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ECONOMICS

ADAMS, Charles F. Jr. and Henry Adams CHAPTERS OF ERIE and Other Essays. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1871. 8vo, 429pp. Publisher’s original green cloth, gilt lettered, beveled edges, bookplate, wear to spine extemes, some lt scuffing, otherwise nearly very good. $200. ¶ First Edition of Henry Adams’ first book, written with his brother features important essays relating to early British and American economic matters, the 'Erie Raid', the New York Gold Conspiracy, Captaine John Smith, the early US Railroad System, etc. BAL 2; Howes A-47.

 

[ADAMS, Henry] DEMOCRACY. An American Novel. New York: Henry Holt, 1880. 8vo, (2), 374, 6 (ads)pp. Orig. mustard cloth decoratively blocked in black, spine lettered in gilt, orig. endpapers printed with ads. Light wear to spine ends, some light dustsoiling, ink notes on 1 prelim, blank, but still very good. $375. ¶ First Edition, second state or later, Blanck’s variant F. Democracy, Adams’ first novel, is his celebrated insider’s view of the corruption in Washington resulting from the pitfalls of capitalism. Adams had lived for several years in Washington writing finance articles, and his secretaryship to his father, Congressman Charles Francis Adams, as well as the details he collected from his family archives, gave him a perspective on politics so intimate that his authorship of Democracy could not be revealed until his death. BAL 11.

 

[ADAMS, Nehemiah]. THE SABLE CLOUD: A Southern Tale, with Northern Comments. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1861. 8vo, 275, 2 (ads), (2, blank), 16 (ads)pp. Orig. cloth, blocked in blind. Library bookplate, rubber stamp to title, author’s name penned to title, otherwise fine. $150. ¶ First Edition of Adams’ famous rebuttal. With A South-side View of Slavery (1854) Adams typified the "moderates" who "recognized the better side of the institution and deplored the excesses of Northern abolitionists. Its author believed that if unmolested the South would peacefully abolish slavery. The book subjected Adams to bitter criticism…In 1861 he replied to his critics in another book on slavery, The Sable Cloud, which was largely suppressed by his friends" (DAB). Sabin 340 (apparently different edition, identifying "Rev. Nehemiah Adams" on title).

 

AUBERT, M. Georges. LA FINANCE AMERICAINE. 20 Photographies, Tableaux et Carte des Chemins de fer Américaines. Paris: Ernest Flammarion, [n. d., 1910]. 8vo, xxvii, (1), 376pp, frontispiece, 2 folding tables, dbl. pg. genealogical tree, 1 woodcut, 15 photo plates. Contemporary quarter black calf over marbled boards, gilt lettered spine, previous owner’s name in ink on t-p and fore-edge, lacks called-for map, extremities quite rubbed, age-toning to leaves, otherwise a good, sound copy. $125. ¶ Only edition of this fine study of American big business and financial magnates written from a European perspective.

 

BAGEHOT, Walter. LOMBARD STREET. A Description of the Money Market New York: Charles Schibner’s Sons, 1897. 8vo, viii,359pp. Sienna cloth, black & gilt lettered, owner’s signature, occasional marginalia, otherwise very good. $35. ¶ Later Edition, originally published in 1873..

 

[BOISSIEU], Denis Salvaing de. DE L’USAGE DES FIEFS ET AUTRES DROITS SEIGNEURIAUX. Grenoble: André Faure, 1731. 4to, (14), 326; (16), 252; 74, (2)pp. Full calf gilt, label lacking. Hinges a little shaky, edges rubbed, otherwise a very good copy. $325. ¶ Third edition, revised and enlarged. Salvaing (1600-83), a lawyer and powerful adviser to the court, published this legal work on fiefs and other seignorial rights first in 1664; it went through three successful editions, of which this is the most elaborate, containing many practical examples and references to Roman law. Not in Kress or Marke. Quérard VIII, 424. Cioranescu 61416.

 

BURKE, Kenneth. PERMANENCE AND CHANGE. An Anatomy of Purpose. New York: New Republic, 1935. 8vo, 351pp. Very good in limp cloth covers. $65. ¶ First Edition of an early philosophical work by this renowned critic, one of the founders of the New Criticism. Auden described Burke as unquestionably the most brilliant and suggestive critic now writing in America." His ideas influenced countless American writers, including the critic Harold Bloom and the novelist Ralph Ellison.

 

CANIZARES y ZURDO, D. José Maria. CUADRO SINOPTICO DE PARTIDA=DOBLE [with] EJERCICIOS DE CONTABILIDAD PARA PRACTICAS DE OPERACIONES DE COMERCIO Durante El Curso de 1898 á 1899. Málaga: Eduardo Munoz, 1898. Madrid - Zaragoza: (By the Author), 1887. 36"x 27" folding chart folded into a small folio of black cloth over patterned boards, with title and introduction, very good. $150.. ¶ A fascinating illustrated chart describing in detail basic accounting procedures for the aspiring Spanish businessperson/commercial enterprise, along with Canizares’ book-keeping exercises for commercial operations. Rare.

 

CARDWELL, Edward. LECTURES ON THE COINAGE OF THE GREEKS AND ROMANS… Oxford: John Murray, 1832. 8vo, xvi, 238pp, orig. boards, rebacked, with printed label, owner’s name on flyleaf, otherwise a very clean, very good copy. $85. ¶ First Edition. This collection of lectures given by Edward Cardwell (1787-1861) as Camden Professor at Oxford University, is a fascinating and detailed introduction to the coinage of the ancient world. Cardwell was a historian of the Church of England and respected classical scholar, his first book being an edition of Aristotle’s Ethics. He was a capable administrator, involved in the management of the Biblical division of the University’s publishing activities (which led him to direct a paper mill to be started nearby to insure the quality of paper supplied to the University printing presses). Curator of the galleries and secretary to Gladstone were among Cardwell’s other duties. Cardwell begins these well-written lectures with an extended analogy between language and money.

