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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to the collecting fields known as Americana and USiana; that is, anything to do with the history, politics, or culture of the USA both before and after Independence.

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  1. 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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  2. 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    A superbly presented, deeply personal manuscript volume of largely unpublished poetry and drawings by Priscilla Susan Bertie Tarleton (1778-1864), the wife of the notorious army officer and rakehell Sir Banastre Tarleton.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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  3. 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
    £8,500

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  4. 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
    £425

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  5. 131912
    First edition. Written by Grant as he was dying of cancer, the work served as a death bed justification for the war against the Confederacy and for Grant's own conduct. The autobiography was published by Mark Twain, who marketed the book by using military veterans in uniform to raise subscriptions. It sold over 300,000 sets... Learn More
    £2,250

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  6. 131885
    First edition. An attractive history, particularly prized in its day for the series of portraits which include the King, Franklin, Lafayette, and Washington, Admirals Howe, Keppel, Parker, Kempenfelt, Hood and Rodney, and Generals Greene, Clinton, Howe, Burgoyne, and Cornwallis. The first substantial, general history of... Learn More
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  7. 126141
    First edition with colour illustrations. A young lawyer turned portraitist, Catlin set out in 1830 from his home in Pennsylvania to record on canvas the indigenous tribes of North America and their way of life. His eight years among the major tribes of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains resulted in his "Indian Gallery,"... Learn More
    £1,875

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  8. 131089comp
    First edition, first printing, signed by Matt Groening with an original sketch of Lisa on the front free endpaper verso. The Simpsons first appeared as a series of short films on The Tracey Ullman Show, the first of which was broadcast on 19 April 1987. After three seasons in that format The Simpsons was developed into a... Learn More
    £350

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  9. 128754
    First edition of Webster's correspondence, in an attractive binding. Daniel Webster (1782-1852) served as Secretary of State under Presidents William Henry Harrison, John Tylor and Millard Fillmore, one of only two individuals to serve under three presidents. He was the chief negotiator for the Webster-Ashburton Treaty,... Learn More
    £425

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  10. 127460
    Essentially the second impression of this exact facsimile, taken from Stone's copperplate which had been created via direct transmission from the original document. A striking commemoration of America's arrival as an independent nation, with the precocious invocation of "those truths we hold self-evident." In 1820 Secretary... Learn More
    £30,000

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  11. 129033
    First octavo edition, following the folio edition of 1836-44. A magnificent record of Native American dignitaries - "the most colourful portraits of Indians ever executed" (Howes). McKenney, who was Superintendent of Indian trade from 1816 until 1822 and headed the US Bureau of Indian Affairs from 1824 to 1830, collaborated... Learn More
    £15,000

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  12. 116984
    First editions of Eisenhower's two volumes of presidential autobiography and his later volume of discursive memoirs. Nelson Doubleday Jr. (1933-2015) was the last president of Doubleday and Company (1978-86) before its sale to Bertelsmann AG in 1986; he was grandson of the founder, Frank Nelson Doubleday ("Effendi"). Doubleday... Learn More
    £3,000

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    Eleventh edition. Daniel Webster (1782-1852), US Senator and Secretary of State, was one of the most important figures in US politics in the first half of the 19th century. An attractively bound set preserving speeches, legal arguments, diplomatic papers touching on and influencing all the important events of the first... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 114126

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  14. 129128comp
    First and only edition. A superb association copy, inscribed by President Roosevelt to his son John A. Roosevelt: "For John A. Roosevelt from his affectionate father Franklin D. Roosevelt". John accompanied his father during the presidential trip aboard the schooner, where they fished for tuna and cod. The sojourn was a... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 129128

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  15. 128999
    First editions, first impressions. Churchill began his history of the British Empire and the United States during his period in the political wilderness in the early 1930s, but did not complete it until after his retirement in the late 1950s. The events of the Second World War, the major interruption in the writing process,... Learn More
    £2,500

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  16. 117379detail
    National edition, number 987 of 1,050 copies only. A lavish limited edition preserving the legacy of Daniel Webster (1782-1852), US Senator and Secretary of State. Famed for his ability as an orator, Webster was one of the most important figures in US politics in the first half of the 19th century. In Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,... Learn More
    £3,000

