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  1. Parents Revolt.
    TITMUSS, Richard & Kathleen. Parents Revolt.

    London : 1942

    First edition of this joint effort by the social researcher Richard Titmuss and his wife Kathleen. Discusses the falling birth rates in Britain, the reasons behind the decline as well as the potential economic and social impact of this development. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 140977

  2. The New Survey of London Life & Labour.
    (BOOTH, Charles.) SMITH, Sir Hubert Llewellyn (ed.) The New Survey of London Life & Labour.

    London : 1930-1935

    First edition, a major re-evaluation by the London School of Economics of Charles Booth's Life and Labour of the People in London, a generation on from its publication. Booth's (1840-1916) study, a key resource for the social and economic history of late Victorian London, was based on findings collected between 1886 and 1902, with editions published... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 136589

  3. Some Evidence of Things Seen.
    MANDELA, Nelson (signed); ALBERTS, Paul. Some Evidence of Things Seen.

    Rivonia, South Africa : 1997

    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 movement, Albie Sachs, who became... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 130076

  4. De l'esprit du gouvernement économique.
    BOESNIER DE L'ORME, Paul. De l'esprit du gouvernement économique.

    Paris : 1775

    First edition of the principal work of the French economist Paul Boesnier de l'Orme (1724-1793), "one of the most systematic and comprehensive expositions of economics of its period" (Higgs). This copy has the imprint of Delalaine; the Mattioli and Sraffa copies have the imprint of Debure: "no priority established" (Sraffa Library). It is both institutionally... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 126482

  5. Liberalism and the Social Problem.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Liberalism and the Social Problem.

    London : 1909

    First edition, first impression, of this uncommon title which collects speeches by the young Churchill during his Liberal phase, addressing such then-pressing issues as the conciliation of South Africa, imperial preference, labour exchanges, and unemployment insurance. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 145881

  6. The Long View and the Short.
    VINER, Jacob. The Long View and the Short.

    Glencoe, Illinois : 1958

    First edition, first printing, of this collection of articles from across the prominent economist's career, published to mark his 65th birthday.

    The publication was significant, bringing to notice an earlier article which had been overlooked: "His leading contributions to microeconomic theory are found in two articles published relatively early... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 145843

  7. The Long View and the Short.
    VINER, Jacob. The Long View and the Short.

    Glencoe, Illinois : 1958

    First edition, first printing, of this collection of articles from across the prominent economist's career, published to mark his 65th birthday.

    The publication was significant, bringing to notice an earlier article which had been overlooked: "His leading contributions to microeconomic theory are found in two articles published relatively early... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 145845

  8. Trends in Employment in the Service Industries.
    STIGLER, George J. Trends in Employment in the Service Industries.

    Princeton : 1956

    First edition, first printing, of Stigler's study of the US service industry sector, finding substantial unbroken growth of the sector relative to the total US labour force. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 145849

  9. Das Kapital.
    MARX, Karl. Das Kapital.

    Hamburg : 1872

    Second edition of volume one of Marx's polemical masterpiece of political economy. Only the first volume of this most influential of books was published in Marx's lifetime, and though the later volumes were edited by Engels from the author's manuscript, the revised edition of volume I was edited by Marx himself and contains the first printing of his... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 145418

  10. Monopoly.
    ROBINSON, E. A. G.. Monopoly.

    London & Cambridge : 1941

    First edition, first impression of the Cambridge economist's second major work in the Cambridge Economic Handbook series. Robinson was a close friend and trusted colleague of J. M. Keynes, who was the first editor of the series.

    This copy features an inscription by F. A. Burchardt, research scholar at All Souls college, Oxford, and key part of... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 116881

  11. A History of American Currency.
    SUMNER, William G. A History of American Currency.

    New York : 1874

    First edition. "Sumner established a reputation as a champion of laissez-faire liberal capitalism. In A History of American Currency (1874) and related articles, he defended a sound currency against those who supported the monetarization of silver" (ANB). Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 145850

  12. Taxes no Charge:
    DEFOE, Daniel (attrib.) Taxes no Charge:

    London : 1690

    First edition of this defense of the economic benefits of taxation, generally attributed to Daniel Defoe. The method of raising taxes in antiquity and modernity across Europe is surveyed, and the benefits and disadvantages of certain taxes analyzed. The author holds that taxation is in both the public and the private interest, improving trade, employing... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 143570

  13. The Path to Power.
    THATCHER, Margaret. The Path to Power.

    London : 1995

    Signed limited edition, number 304 of 500 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher, being her autobiography of her childhood years to her election as Prime Minister. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 145821

  14. Plato Redivivus:
    NEVILLE, Henry. Plato Redivivus:

    London : 1681

    First edition of Neville's "most enduring political treatise" (ODNB), a significant work of English republican thought following the Restoration.

