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BRISTOL SOCIAL POLICY, WITH FRAGMENTS OF AN UNRECORDED BROADSIDE?

[BRISTOL POLICE]. A comprehensive abstract of the three bristol police, and regulation acts, passed if the Fifth Sessions of the Sixteenth Parliament of great britain, And the twenty-eight Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the IIId. King of Great Britain, &c. &c. Anno Domini, 1788.

Bristol. Printed by G. Routh, for Sam. Johnson, [s.d., 1788?] Sole edition.
8vo in 4s. 73pp, [1]. Twentieth-century cloth, gilt. Early printer's waste wrappers bound in; with original stab-stitching holes visible throughout. Small paper flaw to H4, without loss of sense. Ink inscription to verso of wrapper at front.
A very rare abstract of three Parliamentary acts relating to social policy and enforcement of behaviour in the burgeoning city and increasing busy harbour of Bristol towards the end of the eighteenth-century. Included are schedules relating to the importation of goods and fees due to water bailiffs relating to the harbour and river trade; details on the proposed widening of Broad Street; stricter rules and enforcement of building regulations; regulations allowing the establishment of markets, and provision for the enlargement of the 'council house and guild hall...and providing repositories, for the books, papers and records of the said city'.

The waste paper bound in to this copy were clearly once the temporary, and perhaps original wrappers housing the book, and appear to emanate from an announcement by a 'W. Routh', likely a relation of the Routh who printed this volume. Presumably originally in broadside form, the fragments that are preserved here display a decorative floral border, and reference, inter alia, that the publication would be 'much ENLARGED, and PRINTED WITH AN ELEGANT NEW TYPE, case on Purpose by Wm. Caslon, Esq', and have a 'very extensive circulation in Bristol'; it is dated June 21, 1788. We could not trace this announcement in any of the usual databases.

Rare; ESTC locates a single copy (Harvard); OCLC adds one further copy, at BL.
ESTC N63605.
£ 500.00 Antiquates Ref: 22064