(NORTH, Roger). A PERSON OF HONOUR.
The Gentleman Accomptant, or, An essay to unfold the mystery of accompts : by way of debtor and creditor, commonly called merchants accompts, and applying the same to the concerns of the nobility and gentry of England… The second edition.
Second edition, first published in 1714, by the youngest son of Sir Dudley North. The style of North’s discourse sets it apart from other literature of the period, being amusing and entertaining but nevertheless intelligent and informative. “North begins his work by explaining that through accidents he had discovered ‘the wonderful virtue of a Regular Accompt’ and as a result fallen in love with accounts …. North does not present bookkeeping as an easy subject to master and he stresses that it is practice rather than learning rules that is the guide to understanding.” (Bywater and Yamey).
Octavo (160 x 96 mm), pp. , v,  + 4pp. advertisments, 233, [7, contents]. Modern panelled sheep, antique style, spine blind-stamped in compartments. Folding table at p. 54. Ownership inscription “Samuel Bunting” dated 1723 at head of title. Advertisement leaves misbound. Some spotting and the odd rust spot, lightly toned; a very good copy.
Bibliography: Goldsmiths' 5240; Hanson 2085; ICAEW, p. 76; Kress 2968 (lacking title-page). This edition not in Herwood. See Bywater & Yamey, p. 148ff.Don't understand our descriptions? Try reading our Glossary