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SINCLAIR, Sir John, & Thomas Attwood.

The Late Prosperity, and the Present Adversity of the Country, Explained;

The Proper Remedies Considered, And the comparative Merits of the English and Scottish Systems of Banking Discussed.

London: published by J. Ridgeway, 1826 Stock Code: 117670
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An excellent copy of their published correspondence

First edition of the published correspondence between agricultural improver and politician John Sinclair (1754-1835) and currency theorist Thomas Attwood (1783-1856). After he launched the Birmingham Political Union in 1830 Attwood was considered by many to be "'the most influential man in England'" (ODNB), and he was a leading figure in the public campaign for the Great Reform Act of 1832. Both men held each other in high regard; Attwood was an avid reader of Sinclair's works, particularly those on economics, and Sinclair supported Attwood's public letters to Lord Liverpool which alternately offered advice and criticism on the Bank of England's treatment of paper currency. During the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Attwood's reputation has "steadily risen... as an important early contributor to the theory of economic and monetary policy" (Glasner, p. 23).

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Octavo (210 x 135 mm). 20th-century polished quarter calf, marbled paper boards, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, top edge brown.


A few neat pen annotations to contents. Small chip to upper edge of p. 51, tear to p. 49 affecting 3 lines of text, an excellent copy.


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