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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ROBBINS, Lionel - ZAWADZKI, K. K. F. The Economics of Inflationary Processes.
London : 1965First edition, first impression, presentation copy to the British economist Lionel Robbins, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Lord Robbins with the author's compliments and thanks".
A nice association: Robbins, along with Keynes, was the leading British economist during the inter-war period; at the London School of Economics,... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 146547
ALLEN, Roy George Douglas. Mathematical Economics.
London : 1956First edition, first impression. Allen's academic career was focused on enabling advanced mathematical methods to be applied to economics. The present book followed his 1938 work Mathematical Analysis for Economists, which was the leading textbook in the field for over three decades. In Mathematical Economics, Allen expanded on his previous work to... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 146556
TAYLOR, Frederick Winslow. Shop Management.
New York : 1911First edition in book form, first printing. Originally published in 1903 as a study within the journal Translations of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, this first edition in book form followed the success of Taylor's The Principles of Scientific Management published earlier the same year, the foundation text of what would become known as... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 146559
OBAMA, Barack. The Audacity of Hope.
New York : 2006First edition, first printing, inscribed by Obama on the title page: "To Roberta - Thanks for your wonderful support of books! Barack Obama".
The Audacity of Hope was the second book written by Obama, following Dreams from my Father in 1995. Topping the bestseller lists, the book helped to further bolster the reputation of the then-Illinois senator,... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 146315
BILL OF RIGHTS. The Gazette of the United States.
New York : 1789First known printing of the final Bill of Rights, as passed by both houses of Congress on 25 September 1789 and submitted for ratification by the states on the 28 September 1789, here published in the leading Federalist newspaper of the day, the 3 October 1789 issue of the Gazette of the United States.
"The Convention of a number of the States... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 146167
AMERICAN DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. The Annual Register,
London : 1777First edition, containing one of the earliest printings of the American Declaration of Independence.
Begun in 1758, The Annual Register was an annual survey of the past year (traditionally focusing on history, politics, and literature) from the British perspective. This volume, the most sought-after single volume of the series, covers the events... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 143906
MACHLUP, Fritz. Börsenkredit, Industrialkredit und Kapitalbildung.
Vienna : 1931First edition, number 2 in the series Beiträge zur Konjunkturforschung. Machlup analyzes stock market bubbles from an Austrian School perspective, in particular the relationship between expanding credit, monetary policy, and rising stock prices. The work was issued in both cloth and wrappers, without priority. It appeared in a revised English version... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 142708
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 of Gabriel Deville's abridgement of the first volume of Das Kapital, originally published in Paris... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 143060
OLDEKOP, C. A. W. von. Geographie des Russischen Reichs. Nach den neuesten Quellen bearbeitet.
St. Petersburg : 1842First edition, Saint Petersburg issue (also issued with a Leipzig imprint), of Oldekop's survey of Russia, with information on its geography - its extent, borders, mountains, seas, rivers, canals, plants, minerals and animal life, - with statistical information on its inhabitants, agriculture, industry, trade and manufactures, weights, measures and... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 133446
BUXTON, Thomas Fowell. An Inquiry, whether Crime and Misery are produced or prevented, by our present system of Prison Discipline.
London : 1818First edition. "Influenced by Elizabeth Fry and his brother-in-law Samuel Hoare, Buxton made several visits to Newgate Prison, and published his findings as An inquiry whether crime and misery are produced or prevented by our present system of prison discipline (1818). The book went through five editions in a year, was praised by Sir James Mackintosh... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 137859
BOWLEY, A. L., & Margaret H. Hogg. Has Poverty Diminished?
London : 1925First edition of the sequel to the study Livelihood and Poverty (1915), which analysed working-class households in Northampton, Warrington, Reading, Bolton and Stanley according to conditions such as wages, family size, and standards of living. Has Poverty Diminished? presents the results of a follow-up study of the same areas and seeks to "ascertain... Learn More£60.00
Stock Code: 141158
EDMONDS, Thomas Rowe. Practical Moral and Political Economy; or, the Government, Religion, and Institutions, most conducive to individual Happiness and to National Power.