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  17. 125824
    Second complete Brussels edition, in the scarce and appealing original wrappers, of de Tocqueville's magnum opus. The first appearances of De la démocratie en Amérique in Brussels were published by Louis Hauman in the same years as the first editions (Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835 & 1840). Meline also published a two volume... Learn More
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  18. 98387
    First collected edition in French of the author's collected works. The first part is entirely devoted to electricity and includes previously unpublished pieces. Translated by Jacques Barbeu-Dubourg (1709-1779) from the fourth edition in the original English. A close friend of Franklin and his translator and publisher in... Learn More
    £1,250

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  19. .
    First edition, trade issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title to "John Steinbeck, as between two soldiers, citizens and fellow strugglers - with affection good wishes, Carl Sandburg, Los Gatos, 1940", with Steinbeck's embossed library stamp to the front free endpaper and title page of each volume.... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 97267

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  20. 123562
    First edition. William Eden (1744-1814) had been appointed by Lord North as part of the five-man commission for conciliation with America, led by Eden's friend the fifth earl of Carlisle. The commission failed, unable to conciliate the rebellious colonists. Eden's Four Letters provided a defence of the ministry's policy... Learn More
    £175

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  21. 121781
    A handsomely produced edition, scarce in the dust jackets. A young lawyer turned portraitist, Catlin set out in 1830 from his home in Pennsylvania to record on canvas the indigenous tribes of North America and their way of life. His eight years among the major tribes of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains resulted in... Learn More
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  22. 117176comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "To Signor Giulio with the respects of the author". Henry Charles Carey (1793-1879) was hailed by his contemporaries as "the political economist of the age" (Sartain's Magazine), and his earlier work, The Credit System (1838), was considered "the best work on the... Learn More
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  23. 120624
    First edition of the Mississippi anti-abolitionist's work summarising proslavery arguments supported by religion and new racial science. The eleven chapters consider the biblical foundations of slavery within early Judaism and Christianity, the history of African slavery, the abolitionist position of England on the topic,... Learn More
    £3,500

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  24. 121295
    First edition, second state with portrait and frontispiece, title page does not, however, state "With Portrait and Map". "The warm, loving reminiscences of Custer's devoted wife Libbie during their three years in Dakota Territory, detailing the good times as well as the hardships and heartaches of western frontier life"... Learn More
    £250

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  25. 119149comp
    First edition, first printing, one of 1,000 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by Roosevelt on title page, "Franklin D. Roosevelt, for Robert M. Morgenthau". Morgenthau (b.1919) is the son of Roosevelt's friend and Secretary of the Treasury during Roosevelt's presidency, Henry Morgenthau, Jr (1891-1967). At the time of... Learn More
    £7,500

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  26. 119148comp
    "Author's" edition, one of 100 copies, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Hon. Clark Clifford, from his good friend over many years, with kindest regards, Harry S. Truman, Independence, August 27, 1960", and with Clifford's bookplate to the front pastedown. The first edition of this work was... Learn More
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  27. 120381
    A fascinating legal document entirely in Lincoln's hand and showing him as the hard-working "prairie lawyer" involved in the minutiae of the law: signed three times in the main deposition and again at the foot, "Abraham Lincoln Commissioner"; also signed by Thomas Lewis - one of the patentees of the "atmospheric churn" -... Learn More
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  28. 119930
    The Avondale edition, limited to 770 signed sets of which this is number 374. This set has the author's signature tipped in at the bottom of the foreword in volume 1. A particularly handsome set covering the first 25 years of American twentieth century history. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 119930

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  29. 116669
    First edition in French and the first published edition. The only book-length work of Jefferson's published in his lifetime originated as a relatively simple list of responses to queries from Francois Barbe de Marbois, then secretary to the French legation at Philadelphia. In May 1781 Jefferson told Marbois that he would... Learn More
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  30. 118387
    Faulkner's infamous and extremely uncommon "beer broadside" was distributed in his home town of Oxford prior to a referendum on the repeal of a local ban on the sale of beer, implemented in 1944. Faulkner refuted four of the claims made by clergymen in favour of the ban, after they had printed an advertisement in the local... Learn More
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  31. 107483
    Louis Wain's first annual to solely feature stories for children, a copy of which was sent and gratefully received by "the Queen... and Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Princess Christian's daughter". Despite this royal success with P. S. King, Wain only published two annuals with them. An uncommon book, with just... Learn More
    £250

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  32. 117205
    First edition, first printing, trade issue. Preceded by a deluxe limited issue of 350 copies signed by the author and photographer, printed on large paper and specially bound with 90 images. Uncommon in the jacket. Named after the spiritual written by Charles Wesley this collaboration by Ullmann and Peterkin focuses on the... Learn More
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  33. 116911
    An important historical document regarding viticulture practices and the early wine industry in America. It concerns the progress of Alabama's Vine and Olive Colony, named thus after the land agreement made between the US Congress and refugee settlers in 1817 (some, but certainly not all, of whom were French). Attracted... Learn More
    £750

