Large 8vo, pp. xxiv, 440; ink ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, else a nice clean copy in the original cloth, spine lettered gilt.
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READING ADAM SMITH AT THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE [MACKINTOSH, William].
Des Herrn Mackintosh’s Reisen durch Europa, Asia und Africa, worinnen die Charaktere, Gebräuche, Sitten und Geserze der Bewohner dieser Länder, nebst den darinnen vorhandenen Natur- und Kunst-Producten beschrieben werden; aus dem Englischen übersetzt und mit Ammerkungen versehen.
First edition in German (first English 1782). Composed of seventy-two letters written during the course of a trip to India, dealing largely with the government and economies of the East Indies. In letter 25, (pp. 134-140), Mackintosh reports that at the Cape of Good Hope in April 1799, one Daniel Barwell lent the author his copy of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations – ‘a work of great labour and ingenuity; I had heard of it, and anxiously desired to see it, because it treated of such commercial and political matters as have long furnished a subject of speculation in my solitude … It is a performance that every statesman and legislator should study and digest. – Yet I have presumed to differ in opinion, in a few instances, from that great source of knowledge’ (I, 206-7). The ‘Observations’, written ‘on a cursory reading’ of Smith, are provided in an lengthy appendix in volume II (pp. 426-494), which juxtaposes quotations with insightful commentary, especially on the relationship of labour and value, and real and nominal prices. Macintosh presented a copy of his Travels to Smith (‘With Mr. MacIntosh’s compliments … Mr. M – having been abroad when these letters were printed, had not an opportunity of transmiting [sic] them in manuscripts’).
ALVAREZ DE ARENALES, Jose.
Noticias historicas y descriptivas sobre el gran pais del Chaco y Rio Bermejo; con observaciones relativas a un plan de navegacion y colonizacion que se propone.
Rare second edition, after the first of 1833, of this analysis of the Chaco and Rio Bermejo regions of Paraguay, divided into three sections. The first covers the geography, population and natural history of the area, the second relates the conquest of Paraguay and Peru, containing extracts from various accounts of expeditions into the interior, and the third examines the Rio Bermejo (its colonization, military system, economy and so forth). The author, born in San Antonio de Arque in Río de la Plata in 1793, ‘studied engineering and joined the army at an early age to become part of the army of José de San Martín. While fighting against the royal army in Upper Peru, he found time to be elected to the congress of the province of Salta in Argentina. He … also wrote an unfinished Diccionario geográfico on Chile, Peru, and Río de la Plata. He died in 1862’ (Olson p. 30).