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Theory Of the Leisure Class

By Veblen, Thorstein




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.

VEBLEN, Thorstein.

New York: The Macmillan Company; Macmillan & Co, Ltd, London,, 1899. An Economic Study in the Evolution of Institutions. Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, triple gilt rules at spine ends continued in blind to covers, top edge gilt. Light rubbing around extremities, spine ends a little rubbed and frayed at foot, some surface wear to covers, a few pages lightly creased in the gutter, shallow round indentation to first few leaves. A very good copy, partly unopened. First edition of the Norwegian-American professor's first published book, his most successful work. Veblen's thesis was a serious economic analysis of contemporary America, but after William Dean Howells gave the book a rave review as a social satire, it became a best-seller. "Into it he poured all the acidulous ideas and fantastic terminology that had been simmering in his mind for years. It was a savage attack upon the business class and their pecuniary values, half concealed behind an elaborate screenwork of irony, mystification and polysyllabic learning" (DAB). "The treatise is essentially an analysis of the latent functions of 'conspicuous consumption' and 'conspicuous waste' as symbols of upper-class status and as competitive methods of enhancing individual prestige. Veblen's term 'conspicuous consumption' has become part of everyday language" (IESS). Modern economists identify Veblen goods, those whose desirability decreases with their price and availability.

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The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study in the Evolution of Institutions.

Veblen, Thorstein

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1899. First edition of the author’s landmark work. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt topstain. In near fine condition with only light shelfwear to the extremities. Housed in a custom clamshell box. A very sharp copy. Almost a century after its original publication, Thorstein Veblen's work is as fresh and relevant as ever. Veblen's Theory of the Leisure Class is in the tradition of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations and Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, yet it provides a surprisingly contemporary look at American economics and society. Establishing such terms as 'conspicuous consumption' and 'pecuniary emulation,' Veblen's most famous work has become an archetype not only of economic theory, but of historical and sociological thought as well. An iconoclastic masterpiece of American social thought. Veblen assails the sacrosanct concepts borrowed from evolutionary biology and used to justify social inequality. The fruit of much lonely study and contemplation, this first book of Veblen's catapulted him to prominence at the age of 42. Thoroughly independent and ornery in his living and thinking, Veblen began here his long and provocative criticism of the business enterprise system. his ideas were seminal and his influence is continuous" (100 Influential American Books).

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The Theory of the Leisure Class

Veblen, Thorstein

New York: MacMillan. Very Good. 1899. First Edition. Hardcover. Bright & presentable, but some flaws: rear hinge crack, webbing showing; front hinge partly cracked; 1948 inscription on front endpaper, small owner's name on right endpaper corner; small wear on cloth spine ends & 3 small spots on front cloth; p. 75 has a red stamp across the text "Balderdash." Evidently the owner disagreed with the argument on this page! ; Dark green cloth, top edge gilt, ads in rear; scans available on request ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 400 pages .

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The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study in the Evolution of Institutions

Veblen, Thorstein

NY: Macmillan, 1899. Ex-Library. Good-. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 1st edition of author's 1st book. A few library marks, insert removed from rear endpaper. First two leaves barely attached. Front inner hinge tender, rear inner hinge tight, binding still sound. Green cloth rubbed at tips, light spotting to spine. Scattered light marking, mostly to margins..

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The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions.

VEBLEN, Thorstein.

New York:: B. W. Huebsch,, 1922.. Reprint.. publisher’s cloth in dust jacket.. Some light spotting to cloth; tight and sound; in a dust jacket with some shallow chipping at the bottom edge and which is lacking the top 1/2” of the front panel and spine. Lightly dust-soiled. . 8vo,. Inscribed in pencil by Thorstein Veblen to John S. Mayfield, April 1924; with the recipient’s signed bookplate on the front jacket flap.

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The Theory of the Leisure Class: With an Introd. by John Kenneth Galbraith

Thorstein Veblen

Houghton Mifflin School, 1972-06-01. Hardcover. Used:Good.

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THE THEORY OF THE LEISURE CLASS: AN ECONOMIC STUDY IN THE EVOLUTION OF INSTITUTIONS

VEBLEN, THORSTEIN

NEW YORK NY: MACMILLAN CO (THE). VERY GOOD WITHOUT D.J.. 1905. HARDCOVER. THIRD PRINTING OCTOBER 1905 . GREEN RIBBED CLOTH COVERED BOARDS WITH GILT TITLES TO THE SPINE AND TOP EDGE GILT. THE BOOK HAS SOME MODEST WEAR AT THE CORNERS AND SPINE-ENDS, GILT SPINE TITLES DULLED BUT STILL CLEARLY VISIBLE, A SPAN OF 12 PAGES IN THE "CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION" CHAPTER CONTAINING 2 PAGES WITH INK UNDERLINING OF A TOTAL OF 9 LINES, AND 4 PAGES WITH MARGINAL LINES ALSO IN INK, AND NEAT INK OWNERSHIP SIGNATURE IN INK ON THE FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. AN EXCELLENT CLEAN AND TIGHT COPY OF THIS VERY EARLY REPRINT IN IDENTICAL FORMAT AS THE 1899 FIRST EDITION. .