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  34. 116896
    A Short Treatise on Horticulture was immensely popular and influential, becoming..."> First and sole edition. Despite Prince's objective being to simply "give a few brief remarks as to the Culture of Fruit Trees, &c. by throwing together some of the leading rules, whose adoption has proved most successful" (Preface), A Short Treatise on Horticulture was immensely popular and influential, becoming... Learn More
    £1,125

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  35. 114470
    First edition of one of the finest graphic representations of the American Civil War; this copy from the library of a Union army veteran: bookplate of William Bush Blackwell (1837-1922), who served as a first lieutenant and quarter master with the 26th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry (the "2nd Oneida Regiment") and... Learn More
    £5,000

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  36. 116470
    First edition, first printing. John Clifford Cowles (1861-1951) was an American artist, and this was only work of fiction. A review on rear of dust jacket states "Read It Once, You Will Read It Twice" - a claim somewhat undermined by the uncut pages of this copy. Learn More
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  37. 116361comp
    First edition, first printing. Signed by Paul Garon to foot of the foreword. Garon is an author of a number of books on the Blues and was one of the founding editors of Living Blues magazine in 1970. The accompanying CD, "The St Louis Blues Legends Delmark Collection" is an exclusive collection of music from St. Louis musicians... Learn More
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  38. 116247comp
    First Ballantine Books editions, first printings. Presentation copies, inscribed by the author on the title pages, "For Dink Bruce, with thanks and best wishes, Bob Stone". The recipient was Benjamin "Dink" Bruce, a cult figure in Key West, Florida. Dink's father Telly Otto Bruce ("Toby") originally moved to Key West at... Learn More
    £375

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  39. .
    First edition, first printing, of this plea for constitutional reform published under Calvin Coolidge's presidency. B. V. Hubbard was a journalist and practising lawyer, author of Socialism, Feminism, and Suffragism, the Terrible Triplets (1915). Author's and publisher's compliments slips laid in. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 116058

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  40. The Mississippi Valley in British Politics.
    First edition of this important study, which received the Loubat Prize for 1918 and was reviewed favourably on publication by O. G. Libby, who considered Alvord "completely successful in maintaining his thesis that the Mississippi valley at a critical period in our history was again and again a determining factor in British... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 114851

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  41. Voyage dans les États-Unis d'Amérique,
    First edition. Presentation copy of this important account of travels in the United States and Canada during the last decade of the 18th century inscribed by the author's son, François XIII, duc de La Rochefoucauld (1765-1848), to Edward Livingston, who served as US Secretary of State in 1831-3: "Offert a M. Edouard Livingston... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 114358

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  42. Muscling In.
    First edition of this stark exposé of the impact of the Mob at the onset of the Great Depression. " 'There is scarcely a commodity exposed for sale today that does not cost more because of the racket ' Col. Robert Isham Randolph, President, the Chicago Association of Commerce" (epigraph). The author details how the Mob... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 114051

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  43. Six Years with the Texas Rangers, 1875-1881.
    First Yale University Press edition, which was revised and updated by Gillett and the editor, to include additional historical photos which did not appear in the 1921 privately-printed first. Gillett's memoir is widely considered to be one of the best personal accounts of the Texas Rangers ever written. Decidedly uncommon... Learn More
    £300

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  44. Rattling the Cup on Chicago Crime.
    First edition, fifth printing, of this entertaining exposé of the "powder-burnt labyrinth of Chicago crime" (as the author puts it on page one), detailing the rackets of such mob luminaries as Al Capone, Dion O'Banion and the Genna family; there is, of course, a chapter on the St Valentine's Day Massacre. Sullivan had been... Learn More
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  45. A History of the Greenbacks
    First edition, first printing, of the author's acclaimed study of the impact of inflation on the economy of the Union. "From 1860 to 1864, textiles quadrupled in price as a result of the dearth of cotton. In general, wholesale prices rose more than did retail prices. The inflation imposed a heavy tax on working men, estimated... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 112868

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  46. .
    The "Manuscript Edition" number 75 of 1,000 sets, each containing a leaf of Beveridge's original working manuscript. Beveridge retired from politics in 1922 and dedicated his last few years to writing what has come to be regarded as "the first Lincoln biography to meet modern scholarly standards" (ANB). He had a horror of... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 111415

