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  1. 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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  2. 117529detail
    A handsomely bound set, rare in a contemporary binding. Includes a comprehensive introduction to his works by Albert Henry Smyth covering Franklin's manuscripts, printed editions, works, philosophical, political and economical works, satires and bagatelles, and his correspondence. Learn More
    £3,750

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  3. 117415
    First edition, large paper copy, a handsome copy of this biographical memoir of the notable 18th-century "political propagandist" (ODNB). Hollis (1720-1774) "believed citizenship should be active: individuals had an important role to play in public life. He partly fulfilled this responsibility by charitable work as a governor... Learn More
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 116436
    Third and best octavo edition (with the index), first published in 1774 and gathering various political pieces, Lyttelton's "Letters from a Persian in England to his friend in Ispahan", his very popular Dialogues of the Dead, co-written with the bluestocking Elizabeth Montagu, a smattering of poems, and a collection of letters... Learn More
    £500

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  7. 116409
    First edition in English to be "revis'd and corrected" by the busy and versatile Augustan writer John Hughes (1678?-1720) - "the most qualified librettist of his day" (ODNB), contributing notably to Handel's Acis and Galatea (1718), working alongside Pope and Gay - who supplied translations of Latin and French classics,... Learn More
    £850

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  8. The Life Story of Éamon de Valéra.
    First edition, first impression, a smart copy in the scarce jacket. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 115375

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  9. De' Doveri de' principi neutrali verso i principi guerreggianti e di questi verso i neutrali libri due.
    First edition of this scarce work, which earned Galiani the chair of first assessor in the council of finances in Naples. The book was written during the war between England and France in 1778, during which the Kingdom of Naples stood neutral. It points out the rights and duties of neutral and warfaring powers. Several chapters... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 114995

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  10. [French translation of Killing No Murder:] Traicté politique,
    First edition in French of this apology for tyrannicide, originally advocating the assassination of Oliver Cromwell and here used to justify in advance the execution of Louis XVI. The text was first published as a clandestine pamphlet in 1657 under the title Killing No Murder.
    From the library of French historian and... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 114708

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  11. .
    First edition, first printing, of this plea for constitutional reform published under Calvin Coolidge's presidency. B. V. Hubbard was a journalist and practising lawyer, author of Socialism, Feminism, and Suffragism, the Terrible Triplets (1915). Author's and publisher's compliments slips laid in. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 116058

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  12. 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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  13. Considérations sur l'Ordre de Cincinnatus ou imitation d'un pamphlét Anglo-Americain...
    First edition, second issue, including the translation of Price's work for the first time. In the present work Mirabeau agreed with the argument put forward by Burke: the Order of Cincinnati was detrimental to the ideals of the new American republic. Based on an anonymous American pamphlet which had criticised the proposed... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 115180

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  14. 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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  15. Arms and the Covenant.
    First edition, only printing, in the scarce first issue jacket, priced 18/- net. 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 edition, priced at 7s. 6d. Arms and the Covenant is an important collection of Churchill's speeches,... Learn More
    £2,500

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  16. The Story of the Irish Citizen Army.
    First edition. O'Casey was General Secretary of the Irish Citizen Army for a few months in 1914, resigning when the ICA voted to allow its members to also have membership in the Irish Volunteers. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 114546

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  17. .
    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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  18. The Alliance between Church and State,
    First edition of Warburton's "controversial defence of the established church and the Test Acts... Warburton argued that religion alone can supply the rewards necessary to ensure that individual virtue continues to underpin the proper function of civil government. The magistrate was to oversee the government of the body,... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 113461

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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. The Island Race.
    First edition thus, an abridgement by Timothy Baker of the four volumes of Churchill's History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 111644

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  22. Value and Distribution. A Critical and Constructive Study.
    First edition, first printing of the book that established Davenport's reputation as an international scholar. Learn More
    £325

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  23. 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
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    Stock Code: 110541

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  24. The Works. With an Account of His Life and Writings by Dugald Stewart.
    First edition of the complete works of Adam Smith, with a biography of the author by the Scottish philosopher and mathematician Dugald Stewart. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 107885

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  25. A Vindication of the Rights of Men, in a Letter to the Right Honourable Edmund Burke; occasioned by his Reflections on the Revolution in France.
    First edition of each work, a highly interesting assemblage of three works relating to Burke's controversial Reflections on the Revolution in France, also published in 1790. "Mary's fervour for the principles of the Revolution developed rapidly and was unmixed with any doubts; having learnt her politics from the Dissenters,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 110724

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  26. Left Wings Over Europe: or How to Make a War About Nothing.
    £375

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  27. Who Speaks for the Negro?
    First edition, first printing. This copy from the library of the American civil rights activist and anthropologist Carroll G. Barber, with his ownership inscription to front pastedown. Loosely inserted is a short typewritten letter signed by Warren and addressed to Barber, in which Warren hopes that Barber may find the present... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 109820

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  28. 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
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    Stock Code: 111659

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  29. Abraham Lincoln.
    First UK edition, first impression. Highly uncommon in this condition. Beveridge retired from politics in 1922 having unsuccessfully attempted to regain a seat in the Senate and dedicated his last few years to writing. "His great Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1858 (posthumously published in 1928) was so thorough and professionalized... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 106658

