‘THE FORMATION OF A HIGHLY SUPERIOR CHARACTER IN ALL’

Robert Owen’s Journal. Explanatory of the means to well-place, well-employ, and well-educate, the whole population. [Volume I. From November 2, to April 5].

London, James Watson, 1850-1.

8vo, pp. 184 (bound without the general title and prelims, and without the last three issue comprised in vol. 1); one or two closed tears (no loss), a little browning, but a very good copy in later black cloth, flat spine lettered in gilt.

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The first 23 issues of Robert Owen’s Journal, which would go on to reach a total of 104 issues ending in October 1852. Almost entirely written by Owen himself, the Journal was the main vehicle of Owenite social and political philosophy, directed to a general readership as well as policy-makers.

Owen’s solutions to the problems of the poor and unemployed – to introduce a ‘rational government’ with new methods of husbandry, a new form of democratic social institution, a maximum working hours policy, and a new standard of value and medium of exchange, a renewed education – are set forth in his articles, which often reference the New Lanark experience.

Goldsmiths’ 37715; see NLW cat. 112.

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