Die natürliche Wirtschaftsordnung durch Freiland und Freigeld.
Rehbrücke bei Berlin, Freiland-Freigeldverlag, 1920. Five parts in one volume. Royal octavo. Pp. xvi, 392. Divisional title to each part. With full-page illustrations, some in colour, and text illustrations, tables. Index, publisher's catalogue. Set in Gothic type. Bound in later stiff wrappers with flaps, typed title-labels to cover and spine. In about fine condition (light coloured pencil annotation to 2-3 pages). Excellent copy.
¶ ~ Fourth edition. Published originally as two separate works, part I, II, III, and IV under the title 'Die Verwirklichung des Rechtes auf den vollen Arbeitsertrag (...)' (1906); and part V under the title 'Die neue Lehre vom Geld und Zins (...)' (1911). It appeared later as second edition in one volume with the title 'Die natürliche Wirtschaftsordnung'. English version, 'The Natural Economic Order' translated from the 6th German edition by Philip Pye, appeared in 1929. Silvio Gesell (1862-1930), German businessman. Born in Belgium, Gesell emigrated to Buenos Aires, where he successfully engaged in business. In 1914 he returned to Germany and became, five years later, finance minister in the short-lived government of Bavaria. His ideas in 'Die natürliche Wirtschaftsordnung' are a reaction against Marxian socialism. Keynes, in his 'General Theory', gives much space to the book, and expresses his belief that the future would learn more from the spirit of Gesell than from that of Marx. (Mai, P. 95).
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