The Hungry Forties.
Life under the Bread Tax. Descriptive Letters and other Testimonies from Contemporary Witnesses. With an Introduction by Mrs. Cobden Unwin.London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1904 Stock Code: 134285
NotesFirst edition. Inscribed by the editor "Presented by Jane Cobden Unwin Oct: 20th 1920" on the front free endpaper. An account of the Anti-Corn Law agitation of the 1840's and the role of Cobden Unwin's father Richard Cobden's role in it: "Ever anxious to advance her father's political principles, in 1903 Jane took up the defence of free trade against Chamberlain's tariff reform crusade, coining the term the 'hungry forties' and vindicating it in an evocative and brilliantly successful tract of that title. This, together with other numerous contributions from the Fisher Unwin press, did much to turn free trade into a progressive Edwardian cause. Fostered by the Fisher Unwins, the cult of Cobden burgeoned in his centenary year (1904), with his old Sussex home, Dunford House, becoming a much-visited 'shrine'" (ODNB). This copy is in a blue cloth binding, with a red cloth binding also known and more common, but of unestablished priority.
Octavo. Original light blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt on dark blue ground and in black direct, publisher's device in black to front cover.
Frontispiece and one double-page facsimile.
Spine sunned and bumped at ends, cloth, lightly marked, half-title loosening at head, some faint foxing. A good copy.
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