By Joshua Gee
London   A. Bettesworth; S. Birt
7" by 4" [5], v-xxviii [1], 2-268pp
The scarce first French language edition of Joseph Gee's popular discussion of the history of British trade and the colonies.
By Joshua Gee

1749 Considerations sur le Commerce et la Navigation

London   A. Bettesworth; S. Birt
7" by 4" [5], v-xxviii [1], 2-268pp
The scarce first French language edition of Joseph Gee's popular discussion of the history of British trade and the colonies.
£230.00
: 0.5kgs / : 813F14

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Description

First Edition, Leather Binding, Scarce

The first French language translation of this work. Translated from the fourth English language edition.

First published in 1729, this is the work of British merchant, publicist and economist Joshua Gee. Gee provides an overview of the history of British trade, while also discussing the problems faced by merchants.

With much focus on labour shortage in the colonies, Gee suggests England transport convicts, the poor, and the  unemployed to work in the Americas.

Amusingly, one chapter is focused on the manner in which 'French fashions are pernicious to the English'.

A scarce first edition thus of an exceedingly popular work in its day, with over twenty editions - in English, French, Dutch, Spanish and German - published between 1729 and 1780.

Condition

In a full calf binding, with gilt detailing to back strip. Rubbing to back strip and joints. Front and rear joints starting, with boards holding firm. Internally, firmly bound. Light tide mark to title page. Pages bright and generally clean, with spotting concentrated to first few leaves.

Very Good

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