Proyecto economico, en que se proponen varias providencias, dirigidas á promover los intereses de España, con los medios y fondos necesarios para su plantificacion: escrito en el año de 1762 … Obra postuma.

Madrid, Joachin Ibarra, 1779.

Small 4to, pp. [4], xxviii, 400; early ink ownership inscription and stamp (slightly corroded) to the title; a couple of gatherings lightly browned; still a very good, crisp copy in contemporary limp vellum, small stain to upper cover, spine MS lettered in ink; endpapers renewed.

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First edition. Despite McCulloch’s doubts that ‘anything approaching to a good treatise on Political Economy should have been published in Spain previously to its invasion by the French under Napoleon’ (pp. 31–2), Ward’s work has been described as ‘perhaps, the best digested and most methodical book written on these topics in Spain during the [eighteenth] century, giving a clear insight into the causes of the decay of the country, which, like his predecessors, Uztáriz and Ulloa, Ward ascribes to the neglect of trade and industry, and to the absurd system of taxation which had prevailed for more than two centuries. Like them, Ward is a mercantilist, but more discriminating and less extreme’ (Palgrave). Part II of the work (pp. 225–319) deals with Spanish America.

Colmeiro 401; Kress B.243; McCulloch, p. 32; Medina 4016, erroneously dating the work 1762; Palau 373988; Sabin 101282; this edition not in Einaudi, Goldsmiths’ (cf. 5977 and 11793 respectively for the ‘Segunda impresion’) or Mattioli.

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