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This unique microfiche collection contains the original published theories of four of the world's great economists: Adam Smith, Thomas Robert Malthus, David Ricardo, and John Stuart Mill. The research materials that led them to formulate their masterpieces of economic theory have also been included.

The History of Economics Series is a comprehensive reference collection for studying the development of economics as a science. The rare texts in this collection are of special interest to students, historians, and economists alike. All information is easy to access; each of the four units is supplied with a hardcopy guide complete with author and access title, essays by noted scholars on the collection itself, and biographical essays on the cited authors.


The Four Units

  • Adam Smith--This unit includes early editions of The Wealth of Nations, 1776-1859; working editions of The Wealth of Nations; references according to Edwin Cannan's list of authorities; supplementary monographs; books from Adam Smith's personal library; and the Glasgow edition of the works and correspondence of Adam Smith.
  • Thomas Robert Malthus--This unit has two major components: the Preliminaries and the Monographs. The Preliminaries is made up of the nine basic editions of An Essay on the Principle of Population As It Affects the Future Improvement of Society (known as "An Essay on Population. . ."), and all titles directly referred to by the author in those editions. The Monographs contains the basic editions of Malthus's own works; works by others on Malthus, his writings and his library; 257 selected books by other authors found in Malthus's personal library; Vergil's Opera in a 1799 edition and Varieate Lectionis. . . in an 1803 edition; and 44 rare books on population studies from the Library of the Royal Statistical Society.
  • David Ricardo--The Ricardo unit is divided into three segments: Early Writings and Letters, Sources for the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, and References to Ricardo's Writing and Correspondence. This unit also contains his major work, Principles of Political Econorny and Taxation.
  • John Stuart Mill--This unit is organized around Mill's great study of economics, The Principles of Economy with Some of Their Applications to Social Philosophy and includes the most important editions from the first to the University of Toronto variorum edition of 1965. Also included are 130 titles cited by Mill as sources for the book.

In addition, the collection includes The Royal Statistical Society. This London organization was founded in 1834 and over the years has gathered a large range of titles published into special catalogs. Included here are titles from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries on economics, politics, commerce, agriculture, and population by British, French, and German writers including Daniel Defoe, Sir William Petty, and Charles I. Filmed from the Yule Library Rare Book Collection.

Researchers and students will find this collection useful for studying the social, political, and historical effects of various economic theories as well as for analyzing how countries have developed economic policies vis-a-vis the master theories.

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