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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. 132382comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy for Nelson Mandela, inscribed on the half-title recto by the author "For Nelson Mandela with greatest respect, and thanks, and kindest regards. Peter Matthiessen. August 1990", and additionally inscribed by a leading member of the Leonard Peltier defence committee: "Nelson... Learn More
    £20,000

    Stock Code: 132382

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  2. 134118comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on a promotional Downing Street-design bookplate attached to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £200

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  3. 134002comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £450

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  4. 133384
    Margaret Thatcher's own copy of the official cabinet photograph taken 7 July 1983, the first cabinet photograph after her landslide victory in the June 1983 election, signed by herself and every other member of the cabinet. This is one of two signed 1983 cabinet photographs, this in colour, the other in black and white,... Learn More
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  5. 133660
    A Christmas card sent from Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis to former prime minister Harold Wilson, signed "Denis and Margaret Thatcher" in their respective hands. The photograph on the card shows Margaret and Denis on the stairs at Downing Street, surrounded by portraits of former prime ministers. The card, otherwise... Learn More
    £400

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  6. 132270
    First and only edition, uncommon, just eleven copies on Copac; a single copy recorded at auction, the Blackmer sale. Both volumes inscribed on the front free endpapers; "Clementina L. Whittingham, from her loving father the Author, Feby. 2d. 1874"; the title pages annotated "(Written by Major-General Ferdinand Whittingham... Learn More
    £2,250

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    First edition, first impression, signed by the author. Churchill has signed on the first binder's blank, apparently after binding, and presumably at the behest of Henry Sotheran, the London booksellers who commissioned the binding from Morrell. My African Journey, based on his travels around British East Africa in the autumn... Learn More
    £4,500

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    First edition of the Chartwell Edition, inscribed or signed by Churchill in each volume for Theresa Arnison, the wife of Rowland Arnison, the chairman of the Conservative association in Churchill's Woodford constituency: vol. I "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill for Mrs. Arnison Nov. 1956"; vol. II signed "Winston S. Churchill";... Learn More
    £15,000

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    First edition, subsequent issue with the "Awarded Nobel Peace Prize 1959" wraparound. Signed to front free endpaper "Phillip Noel-Baker 26th March 1960". Offering a vision of nuclear control through international agreements, the work won Noel-Baker the Nobel Peace Prize, culminating a lifetime of pacifist activity. Learn More
    £250

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    The Pioneer Policewoman..."> First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "with every good wish, from Mary S. Allen", with an autograph note loosely inserted, "Hoping you will accept this - If in your part of the world I will certainly let you know. M. S. Allen". The Pioneer Policewoman... Learn More
    £1,750

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    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Martin Luther King on the front free endpaper: "To William Martin with Best Wishes for peace and Brotherhood Martin Luther King Jr". William Martin was a member of the First Baptist Church, down the street from King's own Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, in Montgomery. In his recollections... Learn More
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  12. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph.
    One of the Cranwell or "Subscriber's" edition of 211 copies, this one of 170 "complete copies", inscribed by Lawrence on p. XIX "Complete copy. 1.XII.26 TES", with one manuscript correction to the illustration list, a "K" identifying Kennington rather than Roberts as the artist responsible for "The gad-fly". This copy is... Learn More
    £65,000

    Stock Code: 93169

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  13. 122166comp
    First and limited edition, number 64 of 500 copies privately printed, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "To W. S. S. Rodgers with my friendship and affection 1/19/38 W. P. Chrysler", on the first blank leaf. The book's foreword describes the printing of this edition, designed as a Christmas remembrance for the Chrysler... Learn More
    £975

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    Signed limited edition, number 48 of 50 copies signed by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Albie Sachs and Paul Alberts. A remarkable collaboration, this is the only limited edition signed by both Mandela and Tutu - Nobel Peace Prize winners in 1993 and 1984 respectively - alongside a third major figure in the anti-Apartheid... Learn More
    £3,750

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    The letter written by Margaret Thatcher in response to Dame Elaine Kellett-Bowman's letter of condolence, on the occasion of the death of her husband Denis in 2003. Thatcher writes in her customary blue ink "Dear Elaine, it was so good of you and Edward to write. Yours ever, Margaret", with the typed letter, dated 23 July... Learn More
    £650

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    The Revolution Betrayed.

