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The Ingenious Mr Edgeworth - Desmond Clarke

Oldbourne, 1965, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges, slight fraying at the tail of the spine. Price Clipped. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “Roadbuilder, inventor, politician, educationist and writer — Richard Lovell Edge worth’s diversity of talents has made him almost unknown today. He is probably best known and remembered as the father and collaborator of Maria Edgeworth, and his fertile imagination, constant encouragement and thorough editing, despite contrary opinion, contributed largely to her success as a writer. Another result of this partnership was the advancement of Edgeworth’s own ideas of education, culminating in his book Practical Education. Edgeworth’s first love was the invention or investigation of things mechanical; he was the first to prove the positive advantages of carriage springs, and his work on road-building was in the end adopted as standard. Even though Macadam gained all the credit, it was, in fact, Edgeworth’s more correct methods which were employed for more than a century. As an inventor and contriver, Edgeworth was the friend of many of the leading figures of the day; Josiah Wedgwood, Matthew Boulton, James Watt. Humphrey Davy, Thomas Day and Erasmus Darwin, among others held him in high regard. Edgeworth was heir to estates in Ireland and on the death of his father felt compelled to return to the country. He proved to be a progressive landlord in a time of notorious absenteeism, and was one of the leading figures among the political moderates of the day. Indeed if Edgeworth had no other interests, this book is important for the light it throws on a particularly vital chapter of Irish history. When the whole range of his activities is added to this, we have a fascinating work which skilfully blends biography with social history.”
Size: 8¾" x 5¾"
Number of Pages: 256

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