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  1. 129233
    First edition, first impression, of this study of propaganda, published one year before the outbreak of the Second World War. Richard S. Lambert (1894-1981) was the editor of The Listener and an employee of the BBC in its formative years; in this study, he treats of the danger and value of propaganda, and how it may be countered.... Learn More
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  2. 132110comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Ted Sorensen and his wife Gillian on the half-title: "For Ted & Gillian: With appreciation for your support of the cause and gratitude for your personal friendship. Sincerely Whitney". Ted Sorensen (1928-2010) had a significant behind-the-scenes... Learn More
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  3. 132126comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Theodore Sorensen on the front free endpaper: "For Theo Sorensen with great affection. From John G. 1971". Ted Sorensen (1928-2010) had a significant behind-the-scenes influence on American politics in the 1960s. He served as speechwriter for John... Learn More
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  4. 131685
    First edition of this classic of social science, "one of the most remarkable works of the eighteenth century" (PMM). Montesquieu began work on his magnum opus in 1734, and took fifteen years to finish. The book is in six sections: the first dealing with law in general and the different forms of government, the second with... Learn More
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  5. 132108comp
    Signed limited edition, number 153 of 1,000 copies signed by Edwin Moore Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy's brother. Presentation copy from Ethel Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy's widow and the book's dedicatee, to Ted Sorensen, inscribed on the limitation leaf "For Ted - who shared so many of the best moments, and with whom Bobby... Learn More
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  6. 131149
    First edition, inscribed "from the author" on the title page. George Berkeley (1685-1753) wrote Alciphron, a set of philosophical dialogues, in an attempted rebuttal of the insurgent secular intellectual trends of the early enlightenment. Countering the views of John Locke, Bernard de Mandeville, and the third Earl of Shaftesbury,... Learn More
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  7. 130780
    First edition of Bauer's Russia and the Germanic World, one of his major texts on Russia, in which he examines the growing influence of Russian power upon European policy issues and, ultimately, the European philosophical tradition. Written in the wake of the 1848 German revolutions, and inflected with Bauer's disappointment... Learn More
    £575

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  8. 130781
    Rare first separate edition, containing the first appearance of the important appendix by Marx, his Theses on Feuerbach. Engels's text was first published in Die Neue Zeit in 1886, issues 4 and 5; it is here printed by Dietz as an offprint, with additional commentary by Engels and with the supplement by Marx.
    Engels's... Learn More
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  9. 130765
    First edition in Italian of Mandeville's A modest Defence of publick stews, or, an essay upon whoring, as it is now practis'd in these kingdoms, a treatise against prostitution, being an expansion of his pragmatic approach to morality, first espoused in the Fable of the Bees. Learn More
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  10. 130684
    First edition. Smee (1818-1877) considers the implications of whether difference engines, as invented by Babbage, can be considered to be thinking; as of such, the work ranks as among the earliest treatises on artificial intelligence. "In his Process of Thought, Smee was the first to suggest the possibility of information... Learn More
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  11. 130681
    First English language edition, first impression, of Gödel's incompleteness theorems, which were originally published in Monatshefte für Mathematik in 1931. Gödel's theorems remain some of the most important statements ever contributed to the study of mathematics and logic, proving that in even elementary arithmetic there... Learn More
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  12. 129329
    First edition of Proudhon's magnum opus, his analysis of what he saw to be the economic contradictions of 19th-century capitalism, which he felt would lead in time to an anarchist society. Proudhon sent a copy of the book to Karl Marx, then his friend, for review. Marx read it in two days, and was infuriated. "He therefore... Learn More
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  13. 129614
    First edition of Freud's translation into German of Mill's Subjection of Women, considered Freud's "only major non-scientific publication" (Norman exhibition catalogue) and his first publication in book form, issued here as volume twelve of Thomas Gompertz's first complete German edition of Mill's works, which began in 1869... Learn More
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  14. 128974
    Autograph letter signed "J. S. Mill" to an unknown "Sir", apparently unpublished, discussing political intrigues within the East India Company. With reference to a current dispute, Mill declares his support for one Captain Philip Meadows Taylor (1808-1876) in the military service of the Company, suggesting that the recipient... Learn More
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  15. 97220
    First edition, first impression, containing pp. 143-164 from the scientific journal Annales de Mines, May 1942. Learn More
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  16. 132095
    First edition of Bethel's observations on the commercial and constitutional circumstances of different states, based on his travels around Europe in the 1660s after serving in the Rump Parliament. The section on England is expanded from his The Present Interest of England Stated of 1671. Bethel, a republican, is careful... Learn More
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  17. Eastward from Paris.
