8vo, pp. x, 367,  blank; with photographic portrait; ink side- and underlining to three pages, else a good, clean copy in the original cloth, with dust jacket.
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Socialism, Capitalism and Economic Growth. Essays presented to Maurice Dobb.
First edition. A Festschrift for Maurice Dobb with contributions from Joan Robinson, Michael Kalecki, Jan Tinbergen, Robert Solow, etc. It is valuable too, for the comprehensive bibliography of Dobb’s writings.
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