DescriptionBenjamin Robins. The Merchant's Complaint Against Spain: Containing I. Their Behavior towards England, in the peaceable Reign o King James I...II. A Letter from a Gentleman in the West-Indies...concerning Trade, the Pretentions of Spain to Georgia...III. A Dialogue between Henry VIII...wherein the inbred Hatred of Spain to England...To which is added, A Letter from Queen Mary in Elysium, to the famous Count Gondomar... London: W. Lloyd, 1738. Krown & Spellman retail: $250. First Edition. 8vo. A-H4. 63,p. Modern 1/4 sheep over paper boards, gilt title, hinge rubbed; bookplate of John Carter Brown with release stamp; last leaf with 3/4 replaced and with missing text penciled-in (6 lines), corner repair to penultimate leaf (no losses). From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
More Information: Robins (1707-1751) mathematician, military engineer, "These pamphlets brought Robins into political notice. The last of the three, published anonymously, was an apology for the defection of certain members of parliament, including Pulteney and Sandys, who, disgusted with the Spanish Convention, declined for a time to attend the House of Commons. By those whose conduct Robins defended, he was appointed secretary of the secret committee nominated by the House of Commons to examine into, and report upon, the past conduct of Walpole. The committee made two reports." DNB ESTC t108687. Kress 4393. Goldsmith 7582. Hanson 5180.
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