[ANSTEY, Christopher]. ~ Speculation; or, a Defence of Mankind: a Poem... London: Printed for the Author, and sold by J. Dodsley... and all other Booksellers in Town and Country. 1780.
4to (227 × 184 mm), pp. , 52; without the final leaf of advertisements; paper flaw to G2 (no loss of text); disbound; with the inscription (cropped) ‘... the Author to RT–’(?) to the title, ms corrections to p. 4.
First edition. A critique of contemporary financial practice: the brokers, banks, stockjobbers, ‘bulls’ and ‘bears’: ‘Such Means to prey upon your Fortune / These worthy Gentlemen call SPORTING, / And give each base Negotiation / The well-bred Term of—SPECULATION’ (p. 18). Jackson, p. 83.