The Trade and Navigation of Great-Britain considered:
GEE Joshua (1730.)
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shewing that the surest way for a nation to increase in riches, is to prevent the importation of such foreign commodities as may be rais'd at home. That this Kingdom is capable of raising within itself, and its Colonies, Materials for employing all our Poor in those Manufactures, which we now import from such of our Neighbours who refuse the Admission of ours. Some Account of the Commodities each Country we trade with takes from us, and what we take from them; with Observations on the Balance.
First Dublin edition. 8vo. , 119, [1, publisher's advertisements] pp. Title slightly dust-soiled, some occasional faint spotting, otherwise internally clean. Recent quarter calf with marbled paper covered boards, spine with five single raised bands outlined in gilt, lettered in gilt on red morocco label.
London: printed, and Dublin re-printed by S. Powell, for George Risk at the Shakespear's Head, George Ewing at the Angel and Bible, and William Smith at the Hercules, Booksellers in Dame’s-Street.
The first Dublin edition, the second edition overall and the first to bear Gee's name, having been first published anonymously the previous year in London.
The Trade and Navigation of Great Britain Consider'd lays out Gee's staunchly protectionist approach to British commerce. "Gee's most famous work presented an overview of British trade both historically and by national areas, and commented on specific problems (for example devoting Chapter XXII to 'French fashions pernicious to England')" (ODNB). Both Hume and Adam Smith poked fun at Gee's writing for his sensationalism, Hume attributing to him 'universal panic' at the picture he painted of the national debt. Despite this, Gee's work was well-known and widely translated, with around twenty editions published before 1780.
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