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TOOKE, Thomas.

Thoughts and Details on the High and Low Prices of the Last Thirty Years.

London, John Murray, 1823 Stock Code: 134907

Detailed study of wartime price fluctuation

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First edition of Tooke's first book, occasioned by the price instability throughout the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and their aftermath. "The work of 1823, Thoughts and Details on the High and Low Prices of the Last Thirty Years, provided the basis for Tooke's monetary thought until and including the publication in 1838 of the first two volumes of his massive treatise The History of Prices" (Arnon, Thomas Tooke: Pioneer of Monetary Theory, p. 58). It was part of the broader corpus of literature which Tooke published from 1823 to 1838 which together comprised "a systematic attempt to collect and analyse as much historical material and statistical information as possible, connected with price changes in England from 1793 onwards: a thorough observation of facts, aimed at understanding the determinants of fluctuations in the domestic price level" (New Palgrave, IV, p. 657).

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2 volumes, octavo (212 x 134 mm). Mid-19th-century brown half calf, twin red and black morocco labels lettered in gilt to spines, purple pebble-grain cloth sides, light blue endpapers, red speckled edges.


Folding printed table in vol. I.


Neat pencilled ownership signature to front free endpaper. Leather a little rubbed, small chips to labels of vol. II, light foxing to initial and final leaves otherwise contents clean. A very good copy.


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