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  1. 131529
    First UK edition, first impression. Russell's expansive account of the history of philosophy, ranging from the Orphism of ancient Greece to the logical positivism of the author's present day, was a triumph of his populist craft and is perhaps his most famous book. Written during the Second World War, Russell's project was... Learn More
    £450

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    Revised edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To G. W. Gillman Esquire with the authors' compliments & in acknowledgement of many kindnesses received, Scoresby Routledge, A. M. Schooner Mana". This second, expanded, edition details the monumental first scientific, archaeological,... Learn More
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  3. 119900
    First edition, first printing, of this history of the labour movement as a social and political force with distinct conditions and philosophies. "The work of John R. Commons and his colleagues dominated research in labor history and inquiries about working-class formation in the United States until very recently. Insisting... Learn More
    £125

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    First edition, signed by the author. Churchill has signed on the first binder's blank, apparently after binding, and presumably at the behest of Henry Sotheran, the London booksellers who commissioned the binding from Morrell. London to Ladysmith consists of 27 letters and telegrams sent by Churchill to the Morning Post... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression, signed by the author. Churchill has signed on the first binder's blank, apparently after binding, and presumably at the behest of Henry Sotheran, the London booksellers who commissioned the binding from Morrell. My African Journey, based on his travels around British East Africa in the autumn... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Raymond Firth warmest regards Levi-Strauss". Firth (1901-2002) was a prominent New Zealand anthropologist and student of Bronislaw Malinowski, whom he succeeded as Professor Anthropology at the London School of Economics in 1944, remaining there... Learn More
    £600

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    First edition of the Chartwell Edition, inscribed or signed by Churchill in each volume for Theresa Arnison, the wife of Rowland Arnison, the chairman of the Conservative association in Churchill's Woodford constituency: vol. I "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill for Mrs. Arnison Nov. 1956"; vol. II signed "Winston S. Churchill";... Learn More
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  8. 132270
    First and only edition, uncommon, just eleven copies on Copac; a single copy recorded at auction, the Blackmer sale. Both volumes inscribed on the front free endpapers; "Clementina L. Whittingham, from her loving father the Author, Feby. 2d. 1874"; the title pages annotated "(Written by Major-General Ferdinand Whittingham... Learn More
    £2,250

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  9. 128464
    First edition, in the original parts (including Appendix). Roused by a clumsy attack on him by the Rev. Charles Kingsley, author of The Water-Babies, Newman now decided "to write an apologia for his conversion, which would finally convince the protestant public that he had not been an agent for popery as a Tractarian and... Learn More
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  10. 125230
    First US complete edition in English, first printing, following an abridged version of 1933, and preceded slightly by the first UK edition. The jacket, from circa 1942/3, has been added by a collector at some point, but is still notable for its striking design, and for a brief bibliographic history of the book on the flaps.... Learn More
    £450

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  11. 133040
    First edition, first impression. My African Journey, based on his travels around British East Africa in the autumn of 1907, was the first book to derive purely from Churchill's journalism, as distinct from his work as a war correspondent. The work was initially serialized in the Strand Magazine prior to publication in the... Learn More
    £1,250

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    First Easton Press edition, signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page as issued. 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... Learn More
    £350

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  13. 132894
    First edition, first impression, with the very scarce dust jacket. Lord Halifax's Ghost Book was published by his son from the ghost book which Halifax kept, making his own manuscript additions, to read aloud at Christmas or some other festive occasion. With the exception of "Colonel P.'s Ghost Story", which was deliberate... Learn More
    £750

