• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 263

    PETTY, William (1623-1687). The Political Anatomy of Ireland. London: D. Brown and W. Rogers, 1691. 8° (170 x 110mm). Title within double rule. (Some browning, spotting and tears.) Modern sheep, panelled spine with title label (rebacked, front cover detached, worn). Provenance: William Talbot, Lord Bishop of Oxford (bookplate on verso of title, 1702) -- Richard Rhys, 9th Baron Dynevor (1935-2008).

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    PETTY, William (1623-1687). The Political Anatomy of Ireland. London: D. Brown and W. Rogers, 1691. 8° (170 x 110mm). Title within double rule. (Some browning, spotting and tears.) Modern sheep, panelled spine with title label (rebacked, front cover detached, worn). Provenance: William Talbot, Lord Bishop of Oxford (bookplate on verso of title, 1702) -- Richard Rhys, 9th Baron Dynevor (1935-2008).

    FIRST EDITION of this 'wide survey of Irish institutions and government with much statistical evidence', written in 1671 after Petty's second long stay in Ireland, and subsequently published by Nahum Tate. It concludes with Verbum sapienti, a short treatise on the wealth of the nation and its capacity to pay taxes, bearing no special relation to Ireland and probably written no later than 1667. Nahum Tate, who signs the dedication to the second Duke of Ormonde, appears to have relied on the manuscript which Petty gave to his friend, Sir Robert Southwell. Goldsmiths' 2868; Keynes 37; Wing P-1931.


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