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Papers of Piero Sraffa Class
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Items D1/2-D1/51 were bundled together and marked "Notes up to 1927" by Sraffa. In most cases this date is our only evident terminus ante quem. Sraffa's own file titles are given in inverted commas

Items D1/54-90 were bundled together and marked "Notes 1928-31" by Sraffa although some items predate this. Items D1/54-68 formed a sub-bundle

Items D1/70-89 relate principally to the "circus" of economists who discussed Keynes' Treatise on Money

For notes used for the research for Production of Commodities by means of commodities see D3/12

'The Works and correspondence of David Ricardo'

Items D3/11/1-85 relate to the Ricardo edition in general. Within this items D3/11/1 - D3/11/35 were preserved together and are files of notes for the Ricardo edition, items D3/11/37-D3/11/55 were preserved together and are files of notes for the Ricardo edition marked "Obsolete"and items D3/11/56- D3/11/76 are files of correspondence relating to the Ricardo edition, many being replies to requests for information on Ricardo letters.
Items D3/11/85a-D3/11/99 relate to Volume I of the edition.
Items D3/11/100-D3/11/106 relate to Volume II.
Items D3/11/107-D3/11/126 relate to Volumes III and IV.
Items D3/11/127- D3/11/137 relate to Volume V.
Items D3/11/138-D3/11/155 relate to Volumes VI to IX.
Items D3/11/156-D3/11/192 relate to Volume X.
Items D3/11/193-D3/11/233 relate to Volume XI.
Items D3/11/234-D3/11/240 relate to the 1973 reprint.

Production of commodities by means of commodities

Sraffa drew on notes from as early as 1926 when preparing this work. Annotations dating from the 1950s made on the files in which these notes were kept indicate the items that Sraffa felt were most important, and which were often removed to other files as he was preparing for publication, they also show his dissatisfaction with areas of his earlier work. Notes and formulae by Abram Besicovitch and others are evident in a number of these files


Sraffa did not enjoy the pressure of being in the limelight, and found lecturing stressful. While at Cambridge he only gave two series of lectures for the economics faculty on the theory of value (1927-31) and on industry (1941-43). A few other lectures survive, dating from the same two brief periods of Sraffa's life


Sraffa published comparatively little. Surviving material for the early publications is reasonably straightforward, but in the case of the edition of Ricardo's works and Production of commodities... a substantial number of distinct bundles survive. For the letter on Gramsci published in the Manchester Guardian see F1 below

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