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CHILD, Sir Josiah.

A Treatise wherein is demonstrated, I. That the East-India trade is the most national of all foreign trades.

II. That the clamors, aspersions, and objections made against the present East-India Company, are sinister, selfish, or groundless. III. That since the discovery of the East-Indies, the dominion of the sea depends much upon the wane or increase of that trade, and consequently the security of the liberty, property, and Protestant religion of this kingdom. IV. That the trade of the East-Indies cannot be carried on to national advantage, in any other way than by a general joynt-stock. V. That the East-India trade is more profitable and necessary to the kingdom of England, than to any other kingdom or nation in Europe. By Philopatris.

London, Printed by T.J. for Robert Boulter, 1681 Stock Code: 127201
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First edition of this defence of the East India Company, one of two issues, the other one printed by J. R. for the Honourable the East India Company. Josiah Child, Chairman and virtual ruler of the East-India company for many years, aimed to aggrandise the company by extending its political power, and to restrict any competition. In the present essay "he enumerates many enlightened principles, as that 'silver or gold, coined or uncoined, though they are used as a measure of all other things, are no less a commodity than oil, wine, or tobacco, cloth or stuff, and may in many cases be exported as much to national advantage as any other commodity. That no nation ever was or will be considerable in trade that prohibits the export of bullion'" (Palgrave).

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Quarto (192 x 138 mm). Recent grey paper boards.


Some contemporary annotation and underling. Browned throughout with some small stains, each leaf mounted on stub, peripheral paper repairs, brittle at peripheries with some chipping, slight running burn mark to final few pages affecting text, closely cropped at head with some loss to pagination and to the text of pp. 40-1. A well-preserved copy of a fragile pamphlet.


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