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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
THATCHER, Margaret. The Downing Street Years.
Norwalk, CT : 1993First Easton Press edition, number 425 of 2,000 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page as issued. The Downing Street Years was the first volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her years as Prime Minister. Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 141039
(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
THATCHER, Margaret. Statecraft.
Norwalk, CT : 2002First Easton Press edition, signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page as issued. 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... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 140943
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
FYFFE, C. A. A History of Modern Europe.
London : 1913Handsomely bound copy of the Popular Edition of Fyffe's most significant and popular work. A History of Modern Europe was originally published in three volumes between 1880-9 and Fyffe wrote it "using the unpublished records of the English Foreign Office and other European archival papers" (ODNB). Learn More£65.00
Stock Code: 140638
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
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
(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
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
(NAPOLEON.) Copies of the Original Letters and Despatches of the Generals, Ministers, Grand Officers of State, &c. at Paris, to the Emperor Napoleon, at Dresden;
London : 1814First edition of this interesting collection of primary source material, reprinting documents and letters covering diplomacy, military service, private letters, and correspondence and bulletins from Napoleon's Minister of Police, published following Napoleon's impressive victory over the combined forces of Austria, Russia and Prussia at Dresden (26-27... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 139504
THATCHER, Margaret. Statecraft.
Norwalk, CT : 2002First Easton Press edition, signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page, unopened in the original cellophane wrap (our photo of the signature from another copy, for reference). 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... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 137979
LEE-WARNER, Sir William. The Life of The Marquis of Dalhousie.
London : 1904First edition, first impression, of the first biography of Dalhousie to be based on access to the "whole mass of his correspondence". Lee-Warner was a "competition wallah", passing the open competition for the Indian civil service in 1867, arriving in Bombay in 1869 to take up an appointment as assistant collector and magistrate of Poona. Over the next... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 140512
OBAMA, Barack. Dreams From My Father.
New York : 1995First edition, first printing, as stated on the copyright page with the row of numbers going from 9 to 2, as called for. The future president's first book, Dreams from My Father was published as Obama began his run for the Illinois Senate in July 1995, and helped to establish his reputation and image. Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 136320
[VERNEY, Robert.] Englands Interest or the Great benefit to Trade by Banks or Offices of Credit in London, &c,
London : 1682First edition. The pamphlet sets out the forms and usages of the City of London bank established that year, which acted primarily as a Lombard bank, in which commodities could be deposited in exchange for credit, to be circulated in the form of bills of exchange. Although the bank quickly failed, it was an important precursor of the Bank of England... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 135257
DOUGLAS, Norman. Fabio Giordano's Relation of Capri.
Naples : 1906First 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
SHAKESPEAR, J. John Shakespear of Shadwell and His Descendants 1619-1931.
Newcastle : 1931First 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
LEMAIRE DE BELGES, Jean. La legende des Venitiens.
Paris : [c. 1512]Early edition of Lemaire's pamphlet defending Louis XII's ambitions of Venetian conquest.
First published at Lyons in 1509 by Jehan de Vingle, La legend des Venitiens was composed at the behest of Louis XII, and "adroitly devised to influence public opinion" (Spaak) as to the legitimacy of the War of the League of Cambrai against the Republic... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 140221
FIGGIS, Darrell. Recollections of the Irish War.
London : 1927First edition, first impression, scarce with the dust jacket. "The portrait Darrell Figgis paints himself in Recollections of the Irish War shows him as a defender of personal liberty and individual opinion whose voice is stifled by authority, traits that he has in common with the Oisin of his satire" (Colby). Darrell Figgis was an Irish writer,... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 129573
ROBERTS, Peter. The Cambrian Popular Antiquities;
London : 1815First edition of this study of Welsh customs and superstitions. Roberts (1760-1819) was a Church of England clergyman and antiquarian and wrote three books on Wales of which this is the third. Cambrian Popular Antiquities collected numerous folk stories, including Arthurian legend, and records ancient traditions still enacted such as various funeral... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 90606
GIBBON, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire.
London : 1903A very attractive set of Gibbon's great history. First published between 1776 and 1788, "This masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style has remained one of the ageless works which... maintain their hold upon the layman and continue to stimulate the scholar... The Decline and Fall is the only historical narrative prior to Macaulay which... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 140457
KAYE, John William. Lives of Indian Officers.
London : 1880A surprisingly uncommon posthumous edition of Kaye's classic work, issued as the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-1880) was drawing to a close, originally published in 1867 following its initial appearance as a series of articles entitled "Indian Heroes" in the monthly periodical Good Words (1866). It comprises biographies of Lord Cornwallis. Sir John... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 140375
DOYLE, James E. A Chronicle of England, B.C. 55-A.D. 1485.
London : 1864First edition of this landmark work, "the first book with original work printed in colour expressly designed for the original text" (Muir, p. 158). A Chronicle of England demonstrates "colour printing at its best, the colours fresh as if they had just been painted, the typography clear and beautiful" (Slythe, p. 28). Indeed, in the designer,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140390
PEPYS, Samuel, & John Evelyn. Memoirs.
