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COMMONS, John R. Proportional Representation.
New York : 1896Scarce first edition, published as volume VIII of Crowell's Library of Economics and Politics, edited by Richard T. Ely. One of the founders of the Institutional School of economics, Commons (1862-1945) was both a theorist and a successful maker of economic policy, as well as an important historian of industrial society and labour movements. He was... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 101294
HARRISON, Ruth. Animal Machines.
London : 1964First edition, first impression of the only complete book by the British animal welfare activist Ruth Harrison (19202000). Essential in raising public awareness regarding the methods of industrialised farming and the callous treatment of the animals in the system, the book motivated the UK government to establish a committee tasked with investigating... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 140191
SIDGWICK, Henry. Miscellaneous Essays and Addresses.
London : 1904First edition, first impression, of this posthumous collection of essays and speeches by the philosopher, with subjects ranging from economic socialism and the ethics of sociology, to Shakespeare and the poetry of Arthur Hugh Clough. Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 140101
FAWCETT, Henry. Pauperism: its Causes and Remedies.
London : 1871First edition, based on a course of lectures that economist Henry Fawcett (1833-1884), husband of suffragist Millicent Fawcett (1847-1929), delivered at Cambridge in 1870 to raise the issue of poverty and the poor law system.
"His direct, realistic, unpolished attempts to explain the substance and policy implications of elementary economic analysis... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 140031
SANGER, Margaret. The Pivot of Civilization.
London : 1923First UK edition by American birth control advocate, social reformer, and founder of America's first birth control clinic, Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), originally published in the US the previous year, with an eight-page introduction by H. G. Wells.
"There have been several able books published recently upon the question of Birth Control from the... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 140000
MARX, Karl, & Friedrich Engels. Manifesto de la Komunista Partio / Manifesto of the Communist Party.
Chicago : 1908First Esperanto edition of the Communist Manifesto, translated by Arthur Baker, an American socialist and devoted promoter of Esperanto, author of the American Esperanto Book (Kerr, 1906) and editor of the journal Amerika Esperantisto, official organ of the American Esperantist Association. The English text is that of Samuel Moore, first published in... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 139700
BATESON, Gregory. Steps to an Ecology of Mind.
San Francisco : 1972First edition, first printing, of Bateson's collection of essays and lectures, a significant and influential text in the field of environmental studies.
Gregory Bateson (1904-1980) was "a dazzlingly versatile thinker, whose work shaped the fields of anthropology, linguistics and cybernetics, as well as the movement we now call environmentalism" (Macfarlane).... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 139203
(PASSIONS.) A Short Treatise on the Passions, Illustrative of the Human Mind, in two volumes. By a Lady.
London : 1810First edition of the wide-ranging and opinionated survey of mankind's passions and character traits, which, though purporting to have been written by a woman, is so hostile to the sex that one contemporary reviewer was convinced the work must have been written by a disgruntled man, attempting "in the paltry artifice of emasculation... to stay the proceedings... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 128935
JENNY, Adele. Early American Trade Cards,
New York : 1927First 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 donated to the New York... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 105746
BOTERO, Giovanni. Della Ragion di Stato, Libri Dieci. Con tre Libri Delle Cause Della Grandezza e Magnificenza Delle Città.
Venice : 1589First edition. Botero's work is in two parts. The first part is his most famous contribution to political philosophy. Entitled "The Reason of State", Botero provides an extended discussion of the moral question of acting in the state's best interests, and offers a direct rebuttal to the ideas espoused by Machiavelli. A champion of the counter-reformation,... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 124167
MILLAR, John. Observations Concerning the Distinction of Ranks in Society.
Dublin : 1771First Dublin edition, following the London edition published the same year. A professor of law in the University of Glasgow and a major influence on Scottish jurisprudence, this was the first major work of John Millar. The Observations were "a pioneering attempt at a historical sociology of social authority, taking up, in turn, familial relations, age,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 124116
MACKAY, Charles. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.
London : 1852Second edition, and the first thoroughly illustrated one, following Bentley's 1841 first edition, which had only five plates over three volumes. This is an important early work on popular delusions of all types, considering the credulous enthusiasm of mankind for phenomena such as alchemy, witchcraft, relics, the Crusades, urban myths, as well as economic... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 139739
KENNEDY, Robert F. To Seek a Newer World.
New York : 1967First edition, first printing, inscribed "For Max Mont with Best Wishes, Robert Kennedy" on the front free endpaper. Max Mont was a lifelong union activist and executive director of the Jewish Labor Committee. He helped organise the Emergency Committee to Aid Farm Workers in the early 1950s, and subsequently worked with Cesar Chavez in the formation... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 136670
MAIN, Jackson Turner. The Social Structure of Revolutionary America.
