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BAGEHOT, Walter. Count Your Enemies and Economise Your Expenditure. London: James Ridgway. 1862. 27 pp; library stamp to lower margin of title-page and final leaf; unbound. First edition.

[54714] £125

An early pamphlet by Bagehot.


CAMPBELL, John. A Political Survey of Britain: being a Series of Reflections on the Situation, Lands, Inhabitants, Revenues, Colonies, and Commerce of this Island. Intended to shew that we have not as yet approached near the Summit of Improvement, but that it will afford Employment to many Generations before they push to their utmost Extent the natural Advantages of Great Britain. In two volumes. London: printed for the author. 1774. Quarto, two volumes: [iv], vi, 726, [24]; [iv], 739, [33] pp; occasional foxing. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt decorated spines with raised bands and contrasting labels, rubbed, joints cracked. First edition.

[54985] £325

"A very useful work, displaying wonderful research and labour, though held in little estimation." Lowndes, "The Bibliographer's Manual of English Literature". Goldsmiths' 11082. Higgs 5884. Kress 6997.


CHEVALIER, Michel. On the Probable Fall in the Value of Gold: the commercial and social consequences which may ensue, and the measures which it invites. Translated from the French, with preface, by Richard Cobden Esq. New York: D. Appleton and Company. 1859. 211[1] pp. plus 4 pp. publisher's advertisements. Original blind stamped cloth, gilt lettering to spine, some wear to top and bottom of spine. First edition in English.

[55541] £100

The substance of this work first appeared in the "Revue des deux Mondes" in 1857; in 1859 the enlarged French and English editions appeared simultaneously, the French edition as "De la baisse probable de l'or". Cobden's preface occupies 9 pages. Chevalier (1806-1879) and Cobden shared similar opinions, and Chevalier presented Cobden to the French emperor in 1859. In 1860 Chevalier induced Napoleon III to sign a commercial treaty with England, introducing free trade into the public international law of Europe.


FABIAN SOCIETY. Fabian Tracts: Nos. 3, To Provident Landlords and Capitalists, a Suggestion and a Warning; 4, What Socialism is [by Charlotte Wilson]; 29, What to Read, a List of Books for Social Reformers; 39, A Democratic Budget; 40, Fabian Election Manifesto; 63, Parish Council Cottages and How to Get Them; 65, Trade Unionists and Politics; 67, Women and the Factory Acts, by Mrs. Sidney Webb; 74, The State and its Functions in New Zealand; 77, The Municipalization of Tramways; 80, Shop Life and its Reform; 81, Municipal Water; 82, The Workmen's Compensation Act; 83, State Arbitration and the Living Wage; 85, Liquor Licensing at Home and Abroad, by Edward R. Pease; 87, Sosialaeth A Dysgeidiaeth Crist, by John Clifford [in Welsh]; 88, The Growth of Monopoly in English Industry, by Henry W. Macrosty; 89, Old Age Pensions at Work; 99, Local Government in Ireland; 101, The House Famine and How to Relieve It; 106, The Education Muddle and the Way Out; 110, Problems of Indian Poverty, by S.S. Thorburn; 112, Life in the Laundry; 115, State-Aid to Agriculture, by T.S. Dymond; 116, Fabianism and the Fiscal Question; 118, The Secret of Rural Depopulation, by Lieut.-Col. D.C. Pedder; 120, "After Bread, Education" a Plan for the State Feeding of School Children; 126, The Abolition of Poor Law Guardians; 127, Socialism and Labor Policy; 135, Paupers and Old Age Pensions, by Sidney Webb; 153, The Twentieth Century Reform Bill, by Henry H. Schloesser; 163, Women and Prisons by Helen Blagg & Charlotte Wilson; 185, The Abolition of the Poor Law, by Mrs. Sidney Webb; 197, The International Labour Organisation of the League of Nations, by Wm. Stephen Sanders; 198, Some Problems of Education, by Barbara Drake; 199, William Lovett, by Mrs. L. Barbara Hammond; 200, The State in the New Social Order, by Harold J. Laski; 201, International Co-Operative Trade, by Leonard Woolf; 202, The Constitutional Problems of a Co-operative Society, by Sidney Webb; 203, The Need for Federal Reorganisation in the Co-operative Movement, by Sidney Webb; 204, The Position of Employees in the Co-operative Movement, by Lilian Harris; 205, Co-operative Education, by Lilian A. Dawson; 206, The Co-operator in Politics, by Alfred Barnes; 207, The Labour Party on the Threshold, by Sidney Webb. London: Geo. Standring/Fabian Society. 1885-1923. 44 tracts bound together, each numbered in ink to top right-hand corner of title-page, some with library stamp, some title-pages a little soiled; nos. 40, 163 & 199 retaining original printed wrappers. Disbound.

