(Hammersmith: Doves Press, 1907). 235 x 171 mm. (9 1/4 x 6 3/4"). xiii, [i], 120,  pp. ONE OF 300 COPIES on paper (and 12 on vellum).
Original gilt-titled flexible vellum. Greek type used for occasional words in text and for two lines in Appendix. Tidcombe DP-11; Tomkinson, p. 55. Covers tending to splay, small (glue?) spot to rear endpapers, isolated light spots of marginal foxing, otherwise a fine copy, clean, fresh, and bright.
When these essays first appeared in "Cornhill Magazine," they aroused violent criticism, but Ruskin says with defiance here that he wants them reprinted, without apology, as a kind of introduction to further writings on the subject. Ruskin makes four proposals for improvement in the economic system: he asks for universal access to education, government-run industries working in competition with private companies, governmental unemployment help, and pensions for the aged and disabled. Cobden-Sanderson's elegant type renders even these serious essays on the "dismal science" a pleasure to read. (CBJ1759)
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