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  1. 131350comp
    First edition, sole printing. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Shiela Grant Duff from Winston S. Churchill, September 1938". This is a superb association copy: Shiela Grant Duff (1913-2004) "was a dogged champion of Czechoslovakia in the late 1930s when it was confronted by the looming threat... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Robert to remember a very agreeable passage. John Kenneth Galbraith 13 November 1986". A View from the Stands collects Galbraith's essays, papers and letters from the previous two decades. With a completely unrelated ticket to see the... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. The Human Use of Human Beings was Wiener's effort to produce a popular exposition of his ideas as first expressed in Cybernetics (1948), which was "the first conventionally published book, rather than a technical report, to include a serious... Learn More
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    Signed limited edition, number 47 of 50 copies signed by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Albie Sachs and Paul Alberts. A remarkable collaboration, this is the only limited edition signed by both Mandela and Tutu - Nobel Peace Prize winners in 1993 and 1984 respectively - alongside a third major figure in the anti-Apartheid... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing (copyright page signed "A-K", later printings are signed "D-K"), presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To my old antagonist Senator Goldwater from his friend Bob Kennedy". This is a great cross-party association for Bobby Kennedy's first book, which concerns the McLellan Committee's... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Ted Sorensen on the half-title: "for Ted with the appreciation of his companion in many other battles Bob Kennedy". Ted Sorensen (1928-2010) had a significant behind-the-scenes influence on American politics in the 1960s. He served as speechwriter... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by one of the authors on the front free endpaper, on behalf of both: "For Francis Bator - With respect and affection. Peter & Bob". Francis M. Bator (1925-2018) was a Hungarian-American economist, professor emeritus at the Harvard Kennedy School of political economy,... Learn More
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    Quiddities.

    Cambridge, MA and London: 1987

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Best wishes to Gail and Tom". Quiddities gathers Quine's thoughts on more than eighty topics, arranged alphabetically from "Alphabet" to "Zero". Learn More
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    Deluxe edition, signed by the author in blue ink on the title page. The deluxe edition was issued concurrently with the trade edition. Learn More
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  10. 129260
    First edition, first impression, of Lunn's anti-socialist study. Signed by the author on the title page. Arnold Lunn (1888-1974) was a skier and mountaineer, but his strong Catholicism and anti-socialist beliefs led him to contribute various writings opposing socialism from the 1930s onwards. Learn More
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    First and limited edition, number 64 of 500 copies privately printed, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "To W. S. S. Rodgers with my friendship and affection 1/19/38 W. P. Chrysler", on the first blank leaf. The book's foreword describes the printing of this edition, designed as a Christmas remembrance for the Chrysler... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by Shultz on the front free endpaper: "To Russell Long with my admiration - Mr. Chairman - for the sustained high quality of your contribution to economic policy and my thanks for your help and friendship George P. Shultz". The recipient, Russell B. Long, served... Learn More
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    Signed limited edition, number 48 of 50 copies signed by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Albie Sachs and Paul Alberts. A remarkable collaboration, this is the only limited edition signed by both Mandela and Tutu - Nobel Peace Prize winners in 1993 and 1984 respectively - alongside a third major figure in the anti-Apartheid... Learn More
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  14. 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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  15. 118356
    First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the title page, "To John Galletly Esq. Dundee. from Jeremy Bentham, Queen's Square Place, Westminster, 21 Dec 1829". Bentham dedicated the final years of his life to perfecting his theory of codification, with the hope that his petitions for administrative and... Learn More
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  16. 123174
    Ellen "Enie" Virginia Nash (1910-1995)..."> A handsome three-quarter length portrait of Frankfurter, seated in judicial robes, facing left, inscribed by him, "For Enie Nash, with every good wish for her successful practice of the public profession of the law, from her devoted friend, Felix Frankfurter", dated 15 January 1950.
    Ellen "Enie" Virginia Nash (1910-1995)... Learn More
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    First and only edition. A superb association copy, inscribed by President Roosevelt to his son John A. Roosevelt: "For John A. Roosevelt from his affectionate father Franklin D. Roosevelt". John accompanied his father during the presidential trip aboard the schooner, where they fished for tuna and cod. The sojourn was a... Learn More
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    First edition, second printing (two months after the first). Inscribed by the author to the Nobel Laureate and economist Frederick Soddy on the front free endpaper: "To Professor Frederick Soddy with the compliments of Irving Fisher January 1929". Soddy had been awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1921 for his work... Learn More
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  19. The Theory of Business Enterprise.
    Second edition. Inscribed by Veblen on the front free endpaper: "B. J. Olsson Nordfeldt. T. B. Veblen". Nordfeldt (1878-1955) was a Swedish-American artist who painted two portraits of Veblen, both now lost. Nordfeldt studied art in the U.S. and Europe. Between 1903 and 1907 he lived in Chicago, depicting Chicago landmarks... Learn More
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  20. 122692
    First edition, the author's copy, presentation copy, inscribed to fellow economist George Stigler, "To George Stigler May 27, 1963, F.H.K.", and additionally signed by Knight on the front pastedown. This copy bears autograph pencil changes to three pages (53, 101, 152): two use proofreading symbols to insert and delete phrases,... Learn More
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  21. 127350
    The letter written by Margaret Thatcher in response to Dame Elaine Kellett-Bowman's letter of condolence, on the occasion of the death of her husband Denis in 2003. Thatcher writes in her customary blue ink "Dear Elaine, it was so good of you and Edward to write. Yours ever, Margaret", with the typed letter, dated 23 July... Learn More
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  22. 125802
    A unique and significant collection of material relating to the publication of Wicksteed's Essay on the Co-ordination of the Laws of Distribution, including a first edition of that same title; with an excellent association, being from the library of the Canadian economist Jacob Viner, one of the leading figures of the early... Learn More
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  23. 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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    First edition, second impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Arthur Boyars, who won't believe it. From Freddie Ayer, who wrote it. Oxford December 5th 1946". A good Oxford association - in 1946 Ayer concluded his fellowship and deanship at Wadham College, Oxford, while Boyars was a student at... Learn More
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    The..."> First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed from the author to Edward Gadsby, the chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, 1957-61, "To Edward N. Gadsby, able chairman of a vital government agency that has given American investors protection they never knew before" on the front free endpaper.
    The... Learn More
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  26. 125706
    A fine example of the famous speculator John Law's signature, appended to an autograph letter written in a neat cursive secretarial hand, to an unknown "Monsieur", giving orders for the provision of payment, written during perhaps the most prosperous period of Law's career, following Law's appointment to the post of controller-general... Learn More
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    Tinbergen's copy of his doctoral thesis, with his initials to the front free endpaper and first blank, two leaves of manuscript inserts, and several neat pencil annotations, including the correction made to formula 10 on p. 7 listed as the single erratum of the first trade edition, and mistakes on pp. 15, 25. This copy with... Learn More
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  28. 120724
    First edition of Rogers's mathematical economics pamphlet, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front wrapper, "To Charles Wetherell Esq. MP. with the Author's Compliments", underneath the crossed-out inscription, "To the Earl of Liverpool". At the time of the inscription the English politician and judge Charles... Learn More
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    The Revolution Betrayed.