[55902] £350

The Fabian Society, a socialist society set up in 1884, advocated gradual rather than revolutionary social reform. The name came from the Roman general Quintus Fabius whose strategy was to delay battle until the right moment. Early members included Sidney and Beatrice Webb, George Bernard Shaw, Emmeline Pankhurst and H.G. Wells.


FILANGIERI, Cayetano Ciencia de la Legislacion …. Nuevamente traducida por Don Juan Ribera. Segunda edicion, revista y corregida. Burdeos [Bordeaux]: Don Pedro Beaume. 1823. 12mo, six volumes: clxviii, 166; 316; 364; 380; 357; 360 pp; occasional minor foxing. Contemporary tree calf, gilt decorated spines, rubbed and scuffed in places, vol. 3 chipped at head of spine. With the bookplate of Jose F. Hevia.

[71858] £350

Filangieri (1752-1788), Italian philosopher and jurist, "was one of the most important writers on economics in the latter years of the [19th] century. He did not … create new systems, or any new theory; he had a considerable acquaintance with the economical studies of his time, but it is strange he knew nothing about Smith, whom he never refers to. However, he followed no leader, standing between the physiocratic and mercantile theories. He was a zealous partisan of free-trade and the single tax, while he believed in the Balance of Trade; so that he may be termed eclectic, but not in the same sense as his fellow-citizen Galiani. Filangieri is a connecting link between Mercantilism and Free Trade; …. In sending his work to the Marquis Tommasi, [he] explains that he owed to Playfair his opinions against establishing a national debt, to meet the extraordinary requirements of the state." Palgrave.

The first two volumes of 'La Scienza della Legislazione' were published in 1780, with the third and fourth volumes appearing in 1783, and volumes 3-6 published in 1785.

This edition not listed in Goldsmiths'.


GRUBIAK, Olive and Jan The Guernsey Experiment. An account of the monetary techniques initiated in 1817 which contributes to the Island's present prosperity and the low incidence of taxation, with appendices on the Glasgow Rates Voucher Scheme and the first full reprint of the Historic Reply of the State of Guernsey to the Privy Council justifying their experiment in monetary reform. Glasgow: William Maclellan. 1960, reprinted 1963. 36 pp., some leaves a little browned at edges. With the ownership inscription of James A.A. Porteous. Scarce.

[73070] £200

First published in 1960.


HATTON, Edward. An Intire System of Arithmetic: or Arithmetic in all its Parts. I Vulgar, II Decimal, III Duodecimal, IV Sexagesimal, V Political, VI Logarithmical, VII Lincal, VII Instrumental, IX Algebraical .... With an Appendix, shewing the Mensuration of more Superficies and Solids, than any other Book wrote purposely on that Subject has exhibited .... London: printed and sold by Mr. Mount and Comp. ... Mr. Strahan and Mr. Simon ..., Mr. Knaplock, Mr. Knapton [etc]. 1721. Small quarto: engraved portrait frontispiece, xxiv (including list of subscribers), 280, [64 pp. tables], 269-379[1], 16 pp., 3 folding engraved plates, with tables to the text; small circular library stamp to verso of title, occasionally in the margins, foot of final leaf, and verso of plates. Contemporary panelled calf, rebacked. First edition.

[55529] £450

Hatton also wrote on tax, interest, trade, and similar areas. Not in Goldsmiths. Historical Accounting Literature, p.223.


