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First Edition of Robert Shiller's Finance and the Good Society; Inscribed by The Nobel Prize-Winning Economist
Princeton: Princeton University Press, .
First edition of this work by the Nobel Prize-winning economist. Octavo, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Charlotte and IPI Best Wishes Robert Shiller March 27, 2012.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 104719
First Edition of Paul Samuelson and Modern Economic Theory; Signed by Nobel Prize-winning Economist Paul Samuelson to Economist Robert M. Solow
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 193.
First edition of this overview of Paul Samuelson’s work. Octavo, original boards. Edited by E. Cary Brown and Robert M. Solow. Signed by Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert M. Solow on the title page. In near fine condition.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 100551
Paul Samuelson and Modern Economic Theory; Inscribed by the Nobel Prize-winning Economist Paul Samuelson
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 193.
Early printing of this collection of essays by ten leading economists survey Paul Samuelson’s extensive achievements to modern economics. Octavo, original boards. Edited by E. Cary Brown and Robert M. Solow. Presentation copy, inscribed by Samuelson on the title page, "For Rick Bigger, Paul A. Samuelson Princeton, ’85.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Essays by Paul A. Samuelson, Kenneth J. Arrow, F.H. Hahn. Hendrik S. Houthakker, Ronald W. Jones, Robert C. Merton, Richard A. Musgrave, Don Patinkin, Robert M. Solow, James Tobin and C.C. von Weizsacker.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 69878
“The constitution of our English government is no Arbitrary tyranny”: Rare First Edition of Henry Care's English Liberties: Or, The Free-Born Subject's Inheritance
London: Printed by G. Larkin, for Benjamin Harris at the Stationers Arms and Anchoy in the Piazza under the Royal Exchange, 1680.
First edition of one of the very first law books printed in colonial America, contains the first American printing of Magna Carta and other fundamental documents of individual liberty in Anglo-American law. Small octavo, contemporary calf. In excellent condition, with light wear to the crown of the spine. Auction records show that there has not been a first edition offered in the twentieth century. A rare landmark work which significantly influenced the American colonies.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 24087
Rare second edition of Debtor and Creditor Made Easie; one of the earliest accounting books for a general audience published in English
Debtor and Creditor Made Easie: Or, a Short Instruction for the attaining the Right Use of Accounts after the Best Method used by Merchants.
London: Printed by John Richardson for Ben. Billingsley, 1682.
Second edition of this rare accounting book; one of the earliest in published in English for a general audience. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, woodcut frontispiece portrait of the author within a rich botanical border. In very good condition. Scarce.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 103485
London: Awnsham and John Churchill, 1690, 1692.
First editions of both volumes of Locke’s Second and Third Letter Concerning Toleration. Two volumes bound in one. Octavo, contemporary calf, rebacked. In excellent condition with the text clean contents clean, except for light browning, rebacked. From the library of James Stonhouse with his signatures and armorial bookplate. Exceptionally rare.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 19072
“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him": First Edition of John Locke's Some Thoughts Concerning Education
London: Printed for A. and J. Churchill, 1693.
First edition of Locke’s seminal treatise on the education of gentlemen which, for over a century, was the most important philosophical work on education in England. Octavo, bound in full calf with morocco spine label lettered and decorated in gilt, raised bands and ruling to the spine. ruling and floral cornerpieces to the front and rear panels stamped in blind, all edges speckled red. In very good condition. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box. A scarce and important work.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 106030
First Edition of John Carey's An Essay, on the Coyn and Credit of England: As They Stand with Respect to Its Trade
London: Printed by Will. Bonny, and sold by the booksellers of London and Bristol, 1696.
First edition of this work by Cary, a pioneer in the field of economics. Small octavo, bound in full contemporary calf, raised bands, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. In very good condition. Rare with no examples appearing at auction in the last eighty years.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 109827
First Edition of "one of the classical works in the history of economics" and "the beginning of sociology": Frederic Morton Eden's The State of the Poor
The State of the Poor: Or an History of the Labouring Classes in England, from the Conquest to the Present Period; in Which are Particularly Considered Their Domestic Economy with Respect to Diet, Dress, Fuel and Habitation.
London: J. Davis, for B. & J. White, G. & G. Robinson, T. Payne, 1797.
First edition of this classic work. Quarto, 3 volumes, bound mottled full calf, raised bands, gilt titles to the spine, gilt lined, black morocco spine labels. In excellent condition with the folding table facing p. viii of the appendix in Volume III.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 20029
“The constancy of the laws of nature, or the certainty with which we may expect the same effects from the same causes, is the foundation of the faculty of reason”: Rare First Edition of Malthus' An Essay on the Principle of Population; With An autograph Note from Him
London: J. Johnson, 1798.
First edition of this cornerstone text of modern economics. Octavo, bound in three quarters calf. Laid in is a clipping from an original manuscript signed by Malthus and entirely in his hand which reads in part, “If at one time such a given product would make an effectual demand for certain commodities the conditions of the supply of which are supposed to remain the same, it would immediately cease to make such effectual.” Signed by Malthus in the lower right corner, “Malthus.” The verso features two further partial lines of text relating to supply and demand. In near fine condition. First editions of Malthus’ magnum opus are exceptionally scarce.
Price: $200,000.00 Item Number: 116955
Rare First Edition of Tunis Wortman's Political Classic A Treatise Concerning Political Enquiry, and the Liberty of the Press
New York: Printed by George Forman, 1800.
