Strahan Ledgers II (part 1); News:
We will have more in a later post, but for now we were certain you'd appreciate the opportunity to view two of the Gibbon ledger entries we described in our last post. Do yourself the favor of reading that before attempting to decipher this.
The image immediately below is from William Strahan's actual record of costs incurred in printing the first two quarto editions of volume one: 1776 February ('Gibbons on the Roman Empire 871/2 Sheets No 1000 [etc.]') and June ('[same] 2d Edit. 86 Sheets No 1500 [etc.]').
Adding to those librarians in whose debt we once again find ourselves, we gratefully mention those at the Washoe County (Nevada USA) Library who supplied the ST Viewscan microfilm digital viewer, which we believe you'll agree, turned out nothing short of excellent reproductions. Reminding that the original manuscripts (48800–48918) reside in the British Library.
[Image Notes: 'No 1000', e.g., = 1000 copies; costs are listed as pounds (£), shillings (s.) and pence; following a folio number, 'v' = verso; 'r' = recto; '82' at the upper right-hand corner of folio 68r is someone's attempt to renumber the manuscript folios, but until we discover what was going on we will follow Barker's usage of the first (lined-through) number; in the second image, 'Do.' = uncertain, but we believe 'delivered' or perhaps 'direct' 'order'.]