THE FIFTH EDITION
tending in their applications to maximise humanhappiness.In the preface to the fourth edition
explained thatit had been my intention to continue my father's bibli-ography of mathematico-economic writings by drawingup a bibliography of all books and articles of that kindpublished from
to 1910; but that as the work wasstill very far from complete
had decided that the newedition should be issued without it. It was my intentionthat it should be published later as an independentvolume.Unfortunately, no sooner was the fourth edition pub-lished than
became deeply interested in housing reformin the mining valleys of South Wales, and in a fewmonths had resigned from the chair of Economics andPolitical Science at Cardiff to devote my whole time tohousing reform. In 1914, soon after the outbreak
war, I was appointed to the newly established researchchair in economics in the University of Allahabad. From1911 on, therefore, only spasmodic progress was madewith the bibliography; and finally
gave up all hope ofcompleting it, though
still have most of the cards.The purpose of the intended bibliography has beenpartially served by the publication of
Select Bibliog-raphy of Modern Economic Theory, 1870 to 1929,edited by
E. Batson, in the series of bibliographiesissued by the London School of Economics. Mention
also be made of the bibliography of mathematico-economic writings
by Professor Irving Fisherand published first as an appendix to his article entitledCournot and Mathematical Economics (Quarterly
nal of Economics, January, 1898)' and later in his edi-tion
Cournot's Researches into the Mahematicalprinciples of the Theory of Wealth (Economic ClassicsSeries, 1927). Professor Fisher's bibliography is classi-fied and annotated; and is probably an almost completelist
all published writings on economics of a mathe-matical character up to 1897. He did not add entries forthe later years when reprinting the bibliography in 1927,
as he wrote in the preface, the mathematical methodwas now so widely recognised as applicable to economicsthat the number of publications to be included in thebibliography would have been greatly increased andthere was also less need to emphasise its importance.In
the third edition of the Theory, mymother, with the assistance of
Foxwell and others,continued the bibliography to
and added a fewtitles which my father had not discovered. These latterare shown in square brackets. When editing the fourthedition
omitted all titles dated after 1879 as it wasmy intention to include them in the separate bibliog-raphy mentioned above. As this omission may seem tohave detracted somewhat from the value of the fourthedition, the part of the bibliography omitted from it isnow restored, so that it appears exactly as in the thirdedition, except for the correction of a few printer'serrors.
close this preface with the hope that looking backto the development of the marginal theory in the nine-teenth century will prove as stimulating to students ofeconomics in the United States as in Britain, now that theTheory of Political Economy is once more available.
shall not venture to prophesy again as to whether thiswill be the last edition.