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ABBOTT, Henry.

The Transport’s Monitor: or, Guide To Masters Of Transports, Victuallers, Hired Tenders …

Being a Practical Treatise on the Duties of Commanders and Other Hired Vessels containing Useful Rules ...

Published: London: J. Cawthorn, 1808

Stock code: 76269

Price: £875

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Second and expanded edition, first published 1805; a timely publication at a time of continued warfare. The demand for a logistical fleet rose to a peak during the wars of revolution and the Napoleonic war, as the need to transport troops, equipment, and supplies in larger and larger numbers became a necessity to support extended operations overseas. Abbott collected together the necessary information for shipmasters to maintain accurate accounts to stem “the peculation and other misconduct [which] is so extensive”, and also to offer “every possible encouragement … to masters of transports and victuallers … [because to] afford proper information for their conduct whilst in the service is both policy and justice” (preface). A contemporary notice in the Eclectic Review considered that the book would be “extremely useful for the persons for whom it is chiefly compiled … as the greater part of them are justly supposed to be incapable… of passing their accounts, through public offices, unless furnished with the necessary forms of the set vouchers … [these] were so much dispersed, that the collection, into a single volume, of all that was necessary, reflects credit on the assiduity, as well as the judgement, of the compiler … we think well of the book.” The British Critic considered that he had “fully succeeded” in his objects. Extremely uncommon: COPAC shows only NLW with the third edition of the same year; not on OCLC; not in NMM. Ownership inscription of John Brown of Leith dated 23 January 1808 to both pastedowns: to which Leith shipmaster of this name it belonged will have to remain a matter for speculation.

Octavo. Original boards, rebacked with new paper label. 12 folding tables, tables to the text. Somewhat rubbed, hinges and free endpapers repaired, light browning and occasional spotting, but a very good copy.

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