    "Here Neville's Harringtonian arguments of earlier years are much expanded. They are now trained on the Restoration monarchy at the time of the exclusion crisis, with much freedom of reflection on the... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 145751

  15. Earl Spencer's Tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales - SPENCER, Charles, 9th Earl Spencer. Earl Spencer's Tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.

    [Althorp : 1997

    First edition, inscribed by Charles Spencer on the title page "to Irene, Charles Spencer 6th August, 2001". Privately printed for the Earl, the book reproduces the text of the eulogy he gave for his sister, Princess Diana, at her funeral in Westminster Abbey in 1997.

    Televised across the world, the Earl's speech, where he attacked the media for... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 145758

  16. Commentaries on the Laws of England.
    BLACKSTONE, Sir William. Commentaries on the Laws of England.

    Oxford : 1765-9

    First edition of volumes I, III and IV, second edition of volume 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 machine... Blackstone's great... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 130572

  17. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1985.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1985.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1985, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123711

  18. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1996.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1996.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1996, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 123733

  19. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1994.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1994.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1994, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 123727

  20. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1995.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1995.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1995, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 123732

  21. Statecraft.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Statecraft.

    Norwalk, CT : 2002

    First Easton Press edition, signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page. Dedicated to Ronald Reagan, Statecraft was Thatcher's final book, providing her analysis of foreign policy in the post-Cold War world; it was first published by Harper Collins in 2002, with this "collector's edition" produced by the Easton Press, signed by the author and finely... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 145571

  22. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1989.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1989.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1989, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123716

  23. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1991.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1991.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1991, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and Princess Anne. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 123718

  24. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1988.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1988.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1988, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 123715

  25. John Law of Lauriston Financier and Statesman.
    LAW, John - WISTON-GLYNN, A. W. John Law of Lauriston Financier and Statesman.

    Edinburgh : 1907

    First edition of Wiston-Glynn's biography of John Law, largely drawing upon French sources. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 123371

  26. Crusade in Europe.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. Crusade in Europe.

    Garden City, NY : 1948

    First edition, the handsomely produced signed limited issue, number 1,210 of 1,426 copies signed by Eisenhower on the leaf that prints his D-Day message to the troops. Copies in the original acetate jacket are certainly uncommon.

    Crusade in Europe made Eisenhower a rich man, "becoming one of the most widely translated and sold books of all time.... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 145701

  27. India.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. India.

    London : 1931

    First edition, first impression, the rare case-bound "library" issue, of this collection of Churchill's speeches on India, its place within the British Empire, and its potential self-governance.

    The book was issued in both wrappers at one shilling and the present cloth in two shillings, although the latter was intended primarily for libraries.... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 145704

  28. Earl Spencer's Tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales - SPENCER, Charles, 9th Earl Spencer. Earl Spencer's Tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.

    [Althorp : 1997

    First edition, inscribed by Charles Spencer on the title page "to 'Dad' and Sue, Charles Spencer". Privately printed for the Earl, the book reproduces the text of the eulogy he gave for his sister, Princess Diana, at her funeral in Westminster Abbey in 1997.

    Televised across the world, the Earl's speech, where he attacked the media for hounding... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 145707

  29. Typed letter signed to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, politely declining a request for a meeting.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Typed letter signed to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, politely declining a request for a meeting.

    28 February 1984

    Margaret Thatcher writes to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis: "Dear Arthur, Thank you for your letter of 24th February. I am sorry to say that my diary is overful with engagements ranging from unavoidable diplomatic meetings with heads of Government, to a great many Parliamentary colleagues who claim my time for constituency and other cases. I really have... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 145687

  30. Typed letter signed to Labour MP Arthur Lewis, responding to a suggestion for chairman of the BBC.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Typed letter signed to Labour MP Arthur Lewis, responding to a suggestion for chairman of the BBC.

