8vo, pp. 32; light stain to the lower corner; original printed wrappers, a little browned and chipped in places.
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First edition in book form, rare, reprinted from the Revue britannique. In this open letter, Biot (1774–1862), famous as a physicist but writing here as a ‘propriétaire cultivateur’ from Picardy, discusses the economics of supplying the consumer needs of Paris, in particular the implications of laissez faire policies on prices and the subsequent effect on small businesses.
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[CITY OF LONDON.]
An Act for the better regulating the Nightly-Watch, and Beadles within the City of London, and Liberties thereof; and for making more effectual the Laws now in being, for paving and cleansing the Streets and Sewers, in and about the said City.
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