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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 Last Stand:
    WALSH, Edmund A. The Last Stand:

    Boston : 1931

    First edition, first printing. The Jesuit priest Edmund A. Walsh (1885-1956), whose fierce anti-communism had been reinforced by his work for the Vatican's Russian famine relief mission in 1922, had already achieved success with his account of Russian Revolution in 1928. The present work, an account of the Five-Year Plan, at that point in its third... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 125561

  2. The Duty of a Steward to his Lord.
    LAURENCE, Edward. The Duty of a Steward to his Lord.

    London : 1727

    First edition. A major work on rural estate management by the Northamptonshire land surveyor Edward Laurence (1634-1739), renowned in his day for his knowledge of agriculture and for the manuscript maps he produced for landowners. The present work proposes modernisation, including cultivating new crops and enclosing small farms into larger farms. Laurence... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 124698

  3. A Commentary and Review of Montesquieu's Spirit of Laws.
    [JEFFERSON, Thomas.] TRACY, Antonie Destutt de. A Commentary and Review of Montesquieu's Spirit of Laws.

    Philadelphia : 1811

    First edition. The French philosopher Antoine Destutt de Tracy (1754-1836) is best remembered for coining the word "ideology" in 1796. In summer 1809 he sent his critique of Montesquieu, which he had written in 1808, to his friend Thomas Jefferson, the former US President. Tracy requested Jefferson to translate and anonymously publish his work, fearing... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 124111

  4. History of the Caliphs.
    SUYUTI, Jalal al-Din al-. History of the Caliphs.

    Calcutta : 1880-1

    First edition in English of Suyuti's Ta'rikh al-khulafa'. Fairly common in libraries, but rare in commerce, with no copies traced in auction records.
    A prolific polymath, Suyuti (1445-1505) was born in Cairo, where he lived through the final decades of the Mamluk Sultanate. His cohesive and authoritative chronicle of Muslim rulers, from the immediate... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 117609

  5. Mémoire sur les Carmathes du Bahraïn et les Fatimides.
    GOEJE, Michael Jan de. Mémoire sur les Carmathes du Bahraïn et les Fatimides.

    Leiden : 1886

    Second edition, revised and greatly expanded, of de Goeje's important study of the Qaramitah (Carmathians), a syncretic Shi'ite sect which revolted against the 'Abbasid Caliphate from their Bahraini stronghold in the ninth century CE. It was originally published in 1862 as the first volume of his four-part essay series, Mémoires d'histoire et de géographie... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 117603

  6. Bibliothèque orientale.
    (KATIP ÇELEBI.) HERBELOT, Barthelémy d'. Bibliothèque orientale.

    The Hague : 1777-9.

    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. The Bibliothèque orientale... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 117606

  7. Della Ragion di Stato, Libri Dieci. Con tre Libri Delle Cause Della Grandezza e Magnificenza Delle Città.
    BOTERO, Giovanni. Della Ragion di Stato, Libri Dieci. Con tre Libri Delle Cause Della Grandezza e Magnificenza Delle Città.

    Venice : 1589

    First edition. Botero's work is in two parts. The first part is his most famous contribution to political philosophy. Entitled "The Reason of State", Botero provides an extended discussion of the moral question of acting in the state's best interests, and offers a direct rebuttal to the ideas espoused by Machiavelli. A champion of the counter-reformation,... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 124167

  8. My African Journey.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. My African Journey.

    London : 1908

    First edition, first impression. My African Journey was the first book to derive purely from Churchill's journalism, as distinct from his work as a war correspondent. Before embarking he signed an extremely lucrative contract for the publication of a series of articles in The Strand and for further publication in book form. What Churchill was offered... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 139404

  9. The Russian Court in the Eighteenth Century.
    MOLLOY, Fitzgerald. The Russian Court in the Eighteenth Century.

    London : 1905

    First edition. Fitzgerald Molloy (18581908) was a prolific English writer who gained popularity as a biographical and historical compiler. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 138483

  10. Observations Concerning the Distinction of Ranks in Society.
    MILLAR, John. Observations Concerning the Distinction of Ranks in Society.

