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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DOUGLAS, Paul H. Ethics in Government.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : 1952First edition, first printing, with an autograph note signed by the author from his time as the Vice Chairman of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee. Under his direction the committee investigated improper fiscal conduct in various branches of government. These three lectures on the topic of morality in government administration and legislature... Learn More£45.00
Stock Code: 119422
KAUTSKY, Karl. Die Agrarfrage: eine Uebersicht über die Tendenzen der modernen Landwirthschaft und die Agrarpolitik der Sozialdemokratie.
Stuttgart : 1899First edition, presentation copy from the author to the important French communist Paul Lafargue, inscribed by him, "A son cher Lafargue, K. Kautsky, Berlin 3/1/99". The Marxist theorist's analysis of capitalism in agriculture is a book that Lenin declared "the most important event in present-day economic literature since the third volume of Capital".
Kautsky... Learn More£11,000.00
Stock Code: 118919
KOESTER, Frank. Modern City Planning and Maintenance.
New York : 1914First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Mr G. E. Miner with compliments Frank Koester". Koester, a German-American engineer, is perhaps most famous for his involvement in the construction of the New York Public Subway; he also acted as a delegate to several international city planning congresses during his... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 119020
LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. Anthropologie structurale; [together with] Anthropologie structurale deux.
[Paris] : 1958 & 1973Scarce first edition, first impression, presentation copies, inscribed by the author to fellow social anthropologist and ethnologist Sir Raymond Firth on the half-titles, "A Raymond Firth, avec l'amitié de Claude Lévi Strauss" and "To Raymond Firth, with warmest regards, Claude Lévi Strauss". Anthropologie structurale and Anthropologie structurale... Learn More£6,250.00
Stock Code: 118218
TROTSKY, Leon. The Revolution Betrayed.
New York & London : 1937 & 1938First 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 to Trotsky. The Revolution... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 118029
KENNEDY, John F. Profiles in Courage.
New York : 1956First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mr. and Mrs. John Knight - with the very highest regards - John Kennedy". John S. Knight (1894-1981), a pioneering journalist and close personal friend of the Kennedys, founded Knight Newspapers, which would later become Knight Ridder, which was... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 117813
AYER, A. J. Part of My Life.
London : 1977First edition, first impression, of Ayer's autobiography; presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Caroline Anne Tuell, with my best wishes from Freddie Ayer. Bournemouth, October 13 1977". Anthony Smith's review for The Observer of A. J. Ayer: A Life in Philosophy by Ben Rogers is laid in to the front (20 June 1999).... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 117409
CAREY, Henry Charles. The Slave Trade, Domestic and Foreign:
Philadelphia : 1853First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "To Signor Giulio with the respects of the author". Henry Charles Carey (1793-1879) was hailed by his contemporaries as "the political economist of the age" (Sartain's Magazine), and his earlier work, The Credit System (1838), was considered "the best work on the credit system that has ever... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 117176
WAYLAND, Francis. The Elements of Moral Science.
New York : 1835First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author to "Mrs Arnold", that is, Frances Arnold, mother of historian Samuel Greene Arnold. Economist and educator Francis Wayland (1796-1865) was president of Brown University for 28 years and a highly regarded author on moral philosophy. Samuel Greene Arnold was a trustee of Brown University... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 117226
EVERETT, Alexander Hill. Autograph letter signed, to Henry Charles Carey.
Boston : October 21 1835A choice letter between two of the leading American economists of the day, testimony to the emergence of an American school of economics that was explicitly conceived as an alternative to the orthodoxy of British classical economics.
The letter was initiated through the recent publication of Carey's first book, Theory of Wages (1835), which he... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 116816
CARSTAIRS, G. M. Death of a Witch.
London : 1983First edition, first impression of this anthropological study of Sujarupa, a village in Rajasthan, between 1950 and 1981. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Mary, invaluable reader of imperfect chapters, from Morris", together with a laid-in postcard from the author, informing the recipient of Carstairs's appointment as vice-chancellor... Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 116344
GRANT, Heber J. The Opportunity in Life Underwriting.
