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(SAMUEL, Herbert Louis.)

Britain's Industrial Future.

Being the Report of the Liberal Industrial Inquiry.

London, Ernest Benn, 1928 Stock Code: 125328
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First edition, first impression, case-bound issue. Presentation copy from Viscount Herbert Louis Samuel, a member of the executive committee which produced the report, with his signature on a pasted address card to the pastedown. The presentation was probably to Isaac Foot, the father of Michael Foot, as the book includes a signed typed letter from Samuel to Foot dated 6th May 1959, enclosing an offprint of Samuel's article on the Constitutional Crisis of 1931, which was published in the Western Political Quarterly in March 1959.
Samuel must be seen as one of the most important figures in inter-war British politics. The Leader of the Liberal Party from 1931 to 1935, Samuel was also the first Jew to serve in the British Cabinet, and the last member of the Liberal Party to hold one of the four Great Offices of State, as Home Secretary under Ramsay MacDonald's coalition. He had previously been High Commissioner of Palestine from 1920 to 1925, and had led the Samuel Commission of 1926, the report of which had been a key factor in instigating the 1926 General Strike. A proponent of New Liberalism, Samuel supported progressive social reform and welfare.
The report was also issued in yellow paper wrappers, leading it to be known as the Liberal "Yellow Book". It proposed a substantial increase in the role of the state in industry, and can be seen as part of the move by the Liberal Party, started three decades earlier, away from classical laissez-faire liberalism towards modern, interventionist liberalism. John Maynard Keynes was a central figure of the committee, and a major influence on the report.

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Octavo. Original orange cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt.


Folding leaf of tables.


Some pencil annotations. Spine a little darkened, front joint split at head. A good copy.


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