Th[e] Case of the Distillers of London [caption title]
London: 1714. Broadsheet, 12½ x 7¾ inches. p. plus printed docket title on verso. Disbound. Early folds and early stab holes in left margin. The type for "E" is first "THE" in the caption title was apparently never inked - the only evidence of the "E" is in a faint impression visible on the verso. Minor foxing.
An early political leaflet petitioning Parliament for greater enforcement of duties on foreign brandy, arguing that English brandy is under threat from black-market foreign brandy in port towns. The document also explains the growing importance of English brandy to the British economy, enumerating the various British and colonial industries its manufacture supports, including those of corn, coal, molasses, and coarse sugars. Among the earliest examples of commercial lobbying literature, which first began proliferating during the major changes in British government in the mid-1710s. ESTC records four copies in the U.K. and one in the U.S., at Columbia.
Goldsmiths 5108; Hanson 1996.