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CHURCHILL, Winston S. [The Second World War, in Dutch:] Memoires over de tweede wereldoorlog.
Amsterdam/Brussels : 1948-54First Dutch trade edition, inscribed by the author, volume 1 "Inscribed for Emery Reves by Winston S. Churchill, 1948", volumes 2 and 3 signed and dated 1949, volume 5 signed "WSChurchill", the others unsigned; from the library of Emery Reves, Churchill's literary agent.
Reves had been instrumental in promoting Churchill's pre-war international... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 34995
PALAIS-ROYAL. Le Palais-Royal
Paris : 1815First edition of this guidebook for the newcomer to the vices of the Palais Royale, a hotbed of gambling and prostitution in Revolutionary and Napoleonic France.
The book reveals the argot of the Palais and the tricks of the fraudsters and crooks which infest it, and profiles the gambling dens alongside the cafes and tobacconists. The majority... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 143571
IKBAL ALI SHAH, Sirdar. Fuad: King of Egypt.
London : 1936First edition, first impression, of this uncommon and timely biography of Fuad I (1922-1936), published in the year of the king's death and the signing of the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1936, which required the withdrawal of British troops from Egypt, conversations for which had opened in the last weeks of Fuad's life.
The Indian-Afghan author... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 143248
GEOFFREY of Monmouth. The British History, Translated into English From the Latin.
London : 1718First edition in English of "one of the most popular and influential historical works of the middle ages" (ODNB), by Geoffrey of Monmouth (c.1100-1154/5), bishop of St Asaph. Completed by 1139, Geoffrey's Historia Regum Britanniae introduced such figures as Arthur, Merlin, and King Leir to an international reading public.
"The fact that thereafter... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 143144
CHURCHILL, Winston S. My Early Life.
London : 1937Seond impression of The Keystone Library edition. Inscribed by the author to the binder's front blank "To Patrick Monkhouse from Winston S. Churchill May 1938." The recipient, Patrick 'Paddy' Monkhouse (1905-1981) joined the Manchester Guardian in 1927 as reporter, leader writer and critic, before joining the Evening Standard from 1936-1940. He rejoined... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 134668
THATCHER, Margaret. The Path to Power.
London : 1995Signed limited edition, number 409 of 500 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher on the title page, being her autobiography of her childhood years to her election as Prime Minister. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135975
CHURCHILL, Winston S. India.
London : 1931First edition, wrappered issue, of this collection of Churchill's speeches on India, its place within the British Empire, and its potential self-governance. The 1930s are characterized as Churchill's wilderness years, with his unrelenting opposition to Hitler being seen as main cause for his ostracism. However "another, and earlier reason lay in his... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 143440
ELIOT, George. Romola.
Leipzig : 1863First published in the Cornhill Magazine 1862-3, Eliot's novel of Renaissance Florence became a popular souvenir for late "Grand Tourists" when presented thus. This historical novel, set in 15th-century Florence, was first published in book form the same year at London and Edinburgh. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 142990
CHINA. South Manchuria Railway, April, 1935.
Dairen, Manchuria : 1935First edition of this early and informative "advertorial" piece promoting the range of business concerns established by the South Manchuria Railway in Japanese-held Manchuria in the 1930s, including descriptions of the company's coal mining, warehousing, railway workshops, harbours, wharves, hotels, hospitals, and schools, and details of the administration... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 143418
CHURCHILL, Winston - URQUHART, Fred (comp.). W.S.C. A Cartoon Biography.
London : 1955First edition, first impression. A compilation of 279 cartoon drawings concerning Winston Churchill, arranged chronologically. "All points of views are represented, from the Daily Mail to the Daily Worker, from Punch to Pravda, from John Bull to Der Stürmer" (front flap). Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 143397
GARANGER, Marc. Femmes Algeriennes 1960.
Paris : 1982First edition, first printing, of this poignant series of portraits, taken by Garanger during the Algerian War (1954-1962), of local Muslim women forced to remove their veils for the newly mandatory identity papers ordered by the colonial French government to control population movements.
In his introduction, Garanger notes that he wants to... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 143079
LESY, Michael. Wisconsin Death Trip.
New York : 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
CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
London : 1956-8First 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£500.00
Stock Code: 143376
THOMPSON, E. P. The Making of the English Working Class.
London : 1963First edition, first impression, of Thompson's classic work of social history, among the most important historical studies of the post-war period, and a foundation text of New Left historiography. Here a particularly bright example. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 143372
IRAN. Souvenir album for the coronation of His Imperial Majesty Mohamad Reza Shah Pahlavi Aryamehr, Shahanshah of Iran and Her Imerial Majesty Farah Pahlavi, the Empress of Iran.
