Publisher: Philadelphia: Published by M. Carey, 1819.
Edition: First collected edition.
Bibliographical References: Sabin 62041; American Bibliography 47512.
Condition: Boards and backstrip thoroughly worn and stained; text paper pervasively browned; a poor but interesting copy.
Book ID: 21602
Description8vo, original plain brown boards crudely rebacked in beige linen.
Comments¶ Essays on many economic and political issues of the young nation, written by the prominent publisher and public benefactor Matthew Carey (1760-1839). In the process of withdrawing from his business activities, the Irish-born Carey had in 1819 founded the Pennsylvania Society for the Promotion of National Industry and issued a series of fourteen tracts on protective tariffs, comparisons of American economic policies with those of other nations, the development of agriculture and manufacturing, etc. “These [tracts] are regarded as the classic American argument in favor of the protective system, and for them Carey will be chiefly remembered in economic authorship. He did more than anyone else, if we except Hamilton, to found the American nationalist school of economic thought” - DAB. ¶ Inscribed by Carey on the front paste-down to “James Thacher Esquire / from the Society.” James Thacher (1754-1844) was one of the leading physicians in the young republic, a veteran of numerous battles and campaigns of the American Revolution, and the author of both historical and medical works of enduring importance--some are even still in print. Doubtless it was also Carey who wrote Thacher's name on the outer front cover. In 1833 this copy fell into the hands of Lewis Vital Bogy (1813-1877), who was then a student at Transylvania University in Kentucky, and who crossed out the earlier inscriptions and wrote his name and the year twice on the inner front cover. Bogy later became a prosperous attorney, entrepreneur, and politician in St. Louis. He was pro-Southern, although not active in the Confederate cause, and a strong advocate of the rights of American Indians, as a result of his youthful travels in the Indian Territory. ¶ This copy also contains an additional, virtually illegible inscription on the inner front cover, an illegible inscription at the top of the title-page, and several lines of illegible commentary on a rear flyleaf.