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  1. 128592
    First edition, first impression. This work, an account of various murder trials, was initially intended to be a study of the trials of the Home Office pathologist Bernard Spilsbury (1877-1947), entitled, "Sir Bernard Spilsbury and his Famous Trials". Spilsbury, however, threatened legal action against Marriott, upon receipt... Learn More
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  2. 129128comp
    First and only edition. A superb association copy, inscribed by President Roosevelt to his son John A. Roosevelt: "For John A. Roosevelt from his affectionate father Franklin D. Roosevelt". John accompanied his father during the presidential trip aboard the schooner, where they fished for tuna and cod. The sojourn was a... Learn More
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  3. 128999
    First editions, first impressions. Churchill began his history of the British Empire and the United States during his period in the political wilderness in the early 1930s, but did not complete it until after his retirement in the late 1950s. The events of the Second World War, the major interruption in the writing process,... Learn More
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  4. 123344
    First edition. A politician and Quaker leader during the English Civil War and Interregnum, Alexander Jaffray represented Aberdeen in parliament between 1644 and 1650 and was one of the covenanter commissioners sent to the Netherlands to negotiate with Charles II. He was later held prisoner by the English for six months... Learn More
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  5. The Cook's Own Book:
    First edition, first issue, of "the first alphabetically arranged culinary encyclopaedia to appear in the United States" (Oxford Companion to Food, p. 17), and one of the most popular American cookbooks of the 19th century (Michigan State University introduction, online). The author's sources are mainly British. The first... Learn More
    £1,750

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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

