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  1. 132885detail
    The complete run of Ayn Rand's non-fiction periodicals, aiming to disseminate her philosophy among her disciples, with contributions from her and her acolytes, including Nathaniel Branden, Leonard Peikoff, and Alan Greenspan. The Objectivist Newsletter is the casebound collected edition, printed in 1965 following publication... Learn More
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  2. 132823
    First edition in English. Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was a notable economist and a major influence on the modern libertarian movement. He has been called the "uncontested dean of the Austrian School of economics". His theories have influenced such subsequent economists as Friedrich von Hayek, Murray Rothbard, Vernon L.... Learn More
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  3. 132429
    First edition, first impression, of Thompson's classic work of social history, among the most important historical studies of the post-war period, and a foundation text of New Left historiography. Learn More
    £250

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  4. 132470
    Finely made despatch-box commissioned by Margaret Thatcher from her favourite luxury brand Asprey. Finished in an entirely fitting Conservative dark blue, and almost certainly made by the government box makers Barrow, Hepburn & Gale Ltd., the box was, according to her family, one of three that the ex-PM ordered, no doubt... Learn More
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  5. 124546

    Moving Forward.

    Garden City, New York: 1930

    "In 1930, Henry Ford and his ghost writer, Samuel Crowther, published Moving Forward, their third collaboration,..."> First edition, first printing, of Ford's fullest statement of his world view, his "glorification of the machine", and a major influence on Huxley's masterpiece, A Brave New World, published just two years later.
    "In 1930, Henry Ford and his ghost writer, Samuel Crowther, published Moving Forward, their third collaboration,... Learn More
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  6. 119900
    First edition, first printing, of this history of the labour movement as a social and political force with distinct conditions and philosophies. "The work of John R. Commons and his colleagues dominated research in labor history and inquiries about working-class formation in the United States until very recently. Insisting... Learn More
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  7. 110261
    In..."> First edition of a scarce lunar imaginary voyage, "regarded by many as the first genuine work of science fiction to emanate from an American author" (Howgego), written by George Tucker, an American lawyer born in Bermuda, appointed by Thomas Jefferson in 1825 as professor of moral philosophy at the University of Virginia.
    In... Learn More
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  8. 133044
    First edition, first impression. Hayek's classic polemic against centralization and collectivism, among the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism and libertarianism, was "far and away the most eloquent and straightforward statement of his political and economic outlook that Hayek ever achieved"... Learn More
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  9. 132519comp
    First edition, first printing. With a signed presentation inscription from the author to the philosopher and essayist Ramiro de Maeztu on the verso of the front wrapper: "A Ramiro de Maeztu, mi devoción por su obra maravillosamente hispana, cerradamente española. R. E. Scarpa... Stgo de Chile. Dic. 1935" ("To Ramiro de... Learn More
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  10. 132938
    First edition, first printing, of this multi-faceted collection of memories of Wittgenstein. Essays are contributed by his sister Hermine Wittgenstein, his Russian teacher Fania Pascal, his fellow Cambridge classmate F. R. Leavis, and two of his pupils and close friends, John King and M. O'C. Drury. The editor, the American... Learn More
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  11. 132811
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of essays criticizing government intervention in the economy, written by Mises in the early 1920s. From the library of the Munich chamber of commerce, with their stamp to the title page and their paper label with handwritten shelf mark to the spine. With the publisher's advertisement... Learn More
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  12. 93440
    First edition. Pâris-Duverney and Deschamps refute Dutot's Réflexions politiques sur les finances et le commerce (1738) - a favourable consideration of John Law's paper currency system. Pâris-Duverney (the third of the four brothers Pâris, whose financial plans had been accepted under the Regency in 1716) had fallen... Learn More
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  13. 132905
    A flattering signed caricature of Margaret Thatcher, dressed in blue with her handbag and pearls, with a clipped 10 Downing Street letterhead. The caricature was produced by Tim Holder as part of the series "Our Heroes & Others" of leading Conservative politicians, with the prints sold at the Conservative Party conference... Learn More
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    First Easton Press edition, signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page as issued. Dedicated to Ronald Reagan, Statecraft was Thatcher's final book, providing her analysis of foreign policy in the post-Cold War world; it was first published by Harper Collins in 2002, with this "collector's edition" produced by the Easton... Learn More
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    First Easton Press edition, signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page as issued. The Downing Street Years, Thatcher's autobiography of her years as prime minister, was first published by Harper Collins in 1993, with this "collector's edition" produced by the Easton Press, signed by the author and finely bound, published... Learn More
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  16. 132817
    First English-language edition, first printing, of Mises's Nation, Staat, und Wirtschaft, originally published in German in 1919. Mises analyses the origins of the First World War, arguing that the conflict between the German nation and the expanding German state led to militarism and international conflict. Mises argued... Learn More
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  17. 132814
    First edition, first printing. In Liberalismus, Mises "sought to make the case for a free society, a case that was not based on aesthetic or ethical considerations, but on the rock-solid foundations of economic science. From there he would spell out the further implications of the case for liberty in fields such as monopoly... Learn More
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  18. 132809comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by both Auden and Isherwood on the title page and rare thus. Auden and Isherwood were commissioned by Faber and Faber and Random House to write a travel book about the East. They decided to visit China, then at war with Japan, in the spring and summer of 1938. On their travels they... Learn More
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  19. 119706

