Search results for: 'the fortune of war'
THE BANKER'S DAUGHTER. Family archive illustrating the consequences of bankruptcy.
London : [c.1803-1871]A fascinating and varied archive which vividly illustrates the ramifications of bankruptcy upon family life, comprising financial, promotional, and personal documents related to the late Regency-era performer Mary Radcliff Chambers, "the Banker's Daughter", who took up an onstage career to revive her family's fortunes after the collapse of her father's... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 128644
[YOUNG, Geoffrey Winthrop.] Wall and Roof Climbing.
Eton College : 1905First edition, first impression, very scarce presentation copy inscribed "'from the Culprit' 1906", of this notable satirical anthology of buildering lore through the ages by Geoffrey Winthrop Young (1876-1958), author of The Roof-Climber's Guide to Trinity (1899), this his second book, and an early title in the lineage of Cambridge-related roof-climbing... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 115630
(WORLD WAR II; PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE.) Current Combat Leaflets.
Paris : 1944Extremely uncommon internal psyops production, classified "Restricted", and numbered 36 in an unstated print-run. No records on Copac, OCLC, or KVK, but copies located at UCL in the papers of Sir Gavin de Beer, the influential evolutionary embryologist who served as lieutenant-colonel in charge of psychological warfare in the field at SHAEF, and following... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 113423
MANNING, Frederick. The Middle Parts of Fortune. Somme & Ancre, 1916.
London : 1929First edition, first impression, number 433 of 525 copies in the original unexpurgated edition. On publication Manning's Middle Parts of Fortune was hailed as a powerful personal vision of the Great War. In Men at War Hemingway described it as "The finest and noblest book of men in war that I have ever read. I read it once each year to remember how... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 120858
MANNING, Frederick. The Middle Parts of Fortune. Somme & Ancre, 1916.
London : 1929First edition, the unexpurgated limited edition, number 273 of 525 copies. The book was published in this limited edition in 1929, garnering informed praise and intemperate notoriety in close to equal measure, and an expurgated edition, under the title Her Privates We (taken from the line in Shakespeare's Hamlet immediately following "The Middle Parts... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 124207
[RALEIGH, Sir Walter.] The History of the World.
At London : 1614First edition of Raleigh's million-word fragment of an intended world history, described as "The first part of the general history of the world". Written in the Tower, Raleigh's history is divided into five books, the first two principally, though not wholly, concerned with biblical history, the last three mainly with the story of Greece and Rome. Raleigh... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 132070
THOMAS, Lowell. India: Land of the Black Pagoda.
New York : 1930First edition, third printing, presentation copy from the author, inscribed flamboyantly across the half-title: "To Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Thomas - May Ganesh, the Hindu Remover of Obstacles, always be with you! Lowell Thomas". A highly attractive association: Lowell Thomas (1892-1981) and Bertram Thomas (1892-1950) were contemporaries and both men were... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 114081
[ELLIS.] The Sense of the People Concerning the Present State of Affairs.
London : [1721?]Second edition, first published the same year. A discussion of the public mood in the aftermath of the South Sea Bubble, with particular reference to the widely villainized Robert Knight (1675-1744), the cashier of the South Sea Company who had made enormous profits through stock speculation. With the collapse of the company, Knight was summoned to... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 117483
FAIRFAX-ROSS, Thomas. Well-compiled, and handsomely presented personal photograph and ephemera album covering service in World War I, at the Supreme War Council, Versailles, and at Chanak, 1922.
1908-24Fine narrative album recording the career, from school days to marriage, of Thomas Fairfax-Ross (1896-1960), with particular attention paid to his military career which took him from the Western Front to Chanak, via Versailles. The album opens, perhaps rather portentously, with a card embossed with the Royal arms, mounted recto on the front free endpaper... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 132252
GALTON, Francis. The Art of Travel; or, Shifts and Contrivances available in wild Countries.
London : 1855First edition of Francis Galton's guide, "intended as a Manual for all who have to rough it, whether they be explorers, emigrants, missionaries, or soldiers" (Preface). Having inherited a vast fortune on his father's death, Galton spent a year travelling in the Middle East before "undertaking a journey of exploration (at his own expense but under the... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 134943
BACKHOUSE, James. A Narrative of a Visit to the Mauritius and South Africa.
