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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. John Heartfield: Leben und Werk. Dargestellt von seinem Bruder Wieland Herzfelde.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the artist to Lord and Lady Milford: "In friendship, to Wogan and Tamara, with all the best wishes, from John Heartfield, Berlin, 4. 1. 1966". Wogan Philipps, 2nd Baron Milford (1902-1993) was the first and only member of the House of Lords to belong to the... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 90113

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  2. 90010
    First and only edition, uncommon, OCLC locates copies at BnF, Oxford, Tel Aviv, University of California, Swiss National Library, and Kunstbibliothek - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. An interesting study of the morphology of Arab numerals with reference to calligraphy, illustrated with a series of elegant proportional studies... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 90010

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  3. Heroes and Heroines.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 87245

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  4. History of the Greek Revolution.
    First edition. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 84577

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

    Stock Code: 85261

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  6. Christian Policie: or, The Christian Common-Wealth.
    First edition in English; rare. The translation is actually by the Hispanophile James Mabbe, though Edward Blount, as was his habit, signs the dedication as if he were its translator. (A variant issue of the same year has Blount's name instead of Richard Collins's in the imprint: the two booksellers were close neighbours... Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 81871

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  7. Thirteenth Annual Report of the Poor Law Commissioners:
    First edition of this report, a considerable portion of which deals with the Great Famine in Ireland, then in its third year. The text includes two folding plates depicting the layout of the Limerick Union Poorhouse and three plates showing plans for temporary fever wards and accommodation for those affected by the famine.... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 82620

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  8. 82190
    Extremely uncommon. Printed and published by David Douglass and William Aikman, Loyalist refugees from the Revolution in America - Douglass from Charleston, Aikman from Annapolis - this almanac includes, at the conclusion of the calendar proper, on the verso of the leaf bearing a Jamaican historical chronology - a "Kalendar... Learn More
    £17,500

    Stock Code: 82190

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  9. i1
    First edition, edited by the martyrologist John Foxe. Foxe had established his reputation as the leading chronicler of the English reformation with his first two editions of Acts and Monuments (Foxe's Book of Martyrs) in 1563 and 1570. In the latter he had promised that he would edit a collection of the works of William... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 77878

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  10. 71507
    First edition. Wyse was appointed minister-plenipotentiary to Greece in 1849, at the time of his arrival in Athens Greek politics "were complicated and divisive. Each of the three protecting powers that had guaranteed Greek independenceBritain, France, and Russiawishing to advance its interests in the region, became entangled... Learn More
    £1,750

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  11. 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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  12. 72048
    First edition, decidedly uncommon. For his highly influential The Campaign of Trafalgar (1910), Sir Julian Corbett relied heavily on "the monumental works of Colonel Édouard Desbrière, entitled Projets et tentatives de débarquement aux Îles Britanniques (1793-1805) and La Campagne Maritime de 1805: Trafalgar, published... Learn More
    £685

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  13. The Environs of London:
    Large paper edition. The first edition was published in 1792-1800. The principal work of the topographer Daniel Lysons (1762-1834), produced with the keen support of Horace Walpole, to whom the work is dedicated. Many areas which were "environs" to Lysons are now firmly inside London, including Battersea, Bermondsey, Camberwell,... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 66054

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  14. Colours of War.
    First edition, first impression, of Alan Ross's study of the British phenomenon of War Artists during the Second World War. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 81298

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  15. Gilles de Rais.
    First edition, first impression. The first biography in English of the extraordinary Gilles de Rais (1404-1440), the 15th century French Baron who is famous as a companion-in-arms to Joan of Arc, a splendiferous theatre producer, and infamous as a necromancer and child-murderer (for which crimes he was eventually hanged... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 82173

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

    Stock Code: 69123

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  17. 68942
    First octavo edition, complete to that date (the first four volumes are dated 1769, while the fifth bears no edition statement and is dated 1772). Catharine Macaulay's history was published episodically, the first volume in 1763, the fourth in 1768, and the fifth (covering events to the Restoration) in 1772. Her decision... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 68942

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  18. .
    First edition, the complete set of what is still considered by historians to be the most important single source of early Western American history. "Colossal co-operative undertaking; nothing approaching it has ever been attempted in this country" (Howes). Although the first title-page is dated 1886, the set was published... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 68597

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  19. 72337
    First edition. "One of the main foundation stones of the Nelson legend" (Wilson, 'Nelson Apotheosised' in Cannadine (ed.), Admiral Lord Nelson), "the 'official' biography" (NMM). M'Arthur, a former naval purser, had served with Nelson in the Mediterranean and had already begun collecting material for a biography when he... Learn More
    £4,500

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  20. A Survey.
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 275 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 80459

