Colin Campbell 1686-1757, His Will (Annotated)

Colin Campbell 1686-1757, His Will (Annotated)
Colin Campbell 1686-1757, His Will - Annotated, A Scoto-Swedish Study, edited by Alexander A. Cormack

Booklet published privately for A. Cormack in 1960, 74 pages, Small Booklet - 18.5cm by 12.5cm (S6706WSO)

Colin Campbell was a Scottish merchant, trader and entrepreneur who lost a fortune in the financial collapse known as the 'South Sea Bubble', and who went on to make even more money and pay off all his debts by establishing the Swedish East India Company.

Following the loss of a huge amount of money in the early 1720's, the Edinburgh merchant fled to Belgium, and helped the Austrians establish a trading company to trade with the Far East. But this venture was not a huge success, and Campbell headed to Sweden, eventually settling in Gothenburg, the main trading port of the country.

It was here that in 1731 he co-founded the Swedish East India Company, and this company was a huge success. The first voyage took over a year a half to sail to China and back, and paid investors a double dividend - totalling around 75% profit on their initial capital! The company made Campbell a very rich man, and when he died in 1757 he lft a sizeable fortune.

This rare booklet provides details of Campbells will, as well as notes on his life and career, his correspondance, and information on the Swedish East india Company he helped to found (including details on Campbell's impact on the port of Gothenburg, where he lived the last part of his life). The booklet is illustrated throughout with several black and white photographs

The condition of the booklet is generally ok. The cover has one or two minor scuffs and blemishes, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are intact and tightly bound. Their is an inscription in pee on the front cover and first inside page, and a further single pen annotation on one inside page.
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