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  1. Poetry of the Celtic Races, and Other Essays.
    RENAN, Ernest. Poetry of the Celtic Races, and Other Essays.

    London : [1897]

    First edition in English, this book was first published in France in 1854 as "La poésie des races celtiques". Ernest Renan (1823-1892) is best known for his 1863 Vie de Jésus, which was an immediate success, but " it is Renan's approach to the subject and his beautiful prose that gave it lasting eminence" (PMM 352).

    This copy belonged to the... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 139627

  2. Women Servants of the State 1870-1938.
    MARTINDALE, Hilda. Women Servants of the State 1870-1938.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression of this overview of women in the British civil service, written by Hilda Martindale (1875-1952). In 1907, she joined the Home Office as a factory inspector and later moved to the Treasury, where she would remain until retirement. Martindale was a vocal advocate for improving working conditions, particularly for women,... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 140135

  3. "Boots and Saddles"
    CUSTER, Elizabeth B. "Boots and Saddles"

    New York : 1885,

    First edition, second state with portrait and map. The first of Elizabeth B. Custer's trio of books written in support of the actions of her husband, General G. A. Custer. "The warm, loving reminiscences of Custer's devoted wife Libbie during their three years in Dakota Territory, detailing the good times as well as the hardships and heartaches of western... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 140136

  4. Two Elizabethan Puritan Diaries.
    ROGERS, Richard, & Samuel Ward. Two Elizabethan Puritan Diaries.

    Chicago : 1933

    First edition, first printing. This work publishes two diaries from the late-16th century and early-17th century, along with annotations and short biographies of the two diarists. This copy from the library of the prominent authority on Elizabethan England A. L. Rowse, with his ownership signature to front pastedown and marginal lining to text in pencil.... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140132

  5. The History of Henry Esmond, Esq.
    THACKERAY, William Makepeace. The History of Henry Esmond, Esq.

    London : 1852

    First edition of the novel often cited alongside Vanity Fair as the author's masterpiece."Thackeray once again plays off the narrator's insights against the reader's suspicions, giving readers one of the most thought-provoking and unsettling among Victorian novels" (ODNB).

    "It is on Esmond that Thackeray's fame as a historical novelist primarily... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 139906

  6. Commentarii linguae Graecae.
    BUDÉ, Guillaume. Commentarii linguae Graecae.

    [Paris] : 1529

    First edition of Budé's formative Commentaries on the Greek Language, "a collection of lexicographical, philological, and historical notes, which formed the basis for the study of the Greek language in France. A monument of the new learning, it was several times reprinted, and gave Budé the reputation which is now commemorated in the modern series... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 124885

  7. Britain's Weather.
    WILSON, Harold - BOWEN, David. Britain's Weather.

    Newton Abbot : 1969

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to then-prime minister Harold Wilson, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Harold Wilson, who cares about Britain but who remains silent about British weather! With every good wish David Bowen". The book remained in the possession of Wilson and his wife Mary until the dispersal of... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 138068

  8. The Life of General Monk: Late Duke of Albemarle;
    MONCK, George, first duke of Albemarle - SKINNER, Thomas. The Life of General Monk: Late Duke of Albemarle;

    London : 1723

    First edition. Life of the great general and general-at-sea whose career flourished under two monarchs, the Commonwealth, and the Protectorate. "Skinner is thought to have been physician to the Duke of Albemarle, when residing at New Hall in Essex he is best-known as the author of The Life of General Monk published in 1723 by William Webster with a... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 139640

  9. An History of the Mitred Parliamentary Abbeys, and Conventual Cathedral Churches.
    WILLIS, Browne. An History of the Mitred Parliamentary Abbeys, and Conventual Cathedral Churches.

    London : 1718-19

    First editions. Educated Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford, "through his father Willis inherited Whaddon Hall, where he was to live until his death, together with the adjoining manor and advowson of Bletchley. He also owned the manor of Burlton in Burghill, Herefordshire, and his estate was augmented by the dowry of 7000 obtained through his marriage...... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 139647

  10. Paroles authentiques de Jeanne d'Arc tirées du Procès de 1431 et des Chroniques contemporaines.
    VINIT, Jeanne (binder); MARY, André (ed.) Paroles authentiques de Jeanne d'Arc tirées du Procès de 1431 et des Chroniques contemporaines.

