A printed copy of "An essay on man" by Alexander Pope published by A. Edwards, Bookseller & Stationer, Castle Street, Cork in 1795 which is bound with an original contemporary manuscript entitled "Supplement to Pope's Essay on Man" by S. Oliver Senr., 1796, including "Proofs of a God";
|Main Creator:||Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744|
Along with "Proofs of a God" [1pp.] there are other essays by Oliver, one entitled "On the Reasonable Expectation that Man Have of a Future State" and "Oliver's Scheme to give Government ample means to support the War, till France shall agree to a Peace that will protect Europe from her mad Ideas of Universal Domination, Robbery and Pillage without laying the additional Burden of a Farthing on the Poor, on Manufactures or on Trade" with the comment "This I sent to Earl Camden soon after Lord Malmsbury's return from Paris". This scheme envisaged that all with an income of more than £100 a year should contribute 25% to the cost of the war. Another essay is entitled "An attempt to give some ideas of the Instinct impressed by God on Man"; another is called "Hints to increase the Quiet and Comfort of the Inhabitants of Ireland....etc.". With other shorter commentries on British and European politics, economics and religion.
|Citation:||National Library of Ireland. Department of Manuscripts.|
Folio volume, 42pp., fine letterpress printed in large type, [broadly in the Baskerville style]; bound with about 20pp. of original contemporary manuscript. Full reversed calf, untitled, marble endpapers; originally gilt stamped edges now worn away.
"S. Oliver" is probably the Rt. Hon. Silver Oliver of Castle Oliver, M.P. for Co. Limerick who died in 1817(Burke's Landed Gentry).His suggestion in this manuscript of a tax on incomes may be one of the earliest such proposals, more than 100 years before Lloyd George put it into practice.
Physical description: 1 v.(42pp. + [ 20pp. unpaged] ); 37.6 x 27.3 cm
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