Tehran : 1968A gloriously evocative official souvenir of the Shah's coronation in 1967, including portraits, a sequence recording the coronation ceremony itself, and numerous superb, almost abstract images of the decorations and illuminations in the capital. Scarce, with no other copy traced. WorldCat identifies two locations for a more general Tehran photobook... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 141959
TYNDALE, William; John Frith; Robert Barnes. The Whole workes of... three worthy Martyrs,
London : 1573First edition, edited by the martyrologist John Foxe. Foxe had established his reputation as the leading chronicler of the English reformation with his first two editions of Acts and Monuments (Foxe's Book of Martyrs) in 1563 and 1570. In the latter he had promised that he would edit a collection of the works of William Tyndale, John Frith, and Robert... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 77878
CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
London : 1956-8First editions, first impressions, signed by Churchill on the front free endpaper of volume I, "Winston S. Churchill"; with an intriguing provenance: from the library of the influential society hostess, the Marchioness of Londonderry, wife of Churchill's cousin, Charles Vane-Tempest Stewart, seventh marquess, who "had once been effectively a protégé... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 142554
LAURENCE, Edward. The Duty of a Steward to his Lord.
London : 1727First edition. A major work on rural estate management by the Northamptonshire land surveyor Edward Laurence (1634-1739), renowned in his day for his knowledge of agriculture and for the manuscript maps he produced for landowners. The present work proposes modernisation, including cultivating new crops and enclosing small farms into larger farms. Laurence... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 124698
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Great Contemporaries.
London : 1937First edition, first impression. Great Contemporaries is "an important part of the canon and belongs in every library" (Langworth). On receiving his advance copy, Neville Chamberlain wrote to Churchill:"How you can go on throwing off these sparkling sketches with such apparent ease & such sustained brilliance, in the midst of all your other occupations... Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 143031
REAGAN, Ronald. An American Life.
New York : 1990Signed 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
(HOLOCAUST.) The Black Book.
New York : 1946First edition, first printing, of one of the earliest detailed studies of the Holocaust.
Prepared by an international consortium of Jewish organizations in New York, Moscow, and Jerusalem, The Black Book charts in detail the basis of genocidal anti-Semitism in Nazi thought, its spread across the German people (who are accused of complicity... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 142697
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition.
London : 1973-6First complete collected edition, one of 1,750 sets published. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded 2,000 copies and only 1,750 sets... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 129564
BOISGUILBERT, Pierre le Pesant. Le détail de la France, sous le règne de Louis XIV.
No place : 1697An early edition of the author's first important economic text, a damning critique of the economic condition of France as a result of the policies adopted by Colbert and his successors, first published anonymously and without royal permission in Rouen in 1695.
Boisguilbert (1646-1714) "is largely remembered as a precursor of the Physiocrats... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 136946
(SINATRA, Frank.) KENNEDY, John F. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy.
Washington, DC : 1962-1963-1964First editions, first printings. From the library of Frank Sinatra, his name in gilt to each front cover. The relationship between the singer and JFK has been discussed in numerous books and articles, particularly with regard to purported Mafia connections and other piquant details. However, Sinatra biographer Kitty Kelley gives a succinct appraisal... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 135154
GUILLIM, John. A Display of Heraldrie:
London : 1611First edition, second impression (with the 1611 title page and 1610 colophon), of John Guillim's (1550-1621) work on heraldry, which "was to remain the standard textbook on English heraldry until the second half of the eighteenth century, and it is still regularly used by working heralds in the twenty-first century" (ODNB). Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 141516
NISBET, John. Burma Under British Rule - And Before.
London : 1901First edition, first impression, of this detailed history of Burma, which notably discusses the history of the country before British colonisation in 1824. The work "stands as an exemplar" of histories written from personal experience, Nisbet "taking trouble to separate himself from official discourses whilst providing a comprehensive work based on... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 134442
BOSSEWELL, John. Workes of Armorie,
London : 1572First edition, contemporary hand-colouring throughout. The numerous woodcut crests and other illustrations throughout Bossewell's Armorie were published with the colours indicated by key letters ("V" for vert, green; "A" for argent, silver, etc). In this copy, all the crests, initials and illustrations have been finely illuminated throughout in colour... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 83133
(THATCHER, Margaret.) Christmas Cards. From the Royal Family, 1996.A collection of Christmas cards sent by members of the Royal Family to Margaret Thatcher in 1996. The year 1996 saw both Charles and Diana and Andrew and Sarah divorce. Comprising the cards of:
i) Prince Charles: inscribed "Lady Thatcher and Sir Denis from Charles", with the printed message "Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year".... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 123733
MANDELA, Nelson. Signed ANC and Robben Island documents.
