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  1. 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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  2. 126672

    De claris mulieribus.

    [Strassburg: about 1474-75, not after 1479]

    Second edition of the first collection of 104 biographies devoted exclusively to women, following the first printed edition at Ulm by Johann Zainer in 1473. First composed between 1355 and 1359 it "represents Europe's first postclassical history of women" (Gaylard, p. 287). Boccaccio includes women from mythology, legend,... Learn More
    £15,000

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  3. 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
    £10,000

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    First edition of one of the most important works in the history of feminism and "one of the classics of early nineteenth-century feminist literature" (ODNB). "No book published before his time on this subject, even the famous work of Mary Wollstonecraft, is at once so broad and comprehensive and so direct and practical as... Learn More
    £5,500

    Stock Code: 102519

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  5. i1
    First edition, first impression of Lagerlöf's first novel. Presentation copy inscribed by Lagerlöf 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". Lagerlöf (1858-1940) was the... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 103054

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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
    £85,000

    Stock Code: 87261

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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
    £650

    Stock Code: 61763

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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
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 131698

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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
    £1,750

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  10. 131544
    A specially engraved silver cigarette case owned by the Birmingham suffragette Lettice Annie Floyd (1865-1934), made for her the year that she joined the WSPU. The back features her first name, engraved in a highly stylised, practised manner clearly professional but the front, featuring Joan of Arc, the frequent icon of... Learn More
    £2,875

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  11. 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
    £9,250

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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.
    Park... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 130959

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  13. 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
    £6,500

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  14. 130721comp
    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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  15. 130633
    First edition of this genuinely scarce pamphlet, an early and important call to arms signalling the rising tide of female activism in Britain and predating the UK's suffrage movement by a decade. OCLC locates a single copy only, at the University of Minnesota. Though no authorial name is offered within the pamphlet, Minnesota... Learn More
    £3,500

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  16. 130632
    First edition of this exceptionally rare pamphlet, recording a lecture in which Fawcett dispassionately sets out and then deconstructs thirteen common arguments against women's enfranchisement, additionally drawing upon the philosophy of John Stuart Mill, Erasmus Darwin, and Charles Kingsley, to name a few. Copac lists one... Learn More
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    Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well was Angelou's second volume of poetry; James Baldwin wrote of the work..."> First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Maureen, Joy! Maya Angelou". Loosely inserted into this copy is a candid polaroid of Angelou taken at the book signing. Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well was Angelou's second volume of poetry; James Baldwin wrote of the work... Learn More
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  18. 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
    £675

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  19. 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
    £650

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  20. 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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  21. 129441
    A strikingly hand-illustrated donation tin painted in service of the WSPUa rare survivalfeaturing the iconic imagery of the armoured female knight, Votes for Women banner, and WSPU pennant, which emphasises the moral and Christian right of female suffrage, skilfully rendered by the unknown artist in the society's official... Learn More
    £2,000

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  22. 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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  23. 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
    £375

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  24. 128414
    Substantial, highly detailed official account of the Aba Women's War; the primary source for what is one of the most significant and closely-studied events of the colonial period in Nigeria. Somewhat fragile and consequently an uncommon survival, around a dozen locations worldwide on OCLC, no copies recorded at auction.
    Variously... Learn More
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  25. 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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  26. 127487
    First edition, first impression. In this richly illustrated work Wolff "attempts to demonstrate an unexpectedly close correlation between the detailed configuration of the hand and the outstanding traits forming the personality complex of the owner of the hands" (Schultz, p. 479). To do this she analyses the palms of numerous... Learn More
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  27. 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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  28. 126381
    First US edition of the author's first and most cited work on the French Revolution, first published in London the previous year. An engaging travel narrative which begins at a Mass at Notre Dame on the eve of the Fête de la Fédération and recounts visits to the ruins of the Bastille, the National Assembly, and the Palace... Learn More
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  29. 125934
    Rare first edition, first printing, of this highly influential and important early feminist work; from the library of August Derleth, with his ownership signature on the front free endpaper - a very apposite association, linking this macabre story, written in the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe, with the co-founder of Arkham... Learn More
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  30. 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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  31. 125869
    First Edinburgh edition of the bestselling précis of the Select Committee hearings on the slave trade, perhaps one of the earliest and greatest works of investigative journalism in English; this copy with a pleasing double association of two Scottish Enlightenment intellectuals. First published in London the same year,... Learn More
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  32. 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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    Sky Roads of the World.

    London & Edinburgh: 1939

    First edition, first impression. This copy with an album leaf signed by the author and decorated with a photographic portrait of Johnson cut from a newspaper mounted on the front free endpaper. Sky Roads of the World is Johnson's autobiographical account of her record-breaking endeavours, published two years before... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 125517

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  34. 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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  35. 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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    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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  37. 120822
    An iconic volume of the Pethick-Lawrences' influential periodical of the suffrage movement, the official organ of the WSPU until 1912, bound as advertised in the 24 September 1909 supplement The Story of Votes for Women at the cost of 11/3. The third volume in particular features coverage of the relatively new 'official... Learn More
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  38. 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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  39. 120674
    First UK edition, first impression, rare in the dust jacket, especially in such nice condition, and with an interesting female provenance, being from the library of Letitia Fairfield, the first female Chief Medical Officer for London and a pioneer of women's and children's health, with her signature to the front free endpaper.... Learn More
    £300

