Item #68581 New Introduction to Book Keeping. Rev. R. TURNER.
New Introduction to Book Keeping
New Introduction to Book Keeping

First Edition of the First Book on Bookkeeping Printed in America.

New Introduction to Book Keeping. after the Italian method, by debtor and creditor: in which the theory of that art is not only elucidated, but the practice made easy and familiar, by the addition of a set of books, exhibiting the various incidents which ususally fall in a course of business. The whole laid down in a manner so easy and intelligible as to be understood in a few days. To which is added, several forms of bills, &c... The First American Edition, From the Thrid English Edition.

Boston: I. Thomad and E.T. Andrews, 1794.

after the Italian method, by debtor and creditor: in which the theory of that art is not only elucidated, but the practice made easy and familiar, by the addition of a set of books, exhibiting the various incidents which ususally fall in a course of business. The whole laid down in a manner so easy and intelligible as to be understood in a few days. To which is added, several forms of bills, &c... The First American Edition, From the Third English Edition. Boston: I. Thomas and E.T. Andrews, 1794.

First American edition of the first book on bookkeeping printed in America, from the third English edition. Small quarto (6 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches; 158 x 95 mm). 24, [3], 9, 9, [3] pp. Duplicate page numbers on facing pages, [2], 9, 9 pp, as is called for in the British Library. With printed examples in the text of a "Waste-book", a "Journal" and a "Ledger." We could find no copies of this at auction.

Quarter speckled calf over contemporary marbled paper boards. Spine with red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Boards with some minot wear. Some light foxing to endpapers and throughout. Previous owner's old ink note to front free endpaper. A small closed tear repair to front flyleaf. A half-inch closed tear to bottom margin of leaf A4, just touching one letter. Overall a very good copy.

"One of the more popular bookkeeping books during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in America was Richard Turner's A new introduction to book-keeping. These books are reprints of Turner's 1761 book published in London. Yet, no reference is made to this book in any British bibliography (Watt, 1824; Allibone, 1900). Even though Turner is credited with writing many books, no major British collection of accounting books contains a copy of Turner's three British editions... Richard Turner's book was overlooked in Britain for three main reasons. He was not a professional accountant. He was isolated from the major centers of accounting activity. His book was just one more introduction to bookkeeping among many. His book achieved popularity in America for two reasons. Very few bookkeeping books were available in America at the time and his book described the kinds of transactions encountered by many American merchants of the period. Had Turner taught and written in Boston instead of Worcester, England, he might have achieved popular acclaim during his lifetime instead of after his death." (The Birth of American Accountancy By Peter L. McMickle, Paul H. Jensen).

ESTC W13895. Evans 27824.

HBS 68581.

$3,500.

Price: $3,500.00

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