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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
THE PILGRIMS SOCIETY. Set of five pamphlets recording speeches given at Pilgrim Society occasions.
[London] : 1925-1952First editions, first impressions. This collection of pamphlets dates from 30 January 1925 to 14 October 1952, preserving speeches from Pilgrims Society events held at the Savoy or Hotel Victoria in London. Established in 1902, the objective of the Pilgrims Societies of Great Britain and the United States was, and remains, to encourage and preserve... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 116863
JACKSON, Lady Catherine Charlotte. The Works.
c.1899Édition des Aquarelles. Limited to 26 numbered copies for England and America. Lady Jackson (1824-91) was the wife of diplomat Sir George Jackson, known for accompanying Sir Charles Stuart to Germany and entering Paris with him in 1815, and for his efforts to abolish the slave trade. After his death she edited his papers for publication and then turned... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 61558
TINDAL, Matthew. A Defence of our present Happy Establishment; and the Administration Vindicated;
London : 1722First edition of Tindal's reply to the republican-inclined "Cato's Letters", published pseudonymously by John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon in the London Journal from 1720 to 1723. Though a freethinker and controversialist, Matthew Tindal (1657-1723) was nonetheless a strong support of the Whig establishment and the British constitution as established... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 135228
ESTES, Matthew. A Defence of Negro Slavery, as it exists in the United States.
Montgomery : 1846First edition of the Mississippi anti-abolitionist's work summarising pro-slavery 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, the dangers and ineffectuality... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 120624
WERTHEIM, Barbara. The Lost British Policy.
London : 1938First and only edition, first impression, of Barbara Wertheim Tuchman's first book, written while she was reporting on the Spanish Civil War for The Nation. The work is now highly uncommon in commerce in this condition.
Tuchman (1912-1989) was a prominent American popular historian and twice the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Guns of August... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 107553
KATIP ÇELEBI; HERBELOT, Barthelémy d'. Bibliothèque orientale.
The Hague : 1777-9.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. The Bibliothèque orientale... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 117606
NOLHAC, Pierre de, and others. James I and VI; Queen Anne; Marie Antoinette; Empress Josephine; Queen Victoria.
Paris : 1897-1906First editions and first editions in English. A handsomely bound set of these lavishly produced biographies, published by Goupil & Cie, the leading art dealership in 19th-century France. James I and Queen Anne are number 420 and 93 respectively from a limited edition of 800 copies on fine paper. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 111444
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition.
London : 1973-6First complete collected edition, one of 1,750 sets published. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded 2,000 copies and only 1,750 sets... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 129564
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition.
London : 1973-76First complete collected edition, number 853 of 1,750 sets. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded 2,000 copies and only 1,750 sets were... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 137778
GRIFFIN, Lepel H., & Charles Francis Massy. Collection of three works on the rulers of the Punjab, handsomely bound in matching style.
Lahore and Allahabad, : 1870 - 1890A genuinely rare opportunity to acquire these three highly elusive monographs on the ruling families of the Punjab, each a remarkable work of exhaustive research written or inspired by Lepel H. Griffin, one of the most colourful officials in nineteenth century British India, the man described by his fellow Indian administrator, Sir Walter Lawrence,... Learn More£12,000.00
Stock Code: 140157
GREAT EXHIBITION. Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations, 1851.
London : 1852Presentation 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 book for the Exhibition.... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 131571
BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. The Works.
San Francisco : 1886First edition, the complete set of what is still considered by historians to be the most important single source of early Western American history. "Colossal co-operative undertaking; nothing approaching it has ever been attempted in this country" (Howes). Although the first title-page is dated 1886, the set was published 1883-90. Vols. 11 and 33 were... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 68597
PRESCOTT, William H. The Works.
