First Edition of J.M. Keynes' The General Theory; Inscribed by Him To Economist Walter Salant
The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money.
Keynes, John Maynard.[J.M.].
Item Number: 48070
London: Macmillan & Co., Limited , 1936.
First edition of the economist’s masterpiece, generally regarded as the most influential social science treatise of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Walter Salant Affectionately J.M. Keynes.” The recipient, Walter Salant was an economist who helped bring the message of the Keynes’ The General Theory to the United States, before its publication in 1936. Near fine in a very good dust jacket that shows some minor wear to the crown of the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions of The General Theory signed and inscribed by Keynes are exceptionally rare.
The General Theory ranks with Smiths Wealth of Nations as an intellectual event and with Malthus Essay on Population as a guide for public policy. The London Review of Books has grouped The General Theory "...among the glories of modern publishing...edited with exemplary authority and lack of fuss..." Many innovations of The General Theory remain central to modern macroeconomics. It was placed on Time's 2001 top one-hundred non-fiction books written in English since 1923.