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  1. 125728
    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... Learn More
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  2. 131142
    First edition of the first great feminist treatise. Mary Wollstonecraft (17591797) 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... Learn More
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  3. 129234
    A complete set of the most popular suffragette card game, Panko, charmingly illustrated by Punch cartoonist Edward Tennyson Reed. The pack is split into two halves, with the illustrations for the four Suffragist suits heightened with purple and green colouring, depicting iconic suffragettes bearing the Votes for Women scroll... Learn More
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  4. 132271
    Part of the transcript of the Senate Watergate hearings, specially bound for Stanley H. Katz (1923-1993), who is mentioned on Richard Nixon's extensive "enemies list" on page 1731; Katz's name is circled in red crayon on the relevant page, presumably in his own hand, and his inclusion in the list is noted on the front cover.... Learn More
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  5. 132162
    First and only printing of this original draft, docketed on the front wrapper by Louis L. Strauss, Herbert Hoover's assistant in Paris: "One of the first 100 copies of the original draft. Read by Woodrow Wilson at Paris, Feb. 1919". OCLC locates just six copies of this draft: Peace Palace Library, Huntington, Princeton,... Learn More
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  6. 125275
    A collection of religious tracts, predominantly Scottish imprints and mostly dating from the last decade of the 18th century, and bound soon after. The collection provides a valuable illustration of popular theology of the time, with many of the works present going through many editions, while two of the works are apparently... Learn More
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  7. 117454
    First edition. Robert Wallace (1697-1771) was a Church of Scotland Minister, best known for his writings on population. This treatise was produced in response to a work of the same year entitled Lord Dun's Friendly and Familiar Advices, written by the Jacobite sympathiser David Erskine, Lord Dun (1673-1754). Dun's work defended... Learn More
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  8. 123697detail

    Provenance:..."> Two Christmas cards sent by Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips to Margaret Thatcher in the late 1970s. Both cards display Gatcombe Park house, the estate which Princess Anne acquired in 1976, and are both inscribed by Anne "To you both, from Anne and Mark's signature: Mark", with their crowned joint monogram.

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  9. 125685
    First edition, first impression, of the author's only novel, and most uncommon in such nice condition. The Bell Jar, released on 14 January 1963, just five weeks before Plath died, was published pseudonymously by Plath to avoid offending her mother, who appears in the novel thinly-disguised. It was not published under Plath's... Learn More
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  10. 87261comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to Vanessa Bell, inscribed by the author on publication: "Vanessa Bell from V.W. Oct. 1922". An exceptional association copy: Jacob's Room was the first of VW's books for which Vanessa Bell designed the dust jacket, and the text represents VW's attempt to do in fictional... Learn More
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    First trade edition, service de presse copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title "Pour Raymond Federman avec amitîé Hélène Cixous". The recipient was French-American novelist, essayist and Beckett critic Raymond Federman (1928-2009), who edited a number of Cixous's critical essays on Beckett.... Learn More
    £650

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    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author, "For Marie with best wishes Alan Watts", on the front free endpaper. This is Watts's "manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence" (jacket blurb), exploring the self's relation to the universe and drawing on the ancient Hindu philosophy of Vedanta to... Learn More
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    The Pioneer Policewoman..."> First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "with every good wish, from Mary S. Allen", with an autograph note loosely inserted, "Hoping you will accept this - If in your part of the world I will certainly let you know. M. S. Allen". The Pioneer Policewoman... Learn More
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  14. 131540
    A scarce signed cabinet photo of renowned occultist and founder of theosophy Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891); auction records recording no comparable examples. This photo, often referred to as the "Sphinx" portrait, shows Blavatsky in her most common pose, with her head resting on her hand gazing directly to the viewer. It... Learn More
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    Herland.

