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CAMPBELL, John (1708--1775)
A political survey of Britain: being a series of reflections on the situation, lands, inhabitants, revenues, colonies, and commerce of this island. 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. In two volumes. By John Campbell, L.L.D. ...
London: printed for the author; and sold by Richardson & Urquhart; J. Wilkie; T. Cadell, P. Elmsley, and T. Becket; J. Walter, and T. Durham; J. Dodsley; and L. Davis, 1774.
2 vols ; 28.6 cm. (4º)
I: [4], vi, 726, [24] p.
II: [4], 739, [33] p.

John Campbell wrote a variety of historical, political, social, and economic treatises as well as some fiction, and was a member of Samuel Johnson's circle. A prospectus for the present work was published as early as 1755 but the Political survey proved to be his last work. It contained a prodigious amount of information on the economic life, trade, industry, transport, and agriculture of the country with practical suggestions for their improvement, but sales were slow and the accuracy of his information and arguments was questioned. With a separate index in each volume. The final page of vol. II contains a list of 'Books lately published by T. Durham, ...'. ESTC n66037; Kress 6997; Goldsmiths' 11082; Lowndes I, 361; Sabin 10239; Adams 74--16a; Higgs 5884.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-title in both volumes. In volume I the first front free-endpaper is inscribed in ink by Soane July 1796 1:10:0 and the second in pencil in another hand 1.16.0.

Binding C18th calf, gilt-tooled foliate borders, gilt guilloche roll-tooled spine, red and green morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 933


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