An unusual Indian Merchants’ reference book, 1826


Anderson, George Matthew: The Universal Calculator; being a variety of useful Cast-up Tables, adapted to the use of India Merchants, Agents, Traders, &c. &c. &c. with several arithmetical rules, for calculating all mercanile accounts, expeditiously and with facility. Also an alphanbetical list of Coins, Weights & Measures, of most parts of India, China, Persia, Arabia, and the Eastern Islands, from the latest authorities. The Second Edition, with Additions and Improvements.   Printed by P Crichton, Mirror Press [Calcutta] 1826 8vo.

[vi title & contents], x, pp1-488 tables, pp489-520 miscellaneous notes, xliv Coins, Weights & Measures. Disbound as a sound text block but probably lacking a few pages of the last section which ends with the section on Siam, a difficult to read contemporary name of a Captain of the 25th Regt. in pencil to the top of the title page. An ubusual early mercantile reference work. The interesting Coins, Weights and Measures section covers: Amboyna, Anjengo, Aracan, Banda Neira, Banjar Massin, Bantam, Beetlefackie, Bencollen, Bintang, Bombay [4pp],Borneo Town, Bushire, Bussorah, Cachao, Calcutta [3pp], Calicut, Cambay, Cananore, Canton [2pp], Cape Town, Carwar, Cochin, Columbo, Faifoe, Goa, Gombroon, Isle of France, Japan [1p], Java [2pp], Jidda [1p], Junk Ceylon, Loheia, Macassar, Madeira, Madras [4pp],  Magindanao. Malacca, Maldivesm Mangalore, Monte Viceo, Mosambique, Muddi, Muscat,Natal on Sumatra, Negapatam, Onore, Padang, Palembang, Pondicherry, Pntiana, Porto Novo, Prince of Wales’s Island, Queda, Rangoon [1p],  Rio de Janeiro [1p], St. Helena, St Salvador,Sambass, Siam.    0ct12/4

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