London: John Murray, 1829.
Hardcover. Very good. Second edition. 8vo, pp.lvii, 464. Bound in 3/4 green leather and green marbled boards, spine with gilt lettering and ornaments, all edges marbled, green silk ribbon bookmark bound in. Binding signed [William Taylor] Morrell. Scuffing to leather at extremities, spine slightly faded, foxing to first and last few leaves, otherwise clean and sound. Armorial bookplate of William Ruddell Clarke of Trabolgan (County Cork, Ireland) on front pastedown. "Clarke (1870-1937) inherited Trabolgan, a large Georgian house, and the surrounding estate of 1500 acres from his father in 1911. After his death the estate was purchased by the Irish Land Commission" (National Library of Australia). Sadler (1780-1835) was a social reformer and political economist, whose beliefs are described by his DNB biographer as "violenty anti-Malthusian." On this work specifically, the biographical entry continues "Against the individualist and Ricardian views that underlay most English thinking about Ireland, Sadler here proposed the establishment of an Irish poor law on the paternalist principle that in proportion to its means 'wealth should be compelled to assist destitute poverty, but that, dissimilar to English practice, assistance should in all cases, except in those of actual incapacity from age or disease, be connected with labour.'"