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  1. 131504
    First edition, first printing. Parsons (1902-1979) was a pioneering figure in American Sociology. In 1951, he published his two most significant theoretical works almost simultaneously: Towards a General Theory of Action and The Social System. The former studied the interdependence of the cultural system, the personality... Learn More
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  2. 131457
    First edition, first printing, of what is perhaps Friedman's most significant academic work, in which he argued against the Keynesian use of government policy to regulate the economy. This work resolved several paradoxes regarding the relationship between the wealth and spending habits of consumers and it remains a foundational... Learn More
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  3. 131360
    The poem was first..."> An excellent and very scarce example of a full autograph manuscript poem by Seamus Heaney, with the text of his popular poem "Sloe Gin" written out in fair copy (though in a rather bibulous hand) presumably for a friend, signed "Seamus H." at the foot, and wryly captioned by him "(o wondrous verse...)".
    The poem was first... Learn More
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  4. 131433
    First US edition, first printing. This work provides an academic expansion of Wolff's 1936 work Studies in Hand Reading, in which she examined the possibility of "a close correlation between the detailed configuration of the hand and the outstanding traits forming the personality complex of the owner of the hands"... Learn More
    £200

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  5. 131343
    First and limited US edition, number 259 of 800 copies, comprising the UK sheets with cancel titlepage, the scarce dust jacket carries the Bodley Head imprint as clearly no separate jackets were provided for the US issue.

    The Finnish-born Swedish art historian Osvald Sirén (1879-1966) was one of the pioneers of Chinese... Learn More
    £12,500

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  6. 131284
    First edition of this uncommon catalogue, printed in May 1937. These ephemeral documents were printed in small runs and were freely distributed as advertisements for both the artist and the gallery. As well as the tipped-in reproduction of Bell's work, the catalogue lists a number of upcoming exhibitions that were to be... Learn More
    £450

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  7. 131332
    First editions, first impressions of these comprehensive and important first-hand accounts of the first attempts to climb Everest. Howard-Bury "led a diverse expedition of surveyors, climbers, and military officers, which achieved the goals of surveying Everest and finding a route to the summit for later climbers" (ODNB);... Learn More
    £1,250

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  8. 130612
    First edition, first impression. Dorothy Fernando (1907-1981) was an active horticulturist born in Panadura, Sri Lanka. She developed her technique in botanical watercolours by illustrating articles on the indigenous orchid flora for her brother-in-law, and avid orchid grower, Ernest Soysa. In the late 1940s she travelled... Learn More
    £250

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  9. 129815comp
    First editions, de luxe issue, these copies all inscribed by Simon on the front free endpaper "W.H. Garrett/Hys Copie/André L. Simon", extremely uncommon and highly desirable thus. The recipient, William Henry Garrett, was a Kensington wine and spirits merchant, and sometime president of the Wine Trade Club. Five of the... Learn More
    £4,500

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  10. 130383
    First edition, an interleaved copy, from the library of William Froude (1810-1879), one of the major contributors to the book, and expanded with additional material up to 1894, presumably by his son Edmund, who continued his father's work for 40 years after his death.
    The annotations comprise some 33 passages added in... Learn More
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  11. 120611

    Autograph letter signed to Frederic Mansel Reynolds.

    33 Somerset Street, London: [December 1832 - January 1833?]

    A very scarce signed letter of four pages (latterly mounted in a die-cut paper frame bearing the legend "Mrs Shelley author of 'Frankenstein', daughter of William Godwin") addressing the novelist and editor of The Keepsake, complaining of a returned copy, and mentioning "one of the Keepsakes you sent me has pages omitted&... Learn More
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  12. 129226
    First edition, a well-preserved uncut copy, 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... Learn More
    £17,500

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  13. 59307
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,375

