A Political Survey of Britain…

A Political Survey of Britain…
A Political Survey of Britain…

London: for the author; and sold by Richardson and Urquhart, and others, 1774.

Two volumes, large quarto, in a lovely contemporary tree calf binding, flat spines featuring gilt foliate ornament with green and crimson morocco labels.

England in the 1770s

Redolent of the 1770s in its strictly contemporary binding, Campbell's Political Survey is more than dry political economy: the survey contains a wealth of information regarding the trades, agriculture, transportation, fisheries, seaports, markets and natural resources of Britain. The author was appointed the King's agent for the province of Georgia in 1765; accordingly this survey is rich with reference to the American and West Indian colonies. The subtitle itself says much of the author's aspirations for national self-sufficiency: the book is 'intended to shew That we have not as yet approached near the Summit of Improvement, but that it will afford Employment to many Generations before they push to their utmost Extent the natural advantages of Great Britain.'

Redolent of the 1770s in its strictly contemporary binding, Campbell's Political Survey is more than dry political economy: the survey contains a wealth of information regarding the trades, agriculture, transportation, fisheries, seaports, markets and natural resources of Britain. The author was appointed the King's agent for the province of Georgia in 1765; accordingly this survey is rich with reference to the American and West Indian colonies. The subtitle itself says much of the author's aspirations for national self-sufficiency: the book is 'intended to shew That we have not as yet approached near the Summit of Improvement, but that it will afford Employment to many Generations before they push to their utmost Extent the natural advantages of Great Britain.'

Provenance: With the bookplates and ownership signature of Alexander Allardyce (c.1743-1801), a Scottish slaver who made his fortune in the West Indies. Upon his return home, Allardyce entered parliament and spent lavishly on the improvement of Dunottar House near Aberdeen and its magnificent walled garden.

Goldsmiths', 11082.

Price (AUD): $2,800.00  other currencies     Ref: #4202846

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