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  • A Discourse On the Late Funds of the Million-Act, Lottery-Act and Bank of England – John Briscoe 1696

    Title continues … Shewing, That they are … Ruinous to the Trade of the Nation. Together with Proposals for the Supplying their majesties with Money on Easy Terms.

    Extremely rare, despite being a third edition printed London by J.D. for Andrew Bell, 1696.

    Small octavo, iv, 187 pages plus adverts. Bound in 19th Century half calf, rubbed with old library stamps to title and last. Excuse it for its rarity. This is an expanded version of a pamphlet issued by Briscoe in 1694.

    John Briscoe was a prolific land bank projector. He showed, using detailed costings the very high cost of the Treasury borrowing through the various Acts set up to do so .. and, importantly the newly established [1694] Bank of England.

    Briscoe’s plan was based on the future rental income that could be expected from land, and his principles contained quite some modern theory.

    Briscoe made the link between an increase in the supply of money and greater economic activity.

    According to Briscoe, the new bills would be “to all intents as useful as money; it will be an introducing so many fresh-monied men into the Kingdom with several millions more than was before, for the supply of their Majesties”.

    He was motivated to find a means by which the Government could borrow at a low rate in interest, and simultaneously improving the capital of the land owners … “Gentlemen will have an opportunity of improving their estates by building, planting, draining or watering their land”.

    Briscoe managed to raise Pounds 100,000 for his bank … but it was not enough

    Extremely rare Banking Theory from 1696

    $490.00

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  • The Doctrine of Gold and Silver Computations – Snelling – 1766

    The Doctrine of Gold and Silver Computations – Snelling – 1766

    The Doctrine of Gold and silver Computations
    Thomas Snelling – 1766

    A First Edition of Snelling’s book title continues … in which is included, that of the par of money; the proportion in value between gold and silver; and the valuation of gold, silver, and parting assays; with useful tables and copper plates.

    Full calf with six compartments to spine each with elaborate giltwork and a separate black leather title label. Complete with 144 pages after preliminaries including assay tables followed by 10 pages of copper engravings of coins all quite beautifully executed showing the printers plate mark for each coin pair.

    Technically a book of high standard with comprehensive workings and tables allowing for a proper understanding of the difficulties of assay in the 18th century.

    Thomas Snelling (1712-1773) was a leading English numismatist of the period. He carried on business as a coin dealer at 183 Fleet Street next door to the Horn Tavern. His collection was sold off after his death and the catalogue is held in the Medal Room at the British Museum. There are three portrait medals of Snelling in the British Museum, one by Pingo who also did the Cook Medal commissioned by the Royal Society.

    First Edition of Snelling’s Book on Gold, Silver and Coins

    $390.00

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  • The Australian and Californian Gold Discoveries and Their Probable Consequences; or, An Inquiry Into the Laws Which Determine the Value and Distribution of the Precious Metals – Patrick Stirling F.R.S.E

    The Australian and Californian Gold Discoveries and Their Probable Consequences; or, An Inquiry Into the Laws Which Determine the Value and Distribution of the Precious Metals – Patrick Stirling F.R.S.E

    With Historical Notices of the Effects of the American Mines on European Prices in the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries.

    Published by Greenwood Press of New York in 1969. Facsimile reprint of the 1853 Oliver & Boyd first edition. Original blue cloth binding, with gilt titles. Issued without a dust jacket. Folding frontispiece of the value of precious metals gained showing the impact great discoveries of the 1840’s.

    An important book comprising an economic discourse on gold and the history of coinage, comparison with silver, and the economics effects of the Australian and California gold discoveries.

    Important gold book with early Australian content

    $60.00

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