MOON’S ALMANACK

The Ready Reckoner; or Trader’s most useful Assistant, in buying and selling all sorts of Commodities either wholesale or Retail … The eighth Edition. With Additions on Board and Timber Measure, Brick-work, and gauging by the Pen and Slip-rule. Carefully revised and corrected by Joseph Moon, Mathematician, Salisbury.

London: Printed for S. Crowder … and B. C. Collins … in Salisbury. 1785.

8vo, pp. [2], xii , [264], with an initial advertisement and ‘certificate’ leaf with a facsimile signature of the editor; a good copy in contemporary buckram, somewhat rubbed and soiled.

£250

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US $316€295

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The Ready Reckoner; or Trader’s most useful Assistant, in buying and selling all sorts of Commodities either wholesale or Retail … The eighth Edition. With Additions on Board and Timber Measure, Brick-work, and gauging by the Pen and Slip-rule. Carefully revised and corrected by Joseph Moon, Mathematician, Salisbury.

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First edition thus, edited by the mathematician and almanac-maker Joseph Moon of Salisbury.

Fenning (1714/15-1767) was the author of many textbooks covering spelling, grammar, geography, and practical mathematics. His Ready Reckoner was first published in 1757 and much reprinted – like many of his books, it had wide currency in America, where it also several printings in German. Joseph Moon (d. 1817) published a Salisbury-printed almanac from the late 1770s. Here he claims to have ‘bestowed extraordinary labour on correcting this useful book’, recalculating every sum.

Five copies only in ESTC: BL (wanting the first leaf), Leeds; American Antiquarian Society, Wesleyan, and Yale.

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