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[DAVENANT, Charles.]

A Discourse Upon Grants and Resumptions.

Showing How Our Ancestors Have Proceeded with such Ministers As have Procured to Themselves Grants of the Crown-Revenue And that the Fortified Estates Ought to be Applied towards the Payment of the Public Debts.

Published: London: Printed for James Knapton 1700

Stock code: 103021

Price: £800

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First edition. Charles Davenant (1656–1714), a government official and political economist, was from 1678 to 1689 Commissioner of Excise. He produced a steady flow of political and economic writings dealing with aspects of taxation, public debt, monetary and trade questions, foreign policy, and criticisms of Whig policy in general. The present work gives a detailed criticism of the gifting of forfeited land by the crown. Davenant provides historical examples from English and Roman history and individual histories of ministers of state who were impeached for receiving grants. The last section of the book deals with the policy which should be followed in the case of the Irish forfeitures, Davenant arguing that the Irish land should be used for the public revenue.

Octavo (118 x 188mm). Contemporary sprinkled calf, spine with raised bands and new red morocco label, edges sprinkled red. Engraved armorial bookplate “Joliffe” to front pastedown. Joints and one corner skilfully repaired, short crack at foot of front cover, last few leaves a little dogeared; a very good copy.

Bibliography: Goldsmiths' 4076; Kress 2417; Mattioli 884; Wing D304; not in Einaudi or Sraffa.

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