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    Sale 5315

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including Modern First Editions

    13 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 290

    ACCOUNT BOOKS -- Customs & Excise and British trade, 18th Century. A collection of five account books (and an index volume), manuscript on paper, 18th century, written in neat bookhands in brown ink, most with borders ruled in red, including: two volumes containing accounts of the excise, listing employments of the excise, including a 'stamper of the chocolate labels' (1728-1741), gross and net produce of duties on malt, hides, gilt, silver, candles, hops and other produce (c.1739-1750) and a 'State of the Revenue of Excise', including amongst other information a list of the numbers of brewers and victuallers in the kingdom (1662-1749), oblong 4to and small folio, uniformly bound in red morocco elaborately tooled in gilt, the first with stylised foliate and floral endpapers in green and gold, signed 'AB' (some wear, one board detached). Provenance: R[obert] Eyre, Commissioner for the Excise from 1728 to after 1740 (his signature on front free endpaper);

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    ACCOUNT BOOKS -- Customs & Excise and British trade, 18th Century. A collection of five account books (and an index volume), manuscript on paper, 18th century, written in neat bookhands in brown ink, most with borders ruled in red, including: two volumes containing accounts of the excise, listing employments of the excise, including a 'stamper of the chocolate labels' (1728-1741), gross and net produce of duties on malt, hides, gilt, silver, candles, hops and other produce (c.1739-1750) and a 'State of the Revenue of Excise', including amongst other information a list of the numbers of brewers and victuallers in the kingdom (1662-1749), oblong 4to and small folio, uniformly bound in red morocco elaborately tooled in gilt, the first with stylised foliate and floral endpapers in green and gold, signed 'AB' (some wear, one board detached). Provenance: R[obert] Eyre, Commissioner for the Excise from 1728 to after 1740 (his signature on front free endpaper);

    [together with] a state of the 'Receipts and Issues of the Publick Revenue Taxes and Loans', 1688 to 1702, 4to, calf (upper cover detached); an account book of Tho[mas] Coulson, 1709-20, London merchant, relating to voyages, the Old East India Company, 'Bengall silke', bonds, navy bills and loans, uniformly bound in panelled green vellum gilt with a non-related index volume in the same hand which includes lists of voyages; and a merchant's copybook, London, 1715-1724, comprising copies of bills, receipts and letters relating to trade in England and the colonies; folio, green vellum. (6)


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