Hamish Riley-Smith

Rare Books And Manuscripts

Economics, Philosophy and the Social Sciences

WALTER BAGEHOT. The English Constitution.

WALTER BAGEHOT

The English Constitution.

One of the most important texts in English plitical literat6ure.

London, Chapman Hall 1867 Octavo, 8.0 x 5 ¼ ins, original publishers cloth, spine lettered gilt, covers gilt ruled, an excellent copy. Prining and the Mind of Man 358 First edition of the classic account of the unwritten constitution. Bagehot gets rid of all the formal history of ‘checks and balances’, and shows where the centre of power rea....

More information Contact

Jeremy Bentham. Rationale of Judicial Evidence, specially applied to English Practice. From the manuscripts of Jeremy Bentham, Esq. Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn. London, Hunt and Clarke, 1827

JEREMY BENTHAM

Rationale of Judicial Evidence, specially applied to English Practice. From the manuscripts of Jeremy Bentham, Esq. Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn. London, Hunt and Clarke, 1827

Edited by John Suart Mill - his first great literary effort.

5 volumes, octavo, antique style quarter green morocco, contemporary black and red morocco labels lettered gilt, pp. xxii, 606, (2); xii, 700, (2); xii, 658; xii, 645; xii, 787, with all the half titles, with ‘John S Mill’ printed at the end of the Preface to volume I. £3,000 First edition. John Stuart Mill’s first great literary effort. ....

More information Contact

Pietro Borgo. Libro de Abacho 1540

PIETRO BORGO

Libro de Abacho 1540

The second Italian commercial arithmetic – a practical book for the use of merchants

BORGO,Pietro. Libro de Abacho. Venice,Bernardino de Bindoni 1540 Quarto, 20.0 x 15.5 cm, contemporary vellum, yapped edges, later endpapers, 99 leaves [leaves 1, 68-69, 88, 91 and 100 are unnumbered; no leaves for 7 and 8; leaf 80 is misnumbered 74, leaf 86 misnumbered 8], woodcut initials, rinted mathematical calculations in the margins thro....

More information Contact

ROBERT BOYLE and JOHN LOCKE. General History of the Air 1692

ROBERT BOYLE AND JOHN LOCKE

General History of the Air 1692

Edited by John Locke

BOYLE,Robert and LOCKE,John The General History of the Air, Designed and Begun by the Honble Robert Boyle Esq. London, Awnsham and John Churchill 1692 Quarto, fine contemporary panelled calf, five raised bands, morocco label lettered gilt, pp.xii, 259, [1] adverts, woodcut diagram in the margins of pp.133, 135, inscribed in ink on inner blank Ex L....

More information Contact

John Briscoe. An Explanatory Dialogue of a late Treatise, intituled A Discourse on the late Funds of the Million-Act, Lottery-Act, and Bank of England.With Proposals for Supplying their Majesties with Money on easy Terms

JOHN BRISCOE

An Explanatory Dialogue of a late Treatise, intituled A Discourse on the late Funds of the Million-Act, Lottery-Act, and Bank of England.With Proposals for Supplying their Majesties with Money on easy Terms

Proposals for a Land Bank - Money creation and debt management

BRISCOE,[John]. An Explanatory Dialogue of a late Treatise, intituled A Discourse on the late Funds of the Million-Act, Lottery-Act, and Bank of England.With Proposals for Supplying their Majesties with Money on easy Terms, Exempting the Nobility, Gentry, &c. from Taxes, enlarging their yearly Estates, and enriching all the Subjects in the Kingdom.....

More information Contact

Auguste Comte. Cours de Philosophie Positive. Paris, Bachelier 1830, 1835, 1838, 1839, 1841,1842

AUGUSTE COMTE

Cours de Philosophie Positive. Paris, Bachelier 1830, 1835, 1838, 1839, 1841,1842

6 volumes, octavo, contemporary marbled boards, rebacked, spines with raised bands gilt, red morocco labels, volume numbers gilt, pp.viii + 739 + (3) with 1 folding table; (3)-724; (3)-845+(3); xi + (1) + 736; iv + 775 + (1); xxxviiipp + (2) + 904, withou

“one of the most profound books ever written on the philosophy of the sciences” £2,500 FIRST EDITION of one of the major documents of secular philosophy. Auguste Comte (1798-1857) began a course of lectures in Paris in 1826 on positive philosophy which were expanded into this six volume work. The Cours de Philosophie Positive was published....

