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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. Conjectural Observations on the Origin and Progress of Alphabetic Writing.
    First edition, in which Davy discusses the Chinese, Hebrew, and Greek writing systems, as well as the "symbolic writing" of the Egyptians. The folding tables show Greek, Hebrew, Samaritan, Syriac, Persian, Arabic, and Coptic letters. Davy's observations on the origin of writing are "conjectural" because he argues that, besides... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 114068

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  2. 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

    Stock Code: 113464

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  3. Catherine de Medicis.
    First edition, one of 1,000 copies on handmade paper by Blanchet Frères et Kléber, this number 80. One of Goupil's lavishly Romantic turn-of-the-century illustrated historical biographies, here in a really handsomely appropriate binding. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 111974

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  4. The Story of the World's Oldest Profession; The Autobiography of a Pimp; The Autobiography of a "Madame".
  5. Royal Yachts.
    First edition, one of 1,000 copies. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 109722

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  6. The Island Race.
    First edition thus, an abridgement by Timothy Baker of the four volumes of Churchill's History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 111644

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  7. The Life and Correspondence of Major-General Sir John Malcolm;
    First edition. Sir John William Kaye (1814-1876) had himself served in the Bengal Artillery before joining the civil service of the East India Company; he wrote extensively on India, his best known work being the valuable The History of the Sepoy War in India, 1857-8 (3 volumes, 1864-76). This remains the primary source... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 112004

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  8. The Life and Correspondence of Charles, Lord Metcalfe;
    First edition, a handsomely bound copy. Sir John William Kaye (1814-1876) had himself served in the Bengal Artillery before joining the civil service of the East India Company; he wrote extensively on India, his best known work being the valuable The History of the Sepoy War in India, 1857-8 (3 volumes, 1864-76). Charles... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 112000

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  9. The Praise of Paris:
    First edition. Weston (1747-1830) was an antiquarian and classical scholar who wrote some fifty books, including various editions of Persian poetry, commentaries on Shakespeare, and several studies of classical architecture; notably he produced the first English translation of the Rosetta Stone, presented verbally at a Society... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 111913

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  10. Chronographiae libri quatuor;
    From the library of St Albans School, Hertfordshire, one of the oldest schools in the world. The school was founded within St Albans Abbey by Abbot Wulsin in 948 and was the first school in the world to accept lay students not intending to join a religious order.
    The bookplate here has the school motto Mediocra firma,... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 111377

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  11. British Pamphleteers.
    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
    £325

    Stock Code: 105773

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  12. Rider's British Merlin: For the Year of Our Lord God 1778.
    A handsome Georgian-era almanac volume, in a highly attractive contemporary binding. Cardanus Rider is now believed to have been the pseudonym of physician and astronomer Richard Saunders (1613-1675). He was a member of the circle of William Lilly, whose own Merlin was first published in 1644; Rider's British Merlin was... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 111954

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  13. 109144
    The Thirlwall's History was first published 1835-44 as part of Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopaedia. The "work entailed prodigious labour. At Cambridge, where the first volume was written, he used to work all day until half-past three, when he left his rooms for a rapid walk before dinner, at that time served in hall at four; in... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 109144

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    With the gilt arms of Charles II as Prince of Wales. A suitable volume for the princely library, being the completion of Daniel's The first part of the historie of England (1612; first thus 1618) with the first edition of Trussell's continuation. "The Collection of 1618, a large folio dedicated to the queen, had attached... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 108467

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  15. The Bengal Obituary:
    First edition. Uncommon, just 8 locations on Copac. Fascinating reference work, well described in a contemporary review in the Spectator: "This book, which has travelled to us from Calcutta contains the epitaph of the Europeans who have been buried in the Presidencies of Bengal and Agra, provided they have got a monument... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 110594

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  16. An Economic History of Modern Britain.
    First edition of "the work on which Clapham's reputation was based The great strength of the three volumes was a combination of carefully used statistics in order to challenge legends too easily accepted by literary historians. He therefore offered an account which was more quantitative, but he also warned that the statistician's... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 108295

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    The Workwoman's Guide,

    London & Birmingham: 1838

    First edition, uncommon, just 4 copies of the first on Copac, together with 4 of the second edition of 1840; only two copies traced at auction. "The Author of the following pages has been encouraged to hope, that, in placing them, after much deliberation, in the hands of a printer, she is tendering an important and acceptable,... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 108261

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  18. The Lost British Policy.
    First and only edition, first impression, of Tuchman's first book, written while she was reporting on the Spanish Civil War for The Nation; today highly uncommon in commerce in this condition, and far from widespread institutionally, with just ten copies in libraries outside the United Kingdom, of which three in the US.... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 107553

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  19. 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

    Stock Code: 111684

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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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  21. 106106
    Large paper issue - Lowndes notes that only 50 such sets were printed - of this very appealing Oxford edition presented here in a choice Regency binding. First published between 1702 and 1707 (with the first octavo edition appearing in 1705-06) Clarendon's great History has "remained in the mind because of his literary achievementthe... Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 106106