 

CHAUDHURI, K.N. THE ENGLISH EAST INDIA COMPANY. The Sudy of an Early Joint-Stock Company 1600-1640. London: Frank Cass, 1965. 8vo, vi, (4), 245pp, frontispiece map, 11 tables. Red cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, bookplate, fine in near fine dj. $50. ¶ First Edition

 

CLEWS, James Blanchard.. FORTUNA, A Story of Wall Street. New York: J.S. Oglivie, 1898. 8vo, 215pp. Original gray cloth, silver lettered, mild wear to extremities, light soiling, mild spine darkening yet bright silver, overall a tight, very good copy. $85. ¶ First Edition of perhaps the first American piece of financial fiction, and certainly the first significant novel of Wall Street. The author was first cousin and financial heir of Henry Clews, British-born NY financier who pioneered foreign sales of U.S. bonds during the Civil War and later wrote the classic 28 Years in Wall Street (1885). Wright III, 1109.

 

CLEWS, James Blanchard.. FORTUNA, A Story of Wall Street. New York: J. S. Oglivie, 1898. 8vo, 215pp. Original gray cloth, silver lettered, mild wear to extremities, lt.-mod. soiling, some spotting, mild spine darkening yet bright silver, overall a tight, very good copy. $75. ¶ First Edition of perhaps the first American piece of financial fiction, and certainly the first significant novel of Wall Street. The author was first cousin and financial heir of Henry Clews, British-born NY financier who pioneered foreign sales of U.S. bonds during the Civil War and later wrote the classic 28 Years in Wall Street (1885). Wright III, 1109.

 

COLERIDGE, S[amuel] T. THE STATESMAN’S MANUAL; Or the Bible the Best Guide to Political Skill and Foresight: A Lay Sermon, Addressed tothe Higher Classes of Society. Burlington: Chauncey Goodrich, 1832. 8vo, 231pp. Orig. boards, paper label to spine. Extremities & joints worn, signature to endpaper, light even foxing, otherwise very good. $200. ¶ First American Edition of the first of two tracts, or "Lay Sermons," by Coleridge "on the the present Distresses," such as unemployment, grain scarcity, poor relief, parliamentary reform, Catholic emancipation, and national education, long-standing problems which were finally beginning to be addressed in the wake of the Napoleonic wars. Above all, Coleridge wished to stress the prime importance of philosophy, the value of history, and his quixotic belief in the Bible as a "code of true political economy." His message was in large part received with derision and puzzlement. Haney 45. Not in Wise.

 

COLMEIRO, D. Manuel. BIBLIOTECA DE LOS ECONOMISTAS ESPANOLES DE LOS SIGLOS XVI, XVII, y XVIII. Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 1942. 8vo, wrappers, stained on cover, spine wrinkled. $20. ¶ A look back at the Economic development of Mexico during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.

 

COTTU, [Charles]. DE LA NECESSITE D’UNE DICTATURE. Paris: Belin-Mandar & Devaux, 1830. 8vo, (4), 166pp. Contemp. olive calf, covers panelled in gilt & blind with central embossed lozenge, backstrip stamped in blind &lettered in gilt, corners worn, rear cover lightly spotted, some foxing. A very good copy. $250. ¶ Only Edition of this political pamphlet by Charles Cottu (b.1772?), a French judge at the Royal Court, well-known for his pro-absolutist attitude and biting hostility towards the press. In this pamphlet Cottu attacks the recent electoral reforms, proposes his own concept of electoral rules and explains the necessity of a dictatorship. Quérard III, p.85. Rare. NUC: 1 copy.

 

DAWES, Charles G. ESSAYS AND SPEECHES. With Extracts From the Journal of Rufus Fearing Dawes and an Address Upon the Army of the Potomac by General R. R. Dawes. With Portraits. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1915. 8vo, vi, (1), 427pp, frontispiece, 2 plates. Contemporary three quarter brown morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettered and ornamented spine, bookplate, fine. $200. ¶ First Edition Inscribed and Signed by the Author, the lawyer, reknowned financier, co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for peace (1925), and Vice -President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge. The essays herein concern federal business, monopoly, and banking laws, and currency reform, written prior to Dawes entry into politics. Scarce.

 

DAY, Edmund Ezra. EDUCATION FOR FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY. Selected essays by Edmund Ezra Day. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, (1952). 8vo, x, (2), 203pp. Red cloth, gilt lettering, d.j. (head & foot of spine chipped), library catalogue number written on d.j. spine. Very good. $20. ¶ First Edition commemorating the long career in education of Edmund Day, president of Cornell University.

 

DEL REFUGIO BAEZ SANTOYO, Maria. LOS CONFLICTOS ECONOMICOS DE TIPO LABORAL. Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autonomade de Mexico, 1958. Sm. 4to, wrappers, very good. $15 ¶ Published as Santoyo’s thesis for an M.A. in Economics. The work covers the economics of labor/ workforce in Mexico.