The Aztec edition, limited to 250 numbered sets. A stunning set beautifully bound and well illustrated. Includes his History of the Conquest of Mexico, History of Ferdinand and Isabella, History of the Conquest of Peru, History of the Reign of Philip the Second, plus his biographical and critical miscellanies. Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 69123
RELIGION. Tract volume containing 11 works,
1742-1800A collection of religious tracts, predominantly Scottish imprints and mostly dating from the last decade of the 18th century, and bound soon after. The collection provides a valuable illustration of popular theology of the time, with many of the works present going through many editions, while two of the works are apparently unrecorded. Comprising:
i)... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 125275
SUYUTI, Jalal al-Din al-. History of the Caliphs.
Calcutta : 1880-1First edition in English of Suyuti's Ta'rikh al-khulafa'. Fairly common in libraries, but rare in commerce, with no copies traced in auction records.
A prolific polymath, Suyuti (1445-1505) was born in Cairo, where he lived through the final decades of the Mamluk Sultanate. His cohesive and authoritative chronicle of Muslim rulers, from the immediate... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 117609
SMITH, Charles, & Walter Harris. The Antient and Present State of the County of Down.
Dublin : 1744First edition of The Antient and Present State, here combined unusually with the first London edition of its parent work, A Topographical and Chorographical Survey, presented in a very well preserved plain period binding.
Charles Smith (c. 1715 - 1762), the moving force behind this important book, could be described as an Irish John Aubrey,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 141048
PRINSEP, Henry Thoby. Origin of the Sikh Power in the Punjab, and the Political Life of Muha-Raja Runjeet Singh,
Calcutta : 1834First and only contemporary edition of this highly authentic account, based on probably the most accurate first-hand report on the life and times of Ranjit Singh. The portrait of the maharajah was taken from the life by a noted Indian portraitist and engraved by the Indian master-engraver of the Calcutta mint. Extremely uncommon on the market, no auction... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 139506
WILSON, Maria. The Workwoman's Guide,
London & Birmingham : 1838First edition of one of the most important needlework manuals of the nineteenth century. Early editions are uncommon, with just four copies of the first on Library Hub, together with four of the second edition of 1840; only two copies traced at auction. An excellent copy of this elusive and highly desirable guidebook, offered here in publisher's attractive... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 108261
MARIGNY, François Augier de. The History of the Arabians,
London : 1758First English edition, originally published at Paris in 1750, decidedly uncommon and presented here in an attractive period binding. This is an important history, covering the period from the foundation of Islam down to the death of the last Abbasid caliph Al-Musta'sim (reigned 1242-1258), executed following the Mongol sack of Baghdad.
The Abbé... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 144269
RUNCIMAN, Steven. Medieval History and the Romantic Imagination.
Oxford : Scarce original offprint inscribed by the author "with best wishes SR" to the front free endpaper. This copy is from the library of John Julius Cooper, 2nd viscount Norwich (1929-2018) a hugely prolific popular historian and television presenter. Runciman and Norwich led very similar careers: both educated at Eton, both dabbling in the Foreign Service,... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 139947
MALCOLM, John, Sir. Sketch of the Sikhs;
London : 1812First edition of this scarce account of Sikhism, the cornerstone of later publications on the topic, annotated over four pages by a British Officer who interacted with the Sikhs during his service. This "preliminary effort" (Khurana, p. 22) on the subject sheds some light on the history of the Sikhs, their countries and government, and their religion.... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 135209
COMMAGER, Henry Steele. The American Mind.
New Haven : 1950First edition, first printing. Inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author: "Mr. Katzenbach with good wishes Henry Steele Commager". Commager (1902-1998) was one of the most prolific American historians of his time, whose works helped define American liberalism. The present work, one of his most famous, argues that the American mind is rational,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 124213
CARLYLE, Thomas. The French Revolution.
London : 1837First edition, one of 1,000 copies printed, of Carlyle's great history, among the most significant historical works of the 19th century, despite the fact that the first volume needed to be rewritten from memory after John Stuart Mill's maid accidentally burnt the manuscript; the work was the source material for Dickens's Tale of Two Cities.
"Carlyle... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 145505
FUTURE WORLD NOVEL. The Reign of George VI.