    New York & London: 1937 & 1938

    The American journalist and labour activist Benjamin Stolberg (1891-1951) was a member of the Dewey Commission and had strong association links..."> First US edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed from Trotsky to Benjamin Stolberg on the front free endpaper, "devotedly yours, Leon Trotsky, 21/11 1937, Coyoacan".
    The American journalist and labour activist Benjamin Stolberg (1891-1951) was a member of the Dewey Commission and had strong association links... Learn More
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  17. 124802comp
    First edition, first impression. With a presentation inscription from Sidney Webb to Professor Phillip Bradley dated 25 November 1925 pasted to the front free endpaper. Loosely inserted is an autograph letter from Webb to Bradley from 28 July 1936, in which Webb writes that he read Bradley's Road to War "with almost painful... Learn More
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    Inscribed by the author on the second blank, "Truly yours, Mark Twain, Dec /08". Uncommon inscribed, with five other copies traced at auction. Clemens often signed works under both his pseudonym and as Clemens; this novel is the only work to be published under the alternate pseudonym of Louis de Conte. Originally published... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 119977

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  19. 118190
    First edition in book form, first impression, presentation inscription from the author, "For Morton White? from Isaiah with love 1964". The essay was originally published in The Atlantic Monthly and The Cornhill Magazine in 1949 as a review of the first volume of Churchill's The Second World War. In it Berlin defends Churchill's... Learn More
    £350

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  20. 122130
    First edition, family association copy. Ownership inscription of George Thomas Napier, brother of both Charles James Napier and his editor William Francis Patrick Napier. Charles James Napier had been Commander in Chief in India, and had resigned after a disagreement with Lord Dalhousie, the Governor-General; the book is... Learn More
    £375

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  21. 121100
    First edition, one of 20 quarto copies presumably printed for presentation, from the library of Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, with his bookplate and signature. Considering their proximity and active participation in the same parliamentary debates on the subject, as well as the small print run, it is highly probable that... Learn More
    £9,750

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  22. Hiroshima.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Dear Charlotte Chapman: Thanks for all the protection, and all the forwarding, and all the phoning. Put this away somewhere in the fervent hope that you've heard the last of it. Best, John Hersey Nov. 46". An excellent... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 113442

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  23. Arms and the Covenant.
    First edition, only printing. Presentation copy to Admiral Sir Dudley Pound, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To 1SL First Sea Lord from WSC, 28.3.40." Churchill began to write "Admiral" and then scratched out the first two letters, deciding to use instead Pound's abbreviated title, and signing just... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 74244

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  24. Race: A Study in Superstition.
    Second edition, revised. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Lionel & Diana, with ever affectionate thoughts, this dull old book that faithfully reflects the dull old friend who sends it, Jacques. Dec 22/64". Literary critic Lionel Trilling (1905-75) worked at Columbia during the same period as Barzun,... Learn More
    £775

    Stock Code: 61792

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  25. 44140
    Signed or autograph material by Malan is extremely uncommon. This substantial letter also boasts excellent content and Battle of Britain associations. Here he writes to Alan Deere, a fellow Spitfire pilot who served in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain, accumulating 22 kills, and who was a Wing Commander at... Learn More
    £2,750

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    A scattering..."> 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... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 42976

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  27. [A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, in Swiss-German] Geschichte.
    First Swiss edition, first two volumes only of the complete set, each volume signed by the author on the half-title, the first also dated 1956. Unmarked as such, but from the library of Churchill's literary agent, Emery Reves, in whose home the work was completed. Reves was instrumental in the development of English-Speaking... Learn More
    £1,850

    Stock Code: 35007

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  28. 41735comp
    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper and a letter from the author, loosely inserted, to The Marchioness of Breadalbane. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 41735

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