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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. 142135comp
    ECO, Umberto. Serendipities.

    New York : [1998]

    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

  2. The Grand Captain.
    DE GAURY, Gerald. The Grand Captain.

    London : 1955

    First 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

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

    New York : 2006

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

    Stock Code: 134687

  4. The Path to Power.
    THATCHER, Margaret. The Path to Power.

    London : 1995

    First 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

  5. The Downing Street Years.
    THATCHER, Margaret. The Downing Street Years.

    London : 1993

    First 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

  6. An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England,
    (NELSON, Thomas.) BACON, Nathaniel, & John Selden. An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England,

    London : 1760

    The copy of the American Founding Father and signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Nelson Junior (1738-1789), with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper; Nelson later struck through the signature (still wholly legible) and added a presentation note to his son William Nelson (1763-1803), thus reading "Tho.s Nelson jr. To Wm... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 139669

  7. The Downing Street Years.
    THATCHER, Margaret. The Downing Street Years.

    London : 1993

    First 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

  8. The Collected Speeches.
    THATCHER, Margaret. The Collected Speeches.

    Norwalk, CT : 1998

    First 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

  9. Statecraft.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Statecraft.

    Norwalk, CT : 2002

    First Easton Press edition, signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page. 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 Press, signed by the author... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 142123

  10. The Downing Street Years.
    THATCHER, Margaret. The Downing Street Years.

    Norwalk, CT : 1994

    First Easton Press edition, signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page. The Downing Street Years, Thatcher's autobiography of her years as prime minister, was first published by Harper Collins in 1993, with this "Collector's Edition" produced by the Easton Press, signed by the author and handsomely bound in leather, published the subsequent year.... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 141882

  11. The Second World War.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War.

    London : 1948-54

    First editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, signed or inscribed contemporarily in each volume, and exceptionally uncommon thus. The set was presented to Theresa Arnison, who with her husband Rowland, was a stalwart of the Woodford Conservative Association. Vol. I, inscribed on the half-title: "From Winston S. Churchill to Mrs. Arnison,... Learn More
    £27,500.00

    Stock Code: 137316

  12. Statecraft.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Statecraft.

    Norwalk, CT : 2002

    First Easton Press edition, signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page. 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 Press, signed by the author... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 141628

  13. Years of Victory: 1802-1812.
    BRYANT, Arthur. Years of Victory: 1802-1812.

    London : 1944

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Field Marshal George Francis Milne on the half-title, "For my much esteemed friend F. M. Lord Milne G.C.B. &c. Wishing him the complements of the Season & many many Happy New Years, Christmas 1944 - B". Milne was influential in the Second Boer War and the First World War,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141170

  14. The Autobiography.
    MAJOR, John. The Autobiography.

    London : 1999

    Signed limited edition, number 43 of 126 copies signed by John Major, being his memoir of his life and service as British prime minister from 1990 to 1997. A handsome volume, the Tory-blue morocco binding matches the signed limited edition of Margaret Thatcher's prime ministerial autobiography, but with an edition limitation half the size; future prime... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 141595

  15. Extraits de l'Examen Critique du Militaire Française,
    BOHAN, François Philibert Loubat de. Extraits de l'Examen Critique du Militaire Française,

    1820

    Neatly written and clearly legible manuscript copy of Bohan's important and uncommon work.
    Originally published in Geneva 1781, "The third volume, including some extracts of the other two was reprinted Paris 1821 under the title of 'Principes pour monter et dresser les chevaux de guerre'" (Huth). The revision was carried out by the astronomer Joseph-Jérôme... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 46213

  16. Strictures on Naval Discipline, and the Conduct of a Ship of War.
    PATTON, Philip. Strictures on Naval Discipline, and the Conduct of a Ship of War.

    [c.1807]

    Extremely uncommon collection of the clear- and far-sighted memoranda on naval discipline of a long-serving sailor described by Lord Keith as this "deep-thinking and hard-fighting officer." This copy inscribed on the front pastedown, "From Patton to Mr. Ferguson?", the conclusion of the inscription erased.
    A scattering of the individual papers and... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 42976

  17. Typed letter signed from each, to Air Commodore A. V. Harvey, MP.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. & Clementine. Typed letter signed from each, to Air Commodore A. V. Harvey, MP.

