“DEMOCRACY IS ESSENTIALLY A MEANS, A UTILITARIAN DEVICE FOR SAFEGUARDING INTERNAL PEACE AND INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM”: THE ROAD TO SERFDOM; INSCRIBED BY F.A. HAYEK
The Road to Serfdom.
Hayek, Friedrich August von [F.A.].$3,800.00
Item Number: 84264
Chicago: University of Chicago, 1944.
First edition, fifth printing published months after the first edition of one of the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism. Octavo, original cloth. Foreword by John Chamberlain. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. Theodore W. Koch from F. A. Hayek April 19th, 1945.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light toning to the spine.
"Hayek has written one of the most important books of our generation. It restates for our time the issue between liberty and authority with the power and rigor of reasoning that John Stuart Mill stated in his great essay, On Liberty" (Hazlitt, 82). [I]n my opinion it is a grand book. . . . Morally and philosophically I find myself in agreement with virtually the whole of it: and not only in agreement with it, but in deeply moved agreement" (John Maynard Keynes). The Road To Serfdom placed fourth on the list of the 100 best non-fiction books of the twentieth century by National Review magazine.
Other Books by this Author
"I do not think it is an exaggeration to say history is largely a history of inflation, usually inflations engineered by governments for the gain of governments": First Edition of Essays on Hayek; Signed by Legendary Economists F.A. Hayek and Milton Friedman
New York: New York University Press, 1976.
First edition of these collection of essays on the Nobel Prize-winning economist. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket with a light wear to the extremities. Signed by Milton Friedman on the front free endpaper and F.A. Hayek on the title page. We have never encountered these two Nobel Prize-winning economists signature in the same volume. Edited by Fritz Machlup. Essays by William F. Buckley, Jr., Gottfried Dietze, Ronald Max Hartwell, Shirley Robin Letwin, Fritz Machlup, George C. Roche III and Arthur Shenfield. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
London: Routledge & Sons, 1944.
First edition of one of the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism ever published. Octavo, original black cloth. The British edition (which this example is) was published in March of 1944, preceding its American counterpart, which was published later that same year in September. Light rubbing and small contemporary name to the front free endpaper, an excellent example in the original dust jacket with some expert restoration. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare in the original dust jacket.
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.
First Edition of Hayek's New Studies in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and the History of Ideas; Signed by Him
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1978.
First edition of this collection of writings by the Nobel Prize-winning economist F.A. Hayek. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by F.A. Hayek on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“In any society freedom of thought will probably be of direct significance only for a small minority": First Australian Edition of F.A. Hayek's Classic The Road To Serfdom
Sydney: Dymock's Book Arcade, 1944.
First Australian edition of one of the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism published. Octavo, original cloth. A very good copy in a very good dust jacket that has some tape reinforcement to the verso.
San Francisco : Cato Institute , 1979.
First edition of this collection of writings on Keynesian economics by the Nobel Prize-winning economist. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To George Meyer with best wishes 1-12-82 F.A. Hayek.” Compiled and introduced by Sudha R. Shenoy. With a foreword by Leland B. Yeager. In fine condition. Rare signed and inscribed.
First Editions of F.A. Hayek's Masterpiece Law, Legislation and Liberty; Each Volume Signed or Inscribed by Him
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1973-1979.
First editions of the economist’s magnum opus. Octavo, original black cloth. Volume one is inscribed on the front free endpaper by F.A. Hayek to his colleague and legal scholar, Theo Mayer-Maly with his bookplate below. Mayer-Maly’s work Rechtsgeschichte der Freiheitsidee in Antike und Mittelalter is cited in volume one of Law, Legislation and Liberty. Both volumes two and three are also signed by Hayek. Each volume is fine in near fine dust jackets. We have never seen or handled a complete set signed of this cornerstone work. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A fine association. Rare and desirable signed and with noted provenance.
"Who I hope will accept this as the successful accomplishment of the mission for which then years ago persuaded me to come to this country and which has occupied me ever since...": First Edition of F.A. Hayeks Classic Treatise The Constitution of Liberty; With a full page inscription
Chicago: The University of Chicago, 1960.
