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  1. 119084
    First published edition of one of the foundation documents of European Federalism, known as the Ventotene Manifesto, after the Italian island on which the authors were held as political prisoners during the Second World War. "A 'secret' document proposing a solution for Europe's perpetual state of war and political violence,... Learn More
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  2. 118691
    First edition of the distinguished German economist and philosopher's work on law enforcement. First a professor of philosophy in Halle, Jakob (1759-1827) accepted the Russian government's invitation in 1807 to become a professor of economic science at Kharkoff University after the University of Halle was suppressed. His... Learn More
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  3. 118695
    First edition of Fichte's principal work on state intervention in the national economy, considered "the best historical example of implementing Kant's idea of a hypothetical contract in the terrain of modern political economy" (Hunt, p. 170). Fichte was one of the founders of German idealism, and "through his philosophy... Learn More
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  4. 118599
    First edition in Italian of Cantillon's Essai sur la nature du commerce en général, first published in French in 1755. This translation, attributed to F. Scottoni who signs the dedication, is extremely scarce, OCLC locating only the British Library copy.
    Richard Cantillon (c.1680-1734) was an Irish-born banker and economist,... Learn More
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  5. 118361
    First and scarce edition in book form of the eminent Viennese economists' important theoretical treatise, "the only Austrian contribution to mathematical economics and one of the outstanding contributions in the last two decades of the 19th century" (The New Palgrave III, p. 176). The first part was published separately... Learn More
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  6. 118046
    First edition of the Italian lawyer, senator, and scholar's anthology of mercantilist writings, published anonymously. Bertolini (1711-1782) studied at the university in Pisa and trained at the Pisa Law School where he graduated in 1734. He set up a legal practice in Florence before beginning his career as an official of... Learn More
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  7. 117553
    Second edition, revised, corrected and enlarged, of the French economist's major thesis which confirmed his status as the father of general equilibrium theory, first published in two parts in 1874 and 1877 respectively. Soon after becoming a professor of political economy at the University of Lausanne at the age of 36, Walras... Learn More
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  8. 116872
    First edition, with a letter signed from the author to Professor G. W. Forrest laid in. On 26 April 1883, the year before his death, Fawcett thanks the recipient "for sending me your articles on Indian Finance. I still take as much interest in it as ever I did although my official work leaves me very little time to devote... Learn More
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  9. 116225
    First editions, first impressions, of Skidelsky's excellent three-volume biography. Learn More
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  10. 114554
    First edition of the first significant publication of the Royal Bath and West of England Society, published three years after the society was founded. From the library of natural history collector William Constable (1721-1791), whose Cabinet of Curiosities was donated to Hull City Museums in the 1960s, with his armorial... Learn More
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  11. 119886
    First US edition, first printing, of one of Pasinetti's most successful books. Extending the principles outlined by Sraffa and Leontief, "Pasinetti analyses the theory of production from a macroeconomic perspective, investigating, at a theoretical level, the production and distribution of wealth, as a flow rather than as... Learn More
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  12. 118587
    First edition, first printing, of the investment counsellor's book on commodities trading, with an introduction by the then Financial Editor of The New York Times, John G. Forrest. Learn More
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  13. 120528
    First Canadian edition of Capital in translation, consisting of the first nine chapters of volume 1 as well as Chapter 32, "Historical Tendency of Capitalist Accumulation", translated by Samuel Moore and Edward Aveling from the text of the third German edition. Learn More
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  14. 120363
    First Playfair edition of "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM). William Playfair (1759-1823), a writer on political economy best known as the inventor of three fundamental forms of statistical graph (the time-series line graph and the bar and pie charts), paired his edition with sharp criticism... Learn More
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  15. 120782
    Third edition in French of Hume's Political Discourses, translating the seven essays on economics which first appeared in English in 1752. Together they rank as one of the major economic writings of the eighteenth century. Hume's specific contributions to economic thought include the so-called "specie-flow mechanism" and... Learn More
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  16. 116726
    First edition of the great agricultural reformer's survey of the northern counties of England. Young's Tours are "his most valuable publications", and the English Tours in particular contain "the best account of the state of the country, and the condition of the agriculturists, between 1760 and 1780" (McCulloch, p. 214).... Learn More
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  17. Epistemological Problems of Economics. Translated by George Reisman.

