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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. 88394
    Churchill addresses his constituents in the run-up to the 1955 General Election, explaining that he "felt it his duty to resign his office as P.M. at a time and under conditions which would give whoever The Queen summoned to be my successor a fair chance of seeking a mandate from the country. This alone would give him the... Learn More
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  3. 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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  4. 96197
    First published edition, originally printed in 1810, of Bentham's criticism of English libel law, which he had always detested and which more than once stood in the way of the free publication of his opinions. When the work was written, the law's injustice had recently been made obvious in a series of prosecutions for libelling... Learn More
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  5. 97488detail
    First collected edition of Bentham's works, compiled under the supervision of his disciple and editor, John Bowring, assisted by John Hill Burton, who wrote the lengthy "Introduction to the study of Bentham's works". The collected works were first issued in 22 parts, at 9 shillings each, between the years 1838 and 1843.... Learn More
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  6. 97501
    First edition, comprising "a popular selection in one volume of Bentham's writings" (Muirhead), serving as an introduction to utilitarianism. John Hill Burton had previously edited the works of Bentham in conjunction with Sir John Bowring. Learn More
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  7. 101411
    First edition, published in volume XXII of The Pamphleteer, and here issued separately. "Bentham's main preoccupation during the last ten years of his life was the preparation of a Constitutional Code for the use of all nations and all governments professing liberal opinions. A short avant-courier pre-announcement appeared... Learn More
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  8. 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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  9. 97418

    Notes on Logic.

    Cambridge: dated 1913, but early 1950s

    A scarce carbon typescript copy of Wittgenstein's Notes on Logic, originally dictated by Wittgenstein to Bertrand Russell in October 1913, and first presented as a lecture in March 1914 at Harvard, where Russell had been invited to lecture. The Notes were first published from a version copied at Harvard by Harry Costello,... Learn More
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  10. 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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  12. Essays on Philosophical Subjects.
    First Dublin edition, same year as the first London edition; Kress lists the Dublin printing first and calls the London "another issue" while Tribe calls the Dublin edition a piracy. The Essays were published five years after Smith's death and edited by the Scottish philosopher Dugald Stewart (1753-1828); his "Account of... Learn More
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  13. 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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  15. 93433
    First separate edition in French of three of Hume's Four Dissertations, first published in English in 1757: The Natural History of Religion, Of the Passions, Of Tragedy, and Of the Standard of Taste, translated into French by Johann Bernhard Merian. The volume was originally issued as volume four of Schneider's Oeuvres philosophiques... Learn More
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  16. Madame Ambassador. The Life of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Leah Horwitz with appreciation of all she has done for PPSEWA - which includes the land of Madame Ambassador. With best wishes. Anne Guthrie". Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed from the author to Horwitz thanking her for sending... Learn More
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  17. 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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  18. 96632
    First collected edition. The earliest bills of morality for the City of London were published from 1582, but the bills were only published on a regular basis from 1657 onwards. These regular publications are here collected together, alongside earlier statistics from 1593 onwards. The collection includes essays on population... Learn More
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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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
    £500

