Americana

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. Integral Yoga Hatha.
    SATCHIDANANDA, Swami. Integral Yoga Hatha.

    New York : 1971

    First edition, first printing, paperback issue. A highly appealing presentation copy, with a typed letter signed from artist and Satchidananda devotee Peter Max to Buckminster Fuller, on Max's eye-catching Pop Art stationery, the letterhead reading "An Important Message from The World of Peter Max". In the language of the day, a deeply groovy provenance.

    Letter... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 141172

  2. 143182
    ILDREWE, Miss (ed.) The Language of Flowers.

    Boston : 1865

    First edition of this significant American botanical compendium, complete with the twelve colour plates and in the bright, decorative original cloth. Miss Ildrewe champions the significance of her native flora, an effort which was applauded by contemporary reviewers: "this pretty gift-book is the first really American contribution to the language of... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 143182

  3. 143439
    MILES, William Augustus. A Political Mirror;

    1779

    First edition; the second edition of the following year omits the list of ships. A scarce and desirable piece of Americana with just eleven locations worldwide for this first edition. Unusually solely BL in the UK, the rest in the US - Huntington, Lilly, JCB, NYHS, Yale, Society of the Cincinnati, Clements and a few outliers. In commerce, the only... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 143439

  4. Wisconsin Death Trip.
    LESY, Michael. Wisconsin Death Trip.

    New York : [1973]

    First edition, second printing, of this "extraordinary picture of a small town under the Great Depression" (blurb), through photographs taken between 1890 and 1910 by "a careful, competent town photographer named Charles Van Schaick" whose negatives were found after his death. Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 143081

  5. An American Life.
    REAGAN, Ronald. An American Life.

    New York : 1990

    Signed limited edition, number 497 of 2,000 copies signed by Ronald Reagan, presented as issued in a striking oak box emblazoned with the Presidential Seal, and unusually retaining the original container. An American Life is Reagan's autobiography, covering his birth to his election as 40th President through to the end of his term in office.... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 143067

  6. 137608
    [BJORKMAN, Frances, & Annie G. Porritt (eds.)] Woman Suffrage, Arguments and Results.

    New York : [1912]

    First edition of this collection of eight essays on American suffrage, including those by Jane Addams, Alice Stone Blackwell and Jessie Lynch Williams. This edition of eight essays is uncommon, with nine copies traced institutionally, all held in the US. This bright copy is in the rarely found jacket.

    This copy has the errata slip noting that... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 137608

  7. Bohemian Life.
    HANNA, Phil as "Savarin St. Sure". Bohemian Life.

    Los Angeles : 1939-44

    Slightly broken early run of this rarely encountered bon viveur's monthly, Los Angeles's first food and drink journal; "Decades before food blogs... there was the monthly Bohemian Life newsletter. Published by L.A.'s Bohemian Distributing Company - purveyors of fine wines, spirits, ales, and beers.... Its coverage of L.A. gourmet eats and drinks...... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 141558

  8. The Savoy Ballroom.
    YARDE, Richard. The Savoy Ballroom.

    Boston : 1986

    First and sole edition, limited to 400 copies, the present example not numbered and the edition may never have been published as the Hampshire Typothetae ceased operation in 1986 (see Five College Archives & Manuscript collection online, retrieved 13.03.19); this copy unusual in being accompanied by an original watercolour (360 x 258 mm) signed "Yarde... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 132377

  9. Hearings Before the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
    (WATERGATE.) Hearings Before the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities

    Washington, DC : 1973

    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. Nixon's main "enemies list"... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 132271

  10. Naval Sketches of the War in California.
    ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Naval Sketches of the War in California.

    New York : 1939

    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 presentation Robert Morgenthau,... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 119149

  11. Log of the Cruise of President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard the Schooner Yacht Sewanna to Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, 14 July 1936 - 28 July 1936.
    ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Log of the Cruise of President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard the Schooner Yacht Sewanna to Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, 14 July 1936 - 28 July 1936.

    [Washington : 1937]

    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 brief break following Franklin's... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 129128

  12. The Audacity of Hope.
    OBAMA, Barack. The Audacity of Hope.

    New York : 2006

    First edition, first printing, boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Jason - Barack Obama vote me in '08 instead of Nader!". The recipient was a student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, who had the book signed while Obama was running for president - Obama's inscription refers to the independent candidate Ralph Nader,... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 134687

  13. The White House Years: Mandate for Change 1953-1956 [and] Waging Peace 1956-1961 [together with] At Ease: Stories I Tell My Friends.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. The White House Years: Mandate for Change 1953-1956 [and] Waging Peace 1956-1961 [together with] At Ease: Stories I Tell My Friends.

