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Some Observations upon the Bill now depending in Parliament, for Relief of the Unhappy Sufferers in the South-Sea Company. In a letter to a Lord of Parliament.
[London: , 1721?]. After the Bubble bursts Small quarto (203 x 156 mm). Disbound pamphlet, earlier sew-holes visible. First and last leaves slightly soiled. A very good copy. One of two editions, the other entitled the same but suffixed "In a letter from a gentleman of the law to a Member of Parliament". A comparison of the texts shows that they are very similar, but the textual differences indicate that this is a slightly revised edition: in the final table calculating an appropriate fine for the Company, this edition increases the figure to £1,250,000 from £1,200,000 in the other (and gives more exact figures for deductions), and secondly on p. 14 the date for the Trustees of the Company to hear claims is pushed back from May to August 1722. This edition is rare, with ESTC recording two copies, in Cambridge University Trinity College and the John Rylands Library, with WorldCat adding a further copy at Indiana University. The other edition is recorded by ESTC in eight copies. The pamphlet itself is one of many contributions after the bubble burst to the debate regarding how punitive the measures against the Company should be, and how much compensation shareholders should receive. ESTC T160237. Not in Sperling, which records the other edition only.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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