The New Views of Mr. Owen of Lanark impartially examined as rational means of ultimately promoting the productive industry, comfort, moral improvement, and happiness of the labouring classes of society, and of the poor and of training up children in the way in which they should go; also observations on the New Lanark School [&c.]. Henry Grey MACNAB.

The New Views of Mr. Owen of Lanark impartially examined as rational means of ultimately promoting the productive industry, comfort, moral improvement, and happiness of the labouring classes of society, and of the poor and of training up children in the way in which they should go; also observations on the New Lanark School [&c.]

London: J. Hatchard and Son, 1819. First Edition. Scarce, early and quite thorough account of Owen's social experiments at New Lanark, with special attention to the childrens' and workers' schools, by a keenly sympathetic observer. Macnab (1760-1823) was a medical doctor and coal operator, author of numerous tracts on the mining industry and coal tax reform. Following a decade-long exile to France (to avoid debtors), Macnab returned to England to serve as physician to the Duke of Kent, under whose aegis he undertook the present work (DNB). A French translation was published in 1821; the book is uncommon in commerce and among the more important contemporary accounts of New Lanark, published wihin just a few years of Owen's own landmark A New View of Society (1816). One copy only recorded at auction in the past 50+ years (Bonhams, London, 2008). KRESS C.351. Octavo (21cm). Contemporary full sheep; iv,234pp. Binding joints and corners scuffed but holding strong; mild marginal offsetting to preliminary and terminal leaves, else an internally fresh copy, Very Good and sound in a contemporary binding. Early, neat ink underlining to a few passages of text. Ownership signature of a "Sam'l C. Allen" to front endpaper (possibly Samuel Clesson Allen, Federalist politician of Massachusetts, 1772-1842). Laid in is a fragment of a manuscript sales receipt made out "Mr. Allen," for four books, dated 1826; prices indicated in dollars, the (presumably American) bookseller not identified.

Price: $2,250.00

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