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    Colonial Boston Store Ledger Book of William Blair Townsend, with entries dating from 1744 through 1761. Pages are numbered 1-70; numbering then starts over with page 1 and ends at 378 (a total of 448pp.); 6.5" x 14.5". "Boston New England " is written at the top of each page. Hundreds of entries with customer names, items purchased with cost, and balances due, have been carefully recorded on the toned pages. Items sold include thread, hose, silk, bear skin, rum, paper, tea, shoes, and more.

    The ledger has an interesting array of customers, including David Wooster (Revolutionary War hero), John Adams [Sr.?], and Thomas Cushing (first lieutenant governor of Massachusetts). Other important Massachusetts' family names that appear throughout the ledger are Winslow, Stoddard, Kennedy, Winthrop, Lincoln, and Adams (John, William, and Anna). Tall suede boards with "Day Book" written on cover. Cover and edge designs stamped in blind and in black (black mostly faded). Heavy wear to corners of rear board, with leather peeling away to reveal pasteboard. Some soiling, mostly stray ink stains. Wormholes along rear joint. Front hinge starting. Hand-lettered ink title to front board and smooth spine. A tight and sturdy item in generally very good condition.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2009
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
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