Indianapolis : 1935First edition, first printing, published for the Insurance Research & Review Service. With a typed compliments note on Beneficial Life Insurance letterhead signed by the author Heber J. Grant tipped-in on the front free endpaper. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 116196
ARNOLD, Matthew. Schools and Universities on the Continent.
London : 1868First edition, presentation copy inscribed "with the author's sincere regard" in the author's hand on the half title. This copy also contains an autograph letter signed from Arnold to Mr Osborne Turner Junr., on Whitehall Education Department stationery, informing the recipient of his supplementary book "Higher Schools and Universities in Germany" published... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 115431
LEWIS, Wyndham. Time and Western Man.
London : 1927First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To H. E. Dounce, from Wyndham Lewis, October 1927". Harry Esty Dounce (1889-1947) was an American journalist and book reviewer. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 115120
MIRABEAU, Honoré Gabriel, comte de. Considérations sur l'Ordre de Cincinnatus ou imitation d'un pamphlét Anglo-Americain...
London : 1784First edition, second issue, including the translation of Price's work for the first time. In the present work Mirabeau agreed with the argument put forward by Burke: the Order of Cincinnati was detrimental to the ideals of the new American republic. Based on an anonymous American pamphlet which had criticised the proposed Order of Cincinnati (Considerations... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 115180
LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-LIANCOURT, François-Alexandre-Frédéric, duc de. Voyage dans les États-Unis d'Amérique,
Paris : An VII de la République First edition, presentation copy of this important account of travels in the United States and Canada during the last decade of the 18th century, inscribed by the author's son, François XIII, duc de La Rochefoucauld (1765-1848), to Edward Livingston, who served as US Secretary of State in 1831-3: "Offert a M. Edouard Livingston envoyé extraordinnaire... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 114358
PARETO, Raffaele. Del mal uso che si fa delle medie nelle scienze fisiche e sociali:
Modena : 1869First edition. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "All'egregio sig. Prof. Gilberto Gavi?". Father of the famous economist and sociologist Vilfredo Pareto, Raffaele Pareto (1812-1882) was a prominent civil engineer whose career began in France where he had sought exile following his involvement with Giuseppe Mazzini's movement for Italian unification... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 114087
KENNEDY, John F. Profiles in Courage.
New York : 1956First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Patty Cavin, with very best regards, John Kennedy". Patty Cavin was a pioneering woman journalist, a reporter on the Washington Post in the 1950s, covering Congress, and later with NBC. In 1962 she was president of the Washington Press Club (previously... Learn More£19,500.00
Stock Code: 114138
JAMES, Alfred. Six Months in Politics by "West Country Miner."
[London] : 1917First and only edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "P. A. O'Brien With the compliments of The Author 6.XI.19" towards the head of the title and dated March 1917 (presumably the date of publication) beneath the pseudonymous author's printed name. Loosely inserted is a carbon copy of a letter sent to the recipient of this copy, P. A.... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 113607
VEBLEN, Thorstein. The Theory of Business Enterprise.
New York : 1910Second edition. Inscribed by Veblen on the front free endpaper: "B. J. Olsson Nordfeldt. T. B. Veblen". Nordfeldt (1878-1955) was a Swedish-American artist who painted two portraits of Veblen, both now lost. Nordfeldt studied art in the U.S. and Europe. Between 1903 and 1907 he lived in Chicago, depicting Chicago landmarks and scenes, and it was most... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 113345
VEBLEN, Thorstein. An Inquiry into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of its Perpetuation.
