London: Longmans, Green and Co. 1886. A set of three large, fat, quarto volumes, 812, 771, 783 pages, covering British nobility -- Abercorn to Fortescue in volume I, Gainsborough to Oxford in volume II, and Pembroke to Zetland in volume III, with 1600 illustrations showing titleholders (admitted as fanciful in the preface) plus hundreds of peers' facsimile signatures. Each volume has its own index and list of authorities consulted. When issued, the books were not a financial success and apparently caused a significant loss to the publisher. Volume I shows partial paper breaks to the endpapers, and all volumes show some foxing to early and late pages, though not elsewhere. The books are bound in red leather faded to brown on the spines, with shelf-rubbed edges and corners. Top edges gilt, marker ribbons present. A very nice set. (Please note that postage will be very high; the books weigh about 5 kilos total).
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1955. first English edition. Octavo,186 pages, with a New Yorker 1932 cartoon as frontispiece. One of Galbraith's most popular books, this copy has the endpaper signature of Norman Dorsen, and LSE 1955(for London School of Economics), as well as a number of Dorsen's pencilled check marks next to salient points, and one taped-in paragraph from a British newspaper, written by Galbraith in response, possibly, to a review. A near-fine copy in deep blue cloth titled in gilt, and in its original dustjacket, slightly chipped but with the d/j spine detached due to the dryness of the paper. The dustjacket is now in a mylar sleeve.
Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1927. First edition thus. Large octavo, 286pp. #508 of 760 copies, and the first book printed in the Procopius type face, designed by Douglas McMurtrie. The book has a color frontispiece (signed only ND), and is signed by Richard Atwater and Douglas McMurtrie. Two-inch paper break at the inner front hinge else about fine in heavily gilt-stamped blue cloth, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed.