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SHIPS AND IMPORTS (INCLUDING BOOKS) QUARANTINED

[ACTS - King George III - QUARANTINE]. An act (passed 12th March 1805,) for making further provision for the effectual performance of quarantine; and also An Order in Council, Dated 5th April 1805.

London. Printed by George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1805. First edition.
Quarto. 86pp, [60]. Contemporary blind ruled tan calf, contrasting red morocco lettering-piece, gilt. Rubbed, some scuffing, joints just starting. Contemporary armorial bookplate (with motto "Vive revicturus") to FEP. Occasional marginal loss, else internally immaculate.
A rare, detailed official printing of the 1805 Quarantine Act, itself a revision of the strict measures, first introduced in 1788, applied to maritime vessels arriving in Britain 'from any Part of Turkey, or from any Port or Place in Africa, within the Streights of Gibraltar, or in the West Barbary on the Atlantic Ocean'. The Act, and associated orders in council, made (geographically differentiated) provision for the quarantine for the crews and cargoes (including, inter alia, animal skins, textiles, paper and books) of ships landing in English ports in various locations around Britain, depending on whether they held a 'clean bill of health'. Included in an appendix are details of the related charges, and a list of (10 and 26 respectively) 'preliminary' and more detailed 'quarantine questions'.

Rare. COPAC locates no copies in British libraries; OCLC adds two, at American Philosophical Society and Harvard.
£ 325.00 Antiquates Ref: 18928