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  1. Principes économiques de Louis XII et du Cardinal d'Amboise,
    BAUDEAU, Nicolas. Principes économiques de Louis XII et du Cardinal d'Amboise,

    [Paris]; Geneva : 1785

    First editions of these two commentaries on Necker. The first upholds the two great finance ministers of France's past, Cardinal d'Amboise and the Duke of Sully, as superior to Necker in their financial administration, and as offering models for France's current financial predicaments. The second seeks to serve as a corrective to the arguments outlined... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 127446

  2. La peine de mort.
    CAPITAL PUNISHMENT - L'ASSIETTE AU BEURRE. La peine de mort.

    Paris : 1907

    First edition of the visually compelling and famously anarchic illustrated French satirical journal's issue on the death penalty. Published weekly from March 1901 to October 1912, L'Assiette au Beurre eventually totalled 594 issues, each composed of full-page black and white and colour illustrations by a variety of artists, tackling current events and... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 119341

  3. The Book of Common Prayer.
    BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. The Book of Common Prayer.

    London : 1999

    A handsome leather bound copy. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 107166

  4. Appendice à la théorie de l'emprisonnement,
    LUCAS, Charles. Appendice à la théorie de l'emprisonnement,

    Paris : 1838

    First edition of the leading prison theorist and Inspector General's supplement to his influential work, De la réforme des prisons, published two years previously.

    On the whole, Lucas's work in penal reform was received favourably by his contemporaries; his Du système pénal et du système répressif en général de la peine de mort en particulier... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 91149

  5. Système pénitentiaire aux États-Unis,
    TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis de, & Gustave de Beaumont. Système pénitentiaire aux États-Unis,

    Brussels : 1837

    Third edition of this landmark report on prison reform, first published in 1833. Prompted by the dismal and ineffective state of France's penitentiary system in the 1820s, the French government commissioned Tocqueville and Beaumont - two friends, both young magistrates at the time - to complete a tour of America (which was then seen as leading the way... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 91100

  6. Recueil des débats des Assemblées Législatives de la France sur la question de la peine de mort.
    LUCAS, Charles (intro.) Recueil des débats des Assemblées Législatives de la France sur la question de la peine de mort.

    Paris : 1831

    First edition of this collection of reports on the subject of the death penalty given to the French National Assembly, including those delivered by Berenger and Lapelletier, among others, with an introduction and notes by the influential early French abolitionist and Inspector General of prisons Charles Lucas. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 91118

  7. The Scope of Anthropology.
    LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. The Scope of Anthropology.

    London : 1967

    First edition in English of Levi-Strauss' inaugural speech as chair of Social Anthropology at the Collège de France. Originally published in French in 1960. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 141208

  8. Memoirs of the Court of England.
    JESSE, John Heneage. Memoirs of the Court of England.

    Boston : [c.1900]

    Artistique edition. Limited to 50 numbered copies for England and America of which this is number 30. A particularly handsome set.

    This set was specially bound and printed for Effingham Buckley Morris, the great Philadelphian financier and President of Philadelphia's Girard Trust Company.

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    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 144860

  9. Examen et parallèle des différens projects de droits sur les boissons, par M. Dupont, député de Nemours à l'Assemblée Nationale.
    DUPONT DE NEMOURS, Pierre Samuel. Examen et parallèle des différens projects de droits sur les boissons, par M. Dupont, député de Nemours à l'Assemblée Nationale.

    Paris : 1790

    First edition. A supporter of constitutional monarchy, Dupont represented Nemours in the National Assembly. The present work is his report on the taxation of drink. A scarce item, with WorldCat listing copies in ten institutions: one in the UK, five in the US, three in France, and one in Switzerland. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 127703

  10. Traité des finances et de la fausse monnoie des Romains, auquel on a joint une dissertation sur la maniere de discerner les médailles antiques d'avec les contrefaites.
    CHASSEPOL, Francois de. Traité des finances et de la fausse monnoie des Romains, auquel on a joint une dissertation sur la maniere de discerner les médailles antiques d'avec les contrefaites.

