The history of our Customs, Aids, Subsides, National Debts, and Cares. From William the Conqueror, To the present Year MDCCLXI.
London. Printed for G. Kearsley, 1761. First edition.
8vo. In four parts, each with a separate, title, pagination, and register. , 85, ; , 92; , 96; , 165pp, . Without half-title to part three. With three folding tables and errata slip tipped-in before title of final part. Contemporary speckled calf, top compartment rebacked, contrasting red morocco lettering-piece, gilt. Light rubbing to extremities, spine varnished. Armorial bookplate of David Rochfort to FEP, bookplate of Los Angeles Law Library to recto of FFEP, short tear to half-title.
A history of English taxation from the Domesday Book to the reign of George III, by barrister and antiquary Timothy Cunningham (d.1789) perhaps best known for The Law of Bills of Exchange (London, 1760). Divided into the categories of customs, excise and inland duties, the work provides a summary of the plethora of historical taxing acts with an extensive commentary on their designs and effects. Unsurprisingly, this forms a fascinating commentary on various fiscal crises, including the 1720 South Sea Bubble.
ESTC T140751.£ 250.00 Antiquates Ref: 12263