South Africa : 1963-1993Five pieces of documentation, each signed and dated by Nelson Mandela at the request of his old African National Congress comrade Natvaral 'Natoo' Babenia (1924-1999). Babenia was recruited as a saboteur in the early days of the ANC's armed wing, uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) - The Spear of the Nation - co-founded by Mandela in 1961; and the two were fellow... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 141520
(CORNWALLIS, Charles, first Marquess Cornwallis.) FORREST, G. W. (ed.). Selections from the State Papers of the Governors-General of India. Lord Cornwallis.
Oxford : 1926First edition, first impression. This remains a vital source of information on Cornwallis and was one of the last editorial ventures of the veteran historian of India, Sir George Forrest (1845-1926), a man whose diligent work in the Indian archives "opened the way for a new type of history of British India" (ODNB). Volume I is given over entirely to... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 140904
LEAGUE OF NATIONS. Covenant.
?Paris : 1919First and only printing of this original draft, docketed on the front wrapper 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". Library Hub locates just six copies of this draft: Peace Palace Library, Huntington, Princeton, Harvard Law School, Wellesley,... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 132162
(WATERGATE.) Hearings Before the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
Washington, DC : 1973Part 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
THATCHER, Margaret. Typed letter signed, responding to Lord Weatherill's condolence after Denis Thatcher's death.
2003The letter sent by Margaret Thatcher in response to Lord Weatherill's letter of condolence on the occasion of the death of her husband Denis in 2003. Thatcher heads and signs the letter "Dear Jack... Kind regards yours ever Margaret", and dates it 17 July 2003, in her customary blue ink; the typed text of the letter reading "Thank you so much for your... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 136166
WINDSOR, Edward, Duke of. A King's Story.
London : 1951Signed limited edition, number 85 of 250 copies signed by the Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII. Printed on handmade paper, the binding of the limited edition was split between Sangorski & Sutcliffe, Zaehnsdorf, and John P. Gray, and is a highly attractive tome.
The work, dedicated to Wallis Simpson, is a highly personal account of Edward's... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 142412
THATCHER, Margaret. Let Our Children Grow Tall.
London : 1977First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author to the book's designer Reginald Cline, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Reginald Cline, with every good wish. Margaret Thatcher". Cline is credited as the book's designer on the copyright page. Let Our Children Grow Tall was Thatcher's first book, gathering her more... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139705
CHURCHILL, Winston S. [Complete collection of major works, all first editions:]
1898-1961First British editions, first impressions, of all of Churchill's major works, in handsome matching bindings by Bayntun of Bath, altogether an imposing and comprehensive collection. Collections of Churchill's first editions in uniform bindings are scarce in commerce.
Churchill was a prolific writer in the fields of history, biography and politics,... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 139079
(PLUTARCH.) CLOUGH, A. H. (ed.) Plutarch's Lives.
London : 1893An attractive library set of Plutarch's biographical works recounting the lives of notable Greek and Roman figures including Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. Clough had started on his revision of Dryden's translation of Plutarch in America, whence he had sailed in October 1852 with W. M. Thackeray, spending nine months in a vain search for a permanent... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139091
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Marlborough.
London : 1933-1938First editions, first impressions, in a handsome binding. "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 against... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139225
BAGEHOT, Walter. The English Constitution.
London : 1867First edition in book form of the most influential exposition of the British (not in fact solely English) constitution. Bagehot conceptualized the constitution as split between "dignified" and "efficient" elements, the former the monarchy and parts of the aristocracy with all their associated pomp and circumstance, the latter the actual machinery of... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 138712
JOSEPHUS, Flavius. [Works, in Latin: Antiquitates Judaicae; De bello Judaico; Contra Apionem.]
Milan : 1513/14First edition to add the complementary work of pseudo-Hegesippus, handsomely printed in clear Roman type for the noted Renaissance scholar and professor at Milan, Alexander Minutianus, a zealous proponent of Latin literature. It also includes a ninth-century compilation based primarily on pseudo-Hegesippus, and a list of concordances between pseudo-Hegesippus... Learn More£8,000.00
Stock Code: 138817
THATCHER, Margaret. The Downing Street Years.
New York : 1993First US signed limited edition, number 134 of 350 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher on the title page. The Downing Street Years was the first volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her years as Prime Minister. Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 138307
(HEFNER, Hugh.) HEIDENRY, John. What Wild Ecstasy: The Rise and Fall of the Sexual Revolution.
New York : 1997First edition, first printing, the copy of the Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, extensively annotated by him, with two annotated slips inserted on his and the Playboy Mansion's letterhead.
Heidenry's book charts the history of the Sexual Revolution, and naturally both Hefner and Playboy are mentioned many times in the narrative; Hefner's annotations... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 142331
WILSON, Maria. The Workwoman's Guide,
London & Birmingham : 1838First edition of one of the most important needlework manuals of the nineteenth century. Early editions are uncommon, with just four copies of the first on Library Hub, together with four of the second edition of 1840; only two copies traced at auction. An excellent copy of this elusive and highly desirable guidebook, offered here in publisher's attractive... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 108261
ECO, Umberto. Serendipities.