 

[DELISLE DE SALES, Jean Baptiste Claude Izouard, dit]. LETTRE DE BRUTUS, sur les Chars Anciens et modernes. London: 1771. 8vo, xvi, (l)pp. Full mottled calf, rebacked, a very good copy. $350. ¶ Only Edition. Published under the name of Brutus, this curious treatise is the most eccentric of the works of the philosopher and historian Delisle de Sales (1741-1816). Beginning with an amusing dialogue between author and editor, it deals with the history and different styles of carts, wagons and chariots (with captions such as "A Diatribe on the Open Cap") and proposes several reforms in the traffic routing within Paris. Quérard II, 457. Cioranescu 22814. Contades, Le Driving en France, 69. NUC: New York Public only.

 

DEPEW, Chauncey M. (editor). 1795-1895. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF AMERICAN COMMERCE.... A History of American Commerce by One Hundred Americans with a Chronological Table of the Important Events of American Commerce and Invention within the Past One Hundred years. New York: D.O. Haynes, 1895. Folio, xxxii, 678pp, color portrait frontis. & 100 b&w portrait plates & facsimile signatures. Contemporary black morocco, raised bands, gilt letters, gilt denteilles, blue marbled endpapers, front joint tender, spine ends lightly worn, minor foxing to preliminary leaves, a very good copy. $1000.

¶ Author’s Edition, the True First Edition, limited to 100 numbered large paper copies, bound by Stikeman, one copy issued per contributor. A monumental compendium, "issued in commemoration of the completion of the first century of American commercial progress as inaugurated by the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation negotiated by Chief Justice Jay and approved by President Washington in 1795" (publisher’s statement). Edited by Chauncy Depew, this massive volume consists of one hundred articles, each on a different commercial trade and written by a leader in that industry. Contributors include Levi Morton, Stuyvesant Fish, Francis duPont, Charles Pillsbury, Henry C. Folger, jr. and William Steinway.

This copy, no.15, was issued to Sheppard Homans, the contributor of the chapter on life insurance. Mr. Homans served as First President of The Actuarial Society of America, and Corresponding Member for The London Institute of Actuaries. His name is printed in gilt on the front cover.

 

DURKHEIM, Emile. LE SOCIALISME, sa Definition, ses Débuts, la Doctrine Saint-Simonienne. Paris: Alcan, 1928. 8vo, xi, (1), 352, (4pp), uncut and unopened, leaves somewhat browned. Orig. printed wrappers. $200. ¶ First Edition, edited with an introduction, "La place de l’Histoire du Socialisme dans l’Oeuvre de Durkheim," by Marcel Mauss. Durkheim thought Saint-Simon a genius but considered naive the notion that industry, once properly organized and autonomous, would put all difficulties to right and usher in socialism. Durkheim teaches that moral discipline is required even within socialism, so that citizens will be satisfied with what they have. Mauss held that "no other comprehensive statement on the beginnings of socialism can compare in clarity and force" with this book. Lukes 1928a.

 

ELDER, Cyrus. DREAM OF A FREE-TRADE PARADISE, and other Sketches. Philadelphia: Henry Carey Baird, 1872. 8vo, 96pp, with frontispiece & 12 illus. Original printed wrappers, chipping to edges, a good copy. $100. ¶ First Edition of utopian sketches based on a nation of laissez-faire, free trade and social welfare, accompanied by caricatures by Henry L. Stephens. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, p.29. Not in Negley.

 

ENGELS, Frederick. THE REVOLUTIONARY ACT. Military Insurrection or Political and Economic Action? Translated by Henry Kuhn. With an Appendix by Daniel de Leon. New York: New York Labor News, 1922. 8vo, 48pp, incl. frontis. & 1 plate. Orig. printed wrappers. Light external wear, otherwise very good. $45. ¶ This essay appeared as an introduction to Marx’s pamphlet, "The Class Struggles in France, 1848-1850." This appears to be the first edition with the commentary by de Leon (1852-1914), the American political radical who formed the Workers’ International Industrial Union.

 

FISHER, Irving. A STATISTICAL METHOD FOR MEASURING "MARGINAL UTILITY" and Testing the Justice of a Progressive Income Tax. Reprinted from Economic Essays Contributed in Honor of John Bates Clark... Macmillan Company, 1927. 8vo, pp.157-193. Printed wrappers. Very good except an owner has circled "Income Tax" in red on the cover. $250. ¶ With a memeographed letter from Fisher on his Yale letterhead in which he gives credit to Ragnar Frisch for being first to publish on this subject.

 

GIDE, Charles & Charles Rist. A HISTORY OF ECONOMIC DOCTRINES, From the Time of the Physiocrats to the Present Day. Translated by…R. Richards. Boston: D.C. Heath, [ca. 1915]. 8vo, xvii, 672pp. Cloth. Good. $40. ¶ Translated from the second, revised edition of 1913.

 

HANEY, Lewis H. HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT. A Critical Account of the Origin & Development of the Economic Theories of the Leading Thinkers in the Leading Nations. New York: Macmillan, 1949. 8vo, 996pp. Red cloth, very good but for corner cut from flyleaf. $35. ¶ Fourth (latest?) edition.

 

[HARTLEY, David, 1732-1813]. THE STATE OF THE NATION with a preliminary Defence of the Budget. London: Almon, 1765. 4to, 40pp. Disbound, lacking title, browned, old library stamp. $35. ¶ A reply to Remarks on the Budget by Thomas Whately. Black 558 (2nd ed.). NUC lists several editions from the same year, all scarce.

