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  1. 125328
    First edition, first impression, case-bound issue. Presentation copy from Viscount Herbert Louis Samuel, a member of the executive committee which produced the report, with his signature on a pasted address card to the pastedown. The presentation was probably to Isaac Foot, the father of Michael Foot, as the book includes... Learn More
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  2. 124423comp
    First edition, first impression. An intended presentation copy from Margaret Thatcher, inscribed "To Abel and Nel" in her hand on the half-title. The book was never presented, and it was found amongst her possessions in her home in Chester Square after her death. It is possible that the recipient was Abel Hadden, a former... Learn More
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  3. 123842
    Signed lower left in sanguine chalk by Boden. From Margaret Thatcher's personal possessions from her home in Chester Square. This is a preliminary drawing for a larger oil on canvas: "Margaret Thatcher Working on Cabinet Papers". Boden's method was to sketch the sitter first in sanguine before painting in oil. He painted... Learn More
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  4. 126367
    One of two duodecimo editions published in 1757; OCLC lists copies with the same title, date and imprint, with xlii, (6) and 485 pages, whereas our copy comprises the title, 390 pages, plus the leaf of approbation, with 3 leaves removed between the end of the text and the leaf of approbation, which together with the title... Learn More
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  5. 126277
    First edition of the Royal Certificate of Incorporation of the Bank of Potosi to the Spanish Royal Treasury, with instructions for its management and regulation. The extensive silver mines of the mountain of Potosí (in the highlands of contemporary Bolivia, at an altitude of 4,800 meters) proved among the most important... Learn More
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  6. 126202
    Scarce first edition of an anonymously compiled legal vade medcum for farmers and country gentlemen, with particular attention given to Game laws, tithes, highways and turnpike roads, fishing, fish ponds and rivers, the manufacture of and duty on malt, and laws relating to the manufacture and retail of cyder, mum, perry,... Learn More
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  7. 126219
    First edition of Ziegler's commentary on Grotius, from the celebrated library of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Minister of Finance under Louis XIV from 1665 to 1683, with the usual inscription "Bibliothecae Colbertinae" to the engraved title. Colbert's was one of the finest and most famous libraries of the seventeenth century,... Learn More
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  8. 118023
    Fifth edition, one of 1,500 copies printed, the last edition to be published in Smith's lifetime. It was taken from the third edition (1784). "Where the political aspects of human rights had taken two centuries to explore, Smith's achievement was to bring the study of economic aspects to the same point in a single work.... Learn More
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  9. 126157
    The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift Kindred imbued Baden-Powell's scouting..."> First edition of this rare Kibbo Kift handbook written by "Head Man" of the Kindred, John "White Fox" Hargrave (1894-1982). All original Kibbo Kift productions are rare, and this one apparently particularly so, with no copy recorded on Copac or OCLC.
    The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift Kindred imbued Baden-Powell's scouting... Learn More
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  10. 125824
    Second complete Brussels edition, in the scarce and appealing original wrappers, of de Tocqueville's magnum opus. The first appearances of De la démocratie en Amérique in Brussels were published by Louis Hauman in the same years as the first editions (Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835 & 1840). Meline also published a two volume... Learn More
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  11. 122801
    A fine set of original offprints which illuminate Fisher's economic concerns from the mid-1920s onwards, each accompanied by a mimeographed letter from Fisher to the recipient of the offprints, variously addressed "Dear Sir" and "Dear Colleague", and in one case to all members of the American Economic Association (of which... Learn More
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    First English edition. One of the central texts in the history of 18th-century thought, L'Esprit des Loix was a huge influence both on English law, especially as mediated by William Blackstone, and on those who framed the American Constitution. Blackstone's Commentaries, Hamilton's Federalist Papers and Tocqueville's Democracy... Learn More
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  13. 126321
    First edition of this collection of lectures given to mark the 50th anniversary of the Statistical Society. The collection is most notable as it is the first printing of Alfred Marshall's contribution, "On the Graphic Method of Statistics", which constitutes the earliest printed reference to elasticity (cited in Alfred Marshall:... Learn More
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  14. 126319
    Offprint of Keynes's memoir of Alfred Marshall from The Economic Journal, complete with a bibliography of Marshall's writings. Keynes had been a student of Marshall's at King's College Cambridge. Learn More
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  15. 126307
    First edition, first impression. The third volume in a planned four-book series exploring "the direction of man's efforts for the attainment of material ends: and to search for possibilities of improvements". The first volume was Principles of Economics, published in 1890; the second, Industry and Trade, appeared in 1919.... Learn More
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  16. 126241detail
    First collected edition of Bentham's works, compiled under the supervision of his disciple and editor, John Bowring, assisted by John Hill Burton, who wrote the lengthy "Introduction to the study of Bentham's works". The collected works were first issued in 22 parts, at 9 shillings each, between the years 1838 and 1843.... Learn More
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  17. 126274
    First French edition, following the Latin edition of the previous year. Pufendorf's monumental history of the reign of Charles X Gustav of Sweden was written whilst serving as historiographer royal to Charles XI. The plates, mostly depicting land and sea battles in the Second Northern War, were engraved from the drawings... Learn More
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  18. 126254
    First edition in English of Parr's preface, constituting a strident, popular and highly controversial attack upon Pitt's government. "Henry Homer, a classical scholar, wished to publish a new edition of three treatises by William Bellenden, a sixteenth-century Scottish professor and diplomat, and asked Parr to write a Latin... Learn More
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  19. 124409
    The Order of Service for Margaret Thatcher's private cremation service at Mortlake Crematorium on 17 April 2013, following her funeral at St Paul's Cathedral earlier that day. The service was presided over by the chaplain of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, with music provided by the Royal Hospital Chapel Choir and the hospital's... Learn More
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  20. 113916
    First edition of William Fleetwood's collected works. Fleetwood (1656-1723) is best known for his Chronicon Preciosum, an attempt to provide a price index of major commodities over the last six hundred years, here printed for the second time following the first edition of 1707. Fleetwood's interest in economics influenced... Learn More
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  21. 114663
    First edition, published posthumously, complete with the rare third volume. Boulainvillier's work, an administrative survey of France, provides an essential account of the political and social structure of the Ancien Régime. As with his other historical works, published in the years following his death in 1722, Boulainvillier... Learn More
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  22. 124023
    First UK edition, first impression, originally published in the US in 1971. Rawls's Theory of Justice postulates a form of social contract theory whereby rational individuals who do not know their place in society would only justify inequality if it benefited the least well off. Rawls's treatise has since become one of the... Learn More
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  23. 126033

