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  1. 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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  2. 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
    £550

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  3. 124699
    First authorised edition. The second part mentioned was issued later and is not present here. William Prynne (1600-1669) was a radical pamphleteer and lawyer, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London in the 1630s. With the aid of a friendly jailer, Prynne was able to smuggle out pamphlets. These included the present treatise,... Learn More
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  4. 127143detail
    First British editions, first impressions, of all of Churchill's major works, in attractive matching bindings by Bayntun of Bath. Churchill was a prolific writer in the fields of history, biography and politics, alongside forays into essays and fiction, with several volumes of his collected speeches also published. He received... Learn More
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  5. 128648
    First edition, first impression, of Strachey's "best-known and most successful book" (ODNB). The Cause was for many decades regarded as the classic account of the English women's movement. "While acknowledging in a limited way the importance of the militants, it established a version of the suffrage movement that endorsed... Learn More
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  6. 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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  7. 125341comp
    First edition of Russell's guide to conveyancing. Presentation copy, inscribed "from the author" to front free endpaper, believed to have been presented to Sir William Forbes Bart (1739-1806), with his bookplate to pastedown. Forbes, the banker and philanthropist, is now best remembered as the close friend of James Boswell,... Learn More
    £750

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  8. 121176
    First Plantin edition and the first to be edited by the Hungarian humanist scholar, physician, philologist and historian János Zsámboky (1531-1584), under the Latinized form of his name Joannes Sambucus. His edition is based on the translation by the 15th-century Italian monk and scholar Ambrogio Traversari (first published... Learn More
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  9. 123486
    First edition, first impressions of both volumes, the first volume published in an edition of 10,000 copies on 18 July 1925. The importance of Mein Kampf cannot be understated. Not only was it the origin and strength of the National-Socialist programme transforming Hitler's status from a seedy local agitator to a potential... Learn More
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  10. 107467
    First edition, first printing, with the scarce jacket. This is the first of Schabacker's three major works on the stock market. The youngest financial editor of Forbes magazine, Schabacker writes, "so long as he plays courageously fair with his sincere study there seems no reason why the average student should not reap... Learn More
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  11. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator.
    First edition, a remarkably well preserved example of this book which is extremely hard to find in anything like good condition, having been literally read to pieces. The so-called fictional "Reminiscences" of a stock operator, the work is in fact the result of a series of interviews made by Edwin Lefèvre, a Wall Street... Learn More
    £12,500

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  12. 122692
    First edition, the author's copy, presentation copy, inscribed to fellow economist George Stigler, "To George Stigler May 27, 1963, F.H.K.", and additionally signed by Knight on the front pastedown. This copy bears autograph pencil changes to three pages (53, 101, 152): two use proofreading symbols to insert and delete phrases,... Learn More
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  13. 117397
    First edition, first printing. Douglas and Director's book was intended to be "a comprehensive and continuing study of the problem of unemployment, including the results of economic research and of practical measures for regularization which were being undertaken in various industries" (Preface). At the time of publication,... Learn More
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  14. 127809
    First edition of Perreau's fable, accounting for the life of Mizrim, a wise man in the service of the Egyptian pharaoh Ozymandias, who serves as a minister of the realm and is entrusted with the education of the pharaoh's son. Perreau (1749-1813), a physiocrat and protégé of Mirabeau, uses the tale as a discourse on good... Learn More
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  15. 127350
    The letter written by Margaret Thatcher in response to Dame Elaine Kellett-Bowman's letter of condolence, on the occasion of the death of her husband Denis in 2003. Thatcher writes in her customary blue ink "Dear Elaine, it was so good of you and Edward to write. Yours ever, Margaret", with the typed letter, dated 23 July... Learn More
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  16. 124858
    First edition, first issue. Lang (1799-1878), the son of a small Renfrewshire landowner, was one of the most influential and controversial figures in early Australian politics. He emigrated in 1823 and became Sydney's first Presbyterian minister; in 1832 he formed the presbytery of New South Wales, and established the... Learn More
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  17. 125690
    First edition in Russian of the Critique of Pure Reason, translated by the Russian professor of philosophy M. I. Vladislavlev. Genuinely scarce, OCLC locating just six copies in institutional holdings worldwide (3 in the US, 2 in Canada, 1 in Poland), and appearing just twice in auction records across the past 25 years.... Learn More
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  18. 127217
    The eighth edition of this popular eighteenth-century epitome of contemporary learning, first published in 1748. Robert Dodsley compiled the work, though it is perhaps most notable for its preface by Samuel Johnson, who also contributed "The Vision of Theodore", a moralist allegory of human life, which Johnson is reputed... Learn More
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  19. 127158
    First edition of Michelet's translation of Vico. Michelet's translation introduced Vico to a broader audience and helped to establish the Italian philosopher's fame. The present translation abridges, romanticises and clarifies the original dense and obscure text, and this, combined with Michelet's prefatory essay on Vico... Learn More
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  20. 127159
    First edition of this study of how economic analysis has been closely influenced by the course of political philosophy. A Scottish civil servant, James Bonar's (1852-1941) other writings include works on Malthus and Ricardo, as well as the catalogue of Adam Smith's Library. Learn More
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  21. 127157
    Second 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... Learn More
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  22. 127155
    First edition of this collection. Published by the agronomist Augstin Alletz, the work gathers Saint-Pierre's proposals for the reform and improvement of society. Saint-Pierre's writings proved an important influence on the enlightenment, especially on Rousseau, although Rousseau did disagree with Saint-Pierre's proposals... Learn More
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  23. 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
    £3,000

