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  1. 134002comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
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  2. 133978comp
    Signed limited edition, number 10 (coincidentally but delightfully matching her Downing Street address) of 200 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher. The collection gathers Thatcher's notable speeches from 1968 to 1996. Learn More
    £2,500

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  3. 132897comp
    First Easton Press edition, signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page as issued. The Downing Street Years, Thatcher's autobiography of her years as prime minister, was first published by Harper Collins in 1993, with this "collector's edition" produced by the Easton Press, signed by the author and finely bound, published... Learn More
    £400

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    First edition, first impression, of Margaret Thatcher's first book, signed by both Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis Thatcher on the front free endpaper. Let Our Children Grow Tall gathers Thatcher's more notable speeches from her first two years as Leader of the Opposition, when she was still seeking to sway public... Learn More
    £850

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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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  6. 133663
    Harold Wilson's own copy of the official cabinet photograph taken in 1974, signed on the mount by himself and every other member of the cabinet, including Michael Foot, Tony Benn, Denis Healey, James Callaghan, Roy Jenkins, Anthony Crosland, Barbara Castle, Reg Prentice, Shirley Williams, and Merlyn Rees. Taken in the year... Learn More
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  7. 129781comp
    First edition, third impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Harry Nathan on the front free endpaper: 'The Right Honourable Lord Nathan, Who has done so much to change the law for the better, especially of charities. Denning M. R.'. The Liberal politician Harry Nathan (1889-1963) served as MP for Bethnal... Learn More
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  8. 128974
    Autograph letter signed "J. S. Mill" to an unknown "Sir", apparently unpublished, discussing political intrigues within the East India Company. With reference to a current dispute, Mill declares his support for one Captain Philip Meadows Taylor (1808-1876) in the military service of the Company, suggesting that the recipient... Learn More
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  9. 133660
    A Christmas card sent from Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis to former prime minister Harold Wilson, signed "Denis and Margaret Thatcher" in their respective hands. The photograph on the card shows Margaret and Denis on the stairs at Downing Street, surrounded by portraits of former prime ministers. The card, otherwise... Learn More
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  10. 133661
    A Christmas card sent from Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis to former prime minister Harold Wilson, signed "Denis and Margaret" in their respective hands. The photograph on the card shows Chequers, the prime minister's country retreat. The card, otherwise unmarked as Harold Wilson's, remained in the possession of... Learn More
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  11. 133659
    The Christmas card sent from Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis to former prime minister Harold Wilson in 1985, signed "Denis and Margaret Thatcher" in their respective hands. The card, otherwise unmarked as Harold Wilson's, remained in the possession of Harold, and then his wife Mary, until the latter's death in 2018;... Learn More
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  12. 133654
    The Christmas card sent from Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis to former prime minister Harold Wilson in 1987, signed "Denis and Margaret Thatcher" in their respective hands. The card, otherwise unmarked as Harold Wilson's, remained in the possession of Harold, and then his wife Mary, until the latter's death in 2018;... Learn More
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    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed "from the Author" on the title page. Wheatley's Remarks, along with his Essay on the Theory of Money, "received the most contemporary attention, and best stated his theoretical position on the monetary controversy that followed the suspension of cash payments by the Bank of England... Learn More
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  14. 132205comp
    Signed limited edition, number 14 of 500 copies signed by the author on the title page. The Path to Power was the second volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her childhood to her election as Prime Minister. Learn More
    £1,500

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    Signed limited edition, number 172 of 200 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher. The collection gathers Thatcher's notable speeches from 1968 to 1996. Learn More
    £2,250

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    First edition in English, first impression, inscribed by the author "with compliments, F. Zeuthen" in ink on the half-title, translated from works originally published separately in Danish in 1928-9. Learn More
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  17. 133399comp
    First UK edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 138 of 1,000 copies signed by Mandela. The South African edition was published earlier that year. Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. With a signed presentation inscription from the author to the philosopher and essayist Ramiro de Maeztu on the verso of the front wrapper: "A Ramiro de Maeztu, mi devoción por su obra maravillosamente hispana, cerradamente española. R. E. Scarpa... Stgo de Chile. Dic. 1935" ("To Ramiro de... Learn More
    £875

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  19. 132850
    Original offprint, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the economist Lionel Robbins, the editor of the journal, on the front wrapper in a cramped hand: "To Lionel with hearty thanks for a place where more of his work is understood than mine. Paul R. 10th of May 1935" (?). Rosenstein-Rodan (1902-1985) was one of... Learn More
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    First and sole edition, inscribed by Roosevelt on the front free endpaper, "For Fred Adams, Christmastide 1944, from Franklin D. Roosevelt"; number 76 of 100 copies privately printed at the White House Printing Office. The recipient, Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr. (1910-2001), was the son of Roosevelt's cousin Ellen Walters... Learn More
    £17,500