New York : 1917First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Veblen on the front free endpaper, "To Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt, Thorstein Veblen." Nordfeldt (1878-1955) was a Swedish-American artist who painted two portraits of Veblen, both now lost. Nordfeldt studied art in the US and Europe. Between 1903 and 1907 he lived in Chicago, depicting... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 113384
EVERETT, Alexander Hill. Nouvelles Idées sur la Population,
Paris : 1826First French edition of this major early American response to Malthus. Presentation copy from the author to the Swedish Academy, inscribed on the half-title: "À l'académie suédoise, hommage de l'auteur, par les soins de M. Jullien, de Paris". The inscription was quite possibly written by M. Jullien, who had been entrusted by the author with the delivery.... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 113397
LEWIS, Wyndham. Tarr.
London : 1918First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To K. W. Marshall, from Wyndham Lewis. 1929." The recipient, Kenneth W. Marshall, was later a director at the small publishing house of Boriswood which published James Hanley's novel Boy (1931), for which the firm was prosecuted for obscenity. Marshall... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 111831
CRAIG, John. Elements of Political Science.
Edinburgh : 1814First edition of the Scottish author's analysis of government rights and constitutional authority, a gift copy inscribed from the Trustees of Manchester College, York, to Edward Strutt, 1st Baron Belper, "as a Prize for Diligence, Regularity & Proficiency during the Session of 1817-18". Strutt, for whom the title Baron Belper was created in 1856, was... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 111949
WARREN, Robert Penn. Who Speaks for the Negro?
New York : 1965First edition, first printing. This copy from the library of the American civil rights activist and anthropologist Carroll G. Barber, with his ownership inscription to front pastedown. Loosely inserted is a short typewritten letter signed by Warren and addressed to Barber, in which Warren hopes that Barber may find the present book useful. In February... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 109820
BEERBOHM, Max. A Survey.
London : 1921First edition, trade issue of Beerbohm's caricatures of public figures ranging from Joseph Conrad to David Lloyd George. There was also a deluxe limited edition of 275 numbered copies signed by the author. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 109359
WINTER, Ella. Red Virtue.
New York : 1933First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author "So have I, and it still does. Ella Winter" below the printed epigraph "I've seen The Future - and it works!", supplied by Lincoln Steffens, the American journalist whom Winter married in 1924. Scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 107240
PAGE, William, (ed.) Commerce and Industry.
London : 1919First edition, first impression, of the comprehensive history of Britain's economy prior to the First World War as recorded by Parliament, written to "afford some assistance to those interested in the reconstruction which necessarily follows the destructive agency of war". This copy was owned by economic historian Sir William James Ashley, who made... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 107045
STRACHAN, J. M. Juggernaut: It's Present State,
London : 1843Second edition, originally published in 1842, but with a new Introductory Letter (dated 1843); both editions are rare, this one recorded by Library Hub in only two British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Cambridge), and WorldCat locates just one (Peabody Essex Museum). Presentation copy from the author, inscribed at the head of title page: "The... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 106216
BENTHAM, Jeremy. Autograph letter signed to Sir John Anderson.
Queen's Square Place, Westminster : 1802Autograph letter signed to Sir John William Anderson (c. 1736-1813), MP for London 1793-1806, discussing the expense of supporting convicts, prompted by the debate resulting from the third reading of the Convicts Transportation Bill in parliament the day before. The letter was sent accompanied by a copy of the first of Bentham's "Letters to Lord Pelham".... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 106092
BEERBOHM, Max. A Survey.
London : 1921First edition, trade issue of Beerbohm's caricatures of public figures ranging from Joseph Conrad to David Lloyd George, scarce in this condition. There was also a deluxe limited edition of 275 numbered copies signed by the author. Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 104692
BOESNIER DE L'ORME, Paul. De l'esprit du gouvernement économique.
Paris : 1775First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the title page: "Le Prieur de Cheverny, Ex dono authoris". This is the principal work of the French economist Paul Boesnier de l'Orme (1724-1793), "one of the most systematic and comprehensive expositions of economics of its period" (Higgs). This copy has the imprint of Delalaine; the Mattioli... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 104258
BENTHAM, Jeremy. Essai sur la nomenclature et la classification des principales branches d'art-et-science; ouvrage extrait du Chrestomathia de Jérémie Bentham.