    3 February 1948 and 14 March 1948

    Winston Churchill writes to invite his fellow Conservative MP Arthur Vere Harvey to a parliamentary luncheon: "Dear Harvey, I am asking a few of my Parliamentary colleagues to luncheon on Thursday, February 12, at 1 p.m., and I should be so glad if you could come. Yours sincerely Winston S. Churchill".
    Clementine Churchill wrote the following month... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 137038

  18. Origins.
    GUBBAY, Lucien. Origins.

    London : 1989

    First and sole edition, number 85 of an unspecified but presumably very small edition; presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Geoffrey Gubbay, with best wishes, Lucien, 7.11.90". An online search of institutional libraries locates one copy only, at University of California.

    "Origins traces the history over... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140918

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

    Garden City, New York : 1963-5

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

    Stock Code: 140860

  20. The Book of Beasts.
    WHITE, T. H. The Book of Beasts.

    London : 1954

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy,inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Ken Smith, with love from Tim White", additionally signed by White under his printed name on the title page. The Book of Beasts was White's translation from a mediaeval bestiary manuscript preserved in the Cambridge University Library. His epigraph is from... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 139142

  21. Lives of the Bachelor Kings of England.
    STRICKLAND, Agnes [& Elizabeth]. Lives of the Bachelor Kings of England.

    London : 1861

    First edition, presentation copy from the authors' sister, inscribed in ink on the title page, "To dear Charlotte Foster in remembrance of her friends Agnes and Elizabeth Strickland with Jane Margaret Strickland's love"; the divisional title "Edward the Fifth" is annotated in the same hand, "By Elizabeth Strickland", referring to the work's joint authorship.
    By... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 140279

  22. Fabio Giordano's Relation of Capri.
    DOUGLAS, Norman. Fabio Giordano's Relation of Capri.

    Naples : 1906

    First edition, sole printing, one of 250 copies. Inscribed by the author on the title page to Oscar Wilde's second son, "Vyvyan Holland from Norman Douglas, 11 July 1930". This work "consists of an account of Fabio Giordano and his Historia Napolitana, from which Douglas here edits and prints for the first time De Capreis Insula" (Woolf). Douglas, whose... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 140355

  23. The World Crisis, 1915.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The World Crisis, 1915.

    London : 1923

    Fourth printing (stated second edition), published in December 1923, two months after the first printing. This copy inscribed by the author on the initial blank: "From Winston S. Chuchill to A. J. Hawkey, 30 Oct. 1924". The recipient was Alfred James Hawkey (1877-1952), chairman of the Woodford Urban District Council from 1914 to 1934 - Churchill inscribed... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 139948

  24. History As You Heard It.
    THOMAS, Lowell. History As You Heard It.

    Garden City, NY : 1957

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Thomas on the front free endpaper: "To Thada Sesher Lowell Thomas". A collection of excerpts from some of the preeminent journalist's broadcasts made between 1930 and 1955. With a newspaper clipping concerning explorations and research, loosely inserted. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140086

  25. Medieval History and the Romantic Imagination.
    RUNCIMAN, Steven. Medieval History and the Romantic Imagination.

    Oxford : [1963]

    Scarce original offprint inscribed by the author "with best wishes SR" to the front free endpaper. This copy is from the library of John Julius Cooper, 2nd viscount Norwich (1929-2018) a hugely prolific popular historian and television presenter. Runciman and Norwich led very similar careers: both educated at Eton, both dabbling in the Foreign Service,... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 139947

  26. Britain's Weather.
    (WILSON, Harold.) BOWEN, David. Britain's Weather.

    Newton Abbot : 1969

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to then-prime minister Harold Wilson, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Harold Wilson, who cares about Britain but who remains silent about British weather! With every good wish David Bowen". The book remained in the possession of Wilson and his wife Mary until the dispersal of... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 138068

  27. Official Christmas card.
    (CHARLES, Prince of Wales, & Diana, Princess of Wales.) Official Christmas card.

    [1991]

    The official Christmas card of Prince Charles and Princes Diana for the year 1991, with the autopen signatures of both, retaining the original envelope, as sent to Mrs. P. A. Cruickshank, with the Buckingham Palace postal stamp dated 16 December 1991. Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 139083

  28. Die unbesungenen Helden.
    (SCHINDLER, Oskar.) GROSSMANN, Kurt R (ed.) Die unbesungenen Helden.

    Berlin : 1957

    First edition, first printing, of the only autobiographical account of Oskar Schindler's wartime work to be published, this copy an extraordinarily poignant association, inscribed to his wife: "Meiner lieben Mily in Erinnerung Ihrer mutigen Zeit. Weihnachten 1957 Frankfurt/Main" ("To my dear Mily in remembrance of her courageous time. Christmas 1957,... Learn More
    £30,000.00

