PETTY, William (contrib.); COLLINS, John.

A Plea for the Bringing in of Irish Cattel, And keeping out of Fish Caught by Foreigners.

Together with an humble address to the Honourable Members of Parliament of the counties of Cornwal and Devon, about the advancement of tin, fishery, and divers manufactures. By John Collins, accomptant to the Royal Fishery Company. E Reg. Soc. Philomath.

London: printed by A. Godbid and J. Playford, and are sold by Langley Curtis in Goat-Court on Ludgate-Hill, 1680 Stock Code: 127344
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Including a piece by William Petty

First edition. John Collins (1626-1683) is predominantly remembered as a mathematician and scientific administrator, but his long career in the civil service also acquainted him in detail with taxation, trade and public expenditures. The present mercantilist treatise was his first work of economics, a slightly mis-matched proposal to prohibit foreign fish while importing Irish cattle, no doubt influenced by the fact that his patron was the owner of a large Irish estate. The tract also includes (from page 32) William Petty's "Observations on the Trade of Irish Cattel"; originally written as a broadside in opposition to a bill banning the importation of Irish cattle in 1665, of which no known copy survives; this is the first obtainable printing. Page 19 has a reference to Graunt and Petty's estimate of the population at 7 million.

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Quarto (183 x 136 mm). Modern calf, spine lettered in gilt.


Early notation to title page. Bound without initial blank; small spillburn to page 21 touching one letter. Extremities a little rubbed, covers lightly marked. A very good copy.


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