Economics & social sciences
Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to the principal social sciences, incorporating economics, law, philosophy, politics, human geography, demographics, and sociology.
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SMITH, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments, 1759.
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PIGOU, Arthur Cecil The Political Economy of War.
London : 1940Second UK edition, new and revised, of Pigou's work on the economic causes and aftermath of war, first published in 1921. In the new prologue to this edition, Pigou remarks: "now again in 1939 the world is tearing itself to pieces, and the political economy of war becomes a matter of living interest" (p. 3). Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 146906
PIGOU, Arthur Cecil. Industrial Fluctuations.
London : 1929Second edition, first published in 1927, of "the best and most exhaustive English work on the subject. Part I suggests a host of causes and Part II a corresponding number of remedies" (Batson). Pigou laid stress on the psychological factor referred to under the heading, "the mutual generation of errors of optimism and errors of pessimism", showing his... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 146910
DIANA, Princess of Wales. Dresses from the Collection of Diana, Princess of Wales.
New York : 1997Signed limited edition, number 181 of 250 copies signed by Princess Diana, a few months before her death. This luxury signed auction catalogue was produced by Christie's to illustrate the 80 dresses which were sold on June 25th, 1997, and which raised over 3.6 million dollars for the AIDS Crisis Trust and The Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Fund. Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 147119
TAYLOR, Frederick Winslow. Shop Management.
New York : 1919Later printing (first published in 1911), retaining the rare jacket. Originally published in 1903 as a study within the journal Translations of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the work was republished in book form following the success of Taylor's The Principles of Scientific Management, the foundation text of what would become known as... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 146560
ADAMS, John Quincy. An Oration Delivered Before the Inhabitants of the Town of Newburyport,
Newburyport : 1837First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front wrapper: "Edward Cruft Esq. from John Quincy Adams." Cruft (17761866) was a prominent Boston merchant, loyal political supporter, and husband of Elizabeth Storer Smith, a second cousin of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States.
Together with a defective... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 146764
HOBBES, Thomas. Leviathan, or the Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-wealth Ecclesiastical and Civill.
London : 1651True first edition of one of the foundation works in the field of political theory, with the winged head ornament on the title page. There are three editions with title-pages bearing 1651 imprints. The second, with a bear ornament, was printed outside England (probably at Amsterdam), and the third, with a triangular type ornament, is now considered... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 136441
BOTERO, Giovanni. Relationi Universali...
Venice : 1640First published in 1592. Giovanni Botero (1533-1617) was Secretary to the Duke of Savoy when he compiled his Relationi Universali; "this political and geographical description of the different countries of the world was very successful and translated into a number of languages" (Burden), including English (London 1603). Burden also notes that "for this... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 117390
WAUGH, Evelyn (contrib.) Authors Take Sides on the Spanish War.
London : 1937First edition, first impression, of the transatlantic equivalent of the American "Writers Take Sides on the Spanish War" pamphlet, although the present UK version is much scarcer.
This pamphlet prints 148 responses of a wide variety of authors to the questions: "Are you for, or against, the legal Government and the People of Republican Spain?... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 147662
CARDOZO, Benjamin. The Nature of the Judicial Process.
New Haven : 1921First edition, first printing, a major and influential work of American jurisprudence by the future Supreme Court justice, based on lectures delivered at Yale in 1921.
"'What is it that I do when I decide a case?' Cardozo asked in The Nature of the Judicial Process. His answer made it clear that he accepted the view, controversial at the time,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146085
[MANDEVILLE, Bernard.] The Fable of the Bees:
London : 1714Rare first edition, first issue, of this "celebrated work, which through Adam Smith, had an immense influence on political economy" (Foxwell). The work originated in 1705 as a poem titled The Grumbling Hive (essentially unobtainable on the market); this is the first edition to contain the twenty "Remarks" which annotate and explain various lines in... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 138116
MARX, Karl; RIFAT, Haydar (trans.) Sermaye.
Istanbul : 1933First appearance in book form of Marx's Das Kapital in Turkish, being the first edition of Haydar Rifat's translation, and the first book-length translation (preceded only by Bohor Israel's summary translation in a 1912 journal).