    Stock Code: 135953

  29. Lives of the Queens of Scotland and English Princesses
    STRICKLAND, Agnes [& Elizabeth]. Lives of the Queens of Scotland and English Princesses

    Edinburgh & London : 1852-59

    An excellent association set with copious autograph revisions by the authors, preparing the text of volumes one, two, seven, and eight of their monumental historical survey for subsequent editions; in all a clear demonstration of the Strickland sisters' tireless dedication to factual accuracy which made them the most prominent and influential historians... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 138343

  30. Family archive illustrating the consequences of bankruptcy.
    THE BANKER'S DAUGHTER. Family archive illustrating the consequences of bankruptcy.

    London : [c.1803-1871]

    A fascinating and varied archive which vividly illustrates the ramifications of bankruptcy upon family life, comprising financial, promotional, and personal documents related to the late Regency-era performer Mary Radcliff Chambers, "the Banker's Daughter", who took up an onstage career to revive her family's fortunes after the collapse of her father's... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 128644

  31. The Real War.
    NIXON, Richard. The Real War.

    New York : 1980

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the half-title "To Victor Ross with best wishes from Richard Nixon". The recipient Victor Ross (born 1919) was senior executive at Reader's Digest and head of the firm's European division, and a collector of Presidential and Prime Ministerial signatures; he met Nixon on a few occasions. In The... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 137182

  32. The Challenge to Liberty.
    HOOVER, Herbert. The Challenge to Liberty.

    New York : 1934

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the 31st President on the front free endpaper "To Prof. Henry R Fairclough with the kind regards of Herbert Hoover". The recipient Henry Rushton Fairclough (1862-1939) was a classical philologist, holding professorships at Stanford University from 1893 to 1927, and publishing various translations and bilingual... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 138515

  33. Long Walk to Freedom.
    MANDELA, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom.

    Randburg : 1994

    First edition, first printing, signed by Mandela on the half-title and dated 12 July 1996, during his first state visit to Britain as South Africa's President. Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 138490

  34. The Path to Power.
    THATCHER, Margaret. The Path to Power.

    London : 1995

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page "To Norman Wallace Margaret Thatcher 15 June 1995". It is unusual to find the book with a dedication and a date in the signing, rather than just her name. The Path to Power was the second volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her childhood to her election as Prime Minister;... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 136502

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

    New York : 1996

    Inscribed by the author on the half-title: "To Audrey - Wishing you all the best! Barack Obama 5.21.04". As Obama's name recognition increased following his famous address to the Democratic National Convention in 2004, he switched to a short-form signature; this example, preceding the speech by two months, retains the more desirable long-form before... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 136159

  36. For the Record.
    CAMERON, David. For the Record.

    London : 2019

    Signed limited edition, one of 500 unnumbered copies signed by David Cameron on the edition page. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 136012

  37. Napoléon chez lui.
    (NAPOLEON.) MASSON, Frederic. Napoléon chez lui.

    Paris : [1894]

    First editions, presentation copies, inscribed by the author to his close friend, the dramatist and opera librettist Philippe Gille (1831-1901). Napoléon chez lui is inscribed on the limitation page "À Mon excellent ami Philippe Gille, sou bien reconnaissant Frederic Masson" To my excellent friend Philippe Gille, his very grateful Frederic Masson;... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 122623

  38. British Biscuit Tins 1868-1939.
    (WILSON, Harold.) FRANKLIN, M. J. British Biscuit Tins 1868-1939.

    London : 1979

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to former prime minister Harold Wilson, with the presentation slip mounted to front free endpaper: "Presented to the Rt. Hon. Sir Harold Wilson by the Directors of the Associated Biscuit Manufacturers Limited upon the occasion of the Huyton Factory Jubilee 18th April, 1980". The book remained in the... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 138207

  39. The Minister.
    (WILSON, Harold.) EDELMAN, Maurice. The Minister.

    London : 1961

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to future prime minister Harold Wilson, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Harold - this Westminster Masque - with warm good wishes Maurice Edelman October 27 '61". A nice association - Maurice Edelman (1911-1975) was a Welsh Labour MP, representing Coventry constituencies in the... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 138184

  40. Death May Surprise Us.
    (WILSON, Harold.) WILLIS, Ted. Death May Surprise Us.

    London : 1974

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to then-prime minister Harold Wilson, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Mary and Harold, (may it never happen!) in friendship, Ted. Ted Willis, September, 1974". The inscription is a reference to the subject matter of the novel, which details a kidnapping attempt on the British... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 138183

  41. Memoirs of Selworthy and West Somerset.
    (WILSON, Harold.) COOPER, Cicely Elaine. Memoirs of Selworthy and West Somerset.