    Paris : 1931

    First edition thus, number 430 of 500 copies only, of this poetic collection of extracts from the trial of Joan of Arc. This copy is attractively bound in an art deco style by notable French binder Jeanne P. Vinit. André Mary (1879-1962) was a French poet who specialised in reviving medieval poetic forms. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 139263

  11. The History of John Sobieski, King of Poland. Translated from the French of M. L'abbé Coyer.
    SOBIESKI, John - COYER, l'Abbé Gabriel-François. The History of John Sobieski, King of Poland. Translated from the French of M. L'abbé Coyer.

    London : 1762

    First edition in English of the Abbé Coyer's biography of the great Polish hero Jan Sobieski (1629-1696), from 1674 king of Poland, renowned for his defeat of the Turks at the gates of Vienna in 1683. It was originally published in 1761 as Histoire de Jan Sobieski, Roi de Pologne and used verbatim by the assiduous Encyclopédiste Louis de Jaucort for... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 139829

  12. Letters to a Philosophical Unbeliever.
    PRIESTLEY, Joseph. Letters to a Philosophical Unbeliever.

    Birmingham : 1787

    First edition of the second part, second edition of the first part (first published in 1780). The Letters form part of a series of publications by Priestley in the last two decades of the 18th century rejecting the atheistic and sceptical philosophy then ascendant. Priestley conceived the project on his visit to Paris in 1774, where he recorded that... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 136695

  13. A new Account of some Parts of Guinea, and the Slave-Trade,
    SNELGRAVE, William. A new Account of some Parts of Guinea, and the Slave-Trade,

    London : 1734

    First edition of Snelgrave's account of slavery and of the capture of his ship by pirates (pages 193-288. "The author, a slaving captain, traded at Whydah in 1727 and 1730; he complains that the Dahomean conquest has ruined the slave trade there." (Hogg). He makes several references to his trips to Antigua in connection with the slave trade. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 134659

  14. Engravings for Teaching the Elements of English History and Chronology after the manner of Dissected Maps for Teaching Geography.
    EDUCATIONAL PUZZLE - HEWLETT, John, & W. Darton (engr.) Engravings for Teaching the Elements of English History and Chronology after the manner of Dissected Maps for Teaching Geography.

    London : [c.1800]

    A complete example of "the earliest dated jigsaw puzzle, apart from maps" (Hannas, pp. 93-94), presumably a reissue from its first appearance in 1787, housed in the publisher's wooden box. Created as a learning aid for children, the puzzle's instructions read: "Directions. 1. Learn to put the heads together in succession. 2. Get the dates of the inner... Learn More
    £3,600.00

    Stock Code: 134323

  15. Acts of Parliament relating to the Revolutionary period and its aftermath, 1770-1807.
    AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Acts of Parliament relating to the Revolutionary period and its aftermath, 1770-1807.

    London : [1770-1807]

    A remarkable collection of British Acts of Parliament relating to trade with the American colonies and subsequently with the fledgling republic. The collection documents the role of parliament in instigating the American Revolution through mercantilist policies, its continued assertion of its sovereignty during the War of Independence, and the ongoing... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 130669

  16. La Constitution Française,
    FRANCE; Constitution. La Constitution Française,

    Paris : 1791

    An appealing miniature printing of the first written French constitution, created after the collapse of the absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime. This edition of the short-lived constitution was printed in the closing months of 1791, when optimism was still high, and before the start of the Revolutionary Wars. The text is preceded by the Declaration... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 130636

  17. Corn and Currency; in an Address to the Land Owners.
    GRAHAM, James. Corn and Currency; in an Address to the Land Owners.

    London : 1826

    First edition. James Graham (1792-1861) inherited his father's neglected 25,000-acre Netherby estate in 1824, and spent huge sums improving it. "In the 1820s Graham was frequently pessimistic about the estate's survival, and sometimes considered selling. In consequence, he became extremely critical of the government's economic policy, particularly the... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 129019

  18. Histoire du siécle d'Alexandre,
    LINGUET, Simon Nicolas Henri. Histoire du siécle d'Alexandre,

    Amsterdam : 1762

    First edition. Simon Nicolas Henri Linguet (1736-1794) was a French journalist and lawyer "whose delight in taking views opposing everyone else's earned him exiles, imprisonment, and finally the guillotine" (Encyclopaedia Britannica online). The present work, the author's first, is a highly hostile account of Alexander the Great, whom the author places... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 127386

  19. The political last testament of Monsieur John Baptist Colbert.
    SANDRAS, Gatien Courtilz de. The political last testament of Monsieur John Baptist Colbert.