More information Contact

George Joachim GOSCHEN. The Theory of Foreign Exchanges 
1861 First edition

GEORGE JOACHIM GOSCHEN

The Theory of Foreign Exchanges 1861 First edition

The classic treatise on foreign exchanges. The first systematic exposition of the effects of the bank rate

The Theory of Foreign Exchanges. London, Effingham Wilson Royal Exchange 1861 Contemporary quarter calf and marbled boards, spine lettered gilt, label of Bibliothek der Wiener Handelsakademie on the upper cover and inside, leaf edges marbled, printers woodcut on title of a grasshopper, pp.xii + 139 pages, discreet library stamp on title, a fine c....

More information Contact

David Hume. The Life of David Hume Esq. Written by Himself.
London, W.Strahan and T.Cadell 1777

DAVID HUME

The Life of David Hume Esq. Written by Himself. London, W.Strahan and T.Cadell 1777

First edition in the original blue paper covers.

Small octavo, original blue paper covers, worn and dust stained, spine frayed, stitched as issued, engraved portrait of David Hume by T.Cook, half title + pp.iv + 62pp, duststained, uncut, ownership in ink on the recto of plate Robert Barclay, Capilrig. £2,500 Provenance: Robert Barclay [died 1783], purchased the esta....

More information Contact

F A Lange. J.St.Mill’s Ansichten über die sociale Frage und die angebliche Umwälzung der Socialwissenschaft durch Carey.Duisberg, Berlag von Falk & Lange 1866

F A LANGE

J.St.Mill’s Ansichten über die sociale Frage und die angebliche Umwälzung der Socialwissenschaft durch Carey.Duisberg, Berlag von Falk & Lange 1866

Influential on Karl Marx and Nietzsche

Octavo, uncut, original publishers printed paper green upper cover, rebacked , uncut, pp.viii, 256. £1,800 First edition by the German philosopher and sociologist Lange’s[1828-1875] highly influential work. Karl Marx read the work extensively during his research on the second volume of Das Kapital and was greatly inspired by it, especially in re....

More information Contact

John Locke. Some Considerations of the Consequences of the Lowering of Interest and Raising the Value of Money. 1692

JOHN LOCKE

Some Considerations of the Consequences of the Lowering of Interest and Raising the Value of Money. 1692

First edition of John Locke’s first book on economics

[LOCKE, John]. Some Considerations of the Consequences of the Lowering of Interest and Raising the Value of Money. In a Letter to a Member of Parliament. London, Awnsham & John Churchill 1692 Small octavo, 15 x 8.8cm, contemporary mottled calf, rebacked, five raised bands, leaf edges mottled pp.(4) +4 +192, title within double ruled border with....

More information Contact

MOUNTIFORT LONGFIELD. Lectures in Political Economy. Dublin 1834 First Edition

MOUNTIFORT LONGFIELD

Lectures in Political Economy. Dublin 1834 First Edition

Longfield’s remarkable lectures – a ‘neglected British Economist’

LONGFIELD,Mountifort Lectures on Political Economy, delivered in Trinity and Michaelmas Terms, 1833. Dublin, William Curry, Jun, and Company 1834 Octavo, contemporary cloth backed boards with loss of original paper to boards, printed paper label rubbed, pp.xii, 267, without the half title, a good copy. Blaug: Great Economists before Keynes, ....

More information Contact

T.R. Malthus. Essai sur le Principe de Population.
Genève 1830

T.R. MALTHUS

Essai sur le Principe de Population. Genève 1830

Original printed paper covers, uncut and unopened

MALTHUS, T.R. Essai sur le Principe de Population…3me edition française, trés-augmentée. Genève, Abraham Cherbuliez 1830 4 volumes, octavo, original printed paper covers, entirely uncut and unopened, xxixpp + 434pp; (2) + 420pp; (2) + 384pp; (2) + 381pp, spines darkened, some wear to extremities, an excellent copy. £500 Not in Kress or....

