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HARPER, Henry Howard.

The Psychology of Speculation.

The Human Element in Stock Market Transactions. With Illustrations by Haydon Jones.

Boston: Privately Printed, 1926 Stock Code: 143827
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First edition, sole printing, presentation copy, from the author to "Mr. Strauss", of this pre-Crash character study of stock brokers and speculators. In the accompanying letter Harper writes, "It has afforded me a pleasant diversion to write this book for complimentary distribution among my friends and fellow-booklovers, and I trust you may not find an hour ill-spent in reading it. A friend once told me that the nearest he ever came to conceiving a great book was while in the delirium of a terrible sickness; and although I claim no such distinction for this work, it was mostly written during a period of convalescence, while attending nurses and physicians were anxiously wondering if I should survive the ordeal - of the book, not the illness". In 1930 Harper privately published a supplementary chapter to address the recent market crash.

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Octavo. Original green paper boards, paper label to spine printed in red, top edge gilt, others uncut. With a typed letter signed by the author on Boston, Massachusetts letterhead, dated 15 November 1926, laid in.


Engraved frontispiece with tissue guard and numerous illustrations to contents, all by Jones.


Extremities slightly rubbed and with a few knocks, corners bumped, paper label lightly browned, overall an excellent copy.


Zerden, pp. 45-6.


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