8vo, pp. 116; occasional spotting aside, clean and crisp throughout; in contemporary vellum-backed carta rustica; light wear to upper cover, but a very good, wide-margined copy.
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Elogio di Niccolò Machiavelli.
Uncommon first edition of this speech in praise of Machiavelli, given to the Reale Accademia Fiorentina on 7 August 1794 by the Florentine soldier, politician, and historian Giovanni Battista Baldelli Boni (1766–1831).
Baldelli was an opponent both of Napoleonic and of Austrian involvement in Italy, having been a supporter of the ancien régime. His speech on Machiavelli was prompted by the inauguration in the church of Santa Croce of Machiavelli’s funerary monument a few years previously, amidst a revival of interest in the philosopher, and it attempts to provide a moderate liberal defence of Machiavelli’s thought. The Italian revolutionary Ugo Foscolo called Baldelli ‘L’unico che abbia degnamente parlato di sì grand’uomo’.
OCLC records copies in North America, at Newberry, Chicago, Texas, Alberta, UC San Diego, and Kansas.
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Second and most complete Polish edition of On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation (first published in 1817), in a new translation by Dr. M. Bronstein. The 1826 first Polish translation by Stanislaw Kunatt was based on the translation into French by the Portuguese journalist Francisco Solano Constâncio. The latter translation had been made from the very first English edition which was subsequently revised and expanded, thus the 1826 edition was incomplete, and contained some inaccuracies. The present translation, i.e. the first complete edition in Polish, was based on the then latest English edition (London, G. Bell, 1913, edited by E. C. K. Gonner). Bronstein aims at introducing precise and modern terminology and – at the same time – staying as close as possible to the English original.
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First edition thus, originally issued as the author’s doctoral dissertation in 1894, a historic-economic analysis of Russian factories up to the 19th century. Beginning with a long introductory chapter on the 18th century, the work analyses factory development before and after the emancipation of the serfs in 1861. It looks at the changing interdependent relationship between the Russian factory in all its incarnations and the work force, considering the status and wages of the workers. Examining the competition between factory and cottage industry production, it discusses the phenomenon of factories serving as training grounds for craftsmen who then undermined the factories by taking their skills into cottage industries. Factory legislation, the rate of industrial growth, and the place of the state and public opinion in industrial growth are also mentioned. A landmark text in the Marxist-narodnik debates, this was one of the earliest texts to comment on the rapidity of industrial development after 1861 and the great potential therein for further growth nationwide.