More information Contact

Barthélémy MARMONT DU HAUTCHAMP,. Histoire des Finances Sous la Minorité de Louis XV. Pendant les années 1719 & 1720. Précedée D’un Abrégé de la Vie du Duc Regent, & du sur Sr.Law. La Haye 1739

BARTHéLéMY MARMONT DU HAUTCHAMP,

Histoire des Finances Sous la Minorité de Louis XV. Pendant les années 1719 & 1720. Précedée D’un Abrégé de la Vie du Duc Regent, & du sur Sr.Law. La Haye 1739

Eonomist John Law’s System – the best contemporary record and history. The Mississippi Project’s Birth, Bubble and Collapse

[MARMONT DU HAUTCHAMP, Barthélémy] Histoire des Finances Sous la Minorité de Louis XV. Pendant les années 1719 & 1720. Précedée D’un Abrégé de la Vie du Duc Regent, & du sur Sr.Law. Tome Premier – Tome Sixieme. La Haye, chez Pierre du Hondt 1739 Twelvemo, 6 volumes bound in 3 volumes, 16.2 x 9.3cm, very fine contemporary continent....

More information Contact

Fray Thomas de Mercado. Summa de Tratos y Contratos. Seville 1571

FRAY THOMAS DE MERCADO

Summa de Tratos y Contratos. Seville 1571

The first description of the quantity theory of money

The School of Salamanca and the Quantity Theory of Money THOMAS DE MERCADO, Fray. Summa de Tratos y Contratos...anadidas ala primera addition, muchas nueuas resoluciones. Y dos libros enteros, como parace en la pagina siguente. Seville, Hernando Diaz 1571 Thick quarto, 20.0 x 14.0cm, quarter vellum and cloth boards, five raised bands, spine le....

More information Contact

William Julius Mickle. The Lusiad; or, the Discovery of India. An Epic Poem. 1778 2nd edition

WILLIAM JULIUS MICKLE

The Lusiad; or, the Discovery of India. An Epic Poem. 1778 2nd edition

Critical attack on Adam Smith’s laissez-faire doctrines to the East India Trade in the Wealth of Nations

MICKLE, William Julius. The Lusiad; or, the Discovery of India. An Epic Poem. Translated from the Original Portugese of Luis de Camöens. The Second Edition. Oxford, Jackson and Lister 1778 Quarto, contemporary tree calf, edges worn, rebacked, red morocco label, (2) + ccxxxvipp + 496pp, including the dedication to the Duke of Buccleuch, engraved ....

More information Contact

James Mill. A Fragment on Mackintosh 1835

JAMES MILL

A Fragment on Mackintosh 1835

First edition

A Fragment on Mackintosh: being strictures on some passages in the dissertation by Sir James Mackintosh, prefixed to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. London, Baldwin & Cradock 1835 Octavo, original boards rebacked in calf, spine lettered in gilt, corners worn, leaf edges uncut, pp.vi, (2), 431, (1), ownership inscription of W R Sorley, (1855-1935), pr....

More information Contact

James Mill. Commerce Defended. An answer to the arguments by which Mr Spence, Mr Cobbett, and others, have attempted to prove that Commerce is not a source of National Wealth. London, C. and R. Baldwin, 1808

JAMES MILL

Commerce Defended. An answer to the arguments by which Mr Spence, Mr Cobbett, and others, have attempted to prove that Commerce is not a source of National Wealth. London, C. and R. Baldwin, 1808

Among the most advanced expositions of the theory of saving and capital formation

Octavo, 19 x 21.2 cm, later nineteenth-century quarter calf and marbled boards, spine ruled and decorated gilt, red leather label, originally stab-sewn, lower and fore-edges uncut, top edge gilt , pp.(4) + 154, some spotting and staining, a very good, large copy. £7,000 First edition, very rare, last auction record 1937. A reply to Spence’s Brit....

