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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to economics, historically known as political economy, the social science concerned with the factors that determine the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.

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  1. Quiddities.
    QUINE, Willard Van Orman. 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
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 130927

  2. The Debt and the Deficit.
    HEILBRONER, Robert, & Peter Bernstein. The Debt and the Deficit.

    New York and London : 1989

    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, and Deputy National Security... Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 130935

  3. Observations on the means of exciting a spirit of National Industry; chiefly intended to promote the Agriculture, Commerce, Manufactures, and Fisheries, of Scotland.
    ANDERSON, James. Observations on the means of exciting a spirit of National Industry; chiefly intended to promote the Agriculture, Commerce, Manufactures, and Fisheries, of Scotland.

    Edinburgh : 1777

    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) wrote several influential... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 127839

  4. De la mesure de l'utilité des travaux publics;
    DUPUIT, A. J. Etienne-Juvenal. De la mesure de l'utilité des travaux publics;

    Paris : 1844 & 1849

    First edition of Dupuit's two articles, printed in numbers 116 and 207 of the Annales des ponts et chaussées. The copy of the economist Henry Ludwell Moore, with his ownership signature on the front free endpaper and his extensive pencilled annotations to the articles, mostly in English with some French. The annotations mostly take the form of summaries... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 127699

  5. Economic Policy Beyond the Headlines.
    SHULTZ, George P., & Kenneth W. Dam. Economic Policy Beyond the Headlines.

    New York : 1977

    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 as Senator for Louisiana from... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 126613

  6. The Money Illusion.
    FISHER, Irving. The Money Illusion.

    New York : 1928

    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 on isotopes. The Money Illusion,... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 125882

  7. The Story of Investment Companies.
    BULLOCK, Hugh. The Story of Investment Companies.

    New York : 1959

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed from the author to Edward Gadsby, the chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, 1957-61, "To Edward N. Gadsby, able chairman of a vital government agency that has given American investors protection they never knew before" on the front free endpaper.
    The Senate confirmation... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 125342

  8. How to Pay for the War:
    WEBB, Sidney (ed.) How to Pay for the War:

    London : 1916

    First edition, first impression. With a presentation inscription from Sidney Webb to Professor Phillip Bradley dated 25 November 1925 pasted to the front free endpaper. Loosely inserted is an autograph letter from Webb to Bradley from 28 July 1936, in which Webb writes that he read Bradley's Road to War "with almost painful interest as it is so like... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 124802

  9. Price Flexibility and Employment.
    LANGE, Oscar. Price Flexibility and Employment.

    Bloomington, IN : 1944

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author, "With compliments, Oscar Lange", on the front free endpaper. Oscar Lange (1904-1965) was a Polish-American economist who advocated the use of market pricing tools in socialist systems. "The book is something like a restatement of the theory of general economic equilibrium in which money is incorporated... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 124864

  10. Minimumproblemen in de natuurkunde en de ekonomie.
    TINBERGEN, Jan. Minimumproblemen in de natuurkunde en de ekonomie.

    Amsterdam : 1929

    Tinbergen's copy of his doctoral thesis, with his initials to the front free endpaper and first blank, two leaves of manuscript inserts, and several neat pencil annotations, including the correction made to formula 10 on p. 7 listed as the single erratum of the first trade edition, and mistakes on pp. 15, 25. This copy with a Dedication leaf ("to my... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 123617

  11. Life of an American Workman.
    CHRYSLER, Walter P., & Boyden Sparkes. Life of an American Workman.

    New York : 1937

    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 family to distribute... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 122166

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

    New York : 1915

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

    Stock Code: 122230

  13. An essay on some general principles of political economy, on taxes upon raw produce, and on commutation of tithes.
    ROGERS, Edward. An essay on some general principles of political economy, on taxes upon raw produce, and on commutation of tithes.

