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JENKIN, Fleeming.
Papers Literary, Scientific, &c.

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Edited by Sidney Colvin and J. A. Ewing. With a Memoir by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Published: London Longmans, Green, and Co., 1887

Stock Code: 107944


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First edition of these collected papers of the economist, pioneer of electrical engineering and the telegraph, Fleeming Jenkin (1883-1885), with a memoir by Robert Louis Stevenson, who had been an engineering student under Jenkin at Edinburgh University. The works are divided into six sections reflecting Jenkin's versatility: Literature and Drama, Speculative Science, Political Economy, Scientific and Technical Education, Applied Science, Abstracts of Fleeming Jenkin's Scientific Papers, and concluding with a list of the thirty-five British patents Jenkins filed for during his lifetime. Jenkin also wrote several influential papers on economics, including "The graphic representation of the laws of supply and demand, and their application to labour", "On the principles which regulate the incidence of taxes", and "Trade unions: how far legitimate?", initially published in the North British Review in 1868, which "began his distinguished five-paper contribution to political economy. He advanced modern wage theory and introduced the graphical method into British economic literature. Observing that contemporary economists failed to acknowledge Jenkin's priority, J. A. Schumpeter (in 1954) summarized Jenkin as ‘an economist of major importance, whose main papers... form an obvious stepping stone between J. S. Mill and [Alfred] Marshall'" (ODNB).
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2 volumes, octavo. Original dark red cloth, gilt lettered spines, brown coated endpapers.


Autotype portrait frontispiece of Jenkin from a photograph by John Moffat (with tissue guard), 6 autotype plates of portraits, 54 diagrams in the text (8 folding).


Contemporary ownership inscription of "W. H. Vardon" at head of volume I title page; spines sunned, a few marks to covers and spines, abrasion at head of back cover of volume II, bindings a little shaken (but inner joints not split), nevertheless a good set with the publisher's 24pp. catalogue at the end of volume II dated July 1887.

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