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LAW, John. Oeuvres.
Paris : 1790First collected edition of the works of the French finance minister John Law, whose financial schemes led to a bubble and economic collapse during regency France, edited by Gabriel-Étienne de Sénovert, "who made a point of highlighting its current relevance. 'Credit', he wrote at the beginning of his lengthy introduction to the edition, citing Sir... Learn More£3,750.00
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LAW, John. Money and Trade considered.
Edinburgh : 1705First edition of the major work of the famous Scottish financial adventurer John Law (1671-1729), which presents his theories on the establishment of paper note-issuing national banks. The title exists in two states: one with an ornament of an eagle and vines, the present with a coastline and its reflection. Textually they are all the same. Of the few... Learn More£45,000.00
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LAW, John. Arrest du Conseil d'Estat du Roy, qui ordonne que les Billets de la Banque Generale, établie par les Lettres Patentes des 2. & 20. May dernier, seront reçûs comme argent pour le payement de toutes les especes de Droits & d'Impositions dans tous les bureau
[Paris : 1717A rare folio broadside concerning Law's Banque generale, dated 10 April 1717, the next step in his aim to establish the bank as the bank of the government.
"Law was not content to just run a private bank. His vision, as reflected in his earlier mémoires, involved a great deal more than this. He wanted the state to be formally involved in the... Learn More£2,500.00
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LAW, John. Œuvres complètes publiées pour la première fois par Paul Harsin.
Paris : 1934First edition of this important and scholarly edition of Law's works, the first modern attempt to include all of Law's writings and correspondence, preceded only by the collected edition published in 1790 by Sénovert. More recent scholarship has discounted some of the works included here as Law's, but it remains a very useful edition. Learn More£1,250.00
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LAW, John. [Drop-head title:] Lettres patentes du Roy,
Paris : 1716First edition of the founding act of John Law's Mississippi System (1716-20), the document announcing the creation of the General Bank through a Royal privilege accorded to Law and his company on 2 May 1716. There were some later provincial printings of the Lettres Patentes (Toulouse, "Avec l'arrêt de registre du 4. decembre 1716") and a Parisian printing... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 135542
LAW, John. Autograph letter signed to an unnamed "Monsieur", thanking him for his good wishes upon his appointment as Contrôleur general of finance.
Paris : 14 January 1720A fine example of the famous speculator John Law's signature, appended to an autograph letter, written in a neat cursive secretarial hand, to an unknown "Monsieur", thanking him for his complimentary letter following Law's appointment to the post of controller-general of finance of France.
"Monsieur, je reçois avec beaucoup de plaisir votre... Learn More£5,000.00
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LAW, John. Autograph letter signed to an unnamed "Monsieur", giving orders for the provision of payment in his role as controller-general of finance of France.
Paris : 1720A fine example of the famous speculator John Law's signature, appended to an autograph letter written in a neat cursive secretarial hand, to an unknown "Monsieur", giving orders for the provision of payment, written during perhaps the most prosperous period of Law's career, following Law's appointment to the post of controller-general of finance of... Learn More£5,750.00
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LAW, John. Money and Trade Considered:
Glasgow : 1760Second Foulis Press edition, originally published by the press in 1750, first published in London in 1705. The Foulis Press was renowned for the quality of their paper, typography and book design, and their works are rarely found uncut in boards. Money and Trade Considered was the seminal work of the Scottish financial adventurer and French finance... Learn More£1,750.00
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LAW, John; MACKWORTH, Humphrey (attributed author). Observations on the Scheme of Mr. Law, in France, and of Sir Humphrey Mackworth, in Great-Britain: And Concerning the Establishing Paper-Money, and Forcing Credit.
London : First and only edition of a very scarce work comparing the financial schemes of John Law and Sir Humphrey Mackworth, two figures infamous in financial history for their activities in paper credit and speculation, apparently written by Mackworth himself in defence of his own projects and schemes, as outlined in his 1720 pamphlet "A Proposal for Payment... Learn More£2,750.00
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POWELL, Anthony (ed.); AUBREY, John. Brief Lives and Other Selected Writings.
