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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. 107723
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  2. 33021
    New and Revised Edition. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 33021

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    Limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies, this number 32. This copy additionally signed and inscribed by de Chair on the title page "For Phyllis Roper on her 70th birthday in appreciation of her consistent help". Biography of the English author, politician, poet and connoisseur. In WWII he served as an intelligence... Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 103982

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  4. Madame Ambassador. The Life of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Leah Horwitz with appreciation of all she has done for PPSEWA - which includes the land of Madame Ambassador. With best wishes. Anne Guthrie". Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed from the author to Horwitz thanking her for sending... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 82367

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  5. 37120
    Second edition, revised, first one volume edition. 1000 copies printed on the 15th October, 1902. The text had been revised considerably, and a new chapter added describing the ultimate destruction of the Khalifa and the end of the war. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 37120

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  6. 117606
    First published in 1697, this revised and expanded edition of d'Herbelot's monumental work is "generally considered the best" (Arcadian Library, p. 238), containing supplements by J. J. Reiske, "undoubtedly the best Arabist in Germany" (ibid.), Leiden professor H. A. Schultens, and other pre-eminent 18th-century orientalists.... Learn More
    £3,500

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    First edition, first printing, of the influential biography that was Alex Haley's first book. Haley met Malcolm X in 1960 when he interviewed him for a piece on the Nation of Islam in the Reader's Digest, of which Haley was then senior editor. They met again when Haley interviewed the activist for Playboy, and the present... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 84268

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  8. 121200
    First Stevenson edition and the first book published by the short-lived English Historical Society; well represented institutionally but commercially uncommon. Joseph Stevenson (1806-1895) was a historian and archivist who was an active member of the leading historical and literary societies of his day: the Bannatyne, Maitland,... Learn More
    £1,250

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    A handsome and highly interesting manuscript. The first published edition was issued by Arckstée & Merkus in Amsterdam in 1771, credited to "un Officier du Corps," the author previously identified by Barbier as Edme-Jean-Antoine Du Puget. Du Puget (1742-1802) was a member of an old aristocratic family from Bresse and was... Learn More
    £5,500

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  10. 109359
    First edition, trade issue of Beerbohm's caricatures of public figures ranging from Joseph Conrad to David Lloyd George. There was also a deluxe limited edition of 275 numbered copies signed by the author. Learn More
    £175

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  11. 94741
    Editiones principes of these five Greek histories, including Photius's version "On the Erythrean Red Sea" by Agatharchides, one of the most important sources for Arabia in classical antiquity. With a copy of the Hakluyt Society translation of Agatharchides's account by Stanley M. Burstein (1989), in very good condition with... Learn More
    £1,750

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  12. 122023
    First edition, first impression. Harry Gannes (1900-1941) and Theodore Draper (1912-2006) were leading communist intellectuals, both acting as foreign editor and assistant foreign editor respectively of the New York Daily Worker, the publication of the Communist Party USA. In this study Gannes and Draper (writing under the... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 122023

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  13. 62650
    First edition, early issue with a number of the plates in their first state. "Ackermann's The Microcosm of London... is a book of major importance. The architectural drawings were by Augustus Charles Pugin, a French refugee who came to London in about 1798, 'driven from his country either by the horrors of the French Revolution... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 62650

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  14. 117625
    Second edition of a work which represented "a revolution in Arabic studies" (ODNB) on first publication in 1650. Pococke (1604-1691) was the first Laudian professor of Arabic at Oxford. In 1631 he travelled to Aleppo as chaplain to the Levant Company, and returned to England five years later with a large collection of Arabic... Learn More
    £950

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  15. 115345comp
    A later edition of a collection first published in 1869, and the title piece having been "composed during the great agitation which followed the rejection of Mr. Gladstone's Reform Bill of 1866 giving some notion of how a Greek Comedian might have written, when at his very worst, if he had lived in the days of chignons... Learn More
    £95

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  16. 118109
    Second edition. An issue of 750 sets of the second edition were published in March 1843, at the same time as the third edition of Borrow's The Bible in Spain. Both editions sold rapidly and were reissued the same year, together cementing Borrow's success. The second edition features a new preface by Borrow and a number of... Learn More
    £175

