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“It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied": Rare First Edition of John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism; Signed by Him
London: Parker, Son and Bourn, 1863.
First edition of the author’s landmark work. Octavo, original cloth, publisher’s advertisements. Presentation copy, signed by John Stuart Mill on the title page, “From the author.” From the library of Helen and William Belknap with their bookplate to the pastedown and his ownership stamp. William Burke Belknap was an economist and a professor of economics at the University of Louisville. Leading up to and during World War II, he volunteered for service with the Red Cross in Ramsay and Plymouth, England. A trustee of Berea College and a graduate of Yale and Harvard, he served two terms as a representative in the Kentucky General Assembly. We cannot trace another signed first edition in the past 100 years. Rare and desirable.
Price: $72,000.00 Item Number: 124105
"First and greatest classic of modern economic thought": Second Edition of Adam Smiths Wealth of Nations
London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, In the Strand, 1778.
Rare second edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought, one of only 500 copies. Quarto, 2 volumes. Bound in full brown contemporary tree calf, red morocco spine labels. In near fine condition, bookplate to the front pastedown. Remarkably clean throughout with some light toning. An exceptional example of this landmark work.
Price: $38,000.00 Item Number: 127637
“In any society freedom of thought will probably be of direct significance only for a small minority": First Edition of F.A. Hayek's The Road To Serfdom; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
London: Routledge & Sons, 1944.
First British edition of one of the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism ever published. Octavo, original black cloth. Very good in the rare original dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. The British edition was published in March of 1944, preceding its American counterpart, which was published later that same year in September. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 105942
The Works of John Locke [Including: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Some Considerations of the Consequences of Lowering the Interest, and Raising the Value of Money, An Essay for the Amendment of the Silver Coin, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Etc.]
London: John Churchill and Sam. Manship, 1714.
Rare first edition of the collected works of John Locke, “the most worthy… of the indisputably great philosophers.” Folio, three volumes, bound in full contemporary brown calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels, raised bands, rebacked. Frontispiece of John Locke to volume one. In very good condition.
Price: $12,000.00 Item Number: 122652
RARE STANDARD OIL TRUST STOCK CERTIFICATE ISSUED TO CHARLES PRATT AND SIGNED BY JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER, HENRY M. FLAGLER AND JABEZ A. BOSTWICK
New York: 1884.
Engraved Standard Oil Stock Certificate signed by both John D. Rockefeller and Henry Morrison Flagler. One page, printed on both sides, dated December 16, 1884, featuring a vignette of the United States Capitol, for one hundred shares of the Standard Oil Trust, issued to Charles Pratt, signed by J. D. Rockefeller as president of Standard Oil, Henry Morrison Flagler as secretary, and Jabez A. Bostwick as treasurer. The transfer stub remains affixed at the left. The recipient, Charles Pratt was a philanthropist, businessman and the founder of Astral Oil, which was eventually absorbed into Standard Oil. Pratt also notably founded and endowed the Pratt Institute in New York. The certificate measures 7.75 inches by 15.75 inches. An exceptional association. Certificates signed by both Rockefeller and Flagler are rare.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 95131
Progress and Poverty: An Inquiry into the Cause of Industrial Depressions, and of Increase of Want with Increase of Wealth. The Remedy.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1880.
Rare first trade edition of George’s groundbreaking treatise which sold several million copies, exceeding all other books sold in the United States except the Bible during the 1890s. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated cloth with gilt titles to the spine. In near fine condition. An exceptional example, uncommon in this condition.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 120340
"Face an audience as frequently as you can and you will soon stop shying": First edition of Dale Carnegie's First Book: The Art of Public Speaking;
The Art of Public Speaking: An Inspirational Working Handbook of Instruction For All Who Would Become Efficient Public Speakers.
Springfield: Home Correspondence School, 1915.
First edition of Carnegie’s pioneering work which would become the predecessor to countless self-improvement books. Octavo, original cloth, top edge gilt. Co-author Dale Carnegy would later change the spelling of his surname to Carnegie to associate himself in the eyes of the public with American business tycoon Andrew Carnegie, to whom he was not related. In near fine condition Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 95246
A proxy boldly signed by John Pierpont Morgan, Jr. as a shareholder and appointing five men as his proxies, who were George F. Baker, Walter B. James, Edward S. Harkness, Robert S. Brewster, and R.T. Crane, Jr., at the Annual Meeting of the Shareholders of Jekyl Island Club.” Double matted and framed, with a photograph of Morgan. The entire piece measures 13.25 inches by 17.25 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 67053
"It is this theme, co-operation in industry, that I desire to develop": Rare first edition of John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s The Personal Relation in Industry; in the rare original dust jacket
New York: Boni and Liveright, Inc, 1923.
First edition of this collection of addresses delivered by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.; an important contribution to the field of industrial relations. Octavo, original scarlet cloth, uncut leaves as issued. Publisher’s advertisement for Edward L. Bernays’ Crystallizing Public Opinion on the rear flap of the dust jacket. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some light wear to the crown and foot of the spine, bookplate. Rare in this condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 89089