London : 1844First edition of the author's second book, uniform with his Narrative of a Visit to the Australian Colonies, published the previous year. Backhouse (1794-1869) came from a prominent Quaker family of botanists and horticulturists with roots in Darlington, where his grandfather, also James, made the family fortune by establishing a bank. He sailed for... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 119271
PETTY, Sir William. Several Essays in Political Arithmetick. The Fourth Edition, Corrected. To which are prefix'd, Memoirs of the Author's Life.
London : 1755Fourth edition of Petty's writings on Political Arithmetic and Demography. "The text follows that of 1699 except that the French version of Five Essays is omitted. The brief account of the author gives the main facts of his life and fortune." (Keynes).
"Instead of using only comparative and superlative Words, and intellectual Arguments, I have taken... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135285
CHRISTIE, Dugald. Personal photograph album recording his work as a medical missionary in China, the establishment of the Mukden Medical College.
1882-1911Exceptional narrative album relating the career of Dugald Christie (1855-1936), Scots medical missionary and founder of the Mukden Medical College, "the first western medical school in Manchuria" (Crawford, p. 73), including a dozen impressive finely-detailed, full-plate images of sights in Mukden (modern Shenyang) and over 200 personal photographs... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 133161
ANDERSON, James. Observations on the means of exciting a spirit of National Industry; chiefly intended to promote the Agriculture, Commerce, Manufactures, and Fisheries, of Scotland.
Edinburgh : 1777First edition, in a fine Scott of Edinburgh binding, presentation copy, inscribed from the author on a preliminary blank to William Murray, first earl of Mansfield, whose celebrated library was largely destroyed by fire during the Gordon Riots.
The Scottish agriculturalist and political economist James Anderson (1739-1808) wrote several influential... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 127839
HUTTON, James. Central Asia: from the Aryan to the Cossack.
London : 1875First edition of this excellent and uncommon survey of the history of the region down to the Russian expedition of 1872-3, written with a wary eye on accelerating Russianization in the khanates. The author James Hutton (1818-93) was born in Calcutta, the son of a merchant. After a brief period as an ensign in the army of the East India Company he "tumbled... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 98981
AMEDEO, Luigi. On the "Polar Star" in the Arctic Sea.
London : 1903First edition in English, originally published in Italian in the same year. Abruzzi was one of the last of the aristocrat-explorers whose access to vast personal fortunes allowed them to mount expeditions "untrammelled by the need for government approval or public subscription." (Howgego) At home he was a quiet and reserved man, but once abroad he... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 134625
PARETO, Vilfredo. Cours d'Économie Politique. Professé a l'Université de Lausanne.
Lausanne : 1896-97First edition of Pareto's first major work, inscribed by the author; "A Mr, le Dr Sülzer, Hommage amical, Vilfredo Pareto" to the title of each volume (see below).
"Pareto's aim in the Cours was 'to provide an outline of economic science considered as a natural science based exclusively on facts'" (IESS). The main economic contribution of the work... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 84058
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Corrected draft typescript, signed, on the Soviet threat.
1931Extensively corrected typescript of one of the articles on European affairs commissioned from Churchill during 1931 for syndication in Hearst newspapers. An astute commentary on European Realpolitik, anticipating the Soviet bloc and the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. On publication in the Milwaukee Sentinel, 23 August 1931, the piece was headlined; "Winston... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 80696
BARROW, John. A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the Years 1792 and 1793:
London : 1806First edition of the "first illustrated English work on Vietnam"(Hill). A description of the outward voyage of Lord Macartney's embassy to China. "The voyage visited Madeira, the Canary Islands, and Rio de Janeiro; a description of that city and of Brazil in general is given. Touching at Tristan da Cunha, the ship rounded the Cape and eventually reached... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 81263
BARROW, John. A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the Years 1792 and 1793:
London : 1806First edition of the "first illustrated English work on Vietnam"(Hill). A description of the outward voyage of Lord Macartney's embassy to China. "The voyage visited Madeira, the Canary Islands, and Rio de Janeiro; a description of that city and of Brazil in general is given. Touching at Tristan da Cunha, the ship rounded the Cape and eventually reached... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 80780
TARLETON, Priscilla Susan Bertie. Manuscript volume of poetry with numerous pen, ink, and pencil vignettes.
