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An Enquiry Into the Causes of the Late Increase of Robbers, &c. Henry Fielding.
An Enquiry Into the Causes of the Late Increase of Robbers, &c...
An Enquiry Into the Causes of the Late Increase of Robbers, &c...

An Enquiry Into the Causes of the Late Increase of Robbers, &c...

Fielding on Crime and the Evils of Gin Fielding, Henry [1707-1754]. An Enquiry Into the Causes of the Late Increase of Robbers, &c. With Some Proposals for Remedying this Growing Evil. In Which the Present Reigning Vices are Impartially Exposed; And the Laws that Relate to the Provision for the Poor, And to the Punishment of Felons are Largely and Freely Examined. By Henry Fielding, Esq; Barrister at Law, and One of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County of Middlesex, And for the City and Liberty of Westminster. London: Printed for A. Millar, 1751. xxxii, 203, [1] pp. With a half-title. 12mo (6-1/4" x 3-3/4"). Later patterned cloth, gilt title to spine, edges rouged, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing to boards and extremities, some fading to spine, corners bumped, hinges cracked, rear board just starting at foot but secure, faint soiling and dampstaining to rear pastedown. Light toning to interior, light foxing in a few places, small faint dampstain to lower right corner of first and last quarter of text block, text affected in places without loss to legibility, slight crack in text block between pp. 116-117, all leaves secure. $250. * Second edition, published the same year as the first. This tract by the great writer draws attention to the social evils of the time, gin consumption among the poor especially. An influential piece, it inspired a bill to restrict gin production and Hogarth's famous engraving, "Gin Lane." The advertisement on the last page, possibly written by Sir John Fielding, is headed "To the Public." It advertises a domestic employment agency that offers servants free of "the rude Behaviour and Insolence of Servants of all Kinds" that has "become a general complaint." As mentioned above, two editions were published in 1751 by Millar. There is also an imprint of the first edition published in Dublin in 1751 by M. Faulkner. English Short-Title Catalogue T89871.

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