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H[ODGES], J[ames]
The present state of England, as to coin and publick charges. In three parts. Treating of the necessity of more money before taxes can be effectual, or trade revived and of ways and means to procure it: as calling in all the plate on ready money; restoring credit; bringing out hoarded money; rectifying the balance of trade; raising the value of money, against which the opposite prejudices, as injurious to King, Parliament and People, with Mr. Lock's chief positions, are refuted by demonstrable reason and matter of fact. Most humbly presented to the King and Parliament. By J.H.
London, printed for Andr. Bell. 1697. 8vo., xxviii + 340pp., contemporary calf, gilt ruled covers, rebacked, labelled and lettered. A very good crisp copy with an impressive 19th century armorial bookplate. First edition. This was part of the vigorous debate in England during the 1690s over the question of a recoinage of English currency. The protagonists included John Locke and William Lowndes and, to a lesser extent, James Hodges. 'The present state of England' formed pat of the recoinage debate with Hodges disagreeing with some of Locke's views. For example, in contrast to Locke, Hodges advocated a revaluation of money, suggesting that all the plate in England should be called in and melted down for a new coinage. Hodges's views were valid because he claims that he has '>>for some time bestowed [his] thoughts upon these three important Royal and National concerns, TAX, COIN, and CREDIT.'> [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: John Drury Rare Books [United Kingdom]
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