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  1. 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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  2. 128758
    First edition, extremely scarce, of Cafiero's abridgment of Marx's Das Kapital, the first appearance of the work in Italian. This was one of the earliest abridgements of Das Kapital, and was much admired by Marx.
    Carlo Cafiero (1846-1892), an Italian socialist, met Marx and Engels in London in 1870 and was recruited to... Learn More
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  3. 119971
    First edition of Marx's caustic attack on Proudhon, "the bitterest attack delivered by one thinker upon another since the celebrated polemics of the Renaissance" (Isaiah Berlin), one of 800 copies printed. "In 1846 Proudhon published his celebrated book, La Philosophie de la Misère. He and Marx had remained friends, though... Learn More
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  4. 130328

    El Capital.

    Madrid: 1886[-7]

    Exceptionally rare first edition in Spanish, an abridged translation of volume one of Marx's Das Kapital (Capital). Its scarcity is explained by the brittle, poor quality of the paper stockthe same used for printing Zafrilla's newspaperand its very small print run, thought to number no more than a thousand copies in total.
    Pablo... Learn More
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  5. 129814
    This was the first published translation of the work in any language. Issued in 3,000 copies, with a complacent comment from the censor "few people in Russia will read it, and fewer still will understand it" the book was, however, quite..."> First edition in Russian, the first foreign translation, of "the Bible of Marxism".
    This was the first published translation of the work in any language. Issued in 3,000 copies, with a complacent comment from the censor "few people in Russia will read it, and fewer still will understand it" the book was, however, quite... Learn More
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  6. 129812
    Very rare first and only issue, of enormous consequence, a double number which contains the first appearance of both Marx's first major work, Zur Kritik der Hegel'schen Rechtsphilosophie (containing his famous remark that religion is "das Opium des Volks"), and Engels's first work on economics, Umrisse zu einer Kritik der... Learn More
    £62,500

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  7. 129813
    Rare first edition of Marx's first published book, written when he was only 26. It is also the first book written in collaboration with Engels. In 1844, the first year of their friendship, Marx and Engels decided to write a critique of their former associates of the Young Hegelian school, whose views were still very popular... Learn More
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  8. 129811
    Rare first editionone of 1000 copiesof the "germ" of Das Kapital. The Kritik was Marx's first attempt at a general statement of his theories, written following several years' research in the British Museum. Marx had initially planned a multi-volume work, but he was dissatisfied with it, and no further parts were written... Learn More
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  9. 128994
    First edition of this account of the 1866 Geneva Congress, the first congress of the International Workingmen's Association, commonly known as the First International. The Association had been founded in 1864 in London by French and British radicals, including the exiled Karl Marx, who delivered the inaugural address at... Learn More
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  10. 126589
    First edition of this "rich history of pure economy", Pareto's contribution to Klein's encyclopedia for 1902. The entry "contains a valuable autobiographical allusion: Pareto lets the reader understand that as soon as he arrived in Lausanne, he started searching for some statistical invariants regarding distribution, in... Learn More
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  11. 127174
    First edition in Russian of all three volumes of Das Kapital, extremely rarely found complete. This was the first foreign translation of "the Bible of Marxism". Though the censors viewed its appearance complacently "few people in Russia will read it, and fewer still will understand it" the first volume, issued in 3,000... Learn More
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  12. 130175
    First edition, first impression. "The world-wide slump after 1929 prompted Keynes to attempt an explanation of, and new methods for controlling, the vagaries of the trade-cycle in his General Theory, he subjected the definitions and theories of the classical school of economics to a penetrating scrutiny and found them seriously... Learn More
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  13. 130606
    First edition of Clavel d'Ussieres's political fable. Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire, was metamorphosed into a philosopher king by Xenophon in his Cyropaedia of the 4th century BCE. Xenophon's Cyrus was a favourite of the Mirror for Princes genre, from the medieval period through to the Renaissance and... Learn More
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  14. 130459
    First edition of Booth's "classic in the literature of poverty" (ODNB). "Booth's colossal self-confidence, his burning sense of injustice coupled with unswerving devotion to his purpose, and his deep sympathy with the unfortunate, made of him an evangelist and an organiser of the first order" (PMM). Learn More
    £275

