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Twenty-Eight Years in Wall Street
New York: Irving Publishing Co.,, 1888. Octavo (227 x 140 mm). Original dark green diagonally ribbed cloth, beveled boards, titles to spine and front board gilt, green floral endpapers, all edges trimmed. Frontispiece and 48 plates. Spine ends slightly nicked, corners a bit bumped and rubbed, minor cockling to cloth, a small light stain to top of spine, margins lightly browned. An excellent copy. First edition of this illustrated account of 19th-century Wall Street. British-born Clews (1834-1923) moved to the US and opened an office on Wall Street in 1858. Apart from his work as a note broker and private banker, Clews published a weekly pamphlet "which for years was widely known as the authoritative interpretation and forecast of market conditions" (Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders, Vol I, p.172). As such, Clews was a man with extensive personal experience of Wall Street and this work is "an interesting collection, from personal observation, reading, and hearsay, of fact and judgment about men and methods in corporation finance, investment banking, speculation, panics, and political events,...[during] a period in American history when ethical codes were at their lowest point. While this book is a valuable contemporary source of information about Wall Street and important figures in American business, it is also illuminating evidence of the ideas and reactions of a banker who was perhaps better informed and more judicious in his judgment of business than most contemporary writers" (Larson). In 1908, Irving published a second revised and enlarged edition entitled Fifty Years in Wall Street.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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