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The City Alarum, or the weeke of our miscarriages, which have hitherto obstructed our proceedings, and will now retard them, if not speedily removed. Whereunto is annexed a treatise of the excise.
London, printed for Joshua Kirton, 1645. 4to, (2) + 34pp, title printed within an ornamental border and with printer's woodcut device, most leaves lightly dampstained, but a good, crisp, copy in old calf-backed marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt but nonetheless worn and chipped. First edition. Wing C.4346. Kress 677. Goldsmiths 890. Massie 623 (but another issue). Thomason I, 384. The 'Treatise of Excise> comprises only pp.28-34 but is nonetheless an interesting critical review of both 'ordinary' and 'extraordinary' taxation. Perhaps of most interest, however, is the author's presentation of the debate surrounding tax collection itself. He looks at questions of fraud and abuse, tax avoidance and tax embezzlement by private tax collectors. But he is nothing if not a pragmatist: 'Because these taxes are subject to infinite fraud and cozenage, whereby the subjects elude their payment. These deceits will be most diligently enquired into by private farmers, as reaping so much the more profit, by how much the more carefull they are to detect and avert those frauds. For men are usualy more solicitous about their private wealth, than for the common-wealth'.
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