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GROTE, George. A History of Greece;
London : 1846-56First edition throughout of Grote's great History, which "was received with universal acclamation, was translated into French and German, shaped the European conception of its subject-matter throughout the nineteenth century, and still merits respect as a monument of industrious Victorian scholarship... The History is, in fact, a paean in praise of... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 141375
BURKE, Edmund. Sammelband of twenty-five 18th-century editions of Burke's writings, including seven first editions.
London : 1780-1800A substantial collection comprising twenty-five early editions of Burke's writings, published between 1780 and 1800, of which six are true first editions (rising to 12 if Todd's first editions, later impressions/issues are counted). The collection aptly illustrates the wide-ranging nature of Burke's political polemics, and indeed the market for them,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141267
THATCHER, Margaret. The Downing Street Years.
Norwalk, CT : 1994First 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
ACOSTA, Jose de. The Naturall and Morall Historie of the East and West Indies.
London : 1604First edition in English of "the most convincing, detailed, and reliable account" of the Americas at this time, in a notably attractive contemporary binding (Hill). While this influential work is well-held institutionally it is scarce in commerce, and especially so in a contemporary binding, with only five such copies appearing at auction in the last... Learn More£18,750.00
Stock Code: 141468
(THATCHER, Margaret.) Christmas Cards. From the Royal Family, 1984.A collection of Christmas cards sent by members of the Royal Family to Margaret Thatcher in 1984. The year 1984 saw the birth of Prince Harry, the start of the Miners' Strike and Thatcher's survival of the Brighton bomb. Comprising the cards of:
i) Prince Charles and Princess Diana: inscribed by Charles "To you both from Charles and Diana's... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 123708
EGERTON, William, first Baron Egerton, of Tatton Park. [Title from binding:] Portraits of Celebrated Persons.
[c. 1853]Highly appealing exemplar of a mid-nineteenth century portrait album, assembled with discernment and a great deal of care by William Egerton, first Baron Egerton of Tatton (1806-1883), carrying in each volume his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper verso and fine armorial bookplate to volume I (the Egerton arms impaled with those of Loftus,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 118091
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
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War.
London : 1948-54First 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
GRIFFIN, Lepel H., & Charles Francis Massy. Collection of three works on the rulers of the Punjab, handsomely bound in matching style.
Lahore and Allahabad, : 1870 - 1890A genuinely rare opportunity to acquire these three highly elusive monographs on the ruling families of the Punjab, each a remarkable work of exhaustive research written or inspired by Lepel H. Griffin, one of the most colourful officials in nineteenth century British India, the man described by his fellow Indian administrator, Sir Walter Lawrence,... Learn More£12,000.00
Stock Code: 140157
RUNCIMAN, Steven. A History of the Crusades.
Cambridge : 1951-52-54First editions, first impressions. This important history of the Crusades is a "major achievement of narrative history infused by passion and at times romanticism, as a result of which he has been compared to Macaulay. Inherent in the work is regret at the deplorable failure of the crusading West to understand Byzantium and the East. Runciman's style... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 139126
THATCHER, Margaret. Statecraft.
Norwalk, CT : 2002First 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
CANTEMIR, Demetrie, voivode of Moldavia. Historisch- geographisch- und politische Beschreibung der Moldau.
Frankfurt and Leipzig : 1771First and only contemporary edition. An important record, the first scholarly account of Moldavia and containing the first accurate map. Uncommon, just a single copy traced at auction, and 11 locations world-wide noted by WorldCat, three in the UK, BL, London, Oxford, two in the US, LoC and Northwestern, together with BnF, and single copies in Switzerland,... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 140613
BRYANT, Arthur. Years of Victory: 1802-1812.
London : 1944First 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
MAJOR, John. The Autobiography.
London : 1999Signed 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
PRINSEP, Henry Thoby. Origin of the Sikh Power in the Punjab, and the Political Life of Muha-Raja Runjeet Singh,
Calcutta : 1834First and only contemporary edition of this highly authentic account, based on probably the most accurate first-hand report on the life and times of Ranjit Singh. The portrait of the maharajah was taken from the life by a noted Indian portraitist and engraved by the Indian master-engraver of the Calcutta mint. Extremely uncommon on the market, no auction... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 139506
ROBERTS, David. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia.
London : 1842-5First edition, with the plates in the proof state, of "one of the most important and elaborate ventures of 19th-century publishing... the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph" (Abbey Travel); no publication before this astonishing work had presented so comprehensive a series of views of the monuments, landscape, and people of the region.
The proof... Learn More£57,500.00
Stock Code: 132530
HÜGEL, Carl Freiherrn von. Kaschmir und das Reich der Siek.