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  24. 120704
    A remarkable survival, being a sheet of instructions given to poll clerks in the 18th century, probably for the Northampton Borough Election of 1767-8. The instructions instruct the clerk to ask the voters name, where they live, where their freehold lies, and what is consists of; then, who is the occupier of the lands if... Learn More
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  25. 127003
    First edition. Richard Lawrence served in the New Model Army and accompanied Cromwell's expeditionary force to Ireland in 1649, where he was entrusted with important commands of the island as it was reconquered and resettled. He entered into print in the 1650s defending the policy of transplantation, and acquired large... Learn More
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  26. 126999
    The third edition, enlarged, first published in 1662. "The scientific study of the numbers, characteristics and territorial distribution of populations - today called demography - began with Graunt" (PMM). Graunt drew up his statistical tables from the birth and death records of parish clerks. From this he constructed the... Learn More
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  27. 126747
    First edition in English of Fischer's monograph on Kant, forming part of his History of Modern Philosophy series, published from 1854 to 1877. Fischer was a major influence on neo-Kantian philosophy and on the interpretation of Kant in the middle of the 19th century. Mahaffy's introduction contains much on the growing influence... Learn More
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  28. 125802
    A unique and significant collection of material relating to the publication of Wicksteed's Essay on the Co-ordination of the Laws of Distribution, including a first edition of that same title; with an excellent association, being from the library of the Canadian economist Jacob Viner, one of the leading figures of the early... Learn More
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  29. 125826
    A scarce collection of over 30 very detailed estate inventories produced during the intense scrutiny of the South Sea Company and its employees in the aftermath of the Bubble. Printed by order of the House of Commons, each inventory has a separate title leaf, pagination, and register, printing in exhaustive details the particulars... Learn More
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  30. 113435
    Early edition of the author's magnum opus, Élémens d'idéologie, and his commentary on Montesquieu's Spirit of Laws. Destutt de Tracy (1754-1836) was one of the founding members of the liberal republican group the Idéologues and famously coined the term "ideology" (in the sense of a "science of the formation of ideas").... Learn More
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  31. 108827
    First edition, William Michael Rossetti's copy, of this very scarce study of hypothetical psychoses. Shirley Hall Asylum, which tells the stories of various inmates in a lunatic asylum all from the point of view of an escapee driven mad by trying to solve the problem of perpetual motion, is at once a gothic-fantastical Victorian... Learn More
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  32. 124115
    One of four editions of Condorcet's life of Turgot which were printed in 1786, this being Gertis's edition C, and therefore the third edition. All four editions have London imprints but the latter three were printed in France. Condorcet was a strong supporter of Turgot, who had attempted to implement physiocratic ideas as... Learn More
    £600

