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  1. 126555
    First edition of Cournot's study on the use of scientific data in philosophy. Learn More
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  2. 126566
    First complete edition, with the false London imprint, of the atheist and materialist philosopher's treatise in which he develops his concept of "ethocracy", or a just state whose main purpose is the general welfare. Three states of the 1773 edition were executed; Tchemerzine cites a two volume edition (which he had not... Learn More
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  3. 131973
    First edition, Edward Gibbon's copy, with the earlier, simpler form of his bookplate. Georges-Marie Butel-Dumont (1725-1788) was a great admirer of English political economy. He was one of the first in France to write extensively about the British North American colonies, in his Histoire et commerce des colonies anglaises... Learn More
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  4. 128940
    Remarkable album of autographs ranging across nearly three decades and including, among a constellation of men of state, army officers and diplomats, the signatures of Sir Winston Churchill, Roger Casement and Paul Kruger evidently compiled by an individual with access to high diplomatic circles. Churchill's signature ("Winston... Learn More
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  5. 126489
    First and only edition of Boesnier's commentary on his principal work, De l'esprit du gouvernement économique (1775), considered "one of the most systematic and comprehensive expositions of economics of its period" (Higgs). The Analyse is notably uncommon: OCLC locates just two copies in institutions worldwide, the first... Learn More
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  6. 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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  7. 117986comp
    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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  8. 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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  9. 129919
    A luxury wine log book, acquired by Margaret Thatcher from Asprey and never used. Margaret Thatcher was a frequent customer of the luxury purveyors Asprey, owning a varied selection of items from the company, including handbags, purses, silverware and finely-bound books. The book was acquired from Baroness Thatcher's estate.... Learn More
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  10. 129532
    First and sole edition, uncommon on the market, comprising six essays originally contributed to the Calcutta Review between 1844 and 1856: "Military Defence of our Indian Empire", "The Kingdom of Oude", "Mahratta History and Empire", "Lord Hardinge's Indian Administration", "The Indian Army", "Army Reform". ODNB remarks... Learn More
    £750

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  11. Lectures on the Elements of Commerce, Politics, and Finances;
    First octavo edition, originally published in quarto as The Elements of Commerce, Politics and Finances (London 1772). Thomas Mortimer (1730-1810) was a prolific writer on trade and finance, perhaps best known for Every Man His Own Broker: or a Guide to the Stock Exchange (1761). In his introduction to the present edition,... Learn More
    £875

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  12. 131670comp
    First UK edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 554 of 1,000 copies signed by Mandela. The South African edition was published earlier that year. Learn More
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  13. 130077comp
    Signed limited edition, number 24 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. 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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  15. 50608
    First edition of the first book on the history of modern Indian banking. The author had joined the Bank of Bengal in the 1830s. Though the East India Company had set up a simple deposit bank in Madras as early as 1683, modern Indian banking began in 1806, with the establishment of the Bank of Calcutta. Learn More
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  16. 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
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    Stock Code: 108158

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  17. 70151
    RWE returns a book of newly published poems written by a neighbour (" which I have kept longer than was right, from liking & because one is always expecting a better day & mood to read these pastoral verses. I find them always pleasing, with a solid honesty quite free from prettiness or showiness And whilst they particularly... Learn More
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  18. 131310
    First edition, first impression, of this mathematical-philosophical work, the subject of Keynes's fellowship dissertation, in which he sought to establish a mathematical basis for probability theory as Bertrand Russell and Alfred North Whitehead had done for symbolic logic. Russell wrote of this work "the mathematical calculus... Learn More
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  19. 96189
    First edition, first impression of this anti-militarist political and economic study, and the author's most overtly Marxist work. From the publisher's archive, with their stamp to the front panel of the jacket and the front pastedown. Learn More
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  20. 96190
    First edition, first impression.
    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business practices - he flouted convention, backed newcomers extravagantly, and held unique sway over... Learn More
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  21. 96194
    First edition, first impression. Cole was one of the leading British socialist thinkers of his day. "He also concentrated throughout the 1930s on writing books about themes of general interest which he hoped would reach a broader audience than either academic texts or socialist polemics" (ODNB). Learn More
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  22. 96200
    First edition, first impression of this anti-militarist political and economic study, and the author's most overtly Marxist work. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
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  23. 96225
    First edition, first impression. "Cole became a leading light in a variety of organizations designed to prompt a radical renewal in Labour thinking, including the Society for Socialist Inquiry and Propaganda (SSIP), founded in 1930, the New Fabian Research Bureau (1931), and the Socialist League (1932)" (ODNB). The Introduction... Learn More
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  24. 96262

    Provenance: from the publisher's..."> First edition, first impression. Described on the front of the dust jacket as "the first book on an important topic" in the run up to the 1929 General Election, also known as the "Flapper Election" because it was the first election in which women over the age of 21 were allowed to vote.

