The Curse of the Corne-Horders: with The Blessing of Seasonable Selling. In Three Sermons, on Pro. II. 26. Begun at the General Sessions for the County of Cornwall, Held at Bodmyn, and Continued at Fowy

Fitz-Geffry, Charles

Published by by I[ohn] B[eale] for Michael Sparke at the blew Bible in Greenarbor, London, 1631
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Title: The Curse of the Corne-Horders: with The ...

Publisher: by I[ohn] B[eale] for Michael Sparke at the blew Bible in Greenarbor, London

Publication Date: 1631

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.


Early (possibly original?) paper wrappers, resewn; 7.75 x 5.5 inches; [6] ff, 56 pp., with a splendid cut on the title page. Light staining to a few leaves (including title-p.); a little wrinkling at corners; generally a very good copy. An important sermon pertaining to the distribution of food, preached after "theese two yeeres of dearth." Fitz-Geffry condemned the practice of hoarding corn with the intention of selling it at a higher price. In effect, this is a diatribe against a commodity market, a startingly modern economic theme. Fitz-Geffry implores "let Ministers (as his Majesty commandeth) joyne forces with the Magistrates against this Monster, Avarice." In 1598, Shakespeare was named as an illegal corne-horder, having stored eighty bushels during a shortage. He writes, in Henry VI: "Take heed, be wary how you place your words; / Talk like the vulgar sort of market men / That come to gather money for their corn." And, in Coriolanus: "For corn at their own rates; / whereof, they say / The city is well stored." A memorable and interesting sermon, "The Curse of the Corne-Horders" is rife with sardonic humor. ESTC S102168; STC (2nd ed.), 10938; Goldsmiths' 624; Kress S.619. Bookseller Inventory # KKB6258

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