London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1894. Octavo (192 x 130). (xvi), 2, 2-264 (i.e. first and second page are both numbered ‘2,’ all text as called for is present), 39 pages of advertising,  + frontispiece. Blue cloth with gilt lettering and stamp, top edge gilt. Signed by John Burns followed by pencil handwriting, ‘from the library of the Hon J. Burns MP PC.’
Head and tail of spine a touch worn with light rubbing to joints; spine darkened with age; gilt lettering and stamp is rubbed in places and perhaps a little dull; Spine a little tender at 80-81 and 128-129; fore edges a little rubbed, base of boards more so; corners bruised, top corners scuffed and lower corners abraded; boards a tad scuffed; a vertical strip 3cm wide along spine on top board is lighter in colour; minor bubbling to the bottom half of the front board and two small patches on the back; top edge of text block dust-toned and sporting a few nicks; other two edges are toned with some very light foxing, roughly cut in places and bottom of pages are misaligned; pencil notes on endpapers and pencil marks at the gutter p2; endpapers, frontispiece, tissue guard, title page are toned and foxed, occasional fox mark and slight rippling throughout, 39pp of advertising are a little age toned. Item #869
Throughout his political career, John Elliot Burns (1858-1943) was a trade unionist, socialist, Liberal Member for Parliament for Battersea and Minister. In 1914 he resigned after becoming the newly appointed President of the Board of Trade as a protest to Britain declaring war on Germany, eventually leaving parliament in 1918.