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GEORGE, Henry.

Our Land and Land Policy, National and State.

San Francisco: White & Bauer, W. E. Loomis, 1871 Stock Code: 136978
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First edition of Henry George's first book, a vigorous remonstrance against indiscriminate land concession to corporate bodies, in which he "outlined the basic idea to which he devoted the rest of his life: that society's 'fundamental mistake is in treating land as private property'. Human labour can create wealth, he argued, only when it is applied to natural resources, which he termed 'land'. Private ownership of land enables its possessors to charge rent from those who need access to land in order to produce income for themselves and society as a whole. That rent by rights belongs to the society whose labours generated it, and its collection by private individuals impoverishes those who produce it. Government should, therefore, commandeer the full value of unimproved land to meet community needs and abolish all other taxes, which injuriously burden both workers and investors of capital" (ANB). "With tremendous power and farsightedness, he attacks the railroads and land grants, boldly giving names and specific cases of wrongdoing. The especially prepared map shows the immense extent of the 'Railroad Reservations' in California" (Howell). George's Progress and Poverty, published eight years later, developed the theories he puts forward here. Rare in commerce, with just a handful of auction records in the last few decades.

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Octavo. Original brown printed wrappers. Housed in a custom brown cloth box.


With coloured folding map of California.


Front wrapper repaired in inner margin, stitching of top gathering a little loose, map guarded with light repairs along folds. Still a very good copy of this fragile volume.


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