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Discurso sobre la educacion popular de los Artesanos y su Fomento
Madrid: Antonio de Sancha, 1775. FIRST EDITION. Contemporary Spanish mottled sheep, smooth spine gilt, red morocco label, early paper shelf label at foot, marbled endpapers and edges. VERY GOOD. 8vo. [24], 475, [1] pp. Binding with minor rubbing (a few wormholes) but overall in excellent condition, the text very clean and crisp An extraordinary work which deals not only with the education of the Spanish working class, including chapters on apprenticeship, examinations and female labour, but also about guilds, provisions and funds for the disabled and old aged, etc. It also has a chapter about Spanish foreign trade, particularly with the West Indies, though it was overlooked by Sabin. This volume appears much rarer than the author's complimentary work, the "Discurso sobre el fomento de la industria popular" of 1774. Albert Boime gives an insightful overview of the Spanish government at the time: "Goya's print of the 'Crockery Vendor' celebrates the Spanish government's ideal of a prosperous and proud artisan class, enunciated in Campomanes's publications of 1774-1775, 'Discurso sobre el fomento de la industria popular and Discurso sobre la educacion popular de los artesanos y su fomento.' Campomanes hoped to put to work all the idle classes of the nation, and to this end urged the cultivation of domestic crafts like pottery (although most of his examples are taken from the textile industry) that would not take people from small towns and farms. Over and over he praised the work of the economic societies for their encouragement of the arts and crafts, emphasizing their broad social appeal and representation. He especially lauded the spread of drawing instruction, which he considered 'the father of practical trades and without which nothing can flourish.' He had warm words for Mengs for his exemplary contribution to the national art, thus uniting the applied and fine arts in a common drive to rehabilitate Spanish commerce and culture" (Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815, p. 221). Over the next few years Campomanes issued 4 (!) volumes of Appendices, obviously not present here. REFERENCES: Kress 7088. Higgs 6474. Palgrave I, p. 208. McCulloch p. 361. Our binding may have originated from the publisher: we have seen an identical binding on this work in the possession of Berrocal Libros Antiquos, Madrid, in 2014.
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