    New York: January–December 1915

    Park..."> First edition, the first appearance of Gilman's feminist utopian novel Herland, complete in twelve issues of Gilman's magazine The Forerunner; this copy warmly inscribed by the author to the American suffragist Alice Locke Park, "Charlotte Perkins Gilman with love and honor for her friend Alice Park", on the front free endpaper.
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  16. 130721comp
    Gender Studies is a series of portraits first exhibited in 2012 in Düsseldorf featuring the "sound design" of Frederic Sanchez, included here on CD. In 2011 Rheims posted an advertisement on Facebook looking for..."> First edition, first printing, signed by the artist on the half-title, "Bettina Rheims, 2015, Paris". Gender Studies is a series of portraits first exhibited in 2012 in Düsseldorf featuring the "sound design" of Frederic Sanchez, included here on CD. In 2011 Rheims posted an advertisement on Facebook looking for... Learn More
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  17. 130071
    First edition, first impression, of the Rossetti sisters' pseudonymously published semi-autobiographical memoir of their experiences as teenagers in the late 19th-century anarchist underground movement in London. The titular narrator Isabel Meredith shuns her comfortable Victorian home for the life of a revolutionary only... Learn More
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  18. 130069
    First edition in book form, first impression, a rare survival of Holdsworth's best-known work, "a combination of Marxist-feminist rhetoric and adaptation of the popular rags-to-riches romance" (Goodridge & Keegan, p. 324). It first appeared in print as a serialisation in The Daily Herald (October 1923) and, like all of Holdsworth's... Learn More
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  19. 130063
    First edition, a handsomely bound set of the poet, memoirist, and travel writer Louisa Stuart Costello's (1799-1870) biographical sketches of prominent women throughout the history England. Entries include the Duchess of Marlborough, Elizabeth Cromwell, Lady Mary Tudor, and Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia. Though the... Learn More
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  20. 128641
    First edition, first impression. Ray (Rachel) Strachey (1887-1940), was a feminist activist, politician and writer. During the First World War her activism shifted its focus from suffrage to the question of women's employment, leading her to organise the Women's Service, the history of which is detailed in this work. "She... Learn More
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  21. 128582
    First edition, first impression, of Hamilton's play celebrating women throughout history, including Joan of Arc, Sappho, and Boudica. The pageant was first performed at the Scala Theatre in London on 10 November 1909 and was quickly staged all over Britain. It was first directed by the actress, producer, and daughter of... Learn More
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  22. 127491
    First edition, notably rare, of the revolutionary French socialist and feminist's critique of London following her 1839 visit to England, emphasising the city's poverty crisis as a symptom of the English capitalist system, and written in the fluent reportorial style for which Tristan became best known. OCLC locates just... Learn More
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  23. 126697
    First edition of Lytton's own account of her suffragette experiences, principally a damning indictment of conditions in prisons, written with her left hand after a stroke left her paralysed in 1912. After visiting suffragettes imprisoned in Holloway gaol in 1909, Lytton joined the WSPU and thereafter was a fervent lobbyist,... Learn More
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  24. 120826
    A leaflet produced by the WSPU regarding the conditions of Emmeline Pankhurst's imprisonment after the window-smashing demonstration in Westminster of 1 March 1912. In this leaflet Dr Ethel Smyth's (1858-1944) letter to the Times, dated 17 April 1912, is reprinted. In this letter Dr Smyth provides an account of the conditions... Learn More
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  25. The Great Mouthpiece.
    First edition, first printing. An inscribed presentation copy from the author to his daughter, inscribed on recto of front free endpaper: "To my sweet darling,/ Jane, from her/ ever-doting parent,/ Gene Fowler/ 1931". An uncharacteristically benign inscription: Fowler's animus towards children was legendary. William J. Fallon... Learn More
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  26. 131723comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Martin Luther King on the front free endpaper: "To William Martin with Best Wishes for peace and Brotherhood Martin Luther King Jr". William Martin was a member of the First Baptist Church, down the street from King's own Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, in Montgomery. In his recollections... Learn More
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  27. 130083
    Printed leaflet produced for the memorial service of Emily Wilding Davison, certainly some of the earliest suffragette propaganda to align her death with martyrdom for the cause. Davison died on 8 June 1913 from injuries received after being hit by the King's horse while protesting at the Epsom Derby four days prior; her... Learn More
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  28. 131438
    First edition. The title is ironic - the author holds that the alarmist tracts of his contemporaries, which bemoaned the danger of Britain's ballooning national debt, were bolstering the nation's adversaries by portraying Britain in a weaker economic state than she in fact was. Playfair instead presents the "Enemies of England"... Learn More
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  29. .
    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Don McLaren, with deep appreciation of your friendship and collaboration, Everett, December 21, 1948." Learn More
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    Stock Code: 86930

