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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 131150detail
    The Olympic Edition, number 186 of 1,000 copies only. The set collects the historical works of the three great ancient Greek historians, translated by George Rawlinson, Benjamin Jowett, and Henry Graham Dakyns respectively. Learn More
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  4. 131145detail
    Limited edition, number 337 of 1,000 copies. The set covers the court intrigue of several notable members of European royalty, including Empress Josephine, Marie Antoinette, Catherine the Great, and Louis XIV. At the time of publication, the Grolier Society (a name chosen to mirror the distinguished Grolier Club) advertised... Learn More
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 130685
    First editions of this attractively produced and important work, containing the most complete documentary record of the events in the State of Virginia for the years prior to the Declaration of Independence. Learn More
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  11. 130117
    An extravagantly bound copy of the first William Duncan edition of Caesar's Commentaries, perhaps the most influential work in military literature. Duncan's translation was taken from Samuel Clarke's Latin edition of 1712, with the plates of that edition also replicated. It was these plates that led Clarke's edition to be... Learn More
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 130506
    The Sicilian Vespers..."> First edition, first impression, of Runciman's medieval history of the Mediterranean, taking as its turning point the Palermo revolt, on 30 March 1282, against the Angevin King Charles. The jacket blurb makes a pleasing incidental advertisement for the book, noting that "Readers of Dante will find The Sicilian Vespers... Learn More
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    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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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    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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  20. 128417
    Limited edition, number 1 of 3,000 copies, in a handsome binding. A card, with the copyright date of 1979, is loosely inserted, presenting the book: "Dear Nod this book was limited to three thousand copies this is signed by the world famous bookbinder Robert Green (see cover page number one - R/G1). For Nod with thanks and... Learn More
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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 129947
    A handsome, well-illustrated set of Sloane's monumental biography of Napoleon, first serialized in the Century Magazine in 1984-6, 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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  24. 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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  25. 128809
    First edition of the Chartwell Edition, the first illustrated edition of Churchill's famous history, the second overall. With an autograph letter signed from Winston Churchill pasted to the front pastedown of the first volume (unrelated to the book). The letter is from the earliest stages of Churchill's political career,... Learn More
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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 123963
    First edition, issued in "The Leisure Hour Library - New Series". "This book is the result of an independent inquiry into many matters of interest concerning the administration of London which have not been dealt with popularly before. It attempts to show how five millions of people are supplied with food; how the streets... Learn More
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  29. 33021
    New and Revised Edition. Learn More
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  30. 129312
    First edition of the Chartwell Edition, the first illustrated edition of Churchill's masterly account of the Second World War, the second overall. 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... Learn More
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  31. 120027
    First edition. An important history of the War of 1812 by Charles Jared Ingersoll (1782-1862), "the bright and knowledgeable Republican who sat in the Thirteenth Congress, and who wrote two valuable treatises that further illuminate the domestic history of the war referring to both series, as presented here" (Donald R. Hickey,... Learn More
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  32. 128691
    First edition of this landmark work, "the first book with original work printed in colour expressly designed for the original text" (Muir, p. 158). A Chronicle of England demonstrates "colour printing at its best, the colours fresh as if they had just been painted, the typography clear and beautiful" (Slythe, p. 28). Indeed,... Learn More
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    First edition. This copy inscribed by de Chair to "Sam and Phil Roper who have done so muchy to keep St. Osyth Priory de Chair's home going over the years". Biography of the English author, politician, poet and connoisseur. In WWII he served as an intelligence officer with the 4th Cavalry Brigade during Anglo-Iraqi War and... Learn More
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    Limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies, this number 32. This copy additionally signed and inscribed by de Chair on the title page "For Phyllis Roper on her 70th birthday in appreciation of her consistent help". Biography of the English author, politician, poet and connoisseur. In WWII he served as an intelligence... Learn More
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  35. Madame Ambassador. The Life of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Leah Horwitz with appreciation of all she has done for PPSEWA - which includes the land of Madame Ambassador. With best wishes. Anne Guthrie". Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed from the author to Horwitz thanking her for sending... Learn More
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  36. 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
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  37. 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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  38. 128827
    An attractive Victorian edition of Gibbon's great work, 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"... Learn More
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  39. 123902
    A framed photograph of Margaret and Denis Thatcher with the Queen and Queen Mother, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. The photograph was taken apparently informally; all four are looking in a different direction, perhaps at a different photographer. No other copy of this photograph could... Learn More
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  40. 120920
    First edition, from the library of Otto Wesendonck, husband of Mathilde Wesendonck and friend of Wagner.
    Otto Wesendonck's (1815-1896) success as a silk merchant made him a generous patron of the arts and allowed him to provided significant financial support to one of his favourite composers, Richard Wagner, throughout... Learn More
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  41. 121513
    First edition, one of 1,000 copies printed, this copy without the terminal advert leaf in volume 2, but retaining all the half-titles. "Carlyle wrote his French Revolution as a secular 'tract for the times' and as a warning for his compatriots of the frightful consequences of materialism, utilitarianism and democracy. Scottish... Learn More
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  42. 124018
    A photograph of Margaret Thatcher and the Queen standing with Denis Thatcher and Prince Philip, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. The photograph was taken on Thatcher's 70th birthday party at Claridge's in October 1995, with the Queen in attendance. The attendance of the Queen at a politician's... Learn More
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    A collection of Christmas cards sent by members of the Royal Family to Margaret Thatcher in 1987. The year 1987 saw Thatcher's third and final election victory, and the Queen's 35th year on the throne. Comprising the cards of:

