The State of the Poor: Or an History of the Labouring Classes in England, from the Conquest to the Present Period; in Which are Particularly Considered Their Domestic Economy with Respect to Diet, Dress, Fuel and Habitation.
by Eden, Sir Frederic Morton
London: J. Davis, for B. & J. White, G. & G. Robinson, T. Payne, 1797. First edition of this classic work. Quarto, 3 volumes, bound mottled full calf, raised bands, gilt titles to the spine, gilt lined, black morocco spine labels. In excellent condition with the folding table facing p. viii of the appendix in Volume III. Praised as "one of the classical works in the history of economics" and "the beginning of sociology" (Carter and Muir, Printing and the Mind of Man). Eden's seminal work, founding a methodology of obtaining and systematically analyzing facts to the extant that it has served as the basis of sociological investigations ever since; such that even Karl Marx commented in his Das Kapital that "Eden was the only pupil of Adam Smith who achieved anything of any significance during the eighteenth-century" (PMM). (Inventory #: 20029)
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