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WORDSWORTH (William); copy of: Lady Mary Elgin: The Prelude, or Growth of a Poet's Mind; an Autobiographical Poem.
First Edition, x, 374, (i)pp royal octavo, with 8pp publisher's catalogue dated July 1850 inserted between front endpapers and advertisement leaf at end both as called for, original sand-grain blind-stamped cloth gilt lettered, with the original yellow endpapers, spine extremities very skilfully and professionally (nearly invisibly) restored, an excellent sound copy, London, Mozon, 1850. Ashley Library Catalogue Vol.VIII, pp. 35-36; Cornell 152; Tinker: 2358; Wise: 33. Photograph available on request. Copies are very rarely found in good state in the original cloth as published - they were often rebound because of the fine weave cloth originally used. The inserted advertisements were then discarded and the whole look of the book in its original state is then lost. Written between 1799 and 1805, this epic poem - often considered to be his finest long poem - was intended to form an introduction to "The Recluse", but this was never completed, only the second part ("The Excursion") being published. Wordsworth delayed its publication to allow his dependants to maximise the royalties. *PROVENANCE: Presentation copy from "Mary L. Elgin from L[ad]y Matilda Maxwell, 1851", inscribed in neat ink hand on blank before half title. Lady Mary Elgin [1788-1855], heiress and wife of Lord Elgin (the ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1799 to 1803, remembered for removing marble friezes now known as the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon in Athens). Mary herself actually executed her husband's plan for their removal and shipment. By 1808 Elgin divorced her for adultery, forcing two scandalous trials via an act of Parliament, bringing scandal and notoriety to them both. Though she lost custody of her children, Elgin lost access to her fortune, precipitating the subsequent sale of the marbles for £35,000 to the British Museum. Elgin took sole custody of their four children denying contact to their shamed mother. He died in 1844, the year after the death of his first son, but the three daughters did not initiate a reunion with their mother until many years later. The second daughter was Lady Matilda (1802-1857), who married Sir John Maxwell (1791-1865) the 8th Baronet of Pollok in 1839. It was she who presented this copy of Wordsworth's Prelude, perhaps as a peace offering to her estranged mother. See Susan Nagel: 'Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A Biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin,' William Morrow, 2004. * The arrival of the marbles to Britain was a source of inspiration to many artists of the Romantic period and although Byron famously objected to their removal, John Keats was one of those who saw them privately exhibited in London, an event that inspired two of his sonnets. It is known, indeed, that Wordsworth himself viewed the marbles at the Museum and commented favorably on their aesthetics. (Book ref. 20519)   £495.00
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JEVONS (William Stanley): Pure Logic and Other Minor Works.., edited by Robert Adamson and Harriet A. Jevons, with a Preface by Professor Adamson,
First Edition, xxiii, 299pp., complete with 4 plates, tall 8vo, a fine copy in original orange/red cloth, London, Macmillan, 1890.* One of Jevons's rarest works despite being late in the canon. It includes four chapters on the Theory of Logic one of which is Jevons's 1870 article on his "logical piano - a logic machine - a sort of motional form of the later diagrammatic scheme of John Venn. Jevons' 'logical piano' .. was built for him by a Salford clockmaker. It resembled a small upright piano, with twenty-one keys for classes and operations in an equational logic. Four terms, A, B, C, and D, with their negations, in binary combinations, were displayed in slots in front and in back of the piano; and the mechanism allowed for classification, retention, or rejection, depending upon what the player fed in via the keyboard. The keyboard was arranged in an equational form, with all eight terms on both left and right and a 'copula' key between them. The remaining four keys were, on the extreme left, 'finis' (clearance) and the inclusive 'or', and, on the extreme right, 'full stop' (output) and the inclusive 'or again.' In all 