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1 BOISGUILBERT, Pierre Le Pesant de (1646-1714). La France Ruinée Sous le Regne de Louis XIV. Par Qui & Comment. Avec les moyens de la Retablir en peu de tems.
Cologne: Pierre Marteau, 1696. 1696 
Small 12mo. 214 pp. Engraved frontispiece; lacks a folding map (apparently as issued for this copy). 20th-century olive boards, green morocco gilt-stamped spine label. Fine. RARE. EARLY PRINTING. The first appearance of this tract was in 1695 under a different title, Le détail de la France (also 1696 and 1697, etc.). "This was a very pessimistic assessment of the economic condition of France, the need to make its fiscal structure more effective and equitable, and to be less dirigiste in economic policy" (Maddison, p. 284). Another printing in 1696 appears in 83 pages (same publisher). The frontispiece appears to depict an artist and another undetermined figure, perhaps a group of politicians or economists, with a background uprising of both civilians and military against the establishment. Pierre le Pesant, sieur de Boisguilbert or Boisguillebert was a French economist and a Jansenist, one of the inventors of the notion of an economical market. "Boisguilbert (or Boisguillebert) was a radical anti-Colbertiste with the luck to be far away from French court. An avid proponent of laissez-faire and minimalist government, he has been rightly regarded as the father of the Physiocrats and grandfather of the French Liberal School... Boisguilbert's 1696 and 1707 investigations concluded that France of Louis XIV was, basically, a mismanaged country. Its people, he argued, were miserable and only subdued by violence which, Boisguilbert predicted, was a state of affairs that could not last for very long. Both... books were proscribed and Boisguilbert, for a time, was sent to internal exile in the Auvergne region. His works were a great influence upon Quesnay, the Physiocrats and other anti-Colbertiste Enlightenment economists. Interestingly, Karl Marx claimed a great intellectual debt to Boisguilbert" (The New School). Maddison, Angus, and Angus Maddison. Contours of the World Economy, 1-2030 A.D.; Essays in Macro-economic History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.; The New School. "Pierre le Pesant, Sieur de Boisguilbert, 1646-1714" [Available online]; See Goldsmiths'-Kress No. 03308; Félix Cadet, Pierre de Boisguilbert: précurseur des economistes, 1646-1714, 1967. Locations: UCB, UCI, UCSD, UCSC, UCLA (all reprints). For issue with 83 pp., see: Princeton University Library, Bibliothèque nationale de France [title differs (also no map): Le détail de la France, ou, La France ruinée sous le règne de Loüis XIV]. 
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2 COURNOT, Antoine-Augustin; E. Paul BOTTINELLI. Souvenirs (1760-1860); précédés d'une introduction par E.-P. Bottinelli.
Paris: Hachette et Cie, 1913. 1913 
8vo. xxxviii, 266 pp. Index; partially unopened. Printed wrappers; spine a fragment, disbound, otherwise very good. Rare. "Antoine-Augustin Cournot, (born August 28, 1801, Gray, France—died March 31, 1877, Paris), French economist and mathematician. Cournot was the first economist who, with competent knowledge of both subjects, endeavoured to apply mathematics to the treatment of economics. His main work in economics is Recherches sur les principes mathématiques de la théorie des richesses (1838; Researches into the Mathematical Principles of the Theory of Wealth). His primary concern was the analysis of partial market equilibrium, which he based on the assumption that participants in the process of exchange are either producers or merchants whose goal is the maximization of profit. He therefore ignored the concept of utility. His most important contributions were his discussions of supply-and-demand functions and of the establishment of equilibrium under conditions of monopoly, duopoly, and perfect competition; his analysis of the shifting of taxes, which he treated as changes in the cost of production; and his discussion of problems of international trade. Cournot was the first economist to define and draw a demand curve to illustrate the relationship between price of and demand for a given item. He proceeded to show that the profit-maximizing output for a producer is reached when the marginal cost (the cost of producing one additional unit) equals the marginal revenue (the revenue realized from selling one additional unit). This work was lost until its rediscovery by Joan Robinson almost a century later. Moreover, Cournot introduced the idea of elasticity of demand, though he did not use that phrase." – Encyclopedia Britannica (online). 