HUME, Joseph. Debate on Sugar Duties. Speech of Joseph Hume, Esq., M.P. .... on the Motion of Lord John Russell. Ways and Means, Corn Laws, Sugar Duties, &c. Extracted from Hansard's Parliamentary Debates. 1841. 22 pp., library stamp to lower margin of title-page and final leaf; first and final leaves somewhat soiled. Disbound. Goldsmiths' 32232.

[56638] £30


Philadelphia provenance

JEVONS, W. Stanley. The Coal Question; An Inquiry concerning the Progress of the Nation, and the Probable Exhaustion of our Coal-Mines. London and Cambridge: Macmillan and Co. 1865. xix[i] - including frontispiece, 349[1] pp. plus advertisement leaf; perforated library stamp to title-page and final leaf of text; untrimmed. Original cloth, rubbed. First edition.

[73433] £1500

The frontispiece graph shows the 'Supposed future consumption of Coal' to the year 2000.

In The Coal Question, Jevons covered a breadth of concepts on energy depletion that have recently been revisited by writers covering the subject of peak oil. For example, Jevons explained that improving energy efficiency typically reduced energy costs and thereby increased rather than decreased energy use, an effect now known as Jevons paradox. The Coal Question remains a paradigmatic study of resource depletion theory. Jevons's son, H. Stanley Jevons, published an 800-page follow-up study in 1915 in which the difficulties of estimating recoverable reserves of a theoretically finite resource are discussed in detail. The work had a powerful influence on Gladstone, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, and a Royal Commission was appointed to investigate the matter.

Pencil inscription on title-page reads "from H. Pratt McKean Nov.6/66", with occasional notes to margins in same hand and to rear endpaper. Henry Pratt McKean (1810-1894) of Philadelphia, grandson of Thomas McKean, signer of Declaration of Independence.


MAITLAND, James, eighth Earl of Lauderdale. An Inquiry into the Nature and Origin of Public Wealth, and into the Means and Causes of its Increase. Edinburgh: printed for Arch. Constable & Co. ... and T.N. Longman & O. Rees, London. 1804. [x] including half-title, 482 pp. plus folding table; uncut. Contemporary boards, paper label to spine, worn on spine. First edition.

[56065] £750

"To Lauderdale belongs the credit of having been the first to put forward a connected theory on the nature of profit, in the form of a theory, and not of scattered observations." Palgrave. Maitland (1759-1839) questioned the content of Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations" and repudiated the worship of Smith's name. Goldsmiths' 18801. Kress B.4816.


MILL, James. Elements of Political Economy. Third edition, revised and corrected. London: printed for Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy. 1826. viii, 304 pp; some spotting to preliminary and final leaves. Contemporary half calf with marbled boards, contrasting morocco label, rubbed, slightly chipped at head of spine.

[55934] £400

First published in 1821, the third edition with considerable alterations made after criticism of the work by J.S. Mill (the author's eldest son) and others; the alterations were made mainly in the section on Profits. Goldsmiths' 24799. Kress C1729.


PALGRAVE, R.H. Inglis. An Analysis of the Transactions of the Bank of England for the Years 1844-72 .... London: Edward Stanford. 1874. 42 pp; small library stamp to lower margin of title-page and final leaf. Original printed wrappers, a little soiled at edges, otherwise good. First edition.

[55228] £140

With the ownership inscription of Stafford H. Northcote (1818-1887) to upper wrapper. At the time of the publication of this pamphlet, Northcote was chancellor of the exchequer in Disraeli's government. The author was, of course, editor of the 'Dictionary of Political Economy'.


SEYD, Ernest. The Wealth and Commerce of Nations, and the Question of Silver, with special reference to the Indian valuation, and the International Monetary Congress at Paris. London: Eden Fisher & Co. 1878. [ii], iv, [ii], 55 pp. in double-column. Original printed front wrapper only present, a little dust-soiled at edges. First edition.

[54587] £40

"With the authors compliments" to title-page.


[WILSON, George, Chairman of the Council of the National Anti-Corn-Law League]. The Constitutional Right to a Revision of the Land-Tax. Being the argument on a case submitted to the counsel on behalf of the National Anti-Corn-Law League. London: printed for the National Anti-Corn-Law League. 1842. [iv], 55[2] pp., library stamp to lower margin of title-page, title-page a little soiled. Disbound.

[56033] £50

Goldsmiths' 32852.

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