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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to history, narrative accounts aspiring to be objective analyses of particular countries or regions, describing their political and cultural development over time. First-hand travellers’ accounts of particular countries will be found in Travel.

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  1. 131529
    First UK edition, first impression. Russell's expansive account of the history of philosophy, ranging from the Orphism of ancient Greece to the logical positivism of the author's present day, was a triumph of his populist craft and is perhaps his most famous book. Written during the Second World War, Russell's project was... Learn More
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  2. 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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  3. 132370comp
    First edition, signed by the author. Churchill has signed on the first binder's blank, apparently after binding, and presumably at the behest of Henry Sotheran, the London booksellers who commissioned the binding from Morrell. London to Ladysmith consists of 27 letters and telegrams sent by Churchill to the Morning Post... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression, signed by the author. Churchill has signed on the first binder's blank, apparently after binding, and presumably at the behest of Henry Sotheran, the London booksellers who commissioned the binding from Morrell. My African Journey, based on his travels around British East Africa in the autumn... Learn More
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  5. 132864comp
    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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 125230
    First US complete edition in English, first printing, following an abridged version of 1933, and preceded slightly by the first UK edition. The jacket, from circa 1942/3, has been added by a collector at some point, but is still notable for its striking design, and for a brief bibliographic history of the book on the flaps.... Learn More
    £450

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  9. 133040
    First edition, first impression. My African Journey, based on his travels around British East Africa in the autumn of 1907, was the first book to derive purely from Churchill's journalism, as distinct from his work as a war correspondent. The work was initially serialized in the Strand Magazine prior to publication in the... Learn More
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    First Easton Press edition, signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page as issued. Dedicated to Ronald Reagan, Statecraft was Thatcher's final book, providing her analysis of foreign policy in the post-Cold War world; it was first published by Harper Collins in 2002, with this "collector's edition" produced by the Easton... Learn More
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  11. 132687
    Very scarce first edition, an important early text, one of a number of works by Catholic apologists who sought to justify the mass expulsion of the Moriscos decreed by Philip III of Spain on 9 April 1609, an act of what would now be called ethnic cleansing. Moriscos were former Muslims and their descendants who had been... Learn More
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  12. 132761
    First edition, first impression, of the English socialist James Francis Horrabin's (1884-1962) sketch of European colonial possessions. "Atlases are usually avowedly instruments of nationalist propaganda... This entails a lack of perspective which only an atlas setting forth impartially the results of all the efforts of... Learn More
    £100

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  13. 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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  14. 132645
    A handsome Cosway-style binding. These elaborate bindings, named after the famous Regency miniaturist Richard Cosway, were a style initially executed by Riviere & Son for Henry Sotheran booksellers, with miniatures by Caroline Billin Curry mounted under glass on the cover. The exquisite bindings were soon imitated by many... Learn More
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  15. 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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    First edition, subsequent issue with the "Awarded Nobel Peace Prize 1959" wraparound. Signed to front free endpaper "Phillip Noel-Baker 26th March 1960". Offering a vision of nuclear control through international agreements, the work won Noel-Baker the Nobel Peace Prize, culminating a lifetime of pacifist activity. Learn More
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    First edition in English, first impression. Aged 18 Wei Kuo-Lu was assigned "as Chou-En-Lai's bodyguard during the Long March. With this appointment, Wei agreed to abide by the Red rule for security work: "What you don't need to know, don't seek to know; what you don't need to talk about, don't talk about recklessly." Although... Learn More
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 132162
    First and only printing of this original draft. Docketed on the front panel of the wraps by Louis L. Strauss, Herbert Hoover's assistant in Paris: "One of the first 100 copies of the original draft. Read by Woodrow Wilson at Paris, Feb. 1919". OCLC locates just 6 copies of this draft - Peace Palace Library, Huntington, Princeton,... Learn More
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  24. 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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  25. 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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    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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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    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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  37. 113301
    First edition in book form. Collects the periodical of the Society published between 1893 and 1914, together with the index for these year. Learn More
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  38. 76975
    First edition. Institutionally well-represented, but only one copy at auction in the last 40 years. Smyth "had been in India for twenty-six years and could claim to be well-informed" (Khurana, British Historiography on the Sikh Power in the Punjab, p96). He explains in his introduction that he was encouraged to write the... Learn More
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  39. 131670comp
    First UK edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 554 of 1,000 copies signed by Mandela. The South African edition was published earlier that year. Learn More
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  40. 114641
    First and only edition, scarce, Copac lists just Guildhall, and Bishopsgate libraries, the latter evidently defective of a plate, and a leaf of text, OCLC adds the Newberry only. "to present to the Public a series of Original Sketches, wedded to amusing, and they trust, not unprofitable letterpress, has been the aim of the... Learn More
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  41. A Topographical History of Surrey.
    First edition. "Brayley's most important work was probably a History of Surrey (5 vols., 18418). His topographical works bear scrutiny because of his competence in a range of scientific, literary, and artistic subjects, a breadth of knowledge which few other contemporary topographers could match" (ODNB). A handsomely bound... Learn More
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  42. 96244
    Fourth edition, described on the front of the dust jacket as the "right up to date Fourth Edition... Completely Revised & with an Appendix bringing the story up to March 1938". First published in March 1935 and reprinted again in September 1935 and October 1936. The publisher's archive copy with their stamp on the title... Learn More
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  43. 96247

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor..."> Fourth edition, described on the front of the dust jacket as the "right up to date Fourth Edition... Completely Revised & with an Appendix bringing the story up to March 1938". First published in March 1935 and reprinted again in September 1935 and October 1936.