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  47. Kootenai Why Stories.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For indecipherable and Pat Dale, whose tracks are all about the shack at Goose Bay, Frank B. Linderman, 1936". Writer and politician Frank Bird Linderman (1869-1938) collected the stories in this volume from the Native American tribe of the... Learn More
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  48. The Writings.
    A handsomely bound set which includes a comprehensive introduction to his works by Albert Henry Smyth covering Franklin's manuscripts, printed editions, works, philosophical, political and economical works, satires and bagatelles, and his correspondence. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 96403

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  49. Nigger Melodies;
    Seemingly first edition, predating editions published by Cornish, Lamport and Co., successors to Nafis & Cornish, around 1851. All early editions uncommon, with perhaps two dozen copies on OCLC, all of them in North America. This copy with the armorial bookplate of Edward Royall Tyler, son of the Rev. Edward Royall Taylor,... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 98782

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  50. De origine, ac rebus gestis Regum Hispaniae liber,
    Scarce first edition of a chronicle of the rulers of Spain from Tubal, son of Noah, to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. From the library of the Fugger banking library of Augsburg, in a characteristic binding with later shelf mark on front free endpaper. New World discoveries are referred to on pages 182 and 196 (Columbus);... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 87485

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  51. 83709comp
    First edition of this extremely uncommon publication, this a presentation copy, inscribed and signed by Harrison on the title-page: "John C. Wright Esq. of Steubenville Ohio from his friend W. H. Harrison." This is the only presentation copy of Harrison's Remarks ever to have appeared at auction, at the Streeter sale, 1967... Learn More
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  52. The Restless Decade.
    First edition, first printing. Gutmann's mostly urban photographies of Depression-era USA, predominantly San Francisco. Edited by Lew Thomas, the book also includes an essay by American art historian Max Kozloff. Signed by Gutmann on half-title. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 89935

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  53. 82190
    Extremely uncommon. Printed and published by David Douglass and William Aikman, Loyalist refugees from the Revolution in America - Douglass from Charleston, Aikman from Annapolis - this almanac includes, at the conclusion of the calendar proper, on the verso of the leaf bearing a Jamaican historical chronology - a "Kalendar... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 82190

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  54. Report of the Board of Officers … on Gatling Guns of Large Caliber for Flank-Defence - with two autograph letters signed to Edgar T. Welles.
    First edition. Engraved bookplate; "Compliments of the Acting Chief of Ordnance, U.S. Army" to the front pastedown. Two 2-page autograph letters signed on Gatling Gun Company stationery from Richard J. Gatling to Edgar T. Welles, son of Gideon Welles Civil War Secretary of the Navy, and secretary and treasurer of the Gatling... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 82902

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  55. 70850
    Second edition, the first, published in 1790, was in three volumes, this continues the account down to the conclusion of the War of Independence, "Particularly useful for the army's campaigns in America" (Bruce). Beatson saw early service at Rochefort in 1758, and at Martinique and Guadeloupe. On his father's death he came... Learn More
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  56. .
    First edition, the complete set of what is still considered by historians to be the most important single source of early Western American history. "Colossal co-operative undertaking; nothing approaching it has ever been attempted in this country" (Howes). Although the first title-page is dated 1886, the set was published... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 68597

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  57. 68725detail
    This Riverside Press edition, one of a limited edition of 550 numbered copies of what was for a century the standard reference work on American History. The editor, Justin Winsor (1831-1897) was a writer and prominent librarian at the Boston Public Library and later at Harvard University, where he professionalized library... Learn More
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  58. The Life Saving Appliances of Joseph Francis.
    First edition. Uncommon, OCLC records just 4 copies - US Coast Guard Academy, Smithsonian, NYPL, and Texas Tech. Francis's name was extremely well-known in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, but his fame waned with the frequency of maritime disasters. He devoted his life to the invention of maritime life-saving... Learn More
    £475

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  59. 65838
    First edition. "Originally published in eleven parts" (Sabin). Lamb enlisted in the 9th regiment of foot in 1773; three years later he embarked for Canada and served initially in the operations at the siege of Quebec. Subsequently he "joined in General John Burgoyne's successful operations against Fort Ticonderoga, and... Learn More
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  60. Leyden Documents relating to the Pilgrim Fathers.
    Limited Edition of 400 copies, this number 182. Published in celebration of the Tercentenary of the departure of the Speedwell from Holland. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 37019

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