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  1. 131300
    First edition of Knight's biography of the Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus, who first visited England in 1498, later spending a number of years Cambridge. Samuel Knight was an English clergyman and antiquary, who served as chaplain to King George II from 1730 to 1746 and as Archdeacon of Berkshire from 1735 to 1746. John... Learn More
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  2. 129137
    First edition. Louis Bachelier (1870-1946) was an eminent French mathematician and a pioneer in the study of financial mathematics. During his studies at the Sorbonne he wrote his famous thesis, Théorie de la speculation (1900), in which he defined Brownian motion, predating Einstein by five years, and discussed its application... Learn More
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  3. 131506
    First edition, first printing of Friedman's best-selling work on freedom and the role of capitalism in western society, described by the Times Literary Supplement as "one of the most influential books published since the war". Friedman reclaims the term "liberal" in the 19th-century sense of laissez-faire economics and a... Learn More
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  4. 131501
    First American edition, first printing, of the first English translation of Weber's great work, which originally appeared in German across two issues of the Archiv für Sozialwissenschaften und Sozialpolitik (November 1904 and June 1905). He managed to substantially revise the text for its first publication in book-form... Learn More
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  5. 131508
    Second UK edition (following the 1888 UK issue of the sheets of the first American edition of 1887); first published in German in 1845. An excellent labour-movement association copy, being the copy of James Thomson Shotwell (1874-1965), with his pencilled ownership signature to the front free endpaper and his inked ownership... Learn More
    £400

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  6. 131471
    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 of which... Learn More
    £325

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  7. 131453comp
    First edition, first printing, of the author's most important work. Presentation copy for review, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "James R. Angell from William James July 1907" above a pasted printed slip reading "from the author" with the manuscript addition "reviewed for the International Journal of... Learn More
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  8. 131403
    First edition, first printing. Alfred Winslow Jones (9 September 1900 2 June 1989) was an Australian investor and hedge fund manager; for this book, he and his assistants interviewed over 1,700 Americans on the question of the conflict between personal rights and corporate property rights in the aftermath of the Depression.... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Robert to remember a very agreeable passage. John Kenneth Galbraith 13 November 1986". A View from the Stands collects Galbraith's essays, papers and letters from the previous two decades. With a completely unrelated ticket to see the... Learn More
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  10. 131394detail
    A 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... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. The Human Use of Human Beings was Wiener's effort to produce a popular exposition of his ideas as first expressed in Cybernetics (1948), which was "the first conventionally published book, rather than a technical report, to include a serious... Learn More
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  12. 131297
    First edition of this counterblast to Edmund Burke's Letters on a Regicide Peace, which Burke wrote in opposition to William Pitt's attempts to negotiate peace with the French Directorate. The author here defends a peaceful settlement, and indeed, as the long title declares, upholds "the absolute necessity of an immediate... Learn More
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  13. 130787
    First edition. Cournot was the first "to visualize the general interdependence of all economic quantities and the necessity of representing this cosmos by a system of equations" (Schumpeter, p. 467). In 1838 he published Recherches sur les Principes Mathématiques de la Théorie des Richesses. Perhaps because he was primarily... Learn More
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  14. 126478
    First edition of the work which Marx took the best part of a year away from the writing of Capital to complete, bound first in a volume of two works, the second being the second edition of Marx's Der Achtzehnte Brumaire des Louis Bonaparte (Hamburg: Otto Meissner, 1869).
    Herr Vogt is an answer to the slanders against... Learn More
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  15. 87959
    First Russian-language edition of Malthus's Essay on the Principle of Population, first published in English in 1798, one of the most important and influential works in the history of economic thought. The translation was made by P. A. Bibikov, a historian, philosopher, and literary critic, who had already translated Smith's... Learn More
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  16. 117696
    First edition of the major work of the famous Scottish financial adventurer John Law (1671-1729), which presents his theories on the establishment of paper note-issuing national banks. The title exists in two states: one with an ornament of an eagle and vines, the present with a coastline and its reflection. Textually they... Learn More
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  17. 123838
    From Margaret Thatcher's personal estate. On Mother's Day, 29 March 1987, Margaret Thatcher started on a five day state visit to the USSR hosted by Mikhail Gorbachev, the first official visit by a British Prime Minister for 12 years. Stanley McMurty, a well known British cartoonist under the pen name Mac, utilised the situation... Learn More
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  18. 131219
    First edition, first impression. Ray (Rachel) Strachey (1887-1940), was a feminist activist, politician and writer. During the First World War her activism shifted its focus from suffrage to the question of women's employment, leading her to organise the Women's Service, the history of which is detailed in this work. "She... Learn More
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  19. 131199
    First edition, first printing. A remarkable book published in the months preceding the Wall Street Crash, Lawrence condemns those in Washington pushing for tighter financial regulation, and declares the Federal Reserve warnings in February of impending economic instability alarmist and unfounded. Lawrence has consequently... Learn More
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  20. 128633
    First edition, first impression, wrappered issue. There is also a casebound issue, with the Press advertisements printed here on the wrappers bound at the rear, and the price of "sixpence net" not included in the front cover illustration. No priority has been assigned between the two. This work is based on a number of articles... Learn More
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  21. 131119
    First editions, first printings, of the complete series; volume I a presentation copy from Margaret Myers, with her presentation slip pasted to the front free endpaper, and volume II a presentation copy from Benjamin Haggott Beckhart, with his presentation slip loosely inserted. Myers wrote the first volume, Beckhart and... Learn More
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  22. 130239
    A painting of Chequers, the Prime Minister's country retreat, executed by one of Margaret Thatcher's chief lieutenants, the staunch Thatcherite Nicholas Ridley, and presented to her by the Cabinet to mark her tenth anniversary as Prime Minister. Thatcher adored Chequers, later writing in her memoirs that 'I do not think... Learn More
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  23. 120761
    First edition of the French historian's intellectual biography of Marx, examining in particular his school and university days, his time spent as editor of the Rheinische Zeitung, and his early collaborative work with Engels. Cornu's doctoral thesis of the same year was the first French academic work on Marx, and he has... Learn More
    £150