    Logic.

    Cambridge: 1921-2-4

    First editions, first impressions, of the British logician's major treatise, the first part focusing on informal logic, the second on syllogistic logic, and the third on causality. By the early 1920s Johnson (1858-1931) had been a popular lecturer in moral sciences at Cambridge for almost 20 years, and taught logic while... Learn More
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    One of two known letters of Quesnay's correspondence with Forbonnais, giving a valuable insight into Quesnay's working methods. The letter concerns two works, one by Quesnay, the other by Forbonnais.
    The first part of the letter deals with Forbonnais' Recherches et Considerations sur Ies Finances de la France, which was... Learn More
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  21. 132862
    First edition, first impression of Keynes's collection of biographies of politicians and economists. Learn More
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  22. 132850
    Original offprint, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the economist Lionel Robbins, the editor of the journal, on the front wrapper in a cramped hand: "To Lionel with hearty thanks for a place where more of his work is understood than mine. Paul R. 10th of May 1935" (?). Rosenstein-Rodan (1902-1985) was one of... Learn More
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  23. 132843
    First edition. Pâris-Duverney and Deschamps refute Dutot's Réflexions politiques sur les finances et le commerce (1738) - a favourable consideration of John Law's paper currency system. Pâris-Duverney (the third of the four brothers Pâris, whose financial plans had been accepted under the Regency in 1716) had fallen... Learn More
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  24. 132833
    First edition of the future prime minister's first work, his prize declamation as a student at Cambridge, privately printed when he was just nineteen. The speech attracted Charles James Fox's attention and was commended by him in the House of Commons. Uncommon, with ESTC locating eight copies. Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Mit hertzlichen Grüssen überreicht vom Verfasser", together with a pencilled note "8/34" possibly the recipient's note of presentation date. Kapital und Produktion, issued as number 7 of the series Beiträge zur Konjunkturforschung,... Learn More
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  26. 132827
    First collected edition, with the four volumes printed as part of the London School of Economics series of reprints of scarce tracts in economics and political science (nos. 17-20. The texts are in the original German despite the English title. The preface is by Friedrich von Hayek, who expresses his hope that Menger, who... Learn More
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  27. 132828
    First edition. Komorzynski, together with Menger, Böhm-Bawerk, and Wieser, was one of the leading exponents of the Austrian school of economic thought. Learn More
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  28. 132010comp
    First and sole edition, inscribed by Roosevelt on the front free endpaper, "For Fred Adams, Christmastide 1944, from Franklin D. Roosevelt"; number 76 of 100 copies privately printed at the White House Printing Office. The recipient, Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr. (1910-2001), was the son of Roosevelt's cousin Ellen Walters... Learn More
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  29. 118857
    First and only edition of the American jurist's proposal for a national code of criminal procedure, presentation copy from the author to Judge Gershom Powers, who developed the "Auburn System" mode of prison discipline, with an accompanying hand-written note "Presented by Mr. Livingston to Mr. Powers, H. Reps" (House of... Learn More
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  30. 132364
    First edition of List's major work. One of the earliest and most severe critics of the classical school of political economy, List (1789-1846) "denounced Adam Smith and his disciples as the 'cosmopolitan school' and held that universal free trade was an ideal that could be achieved only in the far distant future. For the... Learn More
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  31. 132787
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of essays published as a tribute to Hayek, named "Roads to Freedom" in contrast to Hayek's "Road to Serfdom". The contributors include Peter T. Bauer, Fritz Machlup, and Karl Popper. Learn More
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  32. 132789
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of essays published as a tribute to Hayek, named "Roads to Freedom" in contrast to Hayek's "Road to Serfdom". The contributors include Peter T. Bauer, Fritz Machlup, and Karl Popper. Publisher's presentation copy for review, with their printed slip addressed to Dr. G. Parry... Learn More
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  33. 132786
    First edition in German, first printing, following the first English edition of the same year; here with a new foreword by Hayek. Prices and Production, printing the lectures that Hayek delivered at the London School of Economics in 1930-31, was one of his principal contributions to the development of capital theory "commonly... Learn More
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  34. 132785
