London: Macmillan and Co., 1901. First Edition. Gilt stamped cloth. [Presentation copy] Octavo, dimensions 21 x 13.5cm, xxiii, 373pp, (2) Advertisments. Signature: B - Z8, AA - BB3, errata slip tipped in at the tp and a newspaper clippng with a short favourable review is attached to this. Red cloth covered boards, blind ruled, with two coins in gilt to top board, gilt lettered title on spine with gilt ruled borders at head and foot of spine. Water stain on the endpapers, foxing to the edges of the text block, mostly clean throughout with occasional fox mark, many unopened pages. Head and foot of the spine pushed and chipped, spine sunned, faded patch to top corner of top board, general scuffing and marks. "With the author's compliments" is inscribed in brown ink across the head of the front free endpaper, partially obscured by the water stain. Good. Item #755
While the tipped in news clipping suggests Mr Carlile's history was well received in its day, the review in the Economic Journal (december 1901 issue) was less enthusiastic. The reviewer there laments that Carlilestryed into economic discussion and should have stuck to writing a historical sketch, "in which case an interesting and useful volume might have been produced." (The Economic Journal, volume 11 issue 44, p.541).
Sadly we do not know the provenance of the book, nor to whom the author extended his compliments.