London : 1828I: First edition of Edmonds's first work which "offers a critique of early industrial capitalism characteristic of Ricardian socialism. Some scholars have found in it anticipations of Karl Marx's theory of surplus value and the conception of capitalism as a historical stage to be succeeded by a more communal stage, which Edmonds called the 'social system'"... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 124761
FERREE, Barr. American Estates and Gardens.
New York : 1904First edition. A comprehensive study in photographs of the great estates toward the end of the Gilded Age. Barr Ferree was the leading architectural historian of his era. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 127662
HUSSERL, Edmund. Die Krisis der Europäischen Wissenschaften und die Transzendentale Phänomenologie. Eine Einleitung in die phänomenologische Philosophie.
Belgrade : 1936Original offprint of Husserl's last great work, inscribed by him to"Herrn Professor John Wild ergebenst überreicht vom Verfasser" (Professor John Wild, humbly donated by the author). The American philosopher John Wild, a firm supporter of phenomenology, was a contributor to the Journal of Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
"Edmund Husserl... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 132147
MCNAMARA, Robert - BISHOP, Jim. A Day in the Life of President Johnson.
New York : 1967First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author to President Johnson's Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, inscribed on the initial blank "To Robert McNamara, This is the way I see the President, closeup. Sincerely, Jim Bishop. May 1967".
Appointed Secretary of Defense in 1961 by President Kennedy, and retained by President... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 146300
MARSHALL, Alfred. Elements of Economics of Industry
London : 1892First edition, an abridgement, intended for students, of Marshall's Principles of Economics, with a chapter on Trade Unions added at the end of book six. "The necessary abridgement has been effected not by systematic compression so much as by the omission of many discussions on points of minor importance and of some difficult theoretical investigations"... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 146311
MARSHALL, Alfred. Principles of Economics.
London and New York : 1898Fourth edition, first published in 1890, of an economic classic, the first full exposition of Marshall's theoretical position. Keynes described its publication as inaugurating "the modern age of British economics" (Economic Journal, 1940). Schumpeter writes that "Marshall's great work is the classical achievement of the period, that is, the work that... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 146313
GRENFELL, Henry R. Banking and Currency.
London : 1875First edition, presentation copy, inscribed "from the author" on the title page. Grenfell (1824-1902) was then director at the Bank of England (later serving as governor from 1881 to 1883). "He played an active part in defending the bank from its critics, and in urging (in vain) a consolidating banking act to tidy up the loose ends left by Peel's Bank... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 135129
McCULLOCH, John Ramsay. Essays on Exchange, Interest, Money, and Other Subjects.
Boston : 1850First collected edition, reprinting numerous essays contributed by McCulloch to the seventh edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica on economic subjects. The Scottish economist John Ramsay McCulloch (1789-1864) led the Ricardian School after Ricardo's death and maintained the ascendancy of classical economics; his Principles of Political Economy (first... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 134898
FLÜRSCHEIM, Michael. The Real History of Money Island.
London : 1896First edition. The German economist Flürscheim (1844-1912) was a supporter of the single-tax movement, and promoted his own currency system. In this book he gives a fantastical account of "Money Island", where his ideas are put into practice, with a single tax and a banking system based on the exchange of commodities, using "labour notes", not money.... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 134867
BARBOUR, David. The Influence of the Gold Supply on Prices and Profits.
London : 1913First edition, first impression. Barbour analyses the link between the supply of money and the effect on inflation, a debate which had taken a new intensity as the increase in the gold supply had led to an increase in prices. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 134870
WICKSTEED, Philip Henry. An Essay on the Co-ordination of the Laws of Distribution.
London : 1894First edition, first issue of Wicksteed's Essay on the Co-ordination of the Laws of Distribution, with several printed errors (both authorial and of production), corrected by hand at the author's instruction. An excellent association copy, being from the library of the Nobel prize-winning economist George Stigler, possibly given to him by Lionel Robbins,... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 134671
FRIEDMAN, Milton & Rose. Free to Choose.
