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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. 123421
    First editions, first impressions thus, of this collection of pamphlets published over the last five hundred years. George Orwell edited and contributed the introduction to volume I, which was published in November 1948. His death in January 1950 led to A. J. P. Taylor replacing him as joint editor and writing the introduction... Learn More
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  2. 122977
    First edition, second printing, of this controversial historical study, "the only comprehensive work in any language, to my knowledge, that unequivocally espouses the right of an older male to have social-sexual relations with a young boy" (Dr Albert Ellis's postscript). This copy has the ownership inscription of gay publisher... Learn More
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  3. 123296
    First edition. Anna Jameson (1794-1860) has been seen by some modern commentators as a proto-feminist due to her extensive writings on women; however, the present work presents a distinctly negative vision of women in power, as clearly stated in the preface: "it remains a question how far the feminine character may be so... Learn More
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  4. 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
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  5. 1
    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
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  6. 121038
    First and sole edition; Copac cites Scotland and Wellcome only among British and Irish institutional libraries, OCLC adds another dozen worldwide. The dedicatee is François-Louis-Claude Marin, royal censor and Secretaire General de la Librairie - the editor mentioning that it was printed at Avignon where "je puis braver...... Learn More
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  7. 121781
    A handsomely produced edition, scarce in the dust jackets. A young lawyer turned portraitist, Catlin set out in 1830 from his home in Pennsylvania to record on canvas the indigenous tribes of North America and their way of life. His eight years among the major tribes of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains resulted in... Learn More
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  8. Magna Carta
    First impression, printed on vellum, of this meticulously engraved copy 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 John Pine (1690-1756) engraver, publisher, print- and... Learn More
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  9. 110246
    First edition, one of 300 numbered copies of this work by the architect and designer C. R. Ashbee (1863-1942). Learn More
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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
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  11. 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
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  12. 122301
    First edition. William Napier was the brother of Charles Napier, who had conquered and administered Sindh and been a leading figure in British India prior to his resignation over his disagreements with Governor-General Lord Dalhousie. William Napier published both an account of the conquest of Sindh and the present volume,... Learn More
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  13. 119215
    First edition of Speke's account of his momentous discovery of Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika, undoubtedly less common that his Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile, especially so in collector's condition; this copy in a variant binding with smaller lettering on the spine and "Capt. Speke" with the letter "t"... Learn More
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  14. 121023
    Third edition - preceded by those of 1741 and 1747 - issued against the background of the Seven Years' War (1756-1763) and updated to take into account the latest maritime treaties: with Algiers (1751), France (includes treaty of Aix la Chapelle, 1748), Morocco (1750-51), Portugal (1755), Savoy (1748 and 1750), Tripoli,... Learn More
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  15. 122281
    First edition. O'Rorke was a parish priest with a penchant for local history; his two volume History of Sligo is unsurpassed for the history of the county and the town, and aptly mixes secular, religious and social history. Learn More
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  16. 122143
    First edition in English of Corvin's autobiography; two variant bindings are known without clear primacy. Corvin was a revolutionary, having fought on the barricades in France in 1848 before aiding the revolution in Germany. Captured by the Prussians, his death sentence was commuted to six years imprisonment. The author... Learn More
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  17. 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
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  18. 122117
    Second edition in English, first published in French in the same year. An important eye-witness account of the outbreak of the Taiping rebellion, co-written by the doctor and one of the interpreters at the French Embassy, and translated into English. A fascinating Western account of a rebellion which became one of the most... Learn More
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  19. 122094
    First edition. Lake was second in command and chief engineer during the defence of Kars, the last major operation of the Crimean War. With the city's capitulation, he spent a year as a prisoner of war in Russia; this is his autobiographical account of the events. The latter sections of the book gives an account of society... Learn More
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  20. 122068
    First edition, two volume issue. One of the finest contemporary histories of the Crimean War, lavishly illustrated with depictions of sea and land battles, portraits of the major individuals, and maps of the region. The edition was also issued as an eight volume set. With the bookplate of Sir Basil Liddell Hart, military... Learn More
