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PRATT, Samuel.

The Regulating Silver Coin:

Made Practicable and Easie To The Government And Subject. Humbly submitted to the consideration of both Houses of Parliament. By a Lover of his Country.

Published: London: Henry Bonwick, 1696

Stock code: 93419

Price: £450

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First edition. Pratt’s contribution to the debate surrounding the recoinage of 1696 was paid for by the Treasury and broadly supported William Lowndes’ case for devaluation. Pratt suggests that coin has not just extrinsic value, but a third “real” value, “adherent to the Species, with respect to time and place”.

Octavo (188 115 mm). Rebound with blue boards and blue cloth spine, lettered in black, cream endpapers, edges speckled red. First gathering with diminishing water stain, small chips to edges of title page, otherwise a very good copy.

Bibliography: Goldsmiths' 3331; Kress 1990; Hollander, p. 41; Wing P3184.

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