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On the Darien Scheme

The undoubted art of thriving; wherein is shewed, 1. That a million L. sterling money, or more if need be may be raised for propogating the trade of the nation, &c. without any kind of prejudice to the leiges, but on the contrair to their great utility and advantage. 2. How the Indian and African Company may propogat their trade, and that trade and manufactures of all sorts may by encouraged to the honour, strength and wealth of the nation. 3. How every one according to his quality, may live comfortably and happily. Concluding with several thoughts tuching the management of publick concerns.

Edinburgh: John Reid, 1700.

Price: $4,500.00

About the item

First edition. [8], 135, [1]pp. 12mo. On the Darien Scheme. Later half calf. Provenance: Patrick Hume, Earl of Marchmont (armorial bookplate to verso of title); Dr. Karl Baumgarten (ink stamps, sold Parke Bernet 1963); King Larry Parker (bookplates & blindstamps). ESTC R5321; Wing D1856; Goldsmiths’, 3629; Sabin 20589; Kress 2218.

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Donaldson (d. 1719), by his own account the son of a Scottish landowner and an officer in a regiment for William III in the revolution of 1688, wrote on various agricultural and economic issues and served as the publisher of the Edinburgh Gazette, the first newspaper in Scotland with long-term continuity. The present work in part champions the the Darien scheme (i.e the Indian and African Company), which is discussed at length on pages 55-64.

This copy with provenance to the Earl of Marchmont, who was the dedicatee of Donaldson's first work Husbandry Anatomized (1697). Scarce.