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  30. Outlines of Economic Theory.
    First edition, first printing, for which Davenport is credited as "one of the first respectable economists to give serious attention to unemployment", suggesting that "the best ameliorative device was to be found 'in the postponement of all works of national or municipal improvement to seasons of labor stagnation'". Learn More
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  31. Principles of Social Science.
    First edition. "Carey's economic views were sharply at variance with those of Ricardo and Malthus, and reflect the optimistic characteristic of American conditions favourable to economic expansion. The two leading themes of his writings were protectionism and harmony of interests The scope of Carey's optimistic belief in... Learn More
    £450

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  32. Principles of Political Economy.
    Second Chicago edition; originally published in New York and Chicago in 1878. "The importance of Roscher lies rather in the field of method than in dogma. He is sometimes considered as the founder in Germany of the historical method in political economy. This cannot be admitted without reservation But in one respect Roscher... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 108281

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  33. The Principles of Political Economy.
    First edition, along with The Elements of Politics (1891), one of two works representing "Sidgwick's attempt to bring professorial rigour and detachment to bear upon the major questions of policy and legislation. The Principles of Political Economy (1883) was an intellectually conservative work in two ways: first, its analytical... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 108268

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  34. Of Population.
    First edition. Malthus's Essay on the Principle of Population (1798) was originally framed as a corrective to the utopian hopes of both Condorcet and Godwin, but by the time the Essay reached its fifth edition in 1817 Godwin was no longer mentioned and in danger of being forgotten. Godwin's long-meditated answer points to... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 108241

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  35. .
    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

    Stock Code: 107053

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  36. 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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  37. 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

    Stock Code: 108367

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  38. An American Dilemma.
    First edition, first printing, one-volume issue. Myrdal shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics with Friedrich Hayek in 1974, for "pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations and for their penetrating analysis of the interdependence of economic, social and institutional phenomena." However, the... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 107445

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    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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  41. 104703
    First edition of the official government paper pardoning the Tolpuddle Martyrs (otherwise the Dorchester Labourers, or Six Men of Dorset) and allowing their return to England. Their sentences of transportation to Australia for forming a trade union had caused a public outcry in 1834. In England, agitation against the sentences... Learn More
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  42. .
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US the preceding year. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 104309

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  43. .
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 104120

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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
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    Stock Code: 104258

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  45. The Subjection of Women.
    First edition, "the last of Mill's great political tracts" and his "most unpopular and bitterly contested" work (ODNB). Mill had long been a women's rights advocate, having been influenced by the thinking of his father, the Utilitarian philosopher James Mill, and by his long friendship with, and then marriage to, the philosopher... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 103455

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  46. 1
    First edition of a classic guide to the collecting of economic literature, written by the Ricardian economist John Ramsay McCulloch, himself a great collector, whose collection survives intact at Reading University. Each subject category receives its own chapter, with a general introduction followed by a survey of authors... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 101857

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  47. Plan of Parliamentary Reform, in the Form of a Catechism, with Reasons for each Article, with an Introduction, shewing the Necessity of Radical, and the Inadequacy of moderate Reform.
    First edition of Bentham's important work, advocating parliamentary reform. Written in 1809, the Catechism is an example of the concern Bentham developed for representative democracy and, in Holdsworth's words, is the work that "signalized his conversion to the creed of the radical reformers" (History of English Law). Bentham... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 101511

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  48. 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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    Stock Code: 103081

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  49. "I didn't never want me transport nationalized in the first place."
    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 an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of... Learn More
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  50. 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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    An urbane Bentley comment likely relating to another failed ceasefire in the seemingly interminable French-Algerian War (1954-62), or perhaps more generally to the Cold War, which was also winding down at the time. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 100610

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  52. New boys.
    A school bully looms superciliously over the Pakistani contingent of the new school intake. 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 an urbane air of amusement at... Learn More
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  53. i1
    Commuters on the underground, reading the newspaper headline "Clarissa Believed Seen in Paris", remark that it is probably just Jacques Soustelle in disguise. Soustelle was an anthropologist and had been Governor General of Algeria, then Minister of State, but had disagreed with De Gaulle's turn for Algerian Independence.... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 100804

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  54. "Bevan and Delilah"
    A man at the record player asks his wife, "Now - how would you like 'Softly Awakes my Heart' from Saint-Saens' Bevan and Delilah?". Bentley's cartoon draws parallels between Labour firebrand Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960) and the seemingly indomitable biblical hero Samson, who was betrayed by his lover Delilah. The cartoons and... Learn More
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  55. "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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    Scarce first edition in French, a translation of Jane Marcet's John Hopkins's Notions on Political Economy (London, 1833). Jane Marcet was one of the earliest authors of popular scientific books. Her most successful work was Conversations on Political Economy (1816) which ran to many editions and exerted considerable influence... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 100974

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  57. .
    First edition, first printing. An excellent copy in the eye-catching dust jacket. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 100237

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  58. Adam Ferguson and the American Revolution.
    First edition thus, a transcript of the proceedings of the Carlisle Peace Commission, a group including Adam Ferguson, sent to America in April 1778 by the British Government in order to put an end to the American Revolutionary War. The transcript is made from one of three known copies, that belonging to Edinburgh University... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 100189

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  59. i1
    First edition, "extremely rare" (The New Palgrave), of "one of the most important contributions in the history of the development of mathematical economics" (Theocharis, Early Developments in Mathematical Economics, p. 62). "His book is remarkable for its mathematical treatment of production, capital, money and the theory... Learn More
    £11,250

    Stock Code: 100452

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  60. 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
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    Stock Code: 96670

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