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  21. 68725detail
    This Riverside Press edition, one of a limited edition of 550 numbered copies of what was for a century the standard reference work on American History. The editor, Justin Winsor (1831-1897) was a writer and prominent librarian at the Boston Public Library and later at Harvard University, where he professionalized library... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 68725

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  22. The Way of the Lancer [together with] Lances Down. Between the Fires in Moscow.
    First editions, first impressions, volume II is a second issue in a remainder binding with a new price ink stamp to the front flap of the jacket. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 79153

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  23. 60922
    Offprint with the ownership inscription of poet and academic Ronald Bates to the front wrapper and his pencilled notes to the contents. Ronald Gordon Nudell Bates (1924-1995) earned his PhD from the University of Toronto, the subject of his doctoral thesis being James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. His teaching career was spent... Learn More
    £520

    Stock Code: 60922

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  24. German Social Democracy. Six lectures.
    First edition of Russell's first book, in the second issue blue cloth without publisher's ads, one of fewer than 1,000 copies. Russell spent his honeymoon with his first wife in Berlin, and though he was sympathetic to the reformist aims of the German Social Democratic Party, then the most influential Marxist movement in... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 82676

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  25. 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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  26. 61558detail
    Édition des Aquarelles. Limited to 26 numbered copies for England and America. Lady Jackson (1824-91) was the wife of diplomat Sir George Jackson, known for accompanying Sir Charles Stuart to Germany and entering Paris with him in 1815, and for his efforts to abolish the slave trade. After his death she edited his papers... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 61558

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  27. 80589
    First edition, first printing, first issue per Cohen. Publisher's records indicate that 5,003 copies were printed. "The volume consists of 17 letters to the Morning Post, beginning with that of 31 March 1900 and concluding with that of 14 June in contrast to London to Ladysmith, the texts of the originally published letters... Learn More
    £900

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  28. 72381
    First edition, first impression. A very tricky book to find in genuinely nice condition, this copy with an appropriately catholic association: a gift inscription from the Countess Idina Brassey to the Priory of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Haywards Heath, to the front free endpaper, and with the Priory's bookplate on the front... Learn More
    £1,750

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  29. 70808
  30. 49777
    Best edition, down to the expedition against Algiers in 1816. Campbell's work, originally published between 1742 and 1744, was subsequently revised, expanded, and condensed in various editions issued up to a hundred years after his death in 1775.
    "A man of untiring industry and considerable accomplishment, Campbell is... Learn More
    £1,250

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  31. 52085comp
    Inscribed by the author on the title page "To Mrs. Walter Meyer from the author Dietrich E. Braun, 1953". Learn More
    £125

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  32. 46380
    One of a number of superficially similar variant editions with false imprints. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 46380

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  33. 73497
    First edition, first impression. Historical account of the raiders who operated on the English-Scottish border from the 14th to the 17th centuries, by the author of the Flashman novels. Learn More
    £150

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  34. 69082
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in Boston in the previous year. Learn More
    £125

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  35. 74609
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of tales, including "the liaison of a poet and a "literary" lady; the suspect "mediumship" of a feminine spiritualist; the exploits of a "gold-digger" who overreached herself; and the story of a girl who began in the chorus, and who, by courage and personality, finished... Learn More
    £225

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  36. i1
    Neatly written and clearly legible manuscript copy of Bohan's important and uncommon work. Originally published in Geneva 1781, "The third volume, including some extracts of the other two was reprinted Paris 1821 under the title of 'Principes pour monter et dresser les chevaux de guerre.'" (Huth) The revision was carried... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 46213

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  37. The Wild Goose and the Eagle. A Life of Marshal von Browne, 1705-1757.
    First edition of Duffy's first book, extremely uncommon. The son of Irish exiles, Maximilian Ulysses von Browne served with distinction in the Austrian service in the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War. He died in 1757 of wounds inflicted at the Battle of Prague. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 71636

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  38. 70857
    First edition of Duffy's first book, extremely uncommon. The son of Irish exiles, Maximilian Ulysses von Browne served with distinction in the Austrian service in the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War. He died in 1757 of wounds inflicted at the Battle of Prague. Learn More
    £350

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  39. 67843comp
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 300 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. The book was not published in England. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 67843

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  40. These Hurrying Years.
    First edition, first impression; rare in the dust jacket. Gerald Heard (1889-1971) was a British author and philosopher whose innovative works examined history in the context of humankind's evolving consciousness. This book is his attempt to write a "history of our own times" and to determine the underlying causes of modern... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 68865

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  41. The Roman Wall,
    First editions. The first named with the inscription, "Presented to Henry Lawes Long Esq., by The Duke of Northumberland, Syon 27th August 1859" to the first blank and circular, sepia lithographed Long armorial bookplate to the front pastedown; the second inscribed "With the Duke of Northumberland's Compliments" verso of... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 68827

