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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
[Essay upon projects. 1702]
Essays upon several subjects: or, effectual ways for advancing the interest of the nation. Wherein are plainly laid down, the means by which the subjects in general may be eased and enriched; the poor relieved, and trade encreased in the most material branches of it, viz. in constituting seamen to theirs and the nations advantage, for encouragement of merchants and merchandizing; for relief of the poor; of friendly societies; for discouraging vice, and encouraging vertue; the usefulness of banks and assurances; to prevent bankrupts; with the surest way to recover bad debs [sic]; and many other considerable things, profitable and conducing to the great advantage of the nation in general.
London: printed, and sold by the booksellers of London and Westminster, 1702.
[2], xiv, 336 p. ; 18.3 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. Preface to Dalby Thomas signed: D. F., i.e. Daniel Defoe. A reissue of the sheets of An essay upon projects, 1697, with a cancel title-page. Defoe's proposals touched on banking, insurance and pensions, the support of widows and "idiots", education, and naval recruitment and maintenance. ESTC t68186; Moore, 16; see also Furbank and Owens, 5.

Copy Notes Part of a uniformly bound 48-volume set of works by or attributed to Defoe which on the evidence of endleaves variously watermarked '1814', '1808', etc. was presumably assembled around 1810--15. Marks of emphasis(?) in pencil in the margins throughout.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Defoe's Works' and 'Essay On Projects'.

Reference Number 826


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