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Lieber, Francis. Essays on property and labour as connected with natural law and the constitution of society. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1841. 12mo (15.9 cm; 6.25"). xx, , 16–225,  pp. $90.00
First edition of meditations on topics including the rights of managing private property, marriage, income inequality, and more, with an introduction by Rev. A. Potter. Lieber (1800–72), a Prussian expatriate, fought in the Napoleonic Wars for the Colberg militia before moving to America, becoming a professor of political economy at South Carolina College while hating slavery, and later advising President Lincoln on the humane treatment of captured Confederate soldiers, which has influenced the treatment of war criminals to this day. The text does not directly address slavery, although it is easy to see why Lieber was against it.
The present text was published in Harper's series "Family library" as no. 146.
Shoemaker 41-3082. Publisher's textured charcoal-colored cloth, gilt-stamped spine, binding faded; ex–social club library: bookplate and call number label on front pastedown, pressure-stamp on title-page. One paper defect, light age-toning with a handful of small dots. (37261) Please RESHELVE This.
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