"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.

The Great Crash 1929.

$8,000.00

Item Number: 3462

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1955.

First edition with the date of 1955 on the title page. Octavo, original red cloth. 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.” An excellent example in a bright near fine dust jacket. The recipient was Mary Pillsbury Lord, heir to the Pillsbury fortune and from 1948-1952 she 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. 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).

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