London : 1949First edition thus, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the editor on the front free endpaper, "Lucy, with love from Tony Powell". The recipient, Lucy Hayes, was "a great love and lifelong friend" of Anthony Powell's father Philip, whom she met in the early 1920s. Violet Powell, reminiscing about Philip, her father-in-law, noted that "he... Learn More£1,500.00
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LAW, John; ANON. Curieuse Anmerckungen über den Staat von Franckreich, welchen Ludwig der XIV. zeit seiner Regierung fest gegründet, und nunmehro der Regente durch die listigen Rathschläge des Mr. Laws zu allgemeiner Bewunderung glücklich verbessert.
Leipzig : 1720Rare first edition of this anonymous account of the State of France under Louis XIV and under the Regent, who "under the clever guidance of Mr. Law has to the amazement of all fortunately improved it" (our translation). Dedicated to "Mons. Law" who, "der Welt bey anderthalb Jahren so viel zu reden gemacht hat", the stubbornly anonymous author (he signs... Learn More£11,250.00
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LAW, William. A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life.
London : 1729First edition. "It is the Serious Call, a plea for a return to the practice of private individual piety, in an unadorned, lucid and deeply moving style, on which Law's reputation chiefly stands. Its peculiar force is difficult to convey; authorities as different as Gibbon, Lord Lyttelton and George Whitefield spoke enthusiastically of it. Samuel Johnson... Learn More£1,750.00
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LAW, John; PIOSSENS, Chevalier de. Mémoires de la Régence de S. A. R. Mgr. le duc d'Orléans, durant la minorité de Louis XV, Roi de France.
Amsterdam : 1729First edition of a history of the regency in France during the minority of Louis XV, charting all the political and financial upheavals of the duc d'Orléans regency, with much information on John Law and his system between 1715 and 1723. It was published simultaneously at The Hague.
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SELDEN, John. Mare Clausum seu De Dominio Maris Libri Duo.
London : 1635First edition of a "classic of maritime law" (JFB), originally drafted around 1619 at the request of James I for an Anglo-Dutch conference on fishing rights. Among the Dutch representatives was Hugo Grotius, whose Mare Liberum of 1609 had proposed that the seas were free to all. The English lawyer and antiquarian Selden's purpose was to establish the... Learn More£2,250.00
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RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); RUSKIN, John. The King of the Golden River.
London : 1932"First trade edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the artist and his wife, inscribed on the half-title: ""To Fanny from Edyth & Arthur Rackham, Xmas 32"" and with an accompanying pen-and-ink sketch of the King of the Golden River. Fanny Starkie was Rackham's sister-in-law." Learn More£2,000.00
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DAVIES, Sir John. A discoverie of the true causes why Ireland was never entirely subdued, nor brought under obedience of the crowne of England, untill the beginning of his Majesties happie raigne.
[London] : 1612First edition; rare in commerce. As part of the regime consolidating English rule following the defeat of Tyrone's rebel forces, Sir John Davies's career in Ireland spanned 16 years' service, first as solicitor-general, 1603-6, then as attorney-general, 1606-19. More than any other English administrator, Davies realised that military force in itself... Learn More£4,250.00
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MILLAR, John. Observations Concerning the Distinction of Ranks in Society.
Dublin : 1771First Dublin edition, following the London edition published the same year. A professor of law in the University of Glasgow and a major influence on Scottish jurisprudence, this was the first major work of John Millar. The Observations were "a pioneering attempt at a historical sociology of social authority, taking up, in turn, familial relations, age,... Learn More£750.00
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GORDON, William John. How London lives.
London : 1890First edition, issued in "The Leisure Hour Library - New Series". "This book is the result of an independent inquiry into many matters of interest concerning the administration of London which have not been dealt with popularly before. It attempts to show how five millions of people are supplied with food; how the streets in which they live are cleansed,... Learn More£200.00
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CARY, John. Essai sur l'etat du commerce d'Angleterre.
