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FAIRMAN, William.

The Stocks Examined and Compared:

or a guide to purchasers in the public funds. Containing an introduction in which the origin and nature of the public debts are explained, and useful information is given relative to the management of business in the funds.

London: H. L. Galabin, 1795 Stock Code: 136213
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A manual for the Georgian investor

First edition of Fairman's frequently-reprinted manual for investors, bound in an eclectic sammelband of seven works. The author, who worked as life-accountant to the corporation of the Royal-Exchange Assurance, here offers information on a host of government investment schemes, listing the various public funds available, including annuities, bank stock, South-Sea stock, and India stock. Later editions were published under the title An Account of the Public Funds transferable at the Bank of England.

Sammelband bindings allowed owners to bind multiple cheaper and smaller books together, often resulting in unrelated texts sharing a volume, as is the case here, with a drama, political pamphlet, religious title, and a geographical work all bedfellows.

i) An Account of the Treason and Sedition, committed by the London Corresponding Society, the Society for Constitutional Information, the other societies... and the whole of the two reports, presented to the Hon. House of Commons, by the Secret Committee. London: Printed for J. Downes, 1794. First and only edition, and rare, with copies located by ESTC in only four locations; also here with an engraved frontispiece not noted in the ESTC collation (showing the arrested men). The anonymous author vitriolically attacks the numerous societies seeking parliamentary reform, which were being prosecuted in the treason trials of 1794.

ii) HUNTER, William. Considerations on the causes and effects of the present war, and on the necessity of continuing it, till a regular government is established in France. London: printed for John Stockdale, Piccadilly, 1794. First edition, presentation copy with inked inscription to title page "From the author" (the final letter cropped). Hunter supports the continuation of war against the French Republic.

iii) HAMILTON, James. Reply to Dr Gregory. Edinburgh: 1793. First edition, replying to allegations that Hamilton was the author of a pamphlet, in fact written by J. Johnson, with the title: 'A Guide for Gentlemen Studying Medicine at the University of Edinburgh'.

iv) MORRIS, Edward. False Colours, a comedy, in five acts, as performed at the King's Theatre in the Haymarket, by His Majesty's company from the Theatre-Royal, Drury Lane. By Edward Morris, fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge. London: printed for T. Cadell, 1793. First edition of Morris's comedy.

v) The Thirty-Nine articles of the Church of England... Together with References to the Passages in several Authors, which more largely explain the Doctrine contained in the said Articles. Written in Latin by the Rev. Mr. Archdeacon Welchman, and now translated into English according to the sixth edition, by a clergyman of the University of Oxford. London: printed for J. F. and C. Rivington, 1790. Eighth edition with Welchman's commentary.

vi) TURNER, Richard. A View of the Earth, as Far as it was Known to the Ancients... London: Printed by J. Dodsley, 1779. With frontispiece and 6 plates. Later edition (first published in 1762), illustrating the ancient world for reference when studying the classics.

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Description

7 works bound in 1 volume, octavo (209 x 127 mm). Contemporary half calf, spine lettered in gilt on red morocco label, earlier volume series number in gilt to spine (3), marbled sides.

Condition

Bound with half-titles where issued. Contemporary manuscript contents list to front pastedown, Fairman with contemporary manuscript correction to p. xi and errata pasted on verso of p. xv, minor inked marginalia to Treason and Sedition; light soiling to initial and final pages of works, Hamilton with short closed tear at head of title, Morris with heavy browning and with contemporary ownership signature to title. Very good.

Bibliography

ESTC T521 (Fairman); T19438 (An Account of the Treason and Sedition); N27684 (Hunter); N12778 (Hamilton); T35267 (Morris); T73721 (Thirty-Nine Articles); T65398 (Turner).

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