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  17. 88813
    A royal warrant ordering a significant amount of cloth to be given to a servant of Queen Katherine, John Hasilby. The matter of clothing was of high public importance in the Tudor court. "Henry VIII passed four sumptuary laws or acts of apparel in 1510, 1514, 1515, and 1533. The laws were hierarchical in their structure,... Learn More
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  18. 117446
    Queen..."> First edition, first impression, of MacKintosh's third historical drama written under her theatre pseudonym Gordon Daviot. MacKintosh, who took "Daviot" from the name of a village close to her home city of Inverness, became better known by her other pen name, Josephine Tey, under which she wrote several detective novels.
    Queen... Learn More
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  19. 116863
    First edition, first impression. This collection of pamphlets dates from 30 January 1925 to 14 October 1952, preserving speeches from Pilgrims Society events held at the Savoy or Hotel Victoria in London. Established in 1902, the objective of the Pilgrims Societies of Great Britain and the United States was, and remains,... Learn More
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  20. News from the Past, 1805-1887.
    First edition. "'The only true history of a country is to be found in its newspapers' - Macaulay" (jacket blurb). Fascinating gallimaufry of social historical observations from the public prints of the nineteenth century, selected by historian, biographer - of Ouida and Mrs. Siddons amongst others - and art collector-dealer... Learn More
    £45

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  21. The Lisle Letters.
    First edition. "Nothing makes an author feel so insecure as a half-completed manuscript. Will it perish in a fire? Will he accidentally leave it at a railway station? Will he ever live to see it through the press? Miss Muriel St. Clare Byrne must have suffered an infinity of such doubts during her long labours on the Lisle... Learn More
    £150

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    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on Christmas Day 1984, just a few weeks after he was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning against apartheid in South Africa: "To Donald Cooke, God bless you. Thank you for your concern & support, Desmond Tutu, 25 Dec 84" (front... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 107053

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  23. The Enigma of Stonehenge.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 105303

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  24. Robert Peckham.
    Signed limited edition of 100 copies, this copy number 59. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To J. B. Morton, from Maurice Baring, New Year 1935" on the front free endpaper. Morton is best remembered under his pseudonym, "Beachcomber", which he used throughout his career as a satirical columnist at the Express;... Learn More
    £125

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  25. The Guv'nor.
    First edition. Howlett (1883-1976) was born in Grantham, the child of a carpenter and wheelwright. He apprenticed as a lathe operator, and found work on shaping machines in a car factory and repair shop. Later dabbled as a model aero-engine maker and trainee balloon pilot before, on the eve of the First World War, becoming... Learn More
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  26. Observations on the Dimensions of the Ships of the Line and Frigates in the French Navy.
    First edition in English of a French study which first appeared in the Annales Maritimes in 1822, "it was also printed by order of the French Government at the Royal press, for distribution among its own functionaries" (translator's preface). In emulation of this principle of limited distribution, a note verso of the title... Learn More
    £850

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  27. Advance to Barbarism.
    Second, expanded edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title, "To R. T. Paget, Q.C., with the acknowledgements of the author for inspiration and encouragement. F. J. P. Veale. Nov. 4. 1953". Together with a typed letter signed from Veale to Paget, dated Brighton, 4 November 1953, discussing the... Learn More
    £175

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  28. Dressing Up.
    First edition, first impression, of the scarce hardback issue. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 99208

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  29. History of the Afghans:
    First edition. Dorn (1805-1881) was a pioneer in many areas of Iranian studies in Russia. "He was particularly interested in the Pashtuns and published annotated editions and translations of texts on tribal history. Dorn never visited Afghanistan, but he nevertheless established the scientific basis for Afghan studies, particularly... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 96543

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  30. 91686
    A bilingual juvenile history of France with parallel French and English title pages and texts and an early publication by Chelsea historian and publisher Thomas Faulkner (1777-1855). Learn More
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  31. 93999
    First edition in English, and still the only complete edition, of "the standard work on Spanish history up to the 18th century which does not merely report events in lucid chronological order and with admirable objectivity, but includes analyses of the mechanisms of princely power" (Braun, Juan de Mariana and Early Modern... Learn More
    £1,250

