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  1. 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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  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. 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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  4. 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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  6. 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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    Stock Code: 88082

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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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    Stock Code: 84015

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 117379detail
    National edition, number 987 of 1,050 copies only. A lavish limited edition preserving the legacy of Daniel Webster (1782-1852), US Senator and Secretary of State. Famed for his ability as an orator, Webster was one of the most important figures in US politics in the first half of the 19th century. In Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,... Learn More
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  12. 123988comp
    Rare first edition, presentation copy inscribed "From the Author" to Whewell's Trinity College, Cambridge contemporary, the British Liberal Party politican Edward Strutt, 1st Baron Belper, in ink on the title page, one of a small number privately printed for distribution among the author's friends and colleagues. As a student,... Learn More
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  13. 124867
    First edition of this work by the British banker and politician Samuel Jones Loyd (1796-1883), who became Baron Overstone in 1850. Jones Loyd was one of the leading writers on the British currency in the mid-19th century. Learn More
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  14. 124081
    First edition of Reverend Jeremiah O'Callaghan's treatise against the practices of usury and simony. O'Callaghan (1780-1861) was an Irish Catholic priest who is best known for his campaigns against usury in Ireland and in Burlington, Vermont. As the author himself describes in this work, he was suspended by Bishop William... Learn More
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  15. 97773
    First edition of this collection of essays, published posthumously as the last part of the collected essays of Joseph Schumpeter. Included are two essays, "Alfred Marshall 1842-1942. Alfred Marshalls Principles eine Würdigung nach einem halben Jahrhundert" and "John Maynard Keynes 1883-1946", which are here published for... Learn More
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    First edition of one of Walras's major contributions to his economico-social doctrine, based on lectures which he held at the University of Lausanne during the years of 1870 through 1892. "As far as pure theory is concerned, Walras is in my opinion the greatest of all economists" (Schumpeter in: Blaug, Great economists before... Learn More
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  17. 88319
    First edition of this collection of essays, published posthumously as the last part of the collected essays of Joseph Schumpeter. Included are two essays, "Alfred Marshall (1842-1942). Alfred Marshalls Principles eine Würdigung nach einem halben Jahrhundert" and "John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)", which are here published... Learn More
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  18. 88486
    First edition of this collection of essays by Schumpeter, written when he was Bank President in Austria, and from his time at the universities of Bonn and Harvard. The majority are in German, but there are also essays in English. Subjects covered are monetary issues, introductions to other authors' work, obituary notices... Learn More
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  19. 88487
    First collected edition of Schumpeter's political speeches during his time as Austrian minister of finance in 1919, demonstrating his prowess as a politician. They are largely drawn from newspaper articles, but the work also includes a number of letters, all in German. Learn More
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  20. 121237
    First edition, first printing, of "one of the definitive and most exhaustive biographies of Schumpeter", complete with a bibliography of the Austrian economist's writings updated from E. Boody's earlier version (Augello, p. 42). The leading German economist Erich Schneider was a former student and colleague of Schumpter's... Learn More
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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 111946
    The Bullion..."> First edition of the banker's treatise written in opposition to Sinclair's Observations (first 1810), bound together with three pamphlets, two by Hoare and one anonymously published, those by Hoare inscribed "from the author", the volume from the library of his fourth son, Henry Merrick Hoare (1770-1856).
    The Bullion... Learn More
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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. Gold.
    First edition in English; originally published in 1851. Learn More
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  28. 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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  29. 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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    Stock Code: 115091