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3 FOSTER, Margery Somers. "Out of Smalle Beginings...": An Economic History of Harvard College in the Puritan Period (1636 to 1712).
Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1962. 1962 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. xx, 243 pp. Plates, figs., tables, index. Red cloth, gilt-stamped cover emblem and spine title, dust-jacket; jacket a bit worn, else fine. Burndy bookplate. First Edition. 
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4 GRONER, Alex, et al.; JOSEPHY, Alvin M., Jr. (ed.). The American Heritage History of American Business & Industry. Introduction by Paul A. Samuelson.
New York: American Heritage, (1972). 1972 
4to. 384 pp. Photos and illustrations (including half-title and frontis., many in color), index. Green cloth, gilt-stamped cover illustration and spine title, dust-jacket; jacket a bit rubbed and worn. Bookplate of the Burndy Library. Very good. ISBN: 070011567 
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5 HEWITT, John. Hewitt's Tables of Simple Interest. Shewing at one View, the Interest of any Sum of Money, from one Penny to 100,000 l., from one Day to 365, from one Month to 11, and from one Year to 10, at 3, 4, 5, 6 per Cent…
London: Printed for John Clarke and C. Hitch, 1747. 1747 Signed
12mo. [10], [i-v], vi-cxxix, [i] pp. Second leaf is signed A3, A[7] recto blank. Original full calf, gilt-stamped double-ruling to covers; heavily worn, front cover open tear, lacks original spine, joints reinforced with kozo. Internally clean. Ownership signature of John Coryton. As is (internally very good). RARE. Complete title: Hewitt's Tables of Simple Interest. Shewing at one View, the Interest of any Sum of Money, from one Penny to 100,000 l., from one Day to 365, from one Month to 11, and from one Year to 10, at 3, 4, 5, 6 per Cent. II. A Table of Time, which shews the Number of Days between any two in a Year. III. Nine Tables of Brokerage or Commission: The Stock or Value of Goods sold, from one Pound to 100,000 l. at 1/8, ¼, ½, ¾, 1, 1 ¼, 1 ½, 1 ¾, 2, 2 ¼, 2 ½, 2 ¾, 3, 3 ¼, 3 ½, 3 ¾, 4, 4 ¼, 4 ½, 4 ¾, to 5 per Cent. IV. Nine Tables to reduce the most Current Pieces of Gold, both Foreign and Domestick, into Pounds, &c. and on the contrary to reduce Pounds, &c. into those different Pieces of Gold; shewing what each Piece should properly weigh. The first edition was issued in 1736. This is the second edition. A Dublin printing followed in 1773. Provenance: John Coryton is likely son to Peter Goodall, who took the Coryton name after his marriage to the niece of the fourth and final Baronet, with whose death in 1739 the baronetcy became extinct (UK National Archives). LOCATIONS: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library (UCLA); The British Library, St. Pancras; National Library of Scotland. National Archives. "Coryton of Pentillie, Pellaton." [available on-line]. English Short Title Catalog N002433. First Edition. 
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6 KAYE, Joel. Economy and Nature in the Fourteenth Century: Money, Market Exchange, and the Emergence of Scientific Thought.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (1998). 1998 0521572762 / 9780521572767 
FIRST EDITION. Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought, Fourth Series, Vol. 35. 8vo. x, 273 pp. Index. Black cloth, gilt-stamped spine title, dust-jacket. Burndy bookplate. Fine. ISBN: 0521572762 First Edition. 
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7 LAWTON, James (ed.). Shop Talk: Papers on Historical Business and Commercial Records of New England Delivered before a Symposium Held November 2, 1973, at the Boston Public Library.
Boston: Boston Public Library, 1975. 1975 0890730032 / 9780890730034 
8vo. foreword [i], 51, (52) pp. Frontis. port. of Lydia Estes Pinkham, illustrations. Printed wrappers. Burndy bookplate. Near fine. This work has been bound into a protective library folder with cloth spine. ISBN: 0890730032 
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Principles of political economy: with some inquiries respecting their application, and a sketch of the rise and progress of the science. The fourth edition., MCCULLOCH, J. R. (John Ramsay) (1789-1864).