    Provenance: from the publisher's... Learn More
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  25. 96267
    First edition, first impression. "Major Douglas Examined!" shouts the dust jacket: an important contribution to the literature concerning the Social Credit theory of Major C. H. Douglas. This was hotly debated in the 1920s and 30s and influenced, in particular, the work and thinking of the poet Ezra Pound. "Attempts to discredit... Learn More
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  26. 96270
    First edition, first impression. Sir Richard William Barnes Clarke (1910-1975) journalist and civil servant. At the time of publication Clarke was working at the Financial News, later amalgamated with the Financial Times, where his most lasting achievement was to devise the ordinary share index - still, as the FT index,... Learn More
    £40

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  27. 96278
    First UK edition, first impression; first published in New York in the preceding year. An exposition of Roosevelt's New Deal. Learn More
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  28. 96279
    First edition, first impression. "As the twentieth century unfolded, some writers began to conceive of other industrial revolutions. The Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences (1932) called attention to two works in which post-World War I "efforts toward rationalisation and the changes resulting from the coming of electric... Learn More
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  29. 96335
    First edition, first impression. A study of the tithe laws - part of Wallace's campaign against their imposition, and a call for reform.
    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from... Learn More
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  30. 96213
    First edition, first impression. A political and economic study anticipating the outbreak of the Second World War, and an analysis of various proposals for international peace.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything... Learn More
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  31. 96221
    First UK edition, first impression. First published in the US the preceding year, this study of Soviet Asia presents information of the economic development, military capability and geography, based on a combination of the authors' first-hand observations and Soviet sources. It was created by the authors in the hope that... Learn More
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  32. 96226
    First edition, second impression (five months after the first), of this topical work, proposing a United States of Europe. The publisher's archive copy with their stamp on the title page and dust jacket. Lord Davies (1880-1944) politician and philanthropist, was deeply involved with the League of Nations; his "critics felt... Learn More
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  33. 96228
    First edition, first impression. The publisher's archive copy with their stamp on the title page. "Understand the questions which have meant life or death in Germany, Russia, Italy, and which may very soon mean life or death for us" proclaims the front of the dust jacket - a good example of eye-catching Gollancz design and... Learn More
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  34. 96229
    First edition, first impression. Includes contributions from Major Clement Attlee, Henry Brailsford, and Sir Charles Trevelyan among others. A collection of policy proposals for a British Socialist government.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures... Learn More
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  35. 96230

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of..."> First edition, first impression. "Understand the questions which have meant life or death in Germany, Russia, Italy, and which may very soon mean life or death for us" proclaims the front of the dust jacket - a good example of eye-catching Gollancz design and typography.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of... Learn More
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  36. 96232
    First edition, first impression. The publisher's archive copy with their stamp on the title page. Cole had a life long interest in Trade Unionism and made his name with The World of Labour (1913), a survey of existing trade unionism across the western world. Learn More
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  37. 96234
    First edition, first impression. Cole had a life long interest in Trade Unionism and made his name with The World of Labour (1913), a survey of existing trade unionism across the western world.
    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing.... Learn More
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  38. 96244
    Fourth edition, described on the front of the dust jacket as the "right up to date Fourth Edition... Completely Revised & with an Appendix bringing the story up to March 1938". First published in March 1935 and reprinted again in September 1935 and October 1936. The publisher's archive copy with their stamp on the title... Learn More
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  39. 96247