Paris : 1823First edition in French, translated by George Bentham, of extracts from part two of Jeremy Bentham's Chrestomathia, his plan for higher education amongst the middling and higher ranks of life, complete with the very rare large folding plate "Vue synoptique" printed on thick paper. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 101692
HODGES, Henry G. Cyclopedia on Pawnbroking.
Cincinnati : 1943First edition, inscribed on the front free endpaper ("Compliments of Henry G. Hodges") and dated 11 January 1949. A study of the social and economic problems presented by the pawnbroking industry, in which Hodges advocates legislation, licensing, regulations and sanctions. "Pawnbroking literature is about as scarce today as was that on the subject of... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 97611
QUETELET, Adolphe. Letters addressed to H. R. H. the Grand Duke of Saxe Coburg and Gotha, on the Theory of Probabilities,
London : 1849First edition in English, originally published in French at Brussels in 1846, presentation copy from the translator, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "R. Biddulph Esq./ with the Translator's/ Respectful Compliments". A pioneering work on probability and social statistics by the Belgian astronomer and mathematician Adolphe Quetelet (1796-1874),... Learn More£1,100.00
Stock Code: 96972
FOGEL, Robert W. The Slavery Debates, 1952-1990.
Baton Rouge : 2003First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the half-title. During this period, a fierce debate raged in the US concerning the interpretation of the slavery era, partly ignited by Fogel and Engerman's 1974 publication, Time on the Cross, in which they concluded that slavery was a profitable and efficient labour system, with benefits for... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 96392
LAUNHARDT, Wilhelm. Die Steigungsverhältnisse der Strassen. Separat-Abdruck aus der Zeitschrift des Architekten- und Ingenieur-Vereins zu Hannover, Band XXVI. Heft 3.
Hannover : 1880-87Presentation copies, inscribed to Professor Fischer by the author, the first work additionally with the ownership of Erich Schneider to the title. Like Dupuit, Launhardt began his professional life as a civil engineer, working for the public road administration. A professor of roads, railways and bridges at the Technische Hochschule (now the University)... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 93895
THÜNEN, Johann Heinrich von. Der isolirte Staat in Beziehung auf Landwirtschaft und Nationalökonomie,
Rostock : 1842Scarce second edition, revised and expanded, of the first part of Thünen's (1783-1850) key work. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to his son on verso of front free endpaper: "Seinem lieben Sohn Heinrich zum dauernden Andenken, vom Verfasser, Tellow der 25. Dec. 1842". A pioneering economic study on agriculture, the second edition contains... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 93435
WILLIAMS, John L, & Son (comp.) 1889-90. A Manual of Investments.
Richmond, Virginia : 1890First edition of the 6th annual Manual of investments produced by the banking house of John L. Williams of Richmond, Virginia, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "George Wayne Andrew with compliments & regards of the Author & acknowledgements for valuable assistance rendered in the compilation of this work. May 1890".
"Our Manual was... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 93439
PENROSE, Barrie, & Roger Courtiour. The Pencourt File.
London : 1978First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the authors on the front free endpaper, "with best wishes and thanks to Mo on the day we lost, Roger Courtiour. 22nd June 1979. / No! One one day that some people lost! But there's always tomorrow! And you! Barrie Penrose. London, June 22nd. 1979." Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 91981
VEBLEN, Thorstein. Absentee Ownership and Business Enterprise in Recent Times. The Case of America.
New York : 1923First edition of Veblen's most caustic work, a discussion of the need for advertising and salesmanship in modern business, with a sly dig at Christianity, where he describes Propaganda of the Faith as"quite the largest, oldest, most magnificent, most unabashed, and most lucrative enterprise in sales-publicity in all Christendom" (p. 319). This copy... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 88082
STONEQUIST, Everett V. The Marginal Man: A Study in Personality and Culture Conflict.