    First edition, first impression of the book in which the thrice-elected Premier recounts his visit to Soviet Russia in the summer of 1933. Herriot largely avoids political issues in his narrative, and instead presents himself as an enquiring traveller. The book was first published in Paris earlier the same year under the... Learn More
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  18. 132089
    An engraved ticket to attend the trial of Warren Hastings, in a 1793 sitting. Warren Hastings was the head of the Supreme Council of Bengal, and consequently the de facto Governor-General of India, from 1774 to 1785. In 1787 he was accused of corruption and embezzlement, and began an impeachment trial under the House of... Learn More
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  19. 132077
    First editions of each volume of Hayek's last major work of social philosophy, published over a seven-year period. In many ways the culmination of his philosophical career, Law, Legislation and Liberty was Hayek's most extensive philosophical analysis of the structure of society, the nature of justice, and the underlying... Learn More
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  20. 131723comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Martin Luther King on the front free endpaper: "To William Martin with Best Wishes for peace and Brotherhood Martin Luther King Jr". William Martin was a member of the First Baptist Church, down the street from King's own Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, in Montgomery. In his recollections... Learn More
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  21. 120620
    First and only edition of this uncommon pamphlet recording a speech by the Governor of Wyoming commenting upon the failure of other states to extend the vote to women, published by the CCNSWS to advance the cause in Britain (OCLC traces just eight copies worldwide). Hoyt explains that "in the territory of Wyoming, in the... Learn More
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  22. 113296
    First edition of one of the author's last works, an enlarged compilation of most of his writings on economy. "In order to explain, once for all, his entire social philosophy, Sismondi had the happy idea to assemble, and to publish under the title Etudes sur les sciences sociales, an old treatise on political constitutions... Learn More
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  23. 131290
    First edition of "the epitome of eighteenth-century theological reasoning; rational, empirical, it seeks to demonstrate the truth of the Christian religion by reference to physical phenomena... the directness and clarity of his approach make it perhaps the most effective statement of the external evidence for Christianity... Learn More
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    First edition in German, first printing, following the first English edition of 1972. Presentation copy, inscribed by Popper in German to his friend the German philosopher Franz Austeda (1923-2009) on the front free endpaper. Loosely inserted is a typed presentation letter, signed by Popper, bemoaning that the translation... Learn More
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  25. 127780
    First edition in English, first published in October 14, 1917 in the magazine Prosveshcheniye No. 1-2. Learn More
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  26. 127607
    First complete edition, first impression, of the Nobel Prize-winning economist's third book on capital theory, a key text in the foundation of the "American Austrian" school of economics. Here Hicks presents a modernisation of Austrian theory, claiming to overcome the school's primary obstacles, with particular reference... Learn More
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  27. 127435
    First edition of Schmid's magnum opus. A councillor of the Saxe-Weimar ducal court, Schmid (1720-1805) was in contact with many of the leading philosophes, including Voltaire, Diderot and d'Alembert. His economic writings were heavily influenced by physiocratic ideas, promoting agriculture as the basis of the nation's wealth... Learn More
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  28. 127008
    First edition, first impression of this "milestone in the conversion of modern economists to the view that all economic behaviour can be studied as the solution to a maximization problem explicitly or implicitly employing the formulation of differential and integral calculus" (Blaug, Great Economists Since Keynes, p. 214).... Learn More
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  29. 96201
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive with their stamp on the half-title. A collection of verses by the socialist intellectual, including two entitled "Hail, Hitler!" and "The Nazi Declares His Creed". Learn More
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  30. 96286
    First edition, first impression. A study of Fascism, and a call to overthrow Britain's capitalist society.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business practices -... Learn More
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  31. [1] An inquiry into the nature and progress of rent, and the principles by which it is regulated.