London [i.e. Paris] : 1755First edition in French of what Locke termed "the best discourse I ever read on that subject" (Palgrave I, p. 230), translated and expanded from the first edition in English (1695), and containing material not included in the last English edition of 1745, thus bringing the work up to date. McCulloch judged that the additions made by the translator,... Learn More£1,500.00
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SELDEN, John. The Historie of Tithes.
[London : 1618First edition. John Selden (1584-1654) was perhaps the most notable jurist and legal scholar of the first half of the 17th century; John Milton declared him in the Areopagitica "the chief of learned men reputed in this land". The Historie of Tithes marked a major refinement in Selden's theory and practice of history, and was meticulously researched,... Learn More£750.00
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CHURCHILL, Awnsham & John. A Collection of Voyages and Travels,
London : 1732Second, enlarged edition, of one of the great voyage collections, originally issued by the brothers Awnsham and John Churchill in four volumes in 1704 with the advice and encouragement of the philosopher John Locke. Hill describes it as "a very valuable collection, both for its range of coverage and for the fact that it gives the original accounts".... Learn More£12,500.00
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BRUCE, Alexander. The Institutions of Military Law, Ancient and Modern:
Edinburgh : 1717First edition of this important work, "an early landmark in the separation of military and civil law" (Higham, p. 128); it is decidedly uncommon on the open market, with two copies only on auctions records (appearing in 2014 and 1965). Bruce (d. 1729) was a Scottish lawyer and his work "shows considerable learning and acquaintance with continental jurists"... Learn More£600.00
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MAGNA CARTA - PINE, John (engr.) Magna Carta.
London : 1733First impression, printed on vellum, of this meticulously engraved facsimile 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 the John Pine (1690-1756) engraver, publisher, print- and mapseller, Bluemantle... Learn More£22,500.00
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MAGNA CARTA; PINE, John (engr.) Magna Carta.
London : 1733 but later.Well preserved copy 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 mapseller, Bluemantle Pursuivant at the College... Learn More£6,500.00
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HOLDSWORTH, Sir William. A History of English Law.
London : 1966A complete set, including the rare index, of Holdsworth's legal history, with a pleasing provenance: the set was bound for Birmingham lawyer Gordon W. Quance, with his "Q" monogram gilt-stamped to the front cover of each volume.
A History of English Law is the life's work of William Holdsworth (1871-1944), who worked as a fellow of St. John's... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 148106
STOKER, Bram. Original holograph manuscript of "John Law. The Mississippi Scheme and its fore Antecedent",
1910A fine working manuscript, entirely in Stoker's hand, of his essay on John Law, the fourth chapter of Famous Impostors (1910), the author's curious study of duplicitous behaviour and fraudulent schemes throughout history.
Law, "a gambler on a great scale" (p. 11), is for Stoker the archetypal swindler; the many textual emendations and excisions... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 142880
PARIS-DUVERNEY, Joseph, & François-Michel-Chrétien Deschamps. Examen du livre intitulé réflexions politiques sur les finances et le commerce.
The Hague : 1740First edition. Pâris-Duverney and Deschamps refute Dutot's Réflexions politiques sur les finances et le commerce (1738) - a favourable consideration of John Law's paper currency system. Pâris-Duverney (the third of the four brothers Pâris, whose financial plans had been accepted under the Regency in 1716) had fallen into disgrace with the rise of... Learn More£4,750.00
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MELON, Jean François. Essai politique sur le commerce.
[Paris : 1736Third and best edition, the second authorised edition overall, of this important critique of John Law's système; a handsomely bound copy from the library of the Château de la Roche-Guyon. First published in three or four issues in Rouen in 1734, it was pirated in Amsterdam in 1735 before being published in its present form.
