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  1. 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.
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 122166comp
    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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 126613comp
    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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  23. 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
    £750

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  24. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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
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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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
    £6,500

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  35. 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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  36. 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
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  37. 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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  38. 124350
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed to his fellow member of the Statistical Society of London, "To T. B. Herring Esq. With the Author's regards" on the front free endpaper verso. Thomas Buckle Herring of 40 Aldersgate Street was proposed successfully as a candidate for the Society in November 1836; at that same session... Learn More
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  39. 122234
    First edition, first impression, of Keynes's second work on the German reparations, arguing for a reduction in payments demanded from Germany. A nice liberal association copy, Walter Runciman the younger being a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge who "during the 1920s gradually moved to the right in the sense that he... Learn More
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  40. 123760
    First edition of Boccardo's dictionary of political economy, intended for the use of public servants and businessmen, and a major influence on the development of Italian economic study. Learn More
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  41. 96273
    First edition, first impression. The publisher's archive copy with their stamp on the title page. A critique of many aspects of Britain's war effort. Learn More
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  42. 84058
    "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..."> 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... Learn More
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  43. 107467
    First edition, first printing, with the scarce jacket. This is the first of Schabacker's three major works on the stock market. The youngest financial editor of Forbes magazine, Schabacker writes, "so long as he plays courageously fair with his sincere study there seems no reason why the average student should not reap... Learn More
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  44. 122692
    First edition, the author's copy, presentation copy, inscribed to fellow economist George Stigler, "To George Stigler May 27, 1963, F.H.K.", and additionally signed by Knight on the front pastedown. This copy bears autograph pencil changes to three pages (53, 101, 152): two use proofreading symbols to insert and delete phrases,... Learn More
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  45. 117397
    First edition, first printing. Douglas and Director's book was intended to be "a comprehensive and continuing study of the problem of unemployment, including the results of economic research and of practical measures for regularization which were being undertaken in various industries" (Preface). At the time of publication,... Learn More
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  46. 127155
    First edition of this collection. Published by the agronomist Augstin Alletz, the work gathers Saint-Pierre's proposals for the reform and improvement of society. Saint-Pierre's writings proved an important influence on the enlightenment, especially on Rousseau, although Rousseau did disagree with Saint-Pierre's proposals... Learn More
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  47. 127003
    First edition. Richard Lawrence served in the New Model Army and accompanied Cromwell's expeditionary force to Ireland in 1649, where he was entrusted with important commands of the island as it was reconquered and resettled. He entered into print in the 1650s defending the policy of transplantation, and acquired large... Learn More
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  48. 126999
    The third edition, enlarged, first published in 1662. "The scientific study of the numbers, characteristics and territorial distribution of populations - today called demography - began with Graunt" (PMM). Graunt drew up his statistical tables from the birth and death records of parish clerks. From this he constructed the... Learn More
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  49. 125802
    A unique and significant collection of material relating to the publication of Wicksteed's Essay on the Co-ordination of the Laws of Distribution, including a first edition of that same title; with an excellent association, being from the library of the Canadian economist Jacob Viner, one of the leading figures of the early... Learn More
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  50. 125826
    A scarce collection of over 30 very detailed estate inventories produced during the intense scrutiny of the South Sea Company and its employees in the aftermath of the Bubble. Printed by order of the House of Commons, each inventory has a separate title leaf, pagination, and register, printing in exhaustive details the particulars... Learn More
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  51. 124115
    One of four editions of Condorcet's life of Turgot which were printed in 1786, this being Gertis's edition C, and therefore the third edition. All four editions have London imprints but the latter three were printed in France. Condorcet was a strong supporter of Turgot, who had attempted to implement physiocratic ideas as... Learn More
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  52. 124634
    First edition, one of two states of the title (the other being for T. Cadell in the Strand, no priority established). Written at a time of public anger at the price and quality of teas, this pamphlet sought to vindicate the conduct of the tea-dealers, and direct public feeling against the East-India Company directors, following... Learn More
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  53. 126823
    First edition of this work by Malachy Postlethwayt (1707-1767), writer and government publicist under Robert Walpole's administration, from 1743-46 a member of the Royal Africa Company, and compiler of the Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce. Postlethwayt here proposes a method of financing the ongoing Seven Years... Learn More
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  54. 124798
    First edition of this work by Malachy Postlethwayt (1707-1767), writer and government publicist under Robert Walpole's administration, from 1743-46 a member of the Royal Africa Company, and compiler of the Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce. Postlethwayt proposes a method of financing the ongoing Seven Years War... Learn More
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  55. 125342comp
    The..."> 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.
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  56. 120529
    First edition in book form, exceptionally rare, OCLC locating just one copy at the National Library of Sweden. This is Bukharin's last major work, "Notes of an Economist", his famous public warning against Stalin's five-year plan, which was first published as an article in Pravda on 30 September 1928. Bukharin was formally... Learn More
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  57. 117561
    Third Blavet edition, the first to be published in book form within French borders, based on the second French translation by Blavet published in 1781. Jean-Louis Blavet's identity remained unknown until the publication of this edition, after which he publicly acknowledged his role as translator in a letter to the Journal... Learn More
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  58. 125706
    A fine example of the famous speculator John Law's signature, appended to an autograph letter written in a neat cursive secretarial hand, to an unknown "Monsieur", giving orders for the provision of payment, written during perhaps the most prosperous period of Law's career, following Law's appointment to the post of controller-general... Learn More
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  59. 125508
    First and only edition of this extraordinarily rare attempt to quantify and graphically analyse the financial world from 1797 to 1868, covering the height of the industrial revolution. Impressively broad in its scope, the Atlas tackles banks, interest rates, roads, railway construction, public buses, shipping, energy supplies,... Learn More
    £7,750

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    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... Learn More
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