    Dublin : 1771

    First Dublin edition, following the London edition published the same year. A professor of law in the University of Glasgow and a major influence on Scottish jurisprudence, this was the first major work of John Millar. The Observations were "a pioneering attempt at a historical sociology of social authority, taking up, in turn, familial relations, age,... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 124116

  11. Two Chapters of A celebrated French Work, intitled, De L'Esprit des Loix, Translated into English.
    [MONTESQUIEU, Charles de Secondat, Baron de.] Two Chapters of A celebrated French Work, intitled, De L'Esprit des Loix, Translated into English.

    Edinburgh : 1750

    First and only edition of this printing of two chapters of Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws relating to the British system of government, identified as the earliest publication in English of the Spirit of the Laws, preceding the publication of Thomas Nugent's translation by several months (Courtney, p. 31). Despite its importance as the first English... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 117453

  12. A Plan For improving the Trade at Senegal. Addressed to The Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations.
    (SLAVERY.) A Plan For improving the Trade at Senegal. Addressed to The Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations.

    London : 1763

    First edition. An anonymous proposal to liberate and enfranchise the slaves in Senegal, recently captured from the French in 1758, and set up there a democratic government with British law. Arguing that free labourers are far more productive than those enslaved, and refuting any inherent idleness among the Africans, the author argues this will be a... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 117460

  13. The Claims of the People of England.
    [SHARP, Granville.] The Claims of the People of England.

    London : 1782

    First edition. Granville Sharp (1735-1813) is best known for his work as an abolitionist and reformer. This short treatise proposes political reform, including elections for every session of Parliament, removing limitations on the franchise, ending rotten boroughs, and reducing the power of the crown in Parliament. Sharp's treatise was popular, going... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 117464

  14. Reflections on the present High Price of Provisions; and The Complaints and Disturbances arising therefrom.
    (AGRICULTURE.) Reflections on the present High Price of Provisions; and The Complaints and Disturbances arising therefrom.

    London : 1766

    First edition. The harvest of 1766 had been a poor one, leading to a rise in food prices and over 40 riots, by the count of that year's Annual Register. With much debate as to the appropriate response, the author of this anonymous tract argues against any form of price controls and interference with the free market, and criticises those who bow to mob... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 117474

  15. The Sense of the People Concerning the Present State of Affairs.
    [ELLIS.] The Sense of the People Concerning the Present State of Affairs.

    London : [1721?]

    Second edition, first published the same year. A discussion of the public mood in the aftermath of the South Sea Bubble, with particular reference to the widely villainized Robert Knight (1675-1744), the cashier of the South Sea Company who had made enormous profits through stock speculation. With the collapse of the company, Knight was summoned to... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 117483

  16. Nelsonian Reminiscences.
    PARSONS, G. S. Nelsonian Reminiscences.

    London : 1843

    First UK edition of this Napoleonic naval memoir and important eye-witness account of Nelson's campaign in Naples. George Samuel Parsons (d. 1854) entered the Navy in July 1795 as a first-class volunteer aboard HMS Barfleur and saw action at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent in 1797. A year later he moved to HMS Foudroyant, an 80-gun third rate and Nelson's... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 139724

  17. Memoirs.
    PEPYS, Samuel. Memoirs.

    London : 1825

    First edition of this key historical record of Restoration London, which remained unprinted for more than 150 years after its original composition. The text was painstakingly deciphered from Pepys's shorthand by a penniless student who did not realise that the manual for the system, Thomas Shelton's Tutor to Tachygraphy (1642), was easily accessible... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 116143

  18. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.
    MACKAY, Charles. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

    London : 1852

    Second edition, and the first thoroughly illustrated one, following Bentley's 1841 first edition, which had only five plates over three volumes. This is an important early work on popular delusions of all types, considering the credulous enthusiasm of mankind for phenomena such as alchemy, witchcraft, relics, the Crusades, urban myths, as well as economic... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139739

  19. De occulta philosophia libri tres.
    AGRIPPA, Heinrich Cornelius. De occulta philosophia libri tres.

    [Cologne? : July 1533

    First collected edition. The first part of this summa of occult and magical thought had originally been published in 1531, probably under the influence of Johannes Trithemius, abbot of Würzburg, whose notable students included Agrippa and Paracelsus. The privilege of the Emperor Charles V, to whom Agrippa was archivist and historiographer, is printed... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 136927

  20. Veronensis, de ludis circensibus, libri ii. De triumphis, liber unus.
    PANVINIO, Onofrio. Veronensis, de ludis circensibus, libri ii. De triumphis, liber unus.

