4to, pp. xii, 169, , with a portrait frontispiece and 12 further plates; untrimmed; light offsetting to endpapers, else a very good copy in the original cloth; armorial bookplate of Sir Michael Barker Nairn to the front pastedown.
US $53 €45
Second edition, revised and enlarged, narrating the instrumental role of the Coutts family in establishing a magnificent system of banking in Scotland.
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Del prezzo delle cose tutte mercatabili. Trattato legale-economico ove incidentemente si additano i veri principj della moneta …
Very rare first edition. ‘Valeriani (1758–1828) was something of a polyhistor and much admired in his time and country. The little steam he reserved for economics was put to good use, however, in his theory of prices (Del prezzo delle cose tutte mercatabili, 1806), which could have taught Senior and Mill how to handle supply and demand functions’ (Schumpeter, p. 511n).
First edition, group portraits ‘just slightly on the edge of logic’ – the Royal Shakespeare Company, the painters of the Forth Bridge, a kaffeeklatsch of Great Danes in a kitsch living room – taken on a super-large format polaroid camera.