Elementi di economia politica... tradotti dall’inglese nell'idioma francese dal S. J.T. Parisot, recati in italiano da N.N., e schiariti con note.

Naples, Stamperia Francese, 1826.

8vo, pp. viii, 236, [2]; with half title; printer’s device on title; a few minor wormholes away from text, light receding waterstain to the first couple of quires; a very good copy in Italian contemporary half calf, marbled boards, flat spine decorated in gilt with red morocco lettering-piece, all edges sprinkled blue; extremities a little rubbed.


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Very rare first edition in Italian of Mill’s Elements of political economy (1821), unattributed so far, but most likely the work of the Neapolitan economist and philosopher Francesco Fuoco, as established by the (as yet unpublished) studies by prof. F. Di Battista, who was kind enough to share his findings with us.

Francesco Fuoco had only come to economics the year before publishing this translation, which evidently marked a major formative moment in the development of his thought on the subject. In his main work, Saggi economici, published between 1825 and 1827, ‘he expounded a systematic view of economic theory and synthesized, within the framework of deductive methodology, a typical subjectivist theory of value, drawn from Condillac, with the new Ricardian theory of distribution. As he engaged in defense of the deductive nature of economic analysis, Fuoco found confirmation of the validity of the mathématique sociale tradition in the Ricardian “new theory” of rent. In this analytical context, Fuoco’s original contribution lay in the importance that he assigned to the money function in the capitalist economy’ (R. Patalano).

Not in COPAC. OCLC finds only 2 copies outside Italy: at the Baker (Harvard) and at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library (KS).

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