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  40. 120769
    Sole printing of the annual report of The Society for Promoting the Employment of Women. The society was founded in 1859 by Emily Faithfull, Jessie Boucherett, Barbara Bodichon, and Elizabeth Rayner Parkes with the aim of encouraging women, and providing them with the necessary skills, to enter a wider variety of work. They... Learn More
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  41. 120645
    A rare survival of this leaflet issued by the Women's Social and Political Union in the week that Christabel Pankhurst had eluded the police after the window smashing demonstration, escaping to Paris. 'Votes for Women' was consequently censored, the journal printed just the title "A Challenge" followed by a blank space,... Learn More
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  42. 121290
    First edition, large paper copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Mrs James with the author's best wishes. 1840". Pasted on the facing page is a manuscript letter from the author on a single page of a bifolium: "Greenwich Hospital 14 September 1840. Dear Madam, as you expressed much... Learn More
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  43. The Great Mouthpiece.
    First edition, first printing. An inscribed presentation copy from the author to his daughter, inscribed on recto of front free endpaper: "To my sweet darling,/ Jane, from her/ ever-doting parent,/ Gene Fowler/ 1931". An uncharacteristically benign inscription: Fowler's animus towards children was legendary. William J. Fallon... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 96847

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  44. 132089
    An engraved ticket to attend the trial of Warren Hastings, in a 1793 sitting. Warren Hastings was the head of the Supreme Council of Bengal, and consequently the de facto Governor-General of India, from 1774 to 1785. In 1787 he was accused of corruption and embezzlement, and began an impeachment trial under the House of... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Martin Luther King on the front free endpaper: "To William Martin with Best Wishes for peace and Brotherhood Martin Luther King Jr". William Martin was a member of the First Baptist Church, down the street from King's own Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, in Montgomery. In his recollections... Learn More
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  46. 130083
    Printed leaflet produced for the memorial service of Emily Wilding Davison, certainly some of the earliest suffragette propaganda to align her death with martyrdom for the cause. Davison died on 8 June 1913 from injuries received after being hit by the King's horse while protesting at the Epsom Derby four days prior; her... Learn More
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  47. 120620
    First and only edition of this uncommon pamphlet recording a speech by the Governor of Wyoming commenting upon the failure of other states to extend the vote to women, published by the CCNSWS to advance the cause in Britain (OCLC traces just eight copies worldwide). Hoyt explains that "in the territory of Wyoming, in the... Learn More
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  48. 128524
    First edition of one of the Quaker theologian's major works, No Cross, No Crown, Penn's eloquent and inflammatory dissertation upon the importance of the Christian duty of self-sacrifice. It was composed while Penn (1644-1718) was confined in the Tower of London for nine months for the "blasphemy" of his unlicensed tract,... Learn More
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  49. 131438
    First edition. The title is ironic - the author holds that the alarmist tracts of his contemporaries, which bemoaned the danger of Britain's ballooning national debt, were bolstering the nation's adversaries by portraying Britain in a weaker economic state than she in fact was. Playfair instead presents the "Enemies of England"... Learn More
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  50. 124965

    The Republic.

    Glasgow: 1763

    First edition in English of the greatest of Plato's dialogues, printed by the celebrated Foulis brothers, one of a small number of large paper copies, described by Gaskell as "demy quarto" and published at nine shillings, against six shillings for the smaller issue. The translation is by the Church of Scotland minister and... Learn More
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  51. .
    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Don McLaren, with deep appreciation of your friendship and collaboration, Everett, December 21, 1948." Learn More
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    Stock Code: 86930

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  52. 124818
    First editions, first impressions. A collection of sixteen speeches of the North Korean communist leader Kim Il-Sung from the mid-70s, which were published by North Korea's foreign language publishing department. Essentially a foreign propaganda office, the Foreign Languages Publishing House, founded in 1957 in imitation... Learn More
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  53. 68127comp
    First Italian language edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in 1959. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "a Burt coi migliori vuoti, Van". The recipient was Burton Dreben, an influential Harvard professor and Quine's "closest philosophical ally". Learn More
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    Stock Code: 68127

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  54. Cold Comfort Farm.
    Proof copy of Gibbons' classic parodic novel. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 98079

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  55. 121217
    First edition thus, limited issue, number 58 of 500 copies. Hardy Wallis's translation was first published, without the illustrations, in 1938. Tipped-in is a presentation letter from Sir Robert Tasker to the headmaster of his alma mater Ardingly College, 7 February 1959, and a photocopied letter of thanks from the headmaster... Learn More
    £575

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  56. The Paradise of Fools.
    First edition of this lively and uncommon account of an expedition described in Fliegel Jezerniczky's on-line Libyan Desert bibliography as "an extraordinary journey", during which a party led by Mason and W. B. Kennedy Shaw traversed "virtually all major parts of the Libyan desert. They started from Kharga, reaching the... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 98893

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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. 123694detail
    The Christmas card sent by Prince Charles to Margaret Thatcher in 1977. Inscribed on the interior "Mr and Mrs Thatcher, from Charles." above and below the printed message "With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year 1977". Facing the inscription is a photograph of Charles in traditional Native American head-dress,... Learn More
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  60. Abraham Lincoln. The Prairie Years.
    First UK edition. Sandburg was an American poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes; two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 114504

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