The History of the European Commerce with India.
To which is subjoined a Review of the Arguments for and against the Trade with India, and the Management of it by a Chartered Company; with an Appendix of Authentic Accounts.London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Browne, 1812 Stock Code: 118117
First edition, first impression. Macpherson's most celebrated work was his Annals of Commerce, Fisheries and Navigation, which established him as a leading authority on the history of Britain's overseas trade. This, his final work, "opposed Adam Smith's view that the East India Company's monopoly was detrimental to the development of trade between India and Europe" (ODNB).
Quarto (265 x 208 mm). Contemporary red half morocco-grained skiver, marbled boards and edges, title gilt direct to the spine, low flat bands with twined bead and fern leaf roll, rectangular device composed of drawer-handle, and foliate scroll tools to the compartments, bead and leaf roll in blind to the spine and corner edges.
Folding engraved frontispiece map.
Rubbed, some foxing and browning to the map which has offset onto the title page, text-block toned and with occasional light foxing, but overall very good.
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