The translation is from Gabriel Deville's French abridgement of the first volume of Das Kapital, originally published... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 142650
MONT PELERIN SOCIETY. Official Seal of the Mont Pelerin Society.
c.1947A unique memento of the free market Mont Pelerin Society, their official pocket seal for blindstamping documents.
Founded in 1947 to promote economic liberty in the face of communism abroad and of expanding government power at home, the Mont Pelerin Society has been at the forefront of free market politics for decades, providing the intellectual... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 146688
KANT, Immanuel. Critik der Urtheilskraft.
Berlin and Libau : 1790First edition of the Critique of Judgement, Kant's third most important work after the critiques of Pure and Practical Reason, and the scarcest of the three.
"The work consists of two main parts, the first dealing with the aesthetic judgment, the second with the teleological judgment or judgment of the purposiveness in Nature; and it is of considerable... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 138455
MORE, Hannah - SHAW, William. The Life of Hannah More.
London : 1802First edition, inscribed on the initial blank verso "from the author", of the most vitriolic attack made against More during the Blagdon controversy, the most contentious episode in her career; an uncut copy in excellent condition.
More's philanthropic efforts, especially her rural charity schools, were met with "considerable hostility from local... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 147495
MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò. The Prince.
London : 1929Number 5 of 10 copies printed on vellum. An attractive printing of Machiavelli's Prince by the De La More Press, reproducing the 1640 translation of Edward Dacres, the first full translation of the work into English; a further 1,040 copies were issued on paper.
Of these ten copies on vellum, the only traceable appearances at auction were number... Learn More£8,000.00
Stock Code: 146886
THATCHER, Margaret. The Downing Street Years; The Path to Power; Statecraft. Strategies for a Changing World; The Collected Speeches.
London : 1993-2002First editions, first impressions. All signed on the title page by Margaret Thatcher. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 98882
SAMUELSON, Paul Anthony. Foundations of Economic Analysis.
Cambridge, MA : 1947First 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). Here Samuelson demonstrates... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140045
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. White House portfolio.
Washington, D.C. : 1942-5A superbly evocative memento of the wartime FDR White House, a handsome commercial leather portfolio personalised for Roosevelt's use and containing some twenty leaves of various White House stationery and printed appointment documents all signed by Roosevelt in preparation for use. Such personal artefacts relating to FDR rarely appear on the open market.... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 142981
KEYNES, John Maynard. How to Pay for the War.
London : 1940First edition, first impression, the uncorrected version, of Keynes's most successful essay in persuasion, the application of his General Theory to wartime economy. A corrected version, issued in orange printed boards, was published a few months later.
"Apart from suggesting ways of adding greatly to the financial resources of the government,... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 147230
THATCHER, Margaret - MAY, Paul. Mrs Thatcher's Bag.
London : 1978A humorous take on Thatcher's image and her infamous handbag, produced during her opposition period, the year before she was elected Prime Minister. Thatcher supposedly tells the buyer: "I have gathered together in this stylish handbag a most useful collection of practical tips so that even the most deprived of you who have the will and the enterprise... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 131394
MARX, Karl. Das Kapital. Kritik der politischen Oekonomie.
Hamburg : 1867First edition, presentation copy, inscribed not quite a year after publication on the verso of the title, "Au citoyen César de Paepe, salut fraternel, Karl Marx, Londres 3 Septembre 1868", and with one small pencil correction to the text, also presumably by Marx. The Belgian César De Paepe (18411890) was the leader of the International Working Men's... Learn More£500,000.00
Stock Code: 116802
KING, Charles; FORBONNAIS, Francois Véron de (trans.) Le Négotiant Anglois, ou traduction libre du livre intitulé: The British Merchant.
Dresden & Paris : 1753First edition in French of Charles King's The British Merchant (1713), translated by Forbonnais. The preliminary discourse, written by Forbonnais, contains historical considerations on Anglo-French commerce, a general notion of the commerce of Great Britain and its impact, and a translation of Charles Davenant's Of the use of political arithmetic in... Learn More£1,200.00
Stock Code: 146602
HUME, David. Discours politiques.
