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Social Credits or Socialism....

An Analysis of the Douglas Credit Scheme.

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Published: London Victor Gollancz Ltd. 1935

Stock Code: 96267

OR On display in 100 Fulham Road


First edition, first impression. "Major Douglas Examined!" shouts the dust jacket: an important contribution to the literature concerning the Social Credit theory of Major C. H. Douglas. This was hotly debated in the 1920s and 30s and influenced, in particular, the work and thinking of the poet Ezra Pound. "Attempts to discredit social credit on both practical (i.e. orthodox financial) and theoretical ... grounds failed. By the mid-1930s the rising popularity of the social credit movement in the United Kingdom was proving a serious threat to the Labour Party. Hugh Dalton, future Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Kingsley Martin, editor of the New Statesman, were galvanised into co-operation with W. R. Hiskett and J. A. Franklin in the production of two weighty texts to discredit social credit once and for all. Social Credits or Socialism, with a preface by Hugh Dalton, appeared in 1935" Hutchinson & Burkitt, The Political Economy of Social Credit and Guild Socialism (2001), 113.

Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business practices - he flouted convention, backed newcomers extravagantly, and held unique sway over the Book Society choices - to the appearance of his books. The famous yellow jackets, a collaborative design between Gollancz himself and the typographer Stanley Morison, bristle with blurbs, recommendations, and reviews in black and magenta.
Prior to its acquisition by Peter Harrington, the archive was shelved together from first publication, though occasionally moved from warehouse to warehouse over the decades. The copies were retained by Gollancz as "archive" or "file" copies and most are stamped in ink with rubber stamps, usually on the front panel of the dust jacket, the front free endpaper, and the title page.

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Octavo. Original orange cloth lettered in black. With the dust jacket.


Spine of dust jacket a little dulled and with a few chips to head and tail; fore edge, title page and end matter lightly foxed. A very good bright copy.


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