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  1. 131119
    First editions, first printings, volume I a presentation copy from Margaret Myers, with her presentation slip pasted to the front free endpaper, and volume II a presentation copy from Benjamin Haggott Beckhart, with his presentation slip loosely inserted. Myers authored the first volume, Beckhart and Smith the second, Beckhart... Learn More
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  2. 124148comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed to an unknown recipient by the author, "To Nell with the love and compliments of the author", on the front free endpaper. This is the doctoral dissertation of American psychologist and author Cora Sutton Castle (18801966), here published for the first time in... Learn More
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  3. 127772
    Rare first edition of one of the most important and influential works in the history of economic thought. "Malthus was not the first writer to make the obvious point that the growth of population is ultimately limited by the food supply. He was, however, the first to bring it home to readers with the aid of a simple, powerful... Learn More
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  4. 126294
    First edition, first impression, of Keynes's second book, which established his reputation as a political economist. Keynes resigned from his position as principal representative of the British Treasury at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, in protest of the heavy reparations demanded from Germany. The Economic Consequences... Learn More
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  5. 130935comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by one of the authors on the front free endpaper, on behalf of both: "For Francis Bator - With respect and affection. Peter & Bob". Francis M. Bator (1925-2018) was a Hungarian-American economist, professor emeritus at the Harvard Kennedy School of political economy,... Learn More
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  6. 130928
    First Gellert edition, first printing. A powerful graphic rendering of Das Kapital by the Hungarian-born American artist Hugo Gellert (1892-1985), published in the midst of the Depression. The accompanying text is from the translations of Ernest Untermann, the first American translator of Kapital, and Eden and Cedar Paul.... Learn More
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    Quiddities.

    Cambridge, MA and London: 1987

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Best wishes to Gail and Tom". Quiddities gathers Quine's thoughts on more than eighty topics, arranged alphabetically from "Alphabet" to "Zero". Learn More
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  8. 130925
    First edition, first printing. Kuznets (1901-1985) won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1971. This book is the copy of Kuznets's doctoral student, the economist Stanley Engerman (born 1936), with his inked ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Engerman is best known for his Bancroft Prize-winning Time on the Cross:... Learn More
    £65

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  9. 130054
    First edition of Ricardo's fundamental contribution to the science of economics. Ricardo is credited with the first systematic and scientific approach to economics; his exact mathematical approach and careful deductive methods provided a model for future texts in the field. Ricardo's interest in political economy was aroused... Learn More
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  10. 126295
    First edition, first impression, of Keynes's second book, which established his reputation as a political economist. Keynes resigned from his position as principal representative of the British Treasury at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, in protest of the heavy reparations demanded from Germany. The Economic Consequences... Learn More
    £1,100

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  11. 130016
    First edition in book-form, first published in 13 parts from March 1857 to April 1858. This is considered Mayhew's most significant work, and was the result of a collaborative venture with his brother, the social reformer Henry Mayhew. "Between 1849 and 1852 Augustus assisted Henry in the investigations both for the 'Labour... Learn More
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  12. 128758
    First edition, extremely scarce, of Cafiero's abridgment of Marx's Das Kapital, the first appearance of the work in Italian. This was one of the earliest abridgements of Das Kapital, and was much admired by Marx.
    Carlo Cafiero (1846-1892), an Italian socialist, met Marx and Engels in London in 1870 and was recruited to... Learn More
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  13. 119971
    First edition of Marx's caustic attack on Proudhon, "the bitterest attack delivered by one thinker upon another since the celebrated polemics of the Renaissance" (Isaiah Berlin), one of 800 copies printed. "In 1846 Proudhon published his celebrated book, La Philosophie de la Misère. He and Marx had remained friends, though... Learn More
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  14. 130328

    El Capital.

