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(BANK OF ENGLAND.) Report of the Committee of Secrecy on the Bank of England Charter;
London : 1832First edition. The report of the committee appointed to consider whether to renew the Bank of England's Charter, which would be done in the Bank Charter Act of the following year. The spokesmen for the Bank, including the Bank's Director John Palmer, expound sound principles for the Bank, but their adherence to these principles can be questioned given... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 135415
(ROYAL BATH AND WEST OF ENGLAND SOCIETY.) Letters and Papers on Agriculture, Planting, &c.
Bath : 1780First edition of the first significant publication of the Royal Bath and West of England Society, published three years after the society was founded. From the library of natural history collector William Constable (1721-1791), whose Cabinet of Curiosities was donated to Hull City Museums in the 1960s, with his armorial bookplate to the front pastedown.... Learn More£700.00
Stock Code: 114554
CLARENDON, Edward Hyde, Earl of. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England,
Oxford : 1707, & 1759 [Life]Second folio edition of the History, large paper issue; together with the first edition of Clarendon's autobiography, also a large paper issue; all uncut, and uniformly bound in an imposing Victorian binding. Originally written in the 1640s and revised in 1671, the history was first published in folio between 1702 and 1704, and in octavo from 1705 to... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 138605
CLARENDON, Edward Hyde, Earl of. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England.
Oxford : 1807Large paper issue - Lowndes notes that only 50 such sets were printed - of this very appealing Oxford edition presented here in a choice Regency binding. First published between 1702 and 1707 (with the first octavo edition appearing in 1705-06) Clarendon's great History has "remained in the mind because of his literary achievementthe fashioning of the... Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 106106
CLARENDON, Edward Hyde, Earl of. The History Of The Rebellion And Civil Wars In England.
Oxford : 1819A very pleasing library set of Clarendon's History, which was "the most sophisticated and finely balanced history yet written in English" (ODNB) when first published in Oxford in 1702-3, and remained a staple of all libraries for long after. This set was in the library of the Carleton-Cowper family at Carleton Hall, near Penrith, Cumbria: the house... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 114062
CLARENDON, Edward Hyde, Earl of. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in Ireland,
London : 1720First edition. Clarendon's account of the events in Ireland after the death of Charles I, the supplement to his famous History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England (1702-4), had previously circulated in manuscript only. Edward Hyde (as he then was) was a close personal friend and political ally of the first duke of Ormond (1610-1688), leader of... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 134528
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
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(CHURCH OF SCOTLAND.) The remonstrance of the Generall Assembly of the Kirk of Scotland to His Maiestie.
London : 1645First edition. The Kirk's remonstrance professes allegiance to the crown, but calls on Charles I to repent before God for "shedding the blood of many thousands of your majesties best subjects, for your permitting the masse and other idolatory... for your not punishing of public scandals and much prophanes in and about your court, for the shutting of... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135462
CROWTHER, Samuel, & John Christopher Taylor. The Gospel on the Banks of the Niger. Journals and Notices of the Native Missionaries accompanying the Niger Expedition of 1857-1859.
London : 1859First edition. Decidedly uncommon, just 8 copies on Copac, with only single copy noted at auction. The only published account of the Third Niger Expedition which was intended to "establish trading stations on the Niger's banks" profiting from trade in their immediate locales, but also taking advantage of proximity to Kano, the "most important market... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 98141
GOTHEIN, Marie Louise. A History of Garden Art.
London : 1928First edition in English, originally published in German in 1913. With a superb provenance: from the library of the artist Walter Beck (1864-1954), with his delightful "Singing Trees" bookplates (designed by him and wood-engraved by T. Cole) and captioned "Innisfree" after his celebrated gardens at Millbrook, New York; both volumes - but particularly... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 114828
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
FLEETWOOD, William, Bishop of Ely. Chronicon Preciosum:
London : 1707First edition of this landmark in the history of econometrics. Chronicon Preciosum was the first major historical survey of prices, wages and income. In answer to a question about an Oxford Fellowship, Fleetwood set out to determine historical changes in the value of money. "But his treatise took a wider range; it brought together all the information... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 125238
MAITLAND, James, eighth Earl of Lauderdale. Recherches sur la nature et l'origine de la richesse publique,
Paris : 1808First edition in French, published four years after the first edition in English. Lauderdale "has been hailed as a forerunner of Keynes, in as much as he argued that over-saving was a distinct possibility and that public spending was required to offset private thrift if stagnation was to be asserted" (Blaug). In the present work Lauderdale questioned... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 113498
RUSSEL, William Augustus. A New and Authentic History of England,
London : [1777-81?]An imposing and well-illustrated History of England from the time of the American Revolutionary War. The book was published in parts from 1777 onwards; three variant issues are known based on the dates of the historical events that the book includes, this going to 1781, the other two issues going to 1779. The book ends with the hope that the colonists... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 131920
[GODWIN, William.] The History of England, for the Use of Schools and Young Persons.
