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WAGNER, Adolph, Heinrich Gotthelf.
Beiträge zur Lehre von den Banken.
Leipzig, [Giesecke & Devrient] for Leopold Voss, 1857. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. xvi, 340, [4], one folding table; a little foxed, as usual, (more so at the beginning and end); contemporary German half-cloth over marbled boards; contemporary ownership-inscription at head of title, 20th-century bookplate inside front cover. Published in the year of the North American bank run and an international financial crisis, this German book on banking and finance has an English motto on the title verso: 'Free trade in banking is not synonymous with free trade in swindling'. Wagner (1835-1917), later financial advisor to Bismarck, deals here with speculation, what banks are actually trading in and what they should and should not deal with, the capitalization of banks, currency trade, Ricardo's and Tooke's monetary theories. Wagner 'became one of the most important economists of the German Reich' (The New Palgrave) and 'tried to steer a middle course between the historical school and its theoretically oriented opponents. At a time when economic theory was neglected in Germany, it was to Wagner's merit that he helped avoid its almost complete disappearance from economic discussion' (ibid.). This is the book (based on the inausgural dissertation with the same title and 28 pages) which started his career, when he was teaching economics at Göttingen University. Towards the end of his life his views became increasingly conservative, anti-semitic, and sceptical towards industrial and capitalist developments, which made the Nazis praise him as a precursor of their ideology. Menger I, p. 385; OCL … [Click Below for Full Description]
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