    3 March 1983

    Margaret Thatcher writes to then-Labour MP Arthur Lewis: "Thank you for your note of 1 March. Both Willie Whitelaw and I will bear in mind Diana Neave's name when thinking about a successor to George Howard. I am grateful for the suggestion. Yours sincerely Margaret".

    George Howard was the then chairman of the BBC, his term ending that year;... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 145682

  31. Typed letter signed to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, in response to a suggestion for an appointment.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Typed letter signed to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, in response to a suggestion for an appointment.

    4 April 1985

    Margaret Thatcher writes to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis: "Dear Arthur, I am writing to thank you for your letter of 28 March. It was good to hear from you. I think that I can identify the person you have in mind and I will of course consider the suggestion very carefully. Yours ever Margaret".

    Lewis (1917-1998) was a Labour MP from 1945 to... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 145685

  32. Typed letter signed to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, in response to a suggestion to recognize Manny Shinwell's birthday.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Typed letter signed to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, in response to a suggestion to recognize Manny Shinwell's birthday.

    24 July 1984

    Margaret Thatcher writes to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis: "Dear Arthur, Thank you for your letter of 20th July. What you suggest is a charming and original idea and certainly worth pursuing. We are looking into the possibility of some formal recognition of Manny Shinwell's 100th birthday and will hope to reach a conclusion on the matter in time for... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 145686

  33. Typed letter signed to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, supporting his decision to abandon the Labour Party.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Typed letter signed to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, supporting his decision to abandon the Labour Party.

    5 July 1983

    Margaret Thatcher writes to a self-professed victim of radical left-wing politics, the former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, who had been shunted out of parliament by left-wing party members, to encourage his public disavowal of the Labour Party in the most prominent and damaging way possible.

    Lewis (1917-1998) was a Labour MP from 1945 to 1983, a tenure... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 145681

  34. Original poster for Mandela's candidacy for President of South Africa, 1994.
    MANDELA, Nelson. Original poster for Mandela's candidacy for President of South Africa, 1994.

    1994

    The poster used for Mandela's historic run for the Presidency of South Africa in 1994, where he was elected in a landslide as the first black President of the country, in the nation's first election held with universal suffrage for all races, marking the end of apartheid.

    This poster was collected at the time by a South African looking to preserve... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 145303

  35. De la division du travail social.
    DURKHEIM, Émile. De la division du travail social.

    Paris : 1893

    First edition of the author's first major work and one of the founding texts in the field of sociology. The Division of Labour in Society was Durkheim's dissertation, which built on the ideas of August Comte to analyse the way that societies maintain order and how this changes as they progress from primitive to industrial modes of organisation. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 131862

  36. Que é o communismo?
    VITRY, Guarin de. Que é o communismo?

    Lisbon : 1848

    Rare first edition in Portuguese, translated from the similarly scarce French first edition published in the same year. WorldCat locates three copies only of the Portuguese translation, at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Michigan.

    The Belgian author Guarin de Vitry discusses several common objections to communism: that it results in a centralised,... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 129330

  37. Lettre au sujet de sa protestation contre les assignats-monnoie,
    BERGASSE, Nicolas. Lettre au sujet de sa protestation contre les assignats-monnoie,

    [Paris : c.1790]

    First edition of the Lyonnaise deputy's zealous pamphlet protesting the issue of assignats by the National Assembly, famously forecasting them to be as disastrous as John Law's failed banking venture seventy years previous, written in the wake of the April 1790 decree; here bound without the 15 page reflection on Brissot's article.

    Bergasse... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 126548

  38. Original whips' office notice of Margaret Thatcher's election as leader of the Conservative Party.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Original whips' office notice of Margaret Thatcher's election as leader of the Conservative Party.

    [London] : 1975

    A most significant document in British political history: the announcement of Margaret Thatcher's election as leader of the Conservative Party, signed by Edward Du Cann, who presided over the election as chairman of the 1922 Committee, and by ten other members of the committee.

