8vo, pp. xiii, , 560, ; with numerous half-tone illustrations and diagrams throughout; original publisher’s cloth, spine lettered gilt, worn.
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Étude des mouvements et des temps... troisème édition traduit de l’américain par Le Bureau des Temps Élémentaires.
Third edition, first published in 1937.
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Statement of the provision for the poor, and of the condition of the labouring classes, in a considerable portion of America and Europe … Being a preface to the foreign communications contained in the appendix to the Poor-Law Report.
First edition, presentation copy, inscribed at the head of the title ‘The Earl of Radnor from the author’.
MABLY, Gabriel Bonnot, Abbé de.
Doutes proposés aux philosophes économistes, sur l’Ordre naturel et essentiel des sociétés politiques.
First edition. Mably (1709–1785) was in the contradictory position of being both a partial adherent and a formidable opponent of the Physiocrats. His criticisms of Le Mercier de la Rivière’s work were published the same year as the Ordre naturel. The Doutes, written in the form of ten letters addressed to the author of the Ephémérides du Citoyen, embodies an attack on landed property, which Mably believed introduced indolence and sloth into the world, creating vices of riches and poverty. Schumpeter has written: ‘this work contains an elaborate attack not only on the physiocratic theory of private property but also upon private property itself, which is held to be an almost unmixed evil’ (History of economic analysis, p. 140).