    New York : 1963, 1965, 1967

    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 were Eisenhower's publishers... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 116984

  14. The Case of Going to War, For the Sake of Procuring, Enlarging, or Securing of Trade, Considered in a New Light.
    [TUCKER, Josiah.] The Case of Going to War, For the Sake of Procuring, Enlarging, or Securing of Trade, Considered in a New Light.

    London : 1763

    First edition. Josiah Tucker (1713-1799) was an opponent of the Seven Years War. In this treatise he strongly opposed fighting a war to promote trade, declaring his hope that "our posterity may regard the present madness of going to war for the sake of trade, riches, or dominion, with the same eye of astonishment and pity, that we do the madness of... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 117462

  15. Drawings.
    REMINGTON, Frederic. Drawings.

    New York & London : 1897

    First edition, of this excellent collection of Remington's art, rare in such good, unrestored condition and with any part of the original box. "Remington's paintings of this era are intensely narrative and seek to capture the passing of the frontier for Native Americans and white frontier settlers" (ANB).

    This work includes peaceful scenes of... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 142079

  16. Drinks As They Are Mixed.
    LOWE, Paul E. Drinks As They Are Mixed.

    Chicago : 1904

    First edition of this early vest-pocket bartender's guide, the text enlivened with punning cartoons. An encyclopaedic listing of contemporary recipes; a "Heart to Heart Talk With Bar Men", advising on the practice and politics of bar-keeping, including a list of the stock and equipment for a "first class bar"; and concluding with an anthology of Toasts... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 141554

  17. Frederic Remington.
    REMINGTON, Frederic. Frederic Remington.

    Cody, Wy : 1996

    First edition, first printing, deluxe issue, number 246 of 250 copies signed by both editors on the title page of the first volume. Frederic Sackrider Remington (1861-1909) was an American artist and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141811

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

    Garden City, NY : 1948

    One of just a few copies for personal presentation bound up for Eisenhower from the limited edition sheets, with the signed leaf of the D-Day message to the troops, but without the limitation leaf. This copy warmly inscribed on the half-title to Dr. Hal Johnson, Ike's primary physician when he retired to Gettysburg in 1961, and who, with his wife Edie,... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 140866

  19. Five-star Favorites.
    EISENHOWER, Mamie Doud. Five-star Favorites.

    New York : 1974

    First edition, limited issue, number 377 of 1000, of this fundraiser for the Eisenhower Medical Center, this copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "For Dr. & Mrs. Harold Johnson from their friend Mamie Doud Eisenhower, 1978", together with loosely inserted greetings card signed by Mamie. Dr. Johnson was Ike's principle physician after his retirement... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 140863

  20. At Ease. Stories I Tell to Friends.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. At Ease. Stories I Tell to Friends.

    Garden City, New York : 1967

    First edition, special issue, ad personam publication bookplate "At Ease. Published June 16, 1967, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania", with typed addition, "For Dr. C. H. Johnson" and Eisenhower's autograph salutation, "With affectionate regard Dwight D. Eisenhower". Carl Harold "Hal" Johnson was Eisenhower's principle physician during his retirement to Gettysburg.... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140859

  21. The White House Years - a mismatched set presented to his Gettysburg doctor, and personally inscribed.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. The White House Years - a mismatched set presented to his Gettysburg doctor, and personally inscribed.

    Garden City, New York : 1963-65

    The first volume the first trade edition, the second a copy of the limited edition bound without limitation leaf, both warmly inscribed to Dr. Hal Johnson, Eisenhower's principle physician during his retirement at Gettysburg. Johnson and his wife Edie became close friends of Ike and Mamie. In the first Ike inscribes "For Dr. C. H. Johnson with the warm... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 140860

  22. Dreams From My Father.
    OBAMA, Barack. Dreams From My Father.

    New York : 1995

    First edition, first printing, as stated on the copyright page with the row of numbers going from 9 to 2, as called for. The future president's first book, Dreams from My Father was published as Obama began his run for the Illinois Senate in July 1995, and helped to establish his reputation and image. Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 136320

  23. "Boots and Saddles"
    CUSTER, Elizabeth B. "Boots and Saddles"

    New York : 1885,

    First edition, second state with portrait and map. The first of Elizabeth B. Custer's trio of books written in support of the actions of her husband, General G. A. Custer. "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... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 140136

  24. Acts of Parliament relating to the Revolutionary period and its aftermath, 1770-1807.
    AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Acts of Parliament relating to the Revolutionary period and its aftermath, 1770-1807.