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The Theory of the Leisure Class

Thorstein Veblen

2018-01-04. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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THE THEORY OF THE LEISURE CLASS

Veblen, Thorstein

New York: MacMillan Company. 1905. First Edition; Third Printing. Hardcover. Book condition is Very Good in boards. Edge wear to boards. Owner bookplate inside front cover. Toning. Text is clean and unmarked. A masterpiece of social thought and economic theory. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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Theory of the Leisure Class

Veblen, Thorstein

Easton Press, Norwalk, CT, 1994. 1st edition. Hardcover. Fine. "Classic of economic and social theory offers a satiric examination of the hollowness and falsity suggested by the term "conspicuous consumption," exposing the emptiness of many cherished standards of taste, education, dress, and culture. Since first appearing in 1899, it has become a classic of social theory that has contributed to the modernization of economic policy." Social critism of class consumption. Introduction by Kenneth Galbraith - Sociology and Economics. Veblen is an economist at The University of Chicago. Leather. 1ST EDITION.

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The Theory of the Leisure Class

Thorstein Veblen

Macmillan. Collectible - Acceptable. August 1908, 4th printing. Green cloth. Top edge gilt. Ex-school library. Wear to corners and spine ends. Light soil to covers. Library bookplate to front pastedown, blindstamp to title page. No other library marks. Former owner name in green ink top of fep. Hinge broken at front, o/w interior is clean and binding sound. No dust jacket.

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The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions

Veblen, Thorstein

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1905. Hardcover. Very Good. Book. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. viii, 400, [2] pp. Classic, acerbic analysis of American conspicuous consumption, consumer culture, and many other at the time iconoclastic notions. In margin prior owner drew very light straight pencil lines along many passages of note. Pencil easily completed erasable, but a good many of these. Otherwise, or in spite of this, a very good copy.

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The theory of the leisure class,: An economic study of institutions

Thorstein Veblen

Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1902. Second printing hardcover, 1902. This is an ex-library book with the usual markings. Otherwise, the book is good with shelfwear, bumped corners, some pencilled underlining and margin notatins and some wear to the inner hinges. There is no dust jacket. A good example of a very scarce printing.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good. Ex-Library.

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The Theory of the Leisure Class

VEBLEN, THORSTEIN

New York: Macmillan & Co, 1902. Green cloth with gilt titles to spine. Top edge gilt. This is the second US printing, the first being in 1899. 400 pages with 2 pages of ads in rear. Wear to the cloth at head and foot of spine, a few discoloured splotches to the boards, with some paper stuck to lower corner of rear board. Paper at hinges ripped, hinges weak, contents clean. Still a good copy. . Hardcover. Good. Octavo.

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The Theory of the Leisure Class (Oxford World's Classics)

Thorstein Veblen

2008-08-06. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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THE THEORY OF THE LEISURE CLASS Easton Press

Thorstein Veblen

Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press. 1994. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine. ; Books That Changed the World. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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THE THEORY OF THE LEISURE CLASS Easton Press

Thorstein Veblen

Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press. 1994. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine. ; Books That Changed the World.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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THE THEORY OF THE LEISURE CLASS Easton Press

Thorstein Veblen

Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press. 1994. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine, Leather Bound. Book accented in 22kt gold. Printed on archival paper with gilded edges. The endsheets are of moire fabric with a silk ribbon page marker. Smyth sewing and concealed muslin joints to ensure the highest quality binding. This book is in full leather with hubbed spines. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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THE THEORY OF THE LEISURE CLASS Franklin Library

Thorstein Veblen

Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library. 1979. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Bookplate to half title page. A Limited Edition. ; A Limited Edition.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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THE THEORY OF THE LEISURE CLASS Easton Press

Thorstein Veblen

Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press. 1994. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine. ; Books That Changed the World.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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The Theory of the Leisure Class

Thorstein Veblen

Macmillan. Collectible - Acceptable. New York and London: Macmillan, 1908. 4th printing. 12mo Green cloth hardcover with gilt text on spine 400 pgs. Top-edge gilt. Near Good Ex-library Book. Front hinge cracking. Western Reserve University Library bookplate on front pastedown. Library stamp on title page. No other library marks. Owner's name on front facing endpage. Covers good. Inquire if you need further information.

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The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions

Thorstein Veblen

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Thorstein Veblen

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Thorstein Veblen

Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1905. Third printing hardcover. This is an ex-library book with the usual markings. Otherwise, the book is good with shelfwear (rubbed through to the boards at the corners), bumped corners, some wear to the top and bottom of the spine and some damage to the front hinge. There is no dust jacket. A good example of a very scarce printing. Expedited international shipping is not available. The delivery expectation for international shipping is 7-32 business days, depending upon customer location. . Hard Cover. Good. Ex-Library.

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Theory of the Leisure Class

Thorstein Veblen

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The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions

Veblen, Thorstein

Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library, 1979. 293pp. Red leather hardcover with gilt spine title and decorations. Page edges are gilded, moire endpapers, silk ribbon bookmark sewn in.. Limited. Leather Bound. Fine/No Dust Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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The Theory Of The Leisure Class

Thorstein Veblen

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Thorstein Veblen

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The Theory of the Leisure Class; an Economic Study of Institutions

Thorstein Veblen

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Thorstein Veblen

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Theory of the Leisure Class (TREDITION CLASSICS)

Thorstein Veblen

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The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions

Thorstein Veblen

March 1917; 3rd printing of 2nd edition. Very Good HC, no DJ. Dark green, vertical rib-grain cloth over boards with gilt titles on spine. Bright, clean covers and spine; few faint scuffs; rubbed at spine head - 1/8 inch strip missing; very slightly rubbed at fore corners; tightly bound; very clean interior with slight age darkening at page edges. 12mo, 404 pp; index.

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Thorstein Veblen

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Thorstein Veblen

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