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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
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  8. 128827
    An attractive Victorian edition of Gibbon's great work, originally published from 1776 to 1788. Gibbon's seminal work ranks as a "masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style" and has "remained one of the ageless historical works which maintain their hold upon the layman and continue to stimulate the scholar"... Learn More
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  9. 123902
    A framed photograph of Margaret and Denis Thatcher with the Queen and Queen Mother, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. The photograph was taken apparently informally; all four are looking in a different direction, perhaps at a different photographer. No other copy of this photograph could... Learn More
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    First separate publication, following appearance in an English periodical. Presentation copy, inscribed on the title page: "Charles Weld from his friend the author", with Weld's signature in pencil underneath. Nicholas Wiseman (1802- 865) was an Irish Cardinal, who in 1850 became the first Archbishop of Westminster upon... Learn More
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  11. 120920
    First edition, from the library of Otto Wesendonck, husband of Mathilde Wesendonck and friend of Wagner.
    Otto Wesendonck's (1815-1896) success as a silk merchant made him a generous patron of the arts and allowed him to provided significant financial support to one of his favourite composers, Richard Wagner, throughout... Learn More
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  12. 121513
    First edition, one of 1,000 copies printed, this copy without the terminal advert leaf in volume 2, but retaining all the half-titles. "Carlyle wrote his French Revolution as a secular 'tract for the times' and as a warning for his compatriots of the frightful consequences of materialism, utilitarianism and democracy. Scottish... Learn More
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  13. 128761
    First edition of Donne's first published book (though written after Biathanatos), an argument for conformity by English Catholics. A desirable copy with a rich provenance: from the Buxton family library at Shadwell Park, Norfolk, with book label dated 1842; subsequent collectors' book labels and plates of Clarence S. Bemens,... Learn More
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  14. 124018
    A photograph of Margaret Thatcher and the Queen standing with Denis Thatcher and Prince Philip, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. The photograph was taken on Thatcher's 70th birthday party at Claridge's in October 1995, with the Queen in attendance. The attendance of the Queen at a politician's... Learn More
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  15. 125600
    A handsomely bound copy of the psalms, with the name and mayoral title of Thomas Staniforth (1735-1803) emblazoned on the front cover in gilt, dated 1797. Staniforth, a former slave-trader and merchant, was elected Major of Liverpool in 1797, a post he held until the following year. It is probable that the book was presented... Learn More
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  16. 128707
    First edition, first impression, of the author's account of his military service in Palestine during the First World War, and his return in 1925 to Mandatory Palestine. A valuable account, well-illustrated with photographs and drawings, of the region in this tumultuous time. Learn More
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  17. 128470
    Second edition in English, first published the previous year, of the annals of Ben Meir. Rabbi Ben Meir (1496-1575) - more commonly known as Joseph ha-Kohen - wrote his annals of the Jewish people from 1558 to 1563, and continued to revise it until his death a decade later. It stands as one of the great achievements of Jewish... Learn More
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  18. 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
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  19. 124114
    First edition with Thomas Brown's additions, with L'Estrange's translation having originally been published in 1689. Roger L'Estrange (1616-1704) was an English author and pamphleteer, known for his strong defence of royalism. His translation of Erasmus joined his other late 17th-century translations of Aesop, Cervantes,... Learn More
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  20. 123783
    The first printing of the Hawaiian church's founding constitution, the text of which "was drawn up in Boston just prior to the departure of the first American Protestant missionaries to Hawaii. Although issued without an imprint or colophon it can be dated to 1830. The last signatures on this are those of the Third Company... Learn More
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  21. 127350
    The letter written by Margaret Thatcher in response to Dame Elaine Kellett-Bowman's letter of condolence, on the occasion of the death of her husband Denis in 2003. Thatcher writes in her customary blue ink "Dear Elaine, it was so good of you and Edward to write. Yours ever, Margaret", with the typed letter, dated 23 July... Learn More
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  22. 126891
    First edition in French, first published in Latin in 1705, an English edition was published in 1712, and a German in 1715. "Edited by David Durand this important work by the Dutch orientalist Reeland sets out to correct misconceptions in the popular about Islam, and to bring a better understanding of it. The work was based... Learn More
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  23. 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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  24. 127262detail
    The New Edition, complete with the index and the volume of General Orders. Indispensable for the study of Wellington's campaigns, and perhaps the only source for the occasional glimpse of the man. This is a particularly handsome set, bound by Francis Bedford, "considered the leading English bookbinder of his time, surpassed... Learn More
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  25. 126854detail
    First editions. Complete 34 year run of the Eton College magazine which typically reports on sporting and other school events, but covering the period of both the Second Anglo-Boer War and, crucially, the First World War, also contains numerous obituaries and other biographical and service-related material. A copy typescript... Learn More
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  26. 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
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  27. 127115
    First edition, distinctly uncommon: Copac locates copies at V&A and Guildhall only among British and Irish institutional libraries; OCLC cites just Harvard and Free Library of Philadelphia. The plates depict The Lying in State at Chelsea Hospital, Passing Apsley House, Passing Trafalgar Square, Arrival at St. Pauls; the... Learn More
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  28. 127099
    First edition. Douglas (1791-1819) embarked on a two year tour of Greece from 1810 to 1812, and on his return wrote the present work, an examination of the climate, population, language, literature and customs of modern Greece as compared to ancient Greece. The work underwent a second edition the same year. Learn More
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  29. 125986
    First edition, first impression, of this landmark work which has a strong claim to be the single most important text on Central Asia. Stein explains in his introduction: "The term Serindia, as adopted (in the form Sérinde) by valued French fellow-scholars, is excellently suited for the designation of this region, well-defined... Learn More
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  30. 126794
    First edition of this collection of verses by Oxford men celebrating the restoration of Charles II to the throne, written in Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, French and English. Oxford, Charles I's capital during the Civil War, had remained a bastion of royalism, and by all accounts the University welcomed the Stuarts' return.... Learn More
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  31. 126552detail
    First edition thus, with the plates after two of the finest French illustrators of the period, Marillier and Monsiau, presented here in the superior quarto issue. This is a beautiful set bound by Charles Hering (d. 1809), "the artistic successor to Roger Payne, the doyen of English bookbinders" (Judith Goldstein Marks,... Learn More
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  32. 43623
    First edition thus. Scarce, one copy only on OCLC, at Harvard. Extracted from the Bulletin de l'Alliance Israélite Universelle, paginated pp. 48-162, this copy has the MS notation "Edition corrigée" to the upper wrap. Based in Paris, the Alliance, the first international Jewish organization, advocated the emancipation... Learn More
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  33. 124503
    A photograph of Margaret Thatcher and the Queen standing with Denis Thatcher and Prince Philip, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. Thatcher had the photograph placed in a frame by Smythson of Bond Street, the purveyors of luxury leather goods, and retained the original box. The photograph... Learn More
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    The Revolution Betrayed.