216 (65,536) logical selections were possible. "The machine earned much acclaim. .. Although its principal value was as an aid to the teaching of the new logic of classes and propositions, it actually solved problems with superhuman speed and accuracy, and some of its features can be traced in modern computer designs" (DSB. 7: 105). Five further essays are grouped under the general title of "John Stuart Mill's Philosophy Tested." Of the latter, the editors note that Jevons "attached much weight to his critical examination of J.S. Mill's doctrines, and the labour bestowed on it played a large part in the last ten or twelve years of his life." Includes the 1864 book 'Pure Logic, or the Logic of Quality Apart from Quantity: with Remarks on Boole's System and on the Relation of Logic and Mathematics', which is one of Jevons's rarest publications and one to which he himself attached high importance. The principle of sameness forms the basis of this, his first book on logic which he described in the following terms: "The original principle of this theory is that sameness is the one great relation which the mind deals in when constructing science". Of the need for simplification in logic Jevons was convinced: he found the subject in as confused a state as political economy before he set out to "re-establish the science on a sensible basis". He therefore aimed to simplify logical theory as far as possible, and his important modifications on Boole's system (which are still accepted today) were to this end. He showed, for example, that the Boolean operations for subtraction and division were superfluous: he redefined the symbol + to mean 'either one, or the other, or both'. Jevons went on to champion the principles of Boole's system against that of Mill, writing three articles against Mill's system. (Book ref. 20520)   £620.00
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GEORGE (Henry, with others, including Tolstoy): A COLLECTION OF 24 PAMPHLETS BOUND IN ONE VOLUME,
FULL DETAILS AND PHOTOGRAPHS ON REQUEST, contemporary calf backed cloth boards, comprising: GEORGE (Henry) "Moses." A Lecture [delivered Glasgow, 28th December, 1884], portrait of George on title page, 24pp + 4pp advertisements, octavo, Glasgow, "Land Values" Publication Department, undated, probably 1884. * "[Moses] not only provided for the fair division of land among the people, and for making it fallow and common every seventh year, but by the institution of the jubilee he provided for a redistribution of the land every fifty years, and made monopoly impossible." BOUND WITH: GEORGE (Henry) "Thy Kingdom Come". An Address, 16pp + advertisement leaf, original blue paper wrappers with portrait of Henry George on upper wrapper, octavo, Glasgow, "Land Values" Publication Department, undated, probably 1889. BOUND WITH: POST (Louis F.) A Syllabus of "Progress and Poverty." 18pp offprint from "Land Values", advertisement leaf at end, octavo, Glasgow, "Land Values" Publication Department, undated, probably 1900. BOUND WITH: GEORGE (Henry) The Land Question, [originally titled The Irish Land Question] What it is and How it can be Settled, An Appeal to Nations: Shewing the Evils of Private Property in Land and the Need for Nationalisation of the Land. Fifth edition, 64pp original wrappers, octavo, London, Reeves, [1902]. BOUND WITH: GEORGE (Henry) The Crime of Poverty. An Address Delivered in the Opera House, Burlington, Iowa, under the auspices of the Burlington Assembly, 48pp octavo, very good copy in original printed wrappers, London, "Land Values" Publication Department, undated, probably 1906. BOUND WITH: GEORGE (Henry) "Thou Shalt Not Steal." An Address, 16pp + advertisement leaf, original blue paper wrappers with portrait of Henry George on upper wrapper, octavo, Glasgow, "Land Values" Publication Department, undated, probably 1906. BOUND WITH: GEORGE (Henry) Scotland and Scotsmen, 24pp + advertisement leaf, original wrappers with portrait of Henry George on upper wrapper, octavo, Glasgow, "Land Values" Publication Department, undated, probably 1906. BOUND WITH: GEORGE (Henry) Land and People, 24pp + advertisement leaf, original wrappers with portrait of Henry George on upper wrapper, octavo, Glasgow, "Land Values" Publication Department, undated, probably 1906. BOUND WITH: GEORGE (Henry) The Labour Question, being an Abridgment of the Condition of Labour. 