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  14. 132687
    Very scarce first edition, an important early text, one of a number of works by Catholic apologists who sought to justify the mass expulsion of the Moriscos decreed by Philip III of Spain on 9 April 1609, an act of what would now be called ethnic cleansing. Moriscos were former Muslims and their descendants who had been... Learn More
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  15. 132174
    The magnificent Paris edition of the works of St Cyril of Alexandria produced by the consortium of printers and booksellers formed in November 1582 to publish the works of the church fathers. The text is founded on the translation from Greek into Latin of Gentian Hervetus. Cyril of Alexandria (c.378444) was bishop of Alexandria... Learn More
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  16. 124569
    First edition. List compiled just a few months before the conclusion of the War of Independence. These eighteenth-century Army Lists are becoming increasingly elusive, those with relevance to the American Wars being particularly desirable, and especially so when, as here, they are printed on thick paper, and presented in... Learn More
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  17. 94720
    A superbly presented, deeply personal manuscript volume of largely unpublished poetry and drawings by Priscilla Susan Bertie Tarleton (1778-1864), the wife of the notorious army officer and rakehell Sir Banastre Tarleton. The manuscript was produced between the years 1796, when the author was only eighteen years old, and... Learn More
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  18. 118857
    First and only edition of the American jurist's proposal for a national code of criminal procedure, presentation copy from the author to Judge Gershom Powers, who developed the "Auburn System" mode of prison discipline, with an accompanying hand-written note "Presented by Mr. Livingston to Mr. Powers, H. Reps" (House of... Learn More
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  19. 132714
    First edition in English. The prophecies of Nostradamus (1503-1566) were first published in part as Les Propheties in 1555; the complete collection of 942 verses was posthumously published in 1568. The translator Theophilus Garencières (1610-c.1680) was a French physician who came to England with the French ambassador in... Learn More
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  20. 132761
    First edition, first impression, of the English socialist James Francis Horrabin's (1884-1962) sketch of European colonial possessions. "Atlases are usually avowedly instruments of nationalist propaganda... This entails a lack of perspective which only an atlas setting forth impartially the results of all the efforts of... Learn More
    £100

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  21. 132756
    An attractive set of Gibbon's great history, originally published from 1776 to 1788. Gibbon's seminal work ranks as a "masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style" and has "remained one of the ageless historical works which... maintain their hold upon the layman and continue to stimulate the scholar" (PMM). Learn More
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  22. 132645
    A handsome Cosway-style binding. These elaborate bindings, named after the famous Regency miniaturist Richard Cosway, were a style initially executed by Riviere & Son for Henry Sotheran booksellers, with miniatures by Caroline Billin Curry mounted under glass on the cover. The exquisite bindings were soon imitated by many... Learn More
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  23. 124762
    First edition, rare first issue. Contemporary critics attacked the work's title, which, according to Defoe, was viewed as "a Breach upon Modesty" and offensive to their ears, and the book was reissued the same year with a cancel title page, more politely titled as A Treatise concerning the Use and Abuse of the Marriage Bed.... Learn More
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  24. 117465
    First Scottish edition, the second overall, following the edition printed in London in 1735. The philosopher Francis Hutcheson (1694-1746) was one of the key figures in the Scottish enlightenment and a major influence on David Hume and Adam Smith. Uncommon, with ESTC locating copies held in nine institutions. Learn More
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  25. 125578
    First Dublin edition, the fourth overall, first published in London in 1788. With two pleasing female gift inscriptions, the first on the half-title dated 1792 from Elizabeth Pim to Anne Jackson, who in turn re-presented the book half a century later in 1842 to her niece Elizabeth Garrat.
    Original Stories was Mary Wollstonecraft's... Learn More
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    First edition, subsequent issue with the "Awarded Nobel Peace Prize 1959" wraparound. Signed to front free endpaper "Phillip Noel-Baker 26th March 1960". Offering a vision of nuclear control through international agreements, the work won Noel-Baker the Nobel Peace Prize, culminating a lifetime of pacifist activity. Learn More
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    First edition in English, first impression. Aged 18 Wei Kuo-Lu was assigned "as Chou-En-Lai's bodyguard during the Long March. With this appointment, Wei agreed to abide by the Red rule for security work: "What you don't need to know, don't seek to know; what you don't need to talk about, don't talk about recklessly." Although... Learn More
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  28. 132450
    First edition. Following the failure of his first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Walden was not a runaway success. The edition of 2,000 took five years to sell through, but it was from the very first an immensely influential text, and remains so today: "For almost a hundred years an inspiration to nature... Learn More
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  29. 127603
    First edition in English of Buonarroti's history of Babeuf's failed socialist conspiracy, originally published in Italian in 1828, and here translated by the Irish Chartist leader James O'Brien (1805-1864) under the pseudonym Bronterre, adding a sketch of Buonarroti's life, a new preface, and copious footnotes. Buonarroti... Learn More
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  30. 131267
    First edition, with a fine Bloomsbury Group provenance, presented by Lytton Strachey to Frances Marshall later Frances Partridge upon marriage, with a notation of the presentation in the latter's hand "Frances Marshall from Lytton 1931" in pencil on the front free endpaper. At the time of the presentation, Frances was... Learn More
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  31. 132500
    First edition of this uncommon pamphlet, published in the early months of the American War of Independence, and firmly asserting that the Americans "can no more stand against the strength of this country than light chaff against the impetuous whirlwind". "Let them then," he adds, "lay down their arms. Let them abandon their... Learn More
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  32. 132505
    One of two editions published in 1787, one under the present title, the other under Réflexions d'un citoyen..., without established priority. The work was Gosselin's contribution to one of the many philosophical essay contests held in 18th-century France. The book is scarce, with OCLC locating five copies of this edition.... Learn More
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  33. 125728
    First edition, uncommon complete as here, of this charming set of instructive tales for children by the French bluestocking Alida de Savignac (1790-1847). Volume I comprises three stories, each bound separately: La Petite Malade imaginaire; Juliette à Rome, ou les histoires du temps passé; and Camille. Volume II is divided... Learn More
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  34. 131142
    First edition of the first great feminist treatise. Mary Wollstonecraft (17591797) argued in her groundbreaking manifesto that the rights of man and of woman were one and the same thing. Her demand for "justice for one-half of the human race" was too revolutionary for her time, but she found a following among radicals and... Learn More
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  35. 129234
    A complete set of the most popular suffragette card game, Panko, charmingly illustrated by Punch cartoonist Edward Tennyson Reed. The pack is split into two halves, with the illustrations for the four Suffragist suits heightened with purple and green colouring, depicting iconic suffragettes bearing the Votes for Women scroll... Learn More
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  36. 132271
    Part of the transcript of the Senate Watergate hearings, specially bound for Stanley H. Katz (1923-1993), who is mentioned on Richard Nixon's extensive "enemies list" on page 1731; Katz's name is circled in red crayon on the relevant page, presumably in his own hand, and his inclusion in the list is noted on the front cover.... Learn More
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  37. 132162
    First and only printing of this original draft. Docketed on the front panel of the wraps by Louis L. Strauss, Herbert Hoover's assistant in Paris: "One of the first 100 copies of the original draft. Read by Woodrow Wilson at Paris, Feb. 1919". OCLC locates just 6 copies of this draft - Peace Palace Library, Huntington, Princeton,... Learn More
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  38. 125275
    A collection of religious tracts, predominantly Scottish imprints and mostly dating from the last decade of the 18th century, and bound soon after. The collection provides a valuable illustration of popular theology of the time, with many of the works present going through many editions, while two of the works are apparently... Learn More
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  39. 117454
    First edition. Robert Wallace (1697-1771) was a Church of Scotland Minister, best known for his writings on population. This treatise was produced in response to a work of the same year entitled Lord Dun's Friendly and Familiar Advices, written by the Jacobite sympathiser David Erskine, Lord Dun (1673-1754). Dun's work defended... Learn More
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  40. 123697detail