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  32. The Command is Forward.
    First edition, first printing. Collected stories from the front lines of the First World War by medical corps private Alexander Woollcott, who had been a journalist and critic with the New York Times before volunteering for service war, and was one of a number of professional journalists selected by the American Expeditionary... Learn More
    £475

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  33. Fragments of Politics and History. Translated from the French.
    First and only edition in English of a miscellaneous and wide-ranging collection of articles and short essays by the French dramatist and writer Louis Sébastien Mercier (1740-1814), best remembered for his utopian fiction L'An 2440, rêve s'il en fut jamais, translated into English as Memoirs of the Year Two Thousand Five... Learn More
    £650

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  34. The Cambrian Popular Antiquities;
    First edition. Roberts (1760-1819), a Church of England clergyman and antiquarian, wrote three books on Wales of which this is the third. "Cambrian Popular Antiquities (1815), dealing with Welsh rural customs and superstitions, remains a valuable source to Welsh social history" (ODNB). With bookplate of John Sides Davies... Learn More
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  35. Geschichte der Chalifen. Nach handschriftlichen, größtentheils noch unbenützten Quellen.
    First edition of Weil's path-breaking history of Islam, which relied in large part on Muslim sources still in manuscript. Sets are fairly common in institutions, but rarely encountered on the market.
    Weil (1808-1889) was born in Sulzburg in Baden, and was originally destined for the rabbinate, but at a young age found... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 94297

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  36. Birth of an Army.
    First edition, first impression. A first-hand account of the Tunisia campaign of the Second World War by a war correspondent for the Daily Herald.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive,... Learn More
    £125

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  37. Historia delle genti et della natura delle cose settentrionali.
    First edition in Italian. Magnus's great ethnographical and geographical survey of Scandinavia, Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus (History of the Northern Peoples), was first published in Latin in 1555. This Italian translation re-uses the woodcuts, with a few variations, illustrating all aspects of life: local customs,... Learn More
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    First compiled edition. This volume, prefaced in English, contains two French travellers' accounts of their visit to the Kingdoms of England and Scotland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: "The two pieces here offered to the public contain the idea which some of our neighbours formed of us in the two last centuries.... Learn More
    £1,500

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  39. 84941
    First edition of a work on the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Ribadeneira (1527-1611), a member of a noble Castilian family, studied at the universities of Paris, Louvain, and Padua, before becoming a leading diplomat and administrator within the Jesuit order, and St. Ignatius Loyola's first biographer. Here he justifies... Learn More
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  40. Die Cultur der Renaissance in Italien.
    First edition. Written by Burckhardt (1818-1897) between 1855 and 1858, Die Kultur der Renaissance is a milestone in cultural history. While the author's definition and historical description of the Renaissance have been rightfully questioned, "no criticism can detract from the powerful spell which Burckhardt's book has... Learn More
    £850

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  41. The Last Year of Malcolm X.
    First edition, first printing. A re-evaluation of Malcolm X written two years after his assassination. "The curtain is lifted on the differences of policy and perspective within the Black Muslim movement which led to Malcolm's break" (front flap). Learn More
    £175

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    First edition, a reply to Gabriel Naudé's sceptical Apologie pour tous les grands personnages, qui ont été faussement soupçonnés de magie, recently republished in 1669. Jacques de Chevanes (c.1608-1678) of Autun had personal experience of a witch-hunt in Burgundy in 1648/9, and he includes extracts from a 1670 interview... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 84955

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  43. De la peine de mort.
    First edition. De la peine de mort was the Belgian journalist and prison reformer's first book, written when he was twenty-three years old. Ducpétiaux earned himself a name and an official position as inspector general of prisons on the strength of this passionate and ambitious plea for the abolition of capital punishment.... Learn More
    £550

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  44. Dressing Up.
    First edition, first impression, of the scarce hardback issue. Learn More
    £175

