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MASCALL, Edward James.

A Statement of the Duties of Customs, and those of Excise,

payable upon all foreign articles imported into or exported from Great Britain. Also, the duties outwards; the bounties and allowances on British goods, and those on the fisheries; the duties coastwise; the quarantine and tonnage duties; together with tables of scavage, baillage, Levant and Russia dues. The whole brought up to the 5th September 1808.

Published: London: by Edward James Mascall, and sold by Samuel Tipper, 1808

Stock code: 109576

Price: £375

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First edition, decidedly uncommon handbook of maritime commerce, with just two copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (Senate House and Manchester), OCLC adds two in the Netherlands. Mascall was a prolific publisher of commercial handbooks, this iteration compiled in light of the opening of trade with the Portuguese colonies of South America and the expiry of agreements governing trade with the United States.

Octavo in half-sheets (211 130 mm). Contemporary diced russia, rebacked with original spine laid down, blind-rolled foliate, single-fillet and hatched borders to covers incorporating a single-fillet rule gilt, raised bands to spine forming compartments, titles direct to second and ship motifs to remaining compartments gilt, marbled edges and endpapers, turn-ins tooled in gilt. Bookseller’s ticket of Samuel Tipper and armorial bookplate of M. Sainsbury to front pastedown. Extremities rubbed, a few small markings to covers, small section to loss to lower outer corner f. D2 to no loss of text, the very occasional marginal spot. A very good copy, internally crisp and fresh.

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