London : 1826New edition, first published in 1806, of William Godwin's pseudonymous children's history book. Godwin used the name of Edward Baldwin to publish several children's books, fearing the opprobrium associated with his own name. Godwin sets out in the preface his aim to write in a way appealing to children, not recounting endless superfluous details, but... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 125532
HUME, David, & Tobias Smollett. The History of England,
London : 1803-05A handsomely bound set of Hume's famous history, first published in 1754-61 and continued by Smollett after his death. "Hume triumphantly demonstrated that it was possible to write such history in a manner which combined good historical argument with good writing, and thereby appealed to an extensive readership" (ODNB). Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 137190
MACAULAY, Catharine. The History of England
London : 1769-72First octavo edition, complete to that date (the first four volumes are dated 1769, while the fifth bears no edition statement and is dated 1772). Catharine Macaulay's history was published episodically, the first volume in 1763, the fourth in 1768, and the fifth (covering events to the Restoration) in 1772. Her decision to leave London for Bath in... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 68942
HUME, David, & Tobias Smollett. The History of England.
Philadelphia : 1795-98First American edition. A handsomely bound set of Hume's famous history, first published in 1754-61, and continued by Smollett after his death. Published by Robert Campbell (17691800) in Philadelphia, the first American edition was a subscription edition produced over two years (17956) and in six volumes, with Smollett's continuation produced in a further... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 138168
MACAULAY, Catharine. The History of England
London : 1769-72First octavo edition, complete to that date (the first four volumes dated 1769, the fifth bearing no edition statement and dated 1772). Catharine Macaulay's history was published episodically, the first volume in 1763, the fourth in 1768, and the fifth (covering events to the Restoration) in 1772. Her decision to leave London for Bath in 1774 to improve... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139980
MACAULAY, Thomas Babington. The History of England.
London : 1869-1871An attractively bound set of Macaulay's history. "The first historical work deliberately designed to outsell the best-selling novel of the day, Macaulay's book immediately fulfilled its author's aspiration. His colourful style and stirring power of description secured for the History a success such as no historical work in the English language had had... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 120911
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
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MACAULAY, Thomas Babington. The History of England from the Accession of James the Second.
London : 1856-61First edition of the last three volumes, twelfth edition of the first two, which were originally published in 1848. A handsomely bound set of Macaulay's classic of Whig history. Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 122492
SEELEY, J. R. The Expansion of England.
London : 1883First edition, scarce, of this influential work of history, in which the author, Regius Professor of History at Cambridge, "demanded a 'single conception' of English history, namely 'that the European policy and colonial policy are but different aspects of the same great national development'; he maintained that North America and India are integral... Learn More£350.00
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DICKENS, Charles. A Child's History of England.
London : 1852-4 [i.e. 1851-3]First editions in book form, first issues with the advertisements at the ends of each volume with the relevant points. Dickens's history of England for children, "intensely anti-aristocratic and anti-monarchical" (ODNB), originally appeared anonymously in Household Words between January 1851 and December 1853, with the volumes published in... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 138215
STRICKLAND, Agnes. Lives of the Queens of England.
London : 1885An attractive set of Strickland's Lives of the Queens of England, originally published between 1840 and 1848. While the laborious undertaking was carried out by Agnes and her sister Elizabeth, they appeared under the former's name only at Elizabeth's request. The series was widely praised and became an important landmark in the development... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 137763
DICKENS, Charles. A Child's History of England.