8 MCCULLOCH, J. R. (John Ramsay) (1789-1864). Principles of political economy: with some inquiries respecting their application, and a sketch of the rise and progress of the science. The fourth edition.
Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black; London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1849. 1849 
8vo. xxiv, 646, 23, [1] pp. Publisher's ads (rear). Original blind-embossed mauve cloth, gilt-stamped spine title, by John Gray, Edinburgh [his binder's sticker at rear]; spine faded, corners showing, rear hinge mended with kozo – additionally reinforcing inner joints. Ownership signatures of two persons (one unreadable; other name is excised, leaving a hole in the front fly leaf. Ex-library rubber stamps title verso & recto; perforated. Good (internally fine). Goldsmiths' 36180. 
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On the principles of political economy, and taxation. Third edition., RICARDO, David (1772-1823).
9 RICARDO, David (1772-1823). On the principles of political economy, and taxation. Third edition.
London: John Murray, 1821. 1821 
8vo. xii, 538 pp. Occasional foxing. Original paper-backed boards, printed paper spine label; spine rebacked with kozo, spine label chipped (a remnant) all extremities worn. Rubber-ownership stamp of Henry R. Wagner. Binding needs work; internally very good. Third edition of this classic work on political economics. This edition includes his chapter "On Machinery," which reconsidered the role of labor and the effect machines had on the labor force. "...in Ricardo's view, it is a choice between the potential for detrimental effects on labor from the use of new machinery versus even worse effects if the machinery is not used at all. His argument can certainly be questioned, at least in some places, but this is not the positive "lift all boats" theory of growth that is often attributed to Ricardo." – Sunday, September 16, 2012, Mark Thoma, [see: Economist's viewpoint]. "If I have to hire a labourer for a week, and instead of ten shillings I pay him eight, no variation having taken place in the value of money, the labourer can probably obtain more food and necessaries with his eight shillings than he before obtained for ten: but this is owing, not to a rise in the real value of his wages, as stated by Adam Smith, and more recently by Mr. Malthus, but to a fall in the value of the things on which his wages are expended, things perfectly distinct; and yet for calling this a fall in the real value of wages, I am told that I adopt new and unusual language, not reconcilable with the true principals of the science. To me it appears that the unusual and, indeed, inconsistent language is that used by my opponents." – Ricardo, On the principles of political economy, pp. 11-12. "David Ricardo is without doubt the greatest representative of classical political economy. He carried his work begun by Smith to the farthest point possible without choosing one or the other of the roads which led out of the contradiction inherent in it." – Roll, Eric, History of Economic Thought, pp. 155-6. "This work solidly established [Ricardo's] reputation as the leading economic annalist of his day. Barber, William J., A History of Economic Thought, 1967. "He now began to interest himself in scientific and mathematical studies, but after reading The Wealth of Nations he decided to devote himself to political economy The fundamental groundwork of the Principles is based on the theory that, given free competition in trade, the exchange value of commodities will be determined by the amount of labor expended in production: not a wholly original thesis, nor one capable of absolute expression, but one which was given new force by the theory of distribution with which Ricardo reinforced it. ... Ricardo was, in a sense, the first 'scientific' economist... Ricardo saw the study of economics as a pure science whose abstractions were capable of quasi-mathematical proof... his deductive methods have proved of great use in the elementary analysis of economic problems, and in the subjects which are capable of his rigid analysis, currency and banking, it has proved of lasting value." – Printing and the Mind of Man, 277. PROVENANCE: Henry Raup Wagner (1862-1957), Yale educated lawyer (classes of 1884 and 1886) and mining engineer who retired to California in 1917 where he became a leading bibliophile and California historical and cartographic authority. See: Streeter, Thomas W., "Henry R. Wagner, collector, bibliographer, cartographer and historian," California Historical Society Quarterly, Vol. 36, No. 2, (Jun., 1957), pp. 165-175. See also: John P. Henderson; John B. Davis, The Life and Economics of David Ricardo, Springer-Verlag, 2012; John Cunningham Wood, David Ricardo: Critical Assessments. Second series, 1994, pp. 23-28. 