    Madrid: 1886[-7]

    Exceptionally rare first edition in Spanish, an abridged translation of volume one of Marx's Das Kapital (Capital). Its scarcity is explained by the brittle, poor quality of the paper stockthe same used for printing Zafrilla's newspaperand its very small print run, thought to number no more than a thousand copies in total.
    Pablo... Learn More
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  15. 129814
    This was the first published translation of the work in any language. Issued in 3,000 copies, with a complacent comment from the censor "few people in Russia will read it, and fewer still will understand it" the book was, however, quite..."> First edition in Russian, the first foreign translation, of "the Bible of Marxism".
    This was the first published translation of the work in any language. Issued in 3,000 copies, with a complacent comment from the censor "few people in Russia will read it, and fewer still will understand it" the book was, however, quite... Learn More
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  16. 129808
    First editions, a complete set in notably good condition, of Marx's polemical masterpiece of political economy, of which only the first volume was published in his lifetime; the rest were seen through the press by Engels.
    "Marx himself modestly described Das Kapital as a continuation of his Zur Kritik de politischen Oekonomie,... Learn More
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  17. 129811
    Rare first editionone of 1000 copiesof the "germ" of Das Kapital. The Kritik was Marx's first attempt at a general statement of his theories, written following several years' research in the British Museum. Marx had initially planned a multi-volume work, but he was dissatisfied with it, and no further parts were written... Learn More
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  18. 126589
    First edition of this "rich history of pure economy", Pareto's contribution to Klein's encyclopedia for 1902. The entry "contains a valuable autobiographical allusion: Pareto lets the reader understand that as soon as he arrived in Lausanne, he started searching for some statistical invariants regarding distribution, in... Learn More
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  19. 127174
    First edition in Russian of all three volumes of Das Kapital, extremely rarely found complete. This was the first foreign translation of "the Bible of Marxism". Though the censors viewed its appearance complacently "few people in Russia will read it, and fewer still will understand it" the first volume, issued in 3,000... Learn More
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  20. 130175
    First edition, first impression. "The world-wide slump after 1929 prompted Keynes to attempt an explanation of, and new methods for controlling, the vagaries of the trade-cycle in his General Theory, he subjected the definitions and theories of the classical school of economics to a penetrating scrutiny and found them seriously... Learn More
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  21. 130459
    First edition of Booth's "classic in the literature of poverty" (ODNB). "Booth's colossal self-confidence, his burning sense of injustice coupled with unswerving devotion to his purpose, and his deep sympathy with the unfortunate, made of him an evangelist and an organiser of the first order" (PMM). Learn More
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    First and limited edition, number 64 of 500 copies privately printed, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "To W. S. S. Rodgers with my friendship and affection 1/19/38 W. P. Chrysler", on the first blank leaf. The book's foreword describes the printing of this edition, designed as a Christmas remembrance for the Chrysler... Learn More
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  23. 128856
    First edition of this fascinating work, described by Joanna Innes, Professor of Modern History at Oxford, as "outstandingly informative" of "those portions of the law of debt of potential interest and advantage to debtors" (Inferior Politics: Social Problems and Social Politics in Eighteenth-Century Britain, OUP 2009, p.... Learn More
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  24. 129378
    Second edition of Sophie de Grouchy's translation of Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments. Smith's Theory had originally been published in London in 1759 and was first translated into French in 1764. Sophie de Grouchy was a prominent salon hostess during the early French Revolution and under Napoleon, and was the wife of the... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by Shultz on the front free endpaper: "To Russell Long with my admiration - Mr. Chairman - for the sustained high quality of your contribution to economic policy and my thanks for your help and friendship George P. Shultz". The recipient, Russell B. Long, served... Learn More
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  26. 101415
    First edition of this collection of papers. The preface states that the reason for publishing these different papers under the same general title is that they belong to one and the same design and, it is believed, aim at one and the same result. The work from which they take their common origin was an all-embracing system... Learn More
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  27. Report of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce for the Year 1876-77.
    First and only edition, decidedly scarce: no copies cited in either Copac or OCLC. This attractive copy has an excellent provenance: bearing, on the front cover, the gilt arms and motto ("crux mihi grata quies" - "the cross gives me welcome rest") of the Adam family. This is almost certainly from the library of Sir Frank... Learn More
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  28. 118598
    First edition in book form, first published in 13 parts from March 1857 to April 1858. This is considered Mayhew's most significant work, and was the result of a collaborative venture with his brother, the social reformer Henry Mayhew. "Between 1849 and 1852 Augustus assisted Henry in the investigations both for the 'Labour... Learn More
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  29. 127800
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of Russell's controversialist essays. Learn More
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  30. 114611
    First edition of each work by the German lawyer and anti-physiocrat Johann Georg Schlosser (1739-1799). A native of Frankfurt-am-Main, friend and later brother-in-law of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Schlosser gained public attention in 1771 with his first work, Katechismus der Sittenlehre für das Landvolk. In March 1773 he... Learn More
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  31. 114786
    First edition of the financial publicist and editor's work on the role of currency reform in economic crises. Bonnet (1814-1889) "became a counsellor of state and a member of the Institute. He wrote in the Revue des Deux Mondes from 1860 to 1884, in favour of the monopoly of a bank of circulation, a single standard (gold),... Learn More