44pp + advertisement leaf, original wrappers, portrait of Henry George, octavo, Glasgow, "Land Values" Publication Department, undated, probably 1906. BOUND WITH: BAXTER (W. E.) Our Land Laws of the Past, original printed wrappers bound in, 32pp octavo, [two copies], London, Cassell, undated, probably 1900. BOUND WITH: CAMPBELL BANNERMAN (Sir Henry) The Liberal Leader on the Taxation of Land Values, 8pp octavo, wood engraved portrait on title, Glasgow, "Land Values", [1904]. BOUND WITH: KNIGHT (J. M.) A Paper on the Land Question and Municipalities, 8pp. octavo, probably London, no publisher given; undated, probably 1900. BOUND WITH: LUPTON (Arnold) Our Inheritance in the Earth; (Part II.), or, How to Obtain Possession, A Lecture to the Leeds Co operative Industrial Society, 38pp octavo, Leeds: Charles Goodall, 1883. BOUND WITH: MONGREDIEN (Augustus) The Western Farmer of America, 30pp octavo, original wrappers bound in, London, Cassell, 1882. BOUND WITH: PICTON (J. Allanson) The Conflict of Oligarchy and Democracy. Six lectures. Lecture II. "Causes and hindrances of reform." Alexander and Shepheard., undated but c.1900 WITH : Lecture III. "The Relation of Political Reform to Social Progress." WITH: The Conflict of Oligarchy and Democracy. Six lectures. Lecture IV. "The Land Monopoly." WITH: The Conflict of Oligarchy and Democracy. Six lectures. Lecture V. "The Distribution of Wealth." BOUND WITH: TOLSTOY (Leo) To the Working People of All Countries. Translated by V. Tchertkoff and I. F. Mayo, 32pp octavo, oval library stamp on title. London, Free Age Press, undated, probably 1900. * In this famous essay Tolstoy here endorses Henry George; "Personally, I regard Henry George's scheme as the most just, beneficial and above all practicable, of all the schemes I am acquainted with.." BOUND WITH: URE (Alex) Report of the Select Committee of the House of Commons on the Land Values Taxation (Scotland) Bill, 1906, First Edition, 24pp octavo, portrait of Ure on title page Glasgow, "Land Values" Publication Department, undated, probably 1906. BOUND WITH: VERINDER (Fred) Land for the Landless: Spence and "Spence's Plan," (1775). With neo Spencean appendix (1896). Compiled by J. Morrison Davidson. First Edition, 20pp octavo, London, English Land Restoration League, undated, probably 1900. BOUND WITH: WHITE (James Dundas) Land Law Reform Based on Taxing Land Values and not Taxing Improvements. Reprinted, with additional notes, from Chapter I of 'Economic Ideals', 32pp octavo, London, Henderson, 1903. (Book ref. 20596)   £650.00
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GEORGE (Henry, preface by); THACKERAY (S. W.): The Land and the Community, In Three Books,
First Edition, xiv, 223pp octavo, a very good copy in original cloth, New York, Appleton, 1889. (Book ref. 20526)   £50.00
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GEORGE (Henry); MILLER (J. Bleecker): Progress and Robbery and Progress and Justice: an Answer to Henry George the Demi-Communist,
first collected edition, 70pp tall octavo, a very good copy in original cloth, New York: Baker & Taylor, 1887. *The book is arranged in four sections; the first three are: "Progress and Robbery. Three American Answers to Henry George; A Property-Owner's Answer"; ditto: "A Business Man's Answer"; ditto: "A Workingman's Answer". These originally appeared in 1886. The fourth part (pages 53-70) is titled: "Progress and Justice; or, The Work for Federalism" and first appeared in the present collected edition. All chapters are strongly against Henry George, not in his actual observations of poverty and its effects - ("no one has set forth the evils suffered by working-men and the present hopelessness of their fate more eloquently than Mr George…") but "his explanation is false and his remedy is vain." (Book ref. 20569)   £120.00
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GEORGE (Henry); JORDAN (David Starr); STALLARD (J. H.): The True Basis of Economics, or The Law of Independent and Collective Human Life, being a Correspondence between David Starr Jordan and Dr. J. H. Stallard, on the Merits of the Doctrine of Henry George,
First Edition, 130pp tall octavo, plate, a very good copy in original cloth, New York, Doubleday, 1899. (Book ref. 20561)   £90.00
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GEORGE (Henry); HANSON (William): The Fallacies in 'Progress and Poverty'; in Henry Dunning Macleod's Economics and in 'Social Problems' - with the Ethics of Protection and Free Trade and the Industrial Problem considered a-priori,
