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18th c. French handbook for men of business  

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La Science des Negocians et Teneurs de Livres

De la Porte, M.


Chez Jean de Nully



xvi, 608 pp. Woodcut headpieces and tailpieces. 5x8" contemporary calf, raised bands, spine compartments gilt with foliate sidepieces and floral centerpiece, red morocco label, marbled endpapers. 

This is a revised and augmented edition of a handbook for men of business and principally for those keeping the books. First published in 1704 and universally recognized as a classic in the field, the book has numerous examples of actual accounts which take us into the world of the shops of 18th century France. The first section is on simple accounting, the second on double-entry bookkeeping, and the third on other sorts of business which a bookkeeper might be writing up, such as bills of exchange or letters of credit. De la Porte envisages an international business, and explains the currencies and the weights and measures of other European countries. He also includes a handy dictionary of French business terms.

Donated by Phillip J. Pirages, McMinnville OR.

Lot Amendments

Covers detached with loss of free endpapers; extremities worn; text browned with some inkstains, dampstains, soiling and wormholes through first half of book; fair to good.

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