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  1. 133896detail
    First complete collected edition, one of 1,750 sets published of which this is number 1572. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the... Learn More
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  2. 132175
    First edition, first impression. Taking the form of a series of letters between an experienced devil and a subordinate, The Screwtape Letters addresses numerous questions of Christian theology. Though the book sparkles with wit, Lewis found its composition difficult and unpleasant: "The strain produced a sort of spiritual... Learn More
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  3. 133743
    First trade edition of this wonderful example of Victorian book production. Longman employed the finest wood-engravers of the day and the project was overseen by the antiquary and illuminator Henry Shaw (1800-1873): "He provided initials and ornament for the prestigious New Testament published by Longman in 1864 with engravings... Learn More
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  4. 133406
    From the estate of Margaret Thatcher, with a printed label on the reverse reading "This print was presented to the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, FRS, MP, to commemorate her visit to the Renal Unit on 1st October, 1986. It shows the original building of the Royal Sussex County Hospital which was designed... Learn More
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  5. 133407
    From the estate of Margaret Thatcher, with the presentation label incorporated beneath the map reading "Presented to the Right Honourable Margaret Thatcher MP on the occasion of the Gallipoli Commemoration 25 April 1990". Thatcher travelled to Turkey for the 75th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, along with the Australian... Learn More
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  6. 133384
    Margaret Thatcher's own copy of the official cabinet photograph taken 7 July 1983, the first cabinet photograph after her landslide victory in the June 1983 election, signed by herself and every other member of the cabinet. This is one of two signed 1983 cabinet photographs, this in colour, the other in black and white,... Learn More
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  7. 133481comp
    First edition, first impression, with an excellent provenance; being from the library of renowned palmist Mir Bashir (1907-1997), with his ownership inscription from the year of publication to the front free endpaper, "Bashir, B. A., 8 Nizamiah Hotel, Hyderabad, Deccan, 19th Aug. 1936". Bashir moved from India to London... Learn More
    £500

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  8. 133660
    A Christmas card sent from Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis to former prime minister Harold Wilson, signed "Denis and Margaret Thatcher" in their respective hands. The photograph on the card shows Margaret and Denis on the stairs at Downing Street, surrounded by portraits of former prime ministers. The card, otherwise... Learn More
    £400

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  9. 133632detail
    Second Baskerville edition (first published the previous year), this the preferred of two impressions, with the lozenge-and-star border framing each page. John Baskerville (1706-1775) was the most significant English typographer of the 18th century, and the typeface that carries his name remains widely in use today. Baskerville... Learn More
    £1,750

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  10. 124586
    First edition of this magnificent and notably rare work, of which only 100 complete sets were produced - 500 copies of vols. I and II, 100 copies of vols. III and IV. Although the two pairs of volumes are dated 1766 and 1767, in fact vol. I was delayed until the end of 1767 and vol. II was published in 1769. Hancarville's... Learn More
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  11. 133013
    First edition, one of two 1891 printings, of Van Etten's address, one of the first serious attempts to secure safe conditions and better working hours for women in the underground garment industry. The other 1891 printing was published in Washington, DC by the Globe Printing Company; no priority has been established. The... Learn More
    £750

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  12. 129669detail
    Second edition, corrected, first published earlier the same year. Godwin's touching and frank account of his wife Mary Wollstonecraft's life marks an important step in the development of the art of biography. The details of her sexual liaison with Imlay, the birth of her illegitimate daughter, and her suicide attempts all... Learn More
    £1,250

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  13. 127430detail
    First edition in French of the second part of Tucker's Reflections on the Expediency of a Law for the Naturalization of Foreign Protestants (1752), translated by Turgot in his first published piece on economics. Tucker wrote the first part of his tract in 1751 in support of Robert Nugent's bill to relax British naturalisation... Learn More
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  14. 122620
    First edition of Dussausoy's programme of public works, the main purpose of which was to provide labour for the idle masses and to inspire patriotism by installing honorary monuments of monarchs and men of military and political renown across Paris, with chapters on the causes of depopulation and the degeneration of the... Learn More
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  15. 118291
    First edition in English, first published in Paris in 1893. It presents a system of standardised physical measurements for the identification of criminals known as anthropometry, or more commonly still as Bertillonage. Despite the supercession of the system by the introduction of finger-printing, Bertillon was still responsible... Learn More
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  16. 112682detail
    First edition, a rare interleaved copy owned by Swedish philologist Sven Hylander (1797-1825) with his comments and additions to the work. Hylander was lecturer at the University of Lund and studied Icelandic manuscripts. The famous Swedish poet Esaias Tegner, who was a lecturer in Greek at Lund, wrote an elegy for Hylander... Learn More
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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 132370comp
    Signed by Churchill 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 while serving as a war correspondent in... Learn More
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  20. 128691
    First edition of this landmark work, "the first book with original work printed in colour expressly designed for the original text" (Muir, p. 158). A Chronicle of England demonstrates "colour printing at its best, the colours fresh as if they had just been painted, the typography clear and beautiful" (Slythe, p. 28). Indeed,... Learn More
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  21. 123803detail
    A collection of Christmas cards sent by foreign royal families to Margaret Thatcher. Comprising the cards of:

    i) Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, King of Tonga (reigned 1965-2005), 1985. With Tonga's coat of arms on the front cover and the signature of himself and his wife Halaevalu Mata'aho 'Ahome'e on the interior, below the... Learn More
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  22. 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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  23. 131367comp
    First and only edition. Seemingly the author's copy, with added documentation and his own original illustrated wrappers, subsequently inscribed on the title page, "For Judge Cooper with the warm personal regards of the author, Henry W. Elliott, Oct. 25, 1913." Laid in is a memorandum in Elliott's hand, on Department of Commerce... Learn More
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  24. 133166
    First and only edition, no other copy traced. Green - who styles himself L.T., perhaps "lay teacher"? - opens with what he evidently felt was a clear statement of the underlying principle of his publication; "Seven is composed of the first two numbers, equal and unequal, three and four; for the number two consisting of... Learn More
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  25. 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
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  26. 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
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  27. 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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    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
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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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  31. 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
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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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
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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  43. 132606comp
    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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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  51. 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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  52. 132162
    First and only printing of this original draft, docketed on the front wrapper 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 six copies of this draft: Peace Palace Library, Huntington, Princeton,... Learn More
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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 87261comp
    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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