    First editions of five contemporary pamphlets, including three Malthus first editions.
    The marginal concept of rent, an essential factor in the development of political economy, and one lacking from Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, had first appeared as early as 1777 in James Anderson's Enquiry into the Nature of the Corn-laws.... Learn More
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  32. 131998comp
    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "For Patrick Halliday, Best wishes - Mandela 16.6.05". Halliday, a Cape Town wine merchant, was friends with Mandela's secretary in Cape Town Steven Govender. Learn More
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  33. 131438
    First edition. The title is ironic - the author holds that the alarmist tracts of his contemporaries, which bemoaned the danger of Britain's ballooning national debt, were bolstering the nation's adversaries by portraying Britain in a weaker economic state than she in fact was. Playfair instead presents the "Enemies of England"... Learn More
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  34. 131452
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Fred with the compliments of Irving". The Purchasing Power of Money "completely recast the theory of money, giving a full demonstration of the principles that determine the purchasing power of money in the formal framework... Learn More
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  35. 127186comp
    Second, revised edition. Presentation copy from the author to the library of the Royal Institution of South Wales, with their presentation bookplate reading "Presented to the Library by W. S. Jevons Esq. the Author May 23 A.D. 1871", and with the inscription on verso of front free endpaper "from the author", the latter in... Learn More
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  36. 130116
    First edition of Spinoza's great treatise on political theology, a "crystal-clear exposition of the theory of natural right" (PMM). Spinoza's principal work, and the only work published in his lifetime, it blends the traditions of his Hebraic background with Cartesian rationalism. His ethical views are extended into the... Learn More
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  37. 124965

    The Republic.

    Glasgow: 1763

    First edition in English of the greatest of Plato's dialogues, printed by the celebrated Foulis brothers, one of a small number of large paper copies, described by Gaskell as "demy quarto" and published at nine shillings, against six shillings for the smaller issue. The translation is by the Church of Scotland minister and... Learn More
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  38. 114139
    First edition of the work that "perhaps more than any other of his works, has been viewed by posterity as the kernel of his social philosophy" (ODNB). "Many of Mill's ideas are now the commonplaces of democracy. His arguments for freedom of every kind of thought and speech have never been improved on. He was the first to... Learn More
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  39. 103937
    Second edition, first issued 1979, of this set of reprints Compton Mackenzie's "Realms of Silver" (1954), Henry and Siepmann's "The First Hundred Years..." (1963) & Fry's "Bankers in West Africa" (1976), completing the history of the SCB to date. Learn More
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  40. Real Wages in Manufacturing 1890-1914.
    First edition, first impression. Rees's study demonstrated that the increase in wages was lower in the years preceding 1914 than those following it, and consequently argues that high immigration did hold down wages, but less than previously believed. Learn More
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    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Don McLaren, with deep appreciation of your friendship and collaboration, Everett, December 21, 1948." Learn More
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  42. 131773
    First edition of this classic of social science, "one of the most remarkable works of the eighteenth century" (PMM). Montesquieu began work on his magnum opus in 1734, and took fifteen years to finish. The book is in six sections: the first dealing with law in general and the different forms of government, the second with... Learn More
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  43. 130268detail
    A highly attractive set of Linguet's legal defences. Simon Nicolas Henri Linguet (1736-1794) was a French journalist and lawyer "whose delight in taking views opposing everyone else's earned him exiles, imprisonment, and finally the guillotine" (Encyclopaedia Britannica online). Throughout the 1760s and 1770s Linguet was... Learn More
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  44. 127338
    First edition of "a valiant attempt to resolve differences of opinion in political economy by codifying its terminology and establishing rules for the definition of terms. It could be regarded as one of the earliest works on the methodology of economics" (ODNB). Malthus devotes separate chapters, among others, to the French... Learn More
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  45. 124818
    First editions, first impressions. A collection of sixteen speeches of the North Korean communist leader Kim Il-Sung from the mid-70s, which were published by North Korea's foreign language publishing department. Essentially a foreign propaganda office, the Foreign Languages Publishing House, founded in 1957 in imitation... Learn More
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  46. 115402
    Uniformly bound set of Marx's masterpiece, comprising the fourth edition of book one, third edition of book two and the first edition of book three. Only the first edition of book one appeared in Marx's lifetime; the other books were published from his manuscripts by Engels, who wrote a preface to each book. The second and... Learn More
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  47. Exposition de la théorie des chances et des probabilités.
