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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. 128638

    The Feminist Movement.

    London & Glasgow: [1913]

    First edition, first impression. Snowden was an influential suffragette, pacifist and political thinker. An early advocate for state funded childcare and "co-operative housekeeping and easier divorce", she was also influenced by the ideas of eugenicists, calling for "state control of marriage, believing that the mentally... Learn More
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    First edition in English, first printing; originally published in France in 1922. "Those who are interested in the sociology of knowledge will find, throughout these pages, further food for thought on a number of problems. For example, Durkheim shows how science has not always existed, and that it is not to be found everywhere;... Learn More
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  3. 124005
    First editions of this uncommon work. Mary Delany was a close friend of the duchess of Portland, with whom she shared many intellectual interests, spending most of her summers "at Bulstrode in Buckinghamshire, the favourite country house of the duchess... There the friends improved the gardens, collected shells and botanical... Learn More
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  4. 130297
    Second edition, first published the same year, and one of several editions published in 1774. "After the death of his wife, on 29 September 1761, Gregory wrote A Father's Legacy to his Daughters to relieve his loneliness and to record her opinions about the education of their two surviving daughters... He may have incorporated... Learn More
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  5. 126285
    First edition of Frazer's ground-breaking study of comparative religion. "Frazer's true subject is nothing less than humanity's long upward struggle towards an understanding of itself and the world. In Frazer's view that movement towards the light began in earliest times with the priest-king employing magic to compel the... Learn More
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  6. 101692
    First edition in French, translated by George Bentham, of extracts from part two of Jeremy Bentham's Chrestomathia, his plan for higher education amongst the middling and higher ranks of life, complete with the very rare large folding plate "Vue synoptique" printed on thick paper. Learn More
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  7. 129387
    One of two 1765 editions of Pichon's work, the other printed in The Hague (also issued with a London-imprint title page), of unknown priority. The French churchman Thomas Jean-Pichon (1731-1812) can be claimed as part of the anti-philosophe reaction, with his writings countering the enlightenment and the Encyclopédie. The... Learn More
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  8. 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
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  9. 129170
    The New Palgrave). This volume collects 17 papers, most..."> First US edition, first printing, of Hayek's criticism of scientism. "Hayek used the term scientism to refer to the slavish imitation of the methods of the physical sciences without regard for the innate differences between physical and non-physical reality" (The New Palgrave). This volume collects 17 papers, most... Learn More
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    First edition, edited by Locke's literary editors, Anthony Collins and Peter King. The collection prints for the first time, among other works, Locke's Conduct of the Understanding, his Discourse on Miracles, and part of the Fourth Letter for Toleration, which was not printed in its entirety until 1829. Learn More
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  11. 96632
    First collected edition. The earliest bills of morality for the City of London were published from 1582, but the bills were only published on a regular basis from 1657 onwards. These regular publications are here collected together, alongside earlier statistics from 1593 onwards. The collection includes essays on population... Learn More
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  12. 128483comp
    First edition, first printing. With the secretarial signature on behalf of the author on the front free endpaper. King routinely had his assistants sign copies of his books and genuine examples are scarce. Learn More
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  13. 124858
    First edition, first issue. Lang (1799-1878), the son of a small Renfrewshire landowner, was one of the most influential and controversial figures in early Australian politics. He emigrated in 1823 and became Sydney's first Presbyterian minister; in 1832 he formed the presbytery of New South Wales, and established the... Learn More
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  14. 127217
    The eighth edition of this popular eighteenth-century epitome of contemporary learning, first published in 1748. Robert Dodsley compiled the work, though it is perhaps most notable for its preface by Samuel Johnson, who also contributed "The Vision of Theodore", a moralist allegory of human life, which Johnson is reputed... Learn More
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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 120527
    First abridged edition of the Italian economist's principal contribution to sociology, Trattato di sociologia generale, which was originally published in 1916 and first translated into English in 1935 as The Mind and Society. This edition appeared as part of Gaspero Barbèra's series of key economics textbooks, "Manuali... Learn More
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  18. 126157
    The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift Kindred imbued Baden-Powell's scouting..."> First edition of this rare Kibbo Kift handbook written by "Head Man" of the Kindred, John "White Fox" Hargrave (1894-1982). All original Kibbo Kift productions are rare, and this one apparently particularly so, with no copy recorded on Copac or OCLC.
    The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift Kindred imbued Baden-Powell's scouting... Learn More
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  19. 124687
    First edition. Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) had achieved wide fame with his 1859 work Self-Help, which promoted self-reliance and self-improvement, and has been seen as one of the defining texts of the Victorian era. "Believing that his essential message was only partially accepted and cautious about the effect of the extension... Learn More
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  20. 117102
    The New Palgrave). This volume collects 17 papers, most..."> First US edition, first printing, of Hayek's criticism of scientism. "Hayek used the term scientism to refer to the slavish imitation of the methods of the physical sciences without regard for the innate differences between physical and non-physical reality" (The New Palgrave). This volume collects 17 papers, most... Learn More
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    First edition. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "All'egregio sig. Prof. Gilberto Gavi?". Father of the famous economist and sociologist Vilfredo Pareto, Raffaele Pareto (1812-1882) was a prominent civil engineer whose career began in France where he had sought exile following his involvement with Giuseppe Mazzini's... Learn More
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  22. 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
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  23. 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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    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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  25. 119877
    First UK edition, first impression, of this groundbreaking work, key to the development of structuralism. The two volumes were originally published in Paris in 1958 and 1973 respectively, the latter being the year Lévi-Strauss was elected to the Académie français. Learn More
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  26. 119596
    First edition, first impression, of this examination of the effect of public school education on contemporary political leaders and, by extension, on democracy itself. "The Public Schools have made England what it is. But what precisely is it?" (Introduction). Learn More
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  27. 117818
    First edition, first printing, of the German-American political academic's first book on social realism in international politics. Morgenthau is considered "among the most influential of American scholars in the field of international relations" (Algosaibi). Educated first in Germany at the Universities of Berlin, Frankfurt,... Learn More
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  28. 119039
    First edition, first impression. Silken became the Chairman of the Housing and Public Health Committee in 1934 and this report was produced after a committee tour of 11 European cities. 10 years later Silken's New Towns Act, drawing on some of the ideas in this early report, "designated fourteen such townseight in the Greater... Learn More
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  29. 114223
    First edition of Spencer's first book, which "was concerned with the 'equilibrium of a perfect society' in the future, rather than the forces (or 'dynamics') by which society was struggling towards perfection in the immediate present (p. 229). Although the book attracted little attention at the time, it contained some important... Learn More
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  30. The Mechanical Bride. Folklore of Industrial Man.
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  31. 117073
    First edition. Carey is often considered the founder of the American school of economics, notable for his criticism of British classical economic theory, his support of Alexander Hamilton's idea of protectionism in relation to American industry, and for his position as Lincoln's chief economic advisor. This is his second... Learn More
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  32. 116513
    First edition, first impression, of this expanded version of a lecture on ethics and logic given at the University of Edinburgh in 1962. Learn More
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  33. 116344comp
    First edition, first impression of this anthropological study of Sujarupa, a village in Rajasthan, between 1950 and 1981. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Mary, invaluable reader of imperfect chapters, from Morris", together with a laid-in postcard from the author, informing the recipient of Carstairs's appointment... Learn More
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  34. 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
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  35. .
    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
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  36. Essays and Reviews.
    First edition of this groundbreaking collection of theological essays, the first assault on Biblical literalism from within the ranks of British theologians. The edifice of literalism had been crumbling for several decades, under assault from the science of Lyell and Darwin and the new Biblical criticism of Baur and Strauss... Learn More
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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
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    Stock Code: 114093

