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MORTIMER, Thomas.
Every Man his Own Broker: or, a guide to Exchange-Alley. In which the nature of the several funds, vulgarly called stocks, is clearly explained. And The Mystery and Iniquity of Stock-Jobbing laid before the Public in a New and Impartial Light. Also The Method of Transferring Stock, and of Buying and Selling the several Government Securities, without the Assistance of a Broker, is made intelligible to the meanest Capacity: and an Account is given of the Laws in force relative to Brokers, Clerks at the Bank, &c. To which is added, new tables of interest on India Bonds, calculated at 5 per Cent. - Directions how to avoid the Losses that are frequently sustained by the Destruction of Bank Notes, India Bonds, &c. by Fires and other Accidents. And an Appendix, giving some Account of Banking, and of the Sinking Fund. - With a Copper-Plate Table, shewing the intrinsic Value of the several Funds, and the Proportion they bear to each other, by which any Person may immediately know which is the c
London: printed for S. Hooper, 1761. Duodecimo (171 x 99 mm). Mid-20th-century brown polished half calf by Bayntun-Riviere, twin green morocco spine labels, marbled boards. Bookplate of British accountant Sir Harry Page (1911-1985), President of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy in 1968. Spine lightly sunned, otherwise the binding in fine condition; contents evenly browned, some negligible light spotting and offsetting. A very good copy. Engraved folding table. Complete with terminal advertisement leaf. Fourth edition, following the first of the same year, of what is generally considered the first guide to the stock exchange, based on the author's own experience of losing "a genteel fortune" in 1756. Thomas Mortimer (1730-1810) was one of the earliest experts on the operation of the stock exchange established in the coffee-house of London's Change Alley. Every Man his Own Broker is a practical guide for would-be speculators, warning about the dangers of getting involved with brokers and gives a valuable insight into the financial world of mid-eighteenth-century London. Mortimer was the first to write about the terms "bear" and "bull" markets. A popular guide, with fourteen editions published within forty years. ESTC T87413; Goldsmiths' 9693; Higgs 2517.
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