Principles of Political Economy with Some of Their Applications to Social Philosophy - John Stuart Mill 1848 - John W. Parker, London - First Edition The brilliant John Stuart Mill's major work, a treatise that marked the culmination of classical economics, and was considered ‘the undisputed bible of economic doctrine’. One of the most widely read of all books on economics in the nineteenth century. As Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations had during an earlier period, Mill's text dominated economics teaching; In the case of Oxford University it was the standard text until 1919, when replaced by Alfred Marshall's theories.

‘To many generations of students, Mill’s
Principles was the undisputed bible of economic doctrine. They represented the final synthesis of classical theory and of refinements introduced by post-Ricardian writers. They were comprehensive, systematic, and, with few exceptions, they presented their theorems without pugnacity which strengthened the impression of assurance and unquestioned authority’ – Roll, History of Economic Thought.
  John Stuart Mill (1806-73), the son of noted Scottish economist and philosopher James Mill, who held an influential post in the powerful East India Company. Mill's natural talent and physical stamina were put to the test at a very young age when he undertook a highly structured and individualised upbringing orchestrated by his father, who believed that the mind was a passive receptacle for human experience. His education and training were so intense that he was reading Greek at the age of three and doing independent writing at six.

Mill's education broadened considerably after 1823 when he entered the East India Company to commence his life's career as his father had done before him. He travelled, became politically involved, and in so doing moved away from the narrower sectarian attitudes in which he had been raised. His ideas and imagination were ignited by the Coleridge, Comte, and de Tocqueville. In addition to
Principles, Mill wrote many other influential works including A System of Logic (1843); On Liberty (1859); Utilitarianism (1863); and The Subjection of Women (1869). As a defender of individual freedom and human rights, John Stuart Mill lives on as a nineteenth-century champion of social reform.

Printing and the Mind of Man 345. Roll, History of Economic Thought 353.

Octavo, two volumes pp. [2] xvi 593 [3]; xv [1] 549 [3]. Bound without publisher’s advertisements. Archival repair to last page of volume I (593) with small loss of text.
  Finely bound in recent three quarter tan calf over marbled boards, spines lettered and tooled in gilt, contemporary burgundy title labels, speckled edges, new endpapers.   Condition: Near fine, archival repair to final page of volume II, in fine bindings.   Ref: 107713   Price: HK$ 30,000