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  30. 124818
    First editions, first impressions. A collection of sixteen speeches of the North Korean communist leader Kim Il-Sung from the mid-70s, which were published by North Korea's foreign language publishing department. Essentially a foreign propaganda office, the Foreign Languages Publishing House, founded in 1957 in imitation... Learn More
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    First Italian language edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in 1959. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "a Burt coi migliori vuoti, Van". The recipient was Burton Dreben, an influential Harvard professor and Quine's "closest philosophical ally". Learn More
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  32. Cold Comfort Farm.
    Proof copy of Gibbons' classic parodic novel. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 98079

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  33. The Paradise of Fools.
    First edition of this lively and uncommon account of an expedition described in Fliegel Jezerniczky's on-line Libyan Desert bibliography as "an extraordinary journey", during which a party led by Mason and W. B. Kennedy Shaw traversed "virtually all major parts of the Libyan desert. They started from Kharga, reaching the... Learn More
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  34. 129919
    A luxury wine log book, acquired by Margaret Thatcher from Asprey and never used. Margaret Thatcher was a frequent customer of the luxury purveyors Asprey, owning a varied selection of items from the company, including handbags, purses, silverware and finely-bound books. The book was acquired from Baroness Thatcher's estate.... Learn More
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    The Christmas card sent by Prince Charles to Margaret Thatcher in 1977. Inscribed on the interior "Mr and Mrs Thatcher, from Charles." above and below the printed message "With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year 1977". Facing the inscription is a photograph of Charles in traditional Native American head-dress,... Learn More
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  36. 76975
    First edition. Institutionally well-represented, but only one copy at auction in the last 40 years. Smyth "had been in India for twenty-six years and could claim to be well-informed" (Khurana, British Historiography on the Sikh Power in the Punjab, p96). He explains in his introduction that he was encouraged to write the... Learn More
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  37. 131423
    First edition, first printing, of the author's final book, published posthumously. Alan W. Watts (1915-1973) was a seminal figure in the dissemination and popularization of Eastern philosophy throughout the West. Watts had intended further chapters on what Taoism could offer Western civilization, but died before he could... Learn More
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  38. 131426
    First edition, first printing. Alan W. Watts (1915-1973) was a seminal figure in the dissemination and popularization of Eastern philosophy throughout the West. In this, his fourth book, the author accounts for how Eastern philosophy and religion can provide happiness for the Western individual. Learn More
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  39. 131427
    First edition, first printing. Alan W. Watts (1915-1973) was a seminal figure in the dissemination and popularization of Eastern philosophy throughout the West. In the present work he outlines the need to blend Western Christianity with Eastern metaphysics. Learn More
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  40. 131429
    First UK edition, first impression. Alan W. Watts (1915-1973) was a seminal figure in the dissemination and popularization of Eastern philosophy throughout the West. In this work, he outlines his view that the Western individual's alienation from nature has led to sexual anxiety, which can be cured through Eastern philosophy.... Learn More
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  41. 131431
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of essays on mankind's relationship with the natural environment. Alan W. Watts (1915-1973) was a seminal figure in the dissemination and popularization of Eastern philosophy throughout the West. Learn More
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  42. 124891
    First edition of one of the more extraordinary novels of the 18th century, much admired by Lamb, Leigh Hunt and Hazlitt, who described John Buncle as "the English Rabelais", saying of the author, "the soul of Francis Rabelais passed into... Amory" (The Round Table, XVIII, 1817); a new edition was published in 1825 "very... Learn More
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  43. 114641
    First and only edition, scarce, Copac lists just Guildhall, and Bishopsgate libraries, the latter evidently defective of a plate, and a leaf of text, OCLC adds the Newberry only. "to present to the Public a series of Original Sketches, wedded to amusing, and they trust, not unprofitable letterpress, has been the aim of the... Learn More
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  44. A Topographical History of Surrey.
    First edition. "Brayley's most important work was probably a History of Surrey (5 vols., 18418). His topographical works bear scrutiny because of his competence in a range of scientific, literary, and artistic subjects, a breadth of knowledge which few other contemporary topographers could match" (ODNB). A handsomely bound... Learn More
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  45. 70151
    RWE returns a book of newly published poems written by a neighbour (" which I have kept longer than was right, from liking & because one is always expecting a better day & mood to read these pastoral verses. I find them always pleasing, with a solid honesty quite free from prettiness or showiness And whilst they particularly... Learn More
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  46. 131939
    A striking Victorian bible, attractively bound and illustrated, with copious commentary throughout. Learn More
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  47. 96244
    Fourth edition, described on the front of the dust jacket as the "right up to date Fourth Edition... Completely Revised & with an Appendix bringing the story up to March 1938". First published in March 1935 and reprinted again in September 1935 and October 1936. The publisher's archive copy with their stamp on the title... Learn More
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  48. 96247

