London. 1740-1743. Two volumes bound in one. vi,154; xii,127pp. General half title for both parts bound in at the front. Contemporary calf, ruled in gilt, expertly rebacked in matching style, spine gilt. Boards a bit rubbed and edgeworn, new endpapers. Save for an old stain on the final few leaves of the second part, internally clean and fresh. Very good overall. Item #WRCAM39444
Both parts of this important work on the West Indies trade, issued three years apart from each other. Ashley, a Barbados planter, published several works to encourage the British West India sugar trade. The present book requests further legislative assistance for the sugar producing colonies. Many of the questions addressed by Ashley center on trade with the British North colonies, whether sugar or rum can be exported directly, whether ships built in North America can be used in the sugar trade, and the like. A supplement to the second part (not present here) was also issued in 1743. EUROPEAN AMERICANA locates eight sets. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 740/19, 743/16. SABIN 2192, 2193. GOLDSMITHS 7779, 7979. KRESS 4483. SIMMONS 1740, 3. BELL A337.