Welcome to Peter Harrington Books

131323 131323_1 131323_2 131323_3 131323_4
KEYNES, John Maynard.

A Treatise on Money....

[Together with:] A Tract on Monetary Reform.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Macmillan and Co, Limited, 1930, 1923

Stock Code: 131323

OR On display in 100 Fulham Road


First editions, first impressions, the copies of the LSE economist Lionel Robbins (1898-1984), with his annotations.
A Treatise on Money was the first of Keynes's two major contributions to economic theory and was his most comprehensive work on monetary theory. It anticipated many of the ideas of the General Theory, which it immediately preceded and by which it has been, perhaps unfairly, overshadowed. Keynes's Tract on Monetary Reform, based in part on earlier essays, was written against the monetary disorders which World War I had left in its wake, and contained his controversial attack on the gold standard (which he termed a "barbarous relic") and his proposals to replace it with a managed currency.
Keynes and Robbins had a troubled relationship. In 1930 Keynes was appointed by the Labour Government to head a committee of economists, and invited Robbins to serve. To Keynes's dismay, Robbins refused to support his public work programs to reduce unemployment, and insisted on writing his own report. Robbins came to dominate the London School of Economics for the next three decades, and in the thirties established it as a centre of academic opposition to Keynesian economics. After the war Robbins came round to Keynes's view, and in his The Economic Problem in Peace and War (1947) he supported Keynes's policies of full employment through the control of aggregate demand. However, Robbins's marginalia in these copies date from his years of opposition to Keynes, and in A Treatise of Money his annotations are generally hostile critiques of Keynes's arguments, including "this is surely nonsense", "it is doubtful whether this claim is justified", and so forth (vol. I pp. 211 and 221).
The Treatise on Money additionally has four newspaper clippings loosely inserted, comprising the complete run of Keynes's The Means to Prosperity as printed in The Times in March 1933, which provoked wide discussion and were quickly republished in the same month in pamphlet form.

Confused? Read our glossary


2 works in 3 volumes, octavo. Original dark green cloth, spines lettered in gilt, double line rules in gilt to spines continued in blind to front covers.


Numerous tables and diagrams to the text.


Treatise on Money: stamp of the London School of Economics's bookshop; some detailed pencilled marginalia and one slip of notes in ink loosely inserted at vol. I p. 12, in the hand of Lionel Robbins. Spines sunned and rolled with a central crease, a little shaken. Tract on Monetary Reform: with the ownership inscription of Lionel Robbins and his occasional side-ruling and notes, binding rubbed and worn at spine ends, bookblock shaken, small piece torn away from lower margin of page 67. Overall a good set.


With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200. View Full Details


Contact us with details of the book you are interested in or selling and we will contact you

Sell Old Books Help me find a book

Peter Harrington Limited. Registered office: WSM Services Limited, Connect House, 133-137 Alexandra Road, Wimbledon, LONDON SW19 7JY.
Registered in England and Wales No:3609982 Copyright © 2018, Peter Harrington. All rights reserved.

credit cards logo