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Book Description

INTERESTING TIMES: Featuring the slave trade, the U.S. civil war, the establishment of Italy as a nation, plagues, the first act to deal with petroleum and much more. A collection of 120 printed orders, handwritten letters, circulars and broadsides sent from Custom House, London to the regional office in Hartlepool. Many are general instructions reflecting changes in law and procedure concerning everyday goods. Some concern developing events such as the signing of treaties, royal holidays and outbreaks of plague. The majority have a red ‘Cancelled’ stamp. Many are signed and annotated; some are initialled by all concerned as proof of reading. Altogether 120 items including: Regulations to be observed at the several Out Ports at which goods for the International Exhibition of 1862 are expected to arrive; Rules respecting the use of British Ports and Harbours by Vessels of War and Privateers belonging to the United States, and the so – called Confederate States, during the present war; A letter and large folding broadside concerning the Export of British Goods; An order ‘to cause all Vessels sailing from your Port for the West Coast of Africa… to be particularly watched with the view to frustrate attempts to equip Vessels for the Slave Trade in British Ports’ and referring to the American ship Nightingale in 1860; A request ‘that Packages of Fruit arriving from the Colonies and Foreign Countries for the Royal Horticultural Society’s Great International Fruit Show of 1862 be passed without being opened or disturbed’; Three letters and broadsides concerning Hayle Harbour, Penzance; Troon and Ardrossan and ports in The Isle of Man; A letter and large folding poster concerning the Passenger Act ‘to be hung up between decks in Passenger Ships’; The Treaty of Commerce and Navigation between Her Majesty and the King of [the newly created nation of ] Italy signed at Turin, August 6, 1863; A section of printed Acts of about 60 leaves including two notable firsts: ‘for the Safe Keeping of Petroleum’ and ‘Amending the Law relating to Copyright in works of the Fine Arts’, both dated 29th July 1862; And a final section of six handwritten letters, one stating that ‘ammunition is being Shipped to Sydney, New South Wales, without being declared as such…’
Dealer Notes
A unique compilation of material throwing light on the political and economic infrastructure of Great Britain at the height of Empire. Invaluable for research and a delight to own.
Author n/a
Date 1862
Binding Half leather over marbled boards.
Publisher Customs House, London
Condition Very good
Pages 200

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