"If men should cease and desist from their talk about and their search for evil men and commence to look instead at the institutions manned by ordinary people, wide avenues for genuine social reform might appear": First Edition of The Calculus of Consent; Inscribed by Nobel Prize-winning Economist James M. Buchanan and Gordon Tullock
The Calculus Of Consent.
Buchanan, James M. and Gordon Tullock.$7,200.00
Item Number: 39005
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1962.
First edition of this landmark work. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by both James M. Buchanan and Gordon Tullock on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket that has a few small closed tears. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed first edition.
The Calculus Of Consent is one of the classic works from the discipline of public choice in economics and political science. The analytical approach of the authors is based on methodological individualism - collective action is composed of individual actions and on the rejection of any organic interpretation of the state. A purely individualistic conception of collectivity is maintained: the state is an artifact, created by men and thus subject to change and perfection. Buchanan and Tullock maintain that only constitutional changes, which can be shown to be in the interest of all interested parties can be judged as "improvements" and therefore consider conceptual unanimity as the only legitimate decision-making rule.
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London: Macmillan, 1983-2000.
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed biography on J.M. Keynes. Octavo, 3 volumes, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by the author in each volume. Each are near fine with the dust jackets that show only light wear.
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New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.
First edition of Sharon’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Inscribed and dated by Ariel Sharon on the half-title page. Laid in a lecture announcement by Sharon. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
"The smaller the unit of government and the more restricted the functions assigned government, the less likely it is that its actions will reflect special interests rather than the general interest": First Edition of Free to Choose; Signed by Milton and Rose Friedman
New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1980.
First edition of Friedmans’ persuasive argument for the free market, based on the PBS series Free to Choose. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Milton Friedman and signed by Rose Friedman. Bottom boards rubbed and some scattered foxing to the edges, in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco box. Rare signed and inscribed.
First Edition of The (Mis)Behavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Risk, Ruin, and Reward; Inscribed By Benoit Mandelbrot
New York: Basic Books, 2004.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Benoit Mandelbrot on the title page, “For William, with the compliments of the senior author Benoit Mandelbrot.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.