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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. 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
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 96632

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  2. 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
    £75

    Stock Code: 124687

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  3. 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
    £100

    Stock Code: 116344

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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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  5. [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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  6. 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
    £45

    Stock Code: 105203

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  7. 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
    £200

    Stock Code: 100802

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  8. .
    First edition, first printing. An excellent copy in the eye-catching dust jacket. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 100237

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

    Stock Code: 99208

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  10. 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
    £45

    Stock Code: 95310

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  11. The Witnesses.
    First edition, first impression. A remarkable account of the struggle with, and recovery from, mental illness. Though Hennell may be little-known to the general public today, in his time he was seen as an inheritor of the tradition of Constable, Cox and Palmer. He was selected for Sir Kenneth Clark's 'Recording Britain'... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 91831

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  12. 90054
    First edition, first printing, of the founding text of Alcoholics Anonymous, hugely influential through its mutation into the wider Twelve Steps movement. The first edition is a genuinely rare book. Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 90054

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  13. 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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  14. Dressing Up.
    First edition, first impression, of the scarce hardback issue. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 89637

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  15. 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
    £175

    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
    £425

    Stock Code: 85774

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  17. 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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  18. Language In Action.
    An early typescript of a fundamental work on language. The author was inspired by the work of groundbreaking semanticist Alfred Korzybski, applying his theories to sociology and politics in reaction to the fascist use of language to oppress. Hayakawa was a lecturer at the Armour Institute of Technology in 1939 and this... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 52003

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  19. These Hurrying Years.
    First edition, first impression; rare in the dust jacket. Gerald Heard (1889-1971) was a British author and philosopher whose innovative works examined history in the context of humankind's evolving consciousness. This book is his attempt to write a "history of our own times" and to determine the underlying causes of modern... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 68865

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  20. Dress, Drinks, and Drums.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 63432

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  21. 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

    Stock Code: 63480

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  22. 49839
    First edition, first printing. One of 200 numbered copies. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 49839

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  23. .
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Mr. Fred Allan from Marshall McLuhan". Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 61401

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  24. 44903
    First edition, first impression. Scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 44903

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  25. 44738
    £175

    Stock Code: 44738

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  26. Scandal!
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £25

    Stock Code: 34807

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  27. 34787
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £40

    Stock Code: 34787

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  28. Power in Men.
    First Edition, First Impression. Signed by Cary on the title page and with his presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "A. N. Whitehead from his obliged and grateful reader the author." Alfred North Whitehead was one of the foremost philosophers of his age, co-author with Bertrand Russell of Principia Mathematica.... Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 38517

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