New York : First edition in English, first printing, inscribed by the author on the half-title "For Monika & Craig, Umberto Eco". The recipients are Monika and Craig Anderson, who was a New York bookseller, the son of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Maxwell Anderson. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 142135
DE GAURY, Gerald. The Grand Captain.
London : 1955First edition, first impression, of the first full-length biography of the medieval Spanish general Gonzalo de Cordoba. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Elizabeth Kinnear With very many thanks for her patient help Gerald de Gaury 19.7.55. London". Inscribed copies are particularly scarce, for de Gaury moved... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 141817
KNOTT, Cargill Gilston. Napier Tercentenary Memorial Volume.
London : 1915First edition of this collection of essays and addresses presented at the John Napier tercentenary celebration held in July 1914 in Edinburgh to commemorate the publication of Napier's Mirifici Logarithmorum Canonis Descriptio. The editor was the Scottish physicist and seismologist Knott (1856-1922), who "became a fellow of the Royal Society... Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 141046
OBAMA, Barack. The Audacity of Hope.
New York : 2006First 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
(INDIA.) LINDEMAN & CO. [Funeral notice for William Townsend Jones.]
Calcutta : 24 January 1807Haunting piece of Company-rule ephemera announcing the funeral of William Townsend Jones (c.1757-1807), attorney on the council of the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William, the highest court of British India from its foundation in 1774 until 1862. Jones's name is now usually connected with his indictment in December 1789 for flogging to death... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 122432
THATCHER, Margaret. The Path to Power.
London : 1995First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the title page "To Woodrow with warm regards and many thanks for all your help Margaret Thatcher". An excellent association copy - the recipient was Woodrow Wyatt (1918-1997), Labour Member of Parliament for most of 1945 to 1970, who switched sides and became Thatcher's... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 135680
THATCHER, Margaret. The Downing Street Years.
London : 1993First edition, first impression. Signed by Margaret Thatcher on the title page, together with the original audience information for the book signing at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, 28 October 1993. The Downing Street Years was the first volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her years as Prime Minister, later followed by The Path to Power... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 135602
CONDORCET, Jean-Antoine-Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de. Lettres sur le Commerce des Grains.
Paris : 1774 [but 1775]First edition of Condorcet's defence of the free trade of grain. Turgot's liberalisation of the grain trade in 1774, coinciding with bad harvests and rocketing prices, led to a fierce pamphlet war between proponents of the mercantilist and free trade schools of thought. Condorcet had written the present tract prior to Turgot's enactment of the policy,... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 127684
[BOISGUILBERT, Pierre le Pesant.] HERODIAN. Histoire Romaine.
Paris : 1675First edition of Boisguilbert's first work, a French translation of Herodian's colourful history, originally written in Greek in the third century and covering the Roman Empire from the death of Marcus Aurelius to the accession of Gordian III.
Though first published in 1675, the work received its privilège in 1673. Learn More£725.00
Stock Code: 126587
[TUCKER, Josiah.] The Case of Going to War, For the Sake of Procuring, Enlarging, or Securing of Trade, Considered in a New Light.
London : 1763First 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
THATCHER, Margaret. The Downing Street Years.
London : 1993First edition, first impression, signed by Margaret Thatcher on the title page. The Downing Street Years was the first volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her years as Prime Minister. Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 138744
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The River War.
London, New York and Bombay : 1899First edition, first impression, second state (with the inverted comma inserted after THE 'LONDON GAZETTE' on p. 459 of the second volume). Churchill's second book, preceded only by The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898). "Overcoming the objections of Kitchener, the commander-in-chief of the expeditionary force, Churchill obtained a temporary... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 137018
(PETTY, William.) COLLINS, John. A Plea for the Bringing in of Irish Cattel, And keeping out of Fish Caught by Foreigners.
London : 1680First edition. John Collins (1626-1683) is predominantly remembered as a mathematician and scientific administrator, but his long career in the civil service also acquainted him in detail with taxation, trade and public expenditures. The present mercantilist treatise was his first work of economics, a slightly mis-matched proposal to prohibit foreign... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 127344
THATCHER, Margaret. The Collected Speeches.
Norwalk, CT : 1998First Easton Press edition, number 91 of 2,000 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page. This copy includes the publisher's certificate of authenticity with Thatcher's printed signature, dated 18 March 1998. The volume gathers Thatcher's notable speeches from 1968 to 1996; it was first published in the UK the previous year. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 142276
(DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.) In Congress, July 4, 1776. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America...
Washington D. C., : 1848Second impression of the most accurate and beautiful early printing of the founding document of the United States, made from Stone's copper plate which had been created via direct transmission from the original document. A striking commemoration of America's arrival as an independent nation, with the invocation of "those truths we hold self-evident."... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 127460