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Some paragraphs of Mr. Hutcheson’s treatises on the South-Sea subject: which relate to the relief of the unhappy traders in South-Sea stock, and to publick credit. And the reason of his reprinting them at this time. To which is added, a near estimate of the value of South-Sea stock, if the Bill now order’d to be brought in, pass into a law.

SOUTH-SEA COMPANY] folio, 35 + (1)pp. entirely uncut, now bound with other contemporaneous material in relatively modern half calf, spine gilt with raised bands and label. In fine state of preservation. Kress S.3086. Massie 2482. Sperling 444.> [bound with], THE REPORT> from the trustees o the South Sea Company to the Honourable House of Commons; presented January 15, 1722. Publish'd by Order of the House of Commons.> London: printed for Jacob Tonson, Bernard Lintot, and William Taylor. [1724]. folio, (4) + 8pp. Fine copy. Kress 3565. Massie 2500. Sperling 454.> [bound with], THE REPORT> from the trustees for raising money on the estates of the late South Sea directors and others. Presented March 20, 1723. Publish'd by Order of the House of Commons.> London: printed for Jacob Tonson, Bernard Lintot, and William Taylor. [1724]. folio, (4) + 5 + (1)pp. A fine copy. Kress 3564. Massie 2499. Sperling 453.> [bound with] 13 other contemporary reports> principally addressing the aftermath of the 1715 Jacobite rising and the question of the forfeited estates of Christopher Layer and his co-conspirators, all dated 1723 (8) or 1724 (5).
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A fine collection of books, pamphlets and cuttings by or about George Smith, of Coalville [1831-1895], the social reformer who worked tirelessly among the ‘brickyard, canal, gipsy and van children’ for the greater part of his life.

SMITH, George The collection comprises: 1. SMITH, George> The cry of the children from the brickyards of England: a statement and appeal, with remedy. . Second edition.> London: Simpkin Marshall & Co. 1871. 8vo., 96pp., frontispiece, old library ink stamps in upper margin of title and on front free endpaper, old library bookplate on pastedown, original blue cloth, title in gilt on upper cover. 2. SMITH, George> Gipsy life: being an account of our gipsies and their children, with suggestions for their improvement.> London: Haughton & Co. 1880. 8vo., frontispiece, x + (4) + 296pp., 20 further illustrations/plates, original blue cloth lettered in gilt, spine a little stained. First edition. 3. SMITH, George> Our canal population: a cry from the boat cabins, with remedy. New edition, with supplement.> London: Haughton & Co. [1878 or 9]. 8vo., 220pp., 8 plates, original brown cloth lettered in gilt. A presentation copy> inscribed by the author to Professor John Price Sheldon> the agriculturist (1841-1913), and with a letter from Smith to Sheldon tipped in. 4. SMITH, George> The cry of the children from the brick-yards of England and how the cry has been heard: with observations upon the carrying out of the Act. . Sixth edition.> London: Haughton & Co. 1879. 8vo., portrait frontispiece, 7 other plates, (12) + 195 + (1)pp., original green cloth, lettered in gilt. A presentation copy inscribed by the author to Dr. Charles Patrick.> 5. HOARE, Rev. E.N.> Notable workers in humble life. John Pounds, John Duncan, Robert Dick, Thomas Cooper, John Ashworth, George Smith.> London:: T. Nelson and Sons. 1889. 8vo., frontispiece portrait, 219 + (1)pp., original blue cloth, gilt lettered. 6. HODDER, Edwin> George Smith (of Coalville), the story of an enthusiast.> London: James Nisbet & Co. 1896. 8vo., frontispiece portrait, 272pp., original cloth with gilt spine label. Bookplate of Josiah C. Wedgwood, M.P.> (1872-1943), the Liberal/Labour politician. 7. [CANAL BOATS ACT> Report from the Select Committee on the Canal Boats Act (1877) Amendment Bill; together with the proceedings of the committee, minutes of evidence, and appendix.> London: Henry Hansard and Son. 1884. folio, viii + 110 + (2)pp., well bound recently in cloth, spine labelled and lettered. Incudes extensive evidence by Smith on pp.37-54. 8. [TEMPORARY DWELLINGS BILL]> Report from the Select Committee on the Temporary Dwellings Bill: together with the proceedings of the committee, and minutes of evidence.> London: Henry Hansard and Son. 1887. folio, vi + 32pp., well bound recently in cloth, spine labelled and lettered. Incudes evidence by Smith on pp.21-32. 9. SMITH, George> An open letter to my friends; or sorrows & joys at Bosvil. By George Smith of Coalville, The Cabin, Crick, Rugby.> Leek: printed by M.H. Miler. 1892. 8vo., 47 + (1)pp., original printed wrappers. A presentation copy inscribed by Smith to Rupert Simms.> 10. SMITH, George> The George Smith of Coalville Society, and Band of Love. (Objects and prospectus).> n.p. 1887. 4to., 4pp., marginal stains, unbound as issued. 11. SMITH, George> George Smith of Coalville and his work for the children.> n.p. 1893. broadside, unspecified newspaper article, unbound as issued. 12. SMITH, George> The children of Ishmael. A talk with George Smith, of Coalville.> Offprint from the Leamington Chronicle, May 12th, 1894. 13. SMITH, George> Offprint entry listing all the books, articles and other contributions to Smith's literary history.> Reprinted from Bibliotheca Staffordiensis. Single sheet broadside. 14. SYDNEY, William Connor> The children's friend: Geo. Smith of Coalville.> [Lichfield?] 1893. 12mo., 7 + (1)pp., unopened and unbound as printed. 15. BURDEN, George> Annual poem. In commemoration of the seventh anniversary of the 'George Smith of Coalville Society and Band of Love', held at The Cabin, Crick, near Rugby, April 23rd. 1892. Established the Epiphany, 1886.> Leicester [1892]. Broadside, fore-edge chipped, unbound as issued. 16. [PRESS ARTICLE]> Woodcut portrait of George Smith and biographical sketch of Smith and other prominent Unitarian hymn writers.> Published in The Christian Life and Unitarian Herald, March 12, 1892. folded and unbound. 17. [PRESS CUTTING]> George Smith's letter to the editors of the Leeds Mercury, headed simply Our Canal Population.> > Annotated in ink by Smith with notes on which of 'many leading papers' the letter was also addressed. 18. SMITH, George> Autograph letter signed to Rupert Simms, the author of the Bibliography of Staffordshire.> Written from 'The Cabin, Crick, Rugby, and dated May 18, 1892. For the collection.
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Dispersion of the gloomy apprehensions, of late repeatedly suggested, from the decline of our corn-trade, and conclusions of a directly opposite tendency established with well-authenticated facts: to which are added, observations upon the first report from the Committee on Waste-Lands, &c.