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  22. Victorian Photography.
    First edition, limited to 250 numbered copies of which this is number 107, of the second and final title in Andor Kraszna-Kraus's Classics of Photography series, a venture cut short by the war but which still succeeded in revolutionising the study of Victorian photography. "Gallery of Immortal Portraits (1940) and Victorian... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 105637

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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. The Biafra Story: The Making of an African Legend.
    First hardcover edition, first impression. It was first published in paperback in 1969. Scarce. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 105131

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  25. Untersuchungen über des gleichseitige Dreieck als Norm gotischer Bauproportionen.
    First edition of this unusual work by the Baltic German art historian. Dehio (1850-1932) was born in Reval, now Talinn, Estonia, he was the founder of the Handbuch der deutschen Kunstgeschichte, still publishing to this day. In the present work he sets out his theory of the equilateral triangle as the proportional basis... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 110081

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  26. i1
    First edition in any language of Tabari's Ta'rikh al-rusul wa'l-muluk ("History of Prophets and Kings"), "the most important of the classical Arabic historical texts still extant" (Encylopaedica Iranica), volume I (all published); this copy with a presentation leaf addressed to noted translator and businesswoman Lady Charlotte... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 110201

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    First published in 1896. William Milligan Sloane was professor of history at Princeton University, and editor of both the Political Science Quarterly and the American Historical Review. In conversation, the late John Sandler, pre-eminent British Napoleonic collector, revealed that Sloane had been the cornerstone of his remarkable... Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 104513

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  28. 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

    Stock Code: 106538

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  29. 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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    Stock Code: 107315

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  30. The Collected Essays.
    First editions, first impressions, one of 3,000 sets, originally issued only to owners of the Centenary edition of the Collected Works, and available in either full vellum or the present binding. Contents include Churchill's periodical contributions as well as his prefaces and introductions to works by other authors. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 103063

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  31. Cetywayo and His White Neighbours,
    Second edition. The book was first published in 1882. On his return to Britain following the outbreak of the First Anglo-Boer War, Haggard had been unable to find a publisher willing to take on his denunciation of Britain's South African policies, and paid Trübner 50 to print a small run of 750; however, only 154 copies... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 102738

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  32. 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

    Stock Code: 102411

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  33. 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
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    Stock Code: 102453

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  34. "Farmer George".
    A lively caricature of King George III planting a tree, dubbed "Farmer George" for his passionate interest in agriculture. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 100796

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  35. Geschichte des Fortgangs und Untergangs der Romischen Republik.
    First edition in German. "During 1782 and 1783 Ferguson helped found the Royal Society of Scotland. His three-volume History of the Progress and Termination of the Roman Republic, narrating the rise and fall of the republic as a story of civic virtue and its corruption, appeared in 1783. The book was warmly received in Scotland,... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 98845

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  36. The History of the Popes, their Church and State,
    A handsomely bound set of Ranke's classic work, in which he coined the term "Counter-Reformation". Learn More
    £245

    Stock Code: 98512

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  37. Adam Ferguson and the American Revolution.
    First edition thus, a transcript of the proceedings of the Carlisle Peace Commission, a group including Adam Ferguson, sent to America in April 1778 by the British Government in order to put an end to the American Revolutionary War. The transcript is made from one of three known copies, that belonging to Edinburgh University... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 100189

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

    Stock Code: 99208

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  39. 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
    £1,200

    Stock Code: 96543

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    Well-kept, fully-captioned snapshot album of service with the 1st Bn. Seaforth Highlanders during the operations against the Zakka Khel afridis in the Bazar Valley, and the Mohmands on the Khyber Pass. A great number of identified portraits of fellow officers and NCOs - including Maj. The Hon. Douglas Forbes-Sempill, who... Learn More
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 94262

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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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

    Stock Code: 95451

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  44. 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

    Stock Code: 95575

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  45. 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
    £625

    Stock Code: 90606

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  46. 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
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 94297

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  47. 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

    Stock Code: 95056

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  48. The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte [together with] Memoirs of Madame Junot [and] Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte.
    Edition des Amateurs, limited to twenty-five sets this being 21/25. A particularly handsome set made up of Hazlitt's Life in 6 volumes, Bourienne's Memoirs of Napoleon in 4, Madame Junot, the Duchess d'Abrantes's Memoirs in 6. A balanced selection of Napoleonic biography containing the views of Hazlitt, a committed English... Learn More
    £4,850

    Stock Code: 86732

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  49. 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
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 87741

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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

    Stock Code: 87462

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  51. 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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  52. 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

    Stock Code: 91256

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  53. 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

    Stock Code: 93398

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  54. Commerce de la Grande-Bretagne, et Tableaux de ses Importations et Exportations Progressives,
    First edition in French, translated from the English edition of the previous year, originally titled State of the trade of Great Britain in its imports and exports, progressively from the year 1697: also of the Trade to each particular Country, during the above Period, distinguishing each Year. In two parts. With a preface... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 83901

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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
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 84955

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  56. 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

    Stock Code: 91158

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

    Stock Code: 89637

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  58. 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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  59. 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
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 90626

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  60. The Enigma of Stonehenge.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by Fowles on the title page. Co-authored with photographer Barry Brukoff. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 87816

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