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Lot 133

133. STIRLING, Patrick James. The Australian and Californian Gold Discoveries, and Their Probable Consequences; or, an Inquiry into the Laws which Determine the Value and Distribution of the Precious Metals: with Historical Notices of the Effects of the American Mines on European Prices in the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries. in a Series of Letters. By Patrick James Stirling, F.R.S.E., Author of “The Philosophy of Trade.” Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, Tweeddale Court. Agents in London, Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., 1853. [4], xiii [1], [13]-279 [1, blank] pp., folding chart at front: The Gold Discoveries and Their Probable Consequences. Stirling Oliver & Boyd. 8vo, original blindstamped red cloth, spine gilt-lettered. Light shelf wear and slight discoloration to binding, otherwise fine.

     First edition. Cowan I, p. 222. Cowan II, p. 616. Ferguson 16282. Howes S1013. Sabin 91851. This is one of the few early works linking the California and Australian gold discoveries and the possible consequences to the international economy.

Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 606a:

The Stirling work consists primarily of an economic discourse on gold, history of coinage, comparison with silver, and the economic effects of the Australian and California gold discoveries. Not surprisingly, the Englishman emphasized the Australian mining operations.


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