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S[MITH]., W.

The Golden Fleece,

wherein is related the riches of English wools in its manufactures. Together with the true uses, and the abuses of the aulnageors, measurers, and searchers offices. By W. S. Gent.

Published: London: Printed by I. Grismond, 1656

Stock code: 79857

Price: £1,950

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First edition of this study of the English wool trade, the traditional backbone of the economy, at a time when English wool manufacture was facing strong competition from the Dutch. The alnager, a position formally abolished under English law in 1699, was an officer appointed to examine woollen cloth and certify its quality.

Small octavo (136 85 mm). Early diced calf, probably late 18th-century, rebacked to style, marbled endpapers. With errata on leaf A8r. Boards bowed, rather closely trimmed, shaving some headlines, outer leaves somewhat toned, still a good copy.

Bibliography: Goldsmiths' 1369; Kress 946; Wing S4255bA.

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