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First Edition of the Authors Prophetic Book The Coming of Post Industrial Society; Inscribed by Daniel Bell in the year of Publication TO IRVING KRISTOL AND GERTRUDE HIMMELFARB
New York: Basic Books, 1973.
First edition of this insightful work which speaks about the coming of the service economy and the importance of knowledge for creating stratification in the new society. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “For Irving and Bea- with affection, as always, Dan May 30, 1973.” The recipients were Irving Kristol and his wife Gertrude Himmelfarb, who were close friends of Bell’s. Kristol was a journalist who was dubbed the “godfather of neoconservatism.” Historian Gertrude Himmelfarb, also known as Bea Kristol, was an American historian who was a leader of conservative interpretations of history and historiography. Bell and Kristol were close friends, who jointly founded The Public Interest in 1965. It was a leading neoconservative journal on political economy and culture, aimed at a readership of journalists, scholars and policy makers. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jacqueline Schuman.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 118638
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: Printed for J. Johnson, 1801.
Finely bound edition of the collected works of John Locke, “the most worthy… of the indisputably great philosophers.” Octavo, nine volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles to the spine, morocco spine labels, raised bands. Frontispiece of John Locke and fold-out table. In very good condition. Rare and desirable in contemporary calf.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117649
First Edition of Peter Drucker's Landmark Work Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices; Signed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1974.
First edition of this management classic. Octavo, original red cloth. Boldly signed Peter Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Roy La Grone. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117889
"In three short decades between now and the twenty-first century, millions of ordinary psychologically normal people will face an abrupt collision with the future": First Edition of Alvin Toffler's bestseller Future Shock
New York: Random House, 1970.
First edition of Toffler’s bestselling work. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Neil Fujita.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 117806
Los Angeles: The Willing Publishing Company, 1945.
First edition of Napoleon Hill’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Napoleon Hill on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition with light rubbing.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 116778
“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
Cambridge: Harvard Business School, 2002.
Early printing of this organizational work by Kotter. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Tim John Kotter.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mike Fender.
Price: $150.00 Item Number: 107819
“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him": First Edition of John Locke's Some Thoughts Concerning Education
London: Printed for A. and J. Churchill, 1693.
First edition of Locke’s seminal treatise on the education of gentlemen which, for over a century, was the most important philosophical work on education in England. Octavo, bound in full calf with morocco spine label lettered and decorated in gilt, raised bands and ruling to the spine. ruling and floral cornerpieces to the front and rear panels stamped in blind, all edges speckled red. In very good condition. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box. A scarce and important work.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 106030
Hamburg: Verlag von Otto Meissner, 1883-1885.
Rare early printing of one of the most influential books ever published. Octavo, original cloth over pebbled leather boards, all edges speckled red. In very good condition with ownership stamps, tape gutter repairs, rebacked.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 104806
First Edition of John Kotter's Power in Management: How to Understand, Acquire, and Use It; Signed by Him
New York: Amacom, 1979.
First edition of this early work by Kotter. Octavo, original boards. Signed by John Kotter on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 106742
"The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do": First Edition of Michael Porter's On Competition; Inscribed by Him
Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business Review Book, 1998.
First edition of this collection of Michael Porter’s work, who has towered over the field of competitive strategy. Octavo, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To John Michael Porter.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mike Fender.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 106855
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1974.
First edition of this management classic. Octavo, original red cloth. Name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Roy La Grone.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 100299
London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1965.
Second edition of this major work by Popper. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Lionel, the most generously appreciative of readers from Karl June 1965.” The recipient Lionel Robbins was a prominent member of the economics department at the London School of Economics and a close friend and colleague of Popper. The pair were colleagues for over twenty years, with Popper first taking up a Readership at the LSE in 1945 before being appointed Professor of Logic and Scientific Method in 1949. Their relationship was principally professional, forming a strong inter-departmental alliance, fortified by their mutual friendship with Friedrich von Hayek. In a letter to Hayek on 20th October 1964, Popper wrote: “… I should also mention that, through your closeness to Lionel Robbins, I got to know him; and he is now my stand-by in the School, outside my department. He has been very good to me, and has helped me immensely, in many difficult situations at the school” (Shearmur & Turner, pp. 249). They also had significant intellectual intersections, with Robbins playing a role in the development of two of Popper’s most important works, The Open Society and The Poverty of Historicism. For Popper, Robbins was “the uncrowned king of the LSE” (quoted in Dahrendorf, p. 422): “I loved and admired him, most of all for his moral and personal qualities – and as a teacher” (Howson, 7). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional association.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 100965
Boston: Birkhauser , 1981.
First edition of the authors’ classic introduction to the richly diverse world of mathematics: its history, philosophy, principles, and personalities, which went on to win the National Book Award. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by both authors on the front free endpaper, “For McAllister Hull from Reuben Hersh and from Philip J. Davis.” The recipient McAllister Hull was an American theoretical physicist who took part in the creation of the atomic bomb that was dropped over Nagasaki in 1945, ending World War II. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Introduction by Gian-Carlo Rota. Uncommon and desirable signed by both Hersh and Davis.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 100450
“Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power": First Edition of Walter Lippmann's Classic Work Public Opinion; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922.
First edition of this seminal work in the fields of media studies, political science, and social psychology. Octavo, original blue cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Asya from Walter March 1922.” In good condition. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 100069
London, New York, New Haven: GeorAllen & Unwin Ltd.; Harper & Brothers; Yale University Press , 1919-1941.
Finely bound collection of the political works of English political theorist and economist Harold Laski. Octavos, 22 volumes, uniformly bound by Bayntun Riviere Bindery in three quarters morocco with gilt titles and raised bands to the spine, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Titles include Laski’s well-known An Introduction to Politics, The State in Theory and Practice, The American Democracy, The Dangers of Obedience & Other Essays, and Studies in Law and Politics. In fine condition.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 90438
First Edition of Well-Being: Foundations of Hedonic Psychology; Signed by Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman
New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1999.
First edition of this collection of essays. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed and dated by Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Gene Crofts.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 44758
First Edition of Heuristics and Biases: The Psychology of Intuitive Judgment; Signed by Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
First edition of this collection of essays. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed and dated by the Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman on the front free endpaper. In fine condition. Edited by Thomas Gilovich; Dale Griffin and Daniel Kahneman. In fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 48725
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1903.
First edition of Russell’s groundbreaking work. Quarto, original cloth. From the library of philosopher Augusta Klein, with her annotations. Augusta Klein was an author and philosopher; co-author with William Ralph Boyce Gibson of The Problem of Logic. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 97331