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  1. 78226comp
    Inscribed by the author on the half-title: "For Rita Hagemon with best wishes Dwight D. Eisenhower." Eisenhower's account of his war, widely thought to be one of the finest American military biographies, the NY Times considering that it gave "the reader true insight into the most difficult part of a commander's life." This... Learn More
    £2,500

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  2. 107723
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 107723

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    First edition, first impression of Strachey's fourth book. Contains papers on various literary figures, including Thomas Browne, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Jean-Mariet Arouet de Voltaire, of which all but 'A Dialogue' had previously appeared in different periodicals. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 91844

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  4. 52144comp
    First edition. This copy with the bookplate of Butler Place to the front pastedown, and the publishers' presentation inscription; "Mrs. Owen J. Wister with respects of the Publishers" to the first blank. As well as co-editing, Mrs Wister contributes a piece on Deborah Logan. Sarah Butler Wister was the eldest daughter of... Learn More
    £650

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  5. 33021
    New and Revised Edition. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 33021

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    Limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies, this number 32. This copy additionally signed and inscribed by de Chair on the title page "For Phyllis Roper on her 70th birthday in appreciation of her consistent help". Biography of the English author, politician, poet and connoisseur. In WWII he served as an intelligence... Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 103982

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  7. Madame Ambassador. The Life of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Leah Horwitz with appreciation of all she has done for PPSEWA - which includes the land of Madame Ambassador. With best wishes. Anne Guthrie". Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed from the author to Horwitz thanking her for sending... Learn More
    £250

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  8. 128614
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of the editorial introductions to volumes of the series Notable British trials. Notable British Trials was first published in 1905, covering the cause celebres from 1586 to modern times. Founded by Harry Hodge as a hobby, it achieved great success and attracted considerable... Learn More
    £150

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  9. 114757detail
    Dorothy Bussy (née Strachey) had translated Bréal's book on Velazquez back in 1905 and the present letters have an easy intimacy throughout. In the first she introduces J. M. Keynes "(pronounced Canes) He is something of a swell an intimate friend of my brother Lytton's, Duncan Grant's chief patron, the headquarters... Learn More
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  10. 37120
    Second edition, revised, first one volume edition. 1000 copies printed on the 15th October, 1902. The text had been revised considerably, and a new chapter added describing the ultimate destruction of the Khalifa and the end of the war. Learn More
    £1,375

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  11. 125015
    First edition of this glossary on bureaucratic matters by French archaeologist and writer Jacques Bouther de Perthes (1788-1868), who was one of the first to establish the presence of prehistoric man in Europe. Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 125015

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    First edition, trade issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title to "John Steinbeck, as between two soldiers, citizens and fellow strugglers - with affection good wishes, Carl Sandburg, Los Gatos, 1940", with Steinbeck's embossed library stamp to the front free endpaper and title page of each volume.... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 97267

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  13. 117606
    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.... Learn More
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  14. Litterae iaponicae annorum M.DC.IX et X. ad R. admodum piae mem. P. Claudium Aquavivam generalem praepositum Societatis Iesu A.R.P. Provinciali eiusdem in Iapone Societ. missae.
    Second Latin edition of this relation concerning the Jesuit mission to Japan during the years 1609 and 1610, the first Italian edition was published by Bartolomeo Zanetti in Rome, 1615, and the first Latin edition, translated by Halloix, appeared in Douai, 1615. The report was addressed to the Superior General of the order,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 87948

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    First edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 1 of 50 specially bound copies, signed by both the author and illustrator, from a total edition of 950 copies. The Holy Places is based on an article Waugh wrote for Life magazine, "The Plight of the Holy Places," (24 December 1951) after visiting Israel Palestine... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, of the influential biography that was Alex Haley's first book. Haley met Malcolm X in 1960 when he interviewed him for a piece on the Nation of Islam in the Reader's Digest, of which Haley was then senior editor. They met again when Haley interviewed the activist for Playboy, and the present... Learn More
    £875

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  17. 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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    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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  19. 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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  20. 117626
    First and apparently only edition, scarce, only one copy traced in auction records. Pool had previously been a missionary in India. His book is notable for its description of the Liverpool Muslim Institute, the first functioning mosque in Britain, founded by convert William Qulliam in 1889; Pool visited at Quilliam's personal... Learn More
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  21. 117634
    Third edition, revised and enlarged, originally published 1874 from a series of lectures delivered at the Royal Institution the same year. From the library of British colonial officer and Arabist Samuel Barrett Miles (1838-1914), with a bookplate noting his wife's bequest of his collection to Bath Public Library in 1920,... Learn More
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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 115242
    First edition. In 1809 Basil Montagu (1770-1851), author and legal reformer, "along with the Quaker philanthropist William Allen and others... formed the Society for the Diffusion of Knowledge upon the Punishment of Death and the Improvement of Prison Discipline (re-established in 1829 as the Society for the Diffusion of... Learn More
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    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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  28. 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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  29. 117580
    First edition, rare, no copy listed at auction since 1914. "A Muslim modernist and orthodox Shi'i, Ali was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries a leading polemicist of Islam. His message was both for his co-religionists and for the British. In his publications, notably his Spirit of Islam (1891), developed from his... Learn More
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  30. 114463
    First edition. A fascinating copy with numerous contemporary annotations and additional notices tipped in; copies of Home Office memorandum (8 pp.), a 1927 addendum to the standing orders (64 pp.), "Convict Prison Standing Orders" (31 pp.) have been bound in together with a pamphlet regarding the Poor Persons' Defence Act... Learn More
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  31. 114264
    First edition, first impression, of this case study that includes a chronology. Learn More
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  32. 118387
    Faulkner's infamous and extremely uncommon "beer broadside" was distributed in his home town of Oxford prior to a referendum on the repeal of a local ban on the sale of beer, implemented in 1944. Faulkner refuted four of the claims made by clergymen in favour of the ban, after they had printed an advertisement in the local... Learn More
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  33. 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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  34. 115236
    First published in 1916. Kuhne worked at the NYPD Bureau of Criminal Identification and this was the first authoritative American book on fingerprinting. Learn More
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  35. 115221
    First edition, first printing, of the major work on the celebrated Italian medium Eusapia Palladino (1854-1918). In 1908 a team from the American Society for Psychical Research, headed by Hereward Carrington - investigator for the society and amateur conjuror - examined the methods and claims of Palladino. Although the investigators... Learn More
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  36. The Holy Bible.