London : 1763First edition of a scarce futuristic novel. "Uncanny in its choice of dates and in its prediction of the emergence of Russia and the United States as world powers, it describes a war between Britain and Russia (1900-01) which escalates into a world war between the British Empire and a coalition of Russia and France (1917-20) who between them have occupied... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 87375
VEGA, Garcilasso de la. The Royal Commentaries of Peru,
London : 1688First edition in English of Vega's chronicles of Peru, the first work by an author born in the Americas to enter the western canon. Born in the early years of the Spanish conquest from an Incan mother and a conquistador father, Garcilasso de la Vega (1539-1616) moved to Spain aged 21, where he wrote the present histories. First published in Lisbon in... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 126602
NELSON, Thomas - BACON, Nathaniel, & John Selden. An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England,
London : 1760The copy of the American Founding Father and signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Nelson Junior (1738-1789), with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper; Nelson later struck through the signature (still wholly legible) and added a presentation note to his son William Nelson (1763-1803), thus reading "Tho.s Nelson jr. To Wm... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 139669
LAWRENCE, Richard. The Interest of Ireland in its Trade and Wealth Stated.
Dublin : 1682First edition. Richard Lawrence served in the New Model Army and accompanied Cromwell's expeditionary force to Ireland in 1649, where he was entrusted with important commands of the island as it was reconquered and resettled. He entered into print in the 1650s defending the policy of transplantation, and acquired large estates in the country. In 1664... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 127003
COPLESTON, Edward. A Letter to the Right Hon. Robert Peel; [bound with:] A Second Letter to the Right Hon. Robert Peel.
Oxford : 1819First editions of Copleston's economic treatises on the gold standard and the poor laws. "In his First Letter he attributed the economic dislocation of post-Napoleonic war England to the depreciation of the currency, and urged the government to remove such obstacles as it was able to the self-correcting mechanism of nature. In his Second Letter, although... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 127336
LANSDOWNE, Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, fifth marquess of. Speeches of the Marquis of Lansdowne, Viceroy and Governor General of India.
Calcutta : 1894First and only edition, one of 110 copies, rare: among British and Irish institutional libraries Library Hub locates only the copy at the British Library; WorldCat adds a single copy worldwide, at Bibliothèque de documentation internationale contemporaine at Nanterre (described in a note as "Rel. arm." - presumably "reliure armorial" - i.e. an armorial... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 116668
DE CHAIR, Somerset. The First Crusade.
London : 1945First edition in English, signed limited issue of 500 copies, of which 100 were specially bound in full vellum; this copy being number 4. Additionally inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Gathorne, from a tired Crusader, this account of those who enjoyed on the road to Jerusalem 'a Happy Martyrdom,' Somerset de Chair, Wingfield Morris... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 120134
HOWLETT, John. The Guv'nor.
London : 1973First edition. Howlett (1883-1976) was born in Grantham, the child of a carpenter and wheelwright. He apprenticed as a lathe operator, and found work on shaping machines in a car factory and repair shop. Later dabbled as a model aero-engine maker and trainee balloon pilot before, on the eve of the First World War, becoming the general manager of a garage... Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 107315
BURTON, John H. (ed.) The Darien Papers: being a Selection of original Letters and official Documents relating to the Establishment of a Colony at Darien by the Company of Scotland trading to Africa and the Indies. 1695-1700.
Edinburgh : 1849First edition of this printing of the letters and documents relating to the ill-fated Darien Scheme, Scotland's aborted attempt to found a colony, leading to bankruptcy and necessitating the Act of Union with England. The Bannatyne Club was founded by Walter to Scott to print rare works of Scottish interest, printing 116 volumes between its founding... Learn More£1,100.00
Stock Code: 125768
FREEMAN, Edward A. The History of The Norman Conquest of England, its Causes and its Results.
Oxford : 1877-9Third edition, revised. A particularly handsome set. A magisterial history which was to have a profound influence on the development of English historiography. "The longest of Freeman's works, the best remembered and the most influential was begun on 7 December 1865, when he was forty-two, at the height of his physical and mental powers. He wrote to... Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 114578
HARRIS, Walter. The Defence of the Scots Settlement at Darien, Answer'd, Paragraph by Paragraph.
