Chronicon preciosum : or, an account of English money, the price of corn, and other commodities, for the last 600 years. In a letter to a student in the University of Oxford.
London, “printed for Charles Harper, at the Flower-de-Luce, over against St.Dunstan’s church, in Fleet Street” 1707.
8vo. (16) + 181 + (11)pp (the last five pages are publisher’s adverts). Early twentieth century quarter brown morocco, cloth sides. Nineteenth century ink ownership inscription at head of title leaf. Small circular stamp of Birmingham Assay Office Library (from which recently de-accessioned) on a preliminary blank leaf, no other library markings. A good, fresh copy internally.
First edition. The book is important as one of the earliest historical surveys of changes in the prices of commodities and services between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. Its author, William Fleetwood (1656-1723), a Cambridge-educated clergyman of Whiggish political opinions, was to become successively Bishop of St.Asaph (in 1708) and Bishop of Ely (in 1714).