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Historia del Luxo, y de las Leyes Suntuarias de España.


Madrid, Imprenta Real, 1788.


Small 8vo.  2 vols. in l.  I: 24, 200 pp.;  II: (l) f., 219 pp.  Later half calf.   Ownership stamp on title pp., paragraph on Vol. I, p. 16/17 lightly crossed through, tip of corner of p. 27/8 cut off, short tear repaired in top margin of Vol. II, p. 141/2.  

First edition.  In this carefully argued work Sempere approached the problem of lavish spending as a contemporary mercantilist, condemning the extravagance of luxury as a vice, but finding it inevitable in a society that encouraged inequality and admired a man more for his ostentation than for virtue and moderation.  Such needless consumption was therefore a necessity for both industry and the state profited.   Colmeiro (Bibliografia de los economistas españoles, 360) considered that the work was "though not devoid of economic errors worthy of censure, it deserves praise in that it shows the futility and ineffectiveness of the laws condemning lavishness."   Herr believed Sempere to be one of the outstanding members of the Amigos del País of Madrid, a society which encouraged new economic development (The Eighteenth-Century Revolution in Spain, p. 163).  

Palau 307412.  Colmeiro, Bibliografia de los economistas españoles, 360.   Goldsmiths' Library Cat. 12676.  Not in Kress.



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