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

    London : 1995

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on an initial blank. The Path to Power was the second volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her childhood to her election as Prime Minister; it followed the Downing Street Years, published in 1993, which detailed her time in office. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 148626

  2. 141406
    RUSSELL, Bertrand. Typed letter signed, opposing US intervention in Cuba.

    6 May 1964

    Typed letter signed from Bertrand Russell to the editor of the Toronto Star Weekly, proposing - during a slight thawing in the Cold War - that the US should normalize and improve relations with Cuba. Russell writes "The attempts on the part of the United States to improve relations with the U.S.S.R. deserve support and, in particular the statement by... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 141406

  3. Personal Impressions.
    BERLIN, Isaiah. Personal Impressions.

    London : 1980

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper to the noted artist R. B. Kitaj, "For Kitaj, with great admiration & friendship. Isaiah Berlin, London 1992"; next to it, an additional note, likely in Kitaj's hand reads "his collection of obituaries". This is a great association copy of Berlin's biographical sketches of 20th-century... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 148016

  4. Personal Impressions.
    BERLIN, Isaiah. Personal Impressions.

    London : 1980

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper to the British jeweller, Fabergé expert, and basis for Fleming's Octopussy character, Jim Fanning, "Kenneth Snowman, with my warm regards. Isaiah Berlin, Oxford, July 1981". This is a great association copy of Berlin's biographical sketches of 20th-century scholars and statesmen.... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 148015

  5. Catalogue des livres rares et précieux de la bibliothéque.
    CAILLARD, Antoine Bernard. Catalogue des livres rares et précieux de la bibliothéque.

    Paris : 1810

    First edition, second issue, presentation copy from a member of Caillard's family, inscribed "Donné à Monsieur Grutter, par son ami S. C. Caillard" on the half-title, with the rare four page sale schedule. First published by Debure in 1808, the catalogue was printed again, with the additional schedule inserted, for the posthumous auction of the library... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 122638

  6. The History of the Reign of Shah-Aulum,
    FRANCKLIN, W. The History of the Reign of Shah-Aulum,

    London : 1798

    First edition of this uncommon account of the eventful if mournful reign of Shah Alam II (1728-1806), one of the last of the Mughal emperors, restored to his throne by the Marathas in 1788. Having been defeated decisively by the East India Company's forces at the Battle of Buxar in 1764, Shah Alam sought the protection of the British and signed the... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140891

  7. Signed commendatory certificate to Conservative Party activist.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Signed commendatory certificate to Conservative Party activist.

    [c.1980s]

    A certificate signed by Margaret Thatcher, to commend Conservative Party activist Lily A. Davies: "On behalf of the Conservative Party I should like to offer sincere thanks for all the time and effort that you have given for so many years to the service of our Party... People such as yourself are now as they have always been and will continue to be... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 146558

  8. Signed typescript defending political violence.
    VALLIÈRES, Pierre. Signed typescript defending political violence.

    1971

    Original signed typescript by Pierre Vallières (1938-1998), the intellectual leader of the Front de libération du Québec, defending the use of political violence to effect social change. The typescript was sent to the journalist and editor Ray Gardner (1919-1997), for publication as an article in the Toronto Star. The typescript, "La violence est-elle... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 141435

  9. Typed letter signed, in support of world peace.
    NASSER, Gamal Abdel. Typed letter signed, in support of world peace.

    April 1956

    Typed letter signed from Gamal Abdel Nasser, as Prime Minister of Egypt. Nasser writes in response to Ray Gardner (1919-1997), chairman of the British Columbia Peace Council in Vancouver, a constituent part of the anti-imperialist Canadian Peace Congress. Gardner had written to Nasser sending his well wishes on the anniversary of the 1955 Bandung Conference,... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 141392

  10. Typed letter signed from the Mayor of Hiroshima, marking the tenth anniversary of the atomic bombing.
    WATANABE, Tadao. Typed letter signed from the Mayor of Hiroshima, marking the tenth anniversary of the atomic bombing.

