CLARE, George. The London daily stock and share list: a course of lectures. London, Charles and Edwin Layton, 1898.
8vo. Recent boards with printed label along spine; pp. v, [1, blank], 105, [1, colophon]; with the Prudential Assurance Company Limited stamp to the blank upper margin of a few leaves; light foxing, else a very good copy.
First edition of a course of lectures delivered at the Institute of Actuaries, Staple Inn Hall, during the Session 1897-1898. Introducing the first lecture, Clare assures his listeners that he ‘shall avoid discussing the merits or the demerits of the securities enumerated in the List in their character of investments or of speculations, but shall confine [himself] to directing [their] attention to the nature and to the distinctive peculiarities of the classes into which they are grouped’ (p.1). The publication opens with a three page introduction by T. E. Young where he remarks that ‘…the student must carefully observe that these Lectures do not constitute a sufficient Corpus in themselves of information or enquiry; they are to be accepted as providing hints for personal study and investigation: they are intended to assist in the stimulation and direction of the student’s own observing and reflecting powers, and will prove idle and useless, as an Educative instrument, unless the individual mental activity is called simultaneously into play’ (p. iv).