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  21. 119020comp
    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Mr G. E. Miner with compliments Frank Koester". Koester, a German-American engineer, is perhaps most famous for his involvement in the construction of the New York Public Subway; he also acted as a delegate to several international city planning... 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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  23. 129302comp
    Having served as Sweden's envoy to the Netherlands, Belgium, the United States, and Switzerland..."> Later edition in book form, presentation copy to the Swedish diplomat and Francophile Count Albert Ehrensvärd, inscribed by Bergson on the half-title, "à Monsieur le Comte Albert Ehrensvärd en dévoué hommage H. Bergson".
    Having served as Sweden's envoy to the Netherlands, Belgium, the United States, and Switzerland... Learn More
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  24. 118211comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "For Harry Zohn, cordially, Cambridge, April 6, 1967". This is the German-born Jewish political theorist's first commercially published book which she began writing in the late 1920s, translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston. It was... Learn More
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  25. 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

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  26. 130432comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title and dated July 1928, the month in which the Equal Franchise Act was passed, granting equal voting rights to women and men ten years after women were first granted partial suffrage, and with a manuscript correction to the text, most likely in Fawcett's... Learn More
    £1,250

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  27. 130408comp
    First edition, inscribed "A Monsieur Alexandre Dumas, hommage de l'auteur" on the title page. Dumas père and Gamond likely knew each other professionally through their shared publisher, Maurice Lachâtre. The first principle work that Lachâtre published under the "Administration de librairie" imprint (opened in 1839) was... Learn More
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  28. 128528
    An affectionate but frustrated autograph letter signed from Wittgenstein to Moritz Schlick, the founder of the Vienna Circle, in which Wittgenstein expresses his regrets over appearing to condone the plagiarism apparent in Rudolf Carnap's most recent paper through his own inaction.
    Wittgenstein received Carnap's offprint,... Learn More
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  29. 132126comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Theodore Sorensen on the front free endpaper: "For Theo Sorensen with great affection. From John G. 1971". Ted Sorensen (1928-2010) had a significant behind-the-scenes influence on American politics in the 1960s. He served as speechwriter for John... Learn More
    £750

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  30. 132110comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Ted Sorensen and his wife Gillian on the half-title: "For Ted & Gillian: With appreciation for your support of the cause and gratitude for your personal friendship. Sincerely Whitney". Ted Sorensen (1928-2010) had a significant behind-the-scenes... Learn More
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  31. 131149
    First edition, inscribed "from the author" on the title page. George Berkeley (1685-1753) wrote Alciphron, a set of philosophical dialogues, in an attempted rebuttal of the insurgent secular intellectual trends of the early enlightenment. Countering the views of John Locke, Bernard de Mandeville, and the third Earl of Shaftesbury,... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Martin Luther King on the front free endpaper: "To William Martin with Best Wishes for peace and Brotherhood Martin Luther King Jr". William Martin was a member of the First Baptist Church, down the street from King's own Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, in Montgomery. In his recollections... Learn More
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    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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    First Italian language edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in 1959. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "a Burt coi migliori vuoti, Van". The recipient was Burton Dreben, an influential Harvard professor and Quine's "closest philosophical ally". Learn More
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    First edition, published in French and German the following year. Firsthand account of the revolutions of 1917 by the head of the Provisional Government, this copy inscribed verso of the frontispiece "To the Association of Russian Advocates in France", dated Paris 1932. Early signatures of Kerensky are uncommon. Learn More
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  36. 117269
    Correspondence from Welsh social reformer Robert Owen to the politician and Fellow of the Royal Society William Tooke. In the first, dated 14 November 1819, Owen speaks of the growing need for reform within the country and of his prior failure to act in full accordance with his beliefs: "to attain any great good I must act... Learn More
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  37. 129920
    First edition, presentation copy to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For the Prime Minister with the author's admiration & thanks for your leadership". Five hundred signed copies of the leather bound edition were issued, with this being copy number 10, a deliberate nod... Learn More
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  38. 122282
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, with his compliments slip laid in. "Whereas Keynes's General Theory aimed at a non-technical statement of a theoretical critique, The Middle Way tried to offer a reasoned programme of action, Keynesian in character'a kind of popular version of some... Learn More
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  39. i1
    A letter written by John Stuart Mill to William Carr Sidgwick, elder brother of the philosopher Henry Sidgwick who, together with Mill would be a founding member of The Radical Club, established in 1870, in which Mill announces the forthcoming publication of his new edition of his father's work, The Analysis of the Phenomena... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 108158

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  40. 129446comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by President Kennedy on the front free endpaper: "For Chief Martinell, from John Kennedy, Christmas 1961". The recipient, Chief Petty Officer William Martinell, was a member of the White House medical staff. Loosely inserted is Martinell's delegate's pass to the Bermuda Meeting... 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. Learn More
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  42. 120914comp
    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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  43. 130935comp
    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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  45. 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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  46. 122166comp
    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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  49. 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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  50. 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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  51. 129128comp
    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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  52. 125882comp
    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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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 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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  58. 127091comp
    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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  59. 125342comp
    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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  60. 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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