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  14. 131203
    First edition of this major English-Italian dictionary, inspired both by Baretti's adulation for Samuel Johnson and by his contempt for the previous English-Italian dictionary of Ferdinando Altieri, whom Baretti castigates in his preface for his ignorance and his "love of obscene words and phrases... as well as of scurrilous... Learn More
    £1,500

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  15. 130734
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,000

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  16. 128331comp
    First edition, number 230 of 350 special signed, slipcased copies. A signed, special edition copy of Updike's sixth short story collection, featuring a special illustrated slipcase and dust jacket Learn More
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  17. 117754
    First edition, sole printing, one of 750 copies printed, of this Oxford play satirising Oscar Wilde. "The motive of this production... is an honest dislike for 'Dorian Gray,' 'Salome,' the 'Yellow Book,' and the whole of the erotic, lack-a-daisical, opium-cigarette literature of the day", the student-authors write in their... Learn More
    £1,750

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  18. 121413
    First and only edition, with 195 copies only being printed for 175 subscribers, who included Gustav André & Co. (Philadelphia), Henry C. Banister (professor of the Royal Academy of Music), John Hopkinson (pianoforte manufacturer), Conrad Kraus (architect, Mayence), Charles C. Mellor (organist, Pittsburgh), Boardwood & Sons... Learn More
    £850

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    First edition of the first book illustrated by Beatrix Potter. Extremely scarce, with just five copies traced institutionally, it features six of her illustrations accompanying a set of six poems by Frederic E. Weatherly (best known as the author of the lyrics for "Danny Boy"). Early in 1890, Beatrix, then 24, and her brother,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 109202

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  20. The Wanderings of Mumfie.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed,"For Mrs Macdonald, with love and gratitude for her extreme kindness to me. Katherine Tozer." Learn More
    £750

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  21. 78226comp
    Inscribed by the author on the half-title: "For Rita Hagemon with best wishes Dwight D. Eisenhower." Eisenhower's account of his war, widely thought to be one of the finest American military biographies, the NY Times considering that it gave "the reader true insight into the most difficult part of a commander's life." This... Learn More
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  22. 131578
    First and limited edition, copy L of 15 copies not for sale, out of a total limitation of 465 copies; a trade edition of 2,000 copies was also released. Learn More
    £675

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  23. 131576
    First Bentley edition, the third edition overall (pre-dating the first American edition by a few months), and the first English edition to be illustrated. In 1832-3 Richard Bentley bought the copyright to all Austen's novels, which had not been reissued since 1818, to include them in his Standard Novels series, of which... Learn More
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  24. 131577
    Early Bentley edition. In 1832-3 Richard Bentley bought the copyright to all Austen's novels, which had not been reissued since 1818, to include them in his Standard Novels series. The Bentley illustrations, by the obscure Ferdinand Pickering, played an integral part in the reception of Austen's novels; according to one... Learn More
    £975

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  25. 131574detail
    An attractive set with an interestingly complex continental history, printed by the Swiss piratical publisher J. J. Tourneisen, bound in Italy, and thereafter in the "British Library" in Malaga, with their stamps to endpapers. Tourneisen, free from the restraints of British copyright law, printed numerous British authors... Learn More
    £850

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  26. 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
    £450

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  27. 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
    £1,750