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  30. .
    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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  31. John Kenneth Galbraith.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
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  32. International Economics.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
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    First edition, second printing. Learn More
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  34. .
    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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  35. 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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    First edition, first printing of Fuller's second book, in which he outlined his technological strategy for maximising the social applications of energy resources. Learn More
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  37. The Quantity Theory of Money.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  38. Manual of Political Economy.
    First edition of Fawcett's first book, highly successful in its day and running to eight editions, the last published in 1907. "It was modelled on John Stuart Mill's Principles of Political Economy, presenting the orthodox economic doctrines of the age, to which Fawcett subscribed, in an uncomplicated style, and filling... Learn More
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  39. Studies in Economics.
    First edition. Smart became the first specialised lecturer in political economy at the University of Glasgow when he was appointed to the post in 1892, and is remembered in particular for a number of influential translations and studies of Austrian economists such as Böhm-Bauwerk. Learn More
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  40. The Economics of Control.
    First edition, first printing of Lerner's "best book the most comprehensive non-mathematical text on welfare economics exceptionally meticulous and complete" (The New Palgrave II p. 167). Learn More
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  41. i1
    First edition of this "sound and ingenious" (McCulloch) work on revenue and stock exchange transactions. The main premise of Pinto's argument is that the national debt, instead of being a burden, has been the principal source of the wealth and power of England. The work excited much controversy on publication: it was translated... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression of this work by Belgian professor and author Paul Harsin (1902-1983). Learn More
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  44. .
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US the preceding year. Learn More
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  45. Sticking it to the Man.
    A hippy blows a defiant raspberry at the Establishment, represented by Judge, Priest, General (whited out), and Policeman. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding... Learn More
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  46. "Believe it or not, they've gone and ordered clams!"
    A restaurant waiter, coming out of a room designated for "Mr Herter's Party", tells his colleague "Believe it or not, they've gone and ordered clams!" Christian Herter had recently been appointed US Secretary of State. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English... Learn More
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  47. Pisma ekonomiczne i spoleczne
    First edition, published in English as Papers in Economics and Sociology (Oxford 1970). Learn More
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  48. Copartnership in Industry.
    First edition, scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
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  49. Marshall Library of Economics. Catalogue.
    First edition of the catalogue of the library bequeathed by Marshall to Cambridge University. Learn More
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  50. The Wheel of Wealth:
    First edition. An inscribed presentation copy from the author to the politician and writer, John Morley, Viscount Morley of Blackburn (1838-1923). Learn More
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  51. The Autobiography, with Selections from his Correspondence.
    First edition of the autobiography of the great agricultural reformer, edited by Matilda Betham-Edwards (1836-1919) who "through her upbringing... coupled a deep understanding of farming with literary traditions from her mother's side" (ODNB). Learn More
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  52. .
    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... Learn More
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  53. Letters addressed to H. R. H. the Grand Duke of Saxe Coburg and Gotha, on the Theory of Probabilities,
    First edition in English, originally published in French at Brussels in 1846. An inscribed presentation copy from the translator, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "R. Biddulph Esq./ with the Translator's/ Respectful Compliments". A pioneering work on probability and social statistics by the Belgian astronomer and mathematician... Learn More
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  54. A Season in Paradise.
    First UK edition, first impression, of the author's anti-apartheid travelogue. Closely monitored by the Security Police from the start of his expedition in his native South Africa, Breytenbach finally had to carry on under an assumed identity. Originally published in Holland in the same year, under the title Een seizoen... Learn More
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  55. Mémoires concernant les Impositions et Droits en Europe.
    intendant of finances and royal secretary to the Company of the Indies, wrote his Memoires on behalf of the crown, which was having trouble with its own parlements..."> First edition of this important detailed survey of European taxation, complete with the supplementary volume published in 1789. "Beaumont, former intendant of finances and royal secretary to the Company of the Indies, wrote his Memoires on behalf of the crown, which was having trouble with its own parlements... Learn More
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  56. A New Discourse of Trade,
    First published in 1690 as A Discourse about Trade by Sir Josiah Child (c. 1631 - 1699), economic writer and merchant. "In 1690 he published under his own name the comprehensive Discourse about Trade, which included his Proposals for the Relief and Employment of the Poor, which had appeared earlier as an undated pamphlet.... Learn More
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  57. Principles of Political Economy.
    An attractive American edition, from the fifth London edition, originally published in 1848. "From the moment of publication, Mill's Principles was hailed as a classic, far more congenial to the public than earlier economic textbooks, and far more readable than the Logic" (ODNB). Learn More
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    Stock Code: 96477

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  58. The Writings.
    A handsomely bound set which includes a comprehensive introduction to his works by Albert Henry Smyth covering Franklin's manuscripts, printed editions, works, philosophical, political and economical works, satires and bagatelles, and his correspondence. Learn More
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  59. Early Developments in Mathematical Economics.
    First US edition, first printing. Published simultaneously by Macmillan in the UK. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 97715

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  60. A Season in Paradise.
    First edition in English, first printing, of the author's anti-apartheid travelogue. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "B. Breytenbach, 17 June 1983, Rotterdam". Closely monitored by the Security Police from the start of his expedition in his native South Africa, Breytenbach finally had to carry on under an assumed... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 99126

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