"It is by attempting to reach the top in a single leap that so much misery is produced in the world": Finely Bound set of William Cobbett's Paper Against Gold and Collective Commentaries

  • Cobbett’s Paper Against Gold and Collective Commentaries.

Cobbett’s Paper Against Gold and Collective Commentaries.

$350.00

Item Number: 81168

London: John M. Cobbett, 1821-1822.

Finely bound example of the political commentaries of late sixteenth century English political figure and pamphleteer William Cobbett. Octavo, two volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, black morocco spine labels, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. In very good condition.

English pamphleteer, farmer, and member of parliament William Cobbett sought relentlessly through his commentaries and weekly Register to end the poverty of farm labourers and reform the policies of the borough-mongers, sinecurists and "tax-eaters." Although initially staunchly anti-Jacobin, by 1804 Cobbett began questioning the policies of the Pitt government, especially the immense national debt and the profligate use of sinecures that Cobbett believed was ruining the country and increasing class antagonism. Hi journal soon became the main newspaper read by the working class, making him highly controversial figure in early 19th century England.

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