The Administration of Excise Laws in Eighteenth-Century England [Ellis, John (d. 1728)]. Instructions for Collectors of Excise, In Prosecutions Before Justices of the Peace, For Forfeitures Incurred, Or Offences Committed Against the Laws Relating to the Duties of Excise, And Other Duties Under the Management of the Commissioners of Excise. With Some Observations on Several Clauses in the Excise-Acts, And Other Acts Relating to Such Proceedings, And to Proceedings upon Appeals, At the Quarter-Sessions, In those Cases. And Some Precedents of Informations, Summons, Judgments, And Warrants to be Used in Such Cases. London: Printed by Robert Vincent, 1716. [xvi], 112; [iv], 5-245,  pp. Two parts in one volume, second part preceded by divisional title page. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary paneled calf, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, which is lightly varnished. Light rubbing to extremities, somewhat heavier along joints, corners bumped, a few minor scuffs to and stains to boards, hinges starting. Moderate toning to text, light foxing to a few leaves. Owner signature to front free endpaper, interior otherwise clean. Ex-library. Bookplate to front pastedown, small perforated stamp to title page. An attractive copy. $400. * First edition. According to the preface, Ellis, an excise officer, produced this treatise to clarify the excise law for the benefit of justices of the peace. It is interesting to present-day scholars for its summary of the laws as they stood in the early eighteenth century and the administration of the law at that time. A second edition was published in 1735. Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 5304. English Short-Title Catalogue T136283.
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