The Road to Serfdom, first edition, second printing, publisher's cloth, dust-jacket, with loss at head and foot of spine, 8vo, George Routledge, April 1944
One of the twentieth century's most important and influential works on the question of market libertarianism. In it Hayek warned of "the danger of tyranny that inevitably results from government control of economic decision making through central planning", and argued that such central planning was inherently undemocratic as it required "that the will of a small minority be imposed upon the people."
The initial print run of 2,000 copies was quickly sold out, prompting this second printing just one month later. All early printings are very sought after, especially with dust-jackets, and the title continues to feature on best seller lists.