London : 1699First edition of Walter Harris's rebuttal to A Defence of the Scots Settlement at Darien, published the same year and variously attributed to Archibald Foyer, George Ridpath, Andrew Fletcher and James Watson. That pamphlet had optimistically attempted, shortly before the Darien Scheme was abandoned, to convince the English to support the project, no... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 135270
HOUGH, William. A Brief History of the Bhopal Principality in Central India.
Calcutta : 1845First edition of this conspicuously uncommon history of Bhopal - at the time of publication under the protection of the presidency of Bengal - consolidating "all the information to be obtained in printed works" (p. v); Library Hub cites copies at just five British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Manchester, SOAS, Oxford, Southampton), WorldCat... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 122391
AYTOUN, Edmondstoune William. Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and other Poems.
Edinburgh : 1863First Paton edition, superbly illustrated. "The book brims with Paton's half-page illustrations, headpieces and tailpieces (augmented by a few landscapes by his brother, Waller Paton) - the armour and historical costumes (Paton was a noted collector of these) perfectly realized to the last detail, the compositions unusual and forceful, the squeezed-together... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 137470
PENROSE, Elizabeth as MARKHAM, Mrs. A History of France with Conversations at the End of each Chapter.
London : 1828First edition, in an attractive contemporary binding, of Elizabeth Penrose's pseudonymously published second popular history for children. Penrose's pioneering and influential juvenile works were distinguished by her use of an explicatory narrative technique which concludes each chapter with dialogue between the author and her fictional pupils.
The... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 117710
JAMAICA; AMERICAN JUDAICA. Douglass & Aikman's Almanack and Register for the Island of Jamaica:
Kingston : 1781This extremely scarce almanac includes, at the conclusion of the calendar proper, the names of the holidays and the months printed in both English and Hebrew types. This page represents one of the very earliest specimens of Hebrew type in a publication produced in the Western Hemisphere intended for the use of Jews.
The calendar appears on the... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 82190
BOYER, Abel. The Martial-Field of Europe:
London : 1694First edition. One of the first works published by this versatile French-born lexicographer, journalist and historian, being a survey of places and occurrences during the recent Nine Years' War, also known as the War of the Grand Alliance, and dedicated to the 2nd duke of Ormond who had served with distinction. Boyer (1667?1729) may himself have taken... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141293
MACLAUCHLAN, Henry. The Roman Wall,
1857-64First editions. The first named with the inscription, "Presented to Henry Lawes Long Esq., by The Duke of Northumberland, Syon 27th August 1859" to the first blank and circular, sepia lithographed Long armorial bookplate to the front pastedown; the second inscribed "With the Duke of Northumberland's Compliments" verso of the first blank. In 1804 Henry... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 68827
SHAW, Henry. Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages.
London : 1843First edition in book form following issue in parts in 1840, this a large paper copy, with the plates and initials enhanced by gilt, originally issued at 18, compared to 7 7s for the regular paper copies, which did not have the gilt embellishment.
An exceptional, highly regarded book: McLean states that "it has considerable claim to be called... Learn More£3,850.00
Stock Code: 129144
GIBBON, Edward. History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Liverpool : 1861A handsome set of Gibbon's great history. First published between 1776 and 1788, "This masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style has remained one of the ageless works which... maintain their hold upon the layman and continue to stimulate the scholar... The Decline and Fall is the only historical narrative prior to Macaulay which continues... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 144886
GIBBON, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
London : 1776-88First editions (volume 1 in the first state) of Gibbon's magisterial history, with the cancel leaves and uncorrected errata as called for by Norton. The first variant state of volume 1 numbered 500 copies, printed before Strahan's optimistic and ultimately prophetic decision to double the printing order to 1,000; the first edition sold out within a... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 136933
MERCIER, Louis Sébastien Fragments of Politics and History. Translated from the French.
