Political Economy For Beginners.

Scarce first edition of Millicent Garrett Fawcett's Political Economy For Beginners

Political Economy For Beginners.

FAWCETT, Millicent Garrett.


Item Number: 134388

London and Cambridge: Macmillan and Co, 1870.

Scarce first edition of Millicent Fawcett’s immensely successful work on political economy, published the year before she helped found Newnham College for women at Cambridge in 1871. Octavo, original cloth, publisher’s advertisements at rear. English politician, writer and feminist Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett led Britain’s largest women’s rights association, the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) from 1897 to 1919. In 2018, a century after the Representation of the People Act, she was the first woman honored with a statue in Parliament Square, at the unveiling of which UK Prime Minister Theresa May acknowledged, “I would not be standing here today as Prime Minister, no female MPs would have taken their seats in Parliament, none of us would have the rights we now enjoy, were it not for one truly great woman: Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett.” From the library of John Skelton Downes with his ownership inscriptions and markings in pencil to the front and rear endpapers and first several pages. Exceedingly scarce with no other copies traced at auction. 

Fawcett notes in her preface to this beginner's introduction to the study of political economy, " When I was helping my husband to prepare a third edition of his Manual of Political Economy, it occurred to us both that a small book, explaining as briefly as possible the most important principles of the science, would be useful to beginners, and would perhaps be an assistance to those who are desirous of introducing the study of Political Economy into schools." The introductory text focuses primarily on the production, exchange, and distribution of wealth with sections on the division of labor, value of money, profits of capital, and credit.

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