Illustrations Of Political Economy..


Bound in original half morocco over marbled boards; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt, with contrasting title labels, gilt. A little wear to extremities and occasional foxing but otherwise a very good set. Binder's stamp of Mudie on verso of first free endpaper. Bookseller's label of Marks and Co., 84 Charing Cross Road, London, W.C.2 on front pastedown. Decorative bookplate of Frances Elionor Pearse.



Charles Fox, 67, Paternoster-Row.,






3 volumes in one: no. xxiii. the three ages.; no. xxiv. the farrers of budge-row. a tale.; no. xxv. the moral of many fables.

Item Description

FIRST EDITIONS. 12mo. 4 x 6 inches. [iv] + 126 pp.; [vi] + 136 pp.; [iv] + 255 + [1] pp.; v + [i] + 144 pp. Each has 2 title pages, the first also containing the series title.


Works of political economy under the guise of fiction, a genre pioneered by Harriet Martineau (1802-76). Regarded as a founder of sociology, she was among the first social theorist to examine household economy, women, marriage, children, religious life and race. Illustrations of Political Economy was published in nine volumes, 1832-34 and proved to be a great publishing success, even outselling Dickens. It is considered that it helped to spread the free market ideas of Adam Smith throughout the British Empire. No. XXV was the last of the series and, unlike its predecessors, was not written in the form of a work of fiction.

[Stock No. 24735]

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