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“The combination of economic and political power in the same hands is a sure recipe for tyranny": Milton and Rose Friedman's Free to Choose; Inscribed by them
New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1980.
First edition, early printing of Friedmans’ persuasive argument for the free market, based on the PBS series Free to Choose. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by both authors on the half-title page in the year of publication, “For Cliff and Dorothy With our best wishes Rose Friedman” signed “Milton Friedman March 12, 1980.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Gamarello.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 119692
“FREEDOM IS THE FUNDAMENTAL REQUIREMENT OF MAN’S MIND”: SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF AYN RAND'S CAPITALISM: THE UNKNOWN IDEAL
New York: New American Library, 1966.
Signed limited first edition of this collection of essays—which Rand, in her introduction, characterizes as “a nonfiction footnote to Atlas Shrugged.” Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Ayn Rand. Number 8 of 700 signed copies. Fine in a very good slipcase. With additional articles by Nathaniel Branden, Alan Greenspan, and Robert Hessen.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 120812
London: Simpson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd, nd .
First edition of Meredith’s entertaining collection of tales of the London Stock Exchange. Octavo, original cloth, engraved frontispiece portrait of Meredith. In near fine condition.
Price: $75.00 Item Number: 119496
Rare Autograph Letter signed and entirely in the hand of F.A. Hayek; addressed to his son, esteemed microbiologist Laurence Hayek
Rare autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich August von Hayek to his son. One page, the letter is dated December 8, 1955 and reads, “My dear boy, I have long wanted to send you copies of the enclosed silhouettes which I had some time ago made for my brother. But since you will need more explanation of which of your ancestors they represent, they had to wait until I had time to do the… printed table of your ancestry I now enclose. I hope you will like to have them. Before this reaches you by surface mail you ought to have another letter which I hope to write soon. Love, Father.” Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope, several typed and mimeographed family histories, family trees, and silhouettes. Hayek’s son Laurence was born in Vienna and raised in London and Cambridge, England where his father worked for the London School of Economics. He studied medicine at King’s college and worked as a pathologist at Middlesex Hospital. Following his retirement in 1999 he became involved in promoting his father’s work. In near fine condition. A rare and intimate glance into Hayek’s ancestry with noted provenance.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 114083
Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1982.
First edition of Rothbard’s greatest contribution to the politics of freedom. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Murray N. Rothbard on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 120588
First Edition of Fred Schwed's Classic Where Are the Customers' Yachts; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940.
First edition of “one of the funniest books ever written about Wall Street” (The Washington Post). Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Peter Arno. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some repair to the front panel. First editions in the original dust jackets are rare.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 120464
London: John Murray, 1820.
First edition of this classic work regarding nature of labor, demand and profit. Octavo, original boards, retaining the original paper spine label. In very good condition. Ownership inscription from the African Society and stamp to the title page. Rare in the original boards.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 119668
"All, however, shared a common pattern: an eerily similar cycle from greed to fear": First Edition of Liaquat Ahamad's Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke The World; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
New York: Penguin Press, 2009.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For William ‘All, however, shared a common pattern: an eerily similar cycle from greed to fear.’ Best Liaquat Ahamed New York, Sept 2015.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 120455
"WE SHALL NOT GROW WISER BEFORE WE LEARN THAT MUCH THAT WE HAVE DONE WAS VERY FOOLISH": GARY BECKER’S CLASSIC WORK HUMAN CAPITAL
New York: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1964.
First edition of the economist’s magnum opus. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, all edges gilt. In near fine condition, stamp to the title page. First editions are rare.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 120098
Philadelphia: Thomas Dobson, 1789.
First American edition of the author’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought. Octavo, 3 volumes, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels, tooling to the front and rear panels, inner dentelles. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 120950
New York: Harper Collins Business, 1991.
First edition of this now classic book on value investing. Octavo, original half. Association copy, inscribed by the author, “To My Favorite Mayor, Best Wishes and congratulations! Truly, Seth.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Barry Littmann. Photograph by Mark Morelli.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 119867
New York : Simon & Schuster, 1992.
Early printing of this classic work. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To John Lee, with best wishes, James B. Stewart.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Anthony.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 117339
"One of the most important books on Wall Street"; G.M. Loeb's The Battle For Investment Survival; Signed by Him
New York: Barron's, 1943.
Early printing of Loeb’s classic work Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Gerald M. Loeb on the front free endpaper. In very good condition. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 119657
Economics: An Introductory Analysis; Signed by Nobel Prize-winning economists Paul A. Samuelson and William Nordhaus
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1992.
