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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 132101
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 97220
    First edition, first impression, containing pp. 143-164 from the scientific journal Annales de Mines, May 1942. Learn More
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 96189
    First edition, first impression of this anti-militarist political and economic study, and the author's most overtly Marxist work. From the publisher's archive, with their stamp to the front panel of the jacket and the front pastedown. Learn More
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  28. 96190
    First edition, first impression.
    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 - he flouted convention, backed newcomers extravagantly, and held unique sway over... Learn More
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  29. 96194
    First edition, first impression. Cole was one of the leading British socialist thinkers of his day. "He also concentrated throughout the 1930s on writing books about themes of general interest which he hoped would reach a broader audience than either academic texts or socialist polemics" (ODNB). Learn More
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  30. 96200
    First edition, first impression of this anti-militarist political and economic study, and the author's most overtly Marxist work. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
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  31. 96225
    First edition, first impression. "Cole became a leading light in a variety of organizations designed to prompt a radical renewal in Labour thinking, including the Society for Socialist Inquiry and Propaganda (SSIP), founded in 1930, the New Fabian Research Bureau (1931), and the Socialist League (1932)" (ODNB). The Introduction... Learn More
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  32. 96262

    Provenance: from the publisher's..."> First edition, first impression. Described on the front of the dust jacket as "the first book on an important topic" in the run up to the 1929 General Election, also known as the "Flapper Election" because it was the first election in which women over the age of 21 were allowed to vote.

    Provenance: from the publisher's... Learn More
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  33. 96267
    First edition, first impression. "Major Douglas Examined!" shouts the dust jacket: an important contribution to the literature concerning the Social Credit theory of Major C. H. Douglas. This was hotly debated in the 1920s and 30s and influenced, in particular, the work and thinking of the poet Ezra Pound. "Attempts to discredit... Learn More
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  34. 96270
    First edition, first impression. Sir Richard William Barnes Clarke (1910-1975) journalist and civil servant. At the time of publication Clarke was working at the Financial News, later amalgamated with the Financial Times, where his most lasting achievement was to devise the ordinary share index - still, as the FT index,... Learn More
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  35. 96279
    First edition, first impression. "As the twentieth century unfolded, some writers began to conceive of other industrial revolutions. The Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences (1932) called attention to two works in which post-World War I "efforts toward rationalisation and the changes resulting from the coming of electric... Learn More
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  36. 96335
    First edition, first impression. A study of the tithe laws - part of Wallace's campaign against their imposition, and a call for reform.
    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... Learn More
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  37. 129325
    First edition of the Norwegian-American professor's first published book, his most successful work. Veblen's thesis was a serious economic analysis of contemporary America, but after William Dean Howells gave the book a rave review as a social satire, it became a best-seller. "Into it he poured all the acidulous ideas and... Learn More
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  38. 131596
    First edition, first impression, of Pigou's theoretical work, published during the Great Depression, examining the workings of a fully employed economy under stationary state conditions. The copy of Pigou's fellow economist Lionel Charles Robbins (1898-1984), with his pencilled ownership signature to the front free endpaper.... Learn More
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  39. 131594
    First edition, first impression, of Pigou's defence of free trade based on Marshallian principles. The copy of Pigou's fellow economist Lionel Charles Robbins (1898-1984), with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. At the LSE, Robbins "dominated the economics department for thirty years and built it up to its... Learn More
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  40. 131590
    First edition, first impression, of Pigou's work that "established his reputation beyond doubt" (New Palgrave). The copy of Pigou's fellow economist Lionel Charles Robbins (1898-1984), with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. At the LSE, Robbins "dominated the economics department for thirty years and built... Learn More
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  41. 131321
    First edition, first impression, of Keynes's biographies of politicians and economists. The copy of the economist Lionel Robbins (1898-1984), with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper dated 1933. Keynes and Robbins had a troubled relationship. In 1930 Keynes was appointed by the Labour Government to head a... Learn More
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  42. 130529comp
    Edouard Dolléans states that just forty copies of A New View of Society were bound for presentation: "En écrivant les Vues..."> First edition, first issue of the four Essays, one of 40 specially bound presentation sets printed on thick paper, parts III & IV "Not published", inscribed "From the Author" on the first blank.
    Edouard Dolléans states that just forty copies of A New View of Society were bound for presentation: "En écrivant les Vues... Learn More
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  43. 128845
    First edition. Mackay's important early work of social psychology discusses popular delusions of all types and considers the credulous enthusiasm of mankind for phenomena such as alchemy, witchcraft, relics, the Crusades, urban myths, as well as economic events such as the tulip bubble, the Mississippi Bubble, and the South... Learn More
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  44. 121354
    First edition, second issue. Several Papers comprises an issue under a collective title page of the second editions of three Locke economic tracts: Some Considerations of the Consequences of the Lowering of Interest and Raising the Value of Money, Short Observations... on Coining Silver Money, and Further Considerations... Learn More
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  45. 129137
    First edition. Louis Bachelier (1870-1946) was an eminent French mathematician and a pioneer in the study of financial mathematics. During his studies at the Sorbonne he wrote his famous thesis, Théorie de la speculation (1900), in which he defined Brownian motion, predating Einstein by five years, and discussed its application... Learn More
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  46. 131471
    First US edition, first printing, of Hayek's criticism of scientism. "Hayek used the term scientism to refer to the slavish imitation of the methods of the physical sciences without regard for the innate differences between physical and non-physical reality" (The New Palgrave). This volume collects 17 papers, most of which... Learn More
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  47. 131402comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Robert to remember a very agreeable passage. John Kenneth Galbraith 13 November 1986". A View from the Stands collects Galbraith's essays, papers and letters from the previous two decades. Learn More
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  48. 126478
    First edition of the work which Marx took the best part of a year away from the writing of Capital to complete, bound first in a volume of two works, the second being the second edition of Marx's Der Achtzehnte Brumaire des Louis Bonaparte (Hamburg: Otto Meissner, 1869).
    Herr Vogt is an answer to the slanders against... Learn More
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  49. 87959
    First Russian-language edition of Malthus's Essay on the Principle of Population, first published in English in 1798, one of the most important and influential works in the history of economic thought. The translation was made by P. A. Bibikov, a historian, philosopher, and literary critic, who had already translated Smith's... Learn More
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  50. 117696
    First edition of the major work of the famous Scottish financial adventurer John Law (1671-1729), which presents his theories on the establishment of paper note-issuing national banks. The title exists in two states: one with an ornament of an eagle and vines, the present with a coastline and its reflection. Textually they... Learn More
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  51. 131199
    First edition, first printing. A remarkable book published in the months preceding the Wall Street Crash, Lawrence condemns those in Washington pushing for tighter financial regulation, and declares the Federal Reserve warnings in February of impending economic instability alarmist and unfounded. Lawrence has consequently... Learn More
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  52. 131119
    First editions, first printings, of the complete series; 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 wrote the first volume, Beckhart and... Learn More
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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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    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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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. 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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  60. 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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