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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. [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
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  41. Whiteway.
    First edition, first impression. Whiteway was a Tolstoyan anarchist community established by Quaker journalist Samuel Veale Bracher near the Gloucestershire village of Miserden in 1898. "Vegetarianism was obligatory, nudism optional An early visitor remarked that prosperity sapped some of the primitive rigour from the... Learn More
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  42. i1
    First edition of Chaillou de Lisy's translation, endorsed by Beccaria. Undoubtedly the most influential work on criminal justice in the 18th century, Beccaria's treatise was originally published in Italian in 1764, first published in French in 1766 and in English in 1767. Cesare Beccaria, Marchese Beccaria-Bonesana, a well-to-do... Learn More
    £550

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  43. Common Sense About Sex.
    First edition, first impression of this handbook about family life, sex, and parenthood. Leonora (1889-1960) was a novelist and journalist, who wrote The Woman in the Little House (1922), a documentary study of working women's lives, which highlighted the daily struggles against poverty of women in the inner-city slums.... Learn More
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  44. Das Wesen des Christentums.
    First edition, first printing, well represented institutionally but apparently rare in trade, with only one copy recorded at auction, of "these lectures on 'The Essence of Christianity' by the then professor of church history at Berlin University... received with an enthusiasm unparalleled for centuries in the field of religious... Learn More
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  45. Non-Verbal Communication.
    First edition, first impression. Advance review copy with the publisher's slip laid in. This report on non-verbal communication in humans and animals sets out the findings of a Royal Society study group. It is accompanied by essays "written from the point of view of a linguist, zoologists, psychologists, anthropologists... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 112867

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  46. 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
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  47. 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
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  48. 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.
    In... Learn More
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  49. 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
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    Stock Code: 107240

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  50. 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
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  51. 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
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  52. The Social Structure of Islam.
    First one-volume edition, originally published in two volumes as The Sociology of Islam (1931-33), this copy from the collection of American Islamicist Nicholas Heer, with his ownership inscription dated "Dhahran 1957". Having completed his doctorate in Islamic mysticism at Princeton in 1955, Heer worked as a translator... Learn More
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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. .
    First edition, first printing. An excellent copy in the eye-catching dust jacket. Learn More
    £75

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  56. Dressing Up.
    First edition, first impression, of the scarce hardback issue. Learn More
    £150

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  57. The View From the Ground.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on a Granta bookplate pasted to front free endpaper. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 97842

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    First edition in English, first impression. Originally published in 1949 in German under the title Vom Ursprung und Ziel der Geschichte, in which Jaspers introduced the concept of the Axial Age, or Achsenzeit, (the period between 800 and 200 BC) during which the spiritual foundations for present-day humanity were laid. Learn More
    £375

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  59. The Fate of the Middle Classes.
    First edition, first impression of this social analysis. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the half-title. Learn More
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  60. The Training of Saudi Arab Employees: Arabian American Oil Company.
    First edition, an offprint from The Year Book of Education (1954) and decidedly uncommon: not listed in Copac and OCLC locates only 16 copies in institutional libraries worldwide. The contents are: The Training Problem of Aramco, The Training and Educational System, and The Development of the Saudi Employee. The eminent... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 95273

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