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  24. 124687
    First edition. Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) had achieved wide fame with his 1859 work Self-Help, which promoted self-reliance and self-improvement, and has been seen as one of the defining texts of the Victorian era. "Believing that his essential message was only partially accepted and cautious about the effect of the extension... Learn More
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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 84020
    First edition in German of the four memoirs which together made up part of what was to become Walras's Théorie mathématique de la richesse sociale, originally published in 1877. The translator, Ludwig von Winterfeld, was a law student from Zurich. Having heard Walras lecture at Lausanne, in 1876 he offered to prepare... 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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    First edition, first printing. Signed by author on the half-title, dated 25 September 1942. Learn More
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  30. 84343
    First edition. The famous Nazi-hunter's exposé of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the controversial Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Learn More
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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 118738
    First edition of Bray's major contribution to socialist political economy. Bray, who based this book on a series of lectures which he delivered to the Leeds Working Men's Association in 1837, is often considered to be "the most effective of the English pre-Marxians" (Gray, p. 288). "In Labour's Wrongs Bray traced the impoverishment... Learn More
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  37. 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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  38. 119888
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of essays on international finance which presents a complete overview of Machlup's theories of monetary economics developed over the course of almost 40 years. Fritz Machlup (1902-1983) belonged to the third generation of Austrian economists, having studied in Vienna under... Learn More
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  39. 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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  40. 115242
    First edition. In 1809 Basil Montagu (1770-1851), author and legal reformer, "along with the Quaker philanthropist William Allen and others... formed the Society for the Diffusion of Knowledge upon the Punishment of Death and the Improvement of Prison Discipline (re-established in 1829 as the Society for the Diffusion of... Learn More
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  41. 114463
    First edition. A fascinating copy with numerous contemporary annotations and additional notices tipped in; copies of Home Office memorandum (8 pp.), a 1927 addendum to the standing orders (64 pp.), "Convict Prison Standing Orders" (31 pp.) have been bound in together with a pamphlet regarding the Poor Persons' Defence Act... Learn More
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  42. 116789
    First edition of "this provocative little book" (E. D. Steele, Palmerston and Liberalism, 1855-1865, CUP 1991, p. 373) - the final work of the prominent Liberal politician and author Sir George Cornewall Lewis (1806-1863); editions appeared in French, as Quelle est la meilleure forme de gouvernement? (Paris, 1867), and Italian,... Learn More
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  43. 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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  44. 83519
    An extraordinary extra-illustrated copy on large paper. The Anti-Jacobin was a unique project, a journal to commend the policies of Pitt's government and condemn the revolutionary cause. Its editor was William Gifford, and the main collaborators were George Canning, John Hookham Frere, and Charles Ellis. The original periodical... Learn More
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  45. Système Social,
    Early edition of the atheist and materialist philosopher's treatise in which he develops his concept of "ethocracy", or a just state whose main purpose is the general welfare. Holbach's theory of ethocracy "is presented in several works published during the 1770's, La politique naturelle (Natural Politics, 1773), Système... Learn More
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  46. 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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  47. The Mechanical Bride. Folklore of Industrial Man.
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  48. 116863
    First edition, first impression. This collection of pamphlets dates from 30 January 1925 to 14 October 1952, preserving speeches from Pilgrims Society events held at the Savoy or Hotel Victoria in London. Established in 1902, the objective of the Pilgrims Societies of Great Britain and the United States was, and remains,... Learn More
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  49. 116542
    First edition, first impression. From the library of the third Viscount Esher, Oliver Sylvain Baliol Brett, marked in pencil on the final page of text, "E, Sept. 1936", presumably the date he read it. A political text relating a conversation on a train to Leicester in which Nicolson explains his reasons for joining the National... Learn More
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  50. 116344comp
    First edition, first impression of this anthropological study of Sujarupa, a village in Rajasthan, between 1950 and 1981. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Mary, invaluable reader of imperfect chapters, from Morris", together with a laid-in postcard from the author, informing the recipient of Carstairs's appointment... Learn More
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  51. 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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  52. Gold.
    First edition in English; originally published in 1851. Learn More
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  53. 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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  54. Considérations sur l'Ordre de Cincinnatus ou imitation d'un pamphlét Anglo-Americain...
    First edition, second issue, including the translation of Price's work for the first time. In the present work Mirabeau agreed with the argument put forward by Burke: the Order of Cincinnati was detrimental to the ideals of the new American republic. Based on an anonymous American pamphlet which had criticised the proposed... Learn More
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  55. A Review of the System of Ethics.
    First edition. Learn More
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  56. 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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  58. John Kenneth Galbraith.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
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  59. International Economics.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
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  60. .
    First edition, second printing. Learn More
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