    London : [1770-1807]

    A remarkable collection of British Acts of Parliament relating to trade with the American colonies and subsequently with the fledgling republic. The collection documents the role of parliament in instigating the American Revolution through mercantilist policies, its continued assertion of its sovereignty during the War of Independence, and the ongoing... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 130669

  25. Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1858.
    LINCOLN, Abraham - BEVERIDGE, Albert J. Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1858.

    Boston and New York : 1928

    First edition, first printing, of "the first Lincoln biography to meet modern scholarly standards" (ANB).

    Beveridge (1862-1927) retired from politics in 1922 and, having already published a widely-acclaimed biography of the life of John Marshall, he dedicated his last few years to writing He had a horror of mistakes and would "work over his... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 139466

  26. Economica: a Statistical Manual for the United States of America.
    [BLODGET, Samuel.] Economica: a Statistical Manual for the United States of America.

    Washington : 1806

    First and only edition of one of the earliest systematic attempts to depict the entire American economy by means of statistical data. Tables are printed throughout, with accompanying essays that reveal Blodget to be a strong nationalist, a supporter of free trade, an abolitionist, and a promoter of paper money secured by land. Blodget's view of the... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 130009

  27. The Social Structure of Revolutionary America.
    MAIN, Jackson Turner. The Social Structure of Revolutionary America.

    Princeton, NJ : 1965

    First edition, first printing, of the American Revolution and colonial historian's pioneering work in quantitative social history. Main (1917-2003) published seven books during his lifetime, all of which drew extensively on thousands of archival documents and records. His grandfather, the American historian Frederick Jackson Turner, was best known for... Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 117396

  28. Europa Libera:
    WAR OF THE SPANISH SUCCESSION. Europa Libera:

    London : 1703

    First edition (preceding the second edition of that year with an added postscript). Published in the third year of the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), the anonymous author proposes that in return for the support of Britain and the Netherlands for the claim of the Emperor of Austria to the Spanish crown, Spain's territories in America should... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 139168

  29. A Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago 1933-1934 presents this Collection of Official Photographs to Orville J. Taylor.
    ART DECO - KAUFMANN, Charles D. & Herman Fabry. A Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago 1933-1934 presents this Collection of Official Photographs to Orville J. Taylor.

    Chicago, IL. : 1933

    First and only edition of this spectacular, highly limited-issue souvenir album for the Century of Progress exposition, an event which was to have a profound influence on modernist architects for decades to come, and served more generally as an invaluable "repository" of Art Deco motifs. A small number of these presentation albums were created as gifts... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 134251

  30. Reflections on the Present State of the American War.
    HAMPSON, John. Reflections on the Present State of the American War.

    London : 1776

    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 leaders of the revolt to... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 132500

  31. Personal Memoirs.
    GRANT, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs.

    New York : 1885-6

    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 and has remained in print... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 131912

  32. History of the War with America, France, Spain, and Holland;
    ANDREWS, John History of the War with America, France, Spain, and Holland;

    London : 1785-6

    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 the conflict by an Englishman,... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 131885

  33. Extracts from Private Journal-Letters... while in command of the Cyane, during the War with Mexico, 1846-1848.
    DU PONT, Samuel Francis. Extracts from Private Journal-Letters... while in command of the Cyane, during the War with Mexico, 1846-1848.

    Wilmington, DE : 1885

    First and sole edition, "privately printed for his family by his wife after his death" (Streeter) in a putative print run of around fifty copies that were not offered for sale; with a familial presentation inscription at head of title: "Louise Evelina Du Pont from her Father, 5th May 1900". Louise Evelina (1877-1958), heiress and preservationist, was... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 131483

  34. A List of All the Officers of the Army,
    (MILITARY.) A List of All the Officers of the Army,

    London : 1783

    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 the style of binding which seems... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 124569

  35. Life Studies of the Great Army.
    FORBES, Edwin. Life Studies of the Great Army.

    New York : 1876

    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 was later a member of the Military... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 114470