    First German-language edition, first printing, of Hayek's classic polemic against centralization and collectivism, among the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism and libertarianism, and "far and away the most eloquent and straightforward statement of his political and economic outlook that he... Learn More
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  35. 132783
    First edition, first impression. Hayek was fascinated by Mill's obsession with Taylor, a married woman, partly due to the seemingly irrational actions of the great rationalist. Hayek gathered the letters - which had been dispersed when Mill's home in Avignon was sold in 1905 - with great difficulty, and the publication constituted... Learn More
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  36. 132651
    Second edition, first impression, published very soon - perhaps only a day - after the first edition. Burke's brilliant polemic has been a key text of conservative movements of every shape and form for two centuries. Burke asserted "that any revolution that did not bring real liberty, which comes from the administration... Learn More
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  37. 132630
    First edition, scarce thus in an unrestored contemporary binding, of Doré & Jerrold's beautiful and influential "Pilgrimage" around the great metropolis of 19th-century London, Doré's chiaroscuro engravings reflecting the closeness and contrast of London's social classes. It was this aspect in particular that gained the... Learn More
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  38. 132008
    First edition of this important series of economic publications, published in view of the increasing interest in works of political economy appearing in France, England, and Holland. In 1754 Schreuder and Mortier published the first volume, Hume's Political Discourses. Owing to the growing interest and the relative scarcity... Learn More
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    First edition, in a fine Scott of Edinburgh binding, presentation copy, inscribed from the author on a preliminary blank to William Murray, first earl of Mansfield, whose celebrated library was largely destroyed by fire during the Gordon Riots.
    The Scottish agriculturalist and political economist James Anderson (1739-1808)... Learn More
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  40. 124762
    First edition, rare first issue. Contemporary critics attacked the work's title, which, according to Defoe, was viewed as "a Breach upon Modesty" and offensive to their ears, and the book was reissued the same year with a cancel title page, more politely titled as A Treatise concerning the Use and Abuse of the Marriage Bed.... Learn More
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  41. 117465
    First Scottish edition, the second overall, following the edition printed in London in 1735. The philosopher Francis Hutcheson (1694-1746) was one of the key figures in the Scottish enlightenment and a major influence on David Hume and Adam Smith. Uncommon, with ESTC locating copies held in nine institutions. Learn More
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  42. 119020comp
    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Mr G. E. Miner with compliments Frank Koester". Koester, a German-American engineer, is perhaps most famous for his involvement in the construction of the New York Public Subway; he also acted as a delegate to several international city planning... Learn More
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  43. 117451
    First edition. Writing under the odd pseudonym Gwitmarpscheldon, William Wishart (1691-1753), a liberal Church of Scotland Minister, provides a defence of religious toleration and liberty of conscience. Arguing from a religious rather than secular basis, Wishart argues that toleration is in the spirit of Christian ethics,... Learn More
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  44. 125297
    First edition, first impression. "In the first edition of his Essay on the Principle of Population (1798), Malthus confined himself to theory. Subsequently, in 1799, Malthus traveled to Scandinavia in search of the necessary empirical evidence to support his theory. His journey took him from Hamburg in the south to Trondheim... Learn More
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  45. 124346
    First edition, first printing. Murray Milgate (b.1950) is an Australian-born economist and co-editor of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics (1987); Shannon C. Stimson (b.1951) is an American political theorist, philosopher and historian of ideas. She has been Professor of Political Science at University of California,... Learn More
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    First edition, subsequent issue with the "Awarded Nobel Peace Prize 1959" wraparound. Signed to front free endpaper "Phillip Noel-Baker 26th March 1960". Offering a vision of nuclear control through international agreements, the work won Noel-Baker the Nobel Peace Prize, culminating a lifetime of pacifist activity. Learn More
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  47. 132450
    First edition. Following the failure of his first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Walden was not a runaway success. The edition of 2,000 took five years to sell through, but it was from the very first an immensely influential text, and remains so today: "For almost a hundred years an inspiration to nature... Learn More
