Small folio, ff. ; tiny stain at foot of first two leaves, but an excellent copy, in brown morocco by Zaehnsdorf, title stamped in gilt on upper cover, top edges gilt, some others untrimmed.
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Parthenia or the maydenhead of the first musicke that ever was printed for the virginalls.
Facsimile reprint of the original edition of c. 1612/13, handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf. At the end is a short introduction to the work by the great Austrian musicologist and bibliographer Otto Erich Deutsch.
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The present state of the unhappy sufferers of the Charitable Corporation consider’d. With reasons humbly offer’d for their relief.
First and only edition of an anonymous plea to Parliament for the rescue of the Charitable Corporation for the Relief of the Industrious Poor, a pawnbroker which granted credit at low interest to the ‘deserving poor’ who left a pledge. Founded in 1707, in the 1720s the Corporation came under scrutiny for large-scale fraud. In 1731 the City of London petitioned Parliament for relief against the interest rates, which witnesses reported to reach 30 percent, and against the sale of pledged goods at a price much lower than production cost. Four years and numerous pamphlets passed before Parliament was able to summon the evidence and the fraudsters, to deliver the act which devolved the Corporation’s assets, and to grant lottery options to shareholders unconnected with the frauds.
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