    London : 1822

    First edition of Rogers's mathematical economics pamphlet, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front wrapper, "To Charles Wetherell Esq. MP. with the Author's Compliments", underneath the crossed-out inscription, "To the Earl of Liverpool". At the time of the inscription the English politician and judge Charles Wetherell represented Oxford... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 120724

  14. Money.
    WALKER, Francis A. Money.

    New York : 1888

    Presentation copies, inscribed from the author to the businessman Augustus Lowell, Walker's colleague at MT, with an additional leaflet publication of Walker's lecture on bimetallism laid in. An attractively bound set of three pioneering works by "the most widely known and esteemed American economist of his generation" (The New Palgrave IV, p. 850).... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 119669

  15. Die Agrarfrage: eine Uebersicht über die Tendenzen der modernen Landwirthschaft und die Agrarpolitik der Sozialdemokratie.
    KAUTSKY, Karl. Die Agrarfrage: eine Uebersicht über die Tendenzen der modernen Landwirthschaft und die Agrarpolitik der Sozialdemokratie.

    Stuttgart : 1899

    First edition, presentation copy from the author to the important French communist Paul Lafargue, inscribed by him, "A son cher Lafargue, K. Kautsky, Berlin 3/1/99". The Marxist theorist's analysis of capitalism in agriculture is a book that Lenin declared "the most important event in present-day economic literature since the third volume of Capital".
    Kautsky... Learn More
    £11,000.00

    Stock Code: 118919

  16. The Slave Trade, Domestic and Foreign:
    CAREY, Henry Charles. The Slave Trade, Domestic and Foreign:

    Philadelphia : 1853

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "To Signor Giulio with the respects of the author". Henry Charles Carey (1793-1879) was hailed by his contemporaries as "the political economist of the age" (Sartain's Magazine), and his earlier work, The Credit System (1838), was considered "the best work on the credit system that has ever... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 117176

  17. Autograph letter signed, to Henry Charles Carey.
    EVERETT, Alexander Hill. Autograph letter signed, to Henry Charles Carey.

    Boston : October 21 1835

    A choice letter between two of the leading American economists of the day, testimony to the emergence of an American school of economics that was explicitly conceived as an alternative to the orthodoxy of British classical economics.
    The letter was initiated through the recent publication of Carey's first book, Theory of Wages (1835), which he had... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 116816

  18. The Opportunity in Life Underwriting.
    [GRANT, Heber J.] The Opportunity in Life Underwriting.

    Indianapolis : 1935

    First edition, first printing, published for the Insurance Research & Review Service. With a typed compliments note on Beneficial Life Insurance letterhead signed by the author Heber J. Grant tipped-in on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 116196

  19. The Theory of Business Enterprise.
    VEBLEN, Thorstein. The Theory of Business Enterprise.

    New York : 1910

    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 and scenes, and it was most... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 113345

  20. Nouvelles Idées sur la Population,
    EVERETT, Alexander Hill. Nouvelles Idées sur la Population,

    Paris : 1826

    First French edition of this major early American response to Malthus. Presentation copy from the author to the Swedish Academy, inscribed on the half-title: "À l'académie suédoise, hommage de l'auteur, par les soins de M. Jullien, de Paris". The inscription was quite possibly written by M. Jullien, who had been entrusted by the author with the delivery.... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 113397

  21. Tarr.
    LEWIS, Wyndham. Tarr.

    London : 1918

    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To K. W. Marshall, from Wyndham Lewis. 1929." The recipient, Kenneth W. Marshall, was later a director at the small publishing house of Boriswood which published James Hanley's novel Boy (1931), for which the firm was prosecuted for obscenity. Marshall... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 111831

  22. Commerce and Industry.
    PAGE, William, (ed.) Commerce and Industry.

    London : 1919

    First edition, first impression, of the comprehensive history of Britain's economy prior to the First World War as recorded by Parliament, written to "afford some assistance to those interested in the reconstruction which necessarily follows the destructive agency of war". This copy was owned by economic historian Sir William James Ashley, who made... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 107045

  23. Juggernaut: It's Present State,
    STRACHAN, J. M. Juggernaut: It's Present State,

    London : 1843

    Second edition, originally published in 1842, but with a new Introductory Letter (dated 1843); both editions are rare, this one recorded by Copac in only two British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Cambridge), and OCLC locates just one (Peabody Essex Museum). Presentation copy from the author, inscribed at the head of title page: "The Revd. Dr... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 106216

  24. De l'esprit du gouvernement économique.
    BOESNIER DE L'ORME, Paul. De l'esprit du gouvernement économique.

    Paris : 1775

    First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the title page: "Le Prieur de Cheverny, Ex dono authoris". This is the principal work of the French economist Paul Boesnier de l'Orme (1724-1793), "one of the most systematic and comprehensive expositions of economics of its period" (Higgs). This copy has the imprint of Delalaine; the Mattioli... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 104258

