London: Joseph Mawman, 1815. Second Edition, with additions and corrections. Large 4to, xii, 456, 93. With index and appendix. Many folding statistical plates. Bound in rubbed calf-backed boards, Mostly disbound and needs to be recased. Small bookplate with library stamp. CF. Goldsmiths 21092; Kress C.6464; Ragatz p.288; Amex 104; Mawman, 1815. Item #29555
The first attempt to give a complete statistical survey of Britain and her colonies. "Particularly important, not so much because of its estimates of national wealth, but because of the economic reasoning, however primitive, which is offered in explanation of the facts presented, and of the attempts to state and solve problems - to paraphrase factually, as it were, the more popular doctrines of the times.." - Schumpeter. "This book may be regarded as one of the most important bases of economic and socialist researches and criticisms during the Ricardian and Owenite period.." - Beer, History of British Socialism.