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  48. 130675
    First edition. Lord Sidmouth was then reviewing the Toleration Act of 1689, with the present treatise offering reflections and propositions on the subject. The author was a dissenter; as with other treatises of the period, he supports toleration for dissenters, but does not extend this to Catholics. More unusually however,... Learn More
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  49. 132064
    True first edition of one of the foundation works in the field of political theory, with the winged head ornament on the title page. There are three editions with title-pages bearing 1651 imprints. The second, with a bear ornament, was printed outside England (probably at Amsterdam), and the third, with a triangular type... Learn More
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  50. 131267
    First edition, with a fine Bloomsbury Group provenance, presented by Lytton Strachey to Frances Marshall later Frances Partridge upon marriage, with a notation of the presentation in the latter's hand "Frances Marshall from Lytton 1931" in pencil on the front free endpaper. At the time of the presentation, Frances was... Learn More
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  51. 119552
    An attractively bound set of Smith's first book and the work that established his reputation as a philosopher both in London and on the continent, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, and of the first Thorold Rogers edition of his magnum opus, The Wealth of Nations, "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought"... Learn More
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  52. 118632
    First edition of the theologian and natural philosopher's most significant work and a critical text in the history of linguistics, among the earliest systematic proposals for a new universal language to replace Latin. "Calls for a universal language had increased as a result of the flourishing of vernacular literature and... Learn More
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  53. 122893
    First complete edition, following publication of some discourses in 1621. Pedro Fernandez Navarette (1564-1632) was chaplain to the Spanish royal family, and an officer of the Inquisition. "The miserable state of Spain had led the supreme council of Castile to submit to King Philip III a Great Report (Gran Consulta) on the... Learn More
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  54. 132188
    First edition of a lengthy survey of the northern countries of Europe. The author acknowledges the assistance he received from various heads of state and dignitaries, not only through conversation, but from access to their libraries and public records.
    "Williams, deriding Voltiare for describing a country he had never... Learn More
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  55. 130075
    Dictionary of Early American Philosophers, pp. 889-90). In 1829 Ricord (1788-1865) opened a seminary for young women in Geneva, New York, where she directed..."> First edition of "the first American philosophy and psychology textbook written by a woman and the first book-length academic work to explicitly address gender" (Dictionary of Early American Philosophers, pp. 889-90). In 1829 Ricord (1788-1865) opened a seminary for young women in Geneva, New York, where she directed... Learn More
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  56. 132435
    First edition of Popper's third book, an extensive attack on historicism, "the doctrine that there are general laws of historical development that render the course of history inevitable and predictable... In The Poverty of Historicism, historicism is formally refuted and attributed to two oppositely mistaken views about... Learn More
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  57. 125468
    First edition, first printing, of this uncommon, and uncommonly frank, work advising women on how to "make Life pay on her own terms" (publisher's preface) - particularly in relation to choosing a husband, but also with advice on how to pursue and achieve the 'perfect' career, home, and financial state. Published by the... Learn More
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    Original offprint of Husserl's last great work, inscribed by him to his student and co-worker, Ludwig Landgrebe, whose printed carte de visite is loosely inserted.
    "Edmund Husserl is undoubtedly one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century. This is true not only because of the profundity, breadth, and rigor... Learn More
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  59. 131952
    First edition of Husserl's first book, the initial volume of his Philosophie der Arithmetik. Husserl (18591938) began his career as a mathematician, and it was in search of complete clarity respecting fundamental mathematical concepts that, with the encouragement of Franz Brentano, to whom this work is dedicated, he turned... Learn More
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  60. 129637
    First edition of Young's second book, following The Farmer's Letters to the People of England (also 1768). "Arthur Young, like Jethro Tull, was a great agricultural reformer whose influence reached far beyond his own country. England, however, with its increased acreage of cultivated land resulting from the enclosure system,... Learn More
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