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  33. 127091comp
    First edition, second impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Arthur Boyars, who won't believe it. From Freddie Ayer, who wrote it. Oxford December 5th 1946". A good Oxford association - in 1946 Ayer concluded his fellowship and deanship at Wadham College, Oxford, while Boyars was a student at... Learn More
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  34. 124634
    First edition, one of two states of the title (the other being for T. Cadell in the Strand, no priority established). Written at a time of public anger at the price and quality of teas, this pamphlet sought to vindicate the conduct of the tea-dealers, and direct public feeling against the East-India Company directors, following... Learn More
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  35. 121962
    First edition. Komorzynski, together with Menger, Böhm-Bawerk, and Wieser, was one of the leading exponents of the Austrian school of economic thought.
    Provenance: From the library of Friedrich von Kleinwächter (1838-1927), with his ownership inscription on front cover. Friedrich von Kleinwächter was an associate... Learn More
    £2,250

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  36. 126823
    First edition of this work by Malachy Postlethwayt (1707-1767), writer and government publicist under Robert Walpole's administration, from 1743-46 a member of the Royal Africa Company, and compiler of the Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce. Postlethwayt here proposes a method of financing the ongoing Seven Years... Learn More
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  37. 126535
    First 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.... Learn More
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  38. 124798
    First edition of this work by Malachy Postlethwayt (1707-1767), writer and government publicist under Robert Walpole's administration, from 1743-46 a member of the Royal Africa Company, and compiler of the Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce. Postlethwayt proposes a method of financing the ongoing Seven Years War... Learn More
    £850

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  39. 124503
    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. Thatcher had the photograph placed in a frame by Smythson of Bond Street, the purveyors of luxury leather goods, and retained the original box. The photograph... Learn More
    £1,750

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  40. 125342comp
    The..."> First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed from the author to Edward Gadsby, the chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, 1957-61, "To Edward N. Gadsby, able chairman of a vital government agency that has given American investors protection they never knew before" on the front free endpaper.
    The... Learn More
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  41. 120529
    First edition in book form, exceptionally rare, OCLC locating just one copy at the National Library of Sweden. This is Bukharin's last major work, "Notes of an Economist", his famous public warning against Stalin's five-year plan, which was first published as an article in Pravda on 30 September 1928. Bukharin was formally... Learn More
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  42. 120527
    First abridged edition of the Italian economist's principal contribution to sociology, Trattato di sociologia generale, which was originally published in 1916 and first translated into English in 1935 as The Mind and Society. This edition appeared as part of Gaspero Barbèra's series of key economics textbooks, "Manuali... Learn More
    £500

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  43. 119666
    Second edition (first 1894), of this biography of the notorious politician and freethinker Charles Bradlaugh, "one of the best orators and champions of the popular cause in Victorian Britain" (ODNB). Bradlaugh (1833-1891) was a key radical figure in contemporary liberal politics. He held leadership roles in the Reform League... Learn More
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  44. 117561
    Third Blavet edition, the first to be published in book form within French borders, based on the second French translation by Blavet published in 1781. Jean-Louis Blavet's identity remained unknown until the publication of this edition, after which he publicly acknowledged his role as translator in a letter to the Journal... Learn More
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  45. 125706
    A fine example of the famous speculator John Law's signature, appended to an autograph letter written in a neat cursive secretarial hand, to an unknown "Monsieur", giving orders for the provision of payment, written during perhaps the most prosperous period of Law's career, following Law's appointment to the post of controller-general... Learn More
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  46. 125717
    First edition of Richardson's first and pioneering paper on the subject, containing Russell's 20-line contribution, "Problem: To Produce in Two Nations a Mutual Will to War" (pp. 15-16). It was published at the author's own expense, costing him 35 for 300 copies total. In this fifty-page essay the mathematician and pacifist... Learn More
    £2,750