New York & London : 1980Signed by the author on the half-title. Free to Choose is the companion book to Friedman's ten-part PBS series of the same title, which investigated various regions, historical events, and social issues from the perspective that Laissez-faire economics is the most effective and fair way to manage societies. The series and book were a response to John... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 131458
TURGOT, Anne Robert Jacques, Baron de l'Aulne (revises); RULIÉ, Pierre. Théorie de l'Intéret de l'Argent,
Paris : 1780First 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. Turgot's 1770 paper on lending... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 129392
DUPONT DE NEMOURS, Pierre Samuel. Examen et parallèle des différens projects de droits sur les boissons, par M. Dupont, député de Nemours à l'Assemblée Nationale.
Paris : 1790First edition. A supporter of constitutional monarchy, Dupont represented Nemours in the National Assembly. The present work is his report on the taxation of drink. A scarce item, with WorldCat listing copies in ten institutions: one in the UK, five in the US, three in France, and one in Switzerland. Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 127703
CHASSEPOL, Francois de. Traité des finances et de la fausse monnoie des Romains, auquel on a joint une dissertation sur la maniere de discerner les médailles antiques d'avec les contrefaites.
Paris : 1740First edition of this study of counterfeit money among the Romans, with advice to contemporary numismatic collectors. An English edition followed in 1741. Library Hub lists copies in four British institutions. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 127721
DELAY, Pierre de. Opinion de M. Pierre de Delay, Député du Dauphiné, sur l'Impot en Général, Prononcée à la Séance du 16 Septembre 1790. [Bound with:] Seconde opinion de M. de Delay, député du Dauphiné, sur la définition du revenu net imposable d'une propriété fon
Paris : First editions. Delay (1750-1824) was a revolutionary politician, a frequent speaker in the National Assembly, who went on to serve in the Directory, under Napoleon, and the Restoration. The present two addresses to the assembly are on questions of taxation. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 127736
SAVARY, Jacques. Pareres, ou Avis et Conseils sur les plus importantes Matières de Commerce.
Paris : 1688First edition of the author's continuation of his manual on mercantile trade, Le Parfait Négociant (1675). Savary wrote on commercial topics with considerable authority in that he made a large fortune through commerce. He suffered both politically and financially from the disgrace of Fouquet (1661), who was his patron, but he later made good his name... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 116183
LEWIS, Wyndham. The Old Gang and the New Gang.
London : 1933First edition, first impression. A superb presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his wife, "To my darling wife Geehos, 1933. Wyndham Lewis." Gladys Anne Hoskins (1900-1979) and Lewis were married in 1930, though he concealed this fact from his friends for much of the 1930s. In 1939 Lewis wrote to the wife of his friend John Rothenstein, explaining... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 111659
SCHUMPETER, Joseph Alois. Theorie der wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung.
Leipzig : 1912First edition, scarce, of the first statement of what was to become known as the "Schumpeterian system". In this work Schumpeter "replaced Marx's greedy, bloodsucking capitalist by the dynamic innovating entrepreneur as the linchpin of the capitalist system, responsible not just for technical progress but the very existence of a positive rate of profit... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 109215
SMITH, Charles. Three Tracts on the Corn-Trade and Corn-Laws.
London : 1766First edition of these three important tracts on the corn trade, by the son of a mill-owner of Croydon, in Surrey. Smith argued that in a country largely dependent on domestic supplies, price variations were the natural result of good or bad seasons, following a shortage of domestically produced corn in 1757, which roused public feeling against the... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 93452
DUCPETIAUX, Edouard. De la peine de mort.
Brussels : 1827First edition. De la peine de mort was the Belgian journalist and prison reformer's first book, written when he was twenty-three years old. Ducpétiaux earned himself a name and an official position as inspector general of prisons on the strength of this passionate and ambitious plea for the abolition of capital punishment. He argued that the alternative... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 91158
BAUDEAU, abbé Nicolas. Première Introduction à la philosophie économique; ou analyse des Etats policés. Par un disciple de l'Ami des Hommes.