    Paris : 1740

    First edition of this study of counterfeit money among the Romans, with advice to contemporary numismatic collectors. An English edition followed in 1741. Library Hub lists copies in four British institutions. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 127721

  11. Three Tracts on the Corn-Trade and Corn-Laws.
    SMITH, Charles. Three Tracts on the Corn-Trade and Corn-Laws.

    London : 1766

    First edition of these three important tracts on the corn trade, by the son of a mill-owner of Croydon, in Surrey. Smith argued that in a country largely dependent on domestic supplies, price variations were the natural result of good or bad seasons, following a shortage of domestically produced corn in 1757, which roused public feeling against the... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 93452

  12. De la peine de mort.
    DUCPETIAUX, Edouard. De la peine de mort.

    Brussels : 1827

    First edition. De la peine de mort was the Belgian journalist and prison reformer's first book, written when he was twenty-three years old. Ducpétiaux earned himself a name and an official position as inspector general of prisons on the strength of this passionate and ambitious plea for the abolition of capital punishment. He argued that the alternative... Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 91158

  13. Collection of poetic Valentine's Day Cards.
    VALENTINE'S DAY. Collection of poetic Valentine's Day Cards.

    [USA : 1870-1900]

    A charming collection, in remarkable condition, of eight poetic Victorian Valentine's Day cards, exemplifying the popularisation and commercialisation of the romantic uses of poetry in this period, and the creation of what we know as the Valentine's Day card today.

    The Valentine's Day card phenomenon can be accredited largely to two key players:... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 143932

  14. Typed letter signed, in support of world peace.
    NASSER, Gamal Abdel. Typed letter signed, in support of world peace.

    April 1956

    Typed letter signed from Gamal Abdel Nasser, as Prime Minister of Egypt. Nasser writes in response to Ray Gardner (1919-1997), chairman of the British Columbia Peace Council in Vancouver, a constituent part of the anti-imperialist Canadian Peace Congress. Gardner had written to Nasser sending his well wishes on the anniversary of the 1955 Bandung Conference,... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 141392

  15. Typed letter signed from the Mayor of Hiroshima, marking the tenth anniversary of the atomic bombing.
    WATANABE, Tadao. Typed letter signed from the Mayor of Hiroshima, marking the tenth anniversary of the atomic bombing.

    1955

    Typed letter signed from Tadao Watanabe (1898-1980), Mayor of Hiroshima from 1955 to 1959, to the British Columbia Peace Council in Vancouver, a constituent part of the Canadian Peace Congress. "It is with distinct pleasure that I send, on behalf of the people of Hiroshima, cordial greetings of peace to the British Columbia Peace Council as they, together... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141397

  16. Autograph letter signed, and inscribed typescript speech, opposing the Vietnam War.
    PAULING, Linus. Autograph letter signed, and inscribed typescript speech, opposing the Vietnam War.

    5 December 1969

    Autograph letter signed from Linus Pauling, together with an inscribed typescript speech, fiercely setting out his anti-war views. The American chemist and peace activist Linus Carl Pauling (1901-1994), one of the founders of molecular biology and quantum chemistry, won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1954 and for Peace in 1962, one of only four individuals... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 141385

  17. Fuad: King of Egypt.
    IKBAL ALI SHAH, Sirdar. Fuad: King of Egypt.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression, of this uncommon and timely biography of Fuad I (1922-1936), published in the year of the king's death and the signing of the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1936, which required the withdrawal of British troops from Egypt, conversations for which had opened in the last weeks of Fuad's life.

    The Indian-Afghan author... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 143248

  18. The History of England.
    MACAULAY, Lord. The History of England.

    London : 1870

    An attractively bound set. "The first historical work deliberately designed to outsell the best-selling novel of the day, Macaulay's book immediately fulfilled its author's aspiration. His colourful style and stirring power of description secured for the History a success such as no historical work in the English language had had since Gibbon. Each... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 144884

  19. Lying and its Detection.
    LARSON, John A. Lying and its Detection.

    Chicago : 1932

    First edition, first printing, of this early work on lie detector tests, as well as the methods of detecting deception more broadly. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 146092

  20. The Instrumental Detection of Deception.
    LEE, Clarence D. The Instrumental Detection of Deception.

    Springfield, IL : 1953

    First edition, first printing. Lee, a retired police chief, details how to use lie detector tests outside of police work: "Since the psychograph has now extended its usefulness beyond criminal investigation into other fields, this book will prove of great importance to workers in psychiatry, psychiatric social work, personnel administration, experimental... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 146063

  21. Kazakhstan, Order of Friendship, 1st Class -  set of insignia.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Kazakhstan, Order of Friendship, 1st Class - set of insignia.