    Geist der Utopie.

    Munich & Leipzig: 1918

    Bloch (1885-1977) "stands alone in his attempt to graft on to the inherited doctrine of Marxism a complete metaphysic,..."> First edition of Bloch's first book, a treatise on the spirit of utopian thought, in which he touches on themes which would occupy him throughout his life, particularly that of the "Not-Yet-Conscious."
    Bloch (1885-1977) "stands alone in his attempt to graft on to the inherited doctrine of Marxism a complete metaphysic,... Learn More
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  24. 115060_1
    First edition, just published, the companion work to an exhibition originally shown at the Bibliotheca Wittockiana in Brussels, 1 of 750 copies for sale. "The exhibition Books that made Europe is a journey through 140 books spanning a period of approx. six hundred years, from 1468 to 1950. It investigates into why 500 million... Learn More
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  25. 124940
    Extremely rare example of a Russian index librorum for public libraries, recording the first - and rather late - attempt to censor the works of Marx, listing the first two volumes of Das Kapital, being the first edition of volume one in Russian (1872), and the first edition of volume two (1885). Scarce, no other examples... Learn More
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  26. 118512
    Third edition (the second authorised) of Bodin's masterpiece, which "had an immense influence all over Europe. This is a re-setting of the original edition of 1576, with a pagination jump from 519 to 552 and with 54 terminal pages of contents. The work is, in effect, the first modern attempt to create a complete system of... Learn More
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  27. 115423
    Extremely rare second (first 1884) Polish edition of Das Kapital, a new and thorough, though anonymous translation; the planned second volume never appeared, overtaken by events in the middle of the 20th century.
    This edition reprints the usual prefaces, including the one of the first Polish edition, but there is no new... Learn More
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  28. 125988
    First edition, copy number 30 of 35 printed on papier vergé blanc de Hollande, of Sartre's final volume of essays in the series Situations, including several autobiographical pieces. Learn More
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  29. Cours de philosophie positive.
    First edition of Comte's most important work, the canonical statement of positivism. It is in the prodigious Cours that he lays the foundations of his system, establishing, under the conception of the Law of the Three States, the new sociology in its historical and formal relations to the other sciences. "The remarkable... Learn More
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  30. 125500comp
    Special 40th anniversary signed edition; number 17 of only 200 copies printed, signed by the author. With an additional foreword in which Hayek discusses how the first publication in 1944 was received in Britain and America. Hayek's classic polemic against centralisation and collectivism, among the most influential and popular... Learn More
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  31. 124773
    First edition, first printing, of this work by libertarian conservative economist and social theorist Thomas Sowell (b.1930). Learn More
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  32. 124647
    First edition, first impression. Editor of the Economist magazine and Liberal, Hirst (1873-1953) had previously assisted John Morley in the publication of his three-volume Life of William Ewart Gladstone (1903). This study of Gladstone includes an introduction written by his son, Henry. Learn More
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  33. 125479
    First edition, issued in 61 numbers from 28 June 1755 to 21 August 1756. In size and scope perhaps the most ambitious guide to farming of the 18th century, Hale's posthumous book, gathered from his papers, was quickly followed by a Dublin edition the following year and a three-volume second edition the year afterwards.... Learn More
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  34. 116803comp
    First edition, signed by the author on the half-title. George Johnstone delivered this speech at the debate following the 1810 Bullion report, which recommended a return to the fold standard and control of the supply of paper money. This edition includes an appendix featuring tables of imports and an account of the number... Learn More
