EDEN (FREDERIC MORTON) The State of the Poor: or, an 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... together with Parochial Reports Relative to the Administration of Work-houses, and Houses of Industry; the State of Friendly Societies; and other Public Institutions; in several Agricultural, Commercial, and Manufacturing, Districts, 3 vol., J. Davis, for B. & J. White, 1797
Lot 398
EDEN (FREDERIC MORTON)
The State of the Poor: or, an 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... together with Parochial Reports Relative to the Administration of Work-houses, and Houses of Industry; the State of Friendly Societies; and other Public Institutions; in several Agricultural, Commercial, and Manufacturing, Districts, 3 vol., J. Davis, for B. & J. White, 1797
£1,000 - 1,500
US$ 1,600 - 2,400

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EDEN (FREDERIC MORTON)
The State of the Poor: or, an 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... together with Parochial Reports Relative to the Administration of Work-houses, and Houses of Industry; the State of Friendly Societies; and other Public Institutions; in several Agricultural, Commercial, and Manufacturing, Districts, 3 vol., half-titles in each volume (often missing), additional leaves (3L3 in volume 1; 8 leaves in volume 3), folding letterpress 'Conversion table' in the appendix, without "directions to binder" leaf, perforated library stamp on titles, contemporary tree calf, rebacked and recornered, ink stamp on edges [Goldsmiths 17107; Kress 3384; PMM 249], 4to, J. Davis, for B. & J. White, 1797

Footnotes

  • The State of the Poor is "one of the classical works in the history of economics... [and] has proved the basis of sociological investigation ever since" (PMM). The privately financed investigation into the living conditions of the poorer classes was "written from a perspective that reveals Eden's general adherence to Adam Smith's system of natural liberty in economic affairs; [it] 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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