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A treatise on the wealth, power, and resources, of the British Empire, in every quarter of the world, including the East Indies; the rise and progress of the funding system explained; with observations on the national resources for the beneficial employment of a redundant population, and for rewarding the military and naval officers, soldiers, and seamen, for their services to their country during the late war. Illustrated by copious statistical tables, constructed on a new plan, and exhibiting a collected view of the different subjects discussed in this work.

COLQUHOUN, P[atrick] 4to, xii + 451 + (1) + 91 + (1)pp, title-page partially mounted onto backing paper as a result of unattractive repaired tear just touching two letters but with only tiny loss of printed surface, bound in contemporary calf gilt. Generally a sound but worn binding sometime rebacked preserving much of original gilt backstrip. The Birmingham Assay Office> copy with its tiny circular inkstamp on front free endpaper. First edition. Colquhoun's Treatise> was considered by Schumpeter [History>, pp.521-2] to be 'particularly important, not so much because of its estimates of national wealth, but because of the economic reasoning . which is offered in explanation of the facts presented, and of the attempt to state and to solve problems - to paraphrase factually, as it were, the more popular doctrines of the times'. Colquhoun uses his experience of social observation to include substantial material on the 'population problem', supplying detailed figures on incomes and occupations and the relative importance of agriculture and manufacturing in Great Britain and Ireland. He also includes a history of the public revenue, and descriptive material on the colonies [viz. 'the nature and extent of the colonial resources']. Descriptive text is supported throughout by numerous statistical tables.
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Harriet Martineau’s autobiography. With memorials by Maria Weston Chapman. . In three volumes. . Second edition.

MARTINEAU, Harriet Three vols., 8vo., complete with two portrait plates and four other steel-engraved plates, original uniform beige cloth, gilt lettered with black lines, touch of wear to extremities else a very good set with the 19th century armorial bookplate of James Coupe on pastedowns. The standard work. 'When, in 1855, she expected death to strike at any moment, Martineau wrote her autobiography in the space of three months, having it stereotyped so that it would be published unchanged when her death occurred; she also wrote and filed with the Daily News the character sketch the paper ran as an obituary on 29 June 1876. If these moves suggest (correctly) that she was concerned about how the world saw her, she was not concerned that the image be uniformly favourable. Indeed, when the autobiography was published in 1877, the frequent tone of asperity, added to candid judgements as severe on herself as on others, seriously undercut her reputation. She has never lacked admirers, but a major upsurge in interest happened in the 1960s, in part because she was rediscovered by feminist scholars. Extensive and newly available manuscript collections, no longer subject to her prohibition against publication, have revealed her as a magnificent correspondent. The autobiography, too, is now generally recognized as one of the best self-studies of the century.' [R.K. Webb in ODNB].
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A second address from the Committee of Association of the County of York, to the electors of the counties, cities, and boroughs within the Kingdom of Great Britain. To which is added, an appendix, containing the Resolutions of that committee, at their meeting held on the 17th of October, 1781, form of the petition agreed to at the meeting of the County of York, held on the 30th of December, 1779, and shortly afterwards presented to Parliament. Form of Association agreed to at the meeting of the County of York, held on the 28th of March, 1780. Also, a state of the Associating Counties, &c. and the objects of their respective Associations. The second edition.

COMMITTEE OF ASSOCIATION OF THE COUNTY OF YORK 8vo., 31 + (1)pp., preserved in modern wrappers with printed label on upper cover. A good copy. 'The Yorkshire Association of the early 1780's marked the first effective extension of modern political radicalism in Great Britain from the metropolitan region into the provinces. During what may for convenience be described as the first - the Wilkite - phase of British radicalism, in the early 1770's, the focus of the radical movement had lain in and around London. Attempts to stir up the country provoked only a brief response in a very few constituencies. There was little trace anywhere of sustained radical activity. Provincial apathy at the general election of 1774 caused acute disappointment to the metropolitan radicals. Six yeas later the situation had changed remarkably, and from 1780 till 1784 politics in Yorkshire were dominated, and in the rest of England considerably affected, by that remarkable political phenomenon, the Yorkshire Association. Starting in December 1779, an extraordinary, widespread upsurge of discontent among the members of the 'upper class' in the county, provoked by the North ministry's inept handling of the American crisis, first produced the well-supported petition of 1780 for economical reform, and was then channelled and organized into an instrument of agitation for reform of the parliamentary system.' [Ian R. Christie in Historical Journal,> 1960].
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An inquiry into the Corn Laws and Corn trade of Great Britain, and their influence on the prosperity of the Kingdom. With suggestions for the improvement of the corn laws. To which is added, a supplement, by Mr William Mackie of Ormiston in East Lothian, bringing down the consideration of the subject to the present time; investigating the cause of the present scarcity; and suggesting measures for promoting the cultivation of the waste lands; and for rendering the produce equal to the increasing consumption of the Kingdom.

DIROM, Alexander 4to, xi + (1) + 262 + (2) + 53 + (1)pp, errata on verso of last leaf, in early 19th century half russia over sprinkled boards, spine fully gilt and lettered, corner tips with some wear else an excellent crisp, copy from the contemporary library of Montagu Burgoyne>* with his armorial bookplate on front pastedown. First edition. The authorship of this treatise has been confused by a careless entry in DNB claiming the author was 'Alexander Dirom (d.1830), Lieutenant-General'. This is patently untrue. The book's author was the Rev. Alexander Dirom of Muiresk, Banffshire, who had died before 1796 and was the father of the then Lt. Col. Alexander Dirom. The author had in fact written the book as early as 1786 although not published till after his death. It is in any event an excellent historical survey with a detailed statistical appendix. The author, who was a robust friend of protection for agriculture, regarded the watershed Act of 1773 as the abandonment of wise protectionist policies. 'The arguments which he expounded were freely used in the controversy of these years, and although other men advocated these same ideas before Dirom's work was printed, writers and pamphleteers of the first half of the 19th century invariably referred to him as the leading and original apostle of this creed'. [Donald Grove Barnes: A History of the English Corn Laws from 1660 to 1846>, 1930, p.57]. * Montagu Burgoyne (1750-1836), politician, of Mark Hall, near Harlow, Essex, was a model county squire who not only proposed improvements in charity education, but also advocated the allocation of land to the labouring poor.