MILL,John Stuart. Programme of the Land Tenure Reform Association. With an explanatory statement by John Stuart Mill. London, Longmans Green, Reader and Dyer 1871
Octavo, paper wrappers, printed paper label, pp.16, old ink stamp of the British Library of Political & Economic Science on title, first and final leaf dust stained.
First edition. The 'manifesto' of the Land Tenure Reform Association which Mill drafted.
MacMinn p.100. see Reeves, pp.461-463, Packe, pp.490-491
Packe wrote of Mill in his Life "It is true he wished to nationalize the land. He believed that a man was entitled to possess only what he could earn and make himself. As no man made the land, and since the landowner drew all the profit from its use while contributing nothing to its fruitfulness, Mill saw no reason why this ancient monopoly…should not be abrogated…He lent his active support to the Land Tenure Reform Association. He frequently addressed the meetings which they sponsored. He drafted a manifesto of their aims and objects, and arranged for Longmans to put it out at 6d. The last two articles he published were written on behalf of the Association [in 1873], and in his will he left them £500." Packe, The Life of John Stuart Mill, pp.490-491.