Price: 450.00 USD
Chicago and New York: Belford, Clarke & Co, 1884. Early printing. 8vo. Inscribed. Inscribed on first blank: "Charles H. Shepard, M.D., with the compliments of Henry George." Shepard was a fellow New Yorker and advocate of free trade, a central tenet of George's economic philosophy along with the abolishment of private ownership of land. "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 to the social welfare. His ideas had powerful, if divergent, meanings for urban workers, Irish rural laborers, political foes of Britain's landed gentry, Catholic and Protestant preachers of a social gospel, women residing in New York's slums, businessmen aspiring to lift taxes from their own enterprises, and literary enthusiasts of global free trade. Adherents of the Single Tax remedy for urban squalor were to appear frequently in the ranks of reformers during the Progressive Era and beyond" (ANB). Early printing. Original purple cloth, spine lettered in gilt, upper cover lettered in black, floral endpapers. Fading to cloth, some wear to spine ends, very good.