    The Holy Bible.

    London and New York: c.1957

    Fourth Collins edition. A handsomely bound copy of The Bible. Learn More
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  37. 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.
    Queen... Learn More
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  38. 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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  39. 116600
    Offprint, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front cover, "For G.M. from F.M.C." The recipient, Gilbert Murray, was Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford from 1908 to 1936, and part of a close scholarly friendship with Cornford and Jane Harrison. Both Cornford and Harrison were fellows of Classics at Cambridge... Learn More
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  40. 116470
    First edition, first printing. John Clifford Cowles (1861-1951) was an American artist, and this was only work of fiction. A review on rear of dust jacket states "Read It Once, You Will Read It Twice" - a claim somewhat undermined by the uncut pages of this copy. Learn More
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    First Ballantine Books editions, first printings. Presentation copies, inscribed by the author on the title pages, "For Dink Bruce, with thanks and best wishes, Bob Stone". The recipient was Benjamin "Dink" Bruce, a cult figure in Key West, Florida. Dink's father Telly Otto Bruce ("Toby") originally moved to Key West at... Learn More
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    Second edition, published one year after the first. Gibbons, the son of influential Quakers, was a banker and the author of two books and a pseudonymous pamphlet on fiscal issues. This book has been described as "a clear and readable explanation of contemporary banking practise" (DAB), and it includes a series of humorous... Learn More
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  43. Human Wolves:

    Human Wolves:

    Kansas City, MO: 1941

    First edition, this copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Bill Rogers, sincerely Lear B. Reed". Remarkable memoir by a former FBI agent detailing his years struggling against corrupt politicians and the mob, fighting prostitution, drug trafficking, and political subversion; "Mr. Reed combined in his... Learn More
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  44. Penological and Preventative Principles, with Special Reference to Europe and America
    Second, enlarged edition, first published 1889. The initial publication, and also this extensively revised and augmented edition, were "encouraged by" the Howard Association - the world's oldest penal reform organisation, now the Howard League - bookplate recording their presentation of this copy - "Kindly acknowledge safe... Learn More
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  45. Rattling the Cup on Chicago Crime.
    First edition, fifth printing, of this entertaining exposé of the "powder-burnt labyrinth of Chicago crime" (as the author puts it on page one), detailing the rackets of such mob luminaries as Al Capone, Dion O'Banion and the Genna family; there is, of course, a chapter on the St Valentine's Day Massacre. Sullivan had been... Learn More
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  46. Master Man Hunters.
    First edition, second printing. "Master Man Hunters shows the relentlessly scientific methods of the super-sleuths of London, Paris, Vienna and Berlin" (jacket blurb). Joseph Gollomb (1881-1950) was a Russian-born American socialist brought up in the Jewish tenements of New York's Lower East Side."He wrote for several New... Learn More
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  47. 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
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  48. The Underworld:
    First edition, first impression. Nine true crimes stories described by the Daily Graphic (and trumpeted proudly on the front of the jacket) as "staggering secrets of the sleuth-hound". Harry Ashton-Wolfe (1861-1959) is described by Andrew Lycett, in his biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as "one of Conan Doyle's more colourful... Learn More
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  49. Crimes of Love and Hate.
    Early edition with the title page headed "The Riverside Library". A collection of eight true crime cases, including the murder of Don Ramon Valdez y Cazal, Orsini the croupier, Latouche the Apache, two chapters on Hanoi Shan (a possible model for Fu Manchu), and Mata Hari. Harry Ashton-Wolfe (1861-1959) is described by Andrew... Learn More
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  50. The Summary Jurisdiction (Married Women) Act, 1895.
    First edition of this landmark in British legislation for the rights of women, protecting married women against physical abuse and neglect, and allowing custody of children to deserted wives. Consolidating the 1878 Matrimonial Causes Act and the 1886 Married Women (Maintenance in the Case of Desertion) Act, it extended the... Learn More
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  51. The Way of A Transgressor.
    First edition, first impression. An autobiography. Learn More
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  52. Versailles.
    First UK edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the title page, front paste down and front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
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  53. The Triumph of Barabbas.
    First UK edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the front free paste down, title page and front panel of the dust jacket. Author was the Daily Herald correspondant in Rome from 1919 to 1924 and later in 1930-1936. Learn More
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  54. A Short History of Culture.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  55. 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
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  56. .
    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
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  57. The Enigma of Stonehenge.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
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  58. An Anthology of West African Folklore.
    £125

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  59. A Short History of Culture.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the title page and front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 108657

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  60. Some Sea Specialties.
    First edition of what appears to be the first issue of this attractive and unusual promotional publication. Uncommon, three locations for this issue on OCLC, Yale, Columbia and New York Historical Society, and two locations for short broken runs, NYPL with the present issue together with 1902 and 1906, and Texas A & M with... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 105384

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