First edition of the economist’s influential work. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. W.H. Luhnow who I hope will accept this as the successful accomplishment of the mission for which then years ago persuaded me to come to this country and which has occupied me ever since- even though it was only more recently that I came to see how I could adequately present the case. With the compliments of the author F.A. Hayek Christmas 1959.” The recipient, William H. Luhnow was the head of the William Volker Trust, which brought Hayek to America. He was most well known for his management of the influential William Volker Fund during the period between 1947 and 1964 in the United States. Luhnow directed the Fund to support libertarian and conservative intellectuals and academics. Luhnow began reading F.A. Hayek’s influential book The Road to Serfdom and developed into a classical liberal. As his familiarity with and commitment to liberal economic ideas grew, Luhnow began using more and more of his influence over his uncle’s charitable fund to give sizable contributions to libertarian and conservative causes.”Between April 1 and 10, 1947, a group of liberals met in the Hotel du Parc on Mont Pelerin, sur Vevey, in Switzerland, to discuss liberalism and its decline,the possibility of a liberal revival, and the desirability of forming an association of people who shared ‘certain common convictions’ about the nature of a free society. The conference was the idea of F.A. Hayek who organized it, with funds provided by Dr. Albert Hunold, who raised money from Swiss sources to cover the costs of the accommodation and European travel, and by Mr. W.H. Luhnow of the William Volker Charities Trust in Kansas City, U.S.A., who financed the travel of the American participants. In the final sessions of the conference, after discussion about the naming of a permanent body, and the preparation of a ‘statement of aims’ and ‘a memorandum of association’, the participants formally decided to found The Mont Pelerin Society. Later that year, on November 6, 1947, the Society was registered as an American corporation of 65 members under the presidency of Hayek” (R. Max Hartwell, The Re-emergence of Liberalism). Luhnow paid F. A. Hayek’s salary at the University of Chicago; he funded lectures that Milton and Rose Friedman turned into Capitalism and Freedom and he approved the grant that enabled Murray Rothbard to write Man, Economy and State. As early as 1946, Luhnow earmarked Volker Fund money to support Leonard Read and agreed to fund the establishment the Foundation for Economic Education, which became the first major post-war libertarian think-tank. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. The longest inscription from Hayek we have seen and an exceptional association copy, linking Hayek with the person responsible for bringing his work to the United States.
“Though freedom is not a state of nature but an artifact of civilization, it did not arise from design: FIRST EDITION OF THE ECONOMISTS CLASSIC WORK, THE CONSTITUTION OF LIBERTY; SIGNED BY F.A. HAYEK
London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1960.
First edition Hayek’s classic statement on the ideals of freedom and liberty. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by F.A. Hayek on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963.
Early printing of this collection of essays. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Inscribed by F.A. Hayek on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. John Marks with best wishes F.A. Hayek 28.3.80.” In near fine condition. Includes essays by T.S. Ashton, Louis Hacker, F.A. Hayek, W.H. Hutt and Bertrand de Jouvenel.
FIRST EDITION OF THE SENSORY ORDER; INSCRIBED BY F.A. HAYEK TO FRIEND AND FELLOW UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PROFESSOR DAVID GRENE
Chicago: University of Chicago, 1952.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To David Grene with all the best wishes from F.A.H Nov. 52.” The recipient was David Grene, a professor of classics at the University of Chicago from and co-founder of the Committee on Social Thought. In 1950, Hayek left the London School of Economics for the University of Chicago, where he became a professor in the Committee on Social Thought. Near fine in the rare dust jacket with some wear to the spine and extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice association.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984.
The 40th Anniversary of the economist’s classic work. Signed by F.A. Hayek. One of 200 signed numbered copies. Octavo, full morocco. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels with double-line gilt ruled borders, all edges gilt. In fine condition without wear.
First Editions of Lord Skidelsky's Monumental Biography of J.M. Keynes; Each volume inscribed by Him
John Maynard Keynes: Hopes Betrayed 1883-1920; The Economist as Savior 1920-1037; Fighting For Britain 1937-1946.
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.
"The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you:" Rare First Edition of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Signed by E.L. Konigsburg
New York: Atheneum, 1967.
First edition of the author’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by E.L. Konigsburg on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare in this condition and signed.
"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. 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.