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MORTIMER, Thomas.

EVERYMAN HIS OWN BROKER: OR, A GUIDE TO THE STOCK- EXCHANGE. In Which The Nature of the several FUNDS vulgarly called the STOCKS, is clearly explained, and accurate computations are formed of the Average Value of EAST INDIA STOCK for several years, from the current year. The Mystery and Iniquity of STOCK JOBBING is laid before the Public in a New and Impartial Light. The Methods of Transferring STOCK and of Buying and Selling;...
London: G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1791.

8vo, xxiv, 263pp, folding table. Full brown calf, red calf spine label lettered in gilt, edges sprinkled red. Title-page ownership signature, and Table of Contents written in an elegant hand and dated 18 May 1794, inside free endpaper. A fine copy.

"The Eleventh Edition, Considerably improved." Most notable as the first book in which the terms "bull" and "bear" are defined. First published anonymously in 1761, each new edition was considerably altered and supplemented. A rare, early investment manual. Kress B.2162.

 

 

MacKAY, Charles.

MEMOIRS OF EXTRAORDINARY POPULAR DELUSIONS AND THE MADNESS OF CROWDS.
London: Richard Bentley, 1841.

Three vols, 8vo, vi, (2), 400; (8), 406; (8), 404pp, illustrated. Half red morocco, marbled boards, spines elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt, raised bands, t.e.g., small monogram book label. A nearly fine set in a contemporary binding.

First Edition of the classic study of crowd psychology, a compilation of human follies throughout the ages. "The memoirs of the South Seas madness and the Mississippi delusion are more complete and copius than are to be found elsewhere, and the same may be said of the Witch Mania...." (preface)

 

 

GRAHAM, Benjamin & DODD, David L. SECURITY ANALYSIS
New York: Whittlesey House, 1934.

8vo, xi, 725pp. Black cloth ruled in blind, spine ruled and lettered in gilt. Fine. A remarkably clean, bright copy.

First Edition, second printing. "A critical work dealing with ‘concepts, methods, standards, principles, and, above all, with logical reasoning.’ Contains considerable reference to past experience. A good introduction to the subject" (Larson 1944). Considered the Bible of fundamental analysis.

 

 

JUGLAR, Clement.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PANICS AND THEIR PERIODICAL OCCURRENCE IN THE UNITED STATES.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1893.

8vo, (40 150pp, tables (1 folding). Brown cloth lettered in black and gilt. Ownership signatures on front paste-down and on dedication page. Otherwise fine.

First English Edition, translated from the French and edited by DeCourcy W. Thom, and including his essay setting forth the indications of approaching panic. "...Chiefly an historical and statistical treatment. Considers periodicity, phases and their characteristics, causes,  remedies...W.C. Mitchell called Juglar 'the most distinguished pioneer' in exact observation and description of crises and depressions." (Larson 4569-70).

 

 

[JACKSON, Frederick].

A WEEK IN WALL STREET By One Who Knows.
New York: Published for the Booksellers, 1841.

8vo, x, (2), 152pp. Contemporary boards, linen backed spine with worn paper label, first two leaves foxed, otherwise fine.

Rare First Edition of one of the very first books on the stock market in America;
"a rambling account, using fictitious names, of how and by whom business was carried on in Wall Street, written by one who obviously knew the street from the "inside." While the author wrote to expose the evils of the stock market and of banking, the book has great value as an early and rare picture." (Larson 1627). Kress C.5511. Wright I, 1466.

 

BENNER, Samuel.

BENNERS PROPHECIES Of future Ups and Downs in Prices. What Years to Make Money on Pig-Iron, Hogs, Corn, and Provisions.
Cincinatti: Robert Clarke, 1884.

Small 8vo, ix, 169pp, charts, tables. Brown pictorial cloth decorated and lettered in gilt. A fine copy.

Third Edition Revised, (the first published in 1875). "Benner was probably the earliest significant effort at business forecasting in the United States which was based on the examination of specific factors over a period of time in the past...chiefly 1840's to 1870's -- pig-iron, hog, corn, and cotton price cycles; a consideration of their length -- corn and hogs, 11 years; pig-iron, 27; general business conditions, 54 -- and regularity, the cause of which may be found in the solar system; and a section on panics and the relation of 'panic cycles' to 'pig-iron cycles.' This early, crude attempt at forecasting attracted much attention and circulated widely among businessmen. The author was an Ohio farmer". (Larson 4013).

 

 

SAMSON, William E.

THE MYSTERIES OF WALL STREET. A Complete Guide To Speculation In Stocks.
Schenectady: S.G. Ford, 1884.

8vo, 196, (1 errata)pp. Embossed green cloth, gilt cover design of a bull charging a bear, cover lettered in gilt, near fine.

First Edition of an excellent early investment manual with chapters on speculative mania, bucket shops, margins and shorting, market corners, stops, options, straddles and spreads, and an extensive "Vocabulary of Terms."

 

 

FOWLER, Wm. Worthington.
Hartford, Conn.: Worthington, Dustin, 1870.

TEN YEARS IN WALL STREET; or Revelations of Inside Life and Experience on 'Change. Including the histories, mysteries, and men of the "Street" - the Stock Exchange - the Gold Room - the speculations in stocks, gold, governments, pork, petroleum, grain, etc. - sketches from life of the noted speculators and money kings, with anecdotes and incidents of their careers - the women who speculate - the great rises and panics, and how they are produced - the personal experiences of the author - the famous pools, rings, cliques, and corners, and how and by whom they were formed - a description of the battles of the giants, and of the great gold ring of 1869, etc., etc., etc. "All of which I saw, and part of which I was," since 1857.

Thick 8vo, xx, 536, (1 ad)pp, illustrated. Green cloth decorated and lettered in gilt, covers and first and last few leaves slightly water damaged with none affecting the text pages, otherwise fine.

First Edition, illustrated by Arthur Lumley. The author was a grandson of Noah Webster and a member of the Connecticut Legislature. "The book is full of interest. Its descriptions of the tremendous games of speculation, the rise and fall of fortune, the reckless regard and desperate adventure which shocked and disturbed the world are exceedingly graphic and spirited" (John G. Whittier). "Emphasis on the dark side of speculation and Wall Street; an early expression of the evils appearing in our then rapidly changing and expanding business system and the popular shock over these evils. Strong ethical slant" (Larson 1626).

 

 

COTTON MOVEMENT AND FLUCTUATION 1898 TO 1903.
New York: Latham, Alexander, 1903.

8vo, 156, (1 ad), (9)pp, illustrated. Green pictorial cloth elaborately decorated and lettered in black, white and gilt, a.e.g. A fine copy.

Thirtieth Annual Edition including an article reviewing the cotton trade throughout the world for the prior year, tables of receipts, consumption, stocks, exports and fluctuations, and the annual crop report. "It is one of the handsomest of trade publications...altogether the book is an elegant example of modern business typography" (Boston Herald).

 


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