London : 1852-4 [1851-3]First editions in book form. Dickens's history of England for children, "intensely anti-aristocratic and anti-monarchical" (ODNB), originally appeared anonymously in Household Words between January 1851 and December 1853, with the volumes published in book-form in the December of those years, post-dated to the following years. In style, subject... Learn More£1,375.00
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STRICKLAND, Agnes [& Elizabeth]. Lives of the Bachelor Kings of England.
London : 1861First edition, presentation copy from the authors' sister, inscribed in ink on the title page, "To dear Charlotte Foster in remembrance of her friends Agnes and Elizabeth Strickland with Jane Margaret Strickland's love"; the divisional title "Edward the Fifth" is annotated in the same hand, "By Elizabeth Strickland", referring to the work's joint authorship.
By... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 140279
STRICKLAND, Agnes [& Elizabeth]. Lives of the Queens of England,
London : 1840-48First edition of the Strickland sisters' best-known work, an important landmark in the development of the biographical genre.
By the early 1830s Agnes (1796-1874) and Elizabeth Strickland (1794-1875), each in their own right enjoying successful literary careers, chose to move towards "a new field of authorship, popular history: they had decided to... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 138341
BLACKSTONE, Sir William. Commentaries on the Laws of England.
Oxford : 1768-9First edition of vols. III and IV, third edition of vols. I and II. "Blackstone's great work on the laws of England is the extreme example of justification of an existing state of affairs by virtue of its history... Until the Commentaries, the ordinary Englishman had viewed the law as a vast, unintelligible and unfriendly machine... Blackstone's great... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 131799
STRICKLAND, Agnes [& Elizabeth]. Lives of the Queens of England from the Norman Conquest.
Philadelphia : 1902-3The Victoria edition, number 439 of 1,000 subscriber's copies printed on Japon, this set printed for Blanche Elizabeth MacLeish Billings. Lives of the Queens of England, originally published between 1840 and 1848, is the Strickland sisters' best-known work, and an important landmark in the development of the biographical genre. It is presented... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 139088
HUGHES, Griffith. The Natural History of Barbados.
London : 1750First edition of this important and attractive early work on the natural history of Barbados, by the Welsh-born clergyman and naturalist Griffith Hughes (1707-1758?). "In Barbados, Hughes developed the idea of publishing a book on the island's natural history. In 1743 he visited London with the intention of promoting this work and ingratiated himself... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 110849
[PENROSE, Elizabeth.] MARKHAM, Mrs, pseud. 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 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 first of her school histories,... Learn More£250.00
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MILTON, John. The History of Britain,
London : 1695Third edition, following the first of 1670; one of two issues with variant title imprints. Milton drafted the first four books of the History of Britain in the six weeks between the execution of King Charles I on 30 January 1649 and his own appointment as Latin secretary on 13 March, and the final two books in the mid-1650s. Written with the... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 137206
MUN, Thomas. [England's Treasure by Forraign Trade.] England's benefit and advantage by foreign trade, plainly demonstrated. Dedicated to the merchant-adventurers of England.
London : 1698First edition under this title, the third overall, of "the bible of later mercantilists" (PMM), first published as England's Treasure by Forraign Trade in 1664, though originally written in the 1620s. Retrospectively recognised as one of the key economic writers of the Stuart age, Mun's work was not published until some 23 years after his death, at... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 125245
CAMDEN, William. The History of the Most Renowned and Victorious Princess Elizabeth, late Queen of England;
London : 1675A handsome copy of Camden's biography of Queen Elizabeth I, first published in Latin as Annales Rerum Anglicarum et Hibernicarum Regnante Elizabetha in two volumes (1615 and 1625), and in English in 1625. The biography was commissioned from Camden, the greatest antiquary of his age, by Elizabeth's chief adviser William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley,... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 138758
HUME, D.; T. SMOLLETT; Rev. T. S. HUGHES. The History of England,
London : 1830-6A handsomely bound library set. Hume's history was first published in 1754-62, Smollett's continuation in 1758 and Hughes' continuation in 1834. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 113465
DOUBLEDAY, Thomas. A Financial, Monetary and Statistical History of England,
London : 1847First edition. Thomas Doubleday (1790-1870) was an influential figure in the Chartist movement in the early 1830s, thereafter becoming more conservative. The present book, taking the form of letters to young scholars of economics, is a wide-ranging and opinionated study of the nature of money and of the national debt, covering the development of the... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 129992
PRICHARD, James Cowles The Natural History of Man
London, Paris & Madrid : 1855An attractively bound and illustrated fourth edition of an important book, edited and enlarged by Edwin Norris, first published in 1848. Physician and ethnologist James Cowles Prichard was (along with William Lawrence and Charles William Wells) one of the three British scientific precursors to Darwin and evolutionary theory. His central idea was the... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 80676
EVANS, David Morier. The History of the Commercial Crisis, 1857-1858,
London : 1859First edition of the Welsh financial journalist David Morier Evans's (1818-1874) study of the then-recent economic crash, published a decade following his previous book on the 1847-48 crash. Evans "treated economic subjects from a journalistic point of view, aiming rather at giving an accurate narrative of the successive phases of economic crises and... Learn More£750.00
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(SWING RIOTS.) The Life and history of Swing, the Kent Rick-burner.