    This was one of a small number of copies, all signed by hand, which... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 135018

  39. What Happens During Business Cycles.
    MITCHELL, Wesley Clair. What Happens During Business Cycles.

    New York : 1951

    First edition, first printing, of the American economist's final work, published posthumously. Mitchell was Director of Research at the National Bureau of Economic Research in New York from 1920-45. He is best known for his contributions to the study and measurement of business cycles, upon which subject this book presents his last thoughts. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 128505

  40. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1987.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1987.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1987, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 123714

  41. Grundsätze des Rechts der Handwerker.
    FRICKE, Johann Heinrich. Grundsätze des Rechts der Handwerker.

    Göttingen & Kiel : 1771

    First edition, a guide to the legal rights and restrictions of the German craftsman, by Johann Heinrich Fricke (1740-1775), professor of law in Kiel. Fricke writes such legal guides are often unintelligible to the non-specialist, and hopes his own will be clearer. A second edition followed in 1778, a third in 1802. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 145655

  42. The Institutions of Military Law, Ancient and Modern:
    BRUCE, Alexander. The Institutions of Military Law, Ancient and Modern:

    Edinburgh : 1717

    First edition of this important work, "an early landmark in the separation of military and civil law" (Higham, p. 128); it is decidedly uncommon on the open market, with two copies only on auctions records (appearing in 2014 and 1965). Bruce (d. 1729) was a Scottish lawyer and his work "shows considerable learning and acquaintance with continental jurists"... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 144945

  43. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1984.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1984.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1984, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123708

  44. How to Pay for the War.
    KEYNES, John Maynard. How to Pay for the War.

    London : 1940

    First edition, second impression, the corrected version, less common than the earlier uncorrected version in green card boards, of Keynes's most successful essay in persuasion, the application of his General Theory to wartime economy. The uncorrected version was published a few months previously. "Apart from suggesting ways of adding greatly to the... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 145160

  45. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1992.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1992.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1992, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123722

  46. A Revision of the Treaty.
    KEYNES, John Maynard. A Revision of the Treaty.

    New York : 1922

    First US edition, first printing, in the dust jacket, of Keynes's second work on the German reparations, arguing for a reduction in payments demanded from Germany.

    In June 1921, Keynes had proposed to Harcourt "a final revised edition" of The Economic Consequences of the Peace, to include a new introduction of 40 pages and footnotes or appendices... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 142444

  47. International Economics.
    HARROD, Roy Forbes. International Economics.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression, from the library of the British economist Lionel Robbins, with a handwritten page of his notes loosely inserted.

    A nice association: Robbins, along with Keynes, was the leading British economist during the inter-war period; at the London School of Economics, he "dominated the economics department for thirty years... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 133008

  48. Philosophical Remarks.
    WITTGENSTEIN, Ludwig. Philosophical Remarks.

    Oxford : 1975

    First edition in English of Wittgenstein's Philosophische Bemerkungen, edited by Wittgenstein's student and close friend, the American philosopher Rush Rhees. Monk calls it "the most verificationist, and at the same time the most phenomenological, of all his writings. It uses the tools adopted by the Vienna Circle for a task diametrically opposed to... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 129480

  49. A Salute to Cooking.
    THATCHER, Margaret - CURRIE, Angela (ed.) A Salute to Cooking.

    London : 2009

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from Margaret Thatcher to her personal driver Malcolm Taylor, inscribed on the title page: "To Malcolm - Happy Christmas, Margaret Thatcher".

    Taylor served as Thatcher's driver from 1998 to 2010. As with all her staff, he was treated with great kindness by the former Prime Minister; she hosted... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 145479

  50. [All the Bubbles.] Set of playing cards satirizing speculation schemes following the South Sea Bubble.
    SOUTH SEA BUBBLE. [All the Bubbles.] Set of playing cards satirizing speculation schemes following the South Sea Bubble.

    [London : 1720]

    A remarkable set of playing cards, mocking the collapse of the South Sea Company and the many similar companies which rose and fell with it, satirizing the schemes and false promises of the companies, and speculative mania more generally. The spectacular rise of South Sea stock led to a variety of new companies and mini-bubbles seeking to offer the... Learn More
    £42,500.00

    Stock Code: 139896

  51. Statecraft.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Statecraft.

    London : 2002

    Inscribed by Margaret Thatcher to her personal driver Malcolm Taylor on the title page: "To Malcolm Taylor Best Wishes Margaret Thatcher".

