Work and Wealth: A Human Valuation.London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1914 Stock Code: 141867
First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper "A. G. Gardiner with the writer's kind regards". The recipient was most probably the journalist and author Alfred George Gardiner (1865-1946), chairman of the National Anti-Sweating League, which opposed sweatshops and campaigned for a minimum wage.
"Hobson's Work and Wealth: a Human Valuation (1914), followed by Wealth and Life: a Study in Values (1929), were the most mature expression of his social welfare theory. In those books he combined his organic view with an exposition of the art of the qualitative consumption of social and economic goods which had become a corner-stone of his thinking. The blending of ethics and economics continued his earlier Ruskinian line of argument, but his theories were always grounded in the collation of facts and empirical observation" (ODNB).
Octavo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt.
Spine a little sunned, endpapers toned, contents clean and unmarked; a very good, tight copy.
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