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BANNOCK, Graham, 1932- : THE JUGGERNAUTS : THE AGE OF THE BIG CORPORATION.
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1971). First edition. “This book is a warning about the coming domination of all western economies by the super-corporations — the Juggernauts of the new industrial order ... It argues that the size of the largest corporations has long since passed the point at which they can be managed effectively except at the expense of the consumer and the employee ... sterile conformism ... There is an urgent need to evolve a new public policy ... the alternative will be ... a new Dark Ages in the shadow of the giant corporations”. We can’t say we weren’t warned.
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[CHAPMAN, Stanley David, 1935- ] : N. M. ROTHSCHILD 1777-1836.
[London : N. M. Rothschild & Sons,] 1977. First edition. A privately printed monograph to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Nathan Mayer Rothschild – the first of the English Rothschilds. An essay by Chapman concentrating on Rothschild’s early career in England as a textile merchant, 1799-1811.
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FISHER, F.J. (Frederick Jack), 1908-1988 – editor : ESSAYS IN THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF TUDOR AND STUART ENGLAND IN HONOUR OF R. H. TAWNEY ...
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1961. First edition. Ten essays in honour of the great economic historian’s eightieth birthday – by Robert Ashton, Maurice Beresford, D. C. Coleman, Jack Fisher himself, Christopher Hill, Lawrence Stone, Joan Thirsk and others.
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HEAL, Sir Ambrose, 1872-1959 : THE LONDON GOLDSMITHS 1200-1800 : A RECORD OF THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THE CRAFTSMEN, THEIR SHOP SIGNS AND TRADE CARDS.
London : Cambridge University Press, 1935. First edition. Heal’s monumental study – with sections on goldsmiths, bankers and pawnbrokers; eminent London goldsmiths; Samuel Pepys and his goldsmiths; a list of known trade-cards; marks, shop-signs and emblems; and a directory of goldsmiths, jewellers, bankers and pawnbrokers.
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LE FEUVRE, P.E. : THE BOOK OF THE CHRONICLES OF J. K. : OR THE BATTLE OF THE TAPES.
London : George Gregory & Co., . First edition. Spoof biblical account of the 1894 Stock Exchange battle with the “outside brokers” which led to the Exchange Telegraph Company being compelled to withdraw their price tape facilities from eighty-seven of these non-members. The Stock Exchange Committee awakes from its slumbers to find it is no longer the reign of Queen Anne. “Then said Softly unto himself, Surely, my brethren, the Brokers and Jobbers are mugs of the first water”. Interesting in being issued by George Gregory of Tokenhouse Buildings, Lothbury, known as the king of the outside brokers and notorious for his prolific advertising – a practice not permitted to actual members of the Exchange.
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HOPKINS, R. Thurston (Robert Thurston), 1884-1958 : FAMOUS BANK FORGERIES, ROBBERIES AND SWINDLES.
London : Stanley Paul & Co., (1936). First edition. A fascinating study in the history of iniquity – the Uncrowned King of Crime; the Windell Fraud; Murder in the Fog; the £50,000 Bank-Note; the Josephine O’Dare Gang; the Kennaway Brothers, and many another tale. Back before 1936 the banks were apparently more likely to be victims than perpetrators.
McCULLOCH, J.R. (John Ramsay), 1789-1864 : A DICTIONARY, PRACTICAL, THEORETICAL, AND HISTORICAL, OF COMMERCE AND COMMERCIAL NAVIGATION ...
London : Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1854. New edition – a monumental work first published in 1832 and here revised, extended, and updated to take into account such things as the Australian and Californian gold-rushes. Arranged in dictionary form – from aam to zinc – with some of the entries comprising full-length essays (twenty-five pages on the Bank of England, six on the Moldovan town of Galacz, twelve on St. Petersburg) – a storehouse of information, heavy with statistics, on all aspects of Victorian commerce worldwide. McCulloch has been regarded as the first professional economist and his works are “Not simply compilations of statistical and other facts; for McCulloch was a pioneer in critical assessment and analytical treatment of economic information he gathered from a variety of public and private sources. None of his contemporaries, for example, was better informed” (ODNB).
SHAW, George Bernard, 1856-1950 : THE INTELLIGENT WOMAN’S GUIDE TO SOCIALISM AND CAPITALISM.
London : Constable & Co., 1928. First edition. “You can introduce almost any measure of Socialism or Communism into England provided you call it by some other name. Propose Socialistic confiscation of the incomes of the rich, and the whole country will rise to repel such Russian wickedness. Call it income-tax, supertax, and estate duties, and you can lift enough hundreds of millions from the pockets of our propertied class to turn the Soviet of Federated Russian Republics green with envy”. Begun as a letter to his sister-in-law, Shaw’s mansplaining apologia for socialism eventually ran to eighty-four chapters. He later claimed that although he had taken “the utmost pains to make it intelligible, clear, lucid, unambiguous, simple, and unmistakeable ... only one man in the civilized world has understood it; and that man is Albert Einstein”.
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