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor..."> Fourth edition, described on the front of the dust jacket as the "right up to date Fourth Edition... Completely Revised & with an Appendix bringing the story up to March 1938". First published in March 1935 and reprinted again in September 1935 and October 1936.

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  49. 131920
    An imposing and well-illustrated History of England from the time of the American Revolutionary War. The book was published in parts from 1777 onwards; three variant issues are known based on the dates of the historical events that the book includes, this going to 1781, the other two issues going to 1779. The book ends with... Learn More
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  50. 131912
    First edition. Written by Grant as he was dying of cancer, the work served as a death bed justification for the war against the Confederacy and for Grant's own conduct. The autobiography was published by Mark Twain, who marketed the book by using military veterans in uniform to raise subscriptions. It sold over 300,000 sets... Learn More
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  51. 131911
    First edition. Written by Grant as he was dying of cancer, the work served as a death bed justification for the war against the Confederacy and for Grant's own conduct. The autobiography was published by Mark Twain, who marketed the book by using military veterans in uniform to raise subscriptions. It sold over 300,000 sets... Learn More
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  52. 128504
    An exquisite example of late Victorian embroidered binding by Helen Margaret Dixon, in excellent condition. Inscribed by John Ruskin, expressing his admiration, to the rear endpaper: "much admired by yours truly John Ruskin, 25th June 93". The binding was shown to Ruskin by his cousin Joan Severn at Brantwood that month,... Learn More
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  53. 131885
    First edition. An attractive history, particularly prized in its day for the series of portraits which include the King, Franklin, Lafayette, and Washington, Admirals Howe, Keppel, Parker, Kempenfelt, Hood and Rodney, and Generals Greene, Clinton, Howe, Burgoyne, and Cornwallis. The first substantial, general history of... Learn More
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  54. 131795
    The first American facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible, the second overall following the German Insel Verlag facsimile of 1913-14; one of 1,000 unnumbered copies. The Gutenberg Bible was the first complete book printed from moveable type, published in Mainz in 1455. This facsimile was derived from the Insel Verlgag facsimile,... Learn More
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  55. 128845
    First edition. Mackay's important early work of social psychology discusses popular delusions of all types and considers the credulous enthusiasm of mankind for phenomena such as alchemy, witchcraft, relics, the Crusades, urban myths, as well as economic events such as the tulip bubble, the Mississippi Bubble, and the South... Learn More
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  56. 117450
    First edition. The anonymous author was a member of the retinue of George Hay, 8th Earl of Kinnoul, who served as British ambassador to Constantinople from 1729 to 1737. His account of the city, people, religion and rulers of Constantinople was written not long after he arrived, and was sent in two letters to Britain in... Learn More
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  57. 125420
    First edition. Godwin's touching and frank account of his wife Mary Wollstonecraft's life marks an important step in the development of the art of biography. The details of her sexual liaison with Imlay, the birth of her illegitimate daughter, and her suicide attempts, all scandalized contemporary readers for whom biographies... Learn More
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    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
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  59. 131575
    First American editions, first printings. "Marlborough: his Life and Times took its place at once among the classics of historical writing. As the story of his ancestor's leadership of a grand alliance to prevent the domination of the continent by a single power, it was also a source of inspiration to Churchill in his campaign... Learn More
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  60. 131571
    Presentation edition, with a copy presented to every exhibitor at the Great Exhibition of 1851; trade editions were also produced. The book is a key contemporary document for the Exhibition, giving the jury awards and details of the thirty categories of exhibit, and was selected in Printing and the Mind of Man as the representative... Learn More
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