  36. Traité de Fortification Souterraine,
    MOUZÉ, M. Traité de Fortification Souterraine,

    Paris : 1804

    First edition of this influential work of practical military engineering, this copy with the pencilled ownership inscription of Joseph Gardner Swift, the first graduate of West Point and its second superintendent, to the title page. Swift was appointed a cadet in the Corps of Artillerists at Newport, RI on 12 May 1800, transferring to West Point in... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 83053

  37. Report of the Board of Officers … on Gatling Guns of Large Caliber for Flank-Defence - with two autograph letters signed to Edgar T. Welles.
    GATLING, Richard J. Report of the Board of Officers … on Gatling Guns of Large Caliber for Flank-Defence - with two autograph letters signed to Edgar T. Welles.

    Washington : 1874

    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 Gun Co. In the first, dated... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 82902

  38. The Life Saving Appliances of Joseph Francis.
    FRANCIS, Joseph. The Life Saving Appliances of Joseph Francis.

    No place : 1887

    First edition. Uncommon, WorldCat 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 devices, his most famous... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 68595

  39. An Original and Authentic Journal of Occurrences during the Late American War,
    LAMB, Roger. An Original and Authentic Journal of Occurrences during the Late American War,

    Dublin : 1809

    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 was with the British army as... Learn More
    £795.00

    Stock Code: 65838

  40. North American Indians.
    CATLIN, George. North American Indians.

    Edinburgh : 1926

    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," an enormous collection of artefacts as well as more than four hundred... Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 126141

  41. Our Land and Land Policy, National and State.
    GEORGE, Henry. Our Land and Land Policy, National and State.

    San Francisco : 1871

    First edition of Henry George's first book, a vigorous remonstrance against indiscriminate land concession to corporate bodies, in which he "outlined the basic idea to which he devoted the rest of his life: that society's 'fundamental mistake is in treating land as private property'. Human labour can create wealth, he argued, only when it is applied... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 136978

  42. The Wallaces of Alabama.
    (WALLACE, George C.) WALLACE, George Jr. The Wallaces of Alabama.

    Chicago : 1975

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author's father, George C. Wallace, on the front free endpaper "To my friend Herbert B. Jaynson George C Wallace". Wallace's "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" speech, his infamous stand in the schoolhouse door at the University of Alabama to block the entry of two African American... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 137165

  43. American Tramp and Underworld Slang.
    IRWIN, Godfrey & Eric Partridge. American Tramp and Underworld Slang.

    London : 1931

    First UK edition following the US of the same year. This edition was limited to 1000 copies this being one of 45 on "Imitation H.M. Paper, specially bound, and signed by Godfrey Irwin and Eric Partridge" on the half-title. "Mr. Irwin, whose share in this book is a glossary of 1600 words and phrases and a selection of favorite hobo songs, is a native... Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 136118

  44. Essay on the Interest of Money, and the Policy of Laws against Usury.
    DEW, Thomas R. Essay on the Interest of Money, and the Policy of Laws against Usury.

    Shellbanks : 1834

    First edition in book form, presentation copy, inscribed on the rear wrapper "From the Author to Wm Short". The recipient was the American ambassador William Short (1759-1849), who served as US Minister to France from June 1790 to May 1792, to the Netherlands from June to December 1792, and to Spain from 1794 to 1795; he was later a successful Kentucky... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 123171

  45. Puti amerikanskoi muziki [The ways of American music].
    KONEN, Valentina. Puti amerikanskoi muziki [The ways of American music].

    Moscow : 1961

    First edition, first impression, print-run of 5000. Detailed overview of American jazz. Soviet musicologist Valentina Konen (1909-1991) was one of the leading authorities on jazz culture in USSR. Born in Baku she left Russia after the October Revolution and spent 10 years in USA, studying at Juilliard (1924-9) specialising in piano. During her time... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 135739

  46. Congressional Government.
    WILSON, Woodrow. Congressional Government.

    Boston : 1885

    First edition of Wilson's first book, his doctoral dissertation. "Congressional Government would be the best book that Wilson ever wrote. Some people thought that this first book by an unknown twenty-eight-year-old was the feat of a prodigy, but it was not. Wilson had been working on this subject for more than five years, and he had found his voice... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 130690

  47. The American Criminal.
    HOOTON, Earnest Albert. The American Criminal.

    Cambridge,Massachusetts : 1939

    First edition, first printing. The American anthropologist Earnest Albert Hooton (1887-1954) is best known for his anthropometric studies in criminology in the 1930s, which followed in the tradition established by Cesare Lombroso and the so-called Positivist School in criminology in Italy during the 1870s. "In 1927 Hooton began a massive project that... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 127791

