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  1. 125581
    First edition in book-form, originally published in articles in the Pittsburgh Commercial in 1865-6, of this key work of utopian communism. Aaron Williams had joined the Harmony Society, based on millenarian communal living, in February 1865. Founded by George Rapp, The Harmony Society had its origins in Germany in the late... Learn More
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  2. 122290
    First edition in English of Machiavelli's Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio (1531). Machiavelli's works had been circulated in manuscript and widely discussed in England, but not published until the breakdown of press censorship in the period leading up to the Civil War. This edition was followed in 1640 by the... Learn More
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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
    £175

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  6. 129170
    The New Palgrave). This volume collects 17 papers, most..."> First US edition, first printing, of Hayek's criticism of scientism. "Hayek used the term scientism to refer to the slavish imitation of the methods of the physical sciences without regard for the innate differences between physical and non-physical reality" (The New Palgrave). This volume collects 17 papers, most... Learn More
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  10. 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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  11. 116984
    First editions of Eisenhower's two volumes of presidential autobiography and his later volume of discursive memoirs. Nelson Doubleday Jr. (1933-2015) was the last president of Doubleday and Company (1978-86) before its sale to Bertelsmann AG in 1986; he was grandson of the founder, Frank Nelson Doubleday ("Effendi"). Doubleday... Learn More
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    Eleventh edition. Daniel Webster (1782-1852), US Senator and Secretary of State, was one of the most important figures in US politics in the first half of the 19th century. An attractively bound set preserving speeches, legal arguments, diplomatic papers touching on and influencing all the important events of the first... Learn More
    £875

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  13. 108929
    First edition in English, originally printed in France the same year under the title Compte Rendu au Roi. Jacques Necker (1732-1804) was the finance minister to Louis XVI, popular among the people for his commoner background and perceived financial acumen. Published as the French involvement in the American Revolutionary... Learn More
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  14. 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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  15. 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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    First edition, edited by Locke's literary editors, Anthony Collins and Peter King. The collection prints for the first time, among other works, Locke's Conduct of the Understanding, his Discourse on Miracles, and part of the Fourth Letter for Toleration, which was not printed in its entirety until 1829. Learn More
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  18. 129204
    First edition, first impression, with a printed compliments slip laid in from Henderson's wife, who was recognised by Clay in his preface as an unofficial editor of the book.
    The British economist Sir Hubert Henderson was editor of The Nation from 1923 to 1930, Joint Secretary of the Economic Advisory Council from 1930... Learn More
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  19. 129198
    First edition, first impression of the first full-scale biography of Eleanor, daughter of Karl Marx, which draws extensively on her unpublished letters. Learn More
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  20. 128640
    First Tauchnitz edition, first impression. Elizabeth Robins was an active member of the British suffrage movement; she was the first president of the Women Writers' Suffrage League and was on the executive of the Women's Social and Political Union between 1907 and 1912. This work, "one of the first histories of the cause",... Learn More
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  21. 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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  22. 124091
    A remarkable association copy, from the library of the Scottish philosopher David Hume, of one of the most notable works of western philosophy, this being the first Bernartius edition, with Hume's bookplate (State A) to the front pastedown.
    Hume was an enthusiastic reader of classical literature and a self-proclaimed... Learn More
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  23. 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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  24. 107613
    First edition in English of Machiavelli's famous handbook for rulers (1513, published Rome 1532), dedicated to Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence from 1513. The Prince appears to have been banned from publication in England during the Elizabethan period, though translations circulated in manuscript. It was so controversial... Learn More
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  25. 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
    £175

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  26. 129128comp
    First and only edition. A superb association copy, inscribed by President Roosevelt to his son John A. Roosevelt: "For John A. Roosevelt from his affectionate father Franklin D. Roosevelt". John accompanied his father during the presidential trip aboard the schooner, where they fished for tuna and cod. The sojourn was a... Learn More
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  27. Lectures on Justice, Police, Revenue and Arms.
    First edition of this collection of notes taken from Adam Smith's early lectures. It contains the formative ideas behind The Wealth of Nations. "Based on a set of student notes from Smith's lectures, probably delivered during the session 1763-4, that came into Cannan's hands in the spring of 1895" (Tribe). 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. 124965

    The Republic.