Princeton, NJ : 1965First edition, first printing, of the American Revolution and colonial historian's pioneering work in quantitative social history. Main (1917-2003) published seven books during his lifetime, all of which drew extensively on thousands of archival documents and records. His grandfather, the American historian Frederick Jackson Turner, was best known for... Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 117396
BUTLER, William. An Introduction to Arithmetic. Designed for the Use of Young Ladies. By William Butler, Private Teacher of Writing, Accounts, and Geography.
London : A reworking of the author's 1784 and 1788 publications, with a companion work of exercises. The first part has only 4 prefatory pages of letterpress dated November, 1806, in which Butler claims to have printed over 4000 copies of his text:
"In the course of nearly forty years attendance on ladies' schools, I have frequently observed, that their ciphering... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 137843
MONTESSORI, Maria. Il Metodo della pedagogia scientifica applicato all'educazione infantile nelle case dei bambini.
Castello : 1909First edition, first issue, of the Italian reformer's pioneering first work, the exposition of the theory behind her groundbreaking educational techniques; a landmark in the history of education. The later issue by Bretschneider in Rome has a new imprint slip pasted onto the title.
First a student of engineering, then medicine - both of which were... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139362
(BOOTH, Charles.) SMITH, Sir Hubert Llewellyn (ed.) The New Survey of London Life & Labour.
London : 1930-1935First edition, a major re-evaluation by the London School of Economics of Charles Booth's Life and Labour of the People in London, a generation on from its publication. Booth's (1840-1916) study, a key resource for the social and economic history of late Victorian London, was based on findings collected between 1886 and 1902, with editions published... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 136589
(WOMEN'S EDUCATION.) Silver English charity school "Learn of Us" medal.
[London] : 1885A beautifully engraved award medal, the central beehive design very skilfully rendered and the whole in impressively crisp, clean condition, presented to the fourteen-year-old student Sarah Noble in 1885 by the Sir John Cass Charity School of Aldgate, London.
The English merchant and philanthropist Sir John Cass (1661-1718) founded a co-education... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 138670
ENGELS, Friedrich. Das Fest der Nationen in London. (Zur Feier der Errichtung der franzözischen Republik, 22. Sept. 1792.)
Belle-Vue, bei Constanz : 1846First edition of Engels's article, which fills pages 1-19 of the second volume of Püttmann's Rheinischer Jahrbücher zur gesellschaftlichen Reform, a true socialist periodical which ceased publication with volume two; this copy from the library of Friedrich Ludwig Tenge, inscribed by him on the front free endpaper in the year of publication,... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 138807
WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman:
London : 1792First edition of the first great feminist treatise. Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) argued in her groundbreaking manifesto that the rights of man and of woman were one and the same thing. Her demand for "justice for one-half of the human race" was too revolutionary for her time, but she found a following among radicals and educated women, and succeeded... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 137762
GILMAN, Charlotte Perkins. The Home.
London : 1904First UK edition, first impression, first published in New York by McClure, Phillips & Co. the previous year. Gilman described this attack on the domestic sphere as "the most heretical - and the most amusing - of anything I've done" (The Living, unpaginated). Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 137162
(WOMEN'S EDUCATION.) The Association for Promoting the Education of Women in Oxford. A run of twenty-three issues of its Report.
Oxford : 1894-1919A set of important reports published by the pioneering Association for Promoting the Higher Education of Women (AEW), containing a mass of historical information relating to the state of women's education in Oxford at the height of the suffragette agitation. The earliest is dated 1894-95, the latest 1918-19; each spans from October of one year to the... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 124133
BECCARIA, Cesare An Essay on Crimes and Punishments.
Edinburgh : 1788The third Edinburgh edition of one of the key works of the enlightenment, uncut in the original boards. Following the first Edinburgh edition of 1778, the text restores Beccaria's original format as published in the original Italian of 1764, which was re-organized when translated into French and for many of the following editions. It includes the commentary... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 138861
HEGEL, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich. Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts.
Berlin : 1821First edition of Hegel's Outline of the Philosophy of Right, complete with the secondary title page. Compiled from a series of lectures the author gave at Heidelberg University in 1819-1820, the work offers Hegel's most extensive and mature statement of his political philosophy, widely esteemed as among the greatest works in political thought. "The... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 138485
MORE, Hannah. Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education.
Boston : 1800Presumed first US edition; there was a Philadelphia issue the same year (Evans establishes no priority). More's definitive work on women's education was first published in London in 1799. This copy has a pleasing contemporary female provenance, carefully inscribed "Miss Hannah Kingsbury's Property Oxford May 1808" on the initial blank. In 2017 Skinner... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 130784
(WILHELM II.) MAIRET, Philippe. Aristocracy and the Meaning of Class Rule.