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  15. 130407comp
    First edition, first impression. The copy of Russell's friend Lytton Strachey, with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Russell recounts in his autobiography that he came to know Strachey through his mother, with whom Russell campaigned for female suffrage. A fan of Strachey's writing, Russell recalls that... Learn More
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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 128856
    First edition of this fascinating work, described by Joanna Innes, Professor of Modern History at Oxford, as "outstandingly informative" of "those portions of the law of debt of potential interest and advantage to debtors" (Inferior Politics: Social Problems and Social Politics in Eighteenth-Century Britain, OUP 2009, p.... Learn More
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  19. 129378
    Second edition of Sophie de Grouchy's translation of Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments. Smith's Theory had originally been published in London in 1759 and was first translated into French in 1764. Sophie de Grouchy was a prominent salon hostess during the early French Revolution and under Napoleon, and was the wife of the... Learn More
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  20. 126613comp
    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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  21. 129073
    Well preserved copy of this meticulously engraved copy of the Magna Carta, "a sacred text, the nearest approach to an irrepealable "fundamental statute" that England has ever had" (Pollock and Maitland, History of English Law, I, p. 173). The work of John Pine (1690-1756) engraver, publisher, print- and mapseller, Bluemantle... Learn More
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  22. 130076comp
    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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  23. 129308
    An unpublished fragment from Sartre's unfinished novel, which he intended to title La Dernière Chance, and which would have comprised the fourth volume in his novel cycle Les Chemins de la Liberté. Sartre abandoned the work at some point in the 1950s, although two chapters had appeared in Les Temps Modernes under the title... Learn More
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  24. 114170
    First edition, all published, of Bentham's Constitutional Code, the only edition published in his lifetime. "The massive, unfinished Constitutional Code, the major work of his final decade, established Bentham as a major theorist of constitutional democracy" (F. Rosen & J. H. Burns, preface to the 1983 Clarendon Press edition,... Learn More
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  25. 98719
    First edition of Bentham's French work on crime and punishment, edited, arranged and translated from his unpublished manuscripts by his Swiss collaborator Étienne Dumont.
    "Samuel Bentham, Jeremy's brother, had long been urging Bentham to translate, or get translated into French, his writings on legislation, in order... Learn More
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  26. 101519
    First edition in English of the first volume of Dumont's Théorie des peines et récompenses (1811), translated by Richard Smith, with use of some of the original manuscripts. The second volume had previously been published by Smith as The Rationale of Reward in 1825. Smith states in his Advertisement to the present work:... Learn More
    £650

