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Political Books

Interest in political books ranges from Aristotle’s "Ethics and Politics" to counterculture landmarks like Tom Wolfe’s "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test." From books about the Founding Fathers to a book by Neo-anarchist Noam Chomsky, the collector has a broad field of themes to choose from.

Political thought is so woven into human history that the two sometimes become indistinguishable. Collectors of political books are also connoisseurs of history. It is by studying these ideas that scholars make sense of what has brought human government to its current state, what went wrong, what went right, and where humankind is going.

Early political books include political theories such as Plato’s "The Republic" and Machiavelli’s "The Prince." The political pamphlet "The Communist Manifesto" by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels is a later example of a groundbreaking political work. Other major milestones are "The Rights of Man" and "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine, "On Liberty' by John Stewart Mill, and "Guerilla Warfare" by Che Guevara. Many collections focus solely on American presidents, the history of war and government, women’s suffrage, or civil rights, according to the taste of the collector.


Quick Facts

  • An 1848 copy of "Communist Manifesto" by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels sold for $39,811 in a 1986 auction by Sotheby’s
  • A two-volume set bound as one first edition of "The Proceedings of the Convention of Delegates, Held at the Capitol, In the City of Williamsburg, In the Colony of Virginia, on Monday the 6th of May, 1776" sold for $197,000 at Heritage Auctions in 2014
  • The first book form printing of the Declaration of Independence, bound as part of six American Revolutionary pamphlets including Thomas Paine’s "Common Sense," sold for $370,000 at an auction by Sotheby’s in 2015

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Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
1864 THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, RAYMOND & SAVAGE
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $400
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Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
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1865 THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, ABOTT
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
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Est: $200- $400
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15-ABRAHAM LINCOLN BOOKS
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
15-ABRAHAM LINCOLN BOOKS
by Milestone Auctions
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Theodore Roosevelt An Autobiography ~ 1914
Nov 21, 11:00 AM EST
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by Moggies Auction Service
Est: $30- $50
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U.S. Grant Memoirs, 2 vol, 1885 [141152]
Oct 29, 8:00 AM PDT
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1864 LIFE AND PUBLIC SERVICES OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
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Est: $400- $600
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1944 THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
1944 THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $100- $200
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15-ABRAHAM LINCOLN BOOKS
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15-ABRAHAM LINCOLN BOOKS
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Est: $100- $200
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by Milestone Auctions
Est: $100- $200
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by Milestone Auctions
Est: $100- $200
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31-ABRAHAM LINCOLN BOOKS
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
31-ABRAHAM LINCOLN BOOKS
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $100- $200
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31-ABRAHAM LINCOLN BOOKS
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Est: $100- $200
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Biography of President William McKinley [139137]
Oct 29, 8:00 AM PDT
Biography of President William McKinley [139137]
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Memorial Addresses Delivered Before the Two Houses of Congress: Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley
Oct 29, 8:00 AM PDT
Memorial Addresses Delivered Before the Two Houses of Congress: Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley
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Richard M Nixon ~ Six Crises signed1962
Nov 21, 11:00 AM EST
Richard M Nixon ~ Six Crises signed1962
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Est: $50- $75
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The Graphic Story Of The American Presidents Book
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
The Graphic Story Of The American Presidents Book
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
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LENIN: The Tasks oft he Proletariat in Our Revolution (Draft Platform for the Proletarian Party)
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
LENIN: The Tasks oft he Proletariat in Our Revolution (Draft Platform for the Proletarian Party)
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SIDNEY AND BEATRICE WEBB:: Industrial Democracy
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
SIDNEY AND BEATRICE WEBB:: Industrial Democracy
by Galerie Moenius
Est: CHF1,000- CHF2,000
CHF1,0000 Bids
TO THE PARTY
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
TO THE PARTY
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Est: CHF300- CHF600
CHF3000 Bids
MARX AND ENGELS: The Communiste Manifesto
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
MARX AND ENGELS: The Communiste Manifesto
by Galerie Moenius
Est: CHF3,000- CHF6,000
CHF3,0000 Bids
K. MARX: The first manifesto of the international workers' association 1864
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
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Est: CHF40- CHF80
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MARX AND ENGELS: About communism
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
MARX AND ENGELS: About communism
by Galerie Moenius
Est: CHF40- CHF80
CHF400 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Political Books


Milestone Auctions

Milestone Auctions

Galerie Moenius

Galerie Moenius

Holabird Western Americana

Holabird Western Americana

Moggies Auction Service

Moggies Auction Service