English Taxation: Worse Than French Slavery? [Philalethes]. English Liberty in Some Cases Worse than French Slavery: Exemplified by Animadversions Upon the Tyrannical and Anti-Constitutional Power of the Justices of the Peace, Commissioners of Excise, Customs, And Land-Tax, &c. Containing a Particular Relation of the Barbarous and Oppressive Methods Made Use of in Raising the Land-Tax of This Kingdom, Compared with an Historical Narrative of the More Mild, And Equitable Measures Pursued in Raising the Taxes, Call'd the Taille and Taillon, The Most Oppressive in France. In a Letter Address'd to the Serious Consideration of the Lesser Freeholders and Electors of Great-Britain. London: Printed for M. Cooper, 1748. [iv], 96 pp. Octavo (8" x 4-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into contemporary three-quarter sheep over marbled boards. Moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, light rubbing to boards, front hinge starting. Light toning to text, light soiling to title page, internally clean. A nice copy. $850. * First and only edition. The essay is signed "Philalethes," and is catalogued under that name in Kress and Goldsmiths. Dedicated, significantly, to Great Britain's "lesser Freeholders and Electors," it compares the tax burden imposed "arbitrarily" on English citizens with that of other, supposedly less democratic, European countries. OCLC locates 1 copy in a North American law library (Harvard). Catalogue of the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature 8351. The Kress Library of Business and Economics 4922. English Short-Title Catalogue T103148.
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