    New York & London: 1937 & 1938

    The American journalist and labour activist Benjamin Stolberg (1891-1951) was a member of the Dewey Commission and had strong association links..."> First US edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed from Trotsky to Benjamin Stolberg on the front free endpaper, "devotedly yours, Leon Trotsky, 21/11 1937, Coyoacan".
    The American journalist and labour activist Benjamin Stolberg (1891-1951) was a member of the Dewey Commission and had strong association links... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Inscribed on the front free endpaper by Lee Atwater to the former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Deave on the front free endpaper: "To my pal Mike a great friend and a good man. I love you. Lee Atwater". Lee Atwater, campaign manager for the Bush campaign in the 1988 presidential... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. An intended presentation copy from Margaret Thatcher, inscribed "To Abel and Nel" in her hand on the half-title. The book was never presented, and it was found amongst her possessions in her home in Chester Square after her death. It is possible that the recipient was Abel Hadden, a former... Learn More
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    Special 40th anniversary signed edition; number 17 of only 200 copies printed, signed by the author. With an additional foreword in which Hayek discusses how the first publication in 1944 was received in Britain and America. Hayek's classic polemic against centralisation and collectivism, among the most influential and popular... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. With a presentation inscription from Sidney Webb to Professor Phillip Bradley dated 25 November 1925 pasted to the front free endpaper. Loosely inserted is an autograph letter from Webb to Bradley from 28 July 1936, in which Webb writes that he read Bradley's Road to War "with almost painful... 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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    The Observer of A. J. Ayer: A Life in Philosophy by Ben..."> First edition, first impression, of Ayer's autobiography. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Caroline Anne Tuell, with my best wishes from Freddie Ayer. Bournemouth, October 13 1977". Anthony Smith's review for The Observer of A. J. Ayer: A Life in Philosophy by Ben... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to a member of the Charles Skepper House for Sociological Research, accompanied by the last Christmas card sent by Beveridge. In his inscription Beveridge writes: "I am delighted to autograph this book, as I am delighted that any friend should... Learn More
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    My Life.

    New York: 2004

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To my friend Judy Collins with thanks - Bill Clinton", additionally inscribed by Collins, with a heart, on the title page, together with a typed letter signed by Clinton. The letter reads: "Dear Judy: Happy birthday! I hope this... Learn More
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  38. 122974
    First 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... Learn More
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  39. 119422

    Ethics in Government.