    Epistemological Problems of Economics. Translated by George Reisman.

    Princeton, New Jersey, Toronto, London, and New York: 1960

    First edition in English of von Mises's Grundprobleme der Nationalökonomie, originally published in 1933. "During the 1920s, von Mises became very much interested in epistemology. In opposition to the increasingly fashionable methodology of positivism, he set forth a methodology of purely logical deduction from self-evident... Learn More
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  18. Input-Output Economics.
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of eleven essays (six of which are addressed to the general reader) by the pioneer of input-output analysis, who received the Nobel Prize in economics in 1973. With the Yale bookplate of economics professor Richard Startz. Learn More
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  19. Social Economics.
    First edition in English, first printing, predating the first UK edition by a year. One of the principal works of the Austrian economist Friedrich von Wieser (1851-1926), originally published in 1914 under the title Theorie der gesellschaftlichen Wirtschaft. Learn More
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  20. 117232
    First edition of the author's last and longest work, a commentary on and critical interpretation of the principal doctrines of the English school of economists. Cairnes (1823-1875), often described as the "last of the classical economists", was a key Irish political economist who developed and critiqued the work of John... Learn More
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  21. 107045
    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... Learn More
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  22. 119531
    First edition. Pratt's contribution to the debate surrounding the recoinage of 1696 was paid for by the Treasury and broadly supported William Lowndes's case for devaluation. Pratt suggests that coin has not just extrinsic value, but a third "real" value, "adherent to the Species, with respect to time and place". Learn More
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  23. 119400
    First British edition, originally published by the American Council on Public Affairs in Washington in 1943. "This book is an important contribution to the history of economic thought" says Joseph A. Schumpeter, the economist, in his introduction. Learn More
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  24. 106009
    First edition of the American professor and lecturer's introductory work on the production and circulation of wealth. Newman (1797-1842) taught Greek and Latin languages and literature at Bowdoin College, Maine and in 1824 he became Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory. In the second edition of 1844, the recommendation written... Learn More
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  25. 118736
    First edition in English. This collection contains: an essay upon taste; New Persian Letters; The Temple of Gnidus; a Defence of the Spirit of Laws: to which are added some explanations, and a speech given by Montesquieu in Paris on 24 January 1728. It also contains the Eulogium on Montesquieu and an Analysis of the Spirit... Learn More
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  26. 118919comp
    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... Learn More
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  27. 114588
    First edition, published by Honoré Gabriel Mirabeau, son of Victor de Riquetti. The work was originally drawn up by Du Pont de Nemours in 1776 under the title Mémoire sur les municipalités after a draft left by Turgot. The Lettre which begins on page 99 was written by Du Pont de Nemours and the Observations (p. 113ff.)... Learn More
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  28. Reflexions politiques sur les Finances et le Commerce,
    Second edition of this important work, published two years after the first edition. Reflexions politiques was first written in the form of three letters to Melon in 1735 but not published until three years later. Little is known of Dutot, save that he was a cashier in the Compagnie des Indes, founded by Law, whose system... Learn More
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  29. 117105
    First UK edition, first impression, of this collection of 12 essays originally published in the US the preceding year. While they cover a range of subjects including economics, ethics, and methodology, they are all concerned with the overarching theme of free markets versus planned economies, a theme Hayek previously discussed... Learn More
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  30. 116183
    First edition of the author's continuation of his manual on mercantile trade, Le Parfait Négociant (1675). Savary wrote on commercial topics with considerable authority in that he made a large fortune through commerce. He suffered both politically and financially from the disgrace of Fouquet (1661), who was his patron,... Learn More
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  31. The Principles of Scientific Management.
    First trade edition, preceded only by the privately distributed edition in the same year. "F. W. Taylor, an engineer in the Bethlehem Steel Works in Philadelphia, was the originator of what he called 'scientific management', now known as 'time and motion study'. His system was based on what he estimated to be a fair day's... Learn More
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    Re-issue of the first edition sheets, originally published in Brunswick in 1854 at the author's own expense, here with new half title and title page and a leaf of prefatory text by the publisher.
    "Gossen, though perhaps not quite a genius, had a brilliant, original, and precise mind. With his one book, he moved constrained... Learn More
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  33. Instructions for Officers of Excise in the Country.
