"The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking": Rare First Edition of The Great Crash of 1929; Inscribed by Galbraith in the Year of Publication
The Great Crash 1929.
Galbraith, John Kenneth.$8,000.00
Item Number: 3462
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1955.
First edition with the date of 1955 on the title page. Octavo, original red cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “With love and all good wishes to my very good friend Mary Lord from J.K. Galbraith June 1955.” The recipient Mary Pillsbury Lord was heir to the Pillsbury fortune and from 1948-1952 chaired and organized the U.S. Committee of UNICEF. In 1953 President Eisenhower appointed her to succeed Eleanor Roosevelt as the United States representative to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. An excellent example in a bright near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lucy E. Clark. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
An instant bestseller and classic since its release it has become the unparalleled point of reference for readers looking to understand American financial history. "Economic writings are seldom notable for their entertainment value, but this book is. Galbraith's prose has grace and wit, and he distills a good deal of sardonic fun from the whopping errors of the nation's oracles and the wondrous antics of the financial community" (The Atlantic Monthly).