    1955

    Typed letter signed from Tadao Watanabe (1898-1980), Mayor of Hiroshima from 1955 to 1959, to the British Columbia Peace Council in Vancouver, a constituent part of the Canadian Peace Congress. "It is with distinct pleasure that I send, on behalf of the people of Hiroshima, cordial greetings of peace to the British Columbia Peace Council as they, together... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141397

  11. 141385
    PAULING, Linus. Autograph letter signed, and inscribed typescript speech, opposing the Vietnam War.

    5 December 1969

    Autograph letter signed from Linus Pauling, together with an inscribed typescript speech, fiercely setting out his anti-war views. The American chemist and peace activist Linus Carl Pauling (1901-1994), one of the founders of molecular biology and quantum chemistry, won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1954 and for Peace in 1962, one of only four individuals... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 141385

  12. Marlborough.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Marlborough.

    London : 1933-8

    First editions, first impressions, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper of vol. I: "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill September 1938", along with a loosely-inserted presentation slip on Chartwell letterhead typed "With Mr. Winston Churchill's compliments".

    Churchill's biography of the first Duke of Marlborough, his ancestor who... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 145889

  13. An American Life.
    REAGAN, Ronald. An American Life.

    New York : 1990

    Signed 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

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

    London : 1995

    Signed limited edition, number 304 of 500 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher, being her autobiography of her childhood years to her election as Prime Minister. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 145821

  15. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1985.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1985.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1985, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123711

  16. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1996.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1996.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1996, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 123733

  17. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1994.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1994.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1994, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 123727

  18. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1995.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1995.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1995, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 123732

  19. 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 and finely... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 145571

  20. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1989.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1989.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1989, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123716

  21. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1991.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1991.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1991, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and Princess Anne. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 123718

  22. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1988.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1988.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1988, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 123715

  23. Earl Spencer's Tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales - SPENCER, Charles, 9th Earl Spencer. Earl Spencer's Tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.

    [Althorp : 1997

    First edition, inscribed by Charles Spencer on the title page "to 'Dad' and Sue, Charles Spencer". Privately printed for the Earl, the book reproduces the text of the eulogy he gave for his sister, Princess Diana, at her funeral in Westminster Abbey in 1997.

    Televised across the world, the Earl's speech, where he attacked the media for hounding... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 145707

  24. Original whips' office notice of Margaret Thatcher's election as leader of the Conservative Party.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Original whips' office notice of Margaret Thatcher's election as leader of the Conservative Party.

    [London] : 1975

    A most significant document in British political history: the announcement of Margaret Thatcher's election as leader of the Conservative Party, signed by Edward Du Cann, who presided over the election as chairman of the 1922 Committee, and by ten other members of the committee.

    This was one of a small number of copies, all signed by hand, which... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 135018

  25. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1987.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1987.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1987, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 123714

  26. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1984.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1984.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1984, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123708

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

    Norwalk, CT : 1994

    First Easton Press edition, number 924 of 1,000 copies 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... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 145651

  28. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1992.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1992.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1992, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123722

  29. The Sun King.
    MITFORD, Nancy. The Sun King.

    London : 1969

    Signed limited issue, number 83 of 265 copies signed by Mitford on the limitation leaf and specially bound by Zaehnsdorf. Nancy Mitford (19041973) won great acclaim with this lavishly illustrated biography of the French King Louis XIV. Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 144643

  30. Statecraft.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Statecraft.

    London : 2002

    Inscribed by Margaret Thatcher to her personal driver Malcolm Taylor on the title page: "To Malcolm Taylor Best Wishes Margaret Thatcher".

    Taylor served as Thatcher's driver from 1998 to 2010. As with all her staff, he was treated with great kindness by the former Prime Minister; she hosted his retirement party in 2010 despite her ill health,... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 145477

  31. A History of Warfare.
    MONTGOMERY OF ALAMEIN, Field Marshal, The Viscount. A History of Warfare.

    London : 1969

    Signed limited issue, number 83 of 265 copies signed by the author on the limitation lea, and specially bound by Zaehnsdorf from the sheets of the first US edition, first printing.