    Padua : 1681

    Fifth edition of this well-illustrated study of Roman circuses, games, and triumphs, by the Italian antiquary and Vatican librarian Onofrio Panvinio (1530-1568). The work is "made up of material which was largely unpublished at the time of the author's death. The two books of De ludis circensibus were intended to form part of the larger study of Roman... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 139706

  21. Antiquitatum Romanarum corpus absolutissimum.
    ROSINUS, Johannes. Antiquitatum Romanarum corpus absolutissimum.

    Amsterdam : 1743

    The final edition of the Antiquitatum Romanarum of Johannes Rosinus, a compendium of Classical Rome and Roman antiquities, detailing the topography of Rome and the division of the population, its sacred and private remains, its legal system, and its warfare. First published in 1583, the book proved very popular, with various editions under... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 137706

  22. Mostra Della Rivoluzione Fascista.
    (FASCISM.) ALFIERI, Dino, & Luigi Freddi (eds.) Mostra Della Rivoluzione Fascista.

    Rome : 1933

    First edition, first printing, of the book published to accompany the Mostra Della Rivoluzione Fascista of 1932-4, a major fascist exhibition held to mark the tenth anniversary of Mussolini's march on Rome. The exhibition, and this accompanying profusely-illustrated book, was intended to showcase Mussolini's new Italy, and the social, political and... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 129634

  23. Political Essays Concerning the Present State of the British Empire.
    [YOUNG, Arthur.] Political Essays Concerning the Present State of the British Empire.

    London : 1772

    First edition. Arthur Young (1741-1820) is best known for his writings on agriculture and his travels in France and Italy. The present work, which has been erroneously attributed to John Campbell before, is one of Young's rarest. It offers observations on the political economy of the British Empire, a few years before the loss of the American colonies.... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 124206

  24. J. P. Brissot, Deputy of Eure and Loire, to his Constituents, on the Situation of the National Convention;
    BRISSOT, Jacques Pierre. J. P. Brissot, Deputy of Eure and Loire, to his Constituents, on the Situation of the National Convention;

    London : 1794 & 1789

    First edition in English of Brissot's tract, first edition of Mémoires Secrets. Brissot, a key figure in the Girondist faction in the French Revolution, originally published this work in France in 1793, a few months before he was guillotined. Taking the form of an open letter his constituents, it warns of the "anarchism" of the Jacobin faction, and... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 125491

  25. The Social Structure of Revolutionary America.
    MAIN, Jackson Turner. The Social Structure of Revolutionary America.

    Princeton, NJ : 1965

    First edition, first printing, of the American Revolution and colonial historian's pioneering work in quantitative social history. Main (1917-2003) published seven books during his lifetime, all of which drew extensively on thousands of archival documents and records. His grandfather, the American historian Frederick Jackson Turner, was best known for... Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 117396

  26. 120635
    (LONDON.) Hell upon Earth: or the Town in an Uproar.

    London : 1729

    First and only edition of this Juvenalian satire on London, "this great, wicked, unwieldy, over-grown Town, one continued hurry of Vice and Pleasure". The first ten pages set forth a mocking hour-by-hour account of Londoners' activities on the Sabbath, from "lawyers in the Inns of Court lacing their Mistresses Stays, paying them their Fees, and removing... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 120635

  27. 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... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 139705

  28. The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, Emperor of the French.
    (NAPOLEON.) [SCOTT, Sir Walter.] The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, Emperor of the French.