    London : 1695

    First edition in English of this spurious memoir of the French statesman John Baptist Colbert, Minister of Finances under Louis XIV, generally accepted to have been written by the French novelist Gatien Courtilz de Sandras. Under Colbert ministry France's finances were rejuvenated, with bankruptcy averted and manufacturing and trade improved. The first... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 126894

  20. Soviet Russia:
    SOVIET UNION. Soviet Russia:

    London : 1924

    First edition of this account by the British foreign office of the newly established Soviet state. Scarce, with Library Hub listing copies in eight institutions. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 126897

  21. A Reply to A Brief Statement
    JAMES, William. A Reply to A Brief Statement

    London : 1824

    First edition. The third volume of James's great naval history had been published in 1823. Lord William Fitzroy, outraged at James's account of his actions as commander of HMS Aeolus in 1805, and at James's condemnation of Fitzroy's decision not to engage with the French frigate Didon, published a bitter rebuttal. This is James's equally bitter counter... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 126874

  22. De la démocratie en Amérique.
    TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis de. De la démocratie en Amérique.

    Brussels : 1840

    Second complete Brussels edition, in the scarce and appealing original wrappers, of de Tocqueville's magnum opus. The first appearances of De la démocratie en Amérique in Brussels were published by Louis Hauman in the same years as the first editions (Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835 & 1840). Meline also published a two volume set in 1840, but this,... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 125824

  23. 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

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

    Calcutta : 1880-81

    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

  25. 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

  26. Bibliothèque orientale.
    KATIP ÇELEBI; HERBELOT, Barthelémy d'. Bibliothèque orientale.

    The Hague : 1777-79

    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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. Some Chinese Ghosts.
    HEARN, Lafcadio. Some Chinese Ghosts.

    Boston : 1887

    First edition of this stylised retelling of ancient Chinese legends by Greek-Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn. The present work is one of his earliest writings and the only one about China and its folklore. It was published the year he was sent by magazine Harper's to the French West Indies as a correspondent for two years.

    In 1890, at 30, Hearn... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 139801

  36. My Wanderings. Being Travels in the East in 1846-47, 1850-51, 1852-53.
    GADSBY, John. My Wanderings. Being Travels in the East in 1846-47, 1850-51, 1852-53.

    London : 1869-68

    First published in 1855, this "interesting and informative travelogue" (Toledano, p. 121) went through a huge number of editions. John Gadsby (1809-1893), described by the General Baptist Magazine as "the celebrated Eastern Traveller", was co-founder with his father William Gadsby, Strict and Particular Baptist minister, of the Gospel Standard Magazine.... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 139382

  37. 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 different... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 137706

  38. Mostra Della Rivoluzione Fascista.
    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

  39. Economica: a Statistical Manual for the United States of America.
    BLODGET, Samuel. Economica: a Statistical Manual for the United States of America.

    Washington : 1806

    First and only edition of one of the earliest systematic attempts to depict the entire American economy by means of statistical data. Tables are printed throughout, with accompanying essays that reveal Blodget to be a strong nationalist, a supporter of free trade, an abolitionist, and a promoter of paper money secured by land. Blodget's view of the... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 130009

  40. 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

  41. Hell upon Earth: or the Town in an Uproar.
    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". This disbound copy in notably good condition.

    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... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 120635

  42. The Zoroastrian and some other Ancient Systems.
    MEDHORA, Dhunjeebhoy Jamsetjee. The Zoroastrian and some other Ancient Systems.

    Bombay : 1886

    First edition of this collection of writings on Zoroastrianism and other esoteric traditions, including Christian mysticism, Rosicrucianism, and yoga. Medhora was a fellow of the Theosophical Society and wrote several works on Zoroastrianism and a number of articles on the topic for the periodical The Theosophist in 1886. Helena Blavatsky founded the... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 139626

  43. Essays upon the Following Subjects.
    BULSTRODE, Whitelocke. Essays upon the Following Subjects.

    London : 1724

    First edition, the presumed dedication copy to Thomas Parker (1666-1732), the first Earl of Macclesfield, with the Macclesfield library bookplate to the front pastedown (south library), blindstamp to the frontispiece and title page, pencilled shelf marks to the initial blank, and shelf labels to spine; subsequently sold as part of the celebrated sales... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 139490

  44. The Golden Bough.
    FRAZER, James George. The Golden Bough.

    London : 1890

    First edition of Frazer's ground-breaking study of comparative religion. "Frazer's true subject is nothing less than humanity's long upward struggle towards an understanding of itself and the world. In Frazer's view that movement towards the light began in earliest times with the priest-king employing magic to compel the gods to do his bidding, followed... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 138045

  45. Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Under the Exclusive Management of James B. Pond, "The Pond Bureau".
    GILMAN, Charlotte Perkins. Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Under the Exclusive Management of James B. Pond, "The Pond Bureau".