    Glasgow: 1763

    First edition in English of the greatest of Plato's dialogues, printed by the celebrated Foulis brothers, one of a small number of large paper copies, described by Gaskell as "demy quarto" and published at nine shillings, against six shillings for the smaller issue. The translation is by the Church of Scotland minister and... Learn More
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  31. 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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  32. A Survey.
    First edition, trade issue of Beerbohm's caricatures of public figures ranging from Joseph Conrad to David Lloyd George, scarce in this condition. There was also a deluxe limited edition of 275 numbered copies signed by the author. Learn More
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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 123902
    A framed photograph of Margaret and Denis Thatcher with the Queen and Queen Mother, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. The photograph was taken apparently informally; all four are looking in a different direction, perhaps at a different photographer. No other copy of this photograph could... Learn More
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  37. 128985
    First edition of La Mettrie's ironic refutation of his own L'Homme Machine of 1748. The present treatise continues to espouse La Mettrie's materialistic vision of the world, and was written during the author's stay in Berlin under the protection of Frederick the Great, although its radical themes still led La Mettrie and... Learn More
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  38. 128984
    First collected edition of these three materialist texts. The first, Parité de la Vie & de la Mort by Abraham Gaultier, was first published in 1714, this being the second edition. Gaultier, like Bernard Mandeville and La Mettrie, was a physician turned philosopher; in the present treatise he offers an entirely materialist... Learn More
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  39. 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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  40. 127729
    First edition, edited by his wife, of George Grote's correspondence with such eminent figures as James Mill, Francis Place, Alexis de Tocqueville and William Nassau Senior, among others, together with a selection of essays and poems. Learn More
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  41. 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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  42. 128915
    First public edition of Hardy's 1942 account of the breach between Russell and Trinity which occurred during the First World War, originally privately printed in 1942. This new edition contains a 4-page foreword by C. D. Broad, explaining the circumstances of the argument and the publication history of the book. Learn More
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  43. 128868
    First edition, one of 30 large paper copies; William Bowyer's records show a further 220 copies were printed on smaller paper. Roger Bacon wrote the Opus Majus, his most important work, in the 1260s, but it went unpublished until the present edition. Samuel Jebb used the manuscript held by Trinity College Cambridge, resulting... Learn More
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  44. 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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  45. 124907
    First edition, parts I & II, all published, of Fichte's defence of the French Revolution. From the library of the German philosopher David Strauss, with his ownership signature dated 1832 to the front free endpaper. Strauss is best known for his Das Leben Jesu, published in 1835, a highly controversial but also painstakingly... Learn More
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  46. 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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  47. 114139
    First edition of the work that "perhaps more than any other of his works, has been viewed by posterity as the kernel of his social philosophy" (ODNB). "Many of Mill's ideas are now the commonplaces of democracy. His arguments for freedom of every kind of thought and speech have never been improved on. He was the first to... Learn More
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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 118737
    First edition of the second volume of Das Kapital, edited from Marx's manuscripts by Friedrich Engels. "Marx himself modestly described Das Kapital as a continuation of his Zur Kritik de politischen Oekonomie, 1859. It was in fact the summation of his quarter of a century's economic studies, mostly in the Reading Room of... Learn More
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  51. 126346comp
    First edition, first printing, with an article cutting advertising his upcoming talk loosely inserted. Galbraith's work tells of the history of the development of money and the modern financial system. Learn More
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  52. 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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  53. 124018
    A photograph of Margaret Thatcher and the Queen standing with Denis Thatcher and Prince Philip, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. The photograph was taken on Thatcher's 70th birthday party at Claridge's in October 1995, with the Queen in attendance. The attendance of the Queen at a politician's... Learn More
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  54. 123901
    A photographic portrait of Margaret Thatcher, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. This portrait is one of the best known and most frequently reproduced images of Thatcher, alongside being the photograph chosen by Wikipedia to headline her page. Learn More
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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 125484
    First edition, first printing. Written at a time when the fallout from the First Red Scare was still ongoing, Will Irwin (1873-1948) sought to present a dispassionate appraisal of the threat of radical leftists in the United States, concluding that the radical population was too small to pose any real threat of revolution.... Learn More
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  58. 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
    £75

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  59. 128703

    Collected Papers.

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London: 1999

    First edition, first printing, of this collection of Rawls's essays and papers, gathered by Samuel Freeman, the leading authority on Rawls. Learn More
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  60. 127131
    First edition, first impression. Hayek both edited and contributed an introduction to this work, which seeks to outline the reasons for historians' critical treatment of the capitalist system. The contributors were T. S. Ashton, L. M. Hacker, W. H. Hutt, and B. de Jouvenel. Learn More
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