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  28. 131479
    First and limited edition of 1, 050 copies, this lettered "H. C." (hors commerce). Attractively produced and stylishly illustrated tribute dedicated to "Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey et à toutes les chanteuses de Blues inconnues". Italian-born French documentary filmmaker Mario Ruspoli (1825-1986), was a pioneer of cinéma verité,... Learn More
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  29. 131483
    First and sole edition, "privately printed for his family by his wife after his death" (Streeter) in a putative print run of around fifty copies that were not offered for sale; with a familial presentation inscription at head of title: "Louise Evelina Du Pont from her Father, 5th May 1900". Louise Evelina (1877-1958), heiress... Learn More
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  30. 130448
    True first edition of Kircher's highly influential work on China, far superior to the Meurs edition of the same year (Cordier), which was a "une véritable contrefaçon" (Sommervogel). Kircher's is a detailed and accurate exposition of Chinese art and culture, costume, history and government, geography, religion, architecture... Learn More
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  31. 131153
    First edition, signed limited edition, number 254 of 1,000 signed by Hockney and Spender. Print signed, numbered and dated in pencil by Hockney lower right. Learn More
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  32. 131350comp
    First edition, sole printing. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Shiela Grant Duff from Winston S. Churchill, September 1938". This is a superb association copy: Shiela Grant Duff (1913-2004) "was a dogged champion of Czechoslovakia in the late 1930s when it was confronted by the looming threat... Learn More
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  33. 127807_12
    A notable, and scarce, collection of playbills from the Theatre Royal, English Opera House, featuring 22 playbills advertising Richard Brinsley Peake's famous theatre adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel, "Presumption! Or, the Fate of Frankenstein"; five of which are from the original 1823 run, advertising the 26th, 29th,... Learn More
    £19,500

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  34. 130735comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £450

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  35. 130514comp
    First edition thus, first printing, originally published in 1944. One of a limited edition of 100 copies with the additional pamphlet and signed by the author on the limitation leaf, this copy unnumbered and out of series with Dali's signed presentation inscription, "Pour Beatrice Musgrave", who was the publisher's editorial... Learn More
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  36. 126920
    First Paget edition of Stevenson's classic, in an attractive binding. Walter Paget (1865-1935) contributed illustrations to numerous books in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. His brothers Sidney and Henry Paget were also notable illustrators of the time. Learn More
    £375

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  37. 127777detail
    Edition Nationale. Limited to 1,000 registered and numbered sets of which this is number 301. Learn More
    £1,250

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  38. 129526
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £395

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  39. 129639
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  40. 125755detail
    The Wessex Edition, the definitive edition of Hardy's works, and a finely bound set. Macmillan became Hardy's publishers in 1902 and "in 1912 they undertook a new and definitive edition, called (at Frederick Macmillan's suggestion) the 'Wessex Edition'. For this edition Hardy revised his novels throughout for the last time... Learn More
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  41. 52021
    Second edition with corrections and a new foreword. Originally published in 1916. Learn More
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  42. 131538comp
    First edition, first printing, trade issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by Eisenhower on the half-title "For Miss Marguerite Nelson with best wishes Dwight D. Eisenhower", along with Eisenhower's personal 5-star compliments slip, inscribed "For Miss Marguerite Nelson with best wishes and a very Merry Christmas. Dwight D.... Learn More
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  43. 131541
    Cecil B. DeMille's set of Ibsen's plays, each volume with his contemporary ownership signature to the front free endpaper and with his bookplate to the front pastedown. DeMille has dated the first volume 6 August 1902, the date of his wedding to the actress Constance Adams, meaning the set can be presumed to be a wedding... Learn More
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  44. 131534
    First edition in English of one of the masterpieces of Russian literature, Lermontov's A Hero of Our Time, originally published at Saint Petersburg in 1840, and the first of any of Lermontov's works in English. This edition was issued in the somewhat obscure, "elegant and rather miscellaneous" (Sadleir) Illustrated Family... Learn More
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  45. 131536comp
    Such Power..."> First editions, later impressions. Each volume inscribed on the title page by Wheatley to the bookseller George Kerns, manager of Smith's bookshop in Shrewsbury before WW2.
    Respectively inscribed:
    The Forbidden Territory: "For T. G. Kearns. My first book With the best of good wishes from Dennis Wheatley".
    Such Power... Learn More
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  46. 131530comp
    First collected edition, signed limited issue, number 728 of 1,000 copies signed by the author on the half-title. This edition, which constituted Frost's first collected edition, brings together poems from his early collections: A Boy's Will, North of Boston, Mountain Interval, New Hampshire, and West-Running Brook. An unsigned... Learn More
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  47. 131523
    Second UK edition (first 1904). The copy of the author Violet Needham (1876-1967) with her ownership signature dated December 1907 to the front free endpaper; Needham published 19 popular children's books from 1939 to 1957. This is the deluxe issue of the second edition, with the regular issue in full cloth.
    First published... Learn More
    £175