    New York : c.1924]

    Promotional brochure advertising Charlotte Perkins Gilman's next projected US lecture tour, offering single lectures or courses on her many areas of expertise (listed as ethics, economics, education, the woman question, the child, and general subjects), outlining a series of suggested course structures, and concluding with press commentary on her various... Learn More
    £900.00

    Stock Code: 139355

  46. 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

  47. The Cause.
    STRACHEY, Ray. The Cause.

    London : 1928

    First edition, first impression, a scarce presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Edith Badcock with love from Agnes & Ray Christmas 1928". "Agnes" is Strachey's close friend and fellow suffrage campaigner Agnes Garrett (1845-1935), older sister of Millicent Garrett Fawcett, to whom the book is dedicated.

    Agnes also had a... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 139283

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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 Library Hub listing only three copies in British institutions, with WorldCat adding another twelve. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 127681

  51. 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

  52. 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

  53. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman:
    WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman:

    London : 1792

    First edition of the first great feminist treatise. Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) argued in her groundbreaking manifesto that the rights of man and of woman were one and the same thing. Her demand for "justice for one-half of the human race" was too revolutionary for her time, but she found a following among radicals and educated women, and succeeded... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 137762

  54. In A Little Grass Shack.
    NOBLE, Gurre Ploner. In A Little Grass Shack.

    Honolulu : 1946

    First and only edition of this delightful and scarce book of Hawaiian nursery rhymes; Library Hub only lists three institutional holdings, all in the US, only one of which in Hawaii.

    The author appears to have been a relative of Johnny Noble (1892-1944), Hawaiian big band leader and co-author of the 1933 hapa hoale-style hit song "My Little Grass... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 137841

  55. Original Stories, from Real Life;
    WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary. Original Stories, from Real Life;

    Dublin : 1792

    First Dublin edition, the fourth overall, first published in London in 1788. With two female gift inscriptions, the first on the half-title dated 1792 from Elizabeth Pim to Anne Jackson, who in turn re-presented the book half a century later in 1842 to her niece Elizabeth Garrat.

    Original Stories was Mary Wollstonecraft's only work written directly... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 125578

  56. Les Contes Bleus.
    SAVIGNAC, Alida de. Les Contes Bleus.

    Paris : [c.1830]

    First edition, uncommon complete as here, of this charming set of instructive tales for children by the French bluestocking Alida de Savignac (1790-1847). Volume I comprises three stories, each bound separately: La Petite Malade imaginaire; Juliette à Rome, ou les histoires du temps passé; and Camille. Volume II is divided identically: La Veillée;... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 125728

  57. A History of France with Conversations at the End of each Chapter.
    PENROSE, Elizabeth as MARKHAM, Mrs. 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 pioneering and influential 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... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 117710

  58. 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

  59. Catalogue of the Twenty-Seventh Auction Sale of the Series, comprising : Prehistoric and Ethnological Specimens
    WELLCOME, Sir Henry. Catalogue of the Twenty-Seventh Auction Sale of the Series, comprising : Prehistoric and Ethnological Specimens

    London : 1939

    First and only edition, inevitably uncommon, just a single copy- at the Swiss Musée d'Ethnographie - located in a search of online institutional listings. The material was sold by Wellcome's trustees "as surplus to the requirements of the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum". The majority of the sale comprised of "the greater part" of the renowned... Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 134894

  60. A run of twenty-three issues of its Report.
    WOMEN'S EDUCATION - The Association for Promoting the Education of Women in Oxford. A run of twenty-three issues of its Report.

    Oxford : 1894-1919

    A set of important reports published by the pioneering Association for Promoting the Higher Education of Women (AEW), containing a mass of historical information relating to the state of women's education in Oxford at the height of the suffragette agitation. The earliest is dated 1894-95, the latest 1918-19; each spans from October of one year to the... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 124133

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