HOWLETT, Rev. John 8vo., (4) + 52pp., including the half-title, with the ink signature of Sir William Forbes> at head, well bound recently in cloth spine gilt lettered. A very good copy. First edition. An interesting and reliable commentary on the rural economy and its social consequences in the latter half of the 18th century by John Howlett (1731-1804), the economist and writer on the poor. 'Alongside the issue of enclosure Howlett was concerned by the manner in which food price rises had from the 1750s eroded the real wages and living standards of the rural poor. Here too he favoured commercial modernity and liberal free trade against those who called for the reinstatement of medieval marketing laws and price controls. Howlett was an admirer of the work of Adam Smith, and his circle included others influenced by the economic thought of the Scottish Enlightenment. Between the 1780s and his death he corresponded with the agricultural reformer Arthur Young and contributed several letters to the latter's Annals of Agriculture. Although Howlett had taken a generally benign view of the economic trends which led to the growth of a landless class of agricultural wage labourers in the late eighteenth century, his optimism was not facile. The desperate circumstances and threatened famine of the mid-1790s led him to argue in support of a minimum wage and some sort of compensation for the loss of the commons.' [R.D. Sheldon in ODNB].
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Paper against gold: containing the history and mystery of the Bank of England, the funds, the debt, the sinking fund, the Bank stoppage, the lowering and the raising of the value of paper-money; and showing, that taxation, pauperism, poverty, misery and crimes have all increased, and ever must increase, with a funding system.

COBBETT, William 8vo, drophead title, viii + 470 columns (i.e. 239pp.), contemporary half calf, rebacked, sides rubbed, spine ettered gilt. A good large copy but bound without Clement's advertisements sometimes found. With the 19th century armorial bookplate of W.W. Hussey. Second separate edition but first edition with this title. These papers are in essence a history of the currency crisis following the suspension of cash payments by the Bank of England in 1797, as well as a powerful weapon in Cobbett's campaign against heavy taxation and unnecessary government expenditure. Palgrave considered it valuable ''for its picture of the opinions of average Englishmen at a momentous period in the economic history of the country''. Cobbett, the controversial political journalist and editor of the Political Register>, claimed that he had planned Paper against Gold>, to 'trace the paper-money system to its deadly root' (Political Register>, 20 July, 1822), on the day following his imprisonment at Newgate in 1810, nominally for libel. He considered paper-money as a twin evil to the National Debt, which had been greatly increased by the war with France. Paper-money had been used to pay the interest on the Debt, and heavy taxation had ensued. The letters which make up the work were originally published in the Political Register>, between 1810 and 1812; in 1815 they were published in a two-volume edition with an extra three letters and appendix that had appeared in the Register> that year; in 1817, two different one-volume editions were issued, one on 'fine large paper' and the other, of which the present copy is one, in 15 twopenny numbers. The 1817 editions both contain a new introduction dated 'Botley, 8th February, 1817', as well as the three extra letters of 1815, but not the appendix of that year.
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The state of the prisons in England and Wales, with preliminary observations, and an account of some foreign prisons.