  25. The Wheel of Wealth:
    CROZIER, John Beattie. The Wheel of Wealth:

    London : 1906

    First edition. An inscribed presentation copy from the author to the politician and writer, John Morley, Viscount Morley of Blackburn (1838-1923). Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 97260

  26. 100% Money
    FISHER, Irving. 100% Money

    New York : 1936

    Second edition, first published the previous year, here extensively revised following the passing of the Omnibus Banking Act of 1935. 100 Money was Fisher's proposal to eliminate economic fluctuations by requiring that demand deposits be backed by a corresponding amount of cash, an idea which had its roots in the work of Walras, Mises, and the Chicago... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 97128

  27. Die Steigungsverhältnisse der Strassen. Separat-Abdruck aus der Zeitschrift des Architekten- und Ingenieur-Vereins zu Hannover, Band XXVI. Heft 3.
    LAUNHARDT, Wilhelm. Die Steigungsverhältnisse der Strassen. Separat-Abdruck aus der Zeitschrift des Architekten- und Ingenieur-Vereins zu Hannover, Band XXVI. Heft 3.

    Hannover : 1880-1887

    Presentation copies, inscribed to Professor Fischer by the author, the first work additionally with the ownership of Erich Schneider to the title. Like Dupuit, Launhardt began his professional life as a civil engineer, working for the public road administration. A professor of roads, railways and bridges at the Technische Hochschule (now the University)... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 93895

  28. Der isolirte Staat in Beziehung auf Landwirtschaft und Nationalökonomie,
    THÜNEN, Johann Heinrich von. Der isolirte Staat in Beziehung auf Landwirtschaft und Nationalökonomie,

    Rostock : 1842

    Scarce second edition, revised and expanded, of the first part of Thünen's (1783-1850) key work. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to his son on verso of front free endpaper: "Seinem lieben Sohn Heinrich zum dauernden Andenken, vom Verfasser, Tellow der 25. Dec. 1842". A pioneering economic study on agriculture, the second edition contains... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 93435

  29. 1889-90. A Manual of Investments.
    WILLIAMS, John L, & Son (compiled by.) 1889-90. A Manual of Investments.

    Richmond, Virginia : 1890

    First edition of the 6th annual Manual of investments produced by the banking house of John L. Williams of Richmond, Virginia, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "George Wayne Andrew with compliments & regards of the Author & acknowledgements for valuable assistance rendered in the compilation of this work. May 1890".
    "Our Manual was the... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 93439

  30. The Logic of Political Economy.
    DE QUINCEY, Thomas. The Logic of Political Economy.

    Edinburgh & London : 1844

    First edition. The Logic of Political Economy, De Quincey's exposition of Ricardian economics, is the author's principal economic work. Rearranged from a series of papers by his publisher and discussing the relative influence of utility and scarcity, the former being described as affirmative or power value, the latter as negative or resistance value,... Learn More
    £8,250.00

    Stock Code: 93298

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

    New York : 1923

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

    Stock Code: 88082

  32. Magnificent autograph letter signed, to François Véron Duverger de Forbonnais.
    QUESNAY, Francois. Magnificent autograph letter signed, to François Véron Duverger de Forbonnais.

    [Versailles] : 1758

    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 anonymously published in Basel... Learn More
    £75,000.00

    Stock Code: 86329

  33. Cours d'Économie Politique. Professé a l'Université de Lausanne.
    PARETO, Vilfredo. Cours d'Économie Politique. Professé a l'Université de Lausanne.

    Lausanne : 1896-97

    First edition of Pareto's first major work, inscribed by the author; "A Mr, le Dr Sülzer, Hommage amical, Vilfredo Pareto" to the title of each volume (see below).
    "Pareto's aim in the Cours was 'to provide an outline of economic science considered as a natural science based exclusively on facts'" (IESS). The main economic contribution of the work... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 84058

  34. Indian Currency and Banking Problems.
    TANNAN, Mohan Lal, & Khushal T. Shah. Indian Currency and Banking Problems.

    Bombay : 1917

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by Tannan on the front free endpaper, "With the compliments of the author, M L Tannan". This is one of the earliest comprehensive works on Indian currency and banking, written for the educated layman and including sections on general monetary and banking principles, historical and modern... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 82678

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