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    First edition in book-form, presentation copy from the editor Caleb Cushing, inscribed on the first blank "W. Emmons Esq from his friend the editor", with William Emmons's subsequent presentation bookplate to the Cony Female Academy to the pastedown, alongside the Academy's own loan bookplate to the Kennebec Natural History... Learn More
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  33. 118614
    A price list showing the highest prices realised at public auction sales held by Joe Dyson, auctioneer, during the Siege of Ladysmith, 21st February 1900. It features 27 items, including: eggs per dozen (2, 8s.), 4 small cucumbers (15s. 6d.), and a bottle of jam (1, 11s.). An interesting curiosity, showing the extortionate... Learn More
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  34. 129392
    First edition. The work is assigned by Barbier to Pierre Rulié, a parish priest of Saint Pierre de Cahors, with the text then revised by J. L. Gouttes and by Turgot. The treatise serves to justify the commercial loaning of money at interest, and instigated various refutations by the clergy, incensed by its defence of usury.... Learn More
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  35. 125975
    First edition of this popular collection of essays by philosopher, poet, and early activist for gay rights Edward Carpenter (1844-1929), considered "unique because as well as documenting the material conditions of women under capitalism, it mapped the inner life of struggle and personal transformation involved in realising... Learn More
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  36. 121182
    Second edition of the French anarchist philosopher's notorious thesis which caused a scandal by equating all property with theft, printed by Proudhon himself in his hometown Besançon as stated on the half-title verso. As a result of his family's financial difficulties, Proudhon entered a printing-office in Besancon as a... Learn More
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  37. 118822
    First edition of this work on the Paris brothers, based on a manuscript autobiography composed in 1729 by Claude Paris (1670-1744) for his children, and purporting to show how a kingdom can, in five years, pass from stagnation to a flourishing economy. Luchet (1740-1792) was a French essayist and theatre manager, whose other... Learn More
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  39. 119535
    First edition, from the library of Nobel Prize-winning American economist Milton Friedman. The commission's important examination of the economic development, living conditions, industrial activities, agricultural advances, and social issues across British East AfricaKenya, Uganda, and Tanganyika (now part of modern day... Learn More
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  40. Absentee Ownership and Business Enterprise in Recent Times. The Case of America.
    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"... Learn More
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    I: First edition of Baudeau's finest economic work, "a compendious statement of Quesnay's views which, for clearness as well as for certain touches of originality, is far superior to anything from the pen of Mirabeau, Du Pont de Nemours, or Le Mercier de la Rivière" (Cossa). Baudeau here brilliantly refutes the Abbé Galiani,... Learn More
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  42. 108929
    First edition in English, originally printed in France the same year under the title Compte Rendu au Roi. Jacques Necker (1732-1804) was the finance minister to Louis XVI, popular among the people for his commoner background and perceived financial acumen. Published as the French involvement in the American Revolutionary... Learn More
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  43. 127434
    First edition of the prospectus for Morellet's planned but ultimately unrealised Dictionnaire de commerce, issued with his Catalogue, considered "the first bibliography of economic literature" (Carpenter, p. 2). "This prospectus, which is undoubtedly one of the very best specimens of that class of works, was intended to... Learn More
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  44. 129204
    First edition, first impression, with a printed compliments slip laid in from Henderson's wife, who was recognised by Clay in his preface as an unofficial editor of the book.
    The British economist Sir Hubert Henderson was editor of The Nation from 1923 to 1930, Joint Secretary of the Economic Advisory Council from 1930... Learn More
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  45. 129198
    First edition, first impression of the first full-scale biography of Eleanor, daughter of Karl Marx, which draws extensively on her unpublished letters. Learn More
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  46. 127682
    First edition of this critique of Necker's financial administration, variously attributed to Guerineau de Saint-Peravi, Du Buat-Nançay and Le Gros. Learn More
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  47. 117106
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of seven essays on industrial fluctuations, the first of which, "Profits, Interest, and Investment", was published here for the first time. This essay extends and refines the main argument that Hayek made in the lecture series published as Prices and Production in 1931,... Learn More
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  48. Lectures on Justice, Police, Revenue and Arms.
    First edition of this collection of notes taken from Adam Smith's early lectures. It contains the formative ideas behind The Wealth of Nations. "Based on a set of student notes from Smith's lectures, probably delivered during the session 1763-4, that came into Cannan's hands in the spring of 1895" (Tribe). Learn More
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  49. 121644
    First edition of Goldmann's magnum opus, one of the most important and substantial studies of South African gold mines. Sydney Goldmann (1868-1958), an uitlander of German-Jewish descent, made his fortune in gold mining; he later served as a Boer War correspondent for The Standard alongside Winston Churchill, before entering... Learn More
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  50. 125022
    First edition. An English-born reformist, Thomas Cooper (1759-1839) joined South Carolina College in Columbia in 1819 as professor of chemistry before becoming president of the college in 1820. He wrote on a wide variety of topics including politics, metaphysics, religion, science, economics, and the law. The present work... Learn More
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  51. A Practical Treatise of Husbandry:
    First edition in English. The first part of Duhamel du Monceau's treatise was published in France in 1750 as Traité de la culture des terres; five other parts followed, the last one published in 1760. Quesnay's entry on agriculture, which appeared in the first volume of the Encyclopédie in 1751, was influenced by the work... Learn More
    £550