    Williton, Somerset : 1966

    Presentation copy to then-Prime Minister Harold Wilson, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To the Rt. Hon. Harold Wilson Prime Minister and Mrs. Wilson with best holiday wishes. A tribute of admiration to the courage under immense difficulties, of the P.M. as I have witnessed from this remote corner. Cicely Elaine Cooper apologies for scrawl" (the... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 138182

  42. The Half-Shut Eye.
    (WILSON, Harold.) WHALE, John. The Half-Shut Eye.

    London : 1969

    First edition. Presentation copy to then-Prime Minister Harold Wilson, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "to the Rt. Hon. Harold Wilson MP from John Whale April 1969". The author John Whale (1931-2008) worked in various media positions, as a political reporter and Washington correspondent with ITN, writer at the Sunday... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 138181

  43. British Public Opinion.
    (WILSON, Harold.) WORCESTER, Robert M. British Public Opinion.

    Oxford : 1991

    First edition, presentation copy to former prime minister Harold Wilson, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "To Harold - with great respect and affection, to the best client I ever had. Bob Worcester March 1991". Robert Worcester (born 1933) is the founder of MORI, and a pioneer in political polling. He conducted polling for Wilson, as referenced... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 138180

  44. Hiroshima.
    HERSEY, John. Hiroshima.

    New York : 1946

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Dear Charlotte Chapman: Thanks for all the protection, and all the forwarding, and all the phoning. Put this away somewhere in the fervent hope that you've heard the last of it. Best, John Hersey Nov. 46". An excellent association copy: Charlotte... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 113442

  45. Relation Historique et Critique de la Guerre Franco-Allemande en 1870-1871.
    (GRANT, U. S.) LECOMTE, Ferdinand. Relation Historique et Critique de la Guerre Franco-Allemande en 1870-1871.

    Paris : 1872-4

    First editions of this important analysis of the Franco-Prussian War by a noted Swiss military theorist and radical politician. This set from the library of Ulysses S. Grant with tipped-in presentation slip, "General Grant, Président des Etats-Unis. Hommage respecteuse de l'Auteur", and with the loosely inserted compliments slip of the Swiss consul... Learn More
    £1,800.00

    Stock Code: 68206

  46. The Friends of Liberty.
    (WILSON, Harold.) GOODWIN, Albert. The Friends of Liberty.

    London : 1979

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author to former prime minister Harold Wilson on the front free endpaper: "To Sir Harold Wilson with the author's compliments January 1981". A nice association - Albert Goodwin (1906-1995) was the tutor of Wilson at Jesus College, Oxford, in the early 1930s. The book - which traces the growth of English... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 138077

  47. Hollywood England.
    (WILSON, Harold.) WALKER, Alexander. Hollywood England.

    London : 1974

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to then-prime minister Harold Wilson (who had also served as prime minister 1964-1970, therefore covering most of the period which the book details), inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Harold Wilson with best wishes for Christmas - the 1970s volume will be a slimmer one altogether!... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 138076

  48. In Dickens's London.
    (DICKENS, Charles.) SMITH, F. Hopkinson. In Dickens's London.

    New York : 1914

    First edition. One of a limited edition of 150 numbered sets, each signed on the limitation leaf by the artist and the publisher. Additionally signed by Smith on the print "Coffee-Room, George Inn". Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 75760

  49. The Path to Power.
    THATCHER, Margaret. The Path to Power.

    London : 1995

    Signed limited edition, number 215 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: 136394

  50. Two typed letters signed to J. Gower Saunders. Regarding a Memoranda concerning the publication of the 'Life of Lord Randolph Churchill'. Together with a letter from Churchill's private secretary.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Two typed letters signed to J. Gower Saunders. Regarding a Memoranda concerning the publication of the 'Life of Lord Randolph Churchill'. Together with a letter from Churchill's private secretary.