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  35. 124780
    First edition of the second work by Herbert J. Davenport (1861-1931), "a leading, albeit somewhat iconoclastic, economic theorist of his day" (The New Palgrave I, p. 749). Learn More
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  36. 120546
    Second and substantially improved edition, issued by Argenson's son, Paulmy, and incorporating further material from his unpublished manuscripts. René-Louis de Voyer Argenson (1694-1757), the French writer on economic and political subjects, "is better known by his celebrated mot 'pas trop gouverner' (not too much government)-lineal... Learn More
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  37. 124867
    First edition of this work by the British banker and politician Samuel Jones Loyd (1796-1883), who became Baron Overstone in 1850. Jones Loyd was one of the leading writers on the British currency in the mid-19th century. Learn More
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  38. 124033
    First edition, the first in any language of Voltaire's work, with the French edition, printed in Amsterdam, appearing the subsequent year. Voltaire's great admiration for the English people and their system of government was developed during his exile in the country in the 1720s. He was deeply impressed by the respect given... Learn More
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  39. 125352
    First edition under White's editorship, the sixth overall, originally published in 1644. Milton's ringing rhetoric in defence of the freedom of the press was produced as a response to the licensing order of 1643. It has proved the foundation of arguments for freedom of the press ever since, and influenced the American founding... Learn More
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  40. 125327
    First edition. The statistician and economist John Howlett (1731-1804) published the present work in response to the demographer Richard Price's essay of 1780, which claimed that the population of England and Wales was in decline. Howlett instead argued, correctly, that the population was in fact increasing, and at a quickening... Learn More
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  41. 125270
    First US edition. The Scottish philosopher William Duncan (1717-1760) had published his Elements of Logic in London in 1748, in which he set out his objective of introducing scientific reasoning into natural knowledge, on broadly Baconian grounds. The work is believed to have been a major influence on Thomas Jefferson, and... Learn More
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  42. 125037
    Sixth edition of Wealth of Nations, seventh edition of Theory of Moral Sentiments. This handsome set, bringing together Smith's two most important works, has a pleasing provenance, with the bookplates of the leading German Neo-Kantian philosopher Heinrich Rickert (1863-1936).
    The Wealth of Nations, the foundation text... Learn More
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  43. 124960
    First edition of this relatively little-known work, published in the same year as the Kritik der Urtheilskraft. The German philosopher Johann Augustus Eberhard (1739-1809), a leading Wolffian, joined with other critics of Kant to found the Philosophisches Magazin, the main goal of which was to challenge Kant's philosophy.... Learn More
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  44. 124802comp
    First edition, first impression. With a presentation inscription from Sidney Webb to Professor Phillip Bradley dated 25 November 1925 pasted to the front free endpaper. Loosely inserted is an autograph letter from Webb to Bradley from 28 July 1936, in which Webb writes that he read Bradley's Road to War "with almost painful... Learn More
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  45. 124769
    First edition of the first book-length biography of Hume. Ritchie was critical of Hume's achievements as a metaphysician and as a moralist, with his works suggesting that Ritchie himself was a disciple of Thomas Reid, whose philosophy was antithetical to Hume's. Ritchie is also dismissive of Hume's essays, criticising their... Learn More
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  46. 124408
    The Order of Service for Margaret Thatcher's funeral in St Paul's Cathedral, on 17 April 2013. The funeral was attended by over 2,000 people, with an estimated 4.4 million watching on television across the country. Thatcher's remains were cremated later that day, with her ashes buried in the Royal Hospital Chelsea, next... Learn More
    £250