London : 1931First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from Philip Morrell to Kaiser Wilhelm, with extensive annotations written in English by the Kaiser. Together with an autograph postcard signed from Kaiser Wilhelm, Doorn, 1931, to Philip Morrell, written in English in purple pencil across the whole of the back of the postcard beginning "According to... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 122974
LEBKICHER, Roy. The Training of Saudi Arab Employees: Arabian American Oil Company.
London & New York : 1954First 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 petroleum geologist Roy Lebkicher... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 95273
WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman:
London : 1792First edition of the first great feminist treatise. Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) argued in her groundbreaking manifesto that the rights of man and of woman were one and the same thing. Her demand for "justice for one-half of the human race" was too revolutionary for her time, but she found a following among radicals and educated women, and succeeded... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 134373
WHITEHOUSE, Mary. Whatever Happened to Sex?
London : 1977First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Victor Ross with warmest good wishes & much gratitude for the high quality of your publication Mary Whitehouse 9.6.80". The recipient was Victor Ross (born 1919), a senior executive at Reader's Digest and head of the firm's European division. Reader's Digest evidently... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 137177
PETTY, William. Political Arithmetick,
London : 1691Second edition, first published the previous year, of what is by title at least Petty's key work, posthumously published. After training as a doctor and being admitted to the College of Physicians, Petty worked for many years as an administrator in Ireland, and was a founding member of the Royal Society. He has gone down in history as the originator... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 127275
CARPENTER, Edward. Love's Coming-of-Age.
Manchester : 1896First 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 the 'new life' under socialism"... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 129405
BERTILLON, Alphonse. Signaletic Instructions.
Chicago : 1896First edition in English, first published in Paris in 1893. It presents a system of standardised physical measurements for the identification of criminals known as anthropometry, or more commonly still as Bertillonage. Despite the supercession of the system by the introduction of finger-printing, Bertillon was still responsible for the standardisation... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 118291
GRIFFITHS, Arthur. Secrets of the Prison-House or Gaol Studies and Sketches.
London : 1894First edition, first impression. "Griffiths's historical importance is twofold. Firstly, he was a significant, if second-rank, prison administrator, and an efficient and trusted subordinate of Du Cane (Edmund Du Cane, chairman of the directors of convict prisons), to whom he always remained loyal He was also a regular witness at major inquiries into... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 89341
SIMMEL, Georg. Soziologie. Untersuchungen über die Formen der Vergesellschaftung.
Leipzig : 1908First edition of the text by which Simmel first came to be known to Anglo-American scholars, composed largely of a number of articles written by him during the preceding fifteen years.
"Of those who created the intellectual capital used to launch the enterprise of professional sociology Georg Simmel was perhaps the most original and fecund Such... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 133717
MOIVRE, Abraham de; Roberto Gaeto, translator & prefator. La Dottrina degli azzardi applicata ai problemi della probabilitá della vita, delle pensioni vitalizie, reversioni, tontine, ec.
Milan : 1776First edition in Italian 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 century. His introduction... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 133671
PARETO, Vilfredo. Fatti e Teorie.
Florence : 1920First edition, first printing, of this collection of Pareto's essays on sociology, expounding his thesis that history is a succession of privileged minorities seizing power and being toppled in turn by new minorities. Pareto had been developing this idea for the last couple of decades, but felt that the events following the First World War vindicated... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 134252
BURTON, Elaine. Scrapbook albums from a British Parliamentary Delegation tour of Russia.
1954Two 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 Conservative MP Edith Pitt.... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 131618
PARSONS, Talcott. The Social System.
Glencoe, IL : 1951First edition, first printing. Parsons (1902-1979) was a pioneering figure in American Sociology. In 1951, he published his two most significant theoretical works almost simultaneously: Towards a General Theory of Action and The Social System. The former studied the interdependence of the cultural system, the personality system, and the social system,... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 131504
PARETO, Vilfredo. The Mind and Society.
New York : 1935First edition in English, first printing, of Pareto's principal contribution to sociology, Trattato di Sociologia Generale, first published in Florence in 1916. The work enjoyed a vogue in the United States in the 1930s. "While Pareto's contributions did not equal those of his great contemporaries Durkheim and Weber, he should be ranked very high indeed... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 131510
(MIZUTA.) NAKAI, Eriko (ed.) The Mizuta Library of Rare Books in the History of European Social Thought: A Catalogue of the Collection Held at Nagoya University Library.
Tokyo : 2014First edition of the library catalogue of Professor Hiroshi Mizuta, listing more than 1600 books printed before 1851, with a further 32 entries of periodicals. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 131380
OWEN, Robert. A New View of Society: or, Essays on the Principle of the Formation of the Human Character, and the Application of the Principle to Practice.
London : 1813-14First 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 nouvelles, Owen a surtout pour... Learn More£87,500.00
Stock Code: 130529
WOODWARD, Kathleen. Jipping Street.
