poor, poverty, eden

The State of the Poor



[000210] Eden, Sir Frederick Morton, 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 Etc. Etc., J. Davis for B. And J. White; G.G. And J. Robinson; T. Payne; R. Faulder; T. Egerton; J. Debrett and D. Bremner, London, 1797, First Edition, Good. Full Calf, 4to.

Three volumes complete – Volume One – [8], xxxi, [1], 632pp; Volume Two – viii, 692pp and Volume Three – viii, 693-744, *737-*744, 737†-744†, 745-904, ccccxxx. Contemporary full speckled calf, smooth backs divided into six panels by gilt rolls, title label to second panel, volume label to fourth, remaining panels with gilt quadrilobe central device, covers with gilt roll border, edges stained light green.

Front outer joint of volumes two and three split but holding well on cords, title labels slightly chipped with small amount of loss, corners slightly bumped. Internally some light dust staining and foxing, foxing occasionally heavier, but never too obtrusive, generally fairly clean. With the half-titles and extra pages, one folding chart to volume three.

Eden’s seminal work on poverty and the labouring classes in England, described by Carter and Muir in ‘Printing and the Mind of Man’ as the “beginning of sociology” and “one of the classical works in the history of economics”.

Goldsmiths 17107; Kress B.3384; Einaudi 1714 and PMM 249