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  42. Relation Historique et Critique de la Guerre Franco-Allemande en 1870-1871.
    First editions of this important analysis of the Franco-Prussian War by a noted Swiss military theorist and radical politician. This set from the library of Ulysses S. Grant with tipped-in presentation slip, "General Grant, Président des Etats-Unis. Hommage respecteuse de l'Auteur", and with the loosely inserted compliments... Learn More
    £1,800

    Stock Code: 68206

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  43. History of the Old Trent Bridge,
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 60987

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  44. [Collection of 10 pamphlets relating to the controversy concerning the battle of Toulon.]
    First editions. An interesting selection of publications offering insight into this perfect exemplar of the eighteenth-century naval controversy, questions of ship-handling, the interpretation of signals, and personality clashes, all overlaid by matters of patronage. "Lestock's name will always be connected with the battle... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 67755

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  45. 61826
    First edition, first impression, in the second issue binding that replaced the earlier green cloth disliked by the author. Learn More
    £140

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  46. His Britannic Majesty's Army in Germany during the Seven Years War.
    First edition. Remains the definitive account of the campaigns fought by the Marquis of Granby's British force with Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick's army in the German theatre. Sir Reginald Savory was a career soldier with the British Indian Army (1914-50), who commanded the Indian 11th Infantry Brigade during the Western... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 70655

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  47. 63440
    First edition, first impression. An extremely interesting figure, Maguire was a barrister who produced a large number of forensically lucid "crammer" studies on a range of military subjects for publishers such as Hugh Rees, Simpkin Marshall and Clowes. "Well read among British students of strategy at the turn of the 19th... Learn More
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  48. Commentaries of the Late War in Italy, Translated from The Original Latin.
    First edition in English, first published in Latin, "Ludgunum Batavorum" Genoa, 1750-1. An account of the Italian Campaigns of the War of the Austrian Succesion by a participant. Buonamici joined the army of Charles Bourbon, King of the Two Sicilies, and later Charles II of Spain, first as a cadet in the Bourbon cavalry... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 62883

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  49. .
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Mr. Fred Allan from Marshall McLuhan". Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 61401

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  50. 52146
  51. 60837
    First edition. Short biographies of Irish freelances, Theobald Dillon, James O'Moran, Arthur Dillon, Charles Kilmaine, Arthur Lally and Richard Warren. An attractive and uncommon book. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 60837

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  52. 45752
    First edition, limited issue 52/97 copies, only 87 being for sale. Handsome set of this important reference work. Learn More
    £695

    Stock Code: 45752

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  53. Utility Furniture and Fashion 1941-1951.
    First edition. Well-illustrated and highly informative catalogue. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 45597

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  54. 44237
    First edition. Mystery of the theft of the Irish regalia in 1907. From the library of eminent crime historian Jonathan Goodman. Learn More
    £25

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  55. 46924
    First edition. Uncommon, COPAC locates copies in the copyright libraries only. Goldsmid, the son of Violet, 1st Baroness Goldsmid of Palmeira, was sent out from regimental duty with the Ninth Lancers in France to the Italian front in November 1917. There he joined the British HQ near the Montello, acting as liaison with... Learn More
    £325

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  56. 46859detail
    Publication began in 1899 and the final volume was first published in 1930. This set is, as usual, of mixed editions, the last 6 volumes being firsts. So truly a lifetime's work, and an irreplaceable source, written "vigorously, lucidly, and graphically" (DNB), covering the period 1100 to 1870. Described by Brian Bond as... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 46859

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  57. 44274
    First edition. Uncommon account of the dramatic tale of Colonel Blood's clumsy plot to steal the Crown Jewels, COPAC has just BL for this John Heywood-published standard edition and also a copy of the Subscriber's edition; OCLC adds a copy of the latter at New York University and the former at the University of Minnesota.... Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 44274

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  58. Evolutional Ethics and Animal Psychology.
    First edition. Having graduated from the University of Michigan and studied for three years at Göttingen, Berlin and Munich, in 1862 Evans was appointed Professor of Modern Languages at his alma mater. He resigned in 1870 to become a private scholar and freelance journalist ; "and before long his high, broad forehead and... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 44950

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  59. 44208
    First edition, the subscribers' edition. Uncommon account of the dramatic tale of Colonel Blood's clumsy plot to steal the Crown Jewels, COPAC has just BL for this and also a copy of the John Heywood-published standard edition, OCLC adds a copy of the former at New York University and the latter at the University of Minnesota.... Learn More
    £250

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  60. 46705
    First edition. "One of the main foundation stones of the Nelson legend" (Wilson, "Nelson Apotheosised" in Cannadine (ed.), Admiral Lord Nelson). McArthur, a former naval purser, had served with Nelson in the Mediterranean and had already begun collecting material for a biography when he saw "an advertisement in the papers... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 46705

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