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10 RICARDO, David (1772-1823). Reply to Mr. Bosanquet's practical observations on the Report of the Bullion committee.
London: Printed for J. Murray [etc., etc.], 1811. 1811 
Small 8vo. Collation: [a]4[-1], B-I8, K7 vii, [1], 141, [1] pp. Lacks blank prior to title. Modern quarter calf, marbled boards, leather spine label. Title both perforated and rubber-stamped, see also p. 31, 131. Fine. First edition. "Ricardo was very active in the "Bullion Controversy," his first printed work was "The High Price of Bullion, a Proof of the Depreciation of Bank Notes" which were a series of letters that appeared in the Morning Chronicle 1809. Their reception led Ricardo to expound his theories further resulting in a tract of the same title in 1810. In these Ricardo explained that it was the value of the money, not what it consisted of (i.e. gold, silver or paper) that was the important issue and that a decision had to be determined as to what would represent money and what the money was to represent. These issues as well as questioning the Bank of England's power were skillfully presented in the 1810 report to the Bullion Committee. This report drew a response from Mr. Bosanquet entitled Practical Observations. Ricardo replied to Mr. Bosanquet's argument in this work." First Edition. 
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Considerations on the State of the Currency., TOOKE, Thomas (1774-1858).
11 TOOKE, Thomas (1774-1858). Considerations on the State of the Currency.
London: John Murray, 1826. 1826 
8vo. iv, 128, [2], 129-152, [8] pp. Ads at rear (dated Dec. 29, 1825). Original plain boards, printed paper spine label; spine joints reinforced with neat kozo. Very good. Rare. First edition. Written in response to a banking crisis and a collapse in both the economy and of a number of British banks, Tooke quickly sought to influence party policy with his viewpoint on economics. "... the pamphlet, Considerations on the State of the Currency (1826), was sparked by the collapse of the London financial market in late-1825. This financial crisis was accompanied by bank collapses, widespread bankruptcy and, most significantly, an internal drain of bullion reserves which nearly forced the Bank of England to suspend cash payments on demand, only four-and-half years after resumption had been accomplished in 1821. The crisis was to be the beginning of a severe economic downturn which persisted throughout 1826 and early 1827. It took many by surprise because it came at a time of apparent prosperity and healthy economic activity. No major events could be identified as the catalyst for the crisis. However, Tooke (1826: 48-9) had a clear understanding of its origins. He believed the crisis was the result of an unsustainable boom in the stock market which had all the hallmarks of the speculative mania of the famous 1720 South Sea Bubble. Indeed, Tooke was among those who foresaw the dangers of the speculative boom and fully anticipated financial disaster. Thus, when in late 1825 the financial system went into crisis and the economy was heading for a severe downturn, Tooke set himself the task of explaining the causes of the crisis and the lessons for banking policy. His motivation for writing the Considerations was therefore to influence policy debate and to procure overdue reform of the English banking system at a politically opportune time. With the encouragement of Lord Grenville, former Prime Minister and influential parliamentarian, and William Huskisson, President of the Board of Trade, Tooke hurriedly wrote the pamphlet over the winter of 1825-26 in readiness for public debate on the crisis at the parliamentary session beginning in early February 1826." [pp. 20-21] – Matthew Smith, Thomas Tooke and the Monetary Thought of Classical Economics, (2011). "The work was at first meant as a sequel to the first part of the "High and Low Prices," published 1822, but he afterwards devoted it more especially to the consideration of the events between that date and 1826. He argues that the Bank ought to have unloaded, at any rate the greater part of, the "Dead Weight Annuity" as soon as the increased issues for payment upon the purchases produced a bad effect on the exchanges, or to have raised the rate as a means of decreasing the redundant issue. Also that the non-publication of the Bank's accounts introduced too large an element of uncertainty, and suggests the obvious remedy. The greatest evils, however, were the precarious state of the country issues. "Every country Banker ought to be called upon to give some pledge of his ability to pay on demand the Notes which he may be permitted to issue." Further, "there is one part of that circulation which ought not upon any footing or with any modification to be any longer tolerated. I mean the Notes under £5." Some Country Banks grumbled if the public asked for gold; he rightly says: "If there is any feeling of the harshness of demanding coin for the Notes of a Bank, such Notes are more or less imperfectly convertible."" - Stephens. Einaudi 5653; Goldsmiths 25024; Kress C.1805; Mattioli 3629; T.A. Stephens, A contribution to the bibliography of the Bank of England, (London, 1897), pp. 64-5. First Edition. 