London : 1830First edition of this pamphlet published in support of the 1830 Swing Riots, in which agricultural labourers destroyed threshing machines and workhouses across southern England and East Anglia. The pamphlet purports to be the autobiography of Captain Swing, like General Ludd a fictitious figurehead of the movement, whose name was appended to many threatening... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 139087
FORSYTH, William. History of the Captivity of Napoleon at St. Helena;
London : 1853First edition. Forsyth sought to prove "by mere force of facts... that neither the British government nor Lowe were in fault as regards the treatment of Napoleon at St Helena" (p. x). Lowe was Napoleon's gaoler during his exile on St Helena, and soon became exasperated with the intransigence of his captive, apparently unaware that the pair were engaged... Learn More£750.00
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FORSYTH, William. History of the Captivity of Napoleon at St. Helena;
London : 1853First edition. Forsyth sought to conclude that "by mere force of facts he had proved that neither the British government nor Lowe were in fault as regards the treatment of Napoleon at St Helena" (p. x). Lowe was Napoleon's gaoler during his exile on St Helena, and soon became exasperated with the intransigence of his captive, apparently unaware that... Learn More£350.00
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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
DAVENANT, Charles. Discourses on the Publick Revenues, and on the Trade of England. In two Parts.
London : 1697-8First edition of this important early work on economics. Sir Charles Davenant (1656-1714), MP and, at the end of his life, Inspector-General of Exports and Imports, took many years to become recognized as an economist of the first rank, a fact explained by the sophistication of his thought. Part I of the present Discourses contains five essays, on "Political... Learn More£3,250.00
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WILLIS, Browne. An History of the Mitred Parliamentary Abbeys, and Conventual Cathedral Churches.
London : 1718-9First editions. Educated Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford, "through his father Willis inherited Whaddon Hall, where he was to live until his death, together with the adjoining manor and advowson of Bletchley. He also owned the manor of Burlton in Burghill, Herefordshire, and his estate was augmented by the dowry of 7000 obtained through his marriage...... Learn More£450.00
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FRASER, James. The History of Nadir Shah, formerly called Thamas Kuli Khan, the Present Emperor of Persia.
London : 1742Second edition, same year as the first. Appointed a writer to the Bombay presidency in 1730, Fraser spent some ten years at the company's trading posts at Mocha in the Yemen and at Cambay and Surat, in western India. He had a great aptitude for languages and "not only mastered the vernacular languages used around the Arabian Sea, but took lessons in... Learn More£1,600.00
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ASHTON, John. A History of English Lotteries.
London : 1893First edition of the first book dedicated to the history of lotteries in England, tracing their development from 1569 to the author's own time. The book reproduces 28 historic lottery handbills from the collection of the proprietor of the Leadenhall Press, Andrew White Tuer. The book is filled with salacious anecdotes, chronicling the ruin of genteel... Learn More£350.00
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(FISHER-ROWE, Edward Rowe). MOIR, Kenneth Macrae & Berthold Wolpe. Adventures of a Cornet of Horse in the Crimean War;
London : 1939First and only edition of 177 numbered copies signed by the author, this 169, published as number XCIX of the Sette's "Opuscula", inevitably uncommon just 4 copies located in a search of institutional holdings on line, all in the UK. Attractive little private publication recounting the Crimean experiences of Cornet Fisher, "in Hodge's regiment from... Learn More£125.00
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BURNET, Gilbert. Bishop Burnet's History of His Own Time.