  48. Report of the Special Agents of the House Committee of Expenditures in the Department of Commerce, upon the Condition of the Fur-Seal Herd of Alaska and the Conduct of the Public Business on the Pribilof Islands…
    ELLIOTT, Henry Wood, & Andrew F. Gallagher. Report of the Special Agents of the House Committee of Expenditures in the Department of Commerce, upon the Condition of the Fur-Seal Herd of Alaska and the Conduct of the Public Business on the Pribilof Islands…

    Washington : 1913

    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 stationery, denouncing... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 131367

  49. Anarchism and American Traditions.
    DE CLEYRE, Voltairine. Anarchism and American Traditions.

    Chicago : 1932

    First edition thus, a posthumous printing of Voltairine de Cleyre's most often cited essay, with an additional hagiographic introduction. De Cleyre's influential essay was first published in fellow activist Emma Goldman's anarchist journal Mother Earth in 1909; de Cleyre was a regular contributor to the journal from its foundation in 1905.... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 135133

  50. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    London : 1956-8

    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, had reconfirmed his belief... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 128999

  51. The Private Correspondence.
    WEBSTER, Daniel. The Private Correspondence.

    Boston : 1857

    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, which established the boundary... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 128754

  52. A Treatise on Political Economy;
    (JEFFERSON, Thomas.) TRACY, Antonie Destutt de. A Treatise on Political Economy;

    Georgetown : 1817

    First edition in English, revised and edited by Thomas Jefferson. The French text was first published in 1815 as the fourth volume of Tracy's Traité d'Idéologie (the first separate edition in French was in 1823). The French philosopher Antoine Destutt de Tracy (1754-1836), renowned for coining the word "ideology" in 1796, was a friend and correspondent... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 127328

  53. Tales and Sketches.
    [LEGGETT, William.] Tales and Sketches.

    New York : 1829

    First edition of the author's second collection of short stories. The collection is particularly notable as the first printing in book-form of "The Rifle", first published in the Atlantic Souvenir in 1827. The story is cited by Queen's Quorum's: A History of Detective Fiction as an early example of detective fiction. Legget was highly influential in... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 126352

  54. Four Letters to the Earl of Carlisle.
    EDEN, William. Four Letters to the Earl of Carlisle.

    London : 1779

    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 of negotiating with the Americans,... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 123562

  55. The Constitution of the Washington Society of Maryland.
    WASHINGTON SOCIETY OF MARYLAND. The Constitution of the Washington Society of Maryland.

    Maryland : 1810

    First edition of the rules and constitution of the Washington Society of Maryland, established to "support, extend and carry into effect the political principles and system of Washington, as disclosed in his farewell address to the people of the United States, and exemplified in his administration of the federal government; this being, in the opinion... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 122445

  56. Na Motu: or, Reef-Rovings in the South Seas. A Narrative of Adventures at the Hawaiian, Georgian and Society Islands.
    PERKINS, Edward T. Na Motu: or, Reef-Rovings in the South Seas. A Narrative of Adventures at the Hawaiian, Georgian and Society Islands.

    New York : 1854

    First edition of a key book on Hawaii - "an important and lively narrative" (Forbes) - containing one of the earliest accounts of surfing: "Surfriding and surfrider also hold the honour of being the terms in longest continual use to describe the act of riding waves and those who ride them. The former appears for the first time apparently in Edward... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 121426

  57. "Boots and Saddles"
    CUSTER, Elizabeth B. "Boots and Saddles"

    New York : 1885,

    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" (O'Keefe). Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 121295

  58. A Defence of Negro Slavery, as it exists in the United States.
    ESTES, Matthew. A Defence of Negro Slavery, as it exists in the United States.

    Montgomery : 1846

    First edition of the Mississippi anti-abolitionist's work summarising pro-slavery 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, the dangers and ineffectuality... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 120624

  59. History of Labour in the United States.
    COMMONS, John R., & others. History of Labour in the United States.

    New York : 1918

    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 that by the Civil War workers... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 119900

  60. The Slave Trade, Domestic and Foreign:
    CAREY, Henry Charles. The Slave Trade, Domestic and Foreign:

    Philadelphia : 1853

    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 credit system that has ever... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 117176

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