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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to those social sciences not listed in the above categories, especially human geography, demographics, and sociology. Note that anthropology, archaeology, history, and linguistics have separate categories elsewhere on the website.

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  1. 129405
    First edition of this popular collection of essays by the philosopher, poet, and early activist for gay rights Edward Carpenter (1844-1929), considered "unique because as well as documenting the material conditions of women under capitalism, it mapped the inner life of struggle and personal transformation involved in realising... Learn More
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  2. 129406
    New and enlarged edition, the ninth overall, first printed in 1889. An early activist for gay rights, the poet and philosopher Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) was known for his provocative views. Here published as part of Swan Sonnenschein's Social Science series, Carpenter's titular essay argues that civilisation is a deviation... Learn More
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  3. 133671
    First Italian edition of part of de Moivre's early and important contribution to the calculus of games of chance and probability theory, one of the first instructional texts on the subject, which together with the works of Montmort and Bernoulli was one of the most important books written on the subject in the early eighteenth... Learn More
    £1,750

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  4. 110261
    In..."> First edition of a scarce lunar imaginary voyage, "regarded by many as the first genuine work of science fiction to emanate from an American author" (Howgego), written by George Tucker, an American lawyer born in Bermuda, appointed by Thomas Jefferson in 1825 as professor of moral philosophy at the University of Virginia.
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  5. 125468
    First edition, first printing, of this uncommon, and uncommonly frank, work advising women on how to "make Life pay on her own terms" (publisher's preface) - particularly in relation to choosing a husband, but also with advice on how to pursue and achieve the 'perfect' career, home, and financial state. Published by the... Learn More
    £850

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  6. 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
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 131618

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  7. .
    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Don McLaren, with deep appreciation of your friendship and collaboration, Everett, December 21, 1948." Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 86930

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  8. 96267
    First edition, first impression. "Major Douglas Examined!" shouts the dust jacket: an important contribution to the literature concerning the Social Credit theory of Major C. H. Douglas. This was hotly debated in the 1920s and 30s and influenced, in particular, the work and thinking of the poet Ezra Pound. "Attempts to discredit... Learn More
    £50

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  9. 130529comp
    Edouard Dolléans states that just forty copies of A New View of Society were bound for presentation: "En écrivant les Vues..."> First edition, first issue of the four Essays, one of 40 specially bound presentation sets printed on thick paper, parts III & IV "Not published", inscribed "From the Author" on the first blank.
    Edouard Dolléans states that just forty copies of A New View of Society were bound for presentation: "En écrivant les Vues... Learn More
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  10. 125975
    First edition of this popular collection of essays by philosopher, poet, and early activist for gay rights Edward Carpenter (1844-1929), considered "unique because as well as documenting the material conditions of women under capitalism, it mapped the inner life of struggle and personal transformation involved in realising... Learn More
    £175

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  11. 108827
    First edition, William Michael Rossetti's copy, of this very scarce study of hypothetical psychoses. Shirley Hall Asylum, which tells the stories of various inmates in a lunatic asylum all from the point of view of an escapee driven mad by trying to solve the problem of perpetual motion, is at once a gothic-fantastical Victorian... Learn More
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  12. 123597
    First edition of Levasseur's History of the Working Classes in France from 1789, from the library of Edward Spencer Beesly, the leading British Positivist, sympathiser with the International Working Men's Association (the first International), and friend of Karl Marx, with his pencil ownership inscription to the front pastedown... Learn More
    £750

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  13. 122977
    First edition, second printing, of this controversial historical study, "the only comprehensive work in any language, to my knowledge, that unequivocally espouses the right of an older male to have social-sexual relations with a young boy" (Dr Albert Ellis's postscript). This copy has the ownership inscription of gay publisher... Learn More
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  14. 120873comp
    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author to the refrigeration scientist Mary Engle Pennington: "To Miss M. E. Pennington. 'I learned about - refrigeration - from her.' With the sincere regards of the author, Harrington Emerson, August 28th 1916". Emerson (1853-1931), an influential American business theorist,... Learn More
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  15. 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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    First edition, first printing. The Bonus Army was the popular name of an assemblage of some 43,000 marchers - 17,000 World War I veterans, their families, and affiliated groups - who gathered in Washington, D.C., in the spring and summer of 1932 to demand cash-payment redemption of their service certificates. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 101387

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    First edition, first impression, of one of the author's most influential works, his sociological study of religion. "In his last great work, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, Durkheim gave his most compelling demonstration of the structuralist method, tracing relationships between social organization, religious... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 114093

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  18. An Inquiry into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of its Perpetuation.
    First edition, first printing of Veblen's treatise on peace, how it may be achieved and retained, as well as the possible effects of perpetual peace on society. Presentation copy inscribed by Veblen on the front free endpaper: "To Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt, Thorstein Veblen." Nordfeldt (1878-1955) was a Swedish-American... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 113384