Jean Francois Melon... Learn More£975.00
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OMAR KHAYYÁM. Rubáiyát.
Portland, ME : May 1899First edition thus, number 6 of 10 copies printed on vellum by Mosher and Grigsby, this copy additionally inscribed on the second blank, "To John Law, in friendship, Emilié Grigsby, May 23rd 1901". Mosher had produced small format editions of the Rubaiyat before, but this is the first large format Rubaiyat he achieved, and the first printed on pure... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 127254
TYRRELL, James. A Brief Disquisition of the Law of Nature,
London : 1692First edition, possibly early state as this copy does not include the errata leaf and leaf f1 is not cancelled and replaced with a bifolium, as is the case for the copy collated in ESTC. A Brief Disquisition of the Law of Nature is an abridged translation by political theorist and historian James Tyrrell of Richard Cumberland's treatise heralding English... Learn More£1,250.00
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FISCHER, Heinrich August. Versuch einer historisch-pragmatischen Beschreibung des alten deutschen Oekonomie, und des, in der Folge der Zeit, daraus erwachsenen deutschen fürstlichen Kammerwesens.
Leipzig : 1755First edition of Fischer's history of the old German economy from the earliest times, and of the recent development of Cameralism, comprising a valuable survey of the historical literature from the 17th century onwards. Including treatises on agriculture, arts and manufactures, as well as law and Fischer gives a 126-page bibliography, two colums per... Learn More£2,500.00
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BUCHANAN, George. Ane Detectioun of the Duinges of Marie Quene of Scottes,
London : First edition thus, highly uncommon, a translation in Scots dialect of Buchanan's De Maria Scotorum Regina, from the Latin edition printed the same year, but including a number of items not included there. It has been described as "the most important" of the early tracts against Mary, Queen of Scots, and "the standard narrative about her descent into... Learn More£17,500.00
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LLANOS Y GUTIERREZ, Valentin Maria. Sandoval: or, the Freemason.
London : 1826First edition, presentation copy to George Keats, inscribed by the author, his brother-in law, "George Keats, the gift of the author", on the title page of all three volumes. George Keats (17971841), younger brother of the poet John, never met Llanos, but was pleased to have as "a friend and brother" a man of letters, and enjoyed both his published... Learn More£13,500.00
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DESMARETZ, Nicolas - BARREME, Francois. Tarifs generaux pour scavoir la quantité des Bleds qu'il y a dans les differens Greniers du Royaume.
Paris : 1709First edition of Barreme's tables charting the price of grain, with a superb provenance, finely bound for Louis XIV's Controller-General of Finances, Nicolas Desmaretz, marquis de Maillebois (1648-1721), with his arms stamped in gilt to the covers. Desmaretz initially served as an assistant to his uncle, French finance minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert.... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 133499
SIDNEY, Algernon. Discourses Concerning Government.
London : 1763A particularly elegant edition of this major text of republican theory, a significant influence on the American Declaration of Independence.
"The Discourses places Sidney alongside Milton as the master of republican eloquence. It is the power of its prose, as much as any aspect of its content, which helps to account for the work's exceptional... Learn More£1,250.00
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COMPANY OF STATIONERS. The Gentleman's Diary, or the Mathematical Repository; an Almanack for the Year of our Lord 1805:
London : 1805First edition, containing seven different almanacs published by the Company for the year 1805. The Gentleman's Diary by Gregory Olinthus; The Ladies' Diary by Charles Hutton; Vox Stellarum by Francis Moore; Merlinus Liberatus by John Partridge; Old Poor Robin; Speculum Anni by Henry Season; An Almanack by Tycho Wing; and The Celestial Atlas by Robert... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 116897
THORNTON, Edward. Illustrations of the History and Practices of the Thugs.