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  47. The Pure Theory of Capital.
    First edition, first impression, of this scarce title, which showed "the very complex nature of capital and its importance in economic booms and slumps, and stands as a classic in the field" (Butler). Hayek "provides lucid expositions of his notions of 'inter-temporal equilbrium', the 'physical productivity of investment',... Learn More
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  48. 123594
    Third edition, second issue with cancel title page dated 1695; the first issue is dated 1694. The book constitutes all of Machiavelli's best known works: The History of Florence, The Prince, The Discourses, and The Art of War. The Art of War was first translated into English in 1562 and the History of Florence in 1595. The... Learn More
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  49. 124796
    First edition, with the printing split between McMillan and with Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, without known priority of issue. The Board of Agriculture had been founded in 1793 to promote agricultural improvement, and they had published numerous reports on the state of agriculture in various counties. In February 1816 the... Learn More
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  50. 124574
    First separate edition of Sartre's highly influential essay on Francis Ponge, number 71 of 100 copies printed on vélin Johannot, which catapulted the French poet and essayist to the forefront of critical interest. Ponge's groundbreaking work, Le Parti pris des choses, had been published five years previously in 1942, and... Learn More
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  51. 124687
    First edition. Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) had achieved wide fame with his 1859 work Self-Help, which promoted self-reliance and self-improvement, and has been seen as one of the defining texts of the Victorian era. "Believing that his essential message was only partially accepted and cautious about the effect of the extension... Learn More
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  52. 124653
    First edition, first printing. Henry F. Grady (1882-1957) was an American diplomat who was US Trade Commissioner to London and Continental Europe from 1919 to 1920. Learn More
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  53. 124571
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their stamp on the dust jacket and pastedown. A variety of commentators and academics contributed articles to this volume, including Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree, the industrialist and social reformer. Though the collection purports to offer multiple perspectives... Learn More
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  54. 117102
    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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  55. 114477
    First edition of one of Walras's major contributions to his economico-social doctrine, based on lectures which he held at the University of Lausanne during the years of 1870 through 1892. "As far as pure theory is concerned, Walras is in my opinion the greatest of all economists" (Schumpeter in: Blaug, Great economists before... Learn More
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  56. 124549
    First edition in book-form of this masterpiece of description and political journalism, deservedly the best known of Cobbett's works. The Rural Rides were originally a series of letters which began in the Political Register, the weekly periodical Cobbett established in 1802 and conducted until his death in 1835. Cobbett... Learn More
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  57. 124542

    A History of Economic Ideas.

    New York, London & Toronto: 1940

    First edition, first printing. Whittaker, associate professor of economics at the University of Illinois, presents his history of economic thought thematically, rather than chronologically or as segmented into different doctrinal schools. Learn More
    £225

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  58. 124198
    First English-language edition, first impression. After the first publication of this work in German in 1902 by Karl Kautsky in the Neue Zeit, Vladimir Lenin produced his own Russian-language edition in 1907, himself providing a new introduction, which is included in the present edition. This work consists of correspondence... Learn More
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  59. 124152
    First edition, first impression, of this account of 28 maternal ancestors of economist John Maynard Keynes, written by his first cousin, Neville Brown. There is a gift inscription by Milo Keynes (1924-2009), John Maynard Keynes's nephew, on the verso of the front free endpaper, "John and Julie Boyd, with very best wishes,... Learn More
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  60. 124136
    First edition, first printing, of this "brilliant combination of mathematical economic theory and applied econometrics". Charles F. Roos (1901-1958) was a professor of mathematics at Cornell from 1928 to 1931 and director of the Cowles Commission from September 1934 to January 1937. The Cowles Commission was founded in 1932... Learn More
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