All London imprints, bound together in contemporary French polished sheep, spine richly decorated gilt with a red morocco lettering-piece ‘Panphlet [sic] de 1740’, a couple of scuffs to the upper and several scuffs to the lower board, endpapers marbled, all edges red. A very attractive volume bringing together an important collection of pamphlets on international trade and foreign affairs.
US $4950 €4009
i). The consequences of his majesty’s journey to Hanover, at this critical juncture. Considered in a letter from a Member of Parliament in town to a noble Duke in the country: to which is added, the Duke of A---l’s speech upon the state of the nation: with the reply to it, by Lord ******. London, C. Simpson, 1740.
8vo in fours, pp. 40; minor loss to the gutter of the title, lightly browned due to paper stock, a very good copy.
Fairly scarce: 5 UK copies; 6 holdings in US institutions.
ii). The conduct of his grace the D-ke of Ar—le for the four last years review’d. Together with his Grace’s speech April 15th, 1740. Upon the state of the nation. London, Webb, 1740.
8vo, pp. 34, , 34-57, bound without the half title; a very good copy.
The second state in which this edition appears, identified by the correct numbering of p. 15 and the correct word, ‘TRAIN’ to the end of the second line of p. 34 (incorrectly appears as ‘STRAIN’ in the first state, see ESTC T1978).
iii). An essay on the management of the present war with Spain, as far as has been hitherto conducted on the part of Great Britain. By an impartial hand. London, T. Cooper, 1740.
8vo, pp. 32; a good copy.
iv). The present state of the national debt: with remarks on the nature of our public funds, and the uses which a large national debt may be to a sole M-----r. London, T Berwick, 1740.
8vo, pp. 25, , 2 folding tables, complete with the half title and terminal blank. A very good copy.
v). Britain’s mistakes in the commencement and conduct of the present war. By a merchant and citizen of London. London, T. Cooper, 1740.
8vo, pp. 62,  blank; a clean, crisp copy.
Goldsmiths’ 7757, Hanson, 5426, Sabin 8065.
vi). A supplement to Britain’s mistakes in the commencement and conduct of the present war. Wherein the late glorious success of Admiral Vernon at Porto Bello is particularly considered. By a merchant and citizen of London. London, T. Cooper, 1740.
8vo, pp. 31,  blank; a very good copy.
First edition of the supplement to the previous pamphlet, published in the same year.
vii). ASHLEY, John. Memoirs and considerations concerning the trade and revenues of the British colonies in America with proposals for rendering those Colonies more beneficial to Great Britain. London, C. Corbett, E. Comyns, J.Jolliffe, 1740.
8vo, pp. vi, 154; a good copy.
‘Reissued in 1743 together with ‘Second part of memoirs and considerations’ under the general title ‘Memoirs and considerations. In two parts’.
viii). Considerations on the American Trade, before and since the establishment of the South-Sea Company. London, J. Roberts, 1739.
8vo, pp. 31,  blank; half-title lightly dust-soiled, else a good copy.
Brown, 601; Goldsmiths’ 7659; Hanson, 5336; Sabin 15962.
ix). The advantages and disadvantages which will attend the prohibition of the merchandizes of Spain, impartially examined, and humbly offered to the consideration of Parliament. By a Sussex farmer. London, J. Roberts, .
8vo, pp. 34,  blank.
You may also be interested in...
THE COPY CENSED BY GOFF TARTAGNIS, Alexander de.
Lectura super prima parte Infortiati cum apostilis.
One of the few extant copies of an incunable edition of Alexander de Tartagnis’ lectures on this section of the Corpus Iustiniani; it was the third appearance in print of this text, and the first full-length edition, following a first appearance in 1485 and a second in 1489-90. Part I and II, gathered in this volume, provide a commentary on the first part of the Infortiatum (a section of the Pandectae); they were supplemented by parts III and IV, published between 1491 and 1499.
BRITO, Joaquim José Rodrigues de.
Memorias politicas sobre as verdadeiras bases da grandeza das naçoes, e principalmente de Portugal.
First edition of this landmark in Portuguese philosophical, political and economic thought. Brito was a professor of law at the University of Coimbra and the Memorias is his only published work, written in response to what the author saw as the relative immaturity of the moral and political sciences and the instability of the organisation of society, and intended to provide a standard framework to guarantee order and the regeneration of social institutions. Influenced by the French physiocrats, the author maintains that economic phenomena and mechanisms are subject to specific natural laws and that the role of the political corpus is to reveal the evidence of such laws and transform them into universally respected positive rules. Political economy is, for Brito, the cornerstone of legislative and governmental actions, the ‘shining beacon … that should lead legislators to their lofty destinies’, and the best means of contemplating natural law. Brito goes on to suggest that the sovereign should focus his attention on agriculture as a strategic sector of the economy. While discussing the question of value, Brito was the first Portuguese author to tackle some of the more theoretical parts of the Wealth of Nations. His criticism of Smith, whom he accused of considering labour as the only source of value, drew fire from José da Silva Lisboa, who attacked Brito’s agrarianism and claimed that his physiocratic approach had been superseded by Smith’s masterwork. Brito’s third volume opens with his reply to Lisboa, claiming that Smith was a ‘plagiarist of the physiocrats’.