 

HAWTREY, R.G. ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF SOVEREIGNTY. London: Longmans Green, 1930. 8vo, 162pp. Orig. green cloth, good. $25. ¶ First Edition, from the Lowell lectures by this well known economic historian

 

HAYEM, Julien. MEMOIRES ET DOCUMENTS POUR SERVIR A L’HISTOIRE DU COMMERCE ET DE L’INDUSTRIE EN FRANCE. Avec une Préface de M. Edgard Depitre. Troisième Série avec 9 Gravures hors texte. Paris: Librairie Hachette, 1913. 4to, xii, 321pp, 9 plates. Orig. printed wrappers, foxing to covers & first few pages, light edge wear, otherwise a good copy. $45. ¶ With chapters on Les Halles and other markets, commercial relations between France and the United States, apprenticeship, silk manufacturing, etc.

 

(Hollander Library). MARSH, Elsie A.G. THE ECONOMIC LIBRARY OF JACOB H. HOLLANDER. Detroit: Gale Research, 1966. 8vo, xi, 324pp. Brown cloth. Very good. $45. ¶ Originally published in 1937.

 

HUQ, Mazharul. THE EAST INDIA COMPANY’S LAND POLICY AND COMMERCE IN BENGAL 1698-1784. Dacca, Pakistan: Asiatic Society, 1964. 8vo, xvii, 295pp, 1 foldout map at rear. Red cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, bookplate, good in like dj. $75. ¶ First Edition. Scarce.

 

JOLLY, Pierre. NECKER. Paris: Les Oeuvres Françaises, (1947). 8vo, 375pp, 13 plates. Orig. printed wrappers, uncut, spine stained otherwise a very good copy. $35.

 

JONES, Edward of the Inner Temple. INDEX TO RECORDS CALLED, THE ORIGINALIA AND MEMORANDA on the Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer Side of the Exchequer: Extracted from the Records, and from the Manuscripts of Mr. Tayleure, Mr. Madox and Mr. Chapman… containing all the Grants of Abbey Lands, and other property granted by the Crown, from the Beginning of the reign of henry VIII to the end of Queen Ann. Also, Inrollments of Charters, Grants, and Patents to several religious houses… With Pleadings and Proceedings relative to the Tenures and Estates of the Nobility and Gentry… London: for the Editor, 1793-95. 2 vols in 1, folio, unpaginated, c.500pp. 19th-century half red morocco, joints cracked but holding, bookplate. Good. $165. ¶ First Edition, with the leaves of subscribers and the half-titles. Edward Jones (fl.1771-1831) was a native Welshman who lived chiefly in London and liked to describe himself as "of the Inner Temple" though he was not, according to the records. He wrote under the name ned Mon and was prominent in the London Gwyneddigion Society, publishing both in Welsh and in English, and editing the works of Dafydd ab gwilym. With the exeption of the prefaces and the addenda, the entire work is in Latin.

 

[KEENAN, Henry Frances]. THE MONEY-MAKERS. A Social Parable… New York: Appleton, 1885. 8vo, vi, (2), 337, (2, ads)pp. Orig. cloth, gilt title on backstrip and front cover, previous owner’s signature on fly-leaf. Very good. $40. ¶ First Edition of a social and political satire. Wright 3060.

 

KEYNES, John Maynard. ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF THE PEACE. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Howe, 1920. 8vo. Original blue cloth, gilt, front hinge starting & spine ends lightly worn, a very good copy. $50. ¶ First American Edition of Keynes’s first book which brought him much acclaim for predicting the failure of the Treaty of Versailles.

 

KEYNES, John Maynard. ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF THE PEACE. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Howe, 1920. 8vo. Original blue cloth, gilt, front hinge starting & spine ends lightly worn, a very good copy. $60. ¶ First American Edition of Keynes’s first book which brought him much acclaim for predicting the failure of the Treaty of Versailles.

 

KEYNES, John Maynard. HOW TO PAY FOR THE WAR. A Radical Plan for the Chancellor of the Exchequer. New York: Harcourt, Brace, (1940). 8vo, (8), 88pp. Orig. cloth, very good. $75. ¶ First American Edition of Keynes’s influential tract, which Roosevelt is known to have read.

 

(KEYNES, John Maynard). KEYNES AT HARVARD. Economic Deception as a Political Credo. New York: Veritas Foundation, 1961. 8vo, 114pp. Printed wrappers, discolored, owner’s signature to front cover, very good. $25. ¶ Study of Keynes’ economic system by the staunch anti-communist Veritas group of Harvard graduates asserts that it is not an economic system at all but simply left-wing political theory. With the signature of Paul Jordan Smith, former editor of the Los Angeles TImes.

 

(KEYNES, John Maynard). Milo Keynes, editor. ESSAYS ON JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES. London: Cambridge Univ. Press, (1975). 8vo, illus. Original burgandy cloth in price-clipped dust jacket, very good. $35. ¶ Revealing collection of essays on the great economist with contributions from Milo & Geoffrey Keynes, R.B. Braithwaite, John Kenneth Galbraith, et al.

 

[LAIZER, Joseph François Félix]. CONFESSION GÉNÉRALE DE M. NECKER et de l'Assemblée Nationale, avec les prieres analogues aux circonstances; corrigés & augmentés par M. Bailli & M. le Marquis de La Fayette. [Paris: n.p.], 1790. 8vo, 62, (2)pp. Orig. wrappers, a little stained, otherwise a very good uncut copy. $200. ¶ First Edition, one of two printings in the same year, this one issued apparently without the frontispiece. It contains a biting attack on the minister of finance under Louis XVI Jacques Necker (1732-1804), for which its author Laizer was strongly criticized and imprisoned. See: Barbier I, p.680; Monglond I, p.964; Tourneau I, 1899.

