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William Shakespeare

By: A L Rowse

Price: £80.00

Publisher: London, MacMillan: 1963

Inscription: For Harold Wilson for holiday reading in the Scill

Seller ID: 82165

Condition: Very good


From the library of Harold and Mary Wilson. October 1963 reprint in a dust jacket. Inscribed on the endpaper "For Harold Wilson for holiday reading in the Scillies Oxford Eecaenia 1965 From ALR". (Encaenia is the ceremony at which the University of Oxford awards honorary degrees to distinguished men and women and commemorates its benefactors. It is held annually on the Wednesday of the ninth week during Trinity Term). Inscribed on the title page "A L Rowse Oxford June 1965". Contains 22 illustrations. The book is in good condition, tightly bound, pages browning but clean and free of markin... View more info

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Seven Ages An autobiography 1888-1927

By: Basil Dean

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Hutchinson: 1970

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 82221

Condition: Very good


From the library of Harold and Mary Wilson. First edition in a dust jacket. Signed by the author in the year of publication. Numerous monograph illustrations. The book is in good condition, tightly bound. The dust jacket is complete, unclipped. Internally the book is clean, free of markings and foxing. View more info

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Pitt The Younger

By: Derek Jarrett

Price: £350.00

Publisher: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 1974

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 82143


First edition in a dust jacket, initially from the publisher's library, 2 stamps on the endpapers and rear of frontispiece. Edited by A J P Taylor. Prime Minister Harold Wilson's copy of Pitt the Younger, with Wilson's name to the front end paper with numerous underlinings and annotations throughout. Fascinating insight into Wilson's character and influences, page 110, listed on front flap of dust jacket; "At the heart of it all there was a loneliness that was both palliated and perpetuated by unremitting hard work", heavily underlined, very poignant. Provenance: Hansons Auctioneers - ... View more info

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Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Dog

By: Dylan Thomas

Price: £10.00

Publisher: London, Dent: 1954

Seller ID: 81965


1954 reprint in a dust jacket. Publishers file copy. The book is tightly bound. Dust jacket is complete, chipped and scuffed along the edges; unclipped showing 10s 6d. Publishers details hand-written on endpaper. Pencil marks on page 16. Internally the book is clean and free of foxing. View more info

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Emma Darwin The Inspirational Wife of a Genius

By: Edna Healey

Price: £95.00

Publisher: London, Headline Book Publishing: 2001

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 82241


First edition in a dust jacket, illustrated. Inscribed "To Mary with all good wishes and admiration and affection Ebna Healy". A nice association indicating the lasting friendship between Denis Healey's wife and Mary Wilson. Also included is a letter from Lady Healey together with a photograph of the two women. Provenance: Hansons Auctioneers - A Prime Minister's Life - The Collection of Harold & Mary Wilson - Friday 10 May 2019. The book is in very good condition, tightly bound and free of markings and foxing. View more info

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Elizabeth R

By: Elizabeth Longford

Price: £125.00

Publisher: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 1983

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 82160

Condition: Very good


First edition in a dust jacket. Inscribed "Harold & Mary with much love Elizabeth. Sept 1983. Elizabeth Longford is the wife of Lord Longford. Book has numerous mentions of Harold Wilson's relationship with the Queen. The book contains numerous monochrome illustrations. The book is tightly bound and in very good condition. Dust jacket is complete with only light shelf wear: unclipped showing £10.95. Internally the book is clean, free of markings and foxing. Provenance: Hansons Auctioneers - A Prime Minister's Life - The Collection of Harold & Mary Wilson - Friday 10 May 2019. View more info

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Boy In The Bath or How to Work on 13 Newspapers and Survive

By: Eric Price

Price: £45.00

Publisher: Bristol, Abson Books: 1982

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 82156


From the library of Harold and Mary Wilson. First edition in a dust jacket. Inscribed "To Mary Wilson, with every good wish from Eric Price 19 April 1983". The book is tightly bound. Dust jacket is complete, scuffed and creased and extremities; unclipped showing £7.95. Internally the book is clean, free of markings and foxing. View more info

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Robert Louis Stevenson

By: G K Chesterton

Price: £46.00

Publisher: London, Hodder & Stoughton: 1927

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 81661


First edition in a dust jacket, 259 pages. The book is tightly bound. Dust jacket is complete, scuffed and creased along the edges, lightly foxed back and front, spine is sunned/faded and foxed. The endpapers are slightly browned, previous owner's name and date on endpaper. The text block is clean, free of markings and foxing. View more info

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Experiment In Autobiography

By: H. G. Wells

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Victor Gollancz and The Cresset Press: 1934

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 82059


2 volumes, 1st edition in dust jackets. Books are tightly bound. Orange cloth boards are spotted. Dust jackets grubby, spines faded/sunned, open tears at top and bottom of spines, edges chipped and scuffed; unclipped showing 10/6. View more info

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The Great Paternalist Titus Salt & The Growth of Nineteeth-Century Bradford

By: Jack Reynolds

Price: £60.00

Publisher: London, Maurice Temple Smith: 1983

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 82204


First edition in a dust jacket. Inscribed " with best wishes Jack Reynolds December 1983". Includes a House of Lords postcard indicating that Wilson had parcels to collect. Jack Reynolds was an historian with an interest in the Labour Movement. Provenance: Hansons Auctioneers - A Prime Minister's Life - The Collection of Harold & Mary Wilson - Friday 10 May 2019. The book is tightly bound. Dust jacket is complete with only minor shelf wear. Internally the book is clean, free of markings and foxing. View more info

