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With a Lovely Engraved Title Page
The interest of Scotland considered, with regard to its police in imploying of the poor, its agriculture, its trade, its manufactures, and fisheries. Edinburgh: Printed by R. Fleming and Company, and sold by Gavin Hamilton at his Shop opposite to the Parliament-Close, 1733.
Small 8vo. Engraved title page vignette, woodcut head and tailpieces. 5 p.l., xxxv, 229,  pp. including the blank leaf P4. Contemporary calf, spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine, boards with a double blind fillet around sides, edges of boards richly gilt.
The FIRST EDITION of Lindsayís recommendations for the revival of the Scottish linen industry, farming, and fishing. After having served with Sir Robert Riche in his regiment of foot in Spain, Lindsay settled in Edinburgh as an upholsterer. His business was prosperous and he became dean of his guild and was elected lord provost in 1729 and 1733. From 1734-41 he was a member of Parliament for Edinburgh. He died in 1753 shortly after having been appointed the Governor of the Ile of Man.
Lindsay begins by noting the terrible conditions of the poor in Scotland and the high level of unemployment and begging. He then goes on to discuss various laws in commerce (both domestic and international) which have negatively affected the state of trade in Scotland and to suggest the possibility of cultivating silk manufacture, trade with the West Indies, the linen trade, flax farming, and the fisheries within Scotland as a solution. To do this, however, he calls for government intervention and provides examples of its success in some areas of Scotland and other countries. There is also a large section about the herring trade, including a discussion of the relative merits of herring from different areas, how they taste, and their conservation.
The finely engraved title page vignette depicts workers building barrels and crates for delivery to ships anchored in the distance; a person working at a loom; and two farmers ploughing a field. Surrounding the scenes is an ornamental frame made of a net of fish, a garland of produce, a bee hive, a mound of flax, and a spiderís web.
A beautiful copy.
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