 

LASTEYRIE DU SAILLANT, Charles Philibert comte de. DU COTONNIER ET DE SA CULTURE, ou Traité sur les ..... propriétees et les avantages économiques, industriels et comerciaux du Coton. Paris: Athus Bertrand, 1808. 8vo, viii, 446pp, with 3 folding engraved plates at end. Old mottled calf, rebacked, armorial gilt stamp on both covers, gilt label. $250. ¶ First Edition. This substantial study of the feasibility of introducing & developing cotton in France was one of several agricultural works by Lasteyrie (1759-1849). He published works on grains, rice, sheep and agricultural instruments, as well as religious and educational books. His fame rests largely on his of having opened in 1816 the first lithographic print shop in France.

 

(Law, John). [MELON, Jean François]. ESSAI POLITIQUE SUR LE COMMERCE. Amsterdam: François Changuion, 1735. Sm. 8vo, (4), (11, publisher’s ads), 251pp. Title printed in red, with engraved vignette portrait of Erasmus by B. Picart (1718). Contemp. calf, rebacked with orig. gilt spine and leather label laid down. A few leaves slightly foxed, else very fine. $750 ¶ Second edition, preceded by a 12mo edition (in 3 issues) published in Rouen one year earlier. This work, "the inside account of the system of John Law (for whom the author was personal secretary), is important" (Palgrave). The publication of Melon’s Essai resulted in his famous controversy with Dutot. It was a great success in France and abroad and exerted a considerable influence, claims Schumpeter, who notes that the misleading term neo-mercantilism was coined to describe Melon’s economic theories. Actually, he stands as probably the first mercantilist theoretician in France, and his liberal ideas were praised by Voltaire. Carpenter, Economic Best-Sellers Before 1850, XIII, no.5. Hanson 5278 (Dublin, 1739 ed.). INED 3123. Kress 5374 (1754 ed.). McCulloch p.60. Palgrave II, 724. Schumpeter p.174. This edition not in Goldsmith.

 

LE FEVRE-DEUMIER, Jules. ETUDES POLITIQUES. Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1897. Royal 8vo, (4), 263, (l)pp. Early half brown morocco, gilt panelled backstrip, gilt top, fine. $175. ¶ First Edition. Essays include On the Law of Endowment, True Enemies of Property, Freedom of Instruction, Notes on a Political and Literary Journal under the Direction of the State, Notes on Works published since December 2, 1851, and studies of the Orleans family, a review of Chasles’s study of Shakespeare, Mary Stuart and Aretino and other literary and political essays. This may well be a large-paper copy, as it is on fine paper with exceptional margins. No copy in NUC or BL.

 

LICHTENBERGE, Andre. LE SOCIALISME AU XVIIIe SIECLE, Etude sur les Idees Socialistes dans les Ecreivains Francais du XVIIIe Siecle avant la Revoltuion. New York: Kelley, 1967. 8vo, (6), viii, 471pp. Cloth. Fine. $75. ¶ Reprint of the first edition, Paris, 1895. A key work.

 

[LIVERPOOL, Charles Jenkinson]. HAWKESBURY, Charles. A DISCOURSE ON THE CONDUCT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF GREAT BRITAIN In Respect to Neutral Nations… London: Debrett, 1794. 8vo, iv, 96pp. Disbound retaining front fly-leaf, title foxed, otherwise very good. $75. ¶ Expanded edition (first 1758) of a well known discourse defending British trade policy towards France & Holland in 1657, and also referring to the British & French trade policies towards America. Sabin I, p.258. See: Marke p.589.

 

LONDON, Jack. THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS. New York: Macmillan, 1903. 8vo, xiii, 319, (3, ads)pp. Orig. blue-gray cloth, gilt, edges slightly worn but a very good, tight copy. $700. ¶ First Edition, with published October 1903 on copyright page.

 

MIRABEAU, [Honore Gabriel], Compte de. ON LETTRES DE CACHET, and State Prisons. Written in the Dungeon of the Castle of Vincennes... London: 1787. 8vo, viii, 338pp. Orig. boards, worn, backstrip lacking, front hinge weak, but a good, clean copy. $350. ¶ First Edition in English of an anonymous English translation of De Lettres de Cachet et des Prisons d’Etat, the celebrated attack on the French government by one of the chief pre-Revolutionary theorists and most eloquent political liberals.

This translation corresponds with the second volume of the original 1778 work in which Mirabeau exposes the outrageous nutritional, sanitary, psychological and intellectual cruelties practiced in French political prisons, always laying the responsibility squarely in front of Louis XVI. Lettre de cachet was the term for letters sealed with the king’s privy seal directing imprisonment or exile without trial of the persons named. Mirabeau’s father more than once had him imprisoned by means of these letters; indeed, while imprisoned at Vincennes, Mirabeau studied and wrote several essays on politics and economcis, including the present work. Rare, not in Cioranescu, Halkett/Laing, Quérard. Not in BMC or NUC.

 

MITCHELL, Wesley Clair. BUSINESS CYCLES AND THEIR CAUSES. A New Edition of Mitchell’s Business Cycles: Part III. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1941. 8vo, cloth, dust jacket. Some crinkling from moisture at lower margin, otherwise a very good copy with a very good jacket. $60. ¶ Mitchell (1874-1948) is considered one of the most important American economists of the first half of the twentieth century. His advanced views made his name symbolic of the ushering in of the age of research in the social sciences. New Palgrave III p.482.

