"AN ECONOMIC CLASSIC IN OUR TIME" (HAZLITT): FIRST EDITION OF MISES' GROUNDBREAKING TREATISE ON SOCIALISM, IN THE ORIGINAL GERMAN
MISES, Ludwig von. Die Gemeinwirtschaft. Untersuchungen uber den Sozialismus. Jena, Germany: Verlag von Gustav Fischer, 1922. Octavo, original half gray cloth. $3200.
First edition of this influential classic by von Mises, whose work "had a decisive impact on a whole generation."
"The uncontested dean of the Austrian school of economics," the writings of Ludwig von Mises "had a decisive impact on a whole generation of rising intellectual leaders—men such as F.A. Hayek and Wilhelm Röpke, who after World War II would lead the nascent neoliberal movement" (ANB). Mises' "Socialism [the English title of Die Gemeinwirtschaft must rank as the most devastating analysis of socialism yet penned… Even confirmed socialists will not be able to withhold admiration from the masterly fashion in which he conducts his argument. He has written an economic classic in our time" (Hazlitt, Free Man's Library, 119). Text in German. The first edition in English was not published in 1936. Without original dust jacket. Ex-libris Bundes der technischen Angestellten und Beamten, a German trade union with ink shelf marking on endpaper, and various labels and markings to title page and first page of index including deaccession stamps. Neat pencil underlining and marginal markings mainly to first quarter of text.
Interior generally quite clean, light wear to extremities of binding. A near-fine copy.