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  48. 131527
    The catalogue for Sotheby's sale of the Ellis collection of spoons, held on 13 and 14 November 1935. The catalogue remains an important reference work for provincial spoons of the period. With a photocopied obituary for G. E. P. How, who worked on the catalogue, loosely inserted. Learn More
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  49. 131519
    First edition, first printing, of Quentin Blake's second book. Learn More
    £250

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  50. 131521
    Second edition, published the same year as the first, of this "scurrilous" (ODNB) anonymous biography of Lady Emma Hamilton, who is best remembered as the mistress of Lord Nelson. Published the year of her death and many times reprinted, the Memoirs helped to form Hamilton's scandalous posthumous reputation, which only began... Learn More
    £75

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  51. 131516comp
    First edition, first impression of the author's first full-length play, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
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  52. 131497
    First edition, first printing. Milton Friedman provides the foreword to this collection of essays on Hayek, contributed by William F. Buckley, Jr., Gottfried Dietze, Ronald Max Hartwell, Shirley Robin Letwin, Fritz Machlup, George C. Roche III, and Arthur Shenfield. Learn More
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  53. 131498
    First edition of a collection of papers on monetary theory written by Marco Fanno, Marius W. Holtrop, Johan G. Koopmans, Gunar Myrdal and Knut Wicksell, edited and with a seven page introduction by Hayek. Learn More
    £325

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  54. 131508
    Second UK edition (following the 1888 UK issue of the sheets of the first American edition of 1887); first published in German in 1845. An excellent labour-movement association copy, being the copy of James Thomson Shotwell (1874-1965), with his pencilled ownership signature to the front free endpaper and his inked ownership... Learn More
    £400

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  55. 131494
    First edition, first impression, of Hayek's L.T. Hobhouse Memorial Trust Lecture, delivered on 17 May 1978 at The London School of Economics and Political Science. The lecture was also published in the epilogue to the third volume of Law Legislation and Liberty later that year. Learn More
    £75

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  56. 131495
    First UK edition, first impression, of the sequel to Hayek's 1967 Studies in philosophy, politics and economics. A testament to Hayek's wide-ranging interests, this volume includes essays "touching on the fields of psychology, jurisprudence and biography,... united by a common philosophical approach" (dust-jacket). Hayek's... Learn More
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  57. 131491
    First separate edition, first printing. Hayek's essay was first published in the Contemporary Review in April 1938, and is here revised and enlarged for publication as number 29 in the Public Policy Pamphlet series edited by Harry D. Gideonse. Most of the ideas in the essay would be incorporated into The Road to Serfdom.... Learn More
    £250

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  58. 131493
    First edition, first impression. "In the 1970s Hayek went on to propose free competition, not only between national currencies, but between privately issued ones as well. This started 'as a bitter joke' directed against what he regarded as the chronic inability of governments to provide sound money. But it led him into the... Learn More
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  59. 131489
    First UK edition, first impression. This selection of papers from Hayek's later work, revised and dedicated to philosopher Karl Popper, was considered a departure from his earlier writings. Hayek "shifted his ground - partly under the influence of Popper - somewhat away from subjectivity towards the more persuasive one of... Learn More
    £350

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  60. 131490
    Original offprint of Hayek's lecture on Bernard Mandeville, delivered to the British Academy on 23 March 1966. Hayek praised Mandeville as a forerunner of individualism and laissez-faire economics; like Hayek, Mandeville held that spontaneous order will naturally form as a result of individuals pursuing their self-interest,... Learn More
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