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  1. 123296
    First edition. Anna Jameson (1794-1860) has been seen by some modern commentators as a proto-feminist due to her extensive writings on women; however, the present work presents a distinctly negative vision of women in power, as clearly stated in the preface: "it remains a question how far the feminine character may be so... Learn More
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  2. 123281

    Queer Dharma.

    San Francisco: 1998-2000

    First edition, first printing, scarce cloth issue, of this unprecedented anthology of gay Buddhist writing. This copy derives from the personal collection of editor and publisher Winston Leyland, with his inscription "Winston Leyland July 2017" to both title pages. The majority of the limited hardback issues of Gay Sunshine... Learn More
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  3. 123277
    First Flint edition. A very attractively illustrated and printed copy of the first book book published by the Medici Society, in a fine binding. This edition of the Song of Songs was first published in 1909 in extra crown quarto by Riccardi Press Books. Learn More
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  4. 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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  5. 117055
    With an autograph letter dated April 25 from Layard stating that he regrets that he will be unable to attend an event at the Ragged School Society due to his parliamentary duties. A later edition of Layard's account of his discoveries at Nineveh, first published in two volumes in 1849, with the abridged edition first published... 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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  7. 121038
    First and sole edition; Copac cites Scotland and Wellcome only among British and Irish institutional libraries, OCLC adds another dozen worldwide. The dedicatee is François-Louis-Claude Marin, royal censor and Secretaire General de la Librairie - the editor mentioning that it was printed at Avignon where "je puis braver...... Learn More
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  8. 121781
    A handsomely produced edition, scarce in the dust jackets. A young lawyer turned portraitist, Catlin set out in 1830 from his home in Pennsylvania to record on canvas the indigenous tribes of North America and their way of life. His eight years among the major tribes of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains resulted in... Learn More
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  9. Magna Carta
    First impression, printed on vellum, of this meticulously engraved copy of the Magna Carta, "a sacred text, the nearest approach to an irrepealable "fundamental statute" that England has ever had" (Pollock and Maitland, History of English Law, I, p. 173). The work of John Pine (1690-1756) engraver, publisher, print- and... Learn More
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  10. 110246
    First edition, one of 300 numbered copies of this work by the architect and designer C. R. Ashbee (1863-1942). Learn More
    £375

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  11. 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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  12. 118106
    First edition. Marshall, an Indian Army officer, lived among the pastoral Toda people of the Nilgiri plateau while on furlough in 1870. British observers had wondered at their strange appearance and customs since the 1830s, variously identifying them as descendants of Jews, Arabs, Scythians, Druids, Romans, or even Polynesians;... Learn More
    £650

