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The True English Interest:

or an Account of the Chief National Improvements; in Some Political Observations, Demonstrating an Infallible Advance of this Nation to Infinite Wealth and Greatness, Trade and Populacy, with Imployment, and Preferment for all Persons.

Published: London: for Giles Widdowes, 1674

Stock code: 101251

Price: £750

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First edition of this “concise and well-argued survey of the British economy from the protectionist and mercantile point of view, which stressed both London and population growth as dynamics for change and prosperity and which gained notice in the Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions for 27 April 1674” (ODNB).

Small octavo (157 103 mm). Near contemporary calf, gilt roll border to covers, neatly rebacked preserving the original spine, marbled endpapers. Gift inscription “W. Reynell to C.A. Reynell 23 Sepr 1890” to preliminary blank. Engraved armorial bookplate of Martin Bedwell of Westmninster. Lacking the initial licence leaf with printer’s woodcut dragon device, title cut round and laid down. Some light spotting throughout. A good copy.

Bibliography: Goldsmiths' 2065; Kress 1369; Wing R1215.

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