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The Economics of Industry.
London: Macmillan and Co, 1879 - Octavo. Original green cloth, spine and boards lettered and ruled in black, brown endpapers. Pages 3-14 separated from wire-stitching and loose. Spine rolled and slanted, extremities lightly rubbed, spine ends and corners bumped, boards a little scuffed and cockled, overall a very good copy. Pencilled ownership inscription to front free endpaper and annotations to rear free endpaper verso. First edition of the British economists' jointly published primer containing an early exposition of Marshall's theoretical position on international trade and protection. Shortly after completing the Moral Sciences Tripos at Cambridge in 1874 (being one of the first women to take the examination, and one of the first five students at Newnham College), Mary Paley was commissioned by Macmillan to write a small economic textbook for Extension Lectures. After her marriage to Alfred Marshall in 1877 "its writing was increasingly taken over by him. This led to the insertion of much difficult material and forced many revisions over its three-year construction period. However, in its first and second parts particularly, many traces of its original author's style remain visible" (Groenewegen, p. 55). "This small textbook, reprinted many times and translated into several foreign languages, was rated very highly by contemporaries. J. M. Keynes went so far as to say: 'It was, in fact, an extremely good book; nothing more serviceable for its purpose was produced for many years, if ever'" (The New Palgrave III, p. 364). See Peter Groenewegen, Alfred Marshall: Economist 1842–1924 (2007). [Attributes: First Edition]
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