London. 1781. xii,,192pp. plus frontispiece portrait. 12mo. Contemporary mottled calf, red morocco spine, gilt. Extremities lightly worn. Internally clean. Very good plus. Item #WRCAM47407
One of several unauthorized printings of an excerpt from the Abbe Raynal's HISTOIRE PHILOSOPHIQUE ET POLITIQUE. "Intended to supplement the author's earlier history of European trade in the two Indies. An enterprising printer secured the manuscript and without consent issued simultaneous English and French editions" - Howes. Many variant editions were published anonymously in 1781, providing a complex bibliographic puzzle. This edition was likely printed in France or the Low Countries. Only four copies listed in ESTC, two in North America - Boston Public Library and Boston College. HOWES R85. SABIN 68103. AMERICAN CONTROVERSY 81-59i. ESTC N12889.