London: House of Commons, 1803. Hardcover (Half Leather). Very Good. Item #258094-H
8 pages, 804 pages, 11 plates, 1 very large folding hand coloured map of Scotland, and woodcuts in the text. Printed in double columns throughout. Expertly bound (by Riley Dunn & Wilson) in modern half calf, with raised bands, and gilt lettering to two compartments, with buckram covered boards, new endpapers and inner hinges in buckram. Very clean throughout, with no markings or damage. The plates, and map (by Laurie and Whittle, London, 1799), are all present and correct. A very handsome and substantial volume. The two Distilleries Reports by Sylvester Douglas consist of pages 319 to 804. There are another 13 reports, pages 1 to 318, largely unrelated, though three reports by William Eden are concerned with Defrauding the Revenue, with smuggling of Spirits, and duties on Distilleries discussed in detail. The Distilleries reports give extensive insight into the methods and expectations of whisky production throughout Scotland at a time when the whole practice was being set on a more professional footing. Parliament in the later years of the eighteenth century had begun to legislate, chiefly to raise taxes from distilleries, and with the appointment of Sylvester Douglas (Baron Glenbervie, 1743-1823) who had extensive experience at The Treasury the whole industry could be examined in detail and better proposals to increase the revenue from it brought forward. The reports, running to nearly 500 pages, provide witness testimony (quite fascinating to read), letters to the Committee confirming or raising points of interest (again highly compelling reading), tables of punishments for illegal distilling, and drawings of the distilling equipment, which all combine to provide an excellent oversight and insight into whisky production at the turn of the eighteenth century that can be seen reflected in the modern whisky industry of today. This impressive volume effectively provides a history of the Scotch Whisky Industry, as seen and understood by the producers and by the government two hundred and twenty years ago. Size: Large folio (27 x 41 cms). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Antiquarian & Rare; Featured; New Arrivals; Parliamentary Papers. Inventory No: 258094-H. This book is heavy and may require more postage than the rates shown. If extra postage is required we will contact you before processing your order and you will be given the details and option to decline the extra cost.