Title: A New View of Society: or, Essays on the Formation of the Human Character Preparatory to the Development of a Plan for Gradually Ameliorating the Condition of Mankind.
Publication: London: printed for Longman, Hurst Rees, Orme and Brown et al, 1816.
Description: Second edition. 8vo., pp. viii, [iii], 12-184. Uncut, with wide margins. Dampstaining to approx. half page, diminishing from front paste-down to p.viii; occasional light foxing. Publisher’s grey paper-covered boards backed with brown paper, remains of title label to spine. Grubby with dampstain to upper board, paper coming away at ends of spine, paper splitting at joints but binding holding firm, corners frayed. A good unsophisticated copy, worn but sound. Ownership inscription of W(illia)m Furmage, London Tavern, Poole to upper board. Furmage was landlord of the London Tavern from c.1839 to c.1855.
“Here, in what remains his best-known work, Owen demanded a system of national education to prevent idleness, poverty, and crime among the ‘lower orders’ (Selected Works, vol. 1), and recommended restricting ‘gin shops and pot houses’, the state lottery and gambling, as well as penal reform, ending the monopolistic position of the Church of England, and collecting statistics on the value and demand for labour throughout the country. Owen denied proposing ‘that the British government should now give direct employment to all its working population’. Instead, education should lead the poor ‘to find employment sufficient to support themselves, except in cases of great sudden depression in the demand for, and consequent depreciation in the value of, labour’ (Selected Works, 1.97).” (ODNB)
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