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"Probably the only book published this year which will outlive the century": First Edition of The Poverty of Historicism; Inscribed by Karl Popper to Fellow Economist Lionel Robbins who played an important role in the work's development
London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1957.
First edition of this undisputed classic in the philosophy of social science. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Lionel Robbins from K.R.P. October 31st, 1957.” The recipient, British economist Lionel Charles Robbins, was a prominent member of the economics department at the London School of Economics. He and Popper were colleagues for over twenty years and formed a strong inter-departmental alliance, fortified by their mutual friendship with Friedrich von Hayek. They also had significant intellectual intersections, with Robbins playing a role in the development of two of Popper’s most important works, The Open Society and, the present volume: The Poverty of Historicism. In spring 1936, Popper received an invitation from Hayek to the LSE to deliver a paper at the seminar he ran jointly with Lionel Robbins. The subject of the paper was to be so-called historical ‘laws’ and the methodology of the social sciences, what would become The Poverty of Historicism. The seminar “was usually attended by some thirty or forty members of staff and postgraduate students as well as by visiting European and Americans. It is not clear how many showed up for the unknown Viennese philosopher. In addition to Hayek and Robbins, present were also economists G. L. S. Shackle and Abba Lerner, Ernst Gombrich, and possibly Karl Mannheim, a reader in sociology at the LSE” (Hacohen, 316). It would make its first appearance in print in 1944-1945, published across three issues of Economica, the in-house economics journal of the LSE. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light toning and a few small chips. An important association.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 104071
Carte-de-visite signed by philosopher John Stuart Mill. 2.5 inches by 4 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 9.75 inches by 8 inches. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 33088
APPOINTING FERDINAND PECORA TO THE NEWLY-FORMED SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION; SIGNED BY FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT
Document signed by Franklin Roosevelt as President, appointing Ferdinand Pecora a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Also signed by Secretary of State Cordell Hull. Matted and framed. A unique piece of political and economic history.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 4411
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
“NO OTHER BOOK HAS CONTRIBUTED SO MUCH TO THE EMERGENCE OF A UNIVERSAL BODY OF ECONOMIC KNOWLEDGE”: PAUL SAMUELSON’S ECONOMICS, FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY HIM
New York: McGraw-Hill, 1948.
First edition of this influential text by the father of modern economics. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “Paul A. Samuelson MIT.” In very good condition, lacking the rare dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 5039
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1944.
First edition of Von Neumann and Morgenstern’s landmark work. Octavo, original cloth. With the original “Corrigenda” slip laid in. Fine in the rare original dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 81024
First Edition of W.D. Gann's Truth of the Stock Market Tape and Wall Street Stock Selector; Signed by Him
New York: Financial Guardian Publishing Company, 1930.
First edition of this work by Gann, based on his years as a seasoned trader. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, 19 charts. Boldly signed by W.D. Gann on the title page. In near fine condition with light rubbing. Two titles in one volume (as issued) and separately paginated. The Truth of the Stock Tape was originally published in 1923; The Wall Street Stock Selector in 1930. This is a first printing of the two volumes bound as one. This volume also contains Gann’s forecast for 1929. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books signed by Gann are rare.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 25006
First Edition of Milton Friedmans First Book Income From Independent Professional Practice; Signed by Him
New York: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1945.
First edition of Milton Friedman’s first book, co-authored with fellow Nobel Prize-winning economist, Simon Kuznets. Octavo, original blue cloth, gilt titles to the spine. Signed by Milton Friedman on the title page. In near fine condition. Income From Independent Professional Practice served as his Ph.D. thesis at Columbia. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare, especially signed.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 4225
“Economics, or more properly theoretical economics, is the only one of the social sciences which has aspired to the distinction of an exact science": First Edition of Frank H. Knight's Risk, Uncertainty, and Profit
Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1921.
First edition of Knight’s classic treatise. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In near fine condition. First editions are scarce.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 106575
New York: Basic Books, Inc, 1959.
First edition of “one of the most important documents of the twentieth century” (Peter Medawar, New Scientist). Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Karl Popper on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 43024
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
Glencoe, Illinois: The Free Press, 1952.
First edition of Hayek’s critique of reason, written at the same time as The Road to Serfdom. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Signed by F.A. Hayek on the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 3645
New York: John Day, 1939.
First edition of Drucker’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Peter F. Drucker on the front free endpaper. An excellent near fine example in a very good dust jacket with some wear and tear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare, especially signed.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 48008
"Probably the only book published this year which will outlive the century": First Edition of The Poverty of Historicism; Inscribed by Karl Popper to Economist Jacob Viner
Boston: Beacon Press, 1957.