    A scarce series of publications for excise men and gaugers, all published in 1778, giving guidance and instruction on all matters involving the inspection of premises, calculation of duty payable, and how to maintain records.
    The production and distribution of these books of instruction appear to have begun in the early... Learn More
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  34. De' Doveri de' principi neutrali verso i principi guerreggianti e di questi verso i neutrali libri due.
    First edition of this scarce work, which earned Galiani the chair of first assessor in the council of finances in Naples. The book was written during the war between England and France in 1778, during which the Kingdom of Naples stood neutral. It points out the rights and duties of neutral and warfaring powers. Several chapters... Learn More
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  35. Geschichte der Handelskrisen.
    First edition of Wirth's (1822-1900) account of commercial crises, written before his appointment to the Statistical Bureau of Bern in 1865. "'In the Geschichte der Handelskrisen Wirth associated the phenomenon of commercial crises with a credit economy and pointed out that the main factor making for booms and crises is... Learn More
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  36. 116196comp
    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
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  37. Gold.
    First edition in English; originally published in 1851. Learn More
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  38. Anno Sexto Georgii IV. Regis. Cap. 39.
    First edition of the founding charter of The Van Dieman's Land Company, a farming corporation in the Australian state of Tasmania. It received a royal charter the same year. The company was made up of a group of London merchants aiming to supply the growing needs of the British textile industry with cheap wool. Vast areas... Learn More
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  39. Husbandry and Trade Improv'd: being a collection
    First collected edition, revised and corrected. The first three volumes are a new edition of the periodical published in 1692-1703, and were also issued under in 1727 by Woodman and Lyon under the title A Collection for the Improvement of Husbandry and Trade. The fourth volume is a new edition of the periodical published... Learn More
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  40. A Geographical, Historical, and Political Description
    First edition in English of this French Revolutionary Wars-era gazetteer, compiled and translated almost entirely from Wolfgang Jäger's Geographisch-historisch-statistisches Zeitungs-Lexikon, which was first published in Germany in 1782-4. Boetticher's statistical tables have a separate title page and pagination and were... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. The Bonus Army was the popular name of an assemblage of some 43,000 marchers - 17,000 World War I veterans, their families, and affiliated groups - who gathered in Washington, D.C., in the spring and summer of 1932 to demand cash-payment redemption of their service certificates. Learn More
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  42. .
    First edition, second printing. Learn More
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  43. Elements of Economics of Industry
    First edition, an abridgement, intended for students, of Marshall's Principles of Economics, with a chapter on Trade Unions added at the end of book six. "The necessary abridgement has been effected not by systematic compression so much as by the omission of many discussions on points of minor importance and of some difficult... Learn More
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  44. Discourses on the Publick Revenues, and on the Trade of England. In two Parts.
    First edition of this important early work on economics. Sir Charles Davenant (1656-1714), MP and, at the end of his life, Inspector-General of Exports and Imports, took many years to become recognized as an economist of the first rank, a fact explained by the sophistication of his thought. Part I of the present Discourses... Learn More
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  45. Studies in Deductive Logic.
    First edition, with the publisher's ads to rear dated February 1881. Learn More
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    Second edition, published one year after the first. Gibbons, the son of influential Quakers, was a banker and the author of two books and a pseudonymous pamphlet on fiscal issues. This book has been described as "a clear and readable explanation of contemporary banking practise" (DAB), and it includes a series of humorous... Learn More
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  47. British Merchant Shipping.
    First edition, first impression. Includes chapters on marine insurance, accounts and statistics, as well as safety and sanitation at sea. Learn More
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  48. The Nature and Necessity of Interest.
    First edition, first impression, of one a few works by the Swedish economist which were first published in English. "Although his theory of interest, showing a close resemblance to that of Senior, was not original, it still merits our attention, because of its vivid illustrations and some striking applications. This is particularly... Learn More
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  49. Nouvelles Idées sur la Population,
    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... Learn More
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  50. Rapport sur le droit de marque des cuirs. Par un conseiller d'état.
    First and only edition. A very rare book, printed in only a few copies for private distribution, as stated in the preface. Written originally in 1788 in opposition to regressive internal tax policy, specifically the tax on hides and leathers, it remained unpublished until this moment when that and other reactionary fiscal... Learn More
    £1,500

