. 124018
    A photograph of Margaret Thatcher and the Queen standing with Denis Thatcher and Prince Philip, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. The photograph was taken on Thatcher's 70th birthday party at Claridge's in October 1995, with the Queen in attendance. The attendance of the Queen at a politician's... Learn More
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  35. 123901
    A photographic portrait of Margaret Thatcher, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. This portrait is one of the best known and most frequently reproduced images of Thatcher; it is the photograph chosen by Wikipedia to headline her page. Learn More
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  36. 125484
    First edition, first printing. Written at a time when the fallout from the First Red Scare was still ongoing, Will Irwin (1873-1948) sought to present a dispassionate appraisal of the threat of radical leftists in the United States, concluding that the radical population was too small to pose any real threat of revolution.... Learn More
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  37. 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
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  38. 124699
    First authorised edition. The second part mentioned was issued later and is not present here. William Prynne (1600-1669) was a radical pamphleteer and lawyer, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London in the 1630s. With the aid of a friendly jailer, Prynne was able to smuggle out pamphlets. These included the present treatise,... Learn More
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  39. 123486
    First edition, first impressions of both volumes, the first volume published in an edition of 10,000 copies on 18 July 1925. The importance of Mein Kampf cannot be understated. Not only was it the origin and strength of the National-Socialist programme transforming Hitler's status from a seedy local agitator to a potential... Learn More
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  40. 127809
    First edition of Perreau's fable, accounting for the life of Mizrim, a wise man in the service of the Egyptian pharaoh Ozymandias, who serves as a minister of the realm and is entrusted with the education of the pharaoh's son. Perreau (1749-1813), a physiocrat and protégé of Mirabeau, uses the tale as a discourse on good... Learn More
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  41. 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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  42. 127159
    First edition of this study of how economic analysis has been closely influenced by the course of political philosophy. A Scottish civil servant, James Bonar's (1852-1941) other writings include works on Malthus and Ricardo, as well as the catalogue of Adam Smith's Library. Learn More
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  43. 120704
    A remarkable survival, being a sheet of instructions given to poll clerks in the 18th century, probably for the Northampton Borough Election of 1767-8. The instructions instruct the clerk to ask the voters name, where they live, where their freehold lies, and what is consists of; then, who is the occupier of the lands if... Learn More
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  44. 126535
    First edition, first impression, of this first publication of the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, written by "Head Man" of the Kindred, John "White Fox" Hargrave (1894-1982). This book was issued by Duckworth, but bearing the "Imprint of the Kincouncil", and is very scarce, with Copac listing only six copies in British institutions.... Learn More
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  45. 124503
    A photograph of Margaret Thatcher and the Queen standing with Denis Thatcher and Prince Philip, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. Thatcher had the photograph placed in a frame by Smythson of Bond Street, the purveyors of luxury leather goods, and retained the original box. The photograph... Learn More
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  46. 119666
    Second edition (first 1894), of this biography of the notorious politician and freethinker Charles Bradlaugh, "one of the best orators and champions of the popular cause in Victorian Britain" (ODNB). Bradlaugh (1833-1891) was a key radical figure in contemporary liberal politics. He held leadership roles in the Reform League... 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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  48. 125973
    Very rare first Liebknecht edition, marking a pivotal moment in the Communist Manifesto's publishing history, containing the first publication of the new preface by Marx and Engels and the first appearance in print of the now canonical title Das kommunistische Manifest, adapted from its earlier iteration, Manifest der kommunistischen... 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
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  50. 126550
    First edition, variously dated by ESTC and OCLC between 1794, the date given at the end of the preliminary "Short Account f the origin and present state of the charitable fund" and 1823. The short account, dated March, 1794, is followed by a tipped in leaf reporting on the first meeting of the society, which took place on... Learn More
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  51. 123842
    Signed lower left in sanguine chalk by Boden. From Margaret Thatcher's personal possessions from her home in Chester Square. This is a preliminary drawing for a larger oil on canvas: "Margaret Thatcher Working on Cabinet Papers". Boden's method was to sketch the sitter first in sanguine before painting in oil. He painted... Learn More
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  52. 125824
    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... Learn More
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  53. 126241detail
    First collected edition of Bentham's works, compiled under the supervision of his disciple and editor, John Bowring, assisted by John Hill Burton, who wrote the lengthy "Introduction to the study of Bentham's works". The collected works were first issued in 22 parts, at 9 shillings each, between the years 1838 and 1843.... Learn More
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  54. 126254
    First edition in English of Parr's preface, constituting a strident, popular and highly controversial attack upon Pitt's government. "Henry Homer, a classical scholar, wished to publish a new edition of three treatises by William Bellenden, a sixteenth-century Scottish professor and diplomat, and asked Parr to write a Latin... Learn More
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  55. 124409
    The Order of Service for Margaret Thatcher's private cremation service at Mortlake Crematorium on 17 April 2013, following her funeral at St Paul's Cathedral earlier that day. The service was presided over by the chaplain of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, with music provided by the Royal Hospital Chapel Choir and the hospital's... Learn More
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  56. 114663
    First edition, published posthumously, complete with the rare third volume. Boulainvillier's work, an administrative survey of France, provides an essential account of the political and social structure of the Ancien Régime. As with his other historical works, published in the years following his death in 1722, Boulainvillier... Learn More
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  57. 124940
    Extremely rare example of a Russian index librorum for public libraries, recording the first - and rather late - attempt to censor the works of Marx, listing the first two volumes of Das Kapital, being the first edition of volume one in Russian (1872), and the first edition of volume two (1885). Scarce, no other examples... Learn More
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  58. 118512
    Third edition (the second authorised) of Bodin's masterpiece, which "had an immense influence all over Europe. This is a re-setting of the original edition of 1576, with a pagination jump from 519 to 552 and with 54 terminal pages of contents. The work is, in effect, the first modern attempt to create a complete system of... Learn More
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  59. 120546
    Second and substantially improved edition, issued by Argenson's son, Paulmy, and incorporating further material from his unpublished manuscripts. René-Louis de Voyer Argenson (1694-1757), the French writer on economic and political subjects, "is better known by his celebrated mot 'pas trop gouverner' (not too much government)-lineal... Learn More
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