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  27. 101521
    First edition in English, and first separate edition. The work was originally published as part of the Théorie des Peines et des Récompenses, of 1811, a compilation made by Dumont from two sets of manuscripts by Bentham, one in English, and the other, the Essai sur les Récompenses, in French. This English translation... Learn More
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  28. 101528
    Second edition of Bentham's French work on crime and punishment, edited, arranged and translated from his unpublished manuscripts by his Swiss collaborator Étienne Dumont. This work was first published in English as The Rationale of Reward, (London, J. & H. Hunt, 1825) and The Rationale of Punishment, (London, R. Heward,... Learn More
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  29. 101581
    First edition, translated and edited by Étienne Dumont, from Bentham's manuscripts. This work did more than any other to establish Bentham's reputation. It consists partly of papers by Bentham himself, some of which were originally composed in French, and partly of a digest by Dumont of Bentham's ideas.
    "Romilly tells... Learn More
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  30. 101524
    First published edition, originally printed in 1813 and "written to expose the mischief arising from the laws relating to the administration of oaths" (Atkinson, Jeremy Bentham: his life and work, p. 173). "In some cases, so he declared, the Promissory Oath prevented a man from doing what he knew to be right; in others,... Learn More
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  31. 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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  32. 123580
    First collected edition of Bentham's works, edited and partly translated into French by Bentham's collaborator and disciple Etienne Dumont, preceding by 8 years the first English collected edition. "Even in the English-speaking world it was largely through Dumont's versions that Bentham came to be read" (Dinwiddy, p. 293).... Learn More
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  33. 96197
    First published edition, originally printed in 1810, of Bentham's criticism of English libel law, which he had always detested and which more than once stood in the way of the free publication of his opinions. When the work was written, the law's injustice had recently been made obvious in a series of prosecutions for libelling... Learn More
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  34. 97488detail
    First collected edition of Bentham's works, compiled under the supervision of his disciple and editor, John Bowring, assisted by John Hill Burton, who wrote the lengthy "Introduction to the study of Bentham's works". The collected works were first issued in 22 parts, at 9 shillings each, between the years 1838 and 1843.... Learn More
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  35. 97501
    First edition, comprising "a popular selection in one volume of Bentham's writings" (Muirhead), serving as an introduction to utilitarianism. John Hill Burton had previously edited the works of Bentham in conjunction with Sir John Bowring. Learn More
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  36. 120454
    First London edition of all three parts of Bentham's famous but abortive Panopticon Penitentiary Scheme. Both the second Postscript and the plates were delayed in being printed and "very few copies of either the London or the Dublin editions have all the engravings According to Bentham, most of the plates were destroyed... Learn More
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  37. 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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  38. 101415
    First edition of this collection of papers. The preface states that the reason for publishing these different papers under the same general title is that they belong to one and the same design and, it is believed, aim at one and the same result. The work from which they take their common origin was an all-embracing system... Learn More
    £325

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  39. 101405
    £300

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  40. 101364
    Second edition, originally published in 1776, and described as "Bentham's first work of any importance" (Atkinson, Jeremy Bentham: His Life and Work, p. 35); "though the word 'enlarged' was used in the title, the addition of substance was a long footnote to Ch. I, pp. 45-48 only" (Chuo). The work is in the form of a commentary... Learn More
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  41. 101380
    Second edition, revised, with a few additional notes, of Bentham's best-known and perhaps his greatest work, containing the clearest statement of his fundamental views, the principle of utility in particular, originally published in 1789. Apart from the Fragment on Government it is, as Hart notes (Bentham, p. 298), the only... Learn More
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  42. 101360
    First edition, one of 500 copies, described as "Bentham's first work of any importance" (Atkinson, Jeremy Bentham: His Life and Work, p. 35). The work is in the form of a commentary on Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England, and constitutes Bentham's most single-minded criticism of the social contract theory, which... Learn More
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  43. Report of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce for the Year 1876-77.
    First and only edition, decidedly scarce: no copies cited in either Copac or OCLC. This attractive copy has an excellent provenance: bearing, on the front cover, the gilt arms and motto ("crux mihi grata quies" - "the cross gives me welcome rest") of the Adam family. This is almost certainly from the library of Sir Frank... Learn More
    £1,500

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  44. 129203
    First edition, first impression, of this biography of eminent diplomat Ernest Satow (1843-1929). Satow was recruited by the Foreign Office straight out of university as a student interpreter in the British Japan Consular Service, at the age of 19. Satow had "an almost unprecedented proficiency" for Japanese amongst British... Learn More
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  45. 101411
    First edition, published in volume XXII of The Pamphleteer, and here issued separately. "Bentham's main preoccupation during the last ten years of his life was the preparation of a Constitutional Code for the use of all nations and all governments professing liberal opinions. A short avant-courier pre-announcement appeared... Learn More
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  46. 118598
    First edition in book form, first published in 13 parts from March 1857 to April 1858. This is considered Mayhew's most significant work, and was the result of a collaborative venture with his brother, the social reformer Henry Mayhew. "Between 1849 and 1852 Augustus assisted Henry in the investigations both for the 'Labour... Learn More
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  47. 111422
    Provenance: with the engraved armorial bookplate of noted legal writer William Cooke (1757-1832) to..."> Second collected edition, "an edition more methodical, more elegant, and every way more complete, than any preceding" (Lowndes), first published by Millar in 1740, Gosling's 1730 edition lacking a small number of texts.
    Provenance: with the engraved armorial bookplate of noted legal writer William Cooke (1757-1832) to... Learn More
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  48. 128821
    First edition, one of an unstated number of large paper copies, originally priced 18 livres, and very much larger than the 12-livre quarto copies usually met with. Helman made the engravings illustrating the life of Confucius from a set of drawings sent from China to Paris by Jean-Joseph-Marie Amiot (1718-1793), the French... Learn More
    £3,500

