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HUSKISSON, William.

The Question concerning the Depreciation of our Currency Stated and Examined.

Third edition, corrected.

London, Printed for John Murray and J. Hatchard; W. Blackwood, Edinburgh; and M. N. Mahon, Dublin, 1810 Stock Code: 135120
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The third edition, corrected from the first and second editions of the same year, of this important work which drew praise from Ricardo. "Huskisson emerged as a leading bullionist, attacking the evils of depreciation of the currency following the wartime resort to paper money in 1797 and advocating the speedy resumption of cash payments. Huskisson believed that only convertibility would remedy the evils of inflation, which he regarded as not only ruinous to creditors but possibly revolutionary in its consequences. He played a major part in the proceedings of the famous bullion committee in 1810, and published his important pamphlet, The Question Concerning the Depreciation of our Currency Stated and Examined, in October 1810, which soon went through seven editions" (ODNB). With the bookplate to the front pastedown of the Liberal politician Dudley Francis Fortescue (1820-1909), Member of Parliament for Andover from 1857 to 1874.

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Description

Octavo (202 x 127 mm). Later 19th-century quarter calf, black calf label to spine, marbled sides.

Condition

Half-title and terminal advertisement present, the former with the early notation "Huskisson on the Currency 1/2 Bound". Light wear to tips, patch of abrasion to rear cover, crease to initial and final few leaves impinging on text legibility, small chips not affecting text to pp. 75/76, 97/98, and 101/102, short closed tear not affecting text at head of 105-108, some leaves opened a little crudely at head. A good copy.

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