A Political Survey of Britain


A Political Survey of Britain


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Title continues: "Being a Series of Reflections on the Situation, Lands, Inhabitants, Revenues, Colonies, and Commerce of This Island. Intended to Shew That we have not as yet approached near the Summit of Improvement, but that it will afford Employment to many Generations before they push to their utmost Extent the natural Advantages of Great Britain." The work is especially remarkable for its numerous practical suggestions. It teems with projects for the construction of harbours, the opening up of new communications by road and canal, and the introduction of new industries. Campbell even proposed that the state should buy up all the waste lands of the country and develop their latent resources, arable and pastoral. The "Survey" excited some people, but the author does not seem to have found it a very successful publishing speculation. So many years had been spent in its preparation that numbers of the original subscribers were dead before it appeared. Dr. Johnson believed that Campbell's disappointment about the indifferent success of his work killed him (Boswell, Life, p. 484).

Publication Info

  • Publisher: T. Ewing and C. Jenkin
  • Edition: 2nd Edition
  • Date Published: 1775
  • Place Published: Dublin
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Very good
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    4 vols.: vi, 371, 726, 362, 739 p. 21 cm. Full leather with gilt. Binding has some scuffing and a few bumped corners. Labels at spine tails. Red and green text block edges. Owner's stamp on a front endpaper of all four volumes, stain on edge of vol. 1 pp. 130-4. Small chip in bottom edge of half title in vol. 1.

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