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
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition.
Early (possibly original?) paper wrappers, resewn; 7.75 x 5.5 inches;  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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