 

[MONMERQUE, Louis-Jean-Nicolas]. LES CARROSSES A CINQ SOLS, OU LES OMNIBUS DU DIX-SEPTIEME SIECLE. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1827. 12mo, 74 [1, contents]pp, inserted facsimile leaf of a portion of a Blaise Pascal manuscript letter quoted in the text. Modern half calf & marbled boards, orig. green printed wrappers bound in. A little foxed at front and back. $750. ¶ First Edition of a very scarce documentary history of the idea of a public transport system operating on fixed routes within the city of Paris as it was originally conceived and expressed by the great philosopher Pascal during the 17th century. Pascal and associates who provided financial backing actually put such a system in operation in 1662 under the name "carosses a cinq sols" but it lasted only a few years. See Foster Palmer, The Literature of the Street Railway, in Harvard University Bulletin, Vol. XII, No. 1 (winter, 1958), p.117. The author of this small work was a distinguished bibliographer and historian. Barbier I, 503. NUC: 3 copies (DLC, MiU, MB).

 

(Montesquieu). [DESTUTH DE TRACY, Antoine Louis Claude]. COMMENTAIRE SUR L’ESPRIT DES LOIS DE MONTESQUIEU; suivi d’Observations Inédites de Condorcet sur le vingt-neuvième livre du même Ouvrage… Paris: Delaunay & Mongie Aîné, 1819. 8vo, xvi, 476pp. Old quarter violet morocco, backstrip faded to brown, bookplate, a fine copy. $150. ¶ Early edition, first printed in 1817. Tracy (1754-1836) belonged to that sect of philosophers called idealogues by Napoleon; his old and noble family played a prominent role in the revolution and he himself renounced his title in 1789. It was restored by Louis XVIII. This work, according to the preface, was first printed in English at Philadelphia in 1811, translated by Thomas Jefferson. It was used as a textbook at the college of William and Mary. Not in Marke.

 

MORSE, Hosea Ballou. THE CHRONICLES OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY TRADING TO CHINA 1635-1834. Cambridge: Harvard University Press & Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1926-29. 5 vols, with plates & maps. Blue cloth, gilt, bookplates. Very good set. $1250. ¶ First Edition of a monumental work - now very scarce. The English trade between Canton and London was a strict monopoly conducted by the United Company of Merchants Trading to the East Indies, commonly referred to as the Honourable East India Company. Drawing from the Company records (particuarly that of the supercargoes). Morse provides a detailed history of commerce with China in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and includes a vivid picture of the opium trade.

 

(Newhall family) EDWIN WHITE NEWHALL. [San Francisco: Privately Printed, ca. 1916]. 8vo, (7, 113)pp, facsimile resolution, 15 orig. photographs tipped in. Quarter vellum, bevelled boards, light wear and staining. Good. $400. ¶ Only Edition of a memorial to Edwin White Newhall (1856-1915), the third son of Henry Mayo Newhall (1825-82), a native of Massachusetts who joined the Gold Rush to California and prospered in railroading and ranching. The Rancho San Francisco, now called the Newhall Ranch, in the mountains between Los Angeles and Bakersfield, is still owned by the family. Cowan p.454.

 

[NOLHAC, Jean Baptiste M., de Lyon]. HISTOIRE DE LA MARCHE DES IDEES sur 1’Emploi de l’Argent depuis Aristote jusqu’à nos Jours. Paris & Lyon: Perisse Frères, 1838. 8vo, 149pp. Orig. printed wrappers chipped and worn, internally a fine uncut copy. $100. ¶ First Edition. Nolhac published some religious texts but this appears to be his sole foray into the history of economics. NUC lists an edition of 1830 at NN which is most likely a ghost; the two other copies in NUC and the BL copy are all dated 1838. An 1842 edition was also printed. Not in Kress.

 

(Opium). Redenkundig berigt wegens de ware oorzaak van 't bederf;

mitsgaders de middelen van redres der Nederlandsche Oost-Indische Compagnie, Door den Indischen Patriot. Rotterdam: D. Vis (etc.), 1773. 8vo, 193pp. Disbound, some offsetting, occasionial foxing, otherwise good. $350. ¶ First Edition. Discussion of trade of goods and commodities (including opium) in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) by the Dutch East India Company, with a history of the Company from its establishment in the early 17th century through publication of the present volume. Rare; only one copy listed in OCLC.

 

PENNECUIK, Alexander. AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE BLUE BLANKET; OR CRAFTS-MENS BANNER: containing the Fundamental Principles of the Good-Town; with the Powers and Prerogatives of the Crafts of Edinburgh… Edinburgh: John Mosman, 1722. Sm. 8vo, (10), x, 140pp. Red half morocco, marbled boards, title-page soiled and frayed, some leaves cropped, library-stamp. A good copy. $375. ¶ First Edition. This account of the crafts of Edinburgh is considered a monument in the history of trade unions. Pennecuik (d.1730) was a merchant with poetic ambitions. This rare work is of interest in the history of freemasonry. NCBEL II, 1977.

 

PHILIP, André. LE PROBLEME OUVRIER AUX ETAT-UNIS. Préface de M. André Siegfried. Paris: Félix Alcan, 1927. 8vo, xix, (1), 559, (5)pp. Orig. wrappers, very good. $45. ¶ Only Edition. A thorough study on the organization of labor in the United States. Philip first discusses characteristics of management and company policy, then proceeds to the various labor organizations, distinguished by their different trades (miners, printers, metal workers) and political orientations.

