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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. 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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  4. 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.
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 86329detail
    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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  11. 132862
    First edition, first impression of Keynes's collection of biographies of politicians and economists. Learn More
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  12. 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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  13. 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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    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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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    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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 127431
    First editions, from the year of the Revolution, bound in an excellent contemporary French royalist binding emblazoned with Bourbon insignia. Both works are publications of contributions to the questions posited by the Chalons-sur-Marne academy. The first work is Clicquot de Blervache's analysis of France's social problems... Learn More
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  28. 127328
    First edition in English, revised and edited by Thomas Jefferson. The French text was first published in 1815 as the fourth volume of Tracy's Traité d'Idéologie (the first separate edition in French was in 1823). The French philosopher Antoine Destutt de Tracy (1754-1836), renowned for coining the word "ideology" in 1796,... Learn More
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  29. 118820
    First edition of the book that laid the foundation of modern business cycle analysis. Les crises commerciales is the principal work of a man whom Schumpeter says "must be ranked, as to talent and command of scientific method, among the greatest economists of all times". Schumpeter bases his evaluation on three facts: "To... Learn More
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  30. 118755
    First edition, an excellent association copy linking two of the most important thinkers in the history of liberalism, from the library of the political philosopher and radical Thomas Hill Green (1836-1882), with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Green became an undergraduate at Balliol in 1855 and was... Learn More
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  31. 132314
    First edition, first impression, of Lin's study of China's New Monetary System, introduced on 3 November 1935, in which China left the silver standard. From the library of Frank Tamagna, a noted authority on Chinese monetary policy, with his pencilled annotations but not otherwise marked as such. With an old newspaper clipping... Learn More
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  32. 132307
    First edition, first printing of Friedman's best-selling work on freedom and the role of capitalism in western society, described by the Times Literary Supplement as "one of the most influential books published since the war". Friedman reclaims the term "liberal" in the 19th-century sense of laissez-faire economics and a... Learn More
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  33. 132101
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  34. 131618
    Two scrapbook albums of photographs, newspaper clippings, and ephemera, compiled and neatly annotated by Elaine Burton MP (1904-1991) upon her return from the three-week British Parliamentary Delegation tour of Russia starting on 30 September 1954.
    Burton was one of two women selected as a participant, the second being... Learn More
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  35. 125458
    A fresh example of this striking and scarce broadside, titled "Which Way Are Women Going?", the text written by prominent American feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman and framed with elaborate artwork by illustrator Dan Smith, depicting a powerful female angel with her arm around a young girl in the foreground, while a line... Learn More
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  36. 120769
    Sole printing of the annual report of The Society for Promoting the Employment of Women. The society was founded in 1859 by Emily Faithfull, Jessie Boucherett, Barbara Bodichon, and Elizabeth Rayner Parkes with the aim of encouraging women, and providing them with the necessary skills, to enter a wider variety of work. They... Learn More
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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 97220
    First edition, first impression, containing pp. 143-164 from the scientific journal Annales de Mines, May 1942. Learn More
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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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  51. 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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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. 126591
    First edition, exceptionally scarce, with OCLC recording just one copy at the Universite de Lausanne. Learn More
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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. Lectures on the Elements of Commerce, Politics, and Finances;
    First octavo edition, originally published in quarto as The Elements of Commerce, Politics and Finances (London 1772). Thomas Mortimer (1730-1810) was a prolific writer on trade and finance, perhaps best known for Every Man His Own Broker: or a Guide to the Stock Exchange (1761). In his introduction to the present edition,... Learn More
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  60. 131310
    First edition, first impression, of this mathematical-philosophical work, the subject of Keynes's fellowship dissertation, in which he sought to establish a mathematical basis for probability theory as Bertrand Russell and Alfred North Whitehead had done for symbolic logic. Russell wrote of this work "the mathematical calculus... Learn More
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