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Campomanes, Pedro Rodriguez, Conde de
Discurso sobre el fomento de la industria popular
Antonio de Sancha, 1774. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. 8vo. (4 ff.), cxcviii pp. Bound in contemporary stiff vellum, evidence of two pair of ties. Text very crisp & clean. Very good. True first edition of this crucial work on bringing parity to the tradesmen in Spain, with particular emphasis in reforming the Spanish economy. Conde de Campomanes "probably influenced Spanish economic thought of his time more than any other writer" (La Force p. 156). The present work is described as: "one of the fundamental books of the Spanish Enlightenment" (Venturi, Italy and the Enlightenment. Studies in a Cosmopolitan Century, p. 274). Campomanes advocates household industry - mainly textiles - rather than large-scale industry, so that people will not have to move from small towns and farms. In order to spread the knowledge that would make such industry possible, he strongly advocates the formation of local economic societies. Campomanes analyzes the natural resources, existing industry, and available manpower of each Spanish province (section X); he also makes sociological observations on what Spaniards consume and why. When the Discurso appeared, the King ordered copies sent to all local governing officials and bodies of Spain and to bishops for distribution among the clergy. The work was supplemented in 1775 by "Discurso sobre la educacion popular de los artesanos y su fomento." Carpenter, in discussing why this work did not qualify for the Baker Library's exhibition of economic bestsellers printed before 1850, speculates "[Campomanes] was translated into Dutch, German, Italian and Portug … [Klicken Sie unten für eine ausführliche Beschreibung]
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