This is the first variorum edition of the works of William Stanley Jevons (1835-1882), covering The Coal Question and The Theory of Political Economy, two of the most important books in economics and the social history of Victorian Britain.
Both books were revised by Jevons during his life time and this variorum edition includes meticulously studied textual comparisons, not only between the different editions revised by Jevons himself, but also with the ones posthumously published, such as the 2nd and 3rd editions of The Coal Question, the 2nd to 5th editions The Theory of Political Economy and the edition edited by R. D. Collison Black. The comparisons cover the statistical data and various charts as well as the texts, all of which reveal the flow of ideas of Jevons according to the social changes.
Including a new introduction by the editor, a complete bibliography and name index this collection will be an indispensable research resource for students and scholars of the history of economic thought and of nineteenth-century England.
Table of Contents
Volume I: The Coal Question, An Inquiry Concerning the Progress of the Nation,and the Probable Exhaustion of Our Coal-mines.
Variorum edition based on the first edition in 1865 with editorial notes and appendixes., approx. 405 pp.
W. Stanley Jevons (1835-1882): From a Man of Science to an Economist, by Takutoshi Inoue
Headnote of The Coal Question, by Takutoshi Inoue
Textual Note of The Coal Question, by Takutoshi Inoue
Chapters I – XVII (Texts based on the first edition 1865 and end notes by Takutoshi Inoue)
Appendix I: Preface to the second edition
Appendix II: Index
Appendix III: Preface to the third edition
Appendix IV: Explanation of Plates
Appendix V: Name Index
Volume II: The Theory of Political Economy
Variorum edition based on the first edition in 1871 with editorial notes and appendices., approx. 380 pp.
Headnote of The Theory of Political Economy, by Takutoshi Inoue
Textual Note on The Theory of Political Economy, by Takutoshi Inoue
Preface and Introduction
Chapters I –VIII (Texts based on the first edition 1871 and end notes by Takutoshi Inoue)
Appendix I: Preface to the second edition
Appendix II: Logical Method of Economics
Appendix III: Disutility and Discommodity
Appendix IV: Theory of Dimensions of Economic Quantities
Appendix V: Popular Use of the Term Value
Appendix VI: Dimension of Value
Appendix VII: Analogy to the Theory of Lever
Appendix VIII: Negative and Zero Value
Appendix IX: Variation of the Price of Corn
Appendix X: Dimension of Labour
Appendix XI: Relations of Economic Quantities
Appendix XII: Joint Production
Appendix XIII: Dimension of Capital, Credit, and Debit
Appendix XIV: Dimension of Interest
Appendix XV: Peacock on the Dimension of Interest
Appendix XVI: List of Mathematico-Economic Writings
Appendix XVII: List of the Author’s Economic Writings
Appendix XVIII: ‘Notice of a General Mathematical Theory of Political Economy,’ Report of British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1862 (1863), Notices and Abstracts of Miscellaneous Communications to the Section (Statistical Science), pp. 158-59.
Appendix XIX: ‘Brief Account of a General Mathematical Theory of Political Economy,’ Journal of the Statistical Society of London, vol. xxix (1866), pp. 282-87 (reprinted in the Theory of Political Economy, ed. by H. S. Jevons, 4th edition, 1911, Appendix III, pp. 303-14)
Appendix XX: ‘Note by the Editor on the Author’s Theory of Interest (Theory of Political Economy, ed. by H. S. Jevons, 4th edition, 1911, Appendix I, pp. 279-293)
Appendix XXI: A Fragment on Capital, Interested to form part of Chapter XXV, Author’s Principles of Economics (Theory of Political Economy, ed. by H. S. Jevons, 4th edition, 1911, Appendix II, pp. 294-302)
Appendix XXII: Preface to the third edition by Harriet A. Jevons (1888, pp. li-lii.)
Appendix XXIII: Preface to the fourth edition by H. Stanley Jevons (1911, pp. lv-lix.)
Appendix XXIV: Preface to the fifth edition by H. Stanley Jevons (1957, pp. i-iii.)
Appendix XXV: Introduction and Notes to the Penguin Books’s Edition by R. D. Collison Black (1970, pp. 7-39, 262-71.)
Appendix XXVI: Bibliographical List of W. S.Jevons’s Writings, etc., by Takutoshi Inoue and Micheal V. White. With a list of the reviews and translations of his writings and obituaries of him, by Takutoshi Inoue
Takutoshi Inoue, is the former President of Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan.