Report of the Royal Commission on the Poor Laws and Relief of Distress
London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office by Wyman and Sons, 1909. pp. xiii, 1238. List of Members, (p.ii), Table of Contents (pp. iii-x), Royal Warrant (pp. xi-xiii).[Majority] Report (pp. 1-645; Index (p.646); List of Principal Recommendations (pp. 647-670); Separate Report by the Prebendary H. Russell Wakefield, Franccis Chandler, George Lansbury and Mrs. Sidney Webb (pp. 719- 1238. The Commission was appointed in 1905 "to inquire: - 1) Into the working of the laws relating to the relief of poor persons in the United Kingdom; 2) Into the various means which have been adopted outside of the Poor Laws for meeting distress arising from want of employment, particularly during periods of severe industrial depression." The Commission was famously split and its recommendations were published in one report. A large propganda campaign was organized by Sidney and Beatrice Webb in support of the recommendations for prevention of destitution. In the years that followed, the fabric of the old Poor Law was gradually dismantled and the new system of social insurance took its place. ISBN: 281AIB1050938.
First edition (first printing). A very good copy in full leather, rebound with original covers. Spine with 5 raised bands. Title and date in gilt on leather labels on spine. Covers are worn and scuffed. Binding is tight, gutters intact. Marbled endpapers. Ex-lib, wihdrawn from G.L.C. Members Library.