First printing of the fourteenth edition of this landmark work in modern economics having sold 4 million copies in 40 languages. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by both Paul Samuelson and William D. Nordhaus on the title page. Both economists were awarded the Nobel Prize in economics; Samuelson in 1970 and Nordhaus in 2018. In fine condition.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 119573
New York: Alephi Company, 1928.
First edition of Fisher’s classic treatise on money. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare in the original dust jacket.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 119364
Rare souvenir map of Fiji signed by Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich August von Hayek. One page, the souvenir map was published by Blue Lagoon Cruises with a section on the verso allowing for the autographs of fellow passengers. Signed by Hayek in the upper right corner, “F.A. Hayek” and additional passengers from California, Wyoming, Tasmania, and Australia. Accompanied by a typed itinerary prepared especially for Professor and Mrs. Hayek by Trans Pacific Tours, Inc. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117600
"HARD WORK, UNUSUALLY STRICT DISCIPLINE, AND A LONG-TERM INVESTMENT HORIZON": FIRST EDITION SETH KLARMAN'S OF MARGIN OF SAFETY
New York: Harper Collins Business, 1991.
First edition of this now classic book on value investing. Octavo, original half. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Barry Littmann. Photograph by Mark Morelli.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 119671
"It might be said that there is no competition for the man who sets out to master the stock market": First edition of Richard D. Wyckoff's Stock Market Technique
First edition of Wyckoff’s early manual on trading stocks, published subsequently in book form. Octavo, original wrappers, illustrated, advertisements. In very good condition with creasing to the front panel. Scarce in the original wrappers.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 119743
First edition of one of the greatest investment books of the 20th Century; Philip Fisher's Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits
New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1958.
First edition with C-H on the copyright page of Fisher’s classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Foreword by Jeremy C. Jenks. An exceptional example, uncommon in this condition.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119748
“Socialism is an alternative to capitalism as potassium cyanide is an alternative to water": First Edition of Ludwig Von Mises' Human Action: A Treatise on Economics
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1949.
First edition of the economist’s magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition with light rubbing to the extremities. First editions are uncommon.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 119755
"It's not that I want money. It's the fun of making money and watching it grow": First Edition of How to Pick Stocks Like Warren Buffett; Inscribed by Warren Buffett
How to Pick Stocks Like Warren Buffett: Profiting from the Bargain Hunting Strategies of the World’s Greatest Value Investor.
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 2000.
First edition of “this is a must read for anyone wanting to learn the investing techniques of Warren Buffett” (Mary Buffett). Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Warren Buffett on the front free endpaper, “To George and Elvira- Warren E. Buffett.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 119622
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998.
First edition of the 40th anniversary of the economist’s landmark work. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Boldly signed by John Kenneth Galbraith on the half-title page. In near fine condition.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 118388
First Edition of the Authors Prophetic Book The Coming of Post Industrial Society; Inscribed by Daniel Bell in the year of Publication TO IRVING KRISTOL AND GERTRUDE HIMMELFARB
New York: Basic Books, 1973.
First edition of this insightful work which speaks about the coming of the service economy and the importance of knowledge for creating stratification in the new society. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “For Irving and Bea- with affection, as always, Dan May 30, 1973.” The recipients were Irving Kristol and his wife Gertrude Himmelfarb, who were close friends of Bell’s. Kristol was a journalist who was dubbed the “godfather of neoconservatism.” Historian Gertrude Himmelfarb, also known as Bea Kristol, was an American historian who was a leader of conservative interpretations of history and historiography. Bell and Kristol were close friends, who jointly founded The Public Interest in 1965. It was a leading neoconservative journal on political economy and culture, aimed at a readership of journalists, scholars and policy makers. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jacqueline Schuman.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 118638
Karl Polanyi's landmark work Origins of Our Time: The Great Transformation; Inscribed by Him to Peter and Doris Drucker
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1946.
First edition, early printing of Polanyi’s landmark work, which many consider to be one of the twentieth century’s most incisive and prophetic works of scholarship. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Peter and Doris With Love Karl.” The recipients were Peter Drucker and his wife Doris. Polanyi and Drucker were close friends and colleagues. Born in Budapest, Polanyi moved to Vienna, where he met Drucker while he worked as senior editor of The Austrian Economist. In July 1940, the President of Bennington College, Robert Leigh, wrote to the publisher W.W. Norton, asking him to forward the names of refugee scholars who had been forced to leave Europe as result of the war, and who might benefit from spending a year at Bennington as “honorary fellows of the college.” Later that week, Drucker, himself a refugee, contacted Leigh with a request to bring Polanyi from Vienna to the college. “Drucker devoted an entire passage of his memoirs, Adventures of a Bystander, to the Polanyi family. Elsewhere, he noted that “perhaps I learned the most from Polanyi, although not formally because we were friends.” Among other things, Drucker described in Polanyi a talent for the practice of social ecology: “He analyzed, with an uncanny knack for seeing the importance of inconspicuous developments-at an early stage.” (Drucker’s Lost Art of Management, by Joseph A. Maciariello and Karen E. Linkletter). Both Polanyi and Drucker acknowledged each other in their major wartime works, and continued to exchange letters until Polanyi’s death in 1964. Drucker even had a hand in preparing The Great Transformation for publication after Polanyi returned to England, leaving behind an unfinished manuscript. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing, small name to the front free endpaper. An exceptional association. This is the first signed example we have seen.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 118455
First Edition of Thorsten Veblens Classic First Work; The Theory of the Leisure Class; From the library of the author's brother
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1899.