    "Lord Montgomery's stimulating book must surely take its place as a classic commentary on the history of warfare It is the fruit of a lifetime spent in the study... Learn More
    £1,350.00

    Stock Code: 144651

  32. Strapless
    DAVIS, Deborah. Strapless

    New York : 2003

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the half title to fellow author Dominick Dunne, whose blurb appears on the front of the jacket: "July 2003 Mr Dunne, I am thrilled to have your name on Strapless. A million thanks for the great pleasure your books have given me and for your boundless generosity to a new writer. Sincerely, Deborah".... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 142186

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

    London : 1993

    Deluxe edition, signed by the author in blue ink on the title page. The deluxe edition of The Downing Street Years, Thatcher's autobiography of her years as prime minister, was issued concurrently with the trade edition. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 142539

  34. 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

  35. Roots.
    HALEY, Alex. Roots.

    New York : 1976

    First edition, first printing, an excellent presentation copy from the author, inscribed in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, "November 12, 1976. Irving and Jean Stone, my friends, my colleagues - the family of Kunta Kinte wishes the very warm best to you and your family - Sincerely, Alex Haley P.O. Bo 3338 Beverly Hills CA 90212".... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 144111

  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: 135965

  37. [The Second World War, in Dutch:] Memoires over de tweede wereldoorlog.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. [The Second World War, in Dutch:] Memoires over de tweede wereldoorlog.

    Amsterdam/Brussels : 1948-54

    First 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

  38. Signed ANC and Robben Island documents.
    MANDELA, Nelson. Signed ANC and Robben Island documents.

    South Africa : 1963-1993

    Five 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

  39. Let Our Children Grow Tall.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Let Our Children Grow Tall.

    London : 1977

    First 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 notable speeches... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 139705

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. The House: The History of the House of Representatives.
    REMINI, Robert V. The House: The History of the House of Representatives.

    New York : 2006

    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page. The official history of the House of Representatives, tracing the institution from its inception to the present time. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 141899

  44. 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

  45. The Autobiography.
    MAJOR, John. The Autobiography.

    London : 1999

    First edition, signed limited issue, 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 issue of Margaret Thatcher's prime ministerial autobiography, but with an issue limitation half the size;... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 141595

  46. The Sikhs and Afghans,
    ALI, Shahamat. The Sikhs and Afghans,

    London : 1846

    First edition of this unusual and uncommon travelogue of the north-west frontier, written by the expedition leader's Indian-born munshi and inscribed by him to the earl of Shaftesbury. A highly desirable copy, unopened, unrestored in the original cloth, and with an appealing association. The title is fairly well represented institutionally, but commercially... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 139555

  47. 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... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 46213

  48. A new system, or, an analysis of ancient mythology:
    BRYANT, Jacob; BLAKE, William (illus.) A new system, or, an analysis of ancient mythology:

    London : 1773-76

    First edition of the work for which Bryant is most often remembered, complete with the rare first volume, of which ESTC locates only three copies, and the final plate by William Blake. "Bryant's importance to modern readers lies in the influence he had upon the poet and artist William Blake, who in his own time was generally considered mad. The many... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 139708

  49. 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... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 137038

  50. 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

  51. 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 : 1963-65

    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

  52. Edmund Campion.
    WAUGH, Evelyn. Edmund Campion.

    London : 1935

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 45 of 50 copies signed by Waugh "for private distribution". Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 112493

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. John Shakespear of Shadwell and His Descendants 1619-1931.
    SHAKESPEAR, J. John Shakespear of Shadwell and His Descendants 1619-1931.

    Newcastle : 1931

    First and sole edition, number 3 of 140 copies only, this "allotted to Mary Katharine Shakespear"; inscribed below this, "Presented by Mary Katharine Shakespear to her much loved, lifelong friend, Gladys Mary Harris" and with a number of neat familial emendations at pp. 369-70. This is a superbly produced, privately printed family history, with much... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140310

  56. 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

  57. 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

  58. 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

  59. 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

  60. 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

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