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CAMPOMANES, Pedro Rodriguez, Conde de.

Discorso sobre el Fomento de la Industria popular. De orden de S. M. [Carlos III] y del Consejo.

Madrid, D. Antonio de Sancha, 1774 Stock Code: 126570
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First edition. Campomanes (1723-1802) was, according to McCulloch, "one of the most intelligent and distinguished Spanish statesmen of the 18th century. He published the two discourses by direction of the Council of Castile, of which he was the fiscal advocate, or attorney-general, previously to his being made minister of state. They are intended to show the dignity and importance of arts and manufactures; the patronage to which they are entitled; the drawbacks under which they laboured in Spain from corporation privileges and vicious taxes and regulations; and the many advantages that would result from the systematic and judicious training of those engaged in them" (Literature, p. 361). Campomanes advocated the establishment of a series of agricultural societies known as Sociedades Económicas de Amigos del Pais, as an effective instrument for fostering economic development. The Discurso promoted this policy, and thirty thousand copies were distributed to mayors, intendants, and bishops.
Schumpeter describes Campomanes, with Jovellanos, as "a jurist-economist of the continental type" whose importance was as a practical reformer. "But they understood the economic process better than did many a theorist. And, in view of the date of the Discurso it is not without interest to observe how little, if anything, he stood to learn from the Wealth of Nations" (History of Economic Analysis, pp. 172-3).

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Octavo (145 x 102 mm). Contemporary vellum over paste paper boards, spine hand lettered in ink, traces of ties.


Lower edge of rear board split, exposing board, ties lacking, front free endpaper replaced; a crisp, clean copy.


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