More information Contact

John Stuart Mill. India Pamphlets 1858

JOHN STUART MILL

India Pamphlets 1858

[MILL,John Stuart] East India (Improvements in Administration). Copy “of a Memorandum (prepared at the India House) of the Improvements in the Administration of India during the last Thirty Years”. London 1858 Folio, disbound, pp.1-38 +(2). MacMinn, p.90 FIRST EDITION, from Parliamentary Papers, 1857-1858, XLIII. Of this Memorandum Mill wrote in ....

More information Contact

John Stuart Mill. On Liberty London, John W Parker and Son 1859

JOHN STUART MILL

On Liberty London, John W Parker and Son 1859

First edition - Presentation Copy to Henry Thomas Buckle With his manuscript notes for his review.

Octavo contemporary calf, worn, covers with greek key pattern, spine skilfully rebacked,richly, red and brown morocco labels lettered gilt, marbled endpapers, leaf edges gilt, pp.207 + (1), inscribed in ink on the title in a secretarial hand From the Author, numerous pencil lines throughout in the blank margins and a few annotations in pencil in the mar....

More information Contact

Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de MONTESQUIEU. De l’Esprit des Loix. Paris [1748]
First edition

CHARLES-LOUIS DE SECONDAT, BARON DE MONTESQUIEU

De l’Esprit des Loix. Paris [1748] First edition

The Doctrine of the Separation of Powers A universal criterion of Constitutional Government

De l’Esprit des Loix. Ou du rapport que les Loix doivent avoir avec la Constitution de chaque Gouvernement, les Moeurs, le Climat, la Religion, Le Commerce, &c. à quoi l’Auteur a ajouté Des recherches nouvelles sur les Loix Romaines touchant les Successions, sur les Loix Françoises, & sur les Loix Féodales. Tome Premier [Tome Seconde] Geneve....

More information Contact

Sir Thomas More. Utopia.

SIR THOMAS MORE

Utopia.

Dublin 1737 First Dublin edition

MORE,Sir Thomas Utopia: written in Latin by Sir Thomas More, Chancellor of England. Translated into English by Gilbert Burnet, late Bishop of Sarum. To this edition is added, a short account of Sir Thomas More’s life and his trial. Dublin, R.Reilly, for G.Risk, G.Ewing, and W.Smith 1737 Small octavo, contemporary pale calf, double rule to covers....

More information Contact

JOHANN HEINRICH PESTALOZZI. Wie Gertrud ihre Kinder lehrt. Bern & Zurich 1801 1st edition

JOHANN HEINRICH PESTALOZZI

Wie Gertrud ihre Kinder lehrt. Bern & Zurich 1801 1st edition

Pestalozzi's principles of education

PESTALOZZI, Johann Heinrich. Wie Gertrud ihre Kinder lehrt, ein Versuch den Muttern Anleitung zu geben, ihre Kinder selbst zu unterrichten. Bern & Zurich, Heinrich Gessner 1801 Octavo, contemporary half calf and marbled boards, black morocco label, engraved portrait of Pestalozzi + (1) + 390pp, an excellent copy. Printing and the Mind of....

More information Contact

David Ricardo. Autograph Letter to Hutches Trower 1823

DAVID RICARDO

Autograph Letter to Hutches Trower 1823

A lost letter from David Ricardo to his frequent correspondent Hutches Trower

David Ricardo Autograph letter in ink, signed to Hutches Trower. London 24 April 1823 Quarto, 20 x 25cm, 3 pages in ink + integral address leaf. Unpublished. A lost letter from David Ricardo to his frequent correspondent Hutches Trower. The Ricardo/Trower Letters are in University College Library, London passed to them in the 19th century. This ‘....

More information Contact

David Ricardo. Principles of Political Economy 1817 First edition

DAVID RICARDO

Principles of Political Economy 1817 First edition

One of the most important works of economics of the 19th century

RICARDO,David On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation. London, John Murray 1817 Octavo, 22.1 x 14.6 cm, 19th century quarter polished calf and marbled boards, calf edges to boards, spine with five raised bands, red morocco labels lettered gilt, leaf edges untrimmed, pp.viii + 589 + (1p) errata + (14pp) index, numerous pencil underlinin....

