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The Tradesmans Director or

The London and Country Shopkeepers Useful  Companion

By W Owen

1756 - London - W Owen

6.5" by 4" 170pp

 

 



 

DETAILS

A scarce eighteenth century book .

Containing such instructions as will enable the shop-keeper to carry on his business with more ease and greater exactness than is usually done.

Gives a good overview of the world of business and commerce in London in the 18th century.

With additional page numbered *45 and 46* has been inserted between p 44 and 45.

Though not the first of it's kind, this scarce pocket sized work provides a complete overview of various aspects of trade and book-keeping. Manuals of this kind had begun to appear since the late 17th century, and were usually aimed at a broad audience, in particular towards 'Gentleman'. Previously volumes sought, by claiming to appeal to all classes, to increase readership, as it was supposed that all could benefit from an understanding of book keeping, weights and measures, from Lord to apprentice. By contrast, this work aims itself squarely at a trade audience, and as stated in the preface, 'in the plainest language...nothing introudced without being explained in an easy and familiar method: Most of the books of this sort were either superior to common capacities and ordinary dealings, or hand introduced  such loads  of rubbish as were fitted more to increase the difficulty than to make this sort of knowledge useful and agreeable.' Furthermore, this volume was released as a handy pocket-sized work, rather than more awkward octavos or folios that had more often come before.

Complete collation unavailable, although appears to be complete.

CONDITION

Rebound in quarter calf with marbled boards. Externally smart. Internally firmly bound. Pages are clean throughout with the occasional ink annotation. Imprint exised at foot of title page with loss of publication date, new front and rear endpapers, some pages toned and light spotting throughout. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED.


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