Politics & Law

  • # 18393

    Palestine police as a career

    London : Crown Agents for the Colonies, circa 1945. Quarto, illustrated self-wrappers by Clive Upton (worn, old folds), pp. 16, illustrated, defective, an illustration cut from the central page. Rare recruitment book for the British Palestine Police just prior to Israel’s independence in 1948. “During the British Mandate (1920-1948) the Palestine Police formed a crucial …

  • # 16645

    CUSHING, C.; EVARTS, W.M; WAITE, M.R., et al.

    [CSS SHENANDOAH] Two parliamentary papers concerning the British involvement in the American Civil War

    Two contemporary official documents relating to Britain’s support of the Confederacy during the American Civil War (1861-1865), and accounts of the actions of British built warships, including the Confederate raider Shenandoah and its controversial stopover in Melbourne. (1) North America. No. 12 (1872). Argument of the United States delivered to the tribunal of arbitration at Geneva, …

  • # 18499

    HM OFFICE OF WORKS; [MUSGRAVE PARKER, George; MILES, Charlotte Lilian]

    The Royal Progress of Their Majesties King George V. and Queen Mary, 23rd June, 1911.

    Admission ticket, 120 x 150 mm, printed both sides on thin yellow card, recto with red stamp of HM Office of Works, stamped number ‘147’, and the signatures of three friends who attended the post-Coronation procession along The Mall, Tasmanian physician George Musgrave Parker (1885-1965), his future wife Lillian Charlotte Miles (1883-1969, daughter of Tasmanian …

  • # 18491

    TROTSKY, Leon (1879-1940), et al.

    Leon Trotsky : a group of ephemeral publications, 1930s-40s.

    I. Trotsky, Leon. Stalinism and Bolshevism : concerning the historical and theoretical roots of the Fourth International. New York : Pioneer Publishers, 1937. Octavo, original printed wrappers, stapled, 29, [1] pp; a fine copy. II. Trotsky, Leon. In defense of the Soviet Union : a compilation 1927-1937. New York : Pioneer Publishers, 1937. Octavo, original printed wrappers, stapled, …

  • # 18030

    [STONE, Oliver]. STEVENS, Mark

    The Insiders. The truth behind the scandal rocking Wall Street (Oliver Stone’s copy)

    Researched by Carol Bloom Stevens. New York : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1987. Octavo, boards in dustjacket, pp. 256. From the library of Oliver Stone, with numerous pen markings, underlinings ticks, crosses and short annotations ‘Rewrite – Charlie talking about Gekko’. Oliver Stone’s iconic film Wall Street, first screened on 13 December 1987, starring Charlie Sheen, …

  • # 18493


    [BROADSIDE] The Barrow Monument. Preliminary arrangements for assembling.

    Ulverston, U.K. : S. Soulby, printer, &c., King-street, May 14, 1850. Broadside, 315 x 210 mm, letterpress-printed recto only, royal coat of arms at the head; in good condition, with a light horizontal fold and mild creasing. Ulverston is a market town in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, although historically it has been regarded as part of Lancashire. Ulverston’s most visible …

  • # 12705

    GURNEY, Joseph

    [BOTANY BAY]. The whole proceedings on the trials of two informations

    exhibited ex officio by the King’s Attorney-General against George Gordon, Esq. commonly called Lord George Gordon : one for a libel on the Queen of France and the French Ambassador; the other for a libel on the judges, and the administration of the laws in England. Also of Thomas Wilkins, for printing the last-mentioned libel. …

  • # 18500

    [BROADSIDE] Proclamation of Victoria, Queen of England, in Kendal, on the Third of July, 1837.

    [Kendal, U.K.] : Printed on a Moveable Platform, during the above Procession, and distributed to the Public, 3 July 1837. Broadside, 330 x 215 mm, lithograph printed recto only on poor quality paper; in good condition, with old folds, mild creasing, and wear to bottom edge. An apparently unrecorded souvenir programme, printed during the procession …

  • # 18386

    FISHER, Bobby (1943 - 2008)

    “I was tortured in the Pasadena Jailhouse!”

    Pasadena : Bobby Fisher, 1982. Octavo, printed wrappers, pp.14, fine. Together with : Chess Vol. 51, Nos. 999 – 1000, February 1987, and a newspaper clipping about Fisher, in original mailing envelope (presumably from Fisher) to Jean Pierre Fortin in London, Ontario. World chess champion Bobby Fisher’s account of being detained and tortured in Pasadena in …

  • # 18285

    MULLER, Hans

    Communist zoo

    New York : Swen Publications Co., 1951. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (edgeworn), ring bound, title page, 50 plates of animals with ironic and humorous captions making mockery of the communists in the Soviet Union. The lighter side of mutually assured destruction.

  • # 18033

    GRAYSON, William

    The hireling and the slave, Chicora, and other poems

    Charleston, S. C. : McCarter & Co., 1856. Octavo, blind-embossed cloth (edges rubbed), pp. xv; 169; front free-endpaper with early inscription in pencil ‘Borrowed of Col. Wm. P. N[xxxx], by N.F.C. (To be returned)’. A passionate defense of Slavery in the form of a narrative poem. “I do not say that slavery is the best …

  • # 18276


    The new soldier

    New York : Macmillan, 1971. First edition. Quarto, silver-lettered black cloth in dustjacket (tear to corner of front flap), pp. 174, illustrated. Photographic record of the anti-war movement. John Kerry served as 68th United States Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017.

  • # 17844

    PARKES, Henry, Sir (1815-1896)

    Sonnets and other verse. (Presentation copy)

    London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co. Ltd., 1895. First edition. Duodecimo, original gilt lettered green cloth with bevelled boards, top edge gilt, other edges uncut; a presentation copy inscribed on the half-title ‘Rev. F.B. Boyce, with sincere regards from Henry Parkes. July 26th 1895’; pp viii, 48; endpapers with offsetting and light foxing, …

  • # 18309

    [NOLAN]. WILLIAMS, Bruce

    The socialist order and freedom

    Introduction by Professor K. S. Isles. Melbourne and Adelaide : Reed & Harris, 1943. Octavo, paper wrappers (one corner stained), designed by Sidney Nolan, pp. 72. Printed in an edition of 1000 copies. COWLEY, Des, A checklist of Reed & Harris Publications, in The La Trobe Journal No 64, Spring 1999, p. 53)

  • # 18535

    REES, Siân

    The floating brothel : the extraordinary story of the Lady Julian and its cargo of female convicts bound for Botany Bay

    New York, N.Y. : Hyperion, 2002. First US edition, first printing. Octavo, publisher’s grey cloth over papered boards, in pictorial dust jacket, fore-edges uncut, pp xvi, 236, illustrated; an as new copy. ‘In July 1789, 237 women convicts left England for Sydney Cove in Australia’s New South Wales on board a ship called the Lady Julian. …

  • # 18263


    [PULP] Marijuana murder

    Toronto : Superior Publishers Ltd., [c.1950]. First edition. Trade paperback. Octavo, pictorial wrappers (small chips, creases and closed tears to edges), 128 pp; internally sound and clean, an attractive copy. Scarce Canadian sensationalist anti-marijuana propaganda. An anthology of nine ‘authentic police cases, every story true’. The titles include Homicide at ebb tide, Killers in the …