London : 1766A lovely set in a very appealing period binding. First published in two volumes folio in 1724-34, Burnet's (1643-1715) History is one of the most important accounts of the period: "It engendered much excitement and clearly sold well in England, each volume going through a number of editions. In the following years several Dutch and French translations... Learn More£750.00
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(HOLLIS, Thomas.) BLACKBURNE, Francis. Memoirs of Thomas Hollis, Esq., F.R. and A.S.S. [&] Appendix to the Memoirs …
London : 1780First edition, large paper copy, a handsome copy of this biographical memoir of the notable 18th-century "political propagandist" (ODNB). Hollis (1720-1774) "believed citizenship should be active: individuals had an important role to play in public life. He partly fulfilled this responsibility by charitable work as a governor of Guy's and St Thomas's... Learn More£2,750.00
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SULIVAN, George Lydiard. Dhow Chasing in Zanzibar Waters and on the East Coast of Africa.
London : 1873Third edition, perhaps more properly the third impression, the same year as the first. Important personal account of naval service in the suppression of slave trade; "Just as Sulivan received no honours for his service in East African waters, so the East African slave trade itself is now little known and the part played in its suppression by Sulivan... Learn More£850.00
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(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
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COLEBROOKE, Sir Thomas Edward. Life of the Honourable Mountstuart Elphinstone.
London : 1884First edition. Elphinstone (1779-1859) was appointed to the East India Company through family influence, and arrived in Calcutta in 1796. He developed a strong interest in Indian literature and politics, and became proficient in Persian. In 1819, after postings in Afghanistan and Poona, he became governor of the recently acquired territory that became... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 121130
TOOKE, Thomas. Thoughts and Details on the High and Low Prices of the Last Thirty Years.
London : 1823First edition of Tooke's first book, occasioned by the price instability throughout the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and their aftermath. "The work of 1823, Thoughts and Details on the High and Low Prices of the Last Thirty Years, provided the basis for Tooke's monetary thought until and including the publication in 1838 of the first two volumes... Learn More£1,000.00
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HILDEBRAND, G. B. The Applications of Prophecy to the Crimean War;
London : 1864First and only edition, extremely uncommon - both Copac and OCLC list three locations (BL, NLS, Cambridge). The text concludes "End of Volume I", but this is all published. An extraordinary sustained exercise in apocalyptic biblical exegesis by a mind stimulated, or perhaps over-stimulated, by the ongoing war in the Crimea. The author saw the rise of... Learn More£750.00
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[BULLION REPORT.] Report, together with Minutes of Evidence, and Accounts, from the Select Committee on the High Price of Gold Bullion.
London : 1810First trade edition, preceded only by a small number of copies printed in folio for official use; the folio copies were issued in August 1810, these octavo trade copies on 23 September 1810. "The Bullion Report of 1810 holds a unique place in monetary controversy. It is probably the most famous public document in the history of economics" (Fetter, p.... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 140011
STRICKLAND, Agnes [& Elizabeth]. Lives of the Queens of Scotland and English Princesses
Edinburgh & London : 1852-59An excellent association set with copious autograph revisions by the authors, preparing the text of volumes one, two, seven, and eight of their monumental historical survey for subsequent editions; in all a clear demonstration of the Strickland sisters' tireless dedication to factual accuracy which made them the most prominent and influential historians... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 138343
KEATE, George. An Account of the Pelew Islands.
London : 1788First edition of Keate's "remarkable" shipwreck narrative (NMM), in a handsome provincial binding. "In 1783, the Antelope, commanded by Captain Henry Wilson, was wrecked on a reef near one of the Palau (Pelew) Islands, a previously unexplored group. The entire crew managed to get safely ashore, where they were well treated by the natives and eventually... Learn More£2,000.00
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MALTHUS, Thomas Robert. An Essay on the Principle of Population;
London : 1817First three-volume edition, the fifth overall, with extensive additions compared to the previous editions. Malthus contributed a new preface, rewrote chapters 8 to 13, and provided new chapters on France, England, and the Poor Laws. The additions were so substantial that Malthus also published them in a separate volume, for those who owned earlier editions.... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 128931