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  47. 125508
    First and only edition of this extraordinarily rare attempt to quantify and graphically analyse the financial world from 1797 to 1868, covering the height of the industrial revolution. Impressively broad in its scope, the Atlas tackles banks, interest rates, roads, railway construction, public buses, shipping, energy supplies,... Learn More
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  48. 123878
    "A Proposal..."> First edition of Vico's autobiography, argued by Croce to be "the application of the Scienza Nuova to the life of its author, the course of his own individual history" (p. 266), printed as pages 145-256 in the first volume of Calogerà's Raccolta d'opusculi scientifici e filologici, a quarterly miscellany.
    "A Proposal... Learn More
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  49. 123617comp
    Tinbergen's copy of his doctoral thesis, with his initials to the front free endpaper and first blank, two leaves of manuscript inserts, and several neat pencil annotations, including the correction made to formula 10 on p. 7 listed as the single erratum of the first trade edition, and mistakes on pp. 15, 25. This copy with... Learn More
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  50. 122468
    First edition, Frank William Taussig's copy, of Higgs's account of the Physiocratic School, originally delivered as a series of lectures at the London School of Economics in 1896. In the same year Taussig had examined the influence of the Physiocrats on English economic advances in his work, Wages and Capital, also published... Learn More
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  51. 120724
    First edition of Rogers's mathematical economics pamphlet, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front wrapper, "To Charles Wetherell Esq. MP. with the Author's Compliments", underneath the crossed-out inscription, "To the Earl of Liverpool". At the time of the inscription the English politician and judge Charles... Learn More
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  52. 120538
    First collected edition in French. It includes the young Huguenot intellectual Samuel Sorbière's popular translation of "De cive" (first 1649); a translation of "De corpore politico", long attributed to Sorbière but now thought to have been by prolific translator John Davies (Malcolm, pp. 464-5); and "Human Nature" translated... Learn More
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    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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  54. 120983
    First edition, with the extremely uncommon "Analyse fait par l'Auteur" bound in at the rear, OCLC locating just two copies of the supplement in institutional holdings worldwide (Stanford, Danish National Library). This is the principal work of the French economist Paul Boesnier de l'Orme (1724-1793), "one of the most systematic... Learn More
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    The Revolution Betrayed.

    New York & London: 1937 & 1938

    The American journalist and labour activist Benjamin Stolberg (1891-1951) was a member of the Dewey Commission and had strong association links..."> First US edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed from Trotsky to Benjamin Stolberg on the front free endpaper, "devotedly yours, Leon Trotsky, 21/11 1937, Coyoacan".
    The American journalist and labour activist Benjamin Stolberg (1891-1951) was a member of the Dewey Commission and had strong association links... Learn More
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  56. 125973
    Very rare first Liebknecht edition, marking a pivotal moment in the Communist Manifesto's publishing history, containing the first publication of the new preface by Marx and Engels and the first appearance in print of the now canonical title Das kommunistische Manifest, adapted from its earlier iteration, Manifest der kommunistischen... Learn More
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  57. 125831
    First edition in English of de Tocqueville's L'Ancien Régime et la Révolution, published the same year, and considered one of the major early historical works on the French Revolution. The translator, who also translated De la Démocratie en Amérique, was personally acquainted with de Tocqueville. Learn More
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  58. 123720

    [Opere.]

    Rome: 1899-1902

    First edition, a bound volume of 12 Italian translations of works by Marx, issued by Luigi Mongini in parts, each work separately paginated, but continuously signed.
    "1899 would mark a further qualitative leap in the publication of Marx and Engels's texts in Italy, reaching a particular peak in the years between 1899... Learn More
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  59. 126614comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed on the front free endpaper by Lee Atwater to the former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Deave on the front free endpaper: "To my pal Mike a great friend and a good man. I love you. Lee Atwater". Lee Atwater, campaign manager for the Bush campaign in the 1988 presidential... Learn More
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  60. 126550
    First edition, variously dated by ESTC and OCLC between 1794, the date given at the end of the preliminary "Short Account f the origin and present state of the charitable fund" and 1823. The short account, dated March, 1794, is followed by a tipped in leaf reporting on the first meeting of the society, which took place on... Learn More
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