London : 1796-1821A superbly presented and deeply personal manuscript volume of largely unpublished poetry and drawings by Priscilla Susan Bertie Tarleton (1778-1864), wife of the notorious army officer and rakehell Sir Banastre Tarleton. The manuscript was produced between the years 1796, when the author was only 18 years old, and 1821, when she was 43. It contains... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 94720
(DISNEY, Walt.) Original artwork for the Walt Disney Song Book: "Cinderella".
An original gouache illustration for the Walt Disney Song Book (1971). It features an appealing image of Cinderella getting ready for the ball, featuring several key characters and elements of the animated film, including the Fairy Godmother, the Pumpkin Coach, and the Castle. In the late 1940s Walt Disney Productions was on the brink of bankruptcy... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 133724
(COCKTAILS.) THOMAS, Jerry. How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon-Vivant's Companion,
New York : 1862First edition, later printing, of the first ever guide to mixed drinks, this copy in a later state with the "How-To Mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant's Companion" title page and 2.50 price to the upper board.
Showcasing "the first legitimate American culinary art the first uniquely American cultural product to catch the world's imagination" (Wondrich,... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 122888
AMIS, Kingsley. Bright November.
London : First edition, first-issue binding, presentation copy inscribed in the month of publication "Best wishes from Kingsley Amis, November 1947" on the front free endpaper. Bright November was Amis's first published book. The publisher Reginald Ashley Caton (1897-1971) was an elusive one-man publisher who founded The Fortune Press, based at 12 Buckingham... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 139744
AMIS, Kingsley. Bright November.
London : First edition, first impression, later issue binding, of the author's first published book. The publisher R. A. Caton was an elusive one-man publisher who founded The Fortune Press, based at 12 Buckingham Palace Road, in 1924. He specialised in gay writing (several Fortune Press productions were burned after the 1934 obscenity trials), and in taking... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 100284
[MANNING, Frederic.] PRIVATE 19022. Her Privates We.
London : 1930First trade edition, first impression, with the very fragile, and therefore rarely encountered, glassine dust jacket and printed flaps. Her Privates We is a fictionalized account of Manning's experiences on the Western Front, particularly in the Battle of the Somme. Published the previous year in a limited edition of 525 copies as The Middle Parts of... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 139517
[WALLACE, Robert Grenville.] Fifteen Years in India.
London : 1823Second edition, the year after the first, scarce: four copies traced at auction in the last 40 years (one for the first); this copy in a handsome binding signed by Thouvenin, either Joseph l'Aîné (1790-1834) or his younger brother, also Joseph (d. 1844); Joseph l'Aîné was "the first artist who restored the art of binding in France to something like... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 120950
MORTIMER, Thomas. Every Man his Own Broker:
London : 1761Fourth edition, following the first of the same year, of what is generally considered the first guide to the stock exchange, based on the author's own experience of losing "a genteel fortune" in 1756. Thomas Mortimer (1730-1810) was one of the earliest experts on the operation of the stock exchange established in the coffee-house of London's Change... Learn More£1,800.00
Stock Code: 137548
BOURRIENNE, Louis Antoine Fauvelet de. Mémoires...
Paris : 1829First edition. Bourrienne (1769-1834), diplomat and one-time secretary to Napoleon, "claimed to have been a friend of the future emperor at the military school of Brienne. In the early 1790s he served the Revolutionary government as a diplomat in Germany. He was called to Italy by Napoleon in the negotiations with Austria (MayOctober 1797) and helped... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 122617
BLOCH, Jan Gotlib. Der Krieg. Uebersetzung.
Berlin : 1898First edition in German, first published in Russian the year previously with a French translation issued the same year. Never fully translated into English, an "abridgement," actually a full translation of the final volume, the General Conclusions, was published in 1899 with an introduction by W. T. Stead under the title "Is War Impossible?"
Bloch's... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 46965
NICHOLS, Robert. Ardours and Endurances
New York : First US edition, first printing, fulsomely inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper with an eight-line poetic quotation from "The Full Heart" (printed p. 65). From the library of Lois Walcott Kellogg (1894-1944), wealthy heiress to the Charles P. Kellogg manufacturing fortune through her mother Emma Lois Kellogg, and daughter of Supreme Court... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 117876
COMBE, Boyce Albert. Letters from B.A.C.
