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Essays on Money, and the Standard of Value.

London: Hatchard and Son, 1833 Stock Code: 134900
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The author's own copy

First collected edition, the author's own copy with his ownership signature dated 1884 to the front pastedown, and his manuscript additions and corrections apparently intended for a future edition. The book collects Taylor's previously published economic tracts and reissues them with a new general title page and introduction: The Restoration of National Prosperity (1821), An Essay on Money, its Origin and Use (second edition 1833), An Essay on the Standard and Measure of Value (second edition 1832), Currency Fallacies Refuted, and Paper Money Vindicated (1833). The author, the publisher John Taylor (1781-1864), is best remembered for his support for the second generation Romantic writers, especially John Keats and John Clare, yet he also wrote on various topics: "Erudite, depressive, deeply Christian with a moderate dissenting bent, and possessing a liking for litigation over copyright matters, Taylor was also a prolific writer. He published four of his own works on the identity of Junius in the 1810s and went on to write over forty scholarly, usually well-received, books, pamphlets, tracts, and magazine articles on a disparate range of subjects. Many of these concerned politico-economical matters (most often the vexed question of the relative importance and value of bullion and paper money); others handled religious, scientific, antiquarian, geographical, and philological themes" (ODNB).

This copy has all the signs of being used by John Taylor as a working copy for a future edition. On the front free endpapers Taylor has drafted other titles: "The Currency Question Investigated in a Series of Essays" and "An Enquiry into the Principles of Currency, in a Series of Essays by John Taylor author of Junius Identified". Taylor has made a draft contents list on a blank page preceding the title page, and on the title page he has written "Reprint this". There are extensive corrections to the text, including adding in or taking out words and sentences, changing the stated price of commodities, and in some instances crossing out whole sections. Taylor has transcribed passages from other works, including regarding the origin of the word cattle (from Rogers Ruding's Annals of the Coinage of Britain and its Dependencies, 1817), and on the Great Khan from Mandeville's Voyages. He has made a lengthy addition on p. 8 of An Essay on Money where he details the history of the word "money". However, despite Taylor's effort, no new edition of the book was ever forthcoming; Currency Fallacies Refuted went through another edition in 1844, but the corrections in this copy were not included.

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Octavo (204 x 125 mm). Contemporary brown calf, black calf label to spine lettered in gilt.


Expertly refurbished, with repair to wear at extremities, recased. Endband at foot partially loose. Contents clean and crisp, signatures G and H slightly creased. In very good condition.


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