SPENCE,William. Agriculture the source of wealth of Britain; a reply to the objections urged by Mr Mill, the Edinburgh Reviewers, and others, against the doctrines of the pamphlet, entitled "Britain independent of commerce." With remarks on the criticism of the Monthly reviewers upon that work. London: Luke Hanford and Sons for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1808.
Octavo, entirely uncut, preserved in modern quarter calf, marbled boards.pp. [iv], 110, adverts, complete with half-title and final advert leaf, an excellent copy.
Goldsmiths 19577; Kress B. 5452.
First edition. This, together with the author's earlier Britain independent of commerce (1807) are important documents of British physiocrat thought and were catalysts to the construction of classical British political economy by James Mill, Robert Torrens and J. R. McCulloch. Spence's work elicited a body of literature in reaction in which the intellectual basis of political economy was formulated.
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