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VEBLEN, Thorstein.

Rare books by Veblen Thorstein, including first editions and signed first edition copies of Absentee Ownership and Business Enterprise in Recent Times. The Case of America.

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  1. The Theory of the Leisure Class.
    VEBLEN, Thorstein. The Theory of the Leisure Class.

    New York : 1899

    First edition of the Norwegian-American professor's first published book, his most successful work. Veblen's thesis was a serious economic analysis of contemporary America, but after William Dean Howells gave the book a rave review as a social satire, it became a best-seller. "Into it he poured all the acidulous ideas and fantastic terminology that... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 129325

  2. Imperial Germany and the Industrial Revolution.
    VEBLEN, Thorstein. Imperial Germany and the Industrial Revolution.

    New York : 1915

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed from the author in ink on the front free endpaper, "Mr W. C. Curtis with the compliments of Mr. Veblen". Published shortly after the outbreak of the first World War, Veblen's fourth book aimed to account for why and how Germany had so successfully dominated the modern industrial market, basing... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 122230

  3. An Inquiry into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of its Perpetuation.
    VEBLEN, Thorstein. An Inquiry into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of its Perpetuation.

    New York : 1917

    First edition, first printing of Veblen's treatise on peace, how it may be achieved and retained, as well as the possible effects of perpetual peace on society. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 113347

  4. An Inquiry into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of its Perpetuation.
    VEBLEN, Thorstein. An Inquiry into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of its Perpetuation.

    New York : 1917

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Veblen on the front free endpaper, "To Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt, Thorstein Veblen." Nordfeldt (1878-1955) was a Swedish-American artist who painted two portraits of Veblen, both now lost. Nordfeldt studied art in the US and Europe. Between 1903 and 1907 he lived in Chicago, depicting... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 113384

  5. The Higher Learning in America:
    VEBLEN, Thorstein. The Higher Learning in America:

    New York : 1918

    First edition, first printing. In his analysis of the structure of American university communities, Veblen (1857-1929) argues that the ideal university, where one seeks knowledge for its own sake, does not exist in the United States and that "the reason for this is that business ethics and practices had been incorporated into the management of American... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 113351

  6. Absentee Ownership and Business Enterprise in Recent Times. The Case of America.
    VEBLEN, Thorstein. Absentee Ownership and Business Enterprise in Recent Times. The Case of America.

    New York : 1923

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Isaac A. Hourwich and days of auld lang syne. Thorstein Veblen." Hourwich (1860-1924) was a Lithuanian scholar, activist and Debsian socialist who participated in various radical Socialist movements in Russia and Belarus before emigrating to the U.S. in 1890 to... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 113346

  7. Absentee Ownership and Business Enterprise in Recent Times. The Case of America.
    VEBLEN, Thorstein. Absentee Ownership and Business Enterprise in Recent Times. The Case of America.

    New York : 1923

    First edition of Veblen's most caustic work, a discussion of the need for advertising and salesmanship in modern business, with a sly dig at Christianity, where he describes Propaganda of the Faith as"quite the largest, oldest, most magnificent, most unabashed, and most lucrative enterprise in sales-publicity in all Christendom" (p. 319). This copy... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 88082

  8. The Vested Interests and the Common Man.
    VEBLEN, Thorstein. The Vested Interests and the Common Man.

    London : 1924

    First UK edition, first impression, originally published in the US in 1919, following publication as articles in 1918-1919. Veblen's book continues his witty critique of modern capitalism, started two decades earlier in his Theory of the Leisure Class. In these articles, he argues that big business has subverted government to its own interests,... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 129275

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