    First edition. This is a significant association copy, with the ownership inscription of the logician and philosopher John Venn (1834-1923), the inventor of the eponymous diagram, on the title page: "John Venn. G & C Coll. 1880." Venn entered Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 1853, obtaining his degree in 1857 and... Learn More
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  48. 108257
    First edition, first impression. The three volumes constituting practically all of Edgeworth's work in economic theory. "Edgeworth's contribution to economics left their mark on the theories of monopoly, foreign trade, taxation and production. In production theory, earlier authorities had generally employed the concept of... Learn More
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  49. 105514
    "New edition" of a work that was extremely popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, first published as The School-Master's Guide: or, a Complete System of Practical Arithmetic. The first two printings do not appear to have survived, the earliest edition in ESTC and ICAEW being the third of 1771. Learn More
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  50. 96372
    First edition, first impression. Commissioned by Gollancz, who wrote to Pethick-Lawrence (former Financial Secretary to the Treasury under the second Labour government) on 31 August 1931 with an outline of the book, which offers a lucid explanation of the political and financial crisis of that summer. It was swiftly produced... Learn More
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  51. Principles of Political Economy
    First edition. The book was conceived as a series of tracts rather than a comprehensive and systematic treatise, though Malthus published it to establish his own position against that of Ricardo, with whom he had been having an ongoing debate about the nature of labour, demand and profit. "In his 'Principles of Political... Learn More
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  52. 68127comp
    First Italian language edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in 1959. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "a Burt coi migliori vuoti, Van". The recipient was Burton Dreben, an influential Harvard professor and Quine's "closest philosophical ally". Learn More
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  53. 126499
    First edition. First his student and then his protégé, Boninsegni eventually succeeded Pareto to the Chair of Political Economy at the University of Lausanne; this is the second of two manuals of political economy which he prepared for his university courses. Boninsegni "simplified the form of Paretian choice in a manner... Learn More
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  54. 126591
    First edition, exceptionally scarce, with OCLC recording just one copy at the Universite de Lausanne. Learn More
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  55. 121257
    Second edition, first published in 1798. "In 1803 Malthus published a greatly expanded second edition of the Essay, incorporating details of the population checks that had been in operation in many different countries and periods. Although nominally a second edition, it was regarded by Malthus as a substantially new work.... Learn More
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  56. 126555
    First edition of Cournot's study on the use of scientific data in philosophy. Learn More
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  57. 126566
    First complete edition, with the false London imprint, of the atheist and materialist philosopher's treatise in which he develops his concept of "ethocracy", or a just state whose main purpose is the general welfare. Three states of the 1773 edition were executed; Tchemerzine cites a two volume edition (which he had not... Learn More
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  58. 131973
    First edition, Edward Gibbon's copy, with the earlier, simpler form of his bookplate. Georges-Marie Butel-Dumont (1725-1788) was a great admirer of English political economy. He was one of the first in France to write extensively about the British North American colonies, in his Histoire et commerce des colonies anglaises... Learn More
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  59. 128940
    Remarkable album of autographs ranging across nearly three decades and including, among a constellation of men of state, army officers and diplomats, the signatures of Sir Winston Churchill, Roger Casement and Paul Kruger evidently compiled by an individual with access to high diplomatic circles. Churchill's signature ("Winston... Learn More
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  60. 126489
    First and only edition of Boesnier's commentary on his principal work, De l'esprit du gouvernement économique (1775), considered "one of the most systematic and comprehensive expositions of economics of its period" (Higgs). The Analyse is notably uncommon: OCLC locates just two copies in institutions worldwide, the first... Learn More
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