Full title: CLARKE & WASSON'S NEW AND IMPROVED TABLES OF INTEREST, COMPUTED AT EIGHT PER CENT., AND ADAPTED TO ALL OTHER RATES. SHOWING AT A GLANCE, BY THIS ARRANGEMENT, THE INTEREST FROM 1 TO 370 DAYS, ON ANY SUM FROM ONE DOLLAR TO TEN THOUSAND, INCLUSIVE; EMBRACES NEARLY 400,000 CALCULATIONS. THESE TABLES ARE SPECIALLY ADAPTED TO THE USE OF FACTORS, MERCHANTS, BANKS AND BANKERS, AS WELL AS PLANTERS, TRADERS, AND THOSE ENGAGED IN COMMERCIAL PURSUITS. BY R.B. CLARKE AND J.B. WASSON. NEW ORLEANS, LA. Perhaps an ex-institutional copy. First edition. Unpaged: [1-4], [1-370]. First four text pages are title/list of subscribers and Preface; remaining 370 pages feature consecutive daily tables (i.e. Day 1 to Day 370) specifying interest charges to be paid on principal amounts of $1000, $2000, $3000, and so on to $10,000. Hardcover: H 35.25cm x L 26.5cm. Sturdy late 19th century or very early 20th century half-leather binding, i.e. black leather spine and matching black leather board corners with dark brown pebble cloth boards. Strong scuffing at spine ends with shallow leather loss; some surface peeling to leather at front board's top left corner; surface loss and wear to leather board corners; rubbing and some mild staining to cloth; spine decorated with slender gilt horizontal bars and retains still bright gilt stamped title lettering of "Clarke | and | Wasson's | Interest | Tables." Slight splitting at approximately top 15cm of front joint; short splits at ends of rear joint; both front and rear hinges are solid. Front and rear endpapers are noticeably thicker stock than interior leaves and should be contemporary to the binding. No flyleaves present. Large strong stain at top of front endpapers likewise affecting immediately adjacent title leaf and ever diminishing to page the 26th day table; light pencil tabulations on front free endpaper. Vertical crease to title and successive Preface text leaf; title page with strong browning along fore-edge margin with short tear and some surface abrasion near top from scrubbed ownership signature; strong swath of surface abrasion near bottom from erased ownership (institutional?) mark with 1cm x 1.5cm chip causing small loss of text to verso and similar bleached-out area to Preface leaf which additionally suffers light pencil tabulations too. No other such scrubbed ownership marks readily apparent upon a quick perusal. Varied toning and occasional soiling to table leaves with a few creased corners. Collation complete per bibliographical references of Jumonville BIBLIOGRAPHY OF NEW ORLEANS IMPRINTS #3031 and Parrish & Willingham CONFEDERATE IMPRINTS #5255. Jumonville cites a copy held by Tulane whereas OCLC only cites 1 copy at University of California Santa Barbara. This copy's binding reflects what one would expect from a binding circa 1890-1910 rather than what is typically seen with antebellum and immediate post-war New Orleans imprints which generally utilize full brown calf leather or quarter leather with paper boards or just full stamped cloth. And another hint of a non-original binding is that the UCSB online library catalog entry cites their copy as having a front board with title lettering of "Clarke & Wasson's 8% Interest Tables." As a curious side-point, the title page specifies the 1861 publisher's imprint along with an 1860 copyright statement which indicates the book was in preparation before the Civil War. New Orleans has a fairly narrow window for Confederate imprint publishing as the state seceded January 26, 1861 but the city surrendered on April 28, 1862. But, as Parrish & Willingham saw fit to include this title in their bibliography, this bookseller defers to their expertise. Not the sexiest of New Orleans confederate imprints but certainly scarce if not rare nonetheless. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: CLARKE & WASSON'S NEW AND IMPROVED TABLES OF...
Publisher: New Orleans [LA]: printed at the Bulletin Book and Job Office, 1861.
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