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
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.
Octavo, 16 pp. Wire-stitched as issued in original buff stiff card wrappers printed in black.
Staples a little rusty, occasional light spotting; a very good copy.
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