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SMITH, Charles.

Three Tracts on the Corn-Trade and Corn-Laws.

1. A short essay on the corn-trade and the corn-laws... first printed in 1758. 2. Considerations on the laws relating to the importation and exportation of corn... wrote in the beginning of the year 1759. 3. A collection of papers relative to the price, exportation and importation of corn... To which is added, a supplement. Containing several papers and calculations which tend to explain and confirm what is advanced in the foregoing tracts (1766)

London: J. Brotherton, 1766 Stock Code: 93452
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First edition of these three important tracts on the corn trade, by the son of a mill-owner of Croydon, in Surrey. Smith argued that in a country largely dependent on domestic supplies, price variations were the natural result of good or bad seasons, following a shortage of domestically produced corn in 1757, which roused public feeling against the perceived avarice of the farmers and mill owners.

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Octavo. Contemporary speckled calf, brown morocco label, spine lettered in gilt, edges sprinkled red.


Neatly rebacked, inked shorthand marginal annotations, manuscript in ink to verso of the title page, short closed tear to p. 89. Internally fine; an excellent copy.


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