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  45. Father Goose.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on front free endpaper: "To Jimmy ('Four') Starr, my friend and colleague, with regards, Gene Fowler. Sept - 1934." Starr was an American screenwriter, gossip columnist, and film reviewer. Fowler's book is a biography of Mack Sennett, a director and... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 90705

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  46. A Report Containing an Essay for the Amendment of the Silver Coins.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the recipient on the rear blank: "Mr. Lownds to Mr. Christian and his to his true friend George Morland, Esq. December 1700". William Lowndes (1652-1724) was Secretary to the Treasury under William III and Queen Anne, from 1695 to 1723. In his report to the... Learn More
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  47. The Enigma of Stonehenge.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by Fowles on the title page. Co-authored with photographer Barry Brukoff. Learn More
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  48. John Heartfield: Leben und Werk. Dargestellt von seinem Bruder Wieland Herzfelde.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the artist to Lord and Lady Milford: "In friendship, to Wogan and Tamara, with all the best wishes, from John Heartfield, Berlin, 4. 1. 1966". Wogan Philipps, 2nd Baron Milford (1902-1993) was the first and only member of the House of Lords to belong to the... Learn More
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  49. 90010
    First and only edition, uncommon, OCLC locates copies at BnF, Oxford, Tel Aviv, University of California, Swiss National Library, and Kunstbibliothek - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. An interesting study of the morphology of Arab numerals with reference to calligraphy, illustrated with a series of elegant proportional studies... Learn More
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  50. Heroes and Heroines.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  51. History of the Greek Revolution.
    First edition. Learn More
    £750

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  52. Thoughts and Adventures.
    First edition, first impression. The second volume of Churchill's autobiographical writings, covering his early political career, the battle of Sidney Street, a near silence on Gallipoli, service on the western front, the negotiation of the Irish settlement, thoughts on the "Mass effects of modern life" and life "Fifty years... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 85261

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  53. Thirteenth Annual Report of the Poor Law Commissioners:
    First edition of this report, a considerable portion of which deals with the Great Famine in Ireland, then in its third year. The text includes two folding plates depicting the layout of the Limerick Union Poorhouse and three plates showing plans for temporary fever wards and accommodation for those affected by the famine.... Learn More
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  54. 71507
    First edition. Wyse was appointed minister-plenipotentiary to Greece in 1849, at the time of his arrival in Athens Greek politics "were complicated and divisive. Each of the three protecting powers that had guaranteed Greek independenceBritain, France, and Russiawishing to advance its interests in the region, became entangled... Learn More
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  55. 72048
    First edition, decidedly uncommon. For his highly influential The Campaign of Trafalgar (1910), Sir Julian Corbett relied heavily on "the monumental works of Colonel Édouard Desbrière, entitled Projets et tentatives de débarquement aux Îles Britanniques (1793-1805) and La Campagne Maritime de 1805: Trafalgar, published... Learn More
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  56. The Environs of London:
    Large paper edition. The first edition was published in 1792-1800. The principal work of the topographer Daniel Lysons (1762-1834), produced with the keen support of Horace Walpole, to whom the work is dedicated. Many areas which were "environs" to Lysons are now firmly inside London, including Battersea, Bermondsey, Camberwell,... Learn More
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  57. Colours of War.
    First edition, first impression, of Alan Ross's study of the British phenomenon of War Artists during the Second World War. Learn More
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  58. Gilles de Rais.
    First edition, first impression. The first biography in English of the extraordinary Gilles de Rais (1404-1440), the 15th century French Baron who is famous as a companion-in-arms to Joan of Arc, a splendiferous theatre producer, and infamous as a necromancer and child-murderer (for which crimes he was eventually hanged... Learn More
    £150

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  59. The Works.
    The Aztec edition, limited to 250 numbered sets. A stunning set beautifully bound and well illustrated. Includes his History of the Conquest of Mexico, History of Ferdinand and Isabella, History of the Conquest of Peru, History of the Reign of Philip the Second, plus his biographical and critical miscellanies. Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 69123

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  60. 68942
    First octavo edition, complete to that date (the first four volumes are dated 1769, while the fifth bears no edition statement and is 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... Learn More
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