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The Trilogy of Desire: The Financier; The Titan; The Stoic. - Theodore Dreiser

1912 - Harper & Brothers, New York - First Editions, first printings [October & K-M to copyright page of The Financier]
‘It is Mr. Dreiser's constant probing of the intertwined needs for money, art, glory, sex and so much else that makes "The Financier" the greatest of all American business novels.’ - The Wall Street Journal, 2012.

First editions Dreiser’s
Trilogy of Desire, also known as The Cowperwood Trilogy, telling the life story of Charles T. Yerkes, renamed Algernon Cowperwood by Dreiser, a Philadelphia securities manipulator and streetcar magnate. The Financier, in scarce and unrestored dust jacket

‘Dreiser laboriously researched the business practices and personal exploits of real-life robber baron Charles Yerkes to narrate Frank Algernon Cowperwood's early career in
The Financier, which explores the unscrupulous world of finance from the Civil War through the panic incited by the 1871 Chicago fire.’ (University of Illinois). Despite claiming complete ignorance about finance and an inability to make money, Dreiser presents a technical masterpiece. 
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Technical Analysis of Stock Trends - Robert D. Edwards, John Jr. Magee

1957 - John Magee, Springfield Massachusetts - New & Revised Fourth Edition
Technical Analysis of Stock Trends was the first book to produce a methodology for interpreting the predictable behaviour of investors and markets. It revolutionised technical investment approaches and showed traders and investors how to make money regardless of what the market is doing. The book remains the benchmark by which all other investment methodologies are measured.

John Magee is considered the “father of technical analysis,” while Edwards was a pioneer in pattern formation and trend analysis.

This edition included extensive changes from the original edition of 1948, mainly to ‘
Trading Tactics’, whilst ‘Technical Theory’ has been brought up to date. Includes promotional brochure. 
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The Great Crash 1929 - John Kenneth Galbraith

1955 - Hamish Hamilton, London - First English Editoin
The most famous and celebrated account of the 1929 Wall Street Crash, by the economist and polymath who worked under five presidents, taught at Harvard and Princeton, wrote thirty books and was one of the chief proponents of American liberalism after the war. [Dennistoun]

Galbraith ‘claims that only the misfortune awaits those who believe they can see the future, as 1929 plainly showed’ [Zerden]
 
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The History and Principles of Banking - James William Gilbart

1834 - Longman, London - First Edition
A nice clean copy of one of Gilbart’s influential and highly regarded works.

The writings of James William Gilbart, a succesful banker himself, have become classics of the profession’s literature and his name was permanently linked to banking education through the Gilbart Lectures at King’s College, London.

Divided into three sections:
The History of Banking; The Constitution of Banks; and The Principles of Banking.

This copy was once owned by Alexander Bankier Rodger [1895-1961] one of a group of well know History Professors at Balliol, Oxford [Fellow 1924-61]
 
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An Essay Upon Money and Coins - Joseph Harris

1757-58 - Sold by G. Hawkins at the Middle Temple Gate, London - First Edition
A finely bound first edition of ‘this influential 1757 work, considered by the Victorian economist J. R. McCulloch as 'one of the best and most valuable treatises on the subject of money that has ever seen the light', argues that it is vital to a country's economy that the value of precious metal in its coinage remains constant’ – Cambridge University Press.

‘One of the best eighteenth-century performances in the field of monetary analysis’. – Schumpeter,
History of Economic Analysis. 
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Fluctuations in the Price of Gold in 1863 - J. P. Howard

1863 - Snyder, New York - Entered according to an act of Congress in the year 1863 by J.P.Howard in the Clerk’s Office of the Southern District of New York. Address orders to H.B. Andrews care of Messrs. Kissam & Co. 36 Wall Str. New York.
These are extraordinary times, and extraordinary measures must be resorted to in order to save our Government, and preserve our nationality.'

Obama? Trump? No, Governor Spaulding presenting a draft of the '
First Legal Tender Act' which President Lincoln signed in February 1862, in order to issue a 'limited' $150,000 of new treasury notes. The birth of the US dollar note as we know it and the first of three rounds over 24 months, which saw the limit rise to US$450,000. Why? To pay off enormous Government debt, caused by expenditure on the military, and also to counter the loss of faith in Government paper.

Here you have an extremely scarce original 1.5 metre long chart of gold prices over this period from January 1862 up to September 1863 (dimensions 150 x 45.5 cm). With notations of current events added (Iron Clad attack on Fort Sumter, Battle of Chancellorsville, Battle of Gettysburg, Surrender at Fort Hudson (the lowest point of the year), etc.). Folded and enclosed in the printer’s original gilt titled green cloth covers. In addition, tipped inside the front cover is a contemporary facsimile of a chart (37.8 x 22.6 cm) showing the fluctuation of iron, flour, and cotton prices from 1834-1859.

The gold chart follows the sharp fluctuations in the value of gold from 101 in January 1862 to a peak of 171 in March 1863. They dropped to 123 on the Surrender of Port Hudson on July 18th. Recovering and continuing up as the variation in prices tempted speculators and investors to buy gold bullion in order to protect against a decline in the value of the freshly printed paper money.

In the following years this rise continued until 1869, the first 'Black Friday' and the collapse of gold over a period of 48 hours, caused by one highly influential finance house with political assistance cornering the market, and a subsequent surge in Gold prices, the threat of flooding the market with Treasury owned gold (which they didn't actually have), the failed attempts to convert gold holdings (on paper), bank runs, riots, investors and speculators wiped out, stock market plummets, economy weakens and the rest is history, which yes does have a habit of repeating itself....
 
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The Currencies of China - Eduard Kann

1927 - Kelly & Walsh, Shanghai - Second Edition. Revised.
A very good copy in the rare dust jacket of this exhaustive work on China’s monetary system after the establishment of the Republic, and still the major reference on the subject. There is also one chapter devoted to ‘Hong Kong’s Currency’.

As described in the author’s preface, the second edition enlarged the sections ‘that deal with the practical side of China’s currency system. Numerous additions have been made in this direction, as for instance, with regard to outturns of bullion shipments, parity tables, etc.’.

Illustrated with a Silver tael to title page, a coloured plate of two gold bars, one map and nine black and white full page photographic plates, eight of which are of coins and one is of the Shanghai Gold Exchange, there is also a fold-out table showing the comparative rates for gold silver etc. across a number of exchanges including New York, London and Shanghai.
 
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How to Trade in Stocks - Jesse L. Livermore

1966 - Investors’ Press, New Jersey - First Investors’ Press Edition
The only book by one of Wall Street’s most flamboyant stock traders, this scarce work featuring the first in-depth explanation of the famed Livermore Formula, his highly successful trading method still in use today, and containing 16 full colour charts.

Jesse L. Livermore, widely believed to be the subject of Edwin Lefèvre’s fictional biography and investment classic
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, made and lost several fortunes and was even blamed by some for the stock market crash of 1929. 
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Price HK$ 1,000



 
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