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  21. 122064
    First edition, variant state; some copies of the book have a line of erratum on page 224 which is absent here, but with the erratum corrected in the text. Editions would be published in Edinburgh, Dublin and Cork later in the same year. Sackville had been stripped of his military position after refusing to allow a British... Learn More
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  22. 122062
    First edition. Le Turc was a London-based Frenchman, who published other technical manuals on ladders, cannons and bridges. The present work is a military treatise, addressed to George III, offering proposals to enhance the defences of British overseas possessions. An English translation was intended, with a prospectus produced,... Learn More
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  23. 122226
    First edition, thus, of this scarce and delightful double volvelle tracing the great inventions and wonders of the world. On the Inventions side the die-cut images each reveal the general use of the invention, where invented, when invented, name of the inventor, dates, and birthplace. The inventions include the telegraph,... Learn More
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  24. 102448
    A handsomely bound set of the memoirs of Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans (1627-1693), "La Grande Mademoiselle" covering the last years of Louis XIII's reign and a large part of her cousin's reign, Louis XIV. Originally published in 1728. Learn More
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  25. 118918
    First edition, first impression; an important study of Scotland Yard, containing several references to Sir Charles Warren and the Ripper murders. Learn More
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  26. 115927
    First edition, a choicely bound copy, extra-illustrated with the addition of 54 portraits and views (some hand-coloured) ranging in date from the late 18th to the late 19th century, skilfully inlaid to size. "For many years after her death Mrs Fitzherbert's marriage to the prince of Wales continued to provoke controversy,... Learn More
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  27. Problems of Greater Britain.
    First edition, an interesting association copy, with the engraved bookplate of Pandeli Ralli (1845-1928), Liberal member of parliament (for Bridport, 1875-80, then Wallingford until 1885), member of the famous Greek merchant family, and longtime confidant of Lord Kitchener, to the front pastedowns. Dilke's essay on imperial... Learn More
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  28. 120624
    First edition of the Mississippi anti-abolitionist's work summarising proslavery arguments supported by religion and new racial science. The eleven chapters consider the biblical foundations of slavery within early Judaism and Christianity, the history of African slavery, the abolitionist position of England on the topic,... Learn More
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  29. 120628
    First edition of this text denouncing the slave trade, "founded in iniquity and blood", predominately concerned with the West Indies but with a chapter on slavery in the United States. Bays discusses conditions and treatment aboard slave ships, provides detailed descriptions of sugar plantations, surveys relevant West Indian... Learn More
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  30. 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
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  31. 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
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  32. 121427
    First edition. Mackay's important early work of social psychology discusses popular delusions of all types and considers the credulous enthusiasm of mankind for phenomena such as alchemy, witchcraft, relics, the Crusades, urban myths, as well as economic events such as the tulip bubble, the Mississippi Bubble, and the South... Learn More
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  33. 115601
    A superb example of the signature of one of the great sailors of Elizabethan England, the first document showing him acquiring land at Chatham, established as a Royal Dockyard by Elizabeth I in 1567. Sir John Hawkins (1532-1595), merchant, privateer and naval commander, was cousin to Sir Francis Drake "but Hawkins arguably... Learn More
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  34. 120265
    First UK edition, first impression. Learn More
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  35. 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
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  36. 119433
    First edition of Ward's "vivid and acutely observed account of the country" (ODNB). Ward (1797-1860), was joint commissioner in Mexico from 1823 to 1824, and chargé d'affairs from 1825 to 1827. The detailed illustrations in this work are after drawings by his wife, Emily Ward, whom he married in 1824. Learn More
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  37. 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
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  38. 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
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  39. 119484
    First Golden Cockerel Press edition, number 61 of 500 numbered sets, beautifully printed in Perpetua types on Arnold mould-made paper. This superbly bound copy incorporates a fine miniature half-length portrait of Napoleon as First Consul, based on the famous full-length portrait by Jean-Baptiste Isabey. Learn More
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  40. 121264
    First edition of the first work of John Lingard (1771-1851), Roman Catholic priest and historian, "a work which reveals him to be a moderate upholder of the Catholic cisalpine and Gallican tradition of historical scholarship. In this work he sought to oppose the errors of a generation of protestant Anglo-Saxon scholars who... Learn More
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  41. 120934