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor..."> Fourth edition, described on the front of the dust jacket as the "right up to date Fourth Edition... Completely Revised & with an Appendix bringing the story up to March 1938". First published in March 1935 and reprinted again in September 1935 and October 1936.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor... Learn More
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  40. 96251
    First edition, first impression. A study of the socialization of industry and consideration of the possibility of electrification of the railways.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive,... Learn More
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  41. 96253
    First edition, first impression. A study of the socialization of industry and consideration of the possibility of electrification of the railways. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
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  42. 96257
    First edition, first impression of this survey of industrial South Wales. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the title page. Learn More
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  43. 96258
    First edition, first impression. A study of nutrition and the problems of wartime food supply. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the title page. Learn More
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  44. 96263
    First edition, first impression. Described on the front of the dust jacket as "the first book on an important topic" in the run up to the 1929 General Election, also known as the "Flapper Election" because it was the first election in which women over the age of 21 were allowed to vote. Learn More
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  45. 96282
    First edition, second impression (a month after the first). A study of factory workers and working and billeting conditions. From the publisher's archive, with their stamp to the front panel of the jacket, the front free endpaper and the title page. Learn More
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  46. 96284
    First edition, first impression. G. R. Mitchison (1894-1970) politician, lawyer and writer, usually known as Dick Mitchison, husband of the writer Naomi Mitchison. According to the online Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction "Mitchison is of science fiction interest for a Near Future Utopia, The First Workers' Government; Or,... Learn More
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  47. 96287
    First edition, first impression.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business practices - he flouted convention, backed newcomers extravagantly, and held unique sway... Learn More
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  48. 96288
    First edition, first impression. The publisher's archive copy with their stamp on the half-title. G. R. Mitchison (1894-1970) politician, lawyer and writer, usually known as Dick Mitchison, husband of the writer Naomi Mitchison. According to the online Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction "Mitchison is of science fiction interest... Learn More
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  49. 96378
    First edition, first impression. A companion volume to Liberal Points of View, published in 1927, this is a collection of addresses delivered to the London Liberal Candidates Association in late 1927 and early 1928. Nathan states in the introduction that the book is "in a sense, an electioneering pamphlet for the whole country"... Learn More
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  50. 96379

    Provenance:..."> First edition, first impression. A companion volume to Liberal Points of View, published in 1927, this is a collection of addresses delivered to the London Liberal Candidates Association in 1927. Nathan states in the introduction that the book is "in a sense, an electioneering pamphlet for the whole country" (p. 12).

    Provenance:... Learn More
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  51. 131891
    First edition of Godwin's final collection of philosophical essays. Although the book did show "some slight departures from his earlier thinking, especially with respect to the natural equality of mankind" (ODNB), the work held true to Godwin's radical precepts: "Thoughts on Man is a sustained celebration of the achievements... Learn More
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  52. 129325
    First 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... Learn More
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  53. 131806
    First UK edition, first impression, of the first volume of Spengler's masterpiece, originally published in Germany in 1917 (the second volume was published in Germany in 1922, and translated into English in 1928). Atkinson's translation was published in the US by Alfred A. Knopf the same year. Spengler "contended that all... Learn More
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  54. 96283
    First edition, first impression. A study of factory workers and working and billeting conditions. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
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  55. 131799
    First edition of vols. III and IV, third edition of vols. I and II. "Blackstone's great work on the laws of England is the extreme example of justification of an existing state of affairs by virtue of its history... Until the Commentaries, the ordinary Englishman had viewed the law as a vast, unintelligible and unfriendly... Learn More
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  56. 131596
    First edition, first impression, of Pigou's theoretical work, published during the Great Depression, examining the workings of a fully employed economy under stationary state conditions. The copy of Pigou's fellow economist Lionel Charles Robbins (1898-1984), with his pencilled ownership signature to the front free endpaper.... Learn More
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  57. 131594
    First edition, first impression, of Pigou's defence of free trade based on Marshallian principles. The copy of Pigou's fellow economist Lionel Charles Robbins (1898-1984), with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. At the LSE, Robbins "dominated the economics department for thirty years and built it up to its... Learn More
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  58. 131590
    First edition, first impression, of Pigou's work that "established his reputation beyond doubt" (New Palgrave). The copy of Pigou's fellow economist Lionel Charles Robbins (1898-1984), with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. At the LSE, Robbins "dominated the economics department for thirty years and built... Learn More
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  59. 131321
    First edition, first impression, of Keynes's biographies of politicians and economists. The copy of the economist Lionel Robbins (1898-1984), with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper dated 1933. Keynes and Robbins had a troubled relationship. In 1930 Keynes was appointed by the Labour Government to head a... Learn More
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  60. 131306
    First edition in French, first printing, of Keynes's Tract on Monetary Reform, first published in London the previous year. The Tract was written against the monetary disorders which World War I had left in its wake, and contained his controversial attack on the Gold standard. Keynes provided a special preface for this translation.... Learn More
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