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Scarce and Valuable Tracts on Commerce

Edited by John Ramsay McCulloch (1859)

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This volume is one of several edited by J.R. McCulloch. Eleven gems from 17th, 18th, early 19th century authors.

Endorsements of Scarce and Valuable Tracts on Commerce

“It is now apparent that for most of the half-century preceding his death [in 1864] this hard-working, largely self-educated Scot did more than any other economist of this day to introduce the new science of political economy to an interested public.”

—Phyllis Deane

Items in this volume:

  1. Observations Touching Trade and Commerce with Other Nations (circa 1610) perhaps by Walter Raleigh, perhaps by John Keymore
  2. Navigation and Commerce, Their Original and Progress (1674) by John Evelyn
  3. Extracts from a Plan of the English Commerce (1730) by Daniel Defoe
  4. An Essay on the Causes of the Decline of the Foreign Trade (1744) perhaps by Matthew Decker, perhaps by a Mr. Richardson
  5. Brief Essay on the Advantages and Disadvantages of to France and Great Britain with regard to Trade (1750) by Josiah Tucker

Appended: A Letter on the State of France in 1765 by Tobias Smollett

  1. Proposals for Redressing and Amending the Trade of the Republic (1751) by Prince William of Orange
  2. A Vindication of the Commerce and the Arts (1758) by William Temple
  3. New and Old Principles of Trade Compared (1788) perhaps by William Vaughan