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  13. 118190
    First edition in book form, first impression, presentation inscription from the author, "For Morton White? from Isaiah with love 1964". The essay was originally published in The Atlantic Monthly and The Cornhill Magazine in 1949 as a review of the first volume of Churchill's The Second World War. In it Berlin defends Churchill's... Learn More
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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 122301
    First edition. William Napier was the brother of Charles Napier, who had conquered and administered Sindh and been a leading figure in British India prior to his resignation over his disagreements with Governor-General Lord Dalhousie. William Napier published both an account of the conquest of Sindh and the present volume,... Learn More
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  17. 119215
    First edition of Speke's account of his momentous discovery of Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika, undoubtedly less common that his Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile, especially so in collector's condition; this copy in a variant binding with smaller lettering on the spine and "Capt. Speke" with the letter "t"... Learn More
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  18. 121023
    Third edition - preceded by those of 1741 and 1747 - issued against the background of the Seven Years' War (1756-1763) and updated to take into account the latest maritime treaties: with Algiers (1751), France (includes treaty of Aix la Chapelle, 1748), Morocco (1750-51), Portugal (1755), Savoy (1748 and 1750), Tripoli,... Learn More
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  19. 122281
    First edition. O'Rorke was a parish priest with a penchant for local history; his two volume History of Sligo is unsurpassed for the history of the county and the town, and aptly mixes secular, religious and social history. Learn More
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  20. 122143
    First edition in English of Corvin's autobiography; two variant bindings are known without clear primacy. Corvin was a revolutionary, having fought on the barricades in France in 1848 before aiding the revolution in Germany. Captured by the Prussians, his death sentence was commuted to six years imprisonment. The author... Learn More
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  21. 122130
    First edition, family association copy. Ownership inscription of George Thomas Napier, brother of both Charles James Napier and his editor William Francis Patrick Napier. Charles James Napier had been Commander in Chief in India, and had resigned after a disagreement with Lord Dalhousie, the Governor-General; the book is... Learn More
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  22. 122117
    Second edition in English, first published in French in the same year. An important eye-witness account of the outbreak of the Taiping rebellion, co-written by the doctor and one of the interpreters at the French Embassy, and translated into English. A fascinating Western account of a rebellion which became one of the most... Learn More
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  23. 122094
    First edition. Lake was second in command and chief engineer during the defence of Kars, the last major operation of the Crimean War. With the city's capitulation, he spent a year as a prisoner of war in Russia; this is his autobiographical account of the events. The latter sections of the book gives an account of society... Learn More
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  24. 122068
    First edition, two volume issue. One of the finest contemporary histories of the Crimean War, lavishly illustrated with depictions of sea and land battles, portraits of the major individuals, and maps of the region. The edition was also issued as an eight volume set. With the bookplate of Sir Basil Liddell Hart, military... Learn More
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  25. 122064
    First edition, variant state; some copies of the book have a line of erratum on page 224 which is absent here, but with the erratum corrected in the text. Editions would be published in Edinburgh, Dublin and Cork later in the same year. Sackville had been stripped of his military position after refusing to allow a British... Learn More
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  26. 122062
    First edition. Le Turc was a London-based Frenchman, who published other technical manuals on ladders, cannons and bridges. The present work is a military treatise, addressed to George III, offering proposals to enhance the defences of British overseas possessions. An English translation was intended, with a prospectus produced,... Learn More
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  27. 121688
    Special edition for subscribers; originally published in 1898 in two volumes without illustrations. Griffiths was known for his lurid tales of criminality. Some of the chapters included are "The Penge Case", "Illicit Diamond Buying", "A Mysterious Murder" and "The Stepney Murder". Rackham's drawings first appeared in magazine... Learn More
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  28. 122226
    First edition, thus, of this scarce and delightful double volvelle tracing the great inventions and wonders of the world. On the Inventions side the die-cut images each reveal the general use of the invention, where invented, when invented, name of the inventor, dates, and birthplace. The inventions include the telegraph,... Learn More
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  29. 102448
    A handsomely bound set of the memoirs of Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans (1627-1693), "La Grande Mademoiselle" covering the last years of Louis XIII's reign and a large part of her cousin's reign, Louis XIV. Originally published in 1728. Learn More
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  30. 118918
    First edition, first impression; an important study of Scotland Yard, containing several references to Sir Charles Warren and the Ripper murders. Learn More
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  31. 117863
    First and only edition, rare: two copies only traced in libraries (Pittsburgh and Utah). The Scaifes travelled to Yemen in February 1950 at the invitation of maverick archaeologist Wendell Phillips, who was leading "the first American archaeological team to excavate the major ancient cities along the spice routes of South... Learn More
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  32. 117176comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "To Signor Giulio with the respects of the author". Henry Charles Carey (1793-1879) was hailed by his contemporaries as "the political economist of the age" (Sartain's Magazine), and his earlier work, The Credit System (1838), was considered "the best work on the... Learn More
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  33. 115927
    First edition, a choicely bound copy, extra-illustrated with the addition of 54 portraits and views (some hand-coloured) ranging in date from the late 18th to the late 19th century, skilfully inlaid to size. "For many years after her death Mrs Fitzherbert's marriage to the prince of Wales continued to provoke controversy,... Learn More
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  34. Problems of Greater Britain.
    First edition, an interesting association copy, with the engraved bookplate of Pandeli Ralli (1845-1928), Liberal member of parliament (for Bridport, 1875-80, then Wallingford until 1885), member of the famous Greek merchant family, and longtime confidant of Lord Kitchener, to the front pastedowns. Dilke's essay on imperial... Learn More
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  35. 120628