Paris : 1771: Carlsruhe and Paris: Lacombe, 1772.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, whose Dialogues sur le... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 84015
CARDWELL, Edward, viscount. Army (Infantry Equipment). Return to an Address of the Honourable the House of Commons, dated 6 August 1870. Copies of the Reports made by Major General Eyre's Committee on Infantry Equipment to the Secretary of State for War:
London : 1871First and only edition of this important, extensive and in depth review and report on the damaging effects that 'the present system of drill and accoutrements' (i.e. uniform, kit, knapsacks, weaponry etc), was recognised as having upon the health of newly recruited soldiers, leading in particular to a prevalence of lung and heart disease. Uncommon,... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 145405
HAYEK, Friedrich August von. A Tiger by the Tail.
London : 1972Second edition, expanded with a new preface and three extra articles by Hayek, not included in the first edition of 1972. The pamphlet, published by the neoliberal think tank The Institute for Economic Affairs, provides a selection of excerpts of writings by Hayek on Keynesianism, as part of their campaign to promote free-market economics. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 143632
PETERS, John P. (ed.) Labor and Capital.
New York : 1902First edition of this collection of essays concerning the relation between employers and employees and how to avoid conflict between the two parties. Published as part of the "Questions of the Day" series. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 141203
HICKS, J. R. Essays in World Economics.
Oxford : 1959First edition of this collection of essays by John Hicks (19041989), the first British recipient of the Nobel prize in economics. "The essays that are included in this volume fall into two groups: one concerned with world trade, and the relations of the British economy to it; the other with general (and special) problems of under-developed countries"... Learn More£25.00
Stock Code: 140974
SEAGER, Henry Rogers. Economics: Briefer Course.
New York : 1909First edition, first printing, "with the compliments of the author" slip mounted to the front free endpaper. Seager's 1904 Introduction to Economics schooled a generation of economists, with this an abridged and simplified version, produced to meet the growing demand for economics textbooks as the discipline came to be taught in an increasing number... Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 146073
STIGLER, George J. The Theory of Competitive Price.
New York : 1942First edition, first printing, of Stigler's significant micro-economics textbook, preceding its later expansion and renaming as The Theory of Price (1946). Stigler, a leading figure in the Chicago school, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1982. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 146076
WEBER, Max. Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Wissenschaftslehre.
Tübingen : 1922First edition, first impression, of the German sociologist and political economist's collected writings on the methodology of social sciences, published posthumously by his widow Marianne. "Arguably the foremost social theorist of the twentieth century, Max Weber is known as a principal architect of modern social science along with Karl Marx and Emil... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 146086
HANSEN, Alvin, & Harvey S. Perloff. State and Local Finance in the National Economy.
New York : 1944First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Evsey D. Domar with kindest regards Alvin H. Hansen". The recipient Evsey Domar (1914-1997) was a prominent Russian Keynesian economist.
Alvin Hansen, sometimes referred to as "the American Keynes", was an prominent public policy advisor in the Roosevelt... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 146090
WAGEMANN, Ernst. Economic Rhythm: A Theory of Business Cycles.
New York : 1930First edition in English, first printing, of Wagemann's Konjunkturlehre, first published in German in 1928. Wagemann (1884-1956) was the founder of empirical business cycle research in Germany, here bringing the results of many German studies into a general hypothesis about the fluctuations of business. Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 146067
DURKHEIM, Emile. The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life.
London : 1915First edition in English of Durkheim's sociological study of religion, first published in French in 1912 as Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse, and one of his most influential and enduring works.
"In his last great work, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, Durkheim gave his most compelling demonstration of the structuralist... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146071
MILITARY. Millan's Universal Register of Court and City-Offices, Army and Navy &c.
