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An Essay on the East-India-Trade. [BOUND WITH] POLLEXFEN, John. England and East-India Inconsistent in their Manufactures.
London and 1697 1696 - Firat editions. 2 volumes in 1, 8vo., 62pp & 60pp., later black polished calf gilt, an excellent copy. Two rare works regarding the monopolising power of the East India Company. Davenant wrote his Essay advancing arguments against the bill to restrict the consumption of cloth imported from India 'probably . to secure . a position with the East India Company, which was then engaged in a bitter political struggle to retain its privileges. [It contained] the important argument that because international trade was multilateral it was nonsensical to consider whether the balance between just two nations was positive or negative'. The response to this argument, written by John Pollexfen, is here bound in. Pollexfen served on a special committee of the East India Company in 1677, and 'accused a small coterie of directors of monopolizing the trade through jobbery . and he condemned the massive export of bullion [by the Company] . That parliament in 1698 ultimately opened up the Indian trade is a measure of his influence' (ODNB). Goldsmiths' 3219, 3402; Kress 1954, 2042; Pickett 327 & 342; Wing D-307, P-2778. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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