    2001

    The insignia of the Order of Friendship presented on bestowal by the Republic of Kazakhstan to Margaret Thatcher, subsequently acquired directly from her estate. The Order was established in 1995 to reward international co-operation at the highest levels. Margaret Thatcher was awarded the Order in 2001, the seventh person to receive it. It appears to... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 125686

  22. The Story of the Malakand Field Force.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Story of the Malakand Field Force.

    London, New York & Bombay : 1898

    First edition, second state with errata slip, home issue in the "apple green cloth" (Woods), which is particularly prone to fading and mottling, here a nice copy.

    Churchill was correspondent for the Daily Telegraph on Sir Bindon Blood's punitive 1897 expedition against the Afghan tribesmen of the North-West Frontier, during which he "took part... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 145866

  23. Lord Randolph Churchill.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Lord Randolph Churchill.

    London : 1906

    First edition, first impression of Churchill's great biography of his father, the Conservative Party statesman Lord Randolph Churchill.

    Lord Randolph was a politician of great importance in British political life in the 1880s (serving as Chancellor, Leader of the Commons, and Secretary for India), until his principled resignation from the Cabinet... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 145872

  24. Memoire sur le Calendrier Arabe avant l'Islamisme
    EFFENDI, Mahmoud. Memoire sur le Calendrier Arabe avant l'Islamisme

    Brussels : 1858

    First edition thus, first printing. Le Calendrier Arabe is an extract from the Memories Couronnes et Memoires des Savants Etrangers, Vol. XXX, and is on the pre-Islamic Arab calendar and the birth and age of the prophet Muhammad. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140075

  25. Life of Andrew Jackson, President of the United States.
    COBBETT, William. Life of Andrew Jackson, President of the United States.

    London : 1834

    First edition of this adulatory account of President Jackson, written by the radical British MP William Cobbett, published the year before Cobbett died and after a lifetime spent campaigning for the abolition of rotten boroughs, the lowering of taxes, and reversing enclosures; all culminating in his major influence in passing the Great Reform Act of... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 144939

  26. The Naturall and Morall Historie of the East and West Indies.
    ACOSTA, Jose de. The Naturall and Morall Historie of the East and West Indies.

    London : 1604

    First edition in English of "the most convincing, detailed, and reliable account" of the Americas at this time, in a notably attractive contemporary binding (Hill). While this influential work is well-held institutionally it is scarce in commerce, and especially so in a contemporary binding, with only five such copies appearing at auction in the last... Learn More
    £18,750.00

    Stock Code: 141468

  27. Memoirs of an American Lady:
    GRANT, Anne. Memoirs of an American Lady:

    London : 1808

    First edition, an appealing copy in the original boards with an excellent association, of the author's best-known work, "a fascinating document in cultural history" (Orlando), comprising a childhood autobiography and a biography of the titular "American Lady", Catalina Schuyler, a Dutch-American woman who had a great influence on Grant's education and... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 137443

  28. The Bee-Keeper's Guide.
    CHARLTON, George. The Bee-Keeper's Guide.

    Hexham : 1887

    First edition. Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 123566

  29. Alcorani textus universus.
    QUR'AN; Arabic & Latin; MARRICCI, Ludovico (ed.) Alcorani textus universus.

    Padua : 1698

    First edition of Marracci's Qur'an, "the greatest pre-modern European work of Qur'anic scholarship" (Burman). The second volume, "Refutatio Alcorani", comprises the second obtainable edition of the original Arabic, a Latin translation considered "by far and away the best translation of the Qur'an to date" (Hamilton), and an analysis and refutation of... Learn More
    £10,500.00

    Stock Code: 115141

  30. Modern Theories of Criminality.
    QUIRÓS, Cesáreo Bernaldo de. Modern Theories of Criminality.

    Boston : 1911

    First edition in English (first published in Spanish in 1898), the copy of the American penologist Louis N. Robinson, with his ownership signature dated September 1911 to front pastedown, and his annotations to the text throughout (marginal comments and lines for emphasis). Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 145928

