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MUN, Thomas.

England’s Treasure by Forraign Trade.

Or, The Balance of our Foreign Trade is the Rule of our Treasure.

Published: Glasgow: Printed and sold by R. and A. Foulis, 1755

Stock code: 90457

Price: £1,250

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First Foulis edition, first published in 1664, of Mun’s masterpiece of mercantile literature. “For those who want to read a single example of mercantilist writing, it is difficult to better Thomas Mun’s England’s Treasure by Forraign Trade, completed in 1628 and published posthumously in 1664. Adam Smith at any rate regarded it as perfectly representative of a vast body of similar literature: ‘The title of Mun’s book,’ he said, ‘became a fundamental maxim in the political economy, not of England only, but of all other commercial countries'” (Blaug.)

Octavo (158 98 mm). Contemporary calf, spine with raised bands, red leather label. Covers a little scraped, a crisp, clean copy in a fine contemporary binding.

Bibliography: Carpenter IX (7); cf. Printing and the Mind of Man 146 for the first edition.

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