London : 1763A very well preserved copy of this handsomely presented compendious pocket reference, this example as offered on the title page "bound 3s with an Almanack and Succession of Colonels"; Rider's British Merlin present bound immediately after the engraved regimental and militia lists, the succession at the rear. In it's time an expensive little volume probably... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 145216
SOCIÉTÉ PHILANTROPIQUE. Rapports et Comptes Rendus de la Société Philantropique de Paris,
Paris : 1806-10-13First editions of these three annual reports by the Philanthropic Society of Paris. The society was founded in 1780 on secular enlightenment ideas, and remains in existence today. From the library of the Château de La Roche-Guyon, the home of the Duc de La Rochefoucauld, with their stamps to title pages. Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 127733
SCHNEIDER, Erich. Stabile Preise in wachsender Wirtschaft.
Tübingen : 1960First edition, first printing, of this collection of economic essays to mark Schneider's 60th birthday, on the subject of controlling inflation. Erich Schneider (1900-1970), professor of economics at the University of Aarhus, had an important role in shaping German and Danish economics through his popular textbooks. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 127695
BEATTIE, James - FORBES, Sir William. An Account of the Life and Writings of James Beattie, LL.D.
Edinburgh : 1806First edition of Forbes's principal work, an excellent association copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to the author's son, "William Forbes Esqr. from the author"; together with a small group of related contemporary autograph material laid in which reflects the strong ties between the Forbes and Beattie families.
Sir William Forbes, 6th... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 118450
VEBLEN, Thorstein. An Inquiry into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of its Perpetuation.
New York : 1917First edition, first printing of Veblen's treatise on peace, how it may be achieved and retained, as well as the possible effects of perpetual peace on society. Learn More£100.00
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VEBLEN, Thorstein. An Inquiry into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of its Perpetuation.
New York : 1917First edition, first printing of Veblen's treatise on peace, how it may be achieved and retained, as well as the possible effects of perpetual peace on society. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 113352
FRIEDMAN, Milton. The Optimum Quantity of Money
Chicago : 1969First edition, first printing, of this collection of Friedman's essays that, "though written over the course of two decades, embody a single view of monetary theory and, as a result, reinforce one another" (preface). The collection includes the title essay, "which showed that under some conditions deflation would be optimal because it would encourage... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146027
RIIS, Jacob A. Children of the People (original manuscript).
[New York : 1903]The original manuscript of Riis's short story "Children of the People", signed by the author at head in pencil, describing the ongoing suffering of children, as published in The Century Magazine for December 1903, and later collected, under the title "The City's Heart", in his 1915 story collection Neighbors: Life Stories of the Other Half.
The... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 146044
SARTRE, Jean-Paul. Réflexions sur la Question Juive.
Paris : 1946First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the half-title "Hommage de JP Sartre".
Sartre's reflections on the Jewish question, written in the aftermath of the holocaust, offers an analysis of what makes a person Jewish and the nature of the anti-Semite. In Sartre's view, a person is Jewish if they are viewed as such in the eyes... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 145981
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Marlborough.
London : 1933-8First editions, first impressions, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper of vol. I: "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill September 1938", along with a loosely-inserted presentation slip on Chartwell letterhead typed "With Mr. Winston Churchill's compliments".
Churchill's biography of the first Duke of Marlborough, his ancestor who... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 145889
COBBETT, William. Life of Andrew Jackson, President of the United States.
London : 1834First edition of this adulatory account of President Jackson, written by the radical British MP William Cobbett, published the year before Cobbett died and after a lifetime spent campaigning for the abolition of rotten boroughs, the lowering of taxes, and reversing enclosures; all culminating in his major influence in passing the Great Reform Act of... Learn More£750.00
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BACHELIER, Louis. Le Jeu, la Chance et le Hasard.
Paris : 1914First edition of this popularization of Bachelier's work on speculation. Bachelier summarized his main idea in a single sentence - "The mathematical expectation of the speculator is zero."
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... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 143405
REAGAN, Ronald. An American Life.
New York : 1990Signed limited edition, number 497 of 2,000 copies signed by Ronald Reagan, presented as issued in a striking oak box emblazoned with the Presidential Seal, and unusually retaining the original container. An American Life is Reagan's autobiography, covering his birth to his election as 40th President through to the end of his term in office. Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 143067