London : 1928First UK edition, first impression, in the scarce dust jacket featuring a striking woodcut by John Nash, which also appears tipped-in as a frontispiece, depicting three men rescuing the body of a drowned woman from a river. It was first published in New York by Harper & Brothers earlier the same year. The Harper dust jacket was illustrated by British... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 130552
GREGORY, John. A Father's Legacy to his Daughters.
London : 1774Second 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 the advice given him by... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 130297
PICHON, Thomas-Jean. La Physique de l'Histoire,
Amsterdam : 1765One 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 present work is a study of... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 129387
VEBLEN, Thorstein. The Theory of the Leisure Class.
New York : 1899First edition of the Norwegian-American professor's first published book, his most successful work. Veblen's thesis was a serious economic analysis of contemporary America, but after William Dean Howells gave the book a rave review as a social satire, it became a best-seller. "Into it he poured all the acidulous ideas and fantastic terminology that... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 129325
HAYEK, Friedrich August von. The Counter-Revolution of Science.
Glencoe, IL : 1952First 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 of which first appeared in... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 129170
TRISTAN, Flora. Promenades dans Londres.
Paris : 1840First edition, notably rare, of the revolutionary French socialist and feminist's critique of London following her 1839 visit to England, emphasising the city's poverty crisis as a symptom of the English capitalist system, and written in the fluent reportorial style for which Tristan became best known. OCLC locates just six copies in institutional holdings... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 127491
(JOHNSON, Samuel.) [DODSLEY, Robert] The Preceptor: containing A General Course of Education.
London : 1783The eighth edition of this popular 18th-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 by Boswell to have thought "the best... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 127217
CARSTAIRS, G. M. This Island Now.
London : 1963First edition, first impression. With a compliments slip from the publisher and the author loosely inserted. Carstairs used his Reith Lecture to analyse social changes that have taken place over the century, including changes to sexual morality, the role of women, and the prevalence of violence and mental illness. His condoning of pre-marital sex from... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 126856
HARGRAVE, John. The Confession of the Kibbo Kift.
London : 1927First 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. The Kindred of the Kibbo... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 126535
DUCHESNE. Code de la police, ou analyse des reglemens de police; divisé en douze titres.
Paris : 1757One of two duodecimo editions published in 1757; OCLC lists copies with the same title, date and imprint, with xlii, (6) and 485 pages, whereas our copy comprises the title, 390 pages, plus the leaf of approbation, with 3 leaves removed between the end of the text and the leaf of approbation, which together with the title page seems to be printed on... Learn More£1,100.00
Stock Code: 126367
HARGRAVE, John. Kibbo Kift.
London : 1931First 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 imbued Baden-Powell's scouting movement with millenarian world-healing... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 126157
DARWIN, Erasmus. A Plan for the Conduct of Female Education, in Boarding Schools.
Derby : 1797First edition of Erasmus Darwin's treatise on the education of women, advocating a curriculum to include grammar, languages, arithmetic, history and science. The work originated as advice to his two illegitimate daughters, Susanna and Mary Parker, for whom he had bought a converted inn to run as a school for girls. Though still aiming to produce informed... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 126077
BLOCH, Ernst. Geist der Utopie.
Munich & Leipzig : 1918First edition of Bloch's first book, a treatise on the spirit of utopian thought, in which he touches on themes which would occupy him throughout his life, particularly that of the "Not-Yet-Conscious."
Bloch (1885-1977) "stands alone in his attempt to graft on to the inherited doctrine of Marxism a complete metaphysic, cosmology, and speculative... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 126033
CARPENTER, Edward. Love's Coming-of-Age.
Manchester : 1896First 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 the 'new life' under socialism"... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 125975
MAILER, Norman. The White Negro.
San Francisco : 1957First separate issue, originally published in Dissent in the same year. Mailer's article "was by far the most extraordinary piece that appeared in Dissent" (Lennon, p. 233) and helped bring the journal to a greater prominence. Mailer argues that the American psyche has become conformist and terrorised, as a result of the holocaust and the nuclear age.... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 125318
[GAYA, Louis de.] Matrimonial Ceremonies Display'd:
London : 1748First edition under this title, originally written in Italian but first published in French as Les ceremonies nuptiales de toutes les nations in 1680, with Italian and English translations first appearing in 1685, the English one as Nuptial Rites. Louis de Gaya's account of the plurality of marriage rituals across the world held a great fascination... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 125235
ROBBINS, Lionel. The University in the Modern World
London : 1966First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "With the best wishes of the author Robbins May '66". Robbins is credited with the introduction in Britain of the right to a university education for all qualified applicants, guaranteeing them not only a place but also financial support. The present book is a collection... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 124804
LANG, John Dunmore. The Australian Emigrant's Manual.
London : 1852First 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 synod of New South Wales in 1850;... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 124858