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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. 123697detail

    Provenance:..."> Two Christmas cards sent by Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips to Margaret Thatcher in the late 1970s. Both cards display Gatcombe Park house, the estate which Princess Anne acquired in 1976, and are both inscribed by Anne "To you both, from Anne and Mark's signature: Mark", with their crowned joint monogram.

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  2. 131558comp
    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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  3. 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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  4. 126381
    First US edition of the author's first and most cited work on the French Revolution, first published in London the previous year. An engaging travel narrative which begins at a Mass at Notre Dame on the eve of the Fête de la Fédération and recounts visits to the ruins of the Bastille, the National Assembly, and the Palace... Learn More
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  5. 125869
    First Edinburgh edition of the bestselling précis of the Select Committee hearings on the slave trade, perhaps one of the earliest and greatest works of investigative journalism in English; this copy with a pleasing double association of two Scottish Enlightenment intellectuals. First published in London the same year,... Learn More
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 131723comp
    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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 130077comp
    Signed limited edition, number 24 of 50 copies signed by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Albie Sachs and Paul Alberts. A remarkable collaboration, this is the only limited edition signed by both Mandela and Tutu - Nobel Peace Prize winners in 1993 and 1984 respectively - alongside a third major figure in the anti-Apartheid... Learn More
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  19. 50608
    First edition of the first book on the history of modern Indian banking. The author had joined the Bank of Bengal in the 1830s. Though the East India Company had set up a simple deposit bank in Madras as early as 1683, modern Indian banking began in 1806, with the establishment of the Bank of Calcutta. Learn More
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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 131826
    First edition. A handsomely produced work, presented here in the publisher's striking deluxe binding and no doubt issued by Blackie with an eye on Queen Victoria's forthcoming Golden Jubilee in 1887. Learn More
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  28. 131851
    The third edition, following the first edition published in 1598 (reissued in 1599), and the second edition of 1603. John Stow's famous study of the city of London has been printed countless times since its first issue, and is an invaluable - and eminently readable - document of life in Elizabethan London. Written in the... Learn More
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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 131634
    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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  33. 131528
    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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    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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 131521
    Second edition, published the same year as the first, of this "scurrilous" (ODNB) anonymous biography of Lady Emma Hamilton, who is best remembered as the mistress of Lord Nelson. Published the year of her death and many times reprinted, the Memoirs helped to form Hamilton's scandalous posthumous reputation, which only began... Learn More
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  38. 107723
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 130078comp
    Signed limited edition, number 47 of 50 copies signed by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Albie Sachs and Paul Alberts. A remarkable collaboration, this is the only limited edition signed by both Mandela and Tutu - Nobel Peace Prize winners in 1993 and 1984 respectively - alongside a third major figure in the anti-Apartheid... Learn More
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  42. 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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  43. 131154detail
    Second edition, first published by the American Stationers' Company from 1834 to 1837. Edited by Jared Sparks, the American historian and President of Harvard College, this edition comprises Sparks' biography of Washington, Washington's official and private letters during both the American Revolution and his presidency,... Learn More
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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 122384
    First Hindostanee Press edition, originally published at London in 1799 "for the author"; the Mirror Press of Calcutta issued editions in 1819 and 1820. All first and early editions are rare. "Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798 appeared to signal the further possibility of a strategic link-up with India. Until the matter... Learn More
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  49. 130427
    Second edition, first published the same year. Benjamin Vaughan (1751-1835) was diplomatist, political reformer, and merchant. He was a mediator in the Anglo-American peace talks in Paris in 1782-3, and returned to Paris several times following the outbreak of revolution in France in 1790. These letters first appeared in... Learn More
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  50. 130510
    First edition, first printing, of this expansive photographic collection of Gothic sculpture. This work, which crucially combines architectural elements of art history with their contextual social history, highlights the rich material culture found within and without medieval places of worship. Lester Burbank Bridaham (1899-1992)... Learn More
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  51. 122166comp
    First and limited edition, number 64 of 500 copies privately printed, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "To W. S. S. Rodgers with my friendship and affection 1/19/38 W. P. Chrysler", on the first blank leaf. The book's foreword describes the printing of this edition, designed as a Christmas remembrance for the Chrysler... Learn More
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  52. 129011
    First Calcutta edition of "the first systematic introduction of the Rajputs to the European world" (Freitag, Serving Empire, Serving Nation, p. 25). This copy designated the second on the title page.. It is, in fact, second Indian edition based on the text of the 1829-32 Smith, Elder & Co. first. The plates were adapted... Learn More
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  53. 130382
    First edition. Published 22 years after the author's death, Ritson's Life of King Arthur combines an impressive degree of knowledge regarding early Arthurian materials together with an unsentimental and rigourous scepticism, which placed much of the Arthurian legend as the invention or adaptation of Geoffrey of Monmouth... Learn More
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  54. 129073
    Well preserved copy of this meticulously engraved copy of the Magna Carta, "a sacred text, the nearest approach to an irrepealable "fundamental statute" that England has ever had" (Pollock and Maitland, History of English Law, I, p. 173). The work of John Pine (1690-1756) engraver, publisher, print- and mapseller, Bluemantle... Learn More
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  55. 130076comp
    Signed limited edition, number 48 of 50 copies signed by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Albie Sachs and Paul Alberts. A remarkable collaboration, this is the only limited edition signed by both Mandela and Tutu - Nobel Peace Prize winners in 1993 and 1984 respectively - alongside a third major figure in the anti-Apartheid... Learn More
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  56. 128765
    One of three issues published in 1569, this polemical work was published at the height of the Revolt of the Northern Earls, the unsuccessful attempt by Catholic nobles to depose Elizabeth and replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots. The pamphleteer and lawyer Thomas Norton (1530/32-1584) was no relation to the prominent rebel... Learn More
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  57. 128756
    First edition thus, a translation in Scots dialect of Buchanan's De Maria Scotorum Regina, from the Latin edition printed the same year, but including a number of items not in the Latin edition. Buchanan's attack on Mary may have been written under political instructions and certainly contains false allegations. In the wake... Learn More
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  58. 117480
    First edition. Patrick Colquhoun (1745-1820) was a prominent member of Glaswegian society and served as the city's lord provost from 1782-84. Colquhoun was the founder of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Manufactures, Britain's first chamber of commerce, and served as its first chairman, promoting new commercial opportunities... Learn More
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  59. 129555
    First editions, first impressions, one of 3,000 sets, originally issued only to owners of the Centenary edition of the Collected Works, and available in either full vellum or the present binding. Contents include Churchill's periodical contributions as well as his prefaces and introductions to works by other authors. Learn More
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  60. 122030
    First printing of this very scarce publication issued by the Communist Party USA. This defiant statement against General Franco and his benefactors in Germany and Italy was issued to promote the Party's head and deputy head, Earl Browder and James Ford respectively, in the 1936 US Presidential Campaign. Roosevelt's neutral... Learn More
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