London : 1795First and only edition in English of a miscellaneous and wide-ranging collection of articles and short essays by the French dramatist and writer Louis Sébastien Mercier (1740-1814), best remembered for his utopian fiction L'An 2440, rêve s'il en fut jamais, translated into English as Memoirs of the Year Two Thousand Five Hundred. "There is no better... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 95575
NAPIER, Sir William. History of General Sir Charles Napier's Administration of Scinde, and Campaign in the Cutchee Hills.
London : 1851First 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, a praising account of Charles... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 122301
HUME, David - RITCHIE, Thomas Edward. An Account of the Life and Writings of David Hume, Esq.
London : 1807First 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 conciseness. However, Hume's... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 124769
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Collected Essays.
London : 1976First editions, first impressions, one of 3,000 sets, originally issued only to owners of the Centenary edition of the Collected Works, and available in either full vellum or the present binding. Contents include Churchill's periodical contributions as well as his prefaces and introductions to works by other authors. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 129555
SUETONIUS. The History of the Twelve Caesars, Emperors of Rome.
London : 1672First edition of this translation, the second edition in English overall, following the first of 1606 translated by Philêmon Holland. The translator has never been firmly identified. It was published by John Starkey, a well-known Whig and Dissenting bookseller, and some have perceived an anti-royalist tone in the translation, although the book does... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136176
JUAN DE SANTA MARÍA, fray. Christian Policie: or, The Christian Common-Wealth.
London : 1632First edition in English; rare. The translation is actually by the Hispanophile James Mabbe, though Edward Blount, as was his habit, signs the dedication as if he were its translator. (A variant issue of the same year has Blount's name instead of Richard Collins's in the imprint: the two booksellers were close neighbours in St Paul's Churchyard.) Edward... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 81871
CRUIKSHANK, George. Subscription card for the Shakespeare tercentenary workmen's memorial.
A one shilling subscription card, this being number 659, to fund the staging of the workmen's memorial to Shakespeare. The card was designed by George Cruikshank, and engraved by the Dalziel brothers. Hosted by the English actor and theatre manager Samuel Phelps (1804-1878), the memorial was an attempt for a great workingman's celebration of the national... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 113612
DOUGLASS; Frederick; EMERSON, Ralph Waldo; STEDMAN, Edmund Clarence. The Atlantic Monthly, devoted to literature, science, art, and politics. January 1867.
Boston : 1867The January 1867 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, which includes the first appearance in print of three notable works, all published anonymously: Frederick Douglass's An Appeal to Congress for Impartial Suffrage, a plea for equal suffrage between the races in the aftermath of the Civil War; Edmund Clarence Stedman's Pan in Wall Street, a whimsical poem... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 135578
SAUNDERS, Richard, as Cardanus Rider. Rider's British Merlin: For the Year of Our Lord God 1759.
London : 1759 & 1758A handsome Georgian-era almanac volume. Almanacs such as this provided information on the dates of markets, lists of MP's and advise on which foods to eat at certain times of year depending on your temperament. Cardanus Rider is often said, though probably wrongly, to be the pseudonym of the medical practitioner and astrologer Richard Saunders (1613-1675),... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 133744
BRISSOT, Jacques Pierre. J. P. Brissot, Deputy of Eure and Loire, to his Constituents, on the Situation of the National Convention;
London : 1794 & 1789First edition in English of Brissot's tract, first edition of Mémoires Secrets. Brissot, a key figure in the Girondist faction in the French Revolution, originally published this work in France in 1793, a few months before he was guillotined. Taking the form of an open letter his constituents, it warns of the "anarchism" of the Jacobin faction, and... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 125491
[SLAVERY] CAMPBELL, John. Candid and impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; the comparative importance of the British and French islands in the West-Indies: with the value and consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated. Illustrated with copper plates.
London : 1763First edition of the first-named, fourth of the second which was first published Antigua, 1750 under the pseudonym of "An Old Planter". John Campbell (17081775), was a highly successful historian and miscellaneous author, Johnson thought well of him and praised the usefulness of his knowledge, also describing him as "the richest author that ever grazed... Learn More£5,250.00
Stock Code: 132583