    Provenance:..."> Two Christmas cards sent by Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips to Margaret Thatcher in the late 1970s. Both cards display Gatcombe Park house, the estate which Princess Anne acquired in 1976, and are both inscribed by Anne "To you both, from Anne and Mark's signature: Mark", with their crowned joint monogram.

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  41. 125685
    First edition, first impression, of the author's only novel, and most uncommon in such nice condition. The Bell Jar, released on 14 January 1963, just five weeks before Plath died, was published pseudonymously by Plath to avoid offending her mother, who appears in the novel thinly-disguised. It was not published under Plath's... Learn More
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  42. i1
    First edition, first impression, of Lagerlöf's debut novel, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to her Danish translators Ida Falbe-Hansen and her partner Elisabeth Grundtvig on the front flyleaf of Volume I: "Frkr Falbe Hansen och Grundtvig med tacksamhet och tillgifvenhet, från förf", with their pencil marginalia... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to Vanessa Bell, inscribed by the author on publication: "Vanessa Bell from V.W. Oct. 1922". An exceptional association copy: Jacob's Room was the first of VW's books for which Vanessa Bell designed the dust jacket, and the text represents VW's attempt to do in fictional... Learn More
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    First trade edition, service de presse copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title "Pour Raymond Federman avec amitîé Hélène Cixous". The recipient was French-American novelist, essayist and Beckett critic Raymond Federman (1928-2009), who edited a number of Cixous's critical essays on Beckett.... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author, "For Marie with best wishes Alan Watts", on the front free endpaper. This is Watts's "manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence" (jacket blurb), exploring the self's relation to the universe and drawing on the ancient Hindu philosophy of Vedanta to... Learn More
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    The Pioneer Policewoman..."> First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "with every good wish, from Mary S. Allen", with an autograph note loosely inserted, "Hoping you will accept this - If in your part of the world I will certainly let you know. M. S. Allen". The Pioneer Policewoman... Learn More
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  47. 131540
    A scarce signed cabinet photo of renowned occultist and founder of theosophy Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891); auction records recording no comparable examples. This photo, often referred to as the "Sphinx" portrait, shows Blavatsky in her most common pose, with her head resting on her hand gazing directly to the viewer. It... Learn More
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    Herland.

