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Progress and Poverty - GEORGE Henry - 1879. 
1879 - GEORGE, Henry. Progress and Poverty. San Francisco: W.M. Hinton, 1879. Octavo, original blind-stamped brown cloth. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $8500.Limited first edition of Henry George's "most famous work," the rare "Author's Edition" of only 200 copies, an exceptional presentation/association copy of the work that prompted the Single Tax movement inscribed by him to his fellow reformer, "To Wendell Phillips with compliments of Henry George." The copy of preeminent bibliophile H. Bradley Martin."The most influential of American works on economics, this book gave its author an international reputation as prophet and reformer. He proposed to abolish poverty and secure fair distribution of the rewards of labor by appropriating all economic rent by taxation, and abolishing all taxation except upon land values. Today the slogan of the single tax still unites the followers of Henry George" (Grolier 100 Influential American Books 81). "Progress and Poverty is George's most famous work" (Roll, 387). "Following the English economist David Ricardo, George asserted that rent was 'determined by the excess of [land's] produce over that which the same application can secure from the least productive land in use'". By means of his vigorous oratorical style and his direct and simple writing, George had popularized a doctrine that combined trenchant criticism of inequality in modern society with celebration of the potential contribution of technological development and individual endeavor" (ANB).To 20th-century economist Leland Yeager, Henry George "was a profound and original economist. He independently arrived at several of the most characteristic insights of the 'Austrian' School" ("Henry George and Austrian Economics"). "Author's Edition" stated on title page. Precedes the first trade edition. Without rarely found laid-in publisher's review slip asking no reviews be printed on receipt of this limited edition. Streeter 4284. Howes G106. This rare presentation/association copy is inscribed by Henry George to Wendell Phillips, the anti-slavery reformer known for his "commanding presence in the history of the nation's struggles to overcome racial and economic injustice". In the 1850s no public speaker more completely dominated the debate over the problem of slavery and the growing crisis between North and South than did Phillips. The onset of the war itself magnified Phillips's stature and influence as 'abolition's golden trumpet'" (ANB). Phillips also "anticipated some of the social thought of". Henry George and Edward Bellamy". Like Phillips, both attempted to speak as moralists who attacked laissez-faire economics while trying to lead the nation toward new vistas of prosperity, technological progress and social harmony" (Stewart, Wendell Phillips, 291). Bookplates of Henry Bradley Martin, whose library included "major holdings in American, English and French literature and important American historical documents""such as the first printing of the Declaration of Independence and George Washington's copy of the Federalist Papers. His collection was so widely regarded that it was highlighted in an exhibit at Pierpont Morgan Library. Martin, a former director of Bessemer Securities and an honorary member of the Grolier Club, was "a grandson of Henry Phipps, who was a partner of Andrew Carnegie. Martin began his lifelong pursuit of books in 1924, buying a first edition of Tom Sawyer while attending Christ Church College at Oxford University" (New York Times). Also with the bookplate of Dewitt Miller, the late-19th-century journalist and historian.Text fresh and clean, expert archival reinforcement to inner hinges, minor restoration to spine head of original gilt-lettered cloth. A rare near-fine presentation/association copy with a most distinctive provenance. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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