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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
A plan of the English commerce. Being a complete prospect of the trade of this nation, as well home as foreign. In three parts. ... Humbly offer'd to the consideration of the King and Parliament. By the late ingenious Mr. Daniel De Foe. The third edition.
London: printed for J. and J. Rivington, 1749.
xvi, [8], 368 p.; 18.8 cm. (8º)

First published anonymously in 1728, reissued as the second edition in 1730 with the addition of a 40-pp. appendix, and reissued again in 1737 without the appendix. The present third edition is a reissue of the second edition of 1737. The work promotes Defoe's vision of Great Britain as an international trading nation and her autonomy from reliance on foreign trade through trade with the American colonies. ESTC t71279; Moore 499; Furbank and Owens 244.

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.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Defoe's Works' and 'Plan Of The English Commerce'.

Reference Number 784


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