Lectures on the Elements of Commerce, Politics, and Finances...
"Intended As a Companion to Blackstone's Commentaries" Mortimer, Thomas [1730-1810]. [Blackstone, Sir William (1723-1780)]. Lectures on the Elements of Commerce, Politics, and Finances; Intended as a Companion to Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England; And Peculiarly Calculated to Qualify Young Noblemen and Gentlemen for Situations in Any of the Public Offices Under Government, And for Parliamentary Business. London: Published by A. Strahan, Printers-Street; For T.N. Longman and O. Rees, Paternoster Row, 1801, 1801. xxviii, 442 pp. Includes six-page subscriber list. Added stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, lettering piece, blind fillets and gilt publication date to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to interior, somewhat heavier in places, light foxing to a few leaves, owner inscription (of Dudley P. Bailey, Jr, dated 1846) to verso of portrait. $850. * Only edition. Best known as the author of Every Man His Own Broker (First edition, 1761), Mortimer was an attorney, diplomat and writer with an interest in commercial law. He believed Blackstone provided an essential component of the nobleman and gentleman's education. His Lectures were intended to cover the remaining areas: commerce, politics and finances. The engraving is based on a portrait by Sir William Beechey [1753-1839]. Titled "Thomas Mortimer, Esq.," it was published in London by J. Sewell in 1799. Not in Eller. Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone 481.
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