 

[PITT, William]. AN AUTHENTIC COPY OF MR. PITT'S LETTER TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF WALES, with His Answer. London: Stockdale, 1789. 8vo, 12, (4)pp. Disbound, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ A rare pamphlet by the great English statesman William Pitt (1759-1806) regarding the king’s illness. Not in Black or Kress. Not in NUC.

 

(Political Economy). 102 titles from 1848-1899, bound in 14 vol (2 in tall 8vo, 10 in small 8vo & 2 in 12mo). Early 20th-century quarter cloth, gilt morocco labels, marbled boards, labels rubbed, otherwise very good. 1848-1899. $1500. ¶ An important collection of works relating to social policies in 19th-century France, predominantly by Socialist and Christian-Socialist authors, mainly lawyers and clerics. Several texts relate to the social and economical situation of working class women. Included are pieces by Proudhon, Robert Owen, Charles-Emile Freppel, etc.

 

[REINOLD, Jean Baptiste]. DE L’INFLUENCE ANGLAISE; par Guinan-Laurens. Bruxelles: Weissenbruch, 1817. 8vo, (4), 2, 287, (1, errata)pp. Orig. wrappers, backstrip split, entirely uncut as issued. $275. ¶ Only Edition. Jean Baptiste Reinold, the Belgian writer, discusses British foreign policy in Europe, the independence of the United States and resulting efforts of founding a Colonial League against the Americans. Sabin 29239: "Relating partly to the American colonies." NUC: 1 copy, LC.

 

REYBAUD, Louis [Marie]. ETUDES SUR LES REFORMATEURS ou Socialistes modernes. Cinquième Edition. Paris: Guillaumin & Cie, 1848. 2 vols, 8vo, [4], 428; (4), 387, (5)pp. Blue quarter morocco, marbled endpapers, some insignificant foxing, otherwise fine. $150. ¶ First published in 1840 this work by Reybaud (1799-1879) received the Grand Prix Montyon of the Académie Française. The first volume discusses the lives and doctrines of Saint-Simon, Charles Fourier and Robert Owen, while the second focuses on the history of society and social utopias. Reybaud also comments on such various political groups as the utilitarians, humanitarians, communists, chartrists, etc. "All [his] works show an observant mind and an independent character. They are written with intelligence, spirit, and good sense" (A. Courtois in Palgrave, 1926, III, p.304).Kress C-5294.

 

RIPLEY, William. MAIN STREET AND WALL STREET. Boston: Little Brown, 1927. 8vo, x, 359pp. Red cloth, gilt. Fine copy. $50. ¶ First Edition, advance review copy with a publisher’s slip laid in, and signed on the endpaper by Los Angeles writer and collector Homer D. Crotty.

 

(Rockefeller). NEVINS, Allan. JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER.The Heroic Age of American Enterprise. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons 1941 2 vols, 8vo, viii, 683; x, 747pp, photographic frontispieces. Original red buckram, gilt titles. Owner signature and bookplate removed. A very good copy. $75.

 

ROELS, Edgar. AUTOUR DES MINES D’OR DU TRANSVAAL. Paris: A. Hennuyer, 1897. 8vo, (4), 80pp. Orig. printed wrappers, front joint barely splitting, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ First Edition. The author attempts to objectively discuss the propriety among the English, the Boers, and others of the Transvaal gold mines. The history of the disputed ownership of the mines is detailed as well.

 

ROLLAND, Romain. THE IDOLS. Together with a Letter by M. Rolland to Dr. van Eeden on The Rights of Small Nationalities. Translated by C.K. Ogden. Cambridge: Bowes & Bowes, 1915. 8vo, 12pp. Original light blue sewn wrappers, lightly worn & somewhat sunned, small tear to upper spine, very good. $40. ¶ First Seperate Printing in English, previously published in the Journal de Genève in 1914 and translated in The Cambridge Magazine in February, 1915. One of a series pacifist manifestos, for which, in part Rolland received the 1917 Nobel Award for Literature. Scarce.

 

SHARP, Granville. THE GILBART PRIZE ESSAY on the Adaptation of Recent Discoveries and Inventions in Science and Art to the Purposes of Practical Banking. London: Groomridge, 1854. 8vo, engraved portrait-frontispiece and an engraved portrait of the author, numerous plates, specimens and articles, 1 torn, index tabs torn with loss. Contemp. green half morocco, gilt. Very good, uncut copy. $1500. ¶ Third edition, the only illustrated version. The illustrations, numbered through 90, but with many bis items (some folding or consisting of two leaves), preserve an extraordinary collection of inventions, many represented by actual specimens, including security paper, banknotes, checks and ink specimens. This copy apparently lacks four specimens. There are also 15 wax seals mounted on the rear pastedown illustrating the new process of ‘tornography.’ Sharp, an accountant in the East of England Bank at Norwich, won the prize of £100 for his articles applicable to banking. Cotton & Little p.52.

 

SIMON, Jules. LE TRAVAIL. Paris: Librairie Internationale, 1866. 8vo, (4), iii, 420, (l)pp. Contemp. quarter sheep, backstrip lettered in gilt. A very good copy. $125. ¶ First Edition. Simon (1814-1896) wrote several works of philosophy and religion, with a social or political inclination. This is one of his better known works and apparently quite scarce. BL lists only the 2nd edition.

