Compiled here for the first time is the complete body of Locke's writings on money, excluding Two Treatises of Government. Accurate texts, together with a listing of variant readings and significant manuscript changes, record the evolution of Locke's ideas from his original 1668-1674 paper on interest to the three pamphlets on interest and coinage published in the 1690s. The introduction by Kelly establishes the wider context of Locke's writings in terms of contemporary debates on these subjects, the economic conditions of the time, and the circumstances of writing and publicaton. It shows, notably, that Locke's supposed responsibility for the 1696 recoinage is a myth. The account of what Locke derived from Mercantilist writings and of how he reformulated these in accordance with his philosophy illuminates his contribution to the evolution of economics, and will aid reappraisal of Two Treatises. The picture that emerges confirms Locke's status as a major economic thinker, contrary to the prevalent view of recent decades. There are two volumes in the present edition. The first contains the introductory matter, and the texts of The Early Writings on Interest, 1688-1674 and Some Considerations. The second comprises Short Observations, Further Considerations, and the Appendices, Bibliography, and Index.
`excellent edition of Locke's contribution to monetary economics ... these volumes will provide the main source material for future scholarship'
The Economic History Review
`Patrick Hyde Kelly's splendid edition of the economic writings, which includes a number of pieces not previously published, as well as his own long and brilliant introduction, puts us in a better position to evaluate Locke as economist ... All will owe thanks to Patrick Hyde Kelly for his scrupulous editing of the text, his rich annotations and his exemplary introduction.'
William Letwin, Times Literary Supplement
`Dr Kelly's edition makes the student's task infinitely lighter than ever before ... the most elaborate edition of any seventeenth-century economic texts since Hull's Petty. Indeed the present volumes more than equal the Glasgow edition of Adam Smith in editorial completeness.'
`The introduction contains a great deal of specialist information on the political and economic context of Locke's interest, and the editing is meticulously done.'
Irish Economic and Social History
'Kelly's scholarly edition brings together Locke's early writings on interest'
Sylvana Tomaselli, formerly of Newnham College, Cambridge
`excellent edition of Locke's contributions to monetary economics ... these volumes will provide the main source material for future scholarship'
The Economic History Review
Note on reference to sources; Abbreviations; General introduction: Locke on money; Introductory; Locke and his writings on money; The economic background; Locke's economic ideas; Conclusion; Excursus: William Lowndes and the origins of the scheme for devaluation in A Report containing an Essay for the Amendment of the Silver Coins; Tables; Textual introduction; History and description of the texts; Transcription of manuscripts, presentation of printed texts,
and notes to texts; Checklist of printings: English; Italian; Japanese; Texts: The Early Writings on Interest, 1668-74; Some considerations
Series: Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke : Book 1
Number Of Pages: 358
Published: 18th April 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.2
Weight (kg): 0.59