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Thoughts and details on the high and low prices of the last thirty years. Part I. On the alterations in the currency. [Part II. On the effect of war. Part III. On the effect of the seasons. Part IV. A table of the prices of various commodities from 1782 to 1822, with statements of quantities; preceded by some general remarks]., TOOKE, Thomas (1774-1858).
12 TOOKE, Thomas (1774-1858). Thoughts and details on the high and low prices of the last thirty years. Part I. On the alterations in the currency. [Part II. On the effect of war. Part III. On the effect of the seasons. Part IV. A table of the prices of various commodities from 1782 to 1822, with statements of quantities; preceded by some general remarks].
London: John Murray, 1823. 1823 
4 parts in 2 volumes. 8vo. viii, 220; viii, 61, [1], 185, [1], 85, [1], [2 blank], 77, [1] pp. Large folding table (vol. I). Original blue cloth-backed red pebbled paper overs boards, printed paper spine label applied to spine of second volume; corners showing, joints cracked, reinforced with kozo. Good. Complete sets are rare. First edition of what the Quarterly Review [vol. 29, (Apr. & July, 1823), p. 214], called "a very valuable contribution to the science of political economy." The author made a systematic study of prices of various commodities and making judgements on the science of economics. "Thomas Tooke is the founder of the contra-quantity theory of money - the view that monetary policy is powerless to influence prices because the supply of money depends on the flow of money expenditure and hence is the result and not the cause of price changes." [p. 250] – Blaug. "The work of 1823, Thoughts and details on the high and low prices of the last thirty years, provided the basis for Tooke's monetary thought until and including the publication in 1838 of the first two volumes of his massive treatise The History of Prices. In this treatise, Tooke aimed to continue what he saw as his main challenge, the detailed collection and interpretation of price trends. While the 1823 work covered the years 1793-1822, the 1838 volumes extended the coverage through 1837." [page 58] "The data to be used appeared in the appendix to Tooke's 1823 book ... This book analyses the years 1793-1822, but the appendix, compiled by Tooke's assistant A. Hinrichs, provides details on prices for 41 years, from 1782 to 1822. Prices are quoted for 41 commodities. The number of price quotations differs for each year. If the price of a commodity did not change in a particular year, Tooke quoted a single price. It the price of a commodity showed a certain trend (upward or downward) during the year and the two extreme prices were a and b, Tooke informed us of (a, b) for that commodity, i.e., one cannot tell whether the price rose or fell. If a commodity showed one maximum (or minimum) and two trends through the year (upward to downward or vice versa) Tooke quoted (a, b, c). Thus the number of price quotations for each commodity is not constant, but ranges from one to ten, if there were nine different successive trends for a particular commodity in a certain year, as, for example, in the case of coffee in 1819. In addition, Tooke sometimes reports separate data series according to the quality (high or low) or origin (e.g., Russia or Sweden) of the commodity. The first step of the present analysis was to compute an average price for each commodity for each year over the various quotations and series provided." [p. 150] – Arie Arnon, Thomas Tooke: Pioneer of Monetary Theory, (1991). "The debate in Britain over the steep decline in prices that accompanied a general depression in economic activity in the period after the French Wars largely motivated Tooke to write his first book on political economy, Thoughts and details on the high and low prices of the last thirty years, published in 1823. The book was well received, confirming Tooke's rowing reputation as a political economist 'remarkable for his range of knowledge and sound judgement' (Higgs 1921: xiii)." [p. 17] – Matthew Smith, Thomas Tooke and the Monetary Thought of Classical Economics, (2011). Einaudi 5659; Goldsmiths 23825; Kress C.1163. See: Mark Blaug, Great economists before Keynes, Humanities Press, (1986), p. 250. First Edition. 
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