The fable of the bees: or, private vices, publick benefits. With An essay on charity and ... The fable of the bees: or, private vices, publick benefits. With An essay on charity and ... The fable of the bees: or, private vices, publick benefits. With An essay on charity and ... The fable of the bees: or, private vices, publick benefits. With An essay on charity and ...

The fable of the bees: or, private vices, publick benefits. With An essay on charity and charity-schools. And A search into the nature of society. The fourth edition. To which is added, A vindication of the book from the Aspersions contain'd in a Presentment of the Grand-Jury of Middlesex, and an abusive Letter to Lord C [with] The fable of the bees. Part II. By the author of the first

MANDEVILLE, Bernard de (1670-1733)

Published by printed for J. Tonson, at Shakespear's-Head, over-against Katherine-Street in the Strand / printed, and sold by J. Roberts in Warwick-Lane [through 1733], London, 1714
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Two octavo volumes, complete: [16],477(400 misnumbered 352),[1]; [2],xxx,432,[24]pp, title page of vol. II a cancel withb"C" of "Cicero" in the quotation below second "m" of "Commenta." Fourth Edition [1725] of the first part; Second Edition [1733] of the second part. Contemporary calf, Cambridge-style boards paneled in blind, skillfully rebacked with spines in six compartments divided by gilt-ruled raised bands, red morocco lettering pieces gilt, edges speckled red, plain period end papers. A superb set, end papers tanned at margins else internally clean and crisp, bindings square and tight. Provenance: copper-engraved armorial bookplate of Newton Charles Ogle / Kirkley [Hall] on front paste downs. Ogle (1850-1912) descended from landed gentry prominent in Northumberland from before the time of the Norman Conquest. Rothschild 1371. New Palgrave III, 298. Ashley Library III, p. 114. NCBEL II, 1096. ESTC Citation Nos. T77575 and T77578. Mandeville's famous book, one of the most influential 18th-century contributions to social and economic thought, originated in a 433-line poem published in 1705, "The Grumbling Hive: or Knaves Turn'd Honest," which argued for free trade, prefiguring Adam Smith's laissez-faire economics. In defense of the numerous attacks against his poem, Mandeville elaborated it into a full-scale book, the 1714 first edition of Fable of the Bees, comprising 'An enquiry into the origin of moral virtue' and twenty 'remarks' annotating and explaining various lines in the verse fable. While claiming that every calling and trade has vices, he showed that these vile ingredients combine to produce a wholesome society, balancing individually unpleasant elements, as in the great, thriving metropolis of London itself: only if London were less flourishing would the streets be cleaner; their dirtiness was a necessary evil. The Fable attracted little attention, but in 1724 Mandeville published a second edition, enlarging the remarks (including, for example, a discussion of how thieves contribute to the public good) and adding "An essay on charity and charity schools" and "A search into the nature of society." Here offered is the fourth edition of 1725, along with the second edition of Part II (1733), "which is, in fact, an entirely new work. In six dialogues, Mandeville argues that The Fable is an entirely moral and religious work which has been grossly misrepresented, then goes on to develop an extensive 'conjectural history' of how human beings developed from savagery to civilization." (ODNB?) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1149

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Title: The fable of the bees: or, private vices, ...

Publisher: printed for J. Tonson, at Shakespear's-Head, over-against Katherine-Street in the Strand / printed, and sold by J. Roberts in Warwick-Lane [through 1733], London

Publication Date: 1714

Binding: Full Calf

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: Early Reprint.

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