Le opere economiche.
First edition of Barone’s collected works, including his Principi di economia politica (first published in 1908). Innovative and free from ideological motivation, Barone was a pioneer of the economic theory of index numbers, as noted by Samuelson: “by avoiding all mention of utility and indeed without introducing even the notion of indifference curves, Barone was able to break new ground along the lines which have in recent years become associated with the economic theory of index numbers” (The New Palgrave, I, p. 195). Barone’s place in the history of economic theory was assured with the publication of Hayek’s translation of his paper Il Ministro della produzione nella stato collettivista in 1935, marking him out as one of the founders of the “pure theory of a socialist economy”, together with von Wieser and Pareto (Schumpeter, History of Economic Analysis, p. 986). Institutionally scarce in the UK (Copac and OCLC locate only three copies, held at Oxford, Cambridge, and LSE) though it is well-represented worldwide.
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3 volumes, octavo (191 130 mm). Near-contemporary dark green cloth, brown morocco labels to spines lettered in gilt. Tips a little rubbed; an excellent, bright, set.