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Lord Palmerston

By: Jasper Ridley

Price: £180.00

Publisher: London, Constable: 1970

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 82158


First edition, from the library of Harold and Mary Wilson. Signed by Wilson on the endpaper, with many underlining and some annotations in Wilson's hand. Presumably used to research his own book "A Prime Minister on Prime Ministers". Contains 15 monochrome illustrations. The book is tightly bound. The mauve boards are stained, page edges are marked. The text block is free of foxing. View more info

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Peace and War The Memories of an Octogenarian

By: Jean Redcliffe-Maud

Price: £50.00

Publisher: Cirencester, Englang Publishing: 1991

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 82196


First edition paperback. Inscribed "to Harold & Mary with love Jean". She was a professional pianist; married to John Maud who produced the Maud Report for which he received a life peerage in 1967. Provenance: Hansons Auctioneers - A Prime Minister's Life - The Collection of Harold & Mary Wilson - Friday 10 May 2019. The book is in very good condition, tightly bound. Worn at extremities; internally clean, free of markings and foxing. View more info

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Maxwell

By: Joe Haines

Price: £200.00

Publisher: London, MacDonald: 1988

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 82168


First edition in a dust jacket. Presented to Mary Wilson at a Gala Dinner and Dance to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pergamon Press and the 65th Birthday of its Founder Robert Maxwell. The book contains the invitation to the dance and a label on the endpapers presenting the book to Mary Wilson. The book also contains an invitation to a Gala Dinner and Dance to celebrate Bob and Betty Maxwell's 40th Wedding Anniversary at Headington Hill Hall, Oxford Friday, 7 June 1985. Most interestingly also included are the notes made by Harold Wilson on House of Lords Notepaper of a speech To Bob in wh... View more info

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We Blew, and they were shattered The Life and Music of RMB X1522

By: Joffre Swales

Price: £45.00

Publisher: Haverfordwest, Singing Saw Press: 1993

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 82152


First edition in a dust jacket. From the library of Harold and Mary Wilson, inscribed to "Lord Wilson with all best wishes Joffre". The book is tightly bound. The edges are clean. Dust jacket is complete with only minor shelf wear, light fading on spine; unclipped showing £9.95. View more info

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Heroes and Contemporaries

By: Jonathan Aitken

Price: £100.00

Publisher: London, Continuum: 2006

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: To Mary With gratitude for your great help the cha

Seller ID: 82166

Condition: Very good


From the library of Harold and Mary Wilson. First edition in a dust jacket. A very nice association copy inscribed to Mary Wilson, "To Mary With gratitude for your great help the chapter on Harold And much love from Jonathan". The book includes chapters on Lord Beaverbrook, Winston Churchill, Randolph Churchill, Lord Longford, Harold Wilson, Sir James Goldsmith, John Aspinall, Margaret Thatcher, Sir Frank Williams, Michael Portillo and Nicky Gumbel. The book is unread and in near fine condition. View more info

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The Later Cecils

By: Kenneth Rose

Price: £100.00

Publisher: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 1975

Edition: 2nd edition

Inscription: Harold Wilson with warmest good wishes, July 1979

Seller ID: 82167

Condition: Very good


From the library of Harold and Mary Wilson. The second impression published in November 1975, in a dust jacket. The book deals with the lives of the seven children of Robert Cecil, third Marquess of Salisbury. Inscribed to "Harold Wilson with warmest good wishes, July 1979 Kenneth Rose". Rose was an influential journalist who Wilson tried to cultivate, the inscription is affectionate, so presumably, he succeeded! Contains 16 illustrations. Good condition. Dust jacket scuffed along the edges, unclipped showing 55s. Page edges a little marked. Internally the book is clean, free of markings and ... View more info

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King George V

By: Kenneth Rose

Price: £80.00

Publisher: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 1983

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: For Harold Wilson, with the author's affectionate

Seller ID: 82199

Condition: Very good


From the library of Harold and Mary Wilson. First edition in a dust jacket; contains 16 black and white illustrations. Inscribed "For Harold Wilson, with the author's affectionate regards Kenneth Rose November 15 1983". The book won the prestigious Whitbread Book Award in the biography category. The book is in very good condition, tightly bound. The dust jacket is complete, worn and faded to the extremities: price-clipped. Internally the book is clean, free of markings and foxing. View more info

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The Merry Wives of Westminster

By: Mrs Belloc Lowndes

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, MacMillan: 1946

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 82181


First edition without a dust jacket. Inscribed to "Mr and Mrs Wilson with good wishes from a former resident of 5 Lord North St, Robin Cooke Oct 1970". Cooke is widely considered one of New Zealand's most influential jurists, and is the only New Zealand judge to have sat in the House of Lords. Provenance: Hansons Auctioneers - A Prime Minister's Life - The Collection of Harold & Mary Wilson - Friday 10 May 2019. The book is tightly bound. The boards are marked and the spine is faded/sunned. Top edge is greyed. Internally the book is clean, free of markings and foxing. View more info

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The Scarlet Tree Being The Second Volume of Left Hand, Right Hand

By: Osbert Sitwell

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, MacMillan: 1946

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 81952

Condition: Very good


First edition in a dust jacket, the second volume of Sitwell's autobiography. 24 illustrations. The book is tightly bound. The dust jacket is complete with a minor shelf wear, unclipped showing 15s net. Previous owner's name on title page. Internally the book is clean, free of markings and foxing. View more info

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Noble Essences or Courteous Revelations Being The Fifth And Final Volume of Left Hand, Right Hand

By: Osbert Sitwell

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, MacMillan: 1950

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 81953


First edition in a dust jacket, the fifth volume of Sitwell's autobiography. 24 illustrations. The book is tightly bound. The dust jacket is complete with a minor shelf wear, unclipped showing 21s net. Internally the book is clean, free of markings and foxing. View more info