unsigned gathering of two leaves with starred pagination inserted between D2 and D3 (containing "Caledonian War Whoop"), contemporary half calf, marbled boards, some slight browning, binding worn, upper hinge partially broken
The rare first edition, limited to 100 copies, of the author's collection of satirical poems, written during the financial crisis of 1825-6, lampooning the dogmas of political economists and the malpractices of bankers. The edition was suppressed by Peacock until after the death of J.S. Mill, his immediate superior at the India Office, to avoid causing offence.
No copy is recored as having been sold at auction in the last 35 years.
"The 'Lyrics' shadow out...the symptoms of the epidemic in its various stages; the infallible nostrums, remedial and preventive, proposed by every variety of that arch class of quacks, who call themselves political economists...till the final patching up of the uncured malady by a series of false palliatives, which only nourished for another eruption the seeds of the original disease.." (author, in his preface)
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