"A TOUR DE FORCE, ENOUGH TO ESTABLISH ROTHBARD AS ONE OF THE GREAT AMERICAN HISTORIANS"
ROTHBARD, Murray. Conceived in Liberty. Volume I: American Colonies in the 17th Century… Volume II: "Salutary Neglect"… Volume III: Advance to Revolution… Volume IV: Revolutionary War. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, (1975-79). Four volumes. Octavo, original red, blue, and black paper boards, original dust jackets. $2600.
First edition of Rothbard's compelling four-volume history of America's beginnings, demonstrating "that libertarian ideas have been an American staple since almost the earliest days, and that the American Revolution was very much a libertarian affair," a splendid set in original dust jackets.
"Rothbard is a scholar of unique, indeed monumental achievements: the founder of the first fully-integrated science of liberty." In Conceived in Liberty, his massive four-volume history, Rothbard "shows that libertarian ideas have been an American staple since almost the earliest days, and that the American Revolution was very much a libertarian affair… the father of libertarianism, he is, as even the National Review has acknowledged, 'Mr. Libertarian'" (Block, Man, Economy and Liberty, ix- xi). "For anyone who thinks of Rothbard as only an economic theorist or political thinker, this giant book is something of a surprise… It offers a complete history of the colonial period of American history, a period lost to students today, who are led to believe American history begins with the U.S. Constitution. Rothbard's ambition was to… show that the struggle for human liberty was the heart and soul of this land from its discovery through the culminating event of the American Revolution. These volumes are a tour de force, enough to establish Rothbard as one of the great American historians" (Mises Institute). "A scholar of liberty on a par with Mises and Hayek… Rothbard emphasized the importance of making the victory of liberty the goal" (Raimondo, Enemy of the State, 11-20). Rothbard began a fifth volume of this work, but finished only a fragment. Thus, the work is complete as published. With 28 pages of illustrations.
A fine set in bright price-clipped dust jackets with only a trace of edge-wear.