    Lake Como, Italy : 1945

    An initial letter sent from Kathleen Hill, Churchill's private secretary dated 30th August confirming a letter and Memoranda had been received from Mr Saunders and that Mr Churchill will reply when returning from holiday. Closely followed by a letter from Churchill while on holiday, dated 5th September, thanking Mr. Saunders for the Memoranda and reads..."Should... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 63413

  51. Some Evidence of Things Seen.
    (MANDELA, Nelson.) ALBERTS, Paul. Some Evidence of Things Seen.

    Rivonia, South Africa : 1997

    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 movement, Albie Sachs, who became... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 130076

  52. Osservazioni sul musaico di Palestrina.
    PIERALISI, Sante. Osservazioni sul musaico di Palestrina.

    Rome : 1858

    First edition, presentation copy from the prince of Palestrina, Enrico Barberini-Colonna (1823-1889), inscribed on the front wrapper to the French politician Frédéric-Alfred-Pierre, comte de Falloux (1811-1886), instigator of the Falloux Laws, which promoted Catholic education in French schools under Napoleon III. A large and well-illustrated study... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 137227

  53. The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson.
    HOOVER, Herbert. The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson.

    New York : 1958

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To my good friends Lila and DeWitt Wallace from Herbert Hoover". The recipient was the American magazine publisher William Roy DeWitt Wallace (1889-1981) and his wife Lila; husband and wife together co-founded the magazine Reader's Digest in 1922. The... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 137185

  54. A Nation Terrorized.
    (ASTOR, Nancy.) SEGER, Gerhart. A Nation Terrorized.

    Chicago : 1935

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author to Nancy Astor, inscribed on the half-title "Lady Astor as a very little sign of a very great thankfulness! Gerhart Seger". Seger (1896-1967) was among the German Social Democrat deputies in the Reichstag which opposed the Enabling Act, and was consequently sent to the Oranienburg concentration... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 137169

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

    Chicago : 1975

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

    Stock Code: 137165

  56. Christmas card from Denis and Margaret Thatcher to Harold Wilson.
    (THATCHER, Margaret; Harold Wilson). Christmas card from Denis and Margaret Thatcher to Harold Wilson.

    1985

    The Christmas card sent from Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis to former prime minister Harold Wilson in 1985, signed "Denis and Margaret Thatcher" in their respective hands. The card, otherwise unmarked as Harold Wilson's, remained in the possession of Harold, and then his wife Mary, until the latter's death in 2018; thereafter entering the market... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 133659

  57. The Rainbow Comes and Goes; The Light of Common Day; Trumpets from the Steep.
    COOPER, Lady Diana. The Rainbow Comes and Goes; The Light of Common Day; Trumpets from the Steep.

    London : 1958-60

    First editions, the first volume a second impression the others firsts, of this highly successful autobiographical trilogy covering the extraordinary life of actress, society hostess, and eternally Bright Thing, Lady Diana Cooper, "the only really glamorous woman in the world". This set inscribed in each volume to Stanley Hall, "wigmaker and make-up... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 136001

  58. Very Peculiar People.
    DINGWALL, Eric John. Very Peculiar People.

    London : 1950

    First edition, first impression, this copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper; "With best wishes from the author, E.J. Dingwall, Crowhurst, 1972". Typically recherché material from Dingwall, "portrait studies of peculiar, or abnormal, personalities, and an analysis of the psychological problems they present each chapter is followed... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 136030

  59. The Life of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort.
    (VICTORIA, Queen.) MARTIN, Theodore. The Life of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort.

    London : 1875-80

    Presentation copies from Queen Victoria, inscribed on the front free endpaper of three volumes: vol. I, "To John Longden from Victoria RI Windsor Castle Dec. 24. 1877"; vol. IV, "To John Longden from VRI Victoria Regina et Imperatrix July 31. 1879"; vol. V, "To John Longden Esq from VRI June 1880". A most attractive association: the recipient, John... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 135698

  60. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse.
    (MANDELA, Nelson.) MATTHIESSEN, Peter. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse.

    New York : 1983

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy for Nelson Mandela, inscribed on the half-title recto by the author "For Nelson Mandela with greatest respect, and thanks, and kindest regards. Peter Matthiessen. August 1990", and additionally inscribed by a leading member of the Leonard Peltier defence committee: "Nelson Mandela, in this lifetime, on... Learn More
    £20,000.00

    Stock Code: 132382

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