New York : 1937First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Don McLaren, with deep appreciation of your friendship and collaboration, Everett, December 21, 1948." Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 86930
QUESNAY, Francois. Magnificent autograph letter signed, to François Véron Duverger de Forbonnais.
[Versailles] : 1758One of two known letters of Quesnay's correspondence with Forbonnais, giving a valuable insight into Quesnay's working methods. The letter concerns two works, one by Quesnay, the other by Forbonnais.
The first part of the letter deals with Forbonnais' Recherches et Considerations sur Ies Finances de la France, which was anonymously published... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 86329
HARRISON, William Henry. Remarks of General Harrison, Late Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Colombia, on Certain Charges Made Against Him by that Government.
Washington : 1830First edition of this extremely uncommon publication, this a presentation copy, inscribed and signed by Harrison on the title-page: "John C. Wright Esq. of Steubenville Ohio from his friend W. H. Harrison." This is the only presentation copy of Harrison's Remarks ever to have appeared at auction, at the Streeter sale, 1967 (ticket to front pastedown).... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 83709
TANNAN, Mohan Lal, & Khushal T. Shah. Indian Currency and Banking Problems.
Bombay : 1917First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by Tannan on the front free endpaper, "With the compliments of the author, M L Tannan". This is one of the earliest comprehensive works on Indian currency and banking, written for the educated layman and including sections on general monetary and banking principles, historical and modern... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 82678
HENTOFF, Nat. The First Freedom.
New York : 1980First edition. This copy inscribed to John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet on the half-title; "For John, with great affection, Nat." In his liner notes for the MJQ Complete Prestige and Pablo Recordings, Hentoff described how, "The MJQ combined centuries of the blues with the knowledge of how careful form can make improvisation more meaningful - the... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 81919
QUINE, Willard Van Orman. Los Métodos de la Lógica.
[1980s]Second edition, Spanish language translation. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "a Burt un saludo de Van". The recipient was Burton Dreben, an influential Harvard professor and Quine's "closest philosophical ally". Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 68123
CASTANEDA, Carlos. The Eagle's Gift.
New York : 1981First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Amy, with all the best, Carlos Castaneda". The recipient, Amy Wallace, was the author of The Sorcerer's Apprentice: My life with Carlos Castaneda. Books inscribed by Castaneda are scarce. Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 67878
WAUGH, Evelyn. The Holy Places.
London & New York : 1953First US edition, signed limited issue, number 36 of 50 specially bound copies, signed by both the author and illustrator, from a total edition of 1,000 copies. The Holy Places is based on an article Waugh wrote for Life magazine, "The Plight of the Holy Places," (24 December 1951) after visiting Israel Palestine in 1951 with his friend Christopher... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 67863
MUIR, Edwin, as Edward Moore. We Moderns: Enigmas and Guesses.
London : 1918First edition, first impression, of the first book of the Scottish poet, novelist and translator Edwin Muir. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to a Glaswegian friend on the front free endpaper using his pseudonym, "To Mrs Stobo from Edward Moore in memory of many charming hours. 31st May, 1918". Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 67586
FULLER, Buckminster - LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. Structural Anthropology.
London : 1968First UK edition, first impression, of the first volume of Structural Anthropology (the second volume following in 1977); this copy from the library of Buckminster Fuller, with his ownership signature on the front free endpaper. Originally published in France in 1958. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 63480
THOMPSON, T. Perronet - JOHNSON, L. G. General T. Perronet Thompson. 1783-1869.
1957First edition. Thompson had a fascinating life. He was a middie with Gambier in the Isis, before transferring to the Army in 1806. He served in Whitelock's campaign to Buenos Aires, and in the latter stages of the Peninsular War saw "action against the French at Nivelles, Nive, Orthez, and Toulouse" (ODNB). A convinced abolitionist, from 1808 to 1810... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 63597