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  49. 127800
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of Russell's controversialist essays. Learn More
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  50. 127048
    Exceedingly scarce first appearance in print of the Monadology, Leibniz's most mature philosophical work, considered one of the most important philosophical texts of the 18th century. Written in 1714 and published in the original French as late as 1814, it first appeared in print in this very rare German translation in 1720,... Learn More
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  51. 125751
    First edition of Hamilton's poems, with a preface by Adam Smith, his first appearance in print. Learn More
    £3,750

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  52. 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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  53. 122283
    A collection of five pamphlets on political economy by Senior, whom Marx called "the bel-esprit of English economists, well-known, alike for his economical 'science' and for his beautiful style" (Kapital, B.1, section 3: Senior's "Last Hour"). The works, here in mixed editions, set forth his theories on wages, the Irish... Learn More
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  54. 114611
    First edition of each work by the German lawyer and anti-physiocrat Johann Georg Schlosser (1739-1799). A native of Frankfurt-am-Main, friend and later brother-in-law of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Schlosser gained public attention in 1771 with his first work, Katechismus der Sittenlehre für das Landvolk. In March 1773 he... Learn More
    £8,250

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  55. 114786
    First edition of the financial publicist and editor's work on the role of currency reform in economic crises. Bonnet (1814-1889) "became a counsellor of state and a member of the Institute. He wrote in the Revue des Deux Mondes from 1860 to 1884, in favour of the monopoly of a bank of circulation, a single standard (gold),... Learn More
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  56. 120907
    First edition of Marx's formal announcements, both signed and unsigned, of the publication of the first volume of his magnum opus, Das Kapital, in the uncommon revolutionary socialist journal Der Vorbote, with an exceptional provenance, being from the library of the German radical journalist and agitator Johann Most, who... Learn More
    £15,000

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  57. 97418

    Notes on Logic.

    Cambridge: dated 1913, but early 1950s

    A scarce carbon typescript copy of Wittgenstein's Notes on Logic, originally dictated by Wittgenstein to Bertrand Russell in October 1913, and first presented as a lecture in March 1914 at Harvard, where Russell had been invited to lecture. The Notes were first published from a version copied at Harvard by Harry Costello,... Learn More
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  58. 129662
    First edition, first printing. Uriah J. Fields, Baptist minister, was present at the initial meeting of the Montgomery Improvement Association, and was elected recording secretary, while Martin Luther King was elected president. This, his account of the boycott, is now very scarce, especially in the jacket. Learn More
    £650

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  59. 129474
    Second edition, following the first of 1793, of one of the most radical and far-reaching political tracts of the era, by the father of British philosophical radicalism. First published just weeks after the execution of Louis XVI, and written in response to Burke's Reflections, Godwin's tract attacks all restraints on the... Learn More
    £1,500

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  60. 129380comp
    First edition in book-form, presentation copy from the editor Caleb Cushing, inscribed on the first blank "W. Emmons Esq from his friend the editor", with William Emmons's subsequent presentation bookplate to the Cony Female Academy to the pastedown, alongside the Academy's own loan bookplate to the Kennebec Natural History... Learn More
    £2,250

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