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The Theory of the Leisure Class by  Thorstein Veblen - First Edition - 1899 - from Burnside Rare Books, ABAA (SKU: 140938387)

The Theory of the Leisure Class

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The Theory of the Leisure Class

by Veblen, Thorstein

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London: The Macmillan Company, 1899. First Edition. Very Good. First edition, first printing. viii, 400, (2, ads) pp. Publisher's dark green ribbed cloth ruled in blind, with titles in gilt on spine, top edge gilt. Very Good, with cloth lightly soiled, darkened at spine, worn at corners and lightly chipped and frayed at spine ends. Front inner hinge exposed. A lovely copy. An extremely influential socio-economic analysis of class in modern life, which, among other things, introduced the concept of "conspicuous consumption.


The Theory of the Leisure Class is a book, first published in 1899, by the Norwegian-American economist Thorstein Veblen while he was a professor at the University of Chicago. Veblen claimed he wrote the book as a perceptive personal essay criticizing contemporary culture, rather than as an economics textbook. Critics claim this was an excuse for his failure to cite sources.


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The Theory of the Leisure Class
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Burnside Rare Books specializes in American and British literature, and rare nonfiction. We are located in downtown Portland, Oregon and open by appointment.


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