London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1873. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. , vi, , 2-313, ,  (pages of publisher's advertisements) pp. Original green pebbled cloth with gold lettering on the spine. Brown coated endpapers and pastedowns. Second issue with the errata leaf. NCBEL III 1552. ODNB, Jose Harris, "Mill, John Stuart, (1806–1873)". The story of Mill's life from his own perspective, published shortly after his death. His wife and companion Harriet Taylor helped to edit this publication. Mill is remembered as the greatest proponent of utilitarianism, and of many progressive social reforms. He advocated for the rights of women and for the right of lower-income citizens of England to be lifted out of poverty. He spent two nights in a jail cell for distributing pamphlets on contraception to servants in English country homes. The philosopher believed that a limited family size was the best way to avoid poverty all together, partly influenced by his own upbringing in a large Scottish family. Mill's writings on utilitarianism are still highly influential today, and are a standard part of courses in ethics and moral philosophy. Very Good. Item #000010477
Very Good with slight chipping to the crown and foot of the spine and a small lean; inscription dated in the year of publication on the first blank leaf.