    Edinburgh : 1827

    Second edition, published in the same year as the first. In the aftermath of his personal financial crash Scott travelled to France to begin research on his life of Napoleon, in which he was remarkably thorough, interviewing Napoleon's colleagues; receiving assistance from the Duke of Wellington in the interpretation of the Russian Campaign; and being... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 139403

  29. The Commercial Crisis 1847-1848;
    EVANS, David Morier. The Commercial Crisis 1847-1848;

    London : 1848

    First edition of the Welsh financial journalist David Morier Evans's (1818-1874) study of the then-recent economic crash, "a train of mercantile disasters that involved losses which could not be brought within the bounds of reasonable calculation" (p. 107). Evans "treated economic subjects from a journalistic point of view, aiming rather at giving an... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 137537

  30. India.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. India.

    London : 1931

    First edition, wrappered issue, of this collection of Churchill's speeches on India, its place within the British Empire, and its potential self-governance. The 1930s are characterized as Churchill's wilderness years, with his unrelenting opposition to Hitler being seen as main cause for his ostracism. However "another, and earlier reason lay in his... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 139562

  31. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
    GIBBON, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

    London : 1848

    A 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
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 139271

  32. Freeman's Oath and Bye-Laws of the Vintner's Company.
    (VINTNER'S COMPANY) Freeman's Oath and Bye-Laws of the Vintner's Company.

    London : c.1829

    Unrecorded early nineteenth-century piece documenting the oaths and corporation regulations of the London Vintners Company. The origins of the Worshipful Company of Vintners are rather obscure, there are twelfth-century references to London merchants fixing the price of wine, though the first concrete date associated with this particular Livery Company... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 136831

  33. The Life of Robert, Lord Clive:
    MALCOLM, Sir John. The Life of Robert, Lord Clive:

    London : 1836

    First edition of this important biography, the official life of Clive of India by Sir John Malcolm, another great Indian administrator. "By the time Malcolm wrote, no new material had appeared on Clive for more than forty years. The core of Malcolm's work was to be the large collection of manuscripts kept by Clive's son, the Earl of Powis" (Harrington,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 139196

  34. Marlborough.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Marlborough.

    London : 1933-1938

    First editions, first impressions, in a handsome binding. "Marlborough: his Life and Times took its place at once among the classics of historical writing. As the story of his ancestor's leadership of a grand alliance to prevent the domination of the continent by a single power, it was also a source of inspiration to Churchill in his campaign against... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 139225

  35. Lives of the Queens of England from the Norman Conquest.
    STRICKLAND, Agnes [& Elizabeth]. Lives of the Queens of England from the Norman Conquest.

    Philadelphia : 1902-3

    The Victoria edition, number 439 of 1,000 subscriber's copies printed on Japon, this set printed for Blanche Elizabeth MacLeish Billings. Lives of the Queens of England, originally published between 1840 and 1848, is the Strickland sisters' best-known work, and an important landmark in the development of the biographical genre. It is presented... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 139088

  36. English Liberty:
    WILKES, John. English Liberty:

    London : [1769?]

    First edition, uncommon with both parts, and particularly scarce in commerce, of this collection of letters and tracts by the radical journalist and politician John Wilkes (1725-1797), including letters to periodicals, and letters and essays on subjects ranging from the St George's Fields massacre to Wilkes's expulsion from the House of Commons, his... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 139098

  37. The Life and history of Swing, the Kent Rick-burner.
    (SWING RIOTS.) The Life and history of Swing, the Kent Rick-burner.

    London : 1830

    First edition of this pamphlet published in support of the 1830 Swing Riots, in which agricultural labourers destroyed threshing machines and workhouses across southern England and East Anglia. The pamphlet purports to be the autobiography of Captain Swing, like General Ludd a fictitious figurehead of the movement, whose name was appended to many threatening... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 139087

  38. The History of the Most Renowned and Victorious Princess Elizabeth, late Queen of England;
    CAMDEN, William. The History of the Most Renowned and Victorious Princess Elizabeth, late Queen of England;

    London : 1675

    A handsome copy of Camden's biography of Queen Elizabeth I, first published in Latin as Annales Rerum Anglicarum et Hibernicarum Regnante Elizabetha in two volumes (1615 and 1625), and in English in 1625. The biography was commissioned from Camden, the greatest antiquary of his age, by Elizabeth's chief adviser William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley,... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 138758

  39. The Second World War.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War.

    London : 1948-54

    First editions of Churchill's masterpiece, the single most important historical account of the Second World War. As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman of the twentieth century "whose retrospective accounts of the great events in which he has taken part have so dominated subsequent historical thinking". A man who had always primarily made his... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 138774

