Chicago: Open Court Publishing, 1894. First Edition. Octavo (20cm). Publisher's brown cloth, lettered in gilt on spine and front cover; 303pp + ads; Title page is a cancel, as appears to be the case with most copies. Frontispiece portrait of the author. Minor rubbing and wear; still a tight, Near Fine copy.
The British-born Trumbull began his career in America as a railway section hand; attained the rank of Captain in the Iowa Infantry; and after the war devoted himself to philosophical matters and labor reform, mostly in affiliation with Paul Carus's "The Open Court." The present volume includes essays on convict labor, monetary reform, the single tax, and an extended discourse titled "The Ethics of The Board of Trade - A Controversy with Mr. Lyman J. Gage."