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  24. 120914comp
    First edition, first printing (copyright page signed "A-K", later printings are signed "D-K"), presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To my old antagonist Senator Goldwater from his friend Bob Kennedy". This is a great cross-party association for Bobby Kennedy's first book, which concerns the McLellan Committee's... Learn More
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  25. 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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  26. 130991comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy to Ted Sorensen, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "for Ted with the appreciation of his companion in many other battles Bob Kennedy". Ted Sorensen (1928-2010) had a significant behind-the-scenes influence on American politics in the 1960s. He served as speechwriter... Learn More
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  27. 127485
    Second edition, published in the same year as the rare first edition. The work contains "Nunc lento sonitu dicunt Morieris", with Donne's famous lines (often misremembered as being in verse): "No man is an Iland, intire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the... Learn More
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  28. 120686
    £250

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    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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  30. 127772
    Rare first edition of one of the most important and influential works in the history of economic thought. "Malthus was not the first writer to make the obvious point that the growth of population is ultimately limited by the food supply. He was, however, the first to bring it home to readers with the aid of a simple, powerful... Learn More
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  31. 126294
    First edition, first impression, of Keynes's second book, which established his reputation as a political economist. Keynes resigned from his position as principal representative of the British Treasury at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, in protest of the heavy reparations demanded from Germany. The Economic Consequences... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by one of the authors on the front free endpaper, on behalf of both: "For Francis Bator - With respect and affection. Peter & Bob". Francis M. Bator (1925-2018) was a Hungarian-American economist, professor emeritus at the Harvard Kennedy School of political economy,... Learn More
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  33. 130932
    First edition, first printing. Fogel's "Fourth Great Awakening" refers to the American religious revival of the 1960s and 1970, as mainstream Protestantism weakened and evangelicalism grew. Fogel's interpretation, which proved controversial, places this development as on a par with the previous "Great Awakenings" - the religious... Learn More
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  34. 130928
    First Gellert edition, first printing. A powerful graphic rendering of Das Kapital by the Hungarian-born American artist Hugo Gellert (1892-1985), published in the midst of the Depression. The accompanying text is from the translations of Ernest Untermann, the first American translator of Kapital, and Eden and Cedar Paul.... Learn More
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    Quiddities.

