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FAWCETT, Henry.

Manual of Political Economy.

Published: London: Macmillan and Co., 1863

Stock code: 108367

Price: £200

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First edition of Fawcett’s first book, highly successful in its day and running to eight editions, the last published in 1907. “It was modelled on John Stuart Mill’s Principles of Political Economy, presenting the orthodox economic doctrines of the age, to which Fawcett subscribed, in an uncomplicated style, and filling them out with illustrations based on contemporary economic life” (ODNB). Fawcett’s ideas “reached a much wider contemporary audience than the writings of any other late 19th-century English professor of political economy” (The New Palgrave II, p. 296)

Octavo. Original brown boards, titles and double ruling to spine gilt, double frame to front cover gilt and to rear in blind, fore and bottom edges untrimmed, brown-coated endpapers. 16 pages of publisher’s advertisements to rear. Contemporary bookseller’s blind-stamp (Platts, Adelaide) to front free endpaper; binder’s ticket (Burn, 37 & 38 Kirby St.) to rear pastedown. Extremities lightly bumped and rubbed, small portion of cockling to front cover, inner hinges very slightly shaken, pencilled arithmetical annotations to rear free endpaper, a very good copy.

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