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  19. Nouvelles Idées sur la Population,
    First French edition of this major early American response to Malthus. Presentation copy from the author to the Swedish Academy, inscribed on the half-title: "À l'académie suédoise, hommage de l'auteur, par les soins de M. Jullien, de Paris". The inscription was quite possibly written by M. Jullien, who had been entrusted... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 113397

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  20. [Drop-head title:] Discours adressé (le 9 Mars 1873 [sic]) à une societé d'avocats au parlement de Toulouse, sur son projet d'une conférence de charité.
    First and apparently only edition of this speech promoting the establishment in Toulouse of an order of lawyers offering free legal representation to the poor, a "league of generous defenders of the oppressed and destitute". When Maître Gez (c.1700-1792) gave this speech to his peers at the Parlement in Toulouse he had... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 113275

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  21. Early American Trade Cards,
    First edition, deluxe issue of 50 copies printed on rag-paper and specially bound, this copy inscribed by Landauer on the front free endpaper in pencil. A selective catalogue of trade cards from the famous Landauer collection, which is reputed to have numbered over 100,000 individual specimens, and which the owner eventually... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 105746

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  22. i1
    First edition. "After long investigations of tontines, individual families, and religious communities, Deparcieux published his results in the famous Essai sur les probabilités de la durée de la vie humaine (Paris, 1746; suppl., 1760), one of the first statistical works of its kind. It consists of treatises on annuities,... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 112142

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  23. Red Virtue.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author "So have I, and it still does. Ella Winter" below the printed epigraph "I've seen The Future - and it works!", supplied by Lincoln Steffens, the American journalist whom Winter married in 1924. Scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 107240

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  24. The Middle of the Journey.
    First edition, first printing. Roger Senhouse's copy, sent to him by literary agents Pearn, Pollinger & Higham for the preparation of the first UK edition, published by Secker and Warburg the following year, and containing an illuminating collection of ephemera and correspondence exchanged between Senhouse, Frederic Warburg,... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 110965

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  25. Abstract of the Answers and Returns made pursuant to an Act, passed in the Forty-first Year of His Majesty King George III.
    First edition of the first British census, the first detailed census of any country ever undertaken. "In 1801, the census was taken to determine Britain's overall fighting strength and to assess the agricultural capabilities of the country in relation to the numbers needing to eat. It was clear to the government that fighting... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 104274

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  26. Sticking it to the Man.
    A hippy blows a defiant raspberry at the Establishment, represented by Judge, Priest, General (whited out), and Policeman. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 100802

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  27. 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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    Stock Code: 100809

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    First edition of undoubtedly one of the scarcest of Dupont's works, and probably one of the most successful publications promoting physiocracy. The work is based on Le Mercier de la Rivière's L'Ordre naturel et essentiel des Sociétés politiques (with which it is here bound), which Adam Smith referred to as "the most distinct... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 93587

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  29. De la peine de mort.
    First edition. De la peine de mort was the Belgian journalist and prison reformer's first book, written when he was twenty-three years old. Ducpétiaux earned himself a name and an official position as inspector general of prisons on the strength of this passionate and ambitious plea for the abolition of capital punishment.... Learn More
    £550

    Stock Code: 91158

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  30. God's Country and Mine.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Wendell, with diffidence! Jaques 15 III 54." The dedicatee is Barzun's life-long friend Wendell Hertig Taylor, together with whom the author later wrote the critique of crime fiction, A Catalogue of Crime (1971). Learn More
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    Stock Code: 90697

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    First edition, first impression. Rare in the dust jacket. This copiously illustrated volume recounts the author's travels during 1908 and 1909 in the north-west Amazon, "between the River Issa and the River Apaporis where the white men had scarcely penetrated previously" (preface). Whiffen includes much detailed information... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 85774

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  32. Race: A Study in Superstition.
    Second edition, revised. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Lionel & Diana, with ever affectionate thoughts, this dull old book that faithfully reflects the dull old friend who sends it, Jacques. Dec 22/64". Literary critic Lionel Trilling (1905-75) worked at Columbia during the same period as Barzun,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 61792

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  33. Aspects of the Theory of Syntax.
    First edition, first impression. From the library of early computer scientist Nathaniel Rochester, with his contemporary ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Noam Chomsky's revolutionary linguistics work was enthusiastically received by many computer scientists, and influenced the development of computer languages... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 79290

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  34. 63480comp
    First UK edition, first impression. This copy from the library of Buckminster Fuller, with his ownership signature on the front free endpaper. Originally published in France in 1958. Learn More
    £500

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  35. 49839
    First edition, first printing. One of 200 numbered copies. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 49839

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  36. .
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Mr. Fred Allan from Marshall McLuhan". Learn More
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    Stock Code: 61401

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  37. 44738
    £175

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  38. 41810
    First edition of Itard's first account of his attempted education of Victor, the Wild Boy of Aveyron. Itard was a French physician noted for his work with deaf-mutes, but his attempts to educate Victor were a failure. Some have considered this to be the first documented case of autism. Though that diagnosis is controversial,... Learn More
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