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Memoirs of Wool, Woolen Manufacture, and Trade
(Particularly in England), from the Earliest to the Present Times; with Occasional Notes, Dissertations and Reflections.. Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged, 2 volumes xxxi, 5, 432; 449, 1pp royal quarto, a fine copy in contemporary half, marbled boards, expertly rebacked with the original leather labels retained, spines with elaborate gilt roll tooling, London, the author, 1757-1756. Goldsmith 923; Kress 5576. This is the best edition of this classic work on the subject. It was first published in a far briefer form in two octavo volumes in 1747 as Chronicon Rusticum Commerciale; or Memoirs of Wool, and is a masterly source book for the whole subject of the wool trade - arguably the key trade of the period. Williams (II, p.123) thought it 'very valuable'; McCulloch (p.237) described it as 'one of the most carefully compiled and valuable works that has been published on the history of any branch of trade', whilst Palgrave (vol III, p.425) describes the books as 'a highly valuable work.. a most careful and detailed account of the incidents and references relating to the woollen and cloth trade from the earliest mention of wool until the middle of the 18th century.' The author selects and collects together extensive extracts on his subject from original works by virtually every authority writing on economics and trade. These writers include Huet, Wheeler, Diggs, Misselden, Malynes, Robinson, Fotrey, Mun, Child, Petty, Manly, Yarranton, Davenant, Tryon, Cary, Gee, Postlethwayt, &c., &c. To these pieces are added the various relevant statutes, historical and background notices. A copy of the shorter octavo edition of this work was in Adam Smith's library - see Bonar, Catalogue of Adam Smith's Library, p.175. Adam Smith quotes the work in his Wealth of Nations, describing the author as 'very accurate and intelligent' (vol II, p.150 Cannan's edition, 1930, also vol I, p.230). Photograph available on request.
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