First edition of a classic work of libertarian political philosophy. Octavo, contemporary calf. In very good condition with some marginal dampstaining and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions are extremely rare.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 23046
The Works of John Locke [Including: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Some Considerations of the Consequences of Lowering the Interest, and Raising the Value of Money, An Essay for the Amendment of the Silver Coin, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Etc.]
London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1801.
Finely bound edition of the collected works of John Locke, “the most worthy… of the indisputably great philosophers.” Octavo, nine volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles to the spine, morocco spine labels, raised bands. Frontispiece of John Locke and fold-out table. In very good condition. Rare and desirable in contemporary calf.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117649
Glasgow: Printed by and For J. & J. Schymgeour, 1805.
Early edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought. Octavo, 3 volumes. Bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels. In near fine condition, contemporary bookplate. A very sharp set.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 111691
London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1805.
Early edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought, finely bound by Bayntun Bindery. Octavo, 3 volumes. Bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, morocco spine labels, top edge gilt. In near fine condition, small stamp to volume one. An exceptional set of this classic work.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 101836
“SMITH HIMSELF RANKED IT ABOVE THE WEALTH OF NATIONS”: ADAM SMITH’S LANDMARK WORK THEORY OF MORAL SENTIMENTS; IN THE RARE ORIGINAL BOARDS
Edinburgh: Printed for Bell and Bradfute, W. Laing, and Mundell, Doig & Stevenson, 1808.
Rare example Adam Smith’s first book bound in the original boards. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in original boards, edges uncut. In near fine condition, contemporary name to the title pages. Scarce in the original boards.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 109787
“The constancy of the laws of nature, or the certainty with which we may expect the same effects from the same causes, is the foundation of the faculty of reason”: First American Edition of Malthus' An Essay on the Principle of Population
An Essay on the Principle of Population; or, A View of its Past and Present Effects on Human Happiness; with an Inquiry into our Prospects Respecting the Future Removal or Mitigation of the Evils which it Occasions.
Washington: Printed and Published by Roger Chew Weightman, 1809.
First American edition of this cornerstone text of modern economics. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in contemporary calf, rebacked, red and black morocco spine labels, gilt titles. Previous owner’s inscription to front free endpaper, “An application was made to Bishop Watson to answer this book on the grounds that it discouraged benevolence. He declined, excusing himself, however unfavorably saying that he saw its object was to prove that population could not increase beyond the level of rules of self-evident truth. A much better employment would have been to discover means of resistance that might supply the increasing wants of the population.” Bishop Richard Watson served as the Bishop of Llandaff from 1782 to 1816 and published a number of political pamphlets contributing to the Revolution Controversy regarding the fundamental politics of the French Revolution. Watson corresponded with and published several counterarguments to the works of Thomas Paine and Thomas Robert Malthus among others. In very good condition with some browning to the text as usual, sporadic foxing. Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 101490
FIRST EDITION OF RICARDOS FUNDAMENTAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE SCIENCE OF ECONOMICS: ON THE PRINCIPLES OF POLITICAL ECONOMY AND TAXATION
London: John Murray, 1817.
First edition of David Ricardo’s most important work, a cornerstone of economic theory— one of only 750 copies printed. Octavo, bound in contemporary half calf. Bookplate of John Hales Calcraft, member of Parliament in the late 18th century. Calf lightly rubbed, a near fine example. Rare in contemporary calf.
Price: $60,000.00 Item Number: 4046
"Nothing contributes so much to the prosperity and happiness of a country as high profits": EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST EDITION OF RICARDO’S On The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation
London: John Murray, 1817.
First edition of David Ricardo’s most important work, a cornerstone of economic theory— one of only 750 copies printed. Octavo, bound in contemporary marbled boards, leather, morocco spine labels. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $55,000.00 Item Number: 108367
"Nothing contributes so much to the prosperity and happiness of a country as high profits": Second EDITION OF RICARDO’S On The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation
London: John Murray, 1819.
Second edition of David Ricardo’s most important work, a cornerstone of economic theory. Octavo, bound in full calf, morocco spine label, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 115457
Rare First Edition of "the first systematic work on this subject by an American"; Daniel Raymond's Thoughts on Political Economy
Baltimore: Published by Fielding Lucas, Jun'r, 1820.
First edition. Octavo, bound in full brown Russian diced calf. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, raised bands. In very good condition with some some browning and light staining to the some of the text. First editions are extremely rare.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 20088
Rare First Edition in English of Say's Masterpiece A Treatise on Political Economy; or the production, distribution, and consumption of wealth.
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1821.
First edition in English of the economist’s groundbreaking work. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in three quarters calf, green morocco spine labels. In near fine condition. Firsts editions are exceptionally rare.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 111232
"It is by attempting to reach the top in a single leap that so much misery is produced in the world": Finely Bound set of William Cobbett's Paper Against Gold and Collective Commentaries
London: John M. Cobbett, 1821-1822.
Finely bound example of the political commentaries of late sixteenth century English political figure and pamphleteer William Cobbett. Octavo, two volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, black morocco spine labels, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. In very good condition.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 81168
Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1821.
First American edition of this landmark work in political economy. Octavo, bound in three quarters leather over marbled boards, black leather morocco spine label. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,100.00 Item Number: 23029