HOWARD, John 4to., 3 engraved plates, with a little offsetting as usual, (8) + 489 + (23)pp., including the half-title, contemporary calf, sympathetically rebacked, the spine gilt and lettered, the sides and edges rather worn but overall a good, sound, binding, the plates now bound into the main body of the work (i.e. the 1777 1st.), some offsetting and very minor paper discolouration. First edition. Baumgartner 1. Goldsmiths 11625. Printing and the Mind of Man 224. Williams II, p.363. Rothschild 1163.> [bound with], APPENDIX> to the State of the Prisons in England and Wales, &c. containing a farther account of foreign prisons and hospitals, with additional remarks on the prisons of this country.> Warrington, printed by William Eyres. 1784. 4to., (6) + 286 + (10)pp., including the half-title, with 17 engraved plates, mainly folding, the plates now bound into the main body of the work (i.e. the 1777 1st), some offsetting and very minor paper discolouration. A well preserved copy. Second edition. > This Appendix> is a much expanded version of the 1780 1st which included only 7 engraved plates. Howard has also added here the stories of his journeys in 1781 and 1783 to those previously published in the 1780 Baumgartner 11.> Howard's 'epoch-making' survey [J.B. Williams loc. cit.] described in awful detail the condition of English prisons, prison by prison, county by county. It was the 'first major practical work on the subject' [PMM].
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A descriptive account of the island of Jamaica: with remarks upon the cultivation of the sugar-cane, throughout the different seasons of the year, and chiefly considered in a picturesque point of view; also observations and reflections upon what would probably be the consequences of an abolition of the slave-trade, and of the emancipation of the slaves. . In two volumes.

BECKFORD, William Two vols., 8vo., (4) + lx + 404 and (4) + 405 + (1)pp., including the half-title in each volume, contemporary half calf over marbled boards, joints and spines rather worn but bindings still sound, internally both vols. crisp and fresh, with the near-contemporary signature of Marcus Gage> in the upper margin of each title-page. Very good copies. First edition. A good authoritative portrait of colonial Jamaica and the sugar/slave economy. William Beckford (1744-1799), a successful sugar planter and historian, was himself born in Jamaica and could boast family relationships with his uncle William Beckford, Lord Mayor of London, and William Thomas Beckford of Fonthill Abbey, his first cousin. 'At the death of his father in 1756 Beckford inherited the greater of part of his estate in Great Britain and Jamaica. It consisted chiefly of four sugar estates and 910 slaves in Jamaica. The total value of the estate was approximately £120,000 sterling. Beckford and his wife (about whom nothing is known) went to Jamaica in February 1774 and remained there for thirteen years. Beckford was primarily concerned to restore his estates to their former productive levels and to pay off accumulated debts, but he was thwarted by trade dislocations during the American War of Independence, the negligence of his plantation attorneys, and destructive hurricanes. During his stay in Jamaica he was a patron of painters, whom he invited to his home on the island. One of these was Philip Wickstead, who was chiefly a portrait painter; another was George Robertson, who was mainly a landscape painter. Among the latter's paintings are six >>Views in Jamaica,> which include Beckford's sugar plantations. Beckford was the exceptional planter whose education, travel, and love of art placed him in a unique position to describe the island's scenic splendours in his writings and to patronize painters he had befriended in England. Beckford returned to England in 1786. Within a few days of his landing he was intercepted by a bailiff and incarcerated in the Fleet prison as a debtor. He later wrote that his onerous situation was the consequence of 'imprudences which I might have prevented, and of misfortunes which I could not foresee' (Beckford, Descriptive Account, 1.v). His imprudence was to become a security for a friend, and his misfortunes stemmed from destruction to his properties from the great hurricane of 1780. In the confines of the Fleet prison he took up his pen, partly to gain the attention of men of influence who might intervene on his behalf, partly to relieve his pecuniary embarrassment, and partly to defend the institution of slavery at the same time that he urged a course of amelioration upon his planter friends in the West Indies.'[Richard B. Sheridan in ODNB].
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The builder’s golden rule, or the youth’s sure guide: containing the greatest variety of ornamental and useful designs in architecture and carpentry, with the most ready practical methods of executing the same, from the plan to the ornamental finish, in the most prevailing modern taste. The whole correctly engraved, on 104 copper-plates, with a full explanation in letter-press. To which is added, an estimate of prices for materials and labour, and labour only, with references to the respective designs.

PAIN, William 8vo., 104 engraved plates (i.e. 98 + 6 bis plates), (2) + 3 + 3 + 18 text pages at the beginning, short marginal tear in title-page (no loss and nowhere near printed surface), the plates followed by (2) + 58pp. at the end, complete in all respects, contemporary tree calf gilt, very minor wear with bumped corners. A good, perhaps very good copy with an interesting provenance (signatures of William Field,> 1781, J. Pope> of Eton also 18th century and Samuel Gurney,> 1926]. First edition. Pain's 'estimate of prices for materials and labour', comprising the whole of the final 60pp. Or so is a remarkably useful reference on building costs at this period, with the author taking the trouble to distinguish between the various tradesmen. Thus, although most of the prices relate to carpenters, there are also costings for the work of masons, painters, plumbers, joiners, plasterers and blacksmiths. Pain concludes with a composite estimate for building a new house (£1534 + carriage of materials). 'William Pain [ca. 1730-1794?] was one of the more successful authors of pattern books and manuals for builders and craftsmen in the second half of the 18th century. He published ten books, most of which went into several editions; four of his works were even reprinted in Philadelphia and Boston'. [Millard 48n.]