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  52. 125882comp
    First edition, second printing (two months after the first). Inscribed by the author to the Nobel Laureate and economist Frederick Soddy on the front free endpaper: "To Professor Frederick Soddy with the compliments of Irving Fisher January 1929". Soddy had been awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1921 for his work... Learn More
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  53. 126681
    First and only edition of this criticism of Malthusian theory in which the author considers various ways for the immediate amelioration of poverty - "the nutriment on which sedition feeds" (p. ix). "Thomas Rowe Edmonds (1803-1896) was probably one of the most competent statisticians of the middle of the nineteenth century,... Learn More
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  54. 128933
    First edition of this proposal for radical reform of the British government, economy, and social organisation. The political writer George Edwards (1752-1823) "was an untiring propounder of political and social schemes, with a particular enthusiasm for reform of the constitution, of agricultural practice, of tax laws, and... Learn More
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  55. The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money.
    First edition, first impression. Written in the aftermath of the great depression, Keynes's masterwork is generally regarded as probably the most influential social science treatise of the century; it quickly and permanently changed the way the world looked at the economy and the role of government in society. Learn More
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  56. The Theory of Business Enterprise.
    Second edition. Inscribed by Veblen on the front free endpaper: "B. J. Olsson Nordfeldt. T. B. Veblen". Nordfeldt (1878-1955) was a Swedish-American artist who painted two portraits of Veblen, both now lost. Nordfeldt studied art in the U.S. and Europe. Between 1903 and 1907 he lived in Chicago, depicting Chicago landmarks... Learn More
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  57. 128851
    First edition, first impression. The copy of the Keynesian economist Percy H. Asher, author of the 1938 work National Self-Sufficiency, with his extensive annotations in pencil and ink throughout the second half of the first volume, and in one section of the second volume. A Treatise on Money is the first of Keynes's two... Learn More
    £850

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  58. 125768
    First edition of this printing of the letters and documents relating to the ill-fated Darien Scheme, Scotland's aborted attempt to found a colony, leading to bankruptcy and necessitating the Act of Union with England. The Bannatyne Club was founded by Walter to Scott to print rare works of Scottish interest, printing 116... Learn More
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  59. 123570
    First edition under Jean Auffray's editorship of the works of Raoul Spifame. Spifame (1500-1563) was a lawyer in the Paris Parlement, whose descent into madness led him to be confined to an asylum. There, convinced he was King Henry II, he issued decrees and wrote schemes for reform, all signed with his regnal name. This... Learn More
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  60. 126346comp
    First edition, first printing, with an article cutting advertising his upcoming talk loosely inserted. Galbraith's work tells of the history of the development of money and the modern financial system. Learn More
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