Two Scarce Books of Rates [Great Britain]. [Customs Administration]. A Subsidy Granted to the King, Of Tonnage, And Poundage, And Other Sums of Money, Payable Upon Merchandize Exported and Imported. Together with a Book of Rates, Agreed Upon by the Honorable House of Commons, And Hereunto Annexed. Also an Act for the Encouraging, And Increasing of Shipping, And Navigation; With an Act to Prevent Frauds, And Concealments of His Maiesties Customs, And Subsidies. London: Printed by Chr. Barker, 1661. [ii], 180 pp. [Bound with] Rules and Instructions for the Tare of Goods & Merchandize Imported into Any Port of England. Revised and Published by the Farmers of His Majesties Customs. As a Direction to All Their Officers Concerned Therein. London: [s.n.], Printed Anno Dom. 1663. [ii], 14 pp. 12mo. (5-1/2" x 3"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, rebacked retaining existing spine with blind fillets, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing and a few minor stains to boards, small hole to fore-edge of front board, moderate rubbing to board edges, corners bumped and worn. Light toning to interior, faint dampstain to first few leaves of first work, light soiling to a few leaves. $1,500. * Only edition; first edition. Two scarce books of rates for customs administrators under Charles II. The first work also includes the text of the Navigation Act of 1660 and the Customs Act of 1660, which significantly restricted colonial trade by requiring that certain goods, such as sugar, tobacco and indigo, be exported only to England and that only those "born within the allegiance of our sovereign lord the King...or naturalized" could become merchants. OCLC locates 4 copies of the first work in North America (Harvard, New York Society Library, UCLA, Yale) and 1 copy of the second (Harvard). Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 1608, 1712. English Short-Title Catalogue R228060, R171955.
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