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 …

London: J. Cawthorn, 1808 Stock Code: 76269
£875.00

Reserve Ask us a question

Notes

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: Library Hub shows only NLW with the third edition of the same year; not on WorldCat; 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.

Confused? Read our glossary

Description

Octavo. Original boards, rebacked with new paper label.

Illustrations

12 folding tables, tables to the text.

Condition

Somewhat rubbed, hinges and free endpapers repaired, light browning and occasional spotting, but a very good copy.

DELIVERY

With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.

View Full Delivery Details

 

ABOUT US

Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.

Email: mail@peterharrington.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220


ABA Antiquarian Bookseller Association ILAB International League of Antiquarian Booksellers LAPADA The Association of Art and Anatique Dealers PBFA Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association

Our Guarantee Page

Ask us a question

DO YOU HAVE A BOOK TO SELL?
OR
CAN’T FIND THE BOOK YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?

Contact us with details of the book you are interested in or selling and we will contact you

Sell Old Books Help me find a book