First Edition, iv, 191pp octavo, very good copy in original gilt and black lettered cloth, rare, New York, Fowler & Wells, 1884. *An early and extensive examination of George's Progress and Poverty and Social Problems. Although Hanson attacks George's taxation proposals he pays Progress and Poverty considerable tribute: "I deem it a great book, since it contains truths given in a masterly fashion, such as no other political economist I have read has thought of or expressed.." (Book ref. 20555)   £180.00
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GEORGE (Henry); BRIGGS (M. C.): Regress and Slavery vs. "Progress and Poverty". The Single Tax Theory shown to be Unjust, Impracticable, and Absurd,
First Edition, 99pp small octavo, original printed wrappers, a little wear but still a very good copy of a rare and ephemeral book, New York, Hunt, 1891. *A collection of 12 papers in which Briggs makes clear his opposition to George's land tax solutions in his classic work Progress and Poverty. Briggs was a resident of Petaluma, California and defends the right to private land ownership unburdened by additional taxation. (Book ref. 20542)   £150.00
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GEORGE (Henry): Why the Landowner Cannot Shift the Tax on Land Values,
10pp pamphlet octavo with engraved portrait of Henry George incorporated on the title page, good clean copy, New York, Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, undated but after 1924. (Book ref. 20537)   £30.00
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GEORGE (Henry): The Single Tax, What it is and why we Urge it,
11pp stapled, original wrappers, octavo, New York, Joseph Fels International Commission, undated, probably c.1900. (Book ref. 20532)   £20.00
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GEORGE (Henry): The Science of Political Economy,
First Edition, xxvii, 545pp large octavo, photographic portrait, a very good copy in original cloth, New York, Doubleday, 1898. *In The Science of Political Economy, his last work, George explains the working of the economy in even greater detail, illustrating how erroneous theories distort economic understanding and how all attempts of governments to remedy the problem of poverty are doomed to failure owing to false notions of the economic factors, no matter how well intentioned. This book also explains how vested interest in land monopoly has deliberately distorted the academic study of economics in the universities. (Book ref. 20531)   £120.00
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GEORGE (Henry): The Land Question. What it Involves and how Alone it Can be Settled,
photographic portrait, 87pp octavo, a very good copy in original publisher's cloth, gilt lettered, New York, Webster, 1893. bound with: GEORGE (Henry) Property in Land. A Passage-at-Arms between the Duke of Argyll and Henry George, 77pp octavo, New York, Webster, 1893.bound with: GEORGE (Henry) The Condition of Labour. An Open Letter to Pope Leo XIII, with an Appendix containing the Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII on The Condition of Labor, 157pp octavo, New York, Webster, 1893. (Book ref. 20530)   £100.00
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GEORGE (Henry): The Condition of Labour. An Open Letter to Pope Leo XIII, with an Appendix containing the Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII on The Condition of Labour,
First London Edition, 195pp octavo, a very good copy in original cloth, Swan Sonnenschein, 1891. *This was George's famous open letter to Pope Leo XIII which set out to reconcile the social ideas of Progress and Poverty with those of Catholic Christianity. (Book ref. 20527)   £120.00
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GEORGE (Henry): The Complete Works of Henry George [known as the Fels Fund Library Edition],
First Edition, 10 vols, fine set in original blue buckram with paper labels within red rules, portraits, top edges gilt, New York, Doubleday, 1911.* The standard edition which comprises: Progress and Poverty; Social Problems, A Perplexed Philosopher; The Land Question; Protection or Free Trade; Our Land and Land Policy; The Science of Political Economy [2 vols]; Life by Henry George Jr [2 vols] - as well as speeches, lectures and miscellaneous writings. (Book ref. 20535)   £300.00
