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C Buchanan

Writing-Master & Accountant's Assistant

Glasgow 1798

Rare Scottish Accountancy
BUCHANAN,C. The Writing-master and Accountant’s Assistant Containing an extensive System of Practical Arithmetic. With a valuable set of Engravings of Business Writing &c. Designed for the use of Academies and Boarding Schools. Glasgow: Printed for the Author by R.Chapman...1798

Quarto, 26.4 x 21.0cm, original marbled boards, worn, rebacked in calf, pp.(2) + 5-80, engraved title and 23 engraved plates of real business writing and arithmetic by Kirkwood & Son, Edinburgh, lacking two preliminary leaves, some edges worn and frayed, some skilful paper repairs on several leaves unaffecting the text, lightly browned throughout, preserved in a blue cloth box.

ESTC T111254 [BL and NLS; Boston Atheneum, Bowdoin, Harvard, Massachusetts Hist Soc, Smith College, Yale]. Dunlop, An Accountant’s Book Collection [ICA of Scotland],p.8. Murray, Chapters in the History of Book-keeping and Accountancy, 1930, p.51. Not in ICA, London; not in Herwood.

First edition of a very rare work of Scottish book-keeping and accountancy. ‘Colin Buchanan, of the “Academy”, Greenock – a private school of his own – was the author of two works upon book-keeping, and was a famous teacher of his day. He was tall and dignified in deportment, with a kindly, beaming countenance, and was an original thinker.’ Murray.


C Buchanan - Writing-Master & Accountant's Assistant
C Buchanan - Writing-Master & Accountant's Assistant
C Buchanan - Writing-Master & Accountant's Assistant

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