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“I’VE JUST HAD THE HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE”: Exceptional letter signed by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich von Hayek
Exceptional letter signed by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich von Hayek. One page, on Thatcher’s official 10 Downing Street letterhead and dated May 22nd 1984, the letter reads, “Dear Professor Hayek,” I have it in mind on the occasion of the forthcoming list of Birthday Honours to submit your name to The Queen with a recommendation that Her Majesty may be graciously pleased to approve that you be appointed a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour. I should be glad to know if this would be agreeable to you. I shall take no steps until I have your reply. “Yours sincerely, Margaret Thatcher.” Accompanied by a large original black and white photograph of Hayek taken at the honorary appointment at Buckingham Palace in which, he was in fact, awarded the Companion of Honour Medal by Queen Elizabeth II. In fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 24.5 inches by 19 inches. An exceptional piece of history.
Price: $22,500.00 Item Number: 96254
“I’ve just had the happiest day of my life": Royal Companion of Honour Appointment: Presented to Friedrich von Hayek by Queen Elizabeth II and signed by her
Original Royal Companion of Honour Appointment presented to Friedrich von Hayek by Queen Elizabeth II. One page, with the Royal Companion of Honour Seal stamped in the upper right corner. Signed by Queen Elizabeth II at the head of the appointment, “Elizabeth R.” In fine condition.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 100139
Rare selection of letters and documents from the personal collection of F.A. Hayek; presented by him to his children with an autograph letter signed by him
Rare collection of documents, letters, photographs, speeches, and invitations collected by Hayek throughout his career, with an autograph letter signed by him presenting the collection to his children. Dated March 3, 1965, the letter reads, “Dear children, Here is a selection from the presentation at the celebration of mother’s birthday which I pity you were not there! It is even worse of a pity that I shall not see you though I shall be in and out on the day before Ann’s birthday. I must fly to New York on the 10th and have arranged to stop over at London for 36 hours to attend the British Academy Dinner on the 8th. But I shall telephone on the 9th to learn how you are all doing. Love, Father.” Included in the collection are a large format portrait of Hayek, a ticket to the 1974 Nobel Laureates Reception, a photograph of Hayek meeting with Ronald Reagan, a photograph of his son Laurence meeting with George H.W. and Barbara Bush, several letters including four signed by Hayek’s children, papers, and programs, and a cancelled check signed by Hayek. In near fine condition.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 114208
Rare Houdini Picture Corporation Stock Certificate; signed by master illusionist Harry Houdini; with a rare Famous-Players-Lasky Promotional brochure for his greatest film, The Grim Game
New York: The Brown-Green Co., July 18, 1921.
Rare stock certificate signed by the world’s greatest escape artist, master illusionist Harry Houdini. One page, partially printed in brown and black ink with an embossed seal, the document is dated July 18, 1921 and certifies that George Popp hereby owns fifteen shares of the Capital Stock of Houdini Picture Corporation. Signed by Harry Houdini as President of the Corporation and countersigned by R.G. Risley as Treasurer. In near fine condition. With a rare Famous-Players-Lasky Promotional brochure for The Grim Game, Houdini’s first full-length movie which is widely regarded as his best.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 128055
New York: The Brown-Green Co., March 14, 1923.
Rare stock certificate signed by the world’s greatest escape artist, master illusionist Harry Houdini. One page, partially printed in brown and black ink with an embossed seal, the document is dated March 14, 1923 and certifies that William M. McCormick hereby owns five shares of the Capital Stock of Houdini Picture Corporation. Signed by Harry Houdini as President of the Corporation and countersigned by J.L. Dienstag as Secretary and Harry H. Poppe as Assistant Treasurer. In near fine condition. With a duplicate bill of sale for fifteen shares to E.S. Bosworth of Millburn, New Jersey dated March 1, 1929.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 127391
“The constancy of the laws of nature, or the certainty with which we may expect the same effects from the same causes, is the foundation of the faculty of reason”: First American Edition of Malthus' An Essay on the Principle of Population
An Essay on the Principle of Population; or, A View of its Past and Present Effects on Human Happiness; with an Inquiry into our Prospects Respecting the Future Removal or Mitigation of the Evils which it Occasions.
Washington: Printed and Published by Roger Chew Weightman, 1809.