Stuttgart : 1840-8First and only edition of the most important contemporary survey of the geography, history, culture, language and natural history of northern India and Kashmir, never fully translated into any other language. Published over an extended period, complete sets of this undeniably important work are uncommon, particularly as here, preserved in the extremely... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 139491
ALI, Shahamat. The Sikhs and Afghans,
London : 1846First 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
MALCOLM, Sir John. The Life of Robert, Lord Clive:
London : 1836First edition of this important biography, the official life of Clive of India by Sir John Malcolm, another great Indian administrator, a work that has "never been adequately acknowledged as a landmark in the intellectual history of British India"; this copy presented in a lovely binding by one of the finest London binders of the period, Charles Hering... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 141273
BOHAN, François Philibert Loubat de. Extraits de l'Examen Critique du Militaire Française,
1820Neatly 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
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: 137021
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Story of the Malakand Field Force.
London, New York & Bombay : 1898First edition, home issue, sole printing, first state without the errata slip. Presentation copy from Churchill's younger brother Jack, inscribed in the recipient's hand on front free endpaper verso, "E. R. Kearsley from Jack Churchill". When this copy was presented, Captain Edward Reginald "Reggie" Kearsley DSO (1883-1976) was attending Harrow School... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 137695
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
HAWKINS, Sir John. Two manuscript estate indentures relating to Hawkins's property at Chatham, established as a Royal Dockyard in 1567. Signed by Sir John Hawkins and Dame Margaret Hawkins respectively.
Chatham, Kent : 1582 & 1599A superb example of the signature of one of the great sailors of Elizabethan England, the first document showing him acquiring land at Chatham, established as a Royal Dockyard by Elizabeth I in 1567. Sir John Hawkins (1532-1595), merchant, privateer and naval commander, was cousin to Sir Francis Drake "but Hawkins arguably knew more about seamanship... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 115601
(BLAKE, William.) BRYANT, Jacob. A new system, or, an analysis of ancient mythology:
London : 1773-76First 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
MOTLEY, John Lothrop. The Rise of the Dutch Republic.
London : 1892Second London edition. The American author and diplomat Motley's Rise of the Dutch Republic was first published in New York by Harper & Bros. in 1856 and in Britain by Gibbings in 1889. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 139185
ROEDERER, Pierre Louis, comte. Oeuvres.
Paris : 1853-9A handsome set of the works of Roederer (1754-1835), prominent French politician during the Revolution and first French Republic. This set was owned and custom bound for Yves Marsaudon (1899-1985), with his bookplate to front pastedowns and his gilt initials at foot of spines; a prominent free mason, Marsaudon converted from Catholicism to the Orthodox... Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 122618
(DELANY, Mrs.) Letters from Mrs. Delany (Widow of Doctor Patrick Delany,) to Mrs. Frances Hamilton,
London : 1820First edition. Attractive publication gathering a small selection of letters from the celebrated Mrs. Delany relating to the lately deceased king, George III. Delany had met the king and his consort, Queen Charlotte, at Bulstrode, the summer home of her patron, the duchess of Portland, "Delany and the royal pair had many tastes in common, including... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 140651
CHURCHILL, Winston S. & Clementine. Typed letter signed from each, to Air Commodore A. V. Harvey, MP.
3 February 1948 and 14 March 1948Winston 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
[SMITH, Charles, & Walter Harris.] The Antient and Present State of the County of Down.
Dublin : 1744First edition of The Antient and Present State, here combined unusually with the first London edition of its parent work, A Topographical and Chorographical Survey, presented in a very well preserved plain period binding. Charles Smith (c. 1715 - 1762), the moving force behind this important book, could be described as an Irish John Aubrey, being an... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 141048
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War.
London : 1948-54First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, the single most important historical account of the Second World War, and a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman of the 20th century "whose retrospective accounts of the great events in which he... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 141287
GUBBAY, Lucien. Origins.
London : 1989First 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
MACPHERSON, John. Critical dissertations on the origin, antiquities, language, government, manners, and religion, of the ancient Caledonians, their posterity the Picts, and the British and Irish Scots.
London : 1768First edition of the author's most important work, his posthumously published response to the Ossian controversy, written in part as a defence of the Ossianic poems but also to encourage wider appreciation of Scottish culture and literature.
A Scottish minister and a recognized Celtic authority on antiquities, Macpherson had met James Macpherson... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140867
SÉGUR, Philippe-Paul, comte de. 1812 - 1912: Napoléon.
Paris : 1912A lavishly produced edition of Ségur's "influential history of the Russian campaign" (Sandler) published to mark the centenary, originally issued in 1824 as Histoire de Napoléon et de la grande armée pendant l'année 1812. Ségur took part in the campaign as a general of brigade. The unfavourable portrait of Napoleon given in this book provoked representations... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139463
[BULLION REPORT.] Report, together with Minutes of Evidence, and Accounts, from the Select Committee on the High Price of Gold Bullion.
