Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1944. First edition. A Fine copy of this monumental work in economic theory. Red cloth completely unfaded, appearing unmarked and unused. Retains the original "Corrigenda" slip. In the rare original red dust jacket. Jacket Very Good+ to Near Fine. Chipped at the top of the front and rear panels, a few short, closed tears, but on the whole an excellent example of the jacket (and completely untouched by any repairs). Due to the type of paper used, the jackets became extremely brittle and rarely survive intact (or are marred beyond recognition with restoration).
One of the first, cohesive descriptions of game theory, the branch of economics that finds equilibrium points among dynamic actors, with each actor pursuing an independent strategy. Game theory is one of the most important theoretical developments of the twentieth century, with several other disciplines finding applications of its method. Eight Nobel prizes have been awarded for advances and developments of the theory.
“The impact of von Neumann’s Theory of Games extends far beyond the boundaries of this subject. By his example and through his accomplishments, he opened a broad new channel of two-way communication between mathematics and the social sciences. These sciences were fortunate indeed that one of the most creative mathematicians of the twentieth century concerned himself with some of their fundamental problems and constructed strikingly imaginative and stimulating models with which to attack their problems quantitatively" (Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 64 (1958), pp. 100-122). Fine in Very Good + dust jacket. (Item #1892)