First edition of the author’s landmark work. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt topstain. In near fine condition with only light shelfwear to the extremities. From the library of the author’s brother John Edward Veblen II, with his signature to the front pastedown. A very sharp example with noted provenance.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 118924
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
First Edition of Peter Drucker's Landmark Work Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices; Signed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1974.
First edition of this management classic. Octavo, original red cloth. Boldly signed Peter Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Roy La Grone. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117889
Limited edition of Graham and Dodd's seminal work Security Analysis; singed by Warren Buffett, Charles Munger, Bill Ruane, and Lou Simpson
London: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1934.
Limited edition of Graham and Dodd’s seminal work, signed by four legendary American investors: Warren E. Buffett, Charlie Munger (chairman of Wesco Financial Corporation), Bill Ruane (manager of the great Sequoia Fund for many years and friend of Buffett), and Lou Simpson (chief of investments at GEICO for many years). Octavo, bound in full leather by Donnelley with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and panels, ribbon bound in. One of 1,000 numbered copies, this is number 348. Signed by Warren E. Buffett and Charles Munger; inscribed by Bill Ruane, “To Bryan Enjoy the greatest book… Bill Ruane” and Lou Simpson, “Many lessons to be learned from this book. Lou Simpson.” In near fine condition, some highlighting to the text. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 118012
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1981.
First edition of this collection of essays on business, management, economics and society by America’s most foremost authority on management. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Peter Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Perlow. Jacket photograph by Rob Lewine.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 117331
"In three short decades between now and the twenty-first century, millions of ordinary psychologically normal people will face an abrupt collision with the future": First Edition of Alvin Toffler's bestseller Future Shock
New York: Random House, 1970.
First edition of Toffler’s bestselling work. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Neil Fujita.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 117806
Law, Legislation and Liberty. A New Statement of the Liberal Principles of Justice and Political Economy.
London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973-1979.
First editions of volumes 2 and 3 and an early printing of volume 1 of the economist’s magnum opus. Octavo, 3 volumes, original black cloth. Each are near fine in near fine dust jackets with light shelfwear. A very sharp set of first editions, uncommon in the original dust jackets.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 117854
Washington, D.C: 2010.
First edition of Simpson and Bowles’ final report on The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by Alan Simpson on the half-title page, “Merry Christmas!! Alan Simpson.” In fine condition.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 117683
Autograph manuscript page signed by and entirely in the hand of Nobel Prize-winning economist Kenneth J. Arrow. One page on lined paper, the manuscript reads, “One economic school of thought has held that agents anticipate correctly all future prices including contingent prices to allow for uncertainty. Hence, it is held, the Arrow-Debreu model correctly analyzes the actual economic world. That has been termed the ‘rational expectations’ view (John Muth, Robert Lucas). It is intellectually attractive and has generated important research, empirical and theoretical. I must nevertheless record my opinion that very important elements of reality are not accounted for by this descendant of my thoughts. There is a subtle but important difference between having complete markets and not having them. In the second case, for example, there will be a market for steel next year, but no market on which steel… ” Signed by Arrow in the upper right corner of the page. Accompanied by a transmittal envelope with Arrow’s Stanford University return address. In fine condition.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 117800
London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd, 1950.
Second printing of the economist’s most detailed work on economic theory. Octavo, original blue cloth. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Scarce in the original dust jacket.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 117882
"The motto "Be Prepared" has stood me in good stead over the years": First edition of Economics: An Introductory Analysis; With a rare Letter Signed by Paul A. Samuelson
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1948.
First edition of this landmark work in modern economics having sold 4 million copies in 40 languages. Octavo, original cloth. With a rare signed note from Samuelson laid in. The response is from a letter from a boy scout dated March 16, 1971. Samuelson’s response is “The motto “Be Prepared” has stood me in good stead over the years. Paul A. Samuelson.” The book and letter are both in near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 117396