More information Contact

Samuel Smiles. Self-Help: With Illustrations of Character and Conduct. London, John Murray 1859

SAMUEL SMILES

Self-Help: With Illustrations of Character and Conduct. London, John Murray 1859

First edition - Classic of the Self-Help ethic

Smiles,Samuel. Self-Help: With Illustrations of Character and Conduct. London, John Murray 1859 Octavo, 7.5 x 5.5 ins, original purple/brown cloth, covers panelled and ruled in blind with floral central motif, spine lettered in gilt, spine faded, original brown endpapers with faint cracks on inner hinge of endpapers, pp.xii + 343, Edmonds & Remnant....

More information Contact

Adam Smith. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Glasgow 1805

ADAM SMITH

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Glasgow 1805

First printing in Scotland and first with a portrait

ADAM SMITH An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. New Edition in Four Volumes. Embellished with an Elegant Head of the Author. Embellished with an Elegant Head of the Author. Glasgow, R.Chapman 1805 4 volumes, twelvemo, ORIGINAL PALE BLUE BOARDS, UNCUT, original printed paper labels, engraved frontispiece portrait of Ad....

More information Contact

Adam Smith. The Wealth of Nations. 1884

ADAM SMITH

The Wealth of Nations. 1884

An interleaved copy

SMITH,Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. With an Introductory Essay and Notes by Joseph Shield Nicholson,M.A. London, T.Nelson and Sons 1884 1 volume bound in 2 volumes, octavo, contemporary quarter calf and marbled boards, calf edges, maroon morocco labels lettered gilt, five raised bands, leaf edges uncut, int....

More information Contact

Adam Smith. The Wealth of Nations. 1786 Fourth edition

ADAM SMITH

The Wealth of Nations. 1786 Fourth edition

SMITH,ADAM. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. In Three Volumes. The Fourth Edition. London, A.Strahan and T.Cadell 1786 3 volumes, octavo, contemporary half calf and marbled boards, contemporary red morocco labels lettered gilt with volume numbers in gilt, head and tails worn, leaf edges entirely uncut, pp.viii + 499....

More information Contact

Adam Smith. The Works 1811-1812 First edition

ADAM SMITH

The Works 1811-1812 First edition

SMITH,Adam The Works of Adam Smith, LL.D....With an account of his life and writings by Dugald Stewart. In Five Volumes. London, T.Cadell and W.Davies 1811-1812 5 volumes, octavo, contemporary calf, contemporary labels lettered in gilt, edges rubbed, covers scuffed, ruled in gilt, spines richly gilt, pp.xv +611; viii + (1) + 499; vi + 523; v + (1....

More information Contact

JAMES STEUART. Principles of Political Oeconomy. Dublin 1770

JAMES STEUART

Principles of Political Oeconomy. Dublin 1770

First Irish edition

STEUART,SIR JAMES. An Inquiry into the Principles of Political Oeconomy. Dublin, James Williams and Richard Moncrieffe 1770 Three volumes, octavo, contemporary pale Irish calf, contemporary dark red labels lettered and numbered gilt, slight wear to head and tails of volume II, pp. (4) + (8) + iii-xii + (6) + 426 + (2)adverts; (32) + 424; (8) + 4....

More information Contact

William Wilberforce. A Letter on the Abolition of the Slave Trade 1807

WILLIAM WILBERFORCE

A Letter on the Abolition of the Slave Trade 1807

First Edition Uncut in the original sheets

WILBERFORCE,William. A Letter on the Abolition of the Slave Trade; Addressed to the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of Yorkshire. London, Luke Hansard & Sons for T.Cadell and W.Davies and J.Hatchard, 1807 Octavo, 23.0 x 15.0 cm, uncut in the original sheets, stab holes, pp.(2) +396 + (4), printing flaw on page 276 affecting part of the text o....

More information Contact