  31. Information Respecting the History, Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States:
    SCHOOLCRAFT, Henry R. Information Respecting the History, Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States:

    Philadelphia : 1853-57

    Second edition of this impressive, ground-breaking and expansive work, unchallenged as the most comprehensive study of Native American culture, enhanced by "Captain Seth Eastman's exceptional lithographs" (American National Biography); four of the five volumes here (I-II and IV-VI) are contemporary presentation copies, inscribed by a trio of Commissioners... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 137694

  32. The History of the Family of Carr of Woodhall, Lesbury, Eshott, and Hetton.
    CARR FAMILY - CARR, Ralph Edward; Cuthbert Ellison Carr; T. W. Carr. The History of the Family of Carr of Woodhall, Lesbury, Eshott, and Hetton.

    London : 1899

    Rare first and sole edition, evidently produced in a very small number of copies; volume III in the series of three books on the Carr family, complete in itself, preceded by The History of the Family of Carr of Dunston Hill (1893) and of Hetton, Ford Castle, and St. Helen's, Auckland (1894). This, although unmarked as such, is a familial copy.

    A... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 144972

  33. Finger Prints.
    GALTON, Francis. Finger Prints.

    London : 1892

    First edition of Galton's work designed to assist with classifying and indexing large numbers of fingerprints.

    "The use of fingerprints for the identification of criminals had been advocated in 'Nature' in 1880 by both Henry Faulds and Sir William Herschel, but was put on a scientific basis only in Galton's book on Finger Prints, published in... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 143521

  34. The Path to Power.
    THATCHER, Margaret. The Path to Power.

    London : 1995

    Signed limited edition, number 304 of 500 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher, being her autobiography of her childhood years to her election as Prime Minister. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 145821

  35. The Sculptures of the Parthenon.
    MURRAY, A. S. The Sculptures of the Parthenon.

    London : 1903

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a preliminary blank, "To Miss Elinor S. Lewes, from the author, with my best wishes, A. S. Murray, 19th March 1903"; inscribed beneath, "This book was specially completed and bound for us before publication and given us by the author and Mrs Murray as a wedding present.... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 134488

  36. The Alexandria Quartet.
    DURRELL, Lawrence. The Alexandria Quartet.

    London : 1962

    Signed limited edition, number 355 of 500 numbered copies, of Durrell's enduring masterpiece. Perhaps his greatest success, the Quartet is a study of love and political intrigue in Alexandria, Egypt before and during World War II. "The four novels emerged in rapid succession from 1957 to 1960 and elicited wildly divergent but generally favourable reviews,... Learn More
    £1,950.00

    Stock Code: 119695

  37. Prescott's Works
    PRESCOTT, H. William. Prescott's Works

    Philadelphia and London : [1904]

    The Montezuma edition. Limited to 1,000 copies of which this is number 904. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 116014

  38. The Works.
    JACKSON, Lady Catherine Charlotte. The Works.

    c.1899

    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 for publication and then turned... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 61558

  39. Commentaries on the Laws of England.
    BLACKSTONE, Sir William. Commentaries on the Laws of England.

    Oxford : 1765-69

    First edition of volumes I, III and IV, second edition of volume II. "Blackstone's great work on the laws of England is the extreme example of justification of an existing state of affairs by virtue of its history... Until the Commentaries, the ordinary Englishman had viewed the law as a vast, unintelligible and unfriendly machine... Blackstone's great... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 130572

  40. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1985.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1985.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1985, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123711

  41. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1996.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1996.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1996, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 123733

  42. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1994.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1994.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1994, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 123727

  43. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1995.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1995.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1995, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 123732

  44. Statecraft.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Statecraft.

    Norwalk, CT : 2002

    First Easton Press edition, signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page. Dedicated to Ronald Reagan, Statecraft was Thatcher's final book, providing her analysis of foreign policy in the post-Cold War world; it was first published by Harper Collins in 2002, with this "collector's edition" produced by the Easton Press, signed by the author and finely... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 145571

  45. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1989.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1989.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1989, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123716

  46. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1991.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1991.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1991, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and Princess Anne. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 123718

  47. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1988.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1988.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1988, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 123715

  48. Earl Spencer's Tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales - SPENCER, Charles, 9th Earl Spencer. Earl Spencer's Tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.

