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Crumpe, An Essay on the Best Means of Providing Employment for the People.

Crumpe, An Essay on the Best Means of Providing Employment for the People.

Crumpe, Samuel. An Essay on the Best Means of Providing Employment for the People. To which was adjudged the Prize proposed by the Royal Irish Academy for the Best Dissertation on that Subject. Second Edition. London, Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson, R. Faulder; and R.E. Mercier and Co. Dublin, 1795. 21 x 13 cm. xxviii, 339 pages, (2). Later quarter calf over marbled boards. Gilt title, author and decorations on spine. Five raised bands. Later end papers. Very good condition. Minor shelf wear to binding. Edges dust dulled. Occassional mild foxing, otherwise internally clean. A very nice copy in a lovely binding.

Samuel Crumpe (1766-1796) was an Irish physician and a writer on medical and social issues. Crumpe was born at Rathkeale on 15 September 1766. In 1788, at the age of 22, he was awarded the degree of MD at Edinburgh University, with a dissertation in which he argued that scurvy could be cured by good diet. The same year he set up in practice in Limerick, where he was notable for his active service to the poor through his work at St. John’s Hospital. In 1792 he married Susan Ingram, described as an accomplished lady with a large fortune, she was the second daughter of the Rev. Jaques Ingram by his wife Miss Smyth, granddaughter of Thomas Smyth, Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe. Dr Crumpe was an avid climatologist and kept a weather diary for each day of 1795. Dr Crumpe died in Limerick on 27 January 1796, aged 29. One obituary notice recorded that he was “a man whose rare virtues and accomplishments recommended him to the respect and esteem of a widely extended and diversified acquaintance”.
In 1793 Crumpe’s Essay on the Best Means of Providing Employment for the People won the prize offered by the Royal Irish Academy. It was translated into French and German, as was his book on opium which appeared the same year. The work was heavily indebted to Adam Smith in its assumptions about society and economy.
Crumpe’s work on opium provided an experimental basis for classifying the drug as a stimulant rather than a narcotic, and was the first to provide an extensive discussion of withdrawal effects. (Wikipedia)

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Crumpe, An Essay on the Best Means of Providing Employment for the People.
Crumpe, An Essay on the Best Means of Providing Employment for the People.
Crumpe, An Essay on the Best Means of Providing Employment for the People.
Crumpe, An Essay on the Best Means of Providing Employment for the People.

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