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ROBINSON, Joan.

Economics is a Serious Subject.

The Apologia of an Economist to the Mathematician, the Scientist, and the Plain Man.

Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons Ltd, 1932 Stock Code: 133934
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First edition, genuinely rare, of Robinson's first separately published work, her "stunningly ambitious" methodological pamphlet produced, as she described it, in "a trance (it was almost automatic-writing)" (Aslanbeigui & Oakes, pp. 41, 49). It was preceded only by her review of Henry Clay's The Problem of Industrial Relations in the Political Quarterly of April 1930.

With the purpose of writing a concise and convincing summation of her ideas on the foundations of economic theory, Robinson produced this fourteen-page pamphlet in a state of considerable excitement; Keynes likened her behaviour to that of Coleridge while composing Kubla Khan. Five days after completing it she had found a publisher the Cambridge student bookstore Heffer and it appeared in October 1932, and was positively received by the academic community. Robinson used her new-found popularity and respect to publish The Economics of Imperfect Competition with Macmillan the following year, which alongside The Accumulation of Capital (1956) is considered one of her greatest works.

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Description

Octavo, 16 pp. Wire-stitched as issued in original buff stiff card wrappers printed in black.

Condition

Staples a little rusty, occasional light spotting; a very good copy.

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