London : 1828 & 1827A uniformly bound set of the diaries of the two great 17th-century diarists, both in editions by Henry Colburn, first published in 1818 (Evelyn) and 1825 (Pepys). Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 140403
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The World Crisis, 1915.
London : 1923Fourth 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
DALRYMPLE, John. An Essay Towards a General History of Feudal Property in Great Britain.
London : 1758Second, corrected edition, first published the previous year. John Dalrymple (1726-1810) "was an early protégé of Lord Kames and a member of a circle which included David Hume and Adam Smith and was interested in placing the study of law and legal institutions on new philosophical and historical foundations. Like these, he was an early reader of Montesquieu's... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 129241
BESOLOW, Thomas Edward. From the Darkness of Africa to the Light of America:
Boston : 1891First edition thus, second overall, the earliest realistically procurable edition of the author's first book. Besolow (1857-1948) was born of Vai parents at Bendu, Liberia. He studied in America before coming back to Cape Mount, where he served as county attorney, member of the House of Representatives, and was appointed associate justice of the Supreme... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 34016
THOMAS, Lowell. History As You Heard It.
Garden City, NY : 1957First 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
RUNCIMAN, Steven. Medieval History and the Romantic Imagination.
Oxford : 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
BUDÉ, Guillaume. Commentarii linguae Graecae.
[Paris] : 1529First edition of Budé's formative Commentaries on the Greek Language, "a collection of lexicographical, philological, and historical notes, which formed the basis for the study of the Greek language in France. A monument of the new learning, it was several times reprinted, and gave Budé the reputation which is now commemorated in the modern... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 124885
MAHAN, Capt. A.T. The Life of Nelson.
London : 1897First edition, UK issue from American sheets. Mahan, described by John Keegan as "the most important American strategist of the nineteenth century" and recognised as "the Evangelist of Sea Power", proposes Nelson as the British embodiment thereof in this well-researched and well-written biography. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 122265
POLLARD, Albert Frederick. Henry VIII.
London, Paris, New York and Edinburgh : 1902First edition, number 1,010 of 1,150 copies printed. Pollard (1869-1948) was the founder and first director of the Institute of Historical Research. He wrote several works on Tudor history, the present being "easily his most successful book" (ODNB). Pollard greatly respected and "almost worshipped Henry VIII, whom he saw as a statesman of superb judgement,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139887
HERTSLET, Sir Edward. The Map of Africa by Treaty.
London : 1894First edition of this "classic work" which "traces the changes in the political frontiers imposed by the European powers from the late 18th century It concentrates on the period covered by the scramble, and approaches the subject primarily from the British point of view. The study contains geographical tables and detailed maps, as well as the texts... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139912
BURKE, Edmund & William An Account of the European Settlements in America.
London : 1757First edition. Described by Howes as the "best contemporary account" and attributed by him to William Burke, an "early companion at work and play" (ODNB) of Edmund while he was studying for the bar. Edmund always referred to him as his cousin, although no blood connection has ever been traced. Sabin for his part credits the work to Edmund, and Burke's... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 139761
(WILSON, Harold.) BOWEN, David. Britain's Weather.
Newton Abbot : 1969First 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
WRAXALL, Nathaniel William. Memoirs of the Kings of France of the Race of Valois.
London : 1777First edition. An extremely pretty set of this popular combined historical memoir and epistolary travelogue. Wraxall (17511831), who is best remembered for his scandalous Historical Memoirs of My Own Time (1815), is here similarly drawn to the "liveliness" of anecdote; "From this principle it is, that Memoirs, though less noble and august than History,... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 139651
(MONCK, George, first duke of Albemarle) SKINNER, Thomas. The Life of General Monk: Late Duke of Albemarle;
London : 1723First edition. Life of the great general and general-at-sea whose career flourished under two monarchs, the Commonwealth, and the Protectorate. "Skinner is thought to have been physician to the Duke of Albemarle, when residing at New Hall in Essex he is best-known as the author of The Life of General Monk published in 1723 by William Webster with a... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 139640
WILLIS, Browne. An History of the Mitred Parliamentary Abbeys, and Conventual Cathedral Churches.
London : 1718-9First editions. Educated Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford, "through his father Willis inherited Whaddon Hall, where he was to live until his death, together with the adjoining manor and advowson of Bletchley. He also owned the manor of Burlton in Burghill, Herefordshire, and his estate was augmented by the dowry of 7000 obtained through his marriage...... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 139647
(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
(MAGNA CARTA.) PINE, John. Magna Carta.
London : 1733First impression, printed on vellum, of this meticulously engraved facsimile of the Magna Carta, "a sacred text, the nearest approach to an irrepealable "fundamental statute" that England has ever had" (Pollock and Maitland, History of English Law, I, p.173). The work of the John Pine (1690-1756) engraver, publisher, print- and mapseller, Bluemantle... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 118203