London : 1851Remarkably scarce second edition, following the first of 1837; one of the earliest and most significant works on thuggee. This copy with a fine provenance: from the library of Edward Law, first Earl of Ellenborough (1790-1871), governor-general of India from 1842 to 1844, inscribed by him on the front pastedown ("Ellenborough") and stamped "Earl of... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 145945
KENNEDY, John F. The David Powers collection of John F. Kennedy's speeches and manuscripts.
c.1945-63The David Powers collection of John F. Kennedy's speeches and manuscripts spans the statesman's political career up to the presidency, from his first primary race in the 11th District in 1946 to the eve of nomination as president in the summer of 1960, encompassing three Congressional campaigns, two runs for the Senate, and a bid for the vice presidency.
David... Learn More£375,000.00
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MONTESQUIEU, Charles de Secondat, Baron de. Two Chapters of A celebrated French Work, intitled, De L'Esprit des Loix, Translated into English.
Edinburgh : 1750First and only edition of this printing of two chapters of Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws relating to the British system of government, identified as the earliest publication in English of the Spirit of the Laws, preceding the publication of Thomas Nugent's translation by several months (Courtney, p. 31). Despite its importance as the first English... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 117453
MOIVRE, Abraham de. Annuities upon Lives: or, the Valuation of Annuities upon any Number of Lives; as also, of Reversions. To which is added, an Appendix concerning the Expectations of Life, and Probabilities of Survivorship.
London : 1725First edition, the dedication copy, with 4-page printed dedication to Thomas Parker, first earl of Macclesfield. Along with Halley, de Moivre may be considered the founder of actuarial science and a master of probability theory. He was perhaps the first to develop probability theory extensively and the first to use probability theory to write a comprehensive... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 135358
DICKENS, Charles. Autograph letter signed.
1842Autograph letter signed from Charles Dickens to Thomas C. Grattan (1792-1864), Irish novelist and British consul in Boston, upon Dickens's return from his first trip to America, in total around 200 words in his hand. A bitter Dickens reflects upon his trip, generally seen as unsuccessful following controversies over copyright, and has come back to find... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 137058
SCOTT, Sir Walter (ed.) - HAMILTON, Anthony. Memoirs of Count Grammont.
London : 1889Deluxe limited edition, number 107 of 780. The first Scott edition was published in 1811; the first English translation from the French appeared almost a century earlier in 1714. An account of Hamilton's brother-in-law, Count de Gramont, and the intrigues of the Restoration court, it is "written with such brilliancy and vivacity that it must always... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 116237
PARSONS, Abraham. Travels in Asia and Africa; including a Journey from Scanderoon to Aleppo, and over the desert to Bagdad and Bussora;
London : 1808First edition. Little is known of Parson's origins, he was probably born in Bristol, the son of a merchant captain. "In early life he visited many countries in command of merchant vessels, an occupation that suited a man 'naturally fond of novelty, and remarkably inquisitive'" (ODNB). He unsuccessfully tried to establish himself as a merchant in Bristol,... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 99192
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. An Address to the Irish People.
Dublin : 1812First edition of Shelley's very rare political pamphlet in support of agitation to repeal the Act of Union and to secure Catholic emancipation, energetically distributed by the young aristocrat, who threw copies at likely passers-by from his balcony in Sackville Street, tucked them into ladies' bonnets, and attempted to sell them in public houses.
The... Learn More£100,000.00
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MURRAY, Robert. Corporation-Credit,
London : 1682First edition of Murray's bank proposal. In 1682 "Murray, in association with Hugh Chamberlen, proposed a number of revenue-raising schemes to the corporation of London and in an agreement dated 29 August the projectors were promised a third of the profits arising from their proposals. The most significant of these was for a bank of credit, which accepted... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 135219
DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, Henri-Louis. A Practical Treatise of Husbandry:
London : 1759First edition in English. The first part of Duhamel du Monceau's treatise was published in France in 1750 as Traité de la culture des terres; five other parts followed, the last one published in 1760. Quesnay's entry on agriculture, which appeared in the first volume of the Encyclopédie in 1751, was influenced by the work of Duhamel du Monceau. The... Learn More£550.00
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