    New York: January–December 1915

    Park..."> First edition, the first appearance of Gilman's feminist utopian novel Herland, complete in twelve issues of Gilman's magazine The Forerunner; this copy warmly inscribed by the author to the American suffragist Alice Locke Park, "Charlotte Perkins Gilman with love and honor for her friend Alice Park", on the front free endpaper.
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  49. 130782
    First edition, first printing, in the extremely uncommon dust jacket; the first such copy that we have handled, and to our knowledge the only jacket recorded as appearing in commerce for either the first UK or US edition. The Suffragette, acknowledged by Sylvia Pankhurst's biographer to be her "best known work" (Harrison),... Learn More
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    Gender Studies is a series of portraits first exhibited in 2012 in Düsseldorf featuring the "sound design" of Frederic Sanchez, included here on CD. In 2011 Rheims posted an advertisement on Facebook looking for..."> First edition, first printing, signed by the artist on the half-title, "Bettina Rheims, 2015, Paris". Gender Studies is a series of portraits first exhibited in 2012 in Düsseldorf featuring the "sound design" of Frederic Sanchez, included here on CD. In 2011 Rheims posted an advertisement on Facebook looking for... Learn More
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  51. 130071
    First edition, first impression, of the Rossetti sisters' pseudonymously published semi-autobiographical memoir of their experiences as teenagers in the late 19th-century anarchist underground movement in London. The titular narrator Isabel Meredith shuns her comfortable Victorian home for the life of a revolutionary only... Learn More
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  52. 130069
    First edition in book form, first impression, a rare survival of Holdsworth's best-known work, "a combination of Marxist-feminist rhetoric and adaptation of the popular rags-to-riches romance" (Goodridge & Keegan, p. 324). It first appeared in print as a serialisation in The Daily Herald (October 1923) and, like all of Holdsworth's... Learn More
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  53. 130063
    First edition, a handsomely bound set of the poet, memoirist, and travel writer Louisa Stuart Costello's (1799-1870) biographical sketches of prominent women throughout the history England. Entries include the Duchess of Marlborough, Elizabeth Cromwell, Lady Mary Tudor, and Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia. Though the... Learn More
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  54. 128641
    First edition, first impression. Ray (Rachel) Strachey (1887-1940), was a feminist activist, politician and writer. During the First World War her activism shifted its focus from suffrage to the question of women's employment, leading her to organise the Women's Service, the history of which is detailed in this work. "She... Learn More
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  55. 128582
    First edition, first impression, of Hamilton's play celebrating women throughout history, including Joan of Arc, Sappho, and Boudica. The pageant was first performed at the Scala Theatre in London on 10 November 1909 and was quickly staged all over Britain. It was first directed by the actress, producer, and daughter of... Learn More
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  56. 127491
    First edition, notably rare, of the revolutionary French socialist and feminist's critique of London following her 1839 visit to England, emphasising the city's poverty crisis as a symptom of the English capitalist system, and written in the fluent reportorial style for which Tristan became best known. OCLC locates just... Learn More
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  57. 126697
    First edition of Lytton's own account of her suffragette experiences, principally a damning indictment of conditions in prisons, written with her left hand after a stroke left her paralysed in 1912. After visiting suffragettes imprisoned in Holloway gaol in 1909, Lytton joined the WSPU and thereafter was a fervent lobbyist,... Learn More
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  58. 125458
    A fresh example of this striking and scarce broadside, titled "Which Way Are Women Going?", the text written by prominent American feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman and framed with elaborate artwork by illustrator Dan Smith, depicting a powerful female angel with her arm around a young girl in the foreground, while a line... Learn More
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  59. 125391
    ODNB) of the traveller and working-class nurse Betsi Davis's colourful life. It is notably scarce in commerce we can trace just one copy at auction, in 2017 and somewhat uncommon institutionally, Copac locating ten copies, OCLC adding a further four institutions..."> First edition of the "full and fascinating account" (ODNB) of the traveller and working-class nurse Betsi Davis's colourful life. It is notably scarce in commerce we can trace just one copy at auction, in 2017 and somewhat uncommon institutionally, Copac locating ten copies, OCLC adding a further four institutions... Learn More
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  60. 120826
    A leaflet produced by the WSPU regarding the conditions of Emmeline Pankhurst's imprisonment after the window-smashing demonstration in Westminster of 1 March 1912. In this leaflet Dr Ethel Smyth's (1858-1944) letter to the Times, dated 17 April 1912, is reprinted. In this letter Dr Smyth provides an account of the conditions... Learn More
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