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GEORGE (Henry): The Causes of Business Depressions,
10pp small pamphlet duodecimo, stapled original printed wrappers, Iowa Cedar Rapids, Vierth, undated, probably c.1900. (Book ref. 20533)   £20.00
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GEORGE (Henry): Taxing Land Values; Justice, Economy, Universal Benefit,
reprint, 27pp small octavo, very good copy in original printed card wrappers, New York, Manhattan Single Tax Club, undated, probably 1920. *First published in 1896. (Book ref. 20536)   £20.00
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GEORGE (Henry): Social Problems,
First Edition, viii, 367pp octavo, good copy in original dark orange cloth, floral patterned endpapers, paper toned (as always with this first edition), Chicago and New York, Belford, Clarke and Co., 1883. *This work, polemically directed against a series of articles written by Charles Sumner, was initially better received than Progress and Poverty, although it included George's controversial ideas on taxation. It is George's strongest statement of his opposition to private industrial monopoly, and of his belief in public ownership. The book includes chapters on: The Wrong in all Existing Social Conditions; The Rights of Man; Over-Production; Unemployed Labour; The Effects of Machinery &c. The work also includes two appendices; Conditions of English Agricultural Labourers by William Saunders, which supports George's views against Sumner and A Piece of Land by Francis G. Shaw, written in the form of a dialogue between "Labour" and "Capital". (Book ref. 20522)   £60.00
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GEORGE (Henry): Protection or Free Trade.
An Examination of the Tariff Question with Especial Regard to the Interests of Labor, First Edition, viii, 359pp large octavo, a very good clean copy in bright original cloth, New York, Henry George & Co., 1886. Although an ardent social reformer, George actually had very little in common with the socialists and Marxists of the day. He staunchly believed that free markets were the best way to elevate the masses from poverty. His liberal principles became apparent in his spirited defence of free trade Protection or Free Trade (1886). He rather thought, that it would free the market from artificial shackles and monopoly if such a single tax was introduced. A land tax, he thought, was neutralor even beneficial to the market. "In this book I have endeavoured to determine whether protection or free trade better accords with the interests of labour, and to bring to a common conclusion on this subject those who really desire to raise wages. I have not only gone over the ground generally traversed, and examined the arguments commonly used, but, carrying the inquiry farther than the controversialists on either side have yet ventured to go, I have sought to discover why protection retains such popular strength in spite of all exposures of its fallacies; to trace the connection between the tariff question and those still more important social questions, now rapidly becoming the "burning questions" of our times; and to show to what radical measures the principle of free trade logically leads." (Book ref. 20525)   £90.00
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GEORGE (Henry): Property in Land. A Passage-at-arms between the Duke of Argyll and Henry George,
First Collected Book Edition, 77pp octavo, original printed paper wrappers, good clean copy, New York, Funk and Wagnalls, 1884. *"The literary reputation and high social and political rank of the Duke of Argyll have attracted unusual attention to his arraignment of Henry George's doctrine as to property in land. Mr George has made a vigorous and aggressive reply, which is here given in juxtaposition with the Duke's attack." - publisher's note. The two pieces are: "The Prophet of San Francisco" by the Duke of Argyll, in the Nineteenth Century for April 1884 and "The Reduction to Iniquity" by Henry George, in the Nineteenth Century for July 1884 from advance sheets. (Book ref. 20524)   £150.00
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GEORGE (Henry): Causes of Business Depression,
12pp small pamphlet octavo, stapled original printed wrappers, fine copy, New York, Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, August 1930. (Book ref. 20534)   £20.00
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