    New York & London: 1937 & 1938

    The American journalist and labour activist Benjamin Stolberg (1891-1951) was a member of the Dewey Commission and had strong association links..."> First US edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed from Trotsky to Benjamin Stolberg on the front free endpaper, "devotedly yours, Leon Trotsky, 21/11 1937, Coyoacan".
    The American journalist and labour activist Benjamin Stolberg (1891-1951) was a member of the Dewey Commission and had strong association links... Learn More
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  35. 126157
    The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift imbued Baden-Powell's scouting movement..."> First edition of this rare Kibbo Kift handbook written by "Head Man" of the Kindred, John "White Fox" Hargrave (1894-1982). All original Kibbo Kift productions are rare, and this one apparently particularly so, with no copy recorded on Copac or OCLC.
    The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift imbued Baden-Powell's scouting movement... Learn More
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  36. 125824
    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... Learn More
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  37. 125292
    First London editions of both of these works, relating to the Act of Union. The first work is the record of the proceedings of the Lord Commissioners of both Scotland and England, who met from the 16 April to the 22 July 1706, the day the English Parliament ratified the Union with Scotland Act. The Scottish Parliament passed... Learn More
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  38. 126323
    First edition of Senior's posthumously-published records of his discussions with leading French figures in the years 1852 to 1863. Learn More
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  39. 114663
    First edition, published posthumously, complete with the rare third volume. Boulainvillier's work, an administrative survey of France, provides an essential account of the political and social structure of the Ancien Régime. As with his other historical works, published in the years following his death in 1722, Boulainvillier... Learn More
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  40. 125235
    First edition under this title, originally written in Italian but first published in French as Les ceremonies nuptiales de toutes les nations in 1680, with Italian and English translations first appearing in 1685, the English one as Nuptial Rites. Louis de Gaya's account of the plurality of marriage rituals across the world... Learn More
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  41. 98387
    First collected edition in French of the author's collected works. The first part is entirely devoted to electricity and includes previously unpublished pieces. Translated by Jacques Barbeu-Dubourg (1709-1779) from the fourth edition in the original English. A close friend of Franklin and his translator and publisher in... Learn More
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  42. 90894
    First of three Latin editions printed by Weissenburger. The book derives from the Tractatus (or Speculum) artis bene moriendi, composed in 1415 by an anonymous Dominican friar, probably at the request of the Council of Constance. The Ars Morienda is taken from the second chapter of that work, and deals with the five temptations... Learn More
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  43. 125928
    First editions, first impressions, trade issue, in a handsome binding. "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... Learn More
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  44. 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
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  45. 124635
    Second edition, same year as the first. Appointed a writer to the Bombay presidency in 1730, Fraser spent some ten years at the company's trading posts at Mocha in the Yemen and at Cambay and Surat, in western India. He had a great aptitude for languages and "not only mastered the vernacular languages used around the Arabian... Learn More
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  46. 121338
    Fascinating, unpublished and extremely scarce archive of four original photographs from Schliemann's pioneering excavations at Troy and Mycenae, and another of Samothrace, where work was conducted by Schliemann's compatriot Alexander Conze (1831-1914). The three views taken at Troy (1871-73) show the massive outer walls... Learn More
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  47. 123030
    First edition of the "definitive account of the most important exploration of the North American continent" (Wagner-Camp). A cornerstone of Western Americana, the book describes the government-backed expedition to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase undertaken from 1804 to 1806 by ascending the Missouri to its... Learn More
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  48. 125483
    A pleasing and fairly typical example of the distinctively Scottish herringbone binding style. The style was established by 1725 and was in decline by the late 1770s. The herringbone consists of a vertical stem placed in the centre of the cover with "ribs" of paired tools placed symmetrically on either side. A variety of... Learn More
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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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    First edition, first impression. With a presentation inscription from Sidney Webb to Professor Phillip Bradley dated 25 November 1925 pasted to the front free endpaper. Loosely inserted is an autograph letter from Webb to Bradley from 28 July 1936, in which Webb writes that he read Bradley's Road to War "with almost painful... Learn More
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  51. 124769
    First edition of the first book-length biography of Hume. Ritchie was critical of Hume's achievements as a metaphysician and as a moralist, with his works suggesting that Ritchie himself was a disciple of Thomas Reid, whose philosophy was antithetical to Hume's. Ritchie is also dismissive of Hume's essays, criticising their... Learn More
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    Inscribed by the author on the second blank, "Truly yours, Mark Twain, Dec /08". Uncommon inscribed, with five other copies traced at auction. Clemens often signed works under both his pseudonym and as Clemens; this novel is the only work to be published under the alternate pseudonym of Louis de Conte. Originally published... Learn More
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  53. 124609
    A finely bound hymn book produced by the distinguished Florentine booksellers, binders and paper makers Giulio Giannini and aimed directly at the high-end Grand Tour market. Founded originally in 1856 by Pietro Giannini (1811-1882), the business was radically transformed by his son Giulio Sr. (1853-1931) who concentrated... Learn More
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  54. 124662
    First edition. John Baskerville (1706-1775) was perhaps the most important English typographer of the 18th century, whose typeface remains in use today. Preceding the private press movement by over a century, Baskerville took considerable care in every aspect of the design and production of his books, with the aim of creating... Learn More
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    A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £3,950

    Stock Code: 14891

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  56. 118449
    First edition of Howard's pioneering work on prisons and penal reform, "the first major practical work on the subject (Beccaria's book was primarily theoretical)" (PMM). Learn More
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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. 123984
    First edition. Harry Verelst (1734-1785) succeeded Robert Clive as Governor of Bengal in 1767 and held the post until his resignation in December 1769. Verelst's policy with regard to Bengal was to maintain Clive's dual system, upholding the native government under East India Company control rather than fully asserting British... Learn More
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  60. 123947
    An attractively bound set of Sabin's monumental bibliography, compressing the original 29 volumes into two through fitting eight of the original pages onto each page. The bibliography, originally printed from 1868 to 1939, was begun by Sabin, continued by Wilberforce Eames, and finished by Robert Vail. It is the most notable... Learn More
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