    [Althorp : 1997

    First edition, inscribed by Charles Spencer on the title page "to 'Dad' and Sue, Charles Spencer". Privately printed for the Earl, the book reproduces the text of the eulogy he gave for his sister, Princess Diana, at her funeral in Westminster Abbey in 1997.

    Televised across the world, the Earl's speech, where he attacked the media for hounding... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 145707

  49. Original poster for Mandela's candidacy for President of South Africa, 1994.
    MANDELA, Nelson. Original poster for Mandela's candidacy for President of South Africa, 1994.

    1994

    The poster used for Mandela's historic run for the Presidency of South Africa in 1994, where he was elected in a landslide as the first black President of the country, in the nation's first election held with universal suffrage for all races, marking the end of apartheid.

    This poster was collected at the time by a South African looking to preserve... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 145303

  50. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1987.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1987.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1987, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 123714

  51. The French Revolution.
    CARLYLE, Thomas. The French Revolution.

    London : 1837

    First edition, one of 1,000 copies printed. Carlyle's great history became one of the most significant historical works of the 19th century, despite the fact that the first volume was rewritten from memory after John Stuart Mill's maid accidentally burnt the manuscript. The work was used as the source material for Dickens's Tale of Two Cities.

    "Carlyle... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 145505

  52. A Famouse Cronicle of oure time, called Sleidanes Commentaries,
    SLEIDANUS, Johannes. A Famouse Cronicle of oure time, called Sleidanes Commentaries,

    London : 1560

    First edition in English of Sleidanus's history of the Reformation, first published in Strasbourg in 1555 as De statu religionis et reipublicae, Carolo Quinto Caesare, comentarii.

    Protestant in opinion, the Luxembourgeois Sleidanus (1506-1551) was appointed historian of the reformation by Philip of Hesse. Recalled to diplomacy in 1545, he went... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 145013

  53. The Apocrypha.
    HUGHES, Ted (presents). The Apocrypha.

    London, New York, Toronto : 1953

    A fascinating copy of the biblical Apocrypha, presented by Ted Hughes to one of two Hungarian poets, either Janos Pilinsky (1921-1981) or Janos Csokits (1928-2011), inscribed "To Janos 10th August 1960, from Ted" on the front free endpaper. Hughes has marked up sections of interest in "The Wisdom of Solomon" for the recipient's interest. Pilinszky,... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 131034

  54. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1984.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1984.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1984, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123708

  55. The Downing Street Years.
    THATCHER, Margaret. The Downing Street Years.

    Norwalk, CT : 1994

    First Easton Press edition, number 924 of 1,000 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page. The Downing Street Years, Thatcher's autobiography of her years as prime minister, was first published by Harper Collins in 1993, with this "Collector's Edition" produced by the Easton Press, signed by the author and handsomely bound in leather, published... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 145651

  56. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1992.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher. Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1992.

    Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1992, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123722

  57. The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne
    WHITE, Gilbert. The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne

    London : 1900

    Large paper edition, number 86 of 160 copies signed by the editor and artists, lavishly bound and illustrated.

    First published in 1789, White's Selborne is one of the great English books of the 18th century, "the first book which raised natural history into the region of literature" (Encyclopaedia Britannica). The work is arranged into three... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 139565

  58. A History of British Birds.
    BEWICK, Thomas. A History of British Birds.

    Newcastle : 1809

    Third edition; originally published as two separate works in 1797 and 1804. Roscoe notes that the paper used for this edition, although "very thin and rather poor", was "from the point of view of an artist anxious to show his work to the best advantage, more satisfactory than most of the papers previously used - it took an excellent impression from... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 132533

  59. The Sun King.
    MITFORD, Nancy. The Sun King.

    London : 1969

    Signed limited issue, number 83 of 265 copies signed by Mitford on the limitation leaf and specially bound by Zaehnsdorf. Nancy Mitford (19041973) won great acclaim with this lavishly illustrated biography of the French King Louis XIV. Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 144643

  60. Don Gypsy.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); STARKIE, Walter. Don Gypsy.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression, publisher's presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Charles W. Berry the greatest of 'afficionados' in memory of so many wonderful hours a picaresque tribute from the author, Walter Starkie, London, July 1936" and with a drawing of a musical score's first bar.

    The recipient was in all likelihood... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 144959

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