    Cambridge, MA and London: 1987

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Best wishes to Gail and Tom". Quiddities gathers Quine's thoughts on more than eighty topics, arranged alphabetically from "Alphabet" to "Zero". Learn More
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  36. 130054
    First edition of Ricardo's fundamental contribution to the science of economics. Ricardo is credited with the first systematic and scientific approach to economics; his exact mathematical approach and careful deductive methods provided a model for future texts in the field. Ricardo's interest in political economy was aroused... Learn More
    £28,500

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  37. 126544comp
    Deluxe edition, signed by the author in blue ink on the title page. The deluxe edition was issued concurrently with the trade edition. Learn More
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  38. 108126
    The "MacDonald White Paper", in which the British Government declared its support for a power-sharing agreement between Arab and Jewish interests in Palestine, as well as restrictions on Jewish immigration and the sale of land to Jews. Regarded by many in the Zionist movement as a final betrayal of Britain's obligations... Learn More
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  39. 108129
    First edition. The first major statement of British policy in Palestine since 1917, the "British White Paper of 1922" sought to addressed Arab and Jewish concerns regarding the content of the Balfour Declaration by including an official interpretation of the declaration by the first British high Commissioner for Palestine,... Learn More
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  40. 130297
    Second edition, first published the same year, and one of several editions published in 1774. "After the death of his wife, on 29 September 1761, Gregory wrote A Father's Legacy to his Daughters to relieve his loneliness and to record her opinions about the education of their two surviving daughters... He may have incorporated... Learn More
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  41. 130016
    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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  42. 129260
    First edition, first impression, of Lunn's anti-socialist study. Signed by the author on the title page. Arnold Lunn (1888-1974) was a skier and mountaineer, but his strong Catholicism and anti-socialist beliefs led him to contribute various writings opposing socialism from the 1930s onwards. Learn More
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  43. 128758
    First edition, extremely scarce, of Cafiero's abridgment of Marx's Das Kapital, the first appearance of the work in Italian. This was one of the earliest abridgements of Das Kapital, and was much admired by Marx.
    Carlo Cafiero (1846-1892), an Italian socialist, met Marx and Engels in London in 1870 and was recruited to... Learn More
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  44. 119971
    First edition of Marx's caustic attack on Proudhon, "the bitterest attack delivered by one thinker upon another since the celebrated polemics of the Renaissance" (Isaiah Berlin), one of 800 copies printed. "In 1846 Proudhon published his celebrated book, La Philosophie de la Misère. He and Marx had remained friends, though... Learn More
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  45. 130328

    El Capital.

    Madrid: 1886[-7]