    Taylor served as Thatcher's driver from 1998 to 2010. As with all her staff, he was treated with great kindness by the former Prime Minister; she hosted his retirement party in 2010 despite her ill health,... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 145477

  52. The Tragedy of Greece.
    COSMETATOS, S. P. P. The Tragedy of Greece.

    London : 1928

    First UK edition, first impression, decidedly uncommon; a superbly provenanced copy: inscribed by the author in Greek on the front free endpaper to the prime minister of Greece, Stafanos Skouloudis, "To the honourable and dear Mr. Stefanos Skouloudis in memory of common national struggles, S. P. Phocas Cosmetatos, London 26th October 1928".

    Skouloudis... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 144795

  53. The Horse-Hoing Husbandry:
    TULL, Jethro. The Horse-Hoing Husbandry:

    London : 1733-40

    First illustrated edition, much enlarged from the "specimen" first edition of 1731; bound with the second edition (1740) of the continously-paginated supplement, first published in 1736. A pioneering book of scientific agriculture, the principles of which, adopted throughout Europe over the 18th century, greatly increased yields and reducing the amount... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 145407

  54. The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money.
    KEYNES, John Maynard. The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression, of perhaps the most significant economics book of the 20th century.

    The General Theory was written in the aftermath of the Great Depression, when the old economic order was widely seen to have failed. Keynes argued that government must intervene in the economy, directing wages, investment, and demand, in order... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 142963

  55. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
    SMITH, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.

    London : 1778

    Second edition of this classic of economic thought, a fine copy in a beautiful contemporary binding; one of 500 copies, the only other edition to be published in quarto format after the first edition of 1776.

    "Where the political aspects of human rights had taken two centuries to explore, Smith's achievement was to bring the study of economic... Learn More
    £45,000.00

    Stock Code: 143239

  56. Candid and impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; the comparative importance of the British and French islands in the West-Indies: with the value and consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated. Illustrated with copper plates.
    [SLAVERY] CAMPBELL, John. Candid and impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; the comparative importance of the British and French islands in the West-Indies: with the value and consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated. Illustrated with copper plates.

    London : 1763

    First edition of the first-named, fourth of the second which was first published Antigua, 1750 under the pseudonym of "An Old Planter". John Campbell (17081775), was a highly successful historian and miscellaneous author, Johnson thought well of him and praised the usefulness of his knowledge, also describing him as "the richest author that ever grazed... Learn More
    £5,250.00

    Stock Code: 132583

  57. A Second Letter to the Editor of the Edinburgh Weekly Journal,
    SCOTT, Sir Walter. A Second Letter to the Editor of the Edinburgh Weekly Journal,

    Edinburgh : 1826

    First separate edition of Scott's Second Letter from Malachi Malagrowther, the centrepiece in three letters Scott published expressing his views in the debate on the Bank Act of 1826, "recognized as a classic in political argument" (ODNB).

    The monetary crisis of 1825 led the government to propose a reform in the banking system which would restrict... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 145229

  58. The Theory of Money;
    BULLION CONTROVERSY. The Theory of Money;

    London : 1811

    First edition of one of the many salvos in the bullion controversy - a series of debates about monetary theory and policy which took place in Britain over the years 1797-1821, when the specie convertibility of Bank of England notes was suspended.

    "No Royal Coin can find place in the channels of circulation, until there shall arise a demand... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 145165

  59. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
    SMITH, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.

    London : 1776

    First edition, a superb copy by both binding and association: in its first binding - a beautiful and highly finished gilt contemporary calf - purchased and inscribed within a month of publication by Scottish physician and customs official Thomas Moffatt (c.1702-1787), shortly before emigrating from London to America. The first edition of the Wealth... Learn More
    £300,000.00

    Stock Code: 136834

  60. Essai politique sur le commerce.
    MELON, Jean François. Essai politique sur le commerce.

    [Paris : 1736

    Third and best edition, the second authorised edition overall, of this important critique of John Law's système; a handsomely bound copy from the library of the Château de la Roche-Guyon. First published in three or four issues in Rouen in 1734, it was pirated in Amsterdam in 1735 before being published in its present form.

    Jean Francois Melon... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 134999

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