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  44. 131920
    An imposing and well-illustrated History of England from the time of the American Revolutionary War. The book was published in parts from 1777 onwards; three variant issues are known based on the dates of the historical events that the book includes, this going to 1781, the other two issues going to 1779. The book ends with... Learn More
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  45. 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
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  46. 131911
    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
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  47. 131837
    First edition of the Chartwell Edition, the first illustrated edition of Churchill's masterly account of the Second World War. The Chartwell Edition, incorporating Churchill's final revisions and adding illustrations, was produced upon the completion of the Second World War series, which Churchill had published in six volumes... Learn More
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  48. 128845
    First edition. Mackay's important early work of social psychology discusses popular delusions of all types and considers the credulous enthusiasm of mankind for phenomena such as alchemy, witchcraft, relics, the Crusades, urban myths, as well as economic events such as the tulip bubble, the Mississippi Bubble, and the South... Learn More
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  49. 117450
    First edition. The anonymous author was a member of the retinue of George Hay, 8th Earl of Kinnoul, who served as British ambassador to Constantinople from 1729 to 1737. His account of the city, people, religion and rulers of Constantinople was written not long after he arrived, and was sent in two letters to Britain in... Learn More
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    Inscribed by the author on the half-title: "For Rita Hagemon with best wishes Dwight D. Eisenhower." Eisenhower's account of his war, widely thought to be one of the finest American military biographies, the NY Times considering that it gave "the reader true insight into the most difficult part of a commander's life." This... Learn More
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  51. 131575
    First American editions, first printings. "Marlborough: his Life and Times took its place at once among the classics of historical writing. As the story of his ancestor's leadership of a grand alliance to prevent the domination of the continent by a single power, it was also a source of inspiration to Churchill in his campaign... Learn More
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  52. 131571
    Presentation edition, with a copy presented to every exhibitor at the Great Exhibition of 1851; trade editions were also produced. The book is a key contemporary document for the Exhibition, giving the jury awards and details of the thirty categories of exhibit, and was selected in Printing and the Mind of Man as the representative... Learn More
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  53. 107723
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  54. 129947
    A handsome, well-illustrated set of Sloane's monumental biography of Napoleon, first serialized in the Century Magazine in 1894-6, and published in book-form in 1896. Sloane's investigation of Napoleon's youth in Corsica was the most detailed yet published, and sought to show that his childhood had a major impact on his... Learn More
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  55. 122063
    First edition. Mackay's important early work of social psychology discusses popular delusions of all types and considers the credulous enthusiasm of mankind for phenomena such as alchemy, witchcraft, relics, the Crusades, urban myths, as well as economic events such as the tulip bubble, the Mississippi Bubble, and the South... Learn More
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  56. 131156detail
    The Frontenac Edition, the definitive collected edition of Parkman's works, incorporating all of the author's final revisions. Parkman's great epics of the settlement and development of North America - partly based on his own experiences on the Oregon Trail and with Native American tribes - were highly romanticized, yet... Learn More
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  57. 130947
    First edition, first impression, of this scarce work on the folklore of horses. This expansive collection of legends, religion, folk practices, and mythology relating to horses was reviewed contemporaneously as a "learned and delightful chronicle" (Spectator, 1923). In The Bookman's review of the work they noted that they... Learn More
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  58. 127450
    First edition, first part, all published; decidedly uncommon, five locations only on OCLC, just Smithsonian and Harvard in North America. With the self-explanatory subtitle "From the river Ob to the River Yenisei and Tomsk branch. 124 views of the most important railroads, buildings, cities, villages, views of foreigners... Learn More
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  59. 124565
    Second Dutch edition, following the first of 1729; Kaempfer's History of Japan was first published in London in 1727. Born in Westphalia, Kaempfer graduated in 1676 with a doctorate in languages, history and medicine from Cracow, spending the following four years at Königsberg studying medicine and natural science. In 1681... Learn More
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  60. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph.
    One of the Cranwell or "Subscriber's" edition of 211 copies, this one of 170 "complete copies", inscribed by Lawrence on p. XIX "Complete copy. 1.XII.26 TES", with one manuscript correction to the illustration list, a "K" identifying Kennington rather than Roberts as the artist responsible for "The gad-fly". This copy is... Learn More
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