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BURNS, John Eliot (1858-1943) -- Catalogue of the Famous Library of the late Right Hon. John Burns. London: Sotheby & Co., 7 December 1943-24 April 1944.
3 volumes, 8o (240 x 152 mm). Original printed wrappers (some soiling).
Burns was, until 1914, one of England's best-known Trade Union leaders and socialist politicians; from 1905 onwards he made common cause with the Liberal Party, achieving cabinet rank, but was regarded by Labourites as a traitor to their cause. Part I is comprised of his collection of books on London; part II, books relating to Sir Thomas More; and part III, various subjects. (3)
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