We recently unearthed this deliriously decadent looking object:
Here’s the description:
GEORGE, Henry. Progress and Poverty. An Inquiry in the Cause of Industrial Depressions and of Increase of Want with Increase of Wealth – The Remedy.
London; Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co. 1905 [37731 ]
First edition. 8vo. Exquisitely and somewhat ironically bound in a heavily gilded and decorated full black morocco binding with red title label and onlays with extra gilt decoration to spine and boards. Very minor edgewear, a fine copy, all edges gilt. Marbled endpapers, internally clean with light pencil marginalia throughout. Originally self published by George in the US “Progress and Poverty” quickly became a bestseller and its author hailed as an economic prophet dedicated to the abolition of poverty. Obviously this didn’t happen, so here’s the first UK edition of the book for sale in order to give us another crack at that worthy goal. Quite why such a tome is bound in the manner of something looted from the treasure caravans of Saladin is something of a mystery unless the goal was either unwitting sadism or the alleviation of poverty in bookbinders. A most handsome object.
It’s an important book, very highly regarded in its time, but… sort of makes you want to occupy something…