First American edition of this cornerstone text of modern economics. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in contemporary calf, rebacked, red and black morocco spine labels, gilt titles. Previous owner’s inscription to front free endpaper, “An application was made to Bishop Watson to answer this book on the grounds that it discouraged benevolence. He declined, excusing himself, however unfavorably saying that he saw its object was to prove that population could not increase beyond the level of rules of self-evident truth. A much better employment would have been to discover means of resistance that might supply the increasing wants of the population.” Bishop Richard Watson served as the Bishop of Llandaff from 1782 to 1816 and published a number of political pamphlets contributing to the Revolution Controversy regarding the fundamental politics of the French Revolution. Watson corresponded with and published several counterarguments to the works of Thomas Paine and Thomas Robert Malthus among others. In very good condition with some browning to the text as usual, sporadic foxing. Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 101490
“We cannot admit that all words are equally good": Rare Friedrich August von Hayek Autograph Letter Signed
Rare autograph note signed by and entirely in the hand of Austrian-British economist Friedrich August von Hayek. One-page lined index card, the note reads, “We cannot admit that all words are equally good. However unfashionable this may be, there is moral progress, also moral decline – and in the last resort we can more be sure where it is. It is, of course, our moral duty to defend our moral duty to defend our words, but these are not a list of precise words giving clear and unambiguous answers to all questions, but complex incomplete pearls imbuing an enticing and largely unconventional system whose changes can form our… to find answer to your question. F.A. Hayek 7-9-81.” In fine condition. A unique piece.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 115089
First edition program from the November 1974 Palm Coast Symposium signed by Saul Bellow, Gunnar Myrdal, James D. Watson, Sidney Hook, Vernon E. Jordan, Kate Millett, William F. Buckley, Jr., Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., E. T. York, Truman Capote, Leslie Fiedler, Harold Rosenberg, Lionel Trilling, Norman Young, and Melvin M. Tumin
Palm Coast, Florida: The Palm Coast Symposium, 1974.
First edition program from the November 1974 Palm Coast Symposium signed by Saul Bellow, Gunnar Myrdal, James D. Watson, Sidney Hook, Vernon E. Jordan, Kate Millett, William F. Buckley, Jr., Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., E. T. York, Truman Capote, Leslie Fiedler, Harold Rosenberg, Lionel Trilling, Norman Young, and Melvin M. Tumin throughout. Octavo, original wrappers. In near fine condition. An exceptional collection of signatures.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 96039
Rare souvenir map of Fiji signed by Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich August von Hayek. One page, the souvenir map was published by Blue Lagoon Cruises with a section on the verso allowing for the autographs of fellow passengers. Signed by Hayek in the upper right corner, “F.A. Hayek” and additional passengers from California, Wyoming, Tasmania, and Australia. Accompanied by a typed itinerary prepared especially for Professor and Mrs. Hayek by Trans Pacific Tours, Inc. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117600
Rare three-page equation inscribed and entirely in the hand of Nobel Prize-winning economist Kenneth J. Arrow. Three pages, the equation bears the title “The Shadow Price of Technological Change” and is signed by the author on the first page, “With best wishes Kenneth J. Arrow.” In addition to his work on social choice theory analysis, Arrow made significant contributions to the general equilibrium theory and, with fellow economist Gérard Debreu, presented the first rigorous proofs of the existence of a market clearing equilibrium. Strongly influenced by Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, Arrow’s work on general equilibrium theory extended the model and its analysis to include the uncertainty of stability. In fine condition. Rare and desirable, offering a rare glimpse into the brilliant economist’s mind and methods.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 114565
Autograph manuscript page signed by and entirely in the hand of Nobel Prize-winning economist Kenneth J. Arrow. One page on lined paper, the manuscript reads, “One economic school of thought has held that agents anticipate correctly all future prices including contingent prices to allow for uncertainty. Hence, it is held, the Arrow-Debreu model correctly analyzes the actual economic world. That has been termed the ‘rational expectations’ view (John Muth, Robert Lucas). It is intellectually attractive and has generated important research, empirical and theoretical. I must nevertheless record my opinion that very important elements of reality are not accounted for by this descendant of my thoughts. There is a subtle but important difference between having complete markets and not having them. In the second case, for example, there will be a market for steel next year, but no market on which steel… ” Signed by Arrow in the upper right corner of the page. Accompanied by a transmittal envelope with Arrow’s Stanford University return address. In fine condition.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 117800