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A Dissertation on the Plan, Use, and Importance, of The Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce; Translated from the French of the late celebrated Mons. Savary, Inspector-General of the Manufactures for the King at the Custom-House of Paris: With such considerable Additions and Improvements, as will appear at large throughout this Dissertation; And which more particularly accommodate the same to the Trade and Navigation of the British Empire. Addressed to the Nobility, Gentry, Merchants, and Traders of Great-Britain.
London: Printed for John and Paul Knapton, 1749 - Quarto (240 x 186 mm). Bound sixth in a volume of 13 pamphlets on trade and commerce (see below) in contemporary half calf and marbled boards, morocco label titled "Miscellanies" and numbered 36 in gilt in the third compartment. A very good copy, bound in an attractive contemporary pamphlet volume. Engraved armorial bookplate of Sir William Forbes Bart of Pitsligo to front pastedown, with his manuscript listing of the contents of the volume on the second front free endpaper. First edition, one of two issues of Postlethwayt's extended advertisment for his translation of Jacques Savary des Bruslons's Dictionnaire universel de commerce. A guide to the reading and use of his masterpiece, the Dissertation was published two years before the appearance of The Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce. The title page exists in two different issues, one reading "Savary, Inspector-General of the manufactures for the King, at the Custom-House of Paris", (as here), the other reading "Savary, Inspector-General of the manufactures of the Custom-House of Paris". "It is to be hoped. that this Universal Dictionary of commerce may prove instrumental in raising such an emulous spirit for trade and merchandizing in Great Britain, as may prevent our Britons being outdone in the practical part thereof, by any rival country whatsoever: and provided our nobility and gentry become likewise ambitious to excel in the knowledge of commerce, both practical and political, they will never be doubtful, whether the interests of trade are not inseparably connected with those of land; and consequently in their legislative capacity, they will never be backward in giving all the encouragement to the one, when they are convinced it so effectually promotes the interest of the other"(p. 52). The verso of the title bears an advertisement for the Dictionary: "This work will be comprised in two Volumes in Folio, of the size of Chamber's Dictionary of Arts and Sciences; Proposals for which will shortly be published." Bound up with A Dissertation on the Plan, Use, and Importance, of The Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce are these additional texts: 1. [ENGLAND AND WALES, PARLIAMENT, HOUSE OF COMMONS.] Two Lists; shewing the Alterations That have been made in the House of Commons, from the Beginning of the Reign of K. Henry VIII, to the End of that of King James I. And in the House of Peers, from the Accession of King James I. To this Time. With some Observations. London: printed for J. Roberts, 1719. Pp. [16]. Marks to title page, p. [3] partially uncut, small puncture and loss to fore edge of p. [15]. First edition. Goldsmiths' 5605. 2. [GREAT BRITAIN, PARLIAMENT.] The Most Important Transactions of the Sixth Session of the First Parliament of His Majesty King George II. London: printed for W. James, [1733]. Pp. 32, table. Small tear to p. 13, small puncture to p. 34. Fourth edition, with the text of the Excise Bill and voting lists. Kress 4115. 3. [HAYES, Charles.] The Importance of Effectually Supporting the Royal African Company of England Impartially considered . In a Letter to a Member of the House of Commons. London: printed by E. Say, 1745. Pp. [4], 47, [1]. Lacking the 2 folding maps. Staining to lower edge of pp. 33-42. Second edition (first 1744). Hayes was a respected geographer who was chosen annually as the sub-governor or deputy governor of the Royal African Company. This is one of his tracts written to defend the company's policy; however, it was dissolved in 1752. Goldsmiths' 8152, Kress 4761. 4. [ANON.] A Short View of the Dispute between the Merchants of London, Bristol, Leverpool, and the Advocates of a New Joint-Stock Company, Concerning the Regulation of the African Trade. London: [n.pub.], 1750. Pp. [2], 18. Corrections to text in ink to pp. 2 and 18. First edition. Goldsmiths' 8517, Kress 5078. 5. [BRITISH LINEN COMPANY.] Charter of the British Linen Company. Edinburgh: printed by R. Fleming and Company, 1746. Pp. 18, 12. The second secti [Attributes: First Edition]
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