I have called my collection of texts the "Guillaumin Library of Classical Liberal and Radical Thought" in honour of the 19th century bookseller and publisher Gilbert-Urbain Guillaumin (1801-64) whose bookshop and publishing firm was the focal point for the liberal movement for nearly three quarters of a century. As an "intellectual entrepreneur" he facilitated the development of the movement through the publication of journals, encyclopedias, and scores upon scores of books. The building which housed his publishing firm was also the meeting place for the Society of Political Economists which welcomed academic economists, people in law, politics and business, and the steady strea of visitors who came to one of the most important European capitals in the 19th century. The books which Guillaumin published were in many cases original pieces of research on all aspects of theroretical, historical, and contemporary political economy. He also fostered the republication or translation of classic works from the 17th and 18th centuries, especially the works of the Physiocrats. It is thus in the spirit of Guillaumin that we offer this collection of classics from a previous age.
[To read more about Guillaumin - both the man and the publishing firm - go here.]
The texts in this online collection come primarily from a number of sources:
These works are in the public domain and have been only slightly edited to make them more user-friendly. They have all been checked to identify missing pages (much of the scaning to PDF was done poorly and it is common for two pages of text to be missed by careless page turning), to remove pictures of numerous fingers, hands, and even feet of the scanners, and other such improvements.
As an historian interested in the classical liberal tradition I have chosen to put online the works in facsimile PDF format and in the original language in which they appeared. I have indicated where pages are missing from the original or if volumes in a series are missing. With journals, such as the Journal des Économistes, I have amalgamated the tables of contents from each volume into one sinlge file (e.g. the Second Series which appeared between 1854-1865) to aid searching for material. For some authors (e.g. Molinari, Come, and Dunoyer) have have included more detailed but still incomplete bibliographies of their works with links to those works which I have been able to find in electronic format.
Please remember that this is a "work in progress" and will be added to as I find the time.