    First edition of this text denouncing the slave trade, "founded in iniquity and blood", predominately concerned with the West Indies but with a chapter on slavery in the United States. Bays discusses conditions and treatment aboard slave ships, provides detailed descriptions of sugar plantations, surveys relevant West Indian... Learn More
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  36. 120624
    First edition of the Mississippi anti-abolitionist's work summarising proslavery arguments supported by religion and new racial science. The eleven chapters consider the biblical foundations of slavery within early Judaism and Christianity, the history of African slavery, the abolitionist position of England on the topic,... Learn More
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  37. 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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  38. 121100
    First edition, one of 20 quarto copies presumably printed for presentation, from the library of Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, with his bookplate and signature. Considering their proximity and active participation in the same parliamentary debates on the subject, as well as the small print run, it is highly probable that... Learn More
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  39. 121427
    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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  40. 115601
    A superb example of the signature of one of the great sailors of Elizabethan England, the first document showing him acquiring land at Chatham, established as a Royal Dockyard by Elizabeth I in 1567. Sir John Hawkins (1532-1595), merchant, privateer and naval commander, was cousin to Sir Francis Drake "but Hawkins arguably... Learn More
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  41. 120265
    First UK edition, first impression. Learn More
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  42. 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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  43. 119433
    First edition of Ward's "vivid and acutely observed account of the country" (ODNB). Ward (1797-1860), was joint commissioner in Mexico from 1823 to 1824, and chargé d'affairs from 1825 to 1827. The detailed illustrations in this work are after drawings by his wife, Emily Ward, whom he married in 1824. Learn More
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  44. 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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  45. 121295
    First edition, second state with portrait and frontispiece, title page does not, however, state "With Portrait and Map". "The warm, loving reminiscences of Custer's devoted wife Libbie during their three years in Dakota Territory, detailing the good times as well as the hardships and heartaches of western frontier life"... Learn More
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  46. 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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  47. 119484
    First Golden Cockerel Press edition, number 61 of 500 numbered sets, beautifully printed in Perpetua types on Arnold mould-made paper. This superbly bound copy incorporates a fine miniature half-length portrait of Napoleon as First Consul, based on the famous full-length portrait by Jean-Baptiste Isabey. Learn More
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  48. 121264
    First edition of the first work of John Lingard (1771-1851), Roman Catholic priest and historian, "a work which reveals him to be a moderate upholder of the Catholic cisalpine and Gallican tradition of historical scholarship. In this work he sought to oppose the errors of a generation of protestant Anglo-Saxon scholars who... Learn More
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  49. 121094
    First edition thus, limited issue, number 356 of 500 copies printed on handmade paper; a further 12 copies were printed on vellum, of which 10 were for sale. The Book of Genesis "constitutes Cayley Robinson's finest achievement as a book illustrator" (ODNB). Cayley Robinson's The Death of Abel, reproduced as the third plate... Learn More
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  50. 120934
    First edition in English of the first part (all published) of Miguel de Luna's Verdadera historia del rey Don Rodrigo (1592-1600), itself purportedly translated from an Arabic source, but in fact an original composition. Luna's account of the Arab conquest of Spain to the year 761 was considered genuine by Southey, dismissed... Learn More
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  51. 120937
    First edition. Jardine (d. 1799), a Royal Artillery officer, was for much of his career stationed in Gibraltar, from where he conducted a mission to the sultan of Morocco, Muhammad III, in 1771; after the end of his active military career in 1776 he became a British agent in Spain. His Letters are "notable for their defence... Learn More
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  52. 102752
    First and only edition, with the limitation statement: "twenty-four copies printed on hand-made paper for presentation to His Majesty the King, the Library of the House of Commons and those who took part in the ceremony". Copac shows just five locations in the UK: BL, Oxford, Cambridge, Guildhall, and Chartwell; OCLC adds... Learn More
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  53. 117410
    First edition of Knight's biography of the Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus, who first visited England in 1498, later spending a number of years Cambridge. This copy with the frontispiece and plates listed in the list of cuts, with the additional plates as called for in Lowndes. Samuel Knight was an English clergyman and... Learn More
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  54. 120060
    First edition, with the bookplate of Edward Burne-Jones and also that of his former school friend, Wilfred Lucas Heeley of the Indian Civil Service.
    Burne-Jones's style does not betray any immediately obvious Indian influence, though he was related by marriage to John Lockwood Kipling, a great champion of Indian art,... Learn More
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  55. 120621
    A lovely set in a very appealing period binding. First published in two volumes folio in 1724-34, Burnet's (1643-1715) History is one of the most important accounts of the period: "It engendered much excitement and clearly sold well in England, each volume going through a number of editions. In the following years several... Learn More
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  56. 115034
    This particularly attractive exemplar of a Victorian memorial card - bearing a stock image of a sarcophagus with an urn, drapery, guttering torch, and funerary flowers - reflects the national sense of shock at the sudden death of Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), prime minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police, who was... Learn More
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  57. 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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  58. 119149comp
    First edition, first printing, one of 1,000 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by Roosevelt on title page, "Franklin D. Roosevelt, for Robert M. Morgenthau". Morgenthau (b.1919) is the son of Roosevelt's friend and Secretary of the Treasury during Roosevelt's presidency, Henry Morgenthau, Jr (1891-1967). At the time of... Learn More
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  59. 119148comp
    "Author's" edition, one of 100 copies, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Hon. Clark Clifford, from his good friend over many years, with kindest regards, Harry S. Truman, Independence, August 27, 1960", and with Clifford's bookplate to the front pastedown. The first edition of this work was... Learn More
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  60. 115345comp
    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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