    First edition in English of the first part (all published) of Miguel de Luna's Verdadera historia del rey Don Rodrigo (1592-1600), itself purportedly translated from an Arabic source, but in fact an original composition. Luna's account of the Arab conquest of Spain to the year 761 was considered genuine by Southey, dismissed... Learn More
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  42. 102752
    First and only edition, with the limitation statement: "twenty-four copies printed on hand-made paper for presentation to His Majesty the King, the Library of the House of Commons and those who took part in the ceremony". Copac shows just five locations in the UK: BL, Oxford, Cambridge, Guildhall, and Chartwell; OCLC adds... Learn More
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  43. 120621
    A lovely set in a very appealing period binding. First published in two volumes folio in 1724-34, Burnet's (1643-1715) History is one of the most important accounts of the period: "It engendered much excitement and clearly sold well in England, each volume going through a number of editions. In the following years several... Learn More
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  44. 115034
    This particularly attractive exemplar of a Victorian memorial card - bearing a stock image of a sarcophagus with an urn, drapery, guttering torch, and funerary flowers - reflects the national sense of shock at the sudden death of Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), prime minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police, who was... Learn More
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  45. 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
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  46. 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
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  47. 116668
    First and only edition, one of 110 copies, rare: among British and Irish institutional libraries Copac locates only the copy at the British Library; OCLC adds a single copy worldwide, at Bibliothèque de documentation internationale contemporaine at Nanterre (described in a note as "Rel. arm." - presumably "reliure armorial"... Learn More
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  48. 115955
    Limited edition, number 262 of 1,000 sets printed on japon; this set printed for Mr Thomas Breslin. An attractive and richly illustrated work on European court intrigue, which includes works on the courts of Marie Antoinette and Napoleon. With the bookplate of William Lawrence O'Neill (1935-2016) to the front pastedowns,... Learn More
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  49. 119432
    First edition of this extensive history of the Mexican-American War in which Ripley served; he was brevetted captain for gallantry at the battle of Cerro Gordo and major "meritorious conduct" at the battle of Chapultepec. Ripley took military leave from 1848 to 1849 to complete this work, "considered by some the best of... Learn More
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  50. 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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  51. 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
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  52. 114578
    Third edition, revised. A particularly handsome set. Learn More
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  53. 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.
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  54. 117415
    First edition, large paper copy, a handsome copy of this biographical memoir of the notable 18th-century "political propagandist" (ODNB). Hollis (1720-1774) "believed citizenship should be active: individuals had an important role to play in public life. He partly fulfilled this responsibility by charitable work as a governor... Learn More
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  55. 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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  56. 116237
    Deluxe limited edition, number 107 of 780. The first Scott edition was published in 1811; the first English translation from the French appeared almost a century earlier in 1714. An account of Hamilton's brother-in-law, Count de Gramont, and the intrigues of the Restoration court, it is "written with such brilliancy and... Learn More
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  57. 114886
    First edition of the author's best known work, published at a time of renewed interest in religious history. "Its fundamental idea is that the beliefs of man are the determinants, and even the creators, of his institutions. In the preface to La Cité antique Coulanges wrote: 'The past never completely dies for men. Man may... Learn More
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  58. 116711
    First edition of the first significant - and conspicuously scarce - biography of the "Huguenot paladin" François de La Noue (1531-1591), one of the great Protestant captains of the 16th-century Wars of Religion, described by the distinguished American historian John Lothrop Motley as "not only one of the most experienced... Learn More
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  59. The Mississippi Valley in British Politics.
    First edition of this important study, which received the Loubat Prize for 1918 and was reviewed favourably on publication by O. G. Libby, who considered Alvord "completely successful in maintaining his thesis that the Mississippi valley at a critical period in our history was again and again a determining factor in British... Learn More
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  60. History of India.
    The Connoisseur edition, number 192 of 200 copies. The volumes are by different authors or editors, covering successive periods: vol. 1, to the sixth century BC, by Romesh Chunder Dutt; vol. 2, to the Mohammedan conquest, including the invasion of Alexander the Great, by Vincent A. Smith; vols. 3-4, mediaeval India to the... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 114144

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