Three Tracts on the Corn-Trade and Corn-Laws: Viz., 1. A Short Essay on the Corn-Trade and the Corn-Laws ... 2. Considerations on the Laws Relating to the Importation and Exportation of Corn ... 3. A Collection of Papers Relative to the Price, Exportation, and Importation of Corn, with Some Observations and Calculations, Shewing What the Nation May be Supposed to Have Gained by Giving the Bounty on the Exportation, What the Quantity of Each Sort of Corn Annually Consumed, Exported, Imported, and Grown May Amount to, and the Proportions They Severally Bear Each to the Other; to These Is Added, a Supplement, Containing Several Papers and Calculations Which Tend to Explain and Confirm What Is Advanced in the Foregoing Tracts. [Bound ahead of:] Three Letters to a Member of the Honourable House of Commons, from a Country Farmer, Concerning the Prices of Provisions; and Pointing Out a Sure Method of Preventing Future Scarcity

London: Printed for the author and sold by J. Brotherton, 1766. Second edition, corrected and enlarged (of the first title; published earlier the same year with 210 pages) and first edition (of the anonymously published second title, also concerning the corn laws). 8vo. 2 volumes: iv, 235, (1); (2), 49 pp. Charles Smith (1713-1777) was the son of a mill owner and made his fortune in trade; "these papers ... show an intimate acquaintance with the subject, and are written with much clearness and ability. They earned the praise of Adam Smith, and are valuable from the light they throw on the English corn trade in the eighteenth century" (DNB). Kress 6382 and 6392 ("In favor of the commutation of tithes"). Some faint signs of damping in the margins of the final 70 pages (not affecting the text block), a very good copy. Later marbled boards. (#5250). Item #58205

Price: $350.00

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