LATE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY MANUSCRIPT MEMORANDA AND ACCOUNTS BOOK BY A BRISTOL GENTLEMAN

Original manuscript in ink, c.150pp. (almost entirely filled). Contemporary full reverse calf, the spine with six raised bands. Condition is about very good, the binding firm with a little cracking to the joints, rubbing to the boards and some minor loss to the leather at the spine ends and board edges. The contents with the occasional excised page and scattered toning and foxing are otherwise in very good order throughout.

An interesting memoranda and accounts book owned by Thomas A. Tipton (1750-1824) of Brislington, Bristol, predominantly used during the 1780s and 1790s (although with a few later entries). Primarily a record of his expenses, although also including excerpts of poetry and sermons, as well as some family records, the book details the Tipton household's consumption of clothing (including silks, muslins, calicos, shoes, stockings, waistcoats, aprons, gloves, ribbons, buckles and buttons), food and drink (grapes, melons, mince pies, wine, milk and herrings), and other sundry goods (such as coal, snuff, pocket books and corkscrews), as well as detailing taxes, shareholdings (notably in the Kennet and Avon Canal), rents and the costs associated with various houses (glaziers, masons, carpenters, upholsterers and plumbers), and medical and educational fees, naming many other Bristol residents in the process. There is also the other occasional Bristolian titbit, including the acquittal of the Parson Green for stealing silver, and of Captains Hawkins and Sims "for killing sundry persons by firing a cannon in the street in the late election 28th & 29th Sep. 1781". A varied insight into the day-to-day life of a well-to-do gentleman in Bristol at the end of the eighteenth century.

Stock code: 21359

£325

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TIPTON, Thomas

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