THE ABOLITION OF POVERTY

Del modo di mantenere abolita la mendicità, discorso familiare.

Verona, Mainardi, 1817.

8vo, pp. 33, [3]; a very good copy, uncut, in contemporary plain wrappers.

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Only edition, very rare, of this proposal for the abolition of begging, and of poverty more broadly, by the poet and essayist Livio Pascoli.

Working from the basis that every person has a right to live, and that this right extends both to the poor and to the right to shelter and sustenance, Pascoli examines the ways in which those European countries that had not embraced charitable foundations and the principles of universal help tended to be those with the highest rates of poverty. Drawing on examples from Britain, Switzerland, and elsewhere, Pascoli explores the ways in which Italy might look abroad for ideas on minimising poverty, and advocates for assistance for the poor, exploring the effectiveness of various remedies.

Not in Goldsmiths’ or Kress. OCLC finds a single copy worldwide (Bocconi, Milan).

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