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Rare books on accounting (15th-19th C.)

A microfilmed collection of printed works on book-keeping and accountancy. Group A consists of 72 works (17 reels) dating from the mid 16th-late 19th century. The group includes English language translations of important European titles such as Jan Ympyn’s influential A notable and very excellente woorke, expressyng and declaryng the maner and forme how to kepe a boke of accomptes or reconynges (London, 1547), as well as later 19th century specialist aids to accounting for groups such as Friendly Societies and School Boards. Group B (8 reels) contains 23 Italian language books of the 15th-19th centuries and includes several seminal works by Italian mathematician Luca Pacioli (1445-1517), a key figure in the development of accountancy. There is also a work by Giuseppe Cerboni who established the rudiments of a legal standardization of accounting. Group D covers French language books of the 16th-18th centuries (22 titles on 7 reels) and includes two important works by the Antwerp based German mathematician Valentin Mennher de Kempton. Group H comprises 23 works on special subjects relating to manufacturing and industry (4 reels). Amongst the titles included in this section are several by Edward Jones, a Bristol based accountant, who towards the end of the 18th century developed a new system of book-keeping to rival the popular Italian method.

Date range: 15th-19th century.

Size: 140 books on 36 reels of microfilm.

Languages:  English, Italian, French, German

Keywords:  Accounting, book-keeping, Luca Pacioli (1445-1517), Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Notes: The Library lacks: Group C, Dutch language books in the 16th-18th centuries (3 reels); Group E, German language books in the 16th-19th centuries (7 reels); Group F, Spanish and Portuguese language books in the 16th and 18th centuries (1 reel) and Group G, Japanese language books in the 19th century (2 reels).