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Free Trade and Protection. An inquiry into the causes which have retarded the general adoption of free trade since its introduction into England.
London: Macmillan & Co, 1878 - Octavo. Original brown pebbled cloth, spine and boards lettered and ruled in gilt, black, and blind, black endpapers. Extremities gently rubbed, spine ends and corners bruised, occasional spotting to contents, overall a bright, clean copy. With the 39-page publisher's advertisements to the rear. Presentation stamp of the Cobden Club, an organisation which promoted free trade at home and abroad and of which Fawcett was a member, to title page in purple ink. First edition. Fawcett "was intelligently alive to the need to take other considerations into account when prescribing practical policies. For example, his best-seller on Free Trade and Protection (1878), after listing all the classical arguments in favour of free trade, went on to defend an Indian five per cent tariff on cotton imports from the United Kingdom, partly on revenue grounds and partly on grounds of natural justice" (The New Palgrave II, p. 296). The book developed out of a course of lectures which Fawcett delivered at Cambridge in October 1877. In his biography of Fawcett, his friend Leslie Stephen wrote, "it is perhaps his ablest book. It is singularly terse, temperate, and exhaustive The result is, I think, an unanswerable refutation within a moderate space of the leading arguments of his opponents as a thorough-going application of established principles to recent facts, his book is masterly and conclusive" (p. 146). The Cobden Club, founded in 1866, was "devoted to the worldwide diffusion of the principles linked with [Richard] Cobden, summarized in its motto 'Peace, free trade and goodwill among nations'. Potter, who succeeded Cobden as MP for Rochdale, was indefatigable in organizing the club, whose early activists included economists like Rogers, James Caird, and Henry Fawcett, and industrialists such as Sir Thomas Bazley and Hugh Mason" (ODNB). See Leslie Stephen's, Life of Henry Fawcett (1885). [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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