    Exceptionally rare first edition in Spanish, an abridged translation of volume one of Marx's Das Kapital (Capital). Its scarcity is explained by the brittle, poor quality of the paper stockthe same used for printing Zafrilla's newspaperand its very small print run, thought to number no more than a thousand copies in total.
    Pablo... Learn More
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  46. 129814
    This was the first published translation of the work in any language. Issued in 3,000 copies, with a complacent comment from the censor "few people in Russia will read it, and fewer still will understand it" the book was, however, quite..."> First edition in Russian, the first foreign translation, of "the Bible of Marxism".
    This was the first published translation of the work in any language. Issued in 3,000 copies, with a complacent comment from the censor "few people in Russia will read it, and fewer still will understand it" the book was, however, quite... Learn More
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  47. 129812
    Very rare first and only issue, of enormous consequence, a double number which contains the first appearance of both Marx's first major work, Zur Kritik der Hegel'schen Rechtsphilosophie (containing his famous remark that religion is "das Opium des Volks"), and Engels's first work on economics, Umrisse zu einer Kritik der... Learn More
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  48. 129813
    Rare first edition of Marx's first published book, written when he was only 26. It is also the first book written in collaboration with Engels. In 1844, the first year of their friendship, Marx and Engels decided to write a critique of their former associates of the Young Hegelian school, whose views were still very popular... Learn More
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  49. 129811
    Rare first editionone of 1000 copiesof the "germ" of Das Kapital. The Kritik was Marx's first attempt at a general statement of his theories, written following several years' research in the British Museum. Marx had initially planned a multi-volume work, but he was dissatisfied with it, and no further parts were written... Learn More
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  50. 128994
    First edition of this account of the 1866 Geneva Congress, the first congress of the International Workingmen's Association, commonly known as the First International. The Association had been founded in 1864 in London by French and British radicals, including the exiled Karl Marx, who delivered the inaugural address at... Learn More
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  51. 126589
    First edition of this "rich history of pure economy", Pareto's contribution to Klein's encyclopedia for 1902. The entry "contains a valuable autobiographical allusion: Pareto lets the reader understand that as soon as he arrived in Lausanne, he started searching for some statistical invariants regarding distribution, in... Learn More
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  52. 127174
    First edition in Russian of all three volumes of Das Kapital, extremely rarely found complete. This was the first foreign translation of "the Bible of Marxism". Though the censors viewed its appearance complacently "few people in Russia will read it, and fewer still will understand it" the first volume, issued in 3,000... Learn More
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  53. 130606
    First edition of Clavel d'Ussieres's political fable. Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire, was metamorphosed into a philosopher king by Xenophon in his Cyropaedia of the 4th century BCE. Xenophon's Cyrus was a favourite of the Mirror for Princes genre, from the medieval period through to the Renaissance and... Learn More
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  54. 130459
    First edition of Booth's "classic in the literature of poverty" (ODNB). "Booth's colossal self-confidence, his burning sense of injustice coupled with unswerving devotion to his purpose, and his deep sympathy with the unfortunate, made of him an evangelist and an organiser of the first order" (PMM). Learn More
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  55. 122166comp
    First and limited edition, number 64 of 500 copies privately printed, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "To W. S. S. Rodgers with my friendship and affection 1/19/38 W. P. Chrysler", on the first blank leaf. The book's foreword describes the printing of this edition, designed as a Christmas remembrance for the Chrysler... Learn More
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  56. 126285
    First edition of Frazer's ground-breaking study of comparative religion. "Frazer's true subject is nothing less than humanity's long upward struggle towards an understanding of itself and the world. In Frazer's view that movement towards the light began in earliest times with the priest-king employing magic to compel the... Learn More
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  57. 128856
    First edition of this fascinating work, described by Joanna Innes, Professor of Modern History at Oxford, as "outstandingly informative" of "those portions of the law of debt of potential interest and advantage to debtors" (Inferior Politics: Social Problems and Social Politics in Eighteenth-Century Britain, OUP 2009, p.... Learn More
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  58. 129378
    Second edition of Sophie de Grouchy's translation of Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments. Smith's Theory had originally been published in London in 1759 and was first translated into French in 1764. Sophie de Grouchy was a prominent salon hostess during the early French Revolution and under Napoleon, and was the wife of the... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by Shultz on the front free endpaper: "To Russell Long with my admiration - Mr. Chairman - for the sustained high quality of your contribution to economic policy and my thanks for your help and friendship George P. Shultz". The recipient, Russell B. Long, served... Learn More
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  60. 129073
    Well preserved copy of this meticulously engraved copy of the Magna Carta, "a sacred text, the nearest approach to an irrepealable "fundamental statute" that England has ever had" (Pollock and Maitland, History of English Law, I, p. 173). The work of John Pine (1690-1756) engraver, publisher, print- and mapseller, Bluemantle... Learn More
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