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McCULLOCH, John Ramsay.

A Treatise of the Succession to Property vacant after Death:

Including Inquiries into the Influence of Primogeniture, Entails, compulsory Partition, Foundations, &c. over the Public Interests.

Published: London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1848

Stock code: 97356

Price: £650

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First edition of McCulloch’s defence of primogeniture and entails, as reworked from one of the Notes and Dissertations contained in his edition of Wealth of Nations, and briefly outlined in an article for the Edinburgh Review), which is now “for the first time, laid before the reader in a systematic form; with illustrations, corrections and modifications, supplied or suggested by farther and more attentive observation and enquiry” (p. vi). Or, as snidely remarked by Mordecai Mullion (otherwise known as John Wilson, the Edinburgh Tory professor and McCulloch’s adversary), McCulloch’s works are “as unlike as may be to the heavenly bodies – as unlike as light and darkness; but in one respect, they resemble such luminaries – they have stated times of return … their reappearance, once every two or four years, can with certainty be predicted” (Some Illustrations of Mr McCulloch’s Principles of Political Economy, 1826).

Octavo. Original brown cloth, spine lettered gilt, brown coated endpapers, edges uncut. Library shelfmark ticket to spine, Church Commissioner’s Library bookplate to front pastedown and stamp to front and rear free endpapers, bookbinder’s ticket to rear pastedown. Small tear to cloth at foot of spine, tips bumped and a little worn; an excellent copy.

Bibliography: Kress C.7477.

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