    i) Prince Charles and Princess Diana: inscribed by Charles "To you both from Charles and... Learn More
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  44. 128707
    First edition, first impression, of the author's account of his military service in Palestine during the First World War, and his return in 1925 to Mandatory Palestine. A valuable account, well-illustrated with photographs and drawings, of the region in this tumultuous time. Learn More
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  45. 127143detail
    First British editions, first impressions, of all of Churchill's major works, in attractive matching bindings by Bayntun of Bath. Churchill was a prolific writer in the fields of history, biography and politics, alongside forays into essays and fiction, with several volumes of his collected speeches also published. He received... Learn More
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  46. 128470
    Second edition in English, first published the previous year, of the annals of Ben Meir. Rabbi Ben Meir (1496-1575) - more commonly known as Joseph ha-Kohen - wrote his annals of the Jewish people from 1558 to 1563, and continued to revise it until his death a decade later. It stands as one of the great achievements of Jewish... Learn More
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  47. 123486
    First edition, first impressions of both volumes, the first volume published in an edition of 10,000 copies on 18 July 1925. The importance of Mein Kampf cannot be understated. Not only was it the origin and strength of the National-Socialist programme transforming Hitler's status from a seedy local agitator to a potential... Learn More
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  48. 124114
    First edition with Thomas Brown's additions, with L'Estrange's translation having originally been published in 1689. Roger L'Estrange (1616-1704) was an English author and pamphleteer, known for his strong defence of royalism. His translation of Erasmus joined his other late 17th-century translations of Aesop, Cervantes,... Learn More
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  49. 127350
    The letter written by Margaret Thatcher in response to Dame Elaine Kellett-Bowman's letter of condolence, on the occasion of the death of her husband Denis in 2003. Thatcher writes in her customary blue ink "Dear Elaine, it was so good of you and Edward to write. Yours ever, Margaret", with the typed letter, dated 23 July... Learn More
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  50. 124586
    First edition of this magnificent and notably rare work, of which only 100 complete sets were produced - 500 copies of vols. I and II, 100 copies of vols. III and IV. Although the two pairs of volumes are dated 1766 and 1767, in fact vol. I was delayed until the end of 1767 and vol. II was published in 1769. Hancarville's... Learn More
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  51. 125795
    First edition of Ferguson's masterpiece, a key text of the Scottish Enlightenment, with a fitting provenance: likely Sir John Halkett, 4th Baronet (1720-1793), a fellow member of Edinburgh's Select Society alongside Ferguson, Hume, and Smith.
    "The Essay touched a chord in its British readers because it offered a detailed,... Learn More
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  52. Indo-Aryans.

    Indo-Aryans.

    London & Calcutta: 1881

    First Edition. A pioneering study on the subject which remains historiographically influential. Rajendralala Mitra (1823-91) was a key figure in the Bengal Renaissance, the first modern Indologist of Indian origin, who advanced the scientific approach to history and made major contributions to regional archaeology. He became... Learn More
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  53. 127262detail
    The New Edition, complete with the index and the volume of General Orders. Indispensable for the study of Wellington's campaigns, and perhaps the only source for the occasional glimpse of the man. This is a particularly handsome set, bound by Francis Bedford, "considered the leading English bookbinder of his time, surpassed... Learn More
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  54. 126854detail
    First editions. Complete 34 year run of the Eton College magazine which typically reports on sporting and other school events, but covering the period of both the Second Anglo-Boer War and, crucially, the First World War, also contains numerous obituaries and other biographical and service-related material. A copy typescript... Learn More
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  55. 37120
    Second edition, revised, first one volume edition. 1000 copies printed on the 15th October, 1902. The text had been revised considerably, and a new chapter added describing the ultimate destruction of the Khalifa and the end of the war. Learn More
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  56. 127115
    First edition, distinctly uncommon: Copac locates copies at V&A and Guildhall only among British and Irish institutional libraries; OCLC cites just Harvard and Free Library of Philadelphia. The plates depict The Lying in State at Chelsea Hospital, Passing Apsley House, Passing Trafalgar Square, Arrival at St. Pauls; the... Learn More
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  57. 126794
    First edition of this collection of verses by Oxford men celebrating the restoration of Charles II to the throne, written in Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, French and English. Oxford, Charles I's capital during the Civil War, had remained a bastion of royalism, and by all accounts the University welcomed the Stuarts' return.... Learn More
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  58. 124503
    A photograph of Margaret Thatcher and the Queen standing with Denis Thatcher and Prince Philip, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. Thatcher had the photograph placed in a frame by Smythson of Bond Street, the purveyors of luxury leather goods, and retained the original box. The photograph... Learn More
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  59. 125817comp
    First edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 135 of 155 copies signed by Churchill on the limitation statement (half-title verso in volume I). Peter Clarke has recently described Marlborough as "a monument to its author's historical commitment, insight - and fortitude" (Mr. Churchill's Profession, p. 174);... Learn More
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    The Revolution Betrayed.

    New York & London: 1937 & 1938

    The American journalist and labour activist Benjamin Stolberg (1891-1951) was a member of the Dewey Commission and had strong association links..."> First US edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed from Trotsky to Benjamin Stolberg on the front free endpaper, "devotedly yours, Leon Trotsky, 21/11 1937, Coyoacan".
    The American journalist and labour activist Benjamin Stolberg (1891-1951) was a member of the Dewey Commission and had strong association links... Learn More
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