The Cottage Economy
Seller ID: 1603
London: the Author, 1835. New edition (pp. [iv], 199, index, adverts). Small folio (19cm) in modern half morocco over red cloth, gilt titles and decoration. Cobbett's remarks address the 'labouring classes of this kingdom' who, he believed, could establish and make themselves independent for food and rainment on as little as a quarter acre, and point out practical means whereby the economy, or management, of their households can be improved. So there is discussion of brewing beer, making bread, salting mutton, keeping bees, and fashioning hats and bonnets from dried native grasses. The Cottage Economy was Cobbett's most successful and influential publication. A hundred years later, in the midst of the great Depression, M. G. Kains published Five Acres and Independence, in effect an updated version of Cobbett, intending to point the way out of the disastrous economic circumstances of those times. The acreage was larger but the theme was the same. A clean, bright, attractive copy.
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