London: William Ridgway, 1866. First edition. Hardcover. Fine. Richard Cobden (1804 - 1865), was a British politician best known for his success in persuading the then prime minister Sir Robert Peel to repeal the British Corn Laws, which Cobden argued were morally unjust and economically disastrous, benefiting only land holders. The laws went into effect in 1804, and imposed a duty on imported corn. Since the vast majority of voters and Members of Parliament were landowners, there was not much incentive to repeal the Corn laws and thereby assist the poor or manufacturers.Two volumes. Vol. I: 8vo, viii, 496pp; Vol II: v, 447pp, v. Original blue pebbled cloth, pale yellow endpapers, a fine uncut copy with uncut and unopened pages.
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