London : 1810First trade edition, preceded only by a small number of copies printed in folio for official use; the folio copies were issued in August 1810, these octavo trade copies on 23 September 1810. "The Bullion Report of 1810 holds a unique place in monetary controversy. It is probably the most famous public document in the history of economics" (Fetter, p.... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 140011
FORSYTH, William. History of the Captivity of Napoleon at St. Helena;
London : 1853First edition. Forsyth sought to prove "by mere force of facts... that neither the British government nor Lowe were in fault as regards the treatment of Napoleon at St Helena" (p. x). Lowe was Napoleon's gaoler during his exile on St Helena, and soon became exasperated with the intransigence of his captive, apparently unaware that the pair were engaged... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140969
EISENHOWER, Dwight D. The White House Years - a mismatched set presented to his Gettysburg doctor, and personally inscribed.
Garden City, New York : 1963-5The 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
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
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
FRANCKLIN, W. The History of the Reign of Shah-Aulum,
London : 1798First 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
(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
DIODORUS SICULUS. The Historical Library of Diodorus the Sicilian.
London : 1700-1699First edition in English, the translation by George Booth (1635-1719), the impressively titled protonotary (chief clerk) of the County Palatine of Chester, fourth son of Colonel Sir John Booth. He is the subject of a rather fine family portrait that hangs at Dunham Massey, Cheshire. The dedication is to Booth's relative, George Booth, second earl of... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 139428
(POP-UP BOOK.) KUBAŠTA, Vojtěch. Marco Polo.
London : 1962The present pop-up, in fine working condition, depicts 13th-century explorer Marco Polo aboard the royal carriage, carried by four elephants, accompanying Kublai Khan on a hunt. The designer, Vojtěch Kubašta (19141992), was a Czech architect and artist who drew on his architectural training to engineer complex three-dimensional folding scenes. "Relatively... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 140702
MARKHAM, Sir Clements. History of the Incas by Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, and The Execution of the Inca Tupac Amaru by Captain Baltasar de Ocampo.
London : 1907-8First editions. "The publication of the text of the Sarmiento manuscript in the Library of Göttingen University, has enabled the Council to present the members of the Hakluyt Society with the most authentic narrative of events connected with the history of the Incas of Peru" (Introduction). The supplement is decidedly uncommon. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 113668
WILLIAMS, Helen Maria. A Narrative of the Events which have taken place in France,
London : 1815First edition of this interestingly balanced account of Napoleon's France in its final phase, as witnessed by the poet and novelist Helen Maria Williams (1759-1827), a liberal Englishwoman who lived in Paris from 1790, witnessing (at first with great enthusiasm, later with dismay) the whole course of the French revolution and the rise and fall of Napoleon,... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 140833
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£400.00
Stock Code: 140773
GIBBON, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
London : 1776-88First editions (volume 1 in the first state) of Gibbon's magisterial history, with the cancel leaves and uncorrected errata as called for by Norton. The first variant state of volume 1 numbered 500 copies, printed before Strahan's optimistic and ultimately prophetic decision to double the printing order to 1,000; the first edition sold out within a... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 136933
(BERLIN AIRLIFT) WILLIAMS, Thomas Melling, Air Marshal. A Report on Operation Plainfare (The Berlin Airlift), 25th June 1948 - 6th October 1949.
Bielefeld, Germany : 1950First and only edition, classified RESTRICTED. This definitive report on the British effort in the Berlin Airlift, the first major crisis of the Cold War, was compiled under Air Marshal Williams as C-i-C British Air Forces of Occupation (Germany), who was awarded the DSM (US) for his services during the airlift. Until relatively recently this remarkable... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 135790
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£450.00
Stock Code: 140946
HOPE, W[illiam] H[enry] St John. The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter.
Westminster : 1901First edition in a handsome binding. Hope was a noted antiquarian born in Derby in 1854. "His increasing reputation led to his election as a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1883, and two years later he was appointed assistant secretary of the society, the last to be resident in Burlington House. During the twenty-five years in which... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140529
WHITE, T. H. The Book of Beasts.
London : 1954First 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
STRICKLAND, Agnes [& Elizabeth]. Lives of the Bachelor Kings of England.
London : 1861First 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
(NAPOLEON.) [HEWESTON, W. B.] The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte.
London : [c. 1810]First edition of this uncommon life of Bonaparte; as advertised at the end of vol. II, "the proprietors propose publishing a Third Volume", and this was added in 1815. It was reissued in an unillustrated edition by a different group of booksellers in that year as History of Napoleon Bonaparte, the author given as W. B. Heweston (although his name is... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 139531
MACAULAY, Catharine. The History of England
London : 1769-72First octavo edition, complete to that date (the first four volumes dated 1769, the fifth bearing no edition statement and dated 1772). Catharine Macaulay's history was published episodically, the first volume in 1763, the fourth in 1768, and the fifth (covering events to the Restoration) in 1772. Her decision to leave London for Bath in 1774 to improve... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139980