First edition of one of the most important books on the social sciences since the Second World War. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Jacob Viner from K.R.P.” The recipient, Jacob Viner was a Canadian economist and is considered to be one of the “inspiring” mentors of the early Chicago School of Economics in the 1930s and was one of the leading figures of the Chicago faculty. A bright near fine example in an excellent dust jacket with light shelf wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 3441
FIRST EDITION OF IRVING FISHERS CLASSIC WORK BOOMS AND DEPRESSIONS; INSCRIBED BY HIM TO WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST
New York: Adelphi Publishers, 1932.
First edition of Fisher’s classic work connecting monetary fluctuations to extreme periods of the business cycle. Octavo, original green cloth. Association copy, inscribed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. William Randolph Hearst with the compliments of Irving Fisher.” The recipient, William Randolph Hearst was an American newspaper magnate who built the nation’s largest newspaper chain and whose methods profoundly influenced American journalism during The Great Depression and beyond. He later expanded to magazines, creating the largest newspaper and magazine business in the world. In near fine condition, lacking the rare dust jacket.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 4136
New York: Basic Books, 1962.
First edition of this major work by Popper. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Rudi greatest of pianists and for me the only one with love from Karl March 28th, 1963.” The recipient, Rudolf Serkin, is widely regarded as one of the greatest Beethoven interpreters of the 20th century and was a lifelong friend of Popper’s. Popper and Serkin met in Salzkammergut, Austria in 1919 and their friendship lasted until Serkin’s death in 1991. In 1934, Serkin asked his mother-in-law, Frieda Busch, to bring Popper’s Logik der Forschung (The Logic of Scientific Discovery as it first appeared in German) to the attention of Albert Einstein as the young author did not have an academic position and needed assistance in gaining attention in the scientific community. Einstein responded warmly upon receipt of the book and endorsed the philosophy on all of its essential points. His endorsement created a stir in Vienna and beyond and the book soon received praise from other giants in the field including Rudolf Carnap, Oskar Morgenstern, and Freidrich Hayek. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 77942
The Theory of Economic Development: An Inquiry into Profits, Capital, Credit, Interest, and the Business Cycle.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1936.
First edition of what many scholars believe to be Schumpeter’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Nobel Prize-winning economist and student of Joseph Schumpeter, Robert Solow on the front free endpaper, with the inscription which reads, “I sat in Schumpeter’s lectures just about 70 years ago. The best of what I remember is in the middle chapters of this book. Robert Solow 5/10/06.” Solow in reviewing Schumpeter’s work said, “In my view–and that of most contemporary economists, I believe–Schumpeter’s most original and most lastingly significant book was Theory of Economic Development, which appeared in 1911 (and was translated into English in 1934). It was at the University of Czernowitz, … that he worked out his conception of the entrepreneur, the maker of “new combinations,” as the driving force and characteristic figure of the fits-and-starts evolution of the capitalist economy. He was explicit that, while technological innovation was in the long run the most important function of the entrepreneur, organizational innovation in governance, finance, and management was comparable in significance.” In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions are rare.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 63014
"The mathematical expectation of the speculator is zero": Rare First Edition of Bacheliers First Book Calcul des Probabilités
Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1912.
First edition of Bachelier’s first book. Quarto, bound in contemporary half cloth with the original wrappers and spine strip pasted to the boards. Bachelier considered this work as the first to surpass Laplace’s great treatise Théorie Analytique des Probabilités. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 4462
“Working on the right things is what makes knowledge work effective": First Edition of Peter F. Drucker's The Effective Executive; Signed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1967.
First edition of Drucker’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Peter F. Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 23008
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
"Thank you for all your help in making this book possible": First Edition of Philip Fisher's highly regarded Paths to Wealth through Common Stocks; Inscribed by Him
Englewood, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc, 1960.
First edition of Fisher’s second book. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free end paper, “Thank you for all your help in making this book possible, Mrs. Nel Pozo Sincerely Phil Fisher.” The recipient was an assistant to the author who helped Fisher with this book. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Most desirable inscribed example of this investment classic.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 4682
"HARD WORK, UNUSUALLY STRICT DISCIPLINE, AND A LONG-TERM INVESTMENT HORIZON": FIRST EDITION OF MARGIN OF SAFETY; INSCRIBED BY SETH KLARMAN
New York: Harper Collins Business, 1991.
First edition of this now classic book of value investing. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Darrel Krasoff, A “thoughtful investor.” Seth Klarman.” Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Barry Littmann. Photograph by Mark Morelli.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 87954
London: William Hodge & Company, 1945.
First edition of this early work by von Mises. Small octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ludgwig Mises on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by von Mises.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 99538