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Silent Spring - Signed - Rachel Carson

1962 - Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston - First Edition
Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -- man -- acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world.

A signed first edition of what is widely considered the most important environmental book of the 20th century. Signed copies are uncommon, as Carson died barely eighteen months later in the spring of 1964, at the age of fifty-six.

‘The book that most changed the scientific world, after Darwin’s
Origin of Species is Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.’ – Sir David Attenborough.

‘In the few months between the
New Yorker’s serialisation of Silent Spring in June and its publication in book form that September, Rachel Carson’s alarm touched off a national debate on the use of chemical pesticides, the responsibility of science, and the limits of technological progress. With ‘Silent Spring’ Carson had set in motion a course of events that would result in a ban on the domestic production of DDT and the creation of a grass-roots movement demanding protection of the environment through state and federal regulation. Carson’s writing initiated a transformation in the relationship between humans and the natural world and stirred an awakening of public environmental consciousness’. – Dr. Linda Lear.

‘In her new book [Rachel Carson] tries to scare the living daylights out of us and, in large measure, succeeds. Her work tingles with anger, outrage and protest. It is a 20th-century “
Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”’ – Walter Sullivan, New York Times, 1962.

Recognition, a small selection:-
- One of the 25 greatest science books of all time –
Discover Magazine, 2006.
- One of the 100 best and most influential non-fiction books written since 1923 –
Time Magazine, 2011.
- 100 Best Nonfiction books of the twentieth century - Number 5 – Random House’s
Modern Library, 1998.
- Fifty Books to Change the World –
Guardian newspaper, 2010.
- 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century –
National Review, 1999. 
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A Treatise on Cobbett's Corn - William Cobbett

1828 - By William Cobbett, London - First Edition
In 1820 on returning from the United States, were he had fled fearing arrest for his arguably seditious writings, Cobbett established a plant nursery at Kensington, where he trialed a dwarf strain of maize he found growing in a French cottage garden which grew well in England’s shorter summer. To help sell this variety, Cobbett published Treatise on Cobbett’s Corn. Charmingly written, including anecdotes of his travels through America, and the farming techniques and people he encounters there. The title and contents pages are printed on paper made from the husks and stalks of ‘Indian Corn’ (Maize).  
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The Morals of Confucius - Confucius

Circa 1760 -1780 - Printed for Randal Taylor, London - First Thus
A later 18th century reprint of this work and the first to include the folding frontispiece engraving of Confucius (often missing). First published in 1691 and scarce in any early edition, more so this edition with the engraving. In contemporary binding, and with decorations to title page, six headpieces, and three tailpieces.

Beginning with a ‘
Preface’ introducing this translation and its sources, followed by ‘Part First’ titled ‘Of the Antiquity and Philosophy of the Chinese’, then ‘Part II’ which offers selected translations from the three books, and ends with 80 ‘Maxims’.

‘The great Chinese teacher Confucius (551 BC–479 BC) articulated a philosophy based on the concepts of ren (‘benevolence’ or ‘compassion’) and li (‘ritual’ or ‘propriety’). He hoped to create the ideal, superior man (junzi) and thereby facilitate a just society.

Confucius’s teachings were highly influential across China and large areas of east Asia for almost two millennia before this 1691 work offered English readers their first introduction to his philosophical approach. It provides an account of Confucius’s life and times, as well as 80 of his maxims.

This English-language text is based on a French-language edition published in 1688, which in turn relied on a Latin work of 1687 published in Paris.’ - Marsh’s Library, Dublin.
 
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Mating Marriage and the Status of Women - James Corin

1910 - The Walter Scott Publishing Co. Ltd., London and Felling-on-Tyne - First Edition
‘The Object of the present treatise is to consider the development of the relations of the male and the female of the species.’ And onward Corin bravely goes. This rare treatise is still referenced today, and must of been of importance at the time, this copy was owned by the ‘Liberator League’ of Bradford.

Corin summarises his theories in the final chapter as follows:- ‘In the first period the human female rules. She dictates to the male in sexual affairs — this is free mating...

