London: Virtue & Co., 1872. First Edition. Hardcover. Twelvemo size, 448 pp. Very Good Plus. Item #SB2354
First edition of this work, which strives to enable the reader, in the study of commerce of nations, to "distinguish mere coincidence from causation, and also to discern, among historical incidents acting as causes, the fluctuating from the fixed, the transient from the permanent" (from book's preface). Written chronologically, commerce from ancient times, through the medieval (including Byzantium, Saracen, and the Italian republics, among others), through "modern" - as of 1872 - times, this is a fascinating, thought-provoking treatise which, while certain elements may be dated by our early twenty-first century standards, still provides food for thought and reflection.
___ASSOCIATION: There is a prior owner bookplate on the front pastedown for "M.H. Myrick", which given the time period and locale, could be Judge M.H. Myrick, who in 1879 was elected to the newly-formed California State Supreme Court and served there as an associate justice for seven years; he was also in frequent communication with John Muir.
___DESCRIPTION: Rust colored cloth boards, triple narrow-ruled black border on the front enclosing a slightly wider single black rule, all enclosing the title in black, gilt lettering on the spine with black rules and small decoration, black rules on the back board, speckled edges, light yellow endpapers, folding colored Historical Chart, folding map showing Ancient Caravan Routes in red, 12 mo sized (approx. 7" tall), pagination: (i)-xxx consisting of the preliminaries, Preface, and Table of Contents; (1)-20 being the Description of the Historical Chart; and (1)-396 being the text including Appendices and an Index, followed by 2 pages of publisher's ads.
___CONDITION: Volume could almost be called near fine, as it has a strong, square text block, solid hinges, gently bumped corners with a minimum of rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings other than the bookplate referred to above; there is some minor rubbing to the head and tail of the spine and some light wear to the joints; folding diagram and map are both near fine.
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