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EDEN, Sir Frederick Morton.

The State of the Poor:...

or a history of the labouring classes in England, from the Conquest to the present period; in which are particularly considered, their domestic economy, with respect to diet, dress, fuel, and habitation; and the various plans which, from time to time, have been proposed and adopted for the relief of the poor: together with parochial reports relative to the administration of work-houses, and houses of industry; the state of the Friendly Societies, and other public institutions; in several agricultural, commercial and manufacturing, districts. With a large appendix; containing a comparative and chronological table of the prices of labour, of provisions, and of other commodities; an account of the poor in Scotland; and many original documents on subjects of national importance.

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Published: London: by J. Davis, for B. & J. White, G. & G. Robinson, T. Payne [& 4 others in London], 1797

Stock Code: 40703

£10,000
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition of this classic of social and economic analysis, the fruits of Eden's pioneering and privately-financed inquiry begun during the period of acute grain scarcity in 1794-5, which gives unrivalled statistical and anecdotal data on contemporary living standards. Eden was an adherent to Adam Smith's system of natural liberty in economic affairs; "this led Karl Marx to claim that Eden was the only eighteenth-century disciple of Smith to produce a work of any significance" (ODNB).

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Description

3 volumes, quarto (268 x 213 mm). Early 19th-century tan calf, covers with single-line gilt rules, spines gilt in compartments, contrasting labels, date in gilt at foot, buff endpapers, sprinkled edges.

Illustrations

Bound without half-titles, but with all the extra leaves (3L3, v.2; 5B*-5B†4, v.3), including the binder's instruction leaf. Book labels.

Condition

A little rubbed, an excellent copy in a handsome near-contemporary binding.

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