London : 1880First and sole edition of this important eyewitness account of the Second Afghan War, privately printed in a putative edition of 25 copies only, with the ownership inscription of the author's mother on a preliminary blank: "Eliza Combe, Jan: 1881". Copac cites copies at only two British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Oxford), OCLC adds Minnesota.
As... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 127470
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Election address at Woodford: carbon copy typescript with autograph corrections for his first public speech after his resignation as PM.
Woodford : 16 May 1955Churchill addresses his constituents in the run-up to the 1955 General Election, explaining that he "felt it his duty to resign his office as P.M. at a time and under conditions which would give whoever The Queen summoned to be my successor a fair chance of seeking a mandate from the country. This alone would give him the authority to confront and master... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 88394
JONES, Mary. Miscellanies in Prose and Verse.
Oxford : 1750First edition of the author's only book, a beautifully bound subscriber's copy, one of approximately 330 copies printed on royal paper, this from the library of Sir Edward Popham of Littlecote.
Born in Oxford, where she lived all her life, Mary Jones (1707-1778) was a well-connected poet and letter-writer whose work was greatly influenced by Alexander... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 134908
BYRON, John. Manuscript order book.
1746-56John Byron (1723-1786), known as "Foulweather Jack" because of his persistent meteorological ill-fortunes, had been midshipman on the store ship Wager, part of Anson's squadron bound for the Pacific. Shipwrecked on the southern coast of Chile, he made his way to Valparaíso and returned to Europe by a French ship, arriving back in England in February... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 100745
MONCADA, Sancho de. Restauracion politica de España, primera parte, de eos publicos Al rey Don Filipe Tercero nuestro señor.
Madrid : 1619Very rare first edition; each discourse with a special title-page and continuous pagination and signatures, except for the seventh (in two parts) and eighth which have separate pagination and signatures. Moncada's importance as a political economist was assured by this work, which was probably presented to Philip III in 1618. In it, Moncada, who was... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 111853
CANTILLON, Richard. Saggio sulla natura del commercio in generale. Autore Inglese.
Venice : 1767First edition in Italian of Cantillon's Essai sur la nature du commerce en général, first published in French in 1755. This translation, attributed to F. Scottoni who signs the dedication, is extremely scarce, OCLC locating only the British Library copy.
Richard Cantillon (c.1680-1734) was an Irish-born banker and economist, forced to emigrate... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 118599
CANTILLON, Richard. Essai sur la nature du commerce en général.
London Fletcher Gyles [but Paris : 1755First edition. This copy is one of a very small number to contain at the end a copy of Barrois's catalogue of publications for sale, which lists Cantillon's work with his initial.
Richard Cantillon (c.1680-1734) was an Irish-born banker and economist, forced to emigrate to continental Europe by the Williamite confiscations. He honed his financial... Learn More£57,500.00
Stock Code: 137110
WITTGENSTEIN, Ludwig. Autograph letter signed ("Ludwig Wittgen.") to Moritz Schlick.
[Cambridge : 1932]An affectionate but frustrated autograph letter signed from Wittgenstein to Moritz Schlick, the founder of the Vienna Circle, in which Wittgenstein expresses his regrets over appearing to condone the plagiarism apparent in Rudolf Carnap's most recent paper through his own inaction.
Wittgenstein received Carnap's offprint, "Physicalistic Language... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 128528
GALKIN-VRASKOY, Mikhail Nikolayevich. Etnograficheskiye i Statisticheskiye Materialy po Sredney Azii i Orenburgskomu Krayu [Ethnographical and Statistical Materials on Central Asia and Orenburg Region].
St Petersburg : 1868Second enlarged and illustrated edition, published just a year after the first which was an unillustrated offprint from the Proceedings of the Russian Geographical Society on the Department of Ethnography, issued in a run of just 250 copies. Uncommon, just 5 copies located on OCLC. The book is based on Galkin-Vraskoy's (1832-1916) travels across Central... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 117848
REINHARD, W. Nell in Bridewell.
London : A beautiful copy, one of a limited edition of 1000 numbered copies of this "flagellation classic" (Shorter, Written in the Flesh, p. 208). First published in Germany in 1840, Reinhard's novel was "written in the sanctimonious tones of social protest but featuring male and female warders flagellating their female charges" (Shorter p. 208). Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 82336