Amsterdam : 1754-56First edition of the first three instalments of an important series of economic publications, published in view of the increasing interest in works of political economy appearing in France, England, and Holland.
In 1754 Schreuder and Mortier published the first volume, Hume's Political Discourses. Owing to the growing interest and the relative... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 146627
HAYEK, Friedrich August von (ed.) John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor.
London : 1969Second edition of this collection of Mill and Taylor's letters, edited by Friedrich Hayek and first published in 1951. Hayek was fascinated by Mill's obsession with Taylor, a married woman, partly due to the seemingly irrational actions of the great rationalist. Hayek gathered the letters - which had been dispersed when Mill's home in Avignon was sold... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 147056
HAYEK, Friedrich August von - FINER, Herman. Road to Reaction.
London : 1946First UK edition of this socialist counterblast to Hayek's The Road to Serfdom, by the British Fabian socialist Herman Finer (1898-1969). Finer christens Hayek's treatise "The Reactionary Manifesto", and calls it "the most inopportune offensive against democracy to emerge from a democratic country for many decades".
The UK edition was preceded... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 147127
MYRDAL, Gunnar. Monetary Equilibrium.
London : 1939First edition in English, first impression. First published in Sweden from a series of lectures, followed by a German translation which was included in a collection of essays edited by Fredriech Hayek. In 1974, Myrdal and Hayek received the Nobel prize in economic sciences for "pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations and for... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 146481
SEN, Amartya. On Economic Inequality:
Oxford : 1973First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Stephen Hersey with best wishes, Amartya Sen". An economist and philosopher, Sen was awarded the 2020 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade for his global justice activism and for arguing that social mobility is an important way of evaluating the wealth of a society.... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 146474
DOBB, Maurice. Studies in the Development of Capitalism.
London : 1946First edition, first impression, of Dobb's "most influential work" (Blaug), "designed to demonstrate that Marx was as good an economic historian as he was an economist" (ibid). Uncommon in the jacket. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146473
HOBSON, J. A. Modern Sociologists: Veblen.
London : 1936First edition of this introduction to Thorstein Veblen and his theories. Written by the English social theorist and economist John Atkinson Hobson (18581940), this is the second volume published in the "Modern Sociologists" series, following Comte: the Founder of Sociology by F. S. Marvin. Learn More£70.00
Stock Code: 141207
UPWARD, Bernard. The Adventures of a Bullet:
London : 1914First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page, "Yours in sincerity, Bernard Upward". Upward (1873-1944) was a Christian missionary and sinologist. From 1905 to 1927 he lived in Hankou, one of the three towns which form the modern city Wuhan, where he witnessed China's 1911 Revolution first-hand.
Upward ends his extraordinary... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 146458
JACOBSSON, Per. Some Monetary Problems International and National.
[London] : 1958First edition, first impression, of this selection of the author's works, covering the periods 1925 to 1957; with a compliments slip from the author, and another from the Basle Centre for Economic and Financial Research, loosely inserted.
Jacobsson (1894-1963) helped shape the monetary policies of the League of Nations and the Bank for International... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 146539
BARTLET, C. H. Traité complet des opérations commerciales et de la tenue des livres, ouvrage à l'usage des professeurs & des personnes qui se destinent au commerce, à l'industrie, etc... Troisième édition.
Malines : 1867Third edition, issued as volume II of the Cours complet d'études commerciales et industrielles, first published 1845-7, but each volume complete in itself. The work was specifically destined for use in Belgium. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 104920
MANDELA, Nelson - ALBERTS, Paul. Some Evidence of Things Seen.
Rivonia, South Africa : 1997Signed limited edition, number 4 of 50 copies signed by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Albie Sachs and Paul Alberts. A remarkable collaboration, this is the only limited edition signed by both Mandela and Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winners in 1993 and 1984 respectively.