In the second period the male captures foreign females for his use, because his own are too chaste; these foreign females become his slave wives. He courts and mates with females of his own tribe at yearly festivals like Australian corroborees.

In the third period the institution of marriage has become the dominant form . . . so much so that mating unions become regularised as marriages or are condemned as illicit. Of females, wives are more honoured than free mates — in fact the latter become infamous except in a few cases of royal princesses...

In the fourth period the female recognises and revolts against her inferior position; restrictions on dissolution of marriage are relaxed, and by easy divorce, conditions nearly approaching those of free-mating are again evolved...

In the fifth period, social disruption occurs, conquest by a lower type takes place. The male seizes the opportunity to reinstate the fetters of matrimony and to rivet the links more tightly on the female. so that something of the third period is entered into again.’
 
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The Story of My Life - Signed - Clarence Darrow

1932 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition. One of 15 presentation copies
An exceptional, uncut and unread example of one of only fifteen signed presentation copies, in a large special ivory buckram binding (unnumbered as issued), and with extra illustrations, including the striking colour frontispiece portrait of Darrow (as opposed to the black and white photograph of the trade edition), sixteen photographic plates showing 21 illustrations (five more than the trade edition), one page of sketches, and a facsimile page of Darrow’s The Pilgrim.

A highly entertaining autobiography, despite Darrow’s occasional side-track, and the strength of character that made him one of America’s most combative and renowned attorney's of his time. Covers the Leopold-Loeb murder trial and the ‘Scopes’ monkey trial.

‘For 40 years the shambling figure, drawling speech, and acid wit of Clarence Darrow delighted audiences throughout the nation at his lectures and debates on many topics: questioning free will and immortality and God; opposing the tariff and prohibition and the League of Nations; advocating the closed shop, the abolition of capital punishment and child labor, reform of the judicial and penal systems…. He wrote profusely, in a forceful if undisciplined way’. –
American National Biography. 
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The Trilogy of Desire: The Financier; The Titan; The Stoic. - Theodore Dreiser

1912 - Harper & Brothers, New York - First Editions, first printings [October & K-M to copyright page of The Financier]
‘It is Mr. Dreiser's constant probing of the intertwined needs for money, art, glory, sex and so much else that makes "The Financier" the greatest of all American business novels.’ - The Wall Street Journal, 2012.

First editions Dreiser’s
Trilogy of Desire, also known as The Cowperwood Trilogy, telling the life story of Charles T. Yerkes, renamed Algernon Cowperwood by Dreiser, a Philadelphia securities manipulator and streetcar magnate. The Financier, in scarce and unrestored dust jacket

‘Dreiser laboriously researched the business practices and personal exploits of real-life robber baron Charles Yerkes to narrate Frank Algernon Cowperwood's early career in
The Financier, which explores the unscrupulous world of finance from the Civil War through the panic incited by the 1871 Chicago fire.’ (University of Illinois). Despite claiming complete ignorance about finance and an inability to make money, Dreiser presents a technical masterpiece. 
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Technical Analysis of Stock Trends - Robert D. Edwards, John Jr. Magee

1957 - John Magee, Springfield Massachusetts - New & Revised Fourth Edition
Technical Analysis of Stock Trends was the first book to produce a methodology for interpreting the predictable behaviour of investors and markets. It revolutionised technical investment approaches and showed traders and investors how to make money regardless of what the market is doing. The book remains the benchmark by which all other investment methodologies are measured.

John Magee is considered the “father of technical analysis,” while Edwards was a pioneer in pattern formation and trend analysis.

This edition included extensive changes from the original edition of 1948, mainly to ‘
Trading Tactics’, whilst ‘Technical Theory’ has been brought up to date. Includes promotional brochure. 
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The Great Crash 1929 - John Kenneth Galbraith

1955 - Hamish Hamilton, London - First English Editoin
The most famous and celebrated account of the 1929 Wall Street Crash, by the economist and polymath who worked under five presidents, taught at Harvard and Princeton, wrote thirty books and was one of the chief proponents of American liberalism after the war. [Dennistoun]

Galbraith ‘claims that only the misfortune awaits those who believe they can see the future, as 1929 plainly showed’ [Zerden]
 
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