  40. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England,
    CLARENDON, Edward Hyde, Earl of. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England,

    Oxford : 1707, & 1759 [Life]

    Second folio edition of the History, large paper issue; together with the first edition of Clarendon's autobiography, also a large paper issue; all uncut, and uniformly bound in an imposing Victorian binding. Originally written in the 1640s and revised in 1671, the history was first published in folio between 1702 and 1704, and in octavo from 1705 to... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 138605

  41. Highlanders of Scotland:
    MACLEAY, Kenneth. Highlanders of Scotland:

    London : [c. 1874]

    Archibald Fraser MacDonald's copy in the presentation binding. It was first published in 1870, featuring the watercolour portraits commissioned by Queen Victoria from Kenneth Macleay. This copy was specially bound and personalised for Archibald Fraser Macdonald (1842-1890), who was The Prince of Wales's Jäger (or gillie). His biographical notes start... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 137270

  42. Sur La Proposition d'Acquitter la Dette Exigible en Assignats.
    CONDORCET, Jean-Antoine-Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de. Sur La Proposition d'Acquitter la Dette Exigible en Assignats.

    Paris : 1790

    First edition of Condorcet's critique of the assignats. Condorcet was Inspector of the Coins from 1775 to 1790, and had consequently participated in the great monetary debates of the reign of Louis XVI. Partly invigorated by these debates, he was a fierce opponents of the assignats, an opposition which would be vindicated as their value plummeted. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 127340

  43. Rapport fait au nom du Comité de l'imposition, concernant le revenu public provenant de la vente exclusive du Tabac.
    (TOBACCO.) Rapport fait au nom du Comité de l'imposition, concernant le revenu public provenant de la vente exclusive du Tabac.

    [Paris] : [1790]

    First edition of the report made by the taxation committee of the National Assembly on tobacco revenue. A scarce work, with Copac listing only three copies in British institutions, with OCLC adding another twelve. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 127681

  44. Europa Libera:
    (WAR OF THE SPANISH SUCCESSION.) Europa Libera:

    London : 1703

    First edition (preceding the second edition of that year with an added postscript). Published in the third year of the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), the anonymous author proposes that in return for the support of Britain and the Netherlands for the claim of the Emperor of Austria to the Spanish crown, Spain's territories in America should... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 139168

  45. Dialogus Ofte t'Samenspreeckinge tusschen Jan Andersorgh ende Govert Eygen-sin,
    (DUTCH WAR OF INDEPENDENCE.) Dialogus Ofte t'Samenspreeckinge tusschen Jan Andersorgh ende Govert Eygen-sin,

    [Amsterdam?] : 1630

    First edition of this West Frisian rhymed dialogue against the ongoing peace negotiations between the United Provinces and Spain to conclude the Dutch War of Independence (1568-1648). The United Provinces had gained significant ground in the preceding few years, with the Dutch West India Company occupying Bahia, the capital of Brazil in 1624, and that... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 139110

  46. 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

  47. Long Walk to Freedom.
    MANDELA, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom.

    London : 2002

    Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title "For Trevor, a million thanks for the wonderful treatment you & your staff gave us during our stay in Mauritius. N. Mandela", together with a colour portrait photograph, signed and dated my Mandela on 18 November 1999. Mandela visited Mauritius on a week-long private visit in January 2004.... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 139089

  48. A Summary of the Duties of Citizenship!
    [ILIFF, Edward Henry]. A Summary of the Duties of Citizenship!

    London : [1795]

    First edition of this radical tract, by the actor, playwright, and novelist Edward Henry Iliff, a friend of William Godwin. Iliff writes "the genus of society contains two species of odious monsters; Tyrants and Slaves" (p. 5), the former including soldiers, priests, and lawyers, the latter the poor multitudes. This "strident attack on the Army, Church,... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 139092

  49. 138391
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    London : 1956-58

    First edition of the Chartwell Edition, the first illustrated edition of Churchill's famous history, the second overall. 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... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 138391

  50. 138393
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    London : 1956-58

    First edition of the Chartwell Edition, the first illustrated edition of Churchill's famous history, the second overall. 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... Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 138393