 

SMITH, Adam. AN INQUIRY INTO THE NATURE AND CAUSES OF THE WEALTH OF NATIONS… With a Life of the Author. Also, A View of the Doctrine of Smith. Edinburgh: Silverster Doig and Andrew Stirling..., 1817. 3 vols, 8vo, contemporary diced calf, blind & gilt tooled borders & spines, edges marbled. Bookplate of Wm Marshall. An attractive set. $450. ¶ Smith’s (1723-1790) classic on the economic philosophy of free enterprise was the first to convincingly express the economic theory of laissez-faire, which had an almost immediate impact on national policies. "…the Wealth of Nations is not a system, but as a provisional analysis it is completely convincing. The certainty of its criticism and its grasp of human nature have made it the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (Printing and the Mind of Man 221). Vanderblue p.15. See: Grolier Club, One Hundred Books Famous in English Literature, p.114.

 

SPINAZZOLA, Dora Francheschi. CATALOGO DELLA BIBLIOTECA DI LUIGI EINAUDI. Torino: Banca d’Italia, 1981. 2 vols, 4to, blue cloth, dust jackets, in a board slip case. Fine set. $400.

 

STRACHEY, [Evelyn] John St. Loe. A PROGRAMME FOR PROGRESS. London: Gollancz, 1940. 8vo, 352pp, boards, very good. $35. ¶ First Edition. Strachey (a cousin of Lytton Strachey) was one of the three men who ran the Left Book Club during the thirties and did much to explain socialist ideas in clear terms to the British public. While all the pages are present, those from 320 to the end are out of order with every other page reversed.

 

SUESS, Eduard. THE FUTURE OF SILVER. Translated by Robert Stein. Washington: GPO, 1893. 8vo, 101pp. Printed wrappers. $30.

 

(TEJADA, Miguel de). MIGUEL LERDO DE TEJADA. Secretaria de Hacienda y Credito Publico. Mexico: Direccion General De Prensa, Memoria, Bibliotecas Y Publicaciones, 1961. Sm. 4to, wrappers, very good. $25. ¶ A look into the life and service of Miguel de Tejada. De Tejada (1811-1861) served as Secretary of Public Credit under Juarez.

 

TESCH, Wilhelm (Editor) GUIDE TO THE EXPORT INDUSTRIES OF SWEDEN. List of Members of the "Sveriges Allmänna Exportförening" Stockholm Classified According to their Trades. Stockholm: Kungl. Boktryckeriet. P.A. Norstedt & Söner, 1897. 8vo, 169, (2)pp. Brown cloth, stamped & lettered black, some paper samples pasted in, bookplate on front endpaper. A little worn, good. $40. ¶ Catalogue of company advertisements, including several for papermakers which include original samples.

 

TIPHAIGNE [de la Roche, Charles François]. ESSAI SUR L’HISTOIRE ŒCONOMIQUE DES MERS OCCIDENTALES DE FRANCE. Paris: Bauche, 1760. 8vo, (8), 300, (4)pp, engraved vignette on title. Contemp. calf, red morocco label, gilt back, early owner’s stamp on endpaper, a very good copy. $750. ¶ Only Edition. This study of the French territorial waters considers its subject from historical, economic, and technical points of view. It is concerned with all aspects of fishing, including plans for improving catches and regulating fishing as a business. The authorship is uncertain. Frere (Bibliographie Normande) attributes it to Tiphaigne (1729-1774), an author known for his utopian writings; but Marx, who wrote a bibliography of Tiphaigne, does not confirm that his subject was the author of this title. NUC classes it with his other works. Higgs (2211) attributes it to Tiphaigne de la Noue. Kress, Bibliographie Agronomique, 5907. Goldsmiths’ 9577. Musset 463.

 

TYNNA, J. de la. ALMANACH DU COMMERCE DE PARIS, Des Départemens de L’Empire Français, et Des Principales Villes du Monde. Paris: Chez de la Tynna, 1811. 8vo, 1038pp. Later 19th century full mottled calf, gilt lettered & dec. spine, marbled edges, joints hint at starting, damage to backstrip, otherwise a sound, fairly good copy. $200. ¶ First Edition, signed by Tynna on the title page. A directory of businesses, professional including bankers, lawyers, printers, booksellers, civil servants, etc. and encyclopedic information on cities throughout the world.

 

VALLEE, Oscar de. LES MANIEURS D’ARGENT, Etudes Historiques et Morales et Morales 1720-1857. Paris: Levy Freres, 1857. 8vo, xvii, 323pp. Half morocco. Fine copy. $35. ¶ Second edition, revised and with a new introduction, of a treatise on money-changers; the text recounts the histories of the financial system in France during its span and seems to decry speculation and the instability and corruption it engenders.

 

VERRY, H.R. DOCUMENT COPYING AND REPRODUCTION PROCESSES. London: Fountain Press, (1958). 8vo, 328pp, (incl. 11 of ads)pp, incl. 26 plates, 44 illus. in text, 2 folding plates. Orig. cloth, gilt spine, very good. $250. ¶ First Edition of one of the earliest works on the subject, addressing all aspects of early xerography, offset lithography, addressing machines, dyelines processes, microfilm, color reproduction and other topics.

 

WYLLIE, Robert Crichton. MEXICO. REPORT ON ITS FINANCES Under the Spanish Government; Since its Independence: and Prospects of their improvements; with Calculations of the Public Debt, Foreign and Domestic... And Remarks on Colonization... London: A.H. Bailey, 1844. 4to, v, (1), 81pp including tables, plus large fold-out table. Full Spanish calf, gilt. Fine. $750. ¶ First Edition of a rare report on Mexico’s economic prospects, intended for holders of Mexican bonds as well as emigrants and merchants trading with Mexico. OCLC notes only 2 copies (Berkeley & Princeton). Not in Sabin, who note the author’s Notes on the Shipping, Trade...of the Hawaiian Islands of 1845.