    Cambridge, Massachusetts: 1952

    First edition, first printing, with an autograph note signed by the author from his time as the Vice Chairman of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee. Under his direction the committee investigated improper fiscal conduct in various branches of government. These three lectures on the topic of morality in government... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed from the author in ink on the front free endpaper, "Mr W. C. Curtis with the compliments of Mr. Veblen". Published shortly after the outbreak of the first World War, Veblen's fourth book aimed to account for why and how Germany had so successfully dominated the... Learn More
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    First edition, subsequent issue with the "Awarded Nobel Peace Prize 1959" wraparound. Signed to front free endpaper "Phillip Noel-Baker 26th March 1960". Offering a vision of nuclear control through international agreements, the work won Noel-Baker the Nobel Peace Prize, culminating a lifetime of pacifist activity. Learn More
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    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "To Signor Giulio with the respects of the author". Henry Charles Carey (1793-1879) was hailed by his contemporaries as "the political economist of the age" (Sartain's Magazine), and his earlier work, The Credit System (1838), was considered "the best work on the... Learn More
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  43. 121100
    First edition, one of 20 quarto copies presumably printed for presentation, from the library of Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, with his bookplate and signature. Considering their proximity and active participation in the same parliamentary debates on the subject, as well as the small print run, it is highly probable that... Learn More
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    First edition of Robinson's "magnum opus" (ODNB), signed and dated by Joan Robinson on the front free endpaper. This is "her second major contribution to economic theory the work of her maturity and the one that expresses Joan Robinson's genius at her best. Here she has chosen to move on new and controversial ground" (The... 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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    Presentation copies, inscribed from the author to the businessman Augustus Lowell, Walker's colleague at MT, with an additional leaflet publication of Walker's lecture on bimetallism laid in. An attractively bound set of three pioneering works by "the most widely known and esteemed American economist of his generation" (The... Learn More
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  47. 116872
    First edition, with a letter signed from the author to Professor G. W. Forrest laid in. On 26 April 1883, the year before his death, Fawcett thanks the recipient "for sending me your articles on Indian Finance. I still take as much interest in it as ever I did although my official work leaves me very little time to devote... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. One of 80 copies specially bound for presentation by Jackie Kennedy, inscribed on the front binder's blank, "For David and Sissy - Jack was going to give you this for Christmas, please accept it now from me, with all my love and all the memories of the shining times we had with him. Jackie,... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, one of 1,000 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by Roosevelt on title page, "Franklin D. Roosevelt, for Robert M. Morgenthau". Morgenthau (b.1919) is the son of Roosevelt's friend and Secretary of the Treasury during Roosevelt's presidency, Henry Morgenthau, Jr (1891-1967). At the time of... Learn More
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  50. 107045
    First edition, first impression, of the comprehensive history of Britain's economy prior to the First World War as recorded by Parliament, written to "afford some assistance to those interested in the reconstruction which necessarily follows the destructive agency of war". This copy was owned by economic historian Sir William... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Number 93 of 100 copies specially bound for presentation by the Kennedys, inscribed on the limitation page, "For David and Sissie with love Jackie December 25 1962", additionally signed by John F. Kennedy, "and Jack Kennedy". The recipients of this copy were David and Sylvia Ormsby Gore, close... Learn More
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  52. 114168
    Later edition of the Scottish politician and jurist's famous public lecture on international law, first published in 1799. "In November 1798 Mackintosh proposed a lecture series to the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn in which he would make public his change of opinion towards Burke. However, like Burke, certain benchers... Learn More
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    First edition, presentation copy from the author to the important French communist Paul Lafargue, inscribed by him, "A son cher Lafargue, K. Kautsky, Berlin 3/1/99". The Marxist theorist's analysis of capitalism in agriculture is a book that Lenin declared "the most important event in present-day economic literature since... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the first blank, "To Ora and Joyce Elliott. With Best Wishes, Ronald Reagan". Ora Elliott (1922-2008) served in Patton's 13th (Black Cat) Armored Division, before returning to U.C. Berkeley to finish his studies in civil engineering. He was an engineering contractor... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. Dedication copy from David Livesey Economics fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and contributor to the book, to James Meade (1907-1995), winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics for 1977, to whom the book is dedicated. Laid in is a letter from Livesey to Meade on Emmanuel College letterhead... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, published for the Insurance Research & Review Service. With a typed compliments note on Beneficial Life Insurance letterhead signed by the author Heber J. Grant tipped-in on the front free endpaper. Learn More
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  57. 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

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  58. i1
    First French edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "Pour Serge et Michele ? fidèlement, J. Derrida". Derrida's tribute to the poetry of Francis Ponge was originally published in the US in 1984, in a bilingual edition entitled Signésponge-Signsponge. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 115229

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  59. 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

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    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
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