  51. Life of Napoleon, A Hudibrastic Poem in Fifteen Cantoes by Dr. Syntax,
    (CRUIKSHANK, George.) [COMBE, William.] Life of Napoleon, A Hudibrastic Poem in Fifteen Cantoes by Dr. Syntax,

    1815

    First edition, with all points as called for in Abbey. A satirical life of Buonaparte, its intentions best summed up by the allegorical title page, which shows the young Corsican as a revolutionary fire-brand in a Phrygian cap ascending a ladder whose rungs are Plunder, Bloodshed and Murder, this last being the blade of a guillotine. At the top he sits... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 41913

  52. [The Life of Muhammad.] "Mahometto Den" [馬哈黙伝]
    PRIDEAUX, Humphrey; TADASU, Hayashi, translator. [The Life of Muhammad.] "Mahometto Den" [馬哈黙伝]

    Tokyo : Meiji 9 [1876].

    First edition in Japanese, being the first Japanese book on the life of the prophet Muhammad, drawn from Prideaux's The True Nature of Imposture Fully Display'd in the Life of Mahomet (1697) and translated into Japanese by Hayashi Tadasu, later Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs.
    Tadasu (1850-1913) studied in Britain from 1866 to 1868.... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 138760

  53. How Columbus Discovered America.
    (POP-UP BOOK.) KUBAŠTA, Vojtěch. How Columbus Discovered America.

    London : [c. 1960]

    The present pop-up, in fine working condition, depicts Columbus's three ships, the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María, on their voyage. 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 unknown in his own time despite... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 123153

  54. A History of France with Conversations at the End of each Chapter.
    [PENROSE, Elizabeth.] MARKHAM, Mrs, pseud. A History of France with Conversations at the End of each Chapter.

    London : 1828

    First edition, in an attractive contemporary binding, of Elizabeth Penrose's pseudonymously published second popular history for children. Penrose's juvenile works were distinguished by her use of an explicatory narrative technique which concludes each chapter with dialogue between the author and her fictional pupils. The first of her school histories,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 117710

  55. 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

  56. Lord Randolph Churchill.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Lord Randolph Churchill.

    London : 1906

    First edition, first impression. Churchill had it in mind to write a biography of his father soon after Lord Randolph's death in January 1895, and was appointed by the late statesman's literary executors to do so in autumn 1902. Churchill worked on the biography, his most substantial literary project so far, for the next two and a half years. The book... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 138958

  57. Lives of the Queens of Scotland and English Princesses
    STRICKLAND, Agnes [& Elizabeth]. Lives of the Queens of Scotland and English Princesses

    Edinburgh & London : 1852-59

    An excellent association set with copious autograph revisions by the authors, preparing the text of volumes one, two, seven, and eight of their monumental historical survey for subsequent editions; in all a clear demonstration of the Strickland sisters' tireless dedication to factual accuracy which made them the most prominent and influential historians... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 138343

  58. Family archive illustrating the consequences of bankruptcy.
    THE BANKER'S DAUGHTER. Family archive illustrating the consequences of bankruptcy.

    London : [c.1803-1871]

    A fascinating and varied archive which vividly illustrates the ramifications of bankruptcy upon family life, comprising financial, promotional, and personal documents related to the late Regency-era performer Mary Radcliff Chambers, "the Banker's Daughter", who took up an onstage career to revive her family's fortunes after the collapse of her father's... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 128644

  59. Reflections on the Revolution in France,
    BURKE, Edmund. Reflections on the Revolution in France,

    London : 1790

    Second edition, Todd's fourth impression, published very soon after the first edition (the first edition published around 1 November 1790, this around 12 November). Burke's brilliant polemic has been a key text of conservative movements of every shape and form for two centuries. Burke asserted "that any revolution that did not bring real liberty, which... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 138729

  60. Statecraft.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Statecraft.

    London : 2002

    Signed on the title page by Margaret Thatcher. Dedicated to Ronald Reagan, Statecraft was Thatcher's final book, providing her analysis of foreign policy in the post-Cold War world. Published when she was in failing health, Thatcher signed far fewer copies of Statecraft than she did for her earlier volumes of autobiography. This copy is the second printing... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 135369

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