ATKINSON, William.

Principles of Political Economy;

Or, the laws of the formation of national wealth: developed by means of the Christian law of government; being the substance of a case delivered to the Hand-Loom Weavers Commission.

London: Whittaker and Co., 1840 Stock Code: 124350
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First edition, presentation copy, inscribed to his fellow member of the Statistical Society of London, "To T. B. Herring Esq. With the Author's regards" on the front free endpaper verso. Thomas Buckle Herring of 40 Aldersgate Street was proposed successfully as a candidate for the Society in November 1836; at that same session Atkinson's paper, On the Application of Statistical Facts to Statistical Science, was read.

Established in 1837, the Royal Commission on Hand-Loom Weavers was an enquiry into unemployment and poverty in the textile industry. Atkinson supported his friend, the factory reformer Richard Oastler (1789-1861), in his disputes with the Commission, even through the latter's confinement in Fleet prison; this tract was written to represent both Oastler and the Spitalfield weavers in their case.

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Description

Octavo. Original brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt, covers panelled in blind, yellow endpapers.

Illustrations

Folding diagram showing the operation of the division of labour at rear.

Condition

Errata slip tipped in. Spine toned, spine ends creased, rear hinge split but cords holding firm, covers and prelims with the odd mark; a very good copy.

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