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  51. Philosophie de l'univers. Troisième édition. Augmentée de plusieurs notes et d'une table des matières.
    Third and final edition of Dupont's "treatise attempting to state a philosophy of life" (Saricks), first published in 1792 and addressed to his long-time friend Lavoisier. "From the dates given at the beginning of the book, the Philosophie de l'univers was apparently written between December 20, 1792, and June 10, 1793.... Learn More
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  52. Lettre à la chambre du commerce de Normandie; Sur le Mémoire qu'elle a publié relativement au Traité de Commerce avec l'Angleterre.
    First and only edition of Dupont's defense of the free-trade treaty concluded between France and England in 1786. Du Pont had played an important role in its formation and passage.
    "Dupont's Lettre constitutes one of the best justifications of the Treaty of 1786 ever published. While admitting that certain interests... Learn More
    £1,250

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  53. Laws of Wages.
    First edition of the author's first book. Henry Moore taught economics at Johns Hopkins, Smith College and finally Columbia University. He is most famous for his pioneering work in econometrics. Learn More
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  54. i1
    First edition of a scarce work introducing a standard method of accounting for use by the main Comptrollers of the kingdom of Spain, with a theoretical and practical treatise for business houses, illustrated with examples, complete with the 4-page Adicion. Learn More
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  55. 110962
    Rare first edition of Zambelli's second work on accounting, double-entry book-keeping and exchange, published ten years after his Il ragionato, o sia trattato della scrittura universale (1671). In the present work he devotes the first part (pages 1-67) to all aspects of double-entry book-keeping; of debit, credit, use of... Learn More
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    Scarce first edition of a legal guide for estate and land managers, written by the son of the German jurist Georg Zincke, with an introductory biography of his father at the beginning of the work. In a series of 305 paragraphs, the author explains all the legal ins and outs of contracts, obligations, buying, selling, brokering,... Learn More
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  57. The Elements of Political Economy.
    First edition of Wayland's Elements of political economy, which "promptly displaced Jean Baptiste Say's Treatise on political economy as the principal economics text in American colleges. Designed to be useful to the layperson, Wayland's book inveighed against the statism of the French Revolution, the backwardness of the... Learn More
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  58. A History of the Greenbacks
    First edition, first printing, of the author's acclaimed study of the impact of inflation on the economy of the Union. "From 1860 to 1864, textiles quadrupled in price as a result of the dearth of cotton. In general, wholesale prices rose more than did retail prices. The inflation imposed a heavy tax on working men, estimated... Learn More
    £375

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  59. Value and Distribution. A Critical and Constructive Study.
    First edition, first printing of the book that established Davenport's reputation as an international scholar. Learn More
    £325

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  60. 1
    One of several editions calling itself the fifth, first published in 1678. This edition is very scarce, ESTC locating only three copies. Learn More
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