Mandela and Tutu's signatures are complimented by the signature of the photographer... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 147006
MAITLAND, James, eighth Earl of Lauderdale. An Inquiry into the Nature and Origin of Public Wealth, and into the Means and Causes of its Increase.
Edinburgh : 1804First edition. Lauderdale "has been hailed as a forerunner of Keynes, in as much as he argued that over-saving was a distinct possibility and that public spending was required to offset private thrift if stagnation was to be asserted" (Blaug). In the present work Lauderdale questioned Adam Smith's theory of the relationship between labour and value,... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 146719
FISHER, Irving. The Stock Market Crash - and after.
New York : 1930First edition, first printing, of Fisher's analysis of the reasons for the 1929 crash, with a detailed discussion of the ensuing effects; retaining the rare jacket.
"When the 1929 slump occurred, Fisher was over 60 years old; yet he tackled the very difficult theory of economic fluctuations. He finally reached the conclusion - which contains... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 146673
WEULERSSE, Georges. Le Mouvement Physiocratique.
Paris : 1910First edition, first printing, of this fundamental thesis on the origins of physiocracy, the French economic theory defining economic wealth by the value of land agriculture and development, starting in 1756 when Quesnay produced his first articles.
This in-depth analysis stops at the year 1770, English translation "because that is the last... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 146525
BECCARIA, Cesare. An Essay on Crimes and Punishments.
Edinburgh : 1788Third Edinburgh edition of one of the key works of the Enlightenment, uncut in the original boards. Following the first Edinburgh edition of 1778, the text restores Beccaria's original format as first published (in Italian, 1764) and includes the commentary by Voltaire, endorsing the book and its principles, which did much to promote the book among... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 145762
HARGRAVE, John. The Confession of the Kibbo Kift.
London : 1927First edition, first impression, of this first publication of the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, written by "Head Man" of the Kindred, John "White Fox" Hargrave (1894-1982). This book was issued by Duckworth, but bearing the "Imprint of the Kincouncil", and is very scarce, with Copac listing only six copies in British institutions, especially so in the... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145721
PUNJAB. General Report upon the Administration of the Punjab Proper,
Lahore : 1854First Lahore edition, rare; a Calcutta edition was published in the preceding year. Following the Second Sikh War (1848-49) the Punjab was officially annexed by the East India Company and this highly-detailed volume was the first of a series of reports published by the Punjab Government, forming an important primary source for the history of the region... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 141013
TORRENS, Robert. Colonization of South Australia.
London : 1835First edition. Robert Torrens (1780-1864), an Irish-born political economist, Member of Parliament, and newspaper publisher, played a prominent role in the colonization of South Australia.
"Torrens had a significant influence on the theory and practice of colonization. Along with most of the later classical economists he rejected the Smithian... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 135996
WILSON, James. The Life and Dreadful Sufferings of Captain James Wilson, In various Parts of the Globe,
Portsea : 1810The highly uncommon first edition of the first biography of James Wilson, captain of the Duff on her first missionary voyage to the South Seas. None of the four copies listed at auction in the last 40 years has had the attractive frontispiece.
"Although there are several accounts of James Wilson's life, sufferings and missionary voyage, this... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 70373
SPORTS. The Kings Maiesties declaration to his subiects, concerning lawfull sports to bee vsed.
London : 1633First edition thus, Charles I's re-issue of his father King James I's proclamation of 1618 of the sports and games that were allowed on Sundays. Allowing new activities, the proclamation antagonized the Puritans (who desired a total ban on all sports on the Sabbath) and was burned by the common hangman in 1643. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 146944
MILLER, Henry G. Chapters on Silver.
Chicago : 1894First book form edition, reprinting Miller's articles on silver currency as published in the Chicago Times in the summer of 1894, here published as part of the Coin's Financial Series, making the bimetallist case for free coinage of silver. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 146084
WEBER, Max. Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Soziologie und Sozialpolitik.
Tübingen : 1924First collected edition of Weber's writings on sociology and social policy, edited and published after the author's death by his widow Marianne Weber. Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 146087
MARX, Karl. Le Capital.
