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WITHERS, John (1669--1729)
The Dutch better friends than the French, to the Monarchy, Church, and trade of England. In a letter from a citizen to a country gentleman. The third edition.
London: printed for John Clark, 1713.
44 p. ; 15.3 cm. (8º)

A Citizen = John Withers. An analysis of Anglo-Dutch affairs which went through four editions in 1713, comparing the Dutch favourably with the French and suggesting that English interests much more closely coincided with those of the Dutch. John Withers attempts to remove 'those causeless prejudices' against the Dutch, comparing such matters as population, trade, colonies and military strength, and even suggesting that England's colonial record is at least as shabby as anyone else's, with references to commercial rivalries and to buccaneers in the West Indies, particularly Captain Morgan. The final leaf includes on the recto an extract from Defoe's satirical poem 'The True-Born Englishman', and on the verso line 'Upon the Articles of Limerick, by an Ingenious Gentleman'. ESTC t163486.

Copy Notes Scribbles in ink at the foot of p. 44. Bound (6) in a collection of eleven political tracts by or associated with Defoe, dated between 1710 and 1717. 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.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Defoe's Works' and 'Miscellanies'. Cased (18.8 cm) to match the set.

Reference Number 820


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