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[HALE, Thomas &] Sir William PETTY.
An Account of Several New Inventions and Improvements now Necessary for England, in a Discourse by Way of Letter to the Earl of Marlborough,
London, Printed for James Atwood and are to be Sold by Ralph Simpson, , 1691. AN APPEAL FOR INVESTMENT IN ENGLISH SHIPPING - THE MACCLESFIELD COPY Duodecimo (149 x 90mm). Contemporary panelled calf, neatly rebacked, red sprinkled edges. 2 folding tables. Near contemporary ownership inscription, "Thos. Smith" to the title page. Perhaps Captain Thomas Smith, "captain in the navy and renegade", who was "sentenced to death, and Â… executed on 18 June 1708 with all the barbarities directed by law" for serving with the French navy in several descents on the coast. Bookplate and embossed stamps of the library of the Earls of Macclesfield at Shirburn Castle. Endpapers browned through paste-action, light browning throughout and some foxing, but overall very good. First edition. An impassioned, if sometimes diffuse, appeal for investment in England's maritime future, and the not entirely unrelated business interests of Messrs. Hale. A discursive essay which draws support for Hale's innovations from a wide variety of sources, technical and moral, from Phineas Pett to Galileo. Sir William Petty, whose Political Arithmetic had given him particular prominence at this time, is invoked by name in the title, but his treatise is very brief (pp. 117-32) and can only be a synopsis. He had delivered a paper on building ships to the Royal Society in 1661. The manuscript of this, which is not known to have survived, was kept by Lord Brunker as too important to be published, and was, according to Keynes, almost certainly the source of the Treatise as printed here. This copy with various co … [Click Below for Full Description]
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