Paris : [1872-5]First edition in French, first issue, a fine presentation copy, inscribed by Marx to the Frankfurt banker Sigmund Schott, with whom Marx exchanged ideas central to his philosophies and work: "Mr Sigmund Schott, de la part de l'auteur, Londres, 3 Novembre 1877" to the first engraved title page. Presentation copies of Capital are exceptionally rare, with... Learn More£575,000.00
Stock Code: 128563
MALTHUS, Thomas Robert. Principles of Political Economy.
Cambridge : 1989Variorum edition, with extensive critical apparatus identifying the differences between the first and second editions (1820 and 1836) and Malthus's unpublished manuscript notes.
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... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 146546
WARREN, George F., & Frank A. Pearson. Prices.
New York : 1933First edition, first printing, of this work on the causes of the Great Depression. Warren was one of Franklin Roosevelt's key economic advisers, and was well regarded for his agricultural economics. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 146544
HOLLANDER, Jacob H. The Economic Library of Jacob H. Hollander.
Baltimore : 1937First and limited edition, number 425 of 500 copies. Hollander was a prolific scholar of David Ricardo and created the popular series Reprints of Economic Tracts in 1903. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 146479
SPANISH CIVIL WAR. Authors Take Sides on the Spanish War.
London : 1937First edition, first impression, collecting the responses of 148 authors to the following questions issued by the poet and activist Nancy Cunard: "Are you for, or against, the legal Government and the People of Republican Spain? Are you for, or against, Franco and Fascism?"
The clear majority of literary figures take the side of the Republican... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 146467
VEBLEN, Thorstein. The Vested Interests and the State of Industrial Arts.
New York : 1919First edition, first printing. Veblen's book continues his critique of modern capitalism, started two decades earlier in his Theory of the Leisure Class. Derived from articles published in The Dial over 1918-19, Veblen argues that big business has subverted government to its own interests, with the common man presented with an illusion of democracy... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 146930
FISHER, Irving. Stamp Scrip.
New York : 1933First edition, first printing; very scarce. The aim of Stamp Scrip, published a few months after Fisher's Booms and Depressions, was to describe the stamped-money experience made in the Austrian towns of Schwanenkirchen and Wörgl. Fisher adopted the proposal of Silvio Gesell (1862-1930) of stamping notes each month at the post office without which... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146931
THATCHER, Margaret. Signed commendatory certificate to Conservative Party activist.
[c.1980s]A certificate signed by Margaret Thatcher, to commend Conservative Party activist Lily A. Davies: "On behalf of the Conservative Party I should like to offer sincere thanks for all the time and effort that you have given for so many years to the service of our Party... People such as yourself are now as they have always been and will continue to be... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 146558
LANDES, William M., & Richard A. Posner. The Economic Structure of Intellectual Property Law.
Cambridge, MA : 2003First edition, first printing; taking "a fresh look at the most dynamic area of American law today... This book demonstrates the fundamental economic rationality of intellectual property law, but is sympathetic to critics who believe that in recent decades Congress and the courts have done too far in the creation and protection of intellectual property... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 146926
SCHELLING, Thomas C. Micromotives and Macrobehavior.
New York and London : 1978First edition, first printing, of the Nobel Laureate's study of the cumulative effect of individual decisions on society, often cited in the literature of agent-based computational economics. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 146902
HICKS, John R. Value and Capital.
Oxford : 1939First edition, first impression, of the author's most significant book.
Though obscure to the public eye - an "economist's economist" (OED) - Hicks introduced many concepts that are still significant in economic theory. Value and Capital "taught a whole generation of economists to employ indifference curves and general equilibrium theory" (Blaug).... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 146905
ADAMS, John (signed) - MAYHEW, Jonathan. A Discourse, Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers;
Boston : 1818Presentation copy of a reprinted sermon in which Adams took personal interest, distributing a small number of copies on 16 November 1818, all inscribed in the same manner by a clerical hand to which Adams added his signature. This copy is presented to Mrs E. Cruft and signed by him. The recipient was Elizabeth Storer Smith (17891859), a cousin of Adams's... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 146765