Lectures on the Elements of Commerce, Politics, and Finances;
intended as a companion to Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England; and peculiarly calculated to qualify young noblemen and gentlemen for situations in any of the public offices under government, and for parliamentary business.
First octavo edition, scarce: Copac cites copies at just seven British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Chetham’s Library, Glasgow, LSE, Scotland, Edinburgh, Senate House); well represented in OCLC but most uncommon in commerce. The subscriber’s list runs to around 170 names, headed by the Marquis of Lansdowne, and includes Sir William Hamilton, Lord Nelson, and John Horne Tooke. Lectures on the elements of commerce, politics, and finances was originally published in quarto as The elements of commerce, politics and finances (London 1772), and in his introduction to the present edition, Mortimer notes that the idea for “a cheaper edition, and a new form of compiling it, [was] suggested by some respectable gentlemen of the University of Oxford, to whom the author paid a visit in the year 1798, as likely to be more useful to young students”. Thomas Mortimer (1730-1810) was a prolific writer on trade and finance, perhaps best known for Every man his own broker: or a guide to the stock exchange (1761).
Octavo (208 x 123 mm). Contemporary reddish-brown half roan, gilt banded spine, black morocco label, marbled sides. Inscribed on the front pastedown: “I give this Work to the Marchmont Library, October 1816, W. Purves Hume Campbell” and on the title page: “W. Purves 1800”; this is Sir William Purves-Hume-Campbell (1767-1833), 6th baronet Purves, of Purves Hall, Berwickshire; Marchmont House, a stark but imposing Palladian manor, still stands near Greenlaw in the Scottish Borders. General foxing, a few marginal pencillings. A very good copy, with the publisher’s 16pp. catalogue (dated 1 July 1801) at the end (interesting for including works on naval architecture and books for “gentlemen going to the East Indies”).
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