Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Westrup note

I've been fortunate enough to get my hands on a fragile inter-library loan copy of Alfred Westrup's The Abolition of Interest, and will be transcribing it over the next couple of days. The bibliography is even a little more convoluted than I had guessed. This earliest pamphlet contains about half of The Financial Problem, so it is indeed the "first edition" of that work, but it also contains an important section that would be developed in Citizen's Money, making it, by the same logic, something like the first edition of that work. This is the reverse of the bibliographic problem posed by Greene's mutual bank writings, where the "first edition" is really two separate works, Equality and the 1850 Mutual Banking, which were subsequently combined.

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